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We Review London’s Smallest Grand Hotel

What? Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the duo behind London’s award-winning bars Worship Street Whistling Shop and whisky bar, Black Rock, have become hoteliers. Admittedly on a very small scale, The Napoleon is a hotel which features just one bedroom and three bars; could this be London’s booziest building? New? Quite literally building on the success of Black Rock (the whisky bar sits in the basement) Sack, The Devil’s Darling and The Napoleon opened back in April of this year. Where? Sitting between Shoreditch and the City you’ll find The Napoleon Hotel at: 9 Christopher Street, Hackney, EC2A 2BS, www.napoleon-hotel.com […]

Openings & Launches

Former Strip Club Turns Smokehouse

Once a ‘family run strip club’ (mind boggles), the White Horse in Shoreditch has now gone and been replaced by Smoking Goat, a second venue for the Soho Thai barbeque bar. Ben Chapman, Brian Hannon and Head Chef Ali Borer will bring their expertise from Soho to bear in this exciting new venture in the heart of Shoreditch. Redesigning the interior to both draw on the original features of the concrete 1930s building and evoke the atmosphere one of Bangkok’s late night canteen spots, Smoking Goat has been carefully designed by Champan and guided by project manager Colin Harding and […]

Reviews

Essence Cuisine: Like Vegan Food But Better

What: A 100% plant-based menu designed by Matthew Kenney, a pioneer for high-end vegan and plant-based food in the US. New? It opened in early September in the heart of Shoreditch. Where? 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH www.essence-cuisine.com On the menu: Open from breakfast through to dinner, all dishes are available to eat in or take away. During breakfast you can expect dishes like Golden Quinoa Porridge with Radish, Sprouts, Chilli Flakes, and Seeded Bread, and Raw Pancakes with Candied Walnuts, Berry Salad, Mint and Vanilla Coconut Cream. Lunch and dinner has dishes like salad bowls, heirloom tomato lasagne and raw […]

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Winterland
Experiences & Pop-Ups

Winterland: Enchanted Forest Popup

If you’re fond of fondue, hot for a hot toddie or craving some curling then you’re going to be wild for Winterland. Neverland, the Fulham beachside summer party has transformed into Winterland, the Fulham beachside winter party and it looks like it’s going to be a blast. The riverside enchanted woodland will feature everything from igloos to to mini golf, not to mention an affordable drinking and dining experience. Escape to Winterland’s fully heated Winter lodges, which are perfect for up to 10 people to snuggle under fur throws enjoying 3 courses of fondue. Or sit alongside the Thames in […]

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Culture

London’s New Must-See Exhibition

What can you do about boredom? Beat It with a Michael Jackson exhibition. We all have a certain image that comes to mind when we think of Michael Jackson, be it his iconic dance moves, his endless repertoire of songs you just can’t sit still to, or fashion statements like his sparkly white gloves and military jackets. But something we rarely consider is the impact he had on the art world, despite being THE most depicted cultural figure in visual art. So, for the first time ever, works depicting Michael Jackson by over forty contemporary artists are going to be […]

Reviews

We Review The Stoke House

What? If the word carvery conjures up images of a down-at-heel Harvester by a busy dual-carriageway somewhere godforsaken like Croydon, then think again. Toby has been allowed nowhere near this ‘modern carvery’ and The Stoke House is a total reworking of the concept, combining excellent cuts of meat, expert smoking  methods and beautiful cooking. New? Sort of, yes, it opened in May. Where? Victoria, right close to the station, in the Nova Building Development. On The Menu: Remember that time Lady Gaga rocked up to the VMAs wearing a suit made entirely of meat? Well the waiters might as well each be wearing one […]

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The Perception, W London
Openings & Launches

Amazing New Bar At W London

Perception, they say, is everything. One place this is especially true is W London, the Leicester Square hotel is about to launch their new bar celebrating London’s love of design and fashion, and it’s appropriately named The Perception. If London is the worldwide capital of the music, fashion and design industries, Leicester Square has to be its epicentre. So where better for a bar that celebrates the city’s creative energy than W London, the stylish hotel that dominates the Western entrance to the square. The Perception at W London combines bold design, a diverse cultural programme and, of course, killer […]

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Guides

14 Spooky Halloween Parties

It’s that night of the year when the dead come back to life, witches soar overhead and spirits whirl around. Welcome to Halloween. Whether you’re knocking back champagne at the Veuve Clicquot ball, dodging death at The Savoy or sipping cocktails at Dandelyan you’re in for a terrifying time.

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Woody Bear
Experiences & Pop-Ups

Woody Bear: Oxford Street’s New Rooftop Pop-Up

Boozy eggnog in retro flasks, grilled cheese, animal see saws and tea-cup fairground booths are coming to a rooftop on Oxford Street as summer pop-up Sisu, remerges as Woody Bear. The first winter pop-up at the venue, design team DENLDN have taken their inspiration from an abandoned urban fairground with animal see-saws, tea cup fairground ride booths, swings, log tables and hot gin punch and Negronis on tap. To eat there’s a whole lot of cheese, winter bulking is about to commence. They’ve teamed up with croque-monsieur street food connoisseurs, Madame & Monsieur to serve up grilled cheese sandwiches including […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Get PISTE At Archer Street Cocktail Bar

Archer Street Cocktail Bar is once again the best place in London to get PISTE. After a long day spent on the nursery slopes of Regent Street, slaloming up and down St Martin’s Lane or battling the black run that is Picadilly Circus then the perfect place to peel off the layers and relax is PISTE, the ski lodge popup at Archer Street Cocktail Bar. Given we’ve spent the summer months luxuriating in Archer Street Cocktail Bar’s Antigua and Barbuda Shack sipping cocktails and imagining ourselves by the white island sands, the transformation from Carribean beach shack to apres ski […]

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