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Handbags & Gladrags: Interview with Designer Tabitha Webb & Glamour Magazine Editor, Jo Elvin

Last month I interviewed fashion designer, Tabitha Webb and Tabitha Talks special guest, Glamour Magazine Editor, Jo Elvin for Belgravia Residents’ Journal.

It was an evening spent with lovely ladies, both Tabitha, Jo and the other guests, not to mention some beautiful clothes! Definitely worth a little nosey.

Thanks for the champers, Tabitha!

Tabitha Webb with Jo Elvin, Glamour Magazine Editor  - For Belgravia Residences' Journal

 

Lifestyle Feature: The Big Breakfast

The early bird catches the worm, that’s what they say… But where can you find the top culinary choice regardless if it’s a breakfast meeting or lazy Sunday brunch?

I explore five top places to find your most important meal of the day, all depending on the mood you’re in.

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The Big Breakfast

The Breakfast Club is where to go, think retro films, quirky decor and prices to spare your wallet, The Breakfast Club remains the hangout for hipsters, so take the teenagers here for extra brownie points.

With their fifth restaurant opening in London this August, there’s little to stop you popping in, and if you’ve missed the breakfast buzz, don’t worry they’re equally as equipped for brunch and dinner. A couple of secret cocktails are on the cards if you know where to go and what to say (you’ll find an entrance to a speakeasy bar through a retro Smeg fridge and a laundrette themed cocktail bar hidden beyond the sliding shutters), access is granted if you know the password.

Visit The Breakfast Club

 

Late brunching more your style?

Summer has arrived and we could all do with a holiday, venturing to New Zealand is an option for few. However, KOPAPA’s  breakfast menu offers incredible fusion food for something a bit more exciting on your plate. Their Maori and New Zealand heritage combines with prime seasonal ingredients from the UK and abroad, healthy, fresh with surprisingly deluxe ingredients. Their Brunch menu is catered for with equal affection and is served until 4pm, these guys know what the most important meal of the day is.

Visit Kopapa
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Breakfast with a view

Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower is open 24/7 with incredible views across the city. Located on the 40th floor, this is the place to enjoy the sunrise after a long night on the tiles, welcoming the day with a little something fizzy and some good grub before heading off home… Or perhaps a breakfast meeting might start off with a bang here. The perfect place for something a little special. Looking beyond the views the menu offers all the gluttony of an American diner with Michelin flair, here is for indulgence.

 Visit Duck and Waffle

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Village life in the city

Head to Greenwich for a taste of the village life just outside of the city. Perfect for a Sunday stroll there are plenty of tea shops and cafés here priding themselves on the use of local produce. Heap’s Sausage Shop makes their sausages fresh on the premises and serves them up for you, eat in or takeaway you won’t find a fresher banger for your brekkie!

Find out more here

 

Tea and Cake for breakfast?

Head to Palmers in Camden, owned by Yumchaa, they offer a wide range of ethical teas and organic, freshly baked cake selections. Take five to enjoy something with a little more satisfaction to your sweet tooth. They have both shops and market stalls across London, a cosy, retro tea shop interior, they specialise in loose leaf tea selections of their own creation, with some of their other venues, such a Soho, offering a wider range of hot food selections.

 Visit Yumchaa

 

Family fun

Take a stroll along the Southbank for some family friendly pit stops, home to the annual, Urban Beach, over the summer, the kids can enjoy sand between their toes and you can avoid the real hustle of the centre. With free installations and art work to compliment your breakfast, it’s the cultured way to start the day. There are multiple choices for your little darling’s delight, try the Real Food Market  for a street food selection from across the globe, or pop up the bright yellow steps to the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden and step in to the wonderful wild urban courtyard for a fantastic view across the Thames. With plenty of other choices along the Southbank, including mainstream restaurants, you can enjoy whatever floats your boat!

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A Morning Market Meander?

