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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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Japan House Arrives in Kensington

For those prone to thinking solely of the martial arts, Hello Kitty or sushi when Japan comes to mind, get ready for your horizons to be considerably widened. Bringing a dose of Japan to the capital, Japan House is set to open next month as the first of its kind in Europe, following other sites in San Paulo and Los Angeles. So, what can we find inside? Well, lovers of all things Japanese, how do three entire floors dedicated to the culture sound? Possessing all things synonymous with the country, the house will feature a temporary exhibition gallery, events space, […]

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The Best Art, Theatre and Exhibitions to See This May

May is a glorious month in the UK. Two bank holidays and the heady scent of summer approaching are solid reasons to be joyful. This year, we’ve even been thrown a royal wedding for good measure. And for days when the sun does not have his hat on and is most definitely not coming out to play, there is an abundance of cultural goodies going on in the capital too – from fashion to espionage, Monet to the much beloved Abba. Welcome to our guide of theatre, art and exhibitions that London is generously bestowing upon us this May.

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The Boxsets We’ve Been Watching This Month

I know we spend most of our evenings out tasting and drinking for your enjoyment, but somehow we also seem to find enough moments to binge watch entire seasons of mediocre to good telly. Here’s what we’ve been watching this month… Editor Emily‘s Watching: Ordeal by Innocence Sarah Philips’ take on Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence was already surrounded by drama before it even aired, with the team having to reshoot all the scenes including Ed Westwick following allegations of sexual assault. So, when it did hit our screens this Easter rather than the usual Christmas slot, there was even more […]

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The New Workshop Celebrating All Things Floral

From Romans and Greeks preserving flowers to study them, to Victorians bringing the beauty of outdoors indoors and girls keeping flowers from suitors in the pages of books, there’s something rather whimsical and wonderful about pressing flowers and as part of Chelsea Flower Show, Pullman London St Pancras will be hosting flower pressing workshops. The free workshops include botanical cocktails, canapés and London-based artist Anna Garforth will teach you how to press flowers and give tips about how to forage for flowers in some of London’s best wild spots. It’s a chance to learn something new and embrace a gentler, […]

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The Pop-Up Dedicated to Reading…and Baileys

Reading, it’s one of life’s simplest pleasures. And whether you’re a Kindle user or paperback purist, there’s nothing better than a good book. Which is why we’re rather excited that this month the Baileys Book Bar is back, it’s five days of celebrating reading and women’s voices. Taking place at Waterstones Gower Street, the Book Bar will host a series of events dedicated women’s writing and to the six novels on the 2018 Women’s Prize shortlist (which will be announced on the 23rd April). There’ll be lunch time readings hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse and performed by actors Tori […]

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Toffee.Dating: The App The Poshos Have Been Waiting For

What do we want? Overly specific dating apps! When do we want it? Now! Well hot on the heels of dating apps that bring together people from similar backgrounds, think JDate and Christian Mingle, is a whole new wave of apps that are specific beyond necessity. Some of my favourites include Hula where you can check your potential date’s medical records, Bristlr connecting fans of bearded men and the self-explanatory SaladMatch. If you’ve been dying to bring a suitably educated date back to meet the parents in what is surely a middle class high, they now have a dating app […]

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The Biggest Spice Girls Exhibition Ever Comes to London

The defining band of the 90s, girl power and platform shoes, the Spice Girls, will be celebrated this July and August at #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition. The biggest exhibition of its kind, it’s a chance to fan girl over the iconic costumes, thousands of items of memorabilia and the Spice Bus, yep the bus that managed to jump over Tower Bridge in Spice World: The Movie. Sadly, the bus didn’t go onto have any more success and washed up on the Isle of Wight, dreaming of its former days, rather like many 90s pop stars, (the washed-up part, […]

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London Shell Co is Celebrating 100 Years of Women Having the Vote

To mark the centenary of women’s right to vote, London Shell Co are hosting three evenings where some of London’s strongest female foodies will be taking over the kitchen and no this is not the time for any terrible women/ kitchen jokes… Taking place on the 11th, 18th and 25th April, chef Elizabeth Haigh (former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Pidgin) will be cooking up a five-course feast, with dishes including burnt spring onion pancakes, lardo, peas, chilli and pea shoots; barbecue beef onglet, 24-hour smoked cabbage and a side of bitter leaves and Jersey royal new potatoes.  Wines will […]

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The Girl On Girl Action You Need In Your Life

If you’ve ever blunderingly wondered if ‘female comedians really can be funny?’ or you’ve loudly pointed out that there are ‘far more famous male chefs’, then Girl On Girl, the female led comedy and food night isn’t for you. Best leave your misogony by your Wetherspoon’s 2-4-1 meal and let girl-on-girl remain a frequently used search term on your internet browser. But if you’ve joined the 21st century, love great comedy and fantastic food, all in aid of a worthwhile women’s charity, then this event is definitely up your street. The one-night-only event comes courtesy of Mam Sham (less better known […]

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13 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Sisters of the world unite, on Thursday 8th March 2018 International Women’s Day returns and the whole world takes a day to recognise the impressiveness that is the female species. As the original aim from over 100 years ago – to achieve full gender equality for women the world – has still not been realised, this year’s theme of Press for Progress is as relevant as ever. So if you’re a fabulous female or just in awe of the fairer sex then make sure you don’t miss these amazing pro-women events, after all, ‘who run the world?’

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Emeli Sandé, Professor Green and Gabrielle Aplin to Perform at a Free Gig

At his final public speech, Nelson Mandela called for this generation to bring an end to extreme poverty, something that luckily most of us in England will never be able to comprehend but an all too real experience for millions around the world. Continuing his work, Global Citizen, the international advocacy organisation is hosting a free ticketed arts and activism event at the O2 Academy Brixton in the year that he would have been a hundred. Today, they have announced that Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, Luisa Omielan and Hussain Manawer will all be performing at the […]

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