Category Archives: London

Loving My Lumix GX80

When the folks working on the launch of Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-GX80 got in touch to see if I wanted to get a chance to play around with (and keep) one I was all for it. I just didn’t realise I’d be even more avid a couple months later when I started using it almost exclusively by default. It’s a great camera. Continue reading

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Recipe: Picanha with Hemp Seed Chimichurri

First up from my recipes for the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge is pichanha with hemp seed chimichurri. Continue reading

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Have an Affordable Stay in Central London

You may not get the chance to travel to a place like London very often. In fact, for some people, it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity so you want to try to make the most of it while you can. Unfortunately, the price of traveling to any big city in the world today keeps going up and up, making it seem like you will never get the chance of making your dream come true to see places like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament. Continue reading

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Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge

Before putting my blog on hiatus and hitting the road for an extended stay in the States, I had the chance to participate in an epically meaty endeavour: the Tom Hixson Masterchef Challenge. Now back in town and posting again, I’m craving the opportunity to share my creations with you. Continue reading

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Brünch with Jägermeister

Brünch with Jägermeister was inventive and convivial – and a tasty opportunity for me to get officially over my aversion for this herby German digestif. Continue reading

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Ti Punch Tiki at The Beachcomber Bar | 10X10 with tikichris

As part of my 10X10 celebration of ten years blogging, I teamed up with one of my favourite London bars for a cocktail collaboration. We played around with the recipe for a classic ti punch, adding a touch of tikichris madness to make it truly something special. Head over to The Beachcomber Bar this weekend for a taste. Continue reading

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Where You Need to Stay on Your Trip to London

There is nothing worse than spending a night or several nights in the city where you are at a cramped, uncomfortable and unfriendly hotel. It makes your trip much less unenjoyable than you want it to be and it makes you feel like you are wasting your time and money. That is why it is important that when you are choosing a place to stay in London, whether it is for one night or for a week, that you take a look at the London luxury hotels that are available so you can be sure you have a good stay. Continue reading

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Catching Up: What Does Brexit Mean for Your Future Travel Plans? (Going Places)

Whatever comes of this and however you might feel about the decision, one thing’s still for sure: Brexit might be bad for international relations … but it’s been undeniably generous to American travelers looking to get more bang for their buck. Continue reading

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Graffigna Gran Asado

Argentine winemaker, Graffigna, threw the meatiest of parties recently at Dinerama in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row

The Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde (at Paradise Row restaurant/bar/terrace not the Hackney Road wine bar) offers a subdued earth tone retreat from the world with a lofty perch above the Bethnal Green bustle. Continue reading

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The Admiral Codrington

Chelsea mainstay, The Admiral Codrington, is a smart pub to keep in mind for a low-key rendezvous in an upscale atmosphere. Continue reading

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Badolina Brings Big Flavour to Bishopsgate

Juicy marinated meats full of moreish Mediterranean flavours and grilled over charcoal for a quick-serve, healthy and delicious takeaway? Badda bing! Badda boom! Badolina brings it to Bishopsgate. Continue reading

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How to Use a Kitchen Blowtorch

For a finishing touch and a final flourish, nothing makes an impact quite like the kitchen blowtorch. Using a handheld blowtorch takes a little bit of know-how to make sure you’re doing it safely and effectively, but once you’ve mastered it you will be able to add a professional edge to your cooking. Continue reading

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Get Stoked! Great Cocktails at Victory Mansion

Stoke Newington bar, Victory Mansion, serves ambitious cocktails in a cozy setting. Continue reading

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Great Day Out + Great Wines Too | Hush Heath Estate & Winery

Hardly an hour out of London by train (via Charing Cross to Staplehurst) is Hush Heath, a 400 acre estate in the heart of Kent with vineyards, orchards, grasslands and ancient oak forests. The estate also owns a few pubs. Two are within earshot of the Hush Heath vineyards, in the villages of Goudhurst and West Farleigh. Both offer overnight accommodation. The others are in London, near Liverpool Street Station and Smithfield Market. Continue reading

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Difference Coffee Company

Entrepreneur Amir Gehl is on a mission to create the “ultimate terroir-led coffee collection” not to mention what’s got to the be the world’s most expensive collection of coffee capsules, with his new venture Difference Coffee Company. Continue reading

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Free Tacos | Old El Paso #MiniMexican Pop-Up at Gabriel’s Wharf

To celebrate the launch of Mini Stand N Stuff Tortillas, Old El Paso is giving away free tacos at a two-day pop-up on the Thames near Gabriel’s Wharf. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #59

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.

