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  • Launch of MeatSnacker for all your meat snacking needs

    The London Insider
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Launching MeatSnacker - an online shop in the UK with a wide range of meat snacks from beef jerky to biltong, snacking salami to chorizo.
  • 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.
 
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    The London Insider

  • Launch of MeatSnacker for all your meat snacking needs

    The London Insider
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Launching MeatSnacker - an online shop in the UK with a wide range of meat snacks from beef jerky to biltong, snacking salami to chorizo.
  • 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.
 
 
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  • Violet – Cupcakes and so much more

    Andrew Sidford
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Image by Andrew Sidford Violet has had a stall on Broadway Market for along as I have known it and the stall invariably sells out every week. Luckily, that success has meant that Violet now has a permanent home just around the corner from the market on Wilton Way. (By the way, go to Broadway Market if you get the chance, it’s great!) Wilton Way is itself an interesting place. The sort of non-high street that usually and unfortunately ends up with as a row of closed shops. Not here though. Wilton Way is now home to a thriving community thanks to The Wilton Way Cafe (go and try the…
  • London Fields Tap Room – A well-crafted brew

    Andrew Sidford
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Image by Andrew Sidford Craft beers and East London go hand-in-hand at the moment. The ‘scene’ is simply amazing. New breweries are popping up all over the place, but Hackney seems to be at the forefront of the resurgence and one of my favourites is the London Fields Brewery – a small independent brewery in London Fields. They produce hand-crafted ales in a railway arch, my favourite of which is probably the Hackney Hopster. The beers themselves are well worth recommending, but what makes LFB extra special is the fact that they have a Tap Room round the corner from the…
  • Old Shoreditch Station – Coffee and so much more…

    Andrew Sidford
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Image by Andrew Sidford It might not have been the original coffee bar in Shoreditch but the Old Shoreditch Station has always been – and still is in my eyes – the best coffee bar in Shoreditch.  Actually, calling it just a coffee bar is wrong. It is so much more than that. Coffee. Whiskey. Art. DJs. It has it all. In fact it now even houses the UK’s first 3D printing cafe (and I’ve seen it in action – it is amazing!). In the day it is a cafe serving very good coffee, cakes and a recently improved food menu. Then, as darkness falls, the Station turns into a…
  • St Christopher’s Place – Gather all around

    Charl Asuit
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Image by Patrik Bergstrand Located not so far from the bustling Oxford Street is St Christopher’s Place. Its proximity to London’s most popular shopping street makes it easily accessible to tourists but there is always a fair amount of locals who frequent the place. At St Christopher’s Place you’ll find a collection of places to eat and drink like Carluccio’s (an Italian restaurant), Sofra (bit of Turkish cuisine) and my favourite, Café Creperie (to satisfy my French cravings). There is also a traditional pub, Lamb & Flag, in one corner, if cosmopolitan…
  • Koko – Music of all sorts

    Charl Asuit
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Image by Charl Asuit Koko in Camden is one of London’s premier music venue. It has provided a stage from the less known alternative acts to big mainstream artists including the Sex Pistols, Eurythmics, Coldplay and Madonna. The history of Koko as a theatre is carefully preserved in the interiors with multi-level balconies, booths and private boxes. It does make it sometimes difficult to think that the building dates back to 1900. Various music-based groups have made residency at Koko’s like Club NME and Buttoned Down Disco offering a regular sets of party gigs at different days of…
 
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    She Loves London

  • French Bulldog Parties and Other Stuff You Find in Regent’s Park

    She Loves London
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    It is officially “park weather”. Park Weather is when London pretends to be summer for like a day. Park Weather means you leave the house even though it’s your official day of rest, only to find yourself sporadically whipped by gusts of wind that leave you shivering on the grass, wrapped in your portable tartan picnic blanket, looking longingly at the part of sky where the sun used to be because your bedroom window lied and it’s still absolutely bloody freezing. You know, Stupid Park Weather. Classic “park weather” All it takes is one hint of…
  • “Social Cleansing” Curfew Signs Keep Popping Up in Angel

    She Loves London
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Someone’s waging a mini-protest against London’s social cleansing. It looks like a Congestion Charge sign, except it’s NOT. It’s a Curfew sign and it says “Social Cleansing” at the bottom when it’s not blurred by an iPhone zoom and a moving bus, and it is, of course, not at all real. Little investigations (i.e. searching on Instagram) tell me the artist is not Islington Council, but street artist Dr D. Nevertheless, it’s keeping London commuters baffled and amused in equal parts. Yesterday it confused two policemen, who were staring at one…
  • There’s Loads of Dogs on Hampstead Heath. Loads.

