Galettes and Crêpes par excellence at L’Ami Malo

For perhaps a lighter choice of restaurant food it is hard to beat the more flavoursome take on French style Galettes and Crepes and L’Ami Malo in Artillery Passage, close to Liverpool Street Station, does these really well.  It offers a good choice of savoury galettes and sweet crepes to whet one’s appetite and these are filling enough to more than satisfy the discerning diner.  Indeed the range of flavours on offer makes this small, very French, restaurant down a tiny narrow street, packed with bars and restaurants, a great choice for something a little different from your average restaurant … [Read more...]

Bowling Bird latest restaurant to join discount scheme

The latest restaurant to join the Barbican Association Discount Scheme is the relatively new Bowling Bird on Cloth Fair, located in John Betjeman’s old house – No. 44 - and opposite the St. Bartholomew the Great churchyard. Bowling Bird describes itself as a contemporary neighbourhood restaurant offering fresh, seasonal food and a select choice of fine wines and spirits.   It claims its relaxed service and enlightened hospitality, set amongst an eclectic mix of furnishings in one of London’s most historic areas, makes it a vital addition to the local community.  It generates almost … [Read more...]

Coin Laundry: Refurb and new food and drink menus

Neighbourhood bar/restaurant, Coin Laundry, on Exmouth Market, has relaunched with a new menu that celebrates British producers and lets seasonal ingredients sing. The reimagined Coin Laundry is open for everyday drinks, as well as working lunches and weekday suppers, bottomless weekend brunch and Sunday roasts. Group Bar Manager Alessandro Paludet’s new drinks menu foregrounds home-brewed beer, classic and more offbeat wines, as well as punchy cocktails. Paludet’s wine list also balances the familiar with the unpredictable; recognisable wines, such as a New ZealandSauvignon Blanc … [Read more...]

Smiths refurb now complete

The iconic Smiths of Smithfield on Charterhouse Street and opposite the north side of the meat market has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme.  It has now re-opened its four floors of restaurants and bars – ranging from the casual ground floor Café and Bar to the more formal top floor gourmet restaurant and terrace. Smiths describes itself as a stunning example of a Grade II listed building that, over the years has evolved to its present-day design of four floors, each offering a unique dining and drinking experience.  Because of its location only a short walk from the … [Read more...]

Female oriented sex shop’s book reading session with Rosie Wilby

Sh!, a local sex shop, aimed at a more sexually adventurous female clientele, that plays host to a plethora of sex classes and discussions, will soon be inviting guests to join them in a book reading session and group talk with the multi-faceted Rosie Wilby, who has just released her debut book. Sh! encourages women and couples to engage in open discussions about sex and the wide range of topics that surround it. This class, which is set to take place on Friday 18th May, will be no exception and participants will have the chance to quiz Rosie Wilby, an icon in the lesbian community, … [Read more...]

The Great Garden Fête in the heart of the City

The historic Inner Temple Garden will be bringing a flavour of the countryside to the Embankment with ‘The Great Garden Fête’ on Sunday 20 May 2018. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival this free event will open the gates of a classic English garden, based in the heart of the legal quarter of the City of London, bringing a day of merriment for all whilst also helping to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness Week. Alongside visitors taking part in traditional games such as sack races and the ‘trowel and potato’ race, there will be sheep and miniature donkeys from Spitalfields City … [Read more...]

Update: A Dinner at the Devonshire

Article updated with details of the newly appointed Executive Chef and the new menu. The Devonshire Club is a high-end members establishment which recently opened in one of the old East India Company warehouses and a Georgian townhouse in Devonshire Square. It is also a great 68-room hotel with high quality guest rooms available to members and non-members alike and with its very convenient location is ideal as an overnight, and luxurious, venue for people with business in the City – or anywhere else in London given its proximity to Liverpool Street mainline and underground stations.  This … [Read more...]

Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Lifted from Barbicantalk.com but of interest to all residents Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, author talks, workshops and other events takes place across London’s libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues. This year’s book is ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton, … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea French style in Tower 42

What a treat!  That was my companion’s comment after visiting the Tower 42 venue for le Restaurant de PAUL in Tower 42 in the City for a decidedly French take on the English afternoon tea ritual.  Indeed it was sans the traditional British pot of tea which might disappoint the purists, but in tea’s place were unlimited glasses of the restaurant’s house sparkling wine from Gaillac - Ky Procco  - to wash down a three-tier serving of sandwiches and pastries – all French style. Le Restaurant de PAUL is through the Tower 42 main entrance on Old Broad Street Indeed afternoon tea options … [Read more...]

Love, Betrayal, Death (in Italian Opera)

A Concert at St Giles' Cripplegate on Saturday April 28th starting at 5:45 pm. GS Wines and partners will present a concert of music, including arias, from some of the best loved Italian operas such as The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and L'Elisir d'Amore, written by the finest composers of Italian opera including Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Our accomplished singers, Yuri Sabatini (Tenor), Luciana di Bella (Soprano) and Monique Loricchio Klongtruadroke (Soprano) will delight you with their glorious voices and superb technique as they perform songs … [Read more...]