Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tropicana Beach Club Launch Party

Where: Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW

Tropicana Beach Club was once occupied by Guananara, now has been transformed into a concrete jungle paradise. Yes, Believe it! Tropicana has brought the tropics indoors, complete with 30ft palm trees, boasting sound effects of the sea, men in trunks (who looked like they had stepped right out of an Abercrombie and Fitch ad)

I was lucky enough to attend the launch party and wayhey, what a night it was! As soon as I walked through the double doors, I was greeted with a glass of prosecco with a full view in the middle was a pool like area and surfboard limbo was taking place (imagine that) I thought to myself I have to get myself in on that and give it a go.

Tropicana Beach Club stocks a treasure cove of rums with over 50 cocktails to choose from. On the night they had complimentary drinks on offer: Jager Storm, Tropo-colada, Sol Beer, Prosecco and Alisios wines.

I went for "She don't love me lychee used to". Which consisted of Tanqueray Gin mixed with Lychee, Sugar and Lime. and the "Flamingo" which consisted of Brugal Blanco Rum, Martini and Passoa shaken with elderflower, fresh lime and apple juice.

Every time a sharing cocktail drink came out which was either a palm tree, a giant pina colada or a 3ft yacht, there was a celebration with sparklers and the entire team would flock to the middle and dance before delivering to the chosen party. 

The entertainment was on Fleek. I am a fan of all things carnival, the dancers were dressed in sequinned carnival costumes (think Rio) and swaying us with their dance moves. Dj Fresh was on the decks playing some floor fillers that certainly got the crowds going. Later on, we were treated to Cabaret performances and Caribbean-style steel drums.

Overall Tropicana Beach Club is an upbeat and exciting night out. Great for large groups, perfect for a hen do, Christmas party, a birthday or as an alternative night out. So guys take your squad and enjoy!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tootoomoo, Islington

Where: 278 St Pauls Road, Islington, N1 2LH

Tootoomoo is too too cool. The interiors are inspired by Asian Shophouses. Why go abroad when you can bask in this cute den. This is the 4th location which recently opened its doors last month. Tootoomoo pairs the street market flavours of Japan, China and south-east Asia with Britain's finest locally sourced ingredients.

The food is too too delicious and equally filling courtesy of Chef Ricky Pang's twist on modern Asian tapas food. The entire menu is tapas style, divided into sections and perfect for sharing. The range is extensive without being overwhelming. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Drift Bar

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

A stone throw away from bustling Liverpool street station, nestled on the side of the Heron Tower, is The Drift Bar the fifth restaurant offering from the renowned Drake and Morgan chain, whose bars are inspired by fairy tales. 

As you step into The Drift Bar, you instantly gravitate upwards and are greeted by incredibly high windows and ceiling, dotted with floating Chinese style lanterns, glass bottle lamps and an array of oversized shelves home to an electric assortment of quirky collectables. From the striking bar to the dining room upstairs, with cosy hideaways in between, The Drift is an airy space that exudes simplicity and sophistication. 

Upon arrival, we were greeted and shown to our table. Our waitress Maria was really informative with the menu, sharing her recommendations on dishes/drinks, which left us inspired. 

For drinks. I chose the La Maija - Which first appeared blue but with the addition of a syrup it turned bright pink, which made for an excitable thing to watch. The drink was sweet yet strong with Don Julio Tequila, Lime, Butterfly pea & agave. Whilst my friend Femi went for the Candy Shop sour.

Maria brought us warm sourdough bread with dipping oil, butter and olives, the bread was really nice and worked well paired with the oils.  

For starters, I went for the Chorizo Scotch Eggs with smoked paprika, this may come as a surprise to you but I have never had a scotch egg and I was pleasantly surprised. I might be BIASE but that was the best scotch egg I've ever had, I could have easily eaten two more of them. Femi went for the calamari which was equally as nice. 

For the main, I went with the venison pie with spiced red cabbage. The pastry casing was perfectly made, crispy, flaky and together with the venison which was tender, beautifully rich and very filling. Femi, on the other hand, had the Salmon which had a crispy breadcrumb outer layer with wilted spinach and a creamy cream sauce which brought it altogether. Not only did it look amazing it happened to be soo good he needed a nap, that to me is a sign of a great meal.

Surprisingly, we had space for desserts and I went for a firm favourite of mine Creme Brûlée with shortbread. I also had a Raspberry Ripple cocktail made with Johnnie Walker Whiskey , Drambuie honey liquor, raspberries & cream. (It looked like a smoothie)

Femi opted for a liquid dessert of the Tipsy Affogato which was Vanilla ice cream with espresso, Kailua & Amaretto and finished with a pecan tart and a side of vanilla ice cream.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Drift Bar. Beautiful and bespoke decors, great tasting food and perfect service. It’s a great space for after work drinks to road test those beautifully crafted cocktails and a perfect spot for brunch, lunch and dinner. 

