Nicaragua – Top Places To Visit in 2015

Nicaragua – featuring on a lot of ‘emerging hot new’ lists for 2015 – shinesquad’s Alan Greenhalgh and Matthew Devlen take a trip to this colourful, tropical paradise in Central America.

Forget Costa Rica — old news. Industry experts are calling Nicaragua the hottest destination in Central America, and one of its best bargains. The WTTC is predicting an 8.8 percent growth in international tourist spending over the next decade, making it one of the world’s top 10 emerging destinations.

Nicaragua Graffiti

Nicaragua!

Nicaragua is the largest Central American country – a land of rich biodiversity, with volcanic peaks, rain forests, beaches and nature reserves. In fact, the country boasts nearly 5 million acres of protected parks and preserves, filled with wildlife, including exotic birds, howler monkeys, turtles and giant iguanas.

Perfect for hiking in lush rain forest and smouldering volcanic mountains with views of Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest freshwater lake, and Ometepe Island, a UNESCO biosphere preserve. The university town of Leon is known for its cafes, shops, and eclectic museums. Surfers and sun lovers will love San Juan del Sur, a funky beach town along the Pacific Coast. The Spanish colonial town of Granada, with its grand cathedrals and well-preserved historical buildings, is also party central.

This song gives you a flavour: “Nicaragua, what a wonderful spot. There’s coffee and bananas and a temperature hot!

It’s an adventure – hiking, surfing, zip wire, kayaking and volcano climbing – or after all that, just laze on the beach sipping a pina colada. It’s just about comfortable for those who turn left on an aircraft. Toilet paper goes in the bin not the loo. Wifi goes down when the power does too. Oh and don’t mind the insects, they were here first. Scorpions and tarantulas go with the territory.  People are friendly, there’s no begging and it has not been spoiled with any international food chains. Retail is done from the front room. We went in January and it was windy, a few thunderstorms and the temperature around 30 C.

Relax – it’s very laid back – things, if they happen, do so on ‘Nica time’.

Apoyo Lake Resort

Apoyo Lake Nicaragua

Apoyo Lake Nicaragua over to Mombacho Volcano

An easy first night is Apoyo Lake Resort which is an hour’s drive from Managua airport – brightly painted cottages tucked in a forest on a lake formed in the top of a volcano. Think Center Parcs in the jungle – self catering but with a couple of restaurants in the grounds. It’s steep with golf buggies to carry you around. Swim in the lake – warmed by the volcanic thermals, the resort’s infinity pool or a full day’s hike up the nearby Mombacho volcano.

Apoyo Lake Resort

It’s a gentle introduction to Nicaragua.

Masaya Volcano Park 

Drive into the National Park to get close to an active volcano that spews out clouds of sulfur dioxide gas.

Masaya Volcano

Masaya Volcano

The tiny museum has the timeline of the volcano and some gruesome details about human sacrifices!

Scary Stuff - Apoyo Museum

Scary Stuff – Apoyo Museum

Masaya Arts and Craft Market

A laid back craft market

Masaya Craft Market

Art in Masaya Craft Market

San Juan Del Sur #SJDS

San Juan Del Sur on the Pacific coast – a sleepy fishing village until it became a transit point for the California Gold Rush is now Nicaragua’s number one tourist spot and surfer and sun lovers paradise.  A short drive from the town is Playa Hermosa a spectacular stretch of palm fringed white sandy beaches with gently rolling surf.

Playa Hermosa San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

Surf’s Up – Playa Hermosa

beaches, Nicaragua, Survivor

Hermosa Beach –  about 20 minutes drive from San Juan Del Sur – lives up to the Survivor hype.

Hermosa is home to a few surf schools and location of CBS Survivor series.

Beach Bar Playa Hermosa San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

Beach Bar Playa Hermosa San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

There’s a small entry fee and Playa Hermosa Surf Camp has hammocks, showers and beer, cocktails and a great fish burger.

Play Hermosa Beach San Juan Del Sur food

Fish burger Nicaraguan style

It’s a wild place so be careful of stingray and disturbing the sea turtles.

