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Easter Egg Hunts In The City!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Want to keep your choc-hungry kiddies happy this Easter? Why not take them on one of the many Easter egg trails taking place in the city this Easter weekend. Personally I think the hunt taking place at Battersea Park Zoo sounds the most fun – even if you’re an adult, I don’t think anyone ever really grows out of Easter egg hunts do they?!

The eggs are hidden among the zoo’s huge range of animals – will the monkeys be hiding them? Or perhaps they’ll be hidden with the ponies or piggies? The whole family can enjoy a day out in the fresh air whether you win the hunt or not! The Easter egg hunt costs an extra £1.50 on top of the admission and takes place between 5th April and 18th April – call 020 7924 5826 to book now!

Other Egg hunts taking place in London are located at Osterley Park, Kenwood House, Ham House, Kew Gardens, Kew Bridge Steam Museum and The Rubens at the Palace. Click here for more information.

The Belvedere

Friday, March 30th, 2007

belvedere-restaurant-holland-park.jpgLocated in the fashionable area of Holland Park, this popular restaurant is one of the most elegant in town. The Belvedere restaurant is housed in a 17th century Jacobean mansion located in the middle of Holland park – probably the most beautiful park in london. This tranquil former summer ballroom is an ideal place to escape from the hustle of inner city London without having to get on the M25. The Belvedere is proud of this fact, declaring themselves to be “A far cry from the minimalism of other urban establishments – our front of house staff at the Belvedere work carefully to make their calm setting a point of difference.”

A table on the on the mezzanine offers the the best views of the ornamental gardens through dramatic large arched windows, and the terrace dining area is a great location for an intimate private party. The menu, although not as glamorous as the surroundings, offers a great range of cusine from, “Beef Burger ‘Belvedere’ and Fries” to “Ballotine of Guniea Fowl & Tarrgon”. The average cost of a three course dinner is a mere £35 per head. However, their wine list is tempting and rather expensive but decent wine, served by the glass is reasonably priced! To book a table call (0)20 7602 1238 or visit the Belvedere website here.

Gordon Ramsay Opens The Narrow

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Gordon Ramsay’s new pub, The Narrow, opens on Monday in London’s Limehouse – 44 Narrow Street, London E14 8DP. It’s unlikely you’ll have to reserve 10 months in advance but there’s no doubt it’s going to be pretty packed with Ramsay’s fans!

The pub is set in a Grade II listed building on the edge of the Thames and Gordon Ramsay Holdings have retained the historic character and related the design to the local area. The ground floor is divided into a bar area, a section for eating and a dining room that can be hired out for functions. The first floor is a private dining room with The Captain’s Table, and a telescope & binoculars are located by the window so visitors can enjoy the river views.

The pub offers classic British dishes seven days a week and if you don’t mind hearing a LOT of swearing, why not reserve your place at the Captain’s Table!!

New Abercrombie & Fitch Store Opens Today

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

If you’re out and about in London this weekend and fancy a bit of shopping, visiting the new Abercrombie & Fitch store is a must. The store opened its doors for the first time today so you can pretty much guarantee it will be heaving for the next couple of months at least – but if your nosy like me and want to check it out, the crowds won’t deter you!

Located in Burlington Gardens, Saville Row, the casual luxury clothing company has restored a 282 year old building in the hope of creating a feel of The Fifth Avenue emporium. Sexy sales staff will be on the doors to lure you in and the in-store dance music should liven up the whole experience. The store is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. Call 020 7025 1550 for more info … Happy shopping!

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Lionel Richie – Coming Home Tour

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

I am a huge fan of Lionel Richie and have been buying and listening to his music for at least 20 years. Hits like All Night Long, Stuck on You, Hello, and Brick House, (the list goes on and on) are just classics that never date. The TV show ‘An Audience with Lionel Richie’ back in December was fantastic and he had everyone rocking in the aisles. In February he performed ‘Hello’ at the Grammies which just brought the house down and his album Coming Home was officially certified Gold!

