• Entertainment

    The Secret To Gaining Entry Into London’s Best Clubs

    How to Become a VIP

    London’s clubs are difficult to get into if you turn up on the night – but you can guarantee entry by booking ahead.

    London is famed all over the world for its nightlife, and you’ll see pictures of celebrities leaving the capital’s clubs in the gossip pages of newspapers all over the world. It’s because of their superstar reputation that clubs in the city are becoming increasingly harder to make your way into – no matter how you try to bribe the bouncers. To put it simply, if your name’s not down you’re not coming in! So how can you ensure you get into the club of your choice?

    Times are Changing

    The air of exclusivity surrounding London’s club scene is down to a few different factors. Firstly, there are far fewer clubs in the city than there were a decade ago, yet more and more revellers are hitting them on a night out. So naturally, some of those clubs have had to be very selective about who they let in. This has led to lots of competition between the top nightclubs in the capital, each of whom want to be known as the hottest place in town.

    London’s superstar reputation also plays a part. With the rich and famous putting these clubs on the map, they obviously want to build on that good reputation. That means only admitting the right kind of crowd – and many clubs have a strict dress code. This as well as only admitting pre-booked guests means that getting into the best clubs in town can be a tricky process.

    The Hottest Clubs in Town

    So what are the most exclusive clubs in London at the moment? With so many new venues opening, it can be difficult to keep track of which ones are the best.

    First up is Tape, which has been described as ‘game-changing’ by those in the industry. To see what all the fuss is about, secure yourself a Tape table booking.

    Next on your list should be Bonbonniere, a favourite of supermodel Jourdan Dunn and rapper Tinie Tempah. This club has only been open for 18 months, but has established itself as one of the best in the city. Planning ahead and getting a Bonbonniere table booking will guarantee you entry into the club.

    Last but not least is Drama, the successor to the famous Whisky Mist Club. To say it had big boots to fill is putting it mildly, but it’s more than lived up to expectations with its unique atmosphere and eclectic music selection. A Drama table booking means that you’ll be able to enjoy all that the club has to offer without queuing for entry and being turned away at the door.

    A Bit of Forward Planning and You’re All Set

    Once you’ve got your name on the guest list or booked a table, it’s time to plan your epic night out in the capital. Whether you’re staying at one club or sampling a few, planning ahead means that you’re guaranteed entry and all the perks of being a VIP guest. You’ll need to dress to impress too of course – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous after all. So wherever you’re planning to go, make your night out run smoothly by booking ahead. You’ll thank yourself for it later on!

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  • Load of Hay Tavern re-opens with a modern yet traditional new look

    One of London’s oldest and best-loved pubs is set to reopen after an extensive refurbishment. The Load of Hay Tavern on Haverstock Hill in Hampstead, London, has undergone an extraordinary transformation, leaving behind its dated French theme for an altogether more on-trend look.

    Now a craft beer bar, kitchen, and microbrewery, the Tavern specialises in rotating craft style beers and ciders. Boasting 10 draught taps which are changed on a regular basis, as well as a spectacular selection of 25 bottles and cans, beer buffs will not go thirsty. Those looking for fresh, exciting wines and cocktails will not leave feeling disappointed either. With an extensive and carefully selected wine list heavily influenced by its sister venue, The Cork and Bottle, as well as a traditional yet seasonal selection of cocktails, the venue can cater for all tastes and preferences.

     

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    Swapping the tastes of the continent for a traditional pub menu with a gastro twist, the new, fresh menu adds to the stylish yet grounded environment. As a proud microbrewery, the team will also be putting their hand to creating their very own distinctive drops. Looking to brew ales for all palettes, including best bitters, pale ales, India pale ales, porters and stouts, the unique tastes will go down a treat with customers.

    Jono Gregorius, General Manager at The Load of Hay Tavern said, “We’re really looking forward to the opening. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready to re-open our doors to the people of London. Taking the pub back to its traditional roots, while creating a modern, relaxing atmosphere, we aim to create a stylish yet relaxing space ideal for all occasions.”

     

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    Having taken on many guises during its lifetime, the pub has now reverted back to its original name. Previously The Hill Bar and Brasserie, the building has had a complete makeover. Lovingly refurbished to create a relaxing yet modern atmosphere, the new look will appeal to customers old and new.

