12/2/15

Cirque du Cabaret 2015 new shows in WINTERVILLE, www.winterville.co.uk

Cirque du Cabaret 2015 new shows in WINTERVILLE www.winterville.co.uk

Tickets from £17 

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10/20/15

Londoncalling.com article on great, creative and physical craft courses you can do in London

Get your craft on!

20 October 2015 |


Sara Colohan London Life



Image Credit: Wildes Cheese

Image Credit: Turning Earth

Image credit: Turning Earth
Image credit: Wildes Cheese
It may be a bustling metropolis, but there is somehow still space in London for learning and appreciating crafts. London Calling has a look at some of the best craft projects around.
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As busy Londoners, we know how easy it is to lose touch with the simple pleasures in life. We don’t have time to develop or nurture practical skills like pottery or gardening, not least because most of us don’t have the luxury of a garden or a shed full of tools to craft objects. Unless we actually work in a trade, it’s not uncommon for Londoners to go through life never having turned wood, moulded clay, churned butter or dug up a sod.
We love to sneer at them, but really, it’s thanks to the London hipster for this revival of crafty projects and earthy careers in the city. New spaces like The Camden Town Shed and The Good Life Centre have boosted interest not just in the retired community (where The Shed project was initially aimed) but at all ages and walks of life. Craft markets and in particular events likeSelfridges Meet the Makers can encourage people to take their hobbies to the next level but, even if you have no interest in turning it into a career, the simple enjoyment from doing a hands-on craft class has been proven to help deal with all kinds of stress. Why not try a silversmith or cheese making course and take a day or a few weeks to dip your toe and release your creativity. London Calling is here to help you get down and dirty with a chosen craft. We’ve compiled some of the best tactile, hands on courses London has to offer.
Central St Martins will always be synonymous with high end craft courses and has a recognised worldwide name. Its Kings Cross central location makes it extremely easy for Londoners to access. However, it’s an obvious and easy choice, where you will probably spend more money on a course there than elsewhere. Do a bit of digging! (pun intended to the wannabe gardeners). We found plenty more practical and cost effective classes about so we’d suggest you shop around although CSM does offer competitive fees on a Silversmithing course.
For the more traditional amongst us, perhaps a spot of gardening could help you get back to nature. Most of us don’t own a garden or in some cases even a balcony so in doing one of these gardening courses you can look forward to getting some soil under your nails and maybe heading home on the tube wearing muddy boots. You can sign up for either a short or lengthier gardening course in London’s College of Gardening Design. From January English Gardening School offers an intensive 10-week course in garden design, or you can visit Kew Gardens – and do an array of courses including Orchids for Beginners, photography and art classes.
One of the oldest skills we have is the ability to fashion things from wood, yet it’s not a skill many of us have chosen to keep or even to try the once! Wood turning is a hugely satisfying tactile hobby and there are several courses available around London. The Camden Town Shedoffers a great beginner’s day - just £55 including your own oak bowl to bring home.
London based Mes Leather offers a two day course where they promise you’ll learn how to make small leather goods, using vegetable tanned leathers. Materials are included in the course fee and at £280 it’s good value. Mes Leather doesn’t use any modern equipment so you are guaranteed to enjoy a rustic tactile weekend.
If you’ve always yearned to re create that infamous scene in Ghost, then a course in pottery and ceramics may be the chance you have been waiting for. Turning Earth Ceramics based in an E2 London railway arch offer lots of choice – a beginner’s class, a four week or 12 week course. A single day porcelain masterclass is £95 and a 12 week course is £255.
Wildes Cheese started making cheese in June 2012 when its owner (and soon to be the head cheese maker) was made redundant from his job as a management consultant. Wildes Cheese started in a kitchen before being moving into a small garage space on a North London industrial estate. They are now selling cheese across London to retailers and restaurants, and have a market stall in Alexander Palace and Borough. Maybe even more interesting than their very urban location (they are based in Tottenham!) is their cheese making course. You can choose a one day course or short set of evening classes which teach you the art of cheese making at home without the need for any special equipment (a bucket, cloth and colander). They even provide all the equipment, milk and starters for your experience – you just show up. They also have packs for you to take home e.g. milk and rennet etc so you can develop your own cheese.
So go forth Londoners! Get messy, get dirty and get back to basics. London is full to the brim with exciting and cost effective courses and who knows what it could lead to – you may decide to drop that office job after all….

