What’s On: Irish Feast comes to Trafalgar Square

– Visit Irish Food Market

at the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations –

 St Patrick’s Day was traditionally known as the day of feasting, so use this as an excuse to head into the heart of London to sample some of Ireland’s finest produce at the Irish Food Market, which will be one of the highlights at the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.


The free event is taking place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 16 March (12-6pm), and the Irish Food Market is the perfect way to sample the true flavour of Ireland and experience a warm welcome from the producers themselves. From farmhouse cheeses and traditional breads to smoked fish and luxury confectionery, The Irish Food Board (Bord Bia) brings the very best of Ireland to central London.


The St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade are supported by the Mayor of London and Irish businesses who work with Irish cultural organisations, musicians and artists. Amongst the biggest St Patrick’s Day events outside Ireland, last year’s festivities attracted around 100,000 people from across the city and beyond. People attending this year, can expect another lively and colourful line-up, including a parade of floats, marching bands and Irish dancing schools, a live music tent, a comedy tent and Irish film screenings.


A great day out for foodies and families alike. Just remember your shamrock.


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Forgot one-off gig tickets, standard subscriptions or dust-gathering gift-cards – Bush Hall, West London’s landmark indie music venue, has unveiled the must-have Christmas gift for culture vultures with the arrival of its lifestyle membership scheme. Launching this month, members can expect unparalleled access to its raft of vibrant and eclectic live music, modern dining and quirky and unique entertainment.


Nestled in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush and hidden within restored Edwardian walls, this cool, independent live music and events venue regularly plays host to big name and local musicians, comedians and cabaret acts and now you can buy a piece of Bush Hall action for yourself.  At £30 for individual membership, £70 for Family membership and £100 for VIP access, members will enjoy free comedy and cabaret tickets, guest list places for exclusive and secret shows, pre and post gig/theatre meals and drinks at its recently launched restaurant Bush Hall Dining Rooms and discounted use of The Music House for Children year-round.


Members will also be amongst the first to sample the two brand new and exciting events that launch in early 2014 and celebrate the honest, quirky entertainment that has marked Bush Hall’s heritage.  Hidden under Bush Hall’s grand chandeliers, Bush Hall Film Club and Sunday Coffee Concerts, will be monthly opportunities to experience arthouse & foreign cinema and discover the charms of jazz and classical music, all in a stunning setting.


Co-owner of Bush Hall Group, Charlie Raworth, says, “By becoming Bush Hall members, lovers of London’s cultural scene have the opportunity to support an independent arts venue, help keep live music alive and support the next generation of musicians.  In return, they’ll be welcomed into the Bush Hall family and receive unrivalled access to the unique events & services we have created over the last 13 years.”


Bush Hall

This characterful independent live music and events venue hosts big name and local musicians, comedians and cabaret acts, as well as wedding receptions, conferences & film shoots. With a rich rock and roll history dating back to 1904, the venue has been a rehearsal space for the likes of The Who, Adam Faith and Cliff Richard and its vibrant and varied past has seen it in numerous incarnations from WII Soup Kitchen to Bingo Hall.  It’s hall of fame reads like a list of the music industry greats – Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Ellie Goulding to name a few – and membership provides access to secret gigs and guest lists, as well as discounts on events and venue hire.


Bush Hall Dining Rooms

The latest addition to the group, Bush Hall Dining Rooms, is a modern British neighbourhood restaurant that celebrates the traditional dining room values of bringing friends & families together around a table.  Favourites from the all-day menu include ‘family-style serves’ and Sunday roast joints that are carved by the head of the table in order to promote sharing.  With rave reviews from renowned food critics and local customers, it’s the perfect place to take the kids after school for a milkshake or to enjoy a delicious pre-gig meal with a group of friends, with generous discounts on breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the membership.


