Visit London Blog » Selfridges http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 A Quick Guide to London Beards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/06/a-quick-guide-to-london-beards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/06/a-quick-guide-to-london-beards/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:00:20 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38797 Sham, winner of the beard contest at the 2014 Great British Tattoo Show at Alexandra Palace. Photograph by: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Once the favoured accessory of weathered fishermen and chin-stroking academics, the beard has had a revival in fortunes of late – and no more so than in London.

New research warns we may have reached ‘peak beard’ – but you just try telling that to East London, where the ‘hipster’ beard reigns supreme. London’s finest fuzz was even captured by photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce in his blog-turned-book 100Beards.

We look back at some of the beard’s most famous moments in London history and culture…

The UK’s most beard friendly pub

The Cock Tavern in Hackney was recently crowned the most beard-friendly UK pub 2014. It was selected in an online poll organised by The Beard Liberation Front. It’s also where the British Beard Club hold their meetings – although that might be more to do with the pub’s great range beers from different micro-breweries – including its own.

Henry VIII. Image credit: Lucas Horenbout/ Web Gallery of Art

Henry VIII’s Beard Tax

Everyone’s favourite head-chopping king, Henry VIII, is said to have introduced a ‘beard tax’ in 1535 – despite having one himself. Walk in the king’s footsteps at his stunning former home, Hampton Court Palace.

Tower Green and the Queen's House at the Tower of London

A bearded escape at the Tower of London

On the eve of his execution in 1716, Lord Nithsdale staged a daring escape from the Tower of London. His wife and two of her friends smuggled in a set of women’s clothes and managed to sneak out the prisoner disguised as one of them – even though he hadn’t had time to shave his long beard. Visit the Tower of London for a glimpse of the site where the Lieutenant’s Lodgings (where the Lord was held) once stood – next to what is now the Queen’s House.

Weird Beard Brewery

West London brewers Weird Beard Brew Co (“all beard, no sandals”) concoct fantastically named beers like American IPA Five O’Clock Shadow, K*ntish Town Beard and Black Perle. Give them a taste for yourself at the Craft Beer Co in Covent Garden or The Harp near Charing Cross, which regularly stock Weird Beard Brews – just two of many other pubs and bars across London to do so.

Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Regan outside Number 10 Downing Street. Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library.

Margaret Thatcher’s fear of beards

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had a thing against facial hair and famously declared “I wouldn’t tolerate any minister of mine wearing a beard”. See where the Iron Lady once lived by peering through the imposing gates of Downing Street.

The Beard of the Great Sphinx at the British Museum

The Great Sphinx is one of the most iconic sights of ancient Egypt – and the British Museum has a piece of this massive sculpture: specifically a fragment of its beard. It dates back to about 1500-1295 BC – possibly even further back – and was excavated at Giza in 1817. See it for yourself in Room 4 at the British Museum.

To Beard or Not To Beard window display at Selfridges London. Photograph by Gareth Davies/Snap Media Productions

To Beard or Not to Beard at Selfridges

The latest window display at Selfridges cheekily picks up on the beard/no beard debate. Titled To Beard Or Not To Beard, it features a recreated barber’s shop – with all the trimmings. Step inside and you’ll find an actual barber’s shop – a collaboration between the people behind Return of the Rudeboy (an upcoming exhibition at Somerset House), top hairdresser Johnnie Sapong and Soho salon We Are Cuts – snipping beards into shape until 12 June.

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Valentine’s Day London Shopping News http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/valentines-day-london-shopping-news/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/valentines-day-london-shopping-news/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:22:33 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37749

London is heaving with show-stopping shopping events in the lead-up to London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our favourites:

Black Roses in Carnaby

Go gothic this Valentine’s Day by getting your mitts on a macabre bouquet of black roses. London creative Miss Cakehead has teamed up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open the Think Ink pop-up, the first-ever florist offering only black roses. The bouquets will be lovingly arranged in grave vases, full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black. A bottle of rum will be given in place of the traditional Champagne option. Open from 8am on 14 Feb for one day only. G12 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1

Free Roses in Chelsea

Feel the love in Chelsea this Valentine’s Day! More than 1,000 complimentary roses will be handed out to commuters and passers-by on 14 February at shopping hub Duke of York Square. A violinist will be playing romantic music and serenading on request.

