Lockhouse is a huge new bar on the Canal in Merchants Square, that is open from 8am until late.

Lockhouse has an industrial, vintage warehouse interior and the vibe is warm, relaxed and friendly. The large wooden tables are adorned by tiny vases of flowers and candles, softening the industrial look and making it feel cosy. The furniture is functional but super cool with bespoke leather sofas and different coloured distressed bar stools.



Lockhouse serves fantastic, beautifully crafted cocktails, all at £7.50. During happy hour 5-8pm you can get cocktails for £5 and bottles of wine for £15. My favourite cocktail was the Fancy Champagne Cocktail #1. The improved Paddington is served in a Paddington bear shaped glass. In homage to that cute little bear who was named after the area.

All premium bottles of wine are  priced at £20 and this even includes prosecco.Lockhouse also sells 20 craft beers on tap.

You can pop to Lockhouse for breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in tr take out.  The food I tried was all really tasty and fresh. Dishes that Lockhouse offer include jam jar salads (£7.50), amazing burgers (from £7.50) rotisserie chicken (£7/£13) and sandwiches (£5).

If you need to somewhere to sit and do some work, Lockhouse are ready for you. They have wifi, plenty of plug sockets and coffee! This could be a great place for freelancers.

Lockhouse is a perfect destination for an event, due to it’s vast space and there are several areas available to book.


I loved Lockhouse and the atmosphere. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lockhouse for a large group meeting or party. There’s plenty of space, they play good music (that’s not too loud)  and the drinks are well priced and delicious. 

Next time I’m in the area, I’m going to pop in for a coffee and do some work from there, maybe encourage some friends to join me for happy hour for another champagne cocktail! 



He(art) is a contemporary play currently being performed at Theatre N16 in Balham.

Theatre N16 is a great space above The Bedford Pub in Balham. The space is available to theatre companies for free and actors and staff get paid. They also provide cheap rehearsal space. It’s a brilliant space with an amazing ethic, which is so important to develop and create new theatre and support new writing.



He(art) is written by  Andrew Maddocks, directed by Niall Phillips and produced by Lonesome Schoolboy Productions. I saw The We Plays, also written by Andrew, last year, and that to was emotive and clever. Both plays style seems to be bridging the fourth wall, without being an immersive piece.  The audience walks in on the action and once everyone is seated, the action begins.

He(art) is the story of Alice and Rhys who are looking to buy some art for their home. Alice studied art has fallen in love with a rather expensive piece, Rhys doesn’t get it and would prefer a Lichenstein type of painting. Rhys has a heart problem that he won’t take seriously.

Wembley warrior siblings Kev and Sam need the painting to sell to pay for their Mum’s hospital treatment.

He(Art)  is a play about class and love.  It also brings up the question of what we perceive as art, do you think Banksy is, or is he a vandal?!

The set is clever and all the props are hung like pieces of modern art They help to set the scene in a simple, yet effective manner.


Music is used to change the scenes and helps keep the energy of the piece up.

The actors were fully committed, which can be tricky in such a confined environment, with the audience so near. Especially when there was a Brazilian night going directly on underneath and you could hear samba beats.



I took a friend who doesn’t go to watch many plays. By the end we were completely immersed and a little stressed due to the last scene. Any play that can bring your emotions into the heart of it, is brilliant in my book. It’s a funny  and thought-provoking piece and I would recommend seeing it. 

Tickets are £15 and He(art) is playing until January 28th http://www.theatren16.co.uk/heart 

January Restaurant offers in London – 50% off


January. A month of new beginnings and excitement for the future, but also the month of being broke after the over indulgence of Christmas 

Do not fret, you can still eat out as there’s 50% and 2-4-1  off at all these places, it’s almost not worth cooking yourself, right! If you’re not partaking in dry January, some places even offer 50% off your drinks. 

They all have healthy options available if you are following a new health regime.

Start your year off in style.



