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5 things to do on Wednesday 30th November 2016

Here are 5 for today Are you a time poor londoner? Take your Christmas presents down to one of Abokado’s 28 sites in the capital and them wrapped for you! While you wait eat some delicious healthy dishes such as Sweet Chilli Salmon and Fresh Dill. Enjoy Christmas at Dalloway Terrace on Great Russell Street. […]

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Car Share co-writer Paul Coleman talks about his life and comedy with us

We interview comedy writer Paul Coleman about Car Share and the life of a writer. What was the first piece of comedy that you ever wrote? The first piece of comedy I wrote has never seen the light of day! My first paid gig was working as Script Editor on Max and Paddy’s Road to […]

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5 things to do today on Saturday 19th November 2016

Here are our selection for today Eat at Sopwell Georgian Country House in St Albans this Christmas. See our article with all the options. Book your place today and get together with your family.  Take your part in an attempt to make  the biggest festive paper chain in the UK at Borough Market, London. The […]

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Dine this Christmas at Sopwell Georgian Country House, St Albans

The festive season is certainly a ‘claus’ for celebration! Sopwell House has a wide range of Christmassy dining options available from 1 December 2016 through to Christmas Day. Christmas Party Nights Throughout December, Sopwell House is hosting Christmas Joiner Party Nights – the ideal way to celebrate the festive season with friends or work colleagues. […]

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5 things to do today on Wednesday 16th November 2016

Here are today’s selection Take part in the soft launch with Bianco43 Italian restaurant group. They are opening a new branch in Croydon and between 21st and 23rd of November there will be 50% off all food at lunch and dinner. Have you been watching ‘I’m A Celebrity’, yelling at the screen “come on Carol, […]

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5 things to do on Tuesday 15th November 2016

Here are today’s selection Book a 50% discount on a room at K West Hotel & Spa. This London hotel is offering its very own black Friday at 9am on Friday 25 November (until 9am on Tuesday 29 November). Race to your computer. Make sure that you get together with your friends and family and […]

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5 things to do on Monday 14th November 2016

Here are today’s selection Book to see Manchester’s first pantomime in the Northern Quarter – Will Whittington and his Cat. A panto for all ages. Have a stay at Manchester’s Hotel Gotham. This city centre hotel has just been named the world’s best new hotel at the world boutique hotel awards. Please see our review […]

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5 things to do on Sunday 13th November 2016

Here are today’s selection Book to see Jenny Eclair at the Royal Festival Hall – Jenny’s new tour is called ‘How to be a middle aged woman (without going insane)’. Dine at Lotus fine dining Indian restaurant – see our review here. This is one of the finest Indian restaurants in London. Download the new […]

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5 things tries out the new Winter menu at Lotus fine dining Indian restaurant, Charing Cross

Lotus restaurant is a fine dining restaurant a stone throw from some of London’s major attractions and theatres. The food is superb and service impeccable. Going ‘out for a curry’ does not apply to Lotus. This is fine authentic Indian food designed to impress and delight. One Start with a glass of Cava whilst you […]

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Set up a John Lewis Nursery List

We’d like to help you prepare to welcome your little one to the world. We have a great range of nursery equipment and accessories to make your pregnancy and first years of parenting more comfortable. A free service with a skilled Nursery advisor All the latest product and safety information An itemised Nursery List detailing […]

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Have a life drawing class in a London Pub with The Merry Nude

The Merry Nude offers life drawing classes in pubs. All sessions are led by a professional tutor in some of our most favourite London pubs. Here are five things about The Merry Nude Life Drawing Classes One Choose a pub to have a tutored life drawing class in. All levels from total beginners to more […]

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Choose from the 2016 Riedel Crystal & Spiegelau Christmas Wish List

  There is no better way to celebrate the festive season, gift your loved ones, or mark the New Year than with the finest glassware from Riedel and Spiegelau, and spectacular mouth-blown Riedel decanters. – All of the below are available at http://www.riedel.co.uk  Veritas Champagne Wine Glass The Champagne Wine Glass from Riedel’s Veritas collection […]

