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    WIN David Bowie Walking Tour Tickets

    For many, January will always be remembered as both the anniversary of David Bowie’s birth and death.  When the musician died after an 18 month battle with liver cancer on 10 January  2016 (two days after his 69th birthday), there was a huge outpouring of grief around the world. Thousands and thousands made a pilgrimage to Brixton to visit a mural of his face, which became a huge shrine with flowers piling the streets and spilling onto the road. Bowie changed the world culturally!

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    That’s why I’m excited to report that on what would have been his 70th birthday (8th January 2017), Nick Stephenson is launching the David Bowie Musical Walking Tour in London. This isn’t your average walking tour where you visit key points in Bowie’s life to a factual commentary. You do get the facts, but you get Bowie’s music too, expertly played by Stephenson. This makes it more suitable for those who don’t speak much English and also for those of us who get bored easily. Facts are good, but we all love Bowie’s music more than facts about his life.

    The tour, which will run regularly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will be a 2-hour guided experience through David Bowie’s early life in Brixton, encompassing many rarely celebrated landmarks in one of the most vibrant, independent and striving areas of London.

    For just £10 a ticket, you will be treated to various sites that relate to the legendary singer’s life and death with funny, moving and often surprising anecdotes enthusiastically told throughout the tour by the friendly, charismatic and super knowledgeable Nick Stephenson.

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    The songs performed en route include:

    Space Oddity, Suffragette City, Ashes to ashes, The man who sold the world, Rebel Rebel, Life on Mars? Starman, Drive in Saturday, Heroes

    Landmark areas of the tour include:

    David Bowie Mural – Discover the story behind the mural

    Bowie’s Birthplace and Primary School – School days and family life for the young David Robert Jones

    Pop Brixton – Exciting Community project in the heart of Brixton

    The Ritzy Cinema – Where hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects on the 11th of Jan 2016

    The Brixton Academy – discover what happened when David Bowie returned to Brixton for a homecoming show!

    Photofusion Gallery – The very best in social photography from around Britain including a recent David Bowie exhibition.

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    Nick (above) is a very talented and experienced musician. I would attempt to describe what he’s done, but you can find all the info on his website.

    Want to join a tour? Win a pair of tickets to an 11am or 2pm show on the date of your choice by answering this question. The answer can be found above:

    What date (day and month) is David Bowie’s birthday?

    Email your answer to livelikeavip@gmail.com before 2359 on Saturday 7 January. Usual LLAVIP competition T&Cs apply. Good luck!

    TO BOOK TICKETS (IF YOU DON’T WIN)

    Call +44 (0)7894 550 184 or book via the website https://bowietourlondon.co.uk/tickets/

    Tickets are £10.00 and tours commence outside Brixton tube station. We recommend guests arrive at least 10 minutes early. Tour guide will be by the tourist information map holding a guitar.

     

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  • WIN: VIP Manchester Trip & £100 Bar Tab

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    We’re big fans of The Trading House (photographed above) in London – the cocktails are to die for and the decor is gorgeous – so we are very excited about this competition. How do you fancy winning £100 to spend on delicious cocktails / Champagne / the tipple of your choice? And how about living like a VIP in Manchester? You’ll be  living the life of top footballers / Coronation St stars if you win this prize.

    So what does the competition involve? We’re actually surprised by how easy it is to enter. To mark the 10,000th gig at the Trading House, they’ve made a special plactrum. All you have to do is visit the Trading House in London before 2300 on Wednesday 6 picky and ick up a special 10,000 gigs plectrum. Simply take your best image featuring the plectrum – like their gorgeous host, Pea, is doing in the photo below.

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    Then upload your photo to one of the Trading House London’s social channels – eithers: Twitter @TradingHouse
    Instagram @TradingHouseLondon or via Facebook.

    Remember that entries close at 2300 on Weds 6 July so be quick.

    PS The trip to Manchester is the weekend of 31 July so make sure you are free then before you enter. There will be live music as The Trading House is celebrating its 10,000th gig as a company.

    PPS Head down to The Trading House on Thursday 7 July for a FREE gig! Everyone’s welcome.

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    Competition: Joules Wellies Design Contest

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    Have you ever tried to buy a pair of wellies and felt you wanted a pair that’s just a little bit more fun? Well now you have the ideal opportunity to show off your design skills as Joules is running a competition to encourage us all to show off our creative skills and design the perfect pair of wellington boots.

    If your design is the judges favourite you will win a luxury break worth £5000, 3 nights in a Golden Oak treehouse cabin and lots more. Plus you will  see your boot on sales in Joules stores and Joules.com – you’ll officially be a fashion designer!

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    If you need any more encouragement, then 10 runners-up will each receive a £250 Joules gift card.

    What are you waiting for? Simply visit http://getcreative.joules.com/ and click through to the user friendly design studio to see your design on a boot within minutes.

    All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning wellies will be donated to charity partners via the Joules charity, Charitably Joules. Good luck!

    
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  • WIN: 7 Top Kids DVDs

    Whether you’re a parent, a godparent or an aunt or uncle, we all face the question of how to entertain young children when it’s raining. You can’t always rely on the British summer to provide garden-friendly weather and I find DVDs are essential when kids are around.

    One of my personal favourites is Bing, the CBeebies show, which is fun and educational. It’s so popular among kids that Studio Canal is now launching it’s second Bing DVD – Bing Storytime…And Other Episodes.

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    To celebrate it’s release (on 15 June) I’m pleased to announce we have teamed up with studio canal to give away a bundle of these fabulous DVDs. We have two to give away!

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    The lucky winners will each get: Paddington, Shaun the Sheep The Movie, Dinosaur Train, Doozer, Pajaminals, Bing Swing…And Other Episodes, Bing Storytime…And Other Episodes.

    To enter, answer this QS: When is Bing Storytime…And Other Episodes released on DVD? (Hint: The answer can be found above)

    Email your answer to competitions@livelikeavip.com along with your name and address.

    Competition closes at 2359 on Friday 19 June. Usual Live Like a VIP t&c’s apply. Good luck!

     

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    Competition: Win Hair Products

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    Fed up with waiting ages for your hair to curl? You need to multi-task with Sleep In rollers. 

    It’s the ultimate way to wake up with effortlessly bouncy hair. You’ll save money on blow dries and you’ll save time in the morning.

    The Live Like a VIP team love them and we have a set to give away in this week’s competition. To enter, answer this question:

    QS: What is the name of the mattress on the home page of the mattress retailer Sleeping Duck? Is it (a) Titan (b) Terror (c) Tremendous

    HINT: The answer can be found by looking at the Sleeping Duck homepage here.

    Send your answer with your name and address to competitions@livelikeavip.com  Good Luck!

     

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    WIN: Liquid Gold Prosecco

    Hi VIPs! Have you heard that there could be a global prosecco shortage? Due to bad weather in Italy, where the grapes are grown, and an increased appetite for the fizz that is cheaper than Champagne, prosecco makers may not be able to make enough to fulfil demands.

    What’s a girl (or guy) to do? Stock up! But don’t panic buy. If you want to find a Prosecco that is more glam than the rest, check out Liquid Gold who are our partners in this week’s competition.

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    I’ve just got back from Cannes and Monaco, where Liquid Gold had a presence at the coolest parties, It’s one of the most popular drinks in European nightclubs, but still relatively new in the UK. I don’t know why as have you ever seen such beautiful Prosecco bottles?

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    Liquid Gold are offering two bottles for the lucky winner and you can choose what colour bottles you want us to send you. To enter, answer this question:

    QS: In which country are the grapes grown to make Prosecco?

    Email your answer with your name, address and age to competitions@livelikeavip.com. Entrants must be over 18

    Good luck!

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  • VIP Competition: Drive a Bentley

    Have you heard of Power on Ice? It’s a four day adventure in the Arctic Circle, in the north of Finland. where participants push a range of Bentleys to their limits. And you could be involved as Bentley has donated two free places (including flights and accommodation) as competition prizes!

    -1When the driving has finished there’s snowmobile rides, ice-karting and night-time Huskey-sled safari adventures and even reindeer farm visits to ensure a truly unique experience, with each place normally costing €11,340.

    So how do you enter? And not only enter but help charity at the same time. It’s all through the charity Care2Save, which was created by the fundraising team at St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire, near to Bentley’s HQ in Crewe. Each entry costs £1 and all money raised goes towards hospices and palliative care for St Luke’s and hospices around the world. You can enter as many times as you want – just pay £1 for each entry.

    Enter now on the Care2Save website. (Closing date: 8 Jan 2015)

    GOOD LUCK!

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  • WIN: Cattier Chamapagne And Champagne Tasting Tickets

    Regular readers of Live Like a VIP will know that we LOVE Champagne. The sound of the cork popping adds a new buzz to a social occasion, the fizzes on the tongue that are like little stars and the light taste which lifts your mood and energy levels rather than making you want to sit down and sleep.

    We’re also very fussy about Champagne. If it’s not from the Champagne region then don’t try to pretend to us that it’s of the same standard. We’re purists and that’s why we like Cattier, a French Champagne house founded in 1763. If you win today’s competition you will get to try it too.

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    The Prize: First Prize A bottle of Cattier Champagne AND an invitation to a spectacular Champagne and cheese tasting at the St James Court Hotel, near Buckingham Palace on 16 October.

    Second / Third Prize: A bottle of Cattier Champagne

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    How To Enter: QS – Which village is the Cattier vineyard located in (Hint: The Answer can be found on the Cattier Champagne website)

    Email your answer to competitions@livelikeavip.com by 2359 on Friday 10 October. The winner must be free to attend the Cattier Champagne and British Cheese Board cheese tasting on 16 October at 11am. Winners will be notified on Monday 13 October.

    Good luck!

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  • WIN: VIP Tickets To Fashion Show With Drinks

    We are excited about this competition as money couldn’t buy you this experience.

    We have not one, not two but three pairs of tickets to give away to the Shaped in Mexico fashion evening at the gorgeous Bargehouse at The Oxo Tower Wharf in London.

