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Golden Union Fish Bar

Golden Union Fish Bar
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The Golden Union Fish Bar is an independent, family-run business owned by Billy Drew. When we opened in August 2008, Billy set out to create an authentic-feeling British chippy with a modern twist. From the beginning we’ve worked hard to give every single customer great quality home-made food and fast, friendly service.

To celebrate the British fave, fish and chips, and serve it in a relaxed, authentic atmosphere. We believe that the best fish and chips should always mean tasty home-cooked food that won’t break the bank.

All our traditional favourites – fish chips, pies, fishcakes and sides – are of the finest quality and cooked to order. And we’re fully licensed, which means you can enjoy a beer or wine with your meal if you can’t quite fit in a home-made milkshake!

Our fish bar heritage means we’re also great value for money and our special offers make meals even more affordable.

Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill
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Situated in an historic Victorian building on the borders of Soho and Mayfair, Bentley’s combines a relaxed oyster bar with a more formal Grill restaurant, plus two private rooms, arranged over three floors.

The sensitive restoration of this famous restaurant has retained many original features of the building and the spirit of Bentley’s original arts and crafts heritage has been preserved in the carefully thought-out choice of furnishings, fabrics and wallpapers. American oak flooring, light wooden panelling and the reframed old Bentley’s fish paintings all add to the relaxed air of calm, understated luxury.

Bentley’s has its own bakery and patisserie and sources all ingredients, such as smoked salmon from Frank Hedderman in Ireland and finest West Cork beef, from some of the best producers in the business. Deliveries arrive fresh in the kitchen every day.

La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison
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The home of Cuisine Nicoise, whose origins lie in old Genoese cooking, is the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with the influences of Ligurian Italy across the border.

Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles are used generously with sea food, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style that’s light and healthy. Oil obtained from olive groves on the gills of the Alpes Maritimes behind Nice and extending into Liguria is used throughout.

The restaurant the Petite Maison has been in the heart of old Nice since 1988 and is renowned both to locals as well as regular visitors to the French Riviera.

Little Italy

Little Italy
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Little Italy with its combination of fine dining, an exceptional wine list, music and dancing has become one of the most popular and best known Italian restaurants in Soho. Opened in 1995, it traces its roots deep into the heart of the Italian community in London.

Back in 1949 Luigi and Caterina Polledri acquired the coffee bar which has remained in the possession of the Polledri family ever since. It has become one of the best known landmarks in Soho and still remains the most famous coffee bar in London. And possibly renowned throughout the world.

Following on from the continued success of the Bar Italia the Polledri family decided to expand their interests and open an authentic Italian restaurant in Frith Street together with partners, Claudio Camera and Pietro Veccera. The current building was converted and in November 1995 Little Italy opened for business, building on its loyal customer base from the Bar Italia, the restaurant was a great success providing dining and dancing until 3am Monday to Saturday.

On Easter Sunday 2005 disaster struck. A fire caused extensive damage to the restaurant and forced the restaurant to close for repairs and refurbishment.

During this period the Polledri family found and exceptional restaurant property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The existing site was redeveloped and a new restaurant which they named Nolita opened in October 2005. The venue has proved very popular, providing the same combination of exceptional food, fine wine and entertainment that has proved so successful in Soho.

Nolita stands for North of Little Italy. Literally of course this is the case, but there is also an affectionate reference to the Italian community in New York and the famous Nolita district in downtown Manhattan.

Little Italy itself reopened after the fire in time for Christmas 2005, with an extra floor and room for a further 120 places. This was increased to 330 when further adjoining buildings became available and after an ambitious and bold refurbishment the restaurant as you see it today was again reopened in November 2007. A cocktail bar, lounge and private dining room were added. Needless to say the entire restaurant has been completely transformed as can be seen on this website.

Over the past fourteen years and after two massive refurbishment programmes, Little Italy has become even more popular. Still a family run business the restaurant plays host to an increasing number of customers, friends and celebrities.

Inamo St James’s (Regent Street)

Inamo St James’s (Regent Street)
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inamo st james is an innovative oriental fusion restaurant and bar that couples cutting edge technology with a high standard of food. Launched in December 2010 on Regent Street in the elegant Mayfair area, inamo st james provides enhanced opportunities for events with a total capacity of 300. Spanning 8,000 ft2, the venue features two stylish private dining rooms, a bar and sushi bar.

inamo st james uses E-Table™, the world’s first interactive ordering system that uses overhead projection technology to give the customer complete control over their dining experience.

