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20 Things No One Tells You About London



1. There's a secret library bar at the BFI.

Secret library bar at the BFI

The only way to enter the bar is through a cool hidden bookcase passage.

2. You can take a London tour that lies to you on purpose.

London Tour

Just for the sake of laughing, Bullshit London gives intentionally inaccurate tours.

3. You can hit the pub and the park in one go at the People's Park Tavern.

People's Park Tavern

The beer garden at People's Park Tavern in east London is so spacious and green it's practically its own private park. During the summer you can play table tennis, and in the winter you can cozy up to a romantic bonfire.


4. One of the best views of London is from a toilet.

Shard Toilet View

The Aqua Shard is worth a visit only for the view from the loo.

5. There's a 60-acre sand beach in Ruislip.

Ruislip Beach London

No need to go to Brighton when you can take a shorter and cheaper train to Ruislip Woods. 

6. You can take a water bus into the centre of the London Zoo.

Waterbus London

You can spend a relaxed day on the river for just £8.90, or pay £25 to float right up to the heart of the London Zoo.

7. You can get a cheap and magnificent afternoon tea at the Fan Museum in Greenwich.


Fan Museum in Greenwich

The Ritz serves afternoon tea for £50 per person, but you can get museum entry and a lovely full-serviced tea at the Fan Museum's Orangery for just £11.

8. You can tour and taste at the Fuller's Brewery for a tenner.

Fuller's Brewery London

You can tour the historic Chiswick brewery for £7, and add a four beer tasting for just £3 more.

9. There are secret gardens all over London.

London Secret Gardens

10. There are preserved ruins throughout the city.

11. There are grottos, vinyards, and castles at Painshill Park.

Painshill Park London

12. Often, the cool stuff is happening on the roof rather than at street level.

Rooftop London

For example at Kensington Roof Gardens

13. You can visit the Southbank Book Market every day of the week.

London Southbank Book Market

The well-priced and well-stocked second-hand book fair runs daily, rainy or sunny.

14. The Walkie Talkie building has a Sky Garden.

Skygarden London

This public garden is free to access (but you'll have to book) and offers unique and stunning views of the capital.

15. You can pee in a pod at Sketch.

Bathroom Sketch London

There are a lot of great toilets in this city, but the Gallery at Sketch wins with its cute and futuristic podloos.

16. Hyde Park has its own pet cemetery.

Pet Cemetry Hyde Park London
You can pay homage to dogs passed in the central London park.

17. There are seven disembodied noses in Soho.

Noses Soho London

An artist installed 35 plaster noses across London, and you can find seven of them still adhered to walls in Soho. There's also some ears in Covent Garden.

18. Bars can be entered through fridge doors…

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is one of many speak-easy themed bars that will make you feel all disoriented.

19. There’s a rooftop cafe on the top of Alfie’s Antique Market.

Alfie's Antique Market

Alfie’s is the largest indoor antique market in London and the tiny little cafe on the rooftop offers panoramic views of London – great for Saturday breakfast.

20. There's a whole shop dedicated to Dr. Who.

Dr. Who Shop London

We bet you didn't know some of these! Now you know a bit more of this marvelous city! ;)

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10 Music Festivals You Should Experience at Least Once in Your Life

Music Festivals

There's nothing in the world compared to what we experience in a music festival; we feel happy, excited, cheerful, joyful! We get to see our favorite musicians and artists along thousands of other true fans that create a euphoric environment that can't be replicated anywhere else. We save up money all year and just wait impatiently for the special day or week to come. 

All year round, all around the world, there are thousands of music festivals taking place. To cut through the confusion we have picked 10 fantastic festivals that you should attend at least once in your life:

Ultra Music Festival, United States

The Ultra is a huge EDM and dance music festival founded in 1999 in the city of Miami. Throughout the years it has gained a strong reputation and has branched out to 11 countries, with the latest one being Thailand.

Ultra Music Festival Miami

It is one of the most in-demand electronic festivals anywhere on the planet due to its unparalleled production. The very best DJs around the world come together with an incredible crowd to transform the heart of Miami into a full-throttle dancefloor, while the springtime sun streams down on three days of house, progressive house, underground techno, and bass.

Ultra Music Festival Miami

Tomorrowland, Belgium

Tomorrowland is held in a town in Belgium called Boom with just 16,000 residents and is now THE largest electronic dance music festival in the world, attracting 400,000 people in 2014.  