In need of a few store cupboard supplies, pop to get the fresh bread cob, regional cheese, free range eggs and cured meats? Borough Market, SE1  hosts a great range of artisanal suppliers and if you’ve lost the patience to wait to get home try out the traders selling fresh, hot food on the go: mostly local and organic produce there’s some serious flavours flying around the lanes of this little place. If you’re not in the area there are plenty of other food markets in London to venture to, so if you’re up nice and early before the rush, check out Time Out’s top list here 

 

Published here: AAC: July Issue: Lifestyle Feature: The Big Breakfast

Words: Cat Foley

Photos: All Rights Reserved by The Breakfast Club

What she really wants for Mother’s Day

Clocks will go forward an hour on Mothering Sunday as 2014 British Summer Time starts in the UK.

This means losing an hour of sleep in the morning – hardly a thank you to hard-working Mums across the land. So time for you to make up for this with a very special gift!

We all have an area of the house we like to call our own, our domain, so stop wondering what it is she might like this Mother’s Day and use your imagination to provide the inspiration! Well, either that or you could just let us do it for you… Take a look our guide to what Mums (and wives) really want on Mothering Sunday (or on any other special occasion).

 

The Kitchen Queen

Step away from the Anolon pan set and back away from the colour coded chopping boards, she spends enough time in that kitchen as it is. There’s no doubt an affinity with cooking suggests an attraction to good food. What she really wants it to be taken to a restaurant that delights her senses and to avoid the dishwasher and chopping board. So push the boat out and treat her to a Michelin star restaurant; laughable portions maybe but style, presentation and service fit for a Queen – spoil her!

The Garden Goddess

Yes,  she may have green fingers but that’s not to say she wants to be stuck out there in her wellies all day, give her the gift of inspiration by taking her for high tea and a walk around some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens.  If you’re located around London, Kew Gardens are a mere stone’s throw away and with Peyton and Byrne’s Pavilion Restaurant reopening for the Spring it’s the perfect location for a Sunday stroll followed by a slice of cake. If Kew isn’t your cup of tea (whoops, sorry for the pun) choose from The Independent’s ten best gardens to visit: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/the-10-best-gardens-to-visit-8575566.html  or try the Champagne Tea at the Wolsey in Piccadilly next to St. James’ Park.

 

The Pamper Princess

Does she have a penchant for pampering; pristine nail polish, long baths and a whole cupboard of those smelly lotions and potions? And why shouldn’t she enjoy the finer things in life? But step away from the bath salts and foot files, she does it for herself all year round, what she really wants is to be indulged with a luxury spa treatment. With plenty of day retreats on offer she’s going to be in her element. Take a look at the top spa resorts in the UK for some in’spa’ration! And for the romantic getaway, spoil yourself as well, and try one of the wonderful spas in our leading country house hotels.

 

The Health Kick Madame

She’s up before the kids and has more energy than a Duracell bunny; she’s got you eating all of the green stuff and takes no nonsense when it comes to getting out and about rather than sitting indoors. We all have one in our life and we all wonder where on earth she gets the energy from – relentless in her yoga efforts, her general wellbeing in her forties is better than yours was in your teens. But step away from the sweat bands and superfood sections, she’s not looking for  your input after all these years: instead offer her a wellbeing nutritionist package/acupuncture, this will put her in touch with her body’s natural balance, boost energy and help her feel younger than any super green smoothie.  

 

Adventure’s Leading Lady

It’s mostly grandparents that have the time for far-flung adventure days with the kids. But despite having the energy and razzmatazz to do such things the last thing she truly wants on Mother’s Day is run after her darling grandchildren at Legoland or Thorpe Park. Though there’s no doubt she will want to see her family on or around Mother’s Day, so why not head off on Saturday night to one of London’s top West- End shows. There are plenty suitable for all of the family, including the Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and long running favourite, Wicked.

 

Words by Cat Foley

Published: All About Commercial – March 14  

A Few Festive Frolics!

What should you be getting up to over the festive season? Let me clue you in….

 

Christmas comes but once a year, full of merriment, laughter and plenty of cheer, so wrap up your loved ones and head out to the snow, the warmth of the market, that’s where we’ll go…

Ah yes, it’s November which, of course means it’s the start of the Christmas countdown, though I’m sure the mince pies have been on the store shelves since August – correct me if I’m wrong. With The Regent Street Christmas lights being switched on 9th November there’s no reason to prevent yourself from enjoying a little mulled wine from here on! Christmas in London is magical, extensive and enjoyable on any budget and with such a vast array of options we thought we’d suggest a few of our personal favourites for the festive build up!

