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Exclusive Interview with BBC Asian Network Rising Star Harpz Kaur

When I heard that a lovely lady whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year at the Asian Media Awards had landed a brand-new show on the BBC Asian Network I was ecstatic! I decided that I HAD TO be the first one to interview her so here is my chat with up and coming superstar presenter Harpz Kaur:

With young journalist of the year nominee Harpreet Kaur

With young journalist of the year nominee Harpreet Kaur

Congrats Harpz on the new bbc asian network show – how are you feeling?
Out of this world. Words cannot describe how I’m feeling. I’ve wanted this moment since I was a child as silly as that may sound. It’s something I’ve grown up saying and now I can actually say I’m DOING. Dreams really can come true if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself.
Tell us how it all happened?
To be honest it was really unexpected. Even though it’s something I’ve always wanted, I was lucky enough to have the right people approach me at the right time. After years of building up some recognition, it’s paid off. I feel extremely blessed to have such important people within the industry recognise my work and take time out to appreciate it. It’s not been an easy ride at all, it’s taken years and years of blood, sweat and tears but nothing comes overnight. But i’m a strong believer if something is meant to be, Gods timing is always perfect. It was supposed to happen now and the right people have finally given me my big break.

Harpz Kaur

Harpz Kaur

What is the format of your new show?
I don’t know how it’s happened but I’ve been given an extremely exciting slot on the BBC Asian Network. I’ll be presenting the Sunday Breakfast Show from 6am till 10am, playing the best in Asian music. So basically it’s my duty to help wake up the nation. Being the talker that I am, it’s probably the best slot to suit me, Ha!
Going back to where you started, Fever FM, how did you start your career?
It started around 7 years ago when I began my university degree. I studied Media Studies and then went on to doing a LOT of work experience, my first being Fever FM. I was lucky enough to work with them for 6 weeks which then lead to a permanent slot. As time went on, one show resulted in hosting three shows a week. My Saturday night show “Strictly Bhangra” became so popular that I eventually started to bring in new ideas and interviewing artists within the industry live on air. Since then I’ve always had love for Radio. I realised that’s what I was born to do and that was my comfort zone.
What are you most excited about for the new show?
For starters I think just to be doing what I love on such a huge platform is a big deal for me. That’s definitely the most exciting part! To be able to say I’m a presenter on the BBC is amazing. I can’t wait to share my love for music with thousands of listeners. It’s going to be an incredible journey.
Who do you look up to the most, personally and professionally?
I’ve said it since I was young and I stand by it. I have always looked up to Sonia Deol. She has achieved so much in her lifetime within the media industry – it’s hard to find female asians break through in such a way. When I was young and clueless about radio I used to watch her interviews on TV with people like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and I used to say to my mum “One day, I’ll be doing what she’s doing”. I was also lucky enough to gain a few weeks of work experience with the BBC Asian Network in 2009, as a broadcast assistant for Sonia’s Breakfast show. I was so star struck I’ll never forget the moment I met her for the first time. And now I can’t believe I can actually say loud and proud, that I did it! I’m actually sitting in a seat that she was once sat in. It’s nuts!
You are the envy of many young women in the UK wanting a career in media, what advise would you give young females who aspire for a career in media?
I don’t really like the word envy. It’s a word too many women use these days and it needs to be avoided. We should just see each other as encouragement, inspiration and motivation. Gaining a career in media isn’t easy, especially if you’re an asian female, there’s so many stereotypes to face it’s like an automatic barrier. But I’ve learnt in life, if you really want something and you wish you could do it everyday then there should be nothing stopping you from getting it. Life has barriers in every field, it’s whether or not you choose to break them down. I used to think becoming a female DJ was going to be a nightmare. I was scared to tell my parents that’s what I wanted to do, simply because I had no idea whether or not they would approve because it wasn’t the norm. I’ve been lucky to have a family that have supported my every step. It’s been tough at times to convince them that I would be somebody, but passion shines through your work. They began to see the smile on my face whilst I was doing the things I love and that’s all that matters. They knew how much it meant to me. Ladies if you feel you’re too scared to come out and do what it is you love, you’re wasting time. Time doesn’t wait for nobody and you should always live the moment. Chase your dreams and do something about it. I’ve never stopped dreaming. The moment you stop, you begin to lose self belief. Every time something knocks you down, you get back up five times stronger. Never ever EVER give up. It took me seven years to get to where I want to be and if I can make it happen, so can you!
Tell us a few fun things about you Harpz:
Fave colour – Purple
Fave food – CHIPS! CHIPS! CHIPS!
Fave movie – Oo that’s a hard one. Law Abiding Citizen.
Fave subject at school – Art
Worst subject at school – Maths, never got it. Still don’t.
Three things people don’t know about you – I have a phobia of ketchup. I can read, write and speak panjabi [A Level yo!]. Errrrrm what else? I don’t have an appendix?!
Fave city in the UK – Leeds!
Fave holiday destination – Florida – Orlando.
Who would play you in a movie – Angelina Jolie, if only.
Which song would you say describes you the most – Sky Is The Limit – BIGGIE!
Your woman crush – JLO all day everyday.
Your man crush – Chris Brown
Thank you Haprz for your time and I can’t wait to start listening to you on Sunday mornings, 6-10am from the end of November! Boom! Girl power! x
Follow Harpz on Twitter or Facebook.
Priya Mulji

