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HOME-X by Six by Nico

LOCATION Home delivery
PRICE From £50.00
BOOK www.home-x.com

HOME-X, is from the team behind Six by Nico restaurants bringing restaurant quality food & drink experiences to your homes across the UK. 

Chef Nico Simeone and Six by Nico marketing guru Michael Sim, HOME-X has been created to satiate the nation’s appetite for quality food and drink products at home. 

From click to ship, HOME-X will provide customers with the best restaurant experiences to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes, and initially the new platform will launch with six new food and drink brands. Customers will be able to enjoy everything from vegan tasting dishes, hand picked artisan cheeses, exceptional wines, and pre-prepared Chateaubriand. The launch of HOME-X will also mean that for the first time ever, food from the Six by Nico team will be available across the UK.  

Helping to revolutionise food and drink experiences enjoyed at home, HOME-X home delivery boxes include the finest pre-prepared ingredients and full cooking instructions, to make the process of cooking at home as simple, hassle-free and tasteful as possible. Each experience will be refreshed every month, with delivery included across the UK.

The HOME-X team has developed each of the initial wave of food, drink & lifestyle brands in-house after extensive research and detailed analysis of their online communities. All the products are practical and convenient and built around those customers who want to experience the very best from home.

The first brands to launch on the platform include Home by Nico, STEM wine club, Chateau-X, The Cheese Club, and vegan offering 24 Carrot. E.Eatery will also launch next month, with at-home dining experiences created in collaboration with some of the UK’s favourite eateries. 

Each experience will be carefully pre-prepared and packaged at a new warehouse in Glasgow, in beautifully branded boxes, and kitted out in the very latest food shipping storage technology. Each HOME-X box will be 99% recyclable, with each kit portioned in individual cardboard containers filled with  all the elements needed to create each meal. 

Home by Nico, the brand which inspired the new platform, will be available nationwide for the first time ever. The dine at home experience will follow a similar format to the Six by Nico restaurants – with an ever changing four course tasting menu, themed around memories or places. Home by Nico will provide two people with a ready-made culinary experience that simply needs to be assembled and finished at home for the delight of dining at home.

When it comes to steak it’s not just about the way it is cooked; it’s about the quality of the cut. Chateau-X brings the most stunning chateaubriand dinners to dining tables across the UK, with a perfectly seasoned cut of mouth watering chateaubriand, paired with three tasty sides and a bottle of wine. The ultimate night in for two.

STEM, HOME-X’s new wine club, will offer a bespoke selection of exceptional wines, personally curated and developed by Six by Nico chief operating officer, Rachael Rafferty. Each month, five half bottles of the world’s best wine will be carefully curated and delivered direct to the doors all around the country. 

24 Carrot is an all new, vegan experience; outstandingly tasty, unexpectedly vegan and designed to share. The first of its kind, 24 Carrot is positioned as eight vegan tasting dishes made for sharing, created by a team of non-vegan chefs who love good food, for those on a plant based food diet, or the ideal place to begin for those who want to be more conscious of their meat consumption. 

The Cheese Club will offer the ultimate indulgence with five unique artisan cheeses paired with homemade chutneys and relishes, crispy crackers and the finest port. Curated and handpicked alongside renowned Cheesemongers I.J Melis, The Cheese Club is a masterpiece of taste and texture. 

E.Eatery will be the final brand that HOME-X will launch in its initial stages, and will provide at home experiences in collaboration with some of the UK’s top independent restaurants. A pressed juice brand and a Sunday Roast brand are also in the pipeline for the platform early next year. In total, HOME-X aims to introduce twenty new food and drink home experiences in the first quarter.

“When we were forced to close the Six by Nico restaurants across the UK, we gave fans of the brand a chance to make our signature tasting menu at home and the feedback was phenomenal. We packed and distributed over 100,000 meals across sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, London & Belfast, but we felt there was so much scope to service the rest of the UK, and to give our customers even more dining options at-home. 

The HOME-X experiences give customers the opportunity to dine-in or stay at home while still enjoying the same top-quality culinary experience, but now with even more choice”.  

Entrepreneur and Chef Nico Simeone said:

“We worked together to create the new HOME-X platform, and with it a number of food and drink brands that showcase some of the best ‘at home’ experiences in the UK. We have listened to the Six by Nico community continuously and worked incredibly hard to build HOME-X for the benefit of an existing customer base that we really care about. 

