Dinner at Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel

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Rivea Restaurant was, admittedly, a pleasant surprise. ‘Hidden’ inside the lavish and glossy Bulgari Hotel, Alain Duchesse protege’ Alexandre Nicolas is now in charge of the kitchen.

The cuisine is both Italian and French “inspired by the many years Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence”.

We were recommended the place and, being a group we were able to taste different things from the menu as we wanted to try many different things.

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Puzzle of flavours. Photo by Roman in London

The first plate that grabbed our attention was the above combination of colourful pots of 8 condiments ‘prepared for your pleasure….’ Every little pot contained a different vegetable purées which we scooped out with bread sticks.

 

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Starter: Marinated line-caught sea bream, citrus.Photo by Roman in London

The picture above was one of my favourite starters: Marinated line-caught sea bream with citrus. The combination of flavours was excellent.

The main course was Seared cod, shellfish, Cassis and white wine sauce, tasty and light at the same time. The Lemon cake was also great.

And finally, the service was what really impressed me. Angelo, the Italian head waiter, made us feel very welcomed and was kind and helpful throughout the whole evening with the many requests we’ve had, while flawlessly topping up the wine, bread and water.

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Details of the Bulgari Hotel Hall. Photo by Roman in London

Not a cheap choice but overall more than worth it. Suitable for dinner with friends and as a romantic venue for a date.

 

Location: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge , London , SW7 1DW

(020 7151 1025, rivealondon.com). Daily, noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm. Lunch menu £35. A la carte, a meal for two with wine, about £170 including 12.5 per cent service.

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Things you can do in London this winter (to avoid hibernation)

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It’s official: 2017 has barely kicked in yet and we’ve already forgotten about those New Year resolutions …Dry January anyone?

BUT yes the year has just started and we’ve got even rid of nasty Blue Monday, so we can finally start pulling on a list of things that we really want to do.

We’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to Apps, Sites and Magazines that does the job for you and search for things that might appeal you, but I personally find very useful Dojo, Yplan, Evensi and Timeout. Meetup is a very useful tool that helps you meeting people that share the same interests. I’m an absolute fan of their daily email alerts that always helps me find some inspiration along the way so that I book my calendar for the following days (and sometimes weeks) to come!

Things that I’ve done recently that I recommend you:

Comedy Night at the Top Secret Comedy Club

If you are into stand-ups comedy, you surely have already been to this one, but this was my first time and, admittedly, I’ve truly enjoyed it. The Top Secret Comedy Club is ‘hidden’ in a basement, hence the name ‘Top Secret’

Location: Covent Garden, 170a Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PD

 

Ballet at the Royal Opera

Amazing venue! #Opera #london

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Fine dining at a Gourmet Restaurant

Octopus and potato confit salad 🐙

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Cinema night at the Senate House Library

One of the first’s London skyscrapers the Senate House Library was designed by Charles Holden in 1931, now Grade II listed Senate House is a striking art deco skyscraper.

Home to administrative offices, it also houses a magnificent central library and grand hall and modernist industrial features. Tomorrow will be showing Storm Center (1956)

Here’s the link: http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/exhibitions-and-events/events/film-night-storm-center-1956

Wandering in a Museum

I recently visited the new area of the Tate. Here, some pictures I’ve taken.

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Tate Modern installation. Photo by Roman in London

Go to an exhibition:

if you are into fashion you can’t miss the Vulgar at the Barbican

Dates: 13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

 

Go outdoor in one of London beautiful parks

 

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Blues night at the best blues bar in London: Ain’t nothing but..

 

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Hope you’ve found some inspiration.. 🙂

 

 

 

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10 Best Pizzerie in London

  1. Bravi Ragazzi, Streatham

 

A combination of very moist toppings and light dough, that’s what makes Neapolitan Pizza legendary! Rustic and small place but very friendly and cosy. Recommended the trek south.

Location: 2A Sunnyhill Road Streatham London SW16 2UH

Contact: 2087694966 www.braviragazzi.co.uk 

2. Santa Maria, Chelsea

 

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This Neapolitan-style pizzeria has recently been under refurbishment, now featuring a new pizza oven hand-built with biscotto di Sorrento clay brics which is capable of withstanding the high temperatures typical of this type of pizza making.

Location:15 Saint Mary’s Road Ealing, London, W5 5RA

Contact: 02085791462, www.santamariapizzeria.com

3. Pizza Pilgrims

 

NEW SPECIAL! The “Mac-kale-ie Culkin”. Kale, smoked anchovies, chilli, garlic & mozz. KINDA healthy… VERY delicious!! 👊🏻🍕

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This is the story of two brothers returning from a trip to Italy with a Piaggio Van and the idea of making a business out of Neapolitan Pizza. Needless to say, they bloody succeeded it! I absolutely love it.

Location:11 Dean Street Soho, W1D 3RP

Contact: 02072878964, www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk 

4. Franco Manca

 

Rapid and friendly service at a decent price. What else? Ah! Neapolitan-style pizza, with a slow-rise sourdough crust.

