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London's 5 Toughest Tables

Booked by luck, fate or a well-greased connection
Feb 10, 2015 10:00 am

For a population more prone to doling out restrained praise than over-the-top plaudits, Londoners are certainly not immune to the powers of restaurant hype. Though locals express their enthusiasm with cool reserve, the clamor for tables speaks to a level of fanaticism that has turned reservation-making into a humbling game of “sweet-talk the hostess.”

Navigating The London Craft-Coffee Scene, One V60 At A Time

In under a decade, a city transforms completely
Feb 4, 2015 10:00 am

Just a decade ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine a London as serious about coffee as it is today. Outsiders and local residents incurred great risk when ordering a cappuccino — they were likely to receive a bitingly bitter, collapsed-foam concoction in return. Thankfully, those Dark Ages of caffeinating have since lapsed, with London displaying a verve for the art of coffee-making and embracng a 17th-century café-culture-meets-Stumptown state of mind. Here are six favorites.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler And Tony Conigliaro Talk Life Behind The Bar, Up In The Attic

Our contributing cocktail editor talks to a legend
Dec 4, 2014 11:00 am

Tony Conigliaro’s resume reads more like a history of drinking in London over the past 20 years than a list of jobs: The Lonsdale. Hakkasan. Roka and Shochu Lounge. Zuma. Designer of the cocktail menu at the Fat Duck. He has inspired a new generation of bartenders, gotten people to think about drinks in new ways by breaking down aromas on a molecular level and using technology to open up new avenues of texture in cocktails. Our Contributing Cocktail Columnist Jeffrey Morgenthaler recently sat down with him. 

Jay Rayner Wants You To Reconsider Locavorism

And stop the oversimplification of food systems!
Dec 1, 2014 12:17 pm

From Mark Bittman to Dan Barber to Mario Batali, leading American thinkers, writers and chefs suggest that the best way to eat right is to know your farmer. To embrace locally grown and produced ingredients. To shop at your local greenmarket when possible. Jay Rayner, however, has a different take on the subject. Jay who?

Londoner Afroditi Krassa Has An Eye On U.S. Restaurant Design

She's worked with Heston Blumenthal, so who's next?
Nov 17, 2014 11:00 am

This past summer, Afroditi Krassa, a London-based designer of Greek descent, made a big splash on the restaurant scene with The Perfectionists' Cafe, inside Heathrow Airport. It was notable in large part because the chef behind it, Heston Blumenthal, is one of the more eminent culinary figures, but also because it signaled a moment in time, when restaurant design, even in something as mundane as an airport, seriously matters. 

You Travel, You Eat: Brixton, South London

This hip area has come a long way since The Clash
Nov 13, 2014 11:00 am

Apart from an intriguing history, pulsating street culture and the storied music venue Brixton Academy, there’s one main thing drawing Londoners to Brixton right now: it’s become one of British capital’s most exciting places to eat and drink. Especially if you like jerk chicken. Travel writer Luke Pyenson dishes up his picks for eating your way through the resurgent South London neighborhood.

Magnus Reserve Cocktail Recipe

A next level cocktail from friends across the pond
Oct 10, 2014 2:00 pm

At White Lyan, in the Hoxton district of London, you might not be able to order a standard lime rickey, but you can have one with green apple, wormwood and dandelion. Led by barman Ryan Chetiyawardana, the creation of each cocktail happens long before a patron enters the bar. Particularly, the innovative and exotic Magnus Reserve.

Breasts Of Kate Moss Inspire New Champers Coupe

A British supermodel proves inspiring, titillating
Oct 10, 2014 1:00 pm

34 Restaurant in London’s Mayfair neighborhood is the kind of place where you can order Cornish sardines with violet artichokes and Indian-spiced monkfish coconut. There’s a nice sorbet with passion fruit, Charentais melon and mint. Also, as of yesterday, you can sip Champagne out of a coupe shaped to the precise dimension of the breasts of British supermodel Kate Moss.

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