Little Smoke Review: What We Thought

What? Little Smoke is the latest restaurant from Noble Inns, the team behind Smokehouse, The Pig and Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch. It specialises in meat, with a daily changing menu of whole native and rare breed animals sourced from small independent farmers. It’s then butchered over at Smokehouse before being roasted, smoked and grilled at Little Smoke. New? It opened back in October 2016. Where? City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, City of London, EC2Y 9AW, On the Menu: The meat changes daily, the cuts written up on the chalkboard and then are crossed through once they’ve been sold, so […]

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My London: Plot Tooting’s Favourite Spots in South West London

When Plot opened in Tooting Broadway Market in January, Londoners came flocking, and it confirmed suspicions that SW17 really is the place to watch for all things foodie. Cousins Harry Smith and Mark Kimber are behind the tiny 15-cover restaurant which proudly names its producers and suppliers, be it meat from Chadwick’s on Tooting High Street or fish from Moxons in Clapham South. It’s no surprise, then, that they champion local in their day to day lives too, so we asked the pair for their favourite places to visit in South West London. Here are their picks:

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Jason Atherton’s New Japanese-Inspired Afternoon Tea

It’s no secret that we love the idea of an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and some warm fresh scones, washed down with a cup of English breakfast tea. However, let’s not forget that we live in London, meaning there are thousands of international culinary delights just a tube or uber away at any point, so give your afternoon a makeover this spring at Sosharu. Say hello, or kon’nichiwa, to the hottest new afternoon tea on the block. Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, Sosharu, has launched a new afternoon tea filled with both sweet and savoury treats accompanied with an array of unique […]

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Lokhandwala Review: What We Thought

What? Lokhandwala is the newest in the wave of Indian openings in London, modelled after colonial British architecture, and serving Indian tapas. New? Fairly – it opened on 23rd January. Where? 93 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4PY, On the Menu: Traditional Indian staples are given a contemporary twist in tapas form, from ceviche, gujju vaat chaat and Locknowi sliders made with oven baked Shammi kebabs, to the Vepudu taco made with potato skins and Andhra spices. With seven mains to choose from, Lokhandwala try and narrow it down for you, but instead make it harder to choose, with dishes from various regions. […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 17th-19th March

Spring is here, it’s St Patrick’s Day tomorrow and England have the Six Nations in the bag (sorry about that Ireland). What a time to be alive, what a time for a weekend. It isn’t just about Guinness and scrums though, there are also pizza masterclasses taking places, third birthdays and new markets…

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Hotdog Hunting this Easter at bubbledogs

When you were a kid, the best thing about Easter (besides stuffing your face with chocolate) was always the Easter egg hunt (and then stuffing your face with chocolate once again). Bubbledogs are bringing back that joy, but with an adult twist, and on the streets of London. The gourmet Champagne and hotdog bar will be hiding 1,000 Champagne-shaped keepsakes and substituting your back garden for the more spacious, albeit far less green, areas of Soho and Fitzrovia to hunt the ‘bottles’ down. These bottles will be hidden high and low, inside and out, tucked away in offices and under […]

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Bun House Opens: Steamed Buns in Soho

Steamed buns, they’re little fluffy clouds of joy really aren’t they? Light, carby and stuffed with something delicious. Or we like to think so anyway, so we’re pretty excited that there is a new Chinese steamed bun street café coming to Soho and we predict, it’s going to be rather popular. Bun House, will take inspiration from the Hong Kong tea houses of the 1960’s and the country’s open street stalls knowns as dai pai dong. It’s a joint venture from husband and wife team Alex Peffly and Z He and it’ll combine Z’s upbringing in southern China with their […]

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Cantina del Ponte

Cantina del Ponte Prosecco and Pasta Bottomless Brunch Review: What We Thought

What: Part of the D&D London restaurant group this traditional Italian trattoria offers the freshest pasta in London and a front row seat to Tower Bridge. New? The brunch itself has just launched while Cantina del Ponte opened in the summer of 1992 and counts fellow D&D restaurants Le Pont de la Tour and Butlers Wharf Chop House as neighbours. Where? 36c Shad Thames, London Bridge, SE1 2YE On the menu: The new Prosecco and Pasta Bottomless Brunch is a relaxed and informal menu which features a selection of small starters and pasta dishes prepared at the restaurant’s front of house pasta counter. […]

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Heinz Baked Beanz Pop-Up Bar at Selfridges

Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you… Ok, enough with the bodily functions. The UK’s favourite tinned beans (or should we say the UK’s only tinned beans?) are this year celebrating 50 years since the slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ was first penned – a little saying that has become iconic on those bluey/green cans of joy. Two million people a day enjoy Heinz beans and a can is sold in the UK every 17 seconds so it’s fitting that the occasion is being celebrated at one of the UKs most iconic department stores. Heinz […]


The Handbook Meets Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel is the man behind one of the most talked about foodie creations in recent history, we are of course talking about the Cronut ®, the delicious croissant, doughnut hybrid. Having opened his bakery in London last year, we caught up with him to talk all things indulgent, because there is a lot more to his repertoire than the Cronut ®. You’re mainly known for the Cronut ® did you think it was ever going to be as successful as it is? This is a question I get asked often. And I don’t think anyone could’ve imagined that the Cronut® would be […]

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Workout Woes? Be:Fit London is back!

Finding it hard to get motivated, stay on track, or even be bothered to workout? You aren’t alone. Apparently, only one in five women in the UK do enough exercise to stay fit and healthy. This is due to a number of reasons, from continued self-esteem issues, to a lack of non-competitive environments for women to exercise in. Whilst many of us talk about changing, it’s time to actually do something about it. That’s where Be: FIT festival comes in. Aiming to break down these limitations, the festival creates a space for women to come together in solidarity; to support and […]

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Openings & Launches

Soho’s Music Institute Borderline Reopens

Recently we told you about The Garage which is relaunching in Islington under DHP. This week they are turning their hand to Soho and relaunching another musical institution – Borderline. Borderline has always been about up and coming indie music, with the likes of Rolling Stones, Oasis, Eric Clapton and R.E.M taking to the stage since it first opened back in the 80s – it’s also known for hosting many international stars for their UK debut. Now it’s back with a new look but the same ethos of championing the next big thing and big key international artists. British design and interior […]

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