Doggy Dating at Embargo Republica, 6th November

Chelsea’s Cuban-themed bar Embargo Republica is hosting a dating night with a twist next week – inviting singletons and their canine companions for a speed dating event and doggy disco!

Doggy Dating at Embargo Republica

The evening will take place on the venue’s roof terrace, which means that human attendees can meet like-minded singles, whilst their four-legged friends have space to play and even enjoy some special doggy treats! And with the largest roof terrace in all of SW10, there’s plenty of room for the little furry friends to have some fun.

General Manager at Embargo Republica, Andy Johnson, says about the event:

“The Chelsea set love their canine cuties so we thought transforming ourselves into ‘Embarko Repuglica’ for the evening would be a great way to raise some money for the brilliant Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dogs are a great way to break the ice between strangers, so we’re sure the event will be a huge hit and love will be in the air!”

Admission for the doggy dating event costs £10, and a place can be reserved by emailing Availability is limited so do get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. All funds raised go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dating at Embargo Republica

Embargo Republica offers its guests a mix of lush surroundings, the best Latin beats and exotic cocktails – the selection includes the Hemingway, the Cuban Kiss, the Fidel Castro and the four-person Republica de Cuba, served in a cigar box. The venue regularly hosts live bands, DJs and acoustic sets from artists such as Victor Hugo & the Mambo Boys, The Cuban Brothers and Salsa Fuego Trio. And with the Cuban al-fresco feel of the roof terrace, it’s one of the best ways of experiencing a little Havana magic in London.

Dating night at Embargo Republica

Head down to ‘Embarko Repuglia’ for this dating night with a twist next week, or pop down to Embargo Republica on any night for a fun evening out!

Embarko Repuglia
6.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 6th November 2014
Embargo Republica
533 Kings Road
SW10 0TZ

PrimeTime at The Palm Bar in Belgravia – eat & drink from only £5!

Belgravia’s Palm Bar is currently offering a very special deal on food and drink items from their extensive menu that will delight anyone that’s looking to save a few pennies in these credit crunch times.

During their PrimeTime offer – which runs daily from 5pm until close – the price you pay for their PrimeBites and cocktails is determined by the clock. So you if you turn up for some nibbles between 5pm and 6pm, you pay £5 per item. If you’re heading for an early and quick bite to eat for dinner between 6pm and 7pm, it’s £6. Even from 9pm to closing time, the most you’ll pay is only a very reasonable £9!

Prime Time At The Palm

With many delicious PrimeBites to choose from including Prime SteakBurger Sliders (normally priced £11.90), the Charcuterie Plate (£10.90) or the absolutely amazing sounding Nova Scotia Lobster and Bacon Fondue (also £10.90), there’s absolutely no way that this isn’t a bargain! There’s also a very extensive cocktail menu, including signature cocktails such as the Scarlet Temptress (Bulleit Bourbon, Triple Sec and pomegranate juice) or the 837 Twisted Mojito (Raspberry & vanilla vodka, fresh raspberries, fresh mint, fresh lime and soda water), plus many classic cocktails as well. (All cocktails normally priced at £10).

There’s also an added extra for local residents – for those based in and around Belgravia, the clock stops on Monday nights at 5pm! That means their PrimeBites and cocktails are priced at only £5 from 5pm until close.

The Palm Bar is part of The Palm London, the first location in Europe for the family-owned and operated restaurants, now on its fourth generation! The restaurant specialises in USDA Prime 35 day aged beef, Jumbo Nova Scotia lobster and Italian heritage dishes such as Chicken Piccata, all of which have been on the menu since the first Palm restaurant opened in New York in 1926. The Palm Bar runs the length of the entrance of the restaurant, with a large sweeping polished wooden bar as its centrepiece, and is the ideal venue for evening drinks – even more so, with their wonderful PrimeTime offer!

With only a short walk from both Knightsbridge and Sloane Square Underground stations, it’s easy to get to for both locals and those travelling from a little further afield – so why not pop in this evening to enjoy some tasty treats and expertly-made cocktails at a great price?

The Palm London
1-3 Pont Street

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Have you been to The Troubadour recently?

We’re sure that many of you – locals and visitors alike – have been to the wonderful Troubadour on Old Brompton Road, SW5. Having opened almost sixty years ago and going strong ever since then, it’s definitely one of the area’s most iconic and famous spots to visit and is often also mentioned as one of the best coffee houses to visit in London.

I revisited the venue recently as, although it’s been listed on this site since the beginning (of the site, not of venue, of course!) it has undergone some expansion in recent years. This has served to both provide extra capacity as well as add some additional elements (some of which you may be pleasantly surprised to learn about – I certainly was!) that although relatively new, have really kept true to the spirit of The Troubadour.

For those of you that perhaps don’t know it, what is The Troubadour? Well, it’s something of a historic venue in Kensington and Chelsea; having opened in as far back as 1954. In that and the subsequent decade, it wasn’t just known as a cafe – its basement club attracted a number of very famous names from the rock ‘n’ roll world, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Watts (pre-Rolling Stones), and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page from Led Zepplin.

