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STK London launches ‘777’ food and cocktail menu

Whether it’s pre-dinner drinks or a quick wind-down after work, the new drinks and bites bar menu at STK London rises to the occasion. This isn’t a menu STK London is hoping you’ll forget any time soon. The premise for ‘777’ is simple – between 5-7pm every weekday, there are seven different drinks and seven different bites that cost £7 each. Among the drinks are the STK martini (Ketel One vodka, grapefruit, blood orange, passion fruit, orange bitters) and The Paddington Bear (Tanqueray gin, orange marmalade, orange, lemon juice and gomme). White and red wine is also available, as is Prosecco, but there is a virgin cocktail too if you’re planning on keeping a clear head. The bites are perfect for sharing, from the salt beef brisket with crispy opera bread to the tuna tartare with honey soy and some ciabatta to mop it all up with. For an unexpected sweeter fix, the semolina-crusted squid is a good one to keep coming back to between cocktail sips – it comes drizzled in a syrupy sweet …

TwoRuba: welcome to the glitz

This bar and lounge is very smart and has the feel of a private members’ club – it must be those insanely comfortable high-backed chairs that envelope you in them, creating a real sense of intimacy, where hushed conversations can take place without any interruptions. Conveniently, they make for a perfect shield, hiding you away so others won’t see just how quickly you’ve devoured the street food-inspired dishes they serve up here. Four to five plates should be more than enough for two. There are chorizo balls covered in a tomato sauce (£7.50) which you won’t be able to stop eating – you’ll end up dipping your focaccia in to get every little scrap. The pulled pork sliders (£8) stuffed with a chilli and apple slaw will disappear rapidly, as will the contents of the ‘make your own’ crispy duck pancakes (£7). Leave room for a cocktail or two though, the surroundings are too plush not to do so. With Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower syrup and Champagne, The Elegant (£10) is perfect for the occasion. Hilton …

Sky Garden: sky-high dining

You wait months to see which restaurant takes the top spot at the skyscraper build affectionately known as the Walkie Talkie, and then three come along at once. Opening in the new year, Sky Garden, which will be operated by rhubarb, will comprise of two restaurants, Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill and Darwin Brasserie (pictured) serving modern European cuisine and a cocktail bar, Sky Pod. The space also features a landscaped garden and terrace, making it the highest rooftop garden in London, offering sweeping views of the capital against smart and stylish surroundings. 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY

London Cocktail Week: the week to rule all weeks

If there is only one week worth celebrating, London Cocktail Week is it. From Monday 6th – Sunday 12th October, over 250 bars across the capital will be uniting to help showcase the best of cocktail culture with a raft of activity including special tasting sessions and cocktail-making master classes, to plenty of drink-tastic parties and pop-ups. And to help you navigate through the week, here’s a guide on some of the best places and activities to check out. WHAT: Access to over 250 cocktails at leading bars for £4 each DETAILS: Get yourself a wristband as flashing one of these will entitle you to specially-created cocktails for £4 at all 250+ venues including The Blind Pig above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho, Benares Bar & Lounge in Mayfair, Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous in Fitzrovia and Bread Street Kitchen in the City. You’ll also get free entry into various parties, discounts on bottles and special drink pairings at participating restaurants. WHERE: 1) London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub, 9 Earlham Street, London, WC2H …

Café KaiZen: a cool basement hotspot

“We really should hang out in basements more often…” …you’ll find yourself saying after spending half a day in this casual-cool hideout. But the truth is you really can while away the hours here: 1) shopping (there are cabinets full of jewellery from up-and-coming designers) 2) working (there’s a lounge with free Wi-Fi) 3) eating (there’s a café with the usual favourites but also dim sum – delicious and reasonably-priced) 4) drinking (bubble teas, juices and shakes but also hurrah, there’s a fully-stocked bar!) 5) partying (it transforms into a club by night, complete with a pulpit-come-DJ booth). Find this place behind a set of unmarked doors (previously a fire exit) to the right of said address. Seek it out – it’ll be worth it. Café KaiZen. 17 Hanover Square, W1S 1HU. cafekaizen.com

