Monday 31 January 2011

Visitors with Disabilities : Imperial War Museum

Wheelchair Access
All areas of the Museum are accessible to wheelchairs except the upstairs of the 1940s house in The Children’s War exhibition. Lifts are available at the back of the Large Exhibits Gallery and serve all floors. A lift is also available in The Holocaust Exhibition. Wheelchair access into and out of the building is via the Park Entrance. Please ask for assistance from a Museum Assistant to enter the Blitz Experience and the Trench Experience

Visitors with Disabilities : Imperial War Museum

Thursday 27 January 2011

Roast on Sunday -Crown and Greyhound, Dulwich London

Dulwich has been a favourite haunt for may years its also a place where a few of us have lived. Its hard to believe its a stone's throw from the busy bustle of  London. Lazy Sunday afternoons and a Roastie...ahhh Bliss..Ahhh Bisto ...9/10 Yum Yum rating. Its always Beef for me and I like the fact you can have additional cauliflower extra roast pots. Bread Sauce with the Chicken is scrummy!

Sunday Menu
Starters and snacks
Soup of the day with bread and butter £3.25
Crab and wasabi cakes with mango chutney £4.45
Calamari with tartare sauce £4.25
Camembert baked and topped with red onion chutney £5.50
Houmous with coriander, carrot and cucumber batons and toasted flatbread £4.50
all served with carrots, Savoy cabbage, roasted parsnips and potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy
Loin of pork with Kentish apple and sage sauce £8.50
Roast beef 21-day aged beef with horseradish sauce £9.75
British chicken half a roast chicken with bread sauce £9.50
Nut roast with beetroot and horseradish chutney £9.50
Add a side of cauliflower cheese or roast potatoes £2.00
Braised lamb shoulder with leeks, creamy mash and port wine sauce £12.00
Marinated halloumi salad with red pepper, spring onion and tomato £7.50
8oz handmade burger beef tomato, baby gem and mayonnaise with bacon and cheese £8.50
Fish and chips beer battered haddock with chips, minted mushy peas and tartare sauce £8.00
Slow cooked pork belly with bacon and sage mash, sautéed leeks and mustard gravy £10.00
10oz rib-eye steak with chips, baked beef tomato and watercress £12.50
Seasonal vegetables £2.00 / Dressed mixed salad £2.50 / Skin-on chips £2.50
Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla pod ice cream £3.75
Lemon tart with crème fraiche £3.75
Mascarpone cheese cake with rhubarb compote £3.75
Chocolate brownie with vanilla pod ice cream £3.50
Plum, raspberry and frangipane tart with custard £3.50
Sharing dessert lemon tart, mascarpone cheesecake, chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream £4.95

Roast on Sunday -Priory Arms Stockwell London

I'll give a well deserved 9/10 Yum Factor for the Sunday Roast.....Beef and Veggie options have been well tested over the years!! 

Five minutes from Stockwell tube and bus garage, The Priory Arms is a genuine freehouse, a traditional London pub with a twist or two. A warm welcome guaranteed in the busy downstairs bar, an upstairs lounge for quieter times, and two outside areas to catch the summer sun.
Five real ales, German and Belgian bottled beers, an extensive wine and champagne list, exotic fruit beers and wines, ice cold lagers and ciders in the summer, mulled wine and Irish coffee in the winter, a drinks menu that changes with the seasons.
Our private lounge and balcony are available for parties and special occasions, with menus tailored for your event and budget. Ever popular traditional roasts, with a trivia quiz in the evening make Sundays a perfect day to relax with friends and family.
Daily changing menus, with the emphasis on home cooked, value for money food are available Monday to Saturday.

Saturday 22 January 2011

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Greenwich Park

Best Pie n Mash in London- This is going to make you hungry

Pie n Mash In London

For a Number of years a favourite on a winters day was good long walk around Greenwich Park, now having worked up an appetite it was down to the old pie and mash shop in Greenwich for a slap up feed. Goddard’s pie shop sadly closed back in 2006 but there is still a booth open at weekends in Fountain Court Greenwich Church Street. You can also order online at
In our travels to find the best Pie N Mash in London we came across the  so decided to check out some of their haunts! We can’t do better than the connoisseurs so thanks for all the information and to everyone reading enjoy the links to their challenges and meetings!

Clark’s 46 Exmouth Market Clerkenwell London EC1R 4QE (020) 7837 1974 
Great! definitely worth a visit good old fashioned grub! Check out 

Cockney's Pie & Mash Shop 314 Portobello Road London W10 5RU  (0) 20 8960 9409


Cockney's Pie & Mash Shop serve a variety of pies and mashed potato dishes.

F Cooke. 9 Broadway Market, Hackney, London, E8 4PH 0872 148 0642

Arments 7-9 Westmoreland Road, Walworth, London, SE17 2AX 0871 971 7165
Arment’s is an eel and pie house which has been trading in the Walworth area since 1914. Today it is owned and run by third generation Arments Roy and Cheryl who continue the family tradition of selling quality pies made to original recipes.

A.H.Cookes Pie and Mash Shop 48 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 8DH

0871 971 6535

Sunday 16 January 2011






The world famous Robert Opie Collection – an ever-evolving and unrivalled collection of seemingly everyday objects amassed over 45 years, is revealed in the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. The vibrant collection tells the story of over 150 years of British consumer society and numbers over 500,000 original items; some are obviously significant in their own right, but many, including sweets, washing powder boxes, posters, toys, household appliances, food packaging and fashions, only reveal their significance when seen as part of a body of objects unfolding as visitors progress through the Museum’s time tunnel.

Decade by decade, the Museum identifies objects which have the power to unlock memories; products long since consigned to history, design classics, or long- forgotten childhood toys. But beyond the ability to inspire fond memories, the Museum traces changes in social trends, style, design, fashion, entertainment, communications, travel, transport and behaviour that have transformed life in Britain. Even a short time among the 10,000 items in the Museum galleries can reveal hidden meaning and significance behind seemingly one-dimensional objects.

The Museum also presents the great inventions of the past – among them the radio, television, computer, vacuum cleaner – with some well-loved examples, the 1895 Gower-Bell telephone, the 1911 Star Vacuum Cleaner, the 1890 Rippingille oil warming stove and the world’s first portable gramophone, the 1909 Pigmy Grand.

Robert Opie said: ‘On 8 September 1963, at the age of sixteen, I bought a packet of Munchies at Inverness Railway Station. While eating them I was struck by the idea that I should save the packaging and start collecting the designed and branded packages which would otherwise surely disappear forever. Forty years later, I am still collecting and have a list of about 1000 items which need to be collected. The Museum houses the highlights of my collection – evidence of a dynamic commercial system that delivers thousands of desirable items from all corners of the world, a feat arguably more complex than sending man to the Moon, but one still taken for granted. The collection has the power to stop visitors in their tracks as they reach a certain part of the Museum’s time tunnel and the era which contains their first memories. This could be provoked by a can of Quattro, Texan bar, Kodak camera, children’s comic, 1950s jukebox, baked bean tin, packet of tea or bar of soap. Each object has its own significance for every person who enters the Museum.’
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
2 Colville Mews, off Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm
Closed on Mondays – except Bank Holidays
Admission prices: Adults £5.80; Children (7-16) £2; Concessions £3.50; Family £14
Groups: 10% discount on groups of 10 or more. Pre-booking on 020 7908 0880. School groups welcome. Full disabled access, café and Museum shop.
For further information: Please visit
email or telephone 020 7908 0880

On foot: The Museum is two minutes from Portobello Road and Market
By tube: Nearest stations are Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove. Also nearby are Bayswater, Queensway and Paddington
By train: Paddington station
By bus: Closest stop number 23. Also stopping nearby: 7, 28, 31, 36, 52, 70 and 328
By car: Metered street parking. NCP car park 20-minute walk from the Museum   
Notes to editors:
‘Consumer historian’ Robert Opie began collecting in 1963 with a single packet of Munchies. His collection now numbers over 500,000 items and extends to all aspects of daily life – toys, comics, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, royal souvenirs, fashion and design. In 1975, part of The Robert Opie Collection was displayed in the successful exhibition The Pack Age – A Century of Wrapping It Up at the V&A Museum, London. In 1984, Robert Opie opened the Museum of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester. In 1985 he mounted an exhibition That British Feeling at the Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus, London. This was followed by the touring exhibition The Treasure and Pleasure of Childhood, which opened in Japan in 1993, and the opening of the Museum of Memories in Wigan in 1999.  The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising opened in Notting Hill in December 2005. Books by Robert Opie include Rule Britannia (1985), The Art of the Label (1987), Sweet Memories (1988) and The Packaging Source Book (1989).

