Category: Food & Drink

Once Christmas is over, the tree is taken down and the last coffee cream-flavoured chocolate has been put out of its misery, it’s time to think about your summer holiday. This might seem like a tall order, especially when you’re looking over your bank and credit card statements, but good financial planning starts early. It also (unfortunately) starts with the boring part – paying off debt!

Spend January working on your Christmas debt

Hopefully, you don’t have too much debt because you used a budget calculator before Christmas last year to avoid overspending. Even if you’re pretty much in the black, you may still have some lingering credit card balances or a small overdraft, so work on reducing or eliminating these hangers-on so that you’re as free as possible.

Have a dry month

Everyone else is doing Dry January, so why not follow the crowds for once? You might find you have no choice anyway if all your mates have sworn themselves off the sauce until February! Think about how much you spend on those cheeky Martinis after work on a Wednesday, as well as how much more you spend on a Saturday, then put these amounts towards debts or savings. Don’t live like a hermit, though, or you’ll end up splurging sometime around January 20 and you’ll ruin all your good work. Organise a cheap pot luck night or have an evening of board games.

Start thinking about next Christmas

Seriously. You can’t start early enough! Scour the sales for anything that you know will come in handy next Christmas. Only buy it if it’s got a steep discount (at least 50% off) and won’t go off or look dated by December. If you’ve already stolen a bit of a march here, then you won’t feel so restricted when you think about summer hols.

Start looking for cheap flights

If you have a destination in mind, or even if you don’t, then start looking for flights and accommodation deals. Depending on the season you plan to travel in, there’s an ideal flight booking window of time. For summer it’s around 45-50 days before the date of travel, so you do have some wiggle room. Of course, you might prefer to hold out for a last-minute deal, but if you don’t know what the going rates for flights and villas are, then you won’t know a good deal when you see one.

Deposit savings into an international card or account

If you know which currency you’ll be using on your holiday, then you can start converting small amounts as you save them. If you turn down a night out, convert the £40 you would have spent into your destination currency. If you decide to buy fewer cakes and coffees at lunchtime at work, then deposit the £2, £3 and so on into your prepaid international card. Watch out for Brexit news, because whatever happens it’ll affect the value of the pound and it might be worth converting your travel money into Sterling and back again if there are big movements.

2019 marks 500 years since the city of Havana was founded. In this auspicious year, a London pop up experience is celebrating in the quintessentially Cuban way -  with live music, salsa dancing, and rum. Having launched in late 2018, Last Nights Of Havana brings the distinctive tastes, sounds and spirit of pre-revolution Cuba to Tobacco Dock and is the perfect place to pay homage to this legendary city.

Originally known as Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, 1519 was the year in which Havana was founded by Spanish settlers, making it the seventh village of Cuba. This city, which buzzes with music and is rich in colour and culture, is celebrating by restoring some of its historic building and planning a huge programme of parties, cultural events and concerts. Last Nights Of Havana will run for a limited number of nights this Spring, allowing Londoners to enjoy a taste of these celebrations.

A celebration of rum, jazz, dance and decadence, Last Nights of Havana brings the glamour of pre-revolution Cuba straight to London's Tobacco Dock. Guests can dance the night away with professional salsa dancers and enjoy live jazz from Cuban-born band Sambroso Sambroso, while sipping on delicious rum cocktails and munching authentic Cuban street food.

To celebrate the launch of our new Under Dogs menu in 109 Bar + Kitchen on the Lower Ground Floor, we are giving away 500 complimentary hot dogs on Thursday 13th December from 12pm.

For the giveaway, customers can choose either The Under Dog – a beef sausage topped with shredded beef short rib, white cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato and smoked paprika aioli or the Veggie Dog with spinach, avocado, crispy onions and artichoke mayo.

The Under Dog menu will see a selection of hot dogs from Dogs In Blankets – a pork sausage wrapped in pancetta with caramelised onions, Jalapeño and barbecue sauce, to Killer Dog – a turkey sausage topped with roasted mix peppers, harissa, wild rocket and yogurt, and Smokey Dog – a beef sausage with smoked cheese, avocado and Harvey Nichols chilli sauce. The menu will also feature sides; Tater TotsPolenta CrispsSweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw, as well an Ice Cream Sandwich with hot toffee sauce, praline and dark chocolate for dessert.

T&C’s: One free hot dog per person. Customers must show their Harvey Nichols Rewards app to staff working in 109 Bar + Kitchen to receive their complimentary hot dog. Customer can only choose between The Under Dog or the Veggie Dog.

Crafty Fox Market, London's well-loved creative marketplace, announces a season of special one-off Christmas markets. 
 
The Fox will be offering an appealing mix of talented UK-based designer/makers along with workshops, music, food and drink. Making the markets a go-to destination for Christmas shopping, avoiding the hassle of the high street and providing a place to buy brilliant original gifts. 
 
Please find attached a press release with further details on the markets, traders and workshops. Fuller listings to be updated closer to the market dates:

Glass Room, a new dining experience on the water, is about to weigh anchor and, with luxurious interiors by Tom Dixon as stunning as the spectacular views the boat affords, there’s a palpable wave of excitement in the air.

Sailing daily from the end of November, the Glass Room, from dining on-the-water specialists Bateaux London, offers modern British food, fine wines and, courtesy of its all-glass structure, uninterrupted views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. With lunchtime, afternoon tea and dinner cruises, live music and private dining options, the Glass Room offers a unique dining experience.

Be one of the first to enjoy this beautiful luxury boat with a soft opening offer of…

50% off soft launch offer between 22nd November – 9th December.

Reservations will be available for lunch and dinner sails, to book please email: reservations@bateauxlondon.com and quote promo code: GR18. Sign up at www.bateauxlondon.com/glass-room to win a party for 10 on one of London’s most original dining rooms.

The modern British menus champion seasonality with all food freshly prepared on-board by the Glass Room’s highly experienced brigade of chefs. Expect made-to-order plates such as Severn and Wye smoked salmon and celeriac remoulade; slow-cooked rump of lamb with shepherd’s pie confit and garden pea purée; and pistachio and apricot torte. Alternatively, take to the river for a uniquely British afternoon tea complete with pianist, or spend Sunday on the water with a classic roast and live jazz.

With interiors from Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, the décor takes a chic yet contemporary nautical theme with a colour palette featuring the archetypal boating tones of red, blue and white set against luxe finishes, clean crisp lines and bespoke oak cladding. A stunning feature bar with comfortable stools allows passengers to perch whilst sipping on pre-dinner cocktails, listening to live music and admiring the city illuminated at night.

As London’s landmark buildings don their Christmas lights, Glass Room will too be decking its bows full of frosty white sparkle and shimmer. Book your party and enjoy a seasonal cocktail on arrival, delicious British food, fine wines, live music and dancing. With all-inclusive experiences starting from just £47 per person and a number of private rooms/spaces, Glass Room has all your party needs covered.

Experience London with inspired interiors, fantastic food and wonderful waterside views - set sail with Glass Room.