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Detoxing Cocktails

Whether you are on Dry January or just want to let your liver know that you can, and do, drink things other than alcohol but aren’t sure what the alternatives are besides the obvious (water, coffee etc) then let us tempt and titillate your tastebuds with these nutritious and (mostly) low calorie alternatives. Mocktails at The Arch London You’ve all probably heard about the wonders of coconut water, once a beach time treat, now a regular in supermarket shops, well now there is a new kid on the block offering healthy refreshment direct from Mother Nature. Aloe vera juice is delicious, […]

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Our Guide To… Burns Night in London

This Sunday is Burns Night, a day of haggis, piping and poetry. For those of you who don’t know the history of Burns Night, let us tell you. Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie, as he was known), may have only lived until he was 37 but in that time he wrote some pretty epic poems, including Auld Lang Syne and an Address to Haggis. After his death on the 25th January 1796, his friends started to celebrate his life, and so Burns Night was born and London well and truly adopted it. Celebrating with haggis, tatties, neeps and whisky, […]

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London Art Studies launches ‘spas for the mind’

So we’re all busy refining our waistlines, but how about refining your mind too? New Year, New You after all. On 20th January, London Art Studies is launching ‘spas for the mind’, an exclusive partnership with the Bulgari Hotel which brings art to you in an accessible and fun format. Whether you’re a complete novice or fancy yourself as a bit of an art whizz, the new art ‘power hours’ and ‘In Focus’ mornings will keep you up to speed on what’s hot in the art world and provide welcome respite from the daily grind. Over coffee or a cocktail, […]

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The Handbook meets…Pierre Dukan

January has to be the most popular month for diets as after weeks of abusing our bodies with delicious mince pies and mulled wine we realise we aren’t the trim and toned creatures we once were and it’s time to whip ourselves back into shape – after all, summer bodies are made in winter. Whether you are sticking to calorie counting or have chosen a classic like Atkins or Dukan diet, we know most of you are looking for ways to shed those extra pounds. Well let us introduce you to the Dukan Diet 2, sharing the emphasis on protein with […]

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Christabel’s Edible Playground

Forget what your parents said to you about not playing with food, because that’s exactly what it’s all about with Christabel’s Edible Playground Brunch. Taking place on the 11th February (the January brunch has already sold out so you need to be quick) at a secret location in N1 this brunch is all about nostalgia, retro childhood games and of course seriously good food! Treats include all your favourite edible games (our favourite sort of games) Snakes and Ladder bruschetta, Build Your Own quinoa castle complete with pink play dough, Paint Your Own chicken and to finish, chocolate ganache Lego […]

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Tapas Revolution

The Spanish are real pros when it comes to delivering fast food. You don’t get much faster than traditional Spanish tapas after all. With his Tapas Revolution, Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has successfully converted that authentic local tapas vibe into a mini chain – there are already venues in Westfield London at Shepherd’s Bush and in Bluewater Kent – and next month he’s extending it to Shoreditch’s Bethnal Green Road. Tapas Revolution is Allibhoy’s personal interpretation of the lively and bustling tapas bars in his hometown of Madrid and this latest instalment will be open all day and use ingredients […]

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Guilt-Free Tea at Wellington Lounge

Cream tea: quintessentially British but essentially fattening. Not what we need in January when our trousers are more than a little tight after a month of gorging on mince pies and chocolate coins. Step forward the sympathetic lot at the award-winning Wellington Lounge, who’ve created a ‘Guiltless Afternoon Tea’ to bring a splash of joy to the month of gym classes and alcohol abstinence. Completely free of refined sugar and packed full of naturally nutrient-rich ingredients (with gluten and dairy free options also available), one could go so far as to say this tea is actually good for you. We […]

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Fare Healthy

As we approach the middle of January you might be finding that your New Year’s resolutions are waning a bit or perhaps you are yet to start. Well if you’re like us and the rest of London it seems, then your resolutions are probably something to do with sticking to those gym classes, getting that body you’ve always wanted or just trying to eat clean and leaving the wine to the weekends. Well this Saturday (24th January), Rose Lloyd Owen founder of Peardrop London (they create delicious healthy lunchboxes delivered straight to your desk) has joined forces with a whole […]

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Our Guide To… The Top Films to See in 2015

The beginning of 2015 sees the end of our best friend Orange Wednesdays. While this breaks our little cinema-going hearts and is a cruel hit on the wallet, we can’t not go to the cinema. Yes, Netflix does a good job of being there for you in the form of 90s movies on repeat when your hangover means your pyjamas stay on one too many days. But for the days when you want to chill out but go out, the cinema is the place to be… With awards season upon us, we’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated films of 2015, meaning that […]

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Our Guide To… The Top Films to See in 2015

The beginning of 2015 sees the end of our best friend Orange Wednesdays. While this breaks our little cinema-going hearts and is a cruel hit on the wallet, we can’t not go to the cinema. Yes, Netflix does a good job of being there for you in the form of 90s movies on repeat when your hangover means your pyjamas stay on one too many days. But for the days when you want to chill out but go out, the cinema is the place to be… With awards season upon us, we’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated films of 2015, meaning that […]

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Hally’s sister Little H Opens

Opening today is Little H a new deli/café bringing a slice of California and Cape Town to Parson’s Green and a little bit of sunshine to the miserable month.  Created by husband and wife, Philip Beatty and Anna Halliday who also own the ever popular Hally’s just over the road, Little H will have a farm to table approach to food, they’re all about locally sourced and high quality ingredients, which sounds ideal to us. Timorous Beasties are behind the eclectic beach-style atmosphere of the café which seats 12. Topsy-turvy foliage hangs in front of a back drop of pineapples […]

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Smith & Wollensky

Meat lovers rejoice. This spring, Smith & Wollensky is bringing its collection of boutique American steakhouses across the pond and opening in the Adelphi Building on John Adams Street, just off The Strand. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, SWRG for short, opened its first venue back in 1977 and now has nine locations from Miami Beach to Las Vegas and Houston Texas, which, coupled with the fact that the US pretty much invented the steakhouse, we think they’ve probably got it sussed when it comes to beef. Expect Imported USDA prime alongside British and Irish cuts (the kitchen features a […]

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