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  • Learning the Art of Great Coffee at Harris+Hoole

    The London Insider
    The London Insider
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Coffee is inescapable. Look on any high street and you see an abundance of cafés offering all types of coffee. So much so, that you know that this bitter but popular delicacy is going nowhere. However, the prestigious art of serving good coffee is another thing all together.
  • Learning the Art of Great Coffee at Harris+Hoole

    The London Insider
    The London Insider
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Coffee is inescapable. Look on any high street and you see an abundance of cafés offering all types of coffee. So much so, that you know that this bitter but popular delicacy is going nowhere. However, the prestigious art of serving good coffee is another thing all together.
  • VIDEO: Opposition to QPR new stadium plans

    BBC News - London
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Queens Park Rangers insist they remain on course to move into a new stadium in north-west London despite opposition to their plans by a landowner.
  • Leigh Halfpenny’s future at Toulon in doubt after injuries

    News | The Times
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Leigh Halfpenny’s agent is understood to be heading to France for emergency talks with Toulon, after the club’s president, Mourad...
  • French government scrapes through confidence vote

    Telegraph News
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Deeply unpopular Socialist government narrowly wins a parliamentary vote of confidence but its authority is weakened as Sarkozy prepares to announce political comeback
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    The London Insider

  • Learning the Art of Great Coffee at Harris+Hoole

    The London Insider
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Coffee is inescapable. Look on any high street and you see an abundance of cafés offering all types of coffee. So much so, that you know that this bitter but popular delicacy is going nowhere. However, the prestigious art of serving good coffee is another thing all together.
  • Review: Jamie’s Italian at Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre

    The London Insider
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jamie’s Italian, in my opinion, is one of those places that have successfully combined tasty dishes but with a quality consistency that comes with being part of a chain. It is hard to do both - you get a lot of one-off restaurants serving great food, and a lot of chain restaurants serving mediocre food.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes at HKK

    The London Insider
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    To mark the upcoming Chinese mid-autumn festival, HKK are incorporating mooncakes into their 15 course tasting menu. Mooncakes are round pastries, with a soft crust and a sweet filling, and are eaten in the month up and until the mid-autumn festival (8th September this year).
  • Review: Tapas Bar Mas Q Menos’ First London Branch

    The London Insider
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    MasQMenos, a famed Spanish casual eating chain with 25 outlets in Spain, has opened its first London branch in Holborn. Now, there is no shortage of Spanish restaurants and tapas bars in London, but Mas Q Menos brings across from Spain an authentic and more casual style of Spanish dining than that we have seen in London so far.
  • Sunset Views from the London Eye (Summer Lates Experience)

    The London Insider
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    If you're a Londoner, chances are that you have tried to avoid at all costs the 500 meter radius around the London Eye on the South Bank. With good reason - as in the summer, it is packed with tourists trying to get on the Eye or into the McDonalds next door afterwards.
 
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  • Learning the Art of Great Coffee at Harris+Hoole

    The London Insider
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Coffee is inescapable. Look on any high street and you see an abundance of cafés offering all types of coffee. So much so, that you know that this bitter but popular delicacy is going nowhere. However, the prestigious art of serving good coffee is another thing all together.
  • Review: Jamie’s Italian at Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre

    The London Insider
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jamie’s Italian, in my opinion, is one of those places that have successfully combined tasty dishes but with a quality consistency that comes with being part of a chain. It is hard to do both - you get a lot of one-off restaurants serving great food, and a lot of chain restaurants serving mediocre food.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes at HKK

    The London Insider
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    To mark the upcoming Chinese mid-autumn festival, HKK are incorporating mooncakes into their 15 course tasting menu. Mooncakes are round pastries, with a soft crust and a sweet filling, and are eaten in the month up and until the mid-autumn festival (8th September this year).
  • Review: Tapas Bar Mas Q Menos’ First London Branch

    The London Insider
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    MasQMenos, a famed Spanish casual eating chain with 25 outlets in Spain, has opened its first London branch in Holborn. Now, there is no shortage of Spanish restaurants and tapas bars in London, but Mas Q Menos brings across from Spain an authentic and more casual style of Spanish dining than that we have seen in London so far.
  • Sunset Views from the London Eye (Summer Lates Experience)

    The London Insider
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    If you're a Londoner, chances are that you have tried to avoid at all costs the 500 meter radius around the London Eye on the South Bank. With good reason - as in the summer, it is packed with tourists trying to get on the Eye or into the McDonalds next door afterwards.
 
