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8 of the Best Pop-Ups in May

May is here and alongside the two Bank Holidays, there are also plenty of pop-ups and supper clubs to attend. You could cruise down the canal eating spicy seafood, you could pay for your meal with recyclable plastic or you can drink a lot of wine at London Wine Week.

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Kayak Up The Thames With Talisker Whisky

What’s brown, liquidy and smells? Yes, Talisker Whisky, but also The Thames. So what a perfect collaboration that the two have paired up for a kayak extravaganza, along with Secret Adventures? Secret Adventures offer the ultimate in off-grid adventure, and now they’re encouraging us to get up-close-and-personal with the river we spend our lives walking alongside, over and under. Despite being a central feature of the city that houses over eight million of us, so few of us will have had any real interaction with the iconic body of water (unless you’re one of these people who commutes on that […]

Openings & Launches

Spot The Newcomer, The Leopard Bar Coming To Victoria

There’s nothing in life that can’t be made 100% cooler if you wrap it in leopard print. Leopard print Crocs? Tick. Radio 2? Yes. A paragliding Nigel Farage in a thong? Grudgingly yes, but please get that image out of my head. Wrap it all in leopard print and you’ve got yourself a super-cool spotty beast. Which is what The Rubens At The Palace has gone and done. The hotel, overlooking Buckingham Palace, is opening a new bar and everything, yes everything, will be leopard print. A signature of the Red Carnation Hotel Group, the Leopard Bar is pretty much […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Churchill At Sea: The Nautical Themed Terrace

When we think of Winston Churchill it’s generally the dashing young cavalry officer, or else the wartime hero in his RAF uniform but did you know that he was in charge of the Royal Navy? As First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 to 1915 he great man spent months aboard HMS Enchantress, a yacht that steamed him around the British Isles and Mediterranean to visit warships, naval bases and partake in a little pre-war tourism. And it’s this period that The Churchill Bar & Terrace are celebrating with the launch of their new nautical terrace. Inspired by Churchill’s travels on Enchantress […]

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Health & Wellness

London’s First Clean Air Bar

Take a deep breath… hold it in…and now exhale all that toxic London air. Apparently London air is so filthy that living and breathing here is the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Well not at No 29 Power Station West. The bar has teamed up with urban gardening experts Patch and vodka experts Ketel One to bring you London’s first clean air bar. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also brought in BBC One MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack to create an exclusive menu. Welcome to clean breathing. According to NASA there are a number of plants which are […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Tea Double Whammy

Get into your Pearl & Groove this month as two icons collaborate to create a fantastic new afternoon tea. Legendary King’s Road hangout, Bluebird, has teamed up with famous Portobello Road bakery Pearl & Groove to double dip, creating a floral themed afternoon tea to coincide with both the Chelsea Flower Show and the royal wedding. With the Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner the floral theme was only to be expected. The nation’s greatest festival of all things flowery brings with it a myriad of beautiful gardens, and just on the doorstep the Bluebird’s courtyard will be transformed […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Moonshine Saloon: The Immersive Bar Which Takes You to the Wild West

If you take a wrong turn on Brick Lane, then you can find yourself imprisoned on Alcotraz and now if you don’t look where you’re going on the Kings Road then you might just end up in the Wild West. Moonshine Saloon, is an immersive byob cocktail bar that will transport you to the time of moonshining when everyone looked out for themselves and hid from the beady eye of the local Sheriff. First of all, you’ll visit the tailor who will fix you up with Stetson hats and cowboy gear – you don’t want to attract attention for sticking […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Mezemiso London’s New Rooftop Bar

There’s a new luxury hotel coming to Albert Embankment, with 142 bedrooms, six suites and a new rooftop bar and restaurant: Mezemiso. And whilst it might be grey and rainy now, there will be a time when the sun will shine (yes, it is hard to believe) and when it is this is going to be our first pit stop. Reflecting the skyline, Mezemiso will bring together blue hues and copper and metallic tones whilst floor to ceiling windows will allow guests, to see said London skyline from fourteen floors up. Serving up a Lebanese menu, the restaurant will feature […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Wing Fest: The Festival Dedicated to Chicken Wings Returns

Like wings? Then you need to get yourself down to London Wing Fest, which is back in August and it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking place on the 4th and 5th August, the festival has quintupled in the last five years, going from 7 stalls when it first started, to this year having 35 stalls and space for 10,000 attendees – that’s a lot of chicken to eat. You’ll want to come hungry anyway so that you can demolish and win the wing-eating battles. The 35 traders will also be battling it out to win titles such as the […]

Openings & Launches

Summer of Sound on the Roof: The Rooftop All About Music

The mini heat wave might seem like a distant memory, but one day the sun will return and when it does we’ll be flocking to The Gardening Society at John Lewis, which has had rather a makeover. Inspired by Londoner’s love of music and sound, the space has had a refurbishment and is relaunching for the summer with immersive studio spaces curated by Sono, Ruark Audio and Naim, which you’ll be able to book out over the summer. Opening on Saturday 5th May, Summer of Sound on the Roof will kick off with live performances from Daudi Matsiko and Slow […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

G-Force: Your Chance to Try Over 200 Wines

If you were to head down to the Phonica Records on Tuesday 1st May, then you would find yourself surrounded by over 200 wines, which is rather fun. Why? Because Wines of Germany are taking over the Soho building for an evening of German wine and food. Once there, you’ll have a chance to try over 200 wines from one of the world’s most exciting and oldest (and in places steepest) wine producing regions, including many wines that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. We’re talking plenty of Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, Scheurebes and Silvaners. Wine is one of […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

StrEATlife Returns to Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace’s legendary free street food and craft beer festival, StrEATlife is returning this summer for four weekends of food, craft beers, cocktails and music. Starting in May and running for one weekend each month until August, the festival will feature over thirty of London’s top street food vendors including: The Waffle Float Mother Clucker, Le Bao, Popdogs, Anna Maes, Bodeans and Vinn Goute. Add to that craft beer, a tiki bar, a gin trailer and a Pimms bar and you’ve got the recipe for a pretty epic weekend. It’s not just about the food though, each weekend they’ll have […]

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