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Michael 84

Newcastle Fashion And Lifestyle Blog

Welcome to the Newcastle fashion and lifestyle blog. Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle is my city of vibrant style and culture, and a really cool place to live. Blogging about nights out in the coolest bars in Newcastle, football and life in the Toon.

Newcastle Christmas Market – Photos & Everything You Need To Know (Review)

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Newcastle Christmas Market At Northumberland Street

For the past few weeks Newcastle Christmas Markets have been in the town, and I decided that I would go and check them out.

Here’s some pictures, and information about the Christmas Markets in Newcastle this year.

When they announced that they would extend Newcastle’s Christmas Market, I was excited. I thought it would be a great thing for the city. But then I later found out that the council had basically sold the rights to the markets to a company based in Nottingham. So we’re already off to a bad start.

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Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2019 Pictures – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Monday, 16th December, 2019

Fenwick Christmas Window 2019 In Newcastle By Michael 84

It’s been that time of the year again, it’s Christmas which means a few things, and in Newcastle it means the Fenwick Christmas Window.

If you’re not from Newcastle or you’re just unaware, Fenwick dresses up their window every year in some kind of theme for the festive season. Sometimes it’s holiday related, such as last year when it was the Snowman, and other times it’s related to other childhood memories.

In 2019 the Fenwick Christmas Window is Charlie and the chocolate factory. It’s not something I ever loved as a kid, but it’s a story that virtually everyone knows and remembers. This year it also has the Christmas Market to contend with, which is on Northumberland Street too.

As always, each window tells a different part of the story, and here’s every window for you to see if you haven’t already checked it out.

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The Gunner Tavern Review – Newcastle Pub For Drinks And Food

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

Gunner Tavern Newcastle Review - Food And Drinks Michael84

A couple of Saturdays ago we were out and decided to check out a new pub, The Gunner Tavern, so we went in.

If you’re unfamiliar, it’s one of the new bars in Newcastle, and it takes up residence in the old Gotham Town, opposite the Central Station.

Here’s everything you need to know, and my thoughts on The Gunner Tavern.

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Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2018 – The Snowman

Sunday, 16th December, 2018

Fenwick Window 2018 - The Snowman

It’a another Christmas time tradition in Newcastle, the dressing of Fenwick Window in a Christmassy theme, and I’ve finally got it up here for you to see! This year it is the classic animated film that we all know and love and saw when we were kids, it’s The Snowman.

All the iconic scenes are here at Fenwick, and the windows look really good as they always do. From the Snowman riding the motorbike to dancing, flying and of course that party, everything is depicted with a different scene in each window. Some are static, with some having the added magic of being electronic, with the window coming to life.

If you haven’t managed to get down or don’t like in Newcastle, you can see the pictures below. There’s also links to the previous year’s windows.

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Newcastle Christmas Market 2018

Saturday, 15th December, 2018

Newcastle Christmas Markets

I finally made it down to the Newcastle Christmas Markets this year!

I was there on Thursday checking them out, and took my camera to get some good photos of what we have in Newcastle. I had a quick look a few weeks ago on a night which makes much better photos, but I didn’t have my camera at the time, only my phone. It was so cold, but so sunny, the enemy of the photographer πŸ˜€

Trust that the day I go there’s the sun blazing down on me…Better than the rain I guess. You can also get some interesting effects with the sun which can look cool.

Anyway if you’re familiar with Newcastle or if you’re not, the Christmas Markets are around the main section of the middle of the city, which is around Grey’s Monument, Grainger Street and Grey Street, which is close to Northumberland Street, the main shopping street.

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NE1 Motor Show 2018 – Photos Of The Cars

Saturday, 4th August, 2018

Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Car At the NE1 Car Show - Michael 84

Happy Weekend!

This weekend was the return of the NE1 Motor Show in Newcastle, and as with previous years, I decided I would go. It’s always a good time, and a real relaxed atmosphere for people who are proper petrol heads and can talk to others, or just for people who like to have a look at cars and see some real masterpieces.

This year there was a brand new car, the Bloodhound SSC which is a land speed record car. There was the same great stuff from previous years, including Paul Swift doing some car stunts on Hood Street, as well as the likes of Aston Martin, Mercedes and Lexus being present, and there was plenty of super cars such as Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, classic cars, American Muscle and the best of British.

Check out all the pictures from the day.

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The Laundrette Newcastle Review

Monday, 18th December, 2017

The Laundrette Newcastle Review - No Cocktails Without Carbs!

