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Celebrate the Queen of Pop with acclaimed acts Jonny Woo and DJ David Oh as well as a specially-themed club interior and seven massive video screens broadcasting classic Madge...read more
Head to Hanbury Street in Shadwell for some high-brow Mexican fast food with depth. Here, the self-service touch screen ordering actually works and the gloriously appetising b...read more
Downton Abbey's Jim Carter reveals his cultural guide to London - and life after Downton...read more
Apparently, eating with a smile on your face aids digestion. So we've come up with a raft of venues where enjoyment and fun is all part of the big, culinary idea... from hands...read more
One of my friends owns a cheerful little Maltese called Muffin. He was so delighted with his portraits of her that he insisted I share the details of the artist with London Dog Blog readers.
I’ve written about pet portraits before (see, for exampl...read more
PupAid is an annual event providing a great day out for the family (including, of course, the dog) and raising awareness about the UK’s puppy farming trade. It is the brainchild of vet, author and TV presenter Marc Abraham and is now in its sixth yea...read more
I'm sure I can't be the only woman in the world with a drawer of slightly past it, claggy old nail varnishes? Good news then, as until 29th September Crabtree & Evelyn are holding a nail polish amnesty, offering every last one of you the chance to sw...read more
A little heads up on an exciting store opening coming next month; London shoe designer Lucy Choi will be opening her first standalone London boutique, taking on the store space once inhabited by her uncle Jimmy Choo no less.
Continuing the family'...read more
It may seem from gazing out of the window today that summer is on the wane (seriously, what is this? November?) but if, like me, your holiday is still yet to come (HUZZAH!) you're thoughts will undoubtedly still be on fringed kaftans, neon sandals an...read more
Whining, whinging, crying, kicking, biting... these are just some of the things you'll resort to when you're struggling to find the kids something to do this summer holiday. L...read more
The London Craft Beer Festival is open for business in Bethnal Green this week and a ticket buys you entry, a festival tasting glass and unlimited beer to try. Yes, unlimited....read more
Learn to Sail in the Sun
Cowes Week is once again upon us, but if the idea of setting sail in the Solent isn't quite up your street, then Turkey's Hillside Beach Club has introduced a plethora of sailing activities this summer to help you get your s...read more
I love stumbling across new brands, especially ones that are just 'me', so my discovery this week of Kirei was a particularly exciting one (though perhaps not so much for my wallet...)
The new label from Notting Hill, launched earlier this year, i...read more
To celebrate the start of the shooting season, on the 12th August, Galvin Restaurants will host a series of special menus with wine pairings at both La Chapelle and Bistrot De...read more
This Saturday, The House Clearance House Party takes over Bloomsbury Lanes once more for the most epic everything-must-go party. Every 7inch single that is played is given awa...read more
The Chelsea store (within the Farmers market) of family-run Pet Pavilion has a new doggy gelateria stand serving iced treats to keep your pooch cool. There are various flavours available including strawberry, apple, banana and honey. And the ingredie...read more
Bargain hunters, brace yourselves; later this week sees as sample sale to rival all others as, for three days, Amanda Wakeley takes up residence at The Music Room on South Molton Lane.
With an exclusive range of samples, bespoke pieces and previo...read more
When I was a kid, Wimbledon Common was a regular haunt. Sometimes we took the bus to The Green Man at Putney Heath and at other times we started our long walk at Roehampton. But yesterday, in the rain, we took the 93 bus from Putney Hill and got off ...read more
When the weather is grim during the summer holidays, parents flock to the cinema. So yesterday I went along to see the latest film from Disney Pixar – Inside Out. In essence, it is about the main emotions – joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger – liv...read more
Lazy drizzly Sundays like today were made for afternoon tea, particularly with the introduction of the new Fashionistas tin from Biscuiteers.
The bigwigs of the London biscuit scene have teamed up with fashion writer and style guru Alice Naylor-Le...read more
A new blow dry bar has opened its doors in London this month, offering hair and brow services in a fun and luxurious setting. The concept of aer is simple - blowdries, brows and beauty all undertaken with precision, care and speed.
More than just ...read more
There's a new trend afoot this summer for a workout with a view, as the craze for rooftop yoga sweeps the capital. Get these three in the diary and start your day with the sunrise!
