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Openings & Launches

The Ivy City Garden Opens

The Ivy Collection is set to grow again next month as they reach over to the city and open The Ivy City Garden at Dashwood House, in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens. On the menu will be a collection of favourites from The Ivy Collection, such as the shepherd’s pie, brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s eggs and black truffle, and the legendary chocolate bombe with hot salted caramel sauce. A new, exclusive dish will be the truffle beef Wellington sharing platter for four served with foie gras sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and green salad and at the weekend you can […]

Openings & Launches

The Vincent Opens in Hackney Downs

The Sebright Arms on Hackney Road was a boarded-up pub awaiting demolition before Charles Ross, Richard Temple and Jamie Hempseed came along – now it’s an East End institution. Next, they are turning their attentions to Hackney Downs with the opening of The Vincent. Split across two floors, The Vincent will be made up of a 50-cover restaurant downstairs with a further 20-covers upstairs and, when the sun decides to make an appearance, there’ll be space for another 50 diners on the outdoor terrace. Joining forces with West Architecture and Byron Pritchard, Charles has overseen the interior, which is all […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Original and Best Restaurant Festival Returns

With so many amazing restaurants at our fingertips, it’s often overwhelming to know where to start. Is your stomach telling you you want tapas or is that groan actually supposed to be interpreted as a craving for ramen? We never know. Make the decision making process that little bit easier by heading to Regents Park in June. Taste of London, aka the original restaurant festival, is back for another year, bringing with it 40 of London’s top restaurants – everyone from Kricket to Bao and Señor Ceviche to Roka will be there and you can eat them all thanks to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Mediterranean Terrace is Coming to the Southbank

It’s no secret that Britain goes crazy when the sun decides to shine. Even if it’s only for a few hours, many of us will unapologetically head to the beach and soak up as much of the heat without getting any dodgy tan lines. With the recent spate of urban beaches popping up for summer 2017, the announcement of a traditional terrace comes as a refreshing change. Opening on 22nd May, Mondrian London’s Summer Terrace will be the place to go unwind and watch the sun set. Inspired by the spectacularly scenic French Riviera, Mondrian’s stylishly designed heated exterior extends along the […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 12th-14th May

Believe it or not this Saturday sees not only World Cocktail Day but also National Hummus Day. Not ones to skip a celebration, you’ll find us celebrating with cocktail in one hand, pitta in the other. And once those are consumed we’ll be heading over to Shoreditch for Balance Festival; HIIT, yoga and healthy food all under one roof. There’s also a beer festival, al fresco banquet and chocolate sauce on tap ready to pour onto your ice cream. Read on and find out where…

Openings & Launches

The Prince of Peckham: A Proper Pub

Raised in South London, Clement Ogbonnaya, is about to open his first pub, it’s the first venture from The Arbuthnot Group and will be a South London pub, operated by and for, South Londoners. Clement will be taking over The Clayton Arms, just off from Peckham High Street and turning it into The Prince of Peckham, a 300- capacity venue situated over two floors where cutting edge music, Caribbean food, local get-togethers and workshops will be the order of the day. In the kitchen will be street food connoisseurs White Men Can’t Jerk. Saturdays will be bottomless brunch day, on […]

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Princess and the Pea
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A Princess and the Pea-Themed Stay

Someone wise once said, ‘If you lose your shoe at night…you’re drunk’. Tongue in cheek coffee shop blackboards and TfL whiteboards are full of wisdom and whilst we can’t all live a real life fairytale (cocktails are just too appealing), we can now be a princess for day. In fact, call that a night. We told you about the sellout Beauty and the Beast-inspired afternoon tea a couple of months ago, but now it’s the turn of Hans Christian Andersen’s Princess and the Pea to be reimagined; as a Garden Pea cocktail (made with gin, St Germain liquor, olive oil, […]

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Secret Brunch
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Most Exclusive Secret Brunch Party Opens Its Doors

Secret Brunch is an elusive members-only brunch club, known for their exclusive, raucous brunch parties. If you’re not a member then you’re not going. Except, that isn’t strictly accurate. On the 20th May, to celebrate their seventh birthday, they will, for the first and only time, be opening the doors to the public. You’re going to want to get tickets pronto. The year is 1840, the birth of the industrial revolution, the end of the world as they knew it. Wanting one last hurrah before this change, they decided to gather in a giant circular dome, about to house the […]

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Reviews

Islington Restaurant Radici Goes Back to its Roots

What: Part of the restaurant group D&D, Radici, is an authentic Italian restaurant trattoria. The name translates as ‘roots’ in Italian to represent Head Chef Francesco Mazzei’s roots in Islington where he has been for 20 years. New? Formerly Almeida, Radici opened its doors 18th April 2017. Where? 30 Almeida Street, Islington N1 1AD www.radici.uk On the Menu: Francesco Mazzei aimed to bring the food of his childhood to his London home so the menu reflects the Calabrian cuisine of his heritage, as well as incorporating dishes from the southern Italian areas of Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia. Pizzas and bread […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

High End Dining…in the Sky

Ever get tired of spending hours on end looking online for a great place to eat, with a menu and stunning scenery to match? So do we – sometimes it seems impossible to find a restaurant that ticks all three boxes when it comes to dining out in London. Fear not, (quite literally for some) as the team behind award-winning sustainable fine dining restaurant Orwell’s seems to have found the answer. In partnership with specialist events company ‘London in the Sky’, Co-Chefs Ryan Simpson and Lim Trotman will bring their culinary talents from Oxfordshire to London for the first time, serving […]

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