Easter Treat

 

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[www.gohen.com]

Flat-hunting rather than egg-hunting this weekend?

Fizzy is open throughout the long Easter weekend for viewings at our wonderful new schemes at Stepney Green and Poplar. To celebrate Easter, we have an EGG-cellent offer for you… if you reserve a Fizzy flat this weekend you pay no admin fees and get two weeks FREE rent…saving you over £500!

Fizzy Stepney Green is perfect for young professionals who want a quick and simple commute to the City for both work and play. Fizzy flats are located within the award-winning VIVO development, offering high quality flats equipped with private balconies in the heart of thriving East London. The covetable E1 postcode means that Liverpool Street is only 12 minutes away and trendy Boxpark in Shoreditch is a ten minutes cycle down the road. All Fizzy flats come with a on-site property manager, free WIFI, and TV packages.

Fizzy Poplar is ideal for those working in Canary Wharf as it’s a mere 15 minutes walk away.  There are also great transport links to Bank, Stratford and The O2. In addition to all the Fizzy perks that come with our flats, Fizzy Poplar also has a free gym.

To take advantage of this great offer, come down to our open weekend and make yourselves at home!

For more information, email hello@fizzyliving.com

 

 

Top 5 Fashion Shops in East London

1.Wandering Minds

Unit 9, Boxpark

2-4 Bethnal Green Rd

E1 6GY

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 24 minutes.

Wandering Minds is a fashion start up company created by founder Eliza. The concept is a simple one really, she goes travelling round the world  and sources cool independent labels.  Clothes are sourced from Seoul, Berlin, Paris and Sydney. Cities which are known for their distinctive style.  Shopping here is effortless, it is almost like flicking through a wardrobe of a fashion editor. Elisa has a great eye for design, and each piece that features in Boxpark is carefully approved and selected by the team. No fashion faux-pas here. A benefit of shopping here is that all these pieces are carefully selected around the world, meaning that when people with envious gazes ask where you got that jacket, you can say smugly: it’s an independent label from Berlin, darling.

Must buy: Bang on trend Sports Luxe bomber jacket by Korean label Rocket X Launch.

 

Source: [ Wandering Minds]

Source: [ Wandering Minds]

 

2. Tusch & Egon

2-4 Bethnal Green Rd

E1 6GY

                                                          Distance from Stepney Green: 24 minutes.

 

Tusch & Egon is an anagram of German words meaning beautiful and good. Entering Tusch & Egon feels a bit like entering a modern day Aladdin’s cave. Instead of gold figurines find brightly coloured statues of Karl Marx, Smurf’s and pugs. Tusch & Egon showcases unique pieces of art from contemporary artists around the world. Unusual and quirky designs is what Tusch & Egon is about, and well, the definition of East London really.

Must Buy: This handsome pug.

 

[Source: http://tuschundegon.bigcartel.com/product/pug]

[Source: http://tuschundegon.bigcartel.com/product/pug]

3. Nordic Poetry

Hall Cottage

Hall Road

Belchamp Walter Co10 7AT

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 30 minutes

 Nordic poetry provides vintage clothing with a contemporary Scandinavian twist. Nordic Poetry always makes sure its vintage collection is up to date by monitoring future trends. All garments are carefully selected to make sure that they are ethical, unique and bang on trend. You are sure to find something that suits your style.

Must Buy: These pastel pink trousers are perfect for brightening up a dull office outfit.

[Source: http://www.nordicpoetry.co.uk/retro-pastel-pink-trousers]

[Source: http://www.nordicpoetry.co.uk/retro-pastel-pink-trousers]

4.Luna & Curious

24-26 Calvert Avenue

Shoreditch

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 Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 28 minutes.

Luna & Curious are run by trio of designers that champion British design. Expect to find beautiful one off items here that are skilfully handcrafted. Luna and Curious is a great place for finding a unique gift for a loved one… or yourself. If you’re one that likes to be ahead of the curve, then head on over, because Luna & Curious have a showcase of the best up and coming designers. Expect to find a carefully selected collection of clothes, jewellery and teapots.

Must Buy: This minimalistic Short Drop necklace by Henriette Lofstrom

 

[Source: http://lunaandcurious.com/collections/jewellery/products/short-drop-necklace]

[Source: http://lunaandcurious.com/collections/jewellery/products/short-drop-necklace]

5. Lost Laundry

28 Cheshire Street

Shoreditch

E2 6EH

                             Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 25 minutes.

