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Try The New Grill at the Dorchester Hotel

The Grill at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane has had a completely new look following an extensive reworking. The first thing that struck me was the background fragrance of quality cooking. It’s hard to describe but the combination of fresh table linen, fine wine wine and high end food has a smell all […]

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Decide if it’s snowing or not at Westfield, Stratford?

Spotted from the roof of Fat Face, Westfield!

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Eat at Square Olive Italian restaurant just opposite Hampton Court Station

This brilliantly located restaurant serves excellent Italian food in stylish surroundings. There is also a high end space towards the back which you can use for parties and functions. There is also live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Give it a try this Christmas!

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Celebrate Christmas at the Royal China Restaurants

Celebrate the festive season in oriental style with a sumptuous four-course Christmas set Menu for a minimum of two people sharing, priced at £35 per person.  Available at Royal China branches in Baker Street, Canary Wharf, Queensway, Harrow and Fulham until 31 December 2014. Christmas Menu Vietnamese pancake rolls, frilly prawn and squid balls, crispy […]

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How far will you go to avoid the doorknob?

Are you the waiter or the kicker? When it comes to opening doors this cold and flu season, Dettol Surface Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria meaning you can open doors all season.  

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Relax and have a Gin and Tonic at Hotel Intercontinental on Hyde Park Corner

I’m not sure why more people don’t use hotel bars for a drink. The pubs are crowded and your average chain bar lacks sophistication. Walking through the doors of the Hotel Intercontinental situated on London’s’ Hyde Park Corner you feel totally relaxed. It’s a busy hotel but feels calm with a great sense of space […]

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Catch your reflection in the burger bun at Les Deux Salons, Central London

Burgers are all the rage in London at the moment. Burger chains and American diners seem to be springing up faster than you can say ‘relish’! Even the high end restaurants are incorporating the burger into their menus! Here the top of the bun of the cheese burger at Les Deux Salon ( a fine […]

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Take your time over your main course at the Bingham Restaurant in Richmond upon Thames. Don’t forget your Champagne aperitif!

For main course we chose the beef and the turkey (with it being Christmas). The beef was cooked perfectly and the turkey was superbly tender. All main courses were served with well presented vegetables that complemented the meat well. All the meat is locally sourced. The dining room at the Bingham has a small and […]

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Make sure you don’t become too full eating the delicious bread at the Bingham Restaurant

Before your gorgeous meal at the Bingham restaurant in Richmond upon Thames you will be served some of the tastiest and freshest bread that you will ever had. We particularly liked the perfectly shaped butter!

Quince Jelly served with cheese and biscuits at the Bingham Hotel and Restaurant in Richmond upon Thames December 06

Instead of a Dessert order Cheese and Biscuits served with Quince Jelly at the Bingham restaurant in Richmond upon Thames

Sometimes you just feel like something  little more savoury. Instead of a sweet dessert then you can order a fine selection of locally sourced cheeses. The quince jelly was divine. We didn’t but you could have a glass of port with the selection. Of course if you do feel like something sweet then the desserts […]

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Want to meet Santa and his reindeers? Sign up to the @OrchidCancer Bauball 2k dash today!

Join Orchid on the 10th of December for an evening of festive family fun at world famous Spitalfields Market in the heart of London. The Dash This is a fun, festive 2k dash or walk dressed up as Santa or a Christmas bauble and all participants receive an Orchid Christmas Bauble to hang on their […]

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Rising Trend in ‘Honesty Bars’ Within Boutique Hotels – be honest at the bar at the Club Hotel and Spa in Jersey

Are you tired of waiting around for ages for bar staff to serve you? Like your favourite drink made in a particular way Honesty bars might just be the thing for you. The idea is simple: help yourself to whatever you want from the bar and make a note of it when you’ve finished. Although […]

Lotheringen Battery, Noirmont Point - Noirmont Point lies at the tip of the most southerly peninsula on the south-west coast of Jersey, and commands a field of fire over nearly 360° of sea. Remains of Lothringen Battery, installed from March 1941 onward, lie all over the headland. December 03

