Visit London Blog » planet hollywood http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Mother’s Day in London: Top 5 Afternoon Teas and Restaurant Treats For Mums http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:20 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38016 You know the story: you’ve arranged the Mother’s Day flowers and baked the Mother’s Day cake, but still want to treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day itself.

Here are the best Mother’s day ideas for mums who’ll be in London on Sunday 30 March 2014, including Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Mother’s Day brunch.


Fortnum and Mason
As well as a mother-daughter pampering session in the beauty rooms, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a classic Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (from £45 per person) on 30 March. This afternoon tea is set in the quintessentially British environment of the famous department store and includes sandwiches, scones, and an array of sweet treats. Plus, for all those extra special mums on Mothering Sunday, there’s a free gift to take home.

The Royal Academy of Arts
Here’s a great gift for mothers who have (a) a fondness for art, and (b) a fondness for London and will therefore return to the city throughout the year. Purchase an annual Friends of RA membership as a Mother’s Day gift (£90) – giving mum unlimited access to world class exhibits and a host of other goodies at The Royal Academy of Arts – and you’ll receive a free cream tea for two at the exclusive members-only Keepers House.


Kensington Palace

On Sunday 30 March, mothers can take a regal trip through history with the Georgian Tea Party at Kensington Palace. After taking a royal stroll through the splendid gardens, mums will be invited to partake in ladylike pursuits in the palace. A special afternoon tea will also be served in the 18th century Orangery restaurant. The Georgian Tea Party is included as part of the normal entrance ticket price but tea at The Orangery is not.


Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour hotel is a secluded hidden gem. The view out across the boats and the Thames creates a tranquil backdrop for spoiling mums. If you want to go grand with your Mother’s Day gift, treat her to an overnight stay, Champagne afternoon tea, chocolate truffles on arrival and full English breakfast (Mother’s Dearest Package from £330 per room per night). Alternatively, simply enjoy a leisurely brunch with unlimited Champagne for £55 per person on Sunday 30 March. If four or more adults dine, mums go for free.

Planet Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London
For families visiting London with younger children, there’s an opportunity to combine two of the West End’s most exciting experiences on Mother’s Day. For £36 per adult and £34 per child, you can enjoy the bizarre world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (pictured right), home to exhibits like the mirror maze and a full size knitted Ferrari. The fun doesn’t stop there because included in the price is a two-course lunch or dinner with drink at movie memorabilia restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

More Mother’s Day ideas

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London Bar and Restaurant Menus for Thanksgiving Day 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-bar-and-restaurant-menus-for-thanksgiving-day-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-bar-and-restaurant-menus-for-thanksgiving-day-2013/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:21:15 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35880 With only a few weeks left until the Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving Day 2013 in London is a good opportunity for Americans and fans of the US food and drink culture to give their festive taste buds a trial run. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking to splash the cash and treat your family to a proper traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner, Thursday 28 November 2013 can be a truly American day in London, if you have a few Thanksgiving ideas up your sleeve.

Budget London: Blues, Football and Pop-Ups

Jetlag
Fitzrovia’s home of live music and big screen sports action, Jetlag, is in a Thanksgiving Day mood for the entire day, screening NFL matinee movies and live NFL Thanksgiving football games later on (Green Bay Packers V Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders V Dallas Cowboys). To maintain the pace, the Thanksgiving menu includes pumpkin soup with bacon and cheese rolls (£5.50); roast turkey with whipped potato and apple cider gravy (£17.50); and a choice of either pecan pie or pumpkin pie (£6.50) for dessert. The celebration continues after the football with a live classic rock, pop and blues set from Mr Lee.

Blues Kitchen
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f Blues is your sweet, sweet thang, head to north London’s home of guitar-based American rock, The Blues Kitchen (pictured above), to check out The Untouchables, champions of raw Chicago blues. The Thanksgiving Day recipe for fun will also include an all-American Thanksgiving meal (pre-orders only) with dishes such as roast turkey with side dishes of roast potatoes, cranberry jelly, cornbread, steamed greens, Mac & Cheese and corn on the cob, with pumpkin pie for dessert, all for only £16 per person. Pumpkin ale will be flowing for the occasion and a DJ will be spinning vintage sounds until 1am.

