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Rosso, shall we brunch?[INVITE]

As a food lover and all, I love an opportunity to try out new and different places to stuff my face (sorry, I meant enjoy some food with some friends😉)

So when @Lovepopupslondon and @Rosso invited me and some bloggers to try out their prosecco flowing brunch event, even if I was busy, I cancelled all plans… Like who ever says no to a brunch with prosecco.

Rosso is located in the very central High Street Kensington, of West London so an ideal location if you’ve just finished a shopping or an cultural visit to the many local and free museums London has to offer.

The decor of the restaurant is tastefully designed with lots of pictures opportunity for those who love to capture every moment. There was lots of amazing wines, prosecco on offer and the staff was more than happy to explain their selection to you.

On arrival the staff has beautifully placed some amazing starters out in the main dinning area, I really love this concept, an unlimited buffet style starters, all freshly prepared and constantly topped up..

The selection of bread on offer was great, I’ve never tried charcoal bread, and it was super yummy!

This was the first of the many plates I had…😉

The mozzarella balls to me was the star of the show, super creamy and totally yummy…I could eat that all day.

Rosso carbonara with figs
Spicy arrabbiata chitarra spaghetti with seafood ‘nduja’
Florentine poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise sauce
Mixed bean, poached eggs, sausage crumble served with crunchy pancetta and lemon zest

The choice of the main was a little limited and we had a vegetarian in our group with some severe allergies, which the restaurant tried to accommodate.

I chose the spicy arrabbiata however I couldn’t taste any seafood nduja? I also felt the dish was a little bland to my liking, a little more salt was required.

The desserts selection was a little on the limited side also however some of the tartlets were definitely worth saving my desserts stomach for!

Similar to a Bakewell tart
Lemon muffins- a little on the dry side
These were definitely my favourite

I had a great time enjoying the food and free flowing bubbles which the server made sure our glasses were never empty, such great tentive attention.

The meal was finished off with a great coffee..

Thank you again to Rosso for the invite, a great venue and super reasonable free bubbles brunch if you are looking for a place around the High Street Kensington area.

Escape game · Fun · Going out · immersive · Lifestyle · Things to do

Cluequest- cQ ORIGENES- challenge accepted. [Gifted]

It’s been a while since I last visited Cluequest to find out what is new with Mr Q and Professor Black sheep, following the last game of Revenge of the Sheep, I was intrigued by what the people at Cluequest have planned for us, and I was surely not disappointed.

I and a few agents from @LovePopUpsLondon went down to see if we have what it takes to take on whatever nasty plan Professor Black Sheep has waiting for us for this new game cQ ORIGENES.

As we arrived we was briefed by Mr Q special agents, Professor Black Sheep is back and he has released a new virus in to the computer systems which could wipe out all of our existence, omg I hear you say..

The story goes back to the beginning when Mr Q and Professor Black Sheep were both human, what turned them into the animals they represent today?

Our mission if we choose to accept was to return to the lab where the SD card containing the virus lies and destroy it before it destroys all of our livelihood today!

However before we can start, as humans how do we get into the lab designed to fit a sheep and a mouse? Enter the Shrink-O-Mat.

This game was both challenging and rewarding at the same time, as usual you have 60 minutes to find solve all the puzzles and get out before the time is up!

As per all my escape room reviews, I won’t spoil the fun for you, but I can assure you that you will enjoy yourselves and the props for the game has been carefully planned out and with a group for 6 the games was not linear based but all very logical so everyone could be participating in different puzzles.

Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to make it out before the 60 minutes was up and needed an additional 1:44 seconds to complete our mission. However, I’ve been told current success rate is only 15% so I guess the extra minutes we had wasn’t too bad..

Definitely for me 4* in my rating for escape room, great puzzles, great props and plenty to keep the team entertained.

Thanks again to the team at Cluequest for a great evening out!

baking · Food · Fun · Lifestyle · Things to do

Ready steady bake-The Big London Bake [GIFTED]

As the Great British bake off phenomenon has taken over our lives and kitchen, it’s no wonder someone will be looking to bring this baking experience to the home bakers of you and me.

I was invited down to try our this two hour baking experience from our friends at @LovePopUpsLondon and the amazing team at @TheBigLondonBakeOff. The Big London bake are the only of its kind in London, they have kept the experience as close to the original as possible as the set up is based inside a large tent, with baking station you won’t be unfamiliar with.

