Highlights August 2018

August was a jam-packed month in the height of the surprisingly warm English summer that brought us coverage from summer cocktails, rooftop bars to indulgent afternoon teas. Here we share some of our hottest highlights (no pun intended)...

The New Generation Festival in Florence made it onto the front cover of The Daily Telegraph and received a glowing review...

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BOTTLES is a “grown-up spot to broaden your Italian wine horizons”, say Condé Nast Traveller, who showcased the Old Spitalfields Market hotspot as their 'Bar Of The Week', praising the laid-back drinking environment.  

It was chips and dips all round at Women’s Health, who featured four delicious HIPCHIPS dips in their August issue...

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National Geographic wrote a beautiful piece about visiting Raasay Distillery, exploring the island, luxuriating in the tranquility and drinking plenty of whisky….

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During ‘Afternoon Tea Week’, The Savoy was crowned one of the best afternoon teas in London by Town and Country, “world-famous” in fact.

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Ten of London's best teas to try during the week-long event (14 to 20 August)

Olive Magazine included Wild Thyme Spirits' beautiful Gin Lovers Retreat on the remote Hebridean island of Colonsay in their guide to the U.K.'s best gin experiences.

The best UK gin experiences

Looking for an activity to treat your favourite gin lover? Here our the top gin experiences in the UK, from gin tasting experiences to gin distillery tours and even hotels with a gin theme! Check out our top British gins here for more inspiration...

Black Cat Cabaret was the star of the show in The Metro, who deemed it a “riot of fun and circus skills”. The show continues until the 30th September.

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Martini-lovers rejoice. Not one but two of our clients, modern middle-eastern restaurant Sarona, and Ask For Janice in Farringdon, serve up the best martinis on the metropolitan line, according to The Evening Standard. Ask For Janice’s gin martini was made with our very own Colonsay Gin!

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The Nudge was shouting about Chiringuito in Bethnal Green as London’s hottest new rooftop bar.

Chiringuito | A Rooftop Bar & Restaurant In Bethnal Green

Finding a new spot to build a rooftop bar in London can be tough. So when the folks at Chiringuito came across their venue, it was a convenience to say the least. And we mean that very literally, being, as it is, a former public toilet.

The Guardian shared the recipe for the summery Strawberry Ice-cream Negroni at Coin Laundry in their cocktail of the week feature…

Cocktail of the week: strawberry ice-cream negroni

The good mixer Mellowing Campari with the dessert makes for a creamy and fresh take on the classic

Sommelier Ben Humberstone at legendary London restaurant Simpson's in the Strand recommended his favourite English wines for a piece in Atlas Magazine.

A guide to English Sparkling Wine | Atlas (EN)

It's taken a while, but wine critics have started to take English Sparkling Wine seriously. Here sommelier Ben Humberstone of Simpson's in the Strand gives us a rundown of the best vineyards on the scene Ben Humberstone | July 2018 The UK has gone through a real food and drink renaissance in the last couple of decades, with a renewed interest in the provenance of their food and drink and seeking out authentic ingredients.

HarvestFest, the all new Autumn season at Skylight was featured in Stylist as one of the best seasonal pop ups and events in the city.

Autumn 2018: The best seasonal pop ups and events in London

skip to main content Stylist logo Open site navigation Close site navigation Copyright © 2010-2018 Stylist Life Posted by Megan Murray Published Say hello to the best events and pop-ups coming to London this Autumn... Hot on the heels of the relentless 2018 heatwave, autumn is looking pretty good to us right now.

Highlights July 2018

In July we made the most of the heatwave: we headed to rooftop bar Skylight to watch the nail-biting World Cup matches unfold; to new opening BOTTLES in Old Spitalfields for a glass of crisp Prosecco and to Athenian for Mamma Mia!-inspired souvlaki. This summer, London has given us no reason to want to be anywhere else.

Here are just a few of our highlights from one incredible month:

Sky News captured a brilliant goal live on air whilst filming the England V Sweden World Cup match at Skylight Rooftop...

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The Telegraph featured new wine bar in Old Spitalfields Market, BOTTLES, in their Londons best new restaurant and bar openings piece...

London's best new restaurant and bar openings

Increasingly obscured by the ever-taller towers emerging around it, the Gherkin nonetheless remains one of London's truly iconic buildings, and soon the public will have a new opportunity to appreciate this Norman Foster-designed building from within.

