Hidden away just behind Bank Bankside is a gem of a Sunday hang out for those that like to indulge a little before the weekend is well and truly out.
OXBO, part of the Hilton Bankside is a cocoon of a restaurant, perfect for the upcoming winter months and with a roast offering to help you hibernate through them.
A buffet style starter that includes everything from ceviche through to sushi, ham, mighty lumps of beetroot and goats cheese salad, dips and flatbreads.
You can return as many times as you like to this first course offering whilst your Prosecco glass is never allowed to empty. We would suggest saving some room for the main event however - the roast.
We had the beef, which was perfectly pink with a Yorkshire as big as your head (ok my head, and as heads go mine isn't the largest but these Yorkshires are).
Once you are comfortably blurred from both food and unlimited Prosecco you can go up to the dessert counter full of mini little puds, penny sweets (including flying saucers) and cheese! Heaven.
All this for £40 a head - its a great option for large groups of friends that want to make an afternoon/evening of it. And after, if you feel you can manage you can have a roll around the Tate of St Paul's to work a little of your mammoth meal off!
Available every Sunday from 12pm- 3:30pm, it costs £28pp for the 3 courses, or £40pp including unlimited prosecco. Nestled in the heart of London’s Bankside, OXBO Bankside serves innovative British cuisine with a global twist using supplies from specialist producers and local traders at Borough Market. Full menu
We were pumpkin carving at the weekend and it's not the easiest thing in the world.
A handy tip: those child friendly pumpkin carving packs aren't so adult friendly when you stab your pumpkin covered, slippery hand with them.
The one good thing about carving pumpkins yourself is sticking the seeds in to roast with some brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.. makes the bleeding hands more worthwhile.
But let's face it - not that many of us have the time or the artistic skills to create truly terrifying pumpkins without damaging ourselves so why not take up the offer of having them carved for you - it's the handy kind of thing that you'll probably only find in London after all. So you might as well take advantage.
Just like most things now you can order a pre-carved pumpkin straight to your door then take all the glory when friends marvel at your un-plastered fingers and wonderfully scary fruit offering (yes a pumpkin is classed as a fruit).
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To celebrate the spookiest day of the year, courier service Jinn has announced the launch of the UK’s first, limited-edition Pumpkin Carvery delivery. Available from October 26th, Londoners can enjoy a hassle-free Halloween by ordering a professionally carved pumpkin via Jinn’s app to be delivered straight to their door in under an hour.
With the detail of pumpkin designs getting bigger and better every year, Jinn’s Pumpkin Carvery service allows consumers to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and be the envy of their street with carved creations to out-spook the neighbours. Teaming up with both Fulham-based merchant Lavender Green Flowers and art studio Sand In Your Eye, Jinn is offering these spook-tacular limited edition packages starting from £40.
Mario Navarro, CEO of Jinn, said: “Jinn offers users access to the best of their city in under an hour and this Halloween we are showcasing the diversity of our service with the carved pumpkin offering, available to order on our app. As a nation, we are steadily spending more over festive periods, so this year we are enabling customers to be the beastliest on their block”.
Whether looking for a unique gift or to impress friends with a gourd-geous pumpkin, the limited-edition Pumpkin Carvery service will be available via the Jinn app or website www.jinapp.com.
Literally translated as rotating transmission, Tourne de Transmission seeks to generate a message - a message to all those who see it, as spoken by all those who wear it. Founded by creative director Graeme Gaughan, TDT seeks to combine impactful imagery, textures and words to create a sartorial billboard. The end result? A distinctive hard-hitting handwriting that has garnered a truly global following. We caught up with Graeme Gaughan ahead of his SS17 show to talk the rise in menswear, inspiration for the new collection and why gender fluidity is going to break the fashion mould.
WJ: London Collections: Men is going from strength to strength with the projected growth of the menswear industry outperforming that of womenswear. Where do you think this has come from?
Graeme: I think London has always been known for its diversity and fearlessness when it comes to fashion. Traditional Menswear – unlike womenswear, has a lot more rules and restrictions. When these two things collide, it creates a really interesting output – where the rules are broken and the traditional way that men dress evolves dramatically. London holds a unique spectrum unlike anywhere else in the world, from Savile Row to schools like Central Saint Martins. Everyone is unique. Also, the cultural undercurrent of London really informs that rule breaking. Our music, art and club scene is crucial to mixing all those different ways of thinking together and creating something truly unique. With all that in place, men have the option along with the desire to dress more ambitiously.
WJ: Men’s Week has seen a similar shift to womenwear in so much that many brands are bucking the usual Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter show format. Why do you think this is and will Tourne De Transmission be following suit?
Graeme: I’m not sure if it’s seen as big a shift as womenswear has. True the system is a little dated but the pace of womenswear feels different to menswear. What I find more interesting is the blurring of gendered dressing. For example, women have always been interested in wearing my clothes – they’ll buy things oversized or undersized and style it in their own way which is great. I think notions like that are more important than trying to break out of the fashion system; it feels more organic to me.
WJ: Yes, there seems to be a real focus on sartorial gender fluidity for 2016 - particularly when it comes to urban design. Where do you see this direction taking the industry?
