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Openings & Launches

Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

This summer Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi the duo behind Berber & Q Grill House are back and opening their second restaurant, Berber & Q Shawarma Bar in Exmouth Market. Chef, Josh (Ottolenghi, Galvin Bistrot Deluxe and Zest) will take inspiration from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and even the shawarma houses of Golden Green to create a menu that focuses on lamb shawarma and Middle Eastern style rotisserie chicken.  Both will come with herb salad, gem leaves, green chilli, grated tomato, tahini and sumac onions, add pita, confit potatoes or pickles and create a wrap or just eat it as […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Village East hosts a trio of summer parties

One party is good, two parties is better, three parties is ideal. Bermondsey-based bar and restaurant Village East agrees with us as they will be hosting a trio of summer parties sure to have you forgetting about the political dramas of last week and the gloomy weather that continues to moisten our summer plans.   The fun kicks off with a Midsomer Murders themed party where guests will dine on a 4 course meal while solving clues throughout, the person who does best will win dinner for 2 at Village East. Fly yourself over (mentally) to The Ultimate Beach Party […]

Reviews

Wallpaper* Bar & Kitchen at Harvey Nichols Review – What We Thought

New? Yes, it opened just last month. Where? Project 109, Lower Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ www.harveynichols.com First Impressions: After initially heading up to the fifth floor and being redirected back down through rails of expensive leather, artfully ripped denim and bold footwear, we found the bar to the back of the basement. Surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening, it must be more popular during the day but we were given free reign of where to sit so chose a leather banquette, tucked around the corner. Had it been busier, this would be a prime spot for people watching. The Look: A […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Covent Garden’s Friday Drinks Market

If there’s one thing a great amount of Londoners have in common, it’s the love of a drink. After work the bars and pubs are bustling with tired tourists after a long day wandering around and worn out workers looking to blow off a little steam. In a city with such a vibrant culture of micro-breweries and small-batch distilleries there’s a plethora of options available, each better than the last. The down side? So much choice means trying them all is next to impossible – you’d head to one pub for a craft beer and a completely different bar for […]

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Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 24th-26th June

The weekend is almost upon us… and whilst it is rather dreary and wet, if you’re staying in London at least you aren’t battling the traffic, mud and crowds at Glastonbury. Instead, we’ll be drinking Ab Fab cocktails, eating all the gelato at the Gelato Festival, catching some rooftop comedy and watching Pride! If you want to catch live music then keep things a little closer to home and head to Fold Festival at Fulham Palace to see the legendary Nile Rodgers!

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Reviews

The Grill Room Review – What We Thought

Last week we gave our first review of Down Hall Hotel, here is what we thought of the restaurant: The Grill Room: Where? The 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, The Grill Room, is situated in the Down Hall Hotel which is on the Essex/Hertfordshire border. Down Hall, Country House Hotel, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath,Essex CM22 7AS www.downhall.co.uk First Impressions: Although busy, the restaurant was quite quiet, the main noise happened to be coming from the thud of the wedding party next door. As we sat down other guests looked at us and gave us a nod every time there was a drunken screech, the […]

Openings & Launches

Balans Soho Society Opens in Covent Garden

Sometimes too much of a good thing is a good thing. Sometimes to not have a plan at all other than the pursuit of pleasure is just what you need.  Sometimes you just need to leave your job at the door, you need to say goodbye to the killjoys and indulge. Balans Soho Society certainly think so. Bringing their love of a good time and moral boosting cocktails to Covent Garden they’ve just opened a 60-cover café in Seven Dials. Open all-day they’re serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper and late-night dining, whilst the curious interior comes from Simon Costin […]

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Reviews

POLPO Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? The 5th and most recent, POLPO Chelsea opened in May 2015, with brunch a new addition across all the sites having launched just a month ago, on the 21st May. Where? POLPO Chelsea, 81 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY www.polpo.co.uk On the Menu: Known for it’s Italian small plates, the brunch offerings are concise and authentic, making a change to brunch as we know it with Umbrian summer vegetables, Italian pizzetta and a couple of sweet treats including granola and sweet ricotta doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar. First Impressions: A slightly different vibe to the other POLPO’s, the […]

Culture

Thom Foole’s House Party

With the weather as shambolic as it is we hardly need a reason to head indoors…but we’re going to give you one anyway. Thom Foole’s House Party is a new comedy show that will see a whole host of ridiculous antics in the shape of absurd character comedy acts, cabaret performances and DJs. The team behind Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing & Gospeloke put their thinking caps on and came up with this unique house party idea unlike anything you’ve ever been to before. Funny man Dan Lees will be leading the way as he hosts an evening of clowning, […]

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Openings & Launches

Trade Union: Not Your Average

Tomorrow will see the bringing together of a coffee house, florist and male barbers as Trade Union opens. Setting up shop in Thomas More Square near St Katherine’s Dock, Trade Union is all about inclusive socialising, whether you’re grabbing a coffee on the way to work, hot-desking and hosting a meeting, picking up flowers on the way home, getting your hair cut, starting the weekend with cocktails or attending a masterclass. It’s not just your average venue that’s for sure. Swing by before work and pick up a coffee from the guys at Vagabond Coffee, or men head there before […]

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