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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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Just Mail Us The Award, The Postal Museum and Mail Rail Up For Museum of the Year

It’s all aboard the award train at The Postal Museum and Mail Rail. The museum and venue are up for the Art Fund Museum of the Year award. It’s down to the final five in the Art Fund Museum of the Year award with the Brooklands Museum, Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library and Tate St Ives vying for the prestigious award. The Postal Museum and Mail Rail fully opened in just 2017 and is already an established must-see on London’s busy museum scene. Telling an important story of history and society it’s also got a special something deep in the ground beneath. The Mail Rail […]

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The Best Art, Theatre and Exhibitions to See This June

Winter months in the UK mean scuttling home from work exhausted, Vitamin D deprived and in need of the three t’s – tea, toast and television. But here we are in June, enjoying long sunny days  and a renewed sense of energy, making us want to leave the office bang on time and actually go and see or do something. This month we bring you another bumper collection of eclectic, and absorbing must-see art and culture. And if thoughts of hot, stuffy theatres and tourist packed art galleries had you thinking that June isn’t the month to go and see things in the […]

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Now Airbnb Is Doing Concerts

Is London falling silent? Not so much the Big Issue Sellers, the taxi drivers shouting obscenities and drunken hen and stag dos singing but the music that has made the city a global powerhouse of music and culture for decades. The figures would suggest it is, and according to the Music Venue Trust, approximately 35% of music venues in the UK have closed their doors over the past decade while many others are at risk. Hence Sounds Like London. Launched last month by Sadiq Khan, Sounds Like London is a programme taking place across the capital and comprised of gigs and events […]

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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 […]

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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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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Get Your Tickets to the Immersive Party of the Year

On Tuesday we secured you an exclusive invite to the immersive party of the year. With just five days left to sign up for tickets, we wanted to tempt you with a little extra. Parties (especially masked ones) are always better with friends, so if you book 6+ tickets to the Great Masked Ball, you’ll find reserved seating just for you and a free bottle of Champagne chilling on your table. Remember, tickets to the Ball are only available through secret drops – so this is your chance. You have until midnight on Tuesday 22nd May to get your entourage […]

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Things to do Outdoors

The Sound of September: The Return of ONBlackHeath Festival

One for those not quite ready to take off the welly boots and bring the lighters out of the air… ONBlackheath is London’s end-of-summer September party, and what better excuse to squeeze in an extra shindig than Squeeze, the British rock band themselves, headlining on the Saturday. For those whose Glastobury 2016 consisted of gawping at the TV set, ONBlackheath now provides the opportunity to watch the iconic Squeeze up-close and personal. The two-day music and food bash will feature a line-up as eye-catching and eclectic as Squeeze’s album covers, with platinum-selling artist Paloma Faith taking centre-stage on the Sunday. […]

Openings & Launches

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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A Feast Of Food And Feminism

Fine dining evokes crisp table cloths, perfectly presented food in grand surroundings. The chance to forget, or just ignore, the various inequalities that both make the meal possible and silently undermine it. Not at An Evening Of Meat. It’s only appropriate that in what’s been dubbed the Year Of The Woman, we confront the struggle of womankind. And at An Evening Of Meat diners will attempt to do just that as American director Kate March brings her all-female creative collective to The Vaults for an immersive dining experience aiming to be as important as it is innovative and unusual. Diners at […]

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The Boxsets We’re Obsessed With This Month

You all enjoyed last month’s Boxsets article so much that we selflessly spent the last four weeks binge-watching even more TV so that we could report back. All in the name of ‘work’. So here are the series that had us thrilled, romanced and comedied this last month. Our Editor Emily started us of by getting stuck in with with crime and Miranda… Ozark If you sometimes worry about the choices you make then fear not, you’re bound to be better than Marty and Wendy Byrde, they’re attempting to wash $8millon for a Mexican drug cartel whilst duping small businesses, […]

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