Interview with Gulshan Grover

This week I was extremely lucky to have the chance to meet a Bollywood legend, the bad man on screen but a gem of a guy Gulshan Grover. To be completely honest I was SO nervous about interviewing this guy whose movies I have grown up watching. Read my interview to find out his current favourite movie, who he thinks is the sexiest actress and his top tips for being a villain!

Apart from you of course, who do you think is the great villain of all time?

To be very honest to play a villain, one has to be an exceptionally fantastic actor and the Indian screen has been very lucky that we’ve had some of the greatest actors who have chosen to be villains: Ajit Saab, Pran Saab, Jeevan Saab, Kanhaiya Laal Ji, Amrish Puri Ji, Prem Chopra Ji, Amjad Khan Ji, Danny Ji, Ranjit Ji – some of these wonderfully talented actors were, at times, far better looking than the heroes themselves but chose to play the bad guy and I’m just someone who inherited, observed, and envibed each one of these villains qualities and what they have created.

It’s hard to choose a favourite as they’re all fabulous so how can you choose? How can you forget Ajit’s demeanour, with the white suit and the ‘lion ke naam; se line how can you forget Amjab Khan and Gabbar Singh or Amrish Puri and Mugambo. They have created an exceptional brand, unfortunately I am the last ‘specialised villain,’ so you can say that the specialised villainry ends with me, but I’m here for another 50 years so don’t worry.

Priya Mulji with Gulshan Grover

Priya Mulji with Gulshan Grover

Moving on from the great villain, who is the sexiest actress?

It is very difficult but very relative, Katrina is from the UK and she began her career opposite me as my romantic interest in Boom, and also she has been wonderfully fantastic even after Boom and in her scheme of things Boom not being one of her best films, she has been truly fantastic, so Katrina Kaif is very, very beautiful and sexy but I am being very unfair to the rest of them.

What is your favourite film?

I don’t know what it was in the past but presently it is called Beeba Boys. Beeba Boys has some very unique traits. A director (Deepa Mehta) who has directed sensitive films like Fire and the Oscar-nominated Water, is suddenly dealing film a film that has guns, blood and people dying. People getting shot and this director is going to create a different resonance from the sound of the bullets. That resonance will be emotional. So I am looking forward to Beeba Boys and of course I am in Beeba Boys playing the opposition to these Beeba Boys. Every mother thinks their kid is ‘beeba’ and on the streets of Canada, these kids are fascinated by guns, the charm and the glory of crime, the fast cars, the jewellery, the girls, the feeling of power of having a gun in their pocket. And I am the man they aspire to be, Grewal the kingpin who rules the streets of Canada. I am very positive that when people watch it at the London film festival, that it will become their favourite as well.

