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Wine: Christmas comes early

I've never been a great one for forward planning – my Christmas shopping usually starts around 20 December – but sorting out your Christmas drinking now is a good move because retailers are in full swing with seasonal wine offers.

The Refinery Bar, Bankside

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According to Wikipedia, déjà vu is the feeling that one has previously witnessed or experienced a new situation, which is what I felt when I stopped by The Anthologist bar in Gresham Street to catch up with Pinstripe and the Detective.

The Luxe, Smithfield Market

The Luxe

"It doesn’t get any better then this!" shouts TV Chef and entrepreneur John Torode on the Masterchef television show. But is he referring to his landmark bar/restaurant - the now legendary Smiths of Smithfields (SOS) - or the relative newcomer that is the Luxe in Spitalfieds?