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A night out with Whitenighter in London

October 18, 2013
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Lanky Girl and Friends at the Paramount

You’re a time poor Londoner and you’ve been asked to organise a night out.  You want to try somewhere new but have no idea where to start. Solution – hire a Whitenighter to show you the way. So what is a Whitenighter you ask? Whitenighter is an innovative new service that pairs you with your perfect host for a night out in London, bespoke to your individual nightlife tastes. Recently I was given the chance to try it out.

For my night I selected Elena, a gregarious and well connected Russian Londoner who know’s  London club scene well. We started the night off in East London. Elena impressively managed to get us a table at Nightjar an underground speakeasy with old school glamour  in Shoreditch – (apparently you usually have to book a month in advance to get a table there).

 

There we enjoyed a couple of smoking rum based cocktails served out of an iron teapot. Nightjar itself was quite small and intimate – a perfect secret hideaway for a date. Now that I know where it is I will be trying to book it for my birthday.

Nightjar - Old Streeet

Nightjar – Old Street

Nightjar

Nightjar

Nightjar cocktail

Nightjar cocktail

nightjar cocktails

Smoking cocktails at Nightjar

After that we jumped into a cab to head over to Central London to visit our next venue, Paramount. Paramount is a glamorous restaurant, bar and club on top of the Centre Point building. First stop was the Paramount bar which had amazing views of the city. Here we enjoyed more cocktails (my liver thanks you Elena) before enjoying some bar snacks of fried squid and chips.

Barman at The Paramount bar

Barman at The Paramount bar

Paramount club

Paramount club

paramount bar

After we managed to get past a scary doorwoman (Elena sweet talked the manager) we gained entrance to the Paramount club, which when we arrived was pretty quiet but by 11 had slowly filled up. The music wasn’t my style  if I’m honest but the friendly bar men and the views made up for that ;). Here it was more cocktails and bit of seat dancing. There was an option of going to celeb members club Annabel’s but unfortunately a pesky Russian booked it for the night… Next time!

views of london from The Paramount

views of London from The Paramount

We left the club around 12 to catch the last tube home. (I don’t do night buses haha)

Overall, I really enjoyed my Whitenighter experience, Elena was a perfect host and I got to discover some new places in London that I didn’t know about.

You can keep up to date with the latest recommendations for London hotspots on Whitenighter’s  Facebook and twitter pages.

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Great Gatsby Events In London this May

May 14, 2013

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With the film opening in the UK on May 17th, Great Gatsby Mania has hit London. Great Gatsby inspired events are happening around London this month and is your chance to transport yourself back to the 1920s. Here are some the best events that are happening this month in London.

Great Gatsby at Whiteleys – from Thursday 16th May

Whiteleys shopping centre will be transported back to the 1920s as they recreate a speakeasy bar for Gatsby fanatics and put on themed events. Visitors will be able to watch performances of the Charleston, take swing dancing lessons, watch 1920s inspired fashion shows, get a Gatsby inspired makeover at the beauty boudoir and be entertained by piano playing, photo booths and a lots more! All for FREE!

Visit the Great Gatsby Pop-up Cocktail Bar at Harrods

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Luxury store Harrods has opened a pop up cocktail bar to celebrate the release of upcoming film The Great Gatsby. The Twenties-themed space will be open to store visitors from May 9 to 20. The pop up bar will serve a selection of sumptuous cocktails which were popular during the 1920s.  Try an old-fashioned Martini or a tasty cocktail made with Hendrick’s Gin and served in a fine china tea cup.

Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby at Sadler’s Wells

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Can’t wait to see the film? Then head to Sadler’s Wells to see a full length Ballet based on the Great Gatsby. This ballet has a limited run and the has been described a “visual feast”. Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, this piece is set to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s musical score which promises to introduce a whole new generation to this well loved novel.

Great Gatsby Cocktails at the Palm Court Lounge, The Park Lane Hotel

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Until the 9th June, enjoy 1920s cocktails at The Palm Court Lounge. The Palm Court’s Art Deco style is sure to transport you back to the 1920s and the  cocktails aptly named the Fitzgerald Manhattan and Daisy’s French 75 will have any cocktail connoisseur reeking of 1920s style.

Great Gatsby Nights At the The Montagu Restaurant, Hyatt Regency London

“The Montagu restaurant at Hyatt Regency London- The Churchill, will be celebrating the roaring twenties, every Thursday evening throughout May. Reveling in this decadent era, guests will enjoy a 1920’s inspired three course set-menu, including a coupe of champagne on arrival and live music with the get-up-and-dance sounds from the Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the Hotel’s resident band. Guest are encouraged to dress for a Great Gatsby party, as they will have the chance to win a three-night weekend stay for two people at the Grand Hyatt New York.

The Montagu Great Gatsby Nights will be held on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th May between 6:30pm and 10:45pm and is available at £35 per person for the three course set menu and a glass of champagne. Reservations can be made via email at montagu.hrlondon@hyatt.com or by calling +44 (0) 20 7299 2037″.

 

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London’s Most Surreal Bars

March 20, 2013

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If you’re looking to go for a strange night out in London, a visit to one of these madcap drinking spots should be just the thing to set your evening on a suitably bizarre footing…

 Dalston Roof Park

There are plenty of oddball places to go for a drink in fashionably gritty Dalston, but none are quite as surreal as the Dalston Roof Park. This Astroturf roof garden is situated just across from the overground station, and is only open during the summer months. It’s members only, but membership is free and anyone can apply by filling in an online form or collecting a members card at reception. As well as being a surprisingly pleasant spot to go for a drink, it also doubles as an occasional outdoor cinema and gig venue.

Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay

Some bars set out to be surreal, whereas others are simply surreal by default. This bar and restaurant in Shoreditch definitely falls into the former category, having been themed around the famous Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky. However, even the most jaded of visitors would find it hard not to be impressed by the sheer amount of effort and attention to detail that has gone into making this bar seem as dream-like as possible, from the Narnia-style wardrobe door that leads into the second room to the collection of odd props and features that surround you at every turn.

Tiroler Hut

Even if you think you’ve been to a few odd places in your time, nothing can prepare you for the sheer onslaught of insanity that awaits you at Notting Hill’s Austrian-themed Tiroler Hut restaurant and bar. Sit yourself down with a two-pint stein and a meat platter, and you’ll be treated to the in-house entertainment, provided by the owner himself. An adept multi-instrumentalist, you can hear his take on a wide variety of popular music favourites (with a strong emphasis on Abba and songs from The Sound of Music) on keyboard, saxophone, accordion, and a table orchestra of cowbells! He’s been doing it every night for about 40 years, and he’s even been on TV a couple of times, most recently on the Paul O’Grady Show.

Icebar

Most bars go out of their way to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere where you can settle down for a few drinks with friends. Icebar, in central London, takes exactly the opposite approach, being the only permanent bar in the UK to be made almost entirely out of ice. Not just any ice, either – this is super-fancy ice made from imported Swedish water that gets re-sculpted into a new layout every year. Even the glasses are made out of ice, so make sure you bring gloves with you!

Whichever bar you choose why book a night stay at a hotel located in the centre of London and make the most of your night out. The Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park hotel is a great option as it is located less than a 10-minute walk from bustling Oxford Street.

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Olympic Themed Ladies Night At Apres-London

August 2, 2012

This is ladies night and I feel alright…oh this is ladies night… Oh what a night! Okay I’ll stop singing now before your computer screen shatters, to tell you about my experience at  Apres-London  a boutique bar and lounge behind Oxford Street. Last week Lanky Girl was invited to their Olympic themed ladies night where we were treated to complimentary canapes and cocktails. I just have one word for this place awesome! It was like a very grown-up slumber party (there was a small group of good-looking guys there too hehe).

The ladies night was held in the basement lounge, which was dark, intimate and plush. A great place to host a party or take your date. Throughout the night we were lucky enough to be serenaded by a singer belting out an array of indie classics. My friend and I had such a fun night and the best thing, didn’t spend a penny! Apparently these ladies nights will be regularly occurring at Apres-London so I recommend that you join the Apres London Facebook page for updates.

For more information on the Apres-London  please visit http://apres-london.com/

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Welcome to the Candyshop! Après Lounge and Cocktail Bar launches Five Spring Candy Cocktails

March 14, 2012

Apres Lounge and Cocktail Bar

“I’ll take you to the candy shop, Let the drink hit the spot…Woah!” Not quite 50 cent but you get my drift. Last week Lanky girl and Co found themselves in a cute little bar and lounge called Après which is situated around the back of Oxford Street. With the arrival of spring fast approaching, the mixologists at Après Lounge and Cocktail Bar have decided there’s no better way to welcome in such a refreshing time of year, than with a taste bud makeover.  Stirring things up they have branded the month of March ‘CandyShop’ and created Five Spring Candy Cocktails to celebrate.

On show were a ununsual mix of cocktails: Pear Drop, Parma Violet, Rum & Raisin, Rhubarb & Custard and Lemon & Liquorice.

On the night we got to taste the Parma Violet and Rhubarb and Custard Cocktails. I have to say that I wasn’t sure I would like any of it but the Rhubarb & Custard tasted delish! I wasn’t brave enough to try the Lemon and liquorice. I would go easy if you’re a bit of a lightweight as these cocktails are strong! Each cocktail was served with an array of sweets perfect for those of us who have a sweet tooth. The bar itself is intimate and cozy a perfect place to take a date or to go for a catch up with friends. I think I will be going back!

