Whether you’re an early bird catching the worm when it comes to flying, or you like to jet off in the day and avoid the fatigue of an early start (you can find out which we prefer here), long haul flights are never easy! However, what with the excitement of the prospect of traveling to a land afar, they also harbour the opportunity to have a good old bit of old fashioned fun (champers), or simply allow you to catch up on the Zzz’s and battle the to-do list. Whether you’re a snoozer or a boozer however, here are some […]
Venice, one of the most romantic cities on the globe, inspiration for Canaletto, Hemingway and the James Bond people, with nearly as many canals as Birmingham and a history that’s rich with intrigue, power and greed. But has it got an M&M World? Well Venetian sophistication is coming to the West End. One of the most luxurious restaurants in the floating city is Harry’s Bar, famous for its Bellinis and its carpaccio, both of which it lays claim to. Quite how you ‘invent’ raw meat is a mystery, and personally I think they should have quit after the Bellini, but […]
Whether you’re sober for October, convinced you’re at risk of turning full on 12-step alcoholic or you just don’t like the taste of alcohol, it turns out that there really are options that don’t involve getting pissed. No, genuinely. So here are some spots to try if you’re on the wagon. Redemption Notting Hill If Richard Branson’s for you, who could be against? The billionaire’s a fan and so are we, given it’s pretty much the place to head for an alcohol free night. Redemption really is a bar where there’s never been a boozed up bar fight and where the […]
Birmingham: Britain’s second city and surprisingly beautiful. Did you know, for instance, that the city has more canals than Venice? Okay, so it’s not the city of love and George and Amal Clooney didn’t decide to get married in Brum, but if they had then they might have chosen spots like Birmingham’s incredible hyper-modern library, designed by Dutch design studio Mecanoo, or maybe the Victorian neoclassical town hall or, indeed, any number of architectural beauties. Which makes it the natural location for Grand Designs Live. And the king of design, the man who has been captivating the nation year after year […]
Here we go again, another weekend. Isn’t this a bizarre time of year? Treading water toward between summer and winter. And if the weather doesn’t know what to do with itself, at least you can. Here’s our suggestions of what to do this weekend.
It’s World Animal Day today, so we’ve decided to take the initiative and round-up some of our favourite places to eat them. Whether you’re jumping to eat some rabbit, or if you’re after a chicken that isn’t foul, we’ve got all of the udderly best animal-feasting restaurant’s for you at our fingertips that you shouldn’t be sheepish to try. And trust us, there are some weird and wonderful places serving up the most outlandish of animal dishes. From crocodile steaks at Shaku Zulu to get your teeth into… to The Rex Whistler What: For Grouse… A decent game dinner is […]
Borrow a dog they said, it’ll be fun they said… OK, in all fairness I don’t want to lace this story with too much cynicism, but If you’d had my Borrow My Doggy experience, maybe you’d become somewhat of a sceptic too. For those lesser informed, Borrow My Doggy is an app that’s as much as a must-have as a chihuahua laden with pink jewellery tucked into a handbag was, circa Paris Hilton in her prime! So, I decided to download it. It wasn’t that I particularly wanted to pick up dog s**t, or watch as the lead became lose […]
Much like being President of the United States, reaching retirement usually involves playing endless rounds of golf and being liberally illiberal with the casual racism. But not if you’re Usain Bolt. The world’s fastest man is no slow cooker and he’s going to be proving it with his new opening. The legendary 100m hero is coming to Liverpool Street with his venture, Track and Records, and the Jamaican restaurant opens next week. Jamaica’s greatest son, arguably after Bob Marley and those guys from Cool Runnings, has grand plans to open 15 of his restaurants across the UK, starting here, and the […]
It’s the first week of October which can only mean one thing – Paul Hollywood is lucratively giving out his famous handshake on Bake Off…oh, and it’s National Cake Week! Founded by Lynn Hill in 2011, it’s a time to let the sweet tooth come out to play, if only for a week, and indulge at some of our favourite cake haunts. Cake week, we’ll never dessert you… Palm Vaults If Wes Anderson owned a cafe, the chances are it would look like this! Palm Vaults in Hackney screams pastel shades and wicker chairs and greenery. Their menu is coloured with […]
What: After what has been quite a stressful few last weeks, I was in need of a weekend away. A weekend out of London, where I could wake up and breathe in air that wasn’t polluted and I could look out across rolling hills and fields, not my next neighbour’s slightly greying underwear which seems to be perpetually on the washing line. I decided to head over to Tewkesbury Park, a hotel sitting in 163 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the famous site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. It’s got an enviable position, on the doorstep of the historic […]
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