Adam Freeth is this year celebrating 10 years since setting up Shaker which has gone on to become one of the leading bar consultancies and training companies in the UK. He and his team can also now demonstrate that they know how to run a bar themselves after opening Shaker & Company in Euston, London. …

Increasing numbers of bars across the UK are now specialising in gin while we are seeing a steady flow of new and interesting products, leading to talk of a new “gin craze”. Now gin even has its own museum, which has opened above the Portobello Star bar in Notting Hill, west London, celebrating “London gins …

Awards and plaudits have been heaped on Whiski Bar on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, including the title of whisky bar of the year at the 2011 Dram Awards, so we were keen to see what owners Gary and Anne Still would come up with for their second venue. The result is Whiski Rooms – a great …

When Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes announced they were going to open a pizzeria, it was bound to be anything other than conventional. The pair are behind cult speakeasy Bart’s and 80s-themed club Maggie’s, both in Chelsea, and they have brought their love of kitsch, cocktails and cuisine to their third venture, Bunga Bunga in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

If you have already sipped a few cocktails with your meal at pan-Asian restaurant Cocochan off Oxford Street in London’s West End, you can find the descent to its basement bar something of a challenge. You negotiate your way down a twisting staircase with mirrors on both sides, past the toilets, to emerge into the …