St. Clare House, 30-33 Minories, London EC3N 1DD

The Abbey bar is located in the city of London.
Sign up online to get 50% off food and drinks during January until 24th. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, steaks and salads. The drinks menu includes wine, cocktails and beer.



City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW

Amber is a seventies themed bar in the city of London. During January you can get 50% off food and drinks until 24th January when you download the voucher on the website.



273 West End Lane, NW6

Bobby Fitzpatrick is a 1970’s themed bar in West Hampstead, that has just opened.
They are offering 50% off pizza until the end of January. Expect rum cocktails, slushies and 1970’s music. Twitter; @bobby_fitz_



No. 56 Chiswell Street London City of London EC1Y 4SA

Chiswell Street Dining rooms is a modern British restaurant and cocktail bar in the city. Until January 24th they are offering 50% off of your food bill from Monday-Friday. You can use this offer for up to 8 diners.



59 Berkeley Square, W1J 6ER

Fifty9 is a bar and club in Mayfair. Until January 24th you can get 50% off food and drink when you download the voucher on their website,



31/32 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7JS

Fire and Stone is a gourmet pizza restaurant in Covent Garden. The pizza is inspired from global destinations and have unique toppings. During January, friends eat free. When you buy a main course, you get one free. Offer is not valid Friday and Saturdays 6-8.30pm.



15 – 16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX

Fu Manchu is a dim sum restaurant and cocktail bar, underneath a railway arch in Clapham. During January you can get 50% off food from Monday-Thursday.



2-3 West Smithfield, City of London, EC1A 9JX

The Grill on the Market in a restaurant in Smithfield.
During January, except on Saturday’s, you can get 50% off your food bill. You must book a table online to get the offer. Some dishes are excluded from the offer. There is also happy hour all night on Wednesdays and 5 – 7pm Monday – Friday with 2-4-1 on speciality cocktails.



The Jam Tree , 13-19 Old Town , London , SW4 0JT
541 King’s Road , London , SW6 2EB

Jam Tree has two branches, one in Chelsea and another in Clapham.
Monday to Friday during January you can get 50% off food. The menu includes burgers, steaks, salads and snacks.



19 Dering Street | London | W1

Loop Bar is a central London bar with a huge light up dance floor. Until January 24th you can get 50% off food and drink. You need to fill in a form online to receive voucher.



Mabel’s Covent Garden, Covent Garden Market, 29-30 Maiden Lane,

Mabels is a centrally located bar in Covent Garden.
Until January 24th you can sign up via the Mabels Covent Garden website to get 50% off food and drink. The menu includes small plates, sandwiches and burgers. There are dishes available for vegetarians as well as meat eaters.




The Northbankt is a Cornish themed restaurant with views of the river Thames. During January they are offering 50% off off the a la carte menu. You need to book, and mention the offer when booking. There is a maximum of 4 diners per table.



One Canada Square, No. 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB

One Canada Square is a bar and restaurant in Canary Wharf.
One Canada Square is offering 50% off your food bill until 24th January. Download a voucher from their website to redeem the offer. The offer is available Monday-Friday and you must buy at least 1 main course.



Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6PA

Opal bar is on the river Thames by Embankment tube station. Until January 24th they are offering 50% off food and drink, during selected times. Download the voucher off of the website.



Upper St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NY

Scarlets is a bar in Covent Garden. During January, until January 24th,  you can get 50% off food and drink. Download a voucher from the website to claim the offer.



2 Westow Hill, London, SE19 1RX

The Sparrowhawk is a lovely, friendly pub in Crystal Palace, at the top of Gipsy Hill. During the whole of January, from Monday-Friday you can get 50% off when you dine off the a la carte menu. The Sparrowhawk also does a fantastic £7 lunch menu. Read my blog here.



