• General

    New app Knomi helps London shoppers seek out high-end boutiques

    Fashion enthusiasts in London can now find the best boutiques the capital has to offer with new app Knomi. While London has long been a top shopping destination, finding the best local brands and boutiques was never easy. Knomi connects visitors and locals alike with brands and hidden gem boutiques that may otherwise have gone undiscovered.

    The app helps fashion conscious shoppers find products based on their style preferences and location, allowing them to snap up their favourite designs and luxury items. Discrete and personalised push notifications give helpful shopping tips to users on the go.

     

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    Knomi offers visitors and residents in London an alternative to the crowds in Harrods and on Oxford Street by leading them to undiscovered and independent boutiques. The app has already partnered with 30 boutiques in London, including British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, iconic outerwear retailer Belstaff and avant garde multi-brand Wolf & Badger. It is now building partnerships with boutiques in Madrid, Paris, New York and Helsinki.

    Viviam Negri de Almeida, Content Editor of Knomi, said, “While London has a lot to offer visitors, shopping is often on the top of the list for international tourists. While they’ll know the big destinations like Bond Street, Liberty or Harrods, they’re missing out on experiencing luxury boutiques that offer a unique experience and a stunning range of collections . Knomi connects shoppers with designers they’ll fall in love with as they explore London.”

     

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    While online sales have transformed the overall retail market, physical sales still dominate the luxury goods market, with only 7% of sales occurring online. Instead, luxury shoppers prefer to touch and feel a product before buying it but the majority still research online before making a purchasing decision. Knomi aims to bridge this gap by allowing users to source and research luxury products online and save their favourite finds before pinpointing local boutiques and showrooms that consumers can visit.

    The personal luxury goods market is worth €250 billion every year and more than a quarter of this is concentrated in the major fashion cities of London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Knomi uses beacon technology to lead customers with purchase intent into boutiques when they are visiting these fashion capitals.

    Since launching in March 2016 the Knomi app has been downloaded on average more than 560 times every week and the company is successfully partnering with five to six luxury stores every month. The Knomi app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store now.

    To find out more visit www.knomi.com .

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  • Caribbean Food Week Festival a Caribbean Flavour in the heart of Brixton

    First ever Caribbean Food Week (22-29 August) Festival.

    The feast of Caribbean food, drink, fashion and music at Windrush Square, Brixton, takes place on August 26th and 27th (11.00am until 7.00pm).

    Visitors to the Caribbean Food Week Festival will enjoy a fun-filled mix of cookery demonstrations, Caribbean street food stalls and vendors, live music and an authentic Caribbean market.

    Two of the UK’s best known Caribbean chefs, Hasan Defour and Brixton-based Solomon Smith, will each be conducting 5 live cookery demonstrations and joining visitors afterwards to share handy hints about how to make great-tasting Caribbean food at home.

    And one lucky person will win a seven night holiday for two in St Lucia (including flights/transfers etc.) courtesy of a free prize draw by one of the festival exhibitors, SN Travel.

     

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    Visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious food provided by seven Caribbean cuisine specialists, discover the delights of holidaying in the Caribbean, unearth some of the Caribbean’s finest writers and those with an eye for Caribbean fashion won’t be disappointed either.

    And to add even more Caribbean sunshine, authentic steel pan musicians will be on site to provide a true Caribbean soundtrack to the two-day festival.

    “We’re looking forward to a fantastic event. As the UK’s No.1 name in Caribbean food and drink, we want as many people as possible to join us and enjoy the true taste of the Caribbean,” says event organiser Nyree Chambers, Head of Marketing at Grace Foods UK.

    “The event has something for everyone. Admission is free, we’re giving away money-off, in-store coupons for Grace/Dunn’s River products and, quite simply, we’re inviting people to come along and have a great time!”

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  • Unmissable upcoming London concerts in September

    This fall in London is going to rock! Ticket Select London and Travelguidelondon have prepared a list of the most amazing shows that are going to take place at the nicest of London’s venues. Don’t miss the hottest music events!

    Learn about the top rocking concerts coming up this autumn.

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    September, 06, 7:00 PM, O2 Academy Brixton

    A rare chance to meet the former Oasis guitarist on one of the biggest stages of London. Gallaher released his first solo album in 2015 and presented his listeners with the tracks uniquely sounding in their soft rock style.

    Billy Joel

    Billy Joel

    September, 10, 4:30 PM, Wembley Stadium

    September, 10, 7:00 PM, Wembley Stadium

    The outstanding songwriter known for his inimitable approach to piano rock. One of Joel’s last work “Moving Out” (2002) for three years had the status of a box-office success on Broadway.

