London Coffee Festival 2017

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Hi everyone 🙂 Today is the last working day of the week! Do you have any plan set up for the weekend? If not, why don’t you pay a visit to ‘London Coffee Festival 2017’, which began this Thursday and held until this Sunday?

London Coffee Festival is UK’s largest coffee event where you can see a lot of coffee-related companies. Whether you are doing business or just in person, it it always fun to go have a look at it as you can see everything in one place.

The event is happening from 6th of April 2017 until 9th of April 2017 (Thur-Sun) at the Brick Lane. You can purchase your ticket both online or at the door but it is a lot cheaper to actually buy online.

For more information please visit their website: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/

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So yesterday, our Head Barista Kevin from The Travel Cafe has been to this coffee festival and got some lovely photos from the venues! The photos are not in order but please enjoy 🙂

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You can either get the ticket from the ticket booth or if you have purchased online, just print the ticket out and head to the entrance.

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You will find a lot of people there, especially during the weekend!

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Some antique machineries,

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And some automatic filtered coffee machine. Perfect example of old&new co-existing at one place.

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You can now make a perfect cup of coffee outdoor!

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Coffee Racer- one of well known cafe

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Another antique coffee machine

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Latte art session

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Coffee roasting machine

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Modern yet simple coffee bean grinder

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Small version of espresso machine!

equipment store

Where you can purchase all coffee equipment

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New high tech machine- all you need to do is just touch the button not press it

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Coffee tasting session

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Cold pressed juice

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London Coffee Festival goodies

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The tasting room- book in advance only

pastry company

Some lovely pastries that will go perfectly well with coffee

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And Loveramics- we use one of them from our cafe too 🙂

KEEN TrailFit: Fitness revolution for adventurous women all around the world

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Hi everyone 🙂 It has been quite a while since I have posted on this blog. The Travel Cafe has been busy with new private event which happened last weekend: The launch of KEEN Trailfit, a new shoes called Terradora especially designed for women to hike outdoor.

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About Trailfit

TrailFit women care about making their exercise part of their lifestyle. Whether its urban hikes down canals and through abandoned areas of a city, or going wild in the countryside at the weekend as long as your getting fresh air, exploring your surroundings and moving your body, you’re part of the TrailFit movement.

TrailFit can be practiced in the outdoors, in can be in the park near your house and it can be in the middle of a city centre at night after work. The Terradora is made to suit every type of trail you find yourself on

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Any good revolution requires awesome gear and this is where the Terradora comes in. Not just a trail boot, the Terradora was designed from the ground up by adventurous women, to work specifically for adventurous women.

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Cooler x KEEN Trailfit

A lifestyle featuring site Cooler as joined up with KEEN Trailfit to open up a new Trailfit Session which will happen all around April. The first event was held at The Travel Cafe, on 1st of April. The train session was held by Sophie, working with Trailfit to create a new type of fitness for adventure women, who also want to enjoy city life , without giving up the love of the outdoors.

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Three groups of lucky women were selected to join the session on Saturday. They have had a healthy breakfast at The Travel Cafe before before heading out for a truly rad workout with one of the UK’s best adventure fitness trainers.

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They also received a brand spanking new pair of Terradora boots, worth £110, to take home with and take out on their own adventures all year round. Once the workout has been finished, they then came back again to join us for healthy, light lunch. It was great to meet everyone and to see them being so active!

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Upcoming Event

They are running other exclusive TrailFit programmes at Hampstead Heath on April 8th and Epping Forest on April 22nd. Meet other rad female adventurers, get a pair of the most awesome boots around (before anyone else!)  and get some  some real outdoors adventure fitness training for free.

To join the competition:
https://coolerlifestyle.com/keen-trailfit-competition#d7Ax6XOxjHXPDvWm.97

The Travel Cafe VIP Coordinating Service

The Travel Cafe is an independent cafe/agency based in Southbank London. As centrally located and convenient to reach, we have now launched new VIP Coordinating Service for business filming in London.

