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Get Drunk Like A Vegan

One thing that strikes fear into the heart of any vegan: ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant. The mix of having to scrutinise the menu and interrogating the waiter on the exact ingredients used can be a stressful affair, but at least the drinks menu is a safe space, right? Wrong. Cocktail menus have all sorts of sneaky animal-derided products in them like egg whites, honey and cream-based liqueurs – enter Dead Dolls House. All of the cocktails at Dead Dolls House are totally vegan-friendly, that’s right, vegans can booze it up guilt free. This means you can drink away […]


Bloom Burgers Have Some Seriously Nice Buns

Alert: D&D Group are trying to break the cameras on our phones. Well, not really, but they’ve already given us the most instagrammable of venues with their Bloom Room’s for their #BlossomCity18 campaign, and now they’re back with burgers that look like the type of things a unicorn might snack on during lunch. All of this colour frenzy is the result of Paternoster Chop House coinciding with D&D to create this lovely little buns. Introducing Bloom Burgers – the meat delights that promise to see a few extra likes popping up on your posts, and the occasional DM slider asking […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

‘Afternoon Par-tea’ in Shoreditch

Afternoon tea is a famous British past time, cute fancy drink with crumpets and scones. But it does get boring after a while, interested in looking for a boost in taste and flavour in your tea? Shoreditch is amping up your afternoon tea, with Cocktail Trading Co’s  Afternoon Par-tea which they are promising to be a ‘booze-infused affair’. Sounds like an exciting time having your tea with alcohol, especially when cocktails are being mixed into the fun, expect it to be brimming with colourful concoctions and tasty treats. CTC’s ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’ will be a cocktail and cake-driven singalong bonanza, all to the […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Secret Garden Cointreau Pop-Up

“A Margarita without Cointreau is not Worth its Salt”. Margarita Sames famously said it, and 70 years on we’re still completely on side, but like any match made in heaven, Margarita needs its crucial ingredient, Cointreau. Cointreau has a certain timeless to it, with a splash of Hollywood in the 1920s retro typography set across the bottle. Therefore, like we commemorate any birthday of a legend, a great or anything iconic, we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the Margarita with what else but Cointreau? The orange liqueur has joined summery toned forces with South Place Hotel, to bring a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Seven Michelin Stars? It’s How They Roll At Selfridges

This dinner is going to be the ****ing ****. No, not an expletive laden rant but the approximate number of Michelin stars coming your way if you head to alto by San Carlo on Wednesday 27th June. The restaurant on the roof of Selfridges will be playing host to some of Italy’s most renowned chefs, with a total of seven Michelin stars between them, gathered by consortium Identità Golose, and cooking up: and I’m going to copy and paste their own description which, for once, doesn’t sound hyperbolic, “an unforgettable culinary journey through the most contemporary takes on Italy’s regional […]

Rooftops and Terraces

English Sparkling Wine, DJs and Instagram Views at Florentine

Champagne might have been at the top of the sparkling wine game for a long time, partly because the name sounds fancy and it makes us think we’ll all be that little bit more sophisticated if we drink it, but actually we should be championing all things homegrown and English sparkling wine is definitely giving it a run for its money, especially the award-winning Chapel Down.  And this summer you the English winemaker has teamed up with Florentine Restaurant & Bar to host a series of pop-up rooftop bar nights. A Curious Corner by Florentine will give you everything you […]

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Tel Aviv Café Culture in Hampstead

What? Though I’m a southerner who lives (very) east and works (very) west, you’d be mistaken to think I’m a fully- fledged, compass-conquering Londoner. In fact, there is a very big, north-shaped gap in my familiarity – it’s one of the main things that attracted me to Café Hampstead. That, and the fact that it offers neighbourhood dining by way of Tel Aviv, read: an insight into the lives of Hampstead-ites with copious amounts of hummus thrown in to fuel the people-watching. New? Café Hampstead opened its doors a couple of months ago, a refreshing new addition to a postcode […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Forget The Footy, I’m Going Human Zorbing On Ice

Tomorrow the world will go football mad as the World Cup kicks off in Russia. I’m going to be honest and admit that I’m not a footy fan (we might or might not have gotten complaints that my Where To Watch The World Cup guide yesterday wasn’t up-beat enough) but when your only reference point is a shortlived Subuteo phase* aged nine it’s tricky to get onboard. Thankfully those guys at QUEENS on Queensway have the perfect antidote: Human Zorbing On Ice: World Cup Edition. The concept is simple, their 12,000 square metre ice rink is transformed into a very […]

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We Review: The Real Greek’s New Vegan Menu

What: A recent pundit for vegan food, I was first hand up in the office when it came to sampling the brand new vegan menu at The Real Greek in Soho. It’s all in the name at this restaurant, whose first branch opened its doors in the same year Julia Roberts wandered into a certain Notting Hill dwellers travel bookshop, and MySpace began to take over lives – that’s 1999 for those lesser-informed. Feeling old yet? With a food well-travelled menu that triumphs the Eastern Mediterranean diet, and the fanciful flavours of Greek food, The Real Greek’s many restaurants really […]

Openings & Launches

The Unmissable FEST: Camden’s Latest Addition

Camden Market is one of the most happening places, and a brief wander can lead you straight into a life size E.T. at Stables Market, into a Cereal Killer Café or into someone wandering around sipping from a giant coconut. In other words, you never know what to expect, but that’s what keeps it fresh and keeps you on your toes. Following on from the theme of the eclectic is the opening of Camden Market’s FEST roof terrace, as part of a new entertainment experience that will be open all-day, all-year. The terrace combines street food, pizza, cocktails, craft beers, […]

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The Best Places to Drink Gin in London

Gin. Three letters, a single word, and one very powerful meaning. It’s the drink we sip on in Summer, the tipple we taste pre-dinner, and the spirit we always want more of, in all its weird and wonderful forms. So, without further ado ahead of World Gin Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy the drink across the capital.     London Gin Club What: London Gin Club Why: Perhaps an obvious choice given the name – London Gin Club has over 350 gins on offer, and with a selection like that its definitely peruse-worthy. Housed […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Get Into The Spirit Of World Gin Day At The Hoxton, Shoreditch

It’s Ginmas eve, Father Ginmas is loading his sleigh with bottles of our favourite juniper based spirit while Rudolf’s red nose is finally explained. We’re in the final run-up to World Gin Day, this Saturday, and to celebrate The Hoxton, Shoreditch are putting on a G&T pop-up and don’t worry, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice. Drinking toasts to the tenth World Gin Day four gin brands will be landing in the secluded courtyard of The Hoxton for four days, starting today. The gins, Silent Pool Gin, Gin Mare, Colonel Fox, and KI NO BI, will each be accompanied by an […]

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