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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]