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The Fridge

From Soul II Soul Africa nights and the infamous Love Muscle to the 80’s New Romantic movement and the trancy Escape to Samsara, The Fridge on Brixton’s Town Hall Parade has seen it all. However, it finally shut its big black doors at the end of 2010. Now, though, it is set to relaunch as the Electric Brixton on 28 August following a £1 million facelift. Man with the plan is unlikely club supremo, Domininc Madden, a 35 year-old University of London graduate hailing from Sydenham Hill (that’s even further south than Brixton in case you were wondering). Madden’s background […]

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FIJI’s Artesian Wanders

Just like Red Bull with its super successful stealth marketing master plan, FIJI Water too is busy aligning itself with a raft of cool cultural institutions and initiatives from the Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park to Proud Gallery. New contender is a series of free, interactive walking guides unearthing the hidden outdoor, cultural and foodie treasures of the capital. Throughout  2011 and 2012, ‘Artesian Wanders’ will uncover local legends and latest hotspots spots (from pubs to galleries) along the route of London’s secret underground rivers including the ‘Fleet Walk’ from Camden to Clerkenwell. FIJI’s step by step guide includes […]

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A Jolly Day Out

 Do not be fooled. August is most certainly not a quiet month in London.   For amid all the many things taking place, Hampton Court will be once again revving up its engines to bring the public its much loved Summer Festival. Kids go free on all four of the family-tailored festival days, which will bring together music (in the forms of bands McFly, Bjorn Again and Imelda May), food (Pizza Express and Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be available), as well as a huge array of children’s activities (there’s a Science Museum, Charlie and Lola’s ‘best bestest play’ show, live adaptations […]

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Disaronno Film Series

The makers of Italian liqueur Disaronno have teamed up with Lauren Laverne who has curated a series of iconic Italian inspired films to be shown at the Rooftop Film Club at London’s Queen of Hoxton between 11 and 14 August.     The special weekend is part of Disaronno’s three month partnership with the Film Club and guests can expect to find the venue transformed into a stylish terrace for the opening night of the series when Disaronno cocktails and canapés will be served and that modern classic, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, will be introduced by Lauren herself. Other […]

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Mad for it

So you’ve enjoyed the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea in the Courtyard Garden at Sanderson. Well now it’s available to go! The hotel’s pastry chefs have created a takeaway version that’s available from St. Martins Lane hotel too.     So prepare to tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole and explore London’s parks and green spaces with a Mad Hatter’s Picnic including gastronomic adventures such as, ‘Eat Me’ Queen of Hearts – a strawberry and cream mousse, a chocolate and coffee layered sponge cake and a chocolate rabbit’s clock that melts in the mouth and finger sandwiches too served in a […]

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The Door

A new door is opening in the City of London. Literally. The Door is a new oyster bar and grill restaurant on Cornhill serving steaks from across the globe. The stylish ground floor bar and 90 cover mezzanine restaurant has been created by BGW Design Studio with plush interiors in classic muted greys, silver and black tones, preserving many of the building’s original features such as large curved windows flooding the room with natural light and a corniced ceiling that’s been painted silver. The menu has been put together by Executive Chef John Murphy (Palm and Rules) with an emphasis […]

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Great British Beer Festival

Next month, the Great British Beer Festival returns to Earl’s Court – and along with it, hopefully some good weather, too. Tutored tastings will be taking place throughout the venue, where guests will be privy to an extensive range (that’s 1000, to be exact) of ales, perries, ciders and international draughts. While the drinking occurs, live music (showcasing the likes of the Fulham Brass Band, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds and The Chris Jagger Band) will play out around Earl’s Court for the congregated masses. Food stalls – stocked with traditional pork scratchings, crisps and other hot, homemade pub food – will be on […]

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Italian Job

Your wardrobe’s packed with stylish Italian brands but how’s about injecting some va va vroom into your garage? Enter the 500byGucci, the very first collaboration between the two iconic Italian powerhouses celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and Gucci’s 90th anniversary. This special edition of the iconic Fiat 500 has been customised by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini with its silhouette outlined in that signature green and red stripe which also appears inside across the seats, key-cover, carpets and seatbelts and leather seats in the Guccissima print. The nippy little run-around comes in both classic black and […]

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Glorious Goodwood

With a sunny week forecast – about time especially as the US is currently gripped by a heatwave(!) – it’s also time to take those sick days … ahem … we mean lieu-days and enjoy the summer social season while you still can. From tomorrow until Saturday it’s the return of glamorous five day racing festival, Glorious Goodwood on the South Downs. Tuesday sees the opening Sporting Greats Day as Olympic and sporting heroes gather to celebrate a day dedicated to British sporting excellence and then Wednesday hosts the Sussex Stakes mile race (part of the inaugural British Champions’ Series). […]

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Beer on White Horse-back

Over the years, its popularity with the booze-swivellers of SW6 has meant it is often endearingly known by a rather more informal title: The Sloaney Pony. Soon, The White Horse, Parsons Green’s much-loved watering hole, may well find itself even more popular with the masses.  Flying Dog, the Denver-based brewer of attitudinal craft ales that are stocked at the Pony, will be hosting a beer and cheese tasting session at the pub come Thursday, 4th August. ‘Brewmaster’, Matt Brophy, will be taking the alcohol aficionados through the company’s rare, experimental and limited-edition brew range: Doggie Style, In Heat Wheat, K-9 Cruiser, Snake Dog and Raging […]

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