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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Review – What We Thought

I’m no Champagne expert but when I know that I like something, I know that I like it. On a Monday evening just a little out of the ordinary I headed to the Royal Borough (Chelsea) for a Thiénot Champagne tasting and dinner at Cheyne Walk Brasserie. River views and residential surroundings give this old Victorian pub a neighbourhood feel, albeit with said neighbours being the likes of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In anticipation of National Champagne Week, the Brasserie spruced up their usual Wine Club with the more bubbly variety. Perched on a red velvet chaise longue (yes […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

James Bond Inspired Afternoon Tea

We can’t say we’d ever want our Earl Grey shaken but a James Bond inspired afternoon tea promises drinks to be stirred not shaken. On the 26th October we will be able to feast our eyes on our favourite tuxedo-clad secret service agent as Daniel Craig hits the big screen for the fourth time. Fingers crossed that the white trunks will make another appearance but we won’t hold our breath. In the meantime we Brits will turn to the only thing we know in times of suspense, anticipation or downright boredom; tea. Luckily for us the ‘stirred not shaken’ afternoon […]

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel Review – What We Thought

When I learned of the opportunity to review a hotel in the city of Exeter, I knew I had to take it. I’m a massive fan of the Devon city, as it’s full of historical sights, dainty tea rooms and plenty of independent shops – all perfect for a weekend getaway! I had been invited to stay for the night at the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel and after a long week of working a bit and socialising a lot, I was in need of a rest. I arrived into the hotel’s lobby and was immediately impressed. The reception is grand, […]

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel Review – What We Thought

When I learned of the opportunity to review a hotel in the city of Exeter, I knew I had to take it. I’m a massive fan of the Devon city, as it’s full of historical sights, dainty tea rooms and plenty of independent shops – all perfect for a weekend getaway! I had been invited to stay for the night at the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel and after a long week of working a bit and socialising a lot, I was in need of a rest. I arrived into the hotel’s lobby and was immediately impressed. The reception is grand, […]

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5 of the best places for Puddings

As you push your plate away struggling to eat that last morsel, your eyes wander to the heavenly looking sweet treat on the table next to you. There’s always a tiny bit of room left for pudding isn’t there? Mmm ok go on then just the one, with two spoons. If you’re a ‘dessert only diner’ or maybe a restaurant hopper looking to end your meal with a sugar fix elsewhere, we’ve rounded up the 5 best places for pudding in London.

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5 of the Best Places To Go In Greenwich

Nothing beats the exciting buzz of London town, but sometimes we just want to escape from it all and go somewhere ‘leafy’ with a slightly slower pace don’t we? The good news is we don’t have to hurtle past miles of lonely sheep in fields to find it. Situated East and South from the centre of London, Greenwich is within easy reach. And with picturesque streets, historical landmarks and impressive greenery, it allows you to feel adequately cut off without turning you into a country bumpkin just yet. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 things we love to do there…

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5 of the Best Places To Go In Greenwich

Nothing beats the exciting buzz of London town, but sometimes we just want to escape from it all and go somewhere ‘leafy’ with a slightly slower pace don’t we? The good news is we don’t have to hurtle past miles of lonely sheep in fields to find it. Situated East and South from the centre of London, Greenwich is within easy reach. And with picturesque streets, historical landmarks and impressive greenery, it allows you to feel adequately cut off without turning you into a country bumpkin just yet. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 things we love to do there…

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London Never Dies Cabaret

Along with fast cars, martinis, well-tailored suits and women, we’re pretty sure cabaret would feature on a list of James Bond’s top things, how could he say no to the performers and costumes? And to celebrate the launch of Sceptre, The London Cabaret Club is hosting a series of exciting, performances at the Bloomsbury Ball Room titled, ‘London Never Dies.’ Starting this weekend and running every Friday and Saturday until November 7th, each show will be based on classic Bond films including You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love. Expect glamour, Bollywood dancers, mystery, Geishas, live music and […]

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Openings & Launches

BIRD Islington Opens

You know how if you have something free-range, organic or gluten free it’s basically healthy, regardless of whether it is fried, dunked in sugar or full of alcohol?* Well it might not be the next superfood, but fried chicken restaurant BIRD is opening in Islington next week, and it’s free-range and gluten free so you can pretty much eat it every day.** Following on from the success of their Shoreditch branch on Kingsland Road, the Islington branch will occupy a corner pub on Holloway road.  They’ll be serving up their signature fried-chicken burgers as well as some new additions to […]

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Flemings Mayfair Review – What We Thought

Earlier in the year luxury hotel, Flemings Mayfair had a bit of makeover, you know just the average, a lick of paint here and a £14 million refurbishment there. When they revealed the new look they also uncovered The Drawing Room, a new space, in which guests can enjoy in a drink or have afternoon tea.  We headed there on a Saturday afternoon for their Ruinart Rosé afternoon tea.  Emulating the look of a regency drawing room; the room has high-ceilings, large sash windows and the original 1851 fireplace. The walls features beautiful de Gournay hand-painted wall paper, depicting early […]

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6 of London’s Best 24 Hour Hangouts

With so many amazing venues in London it’s sometimes hard to fit them all in. We have complied our guide to some of the best 24 hour venues, so whether you find yourself wandering the streets at 4am in search of a preventative hangover measure or leave work at a depressing hour, we think we have the answer.

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Rotli crew residency at The King & Co

Fish fingers with a side of peas and sweetcorn is what we grew up eating so we are ever so slightly envious to learn of more exotic childhood mealtimes. Pop-up chef duo Ben France and Aneesha Noonan began Rotli Crew after a global culinary adventure, eating their way around the world and finally settling on a modern Indian-inspired signature style based heavily on family recipes. Rotli Crew are bringing their Indian inspired food to Clapham when they launch their 2 month residency at The King & Co pub on Monday 5th October. Recipes from the duos upbringings have produced a […]

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