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  • Crosstown releases four special dough bite flavours for Valentine’s Day

    Struggling to think of a sweet gift for Valentines or Gal-entines day this year? Well Crosstown has the perfect gift, they have created four limited-edition dough bite flavours for Valentine’s Day! DOUGH BITE BOXES Valentine’s 15-pack – A selection of 15 dough bites in three flavours: Ruby Chocolate & Cherry Liqueur, Passion Fruit & Chocolate (ve), and Sauvignon Blanc & Strawberry + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £42.45). Vegan & alcohol-free Valentine’s 15-pack – A selection of 15 dough bites in two flavours: Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Lychee & Cinnamon + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £39.95). Valentine’s three-pack – One each of the Ruby Chocolate & Cherry Liqueur, Passion Fruit & Chocolate (ve) and Sauvignon Blanc & Strawberry dough bite flavours + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £10.95). NOT AVAILABLE FOR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY Vegan & alcohol-free Valentine’s three-pack – A selection of three vegan and alcohol-free dough bite flavours: Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Lychee & Cinnamon + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £9.45). To order a box visit www.crosstown.co.uk Written by Jordan Crowley Photo courtesy of Crosstown

  • The Perfume Shop opens its first Valentine’s Spritz Pop-Up in London – 8th – 9th Feb

    The Perfume Shop is gearing up for the season of love, with the opening of its first-ever immersive Spritz pop-up in London. Customers can discover new fragrances and can get advice on the best fragrance to gift their loved ones. Inside the pop-up, customers can also play with the claw machines to win fragrance prizes and explore the perfume areas curated on feelings, including Playful, Romantic, Nostalgic, and Vibing! Bring along some friends, and loved ones and discover a range of different scents, by exploring, spritzing, and having fun. Dates: Thursday 8th February – 8am – 7pm VIP customers | Friday 9th February – 9am – 3pm General public and VIP customers Address: 59 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DZ Website: www.theperfumeshop.com Photo courtesy of The Perfume Shop

  • Treat your loved one at St Christopher’s Place this Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spend an afternoon spoiling your loved one with a luxury gift or two, followed by a romantic lunch or dinner. Tucked away from the crowds of Oxford Street, St Christopher’s Place is a hidden gem, offering an array of charming restaurants and luxury shops to visit, impressing that special someone. Shop for that perfect gift Love is in the air, and the shops at St Christopher’s Place are gearing up to make Valentine’s Day a little extra special. Visit Astrid & Miyu and design a bespoke welded bracelet, a gift that signifies ‘forever’ in any relationship. You can select the chain and charms that best suit that special someone, charms on offer include initials, birthstones, zodiacs, and fun motifs. You could have a lot of fun designing the bracelet and making it a unique and memorable gift. Head on over to the original Mulberry store, where the welcoming in-store experts will talk you through their monogramming service. Your loved one can walk away with a scarf, keyring, or strap personalised with their initials. Mulberry is timeless and their luxury products will impress even the toughest person to buy for. Whether it’s a statement gift for your Valentine, or a token of love to yourself, visit Carolina Wong for beautiful sculptural jewellery, handcrafted in London and guaranteed to turn heads. Caroline recently launched the new ‘Self Love’ jewels collection, with stunning pieces to lust after. Self-worth is just as important as celebrating your loved one, it’s the season of love after all. Female Owned Collective shop The Hour & Bleue is excited to be showcasing the ASSYA London Valentine collection, featuring sparkling Red, Pink, and Gold bracelets woven with 18ct gold vermeil chain and natural silk. Made in Italy using an old Florentine weaving technique, they are truly beautiful pieces with a variety of colours to choose from. Rituals is must must-visit for those beauty treats, a lifestyle brand that offers an extensive range of body care, home, and wellness products. Popular products include shower foams, body creams, scented candles and loungewear. Choose your gift and receive a complimentary Valentine’s Day-themed gift-wrapping service, making your gift extra special. Wining and dining Isola by San Carlo Italian Brasserie and Bar offers an exquisite Valentine’s Day menu, which includes a limited-edition dessert, the Be Happy dolci. A red velvet joconde sponge pillow with smooth strawberry and champagne mousse, topped with a strawberry-flavoured white chocolate Love heart. A dessert that is sure to have your Valentine’s eyes wide and beaming with love. Pick one of their Valentine’s Day cocktails (‘Better Together or ‘Just Be You’) and toast to the season of love. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day set menu at Harry’s Bar in the evening from the 9th – 15th of February, boasting a selection of Italian starters, mains, and desserts. The limited-edition Harry’s Valentine’s Toadstool dessert is a piece of art that will win over any sweet-toothed date. A whimsical creation for two to share, complete with white chocolate, strawberries mascarpone mousse, iced vanilla parfait, chocolate biscotti crunch, and mini strawberry ice creams! A menu fit for royalty, priced at £65pp. Finished a beautiful meal but not ready for the evening to be over? Angelique’s Wine Bar is the perfect place to grab a drink and a ‘grazing plate’. The beautiful bar offers elegance and romance to the atmosphere. Offering a full range of Rose champagne or Champagne Brut from Piper – Heidsieck, it’s the ideal destination to impress a date. For more information and to see what else is on offer at St Christopher’s Place visit www.stchristophersplace.com First two photos courtesy of Four Comms Remaining photos by Nyla Sammons

