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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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    50% Off Steam & Rye Cocktails And Dinner

    LADIES! HALF PRICE OFF COCKTAILS!  That got your attention, didn’t it? It gets better. I’m talking cocktails from one of the best new bars in London, which is part owned by Kelly Brook and visited by tons of celebs from TV stars to musicians. Not only do they taste delicious, but each one looks like a work of art due to the unique style it’s served in. Glasses are so old-fashioned.

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    Steam and Rye is located in the heart of the city of London with a 1920s Gatsby-eque American vibe. You could start the evening with some hearty American food (there’s 50% off that with this girls-only deal too) and then dine or drink in sophisticated surroundings either in the main bar.

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    Or in the cocktail carriage…

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    If this doesn’t make you thirsty then just look at some of the celebs spotted stumbling out of the venue recently – Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, Little Mix and actress Jorgie Porter.

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    So you might be wondering what you need to do to get this deal? The happy news is that it’s dead simple…as long as you’re female (sorry guys, us girls have to have some perks).

    Simply email  Laura@steamandrye.com and say ‘I want to be part of the sorority club.’ Once accepted, you will receive 50% off food and drinks on Wednesday nights and there are often extra perks like live music and entertainment and Steam And Rye’s handsome cowboy waiters.

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    The T-Rex is a sharing cocktail on the menu at Steam & Rye…so snap to it if you want to get the 50% off!

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  • WIN: A Handcrafted Shoe Made From CHOCOLATE

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    Following the success of the Cadbury Joy Boutique, opened exclusively for two days in May, LivelikeaVIP.com has teamed up with Cadbury to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a hand crafted, solid chocolate miniature shoe together with some chocolate goodies, from Cadbury’s Joy Boutique which was opened by Myleene Klass.

    You could win one of these beauties:

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    With nearly half of the country (43%) claiming they’d choose shopping for fancy footwear and clothes over playing sports or relaxing with a book, Cadbury created a one off pop up Joy Boutique bringing Brits their biggest joy in solid Cadbury chocolate. And the celebs love it too. Jameela Jamil, dressed in an ASOS jacket and American Apparel leggings and carrying a sunny yellow Lulu Guinness handbag, posed happily with shoes like our lucky winner could win.

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    Made in Chelsea’s Ashley James also came down to enjoy the treats with Myleene Klass. Myleene’s gorgeous purple dress is actually from Littlewoods, FYI.

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    This is part of the latest on-pack promotion from Cadbury, where thirty lucky people have the chance to win their ultimate joy crafted in real Cadbury chocolate. Cadbury are also giving people the chance to make their dreams come true, with a joyful surprise worth up to £5,000. With three winners to date, make sure you don’t miss out!

    Competition ends 30 June 2014. To enter, email your name and address to competitions@livelikeavip.com A winner will be chosen at random.

    About Mondelēz International
    Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2012 revenue of $35 billion.  Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com and www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational.

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  • Win: The Real Greek Restaurant Vouchers And Cookbook

    Did you read my restaurant review of The Real Greek? I had one of the best meals I’ve ever had in London and it completely changed the way I thought about Greek food. Now thanks to the restaurant’s consultant Tonia Buxton, the star of TV’s My Greek Kitchen and My Cyprus Kitchen, we have a way for you to experience the food in the restaurant and at home…just like I did.

    zoe-toniaThere’s a special reason why we’re doing this competition now. Tonia has just given me a demonstration of how to make four Greek dishes and I will be uploading these to YouTube very soon. It is possible to make healthy, tasty dishes and not only impress your friends and family but do them a favour as they’ll be eating something that’s good for them.

    I’ll pick three lucky winners, who will all receive a £10 voucher for a meal at The Real Greek location of their choice and a signed copy of Tonia’s amazing cook book so they can get inspired at home. The book is packed full of photos so you can see what it’s meant to look like, plus there’s information about Greek culture and the history of the food to give it a bit of background. It’s so easy to dip in and dip out of, depending on what occasion you’re cooking for.

    tonia-bookTo enter, answer this question:

    QS: Name one of the locations of the Real Greek’s restaurants (answers can be found on The Real Greek website)

    Email your answer with your name and address to competitions@livelikeavip.com by 2359 on 31 March. GOOD LUCK!

     Live Like a VIP Competition T&Cs apply

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  • WIN: Six Months Subscription To DoingSomething.co.uk

    Sushi making masterclass, anyone? Table tennis and a meal in an underground supper club? Taking a tour of London’s museums late at night? Don’t these activities sound a lot better than going to the pub for a drink?

    When you’re single, it’s really easy to waste a lot of your life in the pub, going for a drink with a potential date. If you like the date, it’s all well and good as hopefully your second date will be at a nice restaurant. But in the grand scheme of things, most of us will go through a lot of first dates before we meet someone we click with. And I’m starting to get a bit fed up of going down the pub. This is why I am so happy to tell all you single and fun-loving people about the dating site Doing Something. 

    At the start of March, I will be starting a new dating feature in association with Doing Something to show you just how VIP dating can be, but for now I have a COMPETITION!
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    The first piece of happy news I have today is that I have a code for all of my readers to get £10 off all Doing Something subscriptions. That’s 30% off the one month plan! Simply enter the code VIPLIFE at registration.

    The second is one lucky winner can win a free six months subscription (RRP £65).

    To enter, simply answer this question:

    QS: What is the code you need to enter to get 10% off Doing Something? (Hint: The answer can be found above)

    Email your answer with your address and a contact phone number to competitions@livelikeavip.com Usual Live Like a VIP terms and conditions apply. Enter before 2359 on Sunday 9 March. GOOD LUCK!

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  • WIN: Teeth Whitening By Oasis Dental Care

    Fancy a dazzling whiter smile to kick off the New Year?

