Diary

What’s On In London

It’s almost time to go back to school and this weekend there are a few summertime must-dos coming to an end.

*Exhibitionism at Saatchi Gallery closes on Sunday 4th September and whether you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones or not I recommend anyone who loves music to go see this fantastic exhibition. I wrote  a little something about it back in May, which you can read here.

*Not so rock and roll but definitely one of my favourite stories when I was growing up; The Tiger Who Came To Tea finishes its run at Cadogan Hall on Sunday too. I took my three year old along over the bank holiday weekend and he had a great time. The extremely tall tiger was a delight to watch and the songs are fun and memorable. The production lasts 50 minutes and Cadogan Hall is always a great venue to visit.

* It’s also the last weekend to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Science Museum. At the start of summer I had every intention of checking this out but I fear I’m going to miss this one because time is running out. You can find out more about Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius here.

* The Great River Race takes place on Saturday. It starts at London Docklands at 12.25pm and makes its way towards Richmond; passing Westminster and Putney. The race is due to finish around 3.20pm.

* And if you’re planning on staying in and in need of something to binge-watch then head straight to Netflix and put Stranger Things on if you haven’t already. A love letter to classic 80s movies this is an exceptional series with plenty of twists; interesting characters; fantastic settings and a gripping story. Plus, it has Winona Ryder and classic 80s actor Matthew Modine in it. There’s a reason everyone’s talking about it. It’s brilliant.

Euro 2016 begins this weekend in France whilst Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday with a street party and 10,000 guests on The Mall. With plenty happening are you wondering, what’s the best way to make the most of what’s going on while staying local in Chelsea? If so, here are a few ideas:

*England plays on Friday evening and my favourite places to watch a football match include The Hollywood Arms and The Sporting Page. The King’s Arms on Fulham Road is also a popular place to catch a game.

*On Sunday Duke of York Square will be putting on a special Fine Food Market with The Commonwealth Society to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. Along with this tasty Sunday treat, there will also be a street party style celebration with dancing and live music from 2pm. And at 3pm there will be the cutting of the birthday cake by a very special visitor. 😉

*There is also a street party taking place on Saturday in aid of Ataxia UK. There will be plenty of food and a pop-up bar, live music, street performers, a raffle and much more. You’ll find Chelsea Charity Street Party on Cranley Mews from 2.30pm with the official after party happening at Beaufort House from 8pm.

*If you’re heading down the King’s Road for some shopping and are looking for something a little different, Frock Me Vintage Fair will be returning to the Old Town Hall on Sunday from 11am until 5.30pm.

*And finally (fingers crossed the weather holds out), you can enjoy yoga on Duke of York’s green on Sunday from 10.30am until 11.30am. The sessions are free and are run by lululemon and if it is too wet, there is always next week. #YogaOnTheSquare is running every Sunday until 28th August.

Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting the Whitehall Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel where I stood upon its terrace to glimpse Buckingham Palace in the distance.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

The special occasion was The Queen’s 90th birthday, which meant the morning started with an obligatory glass of Champagne. 😉

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

The brunch was also an opportunity to preview the menu for the 1920s themed Jazz Sunday Brunch, which will be held on 12th June in celebration of The Queen’s public birthday.

Starters on the full menu include …

Crème Dubarry, Charred Cauliflower and Chervil Cream

Smoked Salmon and Halibut Terrine with Sweet Pickled Cucumber and Dill

Chicken and Foie Gras with Wild Mushrooms and Morels, Cumberland Sauce 

Eggs Benedict Financier, Monmouthshire Beech Smoked Ham 

Beef Steak Tartare, Fresh Bloody Mary Sauce 

Scotch Egg

My favourite was definitely the beef steak tartare with the fresh Bloody Mary sauce because of the burst of flavour that felt adventurous yet familiar at the same time.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

There will also be a seafood display on 12th June which will involve …

Oysters, Served with Lemon Merlot Vinegar and Shallots

Prawn Cocktail Marie Rose and Fresh Horseradish

Dressed Cornish Crab and Avocado, Crème Fresh

I tried the oysters which were very good though I didn’t try the prawn cocktail or the Cornish crab but I heard plenty of compliments around me about the crab.

