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Christmas at The View at the Shard

A programme of Christmas wonder…with a view – that’s what The Shard are offering this winter. There’ll be carol singing, Champagne and screenings of Christmas classics; all on the upper most floors of the iconic London landmark. Level 72 offers some of the most dramatic and magnificent views of London, home to the open-air sky deck, it is going to be transformed into a wintry hideaway complete with winter plants, pine trees and twinkling lights. Enjoy the views with a hot drink from The Shard’s ‘design your own’ hot chocolate bar. The bar offers an array unique flavours as well […]

News

Christmas at The Frog E1

Frogs are probably not the first things you think of when you think of Christmas, but trust us when we say Adam Handling’s restaurant The Frog E1 is as festive as can be. Decorations adorn the newly refurbished terrace, a perfect setting for you to enjoy the various Christmas drinks and festive 3-course menu. The menu is pretty traditional but if it ain’t broke…still, Handling is known for his contemporary and innovative style of cooking so you can expect an exciting twist on the dishes. Choose from salmon, peas, sweet and sour wasabi or ham hock, pineapple and parmesan to […]

Hotels

InterContinental Park Lane’s Christmas Tea

This Christmas, InterContinental Park Lane have teamed up with world renowned chocolatier Paul A. Young to create a limited-edition afternoon tea, which is nothing if not indulgent. Cramming in all the different Christmas flavours into bite-sized parcels, you’ll start with warm stilton, chestnut and walnut vol-au-vents, venison and winter vegetable puffs and traditional sandwiches such as turkey and sage in clove mayonnaise, smoked salmon, crayfish and prawns in Marie Rose sauce and honey roast ham hock with cranberry and roasted pineapple chutney. Following on from scones served with orange curd, strawberry jam and clotted cream will be Paul’s creation inspired […]

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Openings & Launches

Aquavit: NYC’s Best Loved Nordic Restaurant Opens Here

From dining under the Northern Lights in a Michelin-starred restaurant to Nordic themed pop-ups and weekends devoted to hygge, London is fully embracing all things Nordic. Maybe it’s something to do with staying cosy, spending time with friends, getting active but also eating pastries. So, we predict that the latest restaurant to open in St James’s Market is going to do rather well. Coming from across the pond (you’ll find one in NYC which has a rather cool two Michelin-stars) Aquavit is going to be serving up locally-sourced Nordic dishes in an equally Nordic setting. Created by Executive Chef Emma […]

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Reviews

Dalloway Terrace Review: What We Thought

New? Dalloway Terrace opened as a venue in its own right, connected to The Bloomsbury, in February this year. After a hugely successful first summer, the decorations have been hung and the transformation into winter wonderland is complete. Where? 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN www.dallowayterrace.com On the Menu: The food at Dalloway Terrace is overseen by Paul O’Brien, The Bloomsbury’s Head Chef. He has created a suitably warming menu to match the terrace’s interior (yes, it is covered and heated) so expect sweet and savoury fondues, small plates, hot chocolate cocktails and alpine liqueurs. First Impressions: Coming from Tottenham […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

German Gymnasium’s Winter Terrace

If there was a league of Christmas markets, then we’re pretty sure that Germany would win. They are the connoisseurs of bratwurst, chalets and gluhwein. Whilst we can’t send you to Germany, we can send you to German Gymnasium, as they’ve teamed up with airline Lufthansa to launch their winter terrace. Opening next week and running until February the terrace will be decked out with fern wreaths, twinkling fairy lights, a dusting of snow and Nutcracker figurines. It’s got date night written all over it. Created by bar manager Fred Tartas, the cocktails are inspired by Lufthansa. First Class is […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets: Adam Byatt of Michelin-Starred Trinity

He’s just been awarded a Michelin star for Clapham restaurant Trinity as well as a coveted Bib Gourmand for sister restaurant Upstairs at Trinity, so Adam Byatt is well and truly the man of the moment. We caught up with him to see how a Michelin star changes things, why Clapham is his chosen empire and where he chooses to dine on his days off. Did starting out at Claridge’s dictate your style? Claridge’s and the apprenticeship that I did there dictated my deep-rooted love and understanding of classical cookery and first class ingredients. It also taught me how to work in a […]

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Reviews

Bronte Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it opened in July of this year. Where? A stone’s throw from Lord Nelson (aka 1st Duke of Bronte) you’ll find it in the Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5E, www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter and Head Chef Jonathan Villar have created a global menu that has Pacific and Antipodean influences with sharing plates, snacks and mains including rare breed beef burger with chilli miso relish, quinoa onion rings and baby gem and hanger steak with weeping tiger dressing, pickled daikon and kaffir leaf.  Breakfast includes classics as well as the likes of quinoa and chia porridge and Enuja […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 25th-27th November

This weekend is the last weekend before everything descends further into Christmas mayhem. So whilst we do have some excellent Christmas events we also have Scottish lunch clubs, Sunday feasts raising money for great causes, a pop-up where you can learn something new and museum lates.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Virgilio Martinez at LIMA Fitzrovia

Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant, Central, is currently ranked 4th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In an ideal world, we’d be in Peru just for a taste of his food, alas, we don’t live in an ideal world, however, this December, Martinez is hosting an exclusive one off event at LIMA Fitzrovia, bringing the flavours of Central to London. Bringing some of the rarest ingredients from Peru, Martinez will be creating meringues from clay from the altiplano (where the Andes are at their widest), he’ll be garnishing Peruvian paiche fish with edible huacatay (Peruvian black mint) flowers. There’ll also […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mac & Wild’s City Pop-Up

Mac & Wild, aka the Scottish game, seafood and whisky champions (and all round top restaurant), have just opened a winter pop-up in the City on Devonshire Square bringing Scotland to the heart of London. Featuring a heated winter terrace and 110-covers, the restaurant will serve the award-winning Veni-moo burgers and venson chateaubriand as well as new dishes such as suckling pig, rare breed hogget and buckets of Scottish langoustine. Downstairs in the bar you can snack on whisky nuts, venison Scotch eggs, Scottish sausage rolls and charcuterie and drink whisky until 2am – maybe don’t schedule in an early […]

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Openings & Launches

Bar + Block: Raising the Steaks

This month Bar + Block want to change up the steak scene by providing high-quality steaks without the high prices. Opening in the new King’s Cross development, Bar + Block will be serving up British breed cattle that have grazed on the planes of the Pampas in South America. Alongside an ever-changing selection of classic cuts will be a rotating steak special from the Butcher’s Block, they won’t be around for long though and once they’re gone, they’re gone – so you’ll want to get in there quick. It isn’t just about steaks though, you’ll also find slow-cooked pork belly, […]

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