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Gordon Ramsay's protégée and all-round dab-hand in the kitchen Clare Smyth is set to part company with the culinary Mr Nasty, well Mr Shouty, and go it alone to open her own restaurant.
Smyth became the first female chef in England to hold three...read more
OK, so no one likes to be negative, it's not a good energy (unless it's directed at Katie Hopkins - is she getting fat, by the way? More ugly? More of a total and utter bitch? ... so sorry, we digress...) but every once in a while it's OK to be a lit...read more
The London Porridge Championships are nearly upon us and the organisers are giving you the chance to get in on the action and be crowned champ... but only if your porridge can cut the mustard. Or maybe even contain mustard!
On October 16th a raft...read more
We've all been there... "just how long can I make this latte stretch before the waitress realises I'm aiming to sponge off their wi-fi all day?"
Whether you're in between meetings, "working from home" or one of those lucky buggers who can swan aro...read more
Tomorrow once again marks the start of The Campaign for Wool's sixth annual 'Wool Week', celebrating everything woolly with a week of activities around the UK and across London.
From Monday 5th to Sunday 11th October, Wool Week will see over 100 ...read more
On my radar this week is Boden Icons, the new limited-edition collection inspired by the rich, eclectic heritage that makes British style iconic.
With 70s styling and military details, the chic separates offer up a bevy of autumn workwear solutio...read more
It may now be a sensitive subject what with England's crushing defeat at the hands of the Wallabies on Saturday night, but last week saw Oxford Properties, owners of The Royal Exchange celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 in style with an energetic Q&A...read more
Keen knitter? Passionate about the Waterloo area? ... or just looking for something to fill the winter evenings?
If any of those is a "yes" then pick up some knitting needles and get involved in this new project aimed at symbolically reconnecting ...read more
Desperate to catch up with all the best from the V&A? Some sort of dedicated TV channel would be good, wouldn't it?
Well, hey-presto, the TV gods are listening... from this autumn there will be one: making available a selection of entertaining, in...read more
If you've got a few minutes to kill on Sunday 11th October, then head for Piccadilly Circus at 11am and get stuck into an Uptown Funk Flashmob.
You'll be helping a girlfriend surprise her significant other while they are holidaying in London from ...read more
Fans of Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers and St Clare’s and all other girl school stories rejoice. This new musical will take you down a memory lane of boaters and blazers, pleated skirts and aertex shirts, Latin and literature, the inevitable hockey sti...read more
Follow your nose to Islington's Camden Passage on Thursday and enjoy a unique sensory experience, as the Lush Gorilla Perfume boutique launches their new #Scented Songs events.
Every fortnight they will work with different talented musicians to di...read more
Budapest skincare brand Omorovicza will introduce a Pop Up Urban Spa at Clifton Nurseries this October. For four days only, clients can experience an Omorovicza facial within the beautiful surroundings of London’s oldest garden emporium.
Monday marks the beginning of the week and not a day you usually associate with going out to gigs. But I was encouraged to leave the quiet safety of my sofa last night to venture out to a pub in Ealing for a Monday of music. And I was rather glad tha...read more
We hate to rub people's noses in stuff... but if you missed this year's Star Wars Secret Cinema then we're afraid to say that you missed out on a helluva show.
Now that the run has ended we're not too concerned about spoilers, so we wanted to shar...read more
The well-known Shoreditch hipster cafe, Cereal Killer, which serves only breakfast cereal, was targeted by a 200-strong anti-gentrification mob carrying medieval sticks, stones and flaming torches.
The protesters, many of whom were wearing pig mas...read more
Yes, they say it every year when the weather's been rubbish... "Apparently, we're due an Indian Summer" - but this year, we due to get one... well, at least for the next week.
So, hold off packing away your summer wardrobe and Ray Bans just yet be...read more
No, not London's latest cocktail invention... instead this was last night's celestial phenomenon, the likes of which we won't see again until 2033.
So what happened?
Well, the planets literally aligned...
The eclipse begin at 2.07 am on Monday ...read more
Good ol' Kitchener. He's always there for us with his pointy finger and his daft 'tache when we're on the cadge.
And today, we want your wisdom...
If you love London, and in particular, a specific little bit of it - such as its exercise scene or ...read more
Actor Naomie Harris, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and broadcaster and journalist Mariella Frostrup joined thousands of campaigners as they urged leaders to commit to tackle the biggest problems of our time on London's Millennium Bridge yeste...read more
If you didn't get picked to play at this year's Rugby World Cup (we think we missed out by a whisker) you'll have to watch the big games on the telly like everyone else... tak...read more
If we all do our bit and be kind to Mother Earth she'll keep on spinning for years to come. There's no need to sell your flat and go and live in a cave but every little bit he...read more
If the Bermondsey Beer Mile is all a bit too brewery-specific for you then U-Brew’s Bottle Shop might be the answer... the double-decker space is home to one of the best selec...read more
It's the newest culinary obsession, we're just desperate to get some livestock or a turnip out of the field and on to our plate in as few moves as possible... we'll show you w...read more
If you're fond of a fright then take a look at the best Halloween events and goings-on in London this October......read more
What do you get it you add a smidgen of treason to a sprinkling of gunpowder? A ruddy good excuse for a fireworks display. Here's are London's best this year......read more
Chef Kyoichi Kai of Zuma and Kyubi of The Arts Club, heads up a finely selected all-Japanese kitchen staff...read more
What a wonderful bird is the pelican, it's beak can hold more than its belly can. (Just some light prose for you there.) If you're in Peckham we urge you to head for the Pelic...read more
Finsbury Avenue Square is a new plaza in Broadgate which developers have described as “a mini urban oasis with seating and trees.” This seems like a misnomer as the next part of the sentence is “surrounded by office buildings occupied by UBS, ICAP, E...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
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