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Bobbi Brown’s Anniversary Afternoon Tea at Balthazar

The ritual of afternoon tea is one treasured by all. This Winter, paying homage to her eponymous cosmetic company and its 25th anniversary, Bobbi Brown is hosting her ‘party edition’ afternoon tea at American French brasserie Balthazar, following on from its popularity first time round – Instagram was flooded with those make-up shaped macaroons. Taking inspiration from the iconic make up line, Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef, Régis Beauregard has created an abundance of delicate cakes and pastries. Examples include the Hollywood Red Gloss lips, made of vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly on a base of sponge, and the blueberry and […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 of the Best Happy Hours

We all love a drink but when a good night means forking out the price of a new winter wardrobe we have to question things. Enter the humble happy hour; most places have them but we don’t always know about them (or remember when they’re on), so when you want to get more tipple for your tenner, hunt down the bars below and enjoy unlimited Prosecco, 2-4-1 cocktails and spirit and mixer for just £2.50. You may just forget you’re in central London. Oh, and Saturday is National Happy Hour Day so what better reason to hit the bar?

Openings & Launches

Quilombero: A Genovese Argentinian Canteen

In the 1800s there was a Genovese migration from Italy to Argentina and as a result the dialect Lunfardo was created. Quilombero roughly translates to trouble maker in this dialect. Why are we telling you this? Not because we’re trying to brush up your general knowledge but because this week a new Genovese Argentinian canteen, Quilombero, has opened in East India Dock’s Republic Complex. Brought to you by Rita’s duo Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce, the restaurant will be open from breakfast serving breakfast sandwiches such as focaccia with Napoli sausage, roasted peppers, fried egg and American cheese, washed down […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Mamalan x Dan Doherty Dumpling Takeover

October saw the opening of Ning Ma’s 5th Mamalan restaurant, serving up food inspired by Ma’s grandfather’s market stall in Bejjing. When we think of food sold in the Beijing markets, we often think of dumplings, indeed, Mamalan has a selection of dumplings on offer and to celebrate the opening of her 5th restaurant, Ma is teaming up with some of London’s most creative chefs to host a series of dumpling takeovers, bringing together different cultures in the form of exciting flavour combinations packaged in the little steamed parcels. The first in the series of collaborations will be Dan Doherty […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Manhattan Club’s Christmas in Harlem

1920s America was a glamorous, debaucherous time. Speakeasies popped up all over the country and were often frequented by the notorious gangsters of the time. This Christmas, The Manhattan Club are reviving this time with their speakeasy pop up Christmas in Harlem. Don’t worry, it will be perfectly legal to drink alcohol here, in fact, you’ll be handed a cocktail upon arrival. The bar will be hosting a series of lunch and evening banquets, with menus being inspired by that which was served to President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 at the Waldorf Astoria. Along with their welcome cocktail, guests will […]

Openings & Launches

Luca Opens

Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith, three names you might not recognise, their restaurant however you most certainly will, as they are the trio behind the multi-award winning, Michelin-starred The Clove Club and this month their second restaurant is set to open. Making its home on St John Street in Clerkenwell the restaurant, Luca, will see British produce used in Italian dishes – think of it as Britalian. Dishes will include the likes of rump of angus beef stuffed with pancetta; spahettini with Morecambe Bay Shrimps and mace butter and ravioli of grouse with potato and whisky sauce. Over […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Ballie Ballerson – All About the Balls

First there was Boaty McBoatface, now there is Ballie Ballerson – no we’re not telling you about a polar research ship, no fun in that, we’re telling you about a ball pit which has just opened in Dalston and has just released more tickets… Brought to you by the guys from the raucous NolaRola that hit Vauxhall this summer, Ballie Ballerson is an underground space themed ball pit filled with 200,000 plastic balls, inflatable rings and foam toys all set to a soundtrack of funk and soul from the DJs. The ball pit was arguably the best part of any […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets: Theo Randall

Get into a conversation about London’s best restaurants and, chances are, Theo Randall at the InterContinental gets a mention – but we bet you didn’t know they do a great kids menu? With a flair for authentic Italian cooking, Theo has had a passion for this way of eating from a young age, ever since family holidays involved driving round rural Italy, stopping off at trattorie and panetterie along the way. Given this, it makes sense that Theo wants to share this experience with other families so has just launched a kids menu at his rustic Kensington restaurant, Theo’s Simple Italian. We caught up with Theo […]

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Openings & Launches

LOBOS: Meat and Tapas

Fans of meat and/or tapas this one’s for you, next Monday will see the opening of LOBOS Soho, the sister restaurant to LOBOS Meat and Tapas in Borough. It’s going to be three levels of Spanish dishes and charcuterie starting in the basement which features distressed walls and will be an intimate spot where you can head for drinks, we say start your date night here. Up on the ground floor, you’ll find the full menu and a dedicated space for jamon carving and charcuterie, whilst the first-floor restaurant will feature an open plan kitchen and a mix of booths […]

Openings & Launches

Perilla Opens in Newington Green

With CVs that include Claridge’s, The Square, Noma, Polpo and Polpetto and two acclaimed residencies under their belt, it’s time that Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson opened a restaurant. So, it’s pretty good really that they are next week, isn’t it? Opening in Newington Green on November 8th, Perilla, will combine refined cooking with unpretentious surroundings. Using seasonal ingredients, Ben will be cooking up a menu that focuses on modern interpretations of classic European dishes. You can either choose the a la carte or go for the five-course set menu, which will showcase signature dishes. And who wouldn’t want five […]

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