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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 […]

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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Kindred, West London’s most exciting members’ space, has teamed up with The Handbook to exclusively offer one lucky winner a complimentary brunch + guest and a three-month membership, which includes: Two floors of co-working space including The Library for quiet working, lounge space for meetings, phone booth for private calls, and a members bar to order food and drink Targeted introductions and weekly members networking to grow your business Weekly events such as Monday morning Coffee Club, meditation on Tuesdays, 60 seconds networking Wednesdays, and river walks on a Thursday Opportunity to showcase your work in their newsletter to 2k+ […]

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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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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 […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Claridge’s Masterclass For Home Cooks

I’m not the best cook out there, but I can still survive on my cooking… I think. I doubt I’ll be hosting dinner parties any time soon. And when I’m too lazy to cook, I go to a restaurant. Relatable enough? Well if you’re interested in improving your cooking skills, so you don’t end up wasting money on restaurant dishes, why not learn to be able to make them at home? Following the success of Claridge’s cookbook, they are launching a series of masterclasses to teach home cooks that are eager to discover the secrets behind their menu. Guests will […]

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What to do This Weekend

Next Stop The Weekend: 22nd – 24th June

Psst… guess what! It’s very nearly the weekend. Not only that, but the buzz around the office (and I’ve not checked any freely available weather channel, website or app, instead choosing blind belief) is that it’s going to be a scorcher. So what are you going to do with yourselves? Well, obviously you could go and watch the football (blah blah), or you could do something fun at any number of places on this list this weekend. Here’s some ideas… The Bloomsbury What: Ola Bloomsbury! Why: The Bloosbury’s Club Bar will spend this summer dressed up as a tiki-inspired Palm […]

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Travel

10 reasons to visit Parma, Italy’s foodie city

If you’ve visited Rome and checked out Venice and are now looking for your next Italian city to explore or you are a sucker for a food (so that’s all of us then), the Parma needs to be next on your list. Less touristy than the other major cities but with just as much history, culture and even more food and produce, here are ten reasons to visit the city: Culatello di Zibello DOP Like salumi? Then you have to try Culatello. The salty, garlicky, cold meat made from the hind legs of adult pork is recognisable from its signature […]

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Hotels

Hosting a Summer Party? Check Out These Unique Spaces

Want to host a summer party but don’t have space in your flat? Want to have a garden party but your garden isn’t much more than a couple of concrete slabs that you have to share with the house next door? Or is it your job to organise the office summer shindig? Whatever the reason might be, London once again has delivered with a whole host of unique venues for you to host your summer party. The Petersham Richmond (0.8 miles) What: Country House Setting Why: What makes the River Room so perfect for summer parties is that it has […]

Reviews

Made In Chelsea? Only If It’s From Tom’s Kitchen

What: I operate a long but, thanks to this job, ever decreasing bucket list of London restaurants I absolutely must visit at some point and Tom Aikens was always on it. I used to live a stone’s throw away from the Cale Street restaurant, though you’d probably find testing this theory would land you with a sizeable Aston Martin repair bill in this corner of Chelsea, back when Tom Aikens’ Restaurant was THE place to be seen. I’d walk longingly past, but the eponymous chef had already won two Michelin stars by the age of 26 and his restaurant was […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Immersive Ice-Cream Pop Up Coming to London

Known for their dream-esque, Willy Wonka like pop-ups and experiences, Bompass & Parr are now turning their hands to food as they launch The British Museum of Food with an exhibition all about ice cream. SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World will have you walking through luminescent caves complete with glow-in-the-dark ice cream, experiencing a sub-zero ice chamber to taste a vanilla ice cream cloud and trying unusual flavours like a daffodil flavoured ice that was around back in 1750, those Georgians were certainly pioneering. You’ll also be able to explore the world’s largest never before seen collection of ice […]

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Openings & Launches

Huckster, Bringing New York to Paddington

If you’re a fellow traveler coming to and fro from Paddington and always waiting for your train at the station, take the time to visit Paddington Central for a new space that is retro New York inspired. Huckster is a new all-day dining and drinking destination, designed as an urban market for you to pick out food and drinks only available there. There will also be a bar serving exceptional cocktails and American craft beers, plus a coffee shop perfect for breakfast and brunch. The interior will convey the grit and glamour of 1980s Manhattan art scene, with a DJ […]

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