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Laki Kane now open in Angel

Thanks for Laki Kane for showing us the cocktail and mini-bite delights of the newest tiki bar in Upper Street. Everything from the fun sculpture glasses to Caribbean decorations made the evening one of our favourites of the summer. 🍹😋

The bar is located in the trendy area surrounded by bars, pubs and other places to eat.

We tasted the cocktails served by friendly staff available in a moment through a special button which alerts them on a watch – very VIP! The drinks all come in interesting glasses-sculptures and the very generous flavours make them one of the best in the area!

Drinks have no refined sugars and sugar cane syrups are made in the bar (in their own mill!) along with exotic ingredients to make sure they’re absolutely the tastiest.

Our samples of the food were the perfect evening snack to accompany the lively atmosphere, we can’t wait to go back!

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www.lakikane.com

Location:
Laki Kane, 144-145 Upper Street, London N1 1QY

Times:
Monday – Wednesday 12:30pm – 12:30am
Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30am
Friday – Saturday 12:30pm – 2:30am
Sunday 12:30pm – 1:30am

Kanada-Ya ramen bar now open in Angel

Thanks to Kanada-Ya for treating us to their new branch in Upper Street, north London. It was time to get slurping on their delicious Tonkotsu ramen bowls. 🍜 😛

The restaurant is located along trendy Upper Street surrounded by bars, pubs and other places to eat.

We tasted one of their homemade noodles cooked specifically to our taste! (You can choose from soft to hard!) The sides included tuffle edamame, karaage chicken, rice balls and of course a Japanese beer and hot sake to drink!

A ramen bar is a great addition to the area and the casual vibe makes it an ideal spot for lunch or dinner. We can’t wait to go back and try more ramen! Look out for the secret sauce made by Mr Kanada himself!

www.kanada-ya.com

Location:
Kanada-Ya Upper Street, 35 Upper Street, London N1 0PN

Times:
Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 10:30pm
Sunday 12pm – 8:30pm

New bottomless brunch menu launching at Jones & Sons

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm
Fri-noon 3pm/6pm-11pm
Sat 11am-4pm/6pm-11pm
Sun 11am-5pm/6pm-10pm

@ Jones & Sons, 23 – 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London E8 2DJ

Meal: £30 for a bottomless brunch including cocktails, food, coffee (normal menu also available)

www.jonesandsonsdalston.com

We were enticed to brunch at Jones & Sons in trendy Dalston over the weekend following a busy few days of summer in London, a delectable breakfast and Monmouth coffee seemed like to perfect way to start the day.

From the appetising range we opted for a simple full english (chargrilled!) and challenged the waiter to serve an extra bit of bacon with the avo on toast – which was happily taken care of.

The restaurant sits off Stoke Newington Road nearly opposite the popular Mangal Turkish restaurant, meaning you’re close to the hustle and bustle but sheltered from the mayhem.

Inside we shared the modern shabby chic interior with pleasant families and groups of friends. Staff were all casual, attentive and friendly which ensured the ideal atmosphere for our meal.

Coming back to the food; the bacon was unbelievable. Those little grill streaks on the bacon (see photo below) combined with the chef’s magic touch left us commenting on the taste for the rest of the day, my fresh grapefruit juice was so refreshing I almost finished it in one gulp. Good thing this brunch is bottomless, you’ll be wanting more…

Bottomless brunch costs £30 per person, available weekends and Friday (Sat 11-4, Sun 11-1, Fri 11-3). Normal menu is also available, including £5 avo on toast or £10 full English. Very affordable and supremely delish.

Game @ Almeida Theatre

Excellent timing for this sinister show based around our dilemmas on how best to tackle the rising cost of living and housing crisis.

The tagline ‘In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price?’ hints at the theme but doesn’t do the experience justice.

Without giving too much away (just trust us it’s a lot more interesting than sitting in front of a stage) it quickly becomes difficult to distinguish if you’re part of the show or a spectator and makes you think about what circumstances we may be forced to consider just to get by. It’s incredibly engaging and the best hour performance in London right now.

