Every year, approximately 36,000 people run the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London.
Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity; and many run in outrageous fancy-dress. Previous years’ costumes have included a giant penguin, a London bus, Superman, and a slow-moving snail. The Virgin Money London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes. Celebrities who have run the London Marathon in previous years include Princess Beatrice, Gordon Ramsay, Agyness Dean and Ronan Keating.
Summer is here and some great things happening, check out the David Hockney Exhibition at the Royal Academy, over at the British Museum there are some incredibly Exhibitions of note, I especially like Sicily, Culture and Conquest on until August 14th Only.
Over in the West End the new production of Aladdin is proving popular with families this summer also a the Old Vic , a remake of the 1993 classic movie Ground Hog day is awesome.
On 23rd July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the London Anniversary games gets under way with some world class athletes, whilst you are there check out the from 23rd July to 4th September is the largest urban beach in the UK, large screens in August will show the Olympics from Rio.
At Olympia, Hyper Japan is on 15th July for 3 days offering quality Japanese and Japan-centric exhibitors plus lots more.
I loved the EXHIBITIONISM at the Saatchi gallery, the first international exhibition of the Rolling Stones.
Tennis is not the only thing you find in Wimbledon these days, the as the Ivy Café opened its doors in the village recently and has received rave reviews. I had dinner in Miami recently at Balans and they continue to grow with a new opening in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. But my restaurant of the month goes to Chutney Mary, in St James, perhaps the most innovative Indian food I have ever eaten and a far cry from thos Anglo Indian days when they were on the Kings Road.
Interesting Pop up is Brixton Beach Boulevard, brings 80s style with this pop up beach, very cheesy but fun!
September is on us, Summer is not over just yet !
For the last 22 years “Open House London” celebrates London’s the largest festival of architecture and design. it is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places, and neighbourhoods where we live and work. This is mainly a free event but some properties do require to book ahead. Open House is over the weekend of 17th and 18th September
From the 22nd September thru to 25th is London Fashion week where the city fills with the beautiful and delicious, in particular the Saatchi Gallery is transformed into an exclusive fashion experience, brimming with designer catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty treats, and educational panels.
What’s on the menu, an interesting no nonsense new opening is Padella in Southwark St, near Borough Market, best described as no reservations Pasta bar but with truly splendid food, you can see the pasta being made in front of you, reasonably priced and I adored the Pappardelle with Italian Fennel Sausage Ragu.
Covent Garden’s new arrival is Frenchie (not the bull dog) nick name for the French acclaimed chef Gregory Marchand who owns a Parisian Bistro that has a 6 month waiting list. Easily explained menu items convert into totally delicious food. A particular dessert I can suggest is the Bitter Sweet Chocolate Ice cream with bacon Ice cream, I know this has been tried before but it works!
Back to the Classics, my recent experience at the American Bar at the Stafford Hotel was like taking a trip back in time in an Olde English country house in the heart of St James, great Martinis and they serve their own brewed ale, quirkily decorated with ties, models planes amongst other things it’s an experience….
New Scientist Live at ExCel from 22nd September for 4 days and provides a festival full of ideas and discovery from the team behind the world’s most popular science weekly magazine.
Brazil day is on the 10th September from noon at Trafalgar Square and hosted by the Embassy of Brazil. There will be music and dancing food and drink on offer.
Want to get out of the city then consider going to the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival held in the historic Snape Maltings in Suffolk this has to be on of the best food festivals in the country. There are over 80 food and drink stalls with famous chefs galore and after the success of the Olympics for Team GB you can also witness the 2nd World Pickled Egg Championship, now what else can you ask for. From the 26th September for 2 weeks.
Back in the capital from 1 – 30th September we have “Totally Thames” with over 15 events taking place along the 42 mile stretch of the River Thames.
We start October with London Cocktail week from the 3rd to 9th October, over at Spitalfields the Cocktail village returns with pop up bars and more. Over 18s Please!!!!
It’s the “Frieze Art Fair” on the 6th October; see world-class art from the best international galleries in Regent’s Park.
