Category Archives: London

I’m a Mess. There is Help.

I’ll get to the specifics with a review of the actual service and my cleaner in a later write up (it’ll pretty much be a rave, by the way). But in this piece, I want to focus on one of the key benefits of my Hassle experience. Continue reading

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Gourmet Goat, Borough Market

After years of trading just within the perimeter of Borough Market, kid goat meat vendor, Gourmet Goat, has upgraded to a fixed outlet inside the market. I paid a visit, dabbled my way through the menu and walked away keen to sing the praises of their kid goat creations. Continue reading

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Uncannily Great Dining at The Balcon, Sofitel St James Hotel

All the right points were hit seemingly with prescience during my recent dinner at the Sofitel St James Hotel’s Balcon resulting in one of the better restaurant experiences of my year thus far. Continue reading

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Brasserie Blanc Southbank

Brasserie Blanc Southbank has reopened with a new spiffy new look. I liked what I saw (and tasted) during my recent snoop. Continue reading

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Review: El Dorado Rum and Rococo Chocolate Pairing at Barrio Soho

Award-winning rum paired with award-winning chocolate? There’s no awards for assuming Barrio Soho’s recent El Dorado Demerara Rums and Rococo Chocolate pairing was a deeply flavourful success! Continue reading

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London Eye Goes Wonka for Easter

The London Eye offers a taste of pure imagination this Easter by partnering with the West End hit musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for an immersive experience for families. Continue reading

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Birthday Drinks at Punch Tavern | 10X10 with tikichris

Want to celebrate ten years of tikichris with me? I’m cooking up a string of 10 events to mark my decade of blogging. Fingers crossed and touch wood I’ll manage to pull this off! Making sure my priorities are in order, first up on the tikichris 10X10 agenda is a mandatory visit to the pub. Not just any pub though – one of my favourites in London: Punch Tavern. Please join me. Continue reading

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Easter Afternoon Tea at The Langham London

Hop(p)ing for a happy Easter? You’re guaranteed a delectable and playful one with the limited run Easter Afternoon Tea offering by The Langham London’s Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden. Continue reading

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Theo Randall at the InterContinental Reopens – Still a Great Place for Italian Cuisine

Taking stock of a decade doing delicious justice to classic Italian dishes, Theo Randall has reopened his restaurant at the InterContinental after an interiors refurb and the addition of a few new menu items. Great news! And the best news about the reopening is that Chef Randall has managed to maintain all the qualities that already had made his eatery one of my favourite places for Italian food. Continue reading

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I’m a Mess. So is My House. Is There Any Help?

I’m a mess: in and out of town more than ever, dashing between events and meetings, uncertain where I left my passport/keys/Oyster card/etc, wondering what day of the week it is. But you know what’s even bigger mess? My home. Continue reading

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Turtle Bay Dalston

With its exceptionally generous happy hour, Turtle Bay’s bar is probably the best destination within stumbling distance of Dalston Junction for value conscious elbow bending. Continue reading

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The Magic Hour with Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) at the Grand Royale

Do you believe in magic? Whether you do or not I am certain you will be amazed and have a fantastic night out if you attend The Magic Hour and allow magician Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) to perplex and entertain you with his sleight of hand, illusions and Victorian spiritualist theatrics. Continue reading

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Colouring in While Dining out at Kupp

Are you the type of person who likes to think outside the box – while staying within the lines? Here’s a fun dining experience for you: The Art of Mindfulness Colouring at Scandinavian inspired eatery, Kupp. The new canal-side Merchant … Continue reading

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ETM Group’s Limited Edition Hot Cross Bunny Burger

Dark humour for hearty appetites? I’m game. And so was a substantial amount of my recent preview lunch of ETM Group’s limited edition Hot Cross Bunny Burger at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #53

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

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Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr at Guildhall Art Gallery

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr opens today (4 March) at Guildhall Art Gallery offering a view of age-old and often secretive happenings in the City of London through the lens of famed Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Continue reading

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Cocktails and Ceviche Pairing Menu at Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba, everybody’s favourite Chino-Latino restaurant has officially launched its rum bar with its own sugarcane press and a new cocktails and ceviche pairing menu with drinks featuring Havana Club rums. Continue reading

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House of Holi Brings the Vivid Back to Cinnamon Kitchen

Still one of my preferred London restaurants, my impression of Chef Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen has been favourably coloured by my House of Holi experience. Continue reading

