MEGARO BAR BRINGS CREATIVE COCKTAILS TO KING’S CROSS THIS HALLOWEEN

Megaro is a brand new boutique bar in King’s Cross, bringing expressive, bespoke cocktails and unique dishes to the London bar and restaurant scene. It is hosting a Halloween special, just for you crazy cats!

Serving heritage cocktails created with eclectic spirits, homemade cordials and tales from the far reaches of the world, Megaro Bar is divided into two spaces, one taking inspiration from a classic film set, dressed with vintage tripod stands and worn leather director chairs, and the other heralding a photography ‘Dark Room’, alive with vivid illustrations.

The rich interior pays homage to a bygone era of creativity, setting the scene for Megaro Bar’s ten artistic cocktails, all made using bespoke ingredients. Concentrating on flavour over spectacle, each drink is wholly original, whether it’s the film inspired ‘Lavender Hill Mob Fizz’, or grapevine infused Cachaca based ‘Dolma Sour’.

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From cocktails to appetisers, Megaro Bar sets itself apart with an innovative range of six chef’s plates, including a scallop ceviche with green strawberry and almond, and compressed watermelon with lemon, olive and feta. The menu has been expertly crafted so each dish can be enjoyed with its corresponding cocktail, creating an unexpected, yet refined, pairing.

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Megaro Bar is ideally located opposite King’s Cross Underground Station at 23 – 27 Euston Road, London, NW1 2SD.

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The Refinery on Bankside, the parlour in Canary Wharf, and the happenstance, the drift, The Anthologist and The Folly in the City will all be holding some seriously, spine-chilling Hallows’ Eve parties on the 31st October

Guests are invited to sip on creepy cocktails and feast on a deliciously twisted three-course menu laced with tricks & treats. Think crispy tentacles with poison dip, witches brew, batwing & earwig bruschetta and pumpkin pie (£22.95 per person for three-courses.)

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And don’t forget your most gruesome & ghoulish outfits, as they will be giving away £200 vouchers to the best outfit when the clock strikes midnight. Plus there will be a devilishly good dj spinning the decks.

31st October – 5.30pm – 12am

http://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk/

Halloween 101** TRANSYLVANIAN COCKTALES IN NORTH LONDON

 

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Visit The Four Sisters Bar, N1 Islington on Thursday 31st October at 6pm and journey back to Transylvania with a cocktail mystery.

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Emanating from the Carpathian Basin, south of the Transylvanian Plateau, somewhere during the middle ages the fable – complemented by cocktails – will take you on a journey through the darkest times.

Guests can enjoy three Halloween inspired drinks to set the scene each offering a clue to accompany the story. Solve the puzzle using the clues gleaned with each drink and secure the test tubes of green elixir.

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The event takes place from 6pm until 12 midnight. To book email bookings@thefoursistersbar.com<mailto:bookings@thefoursistersbar.com>

www.thefoursistersbar.com 

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The Four Sisters bar (originally a covert 1930s brothel and public house) is a darkly Dickensian cocktail bar of candlelit corners and delicious drinks. It specialises in incorporating a unique range of house infused spirits and syrups. Its new menu will be available from 5th September 2013.

25 Canonbury Lane,

Islington,

London,

N1 2AS

Open: Monday to Thursday 4pm – Midnight, Friday & Saturday 4pm – 2am

 

What’s On: Aspiring ‘Champagne Brits’ flop on fizz factor

Here at Social 101 we love a bubble or two, so imagine our shock to find out that it is actually National Champagne Week and we had no idea!

Luckily Searcys Champagne bars was on hand to put us in the know:

A survey conducted to mark National Champagne Week has today revealed that half of Brits don’t realise Champagne comes from France – despite the UK being the second biggest consumer of the drink.

Reality TV shows like Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex are creating a culture of young Champagne drinkers, yet it seems the biggest sippers fall flat when it comes to basic knowledge of the drink.

The survey, commissioned by Searcys Champagne bars to mark National Champagne Week (7th to 13th October), revealed that almost one in five 25-34 year olds purchases the drink at least once a week, but staggeringly almost 60% admit that they don’t even know where it comes from.