The Music House for Children

The Music House for Children is a not for profit music school for babies, children and young people, developing the musicians of tomorrow. This well-established music school is a great place for children to take part in music and movement sessions, workshops, instrumental tuition, singing lessons and weekend music clubs. The Music Barn, a separate space within the school, can be hired exclusively for children’s parties with membership offering 25% off its hire.





After a hugely successful limited, but critically acclaimed sell out, Edinburgh Festival run this August, Australian Jersey Boys star, and Madonna fanatic, Michael Griffiths brings his one man cabaret show to London’s St James Theatre Studio for 4 nights only from Thursday 19th December – Sunday 22nd December.

“It is an intimate affair underscored by a wickedly camp bitchiness that delights”

‘In Vogue – Songs By Madonna’ sees Griffiths embody Madge at the piano and use the Queen of Pop’s back catalogue to take the audience on a witty and very funny journey through her life. Written and directed by Dean Bryant (Prodigal, Liza on an E, Britney Spears: The Cabaret), the show features 35 song references and 12 Madonna songs. Previously he has had sell-out seasons in New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

“he kept the audience engaged through a flurry of laughter, awe and all round enjoyment ” ​​​​BROADWAY BABY ****

Griffiths said: “Singing and dancing to ‘Holiday’ is one of my earliest memories. Madonna has been such a constant in my life. No one really talks about Madonna as a songwriter who wrote incredible songs: Vogue, Like a Prayer, Open Your Heart and Express Yourself. I want my audience to enjoy these iconic tracks as well as exploring the real stories and surprising truths behind them.”

“This is a borderline religious experience” ​TIME OUT ****

Michael graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. He is a singer, pianist, composer and musical arranger. Michael is currently performing as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. Before this he toured Australia and New Zealand in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Michael performed in the Australian and Japanese tour of We Will Rock You amongst other shows.


“Griffiths will have you believing that he is the highly materialistic Material Girl…it’s wry, its camp, and it’s exceedingly funny. It also features some exquisite piano arrangements…all enhanced by JERSEY BOYS star Griffiths’ mellifluous vocals”

“Charmingly self-assured and conversational, Griffiths held the audience in the palm of his hand from his first piano-powered Madge arrangement…The best tributes are ones that are unafraid to add a wink and a smile to their tone, and In Vogue certainly succeeds”

“Griffiths has us reclining in our seats and listening to the Queen of Pop’s songs like we’ve never heard them before… Griffiths has beautifully crafted the art of performing the pop song with only a piano and a solid voice…He’s funny and charming and holds the audience with finesse and ease” ​​​​​STAGE WHISPERS

“I saw one man bring an entire world to life with just a piano, a stool and his genius”



UK’s hottest new girl band set to launch 90ft high outdoor Christmas photography exhibition

Girl band MKS (Mutya/Keisha/Siobhan) performing at #CreateChristmas Exhibition launch

On Thursday 21st November girl band ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’, made up of the founding Sugababes members, will launch a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners #CreateChristmas. To kick off proceedings the critically acclaimed girl band will officially switch-on Victoria’s lights, illuminating Victoria Street from the station to Buckingham Gate. As Victoria lights up MKS’ festive photo will be projected onto the façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, to mark the start of the exhibition. There will then be a festive performance from the IDMC London Gospel Choir – a dynamic, vibrant and inspirational MOBO awards nominated gospel choir, who have performed with a host of famous names including Heather Small, Jamelia, and Jason Mraz.

MKS, who reformed as a group in 2012, will perform their debut single ‘Flatline’ alongside songs from their new album, plus an old favourite. Cited by critics as “a triumphant comeback of one of Britain’s finest pop groups” MKS’ performance promises to bring sensational vocals and festivity to Victoria.

#CreateChristmas photo competition and exhibition

This November will see the arrival of a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners ‘Create Christmas’. Launching on Thursday 21st November, the large-scale projections will take over a façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, as part of a free three-night entertainment showcase.

Time Out London’s Chief Photographer, Rob Grieg will curate the exhibition selecting of photos, submitted by the public in the #CreateChristmas photo competition, that best show a sense of the beauty and magic of the Capital at Christmas.

