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Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Wednesday 16 November 2022...5.15pm to 10pm... PARADISE GREEN - launch party - 100 Bishopsgate, London EC2. It's been a busy few weeks for Aussie-inspired cafe group Daisy Green. Hard on the heels of their opening in St John's Wood they unveil their largest restaurant to date in the City. It is a massive 10,000 square foot over two levels. Paradise Green is a huge space in the 100 Bishopsgate development at Liverpool Street. They're describing it as an art gallery style restaurant where the art is as important as the food. The new opening is taking inspiration from Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast where co-founder, Prue Freeman, went to uni. Open all day, it'll be a handy place to grab juices and coffees in their 'sunrise' room, while the 'sunset' bar and restaurant is going to be more of a place for dinners and late night drinks. In addition to the brunches the group has become best known for, there'll be dishes like Chicken Parmigiana and Timmyís Cheeseburger alongside more meaty offerings like a Flaming Tomahawk and Aussie BBQ meat board. City workers looking for a new private dining room to book for client dinners or team meetings will want to check out the 40-seat private dining room here which has as its centrepiece artist Lucy Sparrowís felt piece The Billion Dollar Robbery, which was on show at the Saatchi Gallery last year. ------- This restaurant & bar is located near to Liverpool Street train station and Sushisamba. It is an early start to accommodate the city workers who finish work at 5pm. We get a nice table by the huge window. Must be over 150 guests here, some seated and some standing. There was a female sax player playing well known tunes to a backing tape. Upstairs was a girl pouring champagne from a suspended hoop. A DJ played tunes in the background. The staff were great, as they kept the drinks coming without us having to go to the bar. Lots of complimentary food & drinks. Starters were various canapes and tasty lamb cutlets. Mains for us was the yummy Timmys Cheesebuger (patty, cheese, bacon, special sauce ) and sides. Oddly no desserts offered. A full bar including Collet champers, Espresso Martinis, Negronis and many more. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Tuesday 15 November 2022...6.45pm to 9.30pm... SKATE - VIP/press night - Somerset House, Strand, London WC2. The magnificent ice rink, now with bigger skate space, transforms the neoclassical courtyard into the essential winter destination, complete with a glorious 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from MoŽt & Chandon, providing perfect picture moments. Hailed as one of the capitalís favourite winter experiences, Skate at Somerset House signals the start of the festive period with unrivalled skating, contemporary music, the perfect gift selection from Hotel Chocolat, and delicious food and drink. From skating lessons with Skate School, to the ultimate nightlife sets from trailblazing DJs on rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO, there is something for everyone across the Skate season. Gourmet dining also returns at Chalet Suisse by Jimmy Garcia, providing the perfect post-skate treat at the pop-up alpine restaurant. For the ultimate rink-side seat, enjoy champagne and cocktails in the Skate Lounge by MoŽt & Chandon. ------- I have been to this event several times before, which is always a good event. Around 300 guests here tonight, including a few celebrity faces such as Katherine Ryan & Family, DJ Fat Tony, Julien Macdonald, Eric Underwood, Gene & Lennon Gallagher (Liam's two sons). There was a DJ playing dance tunes as you skate and at 7.30pm there was a huge MoŽt & Chandon hot air balloon raised up with a female trapeze artist display. Complimentary MoŽt champers, Espresso Martini's, Moscow Mule Cocktails and other drinks. Also some nice tasty food. All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of items inside.