Fancy a good cocktail on an evening? You’ll not get one in The Laundrette

The latest place in Newcastle boasting incredible cocktails is The Laundrette, a new establishment down Westgate Road. I use the word establishment but I should be calling it a restaurant, although that’s not the vibe I was getting before I went.

I was out on Saturday night and there was some buzz about this place, so since it’s a new venue I wanted to go. It’s located all the way to the bottom of Westgate Road, next to Revolution, and us around the new Student flats block. The building didn’t really exist previously, other than an eyesore of a building, I never knew what that was. So this new building went up, purpose built flats called Vita Students, and The Launderette is located on the ground floor.

The Laundrette has the catchphrase Carbs and Cocktails, but it seems like you can’t have the cocktails without the carbs. We went in, had a look at the menu and decided what we wanted to drink. The bartender asked if we were eating food, which we weren’t, and told us that they don’t have a licence to sell alcohol without food.

You can’t grab a cocktail in a place which boasts great cocktails!?

This was obviously disappointing. There are plenty of restaurant bars in Newcastle, from The Botanist to The Alchemist, Browns, Aveika and more which welcome people who just want to have a drink on an evening as well as accommodating the restaurant crowd. It’s kind of weird that a place with a neon cocktails and carbs sign and really play on the cocktail theme, don’t sell cocktails unless you buy food. The place was not too busy, and there were a few people sitting at the bar with drinks, and a group of lads standing drinking cocktails, so we didn’t really see the problem. Maybe a change to the slogan, “Cocktails, but only if you pay for Carbs” would be more fitting.

According to the licencing information, The Laundrette applied for “a licence for the sale of alcohol between 10AM and midnight daily, with late night refreshment between 11pm and 00:30 daily“. – This seems to be the opposite of what we were told by the staff.

The decor and interior of The Laundrette is pretty nice, and the staff seem friendly enough. Since I didn’t eat food, I can’t comment on that.

So overall, if you’re looking for great cocktails you’re in luck, because Jalou and Revolution are less than a minute away, with Tokyo less than 2 minutes away, and all are worth the visit. Sadly you can’t buy cocktails at The Launderette, so you’ll have to give that a miss.

The Laundrette

Address: 48 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1TT
Opening Hours: 10AM – 00:30 Daily
Dress Code: Smart
Music: Yes
Recommended Age: 25+
Guestlist/VIP: None
Bottle Service: None
Stag/Hen: No

Twitter: @LaundretteNcl
Website:Β thelaundretteuk.com


Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2017 – Paddington Bear

Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Fenwick Window 2017 In Newcastle Features Paddington Bear

It’s tradition in Newcastle to go and see Fenwick Christmas Window, they’ve been decorating it and dressing it for years. I’ve featured it on the blog for a number of years, and it’s been Alice In Wonderland, a traditional Christmas scene, fairy tale forest and a whole lot more. This year the window theme is none other than Paddington! Who doesn’t love Paddington Bear, and this year sees the story of Paddington, from the train station to marmalade, it’s all featured.

Check out the images below, and you can also find the previous Fenwick Windows which I have covered here on the blog πŸ™‚

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NE1 Newcastle Car Show 2017

Sunday, 9th July, 2017

Redbull F1 Car At NE1 Motor Show 2017

This weekend it was the NE1 Motor Show which I went to, and as usual it was really good!

The weather did help a lot, it’s been a warm weekend with plenty of sun, so it was good to get out and go and look at some cars. The event is in it’s third year, and I’ve been to the previous two, both have been good. It goes from top to bottom of Grey Street, and has grown out into other streets to, with cars on show in Grainger Street and adjacent streets too.

This time round there were a few new additions. There was an F1 Simulator which came from Mercedes Benz F1, it looked really good, and there was not only one F1 car on show but two! From Red Bull and Renault.

It was also the first time there was a live show, it was the Paul Swift Stunts doing a few stunts in Hood Street which was cool to see on the streets! As always, there were plenty of sports and Super cars there, from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Rolls Royce, TVR, Nissan and more, and the classic cars including Jaguar and more!

Check out all of the pics below…

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The Best Sunday Lunch In Newcastle

Thursday, 6th April, 2017

The Best Sunday Lunch In Newcastle

Whether you call it Sunday Lunch or Sunday Dinner, we can all probably agree that they are the best! They’re something to look forward to for many, every weekend. The Sunday lunch is not just about the food, it’s about tradition. Back when we were kids we went to my nanas house with the family, and for many it’s a chance to go to your mams, because nobody makes a home cooked roast like your mother! If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I don’t eat greens, nothing! For me a Sunday dinner is all about the roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, you cannot beat some good roasters and Yorkshire puds!

