WELCOME TO CHAN SPEAKS UK

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

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Welcome. Here you’ll join me on my journey as I review and keep you in the loop about the best things to do and the best places to be .. not only in London but across the globe.  Have you ever seen an event or activity on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and felt like you didn’t get the memo? Well, have no fear. ChanSpeaksUK is here. 

There will be three main segments on this site.

  1. Chan Goes (For all you wanderlust junkies and lovers; including hotel reviews, top tips and all things travel)
  2. Chan Eats (For all you foodies; including restaurant and food reviews )
  3. Chan Writes (Your intermittent digest; including thoughts/inspiration , How To’s and more) 

As you scroll down on this homepage, you’ll also find networking events and bi-monthly “things to do” (So be sure to check in often for updates)

I would like this site to be your go to, so stay tuned folks and well as they say … watch this space … or you could watch this video …..

UPCOMING NETWORKING & CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS (LONDON)

This section will be updated as and when I source new networking opportunities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in monthly for updates.

Your network is your net worth ladies and gentlemen. Reap opportunities like these, as they arise and watch your aspirations and dreams come to life.

 

TEAR DUSK :

Creative Insights – Breaking Into The Industry

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WEDNESDAY 30, JANUARY 2019 // 19:00PM -22:00PM

Teardusk is a creative community championing, educating and supporting creatives .  At the end of the month Teardusk Insights arrives at  Peckham Levels for an evening of industry led advice and inspiration from pioneering  creatives and entrepreneurs.

The evening will be dedicated to celebrating and supporting creators through a series of events and workshops carefully curated by Teardusk in order to equip young creatives with the skills and knowledge they need to break into the creative industry

What are you waiting for? Click the link below and get ready to take a walk a mile or two in the shoes of industry panellists, as they share their top tips to elevate your career to the next level!

Head to their site for your FREE ticket and more information: 

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-insights-breaking-into-the-industry-tickets-54953878530?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE:

INFLUENCER MARKETING – The rules, the myths, the tips.

 

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FRIDAY 1, FEBRUARY 2019 // 09:00AM -11:00AM

Social Circle are influencer marketing specialists from Shoreditch that have been around since day dot. Having run campaigns on behalf of Google, ITV, Starbucks, Sky, Barclays and many more, they are rightly respected as veterans in the space and with such experience in the market – if you’re a current or aspiring influencer, their upcoming event is the one you need!

On Friday 1, February, join the experts and a range of panelists as they delve into and discuss the rules, regulations, myths and tips of the most quick moving industry within marketing in 2019.

Still not convinced? Well here you’ll learn:

  • How to spot influencer fraud and protect yourself from it
  • What no one else will be doing in 2019 that you want to
  • How you can overcome the challenges of running campaigns in house
  • and much more!

This is a FREE event and as you can expect their are are limited spaces available so click the link below and get your tickets now!

Head to their site for your ticket and more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/influencer-marketing-the-rules-the-myths-the-tips-tickets-53908485732?aff=erelexpmlt

 

 

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TOP 5: LDN WINTER WOW’S 2018 (Things to do/places to go)

The coldest of the season is upon us but the chilly months of November and December feature some of the hottest events of the year. Look no further than this article to spice up your winter months.

  1.  Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway terrace has earned itself a truly commendable household name in decor, with its constantly changing seasonal backdrop. It’s an Instagrammers paradise, some might say.  This month it has been transformed into a beautiful woodland, with a canopy of rusty red and green leaves, interwoven with fairy-lights and blankets  as the temperatures drop

PS: They do killer cocktails.

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2. Night Tales, Hackney

Night Tales in Hackney has undergone a winter makeover for the colder months by giving its Japanese garden terrace a festive twist. The space has erected a transparent roof, complete with a Northern Lights-inspired illumination, dotting flickering candlelight and fires and heaters to create a snug and inviting environment for all seasons.

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3. Skylight, Tobacco Dock

Once again Skylight treats us to Europes only rooftop Ice rink for the festive season.  This year the popular winter rooftop welcomes new additions of  fairylight-festooned igloos and huts with a section of winter warmer warming cocktails, mulled wine, melted cheese dishes and roasted chestnuts.

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4.  Christmas Light Switch On

Witness the moment festivity springs to life this year as London sparkles with awe inducing Christmas lights over the festive season.  From the impressive Oxford Street Christmas lights to the beautiful decorations shimmering in Covent Garden and of course the twinkling lights on Regent Street, don’t miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously lit for the  Christmas season.

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5. Winterville

Winterville returns on November 15, 2018 to Clapham Common for it’s second year as rival to well known winter festival Winter Wonderland.

For 5 weeks Winterville will have an ice rink,  an array of food stalls, Roller Disco, crazy golf, interactive theatre performances, circuses, craft fairs and more.