 Message on a Bottle of GinBombay Sapphire from Selfridges

Add a personal message for your loved one onto a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, through an exclusive hand-graving service at Selfridges. The service is free for all those buying a bottle of the gin. Available on 12 Feb.

 Vintage Fashion Fairs

Got a passion for designer vintage? Don’t miss The Vintage Collections at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, a So Vintage Fashion Fairhighlight of the fashion week schedule. Popular with costume designers and fashion bloggers, this fashion week event offers classic labels like Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark and Biba. Sun 16 Feb from 11am-5pm at The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to designer labels, rummage for vintage clothes for men and women, retro accessories, reworked jewellery and one-of-a-kind homeware at the So Vintage London Fair at Old Spitalfields Market. 1 Mar from 11am-5pm

Donutterie to Open in Box ParkTom Daley is mesmorised by a box of Dum Dum Doughnuts

Celebrity favourite Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening is first-ever Donutterie in Box Park later this month. These tasty treats are freshly baked rather than fried and only have 6 grams of fat compared to the usual 17 grams of fat in a classic American jam donut. Big name stars like Olympian Tom Daley have already been flocking to the Westfield Stratford City doughnut stand to sample the baked goods.

Underground Attraction at HamleysLuke Friend and Hamley Bear at the Hamleys Underground

Legendary toy store Hamleys has unveiled a lost underground station at its Regent Street store. The new Hamleys Underground will see a tube station come to life through experiences including games, such as a NERF tunnel target board, a kiosk and entertainment. Central to the attraction is an actual driver’s cab that was used on the Piccadilly line in the 1970s.

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Valentine’s Day Treats in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37537 If you’re seeking a unique way to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone, here are a handful of Valentine’s Day treats to sweeten up your loved one.

Houses of Parliament Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea
Combine a love for British history with a love for British tradition this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, then the next day continue on into the weekend with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament. Follow this grand occasion with afternoon tea in the elegant Pugin Room, overlooking the River Thames. The tour will take you into both the Commons and Lords’ Chambers. Saturday 15 Feb. The tour and afternoon tea are priced at £41.50. This offer is also available on 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 22 Feb and 1 Mar.

Fortnum and Mason Hamper
Treat you loved one to a touch of class with the Be My Valentine hamper from the traditional London store, Fortnum & Mason. The hamper is filled with a Marc de Champagne box of fine chocolates, Amber Rose body lotion, luxury bath truffles, and a bottle of personalised Fortnum’s rosé Champagne. Hamper priced at £100.

Candy Cakes
Sweet treat experts Candy Cakes in Baker Street have a heart-obsessed selection of cupcakes available in a variety of flavours: two Chocolate Passion, two First Love, two Red Velvet Valentine, one Strawberry Love, one Caramel Kiss and one Mocca Chocca Love. Box of nine priced at £21.55.

Godminster Heart-Shaped Cheese
Not all Valentine’s Day idea need to be sweet treats. For something truly original, take a look at the heart-shaped Godminster cheese pictured above. It will be available at department stores Harrods and Selfridges in vintage organic cheddar and organic brie flavours.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Marshmallows
Take your Valentine to any Aubaine restaurant in London during February and you could treat them to the gentle effervescence of Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with three light lemon meringue marshmallows (pictured above). The experience is priced at £15.

Other Valentines Day ideas:
The Lyttleton restaurant at the The Stafford by Kempinski in St James is laying on a special Valentine’s afternoon tea including Pacific oyster-caviar and Laurent-Perrier Champagne for £42.50 per person.

It’s Chocolate week at Barts in Chelsea from 6 to 14 February. Alongside a number of love potions and alcoholic aphrodisiac cocktails, there will be chocolate fountains, chocolate face painting, cupid style fancy dress, romantic two-person sharing cocktails served in giant teapots, and Barts home brewed and handmade rum filled chocolates.

Asian restaurant and bar, Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia, has invited psychic counsellor, Susie Johns, to offer lovers one-on-one readings on the 4, 11, 18 Feb. The 15-minute reading and a Love Potion cocktail are priced at £25 per person.

