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Sunday, 5 July 2015

The View from The Shard with a Three Course Meal for Two at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co - Save 37% Now Only £99

See the sights of London from the tallest building in Western Europe. Surprise a lucky someone with entry to The View from The Shard and you will each enjoy ascending 800ft to the top of this spectacular sky scraper. Take in the spectacular panoramic views as you see every angle of London through this incredible glass structure. You’ll gaze out over more than 40 miles with the powerful interactive ‘tell-scopes’.
As part of your wonderful View from The Shard experience, you will also enjoy dinner or lunch for two at the award-winning chef Marco Pierre White’s Steak and Ale House Restaurant. You will be treated to a delicious three-course meal, plus a cocktail. Choose your dishes from a mouth-watering set menu made using high-quality, seasonal ingredients.  Whether you choose to visit the Shard before or after your meal, you will enjoy delectable food and astounding views.
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard with a Three Course Meal for Two
What's Included?
  • Entry to The View from The Shard for two adults
  • Three-course meal for two including a cocktail at one of two nearby Marco Pierre White Steak restaurants in Chelsea or Bishopsgate
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity
What happens on the day?
This experience entitles two adults entry to The View from The Shard and a three-course lunch or dinner at one of two Marco Pierre White restaurants, The Steak and Ale House in Bishopsgate or The King's Road Steakhouse & Grill in Chelsea.
On arrival at The View from The Shard at your allotted time, you’ll go through security before making your way to the first of two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that will take you up this spectacular building. After only a few seconds, you’ll step out onto Level 69 where the view is revealed and London opens out before you. Take some time to enjoy this astonishing 360-degree view across the city, where the past, present and future of London will be unfurled beneath you, brought to life through multimedia displays.
Then it’s time to ascend to Level 72. At 800ft this floor is the highest public level of The Shard and it is here that you’ll be exposed to the elements, with sounds of the city rising up from below you. Look up and marvel at the stunning shards of glass that form the top of this beautiful skyscraper. You’ll be feeling on top of the world as you gaze out across the whole of London and beyond, with unobstructed views of the city’s famous landmarks all around you. Dramatic, exciting and unforgettable whether you choose to visit in daylight or after dark, The View from The Shard is an experience you’ll treasure for years to come.
As part of this experience, you’ll also enjoy a three-course meal at a Marco Pierre White restaurant nearby. Available for lunch or dinner, this fantastic meal includes a refreshing cocktail each on arrival. Award-winning chef Marco Pierre White has created a dining revolution in the capital with his high-quality steaks, roast meats, fish, mouth-watering starters and a range of timeless puddings. You’ll choose three courses from a set lunch or dinner menu created by the famous chef himself, with three choices available on each course.
Side orders are not included with your main and are available at an extra charge. Typical sides might be French Fries, Creamed Potatoes, Crispy Onion Rings or Seasonal Green Vegetables and start at £4. Tea and coffee are also available at an extra charge.
Please note: a discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill.

London - Thames Lunch Cruise for Two - Save 37% Now Only - £37.50

Make this lunch an occasion to remember with a relaxing cruise along the Thames whilst you dine. You'll enjoy a delicious two-course meal from a set menu, with tea and coffee, all served by friendly waiters on hand to see to your every need.
The Thames Lunch Cruise for Two promises a delightful afternoon as you board the river boat and head out on your mini voyage. You'll take in all the riverside sights as you travel through the heart of London, as you enjoy the mouth-watering dishes on offer and the freedom of being afloat. Following your meal you are welcome to take a stroll along the deck and complete your experience by capturing the magnificent view from every angle.  Some of the landmarks you will see up close include the tallest building in Europe – a genuine WWII warship – the HMS Belfast and The Shard.
Thames Lunch Cruise for Two
Thames Lunch Cruise for Two
Thames Lunch Cruise for Two
What's Included?
  • Departures from Tower Pier
  • 1 hour 45 minute cruise along River Thames
  • Two-course lunch
  • Tea or coffee
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity
What happens on the day?
On arrival at Tower Pier, you and your guest will board your river boat at the previously arranged time and commence your 1 hour 45 minute cruise along the River Thames. During this time you will enjoy a two-course lunch from a set menu whilst taking in the sights of London.
Your delicious meal will be rounded off with a choice of tea or coffee. Then you and your guest may head up on to the deck for an even better view of the London riverside. Enjoy good company as you take in the great landmarks such as the Shard, the Golden Hinde reconstruction and Sir Francis Drake’s warship.

