THE DAY OF THE DEAD SWEEPS OVER ARCHER STREET
Mexico Comes To Soho
The downstairs area at one of London’s most popular haunts has been transformed into a Mexican nightmare. Themed around the Day of the Dead, Archer Street will certainly be one of the most frightening places this Halloween.
The deadly paradise will have rustic walls covered in skulls of the dead and Mexican artefacts, ponchos and sombreos and there will be crates of fresh fruit, reminiscent of Mexican street markets. Guests will be invited to place a secret selection of mouth-watering fruits into a brown paper bag, ready for one of the venues skilled bartenders to rustle up a deadly margarita.
In true Mexican tradition, the downstairs, Don Julio Bar shall be serving tequila cocktails, which will be out of this world. Head down if you dare!
LONDON CHOCOLATE WEEK & CHOCOLATE FASHION SHOW
14th-20th October 2013
Various locations around London
This week is Chocolate Week in London. Heaven for all Chocolate Lovers, whether it is milk, white, dark, soya, there will be the best selection from the finest Chocolatiers both from the U.K and abroad. Various quirky chocolate events will be hosted around the Capital in collaboration with specific restaurants, bars and organizations. Special events to looks out for include Chocolate Graffiti where the world’s leading street artists create Chocolate Graffiti; the pairing of fine Tequila with chocolate; Chocolate Cocktail making; Chocolate Ecstasy Tours; Chocolate Afternoon Tea and even meeting the owner of a cocoa-producing plantation.
Thornton's the infamous British chocolatier has a quirky Chocolate themed afternoon tea for the rest of this month at the Park Lane Hotel. The chocolate scones, chocolate rasberry jam and chocolate themed French pastries, including a yummy Rasberry cheesecake bombe with malted white chocolate biscuit is delicious. Also included are mini ciabattas and paninis. Set in an art deco room with a live harpist playing fabulous chill out music whilst you can enjoy the tea.
The finale of the amazing week will be ‘Salon Du Chocolat’ held at Olympia at the weekend. For the first time ever in London, this infamous Chocolate Show will bring together an impressive line up of chocolatiers, pastry chefs and celebrity chefs which include those from the exquisite restaurants Fat Duck, Lima, Hakkasan and Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saison.
The World famous Chocolate Fashion Show from Salon Du Chocolat will showcase a collection of couture chocolate dresses designed by top designers and chocolatiers. Also at the show there will be a Chocolate Spa, Chocolate Atelier, a Chocolate Exhibition, Chocolate installations, demonstrations and workshops. So much chocolate under one roof, this event is one surely not to be missed. Stock up on Xmas pressies and indulge to your heart’s content, don’t think about the calories or your waistline. Enjoy the chocolate extravaganza.
For tickets to the fabulous Chocolate Show and more details please click here.
3 – 21 October, 2013
Now in its 5th Year, some 350 restaurants will take part in the Capital’s biggest restaurant festival, where great value FESTIVAL MENUS are created by chefs to give food-lovers the chance to try new restaurants. New for 2013, London Restaurant Festival (LRF) is proud to announce that television presenter Jonathan Ross will be hosting a special film event in partnership with BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. The ticket price includes a cocktail reception, the screening and a three-course dinner with wine.
Over the two-week period there will be various events pioneered by the LRF including restaurant-hopping tours. This year there are three to choose from: TAPAS TOURS, CICCHETTI TRAILS and JAPANESE JOURNEYS take place over the weekends of the festival. For each of the tours, a passport will be used to redeem a dish and a drink in each of the participating venues.
The LRF GOURMET ODYSSEY – London’s most original gastronomic road trip, returns with three tours where guests have a course in different restaurants, including a first for the much-talked-about Shard restaurants: Aqua Shard and Hutong.The Masters Gourmet Odyssey includes Benares and Wild Honey; On the Discovery Gourmet Odyssey, guests will eat at Social Eating House, Gymkhana and Picture.
GRAZE lets food-lovers enjoy all the best restaurants in one area. The Graze passport is valid for the whole festival period. Taking place separately in the West End, In the City and Up North, the passport gives a complimentary drink when you visit each of the 10 or 12 participating restaurants for a small plate (from the Graze Menu).
New to LRF 2013 is SUNDAY BEST, an exclusive event for American Express Cardmembers, where guests will have the opportunity to dine at some of the most celebrated restaurants in town, in the company of the chefs. SUNDAY BEST will see renowned chefs including Jason Atherton, Theo Randall, Angela Hartnett, Mark Sergeant and Marianne Lumb all cook one-off Sunday lunches, followed by a meet and greet with guests.
LRF is a city-wide celebration of London's Restaurants and Chefs. For tickets and reservations click here.