Visit London Blog » tom aikens http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 London Restaurant News: Where To Celebrate Burns Night in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-where-to-celebrate-burns-night-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-where-to-celebrate-burns-night-in-london/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:22:13 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37235 You may have heard of Burns Night, and you might have asked yourself “when is Burns Night” or even “what is Burns Night”. Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet. One of his most famous poems, Auld Lang Syne, is most notably sung on New Year’s Eve. He is also sometimes referred to as Robbie Burns or Rabbie Burns.

Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet, and his birthday is therefore celebrated every year. Burns Night 2104 falls on 25 January with bars and restaurant across the UK marking the occasion by hosting a Burns Supper event. A Burns Supper will usually comprise of traditional Scottish food, Scottish music in the form of bagpipes, recitals of Burns’ Scottish poetry, and, of course, Scotch whisky.

Although London is not located in Scotland, many restaurants still observe Burns Night. Here are some of the most exciting Burns Night suppers in London to look forward to in 2014.

Albannach
Albannach in Trafalgar Square is a well-known Scottish bar and restaurant. This Burns Night, Albannach (pictured above) will be hosting two sittings (6.30pm and 8.30pm) of a special six-course Burns Supper menu with coffee, handmade whisky truffle and three whisky tasters included. Various toasts will be made to Burns throughout the night. Tickets are £75 per person.


Min Jiang
For a Burns Night experience with a difference, it’s worth booking at Min Jiang Chinese restaurant (pictured above) overlooking Kensington Gardens. The Chinese Burns menu will include a flight of Dalmore whiskies and a few twists on traditional Scottish dishes such as char siew haggis puff, and sesame prawn and haggis toast. The price is £35 per person.

Vinopolis
Burns Night seems like the ideal time to learn more about the famous Scottish tipple, whisky. Vinopolis, London’s wine tasting visitor attraction (pictured above), has arranged for whisky expert, Tom Forrest, to teach a masterclass alongside their three-course Burns Supper. This is a great option for large groups especially, because for every nine people booked a tenth can join the party for free. Please note, this event takes place on Friday 24 January.

Fortnum & Mason
On Saturday 25 January from 7pm, Fortnum & Mason  on Piccadilly will be the scene of a special Burns Supper. The traditional Scottish menu will include cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps & Ayrshire tatties (turnip and potato) with whisky sauce, all served with a wee dram of Highland single malt whisky. Speakers will provide renditions of various Rabbie Burns’ poems, including the Selkirk Toast. Tickets are £75 per person and include whisky and wine.

Boisdale
Perhaps London’s most Scottish home-away-from-home is Boisdale in Canary Wharf which boasts a whisky collection that extends into the hundreds. From 20 to 29 January, Boisdale will be celebrating Burns Night 2014, its own 25th anniversary and the referendum on Scottish independence later this year, with a special ‘Union Haggis’ menu. The symbolic unifying haggis will contain the heart of a Scottish lamb, the liver of an English lamb, the lungs from a Welsh lamb, and barley grown in Ireland. Guests can choose between three-, four-, and five-course Burns menus, each served with a 25ml noggin of The Macallan malt whisky.

Other London bars and restaurants celebrating Burns Night in 2014 include Blueprint Cafe, Searcys St Pancras Grand, Seven Park Place, Marco Grill Chelsea, and The Draft House Tower Bridge.

Other London bar and restaurant news

Brooklyn Bowl – A new 12-lane bowling alley, concert venue, restaurant and bar called Brooklyn Bowl opens at The O2 Arena this week.

House of Ho – Bobby Chinn’s new restaurant, The House of Ho has just started serving modern Vietnamese in Soho.

The Gilbert Scott – A new Brontë sister inspired afternoon tea will be launched on 29 January for two weeks at The Gilbert Scott to include special talks from artist, Charlotte Cory, and the Brontë Society Director, Ann Sumner.

Tom Aikens – Chef Aikens hopes to open a new central London restaurant in the near future. This will therefore see the closure of the Michelin star Tom Aikens restaurant in Chelsea at the end of January.

Marcus Wareing – Michelin star chef, Marcus Wareing, is closing his restaurant at The Berkeleythis week for a two-month refurbishment and rebranding exercise.