Our new business also opens up the whole of the UK as a customer. With six new brands initially listed on HOME-X, each offering various different dine-in experiences to choose from. Prices for the array of experiences we feature on the site varies from £50 to £70 and ranges from two to four servings.”

HOME-X co-founder, Michael Sim said: 

HOME-X has created more than 100 permanent roles in Glasgow across two locations – a head office on Miller Street and a 7000 sq.ft distribution warehouse in Anniesland. The kitchens and packing centre in Anniesland has created 50 permanent jobs with an additional 40 further jobs created in the digital team at the brands existing head office. 

The new roles, including chefs and kitchen assistants, HR and IT professionals, marketing and social media experts and finance specialists, as well as the teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders, will help HOME-X meet projected customer demand and enable small and medium sized restaurant brands wishing to sell home kits on HOME-X to scale their business.

Six by Nico

DATE Thursday 3 December 2020 to Sunday 10 January 2021
THEME Six course tasting menu themed around Christmas
LOCATION Charlotte Street, London W1
PRICE £35.00 optional wine pairing £33
BOOK Click here

It’s a Christmas Miracle at Six by Nico London.

Christmas dinner is something we spend the other 364 days of the year dreaming about. 

The most spectacular feast imaginable is often about indulging in some good old-fashioned nostalgia. 

The traditions we take part in, the decorations we hold onto forever and the food we can’t imagine not making the table on Christmas day, are a time to remember all the fun festivities we had growing up and why we still adore them today. 

Although we might not all be able to enjoy Christmas as we know them this year, Six by Nico London will serve up the magic of this season with a nostalgic trip down memory lane reminiscent of the festive season with a show stopping Christmas themed tasting menu.

We all know that Christmas movies are also often related to a rediscovery of innocence and have become a festive tradition as predictable as a turkey dinner itself. With this in mind, the team at Six by Nico London have created a ‘Miracle On‘ menu centered around a nostalgic look back at the festive season when Christmas jingles in the air and Christmas market stalls are full of festive fare. 

The new six course ‘Miracle On’ themed tasting menu includes; Memories of a Christmas Market – Sausage & Onion Compote, Smoked Sausage Foam, Crispy onions, Pickled Shallot & Potato Airbag; Partridge in a Pear Tree– Partridge Boudain, Pumpkin & Pear with Beech Smoke & a game consommé; Who Hate’s Brussel Sprouts? – Chanterelle Mushroom, Sprout Tops, Ewe’s Cheese Royale, Confit Egg Yolk & Fermented Black Garlic; Smoked Salmon Blinis– Smoked Salmon, Jerusalem artichoke, Baby Kale tops & Granny Smith Apple, Smoked Caviar & Buckwheat Blini Foam; Bob Cratchit’s Three Bird Roast– Breast of Duck, Turkey Roulade with pistachio & Prune, Chicken Liver parfait, Duck Fat turnip fondant, Pomme Souffle, Fig & Red wine gel with Game Sauce.

Saving the best until last, Six by Nico’s stunning Christmas dessert, a Buche De Noel (Yuletide Log) – Spiced Raisin Cake, Dulce de leche mousseline, Sour Cherry, White Glacage & Hazelnut, white chocolate aero – is the perfect sweet treats to round off the Christmas menu. 

Chef Nico Simeone said:

“Our Christmas is looking like a very different occasion this year, and with lockdowns and social restrictions in place, many face the prospect of missing out on festive celebrations with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. 
Most of us are familiar with the classic Christmas lunch and all its trimmings but this festive season our team at Six by Nico wanted to bring the magic of Christmas nostalgia to the plate with our ‘Miracle On’ menu and create the ideal Christmas dining experience for all our customers”. 

Diners can book a table now for ‘Miracle On‘. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon. The menu will be priced from £35 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £33 at each restaurant. 

As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as festive inspired snack sides from £5. 

To make a reservation and to book now, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk

DATE from 3 December 2020
LOCATION The Raclette Bar at The Clapham North and The Frizzle and Enchanted Alpine Wonderland in The Secret Garden at The Regent, Balham 
BOOK www.livelyhood.co.uk/our-pubs/

Step into your local South London Livelyhood pub for some winter magic this December. From huge heated winter tipis, the cheesiest alpine feasts and spicy mulled cocktails, the South London pub group is pulling out all the stops to end 2020 with a bang! 