San Juan Del Sur wildlife

Sea turtle on Playa Hermosa just after laying her eggs

We stayed in a newly built self catering villa, Casa Colibri,  centrally located in San Juan Del Sur town with great staff, all mod cons including wifi and a private pool. Book it here on VRBO Listing #626975

Casa Colibri San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua Villa To Let

Casa Colibri in San Juan Del Sur – a great place to stay

Villas to Let in San Juan Del Sur

Inside Casa Colibri San Juan Del Sur – with its own private pool

If you want to get up into the forest from SJDS go to Parque de Aventura Las Nubes for a swing through the trees on a zip wire.

Alan Greenhalgh and Matthew Devlen in Nicaragua

Alan Greenhalgh and Matthew Devlen in Nicaragua – a pair of helmets?

Parque de Aventura Las Nubes

10 platforms and 7 zip wires in the jungle

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Parque de Aventura Las Nubes – viewing platform

The four wheel drive to the platform is a bone shaker but with great views down to San Juan Del Sur and neighbouring beaches. The zip wire course of 10 platforms is safely managed and great fun – especially the vertical drop and rope staircase.

In San Juan Del Sur, El Gato Negro is the place to chill with tamarind tea, toasted bagel and a book. They also sell this fantastic jam from Condimentos El Carrizal made by a local women’s cooperative project supported by CasaLlanta, which was started by one of the early US property investors in San Juan del Sur in order to put something back into the local community. See the website: casallantafund.com

 

El Carrizal Jam Mermelada

The Jam Project Cooperative San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur

Cafes along the beach of San Juan Del Sur

El Barrio is a popular place to eat and get wifi and there’s El Pollito which serves tasty chicken and roast potatoes. SJDS restaurants here.

San Juan Del Sur

Colourful surf town SJDS Nicaragua

Be patient and kick back – SJDS happens at a slower pace and you might not quite get what you ordered.

Ometepe Island

Take one of the ferries over to Ometepe, a volcanic island in one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. Go as foot passenger, don’t take a vehicle, as you’ll have more chance of getting on and off the island if the weather gets choppy.

Ometepe island ferry boat timetable

San Jorge Ferry port to Ometepe

There are two volcanoes on the island – the larger Concepcion (1610m) – an all day hike and the easier Maderas where you can go up on horseback to the San Ramon waterfall. You can hire kayaks at Caballitos del Mar in Merida paddling along the lake to Rio Istian where you can spot egrets, turtles and monkeys – we weren’t lucky enough to see crocodiles, but we were making so much noise getting our oars tangled in the overhanging branches and weeds. Read more about kayaking here www.ometepenicaragua.com 

Isla de Ometepe

Island life – Ometepe a UNESCO biosphere habitat

If you are more culturally inclined there is a pre Colombian ceramics museum which hundred of artefacts from thousands of years.  Funeral urns, pots and even a whistling vibrator.

El Ceibo Pre Colombian Ceramics museum on Ometepe Island

El Ceibo Pre Colombian Ceramics museum on Ometepe Island

There are great places to stay on Ometepe – Villa Paraiso on the beach or the great value and friendly La Omaja – with cottages in the grounds and an infinity pool overlooking the lake.

La Omaja Hotel Nicaragua

Sunset from La Omaja residences on Ometepe Island

Food is fresh and safe to eat – lots of lake fish, chicken, meat, eggs, rice, corn and beans. All organic on Ometepe because of the rich soil and high price of fertilisers. In other places it’s the typical tacos and quesadillas.

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Lake fish with tostones – fried plantain slices

La Omaja Hotel Nicaragua

Breakfast – eggs, potatoes, bacon and bread

The local beer Tona is excellent – sparkling clear and cheap.

Tona beer

Lips not Tona! Our favourite drink in Nicaragua

 Granada

A party and cultural city with a very lively and pretty main square.

http://www.elceibomuseos.com/

Granada Nicaragua

Stay in this great place La Islita Boutique Hotel with only eight rooms built around a mango tree with a swimming pool and beautiful paintings and antiques.

Granada hotel Nicaragua

Courtyard swimming pool of La Islita Boutique Hotel Granada

Take a boat trip to the small islands on Lake Nicaragua – rather like a Starline tour of the homes of the rich and famous. On one of the islands is a colony on monkeys who come down every time a boat approaches in the hope of scoring a banana.

Monkey Island in Lake Nicaragua

Monkey Island in Lake Nicaragua

There are some nice souvenirs to be had – whether it’s the hippy wrist bands from the beach, chocolate from quality local  producer Momotombo, coffee beans, richly coloured fabrics and t shirts or decorated pots.

