We love a new opening and we love a bit of the free stuff so this newbie in Brixton ticks all the boxes. Boom Shack, the new venture from Boom Burger founder Joshua de Lisser, opens it's doors in Brixton on Saturday 26 November, offering South Londoners a dine-in and take-away experience bursting with Jamaican flavours.
To celebrate the new opening, this weekend (Sat 26 – Sun 27 November), Boom Shack will give away 100 menu items each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. From 10am on Saturday, the first 100 customers are invited to choose a free item from either the breakfast or evening menus for the full Boom experience. To be in with a chance of grabbing a free dish, all diners have to do is simply turn up to the restaurant and place their order!
Located on Brixton Station Road, Boom Shack will predominantly be a lively cocktail bar serving up fun Jamaican vibes (open Wednesday – Sunday) and a drinks list straight out of the Caribbean. Try the “Jamaican Punch”, a sweet concoction of fresh fruit and lemon juice, blended with your choice of rum, vodka or gin, or go for the “Montego Breeze”, a sun-splashed combo of vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime and ginger ale.
Loud Caribbean flavours will also be at the heart of the food offering, with the evening menu including a pair of hot ciabatta sandwiches, perfect for soaking up those cocktails. Choose from the Boom Cubano (£8) – ham, slow-cooked pork shoulder and a layer of Swiss cheese, topped with fiery hot peppers – or the Boom Sarnie (£8) - Scotch bonnet chilli beef, with cheese, house-made bacon jam and jerk mayo.
The breakfast menu includes a selection of sandwiches all served in a warm brioche bun – expect to see a bacon, egg and cheese sarnie, plus avocado and scrambled eggs as a veggie option, both priced at £7. Wash this down with one of their freshly served juices – “Papaya Don’t Preach”, papaya, lime juice, apple and ginger, or “Welcome to Jamrock”, a blend of mango, orange, pineapple and coconut water.
Boom Burger, the uniquely Jamaican-influenced burger company founded by Joshua de Lisser, opened its doors on Portobello Road in 2014. De Lisser is excited to be bouncing the Caribbean beat to Brixton and comments, “We’ve come along way since starting as a pop-up in 2013. I’ve always had my eyes set on a site in Brixton and now that it’s finally happened I can’t wait to spread the boom!”
Seating up to 21 people, Boom Shack boasts an inviting wood-walled interior, windowed doors and bright Jamaican colours, fitting in perfectly with the vibrant atmosphere of Brixton Station Road.
Boom Shack, Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PA
Opening hours: Wednesday – 4pm -11pm, Thursday & Friday – 4pm-1am, Saturday – 10am – 1am, Sunday –10am-6pm
Boom Burger, 272 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TY
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Urban beaches is officially 'A Thing' for us Londoners. The perfect marriage of escapism and stay-cation- they allow us to feel like we've had a little holiday but still get an Uber home.
So if you're looking for somewhere to curl your toes in the sand this summer look no further - here's your choice of the best!
EAST: Beach East at the Olympic Park
Pretend you're in Rio whilst watching the Olympics on your phone at this sandy oasis complete with obligatory deck chairs, ice cream and also fairground rides.
SOUTH: Brixton Beach Boulevard
A bit more than a location with added sand, the Brixton Beach Boulevard is £4 entry and open all the weekends that August has to offer. The beach is on a rooftop in this instance and has a Miami 80s theme. Also added into the mix are retro film screenings, sports broadcasts and lots of food.
SOUTH EAST: Southbank's beach is back
You get some water with this one, albeit the rather murky water of the Thames but water none the less. A firm favourite with any urban beach hopper this patch of sand sits right along side some great bars and restaurants so you can truly urban up your sandy experience. A Brazilian barbecue in a yellow tram is on hand as well as caiprinha's.
NORTH: Camden Beach!
A firm fave of ours down at The Roundhouse. Last year this was a storming success with live performances on in the evenings and an escape form the mental bustle that is Camden Market. This area get's great sun so it's one to run too on those clear days of the summer (all 4 of them). There's rum, ping pong, private beach huts, BBQ and free entry. Just don't forget your bucket and spade.
20 year old South Londoner, Misty Miller, has announced details of a new EP. Sweet Nothing will be released on Relentless Records on Monday 2nd March.
Sweet Nothing’s features lead track Best Friend, which is taken from her forthcoming album (released Summer 2015), and is accompanied by stripped back versions of 4 more songs recorded at The Crypt in London last November. The track listing of the EP is as follows:
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The first new music from the EP, Petrified, can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTYwScMnr5A
Misty Miller is fast-gaining attention for her raw, emotive intensity. Her confidently weary voice, grungy electric guitar and autobiographical songwriting come together on this five track EP. While channeling inspiration from 70s New York punk bands such as The Velvet Underground, Iggy & The Stooges and Blondie, as a regular frequenter of Brixton’s The Windmill alongside Fat White Family, Misty also cites the bands she’s met playing the South London scene as a strong influence on her sound. The forthcoming album, recorded in 2014 at Toe Rag studios in London and produced by Liam Watson, will be released this Summer.
Misty has honed her live set further through touring with Jake Bugg, Television and Eels, as well as performing at various festivals last Summer including Reading and Leeds. Misty is an atom bomb of fearless attitude and determination – something that can be seen on her upcoming UK tour that kicks off at London’s Old Blue Last in February. The full list of forthcoming shows is as follows with more to be added:
Monday 26th January Windmill, Brixton, London
Tuesday 10th February Old Blue Last, London
Friday 13th February Victoria Inn, Swindon
Sunday 22nd February The Golden Fleece, Nottingham
Wednesday 25th February Oporto, Leeds
Friday 27th February Riverside, Sheffield
Sunday 1st March Gullivers, Manchester
2014 saw Misty Miller pave a righteous musical path with the release of two highly acclaimed singles: the sleazy late-night prowler Taxi Cab, and double A-side featuring 50s-tinged punker Stars and the not-so-sugar-sweet Marmalade, both singles picking up multiple plays at Radio One, 6 Music and XFM in the process. Misty has streamlined an instinctive grasp of reinvigorating classic nostalgia with songwriting that’s a smack to the side of the cheek with a fistful of attitude and wit.
Watch the video for Petrified here:
Is party season is upon us? Kinda. And that means it's time to eat, drink and revel in a constant state of merriment, triple booking our diaries with fun festivities until the 1st January when we finish fat, tired and broke and curl up in a ball of self pity!
But until then on with the fun! Kicking off this wonderful time of year is Grand Union Brixton’s warm-up for Christmas bash - the ultimate pre-party season soirée - on Friday 28th November under the swanky new winter marquee.
Transforming the summer Pleasure Garden into the perfect winter party pad, the new 80ft mammoth marquee will be decked out with sofas, TVs, heaters, and hundreds of sparkly fairly lights, so you can enjoy the space and book those legendary tree huts or even the entire marquee (apart from Fridays and Saturdays) until the spring.
As the name suggests, the warm-up for Christmas bash celebrates all things warm! Kicking off at 6pm entrance is free, so sip on £5 hot toddies and mulled wine, and tuck into juicy turkey and cranberry burgers by the roaring fire pits, whilst watching the glistening stars (fairy lights) twinkling above. Dress up and go crazy in the photo booth with your mates, but don’t forget to wear your favourite Christmas jumper (as if you need to be told!) for a free cocktail on arrival.
If Brixton is not your local, the warm-up bash will also take place at all seven other Grand Union bars around London on the same evening, with hot cocktails, festive turkey burgers, DJs playing your favourite festive tunes and free cocktails for those donning their Christmas jumpers.
So celebrate with Grand Union this year, or yule be sorry!
Grand Union Brixton
123 Acre Lane
London SW2 5UA
020 7274 8794 | www.grandunionbars.com
facebook.com/grandunion | @grandunionbars