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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Jazz Night With Food and Cocktails For Two or Four from £19 at The Charterhouse Bar (53% Off)

The Deal

A live jazz band perform classics such as Back to Black and Valerie, creating a soulful, intimate atmosphere as the audience sip on cocktails and graze on sharing platters. The second set takes on a more upbeat feel, with an injection of soul and Motown, recreating performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, among others. Guests will also enjoy a sharing platter and cocktails, such as a passion fruit Martini or Cosmopolitan.
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Nestled on the northeast corner of Smithfield Market, Charterhouse Bar offers a distinctive take on fusion fare, combining Western classics with Middle-Eastern flavours. The gastropub uses locally-sourced food to create an assortment of dishes, ranging from burgers and chilli dogs to mixed platters with falafel and olives. With weekly and monthly events like cinema nights, DJ sets, disco dances and jazz performances, the bar is a hub of entertainment.

Choice of Brioche Slider, Baguette, Wrap, Rice or Salad box Plus Drink from £4.95 at Pull'd, Mansion House

The Deal

On a visit to Pull’d, customers can select a base, filling and sauces to accompany a choice of drink, including freshly squeezed juices. With up to four visits available, patrons can try different combinations, such as a classic pulled pork slider on a fresh brioche bun. There are also a variety of rice or salad boxes available with a beef, chicken or vegetarian filling.

Choose from 3 Options

  • £4.95 for choice of base and topping plus a drink (43% off)
  • £9.90 for choice of base and topping plus a drink on two visits (43% off)
  • £19.80 for choice of base and topping plus a drink on four visits (43% off)
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Pull’d can be found in the heart of the capital, serving up their speciality slow-cooked meats. The Australia-inspired eatery pulls together flavours from all over the globe to complement pork, beef and chicken dishes, served on a variety of bases. All dishes are handmade from scratch, providing patrons with quality food at speed, moments from Mansion House Tube station.

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Canoeing, Paddleboarding or Kayaking For Two from £59 with Back of Beyond Adventures (Up to 55% Off)

The Deal

  • Learn the art of SUP paddleboarding with help from experienced instructors
  • Covers water safety, rules of the river, launching and landing, paddling stances, efficient forward paddling and turning
  • Or spend 2.5 hours canoeing around Eel Pie Island in Canadian style canoes
  • Or spend 2.5 hours kayaking on the River Thames
  • Both options include expert guidance and a possible stop at the riverside White Swan pub in Twickenham
  • All equipment provided, including dry bags for valuables

Choose from 4 Options

  • £29.50 for Stand-up paddleboarding for one (50% off)
  • £59 for Stand-up paddleboarding for two (50% off)
  • £59 for Eel Pie Island circular canoe trip for two (50% off)
  • £59 for River Thames kayak trip for two (50% off)

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Putting the paddle to the mettle with an array of watersports and outdoor adventure activities, the experienced buccaneers at Back of Beyond Adventures help budding adventurers explore the great outdoors in style. The adventure company gets adrenaline pumping with a selection of exhilarating activities, ranging from canoeing and wild camping to barefoot running.

London Bridge Experience and Tombs: Adult or Junior Ticket for £12 (Up to 50% Off)

The Event

Visitors who like their history with a few thrills and spills can pay a visit to The London Bridge Experience and Tombs. Adventurers get the chance to witness over 2,000 years of history with an interactive look at the famous crossing and surrounding areas through the ages. The tombs, meanwhile, offer the chance to explore a former plague pit, and brave the terrors lurking within. Tickets are available for one adult (usually £24), or a junior less than 18 years old (£18) to explore the attraction.
The London Bridge Experience and Tombs
Heading into the vaults of the original London Bridge, curious types will be able to see the changes from the Roman era and Vikings, through the Victorian age and up to the present day, by way of battles, executions, trade, The Great Fire of London and the infamous Jack the Ripper killings. The experience features recreations of the ancient wooden, stone and medieval versions of the world-famous bridge, complete with live characters in full costume to guide visitors on their way.
The tombs look to give visitors the fright of their lives with a macabre collection of surprises and horrors. Featuring a gruesome cast of ghosts, ghouls and all manner of hellish creatures stalking the shadows, this former plague pit invites brave souls to explore its depths. Witness walls drip with blood, squeeze through confined spaces, and scream as live actors and Hollywood-style trickery get the better of you. If it all gets a bit much, staff are on hand at all times to help out, with Guardian Angel tours available to shield younger or more timid visitors from the worst of the tombs’ horrors.
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Two Cocktails (from £9) or Platter and Fizz For Two (from £19) at Copthorne Tara Kensington (Up to 55% Off)

