The Chicest Restaurant in Selfridges 

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We spent the afternoon at this stunning London hotspot, it really is the chicest restaurant in Selfridges. The venue dazzles diners with Art Deco interiors, an eclectic menu and a giant statue by Damien Hirst.

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Selfridges’ Brasserie of Light opened in late 2018 and wow-d shoppers with its ’contemporary, elegant and artistic’ style. The venue continues to be a firm favourite amongst the London crowd, known for it’s extravagant interior and top tier service. If you take the entrance from Duke Street, you can understand why it’s considered an extravagant affair, with the resident doorman in a top hat and coat tails ready to welcome you inside. Follow the mirror covered walls through the entrance, and into the restaurant, an impressive space with serious Art Deco styling, from the high ceilings and mirrored everything, to the mustard yellow banquettes and bar stools. The star of the show though, is Damien Hirst’s largest London artwork, the 24ft crystal encrusted Pegasus set above the gleaming tables below.

 
 
 
 
 
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The buzzing atmosphere..

Brasserie of Light definetly pulls out all the stops to ensure even the most discerning of guests leave feeling they’ve had a special experience – and we’d say the owners know a thing or two about creating successful venues, given that the owners Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings are responsible for The Ivy Collection and Sexy Fish. The buzzing atmosphere is charming, and even though it gets rather busy, still manages to feel like you have enough privacy at your table (unless your a table of two). Aside from the stunning dining area, the venue also boasts an impressive mirrored bar (perfect for an elegant cocktail or two), while the flamboyant character continues into the loos, with a bold combo of marble and yep, more mirroring. It’s black for the boys and dusty pink for the girls, serving as the perfect insta op.

An extensive all day menu..

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It has to be said that our lunch at Brasserie of Light was no less impressive than the surroundings. The menu is a good mash up of British and International dishes, all of which have certainly been given a tweak or two to emulate the decadent experience. The extensive all day menu offers something to satisfy everyone, from the white onion soup (tried, tested and delicious), to the Milanese Chicken and Miso Black Cod. The deserts are a real spectacle, creatively ‘designed’ to ensure maximum content potential. Although a hard choice, we opted for the galactic themed ’Orbit’ desert, a planet shaped chocolate dome, encasing chocolate mousse and ice cream on a bed of milk foam. We can confirm it was as yummy as it was beautiful! From the extensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail list to the brasserie style all day menu, this venue really does cater to everyone, and is surprisingly reasonably priced given its flamboyant vibe. A special dining experience that doesn’t break the bank!

Our Lunch at Brassiere of Light.

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TOP Beach Bars in Mykonos  

NAmmos Mykonos

Mykonos is home to chic restaurants, stunning hotels and some of the most beautiful beach clubs in the world. Famous for its nightlife, with clubs staying open well into the morning hours, but there’s also an afternoon beach bar scene which is just as popular and addictive. We’ve rounded up our Top Picks.. Make time for these on your next trip!

Nammos

Nammos Mykonos Sun Beds

Nammos known for being the trendiest beach restaurant in Mykonos. Nammos Mykonos is accessed by as many yachts as it is people driving over from their resort.. very boujee! The powdery sand, crystal clear water and glamorous vibe make this spot the ideal location for spending the day with friends and family. Expect show-stopping mediterranean cuisine with a beautiful seaside setting and exquisique service.

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Principote

Principote Mykonos Best Beach Bars

Principote Beach Club is located on Panormos Beach, sheltered from strong winds. Enjoy sunbathing in the plush luxurious sunbeds under the knitted umbrellas with a refreshing cocktail in hand. The extravagant party starts around 3 in the afternoon and the elegant restaurant of the long wooden tables the white ropes and the golden sailings alters to a fun atmosphere where dancing on the tables is a must!  

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Scorpios

Scoripios Myknonos

Boho chic, amazing interior & incredible service. With unreal vibes this is the ideal place to enjoy drinks and dance the day away.. Get your best beach outfit ready! On one side there is a small beach with luxe sun loungers and on the other side there are plenty of places to sit, socialize and dance, with the most incredible sunset views!

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Alemagou

Alemagou mykonos

This cool bohemian beach bar and restaurant is a more chilled vibe, set directly on the beautiful Paraga Beach. This the perfect place for those who aren’t party animals but still want to enjoy some lovely music and drinks on the beach. There’s also a lovely little beach store with beautiful beachwear if you’re looking to top up your Mykonos wardrobe.

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Jackie O Beach

Jackie O Beach Mykonos

Greek Chic beach club vibes on Super Paradise beach. Jackie O Beach has beds on the beach, but you can also relax at the amazing pool area on a rock or have lunch in the restaurant upstairs. Enjoy drinks in the sun with relaxing club music in the background. This is a perfect place to get the cocktails on order and watch the beautiful sunset.

