"Another hit from Jason Atherton. Great food with even better views. Incredibly attentive service and they know how to pour a decent glass of wine. Yes it's expensive, but it's a class act."
"My favourite local restaurant, what a total gem. I'm not really a dessert person but their chocolate ganache with sea salt and olive oil is one of the best things I have ever eaten!"
"I eat here more than I would happily confess to. The quality is just so high for the money - the staff are always really nice and the rare errors they do make are made up for ten fold. Although I may be recognised as a regular (although I'm not sure) a recent tough steak was replaced (with both being removed from the bill) we were then comped our wine and desserts. Excessive, but very impressive."
"This is a decent enough burger and chips at ok prices, but my goodness they're slow. I went in their on a crammed Thursday night and waited nearly an hour for my burger. Feeling forgiving I went back a couple of weeks later for lunch and sat in a nearly empty restaurant for 35 minutes waiting for a cheeseburger and chips. Through the open kitchen (and being quite familiar with restaurant kitchens) I can detect the attitude of a brigade that believes it's rather more big-time than its circumstances support. £5 for a 330ml can of beer is nigh-on larceny too. It's a shame as the concept is actually rather good. Oh yes - and it only takes about 8 diners for the place to sound like a Brazilian football match."
"The sort of review you only write anonymously - but however you view it, Byron is a really reliable spot for a decent burger and sides at reasonable(ish) prices. Their staff seem to be very well trained and always helpful and smiley. Beer prices also seem quite good compared to some of their try-hard competition."
"One of the best burgers in town but for my money - there isn't much else to recommend this place. A recent visit felt like purgatory...albeit with a fine burger."
"What a fantastic concept. The epitome of giving people what they want. Some lovely nibbles, decent wine at sensible prices. On my visit - a few weeks back now - the staff were truly enthusiastic about what they were doing, and who could blame them. I shall look forward to trying the Sunday lunch."
"I had a great time here and my food was perfectly passable. I think it does well because vegetarians aren't particularly well catered for in general. My curry was essentially decent vegetarian dinner party food, but fine. The ambience was buzzy and friendly and the staff were attentive and well meaning although their attempts at being super-efficient didn't really come off as they certainly lacked the training. Perfectly good lunch for a carnivore like me though."
"I think it's worth just stating at the off that the food here is very good indeed. The caveat is to follow. The prices here seem low largely due to the lack of alcohol and service on the bill. For a quality 3 course meal I don't really find BYO to be a bonus as I don't know what I'll be eating before I arrive and may want a different wine with all 3 courses. I may also run out! That accepted - £15 for a bowl of pasta isn't cheap. This is truly fantastic pasta, but then the same is true of antico, zucca, bocca di lupo - all of which charge a similar price but have all the trappings of a top-flight London restaurant. By comparison anima e cuore is somewhat like eating in the living room of a soviet coal miner in the 80s. No music, no interior design, and rather amateur (though well-meaning) service. Truly wonderful food, but with the above considerations, I wont be rushing back. There are better options at a similar price."
From 10 November
Roll up, roll up, the circus is coming to town this winter! The Gun, Docklands, has teamed up with the delightfully curious Hendrick’s, to transform its riverside marquee into a spectacular Victorian big top. Prepare for weird and wonderful circus delights including vintage carnival games, taxidermy animals, candy floss and popcorn machines, complete with your own private bar. The Victorian Circus serves up a selection of Hendrick’s winter cocktails, including Mr Micawber’s Hot Gin Punch and Hot Elderflower Toddy. The Gun’s seasonal canapé and bowl food options are also available.
The area is available to hire for groups of 40-150 guests, every Monday-Friday daytime and evening until the show ends in February 2016.
From 11 November
We might not have had the Indian Summer we'd been hoping for in London, but how about an Indian Winter instead? Cinnamon Kitchen's chic bar Anise is hosting a Winter Indian Ski Lodge from now until 9 January 2016. Styled by the same interior designers behind Kensington’s Alpine-themed restaurant, bar and disko Bodo’s Schloss, guests will find reindeer antlers and traditional wooden sleds on the walls, chunky candles, furs, tartan throws, blankets and cushions. Cocktails (£9 each) include: The Solong Nala (Burnt pineapple tequila infused with Mescal, triple sec and kaffir lime shaken with fresh pineapple juice and served with candy floss); The Gilmarg Gondola (Red and rose wine with homemade hibiscus syrup, vanilla and winter spices steeped together for 24 hours with lemon, orange and apple); and The Après Ski (Havana rum, fresh lime juice, Chambord, Frangelico and rose petals blended into an ice slushie with hibiscus).