Beeba Boys

Beeba Boys

So, what are your top tips for being a bad guy on-screen?

Right now there is only one tip! You have to be an exceptionally fantastic actor to be a great villain and a good human being

Has playing a villain affected your personal life at all?

It hasn’t affected my personal life but all those great people who play the bad guy are subject to a certain kind of social behaviour as are their families, wives and kids in school. They are subject to a certain way of looking at things. They make these sacrifices, I did too, I allowed people to think about me in a certain way, I am an educated guy and have a masters in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce and a formally trained actor, I am an actor who is one of the first Bollywood actors who has made a transition and created a mud path from Bollywood to Hollywood and I’m proud of the fact that this mud path is being followed and cemented by wonderful actors like Irfan Khan, Amitabh Bachcan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and so many others but because I play the baddie, many times people look at you in a certain way so yes your life does get affected but it has reduced considerably after people have seen us on television, because when you see that real person, interacted with them, in certain circumstances in social gatherings, so things change and people look at you differently.

I thank Gulshan Grover for his time and giving me this wonderful interview. I can’t wait to see Beeba Boys which is out in October, and hope that it is a huge success.

Priya Mulji

Chai Ki – Restaurant Review

Restaurant review – Chai Ki


Food – 4.0

Ambience – 5

Location – 3.5

Service – 4

Standout Dish – Coconut prawns

Twitter – @ChaiKiLondon


I have always heard wonderful things about Roti Chai but have never visited, however I was recently invited to come and sample the delights of Rohit Chugh’s (founder of Roti Chai) Chai Ki. Rohit has opened the Toddy Shop at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf.  Inspired by the coastal drinking dens of Southern India, infamous for their Palm Toddy and spicy snacks. Toddy Shop is open from 7am until late serving up spicy Indian soul food alongside cocktails, craft ales and house infused beer.  There is also the ‘fine-dining’ section of the eatery too; we chose the street food area for our meal that night.

Toddy Shop at Chai Ki

Toddy Shop at Chai Ki

Toddy Shop at Chai Ki

Toddy Shop at Chai Ki

We arrived on a busy Friday night around 7.30pm after being a tiny bit lost as our Google Maps had taken us nearby but not quite to the exact restaurant location. We were greeted by the friendly team and shown to a nice table towards the back of the restaurant. I had been accompanied on the night by my friend Urvashi (check out her blog!) and we started with a couple of cocktails. I had the lychee rose Bellini and Ush had the mango caiprinha. Both were nice but I preferred the lychee/rose martini at ping pong but none the less the cocktail was light and refreshing and perhaps should be a martini rather than a fizzy cocktail. The mango cocktail was really lush and Ush said it reminded her of  ‘rass’ (Indian mango dessert) and wasn’t too strong – the perfect drink to start the meal off with.

Cocktails at Chai Ki

Cocktails at Chai Ki


So what did we eat?

Firstly, perfectly accompanying our cocktails were the Chilli Cashews – they had a spicy aftertaste, were tangy, lemony, moreish, crunchy, left a tingle on the tongue.

Chilli cashews

Chilli cashews

The shakahandi chaat was a traditional chaat but made with the trendy and different sweet potato, this was nice, light and fresh with pomegranate added for a fruity touch, it had nice masala flavours but could have used a touch more yoghurt.

Shakahandi chaat

Shakahandi chaat

The chicken tikka naan was a chicken tikka pizza topping like concoction but served on a light, thin, soft but crispy naan. The flavours were delicate and not over-powering. With a sprinkling of pomegranate.

