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Top 5 things to do in London this March 2019

To my mind, March signals the end of winter and marks the start of warmer climes. I’m already starting to leave my jacket behind! With agreeable weather, it’s even easier to venture outside and explore all that London has to offer. Read below to see the 5 things to do in London according to me.

St Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square [FREE]

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Photo credit: london.gov.uk

We all have a bit of Irish blood in us, so it seems. Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on Friday 15-16 March with yor fellow Irishman at London’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square.  Now in its 7th year, it’s your chance to celebrate Irish music, dance, culture, food and more. If you can’t be arsed with the crowd, then why neck a few Guinness in London’s many Irish pubs? Waxy O’Connor and The Porterhouse rank as my favourites.

Pancake Day [FREE]

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Photo credit: http://www.greenwichmarket.london

5th of March is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to pancakes all day at London’s best pancake house. If you fancy showing off your flipping prowess, head down to Greenwich Market and take part in the annual pancake race. Pans are provided, you’ll get a free pancake and a medal for your efforts plus any money raised goes to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Win-win. Register to enter for free here.

Kew’s Orchid Festival [Adult £16.50]

Kew Garden’s orchid festival has been on for quite some time now. But March is your last opportunity to admire these colourful botanical species. Snap an Instagrammable pic before it goes on 10 March.

International Women’s Day at the Southbank

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Photo credit: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Friday, March 8, 2019, is International Women’s Day and to celebrate every good and going in the world of women, the Southbank Centre are hosting a 2-day festival. Expect a killer programme of debates, dicussions, performances and activism celebrating female achievement and highlighting the obstacles getting in the way of female success. Visit the WOW website to see the full programme and to book.

Mothering Sunday

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Photo by Randy Rooibaatjie on Unsplash

Sunday 31 March is that day to show mum how much you love her. Surprise her with exotic flowers at Columbia Flower market, treat her to a special meal at Florentine, Aqua Shard or Bokan. London is chock full of ideas. Whatever you do, make sure these superheroes feel special.

What are you looking forward to the most this March? Let me know below!

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Palomar Review: Changing The Way London Sees Israeli Food

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The front located in Soho just a minute walk from Chinatown.

At a glance

🍴 Type/Cuisine: Israeli / Middle-Eastern.
📍 Location: 34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN, England.
🗣 Social: Instagram
💸 Price: dinner for 2 with a glass of wine each – £45pp inc. service.
🌏 Website: https://thepalomar.co.uk/

Flying the flag for Israel

I’d be hard pressed to think of an Israeli restaurant I can recommend. For me, London’s Jewish restaurant doesn’t excite, many stuck in kosher’s past and up against the behemoths of London’s food scene including Thai, Chinese and Italian. But finally, I think Palomar are changing the way we Londoner’s see Israeli food.

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50% off your Food Bill at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta: Soft Launch Alert!

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Front entrance to Emilia’s on Alie Street, Aldagte.

Pasta specialists Emilia’s Pasta have launched their second site, in Aldgate! And to celebrate, Emilia’s will also be offering a whopping 50% of your total bill (4th Feb – 17th Feb).

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Interiors feature a dining counter and a communcal table for larger groups.

Carrying on from the success of its older sibling in St. Katherine’s Dock, Emilia’s are offering a succinct selection of seven pasta dishes hailing from various regions in Italy.

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Creamy burrata with toasted sourdough bread drizzled witholive oil.

Signature dishes include their famed 4-hour slow-cooked Bolognese with fresh béchamel, and casarecce pasta paired with walnut and chestnut mushroom sauce.

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4 hour cooked bechamel bolognese with grated parmesan (papadelle).

As a recent visitor, I can confirm just how good freshly-made pasta really is. The 4 hour cooked bolognese comes naturally recommended, and when it came from my Italian waitress, I know it’s legit.

The best pasta’s in London? You decide, and with 50% off until 17th Feb 2019, now is the time to try everything!

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An open kitchen to see all the clever things your chef are doing to your food to make it taste amazing.

At glance:

📍 Location: 77 Alie Street, Aldagte, London, E1 8NH
🗣 Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
💸 Price: During soft launch – £11 for 2 courses inc. service charge.
🌏 Website: https://www.emiliaspasta.com/

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A Snazzy All-Day Brasserie Restaurant in Waterloo. Pulse London Reviews: Florentine.

