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February 2014 Archive

A picture perfect dining experience at Sake no Hana, Mayfair

Get hook’d on new school fish and chips at Camden Town

It’s Chicken Vs Chicken at On the Dak, Covent Garden

A Thai masterclass delivered with panache at Food at 52

More than just noodles at Sasuke Ramen, Southbank

A Sunday roast fit for royalty at the The Marquis Cornwallis, Bloomsbury

Chocolate cupcakes from Primrose bakery

Best Bakeries in London to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

You always get a hearty welcome at Yumi Izayaka on Shaftesbury Avenue

Cha Cha Moon – Noodles to nourish your soul at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street

Lazeez Lebanese Tapas: Bringing downtown Beirut to the heart of the West End

Vive le Hambuges as long as they are made by Big Fernand

El Pirata of Mayfair: they just don’t make restaurants like this anymore

Bluebird: the iconic Chelsea venue is flying high again

Finding a hangover cure at the Jam Tree Chelsea

Drink life to the lees at the Alfred Tennyson

Drake and Morgan delivers once again at The Refinery, Bankside

Speed and substance on offer at Forge, Bank

Two Ruba: Cocktails that blossom at Tower Bridge

Hearty options await at No 11 Pimlico Road, Victoria

Mary Ward Centre Adult Education College

5 Interesting Courses in London

10 Ways to Spice Up your 2015 Valentine’s Day in London

The Trading house: An imbibing institution for the most demanding of drinkers at St. Pauls

Lazy Sumday will be your kind of Sunday at Ping Pong, Southbank

Immersive dining at its finest at Benihana, Chelsea

Experience ultimate liberation at The Bunyadi

No.29 Power Station West: The cool hangout of choice in the future at Battersea

Haché Shoreditch: Gourmet Burgers with Global Garnishes

Brace yourself for a visual feast at 100 Kensington at The Exhibitionist Hotel

Tootoomoo Islington: a bottomless brunch offering with variety and vitality

Explore exclusive wines at 1901 Wine Lounge at Andaz London Liverpool Street

Titu, Mayfair: Is this the smallest restaurant in London?

Radio Days Fashion Shop

Radio Days: Strike Vintage Gold in Waterloo

Gyoza Bar in Covent Garden: assured and speedy service ideal for theatre-goers

Brew Cafe Putney

Fire up the BBQ with some Antipodean-style dining in Putney’s Brew Cafe

Hankies: Accessible, aromatic Indian cuisine from Anirudh Arora at The Montcalm, Marble Arch

Get inspired to cook at The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth

Tsunami – Delivering refined Japanese excellence to Clapham’s cognoscenti

Chi Kitchen: Jack of all trades, master of all

No daylight robbery at Heist Bank, Paddington

Come fly with me at Butchies, Shoreditch

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Catch the best sporting action at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fulham

There are only winners at the Heliot Steak House in Leicester Square

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese sign

Top 15 Oldest Pubs in London: Soak Up Some History

Wine and dine in atypical style at the Lyan Cellars pop-up

Burn off your calories and enjoy delectable delights at Bounce Shoreditch

The Alfred Tennyson: refined yet relaxed dining in upscale Belgravia

Plate restaurant at M By Montcalm: bringing classical greatness to tech-savvy Shoreditch

The unstoppable gin revival continues courtesy of Graphic bar

Revealing the secrets of the immersive theatrical experience Maman Le Mot

35 New Cavendish: Get the luxury of a private member’s club without the exorbitant prices

Achingly hip pizzas from the Elliott Brothers at Pizza Pilgrims Soho

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant: An Italian affair with Gino at Euston station

Pavilion wines starts the foodie quarter revolution in Sloane Square

The bar is raised high for fine dining Indian cuisine at Darbaar, Liverpool Street

The Prince Alfred: A gastropub fit for royalty

The Holy Birds in Spitalfields: A poultry restaurant fit for the President of the United States

