What’s On: Irish Feast comes to Trafalgar Square

– Visit Irish Food Market

at the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations –

 St Patrick’s Day was traditionally known as the day of feasting, so use this as an excuse to head into the heart of London to sample some of Ireland’s finest produce at the Irish Food Market, which will be one of the highlights at the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.


The free event is taking place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 16 March (12-6pm), and the Irish Food Market is the perfect way to sample the true flavour of Ireland and experience a warm welcome from the producers themselves. From farmhouse cheeses and traditional breads to smoked fish and luxury confectionery, The Irish Food Board (Bord Bia) brings the very best of Ireland to central London.


The St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade are supported by the Mayor of London and Irish businesses who work with Irish cultural organisations, musicians and artists. Amongst the biggest St Patrick’s Day events outside Ireland, last year’s festivities attracted around 100,000 people from across the city and beyond. People attending this year, can expect another lively and colourful line-up, including a parade of floats, marching bands and Irish dancing schools, a live music tent, a comedy tent and Irish film screenings.


A great day out for foodies and families alike. Just remember your shamrock.


For more information about the celebrations visit:





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London, 27 September 2013 – Chipotle Mexican Grill, which now has six restaurants across London, including Wimbledon, Soho and Islington, has announced the return of its popular Halloween fundraiser, ‘Boorito’.


This Halloween, Thursday, 31 October, Chipotle will treat customers wearing fancy dress to a burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos for only £2 between the hours of 4 p.m. and closing.  Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to £10,000, will benefit the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.


Jacob Sumner, UK MD for Chipotle comments: ‘We are committed to changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and through our annual ‘Boorito’ fundraiser we have been able to impact organisations that are better for our food system. This year we are working with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, supporting their campaign for better food knowledge.’


Chipotle, which hails from the USA where it operates over 1,500 restaurants, opened its first restaurant outside North America, at Charing Cross Road in central London, back in 2010.

Chipotle has been instrumental in establishing a new kind of thinking about fast food in the U.S., what it calls ‘Food with Integrity’, and it continues to bring the same food philosophy to London.  In 2012 Chipotle in the UK was recognised by Compassion in World Farming at the annual Good Animal Welfare Awards and was awarded a Good Chicken Award and a Good Pig Award; Chipotle was praised for its approach to the sourcing of its raw ingredients but in particular for its commitment to using free-range pigs for its pork carnitas and RSPCA Freedom Food certified poultry for its chicken dishes.


To participate in the fundraiser, simply go to any Chipotle restaurant in London, between 4 p.m. and closing, on 31 October, in fancy dress, and purchase any Chipotle menu item for only £2.




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101-103 Baker Street W1U 6HQ

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92-93 St Martins Lane WC2N 4AP

40 Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7PA


For more information and details of opening times, please visit: www.chipotle.co.uk



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

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. 


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 

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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!

Foodie 101 – Presidential Apartments ‘London’s Secret History of Street Food Tours’


Reveal Best Hidden Hotspots for Foodies 


Some of the best food in London isn’t found in expensive restaurants. It’s served on plastic plates, in paper napkins or between slices of crusty bread – on the street.

For foodies-in-the-know, the London scene is buzzing and the city has exploded into a cutting-edge culinary destination. Presidential Apartments (www.presidentialapartmentslondon.com), luxury concierged suites in Kensington, has curated behind-the-scenes ‘London’s Secret History of Street Food Tours’ to help navigate the metropolis, hunt down the tastiest street food from cult food trucks to historic markets and explore the surprising history behind the centuries-long food revolution in Britain.


Whether you’re a London newcomer or a local, a diehard gourmet or simply have an appetite for new eating experiences, the ‘London’s Secret History of Street Food Tours’ will provide a definitive experience of the city’s unique food culture.

Presidential Apartments has partnered with Emma Parker of Coutours (www.coutours.co.uk), a local guide, knowledgeable history buff and authority on some of the best hidden foodie hotspots in Zone One.


Interesting titbits about London’s surprising food history and fun facts about the area will be shared along the way for a deeper understanding of the evolution of British cuisine from the Dark Ages, to overseas influences from the Romans, colonial eras, the booming spice trade, exploration, immigration, to the modern day “foodie revolution”.


With opportunities to meet producers and stall-holders behind-the-scenes and numerous chances to sample the most vivid, authentic food available, the three hour tours will let small tour groups get under the skin of London’s culinary melting pot. Guests on the tour will definitely not go home hungry, with a day full of tastings, from oysters, chocolate, traditional British pies, artisan cheese – even the famous East London delicacy jellied eels.




First stop on the ‘London’s Secret History of Street Food Tours’ is Borough Market, the oldest food market in London dating back to the 13th century and a hive of activity. Emma will lead the way through the market’s historic winding passages, past the eye-boggling displays and deafening calls from traders.


Next the group will be led to Rope Walk/Maltby St Market, which began life under the railway arches in Bermondsey in 2010 and has since grown into a full-blown gastronomic haven – many global food trends have emerged here.


Maltby St Market

Maltby St Market

The ‘London’s Secret History of Street Food Tours’ will take place on Saturday mornings and are available to guests staying at Presidential Apartments’ luxury serviced apartment suites.


Prices are £28pp based on a min of 2, or £75 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Prices do not include travel costs, but do include a complimentary hot drink and some small bites of food along the tour.


Tour groups will be collected from the Apartments’ location in West London at 10am and will finish by 1pm. Tour groups will travel by public transport and on foot and will be a maximum of ten people.

Places can be booked via Emma Parker on 07934 781056.


About Coutours

Emma Parker is the founder of Coutours, a London based tour company offering a selection of fascinating tours of London. Choose from the ‘Coutour’ – a ‘made to measure’ private, escorted tour of London or the £10 ‘Ready to Walk’ tour from the calendar of events.


