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Anything But Pants, Le Calbar Comes To Seymour’s Parlour

Normally if someone’s first response when talking about a bar is the word ‘pants’, it’s time to strike it off your list and try another venue altogether. In the case of cool Parisian bar Le Calbar, though, it’s entirely accurate: the bartenders all serve without their trousers on. And if the array of knees on display isn’t enough to get you involved then don’t worry, the cocktails are incredible too. What’s more, they’re coming to London! Le Calbar has been an incredible success in Paris, regularly voted as one of the best bar in the city. The fact that the […]

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Godiva is Bringing an Immersive Chocolate Banquet to London… and It’s Completely Free

We’ve all heard Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”. But never has this rung more true than it does now, because an immersive chocolate banquet was the last thing we expected. What was that, you ask? An immersive chocolate banquet. Because for the launch of its Masterpieces range in Sainsbury’s stores, luxury chocolatier Godiva is teaming up with immersive dining extraordinaire Gingerline to give lucky winners an evening of multi-sensorial dining, with three courses inspired by the Heart, the Shell and the Lion from the Masterpieces collection. But […]

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Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea at London Hilton Park Lane

What: The Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea was created at London Hilton on Park Lane in collaboration with elegant British womenswear label Madderson London and the luxury London shoe brand, Lucy Choi. New? Yes and you don’t have long to try it out, the Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea is available from 11th-24th September to coincide with London Fashion Week (15th-19th September 2017). Where? London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE www.hilton.com On the Menu: Sandwiches include options like smoked salmon and horseradish cream on malted bread, and coronation chicken, curry and pineapple on ciabatta bloomer. Freshly […]

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What to do This Weekend: 22nd – 24th September

If you’re looking forward to this weekend in London nearly as much as we are then you’re probably already heading down to some of the events in this week’s guide! The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane What: Pie and Mash Pairings at Smith and Whistle Why: If the answer to ‘who ate all the pies?’ is ‘me’ then hopefully that’s because you’ve been down to Smith and Whistle at The Sheraton Grand for their pie and mash pairing. The event aims to bring a ‘bit of the East End to the West End’ to coincide with British Food Fortnight. Eat […]

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Dishoom Dishes Up A Stunning New Venue

Bombay is coming to Barkers! The iconic High Street Kensington building is an Art Deco masterpice, and so the natural choice for Indian restauranteurs Dishoom, who will be chanelling all the Art Deco heritage of Bombay into their new location. The restaurant, which will seat 200 and remain open all day brings Dishoom’s unmistakable Irani cafe style to West London. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Naveed Nasir the restaurant will serve Dishoom’s familiar Bombay comfort food including favourites like the Bacon Naan Roll for breakfast followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls […]

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Winter Feasting Returns With Pergola Paddington!

Pergola Paddington Central is returning this winter, with London’s premier drinking and dining extravaganza promising to be the season’s tastiest event. After a fantastic summer season, Pergola Paddington has equipped itself to host the crowds as the months get chillier, and is now fully winter-proofed – so you can enjoy the best food London has to offer, without sacrificing any of your extremities to the British winter. Hosting all the best independent eateries from across town, Pergola has transformed itself into an urban winter retreat, where you can while your winter hours away in comfort; the two floors have been […]

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Classic Comfort Food at Wringer & Mangle

What? Following on the success of the first Wringer & Mangle that opened in London Fields in a former laundry, this second venue finds itself on Middlesex street, just across from Liverpool Street station. New? Yes, brand spanking new, we visited on the opening night, something to keep in mind, when reading this. Where? 94 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields, E1 7EZ, www.wringerandmangle.com On the Menu: Heading up the kitchen is Food Director to the group, Paul Gayler MBE and Head Chef, Peter Tomkinson. At lunch you’ll find salads, pastries and sandwiches, whilst in the evening there is a menu of comforting […]

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Courtesan Brixton
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Courtesan Brixton: Dim Sum, Cocktails and Cabaret

What happens when you cross the rituals of ancient China and the its courtesans with the legendary clubs of 1920s Shanghai? Not something you probably think about that much, if at all ever. That said if you were to, the answer would be a dim sum and cocktail bar in Brixton – who’d have thought? Relaunching this September, Courtesan will weave together ancient and vintage feminine aesthetics with a futuristic thread. Neon lights, bright red graphics, jade velvet booths and large silk lanterns will sit alongside Chinese artefacts. Leading you down to the late-night venue will be a geometric neon-lit […]

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Made of Dough
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Reggae, Wine And Pizza Pairing

‘Red, red, wiiiiiine…’ may have been a massive hit for UB40, forever marrying together the unlikely couple of Jamaican Music and Cabernet Sauvigon. But now it’s about to get a bit more complicated for reggae and vin rouge, welcome into the threesome… Pizza! It’s a night of pizza, wine and reggae music and it sounds as brilliant as it is batty. Pizza legends Made of Dough started towing their oven around the country with a van before landing in their Peckham shipping container kiosk this year. Meanwhile independent wine merchants Lea & Sandeman have been scouring the wine regions of […]

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Gilly’s Fry Bar – Northern Chippy Meets Japanese Tempura

Kill us now, it’s never going to get any better than this: chip shop fish and chips, curry sauce and cocktails. Gilly’s Fry Bar arrives in Finsbury Park this week and it promises to be a fantastic, if unlikely, combo of chippy and highball cocktails with an Asian twist. Modelled on restauranteur Neil Gill’s memories of Tyneside chip shops, the restaurant will feature classics like cod and scraps but fused with the delicate art of Japanese tempura cooking. Running with the Northern obsession with dousing chips with curry sauce Gill has devised a menu combining the traditional katsu curry with […]

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It Doesn’t Get Batter Than This

If you thought that the best thing to come out of Australia was the Neighbours Omnibus then think again! Doughnut Time is headed to London and given that as far as we’re concerned it’s ALWAYS doughnut-o’clock so we can’t wait. Doughnut Time started as a tiny ‘hole-in-the-wall’ doughnut store down-under in 2015, just a couple years later and it’s expanded across twenty locations throughout Australia. Next month they go international, with a Shaftesbury Avenue store and bring their exceptional deep-fried creations to London. If you’ve not tasted their diabetes-inducing masterpieces then you absolutely must. The range includes the Créme De […]

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Farm Girl Opens in Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty’s three-storey flagship store at No.1 Carnaby is already the perfect pace for ladies that lunge to get kitted out, and now ladies what lunch can get involved too; health cafe Farm Girl has opened a concession. Farm Girl is the sort of Australian-inspired café that health conscious customers go mad for and with good reason. Loaded with superfood ingredients Sweaty Betty shoppers can now call in for their signature dishes including build-your-own-breakfast bowls and gluten-free doughnuts or celebrate completing laps of the shop at Farm Girl’s first cocktail bar, featuring alcoholic drinks using strawberry, acai and lavender infused […]

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