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Floridita’s Black Heart Halloween Party

Floridita is bringing us a taste of the underworld this Halloween with music, dancing and a ghoulish menu to tickle the tastebuds. Floridita's Head Chef, Richard Sawyer, has devised a Black Menu for the evening, with three courses of devilishly dark dishes including starters of Black Bean Soup with Devilled Autumn Squash Toasts and a Bloody Mary Tomato Risotto with Crisp Black Aubergine Straw. Mains feature Chargrilled 8oz Rump Piancnha Steak with Scotch Bonnet and Roasted Garlic Butter, Blackened Sea Bream Fillet with Wilted Greens and Salt and Pepper Squid Ink Noodles. Then round things off with Caramelised Pumpkin and […]

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Halloween Afternoon Tea at The Corinthia

The British Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia Hotel, usually enjoyed under the splendid chandelier and sumptuous marble-lined atrium this hotel boasts, is being given a bit of a twist this Halloween. It will include such ghoulish treats as The Witch's Hat and The Spider's Tart (pictured) – which aren't exactly what they might seem. The 'Hat' will be a raspberry macaroon with fresh raspberries and cream, while the 'Tart' will be a pumpkin custard tart. All wonderfully delicious, of course. It doesn't stop there. There's the  lime and chocolate Poisonous Mushroom to try, the Broomstick, a blackcurrant mousse with black ink jelly and […]

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The Human Jukebox

On 30 October, BIGkids are turning themselves into the first ever hotel Human Jukebox at W London. The hot new band – Ben Hudson (aka Mr Hudson) and singer-songwriter Rosie Bones – is teaming up with the Leicester Square venue for a unique interactive music experience.  Named as ones to watch by GQ and The Guardian, BIGkids will be available in W London from mid-afternoon through to the following morning for hotel guests and visitors to call upon for exclusive performances of a selection of hits. The band will play on request from a set song menu, performing live wake-up […]

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Westbourne Studios

Built in 2002, Westbourne Studios was touted as "the most interesting internal space in London in the last decade" and drew a raft of like-minded creatives to work and play there. This month, The Westbourne Studios Club re-launches under the helm of DJ and producer Seb Fontaine who brings with him a host of exciting emerging DJ talent, cutting edge cultural events and a new club membership too. Interior designed by Staffan Tollgard, the look of the main space has taken inspiration from both the history and geographical location of Notting Hill. The various room sets, with their drapery and […]

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The Fat of the Land

You may be keen to hear about the newest enterprise brought to you by Michael Kittos and Tony Wolfe, the men behind The Queen’s Head & Artichoke in Regent’s Park and The Norfolk Arms in Bloomsbury. With their track history, it won't surprise you to hear that The Fat of the Land brings with it some vertiable gastronomic excellence. The pan-Mediterranean Pub and upstairs Dining Room, situated in Marylebone, specialises in Catalonian food. So, from tapas and draught beers, there's an entire raft of exquisite cuisine on which to feast and enjoy. Set against a smart backdrop of oak, brick […]

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In Parma by Food Roots

As the nights draw in, does the idea of a cosy restaurant, fit with hanging hams, exposed brickwork and crates of excellent wine lined up against the walls take your fancy? If so, take note. In Parma, introduced by Food Roots, is the first restaurant dedicated to European PDO (Protected Designation of Origin – the certificate of authenticity give to about 1000 products all over Europe by the European Commission), meaning that all its grub is from the Italian province of Parma. If you can't think of any that you might know, why not start daydreaming of Parma Ham and […]

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Moutai Monster

Come 31st October, there'll be quite a few ghoulish monsters trick or treating down your street. But why not head to Kensington for a more, shall we say, delectable one? This Halloween, the Min Jiang restuarant, will be unveiling the Moutai Monster, or in other words, the cocktail of all cocktails. Inside? the Chinese liquor Moutai will be combined with Kahlua, double cream and vanilla. It's almost a pudding, and most definitely best enjoyed on its own with a gaggle of witches. I mean, friends. Available from 31st October and costs £25. www.minjiang.co.uk 

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Fancy a dirty weekend?

As the nights grow longer and colder, Babington House and Cowshed have come up with a pretty cool offer whereby you can rediscover your decadent side and invite a loved one for a cosy night of indulgence in Somerset.  When you purchase an indulgent Spoilt Cow room candle from Babington Cowshed, you’ll find your invitation for one night’s stay at Babington House tucked inside. One Spoilt Night includes Cowshed’s indulgent room candle and a night’s stay for two at Babington House- all for £200. Which might be a lot for a candle but with the picturesque backdrop of the Somerset […]

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Buddha-Bar London

This autumn sees the launch of Buddha-Bar London and Parisians,  Tarja Visan has brought her expertise across the channel and into the heart of Knightsbridge. Buddha-Bar London aims to push culinary boundaries and the menu blends Far Eastern cuisine with Western tastes and influences. Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Eastern flavours are stylishly entwined to spearhead a new-wave Pacific Rim cuisine. Dishes created especially for London include Venison Tataki, Smoked Duck and Foie Gras Gyoza, Dragon Scallop and Pan-fried Seabass with Shiso Butter. You’ll also find Buddha-Bar signatures such as the famous Buddha-Bar Chicken Salad, Seared Sesame Tuna, Wok Fried […]

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Ottolenghi Online Store

Yotam Ottolenghi has been a revelation for cooks everywhere: he's introduced us to an array of new ingredients and the methods with which to cook them, too. Thankfully for us, the wondrous Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients that are prevalent in his cooking are now all available at the brand-new Ottolenghi online store – webstore.ottolenghi.co.uk. Chances are, you'll find it hard to stay off it. So, if you were wondering where to pick up certain items which Ottolenghi states in his cookbooks but don't have the appropriate grains and spices to recreate the master's suggestions, the website will no doubt be your […]

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