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Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed in March

Pancake Day fell early this year, with all it’s batter-ey fun and flipping madness. But with it came a slew of Lent resolutions, from one team member giving up sugar to my re-instigation of the ‘no thirds’ diet. As a result we all cut back on our restaurant reviews, hence so few this month. But fear not, within days to weeks we’d all fallen off the wagon and were back to the trough; which means that April will be a bumper month of reviews! by CHLOE Apparently Chloe knows a thing or two about cooking, as she’s hit these shores […]

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We Review: Sunday Lunch at Kettner’s Townhouse

What: Soho’s favourite, Kettner’s Townhouse is back, having been bought up by Soho House it now returns as restaurant, Champagne bar and 33 bedroom boutique hotel. New? London has had a long love affair with Kettner’s, it was established back in 1867 by August Kettner rumoured to have been chef to Napoleon III, it was one of first restaurants to serve French food. Remaining open for 149 years, it closed its door in 2016. However, it’s next chapter began in January. Where? A minute from Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse, you’ll find Kettner’s Townhouse at 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London […]

Openings & Launches

Nathan Outlaw’s Protégé Opens Debut Restaurant

Loving the Artic Monkeys so much, Nathan Outlaw’s protégé, Tom Brown, has announced that his debut restaurant will be called Cornerstone after a song from the band’s third album. Opening on the 24th April in Hackney Wick, the restaurant will be showcasing Tom’s simple clean cooking which makes the most of British produce in sharing plates. Think, raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yogurt and crispy garlic; marinated squid accompanied by black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing and for pudding, Cornerstone’s pear crumble accompanied by Earl Grey ice-cream. To drink you’ll find natural, organic and biodynamic wines, […]

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Culture

London Shell Co is Celebrating 100 Years of Women Having the Vote

To mark the centenary of women’s right to vote, London Shell Co are hosting three evenings where some of London’s strongest female foodies will be taking over the kitchen and no this is not the time for any terrible women/ kitchen jokes… Taking place on the 11th, 18th and 25th April, chef Elizabeth Haigh (former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Pidgin) will be cooking up a five-course feast, with dishes including burnt spring onion pancakes, lardo, peas, chilli and pea shoots; barbecue beef onglet, 24-hour smoked cabbage and a side of bitter leaves and Jersey royal new potatoes.  Wines will […]

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London’s Most Striking Private Dining Rooms

Planning a perfect dinner party? A dinner for a celebration? Has your boss just been on and told you to find a venue for a big work dinner? Look no further, here are some of the private dining rooms around. Whether you want to be in a palace or a cellar, make your event perfect and private.  

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Nathan Outlaw Brings Michelin-Starred Cornish Restaurant to London

Contrary to popular belief there is actually more to Port Isaac than Doc Martin. The Cornish fishing town is also home to the  Michelin-starred Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen and it’s coming to London as part of a series of dinners hosted at the Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital. On the 21st May, guests can expect dishes of cured brill with anchovies and pea and mint mayonnaise and seasonal St Enodoc asparagus with clams and herb dressing as Head Chef, Tim Barnes, takes over the kitchen. Next up, it will be the turn of The Mariners Public House (Outlaw’s collaboration with Sharp’s Brewery), […]

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We Review: Boutique Country Hotel, Stoke Place

What: In the amount of time it takes you to get across London (especially if you’re on the District Line), you could leave the city behind you, leave the packed tubes, the pollution, the noise and find yourself in Stoke Place, a country house sat in 26 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland…you just have to ignore the pitstop in Slough. New? No and all the better for it. The house was initially built in 1690 as a family home for the royal chef, Patrick Lamb. Chef fact fans, he cooked Kings James II’s legendary coronation feast at Westminster Hall. Until the […]

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Openings & Launches

Duo Behind Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots Launch 3 New Bars

Stop the press! Important bar news just in! Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, the founders of Inception Group, have just announced that they are launching three new bars to join Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour and Mr Fogg’s Tavern! All inspired by the intrepid explorer, the first, Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, will open this June in Fitzrovia. And whilst everyone knows about Mr Fogg’s what about Aouda? The Indian princess he rescues and marries? She’ll be given her own bar in Broadgate Circle, Mrs Fogg’s and finally in October, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration will launch just off the Strand. The bars […]

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Chelsea Speakeasy Launches Smokehouse Menu

Evans & Peels Detective Agency has a new mystery to solve, ‘The Mystery of the Smokehouse Menu.’ And the dilemma? What to choose? Let us explain, Evans & Peel Detective Agency has just launched a new smokehouse menu which features southern American dishes such as Carolina style pulled pork; St Lou’s with cut pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket and pulled eggplant and mushroom brisket. They’re all served with pickles, buttermilk potatoes, BBQ beans and slaw as well as house sauces. There’ll also a bar menu of small plates like mac ‘n’ cheese with pulled pork or smoked mushrooms, […]

Things to do Outdoors

Alfresco Secret Garden Returns to Paddington

It may not seem like it, it may seem like we’re in an eternal winter, but one day the sun will shine and one day we won’t have to wear a gazillion layers. When that happens, there is one place we’ll be heading straight to: Pergola Paddington. After over 179,000 of us flocked to secret alfresco terrace last year, it has decided (and rightly so) to return for season two. Set over two levels and with seating for 850, seven comfy day beds, two huge open bars and a line-up of restaurants including DF Mexico, Canard and MAM, it’s set […]

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The Street Food Takeover at Top 5* Hotel

Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is proving that opposites do attract as they bring together two very different sides of London: 5* hotels and street food. Starting next Tuesday, the new monthly takeover series will see different street food vendors serving up innovative dishes at the rooftop bar every Tuesday. First up will be Other Side Fried who have created a bespoke menu which includes O.S.F: fried chicken, brown butter mayo, parmesan, garlic and lettuce and Honey Butter: fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce. Taking over in May will be Burger & Beyond and then moving into summer […]

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London’s Unexpected Foodie Spot

In comparison to next door Oxford Street (also known as the closest thing to hell in London during rush hour), Regent Street is a dream filled with a whole host of impressive restaurants, from big names like Gordon Ramsay to less well-known chefs who are creating lots of noise for all the right reasons. It’s becoming quite the unexpected central foodie spot, unfortunately that prize is never going to go to Leicester Square. With four days off this weekend there is plenty of time to work your way down the street. Swap chocolate eggs for steak tartare with truffle crisps […]

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