Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New restaurant openings in London

New restaurant openings in London

There are new exciting restaurant openings heading our direction next month. Here are just few of the best picks. The wait is on!

Dalston, opening on 17th April 2015

Chick 'n' Sours is a local fried chicken shop with an exciting menu of herb fed fried chicken along with interesting and delicious sides, sour cocktails and beers and a soft serve ice cream point.

Fulham, opening April 2015

The Maze Grill opens in April 2015. Inspired by the grill rooms of Manhattan, the vibrant new 60-cover restaurant will offer the concept's signature rare breed steaks, fish and poultry from the Montague grill, alongside a vast selection of sushi and sashimi from a raw bar.

Soho, opening April 2015

There is a new addition to the organic hot dog food scene in London.  Diners will be able to choose their 'dog' - from classic veal & pork, beef or chicken (with vegetarian options too) as well as a bun - a choice of three - with approximately 9 hotdog choices on the menu including a classic caramelised onion finish, a Chicago Dog, a Kimchi dog and even a pulled pork and apple slaw dog. The Top Dog team also promises ice cream milkshakes, rapeseed-cooked fries and hand-made relish.

Covent Garden, re-opening  May 2015

Following a significant redesign, London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy, has announced that it will re-open its doors in May 2015. Art, as in the past, will be an important point at The Ivy, with major commissions being installed by renowned British artists, as well as a range of pieces created by emerging names from the British art scene. What can we expect? A new menu that comprises Ivy staples alongside modern dishes with international influences, with a particular nod to Southern Europe and Asia.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Look like a true Londoner...

How to look like a true Londoner when visiting London

How to greet someone:
Greetings such as “Good morning/afternoon or evening” go long way in London. “Hello” is more informal, and appropriate in younger crowds when being introduced to someone or when meeting someone. Use your indoor voice when speaking, especially on public transport.

Dos and Dont’s:
It is a good idea to wear a hat. The weather can be unpredictable, and hats will protect you from rain, sun and wind while giving you a touch of Britishness.
Don’t bother carrying an umbrella. Opt for a trench coat and a hat, or simply a copy of today’s newspaper.
Don’t make eye contact on public transport. Londoners prefer it that way.

When to eat:
Good news is there are no fixed times for meals. Have a tea anytime you like and good afternoon tea will certainly fill you up more than enough.

Where to go:
The area of Marylebone is full of interesting, independent shops (incl. Daunt Books and the Conran shop) or browse books at John Sandoe in Chelsea. Watch a movie in one of the many independent cinemas also try the Lounge, a movie theatre where you can get a Rowley Leigh meal delivered to your seat. Londoners like visiting markets especially during weekends.

London’s dress code:
Relaxed yet stylish is the way to go in London!

We hope you find these rules useful and will have a wonderful time visiting London.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Take the cake!

Take the cake!

London is a city in love with cake. On every road a bakery, in every bakery a delicious, sugary treat – we just cannot get enough of it. And it is not all iced buns and Victoria sponges – we have baked goods from across the globe right here on our doorstep. Go on, treat yourself!

The ultimate classic

Glorious Victoria from Peggy Porschen
There will always be a place at the tea table for the sort of slice that demands chintzy crockery, cake forks and a china cup of loose-leaf Darjeeling. This pretty cafe sells huge slices of grandma-friendly layer cakes in classic flavours, and the glorious Victoria’s dusky pink buttercream is iced into swags fit for a palace.
 The address: 116 Ebury St, SW1W 9QQ

The ever-so chocolatey one

Devil’s Food Cake from Cocomaya
If you are loco for cocoa, there is only one thing that will hit your C-spot, and that a wedge of dense, moist chocolate cake. Cocomaya’s rich, thick layers of sponge are smothered in an icing that is just a tiny splash of cream away from pure chocolate. It is all whipped up with a token layer of shortbread biscuits for a hint of crunchy non-chocolate respite.
 The address: 12 Connaught St, W2 2AF

The cocktail cupcakes from Primrose Bakery

There is hardly a sweet treat around that is not improved with dash of something extra. Every Friday, this bakery combines cake mix and mixology to create a Cocktail Cupcake flavour. Try the delightful Peach Bellini, its buttery icing laced with sharp champagne and mellow fruity flavours.
The address: 69 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8LD


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Quirky London's Cinemas

Quirky London's Cinemas

Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square
This is the only cinema in London where no one is going to ask you to be quiet. In fact, this experience is all about audience participation. Sing along or wear your favourite PJ for an all-night pyjama party.