The Independent featured Cleo Rocos in their National Tequila Day piece. Rocos will be holding a free tequila masterclass at Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock on 5 August...

Five of the best cocktails for National Tequila Day

You know the party's about to start when someone cracks open a bottle of tequila. The much-beloved Mexican spirit, which is made from the blue agave plant, is often best enjoyed as a shot with a sprinkle of salt beforehand and a slice of lime afterwards.

Evening Standard included The Athenian in their round up of where to "eat Greek" in London this summer in line with the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again...

How Mamma Mia! got London eating Greek this summer

Meryl Streep beams from every Tube station billboard, flanked by Stellan Skarsgård, Pierce Brosnan and a somewhat bewildered-looking Colin Firth (#FreeColin). Dancing Queen blares from a specially erected "immersive experience" in Victoria station. Everyone is suddenly wearing dungarees. The summer belongs to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and by extension all things Greek.

Urban Junkies summer round up included The Athenian's new opening in Tooting Market...

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the first bit of 'indoor weather' we've encountered this summer had us scrambling for returns for The Lehman Trilogy on Friday, and after managing to get in, all we can say is GO. It's sold out until October, so get a move on.

Check out Buzzfeed's "This Restaurant Only Serves Chips 'N' Dips" video dedicated to Hipchips

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This Restaurant Only Serves Chips 'N' Dips

Evening Standard featured Oslo Hackney in their "Top Summer Spritz" list...

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Elsewhere Elle Decoration July Issue featured the beautiful interiors of Lahpet...

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Burmese food specialist's Lahpet were reviewed by Timeout magazine and was the publication's Restaurant of the Week...

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Secret London featured Chiringuito in their round up of amazing things to do this August...

55 Totally Kick-Ass Things To Do In London In August 2018

August begins with no World Cup, no Wimbledon, and no Love Island. To soften this blow, we've put together a nifty little guide to all the wonderful things to do in August, so get planning! Dizzee Rascal. Marshmello. Armin Van Buuren. Martin Solveig. Galantis. Idris Elba.

Qauglino's was featured on London on the Inside for their New York pop-up at Dante...

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Plenty of New York bars and restaurants do pop-ups in London, but it's more unusual for it to happen the other way around. So we're very happy to see London institution Quaglino's hoping over the pond this August for a three day pop-up at Dante, currently 16 on the World's Best Bars list.

Sheerluxe named Blade Hairclubbing in their round-up of the best places to celebrate this year's London Pride...

Where To Celebrate London Pride This Weekend

Standing proud and shouting loud in support of the LGBTQ+ community, W London is inviting revellers to 'Be who you are, wherever you are' at its series of bold, all-inclusive events.

Raasay Distillery is reported by Forbes to be "Scotland's New Pleasure"...

Sleeping In A Distillery, Scotland's Newest Pleasure

The Jura Hotel is a place of pilgrimage for the single malt-minded - a chance to sleep within sniffing distance of a distillery but recently, other whisky houses have started to provide accommodation. Raasay is a tiny island - just 14 miles long by 3 miles wide - that lies between Skye and mainland Scotland.

Wild Thyme Spirits first batch of gin produced on the isle of Colonsay, Wild Thyme 909, was featured in The Times...

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Coin Laundry's Guacho Margarita cocktail recipe was included in The Independent's top five list for National Tequila Day...

Five of the best cocktails for National Tequila Day

You know the party's about to start when someone cracks open a bottle of tequila. The much-beloved Mexican spirit, which is made from the blue agave plant, is often best enjoyed as a shot with a sprinkle of salt beforehand and a slice of lime afterwards.

Blade was featured on Mail Online as one of the top places to eat and drink in July...

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PORT Magazine talked to Master Carver, Manzil Diniz, at Simpson's in the Strand about the "Art of Carving."

The Art of Carving: Simpson's in the Strand

Port speaks to Manzil Diniz - the master carver of Simpson's in the Strand - about continuing 190 years of tradition The restaurant scene in London has undergone a revolution in the last few decades.

The Savoy's American Bar Voted Best In The World

Legendary bar and longstanding KPR client wins big at Tales Of The Cocktail 

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On Saturday 21st July, The Savoy's American Bar won three significant prizes at the 12th Annual Spirited Awards® at Tales Of The Cocktail, New Orleans 2018Best International Bar Team, Best International Hotel Bar, and the Award’s most prestigious prize, World’s Best Bar.  

