Newsletter 9 November 2011

Jazz in London, Gin Museum, Canal-side dining and the latest openings and foodie news…

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News & Events…


‘Too Much Is Never Enough’ Fashion & Dining, E1, 22 Nov-22 Dec 2011

1258 Newsletter 9 November 2011Disappearing Dining Club’s latest private dining adventure is a pop-up combining the best of young British fashion with great food.  Set in a Grade II listed Victorian corner terrace, the intriguing gift and fashion concept store provides a different course of your meal on each floor.  Different floors include canapés with Menswear, featuring a darkly lit East London boys club with walls filled with memorabilia of Moderne Buckles Leading Makers of Air Rifles & Accessories; and main courses with Ladieswear, in a boudoir style room, with antique nudes and vintage erotica.  To finish the night off, guests can head to a top floor bar featuring live music and dancing until the early hours. Tickets are £50 from


Winter Ice Cream Collection @ The Icecreamists, WC2

Having launched with the concept of feeding us ice cream made from baby’s milk, it’s pretty fair to say that the self-styled ‘purveyors of cool’ don’t have many boundaries when it comes to ice cream flavours.  As such, they’ve probably been pretty timid with their new winter collection of flavours, including mulled wine, port sorbetto and a selection of ice cream cocktails.  At least they’ve made eating ice cream in winter moderately acceptable!


Live Jazz in London

1259 Newsletter 9 November 201169 Colebrooke Row, N1, every Sunday

Not content with being one of London’s most innovative cocktail bars, 69 Colebrooke Row will have weekly live music sets, every Sunday from 7-9pm.  Given the diminutive size of the room, expect an intimate atmosphere, and of course, great drinks!


Gin & Jazz at the Arch Bar, W1, monthly from 17 November

The Arch Bar @ The InterContinental is hosting ‘Gin & Jazz’, a monthly celebration of classic cocktails and golden age Jazz.  The nights will see bespoke Hendrick’s Gin cocktails inspired by the acts, as well as free gin tasters for guests and great live music. Email for reservations

The Hideaway, SW16

We wrote about Speakeasy Sundays at The Hideaway last week and having experienced it for ourselves, the impressive new venue is certainly worth the trip.  Great jazz, soul and blues acts meet freshly made soul food and a quality drinks selection to create a genuine ‘Big Easy’ experience!


New Openings…

1260 Newsletter 9 November 2011The Ginstitute and The Still Room @ Portobello Star, W11

Housed on the first floor of The Portobello Star, The Ginstitute aims to re-create Victorian Gin Palaces of old. The new shrine to all things ‘mother’s ruin’ is filled with a massive selection of gins as well as interesting historical gin artefacts, including many antique bottles, vintage advertising pieces and old cocktail books.  Head to the top floor and gin lovers will find ‘The Still Room’ – home to London’s smallest working Copper Pot Gin Distillery.  Visitors have the opportunity to sample and taste various botanical flavoured distillates, and for a truly unique experience, even blend their own gin.

Aurelia, W1

The Waney family (the brains behind Roka & Zuma) are set to put London’s discerning foodies in a spin with the opening of Aurelia.  ‘Via Aurelia’ was the old Roman coastal road to Spain and the menu at Aurelia will reflect this journey, taking inspiration from Tuscany, Provence and Catalonia alike.  Open from breakfast, the Mediterranean menu is designed for sharing, with a range of dishes from the charcoal grill, rotisserie, charcuterie and more elaborate dishes from the kitchen.  Set over two floors, the ground floor will offer a casual experience where you can pop in for a drink and a bite, whilst upstairs sees a formal area and an open kitchen.

Waterline Bar & Kitchen, N1

1261 Newsletter 9 November 2011Regent’s Canal provides a serene setting for this lively new bar and kitchen.  Occupying 2,500 square feet of what was once factory warehouse space on the south facing bank of the canal, Waterline provides a place to eat, drink and socialise for the skinny jeans set of Hoxton and Shoreditch.  The bar has been well considered, with wines from Liberties, draught beers supplied by Adnams and a quality spirits list.  The industrial-themed main dining area offers a spacious yet cosy environment to enjoy the modern British cooking, courtesy of head chef Fabrice Belier, who’s impressive culinary CV includes several years working with Michelin three star chef Paul Bocuse.

Try This Week…

Sloane’s Gin + Win a bottle!

1262 Newsletter 9 November 2011Sloane’s is unashamedly inspired by the great gins of the past, when gin had the wonderful influence of juniper and didn’t have to worry about being ‘cool’.  Attention to detail is impressive, with each of the nine botanicals individually distilled as well as the use of fresh citrus fruits.  The result is an exceptionally smooth and balanced gin, with rich and full flavoured aromatics, unapologetic notes of juniper, refreshing citrus and a dry finish.  With a number of awards already under its belt – including Best Gin and Best White Spirit at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2011 – the experts have also given it their resounding approval.  Available from £22.99 from Sainsburys.  More info at

We’ve got a bottle to giveaway. To win just tweet us the following by 4pm on 11 November: ‘Hey @luvfoodluvdrink, I want to win a lovely bottle of @SloanesGin!’

David Oliver Fine Foods Ready-Meals

1263 Newsletter 9 November 2011As the nights draw in and the temperature takes a turn for the worst, comfort food comes into its own.  Forgot the dainty salads, quaint Mediterranean meats and delicate seafood dishes – winter is all about rich and hearty dishes.  When you haven’t got time to slave over a stove but fancy treating yourself to a cosy night in, check out the range of ready meals from David Oliver.  Made using fresh quality ingredients, game meats feature heavily, with the range including Guinea Fowl & Lentils, Rabbit & Flageolet Beans and a Classic Venison Stew.  Moreover, with each generous meal containing at least 2 of your 5-a-day, they’re loaded with the good-stuff to hopefully keep you healthy over colder months.  £5.50/meal from selected Waitrose Stores and online from

1264 Newsletter 9 November 2011The Northall, WC2

The Northall is the Corinthia Hotel’s attempt at providing a traditional British dining experience – ‘traditional’ in this case meaning the kind of meal reserved for the more discerning members of society as opposed to a curry night down the local boozer!  The beautiful brasserie-style restaurant clearly takes its inspiration from quintessential British hotel restaurants of yesteryear, whilst the unashamedly traditional dishes are beautifully cooked by multi-Michelin star winning head chef, Garry Hollihead.