Friday, 25 July 2014

Guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2014

If you are planning to visit next month’s Notting Hill Carnival, this guide will help you to prepare well for this truly amazing event. Let’s start with date and the parade route. On Sunday 24th of August, the main parade will start at 9 am on Great Western Road, continue along Chepstow Road and Westbourne Grove, then down to Ladbroke Grove. The Carnival will continue on Monday 25th of August (UK Bank Holiday), starting at 9 am, too.

How to reach Notting Hill
Public transport will be restricted and expect many congested routes. Plan your journey ahead on www.tfl.gov.uk . Useful tip is to arrive either early or later in the afternoon.

Tube: Notting Hill Gate
This station will be exit only between 11 am and 6 pm during both days.

Ladbroke Grove – station will be closed on both days
Royal Oak and Westbourne Park – Exit only between 11 am and 6 pm on both days
Bayswater, Paddington and Queensway will run as usual.
Other stations which could be used: High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Queens Park

Bus: Additional bus services will be running, however there will be no buses entering the Carnival areas on Sunday and Monday. Local night buses also will be diverted to different routes.

Bike: Be aware that Bike-docking stations in Chepstow Villas and Pembridge Road might be removed for Carnival.

Staying safe during Carnival
We have seen few riots and incidents during past years so pay attention to your safety and safety of others. Do not carry expensive items with you and always carry bags with secure zip. Police officers will be on hand in all areas of Carnival, if you see anything suspicious please, seek the help. Carry a bottle of water with you and apply sunscreen when needed.

Children’s Day
Sunday is a family-friendly day with smaller crowds and fun vibe. If you can, carry children in smaller baggies or in baby slings. Ear defenders for small babies might come handy.

Useful tips
It will be easier to use the public transport instead of driving a car. Your day will be more enjoyable in comfortable shoes. Do plan your toilet stops as big queues are very common and carry a hand sanitizer and some tissues.


Monday, 14 July 2014

The Portobello Film Festival

Portobello Film Festival

This Film Festival was created in 1996 in order to provide a platform for new upcoming film-makers and promote movies in different formats. ‘The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe’ is one of the greatest descriptions which it has earned over the years.

Simply said The Portobello Film Festival shows tomorrow’s films today. When the Festival first opened, there was no venue to show the movies in. Unfortunately, The Electric Cinema did not re-open until 2001. As it has always had free entry some film-makers’ works were screened in various venues such as parks, bars and theatres.

The Festival organisers have a strong commitment to screen all films which have been submitted and to provide free entry for everyone.  The festival has managed to expand internationally, showing the work of directors of the future at Cannes, Macau and Venice since 2000. Most of the films are firstly showed at The Portobello Film Festival, followed by Edinburgh and Cannes.

An audience of fans has grown rapidly from just 1000 to over 15,000. The year 2000 was the most memorable event so far when organisers received over 300 brand new independent shorts and features. Screening time has reached an unbelievable 144 hours shown over two weeks. The technical quality of films has increased since 1996 as well as the number of films submitted for viewing. Film makers from all around the world have shown interest and submitted some remarkable pieces of work. For more info visit www.portobellofilmfestival.com .


Dates for this year Portobello Film Festival: 28thAugust - 14th September 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014

Best events in August

Best events in August


Another week and there is another post from us to help you to plan your summer. Same as events in June and July, August's events will not disappoint anyone. We promise!

Summer Screening at Somerset House
Date: 7-20th of August
Each summer, London's most beautiful open-air cinema in Somerset House, shows several unforgettable old and new movies. This year is especially unique, as Film4 cinema celebrates its 10th birthday. Some of tickets are already sold so be quick if you want to be part of this great experience.

Africa Fashion Week
Date: 7-9th of August
Africa Fashion Week is the biggest African event in Europe. First time it was held in London in 2011 and since then due to its big success it has happened annually. This show celebrates the work of African inspired designers in the UK and all around the world. Expect some interesting creations.

Prudential Ride London
Date: 9-10th of August
It is an annual 2-days festival of cycling, some call it a true legacy of the 2012 Games. Last year Prudential Ride was a big success for the city as well as a great sport event. Fast it has became world's leading cycling event and legacy of the The 2012 Olympics will live on.

Notting Hill Carnival
Date: 25-26th of August
Since 1966, the carnival has been held in the area of Notting Hill each summer. This is the largest festival celebration in Europe and attracts visitors in large numbers. Loud music and tasty Caribbean food are just few things to look forward to. Unmissable event in August!

International Jewellery London
Date: 31-2nd of September
It is London's exclusive jewellery event where highly talented British and International designers are hand-picked to show their work. Be first to see future trends in jewellery market. It takes place in London Olympia.

Portobello Film Festival
Date: 28-14th of September
The Film Festival is the UK's biggest independent film competition and was created in 1996 in order to lift the state of British film industry and provide platforms for new film-makers to showcase their work. Admission is free.


