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The Breakfast Club Comes to Hackney Wick

Sometimes modern isn’t the way forward, sometimes the way forward is actually by going backwards; returning to the past, reverting back to the original. And why are we going down this reflective path? Because that is exactly what is happening with the new Breakfast Club. Since opening the first location in Soho back in 2005, they’ve gone on to make a bit of a name for themselves when it comes to their banging brunches, their secretive bars and their pancakes. Now, following on from their other eight cafes they are heading over to Hackney Wick and going back to basics, […]

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Yoobi: Brazil Meets Japan

Nicolas Steiner and Carolina Rodrigues, the team behind London’s first temakeria, Yoobi, are set to open their second site this month in Oxford Circus following on from their first restaurant on Lexington Street.  Drawing on Japanese traditions and flavours of Brazil, the menu will serve up a succinct offering of temaki rolls, maki rolls and sashimi and of course plenty of cocktails. Giving a nod to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics happening later in the summer, there’ll be new Brazilian-influenced dishes such as spicy amazon salmon temaki spiced with North Amazonian Bicinho pepper and seared Pincaña Temaki. You can also get […]

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Taco Takeover in Soho and Shoreditch

We really love Mexican food. And we really love tacos. The best thing about them is building them yourself. The challenge that we set ourselves to see just how much we can cram into the soft floury tortilla never fails to amuse. Grated cheese? Er, yes. Guacamole? More is more. Latin-Caribbean bar Barrio share our taco appreciation, so much so that they are having a Taco Takeover, with a different guest chef each month doing tacos their way. Beginning with The Roadery (British Street Food Award finalists), these guys are putting a British spin on the taco with their Braco […]

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Boundary’s Summer Rooftop Launches

Another day, another rooftop and frankly we can’t get enough off them. Today it’s all about Boundary who is shaking off its winter coating, saying good bye to its Alpine- themed menu and saying bonjour to a Provençal-style summer offering. Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean, the rooftop will serve a light, fresh all-day menu. Think salads, small plates such as Ortiz anchovies and ricotta, food from the Robata grill, including native lobster with garlic and parsley butter and sharing dishes like plateau de Fruits de Mer. Peter Prescott and Doug Wregg from Les Caves des Pyrene (one of the UK’s […]

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Eat Like The Queen at Quaglino’s

You may or may not have heard that recently the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday. A pretty impressive feat regardless, but given her manic schedule and high-pressure job it’s all the more impressive she’s still up and about as much as she is after over 60 years on the job. Since the Queen is in the public eye a lot people seem to think they know about many aspects of her life, but do you know the first restaurant she ate at following her coronation? In case the title of this article hasn’t given it away, the answer is Quaglino’s. To […]

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May Fair Kitchen Reopens

Now we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes but we’ve heard that this January like weather is soon to end and we’ll be back to normal spring temperatures – maybe don’t reach for your flip flops just yet, but it might be time to put away the winter coats. If of course this doesn’t happen, you can always get your summer fix by heading to May Fair Kitchen which is reopening next week after a short closure and is set to become a little slice of the Mediterranean.  Overseeing the refurbishment is Amir Jati (former head of private dining at Nobu) […]

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The Ivy’s First Ever Breakfast

You may find it hard to believe that an institution as classic as The Ivy has never served the most classic English meal of all; breakfast. With The Ivy group in the last year growing almost as fast as the plant itself (there are currently five London restaurants with one in Wimbledon in the pipeline), you may have had truffled eggs at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, croque madame at The Ivy Cafe Marylebone or honey and maple granola at The Ivy Market Grill but never any of the above at The Ivy. The West Street restaurant is launching its new […]

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Chit Chaat Chai Opens in Wandsworth Town

Wandsworth Town is home to The Handbook HQ, England rugby players, yummy mummies, brilliant coffee and now the arrival of two new restaurants: Meatup, a bbq restaurant opening in June, and Chit Chaat Chai – an Indian street food restaurant which arrives today. The story starts with founders, Tania and Dhruv, not being able to find a good Bhel Poori. They wanted Indian food full of flavour and texture, the sort only found on a stall on the street – chaat. So, taking things into their own hands, they trawled the shops for the best ingredients, trialling out dishes on their […]

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Al Fresco Italian Rooftop Bar Opens for Summer

Summer in the city isn’t complete without whiling away the hours basking in the sun, a few floors above street level. If you are anything like us and head to the nearest rooftop bar as soon as the clock strikes 5.30pm, you’ll want one to stash away for when the snow (!) finally leaves us alone and lets us enjoy Spring. Opening on Sunday for the whole Summer, the rooftop at Bird of Smithfield is being transformed into a Milanese terrazza and the best bit? Complimentary Aperol Spritz’s for one and all. Free drinks aside, there are multiple reasons why the […]

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Map Maison: Late Night Drinks in Haggerston

For the past eleven years, Joseph Arowolo has been running the bars at Sketch but now he has left Mayfair and headed east to open MAP Maison, a new cocktail bar in Haggerston. The bar will see a slice of Mayfair glitz brought to the Kingsland Road, with the aim to give their guests their own private cocktail bar – and how will they do that? With the introduction of personalised liquor lockers for MAP members. Which means if you’re a member, you’ll hold the key and then if you buy a bottle you can drink it over time rather […]

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Farmacy: Healthy by Nature

We’ve had Pharmacy 2 and Farmer J but now it’s the turn of the similarly agriculturally-titled Farmacy to open in Notting Hill at the end of April. Combining an exclusively plant-based menu with medicinally beneficial cocktails, Farmacy’s name starts to make sense. Camilla Al Fayed – Chairman of fashion label Issa London and daughter of former Harrods-owner Mohammed Al Fayed – is behind Farmacy, her input apparent in what will be a place to see and be seen by fashionable and healthy West Londoners. Working with Head Chef, Joao Ricardo Alves, the team have created a menu with huge nutritional […]

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Proud Wonderland Opens

It’s been 150 years since Lewis Carrol launched a book that would inspire generations and after all this time Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is still as popular as ever. To help celebrate this classic tale, the former horse hospital and now-bar, Proud will be transforming its newly revamped roof bar into a magical wonderland. Proud Wonderland will be serving up cocktails in teapots which we’re sure the Mad Hatter would have approved of; the chance to interact with living playing cards and even Mr Rabbit himself will be making an appearance to welcome you. Come the weekend you’ll be able to join the […]

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