Recent Coverage Highlights

Below are some of our favourite pieces of press we secured last month. From Eve Wrestling to The New Generation Festival, the coverage really shows our diverse range of events clients, and how we can use our varied contacts within both specialised and mainstream consumer press to achieve high profile pieces. We hope you enjoy reading our best bits!

Moya Crockett, from Stylist.com, wrote a long read about femininity, body image and empowerment following her transformative experience at Eve: Riot Grrrls of Wrestling.

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EVE founders Emily and Dann Read appeared on BBC Breakfast to speak about women’s wrestling and their upcoming EVE wrestling matches.

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Time Out included the ‘Sounds Familiar Music Quiz’ at Skylight in their weekly ‘Things to Do’ round-up.

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GQ Japan covered the New Generation Festival in a feature on world festivals held over summer 2019.

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The Telegraph included Ridgeview Vineyard in a piece on '20 Great Boozy Days Out’.

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High Life, the inflight travel magazine for British Airways, featured The Savoy in a beautifully-illustrated article on afternoon tea.

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Lonely Planet included The Savoy in a round-up of the 10 best afternoon teas in London.

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Londonist’s Lydia Manch wrote a praise-chocked review of the Beaufort Bar’s newly-launched cocktail menu.

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The Nudge gave similar praise to the new menu concept at the Beaufort Bar in a review of Music, Magic and Drama.

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Courier featured Coupette’s autumnal cocktail Punk in their bi-monthly print magazine.

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The Islington Gazette interviewed Zia Lucia founders Gianluca D’Angelo and Claudio Vescovo on their new pasta venture Berto.

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Evening Standard included Berto’s launch in their weekly ‘foodie news’ round-up.

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The Grand Flâneur Walk 2019

“Anyone”, declares Gustav Temple, “can be a Chap”.

And he should know. As co-founder of The Chap magazine in 1999, and editor to this day, Temple has spent the last two decades writing about the sartorial and lifestyle choices necessary for one to become a gentleman, a dandy, or as his most recent event shows: a flâneur.

Organised by the chaps (and chapettes) at The Chap magazine, The Grand Flâneur Walk took place last Sunday. The art of flânerie is shown through a disinclination for destination, a reluctance for route, a penchant for purposelessness… and after meeting at the statue of Beau Brummell on Jermyn Street, the attending ladies and gentlemen demonstrated the true spirit of a flâneur through their choice of course: none.

Participants also appeared to adhere to Temple’s strict rules for Chap fashion; both the gentlemen and the ladies donned (and subsequently doffed) an impressive range of headwear, from trilby to top hat, and all kept their clothing choices modest, practical and perfectly suited to the moderate yet breezy warmth of the afternoon.

Unsurprisingly, such a fancy event in the heart of London’s tailoring district did not go unnoticed (or un-covered). Below is a selection of the best coverage of last Sunday:

London Town , the ‘Number one internet site for London’, listed the Walk on their website

London Town, the ‘Number one internet site for London’, listed the Walk on their website

Weekender  popped the details of the event on their page

Weekender popped the details of the event on their page

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Londonist  included the Walk in their monthly round-up of ‘Things To Do’ in July

Londonist included the Walk in their monthly round-up of ‘Things To Do’ in July

Time Out  also featured the Walk in their ‘Things To Do’ section

Time Out also featured the Walk in their ‘Things To Do’ section

The Handbook  included the Walk in their round-up of ‘Wondrous Weekend Ideas’

The Handbook included the Walk in their round-up of ‘Wondrous Weekend Ideas’

The Times  featured this dapper picture in their ‘News in Pictures’ round-up

The Times featured this dapper picture in their ‘News in Pictures’ round-up

The Telegraph  included an excellent shot of these gentlemen in their ‘Pictures of the Day’ article

The Telegraph included an excellent shot of these gentlemen in their ‘Pictures of the Day’ article

‘Top 50 Cocktail Bars’ Award 2019

We were delighted to see that four of our bars have been featured in the recent ‘Top 50 Cocktail Bars’ list for 2019: American Bar at the Savoy, Coupette, Heads + Tails, and Beaufort Bar at the Savoy.

