Kings Head Private Members Club


It is as secret as you can get. But guess what… ClubCat will share the secret with you 🙂

Hidden in the depths of Kingsland Road, end of Shoreditch, there is a corner of an abandoned building. As if an old barber shop, but everyone knows that everything that starts with ‘Kings’, and has a certain body part in the name, as ‘Arms’ or ‘Head’, must be a pub.

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Well, this corner is neither of those two. It is one of the craziest houses you might ever enter. It has the ‘Polar Bear’ room, a club, the ‘Rocky’ room, a bar with a tiger jumping out of it, the ‘Office’ room and the Bathroom (a real one and the glass one with peacocks and lions inside). Quick to mention that the animals aren’t alive! However, all the taxidermies are real.

The owner has an undeniable sense of style and the ability to transform a most ordinary room into something ‘wow’. Rocky owns seven venues around East London and each one of them has its specific strong style and design. However, guess which one is his favorite…

Putting all his heart and most of the investments, Rocky makes sure there’s always a new member of the ‘family’ added to the Kings Head. From hundreds of species of butterflies to giraffes, to the rare snow leopards and rhinos, the members club is a home for all.

As you buzz the ring, expect to enter a small, intimate space and be greeted by a big, tall man. Quite intimidating, as it should be. After getting the approval to proceed through the curtain, you can instantly feel like home. Well, a quite strange home.

The ground floor is centered around an impressive bar, offering any cocktail on any menu, comfy seats in the restaurant area, and a dance floor with a DJ booth, reminding a bears’ cave.

The Club

Only one floor down, on the weekends you can experience proper underground – deep house, techno, acid house and dance music DJ’s come to please the rare and diverse crowd that Kings Head is known for.

The Polar Bear Room

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Try guessing why is it called like this. A giant polar bear is a great attraction to take pictures or to actually get an idea of how would a real one look like. Not to mention that athe experience of dining with a polar bear is not something everyone can brag about!

The room is the largest one in the venue, has its own bar and impressive atmosphere. Great for larger groups parties, drinks reception, and other events.

The Butterfly Room

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Have you ever seen anything like it? Landed on the second floor, these butterflies must’ve seen quite a lot happening here. Great for friends and families lunch and dinners or just a cheeky evening drink.

The Rocky Room

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Named by the name of the owner, and owning his heart, this room is the most special one. Lions, panthers, leopards, tigers, a giraffe and monkeys… Doesn’t sound like the best place to enjoy the steak!

However, this room can turn into a breathtaking place for your Christmas dinner. The animals, antique candles, and gold patterns create a scene from a movie. No doubt, the unique atmosphere can turn anything into a one-time experience.

It’s not surprising that Kings Head Members Club is often used for private events as fashion shows, photoshoots, themed parties or shooting films.

The access to all of the above is only for the members and their selected friends. All the information about the club rules, memberships and further requests you can find on their page: http://www.thekingshead-london.com/content/club-rules

Or by email:  ashley@thekingshead-london.com

 

 

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The Lion & Lamb|Hoxton


Everyone on the East Side of London knows that the question of where to go to eat, have a beer, or go out, ends with the answer… Hoxton. Sometimes it is a lot of fun to go from one place to another, meet some friends there, and there, and some new people everywhere. That’s what Hoxton all about, isn’t it?

For some, it is. For ClubCat it is important to feel like home. In a sense that all your friends are in one place, you can all have some food, one or more drinks and then party till the dawn.

Try to search ‘The Lion & Lamb’ in Google, Facebook or anywhere on the internet. The place has a minimal publicity apart the events calendar and the location. Simply because it doesn’t need it. The word of mouth is the best promotion, and my, oh my, people talk about this place!

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Being and empty space in an awesome area, over the last few years it underwent a lot of changes and had different purposes: an art gallery, an East-end boozer, and an underground club. The Lion & Lamb now has it all.

Over a year ago, a group of London-based, experienced, modern-thinking promoters, DJ’s, producers opened up this place to hide from the commercialised Shoreditch. Its purpose is to unite the community of the artists. And… the music!

18195136_1318648288221306_3025935670600382213_nLion & Lamb is set to become a favourite destination for creative people and music lovers in the area. The plans are big. For now, let’s keep its secrecy and talk about what’s on.