The Abbeville, 67-69 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London. SW4 9JW
The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, Clapham South, London, SW12 9EB
The Bolingbroke, 174 Northcote Road, Battersea, London, SW11 6RE
The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London SW11 3BW
The Rosedale, 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ
The Stonhouse, 165 Stonhouse Street, Clapham, London SW4 6BJ
The Tommyfield, 185 Kennington Lane, Kennington Cross, London SE11 4EZ

Three cheers own pubs throughout London. During January get 50% off food when you buy at least 1 main course. Fill in the online form to get your voucher.  Offer is valid Monday–Friday at lunch and dinner at The Avalon, The Rosendale, The Stonhouse & The Tommyfield. At The Abbeville, The Bolingbroke & The Latchmere is available Monday–Friday lunch and Monday–Wednesday dinner.



29 The Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP

Tiger Tiger is a large bar and club in central London, which perfectly caters for large groups. This January, until 24th, you can get 50% off food and drink. You need to download the online voucher. They have also have a daily happy hour 5-8pm.


I hope these offers have helped to  brighten up your January. 






Bodean’s is a Smokehouse and Barbecue restaurant with branches in London in Soho, Clapham, Tower Hill, Fulham, Balham, Old St and Covent Garden.

Andre Bias bought Bodean’s to the U.K in 2002 to spread the taste, style and soul of his beloved Kansas City BBQ.

Bodean’s specialises in ribs and burgers, although meat is prevalent on the menu, surprisingly, there are delicious vegetarian options available also.
We visited the Soho branch which was busy on a Sunday night but well-managed. You can get your place in the queue, then leave and go for a drink elsewhere.  You can then use your smart phone to see where you are in the queue online. They will also then text when your table Is ready.

When our table was ready we were led downstairs to a bustling restaurant that was jam-packed with customers.

The waiters and waitresses are friendly and energetic and were great at organising the tables and serving efficiently.

The food portions at Bodean’s are huge and great value, so maybe reconsider if you actually need a starter!

Sandwiches start from £6.75, burgers £8.50 and hotdogs £6.25. The famous ribs start from £9.95. The sharing platter for 2 people is £27.95 and is one huge plate of meat! There are also burritos, steaks and even salads on offer.

I opted for the baby back ribs, which came with coleslaw and chips.

Bodean’s serves bottled beer (from £4) and draught beers (from £4.25 a pint), cocktails (from £6.25), wine (from £4.75 for 175ml) and soft drinks from £1.95.

You can apply for a free Q card which gets you 20% off Monday-Thursday 2.30-5pm and also different offers every night of the week. Currently offers include free chicken wings, free dessert and coffee combo, free shots and discounts.

Kids eat free daily from noon until 5pm at all Bodean’s restaurants from the kids menu and this even includes an ice cream.

If you only have a short time for lunch, Bodean’s serves an £8.50 express set menu lunch including a drink. If it is not served to you within 15 minutes, you get it free!

Covent Garden, Balham, Old Street and Clapham restaurants now serve a  brunch at weekends 11.30-4pm  where you can get bottomless prosecco bellinis or Bloody Marys for an extra £15 or you can get the brunch plate of two poached eggs, bacon, Texas Sausage, Burnt Ends and hand cut fries  and bottomless drinks for £19.95.


Bodean’s is a perfect restaurant for meat lovers, offering great value, fun and a relaxed atmosphere.


Guide to Sample Sales in London

Love designer labels but have a high street budget? Then you would benefit from being in the know about the latest sample sales. 

Every brand makes samples of clothing before they go into full production. They make tiny changes until the finished product is produced for the shop floor or possibly completely scrapped. 

Brands sell off these samples at heavily reduced costs compared to the final product.

There are plenty of sales going on in London, but these are my hints to find the best ones to suit you. 

Keep your eyes peeled as sales are often advertised in publications such as The Evening Standard and Time Out.


A Sample App is an iPhone app that lists luxury sample sales so you. You can use the app to keep up with sample sales easily whilst your on the go.



Chicmi is a website and app that lists London’s fashion calendar. The easy to use website lists fashion events, awards, exhibitions and sales in London. They list loads of sample sales with all the information you would possibly need.



My shopping Spy is a website and newsletter that keeps you up to date with sample and designer sales in London, New York, Berlin and Paris.



