Many thanks to the judges and voters of this months PRECIOUS AWARDS where I won THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES award. It was so nice to be recognised after so many years in the industry. Alas as many awards nowadays are based on a persons background, community, ethnicity (and no one claims me as apparently I’m ‘’not really Asian’’ and ‘’not really black’’ due to my Parsi / Zoroastrian Persian/ Kenyan roots, it was nice to feel included somewhere!
I was in India on a top-secret mission with a top-secret lady shooting, so unable to accept my award on the night. But I sent along one of my current London360 reporters Hope Lanek to make a short speech for me. I understand she did me proud. Thanks Hope!
Next my extended family member, the multi faceted entertainment mogul -Nick Cannon flew into the capital to shoot his American TV show Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous. He also brought along his new dancehall act Kreesha Turner for some promo. (Always multi tasking he is!). upon landing, he and his team were peckish, so instead of the usual Mr chows style posh nosh, we drove him to South London’s finest Jerk Chicken and pattie shop. It was pretty quiet as it was a Sunday night. However you know the hood communication system. One couple came in. the female near damn fainted at spotting Nick. Got on her phone, and within minutes the shop was full of excited, happy fans asking nick for selfie’s and snap chats- all which he did happily after his long haul flight – what a good geezer!
VIVIAN SCOTT CHEW. BIANCA RAQUEL.
Then female music industry mogul Vivian Scott- Chew (look her up), stopped off in London for the final leg of her artist- Bianca Raquel’s- European tour. She gathered a very special music industry crowd of 25 for dinner at the age old, dependable Mango rooms in Camden for a wonderful music industry get together and reunion, during which Bianca sang, Viv made a heartfelt moving speech about all her London connects and a very merry time was had by all.
WINTER WONDERLAND OPENING PARTY
I felt like I’d won the Willie Wonka Golden Ticket when I was invited to Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland opening night VIP party launch.
A wristband meant free rides, fun, circus and so much more! It’s like being in a real life Christmas movie!
I scoffed Christmas nibbles and knocked back chery mulled wine as a stellar line up of celebrities hugged Santa and rode the scary rides!.
Names that joined me included: Kelly Brook, Princess Beatrice, Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter, Jodie Kidd, Anton du Beke, Brendon Cole, Tom Daley, Danny O’Donoghue, Poppy Delevigne, Suki Waterhouse, Brooklyn Beckham, Matt Smith, Jason Donovan, Scott Mills, Vanessa White, Neon Jungle, Little Mix, Tara Palmer Tomkinson, Lizzie Cundy, Kirstie Allsop, Rachel Riley, Tamara Beckwith, Henry Conway and Dr Christian Jessen and we were all lucky to be amongst the first guests to experience this year’s event.
My faves were The Magical Ice Kingdom – a breath-taking snow and ice sculpture experience, the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink stretching over 1,600m2 and the iconic Giant Observation Wheel, which illuminated the skyline.
Other favourite attractions were Santa Land, a haven for young visitors where Father Christmas will be every day with his Elves and a sack of free gifts. There will also be over 200 chalets in the beautiful Angels Christmas & Yuletide Markets offering unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewelry, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
The best thing was Zippos Circus, which had us all gasping for air as the flying trapeze, and ice sculptures came to life!
The ever-popular Bavarian Village had mountains of bratwurst and mulled wine whilst hosting live music throughout the day and evening. In addition to the many restaurants and bars there are delicious food and drinks available throughout the attraction to help you warm up on a cold crisp winter’s day. And for those thrill seekers, there will be an array of traditional and high energy rides.
So book early for the Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus to avoid disappointment and discover what 12 million visitors have already enjoyed.
For the best ways to enjoy Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, be sure to follow the festival’s top tips to really make the most out of London’s spectacular Christmas destination. Avoid the queues by visiting during the day on weekdays and in school holidays, buy your tickets to the main attractions in advance, bring cash to exchange for tokens and make sure you grab the kids and wrap up warm- a guaranteed magical day out for you and the entire family!
POPS 90TH BIRTHDAY!
Now it’s our granddad ‘’Pops’’ 90th birthday weekend, so I’m on family duty to pick up huge rum cakes and attend dinners and parties with the fam! See you all on the flip side!