Tag: London

Mult-lingual Creative Dance Class for Kids Launches!

Mult-lingual Creative Dance Class for Kids Launches!

A new and unique multi-lingual creative dance class for children has been launched at West London dance school Ballet 4 Life. The class is the only of its kind in the area and offers something a little different to other kids dance classes. Led by Spanish hailing dance teacher Ana ...

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London’s Best New Openings – June 2017

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick the best new restaurants and bars arriving in London over the coming month. Calcutta Street – Brixton Following the huge success of her first restaurant, opened in Fitzrovia last Summer, Shrimoyee Chakraborty has launched a second branch of ...

London Dance and Parkinson’s Group Obtains Charity Status!

London Dance and Parkinson’s Group Obtains Charity Status!

In 2014, West London-based dance teacher Donna Schoenherr conceived of the idea of a dance organisation that would provide weekly top quality dance and movement classes for those living with Parkinson's, as well as with other mobility restrictions. Donna, a former professional dancer, and founder of dance organisation Ballet4life.com®, had supported ...

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Restaurant Review – Rabbit

Even the absolute best food isn’t necessarily memorable, all of the time. Yet food that does standout as being memorable, is not always remembered for the right reasons. A combination of the two, however, is an extraordinarily rare occurrence. From hundreds of dishes sampled over the past two years, less ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – April 2017

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Lupins - Southwark Named after the English garden flower, Lupins is the latest project from Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke – set to open this month in ...

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Restaurant Review – Yosma

It’s generally accepted that the best Turkish food in London can be found north of the river. Over the past two years, three “authentic Turkish restaurants” have opened contiguously in Greenwich, just around the corner from my house. As well as promising to be authentically Turkish, another thing these venues ...

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Restaurant Review – El Pirata

Brian May is an undoubtedly accomplished guitarist, but he’s hardly renowned for good taste. Yet according to their website, Mayfair tapas restaurant El Pirata (‘The Pirate’, in English) are very proud that the Queen guitarist once visited and said, “El Pirata rocks”. There’s also a testimonial from Johnny Depp, who ...

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Restaurant Review – Shikumen Finchley Road

On a humid afternoon last summer, I met with Jay Rayner in order to interview the esteemed restaurant critic over lunch. Jay chose for us to meet at Dumplings Legend on Gerrard Street, the beating heart of London’s China Town, and alongside talking about his new book and stage show, ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – February 2017

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Aster – Victoria The latest restaurant from D&D London, Aster has opened at Nova Food next to Victoria station. Set across two floors, the space comprises a ...

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Restaurant Review – Margot

Though all restaurant experiences revolve heavily around eating, so many restaurateurs fail to understand that there's more to a great restaurant than just good food. From service and general ambience down to the smallest, most pernickety details, the overall experience - from walking through the door to picking up the ...

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Food & Drink Guide to Burns Night in London 2017

In celebration of Scottish poet and writer Robert Burns’s Birthday (25th January), Burns Night takes place this week. Falling on Wednesday, a great number of Burns Night events are taking place across the week to celebrate. From Scottish-inspired set menus to whisky tastings and the occasional deep-fried Mars bar, here’s ...

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Restaurant Review – Jamavar London

Over the past eighteen months, I’ve visited Mayfair’s 8 Mount Street on three different occasions – eating at a different restaurant each time. In June 2015, Le Chabanais opened on the site (named after a French brothel) and closed soon after. A few months later, the restaurant re-opened with a ...

Les 110 de Taillevent

Restaurant Review – Les 110 de Taillevent

Just a stone’s throw from Paris’ Champs Elysees, Two-Michelin-starred Le Taillevent has become an iconic staple of French gastronomy since opening in 1946. The opening was later followed by a wine-focused sister restaurant, Les 110 de Taillevent, which crossed the channel at the end of 2015, opening in central London. ...