  • Commit Every Sin This Valentine’s Day At Dartmouth House

    Prepare to be whisked away into a world where love, desire, and indulgence converge at the heart of Mayfair. Dartmouth House, a Grade II-listed venue, partners with Cocktails & Conversations to present an unforgettable Valentine’s Ball on Saturday 10th February. A night that transcends boundaries, inviting both members and non-members to immerse themselves in an evening of enchantment. As you step into Dartmouth House, seven rooms come alive, each transformed to embody the allure of the seven deadly sins. Leave inhibitions at the door and enter a realm where desire takes centre stage. Whether you seek the tender embrace of love or the thrill of something more daring, the Valentine’s Ball promises an affair to remember. With each room offering a portal into a different facet of desire, the evening unfolds with sensory delights and immersive experiences. The DJ’s tunes beckon you to the dance floor, while thrilling performances captivate your senses. The black-tie dress code encourages guests to let their imaginations run wild, creating an atmosphere of sophistication and excitement. Secure your spot at this sought-after event with tickets priced at £35 for members and £40 for non-members. This entrance fee includes a welcome drink, decadent treats, and a night filled with spectacular entertainment. Immerse yourself in the captivating world crafted by Dartmouth House and Cocktails & Conversations. The Valentine’s Ball at Dartmouth House extends its arms to interdisciplinary professionals seeking an engaging and entertaining night. Joining the festivities will be members of Dartmouth House and its charitable arm, the English-Speaking Union, as well as Cocktails & Conversations enthusiasts. Non-members not only revel in the soirée but also receive a post-event Day Membership, unlocking the opportunity to return and utilise the workspaces during the day. The Valentine’s Ball is just a glimpse into the vibrant community nurtured by Dartmouth House Membership. With a diverse range of professional and entertaining functions, including exclusive events, and networking opportunities, Dartmouth House promises an ongoing journey where elegance meets excitement. Address: Dartmouth House, 37C Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED To book your ticket visit www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/party/valentines-ball-7-deadly-sins?t=ti Written by Lorna Bryn Photo courtesy of Dartmouth House

