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Christmas wreath-making at Villandry

When it comes to Christmas shopping, you fall into one of two camps: the did-it-all-in-October-shopper or the just-starting-to-think-about-things-shopper. If you are the latter, you aren’t quite at panic stations just yet so you have time to get crafty with your gifts and give your recipients something a little different to a last-minute Apple gift voucher – no one ever uses them anyway. This Saturday, Villandry are welcoming professional florist Moyses Stevens to their Great Portland Street restaurant to teach wreath making. Moyses Stevens have been around since 1876, providing flowers for the London gentry and the Royal Family so they […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 of the best places for Christmas lunch

Surely Christmas must be the most indulgent day of the year when everyone feasts to their heart’s content with food breaks taken, unjudged by your peers and family members who will be joining you? The only downside is all the work that goes into preparing Christmas lunch, from food shopping, to slaving over the oven, to all the clearing up afterwards. Well we say bah humbug to the downside and have gathered a list of our best places for Christmas lunch where your only job is to turn up and eat!

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 of the Best Scandinavian Restaurants

It was over lunch at Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square that The Handbook’s thoughts turned Scandinavian. The simple forms and clean lines of the recently opened restaurant’s interior – walnut tables, hand-blown lamps – were inspired by head chef Anna Hansen’s familial roots in Denmark, resulting in the Danish-influenced modern style of the dining room. Not only did The Handbook reimagine the design of our home living room… But we thought of the variety of Scandi-spired cuisine available in the capital, especially with Christmas coming up. Here’s our top five restaurants, cafes and bakeries in the capital:

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Festive Feasting

As Christmas approaches, it’s time to loosen the belt, get your eating pants on, throw the caution to the wind and ditch the scales because it’s time to feast. We’ve rounded up five of the best Christmas burgers, sandwiches and puddings that you can get your hands on this year for a taste of Christmas in a mouthful.  BIRD  What: Christmas Dinner in a Burger Why: Christmas lunch wouldn’t be complete without attempting to get a little bit of everything into one mouthful, which is no mean feat when you’re eating more than you usually do in a week, tricky. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Raise the Steaks pop-up

Tomorrow sees an important date in the diary with high steaks as the world’s first pop-up food casino launches at The Diner to celebrate the launch of 50s style gaming brand 777.com. Expect a multitude of food themed puns, not only in this blog, but on the night as guests use chips (as in fries) to gamble away the night. Rounds of traditional games like roulette and blackjack will be available in the retro Vegas themed evening with the ultimate prize being a full all-American style dinner at the host’s venue – The Diner. Other food treats include a Blackjack […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

5 Festive Afternoon Teas

Afternoon teas hit the spot all year round, name an occasion and guaranteed there will be a handful of eager pastry chefs who’ve put their spin on things and adapted it to a theme. Now it is, of course, time for tea to turn festive – think mini slices of Christmas cake, spiced scones and exotic teas, and the occasional glass of Champagne. Read on to see our pick of the best Christmassy afternoon teas in the capital.

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Openings & Launches

M Victoria Street Opens

2016 is set to be Victoria’s year, the area known primarily for its station and the Billy Elliott theatre is getting an injection of new restaurants, with the likes of Jason Atherton and Ross Shonhan moving in next year. Before all of that though, before 2016, tomorrow in fact, sees the opening of M Victoria Street. Having opened M Threadneedle Street last year in the City, Martin Williams is now opening his second restaurant with a rather exceptional team joining him.  Michael Reid (previously Le Gavroche, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Vue de Monde and The Skinny Duck) will be taking on […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Winterville at Victoria Park

‘Tis the season for hot toddies, ice-skating, candy floss and fairground rides! Winterville at Victoria Park is the ever-so-slightly understated (and therefore edgy) East London festive experience returning for it’s second season and we think you need to make it part of your weekend plans.  If you’re more familiar with the slightly larger, centrally located Christmas experience then imagine smaller crowds, great-quality street food and cabaret, comedy and club nights. A Snow White Christmas pantomime is one for the kids, whilst adults can cradle their sides at the raucous and critically-acclaimed Sh*t-faced Shakespeare (where one cast member of a classic […]

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3rd Homeslice Opens

If you want pizza and you want it big then you know there is only one place to go, Homeslice. They don’t mess around when it comes to pizza none of this 12” pizza it’s all about the 20” feasts.  They’ve brought their pizza goodness to Neal’s Yard and Wells Street and now they are moving to Old Street in Shoreditch with the launch of their third site. Setting up shop next to Shoreditch Town Hall, the 100 cover restaurant will be split across two floors and will include an outdoor courtyard, designated takeaway area and bar seating around the […]

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7 of the Most Festive Cocktails

Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas markets, Christmas terraces, Christmas pop-ups. You just can’t escape. But why would you want to, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all and we’ve been desperately waiting for this time of year since, well, probably Boxing Day last year. Now that it is finally socially acceptable to talk about Christmas on a daily basis you’ll probably want to see how many activities you can squeeze festivity into. Here are our pick of 7 of the most festive cocktails in the city:

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