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  • Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival – 17th – 27th Jan

    Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival has returned, with 19 commissions across the whole estate, bringing innovative artists from around the world together to light up the winter gloom and bring warmth to the Wharf. This annual highly successful free exhibition has won awards, and visitors are always wowed by the spectacular lights display! The installations blend nature and technology: from a flickering flame to immersive suspended lights you can walk through – Yayo Kusama anyone? – from birds to animated figures and a meditative marble run. The lights go on from 5pm – 10pm each night for 11 days starting from 17th January through to 27th January. There will also be pop-up street food and drink vendors including pizza, brisket, waffles and crepes amongst others curated by Karnival Food on the light trail. These join the many bars and restaurants within the malls: recent additions include Mallow, Blacklock and Fish Game. To check out the programme and download the maps visit https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/winter-lights Written by Claire Selsby Photo courtesy of Canary Wharf

  • Idyll cocktails at Equal Parts, Hackney

    Last week we had the pleasure of visiting Hackney-Based cocktail bar Equal Parts, for the launch of Idyll’s ready-to-drink cocktail range. Inspired by rewilding and rediscovering wild ingredients, Equal Parts latest range of Idyll cocktails are carefully crafted to bring out the unique flavours and aromas of ingredients found in nature. The exclusive menu hosts seven delicious cocktails, with two non-alcoholic options made using Idyll’s spirit, Haeven. The brand’s first foray in non-alcoholic spirits from the idyll team. Haeven is inspired by Gin and infused with a complex range of wild botanicals; Juniper, Douglas Fir, Scots Pine, Alexander Seeds, Hogweeds Seeds, Birch Bark, Rosehip and Elderflower. We sampled the two non-alcoholic cocktails and were truly impressed with the alternative. Just Like Haeven is a decedent tipple, perfect for a dreamy winter evening, containing Haeven Non-Alcoholic Spirit, Lemon and Almond. The light and bubbly Haeven & Rhubarb Spritz is a refreshing blend of Haeven Non-Alcoholic Spirit and Idyll Rhubarb Soda, an ideal option for a weekend brunch or pre-dinner drink. Venue Address: Equal Parts, 45 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA Website: www.Idylldrinks.com Written by Jordan Crowley Photo courtesy of Equal Parts & Idyll Drinks

  • Studio FIX to open in early 2024

    Set to launch early this year, an innovative new pay-as-you-train fitness destination is coming to High Street Kensington. Studio FIX will be home to three studios offering six different class concepts, spanning across an impressive 7,500 sq ft floor space. Soon to announce its line-up of trainers which will feature many of London’s favourite faces from the industry, Studio Fix will be one of the first locations in London to offer Lagree Megaformer classes, a patented exercise machine that offers a high-intensity, total-body workout while being low-impact. Along with Yoga, Boxing, HIIT style Conditioning, Strength-based Lift classes and celebrity favourite Paola’s Body Barre, which offers a body transforming blend of Pilates, yoga and barre. With classes available for all levels and fitness goals, the studio offers a rounded approach to physical wellbeing, with a range of classes all under one membership. Luxury changing facilities will be available with leading amenities brands and a lounge offering post-workout shakes, smoothies, and coffees. Prices: From £25 per class Address: High Street Kensington High St, London, W8 4PE (Entrance on Old Court Place). Website:  https://www.studiofix.co.uk Written by Jordan Crowley Images courtesy of Studio FIX