Placing fifth, American Bar at the Savoy can add this award to its extensive list of accolades. The nearly 130 year old establishment continues to ‘raise the bar’ for bartenders all over the world; having received the title of ‘World’s Best Bar’ in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ List 2017, and ‘World’s Best Bar’ at ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ 2018, it comes as no surprise to see American Bar at the Savoy taking home another award. And with the launch of their new cocktail menu in April 2019, a collaborative effort from Head Bartender Maxim Schulte and Director Of Bars, Declan McGurk, visitors to American Bar can experience an industry first: a cocktail menu accompanied by a live album from resident piano player Jon Nickoll. Talk about tasting notes!

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At number twelve is Chris Moore’s Coupette. After opening in 2017, Coupette made a dramatic entrance into the London bar scene by earning the ‘Best New Opening’ award in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ List 2018 (as well as jumping straight to number 18), and winning ‘Specialist Bar of the Year’ and ‘Cocktail of the Year’ at CLASS Bar Awards 2019. Their new cocktail menu ‘Summer’ spans decades, with Board Room transporting patient sippers to the thick smoky atmosphere of a 1980s boardroom meeting, and Strawberries & Cream drawing drinkers into the sunny haze of next week’s Wimbledon final. Like a tennis ball served by Serena Williams, we’re sure that Coupette is fast approaching new heights.

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Hot on their heels is West Hampstead’s Heads + Tails, entering in fourteenth place. A relatively new addition to West End Lane, the bar is the brainchild of industry experts and long-term collaborators Will Partridge and Chris Dennis. Their concept was to take one space and create two. Enter Heads, the ground floor bar with a penchant for greenery, lightbulbs and polished surfaces. And then, separated only by a staircase, comes Tails, the seedier sister bar with a secret — a secret garden. Like two sides of the eponymous coin, Heads + Tails is modelled on contrasts and juxtapositions: marble versus wood; huge windows versus shadowy walls; low alcohol serves and aperitivo-style drinks in the upstairs bar versus dark, moody, short drinks made with bourbon, rum and scotch. This spot has already become a local favourite, but with a nation of bartenders backing it, the penny has finally dropped.

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The Savoy makes a return to the list with Beaufort Bar at the Savoy claiming the thirty-fifth spot. After winning the coveted title of ‘Best International Hotel Bar’ at ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ 2015 and placing twenty-seventh in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ List 2015, Beaufort Bar has continued to protect its legacy as a locus of elegance, luxuriance and opulence through their new cocktail menu. Entitled ‘Music, Magic & Drama’, the menu pays homage to the founders of The Savoy Theatre: dramatist WS Gilbert, composer Arthur Sullivan, and hotelier Richard D’Oyly Carte. As for music, live performances are held every day from the adjoining Thames Foyer; as for magic, it is imbued in each and every order through the complex and mystifying processes which take place in the construction of the drinks. And for drama? The Beaufort Bar sits in the location of The Savoy’s old cabaret scene. The drama is timeless.

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The ‘Top 50 Cocktail Bars’ list is created through the collation of votes from everyone and anyone involved in the UK drinks scene; bartenders, managers, and drink experts from all over the UK all have the chance to give their input in order to create a truly representative and inclusive list of both industry cornerstones and local high street favourites.

Ridgeview Wine Estate places no. 36 at 50 World's Best Vineyards

SUSSEX SPARKLING WINE PRODUCER IS THE ONLY ENGLISH VINEYARD TO FEATURE ON GLOBAL LIST

Last night, England’s own Ridgeview Wine Estate made a triumphant entrance onto the World’s Best Vineyards list when it placed 36th out of the top 50 vineyards selected from estates spanning across 6 continents.

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The 50 World’s Best Vineyards list is assembled through the input of the World’s Best Vineyards Academy, a group made up of nearly 500 leading wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents. Each individual enters the Academy with a diverse range of experiences in the international wine and wine tourism scene, resulting in an exciting and eclectic range of global wine regions featured on the list.

