With the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics all wrapped up and the final World Cup and Europa Cup races concluding on the weekend, a huge season of alpine skiing is drawing to a close, however all eyes will be on the French resort of Tignes next week when the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships kick off.
The event returns to Tignes for the fourth straight year, starting with the Senior and Junior Championships from Sunday 25 March to Sunday 1 April before the Children’s Championships and minis races from Monday 2 to Friday 6 April.
Also returning for the third year running will be disability races on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, with a number of Paralympians expected to compete.
The headline acts at the Championships will be 2018 Olympians and Delancey British Alpine World Cup squad members Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley. In addition to their individual performances, the quartet combined to finish equal-fifth in the inaugural mixed team event in PyeongChang, the second-best alpine skiing result in British Olympic history.
The PyeongChang Olympic quartet will be joined in Tignes by Delancey British Alpine Europa Cup squad members Charlie Raposo, Cara Brown, Billy Major and Nick Moynihan who will all be looking for their own slice of glory.
Hoping to bring down the more experienced campaigners will be members of the British Alpine Junior World Ski Championships squad which competed in Davos earlier this year, including Iain Innes, Zak Vinter, Jess Anderson and Abi Bruce.
“Following the success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year, the Delancey British National Alpine Championships provides an opportunity for the world to witness the best of Britain’s alpine athletes as they pursue their international medal-winning ambition,” said Jamie Ritblat, Founder and Chairman of Delancey.
“This annual world-class event brings together both able and disable bodied skiers alike, as well as the best young talents during the Children’s Championships, in what is an exciting, adrenaline-fuelled week for our younger athletes.
“I would like to wish all athletes competing the best of luck!”
The Championships will again be supported by Delancey’s official charity partner, Snow-Camp. Eight apprentices from Snow-Camp will have the opportunity to be part of the on-snow team in Tignes over the two weeks, not only gaining valuable experience but also playing a vital role in helping organisers deliver a successful event.
“The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships is the biggest event on the British ski racing calendar and we’re incredibly pleased to be involved again as charity partner,” said Dan Charlish, founder and director of Snow-Camp. “As a snowsports youth charity, we’re passionate about using snowsports as a tool to engage inner-city young people to provide them with life-skills, qualifications and vocational opportunities.
“Eight of our young people will be volunteering at the Championships over both weeks, and it will be a life-changing experience for them. Going from inner-city London to the mountain environment will broaden their horizons and the event will provide them with fantastic work experience.
We’re so grateful to everyone at Delancey and British Ski and Snowboard for believing in our work and supporting us.”
British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are also supported by the British Snowsports Fund, a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit.
Fancy challenging yourself a bit more or feel like you need to get back into the workout routine you left behind at the end of January? Well, we have the venue for you – a brand new Gymbox in Elephant and Castle, where working out doesn’t have to be a chore but instead fun, exciting and most importantly, energising!
Elephant and Castle
Unit 7, 38 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ
06.00 – 23.00 Mon to Fri 08.00 – 20.00 Sat & Sun
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle
We’re super happy to hear that a new Gymbox has opened up in Elephant and Castle. Gymbox is a seriously cool gym franchise that cares more about you and your gym experience. They go the extra mile with modern interiors, creative workout classes, larger-than-life trainers and staff who want to make those dull evenings at the gym something to look forward to!
Whether you’re into cycling, combat, boxing, dance or prefer the more holistic approach, this new venue is built with the facilities to cater for all of them. Even more exciting is their resident DJs who bring the gym to life, whether you’re slugging it out in a class or working it out on your own.
From an old car park in central London, Gymbox grew their ‘anything goes attitude’ with DJ nights and neon lights into a franchise with some of the most unique and diverse classes all across London, with a little help from the architectural legends behind the world-famous, Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.
As we already know, Gymbox likes to shake things up quite a bit so every new venue is completely different with its own unique main attraction to draw people in. So we can expect that their latest venture will be set apart from the rest with even more reason to go and check it out.
Feel free to join whether you’re serious about working out or just up for a laugh. At Gymbox, their motto is all about creating workouts that get raved about and venues that get talked about – so expect pretty much anything on your first session!
Will you be signing up for Gymbox? Let us know and comment below!
