So, here in London we were excited by the news that our famously fiery chef, Gordon Ramsey, decided to react with precision timing by launching his first US restaurant last night in New York City, where the food critics were anxiously circling and diners had booked the place solid for two months. But this time, the stakes were much greater than the ones on his popular US reality competition, Hell's Kitchen, on Fox television. Called Gordon Ramsay at The London, the elegant restaurant with a French-influenced menu is located inside the London NYC Hotel in midtown and is Ramsey's most expensive gamble to date.
So with reactionary inspiration from our favourite potty--mouthed cook setting up in the best amalgam named hotel anywhere, it's time for the 15th edition of City Slicker's "Week Action, Weekend Reaction."
1) Revolted by the news that Tony Blair's favourite Villiers Street branch of Starbucks was fined £12,000 after being found to be infested with mice? React by getting a different type of dirty kink with your coffee at the part sex shop and part coffee shop, Covent Garden-based Coffee, Cake and Kink. The only place in the capital that manages to combine all the leisurely pleasures of drinking coffee and eating cake with teasing and tempting kinky treats.
2) Disgusted by the above suggestion and the fact that this weekend London is hosting the Erotica Convention at Olympia? React by indulging your thoughts of pearl necklaces at the Dazzle Jewellery exhibition in the Olivier foyer of the National Theatre, South Bank. A huge variety of young designers on show with prices from £10. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. Starts Monday - 13 Jan.
3) In the mood for a token celeb spot after all the hype surrounding Tom and Katie's big bash tomorrow? React by heading to the recently revitalised Odette's for a weekend treat of top-rated British food in celeb-infested Primrose Hill.