Read more at http://londoncalling.com/features/get-your-craft-on#TPAQcDup5soPGHbV.99

9/22/15

London Calling Feature: Sara Colohan August 2015

26 August 2015 |


Sara Colohan |

Double your fun! Try out one of London’s many multifunctional spaces for a great time under one roof!

Double your fun! Try out one of London’s many multifunctional spaces for a great time under one roof!

We all live busy lives in London so when we find a stylish, convenient spot that can combine entertainment, food, education, fitness or just silly fun with tasty cocktails in one place, it’s got to be a bonus...
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There are lots of well known members clubs like The Groucho and Soho House offering their members food, drinks, motivational talks and a good night’s sleep under one roof. Many four and five star hotels are doing the same and the exciting series of Museum Lates, offering evening cocktails and late viewings of exhibitions, talks and workshops and sometimes even a dance with live music. (Last year the Lates at The V&A and Horniman museums really stood out).
But what’s on offer to the Londoner who isn’t a member of Shoreditch House? Where else can we go to enjoy an ‘all under the one roof’ night, if a Museum Late is not our thing!  LC looks at a few independent multi functional spaces around our fair city, offering Londoners so much in the way of entertainment and variety.

Cafe by day, bar and crafty play house by night, Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross offers a huge variety of fun things to do for the crafty-adventurous Londoner. Everything you see on the walls is for sale and you can even take home the furniture, as well as all the crafty products in the shop. Open all day serving breakfast through to a mean afternoon tea (£14), it transforms every night to serve dinner and cocktails.
There’s a rotating selection of fitness style dance classes (all with a distinct Beyonce theme!) along with unique weekly ‘dos’ which include Lego Robots, Musical Bingo & Play with Clay. Owners Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap suggest ‘These ‘do’s’ require a strong drink and a good sense of humour’. On Friday & Saturday nights there’s DJs & dancing until 2am. Event listingshere.
Bolt is a unique concept store, situated in a series of interconnected arches on the edge of London fields, East London. It’s run by a very modern kind of bearded biker (the rather dapper, model-esque Andrew Almond). Bolt is firstly a biker shop, that offers bespoke motorcycles, art and apparel, collectibles and hard to find biking related items. But it also hosts a wide range of events from Denim Dudes book launch, magazine launches (including Men's File and Clutch) and open exhibitions from artists and photographers such as Hans SuresRichard James and Phil Polglaze. With tonnes of outside space Bolt often hosts evening events for up to 500 people but it also offers a small cosy on site café serving up Volcano Coffee for anyone with just the vaguest interest in motor bikes. Join Bolt’s FB page for invites and updates.
http://www.boltlondon.com

