Balham got Milk

 

Do you live near Balham?

Are you planning on a restful Bank Holiday weekend, plus food?

Do you like wooden furniture? 

Did you answer YES to all of the above, then get your backside over to Milk, a ‘cool dude’ cafe on a cobbled road in the heart of Balham, that serves a variety of dishes, drinks (hot and cold), not to mention cake, the most important food of your 5-a-day staple.

 

 

And as well as the good food & fine wooden surroundings their website looks like an old skool computer, that alone is enough to get my bum in a seat:

 

Enjoy your eatings folks.

 

  • The Place:  18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9RG
  • The Time:  Mon – Wed 8am – 5pm, Thurs – Sat 8am – 11pm (dinner servered from 6.30pm) Sun 9am – 5pm
  • Contact:  www.milk.london

 

  • Images used from milk.london, media.immediate.co.uk & timeout.com
  • Info used from timeout.com & my mind.

The Chief of all Coffees

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In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street and on that dark, dark street lays Chief Coffee.  Well Turnham Green isn’t that dark, and neither is the street Chief sits on (it’s not really a street either, more of a mews), but this was the best opener I could come up with.

Meet Chief Coffee, the caffeine establishment located in a Victorian bottle factory that boasts a pinball lounge in the basement.

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Situated just off Turnham Green Terrace, Chief Coffee servers a variety of artisan coffee drinks with a variety of artisan beans, none of that Btarsucks rubbish, if you know what I mean.

In-house treats like sandwiches and pastries provided by local vendors are made daily, but you want to know about the pinball machines right?

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Grab your Cappuccino, hand-made cinnamon bun and wonder downstairs where you’ll find pinball machines of the Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones and Star Trek variety, to name but a few.

At present there are 9 machines residing in the Chief underground meeting room, which I’ve been told by my band of spies can be hired out for private events, if you’re interested email here.

If you happen to be in West London and are in dyer need of caffeine, I highly recommend popping into Chief. The staff are lovely, the building is stunning and the pinball is awesome…oh and the coffee is pretty OK too :0)

 

  • The Place:  Chief Coffee, Turnham Green Terrace Mews, London W4 1QU
  • The Time:   Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm   Sat 9am-7pm   Sun 10am-5.30pm
  • Contact:  For more information email Chief Coffee here

 

 

 

 

 

Sing me a song mum

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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

 

  • Images used from facebook.com
  • Video used from youtube.com
  • Info used from thebedford.co.uk

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

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

 

 

Damn fine Italian coffee makers revealed

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

 

Get your bake on!

CAKEEEEEEEEE, GREENWICH SOUTH EAST LONDON

Cake, Cake, Cake, need I say more…oh OK, well here’s some info for you then.

Daisy Cakes Bake Shop opened in 2006 on Turnpin Lane by Nazan Lewis (The Cake Queen), creating all kinds of sweetie goods from Birthday and Wedding Cakes to Bespoke Cupcakes and more. Take a peek at the website for pictures of their work daisycakes.co.uk

If you’d like to order some goodies for a ‘do’ or celebration  give the lovelies a call on 020 8465 5534.

OPENING HOURS: To be confirmed

ADDRESS: To be confirmed

EMAIL: nazan@daisycakes.co.uk

PHONE: 020 8465 5534

 

  • Image used from Yelp.co.uk & Daisycakes.co.uk

 

Don’t forget to brush your teeth when your done!

 

 

Treacle, Columbia Road East London

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Info from treacleworld.com

 

Situated in the heart of the East End’s famous Columbia Road flower market, is the new nostalgia that is TREACLE. A welcome antidote to the ubiquitous coffee-shop chains, and overfussy continental-style patisseries, this is an unashamed celebration of basic British baking.

 

Greeted by the tempting array of fairy cakes, Victoria sponges and fruit loaves, customers will instantly recognize the sights, smells and tastes of a bygone era. But this is no chintzy, rose-tinted delusion of halcyon days – rather a realistic homage to the gritty times of the great British urban tea house (think Lyons) – right down to its drab décor reminiscent of the typically British no-nonsense attitude with its accent on frugality and function. Thus it’s setting in one of the oldest East End markets is wholly appropriate.

 

TREACLE is all about a desire to reintroduce a place in our lives for honest, comfort food.

 

Open: Noon-5pm Sat; 9am-3pm Sun

 

Address:

Treacle

110-112 Columbia Road E2 7RG

www.treacleworld.com

 

Transport: Hoxton or Shoreditch High Street Rail

Telephone: 020 7729 0538

 

 

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