9. The Christmas Arcade, (c) Charlotte Fielding, portrait

Christmas Lights

They undoubtedly mark the start of the season, twinkling along the street illuminating the hustle and bustle of the last minute shopping and adding warmth to the mania. This year the lights in Regents Street will be launched on VIPeabody Day, Saturday Nov 9th, themed by Dreamworks’ new time travelling comedy animation. With fireworks and a mass of marvellous lights, it’s free fun for all the family.

Christmas Markets

A whole village made up of mulled wine, sizzling bratwurst with onions and novelty candy. The Christmas markets stock delicious goodies and host outdoor bars creating communal huddles for those braving the winter weather for a festive indulgence in something a little warming, and perhaps it’s the weather that makes it so right to do.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the biggest in the UK, offering Christmas Markets, Ice skating, a giant observation wheel, for those who haven’t had too many mulled wines, and two circuses, ‘Christmas Circus’ and ‘Cirque Berserk’, from the family friendly Zippo Circus. With free entry into Winter Wonderland you can enjoy the atmosphere of an evening with rustic revelry around the bratwurst fire pits with simmering mulled wine, or pay for entry to the Magical Ice Kingdom with the kids. Ticket prices vary for various attractions.

2. Skate at Somerset House, aerial view (c) Marcus Ginns

Skate at Somerset House, aerial view (c) Marcus Ginns

Ice Skating

So your skills aren’t quite The Nutcracker on Ice? Well, we’d thought as much, never mind. The ice rinks that pop up all over town offer handrails for the shufflers and mostly people like to glide around in predictable circles.  It all looks great fun and if you have kids they’ll love it.

For the grown-ups looking for that teenage kick, Somerset House offers late night skates with DJ’s and hosts a skate lounge bar to top up that Dutch courage, whilst the Christmas arcade provides food and entertainment. Tickets start at £8.75

Bringing the kids along? The Natural History Museum is hosting a separate ice rink for children. In its glorious setting you can glide around or enjoy the fairground carousel and for those who prefer their feet firmly on solid ground there’s a balcony café for hot chocolates or perhaps some more of that mulled magic for the adults.

A Special Show

London’s theatre districts host incredible theatre all year round, but if you’re looking for something with that little extra sparkle over Christmas there’s nothing better than a good panto!

Plenty in local London theatres this November –  Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Kids’ Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, launching November 23rd, with tickets starting from £12.50 it’s a shame not to go.

For adults and children alike, Aladdin launches at New Wimbledon Theatre in early December, but best to book tickets now as Jo Brand will be making her pantomime debut as Genie. Think you’d want to miss this one? Oh no you wouldn’t! Tickets start at £10

 

 

 

Words: Catherine Foley

Pictures: Copyright of Somerset House and associates.

Original copy published: All about Commercial 

 

EVENT: Time to mix it up? London Cocktail Week

Time to mix it up?

We all know it’s a special something that happens to a few ingredients from the bottle to the icy cold, deliciously drinkable result in that dainty, garnished glass. Cocktails are imbedded into our culture as both an acceptably suave drink for the man while still remaining a delicate sipper for the ladies. Let’s be honest, if it’s good enough for 007, intrinsic to Ryan Gosling winning over the girls in ‘Stupid Crazy Love’ and versatile enough to tickle any taste bud we think you’d be stupid to shoo-shoo a martini or two.

With London Cocktail Week on its way get ready to shake, sip and party your way to a fantastic celebration of our capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture 7th– 13th October, its main hub based in the beautiful Seven Dials area of Covent Garden and endless opportunities to take part in the cocktail revolution outside of the capital and all year round, we implore you to relinquish the beer and bring on the bourbon.

London Cocktail Week

Over 150 of the best bars across the capital will be throwing open their doors to offer bespoke and unlimited £4 cocktails throughout the week to all those wearing a London Cocktail Week wristband. These partnering bars have been cherry-picked because of their shared dedication to delivering wonderful service, excellent drinks and a great experience – so if you always fancied that exclusive hotel bar, never got round to tracking down that elusive speakeasy, want to visit a brand new venue or revisit an old favourite – now is your chance!

