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Regent Street’s Free Summer Festival Returns

If you dream of walking across Regent Street without having to contend with the black cabs and buses then we can help. We’re not miracle workers and we can’t banish all motorbikes forever, but we can tell you about Summer Streets which is back this July for the sixth consecutive year. Each Sunday throughout July, Regent Street will be closed to traffic so that we can make the most of the iconic street with a free summer festival and with talks of London being further pedestrianised, those cars have just got to get use to it. Events taking place include […]

Openings & Launches

Huckster, Bringing New York to Paddington

If you’re a fellow traveler coming to and fro from Paddington and always waiting for your train at the station, take the time to visit Paddington Central for a new space that is retro New York inspired. Huckster is a new all-day dining and drinking destination, designed as an urban market for you to pick out food and drinks only available there. There will also be a bar serving exceptional cocktails and American craft beers, plus a coffee shop perfect for breakfast and brunch. The interior will convey the grit and glamour of 1980s Manhattan art scene, with a DJ […]

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Turns Out Our April Fool’s Joke Isn’t a Joke…

It was our absurd April Fool’s joke that seemed to have a few readers duped into believing that you really could eat dog food in Dalston – you laugh but it seems that our jinx has turned out to be true and the last laugh is on us. We’re such trendsetters. Why? Because pet food company Freshpet is offering diners the chance to eat the same food as their dogs. In a bid to show you that their food isn’t made from leftovers, chemical and artificial ingredients or waste cuts, you can eat spaghetti and meatballs chicken fajitas and shepherd’s […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

German Gymnasium Drink to our Icons

Cocktails, like pieces of art, are a thing of beauty – especially circa 5.30pm on a Friday when you’ve barged past every fellow commuter, sashayed your way on to the escalator and pushed through the tiny tube door gap, to ride off into the sunset, and get your hands on one. Well, the next time 5.30pm tolls and the Sex on the Beach isn’t ruffling your feathers anymore, how about getting yourself down to German Gymnasium’s Meister Bar to sample their brand new ‘Icons’ cocktail menu? The menu pairs 12 new cocktails with celebrated names from the catwalk, art exhibitions […]

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Laurent: Hotel Café Royal’s New Restaurant

What: With restaurants in New York, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean, internationally renowned chef, Laurent Tourondel has chosen London, the best foodie city in the world, (we’re allowed to be bias) as the home for his first European restaurant. Taking over the first floor of the Hotel Café Royal, the restaurant replaces the slightly soulless restaurant that sat on the ground floor which, in turn, now takes on the role as an impressive lobby. New? Yes, the restaurant has only just launched, we however snuck in and managed to get a preview. I say snuck in, I mean not literally […]

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Seven Michelin Stars? It’s How They Roll At Selfridges

This dinner is going to be the ****ing ****. No, not an expletive laden rant but the approximate number of Michelin stars coming your way if you head to alto by San Carlo on Wednesday 27th June. The restaurant on the roof of Selfridges will be playing host to some of Italy’s most renowned chefs, with a total of seven Michelin stars between them, gathered by consortium Identità Golose, and cooking up: and I’m going to copy and paste their own description which, for once, doesn’t sound hyperbolic, “an unforgettable culinary journey through the most contemporary takes on Italy’s regional […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

English Sparkling Wine, DJs and Instagram Views at Florentine

Champagne might have been at the top of the sparkling wine game for a long time, partly because the name sounds fancy and it makes us think we’ll all be that little bit more sophisticated if we drink it, but actually we should be championing all things homegrown and English sparkling wine is definitely giving it a run for its money, especially the award-winning Chapel Down.  And this summer you the English winemaker has teamed up with Florentine Restaurant & Bar to host a series of pop-up rooftop bar nights. A Curious Corner by Florentine will give you everything you […]

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Tel Aviv Café Culture in Hampstead

What? Though I’m a southerner who lives (very) east and works (very) west, you’d be mistaken to think I’m a fully- fledged, compass-conquering Londoner. In fact, there is a very big, north-shaped gap in my familiarity – it’s one of the main things that attracted me to Café Hampstead. That, and the fact that it offers neighbourhood dining by way of Tel Aviv, read: an insight into the lives of Hampstead-ites with copious amounts of hummus thrown in to fuel the people-watching. New? Café Hampstead opened its doors a couple of months ago, a refreshing new addition to a postcode […]

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We Review: The Real Greek’s New Vegan Menu

What: A recent pundit for vegan food, I was first hand up in the office when it came to sampling the brand new vegan menu at The Real Greek in Soho. It’s all in the name at this restaurant, whose first branch opened its doors in the same year Julia Roberts wandered into a certain Notting Hill dwellers travel bookshop, and MySpace began to take over lives – that’s 1999 for those lesser-informed. Feeling old yet? With a food well-travelled menu that triumphs the Eastern Mediterranean diet, and the fanciful flavours of Greek food, The Real Greek’s many restaurants really […]

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Four Floors of Food: Smiths of Smithfield Revamp

Cast your mind back to twenty years ago? What were you doing? Well, if you were chef John Torode you were opening ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield restaurant, a Farrindgon staple, housed in a grade II-listed building. Now, Smiths has undergone a wow-worthy revamp by Young’s, providing guests with four floors of foodie heaven. Following the ethos of the higher you go the higher-end to lure you in. For those who find it hard to decide which cuisine to opt for when heading out for date-night, Smiths isn’t going to help the matter, with each floor offering something different. Floor One houses […]

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Breakfast Goals: Roast Introduces its Breakfast Burger

Snuggled up in the heart of Borough Market, Roast Restaurants’ namesake Sunday roast makes us Londoner’s wish it was Sunday every day. Then they brought out the Roast burger – so delicious that it was a roast beef, spuds and puds game-changer. One year on, and it’s almost as if Roast is on a mission to out-burger themselves, but we’re not complaining. Introducing the breakfast form of the ultimate roast burger, consisting of Bavarian smoked pork patty, topped with a towering combo of (diet-ers avert your gaze), crispy maple bacon, Portobello mushroom, tomato and pepper relish, kale and a garnish […]

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A Middle Eastern Must-Visit: Café Loren

What: Quite frankly, something completely different to your average breakfast or brunch indulgence. Ever craved some shakshuka in the morning? Well, I hadn’t either, but I think I might in future after this taste-test. The word is actually synonymous with breakfast in the Middle East and, after sampling, I can’t say I’m half surprised. The Setting: After Northern line troubles, a subsequent Uber and then a fumble through Stables Market in Camden on a bank-holiday, I was very happy when I finally discovered the ever-so-cosy Café Loren. Located at the main entrance of the market, the restaurant still feels nestled […]

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