Monthly Archives: November 2013

Madison Champagne Bar – One New Change

Madison Champagne Bar – THE place to go!

Looking for a really impressive after works drinks venue in London? Look no further than Madison Champagne Bar!

This stunning rooftop bar is located at the top of ‘One New Change’ which is a set of offices and shops located in London’s City district.

This sophisticated bar offers breathtaking views of St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, Tate Modern and The Shard.

Specially designed in partnership with bar designer Mango, Madison Champagne Bar really makes great use of the space and features available.

The view across to St Pauls from Madison Champagne Bar!
The view across to St Paul’s

The bar was full of people who had finished work for the day from the surrounding City area and were enjoying the champagne that Madison is famous for.

We sampled a few of the cocktails on offer. All of which are fairly reasonably priced for Central London and the high end bar that Madison clearly is.

We tried the Kir Royale – the classic champagne cocktail, and also the Serendipity, a Madision favourite. Both were expertly made and the queue time at the bar was much to be expected on a busy night but the drinks were worth the wait!

Madison Champagne Bar is a must visit place for anyone looking for an elegant but lively after works drinks bar and also I would say simply because of the stunning views – a great place for a date but I’d recommend going in the early part of the week before the Thursday / Friday night rush 🙂

For more information on Madison Champagne Bar they have a website with all of their menus and a lovely gallery which shows off the amazing structure and breathtaking views!

Madison Champagne Bar gets pretty busy, especially on Friday nights so make sure you can cope with the crowd or call ahead to reserve a table maybe!

St Christopher’s Place – London’s Hidden Gem!

Peckish whilst shopping? Visit St Christopher’s Place!

Thinking of heading down to Bond Street this weekend for some Christmas shopping? Well if so let me recommend a great place to stop for some pre or post shopping lunch / dinner : St Christopher’s Place.

Last weekend we visited Carluccios in St Christopher’s Place.

If you are not familiar with St Christopher’s Place, this could be because it is a little hidden gem, tucked in behind Bond Street off the main road!

St Christopher’s place is a gorgeous Al Fresco eating area perfect for hungry shoppers! However don’t let the Al Fresco side of dining put you off as there is plenty of room inside the restaurants or tucked under lovely patio warmers!

Now the festive season is upon us St Christopher’s Place is beautifully decorated and if you stop to take a look above the entrance (a small alleyway off Bond Street!) you will spot a beautiful glistening Angel.

We stopped in Carluccios out of all the other restaurants simply because of the gorgeous window display! (We even took home a beautifully boxed panettone!)

We dined on the ‘Menu Fisso’ – the fixed price menu. We chose 2 courses for £10.95 which for central London dining is a bit of a bargain.

The atmosphere was great, the staff were really friendly and the food was simply amazing! We were in Italian heaven! I can recommend both the ‘Penne Alla Luganica’ and the ‘Milanese Di Pollo’.

We decided to split some Gelato for dessert and this was beautiful and full of flavour.

We finished with after dinner coffees and left with our tummy’s full and our shopping bags piled even higher after stopping to look at their festive section.

To take a look at the menu available please click here.

If Italian isn’t for you however there are plenty of other places in St Christopher’s Place that might take your fancy too 🙂

To find this amazing London hidden gem take a look at their ‘visit’ page on the website!

 

St Christopher's Place
St Christopher’s Place

Fancy owning a suit worn by David Beckham? Or a dress by Victoria? Visit Kensington Red Cross tomorrow!Visit Kensington Red Cross tomorrow!

Fashion lovers rejoyce!

Tomorrow you could get your hands on some great designer clothes owned by David & Victoria Beckham themselves, and all in the name of charity.

The famous power couple have raided their wardrobes and donated a pile of clothes to the British Red Cross shop in Kensington, London. All to raise money for the people who have been affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

Items include dresses, suits and shoes from top name designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli and will go on sale tomorrow at 11am.

So if you fancy grabbing yourself  a designer bargain whilst helping support the Red Cross Shop drop for the Philippines appeal head down to the Red Cross shop tomorrow.

