So often with dating you get a pretty accurate snapshot of what you’ve missed out on: you get a blast from the past which makes you kick yourself for the mistakes you’ve made. I met a guy from my past who I’d ditched in favour of someone else, in a move that was a huge mistake. The trench coat was among the many reasons I quit returning his calls, dodged his text messages, and avoided him in the name of not breaking his heart, when I met James, a suave, city type. The trouble was, behind the Clerkenwell apartment, the Egyptian cotton sheets, and Dior (of course); he turned out to be well, a little bit mean.
Like some awful dating morality tale, James lost his job, became a bit meaner, and as the roses stopped coming I started to seriously doubt why I loved him in the first place. With no hint of irony he quit returning my calls, dodged my text messages, and avoided my requests to hit Bikram together. If this weather hasn’t completely got the better of you, and you’ve decided not to hibernate until at least August 2025, give these events a look and enjoy your weekend in London to the fullest! Film lovers are able eat fabulous food, drink cold beer and watch their favourite movies on the big screen as the stars begin to sparkle. Our big screen, high quality wireless headphones and comfy chairs mean you can sit back, relax and experience film like never before in these completely unique urban environments.
Last summer saw over a 100 sold out screenings, so don’t miss this chance to get your tickets for the ultimate film experience coming to a rooftop near you soon. This display tells the story of the production of the medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto to the creation of the designs by David Watkins and Lin Cheung and production by the Royal Mint.
Relax this summer in the N1 English Garden which will come into full bloom at the N1 Shopping Centre in Islington. Maybe it’s the age-old allure of the exotic, their sultry passion and fieriness providing the perfect escape and antidote to our more commonplace romantic adventures.
Whilst an English woman might rebuff your funniest joke with a deadpan expression, a warm South American woman will most likely giggle in to her glass of wine. This particular girl was all woman: voluptuous curves, sensual full lips, a mane of gorgeous flowing brown hair and beautifully bronzed skin.
Saving the occasional difficulty of the language barrier, (which we both navigated by smiling emphatically and breaking into mutual uproarious laughter when we failed to understand each other) we really hit it off! Despite what was lost in translation, there were plenty of laughs, lots of light touching and that…oh so seductive and sultry Latino glance that told of all the night’s secrets. With the call for last orders, we’re out and ambling down the streets of grimy East London. Well, what I didn’t mention was that this South American vixen also plays guitar, reads books on psychology and is a maestro in the kitchen.
Pan-Indian restaurant and cocktail bar Carom will be transformed this summer 2012 into a vibrant and exotic Indian Summer Garden throughout the warmer months. Located in the heart of bustling Soho, at 100 Wardour Street, the Indian Summer Garden will pop-up inside the restaurant atrium, so even if there’s a monsoon outside, guests can relax in their tropical surroundings. Colourful flower garlands and huge terracotta pots overflowing with native Indian plant life will complement jewel toned interiors with intricate lanterns, vibrant cushions, floating candles, richly textured throws, multi-coloured bamboo and beading adorning the garden. Guests will be able to luxuriate under tall palm trees, in an ambience evocative of the days of the Raj, while enjoying inspired pan-Indian snacks and dishes created by Carom’s acclaimed Executive Chef, Balaji Balachander. Exotic drinks will be offered from the Carom Cocktail List, such as the Maharaja Fizz, a delicious blend of homemade saffron syrup, rosewater and Prosecco or the floral inspired Lychee & Rose Petal Martini. Carom is a vibrant and buzzing contemporary Indian restaurant from D&D London, serving authentic and casual sharing dishes at affordable prices, as well as a unique menu of cocktails using spices and exotic ingredients.
The elegant Prism Brasserie is part of the Harvey Nichols portfolio and occupies the sensational former Bank of New York building on Leadenhall Street in the City of London. In addition to the Traditional Afternoon Tea menu, with deliciously nostalgic cakes such as Victoria sponge and Profiteroles, the chef has created a special Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea menu with warm salt beef baguette, a home made Scotch Egg and Rhubarb crumble tart with creme chantilly.
The Library, situated on the ground floor at the rear of the restaurant is reminiscent of a small gentleman’s club, retaining many of the original features including the ornate ceiling and fireplace and is perfect for intimate Afternoon Tea parties of up to 24 people. To celebrate his recent appointment as Head Cook at Borough Market-based favourite Roast, Marcus Verberne has devised a unique monthly treasure hunt that culminates in a rather delicious fashion.
