Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga is a pizza restaurant and party venue in Battersea. Bunga Bunga has 3 floors and quite a reputation. It is bought to you by those clever people at Inception Group, who don’t seem to make a wrong turn. 

Bunga Bunga is a  walk from Clapham Junction or a taxi ride from South Kensington. The Parkgate Road bus stop is served by a multitude of buses.

If you arrive early at Bunga Bunga you may be forgiven for thinking it’s just a pizza restaurant, full of big groups of mates. The atmosphere is friendly and buzzing.

Every half an hour the  lights go down, the music gets ramped up and the staff have a short dance on the bar, which keeps the energy in the venue up.

The pizza and cocktails are great and most nights you also get entertainment chucked in.

If you live in SW11 you can apply for a local card and get £1 pizza every Monday when you purchase another item from the menu. Students with an NUS card can also claim this offer no matter where you live!

Every Tuesday, when you book a table, you can get pizza and prosecco,  or a beer, for £10.

It’s cocktail night every Wednesday at Bunga Bunga Battersea with 2-4-1 cocktails after 6pm.

The entertainment kicks off every week from Thursday and you can give your vocal chords a work out with karaoke. There’s live entertainment at weekends from Elvis Presley to contortionists.

If you’re looking to have an event, Bunga Bunga has private rooms you can hire that even include a 15,000 song karaoke system.

The newest member of the Bunga Bunga family is now open  in Covent Garden. It is a beautifully decorated, vast space, complete with a meat locker entrance in the heart of theatre land.

THE VERDICT

Bunga Bunga is a fun place for a big night out. You can start early and begin with pizza, then party the night away. Perfect for looking after big groups for events

Bunga Bunga 

37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA

Loop Bar

 

Loop Bar is huge bar and club in central London, just behind Oxford Street. There are 3 floors and 4 different rooms.  Loop Bars ‘Piece De Resistance’ is its large , light up dance floor on the bottom floor. 

We visited at 5pm on a Friday and the ground floor bar was relaxed and quiet. It was happy hour and there’s 50% off drinks, making bottles of wine just £10. Happy hour is every day 5-8pm.

As it got a bit later, the bar began to fill up with people up for a big Friday night out. The bar has 2 more floors downstairs, with lots of space for big groups of people to party the night away.

On the bottom floor is possibly one of the best dance floors in London.  There’s a huge, lift-up dance floor and cheesy tunes are on the play list.

Not only does Loop bar have a brilliant happy hour you can also claim free drinks using the Drinki app. You get the specialist cocktail at your chosen bar for free. The specialist cocktail at Loop Bar is a mojito, so  this is the drink we got free. After you have claimed your free drink, you will then be sent an offer to buy another round. On this occasion we didn’t need to as the happy hour was in full swing!

Download the Drinki App to get free drinks all over London. Use code LISARAY1 to get an extra free drink. You can download Drinki on the App store and on Google Play.

The mojitos were good, and the staff were really friendly. Loop bar has free entry Monday-Thursday and before 10pm Friday and Saturday. The entry is £10 after 10pm on Friday and Saturday, with reduced  price entry for guest list.

THE VERDICT

 

If you love cheesy music and a dance then this is the perfect destination for you. If you are shopping in London town and fancy an early drink then the ground floor bar is great to take advantage of happy hour. 

19 Dering Street, London , W1

http://www.theloopbar.co.uk

How to beat feeling Lonely in London

  It overwhelms me with sadness at the amount of people I meet who tell me that they find London a very lonely place. This week alone 3 people have said it to me, and these are people I had just met. 

I believe London is an incredible city, and there are wonderful communities. There are also  people in London doing extraordinary things. Be safe in the knowledge there is somebody in London who has a gap in their life that you can fit in. 

If you are new to London, especially if you are single and self-employed it can be harder to meet people, but certainly not impossible.

Think of something you really love in life, pursuing this could be the answer to being happier and meeting more fantastic people like yourself, who have similar interests.

Although I do personally have an incredible eclectic bunch of friends I still am lucky to meet more fantastic people through exploring London and Brighton for  this blog and other things I do ,such as sing in choirs.

Here are my ideas to help you beat feeling lonely in London and to help you to love the place a much as I do. This list is not exhaustive, just a catalyst to start you in the right direction.

 

BOOK CLUBS

If reading books is your passion, join a book club. You read a chosen book and then get together to discuss the book in a social environment.

BOROUGH MARKET COOKBOOK CLUB ; This club is for anybody who loves cookbooks. It’s free to join and you’ll be invited to exclusive events at £6 cost per ticket.

KIRKDALE BOOK SHOP; A book club in Sydenham that meets every two months. Apparently there is wine!

