Bites: The Ivy's 'smoking hole' revealed

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Celebrity West End haunt The Ivy is set to unveil an exclusive new members' bar on 8 September. Created by Martin Brudnizki, the designer behind the glam revamp of Mayfair's Scott's, the bar houses a feature that will no doubt find favour with some Ivy regulars: a rooftop "smoking hole", enabling pap-free puffing for A-listers.

Around the corner in Soho's Wardour Street, chef Anthony Sousa Tam (Nobu and Hakkasan) is going virtual at his new venture Inamo: diners will order via a touch-screen projected in front of them on a digital "tablecloth" that will also let them watch the chefs at work.

Former Ramsay protégé Gemma Tuley has resurfaced over on the South Bank. After her debut at Big Gord's much-hyped Foxtrot Oscar didn't go quite to plan, she must be hoping for better at her new home, Arch One.

And in Kent, Ready Steady Cook regular Richard Phillips has set up shop at the Chapel Down vineyard, where the wine will come straight from the backyard. Corking idea, that.

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