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Get Your Skates on at the Tower of London

Another day, another ice rink. This time it’s a classic, at one of London’s most iconic landmarks – the Tower of London. Open 7 days a week from 10am, the rink is located in the dry moat, where the famous sea of poppies lay last year. As with any physical activity we do in the freezing outdoors, warming refreshments post-skate are as important as the actual skating. Luckily for us, the Tower of London has us covered. Food is from gourmet pie shop The Pie Man on Chelsea Green, who understand that this is no time for fancy menus, just […]

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Nightjar Opens Oriole

Having consistently been ranked in the top three bars in the world since 2012, the guys over at Nightjar certainly know a thing or two about cocktails and now five years after it opened they open their second bar, Oriole today. Opening below Smithfield Market, the bar will focus on the four corners of the world, combining the glamour of an old-school nightclub with swing, jazz and blues performances. Whether you’re sat in one of the luxurious leather booths or perched at the bar on a high stool watching the mixologists there will always be something to catch your attention. […]

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10 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in South London

Our latest installment of venue ideas in which to host your Christmas party, this time we are crossing the river and heading South. Known for its yummy mummies, trendy neighbourhoods and constantly described as ‘up and coming’, we think it can rival more central more locations for a Christmas bash to remember. Whether you fancy dining amongst works of art, up 100ft above the streets or in an old tanning warehouse, read on to see our pick of 10 of the best Christmas party venues in South London.

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The South Pole Saloon

This might come as a controversy but rumour has it that the elves aren’t happy with Father Christmas. Every year he gets all the credit for bringing the presents, he’s the one on Christmas cards and in story books – but who are the real heroes here? The elves, the ones actually making the presents. They’re kept as slaves and forced to work all year and then Santa revels in the praise. Hardly fair is it? Well, done with a life of slavery, some of the elves have escaped the North Pole and found themselves in…Brixton. On a purpose built […]

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3rd Red Dog Saloon Opens

When it comes to proper American BBQ done low and slow, the sort that you just have to get stuck into, away with the napkins and manners, just finger licking good food; when it comes to all of that, then you need Red Dog Saloon. The reason we’re telling you this? Because tomorrow sees the opening of their third site. They’ve had their way with Holborn and Clapham and now they are heading to Soho. Opening on Berwick Street, it’ll be following in the footsteps of its sibling restaurants, American BBQ cooked slow and low for sixteen hours, slow roasted […]

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Grand Ganton Hotel at Cirque le Soir

Famously debaucherous, Cirque le Soir have been inspired by the exacting standards of Monsieur Gustave H (Grand Budapest Hotel) and the not-so exacting standards of Basil Fawlty (of Fawlty Towers). We never thought we’d find Basil and Gustave in the same room but we should have known that with these guys, and Cirque le Soir, nothing is ever that surprising. Fabulous and freaky, Cirque le Soir is the favourite haunt of celebs seeking fun and naughtiness, glamour and chaos. A ‘standard’ night at this Soho club promises fire eaters, burlesque, snake charmers, clowns and strippers dressed as babies, as well […]

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8 of the Best Midweek Bars & Clubs

Let’s set the scene. It’s a Wednesday night. You’ve been out for dinner with your mates and shared a few bottles of wine. You know you’ve got work in the morning but, rather than go home to bed like any sensible person would, you find yourself agreeing to stay out for ‘just one more’. Then, before you know it, it’s 1am, you’ve polished off an unknown number of rum and cokes and you’re on a packed night bus, holding a Big Mac and dreading the moment when your alarm goes off in 5 hours time. Outside London, such weeknight drinking […]

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10 of the Cosiest London Pubs

As the nights draw in and our wooly hat collection comes out, all we really want to do is spend our time in an oversized jumper (maybe your classic Rudolf one if you’re starting early) eating and drinking our favourite things and getting all warm and fuzzy inside. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best cosy pubs in London for us to do just that. But be warned… you’ll be so cosy you won’t ever want to leave.

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Selin Kiazim Opens Oklava

Following on from a stint at The Providores, Trip Kitchen and Kopapa, the much –loved Selin Kiazim is opening her first restaurant, Oklava on Luke Street today and we’re pretty excited. Meaning rolling pin in Turkish, Oklava will all be about big feasts (yes Selin!) and relaxed eating in a bright, modern atmosphere.  Inspired by her mother’s traditional Turkish cooking the menu will feature Turkish dishes that change seasonally although there will be some classic offerings including her legendary house-made bread and Medjool date butter. Other dishes include Çemen glazed lamb cutlets, sour cherry pearl barley with crispy kale, yoghurt, […]

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Eat Your Drink with Smith & Sinclair

Following the crowd can be a bad thing, but when the crowd in question are funding your business, it is certainly a good thing. Smith & Sinclair the edible cocktail people had their dreams come true when their business plan was sufficiently backed by crowdfunding. Now stocked in Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges, the edible alcoholic pastilles are coming to Carnaby Street in pop-up form. Amongst the magical Christmas lights of Soho’s kitsch-est street, the Eat Your Drink pop-up is promising their signature cocktail pastilles alongside gin and tonic bubbles, cocktail candy floss and (our favourite sounding thing) mojito and […]

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Royal Marines Boxing Bout at Café Royal

If our birthday falls midweek we can justify going for dinner with close friends on the night and then, come the weekend, drinks and a night out with the extended friendship group. If you’re the Queen you also have two celebrations; her actual birthday on 21st April and her official birthday in June. They have royalty in their name so it comes at no surprise that Café Royal are celebrating their 150th anniversary with a whole series of glitzy events. For one night only, specially selected members of the Royal Marines will jump in a specially built ring for a […]

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House of Crab Pop-Up

We all know how much London loves lobster, along with burgers, hotdogs and doughnuts it’s amassed a bit of a cult following with pop-ups and restaurants dedicated to the crustacean. However there is one crustacean that is feeling rather left out – the humble side stepping crab. This definitely doesn’t seem right when the UK has some of the best in the world.   Do not fear however because there is a crab saviour in sight, Dominic Jacob and the team behind The Running Horse (Mayfair’s oldest pub) are bringing a taste of Salcombe to Mayfair with their pop-up, House […]

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