Tomorrowland Belgium

Tomorrowland is one of the most over-the-top festivals in terms of the layout and stage design. It feels like falling down a rabbit hole with stunning and jaw dropping visuals. Every year the festival brings the biggest names in the dance music industry and is unparalleled when it comes to the lineup. Tickets for Tomorrowland tend to be SOLD OUT in just a few minutes so there must be something extra special about it that people from all over the world are always eager to go or repeat the experience. 

Tomorrowland Belgium

Burning Man, United States 

Burning Man is a week-long festival held right in the middle of the Nevada desert in the United States. The highlight of the festival? The burning of a large wooden effigy at night! 

Burning Man Music Festival

Over 65,000 free spirits will trek to the Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create a temporary metropolis. We're talking about art installations, mutant vehicles, colorful theme camps and even a 40-foot wooden man which will eventually be lit on fire. Famous for its counterculture mentality, nudity, and bonfires, Burning Man can be found on bucket lists everywhere.

The annual gathering kicks off on the last Sunday of August and runs until the first Monday of September (also known as the US Labour Day).

Burning Man US

Coachella, United States

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, Coachella features music from all genres: indie, rock, EDM, Hip-Hop, it's all there. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world. Besides the music, there's also art installations and amazing sculptures throughout the area.

Coachella United States

From delicious food to world class art, Coachella offers numerous experiences to enjoy along with the music. Even though it can be a little bit of a pretentious fashion show, Coachella is still one of the best festivals around. Every year it brings the best music, reunions, and surprise performances to the table. If you love festivals don’t let the glitz intimidate you: put on your coolest outfit, see a celebrity or two, and most importantly enjoy the music.

Coachella Music Festival

Sensation White, Amsterdam

Sensation is an indoor electronic dance music event which originated in the Netherlands. The original event, which ran exclusively in the Amsterdam Arena for five years until 2005, is now located throughout different locations all over the world, including the United Arab Emirates.

sensation music festival

The festival is a globetrotting phenomenon featuring amazing shows that bring together people from all over the world who have a never-ending love for house music.

sensation festival netherlands

 Sunburn, India

Held in the city of Goa, Sunburn is considered to be Asia's LARGEST music festival and is ranked among the top 10 festivals to attend by CNN.

Sunburn India

Inaugurated in 2007, Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that attracts music tourism in India and is now spreading its wings across the globe. 

Sunburn India

Electric Daisy Carnival, United States

This popular festival actually started in 1992 in Los Angeles, before bursting into popularity in 2008. The carnival is now held in many cities across the US such as Las Vegas and New York.

Electric Daisy Carnival

The music festival is a giant amusement park for adults with neon daisy light installations, barely-dressed fairies, and thrilling carnival rides. It combines the world's most renowned dance music talent with cutting-edge production to create an unparalleled experience of sight and sound.

Music Festival

Glastonbury, England

This epic and legendary festival in England has been held annually since the '70s. Delivering cutting edge acts, Glastonbury is perhaps best known for its iconic Pyramid Stage. The massive triangular structure has housed artists like The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Coldplay, and Beyonce. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.

glastonbury music festival

Glastonbury is the largest Greenfield festival in the world and is now attended by over 170,000 people every year. The majority of the staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of euros for good causes. 


Full Moon Party, Thailand

The Full Moon Party is celebrated in an amazing island with some good live fire performers and lots of glowing paint. The party has gained global notoriety and is now one of the biggest beach bashed in the world! Each year the scene has been growing with the ever-increasing number of party faithful that return, bringing their mates and spreading the vibe.

Full Moon Party Thailand

The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes and alcohol “buckets”, There is a very wide spectrum of music ranging from trance to drum and bass, to reggae. There are no barriers or inhibitions, just people enjoying themselves with one unified intention, rejoice the magic that is the Full Moon party! 

Full Moon Party Thailand

Boom Festival, Portugal

Boom is not only a festival, it is a state of mind focused in the integration of a sustainability ethos with arts and culture. 


Boom International Trance Psychedelic Music Festival is a biennial week-long festival held near the Ponsul River in Portugal. The festival is one of a kind and features music, paint, sculpture, art, yoga, theater, and cinema. It attracts over 30,000 people from all over the world and does not rely on any commercial sponsor. Although no world-famous artist ever makes it to this festival, over a hundred independent artists perform each year and are all worth it.