Chicken tikka naan

Chicken tikka naan

Our favourite dish at Chai Ki was a special on the menu that we ordered – the coconut prawns, this dish was a delight to look at as much as to eat. It is one of those dishes that actually transports you into a different world. We actually smelt the fragrance of the dish before seeing it. The fried prawns were served in a tomatoey, coconutty sauce and the prawns themselves were huge, succulent and tender. The sauce contained veggies such as broccoli, beans and radish. The dish was a mild delight but so flavoursome (my perfect combo as I can’t anything too spicy!) this is dish that definitely needs to be on the permanent menu.

Coconut prawns

Coconut prawns

The last thing we ate was an impulse order and boy are we glad we ordered it. A fried calamari dish was a treat for seafood lovers! The best calamari I ever had and it was tough to choose between this and the prawns as the standout dish. The calamari were tangy, spicy, flavoursome, yummy, more-ish – I could go on and on describing this dish so just go and try it for yourself!



On the side we had some tasty masala fries served with a tangy dip, raita, fluffy rice and also a chocolate orange martini. By that time we were so stuffed that we didn’t have dessert however I did order a chocolate martini that was recommended by the waitress, which was the perfect ‘mini sweet-treat’ to end the meal.

Fluffy rice

Fluffy rice

Chocolate orange martini

Chocolate orange martini

Chocolate martini

Chocolate martini

So a couple observations about Chai Ki:

We loved the fact that it had a really mixed crown, young people, older people and a mix of cultures.

The vibe was really cool, trendy and funky. It almost had a very New York scene about it with the décor and ambient lighting.

Overall, we had an absolutely brilliant evening at chai Ki and thank them so much for the invitation. It was the perfect Friday night and I look forward to visiting again, and again, and again (and well, you get the drift).

Breaking with the trend, Toddy Shop at Chai Ki will take reservations, available on 0207 408 7630 or you can Visit them at: Chai Ki, 1 Crossrail Place, London, E14 5AR

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7am – 11pm

Saturday 10am – 11pm

Sunday 10am – 10pm


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RIP Seema Jaya Sharma

I never met Seema Jaya Sharma but always heard so much about her. Her positivity, her spirit and kind-nature. I was speaking to her via Facebook actually and was supposed to deliver some mens jumpers for the work she did with a mens homeless charity but I sadly never got round to it.

Seema sadly passed away recently but behind her she has left a legacy in the super-positive video’s she posted on social media before her passing and with her two children who can be proud to know that their mother was a true, strong fighter until the end. In this week’s Eastern Eye newspaper I contributed to a tribute Asjad Nazir has put together. you can read it here.

May your soul rest in peace Seema.

My cousins got married!

Recently i’ve attended a number of family weddings so when the opportunity arose where I was able to share some of their special moments with the readers of Eastern Eye newspaper I jumped at the chance! Out this week in the paper are a couple of pictures from my cousins Sheena, Sonal and Meena’s wedding!

Check out the feature here:

Wedding feature 1

Wedding feature 2

Ps, thanks Asjad!


Priya Mulji

An open letter from every broken-hearted girl

For a while I’ve been meaning to write this post. It seems really fashionable to write ‘open letters’ these days. From unknown people to Bollywood celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Lady Gaga herself, everyone seems to be doing it, so here’s mine. It’s a letter, from not just me but every woman who’s continuously had her heart broken. By men. Guys. Boys.

Dear males

I write this from every single girl who, man, person who has ever had their heart broken. A lot of the time without and ‘real’ reason. We wanted to tell YOU, that when YOU broke our heart it was the most devastating thing in the world for us. It’s like a part of us that we envisioned living forever had died. It was hard for us to imagine how our lives would go on.

