Marble Arch Pop-Up Theatre

 

Want to go to the theatre but also want to scout around Hyde Park and Marble Arch?

Well you’re in luck, from 29th August the Olivier Award winning production of Five Guys Named Moe will be showing at a pop-up theatre in Marble Arch, right next to Nic Fiddian-Green’s Giant Horse Head (called Still Water).

 

Much like the secret cinema experience the pop-up theatre and surrounding structors will be designed in a 1940s New Orlean jazzy style, guaranteeing that you stay within the world of the Moes before, during and after the show has finished.

 

The Place:  Marble Arch, London W1C 1CX opposite Marble Arch Tube Station

The Time:  Tickets available from 29th Aug – 25th Nov, performance times and prices vary 

Tickets:  Buy them here

Contact:  fiveguysmusical.com

 

 

 

 

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Street Sweets

 

Sweetie lovers rejoice (& pre-book an appointment with your dentist) a street market dedicated to all things sugar, pastry and cake has made a temporary home on Covent Garden’s Mercer Street.

 

Just desserts is a fortnightly street market selling a variety of cakes, brownies, tarts, pavlovas, gelato, basically everything you might want as an after meal treat (because no meal is truly complete without a dessert). 

So if you have an addiction to the white powder (SUGAR, I’m talking about sugar!) or just feel like checking out a new market head on over to Covent Garden. Why not, right :0)

 

Dates: August 24th & September 14th

Time: 11am – 6pm

Where: Mercers Walk, Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9QR

contact: Twitter @justdessertsldn

 

* info used from Londonontheinside.com, Eventbrite.com

* images used from twitter.com

 

 

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Smart Birdy Street

Fancy generating some electricity while breathing in cleansed air, doing a bit of shopping all on your lunch break, then head over to Bird Street.

Located next to Selfridges Oxford Street, Bird Street has been transformed into a techie smart oasis.

A row of pop up shops and eateries where Good Mood Food, smoothies, environmentally friendly & tech based accessories can be purchased.

 

Smart paving that helps generate power for the pop up shops & street lights (plus data collecting).

 

Andddd a bench that purifies the air around you while you sit in it, to help clear the lunges and the soul.

 

All surrounded by greenery & peaceful sounds to make your lunch break a serine experience, before you head back to the madness of the office. Perfect.

 

 

  • Images used taken by one’s self
  • Info used from birdstldn.com and pavegen.com

 

 

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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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Mandira Yoghurt Bar

 

I hadn’t realized yoghurt had become cool again, and no I’m not talking about frozen yoghurt (yeah, I know, that was cringe…leave me alone!)  But apparently it has, and Mandira in Covent Garden are leading the charge in yoghurt food couture.

On offer are a variety of sweet and savoury bowels, soups, chips with dips and yoghurt sandwiches, which I didn’t even know were a thing but then came to my senses!

 

 

Menu attached below.

 

So if you have a thing for yoghurt get your backside over to Covent Garden, just try not harm the tourists who will inevitably get in your way…they don’t know any better.

 

  • The Time:  Mon – Fri 7.30am – 7pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 7pm
  • The Place:  78B Long Acre St. Covent Garden WC2E 9NG, London
  • Booking:   Just show up, life is to short for table bookings!
  • Contact:  www.mandiralondon.com

 

 

 

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The Milk Train

 

Summer is on it’s way (supposedly) and what better way to enjoy those long hot days than with ice cream served on a cloud.

Milk Train Cafe in Covent Garden as brought the trend of accompanying ice cream with a fluffy mound of candy floss from Taiwan to our shores. 

 

Choose your ice cream flavour, they offer vanilla, matcha, hojicha (roasted green tea) and a few others, chose your extra, and then watch as they surround your cone with the sugary treat that as finally escaped the fairground. 

Just a note you don’t have to have the candy floss, but why the hell not huh, YOLO (yes I went there!).

