GVSCo website launch. We’re Live!

It has been a long road since 2014 and the humble beginnings of our social media campaigns. Over the two years we have developed and built an amazing following and that is down to you guys, believing, sharing and supporting us. We cannot thank you enough; all the time and work our end would have been for nothing if it wasn’t for all your constant support.

All of this love and work has brought us to this point the WEBSITE LAUNCH! We are so stoked to say that the website is now complete and live:

http://www.greatventuresurfco.com

Please get online and check it out, and let us know what you think. Additionally please spread the word as much as you can.

GVS Co. was set up with one mission in mind – to create a place where the surfing community can access the best independent and emerging brands throughout the surfing world. Our aim was to champion the little guy, promote the true craftsmen and to keep you up to date with the next big thing and we certainly believe we’ve achieved this.

We are working with people that we like and respect and it is very important to us that everyone we take on this journey, shares our passion for ethical manufacturing and are having a positive impact on the world.

We are constantly growing and evolving, bringing new brands and products on board so take a look around, sign up to the mailing list and keep in touch, and make sure you come along for the ride!

Much love, stay stoked,

GVSCo.

The Beautiful Town of Ericeira, Portugal

2016 has been a very exciting year for us and we’ve been to some incredible places, but very few can surpass the beautiful Portuguese coast line and the wonderful fishing town of Ericeira.

The town of Ericeira is famous for its surf and incredible beaches, but there is so much to enjoy here on top of the swell; beautiful seafood restaurants, enticing independent bars and an exploding culture are begging to be enjoyed.

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We stayed for four days in a brilliant apartment high above the old town boasting a balcony view with sight lines from Foz do Lisandro  in the south right across to the beach at Matadouro to the north.

Having arrived late on the Monday we spent the first full day getting our bearings and investigating the local surroundings. A short walk down the hill from our apartment towards the coast led us straight on to the boulevard, which stretches from the edge of the old town to the beach at Matadouro, home to some of Ericeira’s best surf. On the boulevard is a charming café where we sat for a late breakfast and coffee. Right on the path, Esplanada Sebastiao Café is the perfect place for a bite to eat and a coffee whilst enjoying the sea breeze and the often glorious sunshine.

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From here we walked along the coast to the already highly credited Matadouro beach front, here we stood and watched the busy waters of the late morning and planned the surfing lessons we went to Portugal to take. Down on the seafront we met Sami, surfer and owner of Activity Surf Centre, but more about them to come.

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This beautiful spot is an absolute must for all holiday makers, surfers and explorers trekking along the coast. There is access to Matadouro beach, where at low tide you can walk out across the rocks and shallows for 100’s of meters. Overlooking the gold sandy beach is a wonderful seating area which is provided by a perfectly placed American style pop up eatery serving a range of classic food and drink. This is one of my fondest memories of Ericeira, sitting with my feet up enjoying a beer and basking in the glorious heat of the late afternoon.

For the remainder of the day we walked leisurely back into Town to get our first taste of classic Portugal. We drifted in between cobbled streets dressed with white and blue buildings until we arrived at the town centre. From here we ducked down a side street and came across Cassa Portuguesa an authentic restaurant on the corner of Esperanca and Outubro. We sat on the street in the sunshine and both enjoyed freshly caught Octopus; not our usually plate of choice but honestly it was incredible, the rumours of the sensational seafood in Ericeira were true. Finishing our meal and topping off our water we received the bill.  One of the great surprises of Portugal and Ericeira was that it is dramatically cheaper than the rest of Europe, in fact you could certainly enjoy yourselves on a budget, enjoying Portugal with out breaking the bank.

For the week that we were staying in Ericeira the Portuguese Surf Film Festival was on, showing two films each evening on a variety of surf culture issues. This was too good of an opportunity to miss so we purchased tickets for every night we were there.  The films typically ran from 9pm until 11pm, which meant that after a few drinks beforehand we were usually ready to head home and get some rest before the morning surfs lessons.

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The following days passed by in a brilliant routine of surfing in the morning and enjoying lunch at Matadouro; then heading back home to change before walking down into the old town to eat at one of the many seafood restaurant, then watching a few surf films in the evening. We rarely had reservations, but this was not an issue if you are ok with eating between 7pm and 8:30pm as the Portuguese like most Europeans tend to eat dinner a lot later than us British.

