Songkran festival is the Thai New Year celebration, taking place each year around April 15th. I’ve never taken part in it before, which I suppose is not all that unusual, given I live in London and not South East Asia. I love Thailand and Thai food though and so when I heard that Mango Tree restaurant in Victoria would be putting on an authentic Songkran celebration, I made sure that it was firmly in my calendar and headed over one April evening.
The Mango Tree restaurant itself is an absolute Thai institution in London. Its premises are super glamourous with a sleek bar and beautiful flower decorations everywhere you look. This success and glitz is evident in the numerous photos of celebrities lining the corridor on the way to the bathroom!
With the sandals on, sunglasses out and skins exposed, it is officially summer in London. Long gone are the days of requesting a table away from the door in fear of the cold drafts and spending the evening eating potato soup -- for the next three months, The Doodle Bar is collaborating with The Grub Club to bring about a series of weekend alfresco lunches with entertainment.
Those of you who keep your eyes on the Michelin lists will know that a couple of years ago a Peruvian restaurant in London, LIMA, won a Michelin star, the first of its genre to do so. I’ve visited, it’s great. I wasn’t aware though that they had a more casual branch called LIMA Floral over in Covent Garden doing South American style brunches, lunches and dinners, with a trendy downstairs pisco bar. Perhaps this is because pisco hasn’t been on my radar until recently. Regardless, when the opportunity arose to head down and try out their new bar menu, I leapt at it.
With the English invasion by Scottish MPs now complete, haggis is well and truly back on the menu. Many a person recoils at the word 'haggis' much like Davy Cameron recoils when the name Nicola is mentioned....however there is much myth and misinformation about this famous Scottish dish.
FoodGoblin reviews Sixtyone Restaurant, a swanky restaurant new Marble Arch, London, now doing an unlimited Prosecco Sunday brunch!.
In a city that welcomed 17.4 million tourists to it in 2014, surprisingly I often find myself in need of an escape. I love London, I truly do, but it’s easy to become overly ‘London-centric’ and to forget the delights that our other cities can offer, a mere few hours jaunt away. Besides...absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that – and so it was with great excitement on one sunny Saturday that I hopped on my Virgin East Coast train. My mini-break destination? Newcastle!
The last time I stepped foot into Leeds’ iconic town hall, I was 18 and about to sit on the lofty pews at the back of the main hall for school speech day. I managed not to fall over whilst collecting my “I made it through school" certificate and mimed my way through the Latin school song. Needless to say, I made my parents proud.
In March I descended upon the Town Hall again for Leeds’s Cocktails in the City event. I arrived speculating on how many drinks would be served in a vessel other than a glass (i.e jam jar, ridiculous wellington boot, bird’s skull), I was delighted to find out the answer was surprisingly few. Win number 1.
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