Lost Laundry started out as an online boutique sourcing hard to find runway pieces for women and men. However in 2012, due to popular demand it opened up on Cheshire Street. And the rest they say, is history. Find beautiful one off designer pieces that you thought were fashion urban legends.  Lost Laundry have a delightful collection of Alexander McQueen and all your favourite designers. This one is also good for guys who are looking for excellent quality and fit.  Well tailored clothes that never go out of style.

Must Buy:  Band of Outsiders double breasted tailored jacket

[Source: http://www.lostlaundry.co.uk/]

[Source: http://www.lostlaundry.co.uk/]

 

 

Best Restaurants in East London

Hi all and welcome back to our blog series focusing on East London. This week we will be focusing on the best places to eat in East London. If you are looking for a good cocktail bar for after work drinks, check out last week’s blog post here: Cocktails

Lets get on with our list. Introducing ten fantastic  restaurants, ten different international cuisines all in East London.

 

1.Best Chinese

HKK Broadgate West, 88 Worship Street, Broadgate West, London EC2A 2BE, England

Distance from Fizzy Stepney  Green:  24 minutes.

HKK restaurant is the latest concept developed by the Hakkasan group which offers a unique Chinese fine dining experience.  HKK opened its doors in December 2012, and since then has been awarded a Michelin star- proving its credentials.

The menu has some old favourites, Crispy Taro Puffs,  Peking duck and Dim Sum to name a few. Everything was cooked to perfection, a delicate balance of flavours and texture. The staff patiently explain the concept of each dish and what condiments to use to enhance the flavours of the dish.. HKK’s duck was cooked using a traditional cherry wood oven which allowed the duck to be infused with a deep, smoky flavour with a subtle taste of sweetness.

Fizzy Recommends: The wagyu beef  and the Chilean sea bass.

 

 

2.Best Breakfast
The Breakfast Club, 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 20 minutes.

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The Breakfast Club references the iconic John Hughes movie which defined the 80’s, and like its film counterpart is effortlessly cool.  Don’t expect anyone to be wearing Barry Mannilow’s wardrobe here though, because it is strictly skinny jeans only. This branch of the breakfast club is not painted in the customary yellow hue, which makes it looks a bit harder to find but it’s worth the effort, believe me. The best part about the breakfast club apart from obviously the breakfast, is that it is available all day!

I am not a breakfast person customarily, but this is because I find it a  struggle to wake up on time. Going to Breakfast Club is a dream come true, the only tough choice is deciding what to have.

Fizzy recommends:  A traditional English fry up or the American counterpart: Pancakes and Bacon drizzled with sweet, sticky maple syrup.

 

3.Best Italian

Distance from Stepney Green: 23 Minutes

Polpo Smithfield,  Italian tapas style.

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Polpo mixes traditional Italian style home cooking with tapas. Delightful morsels of goodness is better when you can share that experience with a friend.  Polpo style is rustic and simple, focusing on fresh ingredients dashed with a generous sprinkle of fennel. Overall, a refreshing take on Italian cuisine.

Fizzy recommends: the rabbit ragu,served with black olives and gnocchi.

 

4.Best Middle Eastern

Ariana Afghan and Persian Food

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green:  12 Minute walk.

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One of those great local finds, unassuming from the outside but bursting in character inside. Ariana hosts outdoor seating which makes this place even more popular in the summer.  The food is lovingly prepared before you, and the flatbread is freshly made every day.  Get the Panir O Sabzi- delicious flat bread with tarragon, mint radishes and walnut.  It’s the large selection of Afghan and Persian food that make this place so special.  Don’t go away without trying their grilled meats which are expertly cooked.

Fizzy recommends:  the grilled lamb- slightly chargrilled on the outside, succulent and tender on the inside.

 

5.Best Vietnamese

Song Que Cafe

134 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY

Distance from Stepney Green: 27 Minutes

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It can be difficult to pick out a good Vietnamese restaurant in Kingsland Road since the street is full of them! Song Que stands above the rest, in the evening expect to find a crowd of people queuing to get in. What you want is authentic Vietnamese cuisine and that’s what you get at Song Que. The pho is outstanding, the broth is well seasoned and full of flavour.

Fizzy recommends: the most traditional Vietnamese dishes to get a sense of what Song Que is about so fresh spring rolls, and beef brisket pho.

 

6.  Best Japanese

Tsuru Spitalfields

Distance from Stepney  Green: 26 minutes

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Tsuru is something I always fall back to, it offers a decent selection of sushi  -the salmon and avocado rolls hit the spot. I always find myself going for the slightly unhealthy option at Tsuru, the decadent 8 hour katsu curry.  Sweet, creamy and comforting with the crackle in your mouth of the fried pork. The chicken teriyaki is good too, and I like that they use chicken thigh instead of breast which just adds more depth into the dish.

