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The Modern Pantry Team Up With Award-Winning Bartender for The Alpha Beta Bar

The Modern Pantry have poached award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan Group) for their latest venture, The Alpha Beta Bar, named so because of the building it’s housed in – The Alphabeta building, Finsbury Square. The restaurant’s menu makes use of global ingredients to produce bold and punchy flavours and, much in the same way, the new drinks menu makes use of exotic ingredients and lesser-known spirits, to produce exceptional drinks that perfectly pair with all the bar snacks on offer. Imbibe a Firecracker Fizz – whisky with lemon, apricot and chilli sherbet, and soda; or a Sgroppino G&T – cream […]

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The World’s Best Bar Begins its London Residency

As part of their Club Residencies project, The Bloomsbury Club Bar welcome BlackTail, the critically acclaimed NYC bar from the team behind The Dead Rabbit (officially named The World’s Best Bar). BlackTail itself evokes Prohibition era bars in Havana, with it’s name referring Aeromarine Airways, which helped give temporary respite to Americans from their booze-less land. Well, legal booze anyway. While drinks are inspired by Prohibition, they have been refined using modern techniques and for modern tastes. Their inventive menu will certainly bring a taste of New York (and Havana) to London, offering four of BlackTail’s most popular drinks as […]

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Ralph Lauren’s Debut London Bar Opens

Coffee may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ralph Lauren. Well, little did you know (or maybe you did), Ralph Lauren’s hospitality portfolio is fairly expansive, with restaurants in Chicago, New York, Paris and now…London. Today sees the opening of Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, a place where the discerning sartorialist can drink coffee and have a cocktail or two before heading into the European flagship store which sits just next door on Regent Street. It takes direct inspiration from it’s New York sibling, The Polo Bar in Manhattan, which is located on the second floor […]

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Nobu Open First European Hotel in London

With two iconic London restaurants and hotels across the world, Nobu is finally opening their first European hotel and it’s coming to Willow Street in Shoreditch. It’s been a while in the making having meant to open in 2014 and 2016 but hopefully it’s third time lucky as it’s set to open this spring. Detailed plans are yet to be announced, but what we can tell you is that the hotel will feature 150 rooms, 7 suites, state of the art modern features and a 240 cover Nobu restaurant with outdoor courtyard. As with the restaurants on Berkeley Street and Old […]

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Top London Restaurant Group Opens Aster

Following on from the announcement that there will be a second Bluebird at the end of this year, restaurant super group, D&D London are about to open their next restaurant, Aster. Opening in Victoria’s Nova quarter, Aster, which has been designed by Russell Sage Studios will be made up of a café and deli on the ground floor and upstairs a restaurant and bar. And the food? It’s the work of Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka (Skylon, Cirrus Inns’ Epicurean Collection, Company of Cooks, La Tante Claire and Hotel Balzac) who looks to both her Finnish heritage and her French culinary […]

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Chi Kitchen’s Special ‘Tai Chi’ menu

A Tai Chi menu at a restaurant? No, it is not a list of Tai Chi moves to choose from, but a menu of healthy Asian dishes. The menu has been created by Executive Chef Ping Coombes, of Masterchef fame, aiming to embrace the philosophy of Tai Chi in food form. The menu promotes health, wellbeing and most importantly, balance – much like Tai Chi. So to balance out the healthy chicken and Chinese herb soup with goji berries, enjoy a deep fried tuna and avocado sushi roll. Or to balance out the quinoa salad with cucumber, cherry tomato, egg, […]

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R Chocolate Review: What We Thought

What? Found in Belgravia, luxury chocolate shop, R Chocolate is the creation of self-confessed chocolate addicts, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Jessica Rothschild and Ben Elliot (co -founder of Quintessentially). New? Yes, it launched at the end of last year. Where?  198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN, www.rchocolatelondon.co.uk  On the Menu: In a single word: chocolate. Created from the highest quality ingredients and never using preservatives or additives, the chocolate is sourced from the award-winning chocolate makers Original Beans – they’re the first and only chocolate producer approved by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. You’ll find chocolate slabs, biscuits, chocolate bars, chocolate […]

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A World First: The Cafe Taking Exercise as Payment

Let’s face it, it takes a special breed of person to not want some kind of reward after exercise. Be it a protein shake, bubble bath or burger (yep, we said it), it’s nothing new that rewards improve motivation and quite frankly, the bigger the reward the harder we’ll work. Although physical and psychological benefits of exercise should be enough on their own, in January when we are cold and broke we need a little more. Introducing the (world’s first) cafe that takes exercise as payment. Yes you heard it; punch for your lunch or run for your bun, however […]

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8 Top Venues for The Hottest January Parties

Whether your company decided that January was a better time to host their annual party or they just fancy hosting another to welcome in the year, then check out these eight venues which are offering everything from ping pong and cocktail making to private dining and karaoke. January parties just got so much hotter.

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Bluebird Announces 2nd Restaurant

Bluebird; it’s synonymous with the Kings Road, entertaining those in MiC and being one of London’s iconic restaurants. Last year saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment and emerge with a refreshed menu, but that was 2016 and this is 2017 and in 2017 they are expanding. This winter, there’ll be not one, but two Bluebirds (with the potential for more in the future) as they open up at Television Centre, the former home of the BBC, in White City. The 5000-square foot space will feature a café, bar, deli and outdoor terrace and is part of an £8 billion regeneration […]

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11 of the Best Pop Ups and Supper Clubs in January

It’s no secret that January is a month we all need dragging out of hibernation. This month’s best pop ups are suitably comforting; there’s everything from a sausage roll competition to a pie pop-up and on Blue Monday (16th January), when things get really dire, a House of Happiness is popping up below Piccadilly so leave your bags at the door, slide on your slippers and enjoy a free massage. There’s things for Baking Bad fans and wannabe Scots (and actual Scots) too. See, January isn’t that bad after all.

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Dirty Martini: The Saintly Six

We all begin the year with our best intentions of course, but there’ll always be that little birdie on your shoulder, telling you to forget about your diet or to forego your gym session. And let’s be honest, going from a month of cheese to a month of broccoli isn’t really going to work. What if you could have the best of both worlds? Dirty Martini have introduced for the month their ‘Saintly Six’ – six cocktails full of ingredients with health-boosting properties. So yes, you can enjoy a drink whilst reaping the benefits of ingredients like ginger and Matcha […]

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