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Openings & Launches

Berners Tavern

Next month chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton will launch the all-day Berners Tavern, in Ian Schrager’s new The London EDITION Hotel, on Berners Street in Fitzrovia. The restaurant will be accessible via a separate entrance and will seat 140 covers. Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen creating a contemporary British menu. In partnership with Marriot International, The London EDITION opening marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in fifteen years. Says Atherton: “I’m really excited to be working with Ian Schrager and Marriott. The menu will be […]

Openings & Launches

The Polo Bar

Who says London isn’t a 24 hour city…  Enter the brand new Polo Bar on Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station. Styling itself as the ultimate Great British Café, it’s open AND licenced 24:7 for all day all night drinking and dining. Owned by Phillip Inzani, a former Director at Ponti’s, the bar has been designed by Mark Wilkie of The Narrative with banquette seating and tiled walls giving it an urban vibe a bit like a Tube station. Celebrating the best of British, it specialises in comfort food from full English fry ups and Hertfordshire bacon sarnies to eggs Benedict […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Happy 5th birthday inamo

Techy Japanese restaurant inamo celebrates its 5th anniversary this September with a five course birthday menu and special drinks promotions. Each course celebrates a year of opening and this menu both showcases dishes from inamo’s current menu plus reworked classics and brand new creations. “This menu is a celebration of inamo’s five years, giving diners a taste of our dishes past, present and future… The dishes we’ve chosen reflect those which our guests have loved the most, alongside a sneak peek of what’s to come, as we look forward to the continuing evolution of inamo,” says executive chef Sean Marshall. […]

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SMOKEY TAILS

The newly opened pop-up river-side bar and restaurant in Hackney Wick boasts a wooden-decked sun-trap terrace, overlooking the River Lea and promises delicious food and drink accompanied by the finest in electronic music. The name is a fusion inspired by the smokey meats cooking on the BBQ and the abundance of cocktails… The venue is the brainchild of six collaborators, including DJ Seth Troxler and his partner Ryan Crosson (Visionquest) together with Jo Vidler from Secret Productions (the team behind the award winning Secret Garden Party and Wilderness festivals) plus Ben Pound from Futureline Productions who is behind the production […]

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Openings & Launches

Smokehouse

The Smokehouse has just opened in Islington from Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen, the couple behind The Princess of Shoreditch, The Lady Ottoline and The Pig and Butcher. Head chef is Neil Rankin (John Salt). The idea is to celebrate delicious, seasonal food from great suppliers alongside craft beers (20 on tap), hand-pulled local ales and an exclusively European wine list from only small family vineyards. Smokehouse will work with the same farms and fishermen as The Pig and Butcher with some of Rankin’s suppliers too for rare breed meats, vegetables and fish from the south coast. Rankin will will […]

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Culture

The Dorchester Collection Fashion Cocktails

Fashion season is almost upon us again. As the leading powerhouses in fashion; London, New York, Paris and Milan prepare to see the stylish and iconic flock to them, the Dorchester Collection are preparing in a slightly different way, with the introduction of new cocktails because if two things go hand in hand then it must be fashion and cocktails. The cocktails are the results of the shortlisted finalists of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize having collaborated with the various bar directors and managers.  Served in five of the hotels, those in London, Milan, Paris, Geneva and LA, the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Experimental Food Society Spectacular 2013

The annual culinary arts event that is the Experimental Food Society Spectacular 2013 is in its 4th annual year now and comprises of a two-day exhibition at the Truman Brewery and a series of ‘Food & Fragrance’ themed banquets at the Cookbook Cafe InterContinental London Park Lane.   Experimental Food Society Spectacular 2013 Exhibition at the Truman Brewery This exhibit proves to be a must see for any food lover with a breathable tearoom, a wild flower meadow made entirely from sugar, a camera made from edible materials that when cooked form a meal and bitters infused with moisture scientifically […]

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London Speaker Hire

Hands up who went to Lovebox? Well here’s a question, what do they have in common with the BAFTAs, The Brit Awards and Charlie from Wandsworth’s house party? No not celebrities, unless Charlie had a really fantastic house party. Music would have been a good guess, almost there. The answer is in fact they all made use of London Speaker Hire. They are guys who have ‘The sound thing… sorted!’ Whether you are planning your wedding reception, the office annual party, or a big public event, the last thing you want as the music starts playing is for the speakers […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brunch at Honky Tonk Chelsea

For those looking for an escape from the dancing masses in Notting Hill this bank holiday look no further than Honky Tonk. This New York themed restaurant will be recreating the all-American parties, for which their nation is famous, on our side of the pond for one weekend only. Diners at the appropriately named ‘Beers, Buckets and Bands’ party will be able to feast on buckets of chicken wings and quench their thirst with refreshing beers, all whilst listening to some amazing live music. If you haven’t yet had your fill of Honky Tonk, and we’re betting you wont have, […]

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Openings & Launches

Grillshack

A technology focussed new restaurant is set to open its doors on Beak Street in September. Grillshack is to be a quick all day counter service grill with both eat in and take out options available til late, seven days a week. In addition to counter service, there will also be touchscreen order and payment points plus a Grillshack app for ordering and payment at the table. This is to be a UK first. Staff dressed in industrial denim aprons will be on hand to ease guests into the technology. The food menu comprises a selection of dishes, mostly prepared […]

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