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Siberian Nights at the Churchill Bar & Terrace

At this time of year, Oxford Street can be a bit of a nightmare, but this season, The Churchill Bar are providing solace in the form of a Siberian hideaway. They’ve transformed their alfresco terrace into a fur lined haunt complete with rugs, blankets, hot water bottles and Siberian decor. You’ll also be sitting under twinkling northern lights, it’ll be easy to forget you’re sitting by one of the busiest streets in London! Beluga Vodka have teamed up with the bar to create a cocktail and snack menu, with each cocktail telling it’s own story (or history lesson!). The 7 […]

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Flavour Garden: Your New Lunch Spot

Organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. These are words we all like to hear when it comes to our food, if anything, at least it makes us feel better about ourselves! While it’s often difficult to guarantee your food checks these boxes elsewhere, you’ve got nothing to worry about at Flavour Garden. Serving food all day, the restaurant boasts a menu full of natural food, from açaí or yoghurt bowls in the morning, to salads such as teriyaki salmon, kale, beet and edamame at lunch. The dinner menu offers sharing platters and boards; no one could turn down the cheese platter […]

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London’s Best Lunch Deliveries

Let’s not beat about the bush – after home time, lunch time is the best part of any working day. You get in, get your coffee, check your emails and then start thinking about what you’re going to eat, clock watching until it’s an acceptable time to head to the kitchen. If you’re bored of your nearby lunch options, haven’t got round to prepping or just want something a little more exciting then check out these top lunch delivery options. Lunch al desko has never been so delicious… Motu Based in Battersea, Motu serve up indulgent, home style Indian food […]

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Openings & Launches

Corazón: Mexican Comfort Food

Winter is the time for comfort food.  It’s just a fact of life and this month a new kind of hearty food is coming to Poland Street in the form of Corazón taqueria, it’s serving up Mexican comfort food inspired by Mexico City’s Condesa neighbourhood. Created by Laura Sheffield, (a Texan who has been in London for over ten years managing places like The Riding House Café), Corazón will be focusing on a selection of ten signature tacos and daily specials. Taco fillings include the likes of chorizo verde (house made green chorizo, confit onions and salsa verde); duck carnitas […]

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Christmess! at The Vaults

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, but that can mean only one thing – Christmas is nearing! You’re going to start eating more carbs, gymming less and drinking more…or maybe that’s just us. You could say it’s more Christmess than Christmas, pop -up supper club Slap Ya Papa certainly think so as they have teamed up with event producers Marble & Ware Collective to create Christmess! Inspired by the soul food and culture of Louisiana, Slap Ya Papa promise decadent feasts – think candied yams and truffled sprouts, accompanied with deliciously naughty cocktails and delectable fine […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

12 Christmas Afternoon Teas

Christmas is all about being cosy. Snuggling up by the fire, wrapping yourself in your favourite festive jumper, watching the first snow fall from your window: all the best things about the season are about being warm and comfortable. So what could be cosier than festive afternoon tea? After a hard day of Christmas shopping, with the mid-winter sun giving up by three o’clock, there’s no better way to restore yourself than by pouring a steaming cup of tea and tucking into some heavenly mince pies. Here’s our guide to the very best, most Christmassy festive afternoon teas in London.

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The World’s Biggest Rum Collection

This year, Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Salon de Rhum have earned themselves a coveted Guinness World Record…for the bar with the most varieties of rum commercially available. They’ve got a total of 372 rums behind the bar, but maybe don’t try them all at once! The rums themselves have been sourced from all over the world; there are well known brands as well as rarer, small batch rums, like the Nepalese Khukri. Some of the rums may not be so pleasing for the bank account but you won’t be able to find them anywhere else so we’d say it’s worth a […]

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Openings & Launches

Clerkenwell Grind Opens

Five years ago, David Abrahamovitch and DJ Kaz James wanted to bring  a bit of Melbourne’s coffee culture to east London and they opened up Shoreditch Grind, serving up brilliant coffee and killer cocktails. Fast forward to now and they are about to open their biggest venture yet, Clerkenwell Grind. Opening this week on Old Street, you’ll be greeted by a signature Grind neon sign designed by Toronto tattoo-artist Curt Montgomery before heading into the restaurant which features pink velvet booths, sweeping marble bars and royal blue panelling. During the week, they’ll be open from 7am, so schedule in a breakfast […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Sir Winston Churchill Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley

One of Britain’s most prized politicians made it onto the £5 note this year, and to honour that, boutique hotel The Wellesley has launched their Sir Winston Churchill afternoon tea. Churchill already has a huge presence within the hotel – there’s a suite in The Penthouse named after him but perhaps more fitting is the portrait that looks over the Cigar Lounge, which is in fact painted on tobacco leaves! The afternoon tea itself is a true nod to the icon; there’ll be tiramisu bowler hats, chocolate cigars, and a bespoke tea blend. The menu has combined Churchill and traditionally […]

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Nordic Yulefest

Christmas in Scandinavia is often a thing of envy – who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by unthinkable amounts of snow, pulled along in a sledge by huskies, through the conifer forests?! Well we can’t all be flying off to Scandinavia, so instead, pop up extraordinaire Meredith O’Shaughanessy has conjured up Nordic Yulefest, a Nordic wonderland in the heart of Shoreditch. Transporting guests to Scandinavia, the archways will be adorned with antlers and taxidermy whilst adding warmth to the venue will be the sheepskins laid out all around. There’ll be Scandinavian inspired entertainment, maybe try your hand at a game […]

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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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Gaucho Welcomes Argentina’s 5 Top Chefs

When it comes to steak, the Argentinians know what they’re doing. What if you had 5 of Argentina’s most influential and creative chefs in one kitchen? You can safely assume you’d be eating some pretty amazing steak. It might sound too good to be true but this month, Gaucho really are getting 5 of the greatest Argentinian chefs to take over their kitchen. Together, the chefs have created a 5-course menu all to be served in a sharing style, staying true to the epic eating culture of their country. Of course, the dishes each will be expertly paired with wine, […]

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