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5 things to do in the City of Bath

There are many more things than five to do in Bath however this is what we did. One Visit the Jane Austen Centre. ane paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the eighteenth century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home. It also provides the backdrop to two of her […]

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5 things dines at Trade Union, Thomas Moor Square, Wapping (food, flowers, coffee, male grooming and more)

Trade Union is a large open plan space combining three of the world’s oldest trades; coffee, grooming and flowers. Trade Union is a short walk from St Katherines Dock, being situated on Thomas More Square, Wapping.  One Decide if you want a cocktail, meal, haircut, coffee or to order flowers. Trade Union combines all of […]

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Download the Cuvva app and get car insurance for a single hour to a whole day – perfect for a friends car!

Get insured on a friend’s car for an hour (or more). Cuvva is a totally new type of UK car insurance that gets you covered on a car for only as long as you need it. From a single hour to a whole day. Download the app now £5 off the first time you use […]

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Find a Busylizzy Family Club near you – Fabulous Postnatal Fitness, Baby(0-1yr) & Active tots (1-4 yrs) classes

Welcome to Busylizzy – Fitness and fun for mums and little ones! Award winning busylizzy® is the UK’s leading family club. If you are a parent with a child under 4 years – they you’re at the right place. Established in 2011 in response to a lack of good quality, fun and professionally run classes […]

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Win a fresh BBQ party pack with Campbells Meat

Our friends at Campbells Meat are giving away four spectacular fresh BBQ party packs including burgers, drumsticks, sausages, ribs and more, worth over £70 for four lucky winners to feast on. Plus, everyone who enters gets 50% discount + free delivery (UK mainland) to use on any of the BBQ pack range. All you have to do to enter is sign […]

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Travel home on the NightTube but not before trying one of these late night bars

After months of waiting, the #NightTube is finally launching this weekend – hooray! Please see below for some of the most exciting late-night offerings. Sartoria’s Victoria Line Martini To celebrate the 24-hour tube, the bar team at Sartoria, minutes away from Oxford Street, have created a cocktail inspired by the Victoria line. A striking blue in colour, […]

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Enjoy a Fentimans cocktail at Lights of Soho Summer Jungle – until 10th September

Lights of Soho is pleased to announce that they will be taken over by Fentimans for a ‘Summer Jungle’ pop-up from 10th August until the 10th September. The gallery will be turned into a neon Summer Jungle with a nod to the British Empire; the pop-up will also feature a series of bespoke cocktails featuring […]

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Order the limited edition CAUnival Burger and donate £1.00 to action against hunger

However you say it, friendship is something worth celebrating, and what better way to celebrate than with good food, good drink & good company? Inspired by Dia del Amigo, CAU are celebrating the two things we love most; food and friendship. They have teamed up withAction Against Hunger charity ambassador DJ BBQ to create a limited […]

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5 things to do today enjoys whiskey cocktails at The Gallery, West Hampstead

Whiskey is something of a crowd splitter. The marmite of drinks. You love it or you hate it. The Gallery in West Hampstead have come up with a cunning plan to please both parties, a whiskey cocktail list designed to delight both the most seasoned connoisseur and the reluctant whiskey drinkers alike. If you haven’t […]

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MySingleFriend is offering fans the opportunity to date David Brent – Enter now!

Have you ever wanted to date Ricky Gervais’s David Brent from BBC television comedy series ‘The Office’? Well now you can with MySingleFriend! MySingleFriend is offering David Brent fanatics the once in a lifetime opportunity of helping long time singleton David with his first ever date. We are asking fans to help David finally meet […]

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Competition: Win 2 weekend tickets to the first ever River Cottage Music Festival! (17th – 18th September) 

5 things to do today offers you the chance to win a pair of weekend tickets to the first ever River Cottage Music Festival!   A weekend of brilliant music, the finest local fare and otherworldly fun in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley. http://www.rivercottage.net/festival How to enter To enter this competition please say in 5 words […]

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Do you think Ed Balls will win Strictly Come Dancing?