Tonight: Alex Arnout and Clive Henry (DC-10)

23rd September Saturday 20/20 vision @The Lion&Lamb 

With: Ralph Lawson | Jonny Rock |Bobby Pleasure

Tickets here.

24th September Sunday | Craig Richards & Friends with One Records

Tickets.

See you there!

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SMOKEY TAILS @ HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN | TALES OF NORMSKI


Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen is one of the Hoxton originals and has been the center of action since 2001. It is a vital part of the scene and the definition of what Hoxton is all about – a combination of great food, drinks and arts. Together with the home inspired flavors it offers an experience of some wicked performances, including acts by Major Lazer, Foals and Florence & The Machine.

April 22, 2016, the heart of East London’s food scene became home to a new place! Although Smokey Tails opened only a little bit more than a year ago, this gem spreads its vibes all around the city.

Inspired by the home-cooked food, secret recepies and a funky design, the place gives the opportunity to feel like in the childhood home of… Seth Troxler.

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Not sure if the man needs an introduction. Seth Troxler has not only been dominating the music scene but he also LOVES some BBQ ribs and a nice healthy chocolate smoothie 🙂

He loves it so much that he decided to open a restaurant, inspired by his secret family BBQ sauce recipe which’s main ingredient… love.

Three-time AD’s winner, named a potential culinary nemesis, Seth definitely has a strict quality check and high standards, when it comes to food… and music. The world’s famous DJ is also a lover of art and photography and always supports the artists.

It happened that he came across the works of Normski. He felt an immediate connection and selected 16 photographs to be exhibited in his restaurant in Shoreditch. Having an outstanding portfolio gathered for almost thirty years, Normski always makes sure to capture the moments that are left unnoticed. The selected photographs each tell a story of their time with a positive vision and iconic outlook of varying people, places, events and culture.

Tales of Normski Photography Exhibition
Opening night Wed 6th Sept 2017 – 6pm – 10pm
Open to public daily from midday 7th Sept – 2nd Oct 2017
Smokey Tails 2– 4 Hoxton Square London N1 6NU.

The entry is FREE. RSVP here : https://www.facebook.com/events/158797751369330/

Or email: misternormski2012@gmail.com

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So who’s Normski (aka Norman Anderson)?

13709978_10154444888383010_1126508561528047052_nIf you happen to be out in Shoreditch and see a crazy person jumping behind the decks, that’s him. Meaning crazy in the best way possible.

You can hear him every Friday on Hoxton FM, hosting his radio show Get.Tronic… for the love of music.

You can also see him in the wicked ninety’s show called Dance Energy, bouncing around dressed like a ninja, crashing into a weather program, asking the forecast for his house. And guess what… the storm is kicking! As a BBC television representer, Normski had some cool things going on… one thing is sure – he never lacks energy.

You name it – he’s probably done it. For over three decades, Normski gained a profile in the field of music, television,  photography, fashion and journalism. Many know him as a multitalented master of London’s culture.

10929237_10153073708793010_2786976530563480708_nThe passion for photography ignited at the age of thirteen and soon became an obsession.  Always carrying his camera, Normski never misses a good shot. If it would be a portrait of a friend, a stranger or a wild fox digging in the garbage; a picture a building, puddle or a fence. He sees things differently. It is not only things anymore – it’s a story.

Combining his talents for vision and music, Normski’s photographic credits have flown the world. In September 2003 he staged ‘Hip Odyssey‘ a prolific show of his urban street culture photography at the Proud Gallery and his photographs were used at the V+A ‘Black Britain’ exhibition.

You can see and purchase his works here.

Or pop into Smokey Tails and see the selection of top 16 right in front of you. Might get lucky and bump into Seth or Normski himself 🙂

Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton


It’s not a secret that Hoxton is full of hidden gems that are not so hidden anymore – they’re everywhere!

Unlike than other places that only recently started popping out like mushrooms after rain… this gem has a history.

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 13.27.43Cut long story short, a young blueblood Russian-Polish young man Zigfrid von Underbelly didn’t find interest in following his families footsteps in pharmaceutical business and moved towards the punk underground world to Berlin.

Multitalented as an artist, writer, singer and businessman, and fluent in seven languages, Zigfrid developed his skills and ideas surrounded by displaced beautiful punks and artists from all over the globe.

