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Meatopia: Meat and Beer

Meat. Beer. Drink. Fire. Yeah, meat and beer, that’s right Meatopia is back for the fourth year in London and there is some rather exciting news. The weekend long affair is now starting on Friday night (2nd September) with a ‘Late Shift’ and there are still tickets. Kicking off the weekend, the Friday night offering will begin with DJ sets from Professor Green, Andy Smith (Portishead), MC Zani and Bass 6, DJ Tofu and Temple Funk Collective. Across the weekend you’ll also be able to see sets from Norman Jay MBE and Jazzy B (Soul II Soul). Of course though […]

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Rosa’s Thai Cafe Review – What We Thought

New? The most recent venue in the Rosa’s Thai Cafe family, the Victoria site opened earlier this year – 8 years after husband and wife Saiphin and Alex ran a Thai street food stall on Brick Lane. Where? 25 Gillingham Street, Victoria, SW1V 1HN First Impressions: Our welcome was friendly and we were led through to a seat by the window which I would request to sit at again. Absolutely packed on the Thursday evening we went, you’d be disappointed had you not booked although if you were willing to wait ten minutes or so I’m sure they’d find space […]

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Pay What You Like at Galvin at Windows

One of the big headaches about dining out is the bill. That innocent slip of paper so discreetly placed on the table, maybe with a chocolate to soften the blow. No matter how inevitable it is or how many times you’ve mentally tallied up your spend, it’s all too easy for those extra glasses of wine to add up – not to mention the creme brûlée you promised yourself (and your waistline) you’d avoid. X number of glasses of wine later and it’s not only you who is seeing double, yes the wine was good but your eyes don’t deceive […]

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Nola Rola Review – What We Thought

New?  The brunch launched last month and is running every Saturday until 1st October.  Where?  Tucked away in The Yard in Vauxhall, you’ll find Nola Rola at 4 Durham Street, Vauxhall, SE11 5JA, www.nolarolalondon.com On the menu: Ribs, ribs and more ribs, washed down with a constant supply of Prosecco and Whiskey punch. First Impressions: This was going to be no civilised brunch, but why would we want that on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Groups of raucous friends were already dancing to the DJ, the Prosecco was flowing and there was a buzz about the place.   The Look:  Held in […]

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Absurd Bird Opens 2nd Restaurant in Soho

It seems Londoners aren’t tiring of chicken. We’ve seen it battered, fried, roasted and pretty much everything in between so it’s not surprising that Absurd Bird, the chicken restaurant in Shoreditch, is opening a second site in Soho. The Commercial Street site only opened in March which shows just how much of a winning formula they’ve got. The menu at the new restaurant will feature all the big-hitting favourites that Absurd Bird has got a name for – waffle cones with popcorn chicken, buffalo wings, marshmallow-topped sweet potato bake and the much-hyped and super-sweet crack pie. The name alone tells […]

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100 Wardour Street Review – What We Thought

New? 100 Wardour Street opened with a bang back at the start of this year on the site of the former legendary Marquee Club, which then became Mezzo and most recently Floridita, which burnt down last year. Where? 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN, www.100wardourst.com On the Menu: Described as a Mediterranean menu, it differs upstairs and downstairs but in the restaurant (downstairs) where we sat, it is split into robata, raw, signatures and fish, salad, meat, which come to the table tapas-style as and when they are ready. There is also a snappy pre-theatre menu, more casual bar and lounge […]

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Immersive Parisian Wartime Bar and Dining Experience

It’s mid-August and suddenly our thoughts are turning to which winter coat we should go for this year and why we can’t even remember what our New Year’s resolutions were, let alone why we haven’t stuck to them. Stop. Rewind time. Ok maybe you’ve gone a bit far but suddenly it’s 1943 and everyone around you is wearing a beret and has a moustache. Welcome to the world of Maman le Mot, a secret immersive supper club experience from event organisers A Place in Time, the people behind The Tick Tack Club, coming to London Bridge this September. The bunker-come-bistro […]

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8 Ways to Taste the Caribbean

With all this talk of Rio we have developed a new found appreciation for all things rum. With Notting Hill Carnival fast approaching (27th-29th August) what better way to get in the laid-back spirit than with a round-up of the best Caribbean spots for a cooling mojito or hot plate of jerk chicken? Some are more Tiki or tropical than ‘Caribbean’ but all will transport you somewhere far more exotic.

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East London’s Pizza Showdown

Do you ever sit down in a restaurant and wish that you could order everything on the menu? Not necessarily because you’re up for a man vs food style showdown, but more because it all looks so tempting. What we’re about to tell you is a place where not only ordering everything off the menu is recommended, it’s pretty much compulsory. Pizza-Pocalypse is a pizza showdown, rounding up the best dough-kneading talent from all over east London to battle it out for £1,000 and the most coveted thing of all, the golden mozzarella trophy. Pizza is serious business so you […]

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Savurè Opens: All About the Pasta

Forget any talk of not eating carbs, forget any of this nonsense about no carbs before Marbs, because we will never be able to give up a bowl of fresh, delicious, comforting pasta and nor should we try to. Why are we praising carbs so? Because, Savurè, a pasta shop straight from Turin has just pitched up on the streets of Shoreditch and we’re rather excited. Following on from the success of their Pastificio con Cucina shop in Turin, the Shoreditch counterpart will let guests buy pasta to eat-in, take away or cook up at home. At the heart of […]

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My London: Partridge’s Owner John Shepherd’s Top 5 Markets

If you’ve ever been in Duke of York Square on a Saturday you will’ve discovered the amazing array of street food stalls that make up Partridges food market. Now more than ten years old, the market is a great platform for new artisan food traders to get their name out there, as well as being a staple in the weekend calendar for locals to get their lunch time feed and dinner party supplies. Startisans (a mash-up of ‘start-up’ and ‘artisan’) run the market and are sister company to Patridges, the Royal Warrant-holding grocery store. We caught up with John Shepherd, […]

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Albert’s: Kensington’s Exclusive New Club

They’ve sold a million bottles of vodka between them, have over 60 years’ experience and played host to the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna and now four of the biggest names in the London club scene have joined together to open a prestigious members club.  We’re talking about the guys behind Boujis, Raffles and Mahiki: Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers and this September they’re set to open Albert’s. Opening on Old Brompton Road, it takes its name from Prince Albert and the fact that that area of London is nicknamed The Albertropolis due to the […]

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