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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongOctober 19, 2017
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Last night on Wednesday 18th of October, Bluebird hosted a private event with Taylor Morris, the star studded event saw the likes of  Hugo TaylorRob Knighton and Lucy Chappell. The launch celebrated the Taylor Morris collaboration with Morgan Motor in the autumn courtyard at Bluebird.

Hugo Taylor and Rob Knighton at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
Photo: Zak Hussein/SilverHub

Joined by international model and actor Rob Knighton and actress Lucy Chappell, Hugo’s array of glamorous friends tried on sunnies whilst sipping on Royal Salute, Nyetimber and Aspalls cider and snacked on crisp fried forest mushroom mac & cheese and pumpkin & mozzarella arancini created by chef Simon Gregory.

Lucy Chappell and Hugo Taylor at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
Photo: Zak Hussein/SilverHub

The VIP guests were seen enjoying the courtyard which was transformed into a tangled wilderness with autumn trees intertwined with sparkling lights, hanging apples, haystacks and baskets of seasonal shrubs. The Chelsea based sunglasses brand, Taylor Morris Eyewear, have given their shack on the Bluebird courtyard an autumnal make-over. The luxury eyewear brand launched the ‘Taylor Morris Shack’, their first standalone retail space, on the terrace at Bluebird last Summer. After a successful season, the brand has transformed the Summer shack into an Autumnal store, in-keeping with the ‘Wild Table’ theme at Bluebird.

As well as celebrating the Autumn courtyard, Taylor Morris announced the second volume of their debut collaboration with British car manufacturer Morgan Motor, and even brought in a Morgan three-wheeler parked in the courtyard to illustrate the designs.  which was launched at the Bluebird last night.


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Champagne & Soufflé, Bread Making, Cookery and Cocktail Classes at Corrigan’s, Mayfair
After a decade of holding his famous recipes close to his chest, Richard Corrigan has decided that the wait is over, and that he will share some of his recipes with lucky Londoners over the course of the next few months. Corrigan’s will be hosting a series of exclusive masterclasses, enabling guests to take a behind the scenes look into the renowned Mayfair kitchen. Guests are invited to make these signature dishes and cocktails alongside the Corrigan’s experts. With four masterclasses to choose from, Champagne & Soufflé, bread making, Dickie’s cocktails and cookery, running monthly over the Summer season, Corrigan truly is spoiling us.
28 Upper Grosvenor St | Mayfair | London | W1K 7EH | 020 7499 9943 | www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk | @corrigans_mayfair
Maggie’s Pay Tribute to Madonna
On 20th July 2017, 1980’s-inspired boutique club Maggie’s in Chelsea will be paying tribute to the one and only, Madonna. The Prima Donna was undoubtedly the face of the 80’s, and this exclusive evening will be all about celebrating the best of her music, so strike a pose. Madonna, an 80’s Icon whose hit singles include “Like a Virgin”, “Like a Prayer” and “Vogue” made her a household name worldwide, both during the 1980’s and today, making Madonna a must have act for the #MaggiesTributes line up. As Maggie’s fifth Tribute event, guests will be invited to sip the night away on refreshing Bacardi Mojitos, served with special fruity twists, whilst getting “Into the Groove” with a live performance by Tasha Leaper, the No. 1 Madonna Tribute Act around.
329 Fulham Rd | Chelsea |  London | SW10 9QL | 020 7325 8512 | www.maggies-club.com | @maggie’s_club
Bottomless Rosé Brunch at Aster
Aster, the Nordic-French inspired restaurant situated in Victoria’s new food hub, Nova Food, is introducing a crayfish and Provencal rosé paired brunch, with a bottomless rosé option, for the summer to draw upon their heritage. The mild white flesh of the shellfish complements the delicate and white fruit aromas of the rosé perfectly, making for a heavenly match to be enjoyed whilst basking in the sun on the terrace at Aster, or inside the stylish restaurant. Every Saturday throughout the summer, launching on the 15th July, the brunch will feature specially curated crayfish dishes, a bottomless rosé option and a guest DJ.
Aster, 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB | www.aster-restaurant.com | @astervictoria
The Blackhorse Mid Summer Ball
On Saturday 22nd July, The Black Horse, located in the heart of Kingston, will be hosting a 1950’s Midsummer Ball. Party-goers are able to escape the qualms of 21st century life and transport themselves to a time which witnessed the foundations of Rock-n- Roll, as well as the rise of cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe. A time where rocking around the clock was not only encouraged, but mandatory. In true form with their consistently high standard of well sourced British food, The Black Horse will be serving up a barbecue spread, as well providing a cocktail upon arrival, completely for free. But to add a little 1950’s boogie, these can be enjoyed whilst bopping along to the live music! And all for just £25 per ticket! Save the date!
204 London Rd | Kingston Upon Thames |KT2 6QP | 020 3637 6199 | @blackhorsekingston
A Weekend Long Party on a Secluded Island
This July join the team behind London’s longest standing pop-up The Little Yellow Door for a weekender like no other, The Little Yellow Weekender on the UK’s equivalent of the Hamptons, Osea Island, known for its luxurious getaways, that is, until the mischievous flatmates take over. On the 14th July the flatmates will take over Osea Island for a weekended long celebration filled with huge parties, banquette dinners, an impressive DJ line up, sundowners by the pool, an epic sorts day Saturday all on a secluded island just 2 hours from central London.

