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Chucs Opens in Notting Hill

When you think Notting Hill several things come to mind, Hugh Grant obviously, the carnival, Portobello market, the sorts of houses we dream about, boutique shops and of course places to brunch. And Chucs is bringing the last two together with the opening of its second boutique and restaurant. You’ll already find them on Dover Street selling their 1950s inspired menswear collection alongside their restaurant and now they are heading to Westbourne Grove. On the top floor you’ll find the menswear collection, but what we’re really interested in is the restaurant and café on the garden level. Reflecting the Italian […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

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Dickie Fitz: New to Newman Street

This month will see a newcomer to the restaurant group Affinity Bars & Restaurants as Dickie Fitz opens to join the likes of The Henry Root and Lady Ottoline. Setting up on Newman Street and spread across two floors, Dickie Fitz will be serving up flavours of the Pacific with laid back Australian-inspired brunches, Asian influenced cocktails and New World heavy wines. Created by Executive Chef, Matt Robinson the menu includes the likes of steamed barramundi with dashi roasted cabbage and daikon, oysters Kilpatrick and of course those delicious chocolate and coconut cubes of goodness aka lamingtons. On the cocktail […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

24 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, it’s like Marmite isn’t it? You either embrace it whole-heartedly, love hearts and rose petals everywhere or you wish you could just forget all about it. If you do have an SO/a crush that doesn’t know you exist but you want to impress or just want to show your friends a bit of extra love this year then here is our guide on to how to spend the day of love in London:  

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Dine With Your Dog This Valentine’s

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’ve bought you countless articles, ranging from the best ways to spend the day with your other half all the way to how to spend it if you’re single. It certainly seemed to us like we’d covered all the bases… but we hadn’t. If you’re not in a relationship the fix is easy; spend it with your best friends. But what if your best friend isn’t available (or, God forbid, is in a relationship)? Or… what if your best friend is your puppy? Fear not, pet-lovers, dog welfare charity Dogs Trust are opening […]

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116 Pall Mall’s Wine Evening

Calling all wine connoisseurs or those who just like wine, 116 Pall Mall the home of the Institute of Directors is hosting Benjamin Richer De Forges co-owner of Château La Tour de By, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel based in Médoc, France for a very special wine tasting evening.  Available to both members and non-members, the evening will begin with apéritif of Château La Tour de By Rosé 2015 before a three course meal prepared by Executive Head Chef Roger Evans with paired wines. Dishes include Game terrine with pear chutney which is paired with Château La Tour de By 2006 and Château […]

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Duende: Magic in Covent Garden

You know how Instagram/Pinterest/Tumblr is littered with inspirational quotes such as ‘You may have flaws but you’re still perfect’ ‘You just do you’, you know the ones we mean, the ones we all hate to love and love to hate. Well new tapas restaurant Duende, reminds us of one of those quotes. Why? Because Duende loosely means magic and founder Victor Garvey (co-founder of Bravas Tapas) has said he won’t be serving up the finest or the most authentic tapas, but just the kind of food that he would love to eat in a restaurant – they’re just doing their own thing […]

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Homemade Children’s Food Delivered To Your Door

Although we can’t prove it, we’re no scientists of course, we’re pretty sure that London runs on a different time scale to the rest of the country. Everything is so much more fast-paced, everyone is always on the move, we’ll quite happily sit on the tube for an hour on a Tuesday to meet a friend for a drink in the depths of zone five – would we sit in a car for an hour if we didn’t live in London to do the same thing? Unlikely. And with all these things to do and all this bustling about it […]

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7 Of The Best South American Restaurants

Got the winter blues? Haven’t we all! After months and months of grey darkness, we’re all craving a bit of colour in our lives. And where better to start than with your dinner? Say goodbye to winter stodge – here are seven of the best South American restaurants, with enough spice and flavour to kick you back into life:

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Bottomless Bluesy Brunch at Bluebird

We did it. We made it out of the bleak, baron, alcohol-free wasteland which is the month of January. We’re very proud of you for resisting the temptations, and now it’s time we help you to celebrate… and what better way to do so than by drinking all the alcohol you avoided through January in one sitting.* As luck would have it, there’s an amazing bottomless brunch coming up at Bluebird Chelsea to help you do just that. It’s almost as though they planned it… On February 6th from 12pm, get yourself to Bluebird Chelsea and indulge in 4 hours of bottomless […]

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Super Bowl Party At Balthazar

The Super Bowl is a long-standing staple of the American sporting calendar. It’s a pretty big deal – so big, in fact, that the likes of The Who, Beyoncé, and, most recently, Katy Perry have all got in on the action via half time show performances. Well worth sitting through hours and hours of padded men running into one another in our opinion. In fact, it’s so long-standing that this year the event celebrates its 50th birthday, and as such will be referred to as the “Golden Super Bowl”, and Balthazar are making sure us over here in London don’t […]

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