Ed Balls 2/1 to be first Strictly Come Dancing casualty Former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls is 2/1 with Betway to be the first contestant to be booted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Balls, who lost his seat at the general election last year, looks set to be the first male British politician to […]

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Do you know the difference between Rum and Rhum?

Rum vs Rhum: The Battle of the Bottles “I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum” William Cowper, English Poet In the 14th Century, famous explorer Marco Polo wrote of tasting ‘a very good wine of sugar’. Since then, rhum (and rum) has evolved to […]

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20% discount on best room rate at the Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street in October to celebrate London Restaurant Festival

BESPOKE SPECIAL OFFERS, FESTIVAL MENUS, WINE TASTING & CHAMPAGNE GOURMET ODYSSEY AVAILABLE AT THE HOTEL THROUGHOUT OCTOBER Five-star luxury boutique hotel, Andaz London Liverpool Street is delighted to announce their official partnership with London Restaurant Festival. As a leading partner, Andaz London Liverpool Street will host a number of exciting activities and events throughout the month long […]

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Make sure you visit the point stage at the Boardmasters Festival – Cornwall

The Point is one of the most iconic stages of the festival. Providing a picture perfect view over Watergate Bay, it’s the ultimate place to watch the sun go down and listen to some pumping tunes. This year, Relentless will once again transform the area into their wildest stage ever. The Point presented by Relentless will feature a 360 degree music experience […]

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Don’t Miss An Act At The Brewery Quarter’s Summer Jam – Cheltenham

With just a few days to go’, excitement (and beer) is literally brewing for The Brewery Quarter’s Summer Jam – a two-day celebration of music, beer and food in the heart of Cheltenham on Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August. The live stage will see some of the best local performers, DJs and musicians […]

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Have Champagne delivered to your door in 1 hour with Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial, the first champagne especially created to be enjoyed over ice, is offering a 1 hour chilled delivery service in London for the summer months. Have the ultimate celebration in this summer sunshine. Quick and easy: 1) Book in the day and time on http://uk.moet.com/ 2) Select and purchase your Moët […]

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5 things enjoys afternoon tea at The Ivy Cafe Marylebone

Located in one of London’s prime creative hotspots not too far away from the busy high street, on Marylebone lane is an all day brassiere, The Ivy cafe. It’s impressive Art Deco, French inspired theme transports you to a different time zone. With such a relaxing ambiance you can consume all of the surrounding details, […]

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5 Reasons to Visit Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour Today – London’s Covent Garden

There is nothing more British than a good G&T, except for perhaps actual tea; Mr. Fogg’s Tavern and Gin Parlour is like a time capsule of Victorian London, where Gin is so highly valued it has it’s own encyclopedia of sorts, the Gintonica. Mr. Fogg’s Gintonica has a selection of over 350 different gins, not […]

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Buy gifts for your wine collection at Eurocave, 57 Chiltern Street, London

If you are serious about wine then you must visit the Eurocave Showroom in Marylbone. They sell everything from bottle openers and glassware to huge wine cabinets designed to keep your wine at the perfect temperature. The days of digging out a wine cellar are over! We went to a wine and food pairing event at […]

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Build up your swimming fitness using swimfit – swimming.org 

Sign up and register with swimfit  Find your local community pool to start burning calories.  Start with card 1/30 and start to swim. Each one gets progressively more difficult.  Each card contains a warm up, skill development, cool down and the main activity.  Become familiar with the dashboard part of the swimfit website. You can […]

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Have lunch at The Black Swan pub in Cobham/Ockham 

Sit outside and take advantage of the beautiful patio. This pub is perfect in the sun.  Order a cheese burger and enjoy the brioche bun and chunky chips. The accompanying allolli was fantastic.  Have the mac and cheese. Warning: contains cauliflower and spinach. Served with a nicely dressed side salad.  Have a pint of real […]

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Catch a Pokémon in or outside the M Wine Store Victoria Street and receive a £25 voucher

It’s official. The world has gone Pokémon crazy, with the new Pokémon Go app boasting more daily active users than Twitter! Now the multi award winning M restaurants has decided if it can’t beat them, why not join them? As probably just about half the planet knows, Pokémon trainers start their virtual adventure with a […]