In order to prepare such a feast, Marcus will first need the finest seasonal British produce the local area can offer. It could be that they have to pay a visit to Neal’s Yard for buttermilk or Sillfield Farm for wild boar pancetta. Open to groups of 8 – 12, participants will be treated to one of Marcus’ incomparable lunches. Roast’s Treasure Hunt will launch to the public on 5th April and will then be held on the first Thursday of each month. Perfect as a gift, a corporate exercise or for anyone who loves food, the price will be ?85 per head. We’re aiming to spread some cheeriness this week with our top London event suggestions. The Notting Hill Mayfest 2012 presents two weeks of events inspired by the best of Britain, with a fine selection of emerging British talent. Whether you fancy a fiery fusion of folk from the Heart of England, or song settings of Shakespeare’s sonnets, or a fun family day at the fair, Mayfest has something for everyone to enjoy. Ladies and gentlemen, roll-up roll-up for the triumphant launch of a thrilling new festival.
At its heart lies a colossal Spiegeltent bursting with a programme of the finest international cabaret, music and circus. With an array of the grandest, wildest, most magnificent and downright weirdest shows on the planet, Ladies and gentlemen, I guarantee that never before will you have seen such an amazing spectacle!
Westfield Stratford City is delighted to announce the start of a one of a kind series of discovery food markets in partnership with QED London (Quality Eating and Drinking) from May to November 2012 which will explore the unusual and the unique in the world of fresh food. The Great Eastern Market is a collection of delicatessens, bakeries and chocolatiers based in an artisanal precinct inside the centre that pays homage to the original Great Eastern Market that operated in the area more than 100 years ago. The first in the series of discovery food markets will kick-off from 18th to 20th May with a Fire and Ferment theme and is set to demonstrate how flames and fermentation can transform raw produce into extraordinary feasts and a handful of specialist food producers will offer eat-on-the-spot tastings. COLLECT is the premier destination for anyone passionate about buying the very best in contemporary craft. This prestigious fair, now in its fourth year at the Saatchi Gallery, London, presents 31 of the world’s finest international galleries representing exceptional work of museum quality from their portfolio of artists.
This stellar line-up of artists will occupy the ground and first floor of the Saatchi Gallery whilst the Project Space returns to the second floor, featuring ten installations by artists with a focus on textiles and furniture. Enjoy teas and coffees, or get into the cocktails: Irish Coffees, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, traditional Pernod Fils Absinthe and more to tickle your taste buds and ease you into a relaxing Sunday afternoon. DJ Dan Benzino will be spinning jazz and blues from the 30s, 40s, and 50s to keep ears pleased and your toes tapping all afternoon and evening. This Friday 4th May, celebrate the release of the brand new American Pie: Reunion film with a Frat Party. Shaka Zulu is absolutely stunning and without doubt the most beautiful venue in London right now. The 2012 Camden Crawl takes place 4th – 6th May 2012 and its programme will feature more than 250 of next year’s brightest music talents from the UK and abroad across Camden Town’s two mile stretch of historic pubs and venues. A unique venue where forgotten Victorian indulgence is revived and relived…with a modern twist. Perfectly located in the heart of the city, The Dollhouse is a surviving treasure from Victorian East London; Enter the former Turkish bath house, descend the staircase and move beneath the streets of the City into the beautiful subterranean cocktail lounge. In the last few months this venue has established itself as one of the go to places in London.
Another weekend is upon us and here we are with a few interesting things to do in London with a date or with a mate. All eyes will be on London in 2012, as the world’s most talented descend on the capital for one hotly anticipated event.
The steaks are high as we welcome some of the hottest names in comedy, theatre and music to our 400 seated upside-down purple cow. With an excellent programme of internationally renowned artists like Tim Minchin, Rufus Hound, Greg Proops, Nina Conti, The Boy With Tape on His Face and many more it’s full cream ahead as E4 Udderbelly Festival returns on Thursday 5 April. Sundance Institute and The O2 recently announced the programme of 14 narrative and documentary feature films that will make their UK premieres at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. The actor, director, and activist Robert Redford launched an independent film festival in the mountains of Utah, USA 30 years ago. This spring, UK audiences will have the chance to experience the Sundance Film Festival in our own back yard.
From Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 April, 2012 Cineworld at The O2 will screen films back to back, with filmmakers in attendance for live Q&A sessions with the audience following each screening. Over 35 stalls will be providing visitors with the opportunity to taste artisan cheese and dairy, shop for foodie gifts, and of course find their ideal wines, from as far afield as Italy, Australia and South America. Admission is generally free, but some tastings will be ticketed and require pre-booking and payment.
