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We Review Breakfast at Papillon

What? Looking out onto Regent Street, Papillon is a new all-day café on the ground floor of the Hotel Café Royal. Celebrating the best of Europe’s traditional café culture, it opens at 7:30am and stays open until 11pm serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. New? Relatively, it opened in the middle of June this year. Where? Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY, www.hotelcaferoyal.com On the Menu: Influenced by British and French cuisine, the menu has been created by the hotel’s new Executive chef, Jeremy Brown and Sarah Barber – the hotel’s renowned Executive Pastry chef. Typical […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Say Ciao To Pastaio – Soho’s New Fresh Pasta Restaurant

We should have probably known this, but turns out that a pastaio isn’t a nut, but a person who makes pasta by hand. Thankfully due to Stevie Parle we’ll never forget again, his new restaurant is called Pastaio and we expect we’ll be spending a lot of time there! Chef Parle, who was responsible for Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Palatino, Craft London and a partner at Sardine is already a dab hand at this. It goes without saying but Pastaio will be based around fresh pasta, and when it launches next month the 70 cover restaurant will contrast striking interiors, art and […]

What to do This Weekend

What to do This Weekend: 29th September – 1st October

Not that we’re counting down the days (okay, we lied, we’re literally marking off the hours) but it’s very nearly the weekend! And it looks like it’ll be a cracker, too, with masses of events across the capital to keep you captivated. Whether you’re going to be diving into ball pits at Ballie Ballerson or treating your dog to a three course meal (yep, that really is a thing), this should be a packed weekend. Dickie’s Bar What: Cocktail Masterclass Why: London loves a cocktail and even more so with London Cocktail Week taking place next week. Don’t just drinks […]

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Gabeto Camden Market: What We Thought

What? A Latin influenced British brasserie proving that Camden is more than just a home to punks and tourists. With dedicated ground-floor bar space and first-floor dining, Gabeto takes modern brasserie to meet industrial chic, feeling quite at home in its location tucked into the side of Camden market. New? Camden has seen plenty of new arrivals this year, including Launched at the start of July, Gabeto is still pretty new to the dining scene, but seems to be making positive waves. The bar, certainly, has already developed a following – whilst we were whisked upstairs to the dining area, […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Balthazar’s Instagrammble Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea it’s all about indulgence. There is no need for us to sit down at 4pm and eat a meal made up of almost exclusively sugar and carbs. We don’t need to, we just want to. So, when making an afternoon tea to celebrate Balthazar London’s fifth birthday, Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard has looked back at all the cakes that he and his team have created in the last five years and he’s chosen the most popular, the ones that get a high five. Of course, there’ll be scones with jam and lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and […]

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London Cocktail Week
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London Cocktail Week Is Coming!

If ‘shake it ’til you make it’ is the mantra for your life then the arrival of London Cocktail Week will certainly get you into the spirit. Call us Old Fashioned but this is a Mai Tai great event. Hosted by DrinkUp.London, the folks behind London Beer Week and Wine Week, the now 8th annual event encompases 250 bars, restaurants and popups accross the capital betweeen 2nd and 8th October. The evenings may be getting Dark & Stormy, but inside some of the city’s best hangouts London Cocktail Week promises to be both Cosmopolitan and Fizz-ing. The fun will centre […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Kitty Hawk’s Latest Wine Bar Is A Flyer

Kitty Hawk marks the place that the Wright Brothers ‘discovered’ powered flight. They might have been soaring, but it’s The Kitty Hawk in EC2, from resauranteurs Wright and Bell, that’s currently flying. Billing itself as ‘a space built around a sense of community made for people to kickback for drinks or dinner or both’  it’s open all day and throws together various styles across the two huge floors of restaurant, cafe, bar and dining counter. Now they’ve another string to their already impressive bow, The Kitty Hawk is launching The Back Room, a hideaway bar where Londoners can unwind in […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Incredible Most Travelled Popup Reaches The UK

It sounds like a test that even the Challenge Anneka people would turn down. But for one group of chefs, building 20 restaurants in 20 countries in 20 months has become a way of life. Welcome to One Star House Party. In the greatest culinary adventure ever, One Star House Party are already 8 months into their grand tour and have built up a host of experiences, ready to let-loose on their customers. The combination of chefs, drawn from leading restaurants around the world including Denmark’s NOMA and London’s Ledbury and Tom Aikens, are going from place to place, building […]

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Indian Tapas at Lokhandwala

What? Lokhandwala is a large, desirable neighbourhood in Mumbai, home to a number of notable Bollywood stars, TV personalities and film producers. Though a little less residential (we can dream…), Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street now has its own taste of Lokhandwala, in the form of “inventive, tapas-style Indian fare” in a rustically-glamorous setting. Where? 93 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4PY, www.lokhandwala.co.uk On the Menu: Gone are the days that ‘tapas’ means only giant prawns, tomato-loaded bruschetta and cubes of marinated meat; London now houses tapas of almost every global cuisine. Indian is one of the most recent (and most unconventional) and […]

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