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Best Burns Night Celebrations

Every year, on or near the 25th January, kilt-clad Scots gather to celebrate the life of poet Robert Burns. Once only really acknowledged in the Northern realms, Burns Night has gained popularity down here in recent years and now there are a whole range of patriotic banquets and whisky tastings taking place all over London. If you’re unfamiliar with the rituals of the night, prepare for lots of standing, sitting, eating and drinking – Scots don’t celebrate this half-heartedly. If you don’t know your neep from your tattie don’t fear, you just need to be up for a good time (heads up: it helps […]

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Top 5 Lunchtime Set Menus

After the splurge of Christmas, January can be a tough month. Luxuries are harder to justify, saving gets the upper hand over spending. So what’s the best way of getting value out of London’s top restaurants? The answer is simple: lunchtime set menus. By handing over your choices to the chef, and visiting during the day rather than the busy evening, restaurants can give you a delicious meal at an irresistible price. Here are some of London’s best set menu offers, for a great meal without breaking the bank.

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Chelsea Sunday Lupper Club

Oscars season is just around the corner and, as a result, our list of ‘must-see films’ has just trebled. Luckily these cold, dark nights justify taking a couple of hours out of our day to cross a couple off. Sacrifice a couple more hours on a Sunday and make an evening of it. The Curzon cinema King’s Road boasts the largest screen outside of the West End and as well as the big names (The Danish Girl, Joy and The Revenant, we’re looking at you) they show a selection of independent arthouse films. For the whole of January, Curzon Chelsea […]

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Wine Tasting at Percy & Founders

Percy & Founders is one of those venues where you feel equally as welcome hunkered down with a coffee and your laptop as you do with a post-work glass of Pinot Noir, but frankly we know which we prefer. As we approach the middle of January, the worst is very nearly over. From now on there is light at the end of the tunnel and it is downhill to February… and our first glass of wine in four weeks. The strictest Dry January participants may want to look away now – we have a suggestion that may make you reconsider […]

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50 Days by Albert Adrià at Hotel Cafe Royal

Every few months an event comes along that really makes our ears prick up. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes such an event but when a Michelin starred Spanish chef will be hitting the kitchen of one of London’s top hotels for a limited residency, you know it will be something very special. For the first time outside of his home country, elBulli chef Albert Adrià is bringing some of his gastronomical innovation to the UK with a 50 day residency at Hotel Cafe Royal, in the hotel’s 150th year. London is now considered to be at the forefront […]

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East meets West at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea

It’s always an exciting thing when two greats are reunited i.e. Bill & Ted, and now former colleagues Tom Aikens and the Typing Room’s Lee Westcott have come together for one blissful night of cooking magic. The pair will introduce a 5 course menu, created by them, where they explain the skills involved in creating the Modern European dishes. The two chefs first met at Tom Aikens’ eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant, where afterwards saw Lee Westcott travel around the world and working with Jason Atherton before coming back to the UK to become Executive Chef of the hugely successful Typing […]

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Paradise’s Middle Eastern Supperclub

You know when something’s going to be good if last time it was a sellout. That is the case here, with the latest supperclub at celeb favourite North London hangout Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. Autumn’s sellout Game supperclub demonstrates the popularity of their events, as does the range of popular foodies who have hosted in the gastropub including Deliciously Ella, Hemsley and Hemsley and Amelia Freer. This time they are staying a bit closer to home, and in control of the menu is head chef Cat Ashton. Heavily inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine, Cat is hosting this one-off […]

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Naughty But Nice Afternoon Tea

The Christmas trees that stood so prettily a week ago are now sorry sights lying on pavements all over town. The festive magic has well and truly gone – all that remains is the evidence on our waistline and maybe the odd hard-to-reach set of fairy lights we’ve forgotten to take down. Postpone the gloomy nights at home and head over to Oxford Circus where, thankfully, the crowds of shoppers have dispersed (slightly). Whether you are putting yourself through 31 teetotal days or not, Riding House Cafe is catering to your wants and needs with a naughty-but-nice afternoon tea. Revitalising […]

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Cycle in the Courtyard

We all know the feeling:  you over did it the night before on the drinks, you’re feeling a little fragile, but it’s January and you’ve failed on the Dry January so you tell yourself that you’ll go to the gym next day. So you get to the gym and then they whack the music up and put the flashing lights on and your hangover gets the better of you. Well forget this nightmare, because Mayfair restaurant Hush have joined up with BOOM Cycle for a series of four outside spin classes in their famous courtyard – which means fresh air […]

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Sky Garden’s Porridge Bar

We all know January is the bleakest month of the year: we’ve spent too much, we’ve eaten too much and we’ve definitely had too much to drink and now we’re meant to be all positive about resolutions and trying to change for the better whilst it’s cold and miserable outside. Joy. It’s a time to hibernate inside and eat comforting food and what can be more comforting than porridge? It’s good for you, it’s hot and soon you’ll be able to get it at Darwin Brasserie, on the 36th floor of the Sky Garden as throughout January they’ll have a […]

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5 of London’s Best Winter Markets

Instead of trailing round the high street shops, buying the same boring stuff you did last year and having ‘Its Chrissstttmmaaassssssssssss’ perforate your eardrum, why not head down to the best winter markets London has to offer. As the rest of the world launches their own traditional, festive markets, we are lucky to have loads to choose from right on our doorstep. Have a mooch for unique presents, sample delicious food and drinks while seeing loads of christmassy stuff… all while getting tipsy on mulled wine. What could be better? Here’s our top 5:

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Christmas at The Imperial

Here’s the scenario, you’ve battled with the other Christmas shoppers on the Kings Road, you’ve elbowed your way out of Peter Jones, oohed and aahed at the lights in Sloane Square, stopped to see Father Christmas at Duke of York Square and now you need a drink. Obviously. When you find yourself in this situation, then we say head away from the crowds and go to The Imperial at the end of Kings Road which will be transforming its garden into a winter wonderland filled with wood burning chimneys and big, comfy sofas with cosy blankets to snuggle under. If you’ve been […]

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