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Valentina Fine Foods Review

Valentina Fine Foods is a series of Italian restaurants and delis that has recently launched a new branch in Chiswick, we headed down to check it out. From the street Valentina Fine Foods looks like a café and deli with all kinds of authentic produce lining the walls, it’s only after walking in that you realise a smart restaurant sits at the back. Even further back is the open plan kitchen which serves classic Italian dishes, check your table for the list of changing specials which aren’t on the menu. The specials when we went were Mussels to start, served […]

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Gaucho’s Seven Days of Gin

Cocktail week may be well and truly over but that doesn’t mean all cocktail frivolities have departed the capital, continuing London’s love affair of gin, Gaucho restaurants will host Seven Days of Gin. Taking place across all the London Gaucho restaurants, a series of events will be hosted to celebrate the traditional spirit from masterclasses to gin tastings to complimentary talks on the modern history of London’s love of gin. There will also be a Tanqueray Gin-pairing four course dinner with dishes like Gaucho’s famous ceviche and steak, each paired with a different gin or gin cocktail from Tanqueray. On the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

B.Y.O.C Lands in Camden

Adding a touch of glamour to the somewhat dowdy proceedings that BYOB evokes, B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Cocktail) has landed in Camden ready to ignite some spark into the underground drinking world. Yes, you North Londoners can finally get involved in the action of B.Y.O.C, the drinking club that allows you to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple to be mixed up into a delicious cocktail by a team of master mixologists. Abandoning the concept of your standard cocktail menu, the choice of drinks available is literally endless and whilst having no guide might be daunting, it is also […]

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Our Guide To…

Halloween is almost upon us and with it another excuse to get glammed up (because fake blood can still look good you know,), go out and, of course, eat all the sweets in sight. Too often an occasion for garish costumes and awkward parties, we’ve been seeking out the most spooky goings on that London has to offer – because if you're after somewhere haunting and full of dark history, London is your city. Now, we present to you, the run down of our favourite eats and events this Halloween. Eclipse Halloween Without a garish pumpkin or pvc costume in […]

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Paddington Tea at Aqua Shard

He came from deepest darkest Peru and wound up in London with his now iconic duffle coat, red hat and battered old suitcase. And now the most well-travelled and adventurous bear, Paddington is back and taking to the big screen with his very first film released on 28th November and to celebrate this Aqua Shard has created the Paddington Afternoon Tea. Head chef Anthony Garlando has used both London and Peruvian influences to create the special tea which is served Monday to Friday, so expect London taxis cakes flavoured with chilli and chocolate, a Victorian sponge Battenburg and Paddington praline cream bun. Of course […]

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Le Chalet

This Alpine-style restaurant on the roof of Selfridges is the second of the store's new 'On The Roof With…' residencies following 'On the Roof with Q' this summer. The wintry retreat promises an Alpine inspired barbeque menu, crab and shellfish bar, log cabin on the terrace plus a hot chocolate cocktail bar to stave off those winter chills. Make ours a 'choctail' like Nutella – hazelnut with amaretto and hot chocolate. The kitchen, headed up by Chris Dargavel will serve a menu inspired by Le Chalet’s sister restaurant, Q Grill with hearty dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal produce. Starters […]

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Adam Handling at Caxton: Review

Having been tipped as one of the 30 under 30 to watch, winning the British Chef of the year 2014 and being the runner up in the MasterChef last year, Adam Handling has certainly achieved a lot recently and that’s before we even mention that he has just opened his new restaurant Adam Handling at Caxton and all before he is 26 – just shows what you can achieve when you aren’t addicted to Netflix… ahem. Anyway let’s not get too down about what we haven’t done yet as hey we might not have opened a restaurant but at least […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Adam Handling at Caxton: Review

Having been tipped as one of the 30 under 30 to watch, winning the British Chef of the year 2014 and being the runner up in the MasterChef last year, Adam Handling has certainly achieved a lot recently and that’s before we even mention that he has just opened his new restaurant Adam Handling at Caxton and all before he is 26 – just shows what you can achieve when you aren’t addicted to Netflix… ahem. Anyway let’s not get too down about what we haven’t done yet as hey we might not have opened a restaurant but at least […]

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The Georgian Restaurant: Review

It was a Sunday afternoon and we were in need of being taken care of and a little indulgence, so we promptly took ourselves off to The Georgian restaurant at Harrods who have recently launched a new lunch menu. Set on the 4th floor, The Georgian, (which has recently been refurbished by Christopher Guy Harrison) is spacious, opulent and sumptuous; chandeliers and regal looking velvet wing back chairs without being overwhelming or stuffy. Charming waiters tended to the guests whilst the pianist soothed everyone’s back to school Sunday afternoon feelings with live music (and 6 renditions of Happy Birthday). The menu […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Georgian Restaurant: Review

It was a Sunday afternoon and we were in need of being taken care of and a little indulgence, so we promptly took ourselves off to The Georgian restaurant at Harrods who have recently launched a new lunch menu. Set on the 4th floor, The Georgian, (which has recently been refurbished by Christopher Guy Harrison) is spacious, opulent and sumptuous; chandeliers and regal looking velvet wing back chairs without being overwhelming or stuffy. Charming waiters tended to the guests whilst the pianist soothed everyone’s back to school Sunday afternoon feelings with live music (and 6 renditions of Happy Birthday). The menu […]

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Foxcroft & Ginger, East Review

Easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Foxcroft & Ginger’s latest opening in East London is nestled within a row of shops on Mile End Road and while from the outside it looks somewhat non-descript, within it’s a cavernous coffee shop that serves up unusual combinations of decadent brunch and lunchtime options. It has a cool, laid-back atmosphere and given that it was busy even when we were there at 11am on a Tuesday, it’s already proved its popularity. Upon setting foot inside you quickly realise that it caters perfectly to the edgy East End types, […]

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Señor Ceviche

Today, Peruvian pop-up, Señor Ceviche, is going perm in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street with a Latino fiesta of tapas style plates of ceviche, Peruvian street food and fiery BBQ plus freshly shaken Pisco Sours and ice cold Peruvian beer. Founder, Harry Edmeades did his research working in top restaurants in Lima to hone his skills and also sources many of his ingredients direct from Peruvian chilli farmers and pisco producers. Try saying that after a couple of Pisco Sours! Order the signature ceviches, with the original Sea Bream & King Prawn Ceviche with Aji Amarillo Tiger’s Milk & Crispy Baby […]

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