Fathers Day Gift Guide

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It’s Father’s Day on the 19th June! Why not spoil your Dad this year with something a bit special? With our range of experience gifts, you can spend some quality time with your Dad and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Check out our top picks for Father’s Day:


Off Road Experience Fathers Day

Off Road Adventures

Monster Trucks! 4×4 Driving! Off Road Buggies!

What could be better than an adrenaline pumping driving experience to show your dad just how much you care? If this sounds like something he’d love, we have some great Father’s Day driving offers available in Sussex. Take on the ultimate driving day with a Monster Truck Driving experience in Sussex, test your nerve and try out 3 off road vehicles, or go the whole way and spend the day roaring around the tracks in 6 different vehicles. This is bound to be a Father’s Day to remember!


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Indoor Skydiving

Celebrate Father’s Day in style and learn to fly!

This is one for all the cool Dads out there. Futuristic, fun and fantastically thrilling, Indoor Skydiving is a must do for any adrenaline junkie. This makes a great activity gift for Father’s Day and in honour of this special occasion, we are now offering Indoor Skydiving – 2 for 1! Take your Dad out for this awesome adventure and you can even have a go yourself!


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Father’s Day Fishing

Fresh air, fishing and loads of fun.

Fishing is surely one of the best ways to spend an afternoon, and is definitely up there with the best father-child bonding activities. Why not treat your Dad to a day out in the country side with a special Lads and Dads Carp Fishing experience? Located in Essex, this full day fishing experience is bound to be a wonderful day out and the perfect gift for Father’s Day.


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Maserati Driving in London

Roof down, sun out, cruising London in your dream sports car.

For most of us, this is probably just a dream. Well, not anymore! Drive a Maserati around the streets of London with our newest supercar experience. This is a driving experience like no other and the closest thing to experiencing what it’s like to own your very own supercar. Why not make Dad’s dream come true with a voucher for a Maserati On Road driving day? There are loads of different options, from a full hour to a 20 minute thrill, so you’ll find something to suit any budget. Check out the options below:

London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 1 Hour

London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 1 Hour Weekday Only

London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 20 Minutes

London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 40 Minutes

Ultimate London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 90 Minutes

Ultimate London On-Road Maserati Driving Experience – 90 Minutes Weekday


Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Check out our full range of Father’s Day gift ideas here.

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Beer Tasting Masterclass in Poole Staff Review

Beer Tasting Masterclass 1.jpgThe world of beer is changing. Craft beers, speciality beers and world beers are appearing in our pubs, and beer drinkers around the UK are rejoicing! We visited Poole, a pretty Dorset seaside town, to try the Brewhouse and Kitchen’s beer tasting masterclass and find out what all the fuss is about!

Poole’s Brewhouse and Kitchen Pub is located in the heart of the seaside town, just a short walk from the train station and bus stops. It’s a beautiful pub full that’s of character. Beer bottle lamps light the bar and the walls are jam packed with bottles and quirky decoration. Our master brewer greeted us and showed us to our table, introducing us to the beer tasting class that would follow. She began our experience by explaining the brewing process and showing us the onsite brewing equipment. She explained how every beer has very few ingredients and the varying amounts of Hops and Malt used gives a unique flavour.

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Then it was on to the bit I’d been waiting for, the tasting! We were handed a tasting sheet for note taking and our brewer went off to collect our first sample of the session. Every beer we tried was completely different. Some had been brewed on site (delicious by the way), some were bottles that had travelled from Europe or America and others were beautiful British craft beers.

The specific flavours and aromas were explained in detail for each sample we tried. We tasted a cloudy wheat beer that tasted of Banana and a gorgeous dark porter that was so smoky it tasted exactly like Bacon! Who knew you could experience so many delicious flavours within a single taste of beer? Of course, we also sampled more traditional styles of beer, all of which were delicious.

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Between each new sample, we had plenty of time to sit back and relax with our beer in hand, enjoying the lovely atmosphere of the pub and chatting with our brewer. After tasting about 8 beers (and finishing a couple of the bottles off…) it’s safe to say we were feeling a little merry and ready for some lunch!