London Sample Sales lists all the sample sales in London in a very easy to view calendar.
You can sign up to their newsletter so you get advance notice on sales.



The Sample Sale Guide goes a bit further than most sites and doesn’t only list sample sales but stock sales and outlet stores. They also aren’t London centric and lists events all over the U.K.


Armed with this information I hope you can get your dream wardrobe together on your budget and have a lot of fun along the way ,and bag yourself some bargains. 


Dad App


Whilst Googling local handy people I came across an offer to get 3 hours of handy man services for £49 via the Dad app.

Ironically my Dad had told me that there was no way he would even attempt to mount my TV on the wall, so if you can’t call on your Dad, you can count on the Dad app. This is exactly why the founder Ben Wynn came up with the app, after calling his Dad when he had a DIY disaster.
I downloaded the app and the £49 offer also included free DIY advice. So even if you want to attempt something yourself, you can call Dad directly from the app and get advice.  A call to Dad for DIY advice costs £10 but there’s no time limit to your call.

Dad also sends you handy emails of things you can do around your house yourself. I received an email regarding How to bleed my radiators. I have never attempted to bleed a radiator or have a clue where to start. Not only did they tell me how, I also could request a radiator key to be sent to me for free, Amazing! They also are currently offering boiler checks for £35.

I needed a TV bracket putting up, shelves removed, a mirror put up and a cupboard door fixing. I made a phone call through the app where I had a video call to show  what I wanted doing. The person on the phone takes notes and pictures of your requirements. Therefore when the person arrives they have all the equipment they need and it saves time and effort.
You are then sent an email confirming what you require and are informed of the earliest time you can book an appointment.
You will then be given a 3 hour window of the time your handyman will turn up.

The Dad app will show you every call and contact you have with Dad., exactly who you spoke to and the times.
On the day of your handyman arriving, you will get a text to say they are on their way. Once they know their ETA they will call you.
Ricky arrived at the earliest time he said and was tidy, quick but very thorough . He completed everything within an hour with precision and I was thrilled with the results. He measured everything and didn’t rush it and also tidied as he went.
He looked smart and was wearing his branded Dad uniform.


I would use Dad app again, as every other time I’ve ever booked someone to do something round my home they either haven’t turned up within the time frame and sometimes not at all. Others haven’t fixed the problem but it’s cost me hundreds. There’s an element of trust with using the Dad app as you know the person turning up knows what to expect
I would highly recommend. Get £10 off using code LISA256

The app is available to download at the Apple store and on android


Banana Tree


Banana Tree is an Indo-Chinese restaurant with branches in London in Soho, Angel, Bayswater, Clapham, Maida Vale and West Hampstead. Banana Tree serves Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. 

Banana Tree is an informal and fun restaurant. It was first opened as a cafe in Maida Vale in 1991 by William Chow.

We visited the Soho branch on a Sunday night and it was busy, but the staff were swift and accommodating to help. The food portions are generous and very tasty, using lots of vegetables and herbs to create a clean, fresh taste.

We ordered the Beef Rendang with a combo which includes rice, rice crackers, corn cakes and the beautiful Thai salad. We also had the BBQ pork with the combo.

To drink, on this occasion we had green tea and peach, which was delicious, and a jasmine tea that comes in a tea-pot.

On other occasions I have participated in their brilliant happy hour with their tasty cocktails.

The food arrived quickly and was absolutely delicious. The portions are generous and we both struggled to eat it all of our food. My absolute favourite part of the whole meal was the Thai salad. A simple salad of shredded lettuce, carrot and beansprouts with a zingy peanut dressing.

The Banana Tree menu includes stir fries, curries and soups with plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. Most dishes are priced under £10.

The atmosphere was buzzy with and the staff were very organised with the tables.

There is a daily happy hour on £6.50 cocktails . Also if you do not drink or want a night off of alcohol there is a cocktail menu for £5.50.

You are able to use Taste card without booking where you can get 2-4-1 on dishes including the combos , meaning you can eat at Banana Tree more often! You can currently get a TASTECARD for £1 for 90 days.

