Visit London Blog » Hannah Collingbourne Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Restaurants Win New Michelin Stars Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:02:59 +0000

A host of London restaurants are celebrating today after receiving coveted Michelin Stars.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has been promoted from one star to two, while Lima has become Europe’s first Michelin starred Peruvian restaurant, and new eateries Story and Social Eating House are among the establishments gaining their first stars.

Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014, said, “The Michelin Guide has always reflected what’s out there and London in particular has never offered so much choice – there really is something for everyone and for every occasion and there appears to be no end to the number of exciting new restaurant openings.”

New Michelin Stars have been awarded to:

See a list of all Michelin Star restaurants in London.

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London Video of the Week: Regent Street NFL Flags Timelapse Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:17:50 +0000

See the flags being put up overnight in Regent Street, ready for the big NFL party on the street this Saturday and Minnesota Vikings vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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London Video of the Week: London Fashion Week Blogger Edit by Missguided Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:05:54 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, here are a few London style tips from a group of fashion bloggers. Don’t forget, London Fashion Weekend is open until Sunday so there’s still time to update your wardrobe! For more ideas, visit our shopping pages.

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London Video of the Week: The Last of the Watermen by David Kew Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:35:24 +0000

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about watermen and lightermen on the river Thames is being screened at the Mayor’s Thames Festival. The film by David Kew follows one of London’s longest-serving watermen, Peter Duggan. If you’re quick, you can see the full-length film at the Thames Festival until Sunday.

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London Restaurant News: Union Street Cafe, Marianne, Boulestin, Grillshack and Berners Tavern Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:00:04 +0000 Food lovers are in for a treat this month with a huge number of new London restaurants to try, including new launches from celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Marianne Lumb and Jason Atherton.

Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café

Gordon Ramsay will launch his latest venture, Union Street Café, near Borough Market on 16 September. The restaurant has already seen huge demand for bookings (perhaps due to a rumour that David Beckham was a business partner). Italian chef Davide Degiovanni will head up the kitchen, serving Italian dishes made with artisan produce from his home country, as well as nearby Borough and Maltby Street markets.


BBC Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Marianne Lumb will open her first restaurant on 10 September in Notting Hill. Marianne will be one of London’s smallest restaurants, with just five tables seating 14 diners. The intimate setting will draw on Lumb’s experience as a private chef for celebrities and politicians. A three-course meal from the seasonal menu costs from £48 for dinner or £30 for lunch.


Boulestin is the latest venue from Joel Kissin, who, in partnership with Sir Terence Conran, helped change the face of London’s foodie scene with restaurants such as Bibendum and Le Pont de la Tour. The new restaurant is inspired by the cookbook writer and restaurateur Marcel Boulestin who was one of the first celebrity chefs. There’s a luxury bistro serving classic French food and Café Marcel, a café offering lighter dishes.


Grillshack has just opened in Beak Street, Soho, offering grilled food to eat in or take away, from early till late. Call in in the morning for a breakfast of grilled sourdough with scrambled eggs and maple bacon, or visit from 11.30am to sample the all-day menu, which includes a 100% British beef burger. You can order from the counter assistants in industrial denim aprons, or via touchscreens or a Grillshack app.

Berners Tavern

Following the recent launch of Social Eating House, Jason Atherton is set to open Berners Tavern on 12 September at the new The London Edition hotel. The restaurant will serve contemporary British dishes such as Orkney scallop carpaccio with avocado, radish, jalapeno and lime, and Buccleuch Estate beef cooked on a charcoal grill. There’ll also be “fish Fridays” and Sunday roasts.

More New Openings

Coal Vaults – new restaurant and bar in a former coal store in Soho, serving a selection of small dishes with matching cocktails

Gin Joint – Searcy’s will launch a new brasserie and bar at the Barbican on 9 September, offering a choice of 40 gins

Rosa’s Thai Café – enjoy homemade Thai cuisine at this new eatery near London’s iconic Carnaby Street

Smiths of Spitalfields – new restaurant and bar from John Torode’s Smiths of Smithfield, on the site of his former venue The Luxe

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London Video of the Week: Making London from Vegetables by Tibits Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:48:09 +0000 As well as providing delicious vegetarian food at their Heddon Street restaurant, the Tibits team are also talented when it comes to making cities
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London Video of the Week: Dinosaurs of the Crystal Palace by Lost Valley of London Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:54:57 +0000

In this funny video, Lost Valley of London visits the Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park. The film is the work of Anthony Lewis, a voiceover artist, actor and tour guide, who says:

“London being so massive, so tangled and so filled with amazing remnants of 2,000 plus years of history seems to me like a mysterious jungle from a 1940s pulp-adventure serial, complete with mysterious ruins, weird creatures, mad characters and eccentric contraptions. It seemed only natural to grab a video camera and go on safari!”

You can read more about the dinosaurs in this PDF leaflet about Crystal Palace Park’s Prehistoric Monstor Trail.

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London Video of the Week: Annual Weigh In at ZSL London Zoo Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:18:04 +0000

The keepers at ZSL London Zoo have been busy weighing and measuring animals (including snakes, snails, camels and even tigers!) as part of the annual weigh in.

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London Video of the Week: Transforming Imperial War Museum London Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:12:57 +0000

The Imperial War Museum is revamping its galleries and this fascinating video shows what’s going on behind the scenes. Having been closed since January, the museum has now partially reopened with a new Horrible Histories: Spies exhibition. The results of all the work will be revealed next year, when the building fully reopens in time for the First World War Centenary. Read more on the Transforming IWM London blog.

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London Video of the Week: Top London Attractions for Kids by Ellie Roddy Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:40:10 +0000

Ellie Roddy visits some of London’s top tourist

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attractions for families: the London Dungeon, ZSL London Zoo, Sea Life London Aquarium, Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Look out for a special guest presenter from the London Dungeon!

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