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LDN Experiences

LssF

London Short Story Festival, Piccadilly

Published on July 1st, 2015 | by Francesca Baker

In Waterstones, Piccadilly, over four summer days, a motley collection of individuals from all areas of the reading world gathered together to celebrate a much forgotten genre: the short story. At the 2015 London Short Story Festival readings, masterclasses, discussions and round tables all filled the time table, leaving there a lot to learn, and much to be enjoyed. Covering all aspects of the publishing industry, 65 writers and speakers were on the bill, including names such as Joe Dunthorne, Julia Bell, Ben Okri, Tania Hershman and Cathy Calvin, and organisations such as Unthank, Granta, Ambit and English Pen. We all like community, and gathering together with people who have ... Read More


South London

No 32 The Old Town

No.32 The Old Town, Clapham

Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Ben Southwood

Oh, but Clapham Common is a lovely spot! Being the strange character I am, I decided to walk to No. 32 Old Town after work instead of getting the bus, which took about an hour from Westminster, mainly down Wandsworth Road. By the end of the trip you find yourself walking through a beautiful allotment/churchyard, past some of South London’s glorious terraces and semis, and into the cluster of pubs and restaurants right by the beautiful common itself. I actually stumbled into No. 32 a few weeks ago, the day after Field Day festival, and had an excellent rejuvenating Bloody Mary in some extremely comfortable seats downstairs. This time, I ... Read More


Central London

TOZI - Exterior

Tozi, Victoria

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

It was a hot, muggy day at the beginning of summer as I wandered from Victoria station, heading the five minutes towards Tozi bar and restaurant. I must say, I’ve always thought of this area as more of a crossover place – where I’ll be coming or going on to somewhere else. But as I wandered to Gillingham Street it dawned on me how ideally Tozi is located. It’s just off the beaten track enough that it isn’t swamped with tourists, and yet has a postcode smack in the middle of the action. The heat was getting to me and I was regretting not having checked out what kind of ... Read More


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Falling Skies Feast, Old Street

Published on June 26th, 2015 | by Gavin

Two arms? Check. No violent fever? Check. I’ve eaten aliens and lived to tell the tale (although four arms would have been pretty amazing). No I’ve not turned loopy, earlier this week I was invited to Old Street’s ‘Magic Roundabout’ for the launch of Fallen Skies and alien grub was aplenty! Highly acclaimed sci-fi series Fallen Skies returns to Fox on 30th June for its fifth and final season, so to cushion the blow of losing such an iconic show, Fox in collaboration with Miss Cakehead, threw a Falling Skies Feast to give the show a fond farewell. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s based around a futuristic alien ... Read More


East London

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Street Kitchen, Broadgate Circle

Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Gavin

In the shadows of Liverpool Street station, a mecca for London foodies has popped up seemingly out of nowhere. Broadgate Circle has literally popped up out of nowhere and is set to be one of the most picturesque spots in the city over the summer for a long lunch or boozy evening.  My personal highlights in the foodie hub include Franco Manca pizzas, José Pizarro tapas, Shoryu Ramen, and having attended the opening last week, I’m fallen in love with Street Kitchen’s sandwich bar. Street Kitchen are arguably the most recognisable London street food vendor, thanks largely to their American style Airstream vans and those burgers. Founded by two of ... Read More


Drinks

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Ohayo Tomorrow Hangover Cure

Published on June 23rd, 2015 | by Gavin

Hangover cures are a fickle thing, what works for one, certainly doesn’t work for all. I should know because I’ve tried them all; Bloody Mary breakfast, Alka-Seltzer, and even desperately struggling through a gym workout. All have failed me at one time or another, the only one that has consistently worked, ironically, is beer, a drink I don’t usually indulge in on a night out. Now however, a new remedy that has extensively tested on live “patients” and 100% of test subjects stated that it helped the next day. How you ask? Well Ohayo Tomorrow is a 150ml bottle filled with all kinds of goodness including B vitamins, electrolytes and ... Read More


Central London

Cuisson Pop Down Borough Barista

Cuisson Pop Down, Piccadilly

Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Ben Southwood

I puzzled over all of the press info for Cuisson’s ‘Pop-Down’, trying to work out what made this a ‘pop-down’ as opposed to a ‘pop-up’. It seemed to be roughly the same as any other pop-up supperclub: only running for a couple of months; room not usually used for restauranting; only about 25 covers; limited kitchen apparatus; couple of chefs with strong experience fresh off other jobs. Eventually I discovered that the reason was simply that Cuisson’s Pop-Down is downstairs in Borough Barista coffee shop on Charles II Street (inbetween Pall Mall and Piccadilly). The ‘concept’ at Pop-Down is interactivity. In theory, you are supposed to go up and ‘help’ them ... Read More


South London

Bens Canteen

Ben’s Canteen Sunday Sessions

Published on June 19th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford

Remember the emotions that Sunday used to evoke? That dull impending doom of school the next morning… the thought of unfinished homework nagging you like a three day hangover, the musical intro of Antiques Roadshow; bath night; watching Monarch of the Glen in a futile attempt to forget that Monday was right around the corner. And somehow, despite the fact we’re now kind of – almost – adults, then these feelings of Sunday sadness remain. Well, it’s okay, because we have a way to combat these feelings of melancholy. Ben’s Canteen has come to the rescue, with the Sunday Sessions. If you haven’t yet been to either of the Canteens, ... Read More


Central London

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Cîroc Pineapple Summer Pop Up, Southbank

Published on June 17th, 2015 | by Gavin

While so far this “summer” has been mainly about roof terraces, we forgot about the humble River Thames. It may not offer panoramic views of London like the Sky Garden, but makes up for all this and more with its unrivalled character.  Where else in the world can you rock up to the Southbank on a blustery June afternoon to find a roped off area where a party is in full swing complete with cocktails, celebrities and a live concert. This is the launch of Cîroc Pineapple’s summer long pop up at the brand new London Riviera site created by More London. Over the course of the summer, the space ... Read More


Central London

Snails

Snail Tasting at Café Rouge

Published on June 16th, 2015 | by Gavin

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried? Next to ‘what’s your favourite bar in London?’ this is the question I get asked most often once someone learns of my profession. But ‘weird’ isn’t a word that sits well with me because I find it hard to define; every culture has its own quirks that may be perfectly normal in their eyes but utterly bizarre to the next. You don’t even have to go as far as China or Australia to find odd eating rituals; in fact, a few months ago I was watching a “documentary” about KFC (don’t ask) where management in Glasgow were forced to roam the streets handing ... Read More


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