 

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We have recently worked with TvN/Olive TV Korea for the programme called ‘One Night Food Trip’, where the celebrities visit different countries to try out the best local food. The filming started on mid January 2017 and it is now on air.

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The Travel Cafe Team was in charge of coordinating of filming in London, starring BTOB Jung Il Hoon. We managed services such as: airport pick-ups, arrangement of hotels, getting authorisation for filming at each restaurants and market and transportation. The filming went smoothly and ended successfully, without any glitch.

Regarding information about the visited restaurants, please refer to my other posting:
https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/tvnolive-tv-one-night-food-trip-in-london-season-2/

Regarding information about the programmes, please visit TvN/Olive TV website:
http://event.tving.com/View/4538

 

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The Travel Cafe is happy to offer services such as:

  • Personalised Coordination- We can arrange appointments with all kinds of venues according to filming schedule, trying our best to suit the customer needs.
  • On location interpreter- We have our own interpreter available to be ready on site, who can help you with translations while filming  and to help when any unexpected situation arises.
  • Booking Accommodation- Both of them can be arranged to make sure the filming goes smoothly. Best location will be carefully selected by member of our team.
  • Private Transportation- Private transportation can be arranged during filming to facilitate movement from one site to another.
  • Airport pick-up service: Airport pick up can be arranged. Our driver will be holding out your name card at arrivals to bring you safely to your desired location.

For any other information/questions about our service, please contact us on our blog/website or email us directly on: hello@travel.cafe

 

 

TvN/Olive TV: One Night Food Trip in London Season 2

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TvN/Olive TV is now back with new season of One Night Food Trip, and this time it is in London! The programme is all about introducing trendy food around the world and the challengers go and try as many food as possible. This season they are going to Europe an going to visit London as one of the place.

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England used to have worst reputation amongst people. The reason mainly is because during the industrial revolution, labourers tended to prefer quick and cheap food so they could grab a bite and get back to work. This has then been carried on for some time, hence became ‘the English food’.

However, things are different nowadays. People started to look for more delicate, gourmet food where they can enjoy some quality food and pay decent amount for it. In this programme, we are going to film some of the restaurants which gained high reputation from critics.

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Hook Camden
Famous fish & chips restaurant in Camden London. Found by Barry and Simon, sensible fish choices backed up with creative coatings and served with homemade sauces started from scratch in their kitchen. With variety of sauces and flavourings, they have added glamorous twist on ordinary fish and chips.

For more information, please refer to my posting:
https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/hook-restaurant-lovely-twist-to-ordinary-fish-chips/

Borough Market
Please refer to my previous posting:
https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/borough-market-one-of-largest-oldest-markets-in-london/

Flat Iron/Hawksmoor
Please refer to my previous posting: https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/londons-most-famous-steak-restaurant/
https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/hawksmoor-one-of-best-steakhouse-in-london/

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Reform Social & Grill
Smart bar & grill with retro decor serving all-day menu of British classics, plus cocktails at the Mandeville Hotel. If you would like to try a proper gentleman’s afternoon tea, this is the place to be. They also serve some classic British food, including famous Yorkshire puddings.

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Wright Brothers
Craving for some seafood but on a tight budget? Then visit Wright Brothers. Not only they serve some quality seafood in decent price, they also offer a happy hour (3pm-6pm) where you can have oysters for a pound only.

For more information, please refer to my blog post on:
https://thetravelcafeblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/wright-brothers-perfect-seafood-restaurant-for-both-travellers-and-locals/

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Coppa Club
Lovely restaurant on the riverside. They serve early breakfast from 7:30am during weekdays and from 9:00am on weekends. There’s a wide selection of breakfast and brunch dishes and the bar serves carefully-chosen wines, beers and classic cocktails as well as new creations. Coppa Club Towerbridge also added nice addition of igloos on their terrace during winter, exclusively for customers.

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Blue Print Cafe
Market-led Modern European menu in a casual setting with Tower Bridge views. Benefiting from a private entrance, views of Tower Bridge to the West and Canary Wharf to the East. Chefs design a menu daily using fresh and seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from local farms and suppliers in the British Isles.

