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Is This The World’s Healthiest Restaurant? M RAW Arrives In London

When a restaurant has been awarded for serving up the best steak in the city, it’s a bit of a shock to the system to find they’ve now opened up a 100% vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant. Well, M Restaurants have done just so! Sister to the award-winning M Grill, RAW restaurant hopes to give diners a fresh alternative to the steak heavy a la carte and wagyu tasting menus – and it sounds bloody tasty! Tucked away within their M Victoria location, you’ll find RAW. The new nutritious menu champions the purity of natural ingredients and sustainability, through using organic […]

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BIG News: Pergola Paddington Returns This May

Disguising the city of London with ribbons of floral decor, palm trees and strings of lanterns, Pergola Paddington is arriving to show  that the summer months are most definitely en route. The hugely popular rooftop sees many of you raising glasses, donning sunnies and littering insta feeds with #summer snaps, and now we’ve heard the news that it’s coming back to add a tick to your summer bucketlist. Opening this May, we’re sure we’re not the only ones itching to get back up there to soak in the so-called British sun while pretending to be somewhere along the Mediterranean coastline. […]

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The Stafford Is Launching Its First Independent Restaurant

This is pretty big news, The Stafford London has announced that it will be launching its first independent restaurant project this year. Following the opening of The Game Bird back in 2017 and the relaunch of  the American Bar last year, the new restaurant, in a first, will not be housed within the hotel.  Instead, the restaurant will be opening on the foodie Charlotte Street but The Stafford’s Culinary Director, Ben Tish will still be at the helm. The restaurant, Norma, will be inspired by the food and culture of Sicily with a particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on […]

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Glass Room
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Set Sail In This Sleek Floating Glass Restaurant

Londoners are always on a quest to make dining more of an experience. We’ve mastered excellent restaurants and now we need more. We can dine 100 feet above London, we can immerse ourselves in different worlds, we can eat underground in former WCs (better than it sounds) and now we can ditch dry land and eat whilst floating down the Thames in a glass boat aptly named Glass Room. It’s Bateaux London’s brand-new boat and it’s quite a sight to see. Whilst walking over Waterloo Bridge the other night it slowly glided below me, a giant glass room with twinkling […]

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The Return of One of Knightsbridge’s Most Beloved Hotels

Once the home of actress Lille Langtry and the place of Oscar Wilde’s arrest, Knightsbridge favourite, The Cadogan Hotel is set to reopen following its closure back in 2014. Returning at the end of the year as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, it’ll feature 54 rooms and suites, a new restaurant by a celebrated chef and a spa and fitness suite. Rooms will pay heritage to the building’s past whilst staying bright, striking and luxurious.   We of course, have our eye on the Royal Suite.  Not only is it the largest suite, it also has the most interesting history, as it’s […]

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Gymkhana Chef Goes It Alone With New Soho Venture

We’re already going berserk for Berenjak. The middle eastern weather may have passed, but a little corner of Soho will be bringing the look, feel and vibe of Tehran to right to Romilly Street this October.. Berenjak is the brainchild of founder and chef Kian Samyani, who aims to recereate the classic hole-in-the-wall kabab houses that line the streets of Tehran. And Samyani has plenty of experience to draw from; the Iranian chef not only grew up surrounded by incredible Iranian cooking  back home, but in the UK he’s worked at Gymkhana and Brigadiers and has won the support of restauranteurs Karam Jyo and Sunaina Sethi who are backing […]

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Avobar
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London’s 1st Restaurant Dedicated to Avocado Opens

Instagram, unicorns, matcha lattes and cactuses, nothing quite matches the ultimate millennial icon: the avocado. Yes, the humble avocado has found itself at the centre of all that is right and supposedly all that is wrong with us millennials. We’ll never be buying houses because we eat too much of it on toast, but we’ll have great skin thanks to its good fats. Swings and roundabouts. Anyway, why are we talking about avocado? Because London’s first restaurant dedicated to the fruit will be opening at this month and we’re feeling #blessed. Simply named, Avobar, the restaurant (filled with living plant […]

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Ready, (Mind)Set, Go: New Gym Seeks to Help Your Mindset

Your mindset is an important thing…especially when it comes to carrying out mundane office tasks or waking up for work in the morning, or keeping calm when it’s your other halves turn to choose the movie. In these circumstances, and many others, there’s no doubt a healthy mindset helps you to take the bull by the horns. With this in mind (see what we did there?), a boutique fitness club – also aptly named Mindset – is throwing open its doors an accessible five-minute walk from Waterloo Station. The gym has been designed to help its users rejuvenate their mental […]

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A Royal Redo: Dan Doherty Takes Over The Royal Oak Pub

Chef Dan Doherty is a national sweetheart on the culinary front, providing us with the kind of food we crave on a Sunday post night-out. Traditional, tasty and donning a twist. Now, the previous executive chef of Duck & Waffle is going it alone with The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone. The staple pub is to open temporarily with Dan at the helm and showcase a short bar menu before closing later on this year for a full-blown refurb. Exciting stuff. The temp menu features an array of Doherty inspired dishes, with a plug at the seasonal and quality produce […]

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Live Life on the Wild Side: Native Opens in London Bridge

As far as dream team goals go, Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis are proving they are worth a punt for, if this were a competition. This month, they open Native in London Bridge after the Neal’s Yard relocation and as far as names go, it seems the dynamic duo are native to the culinary scene themselves. The concept of the restaurant centres around fresh, foraged, seasonal food presented on plates that yell leafy green woods and button mushrooms oh and, can we get some of these for our house?! We’re lusting over Native, not only for their great food but because […]

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