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The Playboy Club’s Pink Tea

Along with Halloween and the start of the miserable weather, October is all about raising awareness and detoxing, so along with Stoptober (quitting smoking) and Sober for October (raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support) October is all about getting people to think and recognise the signs of breast cancer. Which is why The Playboy Club has transformed their iconic afternoon tea served in the Salvatore Bar to The Pink Afternoon Tea, with £1 from every tea being donated to Against Breast Cancer and as 'On Wednesdays, we wear  pink', or in this case eat, we headed over to check it […]

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Hampton Court Palace

Associated with the flamboyant Henry VIII, who we’re sure knew how to throw a party or two  and definitely knew enough about weddings (successful or not) is the historic palace, Hampton Court Palace. Sitting on the edge of the Thames it makes for the most majestic and elegant wedding venue. There are cobbled courtyards, grand staircases and beautiful grounds; we’re talking 60 acres of garden and over 700 acres of historic park, that’s what happens when you go slightly out of London – space and lots of it! And it just so happens that this weekend it’s hosting its wedding […]

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Tango Evenings and tea at Waldorf Hilton

Is it just us or do you find that after watching Strictly Come Dancing you feel like you can totally nail the dance, the foxtrot? So simple. The waltz? Could do it blindfolded. Yup sure you can, well if on the off-chance you need a tiny bit of practice or a little lesson then head to Waldorf Hilton for their tango evenings. The evenings take place in the elegant Palm Court Ballroom – which was where the tango first scandalised Edwardian London society in 1910…although we’re sure the Edwardians loved a scandal or two, just saying.   Hosted by dancers […]

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The Jones Family Project review – what we thought

The hustle and bustle of London felt a world away when we arrived at The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch. With trees decorated with fairy lights forming the center- piece of tables, and a New York style long bar that would be Chuck Bass’ dream, the restaurant which has been set up by a group of friends lives up to its independent ethos, adding something different to your usual dining experience. Having acclimatized ourselves to our surroundings, we were seated in an intimate booth in the bar area upstairs. Despite being situated away from the main restaurant, this had a […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Delancey & Co

Calling all fans of New York’s famous Katz deli. Delancey&Co, a brand new salt beef and smoked salmon bar is coming to London’s Goodge Street in the not too distant. And not a moment too soon as west Londoners were getting a might bored with trekking to Brick Lane whenever they felt a bagel craving. Brains behind the new outfit is Daniel Moosah, who was taught to cook in NYC by his Jewish granny. Eat in or take away, we’re talking piled-high salt beef sandwiches, smoked salmon bagels and more in a modern diner-style interior with marble counters with pop […]

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Breakfast with Charles Pop-Up

The brunch collective, Breakfast with Charles are on a mission to reinvent brunch. Rather than a post gym refuel of smoothies and eggs or a hazy hungover bacon roll they want to make the brunch the main affair, a long, lazy all-day event (briner anyone?), where you roll out of bed and spend the day eating, drinking and setting the world to rights with your friends.   This weekend they are heading to The Pillbox Kitchen in Bethnal Green for a two day pop-up showcasing the best of their brunch dishes from the past year.  So to start expect to […]

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Piccola Cucina

With outposts in New York, Miami and Ibiza, Piccola Cucina also boasts something of a celebrity following. Michael Bublé. Check. Vince Vaughan. Check. Adam Sandler. Check. And now it’s brought its intimate Sicilian chic to Notting hill in the shape of a stucco-clad house decorated with hand-made tiles and locally-crafted dressers.  In charge of making it happen over here is Italian restaurateur Andrea Reitano, whose debut Italian  restaurant in the UK, Mayfair’s Assunte Madre, opened earlier this year to much critical acclaim – not least the Financial Times! Expect fresh ingredients delivered daily from with Sicilian, Italian and Mediterranean specialties […]

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Eat Jimmy Choo at The Berkeley

Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  It may have been a bold claim to make but not one that anybody should take lightly, with a pair of shoes having the ability to make or break morale very quickly. Indeed, Jimmy Choo, who we like to think knows a little bit about shoes once compared shoes to the foundations of a building, noting “if the foundations aren’t right, the building won’t stand upright, and if a woman’s balance isn’t right, nothing else is.” Yes, the right pair of shoes […]

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The Meat Co Review

As you may have guessed from the name, The Meat Co is a restaurant whose expertise lies in all things carnivore friendly with an impressive menu of steaks, ribs and burgers. Before any vegetarians reading recoil in horror, it’s not all doom and gloom though as the talent in the kitchen have waved their creative magic to all aspects of the menu. Situated in the popular shopping district by Shepherd’s bush station, the South African restaurant covers two floors and an outside terrace but the best place to dine for ambience is upstairs with the glassed off open plan kitchen. […]

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The Red Lemon

Welcome to the Red Lemon, situated at the cooler less sanitised end of Notting Hill on the corner with All Saints Road. It’s headed up by Alli Kyle and head chef David Green (Dean Street Townhouse, Hoxton Grill and Harvey Nichols’ 5th Floor Restaurant) who met when working at the Electric Diner on Portobello. An old school style pub that also serves food, we’re looking forward to sampling bar snacks like spiced crab on toast, Red Lemon Scotch eggs (pig’s trotter with mustard mayo and kedgeree with a mango chutney – actually maybe not the pig’s trotter but the kedgeree […]

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