Category: Events

Walk tall. Flex your muscles. Talk in a deep voice. Do you feel like a real man now?

Wellcome Collection’s next late night event on 7 April will be wrestling with emotions and exploring the complex science of masculinity. Artists and experts will sit alongside drag kings and choirs to challenge every assumption about what it means to be macho, from the celebratory to the damaging.

Event highlights include:

  • BROMANCE, a rolling drag king cabaret curated by Milk Presents, with live performance from LoUiS CYfer, The Great White Males, and many more special guests. Visitors can create their own king persona with costumes, packing materials, make-up and expert advice on tap throughout the night.
  • Real Men Used to Cry: an expert talk busting the myths about men and emotion, tracing the history of male mental distress and challenging the dominant depictions of masculinity.
  • Talks from the Domestic Violence Intervention Project and the GREAT Men Initiative, two organisations seeking to tackle negative and damaging manifestations of masculinity in our society.
  • Pop-up choir performances by Chaps Choir and barbershop group Capital Chorus, artist-led making activities and interactive games inspired by real testosterone research.
  • A long table discussion on why femininity in a male body can be so threatening and an interactive experience from Wellcome Collection’s youth programme, RawMinds, created in collaboration with award-winning theatre company non zero one.

This is a special late-night event and the bar will be open all night. The majority of activities are drop-in but some talks and activities require booking. Online booking will be available from 11.00 on Friday 31 March.

Macho? will take place on Friday 7 March 2017, 19.00-23.00 at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.

This Spring the Pig & Butcher in Islington will be launching a new series of monthly supper clubs, each showcasing one of the restaurant’s producers and farmers. The specially curated feasts will focus on provenance and celebration of the suppliers produce by taking it from farm to fork, working side by side with Head Chef Michael Chan to create one-off dishes.

Kicking off the series will be a dinner with long term partners and good friends of the Pig & Butcher, Chart Farm, a family run farm near Sevenoaks, Kent who share the same passion and pride for the highest quality seasonal produce. On Wednesday 15th March, Simon Maynard will host an evening showcasing his rare breed of venison, Fallow Venison and Sika Venison.

The following months will see Paddock Farm in Oxfordshire and their Native Tamworth pigs and a showcase of beer fed Dexter beef from Duchess Farm, Hertfordshire. A meat-lovers dream, the evening will be dedicated to the various cuts promoting the different textures and flavours from the 65-day aged beef. Sixth-generation agriculturalist Oscar Harding from the farm will be in attendance to share his wealth of knowledge and love of his herd.

Our chain of independent farmers and suppliers who share our ethos for quality and sustainability are crucial to everything we do. The series of dinner will give diners an intimate look at our relationship with them by creating one-off menus showcasing their produce.” says Scott and Maria Hunter, Founders of Pig & Butcher.

The Pig & Butcher’s private dining room will act as the backdrop for each feast, with long sharing tables, guests will enjoy dishes with matching wines hand picked by Giles James, from Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest established winery.

Series events:
27th April – Duchess Farm, dishes based on slow cooked and underused cuts from Oscar Harding’s personal herd. Cuts will come from an 8-year-old cow raised on the untouched pastures of the farm and has been finished on beer grain and beer from Redchurch Brewery, Hackney.

25th May – Paddock Farm, Oxfordshire, will join the team in May showcasing the Tamworth pig, one of the oldest pig breeds in the world and a direct descendent of the wild boar.

29th July – Pop-up lunch at Duchess Farm. Embarking from the Pig & Butcher, guests will visit the farm to take in the surroundings and experience first hand how the farm interacts with the environment. On arrival, John ‘the poacher’ will give guests a guided tour of the main house and share his expertise on the wildlife and foraged foods, before a communal lunch featuring produce available on the farm including rabbit, crayfish, foraged herbs and Dexter beef.

24th August – Lake District Farmers Co-operative gather some of the best produce in the country from the surrounding Cumbrian farms. On the night, the Pig & Butcher team will base their menu around the new seasons milk fed ‘rose’ veal from Gatelands Farm in Penrith and Herdwick Lamb from Millbeck Farm in Ambleside.

28th September – Game Night, to welcome in the beginning of Game season, the menu on 28th will incorporate all the new seasons’ game from the Fells and Moors to the table.

To Book Please Contact:

Phone: 020 7226 8304
Address: Pig & Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, London, N1 0QD
Twitter / Instagram: @pigandbutcher

Opening Times:
Monday to Wednesday5pm - 11pm
Thursday5pm – 12am
Friday and Saturday12pm – 12 am
Sunday12pm - 11pm

Samarkand, the first Uzbek destination restaurant in London, has announced a schedule of free cocktail masterclasses launching this week. Called #TillTheLastDrop, the series has been devised by Bar and Restaurant Manager at the Silk Road inspired venue, Fabio Immovilli.

