Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Bonfires burning & bright pumpkin faces in the night…

Witches, ghosts, vampires & zombies gathering in the shadows…

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It’s definitely time to get ready for the most frightful night of the year!

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Line up the candy apples, befriend a few spiders, get working on the pumpkin carving & dust the old potion book…

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… For there’s no Halloween party without a spooky (witches’) brew of a Halloween cocktail!

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My elixir of choice? How about a Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet*?!

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The perfect mix of sweet & sour, this spooky serve, inspired by thebar.com¬†Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet,¬†is sure to cast a spell on your guests!

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Just don’t be alarmed when you see some creepy creatures at the bottom of your glass, for if you don’t garnish drinks with worms & tarantula brains on Halloween, then when?

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Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Tanqueray gin
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 2 slices blood orange + juice of 1/4
  • a few drops red food colouring
  • Gummy worm sweets, mini plastic spiders, pomegranate seeds & small blackberries

1. Fill an ice tray with gummy worms sweets, plastic spiders & small blackberries (a few to each square) and add water. Add a few drops of food colouring, then freeze.

2.¬†Add 2‚Äď3 gummy worm sweet ice cubes to a tumbler glass.

3. Pour Tanqueray gin into the tumbler, add the blood orange juice and top with ginger ale.

4. Garnish with blood orange slices and pomegranate seeds & serve immediately.

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* This post was sponsored by thebar.com and the featured¬†recipe was inspired by their Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet but all text, pictures and Halloween cocktail excitement my own.

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Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Absurd Bird, Soho

I first fell in love with Deep South American classics when we visited New Orleans a bit over a year ago.

The weather this past few day had me reminissing about that trip, craving the heat, the Bourbon Street atmosphere, the music, and most of all, the food!

Luckily, there’s no food you can’t find in London, and if you’re after some soul-warming American South comfort food, I know just the place!

Absurd Bird restaurant, Soho, London

Nestled at the heart of always bubbly Soho, Absurd Bird feels like a little slice of the Deep South, with all the contradictions it involves.

Nostalgic and¬†modern, humble and sophisticated, comfortable and innovative…

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Upstairs is all about the open kitchen and Absurd Bird’s signature Moonshine lampshades, but downstairs is the true hidden gem.

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An inviting basement den, complete with an intimate hideaway bar and cosy dining space, all¬†absolutely¬†NOLA-worthy…

The cocktails truly live up to the expectations as well.

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Moonshine’s Mary

A fiery take on the bloody classic made with the restaurant own distilled Absurd Moonshine.

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Hillbilly Iced Tea (Monshine, Lipton peach iced tea, syrup, lemon juice)

A light & refereshing drink that’s perfect¬†to accompany all the spicy, crispy deliciousness¬†to come.

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Starting with an all-round favourite: the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, served with giant fried tortilla chips.

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Creamy & zingy, this classic American dip is absolutely addictive and perfect for sharing!

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Jalapeno Cheese Biscuits with apple butter

Crumbly, cheesy and spicy, they’re an absolute triumph.

Not that it takes away from the star of the show at Absurd Bird.

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The chicken.

Superstar, free-range chicken from Fosse Meadows farm, all marinated in Absurd Bird’s secret sauces and cooked in a variety of ways, each more delicious than the next.

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The wings come in 5 different flavours, ranging from the classic Crispy fried buttermilk version to the more unexpected Smoked garlic, parmesan & lemon one and seriously fiery Buffalo wings.

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All are finger-licking good, the perfect balance of super moist chicken, crispy batter & amazing sauces.

The kind of thing you can’t just wing!

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Big Mama’s Favourite

A generous helping of perfectly-cooked, Southern style smoked chicken served with sweet gravy

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Dirty Buns (fried chicken, spicy mayo and pickle served in sweet milk buns)

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Chicken and Waffles with smoked sweet gravy & maple syrup

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Popcorn chicken waffle cone.

A quirky, genius take on the chicken wrap, complete with fresh tomato, salad and a generous drizzle of spicy mayo.

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Fried Chicken Sliders (with bacon jam, pimento cheese, potato bun).