Winning at the highly regarded Tales Of The Cocktail is the perfect addition to what has been an exciting past year for the world renowned American Bar, following the launch of its new cocktail menu, 'Every Moment Tells A Story', the appointment of new Head Bartender, Maxim Schulte, and being awarded World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best 2017. 

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Widely regarded as the world’s premier cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail brings the most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe to New Orleans for five days of mixology-themed celebration. Tales of the Cocktail was hosted in New Orleans from July 17th to 22nd, 2018, and the Spirited Awards took place on July 21st, 2018. The Spirited Awards recognizes both national and international honorees across 25 categories. The nominees were selected from hundreds by an American and International judging committee comprising the most respected minds in the cocktail industry.  

Bar Manager Declan McGurk says:  

"This is an incredible achievement and a real tribute to every member of our team, who work so hard and in such a collaborative way to ensure the success of The Savoy’s American Bar. We are proud of the worldwide reputation the American Bar has established over the years, and being recognised at such a prestigious event demonstrates that we are succeeding in our efforts to continue to position it as a forerunner in the industry.”

Highlights June 2018

June was a thrilling month bringing heatwaves, cool cocktails and exciting events, including the World Cup kick-off. Here were some of our hottest highlights...

What more could you want in summer than afternoon tea with quirky cocktails and live music? Evening Standard seemed to agree when they featured Afternoon Par-Tea at The Cocktail Trading Company in their Go Guide…

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Head over to Vijay's Bar & Lounge for an experience that 'ticks all the boxes' according to Imbibe...

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Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock was packed with footie fans cheering on their favourite teams for the World Cup, providing the perfect place to unwind. Financial Times Magazine noted this when they selected Skylight as one of this summer's hottest rooftop venues...

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Where can you get the perfect combination of opera, music and theatre, alongside Italy’s most delicious foods and wines? Check out The Sunday Times Travel Hotlist for their feature on The New Generation Festival, which will be taking place in the beautiful Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini in Florence this August…

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The Observer Magazine reviewed Raasay Distillery, the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building, calling it ‘surpassingly comfortable.’

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Shortlist featured Colonsay Gin as a chosen craft spirit…

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Global gin lovers were offered a paradise when World Gin Day kicked off on the 9th June. Evening Standard featured Knight’s Bar at Simpson’s in the Strand as one of their top places to celebrate the day in London...

Where to celebrate World Gin Day

Get the tonic water on the chill and garnishes at the ready as World Gin Day returns for its 10th year. What better way to celebrate the nation's favourite spirit than to indulge in the drink itself? From cocktails to gin tours, here are the best ways to celebrate World Gin Day (June 9) in London.

Esquire enjoyed Coin Laundry’s delicious flavours, listing their cheeseburger as London’s best burger...

London's Best Burgers (Tried And Tested)

Our Experts Have Tried And Tested These Heavenly Buns So You Can Sink Your Teeth Straight Into The Best Burgers London Has To Offer

The Telegraph Magazine reviewed Burmese restaurant Lahpet, and were particularly taken by their signature dish the Lahpet tea-leaf salad, calling it ‘the most interesting dish you can go for.’

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Who doesn’t love a traditional martini, making National Martini day on the 19th June a popular calendar event. GQ listed American Bar at The Savoy as one of their top bars for the best martinis, calling their Savoy Martini ‘the true classic.’

National Martini Day: where to find London's best

The most simple and stylish of cocktails, the Martini celebrates its very own day on 19 June. But as this stone-cold classic usually contains only two major ingredients (plus bitters and garnish), how hard can it be to get it right? Very, it turns out.

 

Highlights May 2018

May provided the perfect breach between spring and summer, giving us the royal wedding and two bank holidays to enjoy. Proving there is never a dull moment at Kapranos PR, here were some of our highlights.

The Time Out team went undercover in Moonshine Saloon, transported to the wild west for an immersive cocktail experience...

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This secret moonshine saloon will transport you to the Wild Wild West in West London. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2J85eVC

Metropolitan Magazine featured Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock as London's best rooftop destination for fun in the sun...

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Hot on their heels, London Evening Standard provided the perfect place to watch the Royal wedding with a drink in hand, listing Skylight in their top venues... 

