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These Hot New Restaurants Just Opened

Whilst August was slower on the uptake when it came to restaurant openings, September has been alive with new locations throwing open their swing doors, causing members of the public to shout hey, hey good looking, what’ve you got cooking? So, here are all the places spoiling us rotten when it comes to choosing an away from home eater. From British produce at The Montagu Kitchen to a bar with a sole dedication to David Bowie. There’s been something for everyone to enjoy this month and beyond. Kahani Chelsea got a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. […]

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You Batter Try This Yorkshire Pudding Brunch

What: There are many reasons why I love autumn, for 1) the clothes, goodbye dresses that get hot and sticky and hello jumpers, tailored coats and boots 2) no more having to spend every single minute outside for fear of not making the most of the weather and 3) you can now eat comfort food again (although admittedly eating 3 burgers and 2 hotdogs as you would at a BBQ is no longer acceptable which doesn’t seem particularly fair). And I have found the perfect comfort food brunch, at Mark Hix’s restaurant Tramshed in Shoreditch. New? The brunch launched at […]

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8 of London’s Most Edible Bakeries

When you live in a capital where there are bakeries by the dozen, it’s hard to know where to choose! London is awash with sweet spots, from plaited loaves, to baked goods to cakes that look like they’ve fallen for heaven. Sweet tooth or no, there’s something for everyone when it comes to London’s bakeries, and we want a piece of all of them! So why not give one of them a visit? It’s a piece of cake! Kova Patisserie Kova Patisserie boasts a whole lotta green, primarily in the form of matcha, matcha and more matcha! The Soho based Japanese patisserie specialises […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Cocktail Menus Shaking Up London

‘Cocktail’, except for the slightly anatomical reference, it’s got to be our favourite word. ‘Want to come for cocktails?’, ‘I’m just mixing a cocktail’, how great does that sound? Well, thankfully we live in quite possibly the perfect city to make the most of them. And with cocktail week around the corner (expect plenty of noise from us then), it’s cocktail menu unveiling season with plenty of new menus hitting London’s bars and restaurants. So here’s our roundup of some of the most enjoyable or just down-right intriguing. GŎNG Bang a GŎNG! We’re drinking the highest cocktail in London! The […]

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The UK’s First Chef-Less Restaurant

It’s pretty annoying when you order something at a restaurant and it doesn’t look anything like you imagined. You’re left with a sour taste in your mouth, (quite literally), and vow to never set foot in another restaurant ever again. OK, so that’s the over-exaggeration of the year (as it saying that’s the over-exaggeration of the year), but what I’m trying to say is dining out is important, it’s often pre-planned and expectations are high. This is why Gousto, the recipe box company, have come up with a novel idea in the form of the UK’s first Chef-less restaurant. The […]

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Find Out Which Restaurants Are Trending This Fashion Week

Fashion! Turn to the right! Oooh, fashion! As David Bowie put it. Helpfully adding ‘We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town, beep-beep’. So if you’re part of the goon squad heading to the capital’s runways and private views then you’ll no doubt need feeding and watering. Which is where we come in. Here are all the places that a budding Anna Wintour should be seen this LFW (London Fashion Week, darling, do keep up)… The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Green Park (0.4 miles) What: Keep your hats on Why: Remember the Lock & Co Sheraton Grand collab from […]

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Michelin Star Chef Marches Into Town

He got his first Michelin star last year, and now chef Andrew Wong is back with his next restaurant Kym’s, set to open in London’s latest foodie hub, Bloomberg Arcade. For those of us who were around in the 80s, you might recognise Kym’s, that’s because it was the name of Andrew’s parents’ restaurant in 1985 which Andrew and his wife Nathalie reopened as A.Wong in 2012. And keeping it close to his family and community, this new Kym’s will be a celebration of Andrew’s own journey and community. Giving his own interpretation to classic Chinese dishes, Andrew will be […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Take A Journey To The Underworld This Autumn

‘All aboard! Next stop hell’. No, not the Northern Line at 8am but an immersive banquet with the devil himself coming to London this autumn. Welcome to Journey To The Underworld. The event bills itself as ‘the greatest love story never told’ and promises to immerse guests in a world of fantasy, fear, danger, lust, hope and love… all in the underworld. Climb onto the train to Hades, boarding at Pedley Street Station, as passengers are treated to their last meal, joined by Claude, the train’s shackled conductor and joined by his sidekick Gordy as they lead passengers on a journey questing […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Involved With The Charity Auction Battling Hunger

When were you last hungry? Like, actually hungry? If you work in the restaurant industry the answer is quite possibly never. And even for most Londoners, where food is cheap and readily available, most of us are likely over-weight and incredibly well fed. Auction Against Hunger, then, probably isn’t there to help you, but is almost certainly something that we should be helping. The idea is simple, get some of the best chefs in London all in one place (and where better than foodie ground-zero: Borough Market), add in DJs, 20 street food pop ups, a table tennis challenge and a number […]

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The Riverside Barbecue Festival Coming To Tower Bridge

What’s the official end to the summer? A Facebook feed filled with uniformed children stood by their front doors? Swallows flying south for the winter? No, as far as we’re concerned it’s the annual Butler’s Wharf BBQ Feastival. Butler’s Wharf, the Thames-side restaurant enclave at, you guessed it, Butlers Wharf, will be giving punters the chance to sample unlimited barbecue dishes from each of their restaurants (Blueprint Café, Butlers Wharf Chophouse, Cantina de Ponte and Le Pont de la Tour), not to mention a cocktail from the restaurant of their choice. The ‘feastival’ (which is a festival with another ‘a’ and bunch […]

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The organic festival you’ll want to GO! to

If music be the food of love, play on… and if both music and food are involved in one big festival, let’s GO! Yep, it’s festival time again. Who cares if summer is coming to end, doesn’t mean we stop partying does it? Foodies in their thousands will congregate at GO! Organic Festival this September, for a brand-new experience that involves beats whilst you eat. Spread over two organic ogling days, there will be Organic Kitchen demos, a showcase of the biggest selection of organic food and drink of 2018, over 100 exhibitors, music galore and a huge indoor organic […]

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Best Brunches

London’s first ever brunch festival

Brunch has blown up as of late, holding hands with rushes like the gin craze and all things unicorn. Therefore, there’s little surprise that London is getting its first ever brunch festival, running from the 1st-2nd of September. At the end of the day, we love to brunch. Some may prefer the (br) part, others may prefer the (unch), but what we all probably have in common is the desire to indulge in a bloody Mary or mimosa, lazily brunching with friends and dismissing the hangover blues. London’s brunch fest will have you saying goodbye to brunch FOMO, by bringing […]

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