The CandyShop at Après Lounge and Cocktail Bar runs from 6th March – 31st March 2012

 Après Lounge and Cocktail Bar is open Monday – Saturday from 5.30pm –Late, Daily.

 Après Lounge and Cocktail Bar is located at 31 Duke street, London W1U 1LG.

 

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Pierre’s Bar at La Brasserie – Review

July 13, 2011

Last Friday Miss Mint and I went along to South Kensington to review a new addition to the bar scene in South Kensington, Pierre’s Bar. Pierre’s bar is housed inside the already popular restaurant La Brasserie on Brompton road. When we arrived on friday evening we were welcomed by friendly and amiable staff who showed us to our seats around the bar. The bar itself is shaped liked a square perfect for the staff to serve everyone easily and also for us girls to have a look at any man candy ;). For the next few hours we were entertained by our friendly and cheeky barman Alex who constantly kept our champagne flutes topped up and provided wasabi peas to munch on. Being situated in South Kensington the clientele are undoubtedly the well-heeled but with their extensive wine and cocktail list Pierre’s Bar should be on every party girls list to visit before they hit Boujis or Mahiki. If your planning to eat there as well it can get pretty busy so make sure you book in advance.

For more information visit http://www.labrasserielondon.com/pierres-bar/

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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms – Review

July 7, 2011

Its been a busy couple of weeks socially and I kind of got behind on blogging. Sorry guys! However you are in for a treat as I have discovered a lovely new restaurant that I am sure you will fall in love with. I bring you Chiswell Street Dining Rooms! From the people who own The Cadogan Arms and The Botanist in Sloane Square. Chiswell Street Dining Rooms describes itself as “a modern British restaurant and cocktail bar complete with seven private dining rooms and is now open all day, everyday from 7am serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner”. I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening party last week. This place is a little treat that I recommend everyone should visit (and I am not just saying that because they plied me with free champagne hehe). The interior of the restaurant is contemporary and modern but although it looks sophisticated the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The restaurant is intimate and there are lovely hidden away areas which would make it perfect for a date or equally a private business lunch. If the food is as good as the canapes we tasted then this place is bound to become a prize winner. They have an extensive wine list and the staff are helpful in making recommendations. The prices of mains range from 12 to 20 pounds so it shouldn’t break the bank! Ah the toilets! Absolutely divine, best toilets I have seen in a long while! They even have diamond encrusted taps! It seems that everything about this restaurant has been well thought out and details have not been overlooked. If you work near Liverpool Street this is the place to experience modern british dining at its best. Lanky Girl is definitely going to be visiting again soon!

 For information please visit http://www.chiswellstreetdining.com/
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Roof top Bars London

June 3, 2011

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and you want to move your dancing feet! Or maybe you just want to chill out with a cool glass of champagne and look out at the beautiful London skyline. Well you are in luck, I have searched high and low for London’s best rooftop bars and pubs. See Below.

Vista – Rooftop Bar at the Trafalgar Hotel

The Trafalgar Hotel in Central London is popular with celebrities and London’s trendy folk. Vista is its roof top bar and this summer they have doubled the size to accommodate up 180 people. To accompany the Mediterranean themed bar you can enjoy ambient and chill out tunes. Of course you can also enjoy views of Trafalgar Square and other iconic landmarks from Big Ben to the London Eye. Great for an after dinner drink or for a group of friends wanting to try somewhere new. Vista is open 7 days a week with a £5 pound entry fee. Although £1 of your entry fee will be donated to Cancer Research.

The Boundary – Rooftop

The Boundary Rooftop bar in trendy Shoreditch is the place where hipsters go to be seen. The large bar has seating that surrounds a large fireplace, a 48 restaurant attached and a gorgeous little garden. The rooftop is accessed through a separate lift and you can enjoy panoramic views of Canary Wharf, round to the City’s Gherkin and Barbican, and back again to the rooftops and spires of East London. The bar also includes a large sail-like canopy, heating, festoon lighting and Welsh blankets.

Queen of Hoxton  rooftop 

Also in Shoreditch is the Queen Of Hoxton Club and rooftop bar, which now also will be hosting its own film nights.

The Queen’s “Victorian-garden inspired roof” holds up to 200, is fully decked and has a well stocked bar serving summer cocktails, draught beer and cider. The rooftop is open five days a week and after the sun goes down the real fun begins when the roof top film club opens. Lie back and watch old favourites like The Lost boys and Labyrinth on a large screen with wireless headphones. On “chick flick Tuesdays” get the girls together for a bit Bridget Jones. For film listings, tickets and further information visit http://www.rooftopfilmclub.com/

Aqua Spirit Rooftop Terrace

Aqua, just off Oxford Circus. Cafe del Mar type of music, great wines and amazing cocktails. Aqua screams exclusivity and it’s clientale is the glamorous and well-heeled. With beautiful views of Central London’s skyline and with its exotic cocktail offerings, Aqua is a great place to take someone who you want to impress.

