Shall we Vine together? Welcome to the Vineyard, a feature in the Islington life 

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 02 Jul, 2017

My Best Meal Islington - July

I'm always on the lookout for new places to eat , both as I love food and eating is one of my favourite thing to do (somebody like exercising, I like eating) and because I like to share my passion and help others having great experiences
so I write about it in my Best Meal series. 

I have been walking past the Vineyard many times and noticed that it always appeared busy and full of people having a good time. The Islington Town Hall is just in front and you can often find the wedding groups for the after ceremony reception and/or party. This month the Islington Chamber of Commerce is also chairing its annual Summer Party here (12th July) so, as the Vice Chair, I though I give it a dry/anonymous run. 

The outside looks like an olive garden, beautifully done and perfect with the nice weather (let's face it, in the UK, if it doesn't  rain and is not too freezing, we still do drink outside). There's a good seating area with lot of space both outside and inside, and the layout is very laid back/fun,  good for both intimate or big gatherings.
It has generally good vibes , plus it is not pricey. 

I have been twice , once for lunch and once on a Saturday evening and I was very pleased both times:  the menu looked very unpretentious but appetising, the staff were very friendly and helpful with only 15 minutes from ordering to the table ( lunch) . In the evening they played  great tunes and the atmosphere was brilliant ; it was a busy night but the bar was very quick to serve. 

Every month the Vine (as I friendly call it) hosts plenty of fun and lively events to ensure Islington keeps its reputation as a very vibrant and lively borough:
  • Speed Quiz (Sundays)
  • Open Mic at the Vineyard (Mondays)
  • Live Music (Thursdays)
  • DJ Night ( Fridays & Saturdays)
In addition don't forget this month the Islington Chamber of Commerce BBQ Summer Party on 12th July , an evening to bring together businesses in North London to celebrate Islington vibrant and successful business community.

I did say before that I' m always honest in my reviews and I wouldn't recommend something if I didn't believe it.
So, would I say that the Vineyard is My Best Meal Islington in the foodie sense?
Non, not in this sense.
The food is middle of the road but tasty and more suited to lunches, BBQs, platter sharing etc compared to gourmet / gastro-pub/ restaurant type dinners;  however the menu plus the location ( Upper Street within walking distance of Highbury & Islington Tube station) , the stunning overall look and outside space, the quick friendly service and the fun evenings with the funky beats , this is definitely My Best Experience Islington for July .

Great idea here for you:
whether you’re a member of Islington Chamber, want to make new connections, are interested in what the Chamber can do for your business, or just want to have a great evening, the 12th July BBQ ICC Summer Party is the perfect opportunity to try The Vineyard out and make new  connections.

Shameless pug here I know... ;-)

Members & non-members have the opportunity to grab an Early bird price so be sure to grab your tickets ASAP. Click here for details.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-chamber-summer-bbq-party-tickets-35345320806

See you there x


The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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