City Point About Turn

For those who had noticed, the Bad Egg restaurant in City Point had become Little Smoke, except at weekends when it reverted to serving the very popular Bad Egg bottomless brunches.  However the Little Smoke concept didn’t last long in the City and the restaurant has reverted to being Bad Egg full time again.  As the Little Smoke website comments: “Our Little Smoke experiment has now ended and has returned to its spiritual home of the Smokehouse blackboard in Islington.  It’s been a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone who visited.  For more information on Smokehouse, to book a … [Read more...]

Rooftop al fresco drinking in Shoreditch

The editor was delighted to be invited to the launch party for an uprated roof terrace bar right next door to his old offices in Singer Street, close by ‘Silicon Roundabout’ and only a couple of minutes walk from Old Street underground station. Thus, Shoreditch venue Golden Bee has launched a new, split-level rooftop terrace, which will see its open-air space doubled in time for summer making it an ideal spot for al fresco drinks. The East London bar has long been the destination for sun-worshippers during the summer months, but will now become the only venue in Shoreditch with a … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea is becoming the rage

First it was breakfast, with a number of high end restaurants opening up early to serve the first meal of the day – now it seems to be afternoon tea which is becoming all the rage in restaurants trying to fill what might have been dead time with a profitable offering.  We have received a plethora of publicity releases on specialist afternoon teas – many of which are getting to match a dinner outing in food volume and costs.  We recently covered the Japanese afternoon tea at Jason Atherton’s Sosharu restaurant near Farringdon Station – click on Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu to read again – … [Read more...]

Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu

  The desserts at Sosharu, Jason Atherton’s Japanese restaurant in Turnmill Street near Farringdon Station, have always been a highlight of Chef Alex Craciun's menu. Many a guest has made a trip to Clerkenwell especially to try his pastel-hued and deliciously creamy matcha mille crepe, or the chocolate & sesame roll, garnished with an ultra-kawaii chocolate teddy bear. So much so, Alex has now created a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea menu, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Available Monday-Saturday between 12pm-4pm, afternoon tea at Sosharu begins with a selection … [Read more...]

La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons

In a landmark of power and prestige, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is the City’s  newest luxury hotel and celebrates its place within the capital’s rich history and culture. First opened in 1922, this Grade II-listed building is the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority and played host to the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. Original neo-classical interiors have been exquisitely restored, creating a seamless fusion with chic, modern design. The hotel has just 100 accommodations, including 11 spacious suites - some with … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Blank Canvas at D&D restaurants in January

D&D London is a group of luxury restaurants, bars and hotels based principally in London, but also with venues in Paris, New York and Tokyo. It was founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi (the eponymous D and D) in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, which itself was established back in 1991. Today D&D London owns and operates 35 restaurants, with one Michelin Star (Angler in the South Place Hotel close to the Barbican), and an award winning hotel. It has also been recognised as a leading business in caring for the environment and is currently the SRA’s Sustainable Large … [Read more...]

Leon launches new ‘fast and free’ January menu

On 3rd January, Naturally Fast Food chain LEON, which has a branch at 5-6 Moorgate, close to the Barbican, will be unveiling a new selection of free-from dishes inspired by its upcoming cookbook Fast & Free, demonstrating that it is possible to steer clear of certain ingredients without denying yourself a positive and joyful relationship with food. Their additions to the menu will launch just in time for January’s health drive and will be showcasing a selection of gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free dishes. From the new LEON dairy-free cashew milk Ruby Berry Porridge to … [Read more...]

London’s Newest Rooftop Drinking and Dining Destination is in Finsbury Square

Perched high above the capital with enviable views out over the City, London’s hottest new destination rooftop restaurant, bar and grand terrace, Aviary, has come home to roost. Nestling on the 10th floor of the brand new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, bordering the City and Shoreditch on Finsbury Square, leading restaurant and bar operator ETM Group has taken dining to a new level with its first sky-high venue. (Barbican residents will know the  ETM Group in particular as the operator of the Jugged Hare and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, as well as number of other London restaurants and … [Read more...]

New Indian restaurant for the Barbican

Barbican Tandoori – the Indian restaurant under the Barbican Turret in Aldersgate Street - is no more, but the space has been refurbished and been replaced by another restaurant serving food from the Indian subcontinent  The new restaurant is now operated by the Coriander group and carries the Coriander name. The Coriander restaurant group started with its first establishment in Buckhurst hill, Essex in 2000. In 2003, a second restaurant opened its doors in Vauxhall, south London followed by Blackheath, south east London in 2006. The Coriander management says it takes great care to … [Read more...]

Jason Atherton opens Temple and Sons in Tower 42

On 21st November, Jason Atherton's The Social Company opened the doors to Temple and Sons, a new City grill restaurant and bar. Situated adjacent to the iconic Tower 42, Temple & Sons is a second partnership for Jason Atherton with Restaurant Associates. With a more casual approach, it contrasts the high-rise fine dining at neighbouring sister restaurant, City Social. The venue is set across two floors, each offering a different dining experience: a 66-cover grill restaurant and a 30-cover all-day deli and bar serving snacks and small plates, championing British produce throughout. … [Read more...]