 

On July 14th, guests are invited to hop aboard the party bus and take a trip out of town to an epic house party filled hideaway escape. Whether you’re a group of 2 or 22, check in to your own private cottage on a secluded beach before kicking off the celebrations with dinner at TLYD’s Surf and Turf Shack to refuel for a party like no other, in one of the impressive houses for the flatmates’ Ultimate House Party. The grand estate will host a night packed full with pop-up bars, bonfires and an impressive DJ line up including an eclectic mix of tunes from resident DJs as well as guest DJs hitting the decks until dawn. On Saturday morning, TLYD will bring back their Emoji Only menu, where guests can order EMOJI-ENCY breakfast in bed, followed by a rejuvenating yoga session hosted by The Advaya Initiative, for a full body stretch before taking part in an epic Sports Day Saturday, soaking up the sun by the pool or hoping on a bicycle to explore all the island has to offer.
www.thelittleyellowweekenender.com

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMay 29, 2017
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A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane to Alicante in Spain to try out a  new fitness craze called PRAMA. Now, if the thought of going to the gym and running on a treadmill makes you want to curl up in your bed for 5 weeks, don’t worry. You’re not about to be converted to a gym addict, since PRAMA is more about using interactive, pressure-sensitive floors and walls to deliver a wide range of options for performance and functional training. With different lighting options, the system creates a unique atmosphere at the facility for different types of workouts. All the features are controlled at the touch of a button. Even the kids who joined the session with their parents later, seemed to be in agreement that it was great fun,  high-intensity and overall high energy class. The interactive studio can be programmed to lower intensity exercises so that the whole family can enjoy a class, working in teams to compete against each other. PRAMA has curated workouts designed to meet members where they’re at, with  targets based on participants’ age, weight, and sex. Two people can be running at different speeds and still meet their respective goals, making the workout challenging regardless of fitness level. This way, all who take part can be challenged rather than being overwhelmed or bored.

PRAMA addresses the questions most club operators tend to ask before deciding on making a new investment, including how the concept can fit into an existing club and how to market the PRAMA experience to existing club members. The concept is easy to use, very effective, and integrates three key elements – Pavigym Energy+, Pavigym Mood, and Pavigym Synapse – to offer a solution that both makes training more entertaining. Energy+ is a group training solution that uses high intensity interval training to ensure gym goers get the most of their workout. The concept combines interactive flooring with a regularly updated online support package to deliver a variety of classes throughout the year.  The workout programs are designed to train movements and the body-mind connection and can be used for both functional training and conditioning. They are suitable for members of all fitness levels and our lucky Chelsea Monthly readers can soon try out PRAMA for themselves.

PRAMA is coming to Kensington Harbour Club in June 2017 and will also be available in selected David Lloyd Clubs from the autumn. 

Kensington Harbour Club
Point West, 116 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4XR
or  Click here for more information.

Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaMay 22, 2017
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500 Years of Covent Garden: The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Garden in partnership with Capco

 

Covent Garden is set to be reimagined as a breathtaking Show Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, bringing a much-loved part of London to the world-renowned event for the first time. 

 ‘500 Years of Covent Garden: The Sir Simon Milton Foundation garden in partnership with Capco’ will be designed by award-winning garden designer Lee Bestall to showcase the area’s rich horticultural heritage. The garden celebrates Covent Garden’s early roots as a fruit orchard until the 16th century and later as a flower market, as well as the iconic architecture it is known for today, including the Market Building. 

 The Show Garden is sponsored by Capco, the landowner and steward of Covent Garden, in partnership with the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, the Westminster based charity which champions opportunities for young and old.

Central features of the garden include three 60-year-old retired apple trees, harking back to the early beginnings of ‘Convent Garden’ as an orchard belonging to and supplying the monk’s table at Westminster Abbey, in addition to the 300 year-old provenance of the neighbourhood as a fruit and flower market.  Flowering herbaceous plants will reflect the colours of apple blossom and large steel structures will reflect the distinctive arches of Covent Garden’s Grade II listed Market Building. 