Another weekend is upon us, and here we are with this week’s fun things to do in London with a date or with a mate. DJ Kobayashi & Herbert Newbert, the chaps behind Gypsy Hill, bring you another raucous night of balkan brass mayhem on the banks of Camden Lock. DJ Kobayashi is a regular DJ on the Gypsy scene around London, in productions such as Stranger than Paradise, Balkan Beats London Dimba Presents and is fresh off the back of supporting the legendary Balkan Beat Box in Rome. Come on down to the multi award winning vintage music and dance night and dance the night away to the best tunes from the 1940s and 1950s from DJ and host Miss Aloha and the Reverend Boogie, plus Guest Dj Pat the Kat! BALKAN SONIK fuses influences such as Hip Hop, Dubstep, House, Drum& Bass, and Twisted Electronica.
It’s not so much an aural assault but more a natural rhythm with extremely danceable tunes and blaring brassy energy – get ready to sweat!
House DJs spin the finest of the 80s & 90s mixed up with funky house and commercial RnB. It’s the hottest Saturday night party in London- its not just a club, its an experience!
Learn all about champagne at Champagne School, our monthly guided tastings where Flute’s experts present a selection of bubblies for you to taste side-by-side.
Long dominated by big name brand wineries, the Champagne market has recently seen a resurgence of interest in small, independent houses. Join Dating RepublicBy only being for Londoners, we help you get straight to the people that interest you. Ever had it when rationally, logically, on-paper-if-you-made-a-list, you met someone who is ‘perfect’ for you but you still can’t convince yourself to like them?
After a particularly ugly break up (involving arguments over can openers, a dramatic ‘move out’ and psychotherapy on both sides) I decided it was finally time to take my mum’s advice and find a ‘nice’ man. Peter also has a whole list of other qualities that would make my mother shriek in delight.
On the bright side I could tell Peter made an effort to take me somewhere I would like; he treated me to a round of champagne and gently harried the restaurant’s maitre de to give us a good table. In fact, after he was an utter gentleman walking me to the tube, he gave me a peck on the lips… and then sent me a text apologising in case it was inappropriate. Trouble is I’m a die-hard romantic that’s not quite willing to face up to the reality of compromise. With spring now making an appearance we are graced with brightly coloured daffodils, warmer days, birds singing and lighter evenings. Here are our favourite parks and open spaces in London that you must make time to visit this spring!
The Regent’s Park spans 166 hectares (410 acres) and was designed in 1811 by renowned architect John Nash. With royal, political and literary associations, St James’s Park is at the heart of London and covers 23 hectares (58 acres). One of London’s best loved open spaces, Hampstead Heath is a large park covering 790 acres and contains some of the highest points in London, including Parliament Hill, which has one of the best views of London’s skyline. Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from the Thames at East India Dock Basin, past the Olympic Park, North London, up through Essex to Ware in Hertfordshire. Greenwich is the oldest enclosed Royal Park, 74 hectares (183 acres), and home to a small herd of deer.
Here are this week’s fun things to do in London this weekend with a date or with a mate – your choice.
Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar is joining forces with some of the country’s leading chefs to create a series of fusion menus to be served at the stylish Benares Bar in Mayfair. Guests will be able to choose from a menu consisting of 12 dishes designed to share (3 dishes priced at ?21 per person) made by both Atul and the guest chefs.
Dishes will be complemented by the Benares signature cocktails such as The Benares Bellini mixed with Cartron liqueur – mango, passion fruit or strawberry – topped with prosecco and passion fruit and Chutney Martini and Atul’s very own Domaine du Grand Mayne designed to perfectly complement the dishes by softening spices and reinforcing aromas. We have selected some of the best events and activities in London for the weekend of Thursday January 5th to Sunday January 8th 2012.
Break ups are never fun: The tears, the heartbreak and the inevitably shattered self-esteem, nasty stuff! It was recently after I had split from my long-term boyfriend when the girls decided to haul my ass out back into the world.
Thanking my lucky stars I had taken a time out from the last round of ‘Gangnam Style’ to find myself sitting on the sofa next to this hunkosaurus sat quietly texting on this iPhone. He was garbed in a coal-black suit, pristine white shirt and slicked back hair with just the right amount of gel. Now, I know it isn’t traditional for women to make the first move – so ladies, you may want to sit down before you read on – but I had to speak to him. He was perfect, maybe too perfect and surely he would be here with his friends or worse still, his girlfriend (or wife!) The little voice of self-doubt croaked louder.

Now I am a firm believer of Sisters before Misters and I had a long scroll of reasons why I don’t do One Night Stands readied in my head. My 007 reminded me that I could feel as sexy as Ursula Andreas and the next morning, with the hugest of grins, it was definitely a case of The Spy who Loved Me.