There exists no set specification of requirements to be reached in order to be considered for the award, but members of the Academy were given the opportunity to nominate up to 3 vineyards inside and up to 4 outside their geographical voting region based on consideration of factors such as accessibility, reputation, aesthetics, price, ambiance, tour quality, and so on.

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The Ridgeview team were delighted to receive the award at the announcement ceremony at Banqueting House on Whitehall. CEO Tamara Roberts said:

"Incredible news for Ridgeview to be included in the top 50 vineyards in the world. The list features spectacular wineries from around the world and we are honoured to be listed alongside global wineries that we have long admired. It is fantastic for Ridgeview to be acknowledged not only for our wines but our beautiful setting amongst the South Downs of Sussex and the awards have placed an important spotlight on England as a global destination for wine tourism."

Over the last decade, English Sparkling Wine has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity, and Ridgeview has been a pioneering force within the scene. Founded in 1995, Ridgeview was one of the first wineries to be devoted to the production of English sparkling wine and gained global recognition in 2018 as it was crowned IWSC Winemaker Of The Year. Situated in Sussex on the South Downs of England, the winery is operated by the second generation of the Roberts family, making this accolade a particularly poignant one. Ridgeview is pleased to be a leading authority on English sparkling wine and keenly maintains a busy international travelling itinerary in order to further spread the word of not only Ridgeview wines, but the burgeoning English wine scene as a whole.

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Recent Coverage Highlight

Banquet of Hoshena, a new sensory dining experience from the producer of Dinner Time Story and in collaboration with Studio McGuire was featured in ES Magazine's Capital Gains...

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London's favourite Spanish food, drink & entertainment festival, Feria de Londres, was featured in April’s issue of Fly Be.

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Conde Nast Traveller includes The Savoy's new live entertainment programme in their ‘what do to in London right now’ section.

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Restaurant critic and jazz pianist Jay Rayner mentions ‘Live at The Savoy’ in his weekly column.

Matt Healy The Foundry, Leeds: 'Food to swear by' - restaurant review

From cheese toasties to shredded cabbage, Matt Healy shows there is an art to keeping it simple, says Jay Rayner

Evening Standard announcing dining pop-up Monsieur Le Duck’s new home in Clerkenwell.

London pop-up selling duck burgers finds a new home in east London

Duck-centric dining pop-up Monsieur Le Duck has found a new nest in Clerkenwell, and will be opening there from next month. Following a six-month stint in Spitalfields, the restaurant will reopen on May 9 at a site on Clerkenwell Road.

Harper’s Bazaar including The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar as a go-to for Mother’s Day.

Where to go this Mother's Day

The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds This restaurant with rooms in the Cotswolds village of Kingham is the perfect place to indulge in a bit of spa-based pampering this Mother's Day - the Bamford Haybarn is just five minutes away. Enjoy massages and facials, unwind with some yoga, then retreat to the fireplace of this cosy pub for hearty in-season fare.

Lost Boys Pizza's latest site in Camden featured in the restaurant news section of Food and Travel. 

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Poptata’s new Tooting bar, Top of the Pop, featured in Culture Whisper’s roundup of ‘best new bars in London: 2019’ 

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Former Notting Hill' pop-up bar The Little Yellow Door was the stuff of ledgend. If you haven't spent an evening behind said door, sipping cocktails or partying with the 'flatmates' who ran the place, you've probably heard stories about it from those who have.

The greatest show of Lucha Libre, featured in BA Highlife’s round up of things to do in London this month.

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The immersive GOT-themed murder-mystery feast, ‘Dinner is Coming’ reviewed by Time Out.

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Frankie Parham and Anush Hovhannisyan from The New Generation Festival were interviewed on Sky News Sunrise. The festival which champions young musical performers is gearing up for its exciting third year in Florence.

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Simpson's in the Strand's traditional roast lamb was featured in House and Garden’s “Fun things to do over Easter weekend” guide.

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Things to do in London at Easter 2019 - London activities from Easter afternoon tea and easter egg hunts to the hottest new exhibitions

Escapism Magazine wrote a thoughtful piece about Raasay Distillery and the secrets of this Hebridean island.

