Category Archives: London

Free Cheese and Wine Festival at East Village, Stratford

East Village will host a free cheese and wine festival the weekend of 1 April. No fooling. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #64

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Ember London, Monument EC3

Fancy cocktails and bar food are the hallmark at Ember London, a sleek and slightly secretive basement bar recently opened just steps away from Monument Station. Continue reading

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Sakura: Adam Rawson Japanese Pop-Up at Borough Wines & Beers

Sakura refers to the celebration of cherry blossoms in Japan. It’s also the name of a pop-up at the Essex Road outlet of Borough Wines & Beers featuring an outstanding assortment of dishes by Chef Adam Rawson paired with sake, beer, wine and cocktails – and like Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, this beautiful opportunity will be gone before you know it. Continue reading

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Fresh Crisps and Tasty Dips at HipChips, Old Compton Street

HipChips found-chef Scott Davis’ aim is to make the best crisps in the world with British heritage potatoes served alongside a menu of premium sweet and savoury dips. Judging from my crunch time at his comfortable Soho eatery, I’d say mission accomplished. Continue reading

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Calçotada at Boqueria

Like the sound of some especially savoury if rather sloppy Spanish foodie fun on a Sunday afternoon in South London? Celebrate Calçotada at Boqueria. Continue reading

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#Paolozzi: Art, Beer, Pizza

Art, beer and pizza! It’s a triumvirate adding up to a good time, especially when the art is amazing, the beer is refreshing and the pizza is yummy. Coinciding with the opening of the excellent Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, the Scottish born artist’s namesake beer – Paolozzi Lager – is making artful headway in London. Continue reading

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Lunch at Tostado

Blink and you’ll miss it (and miss out) – tiny Tostado in Soho offers Ecuadorian fare at a fair price and with a warm Latin welcome. Continue reading

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Sherry, Wine and Tapas Pairing at El Pirata, Mayfair

My most recent visit to El Pirata tapas bar and Spanish restaurant was not my first (and I hope is wasn’t my last). I love this Mayfair institution for its buzzing atmosphere and overload of Spanish art on the walls – and most importantly, of course for the food and drink. Continue reading

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Mister Lasagna, Rupert Street, Soho

Mister Lasagna serves (as you might have surmised already) fresh made lasagna, with a varied range of this popular Italian oven treat on offer alongside an assortment of fresh pastas dishes, snacks and desserts. Continue reading

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Holi Celebrations Return to Cinnamon Kitchen

Now in its fourth year, House of Holi at Cinnamon Kitchen is now open to the public with a purpose-built pod set up outside the restaurant in Devonshire Square where willing participants can let loose with paint throwing festivities that mark Holi, the Indian festival of colour. Continue reading

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Tang Noodle Bar, Great Russell Street

Everybody needs a secret little noodle bar in life – and if it can offer reasonably priced nosh from a convenient location (in addition to boasting delicious dishes) then all the better. So for Londoners still searching for their own noodle niche, I present: Tang on Great Russell Street just off Tottenham Court Road. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #64 | St Patrick’s Day Edition

Here’s my latest list of good stuff, in this case all in celebration of Irish drink with a sampling of quality beverages I had the pleasure of trying at a recent Spirit of Sharing tasting event hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, at the Irish Embassy in Belgravia. Continue reading

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#CityStories | Index

I hope you enjoyed my City Stories posts and videos highlighting some of the best food and drink in and around Shoreditch – all within a short stroll of the newly opened Point A hotel on Paul Street. Continue reading

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Pan Asian in Camden Town at Miusan, Inverness Street

Steps from Camden Town Station, Miusan restaurant takes diners across the Far East with a variety of pan Asian dishes in glitzy style. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Coffee

Need a caffeine kick in Shoreditch? Or, perhaps, somewhere chilled out to pause and reflect over a cup of something warm? You’ll love the recs in this third (and final) video instalment for my City Stories collaboration with Point A Hotels. Continue reading

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Darkhorse, East Village, Stratford

Set at the base of one of the East Village towers (former Olympic Athletes Village) in Stratford, Darkhorse is a seemingly aptly named contender for one of the best places to eat in London I’ve come across in quite a while. Kemey and I certainly loved our leisurely Saturday lunch. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Bars and Pubs