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Book to see Rod Stewart at the Liverpool Echo Arena (new date added 18th December))

Rod Stewart is now set to play two dates in Liverpool, where he will treat fans to a spectacular set of both all-time classics and new hits. Tickets for the ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016’ tour are on sale now. Buy Tickets Here  

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Have food to go at YO! Sushi with their new Tokyo to Go service

Summer has arrived straight from the streets of Tokyo with YO! Sushi’s new Chirashi pots available now from its new Tokyo To Go takeaway service. Chirashi literally means “scattered rice” and these new take away pots – priced from £3.50 – include either sesame soy marinated fresh salmon, ponzu marinated tuna, sesame marinated tofu or […]

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Book to see THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST at the Royal Festival Hall – part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love

This American Life founder and host Ira Glass brings his heart-rending tales to London in a surprising new format. Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London – Tuesday 16th August Introducing the European premier of a show entitled ‘Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host’ that stars ‘This American Life’ host Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, […]

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Buy tickets for the QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as Glorious Goodwood – is the sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing season. Traditionally taking place at the end of July, here the finest thoroughbreds compete in some of the world’s most […]

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5 things to do today at Harvey Nichols OXO Tower Restaurant 

There can’t be many fine dining places in Britain with a view such as the OXO tower restaurant. The views of the River Thames are impressive and provide a totally immersive experience watching boats pass by and helicopters fly past. People feel the need to dress up and rightly so. One Start with a gin […]

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Interview with television presenter and journalist Matt Barbet

Matt Barbet presents 5 News Tonight weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 5. Here Matt shares a few lifestyle things with us. How nervous do you get before a live broadcast? Do you have a set routine before you go on air? I don’t get nervous, really, which is a benefit of doing it for a […]

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Enjoy wine and cheese pairings in the 1901 Lounge at the 5 Star Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street 

It would be hard to find a more sophisticated setting for a wine lounge. The 1901 lounge is part of the 5 star Andaz Hotel – part of the Hyatt group. An impressive number of wines are sold by the glass – 18 to choose from. Cheese and other pairings can be ordered. Locally sourced […]

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Book to see the London Musical Theatre Orchestra

LONDON MUSICAL THEATRE ORCHESTRA INAUGURAL LONDON CONCERTS On Tuesday 28th June the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) hosted a gala evening to launch its first professional orchestral concerts. Having recently been granted charity status the LMTO had much to celebrate and at the launch treated guests to a delightful experience, showcasing the work of the […]

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5 things dines at Manchester House, Spinningfields, Manchester City Centre

We recently had lunch (not for the first time) at Manchester House restaurant in the up and come Spinningfields area of the city. This restaurant is ultra modern, incredibly welcoming and keeps in our opinion getting better and better. Food is served perfectly with perhaps the best presentation we have ever seen. The Michelin star […]

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5 things to do today to Stay Focused, Get Fit, Feel Great

If you’re reading this then you’ve already started your journey to becoming a more healthy you. Whether you want to shift some weight, train for an event or just fancy getting in better shape, staying focused will help you achieve your goals. We all know it isn’t just women who get body conscious, men might […]

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5 things to do today at The Crown at Bray – a traditional English pub in Berkshire

The Crown at Bray has just won ‘Best Pub in Berkshire 2016’. Taken over by Heston Blumenthal in 2010 this pub is very traditional, ‘olde worlde’ and serves stunning food and drinks. One Find a seat (maybe by the window) avoiding the low beams and order a drink. The wine menu is impressive as is the […]

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Drink Taittinger on the terrace of The Royal Horseguards Hotel and dress like Vicky Pattison

1. Learn how the special effects are done in your favorite blockbuster films by booking tickets to see ‘The Hollywood Special Effects Show‘. This is touring the UK now and includes a bullet proof screen across the stage. 2. Learn how to make the perfect Pimms with the Steve Smith, Head Chef of Bohemia’s restaurant […]

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Sopwell House Hosts England Footballers Foundation Charity Event with Comedian Jack Whitehall and Music from James Bay

