Category Archives: Culture Vulture

The Emerald St Literary Festival
10th June, 2017

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I first discovered Emerald Street a few years ago, and pretty much fell in love instantly.

It was a proper girl crush. With a website. Which was weird. But not weird at all. Because Emerald Street is like having a bestie by your side. A chum in crime and the best kind of girlfriend, who’ll tell it to you like it is. Like it actually is. “No, that dress doesn’t actually do anything for you, you should stop wearing it” kind of friend.

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The London Coffee Festival
With Alpro (They’ve gone pro!)

London Coffee Festival

I love the London Coffee Festival. It’s vibrant and exciting and fun and so LONDON. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but I just can’t imagine the festival feeling the same in any other part of the world. There’s something about the understated vibe, the eclectic bunch of folk, the wackiness, the passion and the whole relaxed swagger of it that makes me feel incredibly proud to be a Londoner.

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Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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A Luxury Gastro Tour of Covent Garden

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There are only so many smelly candles you can buy your mum on Mother’s Day, and this year I was determined to not wander down that well trodden road again.

Instead, I got my lovely mummy (and she really is, very very lovely) a foodie experience in one of her favourite parts of town – Covent Garden. I found Celia Brook’s Covent Garden Gastro Tour over on www.notonthehighstreet.com, and because the gift is for two people…. well, I thought I’d go along for the fun too.

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Undercoffee Coffee with Greggs
for Fairtrade Fortnight

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a very special event at the Ham Yard Hotel, one of my favourite hotels, in the heart of Piccadilly.

We had gathered for Fairtrade Fortnight, and to bring to the forefront of our minds, our everyday coffee choices and whether or not they are ethical. Which sounds all very heavy and serious and not at all light and cappuccino frothy… But that’s the point. Buying a coffee is a little treat, which I usually buy for myself without thinking about its provenance.  How can my morning latte decision possibly be of any importance to the rest of the world?

But it is. Enormously.

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Silk-Screening in Clerkenwell
with Daniel Heath

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I’ve stayed in a few Airbnb places over the years, and each time I have loved the sense of having my own little home in a new part of the world. More recently, Airbnb have taken it upon themselves to enrich their customer’s lives even further, by offering different Airbnb experiences, hosted by locals, which you can book directly through the app…

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Warm Up London

Warm Up London

Photo: Evening Standard

Today it snowed in London.

And while half of me was elated that my snow dance had been successful and it suddenly felt completely legitimate to play ‘Let it Snow’ on my record player again, the other half was sombre at the thought of all those without homes, shelter and hot meals.

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The Gruffalo at The Lyric

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I am a big fan of theatre as you know. I saw many wonderful productions in 2016 and most recently, on New Year’s Eve, went to see Amadeus at The National (amaze). However there are some plays that come along that I am just not qualified to review, and I feel that I need to send someone of a far higher caliber to do the job.

This was one of those occasions.

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Wondering what to see this Christmas…

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Christmas is officially coming. I know this because the television was shouting it at me this afternoon, via adverts about turkeys, crackers and mince pies. (I LOVE MINCE PIES).

I’m a big fan of heading to the theatre over the festive season and here are some of my picks for this fuzzy sparkles-filled time.

And if you didn’t know it already,  I bloody love Christmas.

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Etsy Everyday Emporium

Etsy Everyday Emporium

You may recall how much I love Etsy and their ethos from my previous post, where I also beeped loudly about how excited I was about their forthcoming pop up and how you wouldn’t have to buy anything with actual MONEY but instead with an INSTAGRAM snap…

Well, last week saw their Etsy Everyday Emporium hit the streets of Fitzrovia, which was the source of MUCH excitement, some very long wiggly queues of people peering through fogged up windows before opening hours, and some narrowly avoided fisticuffs… (Not really, but is good for drama).

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A very special
Christmas Wreath workshop

Make Christmas Wreath Workshop

A few days ago I was in my local TK Maxx looking for a socks. And a mug. And maybe a present for my friend’s birthday… TK Maxx is very much like that, I find. I pop in for one thing (or nothing) and leave an hour later with all kinds of goodies at a fraction of the price you’d normally pay. (I do love a bargain).

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Affordable Art Fair
Does exactly what it says on the tin

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Arusha Gallery | Alicia Savage | Head in The Clouds

There’s something about the word ‘art’ that, I think, can be quite intimidating. I’ve been involved in many discussions over the years, where various folk after various dinners have attempted to answer ‘what actually IS art? And usually, depending on the amount of wine that’s been consumed, this descends into a muddled argument where no one seems to be able to agree and one smartypants will pipe up saying that they could paint like Pollock when they were 3 and what’s the big deal anyway?

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Best Bonfire Night Fireworks in London

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Photo: Flickr

I LOVE Fireworks night. I love the trudging through parks and fields, the smell of nearly burnt jacket potatoes smothered in butter and laden with cheese and beans… I love hot chocolate in flasks, woolly hats on heads, bonfires, sparklers and being wrapped up in my cosies while gazing up at the crash bang wallops…

London does Fireworks night oh so very well and this year it falls on a Saturday (hurrah!) so we can all get out and wave a sparkler or two… Here are ten of the best displays in this glorious city…

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Is it Monday yet…?

Lipton Ice Tea

Are you one of those people who starts to get a dull niggle on a Sunday night, as you feel Monday looming? A sense of pending doom creeping around the corner, meaning you stop relaxing and immediately feel your brain start ticking over your To Do list in your head… ending your weekend with a bang and mentally  catapulting you into the office, even though it’s STILL SUNDAY?

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Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

Poppy Loves Covent Garden

Last week, Miranda and I sauntered on down to Covent Garden to witness and indulge in the ‘Ultimate Street Food Market’.

Both of us adore street food. And love markets. And we also have a real passion for excellent food and wonderful London restaurants…  What we hadn’t banked on was all of these things colliding in an delicious foodie explosion right in the heart of Covent Garden, on King Street, on a Thursday night. This is all part of #CGAfterHours, taking part very Wednesday – Saturday in July.

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