 Reclaimed cobble pathways will guide visitors into the centre of the garden, just as the surrounding streets do into Covent Garden’s Piazza. A central seating area, paved with reclaimed York stone, provides a place to sit and relax, inspired by the social and modern dining environment of the Piazza which, as London’s first public square, was designed to bring people together. 

 Immediately following Chelsea Flower Show, elements of the garden will be given a home on the iconic Piazza that provided its inspiration. The retired apple trees, planters brimming with floral displays and furniture from the show garden will be relocated to Covent Garden’s Piazza to entice shoppers to sit and enjoy the floral oasis. Luxury alfresco food and drink pop-ups will enhance the garden during the summer months, starting with a Nyetimber bar from Thursday 1 June, serving one of the world’s most celebrated English sparkling wines with a taste of Covent Garden’s most popular dining destinations.

Commenting on the announcement, Lee Bestall, garden designer, said I’m incredibly excited about bringing retired orchard trees to Chelsea to help tell the fascinating backstory of Covent Garden through a beautiful, relaxing space designed for people to share a special moment in together – just like the Covent Garden we know and love today”. 

 Beverley Churchill, Creative Director, Capco, said “We are thrilled to be celebrating the rich heritage of Covent Garden, with a garden that we are proud to sponsor on behalf of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Lee’s design for the garden is remarkable and demonstrates our ongoing passion and commitment to creating high quality green open space for the public to enjoy at both of our London estates”.

 Robert Davis MBE DL, Founder and Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation said “We’re delighted to be back at Chelsea Flower Show and working closely with Covent Garden who share our vision of offering more opportunities, spaces and activities for those living in the capital. We strive to continue Simon’s vision of a society in which communities care, the young aspire and older people thrive and I look forward to seeing the many visitors at Chelsea enjoying the garden”. 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 7, 2016
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We wrote about Buddha Bar recently as you see here  and this week they are celebrating their 20th anniversary and you are definitely welcomed..

Date: Monday 7th November
Time: From 8pm
Location: Buddha Bar, 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA
Its going to be an evening of delightful drink, dishes, entertainment and dancing for a night to remember. Buddha bar hold some of the best parties in London and this one will no exception!
Dinner/bar reservations are required. RSVP to bansari@buddhabarlondon.com
The Chelsea Monthly team will be on hand to celebrate with you, so make sure you find us and say hello!

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJuly 17, 2016
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The London Cabaret Club is a fresh exciting entry to the  London’s nightlife scene. We attended the event at the Bloomsbury Ballroom which included an explosion of sequins, music and gastronomy. The show’s eclectic combination of world-class, specialty acts and exquisitely choreographed dancers with fine dining, wines and cocktails has earned the status as one of London’s best unique, pop-up-cabaret themed events.

The country’s finest musicians are cherry-picked to provide the live music to accompanying the acts, dancers and more. Top DJs supply the backdrop for revelers to enjoy the experience. After, the show, guests can stay for an afterparty featuring a dedicated in house DJ where they can party away till the early hours.

We left The London Cabaret Club with top reviews and it clearly solidified it’s status as one of the hottest ticket in town..

For more information on LCC see below: 

NAME: London Cabaret Club
WHO’S BEHIND IT: London Cabaret Club
LOCATION: Bloomsbury Ballroom
ADDRESS: Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA
WEBSITE: Visit Site


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJune 21, 2016
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Charity Hearts in Harmony this month hosts a classical music evening in London on Thursday 23rd June, to raise funds for a new heart defibrillator for children’s hospital Great Ormond Street Hospital. The evening, entitled Tasmin Little & Orpheus Sinfonia, will star Classic Brit Award- winning Tasmin Little OBE and will be held at grand concert venue St John’s Smiths Square in Westminster.
Tasmin Little will join critically acclaimed conductor Thomas Carroll, prize-winning pianist David Malusá and an orchestra of young musicians, to perform Orpheus Sinfonia. The evening begins with a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is set to open the concert, followed by a Chopin piano showpiece. Tasmin Little will then give a performance of Vaughan Williams poignant The Lark Ascending – voted the nation’s favourite work, and for which Tasmin Little has received international critical acclaim.
The concert will then draw to a close with Beethoven’s magnificent fifth symphony.
Tickets start from £10.
 For more information click here

 


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 25, 2016

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Prince Charles joined actors Judi Dench, Tim Minchin, Harriet Walter, David Tennant, Paapa Essiedu, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear and Ian McKellen on stage as part of Shakespeare Live!, a special performance marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Saturday’s Shakespeare Live show in the playwright’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon included play scene performances, dance and music.The show also saw royal guest Prince Charles make a surprise appearance in a sketch from Hamlet.

The gala ended a day of national events which included President Obama visiting Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London.

