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Where To Find Street Art You Can Banksy On

When you hear the words ‘street art’, you automatically think of young vandals running wild at night and ruining the walls of the local corner shop with bright spray paint, but lots of the work these artists do is actually mesmerising and admired. If you’re ready to take your artsy eye out of the galleries and into the streets, check out these spots around the city to find some of the most inspiring and unique pieces. Shoreditch Shoredtich is hip, creative and ‘down with the kids’ so it’s really no surprise it attracts so many street artists. In fact, there’s so […]

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Take A Swim On The Wild Side: Best London Wild Swimming Spots

Does the chlorine get in your eyes? Do people get in your lane? Do you miss the sensation of eels slithering past your nearly naked body? If the answer to all these is yes, and you have more blubber than a sea lion to withstand the freezing temperatures, then this one is for you. Welcome to wild swimming. Here are the spots in and around London where you can swim wild relatively safely… Beckenham Place Park Swimming Lake Lewisham Council has just gone halvesies with the Heritage Lottery Fund on the £4.9m refurb of Beckenham Place Park, and excitingly the […]

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8 Courtyards To Cool Down In This Summer

There’s little more magical than a courtyard, a private space hidden deep within a building only accessible to an exclusive few. Think Oxbridge Colleges, Roman villas, Royal Palaces; that kind of thing. Plus, thankfully, lots of our favourite hotels and restaurants. And in the summer months, there’s little better way to enjoy the summer sun than in a hidden courtyard away from the bustling crowds. St Martins Lane Leicester Square (0.2 miles) If lions sleep in dens then St Martins Lane hotel are letting Veuve Clicquot do the roaring. The Den has teamed up with the famous Champagne house and […]

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These Are Shorely London’s 8 Best Beaches

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Alright, alright, we know we don’t actually have the sea on our doorsteps. And, while we don’t always want to drive down to Brighton just to be stuck in tow-to-tow traffic for half the day, us Londoner’s are definitely in need of something. Alas, London has urban beaches galore popping up across the city and oh buoy, have we found some hidden gems for you (and thank goodness they’re literally down the road!). We’ve pieced together a list of the best London urban beaches – well, we shorely think so anyway, enjoy!

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The Next Ascot Weekend Everyone’s Talking About

Like Abraham Lincoln and close-up magic, there’s way more to Ascot than top hats. Royal Ascot may be the most prestigious event in the race course’s calendar, but it’s by no means all there is going on at this pillar of British sporting life. Take the QIPCO King George Weekend, coming up at the end of July. One of 21 separate meets throughout the year, the weekend is the ideal way to get to know the real Ascot and after Royal Ascot is considered the most important, historic and glamorous raceday on Ascot’s calendar. Starting on Friday 26th July, the event […]

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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, […]

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Here Comes The Sun! The MET Office Say There’s A Heatwave Coming!

It was all going so well, summer was well and truly here and people were commuting in shorts and briefcases. Then last week happened; a bigger washout than the Tory leadership debate, with rain and drizzle and plummeting temperatures. Well if last week was November-with-leaves, this week we’ll see the start of Saudi-with-scenery. Welcome to the heatwave… apparently. According to the Met Office, temperatures are going to start climbing toward the week end, great if you’re planning a picnic, a game of beach cricket or just sitting in the garden, slathered in oil and sprawled across a sun lounger. Less […]

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Historic Houses In London You Never Knew Existed

When you’re a city dweller living in the midst of the high-rises and city landscape, it’s easy to forget that London’s reeking with centuries of history. While we’re all aware of the usual tourist traps like Big Ben and the Tower of London, we miss out on the secret houses scattered all over the city. We’ve handpicked our favourite hideouts, that are guaranteed to make your followers gasp in awe, with every post. Fenton House Named one of London’s hidden treasures, Fenton House is awaiting your discovery. Guarded behind its walled gardens, this national trust house dates back to the […]

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Pick Your Own… In London (Almost)

Nothing quite beats a hand-picked strawberry straight from the garden. But living in the city doesn’t quite bode well for lovers of nature and fresh produce. Fear not – we’ve picked out our favourite spots to pick your own fruit, veggies and flowers near London. View this post on Instagram In my natural habitat 🌱 🍓🌽🍅 A post shared by Charlie (@charliedugg) on Sep 30, 2018 at 8:25am PDT Parkside Farm There’s nothing better than biting into a sweet strawberry oozing with juice with every bite. And there’s nothing better than picking it yourself. Just a stones throw away from […]

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Sail The Ocean Blue Aboard Your Floating Barbecue

From Sir Francis Drake seeing off the Spanish Armada to Nelson defeating the French at Trafalgar, we’re a seafaring nation. Whether it’s the Cutty Sark or the Hull to Rotterdam car ferry, we just belong on the open waters. We also like burnt sausages, grilled halloumi and third degree burns. Now there’s a service that combines all of this. HotTug, the company whose name sounds suspiciously like it was conceived during an intimate moment, are the guys who us the hot tub boat. Many a weekend have been enjoyed sailing up and down Regent’s Canal skippering a floating hot tub, surrounded […]

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