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Lokhandwala - Fitzrovia

Lokhandwala - Fitzrovia

March 22, 2017 Restaurants

Contemporary Indian’s march towards becoming London’s most ubiquitous cuisine trend continues apace, and the latest destination worth its salt is Lokhandwala, perched on the quieter northern side of Charlotte Street just next to Bobo Social. Opened by the team behind India’s largest food festival – Grub Fest – Lokhandwala aims to introduce the denizens of Fitzrovia to elegant Indian tapas served in over-the-top opulence. Adjoining the main restaurant is The Hot House cocktail bar where the bartenders mix a wide array of subcontinental-inspired mixology. 

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Viet Grill - Shoreditch

Viet Grill - Shoreditch

March 15, 2017 Restaurants

As much as we love doing reccies on the fanciest restaurants in the capital, every so often you need sustenance from a neighbourhood spot that does perfect food, and Viet Grill in Shoreditch is just that. Honestly, we’re hard pressed to think of a restaurant that does Vietnamese as skilful and flavoursome as this one. Nestled amongst the glut of Vietnamese restaurants on the southern stretch of Kingsland Road, it offers more of a seductive ambience and a suitably chic crowd, with dishes that are more refined than its nearby competitors.

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Ember London - Monument

Ember London - Monument

March 1, 2017 Restaurants

There are big things in the horizon in the City, but there has been a steady smoulder of hot openings keeping it alive so far, Ember being one of the latest. Located a stone’s throw away from Monument on Pudding Lane, this little gem of a restaurant is ideal for drinks with the team or and after hours date – with a medley of pan-Asian dishes alongside a lengthy wine list and a selection of cocktails. On a Thursday evening the bar was humming with a cool crowd and a steady soundtrack of house music. 

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Radio Alice - Hoxton Square

Radio Alice - Hoxton Square

February 1, 2017 Restaurants

The restaurant that occupied 16 Hoxton Square prior to Radio Alice was a curious one, incorporating a double-decker Routemaster bus into its design that, while interesting, didn’t quite gel with the attitude of the neighbourhood. Thankfully for Salvatore and Matteo Aloe along with Emma King (Gail’s Bakery), the founders of Radio Alice, they’ve transubstantiated the site of a former school into the perfect type of extracurricular hangout for Shoreditch’s media and tech crew.

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9 Top Private Dining Rooms for Business in London

9 Top Private Dining Rooms for Business in London

February 1, 2017 Restaurants

We all agree, client dinners can be tricky, particularly when there’s a lot riding on them. In our experience, we believe that the best option for dinner-time deal-making is a private dining room. Whilst we love chef’s tables and large tables in lively restaurants, they can be a distraction when you need to seal the deal.

Over to the Private Dining Room [PDR]. Impressive and exclusive with that wow factor, it conveys the right image. It’s the perfect environment for both enjoying the finer things in life and hammering out the details. Here's our top 9 PDR's in London for business:

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Swift - Old Compton Street

Swift - Old Compton Street

January 25, 2017 Bars

Nightjar is arguably one of the most popular speakeasies in the capital, and they followed up with a real beauty when they opened their second spot Oriole in Smithfields Market. For 2017 they’ve wheeled out their third avian-monikered cocktail bar to date, with a seductive secret ingredient – a new partner. Nightjar owners Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson have joined forces with Milk & Honey’s Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston to take over the old LAB site on Old Compton Street. As a result, Swift has already taken flight.

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack Soho - Bateman Street

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack Soho - Bateman Street

January 25, 2017 Restaurants

Since Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy opened the original Bonnie Gull within throwing distance of our office in 2012, we’ve often touted it as one of the best options for seafood which is laidback and reasonably priced – particularly if you value sustainable provenance and freshness. Barring a trip to the seaside, it’s the place to go if you want the catch of the day, and now there are three of them. The latest has just opened its doors on Bateman Street, and is well worth dropping in if you’re after scintillating small plates in the centre of Soho. Whilst the supply line remains the same as its siblings, many other details are different…

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Yamagoya - Shaftesbury Avenue

Yamagoya - Shaftesbury Avenue

January 4, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Ramen has taken off in London in a way that few other trends have since burgers, spurring a surge of homegrown operators to begin pulling noodles and boiling bones, as well as bringing in big names from across the Pacific like Ippudo and Kanada-Ya. The latest one to alight on Blighty’s shores is Yamagoya – a Fukuoka-based ramen shop founded in 1969 by truck driver Masatoshi Ogata – which now claims bragging rights to over 150 shops worldwide. They’ve chosen the top floor of hotpot resto Shuang Shuang as the launching pad for their 6 month London residency. We popped in on a Thursday night, and were…

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New Year's Eve Nightclubs 2016

New Year's Eve Nightclubs 2016

December 22, 2016

As one of the most glamorous cities in the world, London offers some essential New Year’s Eve parties across its many world class nightclubs. We’ve assembled a list of our favourite clubs, so if you haven’t booked anything in yet, we’ve got you covered.

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Som Saa at Shuang Shuang

Som Saa at Shuang Shuang

December 14, 2016 By Nick Savage Restaurants

We were very excited to see these culinary minds meet: Shuang Shuang is undoubtedly the best hotpot spot in the capital and Som Saa goes head to head with Kiln in competition for top Thai. In case you missed it, Shuang Shuang is a conveyor-belt driven Chinese hotpot restaurant perched on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown – where you pluck your desired ingredients off the track and pop them into your broth, then devour both moments later. They’ve been running a series of guest chefs since then, including Neil Rankin from temper and Smokehouse and now Mark Dobbie and Andy Oliver from Som Saa. 
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