Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's behind The Little Yellow Door?

Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill – going out is the new staying in, sort of

'Arghh I can’t find it’ I shouted into my phone.  I’d become that annoying person, standing in the rain at the top of the stairs to Notting Hill Gate tube, getting in everyone’s way – you know, the ‘London tourist’ as they’re affectionately known!  ‘It’s right by the tube and it’s a little yellow door’ was Hollie’s reply.  She was right.  Doh, seeing as the bar is called ‘Little Yellow Door’, I perhaps should’ve known better.  Blonde moment.  I was actually standing right beside it.

Little Yellow Door is a brand new bar in West London.  You could imagine the concept was dreamt up by three men on a night out after one too many whiskies (I’ll have to ask them if this is actually true…)  When you stumble upon the doorway, and let’s face it, you’re bound to find it quicker than I did, either knock on the door, or get out your VIP Yale key and let yourself in.  Then, up the stairs you’ll find, well, someone’s flat.  A hall way, a front room, a bathroom.  But it’s like you just wandered into someone’s apartment who happens to have a full bar in their front room.  And a tree house.  (Standard).  

There’s a pair of trainers casually left under the side stand.  A table and chairs.  A sofa!  There’s even a fish tank on the window sill with a couple of fish just chilling out and taking in the vibe of the place.  It’s that cool.  So. you’re basically round at a mates, having a laugh, except you’re in what is essentially a bar.  It’s genius. And it’s not one of those flats that has one of those drink cabinets with a bottle of left over Advocaat in it.  Nooo, they do marvellous cocktails and sharer drinks that come in those blenders everyone bought in the 80’s.  I bet they even have a toastie maker somewhere too.

The food is fancy bar snack stylee.  The camembert is just to die for.  I ate lots of other good stuff, but got a little bit tipsy and can’t remember what exactly.  Oh burgers!  Yes the burgers are definitely slicker than you’re average.

I’d also like to talk about the bathroom here..   It’s got to be a very special bathroom to get a whole paragraph to itself!  Again, it’s like someone’s real bathroom!  There’s even a hairdryer and a toothbrush holder!  I just LOVE this place.

Little Yellow Door is open now and worthy of a visit.  Also look out for their new Friday night dinner parties –a specially prepare four course dinner around a massive table where you get to hobnob with hotties that you’ve never met before.  Sounds amazing.

If you’re reading this before Saturday 29th November, then get involved with ‘Christabel’s Mad Hatter Brunch’ from 1-6pm.  There’s glittery menus, sparkly drinks, crispy bacon with maple syrup and pancakes plus film screenings and a vinatage disco music from DJ Nicola Marian Robinson.  Tickets are £25 and even include a drink!

Check it out!  Just don’t get too comfy – you will have to leave at some point!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Calling all Cool Runnings fans! The coooollest cinema experience, like ever!

In the famous words of that man I always get mixed up with Will I. Am, ‘What’s cooler than being cool?’ Well, the answer aint ‘ice cold’ (that doesn’t even make sense), it’s watching Cool Runnings on an ice rink with cosy blankets and hot rum punch to warm your cockles!  Obvs.  

Those forward thinking dudes at ‘Press Play’ have been, well, ‘pressing play’ all over London, with cinema experiences that promise to pale your retro Betamax from ebay into insignificance.  They did Gatsby on the roof at Broadway House, they sold out 60’s stylee Austin Powers screenings at One New Change (yehhhh baby!) and now their bob sleds are polished and heading right for an ice rink at Notting Hill!
So, time to brush the snow off your ski-suit and poddle on down to Queens Ice & Bowl for an unforgettable cinema screening.  Running from November 26th to 28th (with two screenings on the Friday), tickets are a steal at between £20-£30, and for that, you’re getting waaaaay more than just a film!  You’ll be greeted by the hosts and whisked off to a totally tropical place.  No Lilt, but there will be rum cocktails, Jamaican Ginger Beer and good old trusty Red Stripe, plus you can warm up to the reggae groove of Caribbean pop-up specialists Dubjam.  Popcorn will keep you toasty during the movie and it’s sweet coconut and vanilla flavoured! 
And what’s more, when Cool Runnings comes to a close, the party is just getting started…. At Bodo’s Schloss which is alpine ski-themed and won’t make you look like a douche-bag in your ‘retro Caribbean ski wear’ (that’s the theme guys, don’t let them down...)  Keep your ticket stub, you’ll get free entry.  And you’ll even get a free £20 cab ride from Uber to get you there, if you don’t fancy skiing.
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Now where did I put my shell suit circa 1988?!!! #ontheice

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