Sunday, 28 June 2015

Suntory's Two Day Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar in Soho


On Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th July Suntory Whiskey is opening a Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar at the Soho Revue in Greek Street, Soho.  A £24 ticket allows you into the sensory experience for two and a half hours, in which time you'll learn a lot about Japanese traditions, and be able to drink from a range of cocktails including Hibiki Cherry Blossom.

"This July, the House of Suntory Whisky launches the Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar, showcasing the newest expression of the Suntory family, Hibiki Japanese Harmony, at Soho Revue, London.
On the 8th and 9th of July, Londoners are invited to escape the chaos of the city and immerse themselves in Japanese tradition, as they experience the rich heritage and craftsmanship of Hibiki Japanese Harmony. Guests will be taken on a journey beginning in the Harmony Lounge and culminating in the Harmony Bar, with a world first sensory experience.
The Harmony Lounge is a traditional Japanese space, serving a range of seasonally inspired Hibiki cocktails, including the Hibiki Cherry Blossom, which features a carved ice ball. Whilst enjoying their first taste of Hibiki Harmony and unwinding to music from a Japanese DJ, guests will be offered traditional washi paper on which they can write a wish to hang on the Tanabata tree. 
The Zen waiting area will allow guests to relax and refresh, completely switching off from the outside world before they enter the Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar. The first of its kind worldwide, this fully immersive interactive experience envelops guests as they journey through the richness of the Japanese seasons whilst illustrating how the delicate changes in the seasons influence the maturation and taste of Suntory's Hibiki Japanese Harmony whisky.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony encapsulates the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and people. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan’s 24 seasons and mastered by Suntory’s Art of Blending, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a meticulous blend of the finest select whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky. It is a symphony of at least 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged in five different types of casks, from Suntory’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavours and aromas."

When - Weds 8th & Thurs 9th July 2015
Choose 6pm-8:30pm or 8pm-10:30pm (on each day)

Where - Soho Revue, 14 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DP

Tickets - £24 from Design My Night here

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Link - Tickets page


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The Bulmers #LiveColourful Bar in Shoreditch


For two nights Bulmers is opening an entirely black & white bar in Leonard Street, Shoreditch.  Called the #LiveColourful Bar (because Bulmers brings colour to the occasion), the bar is open from 6.30pm - 11pm on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th July only.  Entry is through a free ticket that gets you two bottles of Bulmers at the bar (& then you can buy more).

"The Bulmers #LiveColourful Bar is the world’s first ever completely black and white bar.
Every single aspect of the bar, from the staff to the décor, the bar games and even the food have been completely stripped of colour.
It’s a monochrome marvel that feels like stepping into a modern day black and white movie.
But at the heart of this black and white world, every bottle of Bulmers, and the people drinking them, will stand out in full, glorious colour. So just as Bulmers does, bring some colour to the table - come brightly dressed and prepare to #LiveColourful."

When - Thursday 9th July – Friday 10th July. 6:30pm – 11:00pm.

Where - 73a Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS

Tickets - Entry is by ticket, available from www.biletto.com. Entrants may redeem 2 bottles of Bulmers in exchange for 2 tokens supplied on entry. Further beverages must be paid for.

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Link 1 - Tickets page - Thurs 9th
Link 2 - Tickets page - Fri 10th


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The 2015 CiderDog Fesival at The Miller SE1 and The Sebright Arms E2


This July the CiderDog festival is taking place at both The Sebight Arms in E2 on Saturday 4th and The Miller pub in SE1 on Saturday 11th.  In both cases there will be lots of British ciders on tap at just £3 a pint, plus craft beers, food from Bunsmiths, plus DJs and general merriment.  Just don't plan on having a very busy Sunday...


