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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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 […]

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London’s Oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot, offers chic solace in busy Soho

London’s Oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot, offers chic solace in busy Soho

By ANTONY NEWTON and LAURA TOOGOOD Negotiating the busy streets of Soho on a Friday or Saturday night in search of a sophisticated restaurant is not always an easy task. Raucous pubs and crowds eager to catch a West End performance mean the streets are often packed with Londoners and visitors to the city who […]

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An authentic Chinese dining experience at Royal China

An authentic Chinese dining experience at Royal China

By LAURA TOOGOOD I must admit that I rarely opt for a Chinese restaurant when I go out for dinner. This is largely due to some bad experiences in the past, where the food has been overly filling, oily and fatty. However, this style of cuisine is hugely popular with many of my friends and […]

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‘Live at The Ritz’: A magnificent dinner dance experience

‘Live at The Ritz’: A magnificent dinner dance experience

By LAURA TOOGOOD, supported by ANTONY NEWTON Dining at The Ritz London has been on my bucket list for a while. The Ritz always reminds me of when I first moved to London and set about exploring the city. I was strolling down Piccadilly one sunny afternoon and passed the grand building that hosts the […]

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Dram and Smoke: Enjoy a taste of Scotland at London’s top Scottish pop up

Dram and Smoke: Enjoy a taste of Scotland at London’s top Scottish pop up

By CAT GRAY Last Friday, my friend and I visited a steel yard in Vauxhall to experience a taste of our homeland, at Scottish pop up restaurant Dram and Smoke. The steel yard is used as normal during the week, with the Dram and Smoke team moving in at the weekend to serve up a […]

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The Noodle House: Jumeirah’s bustling new London restaurant

The Noodle House: Jumeirah’s bustling new London restaurant

By LAURA TOOGOOD   After a very busy evening filming the London Fashion Collections show for Sloaney TV, Sarah Bacon and I had certainly worked up an appetite. Seeing as we both love pan-Asian cuisine and also like to the make the most of a menu, it was the perfect opportunity to sample some of the […]

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The Jam Tree launches The Loft

The Jam Tree launches The Loft

By EMILY BENNION I recently visited the new bar and restaurant space at The Jam Tree, which is aptly named The Loft. The Jam Tree is a popular and well established restaurant and cocktail bar on the Kings Road, which also has a brand in Clapham Old Town. To cater for the busy weekends they […]

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The ‘Edible Garden’ Afternoon Tea at InterContinental London Westminster

The ‘Edible Garden’ Afternoon Tea at InterContinental London Westminster

May has arrived and that means the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is fast approaching. The annual event will welcome a host of visitors later this month and it is one of the most popular soirees to feature in The Sloaney’s British Summer Social Season Guide. While visitors to the show will be able to admire […]

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Date night at Hide and Seed in Putney’s Lodge Hotel

Date night at Hide and Seed in Putney’s Lodge Hotel

By EMILY BENNION I was recently invited to experience a night at Hide and Seed in the beautiful Lodge Hotel, which is hidden away in Putney. The hotel has been established for some time but the restaurant is only a few weeks old (although you would never tell as they are already running a smooth […]

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The award-winning Nipa Thai impresses

The award-winning Nipa Thai impresses

By ANTONY NEWTON and LAURA TOOGOOD  Overlooking Hyde Park and incorporated into the Lancaster London Hotel is Nipa Thai. Nipa Thai is part of an elite group of restaurants to have received the “Thai Select” award from the Thai government. Considering we are both huge fans of this cuisine, we were naturally excited to try […]

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Fat Sam’s Grand Slam at The Goat offers a great night of entertainment

Fat Sam’s Grand Slam at The Goat offers a great night of entertainment

By KATIE ANN LAMB | Social Correspondent  One of my favourite foods is Pizza, nothing hits the spot like a good Pizza; yet it is remarkable how many people get it wrong! So when I was invited to experience “Fat Sam’s Grand Slam” and dinner at The Goat on Fulham Road, I jumped at the opportunity. […]

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The ‘Year of the Horse’ menu at the Chinese Cricket Club

The ‘Year of the Horse’ menu at the Chinese Cricket Club

By JAMES HASKELL When I was asked to review ‘The Year of the Horse’ special menu at the Chinese Cricket Club in London, I literally had no idea what to expect. This is largely because I don’t instantly put cricket and China together. However, I embraced the opportunity and was joined on the evening by […]

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Fall in love with the Food and Mood at L’Avenue in Marrakech

Fall in love with the Food and Mood at L’Avenue in Marrakech

By LAURA TOOGOOD During my recent visit to Marrakech for our travel pages, I dined at a fabulous restaurant called L’Avenue. I have to say, this is one of the best places that I have ever eaten and the team provide guests with a gourmet sensation. The venue, food, wine and ambience exceeded all expectations […]

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Pretentious Pizza at Hunter 486 in The Arch London

Pretentious Pizza at Hunter 486 in The Arch London

When we heard about the Pretentious Pizza menu that is currently available at The Arch London, we simply had to pay a visit to this upmarket hotel. Everyone loves a pizza night and the selection of toppings available at The Arch London adds an extra special touch to the occasion. Delicacies such as lobster, scallops […]

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Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Hyatt Regency London

Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Hyatt Regency London

We were definitely in the mood for a lazy Sunday earlier this month when we visited the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill for brunch. However, it wasn’t just any lazy Sunday and it wasn’t just any brunch. Far from it; we walked across Hyde Park in glorious sunshine and arrived at Portman Square for […]

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California vs France: Reenact the Judgement of Paris at The Vineyard

