Familia @ EGG London


Familia returns to EGG tomorrow night and the line up is nothing but impressive. Senso Sounds head-honcho Oliver Huntemann – one of my longtime personal favourites – will be joined by Brazilian rising star Victor Ruiz who is coming to London for his very first UK gig.

The Terrace will be headlined by Drumcode’s Timmo, another new face that’s promising fresh sounds and driving beats. The Loft will be taken over by Thesaurus with Critical Damage, VanDi and Alek Mater.

Altogether expect a lush techno bonanza in one of London’s most acclaimed venues. Tickets are available here.

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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.

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.

Carpenters Arms Rooftop

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.

Sunny Day in Richmond!


I’ve used the brilliant weather these days as an opportunity to explore a part of London that I haven’t visited much before, the picturesque town of Richmond in the southwest of London. Summer is the perfect time for a stroll around Richmond and to explore the cute little shops and cafes in town. You can then walk along the river to Richmond Hill and the famous park.

 

 

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If you get hungry along the way then there’s numerous pubs and restaurants right by the river that let you enjoy a nice little nosh and an ice cold beer overlooking the Thames. I went for Stein’s pub, a German beer garden with a nice selection of Bavarian beers and traditional German food.

 

 

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Since it gets incredibly busy on the weekends and moreover there’s a chance of trains and whole tube lines being cancelled, I would highly recommend making your way to Richmond during the week.

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.

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.

 

The National Pet Show @ London Excel


The sun’s out, the weekend is near and for all those animal lovers out there this is a big weekend – The National Pet Show is coming to London!

The next two days at the Excel Exhibition Centre in the Docklands will be filled with furry friends and lots of fun activities for young and old. If you’re popping by to find the perfect pet for you or do your pet-related shopping or simply to have a great day out with the whole family, the Pet Show is definitely worth a visit! Tickets are £18 per person with concessions for students, seniors and families. You can buy your tickets here

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