Lights of Soho is Soho’s newest art gallery and is designed to function as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community. It’s aiming to be recognised as a global home of creative neon and light art formats and with its glossy neon art gallery and stylish basement members’ lounge it certainly adds a splash of much needed colour to Soho’s all too clean and tidy Brewer St. Most of the events held at Lights of Soho are for members and require member sign-in but some are for non-members and just require RSVP. In addition to the ground floor gallery space and basement members lounge, (which serves bar food and snacks, not a full menu) Lights of Soho’s cafe provides a daytime meeting space for ‘Soho’s cultural connectors, influencers & creative community’. There’s also an online art shop. ‘The Art of Burning Man’ runs from 24th July to 10th September, with further exhibitions and events to be announced.
Shoreditch Town Hall is possibly not the first place you think of when planning a night out to east London but with eight principal spaces, and over 60 individual rooms, the Victorian grandeur of Shoreditch Town Hall is breathtaking. To use an overused phrase – it is a cultural hub! Home to a busy year round programme of events, workshops and live performance, from contemporary theatre and dance, to conferences and corporate dinners, film shoots to exhibitions. As well as hosting events for Alexander McQueen, Vanity Fair, the Jamie Oliver Foundation, the RSC and the National Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall also works with theatre companies and partners including LIFT, the Almeida and Paines Plough's, often transforming the space for the productions. On the same site (but not the same company) is the glorious Clove Club restaurant. After only two years trading it has already made it into the World Top 50 restaurants. You don’t have to eat in the main restaurant if you are short on time – just sit yourself at their bar, and enjoy one of the best Shoreditch cocktails and sample the bar menu. You probably won’t want to leave!
Head West to Library - an immersive hideaway which opened just one year ago (October  2014) by Ronald Ndoro and designer Marc Peridis. It’s certainly an attention-grabbing place with all its tiles and surfaces made out of re-used waste, lots of exposed brickwork and reclaimed wooden book shelves lining the walls. Bespoke, stylish, brightly coloured furniture add vibrancy to every available space. It’s a hotel firstly, with a beauty spa and wellness centre with a small gym. It’s also a bar and restaurant, an event space with a stage performance area and an outdoor terrace area with 24 hour concierge. It also doubles as a slick private members’ club and it’s all set into a small but architecturally perfectly formed building on St Martin’s Lane. Library hosts cool Sunday Dj sessions including one event called ‘Dad’s Vinyl’ and their regular ‘Success talks’ feature talks from various motivational speakers including June Sarpong. There’s an alternative poetry night and various diverse cuisine nights including a pop up Caribbean themed party run by street foodies Dub Plates Kitchen running until Sept 10th.

Read more at http://londoncalling.com/features/double-your-fun-try-out-one-of-londons-many-multifunctional-spaces#MiPSHbJx847Ff6pz.99

7/9/15

Start Up’s | The Ethical Era — LondonCalling.com Sara Colohan.

Brand new feature - Londoncalling.com piece on ethical businesses in London.



