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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Astley “Rickrolls” into town with a pub you’re never gonna want to give up

What does the 80s superstar who has everything buy next? Private jet? Tropical island? No: East End boozer. Rick Astley made his name first as one of the 80s most prominent crooners, with hits like Never Gonna Give You Up and Whenever You Need Somebody, and then second as the face of the internet sensation ‘Rickrolling’. He has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Peter Kay and now Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Bjergsø isn’t the latest hot DJ sensation out of Copenhagen but rather a Danish brewer and an Astley fan. When he approached the popstar about the possibility of […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Entirely Bonkers Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea

As the Mad Hatter once said: “It’s always tea time”, and with this in mind Kew Gardens have created an afternoon tea as mad as a hatter. Yes, that’s right, an Alice in Wonderland-Themed afternoon tea is gracing the gardens until the end of the month, and, as affirmed by our favourite Cheshire Cat, every adventure requires a first step… and we’re here to tell you which steps you should be taking to attend. The tea, which has come about thanks to the delight that is Afternoon Tea Week, will see a bundle of characters from the Lewis Carroll classic […]


A Taste of Summer at Galvin HOP

What: Galvin restaurants have a certain notoriety about them, scattered across metropoli (is that a word?) inclusive of London and decadent Dubai. This time however, it was the turn of Galvin HOP located in Spital Square, to sample their aptly timed Taste of Summer Menu, curated by Executive Head Chef Zac Whittle. The Setting: Galvin restaurants were established by Chris and Jeff Galvin in 2005, and so there’s quite an establishment and warmth surrounding them. We got this sense especially, walking through Spital Square on a warm summer evening, the chatter from the restaurant wafting towards us in ebbs and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Your Claws On This Extravagant Lobster Burger

Yes, you could go into KFC and pick up their ‘double down’ concoction; I mean, I’m not sure why you would, but you could. But in case there was any danger of that actually happening, Burger & Lobster have taken away your choice – because you have to get their new crustacean creation instead: welcome the ‘double drown’. Burger & Lobster are famous for cooking two dishes very well, burgers… and lobster. And the Double Drown combines the two ingeniously, it’s a pork burger and two bits of lobster. Job done. The dish itself includes strips of thick cut smoked pork, covered […]

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The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Mary Berry

It’s safe to say that Britain is obsessed with baking, a couple of years ago we could barely work out quite how to pronounce frangipane and now we’re whipping them up like nobody’s business (well, we maybe we attempted it once) afternoons are spent perfecting piping skills and Sundays aren’t Sundays without homemade cake and at the centre of it all is Britain’s most loved baker, Mary Berry who published her latest book this year Fast Cakes, so, The Handbook caught up for a chat: If you were only allowed to bake one thing and nothing else what would it […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Celebrate National Rum Day at This Cocktail Carnival

Golf isn’t all fashionable question choices, business deals and players getting technical with terminology. If you’re at Puttshack in White City then it’s innovative, interactive and all about the rum. Yep the team at the hi-tech mini golf experience are so into rum that they have a whole rum bar dedicated to the stuff with over 100 of the rarest rums available in London and now with National Rum Day and Notting Hill Carnival both taking place in August they’re going to be hosting their first ever cocktail carnival. Taking place from 6pm on Saturday 18th August there’ll be serving […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

East London’s New 24-Hour Nightclub

Upon first reading about this next electronic music venue, I thought when it said wasteland it was nodding to a land populated by people who’d had one drink too many. However, a closer scroll led me to the understanding that it’s actually a studio above a print factory on an industrial estate. There’s definitely something about electronic music that goes hand in hand with slightly eerie looking, derelict buildings. Sorry, I’m not really painting FOLD to you in the most appetising light, but it does actually look seriously cool (not as cool as me though, using the phrase “seriously cool”). […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bring on the Meat: Meatopia Returns

We said we’d be back with more information when we first told you about Meatopia back in April and now we can give you all the details… In amongst a year of vegan offerings, there is one festival which will satisfy all our carnivorous cravings: Meatopia. Taking place at Tobacoo Dock from Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September, Meatopia is three days of meat and one-off dishes all cooked over fire. It’s the ultimate barbecue. Now in its sixth year, it’s going to be even bigger with more dishes, drinks, music and fire. The line-up is will include several […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The Modern Pantry’s Birthday Bonanza

What were you doing 10 years ago? Or, more importantly, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Time is a funny old thing, you blink and it’s 2018, you’re sat at an office desk getting to that 3pm “I desperately need a coffee” stage of the day, and your teenage years seem like a distant, knock-and-run, awkward school disco dancing, memory. But, if you’re The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, 10 years ago owner Anna Hansen inhaled, exhaled and…no she didn’t give birth before you get carried away, it’s a casual café. She did however open the doors to […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Van Delivering Aperol Spritz Straight to your Doorstep

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Oh, just an Aperol bartender arriving at your front door with two refreshing Aperol Spritz, making the post man look boring for the foreseeable future. Yep, that’s right. Aperol, to celebrate National Prosecco Day on the 13th of August, have introduced “Aperol-ivery”, an event which includes Aperol delivered straight to your doorstep, and you don’t have to lift a finger, you lazy thing. Whilst the sun pours on us for another month, the Aperol vibrant orange Ape Van bar – as it is so aptly named – will be delivering you drinks that match most of […]

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