Friday, 23 May 2014

Our best picks on events in July

What's on in July?


Coldplay - 1st of July
Coldplay has released their 6th album called "Ghost Stories" recently. They are playing 6 concerts all around the world before finishing the tour in the iconic Albert Hall.

British Summer Time in Hyde Park - 3-13th of July
Barclays  present British Summer Time in Hyde Park as 11-day long summer party with great live music, comedy acts, food stalls and much more. It is one not to be missed!

The Tour de France - 7th of July
First race of The Tour de France was held in 1903. This annual bicycle race is the world's largest sporting event and is usually held in France but occasionally passes through other countries. Stage 3 is taking place in London this summer.

Lovebox - 18-19th of July
London's coolest festival Lovebox is returning to Victoria Park for 2  days this summer. Expect good music from musicians such as MIA, Chase&Status, Katy B and many more.

Robbie Williams - The Tour - 8,9,11,12th of July
Robbie Williams has released a new album called "Swings both ways" recently and has done one-off performance in London Palladium. As crowds could not get enough of him, he is playing O2 Arena on 4 dates in July.

Wireless - 4-6th of July
10th Wireless Festival is taking the place in London's Finsbury Park for the first time. Headliners include Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Bruno Mars and many other great music talents. More hot acts have been added to the line-up recently. This festival seems to be a good value for money considering how many musicians you will see in one day.

2014 Summer Series - 10-20th of July
Great music gigs located in a beautiful setting of the Somerset House in the heart of London, no wonder Londoners love this open air festival stage and the line-up never seems to disappoint. This year line-up is no exception: Bastille, Kelis, Franz Ferdinand, Sam Smith are just few examples of how great it is going to be.

These are just few examples of how amazing summer in London will be.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

What's on in June?

What's on in June?

As promised in our previous post, we are back with more hot events for month of June.

Hampton Court Festival is promising spectacular summer night concerts with American legends The Beach Boys. 11-24th of June

Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Official Birthday is celebrated on 14th of June each year with impressive display of pageantry.

The world's greatest restaurant festival is back in Regent's Park from 18-22nd of June. Expect anything from sushi making to champagne masterclass.

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is on from 23rd of June until 6th of July. It has never failed to disappoint us.

Pride London celebrates gay and lesbian people and culture each year with amazingly colourful parade of marchers, dancers and singers. 28th of June is the date to remember if you want to be a part of this big street party.

Capital FM Summertime Ball promises world-class line up and the biggest ball ever in Wembley! You will see the performances from Pharrell, David Guetta, Cheryl Cole and many more. We cannot wait!

Biggest boy band of the moment One Direction is playing Wembley from 6th until 8th of June. It is their first appearance at this iconic venue.

These are just few great events happening in the capital in June.

For more info click here.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

This year festivals in London

This year festivals in London

London is getting hot with this year festivals. Would you like to do some rocking in Hyde Park, having a picnic at Kew Gardens, dancing the night of at LoveBox or dining with the stars of MasterChef at Taste of London? 

Here is the list which tells you where/when to do it all: 

1. LoveBox
Date: 18-19th of July
Where: Victoria Park, London
Headliners: M.I.A., Nas, Chase and Status, A$AP Rocky
The Vibe: Good times start here.


2. Taste of London
Date: 19-22nd of June
Where: Regent's Park, London
Chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galleti
Special guests: cupcake queen Lili Vanilli
The Vibe: Tasty foodie haven.


3. Barclaycard British Summer Time
Date: 4-13th of July
Where: Hyde Park, London
Headliners: Black Sabbath, The Libertines, Backstreet Boys
The Vibe: Lots of good music in one place.

4. Wireless
Date: 4-6th of July
Where: Finsbury Park, London
Headliners: Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Rudimental, Bruno Mars...
The Vibe: The biggest stars in one very cool place.


5. Kew The Music
Date: 16-20th of July
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Headliners: Elvis Costello, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland, Bill Bailey
The Vibe: Chilled out festival with good tunes.

These are just few awesome events which are happening in London this summer. For more great summer events check back here soon!


Friday, 4 April 2014

Dining in the Dark - Dans le Noir London

Dans le Noir? 

The City of London offers pretty much everything and anything. But dining in the dark? I want to discover more.

Without argument it sounds like a fun social and sensory experience, it is something in between a show and a restaurant dinner. People come in to be entertained. Through this entertainment, dinners will have much deeper experience as a surprise. 
     
There are 4 different surprise menus :

White :  Chef Surprise - exotic and unusual

Blue : Fish and seafood menu

Red : Meat menu

Green : Vegetarian option

As you don’t know what you will eat, it’s difficult to choose the wine. I knew there is a catch! Whenever you are ready to enter the Dark Room, you will be introduced to your guide/waiter who will take care of your group during your dinner. You will be taken to your table in the dark. All guests must follow strict security instructions and never move in the Dark Dining Room without being led by a guide.



If you feel this is your cup of tea click on the link below and enjoy this rather unique experience!

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