The Raclette Bar at The Clapham North and The Frizzle 

Who needs Val d’Isère this year as the masters of melting, The Raclette Bar, pop up in the Treehouse at the Clapham North and at the Old Frizzle in Wimbledon.  

Stay warm and snug at the Alpine-inspired pop up and feast on amuse bouches of baked camembert, raclette croquette, blue cheese endives and smoked sausage and Dijon. Then move onto the fun bit – MYOC (melt your own cheese). You’ll have your very own grill alongside meats or roasted veggies, bottomless fries, seasoned potatoes, pickles and salad for all your dipping needs (£25pp). Wash it all down with a selection of classic French wines. 

The private room The HideAway at the TreeHouse is the perfect spot to eat, drink and be merry with your top 5, whilst at the Old Frizzle, you can listen to live music every Friday and Saturday night from some incredible talent, ranging from all the classics through to soul and a dash of country. 

Enchanted Alpine Wonderland in The Secret Garden at The Regent, Balham 

Grab your gang and head to The Regent in Balham for that apres-ski experience we’ve all been missing. Step through the Narnia-like wardrobe and find yourself in an enchanted alpine wonderland, complete with two giant heated tipis and blazing fire pits to cosy up around. You’ll be surrounded by a canopy of ivy, bedecked with glimmering fairy lights and faux fur throws and rugs, making it the ultimate festive retreat. 

Cheese gods, Le Rac Shack, are bringing their infamous raclette food truck to the party. Dive into an avalanche of cheese melted onto thick fries or spuds topped with chorizo, jalapeños, salt pork, raclette croquettes or duck cassoulet (from £8). 

Sip on festive concoctions like Icelandic Hot Chocolate with Reyka vodka, Lunar Moonlight Buk (Hendricks Lunar, ginger ale, lemon juice and angostura bitters), and a Tullamore Irish coffee.

Marquees, cabanas and canopies – Livelyhood has you covered

All Livelyhood venues have heated and covered outdoor areas, so you can still enjoy those all-important mixed household meetups.

The Faber Fox in Crystal Palace has two new marquees, three heated cabanas, cracking winter warmers and canopies with heaters, so you can safely (and warmly) mingle the evening away outside.  

Clapham South’s favorite hot spot, The Perky Nel, also has a brand-new stretch marquee with festoon lighting, faux furs and plenty of heaters over the large outdoor terrace to keep you warm and dry this winter. 

Casual Christmas Feasting 

All Livelyhood pubs will be serving up their new ‘Casual Christmas’ feasting menu this year for a more relaxed vibe, alongside the usual Classic Christmas menu, perfect for sharing with four or more! Your Christmas turkey now comes burger style with port, cranberry and onion relish, with some festive sides like baked camembert, gravy covered roast potatoes and chocolate dipped marshmallow pops, because it’s still Christmas after all!

Menier Store

DATE 30 October
THEME Pop up (food, drink, plants, homeware and furniture)
LOCATION Menier Chocolate Factory

Bringing together the best quality food and drink, plants, homewares and furniture, Menier Store is launching inthe Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark on Friday 30th October.

Drawing not only on the sumptuous surroundings of its home, the Grade II-listed Menier Chocolate Factory (a Victorian warehouse that marked Menier’s global expansion, providing chocolate to the masses), a pantry-style space, also takes inspiration from the wider area of SE1, a location synonymous with good food and high-quality produce.

Transforming the previously transient gallery space, the food, drink and grocery range of products will be curated by The Camden Grocer. With a flagship store in Camden Market’s North Yard and over 30 combined years of experience, the Camden Grocer team will have the very best in food and drink, from top artisan producers, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, charcuterie, and grocery products available. As part of their offering, they will be showcasing the latest range of Great Taste Awards 2020 Three Star winners. In addition to the food and drink offering, is a line-up of specialist retailers:

  • In-Tray Plants – with over 75 varieties of houseplant in store, complemented by a range of pots and indoor gardening accessories, Menier Store is the first foray into retail for established RHS Chelsea Flower Show winning plant-scapers, Indoor Garden Design. Their experienced team have filled the exteriors, floors and ceilings of Menier Store with a plethora of gorgeous plant installations.
  • Att Pynta – a brand bringing contemporary, affordable-luxury homewares with a Scandinavian aesthetic.
  • HRB Studio – specialists in upcycling and restoring items of vintage furniture, most of which are sourced from individual sellers and charity organisations. With a keen eye for interior design trends, the studio’s aim is to recycle preloved items and make them desirable in the current interior design world.
  • Fleming Fine Antiques – a trusted buyer and seller of antiques, supplying a range of small decorative items, collectables, furniture (from a range of styles and periods) and design classics.

