SCARFES SPIRITS SPICE
ROSEWOOD LONDON HOTEL
Till 31st May 2014
The Scarfes Bar at the magnificent Rosewood London Hotel in High Holborn has a fabulous event going on right now. There is a unique lunch time menu on offer which matches fine whiskies with spicy curries!
The pan-seared bream cooked in a Kerelan curry sauce is served with Glenfiddich 12 years and the sandalwood flavoured chicken tikka is served with Glenfiddich 14 years. Everyone loves a curry and to have it matched perfectly with a spirit to complement the dish, that’s worth a try.
Found in the ever so magnificent Rosewood London Hotel in High Holborn, a 1914 Edwardian, Grade II-listed building, Scarfes Bar, is the first bar to be themed around caricature art. Gerald Scarfe is the infamous artist behind the work which adorns the marble walls. Named after him, the bar showcases his artwork on large canvases with over 70 caricatures depicting well known personalities and celebrities such as David Beckham, Harry Potter, Boris Johnson and even Royalty with the first ever caricature of Prince George. A definite talking point!
The bar has cosy sofas, quiet corners, a central fireplace, comfortable bar seating and gives the impression of a sophisticated living room with plenty of book shelves filled with antique books. This relaxed hotel bar has a great atmosphere and lots of quirks about it. Enjoy what’s on offer.
To make a booking and for more details click here.
PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON
Till 24th May 2014
Performances Tues-Sun 7.30pm;
Sat & Sun at 2.30pm
Back in London’s West End for a sixth season, this spectacular, sexy dance show, originally, the dream of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, has now toured around the world to rave reviews. Bringing the rhythm and soul of Havana to London, Havana Rakatan tells the story of over 500 years of dancing in the Caribbean island renowned for its party spirit. The impressive array of dance styles include ancient African rituals in which the dancers appear as African Gods and Goddesses, giving way to modern forms such as the mamba that caused scandal in the 1940’s, and the cha-cha-cha that defines the glamour and elegance of the Cuban woman in the 1950’s. This all culminates in the salsa, a spectacularly contagious mixture of all these forms.
The show features live music courtesy of famous Cuban eight piece Son band Turquino. with its roots in Afro-Caribbean music.
A captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country, Havana Rakaktan is performed by one of the most talented and versatile group of dancers to come out of Cuba. A show not to be missed!
Tickets for under 16s are half price
There is a free post-show dance class for ticket holders on Tuesdays
EDIBLE GARDEN AFTERNOON TEA
Till 26th May 2014
Daily sittings at 2pm, 4.30pm; weekend also at 6pm
As the long awaited RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 approaches (20th-24th May) various venues around London are offering ‘floral’ themed afternoon teas this month. Anomalous London had to naturally find the quirkiest one to feature and this ‘Edible Garden’ Afternoon Tea at the Intercontinental Westminster will not disappoint!
Themed around the Champagne Laurent Perrier garden at the Chelsea Flower show, the hotel’s pastry team has created exquisite tiers to reflect the beautiful layered garden.
Starting with the savoury tier, expect to find a cute vegetable selection such as the garden pea and basil tart, miniature eggs benedict and quirky sandwiches on beetroot and rye breads. This is the first stage of the garden.
Next tier up are freshly baked mini Chelsea buns and the delicious scones infused with lavender which tastes delicious with lemon curd, offered alongside the traditional clotted cream and jam.
After exciting your taste buds, the final layer is brought out, which is the grand ‘edible garden’ set on a different table as it comes with its own greenhouse. Take your time to observe all the intricacies of the garden, from the ladybird on the lemon box hedge to the orange flower pot. A delightfully, imaginative culinary work of art.
The garden tea has been matched with a selection of delicate floral teas and if interested recommendations can be given for tea pairing.
Saving the best for last, this afternoon tea includes ‘free-flowing’ Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne for the entire duration of the sitting time!
If required, there are vegetarian, gluten free, nut free and alcohol free options available.
CANAL CAVALCADE IWA
SATURDAY 3RD MAY- MONDAY 5TH MAY 2014
CANALWAY CAVALCADE is a major event organised entirely by Inland Waterways Association (IWA) volunteers for over 30 years and situated at the junction of the Regent’s and Grand Union Canals at Little Venice, near Paddington, during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. 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. There will be 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! The below pictures are courtesy of the IWA.
Admission is Free