  • £10 pancakes on Pancake Day from The Table Cafe

    Pancakes! These fluffy discs of pure heaven are the perfect vessel to transport all manner of sweet and savoury toppings to our eager mouths. The much-loved and increasingly popular brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert favourites even have a day named after them. With that day fast approaching, it’s only fitting that we find the best places across the capital serving up the perfect stack of pancakes with awesome deals. Who doesn’t love a delicious bargain? This pancake day, award-winning brunch spot, The Table, is treating guests to an array of irresistible pancakes for only £10 at their Southwark and Battersea Rise branches. Their menu boasts a good selection of both sweet and savoury options. ‘So what do I choose’? I hear you cry. Lucky for you, The Capturist team are on hand to give you our recommendations. With so many tempting items on the menu, it’s hard to go wrong, but just to be sure, we ordered three to try out. The totally Instagrammable Very Berry, the vegan pumpkin pancakes and the long weekender. The Very Berry was a real stand-out dish, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, with a generous amount of strawberries, blueberry compote, summer berries, crème fraiche and maple syrup. Beautifully presented and even more delightful in the mouth. The fruit, crème fraiche and maple syrup, brought a devilish sweetness to the light and fluffy pancakes. It was indulgent and every bit worth it. The ‘Long Weekender’ was a great savoury option. Buttermilk pancakes with smashed avocado, two free-range poached eggs, chives and maple syrup with smoked salmon. I have on many occasions chosen sourdough bread, eggs and salmon for brunch, but this is the first time having pancakes as an alternative to bread when opting for this classic brunch dish. The eggs were cooked to perfection and the fluffy pancakes were a light and enjoyable alternative to bread. A winner if you prefer savoury over sweet. Last but not least were the vegan pumpkin pancakes, beautifully presented, although overpoweringly sweet. For the sweet-toothed sugar hunters out there, this one could be right up your street. All pancakes were light and airy, not stodgy, so you could easily wrap your lips around two scrumptious offerings. Our advice, try sweet and savoury, and make sure you go hungry. You won’t be disappointed. Pancake Day at The Table is currently taking reservations on 13th February. All pancakes are £10 throughout the whole day. The offering is available at: The Table Southwark 83 Southwark St, London SE1 0HX and The Table Battersea, 35-37 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG. Battersea is open until 10pm and Southwark is open until 4pm. Words and photos by Nyla Sammons

  • Find your work soulmate at Kindred this Valentine’s Day

    This Valentine’s Day, co-working space, Kindred in Hammersmith beckons Londoners to embrace connection and rediscover the joy of work friendships in its splendid Grade II-listed co-working space. Nestled on Bradmore Square, adjacent to Hammersmith tube station, Kindred transcends the boundaries of a conventional co-working space. It stands as a cultural hub, a restaurant, and a bar, inviting all to partake in its mission to foster authentic human connections. This Valentine’s Day, Kindred extends a warm invitation to all Londoners to revel in its opulent co-working space for free – a unique opportunity to work, socialise, and perhaps encounter a new “work spouse” or a lifelong friend. On Valentine’s Day (Wed 14th Feb) Kindred adds a touch of serendipity to your day with the ‘Snap & Chat’ event, where numbered cards play Cupid by randomly pairing attendees for quick-fire one-on-one conversations, whilst sipping complimentary tea and coffee. Past events at Kindred have woven the fabric of friendships, sparked businesses, and ignited creative collaborations, promising not just a productive workday but also meaningful connections that echo beyond the workspace. Kindred’s on-site all-day restaurant, Cellar, is a haven for gastronomic dishes. From the legendary Kindred burgers to vibrant power bowls and locally roasted coffee, Cellar’s menu emphasises simplicity, deliciousness, and sustainability, offering a diverse array of options for every palate. When the workday concludes, indulge in Cellar’s ‘Double Down’ offer, allowing you to savour two cocktails from their extensive list for just £14. A perfect way to unwind and celebrate the accomplishments of the day with a touch of sophistication. As the evening approaches, Kindred transforms into the backdrop for Jaz Unplugged –  featuring 5 emerging artists. Revel in the live music, savour late-night bites, and connect with fellow music enthusiasts over cocktails. Celebrate love, connections, and creativity at Kindred this Valentine’s Day. Jaz Unplugged will run from 7pm – 10:30pm. Tickets are available here . Address: Kindred, Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9BW Written by Lorna Bryn Photo courtesy of Kindred