By far the most knowledgeable drinkers were those aged 55 or older, with almost 70% correctly identifying the origins of the French drink and almost half able to tell the difference between a cheap and a premium Champagne.

Now Searcys are conducting Champagne tastings at their bars throughout the week, and Champagne operations director Joël Claustre MCA believes companies need to do more to boost people’s Champagne knowledge.

He said: “The research showed us that people like to drink Champagne but many don’t really know anything about it and therefore don’t know how to recognise quality and value for money.

“Champagne purchasing amongst younger people is growing rapidly and yet many are admitting that they would not be able to tell a great Champagne from a poor one as they don’t know what they’re looking for.

“We will be doing complimentary tastings throughout the week so that people can find what they like and talk to our experts so that they can begin to appreciate Champagne in the same way that knowledge of wines has grown.”

Searcys bars have up to 15 Champagnes available by the glass and 140 by the bottle. To find out about locations taking part in tastings visit Searcys.co.uk

The MCA after Joël Claustre’s name denotes that he is a Master of Culinary Arts, a highly-regarded title in the culinary profession.

Searcys Champagne tastings will be taking place at the following outlets, from 4pm-6pm every day of National Champagne Week (7th-13 October):

  • St Pancras Grand
  • One New Change
  • Westfield Stratford
  • Westfield London
  • Paddington
  • Blenheim Palace

What’s On: London’s immersive dining phenomenon: Gingerline

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New event - The Hideout - at a mystery location from November 2013.

Gingerline, the pioneers of underground immersive dining, is offering the capital's most 
daring diners and fun-seekers the chance to be transported to a parallel-reality where 
cutting-edge food, art, performance and festivities collide. Taking place at a top-secret 
location on the East London Line, revealed to guests just 60 minutes before the event begins, 
the only thing Gingerline guests can expect is the unexpected. 

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For their last project, Gingerline HQ 10,000 intrepid diners crossed the threshold during 
the last 8-month sell-out run, each buying a ticket without knowing a single detail about 
where or what the experience would entail and, once back in reality, no-one broke the Gingerline 
Code of total secrecy. Now Gingerline is taking immersive dining to the next level with its most
 exciting and ambitious event to date – The Hideout – and it is inviting your readers to join 
them on this new riotous odyssey. 

Founded by three years ago by Suz Mountfort & Kerry Adamson (two adventure-loving food fanatics) 
as an experimental pop-up art and food project, Gingerline has cavorted and cartwheeled through
 nine different ventures. Gingerline set the trend in motion, and continues to be the Gold Standard
 – or should that be Ginger Standard – for London's alternative dining scene. Its high-quality 
creative concoctions have drawn comparisons with Punch Drunk and You Me Bum Bum Train, but with 
delicious four-course feasting, a welcome drink, menu keepsake and an extraordinary night of 
revels and revelations to boot. 

Tickets will go on sale via their website www.gingerline.co.uk at 9am on September 30th for 
The Hideout adventure commencing in November 2013. Tickets will cost £50 for Wednesdays and 
Thursdays, and £55 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Please note that previous events have 
sold out at lightening speed, so your readers are advised to book early to avoid missing out. 
The event will run throughout November and December 2013. A small number of advanced bookings 
are available for groups of 20+. Further details are available by contacting 
bookings@gingerline.co.uk

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Take a jaunt on the Gingerline: Gingerline is powered by innovation and runs on the rails 
of secrecy: on the night guests receive a text message inviting them to one of the stations 
along the East London Line (increasingly known as the Gingerline), 60 minutes before the event 
begins. This prosaic text is your gentle introduction to the extraordinary journey ahead. 
From the station guests are guided to an unusual, top-secret location. Gingerline's revels 
always include a welcome drink and four-course fine dining banquet – but all else will remain 
beyond the realms of prediction. 

