Dining and Drinks

Sloaney Dining reviews high quality and exclusive restaurants around the world. We dine at some of the most renowned establishments, whilst also working to discover equally impressive hidden destinations.

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The South Kensington Club: London’s summer hotspot

The South Kensington Club: London’s summer hotspot

By KATIE ANN LAMB With Wimbledon upon us, what better way to celebrate this fabulous highlight of the British Summer Social Season than by sipping Pommery Champagne in the heart of South Kensington? That’s just what we did while attending the Summer Party at South Kensington Club. The club is located in a historic Georgian […]

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Pedrino: A refreshing tipple for the heatwave

Pedrino: A refreshing tipple for the heatwave

With London and much of the British Isles enjoying the hottest day of the year so far, we are sure picnics and BBQs will be planned for many. Sam Showering whose family created Harvey’s Bristol Cream & Babycham and Joseph Knopfler the son of Mark Knopfler from the Dire Straits have created a premium alcoholic […]

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Sizzling summer wines from Cloudy Bay

Sizzling summer wines from Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay has an excellent selection of wines to suit the record-breaking temperatures in Britain during our current heatwave. We particularly like the light and refreshing Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2012. It is perfect for the warmer summer temperatures and also works really well when paired with BBQ foods. So, whether you are […]

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AWC Fine Wine launch rare case made from Marie Antoinette Versailles oak

AWC Fine Wine launch rare case made from Marie Antoinette Versailles oak

AWC Fine Wine has marked its 25th anniversary with the launch of a rare wine case made from the famous Marie Antoinette Versailles oak. The limited edition AWC 25th Anniversary Case has been hand crafted from the Palace of Versailles oak tree, reputed to have been a favourite of Marie Antoinette. The case was designed […]

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Introducing Volzhenka Caviar

Introducing Volzhenka Caviar

Marcus at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge played host to the London launch of an exciting caviar brand that is set on modernising the appeal of this traditional delicacy. With an impressive range and contemporary packaging, which includes an integrated ice pack within the presentation box for those needing to travel with their purchase, Volzhenka is already […]

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Champagne in the sky at British Summer Time

Champagne in the sky at British Summer Time

Barclaycard British Summer Time is currently taking place in Hyde Park. It is one of the top events on our British Summer Social Season Guide and attracts some of the best music artists in the world. This weekend will see The Who take to the stage tonight, followed by Taylor Swift tomorrow and they will […]

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GREY GOOSE introduces the ultimate summer martini

GREY GOOSE introduces the ultimate summer martini

This summer, GREY GOOSE is partnering with Harvey Nichols and inviting guests to discover the world of summer martinis. There is an exciting new Limited Edition summer martini cocktail and food pairing menu available at a series of pop-up alfresco terraces in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The GREY GOOSE summer martini cocktail collection has been […]

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The Perrier-Jouët Art of Vintage Collection

The Perrier-Jouët Art of Vintage Collection

  Perrier-Jouët has released its first ever series of vintage champagnes. The Art of Vintage Collection is a rare selection of three mature vintages of Belle Epoque. The 1985 bottle will be particularly interesting for some this year because it will make an ideal birthday present for anyone turning 30 over the coming months. The […]

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‘St James’s Glorious Garden’ Afternoon Tea at Conrad London

‘St James’s Glorious Garden’ Afternoon Tea at Conrad London

There was great excitement in the Westminster area when Conrad Hotels & Resorts announced that they would be opening their flagship London property. The highly anticipated launch was very much welcomed and this new addition to the capital’s luxury hotel scene has proven successful. One of the main attractions for residents and visitors to the […]

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Scottish pop up Dram and Smoke is back in town!

Scottish pop up Dram and Smoke is back in town!

By CAT GRAY Slick Scottish pop up Dram and Smoke is back with a new spring menu and a new home in a former  sofa factory in Hackney Wick overlooking the Olympic Stadium. Having experienced their first foray in to the London restaurant scene last summer, they had a lot to live up to but they […]

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Sakura at Sake no Hana

Sakura at Sake no Hana

This week Sake no Hana, which is part of the impressive Hakkasan Group hosted an exclusive party to celebrate the launch of Sakura at Sake no Hana. The bar, which is located beneath the restaurant on the ground floor, was beautifully decorated with cherry blossom. Stunning pink branches also currently frame the door outside and […]

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Fine Dining at Royal Ascot

Fine Dining at Royal Ascot

This year, Royal Ascot will have a whole host of Michelin starred chefs serving delicious menus to race goers. The fine dining options at this premier racing fixture will be headlined by twice Michelin starred chefs, Michael Caines, who will be hosting On5, and Phil Howard who will be hosting The Panoramic Restaurant. Michael and […]

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden Launch Party

The Ivy Chelsea Garden Launch Party

Although The Ivy Chelsea Garden has already been open for a few weeks, last night’s official launch party formally marked its presence on the King’s Road. A host of high society guests joined celebrities to sip Moët & Chandon Champagne and dine on delicious canapés, while admiring the impressive garden area. Those in attendance included Sophie Ellis-Bextor, James […]

