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Sunday 20 July, 11am – 6pm.
• 30 of the area’s best restaurants, bars and cafés will bring their dishes and concepts out onto the streets of Carnaby
• £5 taster dishes and on-the-day offers
• Over 15 global cuisines
• A series of expert cooking demos, led by presenter and foodie Hardeep Singh Kohli
• Live music and entertainment

International Cuisines
From Hawaiian to Indian, Italian, Japanese and pan Asian, there will be the chance to experience the sights, smells and flavours of over 15 international cuisines.

Expect a variety of food trucks and stalls cooking up delicious dishes, fresh in front of you. Highlights on Kingly Street will include hirata buns and gyoza from Shoryu Carnaby’s traditional yatai style street food stand and Wright Brothers Soho serving up Prosecco with smoked salmon, capers and chopped egg on toast or oysters – they’ll even show you how to shuck them.

SACRED Café will be celebrating their New Zealand heritage with mini pies and ANZAC cookies; Hawaiian grill Kua ’Aina will be serving their ‘sun in a bun’ burgers and sandwiches from their mobile ‘beach shack’ and check out the Pizza Pilgrims’ Margherita Bar, serving up authentic Margheritas with a selection of homemade flavoured oils as well as fresh rocket and basil.

Masala Zone will be offering street food starters and Masala pot mains and at The Rum Kitchen Carnaby’s stall you can sample delights including roast pumpkin and chickpea curry, saltash fritter and jerk chicken wings. Round it off with a filter coffee from Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar and watch the baristas at work.

On Ganton Street, Cha Cha Moon will be serving their signature Singapore noodles and The Diner will have the Sweet Home Burger on offer – a classic 100% USDA 5 oz cheeseburger, soft potato roll, pickle, bacon and French’s.
Head to the Newburgh Quarter for traditional French tartine from wine bar Antidote and Carnaby Burger Co. will be giving away free canapés and running a raffle with prizes including win a burger a day for a month.
Additionally, there will be special offers and activity from Rosa’s Thai, Dehesa, Leon and Zebrano.

Best of British
Visit The Urban Tea Rooms where they will be putting on a spread of perennial summer favourites including Pimms, tea cocktails and a selection of sandwiches and quiches; try a pulled chicken bap and craft beer from concept restaurant Whyte & Brown or indulge in a scone with iced tea from Camellia’s Tea House. Shampers wine bar and restaurant have developed a special menu – available to eat in, or takeaway.

Sweet Treats
Those with a sweet tooth should get to Choccywoccydoodah where there’ll be giving out free chocolate samples and a Kiss FM DJ will be spinning the decks, or head to the iconic Johnny Cupcakes store where you’ll find the Crumbs and Doilies market stall, selling a selection of cupcakes and copies of The Cake Book by Cupcake Jemma.
Brand new American diner Stax will be showcasing their Duffin Sundaes, speciality ice creams and ice cream floats and espresso bar Mozzino will be teaming up with Katia Kitchen, who bakes authentic, artisan Italian recipes from her home town of Piedmont. They’ll be serving up her sweet treats alongside a cold press street brew of coffee.

Healthy Options
There will be plenty of healthy options from The Detox Kitchen who will serve wheatgrass shots and their best selling salads and Triyoga’s new Retreat café. There will be proper Greek food from The Life Goddess and real fruit and smoothie café Moosh will be offering tasters and special offers in store.

Kingly Court is the West End’s newest dining destination with new food concepts and al-fresco dining. Here, presenter, foodie and one-time Celebrity Masterchef winner Hardeep Singh Kohli will take the main stage, cooking up some of his favourite dishes and inviting some of the area’s most well known restaurateurs and chefs to join him.
Throughout Carnaby, watch out for the roller skating Disco honeys and the Cirque le Soir performers; enjoy live music and watch a demo of detoxifying yoga poses from triyoga or just chill out on the deckchairs. Stop by Lomography who will be running fish-eye camera workshops – no excuses for not securing the perfect foodie snap.

For the Kids
Babywear store Carry Me Home has 20% off bibs for the day and ZSL London Zoo’s pop up shop will be offering animal face painting, so that even the littlest visitors can get involved with the festival.

Register on for a free event guide and entry into a prize draw to win one for five dinners for two.

The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea

Gentlemens Afternoon TeaA brand new and innovative Afternoon Tea menu is now available at the Athenaeum Hotel, specifically designed for the modern Gentleman, but of course available to everyone!

The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea is a new take on the traditional afternoon tea, but without a cucumber sandwich in sight. Instead we are giving it a manly twist, serving wild boar sausage rolls, miniature steak and ale pies, cave-aged mature cheddar and bacon scones, and these are just a few of the delicious savouries on offer.

The menu is specially prepared to match with the intense flavour of single malt whisky; working with Ivo Silva (The Athenaeum’s resident whisky sommelier) we have created the perfect pairing. During the afternoon tea our waiters are available to offer advice and tasting notes to keen whisky-drinking patrons.

•Reservations must be made beforehand.
•Available from 12pm till 7pm
•Only available until 31st August 2014

The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at the Athenaeum costs £34.50 MENU PDF

Illycaffe Opens Boutique CafÈ Bar In Central London

illy regent streetPremium coffee roaster illycaffè has opened its London flagship boutique cafè bar.

Situated at the heart of London’s iconic shopping district, illy Regent Street combines a genuine Italian cafè experience with illy’s chic design ideals and innovative high-end technology, offering Londoners the chance to refuel, reflect and relax in stylish surroundings.

Open daily from 07:00-20:00, the stunning venue incorporates sleek Italian architecture and classic illy design.

A split level seating area, complete with table service, is the perfect location to catch up with friends over a coffee or to exchange ideas with colleagues, using the free in-store tablet devices and Wi-Fi provided in partnership with Samsung.

