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Goose Box: Restaurant Dining at Home

Sometimes you want to go a restaurant but you just don’t want to leave your house. You want the food, but you don’t want to have to dress up and pitching up in your PJs is just not going to be an option. Or perhaps you’re hosting a dinner party, you’ve told everyone that of course you can cook and what started out as carbonara you’ve now elaborated on so much you’re apparently going to rustle up something worthy of the MasterChef final…good one. So what do you do when you find yourself in one of these situations? You order […]

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Hatchetts: A Piece of London History

One of the most distinct characteristics of London is the mingling of modern components with cherished historic landmarks. Every street and building has a story, and while we may not be aware of each one, that does not discredit the role each structure has played in London’s illustrious past. Hatchetts cherishes the historical impact its namesake has made, and seems to pay homage to its deep history at every corner of the two-story establishment.  Hatchetts was originally a hotel and coffee house in Piccadilly that dates back to Dickens. The cellar bar beneath the hotel was once a waiting room for weary travelers en route […]

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Music and Film Festival at Backyard Cinema

Often one of the best things about a business is its story. Take Backyard Cinema, for example. The spectacular series of music and film screenings first started as a homemade project in a backyard garden and has grown into one of London’s most recognised cinema experiences and now Backyard Cinema is returning to the cobbled streets of Camden this August for a fourth year. So grab a bean bag and your favourite craft beer and prepare yourself for an extra special cinema experience, with the perfect combination of hard-hitting biographies, live concerts and featured films. Of course not being an ordinary cinema, they’re not […]

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Darwin Launches Freakshakes

It’s time to look to the heavens and thank the food lords, or in this case, Darwin, which is 36 floors up in the sky (Sky Garden to be precise), as yet more delicious Freakshakes have hit the menus of London. This time appearing on Darwin’s new brunch menu alongside bottomless bloody Marys and Prosecco, will be the increasingly popular Freakshakes in three new flavours. The Freak Dough is a moreish shake of salted caramel with a whole doughnut perched on the rim in case you were craving that extra sugar kick; Freakin’ Macaroons, is a tropical mix of coconut […]

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Punk Film Screenings with Doc’n Roll at W Hotel

When you think of punk, W London may not be your first thought but don’t let the hotel’s sleek exterior fool you, underneath it all they’re as punk as Sid Vicious – sort of. As the UK celebrates 40 years of punk, W London is taking us back to the start with a series of film screenings in the ultimate surrounds of their 38-seater, state-of-the-art Screening Room. The 5 documentaries available for viewing will include Julien Temple’s ‘The Filth & The Fury: Sex Pistols’, an eye-opening story about the band’s early days, through their rise to fame and notorious downfall, and […]

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15 Ace Ways to Celebrate Wimbledon

We’re into the second week of Wimbledon, and what a first week it’s been; we’ve said goodbye to both Garbiñe Muguruza and Novak Djokovic and it means that – if you believe the stats – roughly 13,ooo kilos of strawberries have already been eaten along with 3,500 litres of cream. You still have time to get get into the sporting spirit (strawberries and cream included), even if you don’t make it to the grounds. Check out 14 ace ways here:

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Live Music and Late Night Dining at Sky Garden: No Ticket Required

Have you ever wanted to spend your weekend partying amongst the stars? No we don’t mean with A listers in an overpriced central London club, we mean 155 metres above street level, in the Sky Garden. Reinventing themselves as a late night destination, Sky Garden’s Sky Pod bar comes alive with live bands and DJ’s every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, long after the city workers in the streets below have shut down their computers. Whilst most bars with live music are either full by 6.30pm or the entry fee is the equivalent of two drinks (we know which we’d […]

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Christopher’s Offers Menu at 1991 Prices

A happy birthday is in order as Christopher’s Covent Garden celebrates 25 years of business, and what birthday would be complete without some treats? Christopher’s has created a ‘Pay What You Paid’ menu in homage to 1991, when they first opened their doors, where the prices will reflect what diners would have paid back in the day. Classic Christopher’s dishes such as Caesar Salad will go from £9 to £6.50, Beef Carpaccio will go from £11 to £7 and USDA 8oz Fillet Steak is the biggest steal of all going from £40 to £15. The ‘Pay What You Paid’ menu […]

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Top July Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

It’s all Go Go Go this July, as we see urban beaches, giant TV screens, DIY ice lollies, steak masterclasses and a gin bar Gatsby would be proud of. With such a range of pop-ups and masterclasses there’s really nothing else to do except read on, sign up and try something new. Make sure you check out our Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs section as well for an extensive list of pop-ups and supper clubs taking place this month and beyond…

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18 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in June

Somehow we are already half way through the year – 2016 where are you going? As we say goodbye to June and everything it’s brought with it (mainly rain) we’re looking back at some of the top restaurants and bars that have opened in our fine city this month.  100 Islington Road The second restaurant from the team who opened 100 Hoxton, the menu features Middle Eastern and Asian flavours with dishes including courgette and haloumi fritter with lemon yoghurt and  chargrilled lamb belly, aubergine, burnt goats cheese, pine nuts, green tahini and harissa. www.100restaurants.co.uk Ahi Poke Jeremy Coste, Gabriel […]

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14 Tickets Remaining: Eat Yourself Younger

Healthy eating is everywhere and with a recent report revealing that we are now more health conscious than ever it is no surprise that a lot of us willingly fork out an extra 50p on almond milk in our morning coffee and pay twice the price of a sandwich/crisps/coke meal deal on a courgetti and pesto salad from Whole Foods. But despite noticeable benefits in terms of energy levels and generally feeling virtuous, we don’t think much about what affect our diet has on how we look. Health guru, Elizabeth Peyton Jones, is sharing with us her tricks of the […]

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My London: Social Pantry’s Favourite Cafes

At 15, when most of us were worrying about our GCSEs and whether or not our crush knew we existed, Alex Head was starting her own sandwich business from the back of her bicycle. Fast forward to now and she owns catering company Social Pantry and the award-winning Social Pantry cafe in Battersea from which she hosts her supper clubs. Clearly knowing what makes a cafe great here are six that Alex recommends: 

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