Nicaragua Iguana Pot

Souvenir tourist pot for only $10

 The entry tax at Managua Airport is US $10 payable in US dollars or Córdobas.

READ MORE HERE  visitnicaragua.us and here sanjuandelsur.org

See Nicaragua on its way up – go now before everyone finds out about it.

Alan Chapman “Polite Paparazzo” in the Frame

Famed photographer Alan Chapman has launched a classy coffee table book called Frame.

It’s a who’s who of movie icons, rock stars and those who captured our hearts over the last few decades.

Sophia Loren, in an iconic portrait, Jack Nicholson – a hard-edged take on the mask required to face the flash bulbs, wild woman Courtney Love  – these are figures of the age, unguarded and their most provocative.

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Quirky British figures such as the late TV presenter Paula Yates features in a haunting, Diana-esque well-framed landscape portrait.

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Alan has been photographing celebrities for decades, waiting in the rain for those great, one frame snaps. I worked with him at the Sunday Mirror when I was trawling the parties and he always had my back – getting the shots I wanted and then some more. A privilege to see his pics trickle in on the wires after some bust up like that with Jay Kay, one night in which Alan’s trademark glasses were knocked off.  However much abuse he gets, Alan is still known among the greats as the Polite Paparazzo.

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It’s a collection of 30 years photographing the rich and famous as they party and spill out of the great nightspots of London and Los Angeles.

Mick Jagger by Alan Chapman

Mick Jagger by Alan Chapman

Kate Moss by Alan Chapman

Kate Moss at 30 by Alan Chapman

 

12″ square and with 160 pages of exclusive black & white photography, “FRAME” makes a great addition to any coffee table collection of art books – and we are proud to have bought a copy of the 1,000 limited edition.

An exhibition of his work is on at the Hotel Cafe Royal, London with money raised going through Charity Stars.  Alan is the subject of a BBC Arts programme by historian Simon Schama charting our fascination of celebrity over the centuries to air in September 2015.

“FRAME” is available now priced at £45 + P&P from Greenwich Art Market SE London (Sat & Sun) or online at www.celebritypic.org.uk

He doesn’t need the exposure himself, but this is a work of art well-worth being framed.

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REVIEW: Caterina 55 brings Ligurian cooking to Moorgate

Caterina 55 brings the home-made taste of Italian Ligurian cooking to Moorgate, London. A generations-old cafe from that region has been brought bang up-to-date in a fast food format with some nice touches like beer on tap, pH balanced water for a true Italian coffee and healthy cakes on display under the glass counter.

Caterina 55 - Italian for express

Caterina 55 – Italian for express

It’s quite a swanky joint – brightly lit with a welcoming service counter that wouldn’t look out-of-place in an international airport –  glamorous and functional.

Don’t get it confused with the additive-laden, sour-sweet fast food we’ve been eating in burger joints. You’ll get your umami hit here from parmesan not MSG. They’ve taken the fast food model, upped it and reasonably called it Italian express food.

Caterina 55

your next meal is leaving at counter one

It’s an all-day drinking and dining destination with comfortable and varied seating areas, Birra Moretti on tap, a simple selection of good red and white wines, San Pelegrino sparkling fruit juices, free Wi-Fi and take-away and delivery services for the local offices and sky-high flats nearby.

For me it’s the Diavolo Burger (£6.25) which is the stand out hit. It’s  bursting with flavour,  layered with fresh meat (not frozen) intense pesto softened by home-made mayonnaise in a soft seeded bun. Perfecto!

the heavenly diavolo burger

the heavenly diavolo burger

They’ve even got the chickpea burger (£5.50) right – nice and crispy on the patty and then soft and flavoursome inside.

Caterina 55

chick chick pea

It’s easy Italian with a natural taste – the tomato ketchup doesn’t have that sharp sachet taste.

Other delights from the menu are the chicken nuggets – sorry, home-made balls –  twice ground for smoothness and given a dash of cumin.

Caterina 55 Moorgate

goodness gracious

Caterina 55

bean soup just like mamma used to make it!

 Keeping with healthy feel, the hearty soups are made with home-made stocks  – it’s got that sheen you only get from cooking from scratch and seasonal vegetables are good and tasty.