The second evening we ate at a place called Restaurante Tik-Tak, decorated with nautical themed antiques with a wonderful collection of wine on display throughout the walkways.   Located directly opposite Cassa Portuguesa where we ate lunch the day before. This choice was not made because of its location, in fact it came highly recommended and with great reviews. We got to the restaurant just before 7, found all the tables were reserved and they were completely full for the evening. However one of the staff noticed us reading the menu and kindly highlighted that there was a table for two reserved at 8, but if we were happy to finish our meal within the hour she could seat straight away. Another example of the kind and friendly nature of the people in Ericeira.

The meal itself was divine. Nicole had the catch of the day and I had Monkfish Rice with Prawns. Although we only had an hour the staff weren’t pushy and the service was expertly delivered with recommendations for drinks and bars for after. We left the table at 7:55pm completely satisfied and raving about another brilliant meal.

On our third evening we decided to treat ourselves and we ate at a beautiful seafront restaurant called Esplanada Furnas. This restaurant is idyllically placed, right on rocks with a view of horizon supplied by the restaurant glass fronting. A wonderful piece to Esplanada Furnas’s romantic charm is the option to choose your fish from the counter upon entry, where the staff then grill it there and then. We had an entrée of barnacles and prawns; a messy affair but definitely worth it, the barnacles were superb. Our main was the Flounder we had picked at the start, grilled to perfection and professionally served. Perhaps not the choice of fish if you’re looking for a fish with a lot of meat on the bones, but a wonderfully light and flavourful fish. We stayed for a while after we finished our mains and watched the sun go down; this was possibly one of the most beautiful views and moments we have had on a holiday and if you do make it to Ericeira you must head down to coast on a clear evening.

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On our final evening we ate at Restaurant Prim and much like our evening at Restaurant Tik-Tak this place was all reserved and we hadn’t made a reservation. Classic! But true to form the wonderful restaurateurs of Ericeira found us a table. We sat down at 7pm and had to be at the Town Hall for 8 for our final evening at the surf film festival. Once again the staff were expert and helped us with our orders and drink choices, which came in plenty of time for us to enjoy at a slightly increased pace, but still one of pleasant company. Nicole and I both had the steak, a change in diet and menu after days of fish and other seafood. Perhaps it was the overdosing on fish that made the steak all the better, but it was so good.

So ladies and gents that concludes our whistle stop tour of Ericeira, the restaurants and the beautiful spots we found. In short you have to visit for the surf, the food and most importantly the place.

GVSCO x

The London Surf Film Festival

Another day, another film festival! So we are continuing on what appears to be our world tour of Surf Film Festivals and are off to the Gala evening of the London leg this evening. It is definitely becoming one of the biggest surf film festivals on the circuit and seems to just be going from strength to strength!

In terms of recommendations, tonight will in fact be our third time watching the fantastic Icelandic film ‘The Accord’. This has been GVS Co’s favourite films throughout both Bristol and Ericeira Surf Film Festivals as not only is it beautiful it is absolutely hilarious.  We were even lucky enough to meet the main man Heiðar Logi Elíasson when we were in Bristol and not only is he a great surfer he was just an all round nice dude. So if you can make it down tonight, make sure you check it out.

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Don’t fret if you can’t make it down today as this year not only are they hosting two nights at the Genesis cinema in East London but they are also holding two further nights a week later in a Cinema in central London.

The Line up is looking jam packed with goodies, so if you can get down make sure you do. The following schedule has come from their website and includes all links and info that you will need to get your tickets booked.

