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Chocolate Week 2013 

Prepare your tastebuds for serious indulgence at London’s Chocolate Week, which celebrates the best cocoa-based products and the people that make them. All of London’s top chocolatiers are taking part, and you can enjoy exclusive tastings, lectures, workshops and special restaurant menus as part of the festivities. One of the festival highlights is the Salon du Chocolat this weekend: an enormous exhibition of chocolate-related goodness in Olympia, which features demonstrations, tastings and an extraordinary Chocolate Fashion Show alongside exclusive shopping opportunities. For more information on all Chocolate Week events, visit the website. 14-20 Oct

Frieze Art Fair at Regent’s Park

The Frieze Art Fair is one of the world’s most famous art festivals. Located in the beautiful Regent’s Park, the fair gives art fans the chance to view 150 of the globe’s leading galleries in one place. As well as seeing an astonishing range of contemporary art, you can attend film screenings and listen to talks and music. Adult  tickets are £34.40. 17-20 Oct   

Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia

Track down the truth about South America’s lost city of gold at this fascinating new British Museum exhibition, which explores what Colombia was like in the three millennia before the Spanish arrived. You’ll see an array of rare objects including textiles, stone necklaces and spectacular gold masks, and learn about how gold was used as both a symbol of power and a way to get in touch with animal spirits. Adult tickets are £10. 17 Oct-23 Mar

The Family Arts Festival

Following on from last year’s hugely inspiring London 2012 Festival, this event takes place across the UK and features dance, music, arts, theatre and much more. In London, highlights include jazz at the artsdepot, a family performance of ‘Muse of Fire’ at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. For full details of what’s on near you, visit the festival website. 18 Oct-3 Nov

Russell Square Weekend

Both children and adults can expand their minds at this fun festival in the heart of Bloomsbury. Running from 10am until 7pm on Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Sunday, the festival offers a mix of projects, installations, performances and events guaranteed to entertain and intrigue. Highlights of the diverse programme include the SOAS World Music Stage, a lecture on the history of poo and the performance of a dance inspired by insect bites. Entry is free. 19-20 Oct

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What To See and Eat at Chocolate Week 2012 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:00:47 +0000

Chocaholics will be flocking to London next week for Chocolate Week 2012. Running from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October, the annual event celebrates the work of top chocolatiers and chocolate companies at various venues across the capital. Here are some of the week’s most delectable treats:

Chocolate Unwrapped, 13-14 Oct, London Film Museum Covent Garden, see website for talk and demonstration times
Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in this decadent celebration of chocolate. Marvel at chocolate sculptures, watch chocolate cooking demonstrations and taste a variety of exciting new flavours, unexpected pairings and classic favourites from Britain and around the world. £10 in advance, £12 on the door, children £5.

Chocalligraphy Kids Workshop, 13 Oct, 10.30am-12.30pm, Rococo Chocolates
An innovative children’s workshop at leading London chocolatier, Roccoco Chocolates. Organisers promise plenty of good clean fun – with aprons provided. And the best chocalligrapher wins a prize. Free, but booking is essential

Chocolate Safari: From Virunga Park to Park Lane, 10 and 13 Oct, 3.30-5.30pm
Food writer Sudi Pigott leads an Original Beans chocolate safari  through the “wilds” of Park Lane. Taking in savoury and sweet dishes at three of Mayfair’s leading restaurants, interspersed with a short history of chocolate. Participating restaurants and chefs: Andre Garratt with Fred Sireix, Galvin at Windows; Theo Randall at Theo Randall at The Intercontinental; and Regis Curan at Nobu. £40

Cacao Revolution, 9 Oct, 6.30-9.30pm, Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar
Great chocolate needs great cacao. Members of the newly formed Direct Cacao organisation and other guests discuss issues facing the chocolate industry and how we can create a revolution to protect the world’s cacao resource. £10

Choc Tales from Dean Street, 11 Oct, 6.30-8.30pm, 68 Dean Street
World-class chocolatiers pair up with talented cocktail makers in this period property to present a unique cocktail and chocolate experience. Damian Allsop, Paul A Young, William Curley, Artisan du Chocolat, Rococo and The Grenada Chocolate Company are all participating. £45

Hotel Chocolat Supper Club, 12 Oct, 7pm, Roast+Conch
The Boucan Supper Club is a delicious introduction to Hotel Chocolat’s exclusive “cacao cuisine” style of cooking. Held at Roast+Conch in Covent Garden, the four-course dinner will feature cocoa throughout and served with matching wine. £75

Mexican Chocolate Feast, available after 5pm throughout Chocolate Week at various branches of Benito’s Hat
This fabulous feast features a main, dessert and cocktail and pays homage to the cocoa bean’s heritage. Dishes include chocolate chicken mole burrito, chocobrownie cake and Mexican chocolate martini. £15.95 per person

Paul A Young at The Folly, launches 8 Oct, The Folly
Master chocolatier Paul A Young has teamed up with bar and restaurant The Folly to run a pop-up shop throughout October. Buy luxurious sweet treats, enrol in a masterclass or drink winter-warming hot chocolate

The Chocolate Dream Package, throughout Chocolate Week, available at The Marylebone Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel and The Kensington Hotel.
Three Doyle Collection hotels are offering a chocolate dream package which includes accommodation, chocolate cocktails , chocolate themed dinner, a chocolate gift, breakfast and 20% off Demarquette the chocolatier. From £290 per couple

The East India Company, open Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm and Sun, 11am-5pm Sun
The flagship shop of the historic East India Company will be marking Chocolate Week with some delectable tastings in-store. Try chocolate covered fruits, nuts and coffee beans, or have a sip of the wonderful drinking chocolate made in a stylish hot chocolate kettle. There are also beautiful chocolate boxes, and plenty of unusual chocolate bars, biscuits and even sugar. Free

Will you be indulging this Chocolate Week?

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Visit London Asks: How Will You Celebrate Chocolate Week? Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:53:18 +0000

Chocolate Week starts today (hurray!) and we’d love to know how you’re planning to indulge over the next seven days.

Enjoy an afternoon sugar rush with special chocolate afternoon teas at The Botanist, The Royal Horseguard’s hotel or the Hilton on Park Lane. Or try a Fairtrade chocolate cocktail at K West.

Work your way through an entire chocolate dinner at the Bingham. Or maybe just pay a visit to your favourite chocolate shop?

Chocolate Week 11-18 Oct 2010

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