Kensington Roof Gardens

Kensington Roof Gardens is undoubtably the king of roof gardens.  Enjoy one and a half acres of themed gardens, situated on the 6th floor some one hundred feet above Kensington High Street.  Take your pick  from one the areas; traditional English, formal Spanish and Tudor to enjoy a cocktail under the summer sun.

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Love Machine at Concrete – Shoreditch

March 5, 2011

 

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Last night I went to Love Machine at Concrete, the bar/club below Pizza East in Shoreditch. I was slightly nervous about what it would be like as it’s been a while since I’ve been out clubbing and often whenever I have been to somewhere new in the past its been filled with teeny boppers. I was nicely surprised to find out that the crowd was a cool mix of suits, teens, twenties, thirties and hipsters. Concrete is by no means a large club but the space works well (get there early if you want to bag a seat). The music on a friday is ashamedly pop but I think this is a good thing as when you are out with a large group of friends it can be difficult to find a place that everyone likes and there was enough chart hits to get everyone dancing. The dance floor didn’t really get going until around 11pm but once it was it was manic. I thought the packets of sweets that were scattered around the room were a nice touch and stopped me from getting hungry 🙂 . The bar had a varied selection of drinks, mixers and beers going for around 5-6 pounds which isn’t bad for Shoreditch. Toilets were very clean too. So the downers, people smashing glasses on the dance floor and nobody sorting it out. So would I recommend going? Definitely! Perfect place to go if you’re looking for a laid back night out after work to let your hair down with friends. Entry is free before 10pm and £5 pounds after.

 

Ratings:

Music – 8/10

Drinks – 7/10

Atmosphere – 7/10

Toilets – 8/10

Overall – 7.5/10

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A little bit of Luxury….The Connaught Hotel

January 15, 2011

This post I guess covers yesterday and today, unless I come up with something interesting to do tonight…

My ideal night out is a night where spontaneously you end up visiting places that you haven’t been before.I met up with my friend Jay after Uni yesterday for catch up drinks (can’t believe its been five months!). Anyway Jay’s usual haunting ground is Sloane Square. He has a penchant for “Olde english” pubs which he often moans have mostly closed down or become chains in London. So I was surprised when he suggested we meet at Green Park. Getting there almost 45 mins late (thanks TFL) he told me he was at The Mayfair Hotel Bar. Getting there, the bar was packed full of glamorous looking females (possibly gold diggers) being chatted up by middle-aged men in suits. Opposite The Nobu, The Mayfair Bar is a well know celebrity haunt and the few times I’ve been there, there always seems to be some Z list celebrity hanging out there (apparently I had just missed Kerry Katona…yawn). The cocktails are of a high standard which is to be expected of a 5 star hotel but don’t expect to get good service on a friday night as it will be impossible to get anywhere to sit unless you go early. Hence why Jay and I decided that it would be better to try somewhere less busy.

Not knowing where to go we decided to amble on down Berkeley Street and see if we could find one of the “olde english pubs. After walking for about 15 mins and not seeing any pubs we stumbled on The Connaught Hotel. It being  A luxury 5 star establishment  we were worried that we would be treated with disdain as we were dressed in jeans but our fears were soon put to rest as the friendly doormen welcomed us in. When you arrive inside The Connaught you really catch your breath at how beautiful it is. Tastefully decorated with Italian marble floors, leather chairs, perfume in the air and expertly trained staff  this place screams luxury. The Connaught has two bars The Coburg and The Connaught and is also home to the two Michelin starred restaurant Hélène Darroze . We found ourselves in The Coburg which was warm, small and intimate. The crowd in there was an eclectic mix of businessmen, American tourists, older couples and a group of teeny boppers. As with The Mayfair it was busy but not intimidating so. We were able to secure seats at the bar and after 20 mins we were told by a waiter that seats had become available near the window. How is that for service! With our drinks we were served complimentary crisps, olives and mini napkins. I was surprised how unpretentious and relaxed the atmosphere was in there for such a high-class hotel. Okay so the drinks were on the expensive side. Cocktails go for around 12 pounds and it was 8 pounds for a glass of Sauvignon.  If your pockets are light (like mine) you should possibly save your visit  for a special night out or if you want to impress your date. Ah the toilets! I don’t think I have ever seen more beautiful toilets! Marble floored, scented with perfume, fresh flowers and an attendant who presented you with a fresh towel to dry your hands. To cap it off at the end of the night I accidentally left my umbrella and when we got half way down the road we turned around to see that were being chased by a lovely waitress who brought it to me. I think I am going to convince Mr B to take me here for our next culinary adventure.