The Thirsty Bear, Southwark


For a whole lot of reasons this pub is one of my favourite places in London – located close to Waterloo and London Bridge station it’s always in easy reach and a great destination after showing the city to visiting friends, the burgers are absolute top class and the best in London (probably among the best in the world!) and if that wasn’t enough already they also serve quality beers and ciders – and the taps are right on your table so you can pour your own pint! Furthermore the staff at the Thirsty Bear pub are always nothing but lovely and very helpful, there are massive screens showing the footy (and various other sports) and the usual pub games, table football, pool and dart, are not missing either. This place is perfect to stop by at after a sightseeing tour or a stroll along the Southbank for a nice, filling burger and some great beers among friends. There really isn’t much more to say apart from – go and check out what all the hype is about!

The Thirsty Bear

The best burgers in town!

Thirsty Bear Beer Tap

Beer taps to draw your own pint.

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10 FREE Summer Activities in London!


London can be a daunting experience for our credit cards and most of us only survive life in this city by desperately trying not to spend more money than absolutely necessary. And of course, there are lots of cool activities that don’t cost a thing – visiting the various free museums alone could keep you busy for weeks! But with summer on our doorstep we have compiled a list of 10 summery activities that let you enjoy the warm weather without having to sacrifice your last valuables or skip dinner for the next few months!

  1. Check out the world’s oldest dinosaur sculptures at Crystal Palace Park.

  2. Relax in one of the picturesque parks where you’ll find ponds, nature trails and cute cottages. On Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath you’ll have one of the best views of the city!

  3. Go deer-spotting in Richmond Park! Richmond by itself is a beautiful little town and well worth a tour on a sunny day.

  4. See real farm animals at one of the various city farms, for example at Mudchute or Vauxhall.

  5. Scroll along Southbank and take in the street artists and performers.

  6. Visit Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing a Guard ceremony.

  7. Wander about Camden Market and the Stables Market and breathe in the atmosphere.

  8. Spend a lazy afternoon with live music and coffee & tea at Daylight Music at the Union Chapel.

  9. Head up to the Sky Garden for panoramic views of the city!

  10. Take a spooky walk along the monuments of Highgate Cemetery.

 

Vaisakhi Festival in London


On 29th April 2017, the traditional Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is celebrated in Central London. Expect fun activities, such as turban tying, dance performances and music sessions, as well as lots of food stalls and activities for kids. More than 20 million people all over the world are celebrating Vaisakhi. So if you have nothing planned for this beautiful spring Saturday then join the festivities today from noon onwards in Trafalgar Square in London!

 

 

 

Hitting classic games @Pimpshuei


Until last night I had only a very vague idea of what an arcade bar was like – and no desire whatsoever to find out if my idea was right. Arcades were nothing but grim, insufficiently lit halls to me where sad, lonely old men gambled away their time. Luckily one of my friends was persistent enough to actually drag me to one of those places – and surprisingly (or not!) I actually had an absolute blast!

We went to Pimpshuei in Clerkenwell, a dive bar tucked away in a basement in an alley. There’s no way you would ever find yourself here by mistake, no, you must know about the place. Pimpshuei is a martial arts themed bar decorated with cool film memorabilia and lots of old VHS cassettes. They play classic kung fu movies on large screens, make kickass cocktails you will never find anywhere else and, most importantly, have different vintage gaming machines. The bar staff is super friendly and laid-back and the atmosphere in the bar is more like at a house party in someone’s basement than in an actual bar.

There’s no point in writing a novel about it – Pimpshuei is a brilliant place and one of the coolest bars in London! Check it out if you’re looking for a quality night with lots of cocktails, games and lovely company!

 

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The Museum of London: An Easter Visit


London is a fun filled fast moving city full always of exciting things to check out. The Easter half term upon us and family visiting, I question my choice to visit The Museum of London but am pleasantly surprised by the lack of chaos we find there. Our entourage comprises of three adults (all with a favour for sarcasm and a loathing for overly enthusiastic children’s entertainers) and three children, aged 7 8 and 9 (also with an aversion to overly enthusiastic entertainers). Fortunately, being based in Belgravia, right next to Victoria train station it’s an easy (but long!) bus ride on the number 11 straight to the museum. We pass a few tourist hot spots, riding through parliament square, Big Ben and past St. Paul’s Cathedral (although we did get off a stop late so probably shouldn’t have gotten quite as far as the cathedral, but hey it was worth it). We were sure to point out the National Gallery to the kids, remaining them it’s where “A night at the museum” took place. Naturally, they spent most of the journey imagining and describing to each other what it would be like if they got trapped inside and so they absolutely didn’t mind the extra walking (if you’ve never seen a night at the museum, basically kids get trapped inside over night and everything comes to life. Cool concept but it’s got Ben Stiller in it who I find hugely irritating- sorry Ben!). From the bus stop it takes us about 7 minutes to leisurely walk to the museum. None of us are particularly great with directions (my fellow two adults are from NY and I haven’t ventured to this area since being a child myself) but it was perfectly easy to find and we soon were inside buying tickets.

