BAR NEWS: Mr Fogg’s pops up at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

This season, award-winning bar brand, Mr Fogg’s is hosting a quintessentially British pop-up abode, serving a sumptuous array of World Class cocktails, transporting guests into the heart of a truly Dickensian Christmas, complete with Victorian-inspired decor and hearty honest fare.

Mr Fogg’s most jovial pop-up winter retreat will provide guests with the warmest of welcomes, featuring magnificent Christmas trees covered in the finest Victorian decorations, a shimmering yuletide garland draped around the bar and the grandest of homemade chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Reminiscent of Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair, the walls are adorned with everything from taxidermy to an array of eccentric ornaments collected during his Around the World in 80 Days voyage. A cosy, tranquil fireplace will be a most marvellous refuge from the more clamorous hurly burly of the festival outside.

Guests will be taken on an elegant world-class experience from the moment they step forth on their sojourn journey inside the fine establishment, featuring wonderfully restorative cocktails including Hot Buttered Rum and Hot Toddy tipples as well as Mr Fogg’s morning libation of choice, Bloody Mary’s. There will also be an array of signature serves inspired by his travels around the globe and comforting brews including Lagers, Ciders, Ales and Luscious porters.

From Monday-Thursday afternoons, guests may partake in Phileas’s favourite Victorian past-time, afternoon tea, infused with Tanqueray No. TEN of course, alongside a delicate array of dainty sandwiches, cakes and pastries, beautifully presented on traditional three-tiered stands and served on embossed china. During the day, budding cocktail connoisseurs will have the chance to learn more about the craft of cocktail making with master classes and one-on-one sessions with a team of talented and experienced mixologists.

So what are you waiting for? Off you pop to Mr Fogg’s at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland now – he’ll be expecting you!

Dates: Now until Sunday 3rd January 2016 (closed Christmas Day)
Times: 10am – 10pm daily (except 20th November – opens from 5pm)
Entry: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, there is no admission fee
Travel: The best way to get to Winter Wonderland is via public transport. There are many tube and mainline stations in close vicinity including: Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington & Victoria. Green Park station is best for step-free access.

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FOOD REVIEW: Il Porco at Bunga Bunga

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If you find yourself drawn to Battersea in South London make sure to check out “London’s most authentic hog roast” at Bunga Bunga’s L’Osservatorio. This is where you’ll find House Of Peroni’s Il Porco which “honours the noble and delizioso pig” – Italian style! This is a three-course feasting menu of pork delicacies alongside Peroni Nastro Azzurro infusions paired with each course. This partnership seems natural for the Italian inspired bar and one of Italy’s most iconic brands.

This really is a one of a kind roast and it is amazing how many things you really can do with this meat. Set to take place once a month, you can experience a full hog roast with all of the trimmings cooked by Alexis de Naray, Bunga Bunga’s head chef. This three course feasting menu (term not to be taken lightly!) will fill you to the brim.

We started with pork scratchings, olives and caramelised red onion home-baked focaccia bread paired with the Peroni Limoni, made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, limoncello, peach liqueur and lemon juice. This was delicious and a great starter for what we had to come. The starter was dotted across two long tables and we were encouraged to share and pass things around as well as share the big bottles of beer on the table amongst ourselves. This gave it a wonderfully informal supper club style feel and we found ourselves laughing with strangers in no time!

The main event was incredible, huge platters were put on either end of the tables which was perfect as they are fit to feed four or more guests. These sharing platters were full of dishes such as slow cooked shredded pork shoulder, pig cheek arancini (a firm favourite), pig fat roasted potatoes, whole roasted porchetta, slow cooked sticky ribs (another firm favourite), garlic and rosemary pork loin medallions and pork and apple sausages wrapped in pancetta. The sides were amazing too and consisted of aubergine parmigiana, celeriac remoulade, baby carrots accompanied by mustard, ketchup, BBQ and apple and cider sauce. The main was teamed with Peroni Speziato which is made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro with orange, fennel, black pepper and rosemary spices.

For dessert, it’s not as if you even have a choice when in comes the bacon brownies with maple syrup ice cream teamed with the Peroni Strawberry Fields made with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, strawberry puree, lemon juice and mint. This was our favourite of the cocktails and the ever growing beer cocktail trend seems to be evolving fast with lots of infusions popping up all over the place.

This is sure to be booked up quickly as spaces are quite limited. Gather all of your food loving friends and head there for the next one in January as it is definitely a different experience to your normal dinner out with mates.

37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London, SW11 3BA |


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FOOD NEWS: No.1 Duke Street, Richmond

We have to admit, we have more than a soft spot for Richmond. Being so close to London and yet feeling so far, it’s a fantastic place to go for a day to escape the city. Not that we need an excuse to go, but when we heard of new all day restaurant and bar No. 1 Duke Street opening near Richmond’s leafy Green we got very excited.

