Holiday In The Hamptons – Sarah Morgan

Holiday In The Hamptons - Sarah MorganSynopsis: She’s moved on…

Felicity Knight loves New York. But when she spots her ex-husband in the city, Fliss is desperate to escape!

He’s moved back

Vet Seth Carlyle is back from California to establish his own practice and settle down. When he learns that his ex Fliss still lives close by, that future is looking a whole lot brighter

Will a perfect escape bring them back together?

With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see he’s never stopped loving her!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We absolutely love this book! This book explores how relationships change, not just romantic relationships, but the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter, sister and sister, set against a backdrop of the Hamptons. With believable characters and enough twists and turns to keep you completely hooked, Holiday in the Hamptons is a perfect escapist read. Highly Recommended!


The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

The Light we LostSynopsis: 11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives and the world forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness and above all, love.

And as Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.

What if this is how their story ends?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Light We Lost is an achingly beautiful and heartbreaking love story. As a debut novel it is stunning, once started it compels you to keep reading to the very end. Thought provoking about the nature of love, the memory will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Highly Recommended!


The Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Sian Henley

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Sian Henley60 Unbrielievably Delicious Recipes
Synopsis: Ready to eat in just minutes and devoured in seconds, the grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect quick and cheap meal.

Combining quality breads and cheeses, create fun and quirky recipes from ideas for breakfast, such as Greece is the Word (Labneh, Fresh Fig and Honey) or California Dreaming (Goats Cheese, Bacon and Avocado), to posh dinners including Wanna Date? (Hallomi, Dates, Harissa and Mint) and the Camembert Reynolds (Camembert, Turkey and Cranberry). And if that’s not enough, why not have the Return of the Mac (Mac and Grilled Cheese) or the Sloppy Joe (Fontina and Meatballs) as a midnight snack?

It’s not all about savoury varieties though, there are also sweet treats such as the Please Sir, Can I have Some S’more (Mascarpone and Chocolate) or a Banoffee toastie (Banana, Dulce de Leche and Mascarpone) amongst many others.

All recipes are easy and quick to make at home so you can get your delicious cheese fix as soon as you need one!

Buy The Grilled Cheese Sandwich: 60 Unbrielievably Delicious Recipes from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
You will be amazed at how many delicious options there are included in this handy sized little book. As well as 60 mouth-watering recipes, there are options for how to achieve the perfect result. This delicious book is packed full with quick and simple ideas and beautifully photographed. An essential guide for all lovers of a grilled cheese sandwich!


Then. Now. Always. – Isabelle Broom

Then. Now. Always. - Isabelle BroomSynopsis: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…

If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?

Buy Then. Now. Always. from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We loved Isabelle’s previous books, they are always evocative and transport you to wonderful places, Then Now Always is another delightful escapist read. Absolutely perfect for this time of year, not only is it a fabulous read it will have you planning your own holiday escape! We loved it! Highly Recommended


Homes and Antiques May 2017

Homes and Antiques May 2017For an array of exquisite antiques and intriguing interiors just in time for spring, pick up the May issue of Homes & Antiques:

SPRING REFRESH Achieve a fresh and exotic look this May with chinoiserie, the captivating style that first arrived from the Far East in the 18th century. Find out which decorative antiques you can use to bring the look into your home

THE ART OF ILLUSION From gothic carvings to lavish tapestries, the Georgian Villa that once belonged to Victor Hugo is a feast for the eyes. We take a closer look at the former home of the literary master

WORLDS OF DISCOVERY Antique globes hold the key to centuries of history and display exquisite craftsmanship. We talk to Sylvia Sumira who has dedicated herself to revealing their secrets

FOSSILS AND MINERALS Keep an eye out at auction for fossils and minerals, as we find out why they are now being considered the ultimate decorate antiques

RELAXED LIVING After some serious style inspiration? Find out how stand out antique pieces can add a sense of character and comfort, as we take a tour of Lisa Valencia and John Rowley’s characterful home

THE KNOWLEDGE Antiques Roadshow specialist and book dealer Clive Farahar shares his love of the written letter, along with some of his most precious literary finds PLUS Listings of the best antiques and vintage fairs this month, auction news, the best events and exhibition…and lots more…

The May issue of homes and Antiques is on sale now: www.homesandantiques.com


The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down – Haemin Sunim (Author) Chi-Young Kim (Translator)

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down - Haemin Sunim (Author) Chi-Young Kim (Translator)Synopsis: The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim’s simple messages – which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media – speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.

Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religions and borders and resonate with people of all ages. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the ‘mega-monk’ succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

Buy The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down is a delightful book, with beautiful and tranquil illustrations. There are eight chapters, addressing various aspects of life, from love and friendships to work and aspirations, and how mindfulness can help us in each. Reading Haemin Sunim’s wise words is like visiting an oasis of calm in a busy day. Highly Recommended!


Mother’s Day Delights 2017

For the ultimate in Mother’s Day treats see our collection of mouth-watering and luxury delights!

Mother's Day 2017

Mother’s Day Dining at Sopwell House (www.sopwellhouse.co.uk)
For a relaxing and indulgent Mother’s Day, Sopwell House is offering a wide selection of dining options for you and your mum to enjoy. The Brasserie is the perfect location for a relaxed family lunch as it is offering a Mothering Sunday Buffet. High in demand in The Restaurant, Cocktail Bar and Conservatory is the Champagne Afternoon Tea. A delicious spread of sandwiches, home-baked scones and intricate cakes is paired with Champagne for additional indulgence. To entertain the whole family, Sopwell House is offering an extravagant, grand buffet lunch in its impressive banqueting space – the St Alban Suite.

Rockin’ Mother’s Day at K West Hotel & Spa (www.k-west.co.uk)
To celebrate the leading ladies in your life, the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea will be served with a glass of pink bubbles for two guests, a Doisy & Dam chocolate bar and a complimentary spa gift for all mothers. For the encore, K West is also offering a voucher for 20% off any treatment at the award-winning K Spa. The Glam Rock Mother’s Day package is priced at £37.50 per person, available between 1pm – 6pm, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017.

A Luxurious Mother’s Day at The Arch London (www.thearchlondon.com)
The hotel’s elegant design and warm atmosphere is the perfect setting for a long luxurious lunch, indulgent Afternoon Tea, or decadent dinner. Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486, has devised mouth-watering Mother’s Day menus, each served with a complimentary gift for mum. Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is priced at £25 per person or £36 with a glass of Champagne. For the ultimate culinary indulgence, treat mum to a three-course Mother’s Day menu priced at £35 per person. Lunch and dinner is served in The Arch London’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486 from Noon until 10pm. A children’s menu is also available for little ones during their visit.

Mother’s Day at The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey (www.theclubjersey.com)
On Mother’s Day a luxurious Sunday lunch will be served at Jersey’s finest dining establishment, Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, priced from £39.95 per person. Afternoon Tea will also available on Mother’s Day from £19.95 per person. Each afternoon tea comes with plain and raisin scones with traditional Jersey Black Butter, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream. The Spa at The Club Hotel & Spa is an intimate and luxurious oasis, emanating sea-side tranquillity on the breathtaking island of Jersey. Luxury Mother’s Day Spa packages are available in The Club Spa from £39.

Mother’s Day ARTea at Lancaster London (www.lancasterlondon.com)
Lancaster London’s innovative afternoon tea, for Mums who know their Monet from their Picasso, will be served with a glass of rose bubbly for Mother’s Day. The eclectic ARTea is served in a classic, wooden painter’s box and features pinwheel and finger sandwiches, a selection of sweet delights with a piece of edible art, and ‘State-of-the-Art’ scones accompanied by jam and clotted cream concealed in 30ml paint tubes. The Mother’s Day ARTea is available on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017, priced at £35 per person.

SHOP, SPOIL AND CELEBRATE WITH MUM IN COVENT GARDEN THIS MOTHER’S DAY
Covent Garden https://www.coventgarden.london/mothers-day is preparing for a truly special Mother’s Day, with irresistible gift ideas, complimentary in-store treatments and indulgent foodie treats available across the estate. From Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Skin Clinic to personalised engravings at Atelier Cologne to kikki.K’s specially curated Mother’s Day collection, Covent Garden is the perfect place to shop with and spoil your mum.

INDULGENT FOODIE TREATS
· Balthazar Boulangerie, Russell Street
Win serious brownie points by treating your mum to Balthazar’s delicious hamper of homemade produce, including chocolate truffles, granola, Parmesan shortbread and marmalade. Available to purchase at the Boulangerie, from March 20th, for £30.

· Clos Maggiore, King Street
Celebrate with a special four-course menu created by head chef Marcellin Marc, paired with wine from the restaurant’s globally renowned award-winning list. What’s more, all Mothers will receive a gift of Clos Maggiore personalised chocolates to take home.

· Whittard of Chelsea, The Market Building
Treat Mum this Mother’s Day with a complimentary mini pastel tea caddy if you eat at Whittard and spend over £15, from 24th– 26th March.

· Indulge in Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden
The neighbourhood is home to a variety of delectable Afternoon Tea options, from the Parisian haven that is Ladureé to a more traditional spread at the Ivy Market Grill to Balthazar’s much sought after Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea, inspired by Bobbi’s cosmetics and created by Balthazar’s talented pastry chef Régis Beauregard.

BE PAMPERED IN THE BEAUTY QUARTER
· Charlotte Tilbury, James Street
Treat your Mum to a visit to Charlotte’s Magic Skin Clinic in-store, offering skincare regimes tailored to her needs. Personalise any Charlotte Tilbury skincare purchase with a complimentary engraving service, to make it extra special.

· Armani Box, Market Building
Armani’s ‘Face Designers’ offer a range of complimentary services in the new pop-up store, which will make your mum feel like she’s being prepped for the red carpet, from the ‘Brow Maestro’ for tips on how to create the perfect shaped brow, to a full make-up masterclass for a lesson in creating a sophisticated, elegant look.

· TONI&GUY, Bedford Street
Enjoy a joint pampering session with ‘buy one get one free’ blow dry services at TONI&GUY from 3rd– 26th March.

THOUGHTFUL GIFTING IDEAS
· Atelier Cologne, The Market Building
Discover bespoke and personalised Mother’s Day gifts at the new Atelier Cologne boutique, the first Maison de Parfum inspired by the legendary Eau De Cologne. With each purchase of Cologne Absolue, Atelier Cologne will personalise the leather case, available in a rainbow of colours, by engraving it with your choice of initials, name or special message.

· Kikki.K, James Street
kikki.K has curated a special Mother’s Day collection to ensure there is a gift that is just as unique as your Mum. Whether she is a stationery fanatic, an enthusiastic organiser or just loves beautiful design pieces to add to her home, you can be sure to find the perfect gift.

· Penhaligon’s, Wellington Street
Treat her to Penhaligon’s biggest female fragrance launch of the year, with a limited-edition Savoy Steam eau de parfum 7.5ml atomiser. Take part in store events and a new ‘workshop station’ with a permanent engraving machine and embossing machine – perfect for a truly unique gift this Mother’s Day.

· Stefanel, King Street
Stefanel will be serving up cupcakes and prosecco as you shop in store, with beauty treats and samples to discover.

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The full range of offers available in Covent Garden this Mother’s Day can be found at www.coventgarden.london/mothers-day

Say it with cake this Mother’s Day: Personalisation now available online at PAUL

This Mother’s Day (Sunday 26th March) PAUL, the family-run French artisan bakery and pâtisserie, is going the extra mile to show Mum the love with personalised celebration cakes that are sure to bring a smile to her face.

With personalisation now available on a selection of PAUL’s signature cakes, each handmade gâteau can be made unique with a delicately decorated personal note. Simply select your favourite cake and preferable size, type in your message and voilà – a one-of-a-kind cake, just for Mum! Personalisation will be free of charge from Tuesday 14th until Sunday 26th March, with 35 characters available.

Choose from:

Fraisier Cake, from £22.95 – a French classic with layers of Genoese sponge, mousseline cream and fresh strawberries, finished with a pretty pale green marzipan.

Framboisier Cake, from £24.95 – PAUL’s award-winning raspberry sponge cake made with Genoese sponge, mousseline
cream and fresh raspberries, topped with white marzipan.

Craquant Cake, from £26.95 – a dark chocolate sponge cake with layers of chocolate mousse and praline, topped with a dark chocolate glaze.

Opéra Cake, £23.95 – an elegant French cake featuring layers of rich chocolate ganache, coffee-soaked sponge, coffee
buttercream and a chocolate joconde biscuit base.

Gâteau Aux Carottes, from £14.05 – PAUL’s take on the classic with grated carrot, pecan nut and vanilla syrup filled soft
sponge, cream cheese frosting and decorative pecans.

Forêt Noire Cake, from £14.50 – PAUL’s version of the iconic Black Forest gateau, layered with chocolate sponge,
Chantilly cream, Morello cherries and kirsch. Topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Millefeuille, from £17.50 – an irresistible combination of baked, buttery, puff pastry, filled with rum-laced vanilla
custard cream and topped with white fondant icing.

Succès Chocolat Cake, £22.95 – a delectable combination of almond meringue, dark chocolate mousse and hazelnut butter topped with a shiny chocolate glaze.

While you’re treating Mum, PAUL will treat you too with a complimentary hot drink, to enjoy in or to take-away, when collecting your cake, which comes with a free Mother’s Day postcard, between Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March.
For all PAUL stockists, please visit www.paul-uk.com
Twitter: @PAUL_BAKERY | Instagram: @PAUL_BAKER

SPRING’S IN THE AIR THIS MOTHER’S DAY AT CARLUCCIO’S

At Carluccio’s you’ll find a beautiful collection of gifts, perfect for Mother’s Day. From a vibrant posy of chocolate flowers to the finest olives from Liguria, there’s a show-stopping present for every Mum at Carluccio’s.

Chocolate Dragee Posy – £5.95 each
The pick of the bunch. These delicious dark chocolate dragees are individually wrapped before being joined together to create a flower.

Olio e Olive – Ligurian Gift Set – £19.95
For Mums who love to travel, give them a taste of Liguria
with these Ligurian olives and extra virgin olive oil with a wooden dipping bowl.

Prosecco & Gianduiotti Chocolates – £26.95
For Mums who like a touch of sophistication – treat them to Carluccio’s traditional Gianduiotti made with local Piemonte hazelnuts and a bottle of Prosecco.

Per la Tavola – Oil & Drizzler Gift Set – £19.95
For Mums who like to entertain Italian style, choose this gift of an elegant ceramic oil drizzler and extra virgin oil from Emilia Romagna with its fruity, lightly peppery flavour and distinctive aroma of freshly cut grass.

Gianduiotti Assortment – £14.95
For chocolate, loving Mums, treat them to this selection of milk hazelnut, dark hazelnut and white chocolate and pistachio gianduiotti from Piemonte.

Baci di Meringa – £5.95
For Mums who are yearning for a taste of summer. This mix of vanilla and strawberry meringues sandwiched together with chocolate perfectly fits the bill.

Gifts are available from 10th March 2017 in all Carluccio’s food shops and online at www.carluccios.com

Sartoria opens on Sundays
This Mother’s Day marks the launch of Sartoria on Sundays. From Sunday 26th March, Sartoria will for the very first time open on Sundays for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a fantastic range of Italian roasts, created by Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei. The Roast All’Italiana is set to rotate every Sunday between chicken, suckling pig, veal rib and goat – perfect for sharing with family and friends, set to feed at least four people. This Mother’s Day, the roast will be roast veal (arrosto di vitello) with an A La Carte menu of Francesco Mazzei’s signature dishes such as tortelli di burrata e ‘nduja and tiramisu.
http://www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-mayfair/events/we-will-be-open-on-sundays-from-the-26th-march/

Tom’s Kitchen Mother’s Day brunch
Celebrate Mother’s Day this March at Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf with an indulgent brunch menu, including classic dishes with a twist such as truffled Egg’s Benedict. In addition, during weekends, the restaurant also offers a play room stocked with toys, games and children’s TV, as well as allowing them to eat for free. A varied kids’ menu is also on offer, served at breakfast, lunch & dinner. Please find the menu here: https://www.tomskitchen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/TKCW-Weekend-Brunch-300117.pdf

Say merci to mums with Mother’s Day crêpe specials
For a truly special Mother’s Day enjoy some family time at Blanchette Soho and Blanchette Brick Lane! Founded by brothers, Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary and lovingly named after their mother Blanche, on 26th March, both restaurants will recreate old recipes their mum used to make. Blanchette Brick Lane http://www.blanchettebricklane.co.uk/ will be serving up Camembert crêpe with asparagus, ham, egg and hollandaise; while at Blanchette Soho http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/ the special will be Normandy seafood crêpe, with prawns, squid, mussels, creamy white wine sauce, saffron and brown crab rouille. Treat mums with a visit to Blanchette and say merci for all the wonderful things they do! https://www.blanchettelondon.co.uk/

Salt Yard’s free glass of fizz for mums
This Mother’s Day, all mothers will be given a complimentary glass of fizz across all sites with Salt Yard, including Salt Yard, Ember Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern and the recently launched Veneta. In addition, the latest opening at Salt Yard, the Venetian-inspired Veneta restaurant http://www.veneta-stjames.co.uk/ will be serving a family feasting menu with free-flowing drinks.

Three-course Nordic feast and Mother’s Day bouquet at Aster
This Mothering Sunday, Aster invites diners to treat their mums to a three-course Nordic feast and a bunch of flowers from Maison de Fleurs. Available from 12-4pm, the menu costs £35 per person, with mums receiving a complimentary glass of Mimosa and kids under 12 eating free. For an additional cost, diners can pre-order a beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet, which will be waiting at their table on arrival. In keeping with the Nordic French concept behind the restaurant, highlights from the menu include Eggs Victoria, a dish of lobster, poached egg and truffle hollandaise and grilled aubergine with pickled caviar, sour cream and dill. The menu also offers kids their own selection of specials including meatballs with mash potato and Baltic fishcake with peas. For a sweet finish, Mums can enjoy kefir mousse with quinoa and almond cake or indulge in pine ice cream with salted caramel. Please visit the following website for further information http://www.aster-restaurant.com/whats-on/events/mothers-day/

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Thomas’s Café, Burberry
This Mothering Sunday Thomas’s Café, Burberry’s all-day dining and gifting destination located at 5 Vigo Street, is hosting a very special afternoon tea. Priced at £32, the afternoon tea will include a complimentary glass of rosé, an assortment of finger sandwiches and mothering tea cakes served on a brass and glass shelved cake stand. Miniature British favourite finger cakes, including Victoria sandwich and lemon drizzle, will be served alongside Thomas’s signature pale orange fondant fancy and apple crumble choux bun. The tea will include unlimited pots of Thomas’s Café 2014 2nd Flush Grande Reserve Darjeeling. The Mother’s Day tea at Thomas’s Café Burberry will be available on Saturday 25th 12-6pm and Sunday 26th March, 12-5pm. For reservations contact Thomas’s Café at Burberry on +44 (0)20 3159 1410 or book via OpenTable: https://www.opentable.co.uk/thomass

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a pampering REFRESH+REVIVE package at Great Northern Hotel
The boutique Great Northern Hotel is partnering with cult beauty brand MALIN+GOETZ to create REFRESH+REVIVE, the ultimate Mother’s Day package. Guests at Great Northern Hotel can treat their mothers to a well-deserved pampering stay with three different MALIN+GOETZ products awaiting them in their rooms. The REFRESH+REVIVE package is available for weekend stays only throughout March and April 2017. A Detox Face Mask, Recovery Treatment Oil and Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment will be awaiting mothers and daughters in their rooms, ready for a night of rejuvenation and relaxation. The package includes an overnight stay and the following morning guests can enjoy breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant, with an award-winning menu featuring both healthy and indulgent options. The REFRESH+REVIVE Package is priced from £259 per night, based on two sharing and available on a Friday or Saturday night only. For further information please visit http://www.gnhlondon.com/offers/malingoetz-refreshrevive-mothers-day-package-from-259-per-room-per-night

Mirabeau en Provence rosé: a must for Mother’s day
Mirabeau en Provence’s award-winning rosés are great accompaniments to a wide range of cuisines, perfect as aperitifs and ideal for sharing good times with friends and family. On this special day, treat your mother to a bottle of Mirabeau’s delicious, dry pink wines which are regarded as some of the very best from the region. Mirabeau Classic (RRP £9.99) and Mirabeau Pure (RRP £12.99) are available from Waitrose stores in the UK. Newly launched Mirabeau Etoile (RRP £16) available from Sainsbury’s stores in the UK.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Tokimeite
Make your mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day with a leisurely six-course meal at Japanese restaurant, Tokimeite. Priced at £75 per person, the menu includes appetisers such as Wagyu tartar served with Yuzu Dressing and poached Quail Egg and Lotus root filled with shrimp paste; mains such as Miso marinated Chilean Sea Bass with Egg Yolk powder and Pickled Radish and Wagyu rump Ichibo steak with Japanese demiglace sauce and grilled courgettes; and a delicious Japanese Yuzu sponge cake for dessert. The team at Tokimeite will also offer a special cocktail called Arigato, which translates as Thank you, made with gin and floral liqueurs. http://www.tokimeite.com/

Mother’s Day by rhubarb
Treat Mum at Fenchurch, Darwin and Gallery Mess
Whether you’re keeping Mother’s Day casual over brunch or treating Mum to an elevated three-course lunch complete with spectacular views of the capital, rhubarb has it covered. Choose from its collection of stunning restaurants located in some of London’s most famous landmarks.

