Restaurants & Bars
Lee Bull's Supper Club at Vintage Salt

Lee Bull’s Supper Club at Vintage Salt

One of the chief architects of the success of Caprice Holdings must include Lee Bull, who has worked as head chef at Scott’s, Le Caprice and in different capacities at all the Caprice portfolio restaurants. When we heard he was running a weekly supper club at Vintage Salt, which would involve him bringing back some...
McQueen launches alfresco terrace in Shoreditch

McQueen launches alfresco terrace in Shoreditch

It’s rare to see the chain of reasoning leading up to a design decision as clearly as one can at McQueen in Shoreditch. McQueen is named after the late actor Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen quite famously liked cars and motorcycles. Nice cars and motorcycles often have quite a lot of leather in them. Thus, so...
Father's Day by Johnnie Walker & The Gentleman's Tasting Menu

Father’s Day by Johnnie Walker & The Gentleman’s Tasting Menu

Father’s Day – and fathers’ presents in general – are pretty difficult to get right. Or to get at all. Something impersonal like a voucher or something boring, usually from Wickes, is often the fall back. Mother’s Day on the other hand has a wealth of options, from flowers to afternoon tea, catered to the...
Jack Daniels Celebrates Father's Day with Single Barrel

Jack Daniels Celebrates Father’s Day with Single Barrel

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is one of those iconic brands that transcends just the drinking world. When you think about the brand, you think quality, tradition, music, barbecue and of course a finely crafted spirit enjoyed by millions. They have recently redesigned their single barrel bottle to make it even more elegant and refined with...
Restaurant Review: The House of Ho

Restaurant Review: The House of Ho

The House of Ho opened its new flagship venue on Percy Street in August 2015 in a glamorous four-storey Fitzrovia townhouse that was once home to Caprice Holdings’ Bam Bou. Spearheaded by Chef Ian Pengelley (formerly of Gilgamesh), this modern Vietnamese restaurant is a smart affair with beautifully thought out interiors. There’s little from the...
Restaurant Review: Kojawan, Edgware Road

Restaurant Review: Kojawan, Edgware Road

The first impression you might have as you ascend the spiral staircase to Kojawan is that it’s kitsch, because it is, but that’s exactly what the intention was when it came to designing this dining space. The modern white, almost sci-fi, décor fuses futuristic and retro elements with inspiration taken from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Expect...
GONG launches 'Circle of Life' cocktail menu

GONG launches ‘Circle of Life’ cocktail menu

Sitting on the 52nd floor of the Shard, Head bartender Christian Maspes and the team at GONG have got an easy advantage with a rather spectacular view, unobstructed thanks to the building’s relative skyscraper isolation, the entirety of London unfolding out below. Bizarrely, the effect is perhaps even more impressive at Aqua on the 31st floor, where the...
Interview with chef Andrew Wong

Interview with chef Andrew Wong

The evolution of the London restaurant scene has been faster than anything Darwin could have imagined. At the forefront of developing and refining the complex nature of Chinese cuisine in London is young masterchef, Andrew Wong. Working with a cuisine that has over 2,000 years of history and a country with 14 national borders, we...
Savini at Criterion, Piccadilly

Savini at Criterion, Piccadilly

There’s a lot of history to both halves of Savini at Criterion. For one, there’s Savini – the original restaurant in Milan dates back to 1867, and has earned a reputation for fine dining in a city that knows a thing or two about food. Then there’s the site they picked for their first international...
Dim Sum Masterclass at Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars

Dim Sum Masterclass at Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars

Chinese Cricket Club lies in the heart of Central London at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, naming itself after the original Chinese National Cricket Team. The authentic restaurant is holding Dim Sum masterclasses for fans of the lip-smacking dish and where better to learn than at this first class venue, holder of an AA Rosette. While...
Restaurant Review: Galley, Islington

Restaurant Review: Galley, Islington

As this year’s most exciting addition to the Islington dining scene, Galley has garnered plenty of praise since its opening. Polish-born Marcel Grzyb and Oriona Robb are the brother-sister team behind the new restaurant, with Marcel taking over the kitchen, having spent 10 years as Head Chef at Soho’s Randall & Aubin. Egg-shell blue walls...
Sakura Menu at Sake no Hana, St. James

Sakura Menu at Sake no Hana, St. James

Blossom season might be coming to an end in the UK, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live out a floral fantasy in Mayfair. Sake no Hana has it right with their sakura pop up – designed to celebrate Japanese Cherry Blossom season – with a souped-up bar and a specially curated menu. Celebrating both...
Restaurant Review: Mustard, Shepherd's Bush

Restaurant Review: Mustard, Shepherd’s Bush

Located a short walk from Brook Green and Brackenbury Village, Mustard Restaurant is a great addition to the SheBu scene, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday through to Sunday. The classic British Brasserie, named after the much-loved British condiment, has opened just in time for the arrival of spring, with outdoor seating perfect...
Woodford Reserve at Whistling Shop, Shoreditch

Woodford Reserve at Whistling Shop, Shoreditch

Much has been said in the past about how dark it is in the Worship Street Whistling Shop (try saying that three times fast), but it bears repeating: this is a really dark bar. Nestled underground, and with just dim lights to suit its quasi-Victorian aesthetic, visibility drops to about zero by the time you’re...
Made of Dough Pop Up at Market Yard

Made of Dough Pop Up at Market Yard

Goldhawk Road seems to be getting rather trendy. But perhaps that’s all because of Market Yard, a hip’n’gritty venue hosting foodie pop ups under the railway arches. Whatever the reason, we went west for a taste of Made of Dough’s legendary pizza, which will be served here with gusto until the 1st May 2016. Award-winning...
New Opening: Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

New Opening: Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

When a restaurant names itself after Virginia Woolf’s eponymous character Clarissa Dalloway, it’s setting the bar high. Dalloway Terrace opened at the end of March in prestigious hotel The Bloomsbury, and does rather a wonderful job of living up to expectations. Located just around the corner from the bustle of Tottenham Court Road, the new...
Aqua Kyoto Celebrates Cherry Blossom Season

Aqua Kyoto Celebrates Cherry Blossom Season

To celebrate the arrival of Spring and warmer weather, aqua kyoto has launched a special cherry blossom spring menu to embrace the ancient Japanese tradition of Hanami (which literally translates to flower-viewing). This practise is still popular to this current day, where people gather to observe the mesmerising beauty of spring flowers, in particular cherry...
Bar Review: Shochu Lounge

Bar Review: Shochu Lounge

German restaurateur, Rainer Becker has been delighting celebrities and mere mortals alike at his Roka Charlotte Street branch since 2004 with his stunning, sumptuous contemporary Japanese cuisine. Perhaps less known is their subterranean secret bar, Shochu lounge in the basement. It has been offering groundbreaking modern Japanese cocktails and distilled shochu infusions ever since the...
Restaurant Review: The Woodford

Restaurant Review: The Woodford

When it comes to London’s gourmet dining hubs, South Woodford is probably not going to be the first place to roll off your tongue. That might change if Ben Murphy has anything to do with it though, as the former Young National Chef of the Year is bringing some fine dining to the Essex borderlands...
Druid's Botanist Cup Cocktail at Nightjar

Druid’s Botanist Cup Cocktail at Nightjar

There’s something inherently suspicious about the concept of ‘foraged ingredients’, as if something you found growing down the bottom of the garden is likely to be more appealing than the sort of crops we’ve put effort into actually cultivating. We’ve found plenty of mushrooms growing in dark places out in the wild, but we’ll probably...
Mr Bao: Bringing Taiwan to Peckham

Mr Bao: Bringing Taiwan to Peckham

I’ve lived in London for almost six years and had never been to Peckham, so when an invite to dinner arrived at the newly opened Mr Bao on Peckham’s Rye Lane, I thought I’d show my friend, my Oyster card and myself new things. The promise of Taiwanese steamed buns was more appealing than a...
Neapolitan Pizza Masterclass at Rossopomodoro

Neapolitan Pizza Masterclass at Rossopomodoro

Rossopomodoro has been beckoning pizza lovers to a series of masterclasses on selected days in February and March, transporting visitors into a Neapolitan Dream. Aiming to reinvent the classic vibe of pizzerias in Italy, Rossopomodoro sources its fresh and flavoursome ingredients from the Naples region, while the chefs come from true Neapolitan pizzaioli families. We made our...
Restaurant Review: Kanada-Ya, Haymarket

Restaurant Review: Kanada-Ya, Haymarket

There’s a touch of the homemade to Kanada-Ya Haymarket, and not just in the kitchen – the lightweight wooden furniture has a flimsiness that suggests the waiting staff may have bashed it together from some knock-off Ikea sets on their lunch break. It all held together for the duration of our visit however – and...
New Opening: K Bar, South Kensington

New Opening: K Bar, South Kensington

Following a complete redesign of its interiors over the course of 12 months, The Kensington Hotel has launched once more with refurbished guest rooms, a redesigned restaurant and a brand new drinking den; K Bar. Never ones to miss out on a hotly anticipated opening, we polished up and went down to South Kensington to...
Royal Salute's 'Bohemian Aristocracy'

Royal Salute’s ‘Bohemian Aristocracy’

Gone are the days when whisky was considered a drink for the older among us; on the contrary it seems to be flourishing – more often than not the liquor of choice for many a punter. Prestige British Whisky veteran Royal Salute is certainly doing a thing or two to help, adding fuel to the...
London Beer Week: 22 - 28 February 2016

London Beer Week: 22 – 28 February 2016

The much anticipated London Beer Week is back this year to celebrate all things barley and boozy. Starting today and lasting through until Sunday, the festivities will take place throughout London’s drinking dens. A £10 wristband – available from the Sharp’s Brewery London Beer Week Hub – will grant beer enthusiasts a free beer and...
New Opening: Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine, Dalston

New Opening: Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine, Dalston

Lucky Chip has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a market stall in 2011. Founder Ben Denner has since taken his burgers through a range of pop-ups, markets and pub residencies, and is now settling down in his first permanent site: Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine on Dalston’s Ridley Road. In case...
Sanderson Hotel Launches Healthy Nourish Package

Sanderson Hotel Launches Healthy Nourish Package

Struggling to keep that new year diet on track? You’re not alone. Luckily, iconic West End hotel Sanderson is on hand with its Nourish Package, the ideal solution to beat away those carb-craving winter blues. Making good use of Sanderson’s restaurant, which recently played host to a popular Allan Pickett residency, the Nourish menu comes...
50 Days by Albert Adrià at Cafe Royal

50 Days by Albert Adrià at Cafe Royal

Café Royal, member of The Set hotels, is set to occupy London’s gastronomic scene for the next ten weeks with renowned chef Albert Adrià’s 50 days residency, marking the five star luxury hotel’s 150th anniversary. For a limited-time only, the Domino Restaurant and prestigious Oscar Wilde Bar will welcome culinary royalty to London’s Regent Street. The...
Restaurant Review: The Colony Club, Mayfair

Restaurant Review: The Colony Club, Mayfair

High-end restaurants that cater for different types of cuisines in the same kitchen are a very rare breed in London. One such venue is The Colony Club in Mayfair, which offers 6 different expertly prepared cuisines. The restaurant and bar is situated above the ground floor in the Colony Club’s casino. There are occasions when you...



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