I am thrilled to say that Lionel will be at London’s Wembley Arena for his new ‘Coming Home Tour 2007’ on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. For tickets ring 0870 163 1782, 0871 230 2620 or 0870 444 5556 or online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and cost from £35.00 to £75.00. See you there!

Celebrate Mother's Day In London

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

MotherThere are loads of things to do and see in London this Sunday – treat your mum in style! Perhaps a VIP Champagne flight on the London Eye or afternoon tea at the Marriott County Hall sound like perfect ways to spend your day – or maybe your mum would prefer the annual Florimania event at Hampton Court Palace?

If your mum’s more impressed with food and drink, the Royal Garden Hotel is offering a Mother’s Day lunch package with a four course menu, or No. 5 Cavendish Square is offering a three course meal for just £25. Or how about a Sunday lunch cruise along the Thames?

Let’s hope for some sunshine too – that would make the flight on the London Eye or the cruise along the Thames perfect.

To find out more, click here.

Anyone Need Car Hire?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Car Hire CentreA few weeks ago I was staying in London with my boyfriend and we decided to book some Car Hire so we could go exploring a bit further. Usually I would just book a taxi or get on a bus but I knew I would be out and about quite a lot so booked it on the spur of the moment.

I found a great website to do this through with a really easy booking system and easy navigation. The thing I liked most about the site was that it showed me a selection of different offers available and compared prices so I didn’t have to look around a do it myself.

I usually book direct and am not sure I’m getting the best deal, but this time I did. Anyway, enough about my trip to London, click the link to read more about Car Hire Centre.

Ricky Gervais Live on Tour

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Ricky Gervais FameI am a big fan of Ricky Gervais’s live stand up shows, I wasn’t too keen on The Office, David Brent annoyed the hell out of me but I think his comedy acts are amazing. I have both Animals and Politics on DVD and am going to try very hard to get some tickets to see his latest masterpiece called Fame.

The show is coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall in the summer but tickets are already sold out everywhere. Extra dates have now been confirmed at the Hammersmith Apollo later in September which go on sale Tuesday 20th March at 10am. I think I might have to take the morning off and sit by the phone if I want to get tickets before they sell out again. More information on the Ricky Gervais Website.

La Boheme at the Coliseum

Friday, March 9th, 2007

602331_opera__.jpgThe English National opera is currently showing Puccini’s la Boheme. Whether you’re an experienced opera goer or its your first time this production is a must see. If this is your first opera, la Boheme is one of the most accessible operas considered as one of the “three or four most popular operas in the repertory” (Groos and Parker, xi), Its dramatic plot which centres around four characters is easy to follow and very moving. You’ll be familiar with many of the aria’s which have been used time and again in films and TV. At the English National opera all works are sung in English and the acoustics are very good so the words can be heard clearly from just about everywhere in the auditorium.

The attraction of this production for the more experienced opera goer is a chance to see the fantastic Mary Plaza or young talent, Lee Bisset-who is part of the eno’s young singers programme – play the role of Mimi, as well as experiencing Xian Zhang’s London conducting debut. If you are a student, the best way to get a discounted ticket is to turn up three hours before the show when you will be able to purchase the best avaible seats for £10-30. Otherwise tickets prices range from 15-83 pounds. Visit www.eno.org for more information and to book in advance.

Champagne High Tea at the Ritz

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

I have just been looking at some great Mother’s Day deals over at lastminute.com and came across this Champagne High Tea for four that I thought was a great idea and quite reasonably priced for the Ritz Hotel. You can purchase a gift voucher then book up an evening in the hotel where you’ll be served a choice of sandwiches, scones with jam, pastries, cakes, a selection of teas or coffee and a glass of Ritz Champagne.

This would make a great family Mother’s Day pressie or just a nice chance for you to visit the Ritz with a small group of friends. Sittings are at 7.30pm and there is an estimated waiting list of 4-6 weeks. The champagne tea will cost £150 for the four of you, that’s only £37.50 each! You could even catch a film or show afterwards.