Happy Mamas Day



To all of the beautiful mothers out there (including my own) thank you for being awesome, for putting up with our crap and not going through with your threat to kill us when we ‘P’ you off.

You’re amazing, and we love you always.




Owl be at the bar

Update: 17th March 2015

The dates for Annie the Owl Cafe have changed, it’ll now be open from the 9th – 14th April.

The ballot draw will now take place on the 5th April, but some guaranteed entry tickets will be available for purchase in advance,

Stay tuned for further updates and tidbits.


Sorry I’ve been away for a while, I was busy being lazy and then March happened, so figured it was about time I pulled my finger out of my arse and started posting again.

So belated Happy New Year and belated Happy Valentines day. Now back to business.

In two-ish weeks Annie the Owl and her pals will be opening a pop up bar in Soho, called ‘Annie The Owl’ (bet you didn’t see that coming).

For 1 week only you’ll get the chance to have a wee fruity drinkipoo in the company of some very beautiful winged friends, butttttt, you have to entry a ballot draw for the chance to gain entry. With more than 67,000 people showing their interest in this event can you really blame the organizers for going down this road.



To enter the draw click ME, you can apply for up to 4 tickets and will be informed as to whether you’ve been chosen by the 14th March.

The birds will all be accompanied by trained handlers so no funny busy you bunch of rascals.


The Time: From 8pm – 2am, Thursday 19th – Wednesday 25th March 2015

The Place: No idea!…only the chosen few are privy to that knowledge

Contact & Further Details: annietheowl.com email: sebslyall@gmail.com  |  Please note that there will be no alcohol available at this event, this is to help ensure the safety and well being of the birds, handlers and staff. All those allowed to gain entry to the event will be permitted 2 hours in the venue and will be seated randomly throughout.



Random event with some top birds revealed

It’s a Kanye party



An evening dedicated to the father of North West brings the people of North West to West London.

On Saturday 29th November 2014 celebrate the music and madness of Kanye in Paradise. For 6 quid (which in most bars will only buy you 1 shot) dance yourself silly to  Mr West’s catchy beats.

Not much else to say except, get your glad rags on and don’t let Kanye down!

The Time: From 8pm – 2am, Saturday 29th November 2014

The Place: Paradise by way of Kensal Rise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE

Contact & Further Details: www.theparadise.co.uk, email: clem@thecolumbogroup.com, Tel: 020 8969 0098




Have fun…Disclaimer, Kanye West will not be there so please don’t shout at me tomorrow!

Last minute Halloween 2014


Lost for something to do this Halloween, well maybe this will help.


  • NECROPOLIS – London’s Journey of the Dead

Between 1854-1941 London’s dead were transported out of the city via the London Necropolis Railway. Closed in 1941 the Necropolis station was locked away and forgotten…until now (dun dun dahhhhhhh).

Discovery London’s largest morgue hidden beneath Waterloo Station. Listen to mad stories and crazy noises as you walk down the aisles of the dead.

Address: To be confirmed upon ticket purchase

Contact: zombieapocalypselondon.co.uk

Cost: From £10, limited £15 tickets available at the door, pre-book to avoid being pissed off.

Date: Thursday 30th Oct – Saturday 1st Nov 2014, times vary between 3pm-7pm, 5pm-7pm & 7pm-10.30pm


  • The Coffin Dodgers Disco

Get your groove on without all those young whipper-snappers clogging up the dance floor.

Join the Coffin Dodgers team for a night of boiled sweet munching, “back in my day” chats and sing-a-longs to “real music”.  If you’re under 28yrs old I’m sorry but you are not welcome, ID’s will be checked upon entry so drawing wrinkles on your face will not help!

Address: The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP

Contact: coffindodgersdisco.com and www.phoenixcavendishsquare.co.uk

Cost: Tickets cost £20, call Don for details 07806 710 236

Date: Friday 31st October, from 8pm


  • Fancy dress Ghost Train

Get on the spooky party train for 12 hours of fancy dressed awesomeness.

Address: 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG

Contact: www.carriage34.co.uk

Cost: Free entry for everyone in fancy dress & free blood shots on arrival

Date: Friday 31st October, 4pm – 4am


  •  Ghost Ship – The Haunted Paddle Steamer

Jump on London’s largest Steamboat for a Halloween party on the murky waters of the Thames.

Get your dance on with 2 decks of tuneage, while you sail east along the river. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, join 5 other boat parties at a secret location for a massive after party. You don’t have to wear fancy dress, but lets be honest it’ll be more fun if you do.

Address: Tower Millenium Pier near Tower Hill Station. The After party is at a secret location, details given on the night.