Sky Garden
Sweep Mum 37 floors up for a meal to remember at the sophisticated Fenchurch Restaurant. Offering the perfect alchemy of breath-taking views and equally impressive food, Fenchurch will be serving a special three-course Mother’s Day menu priced at £55 per person. Whilst Mum sips on a glass of complimentary Champagne, she can peruse the menu featuring dishes such as: Dorset crab with blood orange, hazelnut and Castelfranco to start; Goodwood Estate lamb with ewe’s cheese, charred onions and rainbow chard for main; and English custard tart with Yorkshire rhubarb to finish. Post lunch, take a leisurely walk around Sky Garden, taking in the magnificent views, the perfect end to the perfect day.

For a more relaxed affair, enjoy a bountiful brunch on the 36th floor in the Darwin Brasserie. Tuck into unlimited starters and delicious desserts from the buffet – including a dedicated Bloody Mary bar, served alongside your choice of main course, for £44.50 per person. There’s sure to be the perfect dish to make Mum smile.

Gallery Mess
For contemporary art connoisseurs, Gallery Mess at The Saatchi Gallery is the only place to be this Mother’s Day. The bright, airy and stylish dining room is offering a special menu on 26th March, with highlight dishes of red mullet escabeche with sage, tapenade croûte and coriander; confit lamb shoulder with fricassee of beans, tomato and mint jus; and poached sea trout with mussel broth, spinach and samphire. The menu is priced at £29.50 for two courses or £34.50 for three, including a complimentary glass of fizz for Mum. Make a real day of it with a breeze around the gallery or hit the shops on the King’s Road for some retail therapy.

Sky Garden
1 Sky Garden Walk
London EC3M 8AF
https://skygarden.london
F: @SkyGardenLondon T: @SG_SkyGarden I: sg_skygarden

Gallery Mess at The Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York Square, King’s Road
London SW3 4RY
http://www.rhubarb.co.uk/locations/gallery-mess
F: @GalleryMess T: @GalleryMess

MOTHER’S DAY  GIFT – GIVE SOMETHING AND GIVE  BACK
Buyagift.com is partnering with Breast Cancer Care to give £12.50 (25%) from the sale of every Superwoman Smartbox to the charity during the run up to Mother’s day.

The Superwoman Smartbox is a great gift for Mother’s day as it contains over 1,000 different experiences all over the country to suit all tastes no matter what she’s into, including afternoon teas, spa days and adrenaline experiences.
At point of purchase the gift can be sent in a gift box or as an e-voucher which goes straight into your inbox for the last minute buyers!

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The Really Quite Good British Cookbook Edited by William Sitwell

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook Edited by William SitwellSynopsis: a recipe book of food Britain loves from 100 of our finest chefs, cooks, bakers and local food heroes. Showcasing the richness and creativity of Britain’s unique food culture, the cookbook posed the question to contributors: ‘What do you cook for the people you love?’. The diverse range of answers from chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Yotam Ottolenghi and others are collected in this special tome illustrated by Sir Peter Blake. The book illustrates how a history of resourcefulness, industry and immigration in Britain have all combined to create a rich and diverse gastronomic creativity. The book is a truly British compendium of the food that people love and want to share and make for the ones they love.

Buy The Really Quite Good British Cookbook from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is a stunning book, edited by William Sitwell which gathers together a creative and imaginative collection of  recipes from our finest chefs, cooks, bakers and local food heroes. There are delicious recipes for every part of the day from breakfast to dessert. With a unique cover designed by Sir Peter Blake, this beautifully illustrated book would make an ideal gift for any food lover to be handed down through future generations as a treasured and loved cookbook. Highly Recommended!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style 2017

Here is our round up of places to go and treats for Valentine’s Day.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style 2017
The Royal Exchange partners with Lulu Guinness for month-long Valentine’s collaboration
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Royal Exchange has teamed up with Lulu Guinness to bring a splash of chic style to the Grand Café and Threadneedle Bar. From 8 February to 10 March, guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive range of cocktails and desserts inspired by the luxury British accessories designer, while the Grand Café will be adorned with decorations that exude Lulu’s striking and distinctive style.

Cocktails will include the Dark Kiss Fizz with plum sake, Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur, Chambord, chocolate bitters, and prosecco, while Executive Head Chef, Stefano Leone, has created the Stripes & Lips dessert exclusively for the collaboration. There will also be a further incentive to enjoy this wonderful collaboration, with guests who spend over £50 at The Royal Exchange receiving a £15 voucher for purchases over £100 at Lulu Guinness, while those spending over £75 at Lulu Guinness receiving one complimentary Lulu Guinness cocktail, and those spending over £100 receiving two complimentary cocktails.
http://www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk

A Nordic set menu at the newly opened Aquavit London
On Tuesday 14th February, Aquavit London will be serving an exclusive four course menu with a Nordic twist.  Guests will start the dinner with a plate of Vendace roe to share and roasted scallops from the Isle of Orkney, followed by a slow roast beef chateaubriand, perfect for sharing. Dessert will be Rhubarb based Alaska for the table to share.  In addition, a special Alskling cocktail will also be included in the special meal, taking its name for the Swedish term for ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart’.  Aquavit London opened at the end of last year in the stunning new St James’s Market redevelopment on 1 Carlton Street. Taking inspiration from the renowned Aquavit New York, but with a new more relaxed dining concept and setting, this restaurant showcases the very best of Nordic cuisine and design.
http://www.aquavitrestaurants.com/london/

OXBO Bankside – Valentine’s Day Taster Menu
Executive Chef Paul Bates will cook up a storm this Valentine’s Day with a unique four-course taster menu for £40 per person. Start with Warm chicken croquette, tarragon, quail egg and red cabbage slaw before choosing from three main-course dishes including Rib eye steak, potato celeriac terrine, pumpkin puree, mistral sauce or Lasagne of Grilled broccoli steak, black quinoa, Victoria tomatoes, Banyuls vinegar. Finish off the night with a sharing platter of desserts and  OXBO’s “Pick and Mix”. This delicious four-course menu is available 10th-14th February from 6-10pm and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.
http://www.oxbobankside.co.uk/menus?id=501943

Share the love this Valentine’s Day at Tom’s Kitchen
On Tuesday 14 February, Tom’s Kitchen restaurants are offering diners a wonderful selection of Valentine’s Day dishes to share with that special someone. To begin, guests can choose from Venison Tartar with sourdough toast and slow cooked egg; or Salmon en croute with lemon and Champagne sauce, before sharing main courses including Whole Roasted Newlyn Brill with chive and lobster butter sauce and shaved fennel salad or Cumbrian chateaubriand steak with triple cooked chips and truffle. For dessert, guests can chose from Bruce’s sharing dessert board or the Maltesers ice cream sundae. The sharing specials will be available for dinner on Tuesday 14 February at Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf, Somerset House, and the newly opened restaurant in Birmingham, and will be served in addition to the regular a la carte menus.
http://www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Stafford
Situated in the heart of St James’s, luxury five-star boutique hotel The Stafford will invite guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a fabulous set menu, priced at £75 per head including a glass of champagne on arrival. Highlights from the menu include Smoked haddock, apple, curry emulsion and quail eggs, 16oz British grass-fed chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce and French fries for two; and for dessert, a delicious Pistachio soufflé with white chocolate ice cream. The menu will be available on 10th, 12th and 14th February.
http://www.thestaffordlondon.com

Valentine’s Day at Kensington favourite Launceston Place
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, newly appointed Head Chef Ben Murphy has created a special seven course menu of indulgent dishes. Perfectly suited to the Valentine’s season and priced at £100 per head, the menu includes Ben’s signature Carrot, Lovage, Yogurt and Caraway and Lobster, Yuzu, Fennel and Coriander, followed by Strawberry, herbs, vanilla and meringue for dessert.
http://www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk/

Valentine’s Day at Plum + Spilt Milk
Treat someone special this Valentine’s Day at Plum + Spilt Milk. Michelin-star Chef Director Mark Sargeant has created a decadent three course sharing menu available exclusively on Tuesday 14th February. The menu features an impressive native seafood platter to start followed by 32-day aged beef wellington with goose-fat roast potatoes and a rich red wine sauce. To finish, guests can enjoy Valrhona chocolate fondue with marshmallows, madeleines and praline profiteroles. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at £80 per person including a glass of champagne on arrival.
http://www.plumandspiltmilk.com

The Dirty Little Secret at Dirty Bones
In honour of Valentine’s Day, from 13-19 February Dirty Bones Shoreditch and Dirty Bones Carnaby will be offering guests The Dirty Little Secret cocktail. This Dirty Bones version of a classic Clover Club will be a little sweet, a little sour, with a dash of bitterness and a lot of booze – basically Valentine’s Day summed up in a glass! The Dirty Little Secret incorporates Tanqueray gin, Belsazar Rosé Vermouth, agave honey and lemon juice, shaken with egg white and finished with rose water and chocolate bitters.
http://www.dirty-bones.com

The Distillery – Valentine’s Day Cocktail
This Valentine’s Day, The Distillery’s expert mixologists will be conjuring up love potions with a ‘Pour me for Love’ sharing cocktail. Their concoction is made using vodka, strawberry mint shrub, cranberry infused prosecco and served with a delicious rose liquor jelly and edible blossom. The sharing cocktail costs £16 and is available from 10th -14th  February from 6 pm onwards. Polaroid cameras will also be on hand at the bar to capture the special moment, making the perfect Valentine’s Day evening.
http://www.thedistillerybankside.co.uk/event?calendar_id=500272&event_id=519333

Eating in is the new eating out – Mindful Chef, an alternative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day
Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box delivery service make cooking at home easy and ordering one of their 2 person boxes is the ideal way to enjoy a night in with your loved one. They offer eight weekly changing recipes and the instructions are simple to follow and the meals are easy to make; helping make chefs out of even the most inexperienced of cooks. All recipes contain fresh, locally sourced meat and fish, organic vegetables and delicious herbs and spices. Recipe boxes and ingredients are delivered straight to your door (free of charge in the UK) meaning on this romantic evening, you can be in charge of ambience as well as the food and you don’t even have to drive to the supermarket in preparation!
http://www.mindfulchef.com

A Valentine’s gift for your health conscious loved one
Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne Grand Cru Rosé is a beautifully crafted champagne with up to 0.1g of sugar per litre from Amanda Thomson’s portfolio of top quality Champagne and Prosecco. This elegant Champagne has a deep colour with intense aromas of redcurrants and English raspberries with a delicate note of cold, salted butter and fresh cream. Subtle and refined on the tongue, a bottle of Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne Grand Cru Rosé is the sophisticated way to toast this year’s Valentine’s day. Available to buy online at http://www.thomsonandscott.com

From The Bar To The Spa Curated by The May Fair Hotel This Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, The May Fair Hotel is offering couples the ultimate in luxury. For stays between 10th – 19th February, guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and strawberries on arrival, and can also indulge in a delicious breakfast in bed the next morning.

Treating your special someone to a romantic night away could be just the start of your gift, as the special Valentine’s Day menu at May Fair Kitchen and limited edition Romeo & Juliet cocktails at May Fair Bar will also be on offer throughout February.

Guests can choose to round off their romantic getaway by booking into the limited ‘I Love You For 2’ chocolate orange couples massage experience.  This includes two hours of pre-treatment spa access to fully relax in the lounge, the stone oven sauna, steam room and experience showers. The soothing aromatherapy massage treatment, performed next to your loved one, involves a chocolate orange blend to leave the skin hydrated, smooth and radiant, with plenty of antioxidants to help keep the skin in good health.
It’s the perfect heavenly break for you and your significant other this Valentine’s Day in London’s luxury quarter.

Your Valentine’s Day package includes:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Champagne and strawberries in room on arrival
  • Delicious breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • VAT

The Valentine’s Day package starts from £290 per room.

The ‘I love you 2’ spa treatment is £250 per couple.

How to book:

Book securely online or call our reservations team on +44 (0) 20 7761 9000 quoting ‘H-VALEN’ for stays between 10th – 19th February 2017. The limited ‘I love you for 2’ chocolate orange couples massage experience must be booked separately.

Valentine’s Day cocktails can be purchased at the May Far Bar from 10th – 18th February.

http://www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

Carluccio’s Valentine’s collection
Love comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, which is why Carluccio’s is spreading the amore further this Valentine’s Day. Celebrate the day of love with a sweetheart, family or a best friend by poring over a chocolate-lover’s dream of smooth gianduja, moreish biscuit kisses and the classically-elegant chocolate rose, encased in gift set graphics inspired by iconic Italian brand Fiorucci.

Carluccio’s Valentine’s collection has received an injection of Eighties nostalgia with neon lettering, graffiti prints and sharing boxes decked out in clashing neon hues or dreamy pastels, paying homage to the decade’s most sought-after colours. Handpicked from Carluccio’s much-loved artisan producers dotted throughout Italy, gifts include the Mixed Truffle Box (£12.95) complete with graphic pop-art stickers for customising the case, bite-sized Heart Shaped Chocolate Confetti (£6.95) and fruity Fragoline Strawberry Fondant Drops (£6.95).

Better still, book a candlelit dinner for one, two or all your Valentines at Carluccio’s and savour authentic Italian flavours for only £19.99 for three-courses. You could say that there’s much amore to Valentine’s this year at Carluccio’s… Begin with a glass of sparkling pink blush Ferrari Rosé (£6.95/£37.50) or a Milanese G&T (£6.95), a twist on a British classic from Northern Italy using Bombay Sapphire gin, a splash of Campari and topped up with tonic water. Select from starters including a deli antipasto sharing board for two; mains of indulgent seafood linguine with blue swimming crab, mussels, prawns and clams; finishing with a love pot for two filled with chocolate mousse, ice cream and macaroons. For £3 extra per person, add an Italian pick-me-up coffee and a two chocolate truffles – bellissimo!

www.carluccios.com

@carluccios

facebook.com/carluccios

La fête de l’amour! Treat your sweetheart at PAUL this Valentine’s Day
From the city of amour to the day of love; St Valentine has arrived at PAUL, the family-run French artisan bakery and pâtisserie, transforming their most-loved bakes into limited edition heart-shaped cakes, baguettes, mini macarons and extra special personalised éclairs.

D’éclair your love (from £3.50 each, personalisation free)

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like personalised patisserie. From 7th-14th February, treat your amour in the sweetest way with PAUL’s limited edition range of D’éclairs. The pretty pastel coloured collection comes finished with heartfelt messages including Only You (Paris-Brest), Love You (chocolate), Be Mine (chocolate) and Kiss Me (coffee). If you’re after something a little more personal, pay a visit to PAUL at Tower 42, Covent Garden or Earl’s Court on the big day itself to customise a chocolate éclair with your own loving message hand-piped in white chocolate.

PAUL’s Sweethearts (£4.50 for one, £8.50 for two)

Embrace the sweet side of Valentine’s Day with layers of Genoese sponge and mousseline cream shaped into a spectacular heart. Available in all PAUL shops and online, these ever-popular creations come in two delectable variations: a pretty pink Coeur Frasier St. Valentin with fresh strawberries and sweet marzipan; and Coeur Craquant St. Valentin with irresistible rich dark chocolate, craquant pastry and a smooth chocolate mousse. Why not treat your loved one to both for a match made in heaven?

Baguette Valentines (£1.95, 250g)

Not everyone has a sweet tooth so those with more savoury loving sweethearts can let the bread do the talking. Surprise your other half with a scrumptious heart shaped baguette, the must-have accompaniment for any meal or to tear and share with a baked camembert.

Macarons St. Valentin (£9.95 for 12)

The elegant emblem of French pâtisserie, le macaron, has been given a kiss of Cupid’s magic this year. Available in limited edition flavours of: blackcurrant; raspberry; cherry; chocolate & raspberry; strawberry and vanilla, this chic romantically hued box makes the perfect present to share with your stylish loved one.

Sucette St. Valentin (£1.50 each)

Even les enfants can embrace the love this Valentine’s Day with a cute Sucette St. Valentin chocolate bear, decorated in three types of rich chocolate.

Available for purchase and collection in all PAUL shops from Tuesday 7th to Tuesday 14th February 2017, while stocks last. Pre-orders available online from Tuesday 24th January for collection in all shops. Home delivery only available in London (M25) from Tuesday 7th February.

Personalised D’éclairs are only available at PAUL Covent Garden, Tower 42 and Earls Court on 14th February. No pre-orders or deliveries available.

PAUL

For all PAUL stockists, please visit www.paul-uk.com

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Instagram: @PAUL_BAKERYUK

Calling all KuPPles!

Get pickled with your partner this Valentine’s Day at KuPP

Explore something different this Valentine’s Day. Eschew the dated and somewhat clichéd restaurant offerings and get pickled with your partner canal-side at KuPP in Paddington Basin.

Pickling and preserving is set to be one of 2017’s biggest foodie trends but the Scandinavians have been doing it for hundreds of years. It’s something savoured between lovers, family and friends and now KuPP is inviting loved-up guests – kupples if you will – to share their sentiments in Scandi style with an exclusive ‘pickling in pairs’ masterclass.

They say couples who cook together, stay together, so test your compatibly with some pickling foreplay. Gaze into each other’s eyes over glasses of pickling vinegar, get pulses racing as you chop your chosen veggies and set off into the sunset with your very own pickles in hand.

For just £20, each couple will enjoy a 20-minute masterclass with a chef-led demonstration and all the vegetables, herbs and spices they’ll need to whip up their own creations plus a recipe card to fill in – preserve your love this Valentine’s.

Following the pickling action, sit down with your partner to enjoy a sharing smörgasbord feast and a glass of bubbles or wine.

You’ll start your evening seated at the marble kitchen counter to create your own pickling masterpiece, before moving into the main dining room for dinner. Book your place by emailing paddington_events@kupp.co, or by phone at 020 72628618.

Valentine’s Day at KuPP – it’s sure to tickle your pickle.

KuPP

5 Merchant Square, Paddington, London W2 1AS

T: 020 7262 8618

www.kupp.co

Twitter @KuPP_UK | Facebook.com/KuPP.LTD

Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY 

© HeART Afternoon Tea at Lancaster London

The hotel has reinvented its much-loved ARTea Afternoon Tea to offer an exclusive Valentines edition of the tasty treats. Settle into the comfortable armchairs of the hotel’s Lounge Bar and enjoy a romantic afternoon. The afternoon tea will be delivered to tables sealed in a charming case with an array of sweet and savoury treats including oysters with salmon caviar, adorable heart-shaped white chocolate and strawberry macaroons, and Love You honey éclairs. What’s more, the hotel will be offering a surprise gift for diners to take home.

The HeART Afternoon Tea will be available from 8-14 February 2017, from £40 per person. 

© Island Grill

Island Grill will be offering an exclusive Valentine’s 9-course tasting menu of sharing dishes. The menu will feature divine dishes plus speciality cocktails such as the Love Potion Martini (Pomegranate Juice, Strawberry Vodka & Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur). The hotel will also be offering a surprise gift for diners to take home. The award-winning Island Grill is perfect for a super-chic dining experience with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views across Hyde Park.

The set menu will be available from 10-14 February 2017 priced at £38 per person including a complimentary drink on arrival.

© Nipa Thai

Guests who indulge in Nipa Thai’s Set Menus on Valentine’s Day will be treated to a complimentary glass of pink bubbly. Enjoy an exotic dinner which boasts an unrivalled taste of Thailand, from the team who have once again been awarded the Thai Select Premium Award to credit its authentic cuisine. To remember their evening, the restaurant will also be offering a surprise gift for diners to take home.

Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.lancasterlondon.com

THE GLADWIN BROTHERS CREATE ONE OFF VALENTINE’S TASTING MENU

On Tuesday 14th February, all three restaurants from The Gladwin Brothers; The Shed, Rabbit and their latest venture Nutbourne in Battersea will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year by offering diners a sophisticated seven-course tasting menu perfect, to put anyone in the mood of love. The Shed & Rabbit will also be decked out in honour of the occasion with a Valentine’s make over. The tasting menu will rival that of any Michelin star restaurant but with a local price tag.

The lovers’ menu will feature an array of wonderful and unique dishes including a very special Lulworth Scallop, Dill and Roasted Garlic Veloute Sumac Puffs, wonderful Wiltshire Truffle Tortellini with Grey Chanterelles, Jerusalem Artichoke Sage Crumb and Reindeer Moss and a Venison Fillet with Pear and Celeriac. Guests will also be treated to an additional wine pairing with each course if they wish to push the boat out.

To polish off their delicious dinner guests can treat their loved one to some very naughty but nice desserts. The perfect way to indulge this Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s Day at The Shed, Rabbit & Nutbourne

14th February 2017|

7 Course sharing Menu – £45 Per Person

Flight of Matching Wines – £45 Per Person

£45 per person & an additional £45 per person for flight of matching wines

The Shed | 112 Palace Gardens Terrace | London | W84RT | http://theshed-restaurant.com/

Rabbit | 172 Kings Road | London | SW3 4UP | http://www.rabbit-restaurant.com/

Nutbourne | 35-37 Parkgate Road|Battersea | SW11 4NP|https://www.nutbourne-restaurant.com/

HAVE A HIGHLAND FLING AT MAC & WILD THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
This year, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, London’s favourite Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild are putting on a Scottish lover’s feast that will turn up the heat and set the Valentine’s mood for your bonnie lass or laddie – The Highland Fling. Mac & Wild will be serving up a tasty Valentine’s Day menu featuring hearty Scottish treats and tipples…because, as the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. On the menu, feel the wild Scottish passion with heart-shaped haggis pops, succulent venison chateaubriand to share (sharing is caring after all), and a decadent chocolate dessert certain to set kilts flashing into the night.

Mac & Wild’s Highland Fling Set Menu | £35 Per Person

Heart-shaped haggis pops // Venison Chateaubriand (400g) with Dirty Buttery Mash & Béarnaise Sauce(y) // Chocolate pudding

Available on 14th February 2017 both Mac & Wild Restaurants 

Mac & Wild City | 9A Devonshire Square | EC2M 4YN

Mac & Wild | 65 Great Titchfield Street | Fitzrovia | London | W1W 7PS

http://www.macandwild.com/

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Thai Twist at Mango Tree
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the season of love at award-winning Thai restaurant Mango Tree from the 10th to 14th of February. Known for their innovative yet classic offerings, the team at Mango Tree have designed an exquisite three-course menu for a taste of Thai cuisine and world-renowned hospitality your loved ones won’t forget.

On arrival, guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and make their choice between the meat and the vegetarian menu. Diners can indulge in a selection of starters including favourites such as grilled sirloin steak with lime, mint, rice powder and roasted chilli dressing; deep-fried chicken and shrimp wrapped in wonton pastry; and traditional Thai-style assorted mushroom skewers. For main course, guests can sample the show stopping stir-fried rock lobster in garlic and black pepper sauce; slow-cooked beef ribs with Thai sweet basil and pea aubergine, in a rich red choo-chee sauce; or the signature rich red curry with grilled tofu and Thai sweet basil. To round off the feast, the red velvet cake with raspberry sorbet and pandan truffle will not go amiss for an evening of indulgence.

Valentine’s Set Menu

10-13th February, and 14th February for early bird reservation from 6-6.30pm | £49 per person

14th February from 7-11pm | £59 per person

Mango Tree | 46 Grosvenor Place | London | SW1X 7EQ | info@mangotree.org.uk | 0207 823 1888

LOVE STRIKES AT ARCHER STREET
This Valentine’s Day love will strike at Archer Street, Soho’s well loved all singing all dancing bar, as they host their first ever Valentine’s Single’s Party, ideal for all those looking for a lover in their life. Cupid’s arrow will strike throughout the evening, while Archer Street staff add to the passion of the evening, singing and dancing to legendary love ballads. Singletons from all across the City are invited to celebrate the evening by sipping on their Valentine’s Cocktail Special , Don’t Phunk With My Heart from 4pm, before Salsa-ing the night away with free Salsa classes to really light your fire between 6-8pm.

Archer Street | 3-4 Archer Street | Soho | London | W1D 7AP | T: 020 7734 3342 | W: www.archerstreet.co.uk | E: bookings@archerstreet.co.uk

Wine Lover’s Tasting Menu and Couples Cocktails Masterclass at Corrigan’s Mayfair
From chef Richard Corrigan, Corrigan’s Mayfair will be putting on an affair to remember for those who are looking to give their Valentine something extra special. On Saturday the 11th of February, the Couple’s Cocktail Masterclass will offer a private class for with Head Bartender Daniel Keepence, shaking up creations fit for the festivities and paired with a selection of Canapes.

When Valentine’s Day arrives on the 14th of February, the chefs will be putting on two exclusive menus; the three course and six course menus, are paired with the perfect wines. Luxurious dishes include Rosé Limousin Veal, Cornish Mackerel Mayonnaise paired with a 2014 Tavel Rosé, Montézargues from Rhône Valley in France; the Steamed Fillet of Sole with Green Grapes and Caviar Cream is matched with a 2013 Soave La Rocca, Pieropan from Veneto, Italy and the Rhubarb Crumble Soufflé comes with a 2011 Tokaji Edes Szamorodni, Disznókõ from Hungary.

Saturday 11th February – Couple Cocktail Masterclass – £55 per person

Tuesday 14th February – Valentine’s Day– 3 course menu £90 / 6 course menu £120pp, Wine pairing additional £85 (6 course menu)

Corrigan’s Mayfair | 28 Upper Grosvenor Street | Mayfair | London | W1K 7EH | W: http://www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk/

Maggie’s Celebrates 30 years of Dirty Dancing

Calling all Dirty Dancers! This year, prepare for Valentine’s Day by pulling your baby out of the corner, fastening up your dancing shoes and getting ready for the time of your life. On Thursday 16 February, 1980’s-inspired boutique club Maggie’s will join forces with Jack Daniels and Chambord to host an entire evening dedicated to celebrating the cult classic.

Arguably the most romantic film ever made, this year marks exactly 30 years since Dirty Dancing was first released. To honour the occasion, Maggie’s is throwing open its doors to celebrate the marvellous movie’s 30-year milestone.

The Maggie’s team have ensured guests will be confidently taking to the dancefloor themselves with an array of themed entertainment. The iconic soundtrack will be blasting out of speakers throughout the night, offering guests the opportunity to twist, turn and two-step the night away. Guests will even be able to learn from the best, as professional dancers will be on hand to re-enact the iconic final dance scene and perfectly execute the famously tricky Dirty Dancing lift. Meanwhile, drinks will be appropriately themed.

Maggie‘s | 329 Fulham Road | Chelsea |London | SW10 9QL | https://www.maggies-club.com

Valentine’s Chocolate Cocktail Masterclass at Barts

Barts is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with luxurious chocolate company, Rococo, ahead of Valentine’s Day 2017. To prepare for the most romantic of holidays, Uncle Barts has decided to reveal his unique cocktail making techniques to lovers and friends on Saturday 11 February – the perfect way to swoon your sweetheart. Guests will be invited into Uncle Barts’ clandestine apartment by a member of his trusty world-class bar team to learn how to expertly combine the decadent flavours of chocolate with classic cocktail recipes featuring Freya, the world’s first birch spirit. The Freya cocktails will each be paired with a divine chocolate from Rococo.

Barts | Chelsea Cloisters | 87 Sloane Ave |London | SW3 3DW | https://barts-london.com

Richmond’s Romantic Riverside Retreat
The Bingham, Richmond’s riverside destination restaurant, bar and boutique hotel is the ideal romantic getaway for those looking for a slice of the countryside within the City. This Valentine’s Day, Head Chef Andrew Cole will create a romantically indulgent Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu for the special evening. Diners can enjoy a six course tasting menu, including Hand Dived Orkney Scallops with pancetta, sprout leaves, cauliflower and vanilla puree, Black Winter Truffle Risotto with pickled celery and girolles and Venison Saddle with parsnip puree, variegated kale and juniper jus. The Bingham’s award-winning restaurant mixes tradition with invention, with accomplished Head Chef Andrew Cole at the helm, serving modern British cuisine. Andrew brings a well-balanced, seasonal and holistic focus to the menu, with his dishes concentrating on natural flavours, sustainability and locally sourced produce to create an ever-evolving offering.

Tuesday 14th February 2017 | 6.30pm – 10.30pm £65 Per Person

The Bingham | 61-63 Petersham Road | Richmond | TW10 6UT | W: http://www.thebingham.co.uk/

Valentine’s Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence
This year, the household staff at Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair will be hosting an exclusive Valentine’s Tipsy Tea event on Sunday 12 February 2017, in preparation for the most romantic day of the year. On arrival couples and those looking for a sufficient suitor alike, will be serenaded with dulcet tones from the residence’s finest harp player. Once guests are seated, they can indulge in desirable heart-shaped sandwiches, cakes, petit-fours and macarons alongside an alluring selection of Hendrick’s gin teas and rose petal cocktails. Guests will then be given a twist on the traditional English drink of tea with gin tea-infused cocktails that will be served in beautiful romantically themed teapots and teacups.

Mr Fogg’s Residence | 15 Bruton Ln | Mayfair | London | W1J 6JD | 020 7036 0608 | https://mr-foggs.com/residence/

San Valentino Menu at BungaTINI and Bunga Bunga Battersea
On Tuesday 14 February, Valentine’s Day will be made extra special by the team at Bunga Bunga Battersea and BungaTINI, Covent Garden. Both venues will be offering an irresistible San Valentino set menu which will make swooning your sweetheart a pizza cake. No need to be rolling in dough, at Bunga Bunga Battersea the offer will include a pizza each plus a shared dessert, alongside prosecco for just £20pp! Inspired by neighbourhood back-street Italian bars & pizzerias, the San Valentino menu combines delicate, rich and fresh flavours from Italy’s most quaint and idyllic eateries, providing you with the perfect appuntamento romantico. At Bunga Bunga Battersea, an accordion player will be performing for canoodling couples. Meanwhile, at BungaTINI in Covent Garden are serving delightful heart shaped pizzas! Guests can enjoy a £28pp menu including four courses and a glass of prosecco, served high up in the mezzanine balcony area, overlooking the authentic Italian restaurant.

Contact details – Bunga Bunga Battersea
37 Battersea Bridge Rd
Battersea
London
SW11 3BA

www.bungabunga-london.com/battersea/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bungabungaldn
Email: battersea@bungabunga-london.com

Cahoots Launch Squeeze’s Squiffy Picnic for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Cahoots will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year by putting on a starry-eyed Squeezy spread especially for Valentine’s Day. On Saturday 11 February, take your cutie back in time to the underground venue and enjoy the most romantic train ride in London, complete with a love-song only soundtrack. Indulge in a romantic hamper featuring pink champagne, cute cupcakes, heart-shaped miniature snacks served on tables adorned with fresh roses.

Cahoots |13 Kingly Court | Carnaby | London | W1B 5PG https://cahoots-london.com | 0207 352 6200

Vinoteca, Kings Cross
Try something different at Vinoteca this Valentine’s week and find the way to your partner’s heart with a glass of Sparkling Red Wine Bonarda Frizzante ‘Sommossa’ and a perfectly matched brochette of tender spiced Barbary duck hearts with sauce gribiche for just £7.50.This offer is valid all day 13-19 February 2017 at Vinoteca Kings Cross only. Book your table at https://www.vinoteca.co.uk/locations/kings-cross or call 020 3793 7210.

Down Hall
Down Hall
 country house hotel are offering a special Valentine’s getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city. The getaway includes a romantic overnight stay with a gift in the room, followed by a bottle of prosecco and a four-course dinner in the AA Rosette awarded Grill Room. The overnight stay with dinner is priced at £199 per couple on 14th February and £229 per couple on the 11th and 18th February. The three-course dinner without an overnight stay is priced at £35 per person. Upgrades will be available on the day from £10 for an Executive Room up to £110 for an exquisite suite. Find our more here http://downhall.co.uk/events/stay-for-valentines/ or call 01279 731441.

PLAY CUPID IN COVENT GARDEN THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 

This Valentine’s Day, Covent Garden is returning to its flower market roots with a beautiful pop-up from London florist Petal to the Metal in the Royal Opera House Arcade.
The perfect place to pick up those all-important Valentine’s flowers, the pop-up will be open 11-14 February and in the true spirit of romance, Petal to the Metal will gift a rose to any lucky lady named Rose who stops by. Furthermore, the pop-up will be hosting an intimate workshop for one night only, from 6pm on Tuesday 14th, where guests can create their own floral crown, the perfect alternative if you’re spending Valentine’s with loved ones.
In another nod to the area’s floral heritage, Covent Garden’s much-loved swings have undergone a ‘loveseat’ makeover, now adorned with hundreds of pink roses as one of London’s most picturesque selfie spots.
Love is also in the air across the rest of the neighbourhood, including personalised gifts at Jo Malone, beautifully decorated macarons at Ladurée and London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore – Valentine’s Day in Covent Garden will be one to remember.

GIFTS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE (OR YOURSELF)
· Jo Malone London, King Street
Pop in-store on Friday 10th February between 12pm – 5pm to add a personal touch to your Valentine’s gift with a bespoke engraving service. Those visiting on the weekend of the 11th and 12th can enjoy Valentine’s Day inspired treats and sparkling wine while indulging in a luxurious Hand & Arm Massage.

· Ladurée, Market Building
Let your significant other know the extent of your feelings with an ‘I Love You’ gift box filled with assorted macarons decorated with hearts, or opt for the “Macaron Coeur Framboise” bag charm presented in a beautiful gift box.

· Lulu Guinness, Royal Opera House Arcade
Choose the bag of your dreams and send your ‘Love Letters To Lulu’ in-store to be in for a chance to win it as a real Valentine’s treat to yourself.

· Links of London, Market Building
Select heartfelt gifts from Links of London’s ‘The Moment You Know’ and ‘Infinite Love’ collections. After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like 18 carats.

· Kate Spade, Langley Court
Allow Kate Spade to play cupid for you with a selection of carefully curated presents that are decorated with endearing heart prints and cute sayings; perfect for best friends or better halves.

· kikki.K, James Street
Give the gift of adorable stationery this Valentine’s Day with kikki.K’s ‘And Then I Met You’ collection; adorned with golden hearts and xo’s.

· Hotel Chocolat, Market Building
Give the gift of chocolate and show how you feel with a variety of lovebird lollypops, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and more, with names like ‘Love From?’, ‘What’s Yours is Mine’ and even ‘You’ll Do’.

·Il Papiro, Market Building
Enjoy 20% off limited edition handcrafted leather products from February 7th to the 14th or send a handmade card with a unique wax seal to the object of your desires.

GET DATE-READY IN THE BEAUTY QUARTER 
· KIKO, James Street
Perfect your Valentine’s look with a cupid’s bow in the hottest shade with Kiko’s ‘Matte for You’ collection; for colour that is instantly full and an ultra-matte velvety finish.

· NARS, King Street
Join the hottest make up event of the season in the Covent Garden boutique between Friday 10th and Tuesday 14th February for exclusive treats and tutorials.

WHERE TO EAT, DRINK AND COSY UP
· Clos Maggiore, King Street
London’s most romantic restaurant is always a favourite this time of year. Be sure to book your table in advance – and treat your loved one to the special Valentine’s Day tasting menu topped with a glass of Rosé Champagne.

· Whittard, Market Building
Those looking to bring the heat this Valentine’s should look no further than Whittard’s limited edition raspberry ripple flavour white hot chocolate https://www.google.co.uk/.
A luxurious treat not for the faint hearted.

· Amorino, Garrick Street
Sweeten your Valentine’s Day with hand-crafted edible flowers or the special Amorino Valentine cone topped with delicious vanilla and raspberry macarons.

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Petal to the Metal Opening Hours:
Saturday 11th February 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12th February 11am – 5pm
Monday 13th February 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 14th February 10am – 8pm

£10 entry to flower crown workshop. From 6pm, Tuesday 14th February

The full range of offers available in Covent Garden during Valentine’s Day can be found at https://www.coventgarden.london/valentines

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White Lies and Wishes – Cathy Bramley

White Lies and Wishes - Cathy BramleySynopsis: Flirtatious, straight-talking Jo Gold says she’s got no time for love; she’s determined to save her family’s failing footwear business.  New mother Sarah Hudson has cut short her maternity leave to return to work. She says she’ll do whatever it takes to make partner at the accountancy firm. Bored, housewife Carrie Radley says she just wants to shift the pounds – she’d love to finally wear a bikini in public.

The unlikely trio meet by chance one winter’s day, and in a moment of ‘Carpe Diem’ madness, embark on a mission to make their wishes come true by September.

Easy. At least it would be, if they hadn’t been just the teensiest bit stingy with the truth…
With hidden issues, hidden talents, and hidden demons to overcome, new friends Jo, Carrie and Sarah must admit to what they really, really want, if they are ever to get their happy endings

Buy White Lies and Wishes from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love the complexity of White Lies & Wishes, with the three central characters Cathy Bramley has created separate storylines that she develops throughout the book, sharing the challenges, but also the friendship and support that the women offer to each other. Uplifting and inspiring, a brilliant book to start 2017!


Welcome to our Festive Events Guide 2016

A fabulous round up of events and stunning restaurants to celebrate the festive season and New Year’s Eve!

Private Dining at Theo Randall at the InterContinentalPrivate Dining at Theo Randall at the InterContinental
Theo Randall at the InterContinental offers a variety of flexible dining solutions, ideally suited to intimate dinners, private events, and large group bookings. The main private dining room can seat up to 24 people or 55 when connected to a second room, and can accommodate up to 100 for a standing drinks reception. Additionally, guests have the option to hire the entire restaurant for up to 180 people. In-keeping with Theo’s philosophy of seasonality and flexibility, private bookings are able to have a completely customised menu. Guests are welcomed to speak with Theo prior to their event so that he can create a bespoke selection of dishes suited to their preference. Head Sommerlier, Vittorio Gentile will then design wine and cocktails pairings to match to make for a completely unique Christmas celebration. http://www.theorandall.com/private-dining

Private dining at Veneta’s beautiful mezzanine
Reflecting the opulent glamour of the Italian city, the newly opened Veneta by the Salt Yard Group, is an enchanting space seating 110 covers and comprising of classic bar-counter seating, banquette booths and intimate tables. An elegant stairway with intricate detailing leads guests on to the mezzanine floor of the restaurant; a 40 cover space that provides a vantage point over the bustling floor below, and that is also available for exclusive hire and private parties. http://www.veneta-stjames.co.uk/

The Stafford Wine Cellars
A compelling history lies beneath The Stafford in its 380-year-old wine cellars, built in the 17th century by Lord Francis Godolphin, and used as an air-raid shelter in WWII. Today, along with a fascinating informal “museum” of artefacts left behind in wartimes, the working cellars house up to 8,000 bottles of the finest wines, including many rare and precious vintages; and can also be hired for private dining groups for up to 44 with the atmospheric candlelit surroundings proving particularly popular for intimate wedding parties as well as standing canapé receptions for up to 60 people for larger events. http://thestaffordlondon.com/

Manchester House
Manchester House is a handsome yet welcoming restaurant that provides the perfect back drop for any festive occasion. The space incorporates an impressive semi-private dining room accommodating up to eight guests, that offers privacy whilst also retaining the ambience of the main restaurant. Chef Patron of Manchester House, Aiden Byrne creates dishes that are based on classical flavour combinations delivered with great imagination, flair and technical skill, his menus constantly evolving as dictated by the British seasons. http://www.manchesterhouse.uk.com Continue reading


Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan

Front cover of Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny ColganSynopsis: The Sunday Times bestselling author of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery brings readers the eagerly-awaited new story from Mount Polbearne, and a cosy Cornish Christmas to get wrapped up in.

Polly Waterford adores her job running the Little Beach Street Bakery in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, and never more so than at Christmastime. Creating new festive bakes for the village residents, and keeping warm with boyfriend Huckle, Polly is determined that Christmas this year will be the best yet…

However, things don’t go according to plan, when Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together. Meanwhile, a face from Polly’s past reappears to make things ever more complicated. Even baking might not be enough to bring Polly solace – can she get things back on track for a merry Christmas for all?

