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That’s The Spirit(land): The Restaurant Music Lovers Need To Try

A trip to Spiritland was like watching a movie of the making of The Beatles. Lennon, McCartney, Ringo and Starr are seated at a table in their early days bearing mop tops and notepads eagerly scribbling down lyrics to what would later become Ain’t She Sweet! The restaurant, which resides in the 180-seater space that was previously Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall is essentially a dining experience inside a recording studio; another concept from the quirky heads behind  Spiritland in King’s Cross, with its studio and café, and its Headphone Bar in Mayfair. The latest venture opened in February and […]

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Farmacy: The Vegan Restaurant Paving The Plant-Based Way

Vegans, listen up, because you’d be a buffoon not to tick this restaurant off your list. Quite literally a sanctuary for catering to all your plant based needs, Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed opening in 2016 on Westbourne Grove between Notting Hill and Bayswater. The menu and concept was undeniably ahead of its game when it came about a few years ago, with a smorgasbord of seasonal, nutritional and sustainable flavours on offer. Fast forward a few years and there’s no doubting the restaurants consistent popularity, with diners filling tables that sit wrapped around the centrepiece bar. The restaurant really plays […]

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Three Nights in Paris: Where to Stay

The city of lights, the city of love, a museum town, in all and any of its guises, Paris is instantly recognisable by its Hausmann architecture, iconic landmarks and historic monuments punctuated with modern structures. It’s a city people fall in love in and with thanks to its streets championing food, fashion and art. With spring in the air and an invitation from Small Luxury Hotels of the World to discover three of their hotels, I turned to the quote that inspired a thousand Instagram posts and said ‘yes, Paris is always a good idea.’ Arriving in the most civilised […]

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The New Michelin Chinese Restaurant You Need To Try

I am a total sucker for a Chinese. It all began when I was younger, circa eight years old, and my parents ordered me my first one from our local shop, lemon chicken and egg fried rice being the order of the day. Little did I know that I’d be eagerly ordering lemon chicken for years to come – you know how it is, when you’re having Chinese you peruse the menu for all of two minutes but you always, yes always, venture back to your trusty favourite. That was until I got older and with it, I like to […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

This New Afternoon Tea Celebrates London’s Icons

I’ve always been a fan of gherkins – I’ll eat them out of the jar if I’m given a fork. I understand though that gherkins belong to the same family as sprouts, Marmite and the Kardashians, they’re divisive. What about a chocolate gherkin though? More specifically The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe, if we’re being pedantic) made from white chocolate filled with a dark chocolate ganache. I think that would be a yes from everyone. Why all the gherkin chat though? Well, following on from the success of their Tale As Old As Time afternoon tea, Town House at The […]

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Spice, Spice, Baby: Tamarind Mayfair Gets A Sexy Refurb

India is a country I’m yet to visit but I live vicariously through the fragrant spice and punchy flavours of its marvellous cuisine that has graced our city. Tamarind in Mayfair is a stalwart member of London’s ever-evolving Indian cuisine influence and I had the pleasure of delving into its complex creations, after a lengthy closure and refurbishment. Tamarind was the very first Indian restaurant to pin a Michelin-star proudly to its chest and, as a result, has held a position of prominence and high-end notoriety since, with glamorous city-dwellers wandering in for a hint of India. Despite holding such […]

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We Get Savaged By This Rooftop Restaurant

The hype at Savage Garden is all about debauchery, from devil-horned cocktails and black-dyed food to sexy DJs and darkened rooms – the stuff of a Marilyn Manson wet dream, when he’s not dreaming about removing ribs and gyrating on stage in a leather thong that is. Savage Garden, under the veil of darkness, definitely has a kind of we-could-get-into-trouble-here vibe; it’s dimly lit and there is loud music pumping from a purposefully chosen young, blonde DJ that certainly doesn’t harm the aesthetic. It’s an ideal date spot my taken plus one notes casually, it’s not the first time I’ve […]

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Is It a VIVIctory For Centre Point’s New Restaurant?

Opening a new restaurant is stressful enough, opening a restaurant in an iconic building, well that adds a whole new level of pressure. There’s more hype, namely will the restaurant do justice to the building? Or have they left the building to do the talking with the restaurant being more of an afterthought to the architecture or the views? So, when caterers, rhubarb, announced they would be opening their next restaurant, VIVI, in Centre Point, it was received with anticipation. They’d be up against the likes of Aqua Shard, SUSHISAMBA and even one of their own, Sky Garden. Except they’re […]

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Farzi Café Is The New Indian Spicing Up Our Lives

London’s latest Indian, Farzi Café, has the full ability to present first impressions of grandeur, over-priced food and flashiness but it is, in fact, quite the opposite. The Indian import has finally landed in London, with venues already present across India and Dubai. Sitting proudly amongst theatreland, next to the Only Fools And Horses Musical, it’s blatant that this restaurant has landed itself a real whopper of a spot in central London, turning heads with its golden hued signage amidst a sea of concrete buildings. The restaurant offers two levels of dining alongside opulent colours of luxurious gold and emerald […]

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We’re Going Wild For This Soho Rice Restaurant

Famous amongst my colleagues for loving all things rice, I was zooming to this restaurant rocket-style. Wild Rice is Soho’s latest Thai edition, having opened up on the 18th of December last year. To be perfectly honest, as I guess I should be in a review, the name of the place – as the rice aficionado that I am – had me at hello. And so I went along to see if this aptly-named venue lived up to its tasty namesake. Brewer street certainly got lucky over Christmas as Both Wild Rice and Mamasan flung their doors open, both of […]

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