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London’s Best Pride Celebrations

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It’s no secret that London has the best Pride celebrations (alright, the parade in Brighton might be a tiny bit more sparkly) and the..
'It’s no secret that London has the best Pride celebrations (alright, the parade in Brighton might be a tiny bit more sparkly) and the capital has already started rolling out the rainbow-filled events ahead of next week’s Pride celebrations. Trouble is, is, which ball should this Queen attend? I’ve searched high and low for the best Pride events taking place in London, so all you have to do is get you love on – and glitter, obviously. SINK THE PINK Sink the Pink will be hosting the most extravagant way to finish of your Pride day in London this year, bringing its Icons Ball to the heart of East London at Troxy on 6th July, featuring Melanie C and Sink The Pink’s drag Spice Girls. The beautiful art deco surrounding of Troxy will be transformed into a vibrant, bedazzled hub, hosting the official after party for the biggest queer celebration of the year.  Following a one-off show last summer with great hits, bedazzled one-pieces, and four additional Spices in drag, Melanie C and ringleader Glyn Fussel decided to return this summer for bigger, better and even louder as they set out on a World tour alongside the Sink the Pink crew.  Mel C said: “This is a bit of dream come true for me! I’m going on tour with Sink the Pink, the most inclusive, fun and fabulous club night in London and we’re taking their best drag queens round the world, with a truly special show in London after Pride. I can’t wait!” LOVE OUT LOUD with the W London The W London never fails to SHOW UP when it comes to Pride. This year their line-up is better than ever, keeping the flag flying all weekend! Queer Me Out On Friday 5th July, join the W as they present their innovative LGBTQ+ speaker series which welcomes the most disruptive and game-changing figures in the community to discuss the evolving landscape of the queer culture. Glitterbox – A Deeper Love  Join the ultimate Pride celebration hosted by iconic party disruptors, Glitterbox. For one night only, the Glitterbox DJ’s and performers will descend on W London to dance, shine and show love for the LGTBQ community. Expect the hottest beats and most glitter-fueled crowd in London. Afternoon Tease On Sunday 6th July, the renowned resident drag ensemble, The Globe Girls, take to the stage to host the most extravagant drag-themed afternoon tea experience in the capital. Expect edible cosmetics, bejeweled bakes and world-class entertainment whilst you sip and indulge. Get Gay with The LaLit The LaLit have went ALL out this year, from boozy brunches and afternoon teas, to a special Pride and #PureLove staycation package for LGBT+ guests, which includes bubbles and a dedicated Pride concierge. Pride Party at The LaLiT London Take your seat in pan-Indian dining destination Baluchi and enjoy an evening of drag, dining and debauchery. Expect unparalleled entertainment alongside either a decadent four-course dinner, or a selection of canapés, created by  Executive Chef Santosh Shah,  and 90 minutes of free-flowing prosecco, wine or beer. Star studded acts include trans icon  Amanda Lepore , and the wildly distorted and ever avant-garde  Hungry , plus many more. VIP dinner tickets are priced at £130 per person or skip dinner and opt for the canapé ticket priced at £60 per person, with £2 from each ticket sold being donated to Pride in London. Tickets are available at  https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/southwark/baluchi-at-the-lalit-london/pride-drag-night?t=tickets Rainbow Brunch Party at VIVI Restaurant & Bar To celebrate Soho’s favourite carnival, VIVI is throwing the ultimate rainbow brunch party on Saturday 6 th  July. Kicking off at 11.30am, guests can enjoy three courses of delicious colourful brunch dishes and bottomless bubbles, Bloody Marys or Aperol Spritzes alongside live music from London’s hottest DJs playing the best of Cher, Gaga and much more! Tickets are £35 for the three-course brunch, and you can go bottomless for just £17.50 extra. VIVI will donate £1 from each ticket to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity  akt.  Book your slot via Design My Night here:  https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/central-london/vivi/pre-pride-party . Hangover brunch at The LaLiT London After you’ve marched proud and partied hard, return to The LaLiT London on Sunday 7th July for the ultimate hangover cure – a hearty brunch and hair of the dog. The Pride brunch menu will include the likes of samosa chaat with sweet yogurt and tamarind chutney, and slow-braised pork belly with honey and chilli glaze. Available from 12pm – 2pm and priced at £40 per person, choose up to eight dishes from the special menu, alongside two hours of bottomless prosecco. Book your table via Design My Night here:  https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/southwark/baluchi-at-the-lalit-london/pride-drag-brunch The Curtain’s Stellar Line-UP The Curtain is one of the coolest private members’ hotels in London but this month you can gain access if you don your rainbow.   