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The Bloomsbury Club Bar Review – What We Thought

New? Yes, the bar only opened last month. Where?  Part of The Bloomsbury, the bar has its own entrance and sits beneath Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN, www.doylecollection.com On the menu: The drinks list is divided into three sections, the first being The Bloomsbury Set where you’ll find the key figures reimagined as cocktails take E.M Forster for example who makes an appearance as Haymans Old Tom Gin, Plymouth sloe gin and orange. The second set is the Time Honoured where you’ll find the likes of Gin and Milk and Hard Boiled and finally the Fine and […]

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Hatchetts: A Piece of London History

One of the most distinct characteristics of London is the mingling of modern components with cherished historic landmarks. Every street and building has a story, and while we may not be aware of each one, that does not discredit the role each structure has played in London’s illustrious past. Hatchetts cherishes the historical impact its namesake has made, and seems to pay homage to its deep history at every corner of the two-story establishment.  Hatchetts was originally a hotel and coffee house in Piccadilly that dates back to Dickens. The cellar bar beneath the hotel was once a waiting room for weary travelers en route […]

Openings & Launches

Rok Opens in Islington

Last summer Shoreditch saw the opening of Rok, a restaurant serving up Nordic influenced dishes and safe to say it was a success. So this summer they’re opening restaurant number two in Islington. Executive chef Matt Young will be overseeing the menu and the sixty cover restaurant will open with seasonal summer offerings which will feature classic dishes from their Shoreditch restaurant (such as duck with lingonberry bacon jam and wood smoked peach) as well as new dishes. These include mackerel with pickled onions and flamed crispbread; local grown guinea fowl with semi-cured pork belly and butter poached wild vegetables; […]

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Assado Review – What We Thought

New? Relatively new – it only opened in 2014. Where? 157 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XA, www.assado.co.uk On the menu: Pan-Indian cuisine with a few British curveballs thrown in like Assado crumb fried fish and chips. First Impressions: Very casual but smartly presented, the open plan kitchen reveals the chefs hard at work plus a Kamado grill and wood-burning ovens. This isn’t the kind of place you need to get dressed up for but the venue itself is anything but shabby. The Look: The front wall is made of glass, flooding the venue with light – when combined with the high ceilings it gives the restaurant […]

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Music and Film Festival at Backyard Cinema

Often one of the best things about a business is its story. Take Backyard Cinema, for example. The spectacular series of music and film screenings first started as a homemade project in a backyard garden and has grown into one of London’s most recognised cinema experiences and now Backyard Cinema is returning to the cobbled streets of Camden this August for a fourth year. So grab a bean bag and your favourite craft beer and prepare yourself for an extra special cinema experience, with the perfect combination of hard-hitting biographies, live concerts and featured films. Of course not being an ordinary cinema, they’re not […]

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Darwin Launches Freakshakes

It’s time to look to the heavens and thank the food lords, or in this case, Darwin, which is 36 floors up in the sky (Sky Garden to be precise), as yet more delicious Freakshakes have hit the menus of London. This time appearing on Darwin’s new brunch menu alongside bottomless bloody Marys and Prosecco, will be the increasingly popular Freakshakes in three new flavours. The Freak Dough is a moreish shake of salted caramel with a whole doughnut perched on the rim in case you were craving that extra sugar kick; Freakin’ Macaroons, is a tropical mix of coconut […]

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Peyotito: Refined Mexican Cuisine

Long gone are the days of gimmicky sombreros and rainbow ponchos tacked onto the walls, as sophisticated, modern Mexican restaurants are beginning to make their welcome debuts into the London foodie scene. A far cry from the typical ‘Tex-Mex’ cuisine, refined Mexican menus, such as the one at new restaurant Peyotito, are transforming the way the capital views Mexican food in the most positive of ways. And thankfully, tequila is still a staple.  Peyotito is launching as a local stalwart in the heart of Notting Hill situated in a light, intimate and casual surrounding… You’ll find it by the neon […]

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The Art of Dining: 7 Restaurants With Amazing Art

Nowadays, the boundary between food and wine is becoming increasingly blurred – if the food itself isn’t worthy of a photo then the restaurant’s interior design probably is. If you want more from your meal than just a full stomach and slightly lighter wallet then why not visit one of the restaurants below, who each have as much of name for themselves in the art world as they do in the restaurant world. From iconic Damien Hirst installations to masterpieces from old Scottish masters, read on to see where you can get a dose of art with your starter – no […]

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Openings & Launches

Carve: Redefining Roasts

The humble British carvery is getting a makeover this summer in the form of Carve which will be coming to Tooley Street soon. Created by Daniel Bear, the founder of Euphorium Bakery, Carve will be redefining the roast with their guilt-free, high-protein carve pots…(that said we’re yet to feel guilty about having a roast). Big on flavour the carve pots will be made from meat, fish and tofu slabs which are hand-carved, pulled and prepped on a special raised carving podium. Rather than Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese they’ll be served with superfoods, spices, relishes and roots – so you’ll […]

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Punk Film Screenings with Doc’n Roll at W Hotel

When you think of punk, W London may not be your first thought but don’t let the hotel’s sleek exterior fool you, underneath it all they’re as punk as Sid Vicious – sort of. As the UK celebrates 40 years of punk, W London is taking us back to the start with a series of film screenings in the ultimate surrounds of their 38-seater, state-of-the-art Screening Room. The 5 documentaries available for viewing will include Julien Temple’s ‘The Filth & The Fury: Sex Pistols’, an eye-opening story about the band’s early days, through their rise to fame and notorious downfall, and […]

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The Handbook Meets: Romuald Feger, Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel London Park Lane

Behind every great restaurant is of course a great chef and heading up the kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel London, Park Lane is Executive Chef Romuald Feger. He joined the team at the end of last year with more than 20 years of experience working in some of the finest restaurants in the world such as Hôtel-Restaurant Le Cerf in Marlenheim and The Connaught in London. We caught up with him to talk about mistaking truffles for rubbish, food trends and the pancakes at Farm Girl. What is your earliest cooking memory? When I first started my apprenticeship I […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

18 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in June

Somehow we are already half way through the year – 2016 where are you going? As we say goodbye to June and everything it’s brought with it (mainly rain) we’re looking back at some of the top restaurants and bars that have opened in our fine city this month.  100 Islington Road The second restaurant from the team who opened 100 Hoxton, the menu features Middle Eastern and Asian flavours with dishes including courgette and haloumi fritter with lemon yoghurt and  chargrilled lamb belly, aubergine, burnt goats cheese, pine nuts, green tahini and harissa. www.100restaurants.co.uk Ahi Poke Jeremy Coste, Gabriel […]

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