Need to know

Participant guidelines
  • Minimum age: 18

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Five-Course Tasting Menu for One (£29), Two (£58), or Four (£116) People

Celebrating the tenth birthday of their flagship restaurant, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, the legendary Galvin brothers have a very special present for LivingSocial subscribers. Come and join in the party with a five-course tasting menu, showcasing some of the finest dishes from the restaurant's history.
• For £29 one person can enjoy the five-course 'Dishes of the Decade' menu.
• For £58 two people can enjoy the meal.
• For £116 receive the meal for four.
• Your classic taste of Galvin starts with a duck liver parfait with Armagnac jelly, followed by a lasagne of Dorset crab.
• The main course is a pot roast suprême of corn-fed chicken with a risotto of girolles and soft herbs.
• Round off the feast with Fourme d'Ambert, one of France's oldest cheeses, with anapple tarte tatin as your sweet treat.
• With their Michelin-starred backgrounds, chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin achieved overnight success at their first restaurant, which has since gone from strength to strength, serving delicious French cuisine in a relaxed yet luxurious setting.
• Valid in August only.
• Find this stalwart of the London dining scene on Baker Street, for a very sophisticated birthday party.

Heroic merchant navy captain who was oldest recipient of Victoria Cross in WWI is commemorated in former home of Islington


A heroic merchant navy captain who was the oldest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during World War One has been commemorated in his former home of Islington.
Frederick Daniel Parslow was honoured in a ceremony in north London today exactly 100 years after his death in 1915.
The former Mercantile Marine master was killed in the Atlantic south-west of Queenstown, Ireland on July 4, 1915.
But before he was tragically killed, the 59-year-old seafarer saved his ship, the SS Anglo-Californian, from a German U-boat.
At times during the battle, the submarine came close enough for the Germans to fire rifles at the ship.
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But Master Parslow managed to weave his ship back and forth across the North Atlantic, avoiding fire from the submarine.
He retreated to a bridge while his crew escaped but was killed by an enemy shell.
His son, also called Frederick, continued the battle to save his ship. Eventually he and the surviving crew, along with its cargo of 927 horses bound for the Western Front, were saved by two armed vessels.

Master Parslow, who was born in Balls Pond Road, was given a nominal rank of Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves so he could be awarded the Victoria Cross after his death.
A plaque was unveiled to honour his life on Islington Green today in an event organised by Islington Council, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, the Merchant Navy Association and the Royal Navy.


Councillor Gary Poole, said: “Even though 100 years has elapsed since Master Parslow’s incredible act of bravery took place, it is fitting for us to pull out all the stops to remember him on this the 100 anniversary of his death.
“His was just one of countless brave deeds carried out by thousands of young men, many of which went unpraised. The paving stones are a way of cementing their memory for generations to come.”
The council said paving stones commemorating four more men from Islington who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the Great War would be unveiled over the next few years until 2018.

Driver arrested after car struck by lightning in freak electrical storm accident in south-east London


A driver had a lucky escape when a lightning bolt struck his car and launched it into the air during last night's electrical storm.
The vehicle flipped onto its side and ploughed into a row of parked cars in the freak accident in Plumstead, south-east London.
Witnesses said the car was "smoking" after the bolt struck at about 11.30pm during the storm which lit up London's skyline yesterday.
Tyrone Hill, 23, a musician who records under the name Kid Bookie, was out in the street in Burrage Road watching the thunderstorm at the time.
"I honestly couldn't believe what I saw," he told the Standard.
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"It was right outside my front door; a bolt of lightning strikes this car, it hit the car so much it went into other cars.
"The lightning flipped it into the air, I've never seen anything like it in my life, I just thought 'wow'.
"He definitely had a lucky escape. The car started smoking, we thought he was going to die."

Mr Hill said he and others rushed to the driver's aid, helping him clamber out of the stricken vehicle.
He also offered a pair of socks to the man, who was barefoot having lost his flip-flops in the crash.
The motorist, in his 40s, escaped injury, though he was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution.
He was also arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
"His car was battered, it was battered worse than cod," Mr Hill added.
Police arrived shortly after 11.30pm and closed the road for about three hours.
Burrage Road resident Zoe Saint, 25, told the News Shopper: "When I arrived to the car I saw that it was smoking, other people were running towards to help, the back window had been smashed."
Ms Saint, who helped the man out of the car, added: "I asked the people who were there what they saw as they were also standing outside, they said they saw lightning hit and the car just went up in the air - they just saw the car flip."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a car that had been struck by lightning as it drove in Burrage Road.

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found the car, a silver Renault, on its side in the street.
"The driver of the car - a man believed aged in his 40s - was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution; he was not injured.
"The driver was also arrested on suspicion of drink driving."

