The Luxuria Lifestyle June Hit List
June 5, 2018
Gin for Days! Like we need a special day to drink the stuff?! What the heck – World Gin Day is upon us, so we’ll sink more of the stuff than usual and here’s where to do it. Also making up this month’s Luxuria Lifestyle Hit List for June, our new hidden den with delicious cocktails – Kadies Club, The Den at 100 Wardour Street plays host to one of the World’s 5- Best Bars, Cyprus hangout Lost + Found, and there’s even a pool party for your pooch at M Victoria. Dive in.
One of our new fave hang outs is hidden just off Regent Street on Swallow Street – one of those lovely London delights you wouldn’t know was there, unless we told you, or you fell in there by accident! Kadie’s is a hot new late night bar slash club – so cool that Idris Elba even had his Christmas party here.
Open 9pm – 3am Tuesday through to Saturday, if you’re lucky enough to discover the very discreet doorway just by Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, then you’re in for a real treat. With an uber-in-the-know crowd (we spotted many a model and music producer), you’ll love the cool design with glamourous interiors, quirky cushions, luxurious sofas and cocktails which are mouthwateringly delicious. We loved the Extremely Good Lychee Martini (£14) which will put hairs on your chest along with a hint of sweet lychee… Or if someone else is buying the round, go for the decadent Kadie’s Bellini (£22 – well this is Mayfair darllllling), made with Cocchi Rosa, pink grapefruit sherbert for a sour kick, white peach and Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne. Click here for more details.
Taste of London
Don’t miss London’s best foodie festival in Regent’s Park from 13th – 17th June. With masterclasses, drinks and plenty of delicious food, there’s so much going on! The Johnnie Walker Highball Experience offers guests the chance to explore the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky in its Whisky Room, while the Zacapa Taste Residence will serve up a four course tasting menu by Magnus Nilsson, Nicklas Ekstedt, Manoella Buffara, Sean Gray or Greg Marchand with wine pairings and aperitifs by Zacapa. Make sure you check out the Kitchen and Ketel One’s Kitchen Disco where guests will be able to get creative using veggies and spices to concoct their own Bloody Mary’s, while the Tanqueray No. Ten Gin Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a Tiny Ten vessel cocktails with fresh citrus fruit, chilled down to create an ice-cold mist. Spoilt for choice? There’s always the World Class Cocktail Bar, or if tequila is your thing, you must head straight for the Don Julio La Cantina Bar. Click here for ALL the info.
Limited Edition CÎROC Summer Colada at Selfridges
To celebrate the arrival of summer, CÎROC Vodka has launched two limited edition designs of CÎROC Summer Colada, in collaboration with the personalisation service GetItInkd, which are exclusively available in Selfridges. T he classic white and gold bottle has been given a radiant make over – featuring palm trees and tropical flowers. The designs are available for a limited-time only at Selfridges stores (Oxford Street, Trafford and Exchange Birmingham) and online from the 7th June while stocks last.
The Ivy Tower Bridge Rocket Boat Trip Experience
Just in time for Father’s Day, The Ivy Tower Bridge has collaborated with Thames Rocket to launch an exhilarating sightseeing tour along the River Thames. Not only that, but Dad will also get to enjoy a delicious gin and tonic along with a three meal at the restaurant. £62.00 – Friday’s only from Friday, 8 June and available until Friday, 31 August 2018. Book here.
The Murdock Man Father’s Day Brunch Experience at The Ivy Market Grill
For £75, The Ivy Market Grill has partnered with British grooming brand, Murdock London, to offer fathers and loved ones a quintessentially British experience. Situated in the heart of Covent Garden on King Street, only a stone’s throw away from The Ivy Market Grill, this Father’s Day package offers a contemporary, luxury take on the traditional barbershop experience with a reputable wet shave at the salon followed by a mouth-watering brunch at The Ivy Market Grill. Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm, priced at 75. Book here.
Laurent-Perrier Masterclasses with Taste of London
Laurent-Perrier has teamed up with Taste of London to serve up Cuvée Rosé champagne with a sustainable twist. Returning as official restaurant partner to the foodie festival, the Laurent-Perrier masterclasses will champion eco-friendly food processes, collaborating with pioneering farmer Igor Vaintraub of Indie Ecology alongside five of London’s most renowned restaurants including Adam Handling’s The Frog, Ikoyi, Roganic, The Modern Pantry and Club Gascon. Five delicious feasts will showcase organic ingredients which are fresh from the farm, while guests will learn about the wine’s ground- breaking history, marking a half-century since the launch of Cuvée Rosé – the original “modern” rosé champagne.