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Visiting the Past: Christmas 1913 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/visiting-the-past-christmas-1913/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/visiting-the-past-christmas-1913/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:35:45 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36521 Tinplate Toy Horse c.1910

With the shadow of war not yet heavy enough to dampen the spirits, Londoners prepared for a magical Christmas in December 1913.

As the pantomime season swung into action so the West End department stores put on an equally dazzling show of toys and decorations that transported children into an enchanting world of fantasy and sparkle.

But despite these lavish displays, it was not the abundant Christmas bazaars of the department stores that caused greatest excitement for London’s children, but rather a trip east to the City where hundreds of the capital’s most ragged and desperate traders lined the streets selling penny toys and novelties from trays around their neck. In 1913, London’s most popular penny toys were made of tinplate and included a mechanical soccer game, a goose on wheels and a miniature game of billiards. Tinplate Mechanical Penny Toy Ferris Wheel

But while tinplate toys were the most sophisticated of the street sellers’ stock in trade, equally popular that year were fancy Japanese paper fans, and miniature animals modelled from the novel new material of celluloid, known today as

plastic!

For many children, these penny toys were simply stocking fillers, opened eagerly but with one eye on the larger parcel nearby containing a train set or wax doll from Harrods or Selfridges. For poorer children, a single penny toy was the only present they could expect on Christmas Day. For the juvenile ‘gutter merchants’, the toys they sold were a lifeline: the difference between eating or going hungry that Christmas.

The children who clustered round the varied and plentiful trays of penny toys in 1913 had no idea that such delights would soon become a rarity. With the majority of toys being imported from Germany, France and Japan, the flow of such goods in London was abruptly interrupted with the outbreak of war. The young street hawkers found a new way to earn a living as conscripts on the Front Line and, for many of their child customers, the magic of Christmas was quickly shattered by the realities of war and the fracturing of family life.

Beverley Cook, Curator of Social and Working History, Museum of London

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London Christmas Shopping News: Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Seven Dials & St Martin’s Courtyard http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-christmas-shopping-news-fortnum-mason-harrods-seven-dials-st-martins-courtyard/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-christmas-shopping-news-fortnum-mason-harrods-seven-dials-st-martins-courtyard/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:00:45 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36428 The lead-up to Christmas is a fantastic time to go shopping in London, as all major streets are twinkling prettily with festive lights and decorations. From shopping events to fashion drive-throughs, London’s shops are pulling out all the stops to turn the city into a merry retail haven.

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras International Station

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras

Fortnum & Mason has provided a gorgeous Christmas tree to decorate St Pancras International Station. Standing 35ft high, the tree is adorned with 2,000 mini hampers, one of Fortnum’s most famous products. One of the latest shops to open at St Pancras, the centuries-old retailer stocks conserves, shortbreads, musical biscuit tins, sweets, chocolates and of course, hampers. Travellers can also feast on afternoon tea at the shop’s tea salon. This is the brand’s first new shop away from Piccadilly in more than 300 years.

World’s First Fashion Drive-through at Selfridges

Forget drive-through fast food, drive-through high fashion is the latest craze to hit London with Selfridges leading the way! Customers can order online at Selfridges.com and then collect their goods from the new Selfridges fashion and retail drive-through at the Oxford Street store. Without leaving the comfort of their cars, the free goods collection process can be completed in less than three minutes. This is the first time a fashion-led retailer has offered such a facility to customers.

Fairy Tale Boutique Opens at HarrodsBibbidi Bobbidi boutique at Harrods

A fairy tale boutique for children has opened at Harrods. Inspired by the scene in the Disney Cinderella movie where the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella for the ball, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is set within a magical castle inside the world-famous department store. The boutique offers children aged from three to 12 the chance to be transformed into their favourite character for the day.

Seven Dials Christmas Shopping Night OutSeven Dials

Neighbouring shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard are hosting a festive shopping night next week. The shopping streets will be closed to traffic for the merry event which will feature live music and festive street food stalls. More than 120 shops, bars and restaurants will be offering a 20% discount on the night. Shop for party season outfits at  Diesel, Urban Outfitters, Laura Lee Jewellery, Tatty Devine and Superga. For one-off Christmas presents, there’s a slew of independent boutiques to choose from: think erotic emporium Coco De Mer and homeware boutique Do Shop. Shoppers will also be treated to a host of in-store parties including DJs, makeovers and free goodie bags with purchases. Register for a free ticket here. 5 December from 5-9pm

Spreading Festive Cheer!