 

THURSDAY 22 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Peninsula Mitre  Dir. Gauchos del Mar, 2016 

From the multi award winning filmmakers, Gauchos del Mar comes this stunning travelogue. Undertaking a 2 month journey on foot to the uncharted South American Tierra del Fuego Province, the two brothers Joaquin and Julian Azulay set out in search of a mysto, world-class wave that has never before been surfed. They must overcome unforgiving terrain, serious injury and a harsh climate but will they find what they are looking for. A true tale of exploration capturing the spirit of surf adventure. An inspirational tale to stir the wanderlust.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Beauty & Chaos Dir. James Skerritt 
LONDON PREMIERE: The Accord Dir. RC Cone
Shorties shortlisted film

Peninsula Mitre: UK Premiere London Surf / Film Festival 2016

THURSDAY 22 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Sorria  Dir. Gabriel Novis, 2016 

Sorria or “smile” in Portuguese will make you do just that. Serving up an all star cast of Brazil’s hottest talents from Yago Dora and Filipe Toledo to Caio Ibelli Sorria takes performance surfing to the next level.  Featuring the eye widening waves of Mexico, Indo, California and Hawaii, Director Gabriel Novis has produced what Surfing Magazine has called, “the first surf film to rival the likes of Steele’s, Neville’s or Joe G.’s in terms of high performance surfing with, well…a point.” And we whole heartedly agree. Combining incredible cinematography, killer sound track and dream like waves, this is not to be missed.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Inna da Caribbean Dir. Arthur Bourbon
Presented by surfer / filmmaker Arthur Bourbon
Shorties shortlisted film

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: The Zone  Dir. Jack Coleman, 2016 

Award winning independent filmmaker Jack Coleman serves up an alternate surfing dimension to blow minds. Featuring the fins free wizardry of Derek Hynd and Ryan Burch as well as mind blowing artistry from the likes of Rob Machado, Alex Knost, Ari Browne, Ozzie Wright and Bryce Young through Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, and California THE ZONE is pure, must see, mind expanding inspiration.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: The Adventures of NASASA, Dir. Ian Lewis
UK PREMIERE: The Road to Galicia, Dir. Luke Pilbeam 
Presented by surfers Mike Lay & Elsie Pinniger
Shorties shortlisted film

The Zone Jack Coleman UK Premiere London Surf Film Festival 2016

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: View From A Blue Moon Dir. Blake Kueny, 2015 

This hotly anticipated film follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favourite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence accompanied by Bruce Irons, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Eli Olson, Jamie O’Brien, Jack Robinson, Koa Rothman, Jordy Smith, Koa Sith, Frank Solomon, Felipe Toledo, continues to redefine just what is possible in the ocean. The first surf film shot entirely in 4K this film was made for the big screen.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: BrotherBruce Irons Dir. Sebastien Zanella (20 mins)
WORLD PREMIERE: Persistence of Hope Dir. Roger Sharp (5 min)
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: View From A Blue Moon Dir. Blake Kueny, 2015 

This hotly anticipated film follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favourite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence accompanied by Bruce Irons, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Eli Olson, Jamie O’Brien, Jack Robinson, Koa Rothman, Jordy Smith, Koa Sith, Frank Solomon, Felipe Toledo, continues to redefine just what is possible in the ocean. The first surf film shot entirely in 4K this film was made for the big screen.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: BrotherBruce Irons Dir. Sebastien Zanella (20 mins)
WORLD PREMIERE: Persistence of Hope Dir. Roger Sharp (5 min)
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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FRIDAY 30 SEPT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Fire & Water  Dir. Thomas Brookins, 2016 (73 mins) 

From award wining documentary filmmaker Thomas Brookins comes the compelling tale of Fire & Water. In the late 1950’s Don Eichin and a small crew of pioneering NY surfers set out to make a life in Hawaii, testing their wits in the infamous big waves of Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline & Waimea with some of the greatest named legends of the time. Combining incredible never before seen archive Bolex footage with candid tales, interviews and stunning surf action from New York’s finest, and featuring the likes of Rusty Miller, Rob Machado, Ricky Grigg, Mikey DeTemple, Kassia Meador Balaram Stack, Greg Noll, et al, this award-winning, eye-opening exposition confirms New York’s place in the surfing world.

