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The Piano Works NYE Party

We’ve already done guides to the best places to head for New Year’s Eve feasts and parties but if you’re still stuck for ideas then here’s another to consider… The Piano Works in Farringdon is the place for civilised live music and a late night – normally the two don’t mix so well but here they do, and not only that but an ensemble of two grand pianos, drums, guitar, horn and backing singers perform nothing but songs requested by the audience, all night long. A refreshing change from DJs who glare as you request Justin Bieber for the forth […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Look Back at the Foodie Highlights of 2015

Whilst we’re always told to keep looking forward – must.keep.moving. – it’s as customary at this time of year to make resolutions for the year ahead as it is to reflect on the previous 12 months. At points this year (September in particular) we could barely keep up with the volume of quality restaurant openings in the city. But we managed, and as things begin to slow down now, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the biggest foodie trends of 2015. Many restaurants are now on so many people’s lips that they feel as though they’ve been around for […]

Reviews

Urban Meadow Review – What We Thought

I thought Urban Meadow, the cafe and bar in Bayswater, looked like the perfect Saturday pit stop, so when I was invited down to try it out what better time than lunchtime on a day of *intense* Christmas shopping. When we visited it was looking very festive, even though I had expected, (name to blame), for it to be more of a summery venue. It had actually been transformed into a ‘winter meadow’ with fairy lights and white twigs aplenty. The ceiling is adorned with big copper leaves and a big terrace along the front of the restaurant was made […]

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Reviews

Urban Meadow Review – What We Thought

I thought Urban Meadow, the cafe and bar in Bayswater, looked like the perfect Saturday pit stop, so when I was invited down to try it out what better time than lunchtime on a day of *intense* Christmas shopping. When we visited it was looking very festive, even though I had expected, (name to blame), for it to be more of a summery venue. It had actually been transformed into a ‘winter meadow’ with fairy lights and white twigs aplenty. The ceiling is adorned with big copper leaves and a big terrace along the front of the restaurant was made […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Midnight Ball

If you want to start 2016 with a little more decadence than usual and you don’t want to be stuck in the cold with all the drunk revellers queuing for the club then we have just the party for you. The latest soiree from party aficionados Bourne and Hollingsworth is The Midnight Ball. A magical, majestic affair taking place in a secret, renovated church hidden in amongst the skyscrapers guests will be welcomed by a horse drawn carriage that will giving rides around the  abandoned square.  Inside you’ll be met with a candelabra-lit, marble-lined grand hall, the perfect setting for […]

Openings & Launches

Mr Bao Opens

The streets of Peckham, Rye Lane in fact, will soon be home to a new Taiwanese restaurant, Mr Bao. Founded by Frank Yeung and Nick Birkett they’ll be joined by ex- Taiwanese military chef John Huang to bring the fresh flavours of Taiwan and those fluffy buns of goodness, bao. Highlights from the menu are said to include 24 hour slow braised pork belly with fresh roasted peanuts and sticky homemade hoisin in a bao bun, homemade chive and prawn dumplings, Millionaire’s bacon ribs  and Bao S’Mores with marshmallow and honeycomb ice cream. Come the weekend they’ll be open for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Searcys afternoon tea review – what we thought

The Gherkin has been going for a while now and yet somehow I never managed to get myself in gear and make it over; well all that changed recently with the launch of their Christmas afternoon tea in Searcys. Located at the very top of the building, I had some brief vertigo as the dome of glass surrounds you giving you full viewing access.The inside was supposed to have been transformed into a winter wonderland, akin to a snow globe, but besides from a couple of Christmas trees and some pretty table ornaments, it looked much like normal restaurant – […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Festive Brunch at Tom’s Kitchen

If the abundance of festive dinners in London don’t take your fancy and you’re one of those people who saves turkey for The Big Day itself, Tom’s Kitchen have thought of you with their latest offering; a big old festive brunch. Not every dish is strictly festive so don’t anticipate cranberries on your porridge and sprouts on your benedict. Instead, expect an extra special spin on our midday favourites; the humble but ever-appetising benedict has been given two new leases of life. The first is Cornish lobster and crab benedict with chilli and coriander hollandaise and the second, with duck […]

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Openings & Launches

First Aid Box Opens

We all know that drinking whisky is supposed to help a cold and that a G&T is a really good way to cure a headache (if it’s of the hangover variety of course). Ok, it might not be quite what the doctor orders but this certainly is. Opening on Friday is First Aid Box, a new bar in Herne Hill from the duo behind drinks consultancy Salts of the Earth and Brixton bar, Shrub & Shutter – Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza. Throughout the day they’ll be serving up Alchemy coffee and fresh juice and come the evening they’ll be […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brindisa’s Calçotada Celebrations

If you know what Calçotada is then we’re very impressed. We’ve got to say we had no idea but extensive professional research means we can enlighten you too; the calçotada is a Catalan winter food festival celebrating the harvest of calçot (giant spring onions). A festival involving food, we’re interested. A good old Spanish excuse to eat, drink and celebrate with friends, Calçotada tends to get messy. Giant spring onions are chargrilled and dipped in Romesco sauce and along with red wine, poured into guests mouths from a height – cue laughter and messy faces. Such an authentic celebration can […]

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