Immerse yourself in exotic flavour combinations amidst glamorous surroundings while you discover the provenance behind some of the world’s most classic cocktails alongside contemporary interpretations. Open to cocktail lovers, industry experts and journalists, each free event will be joint hosted by an exciting drinks brand currently leading the way in drink innovation. At every tasting, you’ll learn all the trade secrets from the professionals that will see you mixing the perfect creation in no time at all.

The #TillTheLastDrop series kicks off this Wednesday with an evening hosted by George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila  Brand Ambassador and renowned mixologist Sam Plummer. As well as the masterclass, guests will explore the history of tequila and mescal whilst enjoying four distant margarita expressions (£6.50 each) designed by Fabio and his team.

You can join The #TillTheLastDrop masterclass series on:

Tuesday 28th February, 7pm – 9pm

Fat Tuesday – Vodka Masterclass with Vestal’s William Borrell

Also known as Shrove Day or Mardi Gras Day, Fat Tuesday is a traditional day of indulgence ahead of Lent. Samarkand invite you to join them for an evening of libatious hedonism and to discover new vodkas hitting the UK this year.

The Vestal Vodka masterclass will be hosted by founder and owner William Borrell who will open the evening with the history of vodka and the brand. A Vestal sharpener will get taste buds flowing, followed by a look at the new premium vodka range. Samarkand have designed a dedicated Vestal Vodka menu for the evening for only £6.50 per cocktail.

For that little something extra on Fat Tuesday, Samarkand’s kitchen will be treating guests to servings of the on-trend ‘paczki’ (polish donuts) that have foodies queuing around the block from bakeries in the States.

For those who would like to extend their stay after the class, guests can continue their gastronomic journey in the restaurant or sample the new signature cocktails in the stunning Silk Road bar.

More events to announced in the coming weeks. Book your place on one of these cocktail adventures online ( or by phone at 020 3871 4969.

Samarkand, 33 Charlotte St London W1T 1RR


On International Women's Day (March 8th) The Mayfair Collective are launching 'The Women's Space' - a unique hub designed to celebrate and facilitate women of achievement.

Taking place in a two-storey Edwardian townhouse and endorsed by the founding members and retailers of Mount Street, the concept will merge a lively and inclusive co-working space with an event space equipped to host a schedule of daily talks and events for members to attend.

Many of the retailers of Mount Street will be taking part, hosting talks and contributing to panel discussions and the full programme of events will be available on 28 February.

Complimentary membership will be available following completion of an online application (link below).

The Women's Space is a week long pop-up forming part of The Mayfair Collective, a year-long initiative of talks and workshops aimed at those interested in fashion, culture, business and the arts.


The Women’s Space will take place at 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K, 8th-16th March 2017

For more information, visit

For complimentary membership, please visit the EventBrite link


The Mayfair Collective

5, Carlos Place

Mayfair, W1K 3AP

Open from 8th – 16th March, 8am – 9pm daily

Yesterday ESI Media announced the launch of the London Evening Standard Food Month, a month-long, city-wide festival celebrating the capital’s diverse and influential food scene.

Encompassing every corner of the city, this exciting new food festival will celebrate the dynamic London food scene and the world’s culinary capital.

With hundreds of events throughout June, featuring everything from fine dining and street food, to cafés and late-night eateries, this culinary celebration will simultaneously promote awareness around food waste and food hunger with The Felix Project; official charity partner for the festival.

London is unquestionably the greatest eating city on earth Tom Parker Bowles, Creative Director of London Food Month Renowned food writers Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles take on their roles as creative directors of the festival. Together, they will curate a full programme that will see hundreds of events take place throughout the capital during the month of June.

Chefs, restaurants, hotels, food trucks, cafés, bars and more will participate and celebrate in the best that the London food scene has to offer. In addition to this, Fay Maschler, the London Evening Standard’s longest-standing critic and much-loved journalist, will be curating a definitive list of her 50 favourite places to eat in London in 2017.

We’ll be eating the entire world, in one city, 24 hours a day. London loves food and we’re here to prove it - Grace Dent, Creative Director of London Food Month

The centrepiece of London Food Month will be the Night Market, a bustling outdoor dining experience held at an iconic London park over 12 summer nights. Starting June 7 and inspired by the global street food scene, the Night Market will feature up to 50 restaurants, food trucks, bars and live entertainment, from the iconic to the up-and-coming. Full details, including the venue and ticket sales, will be announced in April.

London Food Month will also include exclusive events with internationally-renowned chefs, from the impressive roster of international and British talent, during rare UK appearances. Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and founder of Food for Soul, is the first chef to be announced to take part in London Food Month, collaborating with The Felix Project.

London is a hub of gastronomy and one of my favourite cities. Thanks to the partnership with the Felix Project, we will be able to create healthier meals from humble ingredients for those who need it most - Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy and founder of Food for Soul.

The full schedule of events and official partners will be featured in the London Food Month programme that will be distributed with the London Evening Standard on May 2. Registration runs from February 21 to March 22. To register your interest, visit