Showing with:

UK PREMIERE: Surfing Europe: Surfing Farmers Dir. Matt Crocker & James Dean (5 min) Presented by the filmmakers
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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FRIDAY 30 SEPT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 2// 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: Dirty Old Wedge Dir. Tim Burnham, 2016 (60 mins) 

The Wedge is a mythical man-made mutant.  Since its creation, people have flocked to stand and stare in awe as a tight crew of surfers and bodysurfers take on the monstrous waves where injuries are common and where deaths have occurred. Featuring epic womping, wipeouts, hard charging and insight from Keith Malloy, Mark Cunningham, Ron Romanosky   Mike Stewart, Danny Kwock, Bill Sharp and the hard charging WEDGE CREW this multi-award winning documentary is an epic ‘eyes-on-stalks’ visceral feast not to be missed! Presented by the filmmaker and accompanied by a Q+A

Showing with:

Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

London Surf Film Festival 2016 LONDON PREMIERE: Dirty Old Wedge Dir. Tim Burnham,

SATURDAY 1 OCT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 1// 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Chasing Zero CJ MIRRA and Chris McClean, 2016 (60 min)

Having collaborated on a number of award winning projects, composer/ musician CJ Mirra and filmmaker Chris McClean bring their other-worldly live audio visual interactive cinematic experience to London. CJ Mirra’s haunting soundscapes, original scores and improvised performance and Chris McClean’s evocative cold water cinematography combine to create a sublime, one-off performance. Synthesisers, guitars, vocals and live processing will be soundtracking some of the most dark and beautiful surf footage which McClean will be projecting and manipulating live to create this immersive and interactive performance, not to be missed. A very special live audio / visual one off performance accompanied by Q+A

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Bruce Gold Dir. Anders Melchoir (7 mins) – Presented by the filmmaker
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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SATURDAY 1 OCT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 2// 9pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Forbidden Trim Dir. George Trimm, 2016 (75 mins) 

A very special 35 mm screening presented by the filmmaker, Forbidden Trim is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated movies – for good reason. Here’s the scenario: using a group of surfers for cover, a crack commando is sent deep into the jungle on a clandestine mission to eliminate the global crime syndicate, the Caldera Network.

In the words of the film’s director George Trimm, “It’s a Grindhouse, Surfing, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy, War film.” What’s not to love? Shot on Super 8 and 16mm and combining classic B movie vibes, with a killer, custom scored sound track and some of the world’s most stylish surfers – Alex Knost, Jared Mell, Harrison Roach et al – this celebration of truly independent filmmaking is definitely not your standard surf movie.

A very special 35mm screening accompanied by Filmmaker Q+A and Forbidden Trim Band

Showing with:
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

Forbidden Trim UK PREMIERE LONDON SURF FILM FESTIVAL

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So hopefully see you there!

Stay Stoked GVS Co.

 

Our Long Weekend in Rome; Day 2 by Alec Warriner

On our second day in Rome we took upon ourselves to jump on a tour bus. There are now many choices for tours and from what we could gather they all covered pretty much the same stops, but what you don’t want is to get scalped for over priced tickets from an unsavory character in the street. So our tip is to head to Roma Termini, which is the main train / bus station in Rome as a lot of the tours start here and you can buy legitimate tickets from the tours themselves.

The tour we chose went as far out as the Vatican City which was our main goal for the day and as most do provided the luxury of being able to jump on and off at landmarks. The one thing I will say on this is be sure to plan when you want to get off and on as the stops do get very crowded and you could be waiting for several buses to come before you are allowed on.

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The first half of the tour took us around ancient Rome and having experienced most of this on foot the day before we stuck to our original plan stayed on until the Vatican City stop. This was of course perfectly enjoyable,as although it was mid Feb and slightly nippy the weather was clear blue skies and we could sit on the top deck and listen to audio talk us through the histories of Rome.

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Once we arrived at the Vatican City we hopped off and walked across St. Angelo Bridge. Built in 134 A.D the bridge gives access to Castel San’Angelo, a vast circular 2nd Century castle now used to house a collection of Renaissance furniture and paintings. But equally as interesting, Castel San’Angelo was the hiding place of Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome.

We walked with the crowds up to St. Peters square and not for the first time nor the last we were stunned by the architectural beauty of the buildings. We stood in the square and avoided the many people trying to persuade us to part with our cash and follow them to someone selling tickets to the Sistine Chapel. Another tip here guys is to try and be as early as possible if you want to visit the Sistine Chapel and purchase your tickets at licence vendors; there plenty many in the square. We chose not to go into the Chapel as the line which was HUGE, because we did not get there early ha.