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In April, The Telegraph featured Fentimans' campaign to Save the Botanicals for Earth Day.

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Fun things to do in London on Easter weekend

Things to do in London at Easter 2019 - London activities from Easter afternoon tea and easter egg hunts to the hottest new exhibitions

OUR ROUND UP OF THE BEST BANK HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock Opens for Summer

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Feria de Londres | 24th - 26th May 2019

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Returning to the UK for its third year, Feria de Londres will be bringing its famous Andalusian carnival spirit to London over the last May bank holiday weekend. Colourful ‘casetas’ will be popping up in the aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens on the picturesque South Bank, serving up delicious Spanish tapas, refreshing cocktails, tasting workshops, vibrant Flamenco dance shows, interactive activities and live Spanish music. Taking place from 24th - 26th May, the three-day festival, inspired by Andalusia’s traditional spring fairs, is a resplendent celebration of Spanish cuisine and entertainment. Throughout the weekend, there will be chances for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations. Flamboyant dancers from London’s best flamenco schools will lead Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, while children can enjoy activities like face painting, fan making and kids flamenco dance lessons. Feria de Londres is a unique and free event that invites Londoners and tourists alike to experience first-hand the warmth, vitality and exuberance of Spanish culture.

Live at The Savoy with Judi Jackson | 24th May

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Taking place at The Savoy, every night of the week, Live at The Savoy is the new evening entertainment series featuring the new Musician in Residence and highly-acclaimed jazz vocalist, Judi Jackson, who will be performing on Friday 24th May. Having recently launched her debut album ‘Live in London’, the Virginia-born jazz vocalist and performer will embark on her new residency at The Savoy with an exciting new repertoire. Frequently on the road, Jackson has sold out headline shows world-wide and has collaborated with the likes of Warner Music’s George Moore and Michael League, member of Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy. Bringing her soulful tones to the heart of The Savoy, Jackson hopes to inspire audiences in the same way the legendary Wynton Marsalis and Mavis Staples influenced her while growing up. A new Thames Foyer evening menu will accompany the entertainment. Available from 7pm, the menu draws inspiration from Auguste Escoffier, the legendary ‘director of chefs’ at The Savoy in the late 1800s, who famously invented the Peach Melba. The menu is divided into three main sections; Prologue - suggested for between 7pm to 8:30pm, Story – suggested for between 8:30pm to 10:30pm and Epilogue to conclude.

Tickets can be purchased here and are priced at £25 per person with an additional minimum spend on food & beverage required at £20 per person. savoy@fairmont.com / +44 (0)20 7420 2111

Hebridean Whisky Festival 21st - 25th May

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The first Hebridean Whisky Festival is set to take place across the islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris between 21st-25th May 2019. Spread between the four distilleries along the Hebridean Whisky Trail, the festival will feature free tours, tastings, music, casks and special events at Talisker, Torabhaig, Isle of Raasay and Harris distilleries. Launched in 2018, the Hebridean Whisky Trail is a spectacular 115-mile route set amidst Skye’s stunning Cuillin mountains, Raasay’s beautiful coastline and seascapes and the famous white sandy shores of Harris. At the Isle of Raasay Distillery on Thursday 23rd May 2019, whisky pilgrims can hop across the water to the youngest distillery on the Hebridean Whisky Trail for the launch of the exclusive new warehouse and whisky and chocolate tours with delicious pairings of whisky and chocolate by Finlay MacDonald’s Glenshiel Chocolate Company. The festival finale is the ‘Big Day at Slig’ taking place at the Sligachan Hotel on Saturday 25th May in Skye. Here all four distilleries will come together in one place for a day of whisky tastings, Hebridean Whisky cocktails, Distillery vehicles, cask displays, craft ales and a visit from the Isle of Skye pipe band.

