GŌNG Star Bartender Nights Kick Off With The Clumsies from Athens

There’s a new season of adventurous cocktails at GŌNG – with creations from some of the world’s star bartenders high up over London on level 52 as The Shard nears its highest point.   Expect lab-style cocktail creations and no holding back, as GŌNG transforms for its first Star Bartender nights of the year.  The […]

KOKS awarded Faroe Islands’ first star from the Michelin Guide

KOKS in the Faroe Islands has been awarded a star, by the Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2017 – the first ever to be given to a Faroese restaurant.  René Redzepi has made the New Nordic Kitchen known throughout the world, and now KOKS Chef Poul Andrias Ziska represents the next generation. The Faroe Islands, a […]

Summer Soirees at Le Meridien Piccadilly

The sun came out for the launch of Le Meridien Nice’s ‘Summer Soirees’ residency in Piccadilly London.  Not much in common – the Med and metropolis,  you’d expect. But with a few beach huts, stripey deckchairs and a petanque pitch we were tastefully transported to the French Riviera. Okay, so we must have had a few wines – it’s […]

The Perfect Spot – Shepherd Market Wine House

Mustard marks the spot with a splash of lime, you sort of can’t miss it – although it’s beautifully tucked away in London’s much-loved and historic haven, Shepherd Market, Mayfair. It’s worth going to just for the pleasure of the Coravin ‘needle-through-the-cork system’ – much less painful and far more pleasurable than any other needle procedures we’ve had. Everything […]

ChariTable – philanthropic restaurant booking App

The ChariTable Bookings restaurant reservation App allows customers to book tables at thousands of participating restaurants across the UK – and sounds like a fantastic idea! £1 for EVERY customer will be donated by the restaurant to a charity of the diner’s choice. So if you book a table for 4 people and your attendance is confirmed and moneys are […]

Absolut Elyx and Water For People Supper Club

On World Water Day 22 March 2016, chef Anna Barnett will host an Absolut Elyx Supper Club at her home, a converted pub in Hackney, with all proceeds donated to support the work of charity Water for People. We are fans of the supper club our faves being Malaysian by May, Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express and Aids Ark Dinner for One. […]

#Restaurant #Review NOPI – Five Years On

Front of house can make or break a restaurant. A cheery welcome wins hearts, but not this time on going into NOPI. Much lauded for its food and founders’ back story, the Soho outpost is a busy, shiny shrine five years on – and you still need to make a reservation. So we did. Tellingly their website reports “salads […]

Cocktails in The City 2016

Cocktails In The City showcases some of London’s most exciting bars and guest bars from Europe. Taking place at the spectacular venue One Mayfair from 10-12 March,  the Crypt has new bar openings, the Grand Hall has ‘established’ cocktail bars with the mezzanine level hosting Patron Tequila and international bars as Paris’s uber-hip Little Red Door and Door 74 from Amsterdam,  while the rooftop BBQ and bar is a […]

Chef Ken Hom – 30 Years of Wok

When I said I was meeting Ken Hom, a younger colleague said “oh, isn’t he the guy who invented the wok?” Well, I guess he did, in a way, by putting a flat bottom on it in 1986, so we could use it on our UK stoves. Now at least one in seven people in Britain […]

Restaurant Review: Chinese Cricket Club London

Confucius says don’t judge a book by its cover – nor a restaurant, as is the case with Chinese Cricket Club in the Crowne Plaza, Blackfriars, London. That it doubles as the hotel’s breakfast room will give you some idea of the decor – a soulless dark brown. So come such a special night as […]