Tag: Something different

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The London Shuffle Club will open its doors on Wed 12th Oct to give Londoners the chance to try their hand at Shuffleboarding, the classic American game that is taking Brooklyn by storm.
Shuffleboarding can be dated back as far as Henry VIII and is like a mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling, only with better shoes (you can wear what you want).
Founder of The London Shuffle Club, Graeme Hawkins said “We’re taking our inspiration from Shuffleboard’s recent renaissance in Brooklyn and Miami where it is seriously starting to take off in fashionable off-the-beaten-track warehouses. The game’s appeal is in just how easy it is, and it won’t take long before you feel like you’re good enough to go pro."unnamed
The London Shuffle Club will occupy the entire top floor of the iconic Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for three months. The space will celebrate the building’s industrial look giving it an underground party vibe - think bespoke neon lighting and sexy Miami-style art deco styling. Pop up bar specialists Platterform will be on hand to serve up classic cocktails and Americana inspired food.
The London Shuffle Club will be open to the public seven days a week and is running Monday leagues over the first five weeks that will culminate in a finals night when they will crown London’s Top Shufflers of 2016. Those looking to join the leagues should contact leagues@londonshuffle.com.

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!

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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.

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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.beach-image-2

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.

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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.

 

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Alfred Leroy, a classic British Canal Boat has been lovingly renovated and converted into a floating bar by Hackney Wick’s CRATE Brewery. We had the chance to on a cruise down the lock just as the sun began to come out a couple of weeks ago. The boat is light and so sunny, on our trip (which you can also take on Saturdays throughout the summer) we had ample Prosecco, cheese boards and cocktails from friendly and knowledgable hosts.


The cruise on offer each weekend takes you two hours up and back on the River Lea, travelling past the Olympic Stadium to the Limehouse Basin, viewing East London landmarks such the Three Mills.  

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Whilst aboard you can sample CRATE’s brews, Jarr’s ginger and passion fruit kombucha and kombucha cocktails, as well as British cheeses from Neal’s Yard and artisan bread from E5 Bakehouse within the price of your ticket.
The boat is so relaxed in atmosphere that you feel like you are aboard with friends and on the way you can stand out the front of the boat and do some slightly lower key Titanic 'King of the world' impressions.... or maybe just have a cigarette.20160423_173210

Tickets start from £20 and can be found on the Alfred Leroy website. The boat leaves from Hackney Wick, at Queens Yard. After your trip, if the suns still out there are a few cool bars around when you disembark - why not make a day and night of it? We certainly did.

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Fancy doing something other than going out for drinks or dinner in central? Why not go out for drinks, dinner and cabaret at the  Rah Rah Room in the West End.

A fantastic music / cabaret venue on Piccadilly in St James’s which has teamed up with The Electric Carousel (the team behind Madame Jojo’s in Soho and Electric Social in Brixton) to bring back the excitement, glamour and fun to the West End. The Rah Rah Room host weekly cabaret nights which are renowned for being a night to remember.

We popped down for one of the cabaret nights to be entertained by dancers, burlesque acts, circus acts, a great comedic Compère and our personal favourite, an ageing and hilarious Tina Turner Tea Lady.

With the show, depending on what tickets you plump for you can expect drinks and a great box of wonderfully unhealthy (but perfect) fried and grilled treats such as calamari, sweet potato fries, lamb skewers and more.

Its a great evening out and the entertainment is top notch. We thoroughly recommend a booking if you are looking for something a little different. Just be warned however - there is often audience participation...

You can expect shows such as -

Cabaret Carousel – The Wonder Show of Piccadilly delivering a spellbinding, mind-altering, mesmerising potion of award winning burlesque, circus, comedy & magic. Every Friday night.

Kitsch Cabaret – celebrating the fifteenth year of London’s favourite Cabaret show blending old-school music hall with Las Vegas floorshow. Expect plenty of tassel-twirling and high-kicking! Every Saturday night.

Following on after the Cabaret every Saturday is their legendary club night featuring top guest DJs.

 

exterior CarnarvonLove Downton Abbey? Did you know you could stay pretty much next door to the beautiful house that it’s filmed in?

The Carnarvon Arms in Highclere is actually next door to Highclere Castle where Downton is filmed! How would that be for a surprise overnight stay for a fan?

If, like us you love a bit of country air then this quant and enormously comfortable hotel and pub is just the ticket for a break from the big smoke.

And not only does it cater for the Downtown fans out there - it’s also situated in the rural countryside that inspired Robert Adam’s classic tale of rabbit woe, Watership Down.

The hotel is a traditional English coaching house, restored and refurbished to house 18 rooms and a restaurant that offers breakfasts, lunch and dinners as well as high teas, all using seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced produce.

Get some stunning country walks in and amazingly quiet nights sleeps away from the hustle and bustle this summer with a couple of amazing offers from WJ -

Mention WJ (Who’s Jack) when booking and you can get a boutique double room here for just £79 a night - which is amazing value for a boutique rooms in a true country inn! And if you want even more than that then we can offer you a room and evening 2-course meal for 2 for just £120.

We’re going to take this offer up ourselves in the coming weeks and suggest you do too!

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