The Deal

Guests can peruse a selection of signature cocktails in the elegant surrounds of this Kensington hotel, before ordering two or four. They’ll have a choice of seven including a long island ice tea, porn star martini, melon melody, and our own W8. Alternatively, they could opt for a choice of sharing platters between two, and a glass of Prosecco each. Options include the nibble platter with a host of Mediterranean snacks such as parma ham and olives; a meze platter with hummus, moutable and more; or a cheese platter featuring stilton, brie and goat’s cheese.
See here for the full list of signature cocktails.

Platters

Nibble Platter
Grilled artichoke, sundried tomatoes, mixed olives, shaved parmesan, parma ham, hummus, cheese straws
Meze Platter
Hummus, moutable, hummus beiruti, tzatziki, fattoush, pita
Cheese Platter
Applewood cheese, goat’s cheese , blue stilton, soft brie served with herb toast, celery, black grapes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Choose from 4 Options

  • £9 for Two signature cocktails (53% off)
  • £17 for Four signature cocktails (55% off)
  • £19 for Sharing platter and glass of Prosecco each for two (37% off)
  • £38 for Two sharing platters and glass of Prosecco each for four (37% off)

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Based in the heart of West London, Copthorne Tara Kensington Hotel provides four-star accommodation and facilities plus easy access to local tourist spots. There are over 830 spacious guests rooms including the Superior, Club, and two luxury suites, all with 24-hour room service. A fitness centre helps guests unwind, and there are six dining venues to choose from including an Oriental restaurant, brasserie, and cocktail lounge.

Steak, Lobster and Prosecco For Two of Four from £49 at Boisdale of Bishopsgate (54% Off)

The Deal

Tuck into a meal of nine-ounce rib-eye steak and a whole chargrilled lobster to share with garlic, parsley, chilli butter and thick-cut chips. All this is accompanied by a glass of Prosecco each for some added sparkle.
Choose from the following options for a surf and turf meal with chips:
  • £49 for two people (54% off)
  • £98 for four people (54% off)
  • £147 for six people (54% off)

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Boisdale of Bishopsgate is a fine dining restaurant, Champagne and oyster bar in the heart of The City. The creative and colourful modern British cuisine is the focal point of the restaurant, while regular events and live jazz on most evenings keep the atmosphere alive. There is something for everyone on the menu, with dishes featuring the likes of lobster, steak and burgers, and a cocktail list and wine menu to satisfy all tastes. The interior is plush and decadent, with warm tones and fine furnishings, adding to the air of luxury.

Spa Access with Lunch or Afternoon Tea and Prosecco for Two, £49 at The Montcalm London Marble Arch (Up to 66% Off)

The Deal

Arriving on a tiered cake stand, an afternoon tea will be brimming with goodies, and is available for two guests. A selection of finger sandwiches will be accompanied by sweet treats such as scones with jam and cream, cakes and biscuits. Tea will also be served, naturally, along with a decadent glass of bubbly. Customers can also make use of the spa’s facilities. including a sauna, steam room, monsoon shower, exercise pool and Jacuzzi.
Please note that no promo codes are valid in conjunction with this deal

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The luxurious Montcalm London Marble Arch resides at the top of Park Lane, close to London attractions such as Oxford Street, Regent Street and Marylebone. Opulent décor graces the interior, and guests can expect a comfortable stay in one of the hotel’s 153 bedrooms. Two gourmet restaurants will see to the needs of even the fussiest of eaters, and the establishment also features a Champagne bar, just for an added splash of decadence. Other facilities include a sauna, gym, steam room, jacuzzi, pool and spa, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Whole Lobster, Sides and Prosecco from £15.95 at Lobster Kitchen, Tottenham Court Road (Up to 46% Off)

The Deal

Indulge your senses with a luxurious taste of New England at this relatively new eatery. Your meal starts with a glass of Prosecco before you’re asked your preferences in terms of how you want your lobster cooked and which side you wish to accompany it. You can get your crustacean steamed or grilled, and with a choice of sauces from garlic butter to a more Asian-inspired concoction. Sides include corn, sweet potato fries and deeply fulfilling mac and cheese.