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SantAnna

SantAnna Myknonos

Considered one of the best beach bars on the island SantAnna is also located on Paraga Beach. In addition to the salty waters of the sea, SantAnna has a large saltwater pool with seven private “islands” each with their own bar and butler service. Guests can enjoy a massage and rent a hookah as well as swim, relax on a daybed and dine in one of two restaurants, one offering incredible sushi, the other focused on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

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5 Rooftop Venues you must try in Dubai  

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Looking for a Rooftop Venue in Dubai? You’ll be spoilt for choice! We’ve narrowed it down to a few favourites, from party hotspots to the perfect sunset views.

Paros

For: Partying.

Paros rooftop

Inspired by the Greek Island that sits in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Paros is the only rooftop pool, bar, and restaurant in JLT. Found on the 46th floor of the Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Paros offers all the vibes needed for a night out with friends, with a beautiful open air terrace, DJ set and flowing drinks, get ready to party into the night!

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Level 43

For: A catch up.

Level 43 rooftop

This sleek lounge is made for the cool crowd, drawing a mix of Dubai’s beautiful people and socialites. Located 43 floors up at the Four Points by Sheraton, this sleek lounge is made for the cool crowd, drawing a mix of Dubai’s residents and expats for some evening fun. Sitting along Sheikh Zayed Road, the venue offers incredible views of the city and beyond. Although the open rooftop bar feels ‘lounge-y’, it’s vibrant atmosphere caters for both evening drinks with a loved one – or a fully fledged night out with friends.

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TOMO

For: Japanese Vibes.

There are a number of outstanding Japanese venues in Dubai, but Tomo really is a must visit if that’s your vibe. With an aim to create a space for friends to share and create memories, TOMO is the ultimate rooftop destination. Expect sweeping views of Dubai’s spectacular skyline, fresh Japanese cuisine, and a charismatic ambience.

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The Penthouse

For: A night to remember.

Penthouse

This sleek venue at FIVE Palm Jumeirah raises the roof with stunning unobstructed skyline views, glass-private seating areas and an upbeat soundtrack. Party as the sun goes down, and enjoy a wide selection of cocktails and beverages, as well as dishes from the incredible Asian menu. This alfresco rooftop is a hotspot for celebrities and holiday-goers, a must visit during your time in Dubai.

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Zeta Seventy Seven

For: Sunset Cocktails.

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Get ready to be stunned at ZETA Seventy Seven. Found on the rooftop of the Address Beach Resort, located 310m above sea level, you can expect unbelievable views of the city below, out to the Arabian sea. Enjoy stunning cocktails and beautiful Asian dishes as the sun sets over the horizon. With resident DJ’s provided the perfect evening atmosphere – this is the ultimate location for a special evening with a special someone.

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6 Cool Bars you must try in Manchester 

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Our pick of the coolest bars in Manchester right now. From the underground WashHouse to The Ivy. Read about the best spots for a cocktail or two.

The Alchamist, Spinningfields

For: The Theatre.

This cocktail bar & restaurant in the heart of Spinningfields offers some of the best cocktails in Manchester, crafted by in-house mixologists. The dimly lit venue acts as the perfect spot for a dinner date (take a look at the mouth watering menu), or drinks with friends – either way, it offers a little theatre for a special night out. 

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The Lawn Club, Spinningfields

For: A casual drink.

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The Lawn Club can be found in Hardman Square, designed with an alfresco feel, and ‘fixer-upper’ style – this casual venue is the perfect spot for any occasion whether its after work drinks or a night out with friends. With a brand new Pergola, covered in fairy lights, the Lawn Club also offers private pods to enjoy with friends on the terrace. Indulge in cocktails, beer and wine, alongside a menu of antipasti boards and burgers.

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The Washhouse, Shudehill

For: An interesting entry.

Although from entry, this may seem like an old school laundrette, it’s far from that. Step through the door in the corner, and find yourself in Washhouse’s elusive bar (yes, very Narnia-esc.) Accessed only after you literally step through the washing machine, you’ll meet a dimly lit, leather-clad bar serving all the quirky cocktails, and a house playlist to match. 

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The Ivy, Spinningfields

For: An Asian twist.

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The West End’s iconic celebrity hotspot, The Ivy, has opened its first Manchester location in Spinningfields. Much like it’s other venues, the spot offers the traditional ‘British summer’ feel setting, offering their classic all day menu. On the second floor, however, expect Ivy Asia, a breathtaking space, illuminated by the green, semi-precious stone floors fit with golden gilded ceilings, lush jade colours and a beautiful pink bar. Their huge roof terrace offers the perfect space for nighttime drinking (don’t worry, fire pits included). 

