Food

Pure chablis at the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz Hotel

August 29, 2016

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Recently I was lucky enough to receive an exclusive invitation to the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz.

Upon arrival it was explained that each course we would sample had been chosen by a different chef and made specially to accompany each of the four Chablis we would be tasting.

Chablis wines come from the burgundy region in France. One of the most famous wine names in the world, fifty years ago it comprised just 400ha of vineyards but today there are 4,900ha. Being further north than the rest of Burgundy the wines are subtly different in style, a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality.

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On arrival at the Andaz Studio (So exclusive that I almost didn’t find it!) we were greeted with a lovely glass of Pas Si Petit’ Petit Chablis 2014 a lovely fresh apple style chardonnay with a touch of florals. It went superbly with the rather delectable miniature Norwegian fishcakes and remoulade, curled cucumber filled with crab and avocado salad prepare by Nordish

As an apertiser it was light and a really nice way to prepare our palates for the next few courses.

After everyone was seated around the table it was time to for our first course!

Our starter dish was prepared by Hana of Pickled Plates. We had a summer vegetable salad with roasted radishes, brown butter dressing, pan-fried whiting and tempura samphire. This dish was probably my favourite, every time I eat samphire I reminded of my last holiday in Cornwall where I tasted it for the first time. Paired with this dish was the Alain Geoffroy’s 2014 Chablis. This Chablis comes from 25-year-old single-Guyot vines. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of lemon and apricot.

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Our main course had a Japanese theme. Prepared by fellow blogger and chef Rosie of A Little Lusciousness we were served soy and miso-glazed pork chop on the bone with spring onion rice, Japanese raw slaw, rice vinegar and chilli dressing, The strong flavours of the glazed pork and the slaw did a little dance in my mouth and went wonderfully with the oak flavoured Julien Brocard, Chablis La Boissonneuse.

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After the three delicious courses I expected a sweet, fluffy French dessert. However, we were informed that Chablis isn’t usually paired with sweet dishes but that it goes very well with cheese. Silently I cursed my recent lacto-intolerant diagnosis. I would have to sit this one out. However, I can tell you that it took all my willpower to not overdose on the Jean Paul et Benoit Valmur Grand Cru 2012, a wine bursting with fruit and oak flavoured charm.

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I really enjoyed my introduction to Chablis wines, have since made effort to look for them when eating out.

 

 

 

London's Best independent shops, Things to do in london

Prick – London’s first cactus and succulent boutique

July 29, 2016

Prick London Cactus Shop

Prick London Cactus shop

London is full of quirky, independent shops and Prick London cactus shop is no exception. The aptly named Prick is London’s first cactus and succulent boutique. Based next to the eponymous Wah!Nails on Kingsland Road it offers a selection of the most unusual and exotic plants sourced from across the UK and Europe. Prick sees cacti and succulents as living sculptures that take years to fully develop.

Prick is owned by award winning photographer Gynelle Leon whose love affair with cacti started after visiting Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh in 2011. Inspired by the plants geometric forms and finding on return to London that very few places stocked the rare varieties she liked she embarked on a journey to create a shop dedicated to the plants she loves.

Seeing as cacti and succulents are very on trend right now I popped down to the shop yesterday to find a little house plant of my own.

The shop is already is already creating a buzz in Dalston and from the pictures you can see why, the shop stocks so many beautiful varieties of cacti and succulents.

Prick London Cactus shop

Prick London Cactus shop

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Prick London Cactus shop

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It was a really tough choice but Gynelle helped me choose the lovely succulent plant below, it looks right at home on my window seal and as it only needs to be watered every couple of weeks I shouldn’t kill it hopefully!

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Address: PRICK, 492 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE

Email: info@prickldn.com

Website: http://www.prickldn.com

Instagram: @prickldn

Girl About London Town, London

Disaronno Sour Hour at the Ace Hotel Rooftop – Shoreditch

July 27, 2016

Summer has finally arrived in London and on the hottest day of the year, I found myself with the rest of the bloggerrati at the Disaronno Party on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. We got to sample an array of cocktails my favourite being the Disarono sour which is an infusion of Disaronno, lemon juice and sugar syrup. My usual choice to have with Disaronno is usually lemonade but this had more kick to it. I will definitely be ordering it next time i’m out.

