Below Waterloo station’s platforms and next to Banksy’s famous graffiti is a new private events space like no other As vibrant, as its surroundings, the Leake Street Arches (LSA) Pop Up, will be available for private hire only from 1st December 2017 until spring 2018
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- THE MANDRAKE’S SENSORY TREATMENTS FOR THE BODY AND SOUL
Eclectic, hedonistic, playful and a little surreal, The Mandrake offers a haven in which to escape everyday life. Now this Fitzrovia favourite introduces a new programme of specially curated sensory experiences, to promote healing, wellness and harmony. In addition to a range of treatments offered by Slawomir Oldtree, the hotel’s qualified massage and sound therapist, including the ancient Hawaiian massage art of Lomi Lomi Nui, The Mandrake is the only hotel in London to offer the pure, natural three-dimensional sound of YAR, the bespoke audio system handcrafted in Italy for just 100 private customers.
- 108 GARAGE DUO OPEN SOUTHAM STREET
Just one year since they succeeded in turning an abandoned garage into one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, 108 Garage, Luca Longobardi and Chris Denney, have opened their second restaurant, Southam Street. This Notting Hill eatery harnesses the best techniques for flame and heat from around the world; a Japanese robata grill shows what can be done to fish, meat and vegetables with subtle variations of different charcoals while Big Green Egg provides big, bold barbecue flavours. Upstairs is a raw bar and separate sake room, whilst the second floor houses a mezcal and tequila bar.
- PRESS FOR A CELEBRATION THIS CHRISTMAS AT BOB BOB RICARD
With its fine champagne, delicious food, divinely decadent surroundings and unique atmosphere, Bob Bob Ricard is a feast for all the senses at any time of the year. But at Christmas time, this iconic Soho restaurant – open Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – truly comes into its own. Expect those legendary “Press for Champagne” buttons to be more popular than ever. (Well it is famous for pouring more fizz than any other restaurant in the UK!)
- MAY FAIR KITCHEN’S NEW MENU GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER
A new menu has seen May Fair Kitchen become the flagship for the pioneering Kitchen brand. With Leicester Square Kitchen’s authentic Peruvian and Mexican small plates resulting in it being voted ‘Best Mexican Restaurant in London’ just eight weeks after opening, and Monmouth Kitchen’s menu proving equally on-trend, May Fair Kitchen is now showing its solidarity by offering a selection of signature dishes from both. Complementing the likes of Crispy duck & pomegranate ensalada with papaya chilli dressing (pictured below) and Robata pisco-glazed smoked paprika are May Fair’s own sublime Spanish and Italian small plates.
- THE HAMPSHIRE LOUNGE’S WINTER LODGE BRINGS THAT ALPINE FEELING TO LEICESTER SQUARE
Forget jetting off to St Moritz this festive season as The Hampshire Lounge Bar transforms itself into a hidden mountain retreat. From now until February you’ll feel like you’re in the heart of the Alps – all without leaving Leicester Square – as you gather around oak barrels, sit on soft fur seat covers and generally enjoy the festivities with family and friends in rustic luxe surroundings. Open daily from 12 noon until 11pm, the lodge will serve treats like deliciously gooey Grilled raclette cheese on chilli & rosemary bread (pictured), Honeycomb French toast with salted caramel crème and reviving hot toddies.
- ENJOY A TASTE OF THE ORIENT THIS FESTIVE SEASON AT THAI SQUARE
Looking for something different this Christmas? Then head to the award-winning Thai Square where they are offering a vibrant alternative to the traditional roast turkey. Open on Christmas Day, the brand’s Trafalgar Square restaurant is offering two superb set menus, each featuring dishes from the north of Thailand. The venue is also offering equally indulgent set menus for New Year’s Eve. What’s more, anyone who dines at the restaurant will receive complimentary entry to Thai Square’s club, TSQ, where they can can dance their way into 2018.
- NOVIKOV IS ON SONG THIS CHRISTMAS!