On Sunday 29 May 2016, Sopwell House rocked St Albans by welcoming the England Football Team for their annual Footballers Foundation Charity Event 2016. The event was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall and included music from English singer-songwriter and guitarist, James Bay. Roy Hodgson’s entire squad were in attendance, including Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, James […]

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Bohemia’s Head Chef Steve Smith’s Tips on How to make the Perfect Summer Pimms

With summer only a light breeze away, that refreshing jug of Pimms is set to be a table top essential for al fresco feasts. The quintessentially English beverage boasts a recognisable tawny colour and a delicious blend of citrus fruits, offering a familiar taste of summer. Bohemia’s Head Chef Steve Smith has provided a round-up […]

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Find your keys using a ’tile’ and stay at the Park Hyatt in Mallorca 

Buy a tile and never lose your keys again. This stylish white tile slips on your key ring and uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone. Lose your keys and locate using your phone. Lose your phone and locate it using your tile.  Buy beers for the train from Manchester’s Picadilly tap. Just 2 minutes […]

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Yoga on the top of London’s John Lewis and the quickest way to buy theatre tickets 

Use Apple Pay to pay for transport around London. Easy to use and fingerprint driven. Get your iPhone at the ready or watch! It’s easy to scan your card/s and away you go.  Have a pint of ‘shed head’ in the rooftop secret garden at John Lewis Oxford street, London. You can also do yoga […]

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Dvd’s from Poundland and sticky toffee pudding at Heston’s Crown pub in Bray – part of today’s five 

Order an egg and bacon sandwich at Five on the Bridge in East Molesey – just near Hampton Court. This cafe in a row of cafes does the best sandwich – order it on brown. The coffee is also good.  Try the 8 hour diet and do it properly. This fasting diet (8 hours of […]

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5 Top tips to help increase productivity at work

1.  Keep Hydrated Did you know over 75% of people don’t drink enough water? Only a 2% Decrease in water levels can lead to a 20% dip in concentration! So it is really important to make sure you Keep Hydrated. Why not give your water a tasty Zing by adding fresh citrus fruits. The Root 7 […]

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Eat Mexican and maybe do some Yoga in Hackney Wick at La Terraza

Launching on Thursday 26th May 2016, La Terraza is a scorching new outdoor Mexican pop up coming to Hackney Wick’s canal for the summer. Open Wednesday – Sunday throughout the summer, La Terraza invites guests to drink, dine and dance waterside. La Terraza will take place on the brand new terrace at Number 90 Bar […]

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Experience Cinema celebrates landmark 30th Anniversary of Top Gun

Do you feel the need? The need for… drawn-out shots of afterburners, terrible haircuts, aerial smack-talk, softly lit sex scenes and the power chord genius of Kenny Logins? We know you do. We do too. This May, the most definitive movie of the 80s, Top Gun, turns a jaw-dropping 30 and the creators of Rooftop Film Club and Underground Film […]

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Raise money for the Francis Crick Institute at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on Saturday 16th July with Seb Coe

The second annual Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation Polo Trophy is being held on Saturday 16th July 2016 at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and includes an afternoon of fine-dining and exhilarating polo. Funds raised at the event go to support the Francis Crick Institute, a ground-breaking research facility being constructed in the centre […]

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Have a Rose Garden Cocktail in celebration of Chelsea Flower Show at Sopwell House, St Albans

In the run up to Chelsea Flower Show’s floral frenzy, The Mews at Sopwell House has devised a bloomin’ marvellous Rose Garden Cocktail, served in its very own mini watering can. With Chelsea Flower Show running from 24-28 May 2016, The Mews at Sopwell House hasn’t just stopped to smell the roses – they have […]

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Have a drink in a ‘slammer’ where the Krays were detained – The Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch

YOU’RE NICKED: COURTHOUSE HOTEL SHOREDITCH OPENS ITS CELLS TO THE PUBLIC THIS SUMMER Fancy drinking a “Slammer” in the very cells where Ronnie and Reggie Kray were once detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure? With the former Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station transforming into Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch from 1 st June, the owners are […]

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5 things to do at the superb Emlyn’s restaurant at the foot of Box Hill, Surrey

