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HotTug London

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a HotTug comes to London. Yes, a floating hot tub. It’s basically bathception. Continue reading

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Michael Thompson’s Fodder at Borough Wines & Beer

If you’re like me and find yourself channelling your inner child in a candy store upon entering a wine shop, Borough Wines & Beers won’t disappoint. After shaking off the rain droplets and calming my breath post my mad dash into their Islington shop, I warmed in the rather intimate store. Perusing the shelves lined with British red and whites, I indulged my current natural wine obsession whose flavour ever evolves once the cork has been unscrewed. I’d describe it as a luxurious walk-in closet, which simply adds to the charm and intrigue of what lies below … Continue reading

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Salt Beef Bagels, Iced Coffee and More at Mercer & Co, Chapel Market

At £3.90, a recent late breakfast/early lunch of hand carved salt beef with mustard (I went with American) and a pickled gherkin on a bagel was minimal money went spent for a mightily meaty and thoroughly filling meal. Continue reading

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Trawler Trash

Trawler Trash is a new Highbury restaurant that wants to bring the “trash” from the trawler to its patrons’ plates with a menu focused on lesser known fish and seafood. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson’s #Rawmen Pop-Up Ramen Bar

No noodling around here, Adam Rawson is back at Borough Wines & Beers’ Brewery Below with a “Rawmen” pop-up ramen bar. Continue reading

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Highbury Music Venue The Garage Relaunches

New owners DHP Family (Oslo in Hackney and Rock City in Nottingham) are relaunching the famed (and infamous) music venue this month. Updates include a new sound system, decor and bar; a revamped intimate gig space upstairs; and an all-day café and bar on the ground floor. 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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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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Paul A Young Christmas Truffles | 10X10 with tikichris

I’ve teamed up with Paul A Young Fine Chocolates for a tasty in-shop offer: for every £5 spent at one of Paul’s boutiques, you’ll get a free truffle from his Christmas collection. Continue reading

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The Islington Townhouse

A fine meal in a fun setting was had recently at The Islington Townhouse. 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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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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Win 2 Free Tix to #DeepSouthFarEast Pop-Up

Exciting! Tickets to #DeepSouthFarEast – my pop-up team up with Malaysian Home Cooking chef Vi Vian Woo at the Ninth Ward bar in Clerkenwell – are selling fast. But check it out: The friendly folks at Tabl, have two tix set aside to give away for free. Continue reading

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#DeepSouthFarEast Supper Club | 10X10 with tikichris

Next on the roster of 10 events to mark my decade in blogging, is another tasty team up. This time round, I’m collaborating with one of my favourite supper club chefs, Malaysian Home Cooking superstar Vi Vian Woo! Together, Ms … Continue reading

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Co-Hosting a Luau with That Hungry Chef | 10X10 with tikichris

A full flavoured Polynesian BBQ with a spicy South Asian kick – this festive fusion of cultures promises guests the chance to experience an array of exotic dishes made with tropical spirit and fine dining finesse. Continue reading

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Best London Pop-Ups, Takeovers, Supper Clubs, etc in 2015

Dining out – and even eating in – can mean so many different things these days. Some of my favourite London meals of 2015 didn’t occur at a traditional restaurant or via a kitchen with a permanent address. In a … Continue reading

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Win Two New #MojoRisin Aromatic Chilli Relishes from That Hungry Chef

Looking for something to spice up the summer? How about a couple of jars of instant yum? I’m offering one lucky reader the chance to win two new palate pleasing and oh-so aromatic chilli relishes from That Hungry Chef. Continue reading

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That Hungry Chef Supper Club

I don’t attend all that many supper clubs and can recall more mediocre or actually disastrous experiences at them than list any exemplary clubs doing anything all that interesting. However, I still love the concept and when it works it’s a wonderful way to dine. So, it is with pleasure that I recommend the delicious and convivial dining on offer by That Hungry Chef. Continue reading

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Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s Only 100% Organic Pub

