London has a lot to offer! Also in August there are a lot of things to do in our favourite city. You can choose from a variety of events, from a relaxed night in an outdoor cinema to a sweaty workout up on a rooftop!
Below, you can find a list with our highlights of must-do’s in August. Enjoy hand have fun!
English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
When was the last time you saw a ballet? Romeo and Juliet are back in London and the English National Ballet Philharmonic will exhibit their talent once again. You will be excited about the performance the dancers show in their wonderfully pretty costumes. The Royal Festive Hall will take you to Verona, the little place in Italy. For nearly three hours, you will be part of the romantic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Pack your tissues and enjoy a wonderful night.
London Craft Beer Festival
August means time for London craft Beer Festival! From 4 August until 6 August beer will flow like water and if this wasn’t enough, it’s also the 5th birthday of the festival! This year the party will take place at Shoreditch Electric Light Station for the first time. Except from beer, you can find some delish food and listen to relaxed tunes mixed by selected DJs. So prepare your liver friends and raise your glass, cheers!
Pop Up Screens
You feel like going to the cinema but want to take advantage of the good weather at the same time? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The Pop Up Screens will set up shop in different places around London this summer. Lean back in your deck chair sipping a cider and enjoy the good old classics like Pretty Woman or the latest blockbusters such as Doctor Strange. Much better than a cinema hall but don’t forget to bring your raincoat (you know London…).
Summertime – Festival time! The one-day festival was invented by the teams behind XOYO, The Nest and Phonox as well as Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook last year. This year will be even more epic and Brockwell Park will be transformed to a huge party area on 12 August. Don’t be worried if there is some music you like. You will be provided with jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco – so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Have fun dancing the night away.
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace
Foodies Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and this year it takes place at Alexandra Palace on Bank holiday Weekend (26-28 August). There will be five different areas, the chef’s theatre, the cakes and dessert theatre, the drinks theatre, a live music stage and a kids cookery theatre. Meet some of the most excellent chefs, bake some marvellous cakes or enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in a wine tasting or listen to some tunes at the live music stage. Don’t forget to bring your kids as they will have a great time at the kids cookery theatre. An enjoyable celebration about food, drinks and cooking.
Notting Hill Carnival
The biggest street party known in London and beyond will happen as well on Bank Holiday Weekend this August. In and around London W10 and W11 the streets will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating the Caribbean culture. Decide if you want to go on Saturday and listen to bands or enjoy outdoor entertainment, on Sunday, the traditional Family Day, with the Sunday Parade in the afternoon or choose Monday, the Grand Final with the enormous parade. Get into that Caribbean feeling and experience something you’ll never forget!
Ham Yard Roof Terrace Summer Sessions
The Ham Yard Hotel offers some amazing summer sessions from 31 July until 30 August. The month will be divided into three sections. From 31 July until 8 August the Summer Sundowners will take place, addressing the cocktail lovers. The Garden to Glass session, taking place from 12 August until 18 August will serve some delicious cocktails inspired by the kitchen garden and with some tasty ingredients. The last section (19 August until 30 August) is for the ones of you adoring wine! Rosé on the Roof provides a variety of the pinky beverage from around the world. Decide which session you like best and enjoy a memorable night with incomparable sunset views.
The Covent Garden Comedy Club and Nightclub
Need some laughter again? Then go to Covent Garden and enjoy a night of comedy and fun. Throughout the month the Covent Garden Comedy Club will host some of the funniest comedians who will tickle the laughter out of you. Enjoy a Dinner & Comedy Package or bring your own food to top the night off. Everyone knows that we adults laugh way too little so take the initiative and head to Covent Garden.
HIIT the roof
Aviary is a rooftop bar and restaurant in the Mountcalm Hotel located at Finsbury Square. But this summer it doesn’t only serve fancy drinks but transforms into a gym! Yes right, you can have sweaty workout sets on the top of the 10th floor feeling a light breeze. The workouts will be on the basis of Run, Condition and Move. We wanna see you sweat!
Last Days of Shoreditch
How about a casual evening or night al Last Days of Shoreditch? The venue offers several events on Thursdays to Sundays throughout the month. Have fun with friends at a karaoke night, join one of the great parties or just go there and have some food. Get that quality time and pack your friends!
In the last couple of weeks, we’ve discovered some really great raw food places around London, so we thought we’d share some of the raw treats we found with you!
