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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:

Seasonal & Celebrations

11 Cracking Ways to Celebrate Easter

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that the majority of us have two four day weeks coming up! It’s a time to eat chocolate, welcome in Spring, spend time with your friends and family and celebrate Easter. So we’ve rounded up some of London’s most egg-citing, indulgent and alcoholic celebrations…

Openings & Launches

Santo Remedio: A Holy Remedy

It’s a new day, a new week and with it comes a new restaurant and today is the official opening of Santo Remedio in Shoreditch. It’s a Mexican restaurant but if you’re expecting burritos and fajitas then keep walking this isn’t the place for you. If however you want dishes inspired by Mexican street food and the cuisine of Mexico City, Oaxaca and Yucata then step right in. Using Mexican chillies and cooking techniques to marinate and slow-cook, they’ll be creating dishes such as chicken wings in mole negro, beef barbacoa: six hour slow cooked beef with chile ancho, pasilla […]

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Reviews

BRGR.CO Review – What We Thought

The first thing I noticed upon entering BRGR.CO is how it’s so unlike any other burger restaurant I’ve been in. Avoiding the rustic furnishing and dim lighting and instead opting for a sophisticated décor consisting of dark colours and exposed brick it’s easy to forget you’ve just walked into a burger restaurant. The narrow-but-high space has a feeling of elegance to it, with a mirror at the end of the room adding a feeling of openness. As we took our seats and quickly tucked into a Meantime beer courtesy of the attentive staff, we looked over the menu to see […]

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What to do This Weekend

How to Live Like a Local in: Camden

Ah Camden, home of the late, great Amy Winehouse, the lock and the market, where you’re as likely to find a punky studded tartan miniskirt as you are deep fried Oreos. Cultures collide and the result? Mouthwatering street food, quirky bars and artisanal coffee shops, all in a few square miles. We’ve tried to avoid the obvious hangouts (Koko, Proud, Barfly) but don’t think that means we’re not fans. Let us know your favourites!

Openings & Launches

Savini at Criterion: Milan’s Famous Restaurant

One can boast diners such as Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra and the other is the iconic site where Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson and today sees the two collide as Milan’s most famous restaurant, Savini opens at Criterion. Owned by the Gatto Family, Savini is known for producing everything by hand, from the bread to the pasta to the biscuits and Savini at Criterion will be no different, serving up an authentic Italian menu using the finest seasonal ingredients. Open from 8am, during the day Savini at Criterion acts as a Grand Café, a restaurant for lazy breakfasts, […]

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Ma’Plucker Review – What We Thought

Chicken restaurants are rife in London. In certain areas it seems like every other shop is either selling fried chicken or a Nando’s. To be honest, it gets a little boring. If only there was a place you could go and enjoy tasty chicken in a restaurant that doesn’t look like the waiting room of a train station and that didn’t leave you soaked in fryer grease and regret. Enter Ma’Pluckers. Walking into the restaurant feels like entering an endearing pop-up. Posters containing the menu hang from pieces of wood screwed into the wall and the wooden stools and tables […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Botanist Launch Bottomless Prosecco After Dark

The City itself must be the only place in London that you don’t have to queue for a table or battle at the bar on a Saturday night. Save your school night partying for the weekend (or do both…) with The Botanist Broadgate Circle’s new ‘After Dark’ evenings. Chances are you’ll start your weekend with brunch at some point on Saturday, maybe even of the bottomless variety. The Botanist are bringing bottomless to Saturday nights with free-flowing Prosecco, Bellinis or ETM wine alongside a two or three-course dinner. Although The Botanist Broadgate Circle do their own bottomless brunch with all […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Slow-Cooked Dinner and Desserts by Fraise Sauvage

Think of the most beautiful dessert you’ve seen on Instagram and that’s the type of wonder that Fraise Sauvage create. Formerly the product of serious food envy but always seeming just a little bit out of reach for us mere mortals, now you can get your mitts on chocolate saucy pudding and tres leche cake when they pop up at recently renovated Eat 17 in Hackney. If you’re thinking Eat 17 is ringing bells but you’re not sure why, they’re the people behind the heroic barbeque relish that is Bacon Jam. For 8 weeks, Fraise Sauvage will sit on the […]

Openings & Launches

SHOT: Eat Clean

 Today is St Patrick’s day, so we’re predicting that whether your Irish or not, you’re going to use it as an excuse to get on the Guinness/any other alcohol tonight. Today is also the opening of SHOT – slightly different, it’s all about healthy food and cold press juices, but come tomorrow it might be the saviour for your hangover. Opening by St Paul’s their aim is to educate the masses about healthy eating by offering a menu created by a nutritionist where every ingredient offers direct health benefits. The team behind it are Asad Naqvi and Rahil Malik, both […]

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Reviews

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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