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The Club Residencies Project

What makes an already great bar better? When said bar hosts club residencies and that is exactly what The Bloomsbury Club Bar are doing, as part of an ongoing project. Bar manager Brian Calleja has collaborated with some of the world’s best bars, reinforcing the name The BCB has already made for itself. Athens’ The Clumsies, which since it’s opening in late 2014 has been shortlisted in the top 4 for ‘Best International High Volume Bar’ and ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ will be the first to takeover the venue. They also reached 9th place in the World’s 50 Best […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hoppers’ 1st Birthday

Sri Lankan restaurants are on the rise in London and leading the way is Hoppers. They are celebrating their first birthday this month but despite being relatively young, they’ve garnered up quite a following. Even Jay Rayner – who hates queuing, has stated on record that he was glad to have queued just for a taste of the fermented rice and coconut milk pancakes. To make their birthday that much more special, Hoppers have recently been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Think of Bib Gourmand as a Michelin star, but for restaurants with a slightly friendlier price tag; only 15 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Peckham Feastival: Feeling Peckish

You don’t need us to tell you how popular street food is, you already know that. What do you need to know though is that this month Peckham will see the launch of the aptly named ‘Peckham Feastival’. Some of the finest food trucks will be taking over an 11,500 sq foot warehouse in Peckham’s artsy Copeland Park. Forza Win, a favourite for local Peckhamites, will be taking the driving seat serving all sorts of Italian goodness such as arancini and artichoke fritti. The Feastival is not just about local food though, established food trucks from markets all over London […]

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The Victoria Inn Review: What We Thought

New? The Victoria Inn recently re-opened its doors to the Peckham public as a spruced up pub and boutique hotel with the site operating as a pub since 1878. Where? 77 Choumert Road, Peckham, SE15 4AR www.victoriainnpeckham.com On the Menu: Traditional pub food with a twist! Starters vary from classic crispy fried squid to the rather unique sounding Devilled Kidney – clearly not for the faint hearted! There were 4 choices for the roast (beef, chicken, pork belly and nut roast) to appease even the fussiest palate and a meat board for the seriously carnivorous. The other mains included a standard fish ‘n’ chips, a […]

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Openings & Launches

Real to Reel Movie Nights

It’s been 100 years since one of the earliest examples of war on the big screen and since then war and conflict have been the settings for many of last centuries most popular films, whether it is central to the film or a backdrop for a love story. The Imperial War Museum is exploring this in their latest exhibition ‘Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies’ as well as hosting a series of events, which celebrates many of these films. This week will see the Real to Reel Movie Nights Presented by The Nomad. It’s a chance to see […]

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400 Rabbits Review – What We Thought

New? New to Nunhead, 400 Rabbits opened its doors in August, following on from popularity in Crystal Palace. Where? 143 Evelina Road, Nunhead, SE15 3HB, www.400rabbits.co.uk  On the Menu: Sourdough pizza, craft beer and gelato. That’s pretty much it albeit with a little more thought given to each component to make it the best it can be, so think San Marzano DOP tomatoes, fior di latte (cow’s milk) mozzarella, AllPress Coffee and charcuterie from Borough Market’s Cannon & Cannon. Gluten free bases are available but the dough is really special so if you can, go for the real deal. The sourdough is […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

20 Restaurants and Bars that Opened in October

This month has seen the opening of a whole array of venues in London – from new hotels to new openings from already established groups. Below: an exhaustive list of everything that has opened in October. MNKY HSE This new bar and restaurant has opened on the former site of Dover Street Wine Bar in Mayfair. Set across two floors, it serves Latin American food alongside live music and DJ sets until the small hours.  www.mnky-hse.com Little Smoke Noble Inns, known for their meat-centric restaurant, have opened yet another restaurant in Moorgate. Sourcing their ingredients from small independent farmers, the restaurant specialises in […]

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Breddos Tacos’ 1st Permanent Site

They’ve spent four years in London’s street food scene, but next month, Breddos Tacos will be swapping markets and street sides for bricks and mortar. Opening on Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, the 40-cover restaurant is taking its inspiration from the roadside taquerias that founders Nud Duhia and Chris Whitney visited on their travels through Mexico and America. Serving food all day, the menu will use British produce to create the best Mexican and Pocho (Mexican-American) dishes. Start the day with Austin style tacos and blueberry churro French toast, before tucking into the likes of tacos, tostadas and tlayudas – Mexican […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Forest on the Roof at Selfridges Returns

A rooftop may not necessarily be the first location of choice during the winter, but what if said rooftop had been transformed into an Alpine forest (and was covered by a roof)? Selfridges’ renowned rooftop restaurant has once again been transformed into a dazzling wintry forest; the forest’s walkway has been adorned with glitter balls and splashes of gold, getting shoppers and restaurant goers into the festive spirit… in case the Christmas decorations in Selfridge’s and lights on Oxford Street haven’t done that already. Group Executive Chef for Des McDonald Restaurants, Lee Bull, has created the new winter menu with […]

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The Handbook Meets: Chilli Bees Catering’s Ellie Short

No event is complete without delicious food and Chilli Bees delivers exactly that. Started by Ellie Short in 2008, Chilli Bees conjure up bespoke menus catering exactly to your needs. Not only this, but they’ll help with crockery, marquees and flowers so you can host your event stress free. We caught up with Ellie to talk all things catering. We love your name! How did you choose it?   My mother Bumble, was a caterer so I kept to the bee theme and I love spicy food! Who would be your dream guests to cater for? Our ideal clients have […]

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Openings & Launches

Timmy Green Opens

If you’re a fan of banana bread, good coffee and brunch then chances are you’ve come across the Daisy Green cafes. With six sites across London, the independent Aussie group will be getting a seventh joint next month, Timmy Green, opening in Victoria’s Nova. Timmy is founder Prue Freeman’s late brother, described as a true Australian cowboy, his life was devoted to the land and his life inspires much of the menu which will feature prime grass-fed meats and childhood-inspired small plates as well as their legendary brunch. Served until 3pm, on the brunch menu you’ll find their famous award-winning […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

D1 International Cocktail Exchange

We’ve all seen the signs of cities twinned with others, take Kensington for example that’s twinned with Cannes, Birmingham is teamed up with Milan and Newcastle, that is with Atlanta apparently… all good and well, but we’ll tell you what is better bars teaming up with other bars around the world. And what do you know…D1 London Spirits are doing just that with their international cocktail exchange. Launched this month and running for the next few months, bars in London, Birmingham and Manchester are pairing up with bars in South East Asia to swap signature cocktails, all of which will […]

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