Thursday, 29 April 2010

Upcoming Music Concerts in London May 2010 - O2 Arena

5th – 6th May 2010
Black Eyed Peas with special guest Cheryl Cole The Black Eyed Peas have announced that the UK leg of their eagerly awaited “THE E.N.D World Tour” is coming London’s O2 Arena on 5th, 6th, 27th May and 28th May — with special guest Cheryl Cole!

8th May 2010
Julie Andrews - Julie Andrews will return to the UK stage for the first time in 30 years with a special performance at the O2 Arena. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Julie will take the audience on a nostalgic trip through “The Sound of Music”, “The King and I”, “South Pacific” and “Carousel”.

10th – 11th May 2010
Rihanna - Grammy Award winner Rihanna has announced that she will be embarking upon a full UK arena tour in May 2010, including two nights at The O2. Her recently released fourth album, “Rated R”, includes collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and Stargate, and this show is guaranteed to be one of the hottest tickets around.

12th – 14th May 2010
Westlife - Westlife have broken so many records in their 10-year career that they are starting to rival The Beatles. They’ve recently taken an extended break from the studio, but are coming back with a brand new album and UK tour. This gig at the O2 Arena is bound to sell out in hours.

15th – 16th May 2010
Michael Bublé - Mega-selling superstar Michael Bublé has announced that he will be returning to The O2 in support of his latest studio album “Crazy Love”. With over 22 million albums sold worldwide, Michael has more than earned his place as one of the most popular artists of this decade.

21st – 23rd May 2010
Classical Opera Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the world’s favourite operas, and tells the story of fiesty gypsy managing to persuade her guard to release her on the promise of love. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose pursues Carmen to Seville with tragic consequences. This will be the O2 Arena’s first fully staged opera.

25th – 26th May 2010
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys returns to The O2 in May 2010 following the release of her highly anticipated fourth studio album, ‘The Element of Freedom’. This will be the only London date of her European tour.

Rod Stewart at O2 Arena
29th May, 1st and 3rd June 2010
Rock legend Rod Stewart is coming to The O2 in May/June 2010. You can hear him sing all the classics from his early Faces’ days, through ‘Maggie Mae’ and his recent American songbook classics.

30th May 2010
Lady Ga Ga - Following her hugely successful sell out gigs at The O2 in February, the international pop superstar and 3-time Brit Award winner Lady Gaga has announced that she will return to the venue on Sunday 30th May.

2nd June 2010
George Benson with Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow - George Benson has played everything from hard bop guitar to R&B and jazz instrumentals in his forty year career, topping out with his mega-selling “Breezin” album in 1976. Marti Pellow is no less successful — finding fame as the voice of Wet Wet Wet, before turning to the stage in the West End hit “Chicago”.

7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd June 2010
Bon Jovi at O2 Arena - Bon Jovi have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, won countless awards and packed-out stadiums around the globe, and now the world’s biggest live band is taking up residence in the O2 Arena — their only European shows in 2010.

12th, 14th, 16th and 18th June 2010
Leona Lewis - It seems silly calling her a mere X-Factor winner as Leona Lewis has rapidly become so much more — a global singing sensation. Hot on the heels of her first ever concert performance at London’s Hackney Empire, Leona has now announced her first ever UK arena tour, taking in four dates at The O2.

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London- Beer and food festivals in May

Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival 2010Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW

27th - 31st May 2010

The Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival returns to the Old Royal Naval College for five days of riverside jazzy music and ale-based entertainment. Now in its third year, the CAMRA-approved pint-sized early summer festival promises a selection of 200 real ales, ciders and beers from the best British breweries, as well as a range of summer cocktails and a special food area - all with a top musical backdrop. The line-up this year includes the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Hayseed Dixie, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley with his Swing Band, the Brand New Heavies, Incognito supported by Omar, and the British keys-led funk masters James Taylor Quartet, who will be joined by Snowboy and the Latin Section. With the main stage flanked by the Real Ale Garden, the Cider Orchard, Bar Carnival and a Festival Soul Foods Area open from midday until 10pm each day, there should be more than enough to help you while away the afternoon and evening in one of Greenwich's most historical and beautiful settings. So, hop on the Thames Clipper boat and head down the river to Greenwich, keeping your fingers crossed that the fine early summer weather holds! For more information on tickets and performance times go to A second beer and jazz festival takes place at Hampton Court Palace over the August bank holiday weekend.

Venue: Old Royal Naval College
Address: King William Walk, SE10 9LW
Phone: 0844 847 2497
Date: 27th - 31st May 2010
Time: 12noon (doors)
Pricing: Thu £15, Fri/Sat/Mon £20, Sun £27.50
Nearest Station: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR

Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival 2010 -

Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU

29th - 31st May 2010

Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at Hampton Court Palace at the Foodies Festival when tasting tents are set up in the gardens of Henry VIII's historic home. Himself a well documented fan of feasting, the King would no doubt have approved of this spread. Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs including Jason Atherton of Maze, winner of Celebrity MasterChef Nadia Sawalha, 'Economy Gastronomy' star, chef and co-owner of The Victoria Paul Merrett, Atule Kochhar of Benares as well as Michelin star chefs Shay Cooper of The Bingham and Stephen Drake of Drakes Restaurant in Surrey. If the mere thought of all that makes you hungry head to the restaurant tents where you can sample signature dishes from well known restaurants. Wash it all down with posh fizz from Veuve Clicquot and you can guarantee an atmosphere of bon viveur. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants. Much like Taste of London, these 'Foodies' events - which also take place in Brighton, Glasgow and Edinburgh (coinciding with the Festival) - offer a winning combination of sampling, slurping and learning, all in the open air. A foodie's treat.

Venue: Hampton Court Palace
Address: East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Phone: 0871 230 5573
Date: 29th - 31st May 2010
Time: Sat, Sun & Mon 10am-6pm
Pricing: £15 (Adults), £10 (Concessions)
Nearest Station: Hampton Court Rail

Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace - Information

We are 25 minutes walking from RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower show is considered to be the world's pre-eminent horticultual event.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR

25th - 29th May 2010

Founded in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is an extraordinary event - famous around the world. Eight hundred of the greatest exponents of imaginative garden design spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over an 11-acre site in Chelsea's Royal Hospital gardens. Most of London society, including the Queen, regards the Chelsea Flower Show as a highpoint of the London summer season, so if you get bored of the blooms you can have a great time celeb-spotting. The 20,000 glasses of Pimm's consumed over the five days confirm it as a very sociable, very British event. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners. If you are aiming to visit, please note that the first two days on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th May 2010 are exclusive RHS members-only preview days.

Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea
Address: Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
Phone: 0844 209 0362
Date: 25th - 29th May 2010
Time: 25-28 May 8am-8pm, Sat 29 May 8am-5.30pm, sell off 4pm
Pricing: £19 (Thu & Fri 5.30pm-8pm), £25 (Thu & Fri 3.30pm-8pm) & £45 (Thu to Sat 8am-8pm) | RHS Members £14-£49
Nearest Station: Sloane Square Tube

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Information


Camden Crawl:

We get not one but two Bank Holidays, on 3rd and 31st May, so enjoy your time off in London listening to live music at the Camden Crawl or enjoying al fresco acting at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. The earliest May Day celebrations were in honour of Flora, the goddess of flowers, and the fragrant blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show are certainly an apt modern day equivalent.

Camden Crawl 2010


1st & 2nd May 2010

The early May bank holiday means this year the Camden Crawl will take place on Saturday and Sunday as opposed to the traditional Friday and Saturday. The first proper musical festival of the year, the Camden Crawl may be hit-and-miss with the weather - but always delivers with a cutting-edge list of up-and-coming local bands and established stars, performing in just about every important venue in Camden over two nights of music-fuelled abandon. What makes the Crawl so special is that exactly where and when the bands are playing often isn't announced until the last minute, creating a great buzz as you sprint from gig to gig (though around the 3am mark, sprinting starts to become a bit of a challenge). As this is an event for bands on the way up, it's never an obviously star-studded line-up, but the promoters have a consistent ability to spot the artists who are just on the point of going stratospheric and this is a great way to see them up close and personal before they start playing stadiums.