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5 things to do today at La Locanda Italian Restaurant, Gisburn, Lancashire

This week ‘5 things’ dined at La Locanda  Italian restaurant in Gisburn, Lancashire. La Locanda began in 2003 by Agri Chef Maurizio Bocchi and his wife Cinzia. La Locanda  is situated between the beautifully historic towns of Clitheroe and Skipton – both worth a visit. La Locanda  is not your typical British Italian restaurant – […]

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Raise money for SANE by downloading LIVE AGAIN performed by blues singer Melissa James

  On Sunday 21 August, singer/songwriter, Melissa James staged a Big Sing at London’s prestigious RAK Studios in a bid to promote awareness of mental health, and unite those with an understanding of mental health illness, through song.  The singer called on anyone to join her in singing and recording her song LIVE AGAIN which is to be released as […]

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5 things dines out at Bocconcino Italian restaurant in bustling Mayfair

This week ‘5 things’ dined at Bocconcino Italian restaurant in fashionable Mayfair. The restaurant is only a short walk from Green Park underground station and The Ritz Hotel. One Start with a glass of prosecco and begin to peruse the menus. Whilst drinking take in the modern surroundings. You have a choice of sitting downstairs […]

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Dine at Tigella Kitchen Bar – 82 New Oxford Street – Authentic Italian Cuisine

The UK’s First Tigella Kitchen Bar Opens in London A unique concept where Italian tradition and innovation blend perfectly Manitoba Tigella opens on New Oxford Street London this September, serving authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on tigella, a traditional disc shaped stuffed bread from Northern Italy. Originating from the chestnut forests of the Apennine […]

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Cook for someone in your neighbourhood with Trybe

HYPERLOCAL EATING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND New foodie app connects home cooks with local eaters New community based food delivery app, Trybe, has launched in London to help connect enthusiastic home cooks with their hungry neighbours. From Caribbean to Japanese, Trybe makes it possible for anyone to set up a restaurant in their […]

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5 baby toys to buy for your baby today

1. Giraffe £9.99 from Hape Toys From a young age allow your little ones to push pull and grab helping baby’s development learning new skills and discovering more of the animal kingdom 2. Wonder Walker £89.99 from Hape Toys A great way to learn balancing skills  and how to pull themselves up aiding them standing and walking, […]

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Eat for free at Balthazar in Stars & Stripes this Independence Day

4th JULY CELEBRATIONS AT BALTHAZAR Balthazar is calling all Londoners to dress up in both Stars AND Stripes on 4th July, to eat an exclusive American-inspired 4th July menu for free. The 4th July menu, created by Chef Robert Reid, will include a show stopping ‘Independence Day–Dog’, layered with beef and crispy shallots, a signature […]

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Celebrate chocolate week with Remeo Gelato Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa

The exceptionally high amount of the finest quality cocoa used for this dark chocolate flavour provides an extremely intense and rich taste.  The chocolate is hand-melted and blended with the highest quality fresh milk in a delicate and smooth texture. Remeo Gelato is on a mission to make Brits fall in love with gelato.  Remeo […]

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Have you ever heard The Lancashire Hotpots?

Have a few glasses of wine at Square Olive Italian restaurant near Hampton Court Station. They also do a fantastic cheese board. This is a modern restaurant in a brilliant location just a few minutes walk away from Hampton Court. Admire memorabilia from one of the World’s most loved detectives at The Sherlock Holmes Pub, […]

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Book a food and wine matching dinner in Marylebone at 108 Pantry

“108 Pantry Presents”…. A Food & Wine Matching Dinner in our intimate surroundings in Marylebone. Join Master of Wine Anne McHale and 108 Pantry’s very own Executive Chef Russell Ford as they create a five course feast. For each of Russell’s seasonal dishes, Anne has selected a pair of wines to enjoy. It will then be up to you to decide which you […]

