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There’s a Rooftop Cheese Pop-Up Coming

We don’t want to alarm you, or get you overly excited but we have some big news – it involves cheese, it involves the weekend and it involves a rooftop; three of our favourite things. Next Thursday, Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon is transforming into Cheese Town for three days. That’s three days of baked brie, melting mozzarella and comforting camembert, who doesn’t love a bit of alliteration? Actually, talking about camembert, Mac to the Future will be launching their new Camembert Mac, a mac n cheese dish served in an entire backed camembert, if you’re going to be indulgent […]

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Wright Brothers Opens in Battersea

Circus Village West is continuing to put Battersea on the foodie map as more restaurants open up and this time it’s the turn of Wright Brothers, who have it as the home for their fifth site. Of course, Wright Brothers are known for being seafood and oyster specialists and this new restaurant is right next to the Thames, but that doesn’t mean that they have forgotten about meat. No, this time, they will have a Josper charcoal oven taking centre stage and will be cooking up the likes of East Sussex collar of pork with chimichurri and Bannockburn beef on […]

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14 Awesome Winter Terraces

It’s that time again. The most wonderful time of the year. And with it, comes an abundance of winter terraces. Yes, they may be outside, but sheepskin blankets, hot cocktails and heaters are aplenty, so don’t worry. Here are some of London’s best festive winter terraces to get you all, even all you Grinches, into the spirit. Ritorno What: An Italian Christmas Why: Having teamed up with Campari, Ritorno have transformed their terrace which overlooks Chelsea’s Kings Road into a wintry wonderland, the perfect place to enjoy either their festive cocktails or the more classic Aperol spritz or negroni. You […]

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13 of the Best Advent Calendars

The only thing that makes the count down to Christmas less tedious; the only thing that makes the painful wait bearable, and keeps the giddy excitement at bay, is the advent calendar. Gone are the days where it was just a traditional paper or chocolate calendar, now you can wake up each day with a square of cheese, a shot of vodka or even diamonds!   CHEEEESE (Grommit) To kick off our unusual list of advent calandars we could think of nowhere better to start than cheese. Why? Because there are very few people that aren’t potty about cheese. Annem […]

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The Poisoned Garden: Immersive Rooftop Theatre

There’s something very British about curling up on a dark, cold winter’s night and solving a classic crime with the help of Sherlock or Miss Marple; there’s an amateur sleuth in all of us. Well now, we can see just how well our little grey cells work at The Gardening Society. As darkness falls, the rooftop transforms into an eerie 19th century garden, a garden which belongs to the Winter family who has fallen under a poisonous curse. An ethereal Victorian butler will welcome guests, handing out Elixir Punch and a Winter family tree and then it’s up to you […]

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Choose Your Best Christmas Karaoke Bangers

Whether it’s drunkenly slurring Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody on the top deck of the night bus or humming Driving Home For Christmas while actually top to toe in tailbacks, it’s a given that you’ll be singing this Christmas. So if you’re going to karaoke anyway, why not do it properly? Lucky Voice is the best karaoke bar in town by a mile and it’s perfect for Christmas celebrations. If you’ve never been, forget everything you think you know about karaoke, this is not wailing Wonderwall into a mic and looking like a tit in front of a disinterested pub, instead […]

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Victory House: Leicester Square’s Boutique Hotel

Leicester Square: that most iconic of London locations, its pavements have been graced by everyone from Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. Normally we get to watch from afar, communicated via the glow of the telly or the pages of the glossies. But now you can watch in-person, perched above the action oggling Colin Firth walking up the red carpet as you order room service and run a bath. Welcome to  Victory House London Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel. Victory House is a new 86 room boutique hotel right on the square (fear not, it’s […]

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Return Of A Mayfair Great

Don’t be a square, head to The Square! One of the gems of Bruton Street, The Square, is now under new ownership and after a major facelift will be reopening its doors on Friday 24th November in what promises to be a really exciting new chapter for this Mayfair hotspot. The redesign comes hand-in-hand with another exciting change at the top, the appointment of Clement Leroy as Exectuvie Chef. The Square is in excellent hands as Leroy comes from Auberge de Jeu de Paume in Chantilly and before that he helped esdatablish Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris, helping win them […]

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There’s a Ferrero Rocher Pop-Up Opening

It turns out there is higher power, because next month there is going to be a whole pop-up dedicated to Ferrero Rocher. Taking place of two floors, this isn’t just a pop-up where you go and stuff your face (although we’d be happy with that too), no, at this pop-up you’ll be immersd in the world of the most luxurious chocolate. Start in the golden bar, with drinks created by mixology maestros, Liquid Chefs, before sitting down to an immersive, multi-sensory performance where you’ll try five mini puddings each made in front of your eyes and each one inspired by […]

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Enter The Matrix At The Blue Bar

Anyone who’s been caught naked in Sainsbury’s freezer asile cluctching a fire extinguisher and a flamingo will tell it to you plain: context is everything. Never more so than at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley where their exclusive cocktail tasting experience harnessses cutting edge technology makes sure that you’re drinking in exactly the right drink in the right surroundings to get the most out of your cocktail. Context is everything. Out Of The Blue gives up to four guests the chance to go on an ‘explorative journey of taste’ by stimulating the senses through exquisite ingredients, but also using […]

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South Pole Saloon Returns to Brixton Rooftop

Christmas is creeping around the corner whether we like it or not, and with that in mind it’s time we gave ourselves a long look in the mirror and decide if we have been naughty or nice this year. Before that happens however there is something you should know. The South Pole Saloon, is back, and it’s bigger and badder than ever. We can almost hear the halos crashing off your heads and the wicked smiles etching across your faces. It’s time to escape the grime of the Brixton streets; follow your feet, and climb the stairs to the South […]

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Stevie Parle Opens Pastaio in Soho

Pasta master Stevie Parle has opened Pastaio on Soho’s Ganton Street. Pastaio, the term for a person who makes pasta by hand, will specialise in, you guessed it, fresh pasta. You’ll know Parle from runaway successes like Palatino, Craft London and Sardine so Pastaio is in very good hands. The interior of the restaurant, just off Carnaby Street, has been styled by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. The lastest in a line of collaborations between the pair the design draws inspiration from the kind of industrial materials used in a professional kitchen, incorporating bold and colourful elements (the boldly coloured wall […]

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