Better Bankside Annual Pancake Race, Tuesday, March 4 – 12noon – 2pm

Here’s another pancake event to add to your diaries…

The capital’s largest Pancake Day race is set to return this Shrove Tuesday as Better Bankside once again hosts its annual Pancake Flipping Charity Relay Race on behalf of Paintings in Hospitals.

Following the success of last year’s Pancake Day race  members of the Bankside community will once again show their pancake-tossing skills in Borough Market’s Jubilee Market in a bid to be crowned the best pancake tosser London!

The event will be taking place  between 12pm and 2pm, with races taking place at 12.30pm, the Bankside event will celebrate all things pancakes, with many of Borough Market’s traders offering a variety of the traditional treats – from classic lemon and sugar to modern-day savoury twists. In addition, local buskers Ste and Lew will be joining the festivities with their eclectic sound, providing entertainment to onlookers, shoppers and participants.

Money raised during the event will be donated to local charity ‘Paintings in Hospitals’, which lends original works of art to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities throughout the UK.

For further information or to enter a team into the annual Pancake Day race, please visit

Free Pancake Festival – 4th March 2014


Its time to get flipping those Pancakes because next Tuesday(4th March) is Pancake day! Yay! To ensure you have a flipping good Pancake Day Lyle’s Golden Syrup® will be treating Londoners to a free pancake festival on Phipp Street in East London.

The pancake festival will feature a number of food stalls and trucks serving up hundreds of complimentary pancakes drizzled with a variety of tasty toppings, including the much loved Lyle’s Golden Syrup! Festival goers will also be treated to expert cookery demonstrations and other delicious goodies to take away.

The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Pancake Day Festival will be located a short walk from Old Street Station and will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm. For more details about the Lyle’s Golden Syrup® pancake festival visit or



Tuesday 4th March from 11.00am – 3.00pm



Phipp Street, London, EC2A

Date for your diary – Cinema Made In Italy Italian, 5 – 9 March 2014


Love Italian cinema? I sure do! Well, Cinema Made in Italy, London’s annual event showcasing new Italian films, is once again due to return to the Ciné Lumière, and will this year take place from 5 – 9 March.

As in previous years audiences can look forward to another enthralling programme, as well as a series of lively and thought-provoking Q+A sessions with directors and actors alike. One of this year’s hot tickets will undoubtedly be How Strange to Be Named Federico!, Ettore Scola’s affectionate tribute to Federico Fellini, which he came out of retirement to makeReleased in Italy in autumn 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of Fellini’s death, this film is a fascinating trip down memory lane, recalling the years shared by these two Maestros of cinema.

Other highlights in the programme include Roberto Andò’s Viva La Libertà starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; Matteo Oleotto’s Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot, winner of the Critics’ Week Public’s Prize at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival; and The Fifth Wheel, directed by Giovanni Veronesi, and starring Elio Germano, one of Italy’s finest young actors who won the Best Actor award at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival for his role in La Nostra Vita.

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NCS Live Music Event At The Brixton Academy – 1 March, O2 Brixton Academy

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On Saturday 1st of March, NCS is throwing an exclusive event with some of the hottest British bands of the moment at Brixton Academy and you can win yourself a pair of tickets!

The event is taking place on 1st of March at Brixton Academy, there will be live performances from a host of incredible artists including Neon Jungle, the four piece girl group currently storming the UK Charts, electro-pop band Swiss Lips, Elli Ingram and new R&B artist Joel Compass. The spectacular event will be hosted by two of the UK’s biggest YouTubers and NCS Ambassadors, Marcus Butler and Joe Suggs.

All you need to do to win tickets for you a friend is enter here

NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 to 17 year olds in England and NI. It’s a unique two or three-week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project. The programme is designed to help young people unlock their potential and fast track their future.  For more info on NCS, watch:

Slim Aarons Riviera at The Getty Images Gallery – 20 March – 10 May 2014

In a nod to spring’s imminent arrival, Getty Images Gallery will showcase a selection of images from maverick American photographer Slim Aarons in its latest exhibition Slim’s Riviera, opening in March. Known for his work with high-society publications, this latest Slim Aarons exhibition portrays the luxury and frivolity of a generation at play. The collection includes previously unpublished work, showcasing the iconic playgrounds of the rich and famous in all their glory.

Slim’s Riviera, developed from a total re-edit of original boxes of transparencies and negatives, is a selection of 49 lesser known and classic works from this iconic American photographer.  image003 (2)

Slim’s Riviera runs from 20 March – 10 May 2014 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus.  Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.

A review of Bistrotheque Restaurant, Bethnal Green


I am not quite sure how Bistrotheque managed to escape my radar for so long. When my date told me he was taking me to a nice restaurant in Bethnal Green my first thought was er….Bethnal Green..seriously? Oh dear.

Bistrotheque is a French style restaurant housed in an old warehouse hidden down the back streets of Bethnal Green. It is popular with the East End fashion pack and in true fashionista style there are no signs on the front to tell you its there (probably why it had escaped my radar for so long).