Hirst's Charity sculpture unveiled near London Gherkin

A Damien Hirst sculpture which highlights an "outdated vision of disability" has been installed in London as part of a new exhibition.
The 7m sculpture, called Charity, is based on a Scope collection box from the 1960s of a disabled young girl holding a teddy bear.
It was installed opposite the capital's Gherkin building as part of the 2015 Sculpture in the City exhibition.
Other sculptures are being unveiled near London landmarks.
Hirst's Charity
The open air exhibition, which is in its fifth year, shows off a selection of contemporary art pieces in and around the Square Mile.
The charity Scope, which aims to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK, withdrew the collection boxes in the 1980s in favour of promoting positive images of disabled people.
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The sculpture was installed next to St Helen's Church opposite the Gherkin building in London's Square Mile
But Hirst's sculpture shows a scuffed version where the girl's collection box has been broken into with a crow bar which lies at her feet.
It is intended to depict the historical tradition of representing charity and disability as a pitiful image.
Alan Gosschalk, fundraising director at Scope, says: "Charity is an iconic piece of art. It is also a symbol of changing attitudes to disability over the past 50 years, since collection boxes like the one depicted in this sculpture were seen on high streets across the country.
"This artwork highlights an outdated vision of charity and disability. However, while attitudes to disabled people have improved in this time, many people still feel awkward about disability.
"We hope that this sculpture will encourage conversations about disability amongst people in our capital."
Hirst made a name for himself in the 1990s with controversial works such as "Mother and Child Divided" - consisting of a cow and a calf dissected into preserved segments - and putting a shark in a tank of formaldehyde.

Residents warned to keep their windows closed as 100 firefighters battle massive west London warehouse blaze.

  • 30 warehouse workers escaped from the burning building in west London 
  • 100 firefighters raced to the scene in Perivale, west London at 7pm 
  • 15 pumps from seven different fire stations battled the blazing inferno 
  • Flames and smoke could be spotted across north west London  
  • More than 100 firefighters are battling a major warehouse fire in Perivale, west London which is pumping black toxic smoke into the sky. 
    Approximately 30 people fled the building as the blaze took hold in the warehouse on Wadsworth Road, Perivale at around 7pm. 
    A total of 15 fire engines from seven different stations raced to the scene in an effort to control the blaze, which can be seen from miles around. 

    15 Fire Engines from seven different stations attended the scene of the blaze in Perivale, west London

     

    Station Manager Jeff Lisle who is at the scene said: 'The fire is producing a lot of smoke and I advise locals to keep windows and doors shut.'
    Units from Heston, Northolt, Chiswick, Wembley, Park Royal, Ruislip and Ealing all attended the scene. 

    Teams of firefighter spent several hours trying to bring the massive blaze under control 

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    Wimbledon - All England Championships - Order of play - Monday, 6 July 2015


    Centre Court (13:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    S Williams (US)vV Williams (US)16 Women's Singles
    23 Karlovic (CRO)vMurray (GB)Men's Singles
    20 Bautista Agut (SPA)vFederer (SWI)Men's Singles

    No.1 Court (13:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Sharapova (RUS)vDiyas (KAZ)Women's Singles
    Wawrinka (SWI)vGoffin (BEL)16 Men's Singles
    Djokovic (SER)vAnderson (SA)14 Men's Singles

    No.2 Court (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    21 Gasquet (FRA)vKyrgios (AUS)26 Men's Singles
    Wozniacki (DEN)vMuguruza (SPA)20 Women's Singles
    Berdych (CZE)vSimon (FRA)12 Men's Singles

    No.3 Court (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Vandeweghe (US)vSafarova (CZE)Women's Singles
    13 A Radwanska (POL)vJankovic (SER)28 Women's Singles
    Cilic (CRO)vKudla (US)Men's Singles
    Skupski (GB)Konta (GB)vNestor (CAN)Mladenovic (FRA)Mixed Doubles

    Court 4 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Birrell (AUS)vFrancati (DEN)Girls' Singles
    Kolodziejova (CZE)vLapko (BLR)Girls' Singles
    Shapovalov (CAN)vHong (KOR)Boys' Singles
    Molcan (SVK)vLee (KOR)Boys' Singles

    Court 5 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Minca (ROM)vBlinkova (RUS)12 Girls' Singles
    Ibbou (ALG)vXu (CHN)Girls' Singles
    Inglis (AUS)vMinnen (BEL)Girls' Singles
    Tabilo (CAN)vPolmans (AUS)Boys' Singles