Trew Era Cafe
The People's Supermarket




Create's Chicken Shop
Good Beans





Start Up’s | The Ethical Era — LondonCalling.com



London’s social enterprise start-ups are rising and rising in numbers. London Calling went in search of which are changing the communities they are part of, and truly worthy of the name.
Starting a new business can be a daunting experience yet despite the many tough decisions and financial commitments involved, the number of London start-ups are rising every year. In 2014 alone, 184,671 start-up businesses were registered in greater London. More and more entrepreneurs looking to start up their own business form a social enterprise, ‘an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being’. It can be for-profit or non for-profit, but all are socially driven and serve to support and improve their local community. To qualify for government support as a social enterprise, a business must show a strong ethical, environmental and/ or social purpose, often sharing profits and even ownership with staff.
Whether you agree with his yo-yo views on voting or not, Russell Brand’s magnanimous gesture to donate the profits from his 2014 book Revolution to fund his social enterprise cafe Trew Era can’t go unnoticed. His vegetarian not-for-profit café opened in March this year and while some of us cheered (and some sniggered) at the thoughts of Brand serving up a skinny latte, he caused a stir across the city, not least because he declared this venture “a new business model: it’s not a charity, it’s a not-for-profit, fully self-supporting, new economic enterprise, a place for local people to get together to eat food grown and made in the community’’. The café also supports addicts in recovery (all staff working in the café are in a recovery programme and actively clean).
Of course Brand’s idea is not a new business model. Many have trailed this path before him with John Lewis the most recognised social enterprise /co-operative in the UK, sharing ownership and profits with its ‘partners’ (all employees). Brand has attuned us to the growth of right-on, ethical businesses cropping up around our city. Three months on and Trew Era Café has settled well into an otherwise desolate strip of empty retail units on a quiet Hackney street and its policy to work with local producers and the local community has gained solid support.  Match that with his steady stream of fans from around the globe hoping to meet the man himself and Trew Era is a welcome addition to London’s new ethical business era.
The People’s Supermarket is a unique social enterprise structure started by Arthur Potts Dawson based in Holburn, on the achingly cool Lamb’s Conduit St (the rows of stylish design shops are guaranteed to feed the creative soul). It looks a bit run down if you just stumbled upon it and you could be forgiven for thinking it was a Spar or Centra that let itself go! Interestingly the shop inhabits an old Tesco site, which in itself is quite satisfying. This small independent market challenges suppliers and vouches for the ethicality of each product on their shelves. “Our vision is to create a commercially sustainable, social enterprise that achieves its growth and targets whilst operating within values based on community development and cohesion. Our intent is to offer an alternative food buying network, by connecting an urban community with the local farming community.”
Its work force consists of a harmonious partnership between employees and members, who volunteer for four hours a month. Members may also receive an optional 20 percent discount off their own shopping (due to a significant increase in membership applicants, a new membership system is to be launched in September 2015).  Members utilise their skills wherever they serve best purpose, either on the shop tills, cooking in TPS Kitchen (used to minimise food waste) or working behind the scenes in marketing or on line media.
C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) is another growing choice of social enterprise among London’s smaller start-ups. Good Beans cold brewed coffee company and B-AMAZING® Skincare both launched in East London in 2014. Good Beans is an LTD social enterprise and along with ethically sourced produce, employs local job seekers, offering them work experience. Good Beans define themselves as ‘‘a more-than-profit business, committed to being part of a supply chain that is fair to everyone in the process – especially those that live and work in the communities we serve’’. B-Amazing is a C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) - another growing choice of social enterprise among London’s smaller start ups - making ‘’clean, premium quality, environmentally conscious products where our ingredients are sourced from reliable suppliers who share our concerns about fair trade. We incorporate a ‘share with all contributors’ policy.’’ It also runs a ‘recycling for rewards scheme’.
One of the grandest projects (it raised funds of over £300k from local government, local investors and crowdcube this year) opens in September. Create’s Chicken Town promises an alternative to the ubiquitous London chicken shop, of which there are now over 8,000. Opening in the once derelict Victorian Tottenham fire station, it will serve quality chicken meals to young people in the daytime at the same price as local chicken shops, and will operate as a neighbourhood restaurant in the evening. All profits raised in the evenings will be used to fund the daytime meals for local young people and the project will deliver a range of outreach community initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to think about what they eat and to make positive changes.
There are many more deserving a mention - Divine Chocolate is the only fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers. Old Spike Roastery in Peckham Rye, roasting speciality coffee beans stand out from the rest because they are 100% not-for profit and are setup exclusively to help local homeless people in their community. ‘‘Our mission is to provide expert training, housing and a job that will hopefully be a stepping stone into long term employment.’’ And one of the largest is London’s very own The Big Issue Group offers London’s homeless the opportunity to earn their own money by selling the magazine.
If you are thinking of starting a social enterprise, find out more here and if you just want to shop with a clear conscience look out for the signs that tell you the company is ethically sound and making an effort to support you and your community.

Read more at http://londoncalling.com/features/the-ethical-era-right-on-social-enterprise-in-london#yd8lAbtrB1F80KSO.99

5/15/15

Stalling it! London’s best market stalls for food on the go | London Calling — LondonCalling.com

