The Luxuria Lifestyle December Hit List!
December 1, 2017
‘Tis the season to be jolly tra la la! Luxuria Lifestyle have so much to fit in this month, we don’t know where to start! From cosy cable cars at ME Hotel London, to York & Albany’s ‘Awfully British Winter Cabin’, Ferrero Rocher’s decadent immersive dessert and cockails experience and the brand new 27 Bar and Restaurant at Aspinalls, here’s 18 unmissable experiences!
LANG at Shangri-La
Head to the Shard this December to try LANG’s brand new Five Mile Menu at the Shangri-La. With all produce locally sourced from within a five mile radius of the restaurant, the new menu will showcase the very best artisan suppliers in London with the best of British ingredients. From Bermondsey to Borough and with organic vegetables, premium cured meats and the finest farmhouse cheeses and honey, LANG’s talented team have turned these products into delightful dishes. From their mini beef sliders served with smoked Applewood cheddar to the finest of oysters from Billingsgate Fish Market, there’ll definitely be something to tempt those tastebuds this winter. Make a reservation here.
#ApresWithAView at ME Hotel London
Winter pop-ups don’t come swankier than this! For the ultimate alpine experience, these awesome cable cars are available to hire on the terrace at Radio Rooftop. Apres ski (without the slopes to get down afterwards), and enjoy seasonal cocktails and champagne, plus a warming winter food menu to keep up the energy levels including truffle cheese fondue! With an amazing backdrop and some of the most impressive sights in London to admire from the comfort of your cable car, take a date, take your mates, but just make sure you visit!
Complete with candles and faux fur throws as well as dj’s to mix things up, #ApresWithAView offers up exclusive cable cars which are available to book for up to 10 guests for £650 including a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka with mixers, a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, as well as large sharing platters of seasonal offerings, followed by speculos biscuits with hazelnut mousse and an indulgent Valrhona chocolate fondue. Mon-Weds 12pm-1am, Thurs-Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-12pm.
The Brand New M Wine Bar, Victoria
We’re huge fans of M Restaurants here at Luxuria Lifestyle, having eaten at them ALL! You shouldn’t need much persuading to pop down to M Victoria, but just in case you do, the gorgeous restaurant now boasts a suave and sophisticated wine bar in the M Wine Store with no less than 112 wines by the glass – 22 of which are actually exclusive to M. With Group Sommelier Lenart Cernelic and Operations Director Andre Maninni overseeing the new wine bar, M will offer free tasting sessions every Friday evening between 5-7pm for up to 20 guests, while their electronic wine dispensers upstairs, will give guests the opportunity to pre-load a card and sample wines from £1.30 up to £130!
Throughout December, snow cannons will blow snow onto Victoria for a true taste of Christmas, indicating that between 5-7pm, you can purchase an ‘Electronic Wine Tasting Machine Credit Card’ with a 25% Discount. Click here for more info.
Out Of The Blue at The Blue Bar, The Berkeley
Claridge’s sister hotel, The Berkeley has partnered with Laurent-Perrier Champagne for a new immersive private bar experience! Out Of The Blue combines the finest ingredients and bespoke technology for an explorative journey of taste for up to four guests at any one time. Culinary science and mixology come together to challenge our perception of flavour through sight, sound and scent to taste cocktails like never before. Available from 5.30 each evening, click here for more info.
Woody Bear at London Marriott Park Lane’s Secret Rooftop
Woody Bear which has just launched at the London Marriott Park Lane’s secret rooftop with separate entrance, is offering up a whimsical winter experience with a pop-up created by design team DENLDN. The venue which has been inspired by an abandoned urban fairground will give you plenty of creativity for Christmas with carnival lights, re-purposed fairground ride booths and swings, log tables and heaters to make sure you’re kept warm! Speciality croque-monsieur street food vendors Madame & Monsieur will be offering up three signature croques; Le French, Le Swiss and Le Welsh, while you can also feast on melty London Raclette from Kappacasein with potatoes, Jambon de Montagne, pickles and sauerkraut, served from a 6kg wheel, or dip into the Mont d’Or, served with sourdough bread – the perfect sharing dish. Winter warmer cocktails include The Smokin’ Goat Fizz, or the Salty Susan with Sky Vodka, rosemary salted maple syrup and pink grapefruit juice. Open Wed-Fri 5pm – 10pm and Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm.
