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Heston at Heathrow

Fat Duck devotees might be interested to know that celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is planning a new venture - at Heathrow airport. Sam Hetti (18 Nov’13)

The venue will be the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 (The Queen’s Building) which opens in June 2014 and will include a bar and a deli. The fare will be toned down; fish and chips, pizza and burgers but with a Blumenthal twist as featured in his TV show In Search of Perfection.

He follows the lead of Gordon Ramsay who landed his Plane Food outlet in Heathrow's Terminal Five. The new restaurant plans to despatch "multi-sensory" dining to customers within 11 minutes of orders being placed, as befits Heathrow’s business .  

 "This is an incredible project,” said Blumenthal. “There are so many different elements to consider when people are travelling. We want to deliver a broad spectrum of easy-to-enjoy, familiar dishes, from fish and chips to pizza. When we made the  In Search of Perfection series we spent hours researching the temperature of a pizza oven or the crunch of batter; it’s this inspiration that is behind the menu at Heathrow – with some truly British eccentricity thrown in for good measure."

Heathrow's Terminal 2, back in the 50's

“Our brand new, £2.5bn terminal will not only showcase the best of the UK’s art and engineering talent, but also one of its greatest culinary minds. This new restaurant will certainly introduce a unique and original dimension to the airport eating experience at Heathrow’ said Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, Heathrow’s retail director.

Fast food chain Leon and retailer John Lewis are also set to join Terminal 2 eager to capitalise on its expected 20 million annual passenger traffic .

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Zaha Hadid designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens

Tomorrow sees the public opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery at The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store. Abigail Parkin looks at what visitors can expect. (27 Sep'13) Read more

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IAN SCHRAGER’S EDITION HOTEL BRIT ART COLLABORATION

Club and hotel king Ian Schrager is back in town for his hotel launch tomorrow and British artist Mat Collishaw marks the event with the creation of a 3D diamond exhibited in the lobby’s glass vestibule. Abigail Parkin (11 Sep ’13) Read more

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Summer hospitality success at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Lord’s Cricket Ground has reported a 61% increase in the sales of its summer packages following enhancements to its 2013 hospitality offering. Abigail Parkin (23 Aug’13)   Read more

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MONOCLE CAFÉ OPENS IN LONDON

Red Carpet doesn't usually feature café news but the opening of the Monocle Café in London’s Marylebone  is worth a highlight. It follows the Monocle magazine’s successful Tokyo café launch in 2011. Abigail Parkin (18 Apr ’13)

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Balthazar restaurant reviewed

When Chancellor George Osborne clumsily branded us an ‘aspiration nation’ was he talking about getting a reservation at Balthazar? Red Carpet takes a table. Sat Bal (25 Mar’13) Read more

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Vivanta by Taj - Gurgaon Hotel opens March

Vivanta by Taj has announced the opening of its new hotel on 7 March in New Delhi. Chris Page (4 March ’13)

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Johnnie Walker House opens - Beijing, China

The grand opening of ‘Johnnie Walker House Beijing’ this weekend follows the success of the Scotch whisky’s ‘House’ debut in Shanghai last year. Chris Page (10 Dec ’12) Read more

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Sirio Ristorante to open at The Pierre, New York

Taj Group hotel The Pierre joins forces with the Maccioni Group to open Sirio Ristorante New York this month. Chris Page (17 Oct ’12) Read more

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MTV Crashes Manchester with Alicia Keys

Red Carpet took communion with Alicia Keys last night in the gothic splendour of Manchester Cathedral. Sat Bal was at the Grammy winning star’s performance along with a host of Manchester’s footballers and musicians. (25 Sep ‘12)

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