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Kahani, The Restaurant Set To Be The Talk Of Chelsea

Chelsea is set to get a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. Having been the executive chef at Tamarind for ten years where he helped the restaurant maintain its Michelin star, Peter is now venturing out on his own with his first solo venture and he’s secured a rather nice spot in Chelsea to start. Opening opposite Cadogan Hall, Kahani which means ‘story’ in Hindi will be inspired by Peter’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India but will use seasonal and sustainable British ingredients as a nod to his other home. Bringing a sense […]

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Check Out The Skybar That’s Just Opened In The City

It’s officially the hottest day of the year, so here’s some legit medical advice: head straight to your GP and request they prescribe you a pina colada and roof terrace. And if you’re wondering where to take your prescription, look no further: Jin Bo Law Skybar has literally just opened. The bar, fresh off the plane from Hong Kong, is located on the 14th floor of the new Dorsett City hotel in The City, meaning that it’s got knock-out views across some of London’s most iconic buildings, not to mention views stretching for miles. As you sit on the roof terrace, look […]

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Kricket And Brixton Reunited: The Must Visit Indian Heads Home

The sun’s out, blue sky and the smell of mown grass! Time for some Kricket? No, not the endlessly dull summer sport, but the Indian restaurant phenomenon. Kricket, feted for its casual and creative Indian food served out of their Soho flagship restaurant, will be opening in Brixton this May. In a tremendous homecoming, Kricket will return to Brixton as ‘boy done good’. The restaurant was born in POP Brixton back in 2015, went to Soho to seek its fortune, and now, hot on the heels of an opening at the prestigious Television Centre, will be opening back on home-turf in […]

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Vijay’s Lounge: Fitzrovia’s New Speakeasy Bar

Those who have been to Indian restaurant Lokhandwala, will know that it is based on Victorian aristocrat Lady Charlotte, the spurned lover of Vijay Kapur, an insalubrious cad from Bombay. Well now it’s Vijay’s turn to have somewhere dedicated to him as Vijay’s Lounge opens today, a speak easy bar, above the restaurant. A secretive bar where he could run his empire and no doubt hide from Lady Charlotte. Just like Vijay, the bar will be rich, moody and opulent with an impressively stocked bar, striking bronze chandeliers, oil paintings and a silver elephant; come the summer, you’ll be able […]

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Cinnamon Kitchen Opens at Battersea Power Station

Feel the power! The Cinnamon Club’s superstar chef Vivek Singh is opening yet another restaurant, this time at Battersea Power Station. Adding to his stable of five wildly successful Cinnamon themed eateries (The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho, Cinnamon Bazaar and Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford) the chef will be taking a railway arch of his own at the Grade II-listed site and will be bringing his cinnamon-y magic to the iconic structure. Expect a sleek and urban feel inside, in keeping with the whole regenerated site, channelling industrial minimalism. Not so the menu, which will be a medley of Singh’s […]

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Chokhi Dhani: The Exciting New Indian Arrival

If there’s one current trend that we’re especially excited about then it’s the rise of the posh curry house. The last few months have seen some brilliant arrivals, including Jamavar, Dishoom Kensington and a new Hoppers among a crowded field of others. Add to that, Chokhi Dhani. Known in India for their smart hotels and restaurants, this will be the group’s first overseas venture, and they’ve chosen Battersea as ground zero for their international expansion. Expect to experience Rajhastan in more than just taste, the restaurant will be showcasing the variety and grandeur of the Sub Continent, not least with […]

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Psycle Design New Poké Dish

If your January diet is yet to materialise then Ahi Poké has the answer. Fitness gurus Psycle London has teamed up with the poké specialists to produce a new solution to get you along the road to healthiness. Ahi Poké has come up with a limited edition poké bowl, with the help of nutritionist, Rhian Stephenson, the  CEO of boutique fitness studios Psycle, a health combo made in heaven. The bowl will include kale (naturally) topped with marinated tofu, pickled ginger, kimchi cucumber, coconut roasted sweet potato, burnt corn, coriander and a green tahini dressing. As if you needed any […]

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Kricket Heads To Television Centre

Live cricket might not have been seen on the BBC for a generation, but Kricket is coming to Television Centre. Kricket, the hugely successful Soho restaurant that started life serving Indian food in a shipping container at Pop Brixton, is set for its most ambitious expansion yet. This summer Kricket will open at Television Centre in White City, the major redevelopment of the iconic former BBC TV studios. The huge project includes 432 homes, restaurants, shops as well as a branch of Soho House and an Electric Cinema… and now Kricket. Kricket White City will be much larger than their […]

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Tooting’s Terrific New Taiwanese

Bao down to the new king of Tooting – Taiwanese bao joint Daddy Bao has arrived. Frank Yeung is the genius behind Peckham’s Mr Bao. The Taiwanese restaurant has been cooking up their signature bao buns since 2016 when Yeung, with the help of his father Joe who retired from his own successful restaurant business last year. His second location, Daddy Bao in Tooting is named in his honour. Tooting has certainly come-of-age over the last few years as something of a food lover’s mecca and the Mitcham Road spot will give Daddy Bao a chance to shine. And shine […]

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Greyhound Cafe Lands in London

Twenty years ago, Thai fashion house, Greyhound, launched their first Greyhound Café in the chic neighbourhood of Sukhumvit. Since then they have gone on to open seventeen cafes across Asia and now they are making the move to Fitzrovia. Set over two floors, the Greyhound Café London will draw on the signature monochrome design with hand drawn, chalk designs and an eclectic Thai-meets-West interior. On the ground floor the bar and restaurant will be decked out with shop house shutters and shelves full of bric-a-brac, in the centre will sit an oversized Sai fish trap with a school of woven […]

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