  • Sticks’n’Sushi, announce its Kids’n’Sushi masterclass is coming to Shoreditch

    Sticks’n’Sushi’s exciting Kids’n’Sushi masterclasses are making their debut at their brand-new Shoreditch restaurant from March 30th. Calling all mini chefs aged 8-12, this is an opportunity to don their chef hats and aprons and become sushi masters under the guidance of skilled chefs. Whether it’s a unique weekend activity or a birthday celebration with a twist, the Kids’n’Sushi masterclasses promise an unforgettable experience, Sticks’n’Sushi style. The 90-minute session starts with expert chefs guiding budding young chefs through the intricacies of delectable crafting Kappa Hosomaki rolls (Cucumber), Pink Alaska Uramaki rolls (Salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and lumpfish roe), and Shake Nigiri (Salmon). Designed for all skill levels, the masterclass offers a dynamic and interactive environment, encouraging children to explore their culinary curiosity. Soft drinks are provided throughout the session, ensuring a refreshing experience as the young chefs dive into the world of their sushi creation. Each participant will be gifted a goody bag, with a treasure trove that includes a certificate of achievement, a bandana, a rolling mat, chopsticks, chocolate fish, and a Japanese number and phrase sheet…. everything they need to continue the creativity of sushi-making at home. Operating with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 children, these masterclasses provide an intimate setting where each participant receives personalised attention from the skilled Sticks’n’Sushi chefs. Don’t miss the chance to cultivate a love for sushi and culinary skills in your young ones. Reserve their spots now for a delightful and educational experience that promises to be both flavourful and fun!” Kids masterclasses are also available at the following branches: Cambridge, King’s Road, Greenwich, Wimbledon, White City, Kingston and Oxford. Tickets are £40 per child, to book a ticket visit https://sticksnsushi.com/en/events/London Written by Lorna Bryne Photo courtesy of Sticks’n’Sushi

  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at the Hyatt Regency, Blackfriars

    To welcome the Year of the Dragon, a sign associated with strength, health and prosperity Hyatt Regency’s stand-out restaurant, Chinese Cricket Club is hosting a special menu to honour the fictional story of the Shanghai XI cricket team. Tradition has it Feng travelled to the UK in 1857, and with the help of his wife Xiu, opened the city’s first authentic Chinese restaurant. From February 7th diners can indulge in an authentic Chinese feast of rich and decadent dishes. The menu includes a host of delicious sharing platters, specially curated by head Chef Tony Truong, using the finest and most exotic ingredients. Each course is made with traditional techniques and incorporates the highest quality produce to enhance the rich and elaborate flavour sensation in every dish. The special menu on offer includes celebratory starters to share, including their signature recipe, Prosperity Salad, with tuna, salmon & yellowtail and Traditional Peking Duck, along with feature main courses, Steamed Whole Seabass with spring onion & ginger and Roasted BBQ Pork with Jellyfish. The Hyatt Regency is based in the historic Blackfriars area on the former grounds of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace. The hotel is within easy reach of Blackfriars station and well situated for visitors of popular attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. Prices start at £128.00 per head, to be shared by a minimum of 4 diners. A complimentary dessert and fruit platter is available for early birds who book and pay a £200.00 deposit by 31st January. Address: Hyatt Regency, 19 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6DB Website: https://www.hyattrestaurants.com/en/dining/uk/london/chinese-cricket-club-restaurant-menu#6516d927c8d245535f30a772 Written by: Claire Bloom Photo courtesy of Chinese Cricket Club

  • Birthday Cakes by Lola’s Cupcakes

    Imagine the scenario. Your only child’s first birthday party is one week away and you scan your checklist. Presents bought, check! Guests invited, check! Food planned, check! Dinosaur cake decorations bought, check! Oh wait, the cake, need to buy the cake. “It should be fine”, you tell yourself. I can surely get a handmade cake delivered in a week. Well that’s easier said than done, with many handmade cake providers stipulating a minimum of a week’s delivery time… No need to panic Lola’s Cupcakes have you covered! Don’t be fooled by the name, the product line of the hugely popular cupcake makers transcends their impressive range of creative bitesized treats. It includes the naughtiest of brownies, but more importantly birthday cakes!. Lola’s Cupcakes’ full sized cakes are a sight to behold, from red velvets to cookies and cream, gluten free, vegan and low sugar options, personalised cakes and cakes for any occasion. The kids cakes are some of the most creative we have seen to date, think Jungles, football, fairies, rainbows, and unicorns. There’s something for every interest. One of the best things about Lola’s Cupcakes, is that with over 30 locations, including stores and storage lockers, they are set up to deliver your chosen cake as soon as the next day, birthday SAVED. The simple but beautiful vanilla cake that we ordered was almost cloud-like fluffy, with the dreamiest buttercream filling and topping, raspberry compote, and rainbow sprinkles. The cake actually drew compliments from the guests at the party, needless to say we were delighted with the cake. So if you’re looking for an extra special hand-made cake for any occasion that looks amazing, tastes even better and can be delivered to your door as soon as the next day, head on over to Lola’s Cupcakes or check their full range online by visiting www.lolascupcakes.co.uk Written by Nyla S.

