Fab Bar – Escapologist Covent Garden

Have you tried the Escapologist bar in Covent Garden? ~ a cool basement bar serving flaming cocktails and with a happy hour 5-7pm

Book an area, hire the whole venue or talk to them about a corporate event http://www.escapologistbar.co.uk

#bars #events #London

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Liberty has extended its beauty hall

Liberty’s beauty hall has been extended – closing its doors in September for an extension – it now has beautiful big windows (found behind a wall they knocked down) and a blink bar – where you can have your eye brows done whilst you shop. The even bigger space means even more beauty and new brands such as Heliotropia and Biologique Recherche

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New Photographer in Town

There’s a new photographer in town via the name of Matt Stuart – every day he leaves home with his camera in hand ready to snap quirky photos of London life. Check out his website http://www.mattstuart.com

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Londoners spent £1.4 billion on take aways last year

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Can’t be arsed to cook tonight? We feel your pain. And so does everyone else in this city, apparently. According to research from Just Eat and the Centre for Economic and Business Research, Londoners spent a massive £1.4 billion on takeaways last year. While people in London spent the most in the UK, those in the north-east of England spent the least, at a measly £370 million. Come on guys, treat yourself to a chicken korma every once in a while. But we’re not just stuffing our faces with boring margarita pizzas and family-sized buckets of fried chicken – the research shows that last year, orders of piri-piri-spiced food grew by 130 percent and orders of sushi increased by 110 percent in the capital. So it seems we’re not as obsessed with #cleaneating as all those expertly filtered pictures of kale smoothies on Instagram would have us believe. Anyone for a cheeky Nando’s?

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London opens an alcohol free bar in Notting Hill

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An alcohol-free bar sounds like the ultimate oxymoron (what next, food-free restaurants?), but in this case, Redemption’s philosophy of ‘spoiling yourself without spoiling yourself’ has wowed enough people to land the former pop-up its first permanent residence in Notting Hill. Opening on August 10, the bar is aimed at a brigade of healthy foodies happy to quaff liquour-less cocktails like apple mockjitos and tomato tonics. They’ll also be serving up dishes designed by nutritionists that steer clear of sugar, wheat, dairy and meat. And hands up, we’re sort of liking the dairy-free, sugar-free, guilt-free ice-cream sundaes with summer berries. Just look at it! We’ll take four.

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With hashtags like #healthylife #eatclean and #healthyishappy gaining plenty of traction nowadays, Redemption is hardly the most terrible concept in the world – and if anything, it could be the start of a revolution led by vegans and teetotallers who finally feel vindicated for their life choices. But that might just be crazy talk. It’s intriguing all the same, so to find out more, visit the Redemption website.

Redemption, 6 Chepstow Road, W2 5BH  




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13 Fantastic tube strike offers

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We have mixed feelings about #tubestrikeoffers. On the one hand, we don’t want to trivialise the importance of the strikes for the employees involved. On the other, we love free chocolate. Here are some of the best discounts and freebies available for you over the next 36 hours.

1. Free tea and homemade biscuits

Head to the Goodge Street window of the Newman Street Tavern to pick up free tea and biscuits between 7.30am and 5.30pm on Thursday. Only downside: you have to say the words ‘hashtag Tfl tea’ to get it. Ew.

2. Free Cadbury’s chocolate delivered to your office

App Gett is using the tube strikes as the prime-time to advertise its fleet of motorbike-driving ‘knowledge boys’. They’ll deliver you a free sharing bag of Cadbury Twirl Bites to Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, the City, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Belgravia and Kensington between 10am and 3pm.

3. Half-price pizza

Worship Street’s newest pizza joint Pizzabuzz is offering 50 percent off pizzas for anyone who tweets @PizzaBuzz using the #tubestrike hashtag. You just have to show your tweet at the till on Wednesday and Thursday.

