Voluptéa Afternoon Tease - Feeling Sexy?

Nov 15, 2011 by Alice Chan at 12:11pm

 

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Attention, attention ladies! The sauciest show in town has just hit with a sextastic splash – Cabaret supperclub  Volupté has just revolutionised the way British afternoon tea should be enjoyed – big time.

Every weekend, you can enjoy tea and cakes in the sultriest way possible at the uber vintage venue Volupté in the City and get this – you can sip alcoholic flavoured tea (yep you read that right) whilst feasting your eyes on the most voluptuous girls to take to the stage since Dita Von Teese. 

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GO City Girl had the chance to go along to last Saturday’s 'Tea and Tassel’s' and we can confirm it is an experience you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Joining us were mostly girls who had taken the opportunity to dress up, loved up couples and a hen party dolled up to the nines with vintage 1930’s inspired wear.  

After sipping on a fruit cocktail at the bar we were led down into the boudoir that is Afternoon Tease – decadent drapes and walls lined with beautiful paintings and were seated at our table which was laid out in the finest bone china.

We were served delicious finger sandwiches as we were entertained by Anthony Strong and his live band singing classics from Frank Sinatra and the likes. The absolutely hilarious French host Vicious Delicious had us in stitches in between every act, and then we were serenaded and seduced by the magnificent Polly Rae (this month’s cover girl – if you want to catch her, get to Volupté quick time!).

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She was honestly one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever laid eyes on, so sultry she could reduce you into molten lava with just one simmering look whilst performing hits like ‘Sexyback’  burlesque style, a talent to be reckoned with that’s for sure.

The performers do strip down to nipple tassles and sparkly vagina patches (all very classily-done though) so if you’re going with your man, be prepared! 

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November-themed sweet delights include toffee apple coated with popping candy (so much fun to eat!), hazelnut macaroons, fiery chocolate brownies and of course the classic buttery scones with clotted cream and jam.

We tried out the much anticipated alcoholic tea: Amarettea – Amaretto infused with Earl Grey tea and double cream and also the Hot Toddy – a cinnamon, orange and scotch infused delight – both were divine interventions that were the perfect accompaniment to such an enjoyable show. 

What are you waiting for? Book now for that ultimate Christmas party! £42 per person includes entry, a table for the afternoon, entertainment and tea service. For more information visit www.volupte-lounge.com or call reservations on 020 7831 1622. 7-9 Norwich Street, Chancery Lane.

Tags:  afternoon tea, afternoon tease, bars and restaurants, burlesque, polly rae, voluptea

Daily Bite: Shaka Zulu, Camden

Nov 10, 2011 by Alice Chan at 1:27pm

 

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Need inspiration on where to go for a quiet drink/fancy dinner/quick bite to eat? Allow us to come to the rescue - we've stuffed our faces with food to filter out the divinely delicious from the don't-put-that-anywhere-near-your-mouth stuff so you don't have to.

Shaka-Zulu - London's largest South African restaurant  

One of the biggest restaurants we've ever clapped eyes on, this stunning venue is set over 27,000 sq ft in the Stables Market, Camden. 

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Every inch of Shaka Zulu is covered in arrays of African art, warrior statues, carved wooden murals - you'll have plenty to admire over a glass of champers at their champagne bar and cocktail lounge.  

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The Braii restaurant offers a theatrical treat - a line up of world class chefs cooking over roaring fires, you'll be guaranteed a culinary experience immersed in South African culture using the freshest ingredients for their dishes.

Must try dishes include rare British Red Poll Beef and Dorper Lamb from the Royal Estate in Sandringham which isn't available anywhere else in the world! 

Prices for mains start at £15.

Bookings at www.shaka-zulu.com/book.php, T: 0203 376 9911, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AB. 

Tags:  bars and restaurants, daily bite, go out, shaka zulu

Pret-A-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel

Oct 6, 2011 by Natalie Miller at 1:02pm

 

Yesterday, GO City Girl visited the Berkeley Hotel in Mayfair for afternoon Prêt-à-Portea, which was simply the most delightful and delicious experience imaginable!

This special afternoon tea is served in The Caramel Room at the stunning hotel which featured high-backed velvet chairs, deep mahogany tables and a unique prestigious feel. We were treated to an array of mouth watering delicacies with a fashionable twist, alongside fine champagne in delicate flutes. Best behaviour here, we told ourselves, as we attempted to cut through the petite cakes and juggle our champagne flutes at the same time in a giddy moment of extravagance. We were definitely spoilt and may have pretended to live the socialite life a little bit. Or a lot...



The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.

The spring/summer 2011 collection which we had the pleasure to taste sees Victoria Beckham, Miu Miu and Tom Ford make their debut on the tea stand alongside old favourites such as Jil Sander, Stella McCartney and Tori Burch. The cakes embodied the season’s key trends in vibrant yellow and orange, block colours, oversized flowers and white summer chic.

