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An Evening with Dame Diana Rigg - Earls Court Life

An Evening with Dame Diana Rigg – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Diana Rigg will be hosting a one night fundraising performance at The Finborough Theatre, Earls Court, on the 20th October.

Whether you have loved her since James Bond, The Avengers or just caught her recently in Game of Thrones it is very unlikely that this icon of stage and screen hasn’t captured your heart at some point during her career.

She will be talking about her book, No Turn Unstoned, a collection of some of the most scathing reviews ever received in entertainment history. The impetus for the epitome was a rather scornful remark about her nude scene in Abelard and Heloise by critic John Simon. She decided to call upon her many friends and acquaintances in the theatre and film industries, asking them to share their worst-ever reviews. The result being both hilarious and horrifying in equal measure.

The evening is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Dame Diana talk about No Turn Unstoned, followed by a questions and answers session, in the uniquely intimate surroundings of the Finborough Theatre.

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Enjoy!

The FInborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED
0844 847 1652
Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 7.30pm

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No.10 - Earls Court Life

No.10 – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

From the outside No. 10 looks like your standard Chinese restaurant in Earls Court. But if you peer a little closer you will notice a solid stream of native Chinese diners frequenting the restaurant. Dig a little deeper and you will find out that No.10 has a reputation, far and wide, for offering some of the best traditional Sichuan food in the city of London.

And the rumours are true.

Step inside the door of the restaurant and  you will be faced with a dimly lit dining area decorated with dark wood floors and tables and deep blue tiles on the walls. Traditional Chinese ornaments denoting good fortune and safe travel are dotted about but other than that not much is going on.

Service is friendly, fast and to the point. All questions will be answered and you will be offered a choice of chopsticks or knife and fork with no judgement.

The menu is varied, everything is delicious but my favourites have always been a combination of the Dry Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork (sensationally spicy), Dan Dan Chicken Noodles – this dish is served cold but is absolutely lovely – or Bean Sprout Noodles.  I then head a bit more down the main stream and order a portion of Crispy Shredded Chilli Beef. This normally has me about set to burst but I can never seem to stop myself having just one more mouthful…

No.10 - Earls Court Life

If you are an adventurous type of foodie then I must let you know a secret. On the far right hand side on the wall you will see a small white board with a list written in Cantonese. This is what makes this restaurant so popular with the native Chinese clientele. If you can understand it you are suddenly privy to an array of traditional Sichuan daily specialties. If you know to ask there is often an English translation to hand somewhere behind the bar.

No.10 - Earls Court Life

Be prepared for a choice of Pig Intestines with whole Savoury Garlic or Spare Ribs and Pickled Cabbage in Broth. Fried Green Pepper, Potatoes and Aubergine Northeast China style was a hit on our table but I do plan to be a little braver next time I visit.

Prices are reasonable and the location is three doors down from me. Given that some have been known to cross bodies of water to dine here I feel pretty darn lucky myself…

No. 10 Restaurant
10 Hogarth Place
Earls Court
SW5 0QT
020 7373 7000

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Quiz Night @ The Harwood Arms

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Harwood Arms
Walham Grove  SW6 1QP
020 7386 1847
@harwoodarms
 

Let me start by saying, ‘We Won!!”

Phew, glad I got that out of my system. But seriously, I never win ANYTHING so this was a fantastically exciting first for me. But even if I had come in very last I still would have enjoyed many victories on Tuesday evening.

First of all there is limited space at this event, held every four to six weeks at The Harwood, so you must book well in advance. Because there is a cap on numbers it simply feels like a lively and well-filled dining room that, all of a sudden come 8pm, turns into an epic quiz crusade.

We were all seated by 7.30 and had ordered a bottle of white and a bottle of red from the extensive and incredibly well devised wine list. You can’t go wrong when picking from this list, it’s that good.

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The tables were very simply dressed, a nod to country kitchens complete with string-tied napkins and a posy of fresh wild flowers in the centre. A cloth basket for the freshly baked bread and a pat of proper butter to slather all over it saved me from a very fast slide into an impending wine slump – it was sooo hot on Tuesday night and the white went down like a cool breeze.

The menu was a pared down version of the a la carte you might find here on a regular night but still sang with only three options available for each course. I had the Treacle Cured Smoked Salmon with Apple, Whiskey and Watercress and it was a perfect opener.