If you can tear yourself away from decking the halls with boughs of holly, then make a beeline for Novikov Restaurant & Bar on 21st December as the Mayfair favourite hosts that most quintessential of Yuletide celebrations, the carol concert. However, as befits somewhere that always likes to be a bit different, this is no ordinary offering. Come down to the Lounge Bar between 6.45pm and 9.15pm and enjoy a night of acoustic acapella, as a trio of talented opera singers perform a selection of much-loved classics. Song sheets will be available so everyone can join in the fun. Entry is complimentary and in true Christmas spirit, guests will be served mulled wine on arrival.
- THAI SQUARE PUTNEY BRINGS LONG ISLAND TO SOUTH WEST LONDON
Thai Square Putney Bridge might not be able to promise Leonardo DiCaprio, but its Great Gatsby party is a pretty exciting New Year’s Eve celebration nonetheless! Sate your appetite with some fabulous Thai fare before heading downstairs to the bar where champagne – and signature cocktails – will be flowing along with a line-up of dazzling entertainment fronted by a live band and a DJ. Entry is free and for a special New Year’s Eve treat, a second glass or bottle of Moët & Chandon champers will be half price. And if you buy three bottles, those very generous Thai Square people will give you the fourth one on the house!
- MIZZI STUDIO TRIUMPHS AT THE FX INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS
London-based Mizzi Studio has won FX International’s hugely prestigious Breakthrough Talent Award. With past winners including talents of the calibre of Christopher Jenner and Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio, this accolade is regarded as a huge honour within the design world. This success marks an incredible autumn for the company which has already seen Jonathan Mizzi and his team pick up the ‘Outside’ Award at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for their breathtaking copper kiosk for Colicci Coffee at London’s Westfield Stratford shopping centre.
- LANIQUE WILL GIVE YOU ROSY CHEEKS THIS WINTER
As winter takes hold, so our bodies start to crave decadent food and drink. And they don’t come any more satisfying than Lanique’s unique twist on hot chocolate. Leave the calorie counting until the New Year and indulge in this delightful concoction that is made by stirring 35ml Lanique rose petal liqueur and 15ml Cognac into a cup of good quality hot chocolate. Top with cream and grated chocolate and watch those winter blues disappear!
- LEARN FROM THE BEST AT RESTAURANT JAMES SOMMERIN
On 17th December, Michelin-starred Welsh eatery Restaurant James Sommerin is offering an exclusive opportunity to not only indulge in hearty and flavoursome fare made with only the finest seasonal ingredients, but to also learn how to make the dishes in the comfort of your own home. Hosted by chef owner James Sommerin, a one hour class with three course lunch and wine pairing is an absolute gift at just £70 per head.
- GET YOUR SKATES ON AND HEAD TO SCOFF & BANTER!
From now until 7th January, Scoff & Banter Kensington will be offering a session at the Natural History Museum’s famous ice rink, plus a two-course meal, all for just £30 a head. Choose from mouth-watering fare such as Fish pie with salmon, cod & prawns in a creamy white wine sauce and Warm Bramley apple crumble served with vanilla custard – perfect for keeping out those winter chills!
- ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE SPOILT AT MAÎTRE CHOUX
Master pâtissier Joakim Prat of Maître Choux and the capital’s leading florist, All For Love, have combined forces to create a truly bespoke gift that you won’t find under the average Christmas tree. This most festive of packages combines a choice of seasonal flowers nestled around a box of handcrafted éclairs selected by you. Guaranteed to get you many compliments of the season, the Choux Box is priced at £125 and orders should be placed three days in advance.
- IS IT TIME TO GET NKD AND BAN THE PLASTIC BOTTLE?
Amid heated discussions on whether plastic bottles should stay or be banned for good – and with businesses such as Borough Market and Pret-A-Manger leading the way in ditching them – British startup nkdshakes up the global bottled water market with the pod+. This may look like a beautifully designed reusable water bottle, but its inbuilt, replaceable filter, which uses technology from the NASA space programme, naturally recreates the qualities found in mountain mineral water. What’s more, the pod+ can deep clean water from contaminated sources such as dirty rivers and lakes, filtering up to 99.9% of contaminants while you drink.