Dolce and Amaro, Willesden Lane North West London

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Spring has finally reared it’s beautifully, cherry blossomed head, and you find yourself in North West London in serious need for a properly made, Italy Cappuccino but also need to pick up some pasta for dinner…what do you do?

You head over to Dolce & Amaro in Kilburn, that’s what. The new (and very lovely) comers to the area, having opened in late Jan 2014, offer a wide array of delectable yummies such as homemade hot and cold food, PROPERLY made coffees and teas, cakes, some pre-packaged foods for instance pasta (hence the comment above), all available to eat-in or take away, including the CAKE.

Bless their entrepreneurial hearts they open from 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, and 8.30/9am – 6.30/7pm on Sundays, those kinds of hours would kill me so I wish them every success!

Also I have it on good authority (the horse’s mouth, so to speak) that the owners, Dolce and Amaro, are quite found of people popping in for a chin-wag, so if you happen to be on Willesden Lane and are in need of some friendly banter, I personally recommend stopping by. The Cappuccino is also pretty damn good too.

 

Open hours:

Mon – Sat: 8am – 8pm

Sunday: 8.30/9am – 6.30/7pm

 

Address:

98 Willesden Lane,

London, NW6 7TA

 

  • Info received first hand from the Co.Owner of Dolce & Amaro

 

 

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Million Mask March, Trafalgar Square West London

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On November 5th 2013 the group Anonymous are inviting everyone to don a mask and gather for a friendly meeting of minds in Trafalgar square, followed by a SILENT stroll to Parliament, some music in the form of  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture then a tea party to finish off the evening.

The march, which is a global event, will also take place in Nigeria, Washington,  Romania, India, Melbourne, El Salvador plus numerous other cities World wide on the 5th.

The aim of the gathering is to meet and greet like minded people to exchange and share ideas. All are welcome and a blockade of the streets of West London the desired result…however the ukanonymousevents.com website have stated that should the streets become gridlocked emergency services will get through should they need to.

If you have a spare mask (or not) and feel like some tea and a chat in front of the Houses of Parliament then head down to Trafalgar Sq at 6pm on Tuesday 5th November…a revolution is afoot.

For more info have a look at www.ukanonymousevents.com and www.facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchLondon/info.

  • Info and images used from ukanonymousevents.com and facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchLondon/info

 

Peaceful exchange of ideas Revealed!

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Thriller Zombie Dance Off, Regents Street West London

Calling all Michael Jackson fans, for the 30th anniversary of Thriller Thrilltheworld.com is inviting everyone to Heddon Street (off Regent Street) for a Thriller / Zombie dance jam.

Wear your fanciest RED outfits, throw on your dancing shoes, head down to Regents Street and get to ‘boogying’.

The event starts at 10pm which will coincide with Thriller events taking place globally.

For more info have a nosey at www.thrilltheworld.com

  • Info from Thrilltheworld.com and now-here-this.timeout.com
  • Image from copiousnotes.bloginky.com

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BLACK HISTORY WALKS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN LONDON

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October is Black History Month in Britain (February for the States and Canada), so a friend of mine asked whether I wanted to go on 1 of the Black History Walks with him, ashamed and embarrassed that I knew nothing about such tours I just stood there and nodded like a prick, desperate for him to bugger off for 2 mins so I could do a quick Google search which would allow me to find relevant words to use in intelligent conversation.

4 hours of pathetic nodding later I managed to get on online and found blackhistorywalks.co.uk , who offer walks through Notting Hill, the City of London, Elephant & Castle and various other sites around London that have been touched by the presence of Africans and Caribbean’s in the city for centuries.

Each walk lasts roughly 2 hours, walks at each location happening at different times of the month, the website has all the details you’ll need for an informative and enlightening day out:

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk

£9 for Adults, £3 for Children

All tours must be booked in advance, please state the number in your party at the point of booking.

Our history is what shaped us, but the future of our civilization can only be achieved through unity

  • Info used taken from blackhistorywalks.co.uk
  • Images used taken from farm3.staticflickr.com and blackhistorywalks.co.uk
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Cafe Provencal, Herne Hill South East London

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So your in Herne Hill and could really do with a coffee, you know because it’s ‘a’ day in the week and you just can’t survive without a caffeine hit, or you fancy some lunch with a mate in a comfortably cool environment that doesn’t cost the earth, then Cafe Provencal should be the place you head to.

