Queen on Carnaby Street


No not The Queen, Queen, as in the 80s British Band, where Lady Gaga got her name, Bohemian Rhapsody (one of my fav bands of all time), well on 21st Oct (today) at 7pm Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rami Malek and a host of others will be on Carnaby St for the official turning on of the Bohemian Rhapsody light installations to celebrate the release of the Queen movie on 24th Oct.

To attend you will need a wrist, see details below on how to get your hands on one:

– Please collect your wristband from 74 Broadwick Street (just Off Carnaby Street) on Sunday 21 October.
– Wristbands will be issued first come first served.
– Strictly only 1 wristband per person.
– Wristband collection point opens at 11am
– Please note there will be bag searches so please do not bring large bags.
– No glass or cans allowed on Carnaby Street. 
– Wristband holders need to be in the designated area by 6.45pm. Switch on begins at 7pm
– Please kindly note there will not be any musical performances at this event. 


Enjoy the evening and ‘look up to the skies and see’ the lights… ya I am shamed of that, I’m not deleting it though.


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Hotchips and Dips

I love crisps (or chips depending on which side of the Atlantic you identify with), you love crisps, everybody loves crisps. Beautiful pieces of potato based kit covered in tasty flavourings, created to elevate that most evil of beasts, the hunger pang.

But don’t you sometimes long for more than salt & vinegar treats?

What about Shetland Black spud chips served with Lemon Tart & Raspberries Pudding Dip, or Highland Burgundy Heritage Potatoes paired with a Baba Ghanoush (a smoky aubergine dip with lemon & garlic) Savoury dip, sound good, then get your backside over to HipChips in Soho.


Available to the adventurous are a number of seasonal heritage potatoes with a selection of savoury & sweet dips, to be paired you see fit.

HipChips Menu

So go forth crisp lover and experience everything thy potato has to offer.





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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

FYIDISCO is back, Bank holiday weekend 28th August



On Sunday the 28th of August between 18:00 and 22:00 fyidisco will bring its unique pop-up silent disco to a free event in Soho Square, London.

Using a combination of smartphones, portable Wi-Fi networks, charisma, servers, sounds, shapes and spaces fyidisco specialises in creating instant dance floors, momentary raves and transient music events in any and every place they can.

The concept behind fyidisco is simple; “What if my smartphone could function like a pair of headphones at a silent disco?”

By connecting multiple smartphones together via a battery powered Wi-Fi network they make this a possibility. Bringing all the fun of a silent disco to any location they fancy, but without any of the bulky or expensive equipment.

Simply bring your smartphone and a pair of headphones along to Soho Square on 28/08/2011 between 18:00-22:00 and silently dance the night away.

For further info check their website www.fyidisco.com

The Garden Party, St Martin’s Courtyard Covent Garden West London

07.04.2013 UPDATE: Cino de Mayo Mexico’s National holiday is coming to London, get over to the Courtyard on the weekend of 3 – 5 May with your sombrero to Fiesta in style.



St Martin’s Courtyard, London’s newest shopping and dining destination celebrates the Great British summer with the ‘St Martin’s Courtyard Garden Party #smcgardenparty – A Thoroughly Modern Affair’.

Pop singer ‘Sunday Girl’ will open the event and perform two acoustic sets during the day.  There will be lots to see, do, eat and drink including free fairy cakes from Bill’s market barrow, plus magicians, facepainting and silhouette cutting.  Celebrating the original heritage of the garden party, strawberries and cream will be available in the courtyard which will be dressed with bunting and balloons.


The central meeting point will be a bandstand on which a salon show will take place showcasing the fashion from the boutiques and flagships of St Martin’s Courtyard.  The team at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers are creating a show-stopping finale dress made entirely from flowers.  The models will mingle with the crowd as they parade their outfits along a grass catwalk.


The St Martin’s Courtyard fashion expert, The Wardrobe Consultant will be on hand to offer one-to-one style consultations following the shows.

The St Martin’s Courtyard Garden Party introduces 21st century mediums of communication and social media to this traditionally British occasion.


Twitter savvy partygoers are invited to tweet about the St Martin’s Courtyard Garden Party using ‘#smcgardenparty to be entered into the ‘Fashion tombola’.  The 1st, 10th, 25th, 50th, 100th, 200th and 500th tweets will win one of many fantastic prizes from the shops and restaurants.


What’s happening at the Garden Party

12pm Sunday Girl opens the event
12:10pm Magic Show
12:30pm Melvita skincare demonstration
1pm Salon fashion show
1:30pm Magic show
1:45pm ‘Create a summer posy’ at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. £20 per person
2pm Live music from Sunday Girl
2:30pm Magic show
3pm Salon fashion show
3:30pm Free fairy cakes fro mBill’s market barrow
3:30pm Melvita skincare demonstration
3:45pm ‘Create a summer posy’ at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. £20 per person
4pm Live music from Sunday Girl
4:30pm Salon fashion show



St Martin’s Courtyard is located in the heart of Covent Garden, just a minute’s walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square underground stations, both of which have excellent transport links throughout London.