Easter is arriving early this year, with Easter Sunday falling on April 1st. There are many ways to spend your long bank holiday weekend and celebrate the start of spring in the city, but here are a few of our favourites.
Get ready to follow the yellow brick road and hunt for delicious chocolate egg treats in Stratford this Easter. East Village will be hosting a wonderful Wizard of Oz themed Easter egg hunt for families in London! This looks to be a lovely family day out, and what’s more, it’s completely free for all. From midday on Saturday 31st March, venture to East Village E20, collect your free Easter basket and map, then follow along with Dorothy and friends collecting treasures along the way. Find out more here.
This Easter, head to the renowned Carnaby Street to top up on the most delicious chocolate around. As an art and design focussed chocolatier, not only is its name perfect, Choccywoccydoodah is home to some of the quirkiest treats you’ll find in London. Treat yourself to the finest Belgian chocolate this Easter, with all ingredients having been sourced from local Sussex suppliers. What’ll it be? A giant slab of chocolate or a slice of luxurious chocolate cake?
Fancy a bottomless brunch at one of the most egg-cellent restaurants in the city? Of course you do! For two whole hours on Easter weekend and only £35 per person you can enjoy completely bottomless brunch at Bad Egg. Served from 10am to 7:30pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, you’ll be tucking in to dishes such as pork belly and slaw, crispy mac and cheese, guacamole and poached egg on toast or even cheeseburger hash! (Top tip: be sure to wash the deliciousness down with a Bloody Mary or two.) To take a look at the full menu and book your table see here.
Here’s a day out that the entire family will love! Visit Kew Gardens from 30th March – 15th April for a fun-filled Peter Rabbit™ themed Easter experience. Included with your usual entry ticket to Kew Gardens, you’ll be able to take part in an exciting adventure featuring Peter Rabbit and his friends. Play games and learn about the vegetables Peter found in Mr McGregor’s garden. Book your tickets online here.
Fancy doing something a little different this Easter? Here’s one for those who love a four-legged friend! Pop down to Shoreditch Dog House and enjoy a coffee surrounded by the most wonderful dogs you could ever wish for. Shoreditch Dog House is a not-for-profit, eco-friendly dog crèche service for the people of Shoreditch, and during the day, members of the public can visit for a coffee to relax and enjoy playing with the pups. It’s a win:win if you ask us!
How will you be enjoying Easter? Let us know in the comments below!
On the 17th March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and plenty of celebrations. This year, why not join in the fun by taking part in one of the lively Irish celebrations taking place across the capital? Here are a few of our favourites that’ll guarantee you a fantastic weekend!
St Patrick’s Day Festival Trafalgar Square Friday 16th March – Sunday 18th March
Did you know, the London St Patrick’s Day Festival is now in its sixteenth year? More than 125,000 people visit London to join in the celebrations, and you can expect an event full of the best Irish food, music, arts and of course – dance! Spanning over 3 days there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Head down to Trafalgar Square to experience an incredible line-up of well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. The best part about this festival? It’s completely free to attend!
If you’re a fan of film, then this is the weekend for you. As part of the official London St Patrick’s Day Festival, Irish Film London will be hosting film screenings, workshops and director Q&A’s at the Prince Charles Cinema and the London Film School. Join in and celebrate Irish Film and Animation in the UK. The festival will kick off on Friday with two FREE programmes of short films including Ian Power’s The Tattoo and Late afternoon. Later that day, head over to Leicester Square for a screening of Damo & Ivor plus a Q&A with the director, then kick back and relax with the kids for a free family screening of Moon Man. For full details of the programme, see here.
It wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without a taste of Guinness now, would it? Wet your whistle with a pint at Waxy O’Connors, London’s biggest Irish Bar named after the famous candle maker in Dublin. Expect a mix of warm hospitality, traditional home dishes and an extensive range of beers to enjoy. To celebrate St Paddy’s Day they’re hosting an entire week of events from live music to delicious Irish whiskey tasting. Find out what’s on here, and be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop of the celebrations.
