Near & Far Cocktail Bar, Peckham


Tonight’s the night! Near & Far, the newest venture of the team behind one of London’s most beloved and magical spots, The Magic Roundabout in Old Street, is opening its doors in the upcoming area of Peckham. Located on the 6th floor of the converted car park you enter a lovely bar with quirky decor and a mouth watering list of yummy cocktails served by a dedicated team. Top this off with feel good house and disco tunes and lots of happy people and you have all you need for a fun Saturday night!

Head down to Peckham from 6PM tonight and please arrive early as they’re expecting to reach full capacity. Also, it’s free entry! ūüôā

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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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Street Food @Tottenham Social


Since June 2015, Craving Coffee in Tottenham is inviting the best street food places in London to open 3 night pop-ups in their cafe. Every Thursday to Saturday from 6pm onwards, you can enjoy tasty and diverse meals from all over the world while sipping special themed cocktails or your favourite craft beer. The atmosphere is super laid back so pop over for yummy food and a relaxed evening.

Future Pop-Ups:

 

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The Carpenters Arms, Fitzrovia


The Carpenters Arms in Fitzrovia, conveniently located just off Tottenham Court Road in-between Warren Street and Goodge Street station, is a very British pub with all its ups and downs. They sell a nice selection of ales and lagers as well as some decent wines and cocktails. The food menu is clearly aimed at students from nearby UCL with meaty and filling pub dishes and a very reasonably priced sandwich menu for lunch.

To put some icing on the cake, The Carpenters Arms has a lovely roof terrace tucked away from the buzz of Tottenham Court Road so you get to enjoy some peace and quiet here. Patio heaters make sure you don’t get cold during your night out but make sure you arrive early as the place gets pretty packed once the clock hits beer o’clock.

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Of course none of this is particularly new or groundbreaking but if you’re in for a solid British pub serving traditional pub grub and an excellent selection of drinks then this is for you.

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 Рit has it all.

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 Bull & Last, Kentish Town


I’ve been living in Kentish Town for 4 years now and go for a stroll in Hampstead Heath almost every day. Yet to the present day I have never managed to check out the Bull & Last. This gastropub, located conveniently just opposite the Parliament Hill entrance to the Heath, has one of the best reputations in the area for its seasonal menu, drink selection and fantastic service. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that you have to wait a couple of weeks to book a table at the weekend…

We were lucky enough to get a table this weekend and after a night out partying we made our way there for a well deserved, hangover curing Saturday lunch. Breaking news first? The lunch did in fact cure my hangover.

The Bull & Last is a lovely venue with a real pub feeling to it.The bar is well stocked with a good selection of ales and ciders from small, independent breweries, the walls are decorated with stuffed animals and tankards and the whole place has a lively and welcoming atmosphere. Although we arrived early at 12pm most tables were already taken and the place was buzzing with families and children, dog walkers, couples and groups of friends.

We started off the meal with a Bloody Mary and this Bloody Mary was, I kid you not, the best drink I’ve had in a long time. An aromatic, spicy drink, neither too strong nor too bland, garnished with some pepper and celery. We went on to try some of the ales and cider to go along with the food. We went for a pretty standard choice, beef burger and fries and fish and chips. The vegetarian choices are limited, especially if you don’t like fish. The food was tasty and the service was super quick. Our waitress was absolutely lovely, very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu but at the same time super easygoing and joking away with us as if we had known each other for a long time.

To sum this up, we had a lovely lunch and felt well looked after at the Bull & Last. I was more impressed by the laid-back atmosphere and the outstanding service than the quality of the food but I’d definitely be willing to give the grub another try. The food is quite pricey with mains ranging from ¬£15-¬£30 but the portions were huge and they only use fresh ingredients, which you can definitely taste. Altogether, I can definitely recommend this place and if it’s only for a quiet pint after a long walk at the Heath.

 

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