Food, Things to do in london

Date for diary: The Limehouse Social Christmas Markets, 29th November 2016

November 10, 2016

Limehouse Social Christmas Market

Christmas is coming soon and the Limehouse Social Market is going all out to celebrate in style, continuing their mission to unite the community by providing a social environment in which everyone is welcome. The market has been growing month on month, with Halloween being their largest and most successful event to date. Get down to their next Christmas market on the 29th November, think baileys and hot chocolate, caroling, elves, Christmas craft workshops and community spirit, all with our backdrop of outstanding food, beautiful waterside location, retail traders and the Sugar For My Soul bar.

Limehouse social’s street food traders are some of the best on London’s food scene. Tto fill your bellies with delicious food and festive joy, treat yourself to an early christmas present in the form of a burger from Backstreet Diner, a lovely turkish Gozleme from Oh My Gozleme or a steak sandwich from Angostura Steak House. Who said Christmas presents don’t come in the shape of a mouthwatering wrap from Kalimera or a lemon tart from Italian Recipe?

Details below:

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THE LIMEHOUSE SOCIAL MARKET

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Saturday 26th November 2016 / Saturday 10th + Sunday 11th December

11am-5pm

Limehouse Basin – E14 7LB

https://www.facebook.com/events/1812291819047088

Art, Things to do in london

Date for your diary: Serpentine Gallery Winter Exhibitions Preview Zaha Hadid and Lucy Raven Wednesday 7 December 2016

November 10, 2016

This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition will take place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.

Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was ground-breaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.

Get a sneak preview before everyone else – invite below.

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Things to do in london

Miaow: Catnip Festival happening in London – Friday 25th November 2016

November 10, 2016

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I have to say that this is a pretty random idea for a festival, but in London anything goes these days.

 C A T N I P – Festival

London’s first Cat video festival comes to London for it’s inaugural edition on Friday 25th November at The Coronet. A jam packed night full of the finest Cat based entertainment in THE World.

A jam packed night full of the finest Cat based entertainment in THE World.
Featuring:
– Big DJ Sets
– Aerialists, Catrobatics & Circus
– Feline Cabaret
– Cat Video Room & VJs
– Cat Meme Gallery
– Cat Gymnasium
– Interactive Games
– Walkabouts Purrformers
– Arcade Games
– Photobooth
– Pizza treats
+ More treats to be revealed
WHAT: Catnip Festival
WHEN: Friday 25th November10pm – 6am
WHERE: The Coronet –  28 New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TJ
Info here and below: http://www.nip.cat/
Things to do in london

It’s a Pop up! 3 degrees house parties – Saturday 19th November 2016

November 10, 2016

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Ever wanted to end up at a random house party with an amazing crowd and have a great night? Want to re-live those great fancy dress parties of your uni days?

Well, on Saturday 19th November you can! 3 Degrees House Parties, in honour of Universal Children’s Day (20th November), is throwing pop up ‘What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?’ themed house parties all over London.

Expect a house party full of hilarity: You’ll be bumping into Blue Peter presenters, astronauts, policeman – as everyone will be coming as their childhood wannabe.  Sweets & sherbet will be on tap all night, and party bags will be handed out at the finish.

And the crowd at the party? Tailored to you. When you book a 3 Degrees party, you will be asked a couple of fun questions to get to know you, and then invited you to the party with the crowd you’ll have the most fun partying with. You may also find some 2nd and 3rd degree connections there too!

What: Pop up ‘WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?’ themed house parties in honour of Universal Children’s Day

When: Saturday 19th November, 2016. Starting 7.30pm

Where: At a number of private homes in Zone 1, revealed when you book.

How much: £16.99 (single) or £14.99 each (group of 3), no need to BYOB as we’ll be providing the drinks for the evening. £1 will be donated to UNICEF for every ticket sold.

To book:  Go to http://children.3degreeshouseparties.com look out for your personalised invite via email and a link to book tickets. Box office contact: 0787 661 7009

 

So fun party, great crowd = an evening to remember!

 

 

Things to do in london

Bloomsbury Festival – Store Street- Friday 21st October from 6.30-9.30pm

October 6, 2016

bloomsburyfestival_2015-1Bloomsbury Festival is back this year with an explosive five-day programme of arts, culture and science events, celebrating the theme of ‘language’ in one of London’s most culturally exciting neighbourhoods. Store Street’s night-time street party with a twist will also be making a welcome return for a second consecutive year, as part of this year’s exciting festival line-up, on Friday 21st October from 6.30-9.30pm.

With a host of new entertainment in line with this year’s theme of Language, Step Out Store Street will explore the language of dance, with the street transformed by more than 100 artists and dancers, to become a vibrant public stage for different forms of dance, from Bollywood and Swing to B-boy and Line dancing.

In partnership with renowned dance company The Place, a new street dance will be created by award-winning choreographer Tony Adigun with his Avant Garde Youth Company and will be premiered at the event. Visitors will have the chance to take part in the revelry by learning new dance styles or simply enjoy the show.

Back by popular demand with an ‘echo’ of last year’s event, pyrotechnics specialists pa-BOOM’s will return with one of their mesmerising fire installations to mark the street’s entrance from Tottenham Court Road. Store Street’s unique mix of independent shops and restaurants will again remain open later than usual and will each house a different art, music or dance experience to enjoy.

There will be plenty of food available from the street’s cafés and restaurants, as well as from street food stalls and pop-up bars throughout the evening.

For more information on Step Out Store Street please visit here.

Food, Things to do in london

It’s cocktail week! A evening of magical cocktail making with Hendricks at The London Edition

October 5, 2016

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On tuesday night I was invited by Hendricks to try their new hotel mini bar experience and have a go at making two of their cocktails at the very swanky London Edition Hotel. The peculiarly named H.O.T.E.L. (Hendrick’s Ocular Tool for Extraordinary Libations) offers guests staying in any of the 12 suites at the luxury five-star hotel the chance to immerse their senses in the latest in-suite drinking innovation, with an extraordinary virtual cocktail class led by global Hendrick’s ambassador, David Piper.

The peculiar experience emanates from the discovery of a book, curiously placed on the suite’s drinks trolley. When opened, residents will discover a medley of mysterious bottled liquid before the screen comes to life with the apparition of David Piper who then guides them through the serve instructions.

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Hendricks Global Ambassador – David Piper

During my visit I got to meet the very eccentric and cool David Piper and make their Inspector Gimlet cocktail in one of The London Edition’s luxury suites. Hendricks have set out to make cocktail making easy even for the most clueless among us it took no time to make my cocktail as all the ingredients were included with the correct quantities. The Inspector Gimlet cocktail is made from Hendricks and riesling cordial and tasted absolutely delicious. edition_hendricks_hotel_029

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my finished Hendricks cocktail

 

 

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.

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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