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I guided my 17 year old daughter through the hustle and bustle of the South Bank (a rather exciting “Streets of Spain” event was taking place, the Udder Belly theatre was doing a brisk trade and the street entertainers were out in force) and we arriv...read more
It's May, which means it's a four-day weekend, which means - in true British style - there are a host of bargains to be had as a swathe of retailers slash prices and launch Bank Holiday sales today. HURRAH! Heads up on a few goodies:
First let me recommend this delightful venue. Just 10 minutes’ walk from either Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations, the Drayton Arms is a traditional grand and buzzy pub. Its location means it is crammed with vibrant and colourful peop...read more
In news sure to exciting any lover of print, Oasis has just launched a new and exclusive capsule collaboration in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Born out of a mutual love of print and colour, the collection sees the brand join forc...read more
With more and more record stores closing due to downloads and increasing rents, why not set up a store on a boat? Not only is rental cheaper but it can move up and down riverw...read more
As the weather (slowly, but surely) warms up, the colour gradually returns to one's cheeks and the deathly pallor of the last few months of winter subsides, it's the perfect time of year to give your beauty regime an overhaul, give everything a sprin...read more
There seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment of taking great movie classics and producing them on the stage. Some work well, and others don’t. I wasn’t sure about this 1954 play by Reginald Rose that’s fresh from much acclaim in the West End – ma...read more
The London Coffee Festival celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene. With over 22,500 visitors expected, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable e...read more
We take a look at all the good stuff happening in London this May Bank Holiday Weekend from an Urban Ninja Obstacle Course to a street festival, canalboats, country fair, come...read more
This spring, an 8 week pop up concept leads the way in Clapham's nightlife scene. Blurring the lines between clubbing, theatre and performance... can you handle the Asylum?...read more
At Ziferblat, you are entering an IRL social network experience and everything in the Old Street space is free. The only catch is that on entering the building you will be cha...read more
I love a good fashion book, as you well know, so the publication of Nautical Chic, a new tome by fashion historian and vintage aficionado Amber Jane Butchart in collaboration with Beyond Retro, has definitely got my interest.
From the modernist ...read more
For all those craving summer festival hair when you're stuck in the city (we've all been there...) fear not, for those geniuses (geniuses? genii? I always wondered...) at Hershesons have just opened the clever Hershesons Braid Bar at Topshop Oxford C...read more
Hot on the heels of last year's bestselling colours, Models Own will next month be adding five more dazzling shades to its Polish For Tans collection. The vibrant fluoro formulas are specifically designed to enhance a natural tan and are perfectly ba...read more
Pride, glory and an overwhelming sense of achievement... Now there's another reason to take part in the world-famous London Marathon as Rocket are offering a free pizza to every runner that brings their medal into the Holborn branch on the day of the...read more
The husband and wife team behind Source pride themselves on the provenance of their ingredients. Cheese is from Androuet in Spitalfields market, lamb is from Welsh farms and b...read more
This dress from & Other Stories is already proving to be the must-buy of the month; after seeing a fashion editor wearing it last week two of my colleagues have already bought it. My housemate bought both colours (black and off-white) this weekend an...read more
It's hard to believe that the serene tranquility of the K West Hotel & Spa is but five minutes walk from Westfield and the accompanying hustle and bustle of Shepherd's Bush, but it's true - a mere stone's throw from London's biggest shopping centre a...read more
Just in time for the fuzzy of London emerging from hibernation, the original international waxing revolutionaries Ministry of Waxing have opened a new salon on Covent Garden's Neal Street.
The new design-led super-salon houses both Ministry of Wa...read more
I love a good coffee table fashion book and the new Icons on Women's Style, recently published by Laurence King, is the latest on my lust list.
The fashionable tome, by Josh Sims, examines the most stylish of women from the past 80 year, those wh...read more
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Christopher’s, London’s original American restaurant and martini bar in Covent Garden are hosting their famous Cocktail Masterclasses, which kick off at 12.30pm on the first S...read more
Alexandra Palace will see owners and their dogs embarking (no pun intended!) on new 3K or 5K "Big Walkies" sponsored walks to raise funds for the RSPCA. You and your dog can enjoy the big outdoors whilst helping other dogs.
Register now to receive...read more
Hackney-based jeweller Tessa Metcalfe is one I've long been a fan of and her latest discovery is one that has me itching to invest in some new jewels.
After her favourite stone dealer came across a bag of antique cuts, Tessa's latest finds are som...read more
At long last, ASOS has cottoned on to the fact that the bridesmaids dress market is (predominantly) hideous and that the last few years has seen a huge increase in brides dressing their gal pals in high street frocks. Step forward their newest ventur...read more
For over 30 years, Aveda has been committed to its mission of ‘caring for the world we live in’ and setting an example for ‘environmental leadership and responsibility’.
Every year, the entire Aveda network unites for Earth Month, raising money ...read more
Everyone knows the story of The Little Mermaid. But you absolutely have to see this production by Polly Teale of the Shared Experience Company – it is astonishing and utterly mesmerising.
The set and the lighting makes those underwater scenes rea...read more
As we hurtle ever closer toward summer, the time has almost come to retire the heavy winter coats to the back of the wardrobe and replace them with something lighter and brighter.
Exhibit A: Zara's gorgeous new bell-sleeved number, in a rather fe...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