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Yotel – Pod Hotels Come To London

Friday, September 28th, 2007

premuimworkdesk.jpgSimon woodruff the entrepreneur behind Yo Sushi has brought another great Japanese idea to the UK. Yotel is the latest space saving hotel. The concept has been copied from the Japanese pod hotels that have been popping up all over Tokyo in recent years. The bijou hotels feature tiny rooms with just a bed and a tiny area of floor space – standard rooms feature a single bed which is apparently large enough for a cosy two and premium rooms offer a double bed and couch. Storage is built into walls but you do get your own wet room with monsoon shower!

At the moment the only Yotels in the UK are located at Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The Yotel is aimed at allowing tired passengers to get some sleep while they wait for their delayed planes. For this reason rooms can be booked for as little as four hours at a time. There are plans to open a hotel in London’s west end soon. I’m sure they’ll become a perfect retreat from those who have stayed out passed the last train….although I somehow doubt they’ll be letting out rooms for four hours only in that part of town! Standard pods at Heathrow and Gatwick cost 25 pounds for four hours and are charged per hour after that at prices from £5 per hour – make sure you have a good alarm clock with you when you stay!

Fancy a Drink at Embassy?

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Embassy LondonEmbassy bar and restaurant is one of the hottest night spots in London, a place to see and be seen. Perfectly located in the centre of Mayfair, Embassy is spread out over three floors. The top floor is the restaurant which is all you expect a posh place to be, seating well spread out and waiters eager to meet your every need, the floor to ceiling windows give it a more exclusive feel and you are welcome to dine alfresco in the summer months. On the lower level of this floor there is a pre bar where you could also eat in a more relaxed atmosphere, perfect for those pre-club drinks or a small bite to eat.

The members bar is downstairs along with the VIP room which is situated between the top and bottom floors. The bar and club area is stylish, modern, opulent but a little bit cosy. The food and drinks are pricey and be prepared to order your main meat and vegetables or chips separately, the steak is absolutely worth it and the cocktails are refreshing.

Overall it’s a lovely bar and restaurant and worth a trip to see for yourself. The Embassy is located at 29 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AP. Call 0207 437 9933 to book or visit for more information.

London Film Festival

Monday, September 17th, 2007

London Film FestivalIt’s that time of year again when London becomes even more hectic as the British Film Institutes film festival comes to town. From the 17th of October you can book tickets to watch selected films that premier at the festival until the 1st of November. Not only will there be guaranteed celebrity guests but Britain’s best talent will be unveiled.

Watch the premier of Brad Pitt’s starring role in Andrew Dominik’s new film ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford’ or perhaps Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep are more to your taste in Robert Redford’s ‘Lions for Lambs’. All stars are expected to attend but for film fanatics there are many other films to choose from such as David Cronenburg ‘Eastern Promises’ or Richard Attenborough’s ‘Closing the Ring’. You’re bound to find a film that suits your interests.

Visit for more information on performances and how to purchase tickets.

London Fashion Week Cocktails

Monday, September 17th, 2007

London Fashion Week CocktailsTo celebrate London Fashion Week, the vibrant and fashionable Donovan Bar in Mayfair’s luxury Browns Hotel will be serving up limited edition fashion cocktails. The bar, named after British photographer Terence Donovan is a chic, fashion savvy hang out with black leather decor and photographs taken by Terence Donovan.

Enjoy live jazz on Monday through to Saturday from 9pm each week and during London Fashion week the place to be seen will serve up the delicious cocktails from the New York cocktail; a mix of Bourbon, lemon juice and grenadine syrup with amarena cherries, to the Milan cocktail; a mix of Milano de Bere, Prosecco with raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberry puree. These cocktails are only available from the 8th September through to the 8th October 2007 so be quick.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 11am until 1am and Sundays 12 noon until Midnight. Find the Donovan bar at The Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP or call 0207 493 6020 for more information.

A Bar Made Of Ice

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Absolut Ice BarAbsolut Ice Bar is the UK’s only fabulously cool bar made of ice. It is based in Mayfair, London and is kept at minus 5 degrees all year round; everything in the bar including the walls, bar, chairs, tables and even a telephone box is made of crystal clear ice.

The vodka bar serves all the different flavour vodkas you can imagine and with entry you are handed a glass made of ice to receive a free vodka cocktail. The Absolut Ice Bar has a £12 entrace fee apart from Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when it is raised to £15 and with that you are provided a hooded thermal cape to keep you warm along with gloves. One thing I would advise is to wear trousers and boots, shoes or trainers with socks that will keep you warm as the cape doesn’t cover your legs and my friends in their skirts were extremely cold! After your 40 minute time slot in the Ice Bar warm up next door at Below Zero; a two floor lounge bar and restaurant. It’s one of those ‘must sees’ in life.

Visit for more information.

Trees for Cities Tree-Athlon

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Tree-AthlonWhile browsing Green Events this morning I came across an article that caught my attention. Trees for cities are holding a Tree-Athlon in Battersea Park to raise money for the planting and care of thousands of trees. The same event was held in 2005 and 2006 and both were successful and popular with the public.

Trees for cities is a charity and have organised a 5km run and a ‘tree wish’ – I’m intrigued to find out more about this! There will also be a fashion swap; everyone takes a clean item of clothing that they no longer need and takes something home that they do need, all left over clothes are donated to TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development). The event will take place on Saturday 15th September from 10am onwards and will be a great way for all you tree lovers out there to donate to the cause.

For more information about the event visit