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Openings & Launches

The Door

A new door is opening in the City of London. Literally. The Door is a new oyster bar and grill restaurant on Cornhill serving steaks from across the globe. The stylish ground floor bar and 90 cover mezzanine restaurant has been created by BGW Design Studio with plush interiors in classic muted greys, silver and black tones, preserving many of the building’s original features such as large curved windows flooding the room with natural light and a corniced ceiling that’s been painted silver. The menu has been put together by Executive Chef John Murphy (Palm and Rules) with an emphasis […]

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Beer on White Horse-back

Over the years, its popularity with the booze-swivellers of SW6 has meant it is often endearingly known by a rather more informal title: The Sloaney Pony. Soon, The White Horse, Parsons Green’s much-loved watering hole, may well find itself even more popular with the masses.  Flying Dog, the Denver-based brewer of attitudinal craft ales that are stocked at the Pony, will be hosting a beer and cheese tasting session at the pub come Thursday, 4th August. ‘Brewmaster’, Matt Brophy, will be taking the alcohol aficionados through the company’s rare, experimental and limited-edition brew range: Doggie Style, In Heat Wheat, K-9 Cruiser, Snake Dog and Raging […]

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Take the High Road

Chiswick's lovely High Road Brasserie has reached the grand old age of five and to celebrate the occasion, it has just launched its fabulous Great Birthday menu. Available until Sunday 31 July, everyone who can snag a table can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner for just £5 a course! Head chef, Devon Boyce, has specially created a brasserie-style celebratory menu with classics and High Road favourites including Pea and Mint soup, Chicken Palliard and Lemon Tarts. Even the cocktails are £5 so while a Whiskey Smash or Dark & Stormy might not be the average tipple served at a […]

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Something for the weekend?

Feeling a little washed out after LoveBox? Head over to the O2 and Proud2 tomorrow for Live Fest, the only summer festival the weather can’t spoil.  Acts at the newly refurbished 3000 capacity club include DJ Zane Lowe, R&B star Tinchy Stryder, The Hoosiers Grime sensation Tempa T and collective Roll Deep. One of the UK’s biggest indoor festivals, Live Fest is spread over five venues within the famous O2, from Proud2 to the Indig02, Union Square, Inc Club and ASBaG and is set to champion a variety of different music genres including pop, urban, rock and hardcore. But if […]

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The Drift

The Drift invites Square Mile workers to escape the cut and thrust of fast paced City life and to stay, linger, explore and quite simply drift into a world full of quirky collectibles, hidden alcoves, a mixology table and fine dining nook, afternoon tea cocktails, a crustacea bar and decadent liquid desserts. Located in Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, the drift is the newest venture from the team behind The Folly, The Anthologist, the parlour and the refinery. A seven foot walnut bar features floating Chinese-style lanterns and a glass staircase leads to a secluded ‘cabana’ seating 12 surrounded by the […]

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The Barts Dark Arts Society

Move over Harry Potter, today marks the launch of Speakeasy bar Barts Dark Arts Society. The secret (ish) society meet monthly and guests will have the chance to observe and learn tricks that promise to astonish and astound. Hosted by acclaimed magician to the stars, Deceptionist, who has been described as the best manipulator of cards ever seen, budding sorcerer’s apprentices will have the chance to learn some of magic’s best kept secrets and enjoy a mystifying magical display. After the show you can either disappear into thin air or stay on and enjoy more cocktails and conjuring – we’d […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Belgium Day in Shoreditch

You may not know this, but tomorrow is National Belgian Day. In celebration of this event, Shoreditch’s Bar Music Hall will be transforming into a mini-Belgium, offering a multitude of Belgian beers and dishes for all the nation’s compatriots and all those new to it, too. On tap to enjoy will be the country’s speciality golden ale, Duvel 8.5%, as will Vedett, Maredsous and Liefmans’ unique fruit beers. Alongside the booze will be an array of delectable dishes straight from the ‘Low Country’, including dark chocolate, waffles, moules, ceviche, burgers and frites. If that lot doesn’t take your fancy, they even […]

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Pop Up At The Palace

Popping up in Whitehall’s dramatic Banqueting House from this week until 28 August is a brand new summer restaurant. Set within the iconic building’s Great Hall, guests can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea by renowned catering company Party Ingredients showcasing the finest food and wines from around the British Isles. Two traditional afternoon teas will be served everyday: The Rubens Tea and The King’s Tea. The Rubens features Organic smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches in handmade granary bread, lavender fruit scones with Cornish clotted cream & Kentish strawberry jam and summer fruit tartlets with peaches and redcurrant And then the […]

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Pan Asian Circus

Run away to join the Circus and roll up for Circus’ brand new Pan Asian menu served in the stylish venue’s surrealist interior while you’re entertained by the dazzling skills of contortion, illusion and acrobatics of the Circus Troup. Created by Andrew Lassetter (formerly of E&O and Cocoon), the menu has been specifically designed with sharing in mind and is peppered exciting flavours and textures. We’re loving the Tempura Soft Shell Crab with Green Chilli Aioli and Baked Barramundi Parcel with Asparagus, Coriander, Lime Leaf and Lemongrass. And to drink? A complementary Asian flavoured cocktail list including an Hibiscus Margarita […]

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The Dorchester turns 80

Considered as one of London's greatest landmarks, The Dorchester's 80th anniversary year was never going to go uncelebrated. So far, charity Trees for Cities, have planted 80 'Future Great Trees' around the capital to mark this special date and the hotel is in the process of putting together its very own commemorative cocktail and anniversary tea. But now master fashion illustrator David Downton appears to have got in on the act. To mark the birthday, he has designed 80 special prints of the hotel.Downton – who is renowned for his classically elegant and inimitable portraits – said recently, "It was fascinating for me to try and […]

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Ultra Vie

Want to sort out your social life in one fell swoop? Welcome to Ultra Vie, the brand new and exciting lifestyle concierge service founded by Johannes Kraft, Dipak Panchal and Simon Taghioff. Launching in the autumn, Ultra Vie, presents a new way to discover premium experiences in hospitality and retail. Manned by a dedicated team of social and industry insiders, Ultra Vie focuses on selecting unique, exclusive venues and events for a demanding clientele always on the lookout for the next big thing before it happens. “Our audience want to be in the know – to pick and choose from […]

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Making Street Kitchen British.

Walking into Finsbury Avenue Square, it’s hard not to notice the silver airstream caravan sitting by the UBS buildning. Head round to the front and you’ll find a converted kitchen with Chef’s Jun Tanaka of Pearl Restaurant and Mark Jankel of The Food Initiative in there serving out top quality food. When I say top quality, Chef Jankel spent 18 month scouring the U.K. sourcing the ingredients to ensure that everything on the menu is 100% British, and combining them with the skill’s of both chef’s, treat yourself to a hearty lunch, rather than nipping to the local coffee chain […]

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