Buy Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love this series of books from Jenny Colgan, having created the Little Beach Street Bakery in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, as you open the pages it’s like returning to a favourite place with well known characters and locations. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is a captivating story, beautifully written, and a wonderful weekend read. We loved it, highly recommended!


Homes and Antiques November 2016

Homes and Antiques November Issue 2016 Review on Hot Brands Cool PlacesCheck out the latest copy of Homes and Antiques November issue 2016 featuring:

SHOPPING Dip into two contrasting autumn trends – Monochrome (which Coco Chanel dubbed ‘the perfect harmony) and Natural Selection (rich hues and botanical prints) and receive our masterclass in mixing old and new

LOOK AGAIN Take a fresh approach to living with the things treasure with our insightful and inspiring feature on the art of display

8 STEPS TO THE PERFECT PERIOD FIREPLACE It’s hard to beat the warming appeal of a roaring fire, so take a cue from history and enhance your home with a classic fireplace or stove.

THREADS OF TIME Discover the art of tapestry weaving which made the French town of Aubusson world-famous and see how the tradition is kept alive today with our virtual tour of the beautiful craftsmanship of the region.

THE GREATEST FLOWER BOOK EVER SOLD A newly discovered copy of the 17th century botanical tome, Basilius Bester’s Hortus Eystettensis – that may once have belonged to the pope’s physician – sets a 21st century auction record.

THE KNOWLEDGE Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill lifts the lid on the next big thing to collect – 1950s to 1970s Czech Glass.

PLUS Listings of the best antiques and vintage fairs this month, auction news, the best buys for autumn – both antique and new….and lots lots more….

The November issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale from 5th October

www.homesandantiques.com


Ottolenghi, The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ottolenghi, The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiSynopsis: Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s first cookbook Ottolenghi: The Cookbook showcases fresh, honest, bold cooking. Their inventive yet simple dishes rest on numerous culinary traditions and influences, ranging from the Middle East to North Africa to Italy and California. It has become a culinary classic.

First published in 2008, this re-launched version sees Yotam and Sami providing new and updated introductions to the 140 recipes, which cover everything from meat and fish through to lavish salads and vegetables, plus Ottolenghi’s famously amazing cakes and breads. Readers are given fresh ideas as to what an old favourite can be served with or ideas for alternatives which can be used.

The recipes are the same but the light shed on them is new.

Buy Ottolenghi: The Cookbook now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This was one of the most exciting cookbooks when we reviewed it back in 2008, when we were quite new in our own business. We are delighted to see this new version, which is as inspiring today as when it was first launched. Full of delicious recipes, and with new and updated introductions, this classic should have pride of place in every kitchen, if you missed it the first time don’t hesitate to add this latest edition to your bookshelf. Highly Recommended!


The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona Walker

The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona WalkerSynopsis: What happens when your final fling become your happy ever after?

When Jo Coulson finds herself single again in her late thirties, she finally resigns her membership to Last of the Hopeless Romantics, fully intending to tackle midlife and motherhood alone. First, she plans one legendary last fling…

In walks Harry Inchbold, and the connection is electric. Passionate, unpredictable and messily divorced, Harry is the perfect antidote to cosy coupledom.

Harry’s tumbledown holiday cottage in the wilds of South Shropshire is a beautiful place for a no-strings-attached weekend. But hidden away from the world, Harry reveals a very different side, melting Jo’s resolve. At the end of their weekend Harry and Jo promise to meet at the same time next year – but what will that year bring?

Harry and Jo return to the Shropshire hills for one weekend each year to rediscover passion and make peace. As career, family and home crises all threaten to bring them unstuck, the cottage is their glue. Here, different rules apply: the day to day world is not allowed to intrude. With Harry and Jo, however, it’s only a matter of time before rules get broken. As real life gets increasingly complicated, can they keep renewing their promise?

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This book is based on an intriguing concept: one decade, ten weekends, one love. It’s a rollercoaster of a read, you get completely drawn into an intense passionate relationship without knowing how it will end. A perfect weekend read!


Cut it Out! by Poppy Chancellor

Cut it Out! by Poppy ChancellorSynopsis: Featuring 30 highly original and stylish designs by cutting edge illustrator and renowned paper cut artist Poppy Chancellor, transform a blank sheet of paper into a stunning work of art.

Forget complicated step-by-step instructions, no need for lots of expensive equipment, all you need is a sharp scalpel, craft mat, Poppy’s imaginative designs and a bit of creativity, and you can make cards, masks, invitations, partyware and presents for birthdays, hen dos, weddings, Halloween and Christmas.

Complete with a beautiful paper cut cover and stunning photography.

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Cut It Out! Poppy Chancellor has created a stunning collection of original designs for every occasion, she also offers advice on paper and suppliers, including sensible safety advice for first time users, and also how you can frame and display your finished results. The book itself can be used to create the designs, or you can copy them if you wish to keep the book intact. The cover is also very inspirational! If you are looking for a new and original hobby for this Autumn, this book is perfect!


The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power

The Little Green SpoonSynopsis: The Little Green Spoon includes over 100 gorgeous and healthy everyday recipes that don’t compromise on anything, least of all taste!

Indy Power aims to make mealtimes as simple as possible, and has marked every dish with vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free symbols so that you can easily identify the perfect food to suit the way you choose to eat. Her recipes will make you fall in love with healthy food that’s easy, accessible and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Transforming how we view healthy food, Indy has created a stunning collection of nourishing dishes that taste just as amazing as they will make you feel.

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In The Little Green Spoon Indy has created a delicious collection of recipes, many of them are really quick and simple to create. The contents are arranged into Good Mornings, Soups, Sides and Salads, Mains, Bread, Sauces, Dips and Spreads, On the Go, Treats, Drinks, plus a Pantry section describing her key ingredients. If you are looking for a collection of healthy recipes to take you into the Autumn this is a great place to start!


Hot Brands Cool Places – The Wedding Issue – August 2016

Hot Brands Cool Places - The Wedding Issue

In this month’s issue we are celebrating Weddings!

If you are looking for inspiration, here are some fabulous ideas for planning your special day.

We have inspiring interviews with the following:

Suzanne Neville, Bridal and Evening Wear Designer
Nicki Macfarlane, Founder of Nicki Macfarlane
Rebbie Wellwood-Green, Operations Manager, The Real Flower Company

We have a feature on how to create a unique and beautiful home.

And finally, if you are looking for a location for your honeymoon we also have our special Honeymoons feature.
Enjoy!!!

Click here to view publication


Falling by Julie Cohen

Falling by Julie CohenSynopsis: Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?  Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.  Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.
Lydia’s could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.  Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.  Can they save each other from falling?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Julie-Cohen/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Falling Julie Cohen has written an immensely powerful book, poignantly capturing the lives of all three women. Absolutely compelling, impossible to put down, it will keep you reading until the very end. Highly Recommended!


The Inheritance by Katie Agnew

The Inheritance by Katie AgnewSynopsis: A priceless family heirloom holds the key to captivating secret stories, and brings three women together across the generations.

“I can still recall how cold the pearls felt on my bare neck as Mr Fitzroy secured the clasp, and how heavy they were. I also remember that they were far, far too long for me. But, oh how mesmerising I found those pearls…”

Sophia Beaumont-Brown was an IT girl. But now she’s in the papers for all the wrong reasons. Single, sofa-surfing and not speaking to her family, only her grandmother has any faith left in her. From her hospital bed, Tilly Beaumont sends Sophia letters about her life: dispatches about wartime England, about family secrets and finally, about the most beautiful thing she ever owned – a necklace of the most incredible pearls.

If Sophia’s prepared to listen, she’ll unlock the secret story of generations of incredible women, from the pearl divers of Japan, to high society in pre-war England, and find that the necklace has changed the lives of all who have worn it. The only problem? No one knows where it is.

Sophia must find out if she’s ready to take on the search for something so perfect it can change a life. Wouldn’t a girl do anything to hold that in her hands?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1409124916/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Inheritance is a fascinating story, cleverly woven by Katie Agnew, it will intrigue and keep you turning the pages to find out how the story ends. A perfect holiday read!


CONDÉ NAST BRIDES Magazine July / August 2016

BRIDES Magazine July - Aug 2016THE DRESS
A 32-page guide to getting it right, packed with advice from top designers and brides who have been there.

HOW TO LOOK GOOD IN EVERY PHOTO
Brides beauty director Funmi Fetto on the beauty buys from £16 that are better than any airbrush (you’ll thank us for the pics!).

MEET THE GROOMS WHO…
plan the menu, decorate the cake and even dress the bride! Forget what you thought you knew about traditional wedmin roles – these days, the modern man is more hands-on than ever before.

‘TO MY DARLING DAUGHTER’
You’re excited about your wedding, but what about the woman who’s loved you since you were born? Seven mums write a letter to their daughter to read on their big day.

ANATOMY OF A CAKE
One cake, 16 mouth-watering ideas for your wedding courtesy of sponge and sugarcraft supremo Peggy Porschen.

PLUS: The best of New York bridal week; all new clever ways to style your big day; how to kid-proof your wedding; and the best wedding disasters ever!

The July/August 2016 issue of CONDÉ NAST BRIDES is on sale now!

http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk


Letters From Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara

Letters From Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamaraSynopsis: Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it’s home to Grace – although right now, she’s not too happy about it.

Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she’d long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?

It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home – after all, they do say that’s where the heart is…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Lighthouse-Cottage-Ali-McNamara/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love Ali McNamara’s books, and Letters From Lighthouse Cottage is another fabulous example, perfectly timed for this time of year, it’s an intriguing storyline, brilliantly written and will transport you to the seaside town of Sandybridge. An utterly charming and delightful holiday read! Highly Recommended!


How to Series by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to BooksFive pocket sized essential guides to Life

How to RelaxHow to Relax is part of a new series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practice.

This book guides us in achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental clarity. With sections on healing, relief from non-stop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, and more, How to Relax will help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Relax-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/

How to SitHow to Sit
How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve an awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sit-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/

 

How to EatHow to Eat
How to Eat explains what it means to eat as a meditative practice and that the results of mindful eating are both global and personal. Eating a meal can help develop compassion and understanding, reminding practitioners that there are things they can do to help nourish people who are hungry and lonely. It can however also encourages moderation and will aid readers to achieve an optimum health and body weight.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Eat-Thich-Nhat-Hanh

How to LoveHow to Love
How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion and humour to the thorny question of how to love and distils one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Love-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/

How to WalkHow to Walk
How to Walk focuses on mindful walking, and explains how this technique can diminish depression, recapture wonder and help express sincere gratitude.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This delightful set of books from Thich Nhat Hanh, are pocket sized and easy to carry with you, and packed full of helpful advice and wisdom. Whether travelling, reading at home, or in the office, they can help you escape from the world and bring peace and relaxation. A perfect gift, or for your own use, one of our favourite collections this year! Highly Recommended!


The Avocado Cookbook by Heather Thomas

The Avocado Cookbook by Heather ThomasSynopsis: Avocados. Delicious, versatile, and good for you!
This humble green fruit adds velvety texture and creamy nutty flavours to every dish, turning any meal into something really special.

From Mexican Brunch Burritos to Avocado and Prawn Sushi, Linguine with Avocado Pesto, Cheesy Avocado Frittata and even Avocado Eton Mess, this book has plenty of step-by-step recipes to suit all tastes!

Packed with Protein and vitamins – good nutrition has never been so neatly packaged.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avocado-Cookbook-Heather-Thomas/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Avocados have never been more popular, and this little book is full of over 50 delicious mouth-watering recipes to help you use them in a variety of ways. With tips on ripening,preparing, flavouring and cooking with avocados, it includes, breakfasts and brunches, snacks and light meals, starters and main meals, drinks and desserts. A perfect addition to your kitchen library!


Father’s Day Round Up 2016

The London Helicopter’s Father’s Day PackageFLY UP & AWAY FOR FATHER’S DAY!

Leave The Crowds Below This Father’s Day With The London Helicopter’s Father’s Day Package With Free Gift!

Anyone looking to give their Dad a gift he will never forget this Father’s Day should look no further than The London Helicopter

http://www.thelondonhelicopter.com the only helicopter tour company to fly over the nation’s capital from a central London location. Fathers will soar into the sky for an experience they’ll never forget, from just £150 per person.

As an added extra, The London Helicopter will reward Dad with a commemorative solar-powered wooden helicopter toy as a memento of their jaw-dropping flight (19 June only).

The London Helicopter has established itself as one of London’s premier must-do experiences and is a must for anyone wanting to not only show their father appreciation, but show him a truly unique view of London – from the air.

Dads can soar above the River Thames, looking down on Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe. The uninterrupted panoramic views continue through London’s financial district, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and The Shard.

There are three tour types on offer:

London Buzz https://www.thelondonhelicopter.com/routes/london-buzz/ : this central London adrenaline-fuelled flight that takes passengers up to 1,500 feet in just sixty seconds and offers 12 minutes of jaw-dropping panoramas from Chelsea to London Bridge.

London Sights https://www.thelondonhelicopter.com/routes/london-sights/ : the most popular choice, this 18-minute flight offers all the amazing views of London Buzz, plus lots of additional landmarks, including the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and Fulham Palace.

London Max https://www.thelondonhelicopter.com/routes/london-max/ : for that really special Dad who’ll want his family to share the fun. The ultimate treat and for those that want to travel like VIP’s then there’s only one choice to make. This exclusive journey takes up to six passengers on a 30 minutes trip from west to east over London and promises thrill after thrill and breath-taking views.

Bookings are now open for The London Helicopter Father’s Day flights on 19 June 2016.

http://www.thelondonhelicopter.com

BRITISH AIRWAYS UP, UP AND AWAY FOR FATHER’S DAY

British Airways is offering the perfect Father’s Day gift idea for dads wanting to unleash their inner pilot with a 20 per cent discount on its full-motion flight simulator experiences. The airline is offering the Father’s Day discount on gift vouchers booked by June 19, 2016* for use during the next 12 months.  The simulators, which are used to train British Airways’ 4,000 professional pilots, are the real thing and will make the perfect gift for would-be pilots.

Using cutting edge technology and graphics the state-of-the-art simulators give would-be pilots the opportunity to fly to and from more than 180 of the airline’s worldwide destinations, such as its new routes to Lima, Peru and San Jose in Costa Rica. All sessions are accompanied by an instructor and no previous flying experience is necessary. Flights in a Boeing 767 simulator are available at £319, reduced from £399 or in a simulated jumbo jet or Boeing 777 for £359, reduced from £449 per hour long session.

Gift vouchers are available for purchase at www.ebaft.com.

*Bookings must be made by June 19, 2016 using the promotional code DAD2016 to receive the 20 per cent discount. Flight simulator experiences can be made for available dates during the 12 months to the end of June 2017.  The experience starts with a full technical briefing from a pilot followed by an hour’s flying time in which you can land and take-off from multiple airports as well as cruising through blue skies. The full-flight simulators are located at British Airways’ Flight Training Centre near Heathrow.

CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY AT BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW SUMMER, NEC, BIRMINGHAM
With the last day of BBC Good Food Show Summer falling on Father’s Day, why not treat Dad to a delicious day out at the UK’s best live food event. At this year’s show, guests can watch culinary heroes such as Michel Roux Jr and Tom Kerridge cooking live, as well as exploring the producers village which will boast a plethora of seasonal and artisan produce to take home. Alternatively, visit the show in advance to pick up the perfect Father’s Day gift: choose from a stunning collection of folded steel knives from Kin Knives, or pick up a The Homemade Curing Kit from Ross & Ross.
https://www.bbcgoodfoodshowsummer.com/

FOOD AND DRINK GIFTS

Whiskey & Rococo Chocolate Father’s Day Masterclass at Barts

Chelsea’s hidden cocktail bar Barts is teaming up with luxurious chocolatier Rococo to host a special Whiskey & Chocolate Father’s Day Masterclass. Celebrate the day with Dad by sampling top notch whiskies from around the globe and indulge in specialty chocolate pairings. Barts’ world-class bar team will provide guests with an hour and a half of tip top tuition about the fine art of whiskey and chocolate pairing, talking through the tasting notes of each variety of whiskey and explaining in detail how each distinctly pairs with the rich flavours of the chocolate.

Loved for its quirky vibes and live 1920s jazz music, Barts is the ideal spot to spend the day with Dad with a whiskey tipple and chocolates in hand.

Father’s Day Masterclass

Sunday, 19th June 2016

4:30pm – 6:00pm

£40 per person | Reservations Required

Barts | Chelsea Cloisters | 87 Sloane Avenue | London | SW3 3DW

 KANUKA

Luxury tea brand Kanuka (www.kanukatea.com) have a limited edition Father’s Day Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Tea Gift Set which comprises of a 125g loose gunpowder tea pouch, a silver tea strainer and a glass mug all of which is beautifully gift wrapped and only £19.50 with free nationwide online delivery.

Buy online: https://www.kanukatea.com/product/fathers-day-gift-set

CARLUCCIO’S

BBQ Special 

Balsamic Vinegar & Porcini Glaze, 150ml, £2.95

Salt & Herb Rub, 80g, £2.50

Antonio’s Pepolata Bottle, 200g, £3.95

Ultimate BBQ Hamper  

Carluccio’s BBQ Collections Hamper, £50, containing: Balsamic Vinegar & Porcini Glaze, 150ml;

Salt & Herb Rub, 80g; Antonio’s Pepolata Bottle, 200g; Lemon Oil, 1l, Planeta Red Wine, 75cl, and Carluccio’s Collection, Vegetables and Salads.

Italian Drinking

Biava Beer, 50cl, £3.50

Roen Pale Ale, 50cl, £3.50

Cappello di Prete, 75cl, £12

 Available to buy online http://www.carluccios.com and in-store

Premium tea for a premium Dad
This Father’s Day why not treat your Dad to a selection of premium teas from Hope & Glory. The Maharajah Collection, featuring Hope & Glory Assam and Hope & Glory English Breakfast Tea is fit for a king. Like their flamboyant namesakes of days past, these teas are lively, robust and renowned for their strength. Shop the Hope & Glory Maharajah Collection here:

https://www.thehopeandglory.co.uk/product-category/collections/maharajah/

Hawthorn’s Gin: the perfect gift this Father’s Day
Treat Dad to something special this Father’s Day with a premium bottle of Hawthorn’s Gin. The winner of the gold medal at the 2016 US World Spirits competition, over competitors such as Hendricks and Sipsmith’s, Hawthorn’s Gin is quickly becoming recognised as one of the world’s most superior gin brands. Zesty and bursting with botanicals, Hawthorn’s Gin is priced at only £20 a bottle, making it the perfect affordable gift. http://hawthornsgin.com/shop/

The London Beer Factory
This Father’s Day The London Beer Factory have created a special gift box including a selection of 24 craft beers hand picked from their craft beer brews. The gift box will feature favourites from the core and experimental pilot range, and will be delivered directly to his door. Dear dad will be amongst the first in the UK to sample the range in 360 degree can technology, allowing for the complete removal of the lid, enabling aromas and flavours to leap out of the can. The box will feature favourites such as The Chelsea Blonde and the Paxton Pale Ale as well as unique brews including the Wimbledon a cream ale infused with strawberries, a Champagne Beer and the Slow Red Ale.

