Floor to ceiling windows frame a Spring’s Friday afternoon on the Southbank, mirrored tables reflecting the decorative foliage, extravagant floral arrangements and 1950’s inspired copper birdcages. Skylon, on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall, oozes Gatsby-esque decadence and a swoon-worthy Gin menu fused with modern high ceilings and crisp white walls.

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When life in the Capital – the crowds, the smog, the exorbitant price tags – becomes a little overwhelming a bit of sea air and the feel of sand between your toes can do the world of good. Camber Sands, one of England’s vastest beaches, is less than a two hour journey from London and is the perfect place to press pause on a hectic lifestyle and soak up the soul-soothing goodness offered by Coastal Living.

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Nestled on Drury Lane in the heart of the Westend, BungaTINI is the little baby brother of the much loved Italian mini-chain, Bunga Bunga and the brains behind the hottest new way to spend a Tuesday evening in Covent Garden. Their pizza making classes take you from the humble beginnings of this Italian peasantry staple through to dough making, pizza tossing and – of course – plenty of face-stuffing. I went along to their press preview last week to see exactly how much mozzarella it is humanly possible to fit on one pizza…

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Em’s lab is not a class room, but a playground. We were deeply encouraged to be experimental; whether we chose to stick to the traditional rules of perfumery, or break them all together. She taught us how to design and calculate formulas for our fragrances, but she also pushed us to be creative and instinctive along route. I learnt how just half a gram (fragrance is not measured in mls as you might expect) could completely adapt a perfume, and quickly my scent profile grew wings and soared to new creative heights.

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What could possibly be lovelier than an evening spent in a gorgeous interior decor store, surrounded by like-minded creatives, drinking tea and making art? Very, very little. Teri Muncey’s Brush Lettering workshops are not just a chance to learn a new skill, they are food for the soul, and much cheaper than therapy!

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In the corner of a warehouse turned Italian market a short walk from Elephant and Castle station, surrounded by fresh pizza, steaming mugs of mulled wine and pop-up chasing hipsters lies the entrance to the Winter Night Garden. A large bookcase emblazoned with titles we all mean to get round to reading stands aside a majestic mahogany wardrobe; I look around for Mr Tumnus.

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Quirky venues and wacky pop-ups are spreading through London like wild fire, so it’s no surprise that in a city where there are restaurants dedicated entirely to cereal, or canned seafood (?!), cinemas with secret entrances and bean-bag chairs, and flash fashion sales that have hipsters queuing throughout the night, London’s first permanent crazy-golf bar was well received. 

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