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A Celebration of Coffee at Hackney House

If you’re anything like us, your standard Saturday will sound something like this: roll out of bed about 10.30am – perhaps with a slightly foggy head – shower, dress, head for brunch where a full debrief of Friday night’s events takes place. After brunch our plans can vary, whilst we like the idea of a walk round one of London’s famous parks for a blast of fresh air, the cinema is often more appealing, as is the hair of the dog… Oops. On the first weekend of December (yep, we’re going there) you should think outside the box slightly when […]

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Dirty Bones Shoreditch Review: What We Thought

New? Yes, it opened at the end of summer this year, it follows on from Dirty Bones in Kensington and Kingly Court.  Where? They’ve taken their Mutts Nuts (that’s a cocktail FYI) over East and headed to Shoreditch 1 Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX, www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: The clue is in the name – it’s the sort of food that is everything clean eating is not. Mac ‘n’ cheese, pork, meat and chips in various formats. We’re talking burgers laden with pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese; chicken served with waffles; hot dogs topped with bacon and cheese sauce and the sort […]

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What to do This Weekend: 14th-16th October

This week it’s all about food as we see the arrival of three new brunches. Get ready to party with KERB, feast at Oklava, gorge on chocolate, Dinerama is relaunching for the winter months and Bread Ahead is opening it’s first permanent bakery. Choosing where to go eat the weekend is going to be that much harder…eating pants at the ready. 

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James Martins Exclusive 50th Anniversary Dinner at The Playboy Club

English chef James Martin and Hugh Hefner aren’t necessarily two things that you’d instantly associate with one another but what if we told you James has an award-winning restaurant in the Manchester235 casino and that this year the Playboy Club London is celebrating a landmark birthday (it turns 50 this year) so needs a suitably celebrated chef to cook up a storm? Suddenly it all makes sense. Next Wednesday, an exclusive five-course dinner will be prepared by James and his team behind the scenes at the Playboy Club for members and non-members, with live post-dinner entertainment (the dance floor calls), […]

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Le Bun Opens with Free Burgers

Last year Andy Taylor and Tim Talbot served burgers to 10,000 guests in five weeks. This year they sold 600 Le Mac burgers on National Burger Day alone. Of course they could though, they’re Le Bun and they’re Le Back in Dalston. Following on from a summer pop-up with Kelis, the guys are setting up shop at Birthdays in Dalston for a residency that will run until 29th January next year. New dishes include mind-blowingly Nashville-style hot chicken hots made with cayenne pepper-seasoned fried chicken. Apparently they were first created in a revenge by a wife who found out her […]

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The London EDITION’s Virtual Hendrick’s Bartender

Ah, the mini-bar. That wonderful but slightly scary place in your hotel room that you look at but don’t dare touch for fear of an unexplainable and slightly extortionate amount being added to your bill, revealed only on departure. Not the best end to a holiday. If locating that mini fridge and discovering boring mini bottles of wine has you wanting to just call room service for a decent drink then it’s time to upgrade: say goodbye to the mini-bar as you know it. The London EDITION is revamping the in-room drinks experience as you know it, because when there […]

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Burdock Opens

Tuesdays, arguably worse than Mondays, except when a new restaurant opens that is, that’s always a reason to get excited and today it is the turn of ETM Group to bring a new restaurant to The City. They are the guys behind the likes of The Jugged Hare and The Botanist and today they are opening Burdock on the ground floor of the new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel on Finsbury Park. The menu will be made of small plates and sharing dishes which will champion rare breeds from Lake District famers, game from Yorkshire and Scotland, wild fish from […]

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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 […]

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Limited-Edition Michelin-Starred Ice Cream at Gelupo

If you’re even vaguely interested in food and drink you’ll know that last week saw the announcement of the 2017 batch of Michelin stars. The ultimate mark of excellence for a restaurant, 8 precious stars were handed out to London restaurants including Trinity, The Ninth and The Ritz as well as a handful of Bib Gourmands awarded to restaurants at lower price points offering a more casual dining experience. Still, we can’t help thinking that some of our favourites will never achieve Michelin status… until now. Gelupo, the gelateria in Soho from the duo behind Bocca di Lupo, is already […]

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The Islington Townhouse Opens

Hippo Inns was born when the founder’s (Rupert Clevely) daughters told their dad that he had been wallowing for too long. Rupert Clevely and his wife Jo, had owned Geronimo Inns before selling it back in 2010 to Young’s. Now Hippo Inns restore former pubs and inject them with new life and their latest venture Islington Townhouse will open in the iconic Chapel Market in Angel.  The light and spacious pub is set over three floors with areas including an open bar, 42 cover dining area and secret snug. The interior will be traditional with a dusting of contemporary twist. […]

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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 […]

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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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