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Hatchetts Review – What We Thought

New?  Whilst the restaurant only opened earlier this month, it takes its name from Hatchett’s Hotel and White Horse Cellar Piccadilly which has been a firm favourite throughout history as a place to meet and have a drink or two. Frequented by Dickens and Edward Moggs it’s also seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey and The Beatles through its doors. Where?  5 White Horse Street, Mayfair, W1J 7LQ, www.hatchetts.london On the menu: Created by Head Chef, Andrew Evans who has worked alongside some of London’s most famous chefs including Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Morning Glory Brunch at 100 Wardour St.

Some things just go together: tea and biscuits, wine and cheese, brunch and Sundays. Brunch is one of those small pleasures in life that allows the fun from the weekend to continue. Otherwise, Sunday would just be pre-Monday, and weekends are short enough as it is. As July comes to a close this weekend, Soho’s 100 Wardour St. Restaurant & Club will be hosting their first LGBT brunch cheekily named Morning Glory, in association with the Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness of HIV and AIDs. Expect a brunch which is fuelled by Prosecco, dancing and delicious food – well who said Sundays […]

Culture

The Middle: Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about living in such a dynamic and historic city as London is that too often we forget to appreciate the opportunities we have every day to experience London at its best. Tourists flock from all over the world just to get a taste of what we have at our fingertips, but we instead rush home from work and opt out of weekend adventures to sleep in and watch the next episode of Orange is the New Black. How many of us have actually seen the changing of the guards or spent an afternoon at Trafalgar Square? […]

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Top 6 Tasting Menus in London

London’s eating habits are changing. Facing attacks from tapas, sharing plates and street food, the traditional three-course meal is on the retreat. Fortunately, there’s a much more satisfying way to keep all those courses: the tasting menu. Forget about agonising over whether to go for your favourite dish or a gamble on a wildcard – a tasting menu brings you the restaurant’s best dishes without you having to decide. And, if nothing else, a tasting menu is the only time when eating ten courses is totally acceptable. Here are our very favourite tasting menus.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 of London’s Best Vietnamese Restaurants

After a wave of Korean food sweeping London’s shores – think great street food from the likes of Busan BBQ, Old Street eatery On the Bab and Judy Joo’s Soho based Jinjuu – we thought The Handbook’s old faithful, good ol’ Vietnamese, deserved a little love. Here’s a round-up of where we recommend you should go to get some.

Openings & Launches

Hyde Opens: Cocktails in Kensington

It’s Tuesday, still the start of the week, technically but it’s never too early to think about what you’re going to do this weekend, so let us make a suggestion – how about heading to the newly opened cocktail bar, Hyde. Having opened opposite Kensington Palace the bar will be serving up cocktails from the award winning bartender and co-founder of The Cocktail Trading Co. Andy Mil. Drinks include the Mad Hatter: Bombay Saphhier, Hyde ginger brew and lemon juice served in a smoking glass tea pot and the Shell Shock. Designed to share and served in a giant ceramic […]

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Maze Sushi Review – What We Thought

New? Part of the Gordon Ramsay empire, maze turns 10 this year but has recently added Sunday Sushi Sessions to its offerings to entice customers in and away from the standard Sunday brunch. Where? 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP, www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/maze First Impressions: In a prime position on Grosvenor Square, the grand staired entrance lets you know this isn’t your standard sushi joint. Maze sits round to the left whilst, to the right, Maze Grill serves up a mean steak – Gordon is his own competition. On the Menu: European dining with ‘an Asian flourish’ is how maze describes itself. Sushi […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Farmopolis: Putting the Green in Greenwich

 The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a key date in London’s horticultural and social calendar, but have you ever wondered what happens to all the flowers after? Are they planted somewhere else? Or are they left to wither, each petal dropping off, one by one…a little flower graveyard? Well banish that thought because launching this weekend on the Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula is Farmopolis, a floating garden which has saved and rehomed tens of thousands of plants from the flower show. Created by Secret Productions (the co-founders of Wilderness Festival) and Wayward (the UK’s leading art-design-farm practice), the new garden will […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Alfresco Cinema at Bluebird

The sun is finally out in London and the heatwave has begun which means there is no excuse to not be outdoors. We know the heat can often bring extremes, whether it makes you come alive and ready to take on the world or knackered and impatient. The latter would be understandable as there have already been hour-long delays on the overground and closures on the tube due to overcrowding. Classic London. We can all agree though that there is nothing better than getting off work and enjoying a change from the cold and rain.  Thankfully, there are plenty of rooftop terraces and parks to go […]

Reviews

The Griffin Inn Review – what we thought

New? The Griffin dates from the 16th century and the Pullan family have been at the helm since 1979. Where? Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SS, www.thegriffininn.co.uk On the menu: A Modern European menu with strong influences from London’s famous River Café with which The Griffin has close family associations. First Impressions: After an hour’s drive from London we find ourselves in the small town of Fletching in East Sussex which is home to The Griffin Inn. The garden has amazing views of the hilly countryside with the perks of a pop-up bar on site while the actual bar is also nearby. We stayed […]

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