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Love cheese, love Raclette 

So do you love cheese much?? For me, I love a good mature cheddar, or a creamy brie never goes amiss in my household. So when some friends and I heard about a Raclette pop up? We really had to go and give it a try. 

The Raclette Bar is currently hosted at the Clapham North pub just directly opposite Clapham North tube station on the Northern line. You can’t miss it guys! 
Enter the building from the side and once inside it was a reminiscence of the Ski Museum I visited recently in Oslo. Old ski poles everywhere and skis stapled to the pillars of the room.. It’s really atmospheric. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette… So the menus served is a set meal, two courses for £20 or three for £24. For £24, it’s a no brained however bear with me here… 

Starters consisted of three different flavours surrounded the cheese theme, baked camebert, goats cheese stuffed prunes, and a salmon tartar. All three were delicious. The baked camebert was my favourite. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette? We were given three different types of cheese, smoked, blue, and the standard.. Together with some cured meats to go along the cheese. 

The staff would come and light your individual Raclette devices… So that you can melt the cheese at your own pace… Oh food I mention that you also get unlimited sides, potatoes (like mini baked potatoes), salads and rosemary fries.. So delicious 

I was so full at the end of the mains that I sheepishly asked them to cancel my dessert, creme brulee as I couldn’t manage another bite.. We washed all this down with a lovely bottle of Shryah… I think I’ll be dreaming about cheese for a while… 

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Love cinema? Try Rivoli for a different type of experience 

I have always loved going to the cinema. I remember date night always included a visit to the movies.. However I have found one that I cant wait to return. The Rivoli Ballroom at Crofton Park, is one amazing art deco venue..

I have heard that this venue was once in the music video of Tina Turner ‘private dancer’ so have a watch if you want to see it.

The Rivoli Ballroom was opened in 1890 so you can tell that the building is rich in its decor and history of what it has been through. The current owner Bill has had this venue for a long time and it has been used as a typical Ballroom,  most recently it has been used to screen classic movies which gives the cinemagoer a more authentic feel of that era and how amazing life would have been. Bill is usually found chatting to punters visiting so do stop and have a chat and find out a little more about the history he brings.

The Ballroom has two bar areas and even if you aren’t a drinker please go in and have a look at the Australian oak surrounding the bar and the deep velvet couches makes it so comfy you don’t want to leave.

The Ballroom is opposite Crofton Park Station so you won’t miss it.. It’s on the overground and unless you are local I recommend taking public transport as it’s very easy to get to. Each ticket cost around £12.00 and they normally screen classics.. So if you want to see the latest blockbuster this might not be for you..

The Ballroom is turned into a cinema, however the Ballroom feel is never far away. There are seats along the edges of the room which you normally catch lovers making full use the love seats for a more intimate experience.

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The venue also offer the typical balloon experience, the first Saturday of every month is dedicated to same sex Ballroom. Jive night every third Saturday and the best thing disco on the last Saturday of every month.. So what are you waiting for?

Thanks again to Rivoli Ballroom and Love Pop Up London for the experience.. If anyone ask me where they should go for a special movie night.. This is definitely the place to be!

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Now Gallery – WALALA X play

An art exhibition that explores the usage of both, vivid patterns, colours and reflections to excite the individual needs to explore. 

This is a concept maze designed by Camille Walala. The maze uses different bold patterns and colours to lead you through the exhibition, every corner you turn insights a different experience and feeling. 

A key part of this installation is the imaginative puzzle that invites the solver to differentiate the difference between what may be two identical images. 
You can definitely feel like getting lost in it. 

The exhibition is free to enter however due  to the size and popularity of it.. Now gallery offers a ticketed event. So please make sure you book to avoid any disappointment! The gallery is usually less busy on a weekday so if you are passing by then pop in and have a look. 

Also, the exhibition can be viewed on the upstairs platform, do pop up as they have a model of the new development for those interested in architecture or design infrastructure it a delight to explore. This exhibition is on until 24th September so to don’t wait.. 

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Hot tub- Hot tug

I have recently been on a river /canal cruise kick, so when  an opportunity to sail along the canals in a hot tub, I was definitely intrigued. I mean who doesn’t enjoy chilling in the hot tub with some friends, a little beverage and great scenery.

What I’m talking about here is the nearly established start up company HotTug UK  who successfully crowd funded their project and finally open itd doors on 21st July 2017.

Hot Tug is the first of its kind to bring to the canals of London the world first wood fired floating hot tub. A hot tub you ask? Well it’s a boat that is also a hot tub. HotTug is currently hosted at the Islington  boat club, a charity which helps encourage youngster to water sports. I am mentioning this as availability of the experience is dependent if the club itself is running any classes or courses.

This company is the brain child of two friends Tommo and Jack. However, they aren’t the one who invented the HotTug, credit goes to Frank de Bruijn, where Frank worked on the barges in port of Rotterdam, Frank de Bruijn: “It’s much more than a boat, it’s a vessel with different options. When the tug is filled, there is only a narrow rim between you and the water, making you feel at one with your surroundings.”

Frank’s long experience of wood stoves while living and working on his own barge helped him to develop a wood-burning underwater stove. This is what heats the 1800 litres of water in the HotTug to a pleasant 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F.) in a few hours.

