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The Luxuria Lifestyle November Hit List!

November 1, 2017

Ahhh November – the build up to Christmas has begun, so make the most of it before the mayhem of Christmas shopping takes over!  Along with the legendary Winter Wonderland, St Nicky is feeling naughty with Mr Imaginarium’s Christmess, while there’s a cosy Sipsmiths Winter Terrace at Charlotte’s W5, Bottomless puddings at Galvin at The Athenaeum and the opening of London’s first dedicated Guacamole and Tequila Bar.  What could be better?  Fill your (pre-Christmas) boots.

 

Ferrero Rocher: Behind the Layers Experience

Don’t miss out on the experience of the year. Delve into the layers and rediscover the unique tastes and textures of Ferrero Rocher, as one of the most delicious pop-up experiences returning this December (1st – 17th)

Just in time for Christmas, the luxurious Ferrero Rocher: Behind the Layers experience is the perfect gift to treat a loved one, or ideal excuse to meet with friends this festive season.  The exclusive pop-up at Westfield London will immerse guests in a multi-sensory tasting adventure through delicious mini-desserts inspired by the five layers of Ferrero Rocher.  This year’s tasting experience will happen in a spectacular setting, where powerful light projections, music, motion and more will enrich every exquisite mouthful.

Tickets are selling fast so book yours online today at www.behindthelayers.co.uk

 

Cantina Laredo – Covent Garden

The capital’s first dedicated Guacamole and Tequila Bar has opened at modern Mexican Cantina Laredo.  Featuring an in-house ‘Gaucamaestro’, to theatrically prepare eight guacs in front of your very eyes, Cantina Laredo uses only house-selected perfectly ripened Hass avocados of the highest quality.   Go for crazy combos like the Grasshoppers with Grilled Avocados, Creamy Blue Cheese with Almonds and Pineapple with Pomegranate Seeds.  With 100% blue agave tequilas and smoky Mezcals, guests are encouraged to ‘sip’ rather than ‘slam’ for maximum enjoyment – ask the dedicated ‘Tequilistas’ if you need guidance!  With a range of delicious Mexican dishes on the menu to accompany your avocados, Cantina Laredo is definitely worth a shot – click here for more info.

 

The Winter Forest at Broadgate’s Exchange Square

This winter, The Winter Forest pops-up at Broadgate’s Exchange Square. Surrounded by an enchanting snow-covered forest in the heart of London, visitors to Exchange Square can watch films in the Tipi Cinema, enjoy mulled wine and prosecco under the stars at the Bar & Grill or book private-dining booths in The Hideaway.  The Winter Forest, made up of majestic pine trees is set to be a must-visit destination this winter. Surrounded by the smell of pine, twinkling reactive lights and biodegradable snow, visitors will be transported to a Nordic-inspired festive wonderland.  The Winter Forest is at Broadgate from 9th November 2017 to 12th January 2018, situated in Exchange Square next to Liverpool Street Station. Guests can book cinema tickets and reserve private-dining booths at http://thewinterforest.broadgate.co.uk

 

Celebrate Old Fashioned Week with Wild Turkey

Calling all big bourbon fans!  Wild Turkey will be celebrating with a number of interactive events, competitions and activities including the 101 Wild Turkey Guided Tours between 2-11th November.

Get involved by grabbing a ticket here and then following the animated tour guide around three secret central London bars.  From hidden speakeasies to high end drinking establishments, you’ll get to learn the history behind Wild Turkey‘s Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell (the world’s only active father/son duo), taste plenty of Wild Turkey along the way, and pick up hints and tricks for making the perfect Will Turkey 101 Old Fashioned at home.  The tours will take place on 3rd, 7th and 11th November, £25 per person and includes three Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioneds.

 

 

Use your 25th Hour Wisely with Freedom Brewery

Novembe Hit List Freedom Brewery
(Photo Credit: Jade Nina Sarkhel)

Freedom Brewery’s survey has revealed three quarters of us say there aren’t enough hours in the day, while wasting most of days on pointless activities.  Inspiring you to use your 25th hour to pursue a passion, follow your dreams and achieve your goals, Freedom Brewery will be taking over Cubitt House pubs across London on November 8th along with a choice of activities including a Virtual Reality Experience at Grazing Goat, Beer Yoga at The Orange, Pottery at Thomas Cubitt and Wreath Making at Albert Tenyson.  Plus the first 50 customers from 6pm at each venue will get a free pint of Freedom!   Definitely worth an hour of your time!  Find out more here.

 

Sipsmith’s Winter Warming Terrace at Charlotte’s w5

Sipsmith Charlotte's November Hit List
(Photo Credit: Jade Nina Sarkhel)

Head over to Charlotte’s in Ealing for a cosy night on their winter terrace complete with blankets, fairy lights, hot cocktails and roasted chestnuts.  A converted warehouse with big tables and banquette seating, Charlotte’s W5 will unveil their winter wonderland on the terrace on 2nd November with it running right through until January.  Indulge in hot cocktails  from the Sipsmith Boys like the Winter Sloe Gin or the Winter Negroni while Ealing chocolatier Lucy Savage has created a decadent hot chocolate to warm the cockles on a winter eve!  Click here for more info.

 

The Tree of Glass at Aqua Shard

November Hit List Aqua Shard Tree
(Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness)

Leading UK designer Lee Broom has teamed up with global design brand Nude to unveil ‘The Tree of Glass’ at Aqua Shard on the 31st floor of the Shard.  The illuminated sculptural take on a traditional Christmas tree has been inspired by the architecture of The Shard itself and the silhouette on the London skyline.  With 245 hand-blown glass LED pendant lights which float in formation, the cascading installation will be available to marvel at from 14th November until early January 2018.  Raising money for a number of charities, each of the lights will also be available to buy from www.leebroom.com with all funds going to British Red Cross, while 50% of sales on Aqua Shard’s special dessert and cocktail will also be donated.