Included in this beer tasting experience experience is a gourmet burger – just what we fancied to accompany the last of our beer samples! I opted for a tasty goat’s cheese veggie burger and Naomi went for the bacon burger. Both were amazing and accompanied by a generous portion of chips. Delicious!

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After we’d devoured our lunch and spent a little time exploring the rest of the bar and asking any last questions with our host for the day, it was time to head home. We left feeling extremely full and very happy with our introduction to the world of beer. I’d gained a great amount of knowledge and sampled some fantastic beers. I would highly recommend this masterclass to anyone who has an interest or love of this wonderful drink!

Brewhouse and Kitchen offer their beer tasting masterclasses at a number of different venues around the south. Check out the full range here. If you want to delve deeper into the world of beer, why not try out one of their brewing experiences? Have a look at the experience here.

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Candy Making Class in London

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With a self-confessed sweet tooth, I’m always on the hunt to find my next sugar fix! So it’s safe to say I was very excited when invited to take part in a Candy Making Class held in London’s stylish Spitalfields Market. What better way to satisfy my sweet tooth than by learning how to make candy – and of course eating it afterwards!? Have a read to see how we got on.

The day started at the Spun Candy store in Spitalfields Market, London. On arrival, you are initially taken aback by the vibrant shop layout, then by the fragrant smell in the air. It was clear the day was going to be full of sweets, sweets and more sweets! The master candy makers warmly welcomed us into the store and after a quick wander around the variety of treats on offer, it was time to get our aprons on.

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The first step in our candy making experience was to decide on the flavourings for our candy. Pawel, the lead candy master, showed me and Rosie a collection of glass bottles filled with coloured liquids and corked tops. The bottles contained different flavourings. There was a bottle to suit any sweet tooth with flavours varying from fruity bases like lime and raspberry, to more unique tastes like cola.

After smelling a selection, we decided to compliment the full flavour of raspberry with a tasteful splash of passion fruit. Our flavourings were then mixed with sugar, water and glucose. The ingredients were brought to a bubbling boil, ready for us to begin the artwork. Pawel set the hot liquid onto the worktop and Rosie and I took turns mixing in food colouring in order to gain our desired rainbow shades.

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We folded the play-doh like candy until the colours glowed and the mixture began to stretch, then it was onto the hard part – the moulding. As beginners, we were shown how to make the simple shape of the classic lollipop swirl. After rolling each end of the candy in order to twist the colours together, we rolled it into the swirl. I found this pretty easy and was rather impressed with the shape I made (if I do say so myself). However, I soon realised a much more artistic hand was required for the more complex shapes. Pawel showed us how to make a variety of shapes ranging from hearts, snails, flowers and my favourite – a butterfly (I actually managed to create this as I intended)!

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Our master candy makers were very talkative and were always on hand to help. They kept us entertained with fun facts on the creation of candy and explained how they came to join the business. We ended up taking a huge bag of our creations back with us and we even made it onto their wall of fame! Each treat was individually wrapped and would make a great gift for a loved one.

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This experience caters for all sweet needs, suitable for children’s parties, a romantic day out and many more occasions. The products are suitable for vegetarians and are all made from natural flavourings, which is an added bonus. The location is easy to find and the class was short and snappy, a definite recommendation for a fun day out in the city!

Check out our full range of candy, lollipop and confectionery classes:

London Candy Taster Class

London Candy Flower Making Class

London Lollipop Making Class

London Confectionery Making Class

Children’s Candy Making Class In London For Two

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Movie and Muscle Car Driving Experience

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Driving American Muscle Cars has got to be any petrol head’s ultimate dream. And, when they have been featured in top block buster films like the cars we were to drive, it only adds to a super cool experience.

I knew we were in for a real treat when invited to drive these awesomely powerful cars at Abingdon airfield. I was excited, but I have to admit, a little nervous! I struggle to break 70mph on motorways, let alone take control of an incredibly powerful classic car and race around a track…

We were each testing two cars; I was taking on the classic Camaro SS as seen in Fast and Furious, and the Camaro ZL1, otherwise known as Bumblebee from Transformers! Evie was driving two very famous cars, Lightning McQueen himself and General Lee, the iconic Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard. Robb was to test the super fast Toyota Supra and probably the most iconic muscle car out there, the Ford Mustang.

