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Primeur

Could Stoke Newington get any more authentic? Newest foodie destination opening near Clissold Park next week is Primeur – inspired by the local Gallic grocery shops of the same name. The site was an actual green grocer about a hundred years ago before being converted into a garage in the 1930s but as of next week it’s to be reborn with open kitchen and communal dining tables for a cosy 40 guests.   This joint venture from French born Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim (Mark Hix to the Boxer brothers) and Cornish David Gingell (The Wolseley to Bistrotheque) will feature produce from UK […]

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Toto’s Opens in Knightsbridge

Allegedly the former house of Winston Churchill’s aunt, previously an artist’s studio and the site of Toto’s famed restaurant in the 80s and 90s , Walton House in Knightsbridge has been given a new lease of life as this week saw the opening of Italian restaurant Toto's. Named after the legendary Italian clown, the simple but sophsticated restaurant will be serving up refined Italian dishes including saffron risotto and homemade tagliatelle with summer truffle and wild forest mushrooms. Guests will enter into the bar which will serve an array of cicchetti including Negroni and Spritz as well as 250 wines […]

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Scottish Pop-Up: Dram & Smoke

London can’t get enough of cultural pop-ups. Another one lands behind a hidden doorway, down the road from Vauxhall Underground station, in a fully functional steelyard serving as an unconventional but fitting venue for a Scottish weekend pop-up starting Friday 23rd May. Upon entering the industrial scene guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail and can sample traditional Scottish scran through a six course tasting menu, which includes haggis bon bons, potted smoked mackerel, and a creamy Cullen Skink soup shooter. A deep-fried Mars Bar even makes an appearance at dessert. Alongside the food, Innis & Gunn beer, a range […]

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Champagne Dinner at Blenheim Palace

Brigitte Hennessey, the International Brand Ambassador for the Laurent Perrier Champagne House is hosting a four course Champagne dinner at Blenheim Palace and is inviting you. An exquisite menu will be on offer, with each course wonderfully paired with Champagnes from the Laurent Perrier portfolio, such as an Asparagus Veloute with crispy Fried Quails Eggs perfectly assigned with a Laurent Perrier Vintage. Dinner will be served in The Marlborough Room at The Blenheim Palace on Thursday 22nd May To book a place for this event, click here or to find out more information about the Palace, click here.

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Quaglino’s Spring Sessions

The iconic Mayfair restaurant and bar, Quaglino’s, will now play host to Spring Sessions this May, which will be an exciting host of events including live music performances to celebrate the venue’s coming of age, its 21st birthday. Guests will enjoy a unique music programme served up with a classic menu of food and drink, all set against the backdrop of the venue’s infamous “Rock n Roll Royalty.” The headline act will be High on Heels; a collective of talented female musicians, made up of DJ’s, vocalists and musicians who have played worldwide at the most prestigious venues. To celebrate there […]

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Bacchus Sundays; Hoxton’s New Secret Residency

Sunday has always been one of our favourite days of the week and now there is another reason to love it: Bacchus Sundays.  An offshoot of the original Bacchus Pub & Kitchen, formerly of 177 Hoxton Street, Sunday was always their busiest day, with the roasts being voted as the best in London by Guardian readers last year – and this new residency taking place in Hoxton Street Studios will focus their award-winning concept.  Expect simple menus, cocktails, relaxed surroundings and honest prices – Sunday afternoon is all about catching up with friends, reading the papers and taking things just that […]

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DNA

Nope nothing to do with Jeremy Kyle, DNA is Clapham’s newest night spot. Situated in a former masonic lodge, it’s the latest club venue from Howard Spooner, one of the blokes behind the Leopard Lounge in Fulham (remember that!!) plus more recent success stories like Public and Dukebox. Décor is a voguish mix of raw metal fixtures, vintage Chesterfields and ship lanterns plus humorous touches such as a giant portrait of a skeletal Dorian Gray bearing the neon legend ‘Dorian Never Ages.’ Mixologist Billy Tran from Paris’ Experimental Cocktail Club has designed the cocktails with latest take on the Treasure […]

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The Blues Kitchen

A Texan BBQ, live music, dance floor, space for 500 and even a 1050s silver Airstream caravan for private hire – Curtain Road is getting an all-in-one venue next week set over two levels of a vast converted Victorian warehouse. Sister to the Camden original, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch’s diner menu has been devised by smoking hot talent from Bodean’s and Brighton’s BBQ Shack with signature meats smoked in an in-house pit over hickory, oak, mesquite and fruit woods plus bespoke BBQ sauces from Brick Lane street foodie, The Rib Man. Other options include Fried alligator, Hot buffalo wings, Jerk chicken […]

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Rivea London

Bringing some additional sparkle to the Bulgari Hotel this month is RIVEA LONDON, the new restaurant from Alain Ducasse headed up by his young protégé Damien Leroux who has spent more than 10 years under the former’s tutelage in Provence an Monaco. Founded in Rome over a century ago as a single jewellery shop, the Bulgari brand is now part of the luxury LVMH Group and RIVEA replaces the Bulgari Hotel’s former dining room, Il Ristorante. Inspired by the food markets of Italy and Provence, RIVEA will serve a menu of French and Italian small plates incorporating the colours and […]

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Hey Presto, it’s Vegusto!

Calling all vegetarians and vegans, the holy grail of animal free products is here in the form of the award winning brand Vegusto! Originating in Switzerland, they create delicious, healthy food, free from damaging products like Cholesterol, Phosphate, Palm Oil, Sugar, Soya, and GMO. If you are a meat eater and the idea of eating vegan food has your taste buds recoiling in horror then fear not, Vegusto has cast their magic wand over their products to have them tasting as delicious as possible. They have even won awards for their flavourful food including the Great Taste Gold Star Award […]

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Assado; the new Goan-Portuguese Restaurant

Opened in March 2014, Assado is the new Goan-Portuguese restaurant based a short walk away from Waterloo station. Perfectly positioned on the commuter route, Assado is ideal for a quick, easy and tasty meal on your lunch break. Offering a fresh selection of sandwichs and deli favourites, on a variety of breads, and a wide selection of delicious and unusual ready meals, just waiting to be heated up in the office or at home, such as a Pulled Pork Assado or a Lamb Xacutti with Garlic Rice, it couldn't be more varied. So whether you are wanting an unusual Venison Poker meal or […]

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City Social

With high rise City neighbours like the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater, Jason Atherton’s new City Social is keeping good foodie company. Located on the 24th floor of the towering Tower 42 in the City, diners will have a great view of the London skyline when it opens next month with head chef Paul Walsh (Royal Hospital Road) working his magic on British ingredients. Interiors will be a contemporary take on art deco with rosewood panelling, smoked glass and a free standing, black and steel open kitchen in the centre of the dining room. Cocktails too, short serves mixed by Gareth […]

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