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Go Balls Deep As Our Favourite Ball-Pit Heads To Soho

I don’t know about you but I’ve found myself barely adulting my way through my twenties. I mean, seriously, what happened to the wondrous days where it was acceptable to throw yourself headfirst into a ball pit without a care in the world? Actually, hold that thought. While we can’t quite promise we’ve found a way to ditch your impending bills or skyrocketing rent prices, we can promise that you’ll certainly be able to channel your inner child and go balls deep at Ballie Ballerson’s latest whacky ball pit opening! That’s right, the crazy cats over at Ballie Ballerson have just announced they’ll […]

Openings & Launches

Baking News! Meghan’s Favourite Wedding Cake Baker Is Opening A Wine Bar

Fancy a royal slice of cake? Well we can’t quite promise you’ll be chomping your way through Meghan and Harry’s ol’ wedding cake (it’d probably be a little stale by now anyway…) but the Hackney bakery behind the royal’s cake is set to open a larger site, and they’re bringing the wine! Having first sprung into the limelight in the spring of 2018 after Kensington Palace revealed owner Claire Ptak would be curating the wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the east London bakery-café, Violet Cakes, has recently announced it’ll be embarking on its latest endeavour in […]


We’re In Two Minds About The World’s First Half And Half Hotel Suite

What do you do when your partner is a minimalist but you’re on the search for somewhere to stay that’s got a bit of a wow-factor? Head to the world’s first ever half and half hotel of course! It often feels like every other building in London is a hotel, all with their unique personal finishing touches and personality traits, but The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch has gone one step further with their all new suite. Perfectly named ‘So Extra So Chic’, the suite is directly spilt straight down the middle, channeling both your minimalist and your inner maximalist. Um, […]

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Openings & Launches

Holy (Half A) Cow! The New Damien Hirst Resto Is Art-erly Amazing!

We often describe new restaurant openings as vibrant, but boy oh boy does this one live up to the label! The Wellington, opening on the 19th of September, is a Damien Hirst dream come true, set to turn the heads of any lover of the eccentric. Joining other city staples such as Wiltons, Rowley’s and 45, The Wellington will cut its teeth at 91 Jermyn Street, a wee walk away from The Ritz. If you have your ear to the restaurant openings ground the you’ll likely know about this opening. Brett Duarte, formerly executive chef of the Gaucho Group will […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Hottest Restaurants Are Now All In One Place

When I picture a food arcade, I imagine screaming kids running around and sticky, faded canteen tables flooded with scrunched up napkins splattered with tommy K, trampled fries looking like dolled up cigarette butts, and half eaten micro-ed jacket spuds sprawled everywhere. In my mind, it’s chaos. So when we heard about the Arcade Food Theatre, we pushed it aside thinking it’d end up being just another crowded food court. But oh boy were we wrong. Arcade Food Theatre, located on the ground floor of the Centre Point building, is a new swanky dining experience featuring six of London’s finest independent […]

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Bite Off More Than You Can Maître Choux At This Brand New Patisserie

If the choux fits… Everyone’s always harping on about how good the buttery croissant is, or that you can’t beat a spinachy spanakopita. Yeah, yeah, they’re good but why’s nobody talking about the classic éclair? The world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie is fighting back, spreading the pastry love to the busy goers of Canary Wharf, with their latest venue opening in Canada Place. You won’t be choux-ing away from Canary Wharf during rush hour any longer as this August Maître Choux will be serving up pastry treats to bustling office workers, tourists and passersby at their all new patisserie […]

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Gouda-ness Gracious Me! A Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant Is Coming To London

Cheezus, this restaurant looks like it’s gonna brie fantastic! If you’re a fiend for feta, and cheddar makes you giddy then we’ve found a grate place for you… Coming to London is Pick & Cheese, the brainchild from the one and only Cheese Bar that has been the guilty pleasure of Londoners, and the cause of all sorts of eccentric dreams, since it opened! This brand spanking new venture has turned heads across the web already, offering up endless supplies of cheese, all delivered via a 40-metre conveyor belt! View this post on Instagram #PICKANDCHEESE British cheese and natural wine, done […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Harrods Opens 6 New Restaurants

Hallelujah! Long gone are the days of grabbing a micro-ed jacket tatty or limp egg sarnie while you’re out shopping (it’s been a long time coming!) as Harrods opens the dreamiest shopping-dining experience we’ve all been waiting for. What was once the Meat and Fish Hall has since been transformed into The Dining Hall, marking the next stage in their two-year renovation of the lux Knightsbridge department store’s historic food halls. And oh boy, does it certainly lives up to our luxurious expectations! The Dining Hall includes six stunning dine-in restaurants which incorporate produce sourced directly from Harrods’ Roastery and […]

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Openings & Launches

No Monkey Business: ZSL Launch Adult-Only Zoo Nights

Calling all animal lovers! While your expectations of the zoo might be hoards of children running riot, trying to poke a baby chimps eye out, the reality is far from it. ZSL London Zoo has launched adult-only zoo nights so you can revel in your childhood days without screaming kids charging at full pelt towards you and the animals… Until July 26th, you can experience London’s notorious zoo in a way you’ve never seen before. Every Friday night, they’ll be combining wildlife and city life, allowing you to see your favourite animals while living it up on your work-free night! Come Monday, […]

Rooftops and Terraces

La Dolce Vita Makes A Splash At This Rooftop Pool

When life gives you lemons, make… a rooftop terrace? It’s not all doom and gloom in London when summer hits, because even if the sun decides it doesn’t want to play ball, there are always little tropical paradises to escape to scattered all around the city. This summer we’ll see a little slice of Italy arrive on our doorsteps as La Dolce Vita comes to The Berkeley, Belgravia’s landmark hotel. Lined with lemon trees surrounding this little taste of Italy, the hotel’s hidden garden and swimming pool will be the number one destination. It’ll also help to elevate your Instagram feed allowing […]

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