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Have a Piña Colada or Two at London’s Best Beach Bars

Who needs a holiday when you’ve got beach bars galore across the city? Especially with this Caribbean-style weather we seem to be having *I’ve probably jinxed it now haven’t I?* Whilst we can’t promise you Daniel Craig style candids emerging from turquoise waters by sandy beaches, we can promise a bunch of cocktails, music for a mamba and atmosphere a plenty. Here’s a look at some of London’s “pretend-you’re-on-a-beach” bars.

Rooftops and Terraces

The Sparkling Wine Pop-up Overlooking Piccadilly

London is already living its best summer life with this heatwave and with no sign of it stopping, it’s time up your game and live your own best life by sitting in a deck chair, drinking Chapel Down on a hidden balcony overlooking Piccadilly. Taking place at Le Meridien Piccadilly, it’s Chapel Down’s only pop-up this summer so they’ll be bringing it all to the foliage adorned balcony. They’ll be serving up their famed sparkling wines, pale Pinot Noir Rosé, Curious Beers and debuting their limited-edition Chapel Down mojitos and mules. If you want to up your wine knowledge, then […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Last Chance to Try SOMNAI’s Immersive Virtual Reality Experience

SOMNAI, it’s the immersive, virtual reality experience that had us all intrigued.  We know how much Londoners love an immersive experience so we knew it would be popular, but maybe not this popular. In its first three months an incredible 13,000 visitors went on a unique exploration into the unconscious realm of dreaming. After the dreamy experience which placed your humanity in the hands of an all-powerful Al who has good intentions but unusual methods, the explorers got to take a seat in the digital cocktail bar. The bar morphed and changed around them as they tried a series of augmented […]

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Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

BOTTLES Wine Bar Opens in Time for the Weekend

New wine bar, BOTTLES is what happens when, in the words of the Spice Girls, ‘two become one’. The Italian wine bar is from the co-founders of Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano and pop-up restaurant concept SOOD Family and it is opening in Old Spitalfields Market tomorrow. Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano, owners of Bottles & Battles want to create a wine bar which is friendly, unpretentious and not ruled by wine snobs. The focus will be on quality wines made by independent producers and small farms and they’ll showcase regional and indigenous varieties and grapes that are often […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

It Really is the Last Days of Shoreditch

We’re now slap bang in the midst of summer, the streets are awash with England shirts, the office fans are a’whirlin and Alex from Love Island has got more sun tan lotion on by the hour. Therefore, what better time than now to have a month-long series of events featuring musicians, DJs, artists and a whole host of grub and drink. Whilst this sounds worthy of a new outfit and a fully loaded bank card, the news is also bittersweet, as it comes as a result of Red Gallery Last Days of Shoreditch closing its doors. There will be an […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gazelle Restaurant Leaps into Mayfair

Good minds think alike, especially if you’re chef Rob Roy Cameron and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro. The two hospitality hotshots are set to open their Mayfair restaurant Gazelle next week, wrapped in an Edwardian building brimming with personality in Mayfair. If you’ve ever tuned into a spot of David Attenborough and witnessed a stint on gazelles, you’ll know they’re a rather sleek and elegant creature. In championing this vibe and corresponding with its name, the restaurant too will play host to a private members club vibe, set amongst two natural light flooded storeys. As owner Tony affirms: “When we were […]

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Culture

A Bond, James Bond Auction

If there’s one thing we love about James Bond aside from the beautiful women, it’s the beautiful cars. And whilst Pierce Brosnan has been known to showcase some questionable vocal chords on cliff edges in Mamma Mia, he is also, on another note, a bit of a dab hand at car racing. Car aficionados (and lovers of the smooth brown locks of Pierce Brosnan) may remember a certain car race on a French mountain road in 1995’s Goldeneye, in a certain Aston DB5. Now, the exact same DB5 is being auctioned on 13th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed […]

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Openings & Launches

Welcome To The Jungle: Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington

After a dicey football moment with Colombia that nearly saw England knocked out of the world cup last night, South America is back on our Christmas card list. Which is good because it’s just in time for Zuaya, a Latin American opening on Kensington High Street. And what’s more, the Amazonian restaurant are offering 50% off, so it’s win, win and win! (unlike England, who will undoubtedly crash out at some point soon). Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience […]

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Openings & Launches

The Riverside Restaurant That’s Going To Spice Up Kingston

Sleepy Kingston on Thames could probably do with a little spicing up, right? Well now it will, as Indian restaurant Chakra opens its second restaurant, right in the centre of Kingston. Kensington has been good to Chakra, the Indian restaurant has built up a loyal following and the food is some of the best Indian cuisine in London, so the perfect time for a second version. And with Kingston prime for the taking, they’ve brought things to the river. Bringing with them a team of Indian chefs at the extensive lunch and evening menus will include some of Chakra’s most popular dishes […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Are You All-In? London’s Most Exclusive Casinos

You know that scene at the start of Dr No, where James Bond sits at the blackjack table and calmly raises his stake to £1,000, before saying those immortal ‘Bond, James Bond’ lines as the theme tune starts up? That’s London casinos, in all their suave, black tie, glory. If you’re a high roller or just out to try the waters, then this is the place to experience some of the best casinos in the world. Here are some of the best…   Les Ambassadeurs Why: Sat on the corner of Hyde Park and Mayfair, Les Ambassadeurs Club is glorious, elegant […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Connaught Village Summer Street Party

Connaught Village is celebrating its 150 year anniversary with a street party. Enjoy traffic-free streets, an immersive walk through time, live music and entertainment and more. The main attraction is Horrible Histories performing twice, but there is so much more to enjoy. Bompas and Parr will be bringing their world-renowned jelly food art to the festivities, with flavours ranging from traditional to radically unheard of. Decade-spanning entertainment will include prosthetic make-up from London College of Fashion, 1960s flower crowns, 1970s tie-die workshop, 1920s Charleston dance classes and Victorian street games. If you want to shop or learn, there will be […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Nightclub of the Summer: Night Tales

July is said to be the hottest month of the year, I’m sure everyone has been enduring the heat for a while now, but it’s time to forget the heat and embrace it. Clear your weekend plans of staying indoors, grab your friends and get ready to go out. You may be familiar with Night Tales pop ups all around London since 2013, but now Founders Lottie Campbell, Jamie Rule and Louis Hyams are launching a permanent location at Bohemia Place, I repeat, permanent! Opening in the heart of Hackney this July, they’re transforming two railway arches and a 4,000 […]

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