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B BAKERY HALLOWEEN AFTERNOON TEA BUS TOUR

For a unique Halloween Afternoon Tea experience, it’s all aboard the BBakery Bus TourFor a spooktacular Afternoon Tea on the move, the B Bus have partnered with Jimini’s edible insects, for a special creepy crawly themed menu. For a limited period only, from the 28th October – 5th November, guests can enjoy an array of themed treats from Devilish Chicken on Tomato Bread to Haunted Cupcakes, complimentary cocktails and a variety of edible insects; all whilst taking in the sights of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. There are four tours a day at 12:30, 15:00, 19:00 and 21:30, lasting approximately an hour and a half and prices start from £55 per person. (Get 20% off on their  halloween tours by quoting “Chef JP”* *Limited availabilities – discount on phone bookings only!). For more information and to book…if you dare, visit http://london.b-bakery.com.

THE RESTAURANT SUSPENDED 100FT IN THE AIR RETURNS TO LONDON

High raise dining will be taken to new levels…literally; as ‘London in the Sky’ returns in July next year (19th – 30th July 2017), with what is promised to be their “best ever chef line-up” offering guests an unforgettable Michelin-starred dining experience, over the London sky-line. The full restaurant line-up, including their menus, will be announced in the last week of January 2017. A specially designed “sky table” platform will sit 22 belted in diners, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table. Upon arrival guests will be served a glass of champagne (to possibly help calm the nerves) and taken through the registration process, before being suspended 100 feet in the air. Top chefs from some of London’s finest restaurants, such as Michael Reid (M Restaurants), Jeremy Page (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) and Calum Franklin (Holborn Dining Room) to name a few, will transfer their menus and dining experiences to this unique event. Guests have the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner (with either an early sitting or sunset sitting) and drink flights are also available in the afternoon and evening. Tickets range from £50 per head for breakfast to £200 for dinner. PRESALE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT BUT TICKET SALES REOPEN ON 27TH FEBRUARY. For more information visit www.eventsinthesky.co.uk. London In The Sky, 19th – 30th July 2017, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.

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AFRICA ON THE SQUARE - 2016

Celebrating all things Africa, Africa On The Square returns for the third year running on Saturday 15th October, 12pm – 6pm at Trafalgar Square. This year’s event features everything from live music, dance performances and a fashion show; to cultural activities, family & children workshops, market stalls and more. However no celebration of Africa and it’s culture is complete without delicious African food and there will be a variety of African street food stalls representing countries from across the continent, bringing a flavour invasion to Trafalgar Square! This is a FREE event. Saturday 15th October, 12pm-6pm, Trafalgar Square. For more information go to www.london.gov.uk/africa

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7P AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LANGHAM HOTEL

There is nothing quite as quintessentially British as Afternoon Tea and where better to indulge, than at the five-star Langham Hotel. On Friday 10th June, Palm Court is offering guests Afternoon Tea for the original price it was served in 1865, marking the hotel’s 151th birthday. For just 7p, today’s equivalent of one shilling and sixpence, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, scones and a choice of teas, which would normally set you back £49. For a chance to win a reservation, enter online via the website www.langham7ptea.co.uk and 50 lucky entrants will be selected at random. Good luck! The Langham, 1c Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA  www.palm-court.co.uk

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BEER DISPENSING CHRISTMAS TREE

You can be forgiven for thinking Christmas has come early as Carlsberg will be serving FREE BEER from their festive Christmas tree in Southbank today, Friday 4th December 2015, between 12pm-7pm. The folks at London On The Inside say ‘Carlsberg will be decking out Southbank with a 27ft real fir tree, complete with candle-lit beer bottles and that all important beer pump to give you all a very HOPPY christmas. So hop on over to Southbank, raise a cheers to Carlsberg and have very MERRY time.’ Observation Point, Riverside Walkway, Southbank, SE1 9LT.

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CARNABY STREET EAT FOOD FESTIVAL

Expandable waistbands at the ready, as Carnaby Street Eat, the one-day international food festival, descends in the heart of the West End on Saturday 11 July from 12pm – 7pm. From Indian to Korean, Peruvian, Hawaiian, Japanese and British, there will be a chance to sample authentic dishes and treats from around the world, as over 30 of the area’s best eateries bring their dishes onto the streets, with taster dishes from £5. Along with a variety of street food and expert cooking demos, festival-goers can expect to be entertained by live acoustic music on the streets of Carnaby. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Hs8ITT

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7P AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LANGHAM Hotel

There is nothing quite as quintessentially British as Afternoon Tea and where better to indulge, than at the five-star Langham Hotel. On 10th June 2015, Palm Court is offering guests Afternoon Tea for the original price it was served in 1865, marking the hotel’s 150th birthday. For just 7p, today’s equivalent of one shilling and sixpence, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, scones and a choice of teas, which would normally set you back £59. For a chance to win a reservation, enter online via the website and 50 lucky entrants will be contacted on the 28th May. Good Luck!