It’s hard to even begin fathoming our existence without you, but somehow we’re beginning to be okay after 1, 2, 3, 4 and even more heartbreaks. We cried. We wept. We spent way too much time in bed with endless amounts of wine, chocolate and crisps. With stupid, stupid rom com movies which just made us feel worse. And I mean Deepika or Katrina’s figures just made us feel even more shit about ourselves. And as if Katherine Heigl is ever going to have a problem finding a man.

Music also came into the equation and even though we absolutely love music sometimes even the most upbeat break up songs by Taylor Swift just made us feel shitterer (yes it’s a word – I made it up okay!)

In the danger of man bashing here it’s your fault that we are like this and I speak for every woman that has gone through a heartbreak. (Personally I am over mine but it doesn’t get easier the next time at all).

I’m sorry but it’s so easy for a man (it really is) you can date, charm a woman, make her fall in love with you, get her into bed and then dump her a few months later without a shred of remorse. You say you’re sorry but we’re sorry you made us the psycho bitches we are.

After so many heartbreaks/shit dates/time-wasting men do you even expect anything less?

This girl who gave herself completely to you, in the hope that YOU, you seemingly amazing, wonderful, man is finally the one who will give us that one thing that we lack – love and companionship but no… We’re left on the floor, while you happily move on.

And of course it’s never your fault. It’s never your fault you couldn’t see a long term relationship with the girl, especially not after at least date 5. You had to decide this 4 months, 6 months, a year, 2, 3 even 4 years. Nope you couldn’t see anything further than your own vision.

We don’t wish anything bad on you, we really don’t but just consider your consequences when you’re not sure about your feelings towards a girl. As early in a relationship as possible tell the girl, if you’re not sure about your feelings, fucking tell her. You’re a dick head for not. Don’t just block her on WhatsApp/iMessage/email/iphone. Actually tell her and be fucking honest. Its good karma for god’s sake.

Yours sincerely

Every broken-hearted girl in the world x

Oi, Fatty!

(Apologies for the sweary blog)

I recently read the article that went viral about a guy basically making a girl feel like SHIT because he thought she was too fat, too fat to fancy and he actually told her that. I know exactly how she feels and it really got me thinking.

If you know me at all I’m pretty curvy, I do go to the gym regularly but I also really enjoy my food. I’m one of those people who works out so that I can eat and drink everything I like (well, in moderation). Problem is, as you get older your metabolism slows down and as a single 33 year old I really wish I had the body I had when I was 27. But that isn’t fucking happening now is it.

I’ve put on a few pounds recently and living in a city like London, and especially working in Shoreditch where beautiful food is available in abundance, it can be tough on the waistline. At home I generally eat healthy eating chicken, salmon, veg etc but I do indulge in the odd mac ‘n’ cheese ready meal and enjoy my carbs.

Asians can be the worst

Comments do get me down though, like when people say ‘oh, you’ve put on a few pounds recently.’ Also Asians can be the worst like when they say ‘hey jaadi (jaadi means fat girl in Gujarati) even if it is said in jest, well, it can be quite upsetting. I recently joined up at a new gym and I have decided to try some different classes like kick-boxing (fantastic for anger-release!) in an effort to shed the pounds and eating extra-healthy but sometimes you got to face it when you know as hard as you try sometimes you’re just not going to lose the weight you want to instantly. I’m not unhealthy, I rarely order take out – I’m just fucking curvy! It does get me down and I do wish I had a smaller waist, smaller boobs, a perkier ass, skinnier thighs etc etc – BUT I BLOODY LOVE FOOD!

And then we come to boys!

When I read said article it really made me think. I know so many guys who openly wouldn’t date a ‘bigger’ girl and that is fucking ridiculous! A woman’s personality is not going to change but the way they look will, and here is a revelation – dude, yours will too! More and more men are becoming pickier because let’s face it – there are more single women than men. It’s like my friend Bina says, it is like a candy store for men.

Anyway, people before body shaming someone or judging them on the way their bodies look just think about how it is going to make you, a member of your family or how it would make a friend feel.


