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Ben’s Canteen Review – What We Thought

New? The burger and wine pairing menu we were reviewing is a new addition but Ben’s Canteen itself opened more than ten years ago – enough time to establish itself as a reliable neighbourhood favourite. Where? Ben’s Canteen, 140 St John’s Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SL www.benscanteen.com On the Menu: Inspired by relaxed Australian dining, Ben’s Canteen offers a mean brunch at the weekend and burgers and wine in the evening as well as a range of classic pub food/bar snack type dishes; Ben’s is known for it’s Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. Don’t fall into the trap of wanting a […]

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Buddha Bar Review: What We Thought

New? This month marks its fourth anniversary as Buddha Bar opened back in November 2012. Where? 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA www.buddhabarlondon.com On the Menu: Describing its cuisine as ‘Pacific Rim’, Buddha Bar offers Westernised takes on Asian cooking – you’ll find a huge selection of maki, nigiri, sashimi and tempura on the food menu, with a selection of exotic cocktails, spirits and Champagnes reaching 4-digit price tags at the bar. First Impressions: Two burly bouncers outside the entrance were a little intimidating but once through the revolving doors we were warmly greeted at the desk, relieved of our coats and […]

Openings & Launches

Cinnamon Bazaar: From The Cinnamon Collection

The Cinnamon Collection is made up of The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and now Cinnamon Bazaar. As younger siblings often are, Cinnamon Bazaar will be more relaxed and playful than its sister restaurants and will have a bigger bar, it’ll also be more accessible as you can expect to spend on average, £20. Designed by LSM Design, the restaurant is split across two floors with a private dining room for up to 30 diners. The ground floor will be home to the feature bar where you’ll find gin and botanical focused cocktails as well as non-alcoholic options such […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

New Winter Menu at Hunter 486

The weather may be getting colder, but the menu at Hunter 486 is getting warmer. Head Chef Gary Durrant has created a new menu, celebrating the flavours of winter. Enjoy the new menu sat in a leather booth, lit by blown glass chandeliers.  Featuring on the new menu will classic winter warmers such as smoked barbary duck breast with celeriac and braeburn remoulade; pumpkin cannelloni, sage butter, almonds and parmesan; and hunter fish stew with saffron and garlic mayonnaise. Hunter 486’s stone oven never fails to produce spectacular dishes, this winter, try the braised lamb shank with rosemary mash, grilled […]

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Openings & Launches

The Common Opens in Willesden Junction

We all know the feeling of going out to a restaurant, over ordering and then feeling that impending sense of doom when the bill is brought over. Not at The Common though. Opening next week in Willesden Junction as part of The Collective (the world’s largest co-living building), The Common is all about sharing and affordable eating. The menu is all about seasonal British dishes, created by Head Chef, Andre Miguel. We’re talking about the likes of steak, eggs and chips; halloumi burgers and salad with lentils, chickpeas, red peppers and grilled aubergine. All the meat is high-welfare and the […]

Celebrities & Influencers

The Handbook Meets: High Society’s Fergus O’Loghlen

One of London’s most exclusive and well-respected staffing companies, High Society provide staff for everything from events at Buckingham Palace to film sets with A-list actors. We caught up with founder, Fergus O’Loghlen to find out how an idea he came up with at University has gone on to achieve such great things. Why did you decide to set up High Society? When I was a student at Oxford Brookes studying hotel management, I provided staff for local catering companies and sometimes didn’t charge. Upon leaving University I saw a gap in the market, and I set up High Society […]

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Bobbi Brown’s Anniversary Afternoon Tea at Balthazar

The ritual of afternoon tea is one treasured by all. This Winter, paying homage to her eponymous cosmetic company and its 25th anniversary, Bobbi Brown is hosting her ‘party edition’ afternoon tea at American French brasserie Balthazar, following on from its popularity first time round – Instagram was flooded with those make-up shaped macaroons. Taking inspiration from the iconic make up line, Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef, Régis Beauregard has created an abundance of delicate cakes and pastries. Examples include the Hollywood Red Gloss lips, made of vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly on a base of sponge, and the blueberry and […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 11th-13th November

We’ve missed the weekend, it’s been a five days since the last one…but that no longer matters because tomorrow is Friday! To celebrate we have a new street festival in Peckham, the Lord Mayor’s  Show, a dating event to take away the Sunday blues and, shock horror, an avocado-free brunch! 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Peninsula Christmas

Nothing beats the magic of Christmas when you’re a child. This Christmas, Secret Productions (the team behind Wilderness Festival) has teamed up with Greenwich Peninsula to let you relive your childhood with their Winter Festival. Santa’s Grotto of Wonderment will be open to both children and adults, taking them on an immersive journey with mischievous elves along the way bringing the experience to life, leading to the Big Man himself. Join in on a singalong in the Amphitheatre or if you’re feeling the stage fright simply enjoy a performance, hot chocolate in hand. Perhaps a walk through the Enchanted Forest, which […]

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The Trading House Review: What We Thought

New? In London time, no – it’s been open since last June. Where? Ideal for drinks after work in the city, you’ll find The Trading House on Gresham Street. If you find yourself in Glasgow then you’ll find its sister site on St. Vincent Place. 89-91 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7NQ, www.thetradinghouse.uk.com On the Menu: The cocktail menu is extensive, alongside side signature serves such as Cardamom Old Fashioneds there are 20 different gins, including my favourite, Thomas Dakin, each paired with a tonic and served with its own garish. There are also craft beers, ales and ciders and the bartenders know […]

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Chickens and Foxes Review: What We Thought

New? Fast-casual chicken restaurant Chicken and Foxes opened on Baker Street earlier this year, from London restaurateur and founder of Aubaine restaurant group, Hani Nakkach. Where? 199 Baker Street, Marylebone, NW1 6UY www.chickensandfoxes.com On the Menu: Chicken, chicken, and more chicken! Whether you prefer chicken wings, chicken burgers, or a classic whole chicken, this place had it all. There was also a great selection of sides that included roast potatoes and pickles (unique but great choices), and salads for those who wanted a healthy option to accompany the vast amount of meat. First Impressions: Based opposite the tube station on Baker Street, the restaurant […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Ballie Ballerson – All About the Balls

First there was Boaty McBoatface, now there is Ballie Ballerson – no we’re not telling you about a polar research ship, no fun in that, we’re telling you about a ball pit which has just opened in Dalston and has just released more tickets… Brought to you by the guys from the raucous NolaRola that hit Vauxhall this summer, Ballie Ballerson is an underground space themed ball pit filled with 200,000 plastic balls, inflatable rings and foam toys all set to a soundtrack of funk and soul from the DJs. The ball pit was arguably the best part of any […]

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