Venue: KOKO
Address: 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Phone: 0871 220 260 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0871 220 260 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 1st & 2nd May 2010
Time: Various times
Pricing: TBC, 2009 prices £50 (two day), £33 (one day)
Nearest Station: Camden Town Tube

Camden Crawl 2010 - Information :

Yinka Shonibare: Nelson's Ship in a Bottle:

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS

5th May 2010 - 14th January 2012 - TO BE CONFIRMED

Yinka Shonibare has been chosen as the next artist to fill the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for his proposal to put a replica of Nelson's ship, HMS Victory, in a giant glass bottle on public display. Using brightly coloured 'African' fabric he buys at Brixton market to fashion into the ship's sails, Shonibare sets out to reflect the story of multiculturalism in London today, which began with Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It's particularly appropriate given that admiral Nelson himself can survey the scene, looking down from his nearby column on the model of the ship on which he died. Shonibare himself was born in London but grew up in Nigeria, returning to Britain when he was 17 and issues of race and class are recurrent themes throughout his work which earnt him a nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004. With this nautical work his message in a bottle is set to reach an even wider audience. The installation of 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' by Yinka Shonibare MBE is scheduled for May 2010 until 2012.Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ and Antony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’ are the next two works that will occupy the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London.

Venue: Trafalgar Square
Address: Central London, WC2N 5DS
Date: 5th May 2010 - 14th January 2012
Time: Daily 24 hrs a day
Pricing: FREE
Nearest Station: Charing Cross Tube / Rail

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

St Paul's Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED

9th May 2010

He may be nearing his 350th birthday but Mr Punch is showing no signs of slowing down. This annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed stick-wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful, highly entertaining afternoon. The Covent Garden location is appropriately close to the spot where Samuel Pepys first sighted Mr Punch on 9th May 1662 and recorded the fact in his diary - which is why the birthday celebrations fall on or near to 9th May. Puppeteers from all over the country are accompanied by folk music, dancers, clowns and jugglers. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at Church Garden, a beautiful little oasis in the city centre. There follows a special church service at St Paul's Church, with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself. An integral part of British heritage, the puppet with attitude is a wonderful, anarchic figure and this is a top traditional family day out.

Venue: St Paul's Covent Garden
Address: Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED
Phone: 020 7375 0441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 7375 0441 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 9th May 2010
Time: Sun 10am Grand Procession 12noon-5.30pm Punch and Judy Puppet Shows
Pricing: FREE
Nearest Station: Covent Garden Tube

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2010

Windsor Castle, SL4 1NJ

12th - 16th May 2010

Founded in 1943 and attended by King George VI, the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle still has strong royal connections and HM Queen Elizabeth II often enters home-bred horses in the event. The Queen, her sister, Princess Anne, and the Duke of Edinburgh have all previously competed. It's the kind of event that makes you feel like you're taking part in a BBC costume drama, as the impeccably aristocratic competitors put their equestrian skills to the test in events including show-jumping, carriage racing, dressage and even polo. The show takes place inside the private grounds of Her Majesty's Windsor residence, a stunning area of parkland and garden. In the evening the castle is floodlit, creating a suitably grandiose backdrop to the competition. The event is finished in style with a fabulous fireworks display above the turrets.

Venue: Windsor Castle
Address: Windsor and Maidenhead, SL4 1NJ
Phone: 0871 203 5568 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0871 203 5568 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 12th - 16th May 2010
Time: 7am-7.30pm Daily
Pricing: £13/£16 (Adult advance/door), £9/£12 (Senior concs), £5/£7 (Children), £30/£39 (Family)
Nearest Station: Windsor & Eton Rail

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2010 - Information

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Sounds and Sights of Battersea

Henry Moore's Three Standing figures 1947-49

Ducklings in the park

Peace Pagoda

Barbara Hepworth modernist sculptor

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Rafayel: In the top 10 - for the most beautiful views

Top 10 most beautiful hotel views

The heyday point light at the end of their noses, it is time to think about looking outside, and even if it to dazzle as much as it is magical, idyllic, cosmic! From the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate to the Wall of China, here are 10 luxury hotels with spectacular views. (

Hotel On Rivington – New York City
Without doubt one of the best views in Manhattan on the Empire State Building.


The Radisson SAS Metropolitan – Paris
Ask the Eiffel suite on the 6th floor, you can contemplate the Iron Lady.


Rafayel Hotel – London
65 eco-chic rooms over the Thames River to adopt the new attitude london.


1835 White Palm Hotel – Cannes
Cannes Film Festival or not, be at the forefront of the Croisette.


Manolo Boutique Hotel – Cape Town
You must go … absolutely!


The Granges d’en Haut – Chamonix
The Mont Blanc it is 4810 meters of pure beauty, calm and voluptuousness. A monument of eternity to contemplate at least once in his life.


Cavallo Point Hotel – San Francisco
Who has not dreamed of seeing the sun rise over the Golden Gate?


Commune by the Great Wall – Beijing
An incomparable view of the Great Wall of China.


