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Strut & Cluck: Turkey 365

Chicken is a big deal in London, whether it’s grilled on a robata, served as wings or deep fried with a bucket of chips and eaten at the end of a night – however it is we love it. What about turkey though? It doesn’t get much love January to November. That’s all to change though with the opening of Strut & Cluck. Launching next month in Shoreditch it follows a successful Shoreditch residency and will see husband and wife team Limor and Amir champion their hero ingredient, free-range turkey, in Eastern Mediterranean dishes. Marinated for 24 hours in the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets: John Whaite

We can’t quite believe it’s been 4 years since John Whaite won the final showstopper challenge in The Great British Bake Off with his ‘Heaven and Hell’ creation. He’s been pretty busy since then, with a cookery school in Lancashire and three books under his belt. His most recent, Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients steers away from baking, proving he’s no one trick pony. At the start of May, John launched an afternoon tea he designed for The Royal Horseguards Hotel in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. We caught up with the Greenwich resident to see what he loves about London, how […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar

Summer is approaching, and with it the season of outdoor parties, barbeques and, of course, cocktails. When it comes to cocktails, everyone at the party thinks theirs are the best, but no one has ever really learnt, and just ends up chucking ingredients into a mixer and hoping for the best. Well, now’s your chance to buck that trend thanks to the Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar, who are offering up the chance to learn from a pro on May 24th.  Bar manager and cocktail mastermind Ben Manchester will be teaching guests how to mix up a whole host […]

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Rawligion: Eat Raw

London’s health revolution is less of a trend now, it’s more just a way of life. Sure, we eat 2,000 calorie Freakshakes (or we Instagram them and pretend we do) and, yes, we still indulge in doughnut burgers and 20” pizzas but we like to think that for the majority of the time cold-pressed juices, superfoods and sweet potatoes make up the menu. One person aiming to make it easier for Londoners to incorporate healthy food into their diets is ex-professional poker player John Tabatabai, who is opening Rawligion – a raw focused restaurant on Tottenham Street. We’re not going […]

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Openings & Launches

The Switch House Opens at Tate Modern

Each year around 5 million visitors walk through the Tate Modern’s doors – that’s a lot of eyes on the art and a lot of mouths to feed. Next month will see the opening of the Switch House, a Herzog & de Meuron designed, ten story building that will be home to a variety of new spaces, including a panoramic roof terrace and restaurant.   Level 1 will be home to a hundred -seater Switch House Bar; on level 8 will see the new members’ room, a 150 cover fine-dining Switch House Restaurant will sit on level 9 and on […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 20th – 22nd May

If the current forecast is anything to go by, the weekend will start off wet with the sun coming out on Sunday. Just as well there are lots of indoor events going on on Saturday, with an overriding foodie theme (you know we love our food). It’s World Whisky Day on Saturday too so we trust you will celebrate appropriately. Fingers crossed it stays bright for Sunday evening’s outdoor concert with the London Symphony Orchestra in Trafalgar Square… Read on for our guide to the weekend.

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Urban Axe Throwing Hits London

London has seen some pretty crazy trends; dining while suspended hundreds of feet in the air, playing volleyball with Tom Cruise and drive in film clubs but this latest one is like nothing London’s ever seen before. There’s no subtle way to lead into it so we’ll just say it: Axe. Throwing. Yes. Throwing axes. The trend has been around for a while now, with Canadian lumberjacks forming leagues and competing in the sport, and the crazy founders of Whistle Punks, Jools Whitehorn and John Nimmons, have decided it’s about time us Brits got a taste of the action. The claim that […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Michelin Standard Chef Can Cook at Your Party

You never really associate chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants with event caterers but the recent appointment of Chris Johns as Head Chef of boutique party planners Alexander & Björck is about to change all that. Formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Antidote in Soho, Chris is bringing his skill to corporate and private events across London and beyond. Think seriously impressive party food: no mini burgers here (unless you want them). Instead, your guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over mini strawberry shortcakes and savoury mini Cornetto cones – a group will form by the kitchen door in no time. Drinks aren’t […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 Ways to Celebrate London Wine Week

‘Beer is made by men, wine by God!’ or so said German monk and theologian, Martin Luther, apparently. Why are we telling you this? Well, next week is the third London Wine Week – seven days to celebrate the very best, with over 500 different wines to try in LWW Flights, unique tasting events and banquets. You don’t have to try and pretend you know about wine, you just need to like it and who knows maybe by the end you might venture away from the bottle you always choose. Here are some of the places we think you should […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Shoreditch’s Secret Terrace BBQ

Tucked away on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road is the suitably discreet entrance of BL-NK’s outdoor terrace. Despite what the drizzle has you believing, Summer is around the corner so BL-NK are firing up their BBQ and chilling the rosé, ready for Thursday’s all day launch party of their new summer menu. Open from 8 till 8, swing by for freshly made croissants (if it’s raining) and granola with seasonal stewed fruits (if it’s a bit sunnier). For lunch, food suppliers Canababes will have their Babe Bowls ready to take back to your desk or enjoy on the terrace. 5.30pm is when […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Sipsmith’s Summer Gin Cocktail Masterclasses

Back in January, we were sitting on a fairy lit terrace beneath the stars of Soho, armed with steaming glasses of hot gin cocktails. Our love of Sipsmith Gin has remained firm since their brief stint on the rooftop of The Ham Yard Hotel but, since then, unless you spot the swan bottle on a backbar or make your own G&Ts at home (and they’re never quite as good as when the pros do them) there was a distinct lack of Sipsmith in our lives. Until now. Partnering up with the swanky Met Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Sipsmith are […]

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Openings & Launches

The Ivy Café Opens in Wimbledon

The Ivy Collection’s empire is steadily growing, slowly creeping across London and the next area to welcome the collection into their fold is Wimbledon Village. Taking over a former Barclays bank and with around 120 covers, The Ivy Café will be open 7 days a week for all-day dining. They really do mean all-day dining too, they’ll be serving up breakfast, brunch, elevenses, snacks, lunch, cream tea, cocktails and dinner. One day we will manage every meal in one day… preparation starts now. You’ll find signature dishes like the shepherd’s pie: slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Keen’s Cheddar potato […]

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