 

Christmess

Christmas is set to get messy with the latest festive installment from Slap Ya Papa and Marbles & Ware.  Nicky’s Imaginarium will launch Christmess on the 15th November in the Victorian surroundings of The Hunter Penrose on Southwark Street.  With a pop-up bar, deep-Southern feasts, parties, live jazz, cabaret and bazaar, St Nicky is in the mood for mischief which includes dancing on the tables (once you’ve eaten a 12 dish lunch or dinner from Slap Ya Papa).  Expect Cajun roast turkey, candied yams and plenty of surprise treats, while downstairs in the wine bar there’ll be comedy and Sunday storytelling.  Tickets £55pp, 11am-8pm Wednesday to Sunday.  Click here to book.

 

Bottomless Puddings at Galvin at The Athenaeum

Bottomless Dessert at Athenaeum November Hit List

Guaranteed to satisfy the biggest of appetites and the sweetest of teeth, Galvin at The Athenaeum are now offering guests a true ‘eat your heart out experience’ with Bottomless Puddings and Prosecco throughout November.  The three course Saturday lunch includes Spiced Iron bark pumpkin risotto, Grilled Native Lobster, and a Jubilee lamb curry, while Sunday lunch sees guests enjoying a traditional Sunday Roast with all the trimmings for just £45pp.  Kids can join in the fun too with a special two course lunch including mocktails available for just £9.50 along with unlimited puds.  Desserts take the form of eight delicious dishes from rich Valrhona chocolate mousse topped with crunchy pistachio, to Victoria plum Bakewell tart, and Provence fig and blackcurrant trifle.

 

New Pop-Up with Celebrated Chef John Gregory-Smith at Great Guns Social

From 15-18th November at Great Guns Social, chef and best-selling writer John Gregory-Smith will be taking diners on a culinary adventure through Morocco – from the Atlas Mountains to the Atlantic coast, all inspired by his new cookbook Orange Blossom & Honey after travelling through North Africa.  The set menu costs £39.50pp and includes a welcome cocktail, while guests will get to enjoy not only music and a delicious feast, but tales of John’s time in Morocco from staying with the mountain tribes to living with local families learning traditional recipes.

In addition, Great Guns Social will host a charity brunch for Clerkenwell Boy’s #CookForSyria on November 19, where John will be serving two sittings of brunch alongside a group of well-known faces from the London food scene.  Click here to grab your tickets.

 

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

winter wonderland November Hit Lis

London’s ultimate Christmas treat for kids (and adults) of all ages is back!  Opening on Friday 17th November and running until Monday 1st January, Winter Wonderland is bigger than ever with new attractions and all the fun of the fayre!  With the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, there’ll be live music day and night, the Magical Ice Kingdom with a Deep Sea Adventure theme and Zippos Circus.  New for 2017/18, The Imperial Ice Stars present Cinderella on Ice, while the Angels Christmas Market is the perfect place to pick up gifts.  Soak up the atmosphere (and the beer) in the Bavarian Village plus there’s also a whole host of pop-up bars to enjoy and food stalls galore to make sure you never go hungry.  Click here for all the info.

 

Borthwick Castle Dining Club Inspired by Guy Fawkes

The stunning Borthwick Castle will play host to a delicious Guy Fawkes inspired dining experience on 4th November as the ‘Autumn at Borthwick’ menu showcases the best of Scottish fare.  With welcome cocktails created by the Castle’s mixologist and a six course dinner from Roux-trained chef Derek Johnstone, you can expect an Amuse Bouche of Roasted butternut squash veloute with freshly brown crab and mango, a starter of mallard duck torte with spiced cranberries and for the main dish, an East Lothian hay-smoked loin of roe deer, served with red cabbage, pickled autumn fruits & crunchy pearl barley.  The Autumn dining club costs £95pp, email diningclub@borthwickcastle.com to book.  Rooms available on the night for £650.

 

Bonfire Tea at The Tamburlaine Hotel

tamburlaine afternoon tea November Hit List

Serving up indoor fireworks this November, visitors and guests to The Tamburlaine Hotel in Cambridge can expect a Bonfire Night inspired Afternoon Tea with warming flavours of cinnamon, treacle and chocolate courtesy of Head Pastry Chef  Jérôme Viard.  Included in the limited edition offering, there will be mini pumpkin pie, triple layered brownie, toffee crab apple filled with honey crémeux, cinnamon doughnut, carrot cake, and blackberry and pear frozen parfait, topped off with fireworks and served with Gunpowder tea.  Tea is served in the Garden Room where it’s impossible not to snap some pics for Instagram – especially those gorgeous pink velvet couches!  Priced at £21.50pp, Bonfire Tea is available until 30th November.

 

Matt Roberts Daily Dose Café Opens

November Hit List Matt Roberts

This month sees the opening of fitness expert Matt Roberts’ first café on Berkeley Street, Mayfair in partnership with London’s largest cold press juice producer Daily Dose.  The latest addition to Matt’s fitness empire will specialise in high quality protein-based products with of the smoothies on the menu containing a base of 15g of protein to help with recovery following workouts.  With coffee from Ozone and fruit and veg based smoothies, like the ‘Healthy Green’ with banana, kale, spinach, cucumber, ginger, almond butter and natural spirulina protein, a range of juices will include the ‘Black Lemonade’ juice recommended for the morning after a heavy night out!  Using ‘wonky’ fruit rejected from supermarkets, the cafe will also encourage customers to reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. Opening 6th November 7am-5pm.

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