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45 Jermyn St.: The Restaurant That Oozes Old School Glamour

An injection of old school glamour is never something to shy away from, especially when it’s at 45 Jermyn St.; a St. James staple that oozes allure. Just off the main drag, you’ll swirl in past the doorman and position yourself on plush tangerine-coloured chairs and booths which are charmingly trapped between herb green wood and a sociable, marble-topped bar. There’s a real sense of nostalgia inside the space; small lamps sit proudly upon each table – making for marvellous light when snapping pics of the food, eek. The restaurant is sophisticated and stylish without being overbearingly pretentious and la di […]

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Xier Marks The Spot: Marylebone’s New Restaurant

Take a step back from the hell that is Oxford Street and you find yourself in pure foodie territory: Marylebone. Street food turned bricks-and-mortar restaurants sit alongside fine-dining and Michelin-star offerings. Big names like Hoppers, Fischer’s and Chiltern Firehouse all jostle for attention, whilst smaller restaurants tentatively open ready to make their name. The latest chef to throw his toque into the ring is Carlo Scotto (ex-Babbo) as he opened Xier last month. Scotto’s first solo project Xier, which has made Thayer Street its home, is a modern European fine dining restaurant divided between the more formal first floor dining […]

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Here’s Why You Need To Check Out Theo Randall’s Restaurant

Union Jacks and red telephone boxes aside, Intercontinental London Park Lane is a total shrine for quintessential Britishness. As the former playground of Queen Elizabeth II, what with the hotel’s location being her former childhood residence, there’s a certain grandness encompassing the Mayfair staple. Inside lies Theo Randall, a restaurant tucked away from the marble floors and chandeliers of Intercontinental London Park Lane’s main drag. A quick aperitif chosen from a busy collection of ‘build-your-own’ Negroni offerings saw us seated in the elegant dining space, which is certainly not somewhere you’d don a Timbaland or trainer. The restaurant, which has been […]

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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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8 Reasons To Visit Heckfield Place

Heckfield Place is cushioned amongst 400 acres of rolling greenery, and a wander around its vast perimeter plays out somewhat like a Jane Austen novel; Emma Woodhouse clothed in white expected any minute to wander, book in hand, out of the towering front doors. We travelled, hastily, to Heckfield Place to enjoy the magical surroundings and we weren’t disappointed. Here are eight reasons to visit… The Location The country house resides just an hour outside of London amongst secluded Hampshire landscape, as a Georgian property owned by billionaire Gerald Chan. The distance makes for an idyllic getaway from the hustle, bustle and tube […]

Fashion & Beauty

Here’s How to Get The Hottest Ticket of 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a metaphorical rock, you’ll know that the hottest ticket in town at the moment is the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A. You’ll also probably know that it is sold out. But we know how to get you into the exhibition, and it doesn’t involve dressing up as a V&A assistant. Instead, you can book into The May Fair Hotel any weekend up until the 14th July 2019 and not only receive a luxury stay but also two complimentary tickets to the exhibition. It’s the fashion equivalent of finding a Nando’s loyalty […]

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Where to Party Like It’s 1929

Since its opening in 1929, Quaglino’s has always been the place to see and be seen. It’s been London’s watering hole for A-listers, the arts set and royalty. Princess Diana snuck through the kitchens, a table was permanently reserved for Princess Margaret and it was the first public restaurant ever visited by a reigning monarch when the Queen and Prince Philip dined in 1956. Having survived both the recession of the early 1990s and 2000s it has continued to be the go-to place for partying, entertainment and no doubt side of scandalous behaviour. When smoking was in, everyone turned into […]

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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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Postcards Home: Where We Went in 2018 And What We Thought

I’m not going to lie, writing this is a bit of a kick in the teeth; a series of destinations that I’d give my back teeth to visit (not a great swap, I sorely need to visit the dentist!) and what’s more I’m the one that doled out the trips to my team sending them on the...

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10 Places We’ve Loved Reviewing In 2018

Okay, so Kate Adie might be reporting amid a hail of Taliban bullets, I get that. But reviewing Michelin starred restaurants for a living gets pretty hairy too. Like, Emily, in the office, had a diabetes scare that whisked her to the doctor’s just yesterday, while Lottie once missed her last...

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