I’d say it’s worth booking online since tickets are a little cheaper, but we paid about £13.50 per adult and £9.50 per child on the door. Concessions are of course available for groups/schools/elderly. Either way, I thought this was a pretty good price. We arrive at 1pm (all well fed of course, otherwise it literally would have been hell.. we all suffer hugely from hanger!) and go straight into the “Fire Fire!” exhibition which I have to say is pretty great. Despite being a fully grown adult, my attention span is limited, so trying to find something which will interest both adults and children with short attention spans is quite a feat- alas, this exhibition does exactly that. The history of the great Fire of London is presented with inter active games, authentic models and excerpts and an area for dressing up and taking photos (my favourite part). More an immersive art show (without performance) than a boring display, I decide it’s well worth paying for (can you tell I’m a huge fan of NOT spending money on days out!?). It takes about 45 minutes to mosey through and none of us lose interest at any point- hurrah! Afterward, we make our way to the “pleasure garden” (which doesn’t take a millennium to walk to like it does in some museums- namely the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert!) around the corner to join in a “detective” activity. Being well acquainted with the “backpack” activities at the British Museum, we expect the detective activity to be something similar- each child receives an activity pack of some sort and is set on their way to complete these activities. Upon entry to the Pleasure Garden, we quickly realise we are very wrong; the room (wonderfully decorated with artistic 18th century models) is a circular shape and set up with a focus on its centre “stage”- an area of laminate flooring surrounded by Greek style white pillars and a lighted “roof” decorated internally with a blue sky and white clouds. In the centre of this stage stands a woman donning a huge fake smile and a number of props. Oh. No! Exactly the sort of thing we all deteste!! There are seats in the form of round brightly coloured cushions which are on the floor around the stage for the children and three benches (nowhere near enough) further back for us adults. The kids assume their places, unsure of the whole thing and we adults all take a seat on the floor (since the benches are already full- obviously). We pass a look which communicates the consideration to leave immediately, but we decide to give it a chance and the adults throw the kids a reassuring smile (or is it a “please try to like it” smile? Who knows but it works). The woman on the stage soon comes alive with exactly the overly enthusiastic attitude we were hoping to avoid and the adults exchange a “well we tried” glance. We wait for a discreet moment to leave whilst the entertainer prances around making strange sounds and the children watch with faces as if to say “what on earth is this and why have you brought us here?” (Though toddlers would love it, I’m sure) when something suddenly changes: the entertainer becomes much more theatrical, much less kids party person and begins to tell the story of the great fire from first as a detective character and then, in turn, assuming several other brilliant and entertaining characters. She gets the children involved by asking them to spin an arrow on a board pointing to different “suspects” and becomes each character as it is landed on via this spinning board. The children listen to each characters version of events and at the end, have to make various decisions about what they do and do not believe. Needless to say, they absolutely love it! Everyone gets a turn to be involved in some way, through a wheel spin or a high five or a “you there, what do you think?”. We’re all glad we gave it a proper chance and impressed that we could drop in, free of charge- no booking necessary! (I think this runs every hour daily but best to double check the website!) After this, we head to the cafe, which is more or less right outside, for cake and drinks (they have sandwiches too, but that’s about it.. there’s a cafe with more choice by the entrance which isn’t too far if you fancy more) then stop by the toilets next door. It’s all very convenient. We wrap the afternoon up by taking a walk through a very cool replica 18th century street, called “Victorian Walk” and checking out a replica prison cell with original etchings on the wood dating back centuries. All in all, a very interesting, EASY and fun day!

So if you’re looking for something to do in London over Easter (whether it’s with kids or not) and especially if you have people coming to visit from out of town, I would recommend passing by the Museum of London! For some reason it’s one of those places that seems to fall second place to the likes of the British museum, National Art Gallery and V&A, but if you give it a chance (including the drop in storytelling) it’s actually pretty fab!

Happy Halloween!!


Happy Halloween people!! Here’s some tips for spooky activities in London this weekend!

Horror movie classic Halloween is being shown tonight only in a few selected cinemas, for example at ODEON Camden or Holloway! For a full listing of all participating cinemas, click here. If you’re in for a more extraordinary film experience, check this out: In Shoreditch, you can watch scary films while relaxing in a hot tub sipping a drink of your choice, and in Portobello Pop-up Cinema in Notting Hill you’ll have a hell of a time watching scary movies in their outdoor cinema.

