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St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

News

9 Underrated Antipodean Restaurants

Our Aussie rellies love their brunch as much as they (seemingly) love their surfboard. No surprise really when you consider their laid-back lifestyle and the appeal of sitting kerbside in the sun, armed with a green juice, latte in a glass and smashed avo on sourdough. Antipodean brunches rarely involve alcohol, so step aside bottomless British brunches and make way for the health-conscious breed of yogis, cross-fitters and spinners in search of a well-earned caffeine hit.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

9 Underrated Antipodean Restaurants

Our Aussie rellies love their brunch as much as they (seemingly) love their surfboard. No surprise really when you consider their laid-back lifestyle and the appeal of sitting kerbside in the sun, armed with a green juice, latte in a glass and smashed avo on sourdough. Antipodean brunches rarely involve alcohol, so step aside bottomless British brunches and make way for the health-conscious breed of yogis, cross-fitters and spinners in search of a well-earned caffeine hit.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Freakshakes come to London

When bad food happens to good diets – the UK edition. So we all saw and drooled appropriately at the pimped out milkshakes created Down Under, the cleverly named Freakshakes, so-called because they look like freaks of delicious wonder. A jug of sugary milkshake is then topped with delights from doughnuts, brownies, cream, sprinkles, various sauces, wedges of cake – basically anything and everything that it shouldn’t, thusly earning its name. Well these marvels have finally made their way over to Blighty thanks to Molly Bakes Café & Bakery. Available from their daily menu you just pick your base flavour […]

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Openings & Launches

Galley Opens

Galley: ˈɡali/ noun 1. a low, flat ship with or more sails and up to three banks of oars 2. the kitchen in a ship or aircraft 3. a new restaurant opening tomorrow in Islington. So you might not find that description in a dictionary, but it’s certainly true. Run by sister and brother team, Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb, Galley is a new 70 cover restaurant opening tomorrow on Upper Street with a strong focus on fish. Eighteen years at Soho’s Randall & Aubin, (10 of which were spent as the Head Chef) has given self-taught chef Marcel the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Silver Screen Afternoon Tea

Awards season is upon us and whilst we can’t tell you who might win, (although we are all hoping it’s Leo), what we can tell you is that there is a new afternoon tea to celebrate and, well, if you’re going to celebrate or commiserate you might as well do it with some cake. In honour of it becoming the Official Hotel Partner for the BAFTAs, the Savoy is launching the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea. Having seen a fair few stars grace its doors: Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to name but a few, the Savoy will be […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Dirty Double Birthday Party

What did you do for your second birthday? Can you even remember your second birthday more like? We’ll hazard a guess at pass the parcel, too much sugar and tantrums. It definitely wasn’t like Dirty Bones Kensington 2nd birthday which is coming up, that’s for sure. Happening this Thursday they are celebrating two years of cocktails, American comfort food and tunes with The Dirty Double birthday party. The night will start with a present from them to you, in form of a complimentary ‘Forgot to blow out the candles’ birthday cocktail followed by new dishes. Start with beef short rib […]

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Openings & Launches

Frenchie: From Paris to London

When Greg Marchand opened Frenchie in Paris’ garment district in 2009 it was to high acclaim, with both Parisian and international critics praising it. In the following years came Frenchie Bar à Vins, Frenchie To Go and, at the end of last year, a new wine shop. Now Greg, joined by his wife Marie, will be opening their first site outside of Paris and it just so happens to be in Covent Garden. Opening on Henrietta Street next week, Frenchie will be echoing its Parisian counterparts and will serve up modest, generous but precise dishes all influenced by Greg’s travels […]

Culture

The Courthouse Hotel’s Private Cinema Club

A few hundred metres from the huge cinema in Leicester Square lies a cinema much more low-key… and much more luxurious. Battle your way through the tourists and up the regal steps of The Courthouse Hotel. You may have heard of their calming Sanook Spa (we reviewed it back in October) and their wintery Soho Ski Terrace but we’ll be impressed if you know about their state of the art cinema room. Newly refurbished, the cinema boasts leather seats and tactile suede walls and cult classics shown every Saturday evening – Chicago, The Breakfast Club and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are […]

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Openings & Launches

Panoramic River Views at Your Party

If we had £700,000 to spend on a refurbishment, our pokey flats would be unrecognisable. So much so that they’d have a new address and actually wouldn’t be the same building at all. But if you’re a venue and events space, spending large amounts on a refurb is much more realistic expenditure so when The River Rooms underwent a makeover in 2013 it enhanced the space to make it an ideal contemporary blank canvas space for a whole range of events. Whether corporate or private, the team at The River Rooms work with you to plan your ideal event. Menus […]

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