  • Steven Bartlett Live – The Business and Life Speaking Tour 2024

    Ever wanted to hear and see from Steven Bartlett, creator and host of the UK number one podcast “Diary of a CEO” live and in person?  Now is your chance as he embarks on a national tour visiting London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. The award-winning author touches down and advises on starting a company, life as an entrepreneur and an investor. He’ll share his tips and secrets on how to scale up your business, his strategies and getting your mindset in the right direction for success. This one is not to be missed if you’re looking to change direction or level up in 2024. Dates : 11.03.2024                                 LONDON – CENTRAL HALL WESTMINSTER 12.03.2024                                 LONDON – CENTRAL HALL WESTMINSTER 14.03.2024                                 BIRMINGHAM – SYMPHONY HALL 15.03.2024                                 GLASGOW – THEATRE ROYAL 18.03.2024                                 LONDON – CENTRAL HALL WESTMINSTER 27.03.2024                                 LIVERPOOL – EMPIRE 28.03.2024                                 MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO 29.03.2024                                 MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO Tickets are now on sale at www.myticket.co.uk/artists/steven-bartlett Written by Claire Selby Photo by Matt Kelly

  • KERB’s Seven Dials Market welcomes new food vendors

    KERB’S flagship food hall in Covent Garden is thrilled to welcome four new food vendors, bringing you even more great food! How will you ever decide? Easy you just keep coming back and with every new visit, wrap your lips around something new! The new food vendors include MOTHERFLIPPER  You can expect one hell of a sweet Motherflipper, offering “The Dirty Barbie cheeseburger”. This ultimate burger comes packed with candy bacon, candy onion and BBQ sauce. KOLKATI Kolkati’s Indian kati wraps are the perfect lunch offering they are a taste sensation of masala chicken or paneer, fresh coriander, tomato, green chilli, pink pickled onions, coconut and a squeeze of lime with coriander raita and tamarind and date ketchup, all wrapped in a flaky, buttery paratha. LUCKY’S HOT CHICKEN Founder Ben Cook, has undoubtedly proven to have used his research and regular trips to Nashville, for inspiration on his finger-licking chicken sandwiches. With three southern fried-inspired sandos, there’s something on offer for everyone. Also on offer are juicy wings and strips, what a delight! LOS GORDOS Tasty tacos by ex-Padella chef, Sebastian Clavijo Largo, yes please! Orange and lemon juice marinated Buttermilk fried chicken tacos or for a plant-based option, burnt citrus mushroom tacos. Need something to wash down this delicious food? Try one of their frozen margaritas. Address: Seven Dials Market, 35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LD Website:  www.sevendialsmarket.com Written by Faiza Arbouche Photos courtesy of KERB

