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Fancy some retail therapy? Looking to buy gifts for a loved one? Check out these these paradise places for shopaholics.

Introducing the delights of Pugliese cuisine to the residents of Snaresbrook at Bombetta

Quality wine is the remedy to cure all ills

Adam Handling: From Masterchef to The Frog

Meat and Shake: Sublimed grilled meats and dreamy milkshakes for all Londoners

It’s a neontastic wonderland at God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

Northbank, St Pauls: Bringing sustainability and seasonality to the fore

Medieval Banquet jester

Top Things To Do Along Thames Riverside

Experience the Mediterranean at the Life Goddess, greek experimental divine

Life is a cabaret at Circus, Covent Garden

The Trading house: An imbibing institution for the most demanding of drinkers at St. Pauls

Diciannove: Mixing business with pleasure Italian style at Blackfriars

Live music sessions on top of the world at Sky Garden

Altitude London View

Surf and Turf to London’s best panoramic views

Comfort food that will melt your heart at The Phoenix

Pornstars, mood lighting and Dolly Parton. Welcome to Rocket Holborn.

It’s a jungle out at Backyard Cinema’s Lost World at Borough

Your detox regime starts right here at Maple and Fitz

Divas and dining at TWID, Battersea

Trade Union, Wapping: the pioneering model for new businesses

Avant-garde Indian cuisine in the futuristic looking Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf

Enjoy the thrills and spills of live sporting action at Greenwood, Victoria

Wine and dine in atypical style at the Lyan Cellars pop-up

Redefining our perception of Caribbean cuisine at Cottons, Notting Hill

The Localist, Farringdon: A neighbourhood restaurant fit for any community

Deceptively simple Italian classics on offer at Osteria 60, Kensington

Lazeez Lebanese Tapas: Bringing downtown Beirut to the heart of the West End

Patience is a virtue at the Savannah restaurant, Euston

Pan-Asian delights await your visit at Nirvana Kitchen, Marylebone

Fantastic Handyman

Fantastic handyman: when you need a real man around the house

The very best of all-day dining in the heart of Camden at Atrium Kitchen

Get inspired to cook at The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth

Herman ze German, Fitzrovia: ja, das ist wunderbar!

Enjoy the stripped back elegance of the tasting menu at Anglo, Farringdon

Party like there’s no tomorrow at The 90s Brunch

Vegetarians and egg-lovers rejoice at Cafe Loren in Camden

Where else would Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery be apart from trendy Upper Street, Islington

PAUL showing us L’Art de Vivre with their faultless afternoon tea offering

Designer surroundings and an informal brunch menu at No197 Chiswick Fire Station

Inamo: Technology still reigns supreme at their new Covent Garden branch

A Japanese omakase feast for all raw fish lovers at Kikuchi, Tottenham Court Road

Fall in love with Japanese cuisine at Murakami, Covent Garden

Arlo’s: Offering simplicity and substance for steak-lovers in Balham

A showcase of Finnish innovation at The Harcourt, Marylebone

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Lima Floral: A Peruvian gastronomic masterclass from Robert Ortiz

El Pirata of Mayfair: they just don’t make restaurants like this anymore

Your hunt for the perfect bottomless Sunday roast should end at OXBO Bankside

Ethical dining with wild foraged seasonal produce at Shanes on Canalside, Hackney Wick

No.29 Power Station West: The cool hangout of choice in the future at Battersea

Hearty home comforts at Mustard, Shepherd’s Bush

Trader Vic’s: the original fusion restaurant that was ahead of its time

A Sunday roast fit for royalty at the The Marquis Cornwallis, Bloomsbury

Shoryu: The King of Ramen extends into Covent Garden

Sixty One Kitchen Chefs

Relax, Enjoy and Unwind in Modern British Neighbourhood Restaurant Sixty One

The Crown Tavern: Traditional British pubs still the choice for imbibers at Clerkenwell

Smart casual dining delivered effortlessly at Town House at The Kensington

The mischievously charming Encant will tantalise your taste buds

Pepper Tree Big Breakfast

Thai Food in London – Clapham Common

St Luke’s kitchen at Library: A genuine hidden gem in the heart of theatreland

Southern French comfort cooking at Sardine, Old Street

It is back to basics at Rök smokehouse, Shoreditch

Working with local suppliers at Borough Market is the key to Arthur Hooper’s success

Get your daily dose of Chicken from WingsEggs

Opso: It’s no Greek tragedy on Paddington Street, Marylebone

Dinner at the Twits: the most gloriously gruesome immersive dining experience you will ever experience

