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5 Great Places For Sushi

Quick, healthy (well if you forget the sugar water) and very moreish sushi is one of those dishes that it seems like London can’t get enough of. Good thing then that we have a whole plethora of sushi bars from Michelin-starred restaurants in Mayfair to sitting on the floor in bars in Soho, here are five of the best places to get sushi: Nobu If someone says they are going to take you to Nobu (and pay) then definitely go. The Michelin starred restaurant on Old Park Lane has been serving up sushi in London since 1997 and you’ll often […]

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Maple and Fitz

The sun is starting to shine, people are eating lunch outside and we even saw a man wearing shorts earlier, this might be a bit ambitious but spring is definitely on the way. And we’re starting to ditch our winter diets of carbs on carbs. So lucky for us then that the super-healthy Maple and Fitz has recently launched in Fitzrovia. Launched by the Le Cordon Bleu London- trained Canadian chef Adria Wu (who has also trained in nutrition), Maple and Fitz is apparently Fitzrovia’s first cold-pressed juice bar.  The juices have been created with different benefits in mind – […]

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Backyard Cinema kicks off Awards Season

Most of us working in the city are busy bees and things can seem to fly past like the latest films and trends (looms bands?) without us noticing, but then London is the land of creative pop ups so step up Backyard Cinema. Feature length films once on your ‘must see’ list are available to see again on the big screen thanks to this high quality, roaming pop-up cinema. This weekend pays homage to Awards Season where award winning blockbusters are screened in cinematic style at Altitude in Milbank Tower. Prepare to feel like an A-list celeb as the red […]

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Jar Kitchen

Friends Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero are passionate about food, so much so that they left their successful careers and decided to set up the sort of restaurant that they would like to visit. The result? Jar Kitchen opening next week on Drury Lane. Open throughout the day and into the early evening (making it perfect for a pre-theatre meal), the kitchen will be headed up by Dominik Moldenhauer previously of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner and everything will be made from scratch in the kitchen – once everything is up and running they’re going to start smoking their own meat too. […]

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The Woodstock: London’s First Japanese Izakaya

Think of a type of restaurant and London probably has it, however obscure. You want cereal? Then it’s Cereal Killer. Want animals? That’s Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Apparently what we don’t have is a properly authentic Japanese Izakaya,  well as of 12th March that is to change as London welcomes the first one, The Woodstock. Based on the pubs in Japan which are a pit-stop between work and home (literally translated Izakaya means ‘stay sake shop’) The Woodstock, which is just off Oxford Street, will focus on casual drinking and freshly grilled skewers. And boy do they have a lot […]

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The Berkeley launches new Prêt-à-Portea

Hands up if you’ve been guilty of lusting after designer labels, sneaking into sample sales or getting clothes envy flicking through a magazine? Well if so then we have something sure to tickle your fashion bone,  in celebration of the launch of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum this week, the Berkeley Hotel has created it’s very own Prêt-à-Portea; a sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by the godfather of British fashion’s most iconic designs. First up, it’s those ‘armdadillo’ shoes made famous by the likes of Lady Gaga. Tuck in to the fancy footwear which has […]

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Joe’s Southern Kitchen Launches 2nd Restaurant

Fans of mac n’cheese, fried chicken and American cocktails listen up: Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar is spreading its wings and heading up to Kentish Town for the launch of their second restaurant. You can expect to find the Covent Garden favourites on their menu – we’re talking devilled eggs, gooey corn spoon bread and beef short ribs, but they’ll also have their own signature dish; sweet tea brined fried chicken with lemon salt and Tabasco honey. As you can imagine this isn’t the sort of place that you go if you’re after small portions and silver service, nope this […]

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Mark Hix to host intimate dining experience

Foodies move quickly, as for one night only, celebrated restauranteur Mark Hix will be hosting an intimate dinner for 12 people with his former colleague Anton Edelmann. Anton was a former inspiration to Mark when they worked together and now they are going to be reunited, nearly 20 years later, to cook and discuss how their cooking has evolved. Those of you already familiar with the London food scene will recognise Mark Hix as the chef behind restaurants such as HIX Oyster & Chop House, HIX Soho and HIX at Browns Hotel to name but a few. Anton Edelmann is […]

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Shot launches a Bistrò

Following on from the opening of Ice & Slice in Fulham,  Shot  is expanding its SW6 empire with the launch of Bistrò by Shot which launches today. As the name suggests it’s French/Italian , seasonal, home-cooking with a twist. At lunch you’ll find dishes such as quail leg with orzo pasta and parmesan, whilst come the evening dishes such as cucumber cannelloni of Dorset Crab, avocado mousse and soy gel will be served or beef tartare and duck fat chips. To finish, as there is always room for pudding then you can get stuck into, pickled ginger panacotta with cardamom […]

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Joe’s Oriental Diner: It’s a Dive

Scott Hallsworth of the critically acclaimed Kurobuta is back and this time he has taken inspiration from the dive bar subculture of the Orient where people come together to eat and listen to music and has created Joe’s Oriental Diner. Opening today on the Kings Road, the restaurant which seats 38 will be serving up pan-Asian, bare bone recipes which originate from dishes eaten in the ports of Asia dishes. So expect to find the likes of fire cracker chicken, crunchy sweet and sour fish, coconut short-rib Rendang and slow cooked duck red curry with lychees. Drinks will include Frosties […]

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Farr’s School of Dancing (it’s a restaurant)

Contrary to what you might think, Farrs is a restaurant. Yes really. The ‘dancing’ thing is just to confuse people. The just-launched venue on Dalston Lane is a new venture from the team behind Clapton boozer The Clapton Hart, Manager Charlie Beety and Head Chef Brez Barwise and is all about pub food with seasonal produce, sourced locally and ethically wherever possible. The menu serves up artisan bar bites accompanied by chutneys and sauces, a selection of potted and jarred snacking dishes, school board sharing platters, hearty mains and indulgent desserts. Small plates feature Deep-Fried ‘Popcorn’ Cockles with Chilli Vinegar and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Owl bar to open – what a hoot!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that barman are basically the Fairy Godmothers of the twenty-first century. They are there to listen to our drivel when we’re broken up with, watch us get down with friends and impart some much needed wisdom/cocktails in times of crisis. However, if it is wisdom that you are after, make sure to head to Soho, where for one week only, you can be sharing your cocktails with a bunch of wise old owls. You heard correctly: owls, and we don’t mean the agony aunt kind. Yes, the nocturnal gang will be flying into Soho, […]

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