A Taste of Summer at Galvin HOP

What: Galvin restaurants have a certain notoriety about them, scattered across metropoli (is that a word?) inclusive of London and decadent Dubai. This time however, it was the turn of Galvin HOP located in Spital Square, to sample their aptly timed Taste of Summer Menu, curated by Executive Head Chef Zac Whittle. The Setting: Galvin restaurants were established by Chris and Jeff Galvin in 2005, and so there’s quite an establishment and warmth surrounding them. We got this sense especially, walking through Spital Square on a warm summer evening, the chatter from the restaurant wafting towards us in ebbs and […]


Get Paid To Look After Cats: Take This Dream Job In Greece

Calling all cat people! If you like the sun and you like cats, then this might be the job for you. There’s a cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros, in the Cyclades, looking for a live-in cat person. The role, which might ideally suit the perennial spinster, the recently dumped or the sort of person that randomly shouts at traffic, will see you relocate to a semi-detached tiny house overlooking the Aegean sea and put in charge of 50 cats. Purrrfect. The stunning island is off the beaten tourist trail, meaning it’s one of the best places to experience […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Teas You Need To Know About

After stiff upper lips and colonisation it’s the most British thing imaginable: the afternoon tea. Everyone likes their tea that certain way, with a squeeze of this and a dash of that, while what goes with the tea is even more important; scones (pronounced nothing like ‘stones’), cucumber sandwiches and so on. Well this week is all about celebrating all the variety of a three-tiered tea as it’s National Afternoon Tea Week. So here are some places you can enjoy this most British of traditions. Want More Afternoon Teas? Check Out Our Guide to the Best New Afternoon Teas

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Things to do With Kids

9 Theatre Shows You Need To Go To

Let’s face it, many if not most of us would desire nothing more than to be a fly on the wall in someone’s home, (mainly to see if they’re as weird as we are). Which is why theatre and film provide marvellous ways to people watch and to escape from your own reality, if only for a while. And, seeing as London is an absolute hub of creativity and gumption when it comes to theatre, we thought we’d share with you some of our top picks this month. You know, I actually did a theatrical performance about puns once. Really […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

John Lewis’ Rooftop Cinema

You need to listen up, because we honestly have about a handful days left to enjoy this ridiculous weather we’ve been having, if that. In fact, it poured with rain today and I got stuck under some awkward shop front wearing sandals, and my paper lunch bag broke because it was sogging wet. The moral of the story being, we don’t get much sun us Londoners, so enjoy it whilst you can and get yourself down to John Lewis’ Sunset Screenings as part of Summer of Sound On The Roof. What’s this you ask? Well, you basically sit in a […]


Is this Covent Garden’s Cosiest Coffee Haunt?

What: Imagine the homeliest of café’s and Abuelo, meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish is at the forefront of the mind. The coffee house and kitchen, is a haven of calm and tranquillity in a tourist-trap laden Covent Garden in the height of summer. It’s a café that makes you wish it was winter to nestle up amongst the billowing foliage and wooden interiors with a hot-chocolate and knitted jumper, and it’s a place that makes you thankful for the summer, to lap up the spontaneity of boozy BYOB nights. Abuelo is the brainchild of two hospitality in-the-knowers, who, after designing other […]

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The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Mary Berry

It’s safe to say that Britain is obsessed with baking, a couple of years ago we could barely work out quite how to pronounce frangipane and now we’re whipping them up like nobody’s business (well, we maybe we attempted it once) afternoons are spent perfecting piping skills and Sundays aren’t Sundays without homemade cake and at the centre of it all is Britain’s most loved baker, Mary Berry who published her latest book this year Fast Cakes, so, The Handbook caught up for a chat: If you were only allowed to bake one thing and nothing else what would it […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Celebrate National Rum Day at This Cocktail Carnival

Golf isn’t all fashionable question choices, business deals and players getting technical with terminology. If you’re at Puttshack in White City then it’s innovative, interactive and all about the rum. Yep the team at the hi-tech mini golf experience are so into rum that they have a whole rum bar dedicated to the stuff with over 100 of the rarest rums available in London and now with National Rum Day and Notting Hill Carnival both taking place in August they’re going to be hosting their first ever cocktail carnival. Taking place from 6pm on Saturday 18th August there’ll be serving […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This The Most Extreme Hotel Yet?

The other day we told you about some of the most extreme hotels in the world, well now I’m going to up travel editor, Phil’s recommendations with this: spend the night dangling from a zip wire in a tent 35 metres above Archbishop’s Park. It’s so extreme it’s not even a hotel, it really is just a tent. If your Friday night adrenalin rush normally comes from waiting to see how much your bill comes to or whether you’ll make the last train home then it’s time to up your game (unless of course you hate heights, in which case […]

What to do This Weekend

Roll On The Weekend: What To Do 10th – 12th August

Wow this week has totally dragged, am I right? So you’re probably as ready for the weekend as I am right now. Thankfully the weather’s going to still be a thing and there’s plenty out there to do. Here are some ideas to get you going…   Nobu Hotel Shoreditch What: Go Pinko Why: The Nobu magic is very much in action over at Nobu Shoreditch. For August only they’ve teamed up with Champagne experts Veuve Clicquot to create a brunch to remember. To celebrate Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne the limited and exclusive edition of Nobu’s unlimited weekend brunch offering bottomless Rosé […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s 1st Restaurant Dedicated to Avocado Opens

Instagram, unicorns, matcha lattes and cactuses, nothing quite matches the ultimate millennial icon: the avocado. Yes, the humble avocado has found itself at the centre of all that is right and supposedly all that is wrong with us millennials. We’ll never be buying houses because we eat too much of it on toast, but we’ll have great skin thanks to its good fats. Swings and roundabouts. Anyway, why are we talking about avocado? Because London’s first restaurant dedicated to the fruit will be opening at this month and we’re feeling #blessed. Simply named, Avobar, the restaurant (filled with living plant […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Cookery Classes Helping Those With Cancer

As if battling with cancer wasn’t tough enough, it is thought that 80% of those undergoing chemotherapy will lose their ability to taste, taking away one of life’s smallest but best pleasures. London is a city dominated by food and now of its most iconic restaurants, the 24/7 sky-high, Duck & Waffle has teamed up with charity, Life Kitchen to host free cookery classes across the UK for those living with cancer. Founder Ryan Riley set up Life Kitchen in memory of his mother, Krista, who lost her battle against cancer at just 47 and now with the help of […]

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