Muddy Dog Challenge 2017

Muddy Dog Challenge 2017

This is the UK’s first obstacle course where you can compete in 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs with your dog. You can enter as a team of humans, as a dog-and-human duo or go solo if your pampered pooch wants to sit out.

This year there will be four Muddy Dog Challenges happening in Nottingham, Windsor, Essex and Kent.

Friends and family are welcome to cheer you on at the venue and take part in the fun activities, music and competitions on offer at the event village. You and your canine will have a chance to refuel with refreshments, and first aid and veterinary cover will be available on the day.

You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to take part, but you’ll need to be fit. Speed through each challenge or trot along the length of the course. No time clock here, just supportive hands and paws along every obstacle.

Read the original article and sign up for the Muddy Dog Challenge here.

More independent restaurants coming to Battersea Power Station

More independent restaurants coming to Battersea Power Station

Another five independent restaurants are coming to Battersea Power Station this summer when the development’s first phase – Circus Village West – opens its doors to the public.

The latest list of new businesses coming to Circus West Village include:

Mother: From Copenhagen’s cool meatpacking district, Kødbyen, Mother is an Italian pizza restaurant without all the nonsense. Mother’s menu aims to offer really good, simple soul food. Their signature organic sourdough pizzas made with seawater is what best represents the Mother spirit along with the manufacturing of their own products like the mozzarella, the wine or the beer. This is the first international outpost of what is regarded as the best pizza restaurant in Denmark.

Wright Brothers: A new riverside seafood restaurant from the renowned London oyster and shellfish specialists. Wright Brothers will offer a menu of great fresh seafood and shellfish sourced from their wholesale business in Borough market, ensuring that only the finest and freshest produce makes the menu.

Dodd’s Gin: Award winning organic gin from London’s flagship boutique distilling group, The London Distillery Company. Dodd’s is a super-premium spirits brand handcrafted in small batches alongside partnership products made for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Fortnum & Mason. Dodd’s is building a dedicated gin distillery to create a world-class multi-sensory tour attraction focused on craftsmanship, cocktails and gin.

Ben’s Canteen: A neighbourhood hangout specialising in burgers, wine and brunch. Every night, grab amazing burgers, paired with exciting wines alongside snacks like duck nuggets and that Scotch egg. Come the weekend, they serve one of the best brunches in London, full of hangover curing indulgent treats, great coffee and epic Bloody Marys.

Duckroad: a sister restaurant to Soho’s Ducksoup and Rawduck in London Fields, it offers all-day dining from breakfast through to dinner. Its regularly changing menu is a celebration of seasonal, simple cooking.

Pedler Cru: An all-day neighbourhood eatery, with a daily changing menu, offering adventurous and quirky dishes from seasonal ingredients.

Vagabond: Award-winning, boutique wine shop and bar.

Flour Power City Bakery: Organic bakery and all day café serving delicious bread, pastries and cakes baked the artisan way.

The CoffeeWorks Project: Independent specialty coffee house showcasing the best coffees, tea and food.

The General Store: Diversely stocked general store and deli run by foodies passionate about the best in class produce and customer service.

No. 29, Power Station West: A relaxed neighbourhood bar and restaurant, serving great food all day, established by Darwin and Wallace.

Paul Edmonds: Hair and beauty salon by leading stylist to the stars Paul Edmonds.

The Village Hall (in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre): A dedicated space for events, arts, residents and visitors. A new venue for South West London which is programmed with performance, comedy and talks, with spaces available for both the residents and the local community to hire.

Read more about these plans in the original article on

A Night at SouthSider Cocktail Club in Battersea

A Night at SouthSider Cocktail Club in Battersea

The SouthSider Cocktail Club opened in 2013, and can be found on Battersea Rise, sandwiched between the Thai Garden Restaurant and Kalyana Spa. The club has a cool Mexican, Day of the Dead décor theme, with sugar skulls adorning the walls and moody, intimate lighting.

Cosy leather booths line the walls of the club, which has three sections; a main seating and dance floor area centred around the DJ table, the bar, which occupies the length of one side, and a further private room at the back.

We went on a Saturday night, and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. This is a place for the young professional, the hipster alike, where party people and sophisticates rub shoulders as they enjoy the music and drinks.

DJ Goldenchild, the resident DJ on Saturday nights from 8 ‘til late, keeps the crowd on their feet with his mix of old school R&B classics and well-known anthems. Sip on a delicious cocktail named after him – just order a “Goldenchild” at the bar, and one of four mixology artists will whip you up a tropical concoction complete with gold-sprayed pineapple topper!