The Dj spun tunes which took us back to the early noughties while we sipped on cocktails and admired London’s skyline from the rooftop deck.

Disaronno Sour cocktail menu

Disaronno Sour cocktail menu

calling off with a disaronno sour

Cooling off with a Disaronno sour

Rooftop of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Rooftop of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Party in full swing

Party in full swing

 

Things to do in london

Date for Your Diary: The Portman Summer Street Party Thursday 14th July 2016, 5pm – 10pm

July 1, 2016

The Portman Summer Street Party (1)

The Portman Summer Street Party

When: Thursday 14th July 2016, 5pm – 10pm
Where: Seymour Place & New Quebec Street, Marylebone,
London, W1 (Nearest tube station: Marble Arch)
Entry: Free

The Portman Summer Street Party in Marylebone is back this year on Thursday 14 July from 5pm – 10pm. Here’s taster of what will be on offer on the day.

New Quebec Street

    • Daisy Green (café): Free frozen yogurt
    • Paolita (beachwear): Tropical photo-booth & Hawaiian lemonade
    • The Grazing Goat (public house):Summer bar selling tropical cocktails, wine & beer
    • La Petite Poissonnerie (fishmonger): Caribbean ceviche, sashimi donburi & oysters
    • Beauty Rose Hair & Beauty Professionals (hair and beauty salon): Tropical hairstyling
    • Philglas & Swiggot (wine merchants): Fine wine tastings
    • Eliská Design (interiors): Pimms & tropical canapés
    • Zayna (Indian restaurant): Delicious Indian nibbles
    • Exceldent (dental practice): Free dental advice, toothpaste samples & special offers
    • The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone: Tropical cocktail bar, serving a selection of rum-based cocktails

Seymour Place

    • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Delicious baked goods & Children’s Tea Party
    • The Portman (pub and restaurant):Tropical cocktails, lamb tagine buffet, fruit platters, beers & ciders, hula hooping & limbo contests
    • The Mae Deli: Tropical berry smoothie (blended using their smoothie bike!), salads, sweets & juices
    • SANDY’s Pizza (Corsican pizzeria): Delicious free pizza samples, using traditional Corsican recipe
    • iBrows Etc (eyebrow salon): Special offer on eyebow wax & thread
    • Bernardi’s (Italian restaurant):Melon & Pineapple bellinis, Belsazar Rose Spritz, Peroni, ricotta gnudi, gorgonzola peach and toasted walnut salads, homemade breads
    • BuyMyWardobe (pre-loved fashion): 10% off on selected items
    • Lemongrass Boutique Spa (Thai spa and salon):20% discount & refreshing lemongrass iced tea
    • Vinoteca (wine bar and restaurant): Summer bar, serving a selection of summer wines
    • The Carpenters Arms (pub): Summer bar, serving a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks
    • Donostia (Basque restaurant): Basque tapas & a selection of tropical wines
    • Lurra (Basque grill restaurant): Delicious grilled snacks & tropical wines
    • Taliare (tailor): Safari suit theme & samples on display
    • Home Fullstop (estate agents): Bellini cocktails, beer, wine, limbo & beer pong
    • Marble Arch Paints (hardware shop): 15% discount voucher available
    • Les Senteurs (perfumery): Light refreshments & The Great Ingredient Challenge – visitors will have to correctly identify three mystery essences to win a prize

For further information visit www.portmanvillage.com

 

Art, Things to do in london

Things to do: Brown’s London Art Weekend – 1st July – 3rd 2016

July 1, 2016

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Brown’s Art London Weekend kicks off today

This week sees the launch of Brown’s London Art Weekend, the third annual art event taking over Mayfair and St. James’ galleries from 1 – 3 July, with a exciting programme of events taking place across the area’s busy galleries, museums and public spaces.

If you love art then you must attend!

Highlights:

Victoria Miro gallery 

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One of my favourite galleries, Victoria Miro always boasts beautiful exhibitions by it’s strong roster of artists. Brown’s London Art Weekend will see works by a fashion favourite, Yayoi Kusama, whose works has and continues to inspire J&M Davidson and
style houses internationally.

