Nelson Mandella House might have been the home of Delboy and Rodney, but it’s about the only thing that Peckham and South Africa have in common. Until now, and new restaurant Kudu aims to change all that. The 46-cover restaurant is named after Kudu Bread, which is cooked in a copper pot and served with melted lardon or seafood butter. It will obviously be centre-stage, but will share the limelight with other South African classics including mussel potjie pots, which are served with seaweed gnocchi, pig’s head tortellini with hay bone broth and crispy onions and onion and beer tarte […]
And just like that we are coming up to the end of the year. Where has 2017 gone? Before we all lament over how quickly time flies and how none of us have achieved this year’s resolutions (are they even a thing still) let’s take a look at the restaurants and hotels that opened in November, because whilst we might all be winding down to the end of the year, the rate at which new venues open in London certainly isn’t.
Make Be-Bop-A-Lula your baby down in Stoke Newington at this rock’n’roll themed bar. Don your leather jacket, Brylcreme your hair and head down to Green Lanes in N16 for a real taste of the 1950s. The effect is convincing, the walls are covered with artwork and posters from the era, 30 contemporary guitars are strung up from the ceiling above the bar and there’s diner booth seating, record players, period TVs, a slot machine, vintage lighting and all-in-all a realistic-feeling ‘50s asthetic. The music will also be 100% authentic, there’s a wurlitzer jukebox with 1,000s of classics ready to play […]
Ziegfeld Follies: a series of Broadway and Vaudeville shows in early twentieth century New York. The follies were famous for their troupe of beautiful, slightly risque, chorus girls, known as Ziegfeld girls. Wearing elaborate costumes they “paraded up and down flights of stairs as anything from birds to battleships”. It’s this inspiration that the new bar, DND, hidden under the Vintry & Mercer hotel will take to bring the speakeasy style bar to life when it opens its doors in spring. With pictures of iconic Ziegfeld girls on the walls, the century-old images will look kindly on the retro glamour […]
‘Grande Dame’ is a title used only for a handful of hotels, suggesting a certain scale, longevity and luxury, you never hear Travel Lodge referred to as ‘the grande dame of Charnock Richard Service Station’. The Principal London, however, has achieved Grande Dame status even before it opens in early 2018. Originally the Frederick Hotels Company, the Bloomsbury hotel opened in 1898 and the terracotta building dominates the eastern side of Russell Square. It lived up to the grande dame title throughout the twentieth century, the dining room was famously a near identical copy of the one on the Titanic […]
The Ivy genie is well and truly out of the bottle, those guys can’t go a month or two without launching another restaurant, and long may it continue because they’ve all been fabulous! This time around, though, it’s not another Ivy branded grill and brasserie but something a bit different. Welcome the Granary Square Brasserie. During the day the brasserie will seek to ‘redefine all-day dining’ as a comfortable place to eat, drink and hang out; but by night the DJ will settle in and provide a beat to go along with an evening of cocktails and dining. The menu […]
Cubitt House already own a fantastic stable of restaurants and hotels, including The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street, The Orange, The Grazing Goat, The Alfred Tennyson and now they’re to be joined by The Coach Makers Arms. The three storey public house perfectly fits the style of Cubitt House’s previous acquisitions, set on a corner of Marylebone Lane it will continue their tradition of elegant, high-end gastropubbing. The building itself is impressive, fully renovated thanks to design agency, Coriander Buildings who has designed similar projects including Disrepute, Rum Kitchen and Riding House Cafe. With a bespoke handmade bar dominating the […]
Traditionally Christmas is a time for getting together, magical walks beneath fairy lights, meeting under the clock at Waterloo or strolling round the stalls in a Christmas market hand in hand. Of course Christmas, and the immediate aftermath, are also classic break-up territory too, meaning that your dating choices have to be especially en pointe. So with the pressure piling on, we asked our editorial team, Fenella, Phil and Emily, for dating ideas – with the slight caveat that two are single (applications within) and one’s married, here’s our expert opinion, please remember us in the wedding speeches. Editor Emily’s […]
If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]
‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]
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