    Court 6 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Hingis (SWI)Mirza (IND)vMedina Garrigues(SPA)Parra Santonja (SPA)16 Women's Doubles
    Peya (AUT)Soares (BRZ)vNestor (CAN)Paes (IND)11 Men's Doubles
    Marach (AUT)Savchuk(UKR)vMarrero (SPA)Parra Santonja (SPA)17 Mixed Doubles

    Court 7 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Burrage (GB)vWargnier (FRA)Girls' Singles
    Lumsden (GB)vGalfi (HUN)Girls' Singles
    De Minaur (AUS)vOpelka (US)Boys' Singles
    Barrios Vera (CHI)vMoore (GB)Boys' Singles
    Kalinskaya (RUS)vKuzmova (SVK)Girls' Singles

    Court 8 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Bopanna (IND)Mergea (ROM)vKubot (POL)Mirnyi (BLR)Men's Doubles
    Barthel (GER)Kichenok (UKR)vMakarova (RUS)Vesnina (RUS)Women's Doubles
    Hsieh (TPE)Pennetta (ITA)vGroenefeld (GER)Vandeweghe (US)Women's Doubles

    Court 9 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Fritz (US)vClarke (GB)Boys' Singles
    Paul (US)vHannestad (DEN)Boys' Singles
    Blancaneaux (FRA)vMmoh (US)Boys' Singles
    Reinberg (US)vBonacia (ITA)Boys' Singles
    10 Blumberg (US)vKarimov (UZB)Boys' Singles

    Court 11 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Chan (TPE)Van Uytvanck (BEL)vKops-Jones (US)Spears (US)Women's Doubles
    10 Herbert (FRA)Mahut (FRA)vMatkowski (POL)Zimonjic (SER)Men's Doubles

    Court 12 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Pospisil (CAN)vTroicki (SER)22 Men's Singles
    23 Azarenka (BLR)vBencic (SWI)30 Women's Singles
    13 Murray (GB)Peers (AUS)vPospisil (CAN)Sock (US)Men's Doubles

    Court 14 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Blanch (US)vBroom (GB)Boys' Singles
    Vondrousova (CZE)vBrogan (GB)Girls' Singles
    Arbuthnott (GB)vTjandramulia (AUS)Girls' Singles
    Mendez (AUS)vSwan (GB)Girls' Singles
    Gray (GB)vLim (PHI)Boys' Singles

    Court 15 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Yuan (CHN)vZavatska (UKR)Girls' Singles
    Kenin (US)vAndreescu (CAN)Girls' Singles
    Nagal (IND)vFicovich (ARG)Boys' Singles
    Kingsley (US)vAiava (AUS)Girls' Singles
    Nur Haliza (INA)vPislak (SLO)Girls' Singles

    Court 16 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Dellacqua (AUS)Shvedova (KAZ)vKnapp (ITA)Vinci (ITA)Women's Doubles
    Black (ZIM)Raymond (US)vKudryavtseva (RUS)Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)11 Women's Doubles
    Mattek-Sands(US)Safarova (CZE)vGajdosova (AUS)Tomljanovic (AUS)Women's Doubles
    Marray (GB)Nielsen (DEN)vDodig (CRO)Melo (BRZ)Men's Doubles

    Court 17 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Rojer (NED)Tecau (ROM)vHewitt (AUS)Kokkinakis (AUS)Men's Doubles
    14 Krajicek (NED)Strycova (CZE)vBabos (HUN)Mladenovic (FRA)Women's Doubles
    Kyrgios (AUS)Keys (US)vKubot (POL)Hlavackova (CZE)16 Mixed Doubles

    Court 18 (11:30 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Govortsova (BLR)vKeys (US)21 Women's Singles
    15 Bacsinszky (SWI)vNiculescu (ROM)Women's Singles
    Bryan (US)Bryan (US)vPavic (CRO)Venus (NZ)Men's Doubles

    Court 19 (11:00 UK start)

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Delaney (AUS)vCapalbo (ARG)Boys' Singles
    Chow (BRZ)vTeichmann (SWI)Girls' Singles
    Klein (SVK)vMosciatti (ITA)Boys' Singles
    Hurkacz (POL)vDurasovic (NOR)Boys' Singles

    To Be Arranged

    SeedPlayerPlayerSeedCompetition
    Venus (NZ)Olaru (ROM)vKontinen (FIN)Zheng (CHN)15 Mixed Doubles
    Cabal (COL)Black (ZIM)vHewitt (AUS)Dellacqua (AUS)Mixed Doubles
    13 Mergea (ROM)Krajicek (NED)vLindstedt (SWE)Medina Garrigues (SPA)Mixed Doubles