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Review – The World’s End Market

Generally I tend not to research the restaurants I am going to review, this avoids misconceptions as well as disappointment, so on arrival to World's End Market, I was taken aback when I initially thought it was a pub. While standing outside the entrance I actually had to take a quick look up and down the King's Road (Fulham) and double-check...

L’oscar’s new summer menu at The Baptist Grill

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L’oscar’s The Baptist Grill has launched a new summer menu, focussing on fresh and seasonal ingredients. Under the guidance of Head Chef Tony Fleming, The Baptist Grill will serve new starters such as Seared Scallops with guanciale, fennel, basil and strawberry vinaigrette and the delightful Herb Farfalle with trombetta courgettes, Chilcot goat’s cheese and marjoram.The Baptist Grill’s signature Vegetable Pithivier dish has also been given a seasonal...

7 of the best rum cocktails to enjoy in the UK on National Rum Day

Bacardi rum - Carta Hopster - The Curtain serve

In celebration of National Rum Day on 16th August, BACARDÍ, the world’s most awarded rum brand, with more than 674 awards for quality, taste and innovation, has shared 7 of the best rum cocktails to enjoy in the UK. From Dandelyan in London to Candy Bar & Diner in Scotland, rum lovers can celebrate this National Rum Day in a variety of...

Grey Goose flavoured miniature set – The perfect stocking filler or secret santa

Grey Goose La Collection

The Grey Goose – La Collection is the perfect stocking filler... A gift of five beautiful miniature bottles in five different flavours: Cherry Noir, L'Orange, Original, Le Citron and La Poire. This is the perfect gift to delight any cocktail lover, and enable them to create elegant cocktails from the comfort of their home this festive season.The Grey Goose – La Collection is available to buy...

Galvin HOP (Spitalfields) launch artisanal charcuterie & cheese bar

artisanal charcuterie and cheese bar

Galvin HOP Bistros & Bar, the trendy little sister of Michelin-starred La Chapelle located in Spitalfields, has just launched an artisanal charcuterie and cheese counter. Modelled on the fashionable bistros and bars of Paris and New York, Galvin HOP has re-invented for 2019 and the charcuterie revolution rolls on as the Galvin Brothers open a meat and cheese counter.The outstanding charcuterie board...

5 Ways to Make a Restaurant Menu Less Expensive and More Attractive

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When we visit a restaurant, we do not go there simply because we are hungry. In addition to delicious food, we want to enjoy a whole experience complete with nice décor, friendly staff, and pleasant background music. Such an experience always begins with a look at the menu. Consciously or not, the way in which dishes are presented on paper...

‘Meat-reducing’ on the rise in the UK

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Over a quarter (28%) of Brits identify as a ‘meat-reducer’ and 7 in 10 are avoiding restaurants due to lack of meat-free options research shows. The study conducted by Censuswide and commissioned by More Than Carrots, analysed 2002 UK adults and their dietary preferences and found that almost a third (32%) of Londoners identified themselves as meat reducers.To better understand the...

May Fair Kitchen – Mayfair glamour without the price tag

May Fair Kitchen Pistachio cake

The mention of Mayfair invokes thoughts of glitz, glamour and celebrities and I got a taste of all three on my recent visit to May Fair Kitchen which combines a warm atmosphere, upscale shared dining and reasonable prices with great service to boot. Arriving at May Fair Kitchen, which is located in the opulent May Fair Hotel near Green Park,...

Gilgamesh – Restaurant Review

Situated in the heart of Camden's Lock you would be forgiven for not realising that a restaurant like this was there. On arrival you are greeted with an escalator that brings you up into the venue. Ambient lighting and spacious seating is all part of the Gilgamesh appeal. Tonnes of crafted woodwork, a huge ceiling that opens up in the summer...