Everyman in Belsize Park
If you like the smell of expensive leather and plush seats then this is the best place to watch a movie. So far, there are six venues across town, posh food and no sticky carpets around. Warning: you might get too cosy on the super-comfy seats.

Electric Cinema in Portobello
It is one of the oldest and lovelies cinemas in London. There are the front-row seats with six luxurious, velvet-lined double beds and you are welcome to warm yourself up with cashmere blankets, perfect for romantic date.

ArtHouse in Crouch End

This was branded as London’s Best Cinema by Time Out very recently. Since its opening in March 2014, it has been causing buzz and regulars say they love its friendly atmosphere. And popcorn costs just £1.75. Sold!

And let us know how you got on!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Day of indulgence in London

Let yourself go and indulge in one of London’s best locations either for a relaxing spa day or with day of pampering and taking that extra time out of your day, just for you and only you!

Spa London
Whether for a relaxing massage, scrub or a facial they have the thing for you.
Address: Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF

Luna & Curious
A splash out occasion or just a browse on 1000s of household items can be found here.
Address: 24-26 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP

Tea Smith
A relaxing tea rooms in Spitalfields to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Address: 6 Lamb Street, E1 6EA

Reform Social & Grill
Afternoon tea, providing post-lunch items like steaks and a selection of wines.
Address: Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE

Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Indulging in the best steaks money can buy would be the best way to end a day full of luxury.
Address: 157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ

The Berkeley Spa
Treatments and a swim with a view of Hyde Park what more can you want!
Address: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL

The ultimate jeans shop. Trail, fitting, altered, and you’re good to go.
Address: 22 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP

The sky is truly the limit with what kind of indulgence day you set out and how far you’d like to take your day. It’s not every day we can use our time to ourselves and let go of all our worries, so take a stand today and enjoy the best of London’s indulging features!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Ice Skating Rinks in London

Ice Skating Rinks in London

Glide your way round ten of the best ice skating rinks which London has to offer. These rinks can be enjoyed during the day or at night when displayed lights give the atmosphere a more magical feel to it for skaters.

With combining ice skating rinks made indoors and outdoors certain preferences can be met this way, with some ice rinks providing other activities nearby such as food stalls and Winter Wonderland offering their outdoor theme park in the middle of iconic Hyde Park.

London Ice Rink Locations

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD, Thu Oct 30 - Sun Jan 4

Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Canada Square Park, Sat Nov 1 - Fri Feb 27

Skate at Somerset House

Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA, Tue Nov 11 - Sun Jan 11

Ice Skating at Wembley Park

 Wembley Park, Fri Nov 14 - Sun Jan 4


Broadgate Ice Rink

 Exchange Square, Mon Nov 17 - Thu Feb 26


Westfield London Ice Rink

Westfield London Ariel Way, W12 7SL, Thu Nov 20 - Sat Jan 3

Ice Skate Vauxhall

 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4

Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park, Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4


Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

 Hampton Court Palace East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU, Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4


Winterville Ice Rink

Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN, Tue Dec 2 - Wed Dec 31

For first time skaters or less confident ones on the ice, ice guides are available at some ice rinks along with penguin skating aids at £5 for all ages. This is a great outdoor activity for the whole family and you might even forget it is freezing out there!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Exciting things coming to London by 2050

Exciting things coming to London by 2050

As you can imagine London will be busier than ever by the time we reach 2050. London is the place to be with its edgy fashion sense, fine dining destinations and funky night life. By the time we get to February 2015 there will be 8.6 people roaming around London streets, up by 37% since 2011’s census.

This massive increase within London’s population will only mean London becoming even more multicultural, this will definitely be making some sort of history. It is said 1.5 million homes will need to be built to accommodate all these people, which would require an extra 9,000 hectares of garden space equivalent to 63 Hyde Parks, if there’s even enough space for such gardens.

The tube as a whole will play an immense role on London and how it operates, it is said that for every square metre on a train four people will be standing. There are many ways London will be assisting to the new upcoming circumstances such as establishing crossrail 1 by 2018, and later may focus on the institution of crossrail 2 & even 3. Transport capacity will need to increase by 70% to support the future extreme demand for transportation.

As for the roads and car traffic of London there are talks of having a new London ring road constructed entirely or partly by 2015, and the idea of self driving cars (yes, really) is on the agenda, too.  There are some very exciting times ahead of us!