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The Dog Bowl

For: Games Night.

The Black Dog family’s third Manchester site, Dog Bowl is a bowling, drinking and dining experience near Manchester’s Oxford Road. The interior is contemporary, with a hint of American dinner – offering all the cocktail classics and fast-food favourites. The kitchen is open until 1am with a bespoke evening menu served from 11pm to cater for late-night snackers. Ideal for a fun night out with friends, the bowling and drinking combination s always a massive hit!

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The Liars Lounge, Cane & Grain

For: Tiki Vibes.

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The Liars Lounge is a South American inspired bar on the second floor of Cane & Grain, in the Northern Quarter set to suit the desire for a boozy night on the town. The venue really speaks for itself, styled with ‘rum drums’ and neon signs. With a refined, adventurous cocktail list, you can expect the Bone Yard Julep and the Basil & Coconut Smash to hit all the right spots. The food is no less inspiring, with Bacon Popcorn and Dino Beef Ribs.

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London Bars: The Best Happy Hours

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Two One Four, Southwark 

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We all love a good Happy Hour, and Two One Four are here to please. This underground bar acts as a secret hideaway, from the bustling street above. Paying tribute to one of the countries most beloved Spirits, you can expect to be wow’d by the bars collection of 100 Gins (unless your not a gin lover). Even if gin isn’t your thing, enjoy a wide range of cocktail options from the Signature Menu, and expect to pay just £6 per drink between 5-6pm. 

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The Lock Tavern, Camden

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This lively venue can be found in the heart of Camden, offering a traditional pub feel with dark wood interiors and a pint serving bar. With a generous Happy Hour scheme between 5-7pm Mon-Sat and 6-9pm Sundays you’ll find selected beers are just £3 each. You’ll be pleased to know they also offer a menu full of all the classics, including a Sunday Roast. 

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Blame Gloria, Clapham

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If your looking to dance the night away, and bag a bargain on cocktails, Blame Gloria is probably right up your street. This quirky venue offers a range of 2 for 1 Happy Hour deals through the week, and even offers it’s party-goers a free cocktail just for signing up to their newsletter! This insta-worthy spot is a must visit with friends.

 
 
 
 
 
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Burlock, Marylebone

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This ones for the Rum Lovers. This grunge-y basement cocktail bar is just a few steps from Oxford Street, and serves over 200 different rums for its guests. The Havana styled interiors feature wall art, retro salon hairdryers and leather furnishings to tie it all together. It’s Happy Hour is certainly a pull for many, offering 2 for 1 Cocktails between 5-7pm from Wednesday to Saturday, in addition to other discounted bottles. 

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Disrepute, Soho

If fancy cocktail sipping in a private setting is more your style, opt for Disrepute. This hidden gem offers a 60’s feel, with opulent interiors and vaulted ceilings. The Jazz soundtrack and ambient lighting offers the perfect environment for a sophisticated evening of cocktail drinking and story telling. To make the most of your visit, arrive between 4-6pm to make the most of Happy Hour £8 selected cocktails. (Oh, and sign up for a membership!)

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Sketch London: A Must-Visit

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Conduit Streets Sketch

If you know anything about the London Restaurant scene, it’s fair to say you will have heard of Conduit Streets Sketch. Often described as one of the most Instagrammable Restaurants in the world, and a standard celebrity favourite, this art fuelled venue guarantees to take you on a creative journey, from its three Michelin Star ‘Lecture Room & Library’ Restaurant, to the infamous Bathroom Pods. 

Four unique dining environments..

SKETCH London

Prior to making a name for itself as an awe inspiring dining location, the three-storey Georgian Townhouse was home to an array of societies and institutions over the years, including Christian Dior’s London Atelier in the Mid 20th Century. In 2003, the building, rich in History, caught the attention of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz (‘Momo’) and was transformed into the four unique dining environments you’ll find there today; The Parlour, The Glade, The Gallery and The Lecture Room & Library. 

The Parlour

A Patisserie by day, seek comfort in the warm, ambient Parlour room, fit with vibrant, luxurious seating options and a menu full of sweet treats and comfort-eater favourites. From the ‘9 Conduit Street (Full English) to the ‘Vegan Sketch-Dog’, you can expect to find all the classics, with a quirky Sketch-like twist. After dark, The Parlour transforms into a sultry, dim-lit bar, perfect for a special night, with a special someone. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Glade

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This fairytale-like landscape is inspired by a 20th Century French postcard. The designers re-painted it, enlarged it, printed it onto wallpaper, and mapped it out across the walls to create an immersive woodland experience. It’s furnishings are no less impressive, with a moss-like carpet, velvet chairs and stunning illuminated bar – you can understand why many Sketch-goers opt for The Glade as their special lunch spot. 

