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PPQ for Baroque

We’ve already brought you news of the opening of Baroque the other week but we reckon the new staff uniforms deserve a mention in their own right. They’ve been designed by PPQ’s Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker – whose creations are favoured by celebs from Alexa Chung to Rihanna. For the girls it’s smouldering glamour with super smart tailoring in velvets, satins and lurexes: “I wanted to make them feel chic and alluring, but at all times professional and demure. The door girls have fox lamb fur trimmed felt wool capes and coats that are film noir in the making,” […]

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Breakfast at Quo Vadis

Right now in media land, lunch is truly for wimps. Breakfast is definitely where it’s at. But here’s the thing, I can actually count my favourite power breakfast venues on the fingers of one hand! So… it’s a good job that Soho stalwart Quo Vadis has just stepped into the breakfast breach, opening the doors of its Dean Street venue rather earlier than usual. Super chef Jeremy Lee has drawn up a delectable menu of early morning favourites, inspired by the iconic restaurant’s British and seasonal fare – all guaranteed to set you up for the day. Delicious dishes include […]

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W Film Club

Welcome to the W Film Club, a fortnightly screening of a new release film in the W London  luxury 39-seater, HD, state-of-the-art cinema. Kicking off tomorrow 16th October with On the Road, the adaptation of the Jack Kerouac’s cult novel starring Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst, the W Film Club will take place every other Tuesday. Cinema goers will also have the option of enjoying a pre-cinema bite or late-night dinner at the hotel’s Asian-inspired restaurant, Spice Market. The special Film Club menu includes Classic, Garden or Healthy bento boxes comprising Spiced Chicken Samosas, Avocado Summer Rolls and Steamed Sea Bass […]

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An Antico Halloween

It's not long now until ghoulish Halloween ….. but have you any plans yet? Here's one to jot down: Italian restaurant and bar Antico – based in Bermondsey Street – is hosting a Black & White fancy dress party on 27th October. Best of all, it's free entry.  There will be cocktails, dancing until the small hours and a series of black and white horror films being shown on a loop around the restaurant. Everything to get you in the mood, naturally. From 5pm in the downstairs bar, Halloween will kick off. On offer at the bar, the aptly named […]

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Movember at Byron

For the third year running, Byron are supporting Movember with the launch of yet another limited edition hamburger (and if you're a fan of the upmarket burger chain, you'll know they do these really rather well). The MO Burger won't disappoint: it's a classic American cheeseburger. A Byron hamburger patty will be topped with Cheddar cheese, served with pickled red onion rings, salted cucumber slices, sliced iceberg lettuce and mustard dill dressing, inside a sesame seed glazed bun. It'll be priced at £8.75, and will be available at all Byron restaurants from November 1st to 30th. It will also be available at […]

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PipsDish Pop-Up stays at The Garage

It was originally created as a temporary dining experience by former BBC producer, cook and author Philip Dundas – who penned the fabulously popular, ‘Cooking Without Recipes’. (After all, aren't we a bit fed up with being told exactly how and what to cook everytime we get to a hob?) But we hear great things about the Islington Pop Up, which is set up in The Garage, an old Citroen repair workshop: it's here to see us through the festive season. The self-styled ‘restaurant without recipes’, where all the ingredients are farm fresh and mixed together to create a daily-invented […]

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Autumn at Bumpkin

In case you hadn't noticed already, temperatures have plummeted and gone is the vivid green from our trees' leaves. In fact, most of the leaves have fallen off. But it's not all doom and gloom at the lovely cosy restaurant that is Bumpkin, where chefs are embracing the change in seasons rather than be defeated by it. So what, if no good weather can be hoped for, shall we expect from Bumpkin this bracing autumn? Well, executive chef Raymond Fulton-Corrie has created a menu bursting with flavour, while perfectly reflecting the seasonal changes in fruits, vegetables and meat occuring in […]

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Thanksgiving at The Big Easy

What is there to be thankful for come Thanksgiving? Well, why not the Big Easy, whose No Nonsense three course menu arrives on Thursday 22nd November. For just £24.50, warm up with a lobster soup, and then prepare yourself ahead of the gorging of the Thanksgiving Norfolk Turkey, which comes with Southern cornbread, bacon and leek stuffing, mashed sweet potato with a pecan topping, a green bean casserole. Grandma Emma's apple and cranberry chutney make up the side garnish, as does the bourbon gravy. If you have room remaining, there's a triple-layer red velvet cake or a seasonal pumpkin pie […]

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The Green Man & French Horn

You might have missed this one as it opened pretty stealthily at the end of last month but bistro and wine bar The Green Man and French Horn is the newest launch from the company behind Covent Garden’s Terroirs, Brawn in Columbia Road and Soif on Battersea Rise. It continues the group’s ethos of cooking well-sourced seasonal ingredients, complemented by an extensive range of natural and biodynamic wines. Both the menu and wines are inspired by, and sourced from, the 1,000 km stretch of the Loire River and Valley. Typical dishes include Fines de Claire Oysters, Clams with Coco Beans […]

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Buffalo Trace pops up

Buffalo Trace Bourbon is launching a pop-up to celebrate London Cocktail Week. It’s inspired by the Prohibition era from its discreet curtain-cloaked entrance through to authentic American cocktails  served by waiters wearing spats and braces. Whilst sipping on a Sazerac cocktail you can sit on one of the barrels which serve as chairs and try your hand at US bar games such as Craps and Toss the Boss. You can even have a go at making your own cocktails and there will also be bourbon tasting master-classes and a competition where entrants are in with a chance to win a […]

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Hamburgers at The Draft House

German chef Oliver Trific is flying into London on 22nd October to unveil something rather special on another one of Young&Foodish Daniel Young's BurgerMondays. Where is this taking place? The Draft House Tower Bridge. This will be the world premiere of Hamburg-hailing Trific's 'Hamburger' (get it?), a steakburger doused in smoky shallot mayonnaise, beetroot pickles, herring salsa, a fried quail egg and fries to finish. Trust us, it's unbelievably good (after all, didn't hamburger come from the name of the second largest German city originally?) Why don't you query it over a burger? There are two sittings to choose from: […]

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House of Wolf

As the nights close in, take solace with London’s newest supperclub, House of Wolf. Located in one of Islington’s earliest listed music halls, the three-storey Victorian lair promises experimental dining, drinking, art and live entertainment all under one roof. Food will be served in the Attic Room and the Parlour and comes courtesy of monthly pop-up chef residences – first up its food artist Caroline Hobkinson in collaboration with Professor Charles Spence with a five‐course multi-sensory menu – while elixirs will be served in the Apothecary Bar – or you can just kick back in the Wolf Den or Music […]

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