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10 Of The Best BYOB Restaurants In Town

BYOB: the first rule of barbecues and dinner parties, but a restaurant no-no. Most respectable establishments will slap a whopping corkage fee at the very sniff of a smuggled Jacob’s Creek. And for good reason, restaurants benefit from a pretty sizeable mark-up from their wine lists and, they’d add, you also benefit from the experience of a sommelier and the wine list they’ve carefully assembled without the contamination of  Jacob, or his creek… But once in a while restaurants come along that let you B your own B and suddenly you’ve the chance to either bring along something truly special […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Ways To Retox

If you’re in the middle of Dry January then I’m guessing that it’s starting to bite. You’ve put enough space between the debauchery of December and now, and with the fading guilt comes the realisation that it’s still another half month until the end of Dry January. New...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Cheese Terrace That Comes With A Private Fondue Waiter

If you’re as fond-ue of cheese as we are then this will be a brie-lliant chance to gorge-onzola yourself. In other words, you gouda check it out… Le Pont de la Tour, the French Thames-side restaurant by Tower Bridge (clue’s in le nom), have launched a new cheese room and it comes with its own private fondue waiter. The intimate dining experience takes place throughout January in one of their posh sheds overlooking the Thames and the hut comes with the ultimate fondue feast. Take up to three friends and enjoy a three course menu with Champagne. The menu, starting […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Here’s Our V-day Things-To-Do

You’re on a Valentine’s day date with your other half. Big decisions lie ahead. Do you trust your heart, or your gut? Well if the decision is what to order in one of these restaurants, you certainly choose your gut because it’s going to be right. As for your heart? Well, who cares...

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Best Brunches

6 New Brunches That’ll Shatter Your Resolutions

You’ve carefully measured out lentils all week, your mouth hasn’t seen a single percentage point of alcohol since the clock struck midnight over a week ago. And what now? A bottomless brunch, that’s what’s now. You KNOW it makes sense. Picture it, you’re tucking into...

Openings & Launches

The Café That’s About To Break Your Insta Feed

Élan: it means style, flair and exuberance. It also means smashing it on your socials, because Élan Café (confusingly rebranded as EL&N last week) is arguably the most Instagrammable place in town. Remember the loos at Sketch? Course not! These guys are the only kids in town right now. And that looks unlikely to stop, because they’re opening yet another branch next month. View this post on Instagram Christmas Eve Eve vibes with @ellenextdoor 💖 A post shared by EL&N London (@elan_cafe) on Dec 23, 2018 at 3:15am PST Élan started out on Park Lane and quickly became the influencers’ […]

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Bath Ups Its Foodie Game With The Arrival Of These Culinary Giants

In recent years, the South West of England has gained attention because of its so called ‘comedy’ accents epitomised by Kerry Mucklowe, Vicky Pollard and Hot Fuzz. Of course, those of us who live here know that there is so much more to us than being gurt lush. So does Discover England who has just launched The Great West Way, a new 500 mile network of road, rail, river, canal and paths joining London to Bristol which encourages visitors to get off the beaten track and to explore just how much there is to offer outside of the capital. No […]

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Zela: The Celebrity Owned Restaurant On Our A-List

Off the back of Usain Bolt-ing to open up a restaurant, David Beckham and Guy Ritchie buying a pub and Idris Elba squashing 007 rumours by instead opening a bar, it’s safe to say it has been quite the celebs-turn-hospitality led few months. So, why not throw Enrique Iglesias, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal into the mix, eh?! Yes, we scoffed at the random prospect but the news is true. The threesome, whose looks don’t stray far from triplet-dom, have financially backed Zela, a restaurant residing in the ground floor of the ME hotel in Aldywch, London. It’s a destination which, I’m sure, people are going to flock to for more than […]

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Openings & Launches

Could This Be The Most Instagrammable Opening Of The Year?

Tonight Josephine, we’re going to be wow-ed by how insatiably Instagrammable this pretty in pink venue is. Phwoar! Tonight Josephine, snug in Waterloo, is already well known on the gram as being one of the most Instagrammed venues in the UK, emanating serious mum from Mean Girls and Legally Blonde vibes. And next week, venue number two sashays into our city as the second site opens in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch. We’re imagining queues of Instagrammers squabbling and falling over each in frenzy, Black Friday like, to grab the first snap of the neon paradise. The basement venue would perhaps receive […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Veganuary’s BACK! Check Out These Restaurants Going Vegan

Everyone’s least favourite portmanteau after Brexit is back again! The word may grate like fingernails on a blackboard, but otherwise there’s not much to dislike about Veganuary. Whether you’ve dedicated your January to telling people that you’ve ‘gone vegan’ or...

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10 Restaurants Inspired By Science

Smoke and mirrors isn’t always a good thing when it comes to food but in these 10 cases it certainly is. When you want your meal to be an experience complete with dry ice, bubbles and even inject-your-own fillings, you need to check out these cocktail bars, nitrogen ice-cream parlours and even a science-themed afternoon tea. Who said science was boring?   Chin Chin Labs What: Nitro Ice Cream Why: You pretty much know that when goggles are required to make ice cream there’s a bit more going on than just whipping up some cream and whacking it in the […]

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Openings & Launches

The Squat That Just Got Hot

If there’s one thing that’s more Camden than a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies, then it’s a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies that’s now become an up-market café-cum-bar-cum-nightclub. 40 Zero occupies a former dumping ground inhabited by squatters, but London property being what it is is was only a matter of time before developers swooped, turfed them out and created a swish new hangout. As they put it, “retaining the best bits of its previous squat life” (though presumably not the breadline existence, political views or attitude to personal hygiene), the venue looks like it’ll have a lot of character […]

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