Half term events at Gambado Chelsea

It’s half term week – of course! – and many of you will be looking for fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. Indoor play and party centre Gambado is running a full timetable of events this week that will feature plenty of face-painting, balloon modelling, character visits and more!

Better still, if your child is dressed up as his or her favourite character, they will receive a voucher to come back at a fraction of the cost! (Offer valid Monday Monday 16th February to Sunday 21st February 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

There will also be a daily treasure hunt where someone can win a family membership pass!

Half term events at Gambado Chelsea

So, calling on all Elsas, superheroes, pirates and princesses to come down to Gambado this half term!

The full timetable of events:

Monday 16th February
11am Meet Gambado the Tiger
1pm Treasure Hunt
3pm Meet Spiderman

Tuesday 17th February
10.30am Chinese New Year Mask Making with Queen Quack (Requires prebooking via Gambado’s Facebook page – £20 per child)
11am Meet Gambado the Tiger
1pm Treasure Hunt
3pm Meet a Storm trooper

Wednesday 18th February
10.30am & 11am A free taster Alphabet Dance class (18months – 4 years)
1pm Treasure Hunt
3pm Meet Gambado the Tiger

Thursday 19th February
11am & 12noon A free taster Street Dance class (4-11yrs)
1pm Meet Gambado the Tiger
5-7pm Pirate & Princess Disco, come dressed as a Pirate or Princess and join us for an evening of dancing games & competitions.  Hot Dog and 1 free adult included. (Requires prebooking via Gambado’s Facebook page – £12 non-member per child & £10 member per child)

Friday 20th February
11am Meet Gambado the Tiger
1pm Treasure Hunt
3pm Meet a Princess

Half term events at Gambado Chelsea
16th – 20th February 2015
7 Station Court
Townmead Road

Half term events at Gambado Chelsea

A Celebration of Christmas helps raise funds for BTRC

Last week (10th December) saw the fourth annual Celebration of Christmas hosted by the Brain Tumour Research Campaign (BTRC) at All Saints Church in Fulham.

Celebrities, carol singers and local residents with plenty of festive cheer came together for this event which was dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of brain tumour patients, as well as helping to raise funds for research at Imperial College’s Charing Cross Hospital. Each year, over 600 patients with brain tumours are diagnosed at the hospital.

The BTRC’s Celebration of Christmas included readings from actress Geraldine James, Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett (Brian Aldridge and Shula of the Archers), Bob Cryer and family, Rob Curling (Sky News presenter), actress Jill Baker, June Whitfield and Deputy Lieutenant Sandy Cahill.

BTRC's A Celebration of Christmas

BTRC co-founder Wendy Fulcher said:

“The evening was a huge success and we are delighted to announce we have exceeded our Christmas Appeal of £25,000 by raising almost £30,000!

“These monies will continue to position Imperial College at the forefront of innovative neurosurgical techniques which, together with their laboratory work, will bring a better choice of treatments to brain tumour patients.”

More details on the BTRC and the work they do can be found at www.wayahead-btrc.org.

Spotlight on: Bonapeti – Freshly prepared and healthy food delivered to your door!

2015 Update: Bonapeti is now live, so you can all try out their tasty and healthy, freshly prepared meals! Rather excitingly, they’ve vastly extended their delivery area which now stretches down as far as Wimbledon to Vauxhall south of the river and Cricklewood to Kentish Town north of it. Better still, they’ve introduced a special code for 40% off first orders (plus free delivery) – simply use the code BON201502. Check out www.bonapeti.com, and happy ordering!

I had the pleasure of trying out the Bonapeti food delivery service a few days ago, being treated to a full three-course meal of their freshly prepared and healthy food.

Bonapeti’s meals arrive in a smart chill box emblazoned with their logo – and opening it up as rather exciting as you see the delights of food that you’ll be eating that day. The box is well insulated, and everything arrives neatly packed so there’s no fear of your food being harmed in any way, even if it is left for you for a few hours before you come home.

L: Opening the Bonapeti chill box R: Delivery’s here!

Placed on top of the box I received were three cards detailing and explaining what I’d be eating – as well as instructions on how to construct each course, and the all important ingredients, allergy and nutritional information. I say ‘construct’ – if anyone’s now thinking “hang on, this is a delivery service…why am I having to cook my own meal?!” it’s nothing remotely taxing in the slightest! As meals arrive cold (so, again, they can be stored for a few hours before eating) most mains simply require a few minutes warming in the microwave, or oven if you so prefer. Side dishes and desserts simply require assembling; such as mixing in some salad dressing (no soggy salads sitting around for hours!) and topping fruit with crunchy nuts. Seriously, it took me barely minutes to get everything prepared…plus a little longer for me personally as it seemed a shame not to present it nicely!