    Belle & Sebastian

    Belle & Sebastian

    September, 11, 11:57 PM, Dartmouth Field

    The celebrated indie-rock musicians from Glasgow is on the tour again. The group of seven pieces was breastfed with a mixture of pop-rock and folk-rock coming from the ‘60s. Stuart Murdoch is the leading guitarist, frontman and spiritual leader of the group.

    Noah Guthrie

    Noah Guthrie

    September, 14, 7:30 PM, Bush Hall

    Noah’s musical career was set in 2012 after his cover song “Sexy And I Know It” (originally written by LMFAO) became viral on YouTube. The first completed album by Noah saw the world in 2013. The funds for it were raised with the use of Indiegogo, and the final sum totalled to twice of what had been pledged.

    Sundara Karma

    Sundara Karma

    September, 16, 7:00 PM, Heaven

    The origins of “Beautiful” Karma go back to a small city named Reading. Their music charged with inner brightness is a stunning finding for ears virgin of the psychedelic indie style. The band is growing in popularity among admirers of a chilling and plangent sound.

    Milburn

    Milburn

    September, 23, 7:00 PM, KOKO

    Milburn’s music represents a charming mix of aggressive riffs, raw tones and youthfulness of modern ska. The band made a decision to break up in 2008, although, in the end, the desire to explore musical horizons won, that’s why Milburn is still alive and kicking.

    Hot Dub Time Machine

    Hot Dub Time Machine

    September, 23, 9:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

    Listeners of HDTM claim they can dance all night long while travelling through the weird spirals of mashed-up music history. HDTM’s loud, garish, loaded with audio-visual awesomeness appearance is just what dub party fanciers need.

    David Gilmour

    David Gilmour

    September, 23, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

    September, 25, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

    September, 28, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

    This former guitarist of the legendary band Pink Floyd continues his solo career, bringing to the fans masterpieces written in “that Gilmour’s” progressive style. His solo discography now comprises 4 fully accomplished albums, and last year’s “Rattle That Lock” has already received the Gold UK certification.

    McFly

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    September, 26, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

    September, 27, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

    September, 28, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

    The band was originated in London and today is considered one of the worthiest Britpop rock’s successors. Rich and sonorous, McFly’s songs are warming the hearts of thousands of admirers the world over.

    Red Fang

    Red Fang

    September, 27, 7:00 PM, KOKO

    Red Fang is a widely celebrated hard rock and stoner rock band. The four guys come right from the era when metal could shatter teeth – and their crushing riffs still can do this.

    It seems, the loudest venues of London will be crammed with music fans during the following month. A multicolour mix of classical, progressive, folk, electronic and just weird music is going to enliven the city – and gather together many enthusiastic souls at the groupie-packed live performances. Do you want to become a part of this amazing time? TicketSelect.co.uk can help to make your dream come true! Buy tickets online and get unforgettable impressions.

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  • Entertainment

    The Secret To Gaining Entry Into London’s Best Clubs

    How to Become a VIP

    London’s clubs are difficult to get into if you turn up on the night – but you can guarantee entry by booking ahead.

    London is famed all over the world for its nightlife, and you’ll see pictures of celebrities leaving the capital’s clubs in the gossip pages of newspapers all over the world. It’s because of their superstar reputation that clubs in the city are becoming increasingly harder to make your way into – no matter how you try to bribe the bouncers. To put it simply, if your name’s not down you’re not coming in! So how can you ensure you get into the club of your choice?

    Times are Changing

    The air of exclusivity surrounding London’s club scene is down to a few different factors. Firstly, there are far fewer clubs in the city than there were a decade ago, yet more and more revellers are hitting them on a night out. So naturally, some of those clubs have had to be very selective about who they let in. This has led to lots of competition between the top nightclubs in the capital, each of whom want to be known as the hottest place in town.

    London’s superstar reputation also plays a part. With the rich and famous putting these clubs on the map, they obviously want to build on that good reputation. That means only admitting the right kind of crowd – and many clubs have a strict dress code. This as well as only admitting pre-booked guests means that getting into the best clubs in town can be a tricky process.

    The Hottest Clubs in Town

    So what are the most exclusive clubs in London at the moment? With so many new venues opening, it can be difficult to keep track of which ones are the best.

    First up is Tape, which has been described as ‘game-changing’ by those in the industry. To see what all the fuss is about, secure yourself a Tape table booking.

