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Yumi Izakaya, a new Japanese restaurant and bar, has launched in London’s West End. Situated within The Piccadilly West End Hotel, the restaurant has its own entrance at 67 Shaftesbury Avenue. Inspired by Japan’s izakayas, roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking, Yumi Izakaya specialises in Japanese snacks and drinking food.

Although new to London, Yumi Izakaya has its roots in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Londoner Caspar von Hofmannsthal relocated to the Cambodian capital in 2009 having previously managed London restaurants such as Quo Vadis, Smiths of Smithfield and Rotorino. Drawing on his experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Caspar launched Yumi Izakaya, bringing his idea to life in a converted garage.

The restaurant became very popular, particularly with the city’s ex-pat community, and attracted international attention. In 2014, Caspar made the decision to return to London, closing the doors in Phnom Penh with the intention to bring Yumi Izakaya home.

Now Caspar has partnered with Tom and Ed Martin of ETM Group to reincarnate Yumi Izakaya in London as a 38-cover casual dining restaurant, open seven days, from lunch until late. The menu has been created by Caspar and will change regularly according to seasonality.

The food menu opens with a selection of small plates, from £4, such as okonomiyaki Osaka style, daikon wrapped pork gyozas and chilli fried cauliflower. From an open robata grill comes a choice of skewers, at £2.25 each. Various cuts and parts of the chicken – free range herb fed chickens from Philmoor Grange Farm, Yorkshire - are on offer, including wings (with sea salt and Tongarashi), heart (with spring onion and ginger), liver (with tare sticky soy glaze and shichimi) and oysters (with salt and yuzu). Also available from the grill are bacon wrapped vegetable skewers such as asparagus and Shimeji mushroom. Larger plates available include caramelised pork belly with a tempura’ed egg and smoked duck and Udon soup, each priced at £15. Sides include, Japanese rice, seaweed salad and aubergine glazed in sake, mirin and soy, from £2.50.

Three draft beers are available, the Yumi dry house brew (brewed by Charles Wells) sits alongside Kirin Ichiban and IPA OK from Ealing’s Long Arm Brewing Co. Bottles include Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale (Japan), Hitachino Saison Du (Japan), plus Capel Road Cider by the can. Sake features heavily on the drinks list, with eight to choose from at varying price points, available by 100ml or the bottle. One sake of note is a sparkling sake; Fukuju Awasaki Sparkling, priced £19.50 for 330ml. Wines start from £3.50 per glass or £20 a bottle. A choice of three Asian inspired cocktails also feature, changing daily, priced at £8.

rickshwIt's no secret that Boris wanted them banned from the streets of central London as he classed them as dangerous but what do you think about Rickshaws?

This picture was taken last night by @cabbypetemfc when a Rickshaw tipped over in the road leaving those on board to crawl out onto the road.

Currently anyone can get a rickshaw and begin earning some money from ferrying people around the west end. However a report submitted to the government in June suggested the vehicles should be licensed.

In the past three years there have been 20 collisions which resulted in injury, according to the report.

They don't however go that fast, and really, it's only the size that makes them any different from a bicycle on the roads. However seeing as they are unlicensed  passengers do get in them at their own risk. You are highly unlikely to be covered for any injury you might get from riding in a rickshaw.

Good or bad? Do you take rickshaws? What do you think?

birdcage1_18853s1Honour the memory of a great actor and comedian with one of his great movies at The Century Club for just £5.

In celebration of the life of a comic genius, West End Film Club hosts a charity screening of THE BIRDCAGE, the hit 1996 comedy starring Robin Williams.

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. Starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest.

For one night only, Century will transport its guests to The Birdcage, a colourful nightclub on South Beach, Miami! With cabaret tables, fabulous food, thirst quenching cocktails, and a decadent post-film party, what better way to celebrate the life of one of the greatest actors of our generation?!

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Mind (registered charity number 219830).

Why not immerse yourself fully, and come dressed as a character from The Birdcage, or indeed any Robin Williams film?! The party will continue after the screening, with the Birdcage dance floor open until 1am!

Your ticket gives you VIP entry to Century for the whole evening, so why not arrive early and enjoy a few drinks in one of the bars before the film? There's even a private rooftop bar, with amazing views across London!

Friday 22nd August

LONDON: Century Club
61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue

Find tickets here.

exploded pavement in cally roadThese pavement explosions aren't great. After several happening around South London now there has been another in Piccadilly no less in the West End.

An investigation has been launched into why this pavement exploded as firefighters were called in to tackle flames last night.

The explosion happened under a manhole outside BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ following a series of small explosions said to have been sparked by an underground electrical fault at 11pm.

So if you were wondering why Piccadilly was closed in both directions between Regent Street and Duke Street for three hours this is why.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “At approximately 11pm we received a report of an incident involving a fire from a cable pit. Our engineers were quickly on site to assist the emergency services in making the area safe and we have no reports of any injuries. A full investigation is being carried out as to the cause of the incident”.

apollo ceiling

You remember the dreadful tragedy of the ceiling collapsing during a performance at the Apollo theatre? Well now it's back open for business with a whole new roof.

The new theme is moon lit forest and the ceiling features night sky and tree tops to that effect.

70 people were treated for injuries after the ceiling collapsed in the Grade II listed venue and as a result calls have been made for all theatres to make sure all their ceiling checks are up to date. Many London theatres have suspended plaster ceilings and although these do last well, they do need maintenance and checks regularly.

Let The Right One In will be the first play to be performed under the new ceiling.