Backyard Cinema will also return to host its winter event displaying festive favourites in comfy bean bags and blankets  whilst offering guests the chance to venture through a Christmas maze before settling in for a night of classic yuletide films.

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Things to do in London (DECEMBER 2017 )

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

BUST Christmas Craftacular

For all you DIY Darlings and Crafty Creatures, London’s most inventive craft market comes to London this SUNDAY for some spectacular workshops

bust_craftacular_square_image_promo_51c0eChange your festive game forever as craftacular spills the tea for one day only, on how to make collaged gift tags, tinsel tapestry, Christmas card calligraphy and more. A match worthy to rival Santa? I think so.

Location: York Hall, Bethnal Green

Price:  £ Starting From £3.00

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://bust.com/craftacular/bust-craftacular-home.html

 

CHRISTMAS @ KEW GARDENS

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Fairytale meets festivity at Kew Gardens this magical season as now on a visit to Kew Gardens, you can follow the sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, experience a flickering fire or a dazzling show of laser beams and kaleidoscopic projections. Feeling peckish? Kew’s got you covered with a delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate selection, tasty toast and marshmallows around the fire!

Also offering festive fun for the all the family, children can also catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves at the North Pole village and enjoy a vintage fairground ride.

Location: Kew Gardens, Victoria Gate, Richmond, TW9

Price:  £ £ Adult – £16 , Child: £10.00

Head to their site for prices and more information: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas-at-kew

 

WINTER WONDERLAND @ HYDE PARK

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It’s the one you’ve prepared all year for … Winter Wonderland is back once again and has taken it’s rightful residency in Hyde Park, ready to steal your coins and warm your hearts.
After more than 10 years of sprinkling it’s festive magic over London, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. This year you can enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have a deep sea adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, see thrilling circus shows and so much more.
Just a stones throw away from Marble Arch Tube station, what are you waiting for?!

Location: Hyde Park

Price:  £ Free Entry (Prices vary for rides, food and activities)

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

BALLIE BALLERSON @ SHOREDITCH

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Get the gang together for a night of ball deep fun at Ballie Ballerson this December!

Take the annual Christmas Dinner or party to new heights and play, dance or flop into the neck deep balls whilst sipping some cheeky theatrical cocktails and booty shaking or hand erm hand jiving to the latest hits, you choose the moves, I choose the venue.. GO, GO, GO!

 

 

Things To Do In London (November 2017) WINTER WARMERS

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

SKYLIGHT ROOFTOP @  TOBACCO DOCK (SKATING)

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Rooftops are all the range this winter, as former carpark transforms into the magical “Skylight”, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock. Skylight is offering festive fun for the winter season so it’s time to get your skates on from November 2nd! That figure skating dream can now come to pass at the Wapping rooftop, stay on trend at London’s first rooptop ice rink!

Skating hasn’t quite sold you? Well there’s ice hockey shooting, tantalising street food, fondue, festive tipples and more with a beautiful view of the city skyline.

 

Location: Tobacco Dock, Wapping

Price:  £ Free Entry to rooftop // Skating from £10

 

 SOCIAL FUN AND GAMES CLUB @ ROOF EAST

winter-igloos-october-2017.jpgAfter a short hiatus Social Fun and Games Club brings to you London’s only rooftop curling club, ever so smoothly sliding its way back to its sky-high residency at Roof East featuring six neon-lit, synthetic ice curling lanes, accompanied by a toe tapping, and hand jiving soundtrack. Social Fun and Games Club is renowned for their stellar hospitality, so it is no surprise that hosts will be on hand to deliver drinks direct to the lanes.. result!

If this wasn’t enough to get you skating down there before I could say Eskimo’s, guests can get now hire and enjoy 80’s inspired après-ski lodges for a sum of up to 8 people per igloo, whilst sipping hot cocktails. Step inside the nothing short of magical glassy rooftop igloos and stare in awe at the glistening skyline of London.

LocationRoof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £10.00 

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://sfgclub.com/

 THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE WINTER FESTIVAL @ SOUTHBANK CENTRE

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The Southbank Centre Winter Festival has returned with a variety of fun festive shows, performances, pop-ups and activities following a Nordic theme. Their annual Wintertime Christmas market is back with a splash of magic and the finest stalls where you can spoil yourself rotten with baubles, mince pies and stocking fillers for all the family.

This winter Southbank are also bringing you something very special, in tune with the Noordic theme – a rooftop Finnish sauna pop up is now located on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens, but only for a limited time, so hurry! If you ever needed one, now you’ve got an excuse to treat yourself at the most magical time of the year!

