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GREY GOOSE vodka Launches The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club

July 25, 2017

Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club 3For fans of a boozy lunch check out this event. On Saturday 12th August, 12pm – 2pm, Grey Goose vodka will launch The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club. GREY GOOSE have also partnered with well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; for the event who will be preparing the food and cocktails respectively.

Get ready for the ultimate brunch as GREY GOOSE helps you live your best summer. Next month, GREY GOOSE vodka launches the Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club which promises unique dining and cocktail experience completely personalised to your own taste profile; made with the world’s best tasting, naturally rich and full bodied vodka.

Great taste is the essence of a summer well lived. Bringing together the expertise of well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; guests will be taken on a journey of exploration inspired by the five key taste profiles: sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter.

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a brunch style canape reception, where they will be invited to explore and identify their preferred taste profile. They can then personalise their own dish with Anna Barnett on hand to share her expertise. The ingredients behind each dish has been carefully crafted to pair with Grey Goose’s refreshing summer serve, Le Grand Fizz.

Tickets are available for £30 + booking fee via the  link below.

Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
When: Saturday 12th August 12pm – 2pm
For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grey-goose-le-grand-fizz-brunch-club-tickets-36351281662

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Things to do in London: The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party 6th July

June 30, 2017

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is coming to New Quebec Street and Seymour Place for an event with live music, food, drinks and entertainment for all ages, on Thursday 6 July, from 5pm to 10pm.

Both streets will be pedestrianised for the duration of the event and transformed in line with this year’s theme, ‘urban garden’.

Entry to the event is free and there is a jam-packed schedule of things to see, eat and do.

The London Perspective recommends:

  •  The make your own terrarium workshop by renowned florist James Bernard Floristry
  • Sampling a host of cocktails and dishes (pintxos, pizza) from local restaurants Bernardi’s, Lurra and The Mae Deli – The first concept deli from blogging sensation Deliciously Ella.
  • Taking advantage of promotions in a host of boutiques, including beachwear designer Paolita and interiors design shop, Eliska
  •  Attending GAIL’s Artisan Bakery garden party.
  • New Quebec Street, butcher and grill Boxcar – the latest arrival to the street – will be serving up a summer BBQ, whilst fine wine purveyor Philglas and Swiggot will host wine tasting competitions.

Places on the terrarium workshop will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit  www.portmanmarylebone.com.

Schedule of activities 

New Quebec Street

  • Beauty Rose Hair and Beauty Professionals: Hair accessorising and nibbles for visitors
  • Boxcar: Summer BBQ
  • Eliska (interiors): ‘urban garden’ interiors, PIMM’s and soft drinks, ‘urban garden’ tasters
  • La Petite Poissonnerie: Oysters and champagne, sashimi platters
  • Paolita: Cocktails and drinks and 15% off all current collections
  • Philglas & Swiggot: Wine tasting competitions (rosé, prosecco and champagne)

Seymour Place

  • Bernardi’s: Serving Gigli (white veal ragu & mascarpone) and Casarecce (buffalo ricotta, lemon, mint and courgette), alongside cocktails including the Belsazar and Verdini
  • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Garden party for families, and a selection of freshly baked treats
  • The Carpenters Arms: Complimentary tasters of new drinks
  • Lemongrass: Promotion on 15-minute massage at exclusive price of £10, beauty products and Lemongrass tea
  • Lurra: Serving Galician beef pintxo and Txakoli sung cocktails
  • SANDY’s: Serving slices of Corsican pizza
  • The Gate: serving buffalo mozzarella with wild garlic and heritage tomatoes, MediterrAsian salad, vegan burgers, peanut butter millionaire shortbread and homemade lemonade
  • The Mae Deli: Serving a selection of dishes
  • The Portman: Hook-a-duck competitions, summer BBQ, Mamoo ice cream trolley, veggie sticks and dipping sauce and watermelon on sticks. Serving beers and punch
  • Vinoteca: Porchetta (slow cooked pork) sandwich and a glass of cinsaut on tap for £10. Prosecco and wine also available by the glass

 

 

Art, Things to do in london

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017 – 30 June – 2 July

June 26, 2017

Mayfair art weekend

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017

If you’re an art lover like myself then you’re in for a treat this week London is going to be  jam packed with art exhibitions and fairs. You will be spoiled for choice. The first event I will be telling you about is Mayfair Art Weekend kicking off on the 30th of June.

The weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will see over 60 art galleries, fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Mayfair and St. James’s open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore a unique district where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

With such a rich programme in store, here are a few highlight events throughout the weekend to whet your appetite

  • Gallery HOP!

To kick off the weekend on Friday evening (6-8pm) take a hop through Mayfair’s thriving gallery scene and enjoy a glass of wine while previewing over 20 exhibitions.

