The Art of Banksy unauthorised private collection comes to London

Banksy to me is the modern version of Salvador Dalí with his work and even himself surrounded by mystery. Why? as his art work is a modern day surrealism with hard hitting messages which spring up literally anywhere. Plus Banksy is like a superhero as no one knows who he is! but he brings hard hitting messages and comical surreal art to our streets. Now for a limited time an unauthorised collection of private art by Banksy has popped up in London’s Covent Garden where you can view some well known favourite political surreal art pieces by Banksy and so much more.

I went on along on a PR invite and read inspirational quotes by Banksy as well as discovered pieces of art which I’ve never seen before, with some pieces of art making me question what is the meaning of life and humanity?

Banksy

Nobody knows who is Banksy, yet everybody knows he is a graffiti artist and prankster. Banksy is one of the most famous yet the most mysterious graffiti artists in the world. Some consider him a prankster whereas others a superhero of art. Banksy’s art pops up literally anywhere and everywhere with his enigmatic and surreal art from the UK to Sydney. Expressing always a strong political statement with poetry, energy and humour.

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The Lucky Club equals Bao time

If you love a relaxed spacious restaurant and Baos then The Lucky Club within Mayfair is the place to visit. They sell the most delicious, softest, fluffiest and flavoursome steamed bao buns as well as other inspired Asian dishes.

What are bao buns though you might be asking? They are steamed buns which are generally made from flour, yeast, sugar, baking powder, milk and oil. They are then steamed creating a warm light white dough, which is sweet, fluffy and delicious. Then generally they are stuffed with meat or fish. Bao buns originate from China are are very popular there and in Asia.

I was invited down courtesy of the chef of The Lucky Club to sample his baos and more.

The Lucky Club

The Lucky Club opened up late 2019, bringing to London’s Mayfair a space of fashion and hospitality. However it was short lived as in 2020 with the pandemic hitting our shores they had to close their doors for a limited time.

Now they are reopen and back in business selling bao buns and other inspired Asian cuisine. However the pop up fashion stall has been removed.

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V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition don’t be late

Don’t be late as Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser has popped up in the basement of V&A’s Museum to bring answers to all your curious questions on Lewis Carroll’s popular children story which you’ll be taken on a fantastical tour of exploration from discovering a deeper insight into Lewis and the world of Alice via books, films, art and so much more.

There is plenty to discover creating an atmosphere that really makes anyone become even more curious about what they are going to experience next keeping all guessing and bringing out our inner child.

I went along on a PR invite courtesy of V&A to hop on in down their rabbit hole to discover the curiosities of Alice and beyond.

V&A

The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) is one of Britain’s Victorian buildings which opened up in London 1852 to showcase manufactures. Since then the state of the art galleries, within the V&A has constantly evolved in it’s collection public interpretation of art and design.

The museum is the world’s leading museums of art and design, which houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, textiles, furniture, photography, painting, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Apart from the millions of objects on display across the year within the V&A they host a variety of exhibitions and talks all of which can be discovered by clicking here.

One of the latest and anticipated exhibitions which has popped up within the V&A for a limited time this year is Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition which goes on till 31 December 2021 within the Sainsbury Gallery in the basement.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition within the V&A

Celebrating one of the most iconic, imaginative and inspiring stories of all time. V&A’s exhibition of Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser allowing visitors to immerse through a mindbending journey down the rabbit hole, full of discovery.

Lewis Carroll’s 158 years old surreal iconic story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and beyond can now be explored and discovered within the V&A for a limited time.

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Jean Patrique Stovetop Toastie Maker use at home or outside

We all love cheese and toast and that is why so many of us love cheese toasties. A cheese toastie is the ultimate comfort food and are really easy to make. However when it comes to cooking a cheese toastie it can get slightly messy if using an electric cheese toastie machine with cheese and butter oozing out from the sides. Thankfully Stovetop Toastie Maker by Jean Patrique has made cooking a cheese toastie that much simpler and cleaner.

I was gifted a PR product* of Jean Patrique Stove Toastie Maker to review. It requires no electricity, it is portable and can be used indoors or outdoors either on a gas stove, electric hob, over a campfire or BBQ.

Jean Patrique

Jean Patrique is a direct consumer cookware company that delivers great quality products at affordable prices.

Founded back in 1998 French Chef Jean Patrique supplies a range of kitchenware to restaurants within the UK his products soon became a success and very popular so with that he started to sell and supply to home cooks.

