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Fanny Steaming And 5 Other Reasons To Hate Gwyneth Paltrow’s Notting Hill Pop-Up

There’s a new pop-up that’s somehow made its way across the Atlantic and onto Westbourne Grove without anyone batting an eyelid. Welcome Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s oh-so-nutty shop. If you’re looking for ground-zero of vaginal steaming, 24 karat gold dildos and endless goats milk then here it is. The physical outworking of Gwynnie’s blog ‘Goop’, the pop-up has just opened and we can only hope it’s going to be as dotty as it should be. So before we check out the opening in person, here  are six times that Goop has made us want to slam our fingers in the car door… […]

Openings & Launches

These Hot New Restaurants Just Opened

Whilst August was slower on the uptake when it came to restaurant openings, September has been alive with new locations throwing open their swing doors, causing members of the public to shout hey, hey good looking, what’ve you got cooking? So, here are all the places spoiling us rotten when it comes to choosing an away from home eater. From British produce at The Montagu Kitchen to a bar with a sole dedication to David Bowie. There’s been something for everyone to enjoy this month and beyond. Kahani Chelsea got a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. […]

Travel

Stars In Your Eyes: Best Star Gazing Spots Around The World

We’re in an era of Astro-tourism; a new concept that puts stars in our eyes in the form terrestrial trips and astrological adventures. Yep that’s right, people are now traveling far and wide to experience the beauty of our solar system, from the aurora borealis to sun, moon and star-themed activities. And in this world of ours, there’s no lack of open plains on which to witness the milky way. So, if you’ve ever taken a photo of something so astonishing that even the iPhone X Camera falters under the pressure? Well these starry-eyed places follow suit, with views so magnificent they’ll have […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bars That’ll Jazz You Up

In a world where pop songs, Justin Beebs, and the “dun dun dun” of night clubs swamp our auditory ear-ways, jazz is a much needed throwback that can be found in various inconspicuous places across the city. So, if Frank Sinatra has got you under the skin and you get a kick out of Ella Fitzgerald (how rude), then why not Take Five and Sing, Sing, Sing at the following jazz bars. Photo Credit: The Weekend Edition Ronnie Scott’s Ronnie Scott’s isn’t just brimming with sax notes blowing out the door, but a really rich history dating back to 1959; […]

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Hotels

London Hotels Hitting The Big Screen

Normally when the lights go up in a cinema you’re left smelling of stale popcorn and looking at the dilapidated surroundings of a fading multiplex. Not at these places. We’ve had a scour around to see where in London has half-decent screening rooms and come up trumps. Whether it’s Little Miss Sunshine in Shoreditch or Psycho in Soho these hotel screening rooms will have you covered. And if you’re not looking to rent one out wholesale, most do film nights.   Mondrian London London Waterloo East (0.3 miles) Ever been to Odeon and paid extra for a “director’s” chair? Well […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Right Royal Brunch Arrives

Brunch just got the royal treatment. No, not a story about Meghan Markle’s latest morning routine (The Tig, how we miss you!) but instead news that Indian restaurant Jamavar will be turning their Michelin star talent toward the our favourite culinary portmanteau (‘dunch’ can get in the sea). The Royal Brunch is inspired by the seven princely states of India, and takes dishes from each very different region of the sub continent. Commenting on the new opening, Jamavar co-founder Samyukta Nair puts it like this: “Much like Jamavar, The Royal Brunch will be inspired by the Viceroy’s exuberant home in […]

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The Handbook Meets The Man Changing London’s Bar Scene

There is no denying that Londoners love immersive experiences, whenever we write about them we can guarantee that you, yes, our wonderful readers, will be clicking on the articles like it was the link to free cocktails – you’re big fans. So, we caught up with Sam Shearman the founder of Inventive Productions Limited aka the guy behind two of the most popular immersive bars, Alcotraz and Moonshine Saloon to discuss why we all love experiences so much and what he has planned next. Tell us a bit about Inventive Productions, how did the idea come about? Inventive Productions is […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Board Game Bars: Will You Take The Risk?

Feeling bored? Or are you feeling board? Here’s one for the players who love to go on nights out and play the game…You know, a bit of Cluedo here and there, maybe Twister if you’re feeling groovy. Yep, here are a round-up of London’s best places to play board games. Locations that have dedicated their lives to a bit of Colonel Mustard in the library, to add a certain je ne sais quoi to your night out. As far as I was concerned the only games that existed were Monopoly, Cluedo, Battleship and Connect4, yet when Draughts café are boasting 800 plus games […]

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Reviews

You Batter Try This Yorkshire Pudding Brunch

What: There are many reasons why I love autumn, for 1) the clothes, goodbye dresses that get hot and sticky and hello jumpers, tailored coats and boots 2) no more having to spend every single minute outside for fear of not making the most of the weather and 3) you can now eat comfort food again (although admittedly eating 3 burgers and 2 hotdogs as you would at a BBQ is no longer acceptable which doesn’t seem particularly fair). And I have found the perfect comfort food brunch, at Mark Hix’s restaurant Tramshed in Shoreditch. New? The brunch launched at […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Be An Exhibitionist This Autumn

During the Autumn, it’s a given that it’s often a little chillier, prompting us to take our habits of rooftop terraces and outdoor antics to inside venues by log fires and on cosy velvet sofas. Suffice to say, getting off the sofa can be a mean feat, unless presented with weird and wonderful options like the exhibitions below. As a city alight with culture, there’s always a new artsy pop-up or coveted exhibition taking place, and here are some of our favourites… Grab the Monet and let’s van Gogh. 21st Century Women Who run the world? Well according to Fru […]

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