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"I was walking around with duffle bags with $1m inside." Meet Big Mike Straumietis: the Marijuana Don of America

Big Mike Straumietis is America's biggest cannabis baron. Founder of global brand Advanced Nutrients. Star of TV show The Next Marijuana Millionaire. Host of podcast Business Outlaws. Former drug runner. Persona non grata in Canada (the police had to kidnap him). Multimillionaire. Visionary. And all-round nice guy...

The Bar Necessities: The Gun

The Gun is a Spitalfields institution, dating back to the time of Henry VIII. The latest incarnation, launched earlier this year, offers bespoke cocktails and fantastic grub in a busy, buzzy location

"You have to develop a very thick skin." Henry Shields on a career that went right

For playwright and actor Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong was the start of things going very, very right… He tells Max Williams about penning a West End hit

Who is Eddie Hearn? The story of boxing's billion-dollar promoter

At 15, Eddie Hearn was selling double glazing in Romford. At 32, he promoted his first world title fight. Last year, he signed boxing’s first billion-dollar deal. And then there’s that Twitter account…

How Dan Bilzerian invaded London

Two years after we visited him in Las Vegas, Dan Bilzerian is bringing his cannabis brand Ignite to the UK. He talks to Max Williams about his public persona, bouts of anxiety, and why he would like to be reincarnated as a dolphin

Casual Fitters is taking tailoring into the 21st century

Don't know your wool from your worsted? Think a three-piece is a type of golf shot? Fear not: Casual Fitters offers made-to-measure tailoring with a minimum of fuss

"I struggled for such a long time." Yinka Bokinni is burning up the airwaves

Yinka Bokinni has charisma to burn. Max Williams tries to keep up with the Capital XTRA DJ and all-round polymath

Can you tame the Monster?

Giant bouncy castle obstacle course thing The Monster returns to Alexandra Palace for August bank-holiday weekend. Relive your childhood and go wild

Crispin serves up a veritable feast

There's nothing that so becomes a restaurant as great food and a cool design. Crispin has both. Get ye to Spitalfields! (Wrong play but whatever)

"We should all be attempting to make the world a better place." Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff on the power of gal-dem

As head of editorial for gal-dem, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is one of British journalism's most powerful voices at one of its most important – and successful – publications. We dropped by the gal-dem offices to hear her story...

Enjoy £20 lunchtime lobster at Wright Brothers

Want to liven up your lunch this August? Seafood specialist Wright Brothers is offering a whole native lobster (plus trimmings) for £20pp at each of its five London outlets...

The Bar Necessities: the Parrot

Last year, Idris Elba opened the Parrot at the Waldorf – a tropical bar at one of London's most celebrated hotels. We popped down for a cocktail or two...

"You want to blow them away."

Vox Vanguard is the company that brings classical music to life in remarkable, one-of-a-kind performances. Founder and artistic director Matthew Tosca tells us about this unique collective....

The Weekender: Ibiza II

We did a weekend guide to Ibiza last year, but just like thousands of revellers, we're back for more. Here's our guide to a flying visit to the white island

Kutir has launched a limited-edition seafood menu

Want to book yourself an August treat? Get down to Sloane Square and try Indian fine-dining restaurant Kutir's special seafood menu – running until the end of the month

My style essentials: Sam Way

Devon-born singer-songwriter Sam Way has quite the musical endorsement. He was discovered by Eric Hall, the legendary producer / agent who helped launch the career of the Sex Pistols. And yer man models as well (don't you just hate him). He talks us through his style essentials...

The best boxing gyms in London

Boxing isn't only a thrilling sport but a great way to lose weight and improve your mental health through exercise. Any good boxer needs to find a good boxing gym. Here are the best boxing gyms in London... 

Philippe Chow is the NYC restaurant all the big names want to visit

Cult Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow has opened a second New York City outlet, this time in Lower Manhattan. The Big Apple just got a bit tastier...

The night I played poker with David Haye

In the space of a year, David Haye has gone from poker novice to preparing to enter the biggest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas. We played a few hands at his Vauxhall gym and heard how David plans to conquer Goliath

In the club: The Court

The Court is one of London's newest members' clubs, on the site of the legendary Bag O' Nails. Don't just come here for the atmosphere – the food is great as well