This can be purchased as a subscription, and can be cancelled at any time |A case of 24 beers for £30 + postage and packaging | Purchased via http://www.thelondonbeerfactory.com/ as of the 23rd of May

The London Beer Factory | 160 Hamilton Rd | London | SE27 9SF

EATING OUT 

Father’s Day Feast at Plum + Spilt Milk
Acclaimed destination restaurant Plum + Spilt Milk inspires celebration with its exquisite British dishes and thoughtful service. Designed by Mark Sargeant, the three course sharing Sunday roast menu will be served with goose-fat roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables and a complimentary bottle of wine for Father’s Day. Valid for tables of four of more people, the menu will cost £38.50 per person and be served from 11am until 4pm. http://www.plumandspiltmilk.com

Dads go free at OXBO Bankside
This Father’s day dads go free at OXBO Bankside, valid for bookings of 4 or more people for the bottomless Sunday Roast menu. Executive Chef Paul Bates will be serving a delicious menu, including an extensive choice of fresh market salads, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, served from the chef’s Traders Tables, where guests are invited to help themselves to as many of the starters and desserts as they fancy.  For the main event, guests will be served the roast of their choice from Chef’s Open Kitchen. Enjoy all three-courses and unlimited Prosecco for only £40 per person (or £28 excluding unlimited Prosecco), with dads eating (and drinking) for free.  http://www.oxbobankside.co.uk

A bottle of Negroni for Dads at Blueprint Café
This Sunday 19th June, Blueprint Café are hosting a Father’s Day three course set lunch, priced £25 per person. As a special gift, dad’s will be given a bottle of Orange Crisp Negroni complete with a chargrilled Campari soaked orange to take home. For more information or to book please contact blueprintcafe@danddlondon.com
http://www.blueprintcafe.co.uk

Lunch, live music and a glass of Kir Royal at Skylon
Treat dads this Father’s Day to a three course meal at Skylon for £48 per person, accompanied by live music and a glass of Kir Royal on arrival. What’s more, the Skylon barmen will be showcasing their signature cocktails available at the bar throughout the day. Highlights from the menu include swordfish ceviche, pickled black radish, charred cucumber lime, chilli and coriander and saddle of rabbit, beignet of leg, braised baby gem, broad beans and mustard velouté. For more information or to book please contact 020 7654 7800 or email skylonreservations@danddlondon.com
http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk

A three course menu at Orrery by Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn
Celebrate Father’s Day in the heart of Marylebone at Orrery. Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn demonstrates his fine dining pedigree with a three course menu priced at £32.50 per person, boasting his signature dishes such as seafood ravioli, lobster bisque and Tournedos Rossini with sauce Perigourdine. For more information or to book a table please orreryreservation@danddlondon.com  or call 020 7616 8000.  http://www.orrery-restaurant.co.uk

A complimentary beer at Kensington Place
Kensington Place will give dad’s a complimentary beer with lunch this Father’s Day. Kensington Place will also be offering their special children’s menu, with crayons, colouring pictures and board games to keep the youngest family members entertained. For more information or to book a table call 020 7727 3184 or email kensingtonplace@danddlondon.com
http://www.kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk

Treat your dad to a lovely meal at Blachette, Soho
This Sunday, Soho favourite Blanchette have put together the ultimate treat for dads starting with a delicious Beef Wellington (a puff pastry parcel wrapping succulent beef tenderloin and smothered with mushroom duxelles) and a refreshing cocktail named ‘The Godfather’ featuring

whisky, Disaronno liqueur, orange bitters and an orange twist. http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/

An Exclusive Father’s Day Feast at Hunter 486 

Hunter 486, located within boutique hotel The Arch London, has created an exclusive new menu for Father’s Day (Sunday 19 June). The restaurant’s luxuriant setting, succulent meats and strictly seasonal produce will combine to provide all the ingredients for a delightful afternoon dedicated to dad.

The menu includes a real ale match for Dad and the whole family to enjoy. The menu offers an appetiser of English asparagus with crispy Burford Brown egg, tomato and herb dressing. To follow, succulent meats are cooked until perfectly tender in the restaurant’s stone oven. Diners can choose between roasts of beef, leg of lamb or Black leg free range chicken, all served with classic accompaniments. To finish, diners can enjoy a tempting gooseberry crumble with Chapel Down’s Curious IPA.

The Father’s Day menu is available for £26.95 per person, including a Curious IPA and three courses.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD

For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com

Bunga Bunga Presents a Special Father’s Day Il Porco Feast

This Father’s Day why not take Dad to Battersea’s hit Italian-inspired restaurant, bar and karaoke joint Bunga Bunga. On Sunday, 19th June enjoy, Il Porco, one of London’s most authentic Italian hog roasts with all the trimmings and homemade apple and cider sauce. Bunga Bunga’s talented head chef, Alexis de Naray, has conceived an extraordinary three-course feasting menu of pork delicacies that will leave Dad satisfied and content. To start, guests can tuck into a comforting starter that includes pig cheek, wild mushroom and white truffle arancin along with caramelised red onion home-baked focaccia and olives, followed by the one-of-a-kind hog roast that is ideal to share between the whole family. Grab your knife and pork this Father’s Day and tuck in!

Father’s Day Il Porco

Sunday, 19th June 2016

Reservations | www.bungabunga-london.com

Bunga Bunga | 37 Battersea Bridge Road | London | SW11 3BA

Personalised Pies for Dad & Whiskey Tasting with Glenfiddich at Mr Fogg’s Tavern

Mr Fogg’s Tavern’s award-winning pies are becoming personal for Father’s Day. The Victorian inspired Pub, Gin Parlour and Salon in Covent Garden will be offering exclusive personalized pies for Dad on Sunday, 19th June when you book in advance. Surprise your lovely father with his initials on Mr Fogg’s Tavern’s famous beef and bacon or the scrumptious leek and potato pie. Reserve a table and send the reservations team your father’s initials by Thursday, 16th June. Mr Fogg’s Tavern is on hand to make it a Father’s Day to remember.

After lunch, head up the stairs to Mr Fogg’s Tavern’s intimate Gin Salon for a one-on-one whisky tasting with Glenfiddich brand ambassador and whisky connoisseur, Mark Thomson. Guests can look forward to a three whisky tasting menu and Mark will be on hand to explain the tasting notes and history of each unique variety.

Father’s Day at Mr Fogg’s Tavern

Sunday, 19th June 2016

Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting – 5:01pm – 7:01pm.

Reservations and Personalised Pie Orders | tavern@mr-foggs.com

Mr Fogg’s Tavern| 58 St Martin’s Ln | Theatreland | London | WC2N 4EA

Celebrate Father’s Day at Humble Grape Battersea

Looking for somewhere to take your wine loving Dad, then head to Humble Grape in Battersea and treat your father to a delicious meal of Confit Duck Cassoulet with smoked pancetta and chargrilled radiccio. On Father’s Day Humble Grape will be offering four of its exclusive, hand crafted wines at a discounted rate.

Wines include:

2011 Divin Croisille £25

Gran Clos Priorat Blanco £25

Domaine des Maréchaux Rosé 2014 Bordeaux France £12

Quinta dos Castelares Tinto £10

Humble Grape | 2 Battersea Rise | SW11 1ED

W: www.humblegrape.co.uk

T: 020 7583 1190

Father’s Day Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting at Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair

This year to celebrate Father’s Day, award-winning bar Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair will be hosting an intimate whisky tasting with Glenfiddich ambassador Mark Thomson. Guests will enjoy a three whiskey tasting menu and will have the opportunity to speak with Mark one-on-one about the tasting notes and history of each unique variety. It’s the ideal activity to experience with your Father on the special holiday.

Father’s Day Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting at Mr Fogg’s

Sunday, 19th June 2016

£20 tickets | reservations: residence@mr-foggs.com

Mr fogg’s Residence | 15 Burton Ln |London | W1J 6JD

Drams for Dads at Mac & Wild this Father’s Day

This year to celebrate Father’s day, London’s favourite Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild will be offering a complimentary dram of whisky on arrival for all fathers. Treat your dad to the finest highland roast and whiskies in town and make his day.

Dads will be able to dine on array of delicious dishes whilst sampling whiskies from all over Scotland. Dishes on the roast menu include Mac & Wild’s signature haggis pops, perfectly roasted chicken and highland venison all accompanied by seasonal vegetables and the biggest Yorkshire puddings in the west…end.

Father’s Day at Mac & Wild – 19th June 2016

Free dram on arrival for all dads

Mac & Wild | 65 Great Titchfield Street | London | W1W 7PS

Mr Fogg’s Safari Camp at Taste of London

This summer, the award-winning bar brand Mr Fogg’s will unveil a lavish 19th century colonial Safari Camp at the world’s greatest food and drink festival, Taste of London in Regent’s Park. From 15th June to 19th June 2016, Mr Fogg’s Safari Camp will serve a range of the finest World Class Drinks, complete with British-colonial style tents, taking guests on an exotic alfresco adventure in the first safari park to open in London. The Safari Camp will also boast an interactive Gin & Tonic bar, where a world-class barman will give a lesson in the fine art of concocting the perfect G&T, making it the ideal destination for Father’s Day!

Mr Fogg’s Residence | 15 Bruton Lane | London | W1J 6JD

Mr Fogg’s Tavern | 58 St. Martin’s Lane | London | WC2N 4EA

Tel: 0207 036 0608

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Condé Nast Traveller July / August Issue 2016

Condé Nast Traveller July / August Issue 2016SPECIAL HOT LIST DOUBLE ISSUE

“While working on this issue, the idea came to us to make the Hot List (the annual round-up of our favourite new hotel openings) somehow hotter (i.e. adding in other things we loved that were also new: beach clubs, bars, restaurants).  Then hot as an idea grew so hot we decided to make every single thing in the issue hot (as in: new, fresh, cutting-edge, on-trend, progressive).  So, in fact, ‘hot’ as in ‘cool’. Welcome to the new issue of Condé Nast Traveller, practically smoking…”  Melinda Stevens, Editor.

THE HOT LIST 2016 Condé Nast Traveller’s pick of the best new hotels, bars, restaurants and beach clubs in the world.

THE LIFESTYLE TREND – APARTMENT SHOPS
Shops are being unveiled that look exactly like apartments but which no one can actually stay in.  Sounds confusing?  We untangle the new fangles.

THE COMEBACK – WINONA RYDER
The Golden Globe-winning actress defined the got-edged indie look of an era when she starred in cult hits Beetlejuice and Heathers.  Now, the self-confessed bookworm, returns to the dark side in a supernatural TV thriller.

BLOCK-ROCKING BEATS
Beyond the sleek, made-for-movies boulevards of Los Angeles lies another reality, just out of shot, dialled down and off-beat.  From Downtown to Venice Beach, a new generation of street-smart kingpins are pushing the city to new heights.

THE BED-HOPPERS:
Rodarte’s Kate & Laura Mulleavy were the girls behind the Black Swan tutus.  Now they’re the film world’s edgiest go-to designers for red-carpet dressing.  They reveal their favourite hotels.

PLUS:  Trendwatch – Jetpacks are real; Islands that come and go; and co-working spaces. The Hot Destination – underwater; The Soundrack – rave music goes orchestral; The Hobby – 21st century horticulture; The Urban Hit – the world’s hippest hoods; The Brit Fix – new rural escapes; Ibiza – the long-lunch spots, the slickest villas, the favourite stays, the tables to book; and Rosie Huntington-Whitley’s travel beauty secrets.


The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner

The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy GardinerSynopsis: For those inspired by what they see on screen, From Stitch to Style accompanies all levels of sewers on their creative journeys, from tentative first stitches to confident dress making, including 25 garments to sew for women, men and children, of which many appear in challenges on the show. Starting with the Foundation chapter, sewers can choose from a collection of garments that will ease them into the world of sewing. Moving on to the Inspiration chapter, sewers are encouraged to look around them and seek inspiration from alternative sources beyond the high street and look at ways of incorporating that inspiration in their fabrics choices and garment silhouettes. Finally, the Experimentation chapter brings everything previously learnt together and challenges the sewer to explore working with different fabrics, non-conventional sewing methods and tricky techniques.

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love The Great British Sewing Bee series and the books that accompany the series.

The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style is another fabulous example of how aspiring designers can take inspiration from the show to create their own masterpieces.

With over 25 garment designs for women, men and children, plus a wealth of sewing techniques, tips and tricks from the expert seamstresses and tailors that contribute to the series, The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style is more than a project book; it is also an indispensable reference that will elevate your sewing to a professional level. We loved it! Highly Recommended!


Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent

will-torrent-afternoon-tea-at-homeDeliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies

SynopsisArranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.

Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.

http://www.rylandpeters.com/afternoon-tea-at-home

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Beautifully illustrated with easy to follow recipes including classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Afternoon Tea at Home has everything you need to create the most deliciously indulgent, wonderful afternoon tea. We absolutely adore this book, it’s a joy and a delight from start to finish. Highly Recommended!


Hot Brands Cool Places – The Home Issue – May 2016

Hot Brands Cool Places - The Home Issue - May 2016Welcome to our latest Home issue, what makes a home for you? We have some suggestions as to what makes a home for us in our Creating a Home feature, along with a review of Lillian Too’s 168 Ways to Declutter Your Home: And re-energize your life.

Each week we are sent some amazing cookery books to review and this month’s collection is equally delicious.

We also have a delightful collection of the latest children’s picture books.

In this issue we also highlight some of the gorgeous products from  this year’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in the UK. Since the campaign launched in 1996, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has raised £14 million for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.

Please take time to visit their website:
Website: www.fashiontargetsbreastcancer.org.uk
Instagram: instagram.com/fashiontargetsbreastcancer
Twitter: @FashionTargets https://twitter.com/fashiontargets

If you are looking for inspiration for your home or garden this spring we have a fabulous collection of ideas and suggestions for your home from our listed companies as well as our usual beauty round-up.

Enjoy!

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Easter Round-up March 2016

Handpainted Eggs National Trust images Laura Shack

Image courtesy National Trust – Photographed by Laura Shack

Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families a cracking Easter weekend

www.cadbury.co.uk/easter

It’s almost that time of the year again when Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Hunts.

This year, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (25 – 28 March*) will be inviting families to unleash their inner explorer with adventurous quests taking place across the country.

From spring woodlands and craggy coastlines, to historic houses and enchanting castles, there are over 250 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone.

What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end of each completed hunt, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore.

To join in with the fun and find a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt near you, visit:

www.cadbury.co.uk/easter

London & South East

Mottisfont, Hampshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 10 April, 10am – 5pm

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, both inside and out. Pick up an Easter hunt sheet, full of brain teasers and craft activities. Follow the trail to discover giant eggs hidden around the grounds, and complete challenges with your family to earn a delicious Cadbury treat.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01794 340757

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

Morden Hall Park, London

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 3 – 6 April, 10am- 4pm

At the end of the Northern Line deep in the heart of sprawling south London, you can step off the train and hop into the countryside at Morden Hall Park. This Easter, families are invited to follow a special hunt, with clues that will have you searching high and low through tree-lined paths and riverside lawns. To top it all off, each egg hunter is rewarded with a yummy Cadbury chocolate treat.

Price: £4 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 020 8545 6850

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Stowe’s Sleeping Beauty Quest – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March 10am-4.30pm

This Easter embark on a quest to awaken Sleeping Beauty from her slumber, and in return claim your delicious chocolate treat. Fairy-tales, myths and legends have been weaved through the garden, where chivalrous knights and courageous princesses will hunt for clues. The quest will take you past mystical lakes and deep into the Sleeping Wood to claim your egg and finish on a happily ever after.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01280 817156

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Chartwell, Kent

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Chartwell, 25 March – 10 April, 11am – 4pm

This year, discover Easter characters from the 1920s era as they take you on a good old-fashioned adventure around Chartwell. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will wind through the natural play areas and finish with a delicious chocolatey treat. Afterwards, stick around for more Easter related fun and grab a chick-shaped shortbread in the café.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01732 868381

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Woolbeding Parkland, West Sussex

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Nature Trail, 27 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Hop down to Woolbeding Parkland for an exciting day of Easter fun. There’ll be a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt down by the River Rother where adventurers can hunt to claim their Cadbury treat. Make a day of it and stay for crafty egg-decorating fun and all sorts of competitions from egg rolling and egg and spoon races, to face painting, an old-fashioned egg shy and creative craft activities. It’ll be hard to know where to begin!

Price: £3 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01730 816638

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolbeding-gardens

South West

Dunster Castle, Somerset

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 10 April, 10am – 4pm

This dramatic Norman castle, perched on the top of a wooded hill is an impressive place for an Easter Egg Hunt. The quest will take noble explorers through the garden where they will solve clues to win the ultimate reward, a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01643 821314

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 10am – 5pm

Complete with roaming deer and herds of cattle, Dyrham Park’s 270 acres of wild parkland is perfect for a day of adventure. And what better way to explore than on an action-packed Easter Egg hunt? Complete the hunts to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat, and afterwards take a look around the house, where tours will take you high above the roof of this 17th-century mansion to see the restoration works from a birds-eye view.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 0117 9372501

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 10 April, 11am – 4pm

With acres of beautiful gardens and parkland to explore, including a kitchen garden with a royal reputation, you can have a great family day out at Kingston Lacy. This Easter help Bunny find all his giant egg creations around the garden. Each egg is different and some are easier to spot than others. Once you have found them all claim your very own Cadbury chocolate treat.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01202 883402

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Knightshayes Court, Devon

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 28 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Head over to Knightshayes and revel in the Easter fun, where little explorers can hunt high and low for clues in the magnificent garden. There’s a yummy chocolate treat from Cadbury when you’ve completed the hunt. Stick around after for craft activities and face-painting.

Price: £3.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01884 254665

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Lanhydrock Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 10 April, 10am – 4pm

Calling all Easter detectives, there’s a mystery to be solved! Head to Lanhydrock to uncover the clues while exploring the colourful garden, ancient woodlands and riverside paths. All detectives can claim their Cadbury chocolate treat once the mission has been completed. Afterwards head to the adventure playground for some wild play, or go on a family bike ride on the special family trails.
Price: £3 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01208 265950

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 4pm

Take a trip to Stourhead this Easter where egg hunters can explore through towering trees, by mystical grottoes and past a glittering lake. Make a day of it and bring a picnic, best enjoyed on the rolling lawns with views that stretch across the Wiltshire countryside. Afterwards, keep the family fun going and play giant games in the garden.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01747 841152

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

East

Melford Hall, Suffolk

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 28 March, 12pm – 4.30pm

Enjoy a family day out at this eclectic home deep in the Suffolk countryside. Join the ever-popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to solve the clues and claim your chocolate treat. Afterwards why not test your skills in the egg and spoon races or try your hand at some colouring in the crafts corner.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01787 379228

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/melford-hall

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Eostre – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 10am – 5.30pm

Easter is named after Eostre – the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the radiant dawn, so what better place to celebrate than here at Sutton Hoo. Discover the secrets of the Anglo-Saxons on the fabulous Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and collect your chocolate treat at the end.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01394 389700

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 8 April, 10.30am – 4.15pm

Take a trip to this beautiful country home complete with a working farm and resident bunnies. Rhyming clues will lead you on an egg hunt around the gardens, but to claim your chocolate treat you’ll have to find the hidden magic word.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01223 206000

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

Midlands

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Staffordshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 3pm

Go on a woodland hunt to learn all about the wildlife of Kinver Edge, and find your chocolatey treat awaiting you at the end. Afterwards, take a stroll around the unique rock houses, carved by hand out of the sandstone ridge, and let off some steam on the Adventure Play Trail.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01384 872553

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 10am – 4pm

Explore Attingham’s vast parkland this Easter and follow a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to unravel the clues and claim a chocolate treat. Continue the family fun with spring activities and a good old run-around in the playfield.

Price: £2.50 per egg hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01743 708123

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 4pm

Upton’s gardens are worth exploring at any time of year, and even more so when there’s chocolate at stake. Discover the great outdoors on this Easter Egg Hunt through the sweeping lawns and colourful flowers. Afterwards, have a go at the Wellington boot trail and see if you can spot some spring wildlife.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01295 670266

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house

 Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am-4pm

This Easter there will be no less than four days of family fun, with the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt through the Pleasure Grounds and across the mansion site, along with mini children’s rides and activities such as face painting and a BBQ. And if that’s not enough, there’s the whole park to explore on foot or by bike with plenty of wildlife to spot.

Price: £3 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01909 544917

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park

North West

Fell Foot, Cumbria

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Fell Foot, 27 March, 11am – 3pm

Perched on the edge of the stunning Lake Windermere with rolling lawns and views up to the mountains, Fell Foot couldn’t get much more idyllic. Enjoy an action-packed day out in this glorious park with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, traditional Lakeland Egg rolling, family-friendly games and much, much more.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 015395 31273

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

Wray Castle, Cumbria

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 10am – 4pm

This Easter make a splash and visit Wray Castle nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere to discover turrets and towers fit for a knight in shining armour. Have fun exploring this quirky building, weaving your way through woodland and rambling along the lakeshore, solving clues along the way in order to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 015394 33250

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle

Ennerdale, Cumbria

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 27 March, 11am – 3pm

Enjoy the great outdoors at this activity-packed Easter Egg Hunt in the wild Ennerdale Valley. There’s a Cadbury chocolate treat waiting for you at the end too. Starting at the Bowness Knott car park, the hunt will take you on an adventure around the lakeshore, through the woodland and along the forest track with loads to discover along the way. Perhaps you’ll find a Tree Spirit, help the Easter Egg Tree to grow or hear a woodland tale.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 017687 74649

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ennerdale

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 4pm

The Earl and the Countess are coming to Dunham Massey for a picnic to celebrate their wedding but the food is hidden all over the garden! Can you save the day and follow the hunt to find the food? It’s hungry work, so chocolate treats will be plentiful at the end.

Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 0161 941 1025

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

Speke Hall, Liverpool

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt, 27 – 28 March, 11am – 4pm

Glorious gardens and woodlands surround this magnificent Tudor manor house. Venture through the blooms of daffodils and bluebells to solve the clues on the Easter Egg Hunt and receive your delicious Cadbury treat. Once you’ve finished the quest why not head to the house and see if you can track down all the run-away chicks? They’re counting on you!

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 0151 427 7231

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall

Yorkshire and North East

Wallington, Northumberland

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 3 April, 11am – 4pm

Amble down to Wallington’s West Wood for a wild Cadbury Easter Egg hunt amongst the trees. This rambling wildlife haven is complete with red squirrels and a bubbling river. Follow the hunt through the woods, keeping an eye out for resident wildlife, and claim your yummy Cadbury treat at the end. Why not top the day off with a hearty family picnic and a game of Frisbee?

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01670 773606

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

Easter Egg Hunt, 25 March – 10 April, 10am – 4pm

I spy with my little eye… an Easter bunny! This spring at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal little bunnies have been hoppety-hopping around the estate. Head over bridges of the river Skell, explore around every corner of the Abbey ruins, and follow the waterways of the Georgian gardens to find them and get a yummy Cadbury chocolate treat. There’ll be lots of family fun along the way too, including crafts in Swanley Grange and a brand new adventure playground.

Price: £2 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01765608888

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey

Northern Ireland

Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down

Easter Egg Hunt, 26 March, 2pm – 3pm

Join the Easter fun on these beautiful windswept sand dunes, where an Egg Hunt will have you searching high and low to discover the hidden treasure. Murlough is a wonderland of wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for seals and resident seabirds as you explore.

Price: £1 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

Booking Essential

For more information, please call 028 4375 1467 or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/murlough

Ardress House, County Armagh

Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 30 March, 1pm – 6pm

The Easter Bunny has made a hunt around the farmyard and gardens at Ardress House. Follow the clues to unlock the tasty Cadbury treat. Stick around afterwards to explore the apple orchards and feed the resident chickens. And on Easter Sunday there’ll be games, face painting and more family fun.

Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 028 8778 4753

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ardress-house

The Argory, County Armagh

Easter Egg Hunt, 21 March – 3 April, 12pm – 5pm

Where could be better to enjoy Easter than in the beautiful wooded estate surrounding this country house in County Armagh. Solve the clues to find the Cadbury chocolate treats with this fantastic hunt around The Argory Estate. Enjoy some eggstra fun on Easter Monday and Tuesday with face painting, games and more fun for all the family.

Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 028 8778 4753

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/argory

Springhill, County Londonderry

Easter Egg Hunt, 21 March – 3 April, 12pm – 5pm

Bounce down to Springhill this Easter where you can search the house and grounds for clues on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. After you claim your delicious chocolate treat, why not stay for extra fun on the natural play hunt, or join in the face painting and games on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 028 8674 8210

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill

Wales

Erddig, Wrexham

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 10am – 5pm

The Easter bunny will be hopping over the wall into Erddig’s beautiful garden to offer families the ultimate day out with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Unleash your inner explorer to solve the clues dotted around the garden and outbuildings to claim a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat. Once you’ve completed the egg hunt there’s more fun to be had inside the house where some special Easter chicks are hiding, can you spot them all?

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01978 355314

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig
Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 3.30pm

Bunny has hopped over the Menai Strait and has been up to his tricks again. He’s hidden clues for you to find all around the gardens at Plas Newydd. Help us find them and claim your special Cadbury chocolate treat. You can even take part in the famous Easter Sunday egg rolling race after, or head to the Dairy Wood for some wild time in the adventure playground.

Price: £2.50 per hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01248 714795

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plasnewydd

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

Cadbury Easter Weekend, 25 – 28 March, 11am – 4pm

The cheeky Easter Bunny has hidden clues behind the front doors of our woodland friends’ houses, dotted around the woods and garden. And that’s not all, while he was busy setting his clues, Bunny’s family have disappeared. Can you help him find his family, who are lost inside the castle? After you’ve helped Bunny and claimed your chocolate treat, there’s even more fun to be had with fluffy-eared team games and Easter crafts galore.

Price: £2 per egg hunt (normal admission charges apply)

For more information, please call 01248 353 084

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

For more information on National Trust events, please visit our website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

* Some Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts will be running for an extended period over the Easter holidays, please visit www.cadbury.co.uk/easter for more details.

Each and every visit to a National Trust place helps support the charity’s work caring for special places for future generations. Every penny raised from the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts goes into looking after National Trust properties. Cadbury receives no money from supporting the Easter Egg Hunts.

National Trust membership offer

This Easter, if you take out a National Trust membership by Direct Debit, you’ll receive access to over 500 special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that can be enjoyed all year around. Any new membership taken out with Direct Debit over the Easter weekend at a National Trust place will receive a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt voucher, valid until Monday 28 March. The voucher entitles the holder to free, unlimited Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts on presentation at a participating property – the voucher is multi-use. The cost of the hunt bought on the day of taking out a membership to the National Trust will also be refunded. Plus every membership helps the National Trust carry on looking after these special places and spaces for ever, for everyone.

The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

EASTER HOLIDAYS AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL

25 Mar -10 Apr

The Dragon’s Den

24 Mar-30 Oct, 10am-5pm

Enter our Vikings and Dragons Playzone! Explore the world of Viking myths, monsters and legends with games galore and fun for kids of all ages. Dress as a Viking and become a raider or trader, take on the giant magnetic Viking picture puzzle and slide down the neck of Fafnir the fearsome dragon if you dare! 

Viking Invasion!

25 Mar-10 Apr, 12-3.30pm

You’ll go berserk for our magnificent make and take activities happening throughout the school holidays. Make a longship model and Viking sword and become a mighty warrior or fearsome dragon.

Voyaging Vikings trail

25 Mar-10 Apr, 10am-5pm

Search the Museum to find the things you need to become a Viking voyager!

Vulgar Vikings Weekend

2-3 Apr, 11am-4pm

Experience horrible, hairy history brought to life with a weekend of Viking themed events. Create your own helmet, sword and shield, join in a Viking battle and see Vikings brought to life by Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves.

Freya – A Viking Saga

2-3 Apr, 12pm & 3pm

The rivalry between the Norse gods and the Frost Giants is brought to life in this family puppet show full of boisterous gods, dunderheaded giants and the music of the fjords.

Viking Coin Striking

2-3 Apr, Drop in sessions from 12-3.30pm

Make your own authentic ‘King Cnut’ Viking age coin to take home.

50p per coin

Viking Sagas with Rattlebox Theatre

5 Apr, 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm

Get caught up in the outrageous adventures of the Norse gods and their war with the giants. Thrill to sagas full of danger, trickery and beheading!

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket unless otherwise stated. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

TALKS & TOURS – Show & Tell

13 Apr, 11-11.30am

Join us for our new free curator-led talks. Each month a different member of the team will delve deeper into our collections and reveal some of the fascinating stories behind our artefacts.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

TALKS & TOURS – Viking Voyagers Curator Tours

14 Apr, 11-11.45am

Think you know Vikings? Think again. Join our expert curators for a special tour of the epic Viking Voyagers exhibition, a journey through 1000-year-old ancient artefacts and two very special Viking boats.

Discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders. Encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life over 1000 years ago and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship. Get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland and National Museum of Denmark, many on display for the first time in the UK.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket.

LATE LECTURES – Mermaids Uncovered        

27 Apr, 6.30pm

Paolo Viscardi of the Grant Museum of Zoology explores the deep history of mermaids and explains how science continues to uncover the truth about some mermaids’ fishy tales.

Tickets £7. Please call 01326 214546 for bookings. Doors & bar open from 5.30pm.

FAMILIES – Museum Minnows

27 Apr, 1.30pm-2.30pm

An hour of creative play, stories and craft activities for under-fives. The Museum’s Learning Centre is transformed into a multi-sensory play area for our free family drop-in sessions.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Call 01326 214535 for details.

FAMILIES – Minnows’ Tales        

Every Monday during term-time, 11-11.30am

Drop in for a lively half hour of stories, songs and rhymes in one of our beautiful galleries. No need to book, all under-fives and their parents and carers are welcome.

FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Call 01326 214535 for details.

EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS CURRENTLY ON SHOW…

Viking Voyagers

Until 2 Jan 2017

Take an epic journey into the Viking world. Discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders.

Encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life over 1000 years ago and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship. Get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland, Manx National Heritage and National Museum of Denmark, many on display for the first time in the UK.

How Europe Saw the World

3 Oct –24 Apr 2016

Over 400 years ago vivid visual and written descriptions of pioneering voyages to the Americas, Africa, India and the Far East reached Europe in the form of finely detailed copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents the alluring images of Flemish engraver Theodore de Bry, amongst the earliest ever published. Between 1590 and 1602 de Bry illustrated the diverse customs and people who lived in distant lands, including their nautical traditions.

King Cnut: Holding Back the Tide

7 Mar–3 Jan 2017

Dive under the waves in our Tidal Zone and meet King Cnut a thousand years after he became King of England. What was the truth behind the legend of King Cnut holding back the waves? Enjoy our audio-visual spectacle in our unique under-water gallery and meet the Viking warrior who became a king and emperor of the sea.

General Enquiries

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
Falmouth
Cornwall TR11 3QY
T: 01326 313388
F: 01326 317878
E: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk

Opening Hours

The Museum is open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Prices

Buy a full price individual ticket and get in free to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a year!

Adults £12.50

Seniors (60 or over) £10

Students £8.00

Children (5 – 15 yrs) £8.50

Children (Under 5s) Free

Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children) £33.50

http://www.nmmc.co.uk

ENGLISH HERITAGE ANNOUNCE NATIONWIDE EVENTS PROGRAMME FOR EASTER 2016

  • Children invited to takeover Dover Castle at Children’s Festival
  • Time travelling twist on the Easter egg hunt at properties nationwide announced
  • Young adventurers invited to join quests taking place in castles, abbeys and Roman ruins to seek out chocolate prizes

This Easter English Heritage invites adventurers of all ages to travel through time; braving quests, cracking clues, and meeting Gladiators, Princesses, and Knights, all during a journey through England’s history, guaranteed to create an Easter to remember.

Across the country families can don their detective hats, and take a crack at an English Heritage Easter Adventure trail. Exploring the best of England’s history, from Roman forts, romantic ruins, and iconic castles like never before. For more hands on fun, Dover Castle in Kent, is offering the chance to truly be the King of the castle at its Children’s Festival. Kids take over, and rule the ramparts, with a cast of fire breathing jesters, assault courses, and glorious gladiators, plus much more, it’s a who’s who of history’s best.

For more time travelling fun, head to Osborne, on the Isle of Wight, for a chance to try your hand at Victorian games galore, before racing off down to Osborne’s private beach for some well-earned relaxation for the winners. For children in need of a chance to blow off some steam, why not sign up to Soldier School at Pendennis Castle in Cornwall. Get the kids ship shape, as they tackle commando training at this action packed day out.

Details of English Heritage Easter Events:

Children’s Festival

When: Fri 25th- Mon 28th March

Where: Dover Castle, Kent

Travel on a journey back in time with Peterkin the Jester, where Roman gladiators seek new recruits and medieval knights and princesses roam. Meet Victorian toymakers and make your own toy to take home. Can your little soldiers tackle the WWII assault course or diffuse the bomb in time? Get hands on with knights training and etiquette. Be amazed at Peterkin’s fire eating show on stilts and sing a long with the merry musicians. Absolutely no bunnies and escape the chocolate trails, with a fun packed and refreshing day of time travel for kids of all ages!

Tickets on sale online or on the door

Easter Adventure Trails

When: Fri 25th- Mon 28th March

Where: Belsay Hall (Northumberland), Walmer Castle (Kent), Bolsover Castle (Derbyshire), Kenwood (London), Kenwilworth Castle (Warwickshire), Carlisle Castle (Cumbria), Beeston Castle (Cheshire), Birdoswold Roman Fort (Hadrian’s Wall)

Adventurers wanted! Only the bold may join our intrepid Easter quest; meet characters from the past and crack clues on a historic hunt to remember, as you explore the midst’s of time. Rise to the challenge and reap a chocolate reward. It’s time to get hands-on with history!

Tickets on sale online or on the door

Train the troops

When: Fri 25th March – Fri 01st April

Where: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

Attention! Join the Castle Guard for a packed day of action and soldier training. Shape up before you ship out and be put through your paces in commando training.

Tickets on sale online or on the door

Osborne Easter Fun

When: Fri 25th – Mon 28th March

Where: Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England. Learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.

Tickets on sale online or on the door

English Heritage is the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites through which we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

THE COURTHOUSE HOTEL OFFERS THE PERFECT FAMILY GETAWAY THIS EASTER

The Courthouse Hotel is treating its sweet tooth with a sumptuously decadent chocolate fiesta for all the family this Easter holiday. Central London’s historic landmark continues to lead the way for family fun as they prepare to enjoy one of the most delicious times of the year in style.

They’re playing host to the perfect family day out across the Easter weekend, with their recently refurbished private cinema showing children’s classics such as the befitting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then followed by lunch and a chocoCcentric goody bag brimming with treats and chocolate delights.

For those wanting to stay overnight across the Easter holiday, the ‘Easter Eggscape’ experience boasts 15% off of their most flexible room rates (for stays from 25th March until 5th April 2016) and incorporates a range of the luxuries that the hotel has to offer; including a spa with heated swimming pool and two fabulous restaurants, not to mention it being directly across from the internationally renowned shopping meccas of Carnaby Street and Liberty of London department store. An indulgent Easter Egg will also be awaiting guests in their room upon arrival with a complimentary breakfast the following morning included.

Standing as a tasty reminder that The Courthouse Hotel once again provides nothing less than quality customer service paired with the ultimate in premium leisure, the Easter experience offers the perfect family activity in the heart of vibrant London.

For all bookings please call: 0207 297 5555.

www.courthouseChotel.com

TAKE A RUNNING BUNNY JUMP INTO EASTER: THE SEASON OF RENEWAL (AND CHOCOLATE!)

From competitions with sparkling prizes to in-season set menus, from feats of chocoholic mania to cocktail ingenuity, the Gordon Ramsay Group mixes indulgence with regeneration, gratification with restoration as the cold earth thaws and the sun gets its act together this Easter…

Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul’s

Satisfy both your competitive side and chocolate cravings this March by heading to Bread Street Kitchen where you can join in our Easter egg hunt designed for both adult and kids, with little ones receiving endless chocolate goodies whilst adult prizes include, amongst others, complimentary cocktails and Champagne brunches. After the fun of the hunt, chill out in one of the Bread Street bars with our caffeine-fuelled Boisterous Bunny cocktail (vodka, coffee liqueur, salted caramel, espresso and chocolate bitters), served with its potent, icy contents double-strained into a temptingly large chocolate egg for £12.00 – book online for Easter Monday to enjoy one of them on the house, too.

FREE adult & child Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday only www.breadstreetkitchen.com

Heddon Street Kitchen, Regent Street

At Heddon Street Kitchen the Honey Bunny cocktail manages to blend some of the season’s most indulgent ingredients – chocolate and more chocolate. Bacardi Carta Blanca and Orange Curacao is met with Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur and a dash of chocolate bitters. Finished with an egg yolk foam and sticky chocolate orange rim, it’s a combination that simply shouts ‘EASTER!’

Still feeling peckish? The special three-course set menu at Heddon Street Kitchen offers traditional home comforts, including starters of ham hock terrine or tomato, red pepper and basil soup; a main course of slow roast Herdwick lamb (served with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy); and a dessert choice of strawberry trifle, caramelised lemon tart or chocolate fondant with chocolate chip ice cream. And if you’re after a more theatrical experience, make yourself at home at the Kitchen Table as the chefs let you in on some of Heddon Street Kitchen’s best kept secrets.

£40 per person, available Easter Weekend. www.heddonstreetkitchen.com  

York & Albany, Camden

If you’re planning a family staycation in London this Easter or need somewhere to put up the grandparents in style, York & Albany has a nifty package that offers three nights for the price of two for bookings made over the Easter Weekend. After sightseeing in the city, visiting Regent’s Park and London Zoo or nearby Camden Lock Market, enjoy feasting as a family in the main restaurant..

Kids stay free and can enjoy a pre-arranged bedroom Easter egg hunt. Prices start from £205 per room per night and include complimentary breakfast. Package available Easter Weekend only. www.yorkandalbany.com

Savoy Grill, The Strand

The iconic Savoy Grill will be serving up a deliciously grand three-course set menu, boasting a poached rabbit loin starter served with a Cabernet Sauvignon vinaigrette; a main of Herdwick lamb breast stuffed with rosemary and apricots; and a tonka bean filled chocolate shell served with passion fruit curd and ‘chocolate soil’.

£52 per person, including petit fours, tea & coffee. Available all day Easter Sunday and Monday. www.thesavoygrill.com

Plane Food, Heathrow T5

For any lucky families and friends planning a trip overseas this Easter weekend, Plane Food are rustling up a special Sunday roast beef dinner with unlimited sides of cauliflower, heritage carrots, potatoes and broccoli.

£22 per person, available Easter Sunday only.

https://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/plane-food/

Kids eat free…

No need to fear your wallet stretching too far this Easter, as little ones dine free of charge across a number of the Gordon Ramsay Group. Restaurants involved include Bread Street Kitchen, Heddon Street Kitchen, London House, maze Grills, The Narrow, Plane Food, Union Street Café and York & Albany. This offer is available for one child (under 12s) per adult dining at the participating sites all day, every day.

https://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/whats-on/kids-eat-free/

Sarah Barber’s Handcrafted Easter Egg at Café Royal
This Easter, Executive Pastry Chef of Café Royal, Sarah Barber, has designed a show stopping milk chocolate Easter egg, that will be filled with salted caramel chocolates and finished with a milk silver shimmer spray. The egg will be available from The Café at Café Royal from Friday 18th March to Monday 28th March, and is priced at £20. Celebrating the European tradition of café culture, and fronting London’s vibrant Regent Street, by day The Café offers the finest breakfasts, light lunches, patisseries, afternoon teas, hot drinks and wines. Furthermore, from Thursday 3rd March, Sarah Barber’s dessert restaurant will be launched, featuring a selection of contemporary and playful tasting menus all served with optional wine pairing; the perfect choice to conclude a dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. www.hotelcaferoyal.com

A Family Weekend at The Pointer this Easter
This Easter, The Pointer has something special planned for the whole family, together with a petting zoo and animal hunt in the pub, where toys of the farms animals will be hidden with Easter egg prizes. Adults can treat themselves to The Pointer’s fantastic, seasonal Sunday Lunch menu, £23 for 2 course or £27 for 3 courses, designed by Head Chef Mini Patel including Slow Roast Pointer Farm Middle White Pork, autumn greens, anna potato, Pointer apple sauce, kale with scrumpy cream; Faggots of Cotswold Venison, creamed Maris Pipers, pasnips, kale with cardamom jus; or Oakley Apple crumble, Mr Hawes blackberries with proper custard.  Based in Brill, the pub was recently awarded County Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2016, serving simple and delicious British food from The Pointer’s own farm and onsite butchery.
http://www.thepointerbrill.co.uk/

Easter treats from Tom’s Kitchen Deli
To celebrate Easter 2016, Tom’s Kitchen Deli in St. Katharine Docks and Canary Wharf will be offering fresh hot cross buns and handmade Easter eggs. From the 14th March, hot cross buns can be baked to order for collection the following day, and are priced at £6 for four, or £10 for eight. Easter eggs will be available from 21st March, with a selection of mini white, dark and milk chocolate eggs, beautifully decorated and wrapped, available for £5 per bag. Tom’s Kitchen Delis are located adjacent to the restaurants in Canary Wharf, St. Katharine Docks and Somerset House, and offer an array of homemade seasonal sandwiches, soups, hotpots, salads and sweet treats, all perfect for food lovers on the go.  www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Absolute Taste’s Easter treats
To celebrate Easter, Absolute Taste, the leading events and catering company, have a selection of treats available at a number of their restaurants and cafes in the UK including The Terrace at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells and The Orangery at Burghley House. Priced from £1.50, choose from the hand crafted sheep cupcakes or the Mini Egg chocolate fudge cake to name a few.

