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The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Launches New Cocktail Menu

Discover the hotel’s illustrious history through 20 cocktails The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has delved into its star-studded (but also lesser known yet equally compelling) history as a source of inspiration for its new 20-cocktail drinks menu. Combining well-loved ingredients with more unusual essences like paper and leather, the drinks aim to transport you right into the stories that inspired them. Try Incognito (Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini Rubino, walnut – £30) which celebrates the Savoy as Katherine Hepburn’s hotel of choice, whose staff exercised the discretion she needed, and following a stay at Claridge’s where due to the formal dress code, she was unable to pass through the lobby so had to use the staff entrance, or The Savoy Delivers (Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime, honey, Indian Spices – £16) which recounts the tale of when a page boy travelled all the way to India to hand deliver a package that a maharajah had left behind. The menu itself takes the form of a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, with one story for …

Searcys One New Change relaunches as Champagne & Meatballs bar

It’s all-change at Searcys as the bar launches a new ‘bubbles and balls’ menu. Who would have thought it? A champagne bar we could actually afford to go to on a daily basis has emerged. Well, the bar and Champagne has always been there but a fresh Italian injection to the food and drink menu has made Searcys at One New Change a much more accessible destination. It’s now all bubble and balls (Cham-balls doesn’t quite have the same ring) galore with more Italian serves on the side, and all things considered, it’s very reasonably priced. Enjoyed amongst sleek interiors with grey slate walls and aqua, copper and monochrome tones, this place oozes industrial-come-luxe appeal. The step-by-step food menu is simple but efficient – just pick your meat, followed by the sauce and then your choice of carbs. The toss-up between a neat bowl of pasta (£9) and a hands-on ciabatta (£8) is easily made if you value what you’re wearing. With the meatballs, choose between punchy beef or slightly milder beef and pork balls. …

Spring blossoms at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana recreates springtime Japan with a bit of help from its ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms. When the blooms come out at Sake no Hana, it can only mean one thing – the turn of ‘hanami’ where picnicking is enjoyed under flowering but fleeting cherry blossom trees to see in spring in full glory. Under a canopy of white and pink blossoms with a grass carpet underfoot and projection of falling petals above the bar, the scene is beautifully set for the bar’s limited edition spring sakura menu. And what a way to begin, as the cocktail brings with it a multisensory experience. A mix of gin, yuzu sake, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave is guaranteed to please sweet-toothed drinkers. But then the three curious atomisers that accompany the drink up the ante. In the first instance, dousing these onto your wrists would be a great waste so do refrain as an alcohol base of vodka tells you all you need to know. There’s a fitting cherry and cinnamon fragrance, a delicate elderflower and …

Raise your glass to the best Christmas tipples

Christmas drinks. One for every day of the week. And then some. Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Jeroboam What a way to make champagne even more special. We envy the lucky so-and-so who has the pleasure of receiving this limited edition bottle which features a solid 18-carat gold seal, a gold-plated, engraved bubble label and an equally golden tie to match. £1,000, Selfridges Disaronno wears Roberto Cavalli The flamboyant animal print that adorns this bottle marks the third design collaboration between the brand and a famed Italian fashion house. Roberto Cavalli has this year’s honour and in turn has created a pretty stylish collectable for those able to get their well-manicured hands onto it. £22, harveynichols.com Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Le Café Parisien Resplendent in vibrant red and gold, this gorgeous bottle brings a touch of French class whilst the goods housed within ensures a good time all-round. An ideal gift for those nifty in the kitchen as well as the bar – just add a splash to a gooey chocolate pudding or use it …

Gin up at The Ginstitute

Learn all you ever need to know about gin, from its medicinal origins to the modern day distillation methods and infusions that make it one of the most popular spirits in the world, during a three-hour lesson at the Ginstitute. Don’t worry, you certainly won’t be going thirsty – there are four drinks to get through, culminating in a creation of your very own blend which will be bottled up for you to take home along with a bottle of Portobello Road Gin. Your blend will also be filed away so you can drink safely in the knowledge that you can always reorder more when the stocks are running low. The experience costs £110 per person. The Portobello Star, 171 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2DY. theginstitute.com

