Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 15, 2018


 Jude Law, Julie Andrews, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Kaluuya, Harry Styles, Halle Berry & Gemma Arterton are among stars shortlisted for this year’s prestigious National Film Awards UK in 2018.

The National Film Academy today announced the nominations for the National Film Awards UK  for 2018
This year a record 2.4 million movie fans nominated across 18 categories to make up the official shortlist.  

Dunkirk is nominated in three categories including Best British Film, Best Director, and Best Newcomer for pop star turned actor, Harry styles who receives a nod for his performance as Alex.

Styles goes head to head with ‘Get Out’  star Daniel Kaluuya and an array of new talent including; Harry Gilby (Just Charlie), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) , Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion) , Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) and Ella Purnell (Access All Areas) all nominated for the Best Newcomer category.

Guy Ritchie’s; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives three nominations in the Best Drama, Best Action and Best Director categories.

Sir Elton John receives his first National Film Academy nomination for theBest Breakthrough Performance’  following his cameo appearance in Kingsman (The Golden Circle).  The film also receives a record nine Academy nominations including;  Best British Film, Best International Film, Best Comedy and Director  Matthew Vaughn picks up a nomination for Best Director.  Taron Egerton is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as ‘Eggsy’ while American actress Halle Berry is nominated for two categories including the Best Supporting Actress & Best Breakthrough Performance for her role as ‘Ginger’ in the franchise. Keith Allen goes head to head with Colin Firth who are both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Gemma Arterton picks up a nomination in the Best Actress category for her role as Catrin Cole in  Their Finest and competes in the same category with  Alice Lowe (Prevenge) , Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) , Tatjana Inez  (Redwood), Ruth Wilson (Dark River) , Emily Beecham (Daphne), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)

The National Film Awards UK is one of the few motion picture awards shows to provide a platform for movie fans to nominate and vote for their favourite films and talent. Voting goes live from the 15th of January 2018 until the 26th of March 2018. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at The Porchester on the 28th of March with highlights televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase and syndicated across all major global territories.

Full List of  the National Film Awards UK (2018)  nominees:
Best Actress
Alice Lowe ( Prevenge)
Florence Pugh ( Lady Macbeth)
Gemma Arterton (Their Finest)
Tatjana Inez  (Redwood)
Ruth Wilson (Dark River)
Emily Beecham (Daphne)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)

Best Newcomer
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)
Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)
Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)
Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)
Ella Purnell (Access All Areas)

Best Supporting actress  in association with Serenity & Grace
Naomi Ackie ( Lady Macbeth)
Patricia Clarkson (The Party)
Julie Walters (Film stars don’t die in Liverpool)
Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
Judith Roberts (You Were Never Really Here)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Jane Asher (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Elarica Johnson (How to Talk to Girls at Parties)

Best Supporting Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Robert Webb (Back)
Sam Gillet (A Caribbean Dream)
Keith Allen (Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’)
Jordan Stephens (Access All Areas)
Paul Whitehouse (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Lucien Laviscount (Snatch)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute)

Joseph Vijay (Mersal)

Best Drama
The Limehouse Golem
My Cousin Rachel
I Am Not a Witch
You Were Never Really Here
Borg vs McEnroe
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Caribbean Dream
The Hatton Garden Job
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Best TV Drama Series
Broadchurch, S3
White Gold
Howards End
The Cuckoo’s Calling


Best Thriller
You Were Never Really Here
Eat Locals
The Moving Theatre
The Snowman

Best Foreign Language Film
Happy End (France)
Loveless (Russia)
In The Fade (Germany/France)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)
A Fantastic Woman, (Chile)
Vaya (South Africa)
The Insult (Lebanon)

Mersal (India)

Best Action
Trespass Against Us
Baby Driver
Essex Heist
Smoking Guns (aka A Punters Prayer)
Borg vs McEnroe
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
We Still Steal the Old Way

Best Independent Film
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals

Best ScreenPlay
Francis Lee (God’s own Country)
Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Simon Amstell (Carnage: Swallowing the Past)
Shakirah Bourne ( A Caribbean Dream)
Oliver Veysey (Access All Areas)


Best Documentary  sponsored by Bank Republic
Kingdom of Us
Almost Heaven
My Generation
Blue Planet 2
Dark States
The Moving Theatre

Best British Film
T2 Trainspotting
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Victoria & Abdul
6 Days
Lady Macbeth

