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Osteria Review – What We Thought

Searcy’s and Anthony Demetre opened Osteria just a couple of weeks ago, on the second floor of the Barbican Centre. Possibly my number one contender for London’s biggest eyesore, my cultural ignorance was perhaps the reason I couldn’t find the entrance for a while. Even once inside the Barbican Centre, it’s a while before you’re in the surrounds of the restaurant. But after a brief detour into the nearby Barbican Cinema and friendly redirection I made it. A ‘Gincognito’ cocktail at the bar I felt was well-deserved after the journey. Fresh coriander in place of mint made a nice change […]

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Skylon Review – What We Thought

Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall have welcomed Tom Cook to their kitchen. Despite his surname instilling a strong sense of confidence, Cook has proved himself at Le Pont de la Tour and Le Gavroche to name but a few so when I was invited down a few weeks into his new job I was excited to see (but mainly taste) how much he has settled in. Thankfully, once inside the ugly concrete box that is the Royal Festival Hall, floor to ceiling windows mean Embankment is the view you get, and it’s not a bad one. Sitting in the […]

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Top 6 Bars For Day Drinking

We admit it – drinking in the daytime has a bad reputation. But if brunch has taught us anything, it’s that a drink is actually pretty welcome around lunchtime. In the summer, day drinking means lounging in a sunny beer garden with an ice-cold pitcher, while in the winter it’s an excuse to get cosy with a warming bottle of red wine. And since you’re not drinking before bedtime, you probably won’t get a hangover either. Here are some of London’s best bars and pubs for day drinking:

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Chocolate Feast with The Masters

A favourite for packaging lovers, the graphic printed packs of Mast Brothers stand out a mile compared to the sea of shiny purple chocolate wrappers – fitting to the artisanal qualities of the chocolate itself. Originally from Brooklyn, the Mast Brothers now have a very fitting home in the heart of Shoreditch, providing chocolate to moustached fixie owners, made by bearded fixie owners (OK, we’re not sure about the fixie-owning part but they are definitely bearded). Chef Tom Hunt is kicking off a series of ‘Meet the Producer’ events, taking place bi-monthly at his restaurant Poco. The Broadway Market British tapas restaurant is […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Star & Garter’s Bottomless Brunch

You know a weekend is off to a good start when Saturday morning involves a bottomless brunch, add in a view of the Thames and perhaps a walk along the river after then you know it’s off to an excellent start.  Star & Garter in Putney is hosting two bottomless brunches next month on the 5th and 19th of March with two sittings, one for the early risers (or early-ish) at 11:30am and one for those who like to take things a little more leisurely at 2pm. The bottomless part of the brunch comes in the form of free-flowing Prosecco […]

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The Ninth Review – What We Thought

Head over to Fitzrovia for dinner and you’ll be spoilt for choice. It really is the place of the moment, and Jun Tanaka has lucked in with a piece of the action with his debut restaurant, The Ninth. The number of karma, spiritual enlightenment and strength of character? All valid, but they don’t give it it’s name. Nine represents the number of kitchens he has worked in (this being his ninth); Pearl, Le Gavroche and The Restaurant Marco Pierre White from starting out as an apprentice, right up to executive chef. The sharing style of dining is where the Mediterranean […]

Reviews

The Ninth Review – What We Thought

Head over to Fitzrovia for dinner and you’ll be spoilt for choice. It really is the place of the moment, and Jun Tanaka has lucked in with a piece of the action with his debut restaurant, The Ninth. The number of karma, spiritual enlightenment and strength of character? All valid, but they don’t give it it’s name. Nine represents the number of kitchens he has worked in (this being his ninth); Pearl, Le Gavroche and The Restaurant Marco Pierre White from starting out as an apprentice, right up to executive chef. The sharing style of dining is where the Mediterranean […]

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Openings & Launches

The Hospital Club: Asking the Big Questions

Anything that claims it is ‘the best week night you can have without sex’ really backs itself, but if thinking big is your thing and you’re looking for an injection of culture into your life (and aren’t we all?) then Salon London’s claim might just be right. Launching with the tag line ‘A lot more fun than it sounds’ – always promising – the cultural monthly events discuss big ideas in the worlds of science, art and psychology and they have just announced a series of talks at The Hospital Club. Open to members and non-members alike, the three talks […]

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Reform Social and Grill Yorkshire Pudding Menu Review – What We Thought

I’m not sure where the ‘social’ part of Reform Social and Grill comes from, but the gentleman’s club vibe they are trying to achieve does come across – burgundy button-backed banquettes and mahogany furniture; job well done. Having barged my way across Oxford Street I sought refuge at Reform Social and Grill. The white pillared entrance gave a sense of occasion to a rainy Saturday, with the restaurant itself feeling easy-going and tucked away (in the best way). As I walk to my table I always like to peer at other diners’ food. Burgers, steaks and Yorkshire puddings were definitely order of the […]

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Reviews

Reform Social and Grill Yorkshire Pudding Menu Review – What We Thought

I’m not sure where the ‘social’ part of Reform Social and Grill comes from, but the gentleman’s club vibe they are trying to achieve does come across – burgundy button-backed banquettes and mahogany furniture; job well done. Having barged my way across Oxford Street I sought refuge at Reform Social and Grill. The white pillared entrance gave a sense of occasion to a rainy Saturday, with the restaurant itself feeling easy-going and tucked away (in the best way). As I walk to my table I always like to peer at other diners’ food. Burgers, steaks and Yorkshire puddings were definitely order of the […]

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