Past events have seen guests tumble through labyrinthine corridors of doors, into the surrealist 
world of a mad puppeteers workshop in Forest Hill, or submerged in a dive'n'dine experience in 
a Shoreditch submarine mess hall, with "porthole" projections revealing deep sea delights. 
The Secret Order of the Gingerline drew guests into a candlelit Canonbury chapel, for an 
evening that was part bacchanalian booze-up, part Ginger-cult rite of passage. Guests enjoyed 
a banquet boasting bone marrow delicacies, all watched over by hooded performers and the 
approving faces of the saucy stained-glass windows, glinting across the room. 

Only the Brave Will Dine!

Cocktail 101 – 5cc serves up bespoke aged blends with The Forgotten Cocktail Range

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Tucked away within two traditional pubs in London’s East End, the capital’s newest old bar concept – 5cc – has launched with a unique menu of ‘forgotten’ cocktails.

Specialising in offering in-house, aged mixers, The Forgotten Range has been sourced to compliment the classic cocktail philosophy of 5cc. Based on custom bespoke mixes that have matured over time, The Forgotten Range consists of individual self pour vintage perfume bottles that are housed in an original apothecary cabinet.  Due to the time and careful preparation that goes into making each bespoke bottle from the range, only a very limited number will be available to purchase each night.

Alongside The Forgotten Range is a selection of vintage liquors sourced from independent and boutique suppliers, handpicked by a fifteen-year veteran with worldwide experience to fit perfectly with 5cc’s ethos. Furthermore, moving away from common bar snacks, 5cc’s unique menu consists solely of a carefully selected range of oysters that come served with unexpected and unusual accompaniments.

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The two hidden drinking holes are half concealed within their surroundings, situated in craft beer pubs. Both bars are fashioned, intimate settings with low-lit copper bars, dark wood, leather and exposed brickwork that create an unpretentious and unique feel.

Operations Manager at Barworks Ltd., Alexander Wolpert, said ‘We have created an environment where customers can enjoy good old fashioned, honest drinks in an intimate and friendly space. There are a lot of cocktail bars that have unnecessary and distracting theatrics – we want to focus on serving great, interesting drinks. We are really proud of what we have achieved with 5cc’.

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5cc is part of the Barworks portfolio that also includes Two Floors, The Well and Bucket and Exmouth Arms

 

Located within Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market and The Well and Bucket on Bethnal Green Road both 5cc bars are open Tuesday to Sunday, from six pm until midnight.

For more information or to make a booking please visit http://www.5cc-london.com

Locations:

Exmouth Arms

23 Exmouth Market

London

EC1R 4QL

The Well & Bucket

143 Bethnal Green Road

Shoreditch

London

E2 7DG

What’s On: Dine privately at Berry Bros. & Rudd and receive complimentary Champagne

Private Wine Events Champagne offer

Autumn and the festive season are the perfect time for entertaining guests for business or pleasure, and Berry Bros. & Rudd’s historic Townhouse is the ideal venue. Now, if you book and hold a private wine event in the Long Room before 24th December 2013, Berry Bros. & Rudd will provide a complimentary glass of Champagne* for you and your guests.

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Set in the heart of St. James’s, The Townhouse is a William and Mary building in Pickering Place, London’s smallest public square, and has been in the Berry family’s hands since 1732.  This suite of rooms, comprising the Green Room and Long Room, provides a private and exclusive reception, wine tasting and dining venue. The Long Room dining room seats 14 people and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd’s experts will help with every element of planning and preparation, as well as helping you to select bottles of wine that surprise, inform and delight your guests.

Talented head chef, Stewart Turner, creates seasonal menus of equally high quality as the wine. Berry Bros. & Rudd’s experience as a wine merchant provides an exceptional wine and food matching service with wines served at retail, not restaurant prices.**

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Pidgeon, Red Cabbage, Butternut Squash – Jason Lowe – March 2013

“The Townhouse offers a rare opportunity to eat, taste and drink in authentic period surroundings, with the knowledge and authority of Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant on hand to make your event even more memorable,”  Demetri Walters, Private Wine Events.

