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13 of the Best Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs in May

May is set to be a month awash with exclusive chef collaborations, kitchen takeovers and rooftop yoga. Blossom is set to take over your Instagram feeds as some of London’s top restaurants bloom in time for spring, and you can have your say on a Michelin-starred menu as chef Adam Simmonds launches his Test Kitchen. Read on to see how you can get involved…

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London in Bloom: D&D London’s Blossom Takeover

London is in bloom. You only have to spend a few minutes scrolling down your Instagram feed to be bombarded with photos of wisteria-clad townhouses in Kensington, and blossom explosions in Chelsea. Blossom isn’t only being reserved for the great outdoors either, with popular destinations ROKA and Dalloway Terrace bringing the outside in, with pink floral installations this Spring. Top restaurant group, D&D London, are championing the flower once again, with the return of their #BlossomCity17 campaign which will see a whole host of flower-inspired installations, menus and events from Tuesday 2nd May until the end of June. Chelsea favourite, […]

Openings & Launches

Pizza Pilgrims Open 1st Pizza Playground

There’s a new Pizza Pilgrims opening in West India Quay and it promises to be ‘you best night in, out’. It’s going to be the biggest Pizza Pilgrims yet, housed in a historic Grade I listed warehouse. First opened in 1802, the warehouse originally stored imported goods from the West Indies, but now will be decked out in the signature Pizza Pilgrims style with green and white checked tablecloths and pizza box art adorning the walls. There’s going to be 70 covers on the ground floor, a further 50 covers in the basement and bar and a 70-seater terrace on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Chefs Announced for Meatopia

Meatopia is on the horizon, just the other side of summer and as the name suggests, it’s three days of meat from some of the biggest and best-loved chefs from London, the UK and around the world and they’ve just announced the line-up. Cooking for the first time will be the likes of Mark Hix, Gill Mellor from River Cottage, Ross Clarke of Tandoor Chop House, Stephen Hinkley from MeatUp and Nud Dudhia from Breddos Tacos. Flying in from around the world, you’ll have Nate Green of Rhoda in Hong Kong, Ashley Heeger of Ash in Cape Town, Angie Mar […]

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Sky Garden City Bar
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sky Garden’s New Pop-Up Summer Bar

As if sky high drinking wasn’t enough, Sky Garden has announced a pop-up vodka bar to keep us occupied over a busy summer of socialising. 155m and 37 floors above the City, the aptly named City Garden will help you start your day well with a range of fresh-pressed juices and all round virtuous breakfast dishes almost as green as your surroundings. Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden so a suitably botanical cocktail menu is needed. Belvedere Vodka have teamed up with the venue to launch Belvedere Spritz City Garden Bar. Shaking up vodka-laced libations with refreshing hints of […]

Openings & Launches

Clarette: Marylebone’s New Wine Bar

Alexandra Petit of the Château Margaux family and leading Restaurateur Natsuko Perromat du Marais are joining forces with wine expert, Thibault Pontallier, to bring Marylebone a new kind of wine bar and it’s opening today. Setting up shop in an iconic townhouse on the corner of Blandford Street and Manchester Street, Clarette will be split across four areas. On the ground floor is a large communal table which is ideal for catching up with old friends; if you’re on a date head to the cosy surroundings of the first floor and pull up a chair by the beautiful fireplace or […]

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Junipalooza
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Junipalooza Gin Festival is Back!

GIN. Good, now that we’ve got your attention, let us tell you about Junipalooza, one of the world’s largest festivals, dedicated to everyone’s favourite spirit. Celebrating their fourth year over at Tobacco Dock, Junipalooza promises this will be their best event yet. With over 50 distillers from 14 different countries taking part, guests will not be short of free samples and bottles to purchase throughout the weekend, from big names like Sipsmith to smaller British distillers like The Lakes Distillery – the Lake District’s only gin. Ginsmiths will be on hand to give talks and masterclasses on all things gin, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Night Market Announced for London Food Month

We are in no doubt that London is the world’s culinary capital – and we’re in good company. Respected food critics Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles have joined forces for the UK’s biggest food festival; Evening Standard’s London Food Month. The festival runs throughout June – we have already told you about the pop-up kitchen with a whopping 40 Michelin stars – and will see hundreds of events across the capital from high-end dinners to free community events to celebrate the diversity of our city. A night market is coming to Kensington for 12 evenings from 7th June and […]

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Deckchairs, Daybeds and BYOB Cocktails: Fulham’s Getting an Urban Beach

Fulham. Home to Fulham Football Club, Fulham Palace, the Sloaney Pony and…not much else. We’re not anti SW6 we just think there are more exciting places that spring to mind when you think of summer drinking, dining and all round socialising. That may have been the case but things are about to change and we’ll all be hopping on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line come 10th May. Alfresco drinking is about to get a whole lot better as Fulham welcomes Neverland London; a 20 metre Thameside beach complete with deck chairs, swings, palm trees and pastel-coloured beach huts. Authentic beach […]

Openings & Launches

Leicester Square Kitchen Opens

May Fair Kitchen and Monmouth Kitchen are set to get a sister restaurant in the form of the Leicester Square Kitchen, opening at the start of the next month and serving up a contemporary Mexican and Peruvian menu. There’ll be a Mexican-inspired Mayan-spiced marinated chicken ensalada with cashews, black lime and sesame oil; prawn soft tacos with spicy papaya habanero salsa; robata-grilled pisco-glazed smoked paprika ribs and lime; robata-seared tenderstem broccoli and charred kale and shimeji mushroom anticucho served in a hot clay pot. Pudding will revolve around the likes of coconut, lime, guava and mango whilst on the cocktail […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Big Five: Punch Room’s New Menu

Long before punch became synonymous with American frat parties, with its questionable sickly, sweet mix of alcohol and fruit, it was actually the invention of the ultimate drinkers, the 17th century sailors of the East India Company. It was said that they would drink in the region of ten pints a day, but as they reached hotter temperatures, the beer became rancid and flat. So once a shore they set about making a drink using spices and sugar and just like that punch was born. They brought it back it to England et voila. Now Punch Room, the award-winning bar at […]

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Sunday Roast Takeover at Mustard

There’s nothing better on a Sunday then getting everyone round for Sunday lunch, cooking up a big roast, tucking in and forgetting it’s Monday tomorrow. Brook Green brasserie, Mustard, will be doing just that over the next few months as they invite three of their favourite chefs in to cook up different roasts. Starting on 14th May, Marc Wainwright, Head Chef at Le Vacherin in Chiswick will be celebrating spring with a roast leg of lamb accompanied by duck fat roast potatoes, stem broccoli, glazed carrots, Yorkshire puddings and apple crumble and clotted cream for pudding. The following month (25th […]

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