Choose from the following options:

  • £15.95 for whole lobster with choice of sides and glass of Prosecco each for one people (31% off)
  • £26.95 for whole lobster with choice of sides and glass of Prosecco each for two people (41% off)
  • £49.95 for whole lobster with choice of sides and glass of Prosecco each for four people (46% off)

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Inspired by their trips to New England, friends Abigail and Valeria opened the Lobster Shack in 2015. Their idea behind the restaurant was simple: to recreate the atmosphere of Maine in London by presenting good ingredients simply. That doesn’t mean the kitchen team aren’t creative – the regularly changing menu attests to their ability. Beyond that, the owners are committed to making sure that the restaurant is green by not only choosing sustainably-caught and humanely-processed lobsters, but by also packaging their food in eco-friendly and recyclable material whenever it’s possible.
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One Month Unlimited Pass to Edge Cycle Indoor Cycling The Edge Cycle Ltd - £29 - Save 51%

You never forget how to ride a bike, which is why Edge Cycle is ideal for everyone. Whether you’re already super-fit or you want to start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle, Edge Cycle will put you on the right path. Edge Cycle is one of the biggest dedicated indoor cycling studios in the UK. With fantastic sound and lighting, the best bikes on the market, air conditioning, and showering and changing facilities – a fun and effective way to burn off up 1000 calories per class and improve your overall fitness.
  • £29 (regular price £59) for a one month unlimited pass to Edge Cycle for one person
  • Classes last 35, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Classes are available from 7am until 7pm
  • Suitable for all fitness levels
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BBC Audience - BBC Radio 4 presents a live recording of Four Thought

Four Thought
A live recording of four talks by speakers with thought provoking ideas linked to personal experience.

Speakers are cultural historian Shane McCorristine on the lost value of dreams, playwright Bola Agbaje on images of black women, architect Barbara Weiss on saving our skylines from skyscrapers and writer Ian McDowell on life as a cold caller. Hosted by BBC presenter Mark Coles.

Audience members can ask questions which may be included in the download version of the programme.

Date: Tuesday 4 August
Venue: 7th Floor, New Broadcasting House, London
Doors open: 6pm
Recording starts: 6.30pm

To apply for tickets, visit bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.

We'd love to see you there!

Kind regards
BBC Studio Audiences 



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£9.50 for a three hour London panorama open-top bus tour Golden Tours

With so much to see and do in London, the only way to do it all is by bus! With a three hour open top bus tour you'll be able to see as much of London as possible all from the relaxing view point of four wheels. Get the camera ready as you'll past some of the most famous sights and landmarks in the city.
Featuring a guided commentary you'll be entertained and educated! Discover the Tower of London’s brutal history, Buckingham Palace’s royal past, the architecture of Marble Arch and affluent Park Lane during this three hour tour of the capital. Get in the thick of it at bustling Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square – without having to navigate the crowds!
The three hour tour will finish where you started, but you can get off at any stop before your finish stop.
Get your ticket today for just £9.50!
Features:
3 Hour Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour
Live English or Multilingual Audio Guide
See a Number of Attractions Including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly
Please Note:
This is NOT a hop on hop off product.
There will be multiple stops.


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£10 for a jug of Pimms on the terrace at The Colonnade Hotel The Colonnade Hotel - £10

Celebrate summer in the most quintessential of British ways, by enjoying a jug of Pimms al' fresco at The Colonnade Hotel. An ideal way to while away an afternoon after a spot of shopping, or a relaxing place for a post work drink. No summer would be complete without enjoying this delicious tipple and the best part is, it will only cost you just £10. Traditional and wallet friendly - what's not to love!
The beautiful Colonnade Hotel, in Little Venice has stunning decor and a location that's only a hop skip and a jump away from the famous Abbey Road. Here you'll find yourself a little sanctuary where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets. Set in a peaceful area of London, The Colonnade is a charming hotel with historical significance as the birthplace of Alan Turing. Guests can enjoy al' fresco dining on the terrace and excellent afternoon tea.
Pop by today and enjoy a taste of British summer. Bottoms up!


