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Opso: Review

Earlier in the year burger legends Patty & Bun took on the commercial giant McDonalds by opening up opposite the chain’s busiest UK branch. Now it’s the a battle on Paddington Street as new Greek restaurant Opso has opened opposite The Real Greek. Well of course we can’t take sides without having tried both and since we had not yet tried Opso we tootled off to Marylebone to see the fight they were putting up. The concept of Opso is essentially sharing platters or Greek tapas if you will, they call this ‘Social Food’ and it is, until someone hogs […]

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Meet the Makers of Boomf

Ever fancied a taste of the royal life? Well now you can, sort of. Kate Middleton’s younger brother is a co-founder of Boomf, the creative marshmallow company where you can print your favourite Instagram photos onto delicious vanilla marshmallows. The squidgy sweets are currently enjoying a temporary home in Selfridges as part of the stores Meet the Maker series where people are able to meet the people behind their favourite food and drinks. James Middleton will be available to meet in the Meet the Makers section of Selfridges, Oxford Circus until 31st August. www.selfridges.com

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Bleach Bar

You know Bleach over in Dalston? The coolest hair salon, with the brightest colours run by Alex Brownsell and Sam Teasdale, yep that one, well they are extending their east London empire with a pop-up bar just a hop, skip and a jump away from the salon which is launching this week and running for 10 weeks. The wonderful Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones from catering company TART will be creating cocktails from seasonal fruit with combinations such as pineapple, chilli and mint. They also happen to have the most incredible names, who is up for a Wonky Direction? Or […]

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Cafe Kaizen Opens on Hanover Square

With the philosophy of Café Kaizen being ‘continuous improvement and change for the best’ this is definitely somewhere you need to know about. Bringing a slice of Shoreditch to Mayfair, the Asian fusion eatery will offer guests a café and cocktail lounge making it perfect to chill out in with exposed brick walls, industrial aesthetics and vintage inspired furniture. Diners can enjoy the fresh juice and smoothie bar, and a menu inspired by the spice route that ranges from sashimi and gyoza to dim sum and bao buns. There is also an indoor market place featuring 20 bright, young fashion […]

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Ben’s Canteen Earlsfield: Review

Chances are if you live in Clapham that after a heavy night you’ve dragged your sorry hung over head to Ben’s Canteen on St John’s Hill for one of their infamous brunches, ordered eggs or a burger and a round of Bloody Marys. Have you been to Ben’s Canteen over in Earlsfield though? Having opened earlier this year, the sister site is larger than its counterpart but still with that simple, laid back charm that Ben’s Canteen is known for. Though both serve evening menus, I feel as if this is the one I would choose to dine in at […]

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Our favourite Afternoon Teas

For those of you who don’t know, back  in the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’ (at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper) and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes. On returning to London, Anna invited the girls over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. To say the list of places offering tea now is extensive, is a bit of an understatment because London sure knows how to do an afternoon tea, but […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ben’s Canteen Earlsfield: Review

Chances are if you live in Clapham that after a heavy night you’ve dragged your sorry hung over head to Ben’s Canteen on St John’s Hill for one of their infamous brunches, ordered eggs or a burger and a round of Bloody Marys. Have you been to Ben’s Canteen over in Earlsfield though? Having opened earlier this year, the sister site is larger than its counterpart but still with that simple, laid back charm that Ben’s Canteen is known for. Though both serve evening menus, I feel as if this is the one I would choose to dine in at […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Our favourite Afternoon Teas

For those of you who don’t know, back  in the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’ (at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper) and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes. On returning to London, Anna invited the girls over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. To say the list of places offering tea now is extensive, is a bit of an understatment because London sure knows how to do an afternoon tea, but […]

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Duck and Dry Opening

Time to get blown away with the launch of new hair destination, Duck and Dry, a blow dry only salon hitting London later this month. It’s basically your ticket to the land of the sleek, styled hair in under 30 minutes.   Ladies (or long haired guys) can choose from 8 signature styles and 8 up-dos to prime and perfect their hair at the Kings Road salon. The best thing is that the prices are fixed too, so whether you are rocking shoulder length locks or a Rapunzel style mane you will be able to afford having your hair whipped […]

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Cocktails in the City

Cocktails, they’re a staple part of any Londoner’s diet, whether we’re celebrating or commiserating or just need one to get us through the week, cocktails are always in order. The only problem can be where to go, 1) there are so many bars and 2) as most of us know trying to navigate public transport after a couple of cocktails can often have entertaining results. Well hallelujah, for there is a saviour in this cocktail conundrum it’s called Cocktails in the City and it’s produced by B & H Group (they’re the guys who run the Prohibition and Blitz parties). Held […]

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Bumpkin Review

Forget what you know about pub food, Bumpkin, has banished microwaves in lieu of meals created with fresh ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients served in a rustic, dining room. There are several Bumpkins located around London; South Kensington, Notting Hill, Westfields and Chelsea, all with the same ethos of providing the best organic, British produce. We popped down to the South Kensington Bumpkin that boasts its very own private dining room which can host up to 36 guests as well as a few outside tables that we managed to nab. We started with Pan seared Scottish King Scallops served with […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bumpkin Review

Forget what you know about pub food, Bumpkin, has banished microwaves in lieu of meals created with fresh ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients served in a rustic, dining room. There are several Bumpkins located around London; South Kensington, Notting Hill, Westfields and Chelsea, all with the same ethos of providing the best organic, British produce. We popped down to the South Kensington Bumpkin that boasts its very own private dining room which can host up to 36 guests as well as a few outside tables that we managed to nab. We started with Pan seared Scottish King Scallops served with […]

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