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Statues, Silk and Sartoria: 10 Reasons to Visit Florence

Florence, the capital city of the Tuscany region and once the whole of Italy, is known for its art, architecture and silk. Visit the Uffizi Gallery to see work by Leonardo da Vinci, check out the Gucci Garden, head to the cathedral and explore the daily markets. Here are ten reasons to visit Florence.   Ponte Vecchio The iconic medieval bridge crossing the Arno has survived bombing (it was the only one of Florence’s six bridges to not be destroyed on the 4th August 1944) and floods. Well slight white lie, the original bridge was swept away in 1333, but […]

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Connaught Village Summer Street Party

Connaught Village is celebrating its 150 year anniversary with a street party. Enjoy traffic-free streets, an immersive walk through time, live music and entertainment and more. The main attraction is Horrible Histories performing twice, but there is so much more to enjoy. Bompas and Parr will be bringing their world-renowned jelly food art to the festivities, with flavours ranging from traditional to radically unheard of. Decade-spanning entertainment will include prosthetic make-up from London College of Fashion, 1960s flower crowns, 1970s tie-die workshop, 1920s Charleston dance classes and Victorian street games. If you want to shop or learn, there will be […]

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A Movie Watching Money Raiser at Movies with Mind

Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films that paints such a big smile across the face, a breezy film embellished with satire, beauty queens and the consequence of travelling hundreds of miles across the country with your full family, in a clapped-out old VW. So, when we heard that is just one of the feel-good films playing at Movies with Mind we were ready to get our popcorn perched. Movies with Mind is East London’s al fresco experience in aid of mental health charity Mind in Hackney. The outdoor cinema experience will see attendees sunning themselves in London Fields, […]

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Wimble-Done! Where To Watch The Tennis This Summer

It’s that time of year when people start popping up to say ‘it’s Pimms o’clock’ as though they came up with the tagline themselves, we all dust off our tennis whites and wonder why we don’t play all year round and the nation tees itself up for collective disappointment by putting all our championship hopes on some unlikely British wildcard who will, of course, be knocked out in week one. Welcome to Wimbledon 2018. Unless you want to wait in a queue more miserable than Andy Murray’s permafrown, or be trampled to death attempting to reach the bar at an […]

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Culture

We’ve Been On The Boxsets Again: What We Watched In June

Football? What football? We’ve not had a moment to even check the scores so deep are we in a Netflix binge. So here’s what’s been keeping us busy this month, from Love Island (season one: retro) to The Staircase. Kicking us off, Emily’s been topping up her Love Island obsession by dually watching seasons one and two on Netflix. If you’re a regular follower of this column you’ll notice that she’s watching something other than a murder mystery! Whoops, too soon, she’s also gotten into Happy Valley a… murder mystery. Love Island Series 1 and 2 Love Island. It needs […]

Culture

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 […]

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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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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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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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7 Alternative Cinema Experiences This Summer

To all movie buffs and film geeks: get out of your bed covers! Don’t book that ticket at Vue, cause there’s a whole other cinematic experience that deserves your attendance! Serving you an entire summer of opportunities that will be worth your time (and money), here is a list of alternative cinemas for you to try: The Grand What: It’s a Party at the Cinema Why: The fun includes a photo booth, unlimited £2 popcorn, and fancy dresses! A theatre space is converted into a pop-up cinema experience and will be hosting movies on a giant screen, and I do […]

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Health & Wellness

The Spa Day That’s Strictly For Men

This one is for all the men out there. Ever noticed that spa days are, well, a little bit girly? Fluffy packages aimed at girls who’ve just broken up with their boyfriends or girls celebrating a birthday, or girls celebrating an anniversary or girls being treated by their new boyfriend. What us men need is girthy, not girly. Which is where Four Seasons Trinity Square come in. The city-based hotel has just launched a their Men’s Urban Retreat package aimed at ‘men on the go’ and it looks like the days of gossiping to therapists about divorce proceedings are over. […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Secret Cinema’s Biggest Show Yet

“In fair London, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny”, no not a terror flashback to GCSE English revision, but to the Baz Luhrmann 90s epic, Romeo and Juliet. So turn up The Cardigans, don a Hawaiian shirt and roll back to an era when Claire Danes wasn’t Carrie Mathison. Secret Cinema are putting on their biggest production yet: Romeo And Juliet. Secret Cinema have been putting on their fully immersive cinema experiences since 2017, taking over abandoned London buildings to put on large-scale productions with hordes of actors and compulsory audience participation. But even […]

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