Menier Store is a grocery pop-up shop with a difference: a one-stop-shop for locals and curious Londoners alike.

2 Day Virtual Christmas Fair Online

DATE 14 – 15 November 2020
LOCATION Online event https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-christmas-fair-free-tickets-and-prize-giveaway-tickets

Unique shopping experience with the click of a button, interact with brands and their founders from the comfort of home or anywhere! Virtual shopping Live video calling to chat directly with brands. Quick instant shopping assistance.

Free tickets includes entry to prize giveaway https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2-day-virtual-christmas-fair-online-event-shopping-weekend-tickets-123736157177



DATE 31 August – 10 October 2020
PERFORMANCE TIMES 16:30/18:00/19:30
LOCATION LONDON CENTRAL, Monument, 3 Lower Thames St, Bridge, EC3R 6HD, LONDON SOUTH: Clapham Common, 22 The Pavement, SW4 0HY, LONDON GREENWICH: Cutty Sark, Greenwich Foot Tunnel South, SE10 9HT
PRICE £22.50
WEBSITE contactshow.co.uk

Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions are delighted to announce full casting for the UK premiere of C-o-n-t-a-c-t, an immersive outdoor performance with a 3D sound design which audiences will listen to on their own headphones, opening on Monday 31st August 2020.

The play will see performances from Charles Angiama (The Exonerated, Hope Mill TheatreMy Week with Marilyn),  Louis Bernard (Radieuse Vermine, Théâtre Montparnasse), Chloe Gentles (Beautiful – The Carol King Musical)Max Gold (Endeavour; Poldark), Richard Heap (Buried Child, National Theatre; The Summer Before Everything, Menagerie Theatre)Aoife Kennan (ITV’s Victoria; For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre), Katja Quist (Earthquakes In London, Bristol Old Vic) and Laura White (The Play That Goes Wrong, West End and UK Tour). The cast will alternate between three London locations; Tower Bridge, Greenwich and Clapham Common.

C-o-n-t-a-c-t brings together a creative team of international talent including Director Samuel Sené, Book by Eric Chantelauze, English adaptation by Quentin Bruno, Music and Sound Designer Cyril Barbessol and Associate Director Bronagh Lagan.

Originally created by Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain and premiering in France with French production company Musidrama over the summer in a world where social distancing became the ‘new normal’, this timely story of a moving and unexpected encounter explores the themes of mental health and anxiety through the eyes of Sarah as she is approached by someone she believes to be a stranger. She discovers that he can hear her thoughts but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.

The show will run for 50 minutes without an interval and audiences will download the audio from the app which is a completely new piece of technology which synchronizes the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy. Audiences of no more than 15 per show will purchase their tickets online and will then receive a link to download the app which will provide the exact location.


DATE 17 – 20 September
LOCATION Stephens House and Gardens, Finchley N3 3QE


Comedy based on historical fact that Da Vinci, Machiavelli and Borgia all lived under the same roof.

Sotto Voce is delighted to announce a brand new, Covid restriction adhering, outdoor world premiere of RENAISSANCE, a new comedy starring BAFTA and Olivier nominated Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot (West End and Broadway) Drop the Dead Donkey, Camilla in C4s The Windsors) and James Corrigan (Edmund in King Lear (West End), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (RSC).

This production reunites four actors who were working at the National Theatre when lockdown was announced: Haydn Gwynne, James Corrigan and Akshay Sharan and Bethan Cullinane. Haydn Gwynne and James Corrigan have also been members of the RSC ensemble with Hannah Morrish and Bethan Cullinane.

The play is initially scheduled to run from the 17th – 20th September, but has plans to extend beyond the end of the month, if weather and current Covid restrictions permit.

