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Hovarda – London

Hovarda Interior
Soho seems to be the new hot spot for fine dining with the foodies flocking to Rupert Street for the latest hot spot, Hovarda. Nestled between Soho and Chinatown the new opening from the restaurant group behind eateries Yosma and Frescobaldi have opened their latest with dishes inspired by countries of the Aegean Sea. To be more specific the culinary delights of Turkey and Greece, but no shawarma or pitta bread in sight, instead a fresh and delicious menu with a focus on sea food, all fresh off the grill.

Upon entering you will be met by a luxurious for unpretentious setting, with a spacious restaurant on the ground floor with an open plan kitchen and grills and first floor cocktail bar, designed by architect Lázaro Rosa‐Violan.

The menu was created by Turkish chef Hus Vedat and features plenty of fare from the Aegean region so there’s plenty of fresh seafood and a daily changing menu filled with fresh catches from the British seas.

Used in both Turkish and Greek the word ‘Horvada’ refers to “a generous host with a free spirit” and that’s certainly the case with the menu on offer, with a contemporary take on traditional dishes from the region.

Designed to share meze options include raw, hot and cold options, with our favourite being the Octopus, which comes with a grape and tomato relish.  The sea bass ceviche was another highlight, which comes simply prepared with tomato, avocado and red onion but is plentiful in flavour.

Next up the menu is divided simply into land (meat and vegetables) and sea (fish and shellfish) options as a larger main.  We opted for the latter trying out the Langoustines which were generous in size and flavour and went for the equally delicious oven roasted potatoes as a side.  The helpful waiter is on hand to help you navigate through the menu if you’re not too familiar with the cuisine and there are plenty of drink options to keep you going.

Next time you hit up Soho, Hovarda is a must. If you fancy some music to accompany your evening check out their rotating schedule of live music performers, with many musicians from Turkey and Greece, a perfect soundtrack for your drink.

36 – 40 Rupert Street

For more information on Hovarda and other restaurants on Rupert Street and Soho please visit thisissoho.co.uk


SALON64 London

SALON64 is a new innovative hair salon come coffee bar that opened up in London’s Soho, serving the area’s hippest clientele.

The salon is the creation of top London hairstylist Ricky Walters, the 26 year old has previous stints at The Corinthia & John Frieda on his CV.

Covering 2 floors and over 2000 square feet Walters worked with JaK Studio and creative partner Brash Brands to create an unprecedented beauty parlour experience in London.  Taking inspiration from a traditional French salon SALON64 offers a social hub to the soho set, perfect for those on the go to meet friends, get their hair done or even just grab a coffee and charge your phone.

The sleek minimal interiors feature herringbone floors alongside a blue colour scheme with pops of raspberry, with tapestries and print adorning walls.At the front of the salon, The Stye Bar features, which welcomes guests with its jewellery box mirrors so you can freshen up before dinner or drinks while enjoying a coffee from the in house bar.

At the rear and on the basement floor features the hairdressing spaces, which features the striking fire pit, which runs alongside the centre of the designated seating unit, again with prop open stations that are reminiscent of jewellery boxes that house a mirror as well as power plugs to charge your phone, laptop or tablets while you get your treatment done.

On our Ricky and I discussed the cut I wanted making his recommendations that would set suit my hair length and texture and get got straight to work. Staff rand over the latest issues of Esquire and GQ and regular cappuccinos throughout the cut. I loved the result and my whole SALON64 experience so a visit is a must.

Men’s cuts start at £50, full info can be found on their website www.salon64.co.uk

14 Bateman St,

Lights of Soho presents “Be Illuminated” by Papi

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Roger Taylor AKA ‘Papi’ has opened his latest exhibition “Be Illuminated!” in the Capital at Lights of Soho. 

The self taught artist works with the medium of light so what better venue than the capital’s leading light-art gallery.

Papi started his journey training as an actor in New York at the acclaimed Lee Strasbourg theatre institute where he studied his craft for several years. He then moved onto working as a creative director for some of New York’s hottest night clubs creating sets for their weekly shows.

Thereafter moving to Manchester to set up his own design studio where he uses traditional tools and methods to hand sculpt metal and form a fusion light and art with his work exhibited from London to Tokyo.  Most pieces are one of a kind of extremely limited so this is your chance to see his work up close and snap one up yourself.

Remarking on his debut neon collection Papi says:
“I am so excited to working with Lights of Soho on this show. Prepare to BE illuminated!” 

Hamish Jenkinson, Curator at Lights of Soho, said;
“In 2016 we showcased Papi’s angel wings and they took social media by storm. This year Papi is back with a full show and I cannot wait for him to transform the gallery in to a fairy-tale land with mermaids, exotic animals, angels and more light splendour.”

“Be Illuminated!” will be available to view until May 13
at Lights of Soho. All pieces on display at the exhibition will be available to purchase.



Cinnamon Soho

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Cinnamon Soho is the third restaurant by Vivek Singh located in London’s West End, a stone’s throw from the cobbles of Carnaby Street, sealing Soho’s growing reputation as London’s favourite foodie hot spot. This time, Viviek has loosened his style in favour of comfort food classics and sharing plates. It has been over 10 years since Vivek has helped to define the term ‘Modern Indian Cuisine’ and the Anglo- Indian menu at CinnamonSoho has set new standards and broken new boundaries.

Its all-day menu boasts a distinct Anglo-Indian twist with dishes including the now-famous Bangla-Scotch Egg and the Raganjosh Shepherds pie.

Since its opening the restaurant has been met with great success, in 2012 and 2014 Cinnamon Soho won ‘Best Menu’ at the London Restaurant Festival Awards; his famous Bangla Scotch egg was included in ‘The 100 Best Small Dishes in London 2012’ category by Time Out; and his popular dish of Lambs’ brains was awarded 2nd runner up from Best In Taste of London. Head Chef Ramachandran Raju – who has worked under the Cinnamon umbrella for over a decade – also won the Ethnic Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs  Awards 2014.

We recently paid a visit to try out its dinner service on a rainy London evening. Cinnamon Soho specialises in smaller tapas style dishes, ideal for sharing among friends making it a great light option. Larger mains are also available.

To start the mean I went for the Slow Braised Pork Belly (£7), the delicious pork belly chunks come glazed in honey and chilli for that extra kick. The pork was tender and tasty, and large enough to share.

Next up I opted for the grilled King Prawns (£17) with a side of black lentils (£4.00) and potato paratha flatbread (£3.50). The dish comprises of 3 large prawn in a rich coconut sauce alongside some white ride. The prawn were tender and flavoursome with the coconut sauce mixing great with the rice and texture of the prawns.

The real highlight were the black lentils, which are simmered for 24 hours, the lentils are delicious and my only comment would be that they came as a larger portion! The potato paratha flatbread made for a great dipping companion.

To finish things off I opted for the Shrikhand Cheesecake (£6) for dessert, the cake comes deconstructed with a piece of shortbread topped with a scoop of cream cheese mixture. The dessert is a bit on the small side but light, a tasty end to a delicious meal.

Alongside its main food menu, Cinnamon Soho offers a large selection of drinks, from wines, Champagne and cocktails. Cocktails are priced from £8 and our recommendation would be the Burning with Passion – vodka over proof rum, orange juice, passion fruit and strawberry puree, a refreshing and tasty mixture.
So next time you’re in Soho, Cinnamon is a must visit.

For more information www.cinnamonsoho.com