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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World Cup? It’s All About The Croquetas Challenge

Forget the World Cup, Love Island cool your heels. Wimbledon, is that even happening? There’s only one competition and we’re going to spend the next month or so prepping ourselves. Yes, it’s the 2018 Croquetas Challenge. Let the games begin! So the event, which will be hosted by Spanish and Italian tapas specialists Ember Yard, invites some of the nation’s best croqueta makers to submit their delicious creations as they vie for the croqueta crown. And the competition isn’t half impressive. Competitors currently lined up for the extravaganza currently include Rovi, Scully, Farang, Breddos Tacos, Eneko, Salt Yard, Opera Tavern, Aqua Nueva, Carousel, Blanchette, Brindisa, […]

Openings & Launches

Burger & Lobster’s New Place In Fulham

Fulham’s Little Blue Door has only been with us for a matter of weeks, and yet it’s won the cooing appreciation of locals and visitors alike. And the achingly cool club, designed to evoke a funky house party, just got even better, announcing a collab with Burger & Lobster. What restauranteurs Burger & Lobster don’t know about burgers, or, indeed, lobsters, could be written on the back of a postage stamp sized burger (or, indeed lobster) and with nine restaurants mainly across the West End they’ve really had no shortage of chance to hone their expertise. So bringing it to […]

Travel

The Ultimate Outdoorsy Holiday Destination: Flims

What: If I said Laax to you, you might well think of the popular skiing destination in Switzerland but what happens come summer when there isn’t a snowflake in sight? Well, during the warmer months Laax becomes Flims, a much more approachable terrain by foot, perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, camping and so much more – it’s basically the dream location for outdoorsy types. Hiking You are surrounded by mountains and nature in Flims and therefore a multitude of options on where to hike, the local buses stop at the start of hiking routes as well as chair lifts which […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Here’s Why You Should Head To Min Jiang Right Now

According to Google ‘shēngrì kuàilè’ is ‘happy birthday’ in Chinese. Assuming Google’s not mugging me off in the same way I told my little brother that ‘voulez vous coucher avec moi’ was the proper way to order a glass of milk, then a big shēngrì kuàilè to Min Jiang, who turn ten this month. The hit restaurant at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel has not only passed the test of time but has redefined Chinese fine dining in London. Founded in 2008, the restaurant has won a slew of awards thanks to Head Chef Han alongside his Master Dim […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

The Sparkling Wine Pop-up Overlooking Piccadilly

London is already living its best summer life with this heatwave and with no sign of it stopping, it’s time up your game and live your own best life by sitting in a deck chair, drinking Chapel Down on a hidden balcony overlooking Piccadilly. Taking place at Le Meridien Piccadilly, it’s Chapel Down’s only pop-up this summer so they’ll be bringing it all to the foliage adorned balcony. They’ll be serving up their famed sparkling wines, pale Pinot Noir Rosé, Curious Beers and debuting their limited-edition Chapel Down mojitos and mules. If you want to up your wine knowledge, then […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Last Chance to Try SOMNAI’s Immersive Virtual Reality Experience

SOMNAI, it’s the immersive, virtual reality experience that had us all intrigued.  We know how much Londoners love an immersive experience so we knew it would be popular, but maybe not this popular. In its first three months an incredible 13,000 visitors went on a unique exploration into the unconscious realm of dreaming. After the dreamy experience which placed your humanity in the hands of an all-powerful Al who has good intentions but unusual methods, the explorers got to take a seat in the digital cocktail bar. The bar morphed and changed around them as they tried a series of augmented […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

BOTTLES Wine Bar Opens in Time for the Weekend

New wine bar, BOTTLES is what happens when, in the words of the Spice Girls, ‘two become one’. The Italian wine bar is from the co-founders of Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano and pop-up restaurant concept SOOD Family and it is opening in Old Spitalfields Market tomorrow. Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano, owners of Bottles & Battles want to create a wine bar which is friendly, unpretentious and not ruled by wine snobs. The focus will be on quality wines made by independent producers and small farms and they’ll showcase regional and indigenous varieties and grapes that are often […]

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Culture

A Bond, James Bond Auction

If there’s one thing we love about James Bond aside from the beautiful women, it’s the beautiful cars. And whilst Pierce Brosnan has been known to showcase some questionable vocal chords on cliff edges in Mamma Mia, he is also, on another note, a bit of a dab hand at car racing. Car aficionados (and lovers of the smooth brown locks of Pierce Brosnan) may remember a certain car race on a French mountain road in 1995’s Goldeneye, in a certain Aston DB5. Now, the exact same DB5 is being auctioned on 13th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed […]

Openings & Launches

Welcome To The Jungle: Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington

After a dicey football moment with Colombia that nearly saw England knocked out of the world cup last night, South America is back on our Christmas card list. Which is good because it’s just in time for Zuaya, a Latin American opening on Kensington High Street. And what’s more, the Amazonian restaurant are offering 50% off, so it’s win, win and win! (unlike England, who will undoubtedly crash out at some point soon). Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience […]

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Openings & Launches

The Riverside Restaurant That’s Going To Spice Up Kingston

Sleepy Kingston on Thames could probably do with a little spicing up, right? Well now it will, as Indian restaurant Chakra opens its second restaurant, right in the centre of Kingston. Kensington has been good to Chakra, the Indian restaurant has built up a loyal following and the food is some of the best Indian cuisine in London, so the perfect time for a second version. And with Kingston prime for the taking, they’ve brought things to the river. Bringing with them a team of Indian chefs at the extensive lunch and evening menus will include some of Chakra’s most popular dishes […]

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