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Galvin at The Athenaeum Review – What We Thought

New? The Athenaeum has stood proudly next to Green Park since 1849 but has gone through various rebuilds and identity changes in its time. The latest comes in the form of a full makeover on the ground floor and a change of hands in the restaurant. The Michelin-starred Galvin brothers opened ‘Galvin at The Athenaeum’ at the end of June, putting their spin on things ready for a new era. Where? The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ www.athenaeumhotel.com  First Impressions: You expect luxury when you walk into a five star hotel. Greeted by a friendly doorman, we were welcomed by […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Celebration of Fine Argentine Food and Wine

Think of Argentina and no doubt two things spring to mind; football and beef. And although these prevalent associations are an innate part of the culture, there are so many other aspects that define it. That’s where Wines of Argentina comes in as they are presenting Barullo, a celebration of cutting-edge Argentina. This four-day event will be an enlightening exploration of the finest of vibrant Argentine culture, with plenty to please all your senses. As Wines of Argentina are the presenters it’ll come as no surprise that there will be an extensive showcase of Argentina’s dynamic wine scene. There will […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

8 Mouthwatering Things to do This Chocolate Week

Love chocolate? Obviously. And if you really do love chocolate, you’ll know that International Chocolate Week (10-16th October) starts today. This year, Londoners will be totally spoilt with a whole host of irresistible chocolate creations, taking chocolatey indulgence to a whole new level. From cocktails to pastries and even spa treatments, there’s never been a better time to get your chocolate fix in the capital. Here’s our guide to the most mouthwatering moments in London this Chocolate Week. On second thoughts, maybe a week isn’t long enough…

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Openings & Launches

Fucina: Strong Italian Cooking

Fucina is a strong name. The kind of name that helps you conjure up scenes of wonderfully cured meats, the yellowest homemade pasta and tables generally piled high with plates of amazing food. Just as well then that Fucina is indeed an Italian restaurant, opening its (big, heavy, wooden) doors in Marylebone for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Stefano Stecca will be behind the scenes at Fucina, plating up authentic Italian food inspired by Stefano’s childhood. Traditional cooking methods will of course be a key part of making Fucina great – pasta will be hand-rolled, huge cuts of meat will […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

James Bond Murder Mystery At Quaglino’s

Because sometimes the real world is not enough, Quaglino’s is hosting an evening with a license to thrill; a James Bond themed murder mystery. Ready to work on Her Majesty’s Secret Service?   From Quaglino’s with love comes a fizz and canapé reception where you’ll get to meet the other guests just as if you’re sat round a poker table at Casino Royale. The murder mystery will then be played in between the three-course meal, served up courtesy of the gold fingers of Executive Head Chef Mickael Weiss. You’ll need a golden eye and thunderballs of steel to unearth the deadly […]

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Bluebird Review: What We Thought

New? Bluebird is a King’s Road icon but it was looking a little tired. A huge renovation of the restaurant and bar began in August of this year and in September it opened its doors in the hope that the new image and a new chef would give it a whole new lease of life. We headed for dinner to check it out. Where? 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Along with the new look comes a new chef. Executive Head Chef Liam Smith-Laing (formerly Skylon, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s and Pétrus) has been brought in from sister restaurant 100 […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Handbook Meets: Amelia Singer

We know we love to drink wine but how much do we really know about wine itself? While we may be able to pass as not total novices by loudly declaring we need to let the bottle breathe, we still have a while to go. Someone who knows everything there is to know about wine is wine consultant and presenter of ITV’s The Wine Show, Amelia Singer. Amelia is also the founder of self-titled wine business, Amelia’s, which organises and hosts bespoke wine tastings and events. Described as ‘the female Jamie Oliver of the wine world’ we met up with Amelia […]

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Openings & Launches

The Holy Birds: London’s Best Dressed Bird

This November, Petticoat Lane Market is going to see the arrival of The Holy Birds, a restaurant specialising in poultry, but not just chicken, nope you’re going to see the likes of duck, grouse, wood pigeon, quail and pheasant all on the menu. It’s the work of brothers, Jon and Gerry Calabrese (Wringer & Mangle, The Hoxton Pony, Hoxton Gin); except this time they will be joining forces with their father Salvatore Calabrese aka ‘The Maestro’ the legendary bartender. Taking inspiration from London’s music and art scene in the 1960s The Holy Birds will be split across two floors and […]

Reviews

Restaurant Ours Review – What We Thought

The problem with such a talked-about restaurant and a very successful launch party is that, once the celebrities fizzle out, a restaurant has to live up to the hype. We’ve heard mixed things about the food at Restaurant Ours so headed along to South Kensington to check it out. New? Restaurant Ours opened with a bang (and the flash of paparazzi bulbs) with a glitzy launch party back in April. Welcoming everyone from Paris Hilton to Daisy Lowe with Rudimental DJing, the chatter surrounding Ours has barely slowed down. Since the April opening there has been no end to the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Ivy Cafe To Open In St John’s Wood

Dwellers of St John’s Wood; a treat is coming your way… a cafe! Bare with us. We’re not talking about chequered table cloths, greasy full English’s and brews all round, although we argue they are equally as important on those days when you’re absolutely, unequivocally …you get the picture. This is no run of the mill cafe, this is The Ivy Cafe. Taking over the space previously occupied by Megan’s Grill & Bar, The Ivy will offer a local, friendly environment and all-day dining 7 days a week, that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between including brunch, afternoon […]

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