The tours are a mix of all the best bits of London, quirky details and historic gems. Tours include City of the Dead, Secrets of Hidden London, Dark Secrets of the South, Jack The Ripper to name but a few. She also takes visitors to London on market walks, foodie tours (including “The cheeky chappy’s Cockney chow guide” or “Foods of the East End” and also ”Lar-di-dah larders of London’s loaded” or “Food of Kings”.


About Presidential Apartments

Presidential Apartments (www.presidentialapartmentslondon.com) combine hotel luxury with the flexibility and convenience of a personal London pied-à-terre.


Guests can choose either Studio rooms or full Apartments, with many able to sleep up to four people. From the Standard Studio, to the Presidential Suite with balcony, every room has an emphasis on luxury so each stay is as comfortable as possible.


Located in the heart of Kensington, every one of the 58 beautifully designed serviced apartment suites provide the discerning traveller with total comfort and relaxation and each are complete with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and entertaining area.


Three times winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, Presidential Apartments are perfect for those looking for either short or long term stays and provide guests with their very own city crash-pad from just £170 per night. Unlike other serviced apartments, Presidential places a real emphasis on luxury and comfort so that visitors enjoy all the benefits of a traditional hotel visit.


Presidential Apartments has a 24 hour reception and concierge, so that every wish and request of guests can be dealt with immediately.


For Bookings & Enquiries:

020 7373 4040



Presidential Apartments

6-12 Barkston Gardens





FRANK’S®REDHOT® MAN SCHOOL – UK’s first ‘Man School’ pops up in London and Manchester

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It seems that to be the perfect gentlemen nowadays, you have to know how to dance, how to pick a good wine, and how to dress well.  Yet new research from Frank’s® RedHot® has found that 38% of men think they are bad at dancing and 22% of men  rated themselves as having no fashion sense.

So Frank’s® RedHot® has set up the first ever ‘Man School’ two special pop up events in London and Manchester this September to help men go from Mr. Bean to Mr. Bond.

Taking place on the evenings of 12th September in the Hoxton Apartment, Hoxton Hotel, London EC2A and 18th September at The Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, these events will feature experts giving tips and advice on how to dress, dance and even tell a good joke. At break time – unlike any school most of us know – there will be beers and authentic Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo wings to enjoy!

With clothing tips from expert stylist and designer John Lancaster, known for his edgy contemporary menswear, and top wine suggestions from Gordon Ramsay sommelier Matt Mawtus, the ‘Man School’ is the secret men’s club where you can learn some top tips, grab a beer and have a laugh. There is even comedy at hand from Joe Bor (London) and David Morgan (Manchester) who will be sharing tips on how to execute a good joke, as well as doing some stand-up comedy to put a smile on your face. Plus tips from memory expert Mark Channon, who will be sharing some tricks of the trade to ensure you never forget that anniversary again!

If you reckon you are a bit lacking in the skills department or your man is not making the cut in these areas, there are 30 spaces open to the public at each event, available on a first come first serve basis.

Get your free tickets by visiting:

London: http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10653

Manchester: http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10654

The evening is hush hush and should not be revealed to everyone… Remember the first rule of the Frank’s® RedHot® Man School is that you do not talk about Man School!


Frank’s® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce is priced at £1.49 and available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s,  ASDA, Waitrose, Whole Foods, Ocado and Amazon.


What’s On: Malaysia night takes over Trafalgar Square to showcase the very best of this unique nation

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Friday October 4th will see central London transform into a vibrant and bustling taste of Malaysia, as the sights, flavours and sounds of this truly unique country take over Trafalgar Square for the fourth annual Malaysia Night.

The much anticipated event celebrates the unique cultural destination of Malaysia and gives Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to experience the very best of Malaysian food, and immerse themselves in the delightful destination.

Over 20 of the UK’s best Malaysian restaurants will showcase their authentic gastronomic delights for visitors to buy, from well-known favourite dishes including Satay, Laksa, Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang through to more unusual ones such as Apam Balik, a sweet fluffy pancake filled with peanuts, sugar and sweetcorn.

Visitors can also enjoy a series of live cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the event by well-known chefs including Ian Pengelly of Pan Chai, to show Brits that cooking with Malaysian food is an easy and tasty option.

An authentic bustling Malaysian marketplace, offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes for sale, gives Londoners the opportunity to recreate authentic tasting dishes at home.

Live entertainment will include a variety of artists, flown in from Malaysia especially for the occasion, along with more local talent. Visitors to the event will also be able to enjoy a very special art exhibition, showcasing some of the very best artists in Malaysia.

Increasingly a destination of choice for the traveller eager to experience for themselves foreign cultures with vibrant artistic and culinary traditions, Malaysia offers a whole array of  new experiences to the British traveller.

The night is one of the highlights of the year-long Malaysia Kitchen Programme which aims to inspire British consumers to the world of Malaysian cuisine.

Exhibitors include: 20 of the UK’s top Malaysian restaurants, MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Malaysia Airlines and Tourism Malaysia


Event:                                   Malaysia Night

Location                               Trafalgar Square, London

Cost:                                      Free entry

Date                                       4th October 2013

Time:                                     12:00 – 22:00 – stage entertainment from 17:00

Age Restrictions:                N/A

Nearest Underground Stations:

Charing Cross Tube (2 minutes)

Leicester Square Tube (3 minutes)

Piccadilly Circus Tube (6 minutes)

Visit: www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk to find out more about the event.

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.

Beef Mushrooms - Jason Lowe - March 2013

Beef Mushrooms – Jason Lowe – March 2013

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.**

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

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.



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.


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.


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.


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




Blackout Banquet

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.” 

Peter Ackroyd


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.




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.