Meanwhile, Marriott customers can now use Marriott Rewards® MORE™ – a convenient one-stop shopping app and desktop extension which rewards members when they shop over two-dozen top retailer sites including Nike, Ralph Lauren, Converse and Net-A-Porter. Members earn an additional 1,000 points for their first transaction of £25 or more. Those who pay with their Marriott Rewards credit card will earn 25% more bonus points after each transaction. For android, click here, for ios, click here.
Christmas Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey
Indulge in Afternoon Tea at the Cellarium Cafe and Terrace at Westminster Abbey – an iconic London landmark which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a Christmas mid-afternoon stop off after a morning of shopping. With Brussel sprout and Stilton tart, along with chocolate ganache topped with gingerbread stars, you can take tea 12-4pm daily for £21.50 or £25 with a bellini. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation
Nyetimber Residency at The Royal Exchange
Bringing extra sparkle to the City this Christmas, award-winning English sparkling wine Nyetimber will be taking up residence at the Grand Café, the Threadneedle Bar and The Gallery, along with its own luxury store. With food pairings available across all three venues, it’s the perfect way to add some fizz to December. The Nyetimber Christmas store will offer luxurious gifts including its Classic Cuvee, along with a delivery service for shoppers so that purchases can be sent straight home, leaving visitors handsfree to enjoy a glass or two of wine. Don’t miss a magical evening on 12th December when there’ll also be Christmas carols for the perfect festive experience.
York & Albany’s ‘Awfully British Winter Cabin’
Townhouse restaurant and boutique hotel York & Albany are celebrating all things quirky and British with their ‘Awfully British Winter Cabin’. Slip on a smoking jacket and slippers on arrival, then sit back and relax for Afternoon Tea, unusual cocktails and lunch or dinner canapes served by the personal butler. Marvel at the old fashioned telephone, grand chandeliers and vintage books while you share lunch and dinner menus with a range of delicious nibbles on offer including haggis sausage rolls and venison pigs in blankets along with scones, open sandwiches and mince pies. For more info and booking times, click here.
The Sipsmith Frost Fair
Sip and enjoy gin in a wintry haven as The National Theatre’s Green Room Garden Bar plays host to The Sipsmith Frost Fair. Sipsmith and Ham Yard Hotel have put together a delicious hot gin menu to warm the cockles on the coldest of nights. Try the Hot Negroni with a red berry tea twist, or the festive Mulled Gin Wine. There’s also a rather splendid new food menu to indulge in. Running until 23rd December, click here for more info.
London Art Week
From 1st-8th December, London Art Week will give art aficionados and visitors from around the world, the chance to celebrate some truly exceptional art. More than 30 distinguished galleries and auction houses will showcase previously unseen works of art, whilst inviting guests to take part in a series of expert talks. To book, find out more and see a full list of the exhibitors, click here.
Wild Turkey Lodge at The Ten Bells, Spitalfields
For an authentic American Bourbon experience this winter, The Ten Bells in Spitalfields have partnered up with Wild Turkey to launch a traditional hunting lodge complete with sheepskin, leathers, wooden tables, taxidermy and regal portraits adorning the walls! Putting hairs on your chest this winter, there’s a selection of special Wild Turkey 101 drinks on the menu featuring four twists on the classic Old Fashioned, along with three expressions from the Wild Turkey range and festive sharing boards with a range of meats, cheeses, pies and pickled veg. Open 5pm – 12am daily until end of February, walk-ins also welcome. Email email@example.com to book.
Monkey 47 Winter Lodge at Rosewood, London
Rosewood London and artisanal German gin brand Monkey 47 have teamed up to transform Rosewood’s twinkling courtyard into a winter forest complete with huge Christmas tree and Winter Lodge. With hot and cold gin cocktails on the menu inspired by and sometimes paired with German desserts (homemade apple pie anyone?!), the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit while you enjoy Monkey 47’s 47 different botanicals… From November through December Mon-Sat 4pm-10:30pm Sun 4pm-10:15pm and Jan through February Weds-Sat 4pm-10:30pm and Sun 4pm-10:15pm.
