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Gunpowder Plot Their Second Restaurant at One Tower Bridge

You know what they say, the smaller the better… or at least that’s what I tell myself as I stand on my tip toes to reach something from the top shelf. Yet, Gunpowder seem to be on side with my views, as their first restaurant was equipped with an intimate 20 covers. Now, a little sibling is en route in the form of Gunpowder numero duo, residing at One Tower Bridge. Situated in Shoreditch their first restaurant was a huge success, and whilst we’re sure this is because the Indian home-style cooking was a success, it’s equally an ideal pit-stop […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Throwing Tomatoes As Aqua Nueva Celebrates La Tomatina

There is something so wonderfully enjoyable about a food fight, admittedly a waste but also an act of school lunch time rebellion ‘look Cook this is what we think of your cardboard pasta’ that said with the rise of primary school children owning smart phones and Jamie Oliver banning turkey twizzlers (something I still yearn for) they are no doubt Instagramming their lunches. Of course, for a proper food fight you want to head to the Valencian town of Buñol for its renowned festival, La Tomatina, where the town turns into a bloodbath of tomatoes flying through the air. That […]

Rooftops and Terraces

Club 150: The Champagne Pop-Up At St Pancras

If you’re heading to France at full speed ahead, don’t miss the chance to experience at St Pancras before jumping on the Eurostar. The Champagne Bar is partnering up with Perrier-Jouët this summer to create Club 150, a beach terrace pop-up, inspired by France’s most covetable coastline and paying homage to St Pancras that was built 150 years ago. You can sit back and enjoy art, Champagne, gin cocktails and a food menu celebrating the best of UK and France. When it comes to the menu, it’s curated for guests to experience an ‘England meets France’ vibe – highlights include […]

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Reviews

We Review Smoke & Salt’s New Brunch

What: When chefs Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston and The Latymer in Pennyhill Park) and Remi Williams (Craigie on Main and Deuxave) met in the kitchens of The Shed in Notting Hill they decided to come together to create Smoke & Salt, a restaurant championing ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving. In the modern fairy tale that is pop-up to bricks and mortar (or in this case shipping container), Smoke & Salt started off as a monthly pop-up series and residencies before taking over the magic container that Kricket had at Pop Brixton. On my quest to find the […]

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Openings & Launches

Top Venues That Opened in July

July, it’s been a scorcher and not just because of the weather, there’s been a whole host of new restaurants and bars opening, from new sky high bars in the Gherkin and bakeries in Marylebone to Indian restaurants in Kingston. Here are the best new openings to check out this month. Manifesto What: Seasonal Pizzeria Why: Clapham saw the opening of Manifesto this month, a new seasonal pizzeria with pizzas starting at just £6. Using the best ingredients, flour will be sourced from Molino Pasini who have been producing flour for over eighty years under the same family whilst mozzarella […]

Openings & Launches

Grab a Kebab at the New BabaBoom Islington

Your favourite kebabs are coming to Islington! BabaBoom is expanding to make their charcoal-grilled creations available to even more people. Made-from-scratch, Middle Eastern meats are still the focus of the new shop, but there are some new stars on the menu. Think Baba’s beer (their own special draught by Belville Brewing Co.) and weekly #poweredbykebab special events. There will even be £5 kebabs during the weekdays – power lunch, anyone? The new location will obviously carry on their famed weekend brunch, including dishes like their Good Morning Kebab- date-glazed bacon, harissa labneh and sumac fried eggs. Get excited to enjoy even […]

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Openings & Launches

The Return of the Swinging Sixties at Old Compton Brasserie

From gloom and war emerged baby booms, ‘mod’ fashions and mini-skirts, and it’s without a doubt that the 60s are worthy of a recap, which is why Old Compton Brasserie, opening in the heart of Soho in September, is sure to stir up the nostalgia. The artsy drinking and dining space seeks to relight the sixties Soho fire, equipped with pop paintings of Twiggy and Kate Moss, and in true houndstooth and mod style, there will be an abundance of colour throughout the space. Holding hands with the theme will be a curated cocktail list, by The Talented Mr Fox, which […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Words Can’t Espresso Our Excitement: London’s Espresso Martini Festival

Espresso Martinis are such a saving grace, let’s face it. You’re on an “out-out” kinda night, it’s reached about 10pm as you’ve reached your peak, but who switches from tequila to cups of coffee without being labelled old and unable to keep up with the night’s shenanigans? Enter the suave cocktail, the Tony Manero of drinks, the Howard Hughes of tipples, the Espresso Martini. Now, in our wonderful city, this caffeine and booze favourite is the subject of a big ol’ festival. Notably, Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Fest, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. […]

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Reviews

We Review Café Forty One’s Vegan Afternoon Tea

What: La Suite West has always had a vegan restaurant but things have taken a sweeter turn as they have replaced it with London’s first vegan French patisserie, Café Forty One. Although there is an emphasis on sweeter foods like afternoon tea and daily pastries, it is still very much a restaurant and has a savoury menu. New? Café Forty One launched 11th July 2018. On The Menu: Head Chef Clarisse Flon, a speciality vegan chef, is in charge of the menu which has the likes of Chipotle cheese with caramelised onion chutney and rocket on rye bread and a Brioche […]

Openings & Launches

Tish Opens: A Celebration of Feasting, Food and Family

David S Levin has always dreamed of opening his own restaurant, over the years he has perfected his skills cooking for family and friends and now the time has come for him to open the doors to Tish, a contemporary kosher restaurant and bar serving up Jewish heritage family favourites. Opening in Belsize Park, the restaurant will be serving up a dairy-free menu of both classic and modern dishes. Heading up the kitchen will be John Ellison, formerly Head Chef of Bob Bob Ricard. He’ll be starting the day with a menu of Challah French toast with pear compote and […]

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