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October 2015

Date Night in London, Foodie London

The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in London

October 31, 2015
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It’s date night in London, and where you going to go?
I’ll tell you where… Somewhere on this list hopefully! Here are some of the most romantic restaurants in London.
Mari Vanna

If you want something a little different, yet still with the classic romantic ambience, then Mari Vanna is for you. Russian food is served with a homely romantic feeling, even with highly decorative ceilings and ornate chandeliers.

Little Social

This small bistro style restaurant offers the very best in French cuisine. With a bar aligning one wall, diners sit on the other in a softly lit room in the basement of the building. Dinner for two costs between £20 – £30 without wine.

Yauatcha

This intimate Chinese restaurant is impeccably stylish yet utterly romantic with its spot lit black tables, glowing fish tank and mood lighting. Diners eat in the basement to a background of sensuous beats and can dine in ultimate privacy.

This is situated on the 31st floor in one of the tallest buildings in London. With panoramic views of the city, you can enjoy the very best of sophisticated British food.

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Inamo St James

This restaurant that serves Asian food is perfect for the first date. Set in a relaxed yet high tech atmosphere, you can design your own virtual tablecloth and watch the chefs as they prepare your food.

The Grill at The Dorchester

Soufflés, lobster and speciality grills adorn the tables of The Grill. Serving luxurious British cuisine, this restaurant is perfect for that special anniversary meal.

The Ritz Restaurant

Possibly the most romantic restaurant in London, diners are able to eat in a seductive atmosphere that is adorned with chandeliers and are serenaded by softly played piano music.

Bateaux London Thames Dining

For something a little different, you can enjoy a river dinner cruise along the Thames. There are floor to ceiling windows and live entertainment amongst the candlelight.

Bob Bob Ricard

Situated in Soho, this all day restaurant serves good old British comfort food. However, thee is a lot of glamour, especially with the champagne trolley, the ultimate designer décor and late night trendy cocktails.

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Drinks in London

10 quirky cocktail bars in London

October 29, 2015
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The best thing about living in a city like London? There are always new and exciting bars and restaurant popping up. Here are some super interesting, super quirky cocktail bars in London…
Because sometimes you want something a bit different from your local pub!
Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP
This is a lovely, snug candlelit bar with all the weird and wonderful round every corner. From stuffed animals, taxidermy, bizarre artifacts to strange histories, combined with potent cocktails. This bar is a celebration of all the world’s oddities.

Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 2EP

Not for the faint hearted! Absinthe can make you feel like you are in another world, go there if you dare…Frank’s Cafe, 10th floor

Peckham Multi-story Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

What can we say about this one? The coolest bar that is set on top of a multi story car park! Maybe that’s all we need to say?

Admiral Duncan

54 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UD
Admiral Duncan is the jewel in the crown of Soho’s gay bars, according to many reviews. The Admiral Duncan is considered to be the friendliest bar in Soho, so ideal for the single traveller as well as couples. Boasting a 7 day cabaret, of which it is the only Cabaret in Old Compton Street, the Admiral Duncan also has karaoke showdown on a Monday. Other benefits you can expect are Monday night drinks promotions and free admission every day.
65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

To enter this quirky cocktail bar in London, you first have to find the wardrobe and walk through! Inspiration here is drawn from the tropics and from the Victorian era. A real electic mix!
8 Voltaire Road, Clapham, London,SW4 6DH
For those who are looking for a more upmarket experience, you should head to the Bridge. Boasting a modern and swanky decor, coupled with “cocktails to die for” as described by a number of reviews. This wine bar in Clapham is especially popular with people seeking a relaxed atmosphere with good food and an extensive wine list. Extremely popular with locals and visitors alike on a Thursday.
Earls Court Road, Earls Court, SW5 9BA
Sneak through the secret entrance, through the detective’s office being quiet as you do and enter the drinking cavern that is Evans & Peel Detective Agency. However entry is only if you get your behaviour right; admittance is only to true super sleuths!

The Shop

Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3ND

With cocktails for £3.50 served in whatever it comes in; be it tins, peanut butter jars or milk bottles. This bar everything is for sale, including you!
121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD

As a serious lover of all things ping pong (I think I’m pretty good…) this is a a 50’s inspired cocktail bar, equipped with….17 ping-pong tables!
Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3BA
Quirky cocktail bar, where you enter via an ancient Italian phone box, whether you return is up to you!
46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA
What more could you want? A converted tram shed, where downstairs is a giant dance floor and upstairs is a hip bar, overlooking the dancers.

 

Foodie London

10 Amazing ‘Cheap-Eats’ in London

October 29, 2015
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As much as it’s nice to splash out occasionally, the reality of living in London means searching out the amazing cheap-eats that you can frequent more often.

Here are some of my favourites…

Franco Manca 

Probably one of the best pizza places in London – this place is so good they’ve tripled in size in the last year alone. I have right below my apartment – so I consider myself an expert on the topic. My favourite toppings? Goats Cheese Curd and Caramelised Red Onion. The average pizza is about £7.

Home Slice

Another pizza place (might as well group them together right?). This is less fancy but more New Yorky. Still yummy though, and lots of choice. I’ve frequented the Shoreditch branch a few times and it’s always delicious.

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Beigel Bake

Mmmm, literally drooling just thinking about this one. So much bread and carbs and meat. Yum. As close to an NYC beigel that you’ll find in London. Close to Brick Lane, so good option if you’re planning a day in the east-end.

Bao Bar Soho

Haven’t tried this one yet, but I’ve seen photos – and I’m convinced it’ll be delicious when we finally get round to going. £3.50 per bun, which means you can have like A MILLION buns.

Dirty Burger

A grab and go kinda place, I’ve tried a few burgers from here and never been disappointed. For the price, it’s a solid delivery of burgerness.

Borough Market

I won’t bother listing off all the options here – because there are SO MANY. But most meals are under £8 – and bloody delicious. If you sense of smell is good and you smell creamy cheesy amazingness – try and track it down because it’s coming from this stand where they do posh cheese toasties and ohmygod it’s the best thing ever.

Meza, Tooting

This place is a bit further out of central London, but if you love Lebanese food (or just middle eastern food in general) you’re going to adore it here. £12 on a weekend gets you a feast of amazingness.