4. Get 50 percent off at Salt Yard Group

Get half-price food at Salt Yard, Opera Tavern, Dehesa or Ember Yard when you quote ‘tube strike’ while making a booking. The offer’s valid until 11.30pm on Thursday.

5. £3 pints at The Big Easy

Switch commuter stress for drinks with mates. The Covent Garden joint’s doing £3 pints of Meantime Brewery lager, £5 slushies and £5 bar bites.

6. Get 20 percent off Dirty Bones deliveries

Order a plate of American comfort food via app Deliveroo and you’ll get 20 percent off until tomorrow evening.

7. Get 25 percent off Camino tapas

Quote SAUCE while booking a table at any Camino joint for a delicious discount. It also works at the bar.

8. Complimentary punch at Cahoots

You just need to show your Oyster card tonight!

9. Free buses!

Ride a free bus between Liverpool Street and King’s Cross until 8pm today (Wednesday). You’ll get free wifi, power and refreshments. Just follow travel app @getample to find out more.

10. Free showers!

Show your Oyster Card at a Fitness First club tomorrow and you’ll be able to shower or train in the gym for free. Use the hashtag #FFKeepMoving for more deets.

11. Free rickshaws!

App Payfriendz is offering free rickshaw rides when you download the app and use it to message the contact #SurviveTheStrike.

12. Cheap AddisonLees

The cab firm isn’t going to charge when journey time is extended by #tubestrike traffic.

13. And our personal favourite…

Get a £20 discount on a detoxing colonic at Feel Good Balham tomorrow.

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You got laid off – now what?

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There’s no way to sugarcoat it and nothing fun about receiving the news. But it’s a reality many people deal with at some point. It’s important that you understand how to handle your changing job situation and know what you can do to bounce back from a layoff.

1. Keep your emotions in check.

It’s not advice you want when you’re cleaning out your office and want to cry, rage at your boss, or send off a nasty email to that obnoxious coworker you’ve put up with for the last three years. As much as we all love Harry Potter, now is not the best time to “do a Weasley.”

It’s a small professional world, so don’t burn bridges or throw a temper tantrum that could haunt you on your upcoming job search. Be gracious with others in your office. You need to keep your calm so you can negotiate a severance package and request a recommendation from your boss.

2. Stay positive.

Don’t panic or start thinking the worst when you learn about getting laid off. Instead, think positive thoughts of this as an opportunity to find something better.

This is your chance to score a job that allows you to display your talents, to find a position with higher pay, or to head off on your own as a freelancer or entrepreneur.

That’s not all fluffy talk meant to make you feel better. There really is power in positive thinking—or at least, the ability to avoid the effects of negative thinking. When you think negatively, you’re less likely to see opportunities as they come up or unique solutions to your current problems.

3. Apply for unemployment.

If you got laid off, you can file for unemployment benefits. This can help you get through the period between jobs, and can help your emergency fund or other savings last longer.

You’ll want to do this as soon as possible, because finding a new, paying position immediately after you leave your old job doesn’t always happen. It may take a few weeks or months to find the right job for you—and it can also take a few weeks for your unemployment benefits to get to you, too.

4. Consider your next act.

Remember, this is an opportunity to do something new and different if you choose. You need a new position and will search for a new job; before you do, think about what you want it to look like.

You don’t have to do the same thing you were doing (unless you want to, of course!). Consider what kind of career you want to have and what you need to do now to achieve your goals.

You may want to use this gap in employment to take a few courses or enroll in a training program. Maybe you can spend some time volunteering or learning a skill that’s always interested you.

Depending on your financial situation, this could be the perfect opportunity to turn a side hustle into a full-time business—or to see if you can monetize a current hobby.

5. Check on your resume and online presence.

Before starting to network, looking for new opportunities, or searching for jobs, you need to make sure your resume is accurate, polished, and updated. You also need to check on your online platforms—like a portfolio website, LinkedIn account, and other social media networks—to ensure these display correct and current information. This is especially true if you did decide to add to your education or experience first!