  • Exhibitions, Talks and Tours

A conversation with artist Cristiano Pinaldi ‘On Fake News’ at Partners & Mucciaccia (Friday 30th June, 15:00-16:00)

Guided tours of Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition at White Cube (Friday-Sunday, 12.30-1:00)

A preview Mayor Gallery’s Tadaaki Kuwayama exhibition, complete with Prosecco and macarons from Ladurée to compliment the brightly coloured artworks (Saturday 1st July; 14:00-18:00)

  • The RA Festival

A festival spirit will take hold of the RA Courtyard, offering a place to eat street food, drink craft beer and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops such as printmaking, discovering site-specific installations and learning more about the open galleries and art activities across Mayfair and St James.

  • Hignell Garden Party

Spend a thoroughly British afternoon at a Garden Party hosted by Hignell Gallery in Shepherd’s Market, complete with bunting and wheelbarrows. The party is in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture, currently on display until 3rd July.

You can find our more about Mayfair Art Weekend on the website.

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Date for your diary – Serpentine pavilion 2017 opening 23rd June

June 19, 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

If you love art or architecture then you must include a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion in your list of things to do this summer. Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

serpentine 2017

If you want to hear more about the design, the architect will be in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), and Saskia Sassen (Professor, Columbia University) on the 24th June.

Admission to view the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 is free. For more information please click here.

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A preview of the Dulwich Pavilion Summer Lates

June 12, 2017

Just before I went on holiday I got a chance to attend a preview of The Dulwich Pavilion. To celebrate 200 years since it first opened to the public The Dulwich Picture Gallery will host free Friday Lates centred around its new pavilion. The themed evenings will include performance, talks, and music, bringing together a variety of experts from across the art and design world.  Visitors can also relax and unwind in the pavilion bar with food and drink provided by The Camberwell Arms.

This year’s Pavilion has been designed by emerging South London-based architects,  IF_DO and features a series of mirrored screens, reflecting the Gallery’s iconic architecture and surrounding gardens.

It will be FREE for all to explore throughout the summer and will open late on Fridays throughout June and July with a different line-up of cultural activities each week.

During the preview we got to sample the Scandi-inspired menu with and a vast array of cocktails. My personal favourite would have to be the Radish and anchoiade which I was pleasantly surprised by.

 

General Pavilion opening hours:
Tues – Thurs, 12 – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 11pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 9pm

Pavilion bar opening times:
Thurs, 4pm – 11pm*
Fri, 4pm – 11pm
Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
*excluding some Thursdays.

For more information visit the Dulwich Pavilion website.

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Things to do in London: Belgravia in Bloom until 27th May

May 26, 2017

Another Chelsea Fringe Event: Belgravia in Bloom Floral Festival

belgravia in bloomIn my last post I told you about Chelsea in Bloom, and today I’m telling you of another discovery. Belgravia in Bloom. Much like its Chelsea sister event it sees local businesses and residents getting involved by decorating their shop fronts, windows and front doors with floral displays. Creating a stunning floral walkway through the streets of Belgravia with different takes on the theme which this year is Children’s  books. Since we expect to have lovely weather all weekend, spend your Saturday with a tour map and create some images worthy of your instagram feed.

You can find out more about Belgravia in Bloom here: http://www.grosvenorlondon.com/whats-on/belgravia-in-bloom

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Chelsea in Bloom 2017

May 22, 2017

chelsea in bloomChelsea Fringe: Chelsea in Bloom

Missed out on Chelsea Flower Show tickets… We’ll don’t despair this week I’ll be sharing with you plenty of ways to get into the spirit of Chelsea without going to the show. First up Chelsea in Bloom 2017.

Chelsea in Bloom the alternative floral art show is back, this year for its 12th Anniversary. Produced by Cadogan in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it will transform the streets of Chelsea from the 22nd to 27th May with breathtaking floral displays. The annual competition has grown dramatically each year with Chelsea’s best retailers, restaurants and hotels adorning themselves with creative designs to compete for the coveted awards.

This year the theme is Floral Safari, inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.chelsea in bloom

I usually go each year and there is usually lots to see! The tour starts at the Duke of York square and there are 50 displays to go an visit.

 

 

Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: MS Karamat

May 22, 2017

Today’s interview is with MS Karamat an established arts curator/photographer/arts journalist from  London.

Hi MS can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? 

MS Karamat: I’ve been involved within the visual arts all of my life, I think I must have been born with an innate understanding of the arts as my earliest memories are to do with my late mother showing me her ceramic art, the only remaining piece of her work which she showed me was a beautiful green hued bowl with a specific Greek inspired pattern circling it, or regular gallery or theatre trips whilst in primary school, over the years I’ve worked in Film & Music and as an arts & culture journalist.