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Wristbands for the week cost £10 and allow the wearer access to the huge amount of sampling, cocktail demonstrations as well as the Cocktail Tours. To buy your wristband go to www.londoncocktailweek.com, for updates follow @LDNCocktailWeek

 

A sophisticated sipper are we?

For the smart and sophisticated drinker why not try out a high end, underground cocktail bar, many in London offer table service with live music and exclusive entrance to bookings only >>Find out more

 

Consider yourself a creative connoisseur?

Try your hand at the craft of mixology yourself: cocktail master classes are readily available, with this particular pop up class available throughout Britain. Harvey Nichols offers a fabulous master-class, followed by a two course lunch with a glass of Harvey Nichols wine in SEASON at the Fifth Floor Restaurant >> Find out more

 

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Or perhaps it’s experimenting that intrigues you…

Make your own liquor, infusing spirits can make for a quick fix impressive cocktail, a saffron gin martini or a smooth long pepper gin over ice. OK, the infusing takes a little time, but for minimum effort you have maximum impact. This great blog www.BoozedandInfused.com offers a great range of guides and recipe ideas for home infusions!

 

For the real James Bond

Gin cocktail concoctions in a speedboat on the Thames, but of course. Need we say more, Mr Bond? >> Find out more

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Located out of London

Something spectacular beyond the usual cocktail menu options in your local restaurant? Book this in advance: Cocktails in the City are curators of extravagant, exciting cocktail evenings offering master classes and pop up events all over Britain, you can book in advance here >> Find out more

 

 

Words: Catherine Foley

Photos: All Rights Reserved to London Cocktail Week

Originally written for: All about Commercial 

EVENT: Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival & Summer fun stuff..

The Classic British Summer… Fashionably late but worth the wait.

The wholly British Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years, Pimms, charcoal and paddling pool sales have hit a record increase and a heat wave hit St. Swithun’s day (guaranteeing 40 days of good weather for us). It’s time for cricket, scones – whichever way you say it – and building sand castles all around the British coasts as the kids break up for summer and the bridging industry winds-down and tops-up on the tan.. It doesn’t get any more British than this and by God don’t we love it!

So if you’re not skipping the small isle for the whole of the summer here are some things you should definitely consider doing…

Embrace the warm evenings with a picnic and an outdoor cinema screening

The Nomad Cinema has earned the reputation as ‘London’s best outdoor cinema’ [Evening Standard], popping up at an inspiring range of beautiful, curious and downright strange screening locations across London and beyond. Enjoy The Nomad experience when they pitch up in your part of the world, and know that you’re improving the quality of life for the families of a very different community on the other side of the world. With the evening air whipping up your appetite enjoy some of the fantastic pop-up street food from a mix of catering partners and vendors on-the-move from pop-up popcorn poppers to the coolest mobile coffee shops, bars-on-wheels and leading edge street food vans. Or bring a picnic with your favourite treats, just make sure there’s enough chilled wine!

Go away for a giggle at Edinburgh Fringe festival!

Running from 02 – 26 August there are a variety of shows now on sale and the perfect excuse to spend a weekend away in the highlands! (Unless of course you already live there, then there’s no excuse to miss out) As the largest arts festival in the world the Fringe offers a range of art in theatre, comedy, dance and film hosted in various locations throughout the capital.

Fring Festival

 

London Calling? The Mayor’s Thames Festival

This celebration of London and its epic watery backbone is the city’s biggest free open-air arts festival. Expanding this year to a ten-day stretch in September, it’s a huge, family friendly affair featuring live music, art, dance, installations, a carnival, river races, spread across the Thames itself and various roads, bridges and public spaces stretching alongside the river. One of the highlights is always the fireworks finale, grand enough to make November 5th scamper away in shame. And as this bumper pack of fun comes for free, you’ve got no excuse to miss out.

Go sailing!

Cowes week, annually organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron, sees a regatta of over 900 sailing boats setting off in races that occupy the Solent over 31st July -7th August, from the starting cannons to the finale of fireworks it’s worth taking a trip down to the coast to admire the view and watch some races.