Recent Coverage Highlights

The Telegraph featured Heads + Tails, describing it as the bar that’s bringing a Hackney edge to West Hampstead…

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Stylist Magazine included Beaufort Bar at The Savoy in their list of 6 cool places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in London…

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GQ named Raasay While We Wait their scotch of the week, released by The Isle of Raasay Distillery

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Country & Townhouse Magazine featured the cartoons by Zoom Rockman, the latest Artist in Residence at Simpson’s in the Strand at The Savoy

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The Evening Standard included Monsieur Le Duck, where you can actually eat a duck heart this Valentine’s Day, in their list of best menus and dinners for a date night…

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The Burns Night celebration at Skylight Rooftop was featured in both The Independent and The Evening Standard…

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Stylist included The Meet in their list of the nation’s best vegan eateries…

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Marie Claire featured The New Generation Festival, which returns for its third year to the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini in Florence this summer…

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The Worlds Best Martini Competition got featured on an episode of Sunday Brunch…

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Watch the episode here.

Grazia featured the opening of Zia Lucia, the pizza joint known for its slow-fermented doughs and charcoal crusts, in Wembley Boxpark…

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Country & Townhouse Magazine interviewed Charlie Siem about his charity concert at Cadogan Hall…

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Monsieur Le Duck Makes A Splash

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The past few days have been terrific for new Gascony-inspired pop up, Monsieur Le Duck. Having been already raved about by the likes of the Londonist and The Week, this canard-tastic pop up was described on Sunday as being ‘like the first night of your French holiday’ by Observer restaurant critic, Jay Rayner. We hope that Monsieur Le Duck will find a permanent home once the pop up finishes in May, but before that, we recommend you all go down and try Le Grand Jeu - we can personally vouch that it’s incredible.

Monsieur Le Duck, London: 'It's like the first night of your French holiday' - restaurant review

If you are out for a duck and the taste of France, head to this tiny corner of Gascony, says Jay Rayner

Ooh La La, Monsieur: A Gascon Duck Restaurant Lands In Spitalfields

Lydia Manch Ooh La La, Monsieur: A Gascon Duck Restaurant Lands In Spitalfields Monsieur le Duck It's snowing outside on the evening that we visit Spitalfields' newest French restaurant, the spitting hail turning Monsieur Le Duck's bright, canteen-style space and Gascon-influenced menu into a beacon of warmth.

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We love duck, we love fries and we love wine, so when we heard there was a pop-up restaurant in Spitalfields called Monsieur Le Duck specialising in those three things, we had to fly on down and check it out.


London's Top Valentine's Day Cocktails

With the most romantic day just around the corner, it’s worth knowing about some of the fabulous Valentine’s day cocktails London has to offer. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with a loved one, a family member or splashing out on a Galentine’s date, we’ve collated a list of places you can go to get your hands on the finest tipples about town.

Pousse Rapière | Monsieur Le Duck

The new duck- focused pop-up restaurant, Monsieur Le Duck, located on Brushfield Street will be serving up a delicate aperitif from the South- West of France this Valentine's Day. The Pousse Rapière priced at £8consists of Armagnac liqueur & sparking wine and is the perfect precursor to a evening of French food and fondling.

50-50 & 24000 Baci | Quaglino's

Set in the heart of St James', Quaglino's will be hosting an entertainment filled Valentine's Day celebration complete with delicious food, sharing cocktails and live music. The bar will be serving up a delectable sharing cocktail, ideal for couples, named the 50-50 containing Cassis, Bergamotto, Tanqueray 10, ginger and lemon tea, bubbles at £25. Another specially designed cocktail on the menu for Valentine's Day is the gorgeous 24000 Baci,  which features Rinomato Aperitivo, Mancino Chinato, Chinotto, Peroni Ambra), priced at £14.

Fentimans Rose Spritz | Duck & Dry 

This February 14th, Fentimans will encourage busy Londoners to be their own Valentine and take time out of their hectic lives to treat themselves. For the occasion, Fentinmans has created a 'Love Yourself' menu which will be available exclusively for Valentine's Day at Duck & Dry, London's finest blow dry salons, across the capital. TV’s most recognisable bartender, Merlin Griffiths, will be behind the bar at the Oxford Circus Duck & Dry from 12pm-2pm where he will be whipping up Fentimans Rose Lemonade cocktails from the ‘Love Yourself’ menu which includes the blush pink and delicate Rose Spritz. 

