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Slider Decider 2014 lineup

First he won over John, Gregg and the British public on MasterChef 2011 with his Japanese-inspired dishes, and last night Tim Anderson added another trophy to his cabinet after being crowned the Slider Decider 2014 champion.

Fifteen of the UK’s most talented and creative chefs took part in the bun fight at The Gun Docklands, but it was Anderson’s “Dalstonburg Disaster” that was crowned best of the bunch by judges Rebecca Seal of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, acclaimed restaurant critic Tracey MacLeod from the Independent, London Evening Standard’s Food Editor Victoria Stewart and Editor of Restaurant magazine Stefan Chomka.

Anderson’s winning creation combined a host of impressive ingredients: a craft beer gua bao-style bun, Kewpee mayo and gochujang hispi cabbage slaw, aged mince with bone marrow and umami butter, craft beer burger cheese, brisket braised in craft beer, chipotle, and tonkotsu ramen broth, fried fermented onions, fermented heritage carrot and locally foraged seasonal nasturtium burger sauce. All served with a cronut hole and craft beer.

In second place was Jacques Fourie of Ember Yard with his hot smoked Iberico pork cheek, guindilla marmalade, lardo and fennel & watercress slaw slider. While Oscar Gomez Gomez from BRGR.CO came third with his butcher's cut slider with Blackstick's blue cheese and caramelised onion.

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The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London E14 9NS

T: 020 7515 5222


They've been around for a while and you can't drink too many of them but this is why you should know where the best ones are to be found!

London have a large variety of great milkshake places though less of a collection when it comes to alcoholic ones - and as you may know - they don't all work out great.

That's why we have put together this little list of our favourite places to go in London for alcoholic milkshakes.

1. Big Easy - 332-334 King's Rd, London SW3 5UR & Covent Garden

The one to go for? The Ramos Gin Fuzz £9.50 - Beefeater London dry gin, lemonade, citrus sorbet & orange blossom foam. Couple with that, you're in the perfect place for some much needed grubs once you've had a couple of drinks.

2. The Loft -Between £5.50 and £6.50, 67 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7TG

There are six alcoholic, chilly, milky options ready and waiting for you here and they're all great.

3. MeatMarket £6, The Deck, Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, WC2

Thick lovelies with a hint of Americana, our favourite? The Maple Bourbon. Like Maple pancakes with a kick in a glass.

4. Riding House Cafe, £6.50, 43 Great Titchfield Street, W1.

If you are a chocolate fan the Liquid Toblerone has to be tried.

5. All Star Lanes, £6, 95 Brick Lane, E1.

Get on it with a few shakes then get on the lanes. Grab the closest thing you'll get to a Mojito Milkshake with the Tiki, a combination of Jack Daniels, mint and Julep in a shake.


Soon we'll be able to drink them with less brain freeze as London starts to warm up and thoughts go to ice cream and milk shakes. To clarify - we are talking about ice cream milk shakes here not milk only milk shakes and we certainly have a few firm favourites when it comes to London options.

Cookies & Scream - Camden Market

The counter  has all sorts of milk shake options here including brownies and cookies. You pick what you want and they mix it up. You can pick any number of combinations.

Market Hall Next Door To Honest Burger, Camden Lock Place, London

Issy's Milk Way Shake Bar - Angel

Full of 50s nostalgia and a must for any Elvis fan, Issy's is a vintage haven in Camden passage and does a damn fine milkshake too. Our favourite is the root beer milkshake - amazing.

28 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8ED

Tommi's Burger Bar - around London

With new Tommi's popping up quicker than you can visit them this is a great one to go to for a classic vanilla shake. Perfectly thick and creamy

30 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London

Cafe Plum - Hammersmith

Cafe Plum use a certain type of ice cream in their milkshakes that make them like none other. A great visit if you're south and have a hankering.

17 Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London


We all love a bit of the sweet stuff and now January is coming to an end we can start to have some guilt free indulgence again - surely!

So we have put together a little round up of our favourite London sweet shops, some old, some new, some in the import business but all great.


cyber candey london sweet shops

Cyber Candy - for those that are looking for an American Flavour in Islington and Camden. With a great selection of US and Japanese sweets this is THE place to go if you are missing home or your holidays and want to rekindle some of those amazing sweety flavours you just don't generally get over here.

Mr Simms olde sweet shoppe : In a number of places in and around London. They have jars of old sweets that you would have long forgotten about. They also do mail order.

Hardy's Original Sweet Shop, New Row, WC2 is stacked floor to ceiling with sweetings, novel, old fashioned and some new. Staff are in proper sweet shop aprons and although the prices are a little dear it's worth a visit whether you buy something or not for nostalgia alone.

hope and greenwood London sweet shop

Hope & Greenwood, Russell St, WC2 has a very retro feel with the customary pink and white candy cane type colouring. Packaged wonderfully and good value the sweets here and indeed the sweet shop have the thumbs up from Terrance Conran.

Sugar Sin in Long Acre is exactly that. Like a relative of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, this place is not somewhere to go if you have a headache. However if you are in the mood for something sweet this is the place for you. Sweet in every way, run by to Swedish sisters and stocking pretty much every sugary treat you can think of.


london best italian bakeriesWhen we think about London bakeries we tend to leap to those of a French persuasion or more so now the more elaborate cupcake making options.  But there are some amazing Italian Bakeries in London, some more new than others but all doing great things for breads and cakes.

Our top three are below.

Exeter Street Bakery
1B Argyll Road, London W8 7DB, 020 7937 8484

The star of the show in this Italian Bakery if their fine focaccia. You can also buy Italian yeast here for all you keen cooks as well as hand made pasta and pizza.


135 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UT, Soho

Personally we love panettone and this place works wonders on delivering. Breads and cakes are baked fresh throughout the day at this Italian bakery. If you have sweet late night cravings this is the place to go, helping you get your sugar rush until 11.30pm.

63 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AD, 020-7727 1121
287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ, 020-7288 1454

A huge favourite of many for a more special take away meal, Ottolenghi's makes very special butter croissants and a great double-baked chocolate mousse cake, but bread, tarts and biscuits are all equally perfect. There are two Ottolenghi's in London but you can also buy online with free postage for orders over £50.