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Sofitel St James Afternoon Tea Review – what we thought

New? The tea is but the hotel opened back in 1923 Where? 6 Waterloo Pl, London SW1Y 4AN www.sofitelstjames.com On the menu: In celebration of the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sofitel London St James has created a new afternoon tea menu and spa package inspired by the horticultural extravaganza. First Impressions: Sofitel London St James has a gentle air of luxury about it without being over powering. The spa area is simply glorious, spread across 3 floors and I feel relaxed just walking around soaking up the scents. Parts of the spa can be rented out for guests only like the Jacuzzi whereas treatments […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Sky Kids Café Launches

Have you ever wished you lived in a pineapple under the sea? Are you aged 9 and under? If you answered yes to the above questions then we have some news that is about to blow your mind. Sky has launched a kids TV themed play and café experience where youngsters can enter the worlds of some of their favourite shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and Ben & Holly, all of which are available through the new Sky Kids app. The pop-up will give children the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts activities, play amongst famous scenes from the 3 […]

Celebrities & Influencers

Our Guide to… Top Celebrity Entrepreneurs

When it comes to picking out rising stars, we often look for those described as having “the triple threat”: all singing, all dancing and really rather beautiful. However, in recent years, in a bid to secure longevity, we have noticed that a lot of these stars have added another threat to their list: intelligence. Who says you can’t have it all. Yes, it would seem that increasingly celebrities are using their fortunes for good, taking on an Apprentice-like air and starting up some oddly successful businesses. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our favourite celebrity […]

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What To Do This Weekend – 13th – 15th May

How’s your weekend looking? Ours looks a bit like this: cycling across the capital wearing tweed, sampling organic wine, partying to the sounds of the 90s, checking out an exhibition about tattoos and feasting on Sunday? Want to know the whole of our weekend then read on, but as we  were saying what does yours look like? 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

John Lewis Open Their Oxford Street Rooftop

If John Lewis did a pop-up we don’t doubt it would be somewhere we’d ever want to leave. With Christmas seemingly their most talked-about time of year, the brand who never fail to impress are turning their hand to something a little different, a little more summery, and a little more temporary. Known for their partnership scheme, their latest ‘partner’ is award-winning experimental pop-up venture, Night Tales, the people behind Summer Tales and Tokyo Nights in Shoreditch. Resembling what we imagine to look like the ‘outdoor summer dining’ section of the John Lewis catalogue, the Gardening Society pop-up will centre […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Celebrate the start of the Racing Season at Smith & Wollensky

Disclaimer: This post contains horse puns…so saddle up. As racing fans will already be aware The Investec Derby Festival and Royal Ascot are fast approaching so to celebrate restaurant Smith & Wollensky is hosting a special preview lunch before the mane event. It begins with a giddy (up)  Perrier-Jouët Champagne and cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous 3-course lunch paired with fine wines. Dishes on the menu will include Smoked Duck & Cornichon Cones, USDA Prime Beef & Girolle Ravioli, Porcini Foam, and Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard. Guests will be joined by Hayley Turner, Bruce Millington, Tom Segal, Nick Smith (Director of Racing […]

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Late Nights at Dirty Bones Review – What We Thought

New?  Kensington and Soho have been getting dirty for a while now but the Dirty Late Nights have only recently launched – every Thursday, Friday and Saturday both venues have extended hours, meaning more time to eat, drink and be merry.  Where? Dirty Bones Kensington and Soho www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: Classic hip-hop tunes are certainly the order of the day; the soundtrack here is enough to rival the cocktails and classic American comfort food that grace the menu. You’ll find Dirty Bones signatures like the mac n cheese balls, The Mac Daddy Burger and chicken and waffles  as well […]

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Openings & Launches

The Belvedere Balance Bar at The Hoxton

Life is about balance like a cocktail in one hand and a…well another cocktail in the other hand. The Hoxton Shoreditch is taking advantage of the sunny summer months (perhaps don’t look outside to see though) with the launch of Belvedere Balance Bar located in their garden space. The pop-up will be home to a bar serving healthy new summer spritzes, alongside a series of wellness activities (Core Collective classes, foodie demos with Farmacy and Step Up confidence coaching) that anyone can sign up for, which also include a free cocktail…as we said it’s all about the balance.  On Wednesday, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Queen of Hoxton’s Psychedelic Summer Rooftop

If there’s one thing the world needs right now it’s more love. It seems every time you turn on the news there’s another story of tragedy, heartbreak or woe, and it’s about time someone sorted it all out. More than a generation has passed since the glorious Summer of Love, when peace, flower power and psychedelia ruled and Queen of Hoxton has decided it’s time we all took a trip back in time to pay it a visit. They’re transforming their rooftop bar into a spiritual utopia, capturing the magic and love that made the 60’s such a fantastic decade. […]

Openings & Launches

The Savannah: Ethical Eating

You might have seen our guide to feel-good dining last week, it was all about restaurants that are charitable, sustainable, ethical or independent and now we have a new one to add to the list with the opening of The Savannah. Think Euston and you might not be able to name many restaurants, we understand, but now you can say The Savannah as it’s opening in The Wesley Hotel. Encompassing the restaurant will be an over-arching theme of time depicted in the art installations created by two eco-friendly artists. British designer-maker Stephanie Cole has created a silhouette, Trees of Time whilst artist […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Top Gun, Karaoke and Volleyball in Hoxton

Volleyball? Check. Karaoke machine? Check. Themed cocktails? Triple check. No, this isn’t the checklist for a boozy holiday in Portugal, it’s actually the checklist for Experience Cinema (the people behind Rooftop Film Club and Underground Film Club) who are going all out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Top Gun. Whilst most of us don’t remember the film actually coming out, it’s a cult classic that you can’t escape and even if you haven’t seen the film (some of us are very guilty of this) you still find yourself singing along ‘highway to the danger zone’ if your Uber driver’s […]

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Guides

How to Live Like a Local in: Putney

Putney: Where the mummies are yummy and the boat race begins. Locals may despair at the District Line but when there are artisan bakeries, specialist coffee shops and live music pubs on your doorstep, come the weekend there’s not much reason to leave. Not to mention restaurants serving amazingly authentic French, Italian, Indian and Spanish cuisine. Here is our guide to living like a local in Putney.

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