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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Launching this Sunday 25 March from noon to 8pm are the Sunday Bloody Sunday sessions at Paradise by way of Kensal Green – the perfect remedy for the night before with good food, drink and a touch of vinyl. The Bloody Mary inspired menu created by head chef Tim Payne is a twist on the classic roast and includes Bloody Mary meatballs, fillet of halibut with buttered spinach and Bloody Mary sauce and Bloody Mary sorbet. You can also mix your own Bloody Mary from vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, crushed black pepper, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, sherry, sea […]

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Meter

Launching today is Meter bringing a slice of Italy to Shoreditch’s The CAMP. It will serve pizza by the meter alongside an exciting drinks list and discerning soundtrack from owner and DJ James Priestley behind the long-standing music and art pop-up on City Road. Naples born chef, Valentino Fontana will head up the kitchen. He grew up next door to a pizzeria and has been making pizza for as long as he can remember. His creations will be identified by numbers with ‘Uno’ being tomato, mozzarella and basil and ‘Due’ tomato, anchovies, capers, olives and garlic right up to ‘Nove:’ […]

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Skylon turns five

Happy fifth birthday to Skylon. Ok so it’s not until June but everyone’s been talking about the Queen’s Jubilee for the last year so we figured it’s never too soon to start broadcasting the celebrations. To mark the anniversary, brilliant head chef Helena Puolakka is preparing a fabulous five course tasting menu  (£59pp) featuring a favourite dish from each of the past five years.  It will be available from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 June and to get the party started Skylon is offering a complimentary glass of Champagne on the Monday for every guest dining from this celebratory menu. […]

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Vinoteca Soho

Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares, the team behind Vinoteca in Farringdon and Marylebone will open their third wine bar, dining room and wine shop in Beak Street next month. Set over two floors, the venue will offer a great value wine list alongside a frequently changing menu of modern British and European dishes. The 300-strong list, with 25 wines available by the glass, will feature a broad variety of interesting and sometimes quirky wines full of character, often sourced from artisan producers, smaller importers or directly from vineyards. Interiors will highlight the building’s original features such as exposed […]

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Temple and Lunch in Neasden

Mother's Day is around the corner, as you may well know … but have you thought about taking your loved one to Neasden this Sunday? Perhaps not, but this is why you might want to … Opposite the majestic Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is where Shayona, a contemporary Indian vegetarian restaurant, is located. Expect a lot of paneer at this fantastic restaurant, but also dishes filled with delicious stuffed mushrooms, spiced baby aubergines and Maharaja-wrapped cauliflowers, and so on. Whether it's before or after your meal, why not step inside the Temple? If you've never been to Neasden, in north-west London, […]

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Yalla Yalla

Lebanese and Middle Eastern street food mini chain, Yalla Yalla is opening a third location this month in King’s Cross. Owned by chef Jad Youssef and his partner Aga Ilska, there are currently two London sites – the original in Green’s Court Soho and also Winsley Street. Yalla Yalla King’s Cross will be located on the first floor mezzanine level of the new concourse on the west side of the station. The space has been developed by Network Rail with the 2012 Olympics in mind and features a variety of shopping and eating areas plus an additional ticket office. Yalla […]

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One more FRAE

FRAE's more-ish frozen yoghurt – founded by best friends – has been wowing London with their wonerful array of delicious, 100% fat free, low calorie pots of wonder since 2009. But with branches already spanning the capital (Shoreditch, Topshop OXfrod Circus, Notting Hill, etc) .. there's good news for FRAE fans: today marks the opening of another store. It will be located at 130 Kings Road. And guess what? There's a new menu that comes with it, too. 'Indulgent Treats' will grace these menus, so expect – for £4.10 each – flavours like … English Bramble, Green Goddess and Red […]

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An Irish Plateau

What are you doing for St Paddy's Day?   Here's a tip (if, that is, you're not planning on falling over on the pavement from start to finish this Saturday 17th March ….)   Head to Canary Wharf. Why? Well, the bankers will have disappeared and despite it being the day for great Irish celebrations, the area will be fairly quiet and pleasant.   More excitingly, Plateau – a restaurant serving French bistro classics – is gifting its customers with Guinness and Steak Pies. Not just that – there will be a selection of Guinness-inspired cocktails at the bar, too. […]

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A Suite Tooth

No one with even a semi-sweet tooth could have missed the masses of chocolate bunnies appearing all over London. Easter is well and truly upon us, and like any good indulgence-seekers, we have spied a particularly tasty package available at Belgravia's Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. The cleverly named Suite Tooth package includes a beautifully chocolate-y afternoon tea in the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, one night in a luxurious suite at  the Jumeirah hotel, and the rather divine Chocolate Ecstasy Tour, guaranteed to teach you something new about your old favourite treat. The Suite Tooth Package is available on Saturday or Sunday […]

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Art at the Arts Club

Not a member of The Dover Street Arts Club? Well you can get a sneak peak at what you’re missing and scope out two brilliant new exhibitions from US-based artists Brendan Fowler and Marlo Pascual being staged within the hallowed venue. Using vintage photographs and film from Ebay and thrift stores as a point of departure, Pascual blows up, crops, rotates, re-stages and adds what she calls ‘props’ – such as fluorescent tubes, rocks or anvils – to her images to create photo-based sculptures and installations. Fowler’s photos all come from personal moments in his life – from his studio […]

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Luke’s Dining Room

Sanctum on the Green, the nine bedroom Berkshire outpost of London’s Sanctum Soho has snapped up some whipper-snapper talent by the name of 18 year-old Luke Thomas. The Welsh born teen genius is chef patron of the brand new eponymouse Luke’s Dining Room which opens today. Luke has balanced school work with his passion for cooking from the tender age of 12 attending placements alongside a host of Michelin-starred chefs at restaurants including The Fat Duck, Rhodes W1, Rhodes Dubai, Alinea in Chicago, La Pergola in Rome, Burj al Arab in Dubai and The French Laundry pop-up with Thomas Keller […]

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Holy Smoke!

Tired of schlepping outside the bar for a cheeky fag? Well, while the sensible option might be to give up, Chelsea speakeasy Barts doesn’t do sensible. The alternative? An entire menu of tobacco infused cocktails. All the drinks on the Barts Goes up in Smoke menu are created with Perique Tobacco Liqueur which is lovingly crafted from the rarest tobacco in the world: Louisiana Perique. But while said liqueur contains all the rich aroma of this tobacco, we’re assured it’s in a form that greatly diminishes the health concerns associated with its traditional use. The Cig’nature Cocktail mixes Perique with […]

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