Calling all podcast fans – 3 new series that promise sex, scandal and scammers just dropped
Way before Will Smith’s slap, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape and Britney Spears’ conservatorship, Hollywood was consumed by the Heidi Fleiss scandal. While running an upscale prostitution ring in the early 1990s, the 20-something ‘Hollywood Madam’ rubbed shoulders with Los Angeles’ rich and powerful – most famously Charlie Sheen, who confessed to spending US$53,000 a year with the 500 girls on Fleiss’ books – until she was convicted of federal charges in 1996. Now, new podcast HeidiWorld revisits the story, chronicling the rise and fall of Fleiss, from her LA upbringing and so-called intellectual hippie parents to the scandal, conviction and where she is now.
And if you devoured the likes of Fyre Festival, The Tinder Swindler and Becoming Anna, Scamfluencers brings a fresh batch of insidious con artists to light, unpacking epic tales of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health and wellness. The first two episodes that debuted yesterday tell the story of the diversity-focused ballet school start-up which dissolves into suspected poisoning and murder – with the series promising even more bizarre true tales. Also new to the world of scandal-ridden true crime is Liar Liar, an in-depth look into the 2020 case of Australian conwoman Melissa Cuddick. Unpicking her Ponzi scheme in which she allegedly stole A$23 million from friends, family and even her own parents, things get even more interesting once it turns into a missing person’s case after her sudden disappearance. Charge up those AirPods, because they’re about to have a marathon workout.
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Notting Hill’s newest gastropub solves all of your ‘where should we go?’ dilemmas
Despite London boasting countless pubs, sometimes it can be tricky to find one that will please everyone. You know, one with stylish interiors for your friends’ incessant Instagramming and an interesting drinks list to satisfy your wine snob partner, one that feels cosy enough that your parents won’t complain about the noise, with a menu that boasts high-end comfort food as well as an on-trend raw bar. Oh, and two private dining rooms for special occasions, as well as four bedrooms in case making it home is too much of an effort. Happily, The Princess Royal – the new addition to boutique pub group Cubitts House that’s just north of Westbourne Grove – ticks all those boxes and more.
“With acclaimed chef Ben Tish now heading up the kitchens at all of the group’s venues, you know you’re in excellent hands when it comes to the Mediterranean-leaning menu,” says Stylist Loves editor Gemma Crisp. “Whipped nduja with fennel biscuits makes the ideal snack with an aperitif – perhaps one of the three miniature 50ml martinis on the cocktail list – while the slab of rich, unctuous aubergine parmigiana is what comfort food dreams are made of. Those wanting something a bit more refined should go for the grilled Dorset monkfish with borlotti, chilli and salsa verde or the artichoke, rocket, smoked anchovy and spelt salad. Forking up mouthfuls of fluffy mini-doughnuts oozing with tart lemon curd and silky saffron custard, I couldn’t help eyeing off the olive tree-filled courtyard and plotting my return for a grillo-fuelled afternoon in the sun. Best book one of those upstairs bedrooms…” 47 Hereford Rd, London, W2; cubitthouse.co.uk
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