Winter warmers await at the industry leading, Royal China on Baker Street

A Brixton behemoth is reborn with Hope and Anchor

The interior of Uncorked

Best Wine Shops in London for Tastings

Authenticity is the key at the Japanese restaurant Engawa in Piccadilly

Long bar at the Sanderson, Fitzrovia: a designer bar for the fashionista crowd in London

Latino flair is alive and kicking at Asia de Cuba, Covent Garden

Le Garrick celebrates the Vive La France spirit with their revamped decor and menu

DSTRKT London: More than just a world-famous nightclub in the West End

Italian cuisine with soul at L’Anima, Liverpool Street

A gastronomic Chinese odyssey with Andrew Wong

Night Tales: Keeping Hackney firmly hip and happening

La Petite Provence at The Folly: A little gallic summer delight in the heart of the City

Sumptuous steaks to salivate over at Smith and Wollensky, Strand

Choice and variety are in abundance at Pasta Remoli, Finsbury Park

Trader Vic’s: the original fusion restaurant that was ahead of its time

Burger Shack and Bar: Serving up popular British classics in Wimbledon Village

Lancaster London’s ARTea Afternoon Tea: A masterpiece for all food lovers

Sumptuous views and succulent steaks at Butlers Wharf Chop House

The Victorian Bath House, Bishopsgate: A hidden gem in every way

Ma’Plucker: 3-way chicken that impresses the West End crowds

A time for celebrations at London Shell Co, Paddington

Potent flavours collide at P.F Chang’s Asian Table, Covent Garden

Discover a Little Bat out of heaven at Islington

Hearty home comforts at Mustard, Shepherd’s Bush

Princess of Wales - Primrose Hill

The Princess of Wales Pub: Pride of Primrose Hill That Even Banksy Can’t Resist!

Thai Silk in Waterloo: All the Thai classics you want and more

The Piano Works: Sing us a song you’re the piano man

Paladar: Bringing a ray of latino exuberance to Elephant and Castle

Oliver B

Top talent to watch out for in London for 2015

Gluten-free diners rejoice at the tremendous options available at Niche, Islington

Treat yourself to a Winemaker’s dinner at Ristorante Frescobaldi

A culinary journey across the world at Brasserie Blanc, Southbank

Your hunt for the perfect bottomless Sunday roast should end at OXBO Bankside

The mischievously charming Encant will tantalise your taste buds

Experience a taste of Spain at Camino Bankside

Arlo’s: Offering simplicity and substance for steak-lovers in Balham

White is the colour this festive season at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival

Donostia Social Club brings restaurant quality food to The King & Co in Clapham

Made of Dough: A new rising star on the London street food scene

Time for a quick bite at Soho Wala in the West End –

Experience a taste of Vietnam at Pho and Bun in Chinatown

A journey to discover the best of British at the Betjeman Arms

A delectably different dining & drinking experience at Dans Le Noir

Deceptively simple Italian classics on offer at Osteria 60, Kensington

A wine pairing paradise awaits at Les 110 de Taillevent London

Get the Caribbean vibe at Rum Kitchen, Brixton

Divas and dining at TWID, Battersea

Serving up Anglo-American winners at the Loft, Wimbledon

Eneko’s star is shining brightly at One Aldwych Hotel

Savouring the joys of Pure Indian Cooking in Fulham

The very best of all-day dining in the heart of Camden at Atrium Kitchen

Judy Joo’s Jinjuu is a jubilant joy

Zuma: A restaurant that truly stands the test of time

Bottomless Pizza, Pimm’s and Prosecco and Ealing Park Tavern

Experience Sunday brunches with a difference at Cinnamon Soho

Discover the whisky for you with 101 choices at the Gallery, West Hampstead

Panda by Otto Schade

Street Art in London: Top 27 Artists

Food for thought at Jenius Social, Islington

Dinner Time Story: Redefining the dining experience one pixel at a time

Prepare for an antipodean invasion at Ben’s Canteen, Battersea

Forget shaken or stirred, have your cocktail set on fire at The Alchemist

Main entrance of Boulestin

Boulestin Restaurant: French Dining in the Heart of Piccadilly

Sharing the flavours of the Levantine at Ceru in South Kensington

Putting the hip into Hackney at La Terraza, Number 90 Bar & Kitchen

Santa Maria Fitzrovia delivers authentic Neapolitan pizza to the London cognoscenti

