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Aug 01, 2014

WickED. Not the musical but the art festival.

Taking place across Hackney Wick (that's where the WickED comes from - aren't they clever!) and Fish Island, which we have frankly never heard of, Hackney WickED is an arts festival with an emphasis on the festivities, which include banquets, open houses, exhibitions (including Dave Le Fleming's Bang Biscuit, pictured above), even a riviera. And we do love a riviera. It's one of our favourite things.

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Aug 01, 2014

Opso side your head. (Work with us on this one, OK?)

Greece. It's given us Ouzo, Mykonos and the Elgin Marbles (*hides*) and now, over on Marylebone's glittering Paddington Street just a mere hop, skip and a party roll from that bloody Chiltern Firehouse, they've gone and given us a rather dishy restaurant, and it be called Opso.

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Aug 01, 2014

Why don’t we just charter a private jet to Ibiza? Seriously. Why don’t we?

Well, the easy answer is probably that we can't blinking afford it. Or couldn't until those clever Mr. Sykes Modern Concierge people came along. Now, as well as concierging your whole stay on the party island, they can also get you there in the style to which you could easily become accustomed aboard one of these little fellas.

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Aug 01, 2014

Did you know that places like this exist even in Hackney now?

If you live, work or find yourself in or around De Beauvoir Town or Hackney or even Islington in general and happen to be in need of a decent Monmouth coffee or a freshly prepared multi-ingredient salad, maybe even a fresh sausage roll, then this will interest you: The De Beauvoir Deli in the heart of *checks notes* De Beauvoir Town, in *checks notes* Hackney, near *checks notes* Islington. 

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Aug 01, 2014

Ready, steady, bake!

Yes, baking fans and greedy people, The Great British Bake Off is back, back, back and not only back, back, back but promoted from HMBBC2 to HMBBC1. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (who's not actually as gorgeous as he thinks he is) and Mel & Sue must be doing something right.

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Jul 22, 2014

Hello, sailor!

Trade, Crash, DTPM, Sink the Pink, Love Muscle, Sinitta, names, sweetie, names. And all those names - and the clubs and entertainers attached to them - will be gathering for the first time in history at Tobacco Dock in Wapping this Saturday, 26th July, for the most humdingerest of humdingers, Summer Rites: Out on the Dock.

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Jul 17, 2014

Could this be the book of the summer? It’s even got ‘Glasgow’ in the title!

Books are funny old things, aren't they? You either love them or hate them or are totally indifferent. Sometimes you're even none of the above! Quite who would put themselves out there for this kind of scrutiny is anybody's business, but just such a person is the delightfully delightful Neil D. A. Stewart, who sees his debut novel, The Glasgow Coma Scale, launch today. Yesterday if you're reading this tomorrow. And it may just be the book of the summer.

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Jul 17, 2014

A bar? For puddings? That sells booze? In Soho? We’ve basically written the whole piece!

Pop-ups. Know what they're all about, right? It's the not-new-anymore non-committal relationship of the retail world, where people get to try out their clever things on the likes of us, without having to sign away their hard-earned father's money, then at the end of it all get their own telly show on London Live. Why didn't we think of this?

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