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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMay 22, 2018
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Cocktails have become one of the most popular drinks, with venues serving more than ever before. But no longer are standard cocktails enough – us cocktail connoisseurs want flamboyance, drama, and, above all, intense flavour.

To create the perfect cocktail each ingredients must work in harmony with one another. The sometimes forgotten element – the mixer – can make or break a cocktail, so it’s imperative this is chosen with as much consideration as the spirits and garnishes. Franklin & Sons products were first introduced in 1886 – right here in London. Rapidly establishing themselves as experts in creating authentic, high-quality recipes made from delicious hand-picked
ingredients, the Franklin & Sons range of soft drinks became an instant hit. The range contains only natural flavours, extracts, and colours, with absolutely no preservatives or sweeteners and works excellently as a standalone soft drink and deliver brilliantly as a mixer for premium spirits. What’s more, each of the seven flavours boasts a tertiary food-led ingredient to unlock additional flavours in the drink – while also making food pairing simple.

Available across the capital in places such as Apero at The Ampersand Hotel and the Royal Garden Hotel, Franklin & Sons has built a reputation amongst bartenders as one of the most versatile ranges available today. Used in a variety of cocktails in some of the most exclusive bars and restaurants, the Franklin & Sons drinks are an integral part of countless serves in London. One of our favourite cocktails of the moment has been developed by the bar team at the Aqua Shard. Using the refreshing Franklin & Sons Wild Strawberry & Scottish Raspberry and Cracked Black Pepper soft drink, the team created the Apple of My Eye, a light and refreshing drink that tantalises the senses:
40ml Sipsmith Gin
25ml Teichenne Green apple
15ml Kalamansi juice
Top up Franklin and Sons Wild Strawberry and Scottish Raspberry with Cracked Black Pepper (about
100ml)

Cocktails were once solely reserved for days and evenings out, but nowadays it’s not uncommon for cocktail lovers to recreate their favourite cocktails at home.
Just like with bars, it’s important budding mixologists get all the ingredients right when building cocktails to drink at home. And the mixer is just as important as the chosen spirits to unlock the flavours.

Our seven-strong range, which contains delightfully summery drinks, such as Cloudy Apple & Yorkshire Rhubarb with Cinnamon, Sicilian Lemonade & English Elderflower with Crushed Juniper , and Valencian Orange & Pink Grapefruit with Lemongrass, contains a tertiary food-led ingredient –the only range on the market we know of to do so – give the drink depth and offer a more complex flavour, all while helping with food pairing.

At home
Available to buy in Harrods and online retailers such as ginkiosk.com, the Franklin & Sons soft drinks
offer a premium quality cocktail ingredient for any occasion. Those who purchase one of our special
750ml sharing serves this summer – which are perfect for summer parties – will receive an exclusive
free gift courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society.

To find out more about Franklin & Sons, follow them on social media:
Instagram @franklinandsons
Facebook /franklinandsons
Twitter @franklinandsons
Or visit the website: www.franklinandsons.co.uk


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMay 14, 2018
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Gino D’Acampo, Marcus Wareing , Gordon Ramsey , Jamie Oliver , Heston Blumenthal, all make the shortlist for this year’s British Restaurant Awards 2018.

A few weeks ago the nominations for the British Restaurant Awards were announced. Some of UK’s top restaurants have made the shortlist at this exciting inaugural awards show focused on raising the profile of British Restaurants worldwide and providing an opportunity for customers to voice their opinions through nominations and votes. This year’s Best New Restaurant nominees features some amazing new launches who are making waves across
the country offering a unique experience in cuisine for their customers . Nominees include;
Lahpet – London , Chokhi Dhani – London , Londrino – London , Sorrel – Surrey
White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar – Edinburgh , 20 Stories – Manchester
Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant – Liverpool , Elnecot – Manchester , Roganic – London
OSH – London, Dip in Brilliant – London

British Restaurant Awards (BRA) is an annual awards ceremony which provides an
opportunity for customers to nominate and vote for their Best Restaurants, Chefs and
culinary service in the UK.

From 20th of January till 23rd of April – Readers of Chelsea Monthly magazine,The National Post, and members of the World Restaurant Awards Guide ( WRAG) are given the opportunity to nominate their favourite restaurants per city, region and throughout the UK.

The restaurants who receive the most amount of nominations are shortlisted and released for the public to vote. The final list of winners as voted for by the public is announced at the annual gala/red carpet awards show. Hungry Nation, the US based food ordering platform launching in the UK is the title sponsor for the second year running.