20 years on Jean Patrique has sold over 450 exceptional kitchenware products all of which are sustainably and responsibly manufactured to just over 500,000 happy customers including many chefs, hoteliers and caterers.

From 2019 Jean Patrique is now also available not just in the UK but also within the USA.

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Cheaze cheese makes me smile

Cheaze allows me to explore the world of cheese in the comfort of my home one bite at a time. Whether you’re a cheese connoisseur or a complete novice Cheaze has a cheese suitable for everyone. Cheese can be enjoyed anytime of the day be it breakfast within an omelette, or a cheesy soufflé for lunch, or perhaps a cheesy gratin or just simply on it’s own. Cheese can be enjoyed in so many different ways and for me always brings a smile to my face. Now Cheaze has a new subscription service in place so you can enjoy five different cheeses on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis.

Courtesy of Cheaze I was gifted one of their new subscription boxes to sample at home. The beauty about their subscription boxes is that not only will you receive five different cheeses which have been hand selected from around the world but also you’ll receive crackers as well as a few free mystery surprises.

Cheaze

Cheaze sell a selection of a great tasting range from British to Continental cheeses providing customers an exceptional cheesy experience at home.

They deliver a range cheese that have been produced all over the world, so there is no need for you to dash around the supermarket or surf the net to discover a decent cheese. With Cheaze you can also learn how to pear and eat each cheese with their handy instruction cards taking you on a Cheaze journey.

Apart from a selection of cheese boxes Cheaze now sell subscriptions so you can enjoy five different cheeses on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis.

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AmazingCo mystery picnic adventure around Camden & Primrose Hill

This summer if you are looking to have a picnic but want to explore new areas and learn interesting facts along the way then check out AmazingCo whom provide a variety of great Mystery Picnic Adventure within London and beyond.

With London being so huge there are still many areas which I am still to discover and explore and so it can be a little daunting in where to start but thanks to AmazingCo they provide a unique and fun way to explore some London boroughs thanks to their Mystery Picnic Adventures. London is full of history dating back to the ancient Roman times to modern day and the streets are filled with hipster cafes, ancient buildings and so much more to explore. AmazingCo tours helps all discover boroughs in a fun unique way from clues to solve, interesting facts about the area, and provide tasty food to collect along the way.

Courtesy of AmazingCo I was kindly given the opportunity to experience along with friends their Mystery Picnic Adventure which I discovered some amazing eateries and even learnt some interesting facts about Camden and Primrose Hill on my tour.

SPOILER ALERT: I have listed the cafes / restaurants and food in which I collected along the way plus a few interesting facts I learnt upon doing this tour via AmazingCo so if you are planning doing this tour then STOP reading as so you don’t spoil the surprise for yourself.

AmazingCo

AmazingCo are a global team of creative dreamers and designers delivering unique days out and special celebration experiences and activities to help people connect and have fun.

Their mission is to help you live a more fulfilling life, and they believe the most important place to start is to help all connect with your city, and with the people important to you.

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Waagyu Burger and Haar at Home sell luxurious Lobster Brioche helping to pimp up your lunch

If you are a fan of MasterChef the Professionals then you will be pleased to know that Chef Dean Banks who made it to the finals, not only did he open up his own restaurant Haar back in 2019, but in 2020 he joint forces with Waagyu Burger which he helped create Waagyu burger home kits which can be enjoyed all across the UK. Now for 2021 Chef Dean Banks has created a luxury Lobster Brioche home kit giving hungry diners a very pimped up lunch of succulent lobster within soft tasty brioche buns all at an affordable price. The Lobster Brioche can be purchased either at Waagyu Burger or even Haar at Home.

Courtesy of Waagyu Burger I was given a Lobster Brioche home kit to try myself at home to show how easy it is to make a lobster roll and how delicious a lobster roll can be.

Chef Dean Banks

Chef Dean Banks has worked in many top class restaurants and since appearing on MasterChef Professionals he even opened up his own restaurant Haar Restaurant  in 2019 bringing diners a sensory experience like no other. Haar stimulates all your senses as you dine. After launching Haar, Dean quickly became one of Scotland’s leading Chefs. 2020 Dean launched Haar at Home delivering a seafood focused fine dining home experience. All of which the seafood comes from Scotland. Followed shortly on he launched Waagyu Burger delivering DIY burger kits across the UK which are burgers that are made from delicious high quality Waagyu beef but at affordable prices.

