Best Meal in London of 2015 | Shackfuyu

Shackfuyu interior

Admittedly, there’s some way to go before this poll concludes and there are some big-hitters coming onto the scene in the coming weeks and months: Duck & Rice, Bao London Soho  and On The Bab are just three on our must-eat list. However, our stand-out meal of the year so far (and we’ve been back twice, just to make sure) is Shackfuyu, the temporary pop-up from Bone Daddies (we sincerely hope they change their minds about its transient nature).

Shackfuyu Korean chicken wings

Set in the shell of an Italian restaurant that looks like it last saw a refurb’ back in the early 90s, the Bone Daddies crew make the most of the old pizza oven to create an eclectic menu cleverly slapped  with Japanese flavours. Served as small plates (although some dishes are hefty in their size), we’re currently working our way through the menu.

Shackfuyu scallop

Favourites include the lip-smacking Korean fried wings (in our opinion, the best you’ll find in London), the aubergine dish which is crammed with umami flavours, the scallop, the prawn toast and the fried potatoes (don’t bother with the mac and cheese – it’s the only duff on the menu). Be sure to finish with the French toast served with a Mr Whippy-style soft-serve ice cream.

Shackfuyu beef

So damn clever, so damn simple, so damn tasty and such good value. A restaurant version of a greatest hits collection: Now That’s What I Call London Food Trends, volume one.

14a Old Compton Street, Soho, London

All photos by Shackfuyu

Shock Of The New | Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

We’ve barely scratched the surface of New York’s gallery scene, and then along comes a Renzo Piano-designed behemoth on the Hudson River. Opening on 1st May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new home, at the southern-most point of The High Line, will house its permanent collection of over 21,000 American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, spanning movements such as Pop Art, Modernism and Expressionism, as well as contemporary works. Our interest is piqued in the Whitney’s key focus – or ‘deep holdings’ as they’re rather beautifully called – on some of our favourite artists including Cindy Sherman (below), Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lorna Simpson. The inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard To See, will showcase this incredible permanent collection.


And if all of this culture makes you peckish, the Whitney has installed Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group at the burners to create a farm-to-table (well, what did you expect?) coffee shop boasting Rockwell Group interiors. All the boxes perfectly composed and ticked.

America Is Hard To See, 1 May to 27 September 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Tel: +1 (212) 570-3600 |

Mondrian Sea Containers | Civilian

Read Lisa Richards’ review of the Morgans Hotel Group’s new London hostelry, the riverside Mondrian Sea Containers, in a feature commissioned for Civilian. Click here.


Mondrian Sea Containers bar


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We’re In Miami…

"cool hotel Miami"

From intimate five-star luxury hotels with impeccable service, to brash, brassy behemoths resembling Vegas-on-Sea. From standard-bearing luxury chain hotels, to boutique boltholes with impressive price tags, we’ve scoured Miami looking for the best hotels, shops, restaurants and service. Our city guide is coming soon. In the meantime, read our review of the Townhouse Hotel, a hip hangout for fashion models and A-list wannabes who’d rather splash their cash in the city’s achingly hip bars and boutiques than on a bed for the night. Read Liz Hatton’s review here.

"boutique hotel Miami"

Top 12 Hotels London // London’s finest

What makes a great hotel? Polished service? High-end amenities? Marble-clad bathrooms? A Michelin-starred eatery in its bowels? Super-cool clientele? Location? Technologically-enhanced rooms?

"London's finest hotels"

From a gastropub-with-rooms serving some of London’s finest fodder, to five-star behemoths with hotels all around the world, Resource and friends round up London’s top 12 properties.
Read our round-up and our full reviews here.

"Blakes hotel, world's first boutique hotel"

East Meets West // Cay Tre Soho

"Cay Tre vietnamese restaurant London"

“The Soho restaurant is beautiful – as it has to be in this part of town. Low-lit, dark wood, great lighting and sumptuous. It’s just a few doors down from the Groucho club and across the road from Dean Street Townhouse, so it has to be aesthetically pleasing to attract Soho’s media crowd. And that it does. Soho doesn’t care what day of the week it is, so on a Wednesday night in early Spring the place was jammed to the rafters with ironic haircuts, boys (and some girls) in their buttoned-all-the-way-up check shirts, and more pairs of brogues than a branch of Church’s.”

Read our full review of Vietnamese eatery Cay Tre, now open in the heart of Soho.

Four Seasons Canary Wharf, London

Lisa Richards reviews the Four Seasons’ luxurious Docklands outpost.

“Just a few days before, Justin Bieber had been sleeping on this very bed. And we could certainly see why A-listers opt for this place: secure parking down in the bowels of the building, so lying-in-wait Paparazzi and hoards of screaming girls can be avoided; discreet super-professional staff that can point you in the direction of the private lift; the ability to escape by speedboat from the banks of the Thames below…”

Join The Club // The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, USA

Liz Hatton spends three days and two nights in Orlando’s most luxurious hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. From alligator spotting on golf courses, to some of the best fine dining she’s ever experienced, the hotel packed more of a wow factor than the nearby theme parks. “The Ritz-Carlton folk make staying at a Ritz-Carlton really very easy indeed.”
Read her review in full here.

"five star hotel Orlando"

The Bingham Hotel, Richmond // Top 12 London Hotels

Rachel Seed’s review of the luxury boutique outpost The Bingham is now live, and part of our Top 12 London Hotels feature. Sitting beautifully on the banks of the Thames, it’s the perfect spot to escape the madness of the city without ever leaving the Tube network. Pack something divine so you can dress for dinner and indulge in the Modern British cooking of Shay Cooper. Read the review in full here, and while you’re at it, go and have a look at our Top 12 London Hotels. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re bonkers? Then drop us a line:

"The Bingham, Richmond"

JW Steakhouse, London

Meat feast: Lisa Richards joins a flag-waving celebration of the glorious American steakhouse at JW Steakhouse on Park Lane. Read the review in full here.

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