Wednesday 13th June: Innovative West African flavours from Ikoyi
Thursday 14th June: Modern British cuisine from The Frog restaurant group
Friday 15th June: Ethereal Modern British food from Roganic
Saturday 16th June: Fresh & contemporary flavours sourced from a ‘global larder’ by The Modern Pantry
Sunday 17th June: Gastronomic French cuisine from Club Gascon
Taste of London guests can also experience the Laurent-Perrier Clubhouse, being transported to the countryside, to sip on Cuvée Rosé in rustic surroundings. Masterclass tickets are £20 and Taste of London general admission tickets start from £17. Both available here.
Diplomático Palm Terrace at the Bloomsbury Club in Fitzrovia
The Diplomático Palm Terrace at The Bloomsbury Club within The Bloomsbury Hotel in Fitzrovia launches next Friday, offering up delicious Diplomático tropical rum cocktails, latin style light bites and weekend Bossa/High Life DJ sessions. Running from Friday 22nd of June through to the 31st August.
National Steakhouse Month at STK
Celebrating National Steakhouse Month throughout June, STK London is offering carnivores two succulent additions to its already-famed menu with a Steak-Stacked Sandwich (£20) bursting with grilled USDA striploin, whisky cheddar and shiitake sauce, inside an STK brioche alongside parmesan chips; and a meat-tastic Feasting Board (£80), for 2-3 diners, featuring classic STK dishes including New York Strip cut of USDA grain-fed beef, Wagyu Beef and Rice, American corn and the unique Hendrick’s Gin salad as well as other meaty treats! Offers will be running from 1st – 30th June 2018.
Laurent at Café Royal
This June, Hotel Café Royal has opened a brand new restaurant with internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel. The opening of ‘Laurent at Café Royal’ marks the French-born chef’s return to London and to Hotel Café Royal, where he himself learnt to cook while training in the initial stages of his career. His varied and diverse menu will encourage casual, relaxed dining, centred around the parilla grill – a traditional iron grill barbecue, originally from Argentina, allowing the chef to control the heat to ensure perfectly cooked chargrilled meat or fish.
The Big Session with BULLDOG GIN
The Big Session with BULLDOG GIN (one of our favourites as you’ll see by clicking here) is taking over Printworks on Wednesday 6th June to celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, with top Ibiza DJ’s Gorgon City headlining. There’ll also be sets from Tom Findlay of Groove Armada, Housekeeping and Siggy Smalls while you go in hard for BULLDOG Gin & Tonics and bespoke cocktails. And it’s all in aid of Nordoff Robbins.
London Negroni Week
VII Hills Italian Dry Gin have created a map of the best Negronis at London’s top bars, including the Holborn Dining Room and the Four Seasons Hotel London Ten Trinity Square. Each bar taking part will serve an Italian Negroni, using VII Hills Gin, and Londoners will be able to hit the dedicated Negroni trail.
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden are taking guests on a spice sensation with their Roman Refreshment. BungaTINI are adding a hint of citrus with a Campari in Catania and Bunga Bunga Battersea will be bringing a Pavarotti’s Potion with liquorice.
Nine Lives have created a dedicated Negroni menu. Start simple with the Classic Negroni then move onto the herbaceous D’Avalos and finish with The Count with a lemon twist.
Nordic-French inspired restaurant and bar, Aster are also getting in on the action and have created the Sami Negroni, a unique blend of Vidda gin, Marka Bitter, Dubonnet and Mondino.
Bluebird & The Botanist
The Bluebird have teamed up with The Botanist – Islay’s first and only dry gin, to serve up delightful drinks in the English summer gin garden in the courtyard. The colourful floral display is unmissable and makes for the perfect place to enjoy one of The Botanist and Bluebird’s cocktail collaborations. With five beautifully seasonal cocktails made from Islay with an abundance of gorgeous botanicals (22 in total), be sure to try The Botanist Negroni – nothing says summer like this cocktails! Indulge in this floral fantasy until 17th June.