Longitude 131 ° – Ayers Rock
Luxury in the heart of the Australian bush! A view at 360° to Ayers Rock.


Selçuklu Evi – Cappadocia
At the heart of one of the most beautiful and mysterious landscapes of the world …


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Fancy a laugh?

The Comedy Club Ltd brings laughter to life with top stand-up Comedy Shows in Battersea at...Hotel Rafayel!

Live Comedy in Battersea (3rd Jun - 1st Jul - 5th Aug - 2nd Sept - Monthly Thursdays)

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and laughs in the stylish surroundings of Battersea's new premier comedy venue: Hotel Rafayel. (Over 18's only)

  • Tickets: Pre-booked GBP 13 | On the Door GBP 15 | Members GBP 11
(2 course meal prior to show - GBP 19.95)
  • Doors open: 6 pm (Restaurant) 8 pm (Bar) Show starts: 9 pm
  • 3 Top comedians - Different each Show
  • Joke Competition with Great Prizes!
Email enquiries:

Ticket and information hotline: 0207 801 3600
For up-to-date listings please visit:

Share the "Modus Vivendi" Cretan diet with us!

Cretan Diet: "Modus Vivendi"

The Cretan diet is currently considered by nutritionists as a "modus Vivendi" that endows people with longevity and sound health, as supported by research conducted on an international scale. It was established that the inhabitants of Crete manifest the lowest mortality indices with respect to cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

For Cretans, the secret of longevity is very simple. They eat anything that their rich soil produces! They consume a lot of fruit, vegetables, greens, fresh produce, legumes, cheese and bread. Cretans use herbs to add flavour to their meals; they make sweets/cakes with natural sweeteners, honey and grape-juice syrup; while the excellent Cretan wine is an indispensable accompaniment to their meals.

Cretans do not eat a lot of meat or, rather, they did not eat a lot of meat until a few decades ago. Meat has always had a ritual quality in Crete, and generally in Greece. In antiquity, Cretans consumed meat only a few times a year, i.e. during festivities or, if wealthy enough, every Sunday. In other words, the dietary code of Cretans has deep cultural and historical roots.

This, however, should not be considered as limiting, or even coercive practice that could undermine the richness of taste. On the contrary, the ingenuity of Cretans exploited fully the entire spectrum of ingredient combinations, which resulted in volumes of recipes for meals and desserts. Snails, for example, are cooked in 40 different ways! Pure olive oil is the sine qua non for all preparations! Fresh produce grown under the most suitable climatic conditions has a prominent place on dinner tables.

Cretans do not require doctor's orders to consume large amounts of fruit and vegetables. Grapes, raisins, oranges, etc. are a way of life. Even on days strictly associated with meat-eating, such as the Easter Day, Cretans do not eat only meat. On the contrary, they cook meat with artichokes, wild greens or vegetables - a delicious choice!

To be continued...on the 11th of May at 12 noon at Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Why European airspace is closed? Eyjafjallajökull eruptions and 1982 BA flight 009

All flights to and from the UK and parts of Europe remained cancelled from 15th April, 2010. The reason was a volcano eruption over 1,000 km away. Eyjafjallajökull eruptions has similarity with eruptions of Mount Galunggung and BA flight 009 in June 1982. In history of aviation this incident is also the cause of a classic masterpiece of understatement that goes as:

“ Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.

On 15 April 2010, a volcano under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland erupted and strong winds pushed the ash cloud towards Western and Central Europe. Almost all of the European airspace from Milan / Italy and north thereof was closed to prevent another incident similar to Flight 009. BA 009 was a British Airways aircraft carrying 240 passengers, accidentally entered the ash cloud during night time in June 1982 150 km downwind of the volcano. All four engines failed and the aircraft descended for 16 minutes, losing 7500 metres of its 11500 meter altitude, until the crew managed to restart the engines.

Mount Galunggung (Indonesian: Gunung Galunggung, formerly spelled Galoen-gong) is an active stratovolcano in West Java, Indonesia. The last major eruption on Galunggung was in 1982, which had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 4 and killed 68 people. This eruption also brought the dangers of volcanic ash to aviation to worldwide attention, after two Boeing 747 passenger jets flying downwind of the eruption suffered temporary engine failures and damage to exterior surfaces, both planes being forced to make emergency landings at Jakarta.

The following month a Singapore Airlines aeroplane with 230 passengers aboard also inadvertently entered the cloud at night time, and three of its four engines stopped. The crew succeeded in restarting one of the engines after descending 2400 meters. Both aircraft suffered serious damage to their engines and exterior surfaces.