Best Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Jamie Bell (6 Days)
Ray Winstone (Jawbone)
Mike Beckingham (Redwood)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem)
Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier 3)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute )
Ewan McGregor (T2 Trainspotting)
Paddy Considine ( Journeyman)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman – The Golden Circle)
Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)
Rupert Grint (Snatch)

Best Comedy  sponsored by Bank Republic
T2 Trainspotting
The Party
Carnage: Swallowing the Past
Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle
Access All Areas
Brian Pern: A Tribute

Best Breakthrough Performance
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Mark Strong (6 Days)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Johnny Harris (Jawbone)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Margaret Mulubwa (I am not a witch)
Sir Elton John (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Simon Day (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Marc Warren (Snatch)

Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting)
Rungano Nyoni (I am not a Witch)
William Oldroyd ( Lady Macbeth)
Andy Serkis (Breathe)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman , The Golden Circle)
Guy Ritchie ( King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)


Best International Film  sponsored by Invest Nation
Get Out
Girls Trip
Kingsman – The Golden Circle
Borg vs McEnroe
The Shape of Water
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
American Made, Barry Seal
The Wedding Party 2

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Julie Andrews
Judi Dench
Sean Connery
Halle Berry
John Cleese
Rowan Atkinson
Tom Cruise
Colin Firth

Vote Live now by clicking on www.nationalfilmawards.org/voting  
Voting officially commences (15/01/18 until the 20/03/18) with winners of each category announced at the star-studded National Film Awards 2018 awards ceremony taking place on the 28th of March 2018 and televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase (Sky 261, Freesat 402, Freeview 254).

Tickets for the NFA 2018 are out on sale now at www.nationalfilmawards.org

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonOctober 29, 2017


The office of the future may not be based on how many floors you can manage or how much staff you can cram into one space.  The rise of  technology  has led to entrepreneurs wanting much more than your standard box stereotype when it comes to office space. There is a disruptive demand for a space where individuals can exchange ideas, network and enjoy the work/life balance that is essential to build a successful brand. With London being  the global capital of entrepreneurs and innovation. The new buzzword is ‘Disruptive workspace’ and every workplace designer’s tongue is talking about incubation, cross-pollination, symbiosis and co-working concepts that are causing even more walls to come down and hierarchies to flatten further. In today’s parlance, the corner office is no longer seen as a prize, it is seen as a burden. Introducing…LABS, the company re-defining London’s coworking revolution, has launched LABS Hogarth, it’s 27,000 square foot space in Holborn. The building is a short walk from Holborn tube station, and includes a variety of design-led, sophisticated workspaces including open plan cafeteria and bar, private offices, dedicated desks, dynamic lounge areas, fully equipped meeting rooms, and event spaces.

Bianca Bass, Head of Marketing at LABS who took us through the whole concept and the future of coworking added “In the past coworking has been associated with freelancers and entrepreneurs, LABS is redefining the way established businesses work, with tenants varying from KPMG to King’s College London, and providing our members events by companies such as Uber and many more”.

Events are a primarily vehicle used by entrepreneurs for networking and LABS takes it’s concept of events one step further.   “Members are welcome to host their very own events within the LABS spaces, everyone from Twitter to Uber have already booked LABS Hogarth to create and host their experiences”.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as LABS’ mission is to help businesses not just work, but grow, no matter what their size or industry. Behind LABS are some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and technology experts who are keen to share their knowledge, including the Israeli billionaire, Teddy Sagi who is the Founder of LABS.
Israeli entrepreneur Teddy Sagi lives in Tel Aviv but has strong U.K. ties to many of his assets. He founded Playtech in 1999 and sold a 12% slice of Playtech for almost $400 million in 2016; there were some further sales in 2017, as he wanted to further diversify his investments and fund his real estate and co-working interests. He now owns only 6.3% of Playtech.

Sagi is a strong believer in the future of coworking and is investing in Holborn and Camden to rejuvenate these areas, attracting a range of workers and businesses who bring innovation and entrepreneurship. He mentioned “Across the globe, the way established businesses work, and the way they want to work is changing. The coworking revolution is causing a generational shift in the way the property industry works. LABS is the future.”

Lounge membership starts from as little at £50 per month (+ VAT) and other options include coworking, dedicated desks and private offices. LABS is on track to reach up to 500 co-workers at Hogarth House, and has started to develop more coworking space in the Midtown area. As part of LABS’ global expansion plans, offices are soon opening in Tel Aviv and Bucharest, as well as six sites across Camden and Holborn.

