Category: Food & Drink

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.

This Saturday, Last Nights of Havana, is offering hip-shaking salsa dance lessons with professional Cubana dancers. Guests will be able to ‘learn the basics’ before immersing themselves in the vibrant Cuban inspired pop-up.

At the heart of Cuban culture lies song and dance and a professional salsa dancer will lead a workshop before the evening’s live entertainment provided by musical jazz band Sambroso Sambroso. The dancer will then take to the floor with a solo show, encouraging guests to try out their new moves, while the nightly band pays homage to the soulful syncopation of Buena Vista Social Club. Sambroso Sambroso will play three 45 minute sets throughout the evening before it is rounded off by a rousing DJ set, designed to get everyone dancing.

Guests can quench thirsts with a variety of other tipples, such as the Cubata, consisting Bacardi Gold rum, lime juice, house cola, and for something with a little more punch the El Presidente #2, combines Westerhall 10 year rum stirred with Martini Rubino, bitters and a drop of house grenadine. The menu, designed by cocktail experts The Cocktail Trading Co will also feature zesty Mojitos, refreshing Daiquiris and heady Cuba Libres.

For those feeling peckish, Last Nights of Havana will also be serving up the finest Cuban street food. On offer will be grilled Cuban sandwiches where guests can choose between smoked ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and American mustard, or the Vegetarian option of roasted peppers, mozzarella cheese, rocket and pesto. Or for those simply wanting a light snack, they can try the mouth-watering Chicharrrones - Cuban pork scratchings, or some authentic Yuca frita con mojo cubano - fried cassava with cuban sauce and smoked paprika sea salt.

Tickets for Last Nights Of Havana are priced at £9 each and are available here. Ticket includes a membership card for repeated free access for the duration of the pop up. Groups of 5 or more are also eligible for a discounted ticket price and can email info@lastnightsofhavana.com to arrange.

Although Central London feels packed and sometimes a little soulless, there are still pockets that have more of a village feel, and a clear charm.  Seven Dials is one of them. Punctuated by a memorial at the centre of seven streets, each fanning out towards Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road it's a right little gem.

We spent an afternoon popping into little shops, having a late lunch, WAYY too much chocolate and a few drinks.

First stop was On the Dak the recently opened brother (or sister - who knows?) of On the Bab . They serve some seriously amazing fried chicken. As a massive fried chicken fan, I feel qualified to tell you that this is some of the best you'll find London.

Dak' means chicken in Korean, hence the name and On the Dak makes speciality Korean fried chicken with a number of sauce choices and sides. Garlic and sweet miso were our favourites. I went for a medium (as you have a choice of small, medium or large) and I really should have gone for small as portions are generous! Though if we hadn't of been walking around for the afternoon I would have totally taken out the remainder in a doggy bag.

After that, and a little stroll we popped into Chockywoccydoodah for some sugar sustenance. In this boutique chocolate shop you'll find every chocoholic's dream. Custom cakes, chocolate covered popcorn, giant gold coins, huge chunky bars of the stuff, the list goes on...

There's a separate surprise if you manage to get a table downstairs. Pass the gold VIP rope and journey downstairs into a sumptuous, chilled out cafe that deals in all things chocolate. We had two seriously loaded hot chocolates, complete with whipped cream, chocolate buttons and marshmallows and an even more chocolaty slab of chocolate cake. To say we were chocolate-ed out after that would be an understatement - but obviously, it was all good, we had Seven Dials and seven streets to walk it off!

After a short break at Udderlcious, an udderly delicious (see what I did there) ice cream pit stop, we ended our afternoon in Brewdog with two pale ales.

Brewdog is the Scottish craft beer company that you can not only drink in but buy shares in too. Always coming up with good ideas, they have enough beer and ale on the menu to please any pint lover. There are regular guest brews so there's always something new to discover for the connoisseur as well as decent bar food to line the sides.

They also have paper straws, no plastic here 🙌 !

We didn't cover the shops as much as we could have done other than a little nosey in two of my favourites, Paperchase and Brandy Melville. It'd be rude not to. You really can spend a whole day in Seven Dials easily there's plenty so much to check out.

Next time you're in Central and feel like a little rest bite or want a cool place to lunch, snack or drink head on over.