For a chance to be featured in the exhibition, people are asked to submit a photo via Facebook.com/CreateVictoria with a caption of how it captures the essence of creating Christmas in London. Whether it is a favourite landmark, a must-do seasonal shop or iconic festive fare, #CreateChristmas wants to know what Christmas in London really means to people**.

Each of the best selected photographs will be projected for 20 seconds from 5.30–7.30pm daily on Thursday 21st November, Friday 22nd November and Saturday 23rd November. For each photo that makes it into the final exhibition, Create Victoria will donate £1 to The Prince’s Trust as part of its Christmas appeal. The youth charity helps disadvantaged young people across the UK to turn their lives around and find a job The public can also support the charity by donating via text, to donate £3 text TRUST VICTORIA to 70555*

Curator and judge, Rob Grieg, will choose the top ten photos to be displayed in a temporary exhibition in Victoria. In addition, the winning photographer will win £500 worth of photography equipment and have their photo printed in the Spring Edition of the Victoria newspaper, read by over 400,000 Londoners.

Three nights of entertainment

Visitors to the #CreateChristmas exhibition at Cardinal Place in Victoria can enjoy a host of live performances on stage, including the London Ballet Company and popular children’s hit, The Gruffalo performing with The Snail & The Whale, as well as a Christmas food market. Also joining the celebrations is former leading lady of the award winning ‘Wicked the Musical’, Louise Dearman, who will be singing songs from her new album, and award winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway actor best known for his performances in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, John Owen-Jones. Guests can also enjoy festive treats, including Mulled Sangria and mince pies. Visit http://www.createvictoria.com for further details of performance times and how to enter.

Open for shopping seven days a week, with high street favourites including Topshop, Zara and Hobbs, plus beauty must-haves L’Occitane and Space NK, Cardinal Place has everything you need for a spot of Christmas shopping. Throughout the exhibition many shops will be opening late and hosting special offers and instore activities, plus visitors can enjoy dinner until late at restaurants including Wagamama, Zizzi and La Tasca.

Each night’s proceedings will be hosted by entertainment presenter, Lisa Vickery, commencing at 5.30pm until 7.30pm, on the roof garden at Cardinal Place.

Thursday 21st Nov
· Christmas Market (Ground Floor Cardinal Place)
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· Official Christmas light switch on (Guest TBA)
· London Ballet Company performance
· Performance from The IDMC London Gospel Choir.

Friday 22nd November
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· Passionata Opera performance
· John Owen-Jones performance

Saturday 23rd November
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· The Gruffalo & Snail & Whale Cast interactive family show
· London Violin School performance
· Performance from Louise Dearman

The event is free to attend but numbers are limited to the roof garden event space.
Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CreateVictoria or find us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/CreateVictoria
Ts & Cs
*Text costs £3.00 plus network charge. Prince’s Trust receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 0844 847 9800. Charity No 1079675).
**Entrants will be notified if lucky enough to be featured within the three day exhibition.


Megaro is a brand new boutique bar in King’s Cross, bringing expressive, bespoke cocktails and unique dishes to the London bar and restaurant scene. It is hosting a Halloween special, just for you crazy cats!

Serving heritage cocktails created with eclectic spirits, homemade cordials and tales from the far reaches of the world, Megaro Bar is divided into two spaces, one taking inspiration from a classic film set, dressed with vintage tripod stands and worn leather director chairs, and the other heralding a photography ‘Dark Room’, alive with vivid illustrations.

The rich interior pays homage to a bygone era of creativity, setting the scene for Megaro Bar’s ten artistic cocktails, all made using bespoke ingredients. Concentrating on flavour over spectacle, each drink is wholly original, whether it’s the film inspired ‘Lavender Hill Mob Fizz’, or grapevine infused Cachaca based ‘Dolma Sour’.