Hignell Gallery 

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Friday 1st July:

Gallery HOP!, a lindyhop masquerade party inspired by Sophie Ryder’s use of mythological creatures in her work. Hignell Gallery will provide Hare and Minotaur masks to try on at the gallery but guests are encouraged to create their own to wear

Saturday 2nd July: Women in the Arts Tour
A tour of exhibitions in Mayfair by leading female artists including Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro and Louise Nevelson at PACEled by Abby Hignell and Maeve Doyle of Bankrobber, starting off with brunch at HIX Mayfair

£60 per person. Limited availability. To book, call 020 7518 4172 or email reservations.browns@roccofortehotels.com

Sunday 2nd July:
‘Ryder in Residence’, where Sophie Ryder will be creating live work and signing copies of her latest hardback book ‘A Life in Sculpture’.

La Perla Curated Walk

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For over 60 years, La Perla has followed the evolution of women’s fashion becoming the lingerie and beachwear brand synonymous with “Made in Italy” luxury. As art involves and evokes emotions, it has always been a fundamental reference point in the inspiration of the collections and the definition of its aesthetic vision. Join the La Perla curated walk by commencing with an in-store look behind the scenes of the creation of the FW16 collection, followed by their selection of three Mayfair art galleries. The curated walk will take place twice daily on Saturday and Sunday.

Galleries:
  • Mazzoleni Art – Pittura Analitica 1970s
  • Mayor Gallery – Li Huasheng

Saturday Breakfast tour: 10:30 – Book here
Sunday Breakfast tour: 10:30Book here

Gallery of African Art

Talk on Global African profiles 

Join Ms Bendu Cooper for a talk about the two artists: Daniela Ribeiro and Ndidi Emefiele on their exhibition Global African Profiles. One artist uses technology in art and the other focuses on the feminine form, exploring and questioning the social, cultural and religious norms which shape and define the role of women as she sees it in her society. Brown's London Art Weekend

Click the link if you’d like to find out more about Brown’s London Art Weekend

 

Things to do in london

#WEMAKEHAPPY a celebration of relationships on Southbank 18th June

June 17, 2016

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Spreading a little love and cheer #Wemakehappy is new global initiative and event taking place tomorrow in collaboration with Kipling. Dedicated to spreading joy and celebrating relationships it launches tomorrow with a large scale interactive installation on London’s South Bank.

Londoners will have the opportunity to share a thoughtful message with their loved one in a truly unique way. Users will be able to write a loving message to the special people in their lives by posting a message at the installation. Last year, Kipling expressed happiness by laying a 300-meter colour carpet across London Bridge. This year,  Kipling’s cheer for optimism will take shape with hundreds of colorful balloons that will cover a large section of London’s South Bank (next to the OXO Tower.)

Make sure you go and visit!

Where: London South Bank (next to the OXO Tower)

When: 18th June 2016 TIME 10am to 7pm

 

 

 

 

Things to do in london

Win a Pair of tickets to see All Saints at Summer Sessions – Chiswick House

June 14, 2016

 

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British girl group All Saints will headline Music in the Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens on 18th June and you can win yourself a pair of tickets! The girls will be performing songs from their extensive back catalogue and delve into new hits from their comeback album.

Summer Sessions at Chiswick House & Gardens is spectacular line-up of entertainment from the 15th to 19th of June.

The new four-day festival has a little something for everyone – from Soho venue Ronnie Scott’s taking over for one special night of jazz, to opera, pop-rock and a fun family day out.  Chiswick House & Gardens is a magnificent Neo-Palladian villa set in beautifully restored 18th Century gardens in West London. The idyllic gardens will play host to an open-air stage in front of which guests are encouraged to relax with a picnic and enjoy the wide range of entertainment under the warm summer skies.

We are offering TWO Pairs of tickets – So two chances to WIN!

To win a pair of tickets all you need to do is answer this question:

Complete the title of All Saints 1997 hit: I know …….

The competition ends Thursday 16th  3pm – so get entering! 

