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London PCTs plan to improve healthcare for all Londoners

December 9th, 2008

London NHSLondon’s 31 PCTs have drawn up proposals to wipe out deficits in 10 hospitals and Hillingdon PCT. NHS London said the move would ensure that all trusts were on an ‘even keel’ and warned that without action, debt across London would reach £579 million by 2011.

Ann Radmore, Chief Executive of Wandsworth Teaching PCT, said: “The capital’s 31 PCTs are clear that they need to work together as one NHS to improve health and healthcare for all Londoners. This is challenging for us and PCTs are being asked to consider wider issues beyond their borough boundaries.”

PCTs will make a decision on whether the proposals should be implemented at their own Board meetings, which will run from 8th to 19th December.

The Slopes at The O2

December 8th, 2008

The Slopes at The O2What better way to spend a wintery December day than ice skating in the capital? This year, London has a number of temporary ice rinks including one in Hyde Park, Canary Wharf and Shepherd’s Bush.

The O2 also hosts the capital’s first ever indoor artificial twin ski slope, and whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced skier, The Slopes are designed for all abilities and offer the perfect way to experience winter sports.

Try The Slopes for yourself between 30 November 2008 and 25 January 2009.

Haymarket Hotel

February 13th, 2008

the-haymarket-hotel.jpgOne of London’s finest hotels, The Haymarket is situated in the centre of the mayhem, in the heart of the theatre district surrounded by some of the best restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. Do we need to mention how lovely the hotel is?

Amongst the 50 spacious bedrooms and suites with an exclusive townhouse, the English style hotel has a colourful, exquisite and stylish restaurant and bar called Brumus with brasserie style food, a wide range of cocktails and wines served by the glass. An 18 meter swimming pool, treatment room and work – out room.

Rooms start around £250 per night. For more information about the hotel, facilities, and to make a reservation visit: www.firmdale.com. The Haymarket Hotel is located at 1 Suffolk Place, London SW1. Telephone: 020 7470 4007.

Sweet Treats

January 11th, 2008

Cup CakeFancy some deliciously tasty cupcakes? The Hummingbird Bakery has just the ticket.

A recent shopping trip on Old Brompton Road in London led me to pass some very noticeable and very delectable cup cakes that hung in the window. Other than an amazing bakery in New York (mentioned on our sister site blogyourtravels.com) I have yet to come across some tasty treats in the UK. 2 Minutes from South Kensington tube stop, you can pop in to take away or eat in the quant café-like bakery. The butter cream iced cakes are to die for and melt in your mouth!

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes cost £1.55 and the red velvet cupcakes are £1.85. If South Kensington is out of your way, try the other Hummingbird Bakery nestled in Portobello Road. Visit the Hummingbird Bakery for more information.

The Gallery At Sketch

January 9th, 2008

sketch-gallery.jpgAfter hearing so many good things about the fashionably, arty French restaurant and bar Sketch. I decided to try it for my birthday.

When I booked my reservation, I explained it was my birthday so the waitress suggested that I ate in the Gallery because it would more appropriate with a younger vibe, for a celebration. I gladly accepted and was very impressed by the colourful décor, furniture and lively spirit. Before my friend and I ate, we sat for a drink in the bar. The bar had a wonderful French café vibe with un-matching furniture which stood out because it was so antique. The food was lovely, I recommend the sea bass, but it was a pricey evening so prepare your self for the glamorous prices that come with the glamorous venue.

Book your reservation with Toptable online. Sketch is situated at 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG, telephone: 0870 777 4488. Visit www.sketch.uk.com to view the full menu.

Babylon At The Kensington Roof Gardens

January 9th, 2008

babylon-roof-gardens.jpgYou may have heard of the Kensington Roof Gardens, probably whilst reading the celebrity gossip pages in either newspapers or magazines. With a huge celebrity and business entrepreneur clientele it’s definitely worth a look.

With spectacular views of London, the Babylon restaurant sits 100 feet above Kensington high street displaying both elegance and luxury. The food is lovely, unique as you would expect and the décor is smart and sophisticated. I tried the smoked salmon fish cake … to start and then the fillet of plaice … for my main. They were both delectable and I would definitely eat there again.

You can find The Babylon restaurant at the Kensington Roof Gardens at 99 Kensington High Street (entrance on Derry Street), London, W8 5SA. Toptable, an online restaurant booking website is offering a 2 course lunch for £16 per person available Monday to Friday 12pm-2.30pm. Visit www.toptable.co.uk to register and book.

Madame Tussauds

December 10th, 2007

Madame Tussauds LogoThis holiday season, visit Madame Tussauds in London for its exclusive glittering winter wonderland called Blush.

The transformed Madame Tussauds winter premier party will see some of the most famous celebrities we all know and love in the world such as Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and David Beckham as wax figurines that look so realistic, under mistletoe, dining at a Christmas meal and in a giant snow globe. The festive spirit will be kept up with snow and ice effects.

Tickets are priced at £22.50 for adults between 9am and 5 pm and £18.50 for children or between 5pm and 6pm tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £10 for children. Visit www.madame-tussauds.co.uk for more information.

Champagne Tasting

November 27th, 2007

ChampagneParty this Christmas with some delectable champagne, better yet taste it before you purchase your wide selection to find you’re favourite. Sample some of the finest Vintage Champagnes brought to the UK from some of the most famous champagne houses in the world.

Hosted by Selfridges & Co. own sommelier, Dawn Davies the evening will cost £50 which will include plenty of champagne and canapés.

The Vintage Champagne Tasting event will be held on the 12th of December 2007, starting at 6pm till 8pm at the Wine and Spirits department on the Ground Floor in Selfridges & Co. London. To book your places simply send an email to wineshop@selfridges.co.uk.

Love Gordon Ramsey

November 26th, 2007

Gordon Ramsey Book SigningAvid fans of Gordon Ramsey, get excited now, the fabulously, successful chef will be signing copies of his book ‘Recipes from a 3*** chef’ in store at Selfridges & Co. in London.

The famous chef, better known for his TV shows rather than recipes is often described as one of the best chefs in the country, so this book should hopefully back the statement. The book contains a various amount of recipes, with step-by-step guides to recreate and add to your cooking list and help fulfill the “I will learn to cook more this year” resolution.

Get yourself to Selfridges & Co. on Oxford Street in London and find Gordon Ramsey on the Lower Ground Floor on Wednesday 28th of November 2007 starting at 12.30pm till 2pm. More information at Selfridges Online.

Bond Street Christmas Lights

November 22nd, 2007

758319_christmas_ornament.jpgOut of all the Christmas lights events Bond street has to be the most glamorous. Oxford street had Leona Lewis and Westlife, but Supermodel Sophie Dahl will be flicking the switch in bond street on the 22nd of November.

The bond street lights are usually more classy and subtle than the Regent street and Oxford street lights but there will be plenty of Christmas atmosphere at this event. Fir trees and snow showers will turn bond street into a winter wonderland. There will be a festive street party with mince pies and mulled wine. Santa Claus will be in town and hopefully his bag will be full of Swarovski crystals and Channel Jewellery! The event is free and starts a 6pm.