Drop Everything And Go To This Restaurant, We Review Hélène Darroze At The Connaught

What: I have the biggest weakness for superlatives. Everything in life is just fantabulous, the most incredi-scrumptious, I can’t help myself. Which makes Hélène Darroze at The Connaught tricky, because how do you describe a meal that makes every other dinner out look like a McDonalds’ Happy Meal without resorting to every superlative in the dictionary? If you don’t like effusive, over-the-top gushing then please just skip to the next article. Hélène Darroze has won plaudits from pretty much everyone for her restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in, surprisingly enough, Mayfair’s Connaught Hotel, inspiring everyone from Michelin, who awarded […]


Not Your Usual Summer Reads

So, summer is upon us, don’t look outside just take my word for it, and therefore the official season of lounging by the pool/sea/garden paddling pool with a good book is too. When looking for good book recommendations it seems they are saturated, for women at least, with romantic novels and perhaps a thriller thrown in for good measure. To this I say no more! We are intelligent beings who need to be challenged with our reading material, no longer shall we hide our copy of 50 Shades Darker in shame. Let’s up our game and sink our teeth into […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Best Summer Terraces in London

Ah the summer terrace, sibling to the rooftop, often under looked, but wrongly so. These terraces are inspired by admiralty, paradise, tequila and Frida Kahlo, all serving up summer cocktails and seasonal menus, perfect for sunny evenings and those with vertigo. Trishna What: Marylebone Terrace Why: Trishna’s summer terrace has launched in collaboration with Tanqueray Gin and the non-alcoholic botanical spirit Seedlip. The exclusive menu will include The Falooda Spritz inspired by the Indian dessert which mixes Tanqueray 10, rose, wild strawberry puree, prosecco and lemon sorbet. Or if you’re taking it easy then go for the Verandah Sour which […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

There’s a Month Long Food Festival Coming to Waterloo

Waterloo Food Month is upon us, and the theme this year is Flavours of the Waterloo World. This festival is one of the most eclectic food gatherings in London, with events ranging from World Cup screenings to live debates. There will be night markets, cake lock -ins (no you’re not dreaming), gin and jazz nights and even a grand Foodbank charity banquet throughout July. The food festival kicks off with a street party on 28th June with food from every part of the world. There will be live music, alcohol galore and a giant screen to allow football fans a […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Time Flies When You’re Having Rum: Diplomático at The Bloomsbury Club Bar

If you’ve regretfully used up all of your holiday days and can’t quite get to the Venezuelan Andes right now, not to fear. The award-winning rum, Diplomático, from the country, is bringing Don Juancho to The Bloomsbury Club Bar. The new Diplomático Palm Terrace will be dousing you in all the tropical vibes you need, inspired by a voyage to the Americas in the 1930s. So, you can get all Tarzan and Jane without all the gorilla drama. Guests will venture/ (run) through a palm leafed canopy to get to the cocktail terrace where there will be a treasure trove […]

Openings & Launches

Food that’s in Fashion: Joe’s Café Relaunches

Joe’s Café looks like the type of place one might stumble across during a trip to pick up Miranda Priestly’s steak in Runway – smooth, sleek and unapologetically cool. Now, the much-loved city staple is relaunching under the direction of new head chef Anupam Som, after first opening in 1984. Housed within fashion store JOSEPH on Sloane Square, the fashion empire began in 1972 by the late Jospeh Ettedgui, and we’re grateful to him for feeding not only our appetites, but our fashion cravings too. The new menu includes starters of marinated heritage beetroot, and smoked salmon with avocado, olive oil […]

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Openings & Launches

Bounce Team Opens Puttshack

Calling all mini golf fans, those looking for first date activities and those who get a bit geeky over technology; next week Puttshack, the world’s first super tech indoor mini-golf experience is launching in London. Brought to you by the ping pong masterminds, Bounce, and the global phenomenon Topgolf, it’ll be opening as part of Westfield London’s £600 million expansion – they’re going for the big one: Europe’s largest shopping centre. It’ll also add to the current rejuvenation of White City which is seeing the likes of Feast, Bluebird and rumours of Soho House all moving into the area. This […]

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The Mondrian’s Hidden Treasure: We Review Sea Containers

What: The Mondrian Hotel, Southbank, is quite the treasure trove and we sure got an opportunity to delve in during our visit. Sauntering in on a Tuesday evening, our first stop was the Dandelyan Botanical Suite, housed inside the hotel. We tried a mix of cocktails in the exquisite jungle looking room, one of which featured (and I kid you not) ingredients taken from black ants and zebra tarantulas. I wish I could say I despised the taste, but they were weirdly delicious. But, I digress, the point of our visit post creepy crawly cocktails, was to dine at Sea […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Seas the Day and Set Sail on London’s Best Boat Bars

What’s better than a bar? A bar that floats – that’s what. And oh buoy, do us Londoners like to be beside the seaside (or anchored up in a London borough, but you get the gist). So, with Summer upon us we’ve rounded up the best boat bars, to anchorage you to have a tipple or two in the sun, whilst riding the waves. What do you wrecken? We personally think it’s aboat time you have an explore. And before you ask, no I’m not the world’s worst speller, just reel nauti when it comes to boat puns. And don’t […]

Health & Wellness

10 Evening Plans That Don’t Involve Alcohol

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midnight moon… Night is the new day and London is the best place to make the most of it. Here’s some suggestions for how to use your evenings to the max, and without even visiting a bar… Escape Rooms  Escape rooms are hard enough, let alone if you add alcohol into the mix, you need your brains sharp to work out the clues, not slightly tipsy with G&Ts. There are lots to choose from in London now, but we want to have a go at the Sherlock Holmes inspired escape room […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Gin Mare Cocktail Mediterranean Adventure Around London

Gin Mare presents Med Transfers, a unique urban tour meant to transport Londoners to the Mediterranean without ever boarding a flight. Over six weeks, there will be a route through London to visit partner restaurants and enjoy perfectly paired drinks. At each stop, ticket holders will get a chance to try signature Gin Mare cocktails with unique tapas on route choices through Borough, Shorditch and Soho. Each guest gets three drinks, three dishes and a Gin Mare history from The events host Leon Dalloway. Participating restaurants include Wright Brothers, Arthur Hoopers, Brindisa, Iberia and Camino. Attendees can expect cocktails like […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Regent Street’s Free Summer Festival Returns

If you dream of walking across Regent Street without having to contend with the black cabs and buses then we can help. We’re not miracle workers and we can’t banish all motorbikes forever, but we can tell you about Summer Streets which is back this July for the sixth consecutive year. Each Sunday throughout July, Regent Street will be closed to traffic so that we can make the most of the iconic street with a free summer festival and with talks of London being further pedestrianised, those cars have just got to get use to it. Events taking place include […]

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