On weekdays you can opt for a set lunch deal for £7.50 for 1 course or £10.50 for 2 until 7pm.

Sign up to the newsletter to get special offers and a  treat on your birthday.

Banana Tree is a fantastic restaurant with delicious food at a great price and they cater for everyone. 





Tootoomoo is a Pan Asian restaurant and takeaway in North London, using flavours from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan. The menu is a mixture of small plates, sushi and noodles, with the menu created by Ricky Pang. The food is fresh and tasty and is all made is a central kitchen in Highgate.  

I visited the Crouch End branch for dinner and drinks, and had a lovely time with a friend. There are 2 Tootoomoo restaurants, one in Crouch End and one in Whetstone. The Whetstone branch even has a cocktail happy hour 5-7pm on weekdays. There are also Tootoomoo takeaway branches in Islington and Highgate also.

The interior of Tootoomoo is fun and quirky, Tootoomoo has a unique feel. The interior is bright red with accents of monochrome geometric patterns on walls and booths.

We started with a delicious Strawberry mint spritzer to get us in the mood. We were advised to go for 3 small plates each, which we did but we also finished off with a fro-yo and were filled to the brim. The food used at Tootoomoo is ethically sourced and British.  Vegetarians, vegan and gluten-free diets can all be catered for.

The dishes came out separately when they were ready and first out was the prawn tempura (£6.95) . The tempura was light and not at all greasy, with a yummy nori dust and spicy mayo dip.  My friend had the squid  (£4.95) which was a generous serving, and the crab tempura (£7.95). She chose wisely as I’m not a fan of crab or octopus so didn’t try, but she very much enjoyed. I then had the chicken satay (£5.75) which was freshly grilled with a gorgeous peanut sauce. My favourite dish was the duck salad with watermelon and cashews (£7.95).

After our delicious and fruity cocktail we shared a bottle of the spicy Rioja which went down rather well on a cold December night.

We finished our meal with a palate cleansing fro-yo (£4.50)  with a choice of toppings. We went for strawberries with a chocolate sauce, and toffee sauce with white chocolate.

The restaurant was calm with small groups of people and couples dining. The food was delicious and fresh.

Philip McGuiness, the founder of Tootoomoo, also happened to be working in the Crouch End branch that night so we got to meet him and have a quick chat. A charming and funny man with a love for pan-asian food and north London. Tootoomoo was his dream and he’s doing a great job!

There is a new £5 menu for weekdays 5-6.30pm where selected dishes and drinks are all £5. The dishes are available for dine in and include cocktails, mocktails, plates and wine.

You get free delivery on orders over £15 and if you dine in staff keep their tips.

Tootoomoo also offers a bottomless brunch from Friday-Sunday 12-6pm where you can get bottomless food and drinks for £35 for an hour and a half sitting.

If you love healthy pan asian food then try Tootoomoo. They even do takeaway cocktails! 



Peckham Feastival

Peckham Feastival


Have you ever been out for a night in Peckham? I met a group of friends at Peckham Rye station, ready to descend on Peckham Feastival and only one out of the group had even been to Peckham before! Everyone loved Peckham and will return as we had a smashing evening.


We walked from the station and crossed the road down an alley ,past the CLF art cafe and The Bussey building which is the creative hub of Peckham. My friends did question where I was taking them but also loved the uniqueness and creative energy of the area.
After the Bussey building , there’s a couple of very lovely looking bars and restaurants including a tiny pasta restaurant and the Nines Bar.  At this point I thought we’d gone wrong but keep the faith and keep walking left and you’ll spot Forza Win and The Crust Conductor bus. (The crust Conductor serves most excellent pizza, read my previous blog here) Serving pizza and drinks from a converted bus. They have a £8 lunch deal including pizza and a drink 12-6pm Wednesday-Friday


You will then see  Peckham Feastival, a large heated warehouse for partying, drinking, crazy golf and street food. The warehouse Is heated and warm enough to even remove your coat,and has atmospheric low lighting with a lovely Christmassy feel. If you do need warming up you can get delicious alcoholic hot beverages from Smokey Joes Bar including hot buttered rum and a tequila beena with Ribena!

