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There’s a Drake Brunch Coming to a Secret London Location

If you’ve been too caught up in Love Island, the World Cup and Wimbledon, then you might have missed that Drake has released his fifth studio album and it’s a hefty 25 tracks long. So, what do we do when the master of questionable dance moves brings us new music? We brunch, of course. We are Londoners after all. Hip Hop Brunch has announced a Drake special on Saturday 21st July to celebrate the Scorpion album. It’s set to be an afternoon of bottomless cocktails, Drake-themed games with prizes (start brushing up on your knowledge now, here’s one to start, […]

Culture

The New Tea-riffic Taiwan Teahouse

Any excuse to drink a cup of tea and we’re all over it. If there’s something us Brits know all too well it’s that a cup of tea makes everything better. Quit your job? Cup of tea. Chipped a nail? Cup of tea. Lost the semi-finals of the world cup against Croatia? OK, sorry too far but, cup of tea. The news that XU will transform into an authentic Taiwan teahouse during the day has got our excitement brewing – brewing, get it? Anyway… There will be a special offer of 50% for their launch too as an incentive for […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Month Dedicated to Wine: 31 Days of Riesling

July isn’t just World Cup, heatwave, Love Island and Wimbledon month, it’s also 31 Days of German Riesling. A whole month dedicated to the German wine, which if you’re unsure about pronunciation, which we all know I’m a stickler for, then it’s reece-ling. It’s the only grape variety thought to have a whole month dedicated to it and that’s because it makes some of the finest white wines on the planet When young, German Riesling can have honeyed and stone fruit aromas such as peach, which is ideal in this balmy weather. And its racy acidity means it has amazing […]

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Travel

Where to Stay in Falmouth: Merchants Manor

What: I always find flying within in the UK rather strange, you get off the plane expecting a different time zone, odd loos and supermarkets which always look a bit knockoff, but then you see a Tesco and find out your taxi driver use to live on the same road as you. With England revelling in a heatwave I decided to make the most of it, escaping London, getting on a 35-minute plane over to Newquay and heading to the Merchants Manor, a hotel in Falmouth for 36 hours in the Cornish sun. New: Six years ago, Sioned and Nick […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

MasterChef Finalists Host The Jam Shed Supper Club

MasterChef, the pinnacle of amateur cheffing! The intense high-pressure show has contestants and viewers sweating as they battle it out. And now it’s your chance to watch them in action, front of you. Six MasterChef finalists will be showcasing their signature summer menus as The Jam Shed Supper Club hits a new rooftop venue. Offering the perfect summer’s dining experience with a spectacular view of the River Thames, the MasterChef finalists include: London-based DJ Steve Kielty, duo Alexandra Jorge and George Kallias, Nawamin Pinpathomrat, David Crichton, and food writer Emma Spitzer. It’s an opportunity to taste the culinary creations by some of Britain’s […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Hellmann’s Deli Exchange For Sandwich Lovers

I’m a sucker for a good sandwich, especially with mayonnaise as it’s my favourite condiment. So imagine my excitement to hear that the geniuses over at mayo HQ Hellmann’s will be opening the ‘Deli Exchange’ this July. It’s a truly unique pop-up that will host two of the world’s best delis to share their own world renowned, award winning sandwiches with Londoners for the very first time. It’s going to be a deli-sandwich-light! This exclusive Soho pop-up opens next week, with back-to-back residencies from the world-famous deli aficionados. Hellmann’s is bringing in two world-renowned and award-winning deli owners Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, which has over […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Aperol o’clock Pushes Pimms to the Pavement

We were blissfully unaware that there’s such a thing as a dial hitting “aperitivo hour”, alas apparently there is, and orange certainly is the new black. Introducing The Aperol Sundial Social, which is all about the wonderful drink that is the Aperol Spritz, if you hadn’t guessed. A wander down an Italian walkway sees the orange liquid lining streets and being cradled in many a hand. However, our unwavering love for it in London means pop-up bars such as this are offering “gratuiti” (that’s free for those less accustomed to the Italian tongue) Aperol Spritz when the 20ft wide sundial hits […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Have You Tried These New Afternoon Teas?

Always up for a part-tea, and the first ones to move oolong if we see there’s no afternoon tea on offer, we’re more than chuffed to round-up some of London’s latest on the afternoon tea front. Whether you’re a jam on top of cream contester, or a fruity tea fanatic- or even if a sushi spider roll makes all your afternoon tea dreams come true – there’s something for everyone on this whacky, wonderful list of tea’s to treasure. We promise good quali-tea…and maybe a few more puns if you’re lucky. For now though, move oolong, there’s nothing to tea […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

6 of the Best Places To Eat Poké

Let’s start with, ‘What is Poké’? No, it’s not like a poke you get from a Facebook friend. It’s pronounced as “Po-Keh” and it’s been taking over London and is just the sort of thing we’re craving in this hot weather. It’s a Japanese-inspired Hawaiian dish, traditionally consisting of marinated chopped fish on a base of rice. It’s satisfying, fulfilling, yet healthy, and is a big hit with foodies. Ahi Poké What: I Ain’t Saying She’s a Bowl Digger Why: Ahi Poké opened up in 2016, when the owners wanted to introduce London to Californian vibes of a relaxed, laid back […]

Openings & Launches

Assembly London: Covent Garden’s Latest Hotel

Stay at the brand new Assembly London and follow their mantra to ‘Get Up and Go.’ Assembly is located in the heart of the West End, between Soho and Covent Garden, so guests have no choice but immerse themselves fully in the city. Concierge is equipped to help people feel like true locals, instructing them where all the secret spots for Londoners are located. Rooms are modern and sleek, only offering what modern hotel guests really want and need. Come and enjoy luxe beds and showers, sound proofing, air conditioning (necessary in this heat wave!) and incredibly fast WiFi. No […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bethnal Green Toilet That’s Now A Beachfront Bar

London’s first chiringuito is coming to Bethnal Green! ‘What’s a chiringuito?’ I hear you ask… It’s an all-day beachfront bar and restaurant serving tapas, snacks and refreshing drinks! ‘Wait, there’s no beachfront in Bethnal Green!’ I hear you scoff… and, well, good point. Okay, so I’ve looked into that for you and when we said beachfront we meant ‘beach’ in the very broadest of terms, where public toilet and beach are synonymous (in Blackpool this would venn a little better). What it is is: East-Londoner, Alex Dehayen has bought some old public bogs and decided to make a trendy bar out of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Here’s Why You Should Head To Min Jiang Right Now

According to Google ‘shēngrì kuàilè’ is ‘happy birthday’ in Chinese. Assuming Google’s not mugging me off in the same way I told my little brother that ‘voulez vous coucher avec moi’ was the proper way to order a glass of milk, then a big shēngrì kuàilè to Min Jiang, who turn ten this month. The hit restaurant at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel has not only passed the test of time but has redefined Chinese fine dining in London. Founded in 2008, the restaurant has won a slew of awards thanks to Head Chef Han alongside his Master Dim […]

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