Rooftops and Terraces

The Yacht Pop-Up Bringing the French Riviera to Mayfair

If you ‘forgot’ to book your holiday to the French Riviera (read: can’t actually afford it and don’t want to miss a week of Love Island) then you’re in luck. The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has teamed up with Belvedere Vodka and Dom Pérignon to create L’Azur an exclusive yacht themed hide-out for those of us who are staying put this summer. Dressed up in with buoys, anchors and azure hues, the nautical terrace features an upper and lower deck, making it a prime spot for catching the summer rays, sure you won’t have the crystal blue […]

Health & Wellness

If You Only Ever Visit One Wellness Hotel, Make It Forsthofalm

What: Holzhotel Forsthofalm is a bio-hotel 1050 metres above sea level in the mountains of Salzburg and probably my new favourite place on earth. Described as a “wellness hotel”, staying there nourishes the mind, body and even the environment. New? Originally a traditional Austrian restaurant in 1972 with 40 covers, the owners kept slowly increasing the restaurant in size, eventually adding in guest rooms. In 2008 the Widauer family handed over control to their son, Markus Widauer, who transformed Forsthofalm into the seven-storey wooden wonder that it is now. First Impression: From the moment I left Salzburg Airport I felt […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

by CHLOE Expands to Tower Bridge

What: by CHLOE is the super successful US-based, plant-based, fast-casual restaurant that took London by storm when it landed here at the end of last year. New? Their Tower Bridge venue opened last month, following the massive popularity of the original UK venue in Covent Garden. First Impression: It’s a little tricky to find, Google Maps had a right old time trying to find it and I doubled my 6-minute journey from London Bridge trying to hunt it down. When I finally slipped down the side road and found it, I was surprised at how empty it was. I went […]

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The Handbook Meets…Dhruv Mittal

Born in Hyderabad, India, raised in Manchester and trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Dhruv Mittal is the Chef Founder of Dum Biryani House in Soho, an authentic Indian street food restaurant. We caught up with him to discuss teaching cookery classes, where he likes to hang out in London and why Indian restaurants are just so popular. We’re seeing a real increase in Indian fine dining, why do you think it has taken off in London? Indian food in London has always been hugely popular to the point that the Tikka Masala is our national dish! That said, customers are […]

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Pesto, Ports and Palaces: 10 Reasons to Visit Genoa

Genoa’s line is ‘More Than This’ and there certainly is more to Genoa than you think. It’s home to pesto, to 42 palaces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, they produce 1674 tonnes of focaccia a year, their historic centre spreads over 113 hectares, they have Italy’s major seaport and their borders are dotted with picturesque fishing villages. Genoa is a city you need to add to your Italy bucket list pronto. Spianata Castelletto Take in all of Genoa with a trip to the Spianata Castelletto, where you can take in the rooftops of the city, view the […]

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Going Once, Going Twice… Auction Against Hunger at Market Hall

Instead of a lazy Sunday nursing sore heads on the sofa, how does a whole market hall of food sound? London’s top chefs, bars and street food traders will congregate in Market Hall at Borough for Auction Against Hunger, an event that will take place for its 6th year. To date, there have been over half a million pounds for charity raised, with guests bidding on a range of food and drink experiences in live auction hosted by Tom Best. The event, supported by Tonic, is a feel-good-foodie event that will make you feel slightly less guilty about excessive indulging, […]

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Gluten Free Brunching at Beyond Bread

What: Nowadays, like insta-stories and slogan T’s, brunch is a “thing-to-do”, consuming our Sunday’s with bloody Mary’s and eggs Florentine. Could we call it a trend? Probably not, as it looks like the tasty alternative to breakfast and lunch – but rather a conglomerate of the two –  is here to stay, and I’m not complaining. A hop on the bustling Saturday morning tube to Islington saw me visit Beyond Bread, a bakery that opened-up-shop in Fitzrovia in 2015, and has since expanded onto a counter in Selfridges and a second branch in Islington, that I had the pleasure of […]

Health & Wellness

A Movie Watching Money Raiser at Movies with Mind

Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films that paints such a big smile across the face, a breezy film embellished with satire, beauty queens and the consequence of travelling hundreds of miles across the country with your full family, in a clapped-out old VW. So, when we heard that is just one of the feel-good films playing at Movies with Mind we were ready to get our popcorn perched. Movies with Mind is East London’s al fresco experience in aid of mental health charity Mind in Hackney. The outdoor cinema experience will see attendees sunning themselves in London Fields, […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

11 Ways to Enjoy Wimbledon

New balls please, it’s Wimbledon again. But rather than joining a queue that stretches to Morden and back, or desperately trying to break through a human wall twenty bodies thick at an SW19 bar, then here are some ideas for you that will be far more sophisticated and enjoyable. Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar London Waterloo (0.3 miles) What: Free Flowing Pimms Why: Wimbledon isn’t Wimbledon without Pimm’s so Gillray’s is letting you swap the bottomless G&Ts in the G&T afternoon tea for free-flowing Pimm’s. Either tuck into a free flowing afternoon tea or strawberries and cream. Go steady though, we all know […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

11 of London’s Best Dim Sum Restaurants

Dim Sum is everywhere right now! Here's some of the best

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