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Head To Ginza Onodera, For Goodness Saké

For goodness Sake, you have to get to Ginza Onodera for their collaboration with World Sake Imports, starting this month. On 19th October the first in a series of exclusive events at the prestigious Japanese restaurant Ginza Onodera will start with a collaboration between Head Chef Ryosuke Kishi, Head Sommelier Angelo Lorea and leading sake brewery Yoshida Shuzo-ten. Celebrating the start of the traditional sake making season the dinner will give diners the chance to sample small batch sakes rarely seen in London. The premium sakes on offer will include a selection of Tedorigawa sakes made to the trafitional Yamahai […]

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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 […]

Openings & Launches

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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Courtesan Brixton
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Courtesan Brixton: Dim Sum, Cocktails and Cabaret

What happens when you cross the rituals of ancient China and the its courtesans with the legendary clubs of 1920s Shanghai? Not something you probably think about that much, if at all ever. That said if you were to, the answer would be a dim sum and cocktail bar in Brixton – who’d have thought? Relaunching this September, Courtesan will weave together ancient and vintage feminine aesthetics with a futuristic thread. Neon lights, bright red graphics, jade velvet booths and large silk lanterns will sit alongside Chinese artefacts. Leading you down to the late-night venue will be a geometric neon-lit […]

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Reggae, Wine And Pizza Pairing

‘Red, red, wiiiiiine…’ may have been a massive hit for UB40, forever marrying together the unlikely couple of Jamaican Music and Cabernet Sauvigon. But now it’s about to get a bit more complicated for reggae and vin rouge, welcome into the threesome… Pizza! It’s a night of pizza, wine and reggae music and it sounds as brilliant as it is batty. Pizza legends Made of Dough started towing their oven around the country with a van before landing in their Peckham shipping container kiosk this year. Meanwhile independent wine merchants Lea & Sandeman have been scouring the wine regions of […]

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Gilly's Fry Bar
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Gilly’s Fry Bar – Northern Chippy Meets Japanese Tempura

Kill us now, it’s never going to get any better than this: chip shop fish and chips, curry sauce and cocktails. Gilly’s Fry Bar arrives in Finsbury Park this week and it promises to be a fantastic, if unlikely, combo of chippy and highball cocktails with an Asian twist. Modelled on restauranteur Neil Gill’s memories of Tyneside chip shops, the restaurant will feature classics like cod and scraps but fused with the delicate art of Japanese tempura cooking. Running with the Northern obsession with dousing chips with curry sauce Gill has devised a menu combining the traditional katsu curry with […]

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Dishoom Dishes Up Immersive Bombay Brilliance

It’s 1949 and we’re in downtown Bombay. The evening is close and the monsoon is raging, welcome to a world of gangsters, underworld intrigue and jazz. Created by Swamp Studios, Night at the Bombay Roxy is a new immersive evening that will see you transported to Bombay Roxy, a café and jazz club housed within a former Art Deco cinema set in Bombay, 1949 – because did you know that after Miami, Bombay remains the biggest the best example of Art Deco architecture in the world? Taking place in the iconic Barkers Building in High Street Kensington (the site of the […]

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Olle
Openings & Launches

Olle: Queue Now For Korean Barbeque

Summer is over, and so too is the barbecue season as we look forward to another nine or ten months without smoke billowing into our faces as we turn chicken into charcoal. OR, you could head down to Olle and do it properly. Olle is a new Korean restaurant coming to Chinatown and it’s an interactive barbeque. Forget eveything you think you know about the art of BBandQing, Olle will bring the finest cuts of meat to your table where communal firepits will offer you the chance to sizzle to perfection in the ideal conditions. The menu includes top-quality Japanese […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Spa of Unconscious Desires

Brace yourself for a spellbinding evening that will have you dropping your preconceptions (and probably your jaw) when you encounter the totally unconventional spa experience that is The Spa of Unconscious Desires. In honour of the London Design Festival, Mondrian Hotel is partnering with design aficionados Bompas & Parr (Bompas & Sparr would have been better but you can’t have it all) to offer guests a selection of micro-treatments centred around bespoke design objects, immersing them in a new interpretation of beauty and relaxation. Not your typical Tuesday night affair, this one will really spa-rk your imagination. Mondrian’s Agua Bathhouse […]

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Campari Residency: Bringing Milan to Kings Cross

Campari is taking over King’s Cross this September with their ten day residency, ‘Campari Creates’. Campari will be bringing drinks, art and design, and hopefully the last of the summer sunshine all the way from Milan to London’s Granary Square. Running from 15th to 24th September, ‘Campari Creates’ will showcase two of Milan’s greatest exports: Campari and creativity. The residency will feature a ‘Campari Creates’ masterclass so you can learn how to create your own Campari cocktails, including those iconic classics, the Negroni and the Americano. If the cocktails liven up your inner artist, there will also be the opportunity to design your […]

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Openings & Launches

Head Across Town To Crosstown

Wake up, smell the coffee and then scoff the doughnut! Independent doughnut coffee bar Crosstown launches today at their new location on Piccadilly and will be offering their perfect combination of caffeine and sugar, keeping you fully fuelled and ready to hit the shops, see the sights or head into that meeting. All Crosstown’s doughnuts are made onsite using a hybrid sough dough which gives them a stronger crumb and breadlke texture. All the jams, compotes and fillings are also made in-house using quality ingredients. Crosstown opened its first shop in Soho in 2015, since then they’ve expanded to three […]

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