In the true spirit of Christmas, St Martin’s Courtyard will be spreading joy with Random Acts of Kindness over the festive season. Shops and restaurants will be rewarding shoppers, diners and visitors with fantastic gifts completely at random.You don’t even have to buy anything to be in with a chance. There are 100 prizes on offer ranging from a wine tasting evening for two at Dalla Terra to a Christmas hamper from Bill’s. 12-24 December

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Dot London is Coming http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/dot-london-is-coming/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/dot-london-is-coming/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:01:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36090 The dot London domain projected on London's City HallLondon lovers will be excited by today’s news that you’ll soon be able to add a .london domain to your email address or your website.

Always on the cutting edge of technology, London will be one of world’s first cities to launch a domain name in the biggest change to the online world since .com was launched nearly 30 years ago.

London & Partners, the organisation behind visitlondon.com, announced today that internet addresses ending in .london will be available next year. This follows ICANN, the global internet body, giving the new system a green light.

The agreement means London-based businesses, organisations and individuals will be able to apply first for new web addresses ending in .london from spring 2014, allowing them to maximise their internet presence and identify themselves online with one of the best cities on earth.

Tens of thousands of businesses, including some of London’s most prestigious brands such as Selfridges and Carnaby Street, have already expressed an interest in the new addresses, which will be live online in summer 2014.

By choosing a .london address businesses, museums, shops, theatres and galleries will receive a domain name that is easy to remember and instantly identifies them as being located in London.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson comments: “Adopting the .london suffix will enable organisations to more closely associate themselves with our great city’s powerful global brand. This is also an excellent opportunity to expand London’s digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city.”

Information on the new .london is available online at www.mydotlondon.com. You can also sign up on the website to receive information as it becomes available.

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London Shopping News: Selfridges Christmas Shop, Urban Outfitters, Y-3, Konditor & Cook http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/london-shopping-news-selfridges-christmas-shop-urban-outfitters-y-3-konditor-cook/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/london-shopping-news-selfridges-christmas-shop-urban-outfitters-y-3-konditor-cook/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:05:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35185 From the opening of Selfridges Christmas shop to the launch of Urban Outfitters in Camden, here are the latest hot shopping happenings in London this week.

Selfridges Christmas Shop Opens

We might be in the midst of a balmy summer, but Selfridges has now opened its famous Christmas shop. Located on the fourth floor, the Christmas shop homes more than 1000 different types of baubles, wreaths and festive trees. For real wow factor, those with cash to splash can snap up a 6ft polar bear for £1,599. If you’re seeking a gift with a difference, 120 advent calendars are  sold across beauty, fashion, food and home. Harrods has also opened its Christmas shop.

In other Selfridges news, the department store has opened a new toyshop, also on level four. To make it easy to navigate, the toyshop has been split into seven zones that cover everything from the coolest tech gadgets to a girl’s emporium. Toys are priced from a pocket-friendly 99p to an eye-popping £24,499.

New Urban Outfitters for Camden

Hipster-favourite Urban Outfitters has opened a store in Camden. Sited in a former cinema opposite Camden Town tube station, this is the American retailer’s eighth store in London. Decked out with reclaimed wood floors and exposed brickwork walls, the warehouse-style shop is chock-full of homeware, own brand fashion and gifts.

Sports Shop for Covent Garden

Snap up some stylish sporty garb at Covent Garden’s newest shop Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion line with Adidas. Situated in a grade II listed building, the shop stocks clothes, footwear and accessories.

Happy birthday, Konditor & Cook!

Finally, we would like to wish a very happy 20th birthday to luxury cake bakery Konditor & Cook. Founder Gerhard Jenne opened his first shop in 1993 in the backstreets of Waterloo. Famed for its scrumptious chocolate vanilla Curly Whirly cake, highly decorated cupcakes and well-stocked brownie bar, Konditor & Cook now have six London stores: in Borough Market, Curzon Soho, Chancery Lane, Waterloo, the Southbank and The Gherkin. Why not celebrate with the bakery by scoffing some sweet treats? After all, birthdays are simply nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake…

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London Shopping News: Boxpark, Selfridges, Le Coq Sportif, Regent Street and a Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/london-shopping-news-boxpark-selfridges-le-coq-sportif-regent-street-and-a-jewellery-fair-at-old-spitalfields-market/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/london-shopping-news-boxpark-selfridges-le-coq-sportif-regent-street-and-a-jewellery-fair-at-old-spitalfields-market/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:13:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33690 From new shops openings to mammoth denim departments to unmissable retail events, there’s no better place than London to rev up your summer wardrobe.