An obvious winner.

 

Especially when served alongside some irresistible sides…

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French fries and Spicy sweet potato fries

The kind that’d give¬†the old ‘Fries before guys’ thing a whole lot of sense!

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Jalapeno Mac & Cheese 

Almost an exact twin to my own recipe and an absolute must-order.

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…and the divisive Sweet potato bake with toasted marshmallows (not really my thing, but if you’re into that sort of things, go for it!)

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All topped off with insanely good, home-baked desserts, including Crack Pie (just as addictive as the name suggests), a rich & indulgent Peanut Butter Cheese Cake (perfect for sharing) and impossible-to-resist warm Choc Chip Cookies, served with the cutest mini milk bottle.

The (Deep South) American dream, in dessert form and definitely one of the many, many reasons to chicken Absurd Bird menu!

I’m sure you won’t have too much difficulty finding friends to come along, the place’s an absolute chick magnet, but if you do go with a big(ish) group, make sure you book ahead!

Absurd Bird, 5 Peter Street, London W1F 0AH

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Asian Small Plates at Tootoomoo

It’s only been about a month since my last holiday.

Until last Monday, all was going well. Then the travel bug struck again and before I knew it I was browsing Pinterest and day-dreaming of road trips across Asia.

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Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen any time soon, so instead of plane-hoping, I¬†went for the ‘travel with your taste buds’ alternative.

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Serving an¬†‘Asian tapas’ menu inspired by the¬†street market flavours of Japan, China and Southeast Asia, Tootoomoo brings¬†the tastes and atmosphere of an Asian shophouse to London, and was therefore the perfect destination to satiate my hunger (both literally and figuratively).

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The restaurant itself feels like something you could discover on holiday.

Colourful furniture, filament lightbulbs, cracked-paint effect, low lighting… it has that charming beach-shack-at-sunset vibe that’ll make cocktails an absolute necessity.

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Of course we obliged with a couple of Cinderella mocktails (because, well, Monday).

Absolutely no regret whatsoever though, as the combination of orange, pinneaple, cranberry, grenadine & soda water was absolutely spot on!

Quickly followed by a smorgasboard of small plates crafted to invoke a tour of the best of Asia.

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We started our journey in China with a steaming bowl of Wanton Soup.

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Our culinary journey then took use to Japan for a plateful of plump & crispy Chicken Gyoza with black rice vinaigrette.

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Followed by the most succulent Tiger Prawn Tempura. Sprinkled with nori dust & served with fiery spicy mayo on the side, it was a refreshing twist on the classic and a really good one indeed!

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We liked it so much we decided to stay around for a little longer… Just enough time for a taste of the sashimi-inspired Salmon salad with¬†yuzu vinaigrette & Kizami wasabi!

Then, back to China for a modern take on the traditional aromatic duck.

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Tootoomoo does serve the original, complete with hoisin sauce and pancakes, but we went for the salad version instead. Served with watermelon, cashew & hoisin.

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It was definitely quite different from the original, but really ducking good!

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Last stop: Thailand for Pad Thai (of course).

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If you didn’t see that one coming, you¬†udon know me very well! #PastaLover

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There’s much more on the menu to discover, including sushi, Thai curries, noodles, Rendang… So book a table here¬†and¬†go on¬†your own little foodie adventure!

And¬†no matter what you’ll choose,¬†I think you’ll agree: Tootoomoo is tootoogood!

Tootoomoo Islington, 278 St Paul’s Rd, Islington N1 2LH

*I dined at Tootoomoo as a guest, but all opinions, pictures and wanderlust my own.

Asian Small Plates at Tootoomoo

The Cinnamon Club

Was it the Colonel Mustar with the wrench in the library?

As I was perusing the cocktail menu while waiting for the Mr. to get to The Cinnamon Club for his birthday feast, Cluedo-themed flashbacks kept popping into my mind.

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And for good reasons, as Chef Vivek Singh’s flagship restaurant, an instution in the world of Indian fine dining, is set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library.

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Opened 15 years ago, The Cinnamon Club has a long history of serving innovative and creative Indian cuisine in a magnificently majestic setting.