WEST END LANE BOOKS; There are 2 book clubs, including West End Lane Crooks.

 

CHOIRS

Singing is wonderful and good for the soul, who doesn’t love singing!
There are loads of choirs of different abilities in London. Some you have to audition and others you just turn up to and have a sing. There are classical choirs, rock choirs and pop choirs depending on whatever genre takes your fancy. I joined 2 choirs not long ago and it was one of the best things I did. I made amazing friends, who have similar interests. We don’t only sing together but also go on social outings.
Have a search online or on twitter as there may be one local to you, that you are more likely to commit to one evening a week. There is usually a fee for this of around £5.

GALLERY SINGERS – This is a choir based in Brixton that rehearse on a Thursday. You need to audition and they have a limited number of voice  parts required.

SHOWER SINGERS CLUB  – They meet every Wednesday in Notting Hill or Thursday in Kentish Town. The session costs £10 and is 7.30-9.30pm

SONGWORKS CHOIR – Songworks Choir rehearses in Crouch End. They meeti Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings, there’s no audition and Songworks choir is open to everyone.

VISION CHOIR – Community central London choir that welcome new members.

 

CRAFTING

If you love crafting there are places you can go to improve your skills and make some new friends with similar interests.

KENTISH TOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE; Every Wednesday they run Chatty Crafts is a knitting & crafts group from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

THE MAKE ESCAPE ; This monthly craft night has different themes every month. Learn new skills for free with all materials provided.

THE PELTON ARMS; This pub in Greenwich has knitting nights on Wednesdays 8-11pm.

WILTONS CRAFT AND PROP MAKING GROUP; They meet at the beautiful Wiltons every Thursday morning to work on projects for Wiltons Music Hall. . All the materials are provided as is tea and coffee.

 

ONLINE FORUMS AND MEETUP GROUPS

If you’re not ready to meet new people in the flesh yet, join a forum of something that interests you so you can familarise yourself before a meet up, and this can help you feel more connected . Search Facebook for any local groups that advertise events going on in the area. That way you can make friends locally. 

If you are a parent there are tonnes of local parent groups.

CRYSTAL PALACE LOCAL; A local forum for residents of the area. They share events, local news and items for sale

MAYNARD ARMS; This Crouch End Pub has a meet-up group to help you meet local friends. They also have a local Mum meet up group on Fridays at 10am, complete with soft play for the babies.

TUFNELL PARK GATHERING; This local group has over 300 members. They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month.

MEETUP Search your local area for meet ups by category and interest. 

 

SPORTS

There’s nothing like joining a sports group to feel like part of a team. All of these groups don’t rely on commitment and you can turn up when you please. So you have no excuse but to try them.

RUN DEM CREW; This is more than a running club. It is all about the team. They have 3 sessions a week and sessions are £5. They are a family, a creative and encouraging community and  you must be willing to work in a team.

RUNHEAD; Runhead meet at 7.30pm at a bar in Nunhead and they end their run with a beer. All are welcome.

FULHAM FLYERS ULTIMATE FRISBEE; Frisbee group that plays every Tuesday on Eel Brook Common April-October

 

VIDEO GAMES

Even if you love video games there are places you can go to play with other people.

GAME CHANGER;  State Street Syndicate is a bar on  Clapham High Street.Every Monday you can go and play retro games from 6pm-midnight. It’s free entry and you get £1 off pints of beer.

POWER UP AT STRONG ROOM BAR;  This is Sunday brunch paired up with retro gaming 12-4 every Sunday. You can play the Super Nintendo and Sega mega drive on the big screen. It’s free to play just buy from the brunch menu.

 

VOLUNTEERING

Sometimes the best thing to do when feeling blue is to challenge yourself and concentrating on helping others. You can also learn new skills with free training.

LINK AGE SOUTHWARK; Always need volunteers for gardening help, befriending or transport.

TEAM LONDON; This brilliant website helps you search for volunteer positions in London. Lots of different jobs for different companies. They even have an easy to use app. If you don’t want to commit at present, they list speed volunteering opportunities.

GREEN GYM

Green gyms are popping up all over London. You meet together to get active outdoors and to improve your health, well being,  help your community and local environment. Not only do you get the glow from the exercise but from helping others too, and meet local friends. Result.

Here’s a few Green Gyms in London, but there’s many many more.

CAMDEN GREEN GYM runs Tuesday and Thursdays. They recently helped with some work Kentish Town City Farm

PENGE GREEN GYM  is working on improving Winsford Gardens .

LLOYD PARK GREEN GYM meet every Tuesday at Ridgeway Park.

