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World Cucumber Day
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Exchange Cucumbers for Free Gin

We’ve just had World Gin Day and now we’re moving onto World Cucumber Day to almost complete the G&T (when is world tonic day?). To celebrate the better half of our favourite cocktail, Hendrick’s gin are exchanging cash for cucumbers as it becomes their currency for one special evening. It might sound a bit bizarre but bear with us, we’re essentially talking a free G&T here… now we’ve got your attention. Everyone knows that cucumber is a key ingredient to a Hendrick’s and tonic and to celebrate their favourite vegetable’s day, they will be giving a free G&T to all fans […]

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Butterscotch Bakery Opens in Old Street Station

When it comes to cakes and American food, Bea Vo is a bit of a pro. She was the founder of Bea’s of Bloomsbury and is founder and executive chef of Stax, Boondocks and The Famous Flames and now she is about to open a new bakery, Butterscotch, in Old Street Station. It’s all about American home cooking, so, along with brownies, cupcakes and marshmallows, Bea will be cooking pies, cobblers, breads and muffins, with gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options too. Cupcakes include peanut butter Reese’s peanut butter cup; pistachio vanilla and chocolate fudge. Brownies aren’t just your usual […]

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Ribs and Burgers at Dirty Bones Soho

What?  Dirty Bones is known for its New York comfort food classics and old skool hip hop soundtrack, with three sites already to their name (Shoreditch, High Street Kensington and Kingly Court) they have opened their latest restaurant on Denman Street in Soho. New? It opened back in April of this year. Where? Dirty Bones Soho, 14 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HJ, www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: If you’re into cheat days, then Dirty Bones is the epitome of cheat day meals. You wouldn’t want it every day, but when you do, you want to go all out. You’ll find: chicken […]

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7 of the best al fresco summer cinemas

It isn’t summer until the al fresco cinemas have been announced. It’s now lights, camera, action on all manner of outdoor movie destinations, from the sky high to the historic, the floating to the one with sand beneath your toes, here is your guide to the best al fresco summer cinemas, 2017… St Katharine Docks’s Floating Cinema What: Floating Cinema Why: Just when you thought you’d seen it all, a new competitor is popping up over at St Katharine Docks: the floating cinema. The cinema is located on a floating pontoon that will accommodate film junkies throughout July as they indulge in […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 9th-11th June

Election results aside, one thing we can all agree on is that we need a little bit of uplifting this weekend. Luckily for us, that means food festivals, cheese markets, baking competitions and free hugs, and that’s before you take into account that Saturday is World Gin Day – so on that front think gin tastings, bottomless gin brunching, G&T ice cream and a gin-infused house party.

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Summer Solstice at The Top of The Shard

If you’re looking to celebrate summer solstice but can’t quite make it to Stonehenge for a 4-day camping festival then you don’t have to look any further than central London. Morning Gloryville will be bringing the spirit of the long-standing tradition to The Shard for a special early morning rave at London’s tallest landmark. The longest day of the year will kick off bright and early at 4.15am on Wednesday 21st June, going on until 8.30am so you can impress your colleagues with an early morning festivity of the elements whilst still making it to work on time. The View […]

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The Chelsea Harbour Hotel Hosts the First Ever Whittard Afternoon Tea

What: For the first time in the brand’s history, world-famous British tea company, Whittard of Chelsea, has partnered with The Chelsea Harbour Hotel to create a special Whittard Afternoon Tea. New? Whittard of Chelsea is 130 years old but the tea is relatively new as it launched 8th May. Where? Chelsea Harbour Drive, Fulham, SW10 0XG www.millenniumhotels.com On the Menu: The traditional tea comprises of traditional finger sandwiches like smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam as well as a selection of cakes such as vanilla éclairs with matcha green tea frosting and plum posset with rhubarb caviar. First […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Soho’s Pudding Restaurant Opens

Want some news that is 100% guaranteed to brighten your day? If your day wasn’t look great, this is going to boost it and if your day was already going well, well, just take this an added extra. Ready? Today sees the opening of Chin Chin Club… a dedicated dessert restaurant opening in Soho. Yep, a whole restaurant just for puddings. Heavenly. They started out in Camden Market as a little shop, with a big reputation as one of the best ice cream parlours in London and now they are moving to a permanent spot on Greek Street. On the […]

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Coupette Opens in Bethnal Green

This month, Bethnal Green will gain a new French neighbourhood bar, headed up by the former head bartender of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Chris Moore. Making a home for itself on the ground floor of a 160-year old building which was formerly The Albion pub, Coupette will be making use of lesser-known ingredients such as calvados, cidre and poiré. Designed around the six borders of France known as the French hexagon, the cocktail menu will draw inspiration from the heritage of art, fashion, design and craftmanship in French culture. Keeping to the theme of six, the menu is […]

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A New Kind of Afternoon Tea Comes to Blakes

When éclair brand Maitre Choux and tea specialists Lalani & Co. come together to create the perfect Chelsea-style afternoon tea, you can expect great things. The unique dining experience will be available at Blakes hotel from 9th June and they’ve got the perfect pairings that will make you wonder why they didn’t come up with this idea sooner. Lalani & Co have been hard at work with three Michelin-star pastry Chef Joakim Prat from Maitre Choux’s Kensington residence to match the right tea with the right pastry. It’s no easy feat let us assure you. There will be four pairings […]

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G & Tea at The Soho Hotel

Can you hear it? It’s the sound of a new afternoon tea arriving in London and this time it is coming all the way from Tarbert – a small Hebridean village. Having come all that way, we need to give it a warm arrival and try it out. Obviously. Launching on the 10th June, at The Soho Hotel, the G & Tea afternoon tea makes revolves around Isle of Harris Gin, which is distilled, bottled and labelled by hand in Tarbert. It also plays on the island’s connection with the sea and its produce. As well as traditional scones and […]

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Whisky and Meat Pairing at Barbecoa Piccadilly

What? To celebrate World Whisky Day which took place on the 20th May, we headed over to Barbecoa Piccadilly for a little meat and whisky pairing. Whilst the day might have been and gone, they have around 140 whiskies on offer all year round, so any day is a good day for whisky. New? It opened its doors back in February of this year. Where? 194 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9EX, www.barbecoa.com On the Menu: Meat is the order of the day, it’s all fire and smoke at Barbecoa Piccadilly, with meats being cooked in the open kitchen on all manner of […]

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