Anyone who has looked for a bite to eat when going to see the Phantom will remember Galileo’s. The Italian restaurant opened in London’s Haymarket 14 years ago, next door to Her Majesty’s Theatre which has been home to Phantom of the Opera since 1986. The owners, Metropolitan Restaurants, have now completely revamped Galileo’s and, …

It is a year and a half since top chef Michel Roux Jr opened his fine dining restaurant Roux at Parliament Square near to the Palace of Westminster, and now he and his partner – Compass Group’s Restaurant Associates – have turned an unassuming lounge on the first floor into a destination cocktail bar. It …

Juan P Reales has worked at top London bars including Lab and Roadhouse but, much to the delight of Scandinavian cocktail lovers, he is now in Norway’s second city, Bergen. He is bar manager at Soho Kitchen & Lounge, a sushi and tapas restaurant in Håkonsgaten that serves up classic and original cocktails. With its …

The winners of the Chambord Rendezvous cocktail competition were announced last night at an event for the bar industry. It was the second year that the competition had been run by Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands to support its black raspberry liqueur, and this time there were nearly 300 different recipes submitted. The venue was One Mayfair …

It is often said that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe wouldn’t – or couldn’t happen – without alcohol. Bars open round the clock and it’s not unusual to see people drinking pints at 10 o’clock in the morning. Bars pop up in the most unlikely places to support the temporary performance spaces that take over churches, …

In Britain, the seasons are notoriously unpredictable, and we have only four of them. In Japan, they have 24 seasons, from the beginning of spring in early February to the “major cold” in late January, each starting on “sekki” – days that divide the solar year into the 24 equal sections. These have provided inspiration …

A warm glow of nostalgia and glamour surrounds the Playboy Club name. In this age of lapdancing clubs and internet porn, there is something almost innocent about Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire that spread across the US in the 1960s and, at its peak, had 30 clubs around the world. A new American TV drama series …

A club in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, beat off competition from venues across the UK to be named best bar in the annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards last night. The striking black-and-white interiors  of Smack impressed judges to also win the category for best independent bar or club.

The network of streets between Embankment tube station and the Houses of Parliament have always been a handsome but desolate part of central London. Last year saw the redevelopment of the former 19th-century Victoria hotel into 8 Northumberland Avenue, a venue that includes Boyd’s Brasserie & Bar. Behind this is the new five-star Corinthia Hotel …

It is two years since the saucy and stylish venue The Bathhouse burst onto the scene inside a former Victorian Turkish bath built in the 19th century. Located in Bishopsgate churchyard in the City of London, it is more than just a bar, restaurant and café, offering entertainment and club nights featuring burlesque and other …