Category: Events

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

Hop Stuff Brewery will be returning to Craft Beer Rising for the second year in a row to showcase their awesome range of craft beers. At stand 40 you’ll find James Yeomans, Hop Stuff’s founder, and some of his bearded, beer loving team; Jack Vanderstten and Alex Daulby. Pouring pints of their classic brews; Renegade, Unfiltered Pils, APA and their latest launch, the Four Hour Session, Craft Beer Rising is the perfect opportunity to sample the crowd funded brewery’s range

Hop Stuff’s return follows their recent expansion, growing 400% over the past 3 years. After their crowdfunding success raising £244,850 above their £500,000 target, and a raft of new appointments Hop Stuff Brewery are ready to showcase their latest products and plans.

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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange, encouraging people around the world to embrace a more gender-inclusive world. In support and celebration, Gaucho Restaurants will be launching#GauchoForWomen, their very own International Women’s Month. The month will consist of an inspiring series of insightful and thought-provoking events held at Gaucho locations across London hosted by business women at the top of their game.

The events will begin on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8th of March) with Women in Hospitality, a fascinating talk and lunch with two of the hospitality industry’s leading women; Tracey Matthews, COO of Gaucho, and Zuleika Fennell, MD of Corbin and King. Both women will give invaluable insight into being the boss in a largely male-dominated industry.


Continuing the celebration will be events such as Women & Cognac at Gaucho City on the 16th of March, a specially curated tasting event where guests will learn how to pair dishes with cognac from Courvoisier’s Global Brand Ambassador, Rebecca Asseline. On 30th March Madeleine Calon Vice President of Golden Keys and Head Concierge at St James’s Hotel and Club will reveal the inside story on the working life of a leading hotel concierge.


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The events taking place during March are as follows:


Women in Hospitality with Tracey Matthews (COO - Gaucho) & Zuleika Fennell (MD - Corbin & King)

Gaucho Piccadilly, Lunch - Wednesday 8th March

12.00-2.00pm - £30pp


PR in Hospitality Workshop with Shelley Sofier (MD - Red Kite PR)

Gaucho Broadgate, Dinner - Thursday 9th March

6.30-10.00pm - £40pp


The Evolving Role of the Executive Assistant with Lucy Brazier (CEO & Founder of Executive

Secretary Magazine)

Gaucho Chancery Lane, Dinner - Friday 10th March

7.00-10.00pm - £50pp


Women & Cognac hosted by Rebecca Asseline (Global Brand Ambassador - Courvoisier)

Gaucho City - Thursday 16th March,

6.30-8.30pm - £10pp


Yoga & Detox Breakfast (Nina Hearne)

Gaucho Richmond, Sunday 19th March

9.30-11.30am - £25pp @ninawithcurves


Women in Whisky hosted by Alwynne Gwilt (The Balvenie Brand Ambassador)

Gaucho Tower Bridge, Whisky & Chocolate Masterclass

Wednesday 22nd March, 6.30-8.30pm - £15pp


Life as a Concierge with Madeleine Calon (Vice President of the Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain and Head Concierge St. James’ Hotel & Club)

Gaucho Piccadilly, Dinner

Thursday 30th March, 7.00-10.00pm - £40pp

‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’

One of the greatest gothic tales of all time will come to life in the eerily atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall in an extraordinary new production of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, from 7 – 18 March.

The original story was written when Shelley was just 18 years old, and tells the tale of Frankenstein, a young scientist who brings a gruesome body to life. Cast out into a hostile world, Frankenstein’s creature searches for his true identity and, on realising how he came to be, learns the pain of rejection and broken promises.

Vengeful, dangerous and in bloodthirsty pursuit of his maker, the creature threatens to destroy Frankenstein and the lives of everyone he loves. This brand new version of Shelley’s immortal tale is directed by Eleanor Rhode and reimagined by Tristan Bernays (writer and director of Teddy, winner of Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards and of Boudica at the Globe Theatre this coming autumn).

Tristan says ‘‘I love monsters because they remind us what it is to be human- Frankenstein is a truly great monster story and I’m thrilled to be bringing this adaptation to the ethereal and atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall.’’

A transfer from the award winning, internationally renowned Watermill Theatre where it enjoyed a successful short run in 2016, George Fletcher and Rowena Lennon perform this take on a powerful and dark masterpiece that explores the timeless relationship between parent and child, isolation, prejudice and revenge and speaks to our modern society.


Dates: 7 – 18 March

Times: 7:30pm plus selected 2:30pm, 6:30pm & 9pm shows

Prices: £10 - £20

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A line of gentlemen in black stand striking against the light wood panelling behind. Looking smooth, suave and sophisticated, there's no mistaking the Velsvoir man.

Inside Mayfair's opulent Westbury Hotel, Velsvoir unveil 'Nightfall,' a collection celebrating the rich decadence and beauty of darkness. In this block colour palette, everything looks sleek, sharp and cohesive.

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From afar these figures cast a mysterious silhouette, one tall shadow of a man. But up close, the eye is drawn to finer details revealing expert craftsmanship and taste.

There is a strong focus on texture. Fabrics are chosen to harmonise against each other yet create a distinct barrier between pieces. This is achieved through the use of matte and silky finishes.

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Knitted polo-necks are worn under tailored blazers in subtle brocade patterns. Slim-fit trousers are styled with dapper monk-strap shoes. However, a contemporary fur lined cape provides a diversion from the traditional gentleman's look.

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For this LFWM season, we are also treated to a first from the brand - their debut into nightwear. A full pin-stripe pyjama suit glimmers under the dim lights. A smart dressing gown is styled as a coat over shirt and trousers. And a luxuriously opulent smoking jacket offers something a little fancier.

'Nightfall' is an overall tempting collection, promising a life of extravagance for the wearer.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer |