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Forest on the Roof at Selfridges Returns

A rooftop may not necessarily be the first location of choice during the winter, but what if said rooftop had been transformed into an Alpine forest (and was covered by a roof)? Selfridges’ renowned rooftop restaurant has once again been transformed into a dazzling wintry forest; the forest’s walkway has been adorned with glitter balls and splashes of gold, getting shoppers and restaurant goers into the festive spirit… in case the Christmas decorations in Selfridge’s and lights on Oxford Street haven’t done that already. Group Executive Chef for Des McDonald Restaurants, Lee Bull, has created the new winter menu with […]

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1970s NYC Comes to Brixton

This winter it’s time to head back to 1970s New York. No, we don’t have a time machine, what we do have though is the award-winning team who brought us the South Pole Saloon and Brixton Beach Boulevard and that is good enough for us. Opening today on a Brixton rooftop, you’ll be transported back to a time when hip hop was first emerging, where hordes clamour outside Studio 54 trying to party with Warhol and guerrilla artists take to the streets to colour the concrete streets. A city that never sleeps. Inside Big Apple Brixton you’ll find three indoor […]

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Squid Kitchen Launch New Residency

If you fancy the experience of a Madrid food market but can’t leave London, you’re in luck. This autumn, Squid Kitchen is launching their new kitchen residency at 119 Lower Clapton. Having begun as a market stall, with a menu developed entirely around… you guessed it – squid, Squid Kitchen has hosted several pop up events and kitchen residencies. This residency however, is their first full venue kitchen and bar takeover since their launch in 2014. Their signature dish is baby squid stew with piquillo peppers and sherry vinegar chickpeas, but don’t worry if squid isn’t your thing (although it’s […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 28th-30th October

This weekend is in reaching distance, chances are you’re going to some sort of Halloween soiree (if you aren’t check out our guide at the end for more ideas) but this weekend isn’t just about all things creepy. It’s also about brunch, markets and getting a dose of culture by visiting a museum at night… 

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Openings & Launches

3rd Caravan Opens

If you’re serious about brunch then you should have gone to Caravan by now, if you haven’t, don’t worry – things are going to become that much easier with the opening of a new site in Bankside…you also have no excuse not to, either.  Brought to you by Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann; three New Zealanders with a penchant for great coffee and brunch, the latest Caravan (you’ll find the others in Exmouth Market and Granary Square) will be housed on the ground floor of the old Metal Box Factory on Great Guildford Street. Built in the 19th […]

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Asia De Cuba’s Havana Inspired Menu

This Autumn, to brighten up the shorter days, fusion restaurant Asia De Cuba is launching a new menu. Executive Chef Luis Pous hails from Cuba, home to Latin America’s biggest Chinatown, and takes his inspiration from both his Latin American roots and his time spent in Havana’s Chinatown to create dishes combining the bold flavours of both cultures. The new menu is colourful and warming – just what we need for this sometimes (read: often) grey and gloomy city. You can expect indulgent steaks served with bok choy or Asian grilled lamb chops with black beans and, for the more […]

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Ceviche Old St Present the Soul Food Session

The Day of the Dead skull is a great Halloween look but despite its name it is a celebration of life and a spectacularly vibrant event. One venue getting involved this year is Ceviche Old St., recent winner of ‘Best New Venue in the UK’. They are hosting a series of events – the Soul Food Sessions inspired by the Soul Sessions between Motown artists in the 60s. The collaborations in the 60s pushed the boundaries of music at the time so in the same way, the team at Ceviche will collaborate with ‘soulfood chefs’, taking food in a new […]

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Timmy Green Opens

If you’re a fan of banana bread, good coffee and brunch then chances are you’ve come across the Daisy Green cafes. With six sites across London, the independent Aussie group will be getting a seventh joint next month, Timmy Green, opening in Victoria’s Nova. Timmy is founder Prue Freeman’s late brother, described as a true Australian cowboy, his life was devoted to the land and his life inspires much of the menu which will feature prime grass-fed meats and childhood-inspired small plates as well as their legendary brunch. Served until 3pm, on the brunch menu you’ll find their famous award-winning […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

D1 International Cocktail Exchange

We’ve all seen the signs of cities twinned with others, take Kensington for example that’s twinned with Cannes, Birmingham is teamed up with Milan and Newcastle, that is with Atlanta apparently… all good and well, but we’ll tell you what is better bars teaming up with other bars around the world. And what do you know…D1 London Spirits are doing just that with their international cocktail exchange. Launched this month and running for the next few months, bars in London, Birmingham and Manchester are pairing up with bars in South East Asia to swap signature cocktails, all of which will […]

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Dirty Martini Minories Opens

Christmas party plans are well underway and if you don’t have a date or location yet then here’s a new one to consider for a night out in the city. Bar group Dirty Martini already have 6 buzzing bars across London, and they have just opened a seventh in time for the festive season; Minories. Surely a failsafe catchment area, you only have to stand outside a bar in the City on a Thursday night (or actually any night for that matter) to be amongst swarms of citygoers, in need of a cocktail – the new Dirty Martini is going […]

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Leman Locke: A New Kind of Hotel

This month will see a new kind of hotel coming to London’s East End – Leman Locke: the aparthotel. As the name implies it’s somewhere between Airbnb and a hotel and is designed around living like a local and being part of the community, whilst having the luxuries a hotel provides. With 105 spacious studios and 63 chic one bedroom suites; the rooms will be almost double the size of the average hotel room at 31 sq m and will focus on the living space and not just the bed – as they know that you need a space that […]

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Tanner & Co’s Bottomless Roast

Everyone’s Mum makes the best Sunday lunch, that’s gospel! Anyone who says otherwise is committing blasphemy and should be punished accordingly… The scent of your Mum’s roast billowing from the kitchen, stroking your nostrils is the stuff of dreams, and the roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy are laced with comfort and reassurance. But not all have their Mums in pop-round distance, and if you do, she still needs an afternoon off. Here’s what you’re going to do when that comes to pass, get your roast-demanding stomach down to Tanner & Co. The restaurant situated in vibrant Bermondsey is launching […]

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