  • Where to dine for Valentine’s Day in London

    Looking to celebrate the special person in your life with a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? We have rounded up our favourite places in the capital to give you and your loved one an evening to remember. Bamboo Mat Bamboo Mat, the Japanese X Peruvian Nikkei restaurant is offering a delightful treat for two with their Steak and Sushi Platter and heart shaped dessert. The platter beautifully marries together Peruvian and Japanese flavours, featuring grilled Picanha steak topped with fresh Chimichurri sauce sat alongside cute heart-shaped Californian Maki rolls and salmon nigiri with black garlic aioli. Finishing with an enticing heart-shaped white & dark chocolate mini mousse Offered at both Leyton and Stratford, Bamboo Mat, the two-course special platter and dessert is £40 per person. For more info. and to book visit https://bamboo-mat.co.uk 108 Brasserie & Bar  Romance your loved one this Valentine’s Day with an evening of live music and a specially curated sharing menu at 108 Brasserie & Bar. Diners can start the evening with a visit to the live oyster bar, to enjoy a selection of freshly shucked oysters. Live jazz music will be the ultimate setting while diners indulge in a variety of sharing plates like the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, with homemade gnocchi or the 1kg T-bone steak, served 108 Brasserie’s famous truffle and rosemary chunky chips. Ending with a chocolate fondant paired with strawberry sorbet and a touch of crystallised mint. For more info. and to book visit https://108brasserie.com Babur Babur has unveiled an exciting Valentine’s menu, diners will be offered a welcome cocktail and a sharing starter of Indian delights, before enjoying the mains of Seared Butter fish, served with Goan Xec-Xec, Potato Podimas; Organic Chicken Supreme accompanied by an Almond Rose Sauce & Coconut and Pine Nut Rice or Herb-Crusted Cannon of Lamb. The heart-shaped Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Torte will be the perfect ending to a decadent meal. The special three-course set menu and welcome cocktail are priced at £55.95 per person. For more info. and to book visit www.babur.info Norma Norma offers contemporary, vibrant Sicilian-inspired cuisine and this Valentine’s Day they are offering diners a special Tasting Menu to enjoy. Curated by Executive Chef Giovann Attard, the menu will include specials such as Kale pesto arancino, Stuffed beetroot gnocchi, Pork fillet and Cardamon and Rose pannacotta for dessert. Priced at £65pp For more info. and to book visit www.normalondon.com  The Lane Take your loved one to London’s most iconic theatre venue, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for a romantic Regency Afternoon Tea. Savoury bites include Coronation chicken pie, an English crumpet with Earl Grey infused cream cheese, John Ross Jnr smoked salmon and a savoury madeleine with whipped English feta and pickled heritage carrot. Celebrity chef, Lily Vanilli, has made spectacular sweet treats which include a vanilla and passionfruit cake, mini sticky toffee pudding and a delicious strawberry ice cream sandwich. Your loved one will be impressed with this visual and culinary feast, it will be one Afternoon Tea to remember! Regency Afternoon Tea at The Lane is priced from £59 per person. For more info. and to book visit https://thelane.co.uk Cavita Marylebone Village’s much-loved Cavita is a superb spot for a romantic dinner, with their exclusive Valentine’s Day special offers. Which includes Pilpo a Las Brasas (charred grilled octopus with guajillo, passila adobo, nopales, and spring onions), and a special cocktail Corazon Valiente (‘brave heart’) combining Mexican Kalani Coconut Rum Liqueur topped with Raventós Blanc de Blancs. For more info. and to book visit www.cavitarestaurant.com Hithe + Seek To make Valentine’s Day extra special, Head Chef of Hithe + Seek, Fabio De Paolis, has collaborated with wine connoisseur Hannah Crosbie from Dalston Wine Club Founder to create a six-course wine-pairing menu. An exquisite menu that features playful takes on the dish’s names such as “The Booty Call” and “The My-Type-on-Paper”. The menu will be available from 7th -29th February. For more info. and to book visit www.hitheandseek.com Kitty Fisher’s Kitty Fisher’s, the romantic Mayfair institution, is pulling out all the stops and offering an unforgettable evening with an exclusive 5-course set menu on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant is set within a gorgeous Georgian townhouse, with warm low lighting and velvet furnishing, creating a beautiful romantic setting. Diners will be treated to a glass of English pink sparkling Brut to start, followed by oysters, black tomatoes, carabineros prawns, Yorkshire beef or truffle mushroom tart and finishing with chocolate delice. For more info. and to book visit www.kittyfishers.com Balthazar French restaurant Balthazar, has teamed up with Picturehouse Entertainment, to celebrate the release of the romance-filled French language film, ‘The Taste of Things’, launching a special ‘Culinary Affair’ menu inspired by dishes created in the film. The three-course menu draws inspiration from the film’s tantalising dishes. Menu highlights include an entrée of Lyonnaise Salad with dressed frisée, pancetta, soft poached hen’s egg, toasted croutons and shallot vinaigrette, Le Pot Au Feu which pays homage to the film’s climactic dinner party and features a selection of slow cooked meats and vegetables and Pears & Cream (£8.50) with a vanilla and anis poached Williams pear, Chantilly cream, toasted almonds and chocolate sauce. The flavours and presentation of each dish will spark smiles all around. Available from 1st – 29th February For more info. and to book visit https://balthazarlondon.com Sette by Scarpetta Sette by Scarpetta will be offering diners an exquisite Valentine’s set menu to celebrate love. The menu will include a five-course set menu with a glass of Ruinart Brut on arrival. Menu highlights include Scallop Crudo served with Caviar and finger lime, and the Ravioli Cacio e Pepe with black truffle. Available on 14th February and costs £135 per person. For more info. and to book visit www.settelondon.co.uk

