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10 New Spring Afternoon Teas

It’s not only our houses that get a Spring clean at this time of year. A whole load of traditional afternoon teas across London have had makeovers to make them lighter, brighter and more summery. Many are going one step further and using The Chelsea Flower Show as inspiration so think floral-infused pastries and petals galore. Here is our pick of the best new afternoon teas… Bluebird Bluebird have collaborated with Maite Choux for their Bluebird in Bloom afternoon tea. Served in their courtyard, cakes include a pistachio and raspberry macaroon, an orange blossom madeleine and a rhubarb and custard tart. The […]

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A Mediterranean Terrace is Coming to the Southbank

It’s no secret that Britain goes crazy when the sun decides to shine. Even if it’s only for a few hours, many of us will unapologetically head to the beach and soak up as much of the heat without getting any dodgy tan lines. With the recent spate of urban beaches popping up for summer 2017, the announcement of a traditional terrace comes as a refreshing change. Opening on 22nd May, Mondrian London’s Summer Terrace will be the place to go unwind and watch the sun set. Inspired by the spectacularly scenic French Riviera, Mondrian’s stylishly designed heated exterior extends along the […]

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Backyard Cinema Returns for Summer

Immersive film screening pioneer, Backyard Cinema, is back for summer – this time with an 80s Miami beach theme. Films buffs can soak up a selection of movies that celebrate sun, sand and all things tropical in a faux beach setting created by filling Backyard Cinema’s permanent home, Mercato Metropolitano, with 10 tonnes of sand and a whole host of beach accessories. It’s shore to be a great hit. Ticket holders will have the chance to swap their boring street shoes for a very special pair of Backyard Cinema flip flops at the door, tropical outfits are also encouraged but not mandatory, […]

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The Team Behind Pidgin Open 2nd Restaurant, Magpie

Magpies, they don’t have the best of reputations; they’re going to bring you bad luck, they’re going to eat other birds and they’re going to steal your jewellery (except they won’t do this because, apparently, there is no evidence that they like shiny objects – who knew?). Oh, and they’re liars because we saw six and as we all know it’s ‘six for gold’ but have we seen any gold? No. You know what though, there is a new Magpie landing in London and we think it’s going to have a rather good reputation. Brought to you by James Ramsden and […]

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High End Dining…in the Sky

Ever get tired of spending hours on end looking online for a great place to eat, with a menu and stunning scenery to match? So do we – sometimes it seems impossible to find a restaurant that ticks all three boxes when it comes to dining out in London. Fear not, (quite literally for some) as the team behind award-winning sustainable fine dining restaurant Orwell’s seems to have found the answer. In partnership with specialist events company ‘London in the Sky’, Co-Chefs Ryan Simpson and Lim Trotman will bring their culinary talents from Oxfordshire to London for the first time, serving […]

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Shoreditch’s Summer Beach Pop-Up

Forget the French Riviera, this summer, it’s all about Shoreditch and the Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera, a new summer pop-up that is running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. First up, it’ll have its own urban beach with palm trees and decking – there won’t be any swimming though, unless you want to take a dip in the Thames… Secondly, there’ll be an escape room experience, Handmade Mysteries presents Plumbottom’s Magnificent Return, a frantic 5-minute pop-up that challenges teams of 2-3 to aid the ghost of Plumbottom with a fun, immersive experience. Obviously, everyone loves a bit […]

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The Return of The Clifton

Once the haunt of King Edward VII and his mistress, Lillie Langtry, The Clifton in St John’s Wood is reopening next week after its unexpected closure in 2013. We can’t report that there’ll be any royals necessarily, but we can tell you that it sounds like it’s going to be cracking. Back in 2007, brothers Ben and Ed Robson started running the first pub they ever drank in, The Horseshoe in Hampstead, nonchalant, this was followed by their successful Prosecco and schnitzel bar, Boopshi’s in Fitzrovia and now, they are going to be giving The Clifton a new lease of […]

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A New Beach Comes to Fulham

Fulham. Home to Fulham Football Club, Fulham Palace, the Sloaney Pony and…not much else. We’re not anti SW6 we just think there are more exciting places that spring to mind when you think of summer drinking, dining and all round socialising. That may have been the case but things are about to change and we’ll all be hopping on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line come 10th May. Alfresco drinking is about to get a whole lot better as Fulham welcomes Neverland London; a 20 metre Thameside beach complete with deck chairs, swings, palm trees and pastel-coloured beach huts. Authentic beach […]

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Juniper Manor: Sipsmith’s Immersive Gin and Dining Pop-Up

What exactly is it about gin that prompts eccentricity? We’re not entirely sure, other than a canny marketing strategy but our favourite London-based distillery (and the one we have to thank for this gin revival), Sipsmith, is making gin drinking a whole lot more immersive so grab your tweed jacket, tie your cravat and join Fairfax, Sam et al (Sipsmith’s founders) for their latest gin-infused drinking experience… Juniper Manor is the chosen name for the pop-up, for which Sipsmith have teamed up with Gingerline, the immersive dining experience pros. If gin were bricks and mortar we reckon it would be […]

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Mayfair’s New Ice Cream Pop-up

There was once a time when we were satisfied by the classic ice cream flavours; the chocolates, the strawberries and, if we were feeling particularly wild, maybe a Neapolitan. Just like all good things, our tastes have changed and we’re looking for something with more je ne sais quois. Step in Italian restaurant Mercante. They’ve teamed up with artisan gelato makers La Gelatiera to bring a pop-up retro gelato cart to their terrace throughout the summer, as well as serving a 3-course ice cream pairing menu. Hurrah! With more flavours released throughout the summer, you’ll find the likes of honey, […]

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Oxford Street’s New Rooftop Bar: Sisu

How does a Negroni and Old Fashioned vending machine sound to you? It sounds like a marvellous idea to us. That’s what you’re going to get at Sisu, Oxford Street’s new rooftop bar. Last year it was Notch London, the year before Roofnic and now it’s set around the idea of a utilitarian nature reserve with hints of Scandinavia. Back to the drinks. You’ll be able to buy tokens to operate a coin-operated cocktail tap so you can dispense your own Negronis and Old Fashioneds. Or, if they aren’t for you, there’ll be Camden Town Brewery beers, Caple Rd cider and […]

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Arthur Hooper’s Restaurant Opens

Arthur Hooper was a fruit salesman who occupied 8 Stoney Street back in the days when Queen Victoria ruled. These days, he lends his name to a restaurant that will be taking over the historical site and serving up European small plates alongside a curated wine list. Designed by Chef Lale Oztek, the menu will include the likes of harissa butter beans with charred tenderstem, ricotta and nigella seeds; pork and fennel ragu fettuccine; mackerel, white beans, radish and brown shrimp; lamb and bulgur meatballs with tomato sauce and yoghurt and, for pudding, there’ll be a chocolate hazelnut pot and salted […]

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