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Adam Handling Opens The Frog

As far as young chefs go, Adam Handling is at the top of his game, with numerous awards to his name including Scottish Chef of the Year 2015 and being the youngest person to be tipped by Caterer magazine as one of the ’30 under 30 to watch’. Last year he launched Adam Handling at Caxton which has a coveted three rosettes award from the AA. That, however, was 2015 and we’re in 2016. So what’s happening this year? Well, today sees the opening of The Frog, the first of several The Frog restaurants to open. Adam has headed to […]

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Clapham’s Floating Wine Bar

Everyone likes the launch of a new bar, but what about the launch of a floating bar? That’s right a bar floating in a lake the middle of Clapham Common. Brought to you by Campo Viejo, the Lake of Colour is all about bringing people together across the country and what better way to do that than over wine?  You’ll be immersed in all things Rioja, with wine blending, tapas and live music – but it’s only around for four days so make sure you cancel any plans you have currently, the date can wait. They’ll be hosting Blend Your […]

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Mason & Company Opens in Hackney Wick

Mason & Company is the latest restaurant to open in the Here East development in Hackney Wick, it’s the creation of Ed Mason (founder of Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company) and Rachel Jones (founder of street food Capish?) so as you can imagine this new offering will be all about the craft beer and Italian – American fare. Showcasing only independently owned breweries including the best and brightest UK brewers, the bar will feature a constantly changing selection of craft beer over 20 draught taps and a whole host of bottled and canned brews. It’ll also be the place to […]

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Vogue Café Westfield Pop Up

British Vogue is celebrating her grand 100th birthday this year and to commemorate this mighty milestone is sharing the fun all around with a series of parties, dinners and pop ups. Welcoming for the first time to the UK is the Vogue Café, a temporary foody and fashion haven located in Westfield London. The café will be a perfect stop-off for shoppers in The Village’s luxury shopping space at Westfield, serving a selection of refreshments a specially created Vogue 100 Champagne cocktail, as well as a Vogue 100 Punch. A traditional English afternoon tea will be offered, along with a […]

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8 Smokin’ Barbecue Restaurants

If you didn’t know this week has been National BBQ Week and whilst the weather might not have you rushing outside and lighting up the barbie, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. If you aren’t brave enough to face the weather/don’t know how to bbq /can’t be bothered then head to one of London’s great barbecue restaurants – here are some of the classics:

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The Dog House: New Basement Bar

Nobody likes being in the dog house, that is unless of course you’re talking about the new basement bar opening beneath Bernardi’s in Marylebone. You are? Excellent. Opening on the 10th June, the bar is the more seductive, playful counterpart to the light airy restaurant upstairs. Decorated in dark greys and rich blues the bar will have banquette seating, small intimate tables and stools at the bar – head down after the restaurant for a night cap or two. A hidden snug makes the perfect setting for a small get together (it can seat up to 8) or when the […]

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The Bloomsbury Club Bar: Classic and Forgotten Cocktails

If there was ever a golden age for cocktails then it would be the 1920s and 1930s and well, 2016…with the opening of The Bloomsbury Club Bar. Housed within The Bloomsbury hotel, the bar looks to the hedonistic Bloomsbury Set for inspiration, mixing up forgotten classics and new innovative creations. The Virginia Woolf is tart yet fruity – blending together No.3 gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberry shrub, egg white and Cochi Americano; whilst her husband Leonard Woolf is more simple and classic – Makers Mark bourbon, ginger syrup and orange bitters.  Classic cocktails will include The Blood and Sand (inspired […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Jazz Up Your Friday Night

Bored of your usual Friday night? Clock strikes 5:30, jump on tube, run upstairs, shower/dry hair/dress, back on the tube, meet at your trusty (if a little samey) favourite bar and see where the night takes you after 3 Cosmopolitans. Creatures of habit can relax. Your post-work routine can stay the same – just change the destination. Back at the start of May, The London Cabaret Club settled into their new home at the Bloomsbury Ballroom and launched their new Best of British Pop series, transporting you from the swinging sixties right up to the present day. Dancing, drinking, diamante; […]

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Top June Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

June is here and so is summer… even if the weather does have other ideas at the moment, but still summer is here. With it brings new pop-ups; from feasting and speakeasies to Swedish residencies and finally the opening of the Hello Kitty Cafe. Here are 12 of the best pop-ups and supper clubs this month: 

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Blandford Comptoir: All the Wine

When you’re awarded the Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year award and become the youngest Master Sommelier in the world then it’s safe to say that you know a thing or two about wine. Well that happened to Xavier Rousset, you might recognise his name as he set up wine bar 28-50 and now he is opening Blandford Comptoir on Blandford Street. The 40 cover restaurant will be the place for any discerning wine connoisseur or anyone who just likes to drink wine (that’s us then) as there’ll be over 250 wines, 50 different Champagnes and a selection of cocktails. […]

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Santa Monica Summer Rooftop

As the mercury rises it seems that we do too. Who knows exactly why summer has us rushing to the nearest rooftop bar (even when they’re indoor) but when the rooftop in question consists of an outdoor terrace it all starts making sense. Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London is launching its summer residency on 1st June and it takes the form of a laid-back Californian beach bar. The Santa Monica summer pop-up has food and drink at its core; whilst Californians aren’t shy of a burger they will also have chips of the kale variety. […]

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Best Brunches

My London: The Weekly Poach’s Top Brunches

Is a weekend really a weekend if it doesn’t include brunch? We don’t think so. Nor do Nadine, Annelise and Rebecca aka The Weekly Poach. These three are on the mighty mission to try all of London’s brunches and score them, so that next time you’re heading for brunch and are slightly overwhelmed by the sheer number in London you can choose a great one, guaranteed. Here are five of their favourites:

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