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Goodwood Parade Ring

Combining two of the most quintessential parts of an English summer – music and racing, Goodwood, just outside of London, sees the return of Three Friday Nights next week.

Now in its fourth year, the event sees the picturesque Parade Ring being transformed into an open-air dance floor, so that revellers can dance the night away to three DJ sets. Starting things off will be multi award-winning duo, Chase & Status on Friday 6th June, before one of the most sought after newcomers, Naughty Boy takes to the decks on Friday 13th June. Finishing things off will be legendary Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe on Friday 20th June. Not bad for a line-up eh? Now you just have to choose which one to attend.

Tickets include a full day at the races too, so get the Pimms in, get your betting hats on (try not to lose too much money…) and then commiserate or celebrate your success at the party afterward- the perfect Friday night! 

www.goodwood.co.uk

Posted by Emily Gray at 12:32 pm | Comments »
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Bluebird Beach

The Beach at Bluebird

May 29, 2014

Having been transformed into an ice rink at Christmas, the courtyard at Bluebird is now being given a summer makeover and becoming a beach… that’s right a beach on the Kings Road, well they have a sandbox and that’s enough for us!

Why are we really excited though? Because they are going to be serving the new Moet Ice Champagne (when you didn’t think Champagne could get any better, it just did) and serving up an all-day BBQ, what is it with BBQs and just being able to keep eating and eating and eating….?

With the World Cup and Wimbledon just around the corner they will also be showing all the live sport on big screens in the courtyard, but tables can only be booked by members so make sure you head down early to get the best spot in the sun.

Summer at Bluebird starts next Thursday, sun you better turn up too. 

www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Posted by Emily Gray at 10:42 am | Comments »
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Press Play

Press Play On the Roof

May 29, 2014

Press Play, sit back and enjoy the…panoramic views of the city, oh and Austin Powers. Sponsored by new events app Explova, Press Play have collaborated with Land Security to create a giant pop-up cinema on the rooftop of One New Change. Overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, the venue takes film screenings to new heights. Press Play are experts at creating unique pop-up film experiences breaking the boundaries of all limits and expectations. This screening is no different.

With a sixties theme, a bespoke ‘Shaguar’ bar serving a range of British summer cocktails (yeah baby yeeeaaahhhh), and Propercorn handing out the cinema snack of choice during the film, this event is full of fun and games. ‘International Man of Mystery’ will show on Saturday 7th June with ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ being screened on the 8th. When you leave you will be given a little parting gift: a Vivid Matcha Drink to rehydrate and help with the impending hangover. After, hop into a free Uber cab using an event promo code that will be released on 6th June. Tickets start at £12 and can be bought from the designmynight website. Groovy, baby!

www.wepressplay.co.uk

Posted by Jessica Loveridge at 09:30 am | Comments »
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Brighton Hotel Artist Residence

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character.

This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, and each one has been individually designed. If you get tired of being in your room snug lounge offers a relaxing space with a good selection of magazines, books and games.

There are plenty of fun dining options around the area but it's tempting to begin (and end) the evening with a visit to the hotel's atmospheric cocktail bar, whose extensive menu has a hearty rum theme. Our only qualm with this hotel is that the bar can be a little noisy - but the sound-proofing is pretty effective, so any disturbance in guest rooms should be minimal.

Before we left to enjoy the wonderful Brighton culture (the fudge shop) we were treated to the best scrambled eggs we'd ever eaten, as well as the amazing coffee which is batch-roasted locally. The hotel's staff were friendly and attentive throughout our stay, and we were sorry to leave. 

www.arthotelbrighton.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 14:32 pm | Comments »
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Crowne Plaza The London - The City

Summer is just around the corner, which means along with the Pimms, the stifling tubes, the dodgy sandals and endless BBQs, wedding season is almost upon us. If this year you are starting to plan your own wedding (hurrah!) or you have been given the nerve- wracking task of planning a Hen party or Stag do, then Crowne Plaza London –The City, have just launched their new wedding packages which has everything covered – so you can focus on sorting the dress and whether you do have to invite that long lost aunt.

Their Grade II listed property is steeped in regal history - built on the foundations of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace and aptly their Bridewell suite is perfect for bespoke wedding breakfasts, being able to seat 150 guests or 200 for a reception (looks like you will have to invite the aunt).

 Along with the sparkling wine on arrival and a three course meal, the team can also make your wedding cake and you get complimentary a toast maker and a wedding planner! Once you’ve danced the night away you can also stay in the King Studio or one of the Designer Suites, with the first night complimentary too!

But as it isn’t all just about the big day but the lead up too, their restaurants, Diciannove and Chinese Cricket Club are the perfect place for the rehearsal dinner, whilst for the hen and stag parties choose from Pasta making at Diciannove, Champagne afternoon teas, chocolate tasting or even private parties in the Vaults at Voltaire!

It seems as if Crowne Plaza London – The City have everything sorted, this wedding organising thing is starting to look easy!

Want to take a tour of the hotel and events rooms then click here, or to find out more information about weddings at Crowne Plaza London - The City click here

www.ihg.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 12:33 pm | Comments »
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Soho Food Feast

Raising money for Soho Parish Primary School, the Soho Food Feast will be returning to St Anne’s Church Garden on the 7th and 8th June for its fourth year.