The complimentary Champagne will add sparkle to any meal, but is only available for a limited time. Book soon to hold your event before 24th December 2013. Please mention this offer when booking.

For more information or to book your private event, contact Demetri Walters on 0203 301 1604or via email demetri.walters@bbr.com.

FASHION 101** STYLE YOUR LIFE

On August 24th, 2013, RAW Fashion Agency will collaborate with Jennifer Austin, the founder of Fashion Parte’, and conduct a fashion styling workshop in the office of RAW Fashion. At a low fee of $75, this program is great for women who want to learn their correct body shape and how to flatter it to the best of their ability.
Jennifer Austin is a personal fashion stylist, wardrobe & image consultant and event manager with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She lectures at the Sydney Community College and has styled over 200 women in the past year ranging from different sizes, ages and shapes. In addition to her personal styling sessions, Jennifer had also conducted fashion styling work shops for groups and corporates & planned and hosted several fashion events.
Faith Agugu has been present in the fashion industry for over 22 years gaining expert knowledge from a various positions such as a stylist, buyer, national sales manager for Fleur Wood, lecturer at FBI Fashion College and the current director of RAW Fashion Agency. She wants to bring her extensive knowledge along to help save women time and money, as they say knowledge is power, having the right information will cut your shopping time in half and potentially save you lots of money.
The workshop will help ladies find clothes that best suit “the real you” whilst always remaining fashion forward. With the combined industry style knowledge between Faith Agugu and Jennifer, those attending will get an in depth analysis of how to look taller, slimmer, curvier or whatever look you may want to get away with. With RAW loaning garments on the day, guests will be able to try on and be styled with high-end designer garments and accessories.

 

Adding a complimentary makeup and style consultation to the day, as well as having the lucky option of being able to purchase designer garments after the work shop, many will be ready to head out for the night in style, knowing they look their very best possible.
With limited spots available, make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to gain personal expert feedback and assistance to help really feel comfortable in the skin you’re in.

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Cocktail 101** BOURNE AND HOLLINGSWORTH

 

For Your Social and Drinking Pleasure…

Bourne and Hollingsworth is London’s original speakeasy bar. Celebrating its 6th Birthday this year, this discreet basement bar on Rathbone Place has spurned multiple copycat Prohibition style joints over the years. Always moving forward and raising the bar when it comes to quality and innovation, Bourne and Hollingsworth have rejuvenated their world-class cocktail menu with a number of exciting new creations.

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This modest and charming bar in the heart of Fitzrovia is where it all began for some of London’s most popular and ground breaking events. Large scale, spectacularly themed events such as Blitz Party and Prohibition all started in Bourne & Hollingsworth and led to the development of many other brands, including The Chap Olympiad, Rev JW Simpson, Kitchen Party, SS Atlantica and Wyndstock.

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Named after the nearby ‘Are you being Served’ style department store, which formerly stood on Oxford Street, Bourne and Hollingsworth’s atmosphere rests comfortably between that of a gentleman’s club and a chintzy 1920s tearoom, contrasting flowered silk wallpaper and lace tablecloths with a dark green leather panelled bar and soda siphons.

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Looking to the sharp and sophisticated concoctions of the glamorous past for inspiration, the new cocktail list at Bourne and Hollingsworth features expertly made exquisite and unusual cocktails.

Highlights of the new cocktail menu at Bourne and Hollingsworth include:

  •   Colonial Iced Tea- £16- for 2 to share
    Gin with mango and lychee tea and coconut water served with seasonal fruits
  •   Junipear- £8
    Gin mixed with pear puree, lemon juice & herbal liqueur, lengthened with lemonade & finished with blackberry liqueur
  •   Mellow Manhattan- £8
    Bourbon whiskey shaken with amber vermouth, apple juice , elderflower & peach bitters with a zing of lemon oils
  •   Fitz Fix- £8
    Cognac shaken with fresh mint, apricot liqueur, lemon juice & herbal liqueur, softened with soda
  •   Blood, Smoke & Sand- £11
    Peated single malt scotch shaken with pressed orange juice, cherry liqueur & sweet vermouth
  •   Nutcracker- £9
    Hazelnut liqueur stirred with fresh lemon juice & fizz

    Open Monday – Saturday – 5pm – 1am

    Bourne & Hollingsworth

    28 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JF

    Tel: 020 7636 8228

    http://www.bourneandhollingsworth.com

What’s On: BUTLER’S WHARF BLACKOUT

 

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D&D London celebrates the Dark River for the Thames Festival

6th – 15th September 2013

 

 

“The name of the river ‘Thames’ itself is said to “derive from the Sanskrit term for ‘dark’ and it has often been known as the dark river.” 

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D&D London is delighted to announce the launch of the Butler’s Wharf Blackout as part of the Thames Festival celebration from 6th – 15th September 2013.

 

D&D London’s collective of iconic riverside restaurants at Butler’s Wharf – Le Pont de La Tour, Cantina del Ponte, Blueprint Café and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse – will be literally ‘blacking out’ electricity in all four restaurants from 8.30pm every evening throughout the10 days of the festival. Free from the light pollution of modern London, diners will have the unique opportunity to savour spectacular views of the Thames and experience the unspoilt beauty of the river by darkness and subtle candlelight.

 

For the duration of Butler’s Wharf Blackout, guests will enjoy candlelight dining and late night drinking sessions at each venue alongside a calendar of special events from Blind Wine Tasting, to Ghost Bus Tours, to a Fire and Flambé night.

 

Echoing the central purpose of the Thames Festival, each of these sensory experiences will celebrate the history and beauty of the Thames, its ancient mystery and the changing modern landscape. The events will encourage diners to engage with the unparalleled views from the riverside vantage points and are designed to inspire respect and appreciation for London’s greatest natural asset.

 

A highlight will be the ‘Blackout Banquet’, a pop-up 40 metre, 140 seat banqueting table spanning the riverbank, starting from British dining institution Butler’s Wharf Chophouse, to classic French restaurant Le Pont de La Tour, and ending alongside Italian trattoria Cantina del Ponte. Diners will feast on a rotating menu of dishes showcasing each of the restaurants.

 

The candlelit culinary journey through each cuisine will occur every evening throughout the festival period and at lunchtimes on Saturdays and Sundays. The banqueting table will work in all weathers with a clear cover to allow riverside views come rain or shine.

 

With food and drink events designed to heighten the sensory experience of darkness by the river, including blind wine tastings, blindfold dinners, fire menus, and innovative and futuristic activity which will light the darkness with neon, LED and laser lighting – the Butler’s Wharf Blackout will showcase The Thames in all its glory.

 

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Each restaurant will serve a different three course, fixed price special ‘Blackout Menu’ over the ten days. Blueprint Café’s ‘Black Menu’ will feature dishes such as Black Lentils with Sour Cream, Sweet Tamarind & Dock Spices, Blackened Orchard Farm Pork with Black Potatoes and Liquorice Parfait. (£25 for 3 courses)

 

La Pont de La Tour will focus on locally sourced ingredients, with dishes such as London Cure Salmon, Navarin of Foulness Island Lamb, Roast Pumpkin & Beetroot and Assiette of English Blackberries. (£30 for 3 courses)

 

Butler’s Wharf Chophouse will be featuring British dishes such as Roast Thames valley wood pigeon, black pudding, braised beetroot & turnips as well as Kentish bramble syllabub, short bread. (£25 for 3 courses)

 

Cantina Del Ponte celebrates Italian cooking by candlelight with Pumpkin, gorgonzola, baby lamb lettuce & almonds and Pannacotta with wild berry compote. (£25 for three courses)

 

Each venue has created a bespoke cocktail menu, featuring Ketel One Espresso Martinis, Tanqueray Swim & Tonics, refreshing Don Julio cocktails and spiced Zacapa Daiquiris / elderflower whisky sour with Johnnie Walker.

 

Meals at the ‘Blackout Banquet’ banqueting table are priced at £35 per head for three courses including an arrival drink and coffee. Reservations can be made via 0207 940 1833.