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Where to dine in New York City

Where to dine in New York City

By NATASHA EDDERY There are the obvious things to write about for a travel review in New York, famous sights, hotels, museums, shopping, the list goes on. But this has been done and I wanted to write something different, especially as this was my first visit to the city. Personally, wherever I travel and whatever […]

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A superior coffee experience with Pact Coffee

A superior coffee experience with Pact Coffee

By ANTONY NEWTON AND SARAH BACON The choice and style of coffee is very personal as everyone has their favourite roast, blend and end result. The UK coffee market is big business with over £5 billion spent in coffee shops per year. So how do you re-create that quality pre-work coffee at home so you don’t have […]

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Kona: The perfect restaurant for an elegant champagne toast

Kona: The perfect restaurant for an elegant champagne toast

We had never visited Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences in London before, which are part of the Taj Hotel Group. So, when we went along to try the newest restaurant offering, Kona, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful courtyard setting. It provides a solace among the busy streets that surround Victoria and […]

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The best of both worlds at The Portman

The best of both worlds at The Portman

Although there are plenty of gastro pubs in London, finding the perfect combination of a traditional boozer that also offers a top quality dining experience can prove relatively difficult. More often than not, pubs get stuck between the two and find it hard to bridge the gap in the right way. However, we think that […]

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Brew: You’ll leave full of food and fun memories

Brew: You’ll leave full of food and fun memories

Brew Café has recently expanded further by opening a new venue in Putney. It is already established in many of the South London hotspots including Wimbledon, Clapham and Battersea. The latest addition to the Brew collection is located on Lower Richmond Road and the spacious setting includes a large terrace that will be uncovered during […]

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An incredible Chinese New Year feast at Hakkasan

An incredible Chinese New Year feast at Hakkasan

By LAURA TOOGOOD Despite being based in Mayfair for the last four years and passing the venue at least once a week, I had never dined at Hakkasan until last night. I had, however, heard numerous rave reviews from all who have visited this famous London restaurant. For some reason, I always imagined a dramatic […]

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Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day toast

Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day toast

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is time to make some plans for the special day. Everyone loves to raise a glass of champagne on an important occasion and Champagne Bruno Paillard has a Rosé Premier Cuvée, which is perfect for celebrations on February the 14th. It has just been listed by the glass at […]

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Enjoy Michelin star Austrian treats at The Post Stuben in Gasthof Post, Lech

Enjoy Michelin star Austrian treats at The Post Stuben in Gasthof Post, Lech

By LAURA TOOGOOD During our recent visit to Oberlech for a travel feature that explored this chic skiing destination, we ventured down from the mountains one evening to sample the culinary delights at the Gasthof Post. This Relais & Châteaux property is known as one of the most exclusive destinations in the village of Lech. […]

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Dub Jam: The Caribbean comes to London

Dub Jam: The Caribbean comes to London

There is certainly no sign of ‘Dry January’ in Dub Jam. We popped into the cosy Jamaican rum shack last night and it was full to the brim. Admittedly, it is a small space but every table was taken and people were waiting patiently outside the door at times for a free standing spot to […]

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Beat the Christmas bulge at Tombo

Beat the Christmas bulge at Tombo

If you have woken up on Boxing Day feeling rather full after gorging on Christmas dinner, the thought of a traditional English roast this weekend probably couldn’t be further from your mind! With New Year resolutions always packed with thoughts of eating well and staying healthy, you can get a head start during the festive […]

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Streaky Gin: A brilliantly British cocktail bar

Streaky Gin: A brilliantly British cocktail bar

Streaky Gin has the wow factor as soon as you step through the door. With an enormous glowing Gin sign hanging above the bar, an entrance to the staircase that resembles an old-fashioned telephone box, wallpaper that imitates a library in the corridor and bar stools in the basement that are saddles, you cannot help […]

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BOBO Social: Masters of the ‘Posh Burger’

BOBO Social: Masters of the ‘Posh Burger’

Charlotte Street is always a great place to visit for a casual bite to eat and it is packed with fun restaurants. One of the most recent additions is BOBO Social and this is the place to go if you like ‘posh burgers’. They currently have a seasonal burger available, which has a festive twist. […]

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Harrods introduce The Truffle Shop

Harrods introduce The Truffle Shop

The Truffle Shop has recently been launched in the Harrods Food Hall. It offers whole truffles and a decadent selection of truffle-inspired dishes-to-go. From sophisticated starters and mouth-watering mains to inventive desserts, the sought-after ingredient takes centre stage in an indulgent array of warming winter dishes. Harrods chefs have created a glorious menu and starters […]

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Enjoy ‘A Very Berry Christmas’ at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Enjoy ‘A Very Berry Christmas’ at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

With its rather fabulous location, which sees Sloane Street and the high-end boutiques in Belgravia such as Christian Louboutin right on the doorstep, it is little wonder that visiting the Jumeirah Carlton Tower for Afternoon Tea during the Christmas shopping season has become somewhat of a tradition for The Sloaney team. Aside from the fact that […]

