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Tootoomoo: Pan-Asian in Islington

An ancient Indonesian folktale tells the tale of a little girl called Tootoomoo, who became friends with The Giant through food. Sounds like our sort of friendship and it’s this story that sets the scene for Tootoomoo which opened yesterday in Islington. Ancient recipes meet modern cooking at this Pan-Asian restaurant and the menu, created by Executive Chef Ricky Pang, brings together Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Start with sharing dishes like Shichimi squid, crispy smoked chicken and vegetarian potstickers, before moving onto sushi including yuzu salmon maki, soft shell crab maki and Californian prawn rolls. You’ll find […]

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Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday at Drake & Morgan

Nothing is quite like the world that Roald Dahl invented. A life without reading his books, is a life without BFGs, giant talking insects, snozberries, fantastic foxes and marvellous medicine and the Twits. A life less magical. To mark what would have been his 100th birthday (today!), Drake and Morgan is looking to his wonderful imagination to inspire their celebratory cocktail and pudding. The James’ Giant Peach cocktail is made from a mix of Crème de Peche, Amaretto, Gin Mare and Kwai Feh Lychee liqueur, topped with a frozen peach. Have a couple of those and then order the Wonka’s […]

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3rd Macellaio RC Opens

Fans of Macellaio RC, the Italian restaurant known for its beef, are in luck because following this month they are opening their third restaurant and this time it is going to feature a rather theatrical in-house butchery and Ligurian bakery. Opening in the Union Yard Arches, the butchery takes its inspiration from the numerous theatres in the area. The beef, which is Fassano beef from small artisan farmers in North West Italy – a beef known for its low fat and cholesterol but also its tenderness – will be dry-aged on site, hanging behind glass. The bests cuts of the day […]

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Open until 22nd November 2019

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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SPA InterContinental Review – What We Thought

New? Spa InterContinental itself isn’t new, but the BIOTEC Facial by Elemis treatments are a new addition, having been introduced earlier this summer. Where: InterContinental London Park Lane One Hamilton Place Park Lane, W1J 7QY www.spaintercontinentallondon.com First Impressions: Stepping into the InterContinental Park Lane, the hotel was busy, guests milling around, checking in and out, sitting down to afternoon tea and sipping cocktails at the Arch Bar. A classic, busy scene for a London hotel, but take the lift to the 1st floor and you leave it all behind. Tucked away, Spa InterContinental is a much needed retreat in one of the busiest […]

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ARTea at Lancaster London Review – What We Thought

New? The Afternoon “ARTea” launched on 14th July 2016 and is an on-going feature in the Lounge Bar at Lancaster London. Where? Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: The innovative afternoon tea takes inspiration from the works of emerging and local artists that can be found on the walls of Lancaster London. Expect edible canvasses, a selection of sandwiches served on painting slates, and jam and clotted cream in 30ml paint tubes delivered by waiters in whimsical painting aprons. First Impressions: There was a hushed silence in the Lounge room that reminded me of a library, guests were making […]

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25% Off Brides The Show

The most important date in a soon-to-be bride’s calendar (besides the actual wedding of course) is the annual luxury bridal exhibition: Brides The Show. Returning yet again with over 150 luxury suppliers showcasing the very best in bridal wares, you won’t be short of inspiration whether you’re the bride yourself, a helpful bridesmaid, doting mother-in-law or just an ever ready singleton. Taking care of every element of your wedding, Brides The Show will have exhibitors from the best in the worlds of stationery, cakes, flowers, venues, travel, photography and more. With the likes of Goldsmiths and Hayes and Jarvis returning […]

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

This weekend we’re going to be feasting on free breakfast muffins, returning to our favourite decade, catching up with our friend Bridget and attending a burger battle – what are you doing? 

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The Handbook Meets: Barsmith

Innovative house-infused cocktails won Clerkenwell spot Barsmith the coveted title of ‘Bar of the Year’ at the 2015 London Club & Bar Awards. With everything from chilli and pear infused cognac to nectarine elderflower, every drink is an experience in its own right. Keen to spread their wings further they launched a mobile bar service last year, mixing and shaking their signature drinks across the country at private parties, corporate events and everything in between. They’re a busy bunch but we managed to catch up with founding duo Lawrence Santi and Ben Avigdori to find out the strangest request their […]

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Wake Up Fashionably Well With Sanderson

It’s time to up our breakfast game. No matter how many articles we read and healthy recipe books we flick through we never actually get round to making a batch of that healthy granola we’ve bookmarked so, more often than not, resort to a boring bowl of porridge at our desk each morning. Not to say we’re unhealthy, but sometimes life gets in the way of all our quinoa, spirulina and matcha dreams – this is where Sanderson step in. Undoubtedly one of London’s most stylish hotels, Sanderson has recruited the expertise of Danielle Copperman, health blogger, model and name […]

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Ping Pong’s Summer Menu Review: What We Thought

New? Ping Pong, Soho opened in May 2005 but there are venues all over the UK with other restaurants in London including Southbank, Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford. Where? 45 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JL, www.pingpongdimsum.com On the Menu: The regular menu features a selection of Asian classics like dim sum and rice dishes, expect to see spring rolls, beef gyoza, a wide selection of dumplings as well as soups and salads. In addition to their normal menu, Ping Pong has added 5 special summer dishes plus cocktails, available for a limited time only. First Impressions: It was a hot day so most people were dining […]

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Bar Douro: Portuguese Tapas and Wine Bar

An area just near London Bridge is making waves as the next big foodie destination, with the latest announcement coming in the form of contemporary Portuguese wine bar, Bar Douro, from the guys behind a string of popular pop-ups and sold-out supper clubs at Pop Brixton, Soho Farm House and Carousel. Flat Iron Square is launching in October with a theatre, live music venue and pop-up kitchen units as well as a couple of permanent spots under the railway arches – of which Bar Douro is one. Inspired by traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto as well as the […]

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The Frog Review – What We Thought

New? Fresh from his (very successful) stint at St. Ermin’s hotel, Adam Handling finally opened his first restaurant at the start of June, named The Frog as it is his first leap into solo restauranting. Where? 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, E1 6QR, www.thefrogrestaurant.com  First Impressions: After getting slightly lost in the streets around Old Truman Brewery, we found The Frog unassumingly nestled in one corner of Ely’s Yard. Already a great atmosphere on a Thursday evening at 8pm, the covered ‘jungle’ at the front was 90% full, whilst we nabbed the last table in the main […]

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