CELEBRATE CHOCOLATE WEEK HERE: Bluebird Chelsea
It’s Chocolate Week. This year, Bluebird Chelsea has teamed up with Tony’s Chocolonely to create an all-chocolate afternoon tea. Available until Sunday, it is a chocolate-infused, three-tiered afternoon tea laden with Tony’s creations. Exec pastry chef Curtis Poole has created a series of inventive confectionery-themed desserts including: a golden half-sphere using Tony’s Dark Chocolate filled with chocolate yuzu and popping candy; a creamy choux bun filled with Tony’s Milk Hazelnut; a tart filled with ganache made with Tony’s Milk Caramel Sea Salt chocolate; and a bar of Tony’s Milk Honey Almond Nougat. The treats will be enjoyed alongside scones enhanced with White Raspberry Popping Candy chocolate served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, plus a variety of quintessentially British sandwiches.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU; until 20th October
STOCK UP ON TREATS HERE: Canopy Market
Canopy Market in King’s Cross is also celebrating Chocolate Week. The weekly event will host a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under West Handyside Canopy’s beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof. With a focus on exceptional bean-to-bar craft chocolate, visitors will be able to sample rare and unusual award-winning single origin chocolate bars. The line-up, curated by Cocoa Runners, will also give visitors an opportunity to meet the international chocolate specialists selling their wares.
West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C 4BZ; 18th-20th October
HAVE AN AUTUMNAL ROAST HERE: D&D London
As part of D&D London’s ‘Into The Wild’ autumn campaign, a number of its restaurants are offering guests unlimited free top-ups of Clarendelle Rouge wine to accompany their traditional Sunday roasts. Bluebird Chelsea and Bluebird White City will be serving generous roasts with an array of seasonal trimmings and plenty of gravy; Aster’s extravagant brunch comprises bottomless starters, one main course per person, plus unlimited desserts; at New Street Grill there is unlimited meat alongside the free wine top-ups; and the Southbank Centre’s Skylon will be serving 14-day aged Aberdeen Angus and Hereford beef sirloin and Suffolk Texel cross lamb served with bottomless roast King Edward potatoes.
Aster, 150 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB; Bluebird Café White City, Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR; Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU; New Street Warehouse, 16 New Street, City, EC2M 4TR; Skylon, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; 20th October
SOAK UP A SAKE-FUELLED DINNER HERE: Evelyn’s Table
Evelyn’s Table, the intimate kitchen-bar in the converted wine cellar of The Blue Posts pub in Soho, launches ‘Sundays at Evelyn’s’ this weekend. Head chef Luke Robinson has worked with a range of drink suppliers to create a four-course dinner designed to match perfectly with carefully chosen partners. This week sees boutique sake brand Enter Sake pair its wares with an Italian-influenced seafood menu. We like the sound of flame-grilled mackerel with mackerel tartare, kohlrabi and smoked dressing, matched with Enter Sake’s Sookuu, a weighty sake made with clear spring water from Fushimi.
28 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DJ; 20th October
GET WINTRY HERE: John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street
This Friday, John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street will launch a fairground experience in the sky as the flagship branch’s rooftop transforms into ‘The Winter Carnival’. Enter a world of illumination for Insta-moments, winter games, Americana street food, seasonal cocktails and more. Rooftop guests are invited to battle it out with friends and family on the curling lane, where a mounted Google Pixel, specifically designed to take night-sight imagery, will capture the action. A free ‘Google Claw Machine’ will have guests reaching for prizes before jumping onto static fairground horses and into bumper cars. Rustling up an American feast, Jimmy Garcia will be cooking at the Carnival Diner, serving sharing dishes such as popcorn shrimp and loaded corn dogs.
300 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1DX; 18th October-5th January
PRETEND YOU’RE IN MEXICO HERE: The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough is bringing Mexico to its Library Bar as it gears up for a Day of the Dead party on 2nd November. The Library Bar has been decorated with art from famous Mexican artists and has a new menu focused on the finest tequila and mezcal. Drinks include the ‘Mayahuel Margarita’, made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver tequila shaken with fresh lime juice, lemon and spice punch poured over one rock in a half-salted glass. The bar will be decorated with altares de muertos (Day of the Dead altars), alongside traditional figurines and calavera (skulls). The celebrations will end with a closing party on the weekend of the Day of the Dead, when a live DJ will perform from 8pm to 1am, playing a mix of reggaeton and Mexican deep house. Face-painting artists will also be on hand.
Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, SW1X 7TA; until 2nd November
TAKE YOUR KIDS FOR AFTERNOON TEA HERE: The Langham
The Langham’s pastry chefs have designed a special afternoon tea for younger foodies. The team has partnered with Daunt Books so children can select a new book from a curated library before they sit down to dine. Conceived for creative young minds, the tea is interactive, with the first course made up of savoury jigsaw-puzzle sandwiches. This is followed by treats that bring the fun of the seaside to the plate: a bucket-and-spade strawberry cheesecake; an apricot sorbet, vanilla ice-cream and white chocolate ice-lolly; and a marshmallow-and-biscuit beach ball. Adults can enjoy the hotel’s contemporary take on afternoon tea, ‘SeasonaliTea’, which uses fine ingredients to create tasty savouries and delicious patisseries.
1C Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1JA
WATCH THIS: Official Secrets
In 2003, as politicians in Britain and the US angle to invade Iraq, GCHQ translator Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) leaks a classified email that urges spying on members of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war. Charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act, and facing imprisonment, Katharine and her lawyers set out to defend her actions. With her life, liberty and marriage threatened, she must stand up for what she believes in. Also stars Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes.
In cinemas now
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Girl Who Fell
In this new play, mother and chaplain Thea is battling the fallout from her daughter’s suicide. Sam misbehaved online, and Thea did something she will always regret. Blamed by herself and others, she embarks on a mission to comprehend what Sam went through and where, if anywhere, she is now. She’s joined by offbeat teen twins Lenny and Billie, plus Gil – a lost soul whose life collides with theirs in a way that will change everything. The most dangerous step towards understanding Sam’s death is right around the corner, and Thea’s awakening is not at all what she, or anyone, could imagine.
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, Westminster, SW1A 2DY; until 23rd November
DRINK RUM HERE: Trader Vic’s
On Friday, Trader Vic’s will lay on the ultimate tiki cocktail party, as it hosts The Hukilau’s London tiki-takeover. Together for one night only, there will be top tiki talent and rum experts from around the world, who’ve come over as part of UK Rum Fest. The Hukilau, regarded as the world’s largest tiki cocktail party, was born in the US 16 years ago, when friends who met on tiki forums arranged a rum-laden meet-up that morphed into an all-out celebration. Making the trip this time are mixologists from the world-renowned Mai-Kai in the US, Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick (Paris), Oriol Elias (Barcelona), as well as bartenders from London’s Laki Kane and Trailer Happiness. Regular and sample-sized cocktails, street food and à la carte dining options will be available on the night, with cocktail masterclasses taking place throughout the evening.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE; 18th October
BE A VIP HERE: South Kensington Club
South Kensington Club is a private members club inspired by health and a sense of adventure. Social facilities include the Mediterranean-inspired Club Restaurant, a lounge and cocktail bar, the Voyager Room and a south-facing terrace. Wellness aspects of the club include a state-of-the-art gym, fitness studios and treatment cabins, as well as a bathhouse spa with a Turkish hammam, Russian banya and plunge pools, two private banya suites, a watsu pool and a tea library to relax and unwind in. This month, SL VIPs get free full access to the members club when dining at the Club Restaurant. Not yet a VIP? Sign up using the link below.
38-42 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ND; until 30th November
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