The Duke of Cambridge – Britain’s first and only certified organic pub – has teamed up with Riverford (aka the organic veg box folks from Devon) to “champion seasonal produce” and offer Londoners an ethical and healthier option for quality pub grub. I dropped by the Duke earlier this week for a low key Monday lunch – and very much enjoyed the experience. Continue reading

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New Restaurant Review: United Ramen, Upper Street

Ramen, ramen, ramen, ramen! Talk about a soup du jour! Londoners are slurping up this Japanese dish at a decidedly trendy rate. Newest noodles on the scene are those on offer at United Ramen, where I had a right tasty meal last week. Continue reading

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Good Stuff

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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London Daily Photo: New North Road

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Good Stuff

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. RHS Chelsea Flower Show Did you … Continue reading

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Celebrate Norway Day Across the UK with 99p Fish and Chips – 17 May

Happy Norway Day? Ja!. Here’s the scoop on a tasty and affordable way to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. The Norwegian Seafood Council is partnering with 99 fish and chip shops across Britain to offer folks a chance to purchase a portion of the UK’s preferred takeaway for only 99p. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Cracked/City Road

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London Daily Photo: Bars

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Sweet Thursday: De Beauvoir Town Pizzeria Pleases Any Day of the Week

Sweet Thursday is a new(ish) pizzeria and wine shop in De Beauvoir Town. The shop’s unusual name pays homage to a novel by John Steinbeck. Look it up. As far as I’m concerned the Sweet Thursday folks could call their friendly establishment Sour Monday, and I’d still rave about it. The pizzas are proper and the atmosphere ideal for a casual meal any day of the week. Continue reading

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Bar Snacks at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road

You’re kinda spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a place to drink on Essex Road. A handful of quality boozers (some great places to eat too!) are clustered close to where Essex Road meets Upper Street with a few more commendable establishments presenting themselves up the road nearer De Beauvoir Town. Among the best of Essex Road’s pubs is the Old Queen’s Head. Continue reading

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Five Great Jazz and Blues Bars in London (CheapOair)

There’s no need to get the blues in a jazzy town like London. If you’re looking to experience a great night of live blues or jazz then you’re in the right place. London is home to an amazing bar and club scene, and as a fan of rock ‘n’ roll can attest, the Brits have always had an affection and a knack for finding the best in American music. Here are five fantastic venues in central London where you can listen to live blues and jazz from the local up ‘n’ comers to the crème de la crème of international headlining acts. Continue reading

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Follow the Bread Line to Some Amazing East London Bakeries (CheapOair)

A blend of hipster craftsmanship mixed evenly with some long standing East London traditions has led the London borough of Hackney along with the eastern fringes of Islington to yield some especially delicious baked goods. Here’s a slice by slice route to … Continue reading

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“Women Laughing” at the Old Red Lion Pub (CheapOair)

Looking to experience some original fringe theatre during your visit to London? Consider “Women Laughing” by British playwright, Michael Wall, being performed through the end of this month at London’s Old Red Lion pub. Read my complete post at the … Continue reading

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Street Market Focus: Camden Passage (CheapOair)

Located conveniently close to Angel Tube Station and not far at all from the very stroll worthy Regent’s Canal and the bustle of Upper Street, Camden Passage is a popular little side street chocked full of wonderful shops, eateries and … Continue reading

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Five Great New Local Joints in East London (OneTravel)

All eyes seem to be on the London 2012 Games at the moment. But beyond the Olympic Stadium and the admittedly very exciting Olympic hoopla, some more locally based achievements of the foodie variety are taking place which hopefully after this historic … Continue reading

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Craft Beer and Killer Pub Grub at The North Pole, New North Road, N1

I was invited along the other night to review recently spruced up pub, The North Pole. A couple of days later, I’m still feeling rather smug for excepting the invite. Now under new management, this New North Road establishment is … Continue reading

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New Pub Review: The Hunter S., De Beauvoir Town (Londonist)

New Pub Review: The Hunter S., De Beauvoir Town Londonist, March 12, 2012 … contemporary, and especially pervy, accoutrements and lippy urinals in the men’s room are possibly worth a visit on their own … READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW: New … Continue reading

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