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Openings & Launches

Strut & Cluck: Turkey 365

Chicken is a big deal in London, whether it’s grilled on a robata, served as wings or deep fried with a bucket of chips and eaten at the end of a night – however it is we love it. What about turkey though? It doesn’t get much love January to November. That’s all to change though with the opening of Strut & Cluck. Launching next month in Shoreditch it follows a successful Shoreditch residency and will see husband and wife team Limor and Amir champion their hero ingredient, free-range turkey, in Eastern Mediterranean dishes. Marinated for 24 hours in the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets: John Whaite

We can’t quite believe it’s been 4 years since John Whaite won the final showstopper challenge in The Great British Bake Off with his ‘Heaven and Hell’ creation. He’s been pretty busy since then, with a cookery school in Lancashire and three books under his belt. His most recent, Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients steers away from baking, proving he’s no one trick pony. At the start of May, John launched an afternoon tea he designed for The Royal Horseguards Hotel in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. We caught up with the Greenwich resident to see what he loves about London, how […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar

Summer is approaching, and with it the season of outdoor parties, barbeques and, of course, cocktails. When it comes to cocktails, everyone at the party thinks theirs are the best, but no one has ever really learnt, and just ends up chucking ingredients into a mixer and hoping for the best. Well, now’s your chance to buck that trend thanks to the Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar, who are offering up the chance to learn from a pro on May 24th.  Bar manager and cocktail mastermind Ben Manchester will be teaching guests how to mix up a whole host […]

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Openings & Launches

The Switch House Opens at Tate Modern

Each year around 5 million visitors walk through the Tate Modern’s doors – that’s a lot of eyes on the art and a lot of mouths to feed. Next month will see the opening of the Switch House, a Herzog & de Meuron designed, ten story building that will be home to a variety of new spaces, including a panoramic roof terrace and restaurant.   Level 1 will be home to a hundred -seater Switch House Bar; on level 8 will see the new members’ room, a 150 cover fine-dining Switch House Restaurant will sit on level 9 and on […]

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Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 20th – 22nd May

If the current forecast is anything to go by, the weekend will start off wet with the sun coming out on Sunday. Just as well there are lots of indoor events going on on Saturday, with an overriding foodie theme (you know we love our food). It’s World Whisky Day on Saturday too so we trust you will celebrate appropriately. Fingers crossed it stays bright for Sunday evening’s outdoor concert with the London Symphony Orchestra in Trafalgar Square… Read on for our guide to the weekend.

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News

Urban Axe Throwing Hits London

London has seen some pretty crazy trends; dining while suspended hundreds of feet in the air, playing volleyball with Tom Cruise and drive in film clubs but this latest one is like nothing London’s ever seen before. There’s no subtle way to lead into it so we’ll just say it: Axe. Throwing. Yes. Throwing axes. The trend has been around for a while now, with Canadian lumberjacks forming leagues and competing in the sport, and the crazy founders of Whistle Punks, Jools Whitehorn and John Nimmons, have decided it’s about time us Brits got a taste of the action. The claim that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Michelin Standard Chef Can Cook at Your Party

You never really associate chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants with event caterers but the recent appointment of Chris Johns as Head Chef of boutique party planners Alexander & Björck is about to change all that. Formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Antidote in Soho, Chris is bringing his skill to corporate and private events across London and beyond. Think seriously impressive party food: no mini burgers here (unless you want them). Instead, your guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over mini strawberry shortcakes and savoury mini Cornetto cones – a group will form by the kitchen door in no time. Drinks aren’t […]

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Openings & Launches

Yard Sale Pizza Opens in Finsbury Park

Hey Finsbury Park how are you? Ready for some pizza? You are? Good because on the 13th June, Yard Sale Pizza are opening their second site on Blackstock Road. It follows two successful years in Clapton, where Chef Nick Buckland and his team served up pizzas handmade from double fermented dough and stone baked. There’ll be five staple pizzas alongside a regularly changing specials menu – choose from the likes of ‘The Holy Pepperoni’ with Cobble Lane pepperoni, Napoli picante and crumbled Nduja sausage or the ‘Cheesus Walks’ (great puns, great puns) with smoked cacetto, gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheeses […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Hidden Garden Festival at Hampton Court Palace

You have to make the most of the British summer, you never know quite what you’re in for – like its citizens, it’s an eclectic mix. You want to celebrate with as many summer soirees, parties and festivals as you can before the winter sets in. Tonight sees the epitome of this with a festival to launch the new events space, 20th Century Garden, at Hampton Court Palace. Home to Henry VIII, who seems like he was up for a good knees up, the idyllic riverside palace makes for an enchanting place to host events and the installation of a […]

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Reviews

STK Review – What We Thought

New? STK first opened its doors in 2013, shortly after the hotel in which it’s housed, ME, opened it’s doors in December 2012. Where? ME London, 336-337 Strand,WC2R 1HA, www.togrp.com On the menu: We visited STK in order to try out their new pre-theatre menu; a condensed version of their full menu offering a small selection of dishes from each course. Although the selection was small it was also broad, offering a wide range of dishes to suit various palettes.   The Look: The dimly lit room is given a purple hue by the lights shooting up pillars and under […]

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