    Next on your list should be Bonbonniere, a favourite of supermodel Jourdan Dunn and rapper Tinie Tempah. This club has only been open for 18 months, but has established itself as one of the best in the city. Planning ahead and getting a Bonbonniere table booking will guarantee you entry into the club.

    Last but not least is Drama, the successor to the famous Whisky Mist Club. To say it had big boots to fill is putting it mildly, but it’s more than lived up to expectations with its unique atmosphere and eclectic music selection. A Drama table booking means that you’ll be able to enjoy all that the club has to offer without queuing for entry and being turned away at the door.

    A Bit of Forward Planning and You’re All Set

    Once you’ve got your name on the guest list or booked a table, it’s time to plan your epic night out in the capital. Whether you’re staying at one club or sampling a few, planning ahead means that you’re guaranteed entry and all the perks of being a VIP guest. You’ll need to dress to impress too of course – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous after all. So wherever you’re planning to go, make your night out run smoothly by booking ahead. You’ll thank yourself for it later on!

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  • Load of Hay Tavern re-opens with a modern yet traditional new look

    One of London’s oldest and best-loved pubs is set to reopen after an extensive refurbishment. The Load of Hay Tavern on Haverstock Hill in Hampstead, London, has undergone an extraordinary transformation, leaving behind its dated French theme for an altogether more on-trend look.

    Now a craft beer bar, kitchen, and microbrewery, the Tavern specialises in rotating craft style beers and ciders. Boasting 10 draught taps which are changed on a regular basis, as well as a spectacular selection of 25 bottles and cans, beer buffs will not go thirsty. Those looking for fresh, exciting wines and cocktails will not leave feeling disappointed either. With an extensive and carefully selected wine list heavily influenced by its sister venue, The Cork and Bottle, as well as a traditional yet seasonal selection of cocktails, the venue can cater for all tastes and preferences.

     

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    Swapping the tastes of the continent for a traditional pub menu with a gastro twist, the new, fresh menu adds to the stylish yet grounded environment. As a proud microbrewery, the team will also be putting their hand to creating their very own distinctive drops. Looking to brew ales for all palettes, including best bitters, pale ales, India pale ales, porters and stouts, the unique tastes will go down a treat with customers.

    Jono Gregorius, General Manager at The Load of Hay Tavern said, “We’re really looking forward to the opening. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready to re-open our doors to the people of London. Taking the pub back to its traditional roots, while creating a modern, relaxing atmosphere, we aim to create a stylish yet relaxing space ideal for all occasions.”

     

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    Having taken on many guises during its lifetime, the pub has now reverted back to its original name. Previously The Hill Bar and Brasserie, the building has had a complete makeover. Lovingly refurbished to create a relaxing yet modern atmosphere, the new look will appeal to customers old and new.

    Built in 1721, the pub has been a fixture in North London for generations, and the team behind the chic revamp hope to build on the pub’s achievements and cement it as one of the finest dining and drinking establishments in the area. A stunning building steeped in history, it boasts a new external colour scheme that is bang on trend. Set to become a popular fixture for celebrations and evenings out, future generations are certain to enjoy the pub for years to come.

    To find out more about The Load of Hay Tavern and discover the mouth-watering menu, visit:www.theloadofhaytavern.co.uk

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  • London based Pod release summer menu with adventurous theme

    Pod is used to standing out from the crowd and its exiting new summer menu additions, inspired by the flavours and tastes from around the world, will again thrill customers.

    The sun is shining, the temperature is starting to rise and the summer months stretch in front of us – the perfect time for London’s most innovative healthy food-to-go group pod to reveal its summer specials.

    With 22 shops in London and counting, pod continue to blossom in the capital thanks to their commitment to seasonal menus, innovative recipes and dedication to on-site food preparation since 2005.

    pod’s summer adventure will take its customers around the globe in a culinary tour that is filled with fresh food, completely new creations and taste sensations from its ever imaginative development team.

    So what’s new on the pod summer menu?

    How about a foodie favourite breakfast of avocado and feta on toast with a fresh chilli kick? Or perhaps a Summer Glow Mango porridge to fuel up the Caribbean way?

    As a bit of healthy fun, they have bought a (non-alcoholic) Pina Colada to their blended-to-order Blitz range. Handmade with fresh pineapple, spinach, coconut, spinach and orange, there’s no need for added sugar.

    pods’ power ingredients are scattered through their healthy snacks with a Matcha yoghurt made with quinoa and pistachio and a refreshing Strawberry yoghurt topped with micro basil.

