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A NYC New Year’s Eve Comes to Brixton

The ball drop in New York’s Times Square is amongst the most iconic NYE countdowns. A romantic city, blanketed in snow, bringing the New Year in with a party you won’t forget, what more could you want? Well we can’t all be splashing the cash so instead, Big Apple Brixton have brought all that to you. Set atop a roof in the heart of Brixton, given it doesn’t rain, you may even forget you’re in London. With a 1970s theme, you’ll be transported to a historic time in New York – a time where a collapsing economy gave way to […]

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Lockhouse Opens: A Balancing Act

You don’t need us to tell you that life is all about balance. About the splurging and the saving, the nights in and the nights out, the burgers and salads. That’s what is happening at Lockhouse, which opens tomorrow in Paddington. You’ll find it overlooking Grand Union Canal in Merchant’s Square. It’s big too with 180 covers throughout the bar, restaurant and mezzanine and a further 70 covers outside – might want to wait until it’s a bit warmer for that one though. It’ll mix vintage chic and distressed leather seating with a dramatic polished concrete bar and large open […]

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The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve in London

2016 has been, if nothing else, eventful. A bit of a roller coaster one might say. Whether you’ve been at the top or the bottom of that roller coaster, there is only one thing for it, pick up a glass of Champagne, get your party hat on and say goodbye 2016, hello 2017…. Menus: Bronte  Bronte will be offering two sittings for their New Year’s Eve menu – one at 6pm which is ideal if you have children and one starting at 9pm which is just for the adults and is when the DJ will be taking to the decks. Dishes […]

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Aviary: The City’s Stylish New Rooftop

Whilst the definition of ‘aviary’ is a large cage or enclosure for keeping birds in, we’re thinking the link to feathered creatures at this new rooftop bar is the sweeping birds eye views you get of the city below. Taking over the tenth floor of the brand new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is a new drinking destination aimed at city workers, nestled in between Old Street and Liverpool Street. Russell Sage Studio (Bounce Old Street, Dishoom, Social Eating House) is behind the interiors, creating an eye-catching mix of rich purples, gold, orange and green with a central bar […]

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Join Frank & Dean’s New Year Party… For Free

Near Year’s Eve in London should always come with a warning that you may end up stuck in Waterloo station as the clock strikes 12 (yes, I’ve been there). But if 2017 is the year of civilised celebrations then what better way to spend it than close enough to see the fireworks but far enough away that you don’t have to spend all day on the 31st reserving your spot? Enter Smith & Wollensky, and their Frank and Dean’s New Year’s Eve party; 3-courses, flowing Champagne, live music and fireworks – a winning combination. Music is courtesy of an 8-piece band, […]

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The 12 Cocktails of Christmas at The Balcon

This festive season, celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in cocktail form. The Balcon at Sofitel St James, plus 11 other hotels, have collaborated with FAIR spirits to bring you festive FAIR cocktails, to be enjoyed at some of the most luxurious hotels in London. The Balcon at Sofitel St James will be inviting guests to indulge in the Five Golden Rings cocktail, made from FAIR gin, roots mastic spirit, bulgare tea spirit, lime juice, orange bitters and egg white – festive flavours aplenty. Each participating hotel has been assigned a day of the countdown period so for example the […]

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Jimmy’s Diner at Queens Skate, Dine, Bowl: A Very British Diner

Jimmy. Carr? Fallon? Kimmel? Ok, ok, enough of the brunette comedians (although thinking about it, they all do look weirdly similar) and on to another Jimmy who makes us very happy: Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend. Fresh from The Lodge in Clapham, Jimmy is taking charge of all things edible at the newly renovated Queens: Skate – Dine – Bowl in Queensway, West London, settling in to his first permanent central London home. Jimmy’s Diner, as it will be known, will provide respite to bowlers and skaters who are making the most of the 9,000ft2 indoor ice rink, 12 state of […]

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Pomona’s: California Comes to Notting Hill

What do Notting Hill and L.A have in common? You might have said yoga, you might think pressed juices and whilst you’re right, in this case you’re wrong, because the answer we were looking for is Pomona’s. A city in L.A and now an all-day restaurant and bar coming to Hereford Road on Monday. Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson (The Thomas Lord, Druskos Namai Sallt House and Le Butcher Group) has created a menu based on his travels around America’s West Coast. Dishes will include steak tartare, shredded kimchi and lardo toast; sweet potato toast, avocado, labneh, lime and cilantro gremolata, […]

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Chai Ki’s Festive Recovery Brunch

When it comes to the festive season, we all find ourselves reaching for that extra mince pie, or that extra slab of cheese or that extra glass of wine…yep, it’s a common tendency to indulge, or should we say overindulge at the end of the year. While the indulgence is excusable (or so we keep telling ourselves), we can understand if you crave a break from it. Lucky for you, Indian restaurant Chai Ki are serving up a recovery brunch; using vitamin/antioxidant-packed ingredients, the new menu does exactly what it says on the tin. Try the curry leaf turmeric scrambled eggs […]

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The Tower of London Gets an Ice House

When winter comes around, we find an abundance of heated bars/terraces etc. etc. cropping up all over the city. What if you fancy doing something a little cooler? Popping up by the Tower of London is the Eis Haus, which, if you already hadn’t figured out, translates directly as ice house. It is a bar, made of ice. Yes, real ice, in fact, ten tonnes of it. Guests will be treated to a complimentary shot, served in an ice glass, or a non-alcoholic ice pop, after which you can take in the magnificence of the bar whilst enjoying more drinks (still […]

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Swift: Soho’s New Bar

Next week will see the opening of Swift, an elegant cocktail bar but with all the friendliness of your local pub (hoping that your local is indeed friendly). Setting up shop on Old Compton Street the team behind it are cocktail duo Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson and the owners of Nightjar and Oriole, Roisin Stimpson and Edmund Weil. Split across two floors, it’s all about slick service and quick drinks. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by an airy standing bar inspired by the sweeping style of Joseff Hoffman and the Art Nouveau era. Upstairs the menu has a […]

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Festive Afternoon Tea at Cutter & Squidge

There’s always room for an indulgent afternoon tea, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge. You can expect finger sandwiches filled with cranberry and stuffing, or Boxing Day turkey, you’ve got scones, festively flavoured, think cranberry and mature cheddar. But a Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea wouldn’t be so without their famous biskies and dream cakes – their Christmas offering will give you a dulce de leche and chocolate pearl biskie and a pistachio and raspberry lollibag dream cake. There’re traditional offerings, such as […]

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