Today, the Troubadour still very much plays host to live bands in its basement room which has been expanded to more than double the previous capacity and can now fit 120 people. The basement room curves right round on itself, so you can sit (or stand!) yourself right in the thick of the action, or tuck yourself away somewhere a little quieter – including in the two private little alcoves towards the back. When you head down to the basement, do also take a look at the artwork hand-drawn right onto the walls that depicts some artists that have previously played here.

The Troubadour

Image by @studio 1 Park Royal,

What else goes on at The Trouabour these days? There is of course still the coffee house and restaurant on the main ground floor (also with an expanded capacity) that has retained so much of its original vibe with its unique decor – take a look at the assorted wonderful items hanging from the walls and ceiling, and definitely check out the beautiful wood-carved, brightly coloured front door.

There is a separate wine shop, Troubadour Wines, that sells a very fine selection of wines from across the world and which holds frequent wine tasting events. It also has its own wine bar – separate to the main part of the Troubadour cafe, perfect for a relaxed glass or two.

Wine Tasting at The Troubadour

Image by @studio 1 Park Royal,

The Gallery on the first floor is a spacious room that’s available for private hire (exhibitions, parties, dinner events, seminars) and which also hosts a range of classes and events, such as yoga every Monday.

One thing I was surprise to learn about was the serviced apartment for rent – The Garret – that’s on the second floor of the building, and what surely must be a great little accommodation find for London.

Another great surprise is The Troubadour’s hidden garden at the back, which very much feels like the garden of a private residence – there are no garish gas heaters and overly bright spotlights here! Instead, there are cosy little nooks and crannies and assorted seating amongst the luscious flowers and plants. On my visit, it was a dreadfully dreary day (thanks to the crazy April showers we’ve been having recently) but I can imagine the garden would be an absolutely fantastic place to come for a drink and a bite to eat in the height of summer.

The Troubadour Garden

Image by @studio 1 Park Royal,

If you haven’t ever been to The Troubadour or it’s been a while since your last visit, I would highly recommend that you swing by soon to re-acquaint (or acquaint!) yourself with one of the area’s – and London’s – most famous venues and find out what it has to offer these days.

The High Tea Cast presents Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sex & Mugs & Rock 'n' Roll

The High Tea Cast are bringing their wonderful mix of comedy cabaret, burlesque dancers and sing-a-long rock ‘n’ roll fun to Kensington in December! Archangel’s Basement Nightclub will be the venue for this fantastic night of entertainment, which will also be followed by a a DJ set until 2am. All proceeds of the night will be donated to Janie’s School, which is raising funds to build a school in rural Cambodia.

Hosts The High Tea Cast are made up of duo Samantha Sparrow and Leanne Rice, who have created a storm in the podcast world with their mix of girl-about-town adventure, hot gossip, hilarity and interviews, not forgetting a bit of tea and cake. They have been nominated for a European Podcast Award and have been asked to host workshops in conjunction with the Cherry Sorbet Creative Agency in London.

Shirley Windmill, named “Time Out’s Best Newcomer 2012” and crowned “Best Variety Newcomer” at London Burlesque Week 2011, will be bringing her show-stopping act to Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, whilst Marie Violette will be performing an American Burlesque routine especially created for the night.

Musical entertainment comes from Kent band AudioWhores – who draw their inspiration from Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Crowes and many more; The Assorted Family Circle, with their eclectic mix of styles and skills (and not to mention a very wide of instruments!) making them a real crowd-pleasing act; country music artist Amy Westney, with their unique style and voice; and 1940s style acappella group The Ruby Cubes, who will be kicking off the whole night.

Tickets cost £8 and can be booked online by visiting (advance bookings only).

The High Tea Cast presents Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
Saturday 26th November 2011 (Doors open 7.30pm, acts start 8pm, DJ 12am – 2am)
11-13 Kensington High Street
W8 5NP

Museum of Cocktails at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cafe

Eclipse Cocktail Bars are currently celebrating 100 years of Master Mixology with their Museum of Cocktails event at the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cafe, part of London Cocktail Week.

Ten of the most iconic cocktails from the last century – from the Manhattan of the 1920s, to the 1960’s Vodka Martini, or the Bramble of the 1980s – will be showcased by Eclipse Master Mixology, allowing customers to also learn about the history of each cocktail. Vintage recipe cards will be available for any budding mixologists to take home to recreate their favourite cocktail through the “Museum of Cocktails” catalogue at home. For something from the present decade, Eclipse Cocktail Bar’s signature cocktail – their watermelon martini, The Eclipse – will also be available at the event.

All cocktails will be made using Grey Goose Vodka, Bombay Sapphire or Bacardi Rum, with each selected to reflect the era at the time the cocktail was most popular. The mixology step back in time goes further with vintage cocktail items from the 20th century on display alongside some of the original bottles.


The Cafe will also be home to an mini Eclipse booth during the week that is perfect for brand master classes for perfect serves and vertical spirit tastings.

On until Sunday 16th October, the Museum of Cocktails event is a perfect way of sampling cocktails through the ages and will surely entice you to have a go making your own at home!

Museum of Cocktails
Friday 7th – Sunday 16th October 2011
Fifth Floor Cafe
Harvey Nichols
109-125 Knightsbridge