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Restaurant Review – Flat Three

Of London’s various ills, the tube’s Central line is amongst the ugliest. Though the trains aren't succumbed to constant disruption and the seats harbour less dust than the Bakerloo, the choice of devil-red as the line’s colour key does not appear coincidental (generally associated with heat and rage). Over crowded, ...

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London’s Best Restaurant Openings of 2016

Let’s face it, 2016 has been less than brilliant. Something to be thankful for, however, is the overwhelming number of remarkable restaurants to have opened in London over the past twelve months. We’ve compiled a selection of some of our favourites. Eneko at One Aldwych The first London restaurant from ...

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Restaurant Review – Chi Kitchen

The problem with the term ‘Pan-Asian’ is the somewhat stereotypical model of a restaurant that often takes various dishes and techniques from the likes of Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and crams them all into the same shallow pigeonhole, often ending up with a result that’s less than authentic. ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – December 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Ceru – South Kensington After offering a number of tasters around the capital, as well as having appeared a number of music festivals in recent years, Ceru ...

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Restaurant Review – Vineet Bhatia London

Perhaps even more so than Chinese cuisine in Britain, Indian food and restaurants have evolved massively over the past few centuries. Britain’s first encounters with the food of India can be traced back to the 17th century with the introduction of The East India Company. Set up for Britain to ...

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Restaurant Review – Picture, Marylebone

It was all going so well. Arriving over half an hour early, I met with my Editor at a pub close to the restaurant for a catch up over a quick pint. Yet by the time of our dinner reservation had rolled around, we had ended up at the wrong ...

BAC’s London Stories – How Our Capital Is Made By Migrants

BAC’s London Stories – How Our Capital Is Made By Migrants

Rising from the ashes of the Brexit vote and all the uncertainty London’s migrant population have been plunged into - and from the literal ashes of last year's fire that wrecked a magnificent renovation of South London culture hub the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), this year’s London Stories project invites us in ...

M RAW Not for Sale

Restaurant Review – M RAW, Victoria Street

Until recently, I was under the impression that the link between ‘gluten-free’ and flavour was strictly forbidden. Over the Summer I took part in a six-week low FODMAP research diet, completely eliminating gluten (amongst other things) from my day-to-day life. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be very difficult when visiting ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – November 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Sakagura - Mayfair Joining the likes of Momo and Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, just behind Regent Street, Sakagura is the latest restaurant opening from The Japan ...

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Restaurant Review – Simpson’s-in-the-Strand

In this modern-day world of inescapable food fads and single menu demi-chains dominating London’s restaurant scene; the notion of visiting a British institution for dinner is actually somewhat refreshing. First opened in 1828, Simpson’s-in-the-Strand is located within The Savoy hotel and looks as though very little has been changed over ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – October 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. M RAW - Victoria Having launched his second branch of M in Victoria Street last year, ex-Gaucho MD Martin Williams is set to launch M RAW – ...

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Restaurant Review – 100 Islington

Trends and crazes come and go with the turn of the season, yet it’s unlikely that the kitchens focussing on small sharing plates that arrive at the table as and when they are ready will be vanishing any time soon. And though this rapid increase in popularity has managed to ...

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Restaurant Review – Calcutta Street

Just north of Oxford Street, Fitzrovia is fast becoming the restaurant capital of London. However, quite problematically, besides eating and drinking establishments, the area has little else to offer in terms of leisure, and as a result there’s an incredible amount of competition between local restaurateurs. Fitzrovia is home to ...

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Restaurant Review – Berners Tavern

A certain level of culinary competence is, of course, a necessary element for a restaurant to succeed. But although the food is generally the crucial criteria associated with a perfect dining experience, often overlooked components such as service, ambience and décor are also essential contributors, and are sometimes just as ...

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Restaurant Review – Talli Joe

With so many food trends having continued to flourish in 2016, it's often difficult to determine where one ends and another begins. The idea of 'Half plates', for instance (the specialty at Talli Joe), is fundamentally a new riff on the small plate culture that has taken London by storm, ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – September 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Chick ‘n’ Sours – Seven Dials Following the success of his first Chick ‘n’ Sours in Haggerston, having opened just over a year ago, Carl Clarke has ...