A special tour with The Travel Cafe: morning, music, street of London with Charlotte Campbell

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The Travel Cafe proudly present our first themed tour with Charlotte Campbell- one of renowned local singer and artist based in London.

By following her songs and stories, you will find this tour more intimate and unique compared to any other tours in London.

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About Charlotte:
After writing music for 10 years, she began singing on London Southbank, capturing the hearts of tourists and Londoners with her sweet vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Charlotte sings her favourite cover songs as well as performing her own music and became one of famous busking artist in Southbank area.

To listen to her songs and find out more about charlotte, please visit her youtube page on: https://www.youtube.com/user/CCampbellMusic/featured.

“She takes to the microphone, chirrups a smily greeting to passers-by and launches into a series of soulful, husky-voiced reworking of chart hits. It’s a lovely experience: all smiles and chirpy ditties” – Time Out London.

Charlotte knows everything around London as a local. instead of joining some tours which are just about the same, with Charlotte you will see  in Londoner’s eye. She will take you though to areas where you can enjoy the view and landmarks of London with some different local artists performing at the same time.

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Theme

Morning: provided breakfast at the travel cafe in the morning
Music: breakfast busking at the travel cafe by charlotte
Street: walking tour around the areas of London with charlotte.

Time

Breakfast & Busking : 8am- 9am
Walking tour: 9:30am- 11:30am

Contents

Music & Breakfast:
– Enjoy free busking performed by charlotte, with complementary breakfast from the travel cafe.

Walking tour around London:
– Starting from Waterloo, along the Thames river to Hungerford Bridge – There are lots of musicians and street artists to be seen and heard as you enjoy the views of the river and Big Ben.

– Across the bridge to Trafalgar Square
A popular sightseeing spot that has been home to street performers for many years. See London’s tourists highlights along with hearing the sounds of it’s local artists.

– Through Leicester Square
This entertainment district also features a lot of street artists, mostly dancers and magicians as well as musicians.

– Ending in Covent Garden
See London’s most infamous street artist scene, with jugglers, unicyclists and musicians alike. There is also a market and shops to browse before finding somewhere to eat in the many local restaurants.

Price

£50.00 per person for the tour including breakfast.
However, a
s our Airbnb guests, you will get special discount promotion: £25.00 per person including breakfast.
3 people minimum & 6 people maximum per tour.

For further details, please ask any member of staff available or email: ask@travel.cafe 

Visitor Oyster Card: Ways of smart saving while travelling in London

A lot of visitors are still unaware of visitor oyster card, which you can enjoy fantastic offers and discounts in London.

You only need to show your card to benefit from these offers:

  • Up to £150 worth of discounts on food, drinks, shopping, culture and entertainment in London
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails at selected restaurants
  • 2-for-1 West End theatre tickets
  • Up to 25% discount on museum entrance tickets
  • 15% discount at London’s iconic bookstore and a world-famous chocolate shop!
  • Up to 26% discount on Emirates Air Line cable car tickets
  • 10% discount on single tickets on most Thames Clippers river buses

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Food & Drink

• Billy and the Chicks • Bodean’s • Brewers Inn Pub • Columbia Restaurant • Dickie Fitz • Ed’s Easy Diner • Hard Rock Cafe • Heddon Street Kitchen • HIX Restaurants • Muriel’s Kitchen • Nusadua • Planet Hollywood • Poppies Fish & Chips • Vapiano • Where the Pancakes Are • Zizzi Restaurant

Planet Hollywood: 20% off food, soft drinks and merchandise Eat, drink. Valid Monday to Friday 11.30am to midnight, Saturdays 11am to 3pm and Sundays 11.30am to 11pm. Maximum 8 people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Hard Rock Cafe: Free hot fudge sundae with every entrée purchased Free gift with a £40 spend at The Rock Shop. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 11.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 11pm.

