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Dirty Martini: The Saintly Six

We all begin the year with our best intentions of course, but there’ll always be that little birdie on your shoulder, telling you to forget about your diet or to forego your gym session. And let’s be honest, going from a month of cheese to a month of broccoli isn’t really going to work. What if you could have the best of both worlds? Dirty Martini have introduced for the month their ‘Saintly Six’ – six cocktails full of ingredients with health-boosting properties. So yes, you can enjoy a drink whilst reaping the benefits of ingredients like ginger and Matcha […]

Openings & Launches

Kricket Opens in Soho

Starting life in a shipping container in Brixton, Indian restaurant, Kricket opened back in 2015 and quickly gained a loyal following of fans. Those who were after unpretentious dining, (you’re sitting in a shipping container, it isn’t going to be the most luxe really is it?), punchy Indian inspired cocktails and sharing plates. Well now, they’re heading to Soho, swapping metal for bricks and mortar. The duo behind it, chef Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell will be opening their second restaurant on Denman Street, as they continue to cook up simple Indian dishes at prices to sooth your January bank […]

Culture

London’s Only Private Rooftop Cinema Returns

The Christmas decorations are down and so is the mercury; leaving work when it’s 2 degrees outside has us wanting to head straight home and hygge. An evening of candles, hot water bottles and a movie sounds particularly appealing but if your new year’s resolution resembles something along the lines of making time for friends, date night or even just for yourself then don’t be so quick to reach for your front door key. High above the streets of Knightsbridge, The Berkeley is relaunching its rooftop cinema for the new year to help ease the January blues with a touch […]

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Reviews

Swift Review: What We Thought

What? Hidden behind an unassuming door on Old Compton Street (there is no sign so keep your eyes peeled) is Swift, a cocktail bar from husband and wife team Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson who honed their cocktail skills at Milk & Honey, Dead Rabbit and Callooh Callay. They’ve joined up with Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil of Nightjar and Oriole the award winning bars. New? Yes, it only opened at the end of November. Where? 12 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TQ, www.barswift.com On the Menu: Upstairs you’ll find classic serves and a selection of aperitifs focusing on Martinis whilst downstairs is all […]

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Guides

19 of the Most Exciting Venues Set to Open in 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 is here and with it brings a whole new set of restaurants, bars and hotels. We’ve rounded up some of the top new openings coming to London in the next 12 months and if 2016’s haul are anything to go by (check them out here), 2017 is going to be a great year for city venues:   The Ned With 252 bedrooms, 9 restaurants, a basement and rooftop swimming pool, gym, spa, treatment rooms, and numerous private rooms, The Ned Hotel (which is the work of Soho House & Co and Sydell Group who already have 17 members’ clubs, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hoppers to Pop-Up at Swingers Golf Club

Hopping along to Swingers in the new year are vendors of Sri Lankan cuisine, Hoppers. They’ve swung from strength to strength since their opening in 2015, winning Tatler’s Restaurant of the Year 2016 as well as being awarded the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand; it is undoubtable they’ll win the hearts of all at Swingers. Crazy golfers at the venue can choose from a whole range of dishes since Hoppers will be offering up favourites from their Soho home, like the lamb kothu roti, as well as new dishes that have been created exclusively just for the venue, like the Ceylonese […]

Openings & Launches

The Cheese Bar: The Cheese Truck’s 1st Home

If we had to choose a favourite ice cream van in London (when we would have to make this choice, we aren’t sure, but let’s say we did) we would choose the 1970’s dream Alfie, which in 2014 decided that it was no longer going to be an ice cream van, but was going to be instead The Cheese Truck and with that London street food scene found its game changer. Created by Mathew Carver, The Cheese Truck does what it says on the tin it champions the best British cheese with its food porn – aka grilled cheese sandwiches […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

41 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

2016 has been, if nothing else, eventful. A bit of a roller coaster one might say. Whether you’ve been at the top or the bottom of that roller coaster, there is only one thing for it this NewYear’s Eve. Pick up a glass of Champagne, get your party hat on and say goodbye 2016, hello 2017… Menus: Bronte  Bronte will be offering two sittings for their New Year’s Eve menu – one at 6pm which is ideal if you have children and one starting at 9pm which is just for the adults and is when the DJ will be taking to […]

Openings & Launches

Bōkan: Canary Wharf’s New Rooftop Bar

Canary Wharf, not somewhere you think of when it comes to rooftop bars, despite there being so many tall buildings which would make for ideal drinking spots. Well that’s all set to change with the arrival of Bōkan. Opening on the 37th, 38th and 29th floor of the Novotel London Canary Wharf, it’ll be serving up modern European dishes with a British slant and cocktails made from boutique spirits. Leading the kitchen will be Head Chef Aurelie Alternaire (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) who has created a menu using the finest British ingredients, start with British charcuterie and cheeses before moving […]

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Reviews

Grand Trunk Road Review: What We Thought

What: Grand Trunk Road is the brand new Indian restaurant in South Woodford from acclaimed restaurateur, Rajesh Suri, who is synonymous with Michelin-starred eateries such as Mayfair’s Tamarind. New? South Woodford is enjoying somewhat of a restaurant boom at the moment with the most recent addition of Grand Trunk Road in late November 2016. Where? 219 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PB www.gtrrestaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Menu highlights include tiger prawns with coconut milk, turmeric and ginger, baby eggplant with red and green peppers in masala, ground lamb with garden peas, egg and freshly roasted whole spices while the sweeter options include […]

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