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The Best Breakfasts at Bala Baya Shook

It’s Monday (unless you’re reading this on another day, in which case it could be Friday and the weekend is almost here, hurrah) and Mondays aren’t much fun, but yesterday saw the launch of Bala Baya Shook and now your Mondays and breakfasts are going to be much better. Isn’t that nice to hear? A Tel Aviv ‘souk’ style market is opening up inside Bala Baya, it’ll be open from 8am and will be serving the likes of babka pretzels, pitta pie, poppy seed filas, iced cinnamon buns, chocolate babka swirls and quince and almond torsade. Taking on traditional dishes […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Balthazar’s Instagrammble Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea it’s all about indulgence. There is no need for us to sit down at 4pm and eat a meal made up of almost exclusively sugar and carbs. We don’t need to, we just want to. So, when making an afternoon tea to celebrate Balthazar London’s fifth birthday, Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard has looked back at all the cakes that he and his team have created in the last five years and he’s chosen the most popular, the ones that get a high five. Of course, there’ll be scones with jam and lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and […]

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London Cocktail Week Is Coming!

If ‘shake it ’til you make it’ is the mantra for your life then the arrival of London Cocktail Week will certainly get you into the spirit. Call us Old Fashioned but this is a Mai Tai great event. Hosted by DrinkUp.London, the folks behind London Beer Week and Wine Week, the now 8th annual event encompases 250 bars, restaurants and popups accross the capital betweeen 2nd and 8th October. The evenings may be getting Dark & Stormy, but inside some of the city’s best hangouts London Cocktail Week promises to be both Cosmopolitan and Fizz-ing. The fun will centre […]

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The Kitty Hawk’s Latest Wine Bar Is A Flyer

Kitty Hawk marks the place that the Wright Brothers ‘discovered’ powered flight. They might have been soaring, but it’s The Kitty Hawk in EC2, from resauranteurs Wright and Bell, that’s currently flying. Billing itself as ‘a space built around a sense of community made for people to kickback for drinks or dinner or both’  it’s open all day and throws together various styles across the two huge floors of restaurant, cafe, bar and dining counter. Now they’ve another string to their already impressive bow, The Kitty Hawk is launching The Back Room, a hideaway bar where Londoners can unwind in […]

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GREY GOOSE Presents Pour L’amour du Chocolat at The Roof Gardens

This Wednesday Grey Goose are presenting the most luscious evening of the season with their event, Pour L’Amour Du Chocolat. The luxury vodka brand will be teaming up with the capital’s other much-loved past-times in the form of a chocolate celebration with Master Chocolatier Paul A. Young, and immersive open-air cinema with Rooftop Film Club. Pour L’Amour Du Chocolat is an event that combines pretty much all of our favourite things – vodka cocktails, a mountain of chocolate, and Jonny Depp romcoms – at The Roof Gardens in Kensington. Already a hot-spot for its gorgeous green spaces overlooking the lights […]

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Spend Some Arabian Nights Eating at Villa Mama

From the deserts and souks of Bahrain to South Kensington, a taste of the Middle East arrives on Elystan Street this month. Bahraini chef and restauranteur Roaya Saleh is transporting Villa Mama from the Saar district of Bahrain and bringing with it the seasonal home-style dishes, flavours and culinary traditions from across the Khaleej, Persia and beyond. With an emphasis on ‘mezzeh’ sharing plates the menu is a whistlestop tour of the GCC countries, those states grouped around Saudi Arabia including Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Yemen. Dishes like Khubus, a Tandoor-cooked flatbread served with meyhawa, a Bahraini speciality of fermented […]

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Godiva is Bringing an Immersive Chocolate Banquet to London… and It’s Completely Free

We’ve all heard Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”. But never has this rung more true than it does now, because an immersive chocolate banquet was the last thing we expected. What was that, you ask? An immersive chocolate banquet. Because for the launch of its Masterpieces range in Sainsbury’s stores, luxury chocolatier Godiva is teaming up with immersive dining extraordinaire Gingerline to give lucky winners an evening of multi-sensorial dining, with three courses inspired by the Heart, the Shell and the Lion from the Masterpieces collection. But […]

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West London’s First Ball Pit Bar Launches At Eclipse

Much has changed since our eight year old selves could merrily fling themselves into a large container of plastic balls, fearing no consequences. Luckily for you, the South Kensington Club Eclipse remembers these happy days too and has announced its plans to inject the fun back into adulthood with the launch of their brand new room, The BALLR. The BALLR Room will feature an array of live entertainment, as well as infamous cocktails and yep, you guessed it: West London’s first adult ball pit. Much like the ball pit of old, the BALLR room will still belong to the cool kids; Eclipse will be […]

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Raise A Glass To The Dead Rabbit

Bethnal Green is heading West! About 3,000 miles west, as New York’s hottest drinking den The Dead Rabbit arrives for one night only at Bethnal Green’s Sun Tavern. The takeover, part of London’s Cocktail Week, will see The Dead Rabbit’s beverage director Jillian Vose join The Sun for the one-off event where he’ll be curating a bespoke cocktail menu based around Ireland’s Slane Whiskey. The Sun Tavern has made a name for itself with its incredible whiskey collection, original cocktail menus and local microbrews (Handbook tip: head down on a Wednesday for ‘Whiskey Wednesdays’). They arrived in Bethnal Green, brought […]

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Dishoom Dishes Up A Stunning New Venue

Bombay is coming to Barkers! The iconic High Street Kensington building is an Art Deco masterpice, and so the natural choice for Indian restauranteurs Dishoom, who will be chanelling all the Art Deco heritage of Bombay into their new location. The restaurant, which will seat 200 and remain open all day brings Dishoom’s unmistakable Irani cafe style to West London. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Naveed Nasir the restaurant will serve Dishoom’s familiar Bombay comfort food including favourites like the Bacon Naan Roll for breakfast followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls […]

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It Doesn’t Get Batter Than This

If you thought that the best thing to come out of Australia was the Neighbours Omnibus then think again! Doughnut Time is headed to London and given that as far as we’re concerned it’s ALWAYS doughnut-o’clock so we can’t wait. Doughnut Time started as a tiny ‘hole-in-the-wall’ doughnut store down-under in 2015, just a couple years later and it’s expanded across twenty locations throughout Australia. Next month they go international, with a Shaftesbury Avenue store and bring their exceptional deep-fried creations to London. If you’ve not tasted their diabetes-inducing masterpieces then you absolutely must. The range includes the Créme De […]

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Farm Girl Opens in Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty’s three-storey flagship store at No.1 Carnaby is already the perfect pace for ladies that lunge to get kitted out, and now ladies what lunch can get involved too; health cafe Farm Girl has opened a concession. Farm Girl is the sort of Australian-inspired café that health conscious customers go mad for and with good reason. Loaded with superfood ingredients Sweaty Betty shoppers can now call in for their signature dishes including build-your-own-breakfast bowls and gluten-free doughnuts or celebrate completing laps of the shop at Farm Girl’s first cocktail bar, featuring alcoholic drinks using strawberry, acai and lavender infused […]

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