A lovely independent, “non-pretentious” (as stated by a reviewer on Tripadvisor.co.uk) restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere for all…and ‘price considerate’ which is AWESOME right now!

Bounce your way over to this hidden South East London delight, for foodses, drinkses and good timeses, plus  it’s next to Herne Hill Station which is nice and handy.

 

ADDRESS:

Cafe Provencal

2-6 Half Moon Lane,

Herne Hill,

London, SE24 9HU

 

OPENING TIMES:

Open from 10am daily, closing times vary

 

CONTACT:

020 7978 9228

info@cafeprov.co.uk

www.cafeprov.co.uk

 

Hidden foody gem revealed!

 

 

 

  • Info used from cafeprov.co.uk and tripadvisor.co.uk
  • Image used taken from google earth google.com

 

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Popchoir, various locations throughout London

 

 

So you love to sing but are terrified to audition, dream of being heard but brake out in a cold sweat at the though of being alone on a stage, well there is hope for you and thy be Popchoir.

Rest assured this isn’t your standard gospel type of choir (not that there is anything wrong with that), it’s more like Songs of Praises meets Top of the Pops with less pretension, it’s just people who love to sing and chose to do so in a group, while making a load of new friends in the process.

There’re groups popping up all over place, including Teen choirs, see the wee list below for London location details:

 

*CHIGWELL

Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell 1G7 6QX

Rehearsal time:

Tuesdays 8pm-9.30pm

 

*CHISLEHURST

Chislehurst Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst BR7 5LX

Rehearsal time:

Mondays 8-9.30pm

 

*CITY

The Church of Saint Vedast alias Foster, 4 Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH

Rehearsal time:

Wednesdays 6.30-8pm

 

*CLAPHAM

Clapham Manor Primary School, Belmont Road, Clapham, London SW4 0BZ

Rehearsal time:

Tuesdays 8-9.30pm

 

*CROYDON

St Mildred’s Centre, 30 Bingham Road, Croydon CR0 7EB

Rehearsal time:

Mondays 8-9.30pm

 

*DULWICH

St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BT

Rehearsal time:

Wednesdays 8-9.30pm

Teen Choir rehearsal time:

Wednesdays 6.15-7.30pm

 

*LONDON FIELDS, HACKNEY

St Michael and All Angels Church hall, corner of Lavender Grove/Lansdowne Drive, London E8 3ER

Rehearsal time:

Mondays 8-9.30pm

 

*MUSWELL HILL

Royal British Legion Club, Muswell Hill, N10 3NG

Rehearsal time:

Wednesday 8-9.30pm

 

*WEST HAMPSTEAD

St James’ Church Hall, 2 Sheriff Road, West Hampstead NW6 2AP

Rehearsal time:

Mondays 8-9.30pm

 

*WEST END (new for September 2013)

St George’s Church, 2A Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1FX

Rehearsal time:

Tuesdays 6.30-8pm

 

Hopefully this has triggered the desire within you to obtain more information, if so have a nosey at popchoir.com or email info@popchoir.com

 

 

Sing till your hearts content my friends.

 

 

 

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  • Info used taken from popchoir.com
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Sleep Peacefully Woolwich Soldier

 

 

Our thoughts go out to the family of the poor soldier who lost his life in Woolwich yesterday, and a reminder that we cannot let the actions of 2 disgusting, vile pricks warp our view of your neighbours and colleagues.

Nothing can justify the deeds of these horrible people, nor can any actions taking on any religious buildings or communities. We must stand together as a sign of solidarity to prove to those who would divide us that they have no chance.

 

TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL!

  • images used from sentimentalcalligraphy.in and thetippingpointsblog.com

 

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The Great Garden Bake Off, King Henry’s Walk Newington Green North London

In association with the Chelsea Fringe the members of the King Henry’s Walk Garden invite one and all to their gaff for the Great Garden Bake Off. A day to celebrate plants, flowers baking and eating! From 10am-4pm there will be a variety of workshops, competitions and demonstrations for everyone it get involved with in this multi award winning community garden.