 
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  • The Social – Cocktails and 70s interiors

    Claire Creighton
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Image by Claire Creighton The first time I stepped in to The Social I could not believe I hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting previously… As more and more of my friends have come to realise I write articles about the hidden treasures of London I’m put under more and more pressure to pluck somewhere interesting out of thin air wherever I am in London. Most of the time I relish this and can expertly duck us in to a cool wine bar or backstreet restaurant but there are still a few areas of London where I am short of ideas! Oxford Street, it has to be said is a one stop shopping…
  • Tanner and Co – School dinner…not as you remember

    Claire Creighton
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Image by Claire Creighton This quirky Bermondsey based restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere interesting that isn’t at all uncomfortably obscure…serving mainly British comfort food with a modern twist such as the Toad in the Hole with mushroom ketchup and Oxtail spring rolls, you’ll have a tough time choosing from the menu. Generally speaking whenever I visit I share a few plates with my partner. The only dish I refuse to share is the scotch egg, served warm with the perfect runny yolk center, this quintessentially British snack has, in my eyes, never…
  • Flashback – Searching for the perfect beat

    Andrew Sidford
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford Being a music fan and specifically a vinyl fan over the last few years hasn’t been easy. Record shops have closed by the dozen and secondhand records have been harder and harder to find – unless you go online. But part of the thrill and beauty of records is having them in your hand. Feeling the weight of the vinyl. The smell of it. Seeing the graphic design as it was meant to be seen. And most record collectors will say the same; ideally shopping for secondhand records should be done in person, not online. Luckily for me and for vinyl junkies like me,…
  • Southampton Arms – London’s best pub

    Josh Ferry Woodard
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Image by Josh Ferry Woodard The Southampton Arms is London’s best pub. It has 18 handpulls pumping out real ale and traditional cider from small independent British breweries. It serves a mean hog-roast pork roll with apple sauce and crackling. It has a record player and a piano. It has a pet cat. It has a sense of humour. It has everything that a pub should have, but nothing that it shouldn’t. A quick browse through the understated website shows that the owners do not care for distractions such as table reservations, card payments or telephone enquiries. They care for great beer,…
  • Design Museum – Form a straight line

    Peter Hoffer
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Image by Peter Hoffer Beautiful design is not just about making things pretty; it’s about being innovative, mindful of resources and user-focused. These rules are not just focused on a single art form – what’s true in website design is also true in sculpture. What I really enjoy about the Design Museum is that it invites visitors to focus on all forms of the design process, not just the end. You’re not just a spectator at a product launch; you’re involved at every step of the creative process. The exhibitions at the Design Museum are an eclectic mix – one…
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    She Loves London

  • Back to the Future at Secret Cinema (aka, the one where they took everyone’s phone away)

    She Loves London
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I went to Secret Cinema the other week. You’ve probably heard of them from all the BBC News coverage this summer. They recreated the set from Back to the Future next to the Olympic Park in Hackney, charged £53 a ticket and then cancelled the first few shows, ruining lives and wasting thousands of 1950s fancy dress outfits in the process. Nationwide trauma ensued. All over the UK, upset BTTF fans wept tears of anguish onto their Facebook page, while everyone on Twitter made fun of them using pithy puns and clever film references. We should also congratulate those who took…
  • A List of Things I’ve Learnt About Living in London Since 1984

    She Loves London
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    A few of us are turning 30 this year. Maybe you’ve seen us around: we’re the ones with the fear in our eyes, skinny jeans on our legs and double rum and cokes in each hand, yelling “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” on the Kingsland Road circa 3am. Over the last 29 years I’ve come to realise that not only is London a brilliant place to grow up, but it’s also a brilliant place to work and live when you’re not ready to grow up. And, I hope, it’ll be an even better place to drag myself kicking, screaming and consuming huge amounts of medicinal gin…
  • If You Lost Some Stuff in Angel This Week, Some Nice People Have Found It.