*I was a guest at the Drift Bar. All views and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

What is your Style City? w/ FarFetch

Hooray, with Fashion Week already on the ball. Finishing up later today in New York and London Fashion Week kick starting tomorrow at it's new venue at Brewer Street Carpark 

I thought it would be great to share this exciting quiz to find out what is your favourite style city? What city suits your style best?

Have fun and share in the comments your picks

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

July In Pictures: Kopparberg Urban Forest, Pop Brixton, Serpentine Gallery, PT1

Hi Guys, I just wanted to give you a a rundown of my hot happenings in July. July was a fantastic month with so much going on in London. And as usual I had to endure and capture the scene.

I attended Kopparberg Urban Forest in Hackney Wick. Not just once but 3 times in total. The event was scandi at it's finest with a mixture of Swedish and London culture in one hub, with a blend of live music, street food vendors such as Mama's Jerk, Le Bun, Buffalo Joes, Hackney Pearl and refreshments from Kopparberg brewery including Frozen fruit cider pouches, which also went down a treat along with classic favs Naked Apple, Pear cider, strawberry and lime, mixed fruits and adventurous Nordic berry and Elderflower & Lime. 

Mama Jerk Spicy Wings

The first time I visited Kopparberg Urban Forest: Hiphop Karaoke were in the building, where members of the public had a chance to perform on the stage their favourite hiphop tracks. 

2nd Trevor Nelson took as way back with an infectious set of Rnb & Soul and on my 3rd visit Miss Dynamite was shunning the crowd with her lyrical vibes. She shutdown the stage. Yass!

I popped to Pop Brixton with my friend Yvonne The Passionate Baker and we went to check out the new site occupying station road; which is made with up cycled shipping containers. And headed in the direction of the most sought Zoe's Ghana Kitchen where we had some tasty Ghanaian food with a modern twist. 

Here's what I ordered: Jollof Rice, Suya with peanut sauce, Cinnamon kelewele and shared Okra Tempura. Those of you who are unaware of kelewele it is fried plantain seasoned with spices. 

I also headed to the Serpentine Gallery to view the latest installation by Spanish architects Selgascano. Which is amazing. Pictures don't give it justice. Being there in person it is so surreal. 

The structure I would describe as a beautiful luminous mess with iridescent and stained glass effect interiors. The installation is made of polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. Each entrance has a different passing point with a secret corridor between the outer and inner layer of the structure. 

Follow me on instagram for more of my shenanigans in and around London. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Win £100 Bar Tab at Dirty Martini Islington [CLOSED]

Hi Guys,

It's been the longest time since i've blogged. Sorry for the blog hiatus. But I am back with an exciting giveaway to kick start your summer.

I have teamed up with Dirty Martini (my fav cocktail bar) I am very excited to announce that if you haven't already heard Dirty Martini are launching a new bar in trendy Islington, Yes that's right Dirty Martini is coming to Upper Street. Occupying the previous spot of XOXO. Dirty Martini is bringing its stylish interiors, super cool dj's, distinctive party vibe and vast amount of bespoke cocktails to North London on Friday 17th July!!!

This is Dirty Martini 2nd new opening of this year. The first being in Clapham High Street. Read my review here

Get amped up in the newest cooling spot in islington this summer. To be in the chance of winning £100 bar tab and to be able to experience the new dirty martini for you and 3 friends before the end of summer. 

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All you have to do is all of the following-: ( Particularly No 4)

  1. 1. Follow me on Twitter  and on Instagram
  2. 2. Follow Dirty Martini on Twitter and on Instagram
  3. 3.Tweet Win £100 bar tab for you and 3 friends w/ @DirtyMartiniuk Islington w/ @darknlovely2086 blog comp #DMIslington #hothappenings
  4. 4. Please use rafflecopter above in order to be successful in entering this competition.  Enter using your name and email address**

This competition is open to UK Only!!!

Terms & Conditions
The competition will run from 8th July to 17th July 12 noon BST | The winner will be chosen at random using rafflecopter. (So it is highly important you enter via the above widget) I will be announcing publicly the winner via Twitter, Instagram and on my blog. ( So keep your eyes peeled) The winner has 14 days to claim the prize. If the winner has not claimed within 14 days then another winner will be chosen at random using the same method. 

Restrictions** Prize: is valid before the end of September 2015. Table must be pre-booked subject to availability. Voucher to be used only at Dirty Martini Islington and can be used on food and drink and must be spent in one evening.

Best of luck to you all!

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