We arrived early at Abingdon Airfield, the sun was shining and we could hear the roar of engines as the cars were warming up for a day of driving. After showing our driving licences and registering in the tent, we received a group introduction to each of the cars from a highly knowledgeable instructor, then it was time to go!

We waited our turn at the edge of the track, marvelling at the awesome cars lined up in front of us, perfectly happy to stand as watch as other drivers had their go. I could feel my nerves rising as the true power of the muscle car was demonstrated by the other drivers taking them for a spin.

Then it was our turn! Check out how we got on…

Camaro SS driving Experience

The Camaro SS

I was driving the classic SS first, and as I stepped into this beautiful car, my instructor immediately put me at ease. He explained how best to control the car and the differences I should expect in comparison to modern cars. My first impression was that this car is HEAVY, you have to press hard on that accelerator to get going and with no power steering, you really have to concentrate on driving this Camaro. It was an absolutely fantastic insight into classic race cars and although I didn’t go much more than 40mph (I know…) I really experienced what it is to drive a car of this calibre.


 

Ford Mustand Driving Experience

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang… probably the most iconic Muscle car of the lot and I was thrilled to have to the chance to test it out. This 30 year old classic car was quite tricky to drive, but that’s all just part of  the experience. After getting used to the gearbox and accelerator, I was driving the car perfectly fine and enjoying the ride! – Robb.


 

Toyota Supra Driving Experience

Toyota Supra

Next up was the Toyota Supra. After driving the Ford, this was a bit of a shock. This modern machine is so much lighter and so much easier to drive. Even a light touch on the accelerator and you can feel the pace pick up. The thrill of whizzing around the track in this modern race car was intense and an entirely different experience from the classic cars. – Robb.


 

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Camaro ZL1 aka Bumblebee

Bumblebee is a truly beautiful car. Big, bold and bright yellow, I was extremely excited at the prospect of taking this supercar out for a spin! Sitting in the drivers seat, I couldn’t wait to get out on the straights and push the limits. I’m not a overly confident driver, but I can honestly say this Camaro was a dream to drive and I was reaching speeds of 80 without even thinking about it.


 

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Mazda Mx5 aka Lightning McQueen

As we waited to drive the Mazda Mx5, or Lightning McQueen himself, we watched numerous kids taking him for a ride. The look of joy of their faces as they drove their Disney hero really was lovely and only helped build excitement for my own drive! Once I hit the accelerator, there was no looking back as I whizzed around in this super fun, easy to handle sports car. – Evie.


 

General Lee Dodge Charger Driving Experience

Dodge Charger aka General Lee

The instructor had explained how this Dodge was actually used in The Dukes of Hazzard television series and, just in case I didn’t believe him, he pointed out the cast and crew’s signatures on the boot. Knowing this was an actual car used in the show made this driving experience even better! The power of the Dodge was evident from the word go and this famous car was a delight to drive, if a little hard to handle! – Evie.


After an amazing morning driving these cars, it was time to head home. First though we took a quick peep of the in-car footage you can purchase as a video, just so I could prove I did get above 50mph!

 

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Manchester City FC Stadium Tour Staff Review

 

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As a Liverpool fan, a trip to Manchester is usually filled with hope and expectation. The trip back – full of disappointment and what might have been. That, of course, is if you’re heading to the red half of Manchester. So when I was invited to the blue half by our partners at the Etihad stadium, I had no such reservations. My enemy’s enemy and all that.

The overwhelming first impression upon approach is that the Etihad is more of a small town than a stadium; it’s a seriously impressive complex. Originally constructed as part of the 2002 commonwealth games bid, the Sportcity complex itself houses the football stadium, Manchester Velodrome, the National Squash Centre and the National BMX arena.

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We met in the City Store surrounded by City souvenirs and merchandise; sky blue everywhere. The check in process (first floor, upstairs) was easy and the staff were all very helpful and happy. If it was an act it was a convincing one as everyone seemed genuinely happy to be part of the club! Our guide soon arrived and took a quick register confirming that everyone was in attendance; we then headed back out into the biting Manchester air and headed across to the stadium.

