Monthly Archives: November 2009

Salute the Saltire

Happy St. Andrew’s Day to all our Scottish readers!

To get those final celebrations in, check out the following:

Head down to the St. Andrew’s Day Fair at the Fleming Collection on Berkeley Street (nearest tube: Green Park).  Scottish designers will be selling their wares – ideal for stocking fillers!  Entry is free (although there’s a £3 optional donation).

Whilst you’re there, why not take a look at ‘The Face of Scotland‘ exhibition, which is a collection of paintings and photos of Scotland’s most famous faces, including Mary Queen of Scots through to Ewan McGregor.

Singing and sipping

For something completely different, head down to St. Martin in the Fields, to hear The Medici Choir celebrate St. Andrew’s Day in words and music.  The concert starts at 9:30pm and tickets start at £6.

If you’re looking for something a bit livelier, View London has a good list of Scottish bars, restaurants and places of interest.

Enjoy ma wee hens!

(If anyone else has any other tips, please leave a comment below to let everyone know!)



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No Radio Show Today!

Sorry guys, but LondonLovelies won’t be broadcast today.

I’ll be back next Thursday at 2pm with a fun-filled show though so make sure you tune in at

On the subject of Smoke Radio – just want to say a HUGE congratulations to the guys for winning not one but TWO awards at the Student Radio Awards on Tuesday night.

Smoke picked up best live broadcast and best marketing and branding, so well done everyone!

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Shake Those Blues Away

I’ve just come back from a great evening out at The Blues Kitchen in Camden.

It’s easy to find on Camden High Street, and worth the outing – great food, good cocktails and live bands every night.

The plates of food are massive and very good value for money (you could probably share a main) – most are around £9 or thereabouts – and the menu includes burgers, BBQ chicken and good ol’ Po Boys (that’s a sub sandwich for those of you who don’t know).  There’s also a brunch menu for those lazy weekends.

We saw a great live band on, and the performances start around 10pm each night.  You can check out the website for upcoming events.

There was a very mixed crowd in tonight – it was pretty busy for a Wednesday – but the atmosphere was great.  Definitely worth a look-in if you’re a live music fan!

Nearest Tube: Camden Town or Mornington Crescent

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Sweet as Pumpkin Pie

To all our American readers (and those of you who just want to get involved): LondonLovelies wishes you a very merry Thanksgiving holiday!

Last year, I was up in the Catskills region of New York state, celebrating with friends round a home-made Thanksgiving dinner.

Not all of us can be so lucky this year, so if you’re still looking for somewhere to eat, Time Out has done a good ‘best Thanksgiving meals‘ feature you should check out.

The Diner, which I’ve mentioned before, is also doing a Thanksgiving menu, and View London also have a helpful list on other places to go if you’re stuck for ideas.

Whatever you decide to do, have a great holiday! x

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To Market, To Market

Fresh olives for sale at Borough Market

A few weekends ago, my dad – a real foodie – came to town.  He’s not a big fan of shopping, so I panicked about what to do with him all weekend.  Then, in a stroke of genius, I decided to take him to Borough Market.

Borough Market was established around 1014, and moved to its current site next to Southwark Cathedral in 1755.  The market specialises in all sorts of foodstuffs, from cakes to carrots and everything in between.

There was a real buzz down there – we got there around lunchtime and were immediately hit by the smell of food wafting over from all directions.

Free Samples

The great thing about the market is the free samples available at the majority of the stalls.  Within minutes I’d had a taste of different types of flavoured olive oil, some cheese and some morsels of brownie.

All the food is fresh, and there are plenty of stalls to grab a quick bite to eat.  There’s a huge array of cuisines, including Turkish sweets, Greek wraps and the standard burger stalls (gourmet of course).

Selection of cheeses available at the market

Events to watch out for

This weekend, The Fresh Olive Company is holding a promotion on two new olives.  Check here for more details.

For those of you who, like me, love cheese, head down to a cheese evening on Dec 16 – make a start on your Christmas cheese shopping!

Not just food…

In addition to the tasty food, there are also other stalls selling their wares, including wines, beers and flowers.

And whilst you’re down there, why not check out some of the nearby attractions – Vinopolis, where you can book yourself on to a wine tasting tour; The Clink, one of the oldest prisons in the country; and the Tate Modern.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

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LGBT Careers Fair

I’m not in the habit of promoting careers fairs on LondonLovelies, but thought this might be of interest for some of you:

The Diversity Careers Show is on this Friday, Nov 20, at New Connaught Rooms in Holborn.  The event is open 11am – 5pm.

There are loads of exhibitors at the event, including Asda, Barclays Capital and Google – click here for a full list.

It’s free entry, but you have to register to attend – you can do that on the event website.

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LondonLovelies Goes Live!

As if you couldn’t get enough of LondonLovelies already, we now have a radio show every week!

Tune into Smoke Radio every Thursday at 2pm to hear about things that are free, cheap and fun to do in London!

I’ll talk a bit about things that are up on the blog, things that will be posted here and give you a summary of things to do over your weekend.

All that with some good music thrown in for good measure!

Don’t forget – if you’ve got any good tips on things to do around the capital then let me know and I’ll give you a shout out.  Leave a comment here or email me at

Tune in every Thursday at 2pm to listen to the show!

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LondonLovelies is Now More Accessible…

Sorry for the delay in updates everyone, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

To make up for my absence, I have been very busy developing the LondonLovelies brand, making it even EASIER to keep up to date with all that CHEAP and FREE stuff that’s going on around town!

So, for those who tweet, find me on Twitter – @londonlovelies – and don’t forget to mention me in your #FollowFridays please!

If you want to get in touch another way you can now email me at

And if that wasn’t enough, you can now become a fan of LondonLovelies on Facebook!

I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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Student Offer

Hello Lovelies,

An old friend informed me of this amazing student deal to see the London Symphony Orchestra, and I thought it’d be rude not to share…

Here’s the deal:

Sunday, 8th November, 7:30pm
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde
MAHLER: Lieder from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’
MAHLER: Blumine
BERG: Three Pieces

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Baritone: Matthias Goerne

London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

How much?

All student tickets are only £5! Don’t miss this chance to see one of the world’s top orchestras for a ludicrously cheap price. FREE DRINKS RECEPTION TOO!

Where is it?

That would be The Barbican – click here for directions

How do I get tickets?

All you have to do is send a text message like the one below:


to 60123

So, if David Hasselhoff wanted 2 tickets, he would send:


(texts are not case sensitive but don’t add any punctuation marks)

That number again is 60123.

Important stuff:

For each ticket you will receive one text message in return, which will confirm the purchase and tell you where to collect the ticket.

You will be charged £5 to receive each of these messages, which equals the cost of the tickets. Make sure your inbox is clear and you have enough credit on your phone.

The maximum number of tickets you can book in one text to 4, so if you want to buy more than that do it in multiple texts. You’ll also need your student ID when you pick up the ticket so don’t forget it!!!

For more information check out the LSO’s website.

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Penny For The Guy

July 4th Fireworks

Remember, remember, the 5th of November

November crept up on us quietly – with all this warm weather we’ve been having Ithought we were still back in early September – but with the start of the new month has come the real autumnal weather.

If, like me, you’re feeling the chill, check out Time Out‘s fine guide to the best fireworks around London – there are sure to be some large bonfires to keep you warm too.

Festivities start on November 5 through to November 14 with the Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks.

There is nothing better than some mulled cider, toffee apples and sparklers while keeping toasty by the fire – and everyone likes a FREE fireworks show!

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