Regardless, it’s easy to let these things slide while you’re employed and not searching for a job. Take some time to spruce up these assets before connecting with potential employers or connections who could provide job leads.

6. Turn to your network for support.

When you’re prepared to get out there and score your new dream job, start with the people who are already in your network. Ask friends and family about potential openings. Talk with colleagues and connections to learn about new leads.

Don’t just ask for favours with your professional network. You can offer to collaborate with them on projects on the side while you look for work, or volunteer to help in other ways. Not only will you get on their radar but you’ll actively prove you can talk the talk and walk the walk.

You’re much more likely for someone in your network to provide you a referral or to set you up with a potential employer if they’ve had experience in working with you in some capacity.



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How to unplug for a relaxing holiday

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Put down the cellphone and step away from your email app: it’s time for vacation! Your summer getaway should be just that, which means you’ll have to unplug yourself from the stresses of everyday life. Nowhere is that attachment stronger than in your inbox.

If you shuddered while reading the above proposition, you’re not alone. However, it’s easy to make the switch – and switch your devices off – on your next vacation. Read on to find out how you can truly unplug and unwind, whether you’re napping in a hammock next to the sea or napping on your very own couch.

1. Plan ahead

You know how you’ll get there, where you’re going to eat and at what interval you’ll change sides to ensure an even tan. You should put this much thought into your pretrip preparation, too. Work ahead so you won’t stress about coming back to an overdue set of projects and deadlines. This will relieve you of any inclination to sneak in some work while you’re on holiday.

2. Let people know you’re out

Your job might be less projects and deadlines, more meetings and sales pitches. If that’s the case, start letting people know you’ll be gone as soon as possible. Send personal emails to your most valuable clients, and give them the contact information of a co-worker who can help them while you’re out. You can also send out a mass email to colleagues and other contacts. You might even want to update your e-mail signature in advance to show the dates you’ll be out of the office, just for further awareness of your plans to go off the grid.

Then, set up an out-of-the-office reply just in case anyone forgets. The friendly reminder should be enough to hold everyone over until you return, and knowing that it’s on should be enough to keep you from checking your messages while you’re away.

3. For emergency use only

OK, OK: we know that some of you have even more important positions than the ones described above. Your colleagues might just have to get in touch with you for a question or concern, and that’s fine. The way to ensure that you’re only contacted in case of a true workplace emergency is to give your contact information to one single co-worker that you trust. He or she should have a sense of what’s truly important and what’s solvable without you, so you’re only woken from your white-sand-beach nap for something truly vital.

4. Be anti-social

On your next vacation, take a vow of silence … on social media, of course. For one, it’s a vacuum of your time, and it could cause you to miss out on a memorable activity or moment that’s happening right in front of you. It’s also often used for workplace promotion and connection, so don’t let it make you slip up. You could promise yourself that you won’t use them or even erase them from your device, just to be sure. A little bit is OK – we know how fun it is to post an Instagram photo of your view for the week – but get rid of it if you know you’ll go overboard.

5. Go off the power grid

You might just think we sound crazy, but you can all but ensure you’re off the grid by going off the electric grid. There are plenty of incredible outdoor vacation destinations, such as the Olympic National Park and other campsites across the U.S., where access to power is limited if not entirely unavailable. Without a charged device, you simply can’t open your email or answer calls.

If an outdoor adventure isn’t necessarily your calling, try finding middle ground by limiting your access to wireless Internet. That’ll cut down your surfing time and inspire you to get out and actually enjoy your vacation.

6. Crack open a book

Remember those things made out of paper with words inside of them? They didn’t always live on tablets. Go back to basics on your next vacation and grab a book or two to keep you company while you relax. Without a tablet, you’ll be less tempted to surf the Web and peek at any work-related messages or websites. Let a story keep you busy until you have to go back to reality.