Popular Chef’s; Gino D’Acampo, Marcus Wareing , Gordon Ramsey , Jamie Oliver , Heston
Blumenthal , Tom Brown, Tom Kerridge, Sabbir Karim and more top chefs are all up for the
Best Chef 2018 category.

This year’s British Restaurant Awards 2018 takes place on the 24th of May 2018 at the
Porchester , London W2 . This year’s British Restaurant Awards will be recorded for
broadcast on VTV on Sky Showcase. The British Restaurant Awards is organised annually by WRAG- World Restaurant Awards Guide.

British Restaurant Awards 2018 – Nominees

Best New Restaurant:
Lahpet – London
Chokhi Dhani  – London
Londrino – London
Sorrel  – Surrey
White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar  – Edinburgh
20 Stories  – Manchester
Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant – Liverpool
Elnecot – Manchester
Roganic – London
OSH  – London
Dip in Brilliant – London

Best Chef:
Clare Smyth
Luke Selby
Stephen Harris
Stephen Gomes
Nathan Outlaw
Gordon Ramsay
Jamie Oliver
Heston Blumenthal
Gino D’Acampo
Marcus Wareing
Tom Brown
Tom Kerridge
Sabbir Karim

Best Young Chef:
Danny Young
Craig Johnston
Tom Phillips
Mark Winter
Niall Keating
Jack Barwick
Tommy Banks
Luke Thomas
Damien Wager
Louisa Ellis
Georgia Dent

Best Luxury Restaurant:

Restaurant Fraiche – Birkenhead
The Fat Duck – Berkshire
Gidleigh Park – Chagford, Devon
Kinloch Lodge – Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Araki – London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester – London
Hakkasan – London
The Ledbury – London
La Dame de Pic – London
Marcus – London
The Waterside Inn – Maidenhead
Artichoke – Amersham

Restaurant of the Year:

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – Cornwall
L’Eclume – Cumbria
The Black Swan – Yorkshire
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Oxford
The Raby Hunt – Darlington
The Waterside Inn – Maidenhead
Sat Bains – Nottingham
Claude Bosi at the Bibendum – London
The Three Chimneys – Isle of Skye, Scotland
Stark – Kent
The Oxford Brasserie – Southampton
Thai Square – The Strand

Best Hospitality Team:
Sat Bains – Nottingham
Paul Ainsworth at no. 6 – Cornwall
Bohemia – Jersey
Elystan Street – London
The Three Chimneys – Isle of Skye
Beach House Restaurant – Swansea
Levi’s Roots Caribbean smokehouse – London
Brilliant Restaurant – London
Thai Square 

Best Restaurant Chain:

Las Iguanas
Bills
Franco Manca
The Breakfast Club
Honest Burger’s
Cau
Gaucho
Nandos
Sticks n Sushi
Thai Square
Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

Best Supplier:

Disposables and Catering Supplies
York Catering Supplies
Crosbys
KCCJ
FEM
Nisbets
The Restaurant Supplier
Vegetarian Express
Debono Foods
Lowrie Foods
MKG Foods
Clarks Foods
Unique Seafood

Best British Takeaway:

The Lime Pickle – Birmingham
Chicken George – Luton
Mr Chef – Scotland
Nacho Cheese – Wiltshire
Wiwo Noodle Bar – Wales
Pax Burger – Huddersfield
Joe & Za – Hoxton
Irmak BBQ – Dunstable
Brunch – Prescot
Eastern Cuisine – London
Masala Indian Takeaway – Barnstaple

Best Food Ordering Company:

Deliveroo
Just Eat
Hungry Nation
Uber Eats
One – Delivery
Feast
My Home Chef
Hello Fresh

Best Culinary Experience:

Inamo  – London (Soho Branch)
Bob Bob Ricard – London
Tiroler Hut  – London
Away2Dine  – Birmingham
Dans le Noir  – London
Sarastro  – London
Proud Cabaret – Brighton
Levi’s Roots Caribbean smokehouse  – London

Best Restaurant in Manchester:

Wood
Adam Reid at the French
Manchester House
Tattu Restaurant and Bar
Ocean Treasure 23
Elnecot
Rosso
Pasha
El Gato Negro Tapas
Hawksmoor – Manchester
Australasia

Best Restaurant in London:

Namaaste Kitchen
Nuala
Restaurant Story
The Ritz Restaurant
Sketch
ROKA Mayfair
Pollen Street Social
Som Saa
The Smoking Goat
Brawn
MAM
Levi’s Roots Caribbean smokehouse
The Ivy – West Street, Covent Garden
COYA – Mayfair
Buddha Bar
James Cochran Restaurant
Cafe Raj
Signor Sassi

Best Restaurant in Liverpool:

