Boisdale Life

Boisdale restaurants, dubbed a ‘carnivore’s dream’ by the London Evening Standard newspaper, have three establishments in the capital – in Canary Wharf, Belgravia and Bishopsgate. They feature a unique and very successful mix of fine food, a great wine list, an unparalleled range of whiskies, probably the widest selection of Cuban cigars in the world and the best classic jazz, blues and soul offering in London, cast in a unique setting. 

In August this year, Boisdale launched a bumper magazine to celebrate the many and various passions of the people whose conviviality helps create the unique atmosphere that is the Boisdale trademark. We called it Boisdale Life and on its pages you will find anecdotes, reflections and news from a diverse selection of friends and supporters who frequent our establishments, including the brilliant Claire Fox, director of the Academy of Ideas and convenor of the Battle of Ideas Festival. It is they – just as much as the chefs, staff and musicians – who make Boisdale the place it is today.

Issue 2 of Boisdale Life features a controversial article from Claire Fox on the sinister dangers of political correctness; a persuasive Roger Bootle arguing that the UK may need to go it alone in Europe; Scottish rugby star Kenny Logan reflecting on his lifelong struggle with dyslexia; an ebullient Bruce Anderson beating the drum for the Union; General Sir Simon Mayall explaining the role of the British Armed Forces in the twenty-first century; a heart-warming description from Nell Gifford on the ups and downs of running a thriving twenty-first century circus, and more…

Boisdale are proud to be associated with the Battle of Ideas Festival, with complimentary copies of Boisdale Life Issue 2 available to guests throughout the event.

Feeding the world: can we engineer away hunger?

"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student

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