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Top Secret Fried Chicken Party

If you like fried chicken you’ll love this. Dalston fried chicken place, Chick ’n’ Sours, is opening a second site in Seven Dials due to popular demand – mainly the fact that everyone loves fried chicken and they do it very well. Usher loves it so much that last time he was in London he sent a limo to collect the hot chicken and take it to him at his recording studio. Who knew that was his secret? To celebrate the launch, tonight will see a top secret launch party at an undisclosed location and if you haven’t got plans then […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Hanging Gardens of Kyoto High Above Regent Street

Think of Japan and one of the first things that springs to mind is probably the cherry blossom and maple trees that flood the landscape with colour each year, that is after your thoughts have turned to sushi, weird gadgets, Harajuku and Hello Kitty everything. Take your botanical mind frame one step further and somehow you’ll end up with aqua kyoto’s new installation, the Hanging Gardens of Kyoto, a traditional Japanese garden that has been created throughout the bar, restaurant and terrace of the West End venue. Award-winning London florists Rebel Rebel (read our interview with them here) have taken […]

Culture

London Fashion Weekend: The City’s Most Stylish Event

We all know it, London is the most fashionable city in the world and soon the bar is going to be raised again with the return of London Fashion Weekend which will see the streets of the city filled by sunglasses adorned fashionistas and preened glamazons. In fact during the 4 day fashion event, over 15,000 people will attend to top up their fashion knowledge and get first hand glimpses at up-coming fashion trends. The prestigious Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road will once again be home to LFWend, organised by the British Fashion Council, providing the perfect backdrop to the […]

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Openings & Launches

Kiln: Rural Thailand Comes to Soho

Founder of Denmark Street restaurant, Smoking Goat, Ben Chapman is back and this month he is opening a second Soho restaurant, inspired by the Thai borderlands, bringing together Burmese and Yunanese flavours: Kiln. Said to be a side-of-the-road type restaurant, Kiln will feature a short grill menu which will see dishes cooked on a wood burning kiln oven and grill both designed by Ben. Whilst the menu looks to Thailand for its flavours, they don’t want to replicate the dishes, rather the ingredients they use will be the best British produce available with whole animals bred specifically for the restaurant. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Days of Vodka at Gaucho

Vodka often isn’t considered too much of a civilised drink, more like the failsafe on a night out to give you a really good time but Gaucho are going to change that with their 7 day celebration of the King of Spirits. Beginning on Thursday 8th September, steak supremos Gaucho will welcome ultimate gin brands including Grey Goose and Belvedere across 7 of their restaurants for one-off tastings and masterclasses – it’s the third year of their ‘7 Days’ events, following on from American whiskey last year and gin in 2014. The 2016 vodka series kicks off in Manchester on […]

Openings & Launches

Blakes Below Opens

Blakes, one of London’s first luxury boutique hotels is famed for its opulent design, the vision of interior designer Anouska Hempel. Following the opening of the restaurant earlier this year, next month will see the doors to bar and lounge, Blakes Below opening following a redesign by Anouska. Known for its intimate and hedonistic parties, the bar covers two rooms and has a distinct Asian flare, with a decadent, ornate finish as East meets West. The fusion in design will continue through to the cocktails which includes the likes of Tokyo Drift, Chai Tea Martini, Roland Garden and Love Pancakes […]

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The Best September Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

After a summer spent sipping Aperol on tropical themed rooftops and kicking back in deckchairs on urban beaches we don’t blame you if you feel a little sad about summer nearly being over. We do. But even if the calendar doesn’t read June, July or August, if there’s one thing we know about London it’s that pop-ups reign supreme, whatever the weather and whatever the season. There are a whole load of residencies, takeovers and one-offs ready to be added to your calendar so prepare to fill September with gin cocktails, chocolate masterclasses, crisp sarnies (yes, really) and a gruesome Roald […]

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Openings & Launches

12 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in August

Tomorrow is the officially the start of autumn, but rather than feel sad about the end of summer, let’s take a little look back at the restaurants and bars that have opened this month, from proper kebabs, to second offerings from the likes of Blanchette and the third Rum Kitchen. August was a busy month… Monmouth Kitchen Following on from the opening of the May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen is the next opening from the Edwardian Hotels London team. Serving up a mix of Italian and Peruvian tapas with dishes including smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho and pan-fried salmon […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Michelin-Starred Indian Street Food

There are equal places in our hearts for both street food and fine dining – sometimes only a ridiculously melty gourmet cheese toastie will do, and other times we just need a little more refinement. But what if a Michelin-starred chef tackled street food? Would it be as satisfying as the kerbside version? Critically acclaimed Mayfair restaurant Benares is introducing a street food inspired menu of five small plates but rather than burgers and bao buns, think chicken tikka crispy naan and pickled prawn with crispy rice pani puri – this is Indian street food. Each dish is inspired by […]

Reviews

Sofitel London St James Review – What We Thought

New? The impressive Grade II listed building was originally a banking hall and has been a Sofitel hotel since 2009. Where? 6 Waterloo Place, St James’s, SW1Y 4AN, www.sofitelstjames.com  First Impressions: The hotel is undeniably grand, standing proud just down from Piccadilly in one of the most exclusive areas of London. The pillared facade was immaculate, with a Union Jack flying above the door and fairy lights in the trees. A friendly doorman was there to welcome me with an equally nice welcome at the reception desk – formal but friendly, offering me a wake up call and newspaper in […]

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The Shard’s Brand New Brunch

We all know that if there is one event in any Londoner’s weekend calendar it’s brunch. Sometimes, though, you want something more than just your usual brunch, you want something with a little more decadence than your usual avocado on toast. For when that happens we have the brunch for you – Oblix on the 32nd level of the Shard. Things get off to an indulgent start with a glass of Champagne before moving on to three courses. The menu is a mix of deli counter favourites and classic dishes so think of this as a brunch feast. To start […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Conrad Take You To The Candy Shop

There’s something about eating sweets that have us reminiscing about our childhoods. Sherbet fountains remind you of party bags? Strawberry laces have you dreaming of midnight feasts? Conrad London St. James feel the same and they are bringing that feeling back with a bang in the grown up form of afternoon tea. The Conrad Candy Shop afternoon tea sees bubblegum macaroons, lemon sherbet meringue pie and pesto chicken cones all presented on a box filled with the ultimate childhood treat, hundreds and thousands. Seriously, what ice cream was complete without sprinkles and a flake? Sandwich fillings include smoked salmon and […]

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