Visit Jersey next year for the Channel Islands Heritage Festival 2015

Jersey and Guernsey come together for the first time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Channel Islands liberation during World War II From 3rd April – 11th May, 2015, the Channel Islands Heritage Festival will celebrate a group of small islands with a big history, marking the 70th Anniversary of the islands’ liberation during […]

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Have the best Thai food at Charm Thai Restaurant in Teddington

Tonight we dined at Charm Thai restaurant in the beautiful Middlesex town of Teddington. This small and intimate restaurant serves really good Thai food with exceptional service. There are lunchtime business lunch offers and a 20% discount for diners before 7.00. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is popular and gets busy at key times.

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Eat at Filini Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham

Last night we dined at the main restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham. Filini Restaurant is located on the first floor and serves authentic Italian cuisine prepared with innovative ideas and creative twists. Named for the matchstick-thin pasta, Filini Restaurant was a concept created by Roy Ackerman, who designed the simple and authentic […]

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Stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Birmingham and explore the Christmas Frankfurt Markets

Yesterday we stayed in Birmingham at the Radisson Blu Hotel. This hotel couldn’t be better located in the city centre, close to shops and the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market. This huge market is the largest in the Uk. We are very grateful to the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for inviting us to the hotel and […]

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Visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, we claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of […]

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Try a bespoke cocktail menu inspired by Absolut’s Andy Warhol Edition at Rivington Shoreditch

  Absolut has partnered up with Rivington Grill in Shoreditch to create the Art Exchange Hub where guests can create their own piece of art while enjoying bespoke, Andy Warhol-inspired cocktails. The collaboration celebrates the launch of Absolut’s Andy Warhol Edition, a new limited edition bottle celebrating creativity, pop art and the brand’s long standing […]

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Blogger Interview: Beth Jordan

We are very grateful to style blogger Beth Jordan for taking part in this interview. Many Thanks. Blog Address: What is your blog about? I think this blog will probably be a combination of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, the occasional rambling about media stories and my styling work. What inspired you to start your blog? I […]

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Read some facts about November 1975 – Self Indulgent post as It is my Birthday

This is a purely self indulgent post. Today is my birthday – born 23rd November 1975. Here are some facts about what happened November 1975 3 November – A petroleum pipeline from Cruden Bay to Grangemouth across Scotland is formally opened by the Queen. 6 November – The first public performance by punk rock band […]

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Go Ice Skating at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas

This particular Ideal Home Show ends tomorrow. You can skate and eat at Greg Wallace’s Restaurant!

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Christmas under one roof at The Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Today we are at the Ideal Home Show for Christmas. If you have not been then you have today and tomorrow to go! You can find everything on your Christmas list all under one roof; from decorations and hand crafted gifts, to turkey, festive fizz and Christmas puddings, to furniture, DIY solutions and New Year […]

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Winter Wonderland is back

Originally posted on WNOL:
Kickstart your weekend with a trip to London’s biggest Christmas event, opening today at 5. From the 21st of November until the 4th of January, Hyde park (the main entrance being Marble Arch) hosts London’s most renowned Christmas market, which also includes an ice rink, a Christmas circus, Santa’s Grotto and…

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Eat Tapas inspired by the foods of Spain and Lebanon at Mezzet Dar, Bridge Road – just a short walk from Hampton Court Palace

This Monday ‘5thingstodotoday’ dined at Mezzet Dar only a short walk from Hampton Court Station. Mezzet Dar is an excellent Tapas restaurant serving exquisite tapas. There can’t be many restaurants serving food inspired by Spain and Lebanon together. We are a huge fan of Mezzet Lebanese restaurant on Bridge road near Hampton Court Palace. Fortunately […]

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Ice Skate at Hampton Court Palace

Tonight we attended the launch party of the all new Christmas and New Year Ice rink at Hampton Court Palace. There are many Ice rinks that spring up around London at the festive season but it is hard to find one in such beautiful surroundings. The palace looked like a huge present today illuminated with […]

Tea House Theatre Vauchall Station November 20

Imagine it’s your first week in London, knowing what you know now, where would you recommend for a first great food experience and why?

