Brits in LA NEWSLETTER Nov 1st, 2011

Happy Halloween
Famed shoe designer Patrick Cox has now become a designer of Cupcakes - Check out his store on Wardour street in soho next time you are there. These are truly pieces of art and looked way too good to eat. But I gave it a shot and they were delicious too.
Hi Breeps!
So after a two week visit to the motherland fish and chips, sunday roasts, cold beer on draught, and cupcakes (see above photo) I returned back to the land of LA and jumped straight in to producer mode helping Eileen and James with our first Halloween event - Which was amazingly successful. Thanks to all those that came. Hope you had fun. Pictures are available below. Due to the success we hope to make this an annual event. Huge thanks to our sponsors Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Beltran Brito Immigration Attorneys. Palihouse, esp Dawn for hosting us, our lovely volunteers  Esme (big Thank you for doing my makeup in the dark in the mens bathrooms (lol)), Leo & Ewan who worked tirelessly all day. DJ Ebe for the tunes, Mandeep and Patrick for the projection and Laura for the visuals. Richard and Walter for the pictures. Amanda and Naketa for the Tarot readings. And all you guys that participated. congrats to the winners Giles and mia as Queen Elizabeth I and The Phantom. Honorable mention to The Elephant Man who stayed in character the whole night, Cakey Perry a dress make out of real cupcakes, the queen mum for being a great sport and eggs and bacon for being half a full english.

Christmas party next...
cheers - Craig
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Are you having trouble buying or leasing a car due to non existent credit?  If so you need to talk to Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica. They  are offering the Brits the Foreign Business Professionals Leasing Plan . All you need is a social security number and a valid visa. Contact Joe on 310 266 8825 or email him at . He is a Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too. 
The new Passat

 A few more pics of London Town

Early morning and the BT Tower

Tis great pice of wall art I found on Brick Lane -The new trendy part of London - Things do certainly change, 10 years ago you wouldnt set foot in this area.

Courtesy of my sister Julie, This was pretty darn good. Look Americans this is a proper Sunday roast, Lashings of gravy.

Picadilly at night -taken from the old tower records buliding


MOVEMBER - I am doing my part to raise money this month - by growing a mo If you want to join me and grow yours out here for the Brits in LA team
Now is your chance to grow that moustache you have always wanted, yes you too ladies! It's all for a great cause too so make sure to collect sponsorship. They support the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG amongst others. If you don't fancy growing one you can still donate here
Number one this week in the UK is British Rapper Professor Green feat. Emile Sande - with "Read All About it". Helped by performing on the Live show of X-factor last week.
The secret to have a hit in the UK is to feature someone on the song - 4 out of the top 5 are collaborations. Kelly Clarkson's back with a big smash too. Check them all out. Also STEPS have refremed and have the number one album in the UK and have sold out their upcoming UK tour.

Professor Green - Read All About it - This week's UK Number One

  1. 17 clips available
  2. status2Earthquake (feat. Tinie Tempah) - Labrinth
    LabrinthEarthquake (feat. Tinie Tempah)new 1 week in chart [Syco Music]12 clips available
  3. status3We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) - Rihanna
    RihannaWe Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)down 2 4 weeks in chart [Def Jam]3 clips available
  4. status4Mr Know It All - Kelly Clarkson
    Kelly ClarksonMr Know It Allup 2 2 weeks in chart [Rca]1 clip available
  5. status5Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) - Maroon 5Maroon 5Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)down 1 11 weeks in chart [A&M/Octone]
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Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
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Masters of the House - a new web series starring Brits in LA member John Mawson. Click on the video below to watch the trailer. below is Ep 3 - you can see all episodes on the youtube page.

Also you can visit their FB page and click like!

Have you visited Galvin Benjamin Yet? Feels more like a cocktail lounge than a Salon - Gorgeous artwork, great styling have a cup of tea or a cocktail while having a great head massage then your hair shaped to perfection - bliss! - Don't forget to use your Brits in LA discount

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James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that. The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:-
Can't make Tuesdays Breakfast Club?
This is growing nicely and lovely to see so many new faces. Same brekkie menu as Tuesday but with 1/2 price mimosas (Bucks fizz)
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Need a car for a month or lease? and don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Economy Rent-a-Car
They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
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The Fab Four are playing in February but tickets are on sale now!
Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets


Noel Gallagher is playing at UCLA Royce Hall in November

Noel loves a good fag

Morrissey is playing in november Buy tickets here

The Kooks are playing here in Dec. Tickets on sale 

Jesse J is on tour with Katy Perry. Buy your tickets here .

Need an Immigration lawyer? Try one of these. 

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.

Joe Adams; Ready to work? We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas. We have a 100% success rate. We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments. Email

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email him at





If you're in the market to buy, sell or lease a home in the South Bay, call Ken Adam of Shorewood Realtors on 310.739.7050. Ken has lived in the South Bay since 1978 when he moved over from FulhamBesties, the legendary Hermosa Beach pub, with George Best and Bobby MacAlinden. Since earning his real estate license in 1985, Ken has been a consistent top producer in his marketplace - specifically the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.


It can be stressful looking for an apartment or a home especially if you are back and forth between London and LA. Meet Claudia, A Brit in LA who is more than happy to take away some of that house-hunting stress 
If you are looking to Sell, Buy or Lease a home…Please Contact Claudia Afshar today!!!  Claudia’s a top producing agent with “Afshar Properties” at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. Claudia, moved here from London, England many years ago and has helped many of the Brits find a lease, buy a home, sell and re sell their ongoing houses. Claudia has a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate world from purchases to financing to building & repairing credit, plus much more! She understands what it is to be a Brit In LA!!! Contact her at: (310) 860-8861 or
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