Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lollipop Events Launch

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Mark Ward’s brand new events company - Lollipop Events, last week at London’s Hippodrome in Leicester Square.

Sylwi was my plus one, mainly because the night included a range of taster sessions.  One of them happened to be ‘Cigar Tasting’, which Sylwi and I had taken quite a fancy to (while sampling the delights of the Cigar Lounge at The Address Hotel in Dubai).

We were greeted with wine and cocktails while the new co-owner and chairman Simon Thomas of the Hippodrome talked us through its’ fascinating history.  Apparently when it was a real circus back in the 1900’s, all the animals (lions, tigers, elephants, you name it) were actually kept in the Hippodrome!  Unbelievable really then, that some 80 years later, Peter Stringfellow would turn it into the infamous London club with an even more famous sticky floor…. And now, a super casino with bars, restaurants and a cabaret theatre!

Unfortunately, ‘cigar tasting’ was cancelled…. Apparently there had only been two people who wanted to take part (…Ahem).  But we were more than happy with the substitute sesh which was ‘cocktail making’!  Our expert mixologist barman talked us through how to make Black and White Russians and Espresso Martinis’…  And then we got to drink them all!  After which, we were treated to lessons in playing Blackjack and Roulette.  (Obviously Sylwi and I now think we are total experts…)  Probably best we were playing with ‘free chips’ though hey…

A great night was had by all, and the champagne and lemon meringue canapés rounded things off nicely, as did the goodie bag.  Although we did then decide to hit the super friendly ‘Friendly Inn’ for duck pancakes in China Town.  What a great evening.  And good luck to Mark Ward with his fab new events company.


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