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After walking back across St Angelo Bridge we caught the open topped bus for the second half of our tour of Rome and settled back into the romantic audio of our tour guide and historic Rome. Our next stop was the Spanish steps and by this time the afternoon was coming to end and a beautiful purple sunset was on its way.

Unfortunately the majority of the steps were closed to the public due to much need TCL, but we were able to walk down the right hand side of them. Even then the marble was spectacular looking and smooth enough to slide down, not advisable. As expected the Spanish Steps and the area around the baroque ship fountain at the foot of the steps was packed with tourists taking photos, which makes getting any personal photos quite difficult, but when in Rome you need to give it a go!

If you can be at the steps for the end of the day it is 100% worth it as the sun strikes the Trinita dei Monti, which is the 16th century church at the top of the steps and creates another amazing photo opportunity. Our photo of this was taken from the balcony of a wonderful little restaurant called Mariotti, which is directly to the right of the steps if you’re standing at the top.  We perched there for an hour or so drinking prosecco and red wine whilst the sun went down on our 2nd day.

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We ended our day with a wonderful evening walk through the streets to Trevi Fountain, which is a short walk from the steps and only took us 15/20mins after a few large glasses of wine. This for me was the most impressive moment of our trip, the fountain after dark is illuminated by underwater lighting creating a magical environment and stunning view of the statues grandeur. Once again the crowds are slightly too many, but be patient and get the all-important selfie with the fountain and throw a coin over your shoulder into the water, making a wish!

To be continued…

The Isle of May – Puffin Watching! By Nicole Duncan

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Scotland you should definitely try and make your way over to the Isle of May. The Isle of May is a small island located off the East coast of Scotland and is a National Nature Reserve site. Considering it is a tiny island, it is home to a huge amount of of wildlife including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Cormorants, Terns and Grey Seals and although there are no permanent residents there are often people staying there for a few days to study the animals and plants.

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The only way you can get to the island is by taking a boat trip from Anstruther or Crail, it takes around an hour, but no worries, there is a bar on the boat!!

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Once you land you get a quick talk about the island and what to expect and then you are set on your way. One bt of advice I would strongly recommend that you follow is to **stay out of the way of the Terns!    The season in which the boat trips happen also coincides with breeding season and this makes them very territorial and they will swoop and peck at you if they think that you are too close to their nests. Be warned they do actually hit you, I learned this the hard way!

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Once you get past the terrors that are the Terns, the rest of the trip is far more relaxing! You are left to wander around the island using the paths that have been marked out, avoiding the 46,000 puffin nests that are hidden in the surrounding earth. The abundance of wildlife around the island is incredible and for anyone even slightly interested in photography it is an absolute dream.

There is also a huge population of seals on the island and one of them decided to follow us around for a while! We also even managed to catch a glimpse of a dolphin but unfortunately we weren’t able to get any pictures of them.

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The main reason for taking this trip however is to see the puffins and you literally couldn’t miss them as there are over 100,000 of them on the island at the height of summer!

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Top Tips for the Isle of May:

**Dress for cold weather/rain, have layers so you can take them off if you are warm.

**Take a hat or a jacket with a hood to save you from the Tern attacks!

**Take a packed lunch as there are no shops on the island and you can only buy snacks and drinks on the boat.

**Make sure your camera is fully charged as you will have LOADs of things you will want to take photos of.

You get to stay on the island for just under three hours, so this gives you pleanty of time to take all the photographs you would like and then once you return to the mainland, make sure and visit the Anstruther Fish and Chip bar – it has won the best chippy in Scotland for several years and it certainly lives up to the name!

N.

 

 

 

 

Central London – The Food Guide! By Nicole Duncan

When exploring London, deciding where to go to eat and drink can get quite overwhelming as there are SO many options! I have put together a collection of my top recommendations along with a few sneaky tips  and tricks for your time in this fabulous capital city.

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First of all a few essential apps to download:

  • **City mapper – This app will tell you all combination of  trains/tubes/walking/taxi etc that you would need to take to get to your destination. An absolute must have.
  • **Uber so that you can get taxis quickly and cheaply.

If you do decided to go to any of the following places it might be a good idea to try and book, some places don’t do bookings at all in which case just turn up but always good to double check this. Be warned you will need to wait to get seated in most places – but this is ok as they usually have a bar!