5. Santore’, Farringdon

 

Just to keep a light stomach before the Christmas food marathon 👍🏻💪🏻 #pizza #foodie #london #exmouthmarket #farringdon #italianfood

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I define the atmosphere of this place truly Italian: it’s noisy and crowded and gives me that feel at home vibe. Amazing pizza and good service make this place a remarkable restaurant for pizza lovers.

Location Exmouth Market

6. Rosso Pomodoro

International chain of pizzerie, it’s also one of my favourite spot. It never disappoints me.

Location: 10 Jamestown Road Camden, London, NW1 7BY

7. Homeslice

 

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Supersized thin light crust wood-fired pizza, served or by the whole or by the slice.

Location: 13 Neal’s Yard Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

8. Princi, Soho

 

@princi_london @pizza looks pretty damn close to perfect. 📷: @massimousaiphotography #EEEEEATS #InfatuationLondon

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Classy atmosphere but always quite crowded and difficult to find a spot.

location: Princi
135 Wardour Street
W1F 0UT

9. Pizza East Portobello

 

Let it snow, Portobello💙❄️

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Beautiful interior decor and from the Soho House Group this is the other branch of Pizza East which is based in Shoreditch instead.

Location: 310 Portobello Road
London
W10 5TA

 

10. Sartori, Covent Garden

 

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Amongst thousands of touristy place this restaurant truly stands up. Wood-fired oven, you can find both individual or metre long pizza. Fresh and quality toppings.

Location: 15-18 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JE
02078366308

 

 

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The Nose Review at the Royal Opera

Recently I went to the Opera and watched a comic-grotesque musical by Shostakovich called “The Nose”.

Shostakovich was in his 20s when began writing the Nose, it was his debut at the Opera.

As absurd as it may sound has truly kept me entertained throughout the whole act.

It narrates the story of a civil servant – Kovalov –  who wakes up discovering that his nose was missing and the desperate hunt to find it that follow suit.

The Opera director is the Australian Barry Kosky, and  plays the satirical short story written by Nikolai Gogol, a Ukrainian born- Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer.

Even though Kosky has asserted that the story is about fear, paranoia and loss it was very hard for me not to laugh at each and every joke.

Perhaps that could be due to my peculiar taste for dark humour or just because it was just very hard not to. Truly recommended.

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A day out in Richmond Park

Richmond is a village that is tucked away from the London mess and definitely a pleasant break to take into consideration when in need of some peace of mind.

It sits at the very end of the District Line and nearby the river, I aim to take a wander through the vast Park hoping to spot at least one of the famous wild deer. And here they are, beautiful and better than I imagined. Apparently, a total of 630 Red and Fallow Deer roam freely in the park since 1529.

The park is a National Natural Reserve, home to an exotic plantation and a Georgian Mansion (Pembroke Lodge) from which you can spot an amazing view of the River Thames.

 

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Photo credit Roman in London 2017

Deer spotting is definitely only one of the things you can do when in Richmond and I’m well aware there’s a lot more to uncover… Perhaps another time!

 

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What to do on a London Summer day

If you can’t beat the heat but looking for ways to cool down a little over these  “steamy” London summer days, here you can find some tips.

  1. Go for a swim at  the Lidos 
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London has few ponds, lidos, and pools to choose from. The most well-knowns are the Serpentine, Hampstead Heath Pond, London fields Lido. Here’s a list of the best lidos in London from the Londonist.

2.  Outdoor cinemas and Theatres

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Summer in London means watching outdoor screens, plays, and performances. Here’s a list of the best outdoor cinemas for this summer by the Independent.

3. Go to a festival 

A list of some of the London best festivals:

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  • Lovebox  Location: Lovebox Festival, Crown Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London
  • Field Day Location: Victoria Park, Grove Road, London
  • Citadel Festival Location: Crown Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London
  • Notting Hill Carnival Party Location: Merchant Square

4. Spend a day in Southbank

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Nothing beats a riverside walk, especially when the sunshine is in. You can browse the book market,fling yourself in the fountain just outside the Southbank River, head to Udderbelly (you can’t miss the big purple cow), or watch some street performers.

5. Beer Gardens!

Lastly, but not in order of importance, are the alfresco dining options available during the summer months. Pubs, cafe’ and restaurants add that “countryside” vibe by opening their gardens to the crowd. Some of them have the added bonus of an amazing view!

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The Ship – Wandsworth

 

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The White Hart – Stoke Newington

 

Hope you enjoyed my guide, but please let me know if there’s something you wish to be added to the list. 🙂

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Yayoy Kusama at Victoria Miro

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Until July 30th at Victoria Miro 

Last Saturday, on a very sunny London day, I was curious to see the exhibition everyone was talking about and ended up joining – what I later defined as – one of the longest queue of my life. Talking with other people apparently, their experience was quite the same.

Why is that?  Yayoy Kusama,  a Japanese  87-year-old, is one of the world’s most popular artist  at the moment. She has worked on multiple projects throughout her career including painting, scupltures, environmental installations. She has even teamed up with fashion brands on the likes of Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo and so on.