  • The Balvenie & José Pizarro team up for Valentine’s Day

    The Balvenie has teamed up with acclaimed restaurant José Pizarro to celebrate the season of love. The craft of The Balvenie and the creativity of José Pizarro will bring a one-of-a-kind exquisite dining experience for customers to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Visit one of José Pizarro’s three London sites in the month of February and indulge in a specially crafted Valentine’s Day pairing that features two drams of The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-year-old with the Tarta de Amor, a delectable, salted caramel chocolate ganache tart designed for sharing. The Balvenie’s signature honeyed sweetness complements José’s dessert’s rich caramel, while the Tarta’s bracing notes of salt and dark cacao pick out the spiciness of the whisky’s sherry-cask finish. Opting to stay indoors to wine and dine your valentine instead? You can order a bottle of The Balvenie online , for more information, visit www.thebalvenie.com José Pizarro branches include Broadgate, Bermondsey, and the Royal Academy. For more information or to book a table, visit https://josepizarro.com/reservations

  • Visit Spitalfields E1, for Valentine’s Day & Galentine’s Day

    Set in the beating heart of the East End, Spitalfields Market has seen traders selling their wares since around 1666. Since then, the iconic market has gone from strength to strength, now home to 90 independent traders delighting visitors with contemporary and vintage fashion, music, jewellery and accessories. With a plethora of boutique shops, street food vendors, entertainment and top-notch restaurants, it’s the perfect location to spend a day with your loved one or bestie for Valentine’s Day / Galantine’s Day. Here are a few of our top picks in Spitalfields. To kick the day off with a boost, start your morning at Arabica Coffee for your caffeine fix. Skip your usual much-loved flat white and instead try out their popular Spanish latte or Kyoto latte, made hot or iced. The minimal and sleek design of the store provides a little bit of luxe while you sip on your coffee. Arabica Coffee originates from Japan, serving and roasting the best coffee from around the world. Arabica Coffee can be found on 2 Market Street. Get Pampered Whether you’re gifting yourself some well-deserved self-love, or making yourself look fabulous for a romantic evening, head on over to Townhouse for a manicure. Townhouse is currently offering customers the chance to choose a limited edition design from their Valentine’s Day collection, with bold reds, a sprinkling of hearts and some extra sparkle, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your nails the love they deserve. Townhouse is chic and stylish and the service is top-notch, it’s definitely worth a visit. Townhouse can be found on 12 Market Street. Nails done, time to give the eyebrows some love by visiting Benefit Cosmetics & BrowBar Lounge Inside you will receive a brow consultation on how best to get the eyebrows you desire, followed by a wax, tint and some little extras to get you walking out the salon with a skip in your step and a glint in your beautifully framed eyes. Benefit Cosmetics & BrowBar Lounge can be found on 49 Brushfield Street. Hit the Market Eyebrows and nails looking lush, it’s time to shop! Visit the Traders market, where you will find 90 traders, selling all sorts of unique products. Some brands to look out for include Bacanara Fashion, Ladiebirdy, Leather Republic, Elements by Nature, Artisanal Edition Poli & Jo and 33Bis. Time for a lunch date Take your date or bestie over to the relatively new Lamb Street food hub, where you will find eight vendors serving a range of different cuisines. We have to highlight Pizza Guys for their mouth-watering authentic Italian pizza, unique flavours and some of the best vegan options around. Get there just before lunch, to miss out on the long queues! Pizza Guys can be found on Lamb Street. Boutique shopping Tummies full of butterflies and pizza, it’s time for a little V-Day treat. With a range of unique high-end shops, you are guaranteed to find something special on your visit. Here are some of our favourites. Astrid & Miyu – where you can choose from their stunning range of dainty and stylish jewellery, or create a bespoke bracelet in one of the shop’s two welding stations to create a unique piece of jewellery to celebrate love. Alternatively, you may opt for one of their stackable pieces, which has quickly built up cult status in the fashion world. Astrid and Miyu can be found on 6 Market Street Coachtophia – You can find unique handbags and accessories, crafted from recycled, repurposed, or renewable materials. Look out for the Checkerboard Ergo bags, which have been woven from Coach leather scraps at one of their warehouses. The staff in the store are so passionate about building towards a better future and you will be wowed by the designs in the store. Coachtophia can be found on 41 Brushfield Street. Malin + Goetz – Treat your skin to some well-deserved skin care products that are cruelty-free and both gentle and effective at Malin + Goetz. They also sell candles, perfect for a cozy evening indoors with your loved one. Malin + Goetz can be found on 45 Brushfield Street. RAINS – Inside you will find minimalistic and stylish outerwear, you will see a conceptual-meets-functional design approach with their collections. RAINS can be found on 39 Brushfield Street. RAINS can be found on 39 Brushfield St. Time for some fun Shopping complete, but you’ve got some spare time to kill before dinner? Challenge each other to a game of shuffleboard at Players Social, over a glass or two of your favourite cocktail whilst working up an appetite. You can enjoy a 60-minute game of shuffleboard, where you can unleash your competitive side. Players Social can be found on 1 Crispin Place. Cozy up with some sharing plates Finish your day by ordering a few small and sharing plates at Alfi, the newest opening at Spitalfields. Whether it’s at their market-side tables surrounded by festoon lights or in a cozy corner indoors with candle lights. Alfi’s delicious anti-pasti-inspired dishes will have you wishing the day wouldn’t end. Toast to love and a splendid day in Spitalfields. Alfi can be found on 3 Crispin Place. For more information visit www.spitalfields.co.uk Instagram: @SpitalfieldsE1 Words and photos by Nyla Sammons

