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Burlock: Cuban Nights

If you like rum and you like partying then you’re going to like Burlock. You do? Great, then let us proceed. Opening on 1st September between Marylebone and Mayfair, Burlock is a cavernous rum bar from The Breakfast Group. If the name sounds familiar then it’s because they’re the team behind the likes of Opium China Town and 68 & Boston. Looking to Havana’s golden age, the 1920s – 1940s and the Colonial style of the 20th century, the bar will feature a Grand House ‘veranda’ which you can book up for up to 40 of your pals and a Havana […]

Openings & Launches

Monmouth Kitchen: Peruvian and Italian Tapas

Following on from the relaunch of May Fair Kitchen, the team at Edwardian Hotels London are back with their next restaurant: Monmouth Kitchen. As the name suggests it’s opening on Monmouth Street. As the name doesn’t suggest it’s going to be a mix of Italian and Peruvian flavours and small plates. The 106-cover restaurant, which features a robata grill and open kitchen, will be serving up a selection of ceviche dishes including lobster ceviche and sea bass ceviche with avocado alongside signature dishes of smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho and pan-fried salmon with Calabrian chilli salsa. For pudding, expect […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Fragrance Meets Alcohol with Givenchy-Inspired Cocktails

“A delicate floral base with top notes of grapefruit” could as easily refer to a cocktail as it could a perfume and in this case it actually refers to both. Hotel Café Royal are teaming up with L’Atelier de Givenchy fine fragrances for a range of cocktails as exclusive and decadent as the fragrances themselves, available for just over a month in the hotel’s iconic Green Bar. Launching on the 22nd August, the ten cocktails have been expertly crafted by Bar Manager Derren King in close partnership with the team at Givenchy in order to achieve a full understanding of […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 19th-21st August

On the 10th January 1863, the world’s first underground railway opened in our fair city. 19th August 2016 will see the launch of the Night Tube. It’s almost here. No more excuses for not going out, because you can’t afford the taxi home. No more having to rush your last drink because you might miss the connection. To celebrate this weekend will see late night parties and inspired cocktails! If it doesn’t bother you because you live on one of the lines that isn’t opened then fear not we have day time parties, brunches, pop-ups and a whole lot of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Meatopia: Meat and Beer

Meat. Beer. Drink. Fire. Yeah, meat and beer, that’s right Meatopia is back for the fourth year in London and there is some rather exciting news. The weekend long affair is now starting on Friday night (2nd September) with a ‘Late Shift’ and there are still tickets. Kicking off the weekend, the Friday night offering will begin with DJ sets from Professor Green, Andy Smith (Portishead), MC Zani and Bass 6, DJ Tofu and Temple Funk Collective. Across the weekend you’ll also be able to see sets from Norman Jay MBE and Jazzy B (Soul II Soul). Of course though […]

Openings & Launches

BabaBoom: Bring on the Kebabs

We might not always admit it but if there is one food that we sometime just have to indulge in, it’s a kebab. Yes they might have the reputation of being the sort of food you get on a night out or at some motorway layby but now there is a new breed of kebab restaurant in London which is all about fast, healthy food, with big Middle Eastern flavours. And the next one to open is BabaBoom in Battersea. Opening next week, by Travis, Eve and Jono who have 30 years of experience between them, it’ll be taking Palomar, […]

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Galleria Campari on Tour: Cocktails and Art

When you can’t decide whether you dose of culture or just a few cocktails then we have just the ticket –an art exhibition all about cocktails and then the chance to drink cocktails…clever eh? Running now until the end of the year, the Galleria Campari on Tour exhibition will be making its London debut, housed at Osteria at the Barbican. Nine pieces of work will be on display, recounting the story of Campari from the start of the 20th century through modern and contemporary pieces created by international artists. There’ll be pieces from Marcello Nizzoli, who created the Post- Cubist […]

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Openings & Launches

Eneko at One Aldwych Opens

When a chef has 3 Michelin Stars to their name you can’t help but expect great things. What about if their restaurant is ranked 16th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants? How about if we add in that their bistro also has a Michelin Bib Gourmand? You’re going to expect something rather wonderful. We’re talking about chef Eneko Atxa (his restaurant is Azurmendi Bilbao and his bistrot is  Bistró Prêt  À  Porter) who has joined forces with Kostas  Sfaltos, the general manager of One Aldwych, to create Eneko at One Aldwych. The menu will be Atxa’s unpretentious take on traditional […]

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Reviews

Rosa’s Thai Cafe Review – What We Thought

New? The most recent venue in the Rosa’s Thai Cafe family, the Victoria site opened earlier this year – 8 years after husband and wife Saiphin and Alex ran a Thai street food stall on Brick Lane. Where? 25 Gillingham Street, Victoria, SW1V 1HN First Impressions: Our welcome was friendly and we were led through to a seat by the window which I would request to sit at again. Absolutely packed on the Thursday evening we went, you’d be disappointed had you not booked although if you were willing to wait ten minutes or so I’m sure they’d find space […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pay What You Like at Galvin at Windows

One of the big headaches about dining out is the bill. That innocent slip of paper so discreetly placed on the table, maybe with a chocolate to soften the blow. No matter how inevitable it is or how many times you’ve mentally tallied up your spend, it’s all too easy for those extra glasses of wine to add up – not to mention the creme brûlée you promised yourself (and your waistline) you’d avoid. X number of glasses of wine later and it’s not only you who is seeing double, yes the wine was good but your eyes don’t deceive […]

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Breakfast at Albion Clerkenwell Review – What We Thought

New? Albion opened its doors in Shoreditch in 2009 and has since opened in three more locations. Albion Clerkenwell is the largest of the restaurants with an even bigger menu. Where? 63 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5NP www.albion-uk.london On the Menu: This menu is quintessentially British, especially the breakfast menu: beans on toast, hollandaise, porridge, baps, Marmite – you name it. Divided up into sections of how each dish is prepared, choose from hot, on toast, baps, eggs, and my favourite, interlopers, which included avocado and poached eggs on toast or the hangover recovery sandwich. There is also an option to order from The Bakery, an in-house bakery […]

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Openings & Launches

Ultimate Gin and Tonics

Using just two ingredients (or more if you want to jazz it up), the humble gin and tonic is one of our favourite drinks both to make and well, to drink. Did you know, however, that it was first created as a medicine after the British Crown took governance of India and British immigrants started to be struck down by scurvy on the ships and malaria when they reached the tropical continents? This was because tonic back then was infused with quinine, an extract from the South American cinchona tree which was also known as the ‘fever tree’ as it helped […]

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