May Fair Fares Well: May Fair Bar

Cocktails lovers ought to find themselves at the newly transformed May Fair Bar pronto, where they’ll be given an electric greeting at the neon blue-lit bar. The otherwise cool grey tones with glitzy mirror and glass finishes make it a lively spot to lounge about in, sipping on cocktails like Pear and Spice, a Belvedere vodka, pear, spiced honey syrup and Moët & Chandon mix. Failsafe small plates are available too – think Wagyu beef sliders and Tandoori king prawns. May Fair Bar, The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT. themayfairhotel.co.uk

Time for choc-tails at Rivington Grill

Love chocolate? This is how you indulge. For a limited time only, you can spoil yourself with a multi-sensory experience that culminates in a chocolate-inspired jolly. Go behind the scenes at chocolate-maker MAST and see the cacao nibs being churned before your very eyes. Your appetite will go into overdrive. Thankfully, a two-course meal, chocolate-infused cocktail and trio of gin truffles awaits over at the Rivington Grill. And as you’re in Shoreditch, it’s only right you have the Hipster X, a chocolate-infused Woodford Reserve concoction. The experience costs £35 per person. Available until 6 January 2016. Rivington Grill, 28-30 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3DZ. rivingtonshoreditch.co.uk

Bottomless Brunch at Asia de Cuba

All hail the bottomless brunch, for there isn’t much we’d rather do than indulge in a two-hour feast with a plentiful supply of cocktails or champagne. And there aren’t many places where you can gorge out and still feel completely civilised. It certainly has more style than your average and loaded with feel-good flavours of the Orient via Cuba to match. When your cigar box of treats arrive, nab the slow-roasted pork and cheese roll, a sandwich to rule all sandwiches, then continue the pulled pork pleasure with Cuban eggs Benedict. Finally, load up with unlimited Mexican doughnuts before concluding that no sugar-free resolutions will be made come New Year. From £48 per person. Asia de Cuba, 45 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HX. asiadecuba.com

The House of Peroni residency

Last few days of Italian food and drink pop-up in Brick Lane. There are few places as warm and welcoming as an Italian family home, which is why you’re likely to find pleasure in grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the House of Peroni before its ‘Vita all’interno’ (‘a life lived inside’) residency is up. Among the set of themed rooms and spaces is a bar featuring a stunning autumnal paper installation by artist Francesca Signori and a large laundry-come-dining room complete with stacks of washing machines and overhanging clothes lines full of billowing clean sheets. It is here where you can enjoy the comforting Sicilian-inspired aperitivo menu created by Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo and Peroni Nastro Azzurro-infused cocktails dreamed up by the Langham Hotel’s mixologist Simone Caporale. The food is made for sharing so small plates (£4 each) are in order. The beef meatballs with potato puree is a beautifully simple dish – there’s no sauce to mask the flavour, just pure, quality meat. The Sicilian pizza is just as unfussy, …

Night Tales brings Tokyo Nights to Shoreditch

The team behind street food market Night Tales opens new Tokyo-inspired pop-up. Just off the Old Street roundabout is a buzzy new set-up that recreates scenes straight from the streets of Tokyo. With flickering neon street signs, Japanese lanterns and scripts engraved in wood throughout the space, you won’t forget there’s an overarching theme any time soon. Another thing you’re guaranteed not to do is go hungry. Or thirsty for that matter. The four bars and many more food stalls will see to that. Among those stalls are the likes of Patty & Bun, who have gone to town creating signage especially for the pop-up and serving up burgers with bacon dashi and Asian vegetables alongside their signature Ari Gold favourites, and Bubbledogs who are topping their hot dogs with Asian salads and good old Sriracha sauce. Dorshi Dumplings offers a popular selection of steamed and fried dumplings, and Nanny Bill’s has Teppanyaki short rib beef buns you need to check out, whilst Walter and Monty are smoking all sorts of meat over charcoal to …