Iconic illy photography and posters adorn the walls, complimenting an exquisite centre piece; an illy chandelier made from 216 illy Art Collection espresso cups, designed by some of the greatest artists from the past 20 years, including Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović.

An impressive mosaic replica of Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky’s 1934 illy advertising poster has also been installed in this unique cafè. Created by an Italian company, the mosaic consists of 85,000 tiles in 31 different colours and measures nearly four metres high by three metres wide.

It’s not just the interior design which reflects the best of Italian culture. illy Regent Street also serves a mouth-watering menu, boasting the best of Italian cuisine.

From breakfast bomboloni pastries, filled with vanilla cream and jam, to lunchtime piadina wraps, plates of antipasti and pasta dishes, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect food for any time of day, whether you are eating on the move or enjoying a sit-down meal.

What’s more, illy’s range of desserts and mignons are a wonderfully indulgent afternoon snack or post-meal treat.

illy’s exclusive tiramisu (the illymisu) includes a serving of illy coffee for customers to pour onto the dessert themselves.

Alternatively, ICOLORI, delicious bites of crunchy biscuit with a variety of creamy fillings, created especially for illy by master pastry chef (and former Italian World Cup Pastry team captain) Luigi Biasetto, are bound to satisfy even the most sweet tooth.

To compliment this varied menu, illy Regent Street also offers a wide-range of hot and cold Italian-inspired drinks, from creamy illy cappuccinos to intense illy espressos, classic Italian soft drinks and juices.

Upon receipt of its drinks license, the boutique cafè bar will also introduce a range of apertifs and Italian wines later in the year.

And for those who want to take a slice of high-end, Italian glamour home with them, illy Regent Street houses a shopping corner, stocking illy’s state of the art iperEspresso machines, tins of coffee and cups from the illy Art Collection.

illy Regent Street is located at 295 Regent Street, London W1B 2HJ.

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar CoIndependent patisserie brand Poppy and Sebastian and lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co are coming together to launch a new one off concept in Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1.

Poppy & Sebastian make beautiful patisseries – magnificent works of art that mix simplicity, seasonality and playfulness in their creations. They are creative patisseries that are a feast for the eye but with a focus on seasonal ingredients, quirkiness and the extraordinary. Classics like ‘Crème Brulee’ and ‘Mont Blanc’ are turned upside down, and in the ‘Le Snickers’ the snickers bar becomes an exploration of crispy peanut croustillant, domes of milk chocolate cremeux, crème brulee and salted caramel.

The Kingly Street shop is a French-style modern patisserie. There are limited seats for tastings served with Postcard Teas – the best tea in London. As well as being able to sit in and enjoy or takeaway the sensational patisseries, customers can buy almost anything they see in the shop. Beautiful objects of design are for sale from independent lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co including kitchenware, home accessories and gift ideas for Christmas. Products include: Japanese glassware, British ceramics, Danish wool blankets, handwoven throws from India, traditional copper cookie cutters, jade green rolling pins, colourful tea towels and newly commissioned ‘Trooks': hooks and fridge magnets made from foraged wood. A small range of handmade straw slippers made by one of the last remaining makers in Denmark, will appear mid-December. Prices range from £4.00-£100.00.

Discover Kingly Court, a picturesque three storey courtyard which is the new food and beverage destination, a unique find in the heart of Carnaby and London’s West End.

Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, where over 150 brands of quality and distinction and over 50 independent restaurants and bars can be found across 13 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street, creating a unique experiential shopping destination, not to be found anywhere else in the world.

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co launches on Saturday 30th November and will run for three months.
10 Kingly Street, Kingly Court, Carnaby, London, W1



The Berkeley part of Maybourne Hotel Group is set to wow the fashion crowd this winter season as designer items are turned into cakes, mousses and biscuits. A firm date in every fashionista’s diary, Prêt-à-Portea is designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs.

Located in Knightsbridge, the heart of London’s fashion scene, the Berkeley launches its most exciting Prêt-à-Portea collection to date with showpieces including Burberry’s signature trench coat and Saint Laurent’s must-have red leather duffle bag. Fashion fans are invited to eat their designer hearts out on Jean Paul Gaultier cremeux and Vivienne Westwood macaroons after a day of shopping at style temples Harvey Nichols and Harrods!

Marking his 50th Anniversary in the industry this year, Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley celebrates Oscar de la Renta on the tea stand with his orange bavarois emphasised with shocking pink chocolate embroidery.
London based label Giles’s antique gold chocolate feather set on a base of Sacher Torte reflects the warm metallics everyone will be wearing this winter.

Italian designer favourite Emporio Armani makes its Prêt-à-Portea debut with a warm winter violet cassis mousse and light Curacao jelly topped with a whimsical chocolate swirl. Gianvito Rossi also makes his first appearance with this season’s must-have chocolate over-the-knee boot biscuit with ankle strap.

Marking a bold return this season is Saint Laurent with its classic autumn red duffle 6 victoria sponge cake bag, an indispensable colour to wear this autumn and stealing our hearts this season is Burberry’s patterned trench coat taking the form of a spiced ginger biscuit with caramel icing.

The Berkeley pastry chefs visit London fashion week shows to get their inspiration for the colours and the textures of the new collections. Prêt-à-Portea will echo the season’s trends of soft pinks, festive sparkles and patterns galore.

The Berkeley has forged links with Wedgwood who have produced a bespoke collection of fine-bone china for Prêt-à-Portea. Inspired by the current trends and styles, but mindful of their heritage, Wedgwood has created an exquisite multicoloured diamond shaped pattern gracing the new china for the ultimate fashion touch.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm every day priced at £39 per person. (£49 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £55 per person including a glass of couture champagne)

To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call 020 7235 6000.