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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Pommery Champagne Pop Up Opens at the Edinburgh Festival

The doors of the Pommery Champagne Pop Up Bar at the Edinburgh Festival will open today. For three weeks only it is taking over the Signet Library, which is still a working legal library and normally closed to the public. The distinct venue provides a haven away from the madness, crowds and plastic glasses of Bristo Square. In addition […]

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Top tips for hosting a luxury dinner party in your home

Hosting a dinner party can be a relatively simple affair and is something that most of us have experienced at one point or another. It can be a great opportunity to gather some of your closest friends or work colleagues together for a relaxed and fun evening. In fact, hosting a dinner party with a […]

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The Stafford London: A quintessentially English hotel for Afternoon Tea

By LAURA TOOGOOD The Stafford London is a real hidden gem in London. Part of the Kempinski Hotel Group, this award-winning luxury retreat is located in the heart of prestigious St James’s. It is tucked away on a quiet side street between Green Park and Pall Mall, which means the surroundings are very peaceful, away […]

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Step into an episode of Mad Men and enjoy exquisite steak at The Palm in Belgravia

By ADIL AZIM The Palm first opened its doors in 1926 in New York, run by Parma-natives John Ganzi and Pio Bozzi. Their Italian heritage explains the Mediterranean twist to the menu and indeed, steaks, for which The Palm is now well known, weren’t even originally part of the menu. Whenever a customer would ask […]

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Cocktails & Canvas: London’s Best Arty Bars This Summer

By REBECCA JARVEST We all know that the right décor adds that extra sparkle to make an evening truly special. Home to talented mixologists and world-class artists, London knows how to combine delicious drinks with visual experiences for a night to remember. Brighten your summer with cocktails and canvas by heading to the capital’s best […]

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Adil Azim enjoys exquisite New Nordic cuisine at Höst in Copenhagen

BY ADIL AZIM In an inspiring show of spontaneity, thirteen friends and I descended upon Copenhagen for a weekend of music, food and general debauchery. As we all trickled in to the gorgeous city at different times with varying plans for the weekend, we all agreed on the need for everyone to share at least […]

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The Art of Fine Dining at Debut Contemporary

By REBECCA JARVEST  There is a new way to dine out in London and it comes with a tasty helping of art. The venue is not a restaurant but Debut Contemporary, an innovative gallery setting trends with its unique art/lifestyle fusion events, which include art and yoga. Their bespoke luxury dining experience, Art Dinner, mixes […]

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Enjoy delicious cocktails and casual dining at House of Roxy in Putney

By LAURA TOOGOOD Those of you who follow The Sloaney on Twitter and Instagram will know that last Thursday I decided to venture out for a quiet meal. It was one of those evenings when I just wanted to enjoy a casual bite to eat and avoid the hustle and bustle of our capital city. […]

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Seafood delights at the March Lobster Festival at The Grill on the Market, Smithfield

If you love seafood, then you simply must take time to indulge in the Lobster Festival that is currently taking place at The Grill on the Market in Smithfield. A short walk from St Paul’s or Holborn, this venue is tucked away among the historic streets of the City of London. When you arrive through […]

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Keri Moss opens The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges

Keri Moss, joint winner of Masterchef 2012, has opened her first restaurant in the luxurious surroundings of Selfridges. The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar will offer a frequently changing menu with the emphasis on seasonal cooking. The very best British ingredients will be used and dishes will reflect Keri’s style, honed over 25 years in […]

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The refined St James’s Hotel and Club offers a delicious Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea Menu

A Gluten Free diet and Afternoon Tea do not typically go hand in hand; that is until now. If you long to enjoy the cakes, scones and sandwiches that feature in such a traditional dining experience, the plush St James’s Hotel and Club has answered your prayers by launching a Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menu. […]

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Enjoy American cuisine and party the night away at DSTRKT London’s funky restaurant

Last night, DSTRKT London hosted a launch party to celebrate their recently revamped restaurant. The popular celebrity haunt is located a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and boasts a modern interior with a funky vibe. George Yaneff, who is a top stateside chef and formerly resident at the Bazaar Restaurant by José Andrés, SLS Hotel […]

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Peruvian cuisine proves popular in London as Peru wins Best Culinary Destination

The New Year has begun well for Peru, which won against stiff competition to be voted the Best Culinary Destination in the world at last month’s star-studded World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Ceremony. The South American country fought off stiff competition from notable foodie destinations such as France, China, Italy, Spain and Thailand to […]

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Hide away from the rain in a sophisticated and snug setting at Naga Cocktail Bar