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New Year’s Eve Dining in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/new-years-eve-dining-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/new-years-eve-dining-in-london/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:00:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36558 Before all the popping bottles of Champagne, the Thames fireworks, the clarion chimes of Big Ben, and the cries of “Happy New Year”, New Year’s Eve begins with just the right amount of drinking and dining to sustain our excitable levels of revelry. Here are 21 London restaurants that have a special meal planned for 31 December 2013.

For those who like dancing with their NYE dinner…

Strip Bar & Steak
The brand new Las Vegas-New York style bar and restaurant, Strip Bar & Steak (pictured above), at Malmaison London hotel in Farringdon is laying on a decadent five course New Year’s Eve menu for diners with exceptional taste and appetites. Once the Champagne & canapés have been dispensed with on arrival, it’ll be time to get stuck into appetisers such as oyster Rockefeller, mains including the signature aged prime USDA New York strip steak, whilst the pick of the desserts must surely be the chocolate peanut butter torte with whipped cream. There’ll be an opportunity to dance it all off though, as a live DJ will be playing until 2am. Tickets, £100 per person, email events.london@malmaison.com to book.

Dover Street
Mayfair’s Dover Street Restaurant & Jazz Bar has been celebrating New Year’s in London for over 25 years now so diners with a passion for live music will be assured of an exciting evening. To complement the three-course NYE menu, an early evening jazz trio will be followed by a full seven piece soul band who will be playing live hits from artists such as Sting, Seal, Lily Allen, Craig David, Beverley Knight and Gnarls Barkley. After the live music, the restaurant’s resident DJ will keep the party going until the early hours. Meal and show tickets are £95 per person, call +44 (0)207 629 9813 for reservations.

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf
Calling all Elvis fans! Boisdale of Canary Wharf is hosting a Las Vegas-inspired celebration which, for £145 per person, includes a four-course meal, live entertainment from Suspiciously Elvis and his seven-piece orchestra (expect the likes of Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and Suspicious Minds), plus blackjack, poker and roulette casino tables.

Searcy’s at The Gherkin
Searcy’s at The Gherkin A Night To Remember takes place on levels 38-40 of one of London’s most iconic buildings this New Year’s Eve, from 8pm until 2am. £250 tickets include Champagne on arrival and at midnight, plus canapés and food station, and unlimited drinks. The £300 VIP tickets are the same as above plus access to the VIP Lounge, Champagne all evening and a lobster and seafood bar. Menus can be viewed here. To book tickets call +44 (0)20 071 7215 or email theclub@searcys.co.uk

Babylon at the Rooftop Gardens

Babylon at The Roof Gardens
For those wanting to splash the cash and go for something truly magnificent, how about a unique four-course meal six floors up, on the roof at Babylon restaurant? Not only will you receive a glass of champagne on arrival, wine and beer during your meal, plus a mini bottle of bubbles when you make your way through to the private members club for the DJs and live music, but you’ll also be privy to your own fireworks display at midnight as well as breakfast canapés from 2am. £240 per person (£200 for club members).

OXO Tower brasserie and restaurant

OXO Tower Restaurant
If a restaurant with a view is what you yearn for, then OXO Tower, which overlooks the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral is hosting a special black tie masquerade ball. The impressive London backdrop is complemented by Champagne on arrival, a four-course dinner, and live music from Caroline Loftus and her four-piece band. Tickets are £175 per person.

Inamo St James
Even though Asian restaurant, Inamo St James (pictured above) is only moments from Trafalgar Square, there will be no need to drift away on New Year’s Eve because magic, music and fireworks will all be on the menu. As will a five-course meal which starts with uramaki canapés and fizz on arrival, and continues with lots of delicious Eastern cuisine. Whilst the NYE set menu is served from 7-11pm, The Magic Circle’s John Bulleid will roam from table to table, performing illusions and tricks. The London fireworks display will be shown on the restaurant’s big screen, before DJ Baz provides a funky midnight-4am set, even taking guests’ requests. Set menu is £45 per person. Contact gloria.castillo@inamo-restaurant.com or +44 (0)20 7104 2040 to book.

The Garrison
The much-loved Bermondsey gastropub, The Garrison is laying on ‘proper English country grub’ as part of their New Year’s Eve ‘Garris-tonbury’ party, which requires festival attire such as mucky wellington boots, floral tiaras, ripped jeans and grubby backpacks. Music will include some of the best live recordings from the last 100 years, plus a live musician playing memorable Glastonbury headliner hits.

