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! 🙂

Near Far Cocktail Bar

 

 

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Erdinger Oktoberfest @Greenwich


Get a taste of Germany’s most famous festival in a picturesque London location. Overlooking the river and Canary Wharf, a large tent with adjacent beer garden has been set up selling authentic German beer and specialities such as sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels. The whole experience is complete with cute little souvenir shops and a funfair. The festival is on every Thursday to Sunday until 22nd October. Ticket prices start from £5 and can be bought here.

Wimbledon – Fabulously British!


At this time of the year, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Currently in its 115th year, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the world, we have decided to brave the masses and pay the renowned courts a visit.

Competition for tickets is fierce and if you haven’t been lucky enough to score a ticket in the lottery then you will have to go there early in the morning and queue for hours hoping to get inside. We arrived at 5.30am on Monday and joined the queue at numbers 3989 and 3990 respectively. Rumour has it that a maximum of 6000 people is able to gain access on the day and there are many people camping by the gates the night before – even a few days in advance – in order to get a ticket. Luckily it was a warm and sunny morning on Monday so we stretched out on blankets on the grass, had coffee and breakfast and spent our time chatting away with the other people in the queue. Behind us more and more people turned up and I am almost certain not all of them were able to enter the courts in the end.

Queue at Wimbledon

Around 9am the stewards started moving us towards the actual entrance gates and the only real queuing of the day began. Slowly but steadily we made our way closer to the entrance and security screening and at just after 11am we had entered the courts.

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Order of Play at Mega Monday in Wimbledon

What followed was one of the nicest days out you can imagine. We had a quick look around the fan shops and got the obligatory strawberries & cream and prosecco, then watched a brilliant double match between Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke against Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach and went on to have a sneaky peak at Courts 1 and 2. Finally we sat down in the grass on the hill next to centre court to watch Andy Murray playing Benoît Paire and Rafael Nadal versus Gilles Muller.

Everyone at Wimbledon, be it the stewards, staff, players or other guests, was just super relaxed and such a pleasure to deal with, which made the whole day a fantastic and very memorable experience. In the beginning I had been a little worried – queuing for hours just to watch some tennis just didn’t sound like my idea of a well-spent day – but I am so glad I gave it a shot and I would definitely go to Wimbledon again.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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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How To Visit London The Right Way (Part One)


Not trying to sound too presumptuous, only talking plainly from personal experience… Tourists, visiting parents or friends, looking to use the opportunity of a free place to crash and tick the box ‘Got smashed in London’, have their own little plan in mind.

  1. Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
  2. Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
  3. Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
  4. Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
  5. Big Ben (to take THE picture)
  6. London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
  7. One of the clubs that celebrities go to. (No comments)

Little do they know… Living here for four years now, let me present you the ultimate one-day London tour, improved and approved by us & ClubCat.

First stop – Greenwich.

Being a little bit more remote from the center, it is the perfect place to start your tour. Getting off at the Cutty Start and Maritime Museum station and heading down to the river-path, there is your first surprise. You will see…
Going further down, you reach the historical University of Greenwich. Breathtaking. Make sure you visit the painted hall where Jonny Depp was dancing on the table in the fourth part of Pirates of Caribbean. Also, pop into the magnificent chapel (which is a part of the actual university!)
Not to mention that there are at least a few great maritime museums around, saving the precious time of the best day of your life, not strolling down to the Greenwich Market would be a significant loss.
Pancakes, pumpkins, and lasagna; Jamaican, Vietnamese and Italian – you name it, it’s there. Old stuff – new stuff and creative stuff. Little treasure box. Don’t get too lost and spend all day there!
Pick up a calzone and some mini pancakes with Nutella and head straight to the bIMG_0384eautiful Greenwich Park. Why is it better than the famous Hyde Park?

Where do I start… Despite the breathtaking scenery, it has so much more to offer. Rose gardens, tennis courts, and even deers! The highlight is the Greenwich observatory. Testing your endurance by claiming up the hill, you can reach the famous Greenwich Meridian timeline. (Yes, you can feel the time stops there… Technically, it does.) The view that opens up is something indescribable. The panorama view stretching all the way from London Eye to the O2 Arena.
Enjoy.
Greenwich Park is the last stop before your next destination…

ClubCat Tip: Oliver’s Jazz Bar is the hidden gem you MUST visit when you in Greenwich the next time. In the evening. Trust the ClubCat. It knows best.

Stay tuned!