A dining environment many will have come across on Instagram, widely recognised for its powder pink everything, velvet furnishings and David Shrigley designed tableware to match his artwork covering the walls. The menu is filled with stunning dishes, but the Gallery is best known for it’s Afternoon Tea. Expect extravagance at every turn, from the personal Tea Master to the infamous cake trolley.

The Lecture Room & Library

The Lecture Room & Library, Sketch London
The Lecture Room & Library, Sketch London

The 3 Michelin Star Restaurant offers a more traditional, fine-dining experience. Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s unique, inspiring Tasting Menu is paired to match its flamboyant, rich surroundings – from the warm hued drapes, to the gentleman’s club inspired armchairs. 

Don’t forget..

Don’t forget to take a trip to the bathroom, and snap the most obvious of Sketch selfies against the backdrop of the white egg-shaped toilets. 

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CE LA VI: Sky High Dining

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CE LA VI

Located on the 54th floor of the world renowned Sky View Address Hotel, you’ll find the contemporary, Asian inspired CE LA VI. It’s name taken from the French saying “This is the Life”, this venue aims to provide pleasure, and inspire passion in all of its guests. Expect to be amazed by this venues surroundings, boasting unmatched views of the Burj Khalifa, and downtown Dubai. 

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Worthy of the Instagram buzz..

Bringing us a glamorous dining experience, worthy of all the Instagram buzz, CE LA VI is the ultimate night out for party-goers (or daytime social setting) for you, and your friends. Delivering a luxury lifestyle, dining and entertainment experience, CE LA VI prides itself in delivering exceptional guest services, stunning vistas and a journey of the five senses.

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Contemporary cuisine..

This contemporary restaurant brings you a menu with a fresh, innovative perspective. Head chef Howard Ko brings both Asian cuisine and international favourites to the table – from Miso Black Cod to Braised Beef Shank. Whether you opt for a light lunch on the terrace, or a lively, lavish dinner, expect to experience the height of luxury hospitality and dining. 

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Brunch on 54..

CE LA VI’s ‘Brunch on 54’ has made a name for itself as one of the most exclusive brunch options in Dubai. What better way to spend your weekend, than indulging in a sensational set menu, bottomless beverages (including the fan favourite Whispering Angel Rose), and vibey tunes, whilst looking out onto the breathtaking views of the worlds tallest building.

12:30-3:30pm (Soft – 390 AED, House – AED 490, Champagne – 690 AED)

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Celebrity Owned London Pubs

A celebrity sighting in London is pretty standard, given many call it home. Some however, have gone one step further to make their mark in the capital, delving into the world of hospitality. While we can’t promise you’ll have your drink poured by a superstar, read about the London Pubs known to have famous owners.

Lore of the Land, Fotzrovia 

Guy Ritchie Pub

This country manor style pub is owned by the famous Film Director Guy Ritchie. It’s newly refurbished interior aims to provide a cosy, typical English pub atmosphere, from the wooden detailing, to the picture frames on the walls. Expect the usual on-tap offerings, in addition to Guy’s very own ‘Gritchie’ Brewery beer, straight from his farm in Wiltshire. 

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Bertie Blossoms, Notting Hill

This local pub is owned by none other than Ed Sheeran. It’s emerald green aesthetic provides the chic style of a Portobello Road restaurant, whilst the art covered walls provides the comforting feeling of a classic English pub. Bertie Blossoms offers a stunning selection of wines, champagnes and beer to pair perfectly with it’s sustainable sourced menu, including oysters from Ed’s home county, Suffolk. 

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The Grapes, Poplar 

This 17th Century London pub was purchased by Sir Ian McKellen back in 2012. Overlooking the Thames, The Grapes encapsulates everything that is a traditional English pub, from the dark wooden dado, to the burgundy coloured walls – fit with a typical snug and crackling fire. Sir Ian reportedly makes an appearance from time to time, and occasionally hosts the weekly pub quiz!

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The Fox & Pheasant, Chelsea 

This Victorian pub was bought by James Blake and his wife a few years ago. Being locals themselves, it seemed fitting to purchase a pub in Chelsea, described as a cute and cosy spot, with a roaring fire in the winter, and bright airy conservative seating in the summer. You can expect to find elevated pub classics on the menu, to satisfy all your Sunday afternoon cravings.  

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The Walmer Castle

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This classic London Pub is jointly owned by a famous duo – David Beckham and Guy Ritchie. Since it’s purchase the pub has certainly been modernised, with hopes to bring a ‘Soho House’ vibe. From the wooden furnishings to the brass bar accents, this pub certainly sets the scene for a warm, cosy, food filled afternoon. Expect all the pub favourites from the menu from Sausage & Mash to Confit Duck, in addition to an extensive spirit and beverage list to suit. 

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