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Blues Kitchen Host The Ultimate USA vs UK Food Competition

After a few drinks let’s face it, all we really want to do is dance. It’s always harder than you think though to find a bar in which your cringey moves are acceptable but there’s always one we can rely on; Blues Kitchen, you never fail us. Embracing the particularly topical subject of the USA, the Southern-inspired bar/restaurant is hosting a unique collaboration with Brooklyn seafood hotspot, Extra Fancy, for three nights only. Seeing out Dry January in style, the Surf vs Turf Wars will make cocktail making a whole lot more competitive than usual as mixologists battle it out […]

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Ella Canta Opens at InterContinental London Park Lane

This spring, Martha will be opening Ella Canta at the InterContinental London Park Lane. The name is Spanish for ‘she sings’, symbolising Martha’s passion and pride for cooking but also the fact that she champions Mexican cuisine and wants the whole world to know about it. London is certainly the place to start. With eight cook books to her name and a restaurant in Mexico City, Martha Ortiz is one of Latin America’s most exciting chefs and now she is coming to London. Featuring some of the dishes found in Dulce Patria (her Mexico City restaurant), the menu mixes traditional […]

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square Opens

We’re always telling you about new restaurants, but 2017 is already turning about to be year of the hotels. We’ve already told you about Nobu’s offering coming to Shoreditch and The Ned and now it’s the turn of Four Seasons as Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is opening tomorrow. Inspired by its heritage, (the building was the past headquarters of the Port of London Authority) the hotel will feature maritime-inspired detailing, 100 bedrooms including 11 suites, 41 private residences, a spa, fitness centre, vitality pool and an indoor pool. When it comes to private rooms, there’s the […]

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The Blind Pig ‘Long and Short Great British Tails’ Menu

We bet you never thought you’d find your favourite childhood story in drink form. Well, it’s about to come true. Jason Atherton’s The Blind Pig is launching a new cocktail menu entirely inspired by classic children’s literature, with the new menu titled ‘Long and Short Great British Tails’. The menu itself has been designed to read like a story book and will feature bespoke artwork courtesy of illustrator Masha Karpushina that captures the essence of each of the stories that inspired each of the creations. Winnie the Pooh fans may be tempted by the Hunny Pot, made from rum, salted […]

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London Healthiest Festival Returns

Fare Healthy Festival was born of co-founder Rose Lloyd Owen’s ambition to inspire and motivate people to feel better through eating well, thinking positively and exercising. The festival is back for the third time, runs for two days and features a line up of talks, demos, exercise sessions and cooking workshops. The festival is split into three parts: Eat, Move and Think. Healthy cooks, such as Deliciously Ella, Natasha Corrett, Meera Sodha, and Tom Hunt will be there to cook you up a storm. There’ll be exercise classes from the likes of Boys of Yoga, Clean Eating Alice and Naturally […]

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Tonkotsu’s New Guest Chef Collaborations

Celebrating their 5th birthday with new additions to the menu and guest chef collaborations (aka the only way) is ramen house Tonkotsu. From next month, they’re running a series of ramen collaborations with some of London’s top chefs, ready to put their own spin on a Japanese classic. The first is Jose Pizarro, the critically acclaimed Spanish chef, known for his eponymous restaurant. Pizarro has collaborated with Ken Yamada, Tonkotsu’s owner, to create Iberico pork ramen with piquillo peppers, served with a shot of sherry. Other collaborations to keep an eye out for include healthy chef Gizzi Erskine, meat suppliers Cabrito […]

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Free Cheeseburgers at the Opening of Bleecker Victoria

FREE CHEESEBURGERS If we were to write just that, it would probably gain enough interest, because who doesn’t love a cheeseburger and who doesn’t love free things? FREE BLEECKER CHEESEBURGERS That got you didn’t it? Bleecker are celebrating the opening of Bleecker Victoria, a new permanent site so you can now eat your burger inside rather than roadside. Wahoo. Created by Zan Kaufman who ditched a life in law for a life of burgers, you’ve probably seen Bleecker at Spitalfields, on the Southbank and at all number of street feast festivals. And if you haven’t tried one of the burgers […]

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Rosewood London’s Art Afternoon Tea

London is considered one of the most important cities in the art world; it’s home to galleries people travel miles to visit, it’s home to some of the world’s best art schools and it’s produced some of the world’s best artists. The ever burgeoning art scene is exactly what has inspired Rosewood London’s Head Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins’ ‘Art Afternoon Tea’. The tea celebrates 5 of today’s most iconic artists: Yayoi Kasuma, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy. The Yayoi Kasuma chocolate and passion fruit dessert evokes Kasuma’s recent exhibition at the Victoria Miro galleries, you know, the […]

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Ferdi: Where the Supermodels Get Their Burger Fix

If you’ve ever wondered where models go when they want to each burgers and mac n cheese then let us introduce you to Ferdi – a little Parisian restaurant which is now heading to Mayfair. Opened by Alicia and Jacque Fontainer and named after their son, Ferdinand, Ferdi is simple food done well – the sort of place you want to go on your cheat day (of if you’re us, cheat life). On the menu, you’ll find their famous cheeseburger, a strong cocktail list and churros. It’s comforting food done well and has amassed quite the legion of loyal A-listers, […]

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Dickie Fitz Celebrate Australia Day

Ah, Australia Day, the day that marks the raising of the Union Jack at Port Jackson, but also one that celebrates the diversity and beauty of the country. This year, celebrate at Aussie restaurant Dickie Fitz, who’ll be bringing you a South Pacific feast, wines and general celebratory fun. The menu is as Australian as it gets – expect kangaroo tartare with mushroom ketchup, beetroot and egg yolk; BBQ Spencer Gulf prawns with special fried rice and pak choi; and banana bread sticky toffee pudding. There’ll be wines from Australia’s oldest family-run vineyard, Yalumba, and Australia’s finest whisky, Starward, on […]

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9 Winter Terraces You Still Have Time To Visit

We might be starting to think about spring, but the recent cold snap and ‘thunder snow’ has us reaching for the blankets and hot cocktails again. So we’ve rounded up 9 winter terraces which opened in 2016 but are still around, so you can stock up on tartiflette, fondue and gingerbread afternoon teas for a little while longer.

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Patty & Bun Opens on Richmond Road

‘New Year New You’, we’re not interested in that rhetoric, nope, but we are interested in the new Patty & Bun, who are closing their London Fields site (they just got too big for the venue) and are moving just around the corner to Richmond Road to bring even more burger, beats and booze. Yasss. They’re keeping some of the same elements at the London Fields arch – the long, communal tables which will cater for up to 50, but they’ll be adding in a little bar to serve up happy hour cocktails and craft beer on tap and there’ll […]

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