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Duo Behind 108 Garage Open Southam Street

The story of how one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, 108 Garage, came about is like the new Netflix series you’ll be binging on. Luca Longobardi, a successful broker, married to Miss Brazil suddenly lost it all as he was falsely accused of money laundering, put on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list, arrested and put in a maximum- security prison in Brazil. After being exonerated neither his business or marriage survived. Meanwhile Chris Denney was a struggling artist, spending his evenings as a pot-washer, he then decided to become a chef, eventually landing a job in a Michelin-starred kitchen. The next […]

Hidden Bars
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 Secret Hidden Bars

Everywhere you look in London there are bars, the streets are filled with them, but what about the places you aren’t looking? The drinking spots hidden away behind closed doors, masquerading as shops, pharmacies and abandoned buildings. Here are 10 of London’s top hidden bars…which admittedly aren’t so hidden anymore.

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Roast’s New Saturday Brunch

What? Borough Market restaurant, Roast, have just launched a new Saturday brunch menu championing British produce and with new twists on classic dishes.  New? Whilst Roast isn’t new, the brunch is having only launched a couple of weeks ago. Where? The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL, www.roast-restaurant.com On the Menu: The menu that chef, Stuart Cauldwell has created is hearty and indulgent, yet refined. Of course, with a name like Roast you’re not going to find buckwheat pancakes or quinoa porridge, but you’re also going to be disappointed if you’re looking for a dirty Full English […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Fantastic Restaurants to Take Children to in the Summer Holidays

This morning it was strangely quiet on your way to work – you didn’t almost get runover by a pack of scooters and the bus stops were emptier, but then at lunch you go out and suddenly there are children everywhere. Yep it’s the summer holidays, if you don’t have children it’s a distant memory, something we miss each year whilst we wonder if we can suggest to our bosses that we have an extra six weeks off. If you have children then you definitely know it’s the holidays. If you’re looking for ways to keep little ones entertained or […]

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The Ivy City Garden: What We Thought

What? Having stuck to the likes of Richmond, Fitzrovia, Chelsea and Wimbledon, The Ivy Collection has now moved to the City with the opening of The Ivy City Garden, an all-day restaurant with a hidden garden.  New? Not the last of The Ivy collection to open, that goes to The Ivy Tower Bridge, The Ivy City Garden is still pretty new, having only opened at the start of June. It just goes to show how quickly the collection is growing. Where? The Ivy City Garden, Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, EC2M 1QS, www.theivycitygarden.com On the Menu: As my friend pointed […]

Openings & Launches

by CHLOE. NYC’s Coolest Vegan Restaurant Opens in London

by CHLOE. – it’s got one of those names, hasn’t it? The sort of name that you’ll see all over Instagram, a name that if you say, ‘I’m just going to get a salad from by CHLOE.’ your life is suddenly something off Pinterest, you probably went to HIIT at 6am and down ginger shots for fun. But we’re ok with that because by CHLOE. is the super successful US-based, plant-based, fast-casual restaurant and soon by CHLOE London will open in Covent Garden. Having opened in 2015 in the West Village, New York City, they’ve now gone on to open […]

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World’s Best Bar Pop-Up at Claridge’s

You might not have heard of John Morrissey, 19th century boxer, politician and gang member. You’ve probably heard of his gang though, The Dead Rabbits. Yep, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s award-wining New York bar, The Dead Rabbit, is named after a notorious, Irish street gang that controlled much of Lower Manhattan in the mid-19th century – apparently robbing and brawling was their thing. Enough of the history lesson, what you need to know is that the bar, that has won ‘World’s Best Bar’, is coming to Mayfair for one week in August. Opening in Claridge’s, The Dead Rabbit pop-up […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Summer Supper Clubs at London’s Lighthouse

What did the ocean say to the lighthouse? Nothing, it just waved. Thank you, we’re here all week. But, if the ocean could speak I’m sure it would ask the lighthouse, (specifically Erith Lighthouse on the border of London and Kent), if it knew of any amazing supper clubs happening soon. Well if any oceans or hungry Londoners were wondering, they would be in luck as across August (10th to 27th) and September (7th to 24th) a collection of chefs will host 17 dinners at Erith Lighthouse, each creating distinct menus to complement Erith’s unique riverside location. The menus will take inspiration […]

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What to do This Weekend: 4th -6th August

This weekend it’s all about the bottomless brunches, booze, beers and burgers – love a bit of alliteration. It’s time to check out of the office and check into the weekend..

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Beach Hut Bar Pop-Up in the Sky

If we sultrily whispered the words: rooftop, gin and exclusive, to Londoners, chances are they’d get a little flustered. You can keep your 50 Shades of Grey stuff, in London what gets us really going is the chance to drink gin and get an Instagram of that #ViewOfLondon – don’t judge. It’s why ‘Seaside in the Sky’ at The Gherkin is so popular and it’s why you need to hurry up and book yourself in. Normally only open to members, Searcys at The Gherkin and the bar are now open to the public until the 1st September. Inspired by our […]

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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 […]

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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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