  Imagine it’s your first week in London, knowing what you know now, where would you recommend for a first great food experience and why? This is the questions we were asked by LAL Language Centres who are creating an eating out  guide for their new students. Our recommendation is…………….. The ‘Tea House Theatre’ – […]

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Download Zomato and find local independent restaurant near you – you can even filter out chains!

Zomato overhauls mobile app; champions discovery of independent restaurants in the UK Zomato, the UK’s most comprehensive restaurant search and discovery service, today unveils a brand new version of its popular smartphone app. The new features aim to get the people in the UK eating at independent restaurants across the country. Given the increasing number and […]

Winter Pride Award Ceremony 2015 November 19

Think deeply about Ilua Hauck da Silva’s Veins of Vanity

Ilua Hauck da Silva is a Brazilian born artist who was a finalist in last Saturdays Winter Pride Awards with her piece Veins of Vanity II. Illua wore a tight-laced corset until it presented indents and scaring on her torso. She then modelled her torso out of optical glass to produce this stunning work which is […]

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A ‘Home Away from Home’ Festive Experience at Hotel Du Vin   This holiday season, Hotel du Vin has created a luxurious ‘home away from home’ experience for three nights over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in their sumptuous suites, complete with a real Christmas tree.  Guests are invited to get into the […]

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Make Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Muffins this Christmas

Embrace the festive season with this unique recipe for sweet potato and cinnamon muffins. Spicy cinnamon compliments fluffy butter cream to create a sweet treat that’s perfect for a thoughtful Christmas gift, special Boxing Day brunch or simply gobbled up fresh from the oven. Makes: 10 Per muffin 256kcal 3.7g protein 9.7g fat 1g saturates […]

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What are the differences in spending habits between single and people in a relationship?


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Winter Pride UK 15th November 2014 sponsored by Smirnoff

Last night ‘5thingstodotoday’ attended the Smirnoff sponsored Winter Pride UK Award ceremony held at the magnificently historic Tobacco Dock in London. The ceremony was compared by Irish television and radio presenter Brendan Courtney and introduced by BBC arts correspondent Brenda Emmanus. We were fortunate enough to be sitting at the same table as the as the […]

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Blogger Interview: Mayra Vasquez

We are very grateful to Mayra Vasquez for this blogger interview. Please check out her blog her: What is your blog about? My blog is about Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle. I’m also documenting my journey into entering the Fashion Industry. What inspired you to start your blog? Well, I’ve always wanted to share with others […]

Virgin Vera Cocktail, The Arch London November 13

Drink a Mocktail during National Alcohol Awareness Week

Go Alcohol-Free during National Alcohol Awareness Week with a Mocktail Put down that Mojito and go teetotal with a delicious a Mocktail or two in London during National Alcohol Awareness Week (17 – 23 November 2014).   Bubble Pearl Drinks, Royal China Pop your bubble-cherry at one of the authentic Royal China restaurants with […]

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Read about the ‘art of learning’ – The Lance King way

Last night we attended a talk by Lance King on the art of learning. This inspirational talk was aimed at parents with pupils in secondary school. Amongst other strategies Lance talked about how we can teach children to ‘fail well’. On Lance’s website Taolearn there is lots of information that can be downloaded as well […]

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Eat at the newly refurbished Nipa Thai Restaurant at Lancaster London

Nipa Thai, the award-winning restaurant situated on the first floor of mid-century icon Lancaster London has just completed its redesign. Offering unrivalled views across Hyde Park, the restaurant is renowned as one of London’s best Thai establishments. Using authentic Thai recipes created by the all-female Thai kitchen brigade, the restaurant offers a classic and sophisticated […]

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Blogger Interview: Ellis Schindler

We are very grateful for Ellis taking part in our blogger interview series. Please have a look and subscribe to her very professional looking blog here. What is your blog about? Travel What inspired you to start your blog? I love travelling but, due to my studies and work, I can’t get away as much […]

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Download the new Addison Lee App onto your phone – a taxi in your pocket!

