Category: LONDON

London: Freddie Mercury's kimono is coming to the V&A


It was 2018 that saw the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie of band Queen and its larger-than-life lead man, Freddie Mercury. And now in 2020, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is bringing him back again by putting his famed kimono on display as part of a larger exhibition. The major fashion exhibition, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk will open this month on 29 February and bring to the public an array of kimonos, the ultimate symbol of Japan. Why Freddie’s, though? In the mid-1970s he sometimes wore boldly patterned kimono onstage, challenging the norms of gender and sexuality. This personal kimono however is more delicate in its design and overtly feminine, revealing that gender fluidity extended to his private life. For more about the exhibition and to score your tickets, head to the V&A website.

There's a new way to drink: the Leakproof water bottle

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Summer in the UK might be over, but just because the sun’s hidden for the next bit, doesn’t mean the need to keep on top of your outdoor health has gone away, right? Running around a city like London takes a lot out of you. So hydration’s key. Which is why the likes of Leakproof is a must. Their latest drop, the ION8 Leakproof Water Bottle helps to keep just so, with up to 500ml capacity. It makes for a gym, fitness and outdoor water buddy, and just life in general. Also, with a soft touch frosted exterior, its scratch resistance makes it super practical for exploring and those busy working dads on the go. Open at just the touch of a button, the flip top effortlessly springs open with a single push, meanwhile the added lid lock follows clicking reassuringly into place – 100% leak proof, 100% of the time! Check it – and the whole range – out at the Leakproof website.

Australia Day in London: What the Sun Tavern's got going on

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The Sun Tavern will, this Australia Day on Sunday 26th January, team up with Aussie brewers Stone & Wood and Antipodean Gin Masters, Four Pillars for a party the Australian way.  They’ll even donate £1 per drink sold to the Australian bushfire appeals. Stone & Wood, will be on the taps to give everyone who shows their Aussie passport a FREE beer. For something a little more shaken and stirred, Melbourne based Four Pillars gin have put together a special cocktail menu; which is nice. Think Irwin’s Remedy, with Four Pillars Navy Strenght Gin, Wattleseed Syrup, Sweet Vermouth and Citrus, a Knifey Spoon, with Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Lemon Myrtle, Citrus and Umbrella Brewing Cider and a Night Shazza, with Four Pillars Shiraz Gin, Ruby Port, Rose Vermouth and Amaro. Keeping the party going will be Australian Psych-Folk-Pop artists Tempesst, taking to the decks for the evening and bringing those Aussie tunes to east London.  Why not go along? Australia Day at The Sun Tavern Date: Sunday 26th January Time: 12pm – 12am Address: 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN  Here’s the Sun Tavern website.

The best French music festival, So Frenchy So Chic, coming to London

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Australia’s home-grown French pop festival So Frenchy So Chic will travel to London for the first time next year, bringing the best of French vocals to France’s neighbour. The inaugural So Frenchy So Chic London will take place on 5 September 2020 in the exquisite grounds of the World Heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. So Frenchy So Chic is the only festival dedicated to French music outside French-speaking countries.  It started in Melbourne Australia, moved to Sydney and the festival that has hosted such vocal stunners as Camille – who headlined January’s all-female line-up – Émilie Simon, Moriarty, Lou Doillon, Féfé, The Dø, and Yelle, the festival’s heading home. For more and to get your tickets, go to the website.

2 things to see in Covent Garden this Christmas

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Christmas is on and so are the lights. Where’s best to see them? Covent Garden in London, of course. Don’t miss the Biscuiteers Installation. Weighing in at 10kg and spanning over 4ft wide, the intricate creation has been decorated entirely by hand and took the British baking masterminds over 100 hours to construct and ice. Providing the ultimate festive picture moment in Covent Garden’s Market Building, passers by also have the chance to purchase bespoke tins filled with 10 designs of Covent Garden hand-iced biscuits and build-your-own gingerbread houses. Tiffany ice-skating rink. The brand just sold for $16.2 billion, so you know they can afford something nice. Tiffany & Co. will unveil a one-of-a-kind scented interactive winter wonderland experience, filled with sparkling snow, a festive ice-skating rink and fragrance pop-up shop, amid the backdrop of iconic Tiffany Blue boxes. Bringing the magic of the season to life, the enchanting Tiffany & Co. winter wonderland will be located in the East Piazza from 28th November to 26th December. Centered around the joy of gifting, the installation features multi-sensory experiences, including experiencing Tiffany & Co.’s Signature Eau de Parfum as it is diffused into the air during key intervals each day, along with glistening snow falling from the sky and magically dissolving as it touches the ground.