Address: 69-71 Old Church St, London SW3 5BS. The store is open from 11am – 8pm 🙂

Red Cross
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Radio Rooftop Bar – ME London Hotel

Radio Rooftop Bar – stunning views!

So everyone today is talking about the London Global Gift Gala hosted by Eva Longoria at the ME London Hotel last night!

The surprise of the night was the arrival of the hosts long-time BFF Victoria Beckham.

If you fancy visiting this lovely hotel I would suggest visiting the rooftop bar aptly named ‘Radio Rooftop Bar‘.

During busy times you may be required to book at table but during the day or week nights you should be able to just show up as they do operate a walk in policy.

Once inside the hotel you are whisked in to the lift and taken to the roof. From here you have access to either the lovely inside bar area or the outside seating which overlooks Somerset House. During the winter when Somerset House is an skating rink the views are beautiful.

View from Radio Rooftop Bar
Somerset House ice skating rink

The bar overlooks some of the most famous landmarks that London has to offer, including Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

The décor is extremely modern with large comfy sofas to sit on and is beautifully lit by candles and lanterns.

The menu itself is extensive enough with plenty to offer even the most refined drinker. The food menu is Tapas however so don’t expect larger meals to accompany your drinks.

We opted for a hot beverage ‘coffee with Baileys’ which wasn’t strictly on the menu but the staff were more than happy to make our custom order. The drinks were served in lovely wine glasses and the atmosphere was beautiful with the lovely views, hot drinks and cold crisp winter evening.

Radio Rooftop Bar drinks
Lovely and warm Baileys and coffee!

Prices are a little on the expensive side with drinks starting at around £10 per person, however the atmosphere, view and location really do make up for this.
Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London Hotel is a great place to visit for a date maybe or for drinks with the girls before an event such as London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House.

For more details on Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London Hotel you can visit their own website here.

Visiting the ITV studios – The Jonathan Ross Show!

ITV studios – Jonathan Ross Show!

A couple of weeks ago we were offered the exciting opportunity to watch the filming of The Jonathan Ross Show at the Waterloo studios!

Special guests on The Jonathan Ross Show included X Factor judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Sherzinger and Gary Barlow. Other guests included the legendary Naomi Campbell, opera singer Alfie Boe and comedian Stephen Merchant. We also had a live performance from Laura Mvula.

Jonathan Ross Show

The show was really funny and interesting to watch. There were hardly any retakes and things ran smoothly for pretty much the entire time – even when Naomi was asked to walk in some pretty amazing high heels!

As a member of the audience  for The Jonathan Ross Show we really got to see a lot of things that are edited from the show including the banter between the celebrities between filming and the mistakes made that are edited or reshot!

The tickets for The Jonathan Ross Show were booked through SRO Audiences but they were not guaranteed seats – in fact we were the last 4 people allowed entry, so if you do book always arrive early to join the large queue!

 

Sushi Samba – Heron Tower

Sushi Samba – A fantastic night out!

This week I decided to check out Sushi Samba with some friends. As the name implies this is a Sushi restaurant plus bar in the heart of the City.

Located on the 38th and 39th floor of Heron Tower, Sushi Samba boasted amazing views across London which really were breath taking. The outside bar also was simply stunning with the beautifully lit orange tree on the terrace! This  really is the perfect bar for after work cocktails!

Sushi Samba Tree
Rooftop terrace tree!

The cocktails themselves at Sushi Samba were all very different to typical City bars – we sampled quite a few from the extensive menu and our favourites included the Samba Ramble, Yuzu Gimlet and the Sambatini.

The average price for a cocktail was around £13 but worth every penny. The bar staff were friendly and attentive – even making a friend a special non alcoholic cocktail, which wasn’t on the menu!

Aside from the great drinks, stunning views and beautiful decor though – the thing that really made our night complete was the lift that whisked us from the street up to the 38th floor!

We will most certainly be going back to Sushi Samba in the future – this is somewhere I would recommend for a great date or after work drinks!

For more details you can visit their website here.