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Pure Chablis? Merci!

An expertly curated drinking session featuring Chablis wines paired with a dynamic range of dishes created by a trio of locally celebrated supper club hosts and presented at the swank digs of Studio by Andaz proved a delightful and delicious … Continue reading

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Eat Ethical Chicken at H.en, Upper Street

Now that H.en has opened in Islington, the next time you’re schlepping down Upper Street hankering for some chicken, you won’t need to fly the coop. Continue reading

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Gourmet Goat Re-Veals New Menu Item

Borough Market traders, Gourmet Goat, just got a more gourmet and less goaty with the introduction of a new meat on the menu: rose veal. Continue reading

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4 Secrets to a Cheaper European Summer Vacation (Going Places)

If you’re gearing up for a last minute trip (or thinking about next year’s travel plans), have a look at this quartet of tips on how to make the most of a summer vacation in Europe…while spending the least amount of money. Continue reading

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Little Galicia at Tapas Revolution Shoreditch

Tapas Revolution has teamed up with Estrella Galicia beer for a series of “Little Galicia” events this summer to bring a taste of Northern Spain to Shoreditch. Continue reading

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The Langham Children’s Afternoon Tea with Hamleys

Mia – a tikichris contributor, Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef, and mother of a toddler – visits The Langham London with her three-year old son for the launch of its new Children’s Tea with Hamleys – and gives it “triple … Continue reading

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Review: Magic & Mixology at The Vaults

So yeah, maybe I was a cocktail or two into my evening. Still, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and even the most sober of eyes would not be able to work out the illusions and tricks presented up close and in front of small audiences during the hour set of Magic & Mixology at The Vaults. Continue reading

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Good & Proper Tea Co, Leather Lane

About half a year ago I was glad to have discovered Good & Proper’s tiny tea bar at The Bower off of Old Street. Today I’m just as pleased to shout about its new, and not so tiny, café on Leather Lane. Continue reading

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Bidvine: A Safe Bet for Hiring the Right Pro

Bidvine is an app-based and online local services marketplace that dubs itself as “the easiest way to find and hire local professionals.” The folks at Bidvine recently got in touch to see if I’d like to browse their site and see about giving one of the services a go. I took ‘em up on it. My house has never been cleaner. Continue reading

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Little Feast, Shepherd’s Bush

Little Feast street market has been going strong for almost two months now with about another month to go. I just managed to swing by for the first time last week. It’s a pleasant setting for a fun night of nosh with plenty of (covered) outdoor seating, a friendly vibe and a convenient location just across the street from Goldhawk Road Station. Continue reading

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Preview: Walthamstow International Film Festival

The 2016 Walthamstow International Film Festival runs tomorrow (Sunday 24 July 2016) at Vestry House from 11am to 5pm. Continue reading

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Genuine Pizza at Zia Lucia, Holloway Road

Just a stroll stroll from Highbury Corner, newbie pizzeria Zia Lucia offers diners a menu of Neapolitan style pizzas baked in wood-fired oven alongside a variety of other southern Italian faves. And if my recent lunch there is any indication, it’s a welcome addition to the London pizza scene! Continue reading

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The World’s End Market (Again)

It’s a good feeling when you revisit a place you already like a lot to find it’s even better than you remembered. That was the case when I recently paid a repeat visit to The World’s End Market in Chelsea. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #58

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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Preview: London Festival of Close-Up Magic

The very first London Festival of Close-Up Magic will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 31 July 2016, launching with Magic and Mixology featuring Middleton and two other magicians wowing their audiences in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults. After that, the festival will continue with a series of performances by award-winning magicians in the plush surroundings of the Grand Royale Hyde Park hotel. Continue reading

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Putting the Lad in Salad with Haywards Pickles

In an effort to “put the lad in salad, Haywards Pickles hosted a recent event sharing easy to make recipes with a focus on getting men to eat more healthily and take more initiative in the kitchen. Continue reading

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Tasty Pacific Treats at Tombo Poké and Matcha Bar, Soho

That poké is now ‘a thing’ in London is weird one for me – and seems kinda random. There are at least three eateries (that I know of) now open in town with poké as the main menu item. It’s “the next ceviche” I’ve been told (more than a few times) when I mention that I think this trend is odd. Continue reading

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