Wind down with a modern calligraphy class

Join one of John Lewis’ modern calligraphy classes for an introduction to the craft

Bingo gets a cheeky, millennial twist at Dabbers

“Netflix and chill, number 69” announced the cheeky Bingo caller. “Order a Deliveroo, number 22” the comedian continued. We dutifully dabbed away at our bingo cards as the numbers were called, eager to secure that coveted full house to earn the top prize: a weekend away in Warwickshire. We were into our third round ofContinue reading “Bingo gets a cheeky, millennial twist at Dabbers”

Mamma Mia! The Party: a new immersive theatrical and dining experience is opening in August

A new five-hour Mamma Mia!-themed show, featuring a three-course Mediterranean dinner and an ABBA disco, is coming to the 02 London this August. Created by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! The Party is set in a taverna on the island of Skopelos, where scenes of the first film were shot. Nikos and his wife KateContinue reading “Mamma Mia! The Party: a new immersive theatrical and dining experience is opening in August”

A thirty-year-old’s guide to Disneyworld and Universal 

Last month I turned 30 in the happiest place on earth: Disneyworld. It was the most perfect birthday, especially as my darling boyfriend (now fiancé!) proposed to me in true fairytale style in front of the Cinderella castle in Magic Kingdom. Our week in Orlando was action packed – we tackled both Universal Studios and UniversalContinue reading “A thirty-year-old’s guide to Disneyworld and Universal “

11 ways to win at speed dating

Your fingers might be tired from all that Tinder typing and swiping, or you might just want to mix things up and do a bit of IRL dating. Either way, there’s no quicker way to get yourself in front of potential matches than speed dating. While it can be daunting to get your head around,Continue reading “11 ways to win at speed dating”

We made it to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal!

After months and months of preparing and training, I completed a relentless 9-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in November 2018, along with 26 others in my group. Thanks to the incredible generosity of all our sponsors, we have managed to raise approximately £430,000, which will help Sense International continue doing its amazing work forContinue reading “We made it to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal!”

Got a head for heights? Abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford

Urban thrill-seekers will be able to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the tallest sculpture in the UK – from Saturday 31 March. Abseilers can take in the panoramic views across the city as they step off the tower’s viewing platform in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford for the 80-metre descent.Continue reading “Got a head for heights? Abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford”

Step into London’s Bake Off tent: could you be crowned star baker? Plus, speed dating meets baking

Have you always wanted to take part in the Great British Bake Off? You’re in luck – a baking tent has popped up in Tooting and you can head down and compete for the chance to be crowned star baker. As well as baking competitions, the tent is also the setting for something a littleContinue reading “Step into London’s Bake Off tent: could you be crowned star baker? Plus, speed dating meets baking”

Win a gift card for London’s new “Free Willy” extreme water sports experience

Thrill-seekers will be able race across London’s Victoria Dock in a high-powered whale-shaped watercraft – a hybrid of a speedboat and submarine – from February next year. The extreme water sport experience takes place in an 18ft Seabreacher vessel (call it Free Willy, if you like), and can reach speeds of up to 60mph on the surface, andContinue reading “Win a gift card for London’s new “Free Willy” extreme water sports experience”

“Dope” times at hip hop brunch

Don your chunky gold necklace, snapback hat and bandana headband for this daytime party with a hip hop twist. It’s dubbed “brunch” but what you actually get is a five-hour party session comprising an hour of bottomless booze, a three-course sit-down meal and endless entertainment in a club venue. Old and new hip hop beats,Continue reading ““Dope” times at hip hop brunch”

Pick your own lavender in Hitchin

As the wind blows, the calming scent of lavender pours in through the open car window. We’re close. We drive a good few metres forward and then we see it. A gigantic field speckled with the colour purple. Rows of lavender roll on for miles. It looks even better than the pictures on Google. We’veContinue reading “Pick your own lavender in Hitchin”

Aim for bullseye at darts joint Flight Club

Darts just got cool. For a long time it’s been a game associated with old men and dated pubs – but that’s all been thrown out the window now thanks to Flight Club. This fairground-themed bar brings fancy computerised score-keeping and exciting team-based knockout games to make darts fun and social. Think of what Top Golf did forContinue reading “Aim for bullseye at darts joint Flight Club”

Step into the home of Charles Darwin at Down House

A visit to the gorgeous, sprawling estate in Downe, Kent, makes for a wonderful day out. Once home to Charles Darwin and his family, the beautifully restored, classically English Down House is a short journey from London. Whether you know much about the father of evolution or not, it doesn’t matter, for you will leaveContinue reading “Step into the home of Charles Darwin at Down House”

A night of mayhem at Bogan Bingo

Bingo has shaken off its granny rep in recent years thanks to the likes of Rebel Bingo and Musical Bingo et al, and with live comedy game show Bogan Bingo it takes another entertaining and rowdy turn. Presented by a couple of awesome bogan (derogatory Aussie term for an uncouth, poorly educated person) bingo callers, the focusContinue reading “A night of mayhem at Bogan Bingo”

Time to play at the board games café

Fed up with hearing about gimmicky hipster cafés? Me too. But here’s one without the gimmick that’s worth hunting down: London’s first (and only) board games café, Draughts. If the thought of Monopoly, Cluedo, Hungry Hippos, Articulate, Scrabble, Game of Life and 400 other games excites you, you’re well overdue a visit. This place isn’tContinue reading “Time to play at the board games café”

Tired of adulting? Head to the grown-up ball pit bar BallieBallerson

When you feel tired of adulting in London, there’s an amazeballs place you should go. It’s where you’ll find all the big kids (note: actual kids aren’t allowed), and it involves a DJ, retro-sweet-themed cocktails and, most importantly, a ball pit for grown-ups… Very fitting for a #throwbackthursday, this bar and underground ball pit goes byContinue reading “Tired of adulting? Head to the grown-up ball pit bar BallieBallerson”

On cloud nine with candy floss and ice cream in Covent Garden

After the hype of ice cream cookie sandwiches (Blu Top, Chin Chin Labs) and ice cream macaroons (Yolkinmacice), now Londoners can get soft serve ice cream – basically posh Mr Whippy – served in a candy floss cloud, thanks to new dessert cafe Milk Train. Located just behind Covent Garden, Milk Train offers three flavoursContinue reading “On cloud nine with candy floss and ice cream in Covent Garden”

Beer and Buns in Liverpool Street

Japanese beers (and sake) and fluffy buns (and wings) are the order of the evening at Beer & Buns. And they come with an extra side of fun – foosball and pinball tables… and sake bombs. Sake bombs (pictured left) require a little bit of explanation – a shot of sake arrives balanced on chopsticks aboveContinue reading “Beer and Buns in Liverpool Street”

Refuel at Pump Shoreditch

Popcorn chicken, bubble waffles, chilli cheese fries… street food is made seriously fun at Pump Shoreditch. The mini street food market square, which is housed on the site of a disused petrol station on Shoreditch High Street, sees vendors rustle up tasty and eclectic delights from small colourful huts all day (11am-11pm). Fill your arms with all theContinue reading “Refuel at Pump Shoreditch”

Put on a brave face for Goosebumps Alive + win a pair of tickets to see it

If Goosebumps gave you thrills as a kid and you’ve still got plenty of nostalgia for the series, you’ll be intrigued to hear that there’s a spine-tingling immersive experience coming to London that’s inspired by R.L Stine’s most memorable creations. From 6 April, you’ll be able to find out what happens when your childhood fearsContinue reading “Put on a brave face for Goosebumps Alive + win a pair of tickets to see it”