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Galvin at The Athenaeum Review – What We Thought

New? The Athenaeum has stood proudly next to Green Park since 1849 but has gone through various rebuilds and identity changes in its time. The latest comes in the form of a full makeover on the ground floor and a change of hands in the restaurant. The Michelin-starred Galvin brothers opened ‘Galvin at The Athenaeum’ at the end of June, putting their spin on things ready for a new era. Where? The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ www.athenaeumhotel.com  First Impressions: You expect luxury when you walk into a five star hotel. Greeted by a friendly doorman, we were welcomed by […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Celebration of Fine Argentine Food and Wine

Think of Argentina and no doubt two things spring to mind; football and beef. And although these prevalent associations are an innate part of the culture, there are so many other aspects that define it. That’s where Wines of Argentina comes in as they are presenting Barullo, a celebration of cutting-edge Argentina. This four-day event will be an enlightening exploration of the finest of vibrant Argentine culture, with plenty to please all your senses. As Wines of Argentina are the presenters it’ll come as no surprise that there will be an extensive showcase of Argentina’s dynamic wine scene. There will […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

8 Mouthwatering Things to do This Chocolate Week

Love chocolate? Obviously. And if you really do love chocolate, you’ll know that International Chocolate Week (10-16th October) starts today. This year, Londoners will be totally spoilt with a whole host of irresistible chocolate creations, taking chocolatey indulgence to a whole new level. From cocktails to pastries and even spa treatments, there’s never been a better time to get your chocolate fix in the capital. Here’s our guide to the most mouthwatering moments in London this Chocolate Week. On second thoughts, maybe a week isn’t long enough…

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Hotels

Spa Socials at Mondrian

Just because we no longer have our toes out every day and our skin isn’t quite as exposed as it was in summer doesn’t mean you should skip the pedicures and pampering completely. Just replace the spray tan with a mud mask and settle in to Mondrian London’s brand new SPA Social event. The monthly event sits somewhere in between girls night, Friday drinks and an after-work gym session; it’s socialising meets a great night in. Fun and relaxing, the spa team at Mondrian have created a mix of treatments which are all available as you and a group of […]

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Openings & Launches

Fucina: Strong Italian Cooking

Fucina is a strong name. The kind of name that helps you conjure up scenes of wonderfully cured meats, the yellowest homemade pasta and tables generally piled high with plates of amazing food. Just as well then that Fucina is indeed an Italian restaurant, opening its (big, heavy, wooden) doors in Marylebone for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Stefano Stecca will be behind the scenes at Fucina, plating up authentic Italian food inspired by Stefano’s childhood. Traditional cooking methods will of course be a key part of making Fucina great – pasta will be hand-rolled, huge cuts of meat will […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

James Bond Murder Mystery At Quaglino’s

Because sometimes the real world is not enough, Quaglino’s is hosting an evening with a license to thrill; a James Bond themed murder mystery. Ready to work on Her Majesty’s Secret Service?   From Quaglino’s with love comes a fizz and canapé reception where you’ll get to meet the other guests just as if you’re sat round a poker table at Casino Royale. The murder mystery will then be played in between the three-course meal, served up courtesy of the gold fingers of Executive Head Chef Mickael Weiss. You’ll need a golden eye and thunderballs of steel to unearth the deadly […]

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Bluebird Review: What We Thought

New? Bluebird is a King’s Road icon but it was looking a little tired. A huge renovation of the restaurant and bar began in August of this year and in September it opened its doors in the hope that the new image and a new chef would give it a whole new lease of life. We headed for dinner to check it out. Where? 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Along with the new look comes a new chef. Executive Head Chef Liam Smith-Laing (formerly Skylon, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s and Pétrus) has been brought in from sister restaurant 100 […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Handbook Meets: Amelia Singer

We know we love to drink wine but how much do we really know about wine itself? While we may be able to pass as not total novices by loudly declaring we need to let the bottle breathe, we still have a while to go. Someone who knows everything there is to know about wine is wine consultant and presenter of ITV’s The Wine Show, Amelia Singer. Amelia is also the founder of self-titled wine business, Amelia’s, which organises and hosts bespoke wine tastings and events. Described as ‘the female Jamie Oliver of the wine world’ we met up with Amelia […]

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Reviews

90’s Brunch Review: What We Thought

When? The next 90’s Brunch is taking place on the 22nd October, but for the full line up of dates check out the website. Where? Each 90’s Brunch is held at a different location which is annouced the Monday before the brunch we attended was at Floripa in Shoreditch. www.the90sbrunch.com On the Menu: The menu is kept simple, starters are shared – either go for the vegetable fritters or BBQ – then you choose a main course; jerk chicken burger, beef chilli or vegetable burger, before finishing with doughnuts, again to share. First Impressions: The 90’s Brunch is a raucous affair, when we arrived […]

Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 7th-9th October

The first week of October: it’s officially Autumn, it’s officially cold and it’s officially London Cocktail Week. Friday will see the launch of the Jubilee Line Night Tube so late night partying is a must. Taking place throughout the city you practically have to just shut your eyes and you can hear that familiar sound of a cocktail shaker and a drink being expertly poured. If you haven’t been to a Cocktail Week event yet you still have time but it’s only on until Sunday so don’t hang about. Elsewhere, this weekend sees a Greek Wine Festival, the BFI London Film […]

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Openings & Launches

London Cocktail Week Begins

It’s Monday morning so you might not want to think about cocktails right now, but sorry this is a special occasion. It’s the start of the seventh London Cocktail Week! The Cocktail Village will be back with over 200 bars from across London serving up cocktails for £5 (but make sure you have your LCW pass, get them on the website) and there will be events happening across the city – we would list them all here, but that would be a very long list, so here are five our favourite events happening this week! Jones Family Project: The Shoreditch bar […]

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Guides

The Best October Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

October is here and with it brings pop-ups that celebrate the game season, the oyster season and hot cocktails. There’s are also award-winning burgers, exclusive supper clubs and drinks masterclasses – get your diary at the ready and make note: 

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