Chelsea Monthly in collaboration with VooVix TV and Labs brings you a brand new TV show called #TheBusiness . Follow us : @ChelseaMonthly for new episodes each Friday and for more information on LABS . Click here

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongOctober 2, 2017


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has entered into a benefactor relationship with Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai. As part of this arrangement, the partnership will bring American artist Asad Raza’s work Root sequence. Mother tongue, to the Rockbund Art Museum.

The installation will now form part of ‘RAM HIGHLIGHTS 2017: DISPLACE’, a project which aims to transform the museum into a boundary-breaking experimental space, fostering a diverse and yet open viewing experience. The installation will mark the Chinese debut for the work, which was first shown at the Whitney Biennial, 2017.

Additionally, and most importantly, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme will maintain a relationship with the museum and artist, to further show the work around the world. In this instance, Root sequence. Mother tongue, will, after a six day public exposure at Rockbund Art Museum, be reconstituted at venues which will be announced in due course.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commented, “Asad Raza’s work Root sequence. Mother tongue, is an intriguing and beguiling installation that challenges the conventions of how we interact with art. The Rolls-Royce Art Programme seeks to foster reativity and we are thrilled that the public will once again experience this unique and exciting installation.”

Larys Frogier, Director of the Rockbund Art Museum, commented, “The Rockbund Art Museum is honoured for the brilliant support given by the Rolls-Royce Art Programme to Root Sequence, Mother Tongue, a stunning artwork created by Asad Raza, that combines eco-care, visual arts, choreography and performance, with ongoing collective artistic contributions. In the framework of the DISPLACE art event produced for the RAM Highlight 2017 edition, the two organisations share the same value for excellence, high quality and unique creative projects. They also stand at the forefront of supporting new art formats, beyond the usual definition of art exhibition and art object. Such collaboration between Rolls-Royce and RAM is based on a sincere and full engagement in favour of the artists’ projects and as such it envisions brand new possibilities for contemporary art development.”

The Rolls-Royce Art Programme has committed to creatively contribute to the fabric of the contemporary art world and seeks to work collaboratively with internationally acclaimed art institutions and museums, to bring the work of extraordinary artists to the public, which might not otherwise be available for public viewing.

Root sequence. Mother tongue will bring the forest – a space of myth and fairy tales – into the museum. The installation will include 26 trees planted in soil-filled wooden boxes and local Chinese people who act as ‘caretakers’ for the trees, which collectively, the artist describes as characters, individual inhabitants in a living network. Each tree is grown locally, and their continuing growth throughout the installation forms part of the exhibition, alongside the improvised interaction of the caretakers, who might even opt to move the trees, as part of their performance. UV lights are strategically placed to encourage the trees’ photosynthesis throughout the installation, whilst casting a pink hue over the proceedings.

Objects belonging to the caretakers and relating to their personal histories are also incorporated into the installation, creating an intriguing and unexpected immersive experience. 


Raza intends to create an environment that provides visitors a park-like respite from the traditional museum viewing experience, shunning silence and sedentary observation in preference of interaction and stimulation. Adding a further complexity to the work, the space can be adapted for other artists or performers to interact with the environment, acting as guest contributors to the piece.

Asad Raza commented, “It is a privilege to bring my piece Root sequence. Mother tongue to China as part of this groundbreaking exhibition, DISPLACE, in which live presence and interaction will animate the Rockbund Art Museum. These are new grounds on which novel forms of art-making are being pursued. As the piece leaves behind a permanent grove of trees, I look forward to returning over the years to take care of it. Rolls-Royce’s focus on hand-made craftsmanship is linked to these forms of presence: when the living being takes precedence over the mere machine.”

The Rolls-Royce Art Programme celebrates a shared philosophy with the world of contemporary art. To date, Rolls-Royce has worked with leading international artists and key figures from the contemporary art world including: Yang Fudong, Isaac Julien and Ugo Rondinone.

Asad Raza’s installation Root sequence. Mother tongue will be publicly exhibited at the Rockbund Art Museum with the support of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme from 29 September to 4 October 2017.

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongSeptember 22, 2017


Toyota took the concept of aiming high to a new level by using an iconic sports car, a global drifting superstar and a satellite circling 660 miles above the Earth to create a world first.