Subject to availability during peak December dates. Please call ahead (020 7626 5000) to check on availability or book a booth online at www.anisebar.com.
From 16 November 2015-25 February 2016, 10 am-10 pm
Children £9 (aged 4-13)
Family ticket: £35 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
This winter, Broadgate has been transformed into a spectacular festive haven for the City of London. Situated just seconds from Liverpool St station, London's longest running outdoor ice rink returns to Broadgate again this year. Nearby, dining hub Broadgate Circle will be transformed into a magical winter terrace complete with 25ft Christmas tree, and surrounding restaurants will be on hand to provide festive fare and warming cocktails.
From 19 November
This winter, traverse the slopes of Clerkenwell and leave your ski boots at the door of The Well. The gastropub has teamed up with artisanal London distillers Sipsmith to transform the downstairs cocktail lounge into a traditional alpine ski lodge. The ski lodge will be serving up a selection of Sipsmith’s winter cocktails including Mulled Sloe Gin and Dainty Damsel. There's also a selection of seasonal canapé and bowl food options.
The Sipsmith ski lodge is available for exclusive hire for groups of up to 70, every evening until February 2016.
Restaurateur Des McDonald’s latest pop-up project on the Roof at Selfridges, Oxford Street, is an autumnal woodland. Their latest collaboration will offer comfort food and seasonal cocktails throughout the cooler months. The menu includes hot pots, grilled meats and fish and seasonal vegetable dishes. The Cabin Bar, situated on the terrace, which has its own entrance, serves Choctails (that’d be hot chocolate cocktails), seasonal ales and warming mulled wine and cider.
Escape the pandemonium of central London and enter through The Churchill Bar’s magical wardrobe doors to its very own enchanted land of Narnia. there's everything from cosy fur-lined seats to cashmere throws and hot water bottles for the chillier winter evenings. Of course, no winter terrace is complete without a delicious array of warming cocktails and Churchill's is curated by Green & Black’s. On the menu: Turkish delights dipped in chocolate fondue and savoury cheese fondue.
Rooftop Winter Cinema @ The Berkeley, Mayfair
- £65 pp includes mince pies and hot chocolates
- £85 pp includes wine and canapés
The Berkeley Health Club & Spa has transformed its roof-top terrace into a cinema once again this December. Hotel guests and Londoners can book to watch 'Miracle on 34th street' or 'Polar Express' on the big screen, whilst nestling between warm down feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles.
This magical outdoor theatre is London’s only private cinema featuring just six seats. Screenings will take place for the duration of December and there will be two screenings per night at 5 pm and 7 pm on weekdays and 7 pm on weekends. Two special Winter Cinema packages are available for Londoners. Movie tickets are available for both residents and non-hotel guests everyday, weather permitting (Excludes 24/25/26 of December).
From 1 October
The historical Courthouse Hotel located just at the top of Carnaby Street, is set to transform it’s summer rooftop space – the Soho Sky Terrace, into a cosy Soho Ski Terrace this October. Designed to look like the retro ski chalets of the 1950’s, the terrace will be decked out in blankets to snuggle under and candle lit lanterns.
From 8 October
After feeding the hungry Alpine explorers of Balham to such acclaim last year, The Lodge is back by popular demand in 2015. This time they've exchanged the peaks of Balham for the mountains of Clapham with a bigger venue. The usual hot toddies, wild game and throat-clearing Genepi will be served alongside fondue.
And if you fancy your very own Alpine party, both the dining room and restaurant are available for private hire. Emailbookings@jimmyspopup.com to find out more.
From 30 October
Guests are invited to wrap themselves in luxurious blankets as they enjoy toasty tipples and head chef Will Stanyer’s festive fayre - raclette, venison kromeski, and rainbow trout with horseradish mousse. Sweet treats include coconut and lychee snowballs and baked Alaska. Enjoy all these canapés plus two cocktails each for £30 per person.
On the terrace, you'll find an open fire by which to enjoy the York & Albany’s own Winter Spiced Old Fashioned with home-infused vodka; or Chilled Mulled Cider – a mix of cider and Prosecco topped off with apple flavoured ice. Open from 30 October 2015-28 February 2016 excluding Christmas Day and Valentine's Day.
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