The full selection of items to assemble dinner

Bonapeti’s website does suggest that their items could also easily be used to cook up your own delicacies if you so wished, which I think is a great idea – a really easy way of obtaining healthy, delicious and perhaps slightly unusual ingredients that can be readily adapted as you like.

I tried the carrot salad with pumpkin seed Dukkah; the coconut tamarind curry Laksa with marinated tofu Pasembur (essentially tofu fritters); and the chilli marinated roasted pineapple, toasted coconut, mango and papaya salad. Now, although I’m not a vegetarian I do indeed love vegetarian meals. Bonapeti’s meals had nothing missing for me, personally, because of an absence of meat – and I was (honestly) rather stuffed towards the end of dinner, not even being able to finish my dessert. However, I can easily see how easy it would have been to add in some meat or fish – perhaps prawns to Laksa, or chicken pieces to accompany the fritters – to further extend the meal.

The Laksa (I love a good laksa!) was mild with intriguing flavours and worked well with tender chunks of roasted squash. The accompanying tofu fritters came in a great spicy peanut and sweet potato sauce and were practically melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous; the bed of veggies (carrots, cucumbers) that came with them were a great crunchy contrast.

Carrot salad with pumpkin seed Dukkah
Coconut tamarind curry Laksa, with the marinated tofu Pasembur

I personally ate the carrot salad as a starter – the shredded carrot was well complimented with chickpeas and pomegranate; covered with the Dukkah spice mix and tossed with a lemon dressing, the salad overall was an interesting, light yet gorgeous mix of tastes and textures.

The pineapple, mango and papaya fruit salad was the perfect end to the meal – another dish of fascinating flavours (chilli!) that really set the tastebuds alive!

Pineapple, toasted coconut, mango and papaya salad – with plenty of crispy macadamia nuts as a toppping!

As mentioned, this was indeed a very filling three-course meal. Although the starter/side dish and dessert perhaps sound on the light side, they are anything but – and the main (the Laksa with a side of tofu Pasembur) was a very generous portion indeed.

Bonapeti’s ethos of providing ‘real whole foods’ (meaning no artificial additives, preservatives or flavouring, or trans or saturated fats) made up of plant-based ingredients means their meals are healthy and wholesome. The service is great for anyone that’s looking for the ease of getting food home-delivered but wants restaurant-quality courses; wants interesting and mouthwatering items but a healthy diet. (There’s also plenty of options each day for those looking for wheat, gluten, dairy and nut-free or vegan choices.)

Bonapeti are launching in January 2015, and will be offering their delivery service to select postcodes in West London. More on Bonapeti and the team behind the company can be found at www.bonapeti.com, where you can also see a preview of the dishes they will be offering. And do also keep up to date with all their latest news from Bonapeti on Twitter and Facebook!

OpenTable Gifts cards giveaway on Kensington High Street!

Restaurant booking website OpenTable – which features over 4,000 bookable restaurants – are launching a brand new gift card service, OpenTable Gifts…and they are giving away a number of cards to passers-by on Kensington High Street today, 5th December!

OpenTable Gifts is an instant gifting service that will suit everyone’s tastes, as you’re able to give the gift of a meal out. Gift givers can purchase a gift card with a set amount that can be spent at either a named restaurant, or at a restaurant of the gift receiver’s choice. OpenTable Gifts cards are accepted at top London restaurants such as SushiSamba, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Q Grill and Buddha Bar Restaurant. You can find out more information about the service and purchase a gift card at gifts.opentable.co.uk.

If you’ve dined out in the last few years, I’m sure you’ve come across and used OpenTable’s excellent restaurant booking service – I know I certainly have! OpenTable currently seat more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across approximately 32,000 restaurants; since launching in 1998, they’ve seated over 665 million diners around the world. They also power online reservations for nearly 600 establishments, including many of the Internet’s most popular and global brands.

OpenTable helps restaurant-goers see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, as well as easily book a reservation – and they help personalise the whole process, meaning it couldn’t be simpler for diners. Their easy-to-use mobile apps mean you can now even make reservations on the go!