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Brilliant British tapas at Rabbit

Brilliant British tapas at Rabbit

A lively new restaurant has popped up on the King’s Road in Chelsea and it is proving a real hit with Londonders and visitors to the city alike. Rabbit follows on from The Shed (its sister restaurant in Notting Hill), which has proven incredibly successful. We visited the new venue on a Monday evening and […]

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Château Cordeillan-Bages: A two Michelin star gem on Bordeaux’s Left Bank

Château Cordeillan-Bages: A two Michelin star gem on Bordeaux’s Left Bank

By ANTONY NEWTON Having worked in the wine trade for over 15 years, I feel almost slightly embarrassed to admit that I had never visited Bordeaux until this autumn. I don’t mean the city, but rather the surrounding wine regions that host some of the most famous chateaus in the world. Needless to say, I […]

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Oysters and white wine: Mark Hix teams up with Cloudy Bay

Oysters and white wine: Mark Hix teams up with Cloudy Bay

There is an old saying that you should only eat shellfish when there is an ‘R’ in the month. Seeing as we now have plenty of months ahead that feature ‘R’s, it is time to begin indulging in such treats, especially oysters. Champagne or white wine is often the most popular choice of drink when […]

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The Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain

The Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain

By JAMES HARROP-GRIFFITHS Friday nights in London are usually earmarked for date nights, meals out, cultural experiences and walks along the river. I recently experienced all four in one by visiting the Tate Britain on the Millbank for their “Late at Tate” evenings, which offer visitors the chance to explore the gallery with a host […]

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Party round-the-clock with 24 Hour dining at VQ

Party round-the-clock with 24 Hour dining at VQ

The concept of 24 hour dining reminds us of New York City. However, it is not just the Big Apple that enables you to grab a bite round-the-clock as VQ initiated the craze on the streets of London many years ago. VQ has been feeding and watering Chelsea’s finest for 18 years and it also […]

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Grace Belgravia launches The Three Graces

Grace Belgravia launches The Three Graces

By Natasha Eddery ¦ Senior Features Writer Grace Café is about Food Nirvana, Californian-inspired cuisine that is at once both divinely delicious and totally healthy. Up until now food at Grace was a well-kept secret, served just for members. However, May 2014 saw the launch of The Three Graces, a new and exclusive food services […]

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An impressive brunch menu at Foxcroft and Ginger

An impressive brunch menu at Foxcroft and Ginger

By CAT GRAY Seeing as I live and work in West London it is not often I venture to the East of the city, but for this little gem I may have to make it a more regular occurrence. Foxcroft and Ginger is a stylish eatery run by a husband and wife team, and although […]

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Food Fit for Royalty

Food Fit for Royalty

Featured Article The Queen’s former chef of 15 years has revealed that the monarch’s favourite foods include Special K, jam sandwiches and chocolate cake. But we couldn’t imagine her sitting down for a bowl of cereal at a royal banquet. Could you? Dinners like this should be elaborate, using fine foods and only the best […]

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A unique buzz at The Jam Tree Clapham

A unique buzz at The Jam Tree Clapham

By ADIL AZIM While the eclectic Loft Bar at The Jam Tree’s Kings Road location has previously been featured in The Sloaney, the focus of my visit to their Clapham branch was to sample the gastropub’s diverse food menu. Very popular amongst locals, The Jam Tree is  set within a large townhouse located in the […]

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The Great Northern Hotel and Plum + Spilt Milk at King’s Cross

The Great Northern Hotel and Plum + Spilt Milk at King’s Cross

King’s Cross in London has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. The area has seen significant regeneration and with King’s Cross St Pancras offering train links to the likes of Edinburgh, Paris and Brussels, this is one of the main arrival points for visitors to the city. The luxury traveller is well-catered for by […]

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Date night at Boisdale of Belgravia

Date night at Boisdale of Belgravia

If you are in search of something a little bit different for ‘date night’, look no further than one of the Boisdale ventures. With venues in Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf, this lively Scottish jazz bar is one of London’s best kept secrets. We first discovered Boisdale of Belgravia over a year ago and have […]

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A Country Brunch at The Admiral Codrington

A Country Brunch at The Admiral Codrington

By EMILY BENNION Tucked away on a quiet back street just off the Kings Road is a hidden gem, The Admiral Codrington. It might take a little finding but if you take the time to discover it you will be rewarded with a wonderful pub and award winning restaurant. The Admiral Codrington has long been […]

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Canela: Covent Garden’s Portuguese Gem

Canela: Covent Garden’s Portuguese Gem

By ADIL AZIM Canela in Covent Garden has recently reopened its doors following an extensive refurbishment and rebirth as an elegant and understated Portuguese restaurant and wine bar. I had eaten at Canela in its previous incarnation as a Portuguese/Brazilian cafe – a realisation which only dawned on me as I was shown to my […]