James Bond not required as I Agent Pink took on the bad guys and saved the world – Colab Theatre, Spy City

Ever wondered what it would be like to be James Bond and save humanity? Well Colab Theatre’s latest immersive production Spy City gives everyone the opportunity to be a spy.

I was invited on a courtesy basis and attended along with Bianca another community member of Love Pop Ups London to save the world.

Colab Theatre

COLAB is an Immersive Theatre company. They create completely new worlds and experiences to tell you a story.

Using authentic immersive theatre they enable you to engage in stories as much or as little as you’d like.

Utilising buildings and locations around London and the UK they bring the untapped world around us alive using old, new and borrowed stories. 

They strive to create experiences you will never forget.

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There is a Secret Garden, shhh! at Inamo in Camden

Did you know that Inamo in Camden has a secret garden where you can dine under a pagoda, sit under one of the four birdcage gazebos or greenhouse.

Inamo has three restaurants one in Covent Garden, Soho and Camden. I was invited on a complimentary basis along with some other community members of Love Pop Ups London to experience their new outside seating area which they have called the Secret Garden and to enjoy their new culinary large sharing menu which was a Far Eastern feast of delight.

Inamo in Camden

At any Inamo you can enjoy a stunning new pan-Asian menu which is centred around sharing, from sushi dishes including their signature Dragon Roll to succulent Asian Tapas such as Sweet Chilli Prawn Tempura, Heritage Tomato and Wakame Salad (v) and dim sum; alongside Larger Sharing Dishes which includes Red Miso Lamb Tenderloin, Sizzling Mushroom Toban Yaki (v), and Black Pepper Fillet of Beef.

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Desserts glorious desserts at Whisk Dessert Bar

Desserts glorious desserts is a real treat at Whisk Dessert Bar who only sells desserts but with a unique twist such as blue cheese served with a lime sorbet.

I was invited down on a complimentary basis by Randon to sample the sweet delights which they have whisked up.

Whisk Dessert Bar

After a successful run last autumn, Whisk Dessert Bar is back. Only this time it is bigger and better and has popped up in Angel for a three month summer stint (14 May to 3 August).

Whisk Dessert Bar is headed up by award winning patisserie chef Simon Jenkins and dessert loving entrepreneur Randon Burns, there’ll be all sorts on offer.

Simon Jenkins is an award-winning pastry chef who recently was named the Craft Guild of Chefs Pastry Chef of the Year in 2018. He has been a part of restaurants winning 1 and 2 Michelin stars and has several major hotel openings to his name.

Love desserts go on treat yourself!

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Caribbean vibes within Turtle Bay UK in Brixton

Do you sometimes sit back and think I wish I was not in London but in the Caribbean instead? Well within Turtle Bay UK in Brixton you will feel as though you have been transported to the Caribbean as Turtle Bay UK brings you that bit of sunshine with it’s rum based cocktails, Caribbean jerk food and reggae sounds from the resident DJ. Turtle Bay UK is a bit of sunshine within Brixton.

I was invited down to sample their new bottomless brunch menu which I was highly surprised by as was flavoursome and filling.

Turtle Bay UK

Turtle Bay UK consists of 43 restaurants across the UK giving those that wants to escape the hustle and bustle of life a Caribbean style escape.

Caribbean cooking is known as a patchwork quilt of colours, textures, and flavours as they are a multi-ethnic tapestry woven from the cuisines of Africa, Europe and Asia.

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KitchenAid Experience Store – How to use and cook with plant based food

I am not one for vegetables and so when I was invited via KitchenAid London to attend one of their cookery courses of my choice, I chose to learn about plant based food to see if I could actually enjoy a meal made out of vegetables entirely with no meat or fish and I must admit I was presently surprised and impressed.

KitchenAid

Firstly let me tell you a bit more about KitchenAid. They were founded back in 1886 by Josephine Cochrane she revolutionized the world of cooking.  She patented an invention that would in time become the dishwasher as we know it today. Nine of her incredible machines were exhibited, sold and used in restaurants. Some found a place in respected luxury hotels. Driven by the desire to popularise her invention, Joséphine adapted a model for household use just before her death in 1913.

From revolutionary inventions then took birth in 1919 with the first mixer and this is how the brand KitchenAid was born.

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Kanishka – Culinary delights of North East India by Atul Kochhar

Kanishka is an Indian cuisine by Atul Kochhar which can be found in the heart of Mayfair.

I had the pleasure of attending the other day on a complimentary invite along with another member of Love Pop Ups London community Steve in which we dined on a 3 course menu from the A La Carte menu.

Kanishka

Kanishka is owned by Michelin Chef Atul Kochhar back in March 2019.

Atul Kochhar’s latest restaurant Kanishka is set in the heart of Mayfair.

Kanishka focusses on the unexplored cuisine from the so called ‘Sister States’ of India which is in the North East from sates Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

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Warburtons Bagels – A w-holey lot of fun

A little bit of Bolton, home of Warburtons Bakers has popped up in London to celebrate their rolls with a hole.  Hidden in an unsuspecting building just off the strand.  I Shona was lucky enough to be invited as a member of the Love Pup Ups London group to attend this special event. 

The event was to promote about Warburtons Bagels and was produced by the amazing team behind Gingerline Flavourology, who create the best multi-sensory dining experiences.

Warburtons Bagel Bonanza Pop Up

Did you know that Warburtons are the UK’s largest baker?  Found in 1876 by Thomas and Ellen Warburton in Bolton.  They produce 2 million, yes, your read that right, loaves, wraps, crumpets, pancake and rolls a day.  Not wanting to rest on their laurels they have developed a soft and chewy bagel to take on New York’s finest. 

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D-Day 75 god bless all

Today is the 75th anniversary to mark the heroic efforts from all those that fought in World War II.

At present in London Bridge train station on the main concourse commuters can gaze at a full-size replica of a World War II Spitfire.

However be quick as it is only there till 9 June.

D-Day

D-Day, June 6, 1944, marked the beginning of operation overlord, when allied forces started their sea, air and land campaign in northern France.

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Scripts for Supper presents Wind in the Willows – Onion sauce, onion sauce says Mole

Scripts for Supper returns this Spring & Summer with an adaptation of Wind in the Willows along with delicious feast by Juanita Hennessey who was a MasterChef finalist back in 2016.

I and Steve we were invited down on a complimentary basis to take a journey with Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger whilst indulging in a 5 course feast, thankfully there was no onion soup but pea soup instead.

Scripts for Supper

Scripts for Supper creates brand new adaptations of classic stories and serves them alongside a bespoke menu inspired by the world of the play.

Annie McKenzie has been creating alongside Jessica McVay divine immersive dinners since 2017. Since then they have now grown to become a 5 star sell out immersive dining experience. 

Their experiences fuse together theatre, food, music, song and dance, and take diners on a culinary and theatrical story telling journey.

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Aperol Spritz Socials – 100 year birthday celebration

Aperol Spritz Sundial Social popped up in Shoreditch this June to celebrate 100 years with their unique pop up bar where they served Aperol Spritz and provided much fun.

I attended courtesy of Aperol Spritz on a blogger basis and enjoyed plenty of Aperol Spritz whilst splashing around in one of their Fiat-500 hot tubs, waddled in the pool, hid behind a Aperol waterfall, had fun in a cocktail shaped ball pool, danced to the musical tunes by a DJ, rode a revolving carousel bar and rode a Vespa, OK maybe not rode it as I had been drinking after all and to top it all ate plenty of birthday cake.

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