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...
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....
Hot, hot, Hot Chocolate!

Hot, hot, Hot Chocolate!

Ahhh the cocoa bean  , the bean that has given glorious chocolate. During this time of year  while its cold and dark outside I prefer drinking chocolate than just eating it, Preferably hot with whipped cream and marshmallows. National Cocoa Day has fallen on the last Friday the 13th this year which sounds like the perfect day to get some hot yummy chocolate , check out the list below on some of the best places to go!  Said Dal 1923 Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road Website: https://said.it/en/london-fitzrovia/  From Rome to London with love, Said Dal originated in Italy roughly around 1923 becoming one of the longest established chocolate shop. At their little chocolate shop in London you can taste the love and the years of experience when you try the hot chocolate. Made from melted chocolate bars and cocoa solids, its like drinking a mug from Willy Wonkas chocolate lake. The thick Italian hot chocolate is extremely rich and comes in milk, dark or gianduja which is a hazelnut praline. Each cup comes slathered with melted white, dark and milk chocolate from the cauldrons that you can see behind the counter. So prepared to get messy, you may need a chocolate nap after. Chin Chin Labs Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road Website: https://chinchinicecream.com/chin-chin-ice-cream/soho/ Now I have spoken about Chin Chin before regarding their revolutionary and delicious ice creams but that’s not the only noteworthy item on their menu. Their hot chocolate which has 5-star review from trip adviser and insider and has been mentioned by loads of food blogs. Their rich hot chocolate is topped with a huge blob of...
Christmas Markets Galore

Christmas Markets Galore

It is only November, but the Festive season is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but I am fully embracing it. The festive lights, the mulled wine and all the late-night shopping. One of the best places to get all your Christmas present and feel very festive is going to Christmas markets which Europe is famously known for. Lucky for us, England offers some of the most magical Christmas markets and I have put together a list of the Top five must visits Christmas markets this year!    Bath Christmas Market  Dates: 28th November – 15th December Website: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/   Opening hours differ Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be open from 10AM–7PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be open longer 10AM–8PM while Sundays will be open 10AM–6PM. Bath is probably one of the best know and most popular Christmas Market in the UK , it is the largest Christmas shopping event in the South West. This year there will be over 150 chalets stalls , all selling high quality artisan products and home made British goods. The market itself covers the streets around the Bath Abbey, this is accessible via train or car. Set among the romantic roman cobbled streets it’s easy to tell why the Bath Christmas Market is so beloved. Birmingham Christmas Market Dates: 7th November – 23rd December Website: www.thebfcm.co.uk/ Open daily from 10AM-9PM, the Birmingham city market is known as the Frankfurt Christmas Market, as it is one of the largest authentic German Markets outside of Germany and Austria. This year there will be over 180 chalets stalls offering a wide range of artisan products, don’t miss...
Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

Cupcakes, who doesn’t love them? The perfect sized little treat, and this week, on the 10th November, it just so happens to be National Vanilla Cupcake day! What a great excuse to have a cheeky little cupcake or two!  I have put together a list of where to find some of the yummiest and  beautifully decorate cupcakes. They all do vanilla flavour of course, but be sure to try out their ‘ambassador’ cupcake. Each bakery has one and it’s normally , the most popular cupcake for each respective bakery. Flavourtown Location:771 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HA Nearest Tube: Parsons Green Website: https://www.flavourtownbakery.co.uk/ If you’re looking for award winning cupcakes, then Flavourtown has got you covered. They started back in 2013 with one objective, to make the finest cupcakes London had ever tasted. Two locations and a handful of awards later they may have achieved their goal! They have now added amazing vegan and gluten-free options to their in-store and online menus. Cupcakes that taste so good you’d never be able to tell they were missing butter, dairy , eggs and wheat. Be sure to try the ‘Posh Peanut Butter Cupcake’ which won the Great Taste Gold award 2016. Made with a peanut butter and choc chip sponge cupcake base, frosted with a peanut butter mousse then dipped in dark chocolate and sprayed gold- Yum! If cupcakes are too small for you they also have a range of cakes, brownies, pies, cookies…you name it! Crumbs and Dollies Location: 1 Kingly Court ,Carnaby ,London ,W1B 5PW Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus Website: www.crumbsanddoilies.co.uk If you’re looking for cupcakes then this is your place, they are open...