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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The World’s Best Bar Pops Up in Claridge’s

When Irish drinking tavern meets Lower Manhattan you don’t get the kind of Irish pub you may be thinking of. You get The Dead Rabbit; the world’s best bar (two years in a row) and all-round award-winner. If you’re ever in New York, be sure to pay a visit. If you don’t have a trip to the Big Apple planned then you’ll want to be in London during August as The Dead Rabbit is popping-up in the equally prestigious Claridge’s Bar, transforming it into a world of ragtime piano playing and laid back vibes. The cocktails are described as ‘tipples […]

Jason Atherton Social Sunday
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Chefs Collaborate for Jason Atherton’s Social Sunday

A bespoke menu, Michelin-starred restaurateurs and collaborations with the UK’s most exciting chefs, yes, you’ve guessed it – it’s Social Sunday. And it’s back for the third year. Here’s how it works, in each of the nine London-based restaurants in Jason and Irha Atherton’s The Social Company, top chefs will join up to create a tailored lunch menu for the day, all in aid of Hospitality Action. For example, Chef Patron of Little Social, Cary Docherty, will be teaming up with the Executive Chef from The Typing Room, Lee Wescott. Or head to The Social Eating House, where the Michelin […]

Reviews

Dukes London Welcomes New Restaurant GBR

What: GBR is a new all day dining restaurant beside Dukes London. New? GBR (Great British Restaurant) is brand new, having only opened 18th May 2017. Where? Dukes London, 35 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NY www.gbrrestaurantslondon.com On the Menu: Norfolk-born Executive Head Chef Nigel Mendham has created a menu featuring traditional British dishes with contemporary twists. Dishes include duck liver parfait with Yorkshire puddings and caramelised onion, and English Channel pollock with courgette flower and crab bisque. First Impressions: A simple sign on the wall and some help from Google Maps meant that GBR was easy enough to find but once through the entrance […]

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Laid-Back Luxury at Hurley House

What? Hurley House is a boutique hotel with style. A no expenses spared renovation has seen it transformed from a roadside pub to a destination hotel for out of towners. Ten chic bedrooms keep it feeling exclusive and a Michelin-starred chef means the restaurant boasts fine dining, with a more formal dress code in the evening. A spa and impeccable service add luxury to a relaxing stay. Where? Just a 40-minute drive from central London, Hurley House is positioned in the village of Hurley, conveniently located in between the quintessentially English riverside towns of Marlow and Henley. Hurley House, Henley Road, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Oxford Street’s New Summer Garden Rooftop

Think Oxford Street and chances are you aren’t going to think of a British garden. You’re more likely to think of too many buses and queues to get into the tube. But maybe it’s time to rethink that because John Lewis’ summer terrace, Gardening Society, is opening for another year, transforming the flagship store’s roof on Oxford Street into a quintessential summer garden. Decked out with a bird wall, herb garden, water feature and plants including garlic and blackberry bushes, the rooftop is home to London’s smallest pub, The Gardener’s Arms, which measures just 6ft by 8ft. Don’t worry, you won’t all […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Berber & Q Launch Mangal Mondays with Top Chefs

Mondays, not as bad as Tuesdays, but still – they’re the start of the week and could do with some oomph, something like a BBQ feast, something like a Mangal Monday. And, as if they read our minds, Berber & Q are doing just that next month. Every Monday they’ll be handing over the keys to their kitchen to other chefs so that they can create feasting menus of mezze, dishes piled high with meat and their interpretations of Ocakbasi salads and sides. Starting on the 5th June, Oscar Holgado from Pitt Cue will be taking a bold, punchy approach […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Plot x The People’s Fridge Leftover Supperclub

Since opening in Tooting earlier this year, Plot has been getting serious buzz from locals and food critics alike for their small plates and snacks inspired by classic British cuisine. But how peckish would you be feeling if you were served a dish made exclusively from ingredients which were about to discarded? We all know there is a food waste problem in this country with far too much good food ending up in the bin, so Plot’s founders Mark Kimber and Harry Smith are doing something about it. The British restaurant is hosting a ‘waste dinner’ in partnership with The People’s Fridge, London’s first […]

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Openings & Launches

A-Listers’ Favourite NYC Hotel Opens in Shoreditch

2017, it’s the year of the hotel. Our city is already marked out and defined by iconic hotels, but now the new kids on the block are arriving en masse. Already this year we’ve had the second London Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, Henrietta, The Ned and we’re awaiting the arrival of Nobu Shoreditch.  Stiff competition then for Michael Achenbaum, the New York hotelier, who this week will be opening The Curtain, his first European hotel. He doesn’t seem fazed though, he’s already got the backing of his celebrity fans, who all stay at Hotel Gansevoort, which he opened […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Sketch Take On Chelsea Flower Show

Watch out Chelsea Flower Show, there’s a new horticultural event in town. Mayfair Flower Show will be hosted by Sketch for the second year running and we’ve got a feeling it’ll be giving Chelsea a run for their money. Sketch’s own rendition of one of London’s favourite events will be putting a new spin on things and transforming No.9 Conduit Street for the week. So we’ve got the location covered, but what about the most important part – the florists. Not to worry, Sketch will be playing host to 5 exhibitions from London’s top floral experts with different themes throughout […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 19th-21st May

The weekend upon us and oh how we’ve missed it, but now it is back and with it, it brings rugby, cabaret, sandwich festivals, unique cocktails and BBQ pop-ups. Weekends, they sure are good to us.

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Openings & Launches

The Ivy City Garden Opens

The Ivy Collection is set to grow again next month as they reach over to the city and open The Ivy City Garden at Dashwood House, in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens. On the menu will be a collection of favourites from The Ivy Collection, such as the shepherd’s pie, brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s eggs and black truffle, and the legendary chocolate bombe with hot salted caramel sauce. A new, exclusive dish will be the truffle beef Wellington sharing platter for four served with foie gras sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and green salad and at the weekend you can […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

10 New Spring Afternoon Teas

It’s not only our houses that get a Spring clean at this time of year. A whole load of traditional afternoon teas across London have had makeovers to make them lighter, brighter and more summery. Many are going one step further and using The Chelsea Flower Show as inspiration so think floral-infused pastries and petals galore. Here is our pick of the best new afternoon teas… Bluebird Bluebird have collaborated with Maite Choux for their Bluebird in Bloom afternoon tea. Served in their courtyard, cakes include a pistachio and raspberry macaroon, an orange blossom madeleine and a rhubarb and custard tart. The […]

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