Caterina 55

lasagne – classic and pesto

Additionally, for those looking for a glass of wine or a traditional Italian beer with a more substantial evening meal, kick back, relax and enjoy some home-made pasta such as pesto lasagne – vegetarian lasagne, made with green beans, oozing bechamel sauce and homemade pesto (£5.90) There are plans for an evening feel with  a separate bar area and more formal place settings with crockery and napkins.

buon appetito!

Address: The Heron, 5 Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9AP

Opening Times:

Monday- Friday 7 am -10.30, Saturday 9am – 10.30, Sunday 9am – 9.30pm

www.caterina55.com

More Italian? READ OUR REVIEW Square is the new round with Pizza Rossa and the best lobster in town at Pescatori

Hakkasan Honours Chinese New Year Wishing Tree Tradition

For this Chinese New Year, Hakkasan, one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, is honouring the Chinese wishing tree tradition by offering a family feast and collecting written wishes from diners to hang on the lattice screens in the restaurant.  The wish collection menu runs from Sunday 8th February to Sunday 1st March at £88.88 per head.
Hakkasan Mayfair

Hakkasan Mayfair

Hakkasan’s limited edition menu created by Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee includes signature dishes as well as a contemporary interpretation on authentic Chinese New Year fare.

We tried it and it’s certainly a feast – you’ll be wishing for more, it’s delicious and a great mix of comfort food and Michelin star flourishes. There’s a dish, taste, and texture for everyone in the family. It’s the celebratory meal elevated – dim sum with caviar,  Chilean sea bass,  luxury a la king, tender beef in expensive wine, glowing chip shop curry prawns, veggies of sliced lily bulbs and exotic fried rice with sea snails. Classy and decadent.
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Inspired by the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong, guests to share their hopes for 2015 by writing their wishes on red wishing ribbon

A collection wishes will be shared on the Chinese New Year page and on Instagram.

The restaurant is buzzy and incredibly lit – dark with pools of light and corridors between the rows of tables so you don’t disturb the other diners taking your seat. It feels intimate, but a bit cramped and the service is quick and efficient.
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Dim sum platter - the family traditionally makes these together and can be quite big like these ones – too large to fit between the chopsticks!

Dim Sum Platter

Dim Sum Platter

Spicy lamb lupin wrap – pinched in a flower-shape and garnished with dill and brightly-coloured petals. The delicious taste comes from getting the duck sauce and the lamb lupin sauce balance right. 2015 is The Year of the Sheep so these fit perfectly with the menu.

lamb - one of the key dishes in the  Year of the Sheep

lamb – one of the key dishes in the Year of the Sheep

Golden fried soft shell crab with red chilli and curry leaf – another elevated dish, the rich man’s deep-fried seaweed. 

soft shell crab with curry leaf

soft shell crab with curry leaf

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The wishing tree feast at Hakkasan Mayfair

The wishing tree feast at Hakkasan Mayfair – beef, abalone and dry scallop fried rice, stir-fry lily bulb and garlic shoot & spicy prawn

 Spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond – a generous, juicy portion in a familiar curry sauce.
Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot – the tastiest tenderest beef in a fancy but pointless noodle cone.

black pepper rib eye beef with merlot

black pepper rib eye beef with merlot

Grilled Chilean seabass in honey - a light taste on the palate but a beautiful looking dish with plenty of it, although typically would be served as a whole fish, symbolising abundance.

seabass in honey

seabass in honey

Stir-fry Lily bulb and garlic shoot with preserved olive and dry chilli – fancy, crunchy stir fry. 

Abalone and dry scallop fried rice – a highlight of creamy consistency and childhood comfort food taste.

Dessert – the wow factor!

Kumquat wishing tree 

Hakkasan Mayfair Wishing Tree Tasting Menu

the perspex wishing tree

Towards the end of the meal a blue wishing tree with a candied kumquat covered in orange chocolate is brought to the table. Orange or kumquat trees during Chinese New Year are thought to bring good fortune. And then this beautiful plate appears. Chocolate marquise, kumquat sorbet and fruits.
Bury me under this tree.
Hakkasan Mayfair Wishing Tree Menu

chocolate, caramelised macadamia and cocoa rocks

All washed down with a potent cocktail of cachaça, Campari, kumquats, orange juice and lime.