We dined early on a Monday evening and found the restaurant quiet. Bistrotheque is decked out in utilitarian chic with a painted concrete floor and brick walls, Crittall windows, industrial drop lighting, marble-topped tables and black bentwood chairs. It also has an open kitchen which is nice for those of us who like to see how our food is prepared.

Now for the food, for my starter I chose the charcuterie while my date went for the steak tartare. Both nice enough to start with. Next the main courses. I was torn between going for the longhorn rib of beef with portobello mushrooms and the whole wild sea bass and salsa verde. As it turns out I made the wrong choice. I didn’t end up enjoying much of the fish as it was filled with the tiniest bones, after almost choking a few too many times I abandoned my sea bass and joined my date tucking into his beef haha! The longhorn beef was adequate but for 32 pounds I would have expected to be blown away. Still it’s not all negative, we both chose creme brulee for desert which was delicious.

The best part of the night was the entertainment. It turns out that Bistrotheque has its own choir! Not many restaurants can say they have that. The choir performed two songs one of which was Nirvana’s ‘Entertainer’! We certainly were entertained and it did kind of make up for some of the disappointment on the food front.

Overall l, I enjoyed my visit to Bistrotheque, it definitely is a unique dining experience, however I’m not sure the food lives up to the hype.

Longhorn rib of beef, shallot and red wine butter, portobello mushrooms
Longhorn rib of beef, shallot and red wine butter, portobello mushrooms

Whole wild sea bass, salsa verde
Whole wild sea bass, salsa verde

creme brulee
creme brulee

Bistrotheque house choir
Bistrotheque house choir

Check out the Jamrock Pop up, Brixton


A little piece of Jamaica has recently opened in London. Jamrock is a pop-up boutique that opened its doors on 425 Coldharbour Lane in Brixton on February 6th.  It offers people the chance to enjoy the spirit of Jamaica! Staying open through till March 6th , the boutique features a range of products to include pieces from Cedella Marley’s acclaimed Catch A Fire line, Blackwell Rum, Marley Coffee, Strawberry Hill Blue Mountain Coffee and exclusive prints from one of Jamaica’s most prominent photographers.

Check out th Jamrock facebook page for more details. Peace!

Discovering the Secret Salon at Lasso, Maltby Street Market

Secret Salon at Lassco

Maltby Street Market

I am always happy when I discover a hidden gem in London. For this discovery I have to thank a dear friend who happens to be mad about swing dancing. Most people have heard of Borough Market but have you heard about Maltby Street Market? Situated off Tanner Street in SE1 it is a small stretch of road where the choices of food are a tad more artisinal. St John’s restaurant also have a pop up bakery there which is worth a visit. Last Saturday afternoon we braved the wind and rain to pay the market a visit. The Secret Saloon is based in Lassco  an antiques and furniture salvage shop where you can find all sorts of curiosities to decorate your home. From 2pm -4pm on Saturdays one of the spaces in Lassco steps back in time with swing dancing and a live band playing hits from singers such as Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald. Swing dancing is not mandatory and lots of people (myself included) were happy enough to sit back and be entertained. It felt like i had discovered a little part of bohemia in London.

Swing Dancing at Lassco – The Secret Salon

Fantastic live band at Maltby Street Market





During a quick break we took the chance to have a look around the rest of the market and enjoyed tucking into some delicious buttermilk waffles from Waffleon.


Gorgeous pastries at Maltby Street Market



The guys from Waffleon


Waffleon Waffles – Maltby Street Market

If you find yourself brave enough to venture out this February then definitely pay the market a visit!

An Alternative Valentine’s Day Pop Up – Miss Cakeheads Think Ink Florist

_MG_7672This Valentine’s Day London creative Miss Cakehead teams up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open ‘Think Ink’, the first ever florist offering only black roses.

This ‘alternative Valentine’s’ florist will have macabre bouquets arranged in grave vases, with a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum given in place of the traditional champagne option. The bouquets, made up of Turkish Halfeti roses, Calendula Lily Eclips and Queen of the Night Tulips, will be placed in vases full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black.

Pick up a range of black floral bouquets and a 5cl bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, for a voluntary donation to the Project Redsand charity.
Open from 8am on 14 February, for one day only.


Award-winning interactive Valentine’s Day theatre – Emma

Check out this immersive theatre event this Valentine’s Day!

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Award-winning interactive theatre company ONEOHONE is reviving its dating event – a modernised interactive version of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’.  Suitable for couples and singles, this event will be hosted by Emma herself, who will lead audience members through games, riddles, and even a ceilidh in an attempt to ensure them their perfect match.  However, other characters from the novel have turned up to play, and for Emma, the path to true love never did run smooth.

The show will perform at Drink, Shop & Do on 12th February at 7.15pm, followed by the Leicester Square Theatre at 9pm on 13th February.

It will be a light-hearted alternative to Valentine’s Day’s traditional chocolates and hearts – or for anyone, single or in a relationship looking for some lighthearted fun.

For more information, visit