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Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

Duck & Waffle

The influence of the US, particularly New York, on London’s bar and restaurant scene is evident everywhere you look. From Dalston’s grungy dive bars, to Shoreditch’s speakeasy cocktail clubs and Soho’s diners, Americana has quietly and successfully seeped its way into our drinking and eating conscious. However a new, and perhaps surprising, influence is that flash upstart of the East – Hong Kong.

Dans le Noir, Farringdon

Dans Le Noir

I thought it would be a passing fad. The idea of eating in the dark sounded like one of those Californian-inspired homages to political correctness that gets lots of press attention but has a very short shelf life. Like the Ice Bar on Heddon Street.

The Foundry, Camden

The Foundry

Unlike it’s posh big sister Islington, Camden is the scruffy, rock 'n roll brother, loitering with bad intent around the pubs and bars by the market and canal.

Cheers! Wall Street Holiday Cocktails

Candied Bacon Jack Daniels Cocktail

Before we go off the 'fiscal cliff', or before at least some taxes rise to avoid it, here are ways Wall Street is bracing for the new year. It's the annual list of finance-related cocktails created by Cognito, a financial marketing and PR firm.

The Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe

A Cup Of Mulled Wine

Two years ago we ran an article from The Guardian on making the perfect mulled wine. The recipe is so good that it's worth revisiting every December.