Talli Joe: The standard-bearer for modern Indian cuisine

Inamo: Technology still reigns supreme at their new Covent Garden branch

Working with local suppliers at Borough Market is the key to Arthur Hooper’s success

Smart casual dining delivered effortlessly at Town House at The Kensington

Chiringuito: Bringing the Spanish vibes to Bethnal Green

It’s more than a laundry for Hackney hipsters at Wringer and Mangle in London Fields

The King of Ramen hits St James’s

PAUL showing us L’Art de Vivre with their faultless afternoon tea offering

Inn the Park: An oasis of calm in the centre of town

Shoryu: The King of Ramen extends into Covent Garden

Time to go back to the future at Kojawan

Cocktails at Eaton Square

Eaton Square Restaurant and Cocktail Bar- Flavours of the Mediterranean in the heart of Belgravia

Welcome to 24 hour London at VQ Bloomsbury

Fall in love with Japanese cuisine at Murakami, Covent Garden

Get your daily dose of Chicken from WingsEggs

Gaylord: over 50 years of excellence serving Indian cuisine in the West End

Trinity Arms: A traditional local pub you can rely on for Brixtonians

Celebrate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean and South America at Monmouth Kitchen in Covent Garden

Pan-Asian delights await your visit at Nirvana Kitchen, Marylebone

Fine dining in a family friendly environment at Chriskitch Hoxton

A smorgasbord of meatilicious delights at Bodean’s BBQ Covent Garden

Galvin HOP: Redefining the pub experience at Liverpool Street

Serving deliciously different meat-free cuisine at Ethos, Fitzrovia

Sarona – a modern restaurant breaking down Middle Eastern stereotypes

Party like there’s no tomorrow at The 90s Brunch

Enjoy the thrills and spills of live sporting action at Greenwood, Victoria

Hearty dishes on offer at Rosa’s Seven Dials, Covent Garden

Medieval Banquet jester

Top Things To Do Along Thames Riverside

Niche: No compromise in taste from the restaurant that specialises in gluten-free dining

Sixty One Kitchen Chefs

Relax, Enjoy and Unwind in Modern British Neighbourhood Restaurant Sixty One

An oasis of calm at Muriel’s Kitchen in Soho

Pornstars, mood lighting and Dolly Parton. Welcome to Rocket Holborn.

There is no stopping the all-conquering Saiphin Moore at her latest restaurant, Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Victoria

Where else would Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery be apart from trendy Upper Street, Islington

Escape the shopping madness of Knightsbridge at The Egerton House Hotel drawing room

40 Dean Street: serving the Soho community with classic homemade Italian dishes

Enjoy a refined Thai culinary experience at Patara, Hampstead

A mouthwatering Japanese menu for the discerning at Sakagura, Mayfair

Immerse yourself into the world of The Grift and The Town Hall Hotel

Westminster Kitchen: Another success story from restauranter Ibrahim Dogus

Experience the Mediterranean at the Life Goddess, greek experimental divine

Relish the charms of Clapham at No32 The Old Town

The Refinery CityPoint: Where customer service is king

It’s all about the gentrified Sunday roast lunches at The Commercial, Herne Hill

Introducing the delights of Pugliese cuisine to the residents of Snaresbrook at Bombetta

Accept no substitutes, when you can get the real deal at Mestizo, Euston

Records in Phonica

London’s Best Record Shops

Redefining our perception of Caribbean cuisine at Cottons, Notting Hill

Expect a classy gastropub experience at Drunch, Regents Park

Fulfill your diva dreams at Lucky Voice Soho

Small plates of Turkish delights at Oklava, Shoreditch

Sunday night blues never felt so wonderful at Oslo, Hackney

Patience is a virtue at the Savannah restaurant, Euston

Cielo Blanco: The modern face of Mexican Street food at Exmouth Market

Pasta fans rejoice at the opening of Vapiano Tower Bridge

Expect service fit for royalty at Lanes of London, Marble Arch

Historical grade-II listed gastronomic bar & restaurant London

It is time to savour One Canada Square’s bottomless after dark menu

Benito’s Hat: Riding the Mexican wave of success

Seafood lovers rejoice at the poke bar, Black Roe in Mayfair

Amici Miei: a neighbourhood Italian restaurant we would all love to see on our high street