Boom Music Festival

Hope our guide has helped you chose wisely! If you decide to attend any of these festivals, TRUST us, you won't regret it! Keep it safe! ;)

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5 Reasons Why Champagne Is Good For You

Champagne Bath

Bring out the bubbly. This deserves a celebration! 

Until now, we weren't aware that the Champagne we're drinking on a regular basis has some scientifically-proven health benefits. And to that, we say, "Salud"! Take a look:


While a glass of red or white wine contains between 135 and 200 calories, a glass of brut (dry) champagne clocks in at only 95. And the low-sugar version, called "low dosage," has a mere 65 calories per glass. Isn't this the best news yo have heard lately? 

Champagne Health Benefits


A study at the University of Reading determined that drinking one to three glasses of champagne each week can boost brain health and protect your brain from diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.

The study authors observed that the grapes used in Champagne — Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — have relatively high levels of phenolics, which help modulate signals in the hippocampus and cortex, parts of the brain associated with memory and learning. As if you needed another reason to drink Champagne ...

Champagne Life


All those antioxidants we keep talking about? Studies have proven time and time again that Champagne detoxifies, smooths, evens, and plumps your skin – and it’s particularly good for those who suffer from oily skin or people who have to deal with breakouts on a regular basis. We are sure Beyonce knew this! 

Champagne Beyonce


In fact, it's just as good for your heart as red wine. Another University of Reading study concluded that "two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke." 

We always knew that Champagne held a very special place in our hearts – but we didn’t know it was working wonders while it was in there. Amazing, right?

Champagne Health Benefits



It’s well known that alcohol makes people lose their inhibitions. Most alcoholic drinks will give you a momentary buzz but then leave you with little energy and the lack of blood flow you need for arousal. Champagne, on the other hand, allows you to feel its effects much quicker without sapping your energy, this is due to the magnesium, potassium, and zinc it contains.

Champagne Life

We must add that we encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption. Remember that less is definitely more when it comes to drinking. As Winston Churchill warned: “a single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration…. A bottle produces the opposite”.  

With that said, cheers to Champagne!

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Best events happening in London on April 2017

Spring is here meaning it's time to head outdoors and make the most of the mild weather and the longer days! Here our selection of the very best events happening in London throughout April:



Thursday, April 6th, 2017 - Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The London Coffee Festival will return this year from 6-9 April at Old Truman Brewery and promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. The festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more. A unique event to please us all, at the end, who doesn't love coffee? 

Coffee Festival

Address: Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL 
Venue name: Old Truman Brewery
Transport: Tube/BR: Liverpool Street



Thursday 30th March 2017 / Friday 31st March 2017 / Saturday 1st April 2017

Described as a gathering of the world's leading mixologists the nation’s leading cocktail event is back in London. In a three-day celebration, Cocktails in the City mixes together twenty-five leading bars under one roof; from five-star hotels to secret speakeasies, come and get shoulder-to-shoulder with world's leading bartenders for an evening of discovery and new experiences. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, Cocktails in the City has handpicked a selection of international bars that are flying in for the festivities. We invite you to try something a little different, share your experiences and raise a glass to the quality and diversity of the capital's cocktail culture. 

Cocktail Mixologist

Address: 1 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 4AQ 
Venue name: One Marylebone
Transport: Great Portland Street (Tube)




Saturday 25 March 2017 and Saturday 22 April 2017

If you missed out the Silent Sounds event in January we are thrilled to inform you that you have the chance to experience their iconic silent disco boat party in March and April! Setting sail at 7.45pm, you and your friends will be in for an unforgettable night floating along the Thames, with the city’s iconic landmarks twinkling in the background; think Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge (to name but a few). From disco classics to hardcore house, you can pick your channel on the headphones meaning the dance floor will see some serious action. Get your headphones on for this epic night out in London. 

Silent Boat Party London

Address: Tower Pier, London 
Venue name: Dutch Master




Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Who says pillow fights are just for kids? Not us and obviously not the organizers of this peculiar event. On April 1st, 2017, pillows will be slung and flung across Kennington Park in London. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Some rules you must respect: soft pillows only, don't hit anyone holding a camera, don't hit anyone without a pillow and no feathery pillows. Wearing your pajamas is optional.