Lunya
Cowshed
Panoramic 34
60 Hope Street
George’s Great British Kitchen
Spire
Trattoria 51
Bistro Franc
Moor Hall

Best Restaurant in Wales:

Thackeray Bar and Grill
Sosban and the Old Butchers
Ynyshir
Pysgoty
The Hardwick
Slice
The Potted Pig
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias
Castle Cottage
Coast Saundersfoot
Signatures

Best Restaurant in Surrey:

Stovells
Giggling Squid
The Tudor Room at Great Fosters
Sorrel
1907 Restaurant, bar & grill at Brooklands Hotel
The Bingham Restaurant
The Clock House
Matt Worswick at The Latymer
Beaverbrook
The Clink

Best Restaurant in Essex:

Haywards
Pig & Whistle
Ranfields Brasserie
Smith’s Restaurant – Ongar
Le Talbooth
Vita Bella
Magic Mushroom
Felix Seafood Grill
La Bicicletta

Best Restaurant in Newcastle:
Peace and Loaf
Artisan
Blackfriars Restaurant
Luigikhan’s
Aveika
Fuego at Fenwick
The Broad Chare
Harissa
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

Best Restaurant in Sheffield:

Rafters
Juke and Loe
Sfinx
Kashmiri Aroma
Joro
Maranello’s Italian
Efes

Best Restaurant in Bradford:

Classic Persian Restaurant
Bangkok Thai Restaurant
Waterside Bistro & Bar
Bhajis and Beer
Guzelian Café Bar
Rajshahi
Valentinos
The Foundry

Best Restaurant in Bristol:

Casamia
No Man’s Grace
The Ethicurean
Bravas
Urban Tandoor
Bulrush
Pipal Tree
Everyday Thai
Pasta Loco

Best Restaurant in Brighton:

Isaac At
Little Fish Market
Restaurant at Drakes
GB1 Seafood Restaurant
Pascere
Pike and Pine
Etch
The Chilli Pickle
Jamie’s Italian Brighton

Best Restaurant in Leeds:

Stockdales of Yorkshire
Crafthouse
Ox Club
Issho
Pintura
Bulgogi Grill
Culto
Sukhothai
Hansas
The Man behind the Curtain
My Thai

Best Restaurant in Birmingham:

Adam’s
Carter’s of Moseley
Comptoir Libanais
Bodega
Simpsons
Purnell’s
Itihaas
Original Patty Men
Harvey Nichol’s Restaurant
Opus
Asha’s
Piccolino

Best Restaurant in Southampton:

The Oxford Brasserie
Ennio’s
Steak of the Art
Royal Thai Pier
Bayleaf Kitchen
Nara
Ceno
Three Tuns
Max’s Bar and Brasserie
Bacaro

Best Restaurant in Cambridge:

Midsummer House
Stem and Glory – Vegan Restaurant
Galleria
The Blue Lion, Hardwick
Navadhanya
The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill
Trinity
The Olive Grove
The Oak Bistro
The Millworks
Restaurant Twenty Two

Best Restaurant in Leicester:

Heritage India
Knight and Garter
Grounded Kitchen
John’s House
The Blacksmiths Arms
Kayal
The White Peacock
The Fish and the Chip
The Lighthouse

Best Bar:

Trippets Lounge Bar  – Sheffield
Zebranos  – London
Swift – London
Gleneagles – Perthshire
Bar Opus – Birmingham
Neighbourhood  – Liverpool
The Devils Advocate – Edinburgh
Red Light  – Bristol
Rumpus Room Rooftop Bar – London
Bohemia  – Brighton

To vote go to : www.britishrestaurantawards.org/vote


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 25, 2018
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With eleven botanicals in total, the remaining botanicals featured in the gin include vanilla, pink peppercorn, angelica and liquorice, resulting in a smooth and fresh taste that can be enjoyed as a sipping gin, a cocktail gin or with the classic tonic water. A CollaGin G&T is best served with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit and star anise.
CollaGin is distilled with America’s number one collagen brand which does not affect the taste, smell or appearance of the gin. Co-Founder Camilla Brown comments: “This really is the smoothest gin I have ever tasted and works so well in many different ways. We’ve used complementary botanicals and a dose of pure, powdered collagen to create a surprise and delight product that gets people talking.”

Co-Founder Liz Beswick adds: “it took a year in the making and we have had many hurdles along the way, but we are so proud of the result. The gin is fragrant, soft and the aftertaste is velvety, with a hint of vanilla. It has been worth the highs and lows of starting our own business to beautify the world of
spirits.”

