The night started with some cocktails, which were strong! Unfortunately as I had a upset tummy I had to forgo drinking but my friend said they were pretty good.
Being a bit of a dim-sum-aholic I do feel I can comment on the quality of Courtesan’s dim sum. It was good! And also a bit random! I tasted crocodile for the first time and really liked it! For me my favourite was the steamed seafood dim sum with wasabi. The combination wasn’t something I had tried before I felt it gave it a nice kick.
This is what we ate:
The Courtesan is already proving popular with reviewers so I can only throw my own hat in and say if you find yourself in the area do pay it a visit: The Courtsean Restaurant, 69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PU
Calling all fashionistas! Get your best glad-rags on this Saturday and join a public catwalk show on Regent Street. On Sunday 21 July, Regent Street, London, will be unveiling a 100m catwalk in association with the V&A for the third consecutive traffic-free Sunday this month as part of the “Summer Streets” programme, in partnership with the Mayor of London.
The public will be invited to take part in six catwalk shows throughout the day, each with a different theme: Streetwear, Sportswear, Elegance, Wedding, Sunday Best and Anything Goes. The catwalk shows will be stage managed and accompanied by music to offer budding models and fashion enthusiasts the opportunity to show off their own style and experience being part of a professional runway show.
Everyone who joins in will be photographed on the catwalk and can choose an image to be sent direct to their social media page. There will also be a pop up exhibition of stills photographs from the catwalk every hour in the Photographers Gallery. Each show will be watched by a panel of judges from the fashion industry and the best five looks from each show will be given a goody bag of prizes.
Home to the 2012 Olympic Games, Hackney is a diverse and multicultural area that has undergone significant regeneration in recent years. Located northeast of the City of London, Hackney offers a wealth of opportunities for people visiting the area. Home to a fantastic range of parks and open spaces covering 815 acres, Hackney is officially London’s greenest borough. Core to the regeneration programme, Hackneys transport links have been improved in recent years with the introduction of the East London extension line within the borough, linking parts of Hackney with the underground network. With this regeneration has come a stream of property investments and developments with the borough being host to a large range of Georgian and Victorian terrace properties.
A History of Hackney
Hackney has a rich and fascinating history that dates back as far as the Saxon times. As we know it today, Hackney was formed in 1965, from the former metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Going back to the Tudor and Georgian periods, Hackney was a rural retreat, but with the construction of the railway and the industrial revolution in 1850, this came to an end and the area became urbanised.
Eating and Drinking in Hackney
While in Hackney, you are not limited for choice when it comes to eating and drinking as the borough has a vast array of restaurants and bars to please everyone.
A few notable restaurants include: The Empress of India located on 130 Lauriston Road E97LH. This establishment boasts an impressive menu with quality produce from the restaurants neighbourhood suppliers.
The Cat and Mutton located at 76 Broadway Market E84QL, has been a fixture in London’s east end since the late 1600s and is a popular and well regarded establishment of Hackney.
The Buen Ayre located at 50 Broadway Market, E84QJ, is an Argentinian Grill. With the emphasis on huge meat platters, this restaurant is sure to not disappoint.
Things to do in Hackney
There is no shortage of things to do in Hackney. From browsing the stalls of Broadway Market to swimming at London Fields Lido, Hackney provides a range of activities that can be enjoyed by everyone. Officially being London’s greenest borough, Hackney is the place to go to when the weather is good. With bounds of lush green parks and outside space, Hackney is the perfect place for a fun day out.
London Fields offers far more than just a stroll in the open air. Facilitating for a range of sports, London Fields makes outdoor swimming a possibility in Hackney with the 50m open-aired heated pool, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. A perfect place to bring children, London Fields also has 2 children’s play areas.
Bringing the community of Hackney together is Clissold Park, located just north of Church Street. Voted ‘The Heart of Hackney’ in the ‘I love Hackney’ poll, this is a beautifully laid out public space that provides the local community and visitors of Hackney with a range of activities including a petting zoo, a range of sports pitches and ‘Stokefest’, a popular community festival in the summer.