Old school charms on offer at Gatti’s Italian restaurant in Moorgate

Enjoy the Fabulous Adventures of 698B via Tabl

It’s a dim sum surprise at Fu Manchu, Clapham North

Travel the world from the comfort of Foley’s dining room in Fitzrovia

A Japanese drinking den that is a cut above the rest at Kiri, Mayfair

Back to basics with convivial pub vibes at The Lord Palmerston

Feel the spirit of summer with the imbibing masterclasses at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

Take a tour to the Tuscan countryside at Enoteca Pomaio, Brick Lane

Balans Soho Society: A fitting tribute to the late Prady Balan

Appearances can be deceiving at Aquum, Clapham

LASSCO Bar & Dining: a quirky imbibe and dine experience in close proximity to Maltby Street

The Poke phenomenon is showing no signs of abating with the launch of Honi Poke in Soho

Smoke and Salt: the perfect partners in crime at this Islington pop-up

Pepper Tree Big Breakfast

Thai Food in London – Clapham Common

Vegetarians and egg-lovers rejoice at Cafe Loren in Camden

A Japanese omakase feast for all raw fish lovers at Kikuchi, Tottenham Court Road

It is all about the ingredients at Sushi and Robata, High Street Kensington

House of Godo: an authentic Italian takeaway experience

Building a sense of community at Neighbourhood, Stratford

Zia Lucia: The independent pizzeria that is going from strength to strength

The flames of creativity are burning bright at Ember, Monument

Ichiryu is the Ichiban choice for udon lovers in London

It’s time for a steak out at Smithfield Market

Primavera: A sparkling gem on a quiet stretch of New King’s Road

HIPCHIPS: Are you trendy enough for these delectable crisps in Soho?

Sushi in the City: your gateway into a private member’s paradise

Mint Leaf: Championing fine dining for Indian cuisine lovers

Herman ze German, Fitzrovia: ja, das ist wunderbar!

Life is a cabaret at Circus, Covent Garden

Dinner at the Twits: the most gloriously gruesome immersive dining experience you will ever experience

Exotic flavours in abundance at Caraway Lounge, Romford

108 Brasserie: When you need good, simple and honest food

Simple, decent and honest food at Brother Marcus, Balham

Meat and Shake: Sublimed grilled meats and dreamy milkshakes for all Londoners

The Localist, Farringdon: A neighbourhood restaurant fit for any community

Vicino: the trattoria serving honest, unpretentious and genuine Italian cooking

Adam Handling: From Masterchef to The Frog

Wine, dine and recline your seats at the luxury film club at Brasserie Max

Simpson’s in the Strand: a powerhouse that has stood the test of time

A gourmet menu awaits at Duke of Clarence, South Kensington

Live music sessions on top of the world at Sky Garden

Parliament Hill

Flying the flag for British cuisine at The Well, Clerkenwell

The Elgin: An iconic institution revitalised in the heart of Ladbroke Grove

Flavour Garden: a healthy sanctuary for time-conscious city workers in Tower Hill

Kanada-Ya: Battle of the ramen bars on Panton Street in the West End

The Athenian: From a small street food venture to building an empire

Theatrics guaranteed at the fabulous Vaulty Towers, Waterloo

Manitoba Tigella Kitchen Bar: bringing an ancient Italian recipe back to life

It’s a classy culinary encounter at Galley, Islington

You will be crazy to miss Junkyard golf in Brick Lane

Fantastic Handyman

Fantastic handyman: when you need a real man around the house

Wünderlust at the Big Red: You insatiable appetite will be satisfied by this double-decker