The Den at 100 Wardour Street with Award-Winning Lost + Found Pop-Up
For four nights only, from the 4th June, The Den at 100 Wardour St, will host Cyprus number one mixologists from award winning bar Lost + Found. Founder Dinos Constantinides will personally be on hand to make signature serves including the Three Strong, a summery blend of Sailor Jerry and Aperol with passion fruit & lemon juice as well as expertly mixed gin and Bacardi filled concoctions. For more info, click here!
‘Take Residence’ Free Run with AJ Odudu
If you’ve been to any or all of our events listed here, you’ll need to burn some calories and we’ve got the perfect thing for that! TV presenter and fitness instructor AJ Odudu will be hosting a free running tour of the London Bridge area on the 6th June as part of ‘Take Residence’. Departing from Residence Inn, London Bridge, you’ll get to take in some awesome London landmarks like Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe before being rewarded back at the hotel by a delicious smoothie. Take Residence is a series of free London events offered by Residence Inn by Marriott. To register, click here.
Gin Garden at The Wigmore
Until September, (and also the perfect place to celebrate World Gin Day this Saturday), The Wigmore on Regent Street, by The Langham, London, has teamed up with Plymouth Gin to create a stunning botanical gin garden in the courtyard complete with climbing plants, self-garnish pots on the tables and Botanical Lab masterclasses.
The refreshingly delicious Plymouth Fruit Cup cocktail will be served, combining Plymouth Gin with premium fruit liqueurs and Ginger Ale, as well as the quirky ‘Glug Jug’ sharer in the shape of an open mouthed fish! Masterclasses, taking place on the first Wednesday of each month will offer an interactive experience to learn the history of Plymouth Gin and blend your own. (11th July, 18th July, 25th July, 1st August at 6pm)
Perrier-Jouët returns to Masterpiece 2018 with a sophisticated Champagne Terrace
On the 28th June, the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace will return to Masterpiece, London’s leading cross-collecting fair. Now in its ninth year, the internationally renowned event is a true highlight of the capital’s summer season, showcasing the finest works of art.
For the first time, those looking for the ultimate Champagne experience can purchase a Perrier-Jouët “Tasting on the Terrace” ticket. Along with general admission to Masterpiece the ticket will include an exclusive private tasting of Perrier-Jouët’s iconic Belle Epoque cuvées, in addition to Blanc de Blancs NV and Blason Rosé. Jonathan Simms, Perrier-Jouët’s expert ambassador, will host the intimate tasting in the beautiful setting of the Champagne Terrace. Tickets cost £70 including one general admission ticket, click here to book.
M Paw-Trait and Pool Party
Get your pooch involved at M Victoria’s special pool party for doggies and their owners! As well as a two course brunch with either bottomless Pawsecco or Prosecco, celebrity pet artist Robert James Clarke will also be on hand ot talke about his work and commission portraits. With a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales being donated to Dog’s Trust, and raffle tickets on sale to win some excellent prizes including a £10,000 pet portrait (30 x 30 inches), the special summer event is available to diners starting at £35 (of which £15 is donated to Dogs Trust). The brunch menu includes delicious Bacon and Peanut Butter Waffles and a chicken liver and steak salad, and for your furry friend, it’s Bacon and Peanut butter cookies and Dried Chicken livers. Email RSVP@mrestaurants.co.uk to book.
Three Michelin Star Chef, Thomas Bühner and Tomas Lidakevicius at Peninsula Restaurant
InterContinental London – The O2 will be welcoming three Michelin Starred chef, Thomas Bühner of the famous ‘La Vie’ for a three-day collaboration spectacular with Peninsula Restaurant Head Chef, Tomas Lidakevicius. Guests can expect beautifully crafted and unusual dishes such as Tomas’ ‘Pike Perch | Charcoal | Sea Vegetables | Lemon Verbena’ and Thomas’ ‘White Asparagus | Squid | Caviar Imperial | Carbonara Style’. Both chefs will bring their individual and celebrated styles to the meal, creating a menu with dishes that work in perfect harmony.
Pimm’s No. 6 Partners Paired with Oysters at Wright Brothers
Ahh a match made in heaven! Pimm’s No. 6 has partnered with London seafood experts The Wright Brothers at their sites in Soho, Spitalfields and Battersea to serve the delicious heritage drink with oysters just as creator James Pimm used to. The exclusive pairing can be enjoyed all summer, as well as being honoured as an official serve at The Championships, Wimbledon this year. Prices start from £27 for No.6 and oyster selection.
