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London’s Studio 338 Launches Eco-Conscious Clubbing Initiative

One of London’s largest clubs, the 3,000 capacity Studio 338, has announced it will be implementing an array of different measures that aim to vastly reduce its environmental impact, including donating profits and encouraging artists to donate a percentage of their fees to the conservation charity Rainforest Trust UK.

The south east London venue will also be commissioning a huge ‘Tree of Life’ installation in the garden using reclaimed materials. Partygoers can then donate towards the tree which helps to place existing areas of rainforest under permanent protection via Rainforest Trust UK

On top of this, Music and Events Director Dan Perrin says they also have a plan to remove all single-use plastics, non-biodegradable and environmentally harmful materials from the group’s venues where possible and are consulting with environmental specialists to improve their overall footprint.

Dan says: 

We are creating a movement aimed at leading the way for sustainable clubbing, kicking off in Studio 338 with a view to starting a wave of change reaching far beyond London. We’re in the midst of a climate emergency. We all need to offset the detrimental effect of events and parties and our activities on the environment.”

‘The electronic music community has the potential to make a real impact if we can work together to change our behaviours and reduce our ecological footprints that are destroying the planet.’ 

Dan admitted: ‘Running events takes a lot of energy. From DJs and artist flights, to ground transport to lights and sound. We are conscious that we are leading the next generation in event standards and we feel it would be a good example to the rest of the events industry if we stop to take action to change our impact on the environment.’

‘It’s actually incredibly difficult for businesses to make that switch to greener energy as its not widely available outside of domestic supply. The government could be doing a lot more to make it more accessible and incentivise its use for businesses.’

Studio 338 pledges by their opening event of 2020 to:

  • Ban all single use plastics from the venue
  • Switch as much of their energy as is currently possible to renewable sources
  • Ban all environmentally damaging cleaning and chemical products from the venue wherever it is currently possible
  • Ban products containing palm oil from the venue
  • From February they will section off 1% of all products from the venue for the #treetree8 fund. This money will go to the Rainforest Trust UK
  • They will also be asking their partner brands, DJs and promoters to donate 1% of their fees to the fund as well.
  • They will also be building a ‘tree of life’ in their Garden area where patrons can donate any small change they might have towards the fund. Ban all single use plastics from the venue
  • They will send out a monthly newsletter on our efforts and progress which will also contain advice for how partygoers can make change in their own lives to help the planet recover.Ban all single use plastics from the venue
  • Rainforest Trust UK is a British conservation charity working in partnership with Rainforest Trust in the U.S. to protect threatened rainforests and other tropical ecosystems. In the wake of the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest and other parts of the world, it is now even more vital to provide long-term protection for the planet’s remaining rainforests, as they play a vital role in the fight against climate change and are home to 50% of the world’s species. Ban all single use plastics from the venue

For further information or to check out the next events from London Studio 338 visit their website www.studio338.co.uk

New Shoreditch float centre set to revive body and mind

Looking to float away the weeks worries or take some time out to relax and contemplate? The brand new float centre has now opened on Old Street, Shoreditch, East London.

For those who haven’t tried floatation therapy it involves letting your body float in a pod of body-temperature saline water with no interruptions from external light or sound. This has been shown to help reduce levels of stress hormones while boosting the feel-good hormones such as dopamine and endorphins associated with improving sleep, relaxation, pain relief and fast recovery from illness.

Company founder Tom Euinton, said, “After struggling with sleep apnea and insomnia for a long time, I received profound rest from floating that helped provide the deep recovery I wasn’t getting from sleep. Up to 50% of people in the UK suffer from insomnia at least once a week, and it has since been my aim to bring the best floatation therapy and support to those struggling with these conditions”.