The big NFL game will be on the 23rd October and for the first time ever the NFL descends onto Twickenham Stadium, as the New York Giants play the Los Angeles Rams in the 2016 NFL International Series. Kick-off is at 14.30pm.
Fancy a Night at the Museum, on the 28th October; take a journey of discovery through the wonders of the Natural History Museum’s collection, from 18.00 to 22.00
Did you know Sincerely Paul offers VIP Airside services at Heathrow and Gatwick, we can arrange for one of our hosts to meet you directly at the plane and get through immigration super quick.
Spooky times on the 31st as Halloween arrives, the Grenadier Pub in Wilton Row claims to be one of the most haunted pubs in London and is said to have more spirits in the bar than behind the bar!!!!
Anyone like Chocolate? I do and that’s why I will be going to Olympia between the 14th to 16th October to enjoy “ The Chocolate Show” this will bring together British and international brands as well as renowned artisans, chefs and cocoa experts; all there to share a passion for chocolate. YUM!
The whole of October celebrates the London Restaurant Festival which takes place in the capital’s best restaurants across the city. There are two main elements to the festival: Restaurant Experiences and Festival Menus. Events like Restaurant Hopping tours to London’s Longest Lunch are on offer.
Something different! When next over in Greenwich consider The Greenwich Foot Tunnel, the foot tunnel provides pedestrians links under the river and are used by over a million people each year.
Silent Disco with a difference, on the 7th October you can dance in silence on the Cutty Sark also in Greenwich from 8.30pm but book ahead.
In this month October, in 1881 the Gun fight at the OK Corral took place, The Can Can was first performed in Paris in 1858 and in 2004 I Tunes reached 150 Million songs.
Did you know that the 14th October is World Egg day, On World Egg Day, events are held across the world celebrating the egg. Now that’s Egg-Citing J
A lovely quote that was shared with me was “Don’t Cry because it’s over, smile because it happened “ by “ Dr Seuss”
Remember to put the clocks back one hour on the 30th October.
Brr its cold out there, enjoy the last month of autumn before winter arrives but it does bring some great events.
The arrival of November means the Winter festival begins at the Southbank centre until the end of January, the popular Christmas Market will be there again. And YES WINTER WONDERLAND is back and in its 10th year from the 18th November in Hyde Park, this is a must see with a new addition the Nutcracker on Ice on a frozen stage with the Imperia Ice Stars but book this in advance as I think this will be popular. In this month November, in 1434 the river Thames actually froze.
The Tower of London Ice rink Open on the 16th of November and opens daily at 11.00am. Skate against an iconic backdrop Set within the grounds of the Tower of London, enjoy the thrill of skating or relax with a cup of Hot Chocolate and soak in the atmosphere.
Christmas Lights are being illuminated and my 2 favourites are Regent St, they get switched on the 17th November and Bond St on the 10th November. But for a real treat head over to Kew Gardens because from the 23rd November there will be a mile long trail lit up with over 60,000 lights, it’s a truly magical experience.
A must see for November is the BP Exhibition: Sunken Cities Egypt’s lost worlds at the British
Museum. Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition. On till the 27th of November.
Its food time…
On an amusing separate note “you know the restaurant has a clown as a chef when the food tastes funny.” But not these 2 below.
Time for 2 amazing spots. Try “Foleys” in Fitzrovia’s Foley St, originally a Shepherds Bush Pop up it now has a permanent home here, best described as very international cuisines and vegetarian are well catered for also. One other to tempt you is “Street XO” in Mayfairs Old Burlington St, what’s the interest, we the chef David Muñoz,3 Michelin starts in Madrid for “Diver XO” Street Xo is more fun and casual dining but he is soooo very creative I think there will be something for everyone.
What are you doing on the 12th November? Well I know the Lord Mayor of London is busy as it’s the Lord Mayors Show held between 11am and 2.30pm, we are expecting a half a million people to line the streets and join in the fun.
The other side of Hadrian’s Wall will be celebrating St Andrews Day on the 30th November
With so much to do this month I end with a quote from Henry Kissinger, “There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”