Shuang Shuang: High-concept hot-pot restaurant in the heart of Chinatown

Avant-garde Indian cuisine in the futuristic looking Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf

Be bowled over by the gregarious British hospitality and fine American cuisine at All Star Lanes Bayswater

The trains on top of Village Underground

Best London Art Galleries

Sozai Cookery School: Be a master chef of Japanese cuisine

Diciannove: Mixing business with pleasure Italian style at Blackfriars

The Prince Albert: Impressing diners and drinkers since 1866

Dalloway Terrace: Refined afternoon tea to savour in the heart of Bloomsbury

The Victor Garvey empire grows from strength to strength with their latest addition, Rambla

Six Storeys on Soho: Refined elegance from the first floor to the loft

Veneta in St James’s: Another jewel in the Salt Yard group empire

Polo Bar: the 24/7 Great British cafe in Liverpool Street

Frog exhibit in the Grant Museum of Zoology

Best Hidden Museums in London: Try these less known favourites

Zia Lucia: A new neighbourhood pizzeria for the upscale residents of Brook Green

Pont St: Top female chefs like Sophie Michell needs your support

The Pagination, Canary Wharf: Cosy nights await at this slick, modern bar

A social dining experience at Popdown by Cuisson, Borough Market

Shake Shack: Shaking up the burger scene on New Oxford Street

A winning gold medal for the pop-up, Rio Boteco in Hackney

Aerial Hoop Acrobat

Move back in time at The Medieval Banquet

The Crown Tavern: Traditional British pubs still the choice for imbibers at Clerkenwell

Minnow: One to watch in the giant Clapham pond

Rooftop film Club: Enjoy cinematic classics on top of the Bussey Building, Peckham

A synergistic success for Carluccio’s at Marriott Regents Park

Pilpel: a falafel and houmous specialist with fire in their spirits

Experience a Perfect Day at Sticks ‘n’ Sushi Victoria

Tibits Vegetarian Restaurant

Sumptuous Vegetarian Restaurant in London in Regents Street

Shining a spotlight on Chinese regional cuisine at Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars

Kurobuta Marble Arch delivers top-notch Japanese sharing plates in a bustling environment

Tombo: Come to Soho’s first authentic Poké and Matcha Bar

Souk Medina: Bringing the magic of Marrakesh to Covent Garden

Relive the nostalgia of old Hong Kong at Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn

St Luke’s kitchen at Library: A genuine hidden gem in the heart of theatreland

Life’s a beach at the Montague on the Gardens hotel

Discover the art of grilling at Omnino Steakhouse in Aldgate

Rigo: Fine dining in a neighbourhood restaurant in Parsons Green

Celebrating femininity and fine dining at An Evening of Meat at The Vaults, Waterloo

Welcome to Banquet of Hoshena at Westfield London

Experience the exquisite taste of Peru at Seor Ceviche, Soho

Marquis of Wellington: London’s very first street food pub on the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile

Opso: It’s no Greek tragedy on Paddington Street, Marylebone

Absolutely Starving in London Bridge – Serving locals and tourists alike for more than 30 years

Transporting you to a winter wonderland at the Montague Ski Lodge

Blind Spot: Hitting the spot for imbibing enthusiast in a hidden speakeasy in Covent Garden

Sushi Shop: The French show us how it should be done in their conveniently located Marylebone branch

Fall in love with the breadbasket of Italy at Gotto Trattoria

Troia: an all-encompassing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in Waterloo

Variety is the spice of life at Roof East, Stratford

Blades at Hush: Where steak, lobster and whiskies reign supreme

28-50 Maddox Street: For those moments, when only Champagne will do for lunch

Is Cinnamon Bazaar the spice of life Covent Garden has been waiting for?

