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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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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…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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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

East London’s New 24-Hour Nightclub

Upon first reading about this next electronic music venue, I thought when it said wasteland it was nodding to a land populated by people who’d had one drink too many. However, a closer scroll led me to the understanding that it’s actually a studio above a print factory on an industrial estate. There’s definitely something about electronic music that goes hand in hand with slightly eerie looking, derelict buildings. Sorry, I’m not really painting FOLD to you in the most appetising light, but it does actually look seriously cool (not as cool as me though, using the phrase “seriously cool”). […]

Things to do With Kids

What To Do With The Kids This Summer

It’s no reflection on you if your kids are going wild! If the dining room’s meant to resemble the international space station but actually is a tangle of blankets and cardboard boxes, that’s only to be expected, if you’re weeping into a bucket as you scrub the floor following an impromptu food fight, then don’t despair, you’ve just hit mid-hols blues. So if your children are getting bored and restless, here are some ideas for them. Brown’s Hotel Green Park (0.2 miles) Why: Sharky and George wield all sort of dark arts when it comes to kids, when all else […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bring on the Meat: Meatopia Returns

We said we’d be back with more information when we first told you about Meatopia back in April and now we can give you all the details… In amongst a year of vegan offerings, there is one festival which will satisfy all our carnivorous cravings: Meatopia. Taking place at Tobacoo Dock from Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September, Meatopia is three days of meat and one-off dishes all cooked over fire. It’s the ultimate barbecue. Now in its sixth year, it’s going to be even bigger with more dishes, drinks, music and fire. The line-up is will include several […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The Modern Pantry’s Birthday Bonanza

What were you doing 10 years ago? Or, more importantly, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Time is a funny old thing, you blink and it’s 2018, you’re sat at an office desk getting to that 3pm “I desperately need a coffee” stage of the day, and your teenage years seem like a distant, knock-and-run, awkward school disco dancing, memory. But, if you’re The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, 10 years ago owner Anna Hansen inhaled, exhaled and…no she didn’t give birth before you get carried away, it’s a casual café. She did however open the doors to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Immersive Kitchen Garden Sprouting Up in Victoria

We’re rooting for this next one… The Kitchen Garden is sprouting up this summer – on the 20th of this month to be exact – allowing green-fingered guests the chance to experience five zones – and no we’re not talking about tube zones before the heart palpitations start. No, instead Nova Food is bringing SW1 some botanical-themed boltholes in the form of immersive herb garden, lavender lounge, secret garden, shed sessions and a centre stage, helping your health and wellbeing to flourish along with your desire for the weekend to never end. Nova Food is a destination renowned for bringing […]

Health & Wellness

The Exercise Class That is Good For Your Mental Health

We’ve never been encouraged more to talk about our mental health and yet talking about it can still be daunting with sufferers not wanting to feel more vulnerable or impose their ‘problems’ on others. Women don’t want to be labelled ‘crazy’ and men are supposed to be the tough guy who doesn’t cry, couple that with the notion of the stiff upper lip and it’s no wonder why people don’t want to open up. HUMEN is a charity that is working with men to help them talk, to hear other guys talking about what they’ve experienced and providing a safe […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Say ‘Cheers’ This International Beer Day

Happy International Beer Day! The great thing about International Beer Day is that you almost certainly had no idea it was coming, so you’ve just done the beer equivalent of waking up on Christmas Day. So consider this your Beermas stocking, and here are your gifts: fun beer filled things to do… Roast London Bridge (0.2 miles) What: The ROASTest with the Mostest Why: Roast not only totally nails the Sunday roast, the London Bridge restaurant now does so with beer! For a limited time only, they’ll be pairing beers with a special six course menu devised by Head Chef […]

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Openings & Launches

Gunpowder Plot Their Second Restaurant at One Tower Bridge

You know what they say, the smaller the better… or at least that’s what I tell myself as I stand on my tip toes to reach something from the top shelf. Yet, Gunpowder seem to be on side with my views, as their first restaurant was equipped with an intimate 20 covers. Now, a little sibling is en route in the form of Gunpowder numero duo, residing at One Tower Bridge. Situated in Shoreditch their first restaurant was a huge success, and whilst we’re sure this is because the Indian home-style cooking was a success, it’s equally an ideal pit-stop […]

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