From the group behind No.32 Old Town Clapham and No.11 Pimlico Road (two firm favourites of ours for cocktails and brunch respectively), No.1 Duke Street is a place away from home that locals and visitors to the area can enjoy any time of day, for any occasion.

The menu promises glorious yet great value food, with seasonally changing ingredients – think lamb and apricots in springtime; beef and blackberries in winter. There’ll also be non-meat options available, catering for vegetarians from start to finish. Small dishes and sharing plates will encourage No.1’s idea of social dining (highlights including the spiced crab & avocado crostini and pork & fennel meatballs) and plenty of drinks options from excellent craft beers to cocktails (the Pear & Ginger Toddy and Hot Peanut Butter Rum sounding particular heavenly during the winter months) will be sure to quench every customer’s thirst.

There’ll also be a few nice touches along the way. For locals, a loyalty card giving 10% discount off food Monday – Friday lunchtime and for those with rugby match day tickets, a free beer will be given per ticket. Set across two spacious floors, No.1 Duke Street houses a private dining room, an intimate courtyard, games room and an open kitchen, meaning whatever your reason for visiting Richmond – be it for good food, fun, meetings or celebrations – No.1 has got your back covered.

No.1 Duke Street, TW9 1HP |

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FOOD NEWS: Bourne & Hollingsworth Present B&H Banquets

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Starting this Thursday (19th November) are the B&H Banquets, a series of specialist, interactive suppers, hosted by Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings. There will be three themed evenings which shall serve as a preview of the hotly anticipated B&H Kitchen, a new cookery school above the restaurant, which is due to launch in January 2016.

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Greenhouse at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, the three suppers will cover the following:

  • Gratifying Game- Thursday 19th November
  • B&H Thanksgiving Banquet- Thursday 26th November
  • Festive Fish Feast- Tuesday 1st December

Bourne & Hollingsworth Group’s new Executive Chef, Adam Gray, will conduct demonstrations on a bespoke gas-fired cooking trolley before the meal commences. Gray will also be on hand throughout the evening to answer any questions that guests may have.

Each feast will consist of four courses with each course being paired, in true B&H style, with a cocktail or glass of wine. The B&H bar team will also be close by to interact with guests at the dinner table and talk diners through the different tasting notes.

Tickets are priced at £70, which includes 4 courses with a cocktail or a glass of wine paired with each course. Ticket are available here.

B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU |

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BOOK NOW: The Quintessentially Wine & Gentleman’s Atelier


This November plays host to the first ever Quintessentially Wine & Gentleman’s Atelier, the ultimate boys night out, at the prestigious Skinners’ Hall, London. An evening of indulging in the finest wines and London’s best street food, together with a showcase of luxury brands across fashion, grooming, tech and motors.

Guests will be treated to a tasting of the wines from world renowned suppliers including, Penfolds, Louis Roederer, Jaboulet, La Lagune and Banfi, accompanied by London’s best street food by Burger Bear, Chicken ‘n’ Sours and Prawnography.

The Atelier will also showcase luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen, Tod’s bespoke shoe service and Savile Row’s Scabal. Petrol heads can discover Ducati, plus a series of classic cars from Samuel Lawrence. Other boys toys include a crystal football table from Lux Deco, retro jukeboxes from The Games Room Company and Sautter Cigars, who will be offering tastings and tutorials.

Tickets for this exclusive event can be purchased for £150, which includes all food, drink and entertainment. To purchase please visit:

Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th | Skinners’ Hall, London, EC4R 2SP

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FOOD NEWS: #ChristMASHbegins at MASH

This Sunday (15th November) at 6pm, Regent Street will be turning on their Christmas lights (yep, Christmas really is coming folks – brace yourselves!) and as a bit of a treat, the lovely guys at MASH want to give you a good ol’ dinner deal after you’ve enjoyed the festivities – all you need do is hashtag!

That’s right, you heard, a simple hashtag is all it’s going to take for you to get 50% off your steak! Simply tag them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ChristMASHbegins, show your post when you arrive and they’ll take care of the rest.

The offer is available to both pre-booked and walk-in guests during dinner service on Sunday (excluding wagyu beef). So enjoy the lights and afterwards retreat to the luxurious comfort and warmth of MASH for a half-price steak and glass of red.

Perfect Sunday don’t you think? Make sure you don’t miss out – it would be a really huge mis-steak!

– Sorry.

77 Brewer Street, W1F 9ZN | | t: @mashsteaklondon | i: @mashsteak | 020 7734 2608

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COMING SOON: Kanada-Ya announces launch for second site

Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya is set to launch its second site on Monday, 30th November at 3 Panton Street in Soho. The opening will be preceded by a Soft Launch period from Thursday, 26th November till Sunday, 29th November which will offer diners 50% off the food bill if they sign up to the soft launch mailer on Kanada-Ya’s website (which you can do here).