Last Thursday ‘5 things’ had the privilege of dining at Emily’s restaurant at the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel – not far from Dorking. Two years ago this restaurant was the casualty of flooding – a quick Google reveals Dinghies, floating cars and more! Fortunately the restaurant has bounced back with a vengeance and […]

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Press for caviar at Bob Bob Ricard restaurant, London on the 18th July

Those of you that have dined at Bob Bob Ricard before will have seen the insanely photographed ‘press for champagne’ button. To mark National Caviar Day, London’s most Instagrammed buttons will be replaced with a very special version, allowing customers to press for their caviar.  And with some of the finest Siberian sturgeon on the […]

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Summer Beauty Dos and Don’ts from The Club Spa’s Spa Manager, Jersey

The cold weather is finally giving way to sunshine and summer is on the horizon. This means it’s time to shed your winter layers and refresh your beauty routine, so you can emerge like a beautiful soft-skinned butterfly into the next season. The Club Spa’s Manager Lyndsey Jackson-Guy reveals the must-know beauty tricks for a […]

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Order the lumberjack breakfast at ‘The Diner’ on the strand

There are a few American style diners in London at the moment and this one on The Strand is a particularly good one.  This breakfast is ample for two although designed for one.  Nice to see grapes and melon in addition to the more traditional bacon and waffles.  If you order filter coffee you can […]

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Celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday by having a Lilibet cocktail at Galvin at Windows on London’s Park Lane

Galvin at Windows has created the Lilibet cocktail to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday The cocktail uses all of her favourite flavours; Gin is her spirit of choice, Dubunnet is what she drinks as an aperitif before lunch, Earl Grey is her favourite tea and dill and the orange mandarin bitters have been used as they […]

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Try the ‘Meat by the Kilo’ menu at the Hungry Donkey Greek restaurant in Aldgate – just near Petticoat Lane market

5 things to do today tries out the Hungry Donkey Greek Kitchen, on Wentworth Street in the East End of London One Sit down, look out of the window of  The Hungry Donkey and see what you might like to buy from Petticoat Lane Market (Sundays 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM) – T shirt for £5.00 […]

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Indulge in a breakfast or five during National Sandwich Week (8th – 14th May)

National Sandwich Week (8th-14th May) is nearly upon us and to celebrate we’ve rounded up the TOP 5 breakfast and brunch sandwiches that London has to offer! Breakfast Never Melt So Good @ Melt Room Melt Room have two magnificent sandwich Melts for breakfast this sandwich week: The Benedict Melt (£4.50) and The Full Works […]

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Celebrate the ‘Best of British Pop’ at The London Cabaret Club

After almost three years of sold out pop up shows around the UK’s capital,the beloved London Cabaret Club are thrilled to announce their grand launch on Wednesday 4th May 2016. Taking place in their new and permanent residence, the iconic Bloomsbury Ballroom, they promise to deliver a thrilling night of entertainment. This glamorous grand launch […]

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Order Momos (chicken dunplings) and butter chicken at Phewa Nepalase restaurant in East Molesey

We have been here before – several times and back again today.  This superb restaurant is gaining popularity on this quiet road.  If you want good food, an elaborate menu with lots of specials then you can do a lot worse than Phewa.         

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Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with an afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

JOHN WHAITE AT THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS PRESENTS… A RIGHT ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA! The Royal Horseguards is delighted to announce their collaboration with Chef, Food Writer and TV personality John Whaite in launching…A Right Royal Afternoon Tea. In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the award winning, 5 star hotel The Royal Horseguards will launch John […]

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Dine at Hunter 486 restaurant near Marble Arch – part of the five star The Arch Hotel

Spring into The Arch London To celebrate springtime and the abundance of delicious flavours this season brings to the table, Hunter 486, the stylish restaurant located within five-star hotel The Arch London, has created a glorious spring menu. Developed by Head Chef Gary Durrant, the new menu is inspired by ‘Best of British’ recipes using […]

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Order the best chicken and salad at Hungry Donkey, Wentworth Street, London. This is Greek food at its best. 