Screened live on BBC Two, the gala at Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre also saw performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen and Meera Syal.

Al Murray, the pub landlord, played Bottom to Dame Judi’s Titania and Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar played out the My Lady Disdain scene from Much Ado About Nothing.


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonApril 5, 2016
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Last year, I received news that after over two years in Mayfair, the highly successful members’ club No.41 might be gone for good. I checked the calendar in the office to ensure that it wasn’t an April fools prank and as we entered 2016 I was literally getting ready to pack my dancing shoes neatly back into the top drawer when suddenly Suzanne Dickinson from No.41 finally broke the news that our favourite spot in London was in fact moving right close to us!  Yes, No.41 has moved to a new site in Kensington. So, not only do they move literally into my surname ‘Kensington’  but they are right bang in the centre of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Perfect!  So it’s fair to say that our previously distant Mayfair cousins are now close family members of Chelsea Monthly.The launch was scheduled  for the 2nd of April but I popped in a day earlier to see what was in store at the new location. I arrived to an after party by Miss USSR, and was  met by Floor Manager, Sebastian Banovic. Good to see that the old team is still alive and kicking. The new location has maintained  the high level of service, ambience and chic décor which we have grown to become accustomed to.

Based in The Kensington Close Hotel, a stone’s throw from High Street Kensington tube station, No.41 is back, bigger and better with its cutting-edge music policy and beautiful dancers who interrupt proceedings every now and then with a classier version of Coyote Ugly’s dance routine. Sexy, definitely…… Effortless, off course……. Elegance, you bet…..!!

The new No.41 exudes opulence and glamour with a 21st century twist. It is richly furnished with plush carpets, stately works of art and modern crystal chandeliers. Guests can book tables for bottle service or sample the extensive cocktail list at the bar whilst drinking in the vibrant atmosphere. There is also a rare twist to it’s entertainment courtesy of  Oktam Violini the resident violinist who was matching the DJ with his terrific violin skills all night. That is one of many experiences which you must witness to appreciate.

No.41 is open each and every Friday and Saturday nights until 3am, and will be available for private bookings.

If you are in the Borough and haven’t been yet? Check it out. It’s certainly going to be the place to be, this summer. As for my dancing shoes, well .. I can’t quite remember what happened the rest of the evening which is usually a sign of a good night!!

No.41

Kensington Close Hotel

Wrights Lane

Kensington

W8 5SP

0207 6294496

www.no41club.com


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 5, 2016
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Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Boyega,top the list of winners at the prestigious 2nd annual National Film Awards UK 2016

Last week (31.03.15), the National Film Academy announced the winners of the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the Porchester Hall in London.

British film, stage and television actress, Dame Helen Mirren was first to be announced as the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and accepted her award from New York. Mirren commented “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Film Academy. I am proud to be a member of the National Film Awards winners list and thank you to all the movie fans for voting for me”.

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP which featured Actor Simon Pegg all received a gong at the prestigious event. Man UP won Best Comedy beating tough competition from The Lobster and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Best Director award was won by Stephen Fingleton for his movie ‘The Survivalist’

The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Picture included a stellar list of stars who have excelled in their craft. Nominees included; Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington , Ben Kingsley , Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey . Samuel L Jackson was voted winner and added “This is just perfect. I am incredibly honoured and thankful for this award from the National Film Academy and all the movie fans who voted for me.

A list of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist; Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category are ; Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service) , Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out), Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes), John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens), Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina), Karidja Touré (Girlhood) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Taron Egerton saw of the competition by winning the Best Newcomer category for his role in Kingsman, The Secret Service whilst John Boyega was voted winner of the Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film for his role in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards and the night was hosted by TV presenter Louise Gookey and featured a stellar list of celebrity guest presenters. The night ended with an incredibly heartfelt video tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman who was honoured with a National Film Academy fellowship award.

The 3rd annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on the 31st of March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.

Below is a full list of winners for the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK:

Best International Film
Kingsman- The Secret Service

Best Comedy
Man up

Best Action
Chasing Robert Barker

Best Drama sponsored by Gold Collagen
A Reason to Leave

Best Independent Feature

Never Let Go


Best Documentary

The Hardstop

Best Thriller
Dartmoor Killing

Best British Film sponsored by Metcalfe’s Skinny
Rise of the Footsoldier II

Best Actor sponsored by Angel Tears Vodka
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)

Best Actress sponsored by Gold Collagen
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)

Best Director

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay
London Road

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film

John Boyega (Star Wars – The Force Awakens)

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mokingo
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)


Best Foreign Language Film
sponsored by InvestNation
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Supporting actress sponsored by IUTTA
Alexandra Evans (Redistributors)

Best Supporting actor

Samuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Short Film
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Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Samuel L Jackson



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