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; […]


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 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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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Counter Culture: London’s Best Counter Dining

For some, dining out is a private affair. However, at the other end of the spectrum comes counter dining; pulling up a pew at the kitchen and really immersing one selves in the whole fandango of it all. With counter culture heating up in London, we thought it time to pull together some of our favourite’s. They may say too many chef’s spoil the broth, but these places are most certainly exceptions to the rule…

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Openings & Launches

The Victoria Street Food Market We’re Pascha-nate About

The mantra being thrown around is ‘from dance hall to market hall,’ as one of the world’s most renowned (and sweaty, Sambuca-shot filled) nightclubs turns its music off  for the sake of food. That’s right, the abandoned arcade that once was Pacha super-club will turn into Market Halls this autumn, becoming a sought-after spot for locals and respite for visitors to the city. When we think hall, we may well think of school… and various plates of food flying across said room. Market Halls takes school to sophistication, with a space as glam as the girls going to Pacha looked […]

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Openings and News

A New Sushisamba Smashes Into Covent Garden

Sushi and samba may seem like the most natural couple now, but when Sushisamba launched, back in 2012, along with Heron Tower roomies Duck & Waffle, we didn’t quite get it. Back then, in the days when the Queen parachuted from helicopters, Obama was more than a memory and the word Brexit didn’t even exist, it seemed a little strange. We might not have known any more about Peruvian food than the fact that Paddington loves marmalade, Brazil was basically nuts, right? While sushi was only just coming of age, but we were willing to give things a try. Six […]

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Things to do Outdoors

The London Farmers’ Markets That Make Us Go Ooo-Arrr

It’s Autumn, which means chutneys, soups and pickles are rife… as are Famers’ Markets! Yep, it’s that time of year where we can wander, wrapped up warm, around various outdoor stalls perusing the best of seasonal farm produce, under a sea of amber and red leaves. London has a vast amount of Farmers’ Markets, stuffed full of top-quality seasonal fruit, veg, traditional meats and dairy, and markets are flourishing not least because we all want to know exactly where and how our food is produced. So I’ve searched through all the best markets London has to offer and here are […]

Openings & Launches

Big News: Idris Elba is Opening a Cocktail Bar in London

Forget the will he won’t he be James Bond talk, because this story is actually true and it’s happening soon. Idris Elba is adding another string to his bow so that he’ll now be actor/director/DJ/cocktail bar owner. That’s right the Luther star and director of Yardie is teaming up with twins Lee and Nicky Caulfield to open The Parrot at The Waldorf Hilton. Whilst we don’t know all the details yet, we can tell you that it’s going to be an intimate set up with space for just 60, cocktails will be tropical themed, there’ll be a live band every […]

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Are These The Best Spas In The World?

Lie back and think of not being in England. The spa break is the perfect getaway, a bit of ‘me time’, some pampering and attention. And like anything, you can take it to the nth degree, by doing it in serious style. Sure, you could pop down your local Virgin Active and jump in the sauna, but it’s not the same. Many five star hotels don’t actually have particularly fancy spas, often a couple of expensive treatment rooms and a mangey basement pool. But, by contrast, there are a number of incredible spas to be found around the globe. Spas […]

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What’s up Zuck? We Met With Facebook and Here’s What We Found Out

We caught up with Stu Lerman, Head of Comms for Facebook EMEA, to shine some light on an at times grey area in the social media world.With figures showing Facebook now has 2.23 billion active monthly users, the platform has tried to move with the times, introducing various different incentives in an attempt to dispel the negative energy slowly enveloping. Last weekend Facebook, the billion-dollar social networking site created by Mark Zuckerberg back in 2004, hosted a free pop-up event in Carnaby Street. Welcoming one and all to get quizzical over new features, data share and the future of the popular social media platform, […]

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