Village East

Village East
A few more paces along trendy Bermondsey Street is the recently refurbished Village East where an Alice in Wonderland Trip Down The Rabbit Hole New Year’s Eve Party will take place. A three-course sharing menu will be served at 6.30pm and again at 8.30pm (diners will enjoy a secret cocktail when they arrive) before the restaurant is later turned into a Mad Hatters tea party with DJs and dancing until 4am. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Disappearing Dining Club
Secret, nomadic supper club, Disappearing Dining Club, returns to the Red Gallery in Shoreditch for an all-night dinner and party. Dinner dance tickets are £100 per person and include cocktails on arrival, canapés, a three-course dinner and then two large floors of raving to DJ-spun balearic disco, electronic and house music until 5am.

Buddha-Bar
The Forbidden New Year’s Eve Spectacular – an intriguing name for a New Year’s party, if ever there were one – will take place at the Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge. The event is being showcased as a ‘1950s East meets West extravaganza’, fusing inspiration from two 20th century movies: The Last Emperor and Moulin Rouge. There are two dining experiences available – Heavenly or Forbidden (£250 or £350) – which includes party entrance where you’ll find a casino, a hidden carnival, absinthe and Champagne cocktail trolleys, a French string quartet, a performance from Moulin Rouge’s Diamond Dog Dancers, a balloon drop and DJs.

Shaka Zulu
The flamboyant interior of South African mega restaurant Shaka Zulu in Camden is the setting for a five-course gala dinner. Arrive at 7.30pm for a canapé and Bellini reception, where fire eaters and other performers will entertain. The £99 Dinner & Drinking Table option includes your meal, plus entry to the Kings Club where UK soul queen Mica Paris will sing her hits before DJ Tempest spins house music on the decks.

Gaucho Piccadilly New Year's Eve

Gaucho Piccadilly
Gaucho’s Argentinian restaurant in Piccadilly will be hosting a live Milonga show, as world-class dancers perform the sensuous Tango Argentino. Meanwhile, you can tuck into pumpkin and goats cheese bisque with black truffle oil; lobster and mozzarella empanada with seared scallops and coconut crispy shrimp; Aji Molido Churrasco de Ancho with Mediterranean pickled salad and fries with thyme; plus white chocolate and Malbec mousse with Drambuie chocolate sauce. Oh, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for two (£185 per person).

Vista Rooftop Bar, Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Hotel
With a prime location on Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar Hotel should prove a popular dining option. Downstairs in the Rockwell Room, there’s a relatively inexpensive six course meal for £65 which includes beef fillet with pan fried foie gras, celeriac puree, baby vegetables and red wine jus. For those who want to party on a budget, the bowl food menu (from £5) at the Rockwell Pop Party looks good value for money, although tickets to the party itself are priced at £40 per person. To make the most of the night, buy a ticket to the Vista Prelude Party (£149) which gets you up on the roof (pictured above) to enjoy views over Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Big Ben, in addition to party entry, a bottle of Pommery Pop Champagne, and a limited edition celebratory PopKake.

And if you’re after a quieter New Year’s Eve dinner…

Tuttons
If it’s the excited buzz of central London that really gets your New Year’s Eve going, then Covent Garden piazza is right at the heart of the fun. Long-standing piazza restaurant, Tuttons (pictured above) will provide the calm before the storm with its decadent interior and indulgent three course NYE menu which includes wholesome favourites such as scallops, rib eye steak and Champagne mousse. There’s even the option to hire your own private dining room downstairs with personal waiter service for a more intimate celebration. Three courses and a glass of fizz only £49.95. Book by emailing events@cgrestaurants.com

The Orange
Normally the festive season is associated with the colours white, green and red, but for New Year’s Eve 2013, there’s no reason you can’t invite orange to the party either. The Orange public house and hotel (pictured above) tucked quietly away near Sloane Square is offering exceptional value for money this NYE with a three course menu preceded by a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon brut reserve Champagne for only £50 per person.

Boyd’s Brasserie
The glamorous Boyd’s Brasserie is one of London’s most centrally located restaurants and is only a quick saunter to the water’s edge for the fireworks at the London Eye; or equally, to Trafalgar Square. We recommend the lavish six course New Year’s menu for £135 per person which comes with matching wines.

