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Openings & Launches

Kiln: Rural Thailand Comes to Soho

Founder of Denmark Street restaurant, Smoking Goat, Ben Chapman is back and this month he is opening a second Soho restaurant, inspired by the Thai borderlands, bringing together Burmese and Yunanese flavours: Kiln. Said to be a side-of-the-road type restaurant, Kiln will feature a short grill menu which will see dishes cooked on a wood burning kiln oven and grill both designed by Ben. Whilst the menu looks to Thailand for its flavours, they don’t want to replicate the dishes, rather the ingredients they use will be the best British produce available with whole animals bred specifically for the restaurant. […]

Openings & Launches

Blakes Below Opens

Blakes, one of London’s first luxury boutique hotels is famed for its opulent design, the vision of interior designer Anouska Hempel. Following the opening of the restaurant earlier this year, next month will see the doors to bar and lounge, Blakes Below opening following a redesign by Anouska. Known for its intimate and hedonistic parties, the bar covers two rooms and has a distinct Asian flare, with a decadent, ornate finish as East meets West. The fusion in design will continue through to the cocktails which includes the likes of Tokyo Drift, Chai Tea Martini, Roland Garden and Love Pancakes […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Best September Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

After a summer spent sipping Aperol on tropical themed rooftops and kicking back in deckchairs on urban beaches we don’t blame you if you feel a little sad about summer nearly being over. We do. But even if the calendar doesn’t read June, July or August, if there’s one thing we know about London it’s that pop-ups reign supreme, whatever the weather and whatever the season. There are a whole load of residencies, takeovers and one-offs ready to be added to your calendar so prepare to fill September with gin cocktails, chocolate masterclasses, crisp sarnies (yes, really) and a gruesome Roald […]

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Openings & Launches

12 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in August

Tomorrow is the officially the start of autumn, but rather than feel sad about the end of summer, let’s take a little look back at the restaurants and bars that have opened this month, from proper kebabs, to second offerings from the likes of Blanchette and the third Rum Kitchen. August was a busy month… Monmouth Kitchen Following on from the opening of the May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen is the next opening from the Edwardian Hotels London team. Serving up a mix of Italian and Peruvian tapas with dishes including smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho and pan-fried salmon […]

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Reviews

Amorino’s GelaTea Review – what we thought

New? Amorino boutique was opened in 2002 by two Italians who wanted to bring authentic Italian gelato to France. The Fulham Broadway shop we visited opened just last month. Where? 8 Fulham Broadway, SW6 1AA www.amorino.com    On the menu: Putting a cool Italian spin on an indulgent British tradition, Afternoon GelaTea is a selection of macaroses and gelato roses plus a selection of drinks. First Impressions: It’s a neat little café, the vats of gelato in different colours and patterns look tempting as I make my way to the back to be seated. The Look: A casual gelato café with a tempting selection […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Crisp Sandwich Speakeasy Pop-Up

Question: What do bacon and tomato ketchup, roast chicken and mayonnaise and sausage and brown sauce have in common? Yes they are all sandwich fillings but that’s not the answer we’re looking for. Answer: They are all whacky and wonderful new flavours of Walkers crisps. A bit less whacky than the cajun squirrel and chilli and chocolate we have seen in the past but no fewer points awarded for inventiveness, the crisps have been created with Heinz, hence the sauces in each flavour. Who doesn’t love a condiment? It wouldn’t be very Handbook of us to just tell you about […]

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How to Live Like a Local in: Pimlico

Zone One is rarely as hospitable as it is in Pimlico. Despite being a few minutes away from the tourists of Buckingham Palace and the shopping of Oxford Street, Pimlico has retained a quiet, local feel. Full of pretty little squares and gorgeous Georgian townhouses, it’s the kind of place that has you asking what you have to do to live there. Still, if you’re in the area, make like a true Pimlico local and check out these hidden gems. Be warned – they may make you even more desperate to move in…

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Bombay Sapphire Take Over Soho Sky Terrace

Summer’s not over till the fat lady sings and we haven’t heard any singing… The 1st of September supposedly marks the first day of Autumn but knowing British meteorology, it’s not that simple. Soho’s Courthouse Hotel know this and are giving us a little bit of hope with the extension of their Bombay Sapphire Sky Terrace takeover, which is staying open until November. With views of the streets below (hello, Liberty) it makes a change from the ground level cafes that we often turn to when the need a drink and we need it now. The terrace is hosted in […]

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Guides

What To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend: 25th-29th August

It’s a three day weekend! There’s always something different about the August Bank Holiday to others – in London that means carnival fever as feathers, sequins and copious amounts of Red Stripe take to the streets of Notting Hill. If steel bands and ridiculous crowds aren’t your thing then there’s lots of other great stuff going on. A long weekend = three mornings for brunching and we’ve got your back – there are three brand new brunches to try, all listed below.

Culture

Free Cabaret, Comedy and Music with Live at Zedel

Weekends in London don’t come cheap. Post-work drinks, Saturday brunch, some kind of day out then probably dinner in the evening. Not to mention another brunch on Sunday and maybe a cinema trip keep the Sunday blues at bay. What if we were to tell you that next weekend will be a whole lot cheaper thanks to Soho’s Brasserie Zédel? Listen up.   Known for its live entertainment, Zédel is hosting a whole weekend of music, theatre, cabaret and comedy – and it’s absolutely free to attend. Taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, the weekend is marking the launch […]

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