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August 2013

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Things to do this Bank holiday Weekend in London – 23rd – 25th August 2013

August 23, 2013

Woop! let the count down begin…. four day weekend – yes baby! Are you ready? What are your plans? None? Well let me help. Here is a list of things you could be getting your teeth stuck into this bank holiday weekend in London.

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Friday 23rd Aug – Eat! Eat! Eat! At Street Feast’s Friday and Saturdays in Dalston:

http://www.streetfeastlondon.com/

Saturday 24th Aug 2013 – Fieldtrip – East London tour

For one day only arm yourself with your smartphone and the field trip app and explore East London finding fun surprises on the way. http://www.fieldtripper.com/fieldtripday/london/

Sat 24th/25th Aug – Attend a Ghanaian – inspired pop up festival on Dalston Roof top

http://zoesghanakitchen.co.uk/ghanaval-dalston-roof-park/

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Urban Shakespeare: Watch Hamlet in car park in Brixton:

http://brixtonshamlet.eventbrite.com/

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Saturday 24th Aug – Segaaaa! Battle other gamers at Phillips retro gaming event in Broadway Market:

http://www.remixcarolyn.com/

Saturday 24th Aug – Buy some lovely handmade goods at the Hush House Creative Super Market at The Bussey Building in Peckham

http://supermarket.hushhouse.net/

Sunday 25th Aug – Go alcohol free at Redemption Alcohol-Free Sunday Pop up Bar at Netil House in Hackney:

http://www.redemptionbar.com/

Sunday 25th Aug celebrate Sunday in style with live music, cocktail classes and a special summer menu at The Gilbert Scott Gala

 http://squaremile.com/events/633/The-Great-Gilbert-Gala.html

Check back here tomorrow for things to do on Bank Holiday Monday! 
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Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival – Saturday 31 August 2013

August 20, 2013
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Beach in Cannes

The South of France has a special place in my heart. After finishing uni I spent many holidays partying in Cannes and visiting little villages on the French Riviera. One thing that the South of France is well known for is amazing food. So I was pretty excited when information dropped in my inbox about the Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival which comes to London this weekend.

This weekend you too can experience Southern France life, as the first large‐scale Sud de France Festival will recreate a perfect day in the South of France. It brings to London the adventurous gastronomy and wines of the sun kissed destination of Languedoc‐Roussillon, an authentic food market and music from the region’s Worldwide Festival curated by acclaimed DJ Gilles Peterson. The vibrant event will be FREE to enter and take place on Saturday 31 August 2013 on an extensive stretch of the South Bank; from Riverside Walkway with its Thames views, through to leafy Bernie Spain Gardens next to Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1

 Visitors to Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival will able to experience:

  • French market traders selling a variety of delicious regional foods and produce.
  • Pop‐up restaurants offering a menu of authentic artisanal dishes will take bookings.
  • A pétanque pitch with a competition.
  • A beach of fine sand, where visitors can take part in a sand castle competition to build the
  • iconic sites of Languedoc‐Roussillon, such as the medieval city of Carcassonne.
  • Chefs, food producers, winemakers, and travel experts will host talks and taste experience
  • A tourist office with information on the best places in the region to visit as well as a book
  • signing by best‐selling author Kate Mosse.
  • At dusk, DJ Gilles Peterson steps onto the stage with the sounds of his renowned, annual
  • Worldwide Festival from the beach of Sète.

For foodies and Francophiles alike it is a day not be missed! 

When: Saturday 31 August 12 noon to 9pm, free admission. Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival
Where: On the South Bank ‐ Riverside Walkway & Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, next to Oxo Tower
Wharf, London SE1 9PH. Tube/train: Waterloo, Southwark.

For more information please visit: www.festival‐suddefrance.com/Londres.1.0.html

Competition

Win a pair of tickets to Live By Lake at Kenwood House this weekend!

August 19, 2013

Kenwood_House_087Live by Lake is back this year with an awesome line up of artists. From August 23rd-25th and August 30th-September 1st  concert goers will be entertained by a line up which 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.

Win a pair of Tickets! 

The London Perspective has been given a pair of tickets to give away to Sunday’s performance by Keane, supported by Laura Mvula.

To win all you have to do is answer this question: Kenwood House is situated next what famous London Park?

Answers can be tweeted at me @arigato23 or emailed: thelondonperspective@gmail.com or left as a comment on my facebook wall!

Competition will close midnight thursday 22nd August 2013. 

Get Entering! 

Terms & Conditions:

Winners must be over 18, and live in the UK. We are unable to offer travel and accommodation.

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Last Chance to see films at Backyard Cinema this weekend

August 16, 2013

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The Backyard Cinema is back to finish the Summer with a 2 day movie festival at London Fields Brewery this weekend.

