The Borough Market Cookbook

‘When spring arrives, a new palette presents itself along with a burst of energy and optimism.’ – Ed Smith, The Borough Market Cookbook Learn what to cook and eat this spring with The Borough Market Cookbook – the first ever official book from Borough Market. It offers over 100 delicious seasonal recipes, including 30 that are inspired by the spring season. The dishes show why market shopping – whether at Borough or any of our other wonderful British markets – is the most enjoyable way to bring the best food and ingredients to your own table. The book is written by award-winning food … [Read more...]

Secret Garden at South Place Hotel

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has hit cinemas and disco is the talk of the town this year. Channel your inner Grace Jones this festive season, and indulge in pure decadence and music of the era at the Studio 54-style Secret Garden at South Place Hotel. It’s a hedonistic playground where All That Glitters is Gold. The party starts on 27th November. The Secret Garden is London’s best kept secret in the heart of the city… but not for much longer. With a strict glamour-only dress code, make sure you dress for the spotlight for All that Glitters at the Secret Garden. There’ll be glittering disco balls … [Read more...]

Come and sing your heart out!

The London Symphony Orchestra have invited us to apply as they prepare for a colossal vocal performance that will take place at the Barbican Centre in the spring. The performance will be the UK premiere of a piece by composer David Lang, and will bring together 500 local people. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the LSO’s choral director, Sir Simon Halsey, there are no auditions, and there’s no requirement to read music. Be part of something big this spring, as 500 people from all walks of life come together for a once-in a lifetime performance at the Barbican … [Read more...]

Craft a Christmas Wreath at Broadgate on Sunday 2nd

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings for December here and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more. Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just drop-in on … [Read more...]

Free Festive Crafts at Broadgate in December

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle every Sunday as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings below and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more.  Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just … [Read more...]

The Grill at Smiths – Steaking a claim

Smiths’ bar + café (ground floor), cocktail bar (1st), grill (2nd) and restaurant and terrace (3rd) have a busy but spacious home in a recently refurbished Grade II listed warehouse sprawling from 67 to 77 Charterhouse Street opposite the main Smithfield meat market on the north side.  The long established restaurant complex was acquired by Youngs a year ago and has since undergone some extensive refurbishment and menu changes. This is a massive venue with huge open plan rooms (which makes it feel spacious) and each floor has a different flavour, whether you are meeting a friend for coffee, … [Read more...]

IDENTITY Exhibition explores body dysmorphia

IDENTITY TEN ARTISTS EXPLORE BODY DYSMORPHIA IN POWERFUL EXHIBITION Zebra One Gallery challenged ten artists to explore body dysmorphia and self-image for Identity, a powerful group exhibition showing at the Hampstead Gallery from 24 November until 9 December. It features never-before-seen images of Lady Gaga, who famously suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in her teens, leading to eating disorder battles. A percentage of monies raised from the exhibition will go to The BDD Foundation, the only charity in the world that is dedicated to alleviating the suffering that BDD … [Read more...]

COSMIMA Special Selling Exhibition

22 – 25 November 2018 Clerkenwell Gallery 20 Clerkenwell Green London, EC1R 0DP Previous COSMIMA exhibtions It all started in 2005 when Jewellery Designer colleagues and friends Hidemi Asano, Chris Carpenter, Ulla Hörnfeldt, Daphne Krinosand Louise O’Neill planned a collaborative selling exhibition showcasing their work. The exhibition held in Clerkenwell was such a success, and the collaborative process so enjoyable that they decided to make the exhibition an annual event. A decision was made to invite four guest makers to join them so each year two silversmiths and two jewellers show … [Read more...]

Charterhouse Christmas Fair

The Charterhouse opens its doors for its very first Christmas Fair On Tuesday November 13th, the Charterhouse, which encompasses seven centuries of history in seven acres between Barbican and Farringdon, is welcoming everyone to its first Christmas Fair.  Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm the Fair will offer a treasure trove of wonderful gift ideas from cashmere hats and chocolate, to jewellery and gin, in the glorious atmospheric surrounds of this former monastery and Tudor mansion. Join us and get into the Christmas spirit with our own Santa, seasonal treats, and over 30 stalls of distinctive … [Read more...]

Helix/Iris – Searcy’s Gherkin flagship with great views

Our principal Barbican Centre restaurant (now Osteria) used to be, arguably, the original signature venue in Searcy’s portfolio of restaurants.  Their new Helix on level 39 of the Gherkin, coupled with the Iris bar on level 40) elevates both the cuisine and the view.  It’s a shame that we couldn’t get a view of the Barbican’s Towers from the restaurant but you do get a magnificent skyline spectacle around the remaining 270 degrees. And we had to make do with a spectacular view down to Tower Bridge!  Helix is yet another great dining venue with spectacular views in the City’s plethora of high … [Read more...]