The Museum’s major sponsors are: Kellogg’s, Cadbury Trebor Bassett, Twinings, pi global, Vodafone and McVitie’s.
For further information or pictures, please contact Anna Mellows,
Museum Manager, on 020 7908 0881
or email

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising- Economy Frocks!

Thanks to Anna from The Museum for Supplying the Images.

Museum Of Brands, Packaging and Advertising- Brands of Yesterday

Our Thanks To Anna from the Museum for Supplying the Images.

1936 Regent Palace Hotel Bill.

Old London Menus- Trocadero

Menu Collection

This collection of menus emanate from the days of J Lyons Restaurants and its subsidiary
company Strand Hotels, they include the Trocadero, Popular Café, Corner Houses, Maison
Lyons, The Cumberland ,Strand and Regent Palace hotels. ( link to J Lyons Web site) Most of
them are for special events or Christmas and New Year arrangements you will see very little to
match this today. Many date from the 1930’s and our rare in their own right. Note the signature
of the artist who provided the design for the front in some of the more attractive menus Do
you know who the artist was? Relative? Friend and what else did they produce in fact if you
have an old menu from this time we will happily display it. Some of the designs and displays
on opening an individual menu were very creative such as the ones for the Cumberland Hotel
in the 1950’s. My favourite is probably the 3D version from 1955. Also from this time were the
amazing Cabarets provided at the News Years Eve Gala’s best example of this is the 1953
Christmas arrangements at the Cumberland . Muffin the Mule (TV 1960’s) Joan Turner, still
going strong Stubby Kaye ( Hollywood Actor) Bernard Miles and David Niven ( had his own TV
The Trocadero
This prestigious restaurant was open from late 1890 and closed in 1965 it was renown
throughout London for the Long Bar ( meet me in the Long Bar after the war was a famous
quote from the trenches of the first world war) It introduced the tea dance and cabarets to
London in the 1920’s. The only menus I have date from 1934 and show the care taken over
their design. All in French and several courses.
Image 1 Front of Trocadero Christmas day evening menu beautiful design lavish menu.
Image 2 Menu
Image 3 Menu designed by Clarki Hutton do you know who this was ?


1935 Childrens Menu from The Trocadero

Childrens Lunch menu ( sorry little battered after 74 years)from 1935 note how the
rabbit pops out. of the hat menu in English and if the little darlings don’t like fish they can have
scrambled eggs Ah! Copyright LS

Saturday 15 January 2011

A Date in History- Westminster Archives-15th January

Johnson's Pedestrian Hobby-horse Riding School, 1819. Image property ofWestminster City Archives

Haberdasher James Hetherington first introduced the top hat to London's high society on 15 January 1797. The top hat soon became an essential complement to the fashionable London gentleman's wardrobe. Here, London 'dandies' are shown sporting the hat at one of the newly fashionable bicycle riding schools in London
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Friday 14 January 2011

A Date in History- Westminster Archives-14th January

The ruins of the Pantheon: 14 January 1792

Ruins of the Pantheon after the terrible fire of 14 January 1792. Image property of Westminster City Archives

The Pantheon is a lost piece of London's social and architectural history. James Wyatt's spectacular building opened in 1772 on the southern side of Oxford Street, and soon became a favourite venue for masquerades and concerts amongst the gentry.
The Pantheon's fortunes dipped in the 1780s. Masquerades were on the wane, and the venue became known instead for its blockbuster exhibitions, such as Lunardi's hot air balloon.
Finally, in 1789, another business opportunity arose. The King's Theatre, Haymarket, was destroyed by fire, and the Pantheon made a successful bid to receive an opera performance licence. The winter season of 1790-1 went well, and the alterations to the building met with great acclaim, with The Times asserting that "this beautiful Theatre is now left without a rival".
Sadly, this good fortune was short-lived. It was on 14 January 1792, in only its second opera season, that the Pantheon suffered at devastating fire. Its beautiful interiors were gutted, as shown by this sketch by Rowlandson, above. The remaining masonry was left in a very poor state, and had to be demolished in early 1793.
Two more theatrical buildings were erected on the site; neither was terribly successful. In the 1830s a clean break was made, when a shopping bazaar opened there.
Today the site is occupied by a Marks & Spencer store, and is still known as 'Oxford Pantheon'
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