There will be Classic films, craft beers, bean bags. deck chaire and Bunting!
Choose from a selection of 7 films including:

BACKYARD CINEMA WEEKEND SCREENINGS:
AVATAR: Sat 17th August — 1:00pm
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF:  Sat 17th August — 4:30pm
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES: Sat 17th August — 7:00pm
THE LOST BOYS: Sat 17th August — 9:30pm
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK :  Sun 18th August — 2:00pm
ANCHORMAN: Sun 18th August — 4:30pm
LES MISERABLES: Sun 18th August — 7:00pm
WHO: Backyard Cinema Presents A Weekend Classic Film Mini Film Festival
WHERE: London Fields Brewery, The BrewHouse, Railway Arches 369-370 Helmsley Place E8 3SB
PRICE: Tickets cost £10 per screening / £15 for Movie + Food / £15 for Movie + Two Drinks / or £19 for Movie, Food + Two Drinks

OPENING TIMES: Saturday 17th August 12pm – 2am // Sunday 18th August 1pm – Midnight

WEBSITE: www.BackyardCinema.co.uk
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Date for your Diary – West End Film Club Presents The Look Of Love – Monday 19 August 2013

August 15, 2013

lookofloveposterlargeEver wanted to visit one of Soho’s private member clubs? Well here is your excuse. West End Film Club will be returning to the luxurious surroundings of Century Club on Monday 19 August for a screening of THE LOOK OF LOVE, starring Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond.

The story of Paul Raymond goes like this: After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain’s richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre – provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure.

Raymond’s personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona – a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie was the true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire – until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain’s richest man and his fortune put at 1.5billion.

Century has just completed a major refurbishment, complete with a brand new screening room! Guests will have direct access to a private rooftop bar, so guests can enjoy drinks before or after the film with stunning views across London!

West End Film Club presents The Look of Love
Monday 19 August 2013
Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LQ
Doors: 7.00pm / Film: 8.00pm
www.wegottickets.com/westendfilmclub

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Free Steak At Flat Iron – Tuesday 13th August from 5.30pm

August 12, 2013

ImageCalling all carnivores, Flat Iron Steak House are running a pretty cool promo tomorrow to promote their Chuck Steak cuts. After 5.30pm diners will get the chance to sample their steak for free only paying for sides and drinks. 

Want more info? Check out : https://www.facebook.com/FlatIronSteak

When: Tuesday 13th August from 5.30pm
Where: Flat Iron, 17 Beak St
What: Free Chuck Steak, only pay for any drinks / sides you would like
Why: To spread the good news of Chuck Steak to London’s beef lovers

restaurants

A review of Clapham Tandoori Restaurant

August 8, 2013

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Trying to find a really good Indian restaurant has been a mission of mine for a while. The last memorable Indian restaurant I had been to had been about 5 years ago, so when I received details about an Indian in Clapham I didn’t raise my hopes too high. Clapham Tandoori is based very close to Clapham Common station and has been serving up traditional Indian cuisine to south Londoners for over 40 years.

I took my friend Miss Mint along to review their dishes, coming from Bradford Miss Mint knows how to spot a good curry.  When we arrived on a Tuesday evening the restaurant was quiet but slowly started to fill up before we left. Clapham Tandoori is a family owned restaurant and the reception we received made us feel right at home.  Our waiter was friendly and attentive and made sure that we got what we needed.

We started off by ordering some Poppadoms which came with 4 massive dips. This should have been the first indication of the portion sizes at Clapham Tandoori which are definitely on the generous size.

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For our main courses we went for the chicken pasanda, chicken bhuna and sag aloo served with bread and pilau rice.  This was my first time trying the pasanda and I was really impressed. The dish was creamy and rich and the chicken was succulent. My friend Miss Mint was equally impressed with her bhuna and we both agreed that we both would visit Clapham Tandoori again. Miss Mint more likely than myself as she is a local, so I suspect she will become a regular to the restaurant. We both finished eating with smiles on our faces and stuffed bellies.

Chicken Bhuna

Chicken Bhuna

Sag Aloo

Sag Aloo

Chicken pasanda

Chicken pasanda

So now  I have a favourite Indian. If you find yourselves in the area do pay them a visit, you won’t be dissappointed!

For more information please visit: http://www.clapham-tandoori.co.uk/

Clapham Tandoori

10 Clapham Common South Side,

London SW4 7AA

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Outdoor Theatre Events in London

August 8, 2013
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One of the best things about summer is that theatres across the country – such as Shakespeare’s Globe literally turn themselves inside out. In other words, some of the world’s best loved plays are performed outside in the sun, like an alfresco form of entertainment.

After all, there is nothing quite like seeing a breath-taking performance of Macbeth or A Midsummer Night’s Dream while sitting with your friend’s on the lawn or terrace, enjoying a beer and a picnic.

In London, there will be a number of performances, held at theatres across the country which will take place outside in the open. I’ve picked out some of the very best that are sure to create some memorable moments in the heart of London.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will be holding outdoor performances of a number of plays associated with the world’s most renowned writer, including The Tempest which will be performed until August 18th and Macbeth which will be held until October 13th.

Also on show will be the classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performed until October 12th.Shakespeare’s Globe also does a number of theatre tours which give visitors the chance to discover more about the famous bard and the architecture of the theatre itself. The tour includes an audio guide which takes place in various languages, meaning that you won’t need to be an expert in Elizabethan English.

National Theatre

The National Theatre is in many ways, the spiritual home of the British theatrical tradition. The venue often comes complete with free music in the foyer, fantastic settings, visitors from all over the globe and experimental outdoor performances on the roof and terrace.

Performances that normally take place inside the building, towards the end of this summer and beyond will be sprawled across the surrounding riversides, squares and terraces.

Last year’s Inside Out festival was a big hit among tourists and included pop up workshops, theatrical performances and exhibitions. Full details for this year have not been announced yet, but whatever they are, it is sure to be popular among visitors.

If the weather is good and you’re stuck for what to do in London, I highly recommend sampling some of the outdoor theatre on offer, you won’t regret it.
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Things to do this weekend in London 3rd – 4th August 2013

August 3, 2013

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So first I have to apologize to those of you who have been checking the blog for updates, I have recently decided to launch a new business which on top of running a blog and working full-time means manic! Anyway I’m back and it’s August people! How fast is this year flying by! Observations aside it looks like this weekend will be fine weather wise so time to get up out and about. Here are some of my picks of things to this weekend in London. 

Love Cycling? then head down to Prudential Ride London Saturday 3rd August 2013

If you love cycling, but fear the mean streets of London then today it’s time to dust of that bicycle in the shed and head down to what will be London’s biggest free cycling event, Ride London. From 9am to 4.00pm parts of Central London will be cycle free and the rout ee which extends from Tower Hill to Green Park, will mean that you can get up close and personal with many of London’s biggest landmarks. For those of you who prefer looking at bikes there is also a free cycle show today and tomorrow at the Excel centre.

For more information, please visit: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/ and http://www.excel-london.co.uk/whats-on/prudential-ridelondon-cycling-show/

Love Street food? then check out KERB Saturdays at Granary Square, King’s Cross

Street food experts KERB have unveiled another regular event – Saturdays at Granary Square, outside Central St Martins college, and just North of King’s Cross station.  So far just three are planned – 29th June, 3rd August & 7th September.

 For more information please visit: http://www.kerbfood.com/kerb-saturdays/

Beer Lover? The Great British Craft Beer Festival, Brewhouse, London Fields – Saturday 3rd

London’s love of craft beers seems never-ending. The Great British Craft Beer Challenge Festival heads back to Hackney this weekend for a head to head celebration of great boutique beers from Spain, Belgium, France and Austria, UK and Holland. 

WHAT: The Great British Beer Challenge Festival – GREAT BRITAIN VS EUROPE

WHERE: The Brewhouse – The Railway Arches 369-370 Helmsley Place E8 3SB
WHEN: This Saturday 3rd August – 12 Noon – Midnight
PRICES: Earlybird entry, beer & food £7 // on the door £9 // beer challenge entry only £3

Beach Lover? Time to go to Camden Beach – All Weekend 

If you want to enjoy the sun but don’t want to get on a train and leave London then head to Camden Beach located on the terrace of the Roundhouse in Camden. 150 tonnes of sand has been shipped in with end-of-the-pier amusements, deck chairs, beach huts, ping pong, live music, tasty food, ice-cold drinks and more. A perfect way to enjoy the sun.

For more information Please visit: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/camden-beach-2013#.UfzLCY2R-nk

Movie Lover? Watch movies at the  WhyNot Sunday Rooftop Cinema in Fulham Broadway

London now has so many rooftop cinemas that we are spoiled for choice. At the Whynot rooftop Cinema you can watch a film and raise money for charity. WhyNot, which donates a percentage of its revenues to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is holding a series of rooftop film screenings on Sundays in August.  The first one is on Sunday 4th, and you can vote on Facebook on the choice of film to see.

 For more information please visit: http://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/broadway-house-fulham/whynot-rooftop-cinema

Give your liver a break. Visit the Redemption Alcohol-Free Bar at Netil House in Hackney – Sunday

It’s funny I had an idea for setting up an alcohol free bar a few years ago but thought it would never catch on. The Redemption pop up is an alcohol free bar with great food and live DJs.  It starts on Sunday in Netil House, and runs every Sunday for the summer from 11am – 10pm.  

For more information please visit: http://www.netilhouse.com/news/Redemption+@+Netil+360

Watch Hamlet in Brixton Car Park – Sunday 4th Aug

In terms of interesting pop ups, South London keeps coming up trumps. This pop up idea is a bit random but it’s definitely worth a visit. Every Sunday and Monday evening throughout August Brixton car park will host a version of Hamlet where the main character in this interpretation is Brixton itself.  Tickets cost 10 pounds – bring a blanket or 15 pounds  for seating. 

For more information and to buy tickets visit: http://brixtonshamlet.eventbrite.com/