December and all the partying / eating / drinking / kissing might be over, but that’s not to say January isn’t sexy; in fact it’s hot as hell. Sure it’s a great time to detox, but we say do it BarChick style – Dirty Martini in hand at the hottest opening in town. No rest for the wicked. This month we will finally get inside The Walkie Talkie Building (famed only for burning holes in cars) now that Rhubarb have given it a boozy make over. On those ‘work from home’ days we’ll be found long lunching at the new home from home for all the Notting Hill types at West Thirty Six. For our Asian food fix we’ll be hitting Bo Drake for East Asian BBQ style dining and to do it al fresco we’re going camping. F*ck camping in January, we’ll be doing camping in style with the Art of Dining. See January’s not so bad after all, in fact we’d go so far as to say we’re looking forward to it, plus December’s daily dose of Paracetamol really did wear thin.
3rd January: Tonkotsu Dalston The Soho ramen joint that we all know and love is opening another branch East, which means you can get slurping while still wearing your Trilby and drainpipes. 382 Mare Street, Dalston, London 9th January: JinJuu Owner Judy Joo worked for big dog Gordon Ramsay before opening JinJuu. The restaurant will feature her own take on Korean food. The word JinJuu means Pearl, by the way. 16 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PS January: Yeah Burger! Previously located at The Star by Hackney Downs, Yeah Burger will be takings its game to The Star of Kings. ‘No bullsh*t, just burgers’, their words… not ours. The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 0AX Every Wednesday in January: Bunga Bunga's Five A Day Party Not quite the five a day you might think, we're talking five essential Italian components: a glass of prosecco, a glass of wine, a slice of bruschetta, a Margarita pizza and a bowl of homemade gelato. All for just £20 / person. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA 15th January: The Tommy Tucker From the people behind Claude’s Kitchen and Amuse Bouche Champagne bar comes The Tommy Tucker, which means supper, if you speak Cockney slang. 22 Waterford Road, Fulham, London SW6 2DR 15th January: Bo Drake You stole our hearts at East Asian BBQ. Smoked Bobo chicken, fatty tuna bowls and pork and eel dumplings for 50 mates. 6 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DE 18th January: Chai Wu Shopping and dining goes hand in hand, it’s hard work after all, especially when those January sales. Chai Wu will be a modern Chinese restaurant opening on the fifth floor of Harrods. Tuck into Alaskan king crab and sea bass dumplings with gold leaf. Harrods, 87 – 122 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL 31st January : Duck & Rice And just when you thought you’d heard it all we’re here to announce the opening of a Chinese gastropub, for real. Alan Yau is to take over the Endurance Pub next door to his original restaurant Yauatcha. 90 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QB 31st January: Sticks ‘n’ Sushi Do you know what Greenwich is missing? A good sushi spot. Well not any more, following two previous openings in Covent Garden and Wimbledon, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi is now in Greenwich, hooray! Nelson Road, Greenwich 31st January: The Richmond An E8 postcode, a former stylist and owner of popular brunch spot Elliot’s in Borough Market; what could possibly go wrong? The Richmond is a new restaurant and bar in East London. Expect snacks, comfort food and raw dishes. 316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3NH January: Wingman’s Chicken Wings at The Star by Hackney Downs Wings, obviously. Served at The Star by Hackney Downs. Get at it or regret it. The Star by Hackney Downs, 35 Queensdown Road E5 8NN 31st January: West Thirty Six This all-day townhouse on the Goldborne Road will be serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and killer cocktails to those Notting Hill types. Home from home, tuck into the grill house menu then sink into a sofa and snooze it off. 36 Goldborne Road, London, W10 5PR January: Blacklock Chops, chops & more chops. Great British meat inspired by "Joe Beef in Montreal, roadside shacks in Portugal and the US to the Turkish Ocakbasis off the Kingsland Road.", this charcoal grill will be situated in an old clip joint in Soho. 25 Great Windmill Street, Soho, W1D
January: The Andy Warhol ‘Absolut Art Exchange’ Hub at Rivington Unleash your inner Warhol while sipping on artistic concoctions at Rivington Shoreditch. A collaboration with Absolut – and available until Saturday, 31st January 2015 – the Art Exchange Hub gives guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art while enjoying bespoke, Andy Warhol-inspired cocktails. 28-30 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DZ Mid January: The Cocktail Trading Co Development Bar & Table Brought to you from bartenders Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and Olly Brading, CTC will bring you experimental cocktails and dishes from the upstairs brasserie. Think sexed up Victorian gin palace and you’re on the right track. The Basement, 22 Great Marlborough High Street, London, W1F 7HU 5th January: Sky Garden Sky Garden will feature three joints in one: Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, Darwin Brasserie and Sky Pod. Set over three floors, there’ll be oysters, lobsters, seasonal game, killer cocktails and really, anything that your heart could possibly desire. From breakfast meetings to late night partying – these guys have got you sorted. 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 26th January: The Fourteenth Colonie What used to be Giant Robot is now turning into a New York Style bar and restaurant. Expect Brooklyn style vibes with brunch dishes, craft beer from the USA and London, banging cocktails and a great selection of wines. 45 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS
1st December - 18th January: Skylodge Platterform’s Skylodge is back once again by popular demand, with this year promising even more ludicrous costumes and games, a much, much bigger sound system, a later licence (woohoo), two fully stocked bars and lots of sausages! The lodge itself can only be reached by the lucky few who manage to find their way through the woods where they must then climb a beanstalk to find the Bean Bag Bar with its treasure of cocktails, giants and fatboys (aka bean bags). Stage 3, Hackney Empire, 289 Mare St, E8 1EJ 6th January – 1st March: All You Read is Love Indie bookshop, café and bar All You Read is Love will be popping up in Leytonstone (and back in Walthamstow at the end of March). Coffees, sweets and savouries and cocktails to boot so you can booze yourself smarter. 877 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HR Now - until 28th Feb: Valhalla Vodka Bar This Viking themed rooftop is where we’ll be hanging. Kicking back with mulled wine, hot cider and filling up on Scandi food cooked on the open fire, chasing away the winter cold. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF 6th - 18th January: Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Snuggle up on a beanbag for two and stretch out in front of a film. It's like being at home only with a screen the size of your house. All you've got to do is bring along a pillow and pay £10. Films include Pan's Labrynth, Argo and About Time. 3 Code Street, London, E1 5ER 7th - 22nd January 2015: The Art of Dining’s Gone Camping pop up in Bethnal Green Camping, only not quite as you imagined it. For a start you’ll be indoors and on top of that you’ll be in Bethnal Green. Don’t worry though there’ll still be camp fires and flickering candlelight, phew. The Pickle Factory, 13 - 14 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DU. Weds 7th - Sun 11th, Tues 13th - Sun 18th, Tues 20th - Thurs 22nd January: The Rivington and Bam-Bou Everyone loves a bit of a bargain, don’t they? At Rivington and Bam-Bou, get 50% off breakfast (Rivington), lunch and dinner (Rivington & Bam-Bou). And, if that’s not enough (which it jolly well should be), Bam-Bou’s Red Bar – London’s leading stockist of Japanese whiskies – is offering 25% off all whisky, so you can dream of that golden nectar warming your cockles in the cold month of January. The Rivington: 28-30 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DZ Bam-Bou: 1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB 7th – 30th January: Dirty Detox Pop Up Head down to Camden Collective at 159 Camden High Street to find Christabel’s January Detox pop-up shop. Featuring plenty of smoothies, Teapig Teas, healthy finger food and cocktails from 5pm (the best bit), Christabel’s pop-up shop will be selling anything you can see. Literally. The crockery, tables, chairs and one-off pieces of furniture at the shop are all for sale, roll up. 159 Collective, 159 Camden High Street, NW1 12th January: Harringay Local Store Set to be a neighbourhood store with a difference, they'll be serving up craft beers and artisanal booze alongside organic fruit and veg, responsibly farmed meat and local tea and coffee. There'll also be a natural wine shop and a music shop so shoppers can rock out to vinyl. Green Lanes, London 15th January: Boyfriend/Girlfriend Exchange at Ladies & Gentleman Those guys at Doingsomething are playing Cupid again. If you're fed up with your boring boyfriend or grizzly girlfriend then don't take them into the New Year with you, it's time to trade in and trade up. They're throwing an exchange party at Ladies & Gentleman, which will be full of hot singletons and you'll get a free month's membership to Doingsomething (worth £29), a glass of punch and probably a kiss. Fortress Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 January 19th: Odeon Screen Unseen Book a premium seats at Odeon with absolutely no idea what you’ll be watching until the curtain goes up. Edgy, intriguing, controversial and thought-provoking... and all for a fiver. Various cinemas 23rd January: Blackout Party at Maggies Hosted by Ultra Violet Annie, it's out with the January blues and in with the ultra violet, because everyone looks better with the lights off. Think glow in the dark body paint, ultra violet cannons, glow sticks and glow glasses. 329 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL 6th February: Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea at Balthazar Matthew Williamson now serves afternoon tea inspired by his latest collection, not in person of course but he has worked closely with the pastry chefs. Beautiful and bespoke cakes will be on offer, and legendary Bar Manager at Balthazar, Brian Silva has also been brought into the fold to create the Chasing Rainbows cocktail, a refreshing mixture of Pinky vodka, Lillet Blanc, yellow Chartreuse, crystallised rose petals and Brut Champagne. Sold. 4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