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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 […]

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Shop, Camera, Action: Selfridges Opens A Cinema

Who doesn’t love the adrenaline rush of sneaking in food into the cinema? How about creeping in the finest foodie goods on offer? Well, whether you’re up for indulging in caviar and smoked salmon blinis, or just smuggling in a pack of Haribo from the corner shop, Selfridges have just announced they’ll be opening a cinema and boy, are we excited! Last week, the luxury food department store, Selfridges, announced they’d be opening an all new cinema, and it’s clear to see it’s going to win them some serious mega points with film lovers! So, what do we know so […]

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Pasta-It On: There’s An All Day Italian Arrived In Hampstead And You’re Gonna Want A Pizza It…

If there’s one thing better than Italian food, it’s more Italian food. How about all day Italian food? Pass the olives… Terra Terra is the new Italian restaurant from the folks that brought us the Mondrian, Manhattan Loft Project and Dreamland in Margate, and so the bar’s set high. And it looks like this North London Finchley eatery is going to take that bar and down every drink in it because the restaurant will, of course, be serving all day bar snacks and Italian cocktails – an Italian Mary (vodka, tomato juice, balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and pickles, in case you were […]

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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 […]

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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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8 Astonishingly Awesome August Openings

London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Insta-fave Eggslut, Antipodean gone wild Mama Fuego, The Halal Guys new spot, and much more. Check 'em out!

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The World’s First Zero Waste Restaurant Arrives In London

Everyday we’re shown images of the crumbling environment, whether it’s footage of the Amazon rainforest in flames, or photographs oil spillages destroying the jet-blue ocean we’ve grown to know and love. The environment is a glorious place, and it’s in dire need of protecting from such catastrophes. It does seem, however, people are eager to do their bit to help, from replacing plastic straws with pasta and paper, or cutting back on their plastic intake. One restaurant soaring to go the extra step is SILO, the world’s very first zero waste restaurant. Doug McMaster, the mastermind behind the zero waste […]

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To Tell You The Truth, We’re Loving London’s New Honesty Bar…

When close pals Charlotte, Claudia and Leeston met, they probably didn’t envisage the opening of an honesty bar years later, to tell you the truth… However, open one they did! Welcome The Vinery, a ‘Berliner’ style take on a classic London wine bar! Opening in September the bar plans on pushing your loyalty to the test, as the city’s first ever honest wine bar. Is your vino Bianco a little on the warm side? You decide the price! It’s the perfect spot to head if you’re fed up of  London’s, at times, extortionate prices because patrons pay exactly what they want […]

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Ravishing Raffles Reopens To Raucous Reviews

If you’ve got your ear to the luxury openings ground then you’ll know that the ultimate pin-up, Raffles Singapore, has finally reopened. Flaunting its new look, like a celeb post botox, Raffles has caught the attention of those who revel in the finer things in life. The heritage hotel is celebrated for its colonial-style frontier, as well as being the birthplace for the lip-smacking Singapore Sling! Raffles opened its doors in 1887, named after the founder of Singapore and British Malaya, Sir Stamford Raffles. Inside it’s like a journey through many an era, traversing the romantic, to the Neo-Renaissance, to […]

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