    The new Mediterranean tomato, nut-free pesto and mozzarella salad hero’s healthy fats with a grassy olive oil dressing. Served with or without chicken.

    Lunchtimes are always an adventure at pod, so its Balinese chicken salad or wrap ticks more than a few boxes. Crying out Indonesia, they’re made with chicken, Balinese dressing, mayo, coconut, coriander, peas, beetroot, seeds and cabbage – fragrant, and both sweet and spicy. It’s superfood heaven with a little bit of everything combined – and both less than 400 calories.

     

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    Famous for their exotic hot pods, the new Indian Pasanda, with or without chicken is the perfectly spiced hero of the summer menu; a dish packed with authentic India, without sending you packing!

    One of its new baguettes might tempt you with the Vietnamese/French fusion that is the Banh mi pulled pork – or try the mozzarella, pesto, avocado and sun-blush tomato version – both served on superseed baguettes and packed with goodness and flavour.

    pod’s chefs source only the finest ingredients for their in house developed recipes, taking their bi-weekly chef special’s to an even higher level – check the Brazilian Xin Xim chicken stew, Piccalilli pulled pork and the Sri Lankan chicken, each served on three grain rice and topped with fresh herbs and served with a delicious side salad. Refreshing yet complex in flavour – you’ll know what pod mean when you are finishing the last mouthful of these taste adventures.

    And don’t get pod started on the first up chef special Cape Malay chicken curry! The South African gluten-free curry combines sweet and savoury flavours using apricots and a tangy tomato sauce – delicious.

    This is just a taste of pod’s new menu and with so many new additions to an already exhaustive list, why not try a different lunch every day as you circumnavigate the globe on a tastebud adventure that keeps energetic Londoners coming back for more.

    pod only make tasty, intelligent food that reflect the people who eat it – ambitious, health conscious and smart.

    pod have built a reputation that it is rightly proud of because its sole aim is to keep our customers at their peak via quick access to ‘kick-start-your metabolism’ breakfasts, delicious light, adventurous lunches along with fresh immune-boosting drinks.
    Of course, the ‘pod populars’ are all still there on the menu – see full details at www.pod.co.uk.

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  • For 3rd Year Running Buddha Bar Restaurant London Nominated for Best Restaurant and Best Interior

    There is always plenty to celebrate at Buddha Bar Restaurant London, but hopefully soon it will be winning the Best Restaurant Bar and Best Interior at the London Bar and Club Awards 2016.

    Stefan Stefanov, the managing director of Buddha-Bar Restaurant London is taking his team to the London Bar and Club Awards this coming Monday 6th June with hopes of winning the Best Restaurant Bar award for the third year in a row.

    This should not come at any great difficulty to Buddha-Bar Restaurant London as they pride themselves on phenomenal food, impeccable service, and their exotic atmosphere.

     

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    Their signature ‘1001 Nights’ – with live music, delectable treats from special menus, and belly dancers unleash the wild happenings of the Middle East. It really is a truly diverse evening with flavours nowhere else in London can offer.

    “We recognize the importance of driving real, authentic and passionate experiences. Our guests love what we currently offer, but we want to give them even more” explains Stefan Stefanov. He adds: “Buddha Bar is ready to innovate and take Pan-Asian dining to the next level in London”

    The already award-winning Buddha-Bar Restaurant London offers the very best in experiences and tastes, all part of the most extraordinary journey you can enjoy in London. Time to upgrade your summer and set the pleasure bar as high as it will go. A must go to spot in London!

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  • Technology

    Travel in London can now be paid for using Android Pay

    Customers can now use Android Pay on their mobile phone to travel on TfL services, including the Tube, buses and trams, as well as most National Rail services in London, following its wider UK launch this morning.

    The new payment app, developed by Google, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time.

    To use Android Pay, customers just need to download the app from the Google Play Store and set up their account with their bank card. They then simply touch in and out with the top half of their phone on the yellow card reader at a station, or touch in only on a bus or at a tram stop, in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.

    TfL then calculates the best fare for each day or week, depending on where and when customers have travelled. The costs of all journeys a customer makes are then added together and, if appropriate, daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) caps are applied. Customers can also get further advice by visiting tfl.gov.uk/androidpay

    Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Customer Experience at TfL said: “It’s great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market. Android is a popular mobile operating system and we have been working closely with Google to ensure that Android Pay is fully incorporated into the Capital’s transport network.