The spacious pods at Float Hub are state of the art to provide the most immersive experience. Featuring 100% filtered saline solution, as well as blue light programming which mimics sunrise and sunset conditions, they promise to provide the best float therapy in London. As part of its holistic offering, Float Hub works in conjunction with sleep expert Dave Gibson to provide free consultations and create bespoke sleep programmes that improve sleep hygiene and well-being.

floathub.co.uk

Electric Brixton Welcomes its Largest Oktoberfest Celebration coined ‘Oktoberfest South London’

Herman Ze German will act as the exclusive food partner with live comedians, brass bands and DJs filling the stein filled day

Saturday 28th September and 19th October between 2pm-9pm 2,800 ticket holders will be celebrating Oktoberfest, predicted to be its largest to date.

Named Oktoberfest South London, visitors will be able to indulge in the full Bavarian experience with a beer hall complete with long wooden tables and plenty of beer, song and sausage.

As any Oktoberfest veteran knows, it wouldn’t be complete without waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen keeping all steins filled to the brim throughout the days of indulgence. The highly regarded beers flying over from Germany are supplied by Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks all served in the renowned glass stein to all. 

London’s own Herman ze German will provide its iconic sausage shipped straight from the Black Forest in Southern Germany they supply it in many delicious forms including the impeccable Currywurst and Brotzel (pretzel alternatives). Herman’s Bratwurst is a thing of meaty beauty. A mixture of pork and veal, everything is available with bread or paprika-spiced fries.

If plentiful sausages and beers haven’t wet your appetite then take your fill of live music from London Brass All Stars with their classic oompah favourites throughout the day. DJs from Sexy Kitchen Party will keep the soiree running late into the night. Between sets punters can expect up and coming comedians keeping the giggles rolling throughout.

The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Whether performing a powerful amplified stage show or as a totally mobile marching band, the Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy. 

Electric Brixton boasts an amazing stage with unsurpassed sightlines making it the perfect venue for large scale events for the two days of events. Brixton’s largest Oktoberfest will take over the event space running from 2pm – 9pm. Ticket holders are advised to arrive by 4pm

Tickets start at £10.

Saturday 28th September & Saturday 19th October, 2pm till 9pm

Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, London SW2 1RJ

For tickets & information click HERE

Trailblazing: W Hotels Debuts W Aspen, The Brand’s First Mountain Escape in North America

Set your sights Sky High. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the much-anticipated opening of W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen, located at the base of the world-renowned, eponymous mountain. With ski-in/ski-out access to some of the world’s most coveted slopes, stunning 360° mountain views and striking architectural and interior design, W Aspen is the second W Mountain Escape globally, following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Poised to carve out a new era of luxury in Aspen, W is bringing its bold point of view to the iconic mountain town for year-round access to alpine adventure.

W Aspen is nestled slope-side on Aspen Mountain – an 11,212-foot summit internationally-renowned for skiing and snowboarding – tucked in at the end of Durant Street, where Aspen’s famous Red-Light District once thrived. From the Ute Native Americans and the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires, Aspen’s ever-evolving residents and curious culture rival the world’s most dynamic cities.

“Aspen’s people, vibrancy and natural beauty make this year-round mountain town the perfect place for the W lifestyle,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “W Aspen reimagines the traditional ski chalet and allows people to experience the town in a way they never have before, through evocative design, inclusive programming and a social scene that is sure to become an essential stop on the global jet-setting calendar. The first new build W Escape in the USA for 10 years, W Aspen marks a milestone in the brand’s reinvigorated focus on North America.”

W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned by Northridge Capital of Washington, DC, the owner for 16 years of the former Sky Hotel situated on the same site, and co-developed by Northridge and local partner Sarpa Development. “After more than five years of hard work,” commented Northridge’s owner and president Dave Jackson, “we are thrilled to finally be opening the W Aspen for the enjoyment of its guests and the local community, and grateful to our partners at W Hotels, Haselden Construction, and too many other team members to name for their tireless efforts to reach this goal.”

W Aspen brings a luxurious, playful style to the historically-rich town of Aspen. Designed by global interior design firm NEMAWORKSHOP and Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton, alongside the W Brand’s award-winning design team, W Aspen centers on the natural beauty and bounty of the mountains and the historical context of the city it surrounds.

