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Fairytale Cocktails At Sofitel

If it is the season to be jolly then it is absolutely the season where one should be imbibing copious amounts of drink, and festive ones at that. Any excuse to give our favourite liquors and cocktails a makeover and the bars are jumping at the chance. Why, because a) they can somehow charge a lot more if they somehow manage to put a mini Christmas tree in our gin and tonics, and b) who wouldn’t want a mini Christmas tree in their gin and tonic? Not only can we feel the festive spirit tickling our noses with every sip, […]

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Openings & Launches

Dishoom Opens in Kensington

There aren’t many restaurants that still get queues snaking around the corner (why the Hard Rock Café does, is a mystery) but Dishoom is one of them and tomorrow, it’s opening in Kensington. As a homage to Bombay and its old Irani cafes, the restaurant will feature a Permit Room cocktail bar, large all-day dining hall, open kitchen and mezzanine gallery stage which will host live music performances. Inspired by the unexpected emergence of Art Deco in 1940s Bombay, Dishoom co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and design partners Macaulay Sinclair sourced over 100 pieces of period furniture, artwork and light […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 15th – 17th December

Whether you’re struggling to find your zen or your festive cheer this weekend, there’s a little something for everyone. Perhaps you want to relax and get in touch with your creative side at a floristry workshop, or maybe a day with your mates feasting on food and booze is the only thing that’s calling your name this weekend. Check out this week’s selection. Blank 100 What: The Zen Workshop Why: This month Xylem and Phloem has curated the perfect workshop for you. Somehow they have managed to combine yoga, brunch, and floristry into one harmonious afternoon. You will appear from […]

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Dalston’s First Winter Rooftop

For the first time ever The Dalston rooftop is opening its doors. Owned by a charity, the Winter Roof Park will be running throughout winter adding a unique dimension to London’s nightlife. Special events are scheduled throughout the run up to Christmas and to welcome in the new year. Nestled amongst the victorian rooftops of Hackney, with a view over looking London’s skyscrapers the new venue is Dalston’s only rooftop open to the public. The once forgotten space has been transformed into a mini Eden, over flowing with flowers and  fresh turf growing under foot. Watch the bass shake the […]

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Meet You At MeatUp: Chelsea Burger Pop-Up

MeatUp, the popular Wandsworth BBQ restaurant, has just launched its burger pop-up in Chelsea. A place where you can build your perfect burger of choice. Toppings as outrageous as mac’n’cheese or as classic as bacon are all on the menu. The patties are a deliciously secret blend of short-rib, brisket, sirloin, and ribeye just to name a few. The buns themselves can come in a variety of hues. For this festive season the Christmas burger features roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, sliced brussel sprouts, and brie all sandwiched between two halves of a red bun, pinned together with a […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Lausanne, Switzerland

While England likes to throw its name in the hat for a decent winter experience we normally end up with grey slush and a transport system that weeps and collapses at the first sign of frost. For a true winter wonderland where inches of snow settle prettily while 90% of trains are never more than 3 minutes late (tell us your secret), the new winter destination you should know about is Lausanne, Switzerland and here’s why. The Mountains One of the strongest draws of Switzerland is its natural beauty; Lausanne is one of the towns that borders Lake Geneva and […]

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Tomos Parry Opens Brat

Brat, not something you call obnoxious children on the tube or those dolls with the oversized eyes and teeny waists (well technically they were Bratz) but also the colloquial term for turbot and the name of Tomos Parry’s (formerly of Kitty Fisher’s and Climpson’s Arch) debut restaurant. Opening on Redchurch Street, the restaurant will bring together Tomos’s Welsh heritage with the Basque region of Northern Spain, to create a menu that uses British produce cooked on an open fire wood grill. Expect to find dishes of Carmarthen ham; fresh cheese; grilled baby peas and wood fire grilled breads; Cedar wood […]

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London’s 1st Bloody Mary Cafe

Have we got some Bloody good news for you! Yes that’s right it’s so good, it’s bloody, and not the “let’s take a trip to A&E” type bloody either. Nope, this is the type of bloody you can’t wait to taste, to let trickle down your pipes. Are you ready? It’s here. The first Bloody Mary Cafe. We say it’s here, but only for two days, the most important two days of the year however. The weekend where every man and woman is sporting some sort of festive get up. From fairy lights, and gordy jumpers, to slutty Santa’s, we’ll […]

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The Espresso Martini Pop-Up

For the coffee lovers. For the alcohol lovers. Well, that’s basically everyone. The Belvedere Espresso Martini Lounge sets up shop at the Gaucho Broadgate this December. Nestled below the glass bar of Gaucho Broadgate, guests will have the chance to pop into the bar after their dinner, or are invited to simply try the delicious cocktails in their own right. Choose from the classic Belvedere espresso martini, with the famous Belvedere vodka and Mr. Black coffee liqueur. If you fancy something a little spicier and perhaps a little more festive, treat your palette to the orange martini with Belvedere vodka, […]

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Festive Afternoon Tea At The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

The nights are longer and closing in far quicker than usual so it’s time we took advantage of those extra hours that we are forced into darkness. How about you get off the streets and into the warmth of the Palm Court. Unwind the scarf, drop the bags, and settle in for an hour or two of scrummy tea, excellent service, and good company. The Sheraton Grand has been a stalwart residence on Park Lane for many years, and The Palm Court, it’s bar and restaurant has been a glamorous addition to the hotel since the 1920’s. The venue’s charm […]

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11 Venues That Opened in November

And just like that we are coming up to the end of the year. Where has 2017 gone? Before we all lament over how quickly time flies and how none of us have achieved this year’s resolutions (are they even a thing still) let’s take a look at the restaurants and hotels that opened in November, because whilst we might all be winding down to the end of the year, the rate at which new venues open in London certainly isn’t.

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Let’s Rock And Roll To Stoke Newington

Make Be-Bop-A-Lula your baby down in Stoke Newington at this rock’n’roll themed bar. Don your leather jacket, Brylcreme your hair and head down to Green Lanes in N16 for a real taste of the 1950s. The effect is convincing, the walls are covered with artwork and posters from the era, 30 contemporary guitars are strung up from the ceiling above the bar and there’s diner booth seating, record players, period TVs, a slot machine, vintage lighting and all-in-all a realistic-feeling ‘50s asthetic. The music will also be 100% authentic, there’s a wurlitzer jukebox with 1,000s of classics ready to play […]

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