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The Best Art, Theatre and Exhibitions to See This July

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” So wrote the great Henry James. Those words could not be more true than this year, as we continue to be spoon-fed endless days of defiant sunshine. The London culture scene is sending us rays of warmth too. Art is proudly out on the streets this month, courtesy of Grayson Perry and an all-night pop-up festival  by the Thames. And theatre is offering us mistaken identity, romance, the perils of of freezing one’s eggs and a dollop of tragedy too. Here is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Wimble-Done! Where To Watch The Tennis This Summer

It’s that time of year when people start popping up to say ‘it’s Pimms o’clock’ as though they came up with the tagline themselves, we all dust off our tennis whites and wonder why we don’t play all year round and the nation tees itself up for collective disappointment by putting all our championship hopes on some unlikely British wildcard who will, of course, be knocked out in week one. Welcome to Wimbledon 2018. Unless you want to wait in a queue more miserable than Andy Murray’s permafrown, or be trampled to death attempting to reach the bar at an […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

How are you Celebrating the Fourth of July?

Smatterings of red, white and blue adoring the city? It looks as though Independence Day is back with a rib eating, pie faced, sailor jerry infused bang, with a range of events set to wash the city in stars and stripes. Maybe you’ve never celebrated Independence Day before, or maybe you’re at a loss of where to go? Well, without further ado… Big Easy What: A Rib Eating Contest Why: If you’ve ever watched Man Versus Food, convinced you can take on the challenge, then now’s your time to shine as Big Easy holds its 27th annual rib eating contest. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gelato Pop-ups, Cheese Wheels and Bottomless Brunches: Summer at Bocconcino

This weather, it’s great we’ve had a scorcher of week and it’s set to continue, but here’s my British gripe about the weather. Don’t you find that London just isn’t equipped? The trains fall apart, the tubes are unbearably muggy, and most offices don’t have aircon. You think you’ll skip out of the house in a summer dress, having woken up with the sun and live life at a slower pace, read your book in the sun, have drinks on a terrace. In reality you’re stuck on a B.O riddled bus, a wasp gets near your picnic and the terrace […]

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Hotels

One Aldwych’s Summer Urban Resort

Guests at One Aldwych hotel are being offered the Summer Urban Resort programme, an exciting option filled with free experiences. There will be weekly cocktail and canapé receptions, Spanish wine tastings at Eneco Basque Kitchen & Bar and virtual reality cocktail demonstrations. The cocktail demos will be performed by award-winning mixologist Pedro Paulo. A free hour and a half walking tour of Covent Garden is also available each Saturday, led by an expert Blue Badge tourist guide. They will explain everything about the area from the aristocratic 17th century to modern boutique and restaurant culture. The package includes a room […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Forking Good Food: Farmer J Opens 2nd Restaurant

Farmer J is opening its second London restaurant for all those city-dwellers hungry for a taste of the British fields. With its hearty breakfast Fieldtrays packed with food like hash browns, flank steak and spicy shakshuka, as well as bagels with lox and cream cheese and sourdough goodies from Fortitude Bakery, you won’t be able to walk by on your morning commute without stopping. Lunch each day is cooked with natural ingredients, and 90% of food is made on-site. Charred tofu steak with white miso and whole roasted cauliflower will delight vegans, and it doesn’t hurt that all ingredient are […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Best Supper Clubs and Pop-Ups For You This July

Summer is all about enjoying yourself, indulging and just having fun. Find yourself experiencing London in the best way possible this summer: food, friends and parties! If you enjoy eating, socialising and partying, then supper clubs are probably for you, so here’s a selection of London’s best this month… The Little Blue Door What: Home away from home Why: When the clock strikes 12 for lunchtime, The Little Blue Door is hosting lunch roasts for guests that want to come together. It’s a weekly social event that turns strangers into friends, and friends into family, because you’ll be hanging out […]

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Health & Wellness

Five Fun Runs Worthy of Grabbing the Trainers

5pm has tolled on a work-fuelled week-day, you’ve got your trainers in your rucksack, and that planned run is on the horizon, BUT what you’d really like to do is tuck into a good Netflix Series with a snack of choice on the sofa, and drift off to sleep around 9. Well, we’re here to provide you with a bubble-filled, colour washed, beer-infused list of fun runs you could be taking part in across London, to take the pressure off that post-work commitment… (slightly!). Ready, set, fun run! Bubble Rush What: Bubble Rush Why: Bubble Rush is a 5k event […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Painting ‘En Plein Air’ Outdoors at The Connaught

I’ve had art lessons before, it was kind of dull even though I want to say I did pretty well. Some of my pieces have been put up for a Children’s Art exhibition before, not that it’s an impressive feat in any way. I’ve always imagined art classes to be in a secluded studio with a naked model ready to pose for you, but not this one. The Connaught’s outdoor Mayfair Painting Masterclasses return this summer due to popular demand, I bet it’s a fun class because you get to relax and clear your mind with a swish of that […]

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