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Three Friday Nights: Goodwood

Combining two of the most quintessential parts of an English summer – music and racing, Goodwood, just outside of London, sees the return of Three Friday Nights next week. Now in its fourth year, the event sees the picturesque Parade Ring being transformed into an open-air dance floor, so that revellers can dance the night away to three DJ sets. Starting things off will be multi award-winning duo, Chase & Status on Friday 6th June, before one of the most sought after newcomers, Naughty Boy takes to the decks on Friday 13th June. Finishing things off will be legendary Radio […]

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Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

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Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

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Openings & Launches

After the wedding ceremony, comes the party…

Summer is just around the corner, which means along with the Pimms, the stifling tubes, the dodgy sandals and endless BBQs, wedding season is almost upon us. If this year you are starting to plan your own wedding (hurrah!) or you have been given the nerve- wracking task of planning a Hen party or Stag do, then Crowne Plaza London –The City, have just launched their new wedding packages which has everything covered – so you can focus on sorting the dress and whether you do have to invite that long lost aunt. Their Grade II listed property is steeped […]

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Mock Duck Menu at Gilgamesh

As a teenager I spent many a weekend trawling the streets of Camden, donned in the latest studded belt ensemble but somehow in my intense search for for the next piece of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia to add to my collection, I missed out on Gilgamesh. Luckily, as an adult, I’ve had the fortune of visiting the Pan-Asian restaurant, in a much less sombre outfit I may add. The reason for my overdue visit is the ‘Mock Duck’ menu which was created in honour of National Vegetarian Week 2014. The menu consists of Duck Spring Rolls, Duck and Watermelon Salad […]

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Mock Duck Menu at Gilgamesh

As a teenager I spent many a weekend trawling the streets of Camden, donned in the latest studded belt ensemble but somehow in my intense search for for the next piece of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia to add to my collection, I missed out on Gilgamesh. Luckily, as an adult, I’ve had the fortune of visiting the Pan-Asian restaurant, in a much less sombre outfit I may add. The reason for my overdue visit is the ‘Mock Duck’ menu which was created in honour of National Vegetarian Week 2014. The menu consists of Duck Spring Rolls, Duck and Watermelon Salad […]

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Pavilion

An all-day restaurant, Champagne bar, deli and florist is opening under one roof in Kensington High Street on Friday headed up by Adam Simmonds of the eponymous Michelin starred Restaurant at Danesfield House. British and seasonal, Simmonds describes his food as “modern with intensity of flavours that work perfectly on the plate without being over-complicated” and signature dishes include Confit mackerel, smoked sturgeon, oyster, pickled cucumber and Granny Smith and Slow cooked loin of lamb with belly, burnt aubergine, goats curd and anchovy gremolata. A florist, with hand-made bouquets by Paul Morris greets guests as they enter and the venue […]

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A Bit of Basque Cuisine at Bilbao Berria

2011 MasterChef winner Ash Mair has launched his debut restaurant project, the transplanting of Spanish chain Bilbao Berria from Spain to London. Today’s opening of the new restaurant on Regent Street today marks the chain’s first expedition outside of the flamenco-dancing country. In the casual environment of the upstairs taverna, help yourself to traditional Basque pintzos. ‘What are they?’ I hear you cry; think skewered tapas on bitesize slices of bread commonly eaten alongside a glass of local wine. If you’re looking for a more formal dining experience then reserve a table and head downstairs for classic as well as […]

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The Imperial Durbar Opens

Been to Tooting Bec recently? No, well here’s a reason to go: The Imperial Durbar, an Indian coffee and cocktail bar, has just opened there. Brothers, Nicholas and Alastair Heathcote are behind the bar that gives customers a taste of 1940s India inspired by elements and innovations from Queen Victoria’s East India Company to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s reign. They hope to light a spark of nostalgia for anyone who has been to the  mystic Indian shores or dreams to, one day. Inside you’ll find a mix of old Indian furniture with coffees, traditional Indian teas and Chai being served, alongside […]

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On The Roof with Q

Prepare for some hot rooftop action today when Selfridges launches an 18 week happening, set around a secret garden restaurant with lush herbaceous borders and dense foliage. Intrigued? Thought so. The main event is an eatery from Des McDonald of Q Grill in Camden with an all-day BBQ menu paired with a lighter range of summer dishes and a raw counter too. A breakfast menu will include organic granola with yoghurt and Early Grey prunes (don’t knock ‘em til you’ve tried ‘em) or Eggs Benedict, as well as buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote and poached egg, with beans and kale. […]

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Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Saturday being gloriously hot, I went for a little amble through Hyde Park, around Shepherd’s Market and up Park Lane. Then seeing as the sun can be so draining, my friend and I dropped in at Grosvenor House Hotel, for a spot of afternoon tea, as you do. The Park Room at Grosvenor House is light and airy, we settled down in at a window table and nestled back into the green, plush chairs watching the world go by. A pianist tinkled in the corner, and not once, not twice but thrice did we sing Happy Birthday to various guests. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Saturday being gloriously hot, I went for a little amble through Hyde Park, around Shepherd’s Market and up Park Lane. Then seeing as the sun can be so draining, my friend and I dropped in at Grosvenor House Hotel, for a spot of afternoon tea, as you do. The Park Room at Grosvenor House is light and airy, we settled down in at a window table and nestled back into the green, plush chairs watching the world go by. A pianist tinkled in the corner, and not once, not twice but thrice did we sing Happy Birthday to various guests. […]

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