Welcome to the April 2015 Hot List,
Spring has finally sprung and we are feeling fine! The lighter evenings have really made all the difference; we’re feeling bright, happy and hopeful for a glorious summer…! Also brightening up our month is the April Hot List. We have a really special prize for you to win with Sofa.com (we’re all very jealous), an itsy-bitsy exhibition that will make you giggle, inspiration for what to watch, book, read and do, as well as pimping up your afternoon tea… April is looking fabulous!
& the Rockett St George Team
– APRIL –
WIN: £500 TO SPEND AT SOFA.COM
We have teamed up with Sofa.com this month to give you the chance to win £500 to spend on their lovely collection. How exciting! So if you’ve been dreaming of a new sofa, bed or chair for your home then this is the competition for you. Simply click on the link below to take you over to our competition page where you will be asked one very simple question. Good Luck!
Sofa.com offer beautifully made sofas, chairs and beds that are all both comfy and stylish. All of their furniture is handmade by their dedicated team of highly skilled craftsmen using the highest quality materials and fabrics. Every frame comes with a lifetime guarantee and shopping from home is super easy with their free swatch and returns service. The friendly and knowledgeable staff man the Chelsea and Bath showrooms 7 days a week if you fancy a visit, and are always available by phone.
T&C’s Apply, entry closes at midnight on Thursday 30th April 2015. Please see website for full details.
It’s the little things… We will be hotfooting it to Knightsbridge this month to view the Miniaturesque exhibition of London by Photographer / Street artist Slinkachu‘s new work. Slinkachu builds little worlds with model people sometimes with a dark comedic narrative. The only permanent record of his work are the photographs he shoots.
It’s not just photos that are in the show, there are also two installations which depict hundreds of figures hand painted by the artist. Although his work can be on the dark side, it is still child friendly so perfect for a family day out.
Miniaturesque is on until the 11th April at the Andipa Contemporary in Knightsbridge London (the Gallery is not open Sundays).
If you can’t make it to the show he has a great selection of books on Amazon. You can also find Slinkachu online here and on the usual social networks: Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Blogger, Facebook.
GO: PIMPED UP AFTERNOON TEA
Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially British tradition but has now had a makeover and is more special than ever. If you have a special event to plan for or just fancy a treat with a special twist, then Look no further.
Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea Menu @ Sanctum Soho Hotel
Head Chef Matthew Dunn has created a sumptuous Afternoon Tea. The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea menu with ingredients such as Poached Oyster, Lamb Hotpot, Seared Steak, Smoked Salmon served with Jack Daniels and a cigar.
Brgr Co Afternoon Tea
Situated in cool Soho, BRGR.CO is one of London’s hottest new venues that offers a delicious American take on the quintessentially English classic that is Afternoon Tea. Rather than the classic cucumber sandwiches and scones, they offer mini burgers, iced tea and doughnuts for when you would rather enjoy a casual setting and something different.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea @ One Aldwitch
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have fond memories of reading Roald Dahl’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So check out the scrumdiddlyumptious afternoon tea.
Girlie Heaven – Afternoon Tea @ Sketch
Served in an amazing pink dining room (pictured above) refined by a curious mind and a touch of humour. The space is a work of art and makes a striking backdrop; It’s David Shrigley’s Gallery, with an Afternoon Tea to catch your eye. Sketch has worked its magic, creating a menu which is sure to delight, with caviar and quail egg, these sandwiches you’ll want to bite.There are pastries too, macaroons to see you through, an assortment to make your heart sing.
La Dolce Vita Afternoon Tea @ The Four Seasons
This is grown up afternoon tea with an Italian twist. No stodgie scones on the menu here! With a delicious offering of bruchetta and delicious panettone with Apricot Jam.
BLOG: A MERRY MISHAP
Scandinavian design has long been a source of inspiration to interior lovers all over the world: Boise, Idaho resident Jennifer Hagler is a passionate blogger who reminds us why.
With a collection of beautiful images which demonstrate the art of bringing warmth and charm into a minimal home, Jennifer’s eye for interiors is impeccable.
Interjected with snippets of her own beautifully styled life, A Merry Mishap is a smörgåsbord of design, travel, food and everyday life as a mother. Prepare to be utterly absorbed!
MUSIC: COVER UP
We’re obsessed with these cheeky cover songs! Tina B has been busy putting together another great selection of songs for you. Head over to our Spotify Page where you can listen to our ‘Cover Up!’ Spotify playlist.
1. Blue Monday – Flunk
2. First Of The Gang – Zee Avi
3. Skinny Love – Birdy
4. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
5. Never Tear Us Apart – Paloma Faith
6. Blues Run The Game – Laura Marling
7. You’re The One That I Want – Angns + Julia Stone
8. Across The Universe – Rufus Wainwright
9. No Ordinary Love – You + Me
10. In A Broken Dream – Kathryn Williams
FILM: THE VOICES
You know the drill….. it’s the all American comedy; guy likes gal, guy asks gal on date, gal stands guy up, and guy beheads her. Isn’t that the classic American story we all know and love? “NO” you say? Well you would be right, this one is a little different. May we introduce you to “The Voices.”
