LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift

Neat, on ice or with soda.

That’s pretty much the only options you have when it comes to Scotch whisky.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Or rather, had, before the #Lovescotch pop-up opened.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

An exclusive partnership between swanky City restaurant The Drift and upscale spirit brand Diageo, Lovescotch aims at proving that Scotch is much more versatile that it’s given credit for.

Until March 2017, you can get stuck into ‘Scotchtail’ (understand classic cocktails with a whisky twist) masterclasses and experiential tasting and just generally soak up the gorgeous surroundings.

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I mean, how pretty does the pop-up look? Very antique-store meets boudoir, super-intimate and just my kind of place.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Add in the opportunity to experiment with cocktails you already know & love (each with an exciting twist!) and you’re in for a treat from up North!

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The Scotchtail Masterclasses shows the diversity of Scotch by experimenting with it in classic cocktails, where traditionally other spirits would have been used.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Combining Johnnie Walker Gold, passionfruit liqueur, vanilla & pineapple juice and served with a Champagne chaser, the Goldmember is a clever take on The Drift’s Pornstar Martini bestseller.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

The same tangy flavour as the classic, but with a more grown-up, complex finish – the perfect way to make any whisky-hater change their mind!

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

And a great accompaniment to The Drift’s generous Meat Platter!

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Piled high with chicken Satay skewers served with smooth peanut sauce, mini beef sliders, fiery chorizo, more-ish Scotch egg, served alongside piping hot fries and onion rings and unbelievably addictive smoked paprika mayo…

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But the fun doesn’t stop there, there’s still a world of Scotchtails to try!

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

My favourite was the Seven Flowers, a citrusy mix of Haig Clubman scotch, elderflower syrup and lemon juice, all topped with Champagne.

Sweet, sour and incredibly elegant.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

And incredibly easy to make, should you want to give it a go: just pour, shake, sieve and serve!

Or you know, let the amazing people at The Drift do it for you! Whether you’re a Mojito fan, an Espresso Martini aficionado, a Pornstar Martini lover, or a French 75 addict, LoveScotch is really quite a neat place to be.

Masterclasses are available for private bookings and would make for the perfect start to a girls’ night out (or a brilliant way to switch up the office’s traditional Christmas party for something a bit more un-usual!).

#LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift / until March 2017 / More information on The Drift’s website

The Drift, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

*I got invited by The Drift to try out the #Lovescotch pop-up but all cocktail lovin’ and slider addiction my own.

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LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch

Dining out in London can be quite an expensive habit. Especially if you do it as often as I do.

Of course, there are always some offers out there, but seriously, who has time to scroll through picture-heavy Facebook pages or billions of tweets to be rewarded with ‘faffy’ discounts (half price SIDES? Are you kidding me?).

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather know what’s available around me in real-time, thank you very much. And thanks goodness there’s an app for that!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

Let me introduce: CityMunch.

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With hundreds of restaurants and offers to choose from, CityMunch is a savvy foodie’s best friend!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

Indeed, CityMunch offers the latest real-time dining discounts (of up to 50%!) all in one place, can be use with any group size…

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

And the discount is a straight forward amount off of your food bill! Hurray!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

You also have access to restaurant information, directions, sample menu & more all in one place!

And best of all, it’s absolutely FREE to use! Download the free app here: iPhone / Android

Great deals at great places?! I say yes PLEASE!

Especially when said place is as much of a gem as The White Swan!

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Located at the heart of the City of London, right between Chancery Lane & Covent Garden, The White Swan is a little gem of a gastropub and, through CityMunch, you get 50% off the food every evening.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

The menu focuses on a handful of classics with a little bit of a twist, and at half price, it’s an absolute bargain!

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Things started on a high with homemade sourdough bread & butter.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Soft, chewy bread, melty butter & a generous sprinkle of salt flakes… it doesn’t take much more to make this French girl happy!

