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Trader Vic’s Tiki Cinema

So the sun might be a distant memory as you wonder if you will ever be warm again, but the guys down at Trader Vic’s are doing their best to keep spirits up by bringing a taste of the tropics to London with the launch of a Tiki cinema. Tiki cinema, you ask? Yep. This Hawaiian film experience will take place at their newly refurbished bar in the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, kicking off with all-time favourite Jurassic Park on 12th January. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail and cinema-goers can sip on a tropical tipple (we suggest a Mai […]

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Hally’s sister Little H Opens

Opening today is Little H a new deli/café bringing a slice of California and Cape Town to Parson’s Green and a little bit of sunshine to the miserable month.  Created by husband and wife, Philip Beatty and Anna Halliday who also own the ever popular Hally’s just over the road, Little H will have a farm to table approach to food, they’re all about locally sourced and high quality ingredients, which sounds ideal to us. Timorous Beasties are behind the eclectic beach-style atmosphere of the café which seats 12. Topsy-turvy foliage hangs in front of a back drop of pineapples […]

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Smith & Wollensky

Meat lovers rejoice. This spring, Smith & Wollensky is bringing its collection of boutique American steakhouses across the pond and opening in the Adelphi Building on John Adams Street, just off The Strand. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, SWRG for short, opened its first venue back in 1977 and now has nine locations from Miami Beach to Las Vegas and Houston Texas, which, coupled with the fact that the US pretty much invented the steakhouse, we think they’ve probably got it sussed when it comes to beef. Expect Imported USDA prime alongside British and Irish cuts (the kitchen features a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The ever changing Carousel

Carousel, on Blandford Street Marylebone is one restaurant you can never get bored of. Why? Because the chefs are constantly changing, with different residencies happening every couple of weeks or so, blink and you’ll miss one. Recent collaborations have included Selin Kiazim, Javier Rodriguez and Tommy Forster and guess what? They’ve just announced the chefs that are joining Ollie Templeton, resident chef and co- founder in January.  Kicking things off is Uyen Luu,  food writer, chef, the founder of the acclaimed Vietnamese Supper Club (and comes with a personal recommendation from Jamie Oliver!) before the talented Henrik Noren takes over […]

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Bao: From stall to Soho

If you’ve visited Netil Market then chances are you’ve come across Bao – the 6 seat bar and market stall. Well now they’re upping sticks and opening their first permanent restaurant on Lexington Street, Soho this spring.  Run by Erchen Chang and siblings Shing Tat and Wai Ting Chung, the team will also be supported by Karam, Jyo and Sunaina Sethi; if you recognise them it’s because they’re the family behind the likes of Trishna, Bubbledogs and Lyle’s – a good foundation! Taking inspiration from Taiwan, China and Asia as well Xiao Chi or ‘small eats’ restaurants from Erchen’s hometown […]

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Jenius Social’s Supper Clubs

Jenius Social over in Islington are all about being sociable and preparing and eating great dishes – as they say creating connections through food. And how better to do that than with a supper club? And when better to do that than during the bleak months of January and February? Exactly. So it’s just your luck then that they have two such supper clubs coming up! First up on 23rd January is Chef Guan’s Malaysian Nyonya Pop-up.  As the name suggests it’s hosted by Chef Guan, the food writer behind ‘The Boy Who Ate the World’ and contestant from Channel […]

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It’s not all lads, lads, lads at Cafe Football

Footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have left stereotypes of dingy old man pub where men are typically seen watching sports and transformed it into an upmarket sports bar in Westfields Stratford. A burger and pizza restaurant mainly, Café Football has dedicated one side of the venue to a bar which serves, amongst other things, delicious cocktails. While it may not be girl friendly, looking around we are quite obviously in the minority, it is by no means an intimidating space to enter. The theme of football runs strongly throughout the venue and obvious care has gone into every aspect […]

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It’s not all lads, lads, lads at Cafe Football

Footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have left stereotypes of dingy old man pub where men are typically seen watching sports and transformed it into an upmarket sports bar in Westfields Stratford. A burger and pizza restaurant mainly, Café Football has dedicated one side of the venue to a bar which serves, amongst other things, delicious cocktails. While it may not be girl friendly, looking around we are quite obviously in the minority, it is by no means an intimidating space to enter. The theme of football runs strongly throughout the venue and obvious care has gone into every aspect […]

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Kerbisher EC1

Fish and chip extraordinaires Saul Reuben and Nick Crossley aka the guys behind Kerbisher and Malt are opening their fifth site at the end of January on Rosebery Avenue just off Exmouth Market and they claim it may be the smallest eat-in chippie in the whole of London! Yup with just 12 covers, Kerbisher EC1 as it will be known is pretty teeny, its main focus is takeaway and it’s the start of a series of smaller openings for Kerbisher and Malt. The menu will still focus on fresh sustainably-sourced fish which can be battered, crumbed in matzo meal or […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Pillow Cinema

During January it’s very tempting to stay in, to not surface from under the duvet and to devote all your spare time to Netflix, but what if there was another way? What if we told you, that you could get out, be sociable (well sort of) and still be as comfortable as if you were lying on your sofa?  Let us present the Pillow Cinema, brought to London by the same team as the Hot Tub Cinema, it takes place in Shoreditch Underground and as the name suggests it’s pretty darn cosy.  Snuggle down on a Fatboy bean bag which […]

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Tea at midnight

The K West Hotel has a musical heritage being the former BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, with an endless list of music royalty having stayed and most definitely misbehaved including The Kinks, Bob Marley and Bowie. And with music still very much central to the hotel it’s no surprise that when they came to their afternoon tea it too had a musical theme.  It comes in three forms – The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, The Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea (both of which are served 2pm -6pm) or the Rock N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea which as the name suggests […]

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Tea at midnight

The K West Hotel has a musical heritage being the former BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, with an endless list of music royalty having stayed and most definitely misbehaved including The Kinks, Bob Marley and Bowie. And with music still very much central to the hotel it’s no surprise that when they came to their afternoon tea it too had a musical theme.  It comes in three forms – The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, The Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea (both of which are served 2pm -6pm) or the Rock N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea which as the name suggests […]

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