Enter by sending your answer to thelondonperspective@gmail.com

T&C’s for competition:

  1. Winners will be contacted by email: info@summersessions.co.uk
  2. Tickets won will be sent out via email address
  3. Travel & Accommodation not included.

For more information on this year’s Summer Sessions at Chiswick House & Gardens, visit summersesssions.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @SummerSessionUK

 

Things to do in london

Things to do in London this Bank Holiday

May 27, 2016

Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend in London

ART

SEE Yayoi Kasuma at Victoria Miro Gallery

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If you’ve never been acquainted with Yayoi Kasuma’s work – then here is your chance. Japanese artist Kasuma is known for her kaleidoscopic patterned pumpkins and use of bold colour. If you like art that is kooky and weird this is the exhibition for you.

CLOSING ON 28TH MAY – Bradley Theodore Son of Soil at The Maddox Gallery

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Graffiti artist Bradley Theodore’s signature style is distinguishable by its use of vibrantly coloured skeletal figures – a motif that the artist regards as representative of the inner life force of the subject. In Theodore’s trademark style, famous figures from popular culture are stripped back to Día de Muertos-esque versions of themselves. Historical figures including Marie Antoinette and Mona Lisa line up alongside contemporary figures Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid and fashion icons Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

DON’T MISS – Marilyn Monroe at the Design Centre

Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition

FOOD

EAT  Foodies Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
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Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, The Foodie’s festival in Syon park is the biggest gathering of the best chefs, artisan food and cookery demonstrations.

EAT – The Red Market, Old Street  288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP

The Red Market in Old Street, a street food institution for the past 6 years, is opening up this summer as The Last Days of Shoreditch, featuring streetfood – inc, Crabbie Shack, Le Bao, The Joint and Yeah Burger – bars, Junkyark Crazy Golf, and art by Gavin Turk and others. It’s potentially the last summer in the site, on the corner of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, hence the name, and if so we need to give it a good send-off. It’s open Thursdays to Saturdays from 25th May to 28th August, with free entry on Thursdays.

Party at Pinchy’s 

Pinchy’s is a pop-up BBQ and spritz bar taking place in the garden of Hector & Noble pub in Victoria Park Road, E9, serving Fridays to Sundays from 27th May 2016. Expect great treats from the BBQ, like lobster – half for £10 or whole for £17 – plus tiger prawns, salads and lots more. Drinks will include Aperol and Cá del Console Prosecco – you’ve got to go!

EXPERIENCE The House of Peroni – until mid June

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The House of Peroni, Peroni’s celebration of Italian food, drink and culture, has returned to London for a six week run, this time at Proud East (formerly The Proud Archivist), on the Regent’s Canal near to Haggerston. Expect lots of interesting things to see, plus great food, great beers and cocktails, and lot of (bookable) classes to improve your mind.

MUSIC

VISIT Frontera Festival – Saturday 28 May 2016

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The end of May will see London come to life with one of Chile’s most important live Latin music events, as some of South America’s biggest music stars including Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica (Prophetic Culture), Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe, and not to mention a few local artists too, will take to the stage with this ultimate celebration. Whether you’re an expat or a music / festival lover, this is the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the food, music and culture of South America.

Things to do in london

Chelsea in Bloom 2016 – 23rd to 28th May

May 24, 2016

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Missed out on getting tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Don’t despair there are plenty of Chelsea fringe events that you can enjoy for FREE Chelsea in Bloom is the Cadogan Estate’s annual competition where shops in Chelsea compete to win the best floral display. This year the theme is ‘Carnival’ inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. You can explore Chelsea in Bloom by walking the tour guided by your Chelsea in Bloom map or enjoy a rickshaw ride around the area. Tours begin at Sloane Square and take in all the participating retailers marked on the tour map.

I went a few years ago and was really blown away by the beautiful displays.

Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect this year.

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Art, Things to do in london

Serpentine Pavilion Private View – 8th June 2016

May 23, 2016

serpentine pavilionEach year The Serpentine Gallery has an installation that fuses art and architecture in the grounds of Hyde Park. In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

The private view – (preview) is on Wednesday 8th June and I’ll let you in on a secret it really isn’t that exclusive. Just turn up looking your best!