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Grab A Plate… At Plate

What: A Friday night post work-week automatically paints a cheesy grin across the face. However, this particular Friday I was in full-on Cheshire cat mode. Off to Shoreditch I went, to Plate restaurant – the latest offering from chef Arnaud Stevens, a man whose resumé would be the envy of quite a few.The restaurant delivers a range of British ingredients, alongside Plate Bake and Bar downstairs – an all-day eatery and artisanal bakery, serving homemade cakes, pastries and breads, New: Very! The official opening date was 1st May. The Setting: Snug inside M by Montcalm, the restaurant is a stone […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

A Garden Full of Gin at The Wigmore

I’m not sure when National Gin Day became a thing, but boy am I glad it has. A whole day celebrating one of the nation’s favourite spirits, and a completely valid excuse to sip, (and sip, and sip) on gin all day? Sounds pretty good. Sharing in the excitement is The Wigmore, a modern British tavern by The Langham who have partnered with Plymouth Gin to bring us a whole garden of the good stuff. Their botanical haven will feature climbing plants, self-garnish pots and yes, you guessed it, an enticing amount of gin. Gone are the days when we […]

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7 of London’s Best Open Air Cinemas

FACT: London is better in the summer and (dare we say it?) it looks like summer’s finally arrived! However, you don’t have to let the glorious sunshine get in the way of your favourite pastime – watching movies. Over the next few months, London’s best cinema seats are on rooftops, in parks and majestic courtyards, not in dingy multiplexes with sticky floors and Pic ‘N’ Mix that’s so over-priced it makes your eyes water. Check out our guide to London’s best open air cinemas: Film4 Summer Screen What: Films in one of London’s most iconic settings Why: From cult to […]

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Breakfast Goals: Roast Introduces its Breakfast Burger

Snuggled up in the heart of Borough Market, Roast Restaurants’ namesake Sunday roast makes us Londoner’s wish it was Sunday every day. Then they brought out the Roast burger – so delicious that it was a roast beef, spuds and puds game-changer. One year on, and it’s almost as if Roast is on a mission to out-burger themselves, but we’re not complaining. Introducing the breakfast form of the ultimate roast burger, consisting of Bavarian smoked pork patty, topped with a towering combo of (diet-ers avert your gaze), crispy maple bacon, Portobello mushroom, tomato and pepper relish, kale and a garnish […]

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Wine Down at Bordeaux Butterfly Bar

Famed for its wine growing region, Bordeaux is rich in rolling vineyards, an abundance of bars and, let’s face it, has over-all wine superiority (did I mention it’s also now labelled the Cité du Vin, to boot?). So, it’s hardly a surprise we’re wanting to have a slice, or glass if you will, of the action. Introducing the Bordeaux Butterfly Bar, the vino haven popping up in Finsbury Avenue Square, set to spread the wine wings of its guests with its selection of over 26 wines. Whilst we can’t promise the sunny climes of Bordeaux, the warmth on your back whilst […]

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Is This The Best Place to Eat in Pop Brixton?

What? Making its home among the shipping containers of Pop Brixton, Duck Duck Goose is a modern Cantonese canteen by Oli Brown (former chef of Le Café Anglais) based on the old school cafes and roast meat shops in Hong Kong and is now quite possibly, my favourite place to eat in the foodie hub. New? No, it opened at the start of 2017, but they have recently launched a new spring menu. The Setting: Pop Brixton is one of my favourite places to go when the sun is shining and you’re looking for a midweek alfresco supper or you’ve […]

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Is This London’s Most Opulent Restaurant? We Check Out Park Chinois

What: Park Chinois is Mayfair’s decadent party den opened by Alan Yau (founder of the likes of Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice). Made up of the Salon de Chine and Club Chinois, Park Chinois is the sort of venue where you leave your 9-5 at the door and enter into a realm of Champagne, dancing and hedonism. New? No, it’s been partying since 2015, however they have just launched a cheeky, new dinner show which brings together cabaret, comedy and singing. We particularly enjoyed a moody performance of Back to Black, a Carry On esque sketch based on Buckingham […]

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Moonshine Saloon: The Wild West Themed Immersive Bar You Need to Visit

What: If you’re into your immersive experiences then chances are you’ve heard of Alcotraz, the Shoreditch bar that will see you donning an orange jumpsuit and trying to smuggle spirits past the prison guard. Well now Inventive Productions is back and this time they are transporting guests to the Wild West, to a time of moonshining, where sheriffs like to think they rule the roost but it’s those with the illegal liquor that has everyone under their thumb. New: Yes, the Moonshine Saloon has just opened. The Setting: Moonshine Saloon couldn’t be in a more different location to Alcotraz. Whilst […]

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We Have Cocktails at Fulham’s Coolest Flat: The Little Blue Door

What: After the success of Little Yellow Door the (fictional) housemates have moved out and moved on, going on to move into new flats and one housemate pitched up in Fulham, ready to open his house to Fulham revellers in need of a place to drink cocktails, and drink those cocktails until late, because they’re open until 1am. This isn’t Shoreditch, remember we don’t have many places over in SW6 that stay open until then. New: Yes, it only opened in May so really they are still in the housewarming stage. The Setting: Taking over from Fulham Wine Rooms, The […]

Openings & Launches

20 Top Restaurants That Opened in May

And that’s another month down, I’m going to sound very clichéd here when I say, where is the year going? Luckily it doesn’t seem like restaurant openings are taking a break as 20 opened this month, from a new Instagram haven to a Thai fast food restaurant, London really has it all.   Kricket Brixton What: Kricket Returns to Brixton Why: The sun’s out, blue sky and the smell of mown grass! Time for some Kricket? No, not the endlessly dull summer sport, but the Indian restaurant phenomenon. Kricket, feted for its casual and creative Indian food served out of their […]

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The Fitzrovia Collective’s Famous Five

We’ve all heard of the famous five, but how about a foodie version? The Fitzrovia Collective is back with a Salt Yard, The Ninth, Noizé, Picture and Lima sized bang this Summer, as it showcases dinners from each restaurant. The dining experience will see the restaurants showcase one course from each foodie-haven, creating a 5-course tasting menu. They may say too many chefs spoil the broth, but we’re quite assured that won’t reign true in this case. The menu will change monthly with each restaurant taking it in turns to host the evening. Ever been so indecisive of which cuisine […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Where To Make The Most Out Of English Wine Week

Until very recently the mere mention of English wine resulted in barely muffled sniggers. Maybe just about good enough for cooking. But then, a couple of decades back people were equally dubious about Australian wines and earlier this week I found it impossible to find someone to come along to a Chinese wine tasting (they were excellent, by the way). So it is that English wines now really are a thing, they’ve overcome the naysayers and brands like Nyetimer rival the big Champagne houses on price and quality. English Wine Week is an opportunity to celebrate this, and here’s some places […]

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