Not able to afford a classical music event this summer? Well, we may have the solution. As most of us continually strive to make our money work constructively for us in all aspects of our life, now it is also becoming very important for restaurants to step up and offer us more than just a meal!

How much more fun to plan an evening meal with a partner or friends that not only provides a wonderful selection of dishes along with cocktails, but one that will also entertain everyone for the night without having to step away from the venue.

TWID in Battersea could be the answer! A hidden gem that is certainly most unassuming from the outside, but on entering it is as if you have walked through the back of a very special wardrobe and entered a bohemian Victorian Opera theatre or the set of a period TV drama!

Decorated with red velvet curtains and gilt adorned Opera boxes, you are entertained throughout the evening by singers who perform a rather non-traditional opera with a wonderful sense of fun and enthusiasm. The artists aim to work with their customer’s sense of tragedy, ridiculousness, as well as joy, and their aim is for you to enjoy an evening of opera mayhem!

Choose which lavish opera box you wish to be seated in and then prepare for an evening of indulgence and fun! TWID offers a diverse menu that provides an excellent choice of dishes including vegetarian and vegan selections as well as a host of exciting cocktails - how about a ‘Phantom T.W.I.D Special’, with Rum or Jagermeister spices, fresh lime and cucumber, ginger beer and aromatic bitters? Then the entertainment begins, performers join you throughout the evening with a selection of varied operatic musical delights. A night you will not forget and will definitely want to come back for more!

Listen up MDR readers, we know you are used to us bringing you all new music from all over the world, but now for something completely different!

Are you looking for somewhere wonderful to discover in the Battersea area of London? Do you love great food, and opera? Well, you've come to the right place as we are introducing to you: TWID restaurant and cocktail bar in Battersea.

Don’t be put off by the crazy street outside - once you enter the place it is like being in the heart of Venice. There's live music and stunning opera performances every night from 7-10.

To top it all off, TWID concoct sumptuous cocktails and the food is something to behold before you've even tasted it. I know we don’t normally gush about anything other than music but this place combines such a brilliant theme that any lover of classical drama and opera should make this their next dinner location.

Get down there and tell them ‘My Dad Rocks’ sent you , who knows, maybe you will get some special treatment!

But honestly, you'll have to book immediately at TWID as spaces are hot!


Getting ready for its 14th year, Twinwood Festival is the original and best festival celebrating the style and music of the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Last year, they launched the inaugural, national search for MR & MISS VINTAGE UK, and thanks to the huge success of that competition they are all set to search for their 2015 winners.

The only event of its kind, the contest will celebrate those people who best represent the iconic styles of the era, with prizes to be won from Twinwood Events, Vivien of Holloway, Vintage Life Magazine, and more!

Offering a unique chance for candidates to show off their vintage hair-dos, make up, clothes and accessories, the competition has just launched with the finals scheduled to take place on Sunday 30th August as part of the excellent vintage weekend Twinwood Festival.

The presenter of the awards this year is actress and singer Anita Harris, the legendary chart topping singer, dancer, and film actress.

Once again, the judging panel will be lead by vintage style icon Lola Lamour herself.

Well established on the vintage circuit, Lola Lamour is old school style personified. With her incredible knowledge of all things vintage and her dedication to living the lifestyle she is the perfect head judge and presenter in the search for Mr Vintage UK 2015 and Miss Vintage UK 2015. Lola will also be providing exclusive hair and make up tutorials in the run up to the event.

Lola will also be Joined by her co-judges Dusty Limits and Mark Ewing.

A unique competition, Miss Vintage UK and Mr Vintage UK is purely a style competition and age and body shape are not a factor – simply the ability to capture the spirit of the era.

How to Enter

To enter this fantastic competition simply get dressed up in your best vintage finery and email your photos (must be at least 300dpi) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We'll then publish these on our Facebook page - the top forty ladies and top twenty gents receiving the most likes from the public will then go into the second round where the judges will decide which ten ladies and five gents are to go forward to the finals at Twinwood Festival 2015!

Good luck!

Based on a unique concept, Chaplin’s Circus show goes far beyond the usual collection of magic, juggling and acrobatics, weaving a tale of love, history and pantomime with a series of the best circus acts you are ever likely to see with one exception, clowns are banned! Taking the audience back to 1924, the show tells the story of a Chaplin’s Circus who have asked aviator Orville Wright to save their ailing fortunes by creating the world’s first ‘Human Cannonball’. With the big top rammed full and an audience ready to see the premiere of the new attraction, the excitement backstage is palpable and the audience are part of the show, observing the thrills and spills the performers must go through to create the big night that will save the show from bankruptcy.


It's not often that My Dad Rocks gets invited anywhere nice (and still less frequently that we get invited back. Ed.) but  after a very pleasant day at nearby Sturmer Hall we though we ought to give it a shout-out.

Situated in Haverhill, close to Cambridge, the historic venue of Sturmer Hall offers a unique setting for events, blending tradition with a distinctly contemporary edge.


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