Islingtonites rejoice at the wonderful all day menu at Fig & Olive

Revisiting an old Chinese classic at Royal China Queensway

Altitude London View

Surf and Turf to London’s best panoramic views

Exercise your democratic rights at Zia Lucia, Holloway Road

Leman Street Tavern: Another quality-assured offering from the Geronimo Inns

From Jamaica to Dalston, savour authentic jerk cuisine via Rudie’s

Discover the real origins of the gourmet sandwich at Cafe Mish in Mayfair

The Belrose: a gastropub to warm your cockles this winter in Belsize Park

Bottles & Battles: Bringing fine wines and Italian delights to Mercato Metropolitano

The Square Pig: a traditional English pub with a refreshed modern-day menu

Live life to the fullest at High Timber, St Paul’s

Pasta is always the answer at Fat Tony’s, Marylebone

The Painted Heron: The best value Indian restaurant in Chelsea

Enjoy the stripped back elegance of the tasting menu at Anglo, Farringdon

Romance is in the air at Le Garrick Covent Garden

Designer surroundings and an informal brunch menu at No197 Chiswick Fire Station

Traditionalist are well catered for at London Steakhouse Co. in the City

Sail away into the sunset with a Thames dinner cruise with Citycruises

French flair aplenty at The Balcon, London

The Petite Corée: the little neighbourhood bistro with a big heart

Flavours of the Amalfi coast delivered to your plate at QP LDN, Mayfair

It’s back to black at Pizzicotto, High Street Kensington

Omar Allibhoy’s Tapas Revolution brings accessible Spanish cuisine to Shoreditch

Feast on the best of world food at Kerb, Camden

Experience magic and sparkle this Christmas at Nordic Yulefest

It is all about the pizza, pies and cider at the Stable Whitechapel

Enjoy the vintage glamour of The Alice House in Queen’s Park

Enjoy a bouncy night out at Ballie Ballerson, Stoke Newington

Bet on a surefire winner at The Fellow of King’s Cross

Golden Dragon at Bang Bang Oriental sets the standard for high-quality Cantonese cuisine

Exploring the varied flavours of Indian history at Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

Surf n Turf with Jimmy’s Pop-up in Clapham via Tabl

Quality wine is the remedy to cure all ills

It’s a jungle out at Backyard Cinema’s Lost World at Borough

Variety is the spice of life at Mister Lasagna in Soho

Alexandrie: Fine dining Egyptian style in the heart of Kensington

Boris Bikes

Getting Around London: 7 Alternative Ways to Get Around Town

Fashionable May Fair Kitchen has the exquisite choices to please the most demanding of diners

Boondocks: Taste one of the best American brunches on this side of the pond

Savour classic French dishes from Raymond Blanc at Brasserie Blanc Southbank

Homemade tapas dishes expertly executed at Cigala, Bloomsbury

Chotte Matte – Putting sexy back into vegetarian dining

Lima Floral: A Peruvian gastronomic masterclass from Robert Ortiz

Salivate at the sight of Mussel Men’s seafood selections

Your detox regime starts right here at Maple and Fitz

Northbank, St Pauls: Bringing sustainability and seasonality to the fore

Take a journey along the Silk Road with Samarkand in Fitzrovia

Admire the steam punk beauty of Flora Indica in Earl’s Court

The Greek Larder: Food from the Godfather of Greek cuisine in London

A showcase of Finnish innovation at The Harcourt, Marylebone

Pan-Asian food lovers still flocking to the plush Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge

A masterclass in perfection at Gaucho Hampstead

Thyme and Lemon: Delivering a taste of Madrid in the heart of Islington

It is time for Bloody Marys and board games at the Natural Philosopher at Hackney

Indigo restaurant: Where using the finest seasonal ingredients means more than advertising jargon

Bucket: Enjoy seafood by the bucketful in Notting Hill

José Pizarro shines in the playground of the bankers at Broadgate Circle

Trade Union, Wapping: the pioneering model for new businesses

Learn to cook like a Valencian at London Paella School

Live At Zedel: Cocktails, lights and action in the heart of Soho

A new culinary institution is born at Hatchetts, Mayfair

Southern French comfort cooking at Sardine, Old Street

It is back to basics at Rök smokehouse, Shoreditch

Liberty London: Beautiful British Fashion and Modern Design

Serenading singers and liquid libation abound at Archer Street, Soho

Escape the crowds of Oxford Street with a discreet dining experience at Hunter 486

