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What To Do This Weekend: 12th – 13th March

With a week as rainy as this, it’s hard to believe that Spring is, in fact, on it’s way. Until then, weekend events are taking place firmly under a warm roof – one big warm roof, to be precise; Cocktails in the City and Affordable Art Fair, we’re looking at you. With 1,100 artists exhibiting at the Battersea art fair and 20 bars with their own ‘pop-ups’ at One Mayfair’s Cocktails in the City, it’s as good a weekend as any to embrace this limbo between winter and spring. Drury Lane’s Jar Kitchen this week celebrated its 1st birthday, Ember Yard and sister restaurant, […]

Reviews

The Montagu Haute Tea Review – What We Thought

In celebration of last month’s London Fashion Week, The Montagu is serving up a Haute Tea, an afternoon tea which takes inspiration from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy to reimagine their classic pieces as cakes and biscuits. The china was more reminiscent of the sorts you might find at a WI tea party – floral and bordering on chintzy I was expecting, sleek, plain and well in honour of the tea more stylish. They didn’t stick to the obvious sandwiches to start with though, which I welcomed; the standard cream cheese and smoked salmon was reimagined […]

Openings & Launches

Bob Bob Exchange: Press for Champagne

Leonid Shutov, the man who gave us Bob Bob Ricard and those legendary ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons, has chosen the site for his second restaurant and it’s none other than Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partner’s designed The Leadenhall Building… If that seems rather anticlimactic, then how about if we were to call it by its nickname ‘The Cheese Grater’ – you know that slanted building, the tallest in the City and the one that resembles, well a cheese grater. Opening Spring 2017 with the working title of Bob Bob Exchange or BBX the restaurant will take up residence on the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Urban Coterie Launch Bottomless Brunch

We’ll never tire of brunch, that meal where it is totally acceptable to drink at 11am (you couldn’t do that if you were just having breakfast), where you can eat blueberries and waffles (can’t do that at lunch) and then scrambled eggs just because you can. As we say, it’s the best. This weekend will see the launch of Urban Coterie’s new bottomless brunch which includes three courses and unlimited Mimosas. Created by Anthony Demetre and Head Chef Killian Lynch the menu will include everything from scrambled duck eggs with smoked salmon and French toast with mascarpone and blueberries to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

An Evening of Gin: Distillery to Dinner

London pub The Lady Ottoline is joining up with the City of London Distillery to offer guests a unique evening based around our favourite spirit; gin. The city’s long and colourful history with the drink shows no signs of slowing down or falling out of favour any time soon – if gin is your tipple of choice, this is an event for you. Before you get your hands on your first G&T, guests will be led round the City of London Distillery, which is on nearby Farringdon Street. Back in the height of London’s gin obsession there was a gin […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Courses, 7 Top London Chefs

If ‘7 courses’ doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. If, however, you’re not quite ready to sign on the dotted line and hand your money over, let us tell you a little more. FoodCycle is a British charity which makes use of spare kitchen spaces and surplus food to create nutritious meals for people living in food poverty. In a city with thousands of restaurants it’s all too easy to forget food poverty is very real and a lunchtime visit to Pret is often the closest we get to donating surplus food (Pret donate unsold food at the […]

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Reviews

Crab Tavern Review – What We Thought

Broadgate Circle on a Thursday night is buzzing. A strong ratio of ten suited males to every female, each celebrating the imminent end of the week and this city hub is as good a place as any to head for a well-earned drink or two and a meal to line the stomach. As someone who doesn’t work in a glass skyscraper, I always love visiting the area, and on this occasion I couldn’t help feeling envious of the huge range of bars and restaurants in such a confined area; Jose Pizarro, Yauatcha, Franco Manca – they’re all here. Busiest of all? […]

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Openings & Launches

BAO To Open in Fitzrovia

If you can, cast your mind forward to May, when we’ll have light evenings, warm temperatures (don’t quote me on that), the cold, dark winter will be a distant memory and the second BAO will open. Having opened their first permanent restaurant in Soho after having a market stall in Netil Market, Erchen Chang and siblings Shing and Wai Ting Chung will be joining the ever popular Fitzrovia as the second BAO will launch on Windmill Street. Occupying a bigger site than the first means that the new restaurant will have an extended menu and a new bar element.  Designed […]

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News

The Inner Circle: Bringing Online Dating to the Offline

Bumble, Tinder, Happn, The Grade (which sounds terrifying to us): whichever dating app is your weapon of choice, do you not sometimes just feel bored by it all? The endless swiping, the conversations that seem to trail off halfway through and the dates which amount to nothing, once you realise that your match may have gone a little too heavy on the old filters. The guys who set up The Inner Circle share your thinking – they realised it was quality, not quantity that counted; that however many photos you scroll through it’s not going to be the same as meeting someone […]

Reviews

Gyoza Bar Review – What We Thought

Perusing back over the menu at Gyoza Bar is like a fond trip down memory lane where I get to relive all of the delicious items I had previously devoured much too quickly, wishing I’d savoured the moment slightly more. Every dish that came out ranged from good to great with no duds available, a good reflection on the style of food and attitude from Gyoza Bar. The food is severely underrated here and fits in well with the nonchalant look of the restaurant which features wooden floors, simple tables and warm open brick walls. The dishes come out when ready […]

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