Vapiano: 20% off the food bill Homemade and fresh pasta, pizza and salads. Offer valid Monday to Friday only. Maximum 6 people per each Visitor Oyster card shown.

Zizzi: 25% off your food bill With 140 restaurants in the UK (39 in London). Offer available at all Zizzi restaurants in the UK.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Theatres & Entertainment

• Namco Fun Scape • Ripley’s Believe it or Not • The London Bridge Experience & Tombs • The Peacock • The Railway Children • The Woman in Black • The View from The Shard

Namco Fun Escape: 2-for-1 bowling experience. Buy one full priced game per person and receive your second game per person for free. Walk in customers only. Offer valid until May 2017 for up to 6 persons per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Ripley’s Believe or Not: 15% discount at the gift shop. Offer up to six people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

The Railway Children: 25% off tickets. Offer valid on price Band A tickets (£49.50 reduce to £37) only. To book, quote ‘Oyster card’ at the box office or call 0844 871 7604.

The View from the Shard: 15% discount at the gift shop. Visit The View from The Shard website for opening times.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Museums & Galleries

• British Museum • Design Museum • Foundling Museum • Jewish Museum London • London Canal Museum • London Motor Museum • Museum of Brands • Museum of London • Portrait Restaurant – National Portrait Gallery • Royal Albert Hall • Royal College of Music • Somerset House • The Wallace Collection

British Museum: 20% off in the British Museum cafés and restaurant. Discount available on food and drink purchased Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.

Design Museum: 25% off entrance adult ticket. One entrance ticket for every Visitor Oyster card shown at the front desk.

Royal Albert Hall: 20% discount on your meal and selected tours London’s most iconic venue. Your meal in Verdi – Italian Kitchen valid Tuesday to Sunday for up to four people per card shown. Tours available The Secret History and Inside Out Architectural Tour.

Somerset House: 2-for-1 full price temporary exhibitions. Offer only applies to tickets purchased at the admissions desk and not tickets purchased online in advance. Please check list of available exhibitions on http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visitoroyster

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Travel

• Emirates Air Line cable car • Thames Clipper River Bus

Emirates Air Line cable car: Enjoy up to 26% discount on your ride. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader and touch again at the end. Discounts also available on the Discovery Experience – ask the staff for more information. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

Thames Clipper River Bus: Save up to 19% on single journeys. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader as you board the boat and touch out at the end of your journey. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Shopping

• Bicester Village • Crest of London • Debenhams Travel Money • Foyles • M&M’s World • The Nickelodeon Store

Bicester Village: Free Bicester Village VIP Card when you travel to Bicester Village. Offer gives you an additional 10% saving on all your purchases.

Crest of London: 10% discount in store The premier souvenir shop in London. Discount not valid on postage stamps, bus tickets, London Passes or Lebara Phone Cards.

Foyles: 15% off at Foyles bookshops in London. Discount not available on stamps, gift cards, national book tokens, theatre tickets and some standard items.

M&M’s World: 15% off your entire purchase in-store London’s sweetest attraction located in Leicester Square. Limit one per person per visit. Not valid online or at any other retail locations.

Nickelodeon Store: 15% off purchases of £35 or more Nickelodeon’s flagship store features all of your favourite character merchandise. 15% off purchases in-store of £35 spent or more. Complimentary SpongeBob key-chain too after purchase whilst supply lasts.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

Christmas Markets in London 2016

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There are several christmas market now open in London, where you can enjoy some christmas food and buy christmas gifts: What a holiday feeling!

 

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

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Browse handmade wooden toys, accessories, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into festive food and warming cups of glühwein. A Victorian carousel and festive music help add to the Christmas spirit.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

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The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2016 and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market will be back and better than ever, and Bump Roller Disco will be offering family-friendly skating and club nights.

Christmas in Leicester Square

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The ‘square’ in Leicester Square is home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Spiegeltent – a velvety, wooden venue home to a stocked programme of Christmas shows brought to you from the Underbelly team, including Ursula Martinez, The English Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act, Denis Lock’s bubble act and the world famous La Soirée circus.