Category Archives: Bars & Boozies

The Seventh Door of Mayfair…
Cocktails and Snowmen
at Smith & Whistle

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When you have finished a long day at work and you just want to find a cosy haunt with a slice of glamour, a twist of the 1920s and barmen who REALLY know their stuff, where you can kick back with friends and sip inventive and delicious cocktails…head to Smith & Whistle, my seventh door of Mayfair.

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The Sixth Door of Mayfair…
Scotch Eggs & Sherry
at the Oldest Pub in Mayfair

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The Coach & Horses, established in 1744 (think about it – that is old) is the oldest pub in Mayfair. It used to be a coaching inn providing rest and recuperation to passing noblemen, along with food and water for their horses…. and more recently it provided me with the most unbelievably good Scotch Eggs and delicious sherry, in December 2016….

Welcome to the sixth door of Mayfair…

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Forty Hall Vineyard, London
(Yes, London)

Forty Hall Vineyard

No, you’re not seeing things and you’re not going mad. There really is a vineyard in London. A 10 acre organic vineyard. Run and managed by local volunteering folk and is the very first commercial sale vineyard in London since around 1500AD. That’s HAMAZING.

Forty Hall Vineyard is the brainchild of Hackney resident Sarah Vaughan-Roberts and it produces and sells still and sparkling wines, which are knocking people’s socks off all over this fair land.

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Cocktails & tapas at Little Drury

Little Drury

You may have heard of The Drury Club – a super cool private members club serving extremely excellent cocktails in plush surroundings…

But for those of you who aren’t members (ME) have no fear, for Little Drury has arrived. (Phew).Continue Reading…

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St Moritz Ski Bar at The Goring

St Moritz Ski Bar Goring

London is never short of Wintery pop-ups and this season it’s no different. I love the cosiness of Christmas and I may have just gone and found the perfect place to hole up in as the chillier nights draw in…

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Christmas Party Prep with Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran Christmas Cocktail

The annual Spirit of Christmas Fair was again, packed to the hilt with sparkles and christmassy wonderfulness – it is the ultimate destination for Christmas inspiration, with exhibitors displaying everything you can imagine, from Christmas trees, baubles, candles and other homeware, to gingerbread houses, food and drink and those finishing touches that really make Christmas go off with a magical bang.

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The House of Peroni
returns to Brick Lane

House of Peroni

Just before my op, I hot-footed it over to Brick Lane in East London, to visit the immersive and multi-sensory The House of Peroni, entitled ‘Vita all’Interno’ – meaning ‘a life lived inside’. This month-long residency is a celebration of the Italian home – think food, beer, cocktails, laundry, art, nonnas, cake, music and pasta….

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Pleased to meet you, Kensington
– Chapter 4 –

Stefano Widdrington - manager at the Prince of Wales Pub, Kensington Church Street

Stefano Widdrington – manager at the Prince of Wales Pub, Kensington Church Street

If you’re familiar with Kensington, then you’ll be no stranger to the Prince Of Wales pub on Kensington Church Street – just across the way from this gorgeous flower stall

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Halloween cocktails:
A Bloody Easy Mary

Bloody Mary

Halloween is officially round the corner.

I don’t know about you but for me, I do genuinely get a bit spooked. Not by all the ghosts and ghouls, but by the hoards of children, dressed up in crazy outfits demanding sweeties OR ELSE.

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– Lunch in the city –
The Trading House

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A few days ago I met my lovely (and ridiculously talented) pal Caroline and we waltzed ourselves over to Bank for a catch up lunch at The Trading House… and when I walked in, my chin nearly hit the floor…

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Theo Fennell for sketch

Theo's Pink Fizz - Theo Fennell's new cocktail for Sketch

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of the first in line to try a brand new cocktail  at sketch. Lucky little me.

Sketch has joined forces with Theo Fennell – THAT British jewellery designer – and together they have knocked up one very special cocktail, named very aptly ‘Theo’s Pink Fizz’, as pink is a very important colour for both collaborators. This cocktail will be launched at sketch at the beginning of June this year to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Hip pip!

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– Le Chalet –
An Alpine Hideaway
on the roof at Selfridges

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I love Christmas. I know you know this. But, I also love Winter. I love the bite and chill of it.. but mostly, I love the way we can hide away from the cold in cosy haunts, drink hot toddies, read books, see chums, wrap ourselves up in soft blankets and enjoy basking in that lovely warm glow… of either candlelight, or the power of dimmer switches, which are now completely non-negotiable for me when it comes to light fittings…

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Cocktails in Louboutins at The Ritz
(Obviously)

The Talullah at The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz

In 1951, Tallulah Bankhead, the American film star, while attending a press conference at the Ritz to celebrate her arrival in London, took off her shoe, poured champagne into it and drank.

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The Shop
NW10

The Shop NW10 - jam jar cocktails

Last night I toddled down to The Shop in Kensal Rise with Hop-Along-Bill.  I say Hop-Along-Bill coz she had managed to bang her foot into a door (it was the door’s fault) and is now on crutches. So what better way to take her mind of the ouch, than with delicious jam jar cocktails and RIP ROARINGLY AMAZING Mexican food at one of the kookiest and coolest spots around Queen’s Park.

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Wine Tasting
with Virgin Wines at The Ivy

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A few days go, Mbosh and I attended the London Wine Awards in The Loft at The Ivy.

The London Wine Awards is the only wine competition where the most important wine judge in the world – the customer – casts the crucial vote.

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