If you are busy finishing your Christmas shopping this evening or over the weekend and happen to be near Kensington, we have discovered a lovely oriental bar and restaurant on Abingdon Road. Naga is a cosy and chic setting to enjoy an early evening festive drink. The cocktail list boasts a number of treats, including […]

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The Carlsberg Sports Bar is ideal for hosting a private sports party

Earlier this week, some of The Sloaney team attended a special screening of the Arsenal V Reading football match at The Carlsberg Sports Bar with ex-Arsenal Legend Charlie Nicholas and Athlete Danny Crates on behalf of Sports Aid. Located in the glamorous and bustling surroundings of the Empire Casino on Leicester Square, the Carlsberg Sports […]

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The White Horse in Parsons Green presents the ultimate traditional pub experience

If sampling a variety of ales whilst enjoying some delicious pub food sounds appealing, The White Horse in Parsons Green is certainly worth a visit during the festive season. Known locally as ‘The Sloaney Pony’ we felt right at home in the bustling bar, which features inviting fireplaces, traditional décor and a friendly crowd. Nestled […]

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Enjoy exquisite Surf n Turf at Lobster Tuesdays in Eighty-Six Fulham Road

Eighty-Six on Fulham Road has come up with a great idea for an early week treat in the form of Lobster Tuesday. The plush bar is offering a delicious meal that includes main course options of Lobster and Chips or Steak and Chips, for a very reasonable £20. For those who like to mix their […]

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The Botanist on Sloane Square launches a delicious new bar menu and cocktails

Those readers who follow The Sloaney on Twitter will already have seen the pictures from our most recent visit to The Botanist on Sloane Square. The venue is one of our favourite bars in London and the atmosphere never disappoints. Come rain or shine, the well-heeled locals and visitors alike flock to The Botanist. The […]

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Dine in the distinguished surroundings of ‘The Cavendish Sq’ at Flavour by Scott Levi

On arriving at the grand entrance to The Cavendish Sq, you know you are in for a traditional and lavish treat. Originally the Spanish Embassy, the historic building formerly played host to an elite club that was only accessible to members. However, it has recently opened its doors for all to enjoy and those of […]

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The Cadogan Arms provides the perfect ‘Country Pub’ hideaway in the city

If you are on the lookout for the ultimate country pub in the city, The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea is the place to go. With a hunting lodge theme, the dramatic décor includes antlers, fish and traditional photographs of the countryside that frame an old-fashioned brick fireplace. The menu offers the style of pub food […]

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Dine among the stars and enjoy a stunning, panoramic view of London at Paramount

Few restaurants can rival the stunning panoramic views of London presented by Paramount. Although the entrance to the restaurant is far from glamourous (the ground level door is located a few steps away from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station), once the lift whisks you to the top of the Centre Point Building, the sight below […]

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Hush Bar in Mayfair put a scented twist on their autumn cocktails

By NATASHA EDDERY For little over a decade, Hush has been one of Mayfair’s hidden gems. I say ‘hidden’ because if you were just casually shopping along Bond Street you wouldn’t even know this place existed and this is half the charm. Tucked away on the endearing cobbled courtyard of Lancashire Street, just off Bond […]

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Beer fans must make a trip to the North Pole!

By LAURA TOOGOOD This week, I made my first trip to the North Pole. Well, I didn’t quite visit the extreme freezing climate and snowy surfaces that leap to mind, but I did venture north to Islingston and dined at the North Pole Pub. Located on New North Road, the quaint surrounding area is typical […]

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Graphic Bar offers an edgy, arty and fun night out for friends

If you want to party with the media crowd, Graphic on Golden Square in Soho is the place to be. This edgy bar attracts a cool crowd and has a vibrant atmosphere. Graphic boasts an extensive cocktail menu and those visiting the venue for after work drinks, simply must try the Paint Tin Punch. Ideal […]

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Goode & Wright; the French bistro with a British accent

“A French bistro with a proper British accent”; even before walking through the doors of Goode & Wright in Notting Hill, we were won over. On arrival, the cosy, but refined eatery failed to disappoint and certainly lived up to its proud statement. Goode & Wright would not look out of place if it was […]

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Enjoy the party atmosphere at Bunga Bunga with Pizza and Karaoke

If you are looking to enjoy a fun evening with friends, Bunga Bunga on Battersea Bridge offers a great party atmosphere, along with delicious, Italian-style casual dining. A popular haunt among the Chelsea set and celebrities alike, this venue is located a short walk from the King’s Road. Boasting a Pizzeria, colourful cocktail bar and an entire second floor that is […]

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Follow the famous Fifty Shades couple by sipping ‘A Shade of Grey’ at Brown’s Hotel