Contact: www.residentadvisor.net

Cost: Tickets cost £35 for the boat & £3.50 for the after party, from here

Date: Friday 31st October, from 8pm – 6am


  • Bogan Bingo Shitty Halloween Disco

Get your Bingo on at this comedy show event in Clapham Junction. Throw on your best (or worst) 80’s gear, enjoy some ‘seated’ bingo action, then dance like a MANIAC till 3am at their shitty disco (their words, not mine!)

Address: The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1TT

Contact: claphamgrand.com

Cost: Tickets cost £10 for both the Bingo and Disco, or £9 for just the disco from here

Date: Friday 31st October, from 7pm


  •  Halloween Tales

So maybe partying isn’t your thing, on your feet for hours dancing in crowded rooms, spending a fortune on drinks and cabs home, no thank you. So why not head over to The Sekirk for a night of classic horror story readings, listen to the tales of M.R. James read by candle light, for a truely bone chilling evening.

Address: Blackshaw Theatre, Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 0ES

Contact: www.blackshawonline.com

Cost: Tickets cost £9.90 from here

Date: 31st October & 1st November, from 7.30pm


  • Hot tub Halloween

Yep it’s Hot Tub Cinema again. Grab your wet wear and a towel, some friends and couple of pool toys then head over to the tubs for some Halloween favourites. Chose from Scream, Beetlejuice and The Craft (2 of my fav films),seat back and enjoy.

Address: TBC

Contact: hottubcinema.com

Cost: Tickets cost £35 per person or you can grab a private hot tub for up to 6 people from £190 from here

Date: 31st October – 2nd November, from 6.30pm



  • Candy Kittens Pop-up West Fields White City

Not exactly an event,  but if you like Made in Chelsea you may want to head over to Westfields White City. Jame Laing’s Candy Kittens van has set up camp for a Halloween spooktastic Pop-up shop.

Head over to the Southern Terrace were the sweet treat truck will be stationed until the 2nd November.

Address: Westfields London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7GF

Contact: uk.westfield.com

Cost: It’s free baby, except the sweets, those you have to pay for.

Date: Until the 2nd November, from 10am – 7pm




Whatever you do have an awesome Halloween…unless your summoning an undead army, in which case you can sod off!



Cheap & freeness London 13th – 19th Oct 2014


Welcome to a week of Cheap & beautiful Freeness. Enjoy.


  • London Horror Festival – The Etcetera Theatre, Camden

Get in the Halloween mood early with the London Horror Festival. From the 13th-31st The Etcetera Theatre in Camden will be staging a number of performance art pieces that’ll make a chill run down your spine, but hopefully not down your leg, if you have a small bladder I would recommend go to the toilet before the show begins.

There will be at least 1 performance a night, though many of the shows will run for a number of evenings. If you’ve ever wondered what a charming Frankenstein would be like, or where in Dante’s nine circles of hell you’d find Shakespeare’s Richard II then this event is perfect for you.

Address: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street , London NW1 7BU

Contact: www.londonhorrorfestival.com

Cost: From £8 – £11.50, tickets are a little cheaper on concession

Date: 13th – 31st October 2014


  • The Water Poet Pork Pie Off – The Water Poet, Spitalfields

It’s time for battle, if you’re a lover of the pork pie then get yourself over to Spitalfields for The Water Poet’s Pork Pie Off. In celebration of ‘The Great British Pub’ the best in the pie biz will be showing off the talents in the hope of being crowned King or Queen of the Pork Pie.

Craft beer on tap and tasty treats from the competitors will be available on the night. It’s your civic duty to support the traditions of our fair nation, pie and all!

Address: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Website: www.waterpoet.co.uk

Cost: £4 ticket, you’ll receive a pint of craft beer and some pie tasters from the pork pies in the competition.

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014, from 6pm



  • Levi’s Student Lock-in – Levi’s Flagship Store, Regents Street

Levi’s flagship store on Regents St will be holding a student shopping event on Wednesday 15th Oct. If you’re of the student community and are after a sweet deal, plus a bit of booze (the will ask you for ID first) and some tunes then head over to their facebook page for more details about the night.

Address: Levi’s Store, 174 – 176 Regents Street, London, W1R 5DF

Contact: www.facebook.com/levis.gb

Cost: It’s free baby!

Dates: Wednesday 15th October 2014, the start time has not yet been released, keep an eye on Levi’s tweeter account for details, click here.


  • Dirty Old London Tour – Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate

Explore the filthy world of Victorian London during this talk with Lee Jackson. Find out how the people fought to turn the cesspit of a Capital into what we know and love today, with the peculiar beginnings of the public toilet to the intro of public baths.

Address: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Contact: www.bishopsgate.org.uk

Cost: £9, cheaper with concession, tickets available here.