New films released today show world champion drift king Fredric Aasbø burning rubber around the Millbrook skid pan in a Toyota GT86 to “paint” the car’s famous logo in tyre marks large enough to be photographed from an orbiting satellite.

The films Fredric Aasbø and the Donuts from Space are available to view on Toyota’s official UK YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHhcg4pC6No&feature=youtu.be

This was not simply a matter of driving a fast car in circles to create “donuts” on the ground. It called for precision planning, for the driver, the camera crew and the team plotting the exact time at which the satellite would pass overhead to capture the image.

The production team collaborated with the aeronautics and space giant Airbus to schedule a high resolution image of the completed 86 logo from one of its twin Pléaides satellites, circling in space, 800km above the earth. Experts at the National Geo Centre helped calculate the precise time at which the satellite and 86 logo would be in perfect alignment.

The only factor that could not be controlled was the weather, but after four months of planning the two-day shoot in August was completed in fine conditions, ensuring a pin-sharp image could be obtained.

Fredric Aasbø, a Formula Drift World Champion and Toyota Global Ambassador, completed the task in his Icom Toyota Express Service 86-X, a unique competition version of the GT86, powered by a 3.4-litre turbocharged straight-six engine, tuned to produce a mighty 1,150bhp.

He practised the manoeuvres needed to produce the 86 design using a virtual reality system before executing the real thing on the 137m diameter skid pan at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire, working in inch-perfect synchronicity with two road-going GT86 cars.

“When I was told about the project I thought is this for real, then it was ‘heck yeah, let’s do it!’” he said.

“Drifting is controlling a car that is essentially out of control,” he explained, “but this was the first time I had used my car as a paintbrush. It was epic and the highlight of my year.”

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonSeptember 13, 2017


Last night, I attended an event curated by Rémy Martin  to explore the well known Cognac, it’s origins and much more. The event held at Royal Society of Arts in Charing Cross began with a brief presentation about the history of the brand and the region it calls home. Founded in 1724 and based in the city of Cognac, it is one of the biggest cognac producers and is also part of the Comité Colbert, an association of luxury businesses which promotes French know-how worldwide. Beyond two simple letters, Rémy Martin XO is the invitation to broaden your horizons and appreciate new experiences this Christmas.

The name Rémy Martin comes from the name of the company founder, born in 1695 near Rouillac. A winegrower by trader, in 1724 he created a trading house of cognac. After his death in 1773, his grandson, also named Rémy, took over the business. In 1841, Paul-Emile-Rémy Martin assumed control of the business and oversaw great growth. He added a logo to the bottles and cases, in the shape of a centaur, a mythological creature whose starsign Sagittarius matched that of Martin. The Rémy Martin brand is today known for the distinctive centaur logo and in China is called réntóumă (人头马), literally “man-headed horse”.

In 1981, Rémy Martin imagined XO, an opulent cognac characterised by a rare aromatic complexity. Made from hundreds of the finest eaux-de-vie, from the two most sought-after vineyards of the Cognac region – Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne . Appreciated neat, on ice, or in a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned, every sip of Rémy Martin XO is a new experience as we found out when we plunged right into an actual virtual reality experience set up by the brand exploring it’s history.  In the middle of conversations about Parmesan cheese, grapes, and off course wood. We got the big reveal the ultimate taste straight no mixers and shaken but not stirred. 

Ana Almedia, Senior Brand Manager at  Rémy Martin added “Remy Martin retains the crown as the best Cognac worldwide. It is smooth, full-bodied and long-lasting with both exquisite and sophisticated flavours”. That is exactly what i like to hear when drinking a cognac and the flavours Ana mentioned certainly  made sense as a presentation of several food items led the audience into a tasting game of challenging their senses to find out a mix of  orange and cinnamon, grapes, late summer fruits and floral notes, such as jasmine, woody tobacco, white and dark chocolate and much more. All flavours attributed to Rémy Martin. The one word that stood strong was ‘legacy’ with the cognac’s brand ambassador,  “Rémy Martin wants to be around for the next hundred of years and more”.

In summary,  Rémy Martin XO delivered an outstanding sensory experience, and we can recommend this as the ultimate Cognac to delight when gifting or entertaining at home this Christmas . As we left the Royal Society of Arts fully sober (of course!) but more knowledgeable about Remy Martin.

