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The Grande Dame Of Bloomsbury

‘Grande Dame’ is a title used only for a handful of hotels, suggesting a certain scale, longevity and luxury, you never hear Travel Lodge referred to as ‘the grande dame of Charnock Richard Service Station’. The Principal London, however, has achieved Grande Dame status even before it opens in early 2018. Originally the Frederick Hotels Company, the Bloomsbury hotel opened in 1898 and the terracotta building dominates the eastern side of Russell Square. It lived up to the grande dame title throughout the twentieth century, the dining room was famously a near identical copy of the one on the Titanic […]

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We Review: Vegan Street Food in Camden

What: So it turns out that Camden Market is much more than a thriving metropolis for overpriced goth wear, dubious looking drug alternatives and cheap fast food. Not only have their food stalls improved overall, from which they are part of 1000 plus stalls, but the vegan offerings are plentiful and varied. New? Hardly, Inverness Street in Camden Town started selling local foodstuffs from the beginning of the 20th century. It expanded in 1974 to include a small weekly crafts market that operated every Sunday near Camden Lock which then developed into a large complex of markets that over a […]

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There’s Another Ivy, But This One’s Different

The Ivy genie is well and truly out of the bottle, those guys can’t go a month or two without launching another restaurant, and long may it continue because they’ve all been fabulous! This time around, though, it’s not another Ivy branded grill and brasserie but something a bit different. Welcome the Granary Square Brasserie. During the day the brasserie will seek to ‘redefine all-day dining’ as a comfortable place to eat, drink and hang out; but by night the DJ will settle in and provide a beat to go along with an evening of cocktails and dining. The menu […]

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The Thomas Cubitt Gets A Marylebone Cousin

Cubitt House already own a fantastic stable of restaurants and hotels, including The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street, The Orange, The Grazing Goat, The Alfred Tennyson and now they’re to be joined by The Coach Makers Arms. The three storey public house perfectly fits the style of Cubitt House’s previous acquisitions, set on a corner of Marylebone Lane it will continue their tradition of elegant, high-end gastropubbing. The building itself is impressive, fully renovated thanks to design agency, Coriander Buildings who has designed similar projects including Disrepute, Rum Kitchen and Riding House Cafe. With a bespoke handmade bar dominating the […]

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Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here

‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]

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New McCain Roastaurant

If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]

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New Soho Club Packs A Punch

What do Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton or Amir Khan have in common with Soho’s latest sophisticated cocktail bar opening this week? Not much, but the tenuous link is that Jack Solomons, is both the inspiration for this new bar and also the father of modern boxing. Built on the site of a former boxing gym, Jack Solomons found fame and fortune in British boxing’s golden years following the Second World War. His tactic of bringing big fighters from the US and Britain together to maximise audience, publicity and takings was a stroke of genius that continues today. Jack Solomons Club […]

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We Review The Frog By Adam Handling

What? Having made a name for himself by winning whole host of awards and for creating officially (not so officially) the best dish in London- the cheese and truffle doughnuts, Adam Handling opened his second restaurant and the flagship site for the group: Frog by Adam Handling. A more grown up affair than Frog E1 this new site even has a hidden bar below the restaurant, Eve. New? Yes, it opened mid-September of this year. Where? Part of the group of restaurants that has taken Covent Garden from tourist destination to foodie hub, you’ll find Frog By Adam Handling just […]

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We Review: Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell’s New Afternoon Tea

What?  Your great aunt Wilhelmina* has called, she is putting on an afternoon tea and has invited that you join her in her Georgian townhouse, for sandwiches, scones and of course an alcoholic tipple or two. New? Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell isn’t, but the tea is relatively new. During the summer, Benjamin Boeynaems (previously the head chef at Goring Hotel) joined the team as head chef and created a new afternoon tea based on both Aunt Wilhelmina and Uncle Seymour – who lives at Zetter Town House Marylebone. Where?  Just off Clerkenwell Road, Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell sits on the edge of […]

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A “Kultured” Pop-Up In Soho

Just when you thought there wasn’t enough places to get a drink in Soho; bars are now just popping up. Yes, that’s right a new pop-up bar is set to take up residence in Soho from the 29th November, aka tomorrow. So get your glad rags on, your purse handy and I’ll meet you down there. The pop-up is called Kultured, spelt with a K because it’s obviously new and “kool” and doesn’t care for the rules. So, what sets this establishment apart from the rest that reside along Great Windmill street? Well I’ll tell you, it’s the fermenting. Now […]

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We Review Behind This Wall

What? An underground cocktail den in Hackney, Behind This Wall is as cool and intriguing as the name suggests. New? After a successful stint as a 4-month summer pop-up, it went permanent in early 2016, taking over the site of a former Turkish social club. Where? Behind This Wall, 411 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY www.behindthiswall.com On the Menu: Cocktails are the name of the game but don’t go looking for a mojito. Instead you’ll find ingredients like dehydrated broccoli, saline water and oysters… and yes, those are in the drinks. Ingredients are seasonal and steer well clear of anything artificial […]

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The Coral Room Opens at The Bloomsbury

2017 really has been the year of the hotel, new hotels opening, hotels being announced and hotels relaunching. It’s been a busy year for London’s iconic venues. One such hotel is The Bloomsbury, home to Dalloway Terrace, the Bloomsbury Club and now The Coral Room as it’s relaunching today following a multimillion-pound investment. Working with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, Aquavit, Scarfes Bar etc) The Doyle Collection has transformed the reception area, sitting room, updated the suites as well as creating The Coral Room. Sitting at the front of the hotel, the bar features the original panelling…quick pit […]

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