Thursday, 23 October 2014

The 2014 Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival

The 2014 Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival takes place from Weds 29th October to Sat 1st November.  Wednesday is a special preview night - pay £25 for all the cask ale you can drink (possibly some ts&cs, I imagine...), and thenn from Thrus - Sat you pay £5 on the door.  It's always a good festival, and with over 100 cask ales, and 25 ciders you can't really go wrong.

100+ different real ales, 25 ciders, wine by the glass and full bar
WED: Preview night is pre-book and pre-pay NOW only £25 - EARLY BIRD!
(Includes all the cask beer you can drink!)
Book Online Pay on the Door
£5 on the Door (£4 before 5pm)
Every year at Halloween time Le Gothique hosts an annual beer festival. The Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival showcases regional and micro breweries from around the country.
Downton Brewery
Sarah Hughes
Plus many rare and hard to find beers from the 4 courners of Great Britain ...

When - Weds 29th October - Sat 1st November
Wednesday - 6-11pm (Preview Night, advanced ticket only)
Thurs - Saturday - 1pm, - 11pm

Where - Le Goithique, John Archer Way, Off Windmill Road, Wandsworth Common, SW18 3SX

Tickets - £25 on the Wednesday night in advance only from here, then £5 on the door for the other days,  Booking in advance on Eventbrite saves you time on the door!


Get directions with Citymapper

Link 1 - Booking page
Link 2 - Preliminary beer list

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The 'Happy Endings' Dessert Supper Club in Hackney

This November Fraise Sauvage, a project from Australian pastry chef Terri Mercieca, is holding a two night dessert-only supper club in Hackney, featuring 5 courses of desserts, plus tea, petit fours.  Wine will also be available.  Go and get a - um - Happy Ending!

"For two nights in November, Fraise Sauvage presents Happy Endings Dessert Nights, dedicated to the dessert lover, the sweet tooth and the naughty. 
Sophisticated, indulgent and little bit silly, Happy Endings welcomes you to a cocktail with a desserty twist, followed by a tasting menu of five seasonal, delicious and playful desserts, and of course a damn good cuppa tea and petit fours. 
If you are in the mood for a extra treat, we have a specially selected wine and dessert wine list to choose from by up-and-coming somellier Kirsty Tinkler.
Set in a luxurious Hackney warehouse apartment, the far east inspired d├ęcor, wood burning stove and open kitchen guarantees a warm welcome and an exciting dining experience. Designer Shanti Freed has created an intimate, elegant and playful space to inspire the feast.
Come and join us for a night of fun and deliciousness which engages all your senses and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy."

When - Saturday the 8th and Sunday 9th, 2014
Sat - 8pm
Sun - 5.30pm and 8pm

Where - 18 Belsham Street, E9 6NG

Tickets - £40 for a cocktail and 5 dessert courses plus tea and petit fours.  Bubbles and dessert wines available at the bar, from Design My Night here

Link - Happy Endings on Twitter

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iZettle's 6 Day '12 Hour Shop' in Mayfair, with Six Different Businesses

iZettle, a technology which lets you take card payments on your smartphone or tablet, is opening a pop-up shop for 6 days from Monday 27th October.  Each day a different company will trade for 12 hours, from 9am - 9pm, taking payments from iZettle - full list of companies below.

"iZettle, Europe’s number one provider of mobile payment services and apps, today announces the launch of The 12 Hour Store which sees iZettle empower six small businesses to trade from one of the busiest shopping districts in the world, central London in the UK.
Based on a mindset that ‘Big things start small’, The 12 Hour Store will be open for six days featuring businesses that have aspirations to become as successful as their neighbouring global retailers. 
Each business will trade out of the store for 12 hours with everything from the storefront to the interior being decorated to fit their brand. Every day the store will open at 9am and stop trading at 9pm at which point it will then transform to reflect the next company’s  brand.
The only consistent factor within the store is the iZettle setup. iZettle is powering each and every business and enabling them to take payments."

When - Monday 27th October - Saturday 1st November
Monday 27th October: Boskke
Tuesday 28th October: Braw Scotland
Wednesday 29th October: Fox+Belle
Thursday 30th October: Bluebird
Friday 31st October: Iam Vibes
Saturday 1st November: To be confirmed

Where - 36 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5RH


Link - iZettle

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Clarks' 3 Week Men's Pop-up Shop in Covent Garden

Clarks, the British footwear brand, has opened a pop-up shop in Neal Street, Covent Garden, to showcase it's Men's AW14 collection.  It's open until 16th November 2014.  The space was arranged through Appear Here.

"This autumn, British shoemaker Clarks will launch its first dedicated men’s showcase. The pop-up will open in Covent Garden on 23rd October for three weeks, stocking an edit of Clarks’ AW14 men’s collection.
Located at 55 Neal Street in the heart of Seven Dials, the store’s completely unique experience is inspired by the union of Clarks’ craftsmanship and contemporary design. 
Clarks has been making footwear since 1825 but this is the first time customers will be able to shop from a standalone men’s store – a move that marks their continued investment in design and modern craftsmanship.  This is one of the many brand building activities Clarks has undertaken over the last 12 months, as the brand continues to go from strength-to-strength. 
Showcasing formal and dress casual styles, but in an unexpected way, the AW14 collection provides a reinterpretation of classics styles, executed in a clean, contemporary manner with an unrivalled attention to detail and quality."