Dates: Thursday 16th October 2014, starts at 7.30pm


  •  Rotten Hill Gang – Paradise by way of Kensal Green, Kensal Green

“West London favourites, Rotten Hill Gang, return to entertain you with a high energy live set of big instruments and even bigger vocals. Resident DJs in support playing a mash up of hip hop, house, disco and party favourites.”

What more needs to be said.

Address: Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE

Contact: www.theparadise.co.uk, email: clem@thecolumbogroup.com

Cost: £5

Date: Friday 17th October 2014, 8pm – 2am


  • VIP Records and Music Fair – Central Hall Westminster, Westminster

To all you music conosur out there, get down to Westminster on Saturday 18th Oct for the largest record, CD and music related memorabilia fair in the Country.

Any and everything music based available under one very large Westminster roof, plus there’ll be a cafe so there’ll be food too.

Address: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH,

Contact: www.vip-24.com

Cost: £3 entry, £6 for early birds from 8.30am-10am

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014, from 10am, 8.30am for early bird entry


Time for the Tipple Taxi



Welcome to the Tipple Taxi, brain child of Lucas Sinclair this converted black-taxi bar travels the country popping up at events and functions all over the gaff.

This vehicle of joy seats 5 people, plays music, has a screen for watching videos but most importantly serves cocktails for those seating inside the car, as well as those  outside.  The Tip Tax (that’s my nick name for it) can be seen at festivals, marketing & PR events, but between the 6th – 12th October can be found at Camden Lock as part of London Cocktail Week. Yes that is a thing, an amazingly wondrous thing.

As there is only 1 more day of this event left (I’m sorry, I know I’m crap), on Sunday 12th The Tip Tax will be in Camden from 11am – 6pm, if you have a London Cocktail Week wristband you can buy drinks at a discount, I believe you can also order a signature “£4 cocktail” as part of the event too. However if you don’t have a wristband I would recommend heading over to the taxi anyway, as there will be a photo booth, music and the opportunity to brag to your friends about having a cocktail made for you in the back of a taxi. Not bad for a Sunday.

P.S. The taxi is stationary while serving drinks, please do not think that you’ll have a personal cocktail maker creating drinks during the journey home, you won’t. Sorry to burst your bubble.




The Place: Middle Yard, Camden Lock, Camden High Street, NW1 8AB

The Time: Sunday 12th October 2014 from 11am – 6pm

Further Details: www.thetippletaxi.com or www.londoncocktailweek.com



It’s boring to hear but important to say, DRINK RESPONSIBLY you lunatics!

Cheap & freeness London 8th – 13th Oct 2014


I swear next week’s cheap list is going to be posted on time…I am so crap.



  •  Comedy in the Attic – Hackney Picture House, Hackney Central

An alternative East London comedy night to see you through the rest of the week, they say laughter is the best medicine so get on down to Hackney and get your giggle on.

Address: Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

Contact: www.picturehouses.co.uk

Cost: £5 baby!…get your tickets here, you can also pre-purchase food and drinks online at a cheaper rate.

Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014, 7.30pm – 11pm


  • Google Cardboard – Buy online, some assembly involved

Cardboard, the latest in virtual reality tech, nope I’m not kidding and neither is Google.

Once you’ve bought the kit, and after a little DIY you’re left with something that resembles a View-Master Slide Viewer from the 80’s. It has 2 lensed eye holes, a comfy nose opening and a “drawer” for your smart phone to seat in. You’ll need to download one of the available apps for the device to work effectively onto your phone first (example here), once done all you need to do is follow the instructions then experience the fun. There is also a magnetic image capture function (that sounds amazing right) so you can save and savour the memories FOREVER.

I realise I may not have made the Google Cardboard sound very appealing, so there is a video below to persuade you of it’s awesomeness.

Website: cardboard.withgoogle.com, or click here to read a review sosogay.co.uk

Cost: £20 or less from Amazon, it’s not within the usual £10-or-less category but as the next best thing for domestic use is the Oculus Rift which costs between £120-£300, £20 isn’t so bad.

Date: Available now



  • Kizomba Dance Lessons – The Pod Bar, Wimbledon 

All you people who are still doing Zumba, good for you, I’m ridiculously lazy so envy all those with the will power to get up and do something, especially something that’s dancy fun. If you energetic folk would like a new challenge then how about Kizomba, a dance styled on semba, Angolan merengue and Kilapanda. The first class is free, so if you’re not convinced that Kizomba is for you then no harm no fowl.

Address: The Pod Bar, 105-109 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG

Contact: www.kizombaaddiction.com, click here to book your free session.

Cost: £7 per class, entry for 2 for £10

Dates: Thursdays 8pm-9pm for beginners, 9pm-10pm for beginners/Improvers, 10pm onward for practice or P.A.R.T.YING!


