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The London Gelato Festival is Back

Ice cream; we’re all good at eating it but what if we asked you what the difference is between ice cream and gelato? Don’t worry we’re stumped too. Thankfully, the Gelato Festival has all of the answers (and desserts) for us. Now the sun is officially out, we’re going to celebrate in true British form and not hold back. The Gelato Festival is back for the 3rd year running at Old Spitalfeild’s Market for 2 delicious days between 16th-18th June. Now onto the more important stuff – what you’ll be eating. To save our over-excitement, the exact flavours have been […]

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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 […]

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Scandinavian Dining in Marylebone

What? The trend for Scandinavian dining is showing no signs of slowing down. Over in Marylebone, The Harcourt has been doing things this way for a while with a special ‘Fika’ menu served alongside the a la carte. Where? 32 Harcourt Street, Marylebone, W1H 4HX, www.theharcourt.com New? The Harcourt opened its doors a year ago on the former site of Grade II listed Scandi pub, The Harcourt Arms and has recently launched a new menu to celebrate the occasion. On the Menu: A Modern European menu had more than just a nod to the Scandinavian heritage of the building; gravadlax, rye crusted mackerel and reindeer all feature, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Floating Cinema Returns

Outdoor cinemas are all the rage at the moment, whether on rooftop or in a park, it’s the activity to during the summer, rain or shine (you can always reach for the plastic ponchos…). Just when you thought you’d seen it all, a new competitor is popping-up over at St Katharine Dock’s: the floating cinema. A 12 seat barge was once a dishevelled boat but has been completely transformed to accommodate film junkies throughout July as they indulge in water-related classic films whilst bobbing on the Thames – think Finding Nemo, The Beach and The Little Mermaid. For those who enjoy bringing snacks […]

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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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Salt + Pickle Opens in Crystal Palace

You know who was good at preserving things? The Ancient Egyptians – they had that sussed. They’ve not been around for the last few thousand years though…they’re also not opening a deli/bistro. Tell you who is though, Manish Upton-Mishra, the man behind Crystal Palace’s Good Taste Deli which specialises in the finest things in life (cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine) and Ian Haigh, the acclaimed designer (Central Design Studio). Everything will be salted, pickled or cured and it’s aptly named Salt + Pickle. Opening on Westow Hill in Crystal Palace, Salt + Pickle will specialise in preservation techniques, focusing on ingredients […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Al Fresco Pop-Up in the Heart of the City

Think of your ideal night. For us, it would merge all the best bits of a dinner party (great friends), restaurant (great food) and summer get together (al fresco) – surely that’s not too much to ask? Three friends from Newcastle University quit the London rat race and decided that this kind of convivial dining should become a reality. The result? Nest: a series of pop-ups focusing on seasonal British small plates, an easy-going atmosphere and great company. The name Nest actually comes from the saying ‘Nest mid fréondspéde’, meaning food with friends. The trio have popped-up right in the […]

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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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St James’s Newest Asian: Ginza Onodera

What? 23 years of trading wasn’t enough to stop iconic Asian restaurant, Matsuri, from closing. A £2.5 million, 6 month refurbishment has seen it transformed as Ginza Onodera, with a totally new look and menu – we headed over to check it out. New? Ginza Onodera opened in the middle of March so is still brand new. Where? A short walk from Green Park station, just past The Ritz: 15 Bury Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6AL, www.onodera-group.com On the Menu: The menu is traditionally Japanese, and chef Ryosuke Kishi has made a conscious effort to steer away from the fusion trends many restaurants are currently playing with. Sushi, […]

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Openings & Launches

Dinings Open Second Site in Knightsbridge

Sometimes you just want it all. You want gin but you also want wine. You want to eat out but can’t be bothered to leave the sofa. You want Japanese but you also want tapas. Dinings have mastered this and, far from being tacky or ‘fusion’, per-se, what they do so well is sushi and tapas. Japanese tapas. Ever since it opened in Marylebone back in 2006, Dinings has tried to redefine what we think of when we think of Japanese dining. The contemporary feel will remain when it opens in a Knightsbridge mews on the former site of Italian […]

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