In support of PRIDE, a   select number of tickets will be   open to the public from the   4 – 7 th  July  including  cabaret shows, sets by some of the biggest LGBTQ DJs and the best afterparties happening in   London.          Pride Warm Up Cabaret The Curtain will kick off its PRIDE celebrations on   Thursday 4 th   July,   with a warm up cabaret event on its rooftop the LIDO. Paying homage to the mayhem, artistry and theatre of international cabaret, guests can expect vogueing sailors, mermaids and more, before being invited down to The Curtain’s nightclub, LP for an epic afterparty.   RSVP by visiting   www.facebook.com/ grpresents . OKHA, the queer + black book club Literary lovers are welcomed to a special PRIDE edition book club hosted by OKHA at The Curtain. Founded with queer and ethnic minority people in mind, OKHA provides a space for African, Caribbean and Afro-Latina book lovers to come together and share perspectives, learnings, and experiences. On the   5 th   July , writer and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward will be reading an extract from her book BONE, which explores her life experiences as a queer woman of West Indian and West African heritage. RSVP by contacting: bailey@drybabes.com     To continue the party, guests are welcomed to the Green Room cocktail bar, where London music collective New Scenery will play a curated a line up both   Friday 5 th   July   and Saturday   6 th   July.   New Scenery is a platform for women, LGBTQ+ and non-binary DJ’s and producers to showcase their talent. GET LIT   DJ extra extraordinaire Miguel Dare will host GET LIT; a blow-out PRIDE party in The Curtain’s nightclub LP bringing together diverse crowds from music and fashion. Guests can also expect Miguel to be joined in the booth by very special guest Delilah, as they dance the night away from 9am-2am! Tickets can be booked by emailing:   miguel@migueldare. com   Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Destination Inspiration: A Mother-Daughter Trip to Copenhagen

Style and Fashion House of Coco

Being one of five children and living in a different country makes it difficult to get quality time alone with my mum. This isn’t..
'Being one of five children and living in a different country makes it difficult to get quality time alone with my mum. This isn’t a sob story, but one for those who wish to have that one-on-one mum time that’s so precious when obstacles like siblings and distance are involved! Luckily, my mum and I have found the perfect remedy: mother/daughter trips. My mum makes the perfect travel companion as we like the same food, she’s excited by all the little things (just like me), she loves a cocktail and she can take epic ‘gram snaps. Denmark’s thriving capital ranks high in the world’s best cities, and it’s little wonder why. I had been here before and fallen in love, but it was my mum’s first time to the city. Her excitement as we walked around every corner was humbling, as I often find myself taking experiences like this for granted – I will now always remember that it was her strength that got me to this position. It was the perfect city for our mini-break as we could wander freely by foot, with world-class museums, restaurants and attractions all within walking distance of one another. Copenhagen’s infallible ability to inject cool into every aspect of city life while respecting centuries-old heritage ensured there was always something to keep us occupied, whether it be an ancient palace or a hipster speakeasy. Wake Up Here Founded in 1938 and just a five-minute walk from the train station and the trendy meatpacking district, Absalon Hotel is the ultimate city retreat. Modern design meets traditional touches from its family-run ownership, the hotel is housed in a beautiful white 19 th -century building along a cobbled street – the picture-perfect introduction to Scandinavian life for the weekend. The hotel bar has regular live-music nights and a free wine hour to encourage guests to mingle. As my mum arrived a little later than me, the mingling just happened between the pair of us as we caught up on three months of life over some expertly-mixed libations from the incredible bar team. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but still serves up an exceptional breakfast spread – they also leave tins of Danish biscuits in the communal areas! Luckily though, the Vesterbro district and nearby Kødbyen district are a foodie havens, with a mix of laidback and high-end restaurants filling cobbled streets and empty industrial spaces a short walk from the hotel.    