This month's Hot List has gone all out to bring you the best in booze, burgers, blogs and beach bars. Our luxury competition will help your skin sing this Summer, and our favourite recipes and playlists will keep you entertained and inspired for the month ahead. We even have a special guest appearance from a member of the RSG team...
Have a great month ahead!
Jane, Lucy and the RSG team x
Win a luxury hamper from Elemental Herbology of bath, body and skincare, worth £500!
Elemental Herbology specialise in natural skin and body care that brings advanced nutrition to your skin. Using plants, herbs, botanical oils and vitamins their range brings a spa-like luxury to your daily routine and will make you look and smell divine! The hamper features the gorgeous (and very popular) Cell Nourish Serum which will make your skin glow with just a few drops. We're addicted!
Combinations of neroli and rose damask or macadamia and papaya are just some of the gorgeous scents you can enjoy with their body scrubs and washes. Every product is made with harmony in mind - creating the perfect formula to unwind...
2020 Update: Unfortunately, this competition has ended.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of punk, W London in Leicester Square has started a new trend in afternoon tea: "the Anarch-Tea". No, a safety-pin studded waiter isn't going to put a cigarette out in your earl grey...but you can enjoy a selection of rebellious cake designs and cocktails that certainly pack a punch.
As huge fans of scones AND the Sex Pistols we're definitely going to be giving the mohican-topped batenburg a try. The cake stands are made from stacked up records (genius) piled high with a delicious selection of treats including a pair of red lips made from a strawberry mousse, sealed with a silver zip and a silver studded Swiss Roll.
Anarch-Tea is served daily in the W Library from 2pm-5pm, at a price of £30. Open until 31st August 2016.
For more information or to book, click here.
It's not what you think! This is crazy golf with a dramatic difference. Complete with a bar and restaurant at the bottom of the gherkin building, the 1920's themed Swingers will make you forget all about those windswept sea-side swings and invite you into a world of vine-covered walls, beautiful brick and exposed bulbs. The bar has tall blue velvet chairs and statement lights where you can enjoy a tipple or two after exploring the amazing indoor course - what's not to love? As well as playing in the two bespoke nine-hole golf courses you can grab a bite from their street food vendors and visit the two-story clubhouse with its gin terrace. Get booking!
For more extraordinary crazy golf adventures check out Birdies Rooftop crazy golf on Stratford's multi-story carpark, and Jurassic Globalls at the Brighton Marina.
Swingers – The crazy golf club, 8 Brown’s Building
(Between Bury Street and St Mary Axe), London EC3A 8AL
New to London, Little Bat brings super sophisticated cocktails to Islington from the same team who brought Shoreditch Callooh Callay. Little Bat's PanAm cocktail is our delicious drink of choice, and you should not spend a night there without trying the Lobster Mac n Cheese balls! Royal blue leather sofas, tea lights resting on shelves made from worn books and ornately patterned wallpaper create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. Tassled lampshades and the dark wooden bar adds to the cosy, lounge fee. We guarantee once you've got that glass in your hand you'll never want to leave.
54 Islington Park St, London N1 1PX
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday : 6pm - midnight
Friday & Saturday : 6pm - 1am
Sunday : 6pm - 11pm
Wearing - Trying my best to avoid maternity clothes. Think super stretchy materials and flowing fabrics. H&M and Zara have a great selection for the ever increasing waistline.
Reading - What to expect when you’re expecting, The Unmumsy Mum, Hurray for Gin, and my new personal favourite, How to Dad. You name it, I’ve read it!
Watching - Shamefully indulging in 24 hours in A&E and the Super Vet, plus waiting patiently for the return of the brilliant Doctor Foster.
Wanting - A holiday! On the bucket list is Edinburgh, Venice, San Francisco and Sweden.
Drinking - Being partial to a large glass of Spanish red before getting pregnant, the alcohol free wine has just about been hitting the spot for the last 6 months. Other than that, it’s been ginger beer and a lot of fizzy water for me!
Eating - Anything spicy, May it be Vietnamese food from Pho, or tasty curries from the Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton. I was recently treated to dinner at The Set in The Artist’s Residence Hotel in Brighton, the most unpretentious 6 course slap up meal I have ever experienced, I can't recommend highly enough.
Decorating - Having just finished the lounge in a sumptuous dark blue paint from Dulux called Pebble Drift, we’ve moved onto decorating the nursery. We’ve gone for a neutral light Grey for the walls, with black, white and yellow accessories.