The new site will offer the same selection of ramen alongside some new additions such as chicken karaage and korokke. There will also be an extended drinks menu with the introduction of bottled cocktails, Japanese craft beer, rare Japanese Whiskeys and a wider wine selection.

The restaurant – which will be open for lunch and dinner – will be sleeker in its interior design approach and will seat up to 56 covers over 2 floors (ground and basement) with two bookable tables for larger groups of 6. And for the very first time, you’ll be able to make bookings for these through a dedicated WhatsApp profile.

With the winter chill fast approaching, we can’t think of anything better than slurping some warming bowls of ramen, can you? | 3 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL | twitter: @KanadaYa_LDN | instagram: @Kanada_Ya_LDN

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BOOK NOW: Quintessentially Weddings Presents The Winter Atelier at Claridge’s


Quintessentially Weddings has announced the return of its luxurious wedding showcase, the Atelier, running from the 6th –  8th of November 2015. Hosted for the first time at the iconic Claridge’s Hotel, the Atelier will transform the venue into the glitz and glamour of the 1920’s, curated by Quintessentially Weddings’ world famous wedding planners, complete with the finest luxury brands and artisans.

The showcase will offer brides and grooms the chance to step inside the stunning wedding destination for exclusive access to Quintessentially Weddings’ little black book of couture contacts. Guests will receive elite expert advice with access to a hand picked selection of designers, florists, gastronomes and photographers, as well as experiencing a unique bridal catwalk show. A selection of the brands showcasing include lingerie designer La Perla, Chanel Beauty and Parisian sweet maker Laduree, Laurent Perrier, Vivienne Westwood and Mr and Mrs Smith.

Combining the finest craftsmanship with impeccable taste, the Atelier creates the ultimate wedding emporium for distinguished brides and grooms, in order to help them curate their very own fairy-tale wedding with some 1920’s style razzle-dazzle.

Tickets for the Quintessentially Wedding Atelier are available for £35 per person. To complete the magical day, Claridge’s is also offering a tasting of its delightful Afternoon Tea, available through appointments at an additional price of only £30 per person.

For further info visit:

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DRINK NEWS: The Gunpowder Plot explodes into Alcoholic Architecture

Those imaginaries at Bompas & Parr’s very own walk-in cloud bar Alcoholic Architecture have been at it again.

For Guy Fawkes Night and the subsequent weekend they’ll be serving the Gunpowder Plot, a drink garnished with an explosion. Of course – what else?

The bar team has collaborated with special effects technicians and magicians to develop the smokey and unctuous cocktail. The aromatic explosion that finishes the drink is created through the same pyrotechnic powders that are used for epic stage shows where you can feel the heat at the back of the auditorium. The pyrotechnics further serve to unleash a fierce concoction of spices that delight the nose of the experienced alcoholist as the flames bind together all the flavours in the glass.

Aneila Prier, acting bar manager, commented: ‘I singed my eyebrows in the early testing of the cocktail but it was worth it for the flaming and apocalyptic spectacle visitors to the bar will be able to consume. If only Guy Fawkes had been as successful..!’

So, pyrotechnic cocktail lovers – what on earth are you waiting for?

Tickets for Alcoholic Architecture are exclusively available through

Time slots are priced at £12.50 peak (Thursday post 5pm, Friday post 4pm and Saturday ending at 10pm)

Find Alcoholic Architecture at One Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE

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NOW OPEN: Sexy Fish, Mayfair

You might have heard a thing or two about the latest from Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings as Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square is making quite the splash. Now open in the heart of Mayfair, the Asian fish and seafood restaurant has everyone putting on their glad rags and is even giving the great Chiltern Firehouse a run for its money, challenging its title of ‘hottest spot in town’.

The kitchen is run by chef Ben Orpwood (Zuma, Japanese izakaya, Daniel San) with the menu being split into robata grilled fish, a raw bar, sharing platters, market fish over charcoal and caviar. The restaurant itself has been designed by Martin Brudnizki and features work by famous artists including Frank Gehry (think installations of shimmering fish hanging above the bar and a giant crocodile crawling across the wall) and Damien Hirst. There’s also a huge ceiling mural from highly respected fashion figure Michael Roberts, Style Editor-at-Large of Vanity Fair.

The restaurant is huge, seating 190 and the ‘Coral Reef Room’ private dining area which seats 48 comes complete with its own huge coral reef tank.

We know it should all be about the food, but we kinda want to make a reservation just to have a tour of the place – who’s with us?

1-4 Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR | For reservations call 020 3764 2000 | Twitter @sexyfishlondon

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BOOK NOW: The House of Veuve Cliquot’s Widow Series

Since when did Halloween become all about cat ears, masquerade balls and bad fancy dress? Just once, we want not to be a walking Halloween cliché. Thankfully The House of Veuve Cliquot have just the answer. The legendary House have created a new annual event which will pay homage to Madame Clicquot, the woman responsible for taking her late husband’s champagne business and turning it into what it is today.

