SPRING 2015

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.

 

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.

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!

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

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!

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!


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.

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!

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.

 

More Pictures

 

To make a booking click here.

 

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.

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.  

 

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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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Mustafar with Anakin Skywalker 2

Iconic Yoda

"May The Force Be With You!"

Paddington Bear 

Afternoon Tea

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London

Till 15th January 2015

Daily 1-5.30pm

 

A perfect festive treat awaits at the distinguished Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. The setting is in the newly opened Rosebery, which faces fashionable Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street.


With all the hype in and around London of Paddington Bear, the blockbuster movie and the Paddington trail around London a great success, this themed afternoon tea is a grand finale to all this extravaganza. As with all afternoon teas, expect a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. Look out for one of the Paddington Bear statues in the hotel!


The team at the Rosebery have created some really cute dainties depicting Paddington Bear and his favourite treats, marmalade! The little Paddington Bear hat where the rim is made of chocolate and the top of sugary jelly; the infamous chocolate suitcase; Paddington’s favourite marmalade sandwich and a Paddington pot with saffron custard. But before you can devour through this you have to 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 very apt for this garden themed room.


The sandwiches are uniquely rolled up, as opposed to boring rectangles, and filled with exquisite fillings, such as, turkey, sage and cranberry, cured ham and tomatoes and a cute 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 mince pies, 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.


This lovely experience in a unique London hotel can be booked here.

Enjoy every aspect including the fabulous christmas decorations in the hotel.

 

WEDGWOOD AFTERNOON TEA

The Langham 

London

 

Five sittings daily from 12 - 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. In this celebratory year at the hotel there will be many unique events, such as this Wedgwood inspired afternoon tea.

 

Founded in 1759, Wedgwood is the finest supplier of Giftware and Tableware in the country and even caters for Her Majesty the Queen. Since the mid 18thcentury, tea had become a popular choice of beverage amongst the European royal families and hence the development of exclusive tea ware.

As per the legend, it was the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria, lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, who started the concept of afternoon tea and also became a collector of this fine Wedgwood tea ware.


Set in the grand Palm court in the centre of the hotel, with magnificent high ceilings, quirky decorative mirrors and grand chandeliers, this extensive room has comfortable seating including lovely sofas to relax and enjoy afternoon tea. The live pianist adds to delightful ambiance and is open to requests should you wish a favourite recital to be played.

 

The vast tea selection has a great variety from the Langham Blends and Wedgwood Teas which have been selected with the utmost care and harvested at specific moments to capture the natural aromas and flavours. All staff are masters of tea and can guide you to pick the perfect blend. Try a different tea with for each course, sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Take your time and enjoy the experience. For those who enjoy black tea, try the Langham Blend and Wedgwood original, both 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. There is even a special ‘Children’s blend’ tea which has fruity rooibos and is completely caffeine free!

 

To start with a lovely amuse bouche of lemon posset is served to cleanse your palate. This is very unique for an afternoon tea! The sandwiches at the Langham are brought out and served eloquently from a lovely tray. Expect to see some quirky varieties such as the smoked ham, comte cheese and white truffle oil in a mini bun, and egg with mustard cress in a cute roll. Please do ask for more if you so desire. The traditional scones are 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 best part of the afternoon tea are the exquisite sweet treats inspired by the Wedgwood collection and created by Cherish Finden, the head pastry chef and her team. The intricate designs each and every treat illustrates the time and effort taken to create such delights. The upside down tea cup with a quirky handle is particularly interesting. The combination of flavours which have been used to create something unique has to be admired, such as the rose and lychee log. What is fabulous about the entire selection here is that there is actual ‘cake’ and not just mini desserts. A cute, quirky, Victoria sponge which was my favourite, and there is even a ‘cookie’ in the shape of a teapot which was a refreshing change to traditional sweet treat selections.


If you are celebrating Mother’s day then champagne is a must and the Langham is offering the exclusive Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle as well as the standard Brut and Rose.

Tea at the Langham is truly enjoyable. The soothing music, exceptional service and great setting, makes it the ideal choice to spoil your mum this mother’s day.

With 160 covers a day and five sittings to choose from, make your booking here.

 

 

Happy Mothers Day!

 

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