Whether you think you have a perfect profile, the most handsome of pictures, or the very best messaging tactic, we can all stand to learn a bit more about becoming an online dating guru! Here is a round up of dating and online dating advice articles that we think you may benefit from spending a little time reading. Flirting over the internet is pretty complicated because it is not always possible to gauge the true meaning of messages and emails without seeing the face of the person writing it. This one is simple really, as everyone loves to be adored and flattery gets you everywhere! Casually compliment someone about their lovely smile in their profile photo or tell them that they make you laugh whilst instant messaging them.
We have seen that ‘sense of humour’ ranks highly on most members list of desirable traits in a potential date, but it’s really quite surprising how rarely people demonstrate this characteristic. This is not particularly a flirting tip as such, but one of the most attractive things in a person is honesty.
Many people whilst meeting potential mates have the tendency to act like someone that they are not when they are online. Discussing seriously intimate situations is a no no when messaging people for the first time. Should you have just partaken in a little online chat with someone, why don’t you follow up with an email message? Now the problem is, no matter how many IMs you’ve had, emails you’ve swapped, or hours you’ve spent gazing at their profile picture, when push comes to shove you’re never truly sure how much you’re going to like a person until the second your eyes meet for the first time. A good low key day date could be meeting in a coffee shop with a view, maybe try the 5th View Bar at the top of Waterstones Piccadilly. If it turns out their profile picture was a little forgiving then it’s also a hop, skip and a jump from the tube to out of there.  Although we at Dating Republic don’t endorse such actions – shame on you! However,  if you want to roll the dice and carry on the date it’s also on the doorstep of a romantic stroll along South Bank and Embankment (check out our first date story on how this hopefully won’t go for you). Then you can notice how time has flown and derail the date by finishing your walk at a handy home bound bus stop… only 7 minutes to wait then, and make small talk, until the next service and an awkward cheek kiss goodbye.
If you do want to go for the movie moment snog though Embankment also leaves you spoilt for choice with night caps.
Whether you have had your heart broken or just come out of a long-term relationship, you may have experienced a decline in your self-esteem or a low sense of confidence. With more revelations every week about Fleet Street’s phone-hacking scandal, this is the perfect time for a play about tabloid hacks with the scent of a story in their nostrils. As soon as the last model has stepped off the catwalk at London Fashion Week, Somerset House will be instantly transformed into a unique 4-day designer shopping emporium, where style-savvy label lovers can get their fix of shopping from heritage British brands such as Pringle of Scotland, Jaeger London and Linda Farrow to some of London’s best emerging designers including Holly Fulton, James Long and Maria Francesca Pepe. Witness Femme Ferale channel old school cheeky Bollywood glamour… Hear belly boppin’ live sounds, rocka-Deli rhythms and Bhangra flavoured Beats!
In the Cupid’s Conundrums trail you’ll walk through parks enlivened by love and steal away through tucked-away courtyards as you uncover the capital’s romantic side. From 7pm every Friday and Saturday evening, as well as serving delicious Greek food, a traditional Greek band will play.
The band is led by Pavlos Carvalho and Kostas Voros, with special guest appearances from other Greek musicians and singers. Valentines leaves us cold, but dancing in a sweaty basement to RnB makes us happy and warm! Leave the roses at the door and lose yourself in the sweet beats and heady disco from our fab DJ trio: JoshYouAre, Sophie MDMX and Maxx DMC. The festive spirit will take over CABANA featuring sexy samba dancers, waiters decked in outrageous bright feather headdresses, colourful Carnaval menus and plenty of party whistles for everyone joining the party. For more events and information on these and other Valentine’s events, visit Time Out London. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember at Roux at the Pembury, where Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Bar Manager Abdulai Kpekawa will win over hearts and tastebuds, with the delectable Valentine’s Day cocktail, Avec Moi. Combining vodka, framboise, Aperol and Kammerlings – a ginseng spirit that incorporates 45 natural botanicals including ginseng, fresh grapefruit peels and manuka honey – Avec Moi is an exotic blend designed to tantalize all tastes. While Valentine’s traditionally lasts for a single day, this is one love affair worth extending. The London Rollergirls are an all-female, skater-owned-and-run roller derby league based in London.
