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10 Awesome August Pop-Ups

And just like that we’re in August already – this year is flying by and whilst it appears that our summer was fleeting and has now gone (why we say this like we’re surprised we don’t know) that isn’t going to stop us making the most of August by visiting the best pop-ups and supper clubs; which this month seems to include some rather obscure drinks – beer made from lobster anyone?

Openings & Launches

22 Venues That Opened in July

Another month has passed, we’re rattling through the year at an alarming rate…you’re restaurant bucket list is also going to be getting even longer as in the last 31 days we’ve seen 22 new restaurants and bars open. There have been debut restaurants from MasterChef contenders, pop-ups becoming permanent, places dedicated to brunch and new offerings from hotels. July’s been a good one.   VQ Aldgate The 24/7 restaurant is already in Notting Hill, Chelsea and Bloomsbury and this month it opened in Aldgate in the Dorsett City Hotel. Want halloumi fries with tzatziki at 2am? No problem? Need a […]

Openings & Launches

The Connaught’s New Restaurant

The Connaught, one of London’s most distinguished hotels is now home to a new restaurant, Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Opened by the internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the all-day restaurant will have an eclectic menu which is inspired by Jean-Georges’ classic French training, his signature use of Asian flavours and his unique take on British classics such as fish and chips. Taking the same approach as he does in his New York restaurants, (The Mark, ABC Kitchen and his vegan eatery, ABCV), only the best British ingredients will be used. Dishes will include the likes of egg toast and caviar; […]

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A Night Out in China Town: Shuang Shuang & Opium

What: A night out in China Town starting with hotpot specialists Shuang Shuang before heading over to a bar in a bar Opium. New? Opium opened in December 2012 while Shuang Shuang opened in January 2016. Where? Shuang Shuang: 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LU / Opium: 15-16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE www.chinatown.co.uk On the menu: Shuang Shuang has brought a cornerstone of Asian cuisine to central London with the simple DIY hot pot; choose your broth and dipping sauce from the menu whilst you hand pick everything else from the conveyor belt. Opium is predominantly a cocktail bar but they […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cocktail Masterclasses at Company Below

Next month, Company Below, Greek Street’s hidden drinking den will be playing host to some of London’s best bartenders for a month of cocktail masterclasses and bespoke drinks and you know we can’t get enough of cocktails. Each week throughout August a different bartender will be showing you how to mix drinks as well as creating a signature drink for that week and first up it’ll be Miguel Arbe Rey, aka the Executive Bartender from the Ceviche group. Bringing the pisco to the party, his guest cocktail, Jamming, is made from Barsol Acholado Pisco, corn water, coriander and black peppercorn […]

Reviews

Barbecoa St Pauls: What We Thought

What?  Jamie Oliver’s original barbecue and smokehouse, Barbecoa is a restaurant making the most of traditional fired-based cooking through the use of Texas pit smokers, an Argentine grill, Japanese robata grill, tandoor and wood-fired oven.  It’s also big on whiskies, having one of the largest collections in London. New? It opened back in 2010, it was then followed by Barbecoa Piccadilly, earlier this year. Where? 20 New Change Passage, St Pauls, EC4M 9AG, www.barbecoa.com On the Menu: Whilst Barbecoa might be a restaurant best known for its cuts of meat, smoking and barbecuing, it’s not all about the beef. To […]

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Openings & Launches

Battersea Power Station’s New Pub

Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village is starting to come together now, as the restaurants, bars and cafes keep opening and now, the first and only pub is here. Part of the Darwin & Wallace group (the team behind neighbourhood bars such as No 32 The Old Town and No 11 Pimlico Road), No 29 Power Station West is opening its doors tomorrow. With a stripped back utilitarian feel, the pub will make the most of the area’s industrial heritage and will feature over 100 pieces of hand-picked and crafted furniture, tiles and artwork in the bar, including a bespoke […]

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What to do This Weekend

What to do This Weekend: 28th -30th July

This weekend it’s all rather foodie, from baking pop-ups to help those in Syria, to British brunches, free pisco sours and new breakfasts. It’s time to get your eating pants on…

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Openings & Launches

Coal Rooms: A Restaurant in a Ticket Office

A ticket office might not seem like the most usual place for a restaurant, you’d think it’d be better as a ticket office but as we use less ticket offices and eat out more, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea. Peckham-based entrepreneurs, Richard Robinson and Cemal Ezel, certainly think so as next month they are doing just that as they open Coal Rooms. Taking over the beautifully restored former Grade II listed ticket office which was originally part of Peckham Rye’s train station in the 1930s, Coal Rooms will be home to: a 24-seater café which transforms into a […]

Guides

14 Unexpected Places for Gin

With the popularity of gin comes the increased number of bars all claiming to be gin experts or supposedly boasting London’s largest gin collections. We’ve looked beyond the obvious ‘gin bars’ and have picked the destinations that you may have overlooked. From monthly gin and jazz to gin tastings with the experts, here are our pick of the gin places you may have not previously considered.

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Openings & Launches

World’s Largest Bouncy Castle Comes to Alexandra Palace

We’ve just told you about the Playground for Adults coming to Hackney this weekend and we are already looking forward to the next nostalgic activity for Londoners this summer – the world’s largest bouncy castle. Actually calling it a bouncy castle is a bit of an injustice, it’s actually an inflatable obstacle course (just doesn’t have the same ring to it),  better known as ‘The Beast’ and it will be taking over Alexandra Palace on the August Bank holiday weekend (Friday 25th August – Monday 28th August, we’ve already got it in the diary).  At 272 metres long, it will […]

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Bottomless Brunch at The Frog

What? Adam Handling, the young chef with many awards already under his belt including Scottish Chef of the Year 2015, has now decided to get involved in one of London’s most tough arenas, the bottomless brunch arena.  New? The Frog, Adam’s debut restaurant, opened last summer following on from his stint at St. Ermin’s Hotel, the bottomless brunch however launched last month. What’s also new is Bean & Wheat, Adam’s new coffee shop and deli on Liverpool Street. Where? Tucked into the corner of Ely’s Yard you’ll find it at:  2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR […]

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