Entertain al fresco!

We have the weather, we have the means and surely we have the family and friends.. So forget the fancy dining and bring the abroad to the backyard with a BBQ, boasting with Pimms, rib racks, burgers and buns, maybe some bunting to make for a right ol’ knees up or some grilled fish and salads to get that Greek island feel, the best bit is there’s no waiting at the bar, no dodgy DJ and seats are accounted for all of your VIP guests.

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Words: Catherine Foley

Images: Copyright reserved to Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society

Originally written for: All About Commercial 

MUSIC: Crown Jewel Defense

Moshing, mental hair, metal riffs and monstrous solos… This wasn’t a tribute act for the 80’s… Welcome American Rockers Crown Jewel Denfense to the UK.

Playing to an intimate crowd at The Borderline, it’s clear they’re still breaking through to the UK scene, but also doubtless they’re on the cusp of the crazed-fan rush and these Californian boys are taking it in their stride. Their live performance was something to marvel with more neon and nylon than I care to recollect, whilst their set, despite a bloodied finger for lead singer Taylor Hood, was pitch perfect and yes we’re talking high-pitch. The flawless performance of their own songs was only surpassed by acoustic melodies of classics including a bit of Backstreet Boys and Britney.

There’s a comparison that must surely be made with British hair rockers The Darkness, who ruled over crimpers and leggings with high –pitched perfection and UK acclaim, CJD make no qualms in throwing their hair in much the same way, but with a fresh fervour to claim the ‘Glitter Glam Rock Gods’ title for their own.

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Words by Cat Foley

 

Originally published in Ourzone magazine Feb 2013

MUSIC: Mallory Knox: Signals

 

Not only have Mallory Knox made waves in the rock world, their new album ‘Signals’ is one hell of  Christmas cracker, well worth a listen whether you’re a Christmas Grinch or enjoy seasonally rocking around the Christmas tree. The first release ‘Wake Up’ is available for download on iTunes  now, whilst their upcoming release ‘Lighthouse’ has made the Radio One c-list, and as if that wasn’t enough they’ve clocked number two in Kerrangs! Top ten bands to listen to in 2013.

This acclamation doesn’t come from thin air or because they fit into the current musical trend of rock verging on mainstream styling, (not tame like Lawson, for this we offer sincere gratitude) the album is well worth the complimentary adornments. Playing The Garage, London, in January it will soon be evident if the hype translates to a live crowd.

Stand out track ‘Misdemeanour’.

 

Rating: 8/10

Words: Cat Foley

Originally published in: Ourzone Magazine

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MUSIC: Billy Talent / Awolnation / Don Broco

It smells like teen spirit, belonging to the early noughties and we all know why, everyone’s here to revisit the nostalgia of being a ‘post-hardcore’ kid from the word ‘emo’… We mean ‘Go’. Billy Talent laid the path for the likes of their support acts development much like Incubus and Nirvana laid the way for theirs, and daren’t we forget it, these guys were the shit.

The Don Broco boys, on form as ever, warmed the crowd up to the expected degree. Commanding King status over the current rock pop revival with cheeky dance moves and ladish lines, these guys have consumed much of the music scene definition at the moment, the Billy Talent and Taking Back Sunday band of the era.

Sadly second support, Awolnation, can’t be said to have wooed the crowd sufficiently enough for comment, a rather motionless and placid affair.

But back to nostalgia, and that’s why we’re all here; to feel young and reckless. Though it’s unlikely these guys could do no wrong, they do it beyond right. The crowd ravage through ‘Fallen Leaves’ and ‘Red Flag’ like their lives depended on it. The contribution and the atmosphere electrifies with regained youth, whilst the newest album, the first release not to be self titled, reminds us of the development and change in both the band and ourselves. Viking Death March, the first single from their new album ‘Dead Silence’ imploring a crowd reaction which proved they have both kept their noughties fans and revamped their presence inline with the Broco boys of the music world… Watch out boys, this is how it’s done. Our high school (not quite so) veteran rockers on old British stomping ground, and my god did we love it.

 

Originally published in Ourzone Magazine 

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