Rainforest Life will give visitors to ZSL London Zoo the chance to experience the sights, smells and sounds of London’s only living rainforest. An experience set inside a living, breathing tropical forest filled with exotic species at ZSL London Zoo. Get close to cheeky red titi monkeys, glamorous gold lion tamarins and sleepy sloths as you walk through a land of tropical plants, misty clearings and entangled vines. Wildlife explorers can then venture down into Night Life, a dark and mysterious world filled with nocturnal creatures. This weekend’s (Thursday January 26th – Sunday January 29th 2012) round up of date ideas and events to take part in in London is a diverse little collection! At the club you can expect to hear the likes of The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, Hefner, McCarthy, The Vaselines, Joy Division, The Velvet Underground, Depeche Mode and The Cure. Why don’t you let us know if you visited any of the events in the comments box below. Part of the beauty of online dating is the speed with which Members can go from being strangers to being ‘bosom buddies’, and the Instant Messaging system gives even more opportunity to really get things moving.
You and your closest friends might well think that your joke about the Nun and the zebra in the sauna is the funniest thing since the dawn of time. Word does tend to get around, so before you go ranting about someone else’s conduct or laying into them about a certain view they hold, just bear in mind that not everyone will share your point of view. As with the content of your messages, make sure you give the other person a reason to reply by asking leading questions that allow them to actually tell you something about themselves. There are quite a number of conventions that are followed in instant messaging, but what is most important to remember is that you should respect other people’s boundaries. Should you find yourself running out of things to say, and the tumbleweed starts blowing in, it’s always easier to think of subjects to bring up if you’ve done a bit of homework. You might want to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for your first date, which can sometimes be the key to boosting your confidence. Just to be clear, you don’t have to go as far as inviting a friend to the same venue to spy on you to make sure that you are safe, but there are a few pointers to remember when meeting someone for the first time. It’s usually a good idea to end the first date without mentioning when and where date number two will be. Following these tips should help you combat the very common and totally normal anxiety that people experience when they begin dating. The person you didn’t choose, pops back into your life (or at least your Facebook feed) just to taunt you with the prize you didn’t win. Two years ago I had been on a couple of dates with Alex, and I thought he was a sweetheart. I completely forgot about Alex during the whirlwind stage of our romance; but the picture perfect dream didn’t last for long. Two years later on as he sat on the sofa in sweat pants, grumbling about the stock market I already had the vague sense I’d made a terrible mistake.
His business as a life coach had sky rocketed (largely thanks to YouTube videos of him piggy backing girls), he had lost weight, got a pad in Regent’s Park and told me over dinner that he still loved me ‘a little bit’.
No more hot stuffy cinemas, this is the incomparable film experience in the fresh air of a warm summer’s night.
Examples of both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic victory medals – shown here publicly for the first time – are the high point of the display. Visitors will see the N1 Shopping Centre transformed into an idyllic English Garden equipped with green grass and deck chairs, perfect for cloud gazing. Hence on Saturday I found myself relishing the company and conversation of a hot Brazilian chick over our own native females.
I took this near perfect specimen of femininity to an old school East London boozer round my parts. I like chocolate but I shouldn’t eat so much of it (here begin to gesture) but when someone offers me chocolate I can never say no and refuse it. Before we can barely register, we’re in my flat, clutching a glass of Pinot Grigio each, maybe a head’s width separating us on the bed.
Get out in the bright spells of sunshine that seem to be breaking through and enjoy yourselves!
The menu will include some summer barbeque specials launched for the Garden, such as an Indian Burger served with a selection of Homemade Chutneys & Spiced Fries. The restaurant and bar are open both day and night, with DJs playing from 9pm from Wednesday to Saturday evenings. Harvey Nichols have created a sophisticated setting which oozes the glamour and power of the 1920s financial world, with a vast ceiling height, classic Doric columns and airy space in the main Brasserie.
Thus he will divide the party into teams, giving each an ingredients’ and suppliers’ list and a budget. A quick stop off at Furness Fish & Game meanwhile could reap rewards in the shape of some fresh cod fillet and clams.
This will include a glass of champagne on arrival, bar snacks, the market treasure hunt, a three course menu and coffee or tea. Since then it has earned widespread acclaim for an offering that focuses on beautiful roast meats, fresh fish and game, all made using the finest seasonal British ingredients, many sourced from Borough traders.
