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Football Free Weekend!

In Events, Festival, food, In London on June 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

Don’t fancy watching the football…well this weekend you are spoilt for choice for things to do. This weekend there are festivals, street parties and even a carnival… FUN!

For foodies

Taste of London – 17th – 20th June 2010 – Regents Park.

You can still buy tickets for Saturday and sunday! Taste of London is your chance to sample culinary delights from London’s best restaurants. Now in its seventh year, look out for demonstrations from great chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Giorgio Locatelli at the Taste Theatre, and an extraordinary range of quality food and drink from around the world.

For more information please visit – Standard tickets cost £22.00

For Music Lovers

Spitalfields Summer Festival – 19th-26th June 2010

Spitalfields festival is the East end version of the proms and is bound to have something that everybody will want to hear. “Music from old and new contemporaries – from Monteverdi to Xenakis, Allegri to Clementi”


Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra & Chorus performance of Handel’s Saul.

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For the family

Covent Garden Market 180th Birthday weekend Celebrations. 18th -20th june

Covent Garden is hosting a three-day party this weekend for the Market Building’s 180th anniversary. The celebration kicks off today with the cutting of a giant birthday cake big enough for 2000 people. Children and adults will be able to take part in workshops throughout the weekend to learn singing, juggling, acrobatics and more. And there will be entertainment from street performers.

For more information please visit

The event is free!

More to follow……


Sunshine My lovely Sunshine

In food, In London, picnic on June 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Spring/summer is here (well for the next few days) so it is time to dust off your flip-flops and head to the beach or the park for us Londoners.

I don’t know but a bit of sun always makes me want to have a picnic. Now creating the perfect picnic I would have to say is a bit of an art as well as EFFORT. Well London being the wonderful place it is, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes who will create a perfect picnic for you to take away and I have listed the creme de la creme here just for you… Happy sunning 🙂

Mr and Mrs 4×4 Luxury

For those of you with a bit of money to line your pockets, London’s many Michelin starred restaurants have many culinary delights on offer:


87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

Food from Harrod’s is the height of  luxury picnic dining, head to the food court where staff will pack you a lovely array of goodies to delight your taste buds to take away in a lovely branded Harrod’s cooler bag.

For more info please visit or please telephone the Food Orders desk on 020 7893 8041 or email

Fortnum and Mason

Want to impress a special someone or give yourself a treat, then you should opt for one of F&T’s luxury three course picnics.

The three courses are made up of Smoked Salmon parcels with crab and lemon mayonnaise filling, Ballotine of barn reared chicken wrapped in air dried ham and ceps and served with 2 salads – jersey potato with walnuts and blue cheese, cucumber and baby spinach tossed with sunflower seeds. To finish there are individual poached pear tarts with a spiced red wine glaze, served with vanilla mascarpone. And to wash that down a lovely bottle of chardonnay. Unfortunately this kind of decadence doesn’t come cheap this picnic will set you back £100 pounds.

For more info please to order please contact their customer relations department on  0845 300 1707.

Quintessential English delights

Looking for that quintessential english picnic but don’t want to go for broke?

Betty Blythe – Fine Food Pantry

73 Blythe Road, Brook Green, London, W14 0HP
Betty’s lovely traditional hampers capture the essence of an english picnic. Packed with tasty treats like fresh sandwiches and even champagne. Each hamper is tailored to each customer’s tastes and budget. Choose from a variety of mouth-watering dishes English cakes, finger sandwiches and grilled meats, to couscous, salad, home-made relish and mouth-watering squidgy triple chocolate brownies.

Also if you pre-order then hampers can be hand-delivered to any of the nearby parks. Also for that totally vintage experience; vintage rugs, lawn games, glasses, cutlery can be also provided.  Prices start from £10.00 – £300.

For more information and to order your hamper please visit contact the Pantry on 0207 602 11 77 or email your contact details to

Looking for a  Mediterranean inspired picnic?


Head down to Carluccios’s for the authentic italian picnic. You have a choice of five picnics going for £45 pounds or £60 pounds for two. On offer is a selection of antipasti including chilli stuffed olives, sun-blush tomatoes, balsamic onions and Napoli salami.
Oven roasted chicken legs stuffed with herbs, breadcrumbs and mortadella wrapped in pancetta, as well as many other treats. For kids there is a £10 pound menu containing little pizzas and meat balls.

For more information visit or go to your nearest Carluccio store.

Other great places to pick up a picnic:

Luigi’s – Fulham

Clarke’s Restaurant and Bakery

Scandinavian Kitchen – Soho

Circus-London Review

In food, In London, reviews on February 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm


Following in the footsteps of entertainment lead restaurants like Supper Club and Proud Cabaret is Covent Garden’s newest restaurant Circus. With a discreet entrance of Endell Street, Circus is still a bit of a secret.

The venue for Circus originally housed elephants for the Royal Opera House in Victorian times and this has served as inspiration for its wild theme.

Circus is owned by Adam Davies who previously worked for The Light Group who runs clubs in Las Vegas. The two million pound venture is being funded by his father a seasoned restaurateur and himself.

When you walk into Circus you are greeted with a dark, club like entrance. The reservation desk doubles as the free cloakroom and20732_266624046801_542996801_4424263_7921245_n friendly staff hand you silver bracelets instead of tickets stubs. On entering Circus you are greeted by a sophisticated and contemporary decor. The restaurant was designed by avant-garde design supremo Tom Dixon. Metallic bulbs hang down from ceiling and a long quartz table runs the length of the restaurant also doubling as a stage for the cabaret acts.

The bar is at the back of the restaurant with a small intimate seating area. Even though the interior is obviously very cool, the atmosphere is very informal. The South American cocktail menu is extensive and prices range from 7 to 8 pounds.

The Pan-Asian menu has plenty of interesting choices. Our waitress was very attentive and able to give recommendations on the menu. Highlights are the Seafood Jambalaya and Empanadas which were very succulent and sweet. Starters are small so it is recommended to order three or four to share.

Entertainment was a sexy trapeze artist with a bit of exhibitionist streak.


Circus is a great place to go for groups looking for a different night out and with it’s intimate seating areas it is equally suitable for couples. Dinner (4 starters and 2 mains), two cocktails and bottle of wine came to 52 pounds per head.

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