Valentine’s madness is behind us so we’re looking forward to a weekend of food and drink where our relationship status isn’t going to be analysed by everyone else in the restaurant. London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday so if you can’t get to the shows, do the next best thing and visit Somerset House’s free International Fashion Showcase before complimentary pampering at W London – Leicester Square, afternoon tea at the Roof Gardens and limited edition cocktails in Mayfair. Elsewhere we’ve got a new brunch (we never let you down), gin festival and pancakes and painting. Oh, and plan ahead because there’s an epic roast to book for next Sunday…
What: Stylish Cocktails
Why: Embrace the glamorous side of fashion week with May Fair Bar’s limited edition collection of cocktails. Drinks in The Love Collection are appropriately named things like Love, Adore, Desire and Passion, our favourite being Desire; Gin Mare, beetroot and carrot juice, with the house-made mary mix and thyme syrup. Healthy and chic, see you at the bar…
Available from Friday 17th – Tuesday 28th February
Where: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, W1J 8LT
What: Free Fashion Exhibition
Why: Fashion Week fever is creeping up on us – it all kicks off on Friday. Get yourself to a show curated by the British Fashion Council, at the old home of LFW; Somerset House. Sadly not a big catwalk show but a public exhibition showcasing emerging international designers from 28 countries. The International Fashion Showcase starts on Friday with a late night session (7pm-9pm) then stays open till Tuesday. Tickets are free and the theme is Local/Global. Don’t miss out.
Launches Friday 17th February
Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
What: Venetian Carnival Dining
Why: Think carnival and you probably think August bank holiday, jerk chicken and feather headdresses. Not so, Venetian restaurant Veneta are celebrating Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) known for its elaborate masks with a special menu created by Head Chef Jamie Thickett. Dishes include herb crusted Wild Atlantic prawns with shellfish aioli and tomato, and squid ink bigoli with crab, radicchio pesto and pepper dressing. Pudding is a choice between blood orange semifreddo with pistachio meringue and orange curd, or fresh fritelle with saffron custard, chocolate and rhubarb jam. Masks and costumes optional!
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February
Where: 3 Norris Street, St James's Market, SW1Y 4RJ
What: Luxury with La Maison Rémy Martin
Why: La Maison Rémy Martin returns to Soho for three weeks to host a series of special events and masterclasses. The Boutique will showcase blends from around the world, accessible to the public for the first time. The Gallery will allow members to watch, listen, taste and admire the programme of lifestyle masterclasses, enjoy the street food-inspired light bite offerings, perfectly chosen to pair with Rémy Martin expressions and cocktails in the bar area. You will then be transported into the speakeasy world of The Basement; an intimate and underground setting complete with a menu of exclusive cocktails created by resident mixologists and music playing the early hours.
Launches Thursday 16th February, closed on Sundays
Where: 147 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8WD
What: Afternoon Tea with a Fashionable Twist
Why: London Fashion Week gets an edible twist. In afternoon tea form to be precise, featuring fashion-inspired chocolate brownie top hats and shortbread shoes, followed by an exclusive talk and Q&A session with original Biba Girl, Delisia Howard. The rooftop garden setting offers spectacular views of London, guaranteeing the best seat in the city. Book online to avoid disappointment.
Saturday 18th February
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA
What: Pancakes and Booze
Why: Not your typical art gallery, America’s largest pop-up underground art show is coming back to the UK. For one night only, a unique line-up of over 70 local emerging artists, photographers, bands and DJs will all participate in live painting, body painting, live music and more. Oh, and there will be FREE PANCAKES! Artists, musicians and pancake fanatics alike can mingle, with performances late into the evening. Why wait until Pancake Day? Tickets on the door.
Friday 17th February
Where: Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2BB
What: Complimentary Glam Squad
Why: Back for another fashion week, W London – Leicester Square is transforming an area of the hotel into a style and beauty hub. Experts will be offering complimentary pampering across the weekend – everything from a Gymbox Lactic Jungle class to blowdries, manicures and contouring lessons from celebrity tanning expert James Harknett. Style comes in the form of denim customisation and reclaimed denim showcases. Everything is complimentary when you order something at the bar, just swing by and drop in. GymBox class should be booked in advance.
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF
What: Gin Festival 2017
Why: We know there are seldom things a Londoner loves more than a good gin. So we are pleased to inform you that the hugely popular Gin Festival is making its 2017 return, to London’s Tobacco Dock. You can chat to the distillers and brands who love to make gin, whilst drinking gin and sharing a sample or two. The Festival offers an array of amazing masterclasses where you can be ginformed about all its processes; from source to bottle. The festival promises more than 100 gins, top craft distillers and a whole host of ginformation, making this cold February a lot easier to handle.
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February
Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2DA
What: Jason Atherton’s British Saturday Brunch
Why: The Social Company’s recently opened British grill restaurant, Temple and Sons, is set to bring a new brunch menu to the City, unifying British and American classics, and adding their own updates to contemporary classics. Gracing the menu is sourdough toast topped with bone marrow, wood-fired Lake District Onglet steak and fried Cornish chorizo. It wouldn’t be brunch without booze so Temple and Sons have upgraded their brunch cocktail game. From Mr. Mary (the gin-based alternative to a Bloody Mary), to three variations of the Espresso Martini, (including salted caramel!) you’ll never go for a plain old Bellini again.
Saturdays from 11am – 3pm
Where: Tower 42, 22 Old Broad Street, City of London, EC2N 1HQ
What: Plan Ahead: The Ultimate Sunday Roast
Why: Sunday is the day of roast. Make it a Gaucho roast and you’re in for a pretty good evening. Next Sunday, Gaucho Canary, Chancery, Charlotte Street, Hampstead, Piccadilly, Richmond, the 02, Tower Bridge and Sloane will be serving up the ultimate roast beef with all the trimmings as well as flight of three Malbecs. Can’t wait till next week? Monday sees the start of 7 Days at Gaucho; a week-long celebration of Argentinian wines celebrated through masterclasses with Gaucho’s wine experts – see the website for details.
Sunday 26th February
Where: Gaucho - Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street, London
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