Our guide first introduced himself and quickly asked each member of the group where they had come from and any reasons behind the visit. The group included tourists from Australia, Dubai and Ireland as well as some more local fans. Conscious of the temperature our guide quickly ushered us into the main entrance and upstairs to the opulent Chairman’s Club.Manchester City Stadium Tour 3

The Chairman’s club is THE place to watch a game if money is no object. It’s here that the players and directors meet after games to unwind. Continuing the theme of City being a fan-centric club, the new owners tore down barriers inside the suite to make sure that paying fans mingle with the directors of both clubs.

Heading out into the stands via the Chairman’s Club private exit, you’re greeted with the best view in the stadium. Right on the half way line, high in the stand with heated seats – this is the way to watch a game of football if you can afford it.

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We headed back inside and wound our way down through the innards of the stadium past the Mica Richards Youth Development wall (a permanent pictorial fixture showing his progress from youth academy to Premier League winner) and into the press area to take part in a simulated press conference in front of the sponsors boards, just like on match day. Here we learnt about the hierarchy of the various media outlets as well as some of the more bizarre sponsors demands on Champions League nights (no non sponsor logos are allowed anywhere – including the brand name on the TV sets on the wall).

On to the dressing rooms, away team first. Away changing rooms tend to be designed to give subtle (or not so subtle – http://bit.ly/20viNRN ) advantages to the home team. No such obvious signs in this away dressing room, everything seems to be functional with plenty of room for the opponents to prepare. The only distinct ploy, or the only one admitted, is that the changing rooms sit right underneath the loudest section of the home fans – the constant chants to remind them exactly where they are.

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Onwards to the home dressing room, past a room dedicated to the 2011-2012 title winning season, complete with a replica Premier League trophy.  Instead of hard wooden benches, there is soft car racing seats for each player. A tactics board with video to allow half time reviews of key incidents, first class medical facilities and lots of sky blue make the home dressing room a much more comfortable place to be. Individual lockers also help protect the players’ valuables from Mario Balotelli (apparently there was no need before the enigmatic Italian arrived).

The tour finale arrives as we took the players route from dressing room through the tunnel and out onto the pitch. Or, at least to pitch-side, since the turf is protected like hallowed ground before match days. A final reminder of the fan focused message of the team sees fan names line the sides of the tunnel to inspire the team.

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The Manchester City tour of the Etihad is a must for any Sky Blue fan, or for football fans in general. It’s a great insight into the inner workings of a football club and stadium. The tour itself is just about the right length to keep it interesting and our guide made it all the more entertaining.

You can also give an extra special tour to your loved ones, with an extra special guide! Check out our Manchester City Stadium Legend Tour for the ultimate Manchester City Stadium Tour experience.

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London Bridge Food Tour Staff Review

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When it comes to exploring the various culinary delights the UK has to offer, a Food Tour of London Bridge is a great way to discover the best food on offer, as well as enjoy the surrounding London landmarks.

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to take part in the guided food tour of London Bridge! It was a fantastic experience where we had fun picking up a wealth of local foodie knowledge, learning about traditional dining customs and testing the latest gastronomic trends that London offers. We feasted on a huge selection of traditional British foods, from Cumberland sausages, battered fish and chips and various cheeses to lovely cakes, desserts and the humble doughnut. Tours are run for small numbers of participants, ensuring everyone receives a friendly and personal experience.

My tour, and I call it my tour as our guide, Raj, really went that extra mile to make the tour feel personal and ensure I had the best experience possible! He made a point to explain each of the foods on offer and the culture and history behind them, making our experience extremely enjoyable and educational. The tour itself lasted for about 3 hours, during which we made a total of eight tasting stops.

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The first guided stop of the day was to the vast and diverse Borough Market. During our time here, we learnt about the history of London’s most renowned food market, whilst also devouring our first food of the day – a delicious original recipe, Cumberland sausage.

We then progressed further into Borough Market where we spent around about 20 minutes wandering through the array of food stalls, sampling the different foods on offer and purchasing gifts.

One of the highlights for me during our visit was the chance to indulge in various flavours of English fudge. My personal favourite had to be the peanut butter rocky road made with milk chocolate fudge!

For me, a firm second ‘must try’ on the London Bridge Food Tour is the “fish!Kitchen<”. They produce the best fish and chips in town by using only fresh fish and triple cooking their chips.