Bone Daddies – This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. It serves a series of different Ramen  (hearty Asian noodle soup) and you can pair that up with a number of  different sides. The service is fast and friendly, it is reasonably priced and the accompanying 70/80s punk music is a great addition to the experience. You also have bibs and hair bobbles on the tables, to stop getting Ramen all over you!

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Caravan Kings Cross – Famous for it’s breakfast and it’s relaxed attitude, this is a great place to grab some nice coffee and have some delicious food. Based in a listed Victorian building, the setting is almost as good as the food!.

Franco Manca is a sourdough pizza place which started off as a small independent restaurant in Brixton Village. It has exploded in popularity and is now all over the city! It is reasonably priced and has a great relaxed atmosphere.

Flat Iron – This is a steak house that only has one cut on it’s menu which is the ‘Flat Iron’. They will occasionally have other specials on but their menu is incredibly small, simple and extremely tasty. The best part of all of this is that it is only £10 for the Flat Iron steak which in London is an absolute steal! You also get given a meat cleaver instead of a knife and these are available to buy too, should you wish to. Cheap and delicious and good craft beers too!

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Wahaca is a Mexican street food restaurant- really good and reasonably priced too. Does amazing cocktails and you can choose either to get 3 or 4 of the smaller dishes or one of larger main plates. It is very different to your bog standard Mexican burrito joint and offers a wide variety of seasonal and exciting options. This is also another place which started off with just one restaurant and has spread like wildfire across the city.

Bubbledogs – Offers up the unusual combination of Champagne and gourmet hot dogs. It is a bit of a gimmick to be honest but never the less quite a fun night out ** Also note that through the back there is a secret Restaurant called The Kitchen Table. This won a Michelin star back in 2014 and you have the unique experience of sitting around the kitchen and watching and interacting with the chef.

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Honest Burger – in my opinion is one of the best burgers in London and the rosemary chips are not to be missed! Again, this venue also has some nice craft beers.

Breakfast Club – As you would guess,  is a great place for breakfasts and I love it’s huge menu of pancakes! It is an American themed restaurant and in it’s Spittalfields branch even has it’s own Speakeasy bar. **To get into this bar you need to go through the SMEG fridge door and then give a password. (Password can be found on the website or their twitter). The bar is called ‘The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town’ and it has a great menu of cocktails and accompanying bar food menu.

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Sticks and Sushi – This is a chain of restaurants from Denmark and specialisies in traditional Sushi and Yakatori sticks and is absolutely delicious. They also have ahuge wine and cocktail menu that goes along with the food nicely!

-Big Easy – This is another American themed restaurant however this is a place that specialising in BBQ’d meat and food of the South.  ** I would definitely advise pre-booking here. It also has a huge selection of Bourbon and cocktails. It is a little more expensive than some of the other places on the list but the portion sizes are huge and you also get your own bib whilst eating, so you can get some great pictures too!

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I hope this has made things a bit simpler for you and that you find something which tickles your fancy! Make sure and let us know how you get on!

GVS Co xx

 

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Rome – The Photography Edit. By Nicole Duncan

Italy is an incredible place to visit and so I was extremely happy when I found out I was being taken to Rome for my birthday. There is so much to see and do in this city and  I loved that you could just turn a corner and there would be an amazing statue or  building or there would be a beautiful street that was so Italian it took your breath away!

The following collection are just a fraction of my pictures from my time in the ancient city, but are ones that I feel really showcase some of Rome’s beauty and character. I hope you enjoy and there is even a few sneaky tips in there for good luck!

IMG_5890IMG_5886The Vatican – * It can get extremely busy here and if you want to get in to see the Sistine Chapel I would advise pre-booking tickets to avoid several hours in a queue! Otherwise you can just take a walk around as it truely is a breath taking building!

IMG_5882IMG_5947The Trevi Fountain – *A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. So make sure you give it a visit!

IMG_5942The view from the Spanish steps – *There is a great rooftop bar here, make sure and pop in and have a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset – it is gorgeous!

IMG_5867IMG_5929IMG_5970*Don’t forget to look up – there is beauty everywhere!

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