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    At the Shaped in Mexico fashion event on 9 October  – day two of a five day Shaped in Mexico art fair – you will see shows by world renowned fashion designer Maria Vogel, who’s work has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Nylon and many other leading fashion titles; followed by jewellery designer Mani Malaai, currently captivating the fashion world with her distinctive use of crystal quartz and raw materials. Mani Malaai’s show will also feature lingerie designer Marika Vera.
     
    Music will be performed and provided by innovative electronic producer Leo Leal, an in-demand world touring DJ, releasing music on imprints such as Musik Gewinnt Freunde, Dieb Audio and Inmotion, and Mexico’s godfather of bass music Ezekiel, who has collaborated with major brands including Adidas Football and Vans.
     
    Modern but authentic Mexican food will be provided by Mestizo restaurant, a favorite haunt for London’s Mexican creative community, which will be accompanied by Tequila and Mezcal.
    TO ENTER:  Answer this question – what is the name of the restaurant that will be providing food on the night?
    EMAIL: competitions@livelikeavip.com with your answer, name and address by 2349 on 4 October. You must be free to attend the event, which will start at 7pm on 9 October.  Usual LLAVIP competition T&C’s apply. Three lucky winners will be picked at random.

     

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    50% Off At Steam & Rye: We Try And Test!

    Last week, I wrote a blog post about how girls can get 50% off at Steam And Rye, the city bar that is part-owned by the gorgeous Kelly Brook. I thought it sounded such an amazing deal that I grabbed my sister and we went down to check out the cocktails, the food and the general vibe.

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    The bar’s really easy to get to, just a few steps from Monument / Bank underground station, which was great for us as we were wearing ridiculously tall heels. Girls appreciate shoes, right? And girls also appreciate cocktails, which Steam and Rye has definitely thought of. I can honestly say I have never seen such a creative cocktail menu and I’ve been living like a VIP in London for a long time (eg I set this blog up in 2011).

    To show what I mean, check out the cocktails my sister and I started with.

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    The one on the left is a Five Dollar Shake (which comes with a Fab lolly) and the one on the right is a Monica Lewinsky with chocolate sauce, amaretto, whipped cream, hazelnut liqueur and oreo cookies. YUM!

    While consuming these little beauties we spotted these mad creations:

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    The one on the left is called Maize Balls and that is actual popcorn at the top of the ‘glass’. Inside is  Mount Gay XO, Lemon, Coconut and Caramel Popcorn Syrup. On the left we have a Mile High with rum, lemon and bubbly plus a paper aeroplane. But, of course!

    Then you have a Kansas City Shuffle (below left) made from a blend of rums, absinthe, port and grenadine which is then topped with a handful of monkey nuts or the Dead Man’s Boot, chilli-infused Don Julio Tequila, Vanilla, Ginger Beer and Lemon.

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    The Mississippi Lullaby was also pretty impressive. It was served flaming inside a fire bucket!

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    Normally these cocktails would be good value for what they are (between £9 and £12.50) but remember there is 50% off! None of the cocktails above are more expensive than £6.25. That’s less than the price of a glass of prosecco / vodka lime and soda in most bars and WAYYYYY more interesting.

    But as the drinks are so spectacular. does this mean that food is just an after-thought? Not at all. My sister had a 500g cheeseburger served with a lobster tail and fries. Look at this juicy spread:

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    I opted for the lobster itself, which was served with a delicious creamy and herby butter. A small lobster is normally £16.95 but this was £8.50. Lobster for under £10. If heaven was a place on earth then Steam and Rye would be part of it.

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    I wasn’t sure if the photos I took did it all justice so I found one online that looked exactly the same as what we ate. The onion rings (bottom right) were huge with crispy batter and a perfectly soft onion. Just the way I like it, especially dunked in ketchup.

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    At Steam and Rye you can definitely pig out, which is what we did, but if you want a lighter meal so you can focus on the drinks, try a lobster roll. Its lobster and mayo in a tasty brioche bun. I think I need to go back to try this and at 50% off I certainly plan to.

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    My sister and I shared a single portion of ice cream (salted caramel) to finish, which came with banana and pecan nuts to add eve more interest – this place is full of little extras that you don’t need but love.  If you were in a big group then you could order a sharing dessert, which is a sundae big enough for six people. I saw the table next to me order it and it came in a Martini glass that was bigger than my head. I would not order a big main course if you were considering ordering this!

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    As for the venue itself, it was packed. There was a live band playing as we ate, which added to the atmosphere but I did find it a bit noisy at times. This would be good if you were going with someone you know well and don’t want to make small talk with and it’s definitely good if you want to dance off the calories. But I would say that maybe don’t expect to have a conversation with the person sitting opposite you.

    Aside from that, a lot of effort has gone into the venue which manages to look like a moving train and a train station all at once. The booths in the restaurant have screens with scenery showing on the walls, making them the windows of the train. The bar is the station and it reminds me of Grand Central in New York. What do you think?

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    If you’re interested in doing this and getting 50% off all food and drink on a Wednesday just email Laura@steamandrye.com.

    Tweet us – @livelikeavip – and let us know how you get on.

    Visit Steam And Rye’s website for more details.

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