Fizzy recommends: 8 hour Chicken Katsu curry.

 

7. Best  Traditional  English

The Clove Club, 28 minutes.

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green:  28 minutes

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The Clove Club celebrates the best of British cuisine and as result their menu changes every day to promote British seasonal produce.  Everything is painstakingly thought out even in the way that the dish is artfully presented.  Expect to find their dishes on instagram under the  hashtag , #foodporn .

Fizzy recommends: the slow cooked beef.

 

8. Best Mexican

Boho Mexica, 151-153 Commercial Street, London, E1  6BJ

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 23 minutes.

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You can’t help but notice that there is Mexican cuisine is everywhere these days. Mexican chains are popping up left, right and centre and yet my quest for the absolute burrito continues. Boho Mexica steps in to fill in the divide, and it feels like a labour of love. The staff know their Mexican food and is one of the few places in London that offers a cactus salad.  Did I find the perfect burrito? No but only because my needs were met by the pulled pork enchiladas,  which was heavenly.

Fizzy recommends: Pulled Pork enchiladas and Chicken Fajjitas.

 

9. Best Thai

Kinkao, 176 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green:  21 minutes. 

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A often overlooked little Thai restaurant, almost hidden along the many Indian restaurants on Brick Lane. Kinkao is by far the best Thai restaurant in East London. You will find the traditional  dishes,  including Thai green curry  and Tom Yum soup and they are cooked to an excellent standard. I always order Tom Yum soup to test the authenticity of a Thai restaurant. Kinkao did not disappoint. Now, I can handle my spice, but in one Thai restaurant I had a mouth numbingly spicy prawn that  meant I spent most of that night crying into my rice bowl. It was with nervous anticipation then, that I tried the “crying tiger”  but it was a fantastic dish -the steak was tender and the slight kick of the chilli sauce was a win.

Fizzy Recommends: the Thai green curry.

 

10. Best Indian

Dishoom

7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green:  25 minutes.

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Dishoom plays homage to  original Bombay cafes that have disappeared from the scene. Dishoom brings a touch of glamour to Indian cuisine.  It might play on traditional but the interiors of Dishoom feels very contemporary. Some of the concepts seem bizarre for Indian cuisine, Bacon Naan roll  and Bombay sausages to name a few.  Having tried them, I believe Dishoom is light years ahead of us all.  I can’t wait to try more.

Fizzy recommends : The Lamb Raan bun washed down with a cup of milky Chai tea.

 

 

 

The Best Bars in East London

 

The Best Bars in East London

 Hello all, welcome back to the latest blog series focusing on Stepney Green and East London. If you missed the first post, you can catch it here: Introducing Stepney Green.

It’s the weekend, you want a drink, and you want it now. There are no shortages of bars in East London. However, the abundance of choice tends to overcomplicate the simple desire for a stiff drink. For that reason, Fizzy has compiled a list of the best bars in London.

We  focused on a small selection of bars that are our personal favourites here at Fizzy.  Reviews are based on decor and ambience, but mainly and most importantly focus on the cocktails. Everyone enjoys a good cocktail, this is proved by the fact my boyfriend’s favourite cocktail is a Cosmopolitan.  However, due to Sex and the City connotations, he will argue that he is a lager man. Hmm. I’m not fooled.

Lets crack onto our list.

1.Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157b Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ  Tel. 020 7426 4856

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green- 22 minutes by tube.

Source [http://thehawksmoor.com/gallery?nggpage=2]

Source [http://thehawksmoor.com/gallery?nggpage=2]

Our number 1 spot has to go to Hawksmoors Spitalfields, it is one of Fizzy’s favourite places to go to.  Most people know of Hawksmoor because  of their succulent meat dishes they serve – their juicy rib eye steak is the talk of the town.  Little do you know, their cocktails are equally as good.  Hawksmoor is a gem of a basement bar, slightly moody and atmospheric but their award winning staff are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about cocktails.

Hawksmoors Spitalfields has elevated the cocktail into an art form. Our  favourite cocktails? The Marmalade cocktail- a delicious concoction of Gin, Campari, Lemon Juice, Orange bitters & Good old fashioned English Marmalade.  A perfect balance in terms of flavours, not too acidic and not overwhelmingly sweet.

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic cocktail.  The margarita, synonymous with Summer Lovin’, good times and the raging hangover the next day. Did you know that the Margarita used to be super uncool?  It first appeared in 1930’s, under the name of “Grapefruit Picador” but only achieved notoriety after a name change.

Get down to Hawksmoor next Tuesday  for their special desert island cocktail menu.  Sit close to the bar, to catch  bartender Barborossa Inan displaying his impressive “Double Shake” Cocktail technique.

