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June 2013

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Feast In The Fields Food Festival, This weekend 29th & 30th June, The Brewery – London Fields

June 28, 2013

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Feast In The Fields is a monthly celebration of the best of London’s world famous sumptuous street food offerings showcased across the summer months and immersed in a perfect environment to kick back and revel in food glorious food!

Continuously supporting London’s best new and unique culinary offerings alongside already established well loved London food ventures, this rolling delectable feast brings something for everyone, all wrapped up in two great days of food, drink, music and merriment.

This weekend’s Feast In The Fields is no exception; as a smorgasbord of tasty talent gets prepped for action for two tongue tantalizing days, this Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June featuring food from the likes of:

Tacochu / Jimmy Garcia Supper Club/ Wild Game / Arancini Brothers
You Doughnut / Vinn Goute / Thanks Cluck
 What The Dickens / Rebel Bakery
 

WHO: Feast In The Fields

WHAT: 2 days of artisan food music and beer

WHERE: The Brewhouse,
Railway Arches 369-370 
Helmsley Place E8 3SB

WHEN: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June

TIMES: 12 noon – 2 am

TICKET PRICES: Feast entry £3 / Early bird Beer & food ticket £7 / On the door £9

TICKETS: http://feastinthefields.co.uk/tickets/

WEBSITE: http://feastinthefields.co.uk

London

A tour of the East Village London

June 27, 2013

As promised part two of my food tour of East London which involved a sneak peak at the new East Village in Stratford.

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The East Village will be home to 2,818 new homes which will range in size from one bed apartments to four bedroom townhouses. After going through security (this place is locked down like Fort Knox) We were let loose on the site. The first thing that really hits you about the site is the sheer scale of the project. It really does feel more like a little town than a village with large roads, an orchard, lakes, lots of open space for the kiddies to play, a new school, performing arts venue and a brand new medical centre. Whoever gets to live here will be very lucky indeed!

What I liked was the little squares and how each of the various architects have put their stamp on their plots. 

So take a look at the pictures below to see for yourself  and for more information please visit: http://www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/

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The New Medical Centre in The East Village London

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A lake in the East Village London

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I Like Funky Grecian Facade on this block!

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If you’re lucky to live on Mirabelle Gardens you will have an orchard to eat from!

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East village, a sleepy town….

cafes, Food, Things to do in london

A Food tour of East London, Stratford, Hackney and the East Village Part 1

June 25, 2013

I was recently invited to take a food tour of East London organised by East Village London and I was in the lovely company of fellow London bloggers London on the Inside, The Arburturian and Lady loves Cake. It was beautiful sunny day of eating, drinking, lots of walking and having our eyes opened to hidden gems in the East End. As someone who has spent their whole life living on the East London border I was surprised by how much of Stratford I had never seen. The Olympics really has done a lot for opening up the area and with lots of regeneration happening I can see myself spending more time in Stratford and the surrounding area in the next year to come.

We started the day by meeting Charlie from Walk Talk Eat at the View Tube in Pudding Mill Lane. The View Tube cafe has lovely views of the Olympic site and they serve the most delicious pastries.

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View Tube Cafe

We enjoyed delicious buns whilst looking out onto the Greenway. If you are in the area it’s a great place to stop and relax.

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view-tube-buns

view of olympic stadium

view of olympic stadium

We then proceeded to walk along the Greenway stopping to admire photographs of the elderly Olympics on the way. The Greenway is also great for cycling alongside the canal.

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photos of elderly olympics on the greenway

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flowers on the Greenway

We passed the canal as we walked along The Greenway walking towards Hackney Wick.

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Signs pointing out different parts of East London

Some interesting street art I noticed on the side of a bench.

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street-art

Next stop on our tour was the area next to the canal also know as fish island, all the roads around there are named after fish. We also passed Percy Dalton’s old peanut factory which is now mainly used by artists and local designers as office space.

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Percy Dalton’s Old Peanut Factory, Fish Island

Next we stopped at The Counter Cafe which has lovely views of the canal and serve the best pies! They also have their own art gallery where you can buy art by local artists.

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The Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick

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View from The Corner Cafe of Canalside

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The Counter Cafe Art Gallery

We ate some lovely:

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Lamb Pie at The Corner Cafe London

Salad

A bit of salad

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Sweet potato pie

Washed down with:

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Crate Brewery Craft Beer

After relaxing a little we moved on towards Victoria Park, I have already decided that once  I win the lottery I will be buying one of the lovely Victorian terraces overlooking the park.