Priya Mulji

Working moms have more successful daughters and more caring sons, Harvard Business School study says

Priya Mulji:

Now, I don’t have any children (yet) but when I do i’ll be working and this re-inforces that fact that having a career will do wonders for my childrens lives!

Originally posted on Quartz:

The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted.

According to a working paper (pdf) published June 19 by the Harvard Business School, daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions, and earn more money than the daughters of women who don’t work outside the home. The researchers also found a statistically significant effect on the sons of working women, who are likely to spend more time caring for family members and doing household chores than are the sons of stay-at-home mothers.

Analyzing data from two dozen countries, the researchers concluded that the daughters of employed mothers are 4.5% more likely to be employed themselves than are the daughters of stay-at-home mothers. While this number may seem small, it is statistically significant at the 99% level, meaning there is less than a 1% chance that such a result is due to…

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7 Reasons Why Dil Dhadakne Do Rocked!

I recently saw the movie Dil Dhadakne Do directed by Zoya Akhtar who has previously directed a personal favourite Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The movie stars Anil Kapoor, Shafali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma.  I’m not going to go into the story too much but here are my 7 top reasons why I loved it!

  1. It promotes girl-power

Priyanka Chopra who starts her own business without any help from her rich father or husband. She looks like a boss and acts like a boss. She isn’t scared to walk away from a relationship where she doesn’t love her husband. Also when Farhan Akhtar stands up for PC at the time when PC’s husband is kind of putting her down is a fantastic way to promote men empowering women (only my darling Farhan could’ve done this). 

Fearless Farah runs away from home to pursue her dreams; this isn’t easy to do and it’s fantastic to see Bollywood promoting such strong female characters.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do

  1. Pluto

The movie is narrated through the eyes of the family dog Pluto who is voiced by a surprise mega star. It’s weird how such a simple thing bought a totally different element to what could have turned out to be a typical Bollywood fare.

Dil Dhadakne Do Pluto

Dil Dhadakne Do Pluto

  1. It’s a normal family

From the outside they look like the perfect family. A husband and wife that love each other and are celebrating 30 years of marriage, the son who is destined to take over the family business and the daughter who is successful and has married an equally successful man but the world is awaiting a grandchild. On the inside though they all have their issues, just like a normal family. The daughter has issues with her husband, the dad has had an affair but the mum has stayed with the dad due to ‘what society will say’ and the son doesn’t want to pursue the family business but instead wants to be a pilot and has fallen in love with someone from a different religion. It happens in many families and it’s good to see that normality portrayed in Bollywood.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do

  1. It’s bloody funny

The comic timing between Priyanka and Ranveer, the one-liners and the climax all add up to make it a fantastic dramedy. Of course the fact that the dialogues are written by the brilliant writer Farhan Akhtar are definitely contributing factor

  1. There aren’t too many songs

Back in the day Indian films had way too many songs. The fact this only has a couple of well-placed songs’ which go with the movies story is great and lets you concentrate on the movie.

  1. It’s not over-dramatic

Everything has been done with subtlety and class. From the scenes in Turkey and Greece, to the background music. From the costumes to the acting. Nothing has been over-done and everyone can relate to it whether you’re Indian or not.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do

7. Farhan Akhtar

Obviously, I can’t write something which involves Farhan Akhtar without speaking about Farhan. From the dialogues he’s written which are sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes thought-provoking. His presence is felt and the fact as i’ve mentioned earlier that he promotes girl-power. All of his movies take Bollywood forward and I can’t wait to see what he does next! 

So there you have it. My 7 reasons why Dil Dhadakne Do rocked and why I loved it! What did you think of the movie?

***Pictures sourced from Dil Dhadakne Do Facebook & Twitter page***

World Gin Day

Jones logo

I love a bit of gin and as i’ve gotten older i’ve started to enjoy it even more, especially a gin cocktail or a gin and tonic with cucumber. Yum yum!

