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Anyone who remembers the stress of choosing what sweets you wanted in the newsagent's on a childhood Saturday morning will want to be heading straight to Next this week to snap up one of their totally adorable Swizzel's Drumstick bags.
In keeping...read more
I admit that a cold virus, the chilly weather and my general dislike for tribute acts meant I was reluctant to go along to see Thriller Live which is now in its seventh year. But I’m so glad that I did. I left the theatre with a broad smile on my fac...read more
Those who have been craving her innate sense of style can look no further; international style icon Olivia Palermo has collaborated with Aspinal of London to design a Limited Edition Marylebone TechTote, creating the perfect bag to transcend seasons....read more
This winter is playing absolute havoc with my skin; the combination of terrible weather, drying winds and hydration-zapping central heating is a nightmare. Add to that the fact that at the ripe age of 30 I now appear to not only be getting wrinkles, ...read more
Win on Urban Golf's virtual Pebble Beach… for a once in lifetime trip to play the real Pebble Beach
Are you a bit handy with a nine iron? Can you drive straight and long? And are the current sub-zero temperatures in London making you dream of sun...read more
A sacred text of slackers everywhere. Head to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes this week for the 4th annual helping of The Big Lebowski Bash. A night dedicated to everything that is D...read more
It’s amazing to think that this small orange bear is 66 years old and yet still manages to delight the diddlies. At Richmond Theatre yesterday, I was enveloped in the blissful sound of little folk laughing out loud, chuckling, singing, shouting, chee...read more
Despite the current train chaos at London Bridge station, it’s a great starting point for a cracking walk that includes riverside views, expanses of grass, tucked away parks and historic cobbled streets with a myriad of street cafes.
Simon & Garfunkel provided the background music to my childhood – my parents constantly played their music. So it’s no wonder that I knew the vast majority of the lyrics to many of the songs that featured in this show. But what was surprising was jus...read more
Eddie Redmayne, Ed Sheeran, Brian May, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Pet Shop Boys, Simon Pegg among 30 stars to auction their best loved hats for Woolly Hat Day 2015
Some of the world’s most popular personalities are joining forces with charity St Mung...read more
As two of my favourite British heritage brands, the ongoing collaboration between Liberty and Barbour always tickles my fancy. I have to admit that when I bought my classic green Beadnell a few years back, I did plump for the standard Barbour check l...read more
With so many of us skipping the most important meal of the day in favour of a fag and packet of Chewits maybe it's time brekkie came back on our radar. We check out the best b...read more
Whether you are currently having your mail forwarded to Smugsville - as part of a loved-up couple - or if you are currently single, there is something for everyone in London t...read more
Who's up for a spot of haggis, neeps 'n' tatties, a dram or two of the good stuff, a dash of revelry and perhaps some readings of Robbie Burns himself? Try these events on for...read more
(Yep, we had to look it up, too). We've combed the capital for the best spots where Japanese drinking and dining culture combines in London's backyard....read more
I love this time of year for fashion, when the new spring summer collections are slowly but surely creeping into the shops and I start a little wish list of what I want to buy for the season. It inevitably always gets slashes in half when I realise I...read more
Over the last few years Clarins has become my go-to brand for summer lip colours. With beautiful formulas, meltingly soft textures and beautiful colours to suit every skin tone, they have lips covered - it's pretty much the only brand in my lip drawe...read more
She of gloriously flawless flaxen locks, Gwyneth Paltrow, has brought her first Blo Blow Dry Bar in Covent Garden, in partnership with hairstylist to the stars David Babaii.
The first London location opened in November, welcoming Irina Squire, aka...read more
Whether you're a theatre buff and like to stay on top of the latest productions or even if you're just visiting London and want to see what's new in the West End - take a look...read more
If the winter weather is getting you down, take a look at our pick of indoor events in London...read more
There's a brand new luxury denim brand on the block, and it's British. Saltspin Denim made it's debut back in the autumn and is soon to be synonymous with style, exceptional fit and technical achievement. Their mission? To produce beautifully crafted...read more
To be brutally honest with you, I've tried to avoid the sales if at all possible. I can't bear the thought of trawling through the rails to try and find one little gem, just to save a few quid. For me, it's online or bust, which is why I did a little...read more
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the wonderful Aromatherapy Associates, and they've celebrated with the launch of the Limited Edition Renewing Rose Body Velvet.
Created to give your body the ultimate skin conditioning treatment, as well as bein...read more
The first day back at work after the Christmas break was always going to be long, cold, grey and just a little bit depressing, so thank you Boden for timing the first of your beautiful spring drops so absolutely perfectly. Bravo.
For on the site t...read more
To celebrate Elvis' birthday on 8th January (and throughout the whole month) All Star Lanes will be serving up the Hound Dog: a 100% pork frank smothered with peanut butter....read more
The Vault Festival takes place each year in the Leake Street tunnels underneath Waterloo train station (28th January and 8th March 2015).
This year they introduce “mini-Vault” for the under 11s. Here are some of the highlights that you might take...read more
If Santa didn't quite get it right with the perfume gifting this year (I've heard at least two reports of this being the case so far...) fear not, The Perfume Shop has a host of sultry scents that are sure to tickle your fancy.
I've fallen head o...read more
With the New Year comes a shiny new diary, and what better to fill it with than what is probably the most hotly anticipated fashion exhibition in years.
This spring finally sees the homecoming of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the incredible 2...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
Was I glad that I took one of my beautiful early twenties friends with me as I discovered that Apres is a place where the young, cool and well-off folk hang out. And whilst there were one or two after work types in suits, most seemed to be in chill-o...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