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VIP Partying at East London’s FSTVL

Removing vowels from names somehow manages to make an event instantly look cool and FSTVL is no exception. Add to that the fact it’s held in East LDN and you have yourself a field full of vintage-clothed ravers dancing away to Steve Angelo, Sigma, Shy FX and Philip George. Kicking off a whole summer of outdoor fun, FSTVL boasts a seriously good line-up. Split into themed areas, you can head to the ancient realm, party in a favela or tuck yourself away in the WHSE district’s techno warehouse if you dare. Moshing and mingling with the masses is all fun and games but […]

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10 Top Summer Party Hangouts

Whether it’s a birthday, you work summer party or just a soiree to celebrate the sun, the summer months offer up a wealth of stunning outdoor spaces for you to host your shindig. The days are longer, the skies are bluer and more people have the motivation to get up and go party weekday or weekend alike. Here’s our round-up of our favourite summer party venues whatever the occasion: 

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Dalloway Terrace Launches Alfresco Afternoon Tea

While the weather may be unpredictable at the moment, one thing is for certain, the new afternoon tea from Dalloway Terrace will be a sure fire hit. Hosted in the restaurant’s idyllic indoor-outdoor terrace, the new afternoon tea has been carefully created by Pastry Chef Mariatu Kargbo who boasts previous kitchen experience in a number of formidable establishments including The Dorchester, The Lanesborough and The Berkeley. Tempting us through hell or high water (the English summer) will be various treats like smoked salmon and crab rillette served with the signature Guinness bread, smoked corn-fed chicken in brioche, Bloomsbury brownie, mascarpone […]

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Live Music 5 Days a Week at 100 Wardour Street

Soho’s great. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re after a big bowl of hummus for lunch, cocktails after a stressful Monday or mid-week dinner with friends, you don’t really need a plan you can just roam the streets till you spot somewhere you like the look of/recognise/doesn’t have a forty-minute queue (delete as applicable). In the same way that it’s great, the choice can be a little overwhelming – where to start? You’ve probably been to 100 Wardour Street already (if not, why not?), be it for weekend brunch or one thirsty Thursday but it really comes alive is […]

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The Handbook Meets: John Whaite

We can’t quite believe it’s been 4 years since John Whaite won the final showstopper challenge in The Great British Bake Off with his ‘Heaven and Hell’ creation. He’s been pretty busy since then, with a cookery school in Lancashire and three books under his belt. His most recent, Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients steers away from baking, proving he’s no one trick pony. At the start of May, John launched an afternoon tea he designed for The Royal Horseguards Hotel in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. We caught up with the Greenwich resident to see what he loves about London, how […]

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Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar

Summer is approaching, and with it the season of outdoor parties, barbeques and, of course, cocktails. When it comes to cocktails, everyone at the party thinks theirs are the best, but no one has ever really learnt, and just ends up chucking ingredients into a mixer and hoping for the best. Well, now’s your chance to buck that trend thanks to the Classic Cocktail Masterclass at K Bar, who are offering up the chance to learn from a pro on May 24th.  Bar manager and cocktail mastermind Ben Manchester will be teaching guests how to mix up a whole host […]

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Rawligion: Eat Raw

London’s health revolution is less of a trend now, it’s more just a way of life. Sure, we eat 2,000 calorie Freakshakes (or we Instagram them and pretend we do) and, yes, we still indulge in doughnut burgers and 20” pizzas but we like to think that for the majority of the time cold-pressed juices, superfoods and sweet potatoes make up the menu. One person aiming to make it easier for Londoners to incorporate healthy food into their diets is ex-professional poker player John Tabatabai, who is opening Rawligion – a raw focused restaurant on Tottenham Street. We’re not going […]

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The Switch House Opens at Tate Modern

Each year around 5 million visitors walk through the Tate Modern’s doors – that’s a lot of eyes on the art and a lot of mouths to feed. Next month will see the opening of the Switch House, a Herzog & de Meuron designed, ten story building that will be home to a variety of new spaces, including a panoramic roof terrace and restaurant.   Level 1 will be home to a hundred -seater Switch House Bar; on level 8 will see the new members’ room, a 150 cover fine-dining Switch House Restaurant will sit on level 9 and on […]

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A Michelin Standard Chef Can Cook at Your Party

You never really associate chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants with event caterers but the recent appointment of Chris Johns as Head Chef of boutique party planners Alexander & Björck is about to change all that. Formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Antidote in Soho, Chris is bringing his skill to corporate and private events across London and beyond. Think seriously impressive party food: no mini burgers here (unless you want them). Instead, your guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over mini strawberry shortcakes and savoury mini Cornetto cones – a group will form by the kitchen door in no time. Drinks aren’t […]

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10 Ways to Celebrate London Wine Week

‘Beer is made by men, wine by God!’ or so said German monk and theologian, Martin Luther, apparently. Why are we telling you this? Well, next week is the third London Wine Week – seven days to celebrate the very best, with over 500 different wines to try in LWW Flights, unique tasting events and banquets. You don’t have to try and pretend you know about wine, you just need to like it and who knows maybe by the end you might venture away from the bottle you always choose. Here are some of the places we think you should […]

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The Sky Kids Café Launches

Have you ever wished you lived in a pineapple under the sea? Are you aged 9 and under? If you answered yes to the above questions then we have some news that is about to blow your mind. Sky has launched a kids TV themed play and café experience where youngsters can enter the worlds of some of their favourite shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and Ben & Holly, all of which are available through the new Sky Kids app. The pop-up will give children the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts activities, play amongst famous scenes from the 3 […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Our Guide to… Top Celebrity Entrepreneurs

When it comes to picking out rising stars, we often look for those described as having “the triple threat”: all singing, all dancing and really rather beautiful. However, in recent years, in a bid to secure longevity, we have noticed that a lot of these stars have added another threat to their list: intelligence. Who says you can’t have it all. Yes, it would seem that increasingly celebrities are using their fortunes for good, taking on an Apprentice-like air and starting up some oddly successful businesses. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our favourite celebrity […]

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