#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 […]

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 […]

Fat Tuesday with Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Saints and sinners bring your beads and get loose at The Vaults for  Mardi Gras on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February 2016. For Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day – whatever you call it, a New Orleans-inspired party is being hatched riverside on the South Bank.  Live music from The Kansas Smitty’s House Band will lead […]

Pancake Day at Rabbit Chelsea

To celebrate one of my favourite days of the year, Pancake Day, Rabbit restaurant will be going flipping mad. Head Chef Oliver Gladwin will be showing us how it’s done by launching and, hopefully, catching the pancakes at the pass in front of diners. What’s more, Rabbit will be asking those who think they can, to come […]

FOOD REVIEW: Alan Yau’s Park Chinois

You can smell the money, walking in here – both the fit out and the wealth of the diners. For a fact we were sat next to a billionaire, whose dining companion’s glittering high heels would have been visible from space. If you are smart – and we were – you can get away with […]

Dazzled by The Dazzle

I really admire Andrew Scott for being such a champion of contemporary theatre. You can only see a certain amount of Shakespeare before craving something fresh. Sabine Koch reviews… Richard Greenberg’s play, The Dazzle, offers that in a real-life story with characters that are funny, irritating and heartbreaking. This is the UK premiere of the […]

Something’s Gotta Give! Archer Street is the place to be in Soho

Archer Street just turned four! Can you believe it? I’ve been a fan since it first burst onto the Soho scene with live, loud show stoppers from the big musicals. It’s stayed Soho’s most sophisticated cocktail bar – with personality. You are in for a great night here. Between sips of well-made cocktails a waiter or waitress […]

REVIEW: 68 and Boston – Wine Cocktails in Soho London

Apparently there are 67 wine-producing countries and then this place, the 68th. Soho’s latest hotspot is at 5 Greek Street with a ground floor bar called 68 and late-night cocktail bar, Boston, on the first floor. The intriguingly named 68 and Boston has been put together by leading names in night life, wines and cocktails: Eric […]

MASTERCLASS: “The Knowledge” at Meantime Brewing Company Greenwich

Hops? That’s the lipstick and mascara on a beer says our Brewer and Beer Sommelier of the Year, Rod Jones. You can tell he’s not a fan of fancy, hipster-style concoctions. He’s a ‘proper brewer’ and knows his stuff inside out.  And he’s generous in sharing his know-how on this terrific one-day master class at Greenwich Meantime Brewing Company […]