Theatrics guaranteed at the fabulous Vaulty Towers, Waterloo

Variety is the spice of life at Roof East, Stratford

Relish the charms of Clapham at No32 The Old Town

Fine dining in a family friendly environment at Chriskitch Hoxton

Get hook’d on new school fish and chips at Camden Town

A wine pairing paradise awaits at Les 110 de Taillevent London

Lancaster London’s ARTea Afternoon Tea: A masterpiece for all food lovers

Live At Zedel: Cocktails, lights and action in the heart of Soho

Fashionable May Fair Kitchen has the exquisite choices to please the most demanding of diners

Look no further for your Christmas party this coming season: Book Beauty and the Feast

Pan-Asian food lovers still flocking to the plush Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge

The bar is raised high for fine dining Indian cuisine at Darbaar, Liverpool Street

Enjoy a carefree and alternative brunch at KuPP, Paddington Basin

Sunday night blues never felt so wonderful at Oslo, Hackney

HIPCHIPS: Are you trendy enough for these delectable crisps in Soho?

Shuang Shuang: High-concept hot-pot restaurant in the heart of Chinatown

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Top talent to watch out for in London for 2015

DSTRKT London: More than just a world-famous nightclub in the West End

Flavour Garden: a healthy sanctuary for time-conscious city workers in Tower Hill

The Greek Larder: Food from the Godfather of Greek cuisine in London

Forget shaken or stirred, have your cocktail set on fire at The Alchemist

Shake Shack: Shaking up the burger scene on New Oxford Street

LASSCO Bar & Dining: a quirky imbibe and dine experience in close proximity to Maltby Street

Transporting you to a winter wonderland at the Montague Ski Lodge

A gourmet menu awaits at Duke of Clarence, South Kensington

It is all about the pizza, pies and cider at the Stable Whitechapel

French flair aplenty at The Balcon, London

The Elgin: An iconic institution revitalised in the heart of Ladbroke Grove

No daylight robbery at Heist Bank, Paddington

Feel the spirit of summer with the imbibing masterclasses at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

The Petite Corée: the little neighbourhood bistro with a big heart

It’s a classy culinary encounter at Galley, Islington

Take a tour to the Tuscan countryside at Enoteca Pomaio, Brick Lane

Shining a spotlight on Chinese regional cuisine at Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars

Night Tales: Keeping Hackney firmly hip and happening

The Square Pig: a traditional English pub with a refreshed modern-day menu

A new culinary institution is born at Hatchetts, Mayfair

Italian dining at Bocconcino: Mayfair settings without the attitude

Relive the nostalgia of old Hong Kong at Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn

Fall in love with the breadbasket of Italy at Gotto Trattoria

Ichiryu is the Ichiban choice for udon lovers in London

Latino flair is alive and kicking at Asia de Cuba, Covent Garden

Souk Medina: Bringing the magic of Marrakesh to Covent Garden

Trinity Arms: A traditional local pub you can rely on for Brixtonians

Revealing the secrets of the immersive theatrical experience Maman Le Mot

Tibits Vegetarian Restaurant

Sumptuous Vegetarian Restaurant in London in Regents Street

Salivate at the sight of Mussel Men’s seafood selections

Live life to the fullest at High Timber, St Paul’s

A smorgasbord of meatilicious delights at Bodean’s BBQ Covent Garden

Admire the steam punk beauty of Flora Indica in Earl’s Court

Leman Street Tavern: Another quality-assured offering from the Geronimo Inns

The Refinery CityPoint: Where customer service is king

Kanada-Ya: Battle of the ramen bars on Panton Street in the West End

Bottomless Pizza, Pimm’s and Prosecco and Ealing Park Tavern

Italian cuisine with soul at L’Anima, Liverpool Street

Revisiting an old Chinese classic at Royal China Queensway

Accept no substitutes, when you can get the real deal at Mestizo, Euston

Life’s a beach at the Montague on the Gardens hotel

Kurobuta Marble Arch delivers top-notch Japanese sharing plates in a bustling environment

The Piano Works: Sing us a song you’re the piano man

A social dining experience at Popdown by Cuisson, Borough Market

108 Brasserie: When you need good, simple and honest food

Marquis of Wellington: London’s very first street food pub on the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile

Thai Silk in Waterloo: All the Thai classics you want and more

Westminster Kitchen: Another success story from restauranter Ibrahim Dogus

Ma’Plucker: 3-way chicken that impresses the West End crowds

The trains on top of Village Underground

Best London Art Galleries

Appearances can be deceiving at Aquum, Clapham

A journey to discover the best of British at the Betjeman Arms

Romance is in the air at Le Garrick Covent Garden

Panda by Otto Schade

Street Art in London: Top 27 Artists

A synergistic success for Carluccio’s at Marriott Regents Park

10 Ways to Spice Up your 2015 Valentine’s Day in London

Feel the East London vibe at Behind This Wall, Hackney

Gaylord: over 50 years of excellence serving Indian cuisine in the West End

An oasis of calm at Muriel’s Kitchen in Soho

Exercise your democratic rights at Zia Lucia, Holloway Road

Travel the world from the comfort of Foley’s dining room in Fitzrovia

Eco, a Clapham institution that has been serving classic Italian dishes for over 20 years

Discover the whisky for you with 101 choices at the Gallery, West Hampstead

José Pizarro shines in the playground of the bankers at Broadgate Circle

Finding a hangover cure at the Jam Tree Chelsea

Seafood lovers rejoice at the poke bar, Black Roe in Mayfair

Vicino: the trattoria serving honest, unpretentious and genuine Italian cooking

Haché Shoreditch: Gourmet Burgers with Global Garnishes

Made of Dough: A new rising star on the London street food scene

The Alfred Tennyson: refined yet relaxed dining in upscale Belgravia

Absolutely Starving in London Bridge – Serving locals and tourists alike for more than 30 years

Parliament Hill

Liberty London: Beautiful British Fashion and Modern Design

Expect service fit for royalty at Lanes of London, Marble Arch

Love is in the air at Island Grill, Lancaster London hotel

Chi Kitchen: Jack of all trades, master of all

Food for thought at Jenius Social, Islington

Indigo restaurant: Where using the finest seasonal ingredients means more than advertising jargon

Zuma: A restaurant that truly stands the test of time

Journey into the Amazon with Pisqu’s head chef, William Ortiz

35 New Cavendish: Get the luxury of a private member’s club without the exorbitant prices

Treat yourself to a Winemaker’s dinner at Ristorante Frescobaldi

Team-bonding is the name of the game at Swingers, the City of London

The Prince Albert: Impressing diners and drinkers since 1866

The Holy Birds in Spitalfields: A poultry restaurant fit for the President of the United States

Thyme and Lemon: Delivering a taste of Madrid in the heart of Islington

Polo Bar: the 24/7 Great British cafe in Liverpool Street

Drake and Morgan delivers once again at The Refinery, Bankside

Exotic flavours in abundance at Caraway Lounge, Romford

Boondocks: Taste one of the best American brunches on this side of the pond

Sharing the flavours of the Levantine at Ceru in South Kensington

Resistance is futile at the London Wonderground, Southbank

Aviary: There is no holding back this Phoenix at Finsbury Square

Smoke and Salt: the perfect partners in crime at this Islington pop-up

Welcome to 24 hour London at VQ Bloomsbury

Authenticity is the key at the Japanese restaurant Engawa in Piccadilly

Cielo Blanco: The modern face of Mexican Street food at Exmouth Market

Dalloway Terrace: Refined afternoon tea to savour in the heart of Bloomsbury

Burger Shack and Bar: Serving up popular British classics in Wimbledon Village

Islingtonites rejoice at the wonderful all day menu at Fig & Olive

Alexandrie: Fine dining Egyptian style in the heart of Kensington

Explore exclusive wines at 1901 Wine Lounge at Andaz London Liverpool Street

Eneko’s star is shining brightly at One Aldwych Hotel

Main entrance of Boulestin

Boulestin Restaurant: French Dining in the Heart of Piccadilly

Sushi Shop: The French show us how it should be done in their conveniently located Marylebone branch

Experience magic and sparkle this Christmas at Nordic Yulefest

Pont St: Top female chefs like Sophie Michell needs your support

It’s a dim sum surprise at Fu Manchu, Clapham North

The Victorian Bath House, Bishopsgate: A hidden gem in every way

Brace yourself for a visual feast at 100 Kensington at The Exhibitionist Hotel

Chocolate cupcakes from Primrose bakery

Best Bakeries in London to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Flying the flag for British cuisine at The Well, Clerkenwell

Veneta in St James’s: Another jewel in the Salt Yard group empire

La Petite Provence at The Folly: A little gallic summer delight in the heart of the City

