Archive for July, 2012
The Book Club Basecamp – Go Team GB
Following the success of the Leonard Street Diamond Jubilee street party back in May, The Book Club, based in the heart of Shoreditch are busy again, and this time they are helping Londoners celebrate the Olympic Games with The Book Club Basecamp.
Up and running for the Opening Ceremony, TBC Basecamp runs until the 12th August and offers everything required to help cheer on Team GB in true East London style. Big Screens will be featuring the Games coverage whilst the outdoor bar offers a range of ales, fresh juices and coffees as well as plenty of cocktails (‘End It like Beckham’ for me pls). Another reason we recommend you to head down to the TBC Basecamp is the selection of yummy foods from the infamous Street Kitchen, who only use 100% British Ingredients… Bistro Burger anyone? Food from 12pm- 9pm every day.
Feeling competitive yet?? TBC has teamed up with The Social Athletics Club so you can get involved with your very own mini Games too. Table Football, Basketball, Ping Pong, King Pong, Robo Pong and Beer Pong Slam Jam are just some of the activities available, we’re sensing a theme. However we’re not convinced the Official Olympics are quite ready to embrace ‘Beer Pong Slam Jam’ just yet.
TBC Basecamp definitely gets you feeling patriot and hopefully you’ll get to see Team GB win a few medals while you’re there.
For more details check out their website: www.wearetbc.com/basecamp/
100 Leonard Street, The City, London EC2A 4RH
Chanel Beauty pops up in Covent Garden
We’re rather excited at the MODEzine towers, news has reached us that a Chanel beauty boutique pop-up will be opening in Covent Garden, London from 24th July 2012… that’s just 5 days away now.
Of course, Chanel products are well stocked around London, but as with any successful pop up, the lure is always in the packaging; that is the effort that’s gone into the store. The brand is unrestricted with concept and space, no concession formats here. So according to Chanel we have “57 square metres entirely dedicated to the world of Chanel beauty” where they will be previewing exclusive products, special make-up classes and a preview of London’s first Chanel nail bar….
Now we’re hoping that means there will actually be a nail bar there as the Chanel Nail colours are probably one of our fav’s…. a little luxury guaranteed to make you feel good. We’ll definitely be popping along.
More details can be found at www.chanelatcoventgarden.com
The other day we stumbled across this gem and couldn’t resist shouting about it. Tucked away on Pitfield Street, Hoxton, Pitfield is a new café, art gallery and interiors store all rolled into one. Created by interiors designer Shaun Clarkson and textile designer Paul Brewster, the duo behind the country retreats Cliff Barns and Carrington House in Norfolk, the store is a eclectic mix of distinctive yet homely brands and designer pieces sat alongside industrial and vintage items. We hear there’s an e-commerce site launching soon!
The fabulous thing about this place is that everything is for sale, everything. The chairs and tables that you sit on in the café, to the cups and saucers you drink from (??), you can walk out with anything you want supposedly… obvs as long as you pay for it!
Passers-by are lured in by the mouth-watering window display of homemade cakes, pastries and breads. Coffees and smoothies are made to order but come in their own time. The freshly prepared food including sandwiches and salads looked and smelled amazing and proved too tempting to resist. Big thumbs up for using all local produce!
Pitfield Street was on the fringes of Hoxton’s desirables, not anymore. There’s good reason to visit now, trust us.
Pitfield London – 31-35 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London N1 6HB
Café open 7am-7pm
Post-surrealist artist Gwen Murphy’s “Foot Fetish” sculptures are as tough as old boots – but then again, that’s because they are exactly that – old boots. Murphy has taken recycling to a new level with her shoe sculptures. Each shoe has a face carved into it; with just clay ash and acrylics the artist transforms muddy old mules into works of beguiling art.
As featured in the Huffington Post in January, these shoes have an identity all of their own, “Since I was a very young child I have looked at shoes and found them looking back at me, each pair with its particular personality and facial expression. When shoes are lined up near a door or in a closet, they are trusty steeds, waiting to serve.”
The Boston University graduate ensures each pair has their own personality and name and at $1000 per pair, these boots are definitely not made for walking, but should be revered as they trusty steads they once were…
We love then but can’t help feeling a little “Pan’s Labyrinth” freaked out by them, Freaky Feet indeed. Check out Gwen’s blog for more details – http://gwenmurphy.blogspot.co.uk
By Jess Gater