Hawker House in Canada Water has partnered with Guinness this St Patrick’s Day to create the ultimate venue for cheering along to the Rugby Six Nations. Head over to the transformed abandoned warehouse for a day of Guinness, street food and of course…rugby! Your ticket will enable you to watch all three games of the NatWest Six Nations live finale from a comfortable seat in their stadium-style grandstand! Entry is just £5 and includes a free pint of the black stuff to get your St Patrick’s Day started in tHe best way possible. Get your rugby shirts at the ready and book your tickets here!
Will you be celebrating at any of these events this St Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Awaken your senses in one of the most anticipated events of 2018. Somnai, a new theatre experience, combines hyperreality and virtual reality in a live, multi-sensory event that’ll leave you wanting more!
SOMNAI 2 Pear Tree Street (off Goswell Road), London EC1V 3SB Open from March
Nearest Tubes: Barbican, Old Street, Angel
Open your mind to a brand new “lucid dreaming” experience brought to you by DotDotDot, a company creating layered reality experiences that specialises in incorporating live performance, multi-sensory elements and immersive technologies into their work.
‘Somnai’ is an augmented-reality show discreetly taking place across a two-story warehouse in Clerkenwell. In this 90-minute show, in groups of up to 6 people, you’ll be transported to the future where AI helps you explore your dreams.
On joining your group, you’ll be asked to change into pyjamas before your personal dream guide leads you through a series of “dream worlds” built from virtual and augmented reality.
Every theatre-goers experience will differ completely as Somnai allows you to control and determine your journey in this personalised, unique experience.
Dotdotdot will be creating an enhanced experience through your senses, working with aroma specialists to evoke emotional responses, a sound specialist from Harry Potter and a technical specialist from The Secret Cinema.
Immersive theatre became widely popular following Punchdrunk’s epic ‘The Drowned Man’ back in 2014. Since then the demand for more immersive experiences is growing and with artists pushing their performances to the limit; everyone’s wondering if this is the next iconic show London’s been waiting for! We certainly think so. Find out for yourself and book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Will you be exploring your dreams with Somnai? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
With Mother’s Day fast approaching this Sunday, there are many wonderful ways you can treat Mum and say thanks for all the years of love. Whether you’ve got a whole weekend to enjoy together, or simply the day to have fun, we’ve found some brilliant ideas to make the most of this weekend in the city.
Embrace the cliché and enjoy a Mother’s Day sing-along with a movie screening she’ll never forget! On Sunday 11th March (Mother’s Day!), treat her to a delicious two-course dinner at the South Place Chop House, before venturing off to relax in their cosy Secret Garden pop-up, ‘South Place Cinema’, for an uplifting screening of the award-winning musical, ‘Mamma Mia!’. Sounds like something she’ll enjoy? You can book your tickets here.
What’s more perfect than taking Mum for a delicious dinner at a restaurant that’s literally called ‘Mommi’? A match made in heaven if you ask us! Enjoy the delights of a three-course Peruvian roast with all the trimmings for just £25 pp. There’s a brilliant range of meal options to choose from, including roast artichoke chicken, 24hour braised suckling pig and slow roasted sticky teriyaki beef brisket to name a few. Why not view the full menu and if you like what you see, book a table here.
If you’re looking for an experience that’ll make this Mother’s Day one she’ll always remember, you’ll want to grab two tickets to this amazing floral afternoon tea experience. The Jean-Georges restaurant at the ultra-chic hotel, The Connaught, is partnering with master flower school, McQueens, to bring Londoners the most extravagant experience around. It may be a hefty £150 a ticket, but you can expect nothing but 5-star treatment, including a 2-hour flower arranging tutorial followed by a feast of cakes, chocolate fondue, scones and even gourmet Connaught candyfloss! Book your tickets here.
This is one for those of you looking for a slightly different way to spend Mother’s Day weekend. In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since women got the vote in the UK, and the year that the #MeToo movement shook the world, the Women of the World festival 2018 brings an incredible line up of speakers championing females and celebrating all that has been achieved. You and Mum can expect to immerse yourselves in a day of debates, performances and activism – that brings together artists, writers, politicians, comedians and more. For a Mother’s Day with a twist, book your passes here.
Luxury Chocolate Making Workshop Multiple venues across London – see here.