Tanqueray Lovage Terrace at aqua kyoto
Contemporary Japanese restaurant aqua kyoto has unveiled its summer terrace in celebration of Tanqueray Lovage – a new limited edition savoury gin, inspired by an original recipe by Charles Tanqueray found in his notes from 1839. The restaurant’s famous rooftop terrace has been transformed into a beautiful fusion of Japanese meets English garden. Visitors can relax in the serene surroundings whilst sipping on delicious bespoke Tanqueray Lovage cocktails.
Tanqueray Chinese Tea Garden at Yauatcha, Broadgate Circle
The unique Tanqueray Tea Garden at Yauatcha City, inspired by a Chinese tea garden, is the perfect al fresco drinking and dining experience for gin and tea lovers alike. Visitors can also get involved in a gin and tea infusion masterclass, and learn how to infuse Tanqueray No. TEN with varying tea flavours. The Tanqueray No. TEN and tea masterclasses will be held on 23rd June and 14th July. The masterclass is priced at £60 per person including lunch. To book you place, visit: www.yauatcha.com
The London Essence Terrace at St. Ermins
There are very few truly alfresco bars in the city of London so when the sun shines and its gin o’clock try the bar terrace overlooking the gardened courtyard at St Ermin’s Hotel, close by St James’ Park.
A new bar and drinks menu inspired by fresh ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop kitchen garden, and honey from the hotel’s own bees. The London Essence Terrace at St Ermin’s is open through the Summer, weather permitting and will host a series of floristy courses as well as live coverage from Wimbledon and the World Cup.
Tanqueray Garden at The Sipping Room
Channelling the fresh notes of Tanqueray No. TEN, the Tanqueray Garden at The Sipping Room will flourish with fresh herbs and citrus plants, creating the perfect riverside destination. Accessed via a fragrant archway, guests can customise their Tanqueray cocktails by helping themselves to a sprig of mint, thyme or rosemary from the garden’s pick your own living herb wall.
Intimate cocktail masterclass sessions, where guests can make their own bespoke flavoured gin, are available for £30 per person and will include two cocktails for each guest and a goody bag. To book your place, email: email@example.com
Wimbledon! At the Ivy Cafe, Wimbledon
This year, The Ivy Café, Wimbledon, will celebrate the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships by serving up the Centre Court Melting Bombe; A white chocolate bombe served alongside fresh strawberries and shortbread from Monday, 2 July to Friday, 20 July.
Ruya Mayfair – New Opening!
A first for London, Ruya will offer visitors a taste of the various Anatolian regions, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Highlights from the menu include: 24 hour slow cooked short rib with Turkish chilli BBQ glaze and spiced Konya chickpea puree, Zeytinyağli ahtapot (marinated & grilled octopus with black eyed beans and apple vinaigrette) and Two cheese pide from the Black Sea with slow cooked egg.
Hush Courtyard and London No.1 Gin – ‘London in Blossom’
Heralding the arrival of Spring, Hush in Mayfair have created a new install in the outside courtyard area in partnership with London No.1 Gin – ‘London in Blossom’
Enjoy an English summers day away from the hustle and bustle in the secluded Lancashire Court space offers four new cocktails including Orange Sunshine, Cool as a Cucumber and dishes such as summer Garden Salad with Crumbled Feta and Turkish Delight Sundae!
The Ivy St Johns Wood – Nicholson Gin Cocktails
The Ivy St John’s Wood have teamed up with Nicholson gin to create three exclusive cocktails as part of the brasserie’s main drinks menu including; ‘What a Peach!, ‘The Nicholson 66’ and ‘The Very Berry Bramble’ The perfect refreshing summer tipples in celebration of the Cricket Season and a stone’s throw away from Lords Cricket Ground.
World Gin Day with Drink Up London
Celebrating all things GIN between 7-10th June for World Gin Day on Saturday, Emma Stokes (aka Gin Monkey) has partnered with DrinkUp.London offering bespoke £6 gin cocktails at 75 bars across the city. Click here for a full list of all the bars taking part.
Compiled by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield