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EXCLUSIVE GUIDED TOUR OF

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Till 2nd May 2016

Tour times: 17.30 and 18.00

 

 

In celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday this month, the palace is now offering an exclusive tour for Spring.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you will be taken on a tour through the splendour of the State Rooms and have the opportunity to see many of the famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection. The tour lasts two and a half hours.

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy an Exclusive Guided Tour of the State Rooms, when Buckingham Palace is not usually open to the public.

Your tour ends with a glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance. Included in the price of the ticket is a copy of the official guidebook and 20% discount in the Royal Collection Trust Shop on Buckingham Palace Road.

Tickets must be pre-booked. There is limited availability with a maximum number of 30 places on each tour.

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EASTER AFTERNOON TEA

Langham London

Till 28th March 2016

Seatings: 1pm; 3.15pm; 5.30pm 

The illustrious Langham hotel is where the tradition of afternoon tea started 150 years ago in 1865 and still lives on as the finest indulgence to be experienced in London.  Set in the grand Palm court  with magnificent high ceilings and quirky decorative mirrors, this extensive room has comfortable seating including lovely sofas to relax in and enjoy afternoon tea. The live pianist adds to delightful ambiance.

The Easter Afternoon Tea reflects the tradition of new beginnings associated with Easter egg and the much loved figurehead of The Easter Bunny. At the start of the tea, guests are presented with an amuse bouche of blanc mange with rhubarb compote to cleanse the palette.The sandwiches at the Langham are served eloquently from a lovely tray. Expect to see some quirky varieties such as Truffled duck egg brioche,Smoked salmon asparagus and rye, Cucumber, cream cheese, chives, Peppered beef pastrami and red Leicester coleslaw, Corn-fed chicken, golden sultana, carrot bread. Please do ask for more if you so desire.

A quirky take on the traditional scone here is a 'hot cross' scone which is truly delicious. Served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam served deliciously warm and are only brought out to you when you are ready. As these are small in size, do not hesitate to ask for more. The five exquisite pastries on offer for Easter are:

  1. The playful ‘Bunny See-Saw’- a soft, melt-in-the-mouth delight made with 64% chocolate mousseine, raspberry and pistachio finanicer.
  2. The ‘Chicken or the egg’ piece - features a playful design of cartoon chickens and eggs on a finger lemon tart.
  3. The Rabbits Warren served in a towering glass, representing the tunnel journey made by the Easter rabbit, served with Milk chocolate Chantilly 
  4. ‘Sunny Side Up’ -  a lively creation with a chocolate fried egg balanced atop two cascading Chocolate Easter eggs.
  5. 'Bunny Show Jumping’  -represents the three stages of show jumping, with three Easter bunny figurines amongst a white chocolate mousse and tropical jelly creation. 

The tea selection includes exclusive Langham Blends which have been selected with the utmost care and harvested to capture the natural aromas and flavours. All staff can guide you to pick the perfect blend. Try a different tea with for each course, sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. For those who enjoy black tea, try the Langham Blend without milk! Best had with the sandwiches, you will be pleasantly surprised. With the sweet treats the Silk Road blend, which is a Chinese silver needle white tea is a perfect accompaniment with very delicate flavours. The exquisite sweet treats created by Cherish Finden, the head pastry chef and her team demonstrate the time and effort taken to create intricate designs.

 

Horse drawn Tour of

London Xmas Light

Stanfords Travel Bookshop, Covent Garden

Tuesdays & Thursdays in December 2015

Times: 4.30pm; 5.30pm; 6.30pm. 7.30pm

 

 

 

Tour London aboard an authentic horse-drawn omnibus. Get in the Christmas spirit as you clip-clop past the hot-spots and take photos of all the sights as you explore London at a camera-friendly pace. Festive fun for all the family - no Scrooges allowed!

This magical evening tour will showcase the best of the city’s Christmas lights. Travelling in an authentic Victorian omnibus driven by three horses, see historic London come alive with the spirit of Christmas, as you drive past some of the most breath taking Christmas displays the city has to offer.

With indoor as well as rooftop seating, the Victorian omnibus is the perfect way to enjoy the vibrancy of the world’s greatest city, at the most wonderful time of the year. With the steady sound of horse-hooves in your ears, look around and enjoy the wonder of illuminated London at a leisurely pace; a fantastically festive treat for all the family.

The omnibus is driven by Tim Wood, who has been raising and training horses for over 25 years. Manned by coachmen in period dress, and pulled by Tim’s beautiful and much-loved horses, travel along streets packed with history which the guide will bring to vivid life.

Nearest Train Station: Charing Cross. Nearest Underground: Leicester Square

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE...BUT HURRY AS THERE IS LIMITED SEATING!

 

LIBERTY FASHION

FASHION & TEXTILE MUSEUM, LONDON SE1

Till 28 February 2016

 

The world famous Liberty store celebrates its 140th anniversary with a fabulous fashion exhibition exploring the iconic Liberty brand in fashion. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects which demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver to collaborations with Jean Muir, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. They range from an 1890s cape constructed from embroidered Chinese shawls, a 1930s Paul Poiret pink silk robe with embroidered neck, hem and sleeves as well as high profile contemporary collaborations including Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo and Nike.

The exhibition charts Liberty’s history as ‘the’ fashionable place to shop as well as its role as the source and originator of key trends in fashion history, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio take centre stage, as the internationally recognised leader in floral, patterned and paisley prints and dress fabrics.

At the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875, Liberty is celebrated throughout the world both as a department store and for its distinctive textile prints. Founded by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the store began on Regent Street in 1875 selling coloured silks and soon became one of ‘the’ shops in London, and Arthur Liberty’s clients and friends included Oscar Wilde. The Liberty dress department opened in 1884 and Liberty style soon became firmly associated with a unique ‘fashion’ look. Liberty continued to adapt to changing taste whilst maintaining its identity.

The Twenties and Thirties saw the development of the floral prints that are still associated with the company and were a mainstay of these decades. ‘Young Liberty’ was introduced in the 1950s, showcasing the best of new British and international design. A wave of young designers in the Sixties embraced Liberty fabrics and the textile design studio continued to produce up-to-date, innovative designs. Designers such as Mary Quant and Jean Muir contributed to the company’s key role in the fashion of the 1970s. Liberty continues to inspire fashion today as designers around the world feature the brand’s distinctive textiles. 

Exhibition structure - there are nine key sections:

1. The Introduction establishes the importance of the consumer to Liberty and the early history of Liberty and Co. from its beginnings as an Oriental Bazaar.

 2. A Dialogue With the East explores the circular movement of Liberty’s early inspiration in the styles and artefacts of the East and the fascination of Liberty for designers in the East

3. Artistic Dressing profiles the Liberty dress department, which encouraged women to dress ‘artistically’ and wear loose fitting, medieval inspired costumes, similar to those popularized by Pre-Raphaelite paintings. It was at this point that Liberty found a dedicated following amongst cultured upper and middle classes with an Aesthetic and historical style.

4. Fabric of Fashion details the range of Liberty fabrics – from wool, silk and tana lawn – in particular the legendary Liberty floral designs that increased in popularity during the 1920s and 1930s and which continue to be a mainstay of the company. 

5. High Style at Liberty shows how the store’s fabric and clothing in the 1950s reflected contemporary trends in fashion and design and why the company was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau revival.

6. Swinging Sixties will highlight not only how the traditional prints of Liberty are rediscovered and reinterpreted by a generation of young fashion designers but also a new spirit in the Liberty design studio that created a new series of iconic textile designs.

7. Seventies Nostalgia charts the era of nostalgia and ethnicity in fashion in which Liberty played a key role as both a textile wholesaler and fashion retailer.

8. Collaborations showcases the designers of fashion, accessories and textiles for whom Liberty fabrics provided a source of inspiration in the 1990s and 2000s

9. Liberty Today explores the ways in which the company continues to innovate in the design, retailing and promotion of a modern heritage brand. 

Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of Liberty in Fashion, said: 

“Liberty has occupied a unique place in British fashion.  Every garment in the exhibition has been carefully chosen to enable the Museum to represent the incredible range of textile designs created by the firm as well as to present an argument about why Liberty is always ‘in fashion’”. 

Celia Joicey, Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, said: 

“Liberty in Fashion is a celebration of one of Britain’s most imaginative stores, not only an internationally celebrated retailer but also a design studio and tastemaker.” 

Ed Burstell, Managing Director, Liberty London, said: 

“Liberty is one of the last great emporiums of its kind and I am thrilled that this exhibition is being organised by Zandra Rhodes and the Fashion and Textile Museum London, a museum which has pioneered displays on the relationship between fashion, fabric design and innovative British retailing.”  

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valrhona Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Cliveden House

TAPLOW, BERKSHIRE

 

Cliveden is a majestic stately home in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. It has been entertaining guests for the past 350 years, including royalty, politicians and celebrities. It has just been awarded ‘Best Hotel in England’ by the AA.

Afternon tea is served in the Great Hall which is steeped in history. The wood panelled room with rich, bright coloured furnishings has many historic features and artefacts which can be admired whilst sipping your tea.

Three colossal tapestries adorn the main wall, the stone chimney place at the far end dates back to the 15th century and magnificent oil paintings of past owners are placed around the property. Imagine Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin have both been in this very same room.

Valrhona is a french premium chocolate used exclusively in high-end establishments and Head Pasty Chef Tracey Stewart has created some amazing delights for this bespoke afternoon tea. The three tier silver tea stand is brought to the table with the scones nice and warm! Best to start with these crisp scones served with homemade jam and Devonshire clotted cream. A lovely range of freshly made sandwiches with a few extra savoury treats.

Chocolate heaven is a delightful collection of six treats ranging from milk, white to dark, I would recommend save the dark ones to last as it has the deeper, richer flavours. Chocolate roulade is a swiss roll with a crispy surface and gold sprinkles, white chocolate raspberry tartlet was deliciously crisp, white chocolate cheesecake was my favourite, with a fine crisp base and a white chocolate truffle on top, yum! For the dark collection, the two layered jaffa cakes was quirky, a mint chocolate tartlet which has a very smooth texture again with a crisp base and finally a rich tiramisu cup. The sizes of all these treats are larger than average and by all means do get these packed if you cannot manage to indulge in them at your sitting.

Being a part of the National Trust, a minimal contribution is applied to the final bill. This can be appreciated when a walk is taken in the formal gardens and grounds of the 376 acre beautifully maintained Cliveden estate. Best to have a ‘long’ stroll around after the marvellous indulgence of the Valrhona tea!

Enjoy Chocolate Week at the Besh hotel in England having the best Chocolate Afternoon Tea!

You Deserve it!

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THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL

Drawing the world

GRANARY SQUARE, KINGS CROSS

Sunday 11th October 2015

11am - 4pm

 

The Big Draw Festival is an international drawing festival that takes places every year from 1-31 October. Launched in 2000, The Big Draw has encouraged over a million people back to the drawing board and has notched up two world records. The 2014 Big Draw involved 26 countries, with 414,000 people attending over 1800 events by 1000+ organisers.

Drawing the World is a free event and highlight of The Big Draw Festival, will take over Granary Square at King’s Cross. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in with a day of creative activities.

 

Drawing the World is a partnership event between The Big Draw, University of the Arts London (UAL), and House of Illustration, joining together to promote the vital role of creativity in education, society and everyday life.

Visitors can choose from a programme of workshops created to become an artist, architect, fashion illustrator, print-maker, or urban sketcher for the day. Activities on offer include:

  • Watch 30 UAL postgraduate students produce an epic drawing of the world in a performance directed by a drone and mobile phones

  • Trace the universe’s first 14 billion years on a Mythical Drawing Trail with Global Generation, and discover their unique Skip Garden

  • Discover 3-D drawing; try experimental map-making

  • Ready Steady Colour a take-away pizza with ketchup ‘paint’ and salt ‘n pepper glitter 

  • Sketch the changing urban scene from viewing platforms, map its history on a giant timeline and design emoji for King’s Cross

  • Complete a walk-and-draw map while discovering even more of King’s Cross

Drawing the World is one of hundreds of activities taking place as part of the annual Big Draw Festival, encouraging people of all ages to connect with museums, galleries, parks, artists, designers and illustrators across the world through drawing. Find out more.

 

Big Draw President Sue Grayson Ford said: Drawing the World will be an epic celebration of creativity."

 

The Big Draw is a charity, established in 2000, that changes lives across the world through helping people to express themselves through the universal language of drawing. Its patrons include: Sir Quentin Blake, Lord Foster, David Hockney OM CH RA, Andrew Marr, Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, Gerald Scarfe OBE, Posy Simmonds MBE, Bob and Roberta Smith RA.

 

A fun free event for the whole family. Come and discover the artist within.

WILD FOOD WEEK 

BROWNS HOTEL, MAYFAIR

Till 4th October 2015

 

Autumn’s the time to pick, forage, eat and celebrate all the wondrous wild food and great fresh produce Britain has to offer – and this year, no one will celebrate in quite as grand a style as Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair.

Throughout the week the exclusive restaurant HIX will Go Wild with an exotic six-course wild food tasting menu, that includes Yorkshire Dales wild rabbit, yellow chanterelle and cobnut salad, and an Elderberry buttermilk pudding.

In the revered English Tea Room, an innovative Wild Afternoon Tea will be served – the highlight of which is Wild Dumfriesshire duck on toast with billberries and wood sorrel. 

Not to be outdone, The Spa at Brown’s will be going wild too. Those looking to relax, and get back to nature while they’re doing it, can enjoy the ‘Hedge’toes pedicure’ or the ‘Skin Food Facial’, and guests of the hotel will enjoy discovering different wild flowers in their rooms at turndown.     

Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.

To make an enquiry or for further details, click here.

 

GODIVA

CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE 

Expires 30th September 2015

Live Final in London on 13th October 2015

 

Godiva, the luxury Belgian chocolatier is hosting the Godiva Chocolate Challenge, a fabulous contest any aspiring chef should enter! Now in its second year, this ‘Bake Off’ style contest allows entrants from the public to compete to produce a chocolate based dish.

The Godiva Challenge is in association with Breast Cancer Now and coincides with the launch of Godiva’s latest collection, Mousse Meringue, where 10% of all sales in the UK will be donated to the this charity.Tying in with the theme, all competition recipes will have to include chocolate, meringue … and a touch of pink.

Entrants are invited to apply online by 30 September and four finalists will present their mouth-watering recipes at a prestige kitchen-design showroom in the evening on October 13 to coincide with National Chocolate Week.

The finalists will cook for a top judging panel of:

  • William Sitwell  - writer and MasterChef food critic
  • Mark Hix - leading British restaurateur
  • Jean Apostolou - Godiva’s head chocolatier
  • Gizzi Erskine - best selling author, food writer & pop-up chef

The winning dessert will also be served in Mark Hix’s Soho restaurant, a great honour for the finalist!

All four finalists will enjoy a 5-star weekend trip to Brussels, while the overall winner will also visit Godiva’s Atelier of Chocolate Innovation.

Entrants must invent a recipe for a chocolate dessert and submit this electronically to Godiva along with a completed entry form, with details of their first name, surname and email address, a large photo of the finished dish in landscape format and full recipe details (including title of recipe, preparation time, cooking time, number of servings, ingredients and their quantities and complete recipe method.

ENTER HERE

 

For the first 200 entries Godiva will also donate £5 for each to Breast Cancer Now as part of their support for the charity.

So get inspired, send in your entry and help support Breast Cancer Now all at the same time!

YOU COULD BE OFF TO BRUSSELS!

GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Winning entry 2014 - A conference of Chocolate
Finalist in the kitchen
World's best chocolate - Godiva!

 

JAPAN MATSURI

Trafalgar Square

Saturday 19th September 2015

10am - 8pm 

 

Japan Matsuri (festival) is an annual free event celebrating Japanese culture. This festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family.

2015 celebrates 150 years of friendship between London and Japan and the story of the Satsuma Students from Kagoshima who 150 years ago secretly left Satsuma for the UK to embark on a period of study in London. They were intrepid pioneers and paved the way for friendly relations to exist between the two countries.

A fantastic family fun day with traditional Japanese games and opportunities to learn the secrets of Origami and Japanese Calligraphy as well as your chance to be a manga (Japanese cartoon) artist and display your masterpiece in front of the National Gallery. You can even dress in a kimono. There will be plenty of Japanese festival food from the numerous stalls to try out.

 

There will be two stages and plenty to see all day with an exciting programme of martial arts, the thrilling sounds of taiko drumming, festival dance and this year’s special Japan Matsuri Song IBUKI (Breath) & Music video production with Naomi Suzuki. She is the most well-known Japanese singer in the UK and has been the host of Japan Matsuri since the first event 7 years ago.

 

Special appearances from a number of acts from Japan including:

 

 

  • Izaku Taiko Odori (Izaku Drum Dancers) - from Kagoshima perform a traditional victorious dance dating from 1406 with the dancers closely resembling warriors of the time. Each drum dancer wears a banner of bamboo and paper, 2.5 m tall, strapped to his back, is adorned with the black tail feathers of the Satsuma rooster and beats a drum fixed to his chest. Each outfit weighs nearly 20 kilos.

  • Satsuma Kenshi Hayato -  is a samurai character from Kagoshima. He is strong and compassionate, a lover of Kagoshima’s beautiful landscape, traditions and food. His sword has no lethal blade and he defeats his enemies through mutual understanding and a meeting of minds. He is joined on his first trip out of Asia by Yassembo, the mischievous fox spirit, who is always looking to misbehave and ways to trick our Satsuma hero.

  • Joji Hirota & London Taiko Drummers - a highly regarded and well established group.They have performed at worldwide concerts and international festival including WOMAD. They were the opening act for the Live Earth concert at Wembley.

 

Experience Japan in the heart of London!

Some Japanese to try out at Japan Matsuri:

Konichiwa - Hello

Yoiichinichiwo - Have a nice day!

Sayonara - Bye

Tanoshimimasu - Enjoy!

 

BBC PROMS IN THE PARK

Hyde Park

Saturday 12th September 2015

Doors open 3pm. Entertainment 5pm – 10.30pm

 

Now in its 20th Year,  BBC Proms in the Park is Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event. It is the grand finale of two months of world-class music-making at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, who says: “I’m looking forward to it. I just love the atmosphere, the 40,000 people cheering. It’s just a fantastic, wonderful evening!”

The grand stage will be headlined by The Jacksons one of the world’s best-loved bands with a career spanning for more than 40 years. Originally led by Michael Jackson, the band’s founding members Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson now perform around the world in tribute to their brother. The stars of disco and soul sang some of the biggest hits to come out of the 1970s and 1980s, including Blame It On The Boogie, ABC, I’ll Be There and Can You Feel It. There live set will get everyone dancing!

The other acts:

  • Tenor Russell Watson

  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom

  • Soprano Danielle de Niese will bring The Sound of Music to the crowds, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

  • BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe

  • Royal Choral Society

  • Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack

  • American band The Mavericks

  • Violinist David Garrett

  • Cast of the hit musical Memphis, led by Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle

BBC Radio 2 presenters Tony Blackburn & Ken Bruce will be getting the party started from 5.30pm.

The Last night of the Proms links up live with Parks across the UK as the four nations enjoy the magic  together with special joined-up moments, singing together, with all locations having their moment in the spotlight.

In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra returns for a night of music-making at the Titanic Slipways, Belfast.

In Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra take the magic of the Last Night to Glasgow Green, for a glorious night of music on the banks of the Clyde.

In Wales, Proms in the Park will be held at Singleton Park, Swansea, with an evening of celebrations with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

"The BBC Proms is all about bringing great music to the widest possible audience - and with a fantastic range of artists lined up, both at the Royal Albert Hall and in the Parks, we hope that the whole of the UK will get in the party spirit on the Last Night of the Proms!"

Proms in the Park in Hyde Park will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

Bring your picnic and get comfy on the grounds at Hyde Park.

Expect five hours of non-stop entertainment. The last summer event of the year.

Make sure to wait till the end for the grand fireworks display!

See you there!

Tickets cost £39 - Buy them here

The Jacksons

 

The ZEE London Mela

Gunnersbury Park W3

Sunday 6th September 2015

1pm – 9pm

 

Europe’s biggest Mela is back in London for the 13th year. With a new sponsor – Zee TV - expect a bigger, grander affair which will also include a spectacular fireworks display as a finale! Held at Gunnersbury Park is one of the largest green spaces in West London.

"Mela" is a Sanskrit word used to describe a large gathering of people celebrating a festival in this case a celebration of South Asian culture. There will be 9 different zones. Expect lots of music ranging from Bollywood, urban to classical, dance, food, activities, fashion and outdoor arts and a huge funfair.

There will be two stages at the event the Main Stage will feature the likes of Bollywood sensation Benny Dayal, Imran Khan, Arjun, Mumzy Stranger and Raghav and the BBC Asian  Network stage will have a fantastic line-up of the freshest UK and international music talent - Zack Knight, Sama Blake, Jernade Miah and Coldfever.

One of the world’s leading creators of outdoor spectacle, Transe Express, will be presenting their award winning show Mobille Homme, collaborating with East London’s Dhol Academy

The ZEE London Mela Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra says: "As the largest event of its kind in Europe, in one of the world’s most diverse cities, the ZEE London Mela celebrates diversity, culture and creativity like no other festival. We are proud of our relationship with our artists, our sponsors and how each year we raise the expectations of our audience.”

This year this event will be an affordable ticketed event as funds are raised for the victims of the devastating Nepal earthquakes. Get your tickets here or on the door, but remember it will be ‘Cash Only.’

The nearest underground station to Gunnersbury Park is Acton Town.  Termed the Asian Glastonbury, this event is supported by the Mayor of London and there will be approximately 100,000 peeps.

A great day out for the whole family to enjoy!

TALL Ships Festival

Royal Greenwich & Woolwich

Thursday 27th - Monday 31st August 2015

 

The Tall Ships return to the quirky borough of Greenwich this week. See a total of 15 traditional ships in all their glory and also board them either just to view or for a ride along the Thames.  There will also be a fantastic free fireworks display every evening and a host of family-friendly entertainment.

One of the main highlights will be a free day of festivities on Saturday 29 August at the Royal Arsenal and in Woolwich Town Centre and General Gordon Square.

People have the chance to pre book to board the vessels for free as they’re moored along the riverfront and there’ll be live music, traditional funfair rides, a vintage car show, family entertainment and a host of food stalls and licensed bars and nautical movies on the Big Screen.

Councillor Miranda Williams, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Culture and Creative Industries said:

“It’ll be wonderful to see the Tall Ships once again come back ‘home’ to the Royal Borough and I urge as many people as possible to get out and experience the festivities on offer – make sure you don’t miss out, there’s something for all the family.”

Most of theTall Ships will be moored in Woolwich with two of the largest and best known vessels – the Dar Mlodziezy and Santa Maria Manuela being moored at Tall Ships Island, in the river at Maritime Greenwich.

Last year over a million visitors visited Greenwich for this event so expect it to be busy and if you are keen to go on the ships best to book tickets.  You can also book cruises on the Tall Ships with Sail Royal Greenwich

All of the Tall Ships are due to set off in a spectacular parade of sail at 2:00pm on Monday 31 August from off Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich, sailing majestically down the river and out to sea – a sight not to be missed.

All details of the tall ships event can be found here. And you can also Track all the Tall Ships arriving by just searching their name.

A fabulous free event for the whole family to enjoy!

Nantucket

BEACH CLUB

Skylounge Bar, DoubleTree Hilton

Till 30th September 2015

A fabulous quirky pop-up for the Summer in the heart of the City with spectacular views of Tower Bridge, the Walkie Talkie and other City sites. This rooftop bar is part of the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Tower Hill on the 12th floor. The closest rooftop bar to the iconic Tower Bridge which provides great picture opportunities so don't forget your camera!

Plenty of outside seating on both the north and south terraces and lots of cosy seating inside the bar. There is a no booking policy and open from 11am every day till late night. A fabulous place to come and chill out and admire the views. Quieter during the day and a busy City crowd in the evenings when you can expect to queue downstairs before gaining access, especially if the weather is good.

 

Enjoy the sunshine with some beachside cocktails and quirky seafood dishes with flavours from the East Coast. If you love lobster, definitely try the lobster mac & cheese, which is delicious! Other seafood dishes are Rhode Island spicy crispy calamari, clam chowder and not forgetting the vegetarians there are fried courgettes with panko breadcrumbs and traditional corn on the cob. Fun bar snacks of a salt and vinegar flavour, chips and fishy which are even in the shape of a fish!

Cocktails to try are the Cape Coddler Ale which has vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale, great combo! If you like slushies there are plenty of flavours to choose from with a dose of vodka in them.

Skylounge has one of the largest outdoor roof terraces in London and the north side has been completely transformed into an island retreat, look out of the lighthouse, swing bench and other traditional seaside quirks and games.

There is a VIP gazebo area available for private hire.

Open till late every night make sure to visit!

 

Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrate Afternoon Tea week next week...

Anomalous London has these amazing offers to share with you!

Sample the delights of afternoon tea or learn to bake cupcakes or buy some personalised gifts. Lots on offer this week so treat yourself or someone special.

 

20% discount on a great selection of afternoon teas and some special offers saving you up to 60%. Take your pick.

 

Use the Discount Code TEA2 which is applied also on Special offers.

 

Discount code is valid from 10-16 August 2015 and the vouchers are valid for 10 months.

 

Enjoy and please do share what you do on Twitter or Facebook

 

The tradition of Afternoon Tea dates back to 1865 when Queen Victoria's lady-in-waiting, Anna Maria (the 7th Duchess of Bedford) discovered having a mid-afternoon snack of bread & pastries was immensley satisfying.

150 years on we all still seem to agree!

 

RIDE

LONDON

Saturday 1st August 2015 - 9am to 4pm

Cycle past London’s iconic landmarks on traffic-free roads for one day only! Don’t miss it.

Now in its third year, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class weekend cycling festival, developed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London and London & Partners sponsored by Prudential. It helps to promote cycling and encourage more people to cycle safely and more often. The festival combines the fun of a free family ride through central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists. Amateurs and professional cyclists will ride on the same closed roads passing some of the Capital’s most iconic landmarks. Ride round the route as many times as you like.

Last year, nearly 70,000 got on their bikes during the weekend, and this year the festival of cycling is expected to see more than 95,000 people taking to two wheels. There will be music and entertainment along the route and six Festival Zones, at Green Park, St Paul’s Churchyard, Guildhall Yard, Leadenhall Market, Aldwych and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, all offering a wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities including among other things: big screens, bike polo matches, bike building, pedal-powered Scalextric and a world record attempt by a team of stunt riders in Green Park.

A number of road closures, essential to the operation of the event, will be in place on Saturday 1 August in the City of London, the City of Westminster and the southern part of the borough of Camden. Roads will be closed from 06:00 until around 18:00. Waterloo Bridge will be closed, however all other London river crossings will remain open.

The route will feature many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Bank of England in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Fun day out for the whole family...dont forget to take your camera!

Summer in the Square

Grosvenor Square, W1

Till Sunday 26 July 

11am - 8pm

 

Summer in the Square returns for its fourth year. London's second largest garden square is transformed into an urban retreat and a relaxing haven. There is a lot of free entertainment from games, theatre, art and music to suit all age groups. Yoga, Zumba and meditation in The Nook or table tennis in the shadow of Franklin Roosevelt, enjoy the British Summer outdoors.

Now that the kids are on holiday, the oversized games area would be ideal for them and adults alike.

Refreshments will be available from three different venues, Cubitt House, Marriott Grosvenor Square which will be serving specific picnic treats from pies and cakes to strawberries and pimms, including picnic blankets and deck charis and The Running Horse which will have their famous salads.

  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
  • 11AM - Games and cafes open
  • 12-2pm - Lunchtime performances
  • 6-8pm - Evening performances
  • 8pm - Events and games close

 

If your phone requires charging then please do use the exercise bikes provided by the Great Outdoor Gym company.... yes the quirky bikes will charge your phone or tablet whilst you exercise!

 

Cocktails in the City

Bedford Square Garden, WC1

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th July

12pm-8pm

 

Following a sell-out event last year, Cocktails In The City is back for an al fresco two-day festival of cocktails. Taking residence in London’s Bedford Square Gardens, twenty five of London’s most exciting bars gather beneath the green canopies of London’s largest private Georgian Gardens for a weekend-long celebration of the city’s unique and diverse drinking scene.

For this cocktail weekender, an eclectic array of London’s finest bars will set up shop, pop-up style from exclusive institutions to elusive speakeasies and brand new haunts, each bar will be vying for the limelight, offering unique tastings, interactive demonstrations, games and entertainment.

Cocktails In The City is the only place where London’s diverse bar culture can be enjoyed in one place, no taxi’s and no tubes!

Produced by one of London’s most exciting events companies B&H Group, guests are greeted with an immersive and interactive experience.  From champagne cocktails, rum sours and espresso martinis with a twist to beer cocktails and slushies, expect to sample incredible cocktails from London’s top bars, taste unusual and rare ingredients, lend a hand to the world’s finest barmen in interactive masterclasses and watch talented mixologists put their personal twists on new summer creations.

Entertainment includes talks on healthier cocktails, drinks for the morning after the night before and how to drink like a local when travelling through Central and South America. All sessions are complimentary.

Some of London’s best street-food concepts are on board to provide tasty sustenance and a roster of live music and DJs will provide a festive backdrop.  Pulled pork heroes The Joint will be on hand to serves some succulent summer eats, or head to the boozy gelato bar for some alcohol-flavoured sorbets and ice creams for something sweet.

For any cocktail fan this is cocktail weekender is going to be a blast!

 

Confirmed Bars & Brands:

  • The Rivoli Bar at the Ritz & Perrier-Jouët Champagne
  • Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar Knightsbridge & The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
  • The Cocktail Trading Co. & Chambord
  • Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar & Aperol
  • The Alchemist & Gentleman Jack London
  • Cocktail Club & Jack Daniel’s Old No.7
  • Coq D’Argent & U’Luvka Vodka
  • Bull in a China Shop & Nikka Whisky
  • Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club London & Campari
  • Mr Fogg’s & Disaronno

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE
Tickets are £15 and include one cocktail, multiple complimentary experiences and cocktail booklet.

 

Wimbledon  -The Championships

29th June – 12th July 2015

The infamous Tennis tournament held at The All England Club, Wimbledon starts today. Known as The Wimbledon Championships or simply Wimbledon, and by the players as ‘Wimby,’ sees 128 men and 128 women starting. This highly prestigious championship sees the top players from around the world take part for the precious Wimbledon champion award and a big prize money sum

To celebrate Wimbledon, various venues around London are getting into the sporting spirit and offering outdoor screenings of the matches. With the heatwave this week it would be nice to sit outdoors and enjoy the matches instead of in stuffy rooms indoors!

Anomalous London’s picks are:

Coq D’Argent

City of London

Will be screening the Wimbledon tennis matches in their upper terrace in the heart of the City of London. Sponsored by Moet and with two big screens available to view the games.

Celebrate in style with cocktails, Moet Champagne and delicious quirky themed desserts such as Macaron framboise, eau de rose, chocolat blanc, Raspberry, rose water and white chocolate macaroon, La fraise - English strawberries, Madagascar vanilla chantilly, mint meringue and Strawberry Centre Court – Strawberries and cream in a mint sponge! Various ace cocktails will also be served:

 

The Wimbledon: Moet chandon champagne, Solerno, Glenmorangie 10yr old, Angostura

Murray`s Fashion: Glenmorangie 10yr old, Viriana China China, aromatic bitters

The Centre Court: Aperol, Gin, strawberries and soda water

Top Spin: Belvedere Vodka, pink grapefruit juice, Kummel, lemon juice and maple syrup

Game Set Match: Glenmorangie 10, vanilla tea, orange & thyme syrup, grapefruit & orange juice dash of orange bitters

Match Point: Belvedere vodka, hibiscus liquor, saffron & vanilla syrup, lemon juice, rhubarb bitters

Holborn Dining Room

Rosewood London, Holborn

The peaceful courtyard terrace is the perfect place to kick off the Wimbledon season and watch your favourite tennis players as they take to the courts. Sip away the afternoon and evening with one of Holborn Dining Room’s Wimbledon-themed cocktails:  Break Point (served in a tennis ball) Cucumber infused Stolichnaya Elit Vodka, Fresh Cucumber juice, Lanson white label champagne, fresh lime and Golden Set: Beefeater London dry gin, Campari, Fresh cranberry juice, with Lanson white label en magnum. Enjoy these with the luxury of oysters and charcuterie whilst watching the tennis on an outdoor screen.  The Courtyard Terrace is open from 7am – 11:30pm and bookings are available for lunch only.

The Churchill Bar

Hyatt Regency The Churchill, Portman Square

The Terrace area will be transformed with rambling roses, hydrangeas, artificial grass, Champagne Lanson’s Wimbledon tennis decorations and a large television screen with a special Lanson Wimbledon Hamper on offer. This will include a bottle of Champagne Lanson, warm scones with homemade jams and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and strawberries and cream. Lanson are the Official Champagne Supplier Wimbledon. Available from 12:00pm to 11:00pm daily.

 

The Boodles

Stoke Park Club, Buckinghamshire

Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th June 2015

 

As the tennis season is underway here in London with Wimbeldon around the corner, The Boodles is a great preparation for the elite players on immaculate grass courts at Stoke Park, the spectacular golf, hotel, spa resort just outside London. Now in its 14th year, held just a week before Wimbeldon, at The Boodles expect to see some exciting tennis action in unique, intimate surroundings. Limited capacity allows  the 1,730 visitors to get upclose to the action and get to see their star players close up. 

The Boodles plays host to some of the world’s most exciting players for 5 days of competition. Players confirmed for The Boodles 2015 are: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet and marathon man John Isner as well as exciting young guns Jack Sock, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alexander Zverev. The Boodles guests will also be treated to a special appearance from Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanesevic taking on former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Cedric Pioline.

Infamous for the quirky English garden party atmosphere, this unique location will provide a notable experience with impressive luxury in the sublime grounds of Stoke Park. Champagne, gourmet lunches, provided by the very talented in-house chef Chris Wheeler and lots more on offer. A great experience for any tennis fan.

 
Book your tickets here
Do mention you read about it on Anomalous London.

 

 

MADHATTERS

Afternoon Tea

The Montagu at Hyatt Regency – The Churchill

Until 8th September 2015 1pm-5pm Mon-Fri; 3.30-5.30pm Sat and Sun

 

Its 150th Anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll and The Montagu is “off their heads” in Mad Hatter style as they offer guests a magnificent experience in their restaurant overlooking Portman square garden. This week is also Royal Ascot and the venue is decorated with more than 20 outstanding hats from Lomax & Skinner.

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea filled with “curiouser and curiouser” treats, includes many “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” options.  The “Cheeky Cheshire Cat” a strawberry chocolate cream mousse was a favourite as was the “Mad Hatter’s” vanilla and strawberry hat with a quirky green colour. The unique names given to all the options are taken from the Alice’s story and are all very fresh and tasty.

The savoury options are just as adventurous starting with a mock turtle gazpacho soup served from a teapot! The “Rabbit Hole” ham hock-tomato cones very surprisingly tasty as were the, “We’re All Mad Here” swirly salmon rolls.

A definite must have addition to the tea is a bespoke “Drink Me” “Eat Me” cocktail created by the talented team at The Churchill Bar & Terrace. Taking inspiration from Alice the cocktail incorporates a double shot of gin, custard-like vanilla, cherry liquer, pineapple juice, red grenadine and buttered toast pineapple foam. Accompanied with a quirky “Eat me” pocket watch and a toffee cherry” this potent cocktail is served in a quirky glass and is very, very tasty!

Those unable to finish all of their tasty treats will be welcome to take them home as The Montague has perfect packaging for them.

Once a week, one lucky guest has a chance to win The Montagu’s Saturday New York Italian Style Brunch for two and once a month the chance to win an ‘Explore London’ overnight stay if they find a small golden key hidden in their tea set!

 

This is a fun afternoon tea for the whole family!

To make your booking call the hotel on 0200 7299 2037

Do mention you read about it here.

 

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SOHO FOOD FEAST

St Anns Churchyard Gardens, SOHO, London

 Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th June 2015 12pm - 6pm

 

 

The Soho Food Feast is a fundraising event  based in and around Soho which raises money for Soho Parish primary, a school of 149 children located in the heart of Soho. This year there is an incredible line up of both new and established restaurants including: K

Kitty Fishers, Barrafina, Dean Street Townhouse, Hix, Smoking Goat, Quo Vadis, Blacklock, Kopapa, Mele e Perre, Koya Bar, Holborn Dining Room and Ducksoup.

 

Set up five years ago by Margot Henderson (of Rochelle Canteen) and Anita Moir (the school cook at Soho Parish), the feast has grown from a small school fundraiser to a unique and exciting event for families, local residents and foodies.

 

On each day there will be up to 30 restaurants cooking. The menu so far includes:

crisp pigs head from Arbutus, gelato from Gelupo, ox heart buns from Trullo, and 'Dead Hippie' and halloumi mushroom sliders from Meatliquor.

The French House will be running the bar, other drinks on offer will include Pizza Pilgrim’s sohocello, The Travelling Gin co. G&Ts, and Ceviche’s pisco sours.

 

Cooking demonstrations, Raffle prizes, Kids activities....a great day out whilst helping a good cause!

 

Tickets are now on sale via the website www.sohofoodfeast.co.uk.

 

STAR WARS

 Madame Tussauds 

Baker Street

 8.30am – 8pm – Extended opening times during half term!

 

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a new multi-million pound experience created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm. The unique, immersive experience brings to life some of film’s most powerful moments featuring extraordinarily life-like wax figures in authentic walk-in sets. Fans can star alongside their favourite heroes and villains of the Star Wars Universe, with dynamic special effects and dramatic theming adding to the immersion as they encounter 16 characters in 11 separate sets.

 

The attraction takes the Madame Tussauds experience to a whole new level with an experience that is about much more than the wax figures. Guests become truly immersed in the films as they step right into Yoda's swamp as Luke Skywalker did in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back or feel the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

 

This new experience spans two floors in an entire new area and covers a galaxy of locations from the swamps of Dagobah and Jabba’s Throne Room to the flight deck of the Millennium Falcon. Fans can come face-to-face with sinister Stormtroopers; witness Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader on the Death Star; feel the Force alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn when they take on Darth Maul on Naboo; join the captive Princess Leia and the evil Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room; and hang out with Han Solo in the cantina before stepping onto the Millennium Falcon with the legendary Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca.  

 

"May The Force Be With You!"

