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Late Night Dining and Complimentary Nightcaps at 34 Mayfair

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of a great night; great company, great drinks, great venue, but suddenly you realise everyone else has left and the waiters are very much ready to go home – they’ve all but put their coats on. There’s nothing quite like it to prematurely end your night, or test your knowledge of late night venues in the area that 1) isn’t ridiculously expensive for entry alone and 2) has the exact vibe you are after – not too clubby, not too sleepy. The solution for such a predicament is 34 Mayfair. The perfect spot […]

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The Italian Job Review – What We Thought

Outside of the hustle and bustle of central London, in the quiet suburb of Chiswick, lives The Italian Job. A small, quaint and quiet Italian restaurant and bar offering burgers, a range of small, sharing-style plates and wine; the true Italian way. Upon walking in the first thing I noticed was the decoration. Very minimalist and rustic; with bare brick walls, wood panelling floors and mosaic tiles on the bar, you certainly feel as though you could have walked in off the backstreets of Italy. Due to its small size, however, tables are grouped rather close together giving the restaurant […]

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Live DJs, Fried Chicken and Cocktails

Creme Eggs are in the shops which means one thing and one thing only: it’s nearly Easter. Chocolate replaces anything remotely healthy for our 4pm pick-me-up and plans for our 4-day weekend are firmly in place. Well, almost – getting 6 free spirited Londoners to commit to hiring a cottage in deepest darkest Somerset is no easy feat. Something slightly easier to commit to is this Wednesday evening – Hip Hop and RnB at Billy and the Chicks, Soho. If the name Billy and the Chicks isn’t Easter-y enough, we can now hip hop over to their chicken restaurant in […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

7 Craic-ing Ways to Celebrate St Paddy’s Day

Of all the days dedicated to patron saints, it’s St Patrick’s Day that everyone seems to get excited about. Maybe it’s something to do with the Guinness, maybe it’s to do with the whisky, the carb-laden Colcannon or the all round good craic. Whatever it might be, if you haven’t sorted your plans for Thursday check out some of the ideas below and make sure you have your hangover cures at the ready for Friday. 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Real Greek Gastronomic Feast

Tzaziki, lamb kofta, moussaka, calamari, feta, olive oil with… everything. Greek cuisine has to be up there with the best holiday food, and no matter how many times you desperately try to conjure up a Greek salad in your kitchen, it just doesn’t compare to the time you ate it with salty hair and sandy feet on a Greek island. Until now. Five chefs from one of Athens’ best-loved restaurants, Cookoovaya, are flying to London for a one-off dining experience to be held in The Real Greek’s Bankside location – with names like Spyros, Manos, Nikos, Vangelis and Pericles you […]

Openings & Launches

Obica: Mozzarella Bar Opens

Here’s some news to brighten up your Monday morning, on Wednesday Obica will be opening its London flagship in St Paul’s –  if you haven’t heard of Obica they’re basically the kings of mozzarella, pizza and Italian delicacies – and there are far worse things to be kings of.  Focusing on fresh, seasonal, organic produce and traditional Italian regional cuisine dishes will include the likes of Tartare di Tonno: knife-cut Ahi tuna, prepared with Taggiasche olives, pantelleria capers, heirloom tomatoes, lime, chives and avocado purée; Branzino: sea bass with Solfino white beans, seasonal vegetables and roasted Datterini tomatoes and Ravioli […]

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Balans Soho Society Review – What We Thought

London is full of restaurants. It’s a fact that can’t be escaped and around every corner is a new opening, renovation or long-standing ‘jewel of the city’. The spread is broad; Italian, French, Chinese, Lebanese, Japanese…. But how many are simple and satisfying British restaurants? Not many, that’s for sure. So thank goodness for Balans Soho Society! Situated right on Kensington High Street and offering a large selection of simple and satisfying British food, Balans is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike. As you enter the dimly lit restaurant one thing stands out like a beacon – the large […]

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Openings & Launches

Black Rock: Whisky For All

Whisky: it’s one of those Marmite drinks. You either fall in the ‘I know everything there is to know about whisky, I have those special whisky ice rocks and can only drink certain types’ camp, or you fall in the ‘I don’t really know anything about it, I once had it at Christmas and it burnt my throat and never again’ camp. Which is why this month, Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson (the duo behind London’s Worship Street Whistling Shop and drinks brand Asked Stephenson) are opening a new subterranean Shoreditch 250-bottle whisky bar, Black Rock. Their aim is to […]

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Bodean’s Launch BBQ Brunch

Informing you of London’s exciting new brunches isn’t exactly new to us. Brunch is such a fantastic, magical meal that we feel everyone should be made aware of. Usually they involve salmon, eggs benedict, a croissant or two… but now for something completely different. Bodean’s are bring a touch of Kansas City and the smoky barbecue flavours of America’s Midwest to their Old Street restaurant, with their brand new Brunch-B-Que. We’re talking Texas-smoked beef sausages, oak-smoked bacon, seasoned fries… forget all you know about a classic English fry up, this is a Kansas City smoke-up. Fear not though, for those of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 of London’s Top Dim Sum Restaurants

Did you know ‘Dim Sum’ simply translates to ‘Touch the Heart’? See, you learn something new every day… Whether you’re looking for an informal place to tuck into your bamboo baskets, or somewhere a little bit special, we have rounded up our five of our favourite dim sum restaurants in London.

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‘The Raw Chef’ Hosts Supper Club at Tiny Leaf

Food with the word ‘tiny’ associated to it wouldn’t normally sound that appealing but when the tiny in question is Tiny Leaf, the new organic, zero waste restaurant in Notting Hill, we’re all ears. Formerly associated with hippies in hot countries and people whose ovens have broken, raw food is now widely noted for it’s health benefits, not to mention one hell of a jaw workout. Although Tiny Leaf isn’t exclusively raw, it is vegetarian. Enter Russell James, the UK’s leading ‘raw chef’ as he hosts a series of raw, plant-based supper clubs at Tiny Leaf, beginning this Friday. For […]

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Openings & Launches

Cottons Restaurant: A Slice of the Caribbean in London

You know what we could really do with a good old dose of? Sun, balmy temperatures and holiday to a paradise-esque island. Of course money and time stands in our way. So we’ll have to suffice with a little slice of sunshine in London with the announcement that next month will see the opening of the third Cottons Caribbean restaurant and Rhum Shack. Following the first two restaurants in Camden and Shoreditch, the third offering, which will be the flagship venue is opening in Notting Hill and will be home to the largest rum collection in the UK – we’re […]

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