Canalway Cavalcade

The Annual Canalway Cavalcade took place last weekend in London’s Little Venice Located in Maida Vale. Being the thirtieth Anniversary there was lots of excitement in the air and even more boats on display. Organized by the The Inland Waterways Association who along with many volunteers work tirelessly to put on a tremendous bank holiday weekend spectacle for the whole family to enjoy. Packed with stalls serving all types of food, snacks and drinks. Not to mention lots of Canal and boat memorabilia. Shows, boat rides and competitions are just a few of the activities to mention on this great occasion, children can also keep their selves entertained on the many carnival rides.


The UK canal system was essentially the father of the British Industrial Revolution. Started by the Romans and continued through the Medieval era the Canals were the best way to transport materials, tools and people to the UK’s early building projects. The 16th and 17th century saw major work and improvements on exiting canals starting from the Thames linking the North to the South. This time period is considered the Golden Era of the Canal system as many fortunes were made by people transporting goods up and down the country.


Be sure to check out the Inland waterways web site ( you can also check out there Facebook page for more info and upcoming events.

















Southbank Cheese and Wine Festival 2013

by Karolina Przeklas
For all the cheese and wine lovers looking to broaden their horizons and sample some of the best products from around the world, why not check the Southbank Cheese and Wine Festival? Based on Southbank Square, the event runs over three days at the end of April. Roam spoke to some of the exhibitors and here are our best recommendations.

Vintage Roots – Advertised as “organic wine people”, they offer a great selection of not only wines like Argentinian Malbec but also English ales and ciders.Well done for promoting English homemade brews.

Wines of Uruguay – Delicious dessert wines from small vineyards in Uruguay, those you are not able to find in any supermarkets.

La Fromagerie – Offers a huge selection of amazing cheeses, mainly French, but also British Cheddar. Originally set up in the founder’s garage, the company now has a shop in Highbury. “We were becoming bigger and bigger so we finally got our own shop,” says salesperson xxx xxxx. So go get some cheese in your life!

La Fromagerie

Teifi Cheese – Sells raw milk cheese made with unusual and interesting ingredients.

Flour Station – Serving amazing artisan breads and pastries. We tried the potato sourdough – well worth a recommendation.

tasty sourdough breads

tasty sourdough breads

Grays & Feather – Offers award-winning bubbly from around the world. Check out the smallest bubbly bottles.

Grays & feather     Grays & feather

LIVE BLOG – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950


This year the V&A Museum hosted an event/exhibition of the best of British ballgowns since 1950 in South Kensington, London. Glamorous dresses and designers took a place in this extraordinary exhibition from Alexander McQueen to Bellville Sassoon, from Christopher Kane to Catherine Walker, Vivienne Westwood.  All the best British designers and their unforgettable dresses had illustrated the atmosphere of vintage and the beauty of 1950s. This is a live blog from the exhibition;

10:00 am

Victoria and Albert Museum opened its doors for a spectacular exhibition by the best British designers. Bill Gibb’s is one of the main designers which exhibited his six dresses at V&A. The moiré taffeta silk, tulle and breading dress was made by Gibb’s in 1974 and given to British Fashion Council by Sandi Lucy in 1995.

10:30 am

During the exhibition, Catherine Walker’s dresses brilliantly shined at the event. Walker’s especially highlighted Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis’ dress with saying “She shone in the dress”. The dress was worn by Princess Diana for the British Fashion Awards in October 1989.


The dress is strapless and combined with half-sleeved jacket. One of the exhibition visitor Melek Gokce said; ‘I loved the exhibition, I have been to Diana’s wedding day and her funeral. I love her deeply and she is shining like an angel in this dress and we misses her as nation.”


11:00 am

The purple-yellow dress made by British-Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu at the V&A. Erdem is a designer recently noticed by Princess Katherine Middleton during her Royal Canada Tour. The Royal College of Art graduate designer had a huge impact by his yellow & purple dress in the British Glamour Ballgowns exhibition. Sumeyye Can is a Turkish visitor of the Ballgowns exhibition and she said; ” I am here as a tourist in London and heard about this exhibition from my friend. When I entered the exhibition I was amazed and feel honored by Erdem dresses as a Turkish citizen”.

V&A Ballgowns

Erdem dresses are recognized by Britons after the Duchess of Cambridge special interest to his designs. Erdem titled his purple-yellow dress as ‘Rumina’. The dress lent by Erdem and made for an Autumn/Winter 2008 collection.


Vivienne Westwood’s bridal collection and her brilliant ballgowns were one of the most eye-catching dresses at the exhibition. Her terrific creativity illustrated the sense of fashion in the Great Britain.


A tour of Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Bellville Sassoon created her yellow dress in 1968 which many visitors dream to wear it. It is mustard yellow silk with half sleeved bottom contrasted with milled silk top.

At the end of the my visit I could say I have become a fan of Bellville Sassoon.




What’s on Twitter:

Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.13.43 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.14.13 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.14.26 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.14.56 PM

Follow N. Seyda Yilmaz on Twitter @nseydayilmaz

The London Book Fair 2013


The London Book Fair is a trade event and global market place for negotiations with an advertising of books, videos, movies and digital productions. The London Book Fair opened its doors to public at Earls Court from 15-17 April 2013. Turkey is designated as Market Focus Country for this year’s London Book Fair festival.

London Book Fair welcomed Turkey to the one of the world’s biggest publishing events of the year in the United Kingdom. Turkey, as the Market Focus country had the spotlight on publishing trade links with international and the UK professionals. The event also showed various publishing industry opportunities from all around the world.

Festival guest writer Zahira Hussain, from SOAS university, said that “it is great to welcome different Market focus countries every year in the city of London. In 2012, the Market focus country was China and this year is Turkey as a rapidly growing country in the region. I  love Turkish literature and it is absolutely amazing to meet with our favorite authors from Turkey in our hometown.”

Market Focus 2013 Introduction to Turkey:


Turkey Market Focus of 2013 

London Book Fair brought nearly 20 different writers from Turkey to participate in this astonishing organization.

Turkish authors have had several discussions on Turkey, feminism, women’s right, Kurdish problem and all the other social conflicts in the country. Readers had given a chance to ask many questions to publishers, academics, writers and designers.

35% of Turkish books are translated to foreign languages and the aim of this year’s event was to exhibit Turkish literature to the UK readers from historical narratives to contemporary  literature.

LBF 2013 visitor London School of Economics graduate James McCain told us; “this is an absolutely fantastic opportunity to see Turkish traditional literatures in London. I read several Turkish books, so that I have a bit of taste of Turkish literature beforehand. I also finished reading Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence  and  would like to visit Istanbul to see his special museum on this book.”

London Book Fair festival promoted Turkey’s literature with many inspirational writers, such as Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel prize winner of literature and Elif Shafak, is an award-winning novelist of The Forty Rules of Love.

#visiting #london #bookfair #festival #via #instagram

93273d21ad5d78dd6774eea5ccbcf5bb  f357bd52cbc093b4215b280612fdf5f6



This slideshow requires JavaScript.

As London Book Fair Author of the Day on Tuesday 4th of April 2013, Elif Shafak:

London Book Fair – Earls Court

Local Map & Guide

Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.01.32 PM

Follow N. Seyda Yilmaz on Twitter @nseydayilmaz

David Nash at Kew – A Natural Gallery 2013


David Nash, one of the UK’s most successful sculptor began to exhibit his work at Kew Gardens in April. He created the art of sculpture as a response to nature and the extraordinary exhibition includes sculptures, flowers, art drawings and film preview all over the Gardens.

From April to September 2012, David Nash created his sculptures with new pieces from ‘wood quarry’ – using trees from the Gardens that had showed the natural atmosphere of Kew Gardens to visitors.

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the Wood Quarry and stunning piece of work by the Nash Conservatory was the three main galleries which displayed on the exhibition.

British artist Nash’s historical sculptures invite you to understand the relation with nature in the astonishing place of Kew Gardens. “Some of his works fit better into the gallery, while others worked better in nature,” said one of the visitors at Kew.

The Guardian newspaper claimed his work of art as ‘dramatic artworks’, as he has generally been trying to create sculptures from fallen trees, which gives Nash an inspiration to re-create a dead wood to a magnificent piece of art.

27-years-old, London-based industrial designer Yasmin Celik said that; “Nash’s pieces are great example of re-creation of the nature by woods. As a designer, I am very glad to see how fallen dead trees can become a piece of art by an artist like him.”

Tickets to the Gardens and the exhibition – adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, children 16 and under FREE

Exhibition closed last week on Sunday 14 April 2013.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

David Nash – A Natural Gallery: Seeds of Inspiration, you can find out more here;

Tweets about David Nash’s exhibition;

Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 1.04.21 PM Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 1.04.39 PM Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 1.05.04 PM

David Nash on Pinterest; - Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 1.08.38 PM - Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 1.08.53 PM - Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 1.09.09 PM  - Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 1.09.36 PM

Follow N. Seyda Yilmaz on Twitter @nseydayilmaz

Summer in Miami: When to go and How to save

South Beach. By Nayara Chaves

South Beach. By Nayara Chaves

London is a delight…

Shops, bars, and things to do around the clock, but there is one thing Londoners don’t get to see a lot: Sunshine.

If you are one of many that think you deserve a break from London windy streets and humid weather. Join the crowd pack your bags and let’s got to Miami this summer.

Busy and sunny all year around it is up to you to chose which season best suits the type of vacation you want. If you able to afford you can always go for the vibrant energy of high season with masses of partygoers and sort of cool winter weather.

But the better option is to go during the deliciously hot months between June and September. Low season is much cheaper than the rest of the year. From touristic attractions to hotels and fares, and to tell the truth Miami is never empty so you’ll probably see plenty of tourists all around.

When to go

South Beach. By Nayara Chaves

South Beach. By Nayara Chaves

The reason why Miami gets loads of tourists between January and April is that when the rest of the country tends to get much colder, Miami always have incredible weather.

If you decide to go for these months, be prepared to book well in advance and have plenty of cash to spare. This is a season to party, expect the beaches to be packed full during the day even though the weather is not that warm.

  • Peak season: January to April
  • Low season: June to September
  • Middle season: May, October to December

Weather Warning

Miami can be quite windy at times, but don’t let that distract you as to how hot the sun can be. With warm weather through out the year you can easily expect highs between 20 and 30 degrees. So don’t forget to use plenty of sun block even under gray skies, to get sunburned will most definitely ruin your beach time. During the low season, June is not one of the best months as you can get more summer showers during this period.

Miami is located in Florida, which is one of the states within the hurricane belt, between June 1 and November 30 the likelihood of going through hurricanes and tropical storms is bigger, so is better to be prepared. Remember to obtain travel insurance, and have a look at the weather before you book and prior to leaving the UK.

“Hurricane Sandy didn’t hit Miami  in full last year, so I remember a lot of people still went out to watch the waves by the beach,” says Paulo Costa, 37, local taxi driver.

“It was beautiful but a bit scary the wind was quite strong.”

How do you book your holidays? find out what people in the streets do to find the best deals.

How to save and Where to go

By Nayara Chaves

By Nayara Chaves

You can definitely expect lower prices during the summer, food and attractions prices are less likely to change with the seasons, but you might be able to scoop some summer discounts.

South Beach is normally more expensive than other areas, so you will probably get better dinner options going to Miami Beach which is just around the corner, and even paying a taxi it still works much cheaper. If you stay in South Beach, Collins Avenue marked bellow in the map is full of hotel’s to choose from, prices will vary from place to place.

“Here if you book in advance you can get prices varying between 100 and 150 for a double per night. ”

“July is not as busy as other months so that’s the time to get cheaper prices,” says Bryan Ward, 25, receptionist at The Best Western Hotel.

The nightlife starts quite late, and will only heat up after Midnight, so no point in arriving too early, unless you want to be the only one in the club for a few hours.

Miami Beach party…

The best way to get a good price for a hotel room is to book as soon as you can, the sooner you book the cheaper you get. Room prices tend to go up as hotels get busier.

If you don’t feel like going to be beach, there are plenty of other options. Have a look below and see some of the things you can do.

