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...]

Bloomberg Arcade restaurants

The latest major restaurant destination in the City is the new Bloomberg Arcade, which joins the two sections of the brand new Bloomberg development near Bank.  It puzzles the editor where the clientele will come from given the huge number of new restaurant openings in the City area over the past two to three years.  Obviously prosperity and disposable incomes, or perhaps just the spending habits of millenials, are running higher than is generally credited. The following is a listing of Bloomberg arcade restaurants with brief descriptions of their cuisine offerings taken from the … [Read more...]

Gaucho update and relaunch

The UK’s 24-year-old Gaucho restaurant group has unveiled its bright new future, under the direction of Martin Williams, CEO of M Restaurants and former Gaucho MD. Diners are set to experience the evolution of Gaucho’s menus and a series of high-quality food and drink events. Key to Gaucho’s new era is a broadening of its culinary vision. The group will remain a destination for top-quality Argentinian steaks, while also drawing on the contemporary flavours and energetic culture of the wider Latin American region. Gaucho’s new menu offers two choices: ‘Classics’ and ‘Nuevo’. The Nuevo … [Read more...]

South Place Hotel 3Bar Terrace teams up with Cointreau

Cointreau and the South Place Hotel have announced their new autumn haven in the heart of East London, bringing the golden colours of the season to life with Autumn on the Terrace in partnership with Cointreau at South Place Hotel’s ground floor 3Bar, until late November. As the air gets chillier, warm up your senses with a selection of seasonal cocktails created using everyone’s favourite autumnal flavours - from classic, to sweet and spicy, there is sure to be a cocktail to see you through to the colder season. You are invited to drink special Cointreau cocktails in the heated, cosy … [Read more...]

Vegan Restaurant Stem + Glory launching in Barts Square in January

Building on its huge popularity in Cambridge, the award-winning Stem + Glory team is starting work on their third restaurant and first London site this week. The site refurbishment is starting this week and the restaurant will be ready for a January launch. Stem + Glory will be offering its gourmet plant-based food in an exclusive new development in  Bart’s Square (60 Bartholomew’s Close, EC1A 7BN). close to the Barbican Louise Palmer-Masterton, Founder of Stem + Glory said: “We have been searching for the perfect venue for the launch of our first London restaurant and we know we have … [Read more...]

Raasay While We Wait 2018

Alasdair Day, co-founder of Raasay Distillery, invited us to try Raasay While We Wait 2018 at Bottles, the new Italian Wine Bar In Spitalfields we reviewed in July. There is a fascinating back story to this.  Raasay Island lies to the east of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides. and the Raasay distillery is the first ever (legal) distillery there. The distillery started business in 2017 but has to wait 3 years until it can call its own produce "whisky" so, in the meantime, it has worked with a partner distillery to produce the closest blend to what it expects from its first cull in … [Read more...]

Burger & Beyond opening in Shoreditch

This winter, burger favourites Burger & Beyond are opening doors to their first static restaurant (licensed) on Shoreditch High Street that will bring their signature buns to a permanent site for the very first time, as well as a new expanded menu.  The actual opening date is, as yet, still uncertain but should be during November. In keeping with their current residencies at KERB, Street Feast and Camden Assembly, the brand’s burgers and sides, honed after three and a half years in the business, will take centre stage. ‘Drinking snacks’ and ‘Small Plates’ will show the team’s … [Read more...]