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Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Fiesta

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated with face paint, marigolds and foodie offerings to passed loved ones, and in London… we have DJs, bands, debates, immersive theatre and a whole lotta great food. Of course such a fiesta is being put on by Wahaca which means that no dancer will go unfueled. Traditional style stalls will be serving Mexican market tacos, roasted elotes (grilled corn), smokey barbacoa (pulled pork) and perhaps our favourite hispanic dish of all… churros. At this post-Hallowe’en party you can enjoy live music from The Horrors and Crystal Fighters and the more authentic sounds […]

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Top 10 Private Dining Rooms

For a truly unforgettable meal, booking a private room is a must. It offers the best of both worlds – the comfort of your own space combined with world-class kitchen and staff. And with so many hotels offering unique private dining room experiences, there’s no need to make that long journey home either. Perfect!

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

HKK Launches Duck & Champagne Lunch

The Hakkasan Group has forever improved our weekends by announcing the launch of their Duck and Champagne lunch at HKK. Ducks – the underrated birds – have given us many things over the years from entertainment on country walks to influential characters (i.e. Scrooge McDuck) and now they’re serving another more delicious purpose. A whole menu will be dedicated to the Peking duck, created by Hakkasan and HKK’s Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, with dishes like Duck and abalone supreme stock with egg fried rice showcasing the skill and expertise of the Chinese kitchen. If you want to go […]

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Francis Hotel Bath Review – What We Thought

In the past society would head to Bath to take the waters and in need of some respite ourselves we decided to head out of London to the heritage city. It’s just an hour and a half from Paddington and unlike the District Line which I easily spend just as much time on trying to get to East London, you have views of the west country and train coffee which actually isn’t too bad. Anyway we rolled up to Bath the beautiful, regency period city famed for Jane Austen, the Roman Baths and the architectural masterpieces that are the Royal […]

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Openings & Launches

WM Barker & Co Opens

East London has a new basement bar, WM Barker & Co and it’s serving up shrub cocktails, artisan coffees, craft beers and toasties…sign us up. So if you’re not sure what are shrub cocktails are, no they are not cocktails with parts of plants stuck in them, rather they are cocktails made using sweet and sour syrups called shrubs and WM Barker & Co will have ten seasonally changing cocktails each inspired by an area in London. So in Shoreditch you have #TheArtist, a floral affair, Hoxton has  #ThePhotographer, Dalston has #TheDJ and Canary Wharf has #TheTrader a mix of […]

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9 of the Best Alternative Date Ideas

It’s all too easy to get stuck in a dating rut and return to the same old trusty Italian restaurant time and time again but with so much on our doorstep we want to make date night exciting again, so here is our guide to the best alternative date ideas in London, for all budgets.

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9 of the Best Alternative Date Ideas

It’s all too easy to get stuck in a dating rut and return to the same old trusty Italian restaurant time and time again but with so much on our doorstep we want to make date night exciting again, so here is our guide to the best alternative date ideas in London, for all budgets.

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Review – What We Thought

Passing through the silent cobbled streets of Farringdon you turn the corner to find a cosy fairy-lit pub on one side and a wine bar on the other. The best surprise of all was stumbling upon Bourne & Hollingsworth with the huge painted front and enormous swaying Union Jack, confirmation that we had indeed been heading in the right direction. In honour of new executive chef, Adam Gray, and his new winter menu, a press dinner was held at a huge marble-topped table in the greenhouse area. Part jungle, part luxurious garden nursery, the greenhouse was the perfect area for […]

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Reviews

Bourne & Hollingsworth Review – What We Thought

Passing through the silent cobbled streets of Farringdon you turn the corner to find a cosy fairy-lit pub on one side and a wine bar on the other. The best surprise of all was stumbling upon Bourne & Hollingsworth with the huge painted front and enormous swaying Union Jack, confirmation that we had indeed been heading in the right direction. In honour of new executive chef, Adam Gray, and his new winter menu, a press dinner was held at a huge marble-topped table in the greenhouse area. Part jungle, part luxurious garden nursery, the greenhouse was the perfect area for […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rugby Legends Lunch

With their recent win against England being described as one of the finest hours in Welsh rugby, their World Cup campaign is still looking hopeful. Another historical moment at Twickenham was Sir Gareth Edwards’ try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks, back in 1973. Sophisticated American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky are holding a timely celebration for true Welsh rugby legend, Sir Gareth Edwards, with a 3-course lunch at their Strand restaurant on Tuesday 27th October. A hearty menu fit for any scrum-half consists of Ham Hock and Foie Gras Terrine, 14oz Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips and a […]

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Hotel Cafe Royal Review: What We Thought

There are some things you just can’t guarantee in London – will the District Line be working?  Will I have to queue for three hours to get into a pop-up, will it rain? But what is certain is that London, Londoners and its visitors will always love afternoon tea. So Hotel Café Royal are celebrating this with their London Royal Afternoon Tea (remember we told you about it here) and not one to say no to tea on a Sunday afternoon we headed over to try it. Before we get to the tea we need to take a moment to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Underground Film Club Returns

When a summer activity adapts for winter it usually involves moving it indoors, or perhaps adding a few heaters outside but some events really are better left to the warmer months. Rooftop cinemas don’t quite appeal so much when being attacked by an arctic breeze and clutching at blankets, but equally, bringing this inside pretty much constitutes a normal cinema. The people behind Rooftop Film Club are taking their popular pop-up film club underground for the colder months, to be held in the Vaults at Waterloo. Well below the bustle of one of London’s busiest train stations, the Vaults play […]

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