St Paddy’s Day

St Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Each year, thousands of partygoers wearing Irish green and Guinness hats descend on London for St Patrick’s Day. Countless people soak up the luck of the Irish as they turn the capital green on March 17. It’s not a public holiday in England, London pulls out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day each year. This year celebrations start from 13th March -15th March, the weekend before. I have listed a few of the exciting things happening that weekend and where best to go. St Patrick Day Parade Location: Piccadilly Circus Website: https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2020-03-15/london-st-patricks-day-festival-2020 Now if you want to celebrate St Patrick’s day , you can’t miss out on the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade! The procession sets off at midday from Piccadilly and makes its way along a 1.5-mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Whitehall and finishing in Trafalgar Square where the festival is staged. Be amazed by the flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools all taking part. St Patrick Day Festival in Trafalgar Sqaure Location: Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN Website:https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2020-03-15/london-st-patricks-day-festival-2020 Join the St Patrick’s Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square, between 12pm and 6pm, on the Sunday 15th March. Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. Then, browse craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market. There is also usually a family zone on Pall Mall East, hosting an...
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Pancake Day, which is otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday,it is always the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 days leading up to Easter. This year it falls on Tuesday, February 25th . The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that were not supposed to be eaten and would go bad during the period of Lent. Pancakes, particularly thin and buttery crepes, were a great way to clear the cupboards in one easy and indulgent dish. Besides from just eating pancakes on Pancake day there are lots of fun events happening so check out below. Please see our previous pancake blog on some of the best places to get crepes and pancakes in London. Flippin Good Pancake Races  Location: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ Website:www.greenwichmarket.london/events Take part in the annual Flippin’ Pancake Race at Greenwich Market on Saturday 22nd February from 11am and Shrove Tuesday 25th February from 12 noon and win a medal! All funds will go to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. If you want to enter as a team, please get your ticket from Eventbrite. If you just going to support, entry is free. Pans will be provided and everyone who dresses up (optional) and enters – gets a free pancake to eat! Better Bankside Pancake Day Races Location:Borough Market,43 Borough High Street SE1 9AH Website:/boroughmarket.org.uk/events Every year on Shrove Tuesday, Bankside businesses get a team together and compete with their neighbours in a fast and furious pancake-flipping relay. All proceeds...
Love is in the air…

Love is in the air…

It’s the month of love, so why not treat your loved ones to a beautiful meal at one of our favourite restaurants in London. Sketch Location: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG Nearest Tube: Oxford Street Website: sketch Located in the heart of Mayfair, Sketch is a Michelin three-starred Paris restaurant with imaginative food, deliciously bold and  ground-breaking. Conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz. A real treat! Bob Bob Ricard Location: 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Website: bobbobricard Champagne anyone? Equipped with a “Press for Champagne” button at every table, it is famous for pouring more Champagne than any other UK venue! This is an iconic Soho restaurant which serves a luxury English and Russian menu. Oxo Tower Restaurant Location: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, SE1 9PH Nearest Tube: Blackfriars Website: the-oxo-tower Enjoy dinner with live music or a cheeky cocktail, at three dynamic venues all housed on the eighth floor of the iconic South Bank landmark, OXO offers a spectacular garden terrace, panoramic views of the London skyline and the very best in British cuisine Aqua Shard Location: The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street,  SE1 9RY Nearest Tube: London Bridge Website: aquashard If you really want something a little special, this is the place. Panoramic views and Modern British food from a dining room and bar on the 31st floor of The Shard. You can drop by for a pre-dinner drink or indulge in this delightful menu.   Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Location: 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG Nearest Tube: Oxford Street Website: morganshotel For those of you with little ones, we suggest...
Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is the most important date in China’s traditional calendar. Chinese New Year always commences on the lunar new year which, this year, falls on Saturday 25th of January 2020. Celebrations usually last for seven days and this year is the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the 1st animal of the Chinese zodiac. Representing luck and wealth, people born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020. Chinese New Year Parade Location: Chinatown, London, W1D 5QA Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus The parade starts through Chinatown before passing through Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. .The parade ends at Trafalgar Square with the main stage where spectators will witness the official opening ceremony. Be sure to stick around for  the grand finale at Trafalgar Square and an explosion of Chinese New Year fireworks in London! Leicester Square Family Fun Location: Leicester Square,Cranbourn St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0AP Nearest Tube: Leicester Square If you stop off at  Leicester Square during the official Chinese New Year Parade, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids entertained while they take part in Chinese cultural activities.Teach your children about the art of calligraphy, dance to Chinese music and watch family-friendly street performances. There’s also the chance to dress up in traditional Chinese attire.If you want to fully embrace Chinese New Year, then take your family to Leicester Square and add a bit of culture to your weekend. Shaftesbury Avenue Location: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7ES Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus If you take a trip down to Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday 10th February, then you’ll witness a showcase of...
Brush off your January Blues

Brush off your January Blues

Congratulations, you have made it to 2020! Doesn’t that have wonderful ring to it? Good things are going to happen and you’re going to treat yourself to some fun things to do. Let’s keep the delight of Christmas wonder and positivity going into January. Winter Lights  Location: Canary Wharf Website: canarywharf.com/arts-events The award-winning Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January for a sixth year running from the 16th January to the 25th January. Canary Wharf will be transformed by over 25 spectacular installations, leaving the dark winter evenings aglow. The spectacle will showcase light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative artists across the globe working in light art today. Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall Location: Royal Albert Hall,Kensington Gore,London,SW7 2AP Website: www.royalalberthall.com Running from the 12th January to 01 March 2020.This year, the world famous Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with the show Luzia. See incredible acts by talented artists, including contortionists who twist their body into astonishing shapes, scuba diving clowns and trapeze artists who fly as rain falls around them. Book your tickets now to experience this world renown show first hand. Ice Skating at Somerset House Location:Strand, London WC2R 1LA Website: somersethouse If you missed your chance to go skating during the Christmas period, fear not because Somerset outdoor ice rink is open to the 12th January and in my opinion is the best time to go as there will be less people to worry about. Now in its 20th year, this popular icy experience is set against Somerset House’s stunning neoclassical facade and is open all day and well into the evening....