Dj Goldenchild

The bar is well stocked with a backlit wall of spirits and mixers, and fresh garnishes, from herbs to toasted marshmallows! The cocktail list is extensive, and each drink is a work of art – made with care and flair by friendly bartenders, who are quick to make recommendations if you just can’t choose.

The club fills up quickly in the evening, so it is advisable to book in advance if you would like to secure a booth. If you arrive later in the evening, without a booking, you will find yourself part of a happy crowd, on the dance floor.

Visit the SouthSiders website here, or visit the bar at
56 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EG


Northcote Library Plans Unveiled

Northcote Library Plans Unveiled

Residents living in and around Northcote Road in Battersea are being asked for their views on plans to build a bigger and better library and replacement community hall in their neighbourhood.

The council is currently holding an informal, preliminary stage consultation on proposals that could eventually see the existing Northcote Library replaced with a larger, better facility offering a wider range of library and community services just a stone’s throw away.

The plans would see a modern three storey library incorporating an exciting children’s library complete with buggy parking space, enlarged study accommodation, self serve kiosks for book loans, upgraded computer and digital learning areas and a coffee and drinks outlet next to the section containing newspapers, magazine and periodicals.

This new library would be built almost directly opposite the existing one on land currently occupied by council-owned garages at Staplehurst Court and Chatham Hall.

The development would also include community space to replace that currently offered at Chatham Hall and introduce a new business suite on its second floor offering small local businesses state-of-the-art communications technologies, adaptable work spaces and meeting rooms for hire.

If the plans were to proceed the current library would remain fully open to the public until the new one is ready to open its doors.

The council’s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We are holding these informal and very early stage discussions with local people to gauge the level of support for these plans.

“We have arranged some drop-in sessions at Northcote Library in the coming days and weeks so that residents can find out more about these proposals and then tell us what they think.

“Our intention is to provide a fantastic brand new modern library with a much greater range of services than is possible in the existing library building.

“The current library was built in 1969 and by today’s standards, is terribly inefficient in its use of space and its layout. At a time when demand for library services is growing, we want to improve and expand the facilities to better meet the meet the needs of local people.”

The cost of building the new library would be met by also constructing and selling 17 residential units spread across both sites. This would mean that local council tax payers would not have to pay a penny towards their new library.

Nine flats would be built as part of the new library development while another eight, plus retail space for two shops, would be provided on the existing library site.

Cllr Cook added: “This is a sensible and cost effective use of the council’s property portfolio. It means we can provide much needed new homes for Londoners plus a modern new library without having to raise council tax.

“At a time when many councils in London and elsewhere are closing down libraries and curtailing library services to save money we are looking to expand and improve our provision to give our residents a bigger and better Northcote library that’s fit for the 21st century.”

The current library building’s flaws include restricted access to its first floor children’s library, no room to safely and securely store buggies, no space to provide computer access on the ground floor, obsolete and inflexible shelving which does not make the best use of the available space, the building is poorly ventilated and lacking natural light and inadequate toilet and baby changing facilities.

The new residential accommodation will be car free as the area already boasts good transport links. This means people who move into these properties will not be eligible to buy parking permits so as not to add pressure on existing parking provision.

Information leaflets outlining the proposals are to be distributed throughout the area and there will be information boards installed at Northcote Library until Sunday, March 5.

Drop-in sessions are also being held at the library giving local residents the chance to ask questions face-to-face. These sessions will be held on the following date and times

  • Thursday, February 9 between 5pm and 8pm
  • Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 2pm
  • Wednesday, February 22, 5pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, February 25 between 10am and 2pm.

Residents who cannot attend these drop-in sessions can call (020) 7566 6463 to find out more or email Information is also available at

* The popularity of Wandsworth’s library service – and the need to keep pace with the needs of local residents – was highlighted by recent figures which showed that last year was another record year for local libraries with the largest number of book issues in the capital.

The figures from public service accountancy body CIPFA show that in 2015/2016, Wandsworth residents were London’s most dedicated library users, borrowing more than 1.4m books.

Service improvements and branch upgrades have been key to this success.

Earlsfield Library has been completely redecorated, Battersea Library has been upgraded and the children’s library at Tooting has been completely refurbished. Work has now started on a brand new Wandsworth Town  library while plans are being drawn up to replace another two branches at York Gardens and Roehampton with new state-of-the-art buildings offering a wider range of services.

There has also been investment in new e-resources and software, new systems to help people get the latest books as quickly and easily as possible. Link-ups with other organisations including Citizens Advice Wandsworth have enabled people to access other public services in their local branch.

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