International Pillow Fight Day

Venue name: Kennington Park
Address: Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11 4AS 
Transport: Tube: Oval


Various dates in April

Rise and shine yogis - Sky Garden's sunrise yoga sessions are back on March & April 2017! If you are looking for a little inner peace, tranquility, or simply looking to flex those yoga skills, one of the prettiest ways to practice your moves is at London’s stunning Sky Garden. Located on a 37th floor and with bursting luscious tropical greenery, it is the perfect setting to experience a class to remember. 

Kicking off at 6:30 am Tuesday-Friday and 8 am on Saturdays, the class runs for one hour on the beautiful terrace; after the class, a deliciously healthy buffet breakfast will be served for all in City Garden.

Sunrise Yoga

Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF 
Venue name: Sky Garden
Monument (Tube) 



Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

The UK's largest traveling marketplace for retro clothes, homewares and accessories return to York Hall in Bethnal Green. There will be over 50 stalls of spring and summer dresses, shoes, jackets, accessories and collectables with vintage bargains dating from the Twenties onwards. The Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair with Judy’s takes place on Sunday the 2nd of April from 11:00 – 4:30pm.

Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair

Address: 5-15 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ 
Venue name: York Hall
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green



Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Every year, approximately 38,000 people run the 26.2 miles (42.2 km) of the marathon through the streets of London.The route runs through the south of the Thames and then along the north bank after crossing the bridge of the Tower. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, the corridors pass through the famous landmarks of the capital, such as the EDF Energy London Eye and the Tower of London. With such an immense and impressive landscape, it is not surprising that the organizers have called it "the historic race for London".

If you are not into running, you can join the cheering crowds who line the route to shout encouragement to long distance runners of all abilities. The biggest crowds tend to gather at Tower Bridge and Embankment and the emotional finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.

virgin money london marathon



Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

The Boat Race is a set of annual rowing races between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between eights on the River Thames in London, England. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around the north side of the Thames. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. The event now attracts around 250,000 spectators to southwest London every year. The women's race is up first at 4.35pm, followed by the men's race an hour later at 5.35pm. 

Boat Race London

Venue name: Putney Bridge (south side)
Address: on the Embankment (off Richmond Rd)  SW15 1JN 
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge

April has so many great events to get you out of your winter shell! There are no excuses, plan your month and enjoy one of the prettiest seasons in London!

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10 Secret Cocktail Bars in London

Secret Cocktail Bars in London Title

Want to experience a different night out? Then this guide of our top 10 secret cocktail bars in London will definitely help! Here the finest tucked-away, secret and hidden bars in London:


Barts might be hard to find as it is hidden among a nondescript block of apartments. The trendy venue catches the eye of everyone that visits due to its eclectic mix of vintage furniture, taxidermy, and thrift-shop art.

Cocktail lovers will enjoy a unique use of flavors and present techniques: even shots are served in vintage teapots! Bart’s Bar also has a secluded outdoor cigar haven; the Havana Garden which is open until 8.30pm every day. Snacks and canapés are also available, as well as their extra special “Barts Tea”. 

Barts is a great space to lounge over delicious drinks, impress a date, or enjoy a fun night out with friends.

Barts Bar London

Address: Chelsea Cloisters Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DW
Nearest Station:  South Kensington (Tube)



Head to The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane, just off Bishopsgate, where you’ll see a fairly normal looking Smeg fridge. Take your date by the hand, open the fridge door and walk through. You’ll emerge in a dimly lit basement bar with exposed brick, vintage light fixtures, an air of exclusivity, some great music and a wide selection of cocktails.

The drinks list is eclectic with a selection of great spirits and a small but interesting cocktail list. The beer, cider, and pale ale are also unique worldwide ones; no standard Corona or Becks here! Prices are reasonable and happily affordable for such a hip place. There is also a small food menu to keep your stomach satisfied.

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town London

Address: 12-16 Artillery Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 7LS
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (Tube) 


Next time you visit Soho, add to your list the underground bar Old Tom & English, a bar with a cool, post-modern decor that serves interesting vintage infusion cocktails and delicious dishes celebrating all that is British.The red carpet, slatted-wood bar, geometric furniture, marble fireplace, and crystal decanters give the impression that you’ve stepped into a chic 1960s flat.