The 90 minutes experience see even the beginners successfully produce a Battenberg cake as all the ingredients have been measured out and set aside for you. Your creative quality is needed for the flavours, colours and of course the icing on the top (literally!)

However don’t be alarmed if you have never baked a cake before let alone a Battenberg then fear not the team is fully on hand to lend any support you, as well as offering suggestions if you lack any ideas.

The experience cost from £35-£44.50 per person, you will need a team of two so grab a friend, a date or whomever you want and head down to their tent in Tooting Broadway and bake away!

Our creation 😂
Fun · Going out · immersive · scavenger hunt · Things to do

The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar-BuckBuck Games

So it’s the new year and your team at work has lost their drive and you need something to spark that drive within…now as you scratch your head and think how am I going to do this? Let me help you!

Introducing BuckBuck Games an interactive scavenger hunt. The aim of the game is to find as many gold as you can to exchange it for the caterpillar hunting stick, so you can find the missing smoking caterpillar…well or so we thought?

When you arrive you are escorted to the Hunt room by the white rabbit don’t worry if you don’t know where you are going she will come and find you.

Next you’ll meet the Baron who will guide you through the hunt and give you some of basic rules..which basically is engaged and find…

the Alchemist who will provide you with the first drink…

The drink is an orange flavor alcohol concoction…not one for me…

The hunt involves solving puzzles left out by the various characters, the aim of the game is that they will have clues for you to solve and task for you to so in exchange for gold nuggets..

The game itself is very interactive, however as there were lots of smaller groups of players..I am not sure that it’s the right combination? For example, I felt that there were some groups who were really engaged with the activities and there was some groups who were like on their own hunt?

I would say, we did find Russ the smoking caterpillar so we all won!

I think this would be a great game where you have a big group of people who know each other to make it a competitive as well as a team build exercise.

All in all, I had fun engaging with the actors. Also I felt that the constant refuelling of the task once completed does allow other players to try the same game once you have completed it.

Not sure it’s something I would do again as while it was fun, I did find some of the task confusing and wasn’t too sure what I was doing at all times? Personal choice but great for a team build activity.

Thanks to Love Pop Ups London for the invite.

Family · Fun · Going out · Things to do · Travels

Enter the enchanted lights display at ZSL London Zoo

At this time of year when all the Christmas lights around London tries to out do each other with the biggest and brightest lights display.

However if you are looking for something different, then how about Christmas At London Zoo, where you can walk around the intricately designed festive lights display while the zoos residents snoozes in the night.

The event is currently on until 1st January 2019.

There are various displays which are great for the both adults and children to enjoy. Do make sure you have charged all your camera devices as you don’t want to miss any picture perfect moments.

Due to the location, they have kept the the lights and music at a minimum hence there maybe some dark areas but keep walking and you’ll find the footprints leading you to the centre of the of where Father Christmas might be waiting for you?

Around the park there are different stalls to fend of any hungry monsters or hot chocolate or mulled wine for the those craving a warm fuzzy feeling.

For the child at heart, there is a carousel and various amusement games for those looking to test out their ball throwing skills.

There are loads of different lights display.

There is also a Father Christmas post office where you can check if your letter has been posted and arrived??

I think my favourite part has to be the live show..kids will love it!

Here you will also find the marshmallow stand and wood burning fire where you toast your marshmallow..best have parents supervision if you have young children around.

Its definitely a great trip more aimed at the younger audience, myself and a group of friends from Love Pop Ups London thoroughly enjoyed our walk around and the venue really made the experience more enjoyable.

Thank you ZSL London Zoo for the invite.

cocktails · Fun · Going out · immersive · Lifestyle · Things to do

All aboard skippers- The Hidden Spirit

📷 credit The Hidden Spirit

Are you bored of your usual drinking hole and are looking for something a little more interactive for your next night out?

How about a little treasure hunt inside the Golden Hinde at London Bridge?

From Inventive Productions, the creators who brought us Alcatraz, welcome aboard The Hidden Spirit, The world first pirate cocktail bar.