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Longing for whisky on tap and dreaming of an unconventional holiday? Check out National Geographic's feature on the Isle of Raasay Distillery, the only distillery in Scotland to offer luxury accommodation within the same building...

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Emerald Street featured Colonsay Gin as their must try tipple, made using handpicked botanicals from the quiet Hebridean island it's named after....

Stationery, booze and a biology lesson

The whole collection from purveyors of excellent stationery Present & Correct will set your heart aflutter. Rubbers, memo books, coloured pens, highlighters, envelopes and exotically shaped paper clips... the whole squad is most certainly here.

English Wine Week saw celebrations of the best vino across the country. Simpson's in the Strand collaborated with the Ridgeview estate in Sussex to create a four-course food and wine pairing menu, as reported by The Telegraph...

The best events to celebrate English Wine Week

English Wine Week 2018 is a national campaign, set to celebrate English wine across the country. Commencing over the Spring Bank Holiday, from May 26 until June 3, it's the perfect excuse to visit a vineyard - and to sample a glass or two yourself.

Gin lovers were in for a treat this month as Ask For Janice launched a month long pop up from artisanal Scottish Distillers, Arbikie Gin, as announced on Urban Junkies....

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with part of our team currently at the International Music Summit in Ibiza (IMS), it's safe to say we have Ibiza on the mind. There's a lot of news from the White Isle: a Pacha refurb (wahey!), a new, central agroturismo style hotel from the Mambo Group (called Casa Maca), and a new Beso Beach location on Salinas.

Wanting great food for a low price? Metropolitan Magazine highlighted the Tea Leaf Salad (£7.50) from Burmese restaurant Lahpet, calling it 'modest yet revelatory'. 

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Proving there is nothing Britain loves more than a Royal Wedding, The Savoy Hotel and private members Devonshire Club, created their own majestic afternoon teas in celebration, as mentioned in London Evening Standard...

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Feria De Londres brought its famous Andalusian carnival spirit to Southbank for the Spring Bank Holiday. The event included tapas, cocktails, Flamenco and live Spanish music, as previewed on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch...

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Sheerluxe featured colonial era Vijay's Bar & Lounge in the heart of Fitzrovia as one of its top bars to try out in June....

6 New Bars To Try This June

A new all-day destination is opening up in Liverpool Street's Andaz Hotel. Inspired by Hogarth's series of eight paintings, The Rake's Progress, the Russell Sage Studios-designed Rake's Café Bar will house three relaxed spaces: the Front Room will play host to the main café-bar and DJs Thursday-Saturday; the Parlour will be a relaxing lounge area; while No.3 is a secret room that can be closed off for private parties.

Highlights April 2018

April was dominated by Easter and that meant chocolate, cheer and this year some surprising heatwaves, hinting at a glorious summer to come. Here at Kapranos PR we were stuffed with exciting events and here were some of our highlights.

Dan Pavey, resident beers and whisky expert at Urban Leisure Group told ShortList his go to beer and whisky combination for a first date, 'my favourite boilermaker is Hopf Helle Wiesse with Pikesville Straight Rye Whisky from Heaven Hill.'

11 beer and whisky chaser orders that'll make you look (really) cool at the bar

Right, let's not mess around: a boilermaker is the best drinks order you can make at the start of a first date. We said it. We're standing by it. And we're right. Good whisky followed by cold beer equals two thumbs up from me and three from your date.

For whisky lovers who were looking for the perfect holiday destination, R&B Distillers had it covered. Check out The Sunday Times Ireland feature on the Isle of Raasay Distillery, the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building...

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The Drinks Business reported on an new adventure for Wild Thyme Spirits as they began to move gin production to their HQ on the beautiful Inner Hebridean Island of Colonsay...

Wild Thyme Spirits to move gin production to Isle of Colonsay

The distiller hopes to produce its first "island batch" of Colonsay Gin in May. Founded by Fin and Eileen Geekie in 2017 after they relocated to the island from Oxfordshire, Wild Thyme has until now been produced with the assistance of Strathearn Distillery.

Esquire listed Simpson's In The Strand's slow-cooked duck breast as a dish you need on your radar, calling it 'delicate yet deeply satisfying.'

