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The Spa Treatment to Help You Sleep at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

What? The Omorovicza Midnight Menu is a new series of treatments at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane which makes use of the new Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask and is designed to help prepare the skin and body for a natural restorative sleep. Which, as a Londoner who is guilty of too much coffee and aimlessly Instagram-scrolling my way to insomnia is much needed. If you haven’t heard of Omorovicza, they’re a Hungarian beauty company that make the most of the curative properties of the Hungarian thermal waters. New? Yes, the treatments launched last month with […]

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Poke and Matcha at Tombo Fitzrovia

What? Riding on the success of popular Hawaiian dish, poke (pronounced pokay), Tombo simply describes itself as a ‘poke and matcha bar’. Basically, diced raw fish finds itself atop big bowls of sticky rice, edamame beans and other colourful goodness. It’s like a deconstructed sushi salad. The other half of Tombo is the matcha, aka the part of the green tea plant with epic superpowers (a glass of matcha supposedly contains 100x more antioxidants than a humble infused green tea) and here it makes its way into everything from drinks to dressings. New? The third branch from the group, Tombo […]

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Aster Live Comes To Victoria

What?  French and Scandinavian crossover menu with live music thrown into the deal  New? Ish, Aster opened in January but they are now launching their new dinner, cocktails and live music nights dubbed Aster Live. Where? In Aster’s downstairs brasserie at 150 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB www.aster-restaurant.com On the Menu: The menu is a rather unique blend of Scandie and French foods, created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka. Puolakka brings her Finnish herritage and French training to bear in a combination that, in our opinion, sometimes surprises but often delights. The Look: Aster is set within the Nova Victoria building, that giant […]

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Wine and Cheese at Humble Grape Islington

What?  Islington’s latest wine bar and the third Humble Grape specialising in artisan wines, cheese and charcuterie.  New? Yes, it only opened at the start of this summer, it’s the third Humble Grape, the original bar opened in 2015 in Battersea before being joined by the bar in Fleet Street in 2016. Where? 11-13 Theberton Street, Islington, N1 0QY www.humblegrape.co.uk On the Menu: Wine and a lot of it. There are over 400 bottles all of which are organic, biodynamic or sustainably sourced, all have their own story to tell and are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. To […]

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Boxpark Shoreditch: What We Thought

What: Boxpark Shoreditch is a shipping container pop-up mall comprised of food traders and independent fashion and lifestyle stores. New? Boxpark Shoreditch opened in 2011, then after five successful years they took the leap and headed south of the river to launch Boxpark Croydon. Where? 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6GY www.boxpark.co.uk On the menu: All dietary requirements are met here in this packed, foodie haven with several vegan sellers like Cook Daily, What The Pitta and Falafelicious while meat eaters can chow down on options from Porky’s, Arni’s and Voodoo Ray’s. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the latest craze from Hong […]

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Oysters and Champagne at Bentley’s

What: Made up of the oyster bar downstairs and the grill upstairs, Bentley’s is arguably one of London’s most loved seafood restaurants, having sold fish and chips to the London hordes for over a century. For the past decade, it’s been under the eye of Richard Corrigan, chef patron of Corrigan Restaurant. This summer it’s all been about Dickie’s Bar – Corrigan’s new bar at Corrigan’s Mayfair, but we decided to revisit an old classic. New? Certainly not, Bentley’s is one of the stalwarts of London’s restaurant scene having been open since 1916. Where? 11-15 Swallow Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DG, […]

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Café Sou: The Ned’s Parisian Cafe

What? Café Sou is The Ned’s Parisian-style café, set further away from the main area, this little gem is serving up a simple, classic menu, great coffees and fresh juices.  New? Yes, the last of the nine restaurants to open at The Ned, it only opened this summer. Where? The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ, www.thened.com On the Menu: The menu is simple, Lorraine quiches, omelettes made with Burford Brown eggs, pastries and baguettes (which you can order as a quarter, half or whole) filled with the likes of chicken, avocado and spinach, charcuterie boards and salads – all the […]

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Zuma’s New Cocktail Menu

What: High end Japanese restaurant, Zuma, have just launched a new Spring menu with a focus on cocktails. New? Zuma no, it has stood the test of London time opening back in 2002, but as the name suggests the Spring menu only launched a few weeks ago Where: Tucked away by Harrods, you’ll spot it by the row of supercars lining the street outside: 5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DL, www.zumarestaurant.com On the Menu: Bar manager Pawel Rolka (formerly at Coq D’Argent) has created a series of new cocktails for both the Nomikai (contemporary) section and the Kurashikku (classic) section, which blends together traditional cocktails with flavours […]

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Ormer’s Vegetarian Menu: What We Thought

What: Vegetarian friendly menu from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. New? Ormer Mayfair opened at Flemings Mayfair in September 2016 as part of a £15m investment which also saw the 129 bedrooms in the hotel given a new look. Where? Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair W1J 7BH www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk On the Menu: Ormer Mayfair is the sister restaurant to the original Ormer Jersey, it’s here that Shaun focuses a lot of his menu, using Jersey and British fare at the heart of his cooking like hand-picked shoreline foraged herbs. Dishes on the menu include mushroom fagottini with egg yolk, parsnip and parmesan, […]

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Señor Ceviche: Lima in London

What? Señor Ceviche is a lively Peruvian restaurant and cocktail bar in Charlotte Street showcasing some of the most colourful and vibrant Peruvian plates in the heart of London (and definitely not just Ceviche!). New? An evolution. The original Señor Ceviche launched as a rave reviewed pop-up four years ago. In 2014 they opened their first permanent restaurant in Kingly Court, Soho and after even greater success they launched this restaurant in foodie heaven, Charlotte Street this May. Where? Set between Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road in the heart of Fitzrovia. 18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2LY,  www.senor-ceviche.com On […]

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Matcha and Poké Heaven as Tombo Fitzrovia Opens

If there’s one thing that 2017 has taught us, it’s that we can’t get enough of matcha and poké. The Japanese trend has well and truly taken over London, so much so that the guys at Tombo need to open up a third café just to satisfy the city’s craving. They’ve had success in South Kensington and Soho and next they’ll be taking over Fitzrovia. Family run by mother, Manami, and her two sons, Louis and Leo Sloley the newest addition to the Tombo family has been designed by the trio. So we’ve got the authentic Japanese decor sorted, how […]

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Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea Launches New Summer Menu

What: Tom’s Kitchen restaurants across London have launched new summer menus with an emphasis on vegetarian and gluten free dishes as well as sustainable produce. New? Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea opened in 2006 and is joined by other Tom’s Kitchens in Canary Wharf, Somerset House and St Katharine Docks. Where? Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, 27 Cale Street, Chelsea, SW3 3QP www.tomskitchen.co.uk On the Menu: Renowned chef, Tom Aikens, has revamped the seasonal menu so in keeping with the warmer months there is a selection of light summery options like starters of chilled pea soup with fresh peas, lemon, crème fraiche and olives, and main courses […]

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