Young Ladies About Town

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The Connaught launches The London Essence

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by Annette Kellow

Last year I was invited to The London Essence launch, held at the prestigious Connaught Hotel. Little did I know how vintage it would all be! The Connaught is a long standing hotel since 1815 whilst The London Essence has roots tracing back to 1896. I decided to attend with friend, writer and dining expert Tyne O' Connell who certainly knows her stuff when it comes to cuisine. The skilful team at Wisehead Productions have breathed new life into their distinctive tonics to make the perfect mixer for cocktails and parties. I was also pleased that they are good for the waistline too (I'll have another then please) with the mixers containing plant based sugar Stevia and the most mouthwatering names such as Grape, Rosemary, Bitter Orange and Elderflower.

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Set in a 1920's style deco room, with a mirrored stairway which looked straight out of a Gatesby movie, we were welcomed in to a tray of delicious drinks with exotic names (I immediately tried the Cuban). A jazz band played old fashioned swing numbers to an eager audience and we even had a personal waiter who explained all the food and drinks to us.

Nick Strangeaway gave an intriguing talk on the evolution of gin whilst seafood inspired canapés were circulated. I, of course, couldn't resist but try them all and now my friend has named me Canapé Queen!

I have sometimes found when having a mixer in a cocktail it can be overbearing in sweetness or taste a little too sickly. The idea for The London Essence was to create a mixer that is elegant and sophisticated whilst being conscious of subtle tastes. Rather than being overbearing it is more gentle which gives it just the right hint, note and finish.
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Christmas Treats at Muriel's Kitchen

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by Katrina Schollenberger

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to try one of Monty Bojangle's most indulgent Christmas treats- two festive 'freakshakes'- at Muriel's Kitchen in Soho.

'Freakshakes' are a gluttonous dessert/drink combination usually consisting of a blended milkshake topped with a mountain of cream, ice cream, brownie, cake, fruit and other sweet treats. It is thought the freakshake trend started in Canberra, Australia before catching on in Newcastle, but nowadays, the overindulgent, overloaded milkshakes can be found almost anywhere in the UK.

The particular freakshakes I got to try were the Milky Mischief hardshake (with a shot of dark spiced rum for good measure!) and the Berry Bubbly freakshake, both using Monty Bojangles tasty truffles. 


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The Milky Mischief was quite intense, a good choice for coffee and rum lovers. As a girl with more of a sweet, fruity palette, I couldn't get enough of the Berry Bubbly. Both shakes were topped with mountains of cream, sauce, chocolate shards, candy crumbles and a large straw. Monty Bojangles hit the nail on the head with the recipes, as they were as every bit delicious as they looked. 

If you find yourself near Muriel's Kitchen in the Richmond, Soho and South Kensington area, do yourself a festive favour and try one of these moreish freakshakes! If you're not near those locations, follow the recipe to create your own Monty Bonjangles freakshake at home: 

MONTY BOJANGLES MILKY MISCHIEF FREAKSHAKE

Shake:
3 Scoops ice cream
5 x Milky Mischief truffles
50 ml Spiced rum
50 ml Espresso shot

Topping:
Whipped cream
Different coloured chocolate shards (milk and dark chocolate)
Grated Milky Mischief truffles
Whole Milky Mischief truffles
White snowflake decorations
Blue straw

MONTY BOJANGLES BERRY BUBBLY FREAKSHAKE

Shake:
125ml milk
5 x Berry Bubbly truffles
Popping candy

Topping:
Whipped Cream
Red and White chocolate shards
Whole Berry Bubbly truffles
Popping candy
Red and white snowflake decorations
Red Straw

Whizz all of the ingredients together in a blender and decorate with whipped cream and chocolatey goodness as you please!

The Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Freakshake and Berry Bubbly Freakshake will be available exclusively at Muriel's Kitchen throughout December 2016 (Milky Mischief Freakshake RRP £12.50 and the Berry Bubbly Freakshake RRP £8.50)
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Ice Installation and Christmas Cocktails At The Savoy

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on Tuesday, 20 December 2016
by Annette Kellow

The Savoy hotel is associated with many luxury things. Afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner, Theatre, architecture and always annual creative festivities. I had never heard of an ice rink installation being in the hotel but that is exactly what they have curated for this years Christmas theme!

Aptly named 'Dreaming of a pink Christmas' it is a Louis Roederer installation whilst in the foyer they have a 15ft Boodles tree complete with hundreds of pink bows (somebody help me!)

I also heard they were doing special Christmas cocktails so after a little light retail therapy my friend and fellow writer Millicent Binks decided to head over to the Savoy to see exactly what it was all about.

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On entering the reception we discovered a winter wonderland of treats. The Boodles tree with a 'diamonds and ice' theme was made of cut glass mirror and bespoke pink decorations. Even the dog statues had pink bows around their necks and there was a pink post box to post all your Christmas wishes to Santa!

