Category Archives: 5 Things To Do Today

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Have lunch at the Aviary Restaurant on floor 10 of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Finsbury Square

One Take the lift up to floor 9, step out, walk up a few more stairs and get ready to admire the views. Perhaps start with a drink on the terrace. The views over Finsbury-square and the London skyline are stunning. Two Start with the Suffolk chicken terrine. This is served with spiced mayonnaise and charred […]

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Stay at the newly refurbished Mariners Guest House in the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay

Dave & Annette purchased the 7 bedroom Mariners Guest House last year, which was built in the Victorian era 1882. It is located in the favoured Belgravia area of Torquay, in the heart of the English Riviera, and after a busy first season, following some new refurbishment, are getting ready to do it all again. […]

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5 things to do at The Jam Tree bar and restaurant, Clapham

Today 5 things to do today sample lunch menu at The Jam Tree bar and restaurant in Clapham. One Start with the classic gin and tonic. This comes in a huge glass. Made with Fever Tree tonic water, freshly squeezed lime and Bombay Sapphire gin. There are more elaborate drinks to try such as gin […]

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Dine with your dog at M Victoria St, London

M VICTORIA ST’S SIX LEGS BRUNCH GIVES US ALL PAWS FOR THOUGHT It’s official. The world is becoming more and more dog-friendly. Many airlines will now let your canine companion travel beside you in the cabin, while an increasing number of hotels allow pets. Not to mention the dog cafes that are springing up everywhere. […]

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Apply to be the next ‘Billion Dollar Nose’ for Absolut Vodka

ABSOLUT SEARCHES FOR THE NEXT ‘BILLION DOLLAR NOSE’ Do you have the sensory mastery needed to become the next ‘Billion Dollar Nose’? The coolest job in the world is becoming available for the first time in decades, as Absolut is searching for the brand’s next Sensory Expert who will be responsible for exploring all the […]

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Read these 20 top mum tips for developing their child with a healthy relationship with food

Seven in 10 mums feel their child is developing an unhealthy relationship to food. It has been revealed that 69 per cent of mums around the country are worrying their child has an increasingly unhealthy approach to their food. With eight in 10 admitting their children are fussy eaters, tempted by sugary snacks and fizzy […]

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Book to see Diana Krall at the Royal Albert Hall – Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 September 2017

Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall returns to the Hall in 2017 with new music. Krall’s new album Turn Up The Quiet, set for release on 5 May, will celebrate a return to jazz and the Great American Songbook and will see her reunite with Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma. Diana […]

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Interview with MTV Teen Mum Chloe Patton

Thank you to MTV’s teen mum Chloe Patton for this interview. What is the best advice you could give to a teenager at school that has just found out they are pregnant? I wasn’t in this position, but if I was or a friend was I would tell them to think super hard about it […]

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Dine on the R.S Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London

Review by  Milly Edgerley The R.S. Hispaniola may be the most romantic place I’ve ever had dinner. And that’s not a small claim in a city that boasts fairy lit bistro’s and rooftop restaurants aplenty. However this really won the prize; boasting views of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament all […]

Stephen Pound celebrating victory, pictured at the 2016 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, sponsored by Hudgell Solicitors, which saw teams of MPs, Lords and members of the media 'batter' it out in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, on Shrove Tuesday, February 9 2016, in aid of the disability charity Rehab.

The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of supporting disabled people, with funds raised going towards Rehab's brain injury centres in Birmingham and Newcastle. Over in less than the time it takes to boil an egg, the race is a huge draw for tourists and international media alike, to see who will lift the Race's Magnificent Tin Cup. For more information, visit http://www.parliamentarypancakerace.co.uk January 29

MPs and Lords Scramble into Action for the 20th Annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

Will the MPs’ Team REMAIN Victorious or will the Lords and Media Teams LEAVE them with Egg on their Faces? What: Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race 2017 When: Shrove Tuesday, February 28 2017 at 10am Where: Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, SW1P 3JA* Who:  Only the flippest of MPs, Lords and media types Why: All for the […]

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Join the Kilmarnock Supper Club

This up and coming social club is getting more popular by the day. An innovative social club for the ver 40’s enjoys the best Scottish Food & Wine events that this country has to offer! Please find out more by clicking the link below.  Kilmarnock Supper Club

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Go to Maggie’s tribute to the Great George Michael – THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY 10:30PM

To celebrate the great late George Michael, we’re throwing a night entirely dedicated to him at Maggie’s. Returning to Maggie’s we’ve got the world’s best George Michael tribute and impersonator, the great Rob Lamberti http://www.roblamberti.com. He will be performing his incredible tribute act, which features classics such as Freedom, Faith, Wake me up before you […]

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Beat Blue Monday at Bunga Bunga Battersea with £1 Pizza on the 16th January

Blue Monday is almost upon us, and what better way to beat it than at Bunga Bunga with £1 pizza! On 16 January, the eatery is offering £1 pizzas to all diners who purchase another item from the menu or a drink. Bunga Bunga was launched in 2011 by dynamic duo Duncan Stirling and Charlie […]

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Watch a talk at the Oxford Union on Youtube

The Oxford Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 192 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe. You can now watch most of these now for free on […]

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Buy Waitrose frozen croissants with Charentes butter 

These Waitrose croissants only take 18 minutes in the oven before they are ready. Your eyes will be glued to the glass whilst you watch them rise and brown. 