 

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Yayoi Kusama. Photo: © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

 

Although her work includes a variety of different projects and themes, the pumpkins, the dots and the mirrors can be described as her successful and signature style.

Kusama, as some of the most talented artists, has experienced periods of acute mental instability and she declares that: I use my complexes and fears as subjects… I am pursuing art in order to correct the disability which began in my childhood”.

 

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I must say that the exhibition in Wharf Road (Islington) didn’t disappoint me:it included some of her installation and sculptures, while the paintings are currently available at the Mayfair Branch of the gallery.

The first installation I went in was one of three mirror rooms, called ‘the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins’ which provides you with a  fully submersive experience of one kind: you’ll find yourself immersed with coloured dotted black and yellow pumpkins of all shapes and size. Apparently, she connects them with her good childhood memories. “Pumpkins have been a great comfort to me since my childhood: they speak to me of the joy of living,”

 

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Yayoi Kusama Chandelier of Grief, Photo by Roman in London

 

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Narcissus Garden. Photo by Roman in London

The Chandelier of  grief is an experience of being surrounded by bouncing lights, while in the garden you can find  Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016),  a mirrored cube which reflects the pond in which  the silver spheres of Kusama’s Narcissus Garden (1966) are floating around.

 

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Narcissus Garden. Photo by Roman in London

Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings and Mirror Rooms is at Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7W; My Eternal Soul Paintings is at Victoria Miro, 14 St George St London, W1S 1FE; both until 30th July

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Secret Cinema: Tell No One

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Secret Cinema is back to London this February and I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the preview that was on held on the 16th.

As in tradition with their events both the location and the movie title were being kept secret until the very last second, the only information I was able to gather was that another event was being held at the same time in Moscow. Hmmm

As soon as we arrived nearby the proximity of the venue we already started to feel a little immersed in the role as we approached a guy for directions. He was wearing a military uniform and was acting as if he was keeping the area under surveillance, so when we asked for directions he replied with a concerned look on his face that the “Military base” was on the first to the right (somewhere around the Canada Water tube station) in, what it looked like to be, a MASSIVE warehouse. Scary already.

Indications on how to dress were being given prior the event. The dress code was: US Government Officer, Military and Press Officer.

However meticulously detailed people were dressed up for the occasion, I ended up wearing my most un-military denim jeans and my modern stiletto shoes which made me feel a bit of an outcast the whole time. For each dress code, a role and tasks were associated so you could feel submerged in the whole experience fully.

What was inside the hangar? I won’t be giving too much information in here as I might end up spoiling someone’s experience and surprise, however, I can definitely say that they did their best to recreate fully all the scenes of the movie and also added a bit of their own into the mix.

What was the movie? Set in the 1960s, a classic cult, a political comedy that satirizes the fears of the Cold War.

 

The organisers of the event have been giving clues on their social media accounts as this one:

 

 

A Bob Dylan protest song “The Times They Are A Changing” and this is the lyric of the song:

 

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan

 

Or this one perhaps:

 

 

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Have you guessed already?

 

 

Tickets are still available for purchase here

 

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Winter Wonderland returns to London

Winter wonderland

Winter is finally (and slowly} approaching to London and is almost getting to that time of the year when the City starts to look a lot like Christmas. Yes, I am a big fun of this season, also because this is one of the best times of year in London. I love when all the winter markets start to pop up:  warm mulled wine and bratwursts, chalets, ice skating and santas grottos. Guide to Winter Wonderland:

 

 

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Where?

Winter wonderland, like every year, is held in Hyde Park.  The closest tube station is Hyde Park corner, Marble Arch, Victoria and Paddington.

When?

From the 20th of November 2015 until the 3rd of January. Winter Wonderland is open every day from 10 am till 10 pm (Except Christmas Day).

 

How much does it cost?

There’s no entry fee, you’ll have to pay for the attractions  you choose. Click here to book your tickets in advance.

 

 

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London off the beaten track: Dojo App

When I moved to London 4 years ago, everything was pretty new for me and unexplored: museums, restaurants, attractions, bars etc. Well, I have walked a long way since then, however, more often than not, I’m still impressed by the fact that there is still something that I haven’t seen or heard of, therefore something new to uncover. This is one of the many beauties of London.

But, sometimes I do need that extra kick , that input from outside (whatever be a magazine, app or a website) which takes away some of the heavy-lifting to get inspired for a day/night out.

I recently came across to this app and thought I’d stop by and say few words about it. If you haven’t heard of Dojo, you definitely need to hear more about it. Dojo is an app that will help you to find exclusive, hidden gems in London that are usually off the beaten path. This includes: restaurants, bars, popups, exhibitions and much more.

 

 

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What differentiates it from the traditional players? Highly curated visually with a better interface, Dojo adapts to your personal preferences and uses a mobile first approach. It aggregates editorialised content from top publications to bring events and venues of the highest quality into a single platform.

 

 

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Once you’ve started using it you will also receive an email with the weekly picks based on your preferences.

Highly recommended!

 

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