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Urban Coterie’s Bottomless Brunch Review: What We Thought

New?  It opened last November so not brand spanking but they have just launched their bottomless brunch and May will see the opening of their members’ club. Where?  17th Floor of M by Montcalm, 151-157 City Road, EC1V 1JH On the menu:  If you’re heading for brunch then expect to find classic dishes such as sardines and avocado on toast, waffles and bacon and puddings including Anthony Demetre’s signature custard tart. First Impressions: Knowing that the City can be a bit of a ghost town at the weekend and one of my fears being eating in an empty restaurant (I […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Top Venues for Live Music

With so much going on in the Big Smoke, it’s easy to forget that London is one of the best places for live music in the world. But you don’t have to splash out at the O2 or Wembley to get some groove in you. There are heaps of bars, pubs and clubs featuring live music all year round, from earthy folk to soulful blues. Here are eight of the best venues for live music:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Southbank’s Street Food Party

Birthday? Anniversary? Street festival? Whatever you want to call it, Southbank Centre Food Market is celebrating its 1st birthday; it’s a party and we want to be there. Celebrating the first year of showcasing London’s best street food, expect a fun-filled evening featuring fantastic live music and hilarious improvised poetry by award-winning Alex Gwyther. Attendees can look forward to an array of old-time Southbank favourites as well as limited edition street food, including satisfying savoury snacks, refreshing juices, craft beers, fine wines and cake (there had better be cake). Having drawn crowds from across the city for the past year, we are expecting […]

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Dans le Noir? Review – what we thought

When I first heard about Dans le Noir? I was intrigued and then slightly apprehensive. I love the London eating scene with all its quirks, from the finest, high end dining to the most outlandish pop ups but I am always on the lookout for a new experience and Dans le Noir? certainly offers that. The venue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is renowned for pushing the boundaries of modern dining as it entirely removes one of the senses. Diners are immersed into a pitch black room where not even a pin prick of light survives. Blind waiters […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Award-Winning Pizza Comes to Sheperd’s Bush

From a kiosk in Brixton and a truck around town – until now that’s how you got your hands on Made of Dough’s award-winning Neapolitan pizza. Whilst the most mouthwatering and gloriously photogenic food does often start on the street, it’s always reassuring to hear that they’ve hit the big time (so to speak) and secured a permanent site. Although Made of Dough won’t be trading their kiosk for bricks and mortar till summer, we are having a slightly longer term fix of them when they start a 6 week residency at Market Yard Kitchen from today. We’ve written about Market […]

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Ember Yard Breakfast Review – What We Thought

Unless you’re willing to queue north of 45-minutes, forget having tapas at Ember Yard on a Friday night. If, however, you’re tired of hollandaise and bottomless bellinis have you groaning “not another bottomless brunch” then Ember Yard’s new breakfast offering is well worth a visit. Trademark Spanish and Italian tapas and charcuterie, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not breakfast fare at all, but the occasional poached egg and addition of cold-pressed juices to the menu reminds you it is, in fact, 11am on a Saturday. One green and one purple juice kept us going whilst we browsed the menu. Imaginative […]

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Openings & Launches

KOJAWAN: Genuinely Inauthentic

Time for a geography question, do you know the capitals of South Korea, Japan and Taiwan? If not, get to Google now. The reason why we’re asking? Because KOJAWAN (KOrea, JApan, TaiWAN is launching at the start of April and it’s going to be serving soul food from these three nation’s capitals  (Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei if you haven’t got to Google yet). Found at the top of the 23rd floor of London’s Hilton Metropole, KOJAWAN is a futuristic izakaya (they’re Japanese gastropubs), think hi-tech furnishings, sci-fi materials, manga graphics, art installations and a unique, retro-modern vibe. It’s going to […]

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Hotels

9 of the Most Stylish Hotels

It’s rare you stay in a hotel and don’t want to steal the perfectly plump pillows, Egyptian cotton bedsheets and designer toiletries (OK maybe we’re guilty of the last one) but with no expense spared access to the best interior designers in town they generally succeed in making hotels places we never want to leave. You are spending hundreds of pounds a night so you would hope it’s the comfiest, most luxurious night’s sleep you’ve ever had – and more than just a one-size-fits-all approach to furnishing. Here is our pick of the most stylishly designed hotels in town. Suite dreams indeed.

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Openings & Launches

Blades Opens at Hush

James Bond aficionados now is your time to shine, can you tell us what Blades has to do with 007?… Yes you’re right it was the private member’s club that M belonged to, if you got that right here’s a virtual high five. It’s also the name for Mayfair restaurant, Hush’s new dining space, because as founder Jamie Barber says “I have always referred to Hush as a private member’s club you don’t have to be a member of, and Blades is the ultimate expression of that,” Inspired by the glamourous age of Mayfair from the 1960s, (Hush looks into […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hawksmoor Turns 10

10 years is a vast amount of time. Think back to 2006 and the event seem more than distant and many have been all but forgotten about. A decade ago MySpace was America’s most visited website (yes, ahead of Google) and Facebook became accessibly to anyone over 13. Footballer Zinedine Zidane caused controversy by head-butting someone on the football pitch and Justin Timberlake dropped Sexyback, arguably the greatest song of all time. 2006 was also the year that a couple of old school friends stumbled across a boarded up kebab shop and, as many do, planned to open their first […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London Coffee Festival Returns

It’s Monday morning which means one thing – nothing is getting done until we’ve had our coffee. In fact, that’s pretty much our daily mantra. And this love is nothing new, as early as the 1600s London was home to coffee houses where Londoners would meet to debate, gossip and sort out business matters. Safe to say that the coffee scene is still strong in London, it is after all home to the largest coffee festival. Taking place on the 7th -10th April at The Old Truman Brewery the London Coffee Festival is a must for any coffee aficionados or […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Blues Kitchen’s Rib Fest

Made your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend yet? Decided what you’re going to do for that wonderful extra day on Monday? If you haven’t we have something for you, if you have, it’s time to cancel them. Starting on 28th March and running until the 31st March The Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane is going to become your one stop shop and holy grail for all things ribs related as they launch Rib Fest 2016.  Pitmasters from London’s street food scene and award-winning chefs from the US will be taking up residency outside the Brixton Blues and firing up […]

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