What We're Eating This Week: Flame-Grilled Chateaubriand & Bottomless Charcuterie

1 | Asparagus & Boiled Eggs (at 45 Jermyn St.) Someone should be sounding a claxon because asparagus season is here and, dear lord, is it good. Yes, ok, you can purchase watery tree trunks at any time of year but now? Now is when they get good.

American Bar at The Savoy Hotel is renowned for its portraits of iconic screen and stage artists from Ava Gardner to David Bowie. Read how this inspired a new cocktail menu entitled Every Moment Tells A Story in Evening Standard...

Incredible photos of icons have inspired a new cocktail menu

The American Bar at The Savoy has hosted some of the world's most recognisable faces - not just for a drink or two, but also in the decor. Portraits of the iconic figures from film and music taken by legendary British photographer Terry O'Neill have adorned the American Bar since the Eighties, and now the photography collection is inspiring a new cocktail menu at the bar.

For those hunting down the best cocktail, look no further than Evening Standard's feature on American Bar, where they spoke with bartender Pippa Guy on why the Negroni is her favourite "it epitomises beauty in simplicity."

What you have to order in London's 10 best bars

Though it's not hard to find a decent drink in London, there's no such thing as the perfect bar. What makes a place work one evening might be its downfall the next, and besides, fun things wear thin when they're done too much.

Hot on their heels, The Independent named American Bar as one of the top cocktail bars in the UK, serving up a variety of 'cocktails with a side of class.'

11 of the best cocktail bars around the UK

What constitutes a great cocktail bar, while sometimes subjective, centres around consistent themes: elegance; innovation; aesthetics; and most importantly, a kick-ass drinks menu. According to Tristan Stephenson, drinks industry professional and author of The Curious Bartender books, the best bars are "the ones that do things effortlessly, and make you forget you're even in a bar and not somebody".

GQ featured Burmese restaurant Lahpet as one of its coolest things to do in London, calling the homemade Shan Tofu 'unlike anything you'll have tried elsewhere' 

10 coolest things to do in London this week

Things to do in London this week and weekend: The Rolling Stones at the London Stadium, Giant Steps outdoor venue opening in Hackney Wick

Detailed history, delicious cuisine, imaginative technology. Where can you get all three? See Stylist's inclusion of Le Petit Chef in their Unusual dining experiences in London you need to try roundup...

Unusual dining experiences in London you need to try

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Private members' Devonshire Club in Central London is known for its luxury and glamour. Now for the first time, it has opened its doors to non-members after launching a new restaurant run by chef Adam Gray, as reported by Evening Standard....

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AN EVENING CELEBRATING ORGANIC GREEK PRODUCE

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In the UK, Greek Food historically has been seen as little more than plastic wrapped Feta Cheese, Olives, Moussaka and the rather challenging Retsina Wine.

But something new and exciting has been happening in the Greek food and drink industry over the last 10 years and we were very lucky to experience it for ourselves last week at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street hosted by Premium Quality Organic Food from Greece.   

From the trend of using the distinctive flavour of Mastiha in some of London’s finest cocktails bars, to the continued discovery of the health benefits of currants, and the desire for chefs to only use the finest artisan Greek cheeses in their dishes, there is a strong demand in the UK’s food and drink industry for authentic and organic regional Greek produce.

To bring this story to a wider audience, a series of pan-European tasting events are being organised - funded by the EU and Greek Government. The UK event which took place last Monday 23rd April 2018 at the Hyatt Andaz Hotel was specifically highlighting the impressive range of organic foods now being produced in Greece and their many health benefits.  Each producer and co-operative who attended introduced the latest additions to its ranges, and we were treated to a taste of them through a beautifully designed menu by award winning Executive Chef Altanis Apostolos from Hyatt Regency, Thessaloniki.

The Co-operatives and Companies that participated were:

Kourellas  - an innovative dairy company located in Graven that produces a range of Artisan Cheeses and yoghurts using milk from its own farms. - www.kourellas.gr

Pesunion  - an agricultural co-operative union located in Aigio that now processes over 90% of Greece's Vastizza PDO currants www.pesunion.gr

Krokos Kozanis  - Saffron has been cultivated in the region of Kozani since the 17th century. Located in Krokos, Greece, this cooperative has the complete responsibility for collecting, processing, packing and distributing Saffron for use as a spice and for organic Tea and drinks www.safran.gr  

