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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack Opens in Soho

Soho, it’s full of places where you can’t book and funnily only have a handful of covers. And it’s just got another- but before you roll your eyes and wearily add it to the list of places you’ll be queuing for, hear us out. It’s the second Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack and it’s going to be worth the wait. Taking inspiration from the British coast and nostalgic days at the seaside, the shack has been designed by Coriander Buildings (Riding House Café, Blixen) and features an open plan kitchen where you can see your food served directly from the charcoal […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve in London

2016 has been, if nothing else, eventful. A bit of a roller coaster one might say. Whether you’ve been at the top or the bottom of that roller coaster, there is only one thing for it, pick up a glass of Champagne, get your party hat on and say goodbye 2016, hello 2017…. Menus: Bronte  Bronte will be offering two sittings for their New Year’s Eve menu – one at 6pm which is ideal if you have children and one starting at 9pm which is just for the adults and is when the DJ will be taking to the decks. Dishes […]

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Aviary: The City’s Stylish New Rooftop

Whilst the definition of ‘aviary’ is a large cage or enclosure for keeping birds in, we’re thinking the link to feathered creatures at this new rooftop bar is the sweeping birds eye views you get of the city below. Taking over the tenth floor of the brand new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is a new drinking destination aimed at city workers, nestled in between Old Street and Liverpool Street. Russell Sage Studio (Bounce Old Street, Dishoom, Social Eating House) is behind the interiors, creating an eye-catching mix of rich purples, gold, orange and green with a central bar […]

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Homeslice’s New Year’s Day Slice & Spritz Party

New Years Day always tends to live in the shadow of New Years Eve. Perhaps for good reason though, since the majority of us are usually nursing debilitating hangovers… The start of 2017 doesn’t have to be this way! Homeslice, loved purveyors of those 20 inch pizzas, are running their Slice & Spritz Party at their Shoreditch branch on 1st January. Whereas normally only a few pizzas on their menu are available by the slice if there’s a flavour you fancy you’d have to go the whole hog, but not this time! Homeslice are beginning 2017 generously as all their pizzas […]

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Join Frank & Dean’s New Year Party… For Free

Near Year’s Eve in London should always come with a warning that you may end up stuck in Waterloo station as the clock strikes 12 (yes, I’ve been there). But if 2017 is the year of civilised celebrations then what better way to spend it than close enough to see the fireworks but far enough away that you don’t have to spend all day on the 31st reserving your spot? Enter Smith & Wollensky, and their Frank and Dean’s New Year’s Eve party; 3-courses, flowing Champagne, live music and fireworks – a winning combination. Music is courtesy of an 8-piece band, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas at The Balcon

This festive season, celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in cocktail form. The Balcon at Sofitel St James, plus 11 other hotels, have collaborated with FAIR spirits to bring you festive FAIR cocktails, to be enjoyed at some of the most luxurious hotels in London. The Balcon at Sofitel St James will be inviting guests to indulge in the Five Golden Rings cocktail, made from FAIR gin, roots mastic spirit, bulgare tea spirit, lime juice, orange bitters and egg white – festive flavours aplenty. Each participating hotel has been assigned a day of the countdown period so for example the […]

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Jimmy’s Diner at Queens Skate, Dine, Bowl: A Very British Diner

Jimmy. Carr? Fallon? Kimmel? Ok, ok, enough of the brunette comedians (although thinking about it, they all do look weirdly similar) and on to another Jimmy who makes us very happy: Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend. Fresh from The Lodge in Clapham, Jimmy is taking charge of all things edible at the newly renovated Queens: Skate – Dine – Bowl in Queensway, West London, settling in to his first permanent central London home. Jimmy’s Diner, as it will be known, will provide respite to bowlers and skaters who are making the most of the 9,000ft2 indoor ice rink, 12 state of […]

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The Gate Seymour Place Review: What We Thought

New? We covered the opening of The Gate’s restaurant on the 1st December here; it joins venues in Hammersmith and Islington. Where? 22-24 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 7NL www.thegaterestaurants.com On the Menu: Like the other restaurants, The Gate Seymour Place showcases vegetarian food at its best with an innovative menu putting vegetables centre stage. Diners can expect established favourites such as aubergine teriyaki and a tofu-based salad alongside new additions to the menu including: three-way filled globe artichoke, aubergine schnitzel, and wild mushroom rotolo. First Impressions: Vegetarian restaurants (and vegan ones especially) sometimes have reputations of being hippy havens but The Gate Seymour Place […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 9th-11th December

With only two weekends to go until Christmas, our weekend guide is actually not that festive. Of course if you want to check out all the Christmas things going on you’ll want to head to our Christmas page, if however you want a break before we go all-out in the next couple of weeks then we have Mexican brunches, Malaysian breakfasts and classic pub grub. Of course there is the 17th annual SantaCon taking place on Saturday – well, we had to throw in a few hundred Santas somewhere…

Openings & Launches

Pomona’s: California Comes to Notting Hill

What do Notting Hill and L.A have in common? You might have said yoga, you might think pressed juices and whilst you’re right, in this case you’re wrong, because the answer we were looking for is Pomona’s. A city in L.A and now an all-day restaurant and bar coming to Hereford Road on Monday. Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson (The Thomas Lord, Druskos Namai Sallt House and Le Butcher Group) has created a menu based on his travels around America’s West Coast. Dishes will include steak tartare, shredded kimchi and lardo toast; sweet potato toast, avocado, labneh, lime and cilantro gremolata, […]

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The Landmark London Christmas Afternoon Tea Review: What We Thought

New? Whilst The Landmark London is one of London’s iconic hotels, having opened at the end of the 19th century, the Christmas afternoon tea has only just launched and is available throughout December replacing their traditional afternoon tea. Where?  222 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 6JQ, www.landmarklondon.co.uk On the Menu: Despite being called a Christmas afternoon tea, there aren’t any of the usual Christmas foods on the menu. You would have thought that they might have included some turkey somewhere, added in some stilton, made use of a pig in blanket, topped something with mincemeat or at least shape the cake into […]

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When The Nutcracker Met The Sugar Plum Fairy

Now while we’re all anticipating a visit from a certain Father Christmas, we are neglecting someone special…a rather sweet lady. Of course we speak of the Sugar Plum Fairy but while we haven’t been in touch recently she’s been off sprinkling her magic over at London Hilton on Park Lane, specifically over their afternoon tea. The quintessential English classic has been given a Nutcracker make-over with the likes of an iced soldier biscuit, snowman macaron with coconut and white chocolate, and a cupcake turned into a Christmas tree with pistachio and raspberry flavoured icing. The special sweets are joined by […]

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