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The Betjemen Arms Ale Festival

Geronimo Inns pub The Betjemen Arms, Kings Cross St Pancras, is hosting an Ale Festival until Sunday 3 November. Teaming up with Croydon brewers, The Cronx Brewery, The Arms will be offering two new beers exclusively throughout the festival: Kotchin, 3.9% Blonde – A hoppy blonde ale which is brewed with Cascade hops to give it a passionfruit and peach aroma; Entire, 5.2% Porter – a blend of ale, hopped beer and tuppenny, which were originally mixed together by a Shoreditch barman; and Limited edition Fallout 4.6% Autumn ale – a hoppy, deep red autumnal beer available in Pumpkin Spice […]

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Piste

With snow predicted (immanently), our thoughts are turning to the ski season but before we jet off to hit the slopes, we need to get ourselves into the mood, right? And where better to get the party started than, Piste, the new night spot from Archer Street. The subterranean club is hidden in the basement of the Soho venue and promises all the fun of après ski without even getting onto a plane. From the moment guests enter Piste, they will be transported to an Alpine retreat with reclaimed rafter boards covering the walls and dark wooden flooring reminiscent of […]

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Reverend JW Simpson

Created by the people behind Bourne & Hollingsworth, Reverend JW Simpson is Goodge Street’s newest cocktail bar offering high quality bevvies and aiming to combine the level of service of a hotel bar with the atmosphere of a private drinks party. The list focuses on Fizzes, Flips, Cobblers, Smashes and Sours made from timeless techniques and classic recipes with drinks being mixed and served right there at your table. During an initial phase of gutting the original premises, the designers discovered an old fashioned apartment that was practically untouched so they decided to keep as much of the original layout […]

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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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WigWam Bam

Already yearning for summer festivals and tepees? Well shake off those winter blues because the Queen of Hoxton’s WigWamBam – a rooftop pop-up swathed in fairy lights, is back for its second winter. Dubbed the ‘cosiest tepee this side of Nebraska’, guests can relax in a reclining chair by the crackling fire pit complete with (toast-your-own) marshmallows, S’mores (a winter essential, we hear) and hot chocolate ‘spiked’ with a dark spirit of your choosing. A gigantic Schwenkgrill hanging in the middle will cook up delicious juicy racks of lamb, suckling pigs and mouth-watering haunches of venison while on weekend evenings, […]

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MASH

Mash aka the Modern American Steak House opens its first overseas restaurant in London’s Brewer Street next week and promises premium steaks, an extensive wine list and stunning interior design. Mash is the brainchild of Copenhagen Concepts, which also owns Le Sommelier and Umami. There are five Mash restaurants in Copenhagen. The Art Deco site was once an integral part of the 800 room Regent Palace Hotel, built between 1910 and 1913. In the 1930s, the space was revitalised by Oliver Bernard, the revered West End stage set designer. Mash is located over three floors and 2000 square metres. Customers […]

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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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12 Wines of Christmas

Here's something of which to take note in the run-up to Chrismas. The WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, will host an inaugural 12 Wines of Christmas wine and food matching evening on Tuesday 27th November. If you're keen to know all you can before your Christmas guests arrive this coming festive season, this may be the event for you. Guests will taste classic Christmas foods, such as smoked salmon canapés, turkey, charcuterie and cheeses, with 12 different wine styles, including Valpolicella, Sauternes, and Manzanilla Sherry. WSET tutors will be on […]

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Diwali at Dishoom

You may have heard through the grapevine that Dishoom has recently opened its second London branch in Shoreditch. Well, there's more news to come out of this excellent Bombay cafe. For they are putting on a feast of festivities this Diwali (The festival of light, the biggest celebration in the Hindu calendar) when it comes to pass this November. On Sunday November 11, there will be a long list of events which will all be in association with the South Asian Literature Festival, at the two restaurants. Between live storytelling, face-painting and collaborative pavement art, there will of course be […]

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J Sheekey Fish

You know the restaurant, now know the recipes behind its success. J Sheekey is to divulge all the secrets behind the enduring and ever-crowd-gathering gastronomic options that have been gracing the celebrated fish restaurant's menu since the 1890s. It famously all began when stallholder Josef Sheekey was given permission by Lord Salisbury to serve his eponymous fish and seafood in St Martin's Court. The rest, as they say, is history. If you've never managed a trip to this theatreland haunt, not to worry. The book will certainly give you all the fishy inspiration you need to recreate J Sheekey's grand […]

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