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Hill & Szrok

Just opened on Broadway Market is a new venture by young entrepreneur Luca Mathiszig-Lee (The 3 Crowns, The Eagle) and partners Tom Richardson Hill (butcher) and Alex Szrok (chef) – a butchers by day and a cookshop by night. The venue actually IS a former butcher and comes with tiled walls, wood and brass window ridge and central marble counter. The original slaughterhouse for Broadway Market lay behind it. By day Richardson-Hill (Godfreys in Highbury Barn, Allens of Mayfair) sells meat from small farmers specialising in rare breeds, free range and organic while also curing his own bacon and gammons […]

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Vintage Mother’s Day at Reform Social and Grill

For a truly vintage experience this Mother’s Day pop over to the Reform Social and Grill for some authentic 1940s and 50s dining. With their afternoon tea being sourced wholly from cookbooks of the era, expect traditional classics such as lemon pound cake, jam roly poly and individual treacle tarts as well as traditional scones with clotted cream and jam.  All of this and the additional bonus of free flowing Champagne for the most important woman in your life (Mum of course).   Perfect for Mother’s and Grandmother’s alike make sure you don’t miss out on the elderflower, Earl Grey […]

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Spring Lamb at Arch London

Is there more of a Spring time ingredient than lamb?  The Hunter 486 restaurant at Arch London certainly don’t think so and next month will be launching a menu of the meat done every single possible way you can think of.    Using meltingly tender new season lamb they will serve dishes ranging from confit shoulder of lamb with grilled kidneys to a roast loin of baby lamb served with aubergine, mint compote and sarladaise potatoes.  Other dishes will include braised lamb shank with flageolet beans, smoked sausage and toasted crumbs, making each option even more delicious than the one […]

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La Plage Launch

Bacanal, for those of you that don’t know, was one of the very first London day parties which drew inspiration from the brunch clubs in New York. Luckily for us Londoners they have recently unveiled the next chapter of their story with ‘La Plage’, a pop up residency with weekly Saturday soirees at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington. The event begins with the best intentions at an intimate brunch before the sunshine and glasses of Moet get guests in the mood for a full out party with electric orchestras, Brazilian samba bands, circus acts, fire breathers and stilt walkers […]

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Secret Dinner: PRiMAVERA

So if we told you to buy tickets for dinner, but we couldn’t tell you what was on the menu or where it was, other than there were 6 courses and 6 wines, would you buy them? Yes you would, and why? Because it comes courtesy of Culinary Mischief by il Tocco Food; set up by Italian chef Gabriele Bertaccini, they have been delighting diners in New York, LA, Phoenix and Italy. Then  last October the secret dinners first came to London and received rave reviews from some of London’s finest critics, and you know they are a tough crowd […]

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Ping Pong Westfields: Review

Monday night – I battled my way through the commuters at Waterloo, dodged travellers on the escalators on the Jubilee line and managed to escape the clutches of the sales people in Westfields, Stratford – you know the sort, the ones who tell you that ‘you really do need this dead sea salt/natural fungi/ coconut/olive/peanut oil’ because it will wonderfully transform you from a tired, worn out Londoner into a goddess of some sort…. Yep sure. Anyway I had got through this mini marathon and finally made my way to my destination: Ping Pong which has recently opened up in […]

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Ping Pong Westfields: Review

Monday night – I battled my way through the commuters at Waterloo, dodged travellers on the escalators on the Jubilee line and managed to escape the clutches of the sales people in Westfields, Stratford – you know the sort, the ones who tell you that ‘you really do need this dead sea salt/natural fungi/ coconut/olive/peanut oil’ because it will wonderfully transform you from a tired, worn out Londoner into a goddess of some sort…. Yep sure. Anyway I had got through this mini marathon and finally made my way to my destination: Ping Pong which has recently opened up in […]

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Same Sex Legislation Party

Things are about to get a lot more fabulous at South Place Hotel as they host a party to celebrate the legislation of same sex marriage this Saturday, 29th March. Guests will be treated to cake, champagne and even a bouquet toss at midnight where romantics can try to get their hands on those lucky flowers which will ensure an imminent wedding for them, or it’s supposed to at least. This event will be seriously sassy with a dress code to match; men must wear suits and ladies must wear glamorous attire. Music will be provided by Severino (Horse Meat […]

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Mother’s Day at Aqua London

You haven’t forgotten that this Sunday is Mother’s Day have you? Are you sure? Well just in case it has slipped your mind (set your reminder for next year now…) then you still have time to organise something for your mother and we suggest paying a visit to Aqua Nueva or Aqua Kyoto. Over at Aqua Nueva they are opening for the very first time on a Sunday for Mother’s Day and will be serving up a four course meal (two appetisers, a main course and pudding) with dishes including salmon roasted with honey and lemon alioi and Catalonian escalivada […]

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Café De Paris

Piccadilly’s Café De Paris, with its glittering history, spanning more than nine decades – it first opened its doors in 1924 – is renowned for both its sparking performers and its guests as well from royalty and members of the aristocracy to eminent political figures and stars of stage and screen. On descending the sweeping steps visitors cannot fail to be caught up in the nostalgia of a bygone era. Gloriously ostentatious décor features twin staircases curving down from the balcony – based on the Palm Court of the Lusitania ocean liner no less ­– and a dance-floor modelled on […]

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Chocolate Selfies at Harvey Nichols

The selfie- whether you love them or hate them we’re all definitely guilty of indulging occasionally.  Maybe it’s a sly, post hairdresser snap or a full length, duck pout selfie – the whole world’s at it and to make matters even better now we’re even doing it in chocolate. Definitely something to be seen to be believed, head down to the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols in the next four weeks where they will be using the latest in 3D printing technology to create personalised chocolate selfies for everyone. Perhaps not one for the camera shy, the process involves stepping […]

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Mother’s Day 1

We all know we need to say thank you to our mothers more often; they have looked after us when we were scared of the dark, they've cooked us endless fish fingers, wiped away tears, confiscated dreadful eyeshadow (in hindsight, thank goodness), stopped us from leaving the house in sartorial disasters and been there for us more times than we can remember – so with Mother's Day just around the corner, it is time to get planning and say thank you properly. Here are some of the best events happening in London.  34 With their popularity soaring over the last […]

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