Mustafar with Anakin Skywalker 2

Iconic Yoda

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KEY FACTS of the STAR WARS Exhibition

 

  •  It took 12 months to create the experience and bring to life 11 authentic sets with dramatic special effects and dynamic theming, featuring 16 famous Star Wars characters
  • A team of 180 talented Madame Tussauds sculptors, hair artists and colourists worked hard to create the wax figures featured in the attraction
  •  Every hair on each wax figure was inserted by hand – from Yoda’s fine grey wisps to Chewbacca’s mass of brown Wookiee hair – with an average of 10,000 hairs per head
  •  Amazingly accurate skin colour for each character was achieved using oil paint
  • The total cost of producing the wax figures alone was £2.5 million
  • The smallest wax figures in the experience are Master Yoda and Salacious B. Crumb
    •  Yoda stands at just 66cm tall and his figure was created using detailed measurements from one of the original Yoda models
    • Jabba the Hutt’s court jester, Salacious B. Crumb, is marginally smaller at a diminutive 41.2cm tall and his distinctive ears are 14cm long
  • The largest figure is Jabba the Hutt. 1.5 tonnes of clay was used to create the figure, which measures 2.9m long, 1.5m high and weighs in at a whopping 35 stone   
  • The hairiest figure is 2m tall Chewbacca. It took nearly 1000 hours for a team of 10 expert hair inserters to create his head to toe Wookiee hair in painstakingly accurate detail using real yak hair
  • The largest scale set is the Duel of the Fates scene featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in their epic lightsaber battle with Darth Maul.
  • The biggest set is Jabba’s Throne Room featuring the massive gangster with Princess Leia and Salacious B. Crumb.
  • The most atmospheric set is Yoda’s harsh swampy home on Dagobah which features astonishingly realistic fake trees, swamp foliage and fog.

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BEYOND BOLLYWOOD 

London Palladium

8th May - 27th June 12th2015 

 

Beyond Bollywood is a colourful dance extravaganza celebrating the history and resonance of Indian arts. Featuring hundreds of sumptuous costumes and a company of 42, Beyond Bollywood will take audiences on a truly authentic cultural tour of India.

 

With strong emphasis on Indian Classical folk dance, Beyond Bollywood is a true exploration of Indian culture and tradition. Showcasing the diverse dance styles that span the continent and still hold great value and importance in India, the traditional folk dances Bihu, Garba, Kathak, Lezim, Bhangra and Kalbelia all feature in this epic production, performed by award-winning classical Indian and Bollywood dancers.

 

Witness the colour, energy and sheer exuberance of Bollywood as a new musical explodes onto the West End stage this May direct from sell out performances in Mumbai. Beyond Bollywood takes audiences on a truly authentic cultural tour of India capturing the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance.

How far would you go to bring a dream to life? Crossing oceans, risking all and sacrificing true love, Beyond Bollywood is not just a show; it is a monsoon of emotion that brings the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance direct to the heart of London.

 

The original score ‘Namaste India’ by Salim-Sulaiman the famous Merchant brothers, the very best of Bollywood’s creative talent, reflects India’s rich and evocative musical history and features live musicians performing traditional tracks using Indian instruments such as the dhol, pakhawaj, tabla, and sitar alongside recorded tracks.

 

Beyond Love, Beyond Passion: this is Beyond Bollywood.

 

 

WIN TICKETS FOR THIS SPECTACULAR SHOW... SEE BELOW! 

 

Bank Holiday Weekend

CANAL CAVALCADE 

 

LITTLE VENICE

 

SATURDAY 2nd MAY- MONDAY 4th MAY 2015

 

 

CANALWAY CAVALCADE, a major event organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers for over 30 years and situated at the junction of Regent’s and Grand Union Canals at Little Venice, near Paddington.

 

There will be over 150 boats with some having travelled hundreds of miles to be there. The programme includes a wide range of activities for all the family, from floating events and competitions, guided walks, boat trips by various operators, Morris Dancers, food stalls and a licensed bar, a trade and craft show, music of all kinds, theatre and puppets on the barge. Children’s activities range from kayaking to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Punch & Judy show.

 

There will be a themed pageant of decorated boats, a procession of illuminated boats and a parade of historic and working craft. This event combines a boaters’ gathering with a trade show. A wide diversity of boats is always represented, including historic canal working boats, holiday and residential narrowboats and cruisers, with the occasional Dutch barge.

 

The Inland Waterways Association is a registered charity, founded in 1946, which advocates the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit. The Canal Cavalcade is a fun day out for the whole family so don’t miss out. Sunday evening also has a special illuminated procession and live music from 8.30pm. Take your camera! 

 

Admission is Free.

Royally Rich Afternoon Tea Cruise

Departure point - Tower Pier

Cruise Days - 20th, 21st and 28th April 2015 only 

 

Arranged by City Cruises, who specialise in sightseeing and entertainment services, this unique Royally Rich afternoon Tea cruise has two commissioned royal photographers, Ian Pelham Turner and Helena Chard, who have worked with four generations of the royal family, will enlighten you on behind the scenes with the royals! Ian was instantly famous for the picture he took of Prince Williams first Christmas in 1982, which won him many awards.

 

In great timing with the new Royal Baby arrival shortly, this is your opportunity to gain inside knowledge about the royal family and maybe even ask a particular question which Ian and Helena might answer! Images from their archives are on display on-board the boat and guests can peruse as they wish.

 

A quirky, afternoon tea experience which includes the famous Battenberg cake. This cake has a royal connection which many are unaware of. It was named in honour of the marriage of Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria’s favourite grand-daughter, when she got married to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. The four squares of the cake represent the four principalities of the town Battenberg in central Germany.

 

A Royal trivia quiz also forms part of this experience where the expert duo will test your knowledge on the royals and share some quirks from their experiences. Like which Prince really wanted to be a detective? And which Royal has a cowboy heritage? (sshhhhhh….both answers are Prince William ;))

 

All this royal extravaganza with amazing views of London’s landmarks from the river, will make this a fabulous dayout.The cruises leave at 3.30pm (boarding at 3.15pm) from Tower Pier and returns to Tower pier at 5pm.

 

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To make a booking click here.

 

SHAUN IN THE CITY

Free Arts Trail around London 

Till 25th May 2015

 

First we had elephants, then Book benches and Buses now we have Sheep! The Shaun in the City trail organized by the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is perfect timing for Easter in the City and will be a fabulous experience for both the young and mature. Shaun the Sheep made his debut in 1995 in the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit short film, 'A Close Shave.' Since then he’s gone on to become a global superstar with his show on TV in 170 territories. His first feature length movie hit cinemas in February 2015, to rave reviews. Shaun was recently voted the nation’s best loved BBC children’s character of all time in a survey by the Radio Times.

 

London welcomes the flock of 50 giant 5 ft sculptures which have been designed by high profile artists, designers and celebrities including David Gandy, Zandra Rhodes and Cath Kidston.Creator of Shaun the Sheep, Nick Park CBE said: “It’s been a busy year for Shaun, he has just launched his first movie and now he has his very own arts trail! Shaun is such a well-loved character with so many fans around the globe, I am sure many will flock to London to be part of the fun.”

 

Those wanting to catch a glimpse of the sheep can find them everywhere from the bustling Covent Garden, to the historic site of Trafalgar Square, the shopping extravaganza of Carnaby Street, the world's famous St Paul’s Cathedral, the View from the Shard - the tallest free-standing building in Europe - and the famous Tower of London. Download the trail map and/or the quirky interactive app, ‘Shaun in the City,’ which will show all the sheep on the trail and many more fun features, available on all main providers, with all monies going towards the charity.

 

After London there will be a similar trail in Bristol where 70 sculptures will form a trail in the Summer. Companies throughout the UK have sponsored the individual sculptures and following both trails, all 120 ‘Shauns’ will be brought together for two exhibitions in London and Bristol, before being sold at a public auction in October. The money raised from the sale of the London sculptures, will go towards Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK, and the sale of the Bristol sculptures will support The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity. 

 

HAVE A FUN DAY OUT WHILST SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S CHARITIES!

FREE THE NIGHT

Photography Exhibition

Westminster Tube Station

Till 12th April 2015

 

 

This quirky exhibition of photographs displayed inside the iconic Westminster London tube station marks 6 months to go until launch of Night Tube services in September. TFL have partnered with Annin Arts Gallery to showcase photographs celebrating the capital’s rich history of arts and culture by some of the world’s leading photographers including Sam Taylor Johnson OBE, Nick Knight OBE, Juergen Teller and Rankin.