  • Image from onephotographic.com & stmartinscourtyard.co.uk
  • Info from stmartinscourtyard.co.uk

Machiavelli, Covent Garden

Info used taken from machiavellifood.co.uk

Image used taken from metro.co.uk


Enjoying a bottle of wine in a Tuscan vineyard in the early 90’s became the inspiration of what is now the premier suppliers of imported Italian food in the UK. No one was importing produce this good in the UK, so we began here in London in 1996.


Importing fresh food from Italy to London is our speciality. Machiavelli is a well established, vibrant and innovative company, specialising in importing simply the very best Italian food, direct from Italy. Our dedication lies in quality of the food, the service and our passion in the products themselves. We are proud to distribute Italian Food, produce and ingredients to the top restaurants, delis, stores and hotels in London and nation-wide. Some very famous restaurants are running on our Italian imported food.


We believe the best food is the freshest and it is this philosophy that helps drive our choice of products, arriving twice a week from Italy by refrigerated transport. Specialist artisan foods include fresh handmade pastas from Tuscany, cheeses produced with traditional family recipes from Piedmont, alongside first-pressed olive oils by one of the most prestigious producers in Sicily.


The choice of products available is endless – balsamic vinegars, prosciuttos and salamis as well as mouth-watering antipasti and olives grown in the sun drenched groves of the Mediterranean. Italian Food imported and supplied at its very best.

Many of our products are sourced from the Slow Food Movement and are D.O.P. / I.G.P. (Protected Denomination of Origin / Protected Geographical Origin). D.O.P. ensures that the raw ingredients are sourced locally as well as indicating place of origin, whereas I.G.P. ensures that all production processes conform to specific local traditions.


69 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,

(020) 7240 2125


Big Busk Secret Gig May 24th, Covent Garden


Just a quickie to point you towards a sort-of-secret gig tonight. Razorlight will play a ‘Big Busk’ gig at 5.30pm today (24 May) in St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden.

Styled as an ‘impromptu gig’ the actually rather promptu affair is to promote a bevy of organisations and causes. The band’s performance is one of several ‘Big Busks’ to mark 20 years since the first Big Issue. They’re also banging the drum for Get Loaded in the Park, an excellent festival on Clapham Common on 12 June, to be headlined by Razorlight. Finally, the busk will do no harm for St Martin’s Courtyard, the new ‘shopping and dining destination’ in Covent Garden.


Slingsby Place

Westminster, London WC2H 9AB

Get Directions

020 7287 9601




Ap-Art Pop up Gallery, Soho

Image from Apart on facebook Info from Ap-art.co.uk

Apart was opened by Adrian Palengat in December 1999 on London’s Portobello Road. Located in a 2500 sq ft loft style space in the heart of Notting Hill, the gallery moved to a new showroom in Notting Hill in November 2006 and in September 2007 Adrian Palengat took the gallery on the road.

Since then, Apart has curated independent group shows in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Paris, Venice and Berlin.


55-57 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JX

“We are very happy to have secured another interesting spot for our summer show this year, namely the old Grant and Cutler premises on Great Marlborough St. Although it will need a bit of TLC to get it up and running as a gallery, it has the potential to be one of the best we have had, with old parquet flooring, plenty of light and high ceilings. The show will run from May 26th to August 20th and will as usual showcase the works of artists from around the world that we love. Hope to see you there.”


Jimmy Carr is one of the recent TV personalities to enjoy the gallery.

Gallery open from May 25th to August 20th



Foxcroft and Ginger, Soho

Image from thelondonfoodie.co.uk

info fromFoxcroftandginger.com


Berwick Street market is pretty bohemian and Foxcroft and Ginger is the latest quirky arrival, an all-day deli café open from breakfast to early evening.

The Deli has now been granted an alcohol licence, so they plan to stay open until late in the evening, and perhaps until midnight at the weekends.


Monday 8am – 7pm
Tuesday 8am – 9pm
Wednesday 8am – 9pm
Thursday 8am – 9pm
Friday 8am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm

Foxcroft & Ginger

3 Berwick Street

T: 020 7287 5890
E: info@foxcroftandginger.com


Brindisa Spanish Tapas Restaurant and shop, South Kensington, South West London

Image from gands.co.uk

Brindisa imports the most extensive range of high quality Spanish foods in the UK, with something for everyone.

Brindisa as a number of Tapas Restaurants and stores throughout London, as well as the option to purchase produce and wines via their website. They also host a varity of events from Ham School to Supper Clubs.

London Bridge Restaurant

18-20 Southwark St
London SE1 1TJ

Tel: 020 7357 8880


Soho Restaurant

46 Broadwick Street
London W1F 7AF

Tel: 020 7534 1690

South Kensington Restaurant

7-9 Exhibition Road
London SW7 2HE

Tel: 020 7590 0008

Southwark Grill

18-20 Southwark St
Camberwell, London SE1 1TJ



020 7357 8880

Check the website for the opening hours of individual restaurants and online shopping.