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We Review: Flemings Mayfair

What? One of the last remaining privately owned hotels in London and the hotel thought to be the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel At Betram’s Hotel, Flemings Mayfair is also home to restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin and the Manetta’s bar. New? Nope, Flemings is actually one of London’s oldest established hotels having opened in 1851 with parts of the building (it’s made up of thirteen Georgian townhouses) dating back to 1731, so no, it isn’t new. That said it has had a recent multi-million-pound refurbishment, which not only gave the hotel a new lease of life, but also […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

We Review: Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner

What: London’s first 100% vegan diner. New? As any vegan worth their salt will know, Camden is the place to go for vegan food with more and more vegan eateries popping up by the week. Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is the newest addition as of April 2018, joining neighbours like Young Vegans and V Burger. Where? It took us no less than 20 minutes to find this place even with Google Maps and asking several other stalls and staff; so you don’t struggle like we did it’s about 10 seconds from The Cheese Bar. North Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AH […]

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We Review: The Basque Menu at Bar Boulud

What? Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s most recent trip saw him head to Savoie and onto the neighbouring Basque Country. On his travels he filled up on fresh fish, pinxtos and bacalao, his new spring menu brings together these classic dishes and flavours. New? No, Bar Boulud was Daniel Boulud’s first UK venture, opening back in 2010 and it remains his only London restaurant, his Basque-inspired spring menu, however, launched at the end of April.   Where? Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA, www.mandarinoriental.com The Look: Based on the feel of a wine cellar, Bar Boulud isn’t opulent […]

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Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed in April

In now time honoured style, here’s all the places that we went to in April, and what we thought! You’ll also note that we’re putting more travel reviews out, which is because we’re now covering travel as well as food and drink. So double whammy for you all!

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We Review: Omar’s Place

What? An open invitation to experience some of the most exquisite flavours and smells of the Mediterranean in a relaxed tapas fashion. New? Yes it is, it is the creation of the restaurateur Omar Shabaan, whose family have clocked up years of experience with restaurants in Egypt through their very well-established Andrea Mariouteya hospitality group. It is only now however, that Omar has fulfilled his dream and opened his own restaurant in London Where? Omar’s Place is hidden down a side street in Pimlico, just a short walk from Victoria station. 13 Cambridge Street, Pimlico, SW1V 4HP. www.omarsplace.co.uk On the Menu: Vicente Fortea heads up […]

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We Review: Lutyen’s Grill at The Ned

What? With eight restaurants on the ground floor serving everything from French quiches and poke bowls to New York style bagels and Italian dishes, Lutyens Grill, is The Ned’s American grill restaurant. New? Lutyens Grill opened with The Ned last year, but until recently it was only for Ned’s Club members and hotel guests. Back in February they opened it up to the public meaning that all eight of the restaurants on the ground floor are now open to the public. However, if you are one of Ned’s Club members, then you can still find solace from us, the teeming […]

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We Review: The Garden Tea at Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane

What? If spring signals the start of hayfever season, then fear not, we have a new way for you to enjoy the English countryside albeit in the form of cakes, because for its latest afternoon tea, the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane has partnered with Chelsea Physic Garden to create a floral themed afternoon tea, inspired by the famous gardens and their primary benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane. New? Yes, the tea launched on the 9th April, one of many new spring afternoon teas that we can add to our repertoire. Where? The Garden tea is served in the Amaranto Lounge […]

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We Review: CUT at 45 Park Lane

What? CUT at 45 Park Lane is Wolfgang Puck’s first European outpost, a classic American steak restaurant that mirrors the award-winning original CUT in Beverly Hills. It’s sleek, chic and serves up excellent steak. New? Nope now in its seventh year, it’s been open since 2011.  Where? Part of the Dorchester Collection, you’ll find it at, 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN, www.dorchestercollection.com The Look: CUT is slick, it’s all polished floors, gold, red and tan tones, leather banquettes, Damien Hurst art work (they have the Diamond Dust Psalms series) and contemporary striking lights, that said despite there being so […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

We Review: Evans & Peel Detective Agency’s New Smokehouse Menu

What? Speakeasy, Evans & Peel Detective Agency has recently launched a new Smokehouse menu. Making use of their own in-house smoker, ‘The Flapper’ each day they’re serving up southern American dishes to accompany their innovative cocktail list. New? Whilst Evans & Peel Detective Agency has been staying secret for the last six years, the smokehouse only launched at the end of the last month. Where? Not ones to broadcast their whereabouts, you’ll find them hidden behind a very unassuming door in Earls Court at 310c Earls Court Road, Earls Court, SW5 9BA, www.evansandpeel.com The Look: From the outside Evans & […]

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We Review Big Easy’s Boozy Brunch

What? Known for their laid back vibes, live music, BBQ food and hearty portions of comfort food, Big Easy is a big slice of American comfort food dotted throughout London. A place to go for a few drinks and a lot of food. Rock up at the weekend and you’ll find their boozy (note no longer bottomless) brunch, which is exactly what we did. New? Nope, the first Big Easy opened back in 1991 and it’s been 17 years of BBQing, chargilling and seafood. Where? Whilst we visited the original, the Kings Road joint, you’ll also find Big Easy in […]

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