London Lite Thursday, 24 September 2009 23 Three lions (and a herd of elephants)Kennington soccer side play in an African game reserve Warming up: players in Aquila reserve Drinktonight ...MiddleEastern DElAziz The newest branch of the Lebanese bar, deli and bakery is in Bermondsey Square -- but its influences are far, far from here. Take the Alexander The Great cocktail (5.90) featuring brandy, Kahlua and Baileys, inspired by the infamous warlord who conquered the entire Middle east 2,300 years ago. Or sample an Almaza Lebanese beer (2.95). 11 Bermondsey Square, SE1 (020 7407 2991) Chris Beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat MAssis MiddLe eASTeRN Massis is situated in west London -- but it all makes sense if you think about it. Just up the road from here is the edgware Road, which is of course the throbbing centre of Middle eastern London. Relax here by the waterside at Paddington Basin with exotic cocktails such as the Roc dor (7) with iranian saffron rock candy, Strega saffron liqueur and Prosecco. 9 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, W2 (020 7286 8000) AN AmAteur team from Kennington have played their most unusual football match -- in the middle of a South African game reserve. With elephants, zebras and hippos looking on from a nearby watering hole, the match took place on a pitch constructed in the heart of the Aquila reserve, outside Cape town. the match was one of seven played at twilight around the world over the past two days, as part of Sonys multi-million-pound advertising campaign twilight Football, which is linked to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Other twilight locations included a floating pitch in Venice and a glacier in the Swiss Alps. the London side, now named the twilight team because of their part in the ad campaign, is made up of 13 friends from the east and south of the capital who play every week in Kennington. they won their place by entering a contest on the messaging site twitter. Sony, one of the major sponsors of next years World Cup, shortlisted four sides from hundreds of entries, who each then had to pro- duce a video to show off their team. Connor Greely, one of the Kennington players, said: We were a little worried as the day before the match there was a family of hippos asleep on the pitch, but luckily they moved away. their opponents, who they beat 1-0, were a team of young South African players chosen from Cape towns poorest areas by charity Street Football World. the match was photographed and filmed for use in the upcoming ad campaign. by geoRgina littlejohn Wild card: the Kennington team, right, line up against the South African players, as elephants make their escape behind them index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html