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10 of London’s Best Tapas Restaurants

We love tapas. There’s something about being able to try a whole range of different dishes that satisfies every single tastebud and subconsciously makes you feel like you’ve eaten less than you probably (actually) have. You’ll soon know your Brindisa from your Barrafina and your Boqueria from your Bocca di Lupo. Work your way through the list or just head to Soho; it’s a good place to start. Prepare for buzzy atmospheres and informality and prepare to queue; most don’t take reservations but are well worth the wait.

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Celebrate World Malbec Day with 7 Days of Malbec at Gaucho

Out of all the Mondays in 2017, April 17th is set to be one of the best – it’s World Malbec Day! A whole day celebrating red wine and a day when Gaucho will be selling all 75 of its Malbecs at half price or less. It’s true what UB40 say, Red red wine can’t get you off my mind. Argentina’s Domingo Faustino Sarmiento made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry by introducing World Malbec Day and Gaucho will be celebrating appropriately by hosting 7 Days of Malbec. The event will showcase the grape that is at the heart of the […]

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Yolk: Gourmet Takeaway in the City

It’s a familiar tale: popular street food stall hits the big time and, after establishing a loyal following, gets a permanent home. The best things come in small packages though so Yolk are keeping it real and taking over a little site in Finsbury Avenue Square, just by Liverpool Street Station. Offering nearby office workers a new option for al-desko breakfast and lunch and, as the name suggests, eggs rule the roost. Breakfast, served from 7am, will see egg pots like Yolk’s signature Eggs Benedict pot: poached Buford Brown eggs sprinkled with pulled 24-hour ham hock, topped with a generous […]

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There’s a Meaty Festival Hitting The Big Smoke

Move over music festivals, there’s a big juicy rib festival hitting town…say hello to The Big Smoke! The Blues Kitchen, Brixton are transforming into a carnivores paradise, aka a 3-night rib festival. Yes you read that correctly, a festival celebrating juicy, smokey ribs accompanied by sets from world class blues, roots and soul artists every night. BBQ legends Neil Rankin, Wayne Mueller and DJ BBQ will be making our mouths water and the people to blame when our cheeks are smothered in BBQ sauce. There will even be a custom built propane tank 108-inch smoker – talk about serious smoking. Neil Rankin, former […]

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All Things Cognac at Mondrian London

Unless you’re a Cognac connoisseur, you may be quite unsure on how exactly it’s meant to be consumed. Neat? On the rocks? Diluted with water? Or if you’re anything like us, you love it in a cocktail. Mondrian London is launching a pop-up experience with one of the oldest Cognac houses in the world, Martell Cognac, to answer all these questions once and for all. Two experiences have been created to showcase Cognac in a new light and educate guests on a variety of ways for the drink to be enjoyed. The Martell bar will be mixing up a small selection […]

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London’s New Pizzeria: Quartieri

Quartieri is a Napoletana pizzeria coming to Kilburn this spring with one aim – to make the best pizzas using the finest produce from Naples. The menu will make the most of artisanal produce from independent suppliers, to start there’ll be frittura such as crocchette, arancini and bruschetta topped with buffalo mozzarella and tomato. Of course, you’re there for the pizza. The team are taking inspiration from a family recipe dating back to 1923, from the guys who brought Naples the famous Pizzeria Trianon Vomero. They’ll use flour and grain that has been milled in the traditional way, risen slowly with minimal yeast […]

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The Swingers Open Launches: Crazy Golf Gets Serious

The Masters may be over but we are turning our attention to another major golfing competition: The Swingers Open. Every Londoner’s favourite crazy golf course is launching London’s first crazy golf championships and let us tell you this, it’s going to get serious. If you haven’t experienced a Swingers date or team bonding session, golf club in hand, then now is your time to tee off. Round up 8 of your most co-ordinated colleagues (2 teams of 4) and compete against rival teams from the same industry. Competition dates are set out on their website but, for example, PR and […]

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Mayfair’s Smart New Japanese Pop-Up

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a never-ending mental list of pop-ups and supper clubs you want to visit before they disappear as quickly as they arrived. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, this isn’t always possible – be it because everyone else has pipped us to the post (one recent pop-up bar had a waiting list of 8,000) or the run of one or two dates simply don’t work. A month-long pop-up/kitchen takeover – call it what you will – is now running, and will continue to run throughout April. Mayfair’s Avenue is hosting the event which will see […]

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The Ivy Café, Richmond Opens

When you need to escape London but don’t want to stray too far from the tube line then Richmond is your answer. You’ve got the deer, the rolling parkland, the Thames which has meandered into a calmer version of its city counterpart and soon it’ll have The Ivy Café, Richmond. Yes, The Ivy Collection is growing again and this time they’ve found a spot on Hill Street which they will fill with a restaurant, bar and the Isabella private dining room, named after Richmond Park’s Isabella Plantation. Making up 140-covers, the restaurant will be open seven days a week and […]

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27 Cracking Ways to Celebrate Easter

Easter is almost here, we’ve just got to make it through a four day week and then we have a glorious four days off! If you’re planning to stay in London over the weekend then you can sip on chocolate cocktails, indulge in afternoon teas, while away the hours at brunch,  feast on rabbit burgers and go searching for Easter eggs. Here are 27 eggcellent ways to spend the Easter weekend. Sanderson London The Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson London is getting an Easter makeover. Alongside the likes of Scottish salmon, quail egg and caviar Scotch eggs and a […]

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The Diner Islington Reopens

You might have noticed that The Diner Islington hasn’t been looking like it’s normal self recently, it’s been undergoing an eight- week makeover, but now it’s ready to reveal itself to the wide world…well Islington anyway. It’s said to be edgier than before, think of it as a mix between Rebel Without a Cause and Pulp Fiction. It’s going to be serving up all day breakfasts, burgers, shakes, craft beers and Bloody Mary’s – basically everything you need to either induce or cure a hangover. If you’re into your hard shakes then you’re in luck, they’ve got plenty of them. […]

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13 of the Best April Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

April is set to be a month of caviar, tequila, restaurant menu swaps, retro-futuristic immersive dining experiences and curry with the Lord Mayor… We’ve rounded up 13 of the best pop-ups and supper clubs taking place over the next month – it’s set to be a busy one so get booking.

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