 

WALKS

SW COFFEE MORNING; Every 1st Saturday and 3rd Thursday you can meet for a walk, chat and a cuppa. Supported by Time to Change Charity

SUNDAY ASSEMBLY

Sunday Assembly is a global organisation started by two comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. They were looking for a something like a Sunday church meeting but one that was inclusive for everyone, no matter what faith or beliefs. There are now  70 Sunday Assembly’s across the world. Communities come together to sing, talk and celebrate life.

I have many friends who regularly go to Sunday Assembly and have made life long friends, a great start to your Sunday.

 

BORROW MY DOGGY

Yes you can actually borrow a doggy! . Borrow my doggy is a website that connects local dog owners to dog lovers. Perfect for people who can’t commit to looking after their own pet. You can make a profile and then connect with local dog owners. You may strike up a friendship with the dog owner also, as a certain element of trust will need to be in place before you borrow a well loved pet.

 

I hope you found this guide helpful, so get out there do something you love and meet some like-minded people.

Please get in touch is there’s anything you’ve found useful I can add to this list.

Lounge Bohemia

Have you ever been to a secret, 1970’s themed,  Russian cocktail bar?

No me neither, but you may be delighted to know there is one hidden in East London.

You text your reservation through to a mobile number and they will confirm your booking via text.

Lounge Bohemia is located between Liverpool Street and Old Street stations on Great Eastern Street. You will be surprised that the location is somewhere you’ve probably walked past hundreds of times but never noticed.

I was recommended Lounge Bohemia when I was researching a quirky cocktail bar to visit for my birthday, and we weren’t disappointed.

The 1970’s details are fantastic and our waitress was wonderful. The menu is in hardback Russian books.

Lounge Bohemia was quiet when we arrived at 7.30pm on a Friday night, there was only one other table in. The bar is small with private areas for larger groups.

Your booking lasts for 2 hours and you are gently reminded of this.

The cocktails are priced from £10 but you are also paying for the theatre of the cocktail experience.  Our group had a teapot sharing cocktail that was served in a 1970s tea set, complete with dry ice.

I had the Metamorphis cocktail that got presented with a  tree branch with a white cocoon hanging off of it. This cocoon transformed into a butterfly, albeit a squashed one, in my drink.

The attention to the 1970s detail makes the experience of this cocktail bar special. The staff are dressed accordingly, even your water flask and cups are perfectly in the era.

The toilets are tricky to find, but also rather amusing.

The website gives no clues what to expect at Lounge Bohemia but this makes the whole experience more exciting.

THE VERDICT

Lounge Bohemia is like no other cocktail bar I have ever visited and is well worth a visit as it is something rather unique.

http://loungebohemia.com

Bobby Fitzpatrick

 

There’s  new bar on the block in West Hampstead called Bobby Fitzpatrick.
Bobby Fitzpatrick is a brilliant, 1970’s themed cocktail bar, complete with slushies, rum punch and beige food.

 

 

The interior is fun and nostalgic with loads of little fun touches that will remind you of your Nan and possibly your childhood. The wall paper is brown  and there’s shag pile carpets. Bobby Fitzpatrick’s feels like a cool 1970’s loft apartment house party.

 

 

Bobby travelled round the Caribbean which inspired the abundance of rum cocktails on the menu and flamingo cocktail stirrer. The warming Alison Mahoney cocktail was named after his prom date! Everything has a story and it’s all fun and light-hearted. Like many bars in London, Bobby Fitzpatrick does not take itself seriously.

 

There’s several different areas including the kitchen, lounge and living room.

 


There’s 2 bars, one on the ground floor and another on the lower ground floor.
The attention to the 1970’s detail at Bobby Fitzpatrick  is fantastic, including the avocado and salmon downstairs unisex bathroom.


I have previously been to other 70s bars and have payed through the nose for a cocktail, at Bobby Fitzpatrick you aren’t paying the price for the novelty of this bar.

They have slushy cocktails at £7 including Pina Colada and Tequila Sunrise, Other cocktails are priced from £7.50. The cocktails are a great price and tasty, including Cup of Joe which is a take on an espresso martini but with a lot more squirty cream. Glasses of  wine are priced from £5 (175ml) and from £18 for a bottle. A glass of  prosecco is £6 or £29 for a bottle, champagne is £59 a bottle.
Bobby Fitzpatrick is a brilliant destination for an event.

There are several separate areas available for hire, like the kitchen or the downstairs bar, and  they also sell huge punch bowls( £75 for 10-12 people) and sharing food.
The food is beige, just as you’d expect from a 1970’s bar, but delicious. We fawned over the chicken tikka pizza and doner kebab pizza. They were really tasty, with an interesting combination of flavours. They also sell other 1970’s favourites like chicken nuggets and dips, donuts and banana pie.