Nama, Notting Hill
First up, was Nama in Notting Hill, a “raw food oasis offering mouthwatering and highly nutritious meals and refreshments, cleanse programmes and raw food courses.”
The whole Chi team headed down to Nama to say goodbye to our lovely Marketing Director, Ines, who is heading off to a much sunnier climate to live out her dreams as a health coach! Ines loves raw food and clean eating, so this was the perfect spot for our last lunch together.
The menu looked delicious, and seemed to cater to every taste. Nama offer everything from simple salads and smoothies, to Italian, Thai and sushi dishes. The indulgent dessert menu grabbed our attention pretty quickly too!
For the main, three of us went for the Lasagne Verdure, a rich and flavoursome dish made using courgette “pasta” strips and nut cheese. The rest of the team each went for the Italian pizza, Sushi Platter and Thai Coconut Curry. The reviews were very positive, and every body loved how creative the dishes were. We also loved our complimentary, lemon and cucumber infused vases of water, and the presentation of our food on Nama’s custom black slates. It all added to the raw experience.
For dessert, we decided to order 2 x Selection of Sweet Treats to share between us, as this included samples of all of the desserts on the menu plus a few extras. We were delighted with the cute little slices that arrived, and tucked in pretty quickly! The raw key lime pie-type cheesecake seemed to be the most popular, but everything tasted guilt-free and delicious!
The following day, we discovered Mr Prempys at The Chocolate Festival in Islington, and to be honest, it was love at first sight!
Mr Prempys is run by two friends from London, who create organic raw cakes and chocolates. Each of their products has a quirky little name and bundles of character. Their bestseller, Gerald, looks particularly fascinating and delicious; a green and yellow marbled “cheesecake” made with ginger, lime, wheatgrass and spirulina. Sadly, they had sold out of this one by the time we got around to buying, so we went for the Lemon and vanilla cheesecake, named “Ludwig von Acai-Berry” – which made us laugh. Honestly? It was heaven. Pure heaven!
You’ll find Mr Prempys at Stoke Newington Farmers Market, Ally Pally Farmers Market and Chiswick Food Market. They sell whole cakes for £40, or £4 per slice, and ALL of them are made using coconut oil! We highly recommend.
Hill Carnival 2014
We were lucky enough to have Notting Hill Carnival happen right on our doorstep this year, and thought it only fitting to give away lots of Chi to the lovely performers, spectators and party seekers.
As you may know, Coconut Water is a huge carnival tradition, usually served straight from the young green coconut, with a straw stuck straight in the top. Chi is the next best thing (and certainly easier to carry!) so of course, we got bombarded. Anyone would have thought we were giving away free money, it was great!
The miserable weather didn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits either. The atmosphere was as lively and vibrant as ever. The streets were filled with music and laughter, and more colours than Chi’s product range! Yet another fabulous year here in West London. Here’s some pictures:
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2014
Hill Carnival 2014
August Bank Holiday Weekend is finally here, which means one thing… CARNIVAL TIME!
For those of you heading West this weekend, you’re in for a truly colourful treat. Notting Hill Carnival’s famous extravaganza of Afro-Carribean culture brings heavenly street food, an eclectic mix of music, and an incredible display of wild and exotic costumes. So here’s our top 5 tips for enjoying London’s biggest party:
1. Bring the Family
Sunday is Family Day. There’s even a children’s parade! It’s a much quieter and more relaxed than Monday, and will be enjoyable for all the family. We recommend bringing earplugs/protectors, as the soundsystems can be very loud.
2. Eat Caribbean
At carnival, you’re never too far from a smoking barbecue, jerk chicken, goat curry, or ackee and salt fish. We highly recommend that you ditch the diet for the day and dig in! If you’re a veggie, look out for vegetarian patties, curries and chips.
3. Find a good spot
If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to grab yourself front row seats (on the floor) along the main route. If not, you can get great photos of the parade and feel part of the action by standing by the judges’ platform.
4. Stay Safe
Notting Hill Carnival is a lively, fun and welcoming festival, but like any huge event staying aware and alert is important. Avoid pickpockets by keeping your valuables out of sight and out of reach. There will be hundreds of police officers on duty, so if you have any worries, let them know.
5. Drink plenty of (Coconut) Water
It’s really important that you stay hydrated during carnival, especially if you’re consuming alcohol. Pack plenty of water, and don’t forget to take advantage of all the fresh coconuts on offer! Who knows, you may even find Chi giving out some free Coconut Water on Sunday… 😉