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Openings & Launches

Pergola on the Roof Goes to Paddington

As hard as we try, we can’t really start to get excited about summer until the announcements start. You know, the announcements… Like this one. And this one. They’ve been trickling in as of late but we’ve just heard a particularly exciting one: Pergola on the Roof, aka our favourite summer rooftop destination, is heading to Paddington. Get excited for Pergola Paddington Central, West London’s newest, largest al fresco drinking and dining experience. Situated in Paddington Basin, a stones throw from Little Venice and Regent’s Canal, this waterside location almost pips the White City original to the post from the […]

Roof East
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s First Rooftop Roller Disco, Cinema, Crazy Golf and Bowls Club

Warmer temperatures, sunny weather and lighter evenings can only mean it’s time for the return of Roof East! We don’t know about you, but we can’t think of anywhere else in London where you can watch the sunset over the Olympic Park with the city skyline in the backdrop whilst surrounded by crazy golf, rollerblading, hip hop beats, cocktails and street food. To celebrate its return, the creators of Roof East are putting on a turbo-charged social fun and games club. Last year’s attractions will all still be there but for 2017 it’ll be better than ever. Birdies crazy golf is returning […]

Reviews

Covent Garden Grind’s New Evening Menu

What?  Part of the Grind group, Covent Garden Grind is known just as much for its espressos as it is its espresso martinis. Now, under the creative force that is Kyle Boyce, Former Executive Chef of Soho House Group’s public restaurants, they are serving up an evening menu of small plates from 5pm Monday to Saturday. New? No, it opened back in early 2016, but they’ve only recently launched their evening menu. Where? 42 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LJ, www.grind.co.uk On the Menu: It’s all about sharing and at £6 a dish, you can order the whole menu including pudding, […]

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Openings & Launches

Stagolee’s: Fulham’s New Chicken and Liquor Joint

Fulham prepare yourself, this month you’re going to see the opening of Stagolee’s, a restaurant serving Southern American food and Moonshine drinks. It’s a hot chicken and liquor joint. It’s the work of Texan chef Ashley Harris (she’s worked at the acclaimed Rainbow Room in New York and has trained under Chef Tom Aikens) and Jordan Harris, a native of Nashville, Tennessee and all round food lover. On the comfort food scale, the dishes are right at the top, Ashley’s drawn inspiration from her grandmother’s soulful approach to cooking to create a menu full of big flavours and with plenty […]

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Global afternoon teas
Guides

5 New Afternoon Teas With An International Twist

You can’t get much more quintessentially British than afternoon tea but, as much as we love it, sometimes we crave respite from dainty cakes and cucumber sandwiches. We don’t want a break completely though, which just as well the new spate of teas-with-an-international-twist have landed so you can indulge in scones with sweet labneh and homemade barberry, cranberry and rose jam, Atlantic prawn skagen on seeded rye, and kukicha with cherry blossom tea.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Favourite Rooftop Cinema is Back for Summer

Summer is on its way, shout it from the rooftops! Well, four rooftops in particular: the Bussey Building (Peckham), Roof East (Statford) The Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch) and Kensington Roof Gardens, who have just been announced as participating venues for the summer 2017 series of Rooftop Film Club. As we trade our underground cinemas for the sky-high, al fresco variety, some things never change – predominantly boxes of popcorn and an action-packed programme of cult classics and recent releases. It’s lights, camera, action (literally) on Thursday 4th May as The Rooftop Film Club presses play on films featuring iconic rooftop […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Ultimate Chicken Wing Competition

There are a lot of things in life we seem to wing but on this one occasion, winging it is actively encouraged. Introducing the Wing Battle at London’s only chicken wing restaurant, Randy’s. Fittingly, the restaurant is located in the Olympic Park and if you’re anything like us you will really be taking this seriously. In fact, why is wing eating not an Olympic sport…? Chefs from selected restaurants will be putting their spin on the humble wing as it is added to the menu at Randy’s for one night only, going head to head against Randy’s own. Wednesday 5th […]

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Openings & Launches

The Diner Islington Reopens

You might have noticed that The Diner Islington hasn’t been looking like it’s normal self recently, it’s been undergoing an eight- week makeover, but now it’s ready to reveal itself to the wide world…well Islington anyway. It’s said to be edgier than before, think of it as a mix between Rebel Without a Cause and Pulp Fiction. It’s going to be serving up all day breakfasts, burgers, shakes, craft beers and Bloody Mary’s – basically everything you need to either induce or cure a hangover. If you’re into your hard shakes then you’re in luck, they’ve got plenty of them. […]

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April
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

13 of the Best April Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

April is set to be a month of caviar, tequila, restaurant menu swaps, retro-futuristic immersive dining experiences and curry with the Lord Mayor… We’ve rounded up 13 of the best pop-ups and supper clubs taking place over the next month – it’s set to be a busy one so get booking.

Culture

Piccadilly Gets a Brand New Musical

London is filled to the brim with West End productions, but if you’re like us, you can never say no to a sparkly new one hitting town…especially when it’s in The Crazy Coqs’ unique intimate venue. The Crazy Coqs over the years has become home to the West End’s most up-and-coming performers alongside established stars all taking to the stage beneath Piccadilly Circus. Childhood friends and creative collaborators, Katie Lam and Alex Parker (the people behind amateur dramatics: A Musical Comedy, The Railway Children: A Musical and All Aboard), were given the task of creating a modern story for The Crazy Coqs. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Supper Club Hosted by 5 Chefs and 5 Ex-Offenders

Supper clubs are great, but a Social Supper Club with a good cause is even better. That’s exactly what’s happening at the Social Pantry this April. Top London chefs Adam Handling, Alex Head, Anna Barnett, Lee Westcott, Richard Falk and Robin Gill will all join forces with the young offender charity Key4Life. The charity’s ground-breaking work focuses on tackling the root causes of reoffending, and through their collaboration with the Social Pantry, have handpicked five young ex-offenders who have shown a special interest in the food industry to help devise a delicious five-course menu for the Social Supper Club. Selected […]

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Reviews

Bonnie Gull Soho Seafood Shack Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy, this is the second seafood shack to open and follows on from Bonnie Gull in Fitzrovia which has now been opened five years. New? Yes it opened at the end of 2016. Where?  22 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AN, www.bonniegull.com On the Menu: Made up of what they’ve caught in the boats that day, the menu is all about fresh, British seafood and small plates with a handful of sides and puddings thrown in. Expect to find the likes of Cullen skink with Hayle mussels and smoked haddock; wild Brixham brill, celeriac […]

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