Newsletter 27 October 2010

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Halloween Special News & Events…

999 Newsletter 27 October 2010Last Legs Veterinary Clinic, 29-31 October

Normally you have to train for about 8 years to become a vet. However, at the somewhat creepy Last Legs Veterinary Clinic it only takes £8, with visitors being invited to enjoy a drink, a chat and perform animal ‘surgery’ all at the same!  The event will see vets serving cocktails, DJ-ing their way though Haunted House tunes and showing off their scalpel skills in live veterinary displays. Tickets £8 from www.TheRobinCollective.co.uk

Halloween at London Dungeon – now until 31 October

Be prepared to feel your blood freeze this Halloween, as The London Dungeon unveils its most terrifying “Helloween” event ever, including Jack O’Lantern and the echoing ‘Sounds of Hell’.  With twisted experiences from Jack the Ripper and  Bloody Mary, as well as two chilling rides, there’s plenty of horrific goings on to keep kids and adults scared. Tickets £23.00 for adults, £17.00 for children. www.thedungeons.com

Day of the Dead Afternoon Tea @ The Met Bar, 25 Oct – 2 Nov

The Met Bar is taking a different approach to Halloween this year, by celebrating Mexico’s iconic Day of The Dead festival. Commemorated annually on November 2nd, ‘Dia de los Meurtos’, is a festival of remembrance in honour of souls departed.  Devilish delights include, coffin shaped chilli-chocolate mud pies and sandwich pots containing Mexican themed fillings – including a jalapeno jam and tequila jelly. www.metbar.co.uk

Halloween @ Trader Vic’s, 31 October

Dress up in your scariest outfits and head down to Trader Vics where the iconic bar will host a Voodoo inspired party.  The venue will be transformed into an eerie space featuring spooky entertainers, hidden cemeteries and tarot readers.  DJ’s will also be on hand to spin spine tingling tunes and guests will also receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival. Tickets are £25. www.tradervicslondon.com

The Roof Gardens Halloween Party, 31 October

The stunning roof top gardens and club at The Roof Gardens in Kensington will be transformed into a spooky setting for a fright night to remember this Halloween.  Visitors will be encouraged to dress up and party late into the night, as they sip on especially themed cocktails served from a steaming cauldron. Tickets are £20. www.roofgardens.virgin.com/club

New Openings…

1000 Newsletter 27 October 2010PizzaExpress Living Lab, Richmond, TW9

PizzaExpress has opened the doors to its first ‘new generation’ pizzeria, which will roll out across the UK from next year. Intriguingly, the pizza chain has invested heavily in the acoustics to encourage conversation amongst diners.  These include world-first, revolutionary parabolic lighting domes to absorb sound with in-built speakers for customers’ own iPods.  The restaurant will also feature a street kiosk and will open at 8.45am to serve a breakfast as well as pizzetinis and Italian ‘pitta pizza’ sandwiches.  www.pizzaexpress.com/our-restaurants/401/richmond.aspx

1001 Newsletter 27 October 2010The Chesterfield, W2

Having opened a stone’s throw from fashionable Westbourne Grove, the Chesterfield offers a comfortable bar and a dining area serving an interesting Pan-Asian menu.  The venue sees modern design meet traditional English style, with the contemporary venue maintaining the feel of a warm and cosy pub.  There will also be an outdoor terrace at the rear of The Chesterfield which will be heated throughout the year, where diners can dine or enjoy drinks. www.thechesterfield.co

Cadbury Cocoa House, Bluewater

Chocolate lovers will be forming an orderly queue at the hotly-anticipated opening of the Cadbury Cocoa House.  This new hotspot will be the chocolate lovers’ one-stop-shop for all things deliciously British, with as many ingredients as possible being sourced locally.  As well as hot and chilled chocolate and unique chocolate treats, there will also be traditional afternoon tea and quirky cakes alongside classic British lunches of Welsh rarebit and a tasty      twist on the good old bacon butty.  If that’s not enough, a 30-foot ice cream bar will be full of an array of temptations. www.Cadburycocoahouse.com

Try this week…

1002 Newsletter 27 October 2010Bloom Gin

The Bloom Gin recipe is the brain child of Joanne Moore, Master Distiller at England’s oldest active gin distillery, G & J Greenall, and one of the world’s only female Master Distillers of Gin.  Having spent 12 years with the company, Joanne decided to try something a little different and came up with this unique recipe featuring ingredients such as chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo.  The result is a soft and smooth gin with delicate floral notes that makes it very easy drinking.  It’s no surprise that it has already won a Platinum Award at the 2010 World Beverage Competition. Around £23 from specialist spirits retailers and www.bloomgin.com

Look What We Found! gourmet meals

1003 Newsletter 27 October 2010Comprising of delicious, hearty meals prepared using all-natural ingredients, Look What We Found! is ideal for busy/lazy people who still want good food.  The clever part is the packaging.  The meals are prepared as per normal then sealed uncooked in a pouch and cooked in a large steam pressure cooker.  This means that they can be stored for months at room temperature without the need for dodgy preservatives.  The range includes everything from Cumbrian Lamb Hotpot to their latest seasonal creation, Venison Stew with Apricots & Juniper.  Around £2.99 from independent delis and online at www.lookwhatwefound.co.uk