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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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.

 

 

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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!

 

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!

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!

 

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!