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel has just added a Vegan menu to their brunch concept – The Unexpected Breakfast

Ushuaia Ibiza Unexpected Breakfast

The Unexpected Breakfast for 2019 - the popular brunch concept at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, has just added new vegan and healthy sections. The offering adds new and refreshed food stations for summer 2019, adding more healthy options and vegan dishes for party-goers looking to recover from the night before, or fuel up for the day ahead.A new vegan food station will...

Wild Rice & Mamasan restaurants opened in Soho

wild rice soho

Thai food has hit the streets of Soho last week in the form of new restaurants, Wild Rice and Mamasan. Wild Rice is the ground floor restaurant focusing the menu on small plates to share, showcasing traditional, bold and vibrant Thai flavours, paired with seasonal British ingredients to create reinventions of classic dishes. The underground basement casual concept is Mamasan,...

Le Cordon Bleu High Tea

As I sat down at the table immaculately set with a crisp white table cloth and classic white china I suddenly felt the desire to don evening gloves and discuss the shortcomings of my butler, Jeeves. Le Cordon Blue’s High Tea at the Mandeville Hotel is the showcase of the Diplôme de Patisserie graduates where these hard working chefs demonstrate...

Summer Cooking Masterclasses at Tool Shed @ W2, Connaught Village

Summer Cooking Masterclasses at Tool Shed

Brand new Tool Shed @ W2, in Connaught Village, is the home of modernist cooking and specialises in the sous vide technique. Tool Shed @ W2 not only offers a retail environment to purchase their products, but also a training kitchen where customers can learn how to get the most out of their products. They stock everything from sous vide cookers to food dehydrators, blow torches and kitchen...

New cocktail pop-up opening this September at the OXO Tower bar

OXO Tower Terrace

While the heatwave has apparently gone for good, Graham’s Port is hoping to bring a bit of sunny Porto to London with a month-long takeover of the OXO Tower bar and terrace from 3rd September – 30th September. The entire venue will be transformed into a slice of Portugal but, what’s more, Graham’s have worked with an expert mixologist to create a...

Review: The Blues Kitchen, Brixton

Blues kitchen Brixton

With its original venues in Camden and Shoreditch, The Blues Kitchen has already made a name for itself; boasting classic Barbecue dishes, New Orleans inspired soul food, an unrivalled Bourbon selection and regular live music. As locals to Brixton and fans of anything residing ‘south of the river’ - we decided to try out its newest establishment on Acre Lane.Brixton’s...

Celebrate Pride in London on July 6th with a Pride and Prosecco Beach Party at Bucket

Pride and Prosecco Party at Bucket

Bucket is having a beach party! To celebrate Pride in London on July 6th and raise money for a great young charity, Westbourne Grove’s favourite beach-vibe seafood restaurant Bucket will be closing its doors to the public and kicking off the summer with a glass of Prosecco DOC, the sparkliest of Italian libations. From 6pm-1am Bucket will be home to summery...

OXO Tower Bar Terrace Unveils Japanese-Inspired Roku Gin Terrace

Roku GIn Terrace

The House of Suntory has today announced the launch of a Japanese-inspired immersive gin garden on the OXO Tower Bar Terrace. Discerning drinkers will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive range of Roku gin cocktails overlooking the South Bank from Thursday 5 July until Thursday 30 August. What’s more, Japanese-inspired bar snacks that complement each drink have been specifically designed to enhance...

Turtle Bay Ealing is Now Open @turtlebayuk

Ealing’s new Caribbean restaurant - let the carnival commence! Its all about rum, reggae and jerk this Autumn...Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar is now open in Ealing bringing a brand new, loud, proud and authentic Caribbean dining and drinking experience to West London. 

The opening was celebrated in style with a glitzy launch party on Thursday 2nd October, which...

The Grand Expedition, a new immersive dining experience from Gingerline

The Grand Expedition, a new immersive dining experience from Gingerline

Brace yourselves for a five-course meal, dance, poetry, projections and stunning animations with The Grand Expedition's new immersive dining experience from Gingerline. Once guests have stepped into the theatrical set, fashioned into a fantastical landscape among the clouds, they are sworn to secrecy and urged not to post photos online as they are taken on an incredible, edible journey.The Grand Expedition is...