This is a very special year for Britain, with the arrival of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the long-awaited Olympic Games, and it happens to be Mayfest’s 10th birthday as well. Headlining is the Australian circus hit, Cantina, a sensational cocktail of glamorous vaudeville and scintillating circus, featuring Australia’s finest artists from La Clique, Circa, Acrobat, Tom Tom Crew and Circus Oz. The modern interpretation of the market is inspired by the some of the best global markets that celebrate local culture and cuisine through independent traders. Let’s cheer ourselves up by getting involved in some great London events this weekend! They have 5x VIP tickets to give away on the evening and complimentary vodka jelly shots to get the party started. With 60ft giant statues, themed drinks and a giant escalator taking you between floors it provides a totally unique clubbing experience. The event kicks off with an opening night party featuring 6 live acts and a special edition of Club NME on Friday 4th May from 5pm at KOKO and full programme runs from midday on Saturday 5th May until the early hours of the following bank holiday Monday. E4 Udderbelly Festival is BACK at Southbank Centre for it’s fourth ox-hilerating year. These films premiered in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States. Called the Sundance Film Festival and held each January, it has since become the largest independent film festival in the world. Robert Redford and his Sundance Institute will present a four-day festival featuring a selection of the best films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, an exciting music line-up, and a series of panel discussions on the most pressing issues facing independent filmmakers on both sides of the pond. The Indigo2 will feature an array of live concerts and many of the O2’s other bars and open spaces will be filled with music from new bands and artists. The Good Block will blend Disco, Boogie, Hip Hop, House and Soul from the 70′s to the current day.
Each month’s line up will welcome a host of established club DJs who leave their current guises behind to do something left of centre. Think of the illicit fun of the Jazz Age, mix in Eastern European, Swing and Arabic flavour and then add the cutting edge sounds of modern electronic percussion. Here you will find computer versus accordion, sampler versus trumpet and drumbox versus derbouka.
These houses are often family run, small production, and self-sufficient for their grape supply. I had gotten to the stage where I was fed up with my stupid heart and even stupider emotions making all of my dating choices like a malevolent dictator. Like most women (and if you don’t know this guys, it’s time to sit up and pay attention) I have a guy or two on my radar who I know is one of the ‘good guys’: the kind of guy who would never forget an anniversary and send you texts wishing you ‘good morning’. But the whole way through I felt like I was desperately trying to inject some excitement into the date. So for now my mother is going to have to quit flicking through bridal brochures, and I may have to admit that finding your ideal partner can never be boiled down to a checklist: just your heart rate. Spending time in the spring air in London doesn’t mean you have to risk choking on the traffic fumes and city smog! It includes stunning rose gardens and has the largest outdoor sports area in London, with facilities for football, softball rugby and cricket. This pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands set amongst ancient trees, with plants, animals and butterflies, offers a peaceful respite to visitors. The house includes a great hall based on a Roman basilica and a bedroom used by Queen Victoria. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,00 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London.
Commissioned by the third Earl of Burlington and styled on Roman architecture, you can experience the grandeur of Burlington’s home. Built for millionaires, Eltham Palace reflects the glamour and allure of 1930s fashionable society.
There is also an open air unheated lido which is open year round, over 25 ponds, and Kenwood House is also situated on the heath.

As well as taking time out to explore beautiful countryside walks, nature reserves and gardens, or relaxing with a picnic, you can enjoy a whole host of activities, from a day out at Lee Valley Park Farms to boating, golf, horse riding, athletics and ice skating.
On top of a hill, visitors enjoy sweeping views across the River Thames and central London. Beginning with Anna Hansen (The Modern Pantry) on 21st February until 5th March, Atul will also be joined by Richard Corrigan (Corrigan’s) on 20th March until 2nd April, David Thompson (Nahm) on 16th April until 29th April and Nigel Haworth (Northcote) on 3rd May until 16th May. Never complacent with the quality of his work, Atul has been instrumental in redefining the perception of Indian cooking that captures the spiritual and uplifting essence of Northern India. We have date ideas to suit all pockets, or if you don’t have a date – take your mates! Situated on the 29th Floor of the Millbank tower, The London Sky Bar has a great crowd and is the best place to see unparalleled views of the River Thames and the city below. Geek it up with your date by solving clues sent to you via sms, and rediscover London in the process! The club was about to close and it was time to make an unexpected choice: to leave with the girls or to go home with Mr.
Then I took a look at my 007 and decided that for one night only I’d rather like feeling like a Bond Girl.
Even if you are following all of the rules and suggestions already, a little spring clean of your profile might just give you the edge above your very best dating counterparts!
However, many clever online daters have discovered how to overcome the limitations of flirting online with great success.
Experience tells us that it’s best to leave the corny jokes until you know the person better, and are less likely to offend. Many people will see this as a nice gesture and you will be sure to stick in this persons mind, if nothing but as a nice person! This is why you need to take a first date that can be instantly customised: extended if it’s going great, and swiftly cut short if they turn out to be frightening and you need to hit the eject button.
