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Gilly's Fry Bar
Openings & Launches

Gilly’s Fry Bar – Northern Chippy Meets Japanese Tempura

Kill us now, it’s never going to get any better than this: chip shop fish and chips, curry sauce and cocktails. Gilly’s Fry Bar arrives in Finsbury Park this week and it promises to be a fantastic, if unlikely, combo of chippy and highball cocktails with an Asian twist. Modelled on restauranteur Neil Gill’s memories of Tyneside chip shops, the restaurant will feature classics like cod and scraps but fused with the delicate art of Japanese tempura cooking. Running with the Northern obsession with dousing chips with curry sauce Gill has devised a menu combining the traditional katsu curry with […]

Olle
Openings & Launches

Olle: Queue Now For Korean Barbeque

Summer is over, and so too is the barbecue season as we look forward to another nine or ten months without smoke billowing into our faces as we turn chicken into charcoal. OR, you could head down to Olle and do it properly. Olle is a new Korean restaurant coming to Chinatown and it’s an interactive barbeque. Forget eveything you think you know about the art of BBandQing, Olle will bring the finest cuts of meat to your table where communal firepits will offer you the chance to sizzle to perfection in the ideal conditions. The menu includes top-quality Japanese […]

Guides

11 Foodie Instagrammers You Should Be Following

Sharing is never easy when there’s food involved. However, if you’re sharing your lunch on Instagram you really can have your cake and eat it. While it’s nearly impossible to eat a meal in London without giving your Bargain Bucket the David Bailey treatment, for the real afficianados it’s more than an annoying delay to the start of dinner, it’s an artform. The rise of the Insta pros with millions of followers drooling over their foody pics is an entire industry to itself, with top food ‘influencers’ drawing six figure salaries from their paid-for posts. But it’s also spawned a […]

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Great Guns Social
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Championing New Chefs at Great Guns Social

Lamb lollipops, brioche French toast and caramelise chicken pastilla; the menu is kicking off at new restaurant Great Guns Social. Now while the name may spark off a heated debate in America, the reason this is called Great Guns, is after founder, Laura Gregory’s global content and music video company, Great Guns and just as that company champions up and coming talent, so will this new restaurant. By hosting a roster of exciting chefs, guided by celebrity chef Maria Elia, the menu will always be new and interesting and you have a reason to keep returning. First into the kitchen […]

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Reviews

Aster Live Comes To Victoria

What?  French and Scandinavian crossover menu with live music thrown into the deal  New? Ish, Aster opened in January but they are now launching their new dinner, cocktails and live music nights dubbed Aster Live. Where? In Aster’s downstairs brasserie at 150 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB www.aster-restaurant.com On the Menu: The menu is a rather unique blend of Scandie and French foods, created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka. Puolakka brings her Finnish herritage and French training to bear in a combination that, in our opinion, sometimes surprises but often delights. The Look: Aster is set within the Nova Victoria building, that giant […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

It Doesn’t Get Batter Than This

If you thought that the best thing to come out of Australia was the Neighbours Omnibus then think again! Doughnut Time is headed to London and given that as far as we’re concerned it’s ALWAYS doughnut-o’clock so we can’t wait. Doughnut Time started as a tiny ‘hole-in-the-wall’ doughnut store down-under in 2015, just a couple years later and it’s expanded across twenty locations throughout Australia. Next month they go international, with a Shaftesbury Avenue store and bring their exceptional deep-fried creations to London. If you’ve not tasted their diabetes-inducing masterpieces then you absolutely must. The range includes the Créme De […]

Openings & Launches

Farm Girl Opens in Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty’s three-storey flagship store at No.1 Carnaby is already the perfect pace for ladies that lunge to get kitted out, and now ladies what lunch can get involved too; health cafe Farm Girl has opened a concession. Farm Girl is the sort of Australian-inspired café that health conscious customers go mad for and with good reason. Loaded with superfood ingredients Sweaty Betty shoppers can now call in for their signature dishes including build-your-own-breakfast bowls and gluten-free doughnuts or celebrate completing laps of the shop at Farm Girl’s first cocktail bar, featuring alcoholic drinks using strawberry, acai and lavender infused […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Europe’s Largest Mezcal Collection at The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Pass me a poncho and slip on a sombrero, because this is one Mexican extravaganza not to be missed. For London’s first Mezcal Week starting today, the Bloomsbury Club Bar is adding Europe’s largest collection of the agave-based liquor to its menu and transforming its space into a rustic Mezcaleria, complete with a twinkling garden adorned with agave greenery. Never tried Mezcal? It’s a relative of tequila, granted, but they differ in production technique and type of agave used. So now’s your chance to wave adios to that bottle of Jose Cuervo (you know, the one that gives you a […]

Openings & Launches

2nd Wringer & Mangle Opens

Two years ago, a disused building in Hackney that was once a laundrette was given a new lease of life, with less of the clothes and soap suds and more of the food – there’d still be washing, but it would be of plates and pots. It became Wringer & Mangle and is now known for a different kind of bubbles, no longer soap, it serves a rather good bottomless brunch with plenty of prosecco. Anyway, why are we telling you this? Because now they are opening a site over on Middlesex Street – still no laundry though… Set across […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Campari Residency: Bringing Milan to Kings Cross

Campari is taking over King’s Cross this September with their ten day residency, ‘Campari Creates’. Campari will be bringing drinks, art and design, and hopefully the last of the summer sunshine all the way from Milan to London’s Granary Square. Running from 15th to 24th September, ‘Campari Creates’ will showcase two of Milan’s greatest exports: Campari and creativity. The residency will feature a ‘Campari Creates’ masterclass so you can learn how to create your own Campari cocktails, including those iconic classics, the Negroni and the Americano. If the cocktails liven up your inner artist, there will also be the opportunity to design your […]

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