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8 Top Venues for Live Music

With so much going on in the Big Smoke, it’s easy to forget that London is one of the best places for live music in the world. But you don’t have to splash out at the O2 or Wembley to get some groove in you. There are heaps of bars, pubs and clubs featuring live music all year round, from earthy folk to soulful blues. Here are eight of the best venues for live music:

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KOJAWAN: Genuinely Inauthentic

Time for a geography question, do you know the capitals of South Korea, Japan and Taiwan? If not, get to Google now. The reason why we’re asking? Because KOJAWAN (KOrea, JApan, TaiWAN is launching at the start of April and it’s going to be serving soul food from these three nation’s capitals  (Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei if you haven’t got to Google yet). Found at the top of the 23rd floor of London’s Hilton Metropole, KOJAWAN is a futuristic izakaya (they’re Japanese gastropubs), think hi-tech furnishings, sci-fi materials, manga graphics, art installations and a unique, retro-modern vibe. It’s going to […]

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Blades Opens at Hush

James Bond aficionados now is your time to shine, can you tell us what Blades has to do with 007?… Yes you’re right it was the private member’s club that M belonged to, if you got that right here’s a virtual high five. It’s also the name for Mayfair restaurant, Hush’s new dining space, because as founder Jamie Barber says “I have always referred to Hush as a private member’s club you don’t have to be a member of, and Blades is the ultimate expression of that,” Inspired by the glamourous age of Mayfair from the 1960s, (Hush looks into […]

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Hawksmoor Turns 10

10 years is a vast amount of time. Think back to 2006 and the event seem more than distant and many have been all but forgotten about. A decade ago MySpace was America’s most visited website (yes, ahead of Google) and Facebook became accessibly to anyone over 13. Footballer Zinedine Zidane caused controversy by head-butting someone on the football pitch and Justin Timberlake dropped Sexyback, arguably the greatest song of all time. 2006 was also the year that a couple of old school friends stumbled across a boarded up kebab shop and, as many do, planned to open their first […]

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Anglo Opens

Today restauranteur Mark Jarvis (previously Head Chef at Bingham, Richmond, Blueprint Café, Zuma, Texture and Le Manoir) joins head chef Jack Cashmore of Sat Bains and In De Wulf to open Anglo a modern British restaurant in Farringdon. The stripped back, 40 cover restaurant will have subtle, unpretentious look and will be using seasonal produce and artisan ingredients to create a frequently changing menu, meaning you always have a reason to go back. At lunch they’ll serve an a la carte menu where you can expect to find dishes such as confit cod cheeks with ash cream; potato risotto with […]

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Get Your 5-a-Day With Duck & Waffle’s New Vegetable Cocktails

Spring is here, and that means longer days, new life and the fast-approaching summer; it also means moving away from winter comforts – the carb-laden food, the layers we hide behind and our hibernating habits. It’s for a spring clean so to speak, load us up with vegetables and fruit, summer is on the horizon.  To celebrate Spring, Duck and Waffle are hosting a 5-course dinner, ‘Veg and Waffle’, embracing the best of this season’s produce. But there’s a catch, this dinner will be held of a limited list of 18 guests; making it one of the most exclusive events of the season. […]

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Santo Remedio: A Holy Remedy

It’s a new day, a new week and with it comes a new restaurant and today is the official opening of Santo Remedio in Shoreditch. It’s a Mexican restaurant but if you’re expecting burritos and fajitas then keep walking this isn’t the place for you. If however you want dishes inspired by Mexican street food and the cuisine of Mexico City, Oaxaca and Yucata then step right in. Using Mexican chillies and cooking techniques to marinate and slow-cook, they’ll be creating dishes such as chicken wings in mole negro, beef barbacoa: six hour slow cooked beef with chile ancho, pasilla […]

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London Coffee Festival Returns

It’s Monday morning which means one thing – nothing is getting done until we’ve had our coffee. In fact, that’s pretty much our daily mantra. And this love is nothing new, as early as the 1600s London was home to coffee houses where Londoners would meet to debate, gossip and sort out business matters. Safe to say that the coffee scene is still strong in London, it is after all home to the largest coffee festival. Taking place on the 7th -10th April at The Old Truman Brewery the London Coffee Festival is a must for any coffee aficionados or […]

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The Blues Kitchen’s Rib Fest

Made your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend yet? Decided what you’re going to do for that wonderful extra day on Monday? If you haven’t we have something for you, if you have, it’s time to cancel them. Starting on 28th March and running until the 31st March The Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane is going to become your one stop shop and holy grail for all things ribs related as they launch Rib Fest 2016.  Pitmasters from London’s street food scene and award-winning chefs from the US will be taking up residency outside the Brixton Blues and firing up […]

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Savini at Criterion: Milan’s Famous Restaurant

One can boast diners such as Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra and the other is the iconic site where Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson and today sees the two collide as Milan’s most famous restaurant, Savini opens at Criterion. Owned by the Gatto Family, Savini is known for producing everything by hand, from the bread to the pasta to the biscuits and Savini at Criterion will be no different, serving up an authentic Italian menu using the finest seasonal ingredients. Open from 8am, during the day Savini at Criterion acts as a Grand Café, a restaurant for lazy breakfasts, […]

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Live DJs, Fried Chicken and Cocktails

Creme Eggs are in the shops which means one thing and one thing only: it’s nearly Easter. Chocolate replaces anything remotely healthy for our 4pm pick-me-up and plans for our 4-day weekend are firmly in place. Well, almost – getting 6 free spirited Londoners to commit to hiring a cottage in deepest darkest Somerset is no easy feat. Something slightly easier to commit to is this Wednesday evening – Hip Hop and RnB at Billy and the Chicks, Soho. If the name Billy and the Chicks isn’t Easter-y enough, we can now hip hop over to their chicken restaurant in […]

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7 Craic-ing Ways to Celebrate St Paddy’s Day

Of all the days dedicated to patron saints, it’s St Patrick’s Day that everyone seems to get excited about. Maybe it’s something to do with the Guinness, maybe it’s to do with the whisky, the carb-laden Colcannon or the all round good craic. Whatever it might be, if you haven’t sorted your plans for Thursday check out some of the ideas below and make sure you have your hangover cures at the ready for Friday. 

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