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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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Immersive Afternoon Tea Experience

Afternoon tea with a serving of scandal! Scandal Water at The London EDITION, the afternoon tea concept reminiscent of the gossipy afternoon teas of 19th century high society, is getting another twist. To celebrate the new Portraits Collection from luxury perfume house Penhaligon’s, comprising a series of scents inspired by the secrets of the British aristocracy, Punch Room is pairing scents from the collection with its food and drink offerings to enrich the tastes and create a truly multisensory experience. This godscent is just what we’ve been waiting for. First up on the Portraits Collection is Monsieur Beauregard: based on […]

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Harry Potter Checks Into The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

If you don’t like to be reminded of how old you’ve gotten, look away now. It’s 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. Given there’s no effective spell to reverse 20 years of ageing, St Pancras Rennaisance Hotel has come up with something equally effective: alcohol. Expelliarmus your inhibitions with such creations as The Camoflage Coupette, Tee-Hee and Exlixir of Love, all within the gothic confines of one of London’s greatest artitectural marvels at St Pancras Station. A stone’s throw from platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross, the hotel will be […]

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The Shoreditch Restaurant Heading West

Shoreditch stalwart Rochelle Canteen is about to whackamole at the other end of town, and in a very different venue. Famous for creating their school bike-shed restaurant in the heart of E2, Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold are bringing their ‘no rules, and everything will be great – we like parties and we like to have fun’ mantra to the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The ICA is currently in a state of creative flux, with a new director in Stefan Kalmár who is anxious to reclaim the organisation as a centre for radical culture and progressive thought, and bringing in […]

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Glow in the Dark Tacos at LOSTACOS

A mezcal-fuelled fiesta and glow in the dark tacos, that’s what you can expect from LOSTACOS. Taking place at Doodle Bar in Bermondsey, the Day of the Dead pop-up is the work of Quest for Bold Flavour, a team who have searched high and low for the best dishes from around the world. After two years of research and we imagine a lot of eating, they have come to the conclusion that the humble Mexican taco is the planet’s greatest culinary achievement. The experience starts with mezcal cocktails and if you get there early enough you can try Pensador Mezcal, […]

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Il Tetto, The Italian Trattoria on Selfridges’ Roof

You may be on London’s busiest streets, but Selfridges on Oxford Street is preparing to transport you to high in the Tuscan hills with the launch of their new rooftop restaurant Il Tetto. Il Tetto opens today and will provide all-day dining in the style of a traditional trattoria. Under the expert direction of Head Chef Luca Terraneo, who has come over from L’Anima, the menu will be made up of authentic Italian dishes, using well sourced, seasonal ingredients from across Italy. Terraneo was previously at Franco’s and has worked with the critically acclaimed Francesco Mazzei for over 10 years. […]

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A Real Taste Of Spain At Camino

How do you top opening four hugely successful Spanish restaurants? Open a fifth! Camino Group, responsible for Camino restaurants in Monunent, Bankside, Blackfriars and King’s Cross (not to mention Bar Pepito in King’s Cross), are opening their next venture in Shoreditch and it’s looking like it’ll be fantastic. Camino was set up by Richard Bigg; inspired by a roadtrip in an old-style Mini through rural Spain he was fired up to bring that traditional Spanish taste back to London. A decade and five restaurants later it’s clearly a vision that has gone down incredibly well with Londoners. The latest incarnation […]

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The Cool Cats Are In St James’s For London Restaurant Festival

“Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones, In fact, he’s remarkably fat. He doesn’t haunt pubs – he has eight or nine clubs, For he’s the St James’s Street Cat!” T.S. Elliot’s catty creation, later immortalised by the Lloyd-Webber musical Cats, will, we’re sure, be donning his white spats for The London Restaurant Festival. The annual event celebrates the range and wealth of the city’s restaurants and St James’s is perfectly placed to shine nearly as much as Bustopher’s “coat of fastidious black”. This postage stamp of an area, hemmed in by Mayfair to the North and Westminster below, may […]

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The Southbank Igloos Return!

Jimmy’s Lodge is returning to Southbank! It may only be October, but that’s certainly not going to stop us getting ready to jingle those bells and cross our fingers for a white Christmas. Luckily for us, we are not alone in our wintery enthusiasm, as Jimmy and his team are back for 2017, and on hand with a whole lot of festive cheer – and more importantly, fondue. For only 50 days on London’s Southbank, the capital’s alpine enthusiasts are welcomed from far and wide to enjoy the treats of Jimmy’s Lodge. Perched cosily on the edge of the Thames, […]

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Sloane Square’s Notorious Underground Venue is Back

There’s more to Sloane Square than just being the home of Peter Jones and the end of the Kings Road. For the last five years it’s hidden one of London’s most notorious and innovative venues: Tonteria. Hosting the likes of Rihanna, Leonardo Di Caprio and HRH Princes William and Harry, it’s been five years of tequila, frozen margaritas and parties. Now, to celebrate their birthday they’ve only gone and got themselves a new birthday suit. Relaunching next week, with what we imagine will be a night of debauchery, the legendary haunt is going for a new, mysterious look inspired by […]

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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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