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Pho & Bun Opens

If you’re into your Vietnamese restaurants, today sees the opening of Pho & Bun on Shaftesbury Avenue, the second restaurant from Andy Le, who previously opened Viet Eat in 2013 in Holborn.  As the name suggests the Vietnamese restaurant will be serving up pho noodle soup and steamed milk buns. However these aren’t just any milk buns oh no, in a London first they’re bringing the east and the west together, two of London’s foodie favourites, burgers and steamed buns. Pretty cool huh? Filled with a 28 day dry aged beef patty the milk bun burger will be served with Viet Eat’s […]

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Wazen review – what we thought

Hot on the heels of the newly opened Japanese restaurant, Wazen, we were keen to head down and check it out for ourselves after covering the opening. The restaurant has key location on a corner road with Kings Cross station nearby providing plenty of places to head out after lining your stomach. I am instantly struck by the clean décor which looks distinctly Japanese with the stark wooden chairs and bare hanging light bulbs, I love the edgy look but it doesn’t feel too welcoming at the same time. The venue was worryingly empty when we arrived but luckily Wazen boasts […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Days of American Whiskey at Gaucho

You’ve probably seen the Jack Daniel’s adverts in the tube telling us about Jack, they’re pretty hard to miss, but did you know that Jack sold meat and whiskey from a wagon to fund his first distillery? And did you know that meat and whisky go together like fish and chips, salt and pepper and Ant and Dec? Well Gaucho certainly thinks they do (and so do we, if you’re asking) which is why this week they are hosting a seven day celebration of American whiskey in their restaurants. Starting today there will be events across their London restaurants all […]

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A Taste of Italy at Bankside

There’s something so appealing about food shopping on holiday. Exploring a little corner of Italy after a morning lazing by the pool, when the heat gets a bit much to handle. Shelves stacked with intriguing jars and boxes, cured meats hanging from the ceiling and overflowing deli counters with bowls of olives, pastries and cheeses. Sadly these things never seem to travel well; cheese plus 32 degree temperatures equals… yeah, not good.  With this in mind it is always exciting to discover a new deli in London, a taste of summer in our own homes. Capricci is a new Italian […]

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Openings & Launches

FOLD Opens on Brick Lane

After living in South East Asia, Rachel Filer returned to London and started FOLD catering with Head Chef Frederique Nguyen. That was in 2014, fast forward to now and they are about to open their first restaurant on Brick Lane. Also called FOLD, the new contemporary Vietnamese restaurant will specialise in foldable food and rice paper dishes. It’ll bring the ‘rice paper fold’ to London’s food scene, if it sounds familiar then that’s because they’re also known as summer rolls or if you’re over in America then crystal rolls. The rice paper will be available steamed, grilled, soft or fried […]

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7 Restaurants to Visit During World Vegan Month

With the recent announcement from experts that eating processed and red meat is as bad for you as smoking, there’s never been a better time to ditch the carnivorous lifestyle….or at least cut down. Here is our guide to the best places to celebrate all things vegan throughout the whole of November as people all over the Earth celebrate World Vegan Month – you know never know you might go vegan full time. 

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7 Restaurants to Visit During World Vegan Month

With the recent announcement from experts that eating processed and red meat is as bad for you as smoking, there’s never been a better time to ditch the carnivorous lifestyle….or at least cut down. Here is our guide to the best places to celebrate all things vegan throughout the whole of November as people all over the Earth celebrate World Vegan Month – you know never know you might go vegan full time. 

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Pizza Pilgrims Opens in Exmouth Market

With the weather as miserable as it is we thought we would brighten your day with two pieces of news 1) it’s a Friday (although you probably already knew that) and 2) after three years of serving up pizza in Soho, Pizza Pilgrims is branching out and opening its third venue, in Exmouth Market. Opening next month the 40 cover restaurant will be serving up authentic Neapolitan pizzas including favourites Margherita and marina and their carbonara creation. New to Exmouth Market however will be a lunchtime zuppa menu that will be served from a market stall and quite frankly it’s genius. […]

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Christmas Parties at Ivory Vaults

We can almost hear the jingle bells softly ringing in the distance as the sound of the Christmas season approaches and with it we can expect plenty of minces pies, Santa’s smiling face and of course, Christmas parties. The parties will all no doubt featuring heavily on alcohol and some on food but what they won’t have is acrobats hanging from the ceiling, unless you booked at Ivory Vaults that is. The 10,000 sq ft historic venue is proud of their interactive shows offering a different experience from the norm where guests get to participate by dressing up, singing and […]

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Narnia at The Churchill Bar

At this time of year there is no shortage of festive warming drinks – there’s pretty much a pumpkin spiced latte or spiced hot chocolate on every corner. We really aren’t arguing with this, in fact it’s one of the best things about this time of year. What would be even better is if a venue had the genius idea of overhauling their drinks menu to offer not one but seven festive tipples. The Churchill Bar have themed their winter terrace around the magical world of Narnia and have introduced festive cocktails. Enter through wardrobe doors and snuggle under a […]

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7 Different Stag Do Ideas

Forget everything you’ve heard about Berlin’s beer halls, Vegas’ super casinos and Magaluf’s mega clubs – if you’re looking for a city to host the best stag do since Phil, Stu and Alan woke up to a tiger in their bathroom, London is the obvious choice. From indoor golf to comedy clubs to pubs that open at the crack of dawn, our capital has everything a best man needs to plan the ultimate pre-marriage send off.

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St Moritz Ski Bar at The Goring

It may sound familiar as the Kate Middleton’s chosen hotel for bridal party preparations and now The Goring is somewhere you can visit too – for less than the £8,400 Royal Suite price tag. From the 9th November the popular terrace at the hotel will be transformed into a magical and glamorous alpine bar, in ode to ski resort St Moritz. For a hotel who has just won a Michelin star and, of course, has royal approval it’s no surprise that this old-school ski bar has been created with immaculate attention-to-detail. Closely-guarded family cocktail recipes from award-winning barmen have been […]

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