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The Gathering

Meditation – it seems as if everyone’s doing it. The benefits are countless so it’s no surprise it’s become so popular. Founded by Will Williams of Will Williams Meditation, The Gathering is an evening of conversation, meditation and live music and they’ll be hosting an event this month. Don’t worry if you’ve never meditated before, Will Williams himself will be there guiding the audience and for those of you who are seasoned pros, why not meditate en masse! Besides the meditation, there’ll be a lot more at the event. There’ll be a conversation and q&a with actress, author, comedian and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Ray’s Bar: Dalston’s New Drinking Den

Today sees the opening of Ray’s Bar – a late night Dalston drinking den, brought to you by the team behind Voodoo Ray’s and Dalston Superstore. Cocktails will be the order of the day, with the menu having been created by drinks consultant Shiv Lal, General Manager Waseem Akbar (Hixter and Library) and Bartender Dave Miller (Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and 214 Bermondsey). Split into three sections; aperitifs, mains and desserts, the cocktails have been inspired by the Dalston area and will bring together handcrafted spirits, fresh ingredients and homemade bitters. From the aperitif section, you’ll find the Pink Flamingo made […]

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Dalloway Terrace’s Winter Wonderland

Named after Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Dalloway Terrace is a quintessentially English space designed to evoke the literary ambience of 20th century Bloomsbury – with a healthy dose of 21st century cosmopolitan living. This winter, they’re transforming the space into a charming (heated) winter wonderland, complete with hot chocolate cocktails and cheese fondues; they’ve really captured that alpine spirit. Belgravia florists Wild at Heart have carpeted the venue in snow-covered Narnia-like foliage, while the floors have gained sheep skin rugs. To add to the warmth, you’ll be given hot water bottles as well as complimentary shots of Génépi liqueur, which, […]

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Little Feast Returns to Shepherd’s Bush

The more the merrier is what we say about London food markets; this winter, Little Feast are back in Shepherd’s Bush. Beginning in Summer 2015, they remained for 10 weeks before popping up twice more during Christmas 2015 and Summer 2016. The site will be transformed into a magical English winter garden and will become temporary home to five street food kitchens. There’ll be huge Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights in the festive red, green and gold – a perfect setting to enjoy your mulled wine or cider. Returning to the market following their success last year will be Cheeky […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 4th-6th November

The sun may now set at 4.30pm but with some careful planning, you can pack as much into this weekend as any other – Saturday is Bonfire Night after all which means it’s a whole weekend of pyrotechnical delights. If your intended fireworks show has sold out, don’t worry, you can stay in the warm with an innovative digital display or head high and watch everyone else’s shows with the satisfaction that you’ve got the best view of all. There’s also a Sri Lankan feast taking place, life-sized igloos you can dine in and an adult-friendly ball pit complete with […]

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The Flour Station Opens its First Permanent Site

Camden’s Stables Market is this winter welcoming The Flour Station, who have chosen the historic market as location for their first permanent site. The Flour Station begun in the kitchen of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and grew to a network of 9 market stalls across some of London’s best markets, now growing so big that they have opened up their restaurant serving everything from breakfast through to dinner. You’ll see market stall favourites such as their decadent salted chocolate brownies, their signature traybakes, oat and raspberry slices as well as a whole array of savoury edibles. Though famed for their delicious bakes, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Club Residencies Project

What makes an already great bar better? When said bar hosts club residencies and that is exactly what The Bloomsbury Club Bar are doing, as part of an ongoing project. Bar manager Brian Calleja has collaborated with some of the world’s best bars, reinforcing the name The BCB has already made for itself. Athens’ The Clumsies, which since it’s opening in late 2014 has been shortlisted in the top 4 for ‘Best International High Volume Bar’ and ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ will be the first to takeover the venue. They also reached 9th place in the World’s 50 Best […]

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7 Alternative Sunday Lunches

We all love a good roast in the winter. But even when it’s cold outside, sometimes you just can’t face an enormous plate of stodgy meat and potatoes. And with so much good food going on in London, there’s never been a better time to embrace a bit of variety on Sunday. So forget the usual roasts, tatties and gravy – here’s our guide to the very best alternative Sunday lunches:

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1970s NYC Comes to Brixton

This winter it’s time to head back to 1970s New York. No, we don’t have a time machine, what we do have though is the award-winning team who brought us the South Pole Saloon and Brixton Beach Boulevard and that is good enough for us. Opening today on a Brixton rooftop, you’ll be transported back to a time when hip hop was first emerging, where hordes clamour outside Studio 54 trying to party with Warhol and guerrilla artists take to the streets to colour the concrete streets. A city that never sleeps. Inside Big Apple Brixton you’ll find three indoor […]

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