• Central London Bunnychow Soho
  • Drinks Taste Cocktails Negroni
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  • South London Ben's Canteen St Johns Hill
  • Drinks Baijiu Cocktail Week
  • Central London Foxlow Clerkenwell
  • East London Bar

Relaunched Menu @ Bunnychow, Soho

February 27th, 2015 | by Gavin

As my previous reviews show, I’m a big fan of Soho comfort food restaurant Bunnychow.  The South African influenced street food vendors opened their first permanent site on Wardour Street last year, after pop ups in Shoreditch, street food markets and music festivals all over the UK.  The Soho crowd doesn’t quite compare to Glastonbury revellers, so the team have been doing some on-the-job R&D and launched a brand new menu that we had a first chance to sample. Gone are the desserts and flatbreads, and in come more varieties of breads, side dishes, and best of all, the Full English breakfast bunny is now available all day and night!

Taste DIY Cocktail Kits

February 25th, 2015 | by Gavin

Since beginning my journey many years ago into the London cocktail scene, my admiration for bartenders mixing up my favourite drinks has grown and grown. No matter how hard I try or how closely I follow the recipe, it can never match what the maestros create on an hourly basis. However I was introduced to Taste- a club that offers subscribers a new cocktail to make at home every month.  The club only began in February 2014 but has steadily built up a loyal following thanks to the easy to follow instructions and the quality of products used (there’s no generic vodka here, all premium stuff!) A package arrives at

Woodford Reserve @ Nightjar, Old St

February 23rd, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi

Nightjar has long been one of ImALondoner’s favourite bars of all time, but just when we thought we couldn’t love it anymore; it has just gone and tipped the scale. Having recently teamed up with Woodford Reserve, Nightjar are now the proud hosts of a quarterly event in which Woodford Reserve will present live bluegrass music and a special menu of their favourite cocktails. Small-batch bourbon, live music and a wonderful old-school-glamour venue – this is what ImALondoner heaven looks like. The first Woodford Reserve evening at Nightjar kicked off at the beginning of February, where they introduced the Ben Somers String Band to the stage. For Rosie and Edmund,

Ealing Park Tavern

February 22nd, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

There are some names that just ooze success – you know whatever they do it is, most likely, going to be brilliant. Adele, for example. Olivia Coleman. Robert De Nero. And when it comes to London hospitality then we’re adding the Martin Brothers to the list of high-flyers. Those who have visited establishments such as The Botanist, The Cadogan Arms and The Jugged Hare will be nodding their heads sagely. Each of these bar/restaurants stand out for their unique and original features, their exemplary service and an ability to be both cosy and comfortable while also having an air of sauve glamour about the edges. Difficult to do, but once

Brunch @ Ben’s Canteen, Clapham Junction

February 18th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

There aren’t many things we’d stand in line for on a Sunday morning. It’s the day of rest after all, and more often than not we’re nursing a slightly sore head from the night before. And yet some things are worth this unnatural state of vertical inertness – Eggs Pig Out and a Banging Bourbon Bloody Mary, to be precise. Ben’s Canteen is now a staple of the eating and drinking scene in the murky crossover of Battersea/Clapham that is St John’s Hill. Most notably, they have made a name for themselves as being the purveyors of one of the finest brunches you can get in London – served every

Baijiu Cocktail Week

February 16th, 2015 | by Gavin

Chinese New Year has grown in popularity over the past few years, and is no longer just a celebrated with a few fireworks in Chinatown.  This year in particular I’ve been inundated with celebratory menus and party invites for the week long celebration of the Year of the Sheep. One that intrigued me though was Baijiu Cocktail Week, a 10 day party from 13th – 22nd February based around China’s most popular spirit. Baijiu is a 52% ABV white spirit that’s typically used in China to celebrate business deals, a tradition that started when soldiers would share drinks after winning a long battle.  16 of London’s best bars are taking

Foxlow, Clerkenwell

February 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

Londoners, there is cause to celebrate. Those of you that have treaded the streets of Clerkenwell and discovered the delights of Foxlow, tucked down St John Street, will know the delights that lie in store. And now the peppy sibling of Hawksmoor is due to open another location in Stoke Newington. Fabulous! Those who are scratching their heads at Foxlow then hello, where have you been? This gorgeous yet very casual-cool restaurant opened just over a year ago, and have made a name for themselves as being at the forefront of super brunches, amazing roast dinners, and plates of meat to really get people talking. They still have all the

Caterina 55, Moorgate

February 11th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron

Caterina55, located a short walk from Moorgate station, exudes a mixed persona. Surrounded by sleek, glass skyscrapers; it initially unveils a bright, contemporary-interior hallway where you make your way down into the restaurant. Here is where the Italian eatery changes, as its new age décor merges into a spacious unit with Ikea-esque furniture and layout. Aside from this medley, Caterina55 has introduced an unfamiliar concept to London: home-made Italian fast-food. You could argue that that is exactly what pizza is, however, pizza is thin on the ground at Caterina55. In fact, at the recent press evening that we were kindly invited to, pizza made no appearance! Instead we sampled chicken

Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salons and Spa, Bayswater

February 10th, 2015 | by Tatei Montejo

Gina Conway is a salon that feels like a spa. Friendly faces, beautiful smells and a calming vibe — what’s not to like? After I had my consultation with the super talented Kiwi stylist Ronan, his assistant Hannah offered me a Stress Relieving Massage, a quick head and shoulders massage with an essential oil of your choice (I chose the beautifying blend of course) that helps you leave the tensions from a busy day behind and enjoy what’s to come. Oh and it’s totally free! I love treatments with a holistic edge so by this point I was already sold. As much as I love getting my hair spruced up,

El Patron, Putney

February 9th, 2015 | by Ben Southwood

When it comes to foreign cuisine, Mexican is probably the most common and least exotic feeling out there, given how easy it is to find it in UK town centres and supermarkets. I myself eat a burrito practically every workday lunchtime from the peerless Santana Grill on Strutton Ground in Westminster. So El Patron in Putney, which has been open for a few months but which had a launch party, might have found it hard to stand out. This perhaps explains why they lay on their theming quite thickly—from the website (‘El Patron London HOLA.’) with its stylised pictures of Mexican scenery—to the wood cabin feel of the restaurant/bar itself.

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