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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 […]

Rooftops and Terraces

Casa de Cuba Terrace, Jamaican Me Crazy!

Living among busy commuters, especially around the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, it’s not every day that we can enjoy soaking in the Cuban sun from across the other side of the globe. However, this is due to change, at least for the next few summer months. The Churchill Bar is transforming its award-winning terrace into a Cuban paradise so you too can step into Sir Winston Churchill’s adventurous shoes and enjoy a Cuban haven a little closer to home. From May 15th, The Churchill Bar unlocks its launch of ‘Casa de Cuba’ along with their transformed seasonal summer […]

Rooftops and Terraces

BIG News: Pergola Paddington Returns This May

Disguising the city of London with ribbons of floral decor, palm trees and strings of lanterns, Pergola Paddington is arriving to show  that the summer months are most definitely en route. The hugely popular rooftop sees many of you raising glasses, donning sunnies and littering insta feeds with #summer snaps, and now we’ve heard the news that it’s coming back to add a tick to your summer bucketlist. Opening this May, we’re sure we’re not the only ones itching to get back up there to soak in the so-called British sun while pretending to be somewhere along the Mediterranean coastline. […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

The Rooftop Bar That Comes With ‘Mexican Lady Wrestlers’

The Queen of Hoxton has chosen a theme for their summer rooftop, and it’s Mexican lady wrestlers. Too niche? Not at all, lucha libra, the incredibly colourful Mexican version of wrestling, is seriously hot right now, and with a summer promising to be equally warm it’s a smart choice. The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop will become the den of the Luchadores (or lady wrestlers) and the whole space will be taking its inspiration from the frenetic fiestas and vividly coloured back-streets of Mexico’s San Christabel. We’re always a sucker for a rooftop, especially one with a theme. Add in ‘the baddest bitches in Mexican […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Surf’s Up: The Incredible New Summer Igloos Launched Today

Sunnier climes might mean saying goodbye to the igloo craze for a little while but, in their place, how about some whopping great surf shacks just in time for summer? Fire up your instas and get yourselves in the mood for summer lovin’ at Coppa Club’s latest offering. The shacks offer an idyllic surf vibe that will bring all things Aussie to our London doorsteps. You may remember Coppa Club’s spellbinding winter igloo offerings that boasted exteriors so magical they were plastered across social media in no time. Now, in a turn of climates, expect all things bright and beautiful, […]

Best Brunches

Brunching On A Beach In Bloomsbury

Three of the finest B’s going – bottomless, beach and Bloomsbury, and they’re all for your taking as soon as June hits! Yes, the annual summer Beach Bar at The Montague on the Gardens is back, bringing a little slice of the Bahamas to Bloomsbury. In fact, it’s pretty crazy how much it resembles a beach – who needs a holiday when you’ve got this little sandy sanctuary? For the fourth year running chaps, they’re shipping in the real sand, they’ve got the beach-hut, they’re mixing up the Pina Coladas and they’re even serving up the bottomless brunch too in the […]

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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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We Floated Down The Thames In A Giant Glass Restaurant, So Should You

Ratty had it spot on when he said there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. I’ve always loved just being on the water, whether it’s jumping off the back of a catamaran into turquoise seas (who wouldn’t?), building makeshift vessels as a child and seeing if we could make it down a river or braving the Thames at 6am on a winter morning when I dabbled in rowing. I also love eating. So when Bateaux announced that they were launching a new floating restaurant, Glass Room, I knew I had to go. It’s […]

Openings & Launches

Full Bread Ahead, The Bakery’s Opening A Restaurant

If you haven’t heard of Bread Ahead then do you even bread?! The bread giants, like the name suggests, will be opening a humungous 220 cover restaurant in Autumn and we’re encouraging you to stop loafing around and go! Wembley will be the new home to the extravaganza that will include a resto, bakery and baking school so, prospective Paul Hollywood’s, this could be your calling! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served up with highlights including brand new sourdough pizzas, a new house special and new desserts. You’ll still clasp your jaws around Bread Ahead classics such as warm […]

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Bookings Open Today! Here’s Our Sneak Preview Of Ramsay’s Lucky Cat

It’s the talk of the town, or the city if you will. The big opening. The one-to-watch. The restaurant from the man who loves an expletive and claims his least favourite sandwich is an idiot one. Yes, Gordon Ramsay’s got a new restaurant opening named Lucky Cat in June but we, as the greedy foodies that we are, got to sample some of the offerings ahead of time. Lucky Cat will be an “authentic Asian eating house”  and will replace Maze, the Ramsay restaurant that currently resides in Lucky Cat’s location. Ramsay lived up to all chef stereotypes upon meeting him, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

I’m Gonna Get Freakshake With You, This Easter

Easter, a time to reflect and celebrate on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the saviour of mankind. Which translates as a time to stuff your face with chocolate until you have to be sick in your granny’s downstairs loo. But if you’re going to go in for all the chocolate face stuffing thing, then there’s only one place we want to go, and that’s Maxwell’s in Covent Garden. The American style diner (they take face stuffing to a whole nother level in America) has created an easter feast that’s going to be so filling that you’ll want to […]

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