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The Dead Rabbit
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World’s Best Bar Pop-Up at Claridge’s

You might not have heard of John Morrissey, 19th century boxer, politician and gang member. You’ve probably heard of his gang though, The Dead Rabbits. Yep, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s award-wining New York bar, The Dead Rabbit, is named after a notorious, Irish street gang that controlled much of Lower Manhattan in the mid-19th century – apparently robbing and brawling was their thing. Enough of the history lesson, what you need to know is that the bar, that has won ‘World’s Best Bar’, is coming to Mayfair for one week in August. Opening in Claridge’s, The Dead Rabbit pop-up […]

August Pop Ups
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Awesome August Pop-Ups

And just like that we’re in August already – this year is flying by and whilst it appears that our summer was fleeting and has now gone (why we say this like we’re surprised we don’t know) that isn’t going to stop us making the most of August by visiting the best pop-ups and supper clubs; which this month seems to include some rather obscure drinks – beer made from lobster anyone?

Openings & Launches

Fancy Crab Opens in Marylebone

Here’s a question? Do you think crabs look at us and think we walk sideways? Something to ponder on when you head to Fancy Crab, perhaps slightly morbidly as the crab will be on your plate. Having just opened on Wigmore Street, Fancy Crab is pretty self-explanatory…it’s crab and it’s fancy. The crab in question is Red King Crab, one of the most sought after in the world, always wild, never farmed, check out that for a line, ‘Hey, I’m Red King Crab, always wild, never farmed’. You know it’d be a cool crab. You’ll find the crab in crab […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Jean-Georges
Openings & Launches

The Connaught’s New Restaurant

The Connaught, one of London’s most distinguished hotels is now home to a new restaurant, Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Opened by the internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the all-day restaurant will have an eclectic menu which is inspired by Jean-Georges’ classic French training, his signature use of Asian flavours and his unique take on British classics such as fish and chips. Taking the same approach as he does in his New York restaurants, (The Mark, ABC Kitchen and his vegan eatery, ABCV), only the best British ingredients will be used. Dishes will include the likes of egg toast and caviar; […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Chefs Collaborate at Angler

Next week, Angler, The South Place Hotel’s rooftop restaurant will be welcoming in three top chefs to join Executive Chef Gary Foulkes to create a feast in aid of the charity Hospitality Action. The evening will start with Champagne and canapes on the rooftop terrace, before guests sit down to a four course meal which celebrates seasonal produce and focuses on British seafood. Taking part will be Elystan Street’s Chef Patron Phil Howard; Typing Room’s Executive Chef Lee Westcott and Ben Marks, Chef Patron of Perilla – you’ll also be able to meet the chef throughout the evening. Afterwards an […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Openings & Launches

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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Openings & Launches

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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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BufleBufle
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bufle Opens with £1 Bubble Waffles

Today sees the opening of Bufle, a new bubble waffle and cocktail bar in Soho and they’re celebrating by giving out £1 sweet bubble wraps! Having been popular in Hong Kong since the 1950s, the team are on a mission to make them just as popular over here in London and whilst a few have already popped up, Bufle will not only be selling the sweet, golden waffles but also cocktails inspired by the Far East. Toppings for the waffles include the Oreo Delight – a waffle filled with cookies and cream gelato and topped with Oreo chocolate cookies and […]

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MinnowMinnow
Openings & Launches

New to Clapham Common: Minnow

Chris Frichot and Saba Tsegaye are well aware how big the London restaurant scene is, and how tough it can be, which is why they’ve called their restaurant, Minnow – because they’re going to ‘be a small, but fiercely independent fish in a big pond’. Opening this Wednesday on Clapham Common, the neighbourhood restaurant will be serving up modern European dishes, plenty of cocktails and brunch at the weekend. Heading up the kitchen will be Jake Boyce (former Head Chef of Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas) he’ll be giving a nod to the flavours of the Indian Ocean where […]

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