Rose Spritz is a refreshing aperitivo cocktail made with Fentimans Rose Lemonade, simply served in a wine glass filled with ice, topped with Prosecco and garnished with fresh strawberries. This light and effervescent tipple is easy to recreate at home and to share with friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day. 

Evergreen | Simpson's in the Strand 

Tucked away upstairs at Simpson's in the Strand is the Knight's Bar, with cosy nooks and an innovative seasonal cocktail menu it is a beautiful hideaway to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails on Valentine's Day. The Allotment-inspired 'Boozy Bill of Fare' takes inspiration from the humble kitchen garden of Britain and this winter menu pays homage to ingredients that survive the winter's chill.  Evergreen (£16.50) comprises gin, pine, rosemary, birch, lime and English sparkling wine and while it nods to hardy plants that grow throughout Northern Europe, this complex cocktail also reminds us of perennial love that weathers all.

The Composer | Beaufort Bar

The dramatic jet-black and burnished gold décor of the romantic Beaufort Bar exudes the glamour of a time when stars graced the renowned cabaret stage at The Savoy. Its newly launched Music, Magic and Drama menu celebrates this theatrical history and it's 'Music' section is designed for the early evening  and evokes the bubbly, sociable and expectant mood felt at the start of a night out through a menu of light mixed drinks. This section also features an impressive selection of vintage and non-vintage champagne available by the glass and bottle. The Composer (£25) is made up of Vestal vodka, Louis Roederer Champagne, rhubarb cordial, Italics rosolio

London's Best Breakfasts

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day and we believe it’s important to do it right. Whether you’re seeking a quick morning munch stop on your commute or a long lasting brunch to while away a winter morning, we have a few suggestions for the best breakfasts around London.

Ask for Janice

Open from 7.30am and based on the edge of Smithfield's Market, AFJ is the perfect pit stop for an early morning coffee or for those passing through on their daily commute. Perfectly crisp on the outside while soft and pillowy on the inside, AFJ's homemade crumpets (£3) are a must for those who love a quintessentially British breakfast. Served with an array of homemade jams and lashings of salted butter, there are also plenty of other delicious baked goods to choose from and an array of larger plates including Chargrilled sweetcorn fritters, AFJ sweet chilli and tomato jam with poached egg and Longley farm crème fraîche (£8) or Poached plums, roasted buckwheat custard, almond crumble (£7). 

BOTTLES

Indulge in weekend brunch from pop-up restaurant concept SOOD Kitchen at Italian wine bar BOTTLES on Brushfield Street. Combining Italian warmth with London edge, the 2-storey wine bar is a relaxed and buzzy space that's wholly dedicated to the enjoyment of food and wine. Spilling out into Old Spitalfields Market with it's own floral terrace, BOTTLES is the perfect weekend destination brunch spot. Examples include: fried egg sandwich, guanciale, mozzarella, roasted garlic and chilli mayo, potato frittata, pepper fennel & dill salad (v) and oak smoked salmon and avocado on toast, seaweed and orange hollandaise.

Coin Laundry

Those not partaking in Dry January can book Bottomless Brunch from 10am-4pm (£22) on Saturdays and enjoy brunch classics such as Eggy bread, smoked bacon, caramelised banana, maple syrup (£9.50) and Cornish new potato and fresh pea hash, barrel aged feta, poached egg (£10). Brunch cocktails including a Pink Apple Fizz (Prosecco, apple, cranberry, cinnamon, lemon) while for those abstaining from booze for this month, Coin Laundry has just launched a 'Dry(ish) January' menu of low and zero alcohol cocktails including Kombuchas and Lavender Horchata. 

Kaspar’s at The Savoy

Renowned for its luxurious seafood selection, Kaspar's at The Savoy has put a twist on the traditional classic eggs Benedict and one of their favourites is Cornish Crab Benedict (£17). Diners can treat themselves to a toasted English muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs and a hollandaise sauce slightly spiked with lemon and bacon. For those not fond of fish for breakfast, Kaspar's also offers delectable sweet treats such as the rich and sticky Blueberry Pancakes with caramelised banana and maple syrup (£16).