    Built in 1721, the pub has been a fixture in North London for generations, and the team behind the chic revamp hope to build on the pub’s achievements and cement it as one of the finest dining and drinking establishments in the area. A stunning building steeped in history, it boasts a new external colour scheme that is bang on trend. Set to become a popular fixture for celebrations and evenings out, future generations are certain to enjoy the pub for years to come.

    To find out more about The Load of Hay Tavern and discover the mouth-watering menu, visit:www.theloadofhaytavern.co.uk

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  • London based Pod release summer menu with adventurous theme

    Pod is used to standing out from the crowd and its exiting new summer menu additions, inspired by the flavours and tastes from around the world, will again thrill customers.

    The sun is shining, the temperature is starting to rise and the summer months stretch in front of us – the perfect time for London’s most innovative healthy food-to-go group pod to reveal its summer specials.

    With 22 shops in London and counting, pod continue to blossom in the capital thanks to their commitment to seasonal menus, innovative recipes and dedication to on-site food preparation since 2005.

    pod’s summer adventure will take its customers around the globe in a culinary tour that is filled with fresh food, completely new creations and taste sensations from its ever imaginative development team.

    So what’s new on the pod summer menu?

    How about a foodie favourite breakfast of avocado and feta on toast with a fresh chilli kick? Or perhaps a Summer Glow Mango porridge to fuel up the Caribbean way?

    As a bit of healthy fun, they have bought a (non-alcoholic) Pina Colada to their blended-to-order Blitz range. Handmade with fresh pineapple, spinach, coconut, spinach and orange, there’s no need for added sugar.

    pods’ power ingredients are scattered through their healthy snacks with a Matcha yoghurt made with quinoa and pistachio and a refreshing Strawberry yoghurt topped with micro basil.

    The new Mediterranean tomato, nut-free pesto and mozzarella salad hero’s healthy fats with a grassy olive oil dressing. Served with or without chicken.

    Lunchtimes are always an adventure at pod, so its Balinese chicken salad or wrap ticks more than a few boxes. Crying out Indonesia, they’re made with chicken, Balinese dressing, mayo, coconut, coriander, peas, beetroot, seeds and cabbage – fragrant, and both sweet and spicy. It’s superfood heaven with a little bit of everything combined – and both less than 400 calories.

     

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    Famous for their exotic hot pods, the new Indian Pasanda, with or without chicken is the perfectly spiced hero of the summer menu; a dish packed with authentic India, without sending you packing!

    One of its new baguettes might tempt you with the Vietnamese/French fusion that is the Banh mi pulled pork – or try the mozzarella, pesto, avocado and sun-blush tomato version – both served on superseed baguettes and packed with goodness and flavour.

    pod’s chefs source only the finest ingredients for their in house developed recipes, taking their bi-weekly chef special’s to an even higher level – check the Brazilian Xin Xim chicken stew, Piccalilli pulled pork and the Sri Lankan chicken, each served on three grain rice and topped with fresh herbs and served with a delicious side salad. Refreshing yet complex in flavour – you’ll know what pod mean when you are finishing the last mouthful of these taste adventures.

    And don’t get pod started on the first up chef special Cape Malay chicken curry! The South African gluten-free curry combines sweet and savoury flavours using apricots and a tangy tomato sauce – delicious.

    This is just a taste of pod’s new menu and with so many new additions to an already exhaustive list, why not try a different lunch every day as you circumnavigate the globe on a tastebud adventure that keeps energetic Londoners coming back for more.

    pod only make tasty, intelligent food that reflect the people who eat it – ambitious, health conscious and smart.

    pod have built a reputation that it is rightly proud of because its sole aim is to keep our customers at their peak via quick access to ‘kick-start-your metabolism’ breakfasts, delicious light, adventurous lunches along with fresh immune-boosting drinks.
    Of course, the ‘pod populars’ are all still there on the menu – see full details at www.pod.co.uk.

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  • For 3rd Year Running Buddha Bar Restaurant London Nominated for Best Restaurant and Best Interior

    There is always plenty to celebrate at Buddha Bar Restaurant London, but hopefully soon it will be winning the Best Restaurant Bar and Best Interior at the London Bar and Club Awards 2016.

    Stefan Stefanov, the managing director of Buddha-Bar Restaurant London is taking his team to the London Bar and Club Awards this coming Monday 6th June with hopes of winning the Best Restaurant Bar award for the third year in a row.