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From cocktails to appetisers, Megaro Bar sets itself apart with an innovative range of six chef’s plates, including a scallop ceviche with green strawberry and almond, and compressed watermelon with lemon, olive and feta. The menu has been expertly crafted so each dish can be enjoyed with its corresponding cocktail, creating an unexpected, yet refined, pairing.


Megaro Bar is ideally located opposite King’s Cross Underground Station at 23 – 27 Euston Road, London, NW1 2SD.



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London, 27 September 2013 – Chipotle Mexican Grill, which now has six restaurants across London, including Wimbledon, Soho and Islington, has announced the return of its popular Halloween fundraiser, ‘Boorito’.


This Halloween, Thursday, 31 October, Chipotle will treat customers wearing fancy dress to a burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos for only £2 between the hours of 4 p.m. and closing.  Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to £10,000, will benefit the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.


Jacob Sumner, UK MD for Chipotle comments: ‘We are committed to changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and through our annual ‘Boorito’ fundraiser we have been able to impact organisations that are better for our food system. This year we are working with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, supporting their campaign for better food knowledge.’


Chipotle, which hails from the USA where it operates over 1,500 restaurants, opened its first restaurant outside North America, at Charing Cross Road in central London, back in 2010.

Chipotle has been instrumental in establishing a new kind of thinking about fast food in the U.S., what it calls ‘Food with Integrity’, and it continues to bring the same food philosophy to London.  In 2012 Chipotle in the UK was recognised by Compassion in World Farming at the annual Good Animal Welfare Awards and was awarded a Good Chicken Award and a Good Pig Award; Chipotle was praised for its approach to the sourcing of its raw ingredients but in particular for its commitment to using free-range pigs for its pork carnitas and RSPCA Freedom Food certified poultry for its chicken dishes.


To participate in the fundraiser, simply go to any Chipotle restaurant in London, between 4 p.m. and closing, on 31 October, in fancy dress, and purchase any Chipotle menu item for only £2.




114-116 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JR

101-103 Baker Street W1U 6HQ

181-185 Wardour Street W1F 8WF

334 Upper Street N1 0PB

92-93 St Martins Lane WC2N 4AP

40 Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7PA


For more information and details of opening times, please visit: www.chipotle.co.uk



The Refinery on Bankside, the parlour in Canary Wharf, and the happenstance, the drift, The Anthologist and The Folly in the City will all be holding some seriously, spine-chilling Hallows’ Eve parties on the 31st October

Guests are invited to sip on creepy cocktails and feast on a deliciously twisted three-course menu laced with tricks & treats. Think crispy tentacles with poison dip, witches brew, batwing & earwig bruschetta and pumpkin pie (£22.95 per person for three-courses.)

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And don’t forget your most gruesome & ghoulish outfits, as they will be giving away £200 vouchers to the best outfit when the clock strikes midnight. Plus there will be a devilishly good dj spinning the decks.

31st October – 5.30pm – 12am




Halloween at The Four Sisters Bar, N1

Visit The Four Sisters Bar, N1 Islington on Thursday 31st October at 6pm and journey back to Transylvania with a cocktail mystery.

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Emanating from the Carpathian Basin, south of the Transylvanian Plateau, somewhere during the middle ages the fable – complemented by cocktails – will take you on a journey through the darkest times.

Guests can enjoy three Halloween inspired drinks to set the scene each offering a clue to accompany the story. Solve the puzzle using the clues gleaned with each drink and secure the test tubes of green elixir.


The event takes place from 6pm until 12 midnight. To book email bookings@thefoursistersbar.com<mailto:bookings@thefoursistersbar.com>


 Notes to editor

The Four Sisters bar (originally a covert 1930s brothel and public house) is a darkly Dickensian cocktail bar of candlelit corners and delicious drinks. It specialises in incorporating a unique range of house infused spirits and syrups. Its new menu will be available from 5th September 2013.