Graeme: The idea of gender fluidity is what actually can help break the outdated scheduling of fashion seasons because it will bring everything together and allow for longer periods for creative design. Time is really what this whole debate is about, because the pressure any designer faces are dictated by those drop dates and it really infringes on the creative ability of the designer. We’ve seen it happen a lot this year, huge names buckling under pressure or simply walking away saying enough is enough. Of course there will always be distinguishable men’s and women’s collections, which is fine – they are needed.
WJ: Bold, statement streetwear is at the heart of London style and your own. Why do you think this is and what sets TDT apart from the rest of the scene?
Graeme: I’ve never been a massive fan of the word streetwear because it means so many different things to many different people. From cultural movements in New York in the 80’s, to the current street style photography craze – the word is massively overused and can feel a little lazy. I think the notion in London is more about individual style. TDT plays a part in that I guess, in that it has its own aesthetic which is informed by eastern cutting, global clothing cultures and, of course, the pairing of imagery and words. But overall I think it’s my lack of training that most likely sets the label apart! When you haven’t been taught to do something you will find your own way - it was how I learnt music and now making clothing and other products.
WJ: When it comes to building your seasonal collections, just where do you find the inspiration?
Graeme: It can be from many different forms of media, or from trips to Art galleries or exibitions. One image, word or concept will stick out to me and it starts from there.This usually informs an umbrella concept which the parts of the clothing.
WJ: Where will you be taking the TDT brand direction for SS17?
Graeme: The core theory of TDTs ss17 collections came through a conversation with NYC based contemporary artist Chris Dorland who shares a love for global references toward mixed media. We started to discuss his recent "scanners" work, which I loved and began to talk about his use of huge vinyl billboard posters and campaign images within his work. And how in recent years these billboards were collected and used as shelter equipment by charities and humanitarian agencies to use in war zones for refugees or in the third worldly general to provide basic shelter after they were discarded by the western world. There was something quite off with this idea of media being made to make us want to spend money on something that’s a non-necessity while in another environment it is turned into one of the most essential of things. Basic shelter... And it's something I felt I wanted to touch on
WJ: Who are your L:CM designers to watch?
Graeme: Shows I always want to get to see if I can are Matthew Miller, CMMN SWDN, Liam Hodges & YMC…And Mihara Yasuhiro is showing in London for the first time and would really like to see that show.
Tourne de Transmission will be showing at LCM on Sunday 12th June.
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We have a little tip for you - if you keep your eyes open down Bury Street you will spot a golden Q on door number 16 - easy to miss but a shame if you did - this is Quaglinos and they are currently serving a pretty mega afternoon tea.
Available from5th May – 26th August, this new afternoon tea is a welcome celebration to London’s warming weather (not totally here yet but well on it's way we are assured), with beautiful blooms full of fresh and vibrant notes featuring throughout the delectable cakes and pastries. From perfectly sculpted edible flowers, to tiny peek a boo carrots in a pot, Quaglino’s new spring Afternoon Tea will tickle your tastebuds and have you reaching to snap on instagram - we certainly were.
Sandwiches are packed with classic fillings (Prawn cocktail baby gem leaf, Chicken & basil on white bread), but high-tea aficionados can also sample savoury twists such as Smoked salmon Rosti and Egg & baby cress on disc brioche toast. Flower-themed sweets include Lemon & Lavender Macaroon,Carrot cake pot, candied baby carrot, Meringue Mushroom Rhubarb and rose opera cake Strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake tart. Freshly baked basil chamomile scones are served warm with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Priced at £39.50pp for Moët & Chandon champagne tea, or £43.50 pp for a Moët & Chandon Rosé tea.
On Tuesday 24th May 2016, Love Support Unite takes over Junkyard Golf Club London. The British charity fundraises for the most deprived country in the world: Malawi, Africa and next week Junkyard Golf Club will donate 100% of tickets sales for one day, spreading the golfing love in it’s typical fashion; crazy golf, eats, beats and booze and aiming to raise £10,000 across their venues this summer, to build a very special Junkyard Golf Club school unit in Malawi.
As well as loved up golf, putters will also be able to purchase Love Support Unite famous Love Specs; psychedelic glasses that make you see everything in hearts. Love Specs were created to support the continuation of sustainable projects in Malawi, with their underlying message being to see the world as one filled with love.
Love Specs have already raised huge amounts of money, having been sold at the biggest international festivals including, Bestival, Outlook, Hideout and Parklife. World famous artists such as Rudimental are already great supporters of Love Specs and Love Support Unite cause. Customers will be able to purchase their own pair of Love Specs at the Junkyard Golf Club event for just £10 (again, all proceeds will be going towards the fund) and they are sure to make a golf game a whole lot more interesting.
Marketing Manager, Sophie Houghton said: “Junkyard Golf Club is all about having fun and bringing happiness to people, which we hope to do for the children in Malawi with our Junkyard Golf Club school unit. The Love Specs are a great idea as they have a really meaningful purpose but present it in an entertaining way. We are excited to support this cause and will have lots of fun doing it.”
The British charity helps orphaned children, supports elders, builds schools and creates a more sustainable living environment for all of Malawi’s residents.
Junkyard Golf Club is open seven days a week at The Old Truman Brewery until August, from 11:00am until 11:00pm. Weekday and Sunday tickets are priced at £9.50 per person whilst Friday and Saturdays will be £10.50.