 

10am-12pm Junior Bakers Pizza making workshop: Who doesn’t love pizza, well why not get your little darlings involved in making their own. From dough kneading to picking fresh herbs from the garden, the kiddies will get the chance to experience every aspect of pizza making including the best part, the tasting.

There’re only 15 places available so book in advance by emailing rsvp@khwgarden.org.uk or call/text 07901 931 018

A £5 voluntary cover charge per child is suggested, however the organisers are open to haggling. Check the site for further details.

 

 

12-4pm Great Garden Bake Off Main Event: Fresh bread making demonstrations by local bakers will kick of the event, demo tickets can be bought for £3 per person, per session on the day. There will also be various stalls selling flowers, veggie plants and herbs plus bread tastings, so probably best to skip lunch.

The bake off competition, open to all, will include the following categories:

Signature Challenge: A loaf of bread made using at least 1 garden related ingredient

Technical Challenge: Chelsea Buns (bakers half dozen)

Showstopper Challenge: Cupcake war (bakers half dozen) time to get your decorating game face on. Competition rules and entry forms can be found on the website, including all the details I’ve probably missed.

 

Where are they: Near an adventure playground in Islington, I’m really bad with directions so here’s a handy map, the closest train stations are Canonbury & Dalston Junction, these’re roughly a 10min walk from the garden (East London Overground Line):

Buses: The 21, 30, 38, 56, 141 & 277 all stop close by.

Tube: Highnury & Islington Station is the closest tube station to the garden, but is still a 25ish min walk away, you can jump on the No 30 or 277 bus from Highbury corner to Ball’s Pond Rd which is a 5 min walk away.

Website & Email: www.khwgarden.org.uk info@khwgarden.org.uk

Tel: 020 7923 9035 / 07901 931 018

 

  • Info used from khwgarden.org.uk
  • Image used from chelseafringe.com
  • Map used from streetmap.co.uk

 

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UNIQLO POP-UP STORE, HOXTON EAST LONDON

 

Uniqlo have opened a pop-up store dedicated to their UT range in the heart of the cool zone (or Hoxton). From the 19th April(yes I know it’s currently the 24th) to 27th April you’re invited to pop into The Hoxton Gallery  to take a gander at the goods, have a natter with the staff and to use the new UT CAMERA app.

 

The brand from Japan have also teamed up with VICE  to present a forte-night of Art and Musical events, the next being on Thursday 25th April which is Strictly a VIP Launch Party afraid. There are 2 more events thereafter on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th. On the Saturday theGallery will house a pop-record fair for all you vinyl loves.

 

If your after more details have a nosey at the site www.uniqlo.com 

 

Opening hours:

12pm – 7pm Daily until 27th April

 

Address:

The Hoxton Gallery

At the Arch

9 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA

 

How to get there:

Buses from Liverpool St station; 242, 149, 26, 48 (the 26 & 48 stop on Hackney Road which is a 5-7min walk away)

Buses from Old st station; 243, 55, (get off the 55 on Old St or on Hackney Road, Old st is closer)

From Hoxton Station; 6 min walk along Kingsland road towards Shoreditch High St

 

T-shirts, gotta love ‘em

  • Info used from Uniqlo.com
  • Image used taken by Keith Haring & Jen-Michel Basquiat for Uniqlo UK

 

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Nightjar, City Road East London

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“Something special is beginning to stir in a Hoxton basement. Watch this space, but speak easy.”

 

The Nightjar represents all of the glamour and secrecy (sorta) of the speakeasies of the 20′s. Full of music and life, not to mention alc-e-hol, this luscious venue furnished in black leather by candle is to much fun not to visit…did I mention there was alc-e-hol.

Nightjar holds live events weekly, the next of which will be Tuesday 12th March ’13. The jazzy tunage of Dom Pipkin, a self taught blues brother from London. for more details have a nosey on barnightjar.com.

 

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Address:

The Nightjar

129 City Road

London EC1V 1JB

020 7253 4101

info@barnightjar.com

Opening hours:

Friday & Saturday 6pm – 3am

Thursday 6pm – 2am

Sunday to Wednesday 6pm – 1am

Say hello to Fat Sam for us.

Images used from tickets.boisdale.co.uk and travelinhappiness.com

Info used from barnightjar.com

 

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