Mediterra SA - Located in Chios, Mediterra SA, was founded in 2002 with the main objective to promote the consumption of mastiha and to explain its health properties and sells organic products  based on Chios Mastic including Alcoholic Liqueurs, confectionery, jams, etc.   www.mastihashop.com   

Blauel Greek Organic Products - Located in Mani, Blauel is the oldest and largest award winning farming project in Greece. The company produces a range of products including dried tomatoes, olive paste, garlic, oregano, basil, capers, vinegar, Organic extra virgin olive oil with Chios mastic or lemon, Organic Olives, Green Mani, Kalamata olives Mani, and vegetables in organic olive oil.   www.blauel.gr 

 

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Highlights March 2018

Spring has sprung! Trees are sprouting, the birds are singing, the breeze is blowing, and the temperature is in a pleasant range – albeit let’s not forget the huge dumping of snow in the middle of March! It’s been a busy month so far and here are some of our best bits.

Where do expressive dance and indulgent food meet? Culture Trip reviews An Evening of Meat, 'If you like your dinner with a side of feminism, this is the event for you.'

Feminist Restaurant Shows That Women Aren't for Consumption in Meat Pop-Up

Female equality and sexuality, a six-course meat-based dinner and thought-provoking modern dance come together in an evening that positively explores female bodies in a safe and entertaining space. At the event, dancers perform on the dining tables while attendees are eating, wearing risqué underwear to celebrate female sexuality and sexual adventurousness.

Opera Wire speak to the sensational Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan about her involvement with The New Generation Festival...

Q & A: Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan On the BBC Cardiff Competition & The New Generation Festival

On April 9, 2018, audiences will gather at London's Coliseum for the International Opera Awards to honor those who come from across the globe to make opera what it is today. Among them will be Armenia soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, who is coming off a massive success in 2017 when she was among the contestants for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Ensuring unmissable entertainment for classical music lovers this summer, Opera Now lists Florence's  The New Generation Festival as one of its Unexpected Pleasures...

 

 

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Metro named OSLO and NUALA in their best places to celebrate everything Irish and St Patrick's Day this year...

 

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Hot on their heels, London Evening Standard also featured OSLO and NUALA in their St Paddy's day roundup...

 

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Soho favourite HIPCHIPS collaborated with Bailey's to create the ultimate St Paddy's Day indulgence as featured in The Evening Standard...

 

Hipchips are serving crisps with a Baileys dip for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day usually means a pint or two - and then a craving for something to soak them up. Revellers taking a tour of Soho on March 17 will be pleased to hear that crisp bar Hipchips are getting in the spirit of things this year.

Where can you get the perfect combination of whisky on tap and unrivalled views? Check out Munchies feature on the Isle of Raasay Distillery...

 

PHOTOS: This Remote Whiskey Distillery Is Straight Out of a Postcard

It's an incredible crisp winter's day-minus three degrees Celsius before wind chill-and so still that the quiet leaves my city ears ringing. In the distance, I can see the Red Cuillin mountains on the nearby Isle of Skye, today topped with snow. A bird flies past. A lone car passes by on the road.

Leading up to Easter, Esquire listed Simpson's in the Strand as the place to go for a traditional roast lamb, 'you can't match the unbeatably British Simpson's in the strand.' 

 

What We're Eating This Week

To South Kensington, where super-chef Phil Howard has created a special dish to eat alongside the newest vintage of Champagne Bollinger, which has only just gone on sale - to much excitement. These guys don't release vintages very often (only when good enough) and the "Recently Disgorged" ones are the most coveted due to extended ageing.

 The Oban Times reports on an exciting month for Founders of Wild Thyme Spirits, Fin and Eileen Geekie, who are moving gin production to their headquarters on Colonsay... 

 

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Packing a perfect punch this month is West Hampstead's retro bar and pizzeria Bobby Fitzpatrick. Check out Alessandro Paludet's delicious punch recipes perfect for sharing, as featured in Bar Magazine. 

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Highlights February 2018

While February may be the shortest month of the year, at Kapranos we strive hard to make sure it’s one of our busiest. Whether we’re sourcing the frying pans for Shrove Tuesday, feeling festive for Chinese New Year or getting loved-up on Valentine’s Day, February always packs in the punches and here are some of our best bits.

Niall Davidson’s Irish joint NUALA has been making serious waves since it opened back in January. The Financial Times’ Tim Hayward visited NUALA and here was his reaction: ‘I once found a £50 note on a deserted beach. This was an equally inexplicable, uncomplicated joy.’

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This February Kapranos PR organised a hugely successful press trip to the beautiful Isle of Rassay to visit its token distillery. Here’s Scotch Whisky’s review of The Tweeddale A Silent Character…

 

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A neat split between single malts and single grains this week, with three of each, including liquid from two closed distilleries (Carsebridge and Cambus, the latter the source of The Tweeddale A Silent Character). There's also a hefty dollop of aged whisky here.

Brook Green’s latest pizza haunt, Zia Lucia, was named by County & Town House as one of the best pizza restaurants in London…

8 of the Best Pizza Restaurants in London 2018 | Food Reviews

Neapolitan pizza is so good that it has recently become protected by UNESCO - but luckily for us, many Italians have flown the nest to bring Londoners a taste of their patrimony. We've found the best spots for a good pizza in London, from the traditional to green pizza bases and fully-vegan options.

Check out Tania Ballantine’s review of NUALA in Time Out’s Magazine…

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Wallpaper Magazine featured Ask For Janice’s ‘Designer Pancakes’ in its Shrove Tuesday round up…

London's top 5 designer pancakes for Shrove Tuesday 2018

Not known for being the most refined snack, pancakes are getting a dusting of sophistication this year in London. We've eaten our way through the capital's cafés, bars and crêperies to bring you the best in high pancake design for Shrove Tuesday. (Some...

If you fancy reading about something slightly alternative, check out Foodism’s review of London first ‘hairclub’, Blade

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Evening of Meat: where fine dining meets performance art,  The Evening Standard sets the record straight that 'women aren’t pieces of meat'...

New feminist London restaurant shows 'women aren't pieces of meat'

Dancers are to perform half-naked on diners' tables to show that female sensuality does not make women "a piece of meat". Director Kate March and her all-female creative collective, I AM, are bringing An Evening Of Meat - previously performed in Berlin, Sydney and Hong Kong - to London next month.

Highlights January 2018

Even the most jovial of us can find January a rather dark, dreary and depressing time of the year. The post-Christmas come down coupled with long dark nights can certainly leave us with a bad a case of January blues. While most are happy to see the back of this month here at Kapranos we have been busy kick-starting 2018 and so far it’s got off to a fantastic start.

This January the first Rassay distillery opened to visitors and The Idler Magazine interviewed Alasdair Day about the art of whiskey making on such a remote island..

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The Evening Standard featured Zia Lucia in London’s best gluten free restaurants guide...

London's best gluten-free restaurants

Despite the incredible breadth of London's dining scene, those with an intolerance of gluten have traditionally had it tough. For a long time, gluten-free dining options have either been leaden or liable to fall to dust (here's looking at you, Genius bread) but things are looking up with restaurateurs, bakers and supermarkets widening our choice with game-changing new dishes and products.

After the hugely successful World’s Best Martini Challenge at OSLO, we were thrilled about seeing the WBMC winner, Arbikie, making the world's best martini live on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch!

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Tatler sent tails wagging with a retrospective article on last year’s New Generation Festival and we cannot wait for this year’s!

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Laura Richards from Time Out reviewed Old Street’s newest drinking haunt, NUALA, and gave it a sweet 5 stars…

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West Hampstead's fashionable bar, The Gallery, with its extensive whiskey selection, was featured in The Telegraph’s Best Burns Night events…

The best Burns Night events in London

Burns Night, the annual celebration of the life of Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest poet, is held each year on his birthday, January 25. It sees revellers celebrate with a long night of food, whisky, poetry and dancing - and the inevitable bagpipes.

The London Evening Standard featured The Savoy’s American Bar where Terry O’Neil, the only photographer to have officially snapped all seven James Bond actors, was speaking this month...

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The Florentine featured the highly anticipated New Generation Festival in its round up of 2018 events...

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HIPCHIPS was certainly a hip destination to go to for those trying veganuary. The Evening Standard certainly thought so...

You can now get vegan crisps in London

Vegan cake, vegan burgers, vegan pizza and now vegan crisps. It's official: London has gone green food crazy. Crisp shack HIPCHIPS has just added itself to the Veganuary train by offering Londoners a load of animal free dips. If you haven't been yet, Soho's ultimate gimmick is known for its specially handcrafted 'heritage' crisps and sweet and savoury dips.