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Cocktail lovers rejoice! There is a whole new cocktail menu at Madison that needs to take it's rightful place on your hitlist! You'll find Madison at the top of One New Change just off Cheapside.  It's a really handy place to know about as it doesn't get overly busy with after work drinks, it has an amazing terrace and you can combine it with a bit of shopping so what's not to love?


Combining so many things I love - a great view of the city, alcoholic beverages and an ode to Manhattan,  Madison and it's new cocktail menu kept us company last week along with some particularly good mini burgers whilst we waited for spring to kick in.


If you are a little strange like me you will love the fact that you can be outdoors with heaters here even though the weather's not quite what you would call 'balmy' yet.  You get a great view of St Paul's and you can always duck inside for a bit if you are more sensitive to the cold!

An additional reason to pop along to Madison now though is their twelve new themed cocktails- you may have to plan a couple of trips to get through them all. Celebrating the dizzying heights of Manhattan, New York the new collection helps you sip your way through America’s colourful cocktail history from the Victorian ages right through the Prohibition era to the present day without the flight, Air B&B costs or needing to find a working time machine!


Half of the menu honours six world-famous classics from the cocktail Hall of Fame in their original form. Hailing from the golden ages of cocktail culture, these serves have travelled through generations to gain glory around the world.

The other half of the menu is formed of six contemporary twists guaranteed to delight any cocktail aficionado. Unexpected but delicious, these modern-day masterpieces champion ambitious experimentation on par with New York’s own world-class cocktail bar scene.

The menu has been devised by Madison Assistant General Manager Fred Tartas and his team. Having previously worked at German Gymnasium, Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel and The Ritz, Paris, Fred has years of experience under his belt when it comes to creating the very best in cocktails

Our favourites were the Maple & Almond Sour. A nutty twist on the much-loved whisky sour, featuring Armagnac Gaspard infused with roasted almond, dark chocolate and spices, lemon juice, maple syrup and egg white.

And The Mist. Which takes on the Southside cocktail with a mix of Death’s Door Gin, honey & spinach syrup and
lemon juice. This cocktail is as fresh and tasty as it gets.

A swathe of reflective silver fabric hangs over the white runway and a tray table of tropical cocktails sits patiently to the side. Welcome to Point Blank SS17 - 'Dive In.'

If the name wasn't a big enough clue, the diving, palm tree and paradise motifs opening the show certainly give it away. Watery blue tie-dye prints mimic the ripples in the fabric above and models walk down in colours suitable for the hottest of climates.

Turquoise metallic palm leaves on pillar box red backgrounds glint in the light - almost blinding. If I could have torn my eyes away from the spectacle in front of me, I would have grabbed my sunglasses out of my bag.

There's a strong poolside, holiday vibe going on with swimwear peeking out from sweatshirts and bermuda shorts. The models move at a leisurely pace, as if wading through water with wet-look hair coiling around their eyes. Slow, soothing music sets the pace and together with the models' nonchalant expressions and futuristic design, transports you to another world where these eclectic ethereal creatures reside.

A sugary pink dress slashed with white lace comes out and the brand's eye for interesting cuts makes an appearance. With backgrounds in both fashion and architecture, this design duo are experts when it comes to silhouette and form. Their aesthetic plays with clashing textures and materials and often blends luxury elements with that of street wear.

To close the show there are two shimmering silver outfits juxtaposed with sporty, striped inserts. Something that doesn't sound like it should work but oddly does. This is what Point Blank are all about. Challenging the norm and creating something you've never seen before with artistic brilliance. No wonder this design duo were picked up by Fashion Scout.

I predict Point Blank to sit firmly on the fashion radar after such a brilliantly blinding show.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Ellen Offredy | Fashion Week Photographer | @ellenoffredy

Smoking-hot-cocktails-courtesy-of-Trailer-HappinessCocktails in the City: Summer Edition is an al fresco two-day festival of cocktails that will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015. Taking residence in London’s Bedford Square Gardens, twenty five of London’s most exciting bars gather beneath the green canopies of London’s largest private Georgian Gardens.
Featuring a fantastic variety of London’s bars in pop up form from The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz, to Mr Foggs, to Cocktail Trading Company, to Bull in a China Shop: Cocktails In The City is the only place where London’s diverse bar culture can be enjoyed in one place, no taxi’s and no tubes!
Pulled pork heroes The Joint will be on hand to serves some succulent summer eats, or head to the boozy gelato bar for some alcohol-flavoured sorbets and ice creams for something sweet. There will also be live music courtesy of eight-piece jazz band of young and hungry virtuosos-  Kansas Smittys and summer beats from Love Fever.
Confirmed Bars & Brands as of June 18th:

The Rivoli Bar at the Ritz & Perrier-Jouët Champagne

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar Knightsbridge & The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Cocktail Trading Co. & Chambord