Denim Revolution at Selfridges

The world’s biggest-ever denim department opened yesterday at Selfridges, with nothing but jeans covering a whopping 25,000 square feet. Housing more than 11,000 pairs of jeans priced from £11 to £11,000 (for Paige jeans festooned with two-carat diamonds and your name stitched on the back), shoppers can choose from over 60 brands, from Primark to J Brand, Levi’s to Christopher Kane. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Personal shoppers and product specialists can help you find that perfect pair of jeans, while an interactive area has lookbooks and fit guides.

New Covent Garden Sportswear Shop

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get kitted out in some seriously stylish sportswear. Step forward Le Coq Sportif, which has just opened its first UK shop in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. Famous for making jerseys for the Tour de France team, the iconic French brand is stashed with oodles of sporting, cycling and lifestyle gear for men and women.

20% Off Shopping Weekend at Boxpark

Fans of pop-up shopping mall Boxpark can rejoice because it is hosting a 20% off event this weekend (8-9 June). Made up of shipping containers, the Shoreditch-based mall is heaving with independent brands. Download the Boxpark app and present it at the till to claim your discount.

Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market

A glittering collective of emerging jewellery designers will be selling their fabulous wares at Jewel East at Old Spitalfields Market this weekend (7-9 June). Shoppers will also be able to commission one-off pieces. Also on sale will be costume and vintage jewellery.

New Shops to Open on Regent Street

Global fashion brands are flocking to Regent Street to set up shop with four new stores set to open in the famous shopping destination in the next few months. Shoe shop United Nude will stock exclusive styles for women, only available on Regent Street, while the men’s showroom will be situated on the second floor. American clothing giant J Crew will be opening its first UK flagship store, while luxury French fashion house Longchamp will be opening a plush boutique. Kiko Makeup Milano will be opening an opulent store that will emulate their luxury Milan shop. Happy shopping!

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London Restaurant News: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, The Corner at Selfridges, Jason Atherton’s Little Social http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/london-restaurant-news-ametsa-with-arzak-instruction-the-corner-at-selfridges-jason-athertons-little-social/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/london-restaurant-news-ametsa-with-arzak-instruction-the-corner-at-selfridges-jason-athertons-little-social/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:01:14 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32303

New restaurants have been popping up across London this month, from celebrity chef establishments to cool East End eateries.

The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges

Keri Moss, joint winner of MasterChef 2012, has opened a restaurant and champagne bar at Selfridges. The Corner is located near the Women’s Designer Galleries and serves “modern international” food made from British produce. Signature dishes include mackerel tartare with crisp poached quail’s eggs, apple and pancetta wafers. The Art Deco room also boasts a marble bar serving cocktails, champagne, wine and a range of bar food.

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at The Halkin

Basque restaurant Ametsa with Arzak Instruction recently opened at The Halkin hotel in Belgravia, replacing the award-winning Nahm. The new restaurant features a stunning ceiling installation made from 7,000 containers filled with spices. The kitchen is headed up by Elena Arzak and her father Juan Mari Arzak, who hold three Michelin Stars for the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain.

Jason Atherton’s Little Social

Jason Atherton has opened a new restaurant across the road from his Michelin-Starred Pollen Street Social in London’s West End. Little Social is a Parisian-style bistro serving a prix-fixe lunch and a la carte dinner. Dishes include pork chop with butternut squash puree, and goat’s milk rice pudding with rhubarb and ginger jam and ice-cream. Atherton will launch a third restaurant, the Social Eating House, in Soho on 18 April.

Simply Fish at Boxpark Shoreditch

Simply Fish have opened a second London restaurant in the trendy Boxpark, a pop-up shopping mall in Shoreditch made from shipping containers. The first-floor eatery offers views over Bethnal Green Road and Shoreditch High Street and serves sustainable fish, which is delivered fresh from Looe in Cornwall every morning. The affordable menu has starters from £4 and main courses from £10 to £15.

