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What To Binge Watch In September

Because we all lead incredibly busy social lives *ahem* it’s difficult to know how we possibly find the time to watch entire series at a time of television. But because we’re so dedicated to keeping you informed we have stayed up into the small hours watching the following boxsets. You’re welcome. Lottie has been watching dark and broody fantasy eight-parter The Innocents. There’s shapeshifting and murder, so all the tick-boxes…   The Innocents Stumbling across The Innocents on Netflix was the out-turn of a lazy Monday afternoon in bed post Notting Hill Festival. No, I wasn’t skiving – it was […]

Hotels

Want to Live in a Mayfair Townhouse? Here’s How…

Living in a Mayfair townhouse is all very and well and good, but how many of us can actually afford it? Even those who don’t eat avocados probably aren’t going to be buying into the W1 postcode any time soon. And those of us who are blessed with being a millennial might as well accept defeat now. Except the Athenaeum is giving us a little bit of hope with the launch of their Townhouse Residences, it gives you all the luxuries of a hotel, the freedom and space of an Airbnb and it won’t set you back millions. Situated on […]

Reviews

The Connaught Bar’s New Menu Proves it’s Still a World-Beater

A five star hotel’s bar is a good indication of the sort of establishment you’re in. Whatever the hotel, some crucial questions you should be asking… Have all these middle aged businessmen brought their daughters for drinks, or are they high-class escorts? Are those Saudi Princes oozing out of that gold plated Lamborghini about to ruin the atmosphere and bring in a drunken entourage of 50? And is that Premier League footballer about to be stung in a tabloid’s cocaine-and-hooker set up? But none of these are questions you need to ask at The Connaught. It’s above all that, the […]

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Openings & Launches

Kahani, The Restaurant Set To Be The Talk Of Chelsea

Chelsea is set to get a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. Having been the executive chef at Tamarind for ten years where he helped the restaurant maintain its Michelin star, Peter is now venturing out on his own with his first solo venture and he’s secured a rather nice spot in Chelsea to start. Opening opposite Cadogan Hall, Kahani which means ‘story’ in Hindi will be inspired by Peter’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India but will use seasonal and sustainable British ingredients as a nod to his other home. Bringing a sense […]

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Fashion & Beauty

The Fashion Event of The Year Returns And You’re Invited

We might have left university longer ago then we care to admit but it’s said that most of us still get that back to school, new beginnings feeling in September. With the changing of the seasons we want to change things up before the Christmas rush, finally attempt a New Year’s resolution, cut back on rosé post summer and change up our wardrobe. Lucky then that London Fashion Week is almost upon us which means the return of London Fashion Week Festival. Taking place from the 20th -23rd September, the festival will be four fabulous days of designer catwalk shows, shopping and […]

Guides

Where the Top Bloggers are Hanging Out During LFW

London Fashion Week starts this month (14th – 18th September), and as the models, bloggers, editors and stylists swarm the streets flaunting their covetable wardrobes, what we really want to know is what goes on behind the scenes? Where do those in the know go for a quick bite to eat in between shows, or a well-deserved drink in the evening? We ask 8 top fashion bloggers where they like to hang out during the madness of London Fashion Week and – no surprises here – they’re pretty stylish places… Anneli Bush What: The Ivy Café Marylebone Why: Anneli’s blogging career started […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The New Dating App That Connects You With Someone You’ll Actually Like

As Autumn nears, we’re less inclined to want to slip a frock on or don our best shorts and head outdoors, instead opting for cosy knits, socks and pot noodles with Netflix whirling on in the background. Suffice to say, where dating is concerned, apps seem to be the perfect alternative; biding you time to select a hottie of your preference, instead of venturing out willy-nilly on awkward blind dates. The Inner Circle is a dating app with a difference. They take the pain of dating apps away, replacing the pointless swipes, the dick-pics and the finding out they’re actually […]

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Reviews

The Cocktail Menu Inspired By Ali G, Prince Harry and JK Rowling

What: As much I love summer, nothing beats a crisp, cold London winter day which you spend, after a brief walk along the Thames, setting the world to rights, cocktail in hand, cosied up in a bar decked out with books. It’s not all glamourous though, afterwards I’ll have to return to my house which is still like a student digs (someone stole our bathroom plug the other day). The other night there was a slight chill in the air and so I headed straight to Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London to start setting the world to rights. Named after […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Hottest August Openings

London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Leicester Square’s first rooftop terrace, a new Pergola in Olympia of all places and a 24 hour club in East London. Hotel Indigo London – 1 Leicester Square What: Leicester Square’s 1st Rooftop Bar Why: Hotel Indigo can now say it is home to the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square. […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The World’s Largest Saké Festival is Coming to London

If you’ve ever had Sake before, you’ll know it’s one of those slow burners on the alcohol front. You kinda think things are going well as you tuck into your second sushi of the night when wham! Your head’s in the ramen. In other words, some sake has the tendency to really kick a man whilst he’s down, which is why it’s probably best enjoyed alongside a big helping of Japanese food to help batten down the hatches. We completely adore sake however, as do a whole host of you, which is why the largest sake festival in the world, […]

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Reviews

Pasta la vista, baby! The Italian restaurant rivalling the rest

What: I’m always excited at the prospect of dining on Charlotte street – namely because I’m called Charlotte (or Lottie for short), but primarily because it’s rich in great restaurants, from L’Etoile to Pescactori, to my new favourite Italian food haunt, Ossobuco – the subject of this review. For those who don’t know, Ossobuco is a Milanese speciality of cross-cut veal shanks, braised with veggies, white wine and broth. New? Still teething, Ossobuco opened its doors on the 2nd of May this year. First Impression: Walking into the wooden tabled restaurant saw us seated at on a plush sofa overlooking […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World’s Best Pastry Chef Just Arrived in London

‘Let them eat cake’, no not the words of a maniacal French queen but very much the sentiment over at Hotel Café Royal where they’ve just hired ‘the best pastry chef in the world’. Following a 2016 pop-up at the hotel that rocked the patisserie world, and that’s a world you don’t want to rock (coz soggy bottoms), Albert Adrià has proven such a hit that they just had to have him permanently, and now Adrià is here to stay with his restaurant Cakes and Bubbles. Albert Adrià built a full-on gastronomic revolution with his brother Ferran at Michelin three-star-er elBulli, a meteoric […]

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