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Openings & Launches

Tabun Kitchen Opens

The ‘tabun’ oven has been on the streets of Jerusalem since pre-Biblical times and yet it has only reached the streets of London this week…we have some catching up to do. Opening in Soho, Tabun Kitchen will use founder, Hanan Kattan’s, family recipes to bring authentic, quick and affordable Middle Eastern dishes. Having grown up in a Palestinian family in Jordan, Hanan knows all about the importance of home-cooked food and good hospitality and will be bringing that to Berwick Street.  The menu leads with wraps that are made from high protein flour making them easy to digest and light […]

Health & Wellness

Get Involved With Free Floating Yoga

You may have thought you had had enough of being surrounded by water what with the monsoon season we’ve inexplicably found ourselves in the last few months but instead of being wetted by above how about sitting serenely above the water? The Floating Classroom at Paddington Central will be transforming itself into a yoga haven for weekly classes beginning 26th July at 6pm. Away from the distraction of a normal gym, attendees will be able to exercise in a calm, serene atmosphere where your mind and body are given more of a chance to unwind compared to that of an overstimulated gym environment. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Source and Select Your Own Menu at Sanderson

During a stay at a five star hotel it goes without saying that you can get pretty much anything you want/need/desire with a single call to reception. Fresh towels? Absolutely. Breakfast in bed? Easy. But as your requests appear in your room you barely give a thought to the people behind the scenes who have made it happen. We’re not talking about the staff who wash the towels, we’re talking about the farmer who grew the spinach in your green juice and the fisherman who caught your salmon. Sanderson have a new Origins Package which gives producers and farmers the […]

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Openings & Launches

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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Reviews

OXBO Bankside Bottomless Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? OXBO Bankside is on the ground floor of the recently relaunched 5* Hilton Bankside hotel, which opened last year but the bottomless brunch menu launched in May. Where? OXBO Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, SE1 0UG, www.oxbobankside.co.uk  On the Menu: A classic British menu is inspired by the fresh produce of nearby Borough Market. Executive Chef, Paul Bates – formerly of the Intercontinental Park Lane and The Beaumont – has devised tempting all-day menus, with the Sunday Bottomless Brunch what we were there to try. Based around a ‘help-yourself’ area in front of the open kitchen, the selection […]

What to do This Weekend

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…

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Things to do Outdoors

Yoga with a View at Urban Coterie

While New Years’ resolutions have been decided and broken long ago, it’s never too late to find a reason to get some much needed exercise in. And while you’re at it, why not make your experience as enjoyable as possible by adding in epic views overlooking the London skyline and a gluten-free power breakfast crafted by a Michelin star chef? That’s what Urban Coterie is offering with their  ‘Yoga with a View’ class, and we’ve never been more excited to actually follow up with our vows to sweat more and eat better.  Urban Coterie is debuting its series of monthly ‘Yoga […]

Openings & Launches

London’s Panoramic Wedding Venue

Wedding season is well underway and as if picking a wedding venue wan’t enough there is also the engagement party, bridal party day out, hen do, stag do, pre-wedding dinner to find homes for… To think we struggle to decide where to spend our Friday night. Couples wanting to spend their big day in the big city can take inspiration from Carrie and Big and have their very own cosmopolitan nuptials – Vivienne Westwood dress optional, Big’s no-show certainly not. OXO2 in the OXO Tower are giving brides-to-be a chance to look around their space which is ideal for a […]

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Hotels

Le Méridien Piccadilly: French Riviera in London

Ah, the French Riviera. With its sparkling sea, blue skies, soaring mountains and vibrant colours it’s hard not to daydream of sneaking away to the Mediterranean paradise during your eight hours of being cooped up in a stuffy office with nothing to gaze out at but the dreary London “summer.” Lucky for us, Le Méridien Nice has been transported to Piccadilly this summer and is giving us our fix of nautical deckchairs, parasols and Mediterranean vistas.  Le Méridien Piccadilly is partnering with its sister hotel in Nice to bring the French Riviera to its Terrace Grill & Bar for three months of summer soirées. […]

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Openings & Launches

Mamie’s: Proper Crepes

They’re the fare of festivals, street feasts and often over-priced and a little mediocre in the centre of capital, thing is they’re just so darn delicious -the humble crêpe. Well now you’ll be able to eat crêpes and galettes in the centre of London and not just from the street side, as Mamie’s opens this month. Founded by Aymeric Peurois, who realised that Londoners need to do away with sorry excuses of crêpes and try the real deal,  Mamie’s will be serving up authentic crêpes across all three floors of its Covent Garden setting. If time isn’t on your side […]

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