At a glance

🍴 Type/Cuisine: All day dining brasserie-style restaurant.
📍 Location: 6 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DP, London.
🗣 Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
💸 Price: dinner for 2, 3 courses pp with glass of wine: £80
🌏 Website: http://www.florentinerestaurant.co.uk

All-Day Dining in Waterloo.

Restaurant recommendations in Waterloo can be a be a bit tricky. After all, it’s hard when swanky Mayfair and hip Soho is just across the river. But Florentine is an all-day dining brasserie-style restaurant worth crossing south of the river for.

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Swanky with a capital S.

The first thing I noticed was how swanky the interiors are. There are comfy looking banquettes and the dark furnishings just oozes class. The dining room is separated from the bar and reception by a giant screen producing a soft golden glow which created an intimate vibe in low-lit settings, and the melodic acoustic of pop classics playing softly playing in the background further helped create a relaxed atmosphere.

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Ravioli and steaks on point.

The menu is pan-European a la carte. While I thought the fried squid could’ve have been a bit crispier, the buffalo ricotta ravioli, on the other hand, maybe the best I’ve ever had. It’s completely drenched in a buttery and creamy sauce, topped with thinly shaved black truffle which took it to another level. For mains, steaks can be tricky to cook. But I was pleased that the rib-eye 220g of grass fed, 32-day aged rib-eye with béarnaise sauce was perfectly juicy and cooked just the way I like it. With the braised lamb shank, although melt-in-the-mouth tender, I can’t help but think there are better ways of cooking a lamb shank to really make it really stand out. It was nonetheless delicious.

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Buffalo ricotta ravioli.

Venetian doughnuts for days.

To end, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy a tiramisu. At Florentine, I found this Italian staple dessert done superbly. The Venetian doughnuts was also a sweet success. Three pillowy balls coated in sugar and filled stuffed with boozy marsala cream.

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Venetian dougnuts comes highly recommended.

Service first in its class.

The service was just as excellent was the food. From the moment I stepped into reception, the welcome was warm and friendly. Fabio, our star Italian waiter, was attentive always making sure that our glass was always full and together with the sommelier, shared their expertise to help pick out the best dishes and wine to complement our meal when asked.

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Wow factors.

Although not a dish I ordered, I was invited to see first-hand the mahoosive size of their Herculanean burger and Tomahawk steak. Intended for sharing, it’s sheer size is a sight to behold and sure to amaze. Bring your mates, this is a food challenge you can’t handle on your own. If brunch is your thing, I am told you should come down between April – September where the fry-up featuring the gargantuan ostrich egg will be available again.

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Tomahawk steak for sharing. Looks and smells incredible IRL.

A restaurant for that special occasion.

You no longer have to book yourself table the swankiest restaurant in Mayfair to treat yourself. Florentine’s intimate vibes, slick interiors, top-notch service and food make Florentine an excellent choice to bring a date or to celebrate a special occasion including birthdays. While it won’t be cheap, Florentine won’t blow a hole in your savings either. It’s fine dining-that the every day hard-working Londoner can afford to treat themselves to once in a while.

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✨ DECOR & AMBIENCE: 4½ / 5.
🤵🏻 SERVICE: 4½ / 5.
🍸 FOOD: 4 / 5.
🌟 OVERALL: 4½ / 5.

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Japes Reviews: Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas Done RIght

AT A GLANCE

📍 Location: 22-25 Dean St, Soho, London, W1D 3RY
🗣 Social: Facebook, Instagram.
💸 Price: £££
🌏 Website: https://japes.uk/

Where do you go if you get a sudden craving for deep dish pizza or waffles? A surprisingly tricky question especially when you consider London to be one of the world’s foodie capital. But I’ve finally found an answer and it’s one that has made bustling Soho its home.

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In Photos: Brunch For Dinner At The Big Chill in King’s Cross

Ever woken up in the morning and wished your coffee was an espresso martini? The we’re on the same boat.

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about a new brunch menu you can actually have for dinner at the Big Chill in King’s Cross. I was fortunate enough to get invite to try it all.

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