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After visiting Borough Market, the next part of the tour was spent viewing the impressive Shard. Raj was full of interesting facts about the the tallest building in the European Union, including it’s design faults and how these issues had been resolved. Following this, we were given the chance to visit Southwark Cathedral. Here, we viewed the Cathedral’s stunning architecture and learnt about it’s history. We learnt of Doorkins, a cat who has made the cathedral his home and has become a bit of a celebrity and myth amongst the locals. We were even lucky enough to actually spot him roaming around during our visit!

The tour then continued on to a historic pub situated by London Bridge. Here, we tried the best of British cheeses served with grapes, fig cake, chutney and crackers. To wash down the cheeses, we sampled a real London ale and a cider (non-alcoholic options were available).

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We then moved on to Hay’s Galleria where we were given the much anticipated ‘Secret Dish’. So as not to spoil the secret I won’t give much information away here – other than that it was delicious! We were then taken to view the world famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge.  Here we could see and appreciate the London city skyline with views of “The Gherkin”, “The Walkie Talkie” and “The Cheese Grater” – all iconic buildings in the London skyline.

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For the last part of the London Bridge Food Tour, we enjoyed a quintessentially British dish, a traditional cream tea. This rounded off the whole experience wonderfully!

This is a fantastic sightseeing experience, perfect for any lover of food. It’s a great way to explore the London Bridge area and witness all the famous sights, whilst indulging in a huge variety of delicious treats. Purchase a gift voucher here.

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Expert Interview with The Spice Angel

 

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This week we’ve  been incredibly lucky to speak with Rani Pathare, owner of awesome cookery school; The Spice Angel. Rani appeared on Master Chef in 2014, making it to the quarter finals by showing off her authentic Indian cookery. And now you can learn to cook like Rani by taking a class at her cookery school in Surrey! Have a read to find out more about Rani’s story.

Please could you tell us a bit about the history of The Spice Angel and why you started offering these cookery classes?

TheSpice Angel cookery classes were founded in the summer of 2014. I was a Subject Librarian with a teaching background and had always enjoyed teaching. I’d been wanting to launch the cookery classes for a long time.

Taking part in MasterChef 2014 and being a quarter-finalist gave me the confidence to finally make my dream into a reality. My father was a fantastic cook, The Spice Angel is a tribute to him and the wonderful way he instilled a love of cooking and using fresh ingredients.

What encouraged your passion for Indian cookery?

I was born and raised in Mumbai; the spice capital of India! I come from a foodie family where food was always prepared from scratch every day. I have cooked all my life, having learned a great deal about food from my parents. I love to cook and feed people. It gives me tremendous joy to see people appreciate the real flavours of Indian cooking.

My approach to food was to create simple, nutritious and delicious recipes. Real Indian cooking is not over spiced and greasy like found in most restaurants. I wanted to show people how to create healthy and rightly spiced curries at your home, so I thought of spreading the curry love by the way of The Spice Angel.

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What would you say is the best thing about the experiences you offer?

The students have an added benefit of having a private teacher just for themselves. Our prices are also better value for money than other independent cookery classes.  I cater for all dietary experiences and the students are made to feel at ease instantly. It is as much about learning to cook authentic Indian food as much as having fun and laughter at the same time. They leave my classes with a feeling of accomplishment and a new found confidence in cooking great tasting Indian food.

What makes your cooking experiences different to others?

The class size is limited to only two. I personally provide the tuition, so the participants have plenty of time to ask questions, unlike other classes. We taste the food as we go along and at the end participants take some for their family and friends to try.  They get the opportunity to have a personalised experience unlike other cookery classes where there are confined workspaces with too many participants, which might make the experience less enjoyable. It is often difficult to ask questions in a group situation due to time restraints and fewer allocated staff, but this is not the case with my classes.

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Are the experiences suitable for everyone?

Yes, I take meticulous care in designing the classes for all levels. Once a booking confirmation is received, I then send a booking form to complete, which allows me to understand the level of knowledge and expectations. Accordingly, I then create the class as per their requirements.

Have you got any new exciting news to share with us?

