The Big Feastival is a sensational new three-day event on the festival calendar combining mouth-watering food from some of the country’s top chefs with a top drawer selection of the finest live music acts around, including The Charlatans, The Guillemots and The Mystery Jets. The Big Feastival takes place on Clapham Common on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July, and is the first festival of its kind bringing the best things in life – friends, families, great food and drink and amazing live music – together in one place over one fantastic weekend.
The Big Feastival is a festival with a heart, raising funds for The Prince’s Trust and The Jamie Oliver Foundation to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people. Proving food is the new rock ‘n’ roll The Big Feastival combines London’s finest gourmet experience with the look of an urban village fete and a music festival vibe, creating an extra special big day out for the entire family with food included in the standard ticket price and best of all kids can go free! To purchase tickets, get early bird rates and to find out more information click here or call 0844 888 9991.
The Blind Tiger claims to ’envelop diners in decadence of a by gone era, taking them on a luxurious journey through an enhanced culinary experience’ at the hands of its highly regarded Head Chef Marek Novac. Brimming with anticipation and a hint of childlike excitement, my partner and I walked up to the restaurants rather unassuming black gated entrance, where we were greeted and taken back to 1920s prohibition America. The rich red walls, dark wood floors, contrasting crisp white table cloths and candlelight was reminiscent of an upper class speakeasy, which was enhanced by a live jazz singer filling the room with the essence and romanticism of this heart racing era. Along with a generous wine and ales list, we were handed a golden envelope containing ’prescriptions’ for forgotten cocktails. We sampled the Blood & Sand cocktail which was whiskey based, infused with cherry brandy and vermouth - it was smooth and went down deliciously well. And we sipped a crisp Sauvignon Blanc Echervveris from large wine glasses, continually topped up by the inconspicuous yet attentive waiting staff. We started with a crispy duck salad and smoked salmon fillet. The duck was extremely flavoursome with a creative accompaniment of walnuts, blueberries and rocket, whist the salmon was delicately seasoned and mouth-wateringly tender. The pork loin wrapped in pancetta main, came neatly arranged with a nest of runner beans and new potatoes. Salty, succulent and definitely one for the meat lovers. My partner described the lamb with warm asparagus salad and a side of spiced new potatoes as ‘wowzers!’ which can only be a positive nod in the direction of very tasty! Whilst our Strawberry Eton Mess and Lavender Infused Chocolate Fondant amply satisfied our sweet teeth, the desserts didn’t offer any real sense of adventure. However there was an exciting list of dessert wines, beers and cocktails for those wanting to sit back, relax and enjoy some more of the enticingly seductive ambiance. The Blind Tiger ‘s 1920s theme is an charming concept, it offers a varied and hearty a la carte menu with a dazzling choice of drinks, all with the added bonus of live music creating a perfect venue for a romantic date, a celebration dinner or just a quirky and entertaining evening out in the Clapham area. For more information or to book a table click here.
A group of volunteers is appealing for teams to enter a charity quiz to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in celebration of its centennial year. Taking place on Friday 13 May at St Mary’s Hall, Clapham Common, the evening promises to be fun for all. Guests will also have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win yet more goodies, kindly donated by local businesses as well as some of London’s top attractions. Entry costs £10 per person and includes a selection of alcoholic beverages and nibbles for the table. Guests are also welcome to consume their own food on the premises. Macmillan fundraising manager for South London, Richard Scott commented: “The help we provide people with cancer is absolutely essential and we want to be able to give support to everyone who needs it. Supporting fundraising events like this is a great way of doing so and fun too!”. To book a table email email@example.com.
Or for more information contact Nicola on 07809121015 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Takes place this Friday 13 May at 7pm.
Ghosts walking dogs and other weird and wonderful sights will take over Battersea’s Pump House Gallery as its 150-year history is brought to life in a new live theatre show by artists from the People Show theatre company, accompanied by students from Roehampton University. The production has been created using memories and stories of local residents and visitors will be taken on a journey in and around the Pump House, watching performances and listening to tales from the actors. The building was originally created to pump water to the fountains, but never really worked properly and people blame the ghosts, who they claim have always haunted the area. The cast very much play on this idea with all sorts of spooky and funny appearences popping up throughout the performance.
A fun event for all ages: People Show, 122 The Pump House Project, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park. May 11 – 14. 6pm – 8pm.
Tomorrow, Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be a referendum on the voting system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons. The referendum could potentially change the current system and asks you to vote yes or no to an alternative proposal. By now you will have received your ballot papers, which will entitle you to a vote on this question: At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?
To find out more information about the proposed changes and your local polling stations click here.
With less than 24 hours to go until Kate and Wills finally tie the knot (and we get a day off work – yay!) Camp Royale on Clapham Common is in full ceremonial swing and the ‘big Royal sleepover’ is about to commence! If you’re in for the long haul in a tent then be sure to pack wellies and something warm as weather is set to be … ‘varied’.
However if camping isn’t your ‘thing’ then why not venture a little further a field to Battersea High Street where you’ll be able to join in on a traditional British Street Party – with music, dancing, food and drink, games and coverage from 10am. There’s plenty to keep families happy at the party, with street stalls, donkey rides and all manner of live entertainment for kids. Shops and restaurants along Battersea High Street will remain open throughout the day and good news … its free entrance!
But whatever you’re doing tomorrow have fun, enjoy and raise a glass (or bottle) to the happy couple! Hurrah!
St Peter’s Church will be holding a debate on the May 5th Alternative Vote Referendum. The debate will take place on the 26th April 2011 at 7:15 pm. Doors will open from 6:30.