The Clove Club

The Clove Club started out as a supper club in Johnny Smith and Daniel Willis’s flat in Dalston but now the pair, along with Young Turks chef Isaac McHale, have opened a restaurant and bar in Shoreditch Town Hall. There are two rooms: a restaurant serving an innovative five-course set menu made from British ingredients, and a more relaxed bar offering a choice of sharing dishes along with cocktails and craft beers.

Master & Servant

Matt Edwards, previously at St John Hotel and Hix Soho, has launched his first solo restaurant, Master & Servant, in Hoxton Square. The menu is inspired by Manhattan, with signature dishes including surf clam chowder, Hereford porterhouse for two, and pistachio doughnuts in honey syrup. There’s a 40-strong list of European wines and a cocktail menu devised with Hoxton neighbour Happiness Forgets.

Look out for more restaurant news soon!

 

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Eggs-traordinary Easter Eggs in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/eggstraordinary-easter-eggs-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/eggstraordinary-easter-eggs-in-london/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:03:46 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32162 Whether you’re egg-cited about Easter or sick of all the terrible egg puns, London’s dazzling array of special Easter Eggs is sure to put a smile on your face. We’ve picked out a selection of the most unique, from the utterly eggs-travagant to those raising money for charity.

One great place to admire beautful Easter eggs is restaurant and nightspot Shaka Zulu, whose pastry chef will be making a gorgeous display (similar to the one pictured above) out of giant ostrich eggs. It’s bound to make you peckish, so fortunately the South African restaurant will be serving a special three-course feast from 12pm-5pm on Easter Sunday to satisfy your appetite.

London’s top hotels are also getting into the Easter spirit. Claridge’s is selling distinctive art deco eggs that are inspired by the hotel’s black and white marble lobby. Created with three types of fine Valrhona chocolate, the limited-edition eggs are filled with chocolate quail eggs and covered in art deco foil wrapped with a satin bow. They’d make great gifts, but you’d better be quick – there are only 100 of the £45 eggs available. If you’re planning to spend the Easter weekend in London, the Landmark Hotel’s Easter Delight package could be a great option. Not only will you get a large Easter egg – specially prepared by the hotel’s chef – delivered to your bedroom, but inside you might find a golden ticket that grants you one of several special treats provided by the hotel.

One of London’s most unusual Easter eggs can be found at tongue-in-cheek bar and pizzeria Bunga Bunga, where you can sip specially-created cocktails out of large chocolate Easter eggs. Two indulgent ice-cream based drinks are available during the Easter Weekend: a seasonal twist on the espresso martini and a chocaholic’s dream combination of chocolate ice cream, strawberry puree, white chocolate liqeur, vodka and chocolate bitters. If you’re looking for something more savoury, Cinnamon Soho is doing  a special Easter Egg Flip cocktail and an egg-inspired menu, which turns the traditional Easter Egg idea upside down through a series of Indian ball-shaped dishes.

London’s department stores have a reputation for doing everything with panache and this Easter, their eggs don’t disappoint.  At Harrods in Knightsbridge you can marvel at their behemoth of an egg, which is several feet high and – if you’re feeling flush – can be yours for £795. Fortnum and Mason have created ‘the ultimate Easter egg‘ (£90), a Russian-doll-like structure comprised of five different Easter eggs that range from white to very dark chocolate.  Selfridges has solved the age-old chicken and egg problem with a cute dark chocolate easter egg (£59.99), which has been decorated to look like a chick. For truly quirky eggs, head to branches of Artisan du Chocolat for their ‘egg and soldiers‘ masterpiece (£45), which is a cross between delicious chocolate egg and salted caramel fondue kit, or pick up a macabre Rococo ‘day of the dead’ egg from Harvey Nichols (£64.95).

If reading about all that chocolate is making you queasy, fear not: some of London’s most dramatic eggs are inedible. Head to Covent Garden from 22 March – 1 April for the Lindt Big Egg Hunt, which raises money for Action for Children. Giant fibreglass Easter eggs, which have been designed by leading artists, fashion designers and architects, will be hidden around the area for visitors to find – simply pick up a Hunt Book and get cracking!

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