Visiting the pubs from the silver screen

pubs from silver screen

There are a number of pubs in the UK that have featured in a film. If you fancy ordering a pint at a watering hole from the silver screen, take a look through this guide of the UK’s best examples, courtesy of LPG gas tank supplier Flogas. The Beehive as The Horse & Groom Film: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyIt was...

Review: Flat Iron, Shoreditch

Flat Iron, Shoreditch

I had been told about Flat Iron several times, but as steak does not usually come cheap, especially in London, I assumed it would be out of my league for a spare of the moment, mid-week meal. I was incorrect, and have been so many times since that I should have some kind of loyalty card.We visited the newest Flat...

Review: The Cuban – Camden

Situated in the stables market, the Cuban brings a refreshing taste of South America to the bustling heart of Camden town. The décor comprises of exposed brickwork, wooden accents, exotic artwork and is awash with bright colours, whilst the pretty outside seating area overlooks the market, making it the perfect location for a spot of people watching.We were greeted by...

Yauatcha City has launched its bespoke winter terrace

Yauatcha City winter terrace

Talisker has teamed up with Yauatcha City to create a bespoke winter terrace... Yauatcha City has launched its Winter Terrace with Isle of Skye whisky brand, Talisker, with the creation of a rugged winter snug featuring natural wood, faux fur blankets and throws for those looking to escape the harsh cold and warm up with a seasonal service in the...

REVIEW: HUNter 486 at The Arch hotel

The problem with London is that you often end up paying a small fortune for a nice setting in a posh location and feeling cheated so when someone suggested HUNter 486 at The Arch hotel it was with a certain amount of skepticism we went for a visit. Firstly this is a beautiful, peaceful and luxurious setting, that is unarguable....

Kids Eat Free This Half Term at Turtle Bay Brixton!

Turtle bay kids burger

Are you ready for some exciting news for Half Term? Turtle Bay where kids can eat free this Half Term celebrate their new fantastic Kids Menu for Little Turtles. Bring a bit of Caribbean sunshine into your half term staycation (and a school break that probably feels all too close to the last one for parents!) with this bespoke new menu...

Introducing the finest Black Sea Cuisine, at Babel House

Babel House

Set in the heart of Mayfair, on Bruton Place, Babel House is offering a boutique European fine dining concept, and a modern take on the traditional cuisine of the Black Sea. Seating up to 80 guests over two floors. The ground floor offers a traditional restaurant setting while upstairs features additional seating as well as a stunning private dining room which...

Why BBQ Can Be Your Lockdown Health Food

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With summer just around the corner, most people would be dragging their barbeques out of the shed by now ready to fire up a feast. In fact, many may have dreamed of doing so already, what with the blessed cursed sunshine we’ve been witnessing from lockdown the last few weeks (thanks for that, British weather…).Yes, Covid-19 hasn’t so much as...

Restaurant Review – Dirty Bones

Quirky, loud and un-apologetically brash food spots are very popular in London right now; MeatLiquor, Bone Daddies et al pride themselves on serving London's cool crowd with delicious messy american dishes. Perhaps the last place you'd expect to find one of these haunts is in affluent Kensington - Dirty Bones, on Church Street is an experimental style restaurant and...

Review – #flavourdates @the_snowcenter Indoor Skiing

It's a fact that entering into a relationship is a problem for your waistline. All the romantic dinners, wine, chocolates and other indulgences that go along with be being part of a couple cause us to gain upto two stone!In a bid to address this I wanted to find some fun and calorie burning activities you can try with...

Review – Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa

A minutes walk from Imperial Wharf overground station within the picturesque Chelsea Harbour lies the Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa. The spa is part of the Chelsea Harbour Hotel which boasts the title of being the only five star all-suite hotel in London. The Health Club & Spa is home to a stunning 17 meter swimming pool, a...