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A Taste of India at Brigadiers

Barbecue season is amongst us, an affair that sees Dad’s dropping too many sausages onto the coals, someone panicking that things are undercooked, eating your body weight in potato salad, and a nosey neighbour trying to get in on the action. With this said, what better time than now for JKS Restaurant’s new venue, Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern Brigadiers, where it really is all in the name. Brigadiers certainly will provide comrades with an immersive experience, inspired by the army mess bars of India. Whilst this might conjure up images of food flying across the room, cabbage football […]

Hotels

Sweet suites: the best hotel suites in London

I’m going to let you into a secret… there’s a clandestine world beyond the revolving doors of London’s grandest hotels. A universe inhabited by sheiks and tech billionaires, where money is no object and even the smartest hotels hold something back for the big rollers. You think that junior suite you scrimped and saved to afford for your anniversary was special? Unless you were dropping £25k a night, you ain’t seen nothing. Step aside and feast your senses on London’s sweetest suites.   Hotel Cafe Royal What: The Dome Penthouse Suite, Hotel Café Royal Why: Literally overlooking Piccadilly Circus and […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Watch Your Favourite Film, Then Sing Along At Lucky Voice

Doe a deer, a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun, me a name I call myself, far – never a long long way to run from Lucky Voice… The high-end karaoke dens have introduced a new initiative, watch your favourite film, then sing your heart out to the soundtrack. From Mondays to Wednesdays, the private karaoke bar have decided to offer guests the opportunity to use their booths to relax, order a cocktail, sit back and watch Grease, Moulin Rouge or The Lion King with a group of friends in relative luxury, then to make the most of Those […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Posh Chippies: London’s Finest Fish ‘n’ Chip Shops

The words 'posh' and 'chip shop' aren't usually put together. Until now

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Where To Make The Most Out Of English Wine Week

Until very recently the mere mention of English wine resulted in barely muffled sniggers. Maybe just about good enough for cooking. But then, a couple of decades back people were equally dubious about Australian wines and earlier this week I found it impossible to find someone to come along to a Chinese wine tasting (they were excellent, by the way). So it is that English wines now really are a thing, they’ve overcome the naysayers and brands like Nyetimer rival the big Champagne houses on price and quality. English Wine Week is an opportunity to celebrate this, and here’s some places […]

Reviews

A Tea Without Any Gimmicks: Corinthia’s New Afternoon Tea

What: Thinking of a theme? Chances are there is a tea for that. London’s restaurants have taken afternoon tea and have been running with it for years. ‘It’s summer? We’ll make a summer tea’; ‘Guy Fawkes night? Stick a firework in a scone’; ‘Let’s add in alcohol, let’s serve it at midnight, let’s make it historical, let’s make it breakfast themed.’ Yep you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re taking the idea and running with it. Anyway, Corinthia’s new afternoon tea is stripping it all back to offer a traditional afternoon tea with no gimmicks. New? Relatively it only […]

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What to do This Weekend

Get The Most From Your Bank Holiday Weekend: 25th – 28th May

I hope you’re across the whole ‘it’s a bank holiday’ thing last bank holiday I turned up to work only to wonder why nobody else was showing up and wondering if the rapture had happened while I was making my cereal. But given how much is going on in this week’s bumper ‘what to do this weekend’ guide it will be impossible to forget. Roll on the long weekend!

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Things to do Outdoors

Rooms Filled with Blooms: D&D Group Launch #BlossomCity18

If you thought Gatsby awkwardly waiting for Daisy in a room exploding with flowers was a blooming eyeful, wait until you grab a look at D&D luxury restaurant groups’ #BlossomCity18 campaign. #BlossomCity18 campaign mixes the best of both worlds with Moët & Chandon champagne, and florals everywhere, quite literally. The restaurants will have a range of flower-inspired menus, cocktails and installations, sure to alleviate the post Chelsea flower show blues. The Summer 2018 catwalks were nothing if not awash with bold crayola block colours, and really quite beautiful pastel, gelato-styled tones. With this said, it’s without a doubt that this […]

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Things to do With Kids

Grab a Fork at Fork to Fork

When Spotify and Starbucks joined forces it was the soundtrack to our morning coffee run. EVA Air and Hello Kitty’s collab saw us all want to take to the skies (more than usual), and Apple and Hermes’ partnership meant an added sexiness to the apple watch made it a whole lot more wearable. The moral of the story? When two business brains join forces, great things can most certainly happen, and has happened, in the form of Fork to Fork food festival. Created by Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers, and Caravan co-founder Laura Harper-Hinton, the food festival, which launched in June […]

Openings & Launches

Award Winning Brunch Heads to Angel as Brother Marcus Opens 2nd Site

Younger siblings, they always seem to come along and upstage their big brothers and it’s no different when it comes to restaurants. Brother Marcus, is actually getting a brother next month and this new site in Angel is set to be bigger and better than the original Balham site. Alongside their award-winning brunch, they’ll be serving up a brand-new evening menu of Mediterranean small and sharing plates, inspired by co-founder Tasos’ Cretan upbringing. Split into four sections, earth, land, sea and snacks with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan dishes, you’ll find the likes of fried feta with honey and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Have You Discovered These Hidden Bars Yet?

Londoners love being clued-up. From knowing exactly where to stand on the underground platform for the doors to magically open in front of you, to nifty routes around Soho or just understanding that M&M world simply isn’t worth visiting. But the best hidden secrets are the bars that the tourists don’t know about, often squirrelled away below ground or on rooftops. Here are a few of our favourites…

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Last Chance to Get Exclusive Tickets to the Swan Lake Immersive Party

This is the final 12 hours to sign up for tickets to London’s most spectacular immersive party! The clock is ticking…. That’s 12 hours to secure your ticket to the glittering Great Masked Ball. 12 hours to get your hands on our presale free Champagne exclusive. Sign up here or if you missed the invite, read below: This summer, London’s ultimate immersive adventure is back, and you’re invited. Your presence is requested at The Great Masked Ball, an enchanting Swan Lake masquerade set within a fairytale palace, hidden somewhere in London. The tickets are only being sold through secret drops […]

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