 

 

 

  • The Time:  Tuesday – Thursday 12-9pm, Friday 12-10pm, Sat 11.30am-10pm, Sun 11.30am-8pm
  • The Place:  44 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HA
  • Price:  Starting from £3.50
  • Contact:  www.facebook.com/milktraincafe/

 

 

 

  • Images used from twimg.com, theculturetrip.com, swirled.com
  • Info used from hot-dinners.com, metro.co.uk

A Taste of Barbados

During these days of minimal sun we could all do with a dose of Caribbean culture and warmth, so this Saturday and Sunday head over to South Molton Street by Bond Street Station for some Bajan 5 star cuisine, a mixture of live music including Calypso and Jazz, Art, health and wellness demonstrations and last but not least Rum masterclasses.

Not a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday in May.

 

  • The Time:  From Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, all day
  • The place:  South Molton Street, London, W1K 5QE
  • Price:  It’s free baby (thought so attractions maybe have a cost)
  • Contact:  Google search!!!

 

  • Images used taken by yours truly
  • Info used from eventbrite.co.uk

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. The more you eat them…

 

… the more you fart.

 

The musical fruit has taken up temporary residency in Selfridges Foodhall to celebrate 50 years of the bean’s popular slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’.

From 27th March to 23rd April you can visit the pop up bean bar on the department store’s ground floor to grab a beany bite (how many times can I say ‘bean’ in one post), dishes include ham hock, scrambled egg and crispy bacon all teamed up with the famous tomato bean.

 

So if you’re a fan of the nation’s favourite orange food, after the Wotsit, then pay the bar a visit this Easter holiday.

 

The Time:  Every day of the week between 27th March – 23rd April, 9am – 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and 11.30am – 6pm Sundays.

The Place:  Selfridges Ground Floor Foodhall, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

Tickets:  It’s free baby, meals start from £3 each

Contact Info:  For further info click here

 

*Info used from timeout.com & selfridges.com

*Images used from timeout.com and taken by one’s self 

Remember remember…

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…The 5th of November, like anybody in the UK could ever forget. Year after year we’re told of the story of Guy Fawkes’s attempt to restore a Catholic Monarch to throne by blowing up half of London, but was caught with a crap ton of gun powder just before lighting the fuse (there were 60 barrels of the stuff, so this was obviously a suicide mission as no one was escaping that), and later died by throwing himself off of the scaffold he was to be hanged drawn and quartered from.

It’s was all downhill after the 80 years war really.

So now we celebrate this foiled terror attack by letting off fireworks and burning Guy Fawkes effigies (what a magical time this is), and to be honest I f***ing love it.

So here are a few bonfires you can check out around the Capital:

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Southwark

  • Where: Southwark Park, Southwark, London, SE16 2PA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 5pm, last entry 6.30pm
  • Price: It’s free baby!…but you still need a free ticket to enter, get them here
  • More info: www.southwark.gov.uk

 

Crystal Palace

  • Where: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20 8DT
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, Kiddy friendly display starts at 7pm, Main display starts at 8.30pm
  • Price:  Kids tickets (3-10 yrs) £5.10- £5.60, Adult tickets £7.50-£8.50, Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £19.80-£23.80 get them here
  • More info: www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk
  • Further info: Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs

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Finchley

  • Where: Finchley Cricket Club, 33-45 East End Road, London, N3 2TA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6.30pm
  • Price: Individual  Ticket £5, Family of 3 tickets £10, Family of 4 tickets £15
  • More info: facebook.com

 

Bayswater

  • Where: Cleverland Square, 30 Chilworth Street, Bayswater, London, W2 6DB
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, display starts at 7.15pm
  • Price: Kids tickets £5, Adult tickets £10
  • More info: www.clevelandsquare.org
  • Further info: Display set to music, BBQ and bar available at the event

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Kensington

  • Where: The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Doors open from 7pm, display start at 11.45pm
  • Price: Tickets from £15, book in advance
  • More info: www.virginlimitededition.com
  • Further info: Display set to music by inhouse DJ, BBQ available, complimentary cocktail with ticket

 

Forest Gate

  • Where: Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate, Centre Road, London, E7 0DJ
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 5.30pm, display starts at 7.30pm
  • Price: It’s free baby!
  • More info: www.newham.gov.uk
  • Further info: This event will be hosted by Heart Radio DJ Roberto, display set to music. Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs

 

 

 

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