    Then you need to enter this competition for the opportunity to receive a fabulous teeth whitening treatment courtesy of your nearest Oasis Dental Care practice.

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    The teeth whitening treatment will involve your nearest Oasis Dental Care dentist preparing a whitening solution for your teeth which you can use in the comfort of your own home. The special whitening trays will have been made exclusively for you – meeting the exact measurements of your teeth, and delivering maximum results and comfort.

    Oasis is a leading provider of dental care, with over 2 million patients across the UK. Established in 1996, Oasis is now proud to offer over 200 practices across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    To enter, answer the question below and email it with your name and address to competitions@livelikeavip.com before 2359 on 9 February 2014.

    QS What year was Oasis established? (Hint: Answer can be found above)

    Please be aware that not all patients are suitable for teeth whitening treatment, your suitability will be assessed by your Oasis Dental Care dentist. The winner will receive a single course of home teeth whitening. Entrants must be residents of the UK (including Northern Ireland). No cash alternative is available. Not every practice offers the treatment, therefore the winner can choose from their nearest practices which do offer the treatment. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

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  • WIN: Luxury Rose Skincare

    It’s a new year and that means time for a fresh new start. My resolution is to cut the junk out of my life in all areas. Not just the junk food but the ways of working that just aren’t efficient or useful. I mean, what is the point of me writing posts on Live Like a VIP that you, the readers, don’t find interesting?

    I’ve made up a 10 question poll that I would like as many people to complete as possible. It will help me polish Live Like A VIP and ensure that we all have a fruitful 2014. As an incentive, I’m going to enter everyone that takes the survey into a prize draw to win some fresh and fragrant rose skincare products – Bliss moisturising rose day cream, Welleda wild rose intensive facial masque and Rose & Co apothecary rose petal salve.

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    I’ll even throw in a signed copy of my book Get Rich Blogging (as I do explain the importance of blog market research in this book)

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    To enter, please follow the link to Take Our Survey!

    Then answer this question:

    QS: What is the third question in the survey?

    Email your answer to competitions@livelikeavip.com with your  name and address before 2359 on Friday 31 January.

    Live Like A VIP Terms & Conditions apply.

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  • WIN: £50 Selfridges Gift Voucher

    Advent Calendar Competition: 24 December

    The last day of the advent calendar is always the most special so today I have the best prize for you. How would you like £50 to spend on whatever you want at Selfridges?

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    You could spend it on some new shoes or something for your home or maybe some new make-up to start 2014 in style. And if you don’t live near a Selefridges, you can also spend the vouchers online at Selfridges.com.

    To enter, simply answer this question:

    QS: What is the name of the iconic London street that the main entrance of Selfridges London is on? 

    Email VIPadventComp@gmail.com with your answer, name and address to be in with a chance to win. Good luck!

    Closing Date: 2349 on 22 December – be quick!

    Live Like a VIP competitions T&Cs apply,

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  • WIN: More Space In Your House

    Advent Calendar Competition: 23 December

    So far, I’ve given away a lot of products (22 to be precise) in the Live Like a VIP advent calendar but how would you like to win the gift of space?
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    I know this sounds like an odd concept but don’t worry I’m not giving away something like hot air. I’ve teamed up with Lovespace to offer you storage for some of the household items you don’t use all year round. A lot of people tend to have lots of stuff they use, but not daily, probably not even monthly, but they don’t want to throw it away. Lovespace allows you to start living a bigger life without having to throw anything away or move house.

    At Lovespace, you pay by the box, instead of renting out a huge room. This is great if you have a few clothes or shoes (like Mariah Carey’s situation below) that are more suited to summer so you put them away for a few months and then retrieve them when they’re needed. Why live surrounded by clutter when you’re not always using it?
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    The prize is storage for 1 box for 6 months storage or 2 boxes for 3 months or 6 boxes for 1 month – the winner can pick, depending on their needs.

    To enter, simply answer this super simple question:

    QS: What date of the month is Christmas Eve?

    Email VIPadventComp@gmail.com with your answer, name, date of birth and address to be in with a chance to win. Good luck!

    Closing Date: 2349 on 22 December – be quick!

    Live Like a VIP competitions T&Cs apply,

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  • WIN: A Case Of Blue Nun Sparkling Gold Wine

    Advent Calendar Competition: 20 December

    I love the feeling of fizz popping on my tongue, I love the sound of a sparkling wine bottle popping and I love the look gold…and now I am excited to report that we can get them all in the same product! And today you could win a case of it to taste it for yourself. Ideal for festive celebrations, we’ve got a case of Blue Nun Sparkling Gold white wine, complete with distinctive fine flecks of delicate 22 carat gold leaf to WIN!

    Blue Nun has crafted the Gold Edition with a full, rounded flavour, a light and elegant style wine has the exciting addition of gold flecks to highlight the natural effervescence of sparkling white wine ( alc 11.00%).    These cute, mini bottles -20cl – make the ideal stocking fillers too!

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    If you don’t win, rest assured they are easy to get hold of and great value for money. They’re available to buy from Rhythm & Booze stores nationwide, or on-line from www.drinksdirect.co.uk  or www.thedrinkshop.com priced at under £10 for a 75cl bottle.   Or priced at £2.25 for the 200ml bottles from ASDA stores nationwide.

    However, to enter the competition to win a case of the fabulous fizz simply answer this question:

    QS: What is the alcohol percentage (%) of Blue Nun Sparkling Gold White Wine?

    Email VIPadventComp@gmail.com with your answer, name, date of birth and address to be in with a chance to win. Good luck!

    Closing Date: 2349 on 22 December – be quick!

    Live Like a VIP competitions T&Cs apply, ENTRANTS MUST BE OVER 18.

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