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Waffle Lion To Pop-Up At The Common, Bethnal Green

Like gourmet burgers, fancy fried chicken, bao buns and ramen noodles - waffles are a food trend that’s seen a vast increase in popularity in recent years. Forget the frozen potato kind and the over-sweetened “Belgian” waffles sold on every corner of Oxford Street, these up-to-the-minute waffles are generally served ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – August 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Dirty Bones – Shoreditch With two successful restaurants already operating on the other side of the city (one in Kensington, and the other in Soho), the team ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – July 2016

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Bao – Fitzrovia One of last year’s hottest new openings, Soho’s Bao still demands queues around the block during peak lunch and ...

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Restaurant Review – Zima

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Russian cuisine is woefully underrepresented in London and, as a result, is generally under-appreciated amongst city dwellers. While the city’s restaurant scene is arguably one of the globe’s finest, embracing a vast melting pot of cultures - with so many restaurants now focusing on ...

Losing The Battle For Europe’s Soul

In or Out? Reviewing the Evening Standard EU Debate

IN: Chuka Umunna (Labour MP for Streatham) Carolyn Fairburn (Director-General of the CBI) Rohan Silva (Tech entrepreneur) OUT: Daniel Hannan (Conservative MEP) Munira Mirza (Former Deputy Mayor for Health and Education) Jenny Jones (Green Party peer) On 7th June, the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington staged a debate held ...

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Restaurant Review – Oliver Maki

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Technology is taking over the world. At the end of last year, a brand new restaurant – eatsa - opened in San Francisco, serving quick efficient lunches without the use of any human servers, merely employing one member of concierge staff to oversee the ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – June 2016

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Tate Modern Restaurant – Bankside Later this month, the iconic Tate Modern’s new refurbishment will be unveiled, with the opening of ...

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Rooftop Bars? I’m Staying Grounded

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Am I really the only person who thinks it’s possible to make it through the summer without drinking upon somebody else’s roof? Last weekend was the hottest of the year, so it’s not too surprising to find that just about every media outlet in ...

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Restaurant Review – Galley

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Islington’s dining scene is booming at the moment. An extension of two of the city’s biggest gentrification victims - Shoreditch and Camden –  Islington, although expensive, has remarkably avoided being forced into pretending to be anything that it is not. Instead, the borough has ...

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Bar Review – The White Lyan

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Located within a Hoxton backstreet away from the main drag, acclaimed bartenders Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths opened The White Lyan a couple of years ago, reinstalling life into an old East London pub. At present, the drinking scene in London is remarkable, especially in ...

Are the perfect housemates based on profession or behaviour?

Are the perfect housemates based on profession or behaviour?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The recent reunion of TV show Friends, and the return of its diverse mix of characters shows the range of different professions and personalities that can live together in a modern day flatshare. New research from flatshare ...

Interview: Joakim Prat – London’s Most Exciting Pastry Chef?

Interview: Joakim Prat – London’s Most Exciting Pastry Chef?

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having worked within the kitchens of some of Europe’s most prestigious restaurants – notably Can Fabes near Barcelona and L’Atelier Joël Robuchon here in London – multi award winning pastry chef Joakim Prat opened his first solo venture last year. Located close to Kensington’s ...

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Restaurant Review – Bó Drake

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food It’s no secret that we Brits are extremely proud of our tried and tested queuing system. While there’s no set rule or law that requires us to spend life forming an orderly queue, we’re somehow born with an innate desire to follow societal norms, ...

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Bar Review – Oriole

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having first opened in 2010, taking over a relatively secluded space close to East London’s famous Old Street Roundabout, Nightjar has been included within the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards top ten for the past four years, and is currently ranked as the third ...

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London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – April 2016

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Som Saa – Aldgate Following the success of their pop-up in Peckham, the team behind Som Saa will open their first ...

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