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Drink Up: It’s National Tequila Day

Tequila, that sweet sweet nectar of the agave plant has got its own national day on 24th July. I’m not sure how they dole out the national days, or why a drink made in Mexico from a plant that doesn’t grow here gets its own national day, but either way let’s just grab a bottle of Patrón and get down to business. Here’s a bunch of places doing National Tequila Day stuff in London… Bar Salsa What: BYOL (Lime) Why: I predict a run on limes (Kaiser Chiefs’ less successful B-side) at the Temple Tescos this afternoon, as Bar Salsa are […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rhythm Kitchen: Must-Try Caribbean Restaurant

What: It’s been blazing for weeks, and this sunshine won’t let up! But we’re not the only ones burning – Rhythm Kitchen in Walthamstow (you’ll also find them at Westfield, Stratford) is cooking up a fiery Caribbean menu. The Setting: You’ll find Rhythm Kitchen just two minutes from Walthamstow Central station. Fortunately, they came into the space of a previous Caribbean restaurant and gained its predecessors’ following with their authentic cooking that’s modern and marinated with very special seasonings experimented by founder and Walthamstow-local Delroy ‘The Jerkfather’ Dixon. Entering the suburbs, it’s family orientated and the restaurant adds to this bringing the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

44 Berkeley Square: Where to Party in Mayfair

There are three essential things you need to for any party: a great venue, the right sort of music for your guests (and if you’re inviting me, please not mind-numbing trance) and of course enough food and drink. If you’ve got those three then everything else will fall into place. If you’re starting to think about end of year parties (we won’t be saying the C word yet) then there’s a new place in town – 44 Berkeley Square, the former home of the world-famous Annabel’s. Originally designed by Mark Birley in 1963 the new incarnation of the venue retains […]

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The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Tatiana Petrakova the Vodka Connoisseur

When it comes to jobs, Tatiana Petrakova has a pretty enviable job, brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka, and this year the vodka supergroup has launched a new campaign, ‘Raise Your Standards’. We caught up with Tatiana to talk all things vodka, how to pair it with food and where to catch Russian Standard Vodka this summer! How did you become a brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka? It happened over 8 years ago, when I was looking for a new move in my career having already worked in alcohol industry for a few years looking after central London on-trade. A […]

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Best Brunches

The West End Musical Brunch Coming to Covent Garden

Brunch so good you could sing about it! Joe Allen, the ultimate American brasserie in the theatre district, is teaming up with the West End’s most beloved shows for a series of one-off brunch experiences this summer. Cast members from the top musicals will be performing live acoustically at the restaurant, starting with Bat Out Of Hell. Don’t expect just one song interrupting your omelette. Each performance with be an eclectic mix of tunes from both the shows and the Great American songbook, so settle in for quite the musical experience. While the music is sure to impress, the food […]

Things to do Outdoors

How To Have The Perfect London Staycation

There’s never been a summer better suited to the staycation. Like ever. Forget Greece, back-in-your-box Spain, it’s all about London-town this July and August. No Ryanair fine for not printing your ticket, no death-wish taxi ride to your hotel, no getting mugged in Barcelona, no we’re staycating right here in London. And there’s plenty going on to make it half-decent. Slip n Slide Fest What: It’s slippery, it’s wet Why: The Slip and Slide phenomenon is rushing in waves to the UK, drenching everything in its path. Welcome to the UK’s first, and biggest, 1,000 ft Slip and Slide festival, […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Experience The Golden Age of Steam with this Incredible Afternoon Tea

The golden age of steam travel, from Roberta waving her scarlet pants in Railway Children to everyone lining up to stab Ratchett in Murder On The Orient Express, it’s imprinted of our collective national psyche. That and tea, a British obsession since, like, forever. So the savvy people over at luxury train company Belmond British Pullman have only gone and put together a luxury afternoon tea. The tea, to celebrate August’s Afternoon Tea Week, will involve a round-trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman as it chuffs its way through the British countryside for a three hour adventure that will see each couple dining at […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The TERRAZZA MARTINI We’re Excited About

MARTINI is bringing a certain ‘gioia di vivere’ not to Milan, but to London with its Terrazza in Covent Garden Piazza. The snug spot is ideal for a lazy catch up with friends or for a date-night drink, with cosy lounging areas and mood-setting festoon light. MARTINI will be available in its truck loads, with guests able to enjoy the latest serve of the tipple the Riserva and tonic. The aim? To bring you busy London bees a bit of respite before the 9am e-mail onslaught. To add to the super cool nature of this whole affair, guests can book a Vespa […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cure Your Ale-ments at London’s Craft Beer Festival

It would be un-beer-able to know this here festival was happening and you weren’t attending this craft(y) little beer event. We say little, but actually it looks like London Craft Beer Festival has got it all going on, with 65 breweries from across our beer-filled globe getting in on the action. Tobacco Dock will be the place to be, come the first weekend of August as beer favourites bring their latest creations for your perusing pleasure. Just some of the brewers showcasing their goods include Brewdog, Affinity Brew Co, Gypsy Hill, Howling Hops, Kinnegar and Weird Beard. As all good […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Sweetest Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield

We’re assuming if you’re indulging in an afternoon tea that you already have a bit of a sweet tooth in the first place? How about then, an Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield, Mayfair? In true stripy red and white sweet shop style, the afternoon tea will feature homemade sandwiches, freshly baked home-made chocolate chip and fruit scones, and (the icing on the cake) pastries and cupcakes in the form of coca-cola slices and liquorice allsorts lemon cheesecake. As a child little beats that trip to the sweet shop to fill up a white paper bag with the odd […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

All Aboard, All Aboard: The Champagne Train Ride

You know what they say, no Champagne, no gain. Well OK that’s not exactly a commonly heard phrase but we think it reigns true, because Champagne is important and KRUG Champagne especially has caught our attention. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right”. Here, here. That’s why we’re excited for KRUG Encounters event Tracks on Tracks, in partnership with Jools Holland and chef Luke Robinson. Quite the conglomerate of people but, hear us out, the bubbly event will see guests depart from London Victoria and travel on a private […]

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Openings & Launches

Harvey Nicks Make Over Their Fifth Floor Bar

Harvey Nicks, Knightsbridge’s most chic emporium is about to reopen their fifth floor bar, aptly called the Fifth Floor Bar, and it looks pretty stunning: expect to see Ab Fab’s Patsy louchely lounging on a soft suede sofa ordering another glass of Champagne. Closed for nearly a month, Knightsbridge residents have just had to cool their high heels waiting for their favourite drinks spot to be refurbished, but it was surely worth it as the new design is sophisticated and timeless. Working with design agency Keane Clarkson they’ve brought in a new colour scheme of earthy tones with muted shades of […]

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