Old Tom and English London

Address: 187b Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZB 
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (Tube)



London can do Prohibition-era bars right, and this award-winning clandestine lounge proves it! If you are planning to visit The Nightjar be prepared to be enchanted by a 1920's scene of candlelit tables, glorious tin cup cocktails, and crooning jazz and swing bands soundtracking your evening. If the dark, moody design doesn’t get you, the live jazz certainly will. There is no other London, let alone Shoreditch bar like this. The Nightjar runs on table service and has a no standing policy or seating at the bar. 

The Nightjar London

Address: 129 City Road, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 1JB
Nearest Station: Old Street (Tube)  


Oriole is a new bar created and designed by the team behind one of the world's most notorious and legendary London bars, The Nightjar!

Oriole is located beneath London’s iconic Smithfield Market and has been described as a “classic old-school nightclub with live jazz, blues, and swing”. There’s live music seven nights per week (including some great Calypso, Cuban Son, Brazillian Jazz, and regular performances from Nightjar’s well-known roster of swing jazz musicians) plus space at the front for dancing.

Laced in gold flecks and art deco inspiration, Oriole lives in the glamor of the past with cocktails of the future.

Oriole Bar London

Address: Oriole East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9LH
Nearest Station: Farringdon (Tube)


This secret and sophisticated bar is hidden beneath the Breakfast Club in the buzzing center of Canary Wharf. With wood-paneled walls, tufted velour sofas, stained-glass windows, taxidermy, and disco balls, Dr. Kluger's Olde Town Tavern is a great venue to have one cocktail or two and catch up with an old friend or the whole gang. Have enough cocktails and you might think you’ve stepped into a Wes Anderson film.

Dr. Kluger’s Old Town Tavern London

Address: 1 Crossrail Place, London, E14 5EL
Nearest Station: Canary Wharf (Tube)


Concealed behind the masquerade of a vintage-style Mac repair shop on Hackney Road, lies East London’s hidden gem, The Natural Philosopher! As you step into the venue, you’ll feel transported to a Victorian scientist’s den. The combination of antiques, an Oriental rug, exposed bulbs, and a profusion of plants, give this hidden bar a warm, turn-of-the-century vibe. The Natural Philosopher’s cocktail menu is carefully crafted, with quality ingredients and exceptional flavors

The Natural Philosopher London

Address: 489 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED
Nearest Station: Cambridge Heath (Rail)



Fans of Paris’s Experimental Cocktail Club will be glad to know that there’s an outpost in London’s Chinatown neighborhood with all the Parisian panache of the original. The bi-level space features exposed brick, plush armchairs, marble tables, and a pressed-tin ceiling. the Experimental Cocktail Club has got 19th Century Bohemian Paris written all over it, from the quirky furniture and the mismatch glasses to the Soho uber-fashionable staff and the smattering of Absinthe throughout the menu. The Experimental Cocktail Club is quite an experience, it is definitely worth visiting to discover how adventurous you are in your choice of cocktails.

experimental cocktail club london

Address: 13A Gerrard Street, London


Callooh Callay is an eccentric and beautifully quirky cocktail bar located in Shoreditch. The sizable, low-lit venue has dark walls and is filled with Victoriana touches including an antique gramophone, and an ornate wardrobe. Calloh Callay has won several awards, including The World’s Best Cocktail Menu, handed out at Tales of the Cocktail (“the Oscars of the cocktail world”). Some of the perfectly perfectly-blended numbers are the Great Wave (with green tea-infused Nikka All Malt whiskey and pineapple sherbet); the Port Royal (mixing 23yo rum with fine port and lemon); and The Black Stuff (with Black Bush whiskey, Guinness, and date syrup). All worth tasting! Impress your friends with a trip to this cool London bar for a unique night out, none of you will be disappointed.

Callooh Callay London



Happiness Forgets is a small and perfectly formed basement bar in Shoreditch, on Hoxton Square. Look for a chalkboard discretely propped up against an unmarked stairwell and you will find this hidden gem. It is the ideal place to enjoy an intimate and sensual atmosphere, created by the many cushioned benches grouped together, and enhanced by candle-light and blood red walls. The music played is a very refined and interesting blend of obscure jazz, pop, jazz fusion, R&B, soul etc which gives the final touch to the ambiance of the place, making it suitable for couples and keen conversationalists. Perfect venue for pre-drinks in Shoreditch.

Happiness Forgets London Bar

Address: 8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Nearest Station: Old Street (Tube)

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