Pick a central location so neither of you is travelling for hours with your pink carnation in hand. Surprisingly undiscovered this place does cocktails and coffee, is quiet, has panoramic views across the Thames and comfy purple sofas – very Austin Powers Baby! Paul’s (big London landmarks add extra drama and are something to tell the grandkid’s about). Grab a drink on one of the many bars and pubs that litters Villiers St and the Arches, then walk up to Trafalgar Square for a cliched, but beautiful none the less, kiss by the fountains. Smiling will lift your spirits and is scientifically proven to relieve stress by allowing your brain to produce endorphins. A bad habit can take up your time, and when you stop, you’ll have some free time on your hands.
Your only care is to know what you think of yourself and make sure that you give yourself approval all the time.
Be sure to find the latest exciting brands, the hottest hair and beauty labels and a taste of London’s culture with pop-up bars, bistros and exclusive experiences. Plus a dedicated team of personal shoppers will be on hand to offer advice on all of your styling needs. Dance to an entirely smashing soundtrack provided by DJ Anjali – She paints a freaky bhangra beatcacophony man! The venue is charming, the host is sensational and the performers will tickle your fancy and warm the cockles of your heart on a cold winter night! From 15th-21st February Brasilian Barbecue restaurant, CABANA, will be the hotspot to celebrate the Rio Carnival.
DWD kicks things off: a night for those who rate conventional dating events up there with pulling out nose hairs and family Christmases in Coventry. This weekend’s events in London have been chosen to put some warmth back in your body and mind! On this two hour Harry Potter Walk you’ll get to visit some of the sites used in London for the Harry Potter film series including a location from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. And with more and more Members using the feature, we thought that we should give you our invaluable advice on Instant Messaging. They might be busy chatting with someone else or they might be doing something else on the site.
But bear in mind that not everyone will share your sentiments and it might be an idea to leave such quips until you know someone a bit better and you’ve got a better idea of what THEY think is funny.
If you act like an idiot in front of other Members then chances are they’ll tell people about it and your reputation will start to precede you.
And when you’re asked questions by others try and give an reply that doesn’t just answer the question but tells them something a bit more. This means not immediately trying to exchange e-mail addresses or mobile numbers, moderating your use of potentially offensive language and complying to other Members’ requests to stop messaging. For example, if you have a certain preference for food (for instance, you might have a milk allergy or you don’t eat meat), when being asked to go to a milkshake bar or a barbeque night, politely suggest something different, perhaps somewhere you know has a more varied menu.
But we always find that a tried and tested smart casual outfit will suffice on a first date. Both parties should drive separately to the date venue and neither should get in the other’s vehicle to drive somewhere on the first date. You may feel the date didn’t go as great as you planned and you would just like to sleep on it before you make a decision, or vice versa. You never get to find out whether that job offer would have made you a millionaire, whether you would have made an excellent doctor if you hadn’t flunked A-Level Biology, or whether your calling really was to be a diving instructor in Sri Lanka. He was the kind of guy who would give you piggyback rides around fun fairs, pick you bunches of wild flowers and had studied massage. It took me a glimpse into ‘this could have been your life’ to recognise all the mistakes in mine.
So yes, the prospect of feasting out on savoury Brazilian cuisine whilst discussing the various merits and flaws of Freud, followed by an impromptu rendition of ‘Valerie’ (she’s a big Amy Winehouse fan) does sound enticing.
Afternoon Tea can also be taken in The Prism Conservatory, which has a triple height glass ceiling and creates a feeling of dining in the garden.
A place of unusual surprises and daring thrills presented by the trailblazing gentlemen who brought you Udderbelly (the upside-down purple cow), and the marvelous team at Southbank Centre. Bring out the oversized cards to enjoy a giant game of Go Fish with friends over hot or cold drinks. Check out these great events happening over the weekend in London, and whatever you do, take your brolly! Prepare to be amazed as you move through the venue and marvel at the intricate detail captured on each carved wall and ceiling panel. In addition to the Crawl’s renowned live music schedule in the evening, its extensive daytime arts festival showcases cutting-edge independent talent across a variety of disciplines.
Many film makers including Quentin Tarantino, Stephen Soderbergh, and Darren Aronofsky, got their big breaks at Sundance. Just exciting new tastes to explore, fascinating facts to discover and passionate foodies to meet.
I suggested a moonlit walk across the Thames, I let my knee touch his under the table and I enthused about the finer points of property law: but at absolutely no stage did he turn into Christian Bale and passionately kiss me. Incase you didn’t know, London is one of the greenest capitals in the world, with an amazing amount of green and open spaces. The 3rd Duke built the spectacular Great Conservatory in the 1820′s and is thought to be the earliest of its kind in the country.
