IN the midst of an economic downturn, a Champagne bar doesn’t naturally seem like the best place to hide out.
But Dion London’s ongoing half-price offer should give you the perfect excuse to wallow in some serious luxury in West India Quay.
The stylishly-minimalist bar has a tempting credit crunch lunch offer for the rest of the month, allowing you to chop your bill in half when you wander out to enjoy the fiendishly-contrary English summer sun.
Dion is also offering its evening canape menu at lunchtime during the summer, and anyone ordering a decadent bottle of Veuve Clicquot 2002 will also be able to tuck into a dozen oysters or two canape dishes.
STRATFORD’S very own golden girl did it again with a stunning win at the Beijing Olympics.
Christine Ohuruogu won the 400m on Tuesday with a perfectly judged run at the Bird’s Nest stadium.
She clocked an impressive time of 49.62 seconds to beat Jamaica’s Shericka Williams and pre-race favourite Sanya Richards of the USA.
She said: “Everyone dreams about winning but you never think it’s a reality. I’m just so proud. I crossed the line and thought ‘oh my goodness’.
THOMAS Ostenberg was once making important financial deals, but he’s now more likely to be found making bronze models.
Thomas was vice-president at Citigroup in Brazil and later Spain in the period following Franco’s death, before he became disenchanted with the work.
What happened next was the beginning of a long road towards making it as a bronze sculptor, including many long hours perfecting his work at the AB and Bronze Age foundries in Docklands.
SHE’S only 28 but she’s already too old to compete in one of her sport’s most prestigious competitions.
Marie Toms is one of Britain’s best slalom waterskiers and lifted the British Universities title earlier this month.
DIRECTOR of golf at City Bunker Pete Fuller reckons he can take anyone and turn them from a beginner into a confident and competent player.
In a new fortnightly Wharf column, Learning Golf, the PGA pro will pass on his knowledge through a step-by-step guide.
From the basic set-up and swing to club selection and trouble-shooting around the green, all aspects of learning – and mastering – the game will be covered.
Tiger Woods watch out!
Knockout or nonsense? The Wharf reports from the UK's first ever showcase of Chessboxing
WE’VE all seen gruesome fights on family board game night – but this evening was more brutal than a Christmas Day without TV repeats.
Tonight’s victor is sitting in a chair on an upper floor of the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club just minutes after masterminding a win on the chessboard.
Only he’s stripped to the waist and drenched in sweat, clasping a damp object against a rapidly-swelling black eye.
BIKERS paid their respects to the 52 victims of the 7/7 bombing with a ride across the capital.
Up to 1,500 motorcyclists began the journey at the Excel Centre in Docklands on Sunday, for the event, which raised thousands for charity.
Writing music is a good way to make millions of pounds and travel the world.
But what if you’ve got the lyrical skill of a bag of hyenas?
Never fear, dear reader, because with this handy rhyme generator you can construct your own forced choruses minus the quizzical mouthing.
Type in a phrase and click on one of the words with your cursor while holding down the Alt key – a gaggle of potential rhymes will appear.
Go to www.writerhymes.com.
Each week we send our snapper out on to the estate to capture a face who wins a meal at Via in West India Quay.
If this is a picture of you call 020 7510 6055.
Nigel Seeley of Betbrokers casts his eye over the week's top tips
IT wasn’t a good week for Place Your Bets last week with both of our headline tips bombing out with a whimper.
It was also a mixed weekend for the newly promoted clubs to the Premier League with Hull beating our tip Fulham, West Brom going down narrowly 1-0 at Arsenal and Stoke relegated after one game with the 3-1 hammering at Bolton – so the bookies think, as some paid out after just one game.