The debate will begin with an opportunity for the speakers to briefly state their case. There will then be a “Question time” opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and for both speakers to give a response.
Speaking in favour of the Alternative Vote Jonathan Bartley (born 1971) is director of the think tank Ekklesia and has been at the forefront of calls for electoral reform. He is a leading spokesman for the Yes to AV campaign. Speaking against the Alternative Vote Sam Gyimah (born 10 August 1976) was elected Conservative MP for East Surrey in the 2010 election. He worked extensively with small businesses and serves on the House of Commons International development Committee. He has been appointed an official Conservative spokesman opposing the Alternative Vote proposal.The adjudicator will be James Macintyre politics editor of Prospect Magazine and former producer of Question Time.
The event website contains links and other useful information about the Alternative Vote proposal to help members of the public come to an informed decision.
This beautiful warm weather is set to continue in to the Easter weekend and most of you will be wanting to spend it outside to lap up the beginning of summer! The common with a picnic rug and a jug of Pimms might be what we’re all thinking but if you’re spending the long weekend with little ones and fancy venturing a bit further a field then why not reignite some childhood excitement and take part in one of LoveClapham’s Top 3 Easter Egg hunts!
Battersea Park Zoo Kids can enjoy searching for eggs amongst the animal houses, whilst checking out all the exotic animals. Purchase a quiz sheet and use the clues to hunt for the Easter eggs to claim your prize. £1.50 + admission fee. 9th – 24th April
Ham House This National Trust property has teamed up with Cadburys to bring together an exciting weekend of egg hunting in its beautiful gardens. Kicking off at 11am over 4 days, its ideal for children of all ages … even you ‘big kids’! £3.00. 22nd – 25th April
Kew Gardens Kew has a whole host of Easter activities taking place this weekend for all the family to get involved in. There’s an egg hunt on the 24th from 9:30am, drop in chocolate workshops from 10:30am daily, a display of Easter themed chocolate sculptures and chocolate tasting sessions. Yum!!
Have an eggscellent weekend Clappers!
Flying Fantastic is a new concept in fitness. They’re based on a model tried and tested in Buenos Aires – where the Argentines get to work out on aerial silks, ropes, trapeze and hoop and have an absolute ball while they’re doing it – Now Clappers it’s your turn! Every Tuesday night at The Wilditch Centre on Culvert Road they offer two classes which are open to everybody – not for just the super athletic or for the gymnasts amongst us! As well as keeping you fit the classes are structured in a way that you learn new skills and have fun at the same time. The teachers specialise in taking every individual’s ability into account and making it as relaxed and as enjoyable as possible. Currently they’re offering weekly classes in aerial silks. In due course they hope to be opening the doors to lots more exciting activities like trapeze, rope, aerial harness and loads more fantastic stuff.
They compete in a small Sunday league competition on Clapham Common but on Monday Huracan FC found themselves taking up page 3 of the Metro! The team were champions after their 4-0 victory on Sunday, however this wasn’t the reason they were put in the spotlight. They’ve accumulated over 2500 fans…in Argentina! Incredibly this makes them the 70th best supported team in the UK. Their Facebook page is used as a discussion point for tactics, player selection and score updates – most of the posts being in Spanish. Player manager Henry May established the club after returning from time spent living in Buenos Aires in 2009, when he became a fan of top Argentinian team Club Atletico Huracan. Henry who lives in Brixton said that popularity grew at a rate of knots when the strip was given away as a prize and the team got a shout out on the radio. To find out more about the team click here
The 80s may be gone but are by no means forgotten, as ŒOur Friends Acoustic¹ returns for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. On Thursday 12 May at The Grand in Clapham, Nik Kershaw hosts a night which will feature performances from; Rick Astley, Toyah, T¹Pau, Cutting Crew, Hazel O¹Connor, Katrina (former Katrina and the Waves), Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat and The Communards), Limahl and Nik Kershaw himself. This spectacular event promises a night to remember, as each era defining artist performs unique, acoustic versions of their greatest hits. Tickets are on sale priced at just £25, with all proceeds going to learning disability charity Mencap www.ticketmaster.co.uk – don¹t miss out on a chance to re-visit the 80s in all their glory! Round up your friends for a night of fun, 80s classics and dancing!!
Walking across the Common I noticed that work had begun setting up the fairground for the Easter week. Part of me had that childhood desire to peak over the fence and see what rides there were; recalling the memories of begging my long suffering parents to give my school friends and I £10 for the fair and running off to enjoy smashing in to one another dodgems, being scared on the ghost train and being spun nauseatingly round and round on Waltzer – good times! However I don’t know what it is but there’s something a lot less appealing about it now. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it as to what it is about them that’s changed to make me like them less, sure the prices of the rides have gone up…quite steeply but hasn’t everything? It’s not that I’m particularly worried about safety – The Health and Safety Executive carried out a safety review of fairground rides and amusement parks after the death of three children and two adults in the UK in the summer of 2000. Figures show that fatalities have remained consistently below this level ever since and rides nowadays are generally much better managed and controlled than 20 years ago. And I don’t think I’m being a general scrooge about the whole thing (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!) but it’s the atmosphere – it used to be more of an innocent outing with games stalls, candy floss and family fun but now appears to attract only those hungry for top speed rides that spin round to the point of feeling pretty sick, propel you in to the air or fling you violently about all set to a background of deafeningly thumping music….eek, no thanks! What do you think? – agree or am I just being a kill joy?!