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For mains there is a choice of …

Saddle of Lamb stuffed with Spinach and Kidneys, served with Roast Potato or Dauphinoise Potatoes and Honey Roast Root Vegetables

Smoked Beef Wellington, Port and Red Wine Baby Beetroot, Truffle Jus, Pea and Mashed Potato 

Roast Chicken Chivry, Peas, Mushroom and Broad Beans casserole, Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Egg Cocotte

Poached Salmon Bellevue, served with Egg Mayonnaise and Crayfish Tails 

Fillets of Lemon Sole Waleska, Lobster Glazed Sauce

I went for the saddle of lamb with roast potatoes and vegetables, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And yet again, I felt that I could have picked anything from this menu and it would have tasted just as good.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

And as for pudding, well …

Nougat Parfait, Candied Fruits and Roasted Nuts, Red Fruits Coulis

Ginger and Milk Chocolate Tart, Caramelised Walnuts, Salted Caramel, Malt Ice-cream 

Chocolate and Orange Delice, Blood Orange Sorbet 

Blueberry and Violet Cheesecake, Lemon Jelly, Lemon crumb, Violet ice-cream 

Galatte des Reine, Puff Pastry, Frangipane, Raspberry Compote, Rose, Raspberry Sorbet 

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

With the Terry O’Neil portrait of The Queen as part of the setting and the gorgeous selection of platters on offer, I had a truly wonderful morning; so much so I even made my first foray into Snapchat to document it. The surroundings were sumptuous as it is throughout Corinthia Hotel and as per my last visit I was yet again impressed by the food.Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

So if you are looking for a special way to indulge in The Queen’s public birthday – in a way that will also take you back to the time when HRH was born – then this could be the treat for you. Enjoy! 🙂

Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD, UK

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re still looking for something a little different but foodie to do, here are my top 3 suggestions:
Valentine's Day - Macarons & Mews
*The ‘Macarons & Mews’ tour by London Unravelled, which explores the hidden corners of Belgravia and Knightsbridge will give you a chance to sample some of the best macarons the area has to offer. The walk includes 5 tastings and there is time for additional purchases too. The tour takes place on both February 13th & 14th and it starts at Hyde Park Corner Station. Here are more tour details and ticket information.
Gallery Mess, Duke of York Square, Chelsea
*Gallery Mess on Duke of York Square have introduced a new all-day Sunday brunch menu which offers unlimited Champagne, Prosecco and Bloody Marys. And because Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, February 14th will also include this offer which you can enjoy with either a loved one or a bunch of friends. What a fab way to spend the day. Here’s the menu!
BRGRCO VALENTINES
* And finally, BRGR.CO’s Afternoon (Tea) Delight sounds like a real treat. The menu involves three sexy sliders (beef, chicken and salmon), frisky fries and a threesome of decadent desserts. Drinks also include mini versions of a pink bellini, a strawberry milkshake and an iced tea. This menu sounds fun and because I’ve tasted one of the most delicious burgers ever at BRGR.CO on King’s Road, I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be damn good too. 🙂
 Chelsea Girl

Undoubtedly one of the first things I’m going to do this weekend is check out the sales along the King’s Road. An annual January sales trip always has to include the Clearance Sale at Peter Jones for home essentials and a trip to the third (kids) and fourth (gadget) floor. Though this year I may also take some time out for myself and stop at the first (beauty) floor too.

Peter Jones

So along with the amazing sales along the King’s Road and on Duke of York Square, what else is happening this weekend?

Curzon Chelsea is showing both Joy and The Danish Girl.

It’s the final weeks of Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, which ends on January 31st, 2016. This is one I definitely have to check out.

V&A

The Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square is back on Saturday after a 2-week break. YAY!

Jacobs Finest falafels Duke of York Square

And around town the London Short Film Festival starts on Friday. You can also watch Crosstentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel at Leicester Square Theatre or you can take the kids to see Mr Rabbit meets Santa at The Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. The International Mime Festival returns on Saturday and if you want to be roller girl and hit the dance floor in your skates, Bump Roller Disco will be at Southbank Centre until Sunday 17th January 2016.

Plenty happening. January certainly doesn’t have to be boring.

Chelsea Girl

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