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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Ultimate MILF: Stifler’s Mom’s Serving Apple Pie In London

What does the ultimate coming-of-age movie do when it comes of age? It’s a conundrum faced by classic comedy American Pie this summer as it turns 20 this July. If you’re now doing mental arithmetic and feeling entirely appalled at how old that makes you, join the club, but imagine what the ravages of time must have done to Stifler’s Mom. In fact, you don’t need to, because you can go and meet her. Back in 1999 we didn’t have mobile phones, music came from HMV, your laptop weighed as much as (and looked like) a pair of house bricks […]

Culture

Pack Your Bags, We’re Moving To Mars

Moving house is always a huge hassle; wrapping every single breakable in newspaper, taking the front door off its hinges to get the fridge-freezer through, forgetting which box you put the kettle in… But what if you weren’t moving to Islington, but to Mars? Okay, I live in Wandsworth so Upper Street and the red planet are basically the same thing to me, but a new exhibition from the Design Museum will be exploring the idea of actually leaving the earth’s orbit and heading into the inky blackness for a new life on Mars. And believe me, it’s peak Tim […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Midnight Swimming, This Summer’s Latest Craze

If you decided to have a splash in the British sea under the moonlight, you’d end up with hypothermia. So when we found out Hampton Pool was running midnight swimming sessions in their heated pool, we freaked out! It’s time to whack out your favourite swimsuit and get your breaststroke on, we’re off for a swim! If you fancy throwing on the arm bands and basking under the moonrays step forward, this South West London pool have come up with a genius idea, midnight swimming. Hampton Pool is a 36 metre ‘hidden secret’ of a pool next to Bushy Park and it’s […]

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These Summer Serves Will Have You On Cloud Wine

Ooo, summer. The birds are a’ tweeting, nostalgic odours of freshly cut grass tickle our nostrils and… and… ACHOO. Yep, not to forget there’s a whole load of hay fever to go around! But, putting all of that to one side, let’s not forget what really makes summer oh, so splendid. It’s the tipple that has tickled taste buds since circa 2000 BC that comes in a tapestry of colours, and tastes flipping marvellous. That’s right – wine. Lots and lots of wine! It’s the libation that we never lose lust for and, if you read on, you’ll discover some […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Is This London’s Poshest Rooftop Bar?

There are a number of places that VVIPs head to when they jet into London; maybe it’s TV studios, rounds of interviews at the BBC, a quick gig at the O2, papped stumbling out of Mahiki or The Groucho. But regardless, there’s one constant: mega suites. You or I may think that a hotel’s luxurious when there’s posh soaps to steal, when there’s a bottle of bubbles waiting or when the adult channels aren’t disabled. No, a hotel room’s smart when it’s bigger than your house. When everything (except maybe the bed) is made from marble and you’ve a butler […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Want To Win Instagram? Head To Fendi Caffe At Harrods

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an influencer in possession of a large following must be in want of a new, highly fashionable, coffee and cakes shop, ideally from a leading fashion house. And while there’s nothing like posting pics of an expensive Italian fashion brand to absolutely rake in the Insta likes, a Fendi bag will set you back three grand; which is where Fendi Caffe at Harrods comes in… a Machiato and cutesy bag biscuit will only set you back £4.75. Instant Insta fame on a budget. Fendi Caffe is the next cataclysmic influencer magnet, if your […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Ever Wondered What Pikachu Would Taste Like?

I’ve tasted some pretty obscure meats in my time. Snake? Yep. Crocodile? Sure. Kangaroo? Of course. It’s like a Steve Irwin at a buffet round my place. But even the most exotic charcuterie can’t top this: I’ve never tasted a Pokémon. Well all that’s about to change as, for one night only, Pokébar will be grinding up loveable Pikachu into lean mincemeat and flinging his lifeless remains onto a flaming barbie. Thank you Pokebar Pop-Up, you’ve done the world a service ridding us of this perpetual Pokémon obsession, there’s probably a knighthood on the way. Get ready to Pika-chew! Oh, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Surf ‘n’ Turf Your Way To The Coal Shed For Their Brand-New Brunch

Whilst you probably never expected in your lifetime that you’d be eating in a coal shed, this one is about to change the game entirely! Ladies, gents, The Coal Shed is the rustic babe of a restaurant you need on your doorstep, something we knew as soon as we saw the reluctant to compliment Financial Times magazine describing the Brighton outpost as “having done well for itself.” In fact, the turn of the century saw very little in the way of eateries around the London Bridge area but, ever since, a culinary growth has seen the food culture positively booming […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fancy A Night Of Italian Passion With Gregg Wallace?

The foodie icon that is Gregg Wallace will be turning his baldy head in the direction of Morton’s private members’ club next month to create a four-course dinner perfect for anyone who enjoys Italian food (ie all of us). What’s more, it’s being brought to us through disruptive foodie app food.social. The TV chef will host ‘Italian delights with Gregg Wallace at Morton’s’ starting, as evenings ought, with a glass of Prosecco (we’re in Italy, after all) and a mingle with the big man himself, before we sit down to a lavish meal straight from the pages of Gregg’s book […]

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Culture

The Harry Potter Screening That’ll Be Brooming Amazing

Spend a few quidditch, put concealer over your Hogwarts and fill your muggles with Champagne: Harry Potter is coming to London. If you thought that classical music was all boring sonatas and tinny operettas, then think again, it’s also some of the most famous film scores about- Star Wars (dum, dum, de, dum, dum, de, dum…) and, even more importantly, Harry Potter (de, dee, didi dee, de, dee, dah…) and all that’s coming to town in September. Milking the wizarding franchise for all it’s magical worth (check out 10 more ways you can do this, by the way), the plan […]

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