Doctor Who Time Fracture


DATE February 2021 onwards
PERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday to Sunday at 6.30PM, 7.15PM & 8PM
Matinees: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12.30PM. 1.15PM and 2PM
LOCATION LDN, 19 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LE
PRICE £47- £57 plus booking fee.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOOK VIA https://www.immersivedoctorwho.com

#BeTheHero  #immersivedoctorwho

Doctor Who: Time Fracture, a new immersive theatrical event from the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest running immersive show. Officially licensed by BBC Studios, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place at Immersive | LDN, a former military drill hall dating back to 1890, from 17 February 2021, with tickets available through to 11 April 2021.

1940 – it’s the height of the Blitz. A weapon of unknown origin destroys a small corner of Mayfair, and simultaneously opens up a rift in space and time. For decades, UNIT has fought to protect the people of Earth from the dangers it poses, but they’ve been beaten back as the fracture multiplies out of control.

Earth as we know it is at stake – now is the time for you to step up and be the hero. Travelling to impossible places, confronting menacing monsters and ancient aliens along the way, it’s a journey across space and time to save our race, and our beautiful planet.

Featuring an original story arc, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will invite audiences to become immersed in the world of Doctor Who. Placed at the heart of the story, audiences will meet Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and many other strange and mysterious characters as they travel across space and time to discover amazingly realised worlds and undertake a mission to save the universe as we know it.

Doctor Who:  Time Fracture will allow guests to meet a character from Time Lord Victorious, BBC Studios’ brand new multi-platform Doctor Who story.

Working in close collaboration with BBC Studios, Director Tom Maller (Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale, 28 Days Later, Blade Runner), writer Daniel Dingsdale (Dark Tourism, Stardust, The Drop Off) BBC consultant James Goss (Dirk Gently, Torchwood), Production Designer Rebecca Brower and the creative team at Immersive Everywhere will bring to vivid life the worlds of Doctor Who giving audiences a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures like never before.

Director, Tom Maller said:

“We are incredibly excited to be at the creative helm of this project. It has been an enjoyable experience already, working with BBC Studios to make sure Doctor Who: Time Fracture not only meets the extremely high expectations of fans, but exceeds them.

Writer Daniel Dingsdale added:

“Drawing from the rich legacy of Doctor Who, which spans over half a century, we are creating an adventure that will entertain both fans that have immersed themselves in the show’s universe for years, and audience members who will walk in from the street having never seen an episode. It’s going to be an absolute blast.”

Louis Hartshorn, joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios to bring the incredible universe of Doctor Who to life in a way that only immersive theatre can. We can’t wait for audiences to step into the world of The Doctor, and find themselves closer to the action than ever before, in this expansive and ambitious new show.

Based on everything we know now, we are confident that Doctor Who: Time Fracture will be able to go ahead as planned in early 2021 and will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full creative team.”

Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place whilst adhering to the social distancing guidelines announced by the UK Government this month. Immersive Everywhere will also be operating a no-questions-asked exchange policy where customers who are no longer able to attend can exchange their ticket for an equivalent ticket on an alternative date.


DATE Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 14:30
DURATION OF TOUR 2 hrs & 30 mins
BOOK VIA www.silenttours.net/tours/west-end-musical-silent-disco-walking-tour



Silent Tours, producers of Silent Disco Walking Tours (Westend)  Trip Advisor’s number 1 ranked walking tour for London is delighted to announce the team will once again lead musical theatre lovers through the streets of London, as restrictions on outdoor entertainment are lifted.

As musical theatre enthusiasts are unable to go to an indoor venue to see shows, Silent Disco Walking Tours, which has been running for two years, offer the chance for audiences to get their musical theatre fix safely, as they are taken on an all singing, all dancing tour of the West End. 

Visiting 20 theatres across the West End, guests are given commentary, facts, anecdotes along the way all of which make up a fascinating and vibrant history of London’s theatre.

In between stops, audiences listen to musical tracks selected from shows that are playing or have played at each of the venues via a Silent Disco headset. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance and have fun throughout as they experience a slice of musical theatre, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Producer and tour host Shaun Ames said “whilst the recent government grant to the arts has been celebrated and welcomed, theatres and indeed all arts venues wait anxiously for news on how the funds will be allocated. As we cautiously welcome a return to the possibility of indoor performances, we’re well aware that for theatres, most will find the need for social distancing prohibitive, which is likely to mean that doors remain shut for months to come.