 So, how does it all work? Well each HotTug is filled with clean water before each booking and the wood fired mechanism installed keeps the water at a toastie 38 degrees. There are also logs on board for you to keep the fire going.

Each HotTug sits around 7 people and steering is a lot easier than most electric boats. As you cruise down along Regents canal, the route itself isn’t very long.. However it’s wide enough for the boat to comfortably float along while you and your group enjoy some of London canal scenery. We definitely felt like celebs as passers-by would stop and take our pictures cause have they never seen this before,and I bet they didn’t even know this kind of experience is out there! The pair currently have two boats available for hire.

Photo credit @lovepopupslondon 

Also in case you are wondering how the facilities are like at the venue, again I will say as the HotTug is hosted on the boat club they have a school like changing facilities, of course your main experience is to get on to the canals and chill in the 38 degrees hot tub.

Photo credit @lovepopupslondon

You are also able to bring some drinks along, and big shout out goes to Fentimans for supplying the drink of choice as we cruise down the canals.

The HotTug experience will say you back £224 for 90 minutes, this includes a 15 minutes briefing on driving the boat and route (don’t worry, you really can’t get lost, as there are two locks which you must can’t get through.)

For a hot summers day, I can’t think of a much better way to spend my time with great company and great concepts. I am intrigued how it feels to sit on one in the winter? Would someone please try it and let me know?

Thanks to Joanne and her team from Love Pop Up London and HotTug UK for an amazing start to my Saturday. I would totally recommend grabbing some friends to give this a go, don’t forget your towels!

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Love street food? Try the Pigling Street – Brick Lane

I have always loved an opportunity to try different types of food around and a good street food market is always one that holds dear to my heart. The street food available around the Brick Lane area is ever changing with new food stalls popping up.

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This weekend I got to try a Pigling Hog Roast Bap at Pigling Street

The pigs that they use for their pork are female pigs reared here on the Suffolk soil. These pigs are ones who have not yet had any piglets hence makes their meat extra tender.

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The pig is roasted on the fire right on the stall so you can see the whole cooking process and its amazing. They even have their own tomato ketchup which the owner used to make himself, but due to the 7 hour cooking process, he has delegated this to another supplier so he can concentrate on making the best crispy hog roast bap!

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Surrounding with a delicious brioche bun with an optional duck egg on top, is amazing especially once the yolk splits when you bite into it.

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If you are ever down in Brick Lane and looking for some food, why not pop over for a visit.

Thanks to the Unofficial yelp community for taking me there for a taste of what a great hog roast look like!

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Major X Ploe-Shun returns 


Agent November revised Major X Ploe-Shun game incorporates new puzzles and clues to enhance your experience within this escape game bases within Tavistock Square Park.
A great game to play in the London summer sunshine, you are briefed by an agent explaining that Major X Ploe-Shun has returned to his evil ways and in order for you to save London you must find the bomb and deactivate it before it blows!
You have 60 minutes to find the clues which are located  within this beautiful park… Be aware of the red herring leading you astray..

The clues requires teamwork.. Also a big clue would be to read your clues out loud, it really works trust me!
The game really brings the players together and that working together is the only way journey will be able to figure things out and save the day.

I just admit there were a little hiccups along the way. . Such as a key I found was for one of the safes but I managed to open a clue box instead.. It was funny seeing our games master trying to find an excuse why it happen. Jason our games master was so engaging, he really brought the character to life.

Oh, start thinking of a code name as you will need one when you play.. Be inventive and enjoy!

This time round we managed to save London from the dreaded bomb…. 12 mins to spare! Woot Woot…

Thanks again for Love Pop Up London for organising another great escape game experience.

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Canal boat cruise picnic? Yes please!  

When I was asked if I would be interested in cruising down the canal from Paddington basin, to Camden, I couldn’t help but jumped a little in excitement.. I have never done a canal cruise, I mean I have seen the canal boats all long the London canals.. But driving a boat down.. Now that’s something you don’t do everyday.

Now, Go Boat is the only self drive electric power boating experience in London, this is a follow up on the success Go Boat had in Scandinavia.
The journey take place by Merchant Square nearest station I would say is Edgware road station.

You can book various hours, however we think that a minimum of two hours are required.. We had two hours on our trip and you really don’t know where they go.. I mean when they said time flies when you are having fun.. They didn’t exaggerate!

Just in case you think that they let all these Londoners loose on the canals of London.. Don’t worry.. We have all been briefed of all the tight squeeze and  things to avoid as well as a map to merrily bobbing along the canals towards Camden Town. Apparently this journey should take no more than 60 mins.. Well, let’s just say we wanted to get to Camden but may not have made it in the two hours we had.

It’s such a difference experience to see London from a different side.. Passing little Venice, along Regents Park, where you can spot a few zoo animals.. It just makes anyone so happy.

Our trip was also filled with lovely drinks provided by Fentimans I have always loved their delicious Ginger Beer, I didn’t even know that they do alcoholic drinks.. The pre mixed Gin and tonic.. Was delicious.. The drinks are all organically brewed and most are gluten free too!

Together with vegetable crips from Emily’s Crisp a healthy and yummy treat for the cruise. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon picnic experience.

I loved the experience and would love definitely be recommending it to friends and family, looking to enjoy a different side of London. Thanks again to Jo from @lovepopupslondon for the invite.