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...]

Live Music at Artillery Arms 23rd May

Livening up Bunhill Row, The Artillery Arms have announced a live music evening with RoxiSound with covers, hits and more on Thursday 23rd May 8pm … [Read more...]

Savage Sundays are here

We reviewed the fabulous Savage Garden @ Fenchurch St in March and they are keeping things fresh for summer bringing talent to their rooftop bar by launching a new live music programme taking place every second and fourth Sunday of the month. The first Savage Sunday will be taking place on 12th May. Savage Sundays will see up-and-coming music talent take the stage to entertain guests while they drink and dance away the last hours of the weekend. Enjoy signature cocktails and delicious food whilst listening to new sounds and taking in the incredible views of the city from the … [Read more...]

New HAZ Turkish restaurant on Finsbury Square

The HAZ group of Restaurants has been something of a success story for Turkish-style cuisine in London and the group’s latest opening, its sixth, occupies the space in Finsbury Square’s Alphabeta building previously occupied by the rather shortlived branch of The Modern Pantry. HAZ has built itself up based on the experience and passion of its three Turkish founders. Using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and taking great inspiration from its heritage and ancient Turkish cooking techniques, its aim has been to celebrate Mediterranean flavours and provide a true taste of the Turkish … [Read more...]

Hammer & Tongs opens Protea Wine Bar

South African braai (barbecue) restaurant Hammer & Tongs on Farringdon Road is opening a new wine bar, The Protea Wine Bar, on May 1st.  It is hidden beneath the existing restaurant. We reviewed the Hammer & Tongs restaurant in April 2017 – See: Indoor braai in Farringdon   Named after South Africa’s National flower, the wine list at The Protea Wine Bar is proudly 100% South African, a first for London, if not the UK. Get to know the wide range of exceptional South African wines! The wine menu will take you on a journey through the wine regions of the rainbow nation; … [Read more...]

Savage Garden @ Fenchurch St

The Savage Garden Rooftop bar is the ideal post-work get together venue for friends and work colleagues. With really stunning views (Shard and Tower Bridge etc.), this venue is one of London's newest rooftop bars.   It also has a very impressive private terrace with a useful retractable roof (if you have a function coming up). The menu is ideal for all-day dining and is sized for any appetite.  If you're on the budget tour, then you have plenty of smaller plates to choose from, too. Their quirky and appetizing snacks on the intro night included a 'fill yourself' miniature doughnut … [Read more...]

New Italian restaurant in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is definitely becoming one of the trendiest areas for new restaurant openings in London, and perhaps the newest, which was due to open on 22nd February, is Gloria which styles itself as a 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria run by a what it terms as a crazy bunch of 85 young and passionate people from the Bel Paese and the sunny coast of Naples. It offers what it describes as an explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Filippo. From the 10-Level Lasagna, to the … [Read more...]

New Duck Pop-Up in Spitalfields

Monsieur Le Duck is a new pop-up restaurant that brings the food and wine of South-West France to the heart of London. Inspired by the douceur de vivre of Gascony, it offers a simple but alluring menu, focusing on duck, chips, salad and wine. Fronted by Londoner Richard Humphreys, a frequent traveler to Gascony, Monsieur Le Duck provides a portal to a land of relaxed eating and drinking; a concept synonymous with South-West France. Hugely passionate about the simple, rich and delicious food of this part of France, Richard gave up his previous career in the City to follow his dream of … [Read more...]

Jazz Bar on Old Street

There seems to be a whole host of bars and restaurants springing up close to the Barbican and one of the newer ones is Bugie Bar at 100 Old Street, a few yards from the top end of Whitecross Street in the direction of Old Street Station. Technically Bugie Bar is a basement cocktail bar (below a sex shop) which offers Jazz music, with live jazz performances weekly on Fridays.  Cocktails are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is lively.  It describes itself as the area’s newest ‘secret’ bar with free-flowing cocktails and a great collection of vintage jazz music.  It is currently open from … [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...]