It’s a good thing it’s on for two days because there is a lot of food to work through; alongside familiar faces such as Quo Vadis, Bocca di Lupo and The Ivy, there will be newcomers such as Blanchette, Copita, Pizza Pilgrims and Jackson Boxer.  Check out their website for the full list, it’s pretty extensive!  So don’t torture yourself making the difficult decision of choosing just one, we say try them all, well it is raising money for the school!

On the drinks front expect to find the likes of Gilpin’s Gin, Kamm & Sons, Caravan and The Travelling Gin Co and throughout the weekend there will be various demonstrations from the likes of Angela Hartnett and Margot and Fergus Henderson.

So all we need now is for this rain to disappear – a week and a half is long enough, no?

For full details and tickets check out their website.

www.sohofoodfeast.co.uk

Posted by Emily Gray at 10:11 am | Comments »
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Mock Duck Menu at Camden Restaurant Gilgamesh

As a teenager I spent many a weekend trawling the streets of Camden, donned in the latest studded belt ensemble but somehow in my intense search for for the next piece of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia to add to my collection, I missed out on Gilgamesh. Luckily, as an adult, I’ve had the fortune of visiting the Pan-Asian restaurant, in a much less sombre outfit I may add.

The reason for my overdue visit is the ‘Mock Duck’ menu which was created in honour of National Vegetarian Week 2014. The menu consists of Duck Spring Rolls, Duck and Watermelon Salad and Duck Pancakes served with Hoisin Sauce, all suitable for vegetarians.

The Duck Salad is not much of a salad in the typical context but what it lacks in predictability it makes up for in flavour, size and aesthetics. Large cubes of fresh, sweet watermelon are topped with battered mock duck and cashews and then drizzled in a light hoisin sauce (mint and shredded onions have been thrown in for the salad effect). This is a truly special dish, where simple ingredients come together to make a delicious meal, plus it can be eaten guilt free as it’s a salad right?

The Duck Pancakes are served on a large slate in the typical layout of its meat counterpart; sliced mock duck on one side with the pancakes in a wicker basket and mini dishes of plum and sweet chilli sauce on the other side. The pancakes are more like little slices of steamed bread rather than the crepe like pancakes normally served. Their spongy texture doesn’t interfere with making little wraps of duck, cucumber and sauce, which is always a source of fun.

The whole experience at Gilgamesh was a pleasure from settling down in the comfy sofa chairs, sipping delicious rose and lychee cocktails to enjoying the Babylonian decor and sampling the variety of Mock Duck dishes available.

The Mock Duck menu is available now on request .

www.gilgameshbar.com

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 10:04 am | Comments »
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Bilbao Berria Pintxos and Wine

2011 MasterChef winner Ash Mair has launched his debut restaurant project, the transplanting of Spanish chain Bilbao Berria from Spain to London. Today’s opening of the new restaurant on Regent Street today marks the chain’s first expedition outside of the flamenco-dancing country.

In the casual environment of the upstairs taverna, help yourself to traditional Basque pintzos. ‘What are they?’ I hear you cry; think skewered tapas on bitesize slices of bread commonly eaten alongside a glass of local wine. If you’re looking for a more formal dining experience then reserve a table and head downstairs for classic as well as modernised Basque and Spanish dishes.

Both floors have open kitchens showcasing the unique style of food and exposing the charcoal grills that give the food its smoky flavours. The ‘open’ feel resonates in the restaurant’s aim of creating a fun eating experience that brings people together.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner try tapas with a difference.

www.bilbaoberria.com

Posted by Jessica Loveridge at 09:30 am | Comments »
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The Imperial Durbar

Been to Tooting Bec recently? No, well here’s a reason to go: The Imperial Durbar, an Indian coffee and cocktail bar, has just opened there.

Brothers, Nicholas and Alastair Heathcote are behind the bar that gives customers a taste of 1940s India inspired by elements and innovations from Queen Victoria’s East India Company to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s reign. They hope to light a spark of nostalgia for anyone who has been to the  mystic Indian shores or dreams to, one day.

Inside you’ll find a mix of old Indian furniture with coffees, traditional Indian teas and Chai being served, alongside baked local goods and Indian dishes. If you’re after something a little punchier then they also have a 14 cocktailstrong  list which is set to evoke the hedonistic vibes of early British India, which can be enjoyed in the Imperial Garden.  

www.theimperialdurbar.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 14:51 pm | Comments »
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Alaskan King Crab Dish

On Saturday 21st June, creative team Shuttlecock Inc are allowing you to travel back in time. The Last Frontier is an 1899 Alaska Seafood pop-up experience set to take the shores of Pimlico Gardens by storm.

For one day, and one day only, the Alaskan settlement of Nome will be uprooted and replanted in the centre of London bringing along its abundance of fresh and sustainable seafood. Sockeye salmon, the mighty king crab, black cod and halibut will be amongst the visitors. Guests will be able to not only sample this seafood, but a team of chefs from award-winning London restaurants will be on hand to teach you how to prepare, cure and smoke fish. Alongside lessons, demonstrations and tastings there will be other fun family-orientated events such as panning for gold, treasure hunts, storytelling and live music.

When daylight fades, eighty lucky diners will be invited to a gourmet seafood banquet for food, drink and merriment. The menu includes Wild Alaska King Crab on Toast and Roast Wild Alaska Halibut. As for puddings think Herb Cake served with Almond ice cream and fresh summer berries.

Go back in time and space and enjoy some tasty responsibly sourced produce.

www.designmynight.com

Posted by Jessica Loveridge at 17:00 pm | Comments »
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