Legend has it, decades ago, over $2 million in riches were dumped in an unknown location and hidden at sea! Following the discovery of a cipher stating “The Secret Lies With Elizabeth”, the U.S \nGovernment commissioned The Hidden Spirit, which has undergone an epic journey to London to recover the hidden treasure.

The Governor on board commissioned Captain Jack to form a new crew to bring home the treasure.. however with this much at stake are you prepared to break the laws and join the life of piracy?

As you board the boat you are offered a new uniform to blend in with the rest of the new crew..a quick briefing later with the Governor..you meet Captain Jack…who do you trust? What do you believe?

📷 credit The Hidden Spirit

An immersive experience with pirates on board to entertain and to help you gamble away your riches.

Your entry fee of £34.99 includes three cocktails…the first being the Golden Shimmer which is rum based and with specks of gold shimmer within…drink with caution as if the Governor see you with it you might get lose your head!

Golden shimmer

As you sails off the story unfolds, who do you trust and what does your future holds? You are then invited to select your second and third cocktail of the night..

Mile End Mule

Cocktails menu

Be on alert though as the Governor is always prouncing around checking if anyone has found their way into his treasure…

Captain are lucky Captain Jack might be willing to share with you the secrets of where the treasure is kept..but shhhh can you keep a secret? Or will the captain and his crew fall at the hands of the Governor?

A truly enjoyable experience with an amazing location, definitely a place to take someone you want to impress or go with a brunch of friends and get truly involved.

Thank you to Jo at Love Pop Ups London for inviting me along to experience this new London pop up.

NB* a gifted experience however all reviews are my own.

Fun · immersive · music

Celebrate Fantasia- with Sounds and Sorcery at The Vaults

IMG_20180705_200824Can you believe Micky Mouse is 90 years old this year and to celebrate this magical event, SoundsandSorcery have produced an immersive sound and visual journey within the deep underground London’s The Vault venue.

The journey takes each visitor through the music of Disney Fantasia while offering them a chance to explore and enjoy both live theatrical performances and light and computer generated displays.

The producers of this event is looking to entice both the visual and musical senses, as each visitor upon entering will be given their own headset which they can control their own Fantasia journey.

I have always enjoyed the immersive experience previously put on by The Vaults and I was very much looking forward to the evening ahead of me.IMG_20180727_185012

I must say that upon entrance, there was a little confusion with regards to where you register and where you went to pick up your headset, however, headset ready, the anticipation of what was behind those big white doors definitely builds the excitements.

The venue itself is free roaming on your iPod sound device there is a map of the rooms available so you can ensure you get to enjoy each of the rooms available. IMG_20180727_185021Each visitor can spend as little or as long as they wanted in each of the three rooms, visual lighting with the changing moods and the music on the headphones is what the producer uses to communicate with us.

The first room which we entered ‘The rite of spring’ was like a magical forest, with hills of mushrooms and flowers that glow in the dark guide us deeper into the forest, the floors were filled with bark, which gave off the smell of the forest.IMG_20180705_202520

Next we waited for the next live showing of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice room, I think this has to be my favourite room. The live actors and the story telling really draws the audience in and the music playing on your headphones really bring the visual in front of you to light.  I have heard from other visitors that you may get wet.. And the benches in the front does prove it hence no one dare to be in front.IMG_20180727_192022

Next we visited what was the volcanic room, the room was designed as if you was walking along erupted volcanoes, and by using clever lighting, it really looked liked it was erupting!IMG_20180705_211434

After a drink at the bar, (do give the cocktails a go),  we loved the colour changing gin cocktails. We were definitely wowed.

We then moved to the theatre part of the show, ‘The Dance of the Hours’   the show again paired with the lighting and music playing through your headphones are combined to the dances from the actors in front of you. we was told that the live performance was available every 15 minutes, and there are signage to tell you when the last show would be so you don’t miss any part of the experience. IMG_20180727_194539

After this we moved along to the final room, staff are around to make sure you have seen everything before you enter this room as there are no returns once you have entered. IMG_20180727_195518

Once this concluded, the screen lifted to lead us into a tree filled woodland. A great conclusion to the experience I have just encountered. The trees and barks on the floor really makes you feel you are actually there.

If you live immersive experience paired with music then please make this a stop for your visual and hearing senses.

I was invited to attend this event by Love Pop Up London and SoundsandSorcery however all the reviews are my own.received_10156499497494104