The Best Sunday Lunch In The North East

If you want to go out for Sunday Lunch and live in Newcastle then you’re in luck, because we have so many incredible restaurants which offer some epic food, and that includes a roast with all the trimmings. So whether you’re treating the family, or going out for a change, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to eating out on a Sunday. Here’s a run down of the best places for Sunday Lunch in Newcastle which you can try. From a traditional set menu to a Sunday carvery with unlimited options, you’ll find the best selection of places to eat below.

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Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2016

Friday, 16th December, 2016

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It’s time for Fenwick Christmas Window! 2016 see’s this year the window theme is 150 years of Beatrix Potter, and takes inspiration from the classic books and characters within them. The window includes The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, MRS Tiggy Winkle, Two Bad Mice, Kitty In Boots, Jeremy Fisher, Samuel Whiskers and The Tailor Of Gloucester.

Check out the images below, and you can also find the previous Fenwick Windows which I have covered here on the blog πŸ™‚

Fenwick Christmas Window Through The Years

2015 | 2014 | Β 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

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Why I Love Blogging In Newcastle/North East

Friday, 2nd September, 2016

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Hey guys!

As you all know, I am from Newcastle and think that it’s a pretty cool city as far as the UK goes. Sure, it’s not London, but what city is! I’ve read from other bloggers that having a blog up here, or even anywhere which is outside of London can make you feel a bit on the outside, because everything is so London-centric.

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NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2016 – Part 2 – Sports & Prestige Cars

Saturday, 9th July, 2016

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I do like the classic cars in the NE1 Motor Show, they are really cool and the ones from the 90’s bring back memories, but perhaps the cars I like to see the most are the more modern sports cars and prestige cars. Once again there were lots of these out in force, and Grey Street looked beautiful with so many high end modern day cars. A new addition to the line up this year was Tesla, who brought a couple of cars. It was really good to see them up close, and with the bonnet open there was something missing, an engine of course! πŸ˜‰

Infiniti was there once again, last time round they brought the Red Bull F1 car, and this year they brought the Renault F1 car. Bentley and Aston Martin had their cars there, and I just love them. There’s something which is so brilliant about a DB9, the Vanquish was looking really good. Porsche had a stand with an electrifying looking Panamera, BMW brought out their i8 again alongside the brand new BMW M2 which was just featured on Top Gear, and Jaguar were there with some cars, one of my favourites the F-Type.

Check out all the sports & prestige cars from the NE1 Motor Show below

Check out the pictures from the 2018 NE1 Motor Show

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NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2016 – Part 1 – Classic Cars

Saturday, 9th July, 2016

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It’s that time of the year again! It’s the NE1 Motor Show in Newcastle, which made it’s debut last year. I was at the 2015 NE1 Motor Show and it was really good and very busy, so I am not surprised it’s made a return. As with last year it’s on Grey Street in the town, I got there fairly early today and it had already been busy. The weather is not the best, but that did not damped peoples spirits who were out in force looking at cars from normal to classic, sports and prestige.

There were cars that had returned from last year, as well as some newcomers. Plenty of vintage cars, sports cars from the 90’s and American muscle cars. The Jaguar E-Type was there with other classic Jags, lots from TVR, Porsche, Austin, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and more! If you prefer things more modern check out the sports & prestige cars from the NE1 Motor Show here.

I took so many photos again, so I have split this into two parts…Here’s the best of the classic cars from the NE1 Motor Show below.

Check out the pictures from the 2018 NE1 Motor Show

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Newcastle Quayside Last Night

Sunday, 19th June, 2016

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Hey guys!

So last night we went out and went down the Quayside. We watched some of the football, about 60 minutes of the Portual vs Austria game, which was not the greatest game of Euro 2016, and it finished 0-0. I did not see Ronaldo miss his penalty, but I heard about it πŸ˜€

It was sunny and a nice night, it’s always good to go down the Quay in the Summer. We went to places like Popolo, Redhouse, Akenside and then headed up and went to Canteen And Cocktails, which is a really cool place. Popolo was really chilled out, and it’s always been a place I’ve liked, and was quite quiet. I was really tired and went home early!

I hope you had a good Saturday night πŸ™‚

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