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Swingers Opening In Shoreditch

So you saw a blog post about swingers and of course you had to read it thinking it would be filled with all kinds of debauchery, but no dear reader there is nothing saucy about the swingers we are talking about, (unless talk of crazy golf gets you hot and bothered that is). Winterwell Festival’s founder, Josh Ford, will soon transform an impressive 7000-sq/ft warehouse into an exciting destination that will host London’s new golfing experience, Swingers, and take competitive socialising to a new level. The finest engineering minds in crazy golf have created a 9 hole crazy-golf course complimented […]

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Toro Gordo

This week saw the opening of Toro Gordo, aka the Fat Bull, debut restaurant from Spanish-born restaurateur Miguel Caffarena, who cut his teeth at Soho’s hip La Bodega Negra. The tapas menu from head chef Daniel Blanco features signature Pinchito dishes such as ‘Langostino’ (Langoustines with cherry tomatoes, zucchini and alioli), while Tostas includes ‘Jamon Iberico y huevo’ (Iberic ham with grated tomato, fried quail egg and olive oil). Then there’s ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ (Octopus, paprika, olive oil and sea salt), ‘Berenjena with honey’ (fried slices of aubergine with cane honey), ‘Mini Hamburgers’ and ‘Chorizos al Diablo’ (Chorizo sautéed […]

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Voltaire Launches Cocktail and Gelato Menu

It’s finally, officially, properly summer, and how do we want to celebrate the sunshine? With cocktails and ice cream! Legendary drinking venue, Voltaire, has collaborated with Italian gelato brand, Black Vanilla, to combine these two delicious creations to craft a unique cocktail and gelato menu that will cool guests down in the best way possible. There will be a range of dairy-free and fat-free gelato and sorbetto available to compliment the cocktails. The menu boasts tempting refreshers like Club Tropicana which consists of Cachaca, lime juice and syrup de gomme served with Alfonso mango sorbet. There will also be non-alcoholic […]

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Arabica: Review

The Arabica Spice Company has been around for 14 years, their restaurant in Borough Market had only been opened in a week when we went down to visit and despite no reviews having been published at that time, it was already packed on a Monday. So far so good. The restaurant features a mix of simple wooden tables or turquoise leather booths, exposed brick walls, arched ceilings, low lighting and they can open up the front which in this heat is life-saving. As the website says the restaurant is an ‘epicurean exploration’ of The Levant, and the menu which is […]

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Notting Hill Carnival at Paradise

Next month will see Europe’s biggest street festival return when Notting Hill Carnival hits the streets 24-25th August. If you are a fan of the Afro-Caribbean street party but can’t face the inescapable crowds again this year, then don’t let that stop you as west London gastropub and party venue, Paradise by way of Kensal Green will be opening their doors to partiers over the bank holiday weekend. Located a few minutes from the madness, Paradise will be staging two days of DJ’s, entertainment, music, food and drink, across the expansive two level building. The party will even spill over […]

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Urban Caprice

Urban Caprice, the event caterers from the Caprice Holdings (the group behind the likes of London restaurants: Le Caprice, The Ivy and Scott’s) are doing their good deed for the summer by letting the rest of the country (that cuisine wilderness…we jest) have a taste of their restaurants as they take to the road in a vintage airstream.  First up they are heading to the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo this weekend, where they’ll be serving up burgers, but not just any sort because 1) this is the polo and 2) they’re from J. Sheekey, so forget beef they’ll be […]

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High Spirits Afternoon Tea

In can't be denied that Londoners do love their afternoon tea, but sometimes a simple scone and cup of Camomile just don't cut it. Paramount, the restaurant and bar situated on the 32nd floor of Centre Point, launches a liquored up alternative to traditional afternoon tea, it's like Londoner's two favourite things in one. The 'High Spirits' Afternoon Tea is now served everyday between 2:30 and 4:30 pm and includes alcohol in every element. Spiked sandwiches include gin and orange-cured salmon with lemon butter on lemon bread; whisky-smoked ham with whole grain mustard on tomato bread and a Bloody Mary concoction served on […]

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Brew Review

From the outside you might mistake Brew for a high end Starbucks, where one quickly dashes in for a coffee and sandwich and then continues your journey, but this would be a shame for Brew is so much more. Brew is a chain of cafés serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with locations in Wimbledon, Battersea and more recently, Wandsworth. The more travelled amongst you may have even seen them in Melbourne, San Francisco and LA – this Brew gets around. With Brew you can banish the thought of lowly cereal for breakfast with their much more appealing options of Blueberry […]

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Brew Review

From the outside you might mistake Brew for a high end Starbucks, where one quickly dashes in for a coffee and sandwich and then continues your journey, but this would be a shame for Brew is so much more. Brew is a chain of cafés serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with locations in Wimbledon, Battersea and more recently, Wandsworth. The more travelled amongst you may have even seen them in Melbourne, San Francisco and LA – this Brew gets around. With Brew you can banish the thought of lowly cereal for breakfast with their much more appealing options of Blueberry […]

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Munki

A new cocktail and champagne lounge, Munki, set to launch 26th July bringing with it 3 floors of speak easy styled interior to enjoy your favourite tipple in. The venue was designed to create the illusion of an informal library with paneled walls, soft lighting and antique furniture. Bar Manager, Sophia Lysaczenko, uses only quality and fresh ingredients in her original creations which are split into different sections including Heritage, Martinis and New World. If the plentiful cocktails start getting the better of you, with drinks like Our Breakfast Martini (Tanqueray London Dry Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, grapefruit juice, […]

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Valentine Warner Pops up at New Tom’s

Calling all food fans, acclaimed chef Valentine Warner will be hosting an unmissable one-off dining event on 23rd July at the new Notting Hill pop-up from Tom Conran, New Tom’s. You might recognise Valentine from his hit TV series, What To Eat Now, on BBC Two. He went on to lead to a further TV series and two accompanying books which led to him being dubbed the Russell Brand of cooking – which is a good thing, we think. Valentine will give a quick talk about the preparation and cooking of the menu before serving up a delicious 4 course […]

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DF / Mexico

The team behind Wahaca are doing things a little differently with their new venture DF / Mexico. The experimental diner is taking note from the bustling cosmopolitan Mexican capital city, offering Londoners the chance to enjoy the bold flavours and fresh produce from across the pond. The interior will reflect the eclecticism of Distrito Federal combined with the dynamic urban nature of Shoreditch creating an overall multicultural feel. Initially taking on a short-term residency at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, with the potential to extend, the restaurant opens on 24th July. The food is inspired by Thomasina Miers and […]

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