 


The staff at Bobby Fitzpatrick were also wonderful, including the manager, who were going out of their way to ensure everyone was having a great time. We were served drinks quickly and always with a smile.

The music playing was actually all 80’s rather than 70’s, but I’ll forgive that as there were some great tunes being played! (Club Tropicana was actually released in 1983.)

Visit on a Wednesday night between 5pm and 7pm and you could win a free drink if you roll the dice and land on a 6.

THE VERDICT

I loved Bobby Fitzpatrick’s energy and style. It is a unique venue with brilliant priced, delicious drinks and gorgeous pizzas. If you’re looking for a fun venue for an event, look no further.

 273 West End Lane, London, NW6

Off the Rails

 

Off the Rails is a dance, dance fitness and yoga studio in Clapham that’s open 7 days a week. There’s a changing timetable of inventive classes. 

Off the Rails was set up by dancer Missie Frank, who’s put her energy into making Off the Rails a friendly studio, that makes getting fit fun.

You can pay for classes in advance or on the day and there is no membership fee or commitment.

I tried the flow yoga class on Saturday morning with Megan. I walked literally seconds from Clapham Junction station, Grant Road exit, to Off the Rails which is under the arches of the station.  Missie has decked out this railway arch with pretty fairy lights and quirky touches, like posters in the changing rooms to make the studio pretty and fun.

 

The class numbers are kept small so the studio is comfortable and the teachers can keep a close eye.

The lights were down low and the music is soft so you instantly feel at ease and calm. Megan started the class working on breathing, and continued this focus throughout the class. This, to me, was really useful, I am relatively new to doing yoga and I often wonder how I’m supposed to be breathing during practice! Megan also didn’t just say Sanskrit words at us, she did the class with us so if we were unsure of a posture we can see what to do.

 

 

When you’re relatively new to yoga, the most intimidating thing is being in a class and not having a clue what’s going on. Especially when you have no idea how to do a particular pose they are working on, or what your options are. Yoga is a private practice and you shouldn’t be copying anyone else, but focusing on your own ability. This is extremely hard to do when you have no clue what’s happening and everybody else seems to be able to do things I’ve only seen in Cirque du Soliel. This often puts people off returning to classes, which is ironic as the more you go, the easier it is and the more you know!

Megan’s class wasn’t intimidating, and as the classes are small, regular clients return and the teachers know their ability. Therefore Megan knows the classes ability and if she needs to show a pose to the class. During the class she helped me improve some of my yoga postures.

When I started the class my back and neck was stiff, by the end my tension had melted away and I felt amazing.

Other classes on offer at Off The Rails include a brand new 45 minute skipping class called Skip and Dip. Swing train is a dance based class that draws influence from  Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Electro Swing and Hot Jazz music. Floor Barre classes uses ballet moves to help with your body’s alignment. Diva Dance Fit is a class for beginners where you learn a routine and ‘unleash your inner Beyonce. In Glow Motion classes, the lights get turned down low and you get to dance around with glow sticks. Highland Hustle is a Scottish inspired fitness and dance class.

Yoga classes at Off The Rails include flow and yin yoga.

THE VERDICT

I would highly recommend Megan’s class and I can’t wait to go back to try some other classes.  Off The Rails is a friendly,fun, dance and fitness studio that has classes that will make you leave with a big smile on your face. 

 

If you are looking for a rehearsal, private classes, filming or casting space, the studio is available for hire.

Off The Rails Studio LTD, Unit 2, Arch 4, Grant Road, Clapham Junction, SW11 2NU

https://www.offtherails.studio/

Lockhouse

 

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.

THE VERDICT

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! 

http://lockhouselondon.co.uk

He(art)

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.

 

ABBEY IN THE CITY

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.

 

AMBER

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.

 

BOBBY FITZPATRICK

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_

 

CHISWELL STREET DINING ROOM

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.

 

FIFTY 9

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,

 

FIRE AND STONE

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.

 

FU MANCHU

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.

 

THE GRILL ON THE MARKET SMITHFIELD

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.

 

JAM TREE

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.

 

LOOP BAR

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.

 

MABELS COVENT GARDEN

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.

 

 NORTHBANK 

NORTHBANK RESTAURANT, MILLENNIUM BRIDGE, ONE PAUL’S WALK, LONDON, EC4V 3QH

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

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.

 

OPAL BAR

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.

 

SCARLETS

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.

 

SPARROWHAWK

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.

 

THREE CHEERS PUBS

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.

 

TIGER TIGER

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

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.

THE VERDICT

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

http://bodeansbbq.com

Enjoy the best time with the money you have