Peckham Feastival deserves to be packed out with people, when we went on a Thursday evening it was relatively calm, don’t worry, we soon livened it up!  It was brilliant, we never once had to wait at the bar, toilets or at any of the street food outlets. There was plenty of space to dance to the D.J, and loads of spaces to sit. Pretty relaxing considering most places right now are full to the brim of Christmas parties. We even had comfortable sofas to sit on and when we decided we wanted to dance we had so much space we could swing elephants, let alone cats. Peckham Feastival is a perfect place to meet up with large groups of people, even last-minute as it’s so big they can accommodate.

Smokey Joes Bar used their customised trolley to come to us to make us cocktails on the spot, meaning we didn’t even need to go to the bar! The staff were delightful and the atmosphere in the place was friendly and fun. Wine starts from £19 and prosecco £30.
If drinking and chatting isn’t enough for you, you can have a round of Birdies Crazy Golf.  On all the picnic bench seating in the middle of the warehouse there is giant Jenga on all of the tables.

After copious amounts of prosecco we decided it was time to get food.  The perfect thing is everyone can opt for something different. Food trucks currently at Peckham Feastival are The Cheesetruck, Pop Dogs, Milo and Hectors, Rainbow Food and Le Bun.

I went for the amazing gyoza by rainbo food on recommendation  and  It was absolutely delicious.

We had the most brilliant night at Peckham Feastival, it was a perfect place to chat, dance, eat and drink. We all had an absolute ball.  *Apologies to your cheerful security guards who kept an eye on us when we started doing dares. I blame Smokey Joes bar for giving us delicious shots.



I would highly recommend Peckham Feastival if your planning a night out this Christmas, it’s a bit different, fun and great value. There’s also loads to do and eat for different tastes.
Peckham festival is open Thursday until Sunday until 23rd of December. It is open Thursday and Friday 5pm until late and from noon until late Saturday and Sunday.

Peckham Festival 

133 Copeland Road
Peckham Rye
SE15 3SN

Sparrowhawk Pub

The Sparrowhawk


Crystal palace and Gipsy Hill has the pick of some great pubs, compared to many places in London, it’s pretty greedy with having lots of great places. It’s one place that has maintained relatively chain free streets and there’s lots of great places in close proximity.

With a friend and pug in tow we opted for the Sparrowhawk to have dinner and a catch up.

The Sparrowhawk is dog friendly, and our lovely waitress obliging got the dog some water. The Sparrowhawk is also friendly to children as well as dogs.
The Sparrowhawk has quirky vintage furnishings and has a friendly, local feel.
All the food is made in-house and the menu changes every 6 weeks, so regulars would never get bored. The serve traditional pub food with a French and European twist.

The Sparrowhawk has  food offers on many weekdays. Every Thursday is burger nights with 2-4-1 on burgers, you can chose  a vegetarian, beef, chicken or fish burger.

Currently The Sparrowhawk is serving a set Christmas menu for 2 courses at lunchtime £15.95 or 3 for £19.95. Evenings and weekends this Christmas menu is 2 courses for £18.95 or 3 courses for £22.95.

There is a lunchtime menu Monday to Friday with 7 dishes for £7. An optional 10% service charge will be added to your bill, which goes directly to the staff.

Wine is priced well for £4 a glass, 175ml, and from £16 a bottle. The Sparrowhawk also serves wine in 500ml carafes, giving 2 people a large glass of wine each.

Friday night is cocktails night and between 9-11pm you can get 2-4-1 on cocktails.

The Sparrowhawk is a local and friendly pub with great staff. I would highly recommend a visit to the Sparrowhawk. There are large tables that are perfect for big groups or cosy tables for snuggling up on a date. 

The Sparrowhawk hosts yoga classes on Tuesday and Wednesdays evenings. 


2 Westow Hill, London, SE19 1RX


Enjoy the best time with the money you have