The last four weeks have been a whirlwind to say the least. First of all, we took part in a ‘UK Entrepreneur’ panel (featuring Emily Maitis) for Startup Bromley. We also hooked up with iVerbalize to present a new ‘Be Inspired, Be Empowered’ event for women – watch this space for future events.

Next up we organised a VIP event to mark the launch of the new Life In Bromley magazine, welcoming both The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bromley. And finally, we took part in a Business Pitch, organised by Startup Bromley (and helped by Exclusive Visions) and are delighted to announce that we came in second place and awarded £1,000 to invest in Life In…Magazines. We’ll be using the prize wisely and announcing something exciting soon!

Taking stock

As far as we’re concerned, there are many perks of our job; reading the regular comments we receive on how the magazines have entertained and engaged people; receiving the first batch of magazines off the delivery truck; meeting and celebrating local people that have made a difference; and last but not least, getting first dibs on new launches, updates and developments, much of which we aim to share with our readers.

This month we’re delighted to let you know that The George Pub in Hayes is undergoing a full refurbishment and we’re super excited to see the finished result, not least because we’ve had a sneak peek at what’s to come! And to give you a glimpse, here’s the mood board that inspired the new look…

Mood board for the new-look The George in Hayes

The big reveal takes place on Saturday 16th April and promises a modern, stylish and contemporary setting. We can expect a warm and inviting atmosphere with wall panelling, illuminated display cases and luxury fabrics helping create a country pub feel with a hint of glamour.

And hand-in-hand with sophisticated yet relaxed surroundings comes a top-notch menu. If you’re planning on dining at The George, a broad range of premium grill dishes as well as a plethora of healthier and lower calorie options are available. Showcasing seasonal flavours, from Pan-Fried Wild Scallops with smoked Haddock bonbons to Buttermilk Chicken Brie & Bacon Pie, it seems there’s something to suit all tastes.

We’re excited about giving it a try – and no doubt we’ll be back on a Sunday when a traditional roast is on the menu – with all the trimmings!

Come what May

As well as the May Day Bank Holiday to look forward to (2nd May), there’s also the new April issues out now, which feature a whole range of interesting, entertaining and engaging features. Plus we’ve got some great prizes to give away this month – three amazing Chocolate prizes, a £15 App Store & iTunes voucher, not to mention a pair of tickets to Bromley Picturehouse.

And as we’re working ahead (and are about to send the May issue to press), you can also look forward to ‘Ask The Experts,’ with some great advice from people in the know. In our Life Hacks feature we reveal how you can cut costs at the cinema and control negative thoughts. Plus there are some great new products we’re showcasing on the Shopping feature – talking of shopping, we reveal why shopping local benefits you. You’ll be surprised!

As well as hay fever tips, local eco news, business networking advice and the new cyber laws you should know about, we also celebrate our new local hero in May, Fran Flin; take 5 Minutes out with Anton Du Beke who, would you believe it, used to work locally; and delve deep into Food Banks – what they’re all about and how you can help.

Make sure you don’t miss the latest issues – and if you can’t get your mitts on the hard copy, there’s always the digital issue to rely on – sign up here!

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Winston Churchill