Plumbs Ltd sponsors of Ideal Home Show London, 2016 offered me complimentary tickets to the show. I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d never been to the show. Over the years I’ve seen photos of the event and I felt always felt gutted I wasn’t there.  I met my mate Mrs M, on the last Saturday of the show, at exit of the Olympia train station. We live on opposite sides of the river, so this location was perfect. I like the Olympia London because it has easy link connections. The walk to the show entrance was bedecked with green grass, tall flowering trees and flower covered walls. It felt as though we were about to enter a modern day Eden, for the Ideal Home Show London  2016.

 

Interiors

 

Interiors

 

 

The Ideal Home Show had the best craftsmanship, traditional and modern designs. As a home owner, my mind was a buzz with ideas for our home. Some of the high end pieces simply made my heart swoon. From stunning dining tables made from Acacia Tree, massive opulent contemporary glass wall features, his and hers dressing area. I felt many of the products were aspirational. Gadgets lovers could find water purifiers, juicers, funky food storage pots and cute Japanese’s kitchen appliances. However it wasn’t all about the home there was large section dedicated beauty. You could find everything from teeth whitening, eyebrow threading, and hair extensions. I totally loved the idea of the Beauty Bar sponsored by Barry M.  It was staffed by students from the London College of Beauty Therapy. It would have been great of a trade school had sponsored an equivalent to showcase students’ woodwork and fabric designs etc.

 

Kitchen and Dinning

 

Kitchen

 

As a parent, I noticed the lack of child-friendly spaces and products. Granted, I wouldn’t want to take my kids everywhere. However, for parents who have no option it would have been a nice touch to have a play area sponsored by a toy company. Apart from The StudyBed Company I can’t think of much that was on offer for children or kidified. I adored the C F Designs G570 (garden and household products) and I spotted Bigboy Beanbag G155. I didn’t see them but Capital In-Ground Trampoline Kit was on stand G239. No cute kid’s drapery, bedsheets, only at show sponsors Plumbs Ltd did I see an adorable kid sized one-sitter arm chair, on stand L551. One might say, ‘well it’s not the baby show’. Still, it would have been helpful to see child-safety products and how they fit alongside lovely home furnishings etc.

The Gregg Wallace Restaurant

 

Gregg Wallace

 

The Ideal Catwalk had a variety entertainment. I saw the Pineapple Goes to the Movies dance show. It was remarkable. The dancers performed a sequence of high energy, sharp, clean dance routines. I particularly liked the Super Heroes and MI6 routines. Its always a joy to see young talent. I ended my day with Afternoon Tea at the Greg Wallace Restaurant. It was designed by Food & Drink ambassador Gregg Wallace. Housed in the Pillar Hall, this elegantly beautiful restaurant an ideal space to sit, relax and catch up with Mrs M.

 

In Conclusion

 

The Ideal Home Show London was a very enjoyable day’s out. The ambience was elegant, bright and relaxing. There’s wide variety of goods and services for to make the home to help you achieve the home of your dreams or inspire you next DIY project. Olympia London was the perfect venue. It’s expansive with parking and good connections via tube and mainline rails and there are buses that stop in front of the venue. Level access to take you into main Hall wish is helpful for buggies and wheelchair users. It’s certainly worth a visit but personally I’d like it to be more child-friendly. My only regret is that I didn’t see make across to the Show Village, I especially would have liked to see the 2 storey arc by Green Unit in the Show Village. Thank you Plumbs Ltd for a great day out.

To see more photos from the event visit The Tiger Tales Facebook page, or search hashtag #IHSL16.

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