    “Contactless payments have been a huge success with more than 400 million contactless journeys made already across all TfL and most National Rail services in London, using cards from over 80 countries. As more people see the benefits of this quick and easy to use technology, we’re confident the number will increase even more.”

    Spencer Spinnell, Director of Business Development at Google, said: “We want to make payments simpler for everyone, so we’ve worked with TfL to enable Android Pay on the Tube, buses and trains across London. This adds to the list of almost 460,000 contactless payment terminals in the UK where people can seamlessly tap and pay with their Android phones”.

    TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payment cards and will continue this record of innovation by becoming the first transport organisation in the world to accept Android Pay as a method of ticketing. One in ten contactless transactions in the UK are made on TfL’s network, making TfL one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide. More than ten million unique credit or debit cards have been used on TfL services so far.

    Earlier this year, pay as you go using contactless and Oyster was extended to cover services between London and Gatwick Airport. TfL are now working to further expand the benefits of pay as you go to all London airports as well as other key locations around the commuter belt.

    Around a third of all pay as you go journeys made in London are now made using contactless payments, with the top five stations for contactless payments being Oxford Circus, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf.

    More information on contactless payments can be found at tfl.gov.uk/contactless

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  • Alice Through The Looking Glass Exhibit in London

    From Tuesday 31st May at 14 Cecil Court, WC2 (near Leicester Square tube) Alice Through The Looking Glass is exhibiting for the first time ever Alice’s actual Looking-Glass.

    A chance to see yourself reflected as Alice HERSELF did
    in a glass whose allure remains undiminished by the ravages of time.

    A unique piece of British literary history imbued with beauty and an enduring sense of mystery.

    Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s muse and the eponymous heroine of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ & ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ owned this mirror for most of her life.

     

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    Its similarity to John Tenniel’s original illustration is remarkable. Also on exhibition will be: Sir John Tenniel’s very own ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ hand-painted Chessboard. This unique and important Carrollian artefact has 16 original illustrations that depict the books’ main characters including Humpty Dumpty, The Red Queen, Jabberwocky and more.

    Other exhibits include first editions of Carroll’s Alice books and new artwork that presents Tenniel’s originals in spectacular colour, grand scale and transformative luminescence.

    The exhibit of Alice’s actual Looking-Glass has been made possible by kind permission of the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst and the Ninth Centenary Trust Charity.

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  • Adrenalin filled Omescape live escape games rooms to launch in London

    Gaming fans and adrenalin buffs are invited to find clues, solve puzzles and escape in 60 minutes or less as the original and best Omescape escape rooms game hits London. Pitting players against interactive rooms, the live escape game has taken gaming to a whole new level since its inception. With its launch in the UK, it is now set to capture the imagination of the British people and challenge fans to a high octane fight for survival like never before.

    The first live action escape game to be established in Asia, Omescape has gone on to be one of the most successful and well-respected live interactive games in the world. Featuring professionally designed puzzles and high tech props, Omescape is an exhilarating, high-stakes challenge which takes escaping to a whole new level.

    Now boasting branches across the United States, Canada, Thailand, Australia and France, it offers three of its best games in the all new London location. Each requiring teamwork and stamina, Joker’s Asylum, The Penitentiary and Biohazard Laboratory are all designed to test players’ abilities and challenge their way of thinking.

    Jack W, Co-founder of Omescape London said, “We’re really excited by the launch of Omescape in the UK. With branches all over the world, it was only a matter of time before we introduced escape rooms in London. Having already proven to be a hit with people in all our other locations, we are sure that the British public will love the unique nature just as much. We bring three of our best games with us to London, to capture the imagination of the players and get them to test their mettle against live gaming in exciting new ways.”

     

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    Taking the world by storm, Omescape was the first game of its kind to be covered by the Wall Street Journal in 2013. Encouraging players to think inside the box, the game pits players against ‘the room’ in a bid to solve the riddles in order to escape. The expertly designed escape games in London are designed to challenge and push players to think differently. Truly immersing them into the games thanks to high quality production and automated rooms controlled by a central system, the games are great for people of all ages.

     

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    Boasting film-like sets, Omescape is popular for team building days, birthdays and hen and stag parties, while also providing a unique addition to a traditional days out. Having established itself as a leader in the industry the world over, Omescape has used its uniqueness to its advantage. Located on Carnegie Street, just a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station, the escape innovation is already proving to be a hit with visitors and amassing a cult following. With a 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor already, the intriguing and interactive game is set to revolutionise gaming in the capital.

    To find out more about Omescape or to book your escape, visit the website: https://omescapelondon.co.uk/

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