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Openings & Launches

Prescription Cocktails at the Reform Social & Grill

Drink lots of water and get some rest are probably things that spring to mind when you hear ‘just what the doctor ordered’, but that’s boring and we can’t get drunk that way. Reform Social & Grill in Marylebone has come up with a much better and boozey idea; write your drink order on a prescription pad from a 100% bonafide doc and then hand it over to the ‘pharmacist’ barman. Creativity is key here so you can either pick from suggested options like January’s Sore Throat Reliever and March’s Hay Fever Reducer or simply describe your symptoms to the […]

Openings & Launches

Percy & Founders: Fitzrovia’s latest hangout

Back in 1755 Hugh Percy, the Duke of Northumberland and a group of philanthropists founded the Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street, fast forward to now and the Fitzrovia site is becoming the home of a new, all day bar and restaurant – aptly named Percy and Founders. You know it’s going to be good because, it’s the first venue from Open House, the sister company to Cubitt House – they’re the team behind the much loved Grazing Goat, Thomas Cubitt, Orange and The Pantechincon Rooms and is a move away from a traditional pub to a more modern venue. Taking […]

Openings & Launches

Maître Choux (you won’t get it at Iceland)

Unless you’re on the continent or paying through the nose in super swish restaurants over here, the closest you’re likely to get to top notch, freshly baked choux pastry is the freezer section at Iceland. And as we haven’t seen an Iceland in the environs of South Kensington, it’s a good job that top pastry chef Joakim Prat (head pastry chef at L’Atelier Joël Robuchon, The Greenhouse) has chosen the location to open up his specialist patisserie Maître Choux. A staple of every patisserie in France, choux pastry is a light dough that rises in the oven, leaving the inside […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rivington Grill’s Gin Bop

What other drink can say it caused a whole city to go temporarily crazed? Or is nicknamed Mother’s Ruin? None apart from beloved gin (the craze being the one that swept London in the first half of the 18th century when you could buy a glass for a few pennies). London’s love of gin is still strong and to celebrate this Rivington Street Grill is holding a whole night dedicated to it in all its guises with their Gin Bop next Thursday. It also ties in with the fact that they have hit the 100 bottle mark on their ‘Perfect […]

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Openings & Launches

Berber & Q: Haggeston gets a grilling

It’s quite a feat to come up with a resto name that’s a pun without being a) so clever that no one gets it or b) eye-wateringly banal. Fortunately Josh Katz’s Berber & Q (grilled North African cuisine) has struck a happy medium. Opening next month within the railway arches of Haggerston, the venue takes influence from London, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and New York. Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Ottolenghi and Zest) grew up in North London with all its falafel shops and Shawarma houses and has also explored Turkey’s Mangal restaurants, the food stalls of Jmaa al Fna […]

Reviews

Edge Cycle Review

I missed the spinning craze when it first burst onto our scenes a few years ago and up until last night I had somehow managed to never find myself on a spinning bike, not including a brief dalliance when I got lost in a gym. But as an athletic type (this is a lie) I’m always keen to try new classes so decided to end this stretch of avoiding spinning and found myself at East London spinning studio Edge Cycle, round the corner from Chancery Lance. The staff is super friendly and arms you with equipment at no charge when […]

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Edge Cycle Review

I missed the spinning craze when it first burst onto our scenes a few years ago and up until last night I had somehow managed to never find myself on a spinning bike, not including a brief dalliance when I got lost in a gym. But as an athletic type (this is a lie) I’m always keen to try new classes so decided to end this stretch of avoiding spinning and found myself at East London spinning studio Edge Cycle, round the corner from Chancery Lance. The staff is super friendly and arms you with equipment at no charge when […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Create Your Own Menu at Cafe Royal

Have you ever been to a restaurant and wished they had a certain ingredient on the menu? Maybe it is an exotic spice from a far-flung corner of the world, maybe it’s something nostalgic like semolina or perhaps just a little obscure – fried insects anyone? Well now you can with Bring Your Own Ingredients at Café Royal. Diners who are visiting The Ten Room restaurant can have a four –course menu created for them based on four ingredients they bring with them. Maybe you have home-grown tomatoes you want to use, or caught some fish and don’t know what […]

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Openings & Launches

Marco Pierre White launches Wheeler’s

There’s an ‘r’ in the month so it’s perfect timing for Marco Pierre White to open Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar within the Marriott’s Autograph Collection Threadneedles Hotel following a 20 year absence. The menu, created by MPW and executed by head chef Stephen Smith features traditional classics such as Wheeler’s fish pie alongside a collection of Marco’s favourite dishes including Grilled Dover Sole a la Salamander and Quails Eggs Maintenon. The destination bar will also feature a dedicated oyster bar with a variety of bivalves (posh name for oysters) alongside wines, champagnes and cocktails. The Wheeler’s brand was […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Greyhound on the Test Restaurant Review

Head chef at the Greyhound on the Test, Alan Haughie, learned his craft as an apprentice under Anton Edelman at the Savoy from 2002-2004 and went on to continue working with him at the Brasserie St Quentin, by Harrods on Brompton Road. After a brief stint abroad he returned to London before finding his calling in Stockbridge, serving great British food from locally produced sources. We happily settled into the cosy and romantically lit restaurant in the Greyhound on the Test, enjoying the rustic surroundings before getting on with ordering our food. The starter of Gazpacho, a dish purposefully served […]

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