For the last few days we have been trying our the new App from Addison Lee Minicabs. The app is available on all major platforms – we tested it using an iPhone. Here are few essentials. The app is easily found in the app store and quickly downloaded – all for free. The app will […]

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Have afternoon tea at Lancaster London

Lancaster London Launches Sweet New Afternoon Tea Lancaster London, overlooking Hyde Park, has just launched a new Afternoon Tea guaranteed to put a smile on guests’ faces. New Executive Chef Ben Purton has created a fun yet traditional Afternoon Tea, with nostalgic candy inspired sweet treats such as: White chocolate truffle & raspberry lollypops with […]

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Blogger Interview: Anny Langer

We are very grateful to Anny Langer for her blogger interview. Blog Address: What is your blog about? My blog is about a lot of things, especially art and artists I know personally. I work as an artist myself and meet a lot of interesting people. But it’s also about life, things that happen around […]

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Explore the Gin menu at Rivington Grill Greenwich

Last night we went to Rivington Grill in Greenwich. This bar and grill has the largest Gin menu I have ever seen (around 60 different varieties on a rough count) If you are not in the Greenwich area then you will find a Rivington Grill in Shoreditch.

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The Independent Schools Show at Evolution in Battersea Park

Today we went to the Independent Schools show at the Evolution exhibition centre in Battersea Park. This is a show case of Independent Schools and tutorial colleges in the UK. If you are facing the daunting task of choosing a school for your child then this is a very informative show to attend. We listened […]

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Watch The Lord Mayor Show Procession today

The Lord Mayor’s Show has marched (and floated and trotted, and occasionally fought) through 799 years of London history, surviving the black death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as what must be the oldest, grandest and best-loved civic pageant in the world. The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is on today. There […]

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Win 2 tickets to see Peter Gabriel at the SSE Arena, Wembley offers you access to the best tickets in London! And to prove it, we are giving away two tickets to see Peter Gabriel live at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Wednesday 3rd of December. Following the phenomenal success of his ‘Back to Front’ tour dates, and his recent induction into the Rock and Roll […]

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Watch the last three years of John Lewis Christmas adverts

Have you seen this years John Lewis Christmas advert? This week the department store released their new 2014 Christmas advert. It would seem therefore suitable to watch this one and remind ourselves of a few of the previous. Enjoy! 2014 – Monty the Penguin  2013 – The Bear and the Hare  2012 – The Journey   

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Make these Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Pops by Foxcroft and Ginger

Foxcroft  Chocolate and Beetroot Cake Pops These cake pops are served in Foxcroft and Ginger – Soho and Whitechapel sites! You can also make your own. Ingredients 250g cooked beetroot 200g chocolate (for cake pop and decoration) 4tbsp espresso 200g butter 5 eggs 190g caster sugar 135g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 3tbsp cocoa Equipment […]

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Festive Afternoon Tea, bespoke hampers, Christmas dining and New Year’s Eve With the holiday season fast approaching, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London announces its festive offerings, marking the hotel’s first holiday season in London. From delectable menus and in-room Christmas treats to marvelling 128 metres above the ground as the city lights up to […]

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Find a competitive price for conveyancing work when buying or selling a house

It would seem to be a minefield when deciding on a solicitor to guide you through the purchasing and selling of a house. Really moving compares solicitors in the UK and finds a good price for you. Once you have added the most basic of details they will then e-mail you quotes. Once this has […]

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Read this Comparison of The Most Expensive & Beautiful Houses In The World: Buckingham Palace Is Not No. 1

Three years ago news came out that a house made from 200,000 kilograms of gold and platinum fixtures and fittings sitting somewhere in the Swiss-Italian Alpine border is the world’s most expensive house valued at $12.2 billion. Global news and blog sites were quick to announce it, including the Wall Street Journal. The only caveat, the […]

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Go the the club hotel and spa in Jersey for a hand and finger massage

Jersey Spa Launches ‘Gadget Relief Massage’for Strained Hands and Fingers Never mind being a pain in the neck, these days working all day on your computer, Blackberry or iPhone can cause severe pain and tension in your fingers and hands. This can sometimes even lead to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) which can be very painful. […]


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