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Houses near Victoria-Park

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Victoria Park

The last part of the food part of the tour was our arrival in Victoria Park Village which is packed full of lovely boutique shops, pubs, and foodie gems. We enjoyed some lovely scotch eggs from the Ginger Pig butchery before moving onto the The Deli Downstairs for some strawberries and Kingscote Sparkling English Cider.

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Ginger Pig Sausages and Bacon

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The Deli Downstairs Victoria Park Village

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Strawberries and Kingscote Cider

More to come in Part two which will feature the East Village Tour >>>

music, Things to do in london

Date for your diary – Barclaycard British Summer Time Concerts in Hyde Park – July 2013

June 25, 2013

British Summer Time Hyde Park presented by Barclaycard is a ground breaking new summer concert series from Friday 5 July – Sunday 14 July 2013Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez will be one of a mega line up of musical artists that will be playing and I am lucky enough to be going to see them on the 14th July!

As well as music across Hyde Park, there will be four themed zones within the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park site, each with its own specially designed installations and entertainment including:

  • high quality restaurants
  • bespoke salons
  • pubs
  • cocktail bars
  • cafes
  • bistros
  • independent food stalls.

The line up is as follows:

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Bon Jovi Hyde Park – Friday 5 July

The Rolling Stones Hyde Park – Saturday 6 & 13 July

A Day at the Park with JLS and The Beach Boys Hyde Park  – Sunday 7 July

 

Sir Elton John Hyde Park – Friday 12 July

 

Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez – Hyde Park, Sunday 14 July

 

To book tickets for one of the concerts please visit: www.bst-hydepark.com

restaurants, review

Yaneff at Dstrkt Spring Tasting Menu – Restaurant Review

June 24, 2013
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Dstrkt London Restaurant

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Dstrkt London in Piccadilly Circus, a club, bar and restaurant that has become a bit of a  celeb haunt.  It was my first visit  to try their Spring Menu and I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. This  coupled with their extensive cocktail list makes this place somewhere that I think is worth a visit!

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Dstrkt Cocktail

As I entered the rather dramatic doorway and gave my name to the very glamorous receptionist, she showed me downstairs where I was met by another glamorous assistant who took my coat and showed me into the lounge bar.

While waiting for my friend to arrive at the bar I got the chance to sample one of Dstrkt’s lovely  cocktails, which had a lovely floral scent and fruity taste. Once my friend arrived we were led to our table to begin our culinary adventure! Dstrkt’s unique selling point is its small dishes which are perfect for sharing. Now, I must warn you that the Dstrkt Spring Menu is no mean feat, this menu was a mammoth 12 dishes each paired with wine. By the time I had finished I practically had to be rolled out of the restaurant!

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Chefs in the Kitchen at Dstrkt

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Fresh Bread at Dstkrt

I always judge a restaurant by the state of the bread that they serve and Dstrkt’s selection of bread passed the test, fresh and spongy, we had to stop eating it all before we even had our first dish.

This is what we ate: 

Yellow fin tuna

Yellow Fin Tuna Cubes, Soy Air and Avocado Mousse

Our first course consisted of two dishes the Yellow fin tuna and caviar blini.  The tuna was tender, moist and had a lovely Umami flavour.

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Caviar and blinis:Sevruga, citrus creme fraiche

This was served with a glass of Viognier 2011

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Viognier 2011

Off to a great start we were continuously impressed by the array of dishes that followed:

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Devon Crab Salad, Jersey potato

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Grilled Octopus Caramelized Garbanzo Beans, Preserved Lemon

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Sand Hutton Asparagus Salad, Yoghurt Emulsion

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Pan fried Salmon

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Marlborough sauvignon blanc 2012

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Wild Seabass and Confit Baby Fennel, Capers Chives and Lemon

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Saudi Prawns Charred Scallion oil

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Carte noire cotes de provence rose

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Grilled British Lamb Cutlet, Smoky Eggplant Puree And Piquillo

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Grilled broccolini with burrata, pomegranate, micro basil and garlic

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BBQ Gloucester Old Spot Pork belly

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Delas Muscat Beaume Venise La Pastourelle 2011

Final course of dessert, my favourite had to be the pannacotta with raspberry flakes that were slightly sharp and tangy.

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Raspberry Sorbet

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Orange cake

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Pannacotta with cherries

Looking back, I can’t believe that I ate all of this! However I enjoyed every minute of it. If you’re up to the challenge then please visit DSTRKT London, 9 Rupert St, Leicester Square, London W1D 6DG

Website: www.dstrkt-london.com

shopping, Things to do in london

Spitalfields Saturday Style Market to launch Saturday 15th June 2013

June 12, 2013

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One of my favourite places to shop is Spitalfields Market in East London, it has lots of boutique shops and stalls selling clothes you won’t find anywhere else. It’s where all the cool kids go ha! A new fashion focused Saturday Style Market will be launching in Spitalfields E1 this weekend on Saturday 15th June.

The Saturday Style Market will run from 11am to 5pm every Saturday with original clothing, accessories, homewares and ethical goods, coming from designers including, Edwyn UKAmaya LondonReclaim BagsConquerKiwi Sumo and Bamboo Bay.

To entertain shoppers there will also be there will be a regular programme of exciting and varied events including, Spitalfields Music Free Lunchtime Concerts, Okinawa Day in June, Spitalfields Arts Market, classic car shows, the East End Film Festival in July and annual Christmas celebrations. The Royal British Society of Sculptures will also be showing pieces in the space.

Get down there this Saturday and check it out! 

Competition

Competition Time! Win a trip from London to Lyon, Lille or Paris with iDBUS

June 11, 2013

idbusLondon is great but sometimes its nice to leave the big smog for different climes. The London Perspective in conjunction with IDBUS is offering you the chance to win one return ticket from London to Paris, Lyon or Lille at any time.

SNCF has created iDBUS, a long-distance coach service that links the major European cities. With its latest generation regular lines. On board passengers will find comfort and accessibility, attention and information.

No more crammped coach journeys! On the  iDBUS you can expect to travel in comfort with lots of space, WiFi, electrical outlets and geolocation in real time.

To win a return trip all you have to do is enter the competition by liking The London Perspective facebook page and answering a simple question.

Good luck guys -competition ends on Tue, 18 June!

Events, London, music, Things to do in london

Date for your diary: Live By Lake at Kenwood House – 23rd Aug – 1 Sept 2013

June 11, 2013

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After a one year break, Live by Lake is back and will be held once again  in the stunning grounds of Kenwood House in Hampstead heath.  Who says that festivals mean you have to get dirty? 🙂

Concert goers are in for a treat this year with a  line up that will feature indie gods  Suede, an epic Choral Greats concert, established rock giants Keane supported by Laura  Mvula, a stunning outdoor live screening of Singin’ in the Rain featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Opera Alfresco. It’s sure to be an event that everyone will enjoy. Bring your own picnic or order one before and enjoy the last days of the summer in style.

If you’re lucky to live in one of these postcodes: N6, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, NW11 you will qualify for a residents discount!  Click here to get yours now.

The line up:

Friday 23 August

Suede

With special guests (tba)

 

Saturday 24 August

Choral Greats Firework Spectaular

With The Royal Choral Society & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Plus Fireworks Spectacular

 25th of August

Keane

supported by Laura Mvula

Friday 30 August

Singin’ in the Rain

Live Musical Score and Film Screening

Featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

 

Saturday 31 August

Opera Alfresco

Featuring English National Opera Orchestra

With special guests (tba)

 

Sunday 1st September

Summertime: An evening of Gershwin

Starring Michael Ball Gina Beck, Kerry Ellis and David Shannon

 

For and more information and to book tickets go to www.livebythelake.co.uk

Things to do in london

Date For Your Diary: Sadler’s Sampled Festival – 22 June – Sunday 7 July 2013

June 10, 2013

Calling all you dance lovers! Sadler’s Wells is launching Sadler’s Sampled a brand new pop-up festival for London featuring dance, live music, art, films and workshops – from Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July 2013 with tickets starting from just £8.

With productions from some of the world’s leading dance makers the programme includes a showcase of three of Sadlers own productions in Made at Sadler’s Wells, contemporary dance from Rosas, hip hop, ballet and tango in Sampled, and Hofesh Shechter’s epic production Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, as well as talks, classes and films going on around the building.

Sadler’s Sampled offers audiences the opportunity to watch a range of dancestyles including contemporary, hip hop, ballet and tango. The festival also features interactive art installations, pre-show discussions, live music,
films, and post-show contemporary, tango and break dancing classes.

Tickets can be purchased from http://www.sadlerssampled.com

Sadler's Sampled festival poster

Things to do in london

Date for Your diary: Bloom Gin Pick-Your-Own Pop-up in Seven Dials 11th -13th June 2013

June 10, 2013

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Bloom Gin will be hosting a ‘Pick Your Own Strawberries’ pop-up from Tuesday 11th June to Thursday 13th at 19 Earlham Street in Seven Dials. The pop-up will recreate the simple charm of the English countryside with rows upon rows of real strawberry plants ready to be picked, to the sounds of country birds chirping and the smell of freshly cut grass.

Entry to the event will be complimentary, and gin connoisseurs will be able to enjoy a Bloom Gin & Tonic with Strawberries for just £6.50.

To visit the BLOOM pop-up Pick Your Own Strawberry Field please visit the Seven Dials website for more information.