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July 2014

Food, London, Things to do in london

Portman Village is having a Bake off and Street Festival! – 23rd July 2014

July 10, 2014

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Calling all cake lovers, Portman Village, Marylebone is celebrating summer and the nation’s love of baking with the PV Bake-Off and Street Festival! Not to be missed this is going to be a fun-filled day for all the family. The event will take place in Portman Square Gardens on Wednesday 23rd July from 4pm and the event will see the head chefs at some of the London’s best restaurants compete to be named Best Baker.

Reigning champion of the Great British Bake Off, Frances Quinn, will be judging to determine the winner in categories including Tastiest Cake, Best Biscuit and Best Decorative Cake. A showcase of the areas array of international cuisine, competitors are also required to submit a dessert from their native country.

Also joining the competition will be head chefs from Home House, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill Hotel, Lanes of London, The Thistle Marble Arch and Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, as well as Portman Village’s designers, beauty therapists and shop owners. Sweet-toothed guests can then decide whether they agree with the judges’ decisions, with free samples of all entries available for tasting.

Raising awareness for West London Day Centre, a local charity for the homeless, the Portman Square Gardens will open its gates free of charge from 4pm – 7pm. In addition to cake tasting, visitors can enjoy a host of themed games and entertainment, such as ‘Pin the Beard on Paul Hollywood’.

The celebrations then continue around the corner in Portman Village, with an array of exclusive discounts, freebies and prizes, as well as late night shopping and beauty treatments. Happy hours, and live music by the reputable London GIGs on New Quebec Street and Seymour Place will ensure the party continues until late.

Follow a trail of specially designed, limited edition cocktails at the local bars and restaurants, all inspired by sweet-treats, and visit the boutiques for a glass of bubbly and some nibbles. With offers on food and drink, experience one of the competition winner’s full menus at their Portman Village restaurant for an exclusive rate.

For more information visit www.PortmanVillage.com 

Freebies, London

OpenTable IS offering East Londoners a free breakfast with a #FridayFreebie

July 10, 2014

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NO such thing as free lunch? Well on Friday morning get yourself down to Old Street Station this Friday (11th July) from 07:00-09:30am for just that a free lunch!

All you need to do is flash the OpenTable app (free to download) on your smartphone and you will be rewarded with a breakfast treat of your choice from one of four shops located in the station.

The OpenTable team will be on hand to greet commuters and hand out tokens which can be exchanged for an orange juice, a coffee, a bacon roll or a coconut mylk drink.

London, Things to do in london

A trip to London Zoo

July 7, 2014

I have fond memories of my last trip London Zoo, (over 20 years ago!) Finding myself with a few days to spare in my holiday the boyfriend and I decided that it was time to make a visit. After a rather packed day of shopping we made our way to Regents Park to wonder around the Zoo for 2 hours. We arrived at the Zoo two hours from closing time and (maybe not the best idea as a lot of the animals appeared to be asleep or not in their pens).

 

In two hours we did manage to cover quite a lot of the Zoo, seeing lots of rare species of animals and birds. London Zoo is a must for the those with time to burn this summer holiday – check out some of the animals you will see if you go below

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Some very cute Llamas

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The sweetest looking prairie dogs

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Hello Mr Armadillo!

Hello Mr Armadillo!

 

A very cool toucan

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Scarlett Ibis

A toucan

A toucan

 

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Jellyfish image

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A very shy Cheetah image

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Pelicans

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Penguins trying to cool themselves down in the heat.

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