The Round Pond in Kensington Gardens

The past week or so, we’ve been very lucky to receive some wonderful, summer-like weather in London, with brilliant sun and temperatures in the mid- to high- 20s (Centigrade, of course!). One of the wonderful things about Kensington is its parks and open spaces – and where better to go to enjoy the wonderful weather! Kensington Gardens is the largest park in the area, and is home to the Round Pond (near the entrances on Kensington High Street). There’s always a wonderful variety of birds enjoying the water there (or sunbathing – I suppose – just next to it), so I thought I’d pick up my camera and take a few snaps. There’s also a few photos for the parts of the park near the Round Pond, including Kensington Palace and the newly opened gardens just next to it!

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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

Royal Wedding Paddle!

We were recently forwarded details about a great – and surely unique – way of celebrating tomorrow’s Royal Wedding!

Chelsea Kayak Club, keen to do their bit for this very special day, will be hosting a boat trip on the Thames to Westminster, lead by two special Union Jack clad kayaks that have been renamed “Wills” and “Kate” for the occasion.

The boat trip will set off from Cremorne Riverside about an hour before proceedings begin, paddling on the River Thames to near Westminster Bridge. Participants will be able to see Westminster Abbey from there, although the group will also have handheld devices streaming live video and radio, so all events inside the Abbey can also be closely followed.

“We were surprised how well the boats looked when we were finished and are really happy with the result – even if they do have that Austin Powers look about them! It’s not every day we get to be part of historic moments, it’s good to look back and know exactly where you were and what you were doing at the time and our Royal Wedding Paddle will definitely make sure of that” says Katie Wade, Social Secretary of Chelsea Kayak Club.

Founded in April 2010, Chelsea Kayak Club is the only dedicated sea touring club in London, regularly kayaking on this stretch of the Thames. The Club currently has approximately 50 adult members, and also frequently organises kayaking trips around the country and abroad. It is affiliated with the British Canoe Union.

More details on the Chelsea Kayak Club website.

Top image: The boats – “Wills” & “Kate”
Bottom image: Katie Wade and Richard Hilson with the boats