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Drink Champagne and Dim Sum at the Bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge

Last week we went to the plush bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. This bar is the perfect place to have a pre drink before dining at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant. To be honest the Dim Sum served at the bar is excellent and of high quality. If you go to this bar early […]

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5 things Helen Russell has learnt about living in Denmark – read The Year of Living Danishly

Yesterday I went to the book launch party of Helen Russell’s book – The Year of Living Danishly. Helen is a journalist and the former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. This book has the catchy tagline of ‘Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s happiest country’. Here are five things that Helen has learnt in her two years […]

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PUB to become Scandic Haymarket! – Scandic consolidates its position as Stockholm’s biggest hotel operator

Scandic and AxFast are creating one of Stockholm’s most exciting grand hotels in the historic PUB building and fortifying Stockholm’s position on the international hotel map. The new hotel will be a vibrant meeting place for both Stockholmers and visitors alike.   Scandic Haymarket The PUB building is one of Stockholm’s oldest department stores and […]

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Watch these classic moments from Anne Kirkbride playing Deirdre from Coronation Street who sadly passed away yesterday

Deirdre Barlow’s First Appearance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn19frazXFk Deirdre Barlow Pie In The Face! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwKEJ_VNtsc Coronation Street Ken Barlow Returns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVYaZECn3A Coronation Street – Ken attacks Deirdre 1983 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFvQn1k5BJ4 Deirdre Barlow gets sent to prison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k906VpgVcg Thank you to YouTube

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Buy a beer from Italian Craft Beers – you can also join their beer club and buy a gift card

We import and distribute craft beers from Italy and we support Slow Food UK. 2) We organise tasting events, supper clubs and pop-ups where our customers can taste our beers paired with food. 3) We have 18 different styles, 75cl bottles, some of which are barleywine beers made with grapes (Cannonau, Malvasia and Nasco) with […]

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5 things to do today featured on ‘Cotswold Tourism Tours’

We are very grateful to be featured on this tourism site. Great work! Here is a snippet! ‘Have you ever found yourself uninspired? Ever had a day when you’re bored and directionless? Do you want to experience something new, but you’re not sure where to start? Then you need to meet David! David runs a […]

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Make sure that your baby gets a good nights sleep not forgetting yourself of course!

After a brief chat on Twitter we were very grateful to the ‘Infant Sleep Consultants’ for offering these 5 tips on baby sleeping – and of course YOU sleeping. Meet the Sleep Advisors Tip 1  If you have a bad night, don’t lose confidence, draw a line under it & start again the next day […]

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT SHANGRI-LA

Take Valentine’s Day to a new height at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London A chilled bottle of Deutz Rose NV Champagne is ready and waiting as guests enter their stylishly appointed room while they hear the gentle sounds of their favourite song as a couple.  Monogrammed pillowcases further add a personalised touch and offer […]

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Get Insured on Long Haul Trips even with a pre-existing medical condition with Medical Travel Compared

LONG HAUL DESTINATIONS NOT OFF LIMITS FOR TRAVELERS WITH PRE-EXISITNG CONDITIONS In the biggest holiday-booking month of the year, MedicalTravelCompared.co.uk, providers of the stand-alone travel insurance comparison site for people with pre-existing conditions, is reminding travellers that long-haul destinations may not be off-limits. An estimated 12.5 million UK holiday-makers searched for summer deals in January last year [1] […]

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Blogger: Interview: Victoria Storm

  Name: Victoria Storm Blog Address: vicstorya.com What is your blog about? Vicstorya is a commentary on life and pop culture that ducks into the fashion world every once in a while. What inspired you to start your blog? I had been writing for a website called thevillagestyle.com for around eight months, and I found […]

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Have a day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into a private home

A day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into this private home   ….for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage. Every day throughout the Year.  A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire north Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at a private thatched […]

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Blogger Interview: Roel Loopers

Name: Roel Loopers Blog Address: http://www.freoview.wordpress.com What is your blog about? About the lifestyle and politics of the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia What inspired you to start your blog? I wanted to create an outlet for the community to participate in, promote events and new businesses and scrutinize council. When did you […]

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Watch The Unquiet Film Series’ by The Times such as this one on Photojournalism.

These thought provoking films are produced by The Times and Sunday Times. You can watch them on this link. Here is the film on Photojournalism courtesy of YouTube. This is just one film of The Unquiet Film Series.   ‘

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Have coffee at Alio’s Italian Delicatessen in Walton upon Thames

This unassuming Italian delicatessen/supermarket in Walton upon Thames serves one of the best coffees you will find. The seating is limited inside, in fact you sit amongst to shelves which has a unique quality all of its own. There are seats outside but you go for the quality of the products and not the view. […]

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At what speed would you have to drive for rain to shatter your windshield? Have a look at the xkcd website!

The above question was taken from the What If website. This thought provoking site is full of cartoons to make you think and open ended questions to inspire. If you are interested in science or maths then this is a site for you.

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Have a burger at Five Guys in Kingston Upon Thames

  The popular Five Guys chain seems to be taking over the UK at the moment. Their burgers do not come cheap but you do get a large selection of good quality toppings for free. The portions are large and the chips in particular are impressive with the potato skins left on. The burger comes […]

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Raise money for Cancer Research UK by ‘Dining with the Stars’ on Monday 9th February

  Dining with the Stars is a unique fine dining experience, where no fewer than five Michelin-starred come together to each deliver one mouth-watering course, paired with carefully matched wines, for just 250 lucky guests. The event, taking place on Monday 9th February 2015 will be once again held at the stunning Plaisterers’ Hall in […]

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See Lionel Richie at the Henley Festival Thursday 9th July on a Floating Stage

“I’m looking forward to playing at Henley Festival as I don’t think I’ve ever played on a Floating Stage on the River Thames before! There’s been some great acts perform over the years at Henley so I’m very excited for it to be my turn.”  Lionel Richie  Making his Henley Festival debut on the Floating […]

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See Eliza Doolittle for an intimate Gig at Quaglino’s restaurant in London this Wednesday

Book your tickets for Quaglino’s this Wednesday for an exclusive performance by the incredibly talented and platinum-selling Eliza Doolittle. Eliza started young – her first record deal at 19 led to her hit self-titled debut album going Platinum and selling over 600,000 copies in the UK alone. Her collaboration with massive dance duo Disclosure on […]

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Try Fleurie red wine from ALDI Superstore

This wine took me by surprise over the festive period. Excellent quality for only £6.49. If you were blindfold then you would definitely guess a much higher price. You can read more about this wine here.

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Run a mile a day for a whole year

Did you know that if you run a mile a day for 365 days then you will have run approximately fourteen marathons. Imagine that as an accomplishment! Unbelievable isn’t it!  

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Blogger Interview: Aurora HuiMin Lee

We are very grateful to Huimin Lee for submitting this blogger interview. If you would like to submit your interview then please see this link. Blog Address: http://huiminxoxo.wordpress.com What is your blog about? My blog addresses topics related to fashion, beauty and lifestyle. I usually do a OOTD post, give some style tips regarding a […]

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5 inspirational things to do today from Rafia Khan

We are very grateful to fashion blogger Rafia Khan for sharing her 5 inspirational things. Please have a look at Rafia’s Fashion diary for more inspiration. We all need a little inspiration once in a while. So here are the 5 Inspirational Things I Do Everyday: One I often Smile at Strangers, you never know […]

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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: bethjordanstylist.wordpress.com 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 […]

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