Monthly Archives: May 2014

Save money visiting London’s West End!

Fancy a night out in London’s famous West End?

Worried about the cost of going to the theatre or a musical?

Fear not – there are quite a few ways to have a great night out in London’s West End with out breaking the bank!

1. Check out discount sites such as Groupon and Living Social. These sites really can save you quite a bit of money for events in and around London. They might not post West End offers a lot but when they do they are good savings.

2. Sign up to Time Out Time Out London is a fantastic resource and their daily emails present you with massive savings for events in and around London. Time Out can even offer you sales to events before the tickets go on general sale meaning you can bag the cheaper seats first if money is an issue!

3. Visit some of the lesser known theatres for cheaper tickets. The big name shows will always have a higher price tag. If money is tight but a trip to a West End theatres is called for, go for something different and not as well known – you may be pleasantly surprised. Last year Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter actor) performed at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End and tickets were selling from only £15.

Noel Coward Theatre
Noel Coward Theatre

4. Check out the lower priced seats. If you have the option between a lower and higher price seat and you’re not sure if it’s worth it take a look at Seat Plan – where people will review the theatres seats so you get a real idea of what the view is like before booking! Why pay £50 for a seat when the £20 seat has just as good a view?

5. Need to dine beforehand? Look for pre theatre dinner offers on Top Table. These offers are great for people heading to the theatre after dinner. Plus the offers are great value as you fill a table that would have otherwise been empty due to it not being peak time!

6. Fancy a drink before? Look online for happy hour offers! Check out Design My Night – you can refine by location, type of night and offers! Select Happy Hour and hey presto your night is sorted!

Whatever your plans for the night, there is always a way of saving money when visiting the theatre in London. Just always remember to check any small print of any offers etc.

Hakkasan – Hanaway Place! Dim Sum in style!

Hakkasan – Hanaway Place!

When you move to London you always hear about the top restaurants and the best places to eat and Hakkasan is one of THE most talked about restaurants in central London.

Hakkasan is famed for it’s amazing Dim Sum but also for being one of the best places to eat, meaning it attracts many a famous face!

We booked our trip to Hakkasan through Book A Table who were offering us 3 courses for £35 per person. As we have always wanted to visit we decided to bite the bullet and take a trip. The offer was only at Hanaway Place and not the celeb filed Mayfair restaurant, but we didn’t care as it’s about the food at the end of the day!

On arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady who showed us to our seat. We were given the standard menu and it turned out the 3 courses for £35 is in their regular menu and is their Dim Sum sharing platter.

We weren’t disappointed however, simply intrigued that it was made out to be a special deal when really it wasn’t. It is clever advertising though as we would never have gone simply assuming prices would be well out of budget – so it actually was a good thing!

The menu is available online under the ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ section of their website, so you know what to expect before you arrive.

Our starter was a dim sum platter which was very heavily made of seafood – we had scallops and caviar amongst other dim sum items. They were little bites of heaven!

Hakkasan starter
Dim sum starter! Yum!

We ordered some cocktails whilst we waited for the main menu – and believe me they are worth the £10-£15 price tag – made beautifully with a creative flair to give you that excitement worth the money!

The main course was a sharing platter consisting of Black pepper rib eye beef with merlot, Spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond, Grilled Chilean sea bass with honey, Pipa duck, Cloud ear vegetables and Steamed jasmine rice. Served in small bowls on a sharing hot plate – the dim sum style continued and it was really fun trying all of the food and learning to use chopsticks!

Hakksan Main
Hakkasan Sharing Platter

I really recommend the Pipa Duck and my partner recommends the Black Pepper Beef with merlot!

The food really is amazing and well worth the £35 per head price tag especially when it came to dessert – we got to chose any dessert from their menu (prices starting from about £10) at no extra cost! I chose a caramelised apple tartan and my partner tried the lemon panacotta – both were gorgeous but the tartan was the overall favourite with my partner stealing some from me!

Hakkasan Dessert
Panacotta!
Hakkasan Dessert 2
The winning dessert!

If you are on a budget like us the ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ menu was brilliant! We spent about £60 a head including the food, cocktails, sparking water, nibbles (we ordered some prawn crackers etc) and service charge.

Overall I would 100% recommend visiting Hakkasan due to the top quality of the food but the decor and ambiance make it a winner too!