More on OpenTable can be found on their website, and do also look them up on Facebook and Twitter.

Make sure you pop down to Kensington High Street today, Friday 5th December to look out for the OpenTable team – you could be in with a chance of receiving a free gift card!

(Which you could of course use at one of the area’s top local eateries!)

Christmas Shopping Event at The Chelsea Gardener, 27th November

The Chelsea Gardener is hosting a special shopping event this Thursday, 27th November – just in time for you to stock up on all the Christmas decorating essentials for your home!

Visit The Chelsea Gardener between 6pm and 8pm this Thursday and you’ll be able to enjoy an exclusive discount of 10% off all items, plus free delivery of your Christmas tree in London. Once you’ve piled your bags high, pop next door to Heal’s for more festive shopping opportunities that evening; Heal’s will also be offering shoppers 10% off as well as a glass of Prosecco.

The Chelsea Gardener

The Chelsea Gardener stocks an extensive collection of charming decorations and ornaments that are perfect for adorning your Christmas tree and decorating your home. As well as a colourful and sparkly range of artificial wreaths and foliage, plus the best quality fresh cut and potted trees, there’s also plenty of unique and original gift items available – so you can buy something for yourself (or rather, your home) and your friends and family!

The Chelsea Gardener

The Christmas, The Chelsea Gardener is also welcoming acclaimed floral designer, stylist and horticulturist Kitten Grayson for a range of special wreaths and garlands. Kitty combines natural foliage, flowers and fruits with more unusual elements such as Christmas decorations or small woodland animal adornments, making her items wonderfully unique.

If you’re not able to make the shopping event this Thursday, The Chelsea Gardener is of course open daily so you can pop by any time for all your decorating needs. A hand picked selection of items is also available to buy online at www.chelseagardener.com.

Christmas Shopping Evening at The Chelsea Gardener
6pm – 8pm, Thursday 27th November 2014
125 Sydney Street

The Chelsea Gardener

University of London Symphony Orchestra concert – The Chairman Dances, 23rd November 2014

The first concert in the University of London Symphony Orchestra’s new season sees a programme of Shostakovich, Adams and Bernstein in a concert titled The Chairman Dances.

Daniel Capps will return as musical director for this concert, which contains an ambitious and varied programme with plenty of virtuosic flair and emotional connection. Starting off with the pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourful orchestration of Chairman Dances by Adams, followed by the musical theatre of Berstein’s On The Town, the concert will finish off with Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, which is considered his greatest work; one forged in the heart of oppression and terror in Soviet Russia, and a piece of profound meaning and subtlety.

London University Symphony Orchestra

The ULSO is one of the leading student orchestras in the UK, run by students for students. It brings together the best musical talent of London’s universities to create a youthful, exuberant orchestra with a unique vitality. MusicWeb International has described the ULSO as an orchestra of “unfeigned commitment and concentration…obvious talent“.

Tickets for the concert cost £10/£8/£5 and can be purchased at the door or online.

As part of the ULSO’s Education and Outreach programme, all secondary school students are being offered tickets for this event for only £1. With Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 one of the set works for A-Level Music in 2014, it’s a great opportunity for all those studying the work to see it live! To claim this discount, students can use the special code ALevelStudents when booking online. Alternatively, simply buy a ticket at the door using student ID.

ULSO’s next concert will be held in Spring 2015 and will feature Brahms’ illustrious 3rd Symphony, and the Sibelius Violin concerto.

Further details of the ULSO can be found on their website at ulso.co.uk.

The University of London Symphony Orchestra: The Chairman Dances
7.30pm, Saturday 23rd November 2014
St Stephen’s Church
Gloucester Road

London University Symphony Orchestra

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 enquiries@embargorepublica.com. 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

New gallery Apart opens on Kensington High Street

First opened by Adrian Palengat in a former antiques market on Portobello Road in 1999, erectile Apart has operated as a full time pop-up gallery since 2006. Now, for Autumn/Winter 2014, the gallery is occupying two floors of stunning gallery space on Kensington High Street.

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street
Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Apart is known for its early work with a significant number of established artists and for its playful, pop influenced eye. More recently, the gallery has become well known for its overseas show programme with exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States.

During the run of the exhibition in Kensington, work by the following artists will be shown:

  • Pakpoom Silaphan
  • Finn Stone
  • Miss Bugs
  • Russell Young
  • Andy Bridge
  • James Holdsworth
  • Sunil Pawar
  • Michael Viviani
  • Ryan Hadley
  • Sean Alexander

…and many more!