As Hackney is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Europe, Hackney museum explores the background to Hackneys cultural diversity and the boroughs historyof immigration is explained through a range of exhibits and media. Some of the museums artefacts include a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany, Daniel Defoe’s tombstone and a Victorian fireplace.
Originally built as a music hall in 1901, Hackney Empire has hosted the performances of many famous names over the years including Charlie Chaplain, WC Fields and Stanley Holloway. Closing in 2001 and undergoing a £17 million refurbishment, Hackney Empire is the place to go to for arts and entertainment, hosting a range of drama, comedy and music events.
Not only is this weekend going to be an absolute scorcher! It’s also jam-packed with things to do in London. I was rubbing my hands in glee when I discovered all the potential activities I could get up to in the sunshine (well only if I have a body double). Anyway here is the low down. No excuses to stay in this weekend guys!
Everyone loves a good FREEBIE! Enjoy styling from ASOS, manicures by Nails inc, hairstyling by TONI&GUY and delicious Malibu cocktails at Malibutique pop-up at Westfield Stratford City from 12th-14th July.
If you are the green fingered sort then this is just the event for you. Finishing on the 14th July visitors can discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things ‘grow-your-own’; live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food.
“St Martin’s Courtyard will pay tribute to the heritage and future of Covent Garden this summer with a festival celebrating food and flowers. On Saturday 13 July between 12 noon and 5pm, all six international restaurants will serve unique, exclusively created dishes and drinks with a floral theme, al fresco in the courtyard”.
Calling all Francophiles, the Bastille Festival is London’s largest free celebration of France’s national day. This year’s festival features educational workshops, cultural presentations, promenading tours, waiters’ races, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting, loto and snail racing. Plus an artisan craft market and the finest French food from Borough Market’s traders and Bankside’s famous restaurants. The celebrations will continue into the night at the Bal Populaire, a traditional open air party with live music, theatrical spectacles, DJs, outdoor eating, drinking, dancing and singing.
Party at The Queen’s everybody! The Coronation Festival, taking place over four days in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. This exciting and unique event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association brings together over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment.
Contiki Holidays will be holding their Great Contiki Challenge which is a large scale London scavenger hunt designed to take participants on a day’s fun discovering or re-discovering London’s most loved, quirky and secretive sights. There will be a great after party which will be held in a secret South London venue to be revealed on the day! Prizes on the day include Contiki trips to Europe and entry is FREE!
Backyard Cinema – the independent pop-up movie theatre, will be hosting a series of outdoor, summer screenings at the famous Camden Lock Market from the25th July – 29th August. (Every Thursday). Complementing the area’s famous, summer night markets, Backyard Cinema will be impossible to miss, with its 12ft outdoor screen andpowerful sound system. All enhanced by their signature bean bag loungers, deck chairs, access to beer & cocktails, as well as cushions, blankets fresh popcorn and world famous street food. A range of films are on offer that fit with the iconic location. Including specials such as Stand By Me, laughable gore fest Evil Dead 2 and the exclusive outdoor screening of Shane Meadowsnew, critically acclaimed; The Stone Roses – Made of Stone.
Address: Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Where is that? ‘Imagine you are standing on Lock 17’s roof terrace with the canal behind you, inside the courtyard below.
Almost Famous ———————————— Thur 25th July —— 9pm
Stand By Me ————————————— Thur 1st August —– 9pm
Die Hard ——————————————– Thur 20th August — 9pm
The Stone Roses – Made of Stone ———- Thur 20th August — 9pm
Evil Dead 2 —————————————– Thur 21st August — 9pm
Human Traffic ————————————– Thur 21st August — 9pm
Victoria is undergoing an exciting period of transformation – and the foodie scene is flourishing, as it continues to emerge as a hub for Londoners, office workers, residents and tourists alike. One of the first newrestaurants to open is the the Royal Quarter Café. The menu is a modern mix of seasonal and healthy comfort food including homemade bread and pastries, all day breakfast, sandwiches and soups, sharing plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea and cakes and tarts. All of the delicious food is available to eat in or takeaway.