California vs France: Reenact the Judgement of Paris at The Vineyard

By LAURA TOOGOOD It is not often that a menu really catches my attention but when I came across the ‘Judgement Menu’, my eyes widened with excitement. This fine-dining experience is offered at The Vineyard, which is a luxury five star hotel that boasts a distinctive American feel. It champions Californian wine and celebrates the actual […]

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Award-winning Afternoon Tea at the Manor House in Castle Combe

Award-winning Afternoon Tea at the Manor House in Castle Combe

Sarah Bacon visits a chocolate box Cotswold village to indulge her sweet tooth… Whether you’re looking to escape for a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds, experience Michelin starred fine dining near Bath or play an award-winning golf course in the Wiltshire countryside, The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe is your perfect luxury country house getaway. For […]

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Refuel with the Moroccan breakfast at Mo’Cafe

Refuel with the Moroccan breakfast at Mo’Cafe

Momo has launched a delicious new breakfast menu to welcome 2014. Whether you are looking for somewhere a little different to host a business meeting or simply want to enjoy a tasty brunch before hitting the sales, the menu is sure to stand you in good stead for the day ahead. We love Momo here […]

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The magical Eric Lanlard Festive Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

The magical Eric Lanlard Festive Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

If you are planning some last minute Christmas Shopping this weekend in London or even a trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park between now and New Year, we have discovered a truly scrumptious addition to your festive plans.   The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge has partnered with top chef, Eric Lanlard to […]

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Sophisticated and festive Christmas drinks at The Hyatt Churchill

Sophisticated and festive Christmas drinks at The Hyatt Churchill

The Hyatt Regency Churchill sits proudly on Portman Square and is one of London’s finest hotels. This month, the luxury venue has a particularly special atmosphere as it embraces the festive season with finesse. Impressive fireplaces, a selection of Winter Warmer cocktails, artistic Christmas decorations and bright white lights draped over the trees outside make […]

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The Antique Wine Company hosts rare Château d’Yquem Dinner at Nobu London

The Antique Wine Company hosts rare Château d’Yquem Dinner at Nobu London

We are pleased to bring readers news of an exceptional food and wine event that is taking place next month. The event is being hosted by the Antique Wine Company and they are collaborating with Nobu London. Taking place on the 11th of December, the evening will comprise a tasting of five vintages of Château d’Yquem […]

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Escape from the pressures of the City of London and take a step back in time with Blind Bee in Eight Members Club

Escape from the pressures of the City of London and take a step back in time with Blind Bee in Eight Members Club

If you work in the City and are looking for a discreet place to sit back and relax with friends for some causal drinks and a bite to eat, Eight Members Club is worth a look. Hidden along a discreet walkway near Bank, Eight Members Club echoes the edgy haunts that are normally found in […]

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‘The most delicious style of black cod…ever’ – Brompton Asian Brasserie by Novikov

By LAURA TOOGOOD One of my favourite cuisines is Pan Asian, so I was particularly excited about visiting Arkady Novikov’s latest London venture. The Brompton Asian Brasserie is situated on the busy Brompton Road and is only a short stroll from Harrods towards South Kensington, rather than Knightsbridge. The restaurant is notably upmarket, boasting all […]

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Christmas comes early with culinary classes by Michel Roux Jr and Cactus Kitchens

By GOSIA BRZEZINSKA I was recently invited to visit the newly opened cookery school of Michel Roux Jr on behalf of The Sloaney. Cactus Kitchens was originally set up by Michel Roux Jr and Amanda Ross, who is the Managing Director of Cactus TV, which is a production company known for programmes such as Saturday Kitchen Live […]

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Enjoy a traditional British pub experience at Red House in Chelsea

The Sloaney team love a good pub meal. As winter arrives, there is nothing better than spending Saturday lunchtime or evening in your favourite local, next to a warm fire and enjoying hearty British food. Although winter may not have fully arrived, it was certainly a cold and miserable day when we visited Red House […]

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The VIP Launch of Boulestin Restaurant in Mayfair

We recently attended a VIP Launch at Boulestin Restaurant in Mayfair. The chic venue is located at 5 St James’s Street and is open throughout the week for lunch and dinner. It also serves brunch at weekends. On the evening of the event, guests enjoyed Ruinart champagne to complement delicious canapés. Many of London’s top […]

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Central & Co: The all-day brasserie with an edgy New York vibe

By HALLE CARLSON Central & Co is an all-day brasserie and bar that occupies the prime spot at the very top of Carnaby Street. I popped in for a bite to eat last week after a poke around some of the area’s fabulous shops. This place radiates chic and cool class. The stripped back interior […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie celebrates its 10th Anniversary with some fabulous events

This week Cheyne Walk Brasserie is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a host of events that kicked off with a Meat Free Monday. Some of The Sloaney team dined in the plush venue yesterday and enjoyed a delicious menu that featured many vegetarian options and seafood dishes. The restaurant has a charming exterior and this […]

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Rosa’s Thai Café presents a hearty menu for casual dining

By LAURA TOOGOOD I love taking a stroll down Carnaby Street and popping into some of central London’s quirkiest independent boutiques. It is a great place to find unique pieces for your wardrobe that no one else will have set eyes on. The area also has a spattering of fun cupcake shops and welcoming bars. […]

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Try some delicious vegan dishes at Naga, London’s first dedicated Tofu Bar

Last night, we visited the sophisticated Pan Asian Restaurant and Bar, Naga. Located in Kensington, the last time we stopped by at the award-winning cocktail bar was during Christmas, so it was nice to revisit the venue at a different time of year. It is a lovely place to catch up with friends and the restaurant […]