Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden in Farringdon this August

In the middle of bustling Farringdon, hidden behind ivy covered walls and unknown to passers-by, lies the Order of St. John’ Cloister garden, which will be taken over by Fentimans for three weeks in August as its Secret Spritz Garden.   It will be a hideaway filled with fragrant herbs, aromatic plants and Fentimans spritz cocktails. Created by the botanical soft drink and mixer makers Fentimans, the Secret Spritz Garden will be an oasis for after-work drinks and savoured weekend cocktails during the parched August days. Filled with medicinal herbs and plants, at the heart of the … [Read more...]

Tramp also has its 50th this year

Iconic London members club, Tramp is to release a limited-edition Champagne and 24k gold burger to celebrate its 50th anniversary year, on 19 July. The illustrious club has played host to a litany of stars including Frank Sinatra, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones and The Beatles over the years, but this is the first time guests will be able to drink the club’s own brand of champagne. Two, limited edition champagnes - a Blanc de Blanc and a Rose - were created in partnership with Eminent Wines The Blanc de Blanc uses grapes from the Montagne de Reims region and has … [Read more...]

Two Shoreditch Restaurants in World Top 50

At a recent  ceremony in Singapore, the world’s 50 top restaurants were ranked and included only two from the U.K. – both in Shoreditch so within easy range of Barbican fine diners.  The Clove Club, located in the Old Shoreditch Town Hall came in at 27th and Lyle’s on Shoreditch High Street at 33rd.  Top spot was awarded to Mirazur near Menton on the French Riviera. This 50 best listing of world restaurants has been running since 2002 and is compiled by William Reed Business Media based out of Crawley in the south east of the UK and is based on reports from over 1,000 industry experts.  … [Read more...]

New Hoxton Venue opens 20th June

This June, Hoxton Square will welcome a brand new addition with the arrival of Gigi’s Hoxton, a new all-day restaurant, bar and late night music venue. Taking over the former site of Zigfrid von Underbelly, Gigi’s Hoxton will be a venue like no other in London, with a unique fusion of cutting edge design, contemporary food and kick-ass cocktails with the hottest DJ sets and live music, cementing its new place in Hoxton’s famously evolving going out scene. Gigi’s Hoxton is the brainchild of Giovanna Hussain, the powerhouse behind some of East London’s most popular venues. An inimitable force … [Read more...]

‘it’s a bit like a jamboree in your mouth’

This place is up there with my favourites. Head up Bunhill Row past Bunhill Fields and you’ll find Flamboree on Old St on the site of the original Bovril factory. Exterior Seating 75, the interior is vibrant industrial fun. Interior Flamboree focuses on tarte flambée, a speciality of the region of Alsace in eastern France and south west Germany - where it is called flammekueche (translates as ‘flame pastry’).  It originates from the process of baking bread when a thin slice of pastry would be used to test the heat of the ovens. Bringing us this deliciously different menu is … [Read more...]

Foxlow closing end of June

After a fantastic 6 years Foxlow are closing down. With Foxlow closed they will be able to focus exclusively on Hawksmoor, which continues to thrive in the UK and on their opening in New York this Autumn. Hopefully Hawksmoor’s success and integrity will mean that many of the people who worked in Foxlow will move to Hawksmoor to continue to build their careers. If you would like to hear about things happening at Hawksmoor, about their offers and events, then you can do so by signing up to their newsletter here. "To everyone that supported Foxlow and have made the last 6 years so … [Read more...]

Around the corner to Gascony

Monsieur le Duck has arrived in Clerkenwell fresh from success in their temporary home in Spitalfields.  On the left hand side of Clerkenwell Road heading west, just a little past the high walls of the back of the Charterhouse, the orange awning shouts out a warm welcome - serving fresh breakfast pastries from 8.30, brunch from 10, smaller plates from the bar and the full menu from 12 noon. With trademark duck and other ingredients coming all the way from farms in Gascony in the south-west of France, Monsieur le Duck gives us authentic quality.  There are also options for vegetarians and a … [Read more...]

Update: Angler’s Terrace Collaboration

We recently reported on Michelin-starred Angler’s rooftop terrace launching a picturesque summer bar in collaboration with international award-winning gin producers, Cambridge Distillery.  We have now had a chance to try it out and can report that it is a great cocktail destination with some exceedingly pleasant gin-based cocktails - most welcome for an early evening break in our case. The Angler Terrace on the 7th floor of the South Place Hotel, and adjacent to one of the best fish restaurants in London - awarded a Michelin star in its first year - is a quintessentially British terrace … [Read more...]

Angler Terrace Collaboration with Cambridge Distillery

Having started  from the 7th May and running until the end of August, Michelin-starred Angler’s rooftop terrace has launched a picturesque summer bar in collaboration with international award-winning gin producers, Cambridge Distillery. This quintessentially British terrace will bring Cambridge countryside charm to the city, offering refreshing gin cocktails amidst a haven of overflowing, blooming summer flowers and foliage. Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team, William and Lucy Lowe, Cambridge Distillery started out with the couple creating a laboratory in their living room. Inspired … [Read more...]

Artillery Arms update

An ever-popular ‘local’ for some Barbican residents, the Artillery Arms on Bunhill Row has had a relatively recent change of manager - Amelie has replaced Tony in this position - who has introduced some changes. The pub  first opened its doors as the Blue Anchor Tavern in 1831 further down the road from the present location (which incidentally still houses the original bar). The current name dates from 1856. The Blue Anchor was known for rat baiting events held in the cellar. In 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act prohibited the baiting of any bulls, dogs, cocks and any other animal, but no … [Read more...]