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Restaurants and Bars That Opened in May…

Every day we write about new opening in London and safe to say there have been quite a few…if you’ve missed any or just want a quick low-down then read on to find out everything that has opened in the last month.  Legs  Legs is open in Hackney’s fashion district, serving up a daily-changing menu that focuses on fresh, nourishing produce in a light, casual space. www.legsrestaurant.com Rosa’s Thai Café The seventh café from husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore that is serving up punchy Thai dishes made using British ingredients. www.rosasthaicafe.com Randy’s Wing Bar The first permanent restaurant […]

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Pop Brixton’s 4-Day Birthday Extravaganza

A lot can happen in a year. If you think back to one year ago today, chances are a few things were a little different. Maybe you moved house, met the love of your life, or stumbled upon the then-newly opened Pop Brixton, which transformed an old, abandoned car park into a hub of food, drink and partying. Partying will most certainly be the order of the day as Pop Brixton celebrate their 1st birthday over 4 days (2nd – 5th June), each day providing a different way to celebrate so whether you’re looking for food, dancing or simply shopping, […]

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Santa Monica Summer Rooftop

As the mercury rises it seems that we do too. Who knows exactly why summer has us rushing to the nearest rooftop bar (even when they’re indoor) but when the rooftop in question consists of an outdoor terrace it all starts making sense. Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London is launching its summer residency on 1st June and it takes the form of a laid-back Californian beach bar. The Santa Monica summer pop-up has food and drink at its core; whilst Californians aren’t shy of a burger they will also have chips of the kale variety. […]

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Jazz Cafe Camden Relaunches

New venues are great but when somewhere with 25 colourful years of history relaunches it gets us even more excited than usual. There’s something about a stage that has welcomed Amy Winehouse, Lana del Ray and Gil Scott Heron that just doesn’t compare with a brand spanking new venue. Legendary Camden music venue, The Jazz Cafe, is reopening its doors on the 24th May and already the line-up is stellar. Split into bar, mezzanine restaurant and dance floor, nights at The Jazz Cafe will begin in the traditional way, with dinner in the 69-seat dining room before the show. Good […]

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The Handbook Meets: John Whaite

We can’t quite believe it’s been 4 years since John Whaite won the final showstopper challenge in The Great British Bake Off with his ‘Heaven and Hell’ creation. He’s been pretty busy since then, with a cookery school in Lancashire and three books under his belt. His most recent, Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients steers away from baking, proving he’s no one trick pony. At the start of May, John launched an afternoon tea he designed for The Royal Horseguards Hotel in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. We caught up with the Greenwich resident to see what he loves about London, how […]

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A Michelin Standard Chef Can Cook at Your Party

You never really associate chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants with event caterers but the recent appointment of Chris Johns as Head Chef of boutique party planners Alexander & Björck is about to change all that. Formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Antidote in Soho, Chris is bringing his skill to corporate and private events across London and beyond. Think seriously impressive party food: no mini burgers here (unless you want them). Instead, your guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over mini strawberry shortcakes and savoury mini Cornetto cones – a group will form by the kitchen door in no time. Drinks aren’t […]

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Shoreditch’s Secret Terrace BBQ

Tucked away on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road is the suitably discreet entrance of BL-NK’s outdoor terrace. Despite what the drizzle has you believing, Summer is around the corner so BL-NK are firing up their BBQ and chilling the rosé, ready for Thursday’s all day launch party of their new summer menu. Open from 8 till 8, swing by for freshly made croissants (if it’s raining) and granola with seasonal stewed fruits (if it’s a bit sunnier). For lunch, food suppliers Canababes will have their Babe Bowls ready to take back to your desk or enjoy on the terrace. 5.30pm is when […]

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The Hidden Garden Festival at Hampton Court Palace

You have to make the most of the British summer, you never know quite what you’re in for – like its citizens, it’s an eclectic mix. You want to celebrate with as many summer soirees, parties and festivals as you can before the winter sets in. Tonight sees the epitome of this with a festival to launch the new events space, 20th Century Garden, at Hampton Court Palace. Home to Henry VIII, who seems like he was up for a good knees up, the idyllic riverside palace makes for an enchanting place to host events and the installation of a […]

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Beating Retreat Dinner at 116 Pall Mall

If there’s one thing more patriotic than the Queen then it’s the men who dedicate their life to protecting her, day in and day out. With this in mind, there really isn’t a more British way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday than by watching The Household Division’s Beating Retreat on the Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the birthday parade or as it’s also known the Trooping the Colour. We’re talking about the annual theatrical display of stirring music, precision drill, Napoleonic Association actors, horses, cannons, lights and fireworks coming together to showcase the best of Britain’s military music and […]

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The Sky Kids Café Launches

Have you ever wished you lived in a pineapple under the sea? Are you aged 9 and under? If you answered yes to the above questions then we have some news that is about to blow your mind. Sky has launched a kids TV themed play and café experience where youngsters can enter the worlds of some of their favourite shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and Ben & Holly, all of which are available through the new Sky Kids app. The pop-up will give children the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts activities, play amongst famous scenes from the 3 […]

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Le Bao Take Over The Lido Cafe

What do bao buns and outdoor swimming pools have in common? Yeah, we can’t think of anything either. Until now. The Lido Cafe in Brockwell is extending its pop-up kitchen takeover series and welcoming Taiwanese street food trader Le Bao for Thursday and Friday evenings. Serving their trademark gluten free steamed buns stuffed with the most authentically spiced pork confit, grilled goats cheese and crispy chicken, Le Bao have also devised a new selection of small plates for the occasion including drunken mussels, pork croquettes and miso-glazed roasted eggplant. Al fresco dining has got to be one of the best […]

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Taco Takeover in Soho and Shoreditch

We really love Mexican food. And we really love tacos. The best thing about them is building them yourself. The challenge that we set ourselves to see just how much we can cram into the soft floury tortilla never fails to amuse. Grated cheese? Er, yes. Guacamole? More is more. Latin-Caribbean bar Barrio share our taco appreciation, so much so that they are having a Taco Takeover, with a different guest chef each month doing tacos their way. Beginning with The Roadery (British Street Food Award finalists), these guys are putting a British spin on the taco with their Braco […]

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