  • Hithe and Seek – Review

    If you’re looking for a meal with an exceptional view look no further than Hithe & Seek, situated in the Westin Hotel overlooking the Thames. We visited for their new collaboration with esteemed wine Shoreditch writer Hannah Crosbie and were thrilled when she came and introduced herself and welcomed us to the evening along with the Head Chef Fabio De Paulis. Together they have created a tongue in cheek menu for lovers – “The Fully Monty” six small plates to share with wine pairings and a “Dalston Clover Club” Cocktail for £99 per person. We started with the “Catfish” – exactly what it said on the tin as Torched King Oyster Mushroom appeared as scallops with oyster leaf and parsnip puree, a great amuse bouche and a giggle to start the evening. This was paired with Tattinger Nocturne, a really sweet blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which went well with the soft flavours of the mushroom. This was followed by “The Anniversary” a delicious and moreish sea bass carpaccio dusted with compressed tomato, a stunning basil crumble and champagne granita paired with Balfour Skye’s Chardonnay. “My- Type- on -Paper” was one of our favourites, a Langoustine and smoked cheese Risotto with a citrus bisque foam, a really generous portion with a dark fruity red in M Chapoutier, Gigondas from the Rhone. We followed up with the “Booty Call” basically a kebab but pimped up : a lamb shish with mint tzatziki and Padron Peppers. We didn’t have much room for “The Ex” – a chocolate shell filled with mango mousse. The meal was a real delight and is served until 9th March. Fabio mentioned there will be more collabs to come so we will be returning! Book at www.hitheandseek.com Address: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD Written by Claire Selby Photos courtesy of Robson Media

  • Spitalfields E1 is celebrating London’s fashion – 17-18 February

    London Fashion Week is around the corner! Glitz, glamour, new season collections and lots of celebrity spotting, we can’t wait! Spitalfields E1 is getting into the spirit this weekend and celebrating London’s fashion and creativity during London Fashion Week with promotions and activations across its shops and foodie spots over the weekend of 17-18 February. The weekender, named “Spitalfields’ Love Letter To Fashion” , will celebrate Spitalfields Market’s rich and vibrant history as the capital’s fashion hub. What to look out for: This year On|Off will support trailblazing fashion designer Jack Irving. The full catwalk and designs from the new collection will be presented on big screens in the heart of Spitalfields Market throughout 17-18 February. Coachtopia is partnering with Top Cuvée to serve Canetta canned wine within store to their customers. Italian restaurant Alfi will be offering a complimentary antipasti of your choice with any drink order across the weekend Gluten-free fish & chip spot Wicked Fish over on foodie hub Lamb Street will offer all customers a free drink with any meal. Ebby’s Kitchen on Lamb Street will offer their customers a Falafel & Halloumi Fries Combo Box + Drink meal deal for £ 13.50. Brother Marcus is doing a special collaboration with Malin + Goetz for the month of February with a bespoke Bergamot White Negroni Cocktail and sweet. For each cocktail purchase guests will also receive a luxury sample from Malin + Goetz. For more information on London Fashion Week at Spitalfields, visit www.spitalfields.co.uk Photo courtesy of Jack Irving

  • Riviera Restaurant in Mayfair – Review

    The Zandi brothers’ founders of Emerald hospitality group have an impressive array of London restaurants under their belt, the outstanding Zuaya, Como Garden and El Norte restaurants have caught the attention of many Londoners and visitors. With incredible Latin American, Italian and Spanish dishes expertly brought to eager diners, they have turned their attention to southern French cuisine in their latest restaurant Riviera. With their track record to date, our expectations are high. The restaurant is located in a beautiful building, just a short walk from Green Park station. An escalator transports you upwards into a beautiful space with windows running from the floor to the high ceilings, flooding the space with beautiful natural light. Earth-ware vases and pots, cosy wicker and upholstered bucket chairs, and organic colour schemes are inspired by the likes of St Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Antibes. The Cote D’azur glamour of the elegant dining area and the chic marble-topped, bar will take your breath away. Guests can expect authentic Mediterranean flavours at Riviera such as Black Truffle Slow-cooked Baby Chicken and Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Burrata and Blood Orange, and Veal Ragu Rigatoni. We started with the King Scallop, two generous-sized scallops bathed in a delicious citrus butter, it was cooked beautifully, a perfect start to the meal, but gone in few mouthfuls… It’s so good you may contemplate ordering another. Next up was the Riviera Sea Bass, an absolute standout dish! The fish was soft and flakey, perched on a juicy bed of flavousome roasted mixed tomatoes, an absolute delight! Beautifully presented and exactly what I would expect from this high-end restaurant. It’s become almost a ritual for me to go halves on two desserts with my dining partner. This avoids the inevitable food envy and, well, who doesn’t want to try two desserts? The quintessentially French tarte tatin, was an obvious choice for me, and my dining partner chose the Vegan Chocolate Tart with Homemade Coconut Milk, it was the latter which really took us by surprise. The lightest chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted, yet deeply chocolatey and impossible to put your spoon down for a second. We crossed spoons over this delicious dessert almost like fencing partners duelling to the death. It was the perfect end to such a decadent meal. If the French Riviera feels like a little too far to travel for dinner, at least you can relish in a taste of southern France a little closer to home. The food is exquisite and the decor is just stunning. I didn’t expect anything less from the Zandi brothers! Hats off to them, I will excitedly watch this space to see what they embark on next. Address: 23 St James’s St, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1HA Website: www.riviera-london.co.uk Words and photos by Nyla Sammons

  • MINISO opens its largest UK flagship store in Camden

    Miniso has delighted us with another store opening in London, this time popping up on Camden High Street, which is now the largest UK flagship store. Spanning across an expansive 4,110 square feet, the store has so much to offer! Cute and adorable plushies, stationery, toys, accessories, snacks and beauty products. The new Camden store will be the first store to have dedicated zones for key ranges such as Sanrio, beauty, snacks and Blind Box collectibles. Keep an eye out for the newly launched beauty + self-care line, featuring nail polishes, face masks, perfumes, and make-up. You will find so many affordable products in store, so be prepared to stock up and shop to your heart’s content. Website: https://minisoshop.co.uk Address: 213-219 Camden High St. Camden, London, NW1 8QR Photos courtesy of Miniso

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