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The Southbank just got Sexier
Dreading pounding the streets looking for the perfect Valentine’s present? Anxious about aching feet? Or just fancy a relaxing tickle?
The UK’s largest online adult toy retailer Lovehoney invites you to come and experience a ‘Wand’-erful Valentine’s.
Specially-trained masseuses will be offering weary Valentine’s shoppers an adults-only free foot massage on London’s Southbank, while also getting some top tips on how to make the night of the 14th an extra magical one.
Attendees will be surprised to find that part of the massage includes an extra-powerful massage with Lovehoney’s Classic Magic Wand, one of the biggest-selling sex toys in the world. The ‘Wand’ was originally designed as a body massager, (referenced in this SATC episode) yet over the years people have discovered that its uses expand to so much more…
The first 50 attendees will receive a goody bag chocked full to the brim with Lovehoney goodies, including a wand, lube, lingerie, candles and all the things guaranteed to make Valentine’s ‘wanderful’. Doors will open at 9am and close at 5pm
Lovehoney Sex Toy Expert Sammi Cole will be on hand to answer any questions on how Wands can inject some magic into your Valentine’s Day.
Join in the fun at Riverside Slice, Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walkway, (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London SE1 9PP on Thursday 8 Feb 2018. Attendees must be 18+.
To learn more about Lovehoney’s extensive Wands collection, please click here.
Street Feast heads to Clapham Common with Winterville
Winterville, Street Feast’s pop-up festive town, is coming to Clapham Common from 23rd November – 1st January. We’re told to expect drag cabaret, bingo, brass bands, kids’ raves, Mexican wrestling and a special family Christmas show, among much much more.
There’ll be Clapham Common’s first-ever Ice Rink, sensational street food from Street Feast regulars including Up in My Grill, Petare and Chin Chin Labs. All along side Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, Roller Disco club nights, Plonk crazy golf on a UV-powered course, a brilliant Big Wheel PLUS killer cocktails, craft beer and hot wine. See you there.
Winterville is brought to you by Street Feast and Field Day. For more info, check out winterville.co.uk
Enoteca Rosso – new Italian restaurant opening on High Street Kensington this October specialising in regional dishes and rare artisanal products and wines
CERAMICS FACTORY OPENS TODAY AT TATE MODERN
A ceramics factory where the public can mould or cast jugs, teapots and flowers opens at Tate Modern today, 28 September 2017. Artist Clare Twomey’s installation, FACTORY: the seen and the unseen, launches the second year of Tate Exchange which, over 2017 and 2018, will focus on the theme of production.
The installation occupies the whole of Tate Exchange in Freelands Foundation Studios on Level 5 of Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building and comprises a 30-metre work space, eight tonnes of clay, a vast area of drying racks, and over 2,000 fired clay objects.
The FACTORY is open for two blocks of four days – 28 September to 1 October and 5 to 8 October – from 12.00 until 18.00. On Friday 29 September, FACTORY will remain open until 22.00 as part of the Uniqlo Tate Late.
Parisian restaurant, Yen, to open in London this Autumn
The successful Japanese restaurant from the St Germain de Prés area in Paris has secured a much coveted site in the new 190 Strand development.
With an understated and elegant interior Yen will specialize in Soba, the buckwheat noodle variety, with a bespoke glass space dedicated to the twice-daily preparation of the noodles on show to all in the restaurant. Our chefs have trained at the ‘Master of Soba’s restaurant” of Mr Takahashi Kunihiro in Yamanashi, Japan. Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura and other authentic Japanese dishes also shine on a concise and refined menu using the very best produce available in the UK.
The Kitchen team will be filled with talent from restaurants in Paris, London and Kyoto.
The inspiration behind opening Yen in London was a desire from the Directors of the group to recreate the fantastic soba product served in Paris, and they aim to create the finest example of the noodle dishes in London with this new venture.
Cristoforo Santini of Yen, says “We are excited to bring such a unique offering to London, in a particularly exciting new development. We hope that the restaurant will become a hub of high- quality Japanese food with a great atmosphere and drinks list to match.”
Design was executed by Architects Sybarite. The central features of the restaurant are the high ceilings and the lightweight timber floating staircase. Japanese textures like maple wood, Ikebana planting, and back-lit Japanese paper lining the walls will provide a soft and ambient light. Simon Mitchell, co-founder, Sybarite commented: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver a design that respects and celebrates traditional Japanese craftmanship whilst creating a contemporary and timeless backdrop to host the capital’s next restaurant destination.”
KitchenAid and RSVP launch TWO x TWO event series
RSVP, the online ticketing platform, is curating a series of foodie events for KitchenAid this Autumn to launch ‘TWO x TWO’ – hosted by culinary talent from across the globe.
