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Openings & Launches

Radio Alice Pizzeria Opens

This is the story of a radio station, two bored brothers, the police and a whole lot of pizza. Welcome to the story of Radio Alice. Our story starts in the 1970s in Bologna, where a radio station, Radio Alice was set up; it was the voice of the counterculture in Bologna, rebellious, Italian and unconventional. Except it wasn’t long lived, little over a year later it was shut down by the police. Shame. We now jump to 2010 and meet brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe, having finished university they were after a project and bored of the usual red-checked tablecloths […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rosewood’s Winter Gin Terrace

Pimms is for summer, mulled wine is for winter, but gin – gin is for all year round. It isn’t just for summer gin and tonics as Rosewood London are proving with their Sipsmith winter terrace. When it was cold enough for the Thames to freeze over, Londoners still drank gin at the Frost Fairs that were held on the ice, in the ‘House of Geneva’ gin tents,  so we definitely can now. The terrace which is in the courtyard of the hotel has been designed by garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and is inspired by a British garden. It’s draped […]

Openings & Launches

Swift: Soho’s New Bar

Next week will see the opening of Swift, an elegant cocktail bar but with all the friendliness of your local pub (hoping that your local is indeed friendly). Setting up shop on Old Compton Street the team behind it are cocktail duo Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson and the owners of Nightjar and Oriole, Roisin Stimpson and Edmund Weil. Split across two floors, it’s all about slick service and quick drinks. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by an airy standing bar inspired by the sweeping style of Joseff Hoffman and the Art Nouveau era. Upstairs the menu has a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Festive Afternoon Tea at Cutter & Squidge

There’s always room for an indulgent afternoon tea, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge. You can expect finger sandwiches filled with cranberry and stuffing, or Boxing Day turkey, you’ve got scones, festively flavoured, think cranberry and mature cheddar. But a Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea wouldn’t be so without their famous biskies and dream cakes – their Christmas offering will give you a dulce de leche and chocolate pearl biskie and a pistachio and raspberry lollibag dream cake. There’re traditional offerings, such as […]

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Openings & Launches

The Gate Opens 3rd Restaurant

The countdown to Christmas begins, you can now listen to Mariah Carey on repeat and you’ve probably already opened the second day of your advent calendar. Who isn’t looking forward to Christmas though? Turkeys that’s who. They will love The Gate though, because the vegetarian restaurant is opening its third branch today in Seymour Place. Following on from the Hammersmith and Islington restaurants, this central restaurant will serve up classic dishes such as the green banana fritters, aubergine teriyaki and plantain chips and green dragon. New additions will include a three-way filled globe artichoke, aubergine schnitzel and wild mushroom rotolo. […]

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Reviews

Alexandrie Review: What We Thought

New? November saw “Aladino’s Restaurant” become “Alexandrie Restaurant”. Aladino’s Restaurant was a restaurant originally in Alexandrie that came to London in 2015, and now has new management, new menus and a new name. Where? 38c Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 4BX www.alexandrie.co.uk On the menu: Described as fine dining from Alexandria (Egypt) in the heart of Kensington you can expect to find dishes such as molokheya; Egypt’s famous viscous herb soup, sea bass with cauliflower purée and citrus sauce, and spiced chicken roulade, filled with buffalo mozzarella cheese, harissa, and pesto. First Impressions: It’s quiet on arrival and smaller than I expected; the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

14 December Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

Ah, December, the month where you can eat enough for a small family and not feel guilty. As the city transforms into a winter wonderland, we bring you the best pop ups, from dumplings to film clubs, December has everything you could want.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Night of Enchantment

This Christmas, D&D London restaurants are adding a touch of magic to your celebrations with series of events and fairy-tale inspired feasts with Fairytales in the City. So, in celebration, Club D&D bring you A Night of Enchantment. On Thursday 15th December, a top secret London location will be hosting a night of incredible food and drink and live entertainment, with food from the restaurant group’s catering company, Alexander & Björk and magical winter wonderland-esque decorations. There’ll be a 5-course menu created by some of London’s best chefs, each paired with a matching glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier. The chefs getting involved include […]

Reviews

The Old Dairy Review: What We Thought

New? It reopened the 12th October after an extensive refurbishment so we headed north to check it out. Where? 1-3 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP www.theolddairyn4.co.uk On the Menu: Think hearty pub food but with a gourmet twist; in lieu of sloppy servings presentation is key here with special thought given to flavour harmonies. Expect dishes like Scottish scallops with crispy pork belly, celeriac vanilla puree and parsnip crisps, and venison haunch with hispi cabbage, straw potatoes, juniper, raisin and caper sauce. First Impressions: I’m not a massive pub dweller but a glance at the menu was enough to tempt me into visiting. The restaurant […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas at The View at the Shard

A programme of Christmas wonder…with a view – that’s what The Shard are offering this winter. There’ll be carol singing, Champagne and screenings of Christmas classics; all on the upper most floors of the iconic London landmark. Level 72 offers some of the most dramatic and magnificent views of London, home to the open-air sky deck, it is going to be transformed into a wintry hideaway complete with winter plants, pine trees and twinkling lights. Enjoy the views with a hot drink from The Shard’s ‘design your own’ hot chocolate bar. The bar offers an array unique flavours as well […]

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