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Festival on Old Street Roundabout

The Beach Boys may have round-round-got-around-they-got-around, but they probably didn’t expect that it’d be taken quite so literally at Old Street roundabout. Magic Roundabout returns to the centre of the Old Street roundabout tomorrow and brings the vibes of 60s uber-festival Woodstock to Shoreditch. And its not only the 60s, each decade from the swinging 60s to the 1990s will be represented in separate areas, starting with a Magic Roundabout interpretation of flower-power at Woodstock and a seazy-but-sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, of course replete with sheepskins and a log fire. The main bar will pay homage to the 80s with […]

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KERB Turn Five In Style

There’s no reason to curb your enthusiasm, instead let’s celebrate KERB turning five! Streetfood specialists KERB have been trailblazing the London market scene since 2012. As streetfood has taken off in the UK, KERB has been every step of the way, leading from the front and running their free all-weekender public events and their six famous street food markets at London Bridge, King’s Cross, West India Quay, The Gherkin, Paddington, and KERB Camden Market. To celebrate, join KERB for their 5th birthday party in what’s being billed as a “star-studded birthday bonanza” with a lineup of some of the best […]

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What to do This Weekend: 13th – 15th October

The evenings may be drawing in, the leaves are changing colour, but there’s so much going on in London that we’ve no time to mourn, let’s instead go and stuff our faces with chocolate at The Chocolate Show, or swig rum at RumFest or beer at Heist Bank Beer Festival. It’s Diwali too, there’s afternoon tea at The Roof Gardens, there really is something for everyone! The Roof Gardens and Babylon What: Afternoon tea at The Roof Gardens Why: When is afternoon tea in an English country garden not afternoon tea in an English country garden? When it’s afternoon tea […]

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Immersive Afternoon Tea Experience

Afternoon tea with a serving of scandal! Scandal Water at The London EDITION, the afternoon tea concept reminiscent of the gossipy afternoon teas of 19th century high society, is getting another twist. To celebrate the new Portraits Collection from luxury perfume house Penhaligon’s, comprising a series of scents inspired by the secrets of the British aristocracy, Punch Room is pairing scents from the collection with its food and drink offerings to enrich the tastes and create a truly multisensory experience. This godscent is just what we’ve been waiting for. First up on the Portraits Collection is Monsieur Beauregard: based on […]

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London’s Only Rooftop Ice Rink

Ice to see you, to see you ice! You better believe it’s rooftop iceskating! So get your skates on because Skylight is planning to open London’s only rooftop ice rink and we’re very ice-xicted. Coming to Tobacco Dock from 2nd November, Skylight will be laying out their 10th storey ice rink for experienced pros and absolute beginners. You can bring your own skates, or you can rent them there. Skate around in circles, enjoy ice-hockey slap-shots or come and experience one of the icy performances being hosted throughout the festive season. Punters will also be about to make the most of […]

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Annabel’s Reopens

Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is arguably one of the most elegant private clubs in London. Its guests have included royalty, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s notoriously difficult to get membership with new members requiring a proposer, a seconder and an election by Committee – you’re not just walking in. It’s this exclusivity and mystery that has kept Annabel’s reputation as one of the most sought after clubs for the last fifty years, but now things are changing. This year they are going to be moving and reopening its doors to its much-anticipated […]

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Glow in the Dark Tacos at LOSTACOS

A mezcal-fuelled fiesta and glow in the dark tacos, that’s what you can expect from LOSTACOS. Taking place at Doodle Bar in Bermondsey, the Day of the Dead pop-up is the work of Quest for Bold Flavour, a team who have searched high and low for the best dishes from around the world. After two years of research and we imagine a lot of eating, they have come to the conclusion that the humble Mexican taco is the planet’s greatest culinary achievement. The experience starts with mezcal cocktails and if you get there early enough you can try Pensador Mezcal, […]

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Il Tetto, The Italian Trattoria on Selfridges’ Roof

You may be on London’s busiest streets, but Selfridges on Oxford Street is preparing to transport you to high in the Tuscan hills with the launch of their new rooftop restaurant Il Tetto. Il Tetto opens today and will provide all-day dining in the style of a traditional trattoria. Under the expert direction of Head Chef Luca Terraneo, who has come over from L’Anima, the menu will be made up of authentic Italian dishes, using well sourced, seasonal ingredients from across Italy. Terraneo was previously at Franco’s and has worked with the critically acclaimed Francesco Mazzei for over 10 years. […]

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A Real Taste Of Spain At Camino

How do you top opening four hugely successful Spanish restaurants? Open a fifth! Camino Group, responsible for Camino restaurants in Monunent, Bankside, Blackfriars and King’s Cross (not to mention Bar Pepito in King’s Cross), are opening their next venture in Shoreditch and it’s looking like it’ll be fantastic. Camino was set up by Richard Bigg; inspired by a roadtrip in an old-style Mini through rural Spain he was fired up to bring that traditional Spanish taste back to London. A decade and five restaurants later it’s clearly a vision that has gone down incredibly well with Londoners. The latest incarnation […]

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The Cool Cats Are In St James’s For London Restaurant Festival

“Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones, In fact, he’s remarkably fat. He doesn’t haunt pubs – he has eight or nine clubs, For he’s the St James’s Street Cat!” T.S. Elliot’s catty creation, later immortalised by the Lloyd-Webber musical Cats, will, we’re sure, be donning his white spats for The London Restaurant Festival. The annual event celebrates the range and wealth of the city’s restaurants and St James’s is perfectly placed to shine nearly as much as Bustopher’s “coat of fastidious black”. This postage stamp of an area, hemmed in by Mayfair to the North and Westminster below, may […]

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Say Ciao To Pastaio – Soho’s New Fresh Pasta Restaurant

We should have probably known this, but turns out that a pastaio isn’t a nut, but a person who makes pasta by hand. Thankfully due to Stevie Parle we’ll never forget again, his new restaurant is called Pastaio and we expect we’ll be spending a lot of time there! Chef Parle, who was responsible for Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Palatino, Craft London and a partner at Sardine is already a dab hand at this. It goes without saying but Pastaio will be based around fresh pasta, and when it launches next month the 70 cover restaurant will contrast striking interiors, art and […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Balthazar’s Instagrammble Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea it’s all about indulgence. There is no need for us to sit down at 4pm and eat a meal made up of almost exclusively sugar and carbs. We don’t need to, we just want to. So, when making an afternoon tea to celebrate Balthazar London’s fifth birthday, Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard has looked back at all the cakes that he and his team have created in the last five years and he’s chosen the most popular, the ones that get a high five. Of course, there’ll be scones with jam and lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and […]

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