It begins with the exterior: a modern mountain chalet with long, sloping roof lines that draw inspiration from the Rocky Mountain landscape. The essence of the outdoors continues throughout the interior, where the Welcome Desk wood formations echo the Rocky Mountains and intricately-detailed terrariums represent seasonal Aspen activities from hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding.

On the second floor is The Living Room, which serves as the central point of the Escape experience and showcases a grid-pattern display on the bar – a nod to traditional millwork structures used to create mine tunnels in Aspen during the silver boom. Seating in The Living Room features brass and polished rods that surround plush, velvety cushions synonymous with Aspen’s bohemian counterculture of the early ’70s. Along the side, stadium seating leads to an iconic suspended DJ booth that takes its cue from the largest silver nugget discovered in Aspen at the turn of the century. Continuing to honor Aspen’s role in the Colorado Silver Boom, light fixtures are informed by the look of a miner’s headlamp and floors are swept with curving patterns that echo the soil found at the bottom of a smuggler’s cove. At sundown, The Living Room’s outdoor fire pit acts as a beacon at the base of the mountain – signaling to the skiers above it is time to après.

Art reminiscent of iconic Americana paintings of the Rocky Mountains layer the walls of W Aspen. Commissioned artists impart a more modern vision through the lens of classic landscape paintings like those done by Albert Bierstad and other greats. Longtime W collaborator Gaia showcases a series of works throughout the Escape that tease an infatuation with American landscape paintings but are superimposed with local millennial fragmented culture spirit guides – adding a contemporary veil to the traditional. Accent pillows in the Living Room and guestrooms are inspired by artists Herbert Bayer and Thomas Benton and pay homage to the historical residents of Durant Street, named the ‘Soiled Doves of Durant’.

Cozy Up 

W Aspen features 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded residences, along with four WOW suites and one Extreme WOW suite that can be a one, two or three bedroom, all of which offer modern takes on Ute patterns and furniture inspired by the decadence of ‘70s Aspen “pleasure palaces.” All guestrooms and suites are playfully marked with room plates in a style reminiscent of the pop culture icon Bob Ross, while interiors reference the cozy warmth of Swiss chalet architecture through the use of rustic wood finishes, sloped rooflines and a fireplace-inspired W MixBar. Each guestroom features pit and platform lounge seating that nods to the plasticity of mile-high bohemia and is complete with Ute-inspired accent pillows. Selected rooms feature a W design first, quad-queen bunk beds, which can sleep up to eight to cater to a younger adult clientele, as well as offer a wink to the more hedonistic qualities of Aspen’s past.

The 2-bedroom Extreme WOW Suite is inspired by Aspen’s mountain culture and is the quintessential location to play and stay. The suite features modern industrial touches, rich ski-wear fabrics, a central fire pit surrounded by curved pit seating, a hot tub open to the living area, a crystal and glass barrier embracing a circular bed on a pivoting platform, and a DJ booth with a mini LP vinyl player and curated music library – all playing on vintage luxury. The plush reds, blues and oranges in addition to psychedelic detailing add extra electricity to this warm mountain escape.

Sky High

Whether one needs to cool down after a summer day of biking the trails or warm up for après-ski cocktails, the place to see and be seen is the WET® Deck, Aspen’s only year-round, all-weather, public rooftop. With jaw-dropping, panoramic mountain views, a heated pool, hot tub, fire pits, cabanas, full bar, dance floor and DJ booth, the WET Deck is poised to redefine Aspen’s social scene. Guests can enjoy signature beverages from the center bar, which features a ceiling of abstract crystal sculptures that mimic upside-down mountain peaks.

39 Degreesa legendary après ski bar in the former Sky Hotel, returns as an underground ultra-lounge cocktail bar and grotto inspired by the famed Red-Light District of Aspen. Outfitted with platform and pit seating, crushed velvet touches, cheeky Gonzo-style posters and pillows and a W-commissioned, Gabriel Alcala mural that portrays an Aspen landscape through the lens of ‘excess,’ this hidden spot will keep the energy going late into the night. The menu is a canvas, painting each taste bud with the flavors of sweet, sour, bitter and salt. Highlights include sweet bites like Crab Dip with duck sauce, sour bites such as Grilled Yuzu and Mirin Tiger Prawns, and salt and vinegar dusted Chicken Wings with jalapeno are all designed to play perfectly with 39 Degrees libations. Cocktails include timeless favorites like a W Sazerac or Sherry Cobbler as well as new/next drinks like a Spiked Cucumber Splash with grapefruit and rose vodka or a shareable cocktail like the Hidden Treasure, made with Montanva Oro, Aperol, mango, orange, and pineapple.

From November through April, W Aspen’s Strategy Rooms serve as the hotel’s Ski & Snowboard shop which will be operated by Four Mountain Sports. The shop will rent and sell the hotel’s first edition series of snowboards, which were designed in partnership with Aspen’s own High Society Freeride and created by Denver-based Never Summer. Inspired by the historical, cultural and social aspects of the town, only 40 boards were made – 20 for women and 20 for men – and are available exclusively at the hotel. From May through October, each 350 square feet Strategy Room sets the stage for the hotel’s art, fashion and music programming as well as private events and intimate, mountainside weddings.

“The buzz and excitement for the debut of W Aspen has been building for some time and we could not be readier to bring the infectious energy, spirit and programming of W to this iconic American town,” says Greg Durrer, General Manager, W Aspen. “We know that W Aspen will not only serve as a year-round destination for travelers but that it will bring a bold new point of view to the local social scene and become the latest player in the legacy of this incredible cultural mecca.”

The Sky Residences Living 

The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer an exclusive shared ownership opportunity with 11 W-branded Residences located slope-side on Aspen Mountain. With a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom Residences, owners have access to a private, owners-only roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit. In addition, owners can enjoy all of the Escape’s amenities and services at W Aspen, including Welcome Ambassadors and round the clock security; in-residence dining and STYLE housekeeping services; WHEELS valet service; FIT® state-of-art fitness facilities; two WET® Deck pools; and W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service promise, providing residents and hotel guests alike with whatever they want, whenever they want it! The Sky Residences at W Aspen are currently offered for sale by Forte Aspen. “The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” said R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen. “It’s where an owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”

Check in

To celebrate W’s debut of its first North American Mountain Escape, W Aspen is offering travelers a special opening package available for stays between September 4 – December 15, 2019. The package includes a two-night minimum stay, $100 B&F credit, complimentary valet parking, 4pm late check out based on availability, and two signature welcome cocktails. Rates available upon request and dependent on time of year.

Visit www.waspenhotel.com or get social with W Aspen on Instagram @WAspenHotel #SkyHigh. For information on The Sky Residences at W Aspen, visit www.waspenskyresidences.com

An Indian summer in East London

Great Trunk Road Restaurant adds cooling ice creams and sorbets to the menu

With warmer weather predicted for London over the bank holiday weekend those with discerning palates will have the Grand Trunk Road Restaurant high on their itinerary.

Based in East London’s South Woodford area the Grand Trunk Road restaurant takes is flavours and inspiration from Asia’s longest trade road. Connecting Bangladesh to Afghanistan the route was a highway for ingredients and spices and provided a diversity of colour and cultures. Included in the Michelin Guide and with a plethora of awards and accolades it has also been named Best Indian Restaurant in London by the Asian Curry Awards.

Chef Sharma takes flavours from India, Afghanistan and Pakistan to create taste bud indulging ice creams and sorbets. Unique pairings of Rose Petal & Avocado, Lime & Thyme Sorbet and Coconut & Pineapple Ice Cream recreating the authentic flavours of the regions.

The new ice cream flavours are an addition to Chef Sharma’s popular dessert menu all invoking the taste and essence of the Grand Trunk Road.

Chef Sharma, Head Chef at Grand Trunk Road, said: “The food I create and serve at the Grand Trunk Road restaurant has roots in regions along the Grand Trunk Road itself, and we did not want that inspiration and commitment to the authentic flavours of India to stop with the savoury dishes we offer. 

“I pride myself on always pushing myself to create striking and unexpected items for the menu, and  love pairing unusual ingredients to create a beautifully harmonic end result. These are the principles I used when creating our ice cream and sorbet offering and I cannot wait for diners to try these new and amazing flavours that have been made with and Indian aromas at the heart.”

Visitors to Grand Trunk Road can expect to be surrounded by traditional artefacts and decor and this 60 seat restaurant offers the full dining experience with appetisers and mains along with the popular cakes and the new ice cream and sorbet ranges which can be paired with recommended wines or spirits.

Grand Trunk Road – 219 High Road, London E18 2PB tel 0208 505 1965 gtrrestaurant.co.uk

Santorini Welcomes New Luxury Hotel with One of the Island’s largest pools

Think of luxury holidays and you often think of lounging around a pool with a cocktail or two but with the opening of the new OMMA Santorini this boutique hotel takes pool life to a new level of luxury, boasting one of the largest pools on the island.

If you are not a pool lounger then don’t worry, there are plenty of reasons to visit this boutique hotel including relaxing and pampering spa treatments and instagram worthy sunsets along with stunning views.

Located in a prime position the OMMA boasts a 360 degree view over the Aegean Sea from the back of the hotel and views over Caldera and its lush greenery to the front.

One of the many dishes created for OMMA guests by Executive Chef Dimitris Stamoudis

Along with providing visual luxury, the OMMA aims to please all the senses with an offering of signature dishes carefully created by their Executive Chef, Dimitris Stamoudis who includes Grilled Octopus with Fava, Shi Drum with Green Fricassee and Ekmek Kataifi (cream of pistachios with sour cherry and Kaimaki ice cream) on the menu.

Deluxe Rooms provide a king-size bed with the exclusivity of your own plunge pool and private terrace or if you are looking to opt for out of this world luxury then the OMMA Villa with its own secluded rooftop area and swimming pool would be a key choice.

An OMMA Villa with private pool and terrace with views over Santorini

For guests wanting an unforgettable backdrop to their wedding or event, the OMMA provides a dedicated events team to look after your plans and execute your perfect day.

More details on this new luxury destination can be found on their website.

ommasantorini.com

“Consumer choice is essential to us at London Burger Co” says founder

The humble hamburger has soared in popularity in recent years, following a string of launches of new and trendy burger chains, with meat-free varieties particularly taking off. One company has introduced to the market customisable versions of everyone’s favourite fast food. 

Based in Muswell Hill, north London, the London Burger Co uses exclusively British Angus beef and locally sourced buns. Its menu offers everything from aubergine patties to guacamole, pineapple and brie, Mexican and chilli and cheese varieties. Meanwhile, side dishes incorporate sweet potato fries, chunky chips, homemade coleslaw, salads, and more. 

As for drinks, the milkshake menu includes original offerings such as mango, peanut or salted caramel-flavoured shakes. 

But where it really excels is in allowing diners to build their own burgers. And the combination of toppings on offer is almost endless. 

Owner Rubait Hossain says: “Grab a bun and patty as the foundation, then make your burger your own. Add red onion, lettuce, mayo or whatever else you fancy and just keep building. We think we do this aspect of burger cuisine better than anyone else.” 

Diners also have the choice of home delivery, on-site eating or ordering for collection, with food typically available to pick up after 20 minutes. 

Having set itself up three years ago with no delivery service, the company is now on Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat and also runs its own deliveries. 

“We’re running a special offer all summer on collected meals,” adds Hossain. “Come along and pick up your burger tonight, just as you want it, and receive a 20% discount.”

https://thelondonburgerco.com