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 […]

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 […]


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, 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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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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Beating Retreat Dinner at 116 Pall Mall

If there’s one thing more patriotic than the Queen then it’s the men who dedicate their life to protecting her, day in and day out. With this in mind, there really isn’t a more British way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday than by watching The Household Division’s Beating Retreat on the Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the birthday parade or as it’s also known the Trooping the Colour. We’re talking about the annual theatrical display of stirring music, precision drill, Napoleonic Association actors, horses, cannons, lights and fireworks coming together to showcase the best of Britain’s military music and […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Sipsmith’s Summer Gin Cocktail Masterclasses

Back in January, we were sitting on a fairy lit terrace beneath the stars of Soho, armed with steaming glasses of hot gin cocktails. Our love of Sipsmith Gin has remained firm since their brief stint on the rooftop of The Ham Yard Hotel but, since then, unless you spot the swan bottle on a backbar or make your own G&Ts at home (and they’re never quite as good as when the pros do them) there was a distinct lack of Sipsmith in our lives. Until now. Partnering up with the swanky Met Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Sipsmith are […]

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Openings & Launches

The Ivy Café Opens in Wimbledon

The Ivy Collection’s empire is steadily growing, slowly creeping across London and the next area to welcome the collection into their fold is Wimbledon Village. Taking over a former Barclays bank and with around 120 covers, The Ivy Café will be open 7 days a week for all-day dining. They really do mean all-day dining too, they’ll be serving up breakfast, brunch, elevenses, snacks, lunch, cream tea, cocktails and dinner. One day we will manage every meal in one day… preparation starts now. You’ll find signature dishes like the shepherd’s pie: slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Keen’s Cheddar potato […]

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Sofitel St James Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

New? The tea is but the hotel opened back in 1923 Where? 6 Waterloo Pl, London SW1Y 4AN On the menu: In celebration of the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sofitel London St James has created a new afternoon tea menu and spa package inspired by the horticultural extravaganza. First Impressions: Sofitel London St James has a gentle air of luxury about it without being over powering. The spa area is simply glorious, spread across 3 floors and I feel relaxed just walking around soaking up the scents. Parts of the spa can be rented out for guests only like the Jacuzzi whereas treatments […]

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Openings & Launches

Rosa’s Thai Cafe Opens in Victoria

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, once just the place you passed through, Victoria is getting a restaurant revolution and another one to add to your list is the recently opened Rosa’s Thai Café. This is the seventh café for husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore and follows sites in Angel, Soho and Spitalfields. Like the others it’ll be serving up punchy Thai dishes made using British ingredients including British beef and lamb as well as Thai Basil grown in London, expect to find seasonal curries, zingy salads, soups and noodle stir-fries. On the drinks […]


The French Riviera Lands at The Mandeville

London is great for many reasons, you know that, we definitely know that, we don’t need to list them all. However, for now let’s just say one of the reasons we love London is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the time or money to get away you can still experience different cultures right on your door step- take for example The Mandeville and their fifth floor makeover which has come over all French Riviera on us. Haute couture fashion house, Christian Lacroix, (under the creative direction of Sacha Walckhoff) have been collaborating with Designers Guild since 2011 and […]

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