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!

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 . 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 .

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