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Our Guide To… The Top Films to See in 2015

The beginning of 2015 sees the end of our best friend Orange Wednesdays. While this breaks our little cinema-going hearts and is a cruel hit on the wallet, we can’t not go to the cinema. Yes, Netflix does a good job of being there for you in the form of 90s movies on repeat when your hangover means your pyjamas stay on one too many days. But for the days when you want to chill out but go out, the cinema is the place to be… With awards season upon us, we’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated films of 2015, meaning that […]

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Taste Portugal Comes to Portal

When asked what your favourite cuisine is we suspect few of you would answer ‘Portuguese’. ‘What even is Portuguese food?!’ we hear some of you mutter.  Well, rising star Ricardo Costa is about to change all that. Billed as one of Portugal’s most creative chefs with his restaurant at the Yeatman Hotel being Porto’s only Michelin-starred establishment, for one night only Costa is reuniting with Antonia Correia at Portal on John Street, where it all began 9 years ago. This exclusive TASTE PORTUGAL event will celebrate all things Portuguese, with Bísaro pork at the centre of a 5-course menu boasting delights […]

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Zinnia comes to Fulham

Tucked away on the Fulham High Street end of Fulham Road is new all-day, three floor Japanese fusion restaurant and lounge, Zinnia. Grab a Bento box, sushi or lighter sharing plates for lunch but the culinary offering is super-charged for evening with highlights including Dorset crab, Aged sirloin tataki and Miso black cod, or Szechuan glazed pork belly, lotus root, petit pear and ginger. There’s also a Robata grill serving up skewers of Yakitori chicken, Teriyaki beef and Spiced quail or Pork fillet with kohlrabi, shishito and papaya curry while larger dishes include Spiced duck confit and Hake wrapped in […]

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Trader Vic’s Tiki Cinema

So the sun might be a distant memory as you wonder if you will ever be warm again, but the guys down at Trader Vic’s are doing their best to keep spirits up by bringing a taste of the tropics to London with the launch of a Tiki cinema. Tiki cinema, you ask? Yep. This Hawaiian film experience will take place at their newly refurbished bar in the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, kicking off with all-time favourite Jurassic Park on 12th January. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail and cinema-goers can sip on a tropical tipple (we suggest a Mai […]

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Hally’s sister Little H Opens

Opening today is Little H a new deli/café bringing a slice of California and Cape Town to Parson’s Green and a little bit of sunshine to the miserable month.  Created by husband and wife, Philip Beatty and Anna Halliday who also own the ever popular Hally’s just over the road, Little H will have a farm to table approach to food, they’re all about locally sourced and high quality ingredients, which sounds ideal to us. Timorous Beasties are behind the eclectic beach-style atmosphere of the café which seats 12. Topsy-turvy foliage hangs in front of a back drop of pineapples […]

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Smith & Wollensky

Meat lovers rejoice. This spring, Smith & Wollensky is bringing its collection of boutique American steakhouses across the pond and opening in the Adelphi Building on John Adams Street, just off The Strand. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, SWRG for short, opened its first venue back in 1977 and now has nine locations from Miami Beach to Las Vegas and Houston Texas, which, coupled with the fact that the US pretty much invented the steakhouse, we think they’ve probably got it sussed when it comes to beef. Expect Imported USDA prime alongside British and Irish cuts (the kitchen features a […]

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The ever changing Carousel

Carousel, on Blandford Street Marylebone is one restaurant you can never get bored of. Why? Because the chefs are constantly changing, with different residencies happening every couple of weeks or so, blink and you’ll miss one. Recent collaborations have included Selin Kiazim, Javier Rodriguez and Tommy Forster and guess what? They’ve just announced the chefs that are joining Ollie Templeton, resident chef and co- founder in January.  Kicking things off is Uyen Luu,  food writer, chef, the founder of the acclaimed Vietnamese Supper Club (and comes with a personal recommendation from Jamie Oliver!) before the talented Henrik Noren takes over […]

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Our Guide to… January Discounts

As ever after Christmas, it is likely we’ve all had a shift in pounds, far too few in our wallets and for too many on the scales. But you needn’t despair, as we have created a handy guide of restaurant, bars and venues who have kindly discounted their prices to help easing us into the brand spanking new year a little easier. 25% off Champagne Afternoon Tea at Boyds While some of you may be detoxing, some you of may still be (rightly so) enjoying the finer things in life, nothing against the vegetables of the world but we just […]

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Our Guide to… January Discounts

As ever after Christmas, it is likely we’ve all had a shift in pounds, far too few in our wallets and for too many on the scales. But you needn’t despair, as we have created a handy guide of restaurant, bars and venues who have kindly discounted their prices to help easing us into the brand spanking new year a little easier. 25% off Champagne Afternoon Tea at Boyds While some of you may be detoxing, some you of may still be (rightly so) enjoying the finer things in life, nothing against the vegetables of the world but we just […]

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Bao: From stall to Soho

If you’ve visited Netil Market then chances are you’ve come across Bao – the 6 seat bar and market stall. Well now they’re upping sticks and opening their first permanent restaurant on Lexington Street, Soho this spring.  Run by Erchen Chang and siblings Shing Tat and Wai Ting Chung, the team will also be supported by Karam, Jyo and Sunaina Sethi; if you recognise them it’s because they’re the family behind the likes of Trishna, Bubbledogs and Lyle’s – a good foundation! Taking inspiration from Taiwan, China and Asia as well Xiao Chi or ‘small eats’ restaurants from Erchen’s hometown […]

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The Pig & Goose Review

The newly opened Pig & Goose, nestled above the charming and charismatic pub The George on the Strand and opposite the formidable Royal Courts of Justice, is really one of those hidden gems that if you are not looking out for you will miss….and that would be a great shame. Once you’ve made your way through the suits downstairs in the pub enjoying a stiff drink after work, you’re warmly welcomed up a flight of stairs to this new elegant restaurant and lounge. Refurbished last Autumn, the Pig & Goose has retained its charm and elegance as well as managing […]

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The Handbook’s Guide to Detoxing

Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve is over, your hangover may or may not be over and you haven’t quite decided if you’ve had enough chocolate and roast potatoes.  Alas now we’re into January and it’s time to dust away the cobwebs, clear your head and get detoxing with super healthy food, spa days and even a cocktail or two. Here is our guide to detoxing this January: Aloe Vera Mocktails at Arch London Coconut water, hybrid cakes, popcorn and salted caramel were all big players in the 2014 food trends, but we predict that 2015 is going to be […]

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