7. Stay true to your word

Your next vacation will set the standard for any future vacations to come. Imagine that you tell everyone you’re going off the grid and won’t be responding to any messages for a week. What will they think if, despite all of the buildup, you continue to answer emails or calls or work on projects? They’ll think that you don’t truly plan to take a break, and they won’t expect any day off to be a day off. You also don’t want to earn the reputation of the person who doesn’t stay true to her word. If that’s not inspiration enough to shut it down on your next vacation, that we don’t know what is.



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The 13 best pop-ups happening in London this August

Whether you want to kick back at an alfresco movie night, feast on foraged food, or lace-up your dancing shoes for a swing lesson, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of the best pop-ups happening this month.

Comedy week at The Deck at the National Theatre

Expect plenty of LOLs up on the roof of the National Theatre at this week-long comedy festival at The Deck. Each night has three or four comedians lined up, including Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Zoe Lyons and some special guests. Tickets are priced £30-£40, which includes a box of nachos and a drink to sweeten the deal. August 24-29, £30-£40. +18 only.

Sweet America

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Care for a dance? Old Bengal Bar is teaming up with dancing pros Swing Patrol to host free swing lessons every Friday and Saturday 6pm-8pm this month. Once you’re all danced out, chow down on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and get some well-needed rehydration by sipping on one of their all-American swing dance-inspired cocktails including the Texas Tommie and the Doll Drop. Old Bengal Warehouse, 16 New Street, EC2M 4TR. August 7-29.

Free film festival at Paddington Central

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Catch a free flick at one of the outdoor screenings at Paddington Central’s Sheldon Square, where they’ll be showing family-friendly films throughout August including ‘Back To The Future’, ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘Grease’. They’ll also be hosting a teddy bear’s picnic to tie in with a screening of ‘Paddington’ and a Robin Williams tribute week to commemorate the first anniversary of his death. Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6PY. August 5-29. Weekdays at 6.30pm and weekends at 3.30pm. Free.

Cinnamon Kitchen & Pizza Pilgrims

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East meets West for one tasty week this summer as Pizza Pilgrims teams up with Cinnamon Kitchen to serve up Indian-inspired pizzas from their alfresco terrace. Expect flavour fusions including tandoori chicken, green chilli and cheese, a veggie cauliflower and green peas pizza and a lamb rogan josh calzone. They’ll also be adding a pinch of spice to some classic Italian cocktails so you can sip on ginger negronis and pococello spicy spritzes. Mamma mia! Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL. August 3-7, noon-9pm.

The Porterlight Bicycles Possibility shop

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Upgrade your bike at Porterlight Bicycles pop up shop, which sells custom cargo bikes that will make that tiny basket on your bike feel seriously inferior. As well as perusing the bikes, you can also play around with their digital bike configurator, watch a video screening or turn up for one of their free evening talks on cycling, adventure and technology with speakers from the London Cycling campaign and the head of London’s Google Campus. 12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DH. August 11-24.

London Beer City Week

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Beer-lovers, rejoice! London Beer City week is back for its second year with another week-long celebration of our city’s best beer. This year the two main hubs are at Brewdog in Shepherd’s Bush and Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green, but there’s also loads of free and ticketed events running throughout the week at pubs across the city including tastings, tours and some food to soak up all that booze. And speaking of food, if you’re about to tuck into dinner and not sure what beer to go for, you can tweet @BeerForThat anytime during the week and they’ll suggest the perfect beer to go with your food. They’ll also be making surprise deliveries across London, so if you use the hashtag #BeerMatch they might even bring you dinner and a beer. Cheers! Various locations, August 7-16.

Urban edibles supper club

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Feast on foraged food from all corners of London at this new wild food supper club, which will be serving up small plates made with locally sourced vegetables, herbs and flowers. They’ll also be teaching you the tricks of the trade on how you can do some foraging of your own, as well as supplying recipe cards for some inspiration. Ask For Janice, 50-­52 Long Acre Lane, EC1A 9EJ. £10. August 12.

