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The Hidden Garden Festival at Hampton Court Palace

You have to make the most of the British summer, you never know quite what you’re in for – like its citizens, it’s an eclectic mix. You want to celebrate with as many summer soirees, parties and festivals as you can before the winter sets in. Tonight sees the epitome of this with a festival to launch the new events space, 20th Century Garden, at Hampton Court Palace. Home to Henry VIII, who seems like he was up for a good knees up, the idyllic riverside palace makes for an enchanting place to host events and the installation of a […]

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Sipsmith’s Summer Gin Cocktail Masterclasses

Back in January, we were sitting on a fairy lit terrace beneath the stars of Soho, armed with steaming glasses of hot gin cocktails. Our love of Sipsmith Gin has remained firm since their brief stint on the rooftop of The Ham Yard Hotel but, since then, unless you spot the swan bottle on a backbar or make your own G&Ts at home (and they’re never quite as good as when the pros do them) there was a distinct lack of Sipsmith in our lives. Until now. Partnering up with the swanky Met Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Sipsmith are […]

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The Ivy Café Opens in Wimbledon

The Ivy Collection’s empire is steadily growing, slowly creeping across London and the next area to welcome the collection into their fold is Wimbledon Village. Taking over a former Barclays bank and with around 120 covers, The Ivy Café will be open 7 days a week for all-day dining. They really do mean all-day dining too, they’ll be serving up breakfast, brunch, elevenses, snacks, lunch, cream tea, cocktails and dinner. One day we will manage every meal in one day… preparation starts now. You’ll find signature dishes like the shepherd’s pie: slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Keen’s Cheddar potato […]

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Rosa’s Thai Cafe Opens in Victoria

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, once just the place you passed through, Victoria is getting a restaurant revolution and another one to add to your list is the recently opened Rosa’s Thai Café. This is the seventh café for husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore and follows sites in Angel, Soho and Spitalfields. Like the others it’ll be serving up punchy Thai dishes made using British ingredients including British beef and lamb as well as Thai Basil grown in London, expect to find seasonal curries, zingy salads, soups and noodle stir-fries. On the drinks […]

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Legs Open in Hackney

Now before your mind falls into the gutter let us explain exactly why Magnus Reid’s (founder of CREAM and formerly of The Rooftop Café) new restaurant is called Legs. Legs are the droplets that form on the inside of a wine glass (the Gibbs-Marangoni Effect) where the drinker can tell the alcohol or sugar content depending on how fast or slow they trickle to the bottom. So there you have it. Let us continue, Legs will be opening in Hackney’s fashion district, serving up a daily-changing menu that focuses on fresh, nourishing produce in a light, casual space. If you […]

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John Lewis Open Their Oxford Street Rooftop

If John Lewis did a pop-up we don’t doubt it would be somewhere we’d ever want to leave. With Christmas seemingly their most talked-about time of year, the brand who never fail to impress are turning their hand to something a little different, a little more summery, and a little more temporary. Known for their partnership scheme, their latest ‘partner’ is award-winning experimental pop-up venture, Night Tales, the people behind Summer Tales and Tokyo Nights in Shoreditch. Resembling what we imagine to look like the ‘outdoor summer dining’ section of the John Lewis catalogue, the Gardening Society pop-up will centre […]

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Celebrate the start of the Racing Season at Smith & Wollensky

Disclaimer: This post contains horse puns…so saddle up. As racing fans will already be aware The Investec Derby Festival and Royal Ascot are fast approaching so to celebrate restaurant Smith & Wollensky is hosting a special preview lunch before the mane event. It begins with a giddy (up)  Perrier-Jouët Champagne and cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous 3-course lunch paired with fine wines. Dishes on the menu will include Smoked Duck & Cornichon Cones, USDA Prime Beef & Girolle Ravioli, Porcini Foam, and Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard. Guests will be joined by Hayley Turner, Bruce Millington, Tom Segal, Nick Smith (Director of Racing […]

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The Belvedere Balance Bar at The Hoxton

Life is about balance like a cocktail in one hand and a…well another cocktail in the other hand. The Hoxton Shoreditch is taking advantage of the sunny summer months (perhaps don’t look outside to see though) with the launch of Belvedere Balance Bar located in their garden space. The pop-up will be home to a bar serving healthy new summer spritzes, alongside a series of wellness activities (Core Collective classes, foodie demos with Farmacy and Step Up confidence coaching) that anyone can sign up for, which also include a free cocktail…as we said it’s all about the balance.  On Wednesday, […]

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Queen of Hoxton’s Psychedelic Summer Rooftop

If there’s one thing the world needs right now it’s more love. It seems every time you turn on the news there’s another story of tragedy, heartbreak or woe, and it’s about time someone sorted it all out. More than a generation has passed since the glorious Summer of Love, when peace, flower power and psychedelia ruled and Queen of Hoxton has decided it’s time we all took a trip back in time to pay it a visit. They’re transforming their rooftop bar into a spiritual utopia, capturing the magic and love that made the 60’s such a fantastic decade. […]

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The Savannah: Ethical Eating

You might have seen our guide to feel-good dining last week, it was all about restaurants that are charitable, sustainable, ethical or independent and now we have a new one to add to the list with the opening of The Savannah. Think Euston and you might not be able to name many restaurants, we understand, but now you can say The Savannah as it’s opening in The Wesley Hotel. Encompassing the restaurant will be an over-arching theme of time depicted in the art installations created by two eco-friendly artists. British designer-maker Stephanie Cole has created a silhouette, Trees of Time whilst artist […]

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