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Forget popcorn! Welcome to Ginema, it’s a cinema… with gin

As summer draws to a close, so too does this sweaty, sticky and “where on earth did this come from?” heatwave we seem to be immersed in. The good news about a heatwave however? We need to stay refreshed with, say, a cool tipple most preferably in the form of a see-through liquid that tastes a whole lot like gin. In fact yes, I am talking about gin, and so is Hayman’s of London. They’re talking about gin so much even, that they’ve reintroduce their fabulous “Ginema” concept, due to popular demand (surprise, surprise). So, if a mouthful of mother’s […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Tea That’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What: A new Mary Poppins-themed afternoon has landed at 51 Buckingham Gate (via umbrella we imagine) as part of 51 Buckingham Gate’s English Classics Reinvented campaign which has also seen themed teas like Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland. New? It’s 53 years since original Mary Poppins film was released and come Christmas, Emily Blunt will revive the iconic character in her new film, Mary Poppins Returns. As with any good anniversary of a character there follows an afternoon tea (Alice in Wonderland I’m looking at you) so 51 Buckingham Gate has created this new Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea to coincide with their […]

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 […]

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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 Festival Body Ready… With Burgers

It’s August, it’s been raining (finally) which means it’s muddy, so it must be festival season. At least, it certainly is at STK who have embraced the festival spirit, not by replacing their bathrooms with overflowing Portaloos, but with their ultimate ‘pre-festival sharing board’. So slap on some body paint, order some meat and enjoy the in-house DJs. Available only over August, the FEASTival Board (see what they did?) is ideal for four people and, like the best festival acts, includes all the classics, with something new thrown in. So get in the mood for a New York Strip cut of USDA […]

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Is this Covent Garden’s Cosiest Coffee Haunt?

What: Imagine the homeliest of café’s and Abuelo, meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish is at the forefront of the mind. The coffee house and kitchen, is a haven of calm and tranquillity in a tourist-trap laden Covent Garden in the height of summer. It’s a café that makes you wish it was winter to nestle up amongst the billowing foliage and wooden interiors with a hot-chocolate and knitted jumper, and it’s a place that makes you thankful for the summer, to lap up the spontaneity of boozy BYOB nights. Abuelo is the brainchild of two hospitality in-the-knowers, who, after designing other […]

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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 […]

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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”). […]

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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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Spice Up Your Sundays at Brigadiers Indian Restaurant

Kudos to Brigadiers – they only opened last month and already the words free-flowing are being thrown about like they’re going out of fashion, and we’re totally loving it. Free-Flowing Sundays will be gracing Brigadiers restaurant offering free-flowing drinks and live sport to accompany their Indian Roast menus. It appears Brigadiers are graciously acknowledging the fact that just because it’s Sunday, doesn’t mean drinks aren’t on the Indian food embellished table. Whilst the World Cup might be a distant memory and the chimes of “it’s coming home” have drifted off like tumble weed, there are a whole host of other sporting […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Throwing Tomatoes As Aqua Nueva Celebrates La Tomatina

There is something so wonderfully enjoyable about a food fight, admittedly a waste but also an act of school lunch time rebellion ‘look Cook this is what we think of your cardboard pasta’ that said with the rise of primary school children owning smart phones and Jamie Oliver banning turkey twizzlers (something I still yearn for) they are no doubt Instagramming their lunches. Of course, for a proper food fight you want to head to the Valencian town of Buñol for its renowned festival, La Tomatina, where the town turns into a bloodbath of tomatoes flying through the air. That […]

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