Tanqueray at Home – Cocktail Pop-up Preview

Tanqueray Gin Cocktail

Tanqueray at Home in the  private Georgian living room at Six Fitzroy Square:   That most quintessential of English drinks, gin, makes a great base for cocktails.  The birth of the cocktail party heralded in a sophisticated new age of socialising where art deco reigned supreme, Hollywood epitomised the golden life and cocktails were the symbol […]

In Pursuit of Excellent – Chivas at Bam-Bou

Bam-bou Chivas event

Learning to Blend Whisky at Bam-Bou with Chivas: I did initially wonder why a rather special Asian restaurant in Fitzrovia would be running a Scottish whisky blending event.  But of course, premium blended whisky is very popular in Japan and the Red Bar at Bam-Bou is home to a fine collection of Japanese whisky.  According […]

Plateau – Free Trade Cocktails

liquor tasting

Free Trade Cocktails at Plateau: Guest Post by Natalie York I was stunned to find out that there is only one company currently making Fairtrade spirits, you’d think with the explosion of interest in properly produced alcohol more people would take a real interest in where it comes from but Free, a French company started […]

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Wild Geese Rum Cocktails

Wild Geese Bottles

Review of Wild Geese Rum is a drink that is definitely on the rise in its public perception! Traditionally us Brits would associate Rum with the Royal Navy, and the vast daily allowance of a pint a day that was probably designed to keep the sailors brave enough to do their horrendous job and not […]

Hilton London Bridge TwoRuba Launch Party

hilton London bridge 3

Launch of TwoRuba Bar at Hilton London Tower Bridge Tooley Street has come a long way since I used to work there in the early 90’s.  In those days, Hay’s Galleria was the showpiece of the newly developed London Bridge / Tower Bridge area and a walk too far up Tooley Street was pretty unrewarding.  […]

Om Yoga Show Preview and Ticket #Giveaway

Celest Pereira

Find out more about Yoga – the relaxing way to fitness and good health: The Om Yoga show is coming to London from 24th to 26th October.  Based in Olympia the show will have various classes and workshops along with stalls showcasing the best Yoga gear. Why not take time out and find out more […]

Queensland Australia comes to London

Luke Rayment (2)

Australia House Pop-up Dining with Luke Rayment: On Wednesday 24th September Tourism and Events Queensland, Australia is giving London a chance to experience the greatest cuisine the region has to offer. Hosted in Australia House, the very best in Australian food and wine produce will be showcased on the night, prepared by renowned chef Luke […]

Uncle Vanya at St James Theatre – Preview

Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ANYA REISS’ NEW VERSION OF CHEKHOV’S UNCLE VANYA, DIRECTED BY RUSSELL BOLAM JOHN HANNAH RETURNS TO THE STAGE AFTER A SIX YEAR ABSENCE TO STAR ALONGSIDE AMANDA BOXER, JOE DIXON, ALAN FRANCIS AND AMANDA HALE, WITH FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED SOON THE PRODUCTION IS THE SECOND SHOW IN THE ONE STAGE SEASON AT ST. JAMES THEATRE, SUPPORTED BY STAGE ONE Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a 21st century audience, revealing the universal difficulties of impossible love, longing and regret. John Hannah stars as Vanya, returning to the stage for the first time since 2008, after his role in Sky One’s epic, Spartacus. Joining Hannah in the company are Amanda Boxer, Buffy Davis, Joe Dixon, Alan Francis and Amanda Hale. A respected professor returns to his farmland which has been managed without him for many years. He brings with him a new, beautiful, young wife. Their arrival turns the lives of the residents and his family upside down forcing everyone to re-examine their choices. Old wounds are reopened, passions are awakened and thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface, threatening the lives of everyone involved. Anya Reiss began writing plays at 14 when she became a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Programme and her debut play, The Spur of the Moment, premiered there in 2010 when she was 17, winning her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. In 2011, producer Emily Dobbs brought Reiss and Bolam together to work on a series of productions which would reimagine Chekhov for a new audience. The Seagull opened at Southwark Playhouse to sell-out success in 2012 and was followed by Three Sisters at the same venue in 2014. Uncle Vanya is the third production uniting this creative team and will further the fusion of a classic voice with a contemporary vitality. Jagged Fence Productions will bring Uncle Vanya to the stage as part of the ONE STAGE season running September to December at the St. James Theatre. It is supported by Stage One, the charity which supports emerging commercial theatre producers. This new version of Uncle Vanya was commissioned by Emily Dobbs on behalf of Jagged Fence Productions. Janet Bird will design, with lighting by Johanna Town, music by Isobel Waller Bridge and casting by Hayley Kaimakliotis. For further information please contact Maisie Lawrence at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 or email maisie@thecornershoppr.com -ENDS- LISTINGS: Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents UNCLE VANYA By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss St. James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA Wed 8 October – 8 November 2014 Press Night: Mon 13 October 2014, 7pm Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm Ticket Prices: £49.50, £39.50, £29.50, £15* *Tickets are limited in number. Book early to avoid disappointment Groups (8+) bookings: Receive a £10 discount off Band A tickets when you make a group booking of 8 tickets or more. Schools (10+) bookings: £15 off Band A tickets for school groups of 10+ with one free teacher comp per 10 tickets purchased Students: Band A tickets at £20.00 with valid student ID, one ticket per ID, bought in person at the box office counter or telephone bookings Access bookings: £10 off Band A and Band B for registered disabled patrons, with a free companion ticket for those who require carer assistance. Access bookings should be made via the box office on 0844 264 2140. For further queries and group bookings please contact St. James Box Office on 0844 264 2140. All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets

Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov; new version by Anya Reiss   Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a […]

King Charles III Transfers to the West End

King Charles III

King Charles III: A future history play by Mike Bartlett Directed by Rupert Goold The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the Prince ascends the throne.  A future of power.  But how to rule?  Mike Bartlett’s play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of […]

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