Entries by Ross Kirton

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Given the phenomenal success of KFC and Nando’s, it’s always been something of a conundrum as to why there hasn’t been a greater proliferation of chicken-based dining offers. That is now changing – particularly in London – with a flock of new concepts. Despite the recent food processing health scare about the chlorine-washing of chickens, […]

The night tube begins to deliver

Changing your habits can take a while. We all get used to doing things a certain way and our attitudes are shaped accordingly. So, until recently, if you wanted to go to the theatre and have dinner in London’s West End – but relied on the tube to get you home afterwards – you needed‎ […]

Nightmare for London’s Night Mayor?

At a time of year when we’re confronted by ghosts, ghouls and other creatures of the dark, it’s perhaps appropriate that the London Mayor will soon appoint a new Night Mayor counterpart to represent the interests of the Capital’s nightlife. The appointment of a ‘Night Mayor’ – a post that was first created in Amsterdam […]

A short back and spritzer, please

It seems that our ability to cope with the eclecticism of a digital multi-channel world is now spreading to the physical world of leisure and recreation. This summer saw the opening of Trade Union – a new concept which brings together a cocktail bar and restaurant with a branded specialty coffeehouse – and a barbershop. […]

Who are you at the gym?

When you go to the gym are you a ninja warrior, a twerker or do you just like to ‘drop the pom’? The keep-fit world has come a long way from the days when people climbed into random garb culled from their holiday wardrobe/previous sporting life, and headed off for gym sessions of varying degrees […]

London’s cinema paradiso

Right now London is the place to be for cineastes. In the course of just 12 days, the London Film Festival is presenting 240 films from 72 countries in 16 cinemas. It’s something of a paradox that despite the fact that we can access the moving image on our smartphones, our PCs and, of course, […]