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Sweet Chick - Fitzrovia

Sweet Chick - Fitzrovia

October 15, 2019 Restaurants

Okay, we thought it too. Perhaps the rollout of fried chicken and burger places had come to an end. But, right when the market appeared 100% saturated, Sweet Chick came around. Backed by the titanic 1990s rap phenom Nas and founded by John Seymour, it’s taken New York by storm with two locations in Brooklyn and one in the Lower East Side. Now, they’ve chosen to lay siege to London, with a site just off Oxford Street in Fitzrovia’s Market Place. We popped in to see what was up.

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Smoking Goat - Shoreditch

Smoking Goat - Shoreditch

September 24, 2019 Restaurants

Smoking Goat isn’t exactly a new launch but it’s one so central to London’s dining scene that it was imperative for us to write up a listing. Originally launched by Ben Chapman, who, like Andy Oliver at Som Saa, was inspired by Andy Ricker of New York’s Pok Pok and David Thompson of Bangkok’s Nahm to devote himself 100% to the cuisine of Thailand and create a restaurant that captures the dynamism of its street food and barbecue. Along with his other restaurant Kiln, it is indubitably one of Britain’s best northern Thai eateries.  

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Restaurant Openings Autumn 2019

Restaurant Openings Autumn 2019

September 13, 2019 restaurants

There’s a duality to September. On one hand it’s slightly disappointing that summer is over, while on the other hand it’s when London is at its busiest. This definitely applies to new restaurants opening their doors. Here are some of our most eagerly anticipated.

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Best Restaurants to Eat Caviar

Best Restaurants to Eat Caviar

September 11, 2019 restaurants

Caviar can be one of the most divisive foods in the luxury market. If you’re not accustomed to the taste or the thought of eating fish eggs it may not be for you. Regardless of your stance, there’s no doubt that it is popular within London’s dining scene, with everyone to top-shelf seafood palaces to hipster redoubt in Hackney (who served it with fried chicken) pushing caviar. Below are our favourite places to indulge.

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Double Standard - Kings Cross

Double Standard - Kings Cross

September 3, 2019 restaurants

King’s Cross is on the rise, figuratively and, well, literally when it comes to The Standard Hotel, which boasts a lipstick red external lift to shuttle guests up to its as-yet-unlaunched terrace restaurant. There’s a lot to recommend this hotel but we’re starting from the bottom up, visiting its ground floor bar Double Standard, which shares said floor with modern restaurant Isla, a large outdoor drinking terrace, and it just gets weirder from here: a recording studio for interviews and podcasts and a lending library filled strictly with books with 1970s graphics and typography.

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Chucs - Kensington

Chucs - Kensington

August 8, 2019 restaurants

We’ve been big fans of Chucs since they opened their original site on Dover Street during summer 2014. Sister-concept to the 1950s inspired swimwear brand, Chucs channels the vibes of The Talented Mr Ripley, seamlessly blending Rivieran fantasy with homey Italian fare. So we didn’t think twice when we were invited down to visit Chucs Kensington – their second outpost on Old Brompton Road.

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The Cleveland Arms - Paddington

The Cleveland Arms - Paddington

August 8, 2019 restaurant

The Cleveland Arms has been around for a while, 166 years to be exact, offering one of Paddington’s best public house experiences, but it’s only recently entered the sphere of culinary excellence with the hire of Elisabeth Passédat. A former contestant on Masterchef: The Professionals in 2018, Elizabeth formerly rattled the pans at the acclaimed Aster in Victoria alongside Helena Puolakka as well as stints at Pierre Koffman at The Berkeley and Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental. We dropped in to see how she was working out…

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Scarlett Green - Soho

Scarlett Green - Soho

August 1, 2019 restaurant

Scarlett Green is part of the Daisy Green group, an easy-on-the-hips, easy-on-the-wallet Antipodean café chain known for its brunches. They’ve recently launched Scarlett Green in Soho, with a breezy vibe and a menu that caters to vegans and the calorie-conscious. You can’t miss the entryway, it’s flanked by an array of brightly painted treese strung with fairy lights. The whitewashed room features rattan chairs, modernist tables, and a rattan and marble bar with an impressive drinks gantry running its length.
 

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Wun's Tea Room & Bar - Soho

Wun's Tea Room & Bar - Soho

August 1, 2019 restaurant,

Husband and wife team He and Alex Peffly have not been sitting on their hands this summer. Last week we reported on the new Bun House on Lisle Street, and this Wednesday we’re writing up their newest project: Wun’s. Nestled on Greek Street, the basement restaurant draws on their strengths to create a subterranean enclave that channels the cosmopolitan vibe of 1960s.
 

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Bun House - Soho

Bun House - Soho

July 30, 2019 restaurant

We were pumped to go into the first Bun House when it opened on Greek Street. The little shop turned out some of the best stuffed bao in the city. Since then, we’ve carefully attended to the evolution of the group. We’ve eaten jian bing at Pleasant Lady and loved it and we’re very excited about the forthcoming launch of Wun’s. However, the first cut is the deepest and Bun House will always remain our first love, so we were even more pumped to drop into their new location on Lisle Street.

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