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Bobby Fitzpatrick Opens: Keeping the 70s Alive

The 70s; a time of busy patterns, orange sofas, brown carpets, lacquer wood and statement lamps. Some might say a questionable time in the interior stakes. Not, Bobby Fitzpatrick though. He loves the 70s, he can’t get enough of the Formica and brown shag pile carpets and he is bringing it all to West Hampstead with his new party pad. He’s big into rum too, he went to The Caribbean and created ‘Bobby’s Rum Diaries’ so what do you reckon you’re going to get at the party HQ? Rum and rum-laden cocktails. He’s named one after his date to the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

My London: Scott Hallsworth’s 5 Favourite Chelsea Restaurants

When Kurobuta popped up on the Kings Road back in 2013, it injected Chelsea’s food scene with vigour. It got everyone talking, because Chelsea is a part of London that, whilst has classic restaurants, rarely gets people really excited about food… or so you might think. We caught up with Kurobuta’s owner, Scott Hallsworth, to find out his five favourite Chelsea restaurants which will satisfy any foodie.

Reviews

28-50 Maddox Street Review: What We Thought

New? Whilst their winter lodge is new, 28°-50° has been on Maddox street since 2013. Where? We dropped into the 28°-50° on Maddox Street in Mayfair, but you’ll also find a 28°-50° on Fetter Lane and Marylebone Lane. 17-19 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QH, www.2850.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is the work of Executive Chef Justin Leclair with help from owner and Chef Patron Aggi Sverrisson. It’s modern, European and seasonal and all created to be paired with wines from their collection, 28°-50°, is after all, all about the wine – they have 30 different varieties available by the glass, carafe and […]

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Saints and Sinners Menu at The Gherkin

Barry Tonks, Head Chef of Searcys The Gherkin and personal trainer/all round health guru Clean Eating Alice. A likely combination? Definitely not, but believe it or not, they’ve teamed up to create a 6 week wellness menu. Wellness? Maybe not exactly… the menu is split in two, with one half titled ‘Saint’ the other half titled ‘Sinner’; we’re sure you can figure out who is responsible for each half. If you’re feeling saintly, try the ginger venison with miso-glazed parsnip fries, or the super seed loaf with smoked salmon and minted yoghurt. Or if, like us, you’re quite the sinner – […]

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A Pre-Work Dance Party Comes to West London

Wake up. Hit the snooze button (x3). Feel guilty about skipping the gym. Sound familiar? Us too. Running or cycling or lifting weights facing a white wall can just get so boring. That combined with the comfort and warmth of our beds just makes it really difficult to get out the front door in the morning. But there’s this phenomena that has taken over New York and East London; it goes by the name of Daybreaker and is a pre-work (sober) dance party now making it’s way to West London. Still, getting up early for a dance party sounds like hard work. […]

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Roast Review: What We Thought

What: A quintessentially British restaurant using the iconic roast dinner as a key feature on the menu which is comprised of locally sourced produce. New? Roast was opened in 2005 by restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab OBE, founder of the legendary Cinnamon Club. Where? The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL www.roast-restaurant.com On the Menu: Roast prides itself on using the finest seasonal produce from British farmers and producers with many of the ingredients used by Head Chef Stuart Cauldwell coming from Borough Market itself – just below the restaurant. The menus have very recently been changed with new dishes like roast […]

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The Wellscene at St Martin’s Lane

Bored of your current workout routine? Tired of the route you run? You are? Us too, which is why we’re rather excited to hear that St Martin’s Lane hotel has collaborated with The Wellscene to bring you classes to shake up the routine and having you feeling your best. Inject some energy into your yoga class with Flow in the Dark Yoga. Usually, you might attend a yoga class for it’s calming and strengthening aspects and it’s low intensity style; if you’re looking for that, Flow in the Dark Yoga is probably not for you. The yoga session is held […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

9 Winter Terraces You Still Have Time To Visit

We might be starting to think about spring, but the recent cold snap and ‘thunder snow’ has us reaching for the blankets and hot cocktails again. So we’ve rounded up 9 winter terraces which opened in 2016 but are still around, so you can stock up on tartiflette, fondue and gingerbread afternoon teas for a little while longer.

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Patty & Bun Opens on Richmond Road

‘New Year New You’, we’re not interested in that rhetoric, nope, but we are interested in the new Patty & Bun, who are closing their London Fields site (they just got too big for the venue) and are moving just around the corner to Richmond Road to bring even more burger, beats and booze. Yasss. They’re keeping some of the same elements at the London Fields arch – the long, communal tables which will cater for up to 50, but they’ll be adding in a little bar to serve up happy hour cocktails and craft beer on tap and there’ll […]

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The Modern Pantry Team Up With Award-Winning Bartender for The Alpha Beta Bar

The Modern Pantry have poached award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan Group) for their latest venture, The Alpha Beta Bar, named so because of the building it’s housed in – The Alphabeta building, Finsbury Square. The restaurant’s menu makes use of global ingredients to produce bold and punchy flavours and, much in the same way, the new drinks menu makes use of exotic ingredients and lesser-known spirits, to produce exceptional drinks that perfectly pair with all the bar snacks on offer. Imbibe a Firecracker Fizz – whisky with lemon, apricot and chilli sherbet, and soda; or a Sgroppino G&T – cream […]

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R Chocolate Review: What We Thought

What? Found in Belgravia, luxury chocolate shop, R Chocolate is the creation of self-confessed chocolate addicts, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Jessica Rothschild and Ben Elliot (co -founder of Quintessentially). New? Yes, it launched at the end of last year. Where?  198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN, www.rchocolatelondon.co.uk  On the Menu: In a single word: chocolate. Created from the highest quality ingredients and never using preservatives or additives, the chocolate is sourced from the award-winning chocolate makers Original Beans – they’re the first and only chocolate producer approved by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. You’ll find chocolate slabs, biscuits, chocolate bars, chocolate […]

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A World First: The Cafe Taking Exercise as Payment

Let’s face it, it takes a special breed of person to not want some kind of reward after exercise. Be it a protein shake, bubble bath or burger (yep, we said it), it’s nothing new that rewards improve motivation and quite frankly, the bigger the reward the harder we’ll work. Although physical and psychological benefits of exercise should be enough on their own, in January when we are cold and broke we need a little more. Introducing the (world’s first) cafe that takes exercise as payment. Yes you heard it; punch for your lunch or run for your bun, however […]

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