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The Southbank Igloos Return!

Jimmy’s Lodge is returning to Southbank! It may only be October, but that’s certainly not going to stop us getting ready to jingle those bells and cross our fingers for a white Christmas. Luckily for us, we are not alone in our wintery enthusiasm, as Jimmy and his team are back for 2017, and on hand with a whole lot of festive cheer – and more importantly, fondue. For only 50 days on London’s Southbank, the capital’s alpine enthusiasts are welcomed from far and wide to enjoy the treats of Jimmy’s Lodge. Perched cosily on the edge of the Thames, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Secret Immersive Experience – 24 Hours Only

In a city full of immersive experiences, it should be hard to stand out. But not so for In Night’s Darkling Glory, London’s latest experiential adventure, running at a secret Tower Bridge location from October 19-22nd. Created by an all-star cast including Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman and set designers behind Gingerline’s Chambers Of Flavour and Alice’s Adventures Underground Wonderland Bar, it’s the Capital’s first immersive event to feature live orchestra. Namely, the Arensky Chamber Orchestra – Britain’s Ensemble of Revolutionaries and masterminds behind the event. Guest will enter King Mark’s Castle, the gateway to three floors of interactive exploits. There, they’ll feast on a mead-infused hog roast (veggie options available too!) […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Backyard Cinema Returns With Secret Snow Kingdom

Winter time is pretty much synonymous with movie time – because is there really anything better than being curled up inside in front of your favourite film, chilly weather the other side of the window pane? With the days already getting colder and darker, our trusty favourites Backyard Cinema have prepared for the nights drawing in with their new winter season, kicking off at the end of October. The Christmas season is dedicated to us embracing our inner child; what other time of year would it be perfectly acceptable to get excited about panto, reindeer and chocolate-based advent calendars? Backyard […]

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Openings & Launches

Ahi Poké: Bringing Sunshine to the City

Think of the City and you don’t think of sunshine and vibrancy, you think of suits and grabbing a Pret for lunch to be shoved down in the five minutes between meetings. Fun. We can’t stop your phone calls and we can’t stop your email alerts, but we can tell you what to eat for lunch, whether you have five minutes to grab it or need to have it delivered straight to your desk – Ahi Poké. Friends, Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Bellaiche are opening their third site this month (you’ll find the other two in Soho and Victoria) […]

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Reviews

New Look at Belgravia’s Favourite, The Alfred Tennyson

What?  Part of the Cubitt House group, The Alfred Tennyson (formerly The Pantechnicon) is a pub in Belgravia for those who want to feel like they are back in the countryside albeit a London take on the country pub. New? Nope, but it reopened in early September following an extensive refurbishment. Where?  You’ll find it sitting on a corner of Kinnerton Street and Motcomb Street. It’s a pretty, quiet area of Belgravia, with cobbled stones and impressive Georgian buildings; the sort of street you’d actually want to eat alfresco on. I’ve never understood why Londoners seem to be happy sitting […]

Guides

17 Venues that Opened in September

October is already upon us and 2017 shows no suggestion of slowing down. If you want to take a breather from the dizzying speed of life, kick back and enjoy 22″ pizza, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine or pickle-inspired cocktails, praise be, this month has been one for you. Here’s our pick of the best 17 venues that opened in September, from regal English dining to rainbow coloured lattes. The English Grill What: New Luxury Dining Why: A new luxury dining experience, The English Grill has opened at Victoria overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace this month – suitably, as it’s food fit […]

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Bala Baya
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Best Breakfasts at Bala Baya Shook

It’s Monday (unless you’re reading this on another day, in which case it could be Friday and the weekend is almost here, hurrah) and Mondays aren’t much fun, but yesterday saw the launch of Bala Baya Shook and now your Mondays and breakfasts are going to be much better. Isn’t that nice to hear? A Tel Aviv ‘souk’ style market is opening up inside Bala Baya, it’ll be open from 8am and will be serving the likes of babka pretzels, pitta pie, poppy seed filas, iced cinnamon buns, chocolate babka swirls and quince and almond torsade. Taking on traditional dishes […]

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Two by Two
Experiences & Pop-Ups

Into The Kitchen They Went, TWO x TWO

With rare exceptions, such as wives and kidney failure, it’s a fact universally accepted that two is better than one. Which is presumably the thinking behind KitchenAid’s TWO x TWO series. KitchenAid, purveyors of beautiful kitchen appliances, have teamed up with leading chefs from around the world for their series which will see two chefs coming together to demonstrate their culinary heritage. The highly anticipated series will kick off with a canapé reception on 4th October and a Chef’s Table dinner on 5th October hosted by Andrea Zagatti, formerly of City Social and Osteria Francescana, and Santiago Lastra Rodriguez, formerly of Noma Mexico. The duo […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Botanist Sloane Square is Reopening – and it’s Blessing us with Free Champagne

Champagne lovers (i.e. everyone) get ready because we have information that’s going to change your mood and your entire outlook on the world. Okay, maybe not that last one, but the first is guaranteed. The Botanist Sloane Square is reopening with a brand new elegant look after its makeover, AND a stunning menu from newly appointed Head Chef Ameya Bhalekar. Exciting as this is, however, we’re talking about something else. Free champagne! That’s right, free champagne – and on a Monday what better news to lift the spirits? Those who have already experienced the awesome adventure and botanical cocktail bonanza […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

We’re Cock-A-Hoop About Cahoots Secret Immersive Birthday

In a land of underworld skullduggery, black market racketeering and spivvy good-for-nothings, life in post-war Britain may not seem too attractive. Unless you’re at Cahoots birthday party, in which case leave your ration-book at home, grab your demob suit and join in the chicanery going down at the illicit 1940s party. Cahoots is brought to us by the same people that created the worlds of Maggies, Bunga Bunga and Mr Fogg’s, immersive bars set in times and worlds far away yet instantly accessible. Founders Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling have created in Cahoots an almost time-traveller ability to descend into […]

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Cambridge Street Kitchen
Reviews

Cambridge Street’s New Menu

What? Originally a Victorian pub designed by Thomas Cubitt in 1852, Cambridge Street Kitchen is on the ground floor of the Artist Residence, a boutique hotel opened by couple Charlotte and Justin Salisbury. New? Nope, it opened back in 2015 following the opening of the Artist Residence in September 2014. They have, however, recently had a new Head Chef, Elliot Miller who has unveiled his new menu which makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Where? You’ll find the Artist Residence tucked away on a quiet residential street just down from Victoria Coach station, it’s warm glow drawing in the locals […]

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Openings & Launches

He Sells Seafood From The New Claw

It would be shellfish for us to keep this plaice to ourselves, London’s latest fish restaurant is coming to Kingly Street and it looks like it’s going to be pretty snappy! Claw Carbanby is the creation of Fabian Clark, who started the business in 2015 as a series of popups and market stalls selling seafood street food. The 28 year old London-based foodpreneur was inspired by the fact that the UK exports 80% of our crab to Europe and Asia rather than consuming it domestically. And in this, his first, ‘bricks-and-mortar’ establishment he has the chance to set straight. The new […]

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