And the restaurant’s bar is no exception and is an absolute heaven for book- and cocktail-lovers alike.

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Books all round, old London maps, beautiful, plush chairs in deep-blue, elegant charcoal and vibrant yellow shades…

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… and stunning cocktails to match!

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Pisco Punch (turmeric-infused pisco, herbal liqueur, lemon juice, pineapple syrup & preserved pineapple)

Refreshing, tropical but not too sweet, it’s¬†the perfect drink for the season!

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The Cinnamon Club’s signature cocktail, the Affinity (Mango infused Scotch whisky, sweet and dry vermouth, herbal liqueur, bitters) was an even bigger hit as it was perfectly mixed and just the right balance of strength and sweetness.

The perfect start to any celebration if you ask me!

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Shortly after, we were led to our table in the restaurant’s main dining room.

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And what a stunning room it is indeed: massive, luxurious yet so restrained, it’s the perfect backdrop to highlight both the building’s stunning features and Chef Vivek’s incredible modern Indian cuisine.

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The perfect spot to get lost into a good book…

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…or, you know, a good menu!

Soon after, the table started getting covered in fragrant plates.

As soon as we finished one, another immediately appeared in its place.

Much like having dinner in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted library, really.

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First things first, more cocktails and some Champagne!

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The amuse-bouche of the day, a cube of rice sponge (similar to South Indian Idli if only a bit more dry) with tomato chutney and other bits…

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Super moist & succulent Reshmi kebab of Norfolk free range chicken, with excellent yoghurt raita & coriander chutney.

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But the star of the whole evening was the dish that made us book a table in the first place after tasting it earlier this year at Taste of London: the restaurant’s signature¬†Smoked Herdwick lamb fillet and galouti kebab mille feuille.

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Layers of delicately spiced mince lamb meat, seared lamb fillet & velvety lamb kebab, with picked vegetables, raita & coriander chutney.

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An extremely technical dish, where every element was cooked to perfection and came together to form one of the best things we’ve eaten all year.

So good in fact that the Mr. said he couldn’t get a better version of that same dish anywhere in India (and he’s really demanding¬†when it comes to kebabs, so that’s really saying something!)

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There was also Black lentil Makhani dal, which was very nicely spiced if only a touch too ‘bit-ey’.

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Mopped up with sweet, soft Garlic naan (what else?)

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Tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon, tawa mince of legs, black stone flower reduction

Juicy, pink pigeon breast, strong, almost offal-y mince, served alongside a generous quenelle of velvety, spicy mash, it was a lovely combination that could only have been improved by a bit more of the aromatic sauce on the plate…

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Roast saddle of Romney Marsh lamb, corn sauce, pickled root vegetables, masala cashew nut

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An unexpected combination that worked wonders, carried by eye-rollingly good lamb (I actually did) and subtle spicing across the plate.

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Another shining example of The Cinnamon Club’s chefs way with lamb, and a beautiful combination with a glass of dry Bourgogne wine.

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Pudding came with a bit of flamb√©-ing tableside show…

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Baked Jalandhar, an Indian-inspired take on the classic Baked Alaska.

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With layers of thandai (a traditional drink combining almonds, fennel seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar), saffron and carrot halwa ice cream topped with spiced meringue and set on fire before your very own eyes!

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The ultimate exotic show-stopper of a pudding!

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Last but not least, Green cardamom brulée with rose petal biscotti.

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Silky smooth, with a good cardamom taste and a thin layer of caramelised sugar on top, it was everything a good brulée should be.

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The birthday treat, complimentary Lassi panna cotta was also perfectly crafted.

Light, creamy & jiggle-y, it’s the perfect pudding for those times you wish you could manage pudding but aren’t sure you actually can.

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Encouraged by the attentive and truly hospitable team, we linguered over chocolate truffle petits fours (and a sneaky little glass of sticky Pedro Ximenez) until late in the night.

Chatting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

The very best way to celebrate your nearest & dearest special day, and I cannot recommend The Cinnamon Club enough, especially for a special occasion.