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 19, 2017


Escaping for the summer has become a well known tradition among us Brits but recently choosing the perfect party destination has been a challenging quest with many opting for a unique all round experience rather  than the usual party locations we have all become accustomed to. Enter, Maximillian White, the brainchild behind Blanco Beach Club, a brand new  entertainment and experience driven venue to hit the shores of Portimao, Portugal. As a venture capitalist White has built an empire across large capital investments in property, hospitality, music production and creative start ups. With several properties and companies within his portfolio, he has learnt to balance risk, vision and drive to ensure a fast return on investments.

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Alongside acquiring properties across Europe, Maximillian developed a career in music production fast growing Defenders Ent – going onto produce hit tracks including One Dance – Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla, and working with the likes of  Cheryl Cole, Alesha Dixon and many more. Furthering his investment portfolio, he had an interest in Beatport, and in turn became a large shareholder in the software company which sold to Dell. Perfect move!  So, why and where in the world is the Algarve in Portugal….? I hear you ask… Well, the Algarve,  from Arabic: al-Gharb meaning “the West” is the southern region of continental Portugal. The region has approximately 451,006 permanent inhabitants, and incorporates 16 municipalities. Its administrative center is in the city of Faro, where both the region’s international airport and the University of Algarve, are located. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve’s summer economy. Production of food, which includes fish and other seafood, fruit, oranges, carob beans, figs and almonds, are also economically important in the region. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and one of the most popular in Europe. Its population triples to nearly 1.5 million people in the peak holiday season thanks to seasonal residents, and receives an average of 7 million foreign tourists each year. In total, including national visitors, almost 10 million people visit the Algarve annually and that is why White might just have hit the jackpot on this one.. So, without asking any more questions.. we packed our luggage and  boarded EasyJet at London Gatwick  later landing into Faro Airport. Our mission was  to at the very least find out whether this destination can give the other popular destinations such as Marbella a run for their money.

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We checked into the Villas D’Agua  located in Torre da Medronheira, right in the center of the Algarve coast. Albufeira is 3.7 miles from the complex and Faro is 17.4 miles away.  The beautiful property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Less than  5-minute walk from Maria Luisa Beach, this 4-star complex offers a large outdoor pool with ocean views. Surrounded by pine trees, it has a spa with various beauty treatments. Private balconies or patios are featured in all Villas d’Àgua apartments. Each has a kitchen with a dishwasher and washing machine. Air conditioning and satellite TVs are standard in all units. Quick tip: ask for Gabriella at reception and tell them Chelsea Monthly sent you. She will make sure you are well looked after during your stay.

Once, we were settled it was time for us to grab some dinner at Hotel Bella Vista. Their Real Cozinha Restaurant give you an opportunity to enjoy the best Portuguese delicacies, inspired by the typical flavors of the Algarve region. Panoramic views over the pool, and a wide range of fresh food served in the unique laid back gastronomic experience which is clearly a trademark for service in Portugal.. Say no more! Great food.. when it arrived and amazing cocktails.

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After a wonderful dinner. We were ready for our first opening party for Blanco Beach Club. We arrived through the VIP entrance and where ushered to our tables with the first performance of  the evening. US rap star, Tyga who enchanted the audience with his classic hits bringing the night to an end and as we made our way back to the Villas D’Argua we all agreed that the potential was certainly high.

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The next day, featured a line up which included; Richy Ahmed and the legendary Roger Sanchez who spoke to Chelsea Monthly exclusively for VooVix TV. He added “Blanco Beach Club is just what Portugal needs. It is an amazing location and this club is destined to become a massive success in the area”.  If words are anything to go by, coming from the man, the legend that is Sanchez goes a mile off in terms of credibility and i certainly concur with his vision for Blanco Beach Club.

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Our Verdict:

Blanco Beach Club is certainly destined for success . On the edge of the sea in Portimão, Blanco Beach offers you a  premium day and night club open daily from 11:00. Experience personalized service, elegant round beds and VIP huts with a private Jacuzzi,  fusion restaurant combing  sushi and Mediterranean cuisine to satisfy your appetite and i spoke to the Chef who is gearing up to deliver only the best.

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At night, 5 star entertainment with world-renowned DJs and musical acts keep the party hopping through the early morning hours. You might actually catch either Chelsea Monthly or the UMA’s holding an exclusive event this summer at the Blanco Beach Club. Watch this space and keep it tuned to VooVix for full highlights of our trip to the Algarve on the VooVix Travel Show sponsored by DeChavel Watches and Chelsea Monthly.