This Greek restaurant is modern, contemporary and serves brilliant quality food in the East End of London.           We ordered the chicken by the Kilo which was served with salad and dips.  One street of Petticoat lane market is here too so if you want to shop and peruse then this is your […]

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5 things to do at the Fairmont St Andrews

The Fairmont St Andrews is situated a short ride away from the coastal town of St Andrews. The hotel does provide a shuttle bus however so it’s very straightforward to travel into the town. ‘5 things’ had the privilege of recently staying at this first rate hotel. One Walk into the hotel and be impressed […]

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Have a drink at The Oxford Bar on Young Street in the New Town of Edinburgh 

This local bar was made famous in Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.     It’s not to everyone’s taste but is gladly firmly off the tourist trail.  We didn’t feel we could take too many photos ourselves.  There are a few photographs in the back room giving a nod to Insprctor rebus.  Ian Rankin we were told […]

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Have a Portugese custard tart at Cafe Tuga in Molesey

This small cafe on Molesey High street in Surrey serves these tarts with Drury Lane Coffee and the obligatory Lotus biscuit.  Sit in the window and watch the world go by.  The cafe is directly opposite Tesco Metro.       

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Buy a book of unseen photographs of David Bowie – photographs taken by global celebrity photographer Michel Haddi

This 45cm by 30cm book with its full bleed over the 20 pages of magnificent images produced in Black and White Duotone throughout the entire book, sporting a front cover of Galerie Art Gloss laminated 350 gram paper whilst the inner pages of text are laid out on 300 grams of Galerie Art Gloss paper. […]

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Visit the Cocktail Trading Company on Brick Lane and have a drink or two

The highly creative cocktail menu has been specially designed to highlight some of life’s touchstone moments, creating a sense of nostalgia and amusement between consumers. From the ‘Spilt Milk’ to the ‘ApairOTeef’, the inspired cocktails reminisce life’s universally relatable milestones, in the brand’s perfected tongue-in-cheek style. Cardamom-pear infusion, guava-pink peppercorn syrup, and tobacco and rose […]

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Climb Arthur’s seat on the outskirts of Edinburgh 

Climbing this huge inactive volcano is not for the unfit. Find Holyrood Palace and you have found the start of this climb.  There are several ways up and several levels of difficulty depending on how active you are feeling.  The signposting is not great so either follow the crowds or use your intuition.       

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5 things to do at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond upon Thames 

5 things was recently privileged to stay at  the four star Petersham Hotel in Richmond upon Thames and sample their fine dining menu in their restaurant. One Arrive and park up at the majestic and Victorian Petersham Hotel. The drive up to the Petersham is grand and you feel that you arriving somewhere special.   […]

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Visit the Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness-on-Windamere

This attraction will suit fans of the little white books down to the ground.        Interactive exhibits tell the story of Potter’s writing and her importance to Lakeland conservation. Adults will like it too especially the little outdoor garden growing plants mentioned in the books. There is a short video to begin with before […]

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Have the best of welcomes at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Edinburgh

   This former railway hotel is perfectly situated for the castle and the main shops of Edinburgh. The hop on hop off bus stop is directly opposite if you wish to tour Edinburgh this way.  The hotel itself is beautiful with wide corridors, luxury rooms and a spa with a huge selection of perfumes and make […]

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Play golf and choose your lobster to eat at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews 

   The bar and grill at the Fairmont St Andrews is situated a short walk away from the main hotel complex. The views are stunning and you have a choice of two golf courses to play on. We did not eat here but the menu looked impressive . We were impressed with the lobster tank […]

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Indulge in an evening meal at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond upon Thames 

You can combine your overnight stay at The Petersham with evening dinner. Sample delights such as a crab lasagne starter and apricot soufflé dessert. Try the beef or salmon for main!          

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Eat in the restaurant at The Lodge on Loch Lomond with beautiful views of the Loch 

  Pictured below is pork belly and salmon ordered at Colquhoun’s restaurant. The views from your seat are truly magical.       

