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We Review The Bletchley…Shhh

What: The Bletchley is an immersive, World War 2 themed pop-up where you use your cunning and deductive skills to earn yourself tailor-made cocktails. New? The original pop-up covertly opened in March 2017 and after 7410 applications it went permanent in July. Where? The code cracking experience begins before you even arrive, as the first task is to actually find The Bletchley – we were clearly dealing with pros. After shiftily casing World’s End Market a few times we bit the bullet and went inside to ask the for help. It was revealed to us that The Bletchley is hidden in an […]

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We Review Tab X Tab

What? “The nice part of Westbourne Grove starts here”. That’s what the lady next to me said as she momentarily glanced up from her phone. I’m not sure what prompted her to say that, but I’ll take her word for it. If this is the start of the more des-res area then it’s a pretty good place to start. Tab X Tab is a new artisan coffee shop serving up brunch all day (there is a saviour) and coffee from Bocca. New? It opened back in July but they’ve only recently launched their all-day brunch menu. Where? At the start […]

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We Review Bokan’s Vegan Tasting Menu

What: Bokan has launched a special 5-course vegan tasting menu for World Vegan Month and while there are no animals on the menu you can enjoy a bird’s eye view from the restaurant. New? The tasting menu itself is new for World Vegan Month but the restaurant already does and will continue to cater for vegan requests off menu so don’t be afraid to ask – the kitchen is armed and prepared to cater to your plant-based needs. Where? Novotel, 40 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, E14 9TP www.bokanlondon.co.uk On the Menu: Accomplished head chef, Aurélie Altemaire, has created inventive plant-based dishes like carrot soup […]

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We Review Balthazar’s High Five Afternoon Tea

What? To celebrate their fifth anniversary in London, Balthazar has launched a new tea – The High Five Afternoon Tea. Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard has looked back over the cakes of the last five years, to find the most popular, the cakes that always get a “high five”. I say, “high five” because I don’t think anyone has ever actually high fived during an afternoon tea. New? The High Five Afternoon Tea is relatively new, the restaurant itself has been open for five years and across the pond they’ve been feeding New Yorkers for 20 years now. Where? In […]

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We Review Ella Canta

What? Spanish for ‘she sings’, Ella Canta is part of the Mexican wave sweeping through London this year. The work of one of Mexico’s best chefs, Martha Ortiz (whose Mexico City restaurant Dulce Patria is on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant), the restaurant like its Mexican sibling is full of colour and artistry, which is to be expected given Martha’s mother is the famous artist Martha Chapa. New? Yes, after quite the build-up Ella Canta opened up at the start of September. Where? Adjoined to the InterContinental London Park Lane, you’ll find Ella Canta in the former […]

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We Review The Diner’s New Vegan and Vegetarian Menu

What: American-themed diner chain, The Diner, has launched a purely vegan and vegetarian menu. New? The menu launched at The Diner Strand on 4th October and The Diner Islington October 10th, keep an eye out across the other sites as there are plans to launch the new menu over the coming months. Where? 21 Essex Road, Islington N1 2SA www.goodlifediner.com On the Menu: Keeping in theme with the rest of the menu you can expect all day breakfast options except with a meat free twist like Vegan Benedict made with mushrooms, baby falafels, avocado, beef tomato, spinach and sesame sauce on a […]

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We Review the New Breddos Tacos

What? The modern Mexican restaurant is the second Breddos to open (you’ll find the first in Clerkenwell) and follows on from makeshift taco shacks in Hackney carparks and residencies at The Player and Soho bar. Now they’ve made it to the centre of London to open up on Kingly Street, complete with basement mezcal and margarita bar. New? Yes, the new restaurant only opened at the start of this month. Where? Part of the foodie haven that is Kingly Street and Kingly Court, Breddos Tacos can be found on 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, W1B, 5QD, www.breddostacos.com On the Menu: Inspiration […]

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Royal Lancaster London’s Halloween Afternoon Tea

What: Royal Lancaster London has created a special Halloween afternoon tea inspired by cult horror and thriller films from the 1960s, the decade in which the hotel was built and opened for business. New? It is brand new and available only from 17th to 31st October 2017. Where? Royal Lancaster London (formerly Lancaster London) Lancaster Terrace,  W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: Terrifying titles describe the food with options like Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg for savoury. The sweet section has the likes of a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday […]

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We Review Coal Rooms

What? The Peckham-based team behind the Old Spike Roastery, Spike + Earl, Aside and coffee-based charity Change Please have added another site to their collection: Coal Rooms a bar, café and restaurant in Peckham. New? Yes, it opened this August. Where? Right next to Peckham Rye station, Coal Rooms occupies the Grade II listed, former ticket office which was part of the station during the 1930s. 11a Station Way, Peckham, SE15 4RX, www.coalroomspeckham.com On the Menu: Making the most of the on-site butchery, the menu revolves around meat with side plates to accompany. Start with smoked pigs head, blood pudding, […]

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Sake and Caipirinhas at Temakinho

What: London’s first Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant, serving sushi with exotic twists, colourful caipirinhas and plenty of sake. New? Having opened in February, Temakinho’s vibrant style has slotted in nicely to Soho’s dining scene. Where: Halfway between Theatreland and the neon mile. In other words, the perfect location for a restaurant constantly in Mardi Gras mode. 10 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TF, www.temakinho.com On the Menu: Spanning three sides, Temakinho’s menu isn’t afraid to mix things up. This isn’t one of those sushi restaurants obsessed with authenticity – you’ll find a real mix of traditional and experimental flavour combinations. The starters span ‘Petiscos’, […]

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