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8 of the Best Christmas Ice Rinks

One of the best things about Christmas in London is the various ice rinks that come with it. We find them popping up by historic venues as well as in the middle of the city and bringing with them everything from boozy hot chocolate to warming cheese fondue. We’ve rounded up eight of the best seasonal rinks in the city, so come on, get those skates on…

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

11 Top Restaurants to Visit on Payday

So you’ve found the perfect menu. It’s got everything you want on it – mouthwatering favourites, intriguing new creations, and an amazing reputation. The only trouble? The price. Many of the most tempting restaurants in London are out-of-reach of everyday dining. We’ve all got a list of dream restaurants, places we’d run to for lunch or dinner if those pesky price tags would only disappear. But if there’s one time you can justify spending so much on a meal, it’s payday. Nothing beats that feeling of a stocked-up bank account. Here’s our list of the best restaurants to visit when […]

Openings & Launches

Martello Hall Opens

Martello Hall, it sounds like stately home, it is in fact the latest addition to Hackney. Three storeys of faded grandeur, reclaimed decadence, providing east London with a new cocktail bar, brunch space and work hub. The first in a series of new bars to open from the Albion and East Group, Martello Hall, will be open throughout the day for hot-desking (with fast WiFi) and great coffee, you can also pick up pastries and pizza to go through ‘The Hatch’. Food is of the comfort variety, cooked on charcoal grills and in wood burning ovens. Think sausage rolls, Italian […]

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Reviews

Bronte Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it opened in July of this year. Where? A stone’s throw from Lord Nelson (aka 1st Duke of Bronte) you’ll find it in the Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5E, www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter and Head Chef Jonathan Villar have created a global menu that has Pacific and Antipodean influences with sharing plates, snacks and mains including rare breed beef burger with chilli miso relish, quinoa onion rings and baby gem and hanger steak with weeping tiger dressing, pickled daikon and kaffir leaf.  Breakfast includes classics as well as the likes of quinoa and chia porridge and Enuja […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 25th-27th November

This weekend is the last weekend before everything descends further into Christmas mayhem. So whilst we do have some excellent Christmas events we also have Scottish lunch clubs, Sunday feasts raising money for great causes, a pop-up where you can learn something new and museum lates.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Virgilio Martinez at LIMA Fitzrovia

Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant, Central, is currently ranked 4th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In an ideal world, we’d be in Peru just for a taste of his food, alas, we don’t live in an ideal world, however, this December, Martinez is hosting an exclusive one off event at LIMA Fitzrovia, bringing the flavours of Central to London. Bringing some of the rarest ingredients from Peru, Martinez will be creating meringues from clay from the altiplano (where the Andes are at their widest), he’ll be garnishing Peruvian paiche fish with edible huacatay (Peruvian black mint) flowers. There’ll also […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Christmas and New Year in Chelsea

With Christmas fast approaching, London has undergone a transformation and opening this season is the Courtyard at Bluebird. They’ve employed award winning florists McQueens to cover the courtyard with frosty white blooms, turning it into a fairy tale-like dreamland. In London, you need not turn too far for a mulled wine and mince pie, but why not accompany that with the voices of the children from Cameron House School who’ll be singing carols, getting you into the festive spirit. Enjoy this all while wrapped in luxurious lambswool blankets, and choosing from the various other cocktails on the winter warmer menu […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Jason Atherton Opens Temple and Sons

If you’ve been near Tower 42 this week then you might have seen that The Social Company have opened a new restaurant and bar; Temple and Sons. It’s the second partnership for Jason Atherton and Restaurant Associates and offers a more casual approach to its sister restaurant, City Social. So, let’s start with the name, ready for a bit of a history lesson? Palmerston House used to stand on the site of Tower 42, it was named after British statesmen Henry John Temple, Third Viscount of Palmerston, who was also the Prime Minister twice during the mid-nineteenth century. So, they’ve […]

Reviews

Osteria 60 Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it launched this year when the Baglioni Hotel did away with its restaurant Brunello and replaced it with Osteria 60; a new, modern Italian. Where? Osteria 60, Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, SW7 5BB, www.osteria60.com First Impressions: The restaurant overlooks Kensington Gardens – ideal for trips to the palace, the museum district, the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods, but equally good for those on a date night, or after some very good food and cocktails. The décor is luxurious with a relaxing vibe, despite the proximity to the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street. The Look: […]

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Reviews

Darbaar Review: What We Thought

New? Chef Abdul Yaseen is the former head chef of renowned Cinnamon Club and he launched Darbaar last year. Where? 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate, EC2A 2DQ www.darbaarrestaurants.com On the Menu: The new menu takes inspiration from the banquets of the Indian Royal Court so you can expect to see dishes like slow roasted leg of baby lamb, royal Madagascar prawn and shahi kulfi with pistachio. First Impressions: The roar of the bar was noticeable on arrival so I expected the restaurant to be heaving but it was near empty. The noise later proved to be large group from a Christmas party which luckily made their way […]

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