Recently installed additions to the collection of paintings now compliments the beautiful painted and gilded ceilings.
Stunning interiors and furnishings reflect a masterpiece of design, and combine the cutting edge designs of ocean-liner style, with French influence Art Deco. Hampstead Heath’s remarkable range of natural habitats includes wide expanses of grassland and ancient woodland. Part of Greenwich World Heritage Site, host to the Prime Meridian Line and the old Royal Observatory, and near the National Maritime Museum. Each chef will work closely with Atul to prepare a menu of small plates reflecting the layers of flavours and spices Atul is so famous for, combined with their own signature style.
The Chef Season marks an exciting new episode for Benares and a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy the work of some the UK’s finest culinary talent. It’s like modern orienteering but without the P.E kit … and a little birdy tells us it might include two bar visits en-route! And if you then choose to head home then you’re ideally fixed to travel north, south, east or west at the end of the night- hopefully with a plus one, but we recommend waiting until at least the 3rd date for those kind of antics! Not only does it make other people notice you, but studies show that looking up can immediately improve your mood. Even subtle things like changing the way you wear your hair or trying a new perfume or aftershave can make a big difference to the way you feel. This means you can make space for something new and exciting or have more time to spend on something you already love to do.
Remember that you are great as you are, warts and all and as long as you are happy with yourself and your actions, that’s all that matters. Now the largest league in the UK, they now have two inter-league teams to take on the world and four intra-league teams that battle head-to-head to see who is truly the queen of the track! A fantastic selection of hands-on, interactive cooking classes ranging from 30 minutes up to 4 hours. In this way you should try to treat the situation exactly as a face-to face conversation and deviate onto whatever subject crops up.
It is important to be in a comfortable place you are used to, as the nerves and anxiety will show right from the outset. It saves each others feelings if you evaluate the date on your own and follow up with a phone call or an email with the next steps, if any.
The trouble was, Alex was also broke, constantly couch surfing and lived in a long, mauve, trench coat. Michelin stars, Dior suits, and roses can only last so long… a guy that will get up at 6am to pick you wild flowers, that kind of guy is forever.
Smooth and before we know it, our mouths are interlocked and our hands searching out the other.
Ranging from critical darlings like Blue Valentine , Man on Wire, and Take Shelter to cult classics like Run Lola Run and The Blair Witch Project, to audience favourites’ including Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, and Napoleon Dynamite, the Sundance Film Festival has established itself as the premier platform for audiences looking to discover the most exciting new work and new voices in independent film. Not only will you get bonus points among your wine aficionado friends, but you will discover some great champagne values and help support hands-on artisinal winemaking.
The gardens are Grade I listed, were landscaped by Capability Brown and include a collection of rare trees and plants, a rose garden and circular lakeside walk. The mansion’s backdrop is a medieval royal palace from Tudor times, with magnificent Great Hall, the childhood home of Henry VIII.
In summer, a bandstand plays host to concerts and the children’s playground offers entertainment. Tip- Leave your pumps at home and dig your best outfit out – this is a Celeb hotspot! Why don’t you get out and do things with the people that make you laugh, watch a funny movie or go and see a comedy act? You don’t have to change everything about your look, but one or two updates can attract many compliments that will make you feel great. Show your welcome text to the bar staff at Vinoteca, the start point, to get two glasses of wine for the price of one.
This weekend’s events in London have been chosen to help you forget the hype of Valentine’s Day and to bring you into the arms of other single people at this trying time! Booking and the dresscode is essential and the ticket price includes nibbles and fruity gin cocktails. Then FG follows, with their usual tales of heartbreak and loss on the decks and indie ballads to country tearjerkers. An important thing to remember is, more often that not, that you are both in the same boat. It does your confidence no good to fiddle with a too tight shirt or a too short skirt throughout the date. Sometimes both men and women will feel safest if they find an opportunity to go to the bathroom and call their friend to let them know that everything is okay.
The 19 acres of beautiful gardens blend 1930s and medieval features, including London’s oldest working bridge over the moat. You never know, you might find some common ground and the conversation will be sure to flow. It’s okay to take whatever precautions you feel necessary to help you relax in the company of your date.
Visit Inn The Park, a contemporary British restaurant cafe open from breakfast through to dinner.
This further promotes the need to write a good profile description, so that people can find common ground and start conversations with you. It’s also recommended that both parties refrain from divulging too much personal information. One last thing is try not to drink too much alcohol or to leave your drink unattended while you visit the bathroom.

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