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar & Aperol

The Alchemist & Gentleman Jack

London Cocktail Club & Jack Daniel’s Old No.7

Rev JW Simpson & Belvedere Vodka

We Are Big Chill & Lamb’s Spiced Rum

Loves Company & Tia Maria & Monin

Shrub and Shutter & Whitley Neil Gin

Coq D’Argent & U’Luvka Vodka

Bull in a China Shop & Nikka Whisky

Portside Parlour & El Dorado Rum

Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club London & Campari

Barrio Bars & Santa Teresa Rum


Bedford Square London, WC1B 3ES

Tickets are £15 and include one cocktail, multiple complimentary experiences and cocktail booklet.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July

From 12pm – 8pm

Onofre-Box-Sized-DIE outside the gherkin - death metal in a boxIt's not every day you see a death metal band performing in the sity - let alone in a large steel box but that is what will be on offer this Thursday at the the foot of the Gherkin.

Marlborough Contemporary has announced that the final one-off winter performance of Box sized DIE featuring Abhorrent Decimation (2007-2004) by Portuguese artist, João Onofre will be in London this week. The work is located outside The Gherkin, as part of the public art programme Sculpture in the City. After a hugely successful summer run, this one-off performance celebrates Onofre’s solo exhibition, Tacet at Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street, W1S.

The steel cube has been placed outside of The Gherkin and measures nearly two metres squared. The cube comes to life with concerts from Death Metal bands, who are hermetically sealed and sound proofed within the box. This means that the duration of the performance is entirely variable, determined by and restricted to the length of time in which the oxygen is expended. From outside the cube, viewers can observe its strange vibrations, while the band’s own perspective of performing within the box provides a separate experience of the sculpture. On this occasion, London based band Abhorrent Decimation will perform in the airtight box.

Box sized DIE featuring... has toured extensively through Europe at venues including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland. The sculpture takes direct influence from Tony Smith’s pioneering minimalist sculpture Die (1962) having identical dimensions to Smith’s work.

The work has formed part of an open air exhibition that draws visitors into the City, including works from internationally renowned artists: Cerith Wyn Evans, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Long, Julian Wild, Nigel Hall, Paul Hosking, Peter Randall-Page, Antony Gormley, Jim Lambie and Richard Wentworth. In its fourth year, Sculpture in the City has aimed to enhance our urban environment with cutting-edge contemporary works from leading artists, which are placed in both busy thoroughfares and quieter, green spaces.

Sculpture in the City is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation (the elected body which looks after the Square Mile global business district around St Paul’s), local businesses and the art world, providing the opportunity to engage new audiences with established and emerging contemporary artists. Sculpture in the City is delivered through a partnership between 30 St Mary Axe, Aon, Aviva, British Land, Brookfield Office Properties, Hiscox, Tower 42, Willis and WRBC Development UK Limited with the additional support of project patrons Leadenhall Market and MTEC. With thanks to the artists and galleries; Annely Juda Fine Art; Blain Southern; Lisson Gallery; Lucy Drury; Marlborough Contemporary; New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park; Sadie Coles HQ; White Cube; William Benington Gallery. Sculpture in the City is facilitated and3 delivered by the City of London Corporation.

Thursday 27 November, 6pm

30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

João Onofre’s exhibition Tacet will be at Marlborough Contemporary until 10 January.



This July the City sees the arrival of a stunning new destination cocktail bar and restaurant.  With innovation at its core, Silk & Grain is poised to set the cocktail world alight with its exciting menu of signature, aged and conditioned cocktails, accompanied by a sizzling British steak-focused restaurant menu.

Bringing flare to the City with its unique, contemporary design, head to the Monday to Friday venue to sip unique concoctions given extra complexity and depth by being conditioned in metal, glass and leather as well as the more traditional barrel ageing process.  Head for the ground floor bar and indulge in a City Orchard using Silk & Grain’s barrel aged Bacardi cocktail, Poire Williams, lime and apple juice; or a Moscow Mule using barrel aged vodka. Snack on highlights from the British grazing menu including Clonakilty black pudding ‘scotched’ quail’s eggs; crispy pig’s ears; British cheeses and charcuterie.

From the first floor restaurant expect a selection of different dry-aged steak cuts cooked in a Josper grill, alongside British-inspired mains such as lemon sole with garlic and caper butter; Suffolk cyder soaked, slow roasted pork belly; and heritage tomato, mint and quinoa salad with whipped goat’ cheese and beetroot pickled eggs.  A range of homemade sauces, infused butters and grain mustards will also be available.

Add to this a stylish, laid back setting and charming service and going for cocktails in the City will never be the same again.

Silk & Grain, 33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND

020 7929 1378