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The Factory House

Set in the heart of Leadenhall Market, subterranean all-day restaurant and bar The Factory House promises to celebrate the Victorian industrial age with fine wines, carefully crafted cocktails and innovative twists on classic British dishes. Guests will descend an helical staircase surrounding a free-standing glass shaft lift, to a sweeping copper-faced bar below and an ample 180-cover dining room where key features include carefully sourced machines such as antique train station clocks reclaimed as wall sculptures, decorative gauges, pipe work and valves and even a Victorian coffee roaster which has been renovated as a functioning waiter station. A central open […]

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Tommi’s Burger Joint

You might not usually associate Iceland with burgers but that was before Tommi’s hit our fair shores last week. The American-style diner currently has five sites across Iceland and is the creation of Icelandic entrepreneur Tomas Tómasson, who has launched nearly 20 restaurants and hotels in his native Iceland, including the Hard Rock Cafe. Tomas himself will be spending the first few months of his new venture flipping burgers right here in London town with head chef Siggi Gunnlaugsson, one of the group’s most senior chefs who has relocated to the UK with his family. Meat is being carefully sourced […]

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Matt Roberts for Sumosan

Sumosan Executive Head Chef Bubker Belkhit has collaborated with lauded personal trainer Matt Roberts to offer diners take-away bento boxes to help repair and rejuvenate their bodies. Two new menus have been created, one to ensure a well-balanced intake of proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables for optimum health and the other, under 400 calories to aid weight loss. Says Roberts, “Raw fish is a lean protein source and the vegetarian dishes rely on low fat plant proteins like soya bean and tofu. The portions of vegetables and salads have been maximised to ensure these dishes go a long way to helping […]

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Dukebox

Come September, those feeling the loss of Public can take solace in the opening of Dukebox just off the Fulham Road – boasting a team responsible for some of London’s – and Chelsea’s – most successful venues including, yes, you’ve guessed it, Public, beloved of Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton and Katy Perry. Dukebox which will have a capacity of approximately 250 people, promises to combine a New York warehouse-style interior with eccentric theatrical touches with nods to fantastical and idiosyncratically British design. The overall effect will invoke a grown-up’s playground, celebrating the elements of fun and surprise with nostalgic details […]

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Sipsmith Gin Palace at The Langham, London

The Langham, London is joining forces with artisan distillery Sipsmith for the launch of the Sipsmith Gin Palace, opening its doors from 13th September with live jazz and opulent surroundings to  transport guests back to the 1800s. Palm Court will be transformed into an enchanting evening venue on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 7pm until midnight. The Gin Palace will offer inspired gin-infusions and cocktails designed by Sipsmith Master Distiller, Jared Brown and The Langham’s Head Mixologist Alex Kratena. The bar menu will celebrate the history of gin. Each cocktail will represent a different stage in the evolution of this […]

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Camden Fringe

For the 7th year running the Camden Fringe is back with its Edinburgh warm up and everything from stand-up comedy to opera from emerging talent to old favourites until 26th August. There are 14 venues taking part this year including the old familiar theatres such as Camden People’s Theatre, the Etcetera and Upstairs at the Gatehouse to new spaces such as The Forge, Tristan Bates and Theatre Collection. And if you fancy some beach life without the Olympic volleyball, head over to the Camden Beach, a man-made urban beach at The Roundhouse with sand and cocktails galore. www.camdenfringe.com  www.roundhouse.org.uk

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Death By Burrito

September sees the opening of Death By Burrito, contemporary Mexican grill and cocktail bar from Shay Ola of the experimental Rebel Dining Society. Located at Catch bar in the heart of Shoreditch, experimental cocktails will form an inseparable part of the dining experience. Mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (Worship St Whistling Shop, Purl and 69 Colebrook Row) has developed an exclusive Tequila Only cocktail list featuring Jose Cuervo Tradicional to run alongside the street-food style menu. Ola and Chetiyawardana have carefully created a concise, simple menu to include large and small plates, sides and cocktails. Gorge on Braised Pork Belly Burritos and […]

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It’s war at Renaissance

South London group, Renaissance Pubs’ new menu sees the home nations fight it out for 2012 and a free pickled egg with every pint into the bargain! Until the end of The Olympics, Renaissance is celebrating British Food Fortnight with a brand new old-school bar menu and some good old competitive spirit pitting the dishes of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales against each other. We’re talking Welsh Rarebit, Isle of Mull Cheese, Haggis, Cumberland sausage, Dublin Bay prawns and lots more. Wash it all down with Irish stout, Scottish whiskey and Cornish Yarg ale. Until 12 Aug. www.renaissancepubs.co.uk

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The Shaftsbury

Richmond’s former The Shaftesbury Arms has recently undergone a total redesign, new menu and name tweak to boot. With a nod to great British eccentricity, vintage pieces and old photographs are mixed with oversized Chesterfield wingchairs, Warhol-style prints of first class stamps and Union Jack detailing. Outside, an all-weather garden (with covered areas and heaters to keep out the chill) is decked in red, white and blue and there’s even a vintage trunk on the way out where you can grab a cosy blanket or two – just in case! The food is similarly British and the new menu has […]

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Balans Earl’s Court Music Nights

Catch the last of Balans Earl’s Court’s summer music night showcase series tomorrow, Wednesday 8th August. The venue will welcomes the John Crawford Trio, led by the eponymous and critically acclaimed young jazz pianist. Celebrated performances to his name include the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, London stalwart, Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. All Music Nights at Balans Earl’s Court start at 8pm and finish at 11pm. For reservations call 020 7244 8838. www.balans.co.uk  

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