If you plan on spending Halloween with your children, why not head down to London Zoo? It’s always a great experience for the whole family and extra for Halloween they’ve come up with some fun activities going on over the whole of the weekend!

Of course there’s plenty of Halloween themed pub and club nights going on; almost every London venue is hosting their very own party. Just check out your favourite’s website and get ready for jelly shots, costume contests and live gigs! These are my picks for awesome Halloween fun:
If you’re in for an all-nighter then come down to XOYO , their Bugged Out….! party night is always fun and tonight’s Halloween special won’t be any different. Or head down to the almighty EGG Club on York Way and rave to some Berlin inspired dance music. If you prefer pop and rock music, then the Phoenix on Cavendish Square close to Oxford Circus might be right for you. Or you give yourself the whole nine yards and check out the Halloween weekender at The Four Quarters – mad fun on a budget that is!

No matter where you go and what you’ll be up to this weekend, I hope it’ll be fun and you’ll have a blast. Now put on that spooky costume and happy Halloween, everyone!


Fröhliches Halloween, euch allen!! Hier gibt’s einige Tips für gespenstische Aktivitäten an diesem Wochenende in London!

Der Horrorfilm-Klassiker Halloween wird nur heute Abend in einigen ausgewählten Kinos auf großer Leinwand gezeigt, zum Beispiel im ODEON in Camden oder in Holloway. Eine Liste aller teilnehmenden Kinos findet ihr hier. Falls es euch nach einem etwas abgefahrenerem Kino-Erlebnis gelüstet, könnt ihr euch in Shoreditch Horrorfilme ansehen, während ihr in einem Whirlpool sitzt und ein Getränk eurer Wahl schlürft; oder ihr zieht euch im Portobello Pop-up Kino klassische Gruselfilme unter freiem Himmel rein.

Falls ihr  das Halloween-Wochenende mit euern Kindern verbringen möchtet, kann ich den Zoo nur wärmstens empfehlen! Der ist immer ein tolles Erlebnis für jung und alt und besonders für Halloween hat man sich hier eine Reihe lustiger Aktivitäten ausgedacht, die über das gesamte Wochenende laufen.

Natürlich stehen auch jede Menge Halloweenparties an. Beinahe jeder Pub and jeder Club hier in London veranstaltet eine eigene Party, also schaut einfach mal auf die Website eurer Lieblingsbar und macht euch bereit für Jelly Shots, Kostümwettbewerbe und Live Musik. Hier ist meine Auswahl der besten Halloweenparties:
Falls euch der Sinn nach einer ganzen Nacht durchfeiern steht, dann ab ins XOYO. Deren Bugged Out…! Clubnacht ist immer ein Erlebnis und das heutige Halloween-Spezial wird keine Ausnahme sein. Oder ihr macht euch auf zum besten aller Clubs hier in London, dem allmächtigen EGG Club in der Nähe von Kings Cross, und zappelt die Nacht durch zu feinstem Berlin-House. Falls ihr doch eher auf Pop und Rockmusik aus seid, könnte der Phoenix in Cavendish Square beim Oxford Circus das Richtige für euch sein. Oder ihr gebt euch die volle Breitseite und macht aus dieser Nacht ein ganzes Wochenende voller irrwitziger Ideen zu guten Preisen im Four Quarters in Peckham.

Ganz egal, wofür ihr euch entscheidet, ich hoffe, ihr habt Spaß und eine richtig gute Zeit. Jetzt fix verkleidet und dann ab auf die Piste – happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween

 

Blog finally up-to-date!!


After ages and ages, I know and I feel terribly guilty about it, I finally managed updating my blog and by now, the pub suggestions for May, June & July are online. Have fun checking out these venues!

Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful weather these days and have an incredible summer! Go down to the pub and have a few drinks with your mates, sit down in a park and enjoy the sun, have a barbecue,  stroll around the most beautiful city on earth and just be happy!

 

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Nach Ewigkeiten – ich weiß, Schande über mein Haupt – jedenfalls habe ich es endlich doch mal geschafft, meinen Blog wieder auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen und die Pub-Vorschläge für Mai, Juni & Juli hochzuladen! Viel Spaß dabei, diese Pubs auszuchecken!

Ich hoffe, ihr alle genießt das wundervolle Wetter und habt einen atemberaubenden Sommer! Geht was trinken mit euren Freunden, chillt im Park und lasst euch die Sonne auf den Bauch brutzeln, geht grillen und spaziert einfach durch das zauberhaft sommerliche London und seid glücklich!

 

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