Watch the X Factor’s best productions in London for free

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Boxpark in London’s Wembley is about to come alive with The X Factor’s celebrity special event taking over the space on 30 November. Thanks to Just Eat, the food delivery folks, the ultimate X Factor viewing experience will be narrowcast on a 16-foot screen while familiar X Factor faces will take part in a Q&A session and stun guests with an exclusive live performance. Not to mention karaoke for the singers, meet-n-greets with the stars for the selfie-takers and all the food for the foodies, courtesy of vendors like Mama Jacq’s and Koolcha who both appeared at Just Eat’s flagship summer event, Food Fest. Sign up to head along at Eventbrite.

Wines from Spain: What you need to be drinking in 2020

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The Wines From Spain Awards is part of the larger Eat Spain Drink Spain roadshow which showcases the best of Spanish food and wine. The campaign aims to bring together the diverse and exciting wine and authentic food to allow food and wine livers alike to explore the opportunities that Spain offers. In it’s seventh year, The Wines From Spain Awards, showcase a fascinating selection of the top 100 Spanish wines, chosen from over 400 entries. This year, the line up expressed a large range of diversity and a high quality of wine being produced in Spain. Spain continues to offer some of the best wine in terms of value, with wines on display ranging from £7.99 to £50. When speaking to Director Fernando Munoz at the London Wine Tasting which was held at Mimo London, he focused his tasting this year on the more unknown regions and grape varieties. “I was very pleased with some of them: for whites and rosé, nº 10, 13, 18 and 42, were all excellent. As for reds, I quite liked nº 46, 50 and 55.” “We had a group of 11 judges, who in July chose 100 winners which are showcased here today, and out of the 100 winners we also select 13 Champion wines for each category.” Said Fernando. In the White Wine Category; Pansa Blanca 2018, Raventos de Alella was awarded the Best Discovery; Raimat El Niu de la Cigonya 2018, Raventos Codorniu was awarded Best White Over £10; Malvasia Seco Coleccion 2018, Bodegas El Grifo,… Read More

German Gymnasium London: The bar’s doing autumn cocktails a la Game of Thrones

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Look, we all felt the full force of the ending of Game of Thrones. We all wanted Cersei to be brutally murdered. We all wanted Jamie to be a bit more vindicated. We all wanted to get the real story about Bran, the Night King and the whole whack story. But for everything the show let us down on, German Gymnasium right next door to Kings Cross Station in London, is building us back up with – in cocktail form. For autumn in the UK, the bar is introducing four new cocktails to its menu: Stark’s Old Fashioned, a smooth and classic drink with Woodford Reserve, Mozart chocolate and chocolate bitters. Winter Is Coming, made with Woodford Reserve Rye, cherry brandy and vermouth, served in a stunning goblet emblazoned with the dire wolf. A Dance with Dragons – Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons’ fiery refreshment made with Jack Daniels, beer, ginger beer and elderflower; and lastly. A Song of Ice and Fire, a fruity and velvety concoction created for Queen Cersei Lannister, made with Jack Daniels Rye and served in the Queen’s golden goblet. Ans the drinks aren’t all, the venue is renowned for its fairly epic installations in the middle of the thoroughfare inside, and for this round, they’ve put a beautiful autumnal tree inspired by the Heart Tree in Game of Thrones, with matching weirwood trees upstairs in The Meister Bar and throughout the restaurant.  So though the story may be gone and told, it’s definitely not forgotten. These exclusive cocktails are available… Read More

London Cocktail Week’s done – but The Sun Tavern is always worth a visit

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London Cocktail Week takes over the city every year in October, turning it on for the most beloved bars around the city. It’s a slurry, hazy blur of cocktails and spirits, but for those whose persistence for flashy beverages knows no end, it’s the week of the year. And The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green took it upon itself this year to get amongst it, and you know what? No one was mad. It’s a quaint little corner spot, that for the week, was whipping out £6 cocktails to thirsty locals and visitors, concocted by the minds of one bartender ‘Ross’. They in fact partnered with cocktail bar, Discount Suit Company for their London Cocktail Week House Party series that ran 6-13 October: a series of unmissable bar collaborations with globally renowned and celebrated bars spanning form LA to Barcelona, including World’s 50 Best, Limantour. Couple it with a steady flow of pizzas from Yard Sale and it made for a quality night. Sure, it’s done for 2019, but dropping by for a visit and tipple, just ‘cos you can is always a solid idea. See more at the Sun Tavern website.