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Yorica Free From Café Opens on Wardour Street, Soho

Yorica opens today in Soho promising Londoners the chance to indulge in a sweet treat “with none of the nasties.” The shop sells a range of frozen yoghurts, ice creams and shakes that are dairy, lactose, gluten, nut and egg free – and all completely vegan. Continue reading

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Easy Eats to Recommend: The Joint at The Refreshment Room

Mega meat treats cross the river and head east with Brixton Market bad boys, The Joint, taking over the kitchen at the Refreshment Room in Stratford. Continue reading

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Low, Slow & Juke

A juke joint within walking distance of St James’s Park? To be sure newly opened Low, Slow & Juke offers a mere simulation of a down and dirty Deep South eating and drinking experience, but a fun one nevetheless. Continue reading

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An Unforgettable Evening of Fun Friends and Murder Mystery

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Want to plan an office party that employees will actually want to attend? An unforgettable evening of fun friends and murder mystery awaits at Murder Mystery Events. Murder Mystery Events offers several … Continue reading

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The Magic Flute at ENO

Mozart’s fanciful The Magic Flute is on now for a limited run at the London Coliseum with a spectacularly staged production from the English National Opera. I had the pleasure of attending a performance last week and very much enjoyed … Continue reading

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Fleurs des Rêves: Bompas & Parr X Perrier-Jouët at The London Edition

Dudes. Listen up. Dark forces are at work. No longer is it going to be a safe bet to selecting some nice flowers to offer to your beloved. Now – compliments of a luxury trio consisting of Bompas & Parr, The London Edition, and Perrier-Jouët – you might have to make sure your chosen blooms aren’t of the ordinary hum-drum one constant colour variety but newfangled and fascinating colour changing Fleurs des Rêves. Continue reading

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New Chocolate Shop for Fitzrovia: Choconut, Great Portland Street

Are you nuts about chocolate? Then check out the new Choconut boutique chocolate shop in Fitzrovia. Continue reading

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Stripper Wear Fair | David Bowie Burlesque Tribute | Pole Dancing Werkshop at Red Gallery, Shoreditch

This weekend – Valentine’s weekend – do something special for yourself and that significant other at one (or all) of three super sexy events hosted by the East London Strippers Collective at Red Gallery in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Fowl Mouths at The King & Co

There’s nothing foul about the Fowl Mouths residency taking place now through the first week of March at Clapham’s rockin’ little indie pub, The King & Co. And without doubt a read of the Fowl Mouths’ menu jam packed with Japanese comfort food treats should ring mellifluent to any foodie within earshot. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #51

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

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Dish of the Month at 108 Brasserie

Roasted whole turbot for two with trumpet mushrooms, baby onions, spinach gratin, and potato mousseline (£65): that’s February’s Dish of the Month at 108 Brasserie Continue reading

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The Postal Museum to Open Early 2017

Slated to open early 2017 at the site of the Mount Pleasant sorting office in Clerkenwell, The Postal Museum will aim to bring 500 years of communications history “through the eyes of one of its most iconic services” while offering visitors a chance to experience Mail Rail with rides through disused miniature tunnels of the world’s first driverless electric railway. Continue reading

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Optimal Lunch at Opso in Marylebone

Greek restaurant Opso has introduced a new range of lunch box sandwiches to its menu. The sandwiches are priced at £7 each and are served in a koulori sesame seed bun with a side of hand cut chips and homemade tartar aioli. Continue reading

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Win Dinner at Diciannove Plus Drinks in a Private Vault at Voltaire Cocktail Bar

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve teamed up with London Crowne Plaza – The City on the north end of Blackfriars Bridge to offer one couple a free night out including a romantic dinner for two at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Diciannove, followed by drinks in your own private vault at its cocktail bar, Voltaire. Continue reading

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Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic at ICA

Theatre of the Domestic, the first UK solo exhibition by American contemporary artist and ceramist, Betty Woodman, is on now at ICA enlivening its galleries with a playful and vibrant collection of mixed media works created within the past ten years. Continue reading

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By me William Shakespeare at Somerset House

Go deep into the life and times of William Shakespeare and get a close look at original documents related to his career and personal affairs at a new By me William Shakespeare exhibition at Somerset House. Continue reading

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wonder.land at the National Theatre

wonder.land: it’s a tale we all know well, this time reexamined through the prism of our 21st century addiction to the digital doings on our gadgets’ screens and good old fashioned teenage malaise. Continue reading

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