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Read this excellent review of L’escargot Bleu in Edinburgh

So it was another weekend and another French restaurant (yippee!) for me and my dining companion. This time around we paid a visit to L’escargot Bleu on Broughton Street and we stopped in for a quick drink at Pickles first. We’ve been keen to try this restaurant for a while now; it’s been recommended to […] […]

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Order a burger and giant onion ring at stove restaurant, part of The Langdale Hotel and Spa 

We had food at this restaurant in their opening week.  Staff were nervous and keen to get it right.  We kept it simple and had burgers – these were excellent and huge.    Stove restaurant is modern and smart with  different seating areas including couches.  There is also an attractive water wheel to watch spinning […]

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Take a boat trip on Coniston Water in the Lake District

There are several options of boat trips available once you arrive at Coniston Water.  If you arrive by cat then you will have to pay and display – again!          Some trips are longer than others. Some are by steamer.  The views are simply stunning no matter which you choose.  There is also a […]

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Order steamed haddock for breakfast at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond upon Thames

There are plenty of other choices too but the steamed haddock caught our eye. Grapefruit juice, steamed haddock – perfect!     The Petersham Hotel provides an excellent breakfast for its guests.    

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Buy a rhubarb tart from Fisher and Donaldson

Fisher and Donaldson is a first class bakers in Fife, Scotland. They are famed for their fudge doughnut but this Rhubarb tart is just as good and in our opinion better.       

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Watch the new lighting chandelier shimmer by award winning artist George Singer at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews

  At night these little suspended discs look spectacular. This installation is a real highlight of the atrium at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews.

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Test out the in room Nordic sauna at The Lodge on Loch Lomond 

This must be a first in the UK. A sauna actually in the bedroom. Has anyone had experience of this before?  The current controls don’t look too difficult – will dry myself out later!       

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Be astonished by the views from your room at The Lodge on Loch Lomond 

We have never had views such as this. A door opens out onto a balcony with two chairs – then the loch!       

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Explore your room at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond upon Thames and have tea on the balcony

Once you have taken in the view from your room you are then free to explore and make a cup of tea to have on the balcony. The Petersham Hotel feels like a magical place.             

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Look out to the North Sea using the talking telescope at The Museum of The University of St Andrews (MUSA)

   Press the button, look through the eye piece and point the telescope where you are told.  The museum itself is free and provides an interesting history of the university and its traditions.  The telescope is situated on the first floor.    

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Relive your childhood at the museum of childhood in Edinburgh

This museum is a trip down memory lane. Five floors of childhood reminders – everything from kerplunk to mock car parks. The collection of dolls is also impressive as are the old card games.        This is a free museum and we learnt about it on the hop on hop off bus – a […]

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Take stunning pictures of Edinburgh from the top of Edinburgh Castle

If you want to have the best views of Edinburgh then a visit to Edinburgh castle is a must. There are of course other things to do at the castle such as visiting the crown jewels but the view is amazing and what we enjoyed the most.       

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Order an egg and rocket sandwich at the Swilcan restaurant part of the St Andrews Links Clubhouse

If you want relax and grab a bite to eat in St Andrews then the Swilcan restaurant is an ideal place to go.    Ask to sit in the comfy sofas and you will have an excellent view of the course. We recommend that you pick your time – there seemed to be a few […]

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Join a Chilli & Tequila Masterclass at Barrio Soho, Central London

On Monday 25th April 2016, Barrio Soho is joining forces with Herradura Tequila, for a wonderfully hot and spicy chilli and tequila-tasting event. At this fiery master class, spice loving tequila aficionados will have the chance to learn how the unique flavours of this popular Mexican tipple can be matched and contrasted with varying degrees of […]

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Add to Harry Potter fan scribble in the toilets at The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh – Can you spot yours? 

    No glamorous pictures in this thing to do I’m afraid. There are so many Harry Potter fans and they do like to scribble! Everywhere! Can you spot yours?    Here is a frame of J K Rowling at The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh   

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Admire the view out of the window at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews – the sunrise is beautiful

   If you want great views of the ocean then this is a brilliant hotel. We have never seen views like it. With views like this it is well worth getting up for the sunrise.       

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Have a pint of St Andrews ale at Kittock’s Den at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews – then eat Italian

Enjoy a perfectly pulled pint in this first floor bar of the Fairmont hotel in St Andrews. The bar is modern, luxury and sophisticated.       This is a perfect place to have a pre drink before having an Italian meal at La Cucina restaurant only a few steps away.       

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Order your eggs how you like them at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews – visit the egg station! 

   Fried, boiled, whipped up into an omlette with lots of filling. You choose!       

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Count the number of colours in the Jacuzzi at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews 

   Swim, steam and sauna in the spa. Then tip cold water over yourself using the snail shower – refreshing!     There are also plenty of treatments available too if you fancy!  Nice fruity water on your way out too.      

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Eat haddock and chips from Anstruther fish bar whilst overlooking fishing boats

This famous Fife fish and chip shop deserves all the mentions and praise it receives. Go when it is wet and cold to avoid the queue. Anstruther Fish Bar

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Interview with comedian Angela Barnes

Thank you to comedian Angela Barnes for this Q and A ahead of her tour. How long does it take to prepare a comedy routine? How long is a piece of string? Some routines fall into your head fully formed and just work, but more often, they have to be dragged out, kicking and screaming […]

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5 things to do in a suite at the 5 star Randolph Hotel, Oxford 

5 things has just returned from at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford. Here are 5 things to do in one of their classic suites over looking the famous Ashmolean Museum. One Walk around the room and get a sense of space. Most London flats are smaller than this. Explore and admire the huge chandeliers and […]

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5 things to do at The Randolph Hotel, Oxford 

5 things to do at the famous Randolph hotel in Oxford. One Choose from the three course set menu or the A la Carte in the Randolph’s Acanthus restaurant. We had excellent food of cod cheeks, pork cheeks and trout. The dining room was impressive and vast giving a nod to the Oxford colleges. Before […]

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5 things to to at Nunsmere Hall Hotel, Cheshire 

5 things stays at Nunsmere Hall Hotel in Cheshire – This beautiful and historic hotel is so much more than an impressive wedding venue. One Park up, check in and be shown to your bedroom. Our room ( Begonia) was spacious with a huge bathroom. The bedroom key alone is impressive!       Two Walk […]

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Welsh rarebit at St Johns restaurant, Farringdon

This fanous restaurant in London’s Farringdon founded by Fergus Henderson serves a wide range of top quality bar snacks in their bar area. This Welsh rarebit was superb – accompanied with a glass of Beaujolsis.      

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Have a Burrito and Cocktail at Benito’s Hat, London

One  Grab a quick bite at lunch time. We dined at Benito’s Hat around 1.00 at their Farringdon branch and it was popular with London workers grabbing their lunch. The service is quick, fun and friendly.    Two  Marvel at the range of fresh of ingredients on offer. Once you have got to the front […]

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Dance on the 28th floor of the Hilton on London’s Park Lane and try out the new La Nuit Bar Menu

One  Take the lift up to the 28 th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane. The height alone makes it seem that you are on the way to somewhere special.  Two  Eye up the Michelin starred Galvin at Windows restaurant and make your way to the bar area.  You could reserve  a window seat […]

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Listen acoustically at Traders Vic Polynesian restaurant at London’s Hilton, Park Lane

London’s first Polynesian inspired restaurant and bar, Trader Vic’s, located at London Hilton on Park Lane, will be hosting a series of exclusive acoustic nights in 2016.   Trader Vic’s ‘Lei’d Back Sessions’ will showcase new, rising talent once a month, with the next ‘Lei’d Back’ gig on the 7th April with Loretta Heywood, a soulful […]

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5 things enjoys afternoon tea at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey

This week 5 things to do today enjoyed afternoon tea at the luxury Surrey hotel, Pennyhill Park in Bagshot. Pennyhill Park hotel has much to boast about including an excellent and opulent spa, a Michelin star restaurant (The Latymer) all situated in 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland. This video will give you just a […]

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Find Easter Eggs at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London – Saturday 26th March from 12.00 PM

Head down to the award-winning The Royal Horseguards on Saturday 26th March where Hamleys will be putting on an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, chocolate nest making and much, much more. This is a day not to be missed, especially when there is a VIP Charlie and Chocolate factory prize to be won. With […]

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