I am constantly devising ways to improve my classes so that the participants will get 100% enjoyment and satisfaction. Due to popular demand, I will be creating some more Indian street food and classic dessert classes soon.

Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you are a lover of Indian food wanting to learn the traditional cooking techniques, then look no further and learn a skill for life. The Spice Angel will let you accomplish your dream of creating a restaurant style, healthy curry in the comfort of your own home. Our classes are perfect as a special occasion or Christmas gift for your spice lover friends and relatives.

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us Rani! Your cookery classes sound fantastic. What a great skill to learn.

Buy a gift voucher for one of Rani’s cookery classes buy following the links below:

Exclusive Indian Cooking Class Surrey

Introduction to Curry Cooking Surrey

Restaurant Style Indian Cooking Class Surrey

Vegetarian Curry Class Surrey

Vegetarian Indian Street Food Class Surrey

 

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London Bridge Ghost Tour Staff Review

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London hides many a dark secret and gruesome tale in its winding streets. With the rich history that surrounds the capital, it’s no surprise that tales and rumours of the undead and ghostly spectres are frequently whispered amongst the locals…

On a dark and stormy Saturday night not so long ago, we were very excited to be given the opportunity to take part in a ghost tour of London Bridge, and check out some of these ghostly stories ourselves!

After arriving at London Bridge station and taking in the spectacular views of the Shard that dominate the skyline, we met Jennifer, our host for the evening. Jennifer gave us and the rest of the group a brief introduction to the tour. She spoke of the rather unsavoury history of London Bridge, giving us some ideas as to why it is known for supernatural occurrences.

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We then set off on our ghostly adventure. First stop was London Bridge itself! Jennifer explained how in medieval times, the bridge was a bustling, traffic ridden structure that acted as the only crossing over the Thames for the whole city of London. And… how it was made of wood. Inevitably, fire broke out in the area and crept onto the bridge, causing a huge amount of Londoners to perish, trapped in the flames or by drowning in the depths of the river. This catastrophe explains why, to this very day, locals have reported hearing ghostly screams echoing from the murky depths of the Thames below the bridge.

Suitably on edge after the first of many chilling stories of the evening, we headed into the depths of Borough Market, stopping to hear about the hauntings of Southwark Cathedral. Next came chilling tales of pirate souls sold to the Devil and of ghouls named the “Winchester Geese.” These were not, as I first thought, ghostly feathered ghouls. But, the ghosts of former ladies of the night who masked their medieval smell by carrying posies of strong smelling flowers. These spectres presence have been reported by the faint waft of lavender lingering in the air…

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Our next stop was The Anchor, a pub on the riverside that was the favourite watering hole of the sea fairing fellows that had docked in for the night. We were told tales of a ghostly canine that had saved his masters life after pirates had attempted kidnap and slavery! We popped into the pub for a quick drink and a sit down, enjoying the bubbly atmosphere of a busy London pub on a Saturday night, whilst all the time looking out for the phantom dog. Then it was time to get back to the river side and continue on our ghost trail.

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Our final stops included a burial ground, the final resting place to many a wayward soul. This was probably the most heart wrenching stop of the tour, as Jennifer explained that this gated, shared graveyard was the final resting ground of the homeless and the unidentifiable. Back in medieval London, there was no way of knowing the names of the dead, unless identified by families. So records of the homeless often just read ‘An Infant’ or ‘A Chimney Sweep’.

To show respect for these lost souls, the locals have left a beautiful, if haunting, tribute to the dead that rest here. Ribbons with the names of the deceased written upon them and other mementos were tied to the gates in memory of these nameless bodies…

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Feeling thoroughly spooked, the tour came to an end back at London Bridge. We had learnt a huge amount about the history of London Bridge and heard more than enough chilling tales and ghost stories that haunt the area. It was a fantastic way to explore London Bridge by night and a great evening activity with a difference!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Zalando Mothers Day Competition

WIN one of FIVE £100 Zalando vouchers!

In honour of Mother’s Day and all the lovely Mums out there, we’ve teamed up with Zalando and have FIVE £100 gift vouchers just waiting to be given away!

To be in with a chance to win, just head to our Facebook page, give us a like, and tell us what you would most like to buy from Zalando’s awesome range of jewellery, shoes, clothes and accessories.