Location: Southbank Centre, SE1

Price:  £ Musing is free but price varies according to activity (please see site)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates:  https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/winter-festival

 

WINTER NIGHT GARDEN/ THE SNOW KINGDOM @ BACKYARD CINEMA 

nightgarden-logo.pngsnow-kingdom-logo.pngThe Backyard cinema has returned with a double trouble cold special! As if you wasn’t already spoilt for choice – the Backyard Cinema brings you The Winter Night Garden (Clapham Common) and The Snow Kingdom (Borough) . Score some brownie points with that special someone or impress your friends with this guaranteed treat. Prepare to explore the unknown, journey through a magical wardrobe,  through an enchanted forrest and into the not so secret cinema. No this isn’t quite Narnia but a guaranteed experience like no other!

The nights have got colder but BackYard Cinema has the recipe to make you feel all warm inside, with fairy lights, bean bags, hot drinks and winter warmer cocktails; the Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn/Winter. Screening some of the best Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Elf, Cool Runnings, Matilda, Harry Potter, Love Actually and more. There’s something for absolutely everyone.

Location:

Winter Night Garden –  Backyard Cinema, Winterville, Clapham Common

Snow Kingdom – Backard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano 

Price:  ££ Starting From £17.00

Head to their site for prices and screenings: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/

SORRY YOU MISSED IT ….

BONFIRE NIGHT

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Remember remember the 5th of November. Marshmallows, Bonfires and all the things you admire.

As the autumn evenings get chillier, The first week of  November comes in with a quite literal bang. Over the weekend of the 4th, many parks across London are offering an evening of a show stopping array of fireworks, blankets, mulled wine and more. Wrap up warm, grab the hand of a close one and head to one of the  many bonfire displays.

Locations:  

  • 4th November: Lambeth Fireworks @ Brockwell Park
  • 4/5th November: Crystal Palace Fireworks @ Crystal Palace Park
  • 5th November: Fireworks Night @ Victoria Park
  • 3/4 November: Alexander Palace Fireworks

Price:  £ Prices vary according to location

 

THINGS TO DO IN LONDON (SEPTEMBER 2017)⠀

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

THE TEA TERRACE 

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Has anyone ever told you that you’re living in a fairytale? Well now you actually can. Situated in two London locations (and Guilford too) the magical ‘Tea Terrace’ is the perfect place to bring your childhood dreams to life. For a small fee, The Tea Terrace allows you to live like an actual Princess (or Prince) for a few hours, whilst renting your very own Cinderella carriage and enjoying delicious afternoon tea, lunch, breakfast or sweet treats.

The Tea Terrace is also furnished with custom made plush high-back throne chairs, so if a carriage is not quite to your fancy, won’t a royal seat do?  If that wasn’t enough – they often have faux crowns available to wear during your visit. Instagram eat your heart out.

Location:  

  • The Tea Terrace – London, 5th Floor, House of Fraser, 318 Oxford St London, W1C 1HF  
  •  The Tea Terrace – London Victoria, 2nd Floor, House of Fraser, 101 Victoria Street

Price:  £££ Carriage rental £12.50 pp (upon booking) and £21 minimum spend pp for Adults or £10.95 for children under 12 years

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://www.theteaterrace.com/

 

SOCIAL FUN AND GAMES CLUB

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What is more perfect than a playground circuit of fun? Nothing that is what.

Social Fun and Games Club have cleverly curated a one-stop fun spot.  Located at roof top East, SFG offer – Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, De La Bowl (Hip-Hop inspired lanes), Rooftop Rollers Roller Disco and Sluggers Batting Cages.  Whether you want to swing a bat and let off some steam or show of your oh-so-amazing moves at Roller Disco, SFG is perfect for both a group hang or cute date location. Available all year around, this is definitely the place to be.

Location: Roof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £8.00 per activity

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://sfgclub.com/

 

ZIP WORLD LONDON (ENDING SOON)

london-logo-dark.pngIf you’re an adrenaline junkie or thrill-seeker like myself, then my gosh is this for you.  Zip World London have brought the fastest city centre zip line in the world  to London’s Southbank. This amazing experience will give you striking views of the London Eye, Big Ben and more. The double zip wire begins 35 meters above the ground, and  makes its  225 metre journey across the London skyline over Archbishop’s Park.

Ending 1st of October –  you still have time to experience London like never before.

LocationLambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY

Price:  ££ Starting From £18.50 for student tickets and  £22.50 for Adult tickets (Non students)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates: www.zipworld.co.uk

 

BACKYARD CINEMA MIAMI BEACH

miami-logo.png Summers over? Not in Miami beach it isn’t!  BackYard Cinema has bought South beach home to South London. With sand, flipflops, cocktails and beanbags; Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn. Screening some of the best cinema classics such as Dirty Dancing, Grease, Romeo and Juliet to Logan and Gladiator . There’s something for everyone.

Location: Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano SE1 6DR 

Price:  ££ Starting From £16.50

Head to their site for prices and screenings: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/miami-beach/