We’ve saved one of the sweetest treats until last…a Mother’s Day experience that starts with chocolate martinis (yes, really!). You and your Mum will enjoy a two hour, indulging chocolate crafting course led by Master Chocolatiers in London. Tuck into more cocoa samples than you could ever imagine and craft your very own flavoured chocolate slabs, experimenting with flavours like orange, fig, mint and more! You’ll both leave this experience with a discerning chocolate palate, and a scrumptious goodie bag with at least 15 of your own handmade chocolates inside. Book your tickets here.
What will you be doing this Mother’s Day in London? Let us know in the comments below!
Looking for something a bit different to do with your evenings? We’re obsessed with the events at Late Shift in the National Portrait Gallery. Shake up your weekly routine and pick an event to match your mood, whether you’re interested in sitting in on a talk, want to test your skills in a drawing session in the gallery or just fancy a relaxed evening with live music.
Late shift National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place London WC2H 0HE
Every Thursday and Friday 18:00 – 21:00
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
To get your weekend started early, spend your Thursday and Friday evenings at the Late Shift where you can unwind in the Late Shift Bar while enjoying their live music or explore more that the Gallery has to offer with talks and drop-in drawing sessions.
Late Shift features live sets from resident and guest DJs such as Ben Osborne, Eddie Otchere and Mr Madam. As nights vary so do their musical tastes with electronic sets, from classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, to deep down and dirty disco to Otchere who plays a strictly vinyl set with an exclusive soundscape he’s crafted for the National Portrait gallery.
If you fancy a more cultured evening, you can engage in talks and discussions every Thursday night with guest artists, historians, philosophers and cultural commentators. You can even attend a free drop-in drawing class on a Friday with each session being led by a new artist. Feel free to drop in at any time, whatever your drawing ability, whether its for 2 mins to two hours! If you’re feeling confident, join their mass life-drawing class on the last Friday of every month
Comment below and let us know what events at Late Shift you’d recommend!
This month brings with it the promise of spring and (hopefully) warmer days in London. We’re certainly looking forward to spending time with our mums for Mother’s day and unleashing the Irish in all of us for St. Patricks Day. With lots to look forward to this month, it’s easy to miss some of exciting events taking place in London, so we’ve brought you our line-up of alternative things to go to this month.
Catch the end of Vaults Festival, London’s biggest arts festival, this hidden gem tucked away beneath Waterloo station, running until 18th March. The Vaults is a huge platform for artists to present innovative, daring work such as theatre, film, comedy, live performance and so much more.
This year, the highly anticipated annual festival came back with a bang, listing over three hundred new shows packed into just three months. The excitement is all but over yet – if you haven’t had a chance to visit one of their imaginative performances, there are tickets still available.
Delancey British National Alpine Championships Tignes
25th March – 6th April 2018
We hope you’re as excited as we are for the Delancey Ski Championships at the end of the month. This year, the Championships will be returning to the high-altitude ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps for its fourth successive year. The event will see Senior and Junior races run from 25th March – 1st April, and the British U16 and U14 Ski Championships plus U12 and U10 Race Events running from the 2nd until the 6th April. To keep up with our British team and all the latest news live from the Championships, follow Team BSS on Twitter.
Artist Fred Butler will be taking over the latest instalment at the Now Gallery to present his work on chromotherapy. For those of you who, like us, found that the meaning didn’t immediately spring to mind, his collection plays with colour therapy.
Butler explores themes of shapes, colour, light and sound to recharge and heal the body, mind and soul, promising a very therapeutic afternoon. So, don’t miss an opportunity to pop your head in one of Butler’s ‘healing spheres’ and feel your mood lift as colourful lights flood your senses.
In honour of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal, Paternoster Square will exhibit a garden of stained-glass and luminous daffodils to celebrate the work Marie Curie Nurses and hospices make to those who are affected by terminal illness. 4,000 illuminated daffodils will feature in the display to represent the people the terminal illness charity will support throughout March.
You can visit this beautiful display for free but you may wish to do more. If you wish to show your support, you can donate and wear a daffodil for the Great Daffodil Appeal this March.
In time for International Women’s Day (8th March), WOW: Women of the World Festival returns for its 8th year, promising an exceptional edition in the wake of recent political movements for women such as #MeToo, No Grey Area and Time’s Up.
