As a multi-cultural capital city, London celebrates most of the world’s great events, some of them brilliantly, some of them not so brilliantly.  I think Chinese New Year might be one of those which didn’t leave a great first impression but may be worth a second chance. I’ve not written it off completely as I think we learnt a lesson in the need for more careful planning today.  Arriving after the parade from Chinatown and… View Post

What better way to celebrate the last Friday of January and the end of pre-payday blues with a cocktail hour? Our venue of choice, The London Cocktail Club, has a name which said there was no messing that cocktails would be their specialty. There are two in town, the original on Goodge Street and the newly opened New Oxford Street.  Being a fan of trying out new things and a good rum cocktail, the “tattoo… View Post

The 1920s is in fashion, from this year’s spring/summer catwalks, to the much anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.  The Candlelight Club is the perfect place to relive the sophistication and glamour that’s got everyone hot under the collar. This clandestine pop-up cocktail bar opens up one weekend a month in a secret London location, revealed to ticket holders a few days before.  I believe it’s the same venue each time but in the… View Post

I have a confession… I’ve lived in Finsbury Park for a year and I’ve never paid a visit to our close neighbour Stoke Newington. I knew it was a crime when I was looking for a nearby cafe to visit to satisfy my sweet tooth and coffee cravings and came across The Tea Rooms on Stoke Newington Church Street. I was intrigued by their website which has a vintage feel that’s right up my street… View Post

Back in the 1920s the cocktail hour was just “an interval before an evening meal”, in my opinion, there’s always an hour for cocktails.  So I’m on a quest to find the best cocktails London has to offer this year through a series of ‘cocktail hours’ sampling cocktails and their surroundings. The first cocktail hour was spent at Aqua Spirit on Argyll Street.  It’s a well trodden street just off Oxford Street but the entrance… View Post

The National Portrait Gallery has been high on my list of places to visit in London for a while. I’ll admit that I’m not highly cultured so I’m afraid you won’t find an artist’s critique here. However, I am interested in the history of the world and how creative talent has captured moments, cultures and people over time, so here’s my view of why it’s worth paying a visit. The gallery is part of the… View Post