Monthly Archives: December 2013

And to all a good night…

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Before everything goes silent in that delightfully fuzzy and very Christmassy way I wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone who has been involved with helping me find fabulous things to write about in and around Earls Court this year.

It is, of course, one of the most excellent places to live and even more of an excellent place to spend Christmas!

I hope everyone gets everything that they put down on their Christmas list, and if anyone can suggest a good substitution for the £799 Sous Vide Professional™ CHEF Series that my husband has asked for, I will be eternally grateful.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Earls Court Life!

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Don’t Mess With New Years Eve – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Leaving plans for New Years Eve until the last minute is either inspired or just plain stupid.

I myself am a big fan of spontaneity (hate it) and find that nine times out of ten (once, in my teens) leaving things to chance can open up a world of fabulous fun and unexpected frivolity (#FAIL) on a night like New Years Eve.

But if you’re not like me, and instead prefer to have a few things in order on a big night like that then please do have a look at what’s on in the neighbourhood:

Mansion Bar & Parlour

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Eclipse Bar

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And if the above isn’t enough to choose from then try out some of the other options on offer nearby:

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Balans

Make Your Case at Evan’s & Peel Detective Agency

Five Course for £30 is the NYE special at The Kings Head

OR

You could, you know, stay in…

Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

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Brand New: The Parson's Nose - Earls Court Life

Brand New: The Parson’s Nose – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Did you know that we of the Earls Court have recently come into a very good high end butchers? Just in time for the holidays as well!

Yes, The Parson’s Nose has seen fit to open a new branch of their family owned, traditional butcher’s shop on the Old Brompton Road. Yes, I know! It’s right around the corner!

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The teams at TPN, their other shops are located in Fulham and Putney, pride themselves on the collective knowledge they possess about their products, 165 years and counting, and actively encourage their customers to be curious about the cuts they are buying. If visiting the newest location you will probably run into Steve, the Head Meat Man, an extremely skilful and knowledgeable butcher who carefully selects and orders in the best quality meat from our farm suppliers and ages the meat further in their chiller room.

So interested in making sure that you are in the know, The Parson’s Nose offers actual butcher classes which range from Free Range half Lamb or Pig at £230.00 per person to a Sausage making class at £120.00 per person.

But if you’re just looking for a jolly good Christmas turkey this year then I would suggest you hurry over to the experts and see what they have in stock. And if you’re feeling adventurous, then go ahead and ask if they can order in a goose or two…

 
The Parson’s Nose
165 Old Brompton Road
Earls Court
SW5 0LJ
t. 0207 835 0662
e.serena@parsonsnose.co.uk

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Christmas Carol Services Near You - Earls Court Life

Christmas Carol Services Near You – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

I do love a good old fashioned sing-a-long and, because it’s Christmas, we all have a jolly good excuse to get in on the action. Ho, Ho, Ho Earls Court!

So, without further ado I give you some little nuggets of Christmas sing-song joy for you to choose from in and around Earls Court right up to the big day. And don’t worry, I’ll be coming up with a Bah-Humbug post for all of you that just aren’t in the mood very, very soon…

Christmas Carol Singalong at The Royal Albert Hall 

12th December at 2.30pm  Sing your heart out as Jonathan Cohen invites you to join in with carols galore. Admission £14.50. Telephone: 0207 589 8212. 
 

Carols By Candlelight at Kensington Palace

Monday 16th December, 18.00 and 20.00
Enjoy singing your favourite carols in a magical setting with musical accompaniment from Kensington Brass, it will definitely not be a ‘Silent night’! Prepare to ‘rock around the Christmas tree’ with a glass of mulled wine as we toast the winter season and welcome Christmas with a finale sing song around our 30 foot tree!
Tickets are £15.00 for adults and £10.00 for children. The ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine/soft drink and a mince pie.
 
All ages welcome. Buy your tickets here or call 0844 482 7777
 

St Mary The Boltons

Christmas Eve
4.30pm  Crib Service 
11.30pm Midnight Mass 
Christmas Day
11.30pm Sung Eucharist 
 
St. Mary’s Church House, The Boltons, London, SW10 9TB
Parish office: Tel +44 20 78351440
Office Email: info@stmarytheboltons.org.uk
 

St Luke’s & Christ Church, Chelsea

17 December at 6.30pm – Carols on Chelsea Green
22 December at 6.30pm – St Luke’s Nine Lessons & Carols Service
Christmas Eve
4pm Crib Service at both churches
11.30pm Midnight Eucharist at St Luke’s
Christmas Day
8am Holy Communion at St Luke’s
10.30am Sung Eucharist at St Luke’s
11.00 am Sung Eucharist at Christ Church
 
St Luke’s & Christ Church, St Luke’s Crypt,
Sydney Street, London SW3 6NH
Tel: 020 7351 7365
 

St Cuthbert with St Matthias

22nd December at 11am  Advent 4 Mass: Durrant in E flat, Anthem:Adam lay Ybounden – B.Ord, Voluntary: Sonata No. 1 – Mendelssohn Proper: EH 660Hymns: 14, 19(ii), 7
Christmas Eve
11.30pm Mass: Lang in F, Anthem: Ding Dong merrily on high – Willcock, Voluntary: In dulci jubilo – J.S. Bach, Proper: EH 662, Hymns: 34, 33(v.1-6), 30
Christmas Day
10.30am Mass: Watson, Anthem: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion – Handel, Voluntary: Toccata – Widor
 
St Cuthbert with St Matthias
Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London SW5
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Earls Court Winners - Earls Court Life

Earls Court Winners – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Earls Court Winners!

Nobody likes an over-achiever, they’re such bores! All those medals clanking around their necks making a big racket, ‘Really now! You’re scaring the birds!’

I kid of course, I love it when a local business makes good, it makes me feel just that little bit prouder to live where I live, amongst people who love to do what they do well.

Most recently The Troubadour Café went and got itself awarded Café of the Year by Les Routiers. It’s one of a string of accolades that have been bestowed upon this particular establishment and it couldn’t be handed to a nicer bunch. The folks at The troubadour have tirelessly worked to create a truly unique café experience and succeeded ten times over. So, they win!

But there are lots of success stories all around the neighbourhood dontchaknow?

Take Garnier for example. Simple and elegant French food served in a plain brasserie style shop. They don’t mess around, they just get it right.

When they opened you could see the tumbleweed blowing through the  front door and down the street. It was strange few weeks as locals weren’t quite sure what to make of the whole thing, although I’m sure now they all claim to have been first past the threshold. Anyway, it wasn’t until A A Gill wrote a sparkling 5 star review in The Sunday Times that the place really started to buzz. In fact, there was literally no getting a table for about six months after that.

And since we’ve covered fortune we should of course address fame. Have you ever heard of a Flaming Ferrari? What? You haven’t! Don’t tell fibs, it’s only the MOST NOTORIOUS COCKTAIL IN THE WHOLE OF WEST LONDON.

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Nam Long le Shaker is a Vietnamese restaurant that started out with the earnest intention of remaining just that. But somehow best laid plans morphed into accidentally becoming one of the smallest and most popular cocktail bars in the area. Famous for the aforementioned Flaming Ferrari, since it was first introduced some time in the mid eighties, Nam Long also offers the lesser known Pink Panther and Formula One cocktails, neither of which arrive on fire. This place is loud with a crowd so be prepared.

The Troubadour, 265 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9JA, 020 7341 6333
Garnier, 314 Earls Court Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9BQ, 020 7370 4536
Nam-Long le Shaker, 159 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 0LJ, 020 7373 1926

 

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