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B.Y.O.C.

A unique hidden cocktail bar launches in Covent Garden today. And it doesn’t sell alcohol. Intrigued? You might well be. This tiny nook of a cocktail bar hidden away in the depths of Bedfordbury Street in Covent Garden is an entirely new concept and BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails. With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, guests are invited to bring their own favourite tipple, for the mixologist to create a little something bespoke to a backdrop of exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, gramophone and vintage signs from the 1920s, B.Y.O.C. lies behind a discreet […]

Openings & Launches

Amanzi Tea

This month sees the launch of Amanzi Tea with the opening of its first international flagship tea bar and retail space on New Cavendish Street. The company, originating from the US combines the heritage of tea-making with modern techniques and a new and interactive retail and tea bar experience. No, the irony of a US concern bringing a tea bar to GB isn’t lost on us either but with the name  Amanzi meaning water in the Southern African dialect of Zulu (a reference to the heritage of the original founders), it’s suitably multicultural, and, with a marble topped bar and […]

Celebrities & Influencers

Beyonce Announces New Tour Dates

Beyoncé is beginning the highly anticipated UK leg of her World Tour on April 26th in Birmingham before hitting The O2 for four nights followed by one night in Manchester on May 7th and for two nights, May 11th and 12th in Dublin, Ireland. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is slated to run for almost one year. O2 customers can get tickets 48 hours before general release from 9.30am Thursday 21st February by texting Beyonce to 2020 or visiting o2priority.co.uk/beyonce.  Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9.30am on Saturday 23rd February so make sure you don't miss out!  2013 UK Tour Dates: April 26        Birmingham          LG Arena April […]

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ponchos at the gym

Healthy Mexican fast food mini chain, Poncho 8 has joined forces with Fitness First offering gym members on-going discounts health-focused food items, including the Slo-carb box and Salad box. In return, customers at Poncho8’s St. Paul’s location will receive a week’s Fitness First membership free of charge. Come March, Poncho8, is set to add a City branch to its three existing sites and has secured investment to open 20 stores by the end of 2014 so we’re hoping so see some more central openings in the not too distant. www.poncho8.com

Openings & Launches

Love London

Langham Fizz Magic Rose cocktails in Artesian with Laurent-Perrier Rose; Cherish Finden’s sugar and spice tea at Palm Court; dinner for two at Roux at The Landau with Spit Roast fillet of Hereford beef and Chuan Spa indulgence packages in luxe double treatment rooms: they've got it covered. www.langhamhotels.com …and breathe at Corinthia Enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier and Sensory Afternoon Tea featuring a red velvet dome of milk chocolate mousse and cherry compote finished with a red velvet chocolate spray, £45pp, while you inhale the aphrodisiac vanilla bourbon scent of Roja Dove’s bespoke candle. www.corinthia.com/London Cast a spell at […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fashionable and Fearless Cocktails

London Fashion Week this year won’t be purely about the catwalk. Corinthia Hotel London promises to add to the hype in the capital with ‘The London Collection’, a brand new selection of cocktails to be served in Bassoon, Corinthia’s chic and intimate bar – featuring a glossy seven-metre long piano! Head barman Mario la Pietra has crafted a fashion-inspired series of drinks, using only the finest quality ingredients and an exquisite spirits library. The collection celebrates the most stylish destinations in the capital, with creations such as ‘The Savile Row Stitch-up’; Dewars 12 stirred with Lustau East India sherry, Pierre […]

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

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Openings & Launches

Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Love and bubbly at Corinthia Hotel

Corinthia Hotel London guarantees to set hearts aflutter this February, with the introduction of a Sensory Afternoon Tea. Available from the 9th to the 17th, the Valentine’s-themed tea will treat guests to a romantic and sensual dining experience, featuring Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and the eminent perfumer Roja Dove. Couples can kick back and relax in Corinthia’s serene and elegant Lobby Lounge, enjoying a glass of distinctive bubbly and a selection of sweet fancies. The tea menu is served beautifully presented and includes a stunning red velvet chocolate mousse and raspberry floral macaroons. To heighten the romantic atmosphere, lovebirds will also […]

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The Wellbeing Guide to London

Pledged to be healthier, happier and fitter this year? Well, yoga bunny Sally Lovett figured we could do with a bit of help so she’s just published The Wellbeing Guide to London. The little book is packed full of reviews of wellbeing hotspots plus expert advice from some of the capital’s leading wellbeing practitioners. The Guide aims to encourage readers to slow down and savour the city with a tour of eateries serving organic, vegetarian, vegan and raw food; yoga and meditation centres of calm-inducing tranquillity; and studios, gyms, pools and clubs to practice endorphin and heart-rate raising pursuits. “The […]

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Welcoming back The Spaniards Inn

If you’re a fan of history, pubs, or both – you’ll be excited by the re-opening of one of the oldest pubs in the city: The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. Built in 1585, this ancient venue is perhaps one of the most myth-soaked buildings in London, reputedly hosting legendary figures Dick Turpin, John Keats, Charles Dickens and Lord Byron, amongst others. After all those years, no wonder the place was in need of a lick of paint or two – it has now been sensitively restored, meeting the new year with a new look and a re-vamped menu. Old English leather banquettes […]

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