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The Talawa Theatre Company is the UK’s primary Black-led theatre company and I saw its ambitious attempt at this famous 1947 Arthur Miller play at Richmond Theatre this evening. The all black cast is suitable recognition of the challenges faced by Af...read more
The Old Red Cow in Barbican does the 'local beer house' thing so well, it makes us wanna move house so that it's our actual local. Great beer, great roasts, great service... w...read more
Some pop-ups are so good, they stay up. We take a look at the best crop of eateries who have made the leap from pop-up to permanent fixture on the London culinary map....read more
Laura Mercier has this week unveiled two new products, from which 100% of the profits will be donated towards the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.
The Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette (£37.00) and the Peach Hope L...read more
Now is the ideal time of year to book a cheeky getaway to look forward to and there’s nothing I enjoy more than a long weekend at a spa in the sun. Sunshine spa breaks have come in to their own in recent years, with a host of luxury resorts popping...read more
I’ve been looking for an excuse to visit the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall since my friends who live in Wapping had raved about it.
This seventeenth century former ale house (frequented in those days, it is said, by Scandinavian sailo...read more
Coram's Fields – in Bloomsbury between Holborn and King’s Cross - is a seven acre playground and park for children and young people living in or visiting London that is owned and managed by a charity.
The park is open all year round from 9am unti...read more
It's a big day for breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! today, as this morning they launched their new #SHOWERHIJACK campaign by hijacking a billboard at Piccadilly Circus.
The campaign, the result of years of planning by CoppaFeel! founder ...read more
Well here’s a show with something to please everyone.
It’s based loosely on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (with plenty of other Bard quotes thrown in for good measure) and borrows heavily from that 1950 classic science fiction movie “The Forbidden ...read more
Now that the weather is warming up, what could be nicer than a stroll along the Southbank to hunt for some books? Second-hand books, old maps and stunning classic prints – Sou...read more
I wasn’t sure what attracted me most to this event – the idea of a music gig deep underground in a secret tunnel shaft by the Thames, the opportunity to see Sheffield’s Renegade Brass Band or a viewing of the new Renegade Jeep.
So we ventured out ...read more
Head to The Mucky Pup for a DJ night celebrating women making music: punk, prog, riot grrrl, metal, garage and indie feature the likes of The Slits, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Fe...read more
Monsieur Boubier concocted a steak sauce that would become an eatery’s trademark, one that’s been replicated elsewhere but remains a closely guarded secret, now he bring it to...read more
I’m a little embarrassed to say that I adored the 1950s Doris Day film so this musical comedy by the Watermill Theatre Production had a lot to live up to. And it didn’t disappoint.
From the outset the smoke-filled Western saloon bar vibrated with ...read more
Accessed through a discreet entrance on St John’s Square, the lounge within is a sumptuous and intriguing place... an open fire and a bartender fixing your favourite drink it ...read more
As kids’ films go this one was pretty good. Dreamworks has scored another (slow-burn) hit I think. The shrieks of laughter from the small people in the audience were matched by the chortles from the mums and dads present.
Both my teen daughter an...read more
Every so often an object of desire comes along that leaves one flushed with excitement and lustful for a healthier bank balance; this week that comes in the form of Aspinal of London's Padlock Duffle Bag (£395), in Smooth Neon Pink.
The Aspinal SS...read more
Take control of the foundtains at King's Cross with Granary Squirt, which allows its users the ability to control jets of water through their smartphone.
Absolutely free to play, and launching on the 10 March 2015, the first game released is a c...read more
On Saturday 28th March, M Restaurants will be celebrating Easter by hosting a Pedigree Pooch Brunch Party. The party will be for dog owners and their pampered pets. There will be fun and games including a canine Easter egg hunt, a delicious two cours...read more
Enjoy the thrill of bidding at auctions which range from police lost and found and repossessions to high-quality art and antiques. It's a bit like e-bay but without the feedba...read more
The View from The Shard and Fortnum & Mason have partnered to offer a limited number of 'Sky-High Tea' experiences - where you can enjoy treats from the 308 year-old home of f...read more
Just in case you've been living under a rock, a helpful reminder that Sunday 15th March is Mother's Day. I know, how could we forget? While my Mummykins is generally happy with a phone call and a four pack of Crunchies (no joke), some of you may wish...read more
There's a rather exciting new hotel launching in London next month and the first such luxury establishment to open its doors in Tech City...
With striking architecture from RIBA award-winning architects, a 17th floor restaurant with views across L...read more
Available to book from 1 May 2015, The View from The Shard and Fortnum & Mason will partner to offer Sky-High Tea experiences. Celebrate the Great British summer-time with the city’s finest afternoon tea from the iconic 308 year-old home of fine food...read more
This is a play about Elwood P Dowd who believes that his best friend is a six foot rabbit called Harvey who can foretell the future. Elwood, played brilliantly by James Dreyfus and an inspired casting choice, is a man who has chosen to “be pleasant r...read more
An exciting new beauty launch hit the shelves today, one that I can't wait to get my hands on!
Burberry Kisses is a new collection of lipsticks designed to provide buildable sheer to high coverage with just one shade. The moisturising and lightwei...read more
Fans of a fashion documentary take note; later this month the hotly-anticipated Dior and I arrives in cinemas, taking you behind the scenes of Raf Simons first haute couture collection for Christian Dior in the spring of 2012.
With unprecedented ...read more
March is here - spring is on the way. It may not seem like it with the frozen gale that was blowing through London earlier today, but with just three weeks until the clocks go forward (AT LAST!) it's time to start thinking about putting the fur coats...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
Once upon a time before the 19th century, Leicester Square was a little like today’s Chelsea, patronised only by the wealthy. But then as happens in big cities all this changed, with the aristos moving out and the area falling into neglect until thea...read more
Charlie Hides is the diva impersonator that is taking YouTube by storm. His depictions of Cher, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Joan Rivers and Lady Gaga - who are more often than not feuding with each other - are not only hilarious but spookily...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