Deerdef SS 2018 Collection and Timeless Collection Show was staged during London Fashion Week

London, 22nd of Sept; Deerdef Timeless 1718 and SS18 capsule collection shows were presented in the secret garden of Southwark.The organization and the choreography of the show were managed by ZeynepOber, the fashion consultant in London.

 Black and white are always the dominant colours in all Deerdef collections; with additional pastel tonnes of pink and blue giving a smooth touch in the new SS18 Collection. The collection pieces are mainly dresses and the vests & shorts made of silk, chiffons, knit fabrics and silvery garments. Deep slits, V’s, triangle cuts are the design touches in the two colour or different fabric combination models.

Presenting the new SS18 capsule collection, DeerdefCreative Director,

Değer Y.Öztürk  explains shortly ‘ Women need  timeless clothes in their closets. Simple yet chic and elegant clothes they can wear for many occasions, not just for one occasion wear. With this approach in the design period, we love using main colours like black, red and whites and adding some design details in the sleeves, collars ,  waist cuts. We are inspired by real women around us. We want Deerdef women to feel confident, always loaded with positive energy and most importantly lucky ‘’

Motcomb Street paves the way for the future of fashion, beauty and food

A gourmet street party – ‘Step onto Motcomb Street’ – will mark the reopening of the newly pedestrianised boutique street with whimsical edible fancies and celebrity and influencer appearances from Marcus Wareing and Alexandra Dudley.

London, September 2017: Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is pleased to announce the reopening of Motcomb Street, which will be celebrated on Wednesday 27 September with Step onto Motcomb Street’ – Motcomb Streets first evening Gourmet Street Party.

The event, will be opened by Marcus Wareing, Founder & Owner, Marcus Wareing Restaurants; and Alexandra Dudley, founder of Punch Foods, author of cookbook Land & Sea, wellness influencer and Instagram-star.

 Taking place between 5 – 10pm, it will showcase the very best of Belgravia’s fashion and food retailers, with stalls lining the street, offering guests tasters and treats throughout the evening. Popular eateries, such as The Good Life Eatery, Rococo Chocolates,  Pierre Hermé and The Fine Cheese Co., will keep their doors open until 10pm.

 Christian Louboutin, the luxury shoe designer, will extend its opening hours. The Errol Douglas salon will take its hair styling services to the creative Secret Garden on Halkin Arcade, giving visitors a chance to jump onto the braid trend.

They will be joined in the celebration by a host of neighbouring restaurants and hotels in Belgravia, including The Berkeley Hotel, The Hari, the Alfred Tennyson, and Lowndes Bar and Kitchen. Music will be provided by live jazz and soul bands, including K.O.G., a Glastonbury favourite, and the Old Dirty Brasstards.

The Instagram-friendly feel of the event will feature an edible Sherbert Fountain, designed by the sensory experience experts Bompas & Parr. Visitors will be encouraged to relish, capture and share on their social channels with Motcomb Street’s recently-launched free, public Wi-Fi.

Joanna Lea, Director of Retail, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland commented: “We are delighted to reopen Motcomb Street in this way. Our investment to upgrade the street’s public realm confirms our commitment to the retailers that make this part of our London estate so appealing.

“We have a vision to activate neighbourhoods with a better blend of retail, enterprise, luxury and interest that can grow our estate’s appeal to workers, residents and visitors. The revamping of Motcomb Street will help us deliver that vision.”

 Future vision and The Pantechnicon 2018

 The public realm improvements to Motcomb Street were commissioned by Grosvenor and Westminster City Council to ensure that the historic, boutique character and vitality of the area were retained.

 Their re-launch marks the first of several important changes in the street which include re-opening in spring 2018 of The Pantechnicon. Grosvenor wants this landmark neo-classical building crown, originally built in 1830 as an antiques bazaar, to become one of London’s most exciting lifestyle hubs in heart of South Belgravia, housing some of the world’s most exclusive luxury fashion, food and beauty brands.

Mango Tree Hosts A Lady Boy Cabaret

Mango Tree, the authentic and innovative Thai restaurant in the heart of Belgravia, will brighten up London on 24th September as they bring back their fabulous Lady Boy competition. Guests will be able to enjoy one of Thailand’s most celebrated and talked of traditions, with lights, glitter, canapés, cocktails and glamour galore. Mango Tree will be throwing an Out of This World party, the most flamboyant one to date that they have ever produced. Expect music, madness and mayhem for all those lucky enough to experience this unforgettable evening.