The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series is a one-night only immersive experience that aims to add a touch of glamour and cool back into Halloween. The evening will be held in the former home of Central Saint Martins ‘The College’ on Thursday 29th October.

This year’s partnership is with legendary photographer Nick Knight who will bring back the creative spirit of The College. What to expect? Haunting fashion films specially commissioned by Knight’s ground-breaking SHOWstudio, a series of curated room by the likes of taxidermist Rose Robson, Lady Amanda Harlech and fashion designer Gareth Pugh. There’ll be music from Josh Quinton (Disco Smack) and Charles Jeffrey (LOVERBOY night club) and a drinks list curated by Veuve Cliquot, of course.

Tickets are on sale for the evening here – giving you entry and a Veuve Cliquot Tasting Experience.

Hurry, tickets are selling out FAST and this is one Halloween spectacle you don’t want to miss. We’re already planning our outfits and there’s not a touch of ghoul, ghost, cat or mouse in sight.

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FOOD REVIEW: Royal China Fulham

The Royal China group of restaurants are a bit of an institution. They’re where you go if you’re looking for traditional Hong Kong Chinese dishes in London and like us, want to avoid the crowds of Chinatown at all costs.

We went along to The Royal China in Fulham, situated along the Fulham Road just a short walk from Parsons Green tube station. It’s the smallest of the group but as expected, impeccably decorated with striking gold and black features and the group’s signature Chinese mural taking centre stage covering the wall.

We poured ourselves over the never-ending menu – page after page of mouth-watering choices. We opted for the House Dinner Menu for two, a selection of all the best dishes from starter to dessert. We began with the Chef’s Imperial House Hors D’oeuvres – a filling array of the signature starters including sesame prawn toast, spicy smoked shredded chicken, Vietnamese pancake rolls, sweet Mandarin pork chops and crispy seaweed. The only thing missing from the platter was their deep-fried baby squid with spicy salt – so naturally we just had to order these too. Our next course was undoubtedly the one we were most looking forward to: the Crispy Aromatic Duck served with pancakes and all the trimmings was as good as we’d hoped and we made sure not even a shred of cucumber was left. Next to arrive were a duo of sautéed dishes: the classic beef with chilli and black bean sauce and the prawns marinated in a delicious red chilli sauce ‘Szechuan style’. Accompanying the mains were sides of stir-fried mixed vegetables to add a touch of green and steamed rice, which we opted for instead of the fried rice (in our attempt to be… healthy).

We finished with a scoop of green tea ice cream to satisfy our sweet tooth and sipped our respective teas of Oolong and Jasmine, feeling fully satisfied but without the heavy feeling you can often get after a Chinese meal. Throughout the night, the restaurant was buzzy and filled with families, friends and locals – something we never tire of seeing in good neighbourhood restaurants.  With good food and attentive staff there’s not much more you can ask for – so when you’re next looking for that traditional Chinese dinner, think Royal China and you won’t go far wrong.

You can find the other Royal China Group restaurants in Queensway, Baker Street, Canary Riverside and Harrow.


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NOW OPEN: Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Covent Garden

The story goes that good old Mr Phileas Fogg was travelling around the world in 80 days when his beloved Aunt Gertrude passed away, leaving him the sole beneficiary of her estate, including a delightful pied-a-terre in Covent Garden. Mr Fogg honoured his Aunt’s wish and permitted long-time housekeeper Fanny McGee to create a tavern for her friends and theatrical acquaintances downstairs, whilst keeping the upstairs salon as a much needed refuge for himself and friends.

And so to the present day, which sees Mr Fogg’s Tavern open on St Martin’s Lane. Set over two floors, Mr Fogg’s Tavern has an ‘upstairs downstairs’ theme with a Victorian Tavern on the ground floor and a refined Gin Parlour and Salon upstairs.

The downstairs space features a warm wooden interior with nineteenth century artefacts adorning the walls and hanging from the ceiling, a focal point being a large aviary filled with plants, stuffed birds and other oddities. Staff in traditional overalls will serve up real ales, batch brews, ‘mother’s ruin’ gin cocktails and grog in traditional tankards and pewter cups. Weary travellers will be able to tuck into honest fare served throughout the day and evening including, in Auguste Escoffier’s opinion, ‘The Best Pie in London Town’ served with traditional liquor, alongside roast game, fowl and beast. There is an array of salted, smoked and preserved meats as well as freshly caught sea dishes and local vegetables, sourced daily from the market or foraged from the wild.