Tom Aikens Restaurant
The Michelin-starred Tom Aikens Restaurant in South Kensington has a three-course menu (£80) or six-course menu (£130) available for dining away from the crowds. Signature dishes such as roast scallop with braised oxtail, truffle and parsnip or beef short rib with fermented grains, beef tendon lovage will feature.

Mestizo
Mexican restaurant, Mestizo in Camden allegedly holds the largest collection of tequilas in the UK which could spell a night to remember, or to forget. Either way, a three-course Mexican meal including welcome drink, live mariachis, and glass of champagne for £60 per person should start the festivities off with the right spirit, so to speak.

Vertigo 42
There is something uniquely grand about sipping Laurent-Perrier Champagne on the last day of the year, while peering down from 42 floors above London, quietly tucking into Maldon rock oysters; ricotta dumplings with spiced tomato relish; and gateau opera chocolate and coffee cake, all lovingly prepared by a Michelin starred chef. For £150 per person, this fantasy could be your reality at Vertigo 42 courtesy of chef Anthony Demetre.

Chino Latino
Chino Latino restaurant at the Plaza on the River hotel is offering a 10-course ‘tasting’ feast – inspired by Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese trends – for £79 per person. Expect to see Kampachi sashimi, Himalayan salt block, red pepper rocoto dressing; Wagyu beef taquitos, aji panca, red onion, jalapeño, avocado; and Chilean seabass, smoked chipotle miso, tenderstem broccoli on the sizable menu.

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London Restaurant News: Aqua Shard, Hutong, Shake Shack http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-restaurant-news-aqua-shard-hutong-shake-shack/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-restaurant-news-aqua-shard-hutong-shake-shack/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:38:48 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34450 It’s been an exciting few weeks for London foodies. Two new restaurants – Aqua and Hutong – have opened in The Shard, and American phenomenon Shake Shack has launched its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Read on for more new places to eat and drink in the capital.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

This new British restaurant is perched on Level 31 of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and offers stunning views of London. On the menu you’ll find British staples such as Dover sole with cuttlefish, broad beans and cider sauce. There’s also a bar with three-storey-high panoramic windows, where you can enjoy cocktails inspired by British favourites gin and afternoon tea.

Hutong

Aqua Shard’s sister restaurant, Hutong, serves Northern Chinese cuisine and is located on Level 33 of The Shard with fantastic views of the London skyline.

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Signature dishes include Red Lantern (crispy crab with chilli); chilled, spiced razor clams; crispy de-boned lamb ribs and roasted Peking duck. At lunchtime you can pick from a menu of meat, fish and veggie dim sum.

Shake Shack burgers

Shake Shack

Cult American burger bar Shake Shack has opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Originally launched in New York’s Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack is known for its burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, available as shakes and concretes (blended frozen custard with mix-ins). Try the Drury Lane Jam concrete with custard, strawberry jam, biscuit and banana. And look out for treats for your dog on the Woof menu!

Whyte & Brown

New chicken and egg restaurant Whyte and Brown has just opened in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. You can choose from roasted and grilled chicken, burgers, soups, pies, salads, casseroles, wings and croquettes, or free-range egg dishes such as risotto Scotch egg, and eggs Florentine and Benedict. Pop in at the weekend for traditional roast chicken with all the trimmings.

More Foodie News

  • Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf: Tom Aikens has opened a new a restaurant, bar and deli in Canary Wharf
  • Jamie’s Italian Trattoria: Jamie Oliver has launched his first Trattoria, a smaller and more rustic version of Jamie’s Italian, in Richmond
  • The Happenstance: This new bar and restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Previously Navajo Joe, this Covent Garden venue serves American food and creative cocktails
  • Paesan: Paesan has opened on the corner of Exmouth Market serving simple, authentic Italian dishes and cocktails
  • Five Guys: The American burger bar has just opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden
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London Visitor Charter Promises Fair Prices During the 2012 Games http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/london-visitor-charter-promises-fair-prices-during-the-2012-games/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/london-visitor-charter-promises-fair-prices-during-the-2012-games/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:15:33 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=22027

Good news if you’re planning to visit London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games: some of the capital’s biggest attractions have signed up to a new charter promising fair pricing during 2012.

The London Eye, Tower of London, The O2, London Walks, Eurostar and Tom Aikens are among those who’ve pledged to maintain normal prices during the Games. More than 30 businesses have signed up so far.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “The London Visitor Charter demonstrates our determination to offer all our visitors both a great deal as well as a great time.”

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