    She Loves London
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Yesterday I spotted this note tacked up around Islington Green in Angel. “Dear Trend Victim”, it begins. As you’ll probably have gathered by now, I’ve lost my fair share of stuff in London – mostly Oyster cards – but also some expensive items. And somehow, whether it’s an iPod left at Baker Street, an iPad on the bus, or, yes, one of the nine Oyster cards, they’ve always made their way back to me. Once, years ago, when iPods were a thing you kept in your pocket instead of the bottom drawer of your desk alongside a collection of…
  • Here are Some Better Ways for TfL to Save Money Instead of Making Buses Cash Free

    She Loves London
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As of today, you can no longer pay with cash on London’s buses. Lots of people aren’t very happy about it, and as someone who manages to lose between 5-8 Oyster cards a year, I also fall into the group of those who would rather be able to pay £2.20 than beg, plead and weep at a bus driver to let me on so I can get home at 3am on a Saturday morning. If you think it’s a stupid idea too then I’d encourage you to read this blog post or maybe this one, not because it’ll make a blind bit of difference when you’re stranded on Waterloo Bridge without any…
  • Irrevocable Truths About Going to Field Day in Victoria Park

    She Loves London
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:09 am
    Last Saturday I went to Field Day. Field Day is a music festival in Victoria Park. It’s one of those ones where you don’t have to bring a tent because there’s no camping, and besides, your tent would probably get stolen anyway. It’s a good place to go with a group of mates if hanging around in a park with beer and music is your bag (it’s my bag), plus if it’s sunny and the line-up’s decent, you can do a lot worse things with a Saturday afternoon in June. (Although at £50 for a one day ticket, admittedly those worse things will probably be a bit…
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    Eating London Tours

  • 5 London Travel Tips For Getting Around The Capital

    Beverley Reinemann
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann Getting around London can seem like a daunting task at first. You arrive at Heathrow, bleary-eyed and jetlagged, and spend the next hour having way too much of your personal space invaded by a stranger in a sweaty tube carriage. Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, you then realise that the station you’re exiting at doesn’t have lifts or escalators and you’re going to have to negotiate 7 flights of stairs with your luggage just to get to street level. Which leads us nicely into the first of our London travel tips…. Don’t bring a suitcase…
  • 20 Top Foodie Instagram Accounts

    Michael Ball
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    London Food Blog post by Michael Ball It’s no longer a strange sight to see a diner hovering over their dish, iPhone in hand, trying to snap the perfect shot. With the rise of the food blog also came the rise of Instagramming one’s food to within an inch of its life. We’ve put together a list of 20 of the best Instagram accounts for foodie lovers (not counting the best, which is ours) for you to peruse. Warning: Don’t view while hungry! A daily picture of a salad seems so simple, yet makes saladpride‘s Instagram account so appealing 20 Instagram Foodies To Make You Hungry…
  • Ahoy there! Hop on board one of London’s best boat tours

    Lisa Robinson
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    London Food Blog post by Lisa Robinson There’s no denying that London is bursting with an incredible food scene, vibrant culture and who could forget, some of the most famous landmarks in the world. With many of London’s most iconic sights lining the banks of the River Thames, there’s no better way to indulge in an afternoon of sightseeing than by boat. From high-speed adventures to relaxing afternoon tea cruises, we believe that London has a guided boat tour for everyone. So next time you’re in London, why not escape the crowded streets and hop on board one of London’s best boat…
  • Australian Restaurants in London – A Handpicked Guide

    Nienke Krook
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    London Food Blog post by Nienke Krook Having moved from my hometown Amsterdam to Sydney for two years, and now have a new life in London, you could say that I am a bit Cuisine-Confused. I’m craving Dutch vintage cheese and mayonnaise on thick fries, dreaming of Australian chocolate-covered Tim-Tams and Lamingtons and have only just learned—on the Eating London Tour—that Indian curry is actually considered a British dish. While I’m still adjusting to my new eating habits, I am happy about the fact that I get to make so many culinary discoveries. And that from now on, I will be…
  • A Quick Guide to London’s Chinatown

    Kasha Dubaniewicz
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    London Food Blog post by Kasha Dubaniewicz It’s not easy being the popular child; indeed, some areas of London are considered so touristy that their positives can be overlooked. London’s Chinatown, which is concentrated around Gerrard Street near Leicester Square, often falls into this category. Chinatown has been a part of London since the 20th Century, but it hasn’t always been in the same part of the city. The current area dates back to the 1970s and it now houses dozens of Chinese or Asian-inspired restaurants, cafes and shops. Often recognised solely for its food offerings, in…
 
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