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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

With the London restaurant scene as packed as it is, all too often it seems restaurants within hotels can get overlooked, which is a shame as some there are some real gems.  One such restaurant is Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at The Halkin, which serves up New Basque cuisine and is headed up by Executive Chef Sergi Sanz, with guidance from Elena Arzak and her father.  If her name sounds familiar then it’s because her family run the 3 Michelin star Arzak restaurant out in San Sebastian, Spain, which you’re bound to have heard of.   Although designed by the London – based […]

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The Perfect Pair: Cocktails and Dessert

All good things come in two’s: Ben and Jerry’s, Ant and Dec and now cocktails and dessert. Why, no-one has thought of pairing these two things before, we do not know but thanks to Basement Sate in Soho, we will definitely see them together more often. Bought to you by Cathleen McGarry, Basement Sate is the first cocktail and dessert bar in London, providing us Londoners with a place to enjoy exquisite desserts, cocktails and of course late night dancing. In celebration of this new found marriage, every Tuesday, the bar will hold Cocktail and Dessert Pairing classes. Boyfriends, take […]

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The Return of The Grill at The Dorchester

If you can think way back to May you may remember that  The Grill at The Dorchester shut its doors to give it a complete refurbishment – that’s the interior, menu and team. Fast forward a few months and there is a new young team with Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix at the helm and a new look created by Bruno Moinard. What’s he created is a timeless, sumptuous restaurant; it’s almost like sitting inside a copper teapot – if you can imagine, a mix of bronze, zinc, mirrors, copper and butterscotch leather chairs and a rather marvellous chandelier. On […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Return of The Grill at The Dorchester

If you can think way back to May you may remember that  The Grill at The Dorchester shut its doors to give it a complete refurbishment – that’s the interior, menu and team. Fast forward a few months and there is a new young team with Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix at the helm and a new look created by Bruno Moinard. What’s he created is a timeless, sumptuous restaurant; it’s almost like sitting inside a copper teapot – if you can imagine, a mix of bronze, zinc, mirrors, copper and butterscotch leather chairs and a rather marvellous chandelier. On […]

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Our Guide to… Christmas Afternoon Tea

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and whilst we are all very excited about the most wonderful time of the year, it can sometimes be a little bit of a nightmare. Between fighting the crowds in your local supermarket to deciding which turkey to buy as well as present shopping it can all be just a touch stressful. Well, never fear, there is nothing better than an afternoon tea to settle those nerves. Combine this with a Christmas theme and it won’t be long until you are feeling the spirit. From edible snowman to cake pop baubles, […]

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Bayou’s Blues Brunch

This weekend saw creole bar and restaurant, Bayou, launch its new Blues Brunch; it’s live music and a whole lot of soul food, which was just what we needed when the heavens decided to open and the whole of London was absolutely drenched. Just off Camden High Street, Bayou sits on Iverness Street, hidden behind the market stalls. It’s a strange little place, it’s quite basic, plain wooden tables and chairs and a bar running down one side, but nothing that stood out – apart from the loo walls which were painted with leaves and branches, there were also swamp […]

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Bayou’s Blues Brunch

This weekend saw creole bar and restaurant, Bayou, launch its new Blues Brunch; it’s live music and a whole lot of soul food, which was just what we needed when the heavens decided to open and the whole of London was absolutely drenched. Just off Camden High Street, Bayou sits on Iverness Street, hidden behind the market stalls. It’s a strange little place, it’s quite basic, plain wooden tables and chairs and a bar running down one side, but nothing that stood out – apart from the loo walls which were painted with leaves and branches, there were also swamp […]

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Welcome to The Clubhouse

Say goodbye to any dieting New Year’s resolutions you may have and hello to KERB’s new semi- permanent residency in Hackney Wick, where from 5th December you will be treated to some innovative cooking every Friday and Saturday night. Based in an old mirror factory, The Clubhouse will be a covered, experimental food market complete with indulgent street food and live music. For those that don’t already know, KERB was created by Petra Barran after she embarked on her own food journey by converting a van into ‘choc star’. Since then she has taken KERB all over London, helping to promote […]

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Zaika reopens after complete refurbishment

Sitting proudly at the top of Kensington high street you might recognise Zaika; from the outside at least as inside there has been a complete refurbishment which extends to the entire staff and management. The former bank makes for a stunning and striking venue with its high ceilings and marble features, the long bar betrays its first purpose with cash register shaped features running along the back of the bar which separates it from the main dining area. It is definitely worth taking a moment to pull up pew at the bar to enjoy their impressive selection of cocktails and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Zaika reopens after complete refurbishment

Sitting proudly at the top of Kensington High Street you might recognise Zaika, from the outside at least, as inside there has been a complete refurbishment which extends to the entire staff and management. The former bank makes for a stunning and striking venue with its high ceilings and marble features, the long bar betrays its first purpose with cash register shaped features running along the back of the bar which separates it from the main dining area. It is definitely worth taking a moment to pull up pew at the bar to enjoy their impressive selection of cocktails and […]

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Frescobaldi London

Following my namesake and having spent the summer inter-railing around Italy exploring Florence, Venice and Rome, the opening of Frescobaldi, the first standalone restaurant in the UK from the Frescobaldi family was one that I was not going to miss. And despite spending three weeks, exploring every nook and cranny of Florence, the closest I got to Tuscany where the food is inspired from, was the wine I had been sampling, so I was looking forward to a taste of it. Whilst most reviewers have described the food at Frescobaldi’s as authentic Italian (which it is), there is much more […]

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Frescobaldi London

Following my namesake and having spent the summer inter-railing around Italy exploring Florence, Venice and Rome, the opening of Frescobaldi, the first standalone restaurant in the UK from the Frescobaldi family was one that I was not going to miss. And despite spending three weeks, exploring every nook and cranny of Florence, the closest I got to Tuscany where the food is inspired from, was the wine I had been sampling, so I was looking forward to a taste of it. Whilst most reviewers have described the food at Frescobaldi’s as authentic Italian (which it is), there is much more […]

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