Experience the circle of life at GONG at Shangri-La Hotel

Resistance is futile at the London Wonderground, Southbank

TPH of Chelsea: It’s a new direction for renowned chef Yogesh Datta

It’s a neontastic wonderland at God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

Eco, a Clapham institution that has been serving classic Italian dishes for over 20 years

Visit Bridget Jones’ local at The Globe Tavern, Borough Market

Ethical dining with wild foraged seasonal produce at Shanes on Canalside, Hackney Wick

Team-bonding is the name of the game at Swingers, the City of London

Love is in the air at Island Grill, Lancaster London hotel

Italian dining at Bocconcino: Mayfair settings without the attitude

Comfort food that will melt your heart at The Phoenix

Mei Mei’s street cart delivers cool Chinese comfort food at The Prince, Wood Green

Journey into the Amazon with Pisqu’s head chef, William Ortiz

Get the Carnevale di Venezia experience at Columbia restaurant at Docklands Riverside

Enjoy a carefree and alternative brunch at KuPP, Paddington Basin

Aviary: There is no holding back this Phoenix at Finsbury Square

It’s party time at Belgo Holborn with mussels and Belgian beer

Feel the East London vibe at Behind This Wall, Hackney

The Pepper Tree: Is Thai food the best hangover cure around?

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Hardy's Original Sweet Shop in London

Hardy's Original Sweet Shop is the kind of place you dream of as a kid; dark wood walls lined with shelves which almost buckle with sweet-filled jars.

22 Feb 2014 | 7 Comments
Pop Boutique

Pop Boutique: Mod Essentials in Covent Garden

They say the past is a foreign country. And to a Londoner, that means it’s eternally sun-dappled, which explains the mood lift you get on entering and seeing the multi-coloured mish-mash of spanking vintage goods on offer in the world of Pop.

22 Feb 2014 | 15 Comments
Castle Canoe Club

Castle Canoe Club: Water Workout in East London

Kayaking is a great workout challenge and a fun way to soak up the rare London sun. We recently found the perfect place to pick up a paddle - right in the heart of East London. The Castle Canoe Club is a canoe/kayak club based at the West Reservoir Centre, a tranquil body of water just off Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.

22 Feb 2014 | 3 Comments

Old Salt Quay: Roast and Barbecues on the Waterfront

If you've ever taken a trip down stream with the Thames Clippers river boat service you may have noticed a large circular pub as you wind round towards the Isle of Dogs. This pub is now named The Old Salt Quay.

21 Feb 2014 | 1 Comment

Friskis & Svettis: Swedish Fitness With a Smile

When you walk out of your first Friskis experience you're not sure what is hurting more, your aching body or your cheeks. This is a fitness class that provides a full-body workout which even includes your Zygomaticus (smiling) muscle!

21 Feb 2014 | 21 Comments

Jack The Clipper in Whitechapel

Associations of being on the end of a switchblade in deepest Whitechapel will always conjure up images of fog-bound Victoriana. But that shouldn’t stop you taking a trip into latter-day Whitechapel (as yet still ungentrified - but they’ll get you my pretty, oh yes) and heading for Jack the Clipper for the shave of your life.

21 Feb 2014 | 7 Comments

Grand Union Bar, Wandsworth

The Grand Union in Wandsworth has a fabulous beer garden, sitting somewhere between a boozy playground and a Thai beach bar, it embodies the joy of afternoon drinking, especially during the summer months.

20 Feb 2014 | 1 Comment

Mother’s Day London 2014: Eat, Treat, Walk, Tour, and Relax

Mother’s Day is looming closer. The 30th March is a day to show gratitude to your mother for all her love and support.

16 Feb 2014 | 0 Comments

St Patrick’s Day in London 2014: Drink and Party the Irish Way

It is nearly that time of year again. The 17th March - the day the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle, those with Celtic blood, and just about everybody else, celebrates St Patrick's Day in London.

14 Feb 2014 | 1 Comment

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