Best for a weekday drink.

 

2. Happiness Forgets, 8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU. 020 7613 0325

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green-  31 minutes by tube.

Source [http://www.happinessforgets.com/]

Source [http://www.happinessforgets.com/]

On their website, it states “Great cocktails, no wallies.” This pretty much sums up the place, no frills necessary as the drinks do the talking.  The decor probably isn’t as fancy as most places, but feels how a cocktail bar should: bursting with authenticity.  It could be helped by the fact the place is buzzing, no matter when you go in. Expect good things with this little find, it is always fully booked on weekends.  Pop in regardless, the staff at Happiness Forgets are cool and do their best to accommodate you.

Cocktails to go for? Difficult to choose, they offer a grand selection but you may have trouble reading your cocktail menu since it is so dim! Ask the staff who will suggest fantastic recommendations based on what liquor you like. For the truly indecisive… go for a Tokyo Collins.

Best for a weekend drink.

 

3.  Nightjar, 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB 0207 253 4101

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green-  29 minutes by tube.

Source [http://www.barnightjar.com/gallery/drinks]

Source [http://www.barnightjar.com/gallery/drinks]

Step back in time, for some good old fashioned glamour.  Expect 1930’s decor and old fashioned jazz blaring out the likes of Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong. Nightjar is a rising star, and shows no sign of slowing down.  It sets itself apart from competitors with its unique 1930’s vibe and excellent selection of rare, vintage spirits.  The cocktail list is comprehensive, although they handle their classic cocktails well, stick to their whisky based cocktails which are superb: many contain straight rye whisky from 1863.

Cocktail choice: Toronto. A perfect balance of smoky flavours, with a slight kick of bourbon at the end.

As you sit back and sip on your cocktail, you can’t help agreeing with Louis. What a wonderful world, indeed.

Best for an eclectic selection of vintage spirits.

 

4.  Bird of Smithfield

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green- 24 minutes by tube.

26 Smithfield St London EC1A 9LB, 020 7559 5100

source:[http://birdofsmithfield.com/gallery/people]

source:[http://birdofsmithfield.com/gallery/people]

Bird of Smithfield is owned by Alan Bird, formerly of The Ivy and is set over five floors of an old Georgian townhouse.  Bird of Smithfield is a traditional high-end establishment, so expect outstanding attention to detail regarding both food and drink. A nice bonus is that Bird of Smithfield holds an early hours drinks license which means that it really is a superb place for a night out.  The basement cocktail bar is very sleek, the decor throughout is chic and the rooftop bar is always popular on a balmy summers evening. Fairly new to the bar scene, Bird of Smithfield continues to improve with every visit.

Cocktail choice: Vertically Challenged, a delightful blend of Prosecco and Rhubarb.

 Best for a great girls night out.

 

5. Boundary Rooftop Bar, 2- 4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD. 020 7729 1051.

Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green-  26 minutes by tube.

Source [http://www.theboundary.co.uk/photo-gallery/rooftop/rooftop-5/]

Source [http://www.theboundary.co.uk/photo-gallery/rooftop/rooftop-5/]

 Boundary Rooftop bar is not strictly a cocktail bar, which is why it features lower down on our list.  It doesn’t have a large choice of cocktails, but you will find all your fail safe cocktails here, and what counts is that the staff make them well.  Boundary Rooftop bar is very trendy and popular, understandably so ,because the location is sublime-  nestled in the heart of East London with panoramic views across London. Recent development to Boundary Rooftop, mean that there is a weatherproof pergola allowing the bar to be open all year round. However, it really is best in the summer, just before sunset. When all the elements fall into play, there is nowhere else like it.

Cocktail:  A classic Strawberry Mojito.

Best  outdoor rooftop bar.

 

What do you think? Do you agree with our list of the best bars in East London? If not, tell us on Facebook or Twitter which ones you think deserve a spot on our list, with the hashtag: #BestBarInEastLondon.

Introducing Stepney Green

                                                          East London’s Best Kept Secret

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Fizzy Stepney Green is the latest new development to be added to our portfolio. The next series of blog posts will be dedicated to getting to know  Stepney and the East London area  a little bit better, focusing on Stepney’s secret sights and the best local eateries.

We’re in the heart of Tower Hamlets, one of London’s most diverse boroughs. You can find  Stepney sandwiched between trendy Shoreditch and the buzzing  Bethnal Green.  Stepney really offers the best of both worlds : you can dance the night away in Shoreditch, or opt for a relaxed stroll in Victoria Park.

