Jul 20th 2016

Liz Taylor helps to raise nearly £5k for local charity

Liz Taylor joined forces with the Nightingales fundraising committee to raise nearly £5k for Heathlands Care Home in Prestwich, north Manchester, for equipment to be able to treat its dementia patients with the renowned ‘Nordoff Robins Music Therapy’.

Liz hosted ‘An afternoon with…’ styled event at retail emporium Sofas & Stuff located on Dearman’s Place, Salford.  Introduced by Charlotte Benjamin, one of the TLC clients who featured with Liz on the Channel 4 television show ‘The Millionaire Party Planner’, the entrepreneur gave an insight into how she launched her successful Manchester based events company, TLC, and how she rose to the top of her industry, where she now works with leading corporate and celebrity names to stage spectacular business and private events across Europe.

The event for 140 ladies was staged in memory of Joy Cainer, who was the First Lady President of Heathlands, with all the proceeds being donated directly to the care home to fund the treatment for patients.

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Commenting on the event Liz said, “It was an absolute pleasure to have been asked by the Nightingales to meet with and talk to the ladies attending the event, and to raise vital funds for Heathlands. It provides such an important service and is invaluable to hundreds of people throughout the local community in Prestwich.  Most of us know someone who has suffered with dementia and I was only too happy to show my support.”

“As with anything that TLC is involved with, we like to make it the very best it can be. There was creative food and drink including a popular vintage coffee cart, amazing entertainment, pampering from The Lowry Hotel spa team and a very special surprise – a fabulous opera singing waiter who certainly took everyone by surprise when he burst into song during the Q&A session!”

Iris Chaytow, from Nightingales added: “We can’t thank Liz enough for her help with the event.  It was a complete sell out and the audience loved hearing all about Liz’s 30 years of experience in the events industry, and the filming of The Millionaire Party Planner.  I can’t emphasise enough how the residents at Heathlands will benefit from the therapy.”

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 Jul 20th 2016

Las Vegas Casino Inspired Party

Take a look at our online image galleries for a Las Vegas inspired casino night party.  Feathers, cocktails and casino tables all feature in this colourful, stylish party.

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 Jul 18th 2016

UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences

UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences

National Picnic Week (16-25 June) may have been a washout but don’t dismay.  There is still plenty of summer left for relaxed al fresco dining and some more sunshine is promised. We’ve picked the UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences to enjoy, which aren’t wholly reliant on the weather!

Opera at Glyndebourn

We couldn’t share our ‘UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences’ without including this one!  Do you want to mix music, luxury and the romance of a summer evening? Then it is hard to beat a trip to Glyndebourne Festival in East Sussex. Indeed the festival itself sprung from a love story in 1934 between founder, John Christie and soprano Audrey Mildmay. The rest is history. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world.

The 1,200-seat auditorium is indoors but it’s tradition to dine outdoors. A chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens and the view across the hills of the South Downs. Although there is no dress code most guests dress-up for the occasion, many arriving in black tie.

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The Glynbourne Opera Festival runs until 28 August. Operas this year include Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Picnic Butler at Ardgartan Argyll, Scotland

Let’s face it; if you’re heading over the border for the summer, sun probably isn’t top of your priorities but perhaps natural beauty is. If you’re looking for a secluded setting that still has a luxurious edge then a trip to Argyll could be for you. Forest Holidays is offering the services of its knowledgeable Forest Ranger as your guide to the Loch and picnic butler for the day. The Ranger, wearing Scottish traditional dress, shares the secrets of the surrounding woodland and its inhabitants.  Then, he lays out your picnic in an enchanting spot overlooking the Loch. The locally sourced lunch includes, Scottish smoked salmon, Arran cheese and Arran oaties biscuits and Irn-Bru. And of course, there are alcoholic bubbles too with a choice of Prosecco or Champagne.

Prices for the picnic butler start at £75 for two people. Contact Forest Holidays for details.

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Picnic Proms by the Lake at Tatton Park

Tatton Park is one of our favourite venues at TLC.  On a summer day the Park’s spacious grounds are particularly inviting. The venue’s Concert by the Lake festival attracts thousands every year. This year the event runs between 28 and 30 July with music from the likes of Tom Jones and Wet, Wet, Wet. However, for picnic fans the Halle orchestra’s Saturday night finale is not to be missed. Picnic Proms has become an elaborate tradition for the country park. Picnics and picnic furniture are only allowed on the Saturday evening of the festival and guests go all out to make the most of it with many setting up gazebos, tables, china – the full works. If you don’t want the fuss of bringing your own you can order freshly prepared picnics on site. See concertbythelake.co.uk for details.

Related topic: TLC’s Top Picnic Party Tips

Champagne picnic cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola

Just the thought of a summer afternoon spent relaxing on a Victorian steam-powered yacht has started me dreaming. This delightful trip on Coniston Water organised by The National Trust is quintessentially British taking in spectacular scenery of the Coniston Fells.

The boat has been rebuilt from the original and is a charming sailing experience rain or shine, with its covered saloons and open-air decks.  As well as the history of the yacht, the crew also provide a commentary on the area’s connections past and present.

In the yacht’s heyday only the very wealthy would’ve been able to enjoy a leisurely cruise on the lake. In keeping with the splendour of its time picnics, including hot smoked salmon sandwiches and homemade fruit scones and cream, are served in traditional picnic baskets with cloth napkins, crockery and glasses.

Gondola is on the water from 25 March until 31 October. The champagne picnic is offered on selected full lake cruises Monday – Friday departing Coniston pier at 2.30pm returning at 4.15pm, or Saturday – Sunday departing at 11am returning at 12:45pm. A cruise picnic for two people costs: £75 or you can upgrade to include half a bottle of Canard Duchene Brut Champagne for an extra £20. See The National Trust website for details.