"The team behind iconic east London pub Sebright Arms and The Miller in Bermondsey is excited to announce London’s largest cider Festival - coming to both venues in July. 
Ciderdog will be held in East London for the first time for Shoreditch and Hackney cider lovers at Sebright Arms on Saturday 4 July. The festival will return for the third year to The Miller one week later on Saturday 11 July. 
Ciderdog at Sebright Arms will feature in excess of 40 British ciders including Black Dragon, Burrow Hill, Broome Farm, and Tumpy Ground. A huge variety will be represented from very sweet to bone dry. Award winners will appear alongside single varieties as well as blends, cloudy scrumpy, whisky and rum barrel aged, perry from 100-year-old trees and cider mixed with berries, elderflower, lemons, ginger and honey. The full range of more than 100 ciders will be available at The Miller. Ciders have been supplied by independent producers from across the UK and will feature alongside cider cocktails and a selection of London brewed ales. 
Entry is free and all festival beers and ciders will be exceptionally good value at £3 per pint. 
Food will come courtesy of Bunsmiths, the newly launched food brand created in 2015 by the Sebright Arms and The Miller team. Bunsmiths will be serving festivalgoers low and slow cooked cider-marinated meat served fresh and fast in delicious buns. DJs will be on hand to entertain crowds all day at Sebright Arms while Solid Steel Band will be performing for Ciderdog visitors at The Miller."

When - Saturday 4th July 2015 (Sebright Arms) 12 noon - 12 midnight & Saturday 11th July 2015 (The Miller), 12 noon - 1am

4h July - The Sebright Arms,  31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG
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Where - 11th July - The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London. SE1 3SS
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Link - Ciderdog on Twitter


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Darjeeling Express' 2015 Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho


Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express Indian food is now in residence at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, serving Monday - Saturday.  Mon-Saturday is lunch, plus bar snacks until 6pm, while Saturday also has dinner from 6pm - 9pm - bookings required.  Go and tast here amazing dishes, inc Khosa Mangsho Bengali Goat Curry & Chicken Chaap fragrant Calcutta Korma

"Asma Khan has become famous on the London Supper Club scene for her Mughlai cuisine based on recipes, which have been in her family for generations and stem from the royal kitchens of India. She has never written down a single recipe and does everything from memory. This month will see Khan take up residency at Soho pub, The Sun and 13 Cantons, which itself has just undergone an impressive renovation.
Khan’s lunch menu at the pub will be a celebration of authentic cooking from 1930s undivided India. Using local produce, the menu will also feature British seasonal specials alongside Khan’s classics, including:
Typical menu
Kala Channa with Paratha nutty and earthy black chickpeas served with tawa fried flat bread
Paneer Samosa stuffed with Paneer, sweet corn and chopped coriander leaves. Served with chutney
Venison Kofta cooked in traditional “shikar” or hunting spices
Chicken Chaap fragrant Calcutta Korma with garam masala
Hyderabadi Haleem a combination of lentils, wheat and lamb slow cooked for several hours & blended together, garnished with green chillies, caramalised onion, mint and ginger
Khosa Mangsho Bengali Goat Curry with Potatoes
Chicken Rezala Bengali Mughlai stew with lemon, chillies & mint
Baghara Baigan Hyderabadi aubergine in a tangy tamarind base
Bhappa Doi Bengali yogurt cooked in an earthenware pot
Shahi Tukra bread fried in ghee and soaked in saffron infused milk
Khan’s style of cuisine is lesser known in the UK and despite it’s royal heritage, should not be mistakenly associated with the state of Rajasthan. Khan takes influences from her father’s Rajput and North Indian background, as well as incorporating traditions from Calcutta where she was born and raised by her parents. Many a holiday would also be spent at her parents’ancestral home near Chhatari and it was here she learnt some of her favourite recipes from her family’s royal kitchens with family visiting from across North India right down to Hyderabad in the South.
Khan’s Darjeeling Express residency begins at lunchtime on 23rd June at The Sun and 13 Cantons on the corner of Beak Street. Lunch reservations can be made directly by telephoning The Sun & 13 Cantons."

When - From June 2015 -
Monday – Saturday (LUNCH RESERVATIONS ONLY) Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
An all day menu of bar snacks will also be served from 12:00– 18:00 (Mon­‐Sat)
Dinner on Saturday only (18:00­‐21:00)

Where - The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, W1F 9NG

Bookings - To book a table for lunch pls call the pub on 020 7734 0934

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Link - Darjeeling Express


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Kitchen Theory's Sensualità Summer Dining Experince at Maida Hill Place, W9


High end pop-up veterans Kithcen Throry have announced their summer project - a series of lunches and dinners under the banner Sensualità - a multi-sensory dining experience at Maida Hill Place restaurnat in W9.  Prices range from £32 for a lunch, to £105 for funn dinner with wine pairing - Full menu is here - prepare to be dazzled!