The show is on at the Almeida Theatre until Saturday 4th April 2015 with tickets from around £18 book online.

Kamique Bar @ Covent Garden

TIME AND PLACE:

Opening Times
Mon – Wed: 12:00 – 23:00
Thu – Sun: 12:00 – 00:00

@ Kamique Bar
63-66 St Martins Lane,
London.
WC2N 4JS

kamiquebar.co.uk

Entry: £FREE

We were invited down to check out a new bar in Covent Garden, hearing the name Kamique Bar we thought we was going to a Hawaiian themed shack. This was far from the case, the venue reminded us of a spruced up Yates.


We sat in the back which was really really RED, it was comfortable and was a great place to chill. The music had us thinking otherwise, wanting to bounce up, ready to party the night away.

We ordered a round of their famous Mojitos which I have to say were really good (try the cucumber mojito, flaming passion fruit and strawberry madness). Food was also ordered however this did not result to be on par to the cocktails, the phad thai was extremely bland and the steak was given well done when ordered medium rare. Service was really slow and at times the order was forgotten.

The majority of the drinks especially the mojitos were prepared well its a shame the food didn’t match.
The prices are what you would expect of a west end bar. It’s definitely worth visiting during happy hour every day 17:00 – 20:00

Kamique is a great place to grab a few drinks before going out, lively with a vibrant place out back to relax after a hard days work.

Cirque Éloize @ Sadler’s Wells: Peacock Theatre / until 19th October 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue – Sun 19:30
Sat and Sun 14:30

@ Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.sadlerswells.com

Cirque Éloize, the leading international contemporary circus company, is
coming to London with iD a dazzling new production which blends circus arts
and urban dance including b-boying, breakdance and hip hop.

Review:
The show will engage you with scenes ranging from romantic dances to intense tricks on hidden trampolines! Each performer seems to have a unique talent to excite and entertain. iD brings together amazing visual effects and a great soundtrack with world class performers.

Review: Sadler’s Sampled – Sampled @ Sadler’s Wells

As part of the Sadler’s Sampled Festival of Dance, Sampled, a weekend of dance promised to showcase internationally renowned talent from breakdancing to tango.

On the warm Friday night the audience was buzzing with excitement including chatter not sure of what to expect and fans eager for their favourites to appear on the stage.

The series started with ‘(in between)’, a moody and abstract performance building from dancers chopping each other to the ground like woodchoppers in the English countryside. The performance continued to an exciting and loud finale with the dancers being lead by mother-nature through screams and chants.

Stuttgart Ballet was a powerful and delicate duet. Next, Storyboard P literally started with screams from across the audience with support. His entertaining performance mixed contemporary dancing similar to what can be expected from a music video and a bit of contortion.

Disappointingly, already we were racing through the performances and had arrived at the Tango World Champions. As expected the tango dancing was uplifting and surprisingly mesmerising.

The penultimate performance, The Measures Taken, was based around dancing with impressive lazers. Last, Vagabond Crew appeared like a boy band with a range of micro-performances.

Overall the performances were great introductions to many styles of dancing and making an excellent start to the weekend. The festival is genuinely unmissable.

Selection:
– (in between) choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon
– Stuttgart Ballet
– Storyboard P
– Tango World Champions
– The Measures Taken
– Vagabond Crew

Review: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern / until Monday 27th May 2013

To see “Look Mickey” in person, Roy Lichtenstein’s breakthrough painting, is like looking at a lost relic – the root of all things Pop: his early, definitive style and satire already visible in his controlled brushstrokes, comic-book aesthetic and signature hand-painted Benday dots. This is a precursor to the most comprehensive exhibition of Lichtenstein’s work, spanning 13 rooms of the Tate Modern, which include his famed War and Romance works such as Whaam! And Oh, Jeff… I Love You, Too… But…. In spite of their notoriety, these works formed only four years of the artist’s expansive career, and in a wonderful conclusion to this thorough retrospective are presented his large-scale and lesser-known nudes and Chinese landscapes. Conceived towards the end of his life, Lichtenstein’s palette has paled, the tone is serene. There is a lack of speech-bubbles and the scale used is paramount to gently tease the viewer with a hint of quiet honesty that his earlier works exchange for their hugely influential commentary on mass reproduction and the mechanical age.