City tour of Miami: Includes a boat tour of the bayside and Biscayne Bay.

Biscayne Bay, by Alex de Carvalho

Biscayne Bay, by Alex de Carvalho

On this tour, you will see the most beautiful side of Miami: Mansions, yachts, Port of Miami, Little Havana and Calle Ocho, Art Deco district of South Beach, Coconut Grove, Brickell Avenue, and Coral Gables are some of the highlights.

 Miami Sea Aquarium:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Visit the world-class Miami Seaquarium, the home of killer whales, sea lions and dolphins. This is a fun, educational and recreational activities for the whole family.

Also in the aquarium you are able to swim with the dolphins get up close and personal with a playful dolphin. During the Dolphin Encounter, learn about these intelligent and fun-loving marine mammals before enjoying a 30-minute dolphin interaction. (Book in advance as it is a very busy attraction)

” It was really fun to get in the water with a dolphin. That was definitely the highlight of my trip, a new experience to take back to London,” says Aaron Dijon 28, London stockbroker.

by Miami Sea Aquarium

by Miami Sea Aquarium

If you are not keen in any of the above there is plenty of other options like scuba diving and jet skiing.

Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 21.32.35

Sneak a peak at the best moments of the show, in our video shot straight from the crowd…

Your opinion is important, let me know what you think of this post.

The Crepprotect Launch Party

The lights were shining, champagne glasses were laid out and the excitement was growing as Stefan Maingot launched his new eagerly awaited Product Crepprotect. Crepprotect is an invisible spray, that once applied to a clean pair of trainers will dramatically reduce liquid stains. Co-founder of the product, Stefan Maingot believes that this could revolutionize the footwear industry. “One day people will wonder how they ever lived without Crepprotect”. The Movement is gathering pace at lightning speed with celebrities such as Reggie Yates championing the product.

Roam Magazine was granted exclusive access to the official launch Party held in London’s Soho.


Stefan Maingot: Entrepreneurial spirit

Hey dude, sorry I’m late I’ve just come from a rooftop business meeting in the city” say Stefan as he comes through the door at the restaurant we planned to conduct our interview in. Visibly excited he gives me a firm handshake and orders a Latte. My first question is “What inspires you?” he takes a second and says, “ I just try to see where my imagination can take me”.

“I absorb everything” he says “my spare time is usually spent on a laptop doing research on something or the other, I literally don’t switch off, which can be a problem for some, my ex girlfriend for one” he says unapologetically. He explains that with new technology coming in daily and the growth of social media on several platforms you cant afford not to be on the pulse of things or you will miss the trick.

He uses the current collapse of Blockbuster video as testament to this, “ Blockbuster lacked foresight, I would have closed half the stores ten years ago and made it a mainly online business. You have to watch the trends and not be afraid to make big decisions when necessary”, “We are living in a age where less is more I’m afraid, your presents online is more important than your presence on the high-street”


When I ask about his plans for the future, I don’t get the answer I was expecting. “I like not knowing” he say’s. Who knows what tomorrow may bring. Stefan picks up the salt shaker on the table, looks at it for five seconds, brings his head up and says, “I wonder if I can market black salt” I study him curiously, gazing at the salt shaker, seeing where his imagination can take him….

The Color Purple Comes to London

Copyright Wikipedia

Copyright Wikipedia

By Soraya Downie

A stage production of the 1982 novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker is set for a show at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory on July 5.

What is The Color Purple

The African American drama sets around the life and times of Celie, as she journeys from childhood to adulthood, along the way she experiences joy, tragedy, hope, love and anguish.


Film adaption

In the Steven Spielberg film adaption in 1985, Celie was played by US actress Whoopi Goldberg, Akosua Busia played her sister Nettie and US actress and TV talk host, Oprah Winfrey starred as their friend Sofia.

Proving to be a huge commercial success, the film was awarded 11 Academy Awards nominations and four Golden Globes, with Goldberg winning Best Actress (Drama).


Divided opinion

The novel is still considered to be one of the best novels of the 1980s and in American history.