British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as the Speedbird 9 or Jakarta incident, was a scheduled British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Auckland, with stops in Bombay, Madras, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, and Melbourne.

On 24 June 1982, the route was flown by City of Edinburgh, a 747-236B. The aircraft flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung (c. 180 km south-east of Jakarta, Indonesia), resulting in the failure of all four engines. The reason for the failure was not immediately apparent to the crew or ground control. The aircraft was diverted to Jakarta in the hope that enough engines could be restarted to allow it to land there. The aircraft was able to glide far enough to exit the ash cloud, and all engines were restarted (although one failed again soon after), allowing the aircraft to land safely.

How Does Volcano Ash Cause Aircraft Engine Failure?

Several factors combine to make some volcanic eruptions a danger to aircraft. The first is that the particles in volcanic ash are composed of hard materials, such as rock, glass and sand. The second factor is that when these particles are ejected high enough, they may be picked up by the high winds that can disperse them over large distances. A third factor is that the dust plume is not dense enough to be easily seen by airline pilots, but it is dense enough to cause severe damage to the engines, which may cut out and fail. Failure happens when the fine dust particles block up the air vents.

Other incidents:

Alaska Eruption at Redoubt Volcano - KLM Flight 867

In this case, the aircraft dropped from 25,000 feet to just 12,000 feet when all four of the engines cut out, on the Boeing 747. The incident happened when the jet flew through a cloud of high level ash from Redoubt volcano, Alaska. The pilot and crew were eventually able to restart two of the four engines, which was enough to keep the plane airborne long enough to land at Anchorage, Alaska. None of the passengers or crew were hurt. A contributing factor in this case was the height of the volcano, at over 10,000 feet.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Hotel Rafayel official launch planned on 22nd April

Hotel Rafayel to officially launch on 22nd of Feb at 6.30 PM, grand gala Hollywood theme party will mark the occasion. Fans and friends are most cordially invited, kindly RSVP reservations

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tories chose the location for their manifesto launch-Battersea Power station

'We're all in this together'."

YOU can almost imagine the "blue-sky thinking" session which went on when the Tories chose the location for their manifesto launch.

"What's it all about?"

"Well there's 'change' and 'We're all in this together'."

"What about a unisex changing room…?" suggests a young chap who is immediately sent out to get the slim lattes.

"Well, there's 'power to the people'."

"What about a power station?"

"Yes, brilliant! What about Battersea Power station? It's a great British landmark ripe for regeneration just like Britain under Labour."

"Yes, fire up the power station. It's time for change."

David Cameron noted: "We're all in this together."

Summer Sports feasts in Rafayel's to-do list for you

For all sports fans out there, London is a thrilling place to be in 2010 – from tennis, to football and rugby, to cricket, golf and marathons, there is no dearth of excitement. We’d like to call it a tantalizing prelude to the much-awaited London Olympics 2012!

During this year’s Wimbledon tournaments you have the opportunity to meet Pat Cash, John McEnroe, and Boris Becker from 25th to 28th June 2010. Wimbledon is only 20 minutes away from Rafayel (through Clapham Junction), so don’t miss out on the chance of enjoying an entertainment-filled season of tennis! Get more here:

How about the London Marathon? It’s here! When? 25th April 2010. Where: Starts at Blackheath, ends at St James’s Park. Whether you are a runner or spectator, there are loads of ways that you can get involved and get caught up in the fever of excitement where the city is being transformed into a massive track just for the runners and you can line the streets to cheer them on. See more on marathons:

Lord's is the setting for some of the best cricket in the world. As Andrew Flintoff said: "It's a special place. There's nowhere on earth like it to play cricket."

It hosts npower Test matches and NatWest-sponsored one-day internationals plus most of Middlesex's home games, some historic fixtures (such as Oxford v Cambridge) and the village and club finals. Looking forward, it will be the archery venue when London stages the London Games in 2012.

With three Tests at Lord's in 2010; floodlight one day internationals, Adam Gilchrist in the T20 Cup for Middlesex and more – the season will be another feast of cricket at The Home of Cricket. See match fixtures here:

Football enthusiasts can have their pick of the lot to watch their favourite teams battle it out during the season’s premier league matches. Our very own Chelsea plays against Stoke on the 25th of April. For a list of matches, Rafayel recommends a look-see of the tables here:,1003,1006,0,CUSTOM,14/04/2010,31/12/2010&page=1