It really is as simple as that!

Zalando offer clothing and jewellery from top brands including Banana Republic, GAP and Whistles. Just imagine the gems you could find with £100 to spend!

The five lucky winners will be announced Monday the 7th March and the competition will close on at 7pm on Mother’s day, the 6th March. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum spend of £50
  • Voucher code is one time use only and can be redeemed on step 2 of 3 of the secure payment process.
  • If under £100 is spent the remaining amount will not be left on the Zalando account
  • For UK shop only
  • Valid until September 15, 2016

 

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Lesley Waters Cookery School Staff Review

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When it comes to cookery classes in the UK, there are few that can match the level of professionalism, dedication, and quality of the Lesley Waters Cookery School in Dorset. Rosie and I were honoured to be invited to a hands on cookery class back in January. The theme of the class would be “Cooler Than Chillies,” involving cookery with all manner of spices and fragrant herbs, making delicious dishes from around the world!

The venue was easy to find, and boasted stunning views of the countryside on either side. As we parked up Lesley was straight out the door to meet us, offering hot drinks and making us feel right at home – the first indication that this was going to be a day where our every need was catered for! Once we’d met everyone taking part in the class (five in total) and had an introduction talk from Lesley, it was off to the kitchen to start cooking.

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First order of the day was cracked black pepper and fig bread. As we were kneading and rolling the dough, Lesley and her partner Jackie talked us through the multiple benefits of black pepper, and the best ways to prepare it and cook with it. This was a recurring theme of the day; we weren’t just making food and learning the recipes, we were constantly receiving useful tips and advice on cooking with the various ingredients, so there was plenty of knowledge to go away with at the end.

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Whilst the bread was proving we whipped up a quick and easy chutney using tamarind, ale, pears and dates, then served that with ‘dirty eggs’ and ginger lemongrass tea. Dirty eggs are a Spanish dish that consists of baked potato wedges, chorizo, black pudding, cracked eggs over the top and lashings of oregano – perfect for a mid-morning brunch! We ate these with cheese and charcuterie, plus some date bread that Lesley had prepared beforehand. Even though we were pretty stuffed, we knew there was plenty more food to come, so we put our forks down and headed back to the warmth of the kitchen…

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Once we’d digested the delicious brunch, it was time to roll up our sleeves and get started on the hearty main courses. Up first was a spicy and fragrant Thai green curry with deep fried noodles and smoked chicken – utterly delicious and extremely easy to make! This was our second meal of the day, which we enjoyed with an indulgent glass of Champagne, before moving right onto the next few recipes.

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Back at the worktops we whipped up a rich coconut beef madras using a curry paste we blended ourselves, and let that cook in the oven whilst making a poussin and saffron baked rice dish. To accompany the mains we made a banana, lime and chilli relish, and an onion, orange and coriander salsa (don’t knock it ’til you try it!). The flavours and spices were so simple and easily found in any supermarket, but the recipes and the preparation techniques made it taste like Michelin-star food!

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While the main courses baked we got to work on a nutmeg and banana tarte tatin (because spices aren’t just for savoury dishes), then gathered in the dining room for meal number 3; the madras and poussin risotto. By now the fig bread had finished baking, so we had an enormous feast of beef curry, saffron rice, warm fresh bread, banana relish, orange salsa, and yoghurt, which was simply one of the best things I’d ever eaten.

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If you can believe it, there was even more food to come in the form of sticky coconut rice, grilled ginger pineapple and fresh mango, as well as the warm tarte tatin right from the oven. With a glass of wine in one hand and a fork in the other, we ploughed through the final course of delicious sweet treats. It’s a hard life!

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After a friendly chat with Lesley over coffee, we packed up the leftovers and said our sad goodbyes. But what a day it had been! We were absolutely stuffed with delicious food, but also with culinary knowledge and useful tips we can use again and again at home. I can’t recommend this class enough for people looking to improve their skills in a certain discipline, and want to do so in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. An absolute delight for any food enthusiast!

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Massive thanks to Lesley for inviting us along to enjoy this wonderful day. Check out our video review, and if you’d like to book your own course, please follow the links below:

Dorset Cookery Class

Dorset Cookery Workshop

Demonstration Day

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