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Friday, February 21, 2020

Bridget Galton and family enjoyed a warm October break in a beautiful villa on the Italian island which has great food and culture

One year after a cardiac arrest left him fighting for his life, Glenn Hoddle is planning a run of events where he’ll speak about his glittering football career in front of a live audience. The last of these shows, on January 21, takes place at Alexandra Palace.

If you’re taking your tween and her mates for a birthday celebration manicure – as befits the craze amongst generation Z – you’ll be hard pressed to find any salon more on trend than London Grace.

“This isn’t really Hawaii,” the blurb on Mor and Vahine’s surf camp website warns potential guests.

Camping holidays don’t have to be hard work, as Emma Bartholomew finds at a family surf camp in the north of Portugal.

A new bar promising a ‘Social Darts Experience’ is set to open in a 150-capacity venue on Upper Street from November 22.

Your sofa is obviously a strong choice. But you hardly get the same buzz out of watching the action from Japan whilst sat in your front room, in your PJs, eating Weetabix. No, that won’t do at all. Instead, we’ve put together a list of six of the best bars and restaurants showing the World Cup in Hackney and Islington for you to *try*... (sorry).

Gardening correspondent Ruth Pavey visits the Octogenarian painter in the beautiful garden that inspired so much of her work

Some of the best samba teachers in the world are coming together this weekend to teach the Brazilian dance at a three-day celebration in Munich.

La Clave Fest, Finsbury Park

Monday, July 29, 2019

London’s biggest Latin festival fuses food, DJs, music in dance in one glorious free celebration

Styled as an early 20th century Parisian boudoir, The Duck Nest will serve cocktails, wines and beers upstairs from the fledgling Monsieur Le Duck restaurant in Clerkenwell. Co-owner Richard Humphreys brings us up to speed.

We can’t help you to sleep in these outrageous temperatures (26 degrees! At midnight!) but we can nudge you in the direction of a free piña colada, which is surely just as good.

You’ll remember Kojo Anim’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year: the standing ovation seemed to go on for about as long as his comedy routine itself.

This weekend, four young female comedians will combine their talents at the Playmill Festival of New Writing. Girls With Jokes will take in everything from motherhood to mental health, mortgages to millenial prospects at King’s Head Theatre on July 13 and 14.

A supper club offering “the chance to enjoy a slice of social dining: Spanish style” is stopping off at Culpeper Community Garden this Sunday, and tickets are only £5.

My epic surf moments are sadly few and far between, but there’s something about being faced with either ducking under or trying to catch a wave that’s meditative, exhilarating and fun - and that floaty feeling when you do catch one defies description.

The sixth Stroud Green Festival is a celebration of women and women composers which gets underway on Friday (June 7) and runs until June 23.

A cocktail bar promising ‘chemistry and theatre’ is opening on City Road in time for the weekend.

A dessert-bar serving three courses of sweet, sweet pudding has popped up in Angel for the summer.

As we pulled up to the Tivoli Évora my kids and I expressed some scepticism for its eco claims – after all, swanky hotels are some of the most energy intensive facilities on our planet.

Fertility Fest: Barbican

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hampstead author Jessica Hepburn co-founded an arts festival around infertility to create a positive from her own sad experience

Bristol artist Thomas Dowdeswell’s first solo exhibition in London is now underway at Cass Art Islington. Here, he talks to us about his inspiration for the show, which is called The Age of People Who Live With Their Heads in Boxes.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there’s lots to look forward to in May. Here’s a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

Review: Enotecca Rabezzana

Friday, April 26, 2019

Italian restaurant and Smithfield Market hotspot Enoteca Rabezzana introduced a new-and-improved menu a couple of months back. Here’s what we made of it.

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