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London’s Top 5 Wine Bars

When it comes to a more sophisticated night on the town, you still can’t beat a good wine bar. And since London Wine Week (18 – 24 May) is coming up, you’ve got the perfect excuse. Whether it’s for that long-awaited catch-up or for that first date you’ve been looking forward to, here are some of London’s finest vino destinations: Gordon’s Wine Bar What: Sophisticated, intimate historic hauntWhere: 47 Villiers St, Embankment WC2N 6NEWhy: Wine bars are all about escapism, and few can offer the magic of Gordon’s, London’s oldest wine bar. Carved into the cave-like cellars of an atmospheric […]

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House Of Ho

What: Food trying to be goodWhere:57-59 Old Compton Street, SohoWhy You Should Go There: If you have no where else to goFavourite Thing We Ate: The crème brûlée House of Ho. Where do I begin? How about by stating that the food here had more issues than Playboy. I think it’s appropriate to judge a restaurant by every stage of the game. That is why when I got the House of Ho invitation through email I thought this place was going to be fun. After all I’d never been to a Ho House before. It was bold, it was red and I was […]

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House Of Ho

What: Food trying to be goodWhere:57-59 Old Compton Street, SohoWhy You Should Go There: If you have no where else to goFavourite Thing We Ate: The crème brûlée House of Ho. Where do I begin? How about by stating that the food here had more issues than Playboy. I think it’s appropriate to judge a restaurant by every stage of the game. That is why when I got the House of Ho invitation through email I thought this place was going to be fun. After all I’d never been to a Ho House before. It was bold, it was red and I was […]

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The Strand Dining Rooms

What:  British dining near Charing Cross Where: Grand Buildings, The Strand Why You Should Go There: If you’re after British dining but can’t justify places like The Wolseley.Favourite Thing We Ate: Parmesan custard with anchovy toast You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a version of The Wolseley mixed with the Savoy when you walked into The Strand Dining Rooms, albeit a more modern, causal version.  It features the same classic décor emulating iconic Pullman train carriages, shares an equally enviable London position – as the name suggests on The Strand and yet it has a way to go to […]

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The Black Penny Opens: Drinks for 1p

Cancel your lunch plans and forgo your coffee – even if you’re reading this whilst drinking it, bin it and head to The Black Penny on Great Queen Street because today all coffees cost a mere 1p and for 2p you can have lunch too. Look at it another way, how much was your usual coffee £2.95? So at The Black Penny you could have bought a hefty 295 cups of coffee for the same price (that is enough to satisfy any caffeine addict and probably hospitalise you). If you haven’t heard then The Black Penny is a new coffee […]

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The Ivy Reopens

Cast your mind back to January, the bleak, miserable weather, the post –Christmas blues and perhaps most terribly the shutting of London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy. Fast forward to now and it’s almost time for its reopening (you thought it was permanent? Of course not) and the chance to see its new look ready to put it firmly on the current London restaurant scene. Things got going in April when Sotheby’s auctioned off many of the contents including the entrance doors, glassware, linen and even the cloakroom tip tray, yes even the tip tray, but hey they raised a £1 […]

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Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brunch Above With Sky Garden

We’re often accused of being high maintenance, we like to go for high tea and at times we like to think we’re a bit highbrow. Ahem. But now we can’t wait to get some high…brunch? Darwin –  a high flying 36 floors up at Sky Garden- is celebrating the return of summer with the launch of their sky-high Sunday brunch menu by head chef Arnuad Delannay.  Catering company “rhubarb” the accomplished team behind the food at sky gardens two restaurants and bar presents the brunch menu from 11.30am-4.30pm every Sunday in traditional buffet style. The buffet is divided into Breakfast […]

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Get Hung Up On Merlin Events

”Do one thing a day that scares you”. It’s a good rule. We like that rule. But when we went on a tour of the London dungeon we didn’t expect it to actually scare us. After all it is just one of those attractions in London that only tourists go to. Wrong. The actors here are sensational. Yes – actors! We got to meet Jack The Ripper – top lad, not sure why people don’t like him. There is no boring history lecture either, the entertainment just keeps on coming. The 60 minute, live action, Dungeon tour is a sensual and […]

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The Royal Horseguard’s luxury chocolate picnics

Easter may be over for another year but that doesn’t mean that our relationship with chocolate has to come to an end. The Royal Horseguards Hotel has partnered with Hotel Chocolat to create a luxury chocolate picnic available in the hotel’s newly refurbished Terrace. The limited edition picnics, created by Head Pastry Chef Gareth Henry, include everything you could have ever imagined in your chocolate dreams like chocolate brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate & fruit lollipops, chocolate macaroons and chocolate coated salted crisps served. Eating all that chocolate will no doubt work up a thirst so why not wash it […]

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From Trading Money to Drinks

Banks and pubs, you might not put them together, well except when you need to drown your sorrows after seeing your overdraft (or to celebrate that you haven’t fallen into it, a more rare occurrence) but now one is becoming the other as the former site of the Bank of New Zealand, 91 Gresham Street is getting a new lease of life as it opens up as The Trading House pub next month.     The Victorian pub will invoke the spirit of the East India Trading Company as well as London’s nautical heritage and most of the Grade II […]

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