With a separate entrance for ladies and gentleman to enter discreetly, the upstairs Gin Parlour and Salon is just as the lauded actress left it, with a large cabinet displaying her antique theatrical props, wigs and old scripts. The Salon features Aunt Gertrude’s ornate glass chandeliers, damask curtains and bijoux objects. To make himself feel more at home, Mr Fogg has added some of his souvenirs from around the globe, with stuffed animals, annotated maps and worldly treasures.

Mr Fogg’s immaculately turned out staff will greet visitors on arrival with a refined section of gin, tonics and botanicals lining every inch of wall space in the Gin Parlour. Moving into the Salon, they will then be served punch, the Victorian tipple of choice, in authentic silver punch bowls, alongside an array of cocktails inspired by the nineteenth century. ‘Tipsy Tea’ will be served at the weekends, where guests will enjoy a delicate array of dainty sandwiches, cakes, pastries and petits-fours with cocktails beautifully presented in teapots.

We think we’ve spotted a chaise longue with our name on it, shall we meet you in the salon?

58 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA | Twitter: foggstavern | Instagram: @foggstavern

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FOOD REVIEW: Aladino’s, High Street Kensington

You could be forgiven for not knowing much, if anything, about Alexandrian cuisine after all, it’s not exactly common here in London, but after reading this, you won’t be forgiven for not trying it. The food of Egypt’s second largest city draws on its cosmopolitan background with traditional Egyptian dishes heavily influenced by Lebanese, Turkish and Greek tastes and spices. And the place to try such food is at Aladino’s, a fine dining neighbourhood restaurant in High Street Kensington. It’s an elegant affair without the stuffiness. Staff are polite and attentive whilst restaurateur Aladin himself is a warm, friendly chap that will have you sampling the entire bar if you’d let him persuade you.

We began with some pre-starter nibbles: a delicious trio of hummus, smokey baba ganoush and flatbreads we practically filled up on because we couldn’t resist how good they were. For starters we ordered the succulent King prawns in a light, crispy coating and the goat’s cheese and beetroot ravioli which hands down was one of the tastiest dishes we’d had in a long time. Our mains of sea trout with spiced beure blanc, brown shrimp, sea purslane and slow-roasted tender shank of lamb which just melted off the bone were just as much crowd-pleasers as their predecessors. Desserts were probably not necessary if our full stomachs were anything to go by, but certainly couldn’t be missed. The 70% Valrhona chocolate delice with summer berry compote and pistachio crisp was an indulgent delight whilst the mango parfait with tangerine coulis, creme chantilly and meringue was surprisingly light and just the perfect amount of sweet. We finished off the simply wonderful meal with a deliciously drinkable glass of German Riesling, converting us fully to dessert wine drinkers.

Aladino’s is a place not only for the locals, but also for those that want to feel like a local. We were made to feel part of the family at Aladino’s and couldn’t find one thing to fault, it truly was an exquisite meal from start to finish – we can’t recommend you visit Aladino’s enough and get better acquainted with Alexandrian cuisine. | 38C Kensington Church Street, W8 4BX

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LAST CHANCE: W London goes Dutch

To celebrate the recent opening of W Amsterdam, the W London has ‘gone Dutch’ with a themed takeover to celebrate the launch in style.

Head down to Leicester Square to find W London transformed into the canals of Amsterdam. There will be photo opportunities galore, with the iconic scenery of Amsterdam brought to life in the heart of Soho, complete with dutch bikes, Amsterdam themed Photo Booth, unique dutch cocktail and food platters. Oh and if you have a Dutch passport, you get your first drink free!

The takeover finishes on Friday 23rd October 2015. For up-to-date information on the takeover, follow W London on Twitter @WLondonHotel or visit . For more information on W Amsterdam visit or follow @WAmsterdamHotel on Twitter and Instagram and hashtag #WXXX.
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COMING SOON: Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

There’s one event in the calendar that ALWAYS gets us excited for Christmas and that’s the return of London’s favourite festive destination, Skate at Somerset House.

With skating on the giant rink, gourmet treats from Fortnum & Mason, seasonal shopping stalls and warming winter drinks all on site, Skate offers the ultimate winter experience. There’s also your chance to experience the (quite literally) coolest club around at Club Nights on the ice, with acclaimed DJ’s playing a mixture of reggae, hip-hop, disco and house.

For those who prefer to stay off the ice head over to The Christmas Arcade with Fortnum & Mason, featuring all the best treats from one of London’s oldest and most loved department stores. Once you’ve got your Christmas shopping out of the way, finish off with delicious seasonal nibbles and a glass or two of warming mulled wine overlooking the rink.

So whether it’s an evening out with friends or colleagues, a family day out, or even a romantic date night (best give them a little nudge ladies…), Skate is the perfect destination to soak up the festive season in a truly beautiful setting.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns from 18th November. Tickets start at £7.50 including skate hire. Get yours here:

Sessions sell out quickly so you better get your skates on!*

*Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

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COMING SOON: German Gymnasium, King’s Cross

This November, the restaurant power-group that is D&D London is set to open a series of cafés, restaurants and bars at the German Gymnasium, the newly renovated former Grade II listed gymnasium in King’s Cross.