We hope that by relaunching our tours, we can not only provide musical theatre lovers with a chance to experience a slice of the West End in a socially distanced and responsible way, but also give people a chance to learn the rich history of West End Theatre and to understand how vital a part of both the culture and the economy it really is. In addition, we plan to give back what we can by donating a portion of the ticket sale to the Theatre Artist’s fund”

Tickets cost £24 for a tour that lasts between two hours and two and a half hours, £5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Theatre Artist’s fund (https://theatreartists.fund) which has been set up by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK whilst theatres cannot operate.

As an outside event, Silent Disco Walking Tours are fully able to go ahead in compliance with government guidelines – by ensuring that all guests wear face masks – provided by the company and each tour has reduced its capacity to 16 people per tour.


LOCATION St Bart’s Square, London
BOOK VIA www.stemandglory.uk

Award-winning vegan restaurant Stem & Glory is re-opening on 30th July 2020.

After being closed for a few months due to Covid-19. The restaurant, with branches in London and Cambridge, is now ready to re-open with a new menu, new seating (to allow for social distancing) and full range of measures in place to keep staff and customers safe.

Rather than hunker down when C-19 hit, founder Louise Palmer Masterton embraced the opportunity to pivot the business model to be leaner, more streamlined, and offer a great range of dishes to customers, as we enter the post Covid world.

The London restaurant, based in St Bart’s Square, will be open (17.00 – 20.30, Thursday to Saturday) for dining (to a limited number of covers), Click-and-Collect and delivery. The Cambridge site is offering Click-and Collect and delivery (between 17.00 and 20.30, Thursday to Saturday), and will be open for dining in the Autumn once it has moved to a new larger site. The new Cambridge site will be built Covid safe, and with ample space to service the burgeoning delivery, take away and ready meal side of the business.

The new menu has been designed to be delivery friendly, and customisable to give both eat in and take away customers a personalised experience. Expect classic Stem & Glory favourites alongside new dishes and desserts.

Stem & Glory’s menu is contemporary, and accessible, appealing to those who are seeking simple and delicious vegan food, alongside those wanting a more gastronomic vegan dining experience.

Bookings are now live on www.stemandglory.uk

Louise Palmer-Masterton, Founder of Stem & Glory said: “The whole team is keen to get the restaurants open and welcome our customers – whether for dining, take away or delivery.  Although the pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, it has given us time to re-think our model and offering, and ensure we’re really delivering what our customers want. We’ve developed new projects and new products and we’re reopening stronger than ever with a really exciting menu of delicious contemporary plant-based dishes.

“Anecdotal evidence suggests many people took the lockdown period as an opportunity to re-think their lifestyle and try new, healthier dishes and ways of eating. Plant-based eating has been on the rise for the last few years, and I don’t see any sign of that slowing down. Wish such great food now available, and more and more vegan restaurants, I see vegan eating being more popular than ever in the post Covid era.”

Stem & Glory was born of a passion for plant-based food and a desire to make vegan food not only available but delicious. 

For more information see: www.stemandglory.uk

Stem & Glory are currently crowdfunding on Seedrs s part of the government’s Future Fund, raising for the new Cambridge site and product range, both designed by Afroditi Krassa.


DATE Reopening 1 August 2020
CROWDFUNDING https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-phoenix-arts-club-10-year-survival-plan

Rising from the ashes like a … well you get the gist

Reopening on 1st August with a Crowdfunder to secure the future of the venue and to support the arts community for the next 10 years

The West End’s legendary entertainment venue, The Phoenix Arts Club, is delighted to confirm that it will be one of the first theatre venues to reopen for live indoor socially distanced performances, which will take place from Saturday 1st August 2020 and from there on, will host events on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Cabaret shows will run at a reduced capacity for parties of between two and six people seated at socially distanced cabaret tables in the newly refurbished space. Table service will be provided throughout via The Phoenix Arts Club’s drinks ordering app. Ticket holders will be granted access to the venue from 6pm to allow guests to catch up with friends before enjoying the show. Shows will run for 90mins and will include an interval.

The venue has also put a huge amount of work into being COVID-19 secure: and have just received the “Good to Go” sign-off from Visit England. Guests will be able to access a walkthrough explainer video, available online from next week.

Ken Wright [Managing Director] of The Phoenix Arts Club says; “We are incredibly fortunate that cabaret is one of the genres of live entertainment that is able to return to indoor venues sooner than shows that require a large cast, or ensemble singing; meaning that  we are able to open our doors to public performances whilst adhering to social distance from August. However much as we are grateful that we can embrace the next phase of emerging from lockdown, we are still feeling the pain of the severe financial knock we have experienced, and that our performers have experienced.