In addition to ordering food from the table, guests are able to choose from a range of virtual ‘tablecloths’, view the inamo chefs working in real time using the ‘Chef Cam’ funtion and explore a wide range of practical services such us taxi booking facilities.

Bar Italia

Bar Italia
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Lou and Caterina Polledri opened Bar Italia in 1949 and then their Son Nino took over the reins in the 1970s and he in turn handed over to his son’s Antonio and Luigi and sister Veronica.

The three of them run Bar Italia, the restaurant Little Italy next door, and it’s sister restautrant Nolita, in Hertfordshire.

Undoubtedly one of the secrets of Bar Italia is the coffee

Why is it so good you ask? Because we don’t try and deviate too much. We have a coffee machine that doesn’t have a water filter on so it doesn’t have any salts running through it. The temperature on our Gaggia machine is set at less than boiling so it doesn’t burn the coffee going through it.

We use a very good coffee which is supplied to us by Signor Angelucci who was next door to us for many years.

He started in 1947 and we still use him. We have a loyalty to Signor Angelucci. He has a secret blend of coffee which we have always used.

We have been offered a lot of deals by big coffee manufacturers. They offer free machines and all the bits that go with it, but I have always declined because I have a basic product which everyone loves so why change? There is another element to this. When you come into Bar Italia you are not just a number.

With our coffee you can tell the barrista exactly how you want it. Tell him twice and you will never have to tell him again. He will know you and he will know how you want your coffee, and he will get it right every time. We think that the personal touch is very important. We keep it very simple.

We prefer a European route which is where we believe the best coffee is, especially Italy. Good cappuccino, good espressos, good espresso macchiatos, no gimmicks, no nonsense, it is the real deal.

One of the first things that will hit you when you walk into the Bar is the big picture of Rocky Marciano behind the counter. That picture was sent over to Nino and his wife Vera, by Barbara, Rocky Marciano’s wife.

Every picture in the Bar has an importance, every one tells a story. There are images going back to 1949. The photo’s of Soho back then, make it seem very open with not many people around which is a big contrast to this day.

Another important part of Bar Italia is the large screen television which shows all the Italian sports. Bar Italia is the home of Italian football.

When there is an important game on there is no better place to watch it than Bar Italia. Italians are fanatical about football. Before Sky and satellite TV in general was available, we used to get the Italian football results phoned through every Domenica (Sunday) from Italy and then shout them out to the crowd.

The nights when Italy won the World Cup in 1982 and 2006 will live long in the memory.

In the 1980s there was a major transition in Soho. The majority of the sex shops closed down and they were replaced by cafe and restaurants.

This is where the cafe culture of the 80′s began. Soho went through a huge renaissance in the 80s and music played an enormous part. Ray Petri of the Buffalo organisation, along with people such as Nick and Barry Kamen, all used to use Bar Italia as their office.

Ray Petri actually used to have his castings in the Bar. Adam Ant did his record cover Vive Le Rock at Bar Italia. A great guy.

Nino was actually in the video for Sade’s Smooth operator video along with Antonio.

Celebrities love Bar Italia because they can blend in and be left alone to have the best coffee in town. Regular faces include Suggs, Rupert Everett and Kylie Minouge and Boy George. Francis Ford Coppola drops by when he’s in town, as does David Bowie. We even had a song Bar Italia written about us by Pulp. Truth be told, there is not one pop star in London who has not been into the bar to have a coffee, either day or night.

You can go anywhere in the world and then you will come back into Soho and you will see that a road has changed direction, a shop has closed, a new one has opened. Soho is constantly changing but the one thing that remains the same is Bar Italia. I think by staying as we are, we maintain the attraction and the passion that so many people have for the Bar.

Navarro’s Restaurant

Navarro’s Restaurant
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Navarro’s wholesome and tasty homemade food and great wines, at the right price, attracts visitors from all over London.

The friendly atmosphere and beautifully decorated restaurant, with its wrought iron, tiled walls and prettily painted furniture, makes Navarro’s an instant favourite.

Boisdale of Belgravia

Boisdale of Belgravia
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Boisdale of Belgravia is situated in an elegant Regency town house, just north of Buckingham Palace Road and a short stroll from Victoria. Its bars, restaurants and private dining room are open on weekdays and Saturday evenings and offer a selection of menus to suit every budget.

Most facilities are available at any time for private functions and on Saturday afternoons and Sundays it is possible to take over the whole establishment for celebrations, luncheons, dinners, weddings and drinks parties. Everything from live music and flowers to speakers and entertainers can be arranged.