Marmite Love Café

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Are you a lover or a hater? That’s the question they’ll be asking at this pop-up Marmite Café when you go to pay for your food. Why? Because they’re operating a strict ‘pay-by-sentiment’ policy, where they’ll input your Twitter handle in ‘love-o-meter’ (yes, that’s a thing) and find out whether you spread love or hate on social media. If you’re deemed a ‘lover’, you won’t pay a penny, but if you’re struck off as a hater then you’ll have to shell out for your food and drink. Oh, and if you hate Marmite then this one’s probably not for you as they’re only serving Marmite on toast and Marmite and cheese toasties, as well as Soho Grind coffees. Don’t hate the player, ya’ll. Soho Grind, 19 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9RP. August 4-5.

Duck ‘n Roll at Baranis

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We recently heard the sad news that the epic street food market Dinerama was badly damaged by a fire and while we eagerly await its reopening, you can at least get your Duck ‘n Roll-fix at this weekly pop-up every Saturday at Chancery Lane’s Baranis. They’ll be serving up the classic and signature burgers, duck summer rolls and confit fries with crazy salt. Baranis, 115 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PP. August 1, 8, 15 are confirmed dates but it may be open longer. Keep an eye on @Baranis_London and @DucknRoll_CG for more info.

Pop-up street velodrome

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If you fancy yourself as the next Chris Froome then now’s your chance to hit the race track at this pop-up street velodrome at Broadgate Exchange Square. They’ll be running open sessions on August 12, 10am-1pm and 3-6pm – all equipment is provided and you can just turn up on the day to sign up. And if you don’t fancy hopping on your bike, you can just watch the races where amateur riders will be battling it out. Broadgate Exchange Square, EC2M 2QS. August 12-13. 

Free People pop-up shop

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If you’re in the market for some new boho-inspired threads this summer, look no further than Free People’s pop-up store, which will be setting up shop in Chelsea for the next six months. 151 King’s Road, SW3 4PW. Until January 31.

Pop-up screens

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Pop-up screens will be pumping up their giant inflatable screen in parks all over London so that you don’t have to spend a hot summer’s evening in a stuffy multiplex (we’re being optimistic here). Expect plenty of old favourites including ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’ – and at £10 a pop, the tickets won’t break the bank either. And for movie buffs who just can’t get enough, they’re also running a promotion where you’ll get £1 credit for every ticket you buy. Until September 26. Various locations.

The innocent Coconut Watering Hole

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 Go coco-nuts at this tiki-inspired pop-up mocktail bar, where the coconut water-based drinks won’t cost you dime. Instead, you’ll pay for your drinks with emojis. They’ll have menus everywhere with specific emojis for each drink – all you need to do is snap a picture at the pop-up and tag it with the emoji and they’ll bring you over your drink. They’ve also got a live steel band and loads of other coconut-themed fun including a coconut shy and coconut beauty treatments. Boxpark, Shoreditch High Street, E1 6GY. August 11, 8am-7.30pm. Free.















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Camden Lock’s Night Market is back for another summer

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You’d be hard pushed to find an inch of east London that hasn’t got some kind of street food or night market offering at the moment. But now north London is getting in on the action too. This summer, Camden Lock market is staying up a little later than usual with the return of its night market every Thursday. Each week will have a different theme, including a Notting Hill Carnival warm-up with live reggae and jerk chicken from Mama’s Jerk, as well as a vintage night where you can master the art of the lindy hop with dance lessons from Swing Patrol and pick up a couple of records from the vintage vinyl fair. If you don’t fancy donning your dancing shoes, they’ve also got an alfresco bar overlooking the Lock where you can sip on cocktails and craft beer and (hopefully) soak up some late night sun.

July 30 – September 3, every Thursday, 6pm – 10pm. Free entry. Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF

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