Sam Hancock

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The Gantry brings effortless style to Stratford

Situated in Stratford's East Village, The Gantry hotel offers stylish rooms and a wonderful bar in Union Social. Hiltons just got hip

The best pubs in Shoreditch

Fancy a pint in East London? We've rounded up the best pubs in Shoreditch. From historic boozers to hip new bars, you'll find the drinking den for you

David Gandy: “Talking is so important and men can be so shit at it"

David Gandy has launched his own clothing line, Wellwear –a fitting celebration of 20 successful years in the fashion industry. The model and businessman invites Sam Hancock to his Soho studio to talk sustainability, body image, and the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace

Kingsland Locke brings luxury and comfort to Dalston

Kingsland Locke is the latest venture in aparthotel brand Locke’s growing collection of venues. Part apartment, part hotel – all great

Tendril fuses fine meat-free dining with the London pub experience

Meat-free fine food in a proper London pub? Tendril at the Sun & 13 Cantons pub in Soho is a well overdue treat

Best pubs and bars in London Waterloo

Feeling thirsty? We've rounded up the best pubs and bars in London Waterloo. Beer selection, food menu, outdoor seating – our guide has everything you need to know

Fatboy Slim: “I was a drugged-up lunatic in the 1990s"

As he releases his lockdown mixtape Back To Mine, the legend that is Norman Cook - aka Fatboy Slim like you don't know that already - invites us into his Brighton home to talk Covid, patriotism and, well, everything you can think of...

Jamal Edwards: "We're gonna try and change that narrative"

The SBTV founder talks about the royal fallout, being the Department of Education’s first ambassador, and rewriting the ‘sensationalist’ story that the media too often writes about him

Circa Waves: The band reinventing the album release

It’s rare you can say half a band’s record has officially dropped, but for Circa Waves that’s the case today. The boy band talk to us about the meaning behind new album Sad Happy, artists who inspire them, and why they’re singing for single mums everywhere

London’s curry hotspots sure to spice up your life

If some like it hot, then we are the some. And to prove it, Sam Hancock has handpicked the best of the best when it comes to finding good curry in London

Terra Mundo will take you on a sensory dining adventure

Welcome to a dinner that promises five-star food and five-star visuals – all in the name of taking you on a journey to three of the main elements: forest, fire and ocean...

Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 18:30 - Sunday 16 February 2020 at 20:30

Mthr: the real mother of new restaurants

So many mum puns, so little time. But on a serious note, Canary Wharf’s Mthr is a delicious addition to the business district which offers quick service, delightful food and comfortable vibes

A night of stand up comedy to raise money for mental health

A pub. Stand up comedy. A pub. Raising money for mental health. A pub. Run by Five Points Brewery in association with leading charity Mind. A pub. This one’s a no-brainer – and did we mention it’s in a pub?

Wednesday 15 January 2020 at 19:30 - 22:30

Help raise money for Australia at this all-day party

Australia Day 2020 is the most significant in recent history, as the country battles to put out bushfires and fight climate change – and this all-day shindig is the perfect way to donate money while having a proper knees-up

Saturday 25 January 2020 at 15:00 - 21:00

London’s best gyms and workout spaces

Choosing which gym to become a member of is like choosing which takeaway to get when you're hungover (pardon the irony) – it’s near impossible with the amount of choice on offer and requires a lot of serious thought. Hopefully our guide helps...

Everything you need to know about Balance Festival 2020

Fancy the most Shoreditch day you've ever had (in the form of juice, yoga and mindfulness)? You’re in the right place. Welcome to Balance Fest 2020...

Friday 17 April 2020 - Sunday 19 April 2020

‘Writing the truth is therapeutic’: Gary Go on making music for some of the world’s biggest stars

He’s one of the most in-demand lyricists right now and has written for the likes of Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi and HAIM. But with a second studio album about to drop – it looks like Gary Go’s about to have his well-earned turn in the spotlight

Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights promise to light up London’s senses

Canary Wharf is lit. No, seriously. The annual Winter Lights Festival is back and it’s expected to cause the annual spectacle it always does. Here’s everything you need to know...

Thursday 16 January 2020 at 16:00 - Saturday 25 January 2020 at 22:00

Tower Bridge is being reimagined to celebrate its 125th birthday

To celebrate turning the milestone age, Tower Bridge is being rethought as a giant musical instrument through a film created by none other than Di Mainstone

Wednesday 29 January 2020 - Tuesday 31 March 2020

Give Veganuary a go with £1 vegan bao buns at BOXPARK

For anyone who thinks it's hard to commit to not eating meat and dairy for four weeks, the Hellmann's team is here to prove you wrong. Hello, vegan bao buns...

Friday 17 January 2020 - Saturday 18 January 2020