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The Botanist Review – what we thought

New? No, it’s coming up for its 1st birthday.  Where? The Botanist Broadgate Circle Restaurant and Bar, City of London, EC2M 2QS broadgate.thebotanistlondon.com On the menu: It’s a British menu, with fish dishes being popular. First Impressions: We were greeted by a sea of suits which form a barrier across the entire venue, inside it is heaving at only 6pm making it a clear favourite with the local workers. It was a tad tricky trying to find where to go to get seated and we had to do a quick tour before finding a member of staff to guide us in the right direction. The […]

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Royal China Review – What We Thought

New? Established in 1996, Royal China now has 6 award-winning restaurants across London. Baker Street is the flagship but we stayed West and visited the Fulham Road branch one Wednesday evening. Where? 805 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HE On the menu: Traditional Chinese fare with all the classics you’d expect, Royal China is known for it’s Dim Sum, which unfortunately is only available at lunch time. The illustrated menu makes things a bit confusing so unless you can see beyond the ornate oversized lettering and randomly placed images, it may be a good idea to plump for one of the set […]

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Perkin Reveller Review – What We Thought

When dining in London location is key. Whether you’re on a rooftop amongst the trees, at the top of The Shard or in a secret underground bunker beneath the city, people are always hoping for interesting and exciting views. Perkin Reveller has combined a very unique, British location with very classic, British food to create the ultimate British dining location.  Situated right between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Perkin Reveller, with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offers fantastic views either over the city or of The Tower of London itself. The riverside location provides a calming and open feeling; […]

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Bootlegger Review – what we thought

New? The Bootlegger launched on the 20th November 2015 Where? Basement Bar, 25-26 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HR On the menu: A selection of cocktails plus beers and wines First Impressions: Almost unnoticeable entrance with the venue coordinates written in on the doorstep that leads downstairs to the main bar. Already quite busy at 6pm with no seats available and standing space going quickly, doesn’t take too long to be seen at the bar though. The Look: Prohibition cocktail bar complete with piano bar for live music, newspaper clippings on the walls and bric-a-brac furniture. What We Ate: Only bar […]

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Ember Yard Breakfast Review – What We Thought

Unless you’re willing to queue north of 45-minutes, forget having tapas at Ember Yard on a Friday night. If, however, you’re tired of hollandaise and bottomless bellinis have you groaning “not another bottomless brunch” then Ember Yard’s new breakfast offering is well worth a visit. Trademark Spanish and Italian tapas and charcuterie, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not breakfast fare at all, but the occasional poached egg and addition of cold-pressed juices to the menu reminds you it is, in fact, 11am on a Saturday. One green and one purple juice kept us going whilst we browsed the menu. Imaginative […]

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Randall & Aubin Review: What We Thought

The problem (or advantage, depends if you’re having a half full or half empty day) with living in London is that your bucket list of places to go and things to do is never ending. You’re never going to make it to every restaurant, it’s just not going to happen – unless you want to give up your job and embark on a continuous 24/7 eating fest. So you need to choose wisely and one place that had been on my list for a while was Randall & Aubin, the Soho institute that originally opened as London’s first French butchers […]

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The Balcon Review – What We Thought

Grade II listed Sofitel London St James is one of the most glamorous building in that weird area down from Piccadilly Circus, at the bottom of Regent Street. One of the most sparkling areas of the city, the streets are so clean you feel as though you could eat your meal from the pavement. We went for the next best thing: dinner at The Balcon in Sofitel St James. Instantly grand, the restaurant is an architectural feat. The double spiral staircase is of course the attention stealer (with staff continually going up and down to retrieve bottles of wine and […]

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BRGR.CO Review – What We Thought

The first thing I noticed upon entering BRGR.CO is how it’s so unlike any other burger restaurant I’ve been in. Avoiding the rustic furnishing and dim lighting and instead opting for a sophisticated décor consisting of dark colours and exposed brick it’s easy to forget you’ve just walked into a burger restaurant. The narrow-but-high space has a feeling of elegance to it, with a mirror at the end of the room adding a feeling of openness. As we took our seats and quickly tucked into a Meantime beer courtesy of the attentive staff, we looked over the menu to see […]

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Ma’Plucker Review – What We Thought

Chicken restaurants are rife in London. In certain areas it seems like every other shop is either selling fried chicken or a Nando’s. To be honest, it gets a little boring. If only there was a place you could go and enjoy tasty chicken in a restaurant that doesn’t look like the waiting room of a train station and that didn’t leave you soaked in fryer grease and regret. Enter Ma’Pluckers. Walking into the restaurant feels like entering an endearing pop-up. Posters containing the menu hang from pieces of wood screwed into the wall and the wooden stools and tables […]

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Trader Vic’s Review – what we thought

Trader Vic’s has long been on my bucket list of restaurants in London that I wanted to visit, sitting in the basement of the Hilton Park Lane, I knew it had been well chosen and was in good company with other restaurants in the hotel including Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows and Podium. Descending the stairs in to the restaurant I found myself transported to a carpeted tiki hut with a bamboo bar and garish patterns decorating the walls. The music playing helped to create a more immersive experience that made me feel like I had been transported to a […]

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