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Steaks and Wine at Gaucho Broadgate

What?  As Gaucho say, for them, it’s all about the beef and Gaucho Broadgate makes up one of the fifteen restaurants in the group across the UK -twelve of which are in London, the others are in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. New? Nope, it opened back in 2010. Where? 5 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate, EC2M 2PG www.gauchorestaurants.com On the Menu: Of course, the main event is the beef, but it’s not all they have to offer and whilst it would be sacrilege to not have steak there are other dishes. Starters include the likes of Lomo carpaccio with baby kale, pine […]

Cecconi's At The Ned
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Cecconi’s at The Ned

What?  With restaurants, already in Mayfair and others across Europe and America, Venetian restaurant Cecconi’s has just opened another site in The Ned. If you’ve somehow managed to miss The Ned, then it’s arguably the biggest opening of 2017. The work of London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group, it’s a 252- room hotel set in the iconic former Midland Bank building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. New? In hotel time, yes, The Ned only opened a few months ago, making it one of the many hotels that have opened in London this year. […]

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Eclectic Small Plates at Hopscotch

What? Having worked with the likes of Chick ‘n’ Sours, Street Feast and Bleecker St Burger, Jonathan Cowley has now opened his own restaurant, Hopscotch, on Brick Lane. Comprising of a 45-cover restaurant upstairs and the basement Drinking Den with a further 65-covers. New? Relatively, it opened at the tail end of 2016. Where? 202 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6SA, www.hopscotchldn.com On the Menu: There’s an eclectic mix of small plates which blends Asian, European and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients. You’ll find the likes of grilled hispi cabbage with miso butter, Parmesan and togarashi and a smoked goat flatbread with […]

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Ben Spalding’s Small Plate Sessions

What?  As part of Shoreditch’s summer pop-up Lasts Days of Shoreditch, acclaimed chef, Ben Spalding, is serving up an regularly changing, menu of small plates. New? It opened at the end of May and will run throughout the summer on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Where?  Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA, www.benspalding.co.uk On the Menu: The dishes are nothing if not adventurous, but they’re served without any pretentiousness, well they can’t really be given the setting – but that’s the best way to eat them, when you’re just thinking about the food and not everything else […]

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Fine Dining and Game at The Stafford

What? The Stafford Hotel London, a hidden gem in the heart of St James’s by Green Park, has just relaunched its restaurant, The Game Bird, showcasing some of the finest British classic cooking under the helm of Executive Chef James Durrant. New? The new restaurant opened on 17th March 2017 in one of London’s finest and quintessentially English luxury hotels. Where? A stone’s throw from Green Park Tube, hidden in a mews away from the bustling crowds: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s, SW1A 1NJ, www.thestaffordlondon.com On the Menu? A sumptuous mix of British meat and game, finding the perfect […]

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Little Bird finds a Second Place to Nest

What: Little Bird Chiswick welcomes a sister venue on the popular Battersea Rise. New? The eclectic bar and restaurant opened the end of May becoming the 5th venue from acclaimed restaurateur Lorraine Angliss. Where? 1 Battersea Rise, Battersea SW11 1HG www.littlebirdrestaurants.com On the menu: Little Bird serves Asian-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, who worked previously at The Petersham Hotel and will receive guidance from critically acclaimed Head Chef Nick Marfe. First Impressions: Humidity was reaching its peak on the day we went so the doors of Little Bird were swung open leading onto the decking area […]

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Ribs and Burgers at Dirty Bones Soho

What?  Dirty Bones is known for its New York comfort food classics and old skool hip hop soundtrack, with three sites already to their name (Shoreditch, High Street Kensington and Kingly Court) they have opened their latest restaurant on Denman Street in Soho. New? It opened back in April of this year. Where? Dirty Bones Soho, 14 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HJ, www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: If you’re into cheat days, then Dirty Bones is the epitome of cheat day meals. You wouldn’t want it every day, but when you do, you want to go all out. You’ll find: chicken […]

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The Chelsea Harbour Hotel Hosts the First Ever Whittard Afternoon Tea

What: For the first time in the brand’s history, world-famous British tea company, Whittard of Chelsea, has partnered with The Chelsea Harbour Hotel to create a special Whittard Afternoon Tea. New? Whittard of Chelsea is 130 years old but the tea is relatively new as it launched 8th May. Where? Chelsea Harbour Drive, Fulham, SW10 0XG www.millenniumhotels.com On the Menu: The traditional tea comprises of traditional finger sandwiches like smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam as well as a selection of cakes such as vanilla éclairs with matcha green tea frosting and plum posset with rhubarb caviar. First […]

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Spring Tasting Menu at Avista Mayfair

What? Award-winning Italian dining in Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square, headed up by Executive Chef, Arturo Granato. Where? Avista sits adjacent to the Millennium Hotel, right in the centre of leafy Grosvenor Square: 39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HP, www.avistarestaurant.com On the Menu: Guests can go straight in with the a la carte menu or try a little bit of everything (as we did) with the tasting menu. Opt for the wine pairing option to elevate your experience. First Impressions: You can’t not be impressed as you approach your destination through Grosvenor Square. Winding through the backstreets of Mayfair on a balmy Wednesday evening, the atmosphere was relaxed and bustley […]

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Sky High Brunching at Aviary

What? Brunch with sweeping views of London isn’t unheard of but that doesn’t stop it being impressive. There’s just something about seeing London from up high that pales even the best of ground-floor brunches, even if Aviary is only the 10th floor. New? Aviary opened at the end of last year, as part of the ETM Group which includes Burdock (on the ground floor) and the newest addition, Greenwood, over in Nova Victoria. Where? 10th Floor, Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, Moorgate, EC2A 1DX, www.aviarylondon.com On the Menu: Brunch is more of an all-day affair at Aviary, with a hearty a la carte menu meaning if […]

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Farm to Fork Dining at Jar Kitchen, Covent Garden

What? An independently run restaurant on Covent Garden’s Drury Lane with a farm to fork ethos and focus on seasonal, sustainable Modern British cooking. New? Jar Kitchen opened back in March 2015, by friends Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero. It has survived two years in a competitive market so hopefully it’s here to stay. They’ve just welcomed Head Chef Paula Borreguero to the team, fresh from Soho’s 10 Greek Street. Where? 176 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5QF, www.jarkitchen.com On the Menu: The menu depends on what’s in season so on the website it says it changes daily. It wasn’t quite daily as we were relieved to find the ndjua […]

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Islington Restaurant Radici Goes Back to its Roots

What: Part of the restaurant group D&D, Radici, is an authentic Italian restaurant trattoria. The name translates as ‘roots’ in Italian to represent Head Chef Francesco Mazzei’s roots in Islington where he has been for 20 years. New? Formerly Almeida, Radici opened its doors 18th April 2017. Where? 30 Almeida Street, Islington N1 1AD www.radici.uk On the Menu: Francesco Mazzei aimed to bring the food of his childhood to his London home so the menu reflects the Calabrian cuisine of his heritage, as well as incorporating dishes from the southern Italian areas of Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia. Pizzas and bread […]

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