Thirsty in Shoreditch? You are so in the right place. Check out the second video instalment for my City Stories collaboration with Point A Hotels. Continue reading

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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Stoke Newington

The pizza game in London just got real with the opening of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Stoke Newington. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Street Food

The clip is dedicated to one of my favourite topics – street food – and features tips on where to chow down on three of the yummiest options (IMHO) for grab-n-go grub near the new Point A Hotel on Paul Street in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Southern Italian Taste on Tour: Le Strade della Mozzarella

Le Strade della Mozzarella (“the streets of mozzarella” – LSDM for short) is an international tour showcasing Italian PDO Buffalo Mozzarella alongside other Southern Italian foods such tomatoes, pasta and extra-virgin olive oil. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Exploring #Shoreditch with #PointAHotels

Get ready for City Stories: a new series of video posts I’ve cooked up with Point A Hotels to highlight some of my favourite food and drink in and around Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Raw Wine Week 2017

Raw Wine Week will make a splash this month across London with tastings, dinners, wine list takeovers, meet the producer events, parties and of course the Raw Wine Fair. Continue reading

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Win a Gluten Free Flavour Hamper from Schwartz

To celebrate the launch of Schwartz’s new range of gluten free sauces, gravies and mixes, I’ve teamed up with the brand to give my readers the chance to win a Gluten Free Flavour Hamper valued at £85. Continue reading

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New Chef at Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield is the same great restaurant set in a five-storey townhouse with rooftop bar across from Smithfield Market as it has been since launching in 2013 – just now with a new Head Chef, Tommy Boland. Continue reading

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Cornish Bounty and a Scenic View of the Thames at Northbank

Head Chef John Harrison finds delicious inspiration in the bounty of the Cornish coast and brings fresh flavour to the modern British menu at Northbank Restaurant and Bar near St Paul’s. Continue reading

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London Meet MealPal and Get a Week’s Worth of Lunches for Free

Super popular American lunch app – MealPal – has launched in London. Through the app, you can reserve quick pickup lunches for less than £5 per meal at a time and place convenient for you. But before you get all excited about that, check out this opportunity to give the app spin with a week’s worth of free lunches with no obligation to continue after that. Continue reading

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How to Get Around London for Cheap (Going Places)

London is an amazing destination but it can be a challenging place to navigate if you’re on your own and unfamiliar with London’s impressive array of transportation options. Continue reading

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Lie Lie Land Stencil by Bambi

Remember when President Chump and Prime Minister Theresa Maybe were caught holding hands as they took a walk together at the White House? Maybe they’d just come from dancing cheek to cheek around the Oval Office? Or at least that’s how street artist Bambi imagined the pair in her new Lie Lie Land stencil on view in Islington. Continue reading

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Aegean Eats with a Hip Hop Beat at Firedog

Aegean eats with a hip hop beat are on the menu at Firedog, a Fitzrovia breakfast and lunch restaurant just off Oxford Street. Continue reading

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Gousto Recipe Boxes? Me Gusta!

Two of my tastier meals I had last week came compliments of flexible recipe box subscription service, Gousto, You known how these things work, right? You order online the meals you want and then have them delivered to you in a box with just enough of each raw ingredient – along with instructions – so you can cook the meals. Continue reading

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The Founder Burger at BRGR.CO

To celebrate the release of The Founder, the Michael Keaton film about Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame, BRGR.CO has launched a limited edition burger consisting of two blade steak patties with melted cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, pickled gherkins and secret recipe BRGR.CO sauce on a triple layer sesame bun. Continue reading

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Dinner and a Show at Circus, Endell Street

Dinner and a show! That’s what’s on offer at Circus on Endell Street. Continue reading

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Go All-In: A Guide to Europe’s Top Casinos

Through appearances on film and TV, the major casinos in the US, Vegas especially, are world famous. Who hasn’t heard of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas? But seeing as the concept of casinos seems to have originated with the Caesars, it’s quite apt that we take a look at some of the top casinos in Europe. Continue reading

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Best Dressed Irish Oyster

Last week, Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) hosted a Best Dressed Irish Oyster competition at Hix Oyster and Chop House in Farringdon. I tagged along for the chance to slurp down some especially delicious oysters and while having a look at how participating chefs went about dressing them up. Continue reading

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