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6 things to do in London this week!

24.02.14 ‘6 things to do in London this week!’

Looking for things to do in London this week? Then take a look below at our pick of 6 things to do in London this week!

On Tuesday night why not take a trip down to Kettners in Soho and experience their Gin and Jazz night? Gin Cocktails start at only £6 and the live music is complimentary! If you really want to get in to the spirit you could always don your flapper dress and feather boa to really get you in the mood!

Looking for a quirky night out? On Wednesday why not head down to The Hoxton Pony and enjoy #REZtron Presents… Cocktails, Karaoke & SEGA Consoles! This retro night out is perfect for gamers and non gamers alike! For more information visit here.

Thursday night offers ‘Ping Thing Thursdays‘ located at 93 Feet East just a few minutes from Shoreditch high street. Starting at 6pm, this evening offers what you would expect, Ping Pong and drinks! More information can be found here.

Friday night in London also has plenty on offer.

If you are seraching for an alternative night out with a techno vibe, Caught Up 001 at Bunker Club could be for you. Located in the Deptford Bunker, Caught Up is a new monthly event starting this week! Doorsopen at 10pm an entry is only £3. Music includes sets from residents DJs.

Looking for a good laugh? Also on Friday you can visit the Comedy Carnival at Bar Rumba, Leicester Square. Ticket prices start from £12 and can be booked online. Doors open at 8pm. They boast a great line up of stand up comedians in a fantastic location in Central London.

Love the Oscars? Finally on Saturday night why not check out the tribute event ‘Not The Oscars’ located at Club de Fromage, Islington Academy. ‘Not The Oscars’ will mark the event with music from famous movie soundtracks and a screening of Forrest Gump. Fancy dress welcome. Doors open 10.30pm an entry price is £8!

So there you have it – our pick of the 6 things to do in London this week!

London Fashion Week – places to visit!

London Fashion Weeks hot spots!

With London Fashion Week 2014 almost upon us, we have picked out our top 4 places to visit near Somerset House  during London’s most fashionable week!

Radio Rooftop Bar- ME Hotel London

Situated opposite Somerset House, Radio Rooftop Bar is the perfect location for those London Fashion Week after show drinks. Elegant and sophisticated, with a stunning backdrop this really is the number one place to visit during London Fashion Week.

Radio Rooftop Bar offers stunning views across London, a great Tapas menu plus an extensive cocktail list.

Fashion Week ME Hotel
View from RRB

Entry to the bar is on a walk in basis, depending on how busy the bar is at the time. The dress code is formal – which shouldn’t be a problem during Fashion Week!

Prices reflect the usual London drinks cost – cocktails are around £12 however the service given is of the highest standard.

The décor is ultra modern and if you brave the outside Rooftop Bar there are comfy sofas and patio heaters to keep you warm!

If you don’t fancy Radio Rooftop then ME Hotel also has the Marconi Lounge which is situated in the hotel lobby for a more casual visit.

We 100% recommend Radio Rooftop Bar for a fashion filled, glamorous after show drink or two!

One Aldwych

One Aldwych is situated in Covent Garden, just a two minute walk from Somerset House. It is yet another hotel which we recommend visiting during London Fashion Week. The ambience here is relaxing but glamorous. The staff are simply amazing too (see my review here).

We visited Indigo for brunch and can whole heartedly recommend this for a sophisticated event before or after the Fashion Week shows. The unlimited prosecco offer is the ultimate enjoyment!

View of the Lobby Bar Fashion Week
View of the Lobby Bar

One Aldwych also have an amazing lobby bar too, with a double height ceiling and gorgeous sculptures for a more relaxed event or just for cocktails!

 

“This is probably the most beautiful hotel lobby bar in London.”
London Evening Standard

Pricing again matches the London standard but the ambience, service and quality is well worth the London weighting.

Corinthia Hotel – London

Corinthia Hotel is situated just a mere 10 minute walk from Somerset House and offers plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy during London Fashion Week.

Corinthia Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in London and the bars certainly reflect that.

The three bars include ‘Bassoon’, ‘The Northall Bar’ and ‘Massimo Oyster Bar’. We have visited ‘The Northhall Bar’ and enjoyed some lovely cocktails here so can recommend this as a great place to visit.

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Champers at the Corinthia Hotel

The ambience is relaxed but elegant – dress code is casual / formal being a hotel lobby. Prices again reflect London cocktail prices but the quality is worth it. The Corinthia Hotel oozes luxury and high class, making it the perfect place to visit during London Fashion Week.

Adventure Bar              

My final recommendation is a little bit different to the above. If you wish to let your hair down we really recommend visiting ‘Adventure Bar’ Covent Garden.

Adventure Bar is a fun and lively place where the drinks are themed and sometimes very surprising. The atmosphere is exciting and lively with a retro feel.

The music has mix of classic and modern tracks to keep you entertained, and a cocktail list (handed to you in a retro DVD case!) which will have you fighting over what to chose!

Adventure Bar cocktails fashion week
Adventure Bar cocktails

Adventure bar offers an alternative evening to the other places recommended and well worth a visit after the shows, being just ten minutes from Somerset House. Prices are cheaper than expected which is a great bonus too.

 

Where ever you decide to visit during London Fashion Week 2014 just remember to do it in style!

Valentines Day in London Town!

Celebrate Valentines Day in style!

Whether you are single and ready to mingle or happily settled in a relationship, February 14th always brings around certain challenges no matter what your ‘relationship status’ is.

The first challenge I believe is ‘How to celebrate Valentines Day’. Do you go out, stay in, party, drink, dine, dance? Whatever you decide London really does have the answer!

If you wish to celebrate Valentines Day then London really is the city to do it in. I’ve picked out my top places, (that aren’t already sold out!) that couples might like to visit the celebrate.

  • The Queens House in Greenwich has a special ‘Love in the Archives‘ event especially for Valentines Day. ‘Love in the Archives’ is a special event where letters written by Georgian Navy men to their wives and mistresses, are exhibited. There will also be accompanying music and prosecco on arrival.
  • If a restaurant is more your thing we can personally recommend ‘Roux at the Landau‘. Situated behind Oxford Circus tube station this restaurant oozes class and is intimate and romantic. The food is simply amazing and the ambience is perfect for a Valentines night dinner.
Valentines Day at Roux
                     Roux at The Landau
  • The Lookout in Hyde Park is hosting a film night by the travelling cinema club. If curling up under the stars with your loved one is your ideal night then this could be the one for you. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack plenty of layers! Note: The 14th has sold out but you can still get tickets for the 15thhttp://www.whereisthenomad.com/buy-tickets-now/

If you are single in the city then celebrating Valentines Day might seem like an oxymoron to you, but London does offer up some great alternatives to the couples events.

  •  My number one event this Valentines Day for all the single ladies is London Fashion Week! If (like me boo!) you aren’t lucky enough to get tickets don’t panic you can take a look at the schedule, grab your best friends, don your highest fashion clothes, shoes or bag and visit Radio Rooftop Bar opposite Somerset House to scope out the visitors going in and out!
  • Bounce in Holborn is hosting an ‘Anti Valentines Day Party‘ with live entertainment, games and tournaments just some of the events taking place to get you in the party sprint. They even offer UV ping pong included in the £5 ticket cost.
  • The Shard is hosting a dating party through ‘Doing Something‘ on the 12th and event goers will even get to witness a new Guinness World Record as it becomes the ‘Worlds Highest Urban Ice Bar‘ that very night. To top of the fun waiters will be dressed as penguins for the night!
Visit Altitude like Spencer!
                 Visit Altitude like Spencer!
  • If you are an animal lover and charity is more your thing then the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are holding a special valentines event with bubbly on arrival. A £2 entry donation is recommended! Who knows you could walk away with your perrfect Valentine!

The next challenge if you are in a couple is ‘What to get them as a present?‘.

The perfect Valentines gift doesn’t have to be large, flashy and expensive. It can however be something thoughtful and sweet.

