Friday 25th May

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Daniella Nzekwe

Streets of Peace
From left to right, Chiu Dat, Chris Helme, Glenda Jaxson with East End Promises on the Bottom

Streets of Peace Review

The Colosseum night club is home to London’s niche culture with an array of  urban and LGBT club nights. The Streets of Peace aimed to promote peace through “art and positivity”, so this seemed like a culturally rich venue. Inside the main room was a small stage surrounded by a large dance floor. This was scattered with press, who were armed with professional cameras and access all area passes. I hoped that as the night progressed it would get busier, after all Londoners should be supporting an event that promotes peace on their streets.

The Acts

The Soul Mavericks were performing when I arrived. The best way to describe these dancers, would be a mixture of urban street funk like in You Got Served and contemporary break dancing. I don’t use contemporary lightly – there is no other way to describe these young talents as anything but urban and fresh. Throughout the performance it felt like the dancers were battling with an invisible enemy. This seemed to be a lasting metaphor throughout the event, as young people seek to be individual but face opposition from older generations. Streets of Peace aimed to unite people despite the traditional barriers of age, sex and culture. I felt that the Soul Mavericks embodied this message very well. This is street dance at it’s finest.

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Category: Clubs
Beer festival

Ready, Steady, Drink! The Great British Craft Beer Challenge Festival

England has a long beer drinking tradition that dates back centuries, so what better way to celebrate the summer then with a nice cold beer. In Hackney London fields, sits the relatively secluded London Fields Brewery and today we are here to attend my first beer festival. I am eager to try the large selection of beer and local street food.  After me and my guest were given our pint glasses and food cards – the joys of being part of the press, we were ready to venture in and start the beer tasting.

The Beer

Today Great Britain and Europe are going head to head, with the aim of finding the best beer. My patriotic spirit swayed me to choose a British beer first and that was Magic Rock Carnival .  After my first sip the feelings of summer had disappeared, as my mouth was filled with the bitter after taste of the beer.  On my second sip there was a slight sweet tone, but that was soon over run with a sharp bitterness. At 4.3% this ale may be mild to an experienced beer drinker, but beginners should beware!

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Category: Festivals
A unique dining experience

Healthy Dining made Easy – Gyms Kitchen Review

At the quieter end of Leyton High Road is Gyms Kitchen, the first protein based restaurant in the UK. This quirky eatery is the brain child of three friends with one mission, to make London healthy.  This is more then just lip service, but a genuine ethos as customers are supported in and out of the kitchen, with the option to consult on-site nutritionists. Could healthy eating be exciting and actually taste great?

As I entered the restaurant I noticed press cuttings of celebrity eaters, which were a mixture of sporting and TV stars. The interior was clean and modern, with an open planned kitchen so I could see the food being prepared. The day was stiflingly hot and a handful of people were enjoying their late lunch in the shade of the restaurant, but the garden looked more interesting.

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Category: Restaurants
Turkish, Green Lanes

A Taste of Turkey: Gokyuzu Restaurant Review

Located in the heart of Green Lanes North London, Gokyuzu is the most popular Turkish restaurant on the road. This is an achievement as all the restaurants along the road sell similar food, so what makes Gokyuzu so different?

I arrived to find a long queue, that spilled onto the pavement. People watched the food being prepared through the glass window, the savoury wafts were enough motivation to keep them queuing. Inside the chefs were busy at work, cooking meat and serving salad with practised precision. Thankfully we had a booking so went straight to our table.

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Category: Restaurants