Maintaining tradition, Mango Tree will be putting on the Miss Mango Pageant, crowning the Out Of This World winner and two runners up during the night and gifting them magnificent prizes. Get ready to be dazzled by the awards for the best costume and body. With a panel of esteemed judges, including Simon Gross from Simon Showbiz, and a show stopping drag queen show, the evening will truly be Out of This World. Music from professional DJ’s, canapes and cocktails will keep the energy up all night.

To show guests a night to remember, Mango Tree will be transformed from a fine dining restaurant to a festival of colour, music, drag queens, pageants and canapés. A selection of fine Thai treats will be served including green curry chicken puff; chilli basil vegetable spring roll with tom kha sauce; pan fried duck dumpling; spicy lamb gaj; deep fried spicy prawn and chicken pad thai to keep guests dancing all night. For dessert, banana cake and mango and coconut jelly will be handed round for those sweet toothed fiends.

The acclaimed bar team at Mango Tree have created a special list of cocktails that will reflect this year’s theme and help partygoers get the evening off to a great start. Keeping to their roots, Mango Tree are giving all proceeds to charity, so guests can enjoy a touch of Thailand whilst giving a little to those who most need it.

If the night is as spectacular as previous years, it will make for both a delicious and daring evening with lots of frivolous fun, good-giving, fantastic food and Thai tradition.

Out Of This World Lady Boy Pageant – Sunday 24th September 7pm

Tickets: £20

Mango Tree

46 Grosvenor Place,

London, SW1X 7EQ


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MBNA Thames Clippers hosts an evening of new poetry on the Thames with Boat Poets: River Lates

MBNA Thames Clippers ( and Totally Thames Festival are celebrating National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry inspired by the Thames. Join the RB1 MBNA Thames Clippers river boat service, departing Westminster Pier at 7.54pm on Thursday 28 September 2017 for an evening of performances and readings from the Boat Poets as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds that have influenced them.

Since July, four young poets, supported by the Roundhouse Resident Artists programme, have spent time in the wheelhouses of boats along the length and breadth of the Thames in London. The Boat Poets have worked closely with the men and women working on London’s world-famous river, creating works inspired by their experiences.

Enjoy a drink from the on-board bar, as London’s fastest and most frequent river bus service whisks you along the Thames, past ancient monuments and modern landmarks, all to the rhymes and rhythms of new works from some of Britain’s most exciting young poets.

Boat Poets: River Lates will be on board a regular, timetabled service. Book your ticket online or tap in as you board with contactless and Oyster. A single ticket costs £6.50.


Alpharooms reveals how travellers can save up to £890 on a 3-night city break by staying in alternative locations


September 21, 2017

For immediate release

City breaks are a popular staple for tourists to take respite from the interminable UK weather, and when thinking of your next trip, the major European capitals are the usual suspects. However, research from alpharooms has discovered that people may be over-paying for their city breaks in those capital cities. There are many destinations outside of the popular European capitals with a wealth of culture, history and entertainment that are worth consideration for your next weekend break. Alpharooms research helps you understand which European cities give you a good deal and which cities you can make a saving on.

Using a variety of data, alpharooms compared the cost of a night’s stay in a typical three-star hotel, added in the cost of an average meal for two, with wine and beer thrown in, then calculated how much travellers could save by staying in alternative destinations in 19 of Europe’s top cities.

Coming in with the best saving was a stay in the Oslo suburb of Bygdoy. The Norwegian capital was the most expensive city in the survey, with a 4-day/3-night stay costing £1,435. By staying in the scenic Bygdoy peninsula, less than half an hour from central Oslo, visitors can enjoy a range of museums and attractions, as well as beaches – and spend less than £550, a savings of more than 60%.

Alpharooms’ suggestions for an alternative to explore the Danish capital may be surprising – it’s in Sweden! Yet thanks to the awe-inspiring Oresund bridge (a must-see attraction in the town), Malmo is just an £11 public transport ticket away from wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. Malmo is a vibrant, modern city in its own right and a typical 3-night stay there will cost you £849 less than one in its southern neighbour, and you get to see two countries in one trip.

Sunny Madrid has an abundance of historic, cultural and culinary treats for visitors, but at an average daily price of £338, the Spanish capital is among the most expensive cities to stay in Europe. Madrid’s neighbour city, Toledo is just 32 miles away and this ancient city is full of history. Its imposing castle and cathedral are complemented by mosques and synagogues – a reminder of when Spain was a Moorish possession. Cultural sites, such as the El Greco Museum, have helped make Toledo a UNESCO World Heritage city.

