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Squirrel: Nuts About Health

Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling (Cahoots, Bunga Bunga, Bart’s, Mr Fogg’s Tavern et al) are back and this time they are joined by their wives marketeer, Anneke Gilkes and nutritional therapist, Zoe Stirling to bring an all-day fast, casual healthy eating South Kensington joint called Squirrel. Known for fully embracing their themes (this is no half -hearted effort) Squirrel will feature a tree lined walkway, a twenty-one foot long fallen oak tree will make up the service counter, lights will be housed in hanging acorns, you’ll eat from acorn vessels and sit in timber clad tree-houses at large picnic style […]

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12 of London’s Best Terraces

It’s mid-July yet you’d never know it was summer. Granted, it wasn’t all that bad this weekend – the sun shone on Andy Murray on Sunday – and at moments like that you really fancy a refreshing drink or two while soaking up some vitamin D. Read on to discover our favourite terraces (no, we don’t mean rooftops) so you can dine al fresco, catch some rays and revel in the British summertime when the sun does eventually shine…

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Grotesque Gastronomy: Bompas & Parr Take on The Twits

In honour what would be the 100th birthday year of everyone’s favourite childhood author (Roald Dahl of course), we’ve seen afternoon teas, themed cocktails and exhibitions of much-loved Quentin Blake illustrations. Tempting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory desserts, fruity James and the Giant Peach cocktails and… dinner at the Twits? Bear with us, it may sound much less appetising than the alternative celebrations but this is a dinner experience like no other, all set to be ‘the worst dinner party in the world’. A theatrical take on dinner at Mr and Mrs Twit’s, theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and creators of the Olivier […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 15th-17th July

Welcome to the weekend people! It’s almost here: 48 hours of fun (or if you count the start of the weekend from Thursday night until Monday morning, like we do, 88 hours give or take) so we have your plans sorted so you can pack in as much as possible. Gorge on unlimited ribs and Prosecco, watch a sheep dog display, quaff wine whilst sitting in a deck chair, try out a new afternoon tea and head to a summer market. Get going!

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Theo’s Simple Italian Review: What We Thought

New? Theo’s Simple Italian opened up earlier this year in Hotel Indigo in March after acclaimed chef Theo Randall decided to move on to restaurant number two following the immense success of his eponymous restaurant at the InterContinental. Where? 34-44 Barkston Gardens, Earl’s Court SW5 0EW, www.theossimpleitalian.co.uk First Impressions: The restaurant is conveniently located within close proximity to Earl’s Court station and it was easy to spot the light blue and white striped awning while strolling down Barkston Gardens. The interior is light and airy, complete with wood-panelled walls and low-hanging industrial lights, all of which is contrasted by the sleek and modern bar area. We were […]

Openings & Launches

Flora Indica Opens

Tomorrow will see the opening of Flora Indica  on Old Brompton Road, a fantastical, surreal British – Indian bar and restaurant inspired by the 10,000 of plants found on the subcontinent. Sameer Taneja (formely Executive Chef at Benares Restaurant and Bar) brings his Michelin star training to the Flora Indica with the likes of sea bass, sea spinach, chilli coconut, parsnip purée and dill and smoked venison, burnt onion salt, fennel, beetroot textures and masala spiced potato on the menu. Pudding isn’t your usual sticky toffee pudding affair, oh no instead you’re much more likely to find beetroot doughnuts and rosemary […]

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Patty & Bun Opens in Shoreditch

London is full of burgers. Everywhere you look there are new burger joints popping up, new combinations of toppings each more ludicrous and delicious than the next. Well now it’s time to step aside because a burger giant is back and opening their next venue in Shoreditch. Yep Patty & Bun are back and they’re about to shake up Redchurch Street with their burger den that owner, Joe Grossman has described as a ‘raucous little animal’. Upstairs you’ll find a counter top with bar seating, open kitchen and a bar, wander downstairs, however, and you’ll find a speakeasy drinking den […]

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Artistry in Alchemy at SUSHISAMBA

So the weather is a bit hit and miss at the moment, even for Britain it’s a miserable summer. So when the sun does decide to shine you need to make the most of it. You need to ditch everything, get off the tube, get out of the office, leave the underground bar and head to a terrace. So when the sun did shine the other day that is exactly what we did, we went to the highest terrace we could find – the Tree Terrace at SUSHISAMBA. Why? Because Artistry in Alchemy is running until the end of August […]

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Goose Box: Restaurant Dining at Home

Sometimes you want to go a restaurant but you just don’t want to leave your house. You want the food, but you don’t want to have to dress up and pitching up in your PJs is just not going to be an option. Or perhaps you’re hosting a dinner party, you’ve told everyone that of course you can cook and what started out as carbonara you’ve now elaborated on so much you’re apparently going to rustle up something worthy of the MasterChef final…good one. So what do you do when you find yourself in one of these situations? You order […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

You really must go to The Inner Circle’s Summer Party, and here’s why!

The season of summer loving is well and truly in swing but if you haven’t already found your Danny Zuko to spend the lazy summer days canoodling with, all is not lost. Selective dating app, The Inner Circle, is hosting another of its exclusive parties where the drinks will be flowing and new connections are encouraged as The Inner Circle Summer Polo Cup returns for another year of frolicking and flirting. Over 500 singles will be in attendance at Ham Polo Club where 4 teams will play against each other over two full sized polo pitches in the hope of […]

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Hatchetts: A Piece of London History

One of the most distinct characteristics of London is the mingling of modern components with cherished historic landmarks. Every street and building has a story, and while we may not be aware of each one, that does not discredit the role each structure has played in London’s illustrious past. Hatchetts cherishes the historical impact its namesake has made, and seems to pay homage to its deep history at every corner of the two-story establishment.  Hatchetts was originally a hotel and coffee house in Piccadilly that dates back to Dickens. The cellar bar beneath the hotel was once a waiting room for weary travelers en route […]

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Rok Opens in Islington

Last summer Shoreditch saw the opening of Rok, a restaurant serving up Nordic influenced dishes and safe to say it was a success. So this summer they’re opening restaurant number two in Islington. Executive chef Matt Young will be overseeing the menu and the sixty cover restaurant will open with seasonal summer offerings which will feature classic dishes from their Shoreditch restaurant (such as duck with lingonberry bacon jam and wood smoked peach) as well as new dishes. These include mackerel with pickled onions and flamed crispbread; local grown guinea fowl with semi-cured pork belly and butter poached wild vegetables; […]

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