Expect to see 24 large-scale photographic works - some 9 foot by 6 foot in size - arranged in the station’s alcoves. The pieces capture a range of perspectives on the night time and its possibilities for the 140,000 customers who use the station each day.

The works include a 1920s ballroom dance by Sir Cecil Beaton, American rock n roll legend Bruce Springsteen captured outside Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 by Chalkie Davies, and a photograph of a Tube worker on his way home taken by iconic British fashion and portrait photographer Rankin.

The exhibition also includes photographs by artists who have captured London on camera throughout the decades such as Mary McCartney, Bob Mazzer, Tom Beard, Matthew Stone, Dave Swindells, Zoe Buckman, and others.

 

The Night Tube is set to transform night time journeys across London for millions of people, cutting journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour.  The new services, initially serving the Northern, Piccadilly, Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines, will also boost jobs and help maintain London's status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit. London's night-time economy will be opened up to a host of new opportunities, with the Night Tube supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360 million.

 

As the most visited city in the world, London will be joining just a handful of other top world cities, including New York and Berlin, which also provide Underground services through the night.

 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said:  “London is set for another revolution – very soon no one will have to cut a great night out short. The introduction of the night Tube will revolutionise the way in which Londoners and visitors travel in the capital.  As well as boosting jobs and the night time economy, it will enable people to get around our 24-hour city more quickly and easily than ever before.”

 

Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director said:  “We are now just six months away from the first ever 24-hour services operating on London Underground.  The introduction of the Night Tube, is a historic step in our modernisation of the Underground and a real ‘first’ for the Underground."

 

Annin Arts Gallery Director, said:  “A 24 hour Tube is a proud moment for London, reflecting our first steps to truly becoming a 24 hour city. Bringing together some of the most influential photographers of the last century to exhibit within Westminster station is a great way to celebrate this – reflecting on our city’s past, as well as looking with excitement towards its future.

Each photograph captures a different idea of the concept of ‘Free the Night’. The result is a stunning collection of images, some literal, some conceptual – all depicting the many stories that London has to tell – stories that make it one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world.”


In order to meet the expected demand for Night Tube services, there will be six trains per hour through central London on all Night Tube lines. This is the first of a series of ‘Firsts for the Tube’ that will include various unique events taking place on and around the Underground network ahead of all-night weekend services commencing on 12 September.

HOLI IN THE CITY

Cinnamon Kitchen

Devonshire Squrare

Till 14th March 2015

 

The Indian Festival of Colour is back in the City for a limited time only.  Hosted by Cinnamon Kitchen in the City, the courtyard in Devonshire Square opposite the restaurant has a purpose built white party pod especially for this occasion.

 

For those unfamiliar with this festival, it’s the most fun, colourful and action packed of all the Indian festivals. Friends, families and colleagues come together to throw bright coloured power on each other, have lavish feasts and a merry time.

 

Various Indian mythological legends associated with Holi all demonstrate the victory of good over evil and encourage people to lead truthful lives. This festival is also celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and a good harvest is expected, which is another reason to rejoice!

 

So get down to the City and have some colourful fun. There are various session times to choose from, with each session lasting 30 minutes. White overalls will be provided to protect your clothes, but best not to wear your favourite outfit. Also, ladies, if you have long hair, preferably tie it back. Please note that all the colour will wash off! The only decision you will have to make is which colour to play with, yellow, pink, red, green or blue! Pick one or pick a few, make the most of it.

Separate sessions for kids are on Saturdays only.

 

The Holi Sessions are:

Monday – Friday

1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm , 6pm , 7pm

Saturdays

From 12-6,30pm

 

Little Holi Sessions:

Saturdays only 12pm and 3pm

 

Cinnamon Kitchen has a special 5 course Holi menu and its destination bar Anise, will have a selection of Holi inspired cocktails. Tickets can be bought to include a meal or just to play holi. If you do not want to play Holi the meal will be £30.

 

Holi session only £8

Holi session with a cocktail and traditional Indian canapes £15

Holi session with a meal £38

 

 

The pod can accommodate upto 30 guests and if you would like to book a private session this can also be arranged.

 

It is very rare to be able to play Holi in London so don’t miss out and book your tickets now!

 

Happy Holi!

 

 

See picutures in the Holi Album

on AL's FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Book early to avoid disappointment!


Quirky Cabaret at SCARFES BAR Rosewood London

Sunday 1st March 2015

7-9.30pm

 

The award-winning quirky Scarfes Bar, found at the fabulous award-winning Rosewood London in Holborn plays host to an interactive cabaret evening. The eclectic setting of Scarfes Bar, with its roaring fire, antique books, amusing paintings and cosy velvet sofas, make it a quirky space for an intimate cabaret.

 

The evening is hosted by Dusty Limits and will feature performances by world-renowned cabaret performers Lili La Scala, Champagne Charlie, Vicky Butterfly, Laura London and Stephen Williams, as well as a cabaret trio led by Michael Roulston with Tom Mansi on the bass.

 

Since 1999, Dusty Limits has been at the forefront of the ‘new cabaret’ scene, which has made London the top city for cabaret in the world. The Stage have called him ‘the compere without compare’. He has performed throughout London and internationally from New York to Berlin and his solo shows have received tremendous critical acclaim.

 

Dusty says, ‘Cabaret was born in intimate venues, in which the performers could get up close to the guests, and we are thrilled to be bringing some of London’s greatest artists to such a beautiful room.’

 

Inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club, guests at the artfully social Scarfes Bar will witness incredible talent, very ‘close-up’ in a fabulous two hour show.  Expect grand music, sensual dance, quirky acrobatics, amazing singing and awe-inspiring magic. At the end of the show the live music continues and impromptu dancing encouraged!

 

Some of the acts on Sunday will be:

  • Vicky Butterfly is part burlesque showgirl and part innovative performance artiste. Her beautifully choreographed routines have lit up stages from Paris and Las Vegas to Bali and Bollywood, recently appearing as part of the cast of legendary circus cabaret La Clique.
  • Valeriya Murzak born into a circus family, performing at the age of six, specialises in aerial acts. She performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics as part of the professional aerial team.
  • Laura London is a revered and equally adored mistress of modern magic, compere and slight-of-hand artist. Her incredible close-up magic acts make her an instant success with audiences worldwide.
  • Lili La Scala is a cabaret star with the voice of an angel and the looks of a vintage pinup. She has performed internationally and throughout the UK.

 

With tickets limited to just 60 guests per show so that all can enjoy a good view of the acts, tickets are priced at £30 per person and can be booked by calling 020 7781 8888 or online

 

There is a separate entrance to Scarfes from the courtyard, but do pay a visit to the washrooms so that you can see the quirky rose coloured corridor in the hotel and the parrots!

 

Have a sneak peek of some of the acts

on AL's You Tube Channel

 

 and pictures in the Scarves Cabaret Album

on AL's FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Book early to avoid disappointment!

CHLOÉ AFTERNOON TEA

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge

Till 9th March 2015

 

As London Fashion week begins, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge is capitalising on its position in London’s most fashionable district, by partnering with French high end luxury Maison Chloé. What’s on offer for a limited time only is an exclusive Chloé afternoon tea with Chloé Fizz champagne cocktails.  


The setting is in the exquisite Rosebery, which faces fashionable Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street, fashion heaven in London. The pastry team have created some quirky handbag sweet treats  reflecting the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection and is a must visit for any fashionista! The Drew handbag is very cute, too cute to eat. It is an amusing tea showcasing the talents of the Rosebery kitchen. My favourites were the Purple frills, a delicate coconut mousse with spiced pineapple and ginger sable and the Pistachio Cloud, a fine-layered pistachio with vanilla delice.