The Voices is an ultra black, ultra funny and if I may say, ultra strange comedy from Marjan Satrapi (You may remember her brilliant debut film “Persepolis”), starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arteton.
It follows the tale of an over enthusiastic, super awkward factory worker Jerry (Reynolds) who falls for the super pretty accountant (Arterton) and persuades her to join him on a date. However, things quickly take a rather unusual and murderous turn after she fails to show up.
We follow Jerry, our budding serial killer who’s revenge is guided by his talking Cat and Dog (voiced also by Reynolds). They are the little angel and devil sitting on his shoulders. But who will he listen to? The evil cat Mr Whiskers, or his warmhearted dog, Boscoe?
This is a charming dark comedy which pulls you in with its wicked sense of humour. It verges on a cross between Hannibal lecter and Dr Doolittle. Reynolds is simply perfect, he’s the needy serial killer dressed in his finest pink jumpsuit, you can’t help but fall in love with this endearing psychopath.
Out in Cinemas Now. Watch the trailer here.
BOOK NOW: SUMMER FESTIVALS
Just So Festival – Cheshire 21-23, August.
The Adventure Festival. A Spellbinding weekend for families and friends to create, play and dance together in a magical and wonderous woodland. Entwined with Music, Art and Literature there is a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations throughout the weekend to unleash your creativity. Weekend camping tickets from £110 for adults and £50 for children over 3.
Elderflower Fields – Lewes, 22-25th May.
The Family Festival. Our local independent festival Elderflower Fields began in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Suitable for all families; there are kids activities, art, music, performance, food and drink, plus a new woodland spa for some R&R too! The idea is to open your mind and get involved with the environment while having lots of fun. Weekend tickets are £50 for kids over 5 and £105 for adults.
The Big Feastival – Cotswolds, 28-30 August.
The Foodie Festival. Put together by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, if you love your grub as much as we do, then you will be as keen as a bean to attend. The aim is to mix food, music and family fun all together in one big pot! Headline acts include Paloma Faith, Groove Armada and Ella Eyre with chef demos from Deliciously Ella, Hemsley + Hemsley, Richard Burr (GBBO) and the man himself – Jamie Oliver. Weekend Tickets from £129.50.
Festival No 6 – Portmeirion, 3-6 September.
The Sophisticated Festival. Winner of ‘Line Up Of The Year’ and ‘Most Unique Festival Site’ in the UK Festival Awards last year, this stylish event promises to be ‘a festival unlike any other, in a place like no other’. If you’ve ever visited Portmeirion you will know the beauty of this setting, and with headline acts such as Grace Jones, Belle + Sebastian, Kate Tempest and Young Fathers this is set to be one hell of a great weekend. We think it’s money well spent. This intimate music, arts and culture jamboree costs from £150pp for the weekend.
FOLLOW: INSTAGRAM TOP 6
This month’s Hot List of Instagram faves are 6 of the best accounts that we follow in the office. You’ll definitely want to jot these down and add them to your feed for endless inspiration, colour and fun! Clockwise from top left:
@thestylephiles – Forever Seeking The Perfect Space
@theselby – Colorful people, homes, life styles, photos and films
@iamshpak – Story Teller / Seattle & Beyond
@jasperhills – Conceptual Artist in Byron Bay
@frostfrench – Scrapbook and Inspiration
@themelodyh – Learning to breathe / graphic designer / music-maker
Join us on Instagram for behind the scenes snaps and interior inspiration.
WHAT’S ON: BERMONDSEY STREET HONEY
We recently learnt about Central London beekeeper Dale Gibson in his venture to save our honey bees from dying out. With summer approaching, we thought it would be a great time for all of us to join Dale’s efforts and lend a helping hand to our local wildlife.
Dale will appear with chef Lee Westcott in the new series of ‘Great British Menu’ this summer (BBC2), where he will be showing Lee around his rooftop hives and discussing how we can all help save the honey bees.
His blog provides some great planting schemes to increase pollinator-friendly planting so that everyone, wherever they live, can help make a real difference to honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies too. You don’t even need a garden; just a single plant pot on a windowsill can help!
Most people know that bees are under threat from agricultural chemicals and diseases such as varroa. What they do not know is that one of the greatest threats to bees is actually starvation. In the countryside, bees have to cope with monoculture, where large swathes of fields are planted with a single crop, leaving food shortages at other times of the year. In the center of a city these difficulties increase tenfold with limited forage available in parks and gardens.
Dale’s ‘Bermondsey Street Honey’ has won many awards including being voted The Best Honey in London at the National Honey Show in 2011. This rich, golden (raw) honey comes from his rooftop bees perched high over Bermondsey Street with spectacular views of The Shard, The London Eye and Tower Bridge. We’ve tried it and it really is delicious!
If you’re interested to hear more, Dale will be on Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live’ from 9am on April 4th. Watch out for the return of The Great British Menu on BBC2 this summer and keep up-to-date with his fascinating blog; Apis. www.apis.gb.com.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain