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American Whisky: Woodford Reserve Bourbon

March 27th, 2015 | by Gavin

Next to rum, bourbon is my spirit of choice. Whether neat or in an Old Fashioned, I can’t get enough of the smoky vanilla flavour associated with the American whisky. Within this extremely varied segment of the market, I have three firm favourites: Blanton’s Reserve, Maker’s Mark and Woodford Reserve. My passion for cocktails, the Prohibition, and Woodford Reserve led me to enter a competition where the winner would have their very own cocktail on the bar menu of the luxury South Place Hotel in the City. In order to do this, we were given the brief to concoct up one of the classic American cocktails (i.e. Old Fashioned, Whisky


Fraq’s Lobster Shack, Fitzrovia

March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

A little pocket of Goodge Street has been transformed into a light, bright and charming slice of New England. Stepping into Fraq’s Lobster Shack is like entering a quaint, nautical shed, with its whitewashed walls and cheerful crustacean-art. There are lobster baskets and primary-coloured paraphernalia that take us back to beachside holidays and the sounds of seagulls in the air. Fraq’s lobster shack is the creation of the Fraquelli brothers, and they’ve made it their mission to bring the tastiness of Maine lobster to London, with a bit of Brooklyn cool thrown into the mix. There’s certainly a chilled-out vibe to the place, with as little pretension as you’d expect


Randall and Aubin, Soho

March 25th, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi

Randall and Aubin has been standing on its spot on Brewer Street, Soho, for the best part of twenty years – and the queue outside hasn’t yet seemed to dissipate. I came to hear of this former Edwardian butcher’s shop when I mentioned that I was after oysters and was recommended this place with such force and enthusiasm that I had to try it for myself. The French-inspired menu wouldn’t be out of place in a classic Parisian brasserie; the restaurant has an interior to match, with white tiles and marble table-tops. But make no mistake; we are in Soho, and alongside the French chandeliers, there is a mirrored disco


Paint Jam London

March 25th, 2015 | by Francesca Baker

A disused floor of a once much loved London icon. DJs spinning an intoxicating blend of 90s disco tunes, classics remixed and the latest dance. A bar serving cheap as chips drinks, with a pizza oven on hand. And a ton of acrylic paint with which to channel creativity. This is a Saturday night at Paint Jam, the painting studio that can pop up anywhere, carrying with it canvas, paint and brushes, and the strong belief that art is good for you. As ninety of us stand in front of our easels in O Yes, the old Foyles (a handy piece of sign stealing forming the name) with paint brush


Nightjar and Tullamore Dew – Busking Unbarred

March 24th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron

Last Monday night we were invited into Old Street’s finest cocktail emporium, Nightjar, to celebrate the eve of St. Patrick’s Day and the launch of Tullamore Dew’s Busking Unbarred project. Currently local governments are introducing legislation which will control aspects surrounding the way buskers perform, where and when. Through the Busking Unbarred initiative, the Irish whiskey company aims to help and support buskers across the UK and Ireland to gain recognition, secure gigs and promote the importance of buskers and the magic they bring to our streets. Busking Unbarred sees pub-goers receive a special code with every individual purchase of Tullamore Dew that allows a single download of a participating


Curl’s Best Friend, Soho

March 23rd, 2015 | by Tatei Montejo

If you’re reading this the likelihood is you will have heard about Curl’s Best Friend, after all, it’s the beauty talk of the town. You’re also bound to have seen pictures of a Soho building (remember the Pudding Bar?) plastered in pink, models with a head full of rollers and even an adorable parlour pooch. Well, I decided to go check it out for myself so I could report back on what you may not yet know about Benefit’s latest pop-up and what to look out for when you visit this oh so girly beauty haven — trust me, you don’t wanna miss it. The concept is simple, a pop-up


Evoluzione @ Hotel Xenia, Kensington

March 20th, 2015 | by Ben Southwood

If you spend all of your time south or only a smidgeon north of the Thames like me, then the giant broad thoroughfares and old world hotels of Gloucester Road will seem a bit strange and unlived-in. Most of the Best Westerns and giant chain hotel towers look very unwelcoming and unimpressive. But Hotel Xenia stands out with a lovely subtle pink paint job and a swish-looking glass-topped restaurant. I went along there for the launch of a new series of dinners run by impressive guest chefs from around Italy. Our night was themed Sicilian, which according to the Sicilian chef who introduced the food to us is more part


Jackson and Rye, Soho

March 19th, 2015 | by Gavin

On my countless travels into Soho (the home of nearly all my favourite West End cocktail bars), I pass Jackson + Rye on Wardour Street on a weekly basis and speculated as to what wonders lie within. Being an American whisky fan, I hazard a guess that the ‘Rye’ in Jackson + Rye comes from the grain used in whisky; and was delighted to receive an invitation to sip whisky and eat good ol’ fashioned American comfort food with them last week. My fellow ‘Londoner’ colleague Sophia has already given rave reviews to the Richmond branch, one of three around London, and Soho has just as lively an atmosphere as


Midas Touch Crafts Natural Beauty Product Workshops

March 17th, 2015 | by Francesca Baker

Naz likes to talk. Throughout our three hours together she natters away, regaling us with tips and telling stories, answering questions and listening to our thoughts. It’s infectious. She’s passionate you see, and wants to share the enthusiasm. The founder and owner of Midas Touch Crafts, and the facilitator of the Organic Body Product workshop in which around forty of us are at one Sunday morning, Naz herself believes in using natural products wherever possible, and so is the perfect person to teach us how to whip up our own. Some attendees are environmentally aware, others have sensitive skin and want to make bespoke products, some are fed up with


Aeronaut, Acton

March 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

I’d never been to Acton before – I had a vague feeling it was somewhere on the District line, and not fantastically easy to get to. Definitely further out of my central periphery than I generally tended to tread on a weekend, but there I was on a Sunday, wandering up the High Street. So what had brought me Out West? A pub called Aeronaut, that’s what. The building became more obvious as I got nearer – a large mint green structure with a prominent sign which, I soon realised, bore resemblance to an airplane. Another sign of a man in a plane displayed further evidence of the flying connection



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