But before you can devour through the fashion treats, indulge in the sandwiches on the bottom tier of the uniquely designed two tier stand, which is actually hung on a metal tree overhanging the table. Very unique and apt for this garden themed room.

 

The sandwiches are uniquely rolled up, as opposed to boring rectangles, and filled with exquisite fillings, such as, salmon tartar with crème fraiche and Wiltshire cured ham as well as a mini brioche of crab and crayfish.  The serving is smaller than usual, but that’s just because of the limitations of the design of the sandwich. Please do ask your waitress for more sandwiches if you so desire.

The scones are only brought to your table when you are ready, as they are served deliciously warm. Accompanied by homemade strawberry jam, rose petal jelly and lemon curd and of course the mandatory devonshire clotted cream, which I must say is the finest I have had in London. Both varieties the plain and with raisins are yummy. Again small in size so if you so desire ask for more! But be warned, there is a serving of freshly baked seasonal cakes, which includes mini madeleines, in addition to all the above afternoon tea treats!

 

The Rosebery depicts a garden theme with the stunning grand peacock behind the bar and the delicate lighting. The afternoon tea crockery is of a bespoke design with birds and butterflies by William Edwards. This adds to the grandeur of the room as does the classy glassware by John Jenkins. In the 1920s, this very room was a stylish tea room, and it has now returned with exquisite décor which enhances the rooms Victorian origins. The height of the room is admirable, with plenty of natural light coming in from the windows.

 

Another unique aspect to the afternoon tea at the Rosebery is the signature blend teas which the Mandarin has curated and which have been crafted by the East India Company. Even though you may have a favourite, such as English Breakfast or Earl Grey, I highly recommend you try these bespoke blends, such as the afternoon blend which has Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka and Golden Monkey leaf from China and the Directors reserve Darjeeling second flush, best with a slice of lemon. These delicate teas go well with the sandwiches.  As you move on to the scones, the tea can take a stronger flavour and the single estate of Pedro Pekoe from Sri Lanka is very good. With the sweet dainties, the white tea is a perfect combination which has a fruitful fragrance but does not overpower the taste.

 

The Rosebery has their own Tea Master, the lovely Ludovic Coco who is on hand to guide you through the exquisite tea menu and to recommend the rarest teas to suit your taste buds. If you are interested in knowing about the oxidation and fermentation processes, Ludovic’s knowledge will truly amaze you and will make you reconsider how you make tea at home! Pu’erh tea from China is rarely offered in London so this is one to try as is Genmai-cha a green tea made from brown rice! If you are keen to try a rare tea the Black Oolong (Mi Lan Dan Cong) has fermented, baked, leaves which gives a totally unique flavour.

 

Having afternoon tea at the Rosebery is not only about the sweet treats but also about the tea itself and as Ludovic says “Tea is like poetry,” it has to be made at the correct temperature to ooze flavoured perfection!

This lovely experience in a very unique London hotel can be booked here. Do mention Anomalous when booking :)

Enjoy every aspect of it!

To see pictures from this afternoon tea please view the Chloe Album on Anomalous London's Facebook page

Valentines Afternoon Tea

Rosewood London

13th-15th February 2015

3pm- 5pm

 

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then in a spectacular setting with scrumptious treats and champagne. Rosewood London is offering a limited edition Valentines themed afternoon tea  only available over Valentines weekend.

Expect luxurious sandwiches with smoked salmon and foie gras. A colossal selection of cakes including the infamous Red Velvet cake and Valentine cupcakes. Heart shaped cookies and other various treats will keep you enticed the whole afternoon.

Rosewood London is set within the grandeur of an Edwardian Grade II listed building. Entering the archway from the street, leads you to a lovely unique courtyard. Something you would not expect in the heart of London. The hotel entrance has a fabulous pink corridor and lots of quirky artefacts in the reception hall and leading up to the Mirror room where afternoon tea is served. Mirrors, mirrors everywhere, on the walls and even on the ceiling! The decor is exquiste with all the tables laid with elegant Limoges china, sparkling crystal and refined silverware.

Enjoy every part of the hotel, and don’t miss the in-house parrot! Even the washrooms are worth a visit. 

 

For reservations please contact Rosewood London here.

 

Happy Valentines Day!

SCOTCH POP UP BAR

The Library, Browns Hotel

Till 8th February 2015

6pm-1am 

 

In celebration of Burns night, Brown’s Hotel announces a pop up SCOTCH Bar from its sister hotel, the Balmoral in Edinburgh. Set in the newly refurbished Library, there is an impressive collection of over 40 Scottish whiskies to select from Scotland’s traditional whisky regions including Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Islands, the Highlands and the Lowlands in a variety of blends, malts and vintages dating back to 1940. Scotland produces the most whisky in the world and has over 400 single malts available. SCOTCH’s highly trained Whisky Ambassador, Fraser Robson, will be on hand to offer guests advice when selecting a dram (a small measure of whisky).


For any whisky connoisseur, a whisky journey is recommended and Fraser will be able to arrange this. Anomalous London was invited to experience this and was enlightened with some quirky whisky facts along the way. Such as empty casks can be sold for between £600-£1000 and it is important to remember that out of the two senses, taste and smell, it is the latter which is more important in appreciating the whisky quality. The three drams which were given:

  1. Triple distilled "Auchenthoshan", which means corner of a field, and comes from Glasgow, one of the few distilleries in the Lowlands and the only one which still uses this method of distillation, to get rid of even more impurities. This distillery chooses not to display the age as it does not want to deter from the uniqueness of the sherry casks used and flavour, which is described as crisp, dry and delicate. 
  2. "Benromach", which came from the smallest distillery in Speyside, which is the region which produces the largest amount of whisky. A bourbon cask is used first followed by a red wine cask for finishing, which results in a lighter, sweeter well balanced dram. A quirky fact, Bourbon cask is easily available in USA as they cannot use it more than once (although this law may change soon).
  3. "Springbank" from Cambelton, which is considered to be one of the most varied whisky regions starting from a salty, smoky characteristic to floral and malty flavours. This distillery is one of the very few family-owned ones left in Scotland.

To accompany the whisky, bespoke bottled water from the whisky regions are provided; a few drops can bring out the subtle flavours, by lowering the alcohol levels, which can range between 40%-70%.

After the whisky journey, do try the quirky whisky cocktail on offer - Old Speyside – which comprises of fig syrup, bitters, Balvenie whisky and fig slices for decoration. This is served in quirky glass made from an actual Balvenie whisky bottle and set in a tray made from the used cask!


Glenmorangie is the proud partner of this event and expect to find exclusive expressions from this distillery, including Glenmorangie Original, Signet, 18 Year Old, 25 Year Old and for those looking for the ultimate dram, there will be the exclusive Glenmorangie Pride 1978, at £400 per dram.

A glass of whisky in SCOTCH is served with a selection of bar snacks selected to complement the wide variety of whisky flavours on offer.

 

Whisky is the qunitessence of Scotland and to have an opportunity to try the finest whiskies from this region without having to leavenLondon is a bonus So head on down to Mayfair and enjoy a dram or three! 

 

No reservation is required.

At the beginning of every week a 'Quirk' is posted on the homepage of the Anomalous London website. This 'Quirk' is usually an event taking place in London that week which is unique and quirky and may not have been widely advertised.

 

Anomalous London tries to find these anomalous events to keep the enjoyment of the glorious capital city of London alive. In this Archive you can find the details of past quirky events along with some lovely pictures.

Cirque du Soleil Kooza

Royal Albert Hall, London

Till 19th February 2015

Running time 2 hours 20 mins

 

The infamous high-quality artistic circus entertainment from Canada is back in London for another spectacular show KOOZA. Held at the iconic Royal Albert Hall expect an adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom.

 

Kooza is the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. It combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendour and fragility, presented in a colourful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humour.

 

The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with an array of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Clowns, and the Bad Dog.  Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

 

Cirque du Soleil, for the past three decades, has brought wonder and delight to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

 

This show is not to be missed and is a fabulous experience for both the young and elderly. Book your tickets here.