Taking place at KitchenAid’s Experience Store in Soho, ‘TWO x TWO’ will involve two chefs coming together showcasing their expertise and culinary heritage. The series will kick off with a canapé reception on 4th October and a Chef’s Table dinner on 5th October hosted by Andrea Zagatti, formerly of City Social and Osteria Francescana, and Santiago Lastra Rodriguez, formerly of Noma Mexico.
The chef duo has designed a menu that will showcase their individual styles, but will also encompass classic flavours from their respective home countries Italy and Mexico.
The first event on 4th October will offer guests a selection of finger food to get a peek of what these chefs have to offer, including Cantaloupe Gazpacho, Red Prawn from Mazzara, Crispy Pantelleria Capers and Carnitas Bun, as well as traditional Mexican Confit Pig’s Head and Roasted Parsnips with Watercress. Teaming up with drinks brand Peter Spanton, guests will also be able to enjoy a range of cocktails (tickets priced £25 per person).
The following evening will involve a more intimate and refined experience, where 16 guests will enjoy a XX course meal at the pop up’s Chef’s Table. Dishes will include Tostada, British smoke eel, foie gras, cucumbers, elderflowers, and the Italian’s favourite with a savoury twist – Tiramisu, Savoiardo, Chocolate and Porcini. The menu will be paired with fine wines from Matthew Clark (tickets price £110 per person).
This is the first in a series of ‘TWO x TWO’ events coming to London. Future guests include Fay Maschler, the famous restaurant critic from London’s Evening Standard, cooking alongside Lisa Markwell, former editor of The Independent on Sunday, now private chef and Canadian-born Allan Pickett teaming up with his front of house guru, Benoit Massonneau. More information on this and future events will be listed on the RSVP website.
Cloister by Club Gascon
Please note that the dates for Cloister by Club Gascon have changed. The pop-up will run 13th September – 6th October. Michelin Starred Club Gascon launches pop up at London’s oldest church, St Bartholomew-the-Great
As part of its temporary closure whilst the restaurant is undergoing refurbishment, Michelin starred Club Gascon is launching a pop-up at the beautiful cloisters of London’s oldest church, St Bartholomew-the-Great.
From 13th September – 7th October, guests can enjoy a 4-course tasting menu – Cloister by Club Gascon – created by Club Gascon’s head chef and founder, Pascal Aussignac. At £80 per guest, the menu includes Club Gascon favourites such as Aromatic King Scallop with Spicy Berries & Frosted Watermelon as well as Peppered Braised Beef Rib with Oceanic Tapioca & Samphire. A vegetarian menu will also be available and guests can pair their experience with a wine flight for an additional £40 as well as a tea pairing for £15.
After almost 20 years of trading, Club Gascon temporarily closed its doors last month to undergo major renovation. Since it opened in 1998, the restaurant has received numerous accolades, including one Michelin star (held since 2002). The pop-up is a teaser to the restaurant reopening this autumn.
St Bartholomew-the-Great was founded in 1123, making it the oldest church in London, and is located next to Club Gascon in Smithfield. It is home to a thriving congregation and is a destination for visitors from all over the world.
Club Gascon is excited to offer Londoners this unusual dining experience in the adorning surroundings of this traditional parish church. Prospective guests can purchase tickets online via Bookatable or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
London’s first Laotian restaurant, Lao Café, opened in late 2016 to much applause and this autumn the menu will change to offer a second batch of authentic, exciting dishes from this lesser-known culinary region.
These will include Tom Super – a spicy and sour chicken feet soup with galangal and lemongrass; Mohk Pla – a herbal curry with white fish steamed in banana leaf as well as Laab Hed – a mixed mushroom laab salad with toasted rice. These dishes will sit alongside chargrilled meats and freshwater fish; piping hot curries; crispy fried bugs; ant’s egg curry and punchy, fragrant dipping sauces.
Co-founder and head chef, Saiphin Moore, was born in Thailand after her ancestors migrated by foot from the Laos and Luang Prabang area, and it was Laotian cuisine that she was brought up on. An opportunity came along with a pop-up site in 2015 and it was an overnight success. Soon after, Lao Café launched its permanent residency in Covent Garden.
Saiphin Moore also co-founded the successful authentic Thai restaurant group, Rosa’s Thai Cafe, which now has 10 existing sites. Lao Café was the first restaurant to open outside of the Rosa’s brand. Lao Café is a continuation of Saiphin’s on-going mission to showcase a more diverse selection of dishes from the region. Rosa’s most recent opening in Seven Dials launched with an exclusive Northern Thai menu, and the Soho branch recently launched its first Southern Thai menu.