    This should not come at any great difficulty to Buddha-Bar Restaurant London as they pride themselves on phenomenal food, impeccable service, and their exotic atmosphere.

     

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    Their signature ‘1001 Nights’ – with live music, delectable treats from special menus, and belly dancers unleash the wild happenings of the Middle East. It really is a truly diverse evening with flavours nowhere else in London can offer.

    “We recognize the importance of driving real, authentic and passionate experiences. Our guests love what we currently offer, but we want to give them even more” explains Stefan Stefanov. He adds: “Buddha Bar is ready to innovate and take Pan-Asian dining to the next level in London”

    The already award-winning Buddha-Bar Restaurant London offers the very best in experiences and tastes, all part of the most extraordinary journey you can enjoy in London. Time to upgrade your summer and set the pleasure bar as high as it will go. A must go to spot in London!

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  • Technology

    Travel in London can now be paid for using Android Pay

    Customers can now use Android Pay on their mobile phone to travel on TfL services, including the Tube, buses and trams, as well as most National Rail services in London, following its wider UK launch this morning.

    The new payment app, developed by Google, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time.

    To use Android Pay, customers just need to download the app from the Google Play Store and set up their account with their bank card. They then simply touch in and out with the top half of their phone on the yellow card reader at a station, or touch in only on a bus or at a tram stop, in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.

    TfL then calculates the best fare for each day or week, depending on where and when customers have travelled. The costs of all journeys a customer makes are then added together and, if appropriate, daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) caps are applied. Customers can also get further advice by visiting tfl.gov.uk/androidpay

    Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Customer Experience at TfL said: “It’s great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market. Android is a popular mobile operating system and we have been working closely with Google to ensure that Android Pay is fully incorporated into the Capital’s transport network.

    “Contactless payments have been a huge success with more than 400 million contactless journeys made already across all TfL and most National Rail services in London, using cards from over 80 countries. As more people see the benefits of this quick and easy to use technology, we’re confident the number will increase even more.”

    Spencer Spinnell, Director of Business Development at Google, said: “We want to make payments simpler for everyone, so we’ve worked with TfL to enable Android Pay on the Tube, buses and trains across London. This adds to the list of almost 460,000 contactless payment terminals in the UK where people can seamlessly tap and pay with their Android phones”.

    TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payment cards and will continue this record of innovation by becoming the first transport organisation in the world to accept Android Pay as a method of ticketing. One in ten contactless transactions in the UK are made on TfL’s network, making TfL one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide. More than ten million unique credit or debit cards have been used on TfL services so far.

    Earlier this year, pay as you go using contactless and Oyster was extended to cover services between London and Gatwick Airport. TfL are now working to further expand the benefits of pay as you go to all London airports as well as other key locations around the commuter belt.

    Around a third of all pay as you go journeys made in London are now made using contactless payments, with the top five stations for contactless payments being Oxford Circus, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf.

    More information on contactless payments can be found at tfl.gov.uk/contactless

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  • Alice Through The Looking Glass Exhibit in London

    From Tuesday 31st May at 14 Cecil Court, WC2 (near Leicester Square tube) Alice Through The Looking Glass is exhibiting for the first time ever Alice’s actual Looking-Glass.

    A chance to see yourself reflected as Alice HERSELF did
    in a glass whose allure remains undiminished by the ravages of time.

    A unique piece of British literary history imbued with beauty and an enduring sense of mystery.

    Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s muse and the eponymous heroine of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ & ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ owned this mirror for most of her life.

     

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    Its similarity to John Tenniel’s original illustration is remarkable. Also on exhibition will be: Sir John Tenniel’s very own ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ hand-painted Chessboard. This unique and important Carrollian artefact has 16 original illustrations that depict the books’ main characters including Humpty Dumpty, The Red Queen, Jabberwocky and more.

    Other exhibits include first editions of Carroll’s Alice books and new artwork that presents Tenniel’s originals in spectacular colour, grand scale and transformative luminescence.

    The exhibit of Alice’s actual Looking-Glass has been made possible by kind permission of the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst and the Ninth Centenary Trust Charity.

