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Battersea Park Fireworks

Friday, October 26th, 2007

752815_fire_flying.jpgThere are a wide choice of public fireworks parties to attend around Guy Fawkes night, you don’t just have to chose the one nearest to you. One of the best events in London is Battersea Park fireworks.

Tickets are only £5 for adults and £1 for under 10s – which is cheaper than a lot of outside London events. The display takes place on Saturday the 3rd of November and it is expected that there will be an audience of 55,000 people. Gates open at 6, the massive bonfire will be lit at 7:30 and the award winning fireworks display starts at eight. The show boasts a laser light experience and music based on the theme of tantrums and tiaras.

There will be plenty of stalls and fairground attractions, including places to buy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot dogs, hot chocolate and even a Mediterranean barbecue! You can get tickets at the door or 020 8871 8108 call for more information.

The London Wine Show

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

booking_image_13.jpgLondon’s Wine Show is on this week and ends on Sunday. If you want to pop down this week and take advantage of two for one tickets visit The Wine Show website or call 0870 890 0094.

There are still tickets available at the door for tonight as well as the finale on Sunday. Tonight’s preview evening allows a chance to discover wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region and Islington’s Business Design center will be transformed into a Mediterranean setting. The red carpet evening will feature a barbeque of dishes from the region to complement the wine, tutored wine tasting sessions, talks and entertainment hosted by wine connoisseur Oz Clarke.

Sunday is promising an equally vibrant event with more food, wine tasting and tutoring from wine experts. Don’t miss this once a year experience!

Bar 23

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Bar 23I had heard Bar 23 in Sheffield City Centre was a stylish, modern and trendy place to be seen, I just didn’t know where to find it. Vodka Revolution in West One has been a regular haunt of mine and looking around the area I had noticed the great selection of restaurants, I had just failed to notice Bar 23 hidden in the corner.

The bar definitely joins Crystal, Ruby Lounge and Vodka Revolution in being one of the nicest bars in Sheffield. It’s modern, sleek décor adds to its elite atmosphere and attracts the fashionable and the affluent. The cocktails are amazing and well worth the £5 charge per drink. I recommend the baby doll, my friends suggest the margarita, but see what takes your fancy. Overall a lovely evening but it does get very busy on a weekend, so get there early too avoid standing all evening and maybe even book yourself a table at the restaurant which I hear is great too.

Bar 23 is located at unit 3, the plaza, 8 Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield City Centre. Visit www.23barandrestaurant.co.uk for more information.

Sugar Reef

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Sugar ReefI read a review of Sugar Reef in a magazine quite a while ago but I never got around to trying the venue. Recently, my friends and I were looking for a trendy place to eat and drink in London and after thinking back at places I had heard to be hip I remembered Sugar Reef.

We booked a table for a Thursday evening which was a great time to do dinner, as it wasn’t overly crowded, but busy enough with a complimenting jazz band. The décor is sleek and stylish, the service was lovely and the set menu was perfect. I recommend the fresh soup of the day with rustic bread followed by the sirloin steak which was delectable.

For more information about Sugar Reef visit www.sugarreef.co.uk or call 020 7851 0800 to make a reservation. The Sugar Reef bar and restaurant is situated at 42-44 Great Windmill Street, London, W1 and the nearest tube in Picadilly.

Tour of Haunted London

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

846901_kingston_graves_.jpgIf you work in the city of London you probably walk through it everyday but take for granted the atmosphere and history of the buildings and parks around you. I know I do…..I used to get a real buzz out of coming to London and being surrounded by some of the most exciting sights in the whole world but I have lost that awe that I first felt walking through the streets.

Well, if you want to appreciate the history around you a bit more why not take part in a one of the guided city walks that are taking place this Halloween time. Not only are they a great way to learn about some of the most salacious details of what happened in London in the past but can be a hugely entertaining and original evening out. You even get a bit of exercise!

haunted-warehouse.jpgI found a great website called London Ghost Walk where you can book such a tour. The walks are given by historian and author Richard Jones and last for two hours. The tour will take you around haunted sites where Richard has had personal experience of ghostly goings on. He will recount his own tales as well as the experiences of physics and even scientists, many of which have been published in top selling books. You will visit London’s oldest hospital and ancient burial grounds. The evening takes place on Halloween night (October the 31st) so ghostly activity will be at its peak – who knows what you might encounter. Book here for tickets

Taste of Spain Week

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

taste-of-spain.jpgThis week London has been celebrating Spanish wine, music, food and culture. Events have been held in London’s top restaurants, bars and markets and appearances made by the best Spanish cuisine chefs and musicians in the city.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Taste of Spain event and new restaurant Camino are hosting the “Camino Tapathon”. This event promises to be a tappas extravaganza with wine expert, author and broadcaster John Radford. Learn about tappas from the master and taste as much wine and tappas as you can eat for only £20! An amazing price when you consider how much a meal at a tapas restuarant in london can add up to!

The ticket also includes a 10% discount on John Radfords new book “Cook Espana, Drink Espana” You must book for this event and it takes place tomorrow between 12pm and 6pm, so don’t delay! Bar Camino is at 3 Vanishers Yard, the Regent Quarter, Kings Cross. Call 020 7841 7331 or visit Taste of Spain or Bar Camino for more info and to book.

Pumpking Carving at Selfridges Food Hall

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

668981_pumpkin_face.jpgThe nights are getting colder and misty and Halloween is on its way – theres no better way to cosy up your home around this time of year than adding a few glowing jack o lanterns around the place. These are must have accessories for any Halloween party whether it’s a grand scale monsters ball or just a quiet night in with a horror film.

If you have never carved a pumpkin before get straight down to Selfridges Food Hall on Saturday the 27th or Sunday the 28th of October where there will be demonstrations of how to create the most elaborate designs whilst staying safe and clean. You can watch the pumpkin artists for hours and then get carried away buying the tools of the pros.

If you have kids take them along and let them get inspired! There will also be plenty of other children’s entertainment around the store such as magicians, witches and Halloween craft stands, where kids can have a go at making scary masks. All events take place on both Saturday and Sunday the weekend before Halloween.

Dine in the Amazon Rainforest

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Rainforest Cafe

After hearing many good reviews about the dining experience in The Rainforest Café, London, I decided to check it out myself.

The largest restaurant in London was decorated top to toe in tropical plants and vines. Mechanical gorillas and elephants moved and made noise throughout the evening while tropical fish swam in a fish tank all setting relaxing surroundings. Water falls are spread around the restaurant to emphasise the rain forest theme and during your meal you’ll hear thunder and see lightning.

The food was good, the savage minute steak and major mojo bones were extremely tasty and well recommended. Perhaps a little over priced but the experience made up for this. The drink selection was good with a wide variety of many wines, champagnes, cocktails, juices and sodas and the deserts were as good as they looked.

A restaurant well worth a visit! The Rainforest Café is located at 20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EU. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly and for more information call 0207 434 3111 or visit www.therainforestcafe.co.uk.