… but that was only the beginning!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Torched Cornish mackerel with pickled carrot

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

A beutifully fresh starter where the crunchy, sweet-pickled carrots highlighted the oily flesh of the mackerel.

And that crispy torched skin!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Our second starter, Roast Norfolk quail with Scotch egg & pickled onion, was even better.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Succulent, melt-in-the-mouth quail leg, with a beautifully crafted mini quail Scotch egg & a super rih, meaty sauce…

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Needless to say it didn’t take long to polish the whole lot off!

… and then the same thing happened with mains!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Milk-fed Herdwick lamb, Jersey royal croquette, nettle & sorrel puree

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Soft braised leg of lamb, perfectly grilled cutlet, rich gravy and just a touch of mint… it was a true gastropub classic and an absolute triumph.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

45 day-aged Cumbrian Shorthorn steak with chips & Béarnaise

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And a side of Spring greens with bacon.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

All washed down with a little bit of wine…

And followed by the dreamiest of desserts!

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Buttermilk pannacotta with strawberry & basil

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

A silky smooth, just-set panna cotta, served with a lovely strawberry syrup, fresh strawberries and mini basil leaves…

Basically Summer on a plate!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least, the chef’s speciality: Treacle tart & frozen lemon yoghurt

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Crumbly pastry, and the most intricate of fillings, with both gooey and crunchy bits thanks to an elaborate thrice-cooked processed…

A real wonder and one you must make sure you try out for yourself very soon (alongside with pretty much everything else on The White Swan’s menu)!

Just make sure you use CityMunch to book & you’ll get 50% off your bill if you visit for dinner (from 6PM)… So what are you waiting for?

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Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of CityMunch but all love of nettle & basic dessert fan-girling my own. 

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch

Bleecker St. Burger, Spitafields

Last weekend’s lovely weather was clearly a sign to go out and explore some more of London.

City of London | Cake + Whisky

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

With its glittering towers and unexpected modern sculptures at every turn, the City is simply to lovely in the sun, so we settled on exploring the area.

But it’s also worth leaving all of this behind and heading East.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Tucked between buzzy Liverpool Street and burstling Brick Lane, Spitafields is one of London’s oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Home to some of the capital’s best restaurants and food stores. An absolute foodies’ paradise.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

And don’t get me started on how pretty the doors are. Unless you have a couple of hours to spare.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Spitafields is also home to Old Spitafields Market, London’s oldest market still trading today.

Built in 1876, it’s an absolute gem of Victorian architecture.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

If you’re into antiques and/or fashion, you’ll have a great time strolling the brightly coloured stalls.

Whether you’re after up-and-coming designer creations, or if your style is more bohemian-, vintage- or ethnic-inspired,it’s impossible not to find something you like.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

But my favourite part? The food of course!

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

From pizzas to salt beef sandwiches, donuts, paella and coffee, all your lunch dreams will come true.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Choosing what to have, very much like finding a seat at one of the in-very-high-demand table, might be a bit tricky considering the number of possibilities.

But we were on a mission.

A burger mission.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

So Bleecker St. Burger really was the only option we’d consider.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Bleecker St. offers a no-nonsense short burger menu, plus fries, sweet potato fries and a couple of shakes.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

The bacon cheeseburger is everything a good, basic burger should be.

Excellent, rich, cooked to perfection beef patty, crispy fried bacon, melted American cheese. Done.

When the quality of the meat and the seasoning are that high, there’s really no need to fuss around with anything more.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

The Bleecker Black is even better.

Two just seared signature beef patties, with umami black pudding, melted cheese and a sweet onion garnish to balance it all off.

Very, very naughty but so, so good.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Mixed fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with just a touch of salt and zero greasy taste. Just as delicious as everything else.

Bleecker Burger, Spitafields | Cake + Whisky

Top it all off with a Black & White shake and you’re in for the best burger lunch you’ll ever have. Garanteed.

Bleecker St. Burger, Old Spitalfields Market, Unit B, Pavilion Building, London E1 6EA  Bleecker St. Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bleecker St. Burger, Spitafields