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11 Ways to Enjoy Wimbledon

New balls please, it’s Wimbledon again. But rather than joining a queue that stretches to Morden and back, or desperately trying to break through a human wall twenty bodies thick at an SW19 bar, then here are some ideas for you that will be far more sophisticated and enjoyable. Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar London Waterloo (0.3 miles) What: Free Flowing Pimms Why: Wimbledon isn’t Wimbledon without Pimm’s so Gillray’s is letting you swap the bottomless G&Ts in the G&T afternoon tea for free-flowing Pimm’s. Either tuck into a free flowing afternoon tea or strawberries and cream. Go steady though, we all know […]

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A Pick ‘n Mix of Cuisine: Isla Ray to Open in Deptford

If you’re an advocate for food-well-travelled, or if you find choosing whether to have an Indian or Chinese takeaway more challenging than rocket science, then new Deptford restaurant Isla Ray is the nomad-enticing, food conglomeration you need to try. Owner Rachael Dalton-Loveland has taken inspo from a range of places she’s visited across the globe, including Melbourne, to create a diverse menu created, as she describes, “through inspiration of places I have visited around the world and this is a medley of all my favourite.” Rachael’s menu of choice consists of salad bowls, meze plates filled with falafel, hummus, feta, […]

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Alfresco Bottomless Brunch at the New Soane’s Kitchen

A new restaurant and café is opening in the original walled kitchen garden at Pitzhanger Manor, the country retreat of acclaimed British architect Sir John Soane built by him to entertain friends in 1800. Founder of catering company Social Pantry Alex Head is behind the exciting venture. Soane’s Kitchen has made an effort to reflect Soane’s love for entertainment in the decor of the café by creating an informal space with natural light and use of the gorgeous surrounding landscape. The spot will offer a quiet sanctuary in the middle of the city and restore an iconic London landmark. The […]

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Best Brunches

The New Decadent, Bottomless-Brunch You Need to Try

What: Brunch, everyone Londoner’s favourite time of the week, the meal that can cure a hangover, start a hangover and means you can technically eat twice as much as it’s two meals in one, although, not actually advisable of course. When we heard that Sea Containers had just introduced new dishes to their brunch menu, we knew of course that we had to check it out. New? Whilst Sea Containers isn’t the brunch has just relaunched last month, bringing in new brunch dishes and on a Sunday a live band. The Setting: Sitting on London’s Southbank, Sea Containers can be […]

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Ragu, Porticoes and Dissection: 10 Reasons to Visit Bologna

Bologna, home to ragu, the oldest university in the western world and the largest sundial in the world.  The historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is one half, wide arcaded streets and large piazzas and  the other, cobbled narrow streets. We’ve rounded up ten reasons why you need to visit this city and it isn’t just food…   For Ragu Bologna, the home of spaghetti bolognese you think, but you’d be wrong. Bolognese yes, spaghetti bolognese wrong. It should be fresh tagliatelle and not tainted with herbs and garlic. It’s a simple dish enriched only with a little (or in […]

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Taco Tuesdays are the Taco of The Town at The Spread Eagle

You may have heard of Taco Tuesdays, a global phenomenon for taco fans everywhere, the love for the crunch and the flavour that has you wanting more. But have you ever tasted vegan tacos? Bend and spread, the Eagle has landed! The Spread Eagle is a vegan pub in Hackney that is starting this summer by launching Taco Tuesdays once a month for taco-lovers to enjoy three 100% vegan courses – a starter, three different handmade corn tacos and a dessert. Partnering with Club Mexicana, three line-up guests will take over and humbly showcase their take on the vegan taco, including vegetarian […]

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Tantalising Top Floor Flavours: We Review Soho’s Viet Lounge

What: I am so fond of Soho and equally as fond of Chinatown. This whole segment of London has got such a great vibe, and I really feel like I’m slap bang in the centre of the London buzz whenever I’m there. It’s also a food-well-travelled foodie haven for the “do-it-for-the-grammers”, with a whole host of eateries favouring specific cuisines. This time, our visit to Soho took us to Viet Lounge, which can be found a couple of floors up in Viet Food. As the name suggests, it’s an oasis of all things Vietnamese, which is actually – and this […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Chef Series Of Shakespearian Proportions

If we learn one thing from Romeo and Juliet, besides maybe checking the other person’s dead before poisoning yourself, it’s ‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers’; which at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe won’t be a problem at all. Allan Pickett’s new chef series will have everyone from the cooks down licking their fingers like they’re Soleros, and possibly their plates too, given the talent that’s headed their way. The bankside restaurant, by Shakespeare’s Globe and sat on the edge of the Thames, will see three chefs collaborating with Pickett, each creating two courses of a four-course menu. The menus, designed to […]

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Openings & Launches

The Wolseley’s On The Move… To Bicester

Guess which is the UK’s third most popular tourist attraction? No, not the Tower of London or the V&A, it’s… Bicester Village. Now guess where The Wolseley is opening their first spin-off restaurant? Bingo, you got it. With more visitors than the National Gallery or the Tate Modern, 6.4 million tourists will now have the chance to visit Café Wolseley as London’s best-loved breakfast spot heads to the Oxfordshire high-end shopping mall. The Café Wolseley offering will mirror its venerable parent in many ways, not least stylistically with hand-painted Chinese murals (a smart move given Bicester Village’s first and second […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mr Lyan Launches Secret Garden Supper Clubs

This supper club series might just have it all:  a secret location; alfresco dining and the award-winning Ryan Chetiywardana (Mr Lyan) and Douglas McMaster hosting. Hoxton restaurant, Cub is on the move this summer with three supper clubs all taking place in community gardens across London with the exact location only revealed the day before.  Don’t worry you will get to the see postcode before you buy tickets, otherwise what are the chances that you’ll be working in Chiswick and you’ll go for the one that is revealed to be in Haggerston…not that there is an event in Haggerston, or […]

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Guide to Pride: Where to Celebrate #PrideMonth

To celebrate the joyous and undeniably colourful month of Pride, we’ve rounded up an array of places to pop to, from rainbow cocktails and churros to Wagamama’s bright benches. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on food, party hard and take pride in you. Happy Pride Month. Chotto Matte What: Chappy’s Pre-Pride Brunch and Rainbow Festival Why: Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte is hosting not one but two events for Pride. As far as we’re concerned, the more the merrier. If you’ve been on dating app Grindr, but haven’t yet made the transition to Chappy, your mind is about to […]

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Openings & Launches

Turning Over a New Lily Pad: Adam Handling to Open The Frog in Hoxton

Those who’ve been to The Frog E1 can’t deny it’s an absolute ribbeting find, (that was meant to be riveting but I threw in a frog pun). Besides, I’m quite good at them…so I’ve been toad. On a more serious note, trust chef Adam Handling to open a test project (The Frog E1) on a temporary basis and for it jump to success so quickly. Having said that, his flagship restaurant Frog in Covent Garden did do swimmingly, so if these two venues are anything to go by… Which is why the venue is moving to a new larger site […]

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