City Social celebrates Easter with the Duckanter cocktail pitcher
Up in the heights of Tower 42, Jason Atherton’s City Social has been coming up with some inventive ways of serving its cocktails in time for Easter. The first pitcher cocktail on the bar’s menu, the ‘Duckanter,’ is a beautifully crafted duck-shaped crystal decanter inspired by the Aylesbury Duck vodka that is mixed with St Germain, rhubarb grenadine, sugar syrup, lemon and apple juices to create the sweet concoction served within. A playful nod to the theme of birds at Easter, ‘Duckanter’ also contains enough servings for four to five glasses, making it ideal for group celebrations.

Chocolate and wine pairing at Social Wine & Tapas
Calling on the expertise of Executive Sommelier, Laure Patry, this Easter Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas will be offering a wine flight especially designed to be paired with chocolate.  Comprising three different glasses from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, the flight offers varying notes on the palate, from fruity to spiced, all perfectly paired to a dessert of hot chocolate moelleux and Tonka bean ice cream created by Head Chef, Frankie Van Loo. Priced at £33.50 for the wine flight and £8 for the moelleux, the pairing will be available throughout the Easter period.

Flesh & Buns serves Easter Monday brunch
Usually only available on Sundays, Japanese DIY gua bao restaurant, Flesh & Buns, will be serving up its ever-popular brunch offering on Easter Monday this year. The restaurant offers two bottomless brunch menus priced at £39 and £46, both including a welcome cocktail on arrival and bottomless prosecco, a selection of small dishes to start and a choice of gua bao bun fillings for the main offering. Of particular note for chocoholics this Easter is Flesh & Buns signature s’mores served with chocolate fondant, available for dessert as part of the £46 option and the perfect way to end a delicious Japanese Easter Monday brunch.

Easter chocolate treat at Pollen Street Social’s dessert bar
Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social is truly the destination for chocolate lovers this Easter. Famed for its dessert bar, at which diners can enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurant’s menu of delicious puddings paired with cocktails, this Easter Pollen Street Social will be serving up a rich bitter chocolate pave with an olive biscuit, olive oil conserve and chocolate ice cream, sure to satisfy the most sophisticated of chocolate cravings. Priced at £13, the pave can be enjoyed both at the dessert bar and in the main restaurant.

The Knickerbocker Glory at Social Eating House
Those wanting to get through as much chocolate as possible throughout the Easter period will not be disappointed by the cherry and chocolate Knickerbocker Glory at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. Healthy scoops of cherry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream are layered between textures of dark and white chocolate brownie, chocolate soil and chocolate vermicelli, then finished with a golden griotte cherry nestled on a cloud of whipped cream. Priced at £9.50, the Knickerbocker is a heaven-sent way to indulge this Easter.

Celebrate Easter at Plateau
Celebrate Easter and the first long bank holiday of 2016 with delicious set menus and unlimited prosecco at Canary Wharf favourite, Plateau. Available for lunch and dinner on Friday 25th and dinner on Saturday 26th March, the restaurant will offer a wonderful set menu priced at £25 for two courses and £38 for three. Dishes will include Charred mackerel, bonito glaze, compressed cucumber and watercress emulsion; Braised lamb belly Reforme, pomme puree and bayonne ham and Dark chocolate fondant, mango and coconut ice cream. From the bar & grill, guests will be able to enjoy a two course meal priced at £26 or a three course meal at £30 (plus unlimited prosecco for £15), from 11:30am until 4pm on Monday 28th March. For more information, please call 020 7715 7121 or email plateaureservations@danddlondon.com

Easter egg painting at Blanchette
To celebrate Easter, Parisian bistro Blanchette will be running an egg painting competition on Sunday 27th March. A basket of eggs will be placed on each table alongside paints for guests to unleash their creative side whilst enjoying Blanchette’s delicious dishes and specially created Easter punch. Once painted, guests must share pictures of their eggs on Instagram or Twitter and tag #blanchettesoho to be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Champagne-Jacques Picard. For more information or to book a table, please visit: http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/

Easter Sunday at Paternoster Chop House
On Sunday 27th March, Paternoster Chop House will be welcoming guests with bottomless bubbles for those dining from the set menu. A delicious range of seasonal dishes will be available from the set menu, such as Smoked Salmon Mousse with Beetroot Bread; Pork Belly, Mussels, Chervil Root and Leek Broth; and Bramley Apple & Quince Crumble with Clotted Cream (2 courses £20, 3 courses £25). Feasting dishes for the whole table will also be available, such as 50 Day Aged Longhorn Rib-Eye on the Bone, or guests will be able to choose from a selection of classic Sunday roasts. For those looking for light bites and snacks, the Paternoster Chop House Bar will be serving drinks, and dishes such as Pork and Black Pudding Scotch Eggs. With a range of options, a relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful views over St. Paul’s Cathedral, Paternoster Chop House is the perfect restaurant to celebrate the Easter Bank Holiday with the whole family. www.paternosterchophouse.co.uk

Big Easy Canary Wharf’s Golden Easter Egg hunt
Wednesday March 23rd Big Easy Canary Wharf is hosting a Golden Easter Egg hunt, with a Tiffany Egg Pendant worth £915 as the grand prize! Further details on this real life treasure hunt will be revealed shortly so be sure to stay tuned on Big Easy’s social media and website http://bigeasy.co.uk/#canary-wharf

With Easter weekend around the corner, London is the perfect place to spend the bank holiday break. We’ve scouted out the most egg-ssential stops around the capital this Easter weekend.

Good Friday in Marble Arch
Kick off Easter weekend by treating your little chicks to a cracking break at The Arch London. The hotel has devised the ultimate family package starting at £390 per night. Young children dine complimentary during their stay and all the family can indulge on a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Why not sample the hotel’s Easter Menu, which is served in the glamorous setting of the hotel’s Hunter 486 restaurant.

www.thearchlondon.com

Easter Saturday in Shepherd’s Bush
With pay day approaching, spend Saturday morning blowing the budget in London’s prime shopping destination, Westfield. There’s still time to pick up some last minute Easter pressies such as the wonderfully unique Chocolate Eggs and Soldiers from Hotel Chocolat!

In the afternoon, take a short walk to K West Hotel & Spa to sample Studio Kitchen’s famed Crème Egg Burger. The mini slider burger’s sweet brioche bun is dipped in white chocolate and sandwiches the ‘burger’ – a gooey melted crème egg, encased in golden batter. The Spring Rocks Afternoon Tea also includes other tempting treats such as Mini Donuts and the Daim Dog.

www.k-west.co.uk

Easter Sunday in Hyde Park
With the sun set to be shining, what better way to spend Easter Sunday than to pay a visit to Hyde Park? Explore the largest of London’s Royal Park’s by setting up an Easter egg hunt for all the family.

After a morning in the fresh air, stroll across the road to Lancaster London’s sumptuous first floor Lounge Bar and try the hotel’s Easter Afternoon Tea menu. The ingenious Hot Cross Scones and Lamb Scotch Eggs are particular highlights!

www.lancasterlondon.com

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Hot Brands Cool Places – The Travel Issue – March 2016

Hot Brands Cool Places - The Travel Issue - March 2016Welcome to our travel issue. In this issue we have a fabulous collection of wonderful places to stay both in the UK and further afield. We have an inspiring interview with Sarah Parker, Director of Sales, Bailey Robinson. We also feature highlights from Carrier, and their Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016 – a definitive round-up of where to go in 2016, as chosen by a panel of experts at the forefront of luxury travel. If one of your family has a significant birthday this year we suggest Taking a Step back in Time – how to plan a nostalgic trip for all the family. We have delicious collection of healthy cookery books and while we wait for summer to arrive, we have a selection of delightful and inspiring books to help you learn new techniques and create beautiful projects, plus our usual Beauty Round-Up. As it is our 10th Anniversary this year we have also had a website rebrand, do take time to explore.

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Puffin Rock: Hello Little Egg by Puffin

Hello Little EggSynopsis: Welcome to Puffin Rock – home to two young and fun puffins, Oona and Baba. Join this delightful pair as they discover their island and embark on new and exciting adventures. With beautiful and nostalgic illustrations, these characters are set to become firm preschool favourites.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Puffin-Rock-Hello-Little-Egg

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Based on the highly acclaimed and award winning preschool animation series Hello Little Egg is absolutely adorable and beautifully illustrated. Perfect for reading together and guaranteed to raise a smile. Our junior reviewers loved it! Highly Recommended!


Mother’s Day Treats 2016

For the ultimate in Mother’s Day treats see our collection of mouth-watering and luxury delights!
Flemings Traditional Afternoon Tea
Flemings, Mayfair
If there was an equation that made a mother’s happiness inevitable it would almost certainly include afternoon tea. So catch up with her over a traditional tête-à-tête at Flemings, which involves a classical combination of champagne, cocktails, sandwiches, handmade scones, petit fours and the East India Company’s exotic teas. £49.50 per person. If there are at least three others in your party, your mother goes gratis.

www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

Savoy Grill Mothers DaySavoy Grill, The Strand
Dine in the iconic surrounds of the Savoy Grill with a special set menu prepared by Head Chef Kim Woodward. Dishes will include stuffed Herdwick lamb breast with sweetbreads and mint sauce; and tonka bean panna cotta with rhubarb. Guests will also enjoy an amuse bouche of blood orange and lime sorbet and coffee and petit fours to end.

Three-course lunch for £55 per person.

www.savoy-grill.com

Union Street Union Street Café, Bankside
At Union Street Café, Mamma will receive a complimentary floral-infused gin and chamomile cocktail on arrival before choosing a two, three or four-course lunch from the special menu, which offers seasonal modern twists on Italian classics including crudo di sea bass ‘alla puttanesca’; saffron risotto; and pork fillet with speck, barley, Pecorino and mushrooms. A special dessert by Pastry Chef Stefano de Costanzo will also be available featuring honey and lavender mousse, lemon biscuits, ice-cream, blueberry gel and edible flowers.  For an extra special lunch, indulge with bottomless prosecco.

Two-course lunch £19 per person, three-course £25 per person, or four-course lunch for £29. Free flowing Prosecco £15 per person for duration of two hours.

www.unionstreetcafe.co.uk

York & Albany, Camden
Spoil mum with the ultimate one-night getaway with spa treatment on Saturday 5th March at York & Albany. Mum will find chocolates waiting in her superior room before enjoying a relaxing facial, massage, manicure or pedicure organised at a local salon. Savour the peace, quiet and serene alone time before a cocktail or two at the bar, followed by an amazing night’s sleep and complimentary breakfast the next morning – served in bed if you like! Arrange for the rest of the family to arrive in the afternoon for a celebratory Sunday lunch in the restaurant with dishes of slow roast belly of Saddleback pork or roast striploin of native breed beef followed by a chocolate brownie dessert with cornflake ice-cream.

Price for the Mum’s package is £385, including hotel stay for two people, complimentary breakfast and a treatment for one person. Package does not include Sunday lunch. Additional treatments start from £150.

www.yorkandalbany.com

The Narrow, Limehouse
Take in the gorgeous city views and dine by the gently lapping Thames at The Narrow, enjoying Head Chef Gerald Mirey’s three-course Mother’s Day menu (£35 per person). Dishes will include wild nettle and watercress soup with clotted cream; Scottish hake with crayfish risotto; wild mushroom Wellington with roast butternut squash; and white chocolate cheesecake with caramelised pear.

Three-course lunch for £35 per person.

www.thenarrow.co.uk

Maze Grill Mayfair, Park Walk and Royal Hospital Road
There will also be special three-course Mother’s Day set menu at maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, maze Grill Mayfair and maze Grill Park Walk with starters including freshly-made sushi and burrata salad followed by a roast, served family-style with unlimited sides, and desserts such as monkey bread for two, brown sugar Eton mess or maze Grill Sunday Sundae. The little ones will also eat free as Mum enjoys lunch on her special day.

Three-course lunch for £50 per person.

www.mazegrill.co.uk

Heddon Street Kitchen, Regent Street
Heddon Street Kitchen will also have a set menu centred on a whole roasted Goosnargh chicken with all the trimmings; starters such as rose veal carpaccio or smoked mackerel; and desserts including chocolate fondant, rhubarb trifle or caramelised banana cake for two. Kids will eat free off Tilly Ramsay’s special menu, and mums will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win treats including cocktails and bottles of bubbly to make their day extra special.

Three-course lunch for £40 per person.

www.heddonstreetkitchen.co.uk

Drake & Morgan
Make a toast with a roast to your mother at Drake & Morgan when March swings around. The Mother’s Day Sunday Roast (£14.95) is available across seven of Drake & Morgan’s bars and restaurants, including King’s Cross, The Fable in Farringdon, The Parlour in Canary Wharf, The Happenstance, The Folly & The Drift in the City, as well as The Refinery Bankside.

www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Rhug Estate
Spoil the woman who brought you into the world by whisking her away to Rhug Bison Grill, nestled in the rolling hills of Denbighshire, Wales, where a special menu that includes lamb, barley and root vegetable terrine, as well as three different types of organic roast dinner, is being put on from 11:30 am on Sunday 6th March.

Prices start from £13.95 for a main, £16.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three courses.

www.rhug.co.uk

Kupp
It’s the simple things, the shared moments in life that make mums feel extra special, which is why the scandi-inspired restaurant, bar and café, KuPP, Paddington, is providing a range of mindfulness colouring books for both kids and adults in March. So get creative and colour yourself calm with mum this Mothering Sunday.

www.kupp.co

Titchwell Manor
Entertain your mother with head chef, Eric Snaith’s, Mother’s Day menu at Titchwell Manor. Scallops with kohlrabi, sorrel and bee pollen or Brancaster mussels cooked with shallots in white wine should put a smile on her face. And if that doesn’t work, move her on to a roast sirloin of Norfolk beef with glossy Yorkshire puddings and a dessert menu that contains plum frangipan tart, poached rhubarb with honeycomb bavarois, and the creamy Norfolk White Lady cheese, served with fruit toast and vegetable crisps.

Prices start from £26 for two courses, £32 for three courses.

www.titchwellmanor.com

Le Restaurant de Paul in Covent Garden is offering a very Gallic take on the British past-time of high tea by piling the top tier of silver with iconic Frasisier and Gateaux aux Carottes not to mention mini macaroons; then two fresh briochettes with jam and whipped cream beneath; and little sandwiches, packed with pavot poulet, salmon or camenbert at the bottom.

Available for two, prices start at £9.95 with a hot drink of your choice, and up to £13.95 per person with a glass of Champange Gremillet brut. Served from 2.30-5.30pm.

www.paul-uk.com

Down Hall Country House
Make the lady who knows you best feel appreciated by dashing away with her to Down Hall Country House hotel for a three-course Sunday roast (£35 for adults, £15 for children) set in 110 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland.

www.downhall.co.uk

Balans Soho Society
Balans Soho Society’s newly revamped Soho branch is calling all matriarchs to become a Prosecco Princess for up to two hours with unlimited free fizz this Mother’s Day when ordering a main meal. And if any other bon vivants want to join in on the bottomless Prosecco fun, the offer is available for just £15 with every main meal.

Balans Soho Society is also giving mums a voucher for a free glass of prosecco on their next visit.

www.balans.co.uk

TwoRuba
Your and your mother can have your cake and drink it too by visiting TwoRuba and indulging in a selection of dessert-themed “chocktails”. Paying homage to classic sweets such as the profiterole, éclair, macaron and brownie, the Cream Dream, Raspberry Delight and Fancy French Fizz will transport sweet-toothed mums to the saccharine heaven of their own childhood.

www.tworuba.com

Sky Garden
Take your mother high into the garden oasis that is Fenchurch restaurant at Sky Garden where she’ll get a complimentary glass of fizz with the Mother’s Day set menu (£45pp) which includes a beetroot, chestnut, truffle and Montgomery cream salad starter; crisp sea bream main, and warm chocolate fondant dessert.

www.skygarden.london/fenchurch-restaurant

Carluccio’s
Carluccio’s
has a treasure trove of gifts to give your mother on Sunday. The best pick, however, has to be the biggest: the hamper (£30). Packed with a collection of treats including lots of food and wine, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

The hamper is only available online.

www.carluccios.com

PAUL
Family-run French bakery and patisserie PAUL has the perfect recipe up its sleeve when it comes to over-indulging the best mothers. A combination of fluffy Genoese sponge, sweet vanilla mousse, fresh strawberries and ivory marzipan, the Fraisier Pour Maman (£23.50) is sure to top the wish list of every mum on this side of la Manche.

Available at all PAUL London shops from 4-6 March.

www.paul-uk.com

Afternoon Teatox for Mother’s Day at the Courthouse Hotel
The Courthouse Hotel is celebrating Mother’s Day with an Afternoon Teatox, for some guilt free indulgence.

The Teatox is made up of a selection of healthy teas including the immune boosting Ginger Peach or the cholesterol busting Pomegranate. Crudités with Fresh Humus are served with a zesty shot of juiced Green Apple, Celery and Cucumber along with delicacies such as Artisan Smoked Salmon and Citrus Guacamole on Crispy Oat Bread. Sweet options for dessert includes a fresh fruit kebab of Pineapple, Blackcurrant and Watermelon with Honey Yoghurt and a mouth-watering Raspberry Sorbet.

Celebrating Mother’s Day with the innovation and style that makes it one of London’s quintessential hotel experiences, Courthouse Hotel London is offering The Afternoon Teatox at £24.50 per person. For all bookings please call 020 7297 5555 or email silk@courthouse- hotel.com.

The Courthouse Hotel, 19 – 21 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7LH

www.courthouse-hotel.com

Mother’s Day in the heart of Mayfair at Sartoria
For a truly special Mother’s Day enjoy some family time at Sartoria in the heart of Mayfair. Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei will be serving bespoke set menu priced at £65 boasting some Italian classics including Ricotta and Amalfi lemon with stuffed courgette flowers; Tagliolini gratin with broad beans, peas and spring tuffle as well as the truly special Mimosa Cake – a simply layered sponge cake, filled with crème patissiere, topped with sponge cake crumbs that resemble mimosa flowers. For more information call the restaurant on 020 7534 7000 or email

sartoriareservations@danddlondon.com

Indulge your mother at Plateau
Plateau, Canary Wharf’s original flagship restaurant is offering a four-course set menu specially put together by head chef Daniel McGarey.  Dishes include House cured Loch Duart salmon, Dorset crab, avocado and radish; Risotto Milanese, tomato fondue and onion jus; Grilled sea bream, mushroom, orange and braised baby gem and Valrhona dark chocolate fondant, raspberries and crème fraiche. Available on Sunday 6th March between 11:30am – 4pm, the menu is priced £55 per person and includes unlimited prosecco.

http://www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk/

Old Bengal Bar releases Penhaligon’s inspired cocktail menu in time for Mother’s day
To celebrate the launch of Penhaligon’s new fragrance, Equinox Bloom, Old Bengal Bar in Old Street is teaming up with the luxury British perfume house to bring a sense-heightening cocktail menu set to start in time for Mother’s Day on 6th March. Taking inspiration from the luxury British perfumer’s range of beautiful scents, the bar will offer five cocktails, each based on a Penhaligon’s fragrance, including the new Equinox Bloom. Available for three months from 6th March, the five cocktails combine the expertise of Old Bengal Bar’s finest mixologists and Penhaligon’s splendid array of extraordinary fragrances, engaging the power of scent and unlocking an exciting world of flavour.

http://www.oldbengalbar.co.uk

Enjoy Glynn Purnell’s dish inspired by his Mum this Mother’s Day
Glynn Purnell may now have his own Michelin-starred restaurant but his cooking is still inspired by his Mum. A classic dish on the Purnell’s menu, Glynn’s haddock, eggs, cornflakes and curry oil is directly inspired by his mum’s Friday night treat of haddock and eggs. Diners looking for a way to treat their own mothers on 6th March should look no further than this intriguing and complex dish, which includes an egg white created out of the emulsified haddock-infused milk that Glynn so adored as a child and even a flavoured cornflake powder.

http://www.purnellsrestaurant.com/michelin-star-birmingham

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Avenue
To celebrate Mother’s Day on 6th March, Avenue restaurant in St James, will be offering a brunch menu with complimentary cupcakes to takeaway. Nothing says ‘thank you mum’ like a stack of buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup or lobster egg benedict with hollandaise sauce. Priced at £23.50 for two courses or £26.00 for three courses, Avenue’s brunch is the ideal way to spoil that special mum.

http://www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-st-james/events/mothers-day-2/

The Mother’s Day Royal Escape at Cafe Royal
The Royal Escape package at Cafe Royal is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with an afternoon spent in complete luxury and indulgence at one of London’s most iconic hotels. The package includes a treatment at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, a transformative and balancing experience enabling the alignment of body, mind and soul. Guests who book the Royal Escape can choose amongst several treatments, including a 60-minute Sodashi Pure Radiance, a 60-minute Sodashi Vanilla Body Bliss or a 70-minute Luxury Pedicure. This is followed by the much celebrated London Royal Tea, a take on the English afternoon tea tradition, featuring a London theme playfully presented in the gilded splendour of the Oscar Wilde Bar. The Royal Escape includes treatments for two people and Champagne London Royal Tea, with prices starting from £290 for two people.

http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com

Sunday lunch at Coq d’Argent
Make your mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day, with a leisurely three-course lunch at Coq d’Argent, overlooking the skyline. Priced at £36 per person, the menu includes dishes such as Roasted quail, wild mushrooms, Armagnac soaked prunes and crispy Bayonne ham; Confit duck leg, Roulouse sausage, ventreche and coco beans; Slow cooked confit salmon, watercress sauce, peas, broad beans and courgette; and Warm apple tart tatin, crème fraiche, salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

http://www.coqdargent.co.uk/menus/restaurant/mothers-day/

Mother’s Day at Tom’s Kitchen
This Mothering Sunday, Tom’s Kitchen restaurants will be serving a wonderful selection of seasonal British dishes, all available from the restaurants in Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf and Somerset House. Brunch classics will include Eggs Benedict; Brioche French Toast; and Tom’s Full English, perfect to fuel shopping trips and gallery hopping on the Kings Road. While for those looking to unwind after a morning sightseeing, perhaps visiting the sights of Tower Bridge and St Katharine Docks, Tom’s Kitchen will be serving the ultimate Sunday roast with all the trimmings – perfect for any family occasion. Tom’s Kitchen restaurants use the finest British ingredients to create menus that are served in a relaxed and informal environment, with all mums dining on 6th March receiving a voucher for 10% off food on a future visit, and Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf also hosting Children’s Arts & Crafts sessions.
http://www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Mother’s day by the river at Le Pont de la Tour
Iconic French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour will be serving a three course lunch this Mother’s Day (£50), with dishes such as Salad of golden beetroots with watercress and poached quince; Pork cassoulet with lentils; and a tropical dessert of soft meringue, coconut sorbet, and pineapple marmalade. And if that wasn’t enough, guests can also arrive in style by hopping aboard the Serenella, a Venetian-crafted chartered boat which will take diners along the Thames, Champagne in hand, before dropping off at the riverside restaurant. To view the full menu click here:

http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/01/Mothers-day-16-sample-menu.pdf

Bespoke cocktails for mums at Kensington Place
The Kensington Place team will be creating a bespoke aperitif for all mums on arrival this Mother’s Day, whether it’s a glass of bubbles, one of the signature cocktails or something totally bespoke. When booking, diners should #telluswhatmumlikes and the expert mixologist will make sure it’s ready on arrival! From the menu guests can choose from the new ‘Mini KP Classics’, smaller versions of the iconic dishes like ‘Mini KP fish pie’ and ‘KP prawn cocktail’. Please email kensingtonplace@danddlondon.com to reserve your table.