After the Berlin Wall fell, he migrated to New York, East Village, and then ended up in London – Hoxton. His life at the station in Berlin and the scene it created made him want to create spaces that punks, artists, musicians, IT people and all around cool heads and free thinkers could inhabit.

So, there it is. Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton.108a7473597f4df48b692adc7cffc86c

It offers a lot of different spaces, stretching through two floors. Every inch of it breathes history and originality. A soul. Honest home cooked meals and a wide selection of drinks from near and far.

What’s on

Tonight Saturday 2nd of September is the night of limited summer series W.A.S.P showcasing the talents of London’s underground heroes. Tonight’s artist is a true underground scene hero Shane Watcha.

Downstairs tonight is Hyphen EP Launch Show.

On top of that, the place has truly maintained its spirit and devotion to arts. It is also a spot for The Smallest Art Gallery, supporting young artists and their work.

Pop in tonight @Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton to check it out 😉

 

Weekend Getaway From London To Beautiful Bournemouth


We all know the concept of the ‘British Summer’. The first recommendation would be not to look at the weather forecast or plan an expensive, long holiday to the South of the island. However, a short weekend getaway might be just what you need! Even a few hours of sunshine can be enough to treat that pale skin… The smell and the sound of crashing waves – the much-needed remedy to relieve the stress.

Show me one Londoner that hasn’t been to Brighton and I will give you five reasons why one should rather explore the coast a little bit more and go to Bournemouth!

Situated only a couple of hours drive from London, Bournemouth offers one of the nicest sandy beaches within the short reach from the capital, together with a vibrant nightlife, plenty of shopping centres and boutiques, plus, other exciting activities like a chance to fly across the sea from the famous pier.

ClubCat Tup* Thursday 31st of August to Sunday 3rd of September Bournemouth is hosting annual the UK’s biggest air festival. FREE! Fours days of action in the air, on lan and at sea!

Find all the info here: https://bournemouthair.co.uk

How To Get There

The faster and most effortless way to commute not only in Lonon but also to travel around the country is by trains. Jump on South West Railway heading towards Weymouth. 2hours, 14 stops and you here!

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While the prices travelling by train might bite, the bus is a more affordable option.  You can reach the coast only for £15 and the journey takes only a little bit longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes.

If you have a car – great! 108 miles is not a long

 distance to mission with a car and you will have a priceless opportunity to explore the coast even more! For example, you can reach the famous Durdler Door – the beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality, also, for its breathtaking scenery.

ClubCat Tip* if you travel by the public transport, do not get tempted getting around the town by taxes. Everything is closer than it looks like!

Where To Stay

IMG_4763Carrington House Hotel can definitely brighten up your gateway and there are the reasons why…

First, make sure you hunt the best value deal, recommended through http://www.bookings.com. ClubCat was lucky enough to get one for 35£ instead of £160!

To check the quality of the service, always add a request. This time, we requested for some rose petals on the bed and a picture of Jonny Depp. Did not get disappointed! Not only we found that but also a cheap bottle of bubbles. However, very much appreciated. It is all about attention to details. The hotel has a beer garden, the ‘chill out’ area with table tennis an indoors swimming pool. In the evenings hosting bingo nights and old-school dances. 10-minute walk from the beach and 15min from the town centre. Recommended!

The Beach

There are child-friendly and dog-friendly beaches, beach facilities for the disabled, water

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sport areas, conservation areas and beach sport areas. Walking down the beach  from the Carrington House Hotel towards the Bournemouth Pier, you can see areas deserted as almost images from the movie Robinson Crusoe. But the dream is interfered by the sound a little colourful train that you can jump on that would take u all the way to the centre. Then there is kiters, jumping through the waves. Further down, more and more groups of young people, singing, having bbq, playing volleyball, beach football… Some huge Indian family having a picnic. Crowds of people curiously standing around the fish shacks and ice cream stands. People flying from the pier to the beach down the cable. And it goes on and on!

What To Do If It Rains

arcadeTry the lovely old-school arcade which is for everyone: whether you would like to practise skiing on the Alpine Racers, race each other on the Mario Karts, or try to win a Minion toy or one of our bespoke Bournemouth Bears from one of the toy crane machines. This is an ideal place to step out of the sunshine into a family friendly air conditioned amusement arcade. Or hide from the seaside rain!