When - 23rd October - 16th November

Where - 55 Neal Street, London WC2 9PJ

Link - Clarks

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Oxfam and Marks & Spencer's ‘Little Shwop of Horrors’ in Oxford Street

On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th October Oxfam and M&S are opening a ‘Little Shwop of Horrors’ at the Oxford Street (Marble Arch end) M&S store.  Take an item of your own to donate, and then shop from other items donated, including some from celebs, including Joanna Lumley.  Perfect for finding Halloween fancy dress items!

"To celebrate Halloween, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching the Little Shwop of Horrors, a petrifying pop-up store in collaboration with Oxfam as part of its Plan A programme, which aims to give clothes an afterlife of their own.
M&S and Oxfam’s Shwopping collaboration urges shoppers to donate - or ‘shwop’ - an unwanted item of clothing that will go on to be re-sold, re-used or recycled by Oxfam, cutting waste while raising much-needed funds for the charity.
Joanna Lumley will open the Little Shwop of Horrors, which will be live from Tuesday 28th – Wednesday 29th October at the retailer’s Marble Arch store. This one-off secondhand store will sell a frightful selection of ghoulish garments, including items found at the bottom of fancy dress boxes and the horrors hiding in the depths of our wardrobes, donated by the UK public and a selection of celebrities.
Perfect for those requiring costume inspiration, the Little Shwop of Horrors will be a one-stop shop for Halloween fancy dress, allowing visitors to scour the shelves in search of the perfect costume. Shoppers can also create their own style scares out of fashion horrors which have been donated through the Shwopping initiative.
Since its launch in April 2012, Oxfam has received 8.9 million items of clothing thanks to Shwopping, worth an estimated £5.9 million for the charity. All money raised by Shwopping is used to support Oxfam’s projects around the world working to alleviate poverty.
The public can show their support by shwopping items in any M&S store and sharing their biggest fashion fears on social media mentioning @shwopping and the hashtag #ShwopOfHorrors. All proceeds raised from the Little Shwop of Horrors will go towards Oxfam, whose work aims to help people and communities around the world lift themselves out of poverty for good."

When - Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th October, 8am - 9pm

Where - 458 Oxford Street, W1C 1AP

Link - Shwopping

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Grape Night In's 'Hallowi'ne' Wine Tasting in Clapham

This Halloween, A Grape Night In are taking over D'Vine Cellars in Clapham North for two wine tasting sessions, from 7pm and 9pm.  Cheese will also be provided - should be a fun and atmospheric night!

"Each and every October 31st, the ghostly and ghastly come out for a night of riotous fun and this year there's no exception. This Hallowi'ne the Grape Night In ghouls are bringing out the odd, unusual and downright weird to a wine and gruesome cheese tasting fit for a zombie. Trick or treat your tastebuds in the dark and mysterious D'Vine cellar, just a creep up from Clapham North underground.
Tickets are £25 and there will be 2 sittings. Tastings start at 7pm (when the undead awaken) or 9pm (after the zombies have dined), where the ghouls will try to trick you with scary stories, but it you're clever enough to withstand the hoax you'll score a treat...
This trick or treat tasting will last approx. 1.5 hours, and inc. wine & cheese tastings. Wines will be available for purchase after the tasting. Please arrive on time and tables will be required back at the end of the tasting."

When - Friday 31st October, at 7pm and 9pm

Where - DVine Cellars, 74 Landor Road, SW9 9PH

Tickets - £25 from Edible Experiences here


Link - Tickets page

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Ben Spalding's 'Stripped Back' & 'No Rules' Residency in Kingsland Road, Haggerston

Chef Ben Spalding, who has been organising pop-ups of various forms for the past few years, has taken over at the 260-264 Kingsland Road disused office space (home of 'Fairground' over the summer) for a series of events, including 'Stripped Back' - fine dining without pretensions - and 'No Rules' - dinners cooked in front of you - plus a 'Decade Dinner' for the 1970s and for the 1980s.  Full dates and details here

Stripped Back
"StrippedBack is affordable, accessible, delicious dining without any pretension. It is one of many different concepts created and ran by Ben Spalding, It has been hugely successful and celebrated in the 15 months since broadway market in Hackney, east London with just 4 plastic stools bought from the local shop, some very basic pre prepared infusions or cured fish or meat and some raw vegetables, equipment consisted of a mandolin, a blowtorch, a peeler and a knife, it was all transported 60 miles by train from kent to London in a suitcase every saturday morning at the crack of dawn, over time it has naturally grown into a unique, different and refined take on eating out, mainly featuring in the street food scene."

When - Thursdays & Fridays from 16th October (barring the 'No Rules' Fridays listed below)

Tickets - £39 from Eventbrite here

No Rules
""No Rules is an idea that first came about in late 2013, I wanted to cook the style of food I was cooking when at Roganic, then that pub in North London & push it further, with more experimental ideas which have substance, be able to tell stories about my supliers & stories about our exploits in chasing creativity in cooking and makes my the diners think more about what & how they eat."
This not only puts my reputation on the line but provides what I believe is an unexplored personal experience & meal to a group of strangers, we are on the table just a few feet from you, we prepare, create & cook the entire menu on the spot in front of you, it is almost like being able to sit on a busy chef's section in a restaurant & watch them prepare everything. It’s the ultimate eating experience with complete honesty & trust from the guest to me & me to the guest which I believe will break new ground in eating food"

When - Fridays - 24th October, 1st November, 19th December

Tickets - £85 from Eventbrite here

Where - 260-264 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG


Link 1 - All events on Eventbrite
Link 2 - Ben Spalding on Facebook

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