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September 2014

London

The House of Peroni returns this October

September 30, 2014

The house is back for another stint in Holborn this October, and this time the team at Peroni are bringing modern Rome to Central London for a month of food, drink, design and film. If you’ve come across any of my previous posts covering The House you’ll know I’m a bit of a fan – from my first experience of cocktails and culture ‘Peroni style’ at the 41 Portland Place launch, to a perfume masterclass and more michelin starred gastronomic goodness this time last year.

Open from the 3rd – 31st October, get yourself down to Lincoln’s Inn Fields for premium Italian street food and bespoke cocktails from House Mixologist Federico Riezzo, or check out the weekly schedule of events covering everything from chocolate crafting masterclasses and floral headdress making to a unique film and dining event at ‘Film Feast’.

And the best part? Entry is free*, so you can explore four floors of Roman life without spending a penny. Although I challenge you to make it past Il Caffè without stopping for an espresso…

If that wasn’t enough to tempt you down to Holborn, I’ll be posting photos following the launch night on Thursday so check back next week to see more of what’s on offer.

Have you ever visited The House? Do you plan on going this October? I’d love to hear what you thought!

Emma

*18+ only, some events require a ticket. Visit the website for more info http://thehouseofperoni.com.

 

Life Style

Joining the hat brigade

September 28, 2014

I’ve never been a ‘hat person’. In the past I’ve always felt self-conscious with something balancing precariously on my head, and would look longingly at those who could pull off a fedora with ease.  When I spotted this burgundy bowler in Topshop I must have been feeling adventurous (or maybe it was the £7 price tag) because I took it straight to the till  – and so my new found love affair with hats began.

I’ve since been on the hunt for a few to add to the collection and recently picked up a gorgeous black fedora from DP’s – something that would have been completely out of my comfort zone a few months ago. If you’re anything like me and have strictly avoided joining the hat brigade, give it a go. You’ll be surprised at how easily they can transform an outfit, plus a beanie’s got to be pretty cosy in the winter months, right?

Bowler Hat – Topshop | Scarf – Rhodes Town Market | Top – Topshop | Leigh Jeans – Topshop | Shoes – Topshop | Bag – Mulberry

London

Arepa and Co | Haggerston

September 20, 2014

Who doesn’t love a good Perico con Arepa? Or how about a Mulata Cachapas? Personally I’d never heard of either, nor had I ever eaten in a Venezuelan restaurant, but I can officially say both are a pretty good idea.

Walking along Regents Canal, you can find Arepa and Co placed somewhere in the middle of Hoxton and London Fields. Officially classed as a ‘Haggerston’ joint, we stopped here for lunch on our way to Broadway Market. Apparently the first Arepa place in London (they also have a market stall in Camden), if you want to try an authentic slice of Venezuela washed down with Santa Teresa Rum I’d definitely recommend a visit.

Give the Desayuno Reina a try if you’re there for brunch (Chicken & Guacamole. Black beans. Cheese. Plantains) or go for the Pabellon Criollo if you’re feeling hungry (Rice. Shredded beef. Cheese. Beans. Plantains).

For the full menu and opening hours – and if you’d like a more precise location than ‘somewhere in Haggerston’ – take a look at the website here.

Life Style

Pumped up kicks

September 14, 2014

If there’s one thing that can cheer up a drab autumn day, it’s a spangly pair of silver kicks. Nothing better than seeing everything you pass reflected in your own footwear, hey? Even better if they cost you less than the price of a glass of pinot.

In another outfit that may as well be sponsored by Primark, it’s all about transitional dressing this month. My sister picked up this lightweight duster coat in the sales for a mere £10 and then handed it over as a late birthday present. It’s been a wardrobe staple ever since and looks great layered over just about anything. As I mentioned in last week’s post I’m really not a fan of a sweaty commute on the tube, and this jacket has saved me from many such journeys.

Jacket – Primark | T Shirt – Mango | Jeans – Topshop | Backpack – Primark | Trainers – Primark

Emma

London

Late London: Sonic City

September 6, 2014

You’ll usually find me tucked away in a cocktail bar come Friday evening, or at least sat in front of a film whilst tucking into a Dominos. One particular Friday a few weeks ago however, we decided to try something a bit different. As a Sound Engineer I think it’s fair to say that Oliver is somewhat obsessed with sound, in the way that it could be said that I obsess over the changing of the seasons just so that I’m able to give my new winter coat an outing. So fairly obsessed.

For this reason I’m often being invited to various sound related seminars and gigs – most recently an hour long talk about echoes and reverberation (yes, echoes) which was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds. It’s important to me to be able to share the things we’re interested in, and I love having the opportunity to learn new things I’d otherwise never have discovered.  So when Oliver invited me along to Late London: Sonic City, an event taking place at The Museum of London Docklands, I thought hey, let’s give it a go. I’ve secretly always wanted to visit one of the ‘late night’ museum exhibitions anyway, so managed to kill two birds with one stone.

The exhibition was slightly bizarre and difficult for a non-sound person to relate to. I can’t pretend I didn’t have to stifle a (childish) giggle when listening to some of the acts during moments I was supposed to be quiet and reflective, and the artwork I created during the Art of Listening was questionable to say the least. Other than the fact that I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, overall I had a great evening and really enjoyed sharing in something that my boyfriend loves. It proved to both of us that Friday nights don’t have to equal a food induced coma or a bar tab you’re going to regret the next day.

We did, of course, stop at the bar next door on the way home to ‘discuss the exhibition’.

Have you ever been to one of the London Late exhibitions? I’m on the lookout for recommendations!

Emma x