Bodean’s
All four of London’s American Bodean’s BBQ smokehouse restaurants will be screening live NFL football games to complement their Thanksgiving turkey and ham sharing platter with cornbread stuffing, sandwiched between a clam chowder starter and a key lime pie dessert, all for only £22.95. Keep an eye out for the Brooklyn Brewery Pumpkin Ale too.

Grumblings From A Greedy Girl
Grumblings From A Greedy Girl will host a special American Thanksgiving pop-up evening in Tooting Market, for those with an intrepid heart. Here you can enjoy Thanksgiving food such as sweet potato soup topped with floating salted chilli marshmallows; turkey and cranberry sauce burgers with sausage stuffing on cornbread and pecan pie bars (pictured above). Diners can expect Thanksgiving activities like the Man V Food challenge, basketball hoops and a DJ. £30 per person, booking necessary.

Planet Hollywood
London’s star-spangled banner of American celebrity, Planet Hollywood, will have a two-course Thanksgiving Day lunch and dinner menu for £14.95 or, for those with serious American appetites, three courses for £19.95.

Treat Yourself

Joe Allen
Covent Garden’s classic American restaurant, Joe Allen (pictured above), is serving a traditional menu for £40 per person, including the Thanksgiving appetiser pulled pork and duck terrine with spiced plum and sour dough, followed by Sussex bronze slow-cooked Thanksgiving turkey and maple bacon bangers, pumpkin pie and marinated cherries, and coffee with petit fours.

Christopher’s
Christopher’s, another classic American restaurant in London’s West End, has an all-day three-course Thanksgiving Day menu which boasts a wide selection of stateside cuisine, such as the slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey served with side dishes of cornbread, hazelnut and Michigan cherry stuffing, cranberry relish, buttered beans and creamed potatoes. Leave enough room for the peanut butter chocolate tart dessert though. £48 per person, reservations required.

The Northall
The Northall, a grand restaurant in the Corinthia Hotel near Trafalgar Square, requires £65 from adults and £35 for kids in return for its lavish Thanksgiving Day lunch and dinner menu, promising (deep breath, here goes): Maryland softshell crab with southern spices; free range bronze turkey with sourdough, apple and golden raisin stuffing, roast sweet potato mash with raisins and marshmallow, Pennsylvania creamed corn, and pickled red cabbage; plus, lemon meringue pie for dessert; phew!

The Lockhart
One of London’s most recent American home-from-home additions, The Lockhart, is going one better than simple US food from 28 November – 1 December, with a Thanksgiving dinner menu paired with Californian wines. The Thanksgiving menu will be served family-style with starters to share; two main courses – including the traditional smoked heritage turkey; plus desserts of pecan pie with maple bourbon ice cream, and the classic pumpkin pie served with vanilla whipped cream. £60 per person (includes wines and a small recipe book containing tips on how to replicate this Thanksgiving dinner at home).

Also celebrating Thanksgiving Day in London…

CUT at 45 Park Lane is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner on 28 November for £90 per person. Stop off at Bar 45 (in the same hotel) first for a special Thanksgiving cocktail, priced at £16, which changes colour using an ice infusion.

Trader Vic’s, a recently-refurbished restaurant, also on Park Lane, will be adding pumpkin and shiitake mushroom eggrolls to the starter menu alongside roasted Diestel Thanksgiving turkey with traditional giblet gravy. Meyer lemon cranberry curd cheesecake is lined up for dessert.

Le Caprice and sister restaurant, 34, will both have Thanksgiving menus which include pumpkin martinis.

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Halloween Food, Cocktails and Events http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-halloween-food-cocktails-and-events/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-halloween-food-cocktails-and-events/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:01:25 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35696 As the witching hour cloaks the streets of London in darkness, a number of the city’s most well-known bars, restaurants and event spaces are turning frightfully ghoulish for Halloween this year.


The Artesian
The Aqui Estoy cocktail (pictured above), served at The Artesian bar in The Langham Hotel, combines Don Julio Blanco Mexican tequila, with smoky Mezcal, finished with cinnamon cuts and rose buds. The cocktail’s scary presentation, in a skull with the eyes having been filled with rice flowers, is worth its £16.50 price tag alone.


Vinopolis
The sprawling Victorian railway arches which entomb wine tasting venue Vinopolis near Borough Market (pictured right) will be hosting a special Halloween cocktail making masterclass (31 Oct, £40).

