Visit London Blog » rococo Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Dinner at 108 Marylebone Lane Tue, 06 Apr 2010 09:00:39 +0000 Italian proscuitto ham celeriac and apple salad West Cornwall lemon sole goujons Plum, apple and hazelnut crumble

Last Wednesday night I dined at stylish eatery 108 Marylebone Lane. The restaurant has recently taken on Norman Farquharson as Executive Chef and has a new seasonal menu, which changes every few months and where possible uses ingredients from local producers.

The restaurant would be perfect for a special occasion, but it’s also laid back enough for a post-work catch-up. I felt comfortable and relaxed – perhaps because of the flattering low-lighting! By 9pm, the restaurant was almost full, which is a pretty good sign – especially as it was a Wednesday night.

The menu had a good range for meat-eaters with lots of fish and meat dishes. There were two vegetarian options. The restaurant staff were attentive and happy to give advice and recommendations about the menu and wine.

I had a delicious prosciutto ham starter followed by lemon sole for the main course. The lemon sole came in strips, in a light lemon-flavoured batter – very tasty. And I loved the presentation of the chips in a little silver bucket on the side. Dessert was just as good. I opted for the Rococo chocolate brownie – very chocolatey without being too rich.

In the name of research, I also tasted everything my date ordered! So I can confirm that the soup, lamb shank and crumble were up to the same standard as my meal.

I really enjoyed dinner at 108 Marylebone Lane and will definitely go back to try more of the menu. It took me less than five minutes to walk there from Selfridges (where I had been eyeing the Easter chocolate displays) and there’s a good cocktail menu, so it’s also perfect for shopping pit-stops.

108 Marylebone Lane

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Question of the Week: What’s Your Favourite Chocolate Shop in London? Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:54:00 +0000 Easter is just a few days away, and it’s the best excuse we can think of to scoff as much chocolate as possible!

But not just any old chocolate, we want the good stuff. We want the best chocolate in London, so tell us where we can get our greedy mouths on it.

Do you like the beautiful displays and sweet delights at Fortnum and Mason? Or do handmade, organic Rococo chocolates take your fancy? Ever seen a finely crafted chocolate rose at one of Paul A Young’s shops?

Is there somewhere in your corner of London selling the most mouth-watering truffles or the richest hot chocolate?

We want to know…

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