  • A personalised card goes a long way. With sites such as Moonpig easily available with plenty of options you can create your perfect photo card within minutes! A personalised card means a lot more than a generic one as it means you have put time and thought in to it. If you prefer to hand make the card then get down to a local craft shop, grab some ribbon, card and pens and get creating!
  • Make a mixed CD. CDs might not be as popular as they used to be – but they can be handy on road trips etc. Create a CD with all your favourite songs to sing along to together so when the time comes when a CD is actually useful you can pop it in and remember all of your good times together!
  • Buy them something they can wear, this could range from hoodies or hats to jewellery or underwear depending on what your partner likes. Just remember to find out their size first to save disappointment!
A special Valentines Day present!
             Buy them something to wear!
  • Fragrance is a popular choice on Valentines. Always pick something you know they like to make sure you get it right! Pay attention to what is already on their dresser to ensure you make the right choice. Or you could get creative and create something personal for them, creating a bespoke frangrance. We recommend Floris on Jermny Street, St. James.
  • Flowers can be a great choice whilst keeping it simple. The traditional red rose is of course the number one choice on Valentines Day but you also opt for other flowers depending on your girls style. Don’t be afraid to break with tradition is that’s what your girl would really like.
Valentines Day roses!
                           Flowers say it all!
  • If all the above isn’t quite right for whatever reason then the best option for a great Valentines Day present is to organise a date! You can keep it simple – cook dinner, candles, music, wine etc or you can opt for a day or evening out – remember it’s the thought that counts! Take a look through some of our previous reviews for ideas on where to go to celebrate!

 However you spend your Valentines Day just remember that you are lucky enough to do so in such a diverse and beautiful city!

Taylor Swift- Red Tour London

Taylor Swift rocks the O2!

So last night we went to watch Taylor Swift and her Red Tour perform live at London’s O2 arena.

The place was sold out and the atmosphere was amazing.

Firstly I have to give credit to The O2 for being very proactive in terms of the London tube strike – they emailed us to let us know alternative routes etc. and they displayed details in the actual arena via their advertising banners. Hats off to them!

Taylor Swift Red Tour
Red Tour poster

The warm up act was The Vamps who went down very well – especially with the younger female crowd. They were a great starting act and got the crowd dancing and ready for the main act to arrive.

Taylor came on promptly around 8pm and from then on we were entertained to the maximum with her amazing voice, incredible lyrics, great costumes, stage theatrics, videos and set.

The Red Tour was extremely well thought out with a little bit of something for everyone. Taylor sang some older famous songs such as ‘Love Story‘ and ‘Sparks Fly‘ and she also say songs off the aforementioned album including ‘Red‘ and ‘We are never getting back together.’

Taylor Swift Red Tour
Taylor Swift Red Tour

The staging was amazing with new backdrops for most songs including a carousal, wedding chapel, circus and much more.

Her backing dancers were energetic and interesting to watch but Taylor stole the show with her passion and enthusiasm plus she worked the crowd exceptionally well – flying across and over people at certain points and always including the people lucky enough to be standing right by the stage.

The surprise of the night was Taylor introducing Danny O’Donoghue from The Script on to stage where they gave a great duet of ‘Breakeven‘ to the most insane crowd yet! (Taylors words!)

The show ended with a massive standing ovation after Taylor sang her very famous recent hit ‘We are never getting back together‘ sporting an amazing red glittery jacket with red confetti falling from the rafters.

Taylor Swift Red Tour tickets
Red Tour tickets

News reports today mention that the previous nights show ended with someone coming on to the stage to hand Taylor a note (read more here) however nothing disrupted last nights show.

The Red Tour was quite simply amazing – passionate, emotive, lively, entertaining and it really gave Taylor Swift the opportunity to show people her personality and (if this is possible) cemented her even more in to the hearts of the people who had been there to see her!

Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland! A festive wonder!

So the festive season is over and Winter Wonderland has closed for another year 🙁

Visiting this amazing attraction situated in the largest park in London – Hyde Park – is a must do during Winter. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to go this year should make sure they add this to their list for next year!

The park itself is transformed in to the most gorgeous wintery experience, with wooden huts selling mulled wine, hot cider and hot chocolate, to rides lit up like beacons to the festive!

Skating at Winter Wonderland
Skating at Winter Wonderland

The park has a few major attractions – the main one being the enormous ice skating rink. If you want to visit the park to skate make sure you book early here once this years tickets are released.

The best thing about this attraction is that it is family friendly during the day with plenty to keep children occupied and adults a like and then when evening hits, Winter Wonderland fills up with adults enjoying the music, rides, food and drink – it really has something for everyone!

 

 

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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