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Listen to live acoustic music at Fu Manchu, Clapham Friday 20th January

XPLORE invites you to Fu Manchu on the 20th of January to discover fresh and exciting new talent. Yo Preston and Tcheng will perform live acoustic music followed by a night of partying till 3am under the railway arches at one of Clapham’s most unique venues! FREE ADMISSION. Link to event here 

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Run a 15 minute pyramid with a kick at the end – for those lacking in motivation

If you really don’t have the motivation to run then try this. 15 minutes is better than nothing! Run 1 min Walk 1 min Run 2 min Walk 1 min Run 3 min Walk 1 min Run 2 min Walk 1 min Run 1 min Walk 1 min Run as fast as you can for […]

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Listen to the piano whilst sat at the the promenade bar at The Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair

Walk through reception and straight through to the promenade drawing room of The Dorchester Hotel. Continue and you will find a bar. This is the perfect place to people watch and listen to relaxing piano music. Early evening is the best time to catch this.  

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Start the day with a bacon scramble at Madi Deli in East Molesey

Madi Deli serves super healthy food all day long. This breakfast is popular and won’t make you feel as drained as a full English fry up.  Madi Deli is a short walk from Hampton Court. 

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Have coffee at Thyme by the River in East Molesey

Next to East Molesey cricket club this cafe with an outdoor seating area is directly on the banks of the River Thames. Perfect views in any weather. If you get bored of the river you can always watch the cricket. If you fancy a walk then Thyme by the river is about 15 mins walk […]

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Buy Nespresso capsules from their permanent pop up at John Lewis, Kingston upon Thames 

Nespresso seem to be branching out and making the buying of their capsules far easier. They are building pop ups in areas that have plenty of Nespresso customer.  On the first floor of John Lewis in Kingston upon Thames Nespresso have a smart looking pop up.  In addition to buying your favourite capsule you can […]

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5 Hen Do Problems: Solved

Whether you’re the bride to be or have been charged with organising her send-off, there’s plenty of pain points that come with organising a hen do to remember… Collecting money, flaky friends, travel troubles, you name it! To help make your hen do hassle-free, here are 5 simple ideas that you’ll love: One of the […]

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5 Good Reasons why the Yogi and bare Subscription Box is for you

Subscription boxes appear to be landing on our door mats across the UK and we have found the ideal subscription box for those Yogi’s and natural lifestyle enthusiasts who love nothing more than the high-end, hand-picked products which will suit your yoga lifestyle in and out of the studio. Here are our top 5 reasons […]

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CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017 “YEAR OF THE ROOSTER” AT ROYAL CHINA – Don’t forget to open your red envelope!

28 January 2017 marks the start of the Year of the Rooster. To celebrate the occasion, Royal China Restaurants across London will give each table a special red envelope, with some of the envelopes within each restaurant revealing a special gift. Each “lei see”, as they are pronounced in Cantonese, will offer a fortune message; […]

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If you are a mum to be then try VOGA™ MAMA at Coq d’Argent restaurant

London-born fitness movement VOGA™ launches for mums-to-be at Coq d’Argent To kick off the New Year, City restaurant Coq d’Argent is teaming up with House of Voga to host monthly VOGA MAMA classes. Designed by Juliet Murrell, creator of the fashion-meets-fitness movement VOGA™, this new special class allows mums-to-be to enjoy all the benefits of […]

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Celebrate Burns Night at Lancaster London

Once the New Year celebrations are officially over, we’ll be discarding our Champagne flutes and replacing them with a wee dram in the run up to Burns Night. The annual Scottish celebration will be returning on Wednesday 25 January 2017. To celebrate the occasion, Lancaster London is offering an exclusive Burns Night set menu at […]

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Try the new Chi Kitchen’s Special ‘Tai Chi’ January Menu on Oxford Street – filled with super-food ingrediants

Kick start 2017 at Chi Kitchen with a special ‘Tai Chi’ menu featuring a selection of health-conscious, pan-Asian dishes, available 2nd – 22nd January 2017. MasterChef 2014 winner Ping Coombes is the Executive Chef at Chi Kitchen, and to celebrate the start of a New Year, she has created an exclusive menu for January which […]

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Buy series 1 and series 2 of The Missing in one complete box set including a behind the scenes feature and picture gallery

FOLLOWING THE huge success of BBC drama The Missing, the hard-hitting series returns with a brand new case and a new all-star cast including Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) and David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), as the parents of a missing child, Tchéky Karyo (The Patriot), reprises his role as tenacious missing persons detective Julien […]

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Book to see Julie Atherton in January – A musical Review at Live At Zédel

Welcome to January, a time when everyone is colder, fatter and depressed that Christmas is a gruelling 11 months away… So come and wash away those January blues with this brand-spanking new musical revue! Don’t worry about all the food you ate over Christmas, a Dry-January will soon balance out the calories! You’ll get round […]

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Watch Kate Moss in a stunning new video of the Elvis Presley track ‘The Wonder of You’

Kate Moss stars in a stunning new video for the Elvis Presley track “The Wonder of You”.   Kate Moss, one of the most photographed and iconic women of all time, has stepped into the shoes of one of the most iconic men of all time, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The […]

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Eat at TV Presenter Stevie Parle’s new restaurant, Palatino, London

STEVIE PARLE’S NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN CLERKENWELL IN FEBRUARY 2017 Since opening his very first restaurant back in 2009 at the age of just 24, chef, writer, author and TV presenter Stevie Parle has wowed critics and public alike with his exceptional dining spaces. Now February 2017 will see the former Young Chef of […]

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Celebrate Twixmas with Five Star Boutique Hotel Arch London

Are You Celebrating Twixmas? Will you be celebrating Twixmas this festive season? Five-star boutique hotel The Arch London will be serving an exclusive menu for the Twixmas period. But what is Twixmas? Twixmas is the period between Christmas and New Year. The word Twixmas comes from the old English phrase ‘betwixt’ which means between. It […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

Steve Smith, Head Chef at Bohemia June 03

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 […]