Lanique at The Flavour Gallery
Lanique, the bright pink go-to party drink which boasts a distinctive flavour derived from the precious and expensive attar of rose, has partnered with product pioneers Smith & Sinclair for the world’s first Flavour Gallery. Having launched in November and running until 17th December, The Flavour Gallery within a multi-sensorial setting at The Hoxton Basement, will showcase illuminating light, thermal reactions and groundbreaking art that changes colour, diffuses allures and reacts to its audience.
Standing out from the crowd and getting the party well and truly started, gallery-goers can enter the 360 degree immersive Lanique space for an experience that will play with all five senses, while also showcasing its unique flavour with a range of new, bespoke cocktails – think Lanique-based dip dabs, inhalable cocktails and edible bubbles! Prices start at £15 per night for sessions available Wednesday – Sunday.
New Winter Cocktails at Zuma
Oh how much do we love Zuma? The amazing Japanese restaurant and bar has launched a gorgeous new cocktail menu for winter – combining exciting flavours, trending tastes and seasonal scents which make for some knock-out concoctions! Created by Bar Manager Pawel Rolka, the new drinks will be added to the existing menu with contemporary cocktails in the ‘Nomikai’ section and twists on the classics in the ‘Kurashikku’ section. Try the sparkling Shikimi Fizz with Konik’s Tail vodka and Grand Marnier, or the Riku Sidecar made with a warming Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, Cointreau and plum sake. Their twist on the classic Margarita – the Fakaura Margarita with Ocho Tequila, carrot juice, cumin and coriander seeds, chilli, honey and lemon juice will definitely put hairs on your chest (handy for keeping warm…) From £11.70, available now.
HEX at The Gardening Society
To keep you trim whilst still enjoying all that amazing food and wine this December, John Lewis has partnered with HEX for an innovative workout experience in their rooftop garden against the backdrop of the stunning London skyline. With classes taking place in their cosy lodges, mobility warm ups will be followed by strength exercises including dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX and bodyweight, along with a choice of tabata (HIIT) workouts. Running until 22nd December, classes take place three times every week day (6.30am, 7.30am and 8.30am), and are available to purchase in packages of 1, 3 or unlimited.
Belvedere Espresso Martini Lounge at Gaucho Broadgate
Whether you’re dining at Gaucho Broadgate this December, or just happen to be passing by, the Belvedere Espresso Martini Lounge is guaranteed to warm up a cold winter’s eve and give you some extra caffeine fuelled energy for Christmas shopping! Created by Gaucho’s Beverage Director, Dan Munt, the Belvedere martinis will include a range of £12.50 cocktails like the classic Belvedere Espresso Martini made with Belvedere vodka and Mr. Black coffee liqueur, and the spicy Orange Martini with Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier and Mr. Black coffee liqueur, shaken with chilled espresso and served with dehydrated orange. Go all out extravagant with the Dark Chocolate Martini, or get festive with the Chestnut Martini. Click here for more info.
The Veuve Clicquot Winter Terrace at St. Pancras Renaissance
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London with the launch of the gorgeous Veuve Clicquot champagne bar on the winter terrace in the heart of Kings Cross. With twinkly lights, sparkly snowflakes and fascinating foliage, guests can enjoy a fairy tale experience while admiring the impressive architecture of the hotel itself, whilst staying wrapped up warm in luxurious blankets. With all champagne being served from the 50’s style retro Airstream, signature bubbles on offer include the classic Yellow Label and the fruity Veuve Clicquot Rosé, while carol singers will drop by on special occasions to further compliment the festivities. Open now, click here for more info.
Festive Drinks at MNKY HSE
There will be plenty of MNKY business going on this winter in Mayfair at MNKY HSE with their Christmas cocktail : Vive La Vida with Del maguey Vida Mezal, shaken with Montenegro, cinnamon syrup and orange juice. A delicious winter warmer to get you in the festive mood.
Compiled by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield