Crab Tavern joins BA discount scheme

Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle is a seafood restaurant and bar that boasts a menu that merges New York style with classic west coast American fare. Choose from an abundance of hero crab dishes, rolls and salads, as well as more refined dishes from the classic grill and seafood selection. Th restaurant has just joined the Barbican Association Discount Scheme and offers a 15% discount on food only to Barbican Association members. Crab Tavern is at Unit 37, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS, UK.  Tel: 020 7096 2044.  Website: crabtavern.co.uk To view all the discounts offered to Barbican … [Read more...]

Ned Hotel – 5* and Nine restaurants/bars at Bank

London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group have joined forces to create The Ned: a five star hotel with a collection of restaurants, members’ club and spa in the City of London, close to Bank Station and opposite the Coq d’Argent restaurant. Set in a former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens in 1924. The space includes nine restaurants, two of which are reserved for Club members and hotel guests (who get temporary Club membership for the duration of their stay), 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, a range of men’s and women’s … [Read more...]

New Sourced Market opens on Goswell Road

The fourth location for the Sourced Market independent food and drink market has opened on Goswell Road, in collaboration with the Citadines hotel, two minutes walk north from Barbican Station and almost opposite the Barbican’s newest block, Blake Tower, and John Trundle Court. The concept is both a shop and a café which is open through the day from breakfast time to the evenings featuring food and drink from independent suppliers with the option to purchase and take-away, or to eat in on site.  Dining in menus may be viewed on the company’s website. If you are quick you can take … [Read more...]

SMITHS of Smithfield on the 2nd Floor: The Dining Room

SMITHS of Smithfield on the 2nd Floor: The Dining Room We last reviewed SMITHS’, specifically the  top-rated  top floor restaurant, in January last year, so it was interesting to come back and check out the slightly less posh-feeling restaurant on the floor below. The whole building is metro industrial; the double-height rooms on each floor with the exposed pipe work feel vast but not cold because they are cheered up by the red-tones of upholstery, the orange of the bare brick, and the clever warm lighting.  Through the large windows, you get a great view of the top of Smithfield Market … [Read more...]

Luca: New St John Street restaurant from Clove Club team

We were a little upset to see the demise of Portal in St. John Street – it had been in operation from just after the start of Barbican Life 14 years ago and we recall fondly a couple of good, but not exceptional, meals there as well as two launch and anniversary parties serving excellent canapés and wine.  But in restaurants all good things tend to come to an end and Portal closed down about a year ago and the space has been completely refurbished and re-opened as Luca – the second restaurant from the founders of the hugely successful Michelin starred Clove Club in Shoreditch adjacent to … [Read more...]

Humble Grape to open new outlet in Islington

Humble Grape Islington will be a neighbourhood wine bar and wine shop to open this summer. Following the success of Humble Grape, Battersea (2015) and Fleet Street (2016) – the latter covered here back in May 2016 -  this will mark the latest opening from founder, James Dawson. Now with a collection of over 400 wines directly imported, James and his team are dedicated to providing quality wines, that are single vineyard, largely organic, biodynamic and sustainably sourced.  The Islington venue will be at 11 Theberton Street, just off Upper Street, a short distance after Islington … [Read more...]

City Point About Turn

For those who had noticed, the Bad Egg restaurant in City Point had become Little Smoke, except at weekends when it reverted to serving the very popular Bad Egg bottomless brunches.  However the Little Smoke concept didn’t last long in the City and the restaurant has reverted to being Bad Egg full time again.  As the Little Smoke website comments: “Our Little Smoke experiment has now ended and has returned to its spiritual home of the Smokehouse blackboard in Islington.  It’s been a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone who visited.  For more information on Smokehouse, to book a … [Read more...]

Indoor braai in Farringdon

Indoor braai in Farringdon Hammer & Tongs is a casual, and relatively low cost restaurant specialising in South African-style barbecue. Called a Braai, it is the most primal way of cooking and, in the restaurant’s opinion, the tastiest. Head Chef Richard Lloyd reckons to source only the highest quality meat, seafood & seasonal greens. The menu features traditional Braai dishes such as Sosaties  and Potjies and some originals such as sharing Lamb Ribs & Beer Can Onion. The restaurant  is a short walk up Farringdon Road from Farringdon Station and close to Exmouth Market and … [Read more...]

Rooftop al fresco drinking in Shoreditch

The editor was delighted to be invited to the launch party for an uprated roof terrace bar right next door to his old offices in Singer Street, close by ‘Silicon Roundabout’ and only a couple of minutes walk from Old Street underground station. Thus, Shoreditch venue Golden Bee has launched a new, split-level rooftop terrace, which will see its open-air space doubled in time for summer making it an ideal spot for al fresco drinks. The East London bar has long been the destination for sun-worshippers during the summer months, but will now become the only venue in Shoreditch with a … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea is becoming the rage

First it was breakfast, with a number of high end restaurants opening up early to serve the first meal of the day – now it seems to be afternoon tea which is becoming all the rage in restaurants trying to fill what might have been dead time with a profitable offering.  We have received a plethora of publicity releases on specialist afternoon teas – many of which are getting to match a dinner outing in food volume and costs.  We recently covered the Japanese afternoon tea at Jason Atherton’s Sosharu restaurant near Farringdon Station – click on Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu to read again – … [Read more...]