Chow Down Here Mother Ironically, we dined at Mother on our first night in Copenhagen. The trendy pizzeria is situated in the old meatpacking quarter and specialises in sourdough pizzas, as well as a mouth-watering selection of appetizers and pastas. Despite the informal vibe, the food rivals some of Copenhagen’s best restaurants, with all dishes prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients, the Italian way. Inside, Mother’s décor of red lamps, smart tables and chilled music is complemented by its international staff and hip clientele – no wonder it’s became rated as one of the city’s top pizza joints. Gemyse We took things a little more high-end the following evening and paid a visit to Gemyse, which we cannot recommend more highly. Situated within Tivoli Park, the restaurant, owned by Nimb, seems a little out of place alongside fairground rides. However, once inside this plat-adorned oasis, you’ll soon forget about the adrenalin-rushing world outside. Vegetarians and vegans, this one is for you. Choose from fresh, vegetable-heavy sharing plates or an ‘Around the Garden’ tasting menu to get the full experience this green kitchen has to offer. Don’t worry though: if you’re not keen to sacrifice your omnivorous cravings, fish and meat can be added to dishes. From Nordic to Middle Eastern and beyond, Gemyse will take your taste buds on a joy ride like no other. Following your meal, retreat to the Instagrammable greenhouse for a coffee or toast marshmallows on the campfires outside the restaurant. Uformel Uformel is located in the centre of Copenhagen and offers a bespoke pick’n’choose tasting menu for diners with affordable prices. The hipster younger brother of Michelin-starred restaurant Formel B, Uformel offers a casual interpretation of New Nordic cuisine. With an ever-changing menu of local, seasonal ingredients, expect experimental dishes that you’re sure to have never tried before. My mum and I opted for the set menu with paired wines so we could delight in the surprise of what was placed in front of us by the food-crazy waiters!   Using supplies from small Danish suppliers, sustainability and organics are paramount to the chefs behind the adventurous menu. Watch them prepare their delicious creations from the open pass, spotlighted for ease of viewing. Knock ‘em Back Here Curfew Humberto Saraviva Marques is the proud owner of Curfew – voted Copenhagen’s best cocktail bar in 2017. His speakeasy-style cocktail den is like entering 1920s Hollywood, with old movie posters, velvet curtains and gilded tables adorning the small bar. The menu is Scandinavian with a Portuguese twist. Expect aquavit, port, sherry, rum, rye gin, and much more on the menu which contains lots of seasonal classics and modern interpretations, creativity and flavours. You can also expect to lose track of time as you make your way through the extensive menu! Ruby Despite its posh canal-side location and exclusive décor, Ruby has a relaxed, homey atmosphere, utterly devoid of pretention. The expert bartenders greet you when entering and subsequently serve up some of the most delicious cocktails in Copenhagen. While the cocktails really are to die for, it is the atmosphere that sets this bar apart. Decorated like an apartment, you cannot help but feel at home here, and whether you’re 25 or 55 it really doesn’t matter, as long as you enjoy quality drinks. Get Cultural Here Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Fin de siècle architecture meets eclectic art at this incredibly unique museum. Divided into two parts, the collection features Europe’s largest body of antiquities, peppered with elegant 19 th Century Danish and French art, as well as the largest number of Rodin sculptures outside of France. The curation of these sculptures against the stunning backdrop of rich coloured walls is a sight to behold. Central to the museum is a glass-domed conservatory, replete with palm trees and plants for the perfect botanical pick me up – particularly in the harsh Danish winter! Copyright Daniel Rasmussen Torvehallerne It is not a supermarket – it is a way of life in Copenhagen. At Torvehallerne, you will find over 60 stands selling everything from fresh fish and meat to gourmet chocolate and exotic spices, as well as small places where you can have a quick bite to eat. Here, you can eat breakfast at Grød, drink a nice cup of coffee at Coffee Collective, eat tacos at Hija de Sanches and so much more. Yes, we ate a lot on this trip. Copyright Martin Heiberg Nyhavn Especially during summer, Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day, with a cold one on the quay like the locals or at one of the many restaurants. Originally, Nyhavn was a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, filled with jazz music, great food and Insta-worthy coloured houses.   All in all, Copenhagen made for an excellent mother-daughter getaway. While a plethora of activities waited to be discovered, we didn’t feel the need to cram our itinerary for the sake of it. A small, welcoming and easily accessible city like Copenhagen meant being a tourist went hand-in-hand with our long overdue catch-up! Until next time, my favourite boss babe. x For more information on booking your mother-daugther trip to Copenahgen: The Absalon Hotel absalon-hotel.dk has rooms from £130 including breakfast Uformel Restaurant uformel.dk has 4 course meals with wine pairing from £90 per person Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Adventure in Excess: the Other Side of Dubai

Style and Fashion House of Coco

Opulent hotels, word-class architecture, glamourous parties and luxury everything – that’s the Dubai we have all come to know – but the destination has..