The fine architecture and wealth of history make Edinburgh a must-see location. But with a 3-night weekend trip at an average of £930, it’s not necessarily a cheap place to stay. Stirling, an hour’s train away and only £13 for a return ticket, is a historic town to discover, with a less-crowded and calmer vibe. Stirling was once the capital of Scotland itself, and it boasts a castle to rival Edinburgh’s, as well as a great variety of shops, pubs and coffee houses. It’s on the doorstep of the Highlands too, so why not enjoy a wee dram of whisky while you’re there.

Eastern European locations are usually cheaper, but UK visitors to the onion-domed splendours of Moscow will find city centre hotel prices push it into the expensive bracket. Alpharooms recommends a stay in the Dubrovitsy estate, 27 miles from the Russian capital. This historic estate was once the retreat of Catherine the Great, and it contains a magnificent manor and an ornate church, dating back to the early 18th century.

If Vienna is the crowning glory of Austria, Klosterneuburg is a hidden gem just half an hour’s journey away. An ancient military town and monastic centre, it lies in the Danube valley amid simply stunning scenery. It’s also noted for its fine wines – and for the large homes of some of Vienna’s wealthier workforce. Luckily, you don’t need to be wealthy to stay there: travellers can save over 55% in costs by staying here than staying in the capital.

Other recommendations include Uppsala for Stockholm; Bankya for Sofia; Hafnarfjorour for Reykjavik; Windsor for London; Murten for Berne; Wolomin for Warsaw; Haarlem for Amsterdam; Bray for Dublin; Bled for Ljubljana; Szentendre for Budapest; Leuven for Brussels; Kladno for Prague; and Ostia for Rome.

As a leading provider of discount holidays and hotel deals worldwide, alpharooms have won several British Travel Awards from 2013-2016.  You can vote for alpharooms in the 2017 British Travel Awards to win Best National Travel Retailer, Best Online/Call Centre Travel Agency, or Best Hotel Booking Website.

Five Guys Named Moe

What: Five Guys Named Moe
Where: Marble Arch Theatre, London
Who: A funky, fun theatre experience in a brand new theatre
When: Until February 17, 2018
Why: A great show and a fantastic bar area make for a great night out!

There’s a new theatre in town, it’s fabulous, and the show now playing at this theatre is fabulous as well.

 The Marble Arch Theatre, which is an Underbelly production (the team that brings us the excellent shows in the Southbank), is cleverly located right next to the arch in Marble Arch, is the newest theatre to pop up in London. It’s a gorgeous 650 seater wooden structure that includes a very large bar and an auditorium with a stage that is semi-circle in the round, a design that reflects the 1940’s New Orleans Jazz bars. And theatregoers will be able to take their seats at the cabaret tables in the Funky Butt Club and have drinks served directly to their tables for an up-close and personal musical experience all around them. And the show at this new theatre is “Five Guys Named Moe,” which is a show about Five Guys Named Moe (Big, Little, Eat, Know and Four-Eyed) who give guidance, advise and support to Nomax, who is single, broke and lamenting about a broken relationship with a woman named Lorraine. The Moes sing and dance their way throughout this two-hour very lively extravaganza, while Nomax (played by Edward Baruwa) takes it all in. Songs, featuring the hits of original jazz king Louis Jordan, include “Early in the Morning,” “I Like ‘em Like That,” “Safe, Sane and Single,” and “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” are sung by the Moes in such a fun and unique style. And there is also quite a bit of audience participation. One member of the audience who was chosen to recite some sentences on the night I saw it, and it was none other than stage and movie star Freddie Fox. The Audience also gets to outdo each other, with the help of the Moes, in a sing-a-long that provides raucous laughter. It’s the oldest trick in the book to include the audience in the show to make sure they are having a great time, and the Moes use it to their advantage.

“Five Guys Named Moe” is based on a musical of the same name by Jordan in 1943, and has been around since it’s 1990 UK debut (and a 2010 UK revival). With a book by Clarke Peters, if feels like this show has never left London. But if you’ve already seen it, seeing it again at the new Marble Arch Theatre will be a whole new experience, and perhaps more of an enjoyable one in a setting that matches the fun and frivolity of the show. Kudos to all the Moes who make it a fun night out (Ian Carlyle, Idriss Kargbo, Dex Lee, Horace Oliver and Emile Ruddock) and to Underbelly for copying their successful formula to Marble Arch, and to the production team for pulling it off and producing one big party.
They’ve just announced that “Five Guys Named Moe” has been extended to 17 February 2018 due to overwhelmingly popular demand. Tickets are on sale now, get yours here:
Photo from The Corner Shop PR
Review by Tim Baros


