Category: Food & Drink

The Drake and Morgan Group have a whole collection of restaurants that are very dog-friendly. I still don't really understand why there are so many restaurants in London that won't allow even smaller dogs in..

Luckily The Allegory, part of the group is so doggy friendly it even has a drinks menu for our furry friends. There's Bottom Sniffer beer for the boys and Pawsecco for the girls, or the other way around of course!

Tank (my dog) was lucky enough to get a staring role in this review, what with it being all about our four legged friends. He loved the Bottom Sniffer (it just feels so wrong writing that) and also all the attention he got.

He's wondering why he doesn't have a drinks fridge and a copper plated shiny drinking bowl at home now!

The menu for the non-furries doesn't disappoint with firm favourites including burgers, steak, fish & chips and pies, perfect for this winter weather that just does not want to budge.

Our recommendation? The burger with truffle and rosemary chips - it'll warm anyone coming out of any level of Beast from the East!

It's crepes, crepes and more crepes on the menu at L'Ami Malo, the new French eatery in Artillery Passage, East London.

Making the best of a small space L'Ami Malo is friendly and comfortable with just the right amount of background buzz.

You may think that three courses of crepe sounds a bit like too much crepe.. but with the range on the menu we promise you, it works.

Starters include buckwheat crepes (to keep healthy eaters happy) served in a maki roll style with avocado and tomato salsa. Everything is so visual here - the prettiness you can see below is a starter of Buckwheat Goat’s Cheese Croquettes with heritage beetroot and a pansy adorned sour.


Onto the mains and I went for the confit of Duck which sees braised red cabbage wrapped up in the obligatory crepe and crisped up duck leg done to a T to the side. A caramelised pear tops it all off perfectly though it can be made more perfect with a pairing of Cider.

L'Ami Malo has some really special craft ciders on the menu,  try the Cidre Bouché Breton, Brut - so crisp and perfect with a dish like the duck!

L'Ami Malo opens from 5.30 daily and can be found at 14 Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ.

It may seem like summer will never arrive, but mark my words it will... eventually. And when it does we have a massive calendar of annual summer events to look forward to!
One of my favourites is the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, though notoriously tough to get a good viewing spot, there is such a great atmosphere around and it's so summery you just have to head down to the banks of the river!
This year I have a great tip for anyone wanting a good view and delicious lunch. Book yourself a riverside table at Thai Square Putney Bridge and you'll have your own calm spot to watch the action, away from the thousands of spectators lining River Thames.
Hailed by the great and the good as having one of the best restaurant views in the UK, it's the perfect spot for Saturday 24th
March to catch the early stages of the race.
And the race isn't all you can enjoy as Thai Square has such a great menu of Thai classics and lesser known dishes to try! The second floor of the restaurant will be live broadcasting all the action so you won't miss out on knowing who crossed the finish line first either.
If you find it all too darned exciting to watch sitting down over a civilised meal, not to worry, Thai Square Putney are offering up small portions of menu favourites on the riverbank including vegetarian and duck spring rolls and chicken satay with prices starting from just £1!  You'll find Thai beers on offer too to compliment your race viewing.
If the right team wins and you're in the mood to celebrate there's no need to leave! You can stay put and party on with live music and resident DJs in the ground floor bar until 2am.
Thai Square - Putney Bridge, 2-4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1LB

It's today! A reminder to celebrate all the wonderful women out there doing great things or just being themselves!

If you want to get a bit more involved than just telling your female nearest and dearest that they are great then take a look at these events around London over the coming weeks  -

Sevendials,  Press for Progress International Women’s Day campaign

Grab one of 15 pairs of free tickets available exclusively through an online ballot at

The panel features brilliant women behind the businesses in Seven Dials such as British jewellery brand founder, Dinny Hall, and other brilliant women such as trans activist, author and founder of award winning campaign Nail Transphobia, Charlie Craggs. Award winning broadcaster, Gemma Cairney, will host the panel.

The Press for Progress International Women’s Day campaign runs from March 1st-8th where stores in Seven Dials will be offering workshops, special cocktails (such as Hawksmoor’s suffragette cocktail below), and brand talks etc. Tatty Devine will launch a special collection with British paper artist Poppy Papercuts in the Seven Dials store and Dinny Hall will be launching a Suffragette-inspired edit at the boutique.

Kate March - I AM Creative: An Evening of Meat 

Performances 28 March - 22nd Apri

Kate March, founder of all-female creative 'I AM' is an American multi-hyphenate artist and entrepreneur, she is a performance artist, writer, choreographer, speaker and producer. Globally acclaimed, Kate's art has been described as interactive, provocative and powerfully bold.

Through Kates work with 'I AM', she not only develops innovative performance concepts and redefines dinner theatre, but also continues to perform across the world including delivering a TEDx speech in Hong Kong leading on to a series of inspirational talks.

This Spring, Kate is working on An Evening of Meat, a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses. Featuring a fine-dining menu and dancers using a table as a stage, An Evening Of Meat is a powerful conceptual dining experience that explores femininity, vulnerability, strength, stability, sensuality, power, domestication, and unbridled wildness

More information here

Wonder Women Brunch - Devonshire Club  - Thursday 8th March, from 11am-1pm

Lead by a panel of impressive women, all experts in their respective fields, this inspiring event will seek to demonstrate how conversation can be transformed to purposeful action. The event also supports the charity mothers2mothers.

The event will be hosted by Tamara Gillan, CEO of Cherry London, and Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief of Stylist Magazine. Their guests will include Emma France, the Global Development & Strategic Engagement Director of the charity mothers2mothers, renowned actress Samantha Bond, popstar and TV presenter Rochelle Humes and spokesperson for the Women's Equality Party Athena Stevens. Other attendees include the women behind the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign: Associate Editor of The Drum, Sonoo Singh, and Tanya Joseph.

Emma France will speak about the vital work of her charity mothers2mothers (m2m). m2m aims to eliminate paediatric AIDS, which sees 200 babies infected daily with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, through offering mothers and babies the effective and inexpensive medical interventions that they need.

Palma Michel, Pippa Richardson & Melanie Lawson ‘How to turn adversity to strength and deal with the struggles of everyday life’ - Devonshire Club 

This motivational talk at the Devonshire Club on Thursday 22nd March 2018, hosted by Palma Michel about ‘How to turn adversity to strength and deal with the struggles of everyday life’.

Located in the heart of the City, private members club Devonshire Club has a varied programme of wellness events and initiatives. In the next enlightening talk, guests will learn how three inspirational women, through sharing the personal stories behind their businesses, have overcome certain hardships in their life. Mindfulness and happiness coach Palma Michel will be interviewing Pippa Richardson, the Founder of ‘the girlness project’ and also Melanie Lawson, the CEO of Bare Biology, Palma will also provide practical advice on how to stay calm in pressure cooker situations.

Get it Off Your Breasts Live Podcast at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018

For their first ever live show, join journalist Emma Gannon and radio host Lliana Bird for a female-led round table discussion with a difference. It’s an unfiltered platform to discuss the current and more general issues getting under our skin. Produced by Shola Aleje. It’s been recommended by The Guardian, launched with a huge banner on the iTunes homepage and currently has 70+ five star reviews on iTunes! They'll be chatting to two special guests: trans awareness campaigner and journalist PARIS LEES who was recently profiled in VOGUE as part of “The New Suffragettes” and author and body positive activist MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE aka @bodyposipanda.

In the final half an hour of the show they'll be asking the audience to write down anything they want to 'Get Off Your Breasts', and will read them out and discuss. You can get as involved as you like, or you can sit back and enjoy your cocktail, whatever your preference!Past topics have been wide-ranging from sleep-shaming, genderisation of kids clothing, homelessness, cheating partners, feminism, public hair… such a mix, both funny and serious. There will be 2-4-1 cocktails from 5-7, with a Get it off your Breasts special cocktail on the menu.

2. 4th Estate Literary Salon Women's Day Special at The Book Club 

Date: Thursday 5th March 2018

We'll be delving into the fascinating and thorny issue of sexism within Artificial Intelligence. From targeted advertising, to face recognition, to Google Maps, to Alexa - Artificial Intelligence has entered every corner of our lives at an unstoppable pace. But what happens when the ‘science’ behind these seemingly helpful tools is inbuilt with a sexist bias – and what are the ramifications? Our panel of speakers will be discussing how gender intersects with this new wave of technology, the challenges women still face in the industry and the exciting initiatives that are helping to rewrite this narrative.

Our speakers include Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, Angela Saini, science journalist and author of Inferior: The true power of women and the science that shows it. The discussion will be chaired by Victoria Turk Senior Editor, Wired UK.

The experts behind Honi Poké are set to launch their second site in the City near Fenchurch Street next week – and to celebrate they’ll be offering 50% off poké bowls on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, all day long.

Dishing up the best in healthy, protein-fuelled Hawaiian poké, their signature bowls come served with flame-torched octopus, tuna, salmon, chicken teriyaki or tofu, paired with a base of sushi rice, brown rice or veg slaw and flavourful ingredients such as salty mango, sunomono cucumber and nori seaweed.

Open Monday-Friday, customers can grab-and-go or dine in on the first floor mezzanine, whilst sipping on a fresh fruit smoothie or chilled glass of wine, prosecco or Hawaiian beer. They’ll also be open for breakfast, serving up popular South American tapioca bread made with cheese and gluten-free flour, amongst other delicious brekkie dishes.

So what are you waiting for? Look out for the Honi Poké surf boards and pop in for a quick and healthy flavour-packed meal!