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Further details on Apart and its Autumn/Winter exhibition in Kensington can be found on its website www.ap-art.co.uk or on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/2014christmasshow.

You can see a preview of the works being shown at Apart via the images in the post, but do otherwise pop down today to the gallery to view the exhibition for yourself.

176 Kensington High Street
W8 7RG

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Contemporary prints and editions fair MULTIPLIED returns to Christie’s South Kensington, 17th – 20th October

The fifth edition of the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions – MULTIPLIED – returns to Christie’s South Kensington next weekend (17th – 20th October).

Taking place during Frieze Week, forty of the world’s most esteemed galleries will be taking part in the Fair, which will feature prints, photography, digital art and artists books. Some of the top London galleries that will be present at MULTIPLIED include Marc Quinn, London Print Studio, BEARSPACE, Flowers Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery, whilst exciting new talent from leading graduate institutions such as the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of the Arts London will also be showcased.

Works by established contemporary artists will be exhibited, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Daido Moriyama, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Jacky Tsai, Stained Glass Skull, 2013, 6 colour screenprint, edition of 60, 850 x 1100 mm. Courtesy of Eyestorm
Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Sir Peter Blake, USA Series – Pacific Park, 2014, edition of 100, 653 x 740 mm. Courtesy of CCA Galleries

The Fair’s events programme will see panel discussions and artist talks take place, with the line up for the latter including Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Sir Peter Blake (RA) in conversation with Alastair Sooke; Marcus Coates in conversation with Gavin Everall, Editor of Book Works; and Horst: A Photographer of Style by Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs, V&A.

Live printmaking sessions, in association with Rabley Contemporary and CFPR Editions, will also be held during MULTIPLIED. Traditional and 3D printing techniques will be demonstrated in front of a live audience.

Admission to talks and the printmaking sessions is free, although numbers are limited and booking is required – contact multipliedartfair@christies.com to reserve a space.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Tom Hammick, B. 1963 Getaway, 2014, reduction woodcut, edition of 20, 600 x 800 mm. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Murray Macaulay, Director of Multiplied, said:

“The contemporary prints and editions on show at Multiplied exemplify the vibrancy of art being created right now by emerging and established artists around the world. With exhibitors attending from throughout Europe and the Americas, a stimulating programme of artist talks, live printing events and new edition launches, Multiplied 2014 will provide a fresh perspective on this dynamic artistic field.”

Entry to the fair is free. Full details of the Fair and all of its accompanying events, including details of all participating galleries and exhibiting artists, can be found at www.multipliedartfair.com.

MULTIPLIED 2014 – Contemporary Editions Fair
17th – 20th October 2014
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road

Visit Kensington & Fulham Open Studios this weekend

For all keen art collectors – on this coming weekend (10th to 12th October) and the next (17th to 19th October), Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will give you the chance to visit and purchase art works in the very spaces where they were created.

Now in its second year, five-five participants will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Kensington & Fulham Open Studios, with thirty unique spaces available to visit – including local attics, living rooms, cafes, galleries, food stores and even a houseboat! Many art forms will also be covered over the two weekends, from jewellers to milliners, potters and sculptors to painters, photographers to print-makers all taking part. The event aims to encourage people to explore unknown streets and get to know their neighbours whilst also providing them the unique opportunity to purchase from local creators in a relaxed setting.

A taster of all the art that will be on show in the area starts today (7th October) until the 19th October at the Chelsea Gallery on King’s Road. Sponsored by Paragon Design Construction, the show lets visitors see a sample of works from all the open studio artists in one place.

Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Leigh Glover
Leigh Glover
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Isobel Hutchinson Cannon Street
Cannon Street – Isobel Hutchinson
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Camilla Shavig
Camilla Shavig

This year, Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will also include a number of exciting mini-events – including the Art for Youth fundraising exhibition at the Royal College of Art on 15th and 16th October; tours of the Royal Brompton Hospital art collection and pop-up studios at Kensington and Fulham Whole Foods stores.

Entry to all Kensington & Fulham Open Studios venues is free. Full information – including profiles of the artists taking part, maps and opening times – can be found at www.kfopenstudios.co.uk. Do also look out for KFOS brochures at your local library or cultural centre.

Kensington & Chelsea Open Studios
10th – 12th October and 17th – 19th October 2014