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BATTERSEA POWER STATION - POWER OF SUMMER POP UP

Everyman Cinemas has paired up with Battersea Power Station, Heineken and Street Feast for a summer pop-up experience, like no other, taking place from 10th July – 31st August. Street Feast will be bringing to the table, some of London’s best food traders; including Le Bun, Spit & Roast, Popdogs, Mama’s Jerk and Anna Maes and you’ll be able to quench your thirst at the partially covered bar area, which includes a Prosecco & Oyster Bar. There will of course be lots going on, including the best films and the FIFA World Cup Final (free for Escape to Victory ticket holders) all taking place beneath the iconic towers of the Power Station. Choose from bespoke two or four person pods with waiter service included, comfortable bean bags under the sun, or simply soak up the atmosphere with general admission tickets available each day, which are free before 5.30pm on weekdays, or £5 after and all weekend. The park is open from 12pm daily and offers the public a last chance to access Battersea Pop-Up Park before the area is redeveloped. For further information please go to: http://www.everymancinema.com/venues/thepowerofsummer/venue-details/ Battersea Power Station

PLAY TIME IN THE TOY SHOP

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As adults, we often strive to feel younger or relive our childhood. Whether that’s by ‘living life on the edge’, taking risks, dressing slightly inappropriately or merely watching our old favourite Disney film. We consciously and/or subconsciously always try to revive our inner child. (I know I’m not the only one who still loves theme parks and funfairs.)

‘The Toy Shop’ reignites memories of childhood just by the name itself. (Flash backs of hours spent trying to find the perfect Barbie.) So, intrigued, I researched more, seeing if it could provide as good a time as I used to enjoy in more traditional toy shops as a kid.

‘The Toy Shop’ describe themselves as “South West London’s quirkiest, fruity tootiest nightspot selling unique cocktails and sharing mains with lots of hidden treats…” promising ‘Fun and Thrills’.

As you walk in, you are greeted by a contemporary designed room with bright, almost fluorescent, colours everywhere you look, from the walls to the bar and the chairs.  This creates an instant fun and relaxed feeling, lifting your mood and preparing you for the wonders yet to come.

‘The Toy Shop’ states that they specialise in ‘Earth and Turf’ dining; “Basically a balanced menu of great food for vegetarians and meat eaters alike!” Although on the surface this place seems more of a ‘drinkies’ place than a ‘foody’ place, I have to say the food was absolutely fantastic. So please don’t make the mistake of dismissing ‘The Toy Shop’ as a great restaurant, and not just a unique cocktail bar.

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For starters I had the ‘Sweet Potato Pie with salsa verde’. Although the presentation of this wasn’t as fancy as the ‘Rosemary and Garlic Meatballs and red pepper sauce’, (which my colleague had), they tasted out of this world and I could have eaten about a million more.

The food really comes into it’s own within a new section of the menu called ‘MUNCH BOXES’. Your meal comes in an old school, massive, tin lunch box. I had the ‘Crunchy chicken strips marinated with buttermilk and beer’ which came with a side of triple cooked chips and a jar full of cabbage coleslaw. This meal cost a mere £6, which I believe is fantastic value seeing as the portion was definitely on the large side and was extremely delicious. (Especially the triple cooked chips!)

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The other options of lunch boxes include  ‘Toy Shop Sloppy Joe 12 hour slow roasted beef brisket sandwich served with Josh’s secret sauce (£6.50)’, the ‘BBQ pulled pork club sandwich with mature cheddar, crispy cured bacon & fried egg (£7.00)’ and for you veggies the ‘Sun blushed tomato quiche with artichoke (£6.00)’

The menu also consists of Sharer meals such as the ‘Toy Shop BBQ marinated Smokey chicken fillet, maple glazed mini rump steaks, sticky baby back ribs, Roasted Portobello mushrooms (£30.00)’

They also have an event called a ‘Roast Party’ around once every month, with “with DJs, unlimited beer and Prosecco, and a roast dinner you won’t forget.”

Now onto the drinks. The cocktails served at ‘The Toy Shop’ are truly different to any other cocktail bar I’ve been to in a long time. Their most ‘fun’ and weird cocktail (in my opinion) is the ‘Bubbled Up Polly Pocket’

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Their blend of TTS bubble-gum infused vodka with blue orange liquor and crema citrus and a dash of homemade reduced cream soda served with maraschino cherries, chocolate cigarettes and popping candy.’

Other wonderful and weird cocktails include things like Walnut Willy’s Wodka Martini, Moopy’s milk Bottle, and Dr. Fish’s Essential Caramel Compound.

However, if you come to ‘The Toy Shop’ in a group, I think the cocktails you should try are the massive sharer cocktails which, regretfully, I didn’t get to try. (I couldn’t exactly warrant a £100 cocktail castle just for my colleague and me!)

The cocktail I speak of is the ‘The King of the Castle A blend of rums, spices and medieval potions designed to raise your moat for up to 5 people’

The cocktails get smaller (and cheaper) Until you get to ‘Ralph the Robot The friendly robot made with a lighter blend of citrusy delights for up to 3 people (£35)’ They even have a cocktail called ‘Rocket Ride A naughty looking thing that will test your sucking skills for up to 4 people’ (£50) (Crikey!)

‘The Toy Shop’ is a colourful and fun restaurant/cocktail bar. The place, although filled with odd little quirks like rocking horses and rockets above the bar, swinging seats, and naked dolls in the toilets isn’t at all gimmicky. It’s these little details, like the lego salt and pepper pots, noticed here and there, that add to the amusement and brilliance of the ‘toy’ theme. 

I absolutely loved ‘The Toy Shop’, and can’t wait to go back with a hoard of girls to try those sharer cocktails. I would recommend this place to groups of friends who want a night out with a light dinner and (lots of) unusual drinks, as well as people who like to try new things and don’t mind splashing a bit of cash now and then on naughty (but awfully nice) cocktails.