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  • Adrenalin filled Omescape live escape games rooms to launch in London

    Gaming fans and adrenalin buffs are invited to find clues, solve puzzles and escape in 60 minutes or less as the original and best Omescape escape rooms game hits London. Pitting players against interactive rooms, the live escape game has taken gaming to a whole new level since its inception. With its launch in the UK, it is now set to capture the imagination of the British people and challenge fans to a high octane fight for survival like never before.

    The first live action escape game to be established in Asia, Omescape has gone on to be one of the most successful and well-respected live interactive games in the world. Featuring professionally designed puzzles and high tech props, Omescape is an exhilarating, high-stakes challenge which takes escaping to a whole new level.

    Now boasting branches across the United States, Canada, Thailand, Australia and France, it offers three of its best games in the all new London location. Each requiring teamwork and stamina, Joker’s Asylum, The Penitentiary and Biohazard Laboratory are all designed to test players’ abilities and challenge their way of thinking.

    Jack W, Co-founder of Omescape London said, “We’re really excited by the launch of Omescape in the UK. With branches all over the world, it was only a matter of time before we introduced escape rooms in London. Having already proven to be a hit with people in all our other locations, we are sure that the British public will love the unique nature just as much. We bring three of our best games with us to London, to capture the imagination of the players and get them to test their mettle against live gaming in exciting new ways.”

     

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    Taking the world by storm, Omescape was the first game of its kind to be covered by the Wall Street Journal in 2013. Encouraging players to think inside the box, the game pits players against ‘the room’ in a bid to solve the riddles in order to escape. The expertly designed escape games in London are designed to challenge and push players to think differently. Truly immersing them into the games thanks to high quality production and automated rooms controlled by a central system, the games are great for people of all ages.

     

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    Boasting film-like sets, Omescape is popular for team building days, birthdays and hen and stag parties, while also providing a unique addition to a traditional days out. Having established itself as a leader in the industry the world over, Omescape has used its uniqueness to its advantage. Located on Carnegie Street, just a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station, the escape innovation is already proving to be a hit with visitors and amassing a cult following. With a 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor already, the intriguing and interactive game is set to revolutionise gaming in the capital.

    To find out more about Omescape or to book your escape, visit the website: https://omescapelondon.co.uk/

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  • Events

    GrandFest festival is returning to London this summer

    This summer sees the return of GrandFest, a one day mini festival set in the heart of East London. Proudly presented by older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, GrandFest celebrates the heritage skills of talented older people, who will be in residence on Sunday 5th June to share their skills with the younger generation.

    GrandFest will, yet again, be showcasing lost skills in a series of masterclasses in and around Spitalfields Market. From breadmaking to crochet and dressmaking to woodturning, this festival is expected to be even bigger and better than last year, taking over nearby cafes, shops and museums.

    The Hipster Replacments - London's first older People's Festival Takes Over Old Street Picture by Michael Crabtree

    The Hipster Replacments – London’s first older People’s Festival Takes Over Old Street Picture by Michael Crabtree

    These fun and interactive masterclasses will continue the resurgence of people wanting to discover and learn new skills. GrandFest’s very own GrandMakers, all over 70, will be sharing fountains of knowledge and inspiring a younger generation, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday.

    These masterclasses get booked quickly, last year’s event sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

    The Royal Voluntary Service is one of the biggest volunteer organisations in the UK, which supports over 100,000 older people each month. Through its army of 35,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward support and Home from Hospital services and via its network of retail shops and cafes.

    For further details about GrandFest please visit – https://grandfest.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/

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  • Uncategorized

    Transport for London’s ‘Spring into Summer’ free guided walks celebrating National Walking month

    Enjoy spectacular views of London in bloom on one of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) ‘Spring into Summer’ free guided walks, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May.

    There are 45 free guided walks across the Capital, organised by Walk London and TfL, which explore London’s hidden gems, famous landmarks, parks and canals. There is something to suit all ages and walking abilities, whether you fancy a short stroll or a challenging trek. Many of the walks are family friendly with Animal I-Spy in the City, a gentle stroll searching for dragons, lions and unicorns and Goodnight Mister Tom, inspired by the much loved book, particularly popular with children.

    There’s also a new design themed walk following the Bakerloo line above ground – featuring Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Marlboro Man. This is a special walk to celebrate TfL’s ‘Transported by Design’ programme.

    The walks, which have been running since 2007, have grown significantly in popularity as Londoners have embraced walking. To cope with the increased demand there is a new online booking system for the ‘Spring into Summer’ walks. It is quick and simple to book a free place by simply visiting the Walk London website, www.walklondon.org.uk

    The ‘Spring into Summer’ weekend will include walks such as: 

    Saturday 21 May

    • Royal Parks and Palaces – Buckingham Palace to Little Venice at 11.00 (4 miles) this walk goes through three Royal Parks, past royal palaces, over hidden rivers and along lakes, ponds and canals. Discover where Wookey the Witch lives, where Peter Pan was created and where Paddington Bear arrived from ‘darkest Peru.’ Find out where the address ‘Number one, London’ is, where the ‘Crystal Palace’ stood and where the first ever Underground train started its journey.
    • Animal I-Spy in the City at 10:30 (1.5 miles) this family-friendly stroll takes you through the streets of the city, where you’ll discover where dragons, lions and even unicorns may be hiding. Perfect for children aged between four and seven years old, but younger or older children are also welcome.
    • Scenes on Screen – Film and TV in London at 14:00 (1.7 miles) takes in locations used for films, TV series and commercials and offers insights into some of the famous former local residents.
    • Goodnight Mister Tom – London in the Blitz at 14:00 (1.6 miles) this family-focused walk is inspired by Michelle Magorian’s much loved book “Goodnight Mister Tom”, which tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated from London during World War II. The walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the Capital during the Blitz. 

    Sunday 22 May

    • The Bakerloo line – featuring Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Marlboro Man at 11:00 (2.2 miles) this is a special new design-led walk above the Bakerloo line, which celebrates TfL’s Transported by Design programme. Discover the beautiful architecture of the Tube stations along the Bakerloo line as well as what happened when Oscar Wilde had dinner with Arthur Conan Doyle, and how the supposedly all-American Marlboro man actually owes his name to Soho.
    • London’s Hidden Treasures – Waterloo to London Bridge at 11:30 (2 miles) this stroll along both sides of the River Thames will reveal some of the secrets that lie beneath the streets and under the river. The walk starts at Waterloo and the iconic London Eye before moving directly on to the river where the history is over 2,000 years old.
    • Gleaming Spires – Architecture and public art in the City of London at 13:00 (1.5 miles) explore the art and architecture in the vibrant City of London and experience its ever-changing skyline.
    • Twin Peaks on the Capital Ring at 13:30 (4.5 miles) come along on this new walk through nature reserves and along the canal to cross Horsenden Hill and then Harrow on the Hill (one of the hilliest sections of the Capital Ring). There are fine views over West London and be ready for some strenuous climbs.

    Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “May is National Walking Month and we hope that our 45 free guided walks will inspire people to walk more around our beautiful and vibrant city. Walking is not only good for your health and wellbeing, but it is also the perfect way to explore new places and we are committed to making London the most walkable city in the world.”

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  • London Taxi PR’s advertising campaign a big success

    Two London cabbies with a combined experience of 40 years – Gary Long from Warlingham, Surrey and Lee Sheppard from Bromley, Kent – have organised the first advertising campaign promoting London Taxis for their safety and trust that’s been funded totally by donations from London Taxi drivers and suppliers.

     

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    Over 50 posters appear in London’s West End, highlighting the point that all black cabs are trusted for their safety and are wheelchair accessible. The £6,000 campaign is organised in association with JC Decaux, who assisted with the design of the posters.

    This ‘Trust Safe Taxi’ poster advertising campaign is supplemented by a campaign on 400 digital screens on the roofs of 200 black taxis, kindly donated by Verifone Media.

     

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    London Taxi PR digital advertising

     

    Lee Sheppard, co-founder with Gary Long of London Taxi PR said, “London Taxis are under pressure and we need to shout from the rooftops the great advantages of black cabs. This is why we set up London Taxi PR to enable us to bring about campaigns such as these, so that we could highlight the benefits of our trade. We coined the phrase, “Take a Ride in London’s Pride” and we’ve received great feedback.

    “We are currently in the process of raising £1,000 for a social media campaign and we will continually be raising funds to follow this campaign up with more poster awareness campaigns.

     

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    London Taxi PR poster campaign

     

    “We’ve made a positive start and look forward to reminding Londoners and visitors that London Taxis are the safest and most trusted in the world.”

    If you would like to make a donation to support London Taxi PR, visit http://londontaxipr.com/index.html.

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