Aquatics Live returns to London Olympia this November

Aquatics Live, the UK’s largest show for fish and reptile keepers, will be making a return to Olympia Exhibition Centre this November. Now in its second year, the show will be even bigger and better than last year’s event, with more stunning varieties of aquarium and reptile displays, interactive features, leading manufacturers and retailers as well as seminars from world-renowned experts.

Welcome to Aquatics Live

Some of the interactive features that will be on show at Aquatics Live include the Family Activity Zone which will have fishy face-painting and arts and crafts modelling. The Marine Wildlife Show, meanwhile, will illustrate talks on conservation, responsibility and sustainability using life-sized models of dolphins, sharks and whales. There will also be Reef Building workshops and the Crocodiles of the World display, which proved to be extremely popular last year.

Aquatics Live

Aquatics Live

The two seminar theatres will feature some of the world’s most celebrated aquatic experts, giving talks and participating in daily Q&A sessions. Speakers include world-renowned writer and explorer Heiko Bleher; shrimp and crustacean expert Chris Lukhaup; inspirational aquascaping and authentic habitats creator James Starr-Marshall; and curator of the Long Island Aquarium in New York, Joe Yaiullo, who is one of the world’s leading experts in captive coral care. More names are also be to announced soon!

There will also be plenty of exhibitors, clubs and associations displaying assorted varieties of tropical, marine and cold water fish, plants and corals, plus snakes and other reptiles. Manufacturers and UK retailers will also be showcasing their latest products, and also providing some exceptional offers that are exclusive to Aquatics Live. (Note: fish and reptiles will not be on sale at the show.)

Aquatics Live is a great day out for the whole family, offering a great mix of fun, entertainment and education for both adults and children.

Tickets cost £10 for adults in advance (via the website) or £12.50 on the door; £6.25 for children (5 – 15 years), OAPs and Blue Badge holders. Free entry for under 5s and Blue Badge carers.

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, please see Do also check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates, and for some photos of last year’s event!

Aquatics Live
9am – 6pm, Saturday 10th & 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11th November 2012
Olympia West Hall
Olympia Exhibition Centre
Blythe Road
London W14 0HA

Are you ready to Style the Cyclist?

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Bikeminded campaign – which aims to encourage those that live and work in the area to get on their bikes – has teamed up with Harrods for a fantastic ‘Style the Cyclist’ competition, in which you get the chance to style two local personalities! Whether you’re a stylist or someone with a particular eye for fashion, you are being invited to “style” (via Pinterest) Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci – a keen user of the Barclays bikes to get to work – and founder of Sipsmith Gin, Sam Galsworthy, who often uses a bike to deliver to stockists! The competition aims to show that taking to two wheels doesn’t mean that fashion has to take a back seat, and that the latest trends and looks can still be enjoyed if you’re a keen cyclist.

To enter, all you have to do is create a Pinterest board for either one of the personalities, and select clothes and accessories from to create a full look that reflects their lifestyle and personality.

The competition opens this Friday, 18th May, and will run until Sunday 27th May. Entries will be judged by an expert panel including fashion journalist for the Independent, Harriet Walker; fashion blogger Kristen Knox, aka the Clothes Whisperer; and sportswear GMM at Harrods, Stewart Mancey. The team will be judging entries based on style, individuality, suitability for the personality and practicality.

Bikeminded - Style the Cyclist

Cycle chic blogger, Lady Velo, creating her Pinterest board

And what’s the prize? Well, two lucky winning entries will receive a £150 Harrods voucher, a fantastic goody bag, AND have their winning look photographed by a renowned fashion photographer, to be featured in Absolutely and Harrods Magazine.

Kristen Knox, ones of the judges of ‘Style the Cyclist’ says:

“We look forward to receiving some innovative and inspirational style ideas for city cyclists from some of the most creative fashion minds out there. The ‘Style the Cyclist’ competition is a fantastic opportunity for stylists or anyone with an interest in fashion to showcase their talents. In addition to the great prizes, getting their winning outfits shot and styled for a prestigious fashion spread would be a great addition to someone’s portfolio!”

Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea says:

“As our Bikeminded campaign shows, there are many people in London who look fantastic when cycling around, however we want to encourage even more people back into cycling in the borough. We are delighted to have teamed up with Harrods to give our competition entrants access to some of the most innovative and creative designers around, and look forward to proving that you can look stylish and fashionable on two-wheels.”

Full details of the competition and how to enter can be found at – and don’t forget to check out more on the Bikeminded campaign too!

Christmas at Kuoni on Kensington High Street

Kuoni Travel Limited (located at 184 Kensington High Street) are inviting all local residents and businesses to their store from today to 15th December for a little Christmas celebration and also to discuss with them any future travel plans that you may have (for next year and beyond!).

Anyone who pops in can sample a mince pie and some mulled wine, cialis as well as also having the chance to speak to one of their travel experts about their fabulous destinations, find which include their new Discover destinations such as Columbia and the Falkland islands. They also have some great offers and early bird discounts that those looking to book their holidays now can take advantage of.

Furthermore, discount anyone that does book a holiday in store from today (1st December) to 15th December will receive a Christmas gift of either a bottle of champagne or a luxury travel bag and towel, whilst also being entered into the Christmas prize draw to win a Kuoni Gift Card.

Kuoni Travel Limited
184 Kensington High Street
W8 7RD
Tel: 020 7361 7805

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Card Aid’s annual Christmas card shop, based in the Chelsea Library at Chelsea Town Hall, is once again open for business! The card shop will be offering a wide range of good quality Christmas cards, which are being sold on behalf of 75 different national charities. Card Aid guarantees that 100% of profits raised go directly to charities, unlike commercial Christmas cards where sometimes as little as 3% is donated – so not only will you be able to pick up some wonderful seasonal cards to send to your friends and family, but you can also be assured that the money you spend on the cards will be going to good causes.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Card Aid is one of the initiatives of The Charities Advisory Trust (founded in 1979 with Home Office funding) which helps other charities improve the profitability of their trading activities. Card Aid itself raises funds (over £1 million each year) for charities through the sale of Christmas cards; Card Aid also provides a complete and full service to the charities by helping them pick designs as well as assisting with the entire printing and production process. By selling the end product at Card Aid shops, charities are also able to reach a much broader market than their supporter groups alone would provide; Card Aid also ensures that the maximum amount possible is donated to the charities.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

The Card Aid shop at Chelsea Library is one of over 30 temporary shops, mainly in Central London in libraries, churches, concert halls and other public buildings, that are run each year between October and Christmas. Each host venue benefits from a donation equal to 10% of turnover.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Do pop along to Chelsea Library to pick up a selection of cards to send and give this Christmas! Don’t forget that you can also view the selection online at

Chelsea Library Card Aid Christmas Card Shop
17th October – 23rd December 2011
Mon/Tues/Thurs: 10am to 9pm
Weds/Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm

Chelsea Old Town Hall
London, King’s Road