10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February.

  10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February. Le Café du Marché is an authentic and atmospheric French restaurant in Smithfield, London. The first floor private dining room, Le Grenier, is a unique and characterful events space for formal dinners or relaxed parties. Book an event for January and February for 30 or more people and Le Café du Marché is offering 10% off.* Le Grenier dining room is a high-ceilinged converted loft-space ideal for private parties, corporate events and wedding celebrations. The private dining has large windows and characterful … [Read more...]

Temper in the City

Unfortunately we missed the opening of this, the second Temper restaurant, following the huge success of the first in Soho.  The new one is in Angel Court within spitting distance (well almost) of the Bank of England in the heart of the City and opened mid-summer.  Temper is the brainchild of chef Neil Rankin, noted for his Smokehouse BBQ restaurants.  Neil is said to have pioneered London’s high end barbecue scene and is well known for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. For those familiar with the original Temper restaurant, which has a Mexican theme, be … [Read more...]

Intimate Dining Par Excellence – Little Quiet

Intimate Dining Par Excellence – Little Quiet You have to try this place, even if you only go once.  Little Quiet is the first permanent restaurant from the team behind The Disappearing Dining Club whose mission is to bring people together to enjoy great food and drink in private and unusual spaces.  They have been fashionably ‘popping  up’ temporary restaurants, and running supper clubs and dinner parties since 2010 in venues as varied as lighthouses to laundrettes.  Locally, they have previously temporarily hosted at Old Street, Bethnal Green, Brick Lane and Bermondsey but here in … [Read more...]

Good and Generous Dishes at the South Place Chop House

Good and Generous Dishes at the South Place Chop House The South Place Chop House can easily missed.  It comfortably covers half the ground floor area of the South Place Hotel nestled between the HSBC bank and Marks & Spencer and the Red Lion pub as you walk from  Moorgate to Liverpool Street.  Personally, I’ve had one or two G+Ts at the rooftop Angler Terrace in the summer sun and we’ve also reviewed the outstanding Michelin starred Angler mainly seafood restaurant at rooftop level, but this is our first review of a dinner at the Chop House.  The restaurant is thus only a short … [Read more...]

Lodge d’Argent returns

Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent, one of the Barbican Life editor’s favourites, will once again be creating a magical winter wonderland on its rooftop space for the festive season, this time with an Arctic theme.   Coq d’Argent is brilliantly located at No.1 Poultry with is roof terrace overlooking the Bank of England, the Mansion House and the Royal Exchange. Running from 21st November until the end of February, this year’s Arctic theme sees two cosy igloo tents installed on the heated ring terraces joining the familiar … [Read more...]

Two dates to note at Hoxton Square

Mean Girls’ Christmas Talent Show  Date: Thursday November 30th Time: 7pm doors open – 10pm Price: £4 adv/£6 on the door What’s your secret talent? Poetry? Song? Interpretive dance? Well here’s your chance to get it out of your system and strut your stuff in that synchronized sexy Santa outfit you’ve always wanted. WIN£100 bar tab to spend with your friends for the best talent of the night! Our gorgeous hostesses for the evening will be Shoreditch High’s very own drag-plastics, The Nightbus, Sue Gives a Fuk, Just May and a mystery guest … (oh my God Karen you can’t just ask someone … [Read more...]

The Refinery Citypoint

The Refinery Citypoint is on our doorstep over the road from Willoughby House and is an all-day dining bar & restaurant which makes it flexible enough for those looking for breakfast through to an evening meal – or drink. The main entrance is in the atrium between Moor Lane and the City Point branch of Pret and the Rack and Tenter pub.  It is a long open plan room with the bar at the Moorgate end and the restaurant and lounge section at the Willoughby end.  Only the two ends of the room have much natural lighting from outside but the warm, stylish but still informal lighting inside … [Read more...]

Little Quiet now open lunchtimes

Little Quiet, the tiny restaurant on Newbury Street (a small street running parallel to Long Lane) which runs set menu evening meals in a space which only seats about 16 diners from Wednesdays to Saturdays only is, from this week, opening for lunches as well – but only on Thursdays and Fridays. On its publicity it describes itself as being ‘close to unfindable’, which is true.  Newbury Street is short, has little passing pedestrian traffic and there is little evidence in terms of signage that there is a restaurant there at all. The restaurant is at Nos. 24-26 Newbury Street and for … [Read more...]

Queen of Hoxton’s Winter rooftop and events

The Queen of Hoxton bar is a short walk from the Barbican, on the corner of Worship Street and Curtain Road.  Not so much Hoxton, Worship Street is actually one of those former light industrial and office locations on the northern fringe of the City of London and nowadays is seeing a number of bar and restaurant openings – and right opposite the Queen of Hoxton is the brand new Principal Place office and residential development which is providing the HQ for Amazon UK and is the location of some other new trendy bars and restaurants, which will serve to further advance the footfall in this area … [Read more...]

The Allegory opens under new Amazon London HQ

Time was when Worship Street was probably just outside the fringes of the City of London proper and was where the light industrial sector of this part of London began, but now it has changed drastically.  The initial impact was perhaps due to the Broadgate development which extended north from Liverpool Station to Worship Street and nowadays restaurants and bars are springing up all along the street.  It is becoming trendy all of a sudden. And it is due to become even more so with the development of Principal Place on what used to be a derelict piece of ground to the east of Curtain Road.  … [Read more...]