August 2014

Other Vestal Voyages

Vestal Voyages takes place on an amazing fifty-foot cruiser stern canal boat and Incorporates drinks from Vestal Vodka, this pop up drinking experience is like no other. You can expect an evening tasting some of the best concoctions the VV team can come up with and Mr. VV himself will be making an appearance to mix some drinks using his 2009 vintages and infusing them with some unforgettable flavours and ingredients including juniper and raw coco. Vestal voyages promises to be a charming day out whatever the weather and guests are encouraged to enjoy the warmth and comfort of their coal fired cabin if it’s cold and wet. Alternatively if the weather is as good as it has been then guests can head up to the roof or the deck and enjoy the sun as the boat makes its way along Regents Canal. The boat sets sail from the convenient location of Kings Cross and you’ll head towards Angel Islington as you travel through the longest tunnel on the canal network while enjoying the fabulous cocktails on offer. The boat holds between eight and twelve people and is ideal for enjoying with friends for a special occasion such as a birthday. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Music Music in Monkstown

Music in Monkstown is a brand new festival of classical music that will take place in the village of Monkstown, Co. Dublin from September 12th to 14th and will feature four concerts over the three days. The programmes of the four concerts range from solo piano to string quartets, a selection of operatic arias and chamber music by composers such as Chopin, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Debussy and more. The line-up for MIM includes some fantastic Irish performers as well as musicians from all over the world including Finghin Collins, Claudia Boyle, the RIAM Chamber Ensemble and the London based Navarra String Quartet. The four concerts will be performed in Monkstown Parish Church which was designed by the celebrated 19th century church architect John Semple, who famously also designed Mansion House’s Round Room. Monkstown Church was a particular favourite of Sir John Betjeman, the British Poet Laureate and a noted authority on church architecture. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Art The Art Of The Brick

Nathan Sawaya has created a truly stunning art exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery in East London using over a million LEGO building blocks. The exhibition features large scale sculptures, conceptual pieces as well as replicas of iconic classical works of art, all of which are constructed from LEGO. The exhibition is one of the most extraordinary and innovative displays in recent memory and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Seeing this exhibition will change the way you look at LEGO forever and many of the pieces say a lot about the world today and how art relates to that world. Nathan Sawaya is a New York based artist who has created many incredible works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His work is often obsessively and painstakingly constructed and is both aesthetically pleasing and playful. Sawaya was the first artist to take LEGO into the art world, and THE ART OF THE BRICK is the first exhibition to completely focus on the use of LEGO as a medium. The creations have been constructed using countless individual LEGO pieces and every piece used is a standard piece. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Other Plantasia

Kew Gardens is proud to announce Plantasia, a fantastical Discover a fantastical world of botanical wonders and sensory experiences to excite your eyes, enchant your ears, make your toes tingle and your spirits soar. Attractions on offer include the barefoot walk, where visitors are encouraged to slip off their shoes and wander along the designated route where they will experience the many different textures that nature has to offer. There will be a programme of Tai Chi sessions held in the peaceful and relaxing surroundings of the Gardens and a Gin and Tonics Garden where guests that are over eighteen can refresh themselves with a selection of botanical drinks. You will be able to take part in the curious game of Plant Family Croquet while you find out about the healing power of plants and there will be plenty of amazing horticultural displays to look at on the Sensational Broad Walk which promises to be A spectacular display of vibrant plants lining Kew’s historic Broad Walk and on the Palm House parterre. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Food Street Feast Dalston

Street Feast has triumphantly returned to Dalston Yard for a limited twenty week schedule. With a fantastic rotating line up there will be something for everyone no matter what your taste and even if the weather isn’t looking too good you can still enjoy your favourite street food under the shelter of the rain proof areas. When you visit Street Feast you’re well looked after, not only will you be safe from the rain, you can also eat sitting down at the Dalston Yard Diners which are covered seated areas with table service. As well as pizzas made in a wood fire oven and a house made Limoncello from Pizza Pilgrims Street Pizzeria, you can expect a New England style clam shack from B.O.B’s Lobster. There will also be a rotating line up of street food traders including Street Feast favourites Rola Wala who will be serving up twisted Indian street food and Smokestak who will be bringing their custom-built 4.5 tonne BBQ Smoke Train. Breddos Tacos are also due to return with their much talked about Taco Shack which will be offering a menu of non-traditional tacos as well as some truly tempting sliders. The drinks at Street Fest will be provided by four bars including the Rotary Bar that will be serving speciality cocktails, The Gin Store that will be serving up a selection of over 30 gins and The Tequila Bareto which will be serving ever popular Frozen Margaritas. For more information about where to find local London hotels please see below.

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Other London Art Book Fair

This September the Whitechapel gallery presents the absolute best in international contemporary art publishing. On display there will be rare and beautiful artist books and publications from over eighty publishers. During the exhibition the gallery is proud to offer a packed schedule of events and talks as well as a selection of workshops designed to introduce you to the art of bookmaking and print and you will also have the chance to get books signed by leading artists and authors. At The London art Book Fair, there will be the chance to see a showcase of book design for the future, presented by the self publishing platform Blurb and creative studio Jotta. You will also have the chance to see bookshelves designed by Lawrence Weiner and Tobias Rehberger as well as display cases designed by Matthew Brannon. Visitors are encouraged to dive into and explore the artist novels from the collection of David Moroto and Joanna Zielinska of Book Lovers who will be presenting a curated selection especially for the exhibition. There will also be nine contributors from across Canada supported by Canada Council for the Arts presenting the best of the country’s renowned art publishing scene. For more information about where to find local London hotels please see below.

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