What: Footloose the musical
Where: Peacock Theatre, London
Who: The 1984 hit movie has spawned this musical version
When: Until September 30, 2017
Why: Lot’s of catchy tunes, loose feet and a good looking cast make this one a winner
Another revival of “Footloose,” now at the Peacock Theatre near Aldwych, and arriving into London right after a UK tour, keeps the toe tapping alive with the show about a small town that has banned dancing, and the young out-of-towner who plans to shake things up.
Rem McCormack (Joshua Dowen) and his mom Ethel (Lindsay Goodhand) move from their hometown in Chicago to the very small town of Bomont after Rem’s father left the family home to go ‘find himself.’ Rem integrates into his new school, filled with all sorts of people (though none of them, curiously, are black). His fellow students include Willard (Gareth Gates, who gets star billing) and the minister’s daughter Ariel (Hannah Price). It comes to light that the powerful minister, the Reverend Shaw (Reuven Gershon), has banned dancing in town because five years ago his young son and three others were killed in a car crash, no doubt, according to the minister, caused by the kid’s night out of having too much fun and possibly drinking.
But Rem wants to have fun, but at the same time can’t seem to hold down a job due to his motto of trying to do the right thing, and he’s gotten off on the wrong foot with Ariel’s boyfriend Chuck (Connor Going – who strangely disappears during the middle of the show but returns for the finale). The other kids end up getting Rem to speak up for them at the city council meeting to denounce the dancing ban while it’s no surprise that Rem and Ariel have the hots for each other. It’s lots of loose feet, catchy tunes, a hot and sexy cast and way too many crotch jokes that make this version of “Footloose” a slight winner.

The music and the talented cast make the show very entertaining, but the show as a whole could be better. While all the film’s hits are included (“Footloose” of course, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” as well as “Holding Out for a Hero”), with some of the arrangements of these songs a bit different that what we’re used to, some of the other songs make a very big thud, including the dismal “Heaven Help Me” sung by Gershon. However, “Somebody’s Eyes” is beautifully sung by most of the cast in a very memorable scene. So while there are more ups then downs, the cast at the end of show work very very hard to get their standing ovation, practically repeating, in very shortened versions, almost every catchy and lively song from the show. And even though Gates gets top billing (and he even takes his top off to reveal an absolutely stunning body), both Dowen and Price are the true stars of the show. Their chemistry on stage is very real – both very good looking with all-American looks. Director Racky Plews and Choreographer Matthew Cole have, almost, done Kevin Bacon proud.
For tickets to Footloose, please go here:

Photo from Mark Senior PR
Review by Tim Baros

The Ivy Soho Brasserie DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH

On Sunday 17 September, The Ivy Soho Brasserie will host a playful Drag Queen Brunch to celebrate London’s Fashion Week. Set within the heart of Soho, guests who dine for brunch between 11am – 4pm will be greeted and hosted by two fabulous drag queens – Tiffaney Wells and Adora Dix – to ignite their dining experience. This exclusive theatrical performance is available for one day only, making it the go to dining destination during London Fashion Week. 

Tiffaney Wells

The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s brunch menu will be available from 11am – 4pm featuring an array of The Ivy Collection classic dishes, such as chicken Milanese, hot buttermilk pancakes and the melting chocolate bombe. Tiffaney Wells and Adora Dix will be the Maître D’s for the day and will ensure an experience with vibrant entertainment to excite and engage guests throughout their meal. 

Adora Dix

On 7 February 2017, The Ivy Collection opened one of its latest venues; The Ivy Soho Brasserie, situated on Broadwick Street in the heart of London’s Soho. With approximately 200 covers making up the main restaurant, bar and Parisian style outdoor seating, the restaurant is open seven days a week, offering sophisticated and friendly all-day dining to local businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors alike. As with its sister sites, The Ivy Soho Brasserie offers an all-encompassing, contemporary British menu serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner. Consumers can book The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s Drag Queen Brunch online at or over the phone at 0203 301 1166.

Tiffaney Wells was beckoned by the bright lights of London’s West End after a two-year stint at Warner’s Leisure. Later, Tiffaney then decided to take her own show on the road and perform in theatres, night clubs, social clubs and charity events (JNF) throughout London and the UK.

Adora Dix (aka Carl Durbin) has been entertaining audiences for over fifteen years at some of the world’s finest venues in Las Vegas, Florida, Butlins Bognor Regis and now, London.

