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Bar That Inspired Agatha Christie, Returns

To visit Flemings is to experience history in the present. As the hotel approaches its 170th birthday the hotel bar, Manetta’s, has been restored to its 1930s splendour. Reviving the hotel’s golden era, when Manetta’s was a favourite hideaway for scholars of literature and the arts, the decadent and sophisticated underground bar is once again the perfect place for classic aperitifs, inventive cocktails and indulgent nightcaps. Manetta’s caught the imagination of writers such as Agatha Christie, who immortalised it in At Bertram’s Hotel and Sarah Helm, who used the bar as a backdrop in A Life In Secrets, a cloak […]

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16 Vegan Places to Book Now

World Vegan Day on the 1st November kicks off a whole month of animal-friendly celebrations created in 1994 to raise awareness for the meat and dairy free lifestyle. With so many restaurants offering tempting options we created a list of the top 10 places to enjoy plant-based food; perfect for herbivores and those that want to take the veg pledge challenge for the month. La Suite West: Afternoon Tea The newly launched Nosh Garden Kitchen at La Suite West does a vegan Afternoon Tea with a selection of raw and plant based dining options. It has the classic set up of designer finger […]

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The Carnaby Street Christmas Carnival

Christmas baubles and disco balls, turning the shopping experience you dread, into a party you’ll remember. Not all of us love Christmas shopping, and many of us are left battling desperate crowds on Christmas eve trying to convince ourselves that a shoe horn is an acceptable present for Aunt Betty, because it’s the only thing left on the shelf. This year on November 9th the Carnaby Christmas Carnival launches their brand-new Christmas installations. Though it starts at 5pm be sure to be there for 6pm to avoid missing the turning on of the Christmas lights. Over one hundred brands will […]

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Greyhound Cafe: Top Thai Restaurant Lands in Fitzrovia

You’re going to have to Thai us down, we’re that excited about the launch of Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia. Greyhound is coming to the UK from Thailand, via Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore and celebrates the best of Thai cuisine and culture and though it doesn’t open until January, we’re already preparing ourselves. The Bangkok restaurant was originally a Thai fashion house, launched by Bhanu Inkawat in 1980. In 1998 Inkawat launcheed the original Geyhound Café in the upmarket area of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit and the rest is history. Today there are 17 Greyhound Cafés across Asia. Greyhound will be set […]

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The Ultimate Eclair Shop Opens In Soho

If a profiterole’s the way you roll, or if you’re there at the drop of an eclair, then the news that Maître Choux is coming to Soho will set your patisserie-loving tastebuds alight. It’s been 2 years since the world’s first choux pastry specialist opened in South Kensington. Since then it’s become almost normal to see celebrities queuing outside with the locals, patiently waiting for their delicate freshly-made eclairs, choux and chouquettes.  Master Patissier Joakim Prat, the 3 Michelin star-experienced chef and the brains behind Maître Choux has made sure it’s a shop that demands attention. And that’s a good […]

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

This year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants has seen some exciting changes. Most notably Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana (Italy) has been squeezed off the top spot by Eleven Madison Park (New York, USA). The full-scale renovation and redesign obviously having worked in their favour catapulting the restaurant from third to first place. While London’s The Clove Club has clung on to their place at twenty-six. The Ledbury has sadly fallen a surprising thirteen places. Having placed fourteenth in 2016 they now reside at number twenty-seven and are left nipping at the heels of their London competitor. On a more positive note Heston Blumenthal’s Knightsbridge […]

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Former Strip Club Turns Smokehouse

Once a ‘family run strip club’ (mind boggles), the White Horse in Shoreditch has now gone and been replaced by Smoking Goat, a second venue for the Soho Thai barbeque bar. Ben Chapman, Brian Hannon and Head Chef Ali Borer will bring their expertise from Soho to bear in this exciting new venture in the heart of Shoreditch. Redesigning the interior to both draw on the original features of the concrete 1930s building and evoke the atmosphere one of Bangkok’s late night canteen spots, Smoking Goat has been carefully designed by Champan and guided by project manager Colin Harding and […]

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Top UK Restaurants Help the Homeless

£8.2 million, that’s how much StreetSmart has raised in 20 years for homeless and vulnerable people. How? Through the simple idea of adding a voluntary £1 to diners’ bills throughout November and December. Because as we start to drink more Prosecco than usual and gorge ourselves silly on mince pies in the run up to Christmas, around 4134 people on a single night in England will be sleeping rough. That number has increased by 134% since 2010. Partnering with Deutsche Bank, the StreetSmart campaign will be donating every penny of every £1 raised to local charities across the UK.  There […]

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Peckham Levels, the Next Cultural Hotspot

If we told you the next big cultural destination was a huge carpark you’d think the world had gone mad (and that the London property market was getting wildly out of control). But fear not – new venue Peckham Levels may be at a multi-storey carpark, but it’s one you’ll actually want to get lost in. Gone are the days of holding out your car keys gormlessly while wondering where the hell you parked the car (here at least), because seven levels are being transformed into a workspace for artists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs, where you’ll discover exciting emerging talent […]

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Amazing New Bar At W London

Perception, they say, is everything. One place this is especially true is W London, the Leicester Square hotel is about to launch their new bar celebrating London’s love of design and fashion, and it’s appropriately named The Perception. If London is the worldwide capital of the music, fashion and design industries, Leicester Square has to be its epicentre. So where better for a bar that celebrates the city’s creative energy than W London, the stylish hotel that dominates the Western entrance to the square. The Perception at W London combines bold design, a diverse cultural programme and, of course, killer […]

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New Soho Restaurant Opens

For The Good Egg founders Joel Braham, Alex Coppard and Oded Mizrachi one restaurant simply wasn’t en-oeuf! The Good Egg, recreating the Jewish cafe-culture of Montreal combined with with Tel-Aviv’s vibrant street-food scene, is coming to Kingly Court. Which, of course, is egg-cellent news! Already known for their Stoke Newington eatery, The Good Egg is a medley of all the greatest hits of Jewish cuisine, drawing on the rich culinary traditions familiar to Jewish communities worldwide and carefully recreating Oded’s age-old family recipes. The menu at The Good Egg will use seasonal British produce and include highlights such as a slow […]

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Orange Buffalo Comes To Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

If you’re following the herd, looking for somewhere to graze or simply a place to chew the cud, you’re going to need each of your six stomachs to make the most out of Orange Buffalo as it arrives at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. Orange Buffalo is the classic food-truck to riches story, set up by a couple of guys after a roadtrip. Nick White and Mike So were roadtripping through the USA and found themselves falling in love with the country’s dive bars and the unfussy style of bar food. New York’s buffalo wings took their imagination and they […]

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