Listening - On the current playlist, C. Duncan, Flume, Lapsley, Rationale, Momotaro, Nao and Mura Masa.
The time for Al Fresco dining is HERE - Hooray! We've chosen a BBQ and Cocktail recipe to share with you, along with the perfect playlist to get your party started...
This is the phenomenal Surf'n Turf, a pork belly and shrimp sausage sandwich from food blog Lady and Pups.
130g peeled shrimps, 45g lean pork, 1/2 tbsp egg white, 1/2 tsp cornstarch (or flour) to thicken, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground white pepper, 290g skinless pork belly, 3 cloves crushed garlic, 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, 1/8tsp ground black pepper, 1 small red onion thinly sliced, 1 handful of fennel fronds, 2-4 English muffins. To make the spicy aioli sauce mix mustard and cayenne pepper into a good-quality shop bought jar for an extra kick!
1. Place Shrimps and pork into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add egg white, cornstarch, salt and white pepper, then blitz again until smooth. Cover and set aside in the fridge.
2. Cut the skinless pork belly into long strips about 1cm thick. Mix evenly with crushed garlic, fish sauce and black pepper, and leave to marinate for at least 2 - 4 hours.
3. Toss together the red onion and fennel fronds with some black pepper. Heat up a large skillet over high heat, then lay the pork belly here (discard the garlic cloves). Cook until both sides are golden brown and caramelised. Transfer to a plate and reserve the pork fat in the skillet.
4. Slice the English muffins in half, then toast them in the pork fat until edges are browned. Smear a thin patty of shrimp sausage mixture directly on top of 1 side of the muffin. Return the skillet to medium heat and cook shrimp-side down for 5-6 mins until browned and cooked through.
5. Layer a small handful of the red onion/fennel on top of the shrimp, then 2-3 slices of pork belly. Top with a generous dollop of your spicy aioli. Cap it with the pork fat-toasted English Muffin and enjoy!
Pair with a G & T Martini!
Ingredients: Hendricks gin, rose infused Noilly Prat vermouth, crème de violet, tonic syrup & bitters.
A beach bar set inside the Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch, Filthy Fanny's is a cocktail bar with a sense of humour. Whatever the weather, Filthy Fanny's will get you in the holiday mood with it's tongue-in-cheek 90's tack, liquor-infused ice lollies, slush puppy margaritas and a cheesy-chip selling, burger-flipping food van. Grab a jug of Sangria and enjoy a slice of the Costa Del Sol in the city!
Upstairs at The Crown and Shuttle, 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
Postos Bar #13 at the CopaCobana is the next beach bar stop! Expect white sand beaches stretching along the South Bank (but you'll save on the flights) and a fun carnival vibe. With 85 tonnes of white sand, spicy Malagueta chicken & halloumi on the grill and a Caipirinha bar in an old lifeguard post, who needs Rio when it’s right on your doorstep?
CopaCobana Beach, Queen Elizabeth Walk, South Bank Centre, SE1 8XX
Beautifully styled and achievable interior inspiration! Scroll through rooms with concrete walls, oversized chunky bed throws, black window frames, incredible art display and unique furniture design. Created by Anu from Estonia, Decordots is an interior design and lifestyle blog with a strong emphasis on Nordic style. Each look would work beautifully with deep dark hues or unique wallpapers on the walls to make each room sing even louder...
Gin is our best friend. So we were thrilled to come across this playlist from Kelly at the Kitchen Social. Her blog features mouth-watering recipes and expertly curated songs to match the menu (our BBQ Playlist from earlier is one of Kelly's). Enjoy Music To Drink Gin to and get mixing!
Into Dust - Mazzy Star
Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
Criminal - Fiona Apple
I Forget Where We Were - Ben Howard
Howlin' For You - The Black Keys
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
Gimme All Your Love - Alabama Shakes
Iron Sky - Paolo Nutini
Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
Whispered Words (Pretty Lies) - Dan Auerbach
No.1 Party Anthem - Artic Monkeys
The Only One - Black Keys
Wake Up Alone (Original Recording) - Amy Winehouse
Dunes - Alabama Shakes
R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys
Mojo Pin - Jeff Buckley
Love Is A Losing Game (Original Demo) - Amy Winehouse
The Perfect Parts - Shakey Graves
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Old Pine - Ben Howard
To listen to this fabulous gin-inspired playlist, click HERE.