WOW Festival celebrates female achievements and highlights the obstacles that prevent women from achieving their full potential. As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary since the first British women won the right to vote and with gender equality at the tip of everyone’s tongue, we can’t wait to see what WOW Festival has in store.
So far they’ve shared an impressive panel of female champions from famous artists, writers and comedians, to activists and politicians – including Munroe Bergdorf, Afua Hirsch, Sandi Toksvig, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Laura Bates. To read up on the programme of discussion, debate and performances available to attend, head to the website.
Following the return of Blade Runner, future dystopias are a big trend right now. London Visions exhibition suggests some exaggerated realities for the future of London to provoke conversation around this popular topic. For a day trip that will really get you thinking, head across to St Paul’s and share your thoughts via #LondonVisions.
Other popular exhibitions currently at the Museum of London include Pulse, The Whitechapel Fatberg, Votes for Women and The Suffragette legacy. Find more events to suit your tastes here.
What will you get up to in London this Spring? Let us know and comment below!
Delancey’s UK Schools’ Chess Challenge will be kicking off on the 1st March in the spring school term. Over 40,000 children across the country will be competing in a battle of skill and strategy for a chance to win the top prize of £2,500!
In anticipation for the world’s largest children’s chess championships, we sat down with Sarah Hegarty, Director of the Challenge, to hear about some of the prizes up for grabs and her own experiences competing in Championships as a young girl.
The Spring term 2018 competition is soon to begin. Can you give us a bit of background into the competitions and what they’re all about?
The UK Chess challenge has been running since 1996 and has become the world’s largest chess competition. It is a fun tournament that introduces children to chess at school. The children all win prizes and the top boys and girls will qualify for the county stage and beyond!
It teaches children so many important life skills such as problem solving and healthy competitiveness. It’s a great break from iPads and is such an exciting game which can be enjoyed at every level!
We understand you actually took part in this tournament in 1996, and you loved the game so much that you now play for the English Ladies team! What do you believe it is about this game, and the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, that makes schools and pupils so excited to take part year after year?
Yes, it was my first ever chess competition in 1996 and winning the U7 girls national title led to an appearance on Blue Peter with Garry Kasparov. Chess is so exciting – there are 9 million possible positions after 3 moves. Chess hasn’t been solved and I believe it never will be. Each game brings up a new exciting battle filled with challenges!
Children love the competition because of the excitement of chess and they learn it a friendly environment where they pick up prizes as the tournament progresses. They are encouraged to improve their skills at home. Without the support of Delancey we would not be able to offer the children so many prizes and training materials.
How can schools get involved in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge for 2018?
Do schools need to have previous experience of running a chess club to take part?
Not at all. They just need a teacher or parent who can supervise the competition. All the rules are explained in the prize pack and the teacher only needs a basic knowledge of chess.
What are the key dates to watch out for, and where will these tournaments take place this year?
The best players at school will qualify for the Megafinals which take place over March-June and then the Gigafinals are the end of June-July and then the Terafinal takes place in September where the UK’s best brains will be fighting for the top prize of £2,500!
If you’re interested in competing, there’s still time – head to the website for a chance to enter through their last chance saloons. Keep up to date on the competition by following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Mixing sustainable architecture and alcohol, 640East is a unique independent bar constructed from two shipping containers. It boasts a large and open outdoor area, as well as private dining and function rooms available for hire. The perfect setting to make a great event of every occasion!
640East is far from just a bar. Alongside the beer, champagne, cider, cocktails, wines and soft drinks served in the evening, artisan coffee and seasonal food are available throughout the day from 7am. Caravan Coffee Roasters supply an extraordinary seasonal espresso blend and single origin coffee is served all day long. Themenu is a modern twist on Italian classics made from locally sourced produce, as well as a range of unique burgers. We’re talking Alaskan salmon burgers, Cajun chicken burgers, and vegan seitan (wheat gluten) burgers. There is something for everyone to nibble (or drink) on.
640East is the creation of Delancey British Ski and Snowboarding Athlete, Emily Sarsfield, heralded as the first British Female skier to win the Skiing Europa World Cup Race. Find out more about her in a London Living interview here!
A cup of coffee or a pint of cider? What will you be ordering at 640East? Let us know in the comments below!