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5 things enjoys fine Chinese food at Royal China Restaurant, Queensway, London

A couple of nights ago 5 things dined at the Royal China restaurant in Queensway – not far from Hyde Park. This classic Chinese restaurant has a long history of authentic Chinese food. Over the years they have opened more restaurants including one in Canary Wharf and one in Singapore! Their Queensway branch was first. […]

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5 things to do today to improve your small business

How to Start Improving Your Small Business No matter what kind of company you run, nothing works better to help you improve than looking at your strengths and weaknesses. By getting a better understanding of where you stand as a business, you can identify steps and measures you need to take to see significant growth. […]

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5 things to do today at Jack’s Kitchen at the Holiday Inn London (Surbiton – Kingston South)

Jack’s Kitchen is a fine dining restaurant situated in the Holiday Inn at Surbiton (Kingston South), situated on the Portsmouth road running between Esher and Kingston upon Thames. When you think of Holiday Inn you may not think of fine dining but Jack’s Kitchen is different and something special. One Start with a cocktail or […]

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Have a steak at the newly refurbished London Steakhouse Company City

London Steakhouse Company City, situated a stone’s throw from bustling Liverpool Street Station, has officially re-opened its doors to reveal an opulent split-level dining space enveloped with timeless British glamour. The well-established London steakhouse combines impeccable food standards and outstanding table service, offering an unrivaled City dining experience. Behind the grand entrance and large double […]

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Heads at the Tower – A Retrospective by Royal Sculptor Frances Segelman

Over 20 celebrities will gather at on 25 October 2016, each with a unique bust of themselves by royal sculptor Frances Segelman, as part of a major retrospective of her work being held in aid of the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund for the Stroke Association. The event will take place at the Tower of London. A pantheon of royals and notables are featured in […]

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Enjoy fine Bangladeshi cuisine at Monaf’s restaurant, Hampton

Monaf’s restaurant has been a staple in the Hampton area for many years. We recently visited this restaurant as were in the area and it had been a while. The quality of food here is still excellent. They use the finest of ingredients and are sauces are rich and made from scratch. Portions are a […]

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Have a quick two course lunch at Charm Thai, Teddington

If you want a quick two course and are in Teddington then you must try Charm Thai restaurant. I was in and out in thirty minutes and kept things simple with Thai fish cakes and a green curry. The eight pound lunch includes a soft drink. The food was excellent and the restaurant busy. The […]

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Book your table for The London Celebrity Sports Quiz and raise money for Cancer Research UK

The London Celebrity Sports Quiz will be returning on Thursday November 10th 2016 to celebrate 50 years since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup trophy. Taking place at The Brewery, Chiswell Street this fun-filled evening will be hosted by Jeff Stelling, Dan Walker, Hayley McQueen, Steve Cram, Kelly Cates and Mark Chapman with more names […]

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Change your name to Bubba and be rewarded with a lifetime supply of shrimp at Bubba Gump London

WHAT’S IN A NAME? A LIFETIME’S SUPPLY OF SHRIMP It has been 20 years since Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. opened its first restaurant in Monterey on Cannery Row in California. Launched as homage to Forrest Gump, it captured the charm and American spirit that had made the movie a worldwide smash hit. Two decades on […]

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London Honey Show Discount at Lancaster London

On Sunday 16 October 2016, honey enthusiasts will be heading to Lancaster London in their swarms for the return of the London Honey Show. The show will be buzzing from 11am until 4pm. Lancaster London is offering a special room rate for those visiting the show, valid from 14 to 16 October 2016. A Superior […]

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Celebrate the Moon Festival with Royal China

To celebrate the Moon Festival on 15 September 2016, Royal China is now offering diners the chance to purchase a box of traditional Mooncakes. The indulgent Chinese treats are made in-house by Royal China’s expert pastry chefs. This year’s varieties include a box of eight Mini egg yolk custard Mooncakes for £23.80 or a box […]

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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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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 […]

Rose Garden Cocktail from The Mews at Sopwell House May 09

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 […]