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The Royal Lancaster Hotel is buzzing

Swanky Royal Lancaster Hotel is abuzz with the news that it has a swarm of new guests – half a million of them to be precise.  This week 500,000 honey bees checked in to the hotel making it the first in London to install beehives on its roof. The hotel is responding to a sharp decline in honey bees, which is having a serious effect on food production around the world.  And as it’s situated next to Hyde Park, it’s the perfect place for the bees to flourish. Enough with clubbing concierges and shopping sherpas, the hotel’s elite team of ‘bee […]

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Sanderson Rocks

It’s official The Sanderson rocks. Well to be fair, it’s always rocked but now London’s favourite hipster hotel is playing host to a brand new music series. On selected Thursday nights throughout the summer from 7pm, the venue’s exquisite courtyard garden is staging live sessions appropriately named, Sanderson Predicts. So bag yourself a table (booking essential!) and kick back to the sounds of the UK’s hottest new artists amidst this exotic urban oasis of flowering trees and fountains. We’ll be drinking Oriental Daiquiris – a suitably decadent blend of Bacardi rum with fresh strawberries, ginger and lemongrass. On July 16th […]

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Let us pray

In Mary Poppins, it was only the birds that got fed on the steps of St Paul’s but with the launch of Cathedral’s new Restaurant, discerning diners can now expect a whole lot more than mere bags full of crumbs! The 48 cover restaurant situated in the Cathedral’s beautifully vaulted crypt has been conceived by catering duo Patrick Harbour and Nathan Jones and with Australian super chef Candice Webber (of Sydney’s acclaimed Coast restaurant) at the culinary helm, its fame is set to echo all the way up to the Whispering Gallery and beyond. Design perfectly complements the building’s hallowed […]

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Dorchester Spa

The hugely anticipated Dorchester Spa has finally reopened and it's well worth the wait. Inspired by 1930s art deco, the spa has nine sound proof treatment rooms, two double suites, a mani-pedi suite, as well as a relaxation room that you'll never want to leave. Upon entering the reception, it's as if you've reached arcadia, with its glamorous and completely white interior it manages to remain natural and pure, yet still impossibly stylish. With an impressive list of treatments it's difficult to know which one your body craves more. I had the rose cocoon wrap which exfoliates,  tones and then moisturises […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

PJs Bar & Grill – Pole Position in SW3

 PJ's Bar and Grill on the fashionable Fulham Road is the original smoothie! Restaurateur and polo aficionado, Brian Stein, launched the hip venue back in 1990 as a testament to his love of good food and polo, the beautiful game of the beautiful people.  PJ's stands for Polo Joe's and the atmospheric Boston styled interior is awash with pieces of polo history from lovely black and white and sepia prints to winners' trophies, cups and historic balls and mallets from the glory days. The double height space boasts a unique installation too – suspended from the ceiling is a classic […]

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Sex, Drugs & Rolls

If music be the food of love then Horse Meat Disco for carnivores and The Black Eyed Peas or Peaches for vegetarians is what you'd usually expect to sustain you through the summer round of music festivals. It’s normally hard enough to get a decent cappuccino beyond the M25, (skinny and dry with an extra shot if you're asking) but this summer's festival foodie line up reads like a flyer for Taste of London on tour. Pop up restaurants are popping up everywhere like pop up tents in the mud. In addition to the acts gracing the stages at this […]

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A return to glory

Anyone can eat out these days, and we do – frequently! In fact with the pace of London life rivalling that of NYC, we’re becoming increasingly New York in our eating habits too and just like Sarah Jessica Parker’s SATC alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw, we’re more likely to use our ovens as extra wardrobe space as opposed to actual cooking. But as restaurants come and go there still remain those stalwarts of the London landscape where dining is still an experience guaranteed to excite even the most jaded of palates. Having undergone a sympathetic interior restoration, The Criterion has recently […]

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London Pride

Until recently, our city was more famous for spawning bars than breweries but now with three new ventures within the M25, we’re more than just a capital of consumption. Sambrook's Brewery, in Battersea Square, a short hop from the now defunct Young’s, was set up by ex accountant, Devon boy and ale enthusiast, Duncan Sambrook and his partner in crime, David Walsh. The boys started production of their Wandle session ale at the end of last year. The feel is a micro brewery that's been fed some magic beans and gone postal but with over 30 of the capital’s coolest […]

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Alto Opens

There is simply no let-up in the number of hot new London venues springing up in place of their now retired predecessors. The latest is named Alto, which takes the former site of Umbaba. A stylish premise of Art Nouveau inspiration and elegant decadence, the venue will be opening this June for late evenings, and from September will be opening earlier, offering live jazz and a cool, relaxing atmosphere. Located on Ganton Street, the 500 capacity lounge and nightclub will be reminiscent of a "Grand Palais" drawing room, split into various areas inspired by celebrated artists and designers of the […]

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Freggo

Freggo, the first Argentine ice-cream bar is coming to London this Summer. Set to open in Swallow street, Picadilly, Freddo will be offering 17 different flavours to their customers. Coming in small designer tubs or multi scoop boxes, the decadent ice cream brand will be selling flavours such as Malbec and Berries and Dulce de Leche with chocolate chips as well as many more just in time for our mythical heatwave. The hugely anticipated Freggo bar will not only be offering icecream but Argentine pastries such as empanadas, medialunas and alfajores as well as smoothies, frappes, coffees and authentic Argentine […]

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