The service was impeccable, and the waitresses (all in immaculate matching dresses) were extremely polished and knowledgeable about the designers and the cake inspirations. They returned to our table several times to top up the champagne and replenish the beautiful cakes. When we could no longer eat any more treats (it felt like defeat), the waitress took away the remaining cakes and brought them back in a pretty cardboard cupcake box for us to take home and enjoy later. Could a girl wish for anything more?



For all of you who are feeling slightly excited just reading this review, stay tuned as we will be giving a lucky GO City Girl reader the chance to win a Prêt-à-Portea for two at The Berkeley Hotel.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in the Caramel Room daily from 1pm to 6pm.

Prêt-à-Portea, £36.50 per person
Champagne Prêt-à-Portea, £46.50 per person 
Couture Champagne Prêt-à-Portea, £53.00 per person

Top Tip: Book well in advance as this venue can sometimes have a 4 month waiting period!

For more information visit: http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/fashionista_tea.aspx

Tags:  bars and restaurants, berkeley hotel, go out, pret a portea

Review: Boba Cocktails at The Grand Imperial

Sep 26, 2011 by Sarah Kwong at 3:14pm

 

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Last week, the GO team were invited for Boba cocktails. Before I go on, I’m sure that many of you are unaware of what a Boba cocktail is, as we housed that very same confused facial expression upon receiving the invite, too. Boba cocktails are a variation of Bubble Tea, a Chinese juice drink which is complete with tapioca balls inside. We’d had them before on the streets of China Town, but never in an alcoholic cocktail format, hence our Boba cocktail excitement.

In the Grosvenor hotel, but under its own restaurant name, The Grand Imperial was everything we were expecting and more. Considering both of the Chinese girls that work here attended, you’ll understand that we’ve seen our fair share of Chinese restaurants. Hell, we’ve been to them all, here and in China. But this, the Grand Imperial, lived up to its name. Noting the perfectly immaculate interior, with not a fork out of place, we entered the venue and were seated. The decor was relevant and authentic, whilst the atmosphere was relaxed; everything you’d want in an upmarket Chinese restaurant.



Unexpectedly, the waiters provided us with small servings of Dim Sum to try. Alongside Oriental restaurants, we’ve also consumed our fair share of Dim Sum too, but some of the dishes we were presented with were new and unknown. There was a range of steamed goods, from encased prawns with coriander to delicate rolls filled with chicken.

We received our Boba cocktails and were surprised by their presentation. In a simple glass, the cocktails came was topped with vibrant blue circular additions. The head barman who had created the beverages explained that they weren’t quite tapioca, but instead balls that burst in the mouth, providing a flavoursome experience.

Having been stunned at the impeccable service and the delicious treats, we made our way back to the office, still feeling the good vibes of a lovely lunch. Recommend it? We definitely do.

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Tags:  bars and restaurants, boba cocktails, dim sum, go out, the grand imperial

Review: The Ice Bar, London

Sep 26, 2011 by Sarah Kwong at 3:09pm

 

the ice bar london


A week ago the GO City Girl received an invite to The Ice Bar; London’s only real ice bar. Upon merely opening the invite, our questions poured in: will we have to wear coats? Will the chairs be made of ice? Should I bring my mittens?

Despite our intrigue, we arrived at the venue in our everyday clothes. We were greeted by the two most beautiful males I’ve ever seen. Male husky dogs, that is. After we fawned over them for a sufficiently long time, we stepped into the main bar, which was the usual temperature. We were offered the most delicious passion fruit cocktails; you know an alcoholic drink is good (and intoxicating) when you can’t taste the alcohol...

We picked up a few canapés as we made our way around the room. From tiny risottos to chicken satay, the bar had the food and drink well and truly, nailed. We spotted a beautiful ice sculpture of a piano, just sat in the middle of the 25-degree room. The G sharp key was melting a little and the stool wasn't completely intact, but it was still a sight to behold. We got a chance to speak to the creator, who explained that he has to make them in complete chill (so downstairs in the  ice bar presumably) and then they last for a few hours in normal temperature.

Our host took us downstairs to the restaurant area. Warm, cosy and intimate, the restaurant included booths tucked away in corners and even tables that were lined with curtain rails so you could really get a level of privacy.

the ice bar

We’d been anticipating the next part all day; entering the actual ice bar. We weren’t allowed in there for longer than 40 minutes and it was advised not to drink too much. Before we opened the doors, large thermal capes (with fur-trimmed hoods and mittens!) were thrown upon us. The heat, or lack of, immediately took effect on our bare legs. Shivering our way to the bar, we ordered a drink (which, of course, came in a large ice cube).

We came to the conclusion that it’d be a great place to go for a few drinks before perhaps a larger night out, or for a celebration. Nothing says “Happy Valentines Day!” like freezing your mammary glands off. In all seriousness, we would definitely recommend it for a few bevies pre-hen party or for a big get-together.

After a few minutes of clutching our ice cube glasses through our mittens, we decided to make an exit. Next time, we’ll don the tights.

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Tags:  bars and restaurants, go out, london, the ice bar

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