Over 50m bottles of gin were consumed in the UK alone outstripping sales growth in beer and sparkling wine. Annual gin sales rose 20% to smashing through the £1bn barrier, and CollaGin is set to capitalise on this ever-growing market with their unique offering. It has also been announced today that the company has signed an exclusive partnership deal with the National Film Academy -producers of the annual National Film Awards UK to become the exclusive Gin sponsor for the 2018 awards ceremony! CollaGin will be sponsoring the Best Independent Film 2018 and sampling on all the tables at one of the UK’s most prestigious film award shows.

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Nominations for the Best Independent Film 2018 sponsored by CollaGin are;
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
Jawbone
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals

Voting is currently live here, and winners will be announced in March.

CollaGin is distilled in the Midlands, UK and bottled in Lancashire, UK. The bottle is 50cl at 40% proof and available now at DrinkSupermarket.com or  Collagin.co.uk for £34.99.

Get a taste of CollaGin at the National Film Awards UK taking place on the 28th of March 2018 or for more information. Visit: www.collagin.co.uk 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 17, 2017
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On Friday 15th December the vocal cords of guests and their dogs will be harmonising to raise much needed pounds for homeless hounds. The first ever Dogs Trust carol concert, held at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, will be raising awareness, and money, for dogs and their owners who are either homeless or in housing crisis.

Dogs Trust’s Hope Project has helped thousands of dogs and their owners with the costs of veterinary care and by encouraging more hostels and homeless organisations to accept dogs. Now in its 22nd year the Hope Project has grown from one solitary veterinary clinic in London to a nation-wide scheme offering help and support to homeless people and their dogs.

Says Clare Kivlehan, Head of Dogs Trust Outreach Projects:

“Every year we send out Christmas hampers for dogs and their owners who are experiencing housing crisis and this year we are set to send more than ever. This increase is reflective of the growing number of people who find themselves experiencing housing crisis. For those who have a four-legged best friend, the challenge to find a way out is even harder. With more people than ever to help we are incredibly grateful to St Paul’s Church for hosting us, and raising awareness and money for the Hope Project.”

The Hope project has worked tirelessly to provide support to dogs and their owners across the UK, as Clare explains:

We have worked hard to establish a network of homeless organisations across the country that accepts dogs and gets them and their owners off the streets, and we know that this has made a huge difference to the lives of many homeless dog owners. Since the project started in 1995 we have been able to help hundreds of dogs and their owners and we’re hoping that the pounds raised from our first ever carol concert will help us make an even bigger impact.”

The concert will be followed by drinks and festive nibbles in the courtyard and tickets are priced at £35 for adults, £10 for children and can be purchased from www.dogstrust.org.uk/carolconcert. Guest speakers on the night will include Nicolas Parsons, Freddie Fox and Robert Powell who will be delivering some Christmas readings.

To find out more about the Hope Project please visit www.moretodogstrust.org.uk.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 10, 2017
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Urban superstars and guests alike will be saying #CheersToMe in style at the 15th annual Urban Music Awards thanks to world-famous wine brand, Black Tower, which has been confirmed as the official sponsor of the Artist of the Year 2018 at the UMA’s. Music magnates and megastars will be celebrating with some of this iconic brand’s most popular vintages, the Fruity White, Smooth Red, Silvaner Pinot Grigio and Rosé.

Black Tower’s award-winning portfolio also takes in the Limited Edition Fruity White, Sauvignon Blanc, Blush, White and Pink Bubbly plus B by Black Tower, a range of low alcohol, low calorie wines.
Black Tower boasts over 50 years of heritage, selling more than 14 million bottles in over 35 countries around the globe. Produced in one of the largest and most modern wineries in Germany, the brand’s extensive experience, quality and winemaking skills guarantee outstanding wines, which are fruity, aromatic and lively, with a freshness of colour and taste. Black Tower wines are widely available at all good retailers nationwide.

For more information, you can find Black Tower by clicking here


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonSeptember 13, 2017
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Last night, I attended an event curated by Rémy Martin  to explore the well known Cognac, it’s origins and much more. The event held at Royal Society of Arts in Charing Cross began with a brief presentation about the history of the brand and the region it calls home. Founded in 1724 and based in the city of Cognac, it is one of the biggest cognac producers and is also part of the Comité Colbert, an association of luxury businesses which promotes French know-how worldwide. Beyond two simple letters, Rémy Martin XO is the invitation to broaden your horizons and appreciate new experiences this Christmas.

The name Rémy Martin comes from the name of the company founder, born in 1695 near Rouillac. A winegrower by trader, in 1724 he created a trading house of cognac. After his death in 1773, his grandson, also named Rémy, took over the business. In 1841, Paul-Emile-Rémy Martin assumed control of the business and oversaw great growth. He added a logo to the bottles and cases, in the shape of a centaur, a mythological creature whose starsign Sagittarius matched that of Martin. The Rémy Martin brand is today known for the distinctive centaur logo and in China is called réntóumă (人头马), literally “man-headed horse”.

In 1981, Rémy Martin imagined XO, an opulent cognac characterised by a rare aromatic complexity. Made from hundreds of the finest eaux-de-vie, from the two most sought-after vineyards of the Cognac region – Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne . Appreciated neat, on ice, or in a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned, every sip of Rémy Martin XO is a new experience as we found out when we plunged right into an actual virtual reality experience set up by the brand exploring it’s history.  In the middle of conversations about Parmesan cheese, grapes, and off course wood. We got the big reveal the ultimate taste straight no mixers and shaken but not stirred. 

Ana Almedia, Senior Brand Manager at  Rémy Martin added “Remy Martin retains the crown as the best Cognac worldwide. It is smooth, full-bodied and long-lasting with both exquisite and sophisticated flavours”. That is exactly what i like to hear when drinking a cognac and the flavours Ana mentioned certainly  made sense as a presentation of several food items led the audience into a tasting game of challenging their senses to find out a mix of  orange and cinnamon, grapes, late summer fruits and floral notes, such as jasmine, woody tobacco, white and dark chocolate and much more. All flavours attributed to Rémy Martin. The one word that stood strong was ‘legacy’ with the cognac’s brand ambassador,  “Rémy Martin wants to be around for the next hundred of years and more”.

In summary,  Rémy Martin XO delivered an outstanding sensory experience, and we can recommend this as the ultimate Cognac to delight when gifting or entertaining at home this Christmas . As we left the Royal Society of Arts fully sober (of course!) but more knowledgeable about Remy Martin.


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 28, 2017
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When you think of Ibiza.. you think the mecca of dance music.. sunset beaches and strip full of Brits having the time of their life off their head on who knows what? Dancing to some genre of music simply coined EDM or to the connoisseurs amongst you Electronic Dance Music. Yep, the 90’s gave birth to a decade in which this small Spanish Island reigned supreme with Carl Cox showing us how to Pete Tong a dance floor and Guetta and his missus asking everyone to fxxk them because they were famous… Well, he wasn’t that famous yet!! Well, not outside the isles… until the Destiny’s Child – Kelly Rowland took the child that is Guetta all around the world showing what really happens when love takes over. I digress! These days… the boys and girls who were 18 in their 90’s are full grown men and women now with beards, responsibilities, a lot of cash to burn and a much more refined palette which could lead to a tricky situation..? What happens, when putting your hands up in the air and waving them side by side every night like you just don’t care… isn’t quite sufficient….?? You adapt, grow and like a chameleon assimilate. Well, that’s just what Ibiza has done.. and returning back each year.. I can see the progress.. However, for the uninitiated who are at this point wondering where the heavens Ibiza is ?… Well.. there is always one.. So, briefly.. Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and San Antonio, where major European nightclubs have their summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.

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This time, our mission in Ibiza was to explore the Island and what it offered in terms of a much more refined luxurious experience. Enter, Surf Air – our very own private jet on hand waiting for us at London Luton Airport to fly us to the land of 24/7 partying. Surf Air is a California-based airline that offers unlimited, “all-you-can-fly” service for a fixed monthly fee. It charges $1,950 per month plus a $1,000 signup fee. The company uses Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Sudhin Shahani is the CEO. The airline’s inaugural service in early 2013 offered West Coast flights between Silicon Valley (San Carlos Airport) and the Los Angeles area (Burbank Airport). It added Los Angeles area service to Santa Barbara Airport in July 2013 and Hawthorne Municipal Airport in December 2013. Truckee Airport, near Lake Tahoe, was added as a destination in May 2014 and flights to Carlsbad and Oakland, California began in late 2014. Service to San Jose International Airport was added in April 2016. Weekend service to Las Vegas began in June 2017.
In July 2017, Surf Air started operations in Europe, debuting its maiden trip from London to Ibiza and yes, i can now go down in the history books as having boarded their first flight in London. Surf Air will start connecting London to Zurich during the week and Ibiza in Spain at weekends. It has plans to add routes to Cannes, Munich and Milan. Surf Air Europe Chief Executive Simon Talling-Smith said Surf Air in Europe will operate under the same subscription model where customers pay a 1,750 pound ($2,180) monthly fee for unlimited travel. Surf Air will start connecting London to Zurich during the week and Ibiza in Spain at weekends. It currently has one Embraer Phenom 300 private jet in its arsenal in Europe. The company plans to feature dozens more aircraft within the next three to five years. The flight with Surf Air was champagne fuelled and caviar driven just how you want to fly to Ibiza. We arrived Ibiza with an an arsenal of cars at our disposal waiting to whisk us off to our hotel. No check in’s, strip search, no security.. no questions asked.

