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A Valentine’s Afternoon Tea With a Side of Bling

Love is most certainly in the air and whether a bit of bling is the key to your heart or you would rather be swept off your feet by a blissful rush of sugar, Conrad London St. James are offering the delight of both with their limited edition ‘Love-Knot’ Valentine’s afternoon tea. Food is definitely the way to our hearts… Indulge in the most quintessential of Valentine’s dates in the hotel’s Emmeline’s lounge – known for its afternoon tea. For one week only, you’ll a find romantically-themed assortment of opulent teas, decadent cakes and delicious nibbles served with a side of serious […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cooking up a storm: TMRW Project Presents the Chefs of Tomorrow

There’s not many things we Londoners love more than food, new places to eat, and talented chefs with shiny new menus – that’s exactly what Chefs of Tomorrow is promising. Started in 2015, Chefs of Tomorrow was Dan Doherty’s (of London favourite Duck and Waffle) idea to find a way for young chefs to grow, develop and connect with each other and others in the industry. He has since teamed up with writer Anna Sulan Masing and Emily Underwood (of Burnt Truffle) for a collaboration entitled the TMRW project. At its foundation, the project’s basis is the Chefs of Tomorrow, which is […]

Openings & Launches

Monty’s Deli Gets a Permanent Home

Sure New York has Katz’s and LA has Langer’s but London has Monty’s Deli and in April it’s going to get its first permanent site and we.can’t.wait. If you haven’t head of Monty’s, 1) shame on you 2) let’s bring you up to speed. Back in 2012 Monty’s began life as a market stall with the pastrami smoked in founder Mark Ogus’ backyard. Joining forces with Owen Barratt, they gained a loyal following – mainly because their sandwiches are just the best. Piled high with hand carved towers of their home-made signature salt beef and pastrami, it’s the sandwich you […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

12 Great Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs to Visit in February

London is fully awake again after January, so it’s time to start heading back out to supper clubs, time to start learning something new at a masterclass and joining the crowds at the best residencies.  From cocktails made with milk vodka to partying after dark and breaking codes, we’ve rounded up the best February pop ups.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

We Meat Again: Meatopia Returns to Tobacco Docks

Thick cut steaks, burgers and smoked racks of ribs, no this is not an advert for M&S, but a public service announcement: Meatopia UK is back. The event, scheduled for September 2017, sees the return of Meatopia to London’s Tobacco Dock to host a legendary line-up of chefs from around the world. Yes, we know it’s not even Spring yet, but tickets have just gone on sale so get in there whilst you can. The carnivorous congregation will see chefs, restaurateurs and gourmands uniting over ethically sourced meat, cooked fresh over fires (no mircowaves, no propane, but actual fires).  The […]

Reviews

Amici Miei Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Cristian Nocco, Amici Miei (which means ‘my friends’) is a cosy, neighbourhood Italian restaurant on Kingsland Road, where sourdough wood-fired pizzas are the order of the day. New? No, Cristian Nocco opened it back in 2011, following ten years of running a pizza restaurant with his business partner. Where?  28-30 Kingsland Road, Old Street, E2 8DA, www.amicimiei.co.uk On the Menu: As well as their sourdough pizzas you’ll find pasta, antipasti, secondi and cichetti. Signature pasta dishes include the likes of Malloreddus Alla Campidanese – traditional Sardinian pasta served with tomato sauce, saffron, fresh sausage and pecorino, […]

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A Michelin Basque Brunch Comes to Covent Garden

Brunch: possibly our favourite meal ever. Great for all occasions, from boozy gatherings to a hearty meal after a particularly heavy night, we’re sure you’ll agree everything is better with a side of fluffy pancakes and eggs benny. Right? Wrong. Three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa has forgone all these brunch staples to create an entirely new menu at Eneko at One Aldwych, bringing a taste of the Basque-country to Covent Garden. Eneko at One Aldwych offers a variety of culinary styles, from Euskal Azoka (street food), to Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill). Txistorra, a spiced Basque sausage cooked in cider with soft corn talo, and street […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend 3rd-5th February

The first weekend of February means our wallets are full and we want our glasses to be too. Not to mention our stomachs, that pretty much goes without saying… Good job then that this weekend sees a couple of new brunches, a new Thai street food restaurant opening, and for all the night owls out there, the Super Bowl – aka the biggest sporting event in the USA. Celebrate accordingly with hot dogs, foam hands and the big game on a big screen. Friday: we’re ready for you.

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Les Deux Salons Review: What We Thought

New? Les Deux Salons has proudly stood off Trafalgar Square since 2011 but a recent facelift and 2014 takeover from Terence and Vicky Conran and Peter Prescott has given it a new lease of life. A new ‘en famille’ menu, designed for sharing is the latest new addition. Where? 40-42 King William IV Street, WC2N 4DD www.lesdeuxsalons.co.uk First Impressions: The illuminated frontage and elegant green awnings made Les Deux Salons an inviting place to dart from the rain and, inside, an unmistakably Parisian feel is split across the ground floor bistro, épicerie and cave à vin and the first floor restaurant. On the damp […]

Openings & Launches

3rd Yard Sale Opens

One day we will travel the length of every tube line and, when we do, we’ll start with the Victoria line – mainly because it is the shortest but also because at one end is Walthamstow, soon to be home to the award-winning Yard Sale Pizza and if anything is going to get us on the tube for longer than necessary then it’s going to be pizza. It’s the third opening for the Yard Sale team, who already have ventures in Clapton and Finsbury Park and once again it’s all about that double fermented dough. You’ll want to try The […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

11 Secret Drinking Dens

Everyone loves a drinking den. Though the first thing that springs to mind may be a candlelit basement bar, below we have proved that cosy ground floor destinations can be equally worthy of den status, but low ceilings, dim lighting and creative cocktails are hard to beat. Plan a date, round up your friends and get drinking.

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Rum & Sugar Relaunches

When the global ambassador for rum says that your rum bar is ‘one of the best places to drink rum in London’ you know you’re on to a good thing. We’re talking about Rum & Sugar and it’s just undergone a relaunch. Housed in an urban, historic warehouse, which once imported goods from the West Indies -we’ll give you two guesses what… It’s now home to a restaurant that captures the spirits of the carnival islands. They’ve got over 200 rums to choose from and new rum cocktails – we’ve got our eye Nelson’s Blood made from Dictador 12-year rum, […]

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