It’s blossom season: Sakura at Sake no Hana

Japan has got the right idea. When spring blooms and blossom season is in full flow (‘sakura’), the nation rushes to celebrate by spending the day basking under the nearest cherry blossom tree with enough sake and sushi to induce the most satisfying of snoozes. This fantastic tradition is called ‘hanami’. But if the diary is a bit tight for just popping on over to Japan, you’ll be glad to hear there is a ‘little Japan’ of sorts blossoming right in the heart of London that may prove just as eventful. Just follow the cherry blossom trail to Sakura at Sake no Hana where the bar has been transformed into something of a Japanese springtime oasis complete with lush, overhanging cherry blossoms throughout. It’s a beautiful sight under which to enjoy their specially created, cherry-themed ‘sakura’ menu. There are two cocktails – a Hanami Bellini (Prosecco, Luxardo cherry liqueur, Heering cherry liqueur, sake, lime, Tanqueray gin – £10) and a Sakuratini (Maraschino cherry liqueur, sake, vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime, orange bitters – £10), both …

Must visit: Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge

What could be more warm and cosy than a room filled with the smell of delicious spiced chai? How about a room serving up Tanqueray gin cocktails, whilst filled with the smell of delicious spiced chai? Yes, that’ll do nicely. And it’s what you’ll find at the Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge behind the lantern-lit windows at Carom – a comfortable little set-up that should make you feel right at home. Try kicking back and sipping on a selection of chai-inspired, herb and spiced-infused cocktails, from the Basil Spice Collins (gin, basil, black pepper, honey, soda) and Tea Alexander (gin, Crème de Cacao Blanc, double cream, nutmeg milk, cardamom, spiced chocolate bitters) to Ginger Chilli Tipple (gin, lemon, cranberry, red chilli, ginger). All three are priced at £7.95 The pop-up is open until March 2014. Carom, 100 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TN. caromsoho.com

Mark’s Bar is a shoe-in at Selfridges

OK, let’s say…it’s your birthday and you want to mark the occasion. A few cocktails should go down pretty well, no? Well, no. If you’re Selfridges, only a whole cocktail bar will do. Introducing Mark’s Bar, by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, which has just set up shop in the newly-turned one year old Men’s Shoe Galleries in Selfridges. Among the cocktails on offer are the palate pick-me-up Hix Kix (Morello cherry in Somerset Apple Eau de Vie and Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004) and a festive Merry HIXmas (vodka, Cointreau, quince syrup with cinnamon and cloves). For something a little stronger, try powering up with a Moccasin Martini (Absolut vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, white sugar syrup and espresso) or go for broke with the Last Man Standing (Beefeater 24 London Dry gin, Antica Formula vermouth and Campari). You might want to sit down with the latter two at the end of your shopping trip though as the heady offering of drinks can make for a more expensive outing than you originally intended. But what surroundings …

Trinity Presents The Last Word: a pop-up speakeasy

Walking for what seems like miles on a wintry evening certainly does have its rewards. Hidden away on a quiet East London street is an entertaining little speakeasy, harking back to the jazz old days. Trinity Presents The Last Word, on its month residency, combines crowd-pleasing feasting with lip-smackingly tasty cocktails, against a table-slappingly rousing jazz music backdrop. The food-fest, provided by The Disappearing Dining Club, is good enough to rival the tummy-rubbing merriment of Christmas. Seriously, try everything in sight. Turn your plate into a pie chart of food, that way you’ll get a taster of everything, from venison stew to fig-stuffed slow roast pork, to warm smoked salmon to quinoa, pomegranate and feta salad. Then, go back for seconds. Oh what the heck, thirds and beyond too. ‘Tis the danger of such ‘help yourself’ banquets, especially when it’s that darn good. But what’s a feast without a selection of finely mixed cocktails, created by Don Julio ambassador Deano Moncrieffe. Have at least three and make among them the Gypsy Gin (Tanqueray gin, pink …

Opium – the cocktail parlour to get hooked on

In conditions this chilly, what you need is a fine little drinking den in which to warm up in during the evening. With cosy, homely interiors and a joyfully crafted cocktail menu full of beautifully complex and unusual flavours, Opium is a drinking hideaway worth seeking out. The fourth incarnation of their cocktail menu in a year demonstrates the seasonal nature of their concoctions, a great way of enticing you back time and time again. If curiosity gets the better of you, don’t walk away without trying the spicy-fruity Dumpling Pumpkin (vodka, spiced pumpkin puree, lemon and pear juice, sage tincture and absinthe) or the sure-fire crowd-pleasing, come-again-what-is-a-bean-puree-doing-in-my-cocktail The Long March (gin and sloe gin, lime and pomegranate juice, cinnamon and red bean puree). You can also have a blast of the tropical with The Opium Cocktail No.4 (two rums, orange liqueur, jasmine tea and lime, apple and cranberry juices) or keep it fresh but with a light kick Feather of the Phoenix (smoked chillies, tequila, blood orange puree, lime juice and ginger beer). And …