It was hard not to be completely distracted by the food by the time the battle had commenced but with questions like, ‘Find the only other word that can be made up from all the letters in Monastery.’ one had to keep their wits about them which hardly seemed fair to this exquisite meal. The answer was Oysterman, who knew? Us, that’s who.

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We were further bombarded with questions about planet density, Russian method acting, the oldest living James Bond – I managed to identify Jamie Cullum’s chin but not Tina Turner’s forehead – but again the main attraction for me was the Short rib of Ruby Red beef with celeriac, pickled walnuts and smoked bone marrow.  It was heaven.

In the end there was a four way tie and an extra decider question was added. What is the square mileage of the UK? Closest got the win. I must say the answers were varied and we were close but still 30,000 miles off. Never the less we won the day, four main meals! I still had time to thoroughly savour my Frozen goat’s curd with vanilla, strawberries and blueberries. Holy cow/goat! That was tasty.

I would highly recommend this evening to anyone with a taste for fine food, fun and competition. Only a modicom of general knowledge required – so long as you have five other people on your team.

 

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Kensington & Fulham Open Studios – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Sometimes the art gallery experience can be a little clinical, everything under glass, security guard on velvet rope duty, voices all hushed so as not to spoil the quiet required to truly appreciate the masters on display – stop me when you’ve decided against this particular type of excursion. I left ages ago.

So I’m very pleased to report that there are others who, like me, prefer a less solemn encounter with the easel.

Pocket Arts have addressed this issue head on and have come up with the perfect antidote. They have persuaded local artists across Kensington, Earls Court and Fulham to open up their personal studio space, be it in their homes or nearby warehouse, and allow us civilians a chance to enjoy their work in the very place it was created. An opportunity to see the flecks of paint that missed the canvas and remain stubbornly on the parquet below as a testament to the action involved in making something ultimately inanimate.

Opening times
Fri 4th October 6-9pm                 Fri 11th October 6-9pm
Sat 5th October 11am-6pm        Sat 12th October 11am-6pm
Sun 6th October 11am-6pm       Sun 13th October 11am-6pm

Visit Pocket Arts website to stay up to date with the full and growing listings of artists exhibiting and, in the meantime, have a look at these and imagine where they might have been painted…

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Artist – Faye Haskins

Artist - Carolyn Gowdy

Artist – Carolyn Gowdy

Artist - Ekaterina Zakharova

Artist – Ekaterina Zakharova

Pocket Arts – Open Studios
Tel: 020 8696 9066
Email: hello@pocketarts.org

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Vy's Nails - Earls Court Life

Vy’s Nails – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

I am the pickiest when it comes to beauty treatments and so I count myself as a very lucky Earls Court resident who happens to have one of the best nail salons in London on their doorstep.

Vy’s Nails (pronounced Vee’s) occupies a small retail space whose previous incarnation seemed to be a tiny call centre cupboard on a converted raised-ground floor apartment on the Earl’s Court Road. It sounds awful, I know, and trust me when I tell you that it was then but it definitely isn’t now! And this is the key to Vy’s and Vy herself.

Vy took this tiny space and somehow rejigged it, tardis style. It is now sleek, clean and streamlined. Four pedicure massage chairs (thank god for these!) and six manicure stations with a further two nail drying stations at the back.

Vy's Nails - Earls Court Life

 

But the important part of all of this is that Vy’s Salon delivers one of the best mani-pedis in London. Seriously, even the die-hard New Yorkers who despair when they arrive on our shores looking for a proper nail treatment have come to love, and travel for, this unassuming West London salon.

You can get a traditional Mani-Pedi for £40 or upgrade to the paraffin wax treatment for an extra £10. They work with Gelish in a zillion colours and also have the extensions covered if you’ve bitten off all your nails like I have!

If Vy isn’t there herself then ask for Bin or Amy – although everyone is good here. And don’t forget to eat one or two of the amazing sweets up at the cash register. Sometimes I pop in to make appointments just so I can snaffle a couple of these down! And that little nugget of info might make me a greedy so and so, but I’m a greedy so and so with impeccable nails.

Vy’s Nails
180A Earl’s Court Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9QG
020 7835 0492
Mon-Wed, Fri& Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

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