I recently heard about a (currently unofficial) world record breaking attempt by one of my favourite London restaurants. Langley’s No.8 Gin will be partnering with bars, restaurants and pubs globally at 7pm GMT to raise a glass to Great British Gin on the official Word Gin Day, 13th June 2015. Langley’s No.8 is pleased to announce that The Jones Family Project is their official partner for London, the spiritual home of gin.

Jones family project world gin day

Jones family project world gin day

If you want to start your World Gin Day off early don’t fear as throughout the day you’ll be able to purchase exclusively priced Langley’s No.8 G&Ts and Negronis at the Shoreditch restaurant & bar. All good gin drinkers should be rewarded for their excellent taste so every gin drink ordered throughout the day will come with a raffle ticket giving you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

Negroni Jones Family Project World Gin Day

Negroni Jones Family Project World Gin Day

Not enough to just drink your gin? Even the chefs have caught gin-fever with their Langley’s No.8 & Orange Semifreddo with orange and crushed meringue dessert.

Jones family project langleys-no-8 gin orange semifreddo

Jones family project langleys-no-8 gin orange semifreddo

The main event takes place at 7pm GMT with the hashtag, #GinOClock when The Jones Family Project will be linked

up with countries across the world including; Holland, USA, Canada, Poland, Italy and even the Cayman Islands raising their glasses to British Gin with a complimentary Langley’s G&T for any raffle ticket holders making World Gin Day a truly global event and proving that although a ‘free lunch’ doesn’t exist, a free gin certainly does.

Amit Joshi, co-founder of The Jones Family Project, explains why they are the only place to be for World Gin Day; “There’ll be a brilliant atmosphere at our bar all day, it’s a great opportunity to showcase all of the fantastic gin brands there are on the market. We worked with Langley’s No.8 on a two month ‘Dine in a Distillery’ pop-up in our restaurant last year and ever since it’s been a customer favourite and remains top of our G&T menu today, so we’re delighted to be working with Langley’s No.8 on World Gin Day”.

Jones family project world gin day

Jones family project world gin day

You can also look out for free events on Gin throughout June on Facebook and Twitter. For all of these events you’ll receive un-matchable prizes and sometimes even free Langley’s No.8 G&Ts.

If you are not able to visit a bar you can join in at home by taking a picture of yourself with a G&T in hand and tweet it with #GinOClock to have the chance of winning one of many social media only competitions including a ‘one off’ gin tasting on a yacht.

The Jones Family Project is based at: 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL

Nearest Tube: Old Street

The Jones Family Project is an independently owned adaptable modern steak restaurant and cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Open from breakfast to midnight it’s perfect for both work and play. The ethos of the founders is simple; they’re out to ensure everyone that steps through the door enjoys sumptuous food and drink in a warm and accommodating atmosphere. The interior is slick, clean cut and effortlessly stylish, with a whole host of versatile areas including two regularly changing Pop-Ups, that are perfect for staging private functions of all shapes and sizes.

With power sockets under all its ground floor bar tables and free wifi, during the day this Shoreditch retreat is an ideal location for those looking to quickly catch up with some tasks without actually heading to the office. At night the back bar swivels around to show a large array of gins, vodkas and other spirits to enjoy with delicious bar snacks. Downstairs is a restaurant which focuses on steak, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days and cooked on their Josper oven, and a sophisticated New York style bar which opens at 6pm where in addition to the The Jones Family Project’s extensive and innovative cocktail list, you will find 28 wines by the glass.

The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL. / 020 7739 1740 /

Twitter @JonesShoreditch / Instagram @JonesShoreditch

You can also read my review here

Bar opening times:

Monday – Friday: 11am – 11.30pm

Saturday: 10am – 11.30pm

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Restaurant opening times:

Monday – Friday: Noon – midnight

Saturday: Noon – midnight

Sunday: 11.00am – 6.00pm


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