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...]

The Full English Ruby Murray

The Full English Ruby Murray Will Bowlby of Soho’s modern Indian restaurant ‘Kricket’ will join Mark Hix for a one-off dinner at HIX Oyster and Chop House on Monday 16th October. Sharing a love for Indian food and a passion for spice, we will be celebrating the humble ‘Ruby Murray’ at our Smithfield restaurant with a 4-course meal and drinks to match during National Curry Week. With plenty of time to chat to Mark and Will, they will share stories of their experience with Indian food revealing how British ingredients work in Indian cookery. Expect to feast on Will’s classic Samphire … [Read more...]

D&D Butler’s Wharf end of Summer Party

D&D London’s Butlers Wharf restaurants are providing the perfect way to close the summer, with a glittering party of food, refreshing tipples, live music and entertainment. Just before London settles into the new season, this will be the city’s final hurrah for those not willing to let the summer go quite yet, on Saturday 9th September from 12-3pm. All four restaurants will open their doors for the party, with each curating its own sun-kissed celebration menu of food and drinks. You can expect Butler’s Wharf Chop House to stay true to its meaty roots with Baby-back ribs and burgers, … [Read more...]

Bird’s summer menu and Spritz garden

Bird of Smithfield’s relatively new Head Chef, Tommy Boland, has now been successfully cooking there since October 2016. He has a strong background of working at Michelin starred restaurants and this is reflected in his delightful dishes. Tommy’s summer menu includes starters such as Cured Cornish Mackerel, kohlrabi, dill, yoghurt, cucumber, followed by a main course of Roasted Loin of Cornish Cod, ‘nduja, cockles, samphire, coco beans. Cleanse your palate with dessert such as Lemon Curd, agrumes, arlette biscuit, orange sorbet or Fresh Charentais Melon, lime, mojito granita, … [Read more...]

Disappearing Dining Club’s Little Quiet

Little Quiet – a new restaurant on Newbury Street (a short and very lightly trafficed street running parallel to Long lane and about 50 metres to its south between Cloth Street and Kinghorn Street) – probably takes the prize as being the area’s smallest.  It seats only 16 guests (it’s licensed for 18 so might be able to squeeze a couple more in) and will only survive if it can pretty much fill it every day it is open – currently Wednesday to Saturday evenings between 6pm and 10.45 pm (local residents are probably even more noise conscious than those of the Barbican).  Currently it is close to … [Read more...]

Exciting Long Term Pop-Up Eateries in Broadgate Containers

British Land has announced the launch of a new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2. Shipping containers in Finsbury Avenue Square have become home to an exciting line-up of five independent street-food operators. These include WOLF, which offers authentic Italian food akin to a neighbourhood-style restaurant; and Claw Food, serving crab burgers sourced from traceable, sustainable and fresh crabs from Start Bay in Devon, and Yolk, which offers breakfast and lunch including its famous poached egg pots and speciality Black Box Coffee.  Baba G Bhangra Burgers serving up massive … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]