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The Rembrandt - for a traditional afternoon tea and spa day for One - £85

Drum roll please...it's time to enjoy yourself and we're about to show you how to do it. Forget the glass of wine or a soak in the tub. This offer is about to blow your other relaxation rituals out of the water! Leave your troubles behind and get ready to unwind. We've found you the most relaxing of places to while away an afternoon.
Hot foot it to one of the most glamorous areas in London for an afternoon of pure pampering when you pick up today's offer. The Aquilla Health and Fitness Club situated beside The Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge is the epitome of understated chic. The spa provides you with the highest standard of treatments, while giving you exceptional customer service, letting you leave feeling totally and utterly relaxed. Ideally located just minutes from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Oxford Street just a hop, skip and a jump away, it's only fair to combine this fabulous afternoon with a bit of retail therapy! Expect to find a gym, swimming pool, single-sex sauna and steam rooms, Jacuzzi and yoga and Pilates classes, to make you feel like a fitness goddess.
For just £85 you will enjoy
Two 25 minute treatments choosing from:
Back Massage
Mini Facial
File and Polish
Scalp Massage
Foot and Leg Treatment
Afternoon Tea
Full use of the facilities
Robe and Slippers
Now, this is how you enjoy yourself.

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Somerset House - August: Don't miss film-inspired events and exhibitions

What’s On at Somerset House – August 2015. Image © James Bryant
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
6 - 19 August 2015
Tickets are still available for you to watch classic, cult and contemporary films under the stars, including the Summer Screen Spotlight film The Second Mother on 12 August. This UK premiere, and winner of awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face on a summer evening. A Brazilian film by director Anna Muylaert with strong family bonds at its heart – it will cause both laughter and tears.
Summer Screen Spotlight: The Second Mother
The Jam: About the Young Idea © Mary Turner / Getty for Somerset House
The Jam: About the Young Idea
Extended until 27 September 2015
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
This must-see exhibition brings together the archives of all three band members – Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton – for the very first time. The collection includes hand written lyrics, original stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, letters and postcards, and the band’s instruments, providing a unique and personal insight into the band’s trailblazing life and the retrospect legacy The Jam left on music, style, politics and culture.
Behind the Screen
8 - 19 August 2015
Take a trip inside Somerset House for the diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities that accompanies this year’sFilm4 Summer ScreenAudrey Hepburn is presented as the girl who launched the gamine style, director Andrew Haigh discusses his film inspirations, and film tours offer the opportunity to explore areas of Somerset House which have provided the location for many cinematic scenes.
Behind the Screen: Audrey - The Girl That Launched The Gamine Style
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
30 July – 23 August 2015
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Free admission
Your chance to buy limited-edition prints inspired by the Film4 Summer Screen films. Back for a third year, Somerset House has commissioned screen-printing aficionado’s Print Club London to curate a series of contemporary screen-printed film posters, from a selection of hand-picked artists and styles including Rose Blake, street artist RYCA, Ben Rider and Lucille Clerc. Open during the day and into the evening during the film screenings.
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FINAL WEEKS: Beneath the Surface
Until 24 August 2015
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
What’s most impressive about this collection is the sheer range of work on display; there’s never a dull moment.” Aesthetica Magazine
An exhibition of some 200 works that reflects the international scope and historical depth of the V&A’s preeminent collection of photographs.

Learning & Events
Stay stimulated over the summer break with our Young Creatives Design Challengesfor 13-16 year olds ranging from pinhole photography to body architecture. Unleash your wild side in our free family workshop Dances with Werewolves and matinee screening of Where the Wild Things Are. Alternatively embrace your DIY side and join the London Centre for Book Arts on our zine workshop.

Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery
Until 20 September 2015
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
This year’s Summer Showcase brings together diverse works from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described—rightly or wrongly—as unfinished. They allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.

Out of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London
Until 13 December 2015
Inigo Rooms, East Wing
Free admission
In association with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, Out of Chaos forges conversations between identity, migration and art, showcasing masterworks from the usually hidden Ben Uri Collection. Artists include Auerbach, Bomberg, Chagall, Epstein, Gertler, Grosz, Kossoff, Liebermann, Rubin, Soutine and Wolmark.

From our friends at the National Portrait Gallery
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
Until 18 October 2015
Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most glamorous, recognisable and photographed stars. From her early career as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her Hollywood heyday and philanthropic work in her later years, Hepburn’s life as a twentieth-century icon is beautifully illustrated in this must-see exhibition.

From our friends at dreamthinkspeak
ABSENT
From 24 August 2015
Shoreditch Town Hall
An intimate promenade dreamscape, created by the company who created IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE END at Somerset House in 2013, threading its way through the maze-like basements of Shoreditch Town Hall. Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and LeftCoast.