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7 Fabulous Drag Events for Pride

Is there anything more fabulous than a fierce drag queen? No, they know how to sashay away better than the rest of us, they have the moves, the looks and the next level extra AF eyelashes. The art of drag is becoming more mainstream and as it does they are throwing more wild events in celebration, so to celebrate Pride month, here are 5 drag events that you know are going to be a whole lot of fun. The Karaoke Hole What: Drag Karaoke Why: Fancy yourself as a performer? The recently opened Karaoke Hole, from the founders of East […]


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 […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mr Lyan Launches Secret Garden Supper Clubs

This supper club series might just have it all:  a secret location; alfresco dining and the award-winning Ryan Chetiywardana (Mr Lyan) and Douglas McMaster hosting. Hoxton restaurant, Cub is on the move this summer with three supper clubs all taking place in community gardens across London with the exact location only revealed the day before.  Don’t worry you will get to the see postcode before you buy tickets, otherwise what are the chances that you’ll be working in Chiswick and you’ll go for the one that is revealed to be in Haggerston…not that there is an event in Haggerston, or […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? London’s Best Breakfasts

Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, or so they say, but it’s also the one we often “don’t have time” for. We’ve all seen the adverts of someone running out of the door, stumbling over shoes at the bottom of the stairs and grabbing a slice of burnt bread from the toaster, en route to work. Well, we’re here to play devils advocate and rid you of the 11am tummy rumbles at the work desk, to shout about some absolute breakfast hot-spots and must-visits across the capital. When Dean Martin asked us how we liked our eggs in […]

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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 […]

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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10 Things To Do In Jakarta – From A Local

I’m Jakarta born-and-raised, so let me show you my city. I love Jakarta, the massive capital of Indonesia, its good and its bad, its beauties and its, ahem, less-than-classy points. For any tourist visiting South East Asia, this is a city that’s not to be overlooked; constantly moving (except, perhaps, the traffic!) give Jakarta a chance and you might just surprise yourself. Here’s my list of top things to do when you visit us… Immerse Yourself In History Jakarta has a long history of being colonised, most notably by the Dutch. The result is a rich history to explore and […]

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Health & Wellness

7 of the Best Fitness Events Taking Place This Summer

Summer in London means finally getting outdoors and enjoying the occasional rays of sunshine. There are a ton of events happening around the city to make being active more fun: festivals, classes, talks, you name it. Whether you are a yogi or cannot stop running, there is something for every type of athlete to enjoy these next few months. LoveFit 2018 What: The Fittest Festival Why: If you are a festival-goer looking for something new, you will obsess over LoveFit. This festival is a truly all-encompassing experience. Enjoy fitness classes based on farming and hands-on labor or do paddleboarding exercises on […]

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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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What to do This Weekend

Guide to Pride: Where to Celebrate #PrideMonth

To celebrate the joyous and undeniably colourful month of Pride, we’ve rounded up an array of places to pop to, from rainbow cocktails and churros to Wagamama’s bright benches. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on food, party hard and take pride in you. Happy Pride Month. Chotto Matte What: Chappy’s Pre-Pride Brunch and Rainbow Festival Why: Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte is hosting not one but two events for Pride. As far as we’re concerned, the more the merrier. If you’ve been on dating app Grindr, but haven’t yet made the transition to Chappy, your mind is about to […]

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Openings & Launches

Turning Over a New Lily Pad: Adam Handling to Open The Frog in Hoxton

Those who’ve been to The Frog E1 can’t deny it’s an absolute ribbeting find, (that was meant to be riveting but I threw in a frog pun). Besides, I’m quite good at them…so I’ve been toad. On a more serious note, trust chef Adam Handling to open a test project (The Frog E1) on a temporary basis and for it jump to success so quickly. Having said that, his flagship restaurant Frog in Covent Garden did do swimmingly, so if these two venues are anything to go by… Which is why the venue is moving to a new larger site […]

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