  • Chelsea’s Chinese New Year celebrations – 10th Feb

    Experience China’s vibrant culture in the heart of West London as Chelsea proudly ushers in the Year of the Dragon. On February 10th you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at Duke of York Square. From 11am to 4pm, the ever-popular Fine Food Market transforms into a Chinese-themed haven, with an enchanting glow of iconic red lanterns, offering an array of delectable traditional Chinese dishes and tantalising Asian delicacies. The Duke of York Square will come alive with a vibrant program of live entertainment. Immerse yourself in the energetic performances of the dragon and lion dancers and let the rhythmic beats of Chinese drummers set the tone for the new year. The lively atmosphere promises to be a feast for the senses. For the younger guests, complimentary face painting adds an extra layer of excitement, allowing them to embrace the spirit of the dragon and other traditional symbols of luck. It’s a perfect opportunity for families and friends to come together and create lasting memories in an atmosphere buzzing with positivity and cultural significance. Embrace the magic and welcome the Year of the Dragon in grand style! For more information visit https://dukeofyorksquare.com/whats-on/news/chinese-new-year-market-2 Written by Lorna Bryn Photo courtesy of Duke of York Square

  • New Valentine’s Day Collection from Lola’s Cupcakes

    Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with the beautiful limited edition Valentine’s Day cupcakes from Lola’s Cupcakes! You can opt for the Vanilla cupcake topped with pink & red vanilla buttercream or the chocolate cupcake adorned with chocolate buttercream & decadent chocolate fudge ganache. Too difficult to decide? Why not go for both offerings and place an order for a box of six or a box of 12 mini cupcakes, it’s too good of an offer to turn down and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Both flavours are hand-decorated with sprinkles, rose petals, sugar paste hearts, raspberry macarons, chocolate truffles and gold dust. The new collection also includes brownies and Valentine’s Day cakes, you can opt for a decadent chocolate sponge filled with chocolate buttercream, or a velvety vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and raspberry compote. The cake is finished with perfectly pink buttercream icing, raspberry & rose macarons, rose petals and Valentines sprinkles! Lola’s Cupcakes have done such a marvellous job in crafting these cakes, that you’ll be forgiven if you decide to buy one for yourself instead, after all treating yourself is just as important… We are all about self-love as well. Order in-store or online by visiting www.lolascupcakes.co.uk Prices: Box of six regular sized cupcakes: £21.30 | Box of 12 mini cupcakes: £25.20 Small cake – £22.50 (serves 8) | Medium cake – £37.50 (serves 14) Love Brownie Box – £17.70 Photo courtesy of Lola’s Cupcakes

  • FREE pizzas from Crosta & Mollica on 9th February

    Crosta & Mollica are celebrating National Pizza Day in style, popping up in Clapham with their first Pizza Van, to treat Londoners to free Sourdough Pizzas – from Stromboli with Pepperoni & Spicy Salami, to the much loved, Margherita. How do I get my free pizza I hear you cry? Turn up and quote “PIZZA PRONTO” to unlock a complimentary pizza to cook at home. A vegan option, Verdure Pizza, is also on offer. The pizzas will be dished out from noon, while stock lasts, so we recommend you mark the date in your diary and get there sharpish. Once home you can pop it in the oven for 13 minutes and enjoy an authentic sourdough pizza, made in Italy. Sounds so good, you may want to pop down with your flatmate too! On Friday 9th February, from noon while stock lasts Address: Clapham Old Town, The Polygon, SW4 0JG Photo courtesy of Crosta & Mollica

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