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XITE Energy time to be reenergised

From time to time we all need an energy boost be it for whatever reason fatigue or to improve our performance. XITE Energy drinks are great for that extra boost of energy. Their drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other ingredients, such as guarana, taurine, vitamins, minerals or herbal substances to help stimulate your body & mind. The beauty though about these energy drinks is that they are unlike other energy drinks as they contain NO artificial flavourings and sugar and are fruity.

Thanks to XITEenergy and Thisis_espresso I was gifted a few samples of XITE Energy drinks to try and I was instantly refuelled with energy after drinking a can.

XITE Energy

2018 Oliver Bennett and Megan Jones set up XITE Energy to bring to the market a energy drink like no other.

XITE Energy is a healthy energy alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste or function.

Their energy drinks are the first UK nootropic drink which includes three active nootropics. Their healthy energy drinks helps nootropics, helps to maintain cognitive health, focus, well-being and performance.

The natural caffeine within helps keeps you going for longer without a crash, and the nootropics will help you keep focused for longer, making you mentally and psychically sharper. It is also 100% vegan, zero sugar, diabetic friendly and full of ginseng and b-vitamins. 

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Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza does bottomless pizza

Pizza is always a great go to meal be it for lunch or dinner as it’s quick to cook and filling. Choosing a pizza can be tricky as there are a vast range of flavours out there plus sometimes eating a large pizza after a few slices can become a bit boring. Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza though has the perfect solution as they sell bottomless pizza, so you can enjoy a variety of flavours and eat as little or as much as you like for just one payment.

Pizza has been around since the 10th century. It is a popular savoury Italian dish which is made from a dough which is flattened into a round shape usually, and topped with tomatoes, cheese, and a variety of other ingredients, such as anchovies, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, meat, etc., which is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven.

I was invited on a PR basis to dine at Gordon Ramsay’s chain Street Pizza at their newest establishment in Southwark back in October 2020. I visited December but literally the next day it was closed due to new lockdown from the government as Covid had risen in London. Now restrictions are lifted (17 May) and Street Pizza has now reopened it’s doors to hungry pizza lovers.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon James Ramsay OBE is a British chef from Scotland. He has many restaurants across the world which he has won 17 Michelin Stars for his cooking but he is also known to many through his TV appearances such as Hell’s KitchenRamsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef Junior and so many more.

A variety of Gordon Ramsay restaurants can be found across the UK and the world from selling burgers to gourmet cuisine.

Street Pizza at Southwark

2018 Gordon Ramsay expanded his empire by bringing to London affordable pizza. There are four in total St Pauls, Camden, Battersea and Southwark. Southwark is the latest to the chain which opened back in October 2020.

At Street Pizza diners can enjoy delicious pizzas, sides, desserts, cocktails, quality beers, wines and soft drinks.

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SuperGlow ayurvedic superfood

We are always looking at ways of getting healthier be it exercise or eating food which is healthier. SuperGlow sell a range of ayurvedic powders that are healthy and can be combined in foods or drinks. Plus their powders help the mind, body and soul in a number of different ways thanks to the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Superfoods have gained quite a popularity recently as food trends have evolved rapidly over the years.

I was gifted a selection of ayurvedic powders by SuperGlow to show me that adding their powders within my food or drink can help improve my health in a number of different ways.

SuperGlow

SuperGlow is founded by Demi.

SuperGlow sell ayurvedic powders which are all organic and vegan friendly. The powders can be added into food or drink easily adding that extra nutrition to anyone’s diet. Souring only the best organic produce, from around the world, Demi creates single and blended powders that can be used easily.

The powders can help the body manage stress. It can also help fight symptoms of anxiety, street and depression and boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels. As all their powders are designed for everyone who wishes to improve their overall well being, boost their immune system or simply look better. 

Since SuperGlow’s launched it has had much success amongst food enthusiasts, writers, yogis and even athletes who have proved that they work. SuperGlow superfood powders are not supplements, they are an optional way to increase the amount of nutrients in your everyday life. Simply add a teaspoon to your soups, meals, smoothies or juices.

Helping my mind, body and soul

Not really having ayurvedic powders before I was excited when I received my four different flavoured powders by SuperGlow. Each came within easy reseable colourful packets, which each was marked clearly in how they are good for the body or mind.

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