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We arrived at the Hotel Playasol Bossa Flow. This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Situated only 250 yards from Playa d’en Bossa beach and only 1.9 miles from Ibiza town centre, this hotel resort is the perfect place to enjoy a tranquil setting and the lively Ibiza nightlife. Free WiFi is available. Relax around the hotel’s swimming pool, equipped with sun loungers, or take a dip in the pool to cool off in the hot Ibiza sunshine. From Hotel Playasol Bossa Flow, you can stroll to the centre of Ibiza town or the stunning beaches and hidden coves of the area. You can also go on boat excursions from the port of Ibiza town to the nearby island of Formentera.
The hotel is ideally located to enjoy the fantastic nightlife on offer in Ibiza town. The famous clubs of Space and Bora-Bora are only a short walk from the hotel.

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After a quick dip in the swimming pool.. as you do, we were ready for dinner at STK Ibiza. If you remember, we reviewed STK Ibiza last year and it was great to go back to see whether the quality in service , steak and general ambience had been kept at the same level as the previous year. I was not disappointed. If you are familiar with STK in Las Vegas and London you will be excited to see that STK Ibiza is living up to the brand legacy. Top tip.. try their twist on the normal Bellini with the Icing sugar and the mini- burgers – the sauce is amazing & when it comes to Steak.. it goes without saying. There is no place in Ibiza that can now compete with STK on the steak department. Say no more!!

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The one issue you might encounter with STK is that the menu is so good it will be hard to choose a favorite. The dancers add to the brilliant atmosphere… yes… you can join the party and get dancing too.. that is, if ‘confidence’ happens to be your middle name. After a brilliant first night and dinner at STK, you will think we will go out and party our heads off.. No, pace yourselves.. it was only Friday and it was the warm up night for us and in typical grownup style we eased our way back to the hotel for some well needed ‘keep’ to be up the next morning at 9.30am for a Yoga class.. yes you heard right… Yoga in Ibiza… courtesy of The Wellness Source Ibiza followed by 30 mins of massage therapies. The list of therapies available were endless from Indian Head Massage, Reflexology for feet, Reiki is a healing therapy and Therapeutic Massage.

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We left feeling more balanced than a drunken monk dancing to funk on a tight rope.. Circus over! my mind, body and soul was ready to party.. Yes, all these years we had been partying the wrong way round. First, you get to know thy self.. then you are prepared for your mind, soul and body to hit that dance floor… So, what better dance floor than the Ocean Beach Club which is located a 15-minute walk from the centre of San Antonio. Ocean beach club opened in June 2012, Ocean Beach Ibiza was instantly popular, successfully filling a gap in the market for San Antonio outdoor party venues by offering the kind of carefree, poolside fun the west of the island had previously been lacking. It’s delivered stylish, decadent pool parties on a daily basis ever since and as a result has become a ‘must-visit’ for anyone wanting to pop open the champagne, down the Grey Goose and recline on a VIP bed, all while soaking up the mid-afternoon, Balearic sun. Enjoy anything from day to night time fiestas, fine dining, fashion shows, acrobatics, live performances, massages and private events and it was perfect timing as it was celebrating it’s 5th anniversary.

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Aerial performances from sax queen, Lovely Laura, VIP beds, swimming pool shenanigans, dancers, dancers, and more dancers. What more can you ask for?
Well, an Active Ibiza Sunset walk. Yes, i must admit at first i was a bit apprehensive . Just couldn’t fathom a day party and active sunset walk going hand in hand. However, I strongly recommend using Active Ibiza to explore what Ibiza has to offer… the beauty of Sans Agnes with a sunset walk through Puertes de Cielo. This rekindled the balance from the yoga..a perfect end to an amazing afternoon as we discovered Ibiza by walking around the whole island! Getting active and connecting with nature and the beautiful sights and sounds. You can’t go wrong!!