"For 2 weekends only; prepare to indulge with Kitchen Theory's latest sensory dining latest event.  Naughty, tantalising and indulgent, Chef Stefano de Costanzo will combine his passion, creativity and delectable pastry techniques with his experience of working with Giorgio Locatelli and Gordon Ramsay to bring you a sensual and sensory 6 course dining extravaganza. Dive in with a strawberry and tomato gazpacho and finish with taking a bite of Sophia’s lips.
Sensualità is Kitchen Theory's latest addition to their portfolio of exciting multi-sensory dining experiences. Kitchen Theory founder and Chef Patron has collaborated with Chef Stefano de Costanzo who aside from his genuine passion and creativity, the Italian born chef brings a meticulous expertise to his menu."

When - Dinners will be hosted July 9th,10th, 11th and 17th, 18th – 2015 at Maida Hill
Lunches will be hosted July  11th and 18th – 2015

Where - Maida Hill Place, 4 Fernhead Rd, London W9 3ET

Tickets - From Kitchen Theory here
6 Course dinner: £65
6 Course dinner + pre-drink (prosecco/cocktail) and pairing: £105
3 Course lunch: £32
3 Course lunch + pre-drink (prosecco/cocktail) and pairing:   £54

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Link - Kitchen Theory, including menu & booking page


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A Taste's Blindfold Dinners in Farringdon


Over 3 Saturdays A Taste will be hightening your sense of taste, by hosting supper clubs shere diners sit blindfolded while they eat.  The specially created menu is designed to tempt and tease your senses - diners will be in for a very memorable evening!

"The Blindfold Dinner is an Immersive new supper club experience combining food, theatre and trust. Brought to you by Grub Club and seasoned pop up chefs A.Taste, the evening is designed to bombard the remaining senses and will run every Saturday in July.
With a background in fine dining, the talented chef (Chris Jordan) has created a secret menu specifically for this evening, designed so diners can eat blindfolded and experience the meal in a totally new way.
As the diner’s senses run wild, actors weave between the tables adding a new dimension to the evening, with each being the source of surprise to the sightless diners. Without sight, there is no way to anticipate anything and leads to a truly memorable night of dining."

When – Sat 4th, Sat 18th & Saturday 25th July 2015

Where – Three Little Birds, 59 Mount Pleasant, London, United Kingdom, WC1X 0AY

Tickets – £38.50 from Grub Club here


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Link - Tickets page



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Eastern Biological Columbia Road Pop-up Shop and Exhibition in E2


Eastern Biological, the independent natural history & lifestyle shop, is back with another pop-up this July at The Columbia Road Arts Club, open on Fridays - Sundays from 3rd - 26th July 2015.  I visited their earlier shop in Redchurch Street and loved it.  Make sure you visit this time round!

"London’s independent natural history and lifestyle is store is back. After a successful pop-up shop on Redchurch Street, Eastern Biological relocates for a month-long residency on east London’s famous Columbia Road.
Home to the bustling Sunday flower market, the store will be based in Columbia Road Arts Club with their next venture taking the form of part-exhibition. Screen prints will be showcased from established illustrators such as Alice Pattullo, Marina Muun, Sam Brewster, Lucille Clerc, Maggie Li and bestselling children’s book illustrator of Animalium: Katie Scott.
Eastern Biological is not your ordinary cabinet of curiosities housing taxidermy and oddities, but a modern day gifts shop selling a carefully curated selection of design-led gifts, home wares, educational toys and naturalist art prints, appealing to those who enjoy museum spaces – as well as those with an appreciation for arts and design."

When - 3rd - 26th July 2015
Open only on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
Friday and Saturdays: 11am-6pm
Sundays: 9am-6pm

Where - Colombia Road Arts Club, 160 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

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Link - Eastern Biological


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