It is not cheap, but considering the quality of the food, the drinks and the service, as well as the stunning venue and felted atmosphere, it’s well worth it and I garantee you’ll leave feeling like a Maharajah!

The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU

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Basement Sate Dessert & Cocktail Bar

A party without cake is really just a meeting.

And birthday meetings aren’t really a thing, so cake was most definitely needed after our Bao feast.

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Dessert bars are having a bit of a revival in London, and Basement Sate was one of the trend-setters.

Created by two friends who love well made drinks, decadent desserts and meaningful music in equal parts.

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Inspired by the revival of Soho, they created a place where people can sate (= satisfy (a desire or an appetite) to the full) themself in an informal and social setting, and where the music is as vibrant as the cocktails & desserts.

Cocktails + dessert it was then!

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Little Japan for the Mr.

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An unusual but intoxicating mix of Japanese whisky, artichoke liqueur and sweet vermouth.

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El Pampa (pisco, almond & champagne syrup, granny smith juice) for me.

… and then the puds!

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The Hazelnut Rocher.

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A Ferrero-inspired wonder combining hazelnut praline brownie, chocolate espuma, milk chocolate sphere, dark gianduja, caramelised hazelnuts, chocolate caviar and caramelia pearls.

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Between smashing the chocolate dome¬†& all the endorphins, it’d be a delicious cure for a bad day (and the perfect way to make a good one eve better!)

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And then there was fruit.

Cocktail-inspired fruit-based pud’, that is…

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The beautiful, zesty & exotic Bitter Orange.

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Basically a Negroni in dessert-shape, with white and pink grapefruit jelly, gin-infused rhubarb wind, vanilla poached rhubarb, chocolate crumble & orange sponge cake.

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Creative desserts & cocktails, Basement Sate definitely lived up to the expectation and is the perfect venue for any special celebration (or any time you want to treat the sweet-toothed in your life!)

Only one thing left to say: ‘Pip Pip Hooray, it (was) my birthday’

Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8HN

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Basement Sate Dessert & Cocktail Bar

Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Being a tourist in our own city is something we should all do more often.

And if you’re lucky enough to call London, this crazy, massive, fascinating city¬†home, you know what I mean when I say there’s always something to explore.

And one of the very best ways to do so is a good walking tour.

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Now, I know what you think: a walking tour? You mean you want me, a local, to voluntarily join a group of tourists and follow a guide around to see things I’ve already seen a billion time? And my answer is no, absolutely not.

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The time of tacky, pressed-for-time, flag-waving guided tours¬†are over (thank goodness!), and the range of tours available in London are going far beyond the Beginner’s main sights round-up.

From Harry Potter-themed tours, to historical pub walks, street art focused tours to gourmet ones, and even a Pok√©tour to catch them all (!!), my favourite trick to find London’s best tours is Planet Pass.

Offering dozens¬†of private¬†guided tours in London, it’s a handy little tool to find a tour perfectly customised to your interests and schedule + book everything online in just a few clicks for a set price (the more the merrier!).

Which is just what I did last week, when I went on my own private London Gin Odyssey with Planet Pass*.

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As you’d know from that shocking revelation I made a while ago, I do love my gin!

But I would never have¬†ima-gin‘d that the history of London and that of the juniper-flavoured spirit are¬†linked quite the way they¬†are…

Now, I don’t want to give away to much (because what’s the fun in that eh?), but every step of the history of gin¬†left marks in London’s landscape that are still visible today.

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You’ll never pass by Gordon’s Wine Bar quite the same way once you learn that nearby¬†York Watergate is¬†reminiscent of gin’s¬†first appearance on the British market¬†as a medicine to treat stomach complaints and other ailments…

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Nor will you ever¬†that some of London’s most impressive buildings, built under the reign of¬†William of Orange, probably were fulled by more than a few drops¬†of ‘Mother’s Ruin’…

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Instead of looking for the best crowd-free angle to click yet another picture of the changing of the Guards at the Horse Guard Parade, you’ll be dreaming of G&T…

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And most certainly will insist on dropping by Fortnum & Mason any opportunity you get, just so you can take a look at their beautiful (and ever-growing) collection of gin.