You might be surprised to find out how well connected Stepney  is, it really is one of London’s best kept secrets. Stepney Green’s transport links are superb and are served by both District and Hammersmith & City lines.

  • Liverpool Street -30 minute walk or less than 10 minutes by tube.
  • Bank- 15 minutes by tube.
  • Canary Wharf- 20 minutes way by tube.

If you  are someone who enjoys having  immediate access to the variety of East London’s finest eateries, secret art shows and pop-up bars (as well as being close to work), then you should find out more about living at one of our 63 flats in Fizzy Stepney Green.  Fizzy Stepney Green is aimed at those who like being close to the centre of the action,  and are enchanted by all East London has to offer.

Coming up in the next blog post, a focus on the coolest bars located right on the doorstep of Stepney Green.  Until next time then, some random Stepney trivia to tie you over. Did you know that Stepney was once home to actor/director Steven Berkoff and footballer Ashley Cole?

 

TWO WEEKS FREE RENT

We all know that January sales are the only way to fight the January Blues. That’s why we are very excited to announce an exclusive offer to help ‘fizz’ up your New Year; we’re offering new tenants TWO WEEKS FREE RENT if you move into our new flats at Fizzy Stepney Green or Fizzy Poplar.

Fizzy Stepney Green is ideally located for young professionals who want an easy commute to the City for both work and play. Fizzy flats are within the trendy VIVO building offering contemporary living in the heart of East London.

Fizzy Poplar is only a 15 minute walk from Canary Wharf, and also offers direct transport connections to Bank, Stratford and The O2 in Greenwich. As well as all the perks of living in a Fizzy flat, such as free WiFi and a 24-7 management service, Fizzy Poplar tenants have free access to the on-site gym.

To take advantage of this offer, please arrange a viewing and an appointment with Kim for Fizzy Stepney Green, or Laura for Fizzy Poplar. The offer is valid once Fizzy has confirmed the date tenants are able to move into the flats at Fizzy Stepney Green or Fizzy Poplar.  Please see all other terms and conditions for this offer below.

Terms and Conditions.

1. Fizzy Enterprises LLP is the holding company of Fizzy Poplar LLP and Fizzy Stepney Green LLP and referred to in the following terms and conditions

2.  In order to qualify, tenants must have been sent an offer for a property by Fizzy Enterprises LLP and have paid the requested reservation fee by this deadline date.

3. Offers for flats will only be sent to customers once Fizzy Enterprises LLP are able to confirm move in dates.

4. In order to qualify for the offer, tenancy agreements must have commenced during  April 2014.

5. This offer is only applicable when reserving flats at Fizzy Poplar LLP & Fizzy Stepney Green LLP. Flats at Fizzy Epsom & Fizzy Canning Town are not included within this offer.

6. The offer can only be taken as a discount on the first month’s rent charged on the tenancy agreement. No cash equivalents or alternative options will be entetained by Fizzy Enterprises LLP

7. Signing a tenancy agreement and receiving the offer is subject to passing our referencing. Fizzy have absolute discretion on whether to accept a prospective tenant’s references.

8. Fizzy Enterprises LLP only offers assured shorthold tenancy agreements of a minimum 6 months duration.

9. The 2 weeks free rent is calculated by dividing the annual rent of the tenancy by the number of weeks in a year and doubling the weekly amount.

Become lord of the manor

Article in The Metro talks about affordable schemes being made available to those wishing to rent.

“We are continuing to uphold the Fizzy values of providing rental accommodation built to a high specification which offers excellent commuter transport links”

Original Source – The Metro Newspaper 19/07/13

 

“The ultimate city rental properties”

Great article about Fizzy Living in Fridays City AM – and wow, what a headline!

“Only a few young professionals can obtain mortgages so the only option is to rent. Housing tenure has shifted right across the UK and the private rental sector is expected to grow as owner occupation becomes little more than a pipedream for the majority of young people,” says Harry Downes, Fizzy Living’s managing director. “But there is an acute shortage of quality rental accommodation for professionals and this is a gap we aim to fill.
Our vision is to create a product and brand associated with excellence that satisfies the requirements of aspirational young professionals.”

Read the full article here

Original source – City AM Friday 12th July 2013

 

Why young Londoners are ditching central London

Harry Downes, Director of Fizzy Living talks to London loves Business about how FIZZY flats are in safe and easily commutable London locations.

“There are thousands and thousands of well-educated 25-35-year-olds with perfectly good jobs, and they have nowhere to live!”

Downes’ says that living outside of Zone 1 “is not so bad”. “We’re targeting places that are a bit cheaper, good places to live, and get you into town quickly and safely.”

Read the full article here

Original source: London Loves Business – 04/07/2013