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Drop Everything And Go To This Restaurant, We Review Hélène Darroze At The Connaught

What: I have the biggest weakness for superlatives. Everything in life is just fantabulous, the most incredi-scrumptious, I can’t help myself. Which makes Hélène Darroze at The Connaught tricky, because how do you describe a meal that makes every other dinner out look like a McDonalds’ Happy Meal without resorting to every superlative in the dictionary? If you don’t like effusive, over-the-top gushing then please just skip to the next article. Hélène Darroze has won plaudits from pretty much everyone for her restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in, surprisingly enough, Mayfair’s Connaught Hotel, inspiring everyone from Michelin, who awarded […]

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The Trendiest Place to Eat Pizza: Canova Hall

What: Not your typical Italian restaurant, Canova Hall is straying from traditional options and giving Italian food a 21st century make-over. First Impression: There were a lot of attractive people at Canova Hall and not like Chelsea kind of attractive where everyone has an element of part time model about them but a lot of normal attractive people milling about, including staff I may add. On The Menu: The casual, Italian menu has everything you would expect from an Italian like pizza and pasta and a tonne of a cheese plus, seeing as Canova Hall is in trendy Brixton, a load […]

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Laurent: Hotel Café Royal’s New Restaurant

What: With restaurants in New York, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean, internationally renowned chef, Laurent Tourondel has chosen London, the best foodie city in the world, (we’re allowed to be bias) as the home for his first European restaurant. Taking over the first floor of the Hotel Café Royal, the restaurant replaces the slightly soulless restaurant that sat on the ground floor which, in turn, now takes on the role as an impressive lobby. New? Yes, the restaurant has only just launched, we however snuck in and managed to get a preview. I say snuck in, I mean not literally […]

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Tel Aviv Café Culture in Hampstead

What? Though I’m a southerner who lives (very) east and works (very) west, you’d be mistaken to think I’m a fully- fledged, compass-conquering Londoner. In fact, there is a very big, north-shaped gap in my familiarity – it’s one of the main things that attracted me to Café Hampstead. That, and the fact that it offers neighbourhood dining by way of Tel Aviv, read: an insight into the lives of Hampstead-ites with copious amounts of hummus thrown in to fuel the people-watching. New? Café Hampstead opened its doors a couple of months ago, a refreshing new addition to a postcode […]

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Grab A Plate… At Plate

What: A Friday night post work-week automatically paints a cheesy grin across the face. However, this particular Friday I was in full-on Cheshire cat mode. Off to Shoreditch I went, to Plate restaurant – the latest offering from chef Arnaud Stevens, a man whose resumé would be the envy of quite a few.The restaurant delivers a range of British ingredients, alongside Plate Bake and Bar downstairs – an all-day eatery and artisanal bakery, serving homemade cakes, pastries and breads, New: Very! The official opening date was 1st May. The Setting: Snug inside M by Montcalm, the restaurant is a stone […]

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A Middle Eastern Must-Visit: Café Loren

What: Quite frankly, something completely different to your average breakfast or brunch indulgence. Ever craved some shakshuka in the morning? Well, I hadn’t either, but I think I might in future after this taste-test. The word is actually synonymous with breakfast in the Middle East and, after sampling, I can’t say I’m half surprised. The Setting: After Northern line troubles, a subsequent Uber and then a fumble through Stables Market in Camden on a bank-holiday, I was very happy when I finally discovered the ever-so-cosy Café Loren. Located at the main entrance of the market, the restaurant still feels nestled […]

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Is This The Best Place to Eat in Pop Brixton?

What? Making its home among the shipping containers of Pop Brixton, Duck Duck Goose is a modern Cantonese canteen by Oli Brown (former chef of Le Café Anglais) based on the old school cafes and roast meat shops in Hong Kong and is now quite possibly, my favourite place to eat in the foodie hub. New? No, it opened at the start of 2017, but they have recently launched a new spring menu. The Setting: Pop Brixton is one of my favourite places to go when the sun is shining and you’re looking for a midweek alfresco supper or you’ve […]

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Is This London’s Most Opulent Restaurant? We Check Out Park Chinois

What: Park Chinois is Mayfair’s decadent party den opened by Alan Yau (founder of the likes of Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice). Made up of the Salon de Chine and Club Chinois, Park Chinois is the sort of venue where you leave your 9-5 at the door and enter into a realm of Champagne, dancing and hedonism. New? No, it’s been partying since 2015, however they have just launched a cheeky, new dinner show which brings together cabaret, comedy and singing. We particularly enjoyed a moody performance of Back to Black, a Carry On esque sketch based on Buckingham […]

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Moonshine Saloon: The Wild West Themed Immersive Bar You Need to Visit

What: If you’re into your immersive experiences then chances are you’ve heard of Alcotraz, the Shoreditch bar that will see you donning an orange jumpsuit and trying to smuggle spirits past the prison guard. Well now Inventive Productions is back and this time they are transporting guests to the Wild West, to a time of moonshining, where sheriffs like to think they rule the roost but it’s those with the illegal liquor that has everyone under their thumb. New: Yes, the Moonshine Saloon has just opened. The Setting: Moonshine Saloon couldn’t be in a more different location to Alcotraz. Whilst […]

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We Have Cocktails at Fulham’s Coolest Flat: The Little Blue Door

What: After the success of Little Yellow Door the (fictional) housemates have moved out and moved on, going on to move into new flats and one housemate pitched up in Fulham, ready to open his house to Fulham revellers in need of a place to drink cocktails, and drink those cocktails until late, because they’re open until 1am. This isn’t Shoreditch, remember we don’t have many places over in SW6 that stay open until then. New: Yes, it only opened in May so really they are still in the housewarming stage. The Setting: Taking over from Fulham Wine Rooms, The […]

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