Where To Eat

If you want a quick and full meal after a long day at the beach site, the famous Harry Ramsden fish and chips is always a good idea. Big portonions, good price and great quality.
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Bournemouth is much more than fish’n’chips wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper.

If you feel like something more fancy, for the very best fine dining in Bournemouth, simply head to The Edge. From the moment you arrive and take the glass lift to the restaurant entrance you will fall in love with its glamour. But when you walk into the restaurant and set your eyes on those views, you will not be able to wait until your meal arrives. The a la carte dinner menu is spectacular and perfect for a date night watching the sunset over the ocean. And the food… is yummy!EdgeWhere To Start Your Night Out

Smokin’ Aces is the place. The ‘come one, come all’ ethos of the place secures it as one of the top bars to visit in Bournemouth. With no entry fee, no dress code and no VIP areas, everyone who walks through the doors of the cocktail bar and whiskey lounge is welcome to make it their own. Adding to it’s niche qualities, Smokin’ Aces offers bespoke cocktails to every individual – it’s as easy as telling them your favourite spirits and flavours! That’s top class. Enjoy these along side the live bands and DJ lineups.

ClubCat Tip* 31st of August Smokin’ Aces hosting Ant Lewis Live Set show.

After one or few drinks, all the plans are irrelevant. Just go with the flow.

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Where To Go Next . . .


It has been a while since the last post of How To Visit London The Right Way. Someone has been enjoying the sun too much…

We left off with Karl the alpaca in the Mudchute Farm. Saying goodbye is never easy, but… we move on! Pedaling all the way down the beautiful river path to Westferry, Limehouse (quickly passing Shadwell) and parking in the City.

City in the summer… I know! Suited-up people, always heading opposite to your’s direction. Sky scrappers blocking the sunshine… Well. You can see it in two ways. The tall buildings, blocking the sun, can be the shade that you desperately needed. And tall rooftops is the perfect spot to catch the sun.

The rooftop bars is one of the best advantages of the big city during the summer time.

ClubCat Tip: You must go to Madison Rooftop Bar. Situated right in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, it offers a spectacular view of one of the most iconic buildings in London. Going up to the very top of the One New Change building, there is a charge free terrace for tourists and everyone else who are smart enough to see the city from above without paying £40. There are some cool events going on there, too. As a big screen translating Wimbledon gamesIMG_0207 or cinema sessions. No drinks allowed… But. If you feel thirsty or a little bit fancier than secretly sipping wine from a carton box, Madison is the place. It is very popular amongst the city boys but still makes it to ClubCat top tops. Nothing better than lunching on a hot summer day, nice chill-out music… maybe a cheeky bellini. You can almost sense Ibiza vibes.

Getting closer to the sunset, the place transforms into a lively, almost club-like atmosphere. It still has some quieter corners and a restaurant area inside… But don’t expect a romantic date. It might be ruined by loud music or people, constantly pushing you. If you want to find your corner, the advice is to come early, maybe even sit there from lunchtime. Unless you willing to spend £1000 to get the table… Anyway. There is a reason why the place is super busy. Because it is simply amazing. From morning yoga sessions to Richy Ahmed, to cigar sessions – it has it all.

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part Two)


I know you’ve been waiting for it! In case you’re here in London for the bank holiday weekend, you still have one last chance to do it right!

Kicked off in Greenwich, we’re moving on. You either could catch a DLR train to Bank station, or… Cycle! For those who don’t know, you can find Santander bicycles all around the city. Pick it up for only £2 and drop it off at any station within 24 hours.

Find one in Greenwich, and off we go! Fun ride down the foot tunnel, stretching across Thames river, and you end up emerging in a beautiful park by the Island Gardens station. On the other side of the river – breathtaking views of the University of Greenwich. You need to see it to believe it…
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Pedalling down the riverpath it is difficult to get lost. Unless… You love animals. Isle of Dogs is only one of many beautiful residential areas in London, but since it’s on your way, why not explore it a little bit more.

ClubCat doesn’t like animals to be captured. Instead of going to London Zoo, why don’t you swing by Mudchute Farm. Yes! It’s a farm! And yes, it is in the middle of the city. Say hi to alpacas, horsies, sheep etc. Free. free of charge and free of animal torture. Grab some lunch in a nice cafe inside the farm and continue your amazing day! Get back on track where you can smell and hear those splashing waves… The best is still to come.

My friend Karl says hi 😉

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