Louis Roederer, a family owned champagne house since 1776, collaborated with The Savoy to create the rink installation whilst the hotel also commissioned london creative agency, We are Family, to make a life size spinning dancer which continuously pirouettes underneath the bauble adorned gazebo.

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We wrote down quite a few wishes (but I can't tell you them or they won't come true) then took photos by the tree, wandered over to the ice installation whilst juggling our heavy shopping bags. There is also a small Boodle's boutique which we couldn't resist taking a peek in. But alas, all this walking in heels with big bags was beginning to hurt my feet.

'Time for a cocktail?' Millicent asked. After our hard work admiring the delights at The Savoy, we felt it only best that we settle down to a classic glass of Louis' finest fizz. That's my workout out for the day done.
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Christmas Celebrations at Peggy Porschen

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on Monday, 12 December 2016

Peggy-Porschen-SideEbury Street in Belgravia is one of Londons oldest street’s. The SW1 location is a popular shopping and café district but there is one particular parlour that always catches my eye, mainly because of it’s pastel pink décor and sweet elegant treats. It is of course, Peggy Porschen, a go-to pit stop for all things cake!

On hearing that they had introduced a selection of Christmas goodies I invited my friend Hannah, telling her we were having cake for breakfast which she heartily agreed to (no coaxing needed whatsoever).


Normally they have a halo of flowers cascading down the exterior but this has recently been replaced with shiny baubles and silver decorations. It can only mean one thing- Christmas has officially landed!

Peggy is renowned for her stunning designs and delicious tastes with her parlour opening in 2010.  She has acquired an enviable client list including Elton John, Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow and even high society and Royals. She also has a cake academy where all levels can learn the art of cake making and design.

Inside there are beautiful displays of cakes, hand iced biscuits, macarons and cupcakes in glass containers. At one point there was even a queue of people who wanted to take photos of the door (yes, it is totally Instagram worthy and looks like a vintage sweet shop!)

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I started with the mouthwatering Strawberry and champagne cake, which I decided would be ‘perfect for a party.’ Afterwards I tried the salted caramel cupcake ( ‘because caramel goes with anything’) then a snowman biscuit (‘it's Christmas’) with a huge pot of tea (‘you can’t have biscuits without tea!’) finishing with a festive coffee (‘well, they do decorate them with snowflakes.’) Luckily my friend Hannah had equally as many treats because we had decided one simply wasn’t enough!

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The parlour is also perfect to sit and talk in a relaxing atmosphere. As we had brought my dog Dorothy she soon curled up and fell asleep in my lap (in dog terms that’s her seal of approval). Everything that came out was like a work of art. From the crockery to the design of the cakes, the taste, the décor, and ambience all contributed to the Peggy Porschen experience. Perfect not just for Christmas but all year round.

 
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An evening at Aqua Shard with Sir David Attenborough

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on Tuesday, 29 November 2016
by Annette Bellow

There's nothing quite like a room with a view, and the contemporary British restaurant The Shard can certainly boast of one of the best with a spectacular panoramic view of London. On hearing David Attenborough was to launch the buildings first eco-friendly Christmas tree, I couldn't wait to attend their first seasonal meal and talk- after all we are only a few weeks away from the big day!

I decided to dress in my Attenborough best i.e floral skirt and matching corsage but as it poured with rain en route I turned up looking like a soggy flower (not quite the look I was going for!) To add to that, my friend had transport problems and my battery died on my phone. But then the food arrived! Porcini risotto, swordfish and canapes- my mouth began watering at the delights on offer!

Located on the 31st floor of the building, this year instead of a traditional fir tree the restaurant is showcasing a 9 metre cascading installation designed using recycled 3d material by Timothy Hatton Architects.

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Entitled Human Nature by Sir David Attenborough, it is held in the three storey atrium and is made up of thousands of prints of woodland leaves.

After Christmas the installation will be deconstructed into individual leaves and each one will be sold at the Fauna and Flora Charity, of which David has been a member for 60 years.

I loved the talk that Sir Attenborough gave. He spoke about the fragility of nature but also how our planet was to be celebrated.

Shortly after his speech the desserts came out- they were nature inspired too! Apple compote, chocolate twigs with 'soil' and honey ice-cream on top of almond crumble (of course I couldn't resist trying all three). This was finished with a mulled wine inspired cocktail adorned with a chocolate gold leaf.

Just as I was feeling pleasantly full and not minding that I was eating on my own, my friend turned up panting and out of breath. 'Did I miss anything?' she breathed, also soaked from the rain. Luckily I had saved some desserts for her too.

Human Nature will be on display from now until 1st January on the 31st floor at Aqua Shard.
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