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No. 11 Pimlico Road has scooped Best Designed Casual Dining Pub 2014 at the inaugural Casual Dining Design Awards. The neighbourhood bar and restaurant was up against six other pubs but came out on top for its ‘classy, fresh and considered’ design. Commenting on the success, No. 11 Pimlico Road’s general manager Jessica Closs says, ‘we are so please to have won first … In an area famed for its design, we have tried to sensitively design the space so it appeals to the local audience and we are so thankful to Fusion DNA and BuroCreative who have brought all of our inspirations to life’ 11 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NA, 020 7730 6784 (no11pimlicoroad.co.uk)
Images courtesy of: British Polo Day

Smart casual

A bit of horse play

The sporting event of the summer, British Polo Day, returns to the Black Bears base in Henley-on-Thames on 28 June. Presented by Land Rover, last year’s event saw the Commonwealth and the British Exile teams battle it out for the charity cup, while Eton and Jodhpur Polo competed for the Hackett Cronan trophy, raising more than £70,000 for the organisation’s four chosen charities. Like last year, guests can expect more fun and games, including being whisked away in a Range Rover to an exclusive three course lunch curated by the InterContinental Hotel’s signature chef Theo Randall. British Polo Day will also have a special DeliSanté hamper pack at the ready for those who would rather eat al fresco pitch-side. Anyone looking for a bit of feel-good retail therapy will be pleased to hear that the event’s charity auction will showcase pieces from internationally renowned designer, Zaeem Jamal’s spring-summer collection. With a month left until the games begin, we suggest you get your invite soon. Invites can be purchased online via britishpoloday.com

Tomtom’s Eccleston expansion
We have confirmation that Tom Assheton, owner of Tomtom Cigars & Coffee is set to launch a second food venue on nearby Eccleston Street over the next few months. The café will occupy the premises of the former Jenny Lo’s Tea House and will have much more of a food focus than the current branch, which despite serving breakfast, snacks and light lunch options, specialises in coffee. 63 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PP 020 7730 1790 (tomtom.co.uk)

An English Riviera

Following the recent closure of Bulgari Hotel’s Il Ristorante for refurbishment, it has been announced that internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse is set to launch Rivea London at the hotel on 12 May, with his protégé Damien Leroux as head chef. Offering a taste of the Mediterranean coastline without stepping foot on a plane, Rivea London will serve French and Italian-inspired cuisine against a marine-themed backdrop. ‘I am delighted to bring Rivea to such a vibrant culinary scene as London,’ Ducasse revealed, adding, ‘The restaurant will encompass the essence of my cuisine, interpreted by my passionate young chef Damien.’ Roll on 12 May. 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW, 020 7151 1010 (bulgarihotels.com)

Image courtesy of: TomTom Cigars

The scent of summer

Guerlain have released a limited edition fragrance in homage of their time-honoured friendship with Harrods. The eau de parfum, majestically entitled Royal Extract, takes its roots from the 1928 scent Royal Extract of Flowers created by Guerlain’s founder Pierre-François Pascal. A beautiful blend of floral and peachy notes, the fragrance exudes an allround fruity scent, perfect for the summer season. Go and spritz it for yourself. £280 at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL, 020 7730 1234 (harrods.com)

Image courtesy of: Strutt & Parker

Residential record breaker
Belgravia’s property market has always been of the highest calibre and continues to set the bar when it comes to high-priced properties in London. 48 Belgrave Mews North, sold through agents Strutt & Parker, went for a record breaking £6.9 million just weeks after its completion, making an estimated £3,000 per sq ft. Designed by leading developers Landmass, the property is said to include an impressive ceiling height of 3.2 metres, a sliding retractable glass roof that welcomes natural light to the lower ground floor as well as a beautifully luxurious interior. Describing the new mews house as ‘somewhat of a tardis,’ managing director of Landmass, Alex Waxman said, ‘what we have created here is a very rare product… nestled in arguably the best-positioned mews in Belgravia.’

For ladies who brunch

The working woman knows only too well how precious time can be on any given day. Thankfully the brains behind the Grace Café understand this predicament and have introduced The Grace Supper Club, a new type of membership that doesn’t require full-time commitment. With this option, ladies can enjoy total access to the Grace Café and restaurant and experience a range of health-focused dishes. Members will also have a guaranteed invite to a host of events that include tastings and stimulating discussions on culture and art. Alternatively, for those early risers, the café invites members and non-members alike to its Business Breakfast event, held every Tuesday of the month for a morning of nutritious food and inspiring business discussions. More details can be found at gracebelgravia.com 11c West Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL, 020 7235 8900

Words / Ozel Rowland

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