Food and Drink

How to cook the perfect steak

By Hugh Judd, Quality Standard Beef & Lamb Foodservice Project Manager Cooking the perfect steak Here are some simple guidelines to ensure that you will cook the perfect steak every single time. These hints and tips will take the guesswork out of cooking steaks. Preparation Steaks: When buying steaks always ask your Quality Standard Mark butcher for advice. The Quality Standard assurance scheme for beef and lamb provides you with high levels of assurance about the meat you buy. The...

The Pilot, Greenwich – Review

By Jonathan Hatchman @JonHatchman Spread across the past decade or so, a whole wave of pubs in the Greenwich area have re-established to fit in with the trendy restaurant scene. Notable institutions to have become foodie pilgrimage hotspots are The Trafalgar Tavern and The Cutty Sark, set along the riverfront between the Royal Naval College and The O2 Arena, residential pubs such as The Pelton Arms and The Greenwich Union, The Gipsy Moth situated next to the World famous Cutty...

Crowne Plaza – The City: Review

There are few cities in the world that showcase the turn of the seasons quite like London, and as such, as a London dweller, you become quite attached to the classical seasonal traits. Summers spent sat on rooftop terraces sipping Prosecco and munching on Mediterranean-style salads, autumns in warm pop-up restaurants nursing a large glass of Pinot Noir and eating game,  winter spent wrapped up next to a log fire and the spring spent dining on as many bowls of...

Christmas 2014: London Survival Guide

Christmas is a magical time in London. Father Christmas once said that “if it wasn’t for the abundance of skilled seasonal labour in Lapland, I would have set up shop in London”, but if we missed out on the workshops, we certainly got his sales floor. Harrods lit in all its glory in Knightsbridge, Selfridges on Oxford Street, Fenwicks in the heart of Mayfair and the behemoth Westfield shopping centres located to the east and west of the capital makes...

Fever Tree: Mixing with the spirit revolution

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, but I've long championed the use of more natural tonics as spirit mixers. For years on end I'd watch punters muse over which overpriced gin to taste from behind a bar only for them to ask for a sugar heavy, artificially flavoured Schweppes mixer to overpower it. Philistines, I thought, but it's their cash, not mine. Thankfully, this weekend I found long awaited solace...

Indulge Yourselves With Cattier Champagne This Christmas

Christmas is almost here which means a guilt-free month of indulgence. We sent our very own David de Winter to sample the delights of Champagne and cheese in the run-up to the festive season, and now you have the chance to sample the fizz for yourself thanks to Cattier Champagne which is giving away three bottles in the run up to the festive period. Cattier Champagne, one of the oldest, family-owned Champagne makers, has been growing grapes since 1763. The...

Dragonfly Brewery: Review

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  Life for the residents of London is all about finding new things before they become too popular. I used to dine in dynamic stone-baked pizza eateries in Soho before the queues began to stretch down the road, I even ate lobster and burgers and sipped champagne with hotdogs before the notion of finding a table in such eateries became laughable. But we persevere, because the next big thing is never far away....

Don’t be swayed by The Sway

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic In London, the land of the real deal, poor imitations stick out like a sore thumb. Described as being a 'stylish nightclub with 1970s-themed disco, a club room and restaurant with an eclectic menu', The Sway is more akin to a Wetherspoons with a bit of icing sugar on top. The ballroom interior with private leather booths and chandeliers lulls you into a false perception of grandeur when you first arrive which...

Shaka Zulu – Review

By Charlotte Hope, Lifestyle Editor @TLE_Lifestyle A rainy Wednesday evening normally warrants a big bowl of comforting chilli, something on the TV and probably an enormous chocolate based dessert. Last week, however, I braved the elements and ventured North, to Camden, playground of the early noughties indie darlings (see: The Libertines et al). In the hunt for my dinner venue I inadvertently took the scenic route, through the stables and past CyberDog (still open, by the way) until eventually I...

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