  • The Supersonic Singalong – The Phoenix, Cavendish Square

The guys at skiddle.com have described this club night perfectly; ‘Forget karaoke, at the UK’s first singalong club night a brilliant live band plays 80s and 90s hits and the crowd sings as one. Euphoric!’

Address: 37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP

Contact: www.skiddle.com & www.phoenixcavendishsquare.co.uk

Cost: £5 + 50p booking fee from here.

Dates: Friday 10th October 2014 from 8pm – 2am


  •  Diwali in the Square – Trafalgar Square

In conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Diwali in London Committee brings you a beautifully colourful, music filled event to celebrate the festival of lights. Beginning at 2pm with a dance that involves the public (wear comfy shoes people), follows singers, a fashion show and lots of food and drink, so arrive early to make sure you don’t miss anything, especially the food.

Address: Trafalgar Square, West London

Contact: www.diwaliinlondon.com

Cost: It’s free baby!

Date: Sunday 12th October 2014 from 2pm – 8pm



Cheap & freeness 30th Sept – 5th Oct 2014



As this week’s cheap fest is 2 days late (yep I’m meant to post these on Sundays but procrastination is a bugger), I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I’m sure you all prefer to that way.



  • Free Lunchtime Concerts – St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square

Enjoy some lovely, free, lunchtime classical music well you eat. It might prevent you from killing your boss.

Address: St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square

Contact: www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/music/

Cost: It’s free baby!

Date: Tuesday 30th September


  • Astronomy Photographer Exhibition – The Royal Observatory, Greenwich 

View amazing pictures (like the 1 below) of our ridiculously fabulous Universe, by Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, and other entries.

Address: Small Exhibitions Gallery, Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Contact: www.rmg.co.uk 

Cost: It’s free baby!

Dates: From 18th September 2014–February 2015, 10am– 5pm daily


Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend, UK, 9 January 2014


  •  Student Shopping Festival – Whitgift Shopping Centre, East Croydon 

Calling all Students and Freshers, get yourselves down to Croydon on Thursday evening for some shopping cheapness. Kit out your wardrobe and stationary cupboard for the year, while still having money for the student bar later.

Address: The Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1LP

Contact: www.thewhitgiftcroydon.co.uk and studentshoppinguk.com

Cost: Getting into the event is free baby!..but you need to register for the event at studentshoppinguk.com

Date: Thursday 2nd Oct 2014, from 5pm – 9pm


  • Oktoberfest – Millwall Park, Canary Wharf

It’s the mother of all beer festivals, Oktoberfest will be in Canary Wharf over the first weekend of October. There’ll be music, food and giant golden nectar glasses so get your Lederhosen on (that’s the recommendation on their website, I’m not being stereotypical) and enjoy  the last of the Summer sunshine.

Address: Millwall Park, Canary Wharf  – DLR station Island Gardens

Contact: www.london-oktoberfest.co.uk

Cost: It’s Free baby!..except on Saturday 4th Oct when it’s £10 entry

Dates: Thurs 2nd Oct – Fri 3rd Oct from 6pm – 11pm, Sat 4th Oct 2pm- 11pm & Sun 5th Oct from 12.30pm – 7.30pm



  • ArtWest – Various locations around the edge of North West London

Basically you get the chance to invade the studios of creative businesses along the boarder of West & North West London.

Studio locations & Contact: www.artwestopenstudios.co.uk

Cost: It’s Free baby!

Dates: Sat 4th Oct – Sun 5th Oct 2014


Sing me a song mum



Are you a parent? Do you love to sing? Are you continuously asked to leave a premisses due to spontaneous outbursts of song?

Then you need Pram Chorus my friend.

Meeting a couple of times a week in various locations around South West London, a tribe (or colony) of parents come together to make beautiful music, literally. The first session is free, thereafter it’s £7-8 per adult per sing-a-long. You also need your child, you can’t just pretend to be a parent, they need proof!

There will also be cake so make sure you have space in your tum for that. That would be reason enough for me to go, all I need now is a kid.


The Times & Places: 

Tuesdays: 10-10:45am followed by cake in Clapham Park, side room at St Stephen’s Church, 35 Weir Road, SW12 0NU.
Thursdays: 2:30pm for cake, singing 3-4pm, Streatham Hill, Telford Avenue, SW2 4XW.
Fridays: 9.45-10.30am followed by cake, The Oak Room in the church centre at St Luke’s 194 Ramsden Road, SW12 8RQ

Cost: First session is free, £7-8 thereafter, to be paid either every term or half term, you get a 20% discount if you introduce a friend.

Details & Contact: thebedford.co.uk, email: contact ruth@pramchorus.com to book your free session


Thank you for bringing singing parents together @ The Bedford, nice work!