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Archive for April, 2013

Food Spy: Guitar Festival @ Boisdale, E1

Hot on the heels of winning a prestigious award recently, Boisdale in Canary Wharf is going all musical from next month.

 

From May the 13th, they will be celebrating the king of the riffs thanks to the Guitar Greats Festival which is taking place until the 1st of June.

 

So how did they hit the headlines I hear you ask? Boisdale have brought home the bacon as Whisky Restaurant of the Year  thanks to Whisky Magazine’s Icons Of Whisky Awards.

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(c) Boisdale

 

You will have the chance to enjoy a host of musical acts which extend like a Brian May solo across some 17 different night. Some of the major styles that will be playing down in the Square Mile includes the likes of Latin American rythms to Rock ‘n’ Roll as well as Soul and even Modern Jazz.

 

In additon to this, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of different musical acts from not only around the world but a host of international acts.

 

Notable highlights that you will be able to enjoy feature tributes to the iconc George Benson and Santana happening on the 24th of May not to mention Prince and Lenny Kravitz who will be tearing up the following night on the 25th of May.

 

Meanwhile, they are saving the best for last on the 1st of June with a tribute to the one and only Beatles! Check out leading UK act John Etheridge on the 17th of May while Boisdale plays host to legendary blues figurehead Larry Garner Junior on the 31st of May.

 

With its enviable position looking out onto Cabot Square, Boisdale is a firm favourite with the City crowd as well as locals who congegrate to sample some of the fabulous oysters on offer.

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(c) Boisdale

 

This is of course matches by the excellent award winning whisky bar. There is is even a library which is home to an extensive selection of Cuban Cigars.

 

There’s certainly plenty to pore over at this venue whilst the restaurant is the perfect place for chewing over a large selection of innovative dishes that would make Luis Suarez green with envy!

 

This includes numerous ingredients from the shores of Scotland such as shellfish from the Hebrides to native oysters coming all the way from Loch Ryan.

 

Watch out for the Dunkeld smoked salmon and the signature Haggis with mash. If that’s not enough then why not tuck into one of seven succulent steaks choices that weigh in up to a stonking 20 ounces.

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(c) Boisdale

 

When it comes to drinking options, you can sample a wee dran from one of the incredible 1,000 selections available at Boisdale that can be enjoyed at the stunning bar which measures more than an impressive 11 metres in length!

 

Now that’s worth drinking to.

 

 

Boisdale Canary Wharf

Cabot Place,

Canary Wharf,

London,

E14 4QT

www.boisdale.co.uk/canary-wharf

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.

Focus On: The Great Northern Hotel

It’s full steam ahead for one of the finest original railways hotels to be constructed in the capital. After a multi-million pound refurb you can once again step inside the grandiose Great Northern Hotel.

 

Open again this month and located in the heart of King’s Cross, the original building was designed by Lewis Cubitt. It was eventually open in May 1854. Meanwhile, it is considered to be the oldest building that was specifically hotel led in the capital.

 

Everything has been carefully restored in order to maintain its breathtaking features. This includes the facade as well as the original gutters, grilles and drainpipes made entirely from lead.

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(c) Great Northern Hotel

 

Did you know it has been closed for more than a decade? This was as a result of the Channel Tunnel development which has certainly transformed the area and has made St. Pancras the official terminal for Eurostar.

 

Now you can arrivie at Gare du Nord in less time than you can say “Oui Monsieur!” In fact, from the stunning Great Northern Bar, you will have the chance to look out onto the western concourse.

 

This is the jewel in the new crown for the station at Kings Cross which itself has undergone a whopping £550 million redevelopment. Here you can find immediate access to a number of hot European destinations.

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(c) Great Northern Hotel

 

You could soon be picking flowers in Amsterdam or scoffing yourself silly in Brussels. Yet, there is more to this Grade II listed building than meets the eye. It offers a sublime restaurant located on the first floor entitled Plum and Spilt Milk that blends a wealth of British and European cuisine, while there are 91 luxurious rooms to choose from.

 

Timeless elegance is the order of the day and features an incredible attention to detail throughout. Bathrooms are by Lefroy Brooks with rich colour schemes provided by the good people over at Farrow & Ball.

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(c) Great Northern Hotel

 

Check out the American black walnut found on the fifth floor rooms not to mention the abundance of natural light that results in a soothing space to rest your head. This is in spite of the busy metropolis which you can leave at the door.

 

There are plenty of mod cons thrown in for good measure from luxury linen made from the finest Egyptian cotton to 40-inch Loewe plasma televisions your very own mini-bar filled with complimentary.

 

But wait there is more. The Pantry can be found on each floor where you can indulge in what tasty treats are on offer such as delicious cakes, freshly made pastries and a superb selection of drinks with plenty of reading material. It’s like having your very own Mrs. Beeton on tap!

 

If that’s not enough the GNH Bar will definately awaken your senses. Filled with a host of sleek Art Deco influences, this is set to mix European style alongside the vibrant bar scene of Midtown Manhattan. Think roaring twenties meets beaux-arts chic which is the benchmark that has been set here.

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(c) Great Northern Hotel

 

Isn’t it time you got your gladrags on?

 

Great Northern Hotel,

Pancras Rd,

London,

N1C 4TB

W: www.gnhlondon.com/

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.

A Tale of Two Cities: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

As Kenneth Williams once proclaimed; “Infamy, infamy me they have all got it in for me!”

 

Well this form comes to life at the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury thanks to their latest exhibition. Entitled Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum, this tells the tragic tale of two different towns situated around the stunning Bay of Naples.

 

Unfortunately what was to happen next made a significant impact on classical civilisation as a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius  in A.D. 79 buried many people alive. In less than day, both cities were encased in the ashes of history.

 

In fact they had been preserved for more than 1,500 years.

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(c) British Museum

 

This particular exposition sees more than two hundred objects displayed for the public to gaze at. In fact the majority of these items have never been viewed outside Italian shores.

 

It will provide visitors with the opportunity to be at one with Roman life as well as seeing what society was really like during this period.

 

Meanwhile, there will also be a number of different objects from the coastal town of Herculaneum. This features the likes of a range of wooden furniture which includes a baby’s cot that is still in mint condition.

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(c) British Museum

 

This is largely in part thanks to the ash which has managed to preserve this magnificient historical artefact.

 

Some of the other notable highlights that will no doubt impress include rare pieces such as a coiled snake bracelet made entirely from gold as well as a wall painting of a renowned baker at the time which dates back to around 50 A.D.

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(c) British Museum

 

In addition to this, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of a plaster cast of a canine, marble wall panels and even detailed mosaics from the period.

 

There will also be a series of lectures, talks and events around the fascinating life and times of both cities from lectures surrounding art and gardens to a range of mosaic workshops and even a film which recounts the final days of Pompeii (2pm on Saturday 11th of May).

 

Don’t miss out on iconic figures of a number of different victims from the famous eruptions who are forever frozen in time. Some of them are so well preserved that’s it would not be a surprise if they did spring to life.

 

Check out the traditional family huddled like four peas in a pod in their final moments of freedom before being enveloped in a sea of ash.

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(c) British Museum

 

A fascinating tale of frescoes and the macabre which has been introduced to the British Museum for a one of a kind exhibition that has not been seen for the best part of four decades!

 

To find out more, log on to www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pompeii_and_herculaneum.aspx

 

 

Simon Lazarus is an experienced PR/Business Consultant and copywriter with a number of clients across different territories including the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His vast portfolio includes writing content for a variety of sites on food and drink, travel, personal finance, news, showbiz, sport, technology and much more. He also advises businesses on strategies and marketing across different sectors.