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diptyque Launch an Afternoon Tea

Time for a fact, whilst we all know that smell and taste are linked, did you know that it is thought that up to 90% of what we perceive as taste is actually smell? No, wonder that even the best food in life tastes like cardboard when we are ill, then. Why are we telling you this? Obviously it is something related to eating, we’re not suddenly interested in the study of olfactory. It’s because Hotel Café Royal have teamed up with leading French perfumer and artist, diptyque (you’ll recognise the candles) to create an afternoon tea based on their […]

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Flesh & Buns: Covent Garden’s Hidden Bao Den

What:  A secret, Covent Garden den of meat and steamed buns, Flesh & Buns was opened by Ross Shonhan as part of the Bones Daddies Collection, bringing London a taste of the Izakaya – the Japanese pub culture. New: Flesh & Buns originally opened back in 2013, specialising in gua bao – those sticky, fluffy Taiwanese buns we all can’t get enough of, long before the craze really took over us, in comparison, Bao didn’t open their first permanent site until 2015. Now four years later they’ve had a temporary closure this July whilst they update the restaurant. Where:  41 Earlham Street, […]

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We Review Kensington’s Most Charming Restaurant

What? Tucked away behind Kensington High Street sits Maggie Jones, a charming British restaurant which has character in bucket loads and if it was personified would be an eccentric old Englishman. Its sister restaurant, however, is La Poule au Pot, Ebury Street’s French restaurant. New? Certainly not, it’s done what many restaurants have not been able to achieve and has been open for over half a century. It opened back in 1964 as Nan’s Kitchen and was a favourite haunt of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, who would book under the alias of Maggie Jones. It then changed its name in the […]

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Openings & Launches

The Pilgrm: Paddington’s New Hotel

Continuing the year of the hotel, this autumn will see the opening of The Pilgrm (yes, it is spelled that way, that’s not just us making a continuous mistake) a new hotel opening in Paddington’s Norfolk Square. The work of Jason Catifeoglou (myhotels group, IHG, The Zetter, Grain Store & The Zetter Townhouses), Andreas Thrasyvoulou (myhotels group) and Steph Thrasyvoulou, the 73-bedroom hotel is said to be a reinterpretation of the traditional hotel (could be why they chose the edgy spelling). You’ll check in online before you’ve arrived so you won’t find a reception desk, instead you’ll find a ground […]

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Openings & Launches

Duo Behind 108 Garage Open Southam Street

The story of how one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, 108 Garage, came about is like the new Netflix series you’ll be binging on. Luca Longobardi, a successful broker, married to Miss Brazil suddenly lost it all as he was falsely accused of money laundering, put on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list, arrested and put in a maximum- security prison in Brazil. After being exonerated neither his business or marriage survived. Meanwhile Chris Denney was a struggling artist, spending his evenings as a pot-washer, he then decided to become a chef, eventually landing a job in a Michelin-starred kitchen. The next […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Farmacy’s Plant-Based Afternoon Tea

The vegan and vegetarian take-over is one step closer to victory as Farmacy launches a plant-based afternoon tea to coincide with National Afternoon Tea Week (14-20 August). This unique tea will begin with a pot of hemp leaf tea on arrival (or any other tea infusions that takes your fancy) before enjoying the three -tier tea. Sticking with the classic savoury then sweet layout the tea begins with the likes of raw quiche filled with organic spinach ‘cream’ topped with pickled fig, and jackfruit and pickled chilli tacos. The sweeter section will have Farmacy’s strawberry and cashew mousse, lemon ‘meringue’ […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Westfields is Getting a Zip Wire

A fantastical Future Forest with a walk-in breathable aromatic Fruit Cloud…no this isn’t a description of a live-action remake of Charlie and Chocolate Factory but the latest mind-boggling installation from Bompas & Parr. Arriving at Westfield London on the 15th August the installation will boast a selection of immersive activities including educational events like a mini exhibition showcasing plants that create electricity, the magic of spider silk, and a historic tree circus alongside artefacts, artworks and anecdotes about forests and nature. Once you’ve blown your mind with all of that wackiness, get your heart pumping with UK’s first shopping centre […]

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Saucy Chip: London’s Best Chips

What?  Jules Heaton was the marketing and communications director at O2 but gave it all up to pursue her love of chips. And good thing she did really, because she created Saucy Chip – which as the name suggests are chips topped with the likes of mozzarella and pesto and gravy. New? Saucy Chip launched in 2014 and has since been touring festivals up and down country, then at the end of April this year they found a permanent home at Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen in Fitzrovia. Where? Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen, 33 – 34 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1JN, […]

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Hidden Bars
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 Secret Hidden Bars

Everywhere you look in London there are bars, the streets are filled with them, but what about the places you aren’t looking? The drinking spots hidden away behind closed doors, masquerading as shops, pharmacies and abandoned buildings. Here are 10 of London’s top hidden bars…which admittedly aren’t so hidden anymore.

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Roast’s New Saturday Brunch

What? Borough Market restaurant, Roast, have just launched a new Saturday brunch menu championing British produce and with new twists on classic dishes.  New? Whilst Roast isn’t new, the brunch is having only launched a couple of weeks ago. Where? The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL, www.roast-restaurant.com On the Menu: The menu that chef, Stuart Cauldwell has created is hearty and indulgent, yet refined. Of course, with a name like Roast you’re not going to find buckwheat pancakes or quinoa porridge, but you’re also going to be disappointed if you’re looking for a dirty Full English […]

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