High Street Heroes: T&F Slack Shoemakers

The Vlad 320, a traditional men's brogue shoe in tan leather made by T and F Slack Shoemakers of LondonAs any fashion lover will tell you, shoes can definitely make or break an outfit – and depending on how much time you spend walking, they can make or break your feet as well. A stylish pair of shoes that fit your feet perfectly may seem like an elusive ideal – but creating such coveted footwear is all in a day’s work for our latest High Street Hero, T&F Slack Shoemakers London.

Read more about this unique boutique that stays a step ahead by combining contemporary style with traditional craftsmanship… Continue reading

Get your popcorn for the BFI London Film Festival 2014

BFI London Film Festival - Bex.Walton on Flickr CCOctober is a big month for cinema fans in London, as the annual BFI London Film Festival brings yet another fascinating programme of films to screens across the capital. From the latest in drama, comedy and horror, to thought-provoking short films and documentaries, there’s something for everyone at this year’s event, which runs from 8th to 19th October 2014.

Read on to learn more about one of London’s favourite festivals, including highlights of the 2014 programme and practical information on attending screenings. Continue reading

Scent of a city: London's best perfumers

Close-up of a bottle of Jo Malone perfume.When it comes to personal style, fragrance can make almost as big an impact as your clothing. Intimately tied to emotion and memory, scents evoke times, people and places in each of our lives, and a skilful blend is worth its weight in gold when it comes to making an impression.

Fortunately, London boasts an excellent group of home-grown perfumers to complement the city’s dynamic fashion scene. From timeless, traditional collections to edgy, modern scents, London’s top perfumers make fragrances for everyone. Here is our pick of the top perfumers in London, plus some of their predictions for autumn 2014′s top scent trends: Continue reading

London’s best classical music venues

A view of the interior of the auditorium at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with orchestra, choir and audienceLondon boasts a vibrant classical music scene, regularly hosting world-class performances by leading soloists and orchestras from both Britain and around the globe. Whether you prefer intimate chamber music, grand orchestral compositions or perhaps an evening at the opera, there’s bound to be a performance in London you’ll enjoy.

For those visiting the capital, it’s worth doing a bit of research as classical performances are staged in a number of diverse concert halls and other venues. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve listed some of the top venues for classical music in London: Continue reading

Explore London's architectural gems with Open House London

View of modern architecture along London skyline from the river.London is known for its fabulous architectural heritage, and this weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014), visitors and locals alike have an rare opportunity to glimpse inside some of the capital’s best-known structures during Open House London 2014.

From cosy Victorian pubs and grand neoclassical structures, to impressive church buildings and modern eco-friendly houses, there’s something to satisfy every architectural taste and interest. Read on to learn more about this exciting celebration of architecture and design, as well as some of the fascinating locations you can visit… Continue reading

Autumn fashion events in London

A model walks the runway in the Jasper Garvida show at London Fashion WeekSeptember in London is all about style, as designers, models and the world’s press roll into town for the annual London Fashion Week (12th to 16th September 2014), closely followed by London Fashion Weekend (18th to 21st September 2014). The good news for London fashionistas is that both events have plenty of offerings open to the general public – so if you’re craving a close-up look at the latest from the world of high fashion, this is the perfect time to plan a short break to London.

Read on to find out more about fashion events you can attend this September in London, as well as some stylish happenings in some of the capital’s top shopping districts this month. Continue reading

The Best Sunday Carveries in London

Close up view of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, gravy, peas and mashed turnipWhat better way to wind down the weekend than sitting around the table with friends and family for a traditional Sunday roast?

While this has always been a popular ritual in Britain, more recently there has been a renewed interest in traditional carvery menus as chefs all over London take the classic menu and add their own unique take on the flavours and ingredients used.

Dating as far back as 17th-century England, what started as a roast beef supper after church has evolved into a much-loved family meal featuring exciting seasonal combinations of meat and vegetables, along with time-honoured staples such as gravy and Yorkshire puddings. Today the Sunday roast has evolved even more, and you can now find everything from traditional favourites to a more eclectic offering.

If you’re looking for a hearty meal in central London, we’ve rounded up some of the best pubs and restaurants on the cutting edge of the carvery comeback: Continue reading

Totally Thames – celebrating London's river

Racing boats approach Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London during the Great River RaceThe River Thames has always played a central role in the life of the capital, from London’s founding right through to the present day. From trading and shipbuilding through to transport, defence and leisure, there are few aspects of London’s development that have not centred in some way on this winding body of water.

Totally Thames (the rebrand of the former Thames Festival) celebrates London’s river, its ecology and history in a month-long festival of river-themed events. Held from 1st to 30th September, the 2014 festival includes everything from races and regattas to live gigs, fireworks, art exhibitions, educational talks, archaeology and more – plus the appearance of a giant floating hippo sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, previously best-known for creating a massive inflatable rubber duck. Continue reading

Reasons we love London in the summer

Fountain in the centre of Trafalgar Square, London, with crowds sitting around the edge on a summer's dayWhile many visitors envision London as a city of perpetual drizzle and fog, in summer the capital often experiences spells of glorious weather that rival warmer climes. Locals and tourists alike are lured outside to bask in the sun and enjoy the many summertime delights London has to offer, from outdoor cinema, concerts and cultural events, to bustling vintage and food markets.

As temperatures rise, London’s outdoor bars, cafés and restaurants come into their own, especially those located on rooftops or along the banks of the Thames, such as The Lawn, the brand-new pop-up bar at The Tower Hotel. Street food vans do a booming business on every corner, and many residents take to the city’s stunning parks and gardens to enjoy a picnic, game of tennis or simply to relax in the sun.

It’s these simple joys that make locals love London in the summer, despite the heat and crowds that can sometimes make city life a challenge during hotter months. To inspire you in planning your next visit, we asked some top London bloggers to tell us what they love about London in the summer. Here is what they said: Continue reading

World War I centenary events in London

Almost 900,000 bright red ceramic poppies pouring out of a window at the Tower of London and filling part of the Moat in honour of the World War One centenaryAs the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I this month, London is commemorating the event with a variety of special activities taking place over the summer months. It’s a perfect opportunity to take some time out and reflect on the legacy of this world-changing event, as well as to learn something new about the Great War and the people who fought in it.

Whether you’re interested in artistic depictions of war, period artefacts or first-hand accounts of ordinary life, there’s something to pique your interest amongst the First World War centenary events being held in London. Here is a selection of those taking place during summer 2014: Continue reading