little Bird Gin
YEAST bakery, London Fields



Londoners often have a favourite weekend market to visit – whether it’s for their weekly supply of cheap fruit and veg in the atmospheric Ridley Road market, or advancing their culinary knowledge shopping in London’s ‘food basket’ Borough Market. Maybe the extent of your interest is grabbing a snack while shopping for antiques and bric-a-brac on Portobello Road or Brick Lane. But where do you find the best breakfast on the go? Which stall is the go to spot for a working lunch or the best late night foodie? London Calling went in search for the perfect street market dish.
East London’s Broadway Market was our first call. The main market spans from the canal to London Fields and hosts a range of traditional stalls including global food, organic vegetables, children’s toys and vintage clothes. Of course it could be renamed Hipster Central and if London hipster-spotting is a hobby, then don’t miss the opportunity to see them here, in their natural habitat, standing in groups admiring each other’s French Bulldogs and measuring each other’s beards! (we may have made that last bit up!) January this year saw a new branch of Victoria Park’s Pavilion bakery open on the street and Broadway also has one of the best stocked fish shops in London Fin and Flounder But the market seemed lacking in breakfast treats and was still only setting up after 9.30am.
Walk towards London Fields end of the main strip and you will find the real gem of Broadway – The School Yard Market. It’s small, but well stocked with exciting new foodie start-ups. Make sure you find the 1960’s converted ambulance which houses Le Swine – purveyors of probably the best bacon butty you will ever eat! Their signature bacon roll is served on a homemade onion and milk bap (even softer than brioche) and the bacon is tender and slathered with sage butter. Truly a show stopper and the clear winner of our best breakfast stall! For those who need a sweet treat in the mornings – another show stopper is Knead – a regular in the market who is a muffin specialist also making a range of specialised nut butters to accompany them (we tried salted caramel peanut butter on hot toasted muffins!).
Walk further on and you will find Netil Market – another incubator style gathering with lots of small shipping containers housing different start-up companies. This market is definitely more suited to late risers who don’t need to eat breakfast before 11am. Mae and Harvey cold pressed juices were there to help with any hangover issues and if you still find yourself waiting for the rest of the market stalls to open – visit Yeast under the arch way. A true East London success story, owner and baker Ben started making croissants in his kitchen – and grew the business to stock all of London with croissants daily. This micro-bakery only opens to the public Saturday mornings so expect a fast moving queue from 9.30am.
Broadway Market – Saturday only http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/
With breakfast covered in East London we head South to Maltby Market for our lunch time specials. Maybe you fancy a tipple with your lunch? This is the market to oblige. With the Shellfish and Champagne and beautifully branded, Gin loving pop ups Little Bird side by side, it’s hard to believe these bars only exist on the weekend! (The site is returned to its original use as a timber reclaiming yard for the rest of the week.)
Queues appear very quickly for the stone baked flat bread treats at one end of the market. Vegetarians are served up an array of avocado treats by The Avocado Cafe while meat eaters gravitate to the newly expanded Jewish deli Monty’s for pickles and salt beef rolls.
Maltby Market Saturday and Sunday http://www.maltby.st/
Perhaps the greatest joy of eating in one of the many lively night time street markets is you’re not limited to just one meal from the wide selection of menus! Unlike traditional restaurants, there is an unwritten rule among street food eaters that you can try several different plates from several different continents, all in the same night and still have dessert!
One of the best for comfort, style and food is Night Tales which opened last Christmas in the back yard of the old Foundry building on Old St. Good news then that Summer Tales will launch over the May Bank holiday weekend at the old Red Market site. This is no ordinary street food market with two levels of bars and street food stalls. This year it will house some of the big hitters in the restaurant world including Burger & Lobster and American newcomer Bel Air.
Summer Tales - running every Thursday-Saturday

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Stalling it! London’s best market stalls for food on the go | London Calling — LondonCalling.com

4/13/15

London Calling article April 2015 - Healthy options for Lunch in London: You are What you Eat!

You are what you eat?

