Things to do Outdoors

Oxford Street Is Being Pedestrianised

Oxford Street, the most famous street in London and yet the one that most Londoners tend to avoid – why? Because it’s You’ve got the four million people visiting each week, the cyclists and the taxis. Not for much longer though. This morning Sadiq Khan announced that large parts of Oxford Street could be pedestrianised by December 2018. At the moment, the plan is to have a traffic-free zone from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street and this doesn’t just include buses and taxis but also bikes. There are some exceptions being proposed such as taxis being able to cross […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

There’s a Ski Lodge Opening in Bloomsbury

The winter chill is well and truly here, and with it comes the urge to disappear to a chalet far up a French mountain side. Probably with someone sexy, called Sebastian or Isabelle. Sigh. Well we haven’t got their numbers, but we do have the inside scoop on an establishment that will trick you into believing you did book that snowy escape. The Montague on the Gardens, one of London’s leading luxury hotels has announced the return of its Ski Lodge. A deliciously authentic slice of the Alps in our very own Bloomsbury. Come the 16th November the Lodge will […]


11 Alternatives To The Orient Express

If there’s one thing we learn from Agatha Christie about travel on the Orient Express, it’s that you risk being brutally murdered in your bed. The Kenneth Branagh version of Murder On The Orient Express hits the big screen this week and promises to be an epic whodunit. But Hollywood’s finest, including Branagh, Johnny Depp and Judy Dench will have to share the limelight with another star character, The Orient Express itself. The world famous train is renowned as the most indulgent and luxurious form of transport possible, as opulent as it is inefficient (it takes 9 days, or you […]

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Openings & Launches

Bar That Inspired Agatha Christie, Returns

To visit Flemings is to experience history in the present. As the hotel approaches its 170th birthday the hotel bar, Manetta’s, has been restored to its 1930s splendour. Reviving the hotel’s golden era, when Manetta’s was a favourite hideaway for scholars of literature and the arts, the decadent and sophisticated underground bar is once again the perfect place for classic aperitifs, inventive cocktails and indulgent nightcaps. Manetta’s caught the imagination of writers such as Agatha Christie, who immortalised it in At Bertram’s Hotel and Sarah Helm, who used the bar as a backdrop in A Life In Secrets, a cloak […]

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We Review Tab X Tab

What? “The nice part of Westbourne Grove starts here”. That’s what the lady next to me said as she momentarily glanced up from her phone. I’m not sure what prompted her to say that, but I’ll take her word for it. If this is the start of the more des-res area then it’s a pretty good place to start. Tab X Tab is a new artisan coffee shop serving up brunch all day (there is a saviour) and coffee from Bocca. New? It opened back in July but they’ve only recently launched their all-day brunch menu. Where? At the start […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 3rd – 5th November

It’s not just Guy Fawkes weekend, there’s plenty more on across London, from Sunday brunches to yoga. And if you’re after traditional fireworks, then check out our excellent guide to unmissable fireworks! temper City What: Day of the Dead Curry Why: temper City has the right idea when it comes to how to spend your Saturday lunch – with a quiz, curry and limitless drinks (not sure they’re going to help you win). This Saturday will see comedy troupe, BattleActs! take on the role of quiz master as they host a quiz which will be based around Day of the Dead, so […]

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Openings & Launches

Jamavar Founders Open New Restaurant

Bombay, the city of dreams and the gateway to India, is a living and breathing metropolis, a seething mass of humanity, a diverse splash of colour and the theme of what sounds like it’ll be one of our favourite openings of 2017. New restaurant Bombay Bustle channels the energy of the dabbawalas, the men who transport the traditionally towered tin dabba boxes, brimming with homemade food, to-and-fro-ing through the crowded streets and railways of Mumbai. Samyukta Nair and Rohit Ghai, the Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Jamavar, have launched Bombay Bustle on Maddox Street in Mayfair. The exciting new […]

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We Review Bokan’s Vegan Tasting Menu

What: Bokan has launched a special 5-course vegan tasting menu for World Vegan Month and while there are no animals on the menu you can enjoy a bird’s eye view from the restaurant. New? The tasting menu itself is new for World Vegan Month but the restaurant already does and will continue to cater for vegan requests off menu so don’t be afraid to ask – the kitchen is armed and prepared to cater to your plant-based needs. Where? Novotel, 40 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, E14 9TP On the Menu: Accomplished head chef, Aurélie Altemaire, has created inventive plant-based dishes like carrot soup […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheese Connoisseurs, The Cheese Bar, Launch Fondue Thursdays

The Cheese Bar won our affections instantaneously with their grilled cheese sandwiches, but now, well now they’ve just gone and made us swoon all over again. Why? Because this month they are launching Fondue Thursdays. Yep, they’re bringing a taste of The Alps to Camden Market with a little help from their friends STAUB (the cast iron specialists). Each week you’ll be able to choose from a four cheese and white wine fondue or a Young Buck, blue cheese fondue made with cider and kirsch; both made with The Cheese Bar’s signature British cheeses. To dip, you’ll find: crisp truffled […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

9 Unmissable Firework Displays This Bonfire Night

Remember remember the 5th November, gunpowder treason and toffee apples, fireworks and massive great bonfires. It’s that time of year again where the nation gathers to burn a Catholic on pyre and watch tens of thousands of pounds explode into thin air. Coming hot-on-the-heels of Halloween Guy Fawkes night marks the start of winter proper so now’s the moment to grab your welly boots, a bobble hat and some sparklers and head down to one of these bonfire and firework displays. Battersea Park Join 50,000 fireworkers in Battersea Park for an evening based on the theme of ‘Power’ which is […]

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We Review London’s Smallest Grand Hotel

What? Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the duo behind London’s award-winning bars Worship Street Whistling Shop and whisky bar, Black Rock, have become hoteliers. Admittedly on a very small scale, The Napoleon is a hotel which features just one bedroom and three bars; could this be London’s booziest building? New? Quite literally building on the success of Black Rock (the whisky bar sits in the basement) Sack, The Devil’s Darling and The Napoleon opened back in April of this year. Where? Sitting between Shoreditch and the City you’ll find The Napoleon Hotel at: 9 Christopher Street, Hackney, EC2A 2BS, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

Hallmark may have been busy commercialising the diary with Fathers’ Day, Valentines Day and even Boss’s Day, but for some reason they missed a trick with Death Day. Fortunately the Mexicans were more savvy and Dia De Los Muertos, Day Of The Dead, has long been a national holiday where families gather to mourn friends and family no longer with them and go to mass, then dress up as skeletons and drink copious amounts of. Thankfully it’s the latter two traditions that have travelled best, and so London is awash with Day Of The Dead celebrations at the start of this […]

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