This remarkable and captivating retrospective is a masterful nod towards Lichtenstein’s oeuvre that changed art forever, showcasing his work contextually through the chronology of his life as well as allowing the viewer to understand the times and influences of his work. Notably the Art about Art room highlights Lichtenstein’s adherance to his formal training, his composition of line, form and colour, seen in his homage to Picasso’s Femme d’Alger and the reproduction of the Vatican’s Laocoön: within this idiom is embedded infinite creative potential to stylise anything. This is emotionalism pre-packaged in accordance with the masked outlines of his work (Plus and Minus VI) and the finite edges of the canvas as comic strip panels (Masterpiece): this is the legacy of one of the central figures of American Pop Art.

 

TIME AND PLACE

Daily from 10am – 6pm,
Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG

Tickets £14, concessions from £6.10 to £12.20, all available here

 

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A Nos Amours presents Stalker @ Curzon Cinemas / Wednesday 2nd & Sunday 6th May 2012

Stalker (1979) is a stunning and complex film, close to 3 hours of slow-burning shots and Russian dialogue examining human conciousness, faith and fear. Yet, A Nos Amours managed to present a sold out Sunday morning screening in the beautiful but hidden, Curzon Richmond. This was the second full house of 2 screenings, all eager to watch Tarkovsky’s Stalker on a well-maintained 35mm print sourced from Russia.

A Nos Amours invited Geoff Dyer to introduce the film that his recently published book, Zona, is all about. It was an engaging and passionate introduction that was also honest and funny; Dyer could have easily delivered a deluge of praise for the film he has so meticulously written about, but instead he warned first-time viewers of his early indifference, only then to gently hint at the magnitude of what was to come.

What was apparent during the screening was the atmosphere created by the audience’s respect for what they were viewing. I also heard that some had come back for a second time. I have a feeling this buzz was not only for the film itself – although excellent and integral – but an expected following of unsuspecting cinephiles, created from the ethos of A Nos Amours to program “over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema.”

Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts, the two filmmakers behind the A Nos Amours collective, stayed after the film to speak to guests, many of whom they will no-doubt see again when they introduce their next film, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach,  on Sunday 27th May 2012 at the Lexi Cinema.

Cigarette Burns Cinema presents PIECES

On Saturday I went along to a midnight screening of PIECES (1982) at Rio Cinema, presented by Cigarette Burns Cinema. Although not literally at midnight but close enough for me (it started a bit after 11.30pm), Cigarette Burns Cinema are bringing back late night horror movie screenings for the cult film audience. It’s rare these days that cinemas will screen new releases late at night, let alone older and more obscure films.

Slightly tipsy or just slightly buzzed with the idea of watching a 35mm uncut print shipped from Europe especially for tonight, the atmosphere inside was upbeat and fun. The extreme gore and gratuitous nudity were fully appreciated by the audience, particularly the loud guy at the back with the booming laugh. Post-film drinks were accompanied by the music of a waify, suited DJ who looked like he could’ve come out of the film himself. As with every CBC event, film-goers could also browse and buy hard-to-come-by horror DVDs, soundtrack vinyl and prints courtesy of Psychotronic UK.

Aside from screening classic to obscure horror that I might never watch otherwise, what makes the Cigarette Burns Cinema events special is that they oblige to the tradition of the midnight movie – cult films with an audience who keep coming back. And I’ll be back on May 19th for The Return of the Living Dead.

Trailer by Paul Martinovic for Cigarette Burns Cinema

PS: short person tip: the auditorium of the Rio is one of my favourites because I can sit back, comfortable in the knowledge that the guy’s head in front of me won’t block off a large portion of the screen.

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