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Lee Bull Supper Club Review – What We Thought

New? Vintage Salt (formerly The Fish and Chip Shop) opened back in 2013 however the supper clubs only started last month.  Where?  Vintage Salt, 189 Upper Street, Islington N1 1RQ, www.vintagesalt.co.uk On the Menu: The three course menu changes weekly but will showcase some of Lee’s favourite dishes from across the Caprice Holdings group including The Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott’s. When we visited dishes included roasted cod with razor clam thermidor and shellfish dressing and roasted foie gras with apricot Gallette and bitter leaves.   First Impressions:  As with all supper clubs everyone was getting to know each other before […]

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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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Guides

25 of the Most Powerful Names in Social Media

In a world where popularity is measured by views, likes, comments and shares, brands are now turning more and more to bloggers and YouTube stars, relying on their millions of followers as an instant outreach. This new generation of stars are relatable and positive role models with new social media talent agencies popping up to represent them. We have rounded up 12 of the most powerful vloggers, bloggers and instagrammers in fashion and beauty, lifestyle and food and fitness who have turned their passions and daily life into lucrative careers.  

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Blakes Restaurant Review – What We Thought

New? It opened back in February of this year Where? Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, www.blakeshotels.com On the menu: Open throughout the day, we headed in the evening where Head Chef Peter Del Campo has created a Mediterranean inspired menu. The menu is extensive with dishes including dover sole with Amalfi lemon; black cod with courgette flower, miso and tahini and pappardelle rabbit ragu. There is also a good choice of sides with heritage tomatoes and basil, grilled sweet potato and sage and sautéed purple broccoli all on the menu. First Impressions: Blakes is hard to miss; as you walk up Roland […]

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15 Ace Ways to Celebrate Wimbledon

We’re into the second week of Wimbledon, and what a first week it’s been; we’ve said goodbye to both Garbiñe Muguruza and Novak Djokovic and it means that – if you believe the stats – roughly 13,ooo kilos of strawberries have already been eaten along with 3,500 litres of cream. You still have time to get get into the sporting spirit (strawberries and cream included), even if you don’t make it to the grounds. Check out 14 ace ways here:

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Texas Joe: All About the BBQ

The thing with London is that we’re very good at taking parts of other countries culture and cuisine the parts that we like and leaving the parts we aren’t too sure about. Take the US for example, we’re all on board the BBQ restaurants of Texas, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving if it means we can have a practise run at Christmas but we’ll politely decline Hershey’s – it just isn’t Cadburys. With today being Independence Day London is celebrating in full force and one place opening just in time is Texas Joe. Doing away with the American clichés that are so […]

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Culture

Couture Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

Who doesn’t carefully curate their outfit for a trip to The Savoy? Even more so when the visit in question is afternoon tea. The hotel’s historically fashionable credentials encourage even the most sartorially challenged amongst us to dig out our smartest shoes and now they are teaming up with British couturier, Suzie Turner to add another reason to give your new dress its debut outing. Twelve of Suzie Turner’s creations will be on display in The Savoy’s Thames Foyer on the first Wednesday of the month – a space which has seen numerous fashion shows in its time, including the critically […]

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Live Music and Late Night Dining at Sky Garden: No Ticket Required

Have you ever wanted to spend your weekend partying amongst the stars? No we don’t mean with A listers in an overpriced central London club, we mean 155 metres above street level, in the Sky Garden. Reinventing themselves as a late night destination, Sky Garden’s Sky Pod bar comes alive with live bands and DJ’s every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, long after the city workers in the streets below have shut down their computers. Whilst most bars with live music are either full by 6.30pm or the entry fee is the equivalent of two drinks (we know which we’d […]

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Foley’s Opens in Fitzrovia

If only somewhere served something like cornflake -crusted chicken – oh wait it does, it’s called Foley’s and it’s opening this Friday in…three guesses where? Yep, London’s new foodie scene – Fitzrovia. Following Foley’s Tasting Kitchen, a six- week residency under the arches at Shepherd’s Bush, this permanent offering on Foley Street will seat 70 across two floors. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant will feature an alfresco coffee bar, open kitchen and bar seating in the basement. There’ll also be a queuing counter where you can drink cocktails and graze on snacks until you can be seated. […]

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Get Summer Ready With the Wellness Experts

Back in deepest, darkest January, Sanderson worked with nutritionist Karen Cummings-Parker for the second year to create a menu to nourish our vitamin D-deprived bodies and, as they run their Wellbeing Package, this time around it’s all about getting ourselves ready for summer. The full package includes a treatment in the spa, an expert health consultation, healthy breakfast and, of course, a hotel stay to ensure you leave a new person – no dull, city skin or stressed frame of mind. Nutritionally turbo-charged foods on the Wellbeing menu include a frothy matcha green tea to boost metabolism, seaweed ‘super salad’ […]

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