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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Gloria, Shoreditch

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If you follow news of restaurant openings, you surely won’t have missed the extensive coverage of Shoreditch’s latest venue, Gloria. It’s been reviewed and commented on by pretty much all of the top restaurant critics. PA Life went along to find out what all the fuss is about… Gloria is the latest opening from the […]

Dining is an experience at Thompson

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Vincenzo Ferrara dines at Thompson restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The perfect venue outside of London for your corporate meeting and a relaxed evening. St Albans is a historic small city that is a hub of business activity. Direct on a train from London, it’s the perfect area to arrange a meeting with those outside […]

Tried & Tasted: Ivy City Garden

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Classic sophistication meets modern elegance as The Ivy Collection comes to the City It’s obvious the mention of The Ivy Collection is enough to draw plenty of attention to a restaurant; when I visit the chain’s latest venture just around the corner from Liverpool Street station on a Tuesday night, I’m not surprised to find […]

Tried & Tasted: La Dame de Pic

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From the moment you step into the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, you know you’re in for something special. As if the grand façade of the Grade II*-listed former Port of London Authority building wasn’t enough to impress, the elegant Rotunda bar that welcomes you inside is sure to please. To […]

Tried & Tasted: The Laughing Gravy

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Hurriedly travelling anywhere via Waterloo station at 6pm isn’t advisable if you want to be in a good mood, doubly so when wading through torrential rain. Despite this, the storm was left at the door when we entered The Laughing Gravy. Neatly tucked away just 10 minutes from Waterloo, the skylight flooded the restaurant with […]

Tried & Tasted: Yoshiaki

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The capital’s booming nightlife has leaked into the restaurant industry, with many clubs joining forces with top chefs to offer pre-dance meals. Yoshiaki at DSTRKT London is one such hip venue, says Molly Dyson. One doesn’t normally associate a nightclub with business, but my mind is changed for the good as soon as I set […]

Tried & Tasted: Olives Restaurant & Bar

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Not much can top a fresh, authentic Italian meal in a relaxed setting, which is exactly what you’ll get at Olives Restaurant & Bar, says Molly Dyson. When it comes to entertaining clients or booking a dinner meeting for your boss, sometimes simple is best. That’s not exactly how I’d describe chef Davide Di Croce’s […]

Tried & Tasted: Margot

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Margot London is a newly opened Italian restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden and is sure to impress the boss, says Amelia Walker Lovely, wonderful Margot. For those who hanker after white tablecloths and chipper front-of-house staff who do things properly, this establishment is for you. Bang in the heart of London, here’s a […]

Tried & Tasted: Texture

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Texture serves modern European food with Scandinavian influences. It’s a speed-dial cert for many assistants, says Amelia Walker “Do you like bubbles?” I’m a fan of this place already after taking my seat at a table nestled subtly in a corner of the stylish dining room. It rocks a vibe of chic simplicity, mint green […]

Island getaway: Ocean at the Atlantic Hotel

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Jersey is just a hop, skip and a jump from London and offers a great location for business meetings and dinners, as Daniel Fountain discovers at Ocean at the Atlantic Hotel When you are asked politely on arrival if you can wait before taking photographs to allow one of Jersey’s richest men to finish his […]

Tried & tasted: The Brasserie at Eynsham Hall

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It’s rare to find a restaurant that offers a stunning location and unpretentious food. In London often you have to make a compromise between presentation and comfort. Travel into the Oxfordshire countryside and you’ll find a venue that impresses from all angles at Eynsham Hall. The Brasserie at Eynsham Hall occupies what was once a […]

Tried & tasted: Dalloway Terrace & Bar

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Christmas at Dalloway Terrace is being given an alternative spin this year, transforming its indoor-outdoor space into a winter wonderland for the festive period. Check it out, says Amelia Walker I arrive at Dalloway Terrace & Bar at midday on a crisp Friday lunchtime, two weeks before Christmas. My first impression? It is but a […]

Tried & tasted: London Steakhouse Co

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If you ask me, there’s no meal more satisfying than a good steak. Marco Pierre White has become something of an expert in this field, and in 2008 opened the first of two London Steakhouse Co restaurants in the City of London. If you’re a fan of traditional British food, this is definitely the place […]

Tried & tasted: Bluebird Chelsea

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The identities of Chelsea and Bluebird are synonymous, writes Amelia Walker. I’ve hit up Bluebird Chelsea over the years for the odd alfresco after-work drink in the cobbled courtyard, but only ate dinner in the first-floor brasserie for the very first time back in June. Then, I was expecting to be bowled over, courtesy of […]

Tried & tasted: Fenchurch at Sky Garden

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With incredible views of London and sumptuous interiors including a plush private dining room, Fenchurch at Sky Garden is one of the hottest tables in town, writes Amelia Walker London restaurant openings are a constant. The foodie scene in the capital is one of the biggest growing in the world and continues to deliver a […]


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Indian cuisine is sure to please most people in a large group. For business dinners, it can be a struggle to balance the desire for a good curry with stylish interiors that can impress even the most discerning client. Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen ticks all the boxes in that respect. When I visit with Leeanne […]

Forest Side Restaurant, Cumbria

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Despite the emergence of a host of international franchises and chains lining our cities’ high streets, we’re still in the middle of a revolution in British cuisine – albeit of the velvet variety. Up and down the country, some extremely talented and passionate home-grown chefs are showcasing the very best in UK produce in a […]

M Threadneedle St

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You know you’re dining in ‘banker land’ at M Threadneedle St when you turn the corner and are faced with a sea of black suited clientele blocking the restaurant doorway. It is Thursday 6pm after all – The Thursday Club are out in force. After work drinks in hands, the sea of ebony graciously parts […]

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