Now I’m dedicated to developing a two part international book project, a collection of fifty interviews and photographs that I shoot, which brings together the established and emerging artists & documenters of our time from music, film, photography, contemporary art and academia to tell me what it means for them to be fearless.

Every person is incredibly inspiring to me. They includes musicians such as The Pixies, Ed Harcourt, Jack Savoretti, Film Composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan/Requiem For A Dream). Carly Paradis (BBC Line of Duty/Land of Milk and Honey). Humanitarians such as Brita Fernandez Schmidt of Women For Women International UK and many more.

It’s an incredible project that has taken me across the world alongside speaking with numerous artists and visionary thinkers, right here in London, the project couldn’t be more necessary considering our ridiculous fear inducing sociopolitical climate. This project is my nuanced response to it all. It’s as I’ve always believed, that it is through the arts that we can find harmony and understanding- you’re not likely to see people wanting to fight and start a war at a music festival, or when in the presence of artistry in all its forms . Live updates about the project are via twitter @LabelFilm and Instagram: fearandmemory.

Why London? 

MS Karamat: Well I’m a born and raised Londoner, l grew up in Central London, home for me is the South West. Even though I’ve spent a considerable amount of time across North, East and West London socially, for me coming out of either Victoria Station or Waterloo station and walking along the Southbank where the landscape really opens up creating a sense of breathable space unlike any other side of London, really is wondrous.

If you were Mayor for the day what would you do?

MS Karamat: Freeze London transport fares and most importantly make a significant improvement for disability ( including parent & baby) access across London transport .

What are your favourite places to discover new art?

MS Karamat: My favourite places are pop up galleries, street art, word of mouth and social media. Right now I’m always on the look out for artists that have a fearless attitude about their work.

What restaurants can you recommend to our readers and why?

MS Karamat: Brunswick House Café Restaurant in Vauxhall. The food that is well-prepared with love, quality and understanding. It can be trusted to always deliver straight forward incredible service and food made with love in a venue that feels harmonious.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London and why?

MS Karamat: Pollution. Something NEEDS TO BE done .

Which areas can you usually be found hanging out on a Friday/Saturday evening and where?

Privacy is a virtue my friend 🙂 during university I spent a great deal of time in North & East London especially Camden. In general I recommend along the Southbank, Vauxhall again, Brunswick House and Lavender Hill SW8.

Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?

MS Karamat: OH gosh! Several, I know how to keep a secret though, so I must decline. All Londoner’s will have their own unique experience of the city and therefore have their own hidden gems according to their own preferences. That is what makes this city so unique, it enables everyone to find or create a gem of their own.

Thanks for sharing your London perspective, I look forward to the launch of your book project.

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Things to do in London: Neverland London Beach Pop Up Launches

May 11, 2017

neverland london

Finding Neverland London

Looking for somewhere to escape to this summer? We’ll you don’t even have to leave the city.  Neverland London is a new beach pop-up which takes guests on a journey to paradise. Its’ Fulham’s first ever Thameside beach spot. A unique and affordable, alfresco, dining and drinking experience. Visitors will be able to dine on long feasting tables under a canopy of flowers or bask in the summer sun in free-to-use deck chairs while soaking up the surrounding beach setting.

If you’re planning to visit with friends, enhance your experience by hiring a beach hut or day partybed which comes with the option of adding your own personal ‘Beach Butler’ to create bespoke cocktails from the mixology trolley to complement the “bring your own” offering.

Some of London’s best street food traders will be on hand to help soak up the boozy afternoons surrounded by palm trees, swings, grass and covered seating for all to use.

Neverland London will be open across the summer from Wednesday to Sunday. Entry to Neverland London is from £5 granting access with BYOB to covered seating and the beach, group bookings of 6 or more have access to a beach hut (£40), while groups of 12 to 25 have access to a day party bed (£60).

Petanque courts and beer pong tables are available to hire. Private hire bookings available. Further information via neverlandlondon.com and tickets via Design My Night

Art

Opening: The Cactus House – Bringing the Outdoors In, Ben Russell – Hignell Gallery

May 11, 2017

If you love all things Cacti then you must visit The Cactus House. Opening today at the Hignell Gallery in Mayfair the exhibition is a collaboration between sculptor Ben Russell and indoor gardening specialists Conservatory Archives, which will see the gallery filled with an immersive installation of greenery as a backdrop to Ben’s marble, alabaster and onyx sculptural cacti.

Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.

Whilst working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.

Russell has expanded his collection to reflect the variety within the cactus family. New materials such as Portland limestone and Onyx stone allow him to produce a range of shapes and textures. His method is a painstaking process of sanding and polishing, resulting in a luminous sheen to the surface of the stone

For more information visit: www.hignellgallery.com Ben Russell: http://benrussell.co.uk/