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Raymond Blanc Opens Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach

2017 is a big year for acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, not only does it mark 21 years of the first Brasserie Blanc but he has also just opened Brasserie Blanc in Fulham Reach by Hammersmith Bridge. The menu will keep things classic with hearty French dishes inspired by Raymond’s childhood, including the likes of trout gravadlax with Dijon mustard and lemon crème fraiche, will feature alongside duck leg confit with black cherry sauce; and the new chocolate delice with Kirsch. The wine list will focus, naturally, on French grapes but there will also be global wines including Brasserie Blanc’s own […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Connaught’s Painting Masterclasses

You might always say you’re going to discover your artistic side, but how about you take it a little bit further than just simply a paintbrush and a mediocre view this time? This summer The Connaught is offering a series of outdoor painting masterclasses in collaboration with  Chelsea art store Green & Stone and distinguished British artist Alex Fowler, the man behind paintings of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes. Fowler will be putting down the paintbrush and taking hand at teaching as he conducts a three hour masterclass with his essential art tips and tricks. Green and Stone will be providing […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dine 100ft Above London

Warning – if you don’t like heights, then stop reading now. Do like heights? Let’s continue, arguably the most extreme pop-up, London in the Sky is returning next month for a two week feast in the sky. Coming to a new Chelsea site from the 19th -30th July, the pop-up will see different chefs and mixologists showcasing their culinary talents and quite literally reaching new heights – you’ll be sat around a table, 100 ft in the sky. We’ll just let that sink in, 100 ft, so if you get dizzy you might want to sit this one out, but […]

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Guides

7 Top Restaurants for Picnics

British summertime often conjures up thoughts of picnics and Pimms, indeed, with the ever looming threat of rain, us Brits will jump at the chance to dine al fresco. As of last week, Britain has been celebrating National Picnic Week…but if you don’t want to be lugging warm soggy sandwiches around from home (trust us, you really don’t), take your pick from our favourite hampers below:

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Openings & Launches

A Bar for Dogs Opens in Chelsea

Everyone loves going for a drink with their best friend, but do you ever go for a drink with your actual best friend? We aren’t talking about your best friend from school, nor the person who props you up on nights out and makes sure you get home in one piece (it’s obvious you’ve been for drinks with them); no, we’re talking about the ones that love you unconditionally, the ones that are always happy to see you, the ones with four legs… your dog. Have you ever been for a drink with your dog? Most likely not, but that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Duck & Waffle’s New ‘Origins’ Menu

Avocado; the most revered and treasured of all the fruits (at least amongst the middle class). Described as the poor man’s butter you can eat it with a spoon, smash it on toast or even chuck it in your brownie recipe but now there is a new way to get your avo fix; in a cocktail. Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development at Duck and Waffle, Rich Woods, is taking single ingredients and finding inventive ways to use every part of them for their new cocktail menu ‘Origins’. The avocado cocktail for example comprises of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, avocado liqueur, ‘super-dry’ avocado […]

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32 of London’s Best Terraces

As soon as the sun comes out we yearn to drink and dine al fresco. Head to one of the terraces below for rosé, tapas or a full English, all whilst soaking up some rays and getting to work on your base tan. It’s never too early… Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel What: Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel x Bombay Sapphire Why: The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel has officially opened and they’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to bring the ultimate al fresco experience. The terrace is filled with botanical features including juniper, almond, angelica, coriander and lemon plants that will all be used in their signature cocktails. They […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets Richard Corrigan

Ahead of the opening of Dickie’s Bar, we caught up with the man behind it, Richard Corrigan. Chef patron of Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Sea Grill, he’s won two Michelin stars, numerous awards and has appeared on the likes of Great British Menu and Great British Food Revival. We talk cocktails, secrets to success and how the restaurant industry has changed. You’re opening Dickie’s Bar in June, why did you decide to open a new standalone bar? Quite frankly I have always been a barfly and enjoy an intelligent tipple, also I believe that you need to constantly be evolving […]

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Reviews

Fine Dining and Game at The Stafford

What? The Stafford Hotel London, a hidden gem in the heart of St James’s by Green Park, has just relaunched its restaurant, The Game Bird, showcasing some of the finest British classic cooking under the helm of Executive Chef James Durrant. New? The new restaurant opened on 17th March 2017 in one of London’s finest and quintessentially English luxury hotels. Where? A stone’s throw from Green Park Tube, hidden in a mews away from the bustling crowds: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s, SW1A 1NJ, www.thestaffordlondon.com On the Menu? A sumptuous mix of British meat and game, finding the perfect […]

Openings & Launches

VQ: 24/7 Eating in Aldgate

Even before the night tube, we weren’t very good at going bed to early and now that it’s here we have even less reason to end the night. Things that do inevitably sends us home: one too many cocktails, having to get up for work and feeling hungry. Yes, we could get a kebab, or we could go to VQ. The 24/7 restaurant is already in Notting Hill, Chelsea and Bloomsbury and next month it’ll be opening in Aldgate in the Dorsett City Hotel. Want halloumi fries with tzatziki at 2am? No problem? Need a sticky toffee pudding fix at […]

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Hotels

Get Fit With COMO in Hyde Park

COMO Metropolitan London and sportswear brands Castore and Monreal are partnering up this summer to bring fitness classes to Hyde Park and it sounds like they’re accepting no excuses. You might always say you’re going to the gym after a day of work but we know sometimes that doesn’t happen, so how about you exchange that empty promise with classes from some of the best fitness bloggers in London’s favourite park. Faya Nillson, founder of Fitness on Toast, will be kicking off the first set of classes on 27th June with overall fitness and body weight circuits to start bikini […]

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Openings & Launches

Butterscotch Bakery Opens in Old Street Station

When it comes to cakes and American food, Bea Vo is a bit of a pro. She was the founder of Bea’s of Bloomsbury and is founder and executive chef of Stax, Boondocks and The Famous Flames and now she is about to open a new bakery, Butterscotch, in Old Street Station. It’s all about American home cooking, so, along with brownies, cupcakes and marshmallows, Bea will be cooking pies, cobblers, breads and muffins, with gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options too. Cupcakes include peanut butter Reese’s peanut butter cup; pistachio vanilla and chocolate fudge. Brownies aren’t just your usual […]

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