That’s another great start to my year.
Gōngxǐ fācái!
Hakkasan Mayfair, 17 Bruton Street, London W1J6QB
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7907 1888

Forget 50 Shades of Grey here’s 7 Shades of Bärchen at the Berlinale

So yesterday was the premiere of “50 Shades of Grey.”

Do we care? Not much, but our Berlinale correspondent, Sabine Koch, happened to be there by coincidence.

Zoo Palast Berlinale

Zoo Palast Berlinale

I was at the Zoo Palast, one of Berlin’s oldest and most beautiful movie theatres, recently renovated and once again at the center of the Berlinale. I got tix for “Ned Rifle”, the new Hal Hartley movie. A funny, warm and charming little film, typical Hal Hartley, that I liked a lot, but the audience in general apparently not so much – applause was subdued.

Panorama director Wieland Speck and director Hal Hartley introducing the movie “Ned Rifle

Panorama director Wieland Speck and director Hal Hartley introducing the movie “Ned Rifle

When I left the Zoo Palast, I noticed that something big was about to happen. People holding up self-drawn signs looking for tickets, photographers lining up, and the mood was excited.

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looking for tickets

Once I realized, that the world premiere of “50 Shades of Grey” was imminent, I thought to myself: I don’t really like these kinds of events, but since I am here, why not have a look at the proceedings?

So I found a nice spot to observe everything. At first there were lots of cars arriving and inevitably disappointment arose, because everyone getting out of those cars was a d-lister. No famous stars, ladies in high heels and silver-haired gentlemen with ill-fitting suits. This was certainly not the Oscar red carpet.

Jamie Dornan with wife Amelia Warner (in red) receiving the welcoming applause

Jamie Dornan with wife Amelia Warner (in red) receiving the welcoming applause

Finally, the cast arrived with Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E.L. James and of course there were shreeks, chants, flash bulbs, autographs – rather run-of-the-mill. Teenagers got excited but, to me it looked like a bonsai-version of a real event.

What made me stay until the end was someone special I noticed. A police officer was sporting a breast full of Berlinale pins. The tiny Bears (“Bärchen”) come in all colours and while almost all of the personnel had one pinned on, this particular man had seven.

So after all brouhaha settled down, I asked him if I could take his photo and in true, bone-dry Berliner fashion he replied: “Na, machen Se doch” (roughly translating into “ Well, go ahead then.”).

Berlinale Policeman with Seven Bears

Berlinale Policeman with Seven Bears

I am showing this, because I want to give a tribute to all the helpers: the police men and women, box office vendors, ushers, cleaning staff, orderlies, paramedics, bus drivers – these people make it work, they support our festival passionately and make the Berlinale what it is.

THANK YOU GUYS!

So in conclusion: 50 shades of grey? I prefer 7 shades of  Bärchen.

Read more from Sabine Koch and her insisder’s tips at the Berlinale and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert 

How to do the Berlinale – an insider’s tips

Some advice from a seasoned veteran on “How to do the Berlinale”

It’s February in Berlin and that means The Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, known as the Berlinale, and it’s dominating the face of my town writes Sabine Koch, guest contributor.

During the 10 days of films, parties, markets you can get a glimpse of the world of international cinema, talk to people in the business and have fun. Most people go for the obvious: the competition and the screening of those movies at the Berlinale Palast, usually with lots of international stars on the red carpet. But actually, that’s not what the Berlinale is about – at least not for me!

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This festival is so wonderful, because it allows the everyperson to experience interesting visions from all around the world and meet the people making them or just loving them.

So here are 4 simple tips to make your Berlinale worthwhile:

Berlinale Ticket Booth

Berlinale Ticket Booth

1) There are many different channels to acquire tix – use them all and then some. Be it the internet, the central ticket sales or the daily box office at the venue, chances are you will be successful. And even if your film is sold out, try to go to the cinema one hour in advance of the screening. In most cases there will be someone who overbooked and wants to get rid of tix. It’s also a great way to meet other film fans with a built-in companion. Just this Sunday I scored a ticket from a lovely Italian lady who wanted to give me her spare one for free even, but after a little bit of negotiation I convinced here to take half price – 2 Euros!

