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Mezcal Masterclass with Carlos Leal

Published on May 21st, 2015 | by Gavin

Ever since visiting El Nivel Agaveria in Covent Garden last year and subsequently attending Tequila Fest in November, I’ve learnt quite a lot about Mezcal. Best described as Tequila’s down to earth older brother, this is the spirit of the people, and is finally getting the international recognition it deserves. As part of the UK’s Year of Mexico celebrations, we were invited to a mezcal tasting in Selfridges hosted by Sabios de Lua mezcal creator and general spokesperson for the spirit, Carlos Leal. Carlos hails from Monterrey in the North East of Mexico, a city known for its mezcal production. Speaking to Carlos over a mezcal cocktail he has created ... Read More


Central London

Le Garrick Covent Garden

Le Garrick, Covent Garden

Published on May 20th, 2015 | by Lumy George

There is much to be said about the relationship we Brits share with our European neighbours, with a history littered with trying times as well as great collaborations. Having read and studied about times before my generation, I am glad there is a freedom for us all to share in our cultures and heritage. This sharing of cultures is no more evident than in the culinary diversity across Europe. Many flavours, techniques and dishes have been shared, with one of the bigger influences coming from our closest of European neighbours, France. From as far back as I can remember, my parents loved nothing more than a quick weekend break to ... Read More


LDN Experiences

Yelp Mad Scientist Soiree

Yelp Mad Scientist Soiree

Published on May 19th, 2015 | by Gavin

There are some parties I attend and just think “This kinda thing can only happen in London”. One such event was community website Yelp’s Mad Scientist Soiree at the Strongroom in Shoreditch- utterly utterly bonkers. The premise is that 40 of London’s weirdest, wackiest, and downright tastiest food and drinks brands showcase their most science fiction-like products to the lab coat wearing Yelp community in attendance. And the Yelpers came out in force donning their best Einstein wigs and thick lens glasses while rehearsing their finest evil cackles. As well as taking pictures of the best dressed on the evening, I managed to try some fantastic food and drink; my ... Read More


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Buddha Bar, Knightsbridge

Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Gavin

Cars, celebrities, and camera flashes- welcome to the world of Buddha Bar, Knightsbridge’s most popular hangout for those that want to be seen. But it’s not just about cocktail dresses and VIPs; it also happens to have a very respectable Pan Asian restaurant as we recently found out. Buddha Bar has been a staple of the West London scene since 2012, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious bar/restaurants outside of Mayfair. The London site is part of a much larger multinational chain with Buddha Bars strategically dotted around the richest cities in the world including Monte Carlo, New York, Manila and Dubai. The stunning, low lit ... Read More


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Johnnie Walker City Edition London

All aboard as Johnnie Walker Blue launches City Edition

Published on May 15th, 2015 | by Greg Dillon

A few days ago, ImALondoner was invited to an evening of whisky tasting aboard the London Eye to celebrate the launch of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label City Edition.  What better venue to launch the London edition than aboard one of the capital’s most iconic recent additions to the skyline? Despite being a proud and lifelong Londoner, it is fair to say I have not paid the London Eye the attention it deserves for a few years, having not been on it for about a decade so was definitely looking forward to enjoying some time in a private pod.  Once aboard we had a couple of minutes to chat and ... Read More


LDN Experiences

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Up at the O2, Greenwich Peninsula

Published on May 14th, 2015 | by Gavin

You may be aware of the near pant wetting experience I had abseiling from the top of the ArcellorMittal orbit in the Olympic Park a couple of months ago (if not, check out this YouTube video which speaks for itself). Being gluten for punishment, I decided to take part in another thrill seeking adventure by climbing the 50 metre high roof of the O2 Arena is Greenwich- why do I always agree to such madness?! The O2 is one of the most recognisable landmarks in our city after it was first opened in 2000 as the Millennium Dome. The Up at the O2 experience opened in 2012, and gives visitors ... Read More


Central London

Kona

Kona @ Taj, 51 Buckingham Gate

Published on May 13th, 2015 | by Gavin

Plush cannot begin to describe the grounds of the Taj hotel in Buckingham Gate. The three Victorian townhouses converted into an 85 suite residency boasts historical architecture from floor to ceiling, immaculately kept grounds, and houses five restaurants. Although many will be aware of the Michelin star Quilon Indian restaurant, I’m intrigued by Kona, a brand new European dining experience housed in a quiet corner of the five star residency. Kona really is the hotel’s best kept secret as we arrive at 8pm on Friday evening and we are only one of two table reservations. The atmosphere is serene and sophisticated, we’re immediately at ease taking our seats in the ... Read More


North London

Inspiral Cafe Camden

InSpiral Vegan Brunch, Camden

Published on May 11th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron

InSpiral is a popular eco-restaurant that’s hidden in plain view. Sitting in prime position at the top of Camden High Street, by the bridge and adjacent to Regent’s Canal, it’s an eatery that lies behind an unassuming and small shop front. Stepping over the threshold, as we did one lunchtime recently for a foodie event, introduces you to a rather spacious, airy, eco-conscious environment with plenty of wooden tables and chairs from which to admire the delightful views of the canal. And its eco-friendly approach to furnishings and ambience is just a small reflection of the company’s founding principles. For the last eight years, InSpiral has promoted healthy, nutritious, mindful ... Read More


Central London

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Crabbieshack Pop Up, Clerkenwell

Published on May 8th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron

Since becoming a member of the KERB family of lunchtime hunger alleviators, street food vendor, Crabbieshack, has seen its popularity soar as demand for its indulgent crab burgers takes over. This demand was none-more so obvious than when ImALondoner arrived to Clerkenwell’s The Hat and Tun last week for the preview of Pincer Punch – a collaboration that sees the crab-burger trader team up with the EC boozer for a paired menu next week of deep fried, Old Bay battered soft shell crabs and Tommy’s Margaritas – a Hat and Tun speciality. On arrival the pub was packed, with many milling around to get stuck in to the Crabbieshack menu. In conversation with Roche ... Read More


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Chocolate Making Class @ Bake with Maria, St John’s Wood

Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Gavin

I get through my fair share of Dairy Milk, Crème Eggs, and Lindt; so when I was invited to Bake with Maria’s new chocolate making class, I knew it was about time I finally learnt where those gooey bars of delight actually come from. Bake with Maria is a cookery school in St John’s Wood started by specialist bread baker Maria Mayerhofer. The chocolate making class is a new venture hosted by chocolatier Annamarie Jones and she starts off by introducing us to her personal cocoa plant from Grenada. She explains that cocoa is grown along the tropical belt with most production taking place in Ghana and the Ivory Coast ... Read More


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