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© Michael Haddad's menu design for narcbar at The Standard, East Village, NYC
Menus Get Playful
From surrealism to gold-leaf
Look to lapel pins, matchboxes and pizza takeout. It’s all in the detail.

Restaurants are having fun with their branding, setting the scene with backstories and in-jokes. John Broadley’s wistful black and white illustrations have long made Quo Vadis’ menu one of the most recognisable in Soho – but it’s not just happening in London. We love Mike Paré’s distinctive hand drawing for James Murphy’s Brooklyn bar The Four Horsemen – it’s based on Picasso’s Don Quixote and you’ll find it stamped on lapel pins and stickers. Over in the East Village, the new narcbar for The Standard chose Michael Haddad’s push-pin inspired, psychedelic, surreal landscapes for their menu covers and matchbooks. And back in London, Jean Jullien’s ‘love of food’ illustrations add even more joie de vivre to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s eclectic menu at The Connaught. It’s the first time the hotel’s food is available to takeaway (count us in for truffle and fontina pizza), and the gold leaf-emblazoned pizza boxes are a stroke of genius.

When everything is an opportunity to snap and share, why not make it gold-leafed too?
Coal Rooms
Grade II listed barbecue
Old Spike Roastery have transformed Peckham Rye Station’s disused ticket office with counter dining, an in-house butchery and a robata grill. Make time for those coffee-cured bacon sandwiches.
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The Weekend
Looking for plans for the weekend? We’ve got you sorted. Start things off with a visit to James Cochran’s new restaurant N1, spend Saturday dancing with Guy Gerber at the Roundhouse, and a chilled Sunday taking in the work of Cristobal Balenciaga at the V&A.
Friday Saturday Sunday
New Opening: James Cochran N1 Guy Gerber at the Roundhouse Balenciaga, Shaping Fashion
Mr. Lyan
After the opening of his new drink/dine concept Cub, we caught up with the ever-innovative entrepreneur about his own drinking habits
What’s your favourite bar in London?
It’s hard to pick one – but for a long time it was Sager + Wilde on Hackney Road.

What do you order?
I’m a huge fan of putting myself in the venue’s hands – I say what I’m in the mood for and let the team pick.

Favourite international bar?
Attaboy in NYC, Bar High Five in Tokyo and Big Poppa’s Sydney – but Bramble in Edinburgh is number one.

Where do you go for a night out?
I tend to stick east – there’s always an endless list of new spots.

Hangover cure?
I gravitate to a bacon and tattie scone roll, two cups of tea (builder’s and then a real tea) and a Corpse Reviver No.2 if needed.

Photo: © drinkmemag.com
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City File
Sanna La Fleur’s Berlin
Find out where the DJ stays, eats and parties
After a busy summer DJing as resident at Hot Since 82’s Labyrinth parties, touring Brazil with Watergate, and producing a remix for the mighty Sasha, house and techno DJ La Fleur managed to find some time to give us a definitive guide to her Berlin.
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Back to School
Varsity cool and novelty stationary
We’re trying to forget that the autumn is upon us with some fun (and a little silly) pieces with a back to school vibe from Opening Ceremony, Skinny Dip and Fendi.
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The ‘80s Extravaganza
Book quick - it’s a super limited run
If you’re looking for an injection of fun as the summer draws to a close, a big name musical may be in order. Footloose has it all: an ‘80s soundtrack, an all-star cast and some serious moves. It’s only running for three weeks at the Peacock Theatre, so don’t miss your chance to see it!
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5 September 2017
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