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Slow-Cooked Dinner and Desserts by Fraise Sauvage

Think of the most beautiful dessert you’ve seen on Instagram and that’s the type of wonder that Fraise Sauvage create. Formerly the product of serious food envy but always seeming just a little bit out of reach for us mere mortals, now you can get your mitts on chocolate saucy pudding and tres leche cake when they pop up at recently renovated Eat 17 in Hackney. If you’re thinking Eat 17 is ringing bells but you’re not sure why, they’re the people behind the heroic barbeque relish that is Bacon Jam. For 8 weeks, Fraise Sauvage will sit on the […]

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Urban Coterie: Launches Members’ Club

Think members’ clubs in Shoreditch and your mind probably goes blank, of course there is Shoreditch House, but it’s not like Soho and Mayfair where they are two a penny, but this May you’ll be able to add another to your list as Urban Coterie will be joining Shoreditch House as it launches its members’ club. Following on from the opening of restaurant, which has just launched its new bottomless brunch, the club aspires to be a home from home for members, all the fun, none of the tidying or washing up.  The club lounge will take on a relaxed […]

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Late Night Dining and Complimentary Nightcaps at 34 Mayfair

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of a great night; great company, great drinks, great venue, but suddenly you realise everyone else has left and the waiters are very much ready to go home – they’ve all but put their coats on. There’s nothing quite like it to prematurely end your night, or test your knowledge of late night venues in the area that 1) isn’t ridiculously expensive for entry alone and 2) has the exact vibe you are after – not too clubby, not too sleepy. The solution for such a predicament is 34 Mayfair. The perfect spot […]

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Scientific Speed Dating at Coin Laundry

If you suffer from Tinder Finger (™ The Handbook 2016) – too much swiping – or Bumble leaves you less than buzzing about the state of your love life, why not take your dating out of the digital stratosphere and into the real world. Exmouth market venue Coin Laundry are partnering up with London dating agency DATE LAB for an original psychology-related speed dating event. With scientific backing there’s really no excuses for not finding your perfect match. Sounds promising… Hosted by dating coach Joss Wyatt, the evening at Coin Laundry will teach curious daters in their 20s and 30s […]

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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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Say Hello to Deep-Fried Creme Egg Burgers

Kim K broke the internet and this may just be the next thing: Creme. Egg. Burgers. Yes, you read that correctly; Sydney, take back your freakshakes and New York, keep your rainbow bagels. If you missed them in 2015 and failed to get tickets to the Creme Egg Cafe in Soho earlier this year, then this is the next best thing. K West’s Studio Kitchen are serving the burgers from their dessert menu (don’t worry, no beef patties here) with a white-chocolate-dipped, raspberry-sprinkle-scattered, sweet brioche bun encasing the star of the show. And it. Is. Battered. The battered Creme Egg […]

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A Real Greek Gastronomic Feast

Tzaziki, lamb kofta, moussaka, calamari, feta, olive oil with… everything. Greek cuisine has to be up there with the best holiday food, and no matter how many times you desperately try to conjure up a Greek salad in your kitchen, it just doesn’t compare to the time you ate it with salty hair and sandy feet on a Greek island. Until now. Five chefs from one of Athens’ best-loved restaurants, Cookoovaya, are flying to London for a one-off dining experience to be held in The Real Greek’s Bankside location – with names like Spyros, Manos, Nikos, Vangelis and Pericles you […]

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Obica: Mozzarella Bar Opens

Here’s some news to brighten up your Monday morning, on Wednesday Obica will be opening its London flagship in St Paul’s –  if you haven’t heard of Obica they’re basically the kings of mozzarella, pizza and Italian delicacies – and there are far worse things to be kings of.  Focusing on fresh, seasonal, organic produce and traditional Italian regional cuisine dishes will include the likes of Tartare di Tonno: knife-cut Ahi tuna, prepared with Taggiasche olives, pantelleria capers, heirloom tomatoes, lime, chives and avocado purée; Branzino: sea bass with Solfino white beans, seasonal vegetables and roasted Datterini tomatoes and Ravioli […]

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Black Rock: Whisky For All

Whisky: it’s one of those Marmite drinks. You either fall in the ‘I know everything there is to know about whisky, I have those special whisky ice rocks and can only drink certain types’ camp, or you fall in the ‘I don’t really know anything about it, I once had it at Christmas and it burnt my throat and never again’ camp. Which is why this month, Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson (the duo behind London’s Worship Street Whistling Shop and drinks brand Asked Stephenson) are opening a new subterranean Shoreditch 250-bottle whisky bar, Black Rock. Their aim is to […]

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Cottons Restaurant: A Slice of the Caribbean in London

You know what we could really do with a good old dose of? Sun, balmy temperatures and holiday to a paradise-esque island. Of course money and time stands in our way. So we’ll have to suffice with a little slice of sunshine in London with the announcement that next month will see the opening of the third Cottons Caribbean restaurant and Rhum Shack. Following the first two restaurants in Camden and Shoreditch, the third offering, which will be the flagship venue is opening in Notting Hill and will be home to the largest rum collection in the UK – we’re […]

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12 Classic Pies to Eat This British Pie Week

Who ate all the pies? Us, actually, but it’s British Pie Week this week so we think it’s completely acceptable. Crusty pasty has never been more enjoyable and it comes at the perfect time – January diets are forgotten and the concept of beach bodies still seems far enough away to be able to indulge, so dig into your paper bag, bite into that wonderful buttery crust and savour every mouthful.

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