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Vila Joya Review – What We Thought

When Europe’s leading boutique hotel (for 11 consecutive years) invite you to stay, you don’t say no. Especially when it is 5 star, has a restaurant with not one but 2 Michelin stars and oh, did I mention, is in Portugal? Where: Vila Joya, Estrada da Galé, 8200-416 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal www.vilajoya.com First Impressions: Arriving at Vila Joya in time for breakfast, every member of staff greeted us with “Welcome to Paradise”. By the time breakfast is over, you see why. Originally a family villa, Vila Joya has discreet luxury written all over it. Even the painted sign on the front gate gives nothing away […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Michelin Standard Chef Can Cook at Your Party

You never really associate chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants with event caterers but the recent appointment of Chris Johns as Head Chef of boutique party planners Alexander & Björck is about to change all that. Formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Antidote in Soho, Chris is bringing his skill to corporate and private events across London and beyond. Think seriously impressive party food: no mini burgers here (unless you want them). Instead, your guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over mini strawberry shortcakes and savoury mini Cornetto cones – a group will form by the kitchen door in no time. Drinks aren’t […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 Ways to Celebrate London Wine Week

‘Beer is made by men, wine by God!’ or so said German monk and theologian, Martin Luther, apparently. Why are we telling you this? Well, next week is the third London Wine Week – seven days to celebrate the very best, with over 500 different wines to try in LWW Flights, unique tasting events and banquets. You don’t have to try and pretend you know about wine, you just need to like it and who knows maybe by the end you might venture away from the bottle you always choose. Here are some of the places we think you should […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Shoreditch’s Secret Terrace BBQ

Tucked away on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road is the suitably discreet entrance of BL-NK’s outdoor terrace. Despite what the drizzle has you believing, Summer is around the corner so BL-NK are firing up their BBQ and chilling the rosé, ready for Thursday’s all day launch party of their new summer menu. Open from 8 till 8, swing by for freshly made croissants (if it’s raining) and granola with seasonal stewed fruits (if it’s a bit sunnier). For lunch, food suppliers Canababes will have their Babe Bowls ready to take back to your desk or enjoy on the terrace. 5.30pm is when […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Hidden Garden Festival at Hampton Court Palace

You have to make the most of the British summer, you never know quite what you’re in for – like its citizens, it’s an eclectic mix. You want to celebrate with as many summer soirees, parties and festivals as you can before the winter sets in. Tonight sees the epitome of this with a festival to launch the new events space, 20th Century Garden, at Hampton Court Palace. Home to Henry VIII, who seems like he was up for a good knees up, the idyllic riverside palace makes for an enchanting place to host events and the installation of a […]

Reviews

STK Review – What We Thought

New? STK first opened its doors in 2013, shortly after the hotel in which it’s housed, ME, opened it’s doors in December 2012. Where? ME London, 336-337 Strand,WC2R 1HA, www.togrp.com On the menu: We visited STK in order to try out their new pre-theatre menu; a condensed version of their full menu offering a small selection of dishes from each course. Although the selection was small it was also broad, offering a wide range of dishes to suit various palettes.   The Look: The dimly lit room is given a purple hue by the lights shooting up pillars and under […]

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Guides

12 Blooming Good Ways to Celebrate Chelsea Flower Show

24-28th May kicks off the British cultural summer calendar with thousands of the most perfect blooms you’ve ever seen – it is, of course, RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Honouring the event, outdoor bars are sprouting across the city and botanical-inspired dishes are blossoming everywhere you turn. Here are 11 places to head for your floral-fix if you’re more ‘knees-up’ than muddy knees and prefer the petals to be on your food.

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Openings & Launches

Randy’s Wing Bar Launches

You know your wings must be good when you’re the first international competitors to be invited to take part in the Buffalo Chicken Wings Festival USA – an event which sees 80,000 hungry Americans through its doors in two days. It’s the equivalent of asking an American to make a Cornish pasty. Well that was the invite that landed on Andy Watts and Richard Thacker’s door and now following on from successful stints at festivals and pop-ups such as Night Tales and Dalston Street Festival the duo is opening their first permanent restaurant in the new Here East development close to […]

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Openings & Launches

The Rib Room’s BACARDÍ Summer Terrace

So the weather may be a bit hit and miss at the moment (read: hit at time of publication, might be miss if you read this tomorrow) but one thing that is sizzling for certain is the new BACARDÍ Summer Terrace at The Rib Room Bar. Launching 20th May guests will be able to give in to the Latin vibes with a range of carefully crafted cocktails, inventive bar bites and live Latin music. The pop-up will of course feature several nods to the world-famous rum brand, namely the cocktails like Papa Was Right, an exotic combination of BACARDÍ Carta […]

Health & Wellness

7 Spots to Try This Vegetarian Week

All hail Vegetarian Week – the perfect excuse to give our guts a good rest from the tiresome work of digesting all that deep-fried chicken and heavy red meat. However, our cooking skills probably won’t quite cut it and so we’re venturing out to let London’s talented restaurateurs seal the deal and mushroom risotto isn’t going to cut it! Check out our 7 places to go for great vegetarian dishes: 

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