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Blind-Dining at Island Grill Review

I must admit that when I first signed up for blind-dining at Island Grill, I was a little trepidatious. It wasn’t the prospect of sitting in the dark that I was concerned about, more the fact that I am probably the most uncoordinated person in the history of the planet and felt it was more than certain that a great deal of food would miss my mouth and end up on the table. However, my fear was slightly reduced by the fact I had cunningly invited someone who was even less spatially aware than me with the mentality that every […]

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The Playboy Club’s Pink Tea

Along with Halloween and the start of the miserable weather, October is all about raising awareness and detoxing, so along with Stoptober (quitting smoking) and Sober for October (raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support) October is all about getting people to think and recognise the signs of breast cancer. Which is why The Playboy Club has transformed their iconic afternoon tea served in the Salvatore Bar to The Pink Afternoon Tea, with £1 from every tea being donated to Against Breast Cancer and as 'On Wednesdays, we wear  pink', or in this case eat, we headed over to check it […]

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The Playboy Club’s Pink Tea

Along with Halloween and the start of the miserable weather, October is all about raising awareness and detoxing, so along with Stoptober (quitting smoking) and Sober for October (raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support) October is all about getting people to think and recognise the signs of breast cancer. Which is why The Playboy Club has transformed their iconic afternoon tea served in the Salvatore Bar to The Pink Afternoon Tea, with £1 from every tea being donated to Against Breast Cancer and as 'On Wednesdays, we wear  pink', or in this case eat, we headed over to check it […]

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The ibis Hotel Range Launches in Edinburgh

London is home to some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants, museums, fashion; well I could go on, so it can be hard to imagine why one would want to leave (the Bahamas, New York and obvious choices not applicable). As it turns out not only do we have a whole country out there to explore, we also have the pleasure of sharing land with Wales and our neighbours to the North, Scotland. If you ever find yourself out of the capital and in "Auld Reekie" (Edinburgh) then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Edinburgh is steeped with history, […]

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Hampton Court Palace

Associated with the flamboyant Henry VIII, who we’re sure knew how to throw a party or two  and definitely knew enough about weddings (successful or not) is the historic palace, Hampton Court Palace. Sitting on the edge of the Thames it makes for the most majestic and elegant wedding venue. There are cobbled courtyards, grand staircases and beautiful grounds; we’re talking 60 acres of garden and over 700 acres of historic park, that’s what happens when you go slightly out of London – space and lots of it! And it just so happens that this weekend it’s hosting its wedding […]

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Tango Evenings and tea at Waldorf Hilton

Is it just us or do you find that after watching Strictly Come Dancing you feel like you can totally nail the dance, the foxtrot? So simple. The waltz? Could do it blindfolded. Yup sure you can, well if on the off-chance you need a tiny bit of practice or a little lesson then head to Waldorf Hilton for their tango evenings. The evenings take place in the elegant Palm Court Ballroom – which was where the tango first scandalised Edwardian London society in 1910…although we’re sure the Edwardians loved a scandal or two, just saying.   Hosted by dancers […]

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Caravan heads to Frieze Art Fair

If you’re heading to the Frieze Art Fair (15th -18th October) then in amongst viewing the art, make sure you head to Caravan who have taken elements of their King’s Cross and Exmouth Market restaurants to create a 130-cover restaurant, which will also feature a 40-cover bar and nestled under Regent’s Park tree canopy, a private outdoor terrace which sits a further 40 guests. Chef-Owner Miles Kirby will be making sure the seasonal and local produce will be the focus of the menu, with a mixture of classic signature dishes and dishes especially created for the fair. Small plates include […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Delancey & Co

Calling all fans of New York’s famous Katz deli. Delancey&Co, a brand new salt beef and smoked salmon bar is coming to London’s Goodge Street in the not too distant. And not a moment too soon as west Londoners were getting a might bored with trekking to Brick Lane whenever they felt a bagel craving. Brains behind the new outfit is Daniel Moosah, who was taught to cook in NYC by his Jewish granny. Eat in or take away, we’re talking piled-high salt beef sandwiches, smoked salmon bagels and more in a modern diner-style interior with marble counters with pop […]

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A Bear Called Paddington Exhibition

Throwback Thursday has taken on an entirely new twist with the opening of A Bear Called Paddington exhibition at The London Museum this year. Charting the story of the cherished children’s character from his humble beginnings as a bear who loved to munch on marmalade sandwiches to his big screen debut as a marmite loving celebrity, this fun exhibition is sure to alight childhood memories and a bout of the good kind of nostalgia. For those of you who missed out on your dose of Paddington growing up, the origins of this well- loved story traces back to Christmas Eve […]

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The Meat Co Review

As you may have guessed from the name, The Meat Co is a restaurant whose expertise lies in all things carnivore friendly with an impressive menu of steaks, ribs and burgers. Before any vegetarians reading recoil in horror, it’s not all doom and gloom though as the talent in the kitchen have waved their creative magic to all aspects of the menu. Situated in the popular shopping district by Shepherd’s bush station, the South African restaurant covers two floors and an outside terrace but the best place to dine for ambience is upstairs with the glassed off open plan kitchen. […]

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