The Pagination, Canary Wharf: Cosy nights await at this slick, modern bar

A winning gold medal for the pop-up, Rio Boteco in Hackney

Tootoomoo Islington: a bottomless brunch offering with variety and vitality

Take a journey along the Silk Road with Samarkand in Fitzrovia

Enjoy the vintage glamour of The Alice House in Queen’s Park

Long bar at the Sanderson, Fitzrovia: a designer bar for the fashionista crowd in London

It’s back to black at Pizzicotto, High Street Kensington

Traditionalist are well catered for at London Steakhouse Co. in the City

Vive le Hambuges as long as they are made by Big Fernand

Pavilion wines starts the foodie quarter revolution in Sloane Square

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant: An Italian affair with Gino at Euston station

The Poke phenomenon is showing no signs of abating with the launch of Honi Poke in Soho

A mouthwatering Japanese menu for the discerning at Sakagura, Mayfair

You will be crazy to miss Junkyard golf in Brick Lane

Benito’s Hat: Riding the Mexican wave of success

Variety is the spice of life at Mister Lasagna in Soho

Blades at Hush: Where steak, lobster and whiskies reign supreme

Records in Phonica

London’s Best Record Shops

Discover the art of grilling at Omnino Steakhouse in Aldgate

Burn off your calories and enjoy delectable delights at Bounce Shoreditch

It’s more than a laundry for Hackney hipsters at Wringer and Mangle in London Fields

Discover the real origins of the gourmet sandwich at Cafe Mish in Mayfair

Amici Miei: a neighbourhood Italian restaurant we would all love to see on our high street

House of Godo: an authentic Italian takeaway experience

Dine in regal grandeur at Crocker’s Folly in St Johns Wood

Wine, dine and recline your seats at the luxury film club at Brasserie Max

Small plates of Turkish delights at Oklava, Shoreditch

Escape the shopping madness of Knightsbridge at The Egerton House Hotel drawing room

Radio Days Fashion Shop

Radio Days: Strike Vintage Gold in Waterloo

Omar Allibhoy’s Tapas Revolution brings accessible Spanish cuisine to Shoreditch

Judy Joo’s Jinjuu is a jubilant joy

Get the Carnevale di Venezia experience at Columbia restaurant at Docklands Riverside

Experience the circle of life at GONG at Shangri-La Hotel

Exploring the varied flavours of Indian history at Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

Six Storeys on Soho: Refined elegance from the first floor to the loft

The flames of creativity are burning bright at Ember, Monument

There is no stopping the all-conquering Saiphin Moore at her latest restaurant, Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Victoria

Sozai Cookery School: Be a master chef of Japanese cuisine

You always get a hearty welcome at Yumi Izayaka on Shaftesbury Avenue

Le Garrick celebrates the Vive La France spirit with their revamped decor and menu

Surf n Turf with Jimmy’s Pop-up in Clapham via Tabl

White is the colour this festive season at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival

Enjoy a refined Thai culinary experience at Patara, Hampstead

28-50 Maddox Street: For those moments, when only Champagne will do for lunch

Donostia Social Club brings restaurant quality food to The King & Co in Clapham

Serving deliciously different meat-free cuisine at Ethos, Fitzrovia

The Painted Heron: The best value Indian restaurant in Chelsea

Primavera: A sparkling gem on a quiet stretch of New King’s Road

A picture perfect dining experience at Sake no Hana, Mayfair

Bluebird: the iconic Chelsea venue is flying high again

It’s party time at Belgo Holborn with mussels and Belgian beer

There are only winners at the Heliot Steak House in Leicester Square

Putting the hip into Hackney at La Terraza, Number 90 Bar & Kitchen

Building a sense of community at Neighbourhood, Stratford

The Prince Alfred: A gastropub fit for royalty

Gluten-free diners rejoice at the tremendous options available at Niche, Islington

Time to go back to the future at Kojawan

Troia: an all-encompassing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in Waterloo

The unstoppable gin revival continues courtesy of Graphic bar

Flavours of the Amalfi coast delivered to your plate at QP LDN, Mayfair

Escape the crowds of Oxford Street with a discreet dining experience at Hunter 486

Sumptuous views and succulent steaks at Butlers Wharf Chop House

Experience ultimate liberation at The Bunyadi

Brew Cafe Putney

Fire up the BBQ with some Antipodean-style dining in Putney’s Brew Cafe

The Pepper Tree: Is Thai food the best hangover cure around?

Bet on a surefire winner at The Fellow of King’s Cross

A gastronomic Chinese odyssey with Andrew Wong

It is time for Bloody Marys and board games at the Natural Philosopher at Hackney

Is Cinnamon Bazaar the spice of life Covent Garden has been waiting for?

Wünderlust at the Big Red: You insatiable appetite will be satisfied by this double-decker

Blind Spot: Hitting the spot for imbibing enthusiast in a hidden speakeasy in Covent Garden

It’s all about the gentrified Sunday roast lunches at The Commercial, Herne Hill

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The Princess of Wales Pub: Pride of Primrose Hill That Even Banksy Can’t Resist!

It is time to savour One Canada Square’s bottomless after dark menu

Fulfill your diva dreams at Lucky Voice Soho

Drink life to the lees at the Alfred Tennyson

Gyoza Bar in Covent Garden: assured and speedy service ideal for theatre-goers

40 Dean Street: serving the Soho community with classic homemade Italian dishes

Pilpel: a falafel and houmous specialist with fire in their spirits

Experience a taste of Spain at Camino Bankside

Visit Bridget Jones’ local at The Globe Tavern, Borough Market

Simple, decent and honest food at Brother Marcus, Balham

A Japanese drinking den that is a cut above the rest at Kiri, Mayfair

Talli Joe: The standard-bearer for modern Indian cuisine

Sail away into the sunset with a Thames dinner cruise with Citycruises

Feast on the best of world food at Kerb, Camden

Sumptuous steaks to salivate over at Smith and Wollensky, Strand

Get the Caribbean vibe at Rum Kitchen, Brixton

Savour classic French dishes from Raymond Blanc at Brasserie Blanc Southbank

Inn the Park: An oasis of calm in the centre of town

Enjoy the Fabulous Adventures of 698B via Tabl

Mary Ward Centre Adult Education College

5 Interesting Courses in London

Tombo: Come to Soho’s first authentic Poké and Matcha Bar

Serving up Anglo-American winners at the Loft, Wimbledon

Prepare for an antipodean invasion at Ben’s Canteen, Battersea

Manitoba Tigella Kitchen Bar: bringing an ancient Italian recipe back to life

Be bowled over by the gregarious British hospitality and fine American cuisine at All Star Lanes Bayswater

Achingly hip pizzas from the Elliott Brothers at Pizza Pilgrims Soho

Balans Soho Society: A fitting tribute to the late Prady Balan

Homemade tapas dishes expertly executed at Cigala, Bloomsbury

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese sign

Top 15 Oldest Pubs in London: Soak Up Some History

Enjoy a bouncy night out at Ballie Ballerson, Stoke Newington

The interior of Uncorked

Best Wine Shops in London for Tastings

Boris Bikes

Getting Around London: 7 Alternative Ways to Get Around Town

Celebrate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean and South America at Monmouth Kitchen in Covent Garden

Cocktails at Eaton Square

Eaton Square Restaurant and Cocktail Bar- Flavours of the Mediterranean in the heart of Belgravia

Choice and variety are in abundance at Pasta Remoli, Finsbury Park

Cha Cha Moon – Noodles to nourish your soul at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street

Historical grade-II listed gastronomic bar & restaurant London

Aerial Hoop Acrobat

Move back in time at The Medieval Banquet

Experience the exquisite taste of Peru at Seor Ceviche, Soho

Galvin HOP: Redefining the pub experience at Liverpool Street

From Jamaica to Dalston, savour authentic jerk cuisine via Rudie’s

Rooftop film Club: Enjoy cinematic classics on top of the Bussey Building, Peckham

Old school charms on offer at Gatti’s Italian restaurant in Moorgate

It is all about the ingredients at Sushi and Robata, High Street Kensington

A masterclass in perfection at Gaucho Hampstead

It’s time for a steak out at Smithfield Market

Two Ruba: Cocktails that blossom at Tower Bridge

Experience Sunday brunches with a difference at Cinnamon Soho

Frog exhibit in the Grant Museum of Zoology

Best Hidden Museums in London: Try these less known favourites

A time for celebrations at London Shell Co, Paddington

Learn to cook like a Valencian at London Paella School

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Pop Boutique: Mod Essentials in Covent Garden

They say the past is a foreign country. And to a Londoner, that means it’s eternally sun-dappled, which explains the mood lift you get on entering and seeing the multi-coloured mish-mash of spanking vintage goods on offer in the world of Pop.

22 Feb 2014 | 15 Comments
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Magma Books - Quirky Bookshop In London

The notion of the bookshop, like the record store, has a kind of nostalgic omnipotence to anyone who was born pre-1990.

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