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Bespoke Picnic Party

One of the UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences can be of your own making! Take a large garden and transform it. Splash some cash, drop into Sofa and Stuff in Manchester and treat yourself to some oversized, quirky floor cushions and use them on top of brightly coloured blankets!  And what better to compliment your picnic with, than a traditional English Tea complete stuffed into individual picnic hampers.  Then, think mouth-watering bite-sized smoked salmon or cucumber sandwiches, mini scones with good strawberry jam and clotted cream and grandma’s fruit cake! If you are not driving then pack a very chilled bottle of sparkling wine, drop in blue Curacao and a strawberry and hey presto – Red, White and Blue cocktail!

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On a larger scale, and not weather dependent, I love bringing the fete to the festivities.  A combination of side stalls and games, funfairs and carousels, food carts and drink stalls.  You should serve everything to guests at painted benches and long tables. Preferably all happening outside of course, but in true British tradition, if the heavens open this can all be served inside too! Entertainment is also key.  From a one-man band to a folk band, from May Pole demonstrations to pop festivals. Whilst music tastes might vary there is something for everyone and under the summer sun all sorts of things can appeal!

Hope our UK’s 5 Best Picnic Experiences have inspired you to pack the thermos and head into the countryside!

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 Jul 4th 2016

New images added!!

Check out the images galleries on our website (www.tlc-ltd.co.uk) for new images- fresh from our latest party!

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 Jul 4th 2016

7 Favourite Roof Top Bars

7 Favourite Roof Top Bars

There’s nothing like a dose of summer sun to make you feel on top of the world. When skies are clear, roof top bars offer the perfect perch to relax and watch the world go by. Here are some of our favourite sky-skimming hot-spots from around the world – TLC’s 7 Favourite Roof Top Bars:

  1. Le Bain, The Standard, High Line Hotel, New York, USA.

Manhattan’s skyline is probably the most famous in the world. Le Bain, on the top floor of The Standard, High Line Hotel, is a fabulous place from which to view it. Its name, meaning ‘The Bath’ in French, is literal in so far as there is a swimming pool next to the DJ. So, when things get hot on the dance-floor, you can jump in the plunge pool to cool down. It’s a big adult’s playground. A garden in the clouds, Le Bain is a penthouse discothèque with a grass covered roof-top where you can sip cocktails on the terrace with views across the city and the Hudson River. Top DJs from all over the world can be found on the decks and acts are listed in advance. Access is exclusive and being a guest of the hotel doesn’t guaranteed entry.

  1. AER, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai, India

The full 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai is given over to its roof top bar, AER, offering a panoramic view stretching across the city and over the Arabian Sea.

The open-air lounge covers the entire roof of the building and has a futuristic feel with its smooth lines and circular lit bar. You don’t have to wait for the summer to enjoy this one either, because it is open all year round. Even the Monsoon rains don’t stop the party, with a canopy and windscreen to shield guests from the worst of the weather.

The bar has an over 21s entry policy and access is complimentary for hotel guests.

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  1. Skyline Rooftop Bar, Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice, Italy

If Cupid’s arrow has struck, a visit to Skyline Rooftop Bar will have your head in the clouds in every sense. Venice is the city of romance. For the hopeless romantic, its view over Giudecca canal to Piazza San Marco is hard to beat. It’s a popular spot for couples to watch the sunset, one hand entwined in their loved ones and the other holding a champagne cocktail. And once the sun sets it becomes one of the city’s most exclusive night-spots with live music, DJs and dinner by the roof-top pool.

  1. Radio Rooftop Bar, ME London, UK

There is so much architectural beauty in London that it is hard to take it all in when you’re down in the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets. But number 4 on our 7 Favourite Roof Top Bars list is London’s Radio rooftop bar is a wonderful spot from which to admire some of the city’s most famous sights –Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Houses of Parliament – in comfort. Located on the 10th floor of ME London, the bar is accessible via a dedicated express lift. It serves a tapas menu and has a late license until 2am Thursday to Saturday. No hen or stag parties are allowed.

  1. Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel

Could there be a city more steeped in history than Jerusalem? The Mamilla Hotel brings old and new together with guests enjoying the luxury of its outdoor lounge and restaurant while overlooking the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate. Although exclusive, the hotel describes its outdoor lounge as having an ‘atmosphere of casual intimacy’ and it is a perfect place to relax and unwind in the heart of Jerusalem. However, that doesn’t mean you will be guaranteed entry if you decide to drop by. Seating is limited and given its prime position in the city it’s not surprising that reservations are advised.

  1. Q lounge, First Hotel Grims Grenka, Oslo, Norway

Norway’s capital, Oslo combines the cosmopolitan buzz of a metropolitan city with the laid-back vibe of a town. Being on the edge of the land of the midnight sun, during summer months the sun doesn’t set until 11pm. The Q Lounge, on the roof of First Hotel Grims Grenka is one of Oslo’s few roof bars and offers unrivalled views across the city. Open between April and September it is one of Oslo’s hottest summer venues.

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  1. Rooftop Lounge and Playground, Great John Street, The Old School House, Manchester UK.

When thinking about a summer’s evening spent at Great John Street hotel, the name, Rooftop Lounge and Playground says it all. What was once the playground of the converted Victorian school house is now a playground for big kids. South-facing to catch the best of the rays, the playground has a terrace, hot tub, sun lounges, informal seating and a glass veranda. When the sun is shining it’s the place to go for urbanites wanting to play out.

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