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Popolo Shoreditch Review: What We Thought

New? Popolo Shoreditch opened its doors in October, before which it came to life as a pop-up in Haggerston. Where? 26 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU, www.popoloshoreditch.com On the Menu: Italian, Spanish and North African-inspired small plates make up the menu, with strong pasta dishes hinting at the kitchen’s experience with Theo Randall. First Impressions: Tucked down Rivington Street, a few doors down from The Rivington Grill and Tramshed, Popolo occupies a former takeaway shop. Not that you’d know – it was completely gutted over the summer – now, exposed brick walls and a bar made of scaffolding bring it […]

Openings & Launches

The Gate Opens 3rd Restaurant

The countdown to Christmas begins, you can now listen to Mariah Carey on repeat and you’ve probably already opened the second day of your advent calendar. Who isn’t looking forward to Christmas though? Turkeys that’s who. They will love The Gate though, because the vegetarian restaurant is opening its third branch today in Seymour Place. Following on from the Hammersmith and Islington restaurants, this central restaurant will serve up classic dishes such as the green banana fritters, aubergine teriyaki and plantain chips and green dragon. New additions will include a three-way filled globe artichoke, aubergine schnitzel and wild mushroom rotolo. […]

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Alexandrie Review: What We Thought

New? November saw “Aladino’s Restaurant” become “Alexandrie Restaurant”. Aladino’s Restaurant was a restaurant originally in Alexandrie that came to London in 2015, and now has new management, new menus and a new name. Where? 38c Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 4BX www.alexandrie.co.uk On the menu: Described as fine dining from Alexandria (Egypt) in the heart of Kensington you can expect to find dishes such as molokheya; Egypt’s famous viscous herb soup, sea bass with cauliflower purée and citrus sauce, and spiced chicken roulade, filled with buffalo mozzarella cheese, harissa, and pesto. First Impressions: It’s quiet on arrival and smaller than I expected; the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

14 December Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

Ah, December, the month where you can eat enough for a small family and not feel guilty. As the city transforms into a winter wonderland, we bring you the best pop ups, from dumplings to film clubs, December has everything you could want.

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Openings & Launches

Tandoor Chop House Opens

Take a North Indian communal eatery and mix it with a classic British chop house and you get Tandoor Chop House. Having just opened in Covent Garden, the restaurant will be using Indian spices and tandoor ovens with select prime cuts of meat and marinades. On the menu, you’ll find signature tandoori masala chicken, beef boti, Amritsari lamb chops and tandoor masala pollock. Sides will include onion bhaji rings, Dexter ‘dripping’ keema naan, crispy okra and tandoor broccoli. For pudding, there’ll be sweet coal-roasted pineapple and their take on a crème brulée, a chai brulée. Designed by Ennismore’s Design Studio, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Night of Enchantment

This Christmas, D&D London restaurants are adding a touch of magic to your celebrations with series of events and fairy-tale inspired feasts with Fairytales in the City. So, in celebration, Club D&D bring you A Night of Enchantment. On Thursday 15th December, a top secret London location will be hosting a night of incredible food and drink and live entertainment, with food from the restaurant group’s catering company, Alexander & Björk and magical winter wonderland-esque decorations. There’ll be a 5-course menu created by some of London’s best chefs, each paired with a matching glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier. The chefs getting involved include […]

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The Old Dairy Review: What We Thought

New? It reopened the 12th October after an extensive refurbishment so we headed north to check it out. Where? 1-3 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP www.theolddairyn4.co.uk On the Menu: Think hearty pub food but with a gourmet twist; in lieu of sloppy servings presentation is key here with special thought given to flavour harmonies. Expect dishes like Scottish scallops with crispy pork belly, celeriac vanilla puree and parsnip crisps, and venison haunch with hispi cabbage, straw potatoes, juniper, raisin and caper sauce. First Impressions: I’m not a massive pub dweller but a glance at the menu was enough to tempt me into visiting. The restaurant […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas at The View at the Shard

A programme of Christmas wonder…with a view – that’s what The Shard are offering this winter. There’ll be carol singing, Champagne and screenings of Christmas classics; all on the upper most floors of the iconic London landmark. Level 72 offers some of the most dramatic and magnificent views of London, home to the open-air sky deck, it is going to be transformed into a wintry hideaway complete with winter plants, pine trees and twinkling lights. Enjoy the views with a hot drink from The Shard’s ‘design your own’ hot chocolate bar. The bar offers an array unique flavours as well […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

How To Get Celebrity Endorsements

The best way to improve marketing response rates is with endorsements, and the best way to get celebrity endorsements is through getting your product seen by the right people. Take, for example, the famous Topshop tunic dress that Kate Middleton wore on her 25th birthday which went on to sell out in 24 hours. If you’re hoping to get your product or service into the hands of a celebrity, then The Handbook are here to help, so cast your sales-hungry eyes over some of our tips: 1. Find the right celebrity Selecting the celebrity best for endorsing your product can take some time […]

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QP LDN Review: What We Thought

New? QP LDN came to Mayfair from Nerano, Italy in 2015 and was rebranded QP LDN earlier this year from its original name Quattro Passi (meaning ‘four steps’). Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino and his sons Raffaele and Fabrizio, QP LDN is the sister restaurant of Quatto Passi on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Where? 34 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4NG www.qp-ldn.com On the Menu: You’ll find a traditionally Italian menu split into antipasti, primi piatti e zuppe (starters and soups) secondi, dalla griglia (grill) and dolci (desserts); so think homemade Italian pastas (owner Antonio is considered a master pasta maker), grilled meats […]

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