Marie Kolawole, 30, a dental nurse from Camberwell, said, “The Color Purple is an exceptional story and I really enjoyed the film when I was growing up. I am slightly dubious in whether the British cast can capture the American nature of it.”

“As it looks at the hard times of African Americans, I’m hoping they really try to imitate the essence of film and really show Celie’s journey and everything she had gone through.”

Who’s who

This will be the first time that a theatre production of The Color Purple will take place in the UK, as it had been previously on Broadway in the new York in 2005.

The Color Purple’s first European premiere will showcase British talent, with stars from other big productions starring in the big lead roles.

Cynthia Erivo, who stars in Sister Act: The Musical, will take on the role of Celie and Abiona Omonua, stars in both Legally Blonde and Hairspray, will play the role of Nettie.

A worthy winner

Walker’s novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, making her the first African American woman to achieve this.

Fanatic theatre fan, Callum Moore, 27, from Camden, said “I think the show will be amazing. I’ve been waiting a long time to see a stage production of it here and it’d be interesting to see how it turns out.”

The Primary school teacher also said, “The book itself was fascinating, I’m just praying that all the British cast do a good job and bring the story to life on stage.”

Look out for…

The UK show will be directed and designed by Tony Award winner, John Doyle and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman.

The London Menier Chocolate Factory is located on Southwark Street, South London.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced between £29.50 and £37.50.

Getting to know all about Sickle Cell Anaemia

By Soraya Downie

Living with the disease

Emmanuel Bola, 37, a driving instructor from Brixton in South London, has been living with Sickle Cell Anaemia since he was a child. He has been in and out of hospital since the age of two.

“It’s painful at times but I’ve just accepted that it’s been a part of my life for so long and it always will be.”

A recent episode left Bola in hospital for two weeks and was the most painful one he had experienced in his life so far.

“People will think, as you get older, you are more likely to bare the pain. There’s no truth in that at all, pain is pain, whether you’re five or fifty. I just think children wouldn’t be able to deal with it, as well as young people and adults do.”

A recent survey conducted by Roam showed that 40% of people are unaware of what the disease is, but a quarter of us knew someone with it.

Sickle Cell Pie Chart

Sickle Cell Pie Chart by Roam

Sickle Cell is an inherited disease, which is incurable.


The disease is inherited through each parent, but some people have been diagnosed with Sickle Cell Trait.

This is where they have inherited Sickle Cell from one parent and do not experience the symptoms that people with Sickle Cell Anaemia do.

Red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape, known as the ‘sickle’ and differ significantly from the typical disc shape.

The abnormality is caused by the haemoglobin S, a type of protein found within red blood cells that carries oxygen.

The haemoglobin S therefore changes the usual shape of the red blood cells and delivers less oxygen to the body’s tissues.

These sickles can even get caught in small blood vessels in the body and break into smaller pieces, which can interrupt a person’s blood flow. This can cause a massive decrease in the amount of oxygen flowing through the body.

What sufferers experience

Sickle Cell is painful from the initial stages when it is first detected and diagnosed, but it can become worse overtime. A person with Sickle Cell can experience periods of fatigue, paleness, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath and outbreaks of jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin).

Some people with Sickle Cell can suffer from other complications or ‘comorbidities’ such as: congestive heart failure or heart attacks.

Younger children are more likely to have attacks of abdominal pain, ranging from mild to very severe have to spend time in hospital.

Most likely to be affected

The disease is much more common among African and Caribbean communities and other cultures such as South and Central America and the Middle East.

Georgia Oakley, 28, a nursery nurse, from Stockwell, knows the affect of Sickle Cell on children as young as three years old.

“I often see many young black children who will have to take off and go hospital to get the necessary help. Their parents will phone and say, he or she won’t be in till next week and it usually involves a lot of abdominal pain.”

The affects on the disease differs from person to person, but Sickle Cell Anaemia can have a lot of complications.


By Soraya Downie Dominique Davis, 21, is a comedienne from South London, who goes by the stage name, Variety D. A funny, out-going girl, Dominique recalls that high school was filled with ups and downs. Being bullied because of the … Continue reading