'Opulent hotels, word-class architecture, glamourous parties and luxury everything – that’s the Dubai we have all come to know – but the destination has swiftly been emerging as the ultimate stop for thrill-seekers and outdoor lovers. From man-made, blood rushing experiences to natural wonders offering big thrills, it seems Dubai is on a race to be the world’s best adventure destination. We went beyond the party-filled beaches and record-breaking architecture to sample some of the most unique experiences Dubai has to offer. Adrenalin-Pumping Hatta Never heard of it? That’s because Dubai locals like to keep this mountain retreat a secret, as it’s where they escape for weekend getaways from their bustling city. Staggering peaks, crisp mountain air and scenic landscape make this picturesque enclave close to the Oman border a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. Check in to JA Hatta Fort Hotel, about a 90 minutes’ drive from downtown Dubai. Understated in comparison to its Dubai peers, JA Hatta Fort is nestled in the shadows of the Hajar Mountains and offers guests chalet-style dwellings for a true mountain escape.  On-site airgun shooting, wall climbing, archery, sky-high ziplining, a giant maze and mini-golf act as the perfect icebreaker before embarking on some of Hatta’s most thrill-seeking adventures. Get your heart racing and brow sweating on one of Hatta’s exemplary hiking and biking trails. It’s mapped out to accommodate all levels of explorer, from low-altitude green trails to peaks for veteran trail riders who will benefit from panoramic views as far as Oman. If you want to continue your adventure overnight, Hatta Trail Camp is also available for use at any time. Seawings Immerse yourself in the iconic wonders of the UAE with a unique seaplane tour. From desert mirage to architectural marvels, Seawings scenic tours provide the finest views of the country’s legendary wonders. A unique water take-off and landing offer guests the opportunity to capture unobstructed views of the Dubai coastline, as well as unrivalled views of the modern city and desert backdrop.  If you’d like to venture a little further, the planes can also fly you over Abu Dhabi or even Oman! Arabian Adventures Picked up at your hotel by the hosts from Arabian Adventures, guests venture into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a luxury Land Rover for the best desert safari on offer in Dubai. Travellers can experience a sunset dune drive (or bashing, if you’re that way inclined) or camel ride before retreating to the luxury campsite to kick back on Arabian-style blankets with a shisha pipe. Henna painting, an Arabian dance show, bread making and stargazing are all part of the experience, topped off with an Arabic-style buffet in the lull of the desert night. The X-line zip One way to watch the Dubai Fountain dancing beneath the Burj Khalifa is to view the show from the side-lines—but where’s the thrill in that? The X-line zip wire lets riders fly directly over the world’s largest choreographed fountain show, stealing the attention of onlookers from the dancing bursts of water. Skydive Dubai Experience a breathtaking freefall through the skies of Dubai at the iconic Palm Jumeirah or over the Arabian desert. Now a hotspot for skydivers, with a star-studded skydiving club to boot, Dubai is an incredible spectacle to hurdle towards, either in an assisted or a solo dive. If you have no experience, you don’t need to worry. The instructors will guide you through the whole process including a demonstration before even setting foot on a plane. Both the skydive locations in Dubai are world-renowned, with the best qualified instructors to gently guide you back on to the ground – all you need to do is jump! Dubai Parks & Resorts If you need one last kick before departing Dubai, venture to Dubai Parks & Resorts. With three theme parks and one waterpark, Dubai Parks and Resorts offers visitors a thrilling experience like no other. Featuring more than 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, this labyrinth of fun will keep young hearts enthralled.   For more information on planning your trip to Dubai: Emirates fly to Dubai from multiple UK airports including London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, with several departures a day starting from as low as £332 economy return – www.emirates.com Visit Dubai – www.visitdubai.com/en-uk JA Resorts – JA Hatta Hotel https://www.jaresortshotels.com – Rooms cost from £200 per night Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'