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Later, that night it was time to let our hair down, get tight not loose and finally put our hands in the air for wait….for it.. Yep.. where? where else….? It was at the legendary Pacha…Located just east of Ibiza town near the Marina, Pacha Ibiza is one of the international nightclub brand’s biggest venues, and also one of the island’s oldest …The 3000-capacity venue has five different rooms: the large Main Room for house and techno, the Funky Room for more disco flavours, the Roof Terrace for lounge and chillout, and downstairs features Sweet Pacha for retro pop. Every thursday night till the 5th of October, one of the most legendary parties on the white isle, F*** Me I’m Famous has finally dropped its 2017 lineup and from the looks of it, this season promises to be its most spectacular to date. Curated by one of the world’s greatest DJs, the inimitable David Guetta has invited an equally dazzling cast of superstar DJs to party with him at the iconic club throughout the summer. Opening on 1st June and running for 19 consecutive Thursdays through till 5th October, Guetta will be joined by Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, Bakermat, Daddy’s Groove, Glowinthedark, Jonas Blue & Kungs, and of course, master of ceremonies Robin Schulz, who will be taking the helm for the entire month of September with FMIF “Robin Schulz & Friends”. Also making regular appearances this season at FMIF this year will be Abel Ramos B2B Albert Neve, Hugel, JP Candea and Lovra.

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Now in its 16 year, for the majority of partygoers landing on Ibiza’s shores each year, a visit to F*** Me I’m Famous at Pacha is considered a rite of passage. Boasting a sensational line up and breath-taking production, David and co are guaranteed to raise the roof of Ibiza’s oldest nightspot each week – don’t miss out. After several hours of fist pumping, we retired back to the hotel to get some sleep.

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The next day was a Sunday and this was to be our final day/night in Ibiza. We ended up at Destino Ibiza – Set on a clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this upscale resort is part of the Pacha nightclub franchise and 2.9 km from the club premises, and 3.2 km from Ibiza Marina.The rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, cascade showers and terraces, some with sea views. Junior suites add personalized minibars, buffet breakfast and Pacha nightclub entry, while some premium suites come with private pools and gardens. There’s 24-hour room service.There’s a Japanese grill and a fusion restaurant. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a bar, as well as a hot tub, a fitness center, a yoga studio and a spa. Parking is free. We dined at the restaurant and enjoyed a birthday surprise show with a spectacular list of performers. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for you. So, all i will say is … when you are next in the Island try Destino.. you would not be disappointed.

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After, a brilliant show at Destino Ibiza. It was time to check out our friends at Lio located right on the seafront in Marina Ibiza, Lío overlooks the port of Ibiza and boasts fantastic views of the old town, Dalt Vila. Formerly known as El Divino, Lío is part of the Pacha Group, and as such boasts a combination of high quality gastronomy, art, live music and clubbing.

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After, Lio , i decided to ask our driver the wonderful Ruben to recommend an alternative spot for me. He took me to Swag, an urban music club in the heart of Ibiza. With a capacity of 1000 and playing the best in R&B and urban music.

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It’s a unique offering to the mostly house, EDM driven outlets. Again, as you can see i was firmly resting on the side of balance here….and after a clear head on the back of our private Surf Air jet back to London. I had to sip a glass of champagne and admit that Ibiza has definitely matured like fine wine and the future is bright for the isle that continues to reign supreme in summer club culture.

Want to do Ibiza… the Luxury way?

Travel by Private Jet courtesy of Surf Air:
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Stay at Hotel PLaya Sol Bossa Flow
Carrer de les Begònies, 30-34, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Illes Balears, Spain
Phone: +34 971 39 90 73

Do Dinner at STK Ibiza
Carrer de s’Illa Plana, s/n, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
Phone: +34 971 50 86 67
www.stkibiza.com

Get in Touch with your Mind, Body & Soul @
www.thewellnesssource.co.uk

Enjoy the Day Party @ Ocean Beach Club
Carrer des Molí, 12-14, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
www.oceanbeachclubibiza.com

Take an active stroll courtesy of Active Walks Ibiza:
www.activeibiza.com

Party hard all night at Pacha:
www.pachaibiza.com

Party to Urban music @ Swag
www.swagibizaclub.com

Enjoy the club/restaurant cabaret @ Lio
www.lioibiza.com

Enjoy the show & night dinner at Destino Ibiza
Cap Martinet s/n, 07819 Talamanca, Spain
Phone: +34 971 31 74 11
www.destinoibiza.com

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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJuly 24, 2017
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Lord’s Cricket Ground has released new dates for its popular afternoon tea packages to celebrate next month’s Afternoon Tea Week. Afternoon Tea Week takes place on 14th August and in response to high demand for 2017, the new dates will allow more people to enjoy this offering.

There is no better place for a traditional British afternoon tea with all the trimmings than in the iconic Long Room at Lord’s. Here, you can enjoy a sumptuous spread prepared by the in-house catering team whilst enjoying the iconic view across the famous outfield.