To celebrate the launch local residents, bloggers and press were invited to taste some of the dishes on offer and meet the owners Valeria and Doron Zilkha who also own other branches in Chelsea, Battersea and Tottenham Ct Road. The food and pastries where incredible and we had to practically roll ourselves home at the end of the evening. If you find yourself in Victoria it is definitely worth stopping by for a bite to eat.
Recently I got to attend Regent Tweet, a day where bloggers from around the globe descend on Regent Street to enjoy talks, workshops and freebies galore from Regent Street brands. I had a fantastic day out, made some new friends, learned how to ice cakes, watched talks at the apple store, ran amok collecting different goodies from each of the sponsors and came home with a hairstyle courtesy of Toni and Guy. See if you can spot me in this short video.
After registering at Regent Tweet HQ the day started with breakfast at Titbits(which I missed) before listening to two talks at the Apple store:
Superblogger Susie Bubble talked about how she got into blogging and how sees blogging community developing in the future.
So it seems that all I have done lately is eat, eat, eat! Not that I am complaining, I do love food… Good thing I have taken to cycling to work everyday otherwise I would probably have to change my nickname to chunky girl ha! Anyway recently I went down to London’s biggest food event The Taste Of London in Regents Park. It was my first time attending the event and we were blessed with a pair of VIP tickets which meant a friend and I got to slink around the Laurent Perrier tent sipping on Champagne, and eating as much as humanly possible. We had a fabulous day and here are some of things we did and ate.
Enjoyed some lovely glasses of Laurent Perrier Champagne….”lovely!”
There was a long queue to try The 5 Star Burger which was apparently put together by five Michelin star chefs.
As you can see it was definitely worth the wait, and it taste divine! All the money raised was donated to Action against hunger.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I absolutely love dim sum! So I was very excited to spot Ping Pong showcasing how they make some of their delicious dim sum.
We were entertained by some fantastic musicians including Josh Osho and Sadie and the hotheads.
Lots of London’s amazing restaurants were cooking up a storm:
So tonight we were going to go to the cinema, however instead I’ve decided to invite everyone round to mine for a TV catch-up.
There are so many episodes I’ve been dying to watch yet due to a hectic schedule, I quite simply haven’t had the time. I’ve asked each friend to bring a treat along – I’m supplying ice cream so hopefully the others will come armed with popcorn, chocolate and nachos!
We’re going to start off with Hung on HBO UK. My parents bought me the box set of the first series last Christmas and ever since I’ve been dying to know what happens in the next. I recently invested in HBO GO, which allows me to watch missed episodes of my favourite programmes so getting my hands on the right episodes should be a doddle.
Next, I’m going to introduce the gang to the newsroom. Created by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote Moneyball and The Social Network (two of my favourite films), I had a feeling this would be good – and it didn’t disappoint! The entire show focuses on the main character and network anchor, played by Jeff Daniels and his executive producer Emily Mortimer.
Dev Patel, Olivia Munn and Thomas Sadoski also feature in this series, which makes for a great cast. It combines both their working and social lives and the many obstacles involved in successfully airing a show.
Finally, I’ll think we’ll put the wire on (Idris Alba is dreamy!). I’ve been promising one of my friends he can watch it for ages, he’s taken a liking to my rather ample, HD flat screen television and wants to see what difference it makes to this fantastic series. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows airing at present and although a cop show, it’s unlike any I’ve seen before.
It’s set in West Baltimore and explores a variety of different plots and ideas. Many of the storylines revolve around drug lords and gangs so it’s definitely one for the guys. Fortunately I like it too and the fifth and final season is the only one we haven’t all seen so there will be no arguments about which episode to watch!