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. 




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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!



Friday, 8 May 2015

Dirty Martini Clapham Launch Party



Address: 67 Clapham High Street
London, 
SW4 7TG

Nearest Station: Clapham High Street, Clapham Common 

Having enjoyed countless celebrations and drinks with friends at Dirty Martini, I knew they always deliver when it comes to great timeless martini's and overall a great time. I was excited to be invited down to the launch party of their newest establishment ahead of the May 1st opening.

I am a big fan of Dirty Martini and I was very excited when I heard they were venturing south of the river to Clapham and a stone away from where I live. The venue which was once occupied by the Loft Bar has now been transformed into a sophisticated, chic and contemporary space with the most finest of interiors.

Once you arrive in the ever exciting bar area you are greeted by the most fabulous artwork on the ceiling, mirrored wall panels, intricate detailed lighting, an exquisite marble bar top and if that is not enough there are several quaint seating areas dotted around.




During the course of the evening I got to sample some of the brand spanking new cocktails from the new menu those being Pineapple and Cardamon + Strawberry and Black Pepper Martini. As pretty decorated as they looked, both tasted refreshing, yummy and a excellent play of flavours. 


Along with old favourites such as Passion Fruit, French, Chocolate, Mango and Chilli Martinis; The chocolate martini tastes so smooth and well balanced, topped with a chocolate swirl stick and the mango and chilli has just the right measure of sweet and spice blended into one drink.

The launch party was well organised, the bar staff and mixologist were very skillful, friendly and eager to help. The DJ played some great floor filling tunes which got the party winding all night long. I had an amazing night and look forward to returning to the venue. 



Photo Credits of the interiors : DM Clapham -® Michael Franke. The rest I took them.

I would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a stylish setting, great vibe, happy hours, great tasting bespoke cocktails. Dirty Martini is the perfect place for after work drinks, socialising with friends, birthdays and special events. 

For more information visit http://dirtymartini.uk.com/clapham



Friday, 10 April 2015

Acai in Shoreditch at The Oshun Cafe














Address: 70 Paul Street EC2A 4NQ

Nearest Station: Old Street  

Opening times: Mon- Fri 7.30am to 5.00pm | Sat 8.00am to 5.00pm | Sun 10.00am to 5.00pm


On Wednesday 8th April I attended the Oshun cafe: #ArtofAcai popup launch in Shoreditch. Founded by Liane Holey. After seeing the berry bowl craze all over my instagram feed I felt this was something I had to devour. I am a fan of all things smoothie and the concept of the acai berry bowls are very similar to smoothie bowls. Both concepts have taken the health food community by storm. 


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

LFW DAY 2 AW15: OOTD: Colour Block & Grid Print




I started Day 2 of London Fashion week in colour & grid print. Why? Because I love to A) stand out, B) colour makes me happy and C) A statement print. Anything to brighten up a grey day hey. 


Unlike my last stint in colour block in LFW AW14 as seen hereThis season I mixed a cobalt blue wool moto jacket (which I picked up from Gap last year.) Layered over a red polo neck (infact I wore two, which you can see peering through) and teamed with grid print trousers. I accessorised with the Small Michael Kors Selma bag(which btw I love) and black boots. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Jones at Trip Restaurant and Bar Review





Address: 399-340 Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA
Nearest St: Haggerston
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri  Lunch -12:00 15:00 /Dinner - 18:00 22:00
Sat Brunch - 10:00 15:00 / Sun 10:00 13.00 
Sunday Lunch 13.00

Jones at Trip from the outside looks like a converted railway arch situated in Acton mews, just off Regents Canal. It's exposed brickwork and canteen style restaurant makes it a great dining experience. The menu offers european seasonal food which is carefully sourced and prepared by Andy Jones.

Jones at Trip is the 2nd instalment by Jones & Sons. Founded by Andy Jones. The first restaurant in Dalston provides a fine dining experience with a classic British seasonally sourced menu.


I was invited along with a friend to the opening night to experience the new menu. The menu on offer is very varied and boasts delicious, affordable options for brunch, lunch and dinner. 

Price range from £7.50 for starter and from £12.50 for main options. Sides are priced at £3.50 each. The menu is fairly affordable. When we was presented with the menu, I loved the sound of the dinner options. For starters I went for Salmon tartare with creme fraiche which was fairly simple and light which left room for my second dish.

I was enticed by the confit lamb belly, lentils, beetroot and goats curd for my main which the meat was cooked to perfection, couldn't fault it. For the side -  Mac & cheese (as I have quite the obsession) again this was pretty good, crispy on the top and creamy in the inside and lastly washed down with a margarita cocktail; while my friend had the grilled squid as a starter, butchers steak and bĂ©arnaise sauce  for main and side of triple cooked chips. 


And finally for dessert I had a sticky toffee pudding with ice cream where my friend opted for a tart with cream; by the end of the meal we was stuffed to the 9s. So that's always good.


Overall the food was of a good quality and standard. The service was quick and efficient despite it being pretty busy. Definitely worth checking out if your in the Haggerston area, great for sit in brunch, lunch, after work drinks and dinner.




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