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H.en Islington Residency Launches With Masterchef Finalists

Over the past few years, people have begun to be more and more conscious of where their food comes from. To put it into perspective, the number of vegans in the UK has risen by 350% in the past decade, a increase driven primarily by a concern for the proper treatment of animals and the conservation of the environment. So what if there was a restaurant that helped to do both? H.en is an ethical chicken restaurant based in Brighton, but launched a new London residency in Islington towards the end of July. With the help of Masterchef finalists Billy Wright and Jack Layer, […]

Hotels

Dotty Dalmatian Afternoon Tea at The Sheraton

Ever had an instance where you wanted to borrow your best friend’s little sister to have an excuse to go to a movie or event you’re sure you’re too old for? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Luckily, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane recognises the inner child in all of us, and is putting on a celebration in honour of one of our favourite classic children’s films. And for those of you who can’t bear the thought of going anywhere without your beloved pooch, well, this just might be the best event ever. Last Monday marked the 55th anniversary of the beloved […]

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The Best Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs in August

August, what a wonderful month, another Bank Holiday and hopefully the good weather will continue! Of course, to celebrate the summer there are lots of pop-ups, supper clubs and masterclasses ready and waiting to be attended. From rooftop markets to floating HIIT exercises classes, we’ve rounded up some of the best happening this month. Make sure you keep checking our pop-ups page too!

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Reviews

The Mandeville Review – What We Thought

You might remember that earlier this year we told you about the Riviera coming to Marylebone in the form of Christian Lacroix taking over the fifth floor of The Mandeville hotel. Four rooms each telling a different story, drawing on inspiration from the ladies who graced Jean Cocteau’s famous Santo Sospir villa and the likes of Grace Kelly’s classic film ‘To Catch a Thief’. Each room is completely unique but all use the finest fabrics and wallpapers from Christian Lacroix (under the creative direction of Sacha Walckhoff) collaboration with the Designers Guild. New? Relatively – the Christian Lacroix takeover of the […]

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Valle Dell’ Erica Hotel – What We Thought

I know what you’re thinking as you read this review, sat at your desk as your boss sends you yet another ‘high importance’ email. You’re thinking wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere where the simple things in life remain just that, without all the complexities of city living? Somewhere where you can watch the sunset without electricity pylons splitting it in two, a place where the water is so transparent that Evian’s clearest would find it hard to compete, and a place where ‘rush hour’ doesn’t exist. Well, I didn’t know such a place could exist either, […]

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Sartoria’s New Capri-Inspired Terrace

The days are beginning to warm up and the sun is finally starting to peer through the clouds right about the time summer’s end is looming eerily ahead, so it is only natural to want to spend every second of our rare but much-loved steamy summer days outdoors. Perhaps even take a small getaway from the fast-paced and strenuous lifestyle customary of us city dwellers and sip on an Aperol spritz on the coast of somewhere far away. Well don’t book your plane tickets just yet, as Italian ristorante Sartoria is taking advantage of the delectable sunshine and is bringing all of this and more right […]

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What To Do This Weekend – 29th-31st July

The weekend is almost here! So we’ve rounded up the best London has to offer so you can make the most of your time off. Party at the Playboy Club, get boozy at brunch and eat hot dogs, stock up on more food at Foodstock, watch rugby players run up and down in the sand and worship the sun with a beer. Ah how we love you weekend. 

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Reviews

Hatchetts Review – What We Thought

New?  Whilst the restaurant only opened earlier this month, it takes its name from Hatchett’s Hotel and White Horse Cellar Piccadilly which has been a firm favourite throughout history as a place to meet and have a drink or two. Frequented by Dickens and Edward Moggs it’s also seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey and The Beatles through its doors. Where?  5 White Horse Street, Mayfair, W1J 7LQ, www.hatchetts.london On the menu: Created by Head Chef, Andrew Evans who has worked alongside some of London’s most famous chefs including Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing […]

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Openings & Launches

2nd Four Hundred Rabbits Opens

Listen up pizza fans, there’s a new pizza joint coming to Nunhead this summer and they’ve got everything you need mainly beer, pizza and ice cream – so we aren’t complaining. You might remember when we told you about Four Hundred Rabbits opening in Crystal Palace well now the team are back and they heading to SE15. They certainly know a thing or two about how to make great pizza. It all begins with a sourdough starter made from British rye flour which they used to ferment their dough for 48 hours and then use strong white flour from the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

19 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in July

London tends to be quite quiet over summer as everyone heads off on their holidays, not in 2016 though. As July draws to a close, we look back at the 20 bars and restaurants that have opened in this month… Hyde Opening opposite Kensington Palace, cocktail bar, Hyde will be serving up drinks created by award winning bar tender and co-founder of The Cocktail Trading Co. Andy Mil. Adi Gunawan will be heading up the kitchen with a Pan-Asian menu. www.hydekensington.co.uk Squirrel Nuts about health restauranteurs, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, are back with an all-day fast, casual healthy eating South Kensington […]

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Farmopolis: Putting the Green in Greenwich

 The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a key date in London’s horticultural and social calendar, but have you ever wondered what happens to all the flowers after? Are they planted somewhere else? Or are they left to wither, each petal dropping off, one by one…a little flower graveyard? Well banish that thought because launching this weekend on the Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula is Farmopolis, a floating garden which has saved and rehomed tens of thousands of plants from the flower show. Created by Secret Productions (the co-founders of Wilderness Festival) and Wayward (the UK’s leading art-design-farm practice), the new garden will […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Alfresco Cinema at Bluebird

The sun is finally out in London and the heatwave has begun which means there is no excuse to not be outdoors. We know the heat can often bring extremes, whether it makes you come alive and ready to take on the world or knackered and impatient. The latter would be understandable as there have already been hour-long delays on the overground and closures on the tube due to overcrowding. Classic London. We can all agree though that there is nothing better than getting off work and enjoying a change from the cold and rain.  Thankfully, there are plenty of rooftop terraces and parks to go […]

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