Berlinale

go for the tiny women or the slouchy guys

2) When you take your seat be prudent! It might not be the best idea to choose a seat because there are empty seats in front of you. Most films will be sold out or close to sold out and inevitably there will come a basketball player or lady with very high hair to take the seat right in front of you. Stake your claim by looking for the tiny women or the slouchy guys and take the seat behind them. Look at the perfect example I encountered a few days back – I should have gotten the number of that guy to have him sit or rather lie in front of me for the remainder of the festival.

unusual venues

unusual venues

3) Try to go visit the venues, that are not “normal” movie theatres. For example, if you go to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, you will not only see a movie, but a Berliner landmark as well.

4) Walk of the beaten paths, go for the other sections – the Panorama, the Forum, the specials and my personal favourite: the Generation Section! Not only are the tickets much cheaper (starting at €4.00 Euros a tix), you will most certainly see extremely interesting films, and in the case of the Generations Section, have a chance for Q&As with the film makers.

Confetti Harvest at Berlinale

“So exactly how much confetti did you have to make for your film? “

What can beat lovely young people, who mostly have never been abroad, to present their work, being faced with a standing ovation by an adoring public – heart warming. And the questions of the very young audience can be a hoot too, example for the Dutch film Confetti Harvest: how much confetti did you have to make for your film – best question ever. Cast and director of Confetti Harvest at the Q&A after the screening.

As any Berliner or guest will tell you: Berlin can be harsh and brutal, especially during winter time, but with open eyes and interest in every film and the people who make them and watch them, you will have a brilliant Berlinale-time.

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some stars on the red carpet

Thanks so much to our guest contributor Berliner, Sabine Koch, a cultural tour de force who is a producer and production coordinator for German TV shows Artelounge and European Film Award and international concert productions such as NY Philharmonic in Pyongyang.

Sabine has seen around 4000 movies so far – and believes strongly that films are made to be seen on the big screen and not on a dingy TV.

So there you have it – happy movie watching.

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Werner Herzog “Queen of the Night” for Berlinale with Damian Lewis

The cast of Queen of the Desert, including lead actors James Franco and Damian Lewis as well as director Werner Herzog celebrated the world premiere of their film over Grey Goose cocktails hosted by Studio Babelsber.

Many of Germany’s most famous classic films have been created at the stages and facilities of Studio Babelsberg, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, starring Marlene Dietrich, Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer and Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous.

Other notable guests who stopped by the House throughout the evening included Christoph Waltz, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Nina Hoss, Elyas M’Barek, Toni Garrn, Heike Makatsch, Klaus Biesenbach and many more.

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Read about the Berlin Film Festival 

actor Damian Lewis (2nd left), his wife Helen McCrory (L), Peter M. Graham II (2nd right) and director Werner Herzog (R) attend Studio Babelsberg & Soho House Berlinale Party with GREY GOOSE at the 'QUEEN OF THE DESERT'

actor Damian Lewis (2nd left), his wife Helen McCrory (L), Peter M. Graham II (2nd right) and director Werner Herzog (R) attend Studio Babelsberg & Soho House Berlinale Party with GREY GOOSE at the ‘QUEEN OF THE DESERT’

Celebrate the The Rio Carnival at Guanabara London 11th February – Tuesday 17th February 2015

The vibrant colours, tantalizing tastes and energetic sounds of Rio Carnival will come to Guanabara, London’s popular Brazilian venue, for seven days of celebrations.

www.guanabara.co.uk New London Theatre Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, with 10 years of experience under its belt, this 600 capacity venue, with its trademark circular stage and dance floor, is said to be London’s finest purveyor in Brazilian culture.

Events:

CIRCO DO GUANABARA – SPECIAL CARNIVAL EDITION WEDNESDAY 11th FEBRUARY 5pm – 2.30am £5 after 8pm

SAMBA SCHOOL MADNESS WITH RHYTHMS OF THE CITY FRIDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 5pm – 2.30 am £10 all night

MASKED BALL SATURDAY 14th FEBRUARY 5pm – 2.30am £12 all night

FORRO DO GUANABARA SUNDAY 15th FEBRUARY 6pm – Midnight £6

MICARETA DA BAHIA MONDAY 16th FEBRUARY 5pm – 1am Free

CLOSING PARTY – CARNAVAL DO RIO TUESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 5pm-1am Free

www.guanabara.co.uk New London Theatre Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW 020 7242 8600