25 Canonbury Lane,



N1 2AS

Open: Monday to Thursday 4pm – Midnight, Friday & Saturday 4pm – 2am


What’s On: Have a Haunted Halloween at Woburn Abbey this Half Term



Woburn Abbey and Gardens are putting on a series of Halloween activities for families this autumn half term. Starting from the 26thOctober to the 3rd November spend a day at the historic house and gardens with all of the extra children’s activities included in the regular admission price.


Whilst exploring the Abbey, visitors of all ages can take part in a Halloween treasure hunt. A series of cryptic clues will be hidden across three floors of the Abbey for them to find and decipher to solve a seasonal mystery.


The Russell Room in the South Court of Woburn Abbey will play host to some spooky storytelling suitable for children of all ages. Visitors can hear a storyteller recite a tale about ‘The Ghostly Goat of Woburn Abbey’ with performances taking place at 12noon and 2pm every day of the half term week. A variety of craft activities with a Halloween theme will be available throughout the day. These include a chance for younger visitors to make their own witches hat and conjure some magical spells, as well as an opportunity to take part in The Big Draw – a national event to promote drawing that takes place throughout October.


The treasure hunt, storytelling, craft and drawing activities will take place every day of the half term week from the 26th October to the 3rd November 2013 and are included in the regular admission price of Woburn Abbey and Gardens.


There are no tricks in The Duchess’ Tea Room, only treats, so stop by to enjoy a steaming hot drink or a delicious slice of something sweet. The Duchess’ Gift Shop will also be open every day for special and spooky souvenirs.


For visitor interest in learning some practical gardening advice during their visit, the Woburn Abbey Garden’s monthly Come and Grow session will coincide with the Halloween activities on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November. The topic for this event is winter projects and visitors can take part in a free guided tour of the gardens starting at 12 noon.


Woburn Abbey Gardens and Deer Park is open from 10am to 5pm and the Abbey itself is open from 11am to 5pm each day.


Tickets to Woburn Abbey, Gardens and Deer Park are £14 for adults, £12.50 for Senior citizens for Students and £7.00 for Children (3-15years) and under three years are free of charge


For further information regarding these events and visiting Woburn Abbey please call 01525 290333, emailadmissions@woburn.co.uk or visit www.woburn.co.uk/abbey


Halloween What’ On – Murder On The Dance Floor


All hail Halloween on Saturday 2nd November when the Earl Derby in Kilburn presents their very own ‘Zombie Silent Disco’.


Kicking off at 8pm with free entry for all, this thriller of an evening will include a creep-ilicious costume competition – giving fancy dress fans the chance to channel their inner freak for a host of haunting prizes.

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Whether you dress to distress or not, get ready to get down with two DJ’s pumping out party tunes all night long. From disco divas to Halloween hits, two ‘silent’ channels will mean there’ll be something for everyone – even Ghostbusters!


When the monster mash gets too much, witches and werewolves can cool down with the Earl Derby’s remarkable range of draught beers, local cask ales, quality ciders, artisan spirits and interesting wines; Or tuck into a delicious menu of pub classics and homemade bar snacks.

The Earl Derby’s Zombie Silent Disco – Who Will Survive?


The Earl Derby

155 Kilburn High Road




National Dog Charity All Dogs Matter Presents the Devilish Dog Walk

Sunday 27th October at The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead

From the team who brought you the surprise hit of the summer, Pup Idol, comes the Devilish Dog Walk – a spine-tingling event sure to petrify those pooches and owners alike!

Taking place on Sunday 27th October, national dog charity All Dogs Matter and the Spaniards Inn will host a Halloween spook-tacular complete with walk along the Heath, doggy fancy dress competition, raffles and plenty of tricks and treats.

Kicking off at 10.30am, this is your chance to monstrify your mongrel, witch your bitch up or turn that Golden Retriever into a ghoulish ghost.

To enter, all dogs and owners need to arrive at the Spaniards Inn, Hampstead by 10.30am. The entrance fee per dog is £5 –with all proceeds going to All Dogs Matter.


The Spaniards Inn

Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ

020 8731 8406