Blanco Beach
Largo Coronel Figueiredo
Praia da Rocha

Opens Daily at 11:00

Reserve Tickets and Tables:
Mobile: +351 964 364 442
Email: reservations@blancobeach.com

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 11, 2017


A recent survey has revealed that picnics are one of the UK’s favorite summer activities and so, ahead of the British summer holidays, the hunt is officially on to find the best picnic spot in the UK.

Seven out of ten Brits believe picnics are a staple of the British summer and 44% believe a picnic is essential to a summer day out.

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The survey revealed that 53% of us would choose the traditional picnic blanket as their preferred seating arrangement, while 65% of us think that sandwiches are the most traditional picnic food, followed by pork pies (21%) and sausage rolls (18%).

Nominations close on Monday 24th July with the announcement of the UK’s number one picnic location to be revealed on Wednesday 26th July.

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 6, 2017


Chelsea Monthly Newspaper talks to Vicky Madelyn, CEO of Just Cos Catering, on company strategies, running a successful catering business, and dealing with competition.

How did you start Just Cos Catering and what was the inspiration behind starting your own catering business?

My Sister Priscilla and I both bring a combination of 22 years experience in the Catering Industry. We have been the sole caterers for all events at our local church and at friends’ and family’s celebrations. We come from a Large Ghanaian family and brought up in the UK, with celebrations every month, be it birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, there is always the need to gather to eat. Even though we appreciate our African background, we are influenced by a large array of diverse cultures, the likes of Mediterranean, English, Oriental and Asian to name a few which is reflected in our menus. Our critics have been our children, nieces and nephews who do not hesitate in critiquing our cooking. Our kids have Michelin star palates and we suppose they get this from eating Grandma’s and our cooking.
In August 2011 whilst on vacation in Portugal, we decided to replicate a dish we’d had in a very prestigious restaurant the night before, and got amazing reviews from our Michelin Star Critics who then advised us to quit our day jobs to start Just ‘Cos Catering so that everyone is able to indulge in what they taste every day.

What have been the most exciting projects and events you have done since you started?

Being the official caterers for London Waste Ecopark, we are privileged to be the Caterers for the prestigious Annual London Mayors’ Lunch Event. We have been and still are the caterers for Deluxe Digital Technicolor Christmas events for the past 5 years and of course becoming official partners of this year’s National Film Awards. However the most exciting and challenging project was catering for Professor Stephen Hawking
and his crew at a London Film Studio. When we initially received the call, we thought it was a prank until we received the confirmation email. Professor Hawking follows a gluten free diet with additional dietary requirements, therefore a great challenge, at the same time exciting. We had amazing reviews from the man himself, a very rewarding and awesome experience!

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You recently became official catering partner for the 3rd annual National Film Awards and received amazing feedback from your catering, service and delivery. How was that experience for you?

My goodness…. Knowing we were catering for 350 celebrity guests who dine at the finest eateries, we found ourselves again challenged and excited. It was manic but we had a ball through the chaos and worked tirelessly to ensure our guests enjoyed every bite. We are pleased to hear the amazing feedbacks and look forward to many more.

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What type of customers do you aim to target with Just Cos Catering and what makes the service you offer different from any other competitors?
All food Lovers! For us it’s about the taste and being personable with our clients. We are a very friendly bunch always smiling and mingling with our guests. We always make them feel at home whilst enjoying a fusion of flavours.
If you have a belly, it’s bound to be filled up with good nourishing wholesome food. We are aware of the stress that comes with this industry however we try not to take the whole business too seriously; it is food after all, so we aim at delivering the best taste, service beyond every expectation with loads of passion and fun. With music always playing in our kitchens, and an atmosphere of culinary explosions you are guaranteed to be taken on a taste bud journey!

Where do you see Just Cos Catering in the next 5 years?

Opening Restaurants, food trucks across London and getting our ‘Just ‘Cos’ Brands in a supermarket near you.

How can clients get in touch with you?
By calling us on 0208 364 0209, 07931134433, 07506720679 email: info@justcoscatering.com
Website: www.justcoscatering.com

What are your top 5 tips in providing a top catering service?
1. Understanding every client’s needs and prompt response to email and phone enquiries
2. Never taking criticisms personally and respecting clients’ honest feedback
3. Working your butt off to deliver the taste, service beyond every expectation
4. Passion in everything you do!
5. Enjoying what you do and a service with a smile!

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