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The Beach Hut Bar Pop-Up in the Sky

If we sultrily whispered the words: rooftop, gin and exclusive, to Londoners, chances are they’d get a little flustered. You can keep your 50 Shades of Grey stuff, in London what gets us really going is the chance to drink gin and get an Instagram of that #ViewOfLondon – don’t judge. It’s why ‘Seaside in the Sky’ at The Gherkin is so popular and it’s why you need to hurry up and book yourself in. Normally only open to members, Searcys at The Gherkin and the bar are now open to the public until the 1st September. Inspired by our […]

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Island Poké Opens 2nd Restaurant

Island Poké; pronounced po-keh…and that’s no joke-ey, has just opened their second site in Broadgate Circle – and we’re all rather excited. The restaurant serves up bowls of Poké, and for those not in the know (although you really should because they’ve been everywhere…) they consist of raw cubes of fresh fish (or roasted beetroot for vegetarians) with a soy-based dressing, served in a bowl with steamed rice and tasty garnishes. Founder James Porter trained under an ex Nobu sushi chef and has created the menu at Island Poké which includes three house Poké bowls and a build your own […]

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Hutong’s New Head Chef

If Madonna has taught us anything throughout the years it’s that change is good, whether it’s changing your hair, your look or your menu, and Hutong has heard the message loud and clear. The acclaimed Northern Chinese restaurant on Level 33 of The Shard has recently welcomed new head chef and Sifu (meaning ‘master’ in traditional Chinese culture, a term given to those who have earned a wealth of experience in a skilled trade) Fei Wang, who has some show stopping dishes up his sleeve. Hailing from Chengdu (the capital of China’s Sichuan province) Fei brings his wealth of experience […]

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22 Venues That Opened in July

Another month has passed, we’re rattling through the year at an alarming rate…you’re restaurant bucket list is also going to be getting even longer as in the last 31 days we’ve seen 22 new restaurants and bars open. There have been debut restaurants from MasterChef contenders, pop-ups becoming permanent, places dedicated to brunch and new offerings from hotels. July’s been a good one.   VQ Aldgate The 24/7 restaurant is already in Notting Hill, Chelsea and Bloomsbury and this month it opened in Aldgate in the Dorsett City Hotel. Want halloumi fries with tzatziki at 2am? No problem? Need a […]

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Cocktail Masterclasses at Company Below

Next month, Company Below, Greek Street’s hidden drinking den will be playing host to some of London’s best bartenders for a month of cocktail masterclasses and bespoke drinks and you know we can’t get enough of cocktails. Each week throughout August a different bartender will be showing you how to mix drinks as well as creating a signature drink for that week and first up it’ll be Miguel Arbe Rey, aka the Executive Bartender from the Ceviche group. Bringing the pisco to the party, his guest cocktail, Jamming, is made from Barsol Acholado Pisco, corn water, coriander and black peppercorn […]

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Battersea Power Station’s New Pub

Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village is starting to come together now, as the restaurants, bars and cafes keep opening and now, the first and only pub is here. Part of the Darwin & Wallace group (the team behind neighbourhood bars such as No 32 The Old Town and No 11 Pimlico Road), No 29 Power Station West is opening its doors tomorrow. With a stripped back utilitarian feel, the pub will make the most of the area’s industrial heritage and will feature over 100 pieces of hand-picked and crafted furniture, tiles and artwork in the bar, including a bespoke […]

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Coal Rooms: A Restaurant in a Ticket Office

A ticket office might not seem like the most usual place for a restaurant, you’d think it’d be better as a ticket office but as we use less ticket offices and eat out more, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea. Peckham-based entrepreneurs, Richard Robinson and Cemal Ezel, certainly think so as next month they are doing just that as they open Coal Rooms. Taking over the beautifully restored former Grade II listed ticket office which was originally part of Peckham Rye’s train station in the 1930s, Coal Rooms will be home to: a 24-seater café which transforms into a […]

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Think Pink: A Month of Rosé

Last weekend we saw the success of the UK’s first ever Rosé Festival at The Geffrye Museum. Well instead of just a weekend dedicated to London’s favourite tipple, how about a whole month? And why not dedicate it not only to rosé, but also everything else we love that is pink? Londoners will be encouraged to Think Pink over the course of August as our favourite restaurants get involved all in aid of The Pink Ribbon Charity. Avenue in St James’s and Aster in Victoria will be serving a bottomless rosé brunch throughout the month with pink themed food to […]

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World of Nobu Festival

Question: Which Academy Award-winning actor and activist is also the co-founder of Nobu Hospitality, along with renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper? Answer: Robert De Niro Those who knew the answer are clearly big Nobu fans and should pat themselves them on the back and enjoy the reward of discovering that Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will host the first European ‘World of Nobu’ festival this Thursday and Friday. *Those who didn’t know the answer are also allowed to enjoy this news. The festival will feature a series of special dinners, masterclasses and events for the public giving them […]

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Breafast Tacos at the New Breddos

It might not be open for another couple of months, but we’re already getting excited about the arrival of the second Breddos which is coming to Kingly Street in September. The new taqueria, will be more than double the size of the original Breddos in Clerkenwell, will for the first time serve breakfast and have a mezcal and margarita bar in the basement. Exciting times.  Inspired by founders, Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney’s trip to Mexico, the taqueria will feature a special pizza oven that will be used to make Breddos’ interpretations of tlayudas (Mexican pizzas) – we’ve heard the […]

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18 of London’s Best Rooftop Bars

When the sun comes out it seems we want to be as close to the sun as possible…sky high to be precise. Contrary to popular opinion, London actually graces us with plenty of days that justify rooftop dining, drinking and dips, so read on for our pick of rooftop venues where you can marvel at the views, have a drink and enjoy a bite to eat.

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Neil Rankin Opens temper City

Last November London was introduced to temper Soho and it’s safe to say, we welcomed it with opened arms – it’s been hugely successful, so now Neil Rankin is back with temper City and we’re predicting equally big things. Fire and wine will still be at the core, with meat (which is butchered on site) being cooked low and slow over oak and charcoal, but this time the menu will be all about curries from different countries. There’ll be mutton rolls and laksa lamb belly stovies to start; lamb scotch bonnet vindaloo; dry goat; meatball marrow masala; Dashi chip shop […]

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