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With bottles from every corner of the world, plus¬†a tonic selection and truly knowledgeable service to match, it truly is any gin lover’s dream come true!

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And if you time everything juuuust right, you might even be able to witness Mr Fortnum & Mr Mason’s hourly bow…

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Passing¬†by St Martin’s in the Fields will bring back memories of¬†the dreadful Gin Craze and the story of the woman who kill her own child, so she could sell his clothes to buy gin will send chills down your spine.

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There are countless anecdotes to be told, each one more ama-gin that the last!

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Plus you’ll¬†discover the very best spot for gin in the City.

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Boasting London’s largest gin collection, Mr Fogg’s super¬†retro Gin Parlour just unveiled a magnificent menu of over 300 gins from around the world.

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From¬†well-known international brands, small batch and local distillers, to rare vintage gins, as well as a selection of unique gin liqueurs and a handful of superb gin cocktails¬†to choose from,¬†it’s the best place to end a gin-themed tour with your tipple of choice!

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Especially if said cocktail comes with a side of debating which London bar should make it to the top of my list for classic cocktails with a man than knows his liquors!

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Having taken a few guided tours in the past, I can tell¬†that the guide’s passion is truly what makes the tour, and my guide, James was definitely one of the best in town!

A London historian by day, you’d be hard pressed to find something (or someone!) he doesn’t know about the City!

With the amount of stuff he knows about London & gin, you really could call him a gin-ius & as a result, the whole tour was an absolute delight!

So next time you’re stuck on what to do on the weekend,¬†I absolutely¬†recommend you gather a group and check out Planet Pass’ London tour selection. ¬†The booking system itself is a Y-generation dream come true and all in all, it truly is a brilliant way to discover more of London‚Äôs secrets!

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*my Gin Odyssey Tour was complimentary but opinion, pictures and love of gin my own!

Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Little Nan’s Afternoon Tea at Sutton House

Nothing lifts rain-drenched spirits the way Afternoon Tea does.

Especially if said tea is of the tipsy variety and involves a bit of history and a lot of vintage crokery!

Which is just what Little Nan’s latest pop up is all about!

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Hosted in Hackney’s Sutton House and taking place every Sunday starting on July 10th, Little Nan’s Afternoon Tea is the perfect mix of traditional and kitsch.

If the weather is nice you can have your tea served in the Tudor courtyard or the breakers yard and enjoy the sunshine.

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But if the summer weather doesn’t quite work out the way Facebook might make you believe it does, the indoor Georgian tea-room is absolutely charming as well.

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Like any self-respecting nan’s dining room, the place is full to the brim with vintage furniture, lace doilies, freshly cut flowers and the most impressive¬†collection of china tea cups…

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And an equally¬†impressive¬†collection of quirky teapots…

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That Little Nan’s sneaky grandchildren use to serve their latest cocktail creations!

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The perfect camouflage (and¬†the number one way to improve on¬†your Nan’s tea!)

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With just a few twists on the classics, the Tea itself is delightfully retro and much more in line with what your Nan would serve…

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Classic Cheddar cheese straws

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Finger sandwiches

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Egg & cress, ham & mustard, carrot & hummus, smoked salmon & cream cheese (the unquestionable winner of the lot), strawberry jam… It’s a¬†sandwich lover’s paradise!

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Beautifully golden home baked scones, served with clotted cream and the best¬†raspberry jam (that we may or may not have fought over…)

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Followed by a selection of seasonal pastries & cakes (Almond & orange cake + Chocolate Rocky Road on our visit, both absolutely delightful!)

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Plus your choice of nutty Carrot cake or creamy Victoria Sponge…

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And like at any grandma worthy of the name, you’ll definitely be encouraged to go back for¬†seconds and thirds!

Grandma’s house vibes + tipsy tea = the perfect way to perk up¬†to a rainy day!

 

Book Little Nan’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea

Find out more about¬†Sutton House¬†(a visit of which is included in Little Nan’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea ticket)

Little Nan’s Afternoon Tea at Sutton House