Bluebird
From 17 to 31 Oct, the terrace at Bluebird will transform into an American-style pumpkin patch, and the venue will also be holding a pumpkin-carving master class for kids (29 Oct), serving serial-killer cocktails for adults, and an afternoon tea that replaces classic English scones with ghost cupcakes. In addition to various Halloween inspired dishes on the menu, there will also be a night of scary speed-dating; a Halloween themed evening dedicated to helping singletons find love amongst the cobwebs.

Planet Hollywood
Those with little terrors to entertain, head to Planet Hollywood in central London where Halloween will be celebrated on both 26 Oct and 31 Oct with a two-course, £14.95 offer for adults (£8.95 for kids) which includes ghoulish menu items like the pumpkin soup cauldron starter, Frankenburger mains and Death by Chocolate to finish you off. Free face painting will available for those that dare!


A Secret Location in South London
The Simon Drake Spooktacular (pictured above) is to be held at a secret, 200-year old, gothic Victorian mansion (1 Nov, £45-£85) and the price of the ticket includes a 2-course dinner, haunted cellar tours, fortune telling, wandering magicians, Simon Drake’s illusionist show and zombie dancing until 1am. Halloween fancy dress will be necessary.

1901
The Andaz Hotel next to Liverpool Street Station is home of 1901 restaurant and its floating cocktail bar (not literally, of course). A few years ago, a Masonic Temple was discovered behind a secret door in the hotel and it is rumoured that Jack The Ripper was one of the Freemasons who used it. A cocktail named Jack’s Martini – fresh cucumber, tangy lime, elderflower cordial and Hendricks gin – has been especially created to mark this eerie fact for Halloween.


Archer Street
Mexican Day of the Dead tradition meets Soho’s basement vibe this Halloween with Archer Street’s Don Julio bar (pictured above) where brightly coloured ponchos, sombreros, and skulls of the dead provide the backdrop for sipping tequila cocktails, such as the devilish Highway To Hell.


Brunel Museum
Following last year’s incredible reviews from guests and the media, the Midnight Apothecary Halloween Extravaganza (pictured above) at the Brunel Museum will be a ticket-only event in 2013. Pumpkin-laden revelry will unfold on the beautifully dressed rooftop garden and will include special themed cocktails and free toasted marshmallows around the fire pit. Sat 26 Oct, 5.30–11pm (last orders 10pm), tickets are £5.


The Montagu
From 28th October to 2nd November, The Montagu restaurant will be offering an imaginatively themed Halloween Afternoon Tea (pictured above) which includes Black Liquorice Panna Cotta, Pumpkin Frangipane Cakes and sawn-off finger Cupcakes! The Halloween Afternoon Tea will be served from 3-6pm, £30 per person.

Check out some of the best Halloween in London 2013 events

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Halloween Food and Drink in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/halloween-food-and-drink-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/halloween-food-and-drink-in-london/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:59:56 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16324

Dressing up is the best thing about Halloween but the food and drink comes a close second. Halloween-themed cupcakes are springing up all over the place and I can’t pass the Krispy Kreme stand on my way to the office without taking a look at the Halloween doughnuts.

Eat your way through the spooky season with these ghoulish treats:

  • Day of the Dead De-Light at the Met Bar: Taking inspiration from Mexico’s colourful Day of the Dead festival, the Met Bar is presenting chocolate cupcakes with sugar skulls, coffin-shaped mud pies and savoury snacks. All waist-friendly of course! 25 Oct-2 Nov
  • Halloween at Planet Hollywood: Staff in fancy dress will serve you from a special Halloween menu. There’ll be games and face painters for the kids from 3-8pm and dressing up is encouraged. 31 Oct
  • Gilgamesh Halloween Party: Music, visual displays and spine tingling Halloween cocktails will keep you entertained all night. 30 Oct
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen: Keep vampires at bay with a Garlic Mayo Burger at GBK. Available until 31 Oct
  • Evil Cupcakes: Thought cupcakes were cute? Think again, as this over-18s pop-up shop brings the most gruesome of cupcakes to London. Oozing eyeballs, skulls and even squeezable zit cupcakes are all on the less-than-appetising menu. 29-31 Oct, Maiden, 188 Shoreditch High Street.

Where are you eating and drinking this Halloween? Tell us in the comments below.

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