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lululemon hosts SWEATLIFE festival

The yoga Gods have answered the prayers of every yoga enthusiast as a whole day dedicated to all things yoga is coming to London for one day only thanks to athletic apparel brand, lululemon. SWEATLIFE will be filled with yoga and fitness classes, led by the very best teachers from across the globe, plus yoga from lululemon’s global ambassadors Chris Chavez and Gloria Latham. Lululemon’s UK store ambassadors will also be hosting workshops and classes throughout the day alongside a whole host of sessions dedicated to mindful development. After working up a sweat, attendees can rehydrate with drinks from coffee […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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: 

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Brunch With Bompas and Parr

When Bompas and Parr announce they’re doing a brunch you know it’s not going to be your average eggs/avo/hollandaise affair. The slightly whacky brains behind breathable cocktail clouds are proving that brunch needn’t be just for weekends. Mmm yep, forget your 10am meeting, your brain will be equally as puzzled here. Part of Lipton Ice Tea’s ‘Extend Your Weekend’ campaign, the Bompas and Parr Paradise Brunch is bringing the duo’s creativity to our favourite meal, surrounded by tropical plants and exotic fish in the Barbican Conservatory – and that’s pretty much all we know. Free to attend, and a completely […]

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Openings & Launches

Galvin at The Athenauem Opens

If you’ve been to Park Lane recently then you’ll have seen that The Athenaeum is undergoing a bit of a refurbishment, well more than a bit, a multi-million pound refurbishment and at its heart will be the next offering from the Galvin brothers, Chris and Jeff – Galvin at The Athenaeum. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and room service the restaurant will be serving up classic British dishes. You’ll find Galvin smoked salmon, steak tartare, dressed Portland crab with Hampshire watercress and rye bread and Woodhall Cumbrian air dried ham and Charentais melon. Heading up the main courses […]

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Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 17th – 19th June

If you’re finding it baffling how it has managed to rain pretty much non-stop for the past week, you’re not alone. Unfortunately it shows no signs of stopping so you could move all your weekend plans indoors (indoor barbecue anyone?) but it’s not quite the same, so get yourself a plastic poncho and prepare to sing along to West End hits in Trafalgar Square, sip on Caipirinhas on a man-made beach and take part in a giant picnic in one of London’s most iconic courtyards. How very British.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Taste of Rio in Hackney

One thing Britain is truly Great at is pubs. You don’t have to walk far in any part of London before a George and the Dragon, Kings Head, Fox & Hounds… You get the picture. A new spot in London Fields is combining the pub with the humble corner shop and the outcome is Rio Boteco. Since it’s not a standard pub, the grub here consists of authentic Brazilian tapas and street food dishes like slow cooked ribs, salted cod fishcakes and Bolo de banana with cinnamon ice cream and, instead of a pint, (although craft beers are available – it […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Django Bango Brings The Gold Rush

It’s no secret that living in London can be tough. Prices are high and by the time you’ve paid for your month’s rent and weekly food shops the money pot is looking a little empty. A night of drinks with your friends becomes a major investment and there’s little more upsetting than watching what’s left of your bank balance going on public transport costs. Fear not though, Londoners, as we’ve found a place where wealth and gold lie in abundance. Hidden down a cobbled street in a South-West London secret location lies the entrance to Django Bango, a portal to […]

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Openings & Launches

CURIO + TA TA: A Meeting of Two Minds

We love it when two things come together to create something even better like doughnuts and croissant or poodles and Labradors which is why we’re looking forward to the opening of CURIO + TĀ TĀ, which brings together street food team TĀ TĀ (aka Chefs Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves) with Curio Cabal café (Matt Broughton and Jeremy Duffy). The team met when they were introduced by their mutual friend chef Nuno Mendes, who realised that his local coffee house, Curio Cabal wanted to extend its food menu, so he introduced Matt and Jeremy to TĀ TĀ and the rest […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 Top Places for Riverside Dining

Glad it’s summertime? Of course you are. But summer brings its own problems. Since we’re not exactly blessed with endless sunshine, when the sun finally does come out you want to enjoy it. A good riverside venue, then, is something to savour – gorgeous views of the sunlit Thames, a nice breeze off the water and a bit of food and drink to while away the hours. Who said summertime was all about the park? Here are our top riverside venues:

Reviews

The Lighterman Review – What We Thought

New? The latest addition to King’s Cross’ Granary Square, The Lighterman opened back in March. Where? 3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH www.thelighterman.co.uk  On The Menu: In the ‘pub, dining room and bar’, the all-day menu is Modern British and the kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso. They pride themselves on use of local and seasonal ingredients, with a wood-fired grill section on the menu including everything from 750g Aberdeen Angus rib for two to share to salmon steak on the bone. First Impressions: Granary Square was buzzing when we visited, even though it was a […]

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Openings & Launches

Zia Lucia Opens

Gianluca D’Angelo’s auntie, Lucia is rather a big deal in Rome, being both a fantastic cook and host and an all-round great person. Soon she’s going to be a big deal in Holloway as she provides the inspiration for Zia Lucia set to open on the 17th June. Founded by Gianluca D’Angelo and Claudio Vescovo, Zia Lucia will be taking on the community spirit of Italy not only because General Manager Alessio is a well-known figure on Holloway Road having lived and worked there for over 20 years but also because it is entirely friend-funded with Lucia investing too. Now […]

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Reviews

The Nightjar Review: What We Thought

New? It opened back in 2010 but the new summer cocktails launched last month. Where?  Just a couple of minutes from Old Street tube, it’s tucked behind a very unassuming door – the sort you walk past and never give a second glance; but if you were to stop you’d see a small plaque with a little Nightjar bird on it. 129 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1JB, www.barnightjar.com  On the menu: The new menu is divided into three areas, all of which are significant in the history of cocktails: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war as well as a section of Nightjar signature cocktails. […]

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