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The Wigmore
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The Langham Opens The Wigmore

The Romans introduced us to one of our favourite things- pubs, when they came along with the tabernae which were going to be the predecessor to the alehouses, inns, pubs and coaching houses that came after. And Londoners took to them, like us millennials now supposedly take to gin and avocados, they were all over them – at one point there were 38 pubs on Oxford Street alone. In amongst them all were the taverns, a place to socialise, drink and do business and now there is a new tavern coming to London, The Wigmore. Created by The Langham London […]

Shangri-La Hotel
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Sky High Yoga at Shangri-La

As Londoners, our lives are pretty hectic, constantly on the go, getting up early to hit the gym or beat the commute and spending our evenings at the latest pop-ups/plays or just at the pub. It’s no wonder that we often feel like we’re running on auto pilot and one coffee away from crying. What can you do? Obviously, we’re not going to be leaving London any time soon, but we can make the most of mindfulness and learning how to achieve more balance in life, including not burning the candle at both ends. Just as well then, that The […]

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Gabeto Comes to Camden

When it comes to food, Camden Market is not short of places to eat, but the team behind its latest restaurant are hoping that they will be able to rival the best that Shoreditch and Fitzrovia has to offer. Opening on the 6th July in one of the Victorian stable blocks, Gabeto (which is means ‘our house’ in Spanish) will see, former Chiltern Firehouse chef, Lee Andrews heading up the kitchen to create a menu that brings together British ingredients with Latin flavours. Tacos, rare-breed steaks and small plates including the likes of beetroot-cured salmon and chorizo Scotch eggs will make […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets Mint Leaf’s Head Chef

Having recently launched their Sunday bottomless brunch and a firm favourite when it comes to Indian restaurants in London, we caught up with Mint Leaf Haymarket’s head chef Rajinder Pandey. Part of the original team who opened Mint Leaf back in Haymarket back in 2003, Rajinder has returned to the team after travelling throughout India. We caught up with him to discuss how Indian cuisine has evolved and his tips for success. What did you learn on your travels that you have now brought back to Mint Leaf? That authenticity is key. Individual regional cuisines and street food are such […]

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Italian Gelato Delicatessen Opens

Just as winter is the time to gorge on mince pies, summer is the time to eat all the gelato and today we welcome a new place to get our dairy fix – Unico. Opening in Notting Hill, the new Italian delicatessen is run by the team behind one of Bologna’s best -loved gelaterias, Cremeria Funivia. Made on site in the gelato lab, flavours include pistachio, due torri – mascarpone gelato with chocolate and hazelnut sauce; cremino – white chocolate infused with hazelnut and the signature, Notting Hill – fior di Bufala gelato drizzled with Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Alongside […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hush Open a Riviera Inspired Courtyard

Mayfair restaurant, Hush is turning 18 this year and unlike our WKD, warm beer fuelled parties, they are transporting diners to Cannes, Nice and St Tropez…way to reign on our 18th parade. They are transforming their courtyard into Hush Presents Riviera, a 1920’s Art Deco- inspired terrace. Picture, nautical stripes, lemon trees, vintage bicycles, fresh white table clothes and hurricane lamps filled with shells and candles. The perfect setting for your summer. Whereas our 18th probably ended with a dirty kebab, Hush will be serving up a menu of fresh French bread with sundried tomato tapenade and slow roasted tomato […]

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13 of The Best Places for Ice Cream

With all of this sunshine, British people are in desperate need of a cool treat. The go-to snack of the summer is, of course, none other than ice cream. London has the best ice cream to offer with interesting flavours and concepts popping up all the time, here is our guide to the best places for ice cream in the capital. Bombay Bustle What: Indian Sundae Bar Why: Indian ice cream- unfamiliar? Well, here is your chance to expand your sweet tooth. Head to Bombay Bustle in Mayfair for their brand new sundae and dessert bar and discover a menu […]

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Raymond Blanc Opens Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach

2017 is a big year for acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, not only does it mark 21 years of the first Brasserie Blanc but he has also just opened Brasserie Blanc in Fulham Reach by Hammersmith Bridge. The menu will keep things classic with hearty French dishes inspired by Raymond’s childhood, including the likes of trout gravadlax with Dijon mustard and lemon crème fraiche, will feature alongside duck leg confit with black cherry sauce; and the new chocolate delice with Kirsch. The wine list will focus, naturally, on French grapes but there will also be global wines including Brasserie Blanc’s own […]

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Annual Feast: London Bridge Open Kitchen Returns

Over the last few weeks, Londoners have showed their strength and solidarity after the London Bridge attack on 3rd June. On Wednesday 28th from 5pm, London Bridge Open Kitchen, the third annual al-fresco event will still being going ahead beneath The Shard because great food and drink will always bring Londoners together. To show their support, London’s favourite traders were eager to take part and bring life back into an area that has been deeply affected recently. Taking place along the London Bridge station railway arches on St Thomas Street the restaurants confirmed to participate include: Aqua Shard, Texas Joe’s, Bob’s Lobster and Village East. […]

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Dine 100ft Above London

Warning – if you don’t like heights, then stop reading now. Do like heights? Let’s continue, arguably the most extreme pop-up, London in the Sky is returning next month for a two week feast in the sky. Coming to a new Chelsea site from the 19th -30th July, the pop-up will see different chefs and mixologists showcasing their culinary talents and quite literally reaching new heights – you’ll be sat around a table, 100 ft in the sky. We’ll just let that sink in, 100 ft, so if you get dizzy you might want to sit this one out, but […]

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Smoke & Salt Opens in Brixton

Smoke & Salt is on the move. The modern British restaurant is upping sticks from Islington’s Chapel Bar, to take up a permanent home in one of Pop Brixton’s shipping containers. Brought to you by chefs, Remi Williams and Aaron Webster, Smoke & Salt is all about modern dining and ancient techniques. Through curing, smoking and preserving, the guys will be cooking up a daily changing menu of small plates. Dishes are set to include asparagus with whey vinaigrette and ricotta; panelles with spicy ketchup; pork belly with broccoli, pumpkin seeds and London honey; lamb merguez tartare with grilled flatbread […]

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Borough Market Re-Opens

Borough Market is officially re-opening on Wednesday after being closed since experiencing a terrorist attack on 3rd June. Londoners are encouraged to come and show their support to the cities favourite wholesale and retail food market. £50,000 has already been raised to support businesses in and around Borough Market who have financially been at a loss since the crisis 10 days ago. Donald Hyslop, chair of Trustees at Borough Market has made a statement: “While the victims of last week’s terror attack will never be forgotten, and while the trauma experienced by this community will weigh heavily for a long time […]

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