This is why, alongside the reopening, The Phoenix Arts Club is launching a crowdfunder campaign to enable us to become a CIC (community interest company); a special form of non-charitable limited company, which exists primarily to benefit a community and with a view to pursuing a social purpose, rather than to make a profit for shareholders. By doing this we will be able to build on our artistic programming (which already at pre-COVID stood at 600 shows a year), and to provide much-needed research and development to meet changing technology and performance space needs, so we can develop and continue vital community work. In order to achieve this we realistically need to raise £100,000.

And we’ve updated our logo; introducing a crest to reflect the fact that this campaign is designed to ensure that

The Phoenix Arts Club rises from the ashes – stronger than ever before”

For over four months, since the start of lockdown The Phoenix Arts Club has kept cabaret alive with its TV-quality virtual live streams, watchable for free through Facebook Live, Twitch, and on YouTube. The show has regularly seen audiences of over 25,000. Despite receiving no government funding or subsidy, it has continued to provide paid work to over one-hundred artists located across the globe throughout the COVID-19 pandemics. Behind the scenes, the Phoenix Arts Club Team have volunteered their time to assist performers in adapting to the digital shift, providing free video editing, home studio set-ups, and even covering the cost of broadband upgrades.

The Crowdfunder campaign is being launched specifically with a focus on the venue’s community work and the plan is to help cement the future of the venue so that it can support emerging and established artists for years to come.

With this funding, The Phoenix Arts Club can remain a vital springboard for up-and-coming musical theatre, comedy, cabaret, authors, and musicians alike. It will allow the venue to continue providing heavily discounted rental and marketing support for shows and rehearsals and expand its community outreach programme with the introduction of workshops, talks, showcases, and networking events. 

In return of donations, the Phoenix Arts Club will offer a number of rewards and experiences ranging from show jackets and jigsaw puzzles to a limited edition print by illustrator Mark Reeve, masterclasses and even an opportunity to record your own Musical Theatre Album with West End legend Greg Arrowsmith.

The Limited Edition print features famous faces who have frequented the venue over the years. The watermarked version is below.

Limited edition print L-R: Trevor Dion Nicholas, An Arctic Monkey, Danny DeVito, Laurence Olivier, Lady Gaga, David Dimbleby, Gurinder Chadha, Stan Lee, Star Wars DB8, Tim Minchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Ian McKellen, Beverley Knight, Kiefer Sunderland, James Cordon, Karen Gillan, Martina Cole, Ed Sheeran, Mo Gilligan, Wayne Sleep, Kit Harington.

THURSDAYS  Showreel live! 

FRIDAYS A Night in Soho hosted by international showgirl Ivy Paige and featuring the best of London’s cabaret.

SATURDAYS The Saturday Supershow hosted by Pride’s Michael Twaits with Musical Director Sarah Bodalbhai and very special guests

When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Love cookery books, love cooking, love socialising then you will love The Cookbook Circle club.

The Cookbook Circle club in for fans of eating, cooking and meeting new people. But mostly eating.

The Cookbook Circle was created by Victoria Durant and Hannah Quinn – two people slightly obsessed with recipes, new places to eat and ogling Instagram posts of delicious things. 

Victoria and Hannah’s mission is to bring people together and get everyone cooking using the cookbooks that they have currently, rather than always buying new ones. Each month they bring a new theme and members get together, cooking a dish from a recipe found in a cookery book (or online!) and socialise. It can be sweet, savoury, veggie, vegan or meaty. As The Cookbook Circle is all about cooking, eating, exploring, discovering and socialising.

So grab your cookbook, dust it off and show it some love and share your dish with others. As every month at The Cookbook Circle it is all about eating and discovering new dishes which we have made from one of those books that we may of neglected.

With a different theme every month the question is what will you cook and what new recipes will you discover whilst eating, sipping and socialising at The Cookbook Circle?

February’s theme is comfort food – because it’s still winter and we need cheering up.

​Bring along a comforting dish on February 24 at 7pm, as well as the cookbook it’s from (if you feel like it). Recipe cards are provided so you can take down any dish that caught your eye and tickled your taste buds on the night.   

Members who attend will get lots to eat (and leftovers to take home) and a lovely community to share your love of food.

Discover more via https://www.thecookbookcircle.com

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