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LVMH Hotel Is Coming To London & It’s Kate & Wills’ Favourite

It’s very on brand for London to have a luxury hotel chain make its way onto the streets of high-end Mayfair, so it’s of little surprise that French luxury goods company LVMH – Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy is bringing its Cheval Blanc brand to the city with the launch of a 83-bedroom hotel. The plans unveiled that it could be the most expensive hotel built in London, so it’s hardly surprising that the brand is an absolute favourite with the Royals and celebrities like Jay Z and Beyonce. This world class hotel will be located within a seven-storey property and a […]

Best Brunches

Did Someone Say Bottomless Frosé Brunch?

Bottomless frosé brunch? Oh, go on then you cheeky devils! Tipples just a whole lot more sexy for summer as W London launch a brunch so pink Barbie would be jealous. Frosé – or frozen rosé, for those who dabble in pints, pies and have no idea what on earth frosé is, will be found in pretty pink abundance at the Leicester Square-based hotel this summer, welcoming guests to grab a drink and a brain freeze just in time for summer. The newly launched brunch will be available every Saturday and as all good things come in sixes – or […]

Culture

Food For Thought: 10 Fab Foodie Podcasts

Looking for something to listen to on your commute, want to learn something about the food we eat or are you after some recipe inspiration? We’ve rounded up five of our favourite foodie podcasts that will satisfy all those cravings. We don’t recommend you listen to them when your hungry though, snacks will be required. Cook The Perfect… Cook The Perfect is a podcast hosted by Woman’s Hour Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. They’re joined by food writers and chefs to discuss how to make the perfect home-cooked dishes. Guests include Nigel Slater and his dark chocolate spiced cake, Rick […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Land’s End: The Super Yacht That Floats Our Boat

When it comes to London we’re oh so accustomed to eclectic eateries in far-flung spaces, and Sunborn London certainly nuzzled into the latter. The Land’s End restaurant, housed on a dazzling moored ship located in Royal Victoria Dock, comes equipped with romantic city views, with Emirates Air Line cable car, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena etched into the sultry skyline. Entry into the venue itself is somewhat spy-like; journeying into an elevator from an unsuspecting doorway takes you up to a reception area that boasts a centrepiece chandelier and curling carpeted stairways. The floating sanctuary, despite being spellbinding, was […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cinco Your Teeth Into These Cinco De Mayo Events

In Spain they don’t have Star Wars, instead they’ve got La Guerra De Las Galaxias. Presumably this also means they don’t have all the supposed hilarity around the date ‘May the 4th [be with you]’, lucky things. But what they lack in Ewoks, they make up for in tequila the following day for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, or 5th May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of Mexico after the pesky French attempted an invasion in the nineteenth century, but is celebrated across North America as a day to celebrate Mexican culture. Novikov As an Italian and Asian […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 Reasons You Need To Try This Bottomless Brunch

M Restaurant has taken the words of Bill Knott’s (Financial Times restaurant critic) and turned them into their new brunch concept. Talking of chef Michael Reid’s menu, Knott wrote that the menu ‘matches beauty with the beast’ and so this newly launched brunch has two sides to it. Light, fresh dishes matched with delicate, sparkling cocktails make up one half whilst the other consists of heartier, meatier dishes and cocktails with oomph. For me, the brunch was an instant hit and one that everyone should try and here’s why: The Beast For those in need of something meatier, punchier and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

It Pays to be Kind: Give a Compliment and Get a Free G&T

Be At One is bringing a compliment booth to Covent Garden to spread happiness and give out free drinks all to mark the arrival of their four new venues in central London and the launch of their new ‘Blue Ticked’ G&T. If there was one thing that I would suggest everyone should do right now (apart from planting more trees and ditching single use plastic) it would be to up the kindness in the world with more compliments. It’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to solve climate change on your way to work and you probably aren’t going […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

My London: Chef Manish Mehrotra’s Favourite Restaurants

As Corporate Chef for the Indian Accent group which has restaurants in New Delhi, New York and London, Manish Mehrotra divides his time between the three locations, developing seasonally changing menus executed to the highest standards. Each city has its own unique identity and exciting food scene, and here Manish has recommended his top two restaurants from each city. The China Kitchen The China Kitchen in New Delhi  is the best known restaurant for dumplings, and my favourite place to catch up with friends over an authentic Chinese meal in Delhi. Over the years they have maintained their authenticity in the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Prepare To Go Wild, Honey

We’re wild about this new restaurant opening, as just when we thought we’d seen the poignant end of an era with the closure of Wild Honey in Mayfair – after a whopping 12 years – Chef Anthony Demetre has announced Wild Honey will be opening in a brand new location; the former site of The Balcon restaurant at a new site at Sofitel London St James.   Wild Honey will see an evolution of the food and style of its predecessor, with Head Chef Simon Woodrow collaborating with Anthony. The menu will continue its French-based contemporary, seasonal cooking methods with a […]

Reviews

Fatt Pundit: The Soho Restaurant Taking Over Insta Feeds

Soho’s Berwick Street is a treasure trove of creative and eclectic eateries, positioned just a wander away from the main drag of Oxford Circus, paved with a sea of shopping bag swingers making their way to their first G&T of the day. I, on the other, was fending through the masses to grab a seat at Fatt Pundit, a restaurant that has overwhelmed my social channels with its success since its March opening. The restaurant, which intertwines the flavours of India and China in its dishes (named Hakka), is positioned amongst others, fairly inconspicuously, and entry sees you whirled straight […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The New Brexit Cocktail Menu That (Theresa) May Split Opinion

Brexit; it’s the word on everyone’s lips at the moment so why not make it the taste of everyone’s lips too? St Martins Lane hotel has done just that it seems, with the intro of their new Brexit-inspired twist given to their already existing Spin the Globe cocktail menu. Brexit really did spin the globe… and is still spinning it, come to think of it! So, it’s addition to the ‘Spin The Globe’ cocktail menu is a clever one. The existing menu from Blind Spot’s Bar Manager, Chris Ariza, features an explosive menu built on the scents, flavours and histories of global […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheyne Walk Brasserie Gets A Super Stylish Refurb

You may have heard on the SW grapevine, or on the Made In Chelsea one, come to think of it, that the much-adored Cheyne Walk has reopened as No. Fifty Cheyne after a lengthy refurbishment. Behind the magic? Founder and Director of the Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s, Sally Greene. I had the pleasure of “sussing out” the new(ish) neighbourhood eatery and boy was I blown away. Exteriors don’t amaze; we’re not talking a Ritz or Stafford but, as the saying goes, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Walking in is like going into a Downton Abbey-esque […]

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