The Guardian’s Marina O’Laughlin once dismissed Balham’s Chez Bruce as ‘ultra-bourgeois and a little dated… onefor the Bufton-Tuftons, with their florid, claret-hoofing faces and fear of the new, I sniffed”. Not so anymore. The critic now seems to understand why it has been Harden’s reporters’ favourite restaurant for the past decade – “I’m forced to suspect […]

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Celebrate the summer season with the FT Weekend Laurent-Perrier Rosé Summer Menu at Vivek Singh’s “seriously brilliant” Cinnamon Club, in association with Taste of London 2016. Enjoy three courses and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne in this impressive dining space (now even more handsome thanks to last year’s £1m refurb) at £50 per person. Housed […]

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Grace Dent eats humble pie – and burgers – at  Bobo Social The Evening Standard reviewer is forced to admit she judged this posh burger concept by its cover.   Pop-ups in very poor taste? From death row dinners to human burgers, east London pop-ups become more outré.   Oh dear, Marylebone’s Opso has a bad […]

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The Taste of London festival is now on in Regent’s Park. With dozens of demonstrations, masterclasses and tastings featuring great restaurants and chefs, Taste is a treat for any London food lover. But don’t take our word for it, Pascal Aussignac, chef/patron of Club Gascon gives his thoughts on the festival… “Taste of London provides an […]

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