24 April 2015 |


Sara Colohan | London Life

You are what you eat?
What’s cooking London? Not much according to London’s latest food trends Raw food restaurants, superfood cocktails, dry bars, home herbalism and bone broth! Sara Colohan goes in search of London’s healthiest hot spots.
London prides itself on being ahead of the pack when it comes to all manner of fads and it’s impossible to ignore the rise of healthy restaurants, bars and food trends sweeping the city. Vegan and veggie restaurants have had a presence in the city for decades, but to some they often feel slightly high jacked by the petunia oil brigade! Even today, places like Wild Food Café in Covent Garden and Inspiral in Camden (although keeping on trend with raw recipes) can feel slightly dated for the non ‘hippy’ among us. Some of us like an occasional yoga class and the odd spiritual massage but don’t want to feel like we have to join a cult to eat healthily. Luckily, if you scratch London’s foodie surface, you will find great alternatives.
As Londoners, we know some basic foodie health facts. There are more healthy ‘fast food’ shops and chains like Planet Organic Eat andItsu on our streets than ever before, proof that healthy snacking is on the rise. We don’t want to be bombarded with scary statistics when we just want a snack but sometimes - convenience takes precedence and we grab that low fat sandwich and fruit salad believing we have taken the healthy option. According to The Guardianarticle Swallow This: Serving Up The Food Industry’s Darkest Secretsauthor Joanna Blythman went undercover in the food industry, to investigate false labelling. We learn our fruit salad could be weeks old and the low fat option sandwich may have twice the sugar of the full fat alternative. A must read, but the stuff of nightmares.
But don’t panic just yet! London Calling has sourced some of London’s healthiest places to eat (hey meat eaters – it’s not just a veggie list!) and yes, we know eating healthy takes a little more planning and cash, but it all adds up when even a small weekly change can make all the difference in later life. 
Traditional vegetarian restaurants like Soho’s Mildreds (open since 1989) are packed nightly, but now, the clean crisp lines of new style eateries are cropping up all over London. There’s simple labelling (cold pressed, organic, raw), neat clever packaging, no ovens or grills in sight – London’s Raw Restaurant movement is here!
Detox, raw food expert and wellness coach Tanya Maher opened up Tanya's Cafe in Chelsea,Lab Organic also opened last year on Neal St, Nama Foods opened in Westbourne Park, Juice Baby on King’s road and Roots and Bulbs has outlets in both Marylebone and South Kensington. These restaurants and more are on the front line in the war against unhealthy Londoner’s lunches.
As promised – meat eaters London’s healthiest and hippest The Good Life on Sloane Ave caters for you. It was the first to cover the New York hottest food trend bone broth, it also serves lots of chicken dishes, salmon teriyaki and dairy products, but all cooked in a super healthy way. For East Londoners, the much awaited Bel-Air opened in Old Street this week, with its Beverly Hills style sunny yellow and white striped awning. Again, this is not a veggie restaurant but caters for raw and general healthy foodies alike. For protein seekers, there will be three types of free-range breakfast eggs; some with chorizo, and even a minute steak option.
Wait a minute!  Maybe food isn’t your issue – maybe, you’re worried that you are having one too many tipples? Why not try a Dry Bar? The Redemption Bar is a booze free joint –opened in London last year. It serves up vegetarian food, mocktails and all kinds of in house entertainment including comedy nights. It started its life as a pop up in Hackney and now has a residency in Holborn’s Fairly Square. Soda Club is another informative site and meet up group for people fancying a break from booze and you can see a BBC report on both Here
If you can’t do or won’t do without your tipple then look for a Superfood Cocktail bar opening up near you (though currently you need to visit Chelsea to experience Europe’s first atMyhotel.com). Using organic alcohol and healthy additions like natural walnut infused vodka, butterscotch medicinal flowers, cacao powder and beets you can top up your nutrients along with your alcohol.
Taking things into your own hands you could visit the cultural incubatorMade in Hackney and DIY your healthy make over by joining classes in bread making, raw foods and home herbalism. Made in Hackney is an eco-community kitchen, all their food waste is composted and taken to a local community garden, cleaning products are made from scratch using natural materials. It really is one of London’s finest examples of a healthy and sustainable business. You can check out a full page of healthy recipes on their site HERE
If you are determined to get healthier this year then you are really spoilt for choice. Experts say the first step is choosing organic and try the veggie options as often as possible.

Read more at http://londoncalling.com/features/you-are-what-you-eat#MPgLg8gz644jMhFd.99