Sky High Yoga at Sky Garden
Taking the downward dog high and migh...read more
I seem to have developed something of a love affair with Boden shoes in the last year or so (am I getting...old...?) so apologies if I'm repeating myself, but have you seen their new drop? The British brand has been seriously upping its footwear game...read more
Since moving to Clapham just over a year ago I've been seriously impressed with the calibre of beauty buffs in the vicinity. From the amazing waxer at the end of my street to the award-winning hairdressers around the corner, it seems this pocket of S...read more
I spent a delightful hour surrounded by happy children and their parents and grandparents today. There’s really nothing better than listening to small children giggling.
Most parents will know this book – so no risk of being a spoiler.
Before the...read more
Dreamy British brand Needle & Thread is one that's been on my radar for a while, but not in my wardrobe - until now.
Working with artisans in India and the UK, the beautifully embellished pieces are handcrafted to perfection and loook MUCH more e...read more
Croatia's Haven for Art Lovers
Croatia may have developed a reputation in recent years as the new Ibiza, sun-drenched music festivals on pristine island beaches the new must-do for fun-seekers, but for those looking for something altogether more rel...read more
Don't let this week's drizzle get you down; summer is still here - it's just having a couple of days off. Promise. With holidays to Ibiza and Lisbon still to come, I'm only just starting to get summer-ready. My thoughts this week are turning to a few...read more
The latest action blockbuster to hit our screens is Survivor, a post-9/11 caper starring Milla Jovovich. She plays an American woman working for the US embassy in London who becomes a fugitive from the law and the target of Pierce Brosnan’s assassin....read more
Although it’s traditionally been known as a hub of transport and industry, King’s Cross is surrounded by a surprising amount of wildlife. A team of smart Finnish architects have designed Viewpoint, a typically Scandi-looking floating islan...read more
Cara Delevingne is everyone’s favourite model right now. It’s impossible to escape her – she’s on magazine covers and advertorials fronting campaigns for Chanel, Burberry and Mulberry; walking the catwalk for Topshop at Londo...read more
You may have noticed that London is becoming more and more like New York - just look at the number of diners and burger joints that have opened in the last couple of years. The city is also becoming home to a large amount of skyscrapers. Whether you ...read more
Seven South Place is the smallest Michelin-star restaurant in the UK but it is to be found in an imposingly large building, home to a suitably prestigious hotel (St James's Hotel & Club/). If this nineteenth-century edifice with its ornate turrets an...read more
He’s the godfather of UK hip hop, having spearheaded British rap since the mid-80s, first as part of London Posse before going solo and collaborating with people as diverse as Bjork, Roni Size and Dub Pistols. He’s also politically outspoke...read more
Any new quality restaurant opening in Tower Hamlets – not in trendy Brick Lane but unglamorous Bethnal Green – is worthy of attention and when the food there is an outstanding as The Typing Room’s you best scoot across town asap and relish the experi...read more
A restaurant in a basement is always suspect – subterranean, possibly claustrophobic, probably arches, bare brick – and Apero is not entirely innocent; a bit hard to find through the hotel and next to the spa but once you find the place, it’s a chee...read more
Tired from walking around Portobello Market in the unexpected hot sunshine, we ventured into this corner (of Kensington Park Road) restaurant which has those window-walls from which a few tables and chairs had spilled onto the pavement and which made...read more
London is no place for ‘backpackers’; it is expensive and lags behind the rest of Europe in providing the type of cheap accommodation that young travelers need to make their money stretch. However, one thing it does have is Belushi’s. The chain of yo...read more
Should one find oneself in the City of an evening or enjoying the trappings of St Paul’s at the weekend, one could do worse than pay a visit to The Happenstance. Situated right in front of the London landmark, the bar cum restaurant, part of the Drak...read more
Many years ago I worked on Chancery Lane and after a tough week we would escape into the depths of a former incarnation of Baranis. We loved the dark, cellar brick walls and hidden feel of the place and the intimacy of those cave-like private booths....read more
The question on everybody’s lips: just who is Charlie Wright? Well, Charlie Wright was an old boxing hero from the 1940’s and a local hero in these parts. And since his name was the nickname given to this bar anyway, when they needed a fresh start ba...read more
For those that like to boast about their bar experiences, whether by old-fashioned word of mouth or new fangled Instagramming, the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel will prove irresistible. Forget the history and the rumours of what famous patrons got ...read more
It looks like a 1950’s greengrocer from the outside - complete with Covent-Garden-Flower-Market-esque alleyway alongside it - but this is no traditional pub relying on retro looks for its customers. The Green Man is a lively boozer in a sleepy part o...read more