    She Loves London
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Last Sunday I went to Hampstead Heath for a walk. Despite what a lot of people will have you believe, there’s actually no point in going to Hampstead Heath unless you mega like dogs. Either that or you should probably own a dog, or want to talk to dog owners about their dogs, or want your dog to meet someone else’s dog so you can say how alike they look then watch them cavort and tumble and nod with feeling when one of them leaps into a pile of fox poo, which’ll definitely happen because they’re dogs and that’s the canine equivalent of going to Alton…
  • Basically, My Bit of London is Definitely Better Than Yours.

    She Loves London
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    When you arrive in London, either by birth or because you got the train down from Yorkshire, you are automatically assigned a side. You’re either north of the river or south, and you’re allowed to go a little bit east or slightly to the west from there. You’re allowed to jiggle around a bit, but then you must find your own little bit of London. And then you must get to know it, and stick up for it in fights. If you’ve done it right, everywhere else – even going just three stops further west on the Overground – should leave you feeling a little bit…
  • Advice on Coping with the Stupid January Commute

    She Loves London
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:34 am
    London has gone back to work. After New Year’s Eve, at the very start of Stupid January, people start getting a bit twitchy. A bit ants-in-their-pants-y. It’s like no one knows what to do with themselves; they’re a little too used to staying in bed until the sun goes down – much more of a challenge in the summer, but still a notable achievement in winter – and suffering from a daily routine that involves shuffling from fridge, to sofa, to phone screen, to inevitable pub, occasionally rinse, repeat. “Could it be”, you wonder, shaking and…
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  • Is a restaurant cancellation fee fair?

    Laura
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Ok, so that’s a table for two booked at 7:30 this evening. That’ll be £190 please. Dining out isn’t the cheapest of feats in the city. A meal for two including a drink each will easily set you back around £30 at the streetest of street food restaurants, let alone at a classier establishment. So with news that exclusive Shoreditch restaurant The Clove Club will be charging diners for their meal before they’ve even stepped foot in the restaurant, it got me thinking as to whether this approach is right for London’s restaurant scene. Diners will be expected to fork…
  • #WIN! A £200 tab at any Bill’s restaurant with Leisurejobs!

    Laura
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Following on from my post on the trials and tribulations of finding the perfect candidate to fill a job opening, the lovely boys and girls at Leisurejobs have decided to treat one lucky reader with a slap-up meal at any Bill’s restaurant in the UK worth a whopping £200! Whether celebrating a new job, or commiserating the fact you’re still in your old one, it doesn’t matter. The winner can take one friend to any of Bill’s restaurants up and down the country, eat to their heart’s content, and Lesiurejobs will pick up the tab. How nice is that? And if you’re…
  • How to apply for your dream job without ticking off the hiring manager

    Laura
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    We’ve talked about when to resign from your job, how to do it, and how to keep your chin up when finding that dream job doesn’t happen right away. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Having been trying to find a good candidate for a really amazing entry-level marketing and blogging role that’s opened up within my team, I’ve decided a lot of graduates and school leavers really have no clue how to sell themselves for creative roles. At best, it’s just an annoyance. At worst, you’ll be blacklisted from ever applying again. So, if you’re thinking about…
  • Quit your job, become a jewellery concierge

    Laura
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    Stuck in your boring job? Colleagues driving you slowly insane? Thinking about throwing yourself through the fifth floor window the next time someone talks about tactical synergy and talent retention? It’s time for a new job. Why not become a jewellery concierge? We spoke to Ruth Donaldson, the founder of Heirloom London, about finding the perfect diamond, to a typical day in her life. Why did you become a jewellery concierge? I’ve spent over 13 years in the jewellery industry now, and felt the jewellery busying experience wasn’t personal enough. I wanted to develop a service which…
  • Reverend JW Simpson review, London

    Laura
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    If these walls could talk, they’d surely be pleading ‘forgive us Father, for we have sinned.’ Reverend JW Simpson is a bar that’s been on my radar for a while. It’s the epitome of most bars nowadays – in a basement, down a dingy looking stairwell, and with drinks served in tins and tumblers. It’s not a speakeasy, no, but it does have hidden walls and a prohibition vibe. Located on Goodge Street, below street level and a handful of flats, the bar was home to the eponymous clergyman who lived at number 32 in the eighties, though whether he’s fact…
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