Afternoon tea at Lord’s ranks among the best in London where guests can enjoy a traditional cream tea, including freshly baked scones with homemade jam and Cornish clotted cream, along with finger sandwiches containing an array of mouth-watering fillings.  Additionally, you can tuck in to some delicious dainties freshly prepared each day by the resident pâtissier at Lord’s.

Selected dates for afternoon tea at Lord’s for the coming months are now available from 13th August through to the 10th December, making a perfect solution for a classic day out right up until the festive period.

Packages start from £48, with the option for guests to upgrade to the £59 package which includes a glass of fine Champagne.

The Lord’s Pastry Chef Laura Crouch has revealed that the secret to the perfect afternoon tea is simple; fresh scones and just the right amount of filling in the cakes so they can all be finished.

Nick Kenton, MCC Head of Sales, Meetings & Events and Hospitality comments: “Afternoon tea at Lord’s is always a unique and memorable occasion. It’s one of those typically British experiences that is not to be missed. With the views of the outfield from the Long Room, it’s a very popular choice for afternoon tea which is why we have added new dates for 2017.”


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90’s musician Alex James from Brit Pop band Blur is now a food writer and the founder of Big Feastival.  James has recently been researching the scientific secrets of pairing food to music. Yes, you heard that right?

Food and music: two of the greatest pleasures in life. But did you know we appreciate certain dishes more when listening to particular kinds of music?

Ahead of this year’s The Big Feastival, the UK’s leading music and food festival, host Alex James met with Dr Ophelia Deroy – cognitive neuroscientist and Deputy Director at the Institute of Philosophy – to discover first-hand how our music choices can affect the way we taste. The duo tested four dishes from The Big Feastival’s street food vendors along with a variety of musical styles, discussing how the correct combination enhances our overall experience and makes positive memories even stronger.

Dr Deroy explains: “A change in music – whether it’s pitch, tempo, volume or instrumental – actually alters our wider perceptions, even in a single bite.”

The research shows that high-pitched music can bring out fruity and citrus notes in a dish, as sampled by Alex with Oli Baba’s halloumi fries, which are sprinkled with fresh pomegranate seeds and seasoning.

Dark flavours – such as the velvety chocolate from Churros Garcia – are truly intensified with the addition of deep and heavy bass in a song.

Dr Deroy adds: “When slow, relaxed music is played and people are asked to describe what they taste, we find the answers are detailed and descriptive. When we ramp up the beats per minute, the fast music encourages faster chewing and people are less likely to pick up on all the flavours in the dish.”

The individual elements in Breddos Tacos’ pulled pork dish become more obvious to Alex as the music slows which, according to the research, will strengthen his memory of the overall tasting experience.

Dr Deroy also notes that loud music amplifies the spiciness in each mouthful of Rainbo’s gyozas: “Some spices stimulate your facial nerves and lips, and these are the same mechanical vibrations that loud music produces. The two elements combined make for a very spicy experience!”

Following the tasting session, Alex James commented: “I wasn’t sure I would notice a difference between the flavours, but it really worked. The combination of good music and delicious food has always brought me great joy, especially through the festival, and this just goes to show that if you can get that perfect match, you’re onto a real winner!”

To watch the full video, head to: https://youtu.be/xfixAM7XEl4


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaMay 10, 2017
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The Ivy Chelsea Garden hosts Annual Garden Party to celebrate the opening of The Summer Harden

Tuesday 9 May saw a host of The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s regulars, local residents, influencers and famous guests, including Jeremy Irvine, Lottie Moss, Miranda Richardson, Talulah Riley and Amber Le Bon, gather together to celebrate The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s annual garden party and the opening of the summer garden, two years after the restaurant’s opening in 2015.

 

 

Hosted in the restaurant’s beautiful and extensive gardens and orangery, guests were treated to The Ivy Collection’s exclusive Champagne, refreshing and bespoke ‘Chelsea Summer Blush’ cocktails and Rock Angel Rosé by Whispering Angel, as well as a selection of delicious canapés created by Executive Chef Sean Burbidge. For those with a sweeter tooth, an array of cooling ice cream was provided by Ice Cream Union, complete with its very own bicycle that was situated within the garden.

During the evening, guests enjoyed live music by acoustic band, Swing Petite Band, whilst exploring the restaurant’s recently-revealed summer garden, featuring climbing wisteria, a central water fountain feature, rose arches and a variety of colourful summer blossoms, officially marking the start of the summer season in Chelsea.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden remains a Chelsea stalwart for local residents and as a destination for those travelling from further afield, marrying approachable sophistication and familiar luxury with an underlying feeling of glamour and theatre.

 



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