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Randall and Aubin Soho Express Lunch Menu

Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Gavin

Whatever happened to the lunch hour? It seems that the pressures of a hectic work schedule have turned it from a chance to get away from the daily toils into a quick 10 minutes to grab a Pret sandwich before heading back to the desk. It was once even a social occasion where you could actually have fun in the comfort of your favourite local eatery. I for one miss my lunch hour and I’m not alone, as the good people at Soho brasserie Randall and Aubin have created a menu designed to reclaim your hour and even save money. Randall and Aubin has been a staple of the Soho ... Read More


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Pizza Union, Kings Cross

Published on July 31st, 2015 | by Gavin

Gourmet pizza isn’t a new concept to Londoners and lord knows I’ve waxed lyrical about the many fantastic pizza parlours around. As a result, we’ve acquired a bit of a penchant for perfection; unless it’s homemade dough baked in a purpose-built stone oven, I don’t even want to know. The problem though, is that this can often play havoc with the bank balance. But wait, there’s now somewhere offering authentic Roman style pizza for a fraction of the price?! With those kinds of promises I had to take a trip to the newly opened Pizza Union in Kings Cross. The first Pizza Union opened its doors in 2013 around the ... Read More


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Peugeot 108: The Age of the City Car

Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Gavin

Driving in London is somewhat of a luxury nowadays. Traffic jams, congestion charges, and a lack of parking means owning one is often more trouble than its worth, which is why I sold my car three years ago and, despite a love of speed machines, largely I’ve not regretted the decision. Manufacturers have recognised this trend and are doing all they can to tempt people back to driving regularly with a new category known as the city car. And after recently testing the Peugeot 108, I’d be lying if I said I’m not tempted to dip my toe back into the market. Although small cars are nothing new, this new ... Read More


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Ping Pong Dim Summer Menu

Published on July 29th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

The words ‘Ping Pong’ will mean different things to different people. To some it will bring back memories of fierce sibling rivalry from games played thwacking a little ball across the table on family holidays; to some it might evoke a shudder as they recall an ill-advised trip off the beaten path in Thailand; and to others – including me – it will elicit sighs of delight at the prospect of little parcels of steamed goodness. I remember my first trip to Ping Pong on Great Marlborough Street, nearly ten years ago. I was visiting my older (so naturally far more sophisticated and cosmopolitan) friend who had headed up to ... Read More


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DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands Launch

Published on July 28th, 2015 | by Gavin

If you were affected by the recent London underground strikes, you’ll know that it brought much of London’s roads to a standstill. Luckily, the Thames Clipper boats thrived in the chaos and I was able to arrive at the launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton next to Canary Wharf pier stress free and in style. Technically this isn’t a launch as the Hilton have long owned the site that was originally built in the 17th Century as a Wharf Building, but following a multimillion pound refurb, has been rebranded as a ‘DoubleTree by Hilton’ to reflect the modernisation. To show off their new lease of life, they held a party ... Read More


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Mommi Clapham

Mommi, Clapham

Published on July 27th, 2015 | by Ben Southwood

Clapham North—or whatever it is I’m supposed to call the area around Clapham High Street overground and Clapham North tube station—is not well-stocked with nice restaurants. The street is absolutely packed with shops, bars and restaurants. You have adequate chains like Nandos, can get decent BBQ from Bodean’s, and there are plenty dime-a-dozen awful-looking Brazilian steakhouses, but to this point I’ve heard of only one properly good restaurant there. That place is The Manor, which is the sister restaurant of The Dairy (Clapham Common) and the brand new Paradise Garage (Bethnal Green), and it is a perfect, lovely place. But Mommi, just a stone’s throw from those two stations, stakes a decent claim to being ... Read More


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Locale County Hall

Locale, Southbank

Published on July 23rd, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi

Locale describes its style of restaurants as ‘neighbourhood dining’ and I think that hits the nail on the head. As I sat at my table in the Southbank branch, I looked around and saw such a variety of clientele: there were the Australian tourists next to me, both wearing matching holiday T-shirts; there were a group of girlfriends who had just ordered their second bottle of rosé; there was a couple holding hands over their table; and there was a father who was eating with his daughter, asking about her day at school. It seemed like this was the kind of place where people could just drop in after work ... Read More


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Blue Boar, Westminster

Published on July 22nd, 2015 | by Gavin

You may have seen my rave review of the luxury Conrad St. James hotel and after a relaxing afternoon in my room, I decided to go for dinner in the Blue Boar, the hotel’s onsite restaurant and bar. If it’s anything like my stay so far then I’m in for a treat. The Westminster location makes the Conrad St James a prime after work hangout for MPs, Senior Civil Servants, and police officers located in New Scotland Yard just next door. So when I take my seat at 7pm on a Saturday, it’s no surprise that the place is not as packed as it could be Monday through Friday. The ... Read More


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Lescargot Soho

L’Escargot, Soho

Published on July 21st, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi

We are spoilt when it comes to fine dining in this city; restaurants upon restaurants, serving everything from burgers to sushi. More often than not, however, our menus are made up of ‘Modern European’ fare. Our Chefs train in Paris; they are mentored by the likes of Michel Roux Jr and Paul Bocuse. Rare steak, foie gras, duck breast, jus, parfait, soufflé, creme brûlée… It’s all there on every menu and it all starts with one thing: classic French cooking. L’Escargot has been here since London’s restaurant scene began. Along with Rules, Boulestin’s, Quaglinos and Pruniers, it was where the chic 1930s clientele would dine out. Yes, Downton Abbey fans, ... Read More


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Maui Jim Tennis Clinic

Published on July 20th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

Attending a Tennis Clinic at Wimbeldon Club with five-time Grand Slam champ Martina Hingis? Pah, just a typical Sunday. That’s what I nonchalantly told friends before heading South West on a sunny morning. In actual fact, there were more than a few butterflies in my tummy – and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know quite what to expect. The invitation had said to come ready to play, although tennis whites weren’t necessary. Rackets would be provided, but one should bring their own if possible. Now, I had neither equipment nor whites, but I was hoping enthusiasm and an unearthed Nike sports kit would see me through ... Read More


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