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Your Weekend And How To Spend It: 29th June – 1st July

Pssst… guess what’s only a day away, guys? THE WEEKEND!!! I know, right? Here’s a smattering of stuff to be getting up to… The Cocktail Trading Co What: More Tea, Vicar? Why: Britain basically runs on tea and booze. So congrats to The Cocktail Trading Company who are here just in time with a combo of the two; it’s a tea party with a difference. Launching on Saturday, The ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’ (geddit?) will take place on Sundays at CTC’s Shoreditch HQ, just off Brick Lane. Hello Cucumber Manwich, a green tea infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, cucumber and Galia melon juice, served long […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Painting ‘En Plein Air’ Outdoors at The Connaught

I’ve had art lessons before, it was kind of dull even though I want to say I did pretty well. Some of my pieces have been put up for a Children’s Art exhibition before, not that it’s an impressive feat in any way. I’ve always imagined art classes to be in a secluded studio with a naked model ready to pose for you, but not this one. The Connaught’s outdoor Mayfair Painting Masterclasses return this summer due to popular demand, I bet it’s a fun class because you get to relax and clear your mind with a swish of that […]

Openings & Launches

18 of the Best New Openings in June

After our long, cold winter and a small dalliance with some sun a couple of months ago, it seems like summer is well and truly here. Once more we can venture back out to the new venues of London to drink beer in gardens, dine alfresco and stay up with cocktails because it’s still light and warm at 9pm…although 9pm is the latest because you don’t want to miss Love Island. Laurent What: New to Hotel Cafe Royal Why: This month saw the first European restaurant from the internationally renowned chef, Laurent Tourondel. Found on the first floor of the […]

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Openings & Launches

A Pick ‘n Mix of Cuisine: Isla Ray to Open in Deptford

If you’re an advocate for food-well-travelled, or if you find choosing whether to have an Indian or Chinese takeaway more challenging than rocket science, then new Deptford restaurant Isla Ray is the nomad-enticing, food conglomeration you need to try. Owner Rachael Dalton-Loveland has taken inspo from a range of places she’s visited across the globe, including Melbourne, to create a diverse menu created, as she describes, “through inspiration of places I have visited around the world and this is a medley of all my favourite.” Rachael’s menu of choice consists of salad bowls, meze plates filled with falafel, hummus, feta, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Doga and Brunch at Pomona’s

Doga: dog yoga. Yes, you read that right. Pomona’s restaurant in Notting Hill is hosting a brunch event where guests get to enjoy a morning of dog-inspired yoga side by side with their favourite furry pal and then indulge in an outdoor brunch. Of course, there will also be special dog treats to satisfy the canine craving for breakfast! There will be a 90-minute yoga class for dog owners and their companions to enjoy. Doing downward dog with your dog? Count us in. Afterwards, enjoy Pomona’s gorgeous outdoor terrace while feasting on their brunch options. There are savory and sweet […]

Hotels

Go Green at Rubens at the Palace

Rubens At The Palace is launching a new Go Green experience for guests, just in time for Clean Air Day. The package is meant to create a perfect hotel stay that is also environmentally conscience. Guests who use a Santander Cycle bike while staying at the hotel also get an exclusive discount on their booking to reward their environmentally-friendly choice. Included in the experience is a vegan afternoon tea and an outdoor exercise experience, as well as a chance to get educated on Rubens’ Living Wall. The Living Wall is 350 metres tall on the side of the hotel with 10,000 […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Ready For The 5th Annual London Bridge Open Kitchen

We might be in the middle of a heatwave, but that shouldn’t stop you making a beeline for the food festival happening this weekend in London Bridge, it’ll be buzzing. This year is the 5th annual feast of London Bridge Open Kitchen, celebrating the best of food and drink from the local area and located right in front of the station so ready to embrace you this weekend with the whiff and a slap of flavourful tastes in the air. The festival will feature all sorts of chefs and kitchen activities, and not only is it out in the open, it’s also […]

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Travel

Ragu, Porticoes and Dissection: 10 Reasons to Visit Bologna

Bologna, home to ragu, the oldest university in the western world and the largest sundial in the world.  The historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is one half, wide arcaded streets and large piazzas and  the other, cobbled narrow streets. We’ve rounded up ten reasons why you need to visit this city and it isn’t just food…   For Ragu Bologna, the home of spaghetti bolognese you think, but you’d be wrong. Bolognese yes, spaghetti bolognese wrong. It should be fresh tagliatelle and not tainted with herbs and garlic. It’s a simple dish enriched only with a little (or in […]

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Travel

Foodie Spots in NYC You Didn’t Know You Needed

New York City: a food lover’s paradise. You visit and stuff your face at all the usual suspects that everyone you know insists you try, but what about those delicious spots that only a local would know? Well, I’m a local, and I’m here to tell you you’ve been missing out, but have no fear: here is a list of some of the best, lesser-known spots to grub out in the Big Apple. Get hungry… Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. What: A Unique Cold Treat Why: Snowdays is a sugary favourite for its uniqueness and deliciousness. They offer a curious mix […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Romance In The Air: Summer Love Film Festival

As a singleton, I usually look to movies to bring hope for this hopeless romantic. I like feel-good films with the heartbreaks, and many happy endings. My ideal Saturday night actually includes curling up in bed with a good snack and a tub of ice cream ready to watch a good romance movie. But this looks like a good option too. Everyman Cinema is launching a Summer Love Film Festival in Kings Cross, a hub for all London central, bustling crowds and (hopefully) singletons just carrying on their day. It will be set as an open air cinema on the […]

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