Openings & Launches

Vijay’s Lounge: Fitzrovia’s New Speakeasy Bar

Those who have been to Indian restaurant Lokhandwala, will know that it is based on Victorian aristocrat Lady Charlotte, the spurned lover of Vijay Kapur, an insalubrious cad from Bombay. Well now it’s Vijay’s turn to have somewhere dedicated to him as Vijay’s Lounge opens today, a speak easy bar, above the restaurant. A secretive bar where he could run his empire and no doubt hide from Lady Charlotte. Just like Vijay, the bar will be rich, moody and opulent with an impressively stocked bar, striking bronze chandeliers, oil paintings and a silver elephant; come the summer, you’ll be able […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

It’s Californian Food, Dude

Duuuude! Get the full California experience without buying medical marijuana, waxing your surfboard or even having to leave London. Just head to Pocho at Street Feast’s Giant Robot and Dinerama. The guys who brought us Breddos Tacos have come up with another hit, the California inspired Pocho. Experience the tastes and spirit of LA in Canary Wharf with Pocho’s line-up of tacos, sliders and tostadas. Expect four tacos, beef brisket Barcacoa, Californian fried chicken, confit pork belly and smoked caulifower. There’s also the tostada, with spicy hamachi ceviche with daikon coleslaw, avocado and peanut or beetroot poké with miso, meyer […]


The Boxsets We’re Obsessed With This Month

You all enjoyed last month’s Boxsets article so much that we selflessly spent the last four weeks binge-watching even more TV so that we could report back. All in the name of ‘work’. So here are the series that had us thrilled, romanced and comedied this last month. Our Editor Emily started us of by getting stuck in with with crime and Miranda… Ozark If you sometimes worry about the choices you make then fear not, you’re bound to be better than Marty and Wendy Byrde, they’re attempting to wash $8millon for a Mexican drug cartel whilst duping small businesses, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Food Takeover at Top 5* Hotel

Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is proving that opposites do attract as they bring together two very different sides of London: 5* hotels and street food. Starting next Tuesday, the new monthly takeover series will see different street food vendors serving up innovative dishes at the rooftop bar every Tuesday. First up will be Other Side Fried who have created a bespoke menu which includes O.S.F: fried chicken, brown butter mayo, parmesan, garlic and lettuce and Honey Butter: fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce. Taking over in May will be Burger & Beyond and then moving into summer […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Unexpected Foodie Spot

In comparison to next door Oxford Street (also known as the closest thing to hell in London during rush hour), Regent Street is a dream filled with a whole host of impressive restaurants, from big names like Gordon Ramsay to less well-known chefs who are creating lots of noise for all the right reasons. It’s becoming quite the unexpected central foodie spot, unfortunately that prize is never going to go to Leicester Square. With four days off this weekend there is plenty of time to work your way down the street. Swap chocolate eggs for steak tartare with truffle crisps […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

33 Eggscellent Ways To Celebrate This Easter

InterContinental Park Lane As well as an Easter afternoon tea and Easter menus at both Ella Canta and Theo Randall, the InterContinental Park Lane will be serving an Easter brunch, accompanied by live jazz and bottomless sparkling wine. To go with your bottomless drinks will be unlimited food, you’ll find cold dishes such as ballotine of salmon, lobster and pistachio mousse; salads; waffles and omelettes and plenty of puddings including fruit meringues, raspberry fool and of course, chocolate eggs. Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April The London Cabaret Club For the Easter weekend, Bloomsbury Ballroom will be filled […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

We Review: Sheraton Grand Hat Tea

What: Not quite a Mad Hatters tea party but there are certainly hats. New: The Sheraton Grand has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, (Locke & Co) to create a one of a kind afternoon tea. New to the menu, it was our privilege to go and check it out. Where: The Sheraton Grand Park lane. Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX, On the menu: An afternoon tea inspired by hats. A fabulous selection of sandwiches catering for meat eaters as well as those of the vegetarian persuasion. A choice of plain, and warm chocolate and orange scones. Then came […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Dedicated to Cheese

An entire festival dedicated to cheese; the sexiest words known to mankind? Quite possibly. Cheese Street NW5 will be a glorious day focusing entirely on the delicious yellow stuff at Parliament Hill Farmers Market on Hampstead Heath. The titillating folk behind such a concept is London Farmers Market who will be showcasing the best Britain has to offer, welcoming local and sustainable food traders, as in keeping with London Farmers Market’s ethos. Dip your toe in the cheese lifestyle with sampling sessions and plenty of tasters from ‘Cheese Angels’. Famous cheese faces like Mac to the Future and The Cheese Truck will be […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Royal Cocktail Collection

2018 may be the year of the woman, but it is also the year of Harry and Meghan’s wedding. As you can imagine the whole world is running around like looneys planning for the big day and frantically trying to figure out how they can best use it to their advantage. Speaking of, Ritorno has curated a collection of Royal Wedding cocktails, using the happy couple as inspiration. To start things off we have a rather romantic number called the Prince and the Showgirl, try and contain the wistful sighs. Using Harry’s love of vodka and infusing it with ginger […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

White Russians And The Big Lebowski at TT Liquor’s Cinema

TT Liquor the drinks emporium on Kingsland road is launching a new cinema tomorrow. Nestled in the middle of Shoreditch, the bar will be serving cocktails and more specifically White Russians. We’re talking drinks here for any of you literalists, so you can unfurrow that brow. So why are they reeling out the White Russians? Well, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, TT Liquor will be christening their cinema with a special screening of the iconic film. As White Russians are Dude’s favourite drink it is only fitting that you be able to sit and enjoy […]

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Write a Poem, Get Free Coffee

Why is it, that we love music and we love reading, but poetry which is the stepping stone between the two just doesn’t seem to appeal so much? Maybe because it conjures up memories of rote learning Wordsworth in the class room, the whole room monotonously wandering lonely as a cloud. And even now we can’t remember the whole verse yet play us a song we last heard in 1996 we’ll know it perfectly. We bet then, that you didn’t know that today (21st March) is World Poetry Day and that if you write a poem today you can get […]

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Health & Wellness

London’s New 5* Spa

Right now, if we could choose where we could be, the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area sounds like our sort of happy place, but like with most things in life, we’ll have to wait to be there. It’s part of the extensive renovation taking place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London which includes a new spa opening at the end of May. The next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been redesigned by Adam D. Tihany and he’s taken his inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, to create a contemporary space that reflects nature, precious metals and harmony found […]

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