If you have not yet heard about the Fifty Shades Trilogy, then we assume you must have been living on Mars for the last few months. The first installment of the raunchy tale by E L James, Fifty Shades of Grey, recently became the best-selling book of all time in Great Britain. To celebrate this remarkable achievement […]

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Enjoy the ultimate cook out as The Big Smoke BBQ arrives in Fulham

If you enjoy BBQ food and al-fresco dining, you will be hard pushed to beat The Big Smoke BBQ, which has arrived in West London. If you would rather not host an outdoor celebration in your own garden, why not head down to The Elk, where the spacious open-air area has a real Caribbean vibe. […]

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The Brompton Bar and Grill offers stylish dining in suitably upmarket surroundings

Located a stone’s throw from one of our favourite luxury department stores, Harrods, The Sloaney recently discovered a plush haunt that offers a sophisticated dining option and also regularly hosts live Jazz performances. Although the saxophonist was absent on our recent trip, we were very impressed with the atmosphere at the Brompton Bar and Grill. […]

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Dining at The Delaunay will bring out the Fraulein in you

By NATASHA EDDERY If you are a regular reader of The Sloaney, then you probably already know that I am a bit of a foodie. Of course, like every woman, I do watch my figure, but there is nothing like indulging and one place that has been on my hit list is The Delaunay on […]

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Obika Mozzarella Bar attracts a chic crowd in South Kensington with its traditional dishes

Earlier in the week some of The Sloaney team dined at the new Obika Mozzarella Bar, which recently opened its doors in South Kensington. Bathed in sunshine for our visit, this venue offers al fresco dining, seating inside and also tables by the large open windows that overlook Draycott Avenue for those who can’t decide. For […]

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Join the Cavalry Charge and support ‘Fashion for the Brave’ at The Dorchester

The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane is synonymous with luxury and glamour. The venue upholds a reputation for being one of the top hotels in London and on arrival guests are surrounded by an opulent interior, which has a contemporary feel. The main bar, which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the […]

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Archer Street; the sophisticated Soho venue with spontaneous entertainment

If you are planning on going to the theatre in London’s West End but are stuck for ideas of where to go to enjoy pre-performance drinks, or even post-performance drinks, Archer Street Cocktail Bar is the answer to your prayers. Located in the middle of Soho, this fabulous venue is a chic haven that is […]

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Enjoy spectacular views of London at the sophisticated bar in Galvin at Windows

If you are looking for an impressive date venue or want to celebrate a special occasion in style, the bar in Galvin at Windows provides the perfect setting. Located in the opulent surroundings of Mayfair, this venue boasts one of the most enviable views of London. On arrival, guests need to take a lift to […]

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Bella Italia! Ziani’s delivers a hearty, authentic and delicious Italian dining experience

By NATASHA EDDERY As the last couple of weeks have been a tad chilly and a bit too wet for my liking, I found myself veering away from my bikini body salads and craving something a little heartier. Pasta was the only dish on my mind and I had been dying to try out Ziani’s […]

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Enjoy Marmite Afternoon Tea that is fit for a Ma’am at The Botanist on Sloane Square

Over the last ten days, Marmite has teamed up with The Botanist on Sloane Square, to create a celebratory Marmite Afternoon Tea in homage to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This special menu option is available until this Sunday and features a number of delicious delights for those who love marmite. You can begin with assorted […]

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Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with Afternoon Tea overlooking the Royal parks

With the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend fast-approaching, it is time to consider how you can mark this historic occasion in your own personal way. Located on Park Lane, the InterContinental Hotel in London offers guests stunning views of Green Park and Hyde Park (both Royal parks), as well as Buckingham Palace, which makes it […]

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Cinnamon Soho presents a mix of traditional British dishes, infused with Indian spices

A stone’s throw from Regent Street and the cobbles of Carnaby Street, Cinnamon Soho is discreetly located on the atmospheric Kingly Street. Offering an intriguing menu that boasts traditional British dishes infused with Indian spices, this charming restaurant is particularly appealing for a spot of lunch or a pre-theatre bite to eat. The eclectic mix […]

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Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason

There is something quite special about Afternoon Tea. Relaxing with a glass of champagne, before browsing an extensive list of exotic teas and feasting on a selection of delicate sandwiches, scones and cakes is a wonderful way to mark a special occasion. Afternoon Tea is a leisurely, social and quintessentially English activity. And the new […]

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The winner of Best Luxury Restaurant, Thai Square, offers authentic dining in Soho

With its simplistic décor and knowledgeable waiters, the focus at Thai Square in Soho is principally on presenting guests with high quality food. Last month, Thai Square was awarded the accolade of ‘Best Luxury Restaurant’ at the National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards in Porcester Hall. With 19 restaurants in the capital city, this group is […]