CRU Kafe

For a special Mother’s Day gift this year, look no further than the new CRU Kafe mocha kit, perfect for a mum in need of a little indulgence. The organic coffee brand has partnered with Lavolio, a fantastic London Confectioner who specialise in creating handmade, boutique sweets to bring you the perfect comfort drink. Specially developed alongside CRU Kafe’s Intense blend, the cocoa powder helps to create a perfect grounding for the mocha, whilst the marshmallows, encased in Belgian milk chocolate, bring a sweetness that sets off the entire cup. The set includes enough ingredients for 12 indulgent mochas: 2 packs of CRU Intense Coffee, 1 Tin of Lavolio Chocolate Marshmallows, 1 Tin of Lavolio Cocoa Powder and 1 Mocha Recipe Card.

https://www.crukafe.com/index.php/cru-mocha.html

Please Note: All information is supplied to us by the individual organizations, or agencies acting on their behalf. The views and opinions expressed by the individual companies, agencies and other contributors are theirs alone and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Hot Brands Cool Places. Inclusion in a news item does not imply endorsement by Hot Brands Cool Places. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, it may be subject to change. Please check with individual organizations for the latest information about all events, products, promotions, or news items. Recipes have not been tested by Hot Brands Cool Places. Hot Brands Cool Places does not accept responsibility for the content of any external site.


More Home Comforts by James Martin

More Home Comforts by James MartinSynopsis: The book presents over 100 recipes that James loves best, all beautifully photographed in his own home. Many of the recipes are also those that James creates on-screen in the series, which features special guests and talented chefs like Pierre Koffmann, Mary Berry and Michael Caines helping out at the stove.
More Home Comforts features super-fast Instant Comforts like Pea and Parmesan Soup and Keralan Prawns, to Sharing Comforts including Beer Can Piri Piri Chicken and Lamb Belly with BBQ Sauce & Pickled Red Onion, and Posh Comforts that incorporate little twists to impress, such as Cauliflower Cheese with Crispy Maple Syrup Pancetta and Posh Fish Pie with Champagne Sauce. Also included are a share of the indulgent desserts that James is best known for, including Churros with Peaches and Custard and Sticky Toffee Roulade.
“Food should be enjoyed in the eating and the cooking”, says James, “none of us wants to spend hours behind the stove to make lunch or supper- so this book is all about making life easier. It’s food that is accessible to all”.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you have watched any of the Home Comforts programmes you will recognize James’ style of cooking, relaxed, easy to achieve with clear step-by-step instructions with beautiful photographs of the finished results. More Home Comforts will help you to create delicious meals for all the family. Perfect for the weekend! Highly Recommended!


Sweet by James Martin

Sweet by James MartinSynopsis: Sweet features over 70 fabulous recipes from simple classic bakes and family favourites, to lavish cream-filled gateaux, and sophisticated showstoppers for that special occasion. Martin also includes a troubleshooting section for those times when the puff pastry doesn’t rise, or the fruit sinks despairingly to the bottom.

Sweet follows on from the success of his hugely popular book and BBC 2 series, Desserts, in 2007, which established Martin as the king of puddings, and a champion of home-baking.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour photography Sweet takes you step-by-step through the techniques to create perfect desserts every time.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Sweet is an absolute delight, with detailed recipes and stunning photographs showing how to make the blissful desserts that James has created. With a really helpful chapter on the basics, plus a trouble shooting section this book is an absolute must for all lovers of everything sweet. If you want the perfect book for creating mind-blowing desserts this is the one! We loved it! Highly Recommended!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style 2016

Here is our round up of places to go and treats for this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Savile Row’s Sartoria

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Savile Row’s Sartoria and Maserati
In celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend, Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei has created a special four course menu of indulgent dishes. Perfectly suited to the Valentine’s season and priced at £60 per head, the menu includes Charcoal diver scallops with ‘nduja and salsa verde; Lobster ravioli with truffle and Beef tagliata followed by Cupolone (chocolate dome) for dessert. For an additional £50 per person, the menu could be expertly paired with matching wines by the restaurant’s sommelier, Michael Simms. In addition, diners visiting Sartoria this period will have the rare opportunity to book a chauffeur-driven Maserati Quattroporte. This will be available for an additional charge of £50 per hour for all distances between the M25. For more information: http://www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-mayfair/events/sartoria-celebrates-valentines-with-maserati/

Embrace the romance of the River Thames with Le Pont de la Tour and Thames Limo
Renowned French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour, which has recently re-launched following an extensive refurbishment, has partnered with Thames Limo, a bespoke water limousine charter service on the Thames, to offer guests the perfect alternative to a traditional proposal, engagement party, anniversary or special occasion. London’s latest water limousine, sporting the unmistakable Union Jack hull, has been especially adapted with sleek styling and elegant fitting, and will provide guests with a memorable river voyage and a stylish arrival and/or departure from Le Pont de la Tour. Upon arrival at Le Pont de la Tour, guests will be greeted with creative cocktails and a wonderful four course menu from head chef Frederick Forster. To book a table and arrange your private river cruise to or from Le Pont de La Tour, please contact Ana Afonso on 020 7940 1833 or email: anaa@danddlondon.com. Fees start from £700 per hour and the Thames Limo can accommodate up to 8 people. http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/ Continue reading


Weekend Read – 15th January 2016

 Wickham HallWickham Hall – Cathy Bramley

Synopsis Wickham Hall was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.

As Holly falls in love with the busy world of Wickham Hall – from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos – she also finds a place in her heart for her friendly (if unusual) colleagues.

But life isn’t as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications…). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment? After all, that’s when the magic happens…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wickham-Hall-Cathy-Bramley/dp/0552172103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452704668&sr=8-1&keywords=wickham+hall

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Wickham Hall is a very satisfying book, making you want to keep reading as the various characters develop and the story unfolds. Perfect for curling up and hiding away from the wintery weather outside!


 

Stuffocation - James Wallman

Stuffocation – James Wallman 

Synopsis
In this brilliant and original book, James Wallman explains and analyses why Stuffocation is the most pressing problem of our time – and then goes in search of its solution. On the way, he goes down the halls of the Élysée Palace with Nicolas Sarkozy, up in a helicopter above Barbra Streisand’s house on the California coast, and into the world of the original Mad Men.Through fascinating characters and brilliantly told stories, Wallman introduces the innovators whose lifestyles provide clues to how we will all be living tomorrow, and he makes some of the world’s most counter-intuitive, radical, and world changing ideas feel inspiring – and possible for us all.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuffocation-Living-More-James-Wallman/dp/0241971543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422304196&sr=8-1&keywords=stuffocation"%20target="_blank&quot

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Stuffocation James Wallman encourages the reader to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Wallman suggests that rather than buying a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends. It is an intriguing read with insights on psychology, economics and culture. Fascinating and thought provoking, full of questions and debate, perfect for a weekend read!


 

 

Accidentally Overweight - Dr. Libby WeaverAccidentally Overweight – Dr. Libby Weaver

Synopsis:
In a dynamic, fresh approach to weight loss, acclaimed nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver shows that the ‘calorie equation’ – how much you eat versus how much you move – is not the only determinant of our body shape and size.
Drawing on her 17 years of clinical practice, her strong scientific background in both nutrition and dietics and her PhD in biochemistry, Dr Libby discusses the real factors that cause us either to lose or gain weight. These nine factors are calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, liver function, thyroid function, gut bacteria, insulin, the nervous system and emotions.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Accidentally-Overweight-Elements-Weight-Loss-Puzzle/dp/1781806306/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452852838&sr=8-2&keywords=Accidentally+Overweight+-+Dr.+Libby+Weaver

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a thought provoking book, Dr Libby Weaver emphasizes the importance of reading this book all the way through rather than dipping into it, as there is a sequence to the way the book is presented. Looking first at Digestion she then describes the weight loss puzzle as having 9 elements including the following: Calories, Stress Hormones, Sex Hormones, The Liver, Gut Bacteria, The Thyroid, Insulin, The Nervous System, Emotions, which she examines in turn. Together with case studies this is a useful and helpful book in identifying a new and interesting approach to how our bodies work.


 

 

The Great Big Sleep - Sean JulianThe Great Big Sleep – Sean Julian

In this beautiful new picture book, two friends Squirrel and Bear are very nearly ready for their long winter sleep. But there’s just one problem – no matter how hard Squirrel tries, he Just Isn’t Tired.

When Bear gets annoyed with Squirrel for making too much noise, Squirrel runs away and gets lost in the snow, causing Bear to have a big think about what’s really important. Containing gentle messages about friendship, acceptance and keeping your temper, this hilarious and heart-warming bedtime tale highlights an issue recognisable to parents and children alike – how to manage when you really CAN’T fall asleep!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Big-Sleep-Sean-Julian/dp/1849419884/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452852759&sr=8-1&keywords=the+great+big+sleep

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is an adorable book, beautifully illustrated, with an inspired storyline, destined to become a bedtime favourite. Our junior reviewers absolutely loved it!


Welcome to our Festive Events Guide 2015

A fabulous round up of events and stunning restaurants to celebrate the festive season and New Year’s Eve!

Sleeping Beauty Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa

This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will be partnering with L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, opposite the hotel in La Place de la Comédie, where they will showcase the ballet performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

An ode to the art and décor of ballet, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will allow guests to delve into a magical world, which includes: 
 
- Double room accommodation for two, including daily breakfast at ‘The Bordeaux’, the hotel’s 19th-century Belle-Epoque brasserie
- Two tickets to a performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Bordeaux Opera House 
- A cocktail of choice between ‘Evil Maleficent’ or ‘Princess Aurora’
- Spa Access for two people.

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

L’Opéra National de Bordeaux and Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa were both designed and built on La Place de La Comédie square by the acclaimed architect Victor Louis in the 18th century. The relationship between these two institutions started with an artistic and musical programme, launched in 2011. Today their geographical and cultural heritage brings them together again with ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa starts from €444 (approx. £320), including taxes, and is available from 18 to 31 December 2015, welcoming guests for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and festive weekend breaks in Bordeaux.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Big Autumn Read

As the clocks go back this weekend we have a fabulous collection of Autumn Reads perfect for inspiring, curling up on the sofa and relaxing!

Chasers of the Light – Tyler Knott Gregson
Synopsis:
I would love to say that you make me weak at the knees, but to be quite upfront and completely truthful, you make my body forget it has knees at all.
One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.
He fell in love.
Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work – poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasers-Light-Tyler-Knott-Gregson/dp/1846148936/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445592373&sr=8-1&keywords=chasers+of+the+light


Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

Tyler Knott Gregson has used a typewriter to create a most beautifully illustrated and inspiring collection of poems. Poignant and uplifting this is a book to treasure.One of our favourite books this year. A very special gift to yourself or someone important in your life. Highly Recommended!


 

Chasers of the Light

 

The Art of Typewriting Marvin Sackner – Ruth Sackner
Synopsis:
The beloved typewriter – its utilitarian beauty, the pleasing percussive action of striking its keys, the singularity of the impressed page – is enjoying a renaissance across the creative industries.

In this authoritative book, the authors apply their experience to mine the collection they have created over four decades to present over 550 examples produced by more than sixty of the world’s finest contributors to the genre.
From the early ornamental works produced by secretaries in the late nineteenth century to more recent works that consider the uniqueness of the typewritten document in the digital age, there is an astonishing – and delightful – range of creativity in every artwork. The book features three main sections: an introduction to the history of the typewriter and its art; an expansive plate section showing key works, rendered in exquisite detail; and a reference section featuring biographies of the most influential artists and writers.
Designed by top graphic design studio and typewriter aficionados Graphic Thought Facility, this is a once-in-a-generation publication, carefully curated through decades of first-hand experience to inspire a new wave of designers and artists for the future. An authoritative and ambitious overview of the graphic art produced by artists and writers who have used the typewriter as a tool and a medium.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Typewriting-Marvin-Sackner/dp/050024149X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445529755&sr=1-1&keywords=art+of+typewritingHot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We loved the creativity in this beautiful book, it is an absolutely stunning collection of over 570 illustrations in colour and black and white. A very special book to inspire and treasure!
In an original approach to cover design each copy of the book is designed with its own unique cover. Highly Recommended!


 

The Art of Typewriting
Swing Dance – Scott Cupit
Synopsis:
With all things vintage enjoying a boom worldwide, swing dancing has well and truly swung back into fashion. From vintage festivals and tea dances to weekend socials and hundreds of weekly classes held around the world, multiple forms of the dance that was created in 1930s Harlem by Frankie Manning are growing ever more popular.Swing Dance explores the vibrant contemporary swing-dancing scene, looking at the different dance styles and the associated culture, community and fashion. Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photography, as well as specially commissioned step-by-step guides, it provides everything you need to know, whether you fancy kicking up your heels in the Charleston or mastering the Lindy Hop ‘swing out’.The four major dance styles are covered – Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and Lindy Hop, including the Strolls, which are guaranteed to fill the dance floorThere are also insider tips from old-timers and today’s leading swing dancers as well as fun, easy-to-follow page-embedded video demonstrations produced exclusively for the book and accessible via scannable QR codes.http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781910254172/Swing-Dance.html?direct=1Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Swing Dance by Scott Cupit, founder of Swing Patrol is a fabulous book.
Each chapter begins with an overview of the fascinating evolution of the dance style. ‘Get the Look’ examines the fashions for guys and girls, including hair and make-up, and a clothing, shoes and accessories checklist, while ‘The Music’ suggests the top ten tunes to practise to. Then follows a breakdown of the basic step patterns upon which the dance is built, and a guide to some of the key moves. If you are excited by swing dancing and a lover of vintage you will adore this book, it is an absolute gem! Highly Recommended!


 

Swing Dance
The Affirmations Colouring Book – by Louise Hay
Synopsis World-famous teacher Louise Hay has already helped millions of people to free themselves from the cycles of fear, stress and guilt that limit our lives. Now, in this first ever affirmations colouring book, Louise combines the life-changing powers of affirmations with the profound positive effects of creativity. This unique combination will enable readers to start creating deep shifts in their lives.
Colouring these in and focusing on the affirmation at the same time encourages our minds to put attention on what we truly desire in life. What’s more, through creative right-brain activity, we tap into our subconscious, and therefore all transformations through this process are even more effective and long-lasting.For all those who want to take their work with affirmations to a new level through an enjoyable, relaxing and meditative activity.http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1781806454Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Colouring books have seen an amazing growth in popularity with all ages and this stunning colouring book, by Louise Hay in collaboration with Alberta Hutchinson, features 44 affirmations, each coupled with an exquisite illustration and decorative border. A beautiful and uplifting gift.


 

The Affirmations Colouring Book
The Nonsense Show – Eric Carle
Synopsis:Ducks growing out of bananas?
A mouse catching a cat?
What’s wrong with this book?
Yes, there’s something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book (and even the cover!). But it’s not a mistake – it’s nonsense! And it’s also surrealism. Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like “the cow jumped over the moon” and “the dish ran away with the spoon.” This fanciful bending of reality is also basic to surrealism.
In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What’s true? What’s impossible? What’s absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing them for a lifetime of loving both words and art.http://www.penguin.co.uk/books/the-nonsense-show/9780141365138/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been an important part of our family for many years much loved by every child that opens it. The Nonsense Show captures the same vibrant style of illustration that Eric Carle does so well.
Full of imagination, we loved the spirit of The Nonsense Show which is sure to become another inspiring classic for parents, children and schools destined to entertain future generations. We loved it! Highly Recommended!


 

The No Nonsense Show
Ultimate One – Pot Dishes – Alan Rosenthal
Synopsis:
The Ultimate One-Pot Dishes uses imaginative ingredient combinations to let you create fuss-free, wholesome and tasty meals for the whole year round, from heart-warming winter stews to flavoursome summer tagines. Whether you’re cooking for the family or making meals for one, these recipes are both effortless and delicious, and can be easily frozen so you always have a hearty meal ready to go – and all with very little washing up!Economical, tasty, comforting and simple to make at home, this fantastic fully illustrated collection of recipes will appeal to anyone who wants to create mouth-watering meals with minimal fuss! A modern twist on the old-fashioned dish.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultimate-One-Pot-Dishes-delicious-one-pot/dp/0091960541/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445597983&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Ultimate+one+pot

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

As the days get shorter and we crave warming recipes Alan Rosenthal offers 80 one-pot recipes from all over the world, including Chicken and Prawn Jambalaya, Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Chorizo and Smoked Pork, Catalan Fish Stew, Beef in Barolo, and Persian Lamb and Quince Stew. Perfect for Autumn evenings!


 

Ultimate One Pot Dishes
He Who Dares – Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter
Synopsis:
Jack-the-lad, wheeler-dealer and international playboy (just ask the manageress of El Sid’s, Torremolinos, 1978), this was a man destined for greatness. One day he would mature into an award-winning man of business*, thriving entrepreneur and glittering member of the jet-set. A force of nature, a man who beat the odds, if only for a bit. This is his story. The story of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. 

Who else could tell the glorious tale of rags to riches to rags to rich(ish) but the man himself? You’ve heard of The Wolf of Wall Street, now meet the Pug of Peckham.

*Trotter’s Independent Traders, employee of the year 1982 – 2003
[He Who Dares has been written by the family of John Sullivan, creator and writer of Only Fools and Horses, who sadly died in 2011. Ebury Press have produced and published the book with full support and involvement of the family.]

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Who-Dares-Derek-Del-Trotter/dp/0091960037/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443692579&sr=8-1&keywords=He+Who+Dares
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
He Who Dares is like a conversation with Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. Full of the richness of the language and entrepreneurial advice that only he can create, this is a perfect gift for all fans of Only Fools and Horses.
Del Boy He Who Dares