Designed by London-born architect Edward Gruning in 1865, this was the first purpose-built gym in England. Incredibly influential in the development of athletics in Britain, German Gymnasium hosted the first-ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games and now, 150 years later, this historical establishment is to re-open with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising of a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.

Interiors are designed by Conran and Partners, who will work with the building’s key original features to create a space that evokes the heritage of this London landmark. The décor will be a contemporary take on the grand cafes and brasseries of Central Europe and, influenced by the building’s original purpose, playful gymnasium details will also filter through the overall design.

Food will be overseen by German-born executive chef, Bjoern Wassmuth who will create broad-ranging grand café and brasserie menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes as a nod to the site’s German heritage. The dining areas will combine one of Kings Cross’ largest al fresco terraces, a patisserie counter, an all-day grand café serving breakfast through to dinner, a first-floor restaurant and the Meister Bar, playing Berlin beats until 1 a.m. There’ll also be a specially curated wine list from Head Sommelier Virgile Degrez showcasing niche German, Austrian and Hungarian labels as well as a selection of bottles from Eastern Europe. The bar will be managed by Fred Tartas who will be designing an innovative cocktail menu whilst the German Gymnasium as a whole will be looked after by General Manager Sam Bernard.

Without a doubt, the German Gymnasium is bound to be a spectacle not to be missed so stay tuned for news about the opening by visiting

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FEEL THE BURN: Core Collective, Holland Park

It’s been open less than 6 months and has already earned itself a cult following with the fitness devotees of West London. Core Collective, the boutique fitness studio in Holland Park, is the new breed of studio wanting to change how we workout.

There’s no sign up fees and no monthly contract, instead Core Collective encourages you to pay as you go – also giving you the option to buy classes in bulk to ultimately reduce the overall cost per session. The studio offers five classes in total: Velocity (high intensity, athletic interval training), Resistance (stamina meets strength in their TRX class), Accelerate (straight-up spin cycling), Power Yoga (to energise and revitalise) and Mat Pilates (combining classic pilates and ballet techniques). Each studio room hosts state of the art equipment and just the right level of lighting that will allow you to see every move your doing but not every droplet of sweat you will, without a doubt, be producing – amen to that.

Guaranteed to put you through your paces, your body will work out like never before at Core Collective. We can honestly say once you’ve had your first class you’ll be hooked. Dare we say, you might even love it as much as we did.

Join the #fitfam and register online now for an introductory offer – what have you got to lose?

45 Phillimore Walk, Holland Park, W8 7RZ |

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FOOD REVIEW: L’eto Caffe, Brompton Road

The LDN Social L'eto caffe

We’ve often walked past L’eto in its various locations and stared longingly at their glazed fancies in the window but the saint on our shoulder always got the better of us. Little did we know then that they also serve up dinner and so, in an attempt to rectify the situation, we found ourselves making our way to the L’eto Brompton on Brompton Road – just a short stroll from both the V&A Museum and Harrods.

We begun with an impressive trio of bruschetta topped with avocado, mushrooms & tomatoes and the insanely delicious grilled sweet potato with sesame and teriyaki sauce. For mains we tucked into a fresh plate of crab spaghetti and the chicken teriyaki with ginger & oyster mushrooms, heavenly with each mouthful. Desserts came from the display – all sitting finely in the window just begging to be picked. We selected the strawberry tart – a tower of cream and fresh strawberries – and a soft hazelnut chocolate fancy that was pure indulgence worth every calorie.

A special mention should also be given to the extensive drinks menu. We began with an absolutely divine Apple & Elderflower Collins from the Cocktails List and a non-alcoholic Jasmine Lychee Ice Tea which we could have sipped all night long. We chose to finish our meals with pots of the Jasmine Tea and the Ginger, hand-prepared using fresh sticks of cinnamon, chunks of ginger, cloves and honey – so delicious we plan on recreating at home.

In keeping with the area, interiors are plush and decadent whilst still managing to be cosy with a homely feel. It’s safe to say we wholeheartedly fell for L’eto Brompton and we think you’ll rather like it too. It’s an ideal spot for either a sit-down meal or a quick piece of cake and tea – both we’d highly recommend.

L’eto have locations in Soho, Belgravia, Fulham, Mayfair, King’s Road and Brompton. For further details, visit

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NOW OPEN: Il Cudega, London Fields

Now open in London Fields is Il Cudega, the new deli, wine bar and restaurant (or ‘eco-gastronomia’ if you’re more acquainted with Italian!) offering an array of Italian dishes and produce from the northernmost region of Lombardy.

Created by Italian-born Hackney resident Giovanni Brighi, his Milanese business partner Luca Gaggioli, and head chef Paolo Eslebani who joins the team from Brescia in Lombardy, Il Cudega promises to offer a truly authentic Italian culinary experience.

Il Cudega features a café for sit down meals and a deli for take away produce and freshly prepared meals to enjoy at home. There’s also a standalone Focaccia and Espresso bar for those who really want to live the Italian dream (and get a caffeine kick that will last them a lifetime).

Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch seven days a week, this new pocket of Italy is guaranteed to make you want to hop on a plane to the real thing quicker than you can shout Bellissimo!

Arch 358 Westgate Street, E8 | Mon – Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 6pm


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BOOK NOW: Under the Sea Supper Club

They’ve catered for the likes of Jimmy Choo and David Cameron, and now Top Hat Catering is serving up dinner for their exclusive supper clubs  – and you’re invited.

Taking place on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October, guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival followed by canapes of wild trout ceviche, crispy fish skin and cod brandade. The courses are set as follows:


1st – cucumber, rye and home smoked salmon with tartar

2nd – seared yellow fin tuna, daikon carpaccio on avocado, fried garlic and shallots with ponzu and frozen horseradish

3rd – wild sea bass, grilled and pureed celeriac, peas and caper sauce

4th – palette cleanser ‘Apple Oreo’

5th – Mum’s lemon drizzle cake, lemon yoghurt ice cream, passionfruit curd and vanilla crisp


BYOB rules apply, to book call 0207 924 3180. The supper club can seat up to 45 people, with 9 seats available at the Chef’s Table.

Prices: Dinner – £45 pp / Chef’s Table – £55 pp

Venue: Unit 1, Heliport Industrial Est, Lombard Road, Battersea, SW11 3SS


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Street food specialists KERB are celebrating their third birthday this Friday and they’re taking it right back to where it all began – to West Handyside Canopy, the 120-year-old warehouse in King’s Cross.

The celebrations kick off at 6pm with the very best in street food being showcased. There’ll also be some never-seen-before trader KERBlaborations (including Claw X Oh My Dog! and Oli Baba X Born & Raised), plenty of beer, cocktails, DJs, photography and films from the KERB team. The party will be bringing back some of the original collective including Bleecker St. Burger and The Ribman as well as introducing some new kids making waves including Tongue ‘n Cheek, Kimchinary and Luardos, Capish? and Donostia Social Club.

It’s a chance for all to reminisce about everything that’s gone before, share in the great successes of KERB’s first three years and look forward to all that comes next in the ever-evolving world of London street food. You say party? We say see you there.

Entry to KERB is 3! is free. Friday 9th October, 6-11pm.




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BOOK NOW: Spirit of Christmas Fair

Grab your diaries now as the ultimate Christmas Shopping extravaganza is returning to Olympia for a spectacular seven days. The Spirit of Christmas Fair will be back from 2nd-8th November and we’re very, very excited.

Who can blame us? It’s Christmas and shopping all in one place – H E A V E N.

There’s an exciting new array of independent boutiques all offering exclusive winter collections, unique gift ideas and oodles of festive inspiration. And there’s something for everyone – for him, for her, for the dog, for the house and most importantly, for you! With a fantastic schedule of expert-led workshops (from ‘A Christmas Party’ with Sophie Conran to Flower Arranging with The Dorchester’s Phil Hammond) and a Food Hall not to be missed, the Spirit of Christmas Fair promises to be a shopping experience like no other.

Book in advance and save – tickets start from £19.50 for adults, £12 for 13-16 year olds.

Grab your tickets online now at


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FOOD REVIEW: Sunday Brunch at Drake & Morgan, King’s Cross

Ah Sundays, we can’t get enough of them. The ultimate lazy day which demands you take it easy and enjoy every last minute of the weekend. And with Sundays comes the important question: what do we want to eat?

Luckily at the new Drake & Morgan in King’s Cross, you don’t have to make such a decision because quite honestly, they do everything. We couldn’t have been more spoilt for choice when we went along the first Sunday after it opened for a spot of all-day Sunday brunching.

We were seated in the lounge area – perfect for those who quite literally wanted to lounge – and were greeted with two Smoked Bloody Marys. Choosing food was a tricky decision, as is the case when you want We opted for the smashed avocado on sourdough (naturally), a small plate of ham croquettes (soft, fluffy and oh so moreish), a generous helping of scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon, the trio of fries (just order these – that’s an order) and an aubergine lasagne – because well, that’s what we were craving! Each dish was as divine as the next and we couldn’t have been more pleased (or full) by the time we put down our knives and forks. Only to pick up our spoons of course after a momentary breather. Desserts arrived in the form of tiramisu and a salted caramel & chocolate tart – the perfect end to a more than polished brunch.

We predict Drake & Morgan is going to be a great big hit. Not only can you not take your eyes off the place (just make sure you visit downstairs when you go) but the food and drinks were exceptionally good and exactly what Sunday is all about.

DMKX at 6 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG |

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LAST CHANCE: Storeys, White City

It was the surprise hit of the summer and it looks to be sticking around for a little bit longer.

STOREYS, the rooftop experience located on top of the old BBC building in White City, has announced its extension till mid-October so if you haven’t already been, don’t panic – you’ve still got your chance. There’s plenty of special events from supper clubs to yoga sessions and street food traders including Busan BBQ, Dumpling Shack and Tiberi to keep you happy, hunger-free and entertained.

If you don’t fancy your luck on the day with getting in without queueing fear not, as you can book an advance Q jump ticket which includes a cocktail on arrival.

Book your tickets here and we’ll see you soon for Storey time.

Doors close for the summer on Sunday 11th October, with a special closing weekend party including a line-up of Storeys favourite DJs, games and drink specials.

STOREYS opens from 5pm on Fridays and 11am on weekends right until after the sun goes down.



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RESTAURANT NEWS: Drake & Morgan, King’s Cross

Slowly building their empire, Drake & Morgan have unveiled their ninth site in Pancras Square, King’s Cross. The all-day dining destination simply named Drake & Morgan is to be the group’s flagship and is their largest one yet. Spread across two immaculately designed floors, the venue includes two bars and a restaurant, deli and lounge, private dining room as well as a number of kitchen ‘pods’ to make you truly feel like you’re socialising with friends around the kitchen table. There’s also an outdoor terrace should the weather play fair.

Drake & Morgan is open seven days a week for breakfast through to dinner and Sunday brunch. The bar features a sublime cocktail list created by Alex Daulby (Hops & Jigger) as well as an extended wine list, extensive range of craft beer and artisan coffee to-go. Food is overseen by newly-appointed head chef Dave Green (Dean Street Townhouse) under the direction of group executive chef Robert Mitchell and will be divided into meat, fish, vegetables ‘off the grill’ together with a dedicated deli section offering charcuterie and cheese.

Drake & Morgan promises to not only be an everyday escape for those working in the area, but also a destination bar perfect for entertaining. The group have stepped up their game with this opening (just check out the photos below for the proof), it should only be a matter of time before you pay them a visit.

6 Pancras Square | N1C 4AG

Website here

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LAST CHANCE: Heartbeat, Covent Garden

So it might not have escaped your attention there’s been a few giant balloons hanging around Covent Garden recently; 100,000 of them to be precise! That’s all down to French artist Charles Pétillon who below, gives us a bit of an idea about what it all means exactly:

“The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.

“Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.”

Haven’t been to see the balloons for yourself yet? Better get a move on, it’ll all be over in a heartbeat as the project comes to an end 27th September.

#CoventGardenBalloons @CoventGardenLDN

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THE BEAUTY SPOT: DryBy, Fitzrovia

It was love at first sight with DryBy, the indulgent new Blow Dry Bar and Nail Studio to land its beautiful self onto the streets of Fitzrovia. The space is effortlessly chic with marble tables, rose gold lamps, wooden floorboards and cosy chairs – an instragrammer’s dream and guaranteed to have you swooning at every angle.

Choose from one of five blow dries from the Lookbook: The London, The New York, The Rome, The Tokyo and The Rio, before letting the stylist work their magic transforming you into the goddess you really are. And if that wasn’t enough pampering for one day, make your way downstairs to have your fingers and toes given the luxury treatment. Our tip: go with a colour in mind otherwise you may never pick a shade from their endless choice.

Founding sister duo Krisztina and Anita believe that great hair and nails can really boost a woman’s confidence and after a trip to DryBy, we can confirm they’re 100% right. After one visit, you’ll wonder how you ever made it in the world without them.

74 Mortimer Street | W1W 7RZ


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FOOD REVIEW: Hally’s, Parsons Green

Parsons Green has itself a real keeper.

Along the New King’s Road lies the undeniably charming Hally’s, a Californian-inspired hangout that will have you all smitten the moment you step inside.

We went along for the weekend brunch and were victorious in securing one of the last available tables (Hally’s is a really big deal on those two magical days at the end of the week). The all-day menu features all the classics that will no doubt bring you to a state of indecisiveness.

Luckily, we checked the menu ahead of our visit (yep, we were that keen) and knew exactly what we wanted, going straight in for two of the brunch staples: smashed avocado on sourdough toast with ricotta and feta with a squeeze of lemon and eggs florentine, complete with a side of smoked salmon. Both dishes didn’t disappoint and we were left all warm and fuzzy with the most satisfied smiles on our faces. Be sure not to leave without trying their matcha green tea latte – we’ve been back since just for a cup of the green good stuff.

Hally’s is a dose of sunshine even on the greyest of days. We’re rather fond of it and we think you will be too.

Find Hally’s at 60 New Kings Road | SW6 4LS

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