The Ivy Soho Brasserie is located at 26-28 Broadwick Street, London  W1F 8JB, right near Berwick Street Market.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to Midnight, and Sunday and Bank Holidays from 9am to 11pm.
Phone: 0203 301 1166



  • Simon & Schuster launched paper edition of Lily and the Octopus with meaningful installation
  • Memorial, reminiscent of Paris’ ‘Love Lock Bridge’, gathers personal memories and personalised tags of pets past and present
  • Influential dachshund influencers and celebrity dog owners add tags to pet memorial – including Ashleigh Butler, Monty The Mini DachShund, Margot About Town and Bun The Sausage Dog

[London – 9th September 2017] – To tease the launch of the paperback edition of the critically acclaimed Lily and the Octopus (5th October 2017), publisher Simon & Schuster, has created an interactive memorial to celebrate the nation’s love affair for pets – loved and lost.

Located on Hoxton Square, London, and built to coincide with National Pet Memorial Day (10th September), the installation welcomed anyone who has ever experienced loving or losing a cherished pet. Reminiscent of Paris’ ‘Love Lock Bridge’ concept, the publisher encouraged pet owners – past and present – to gather and share heartwarming stories, and attaching a personalised name tag to the metal wire frame of the memorial forming a ‘Pont de Pets’ installation in Hoxton.

There were dozens of dachshunds from St Albans’ Sausage Dog Hotel present, along with influential dachshund influencers and celebrity dog owners who added a tag to the pet memorial. A tag was even added on behalf of Ashleigh Butler – Britain’s Got Talent winner – to remember beloved Pudsey. The #NeverFURget pet memorial was also adorned in dachshund balloons, free paperback copies of the novel for the taking, and treats for every pet and their human.

The installation reflected the red thread which ran through the critically acclaimed best-selling novel, Lily and the Octopus – the exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, and heartbreakingly poignant tribute to the purity of love between an owner and their pet.

Justine Gold at Simon & Schuster said: “By telling the tale of Ted and his beloved dachshund Lily, we are hoping to offer a special space where pet owners are inspired to remember, reflect and share memories about their pets, loved and lost, this Pet Memorial Day.”

Richard Vlietstra at Simon & Schuster added: “We wanted a way to symbolise unbreakable love, just like the couples who write their names on padlocks and attach them to the famous ‘Love Lock’ bridge in Paris.”

Steven Rowley, Author of Lily and the Octopus, said of the memorial; “Dogs are always good and full of selfless love and should celebrated whether they’ve past or still with us. They are undiluted vessels of joy who never, ever deserve anything bad that happens to them.”

Speaking of his best selling novel, he continues; “Most of all, I am thankful for Lily, who, since she entered my life, has taught me everything I know about patience and kindness and meeting adversity with quiet dignity and grace. No one made me laugh harder, or want to hug them tighter; she has truly lived up to the promise of man’s best friend.”





Rachmaninov: Vespers (Extracts)

Tallis: O Nata Lux

Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus

Part: Nunc Dimittis

MacMillan: Blow the trumpet in the new moon

Tippett: Spirituals from ‘A Child of our Time’

Howells: Requiem (Extracts)

Plus selected organ works


Conductor – David Hill

Organ – Philip Scriven

Music has always been a source of hope and light in troubled times. In this programme of works for choir and organ, we take you on a journey spanning nearly 500 years, from Renaissance Masters Tallis and Byrd to present day composers Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan, including movements from Rachmaninov’s haunting Vespers (All-night vigil) and Howells’ Requiem.

The Bach Choir is delighted to return to Westminster Cathedral for this celebration of a cappella music conducted by David Hill, and with Philip Scriven at the organ.

David Hill, Musical Director of the Bach Choir

David Hill, Musical Director of the Bach Choir, says: “At times like these all of us ask ourselves ‘what can I do?’  My answer to that is always to turn to the greatest music that man has produced, to remind ourselves of the best that we are capable of, to see, hear and feel our Guardian Angels at work. It is surprising what can be achieved when people come together to broadcast a message of hope and love. Join us at Westminster Cathedral to send a message to the world.”

Almost immediately after the concert the choir is taking its message of peace to six cites in the Netherlands, flying the British flag abroad. Cities on the tour are: Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Gronigen, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Tilberg.

The Dutch concert tour will feature the second ever performance of the James MacMillan piece that the Bach Choir commissioned as part of its plan to continue British choral tradition in this country by commissioning new choral works, the choir commissioned a short five minute  a Capella concert opener, which Music Director, David Hill, requested as a choral fanfare. James Macmillan picked text from Psalm 81, which includes the title ‘Blow the Trumpet in the New Moon’. The World Premiere performed at the Bach Choir concert on 29th June 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall.