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London’s first Absinthe distillery
London’s first Absinthe distillery

London’s first Absinthe distillery

London’s (probably) first absinthe distillery, Devil’s Botany has opened near Lea Bridge in East London.

Jan
14
2021
South London pies being delivered to the home
South London pies being delivered to the home

South London pies being delivered to the home

The Wandsworth based pie makers, MyPie -- officially London’s best pies -- normally turn up at events in a van, but is now also delivering to the home.

Dec
16
2020
There’s now a Captain Tom branded London Dry Gin
There’s now a Captain Tom branded London Dry Gin

There’s now a Captain Tom branded London Dry Gin

A chance meeting between the fundraising champion and a former motorbike champion has resulted, possible improbably in a Captain Tom branded gin, being sold to raise funds for the Captain Tom Foundation.

Dec
02
2020
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve auction – cancelled for 2020
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve auction – cancelled for 2020

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve auction – cancelled for 2020

Sadly, and not surprisingly, but the annual Christmas Eve auction at Smithfield meat market won't be happening this year.

Dec
02
2020
Eat Out to Help Out extended in central London
Eat Out to Help Out extended in central London

Eat Out to Help Out extended in central London

A number of restaurants in Mayfair & Belgravia are extending the Eat Out To Help Out scheme through September, following a deal with the area's main landlord, Grosvenor.

Aug
26
2020
Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin
Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin

Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin

Fancy a gin made from botanicals taken from Buckingham Palace's own back garden?

Jul
13
2020
A gin for a good cause
A gin for a good cause

A gin for a good cause

The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the lockdown, and likely to struggle for months to come, so there's a campaign raising money for people laid off by the industry.

Jun
29
2020
Honest Burgers delivering limited edition burger kits to the home
Honest Burgers delivering limited edition burger kits to the home

Honest Burgers delivering limited edition burger kits to the home

The burger joint, Honest Burgers has teamed up with online butchers, Turner & George to deliver burger kits to your home. And it's for charity.

Apr
18
2020
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.

Dec
09
2019
There’s a barbecuing “steam train” in Moorgate at the moment
There’s a barbecuing “steam train” in Moorgate at the moment

There’s a barbecuing “steam train” in Moorgate at the moment

If you head over to Finsbury Square at the moment, you'll see a very odd sight - of a black steam train surrounded by seating.

Jul
22
2019
Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Another year and Smithfield's famous Christmas Eve meat and turkey auction gets bigger and better.

Dec
24
2018
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2018
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2018

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2018

Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.

Nov
30
2018
Tickets Alert: Gin tasting at Dr Johnson’s House
Tickets Alert: Gin tasting at Dr Johnson’s House

Tickets Alert: Gin tasting at Dr Johnson’s House

Even more than us living through the second Elizabethan age, the Georgians were obsessed with Gin, so where better for a Gin tasting than a Georgian house?

Jul
21
2018
See an original Gin Lane, while sipping a gin
See an original Gin Lane, while sipping a gin

See an original Gin Lane, while sipping a gin

Later this month, the eclectic Sir John Soane's Museum will be putting an original engraving of Hogarth's famous Gin Lane on display.

Apr
13
2018
Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back
Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back

Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back

The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and meat parading in an excitingly good natured morning of protein rich delights.

Dec
13
2017
Ticket Alert: London Gin Festival
Ticket Alert: London Gin Festival

Ticket Alert: London Gin Festival

An annual gin festival returns to Tobacco Dock later this year, and early-bird tickets are now on sale.

May
08
2016
Gin Tastings at the Transport Museum
Gin Tastings at the Transport Museum

Gin Tastings at the Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum has laid on a second Gin Tasting evening on 30 October.

Oct
03
2015
Twinings Tiny Treasure House of Tea
Twinings Tiny Treasure House of Tea

Twinings Tiny Treasure House of Tea

One of London's smallest museums can be found in one of its oldest and smallest retail outlets, and is devoted to that most English of pastimes, the cup of tea.

Dec
30
2013
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

As noted by Diamond Geezer yesterday and by myself today, the Greenway next to the Olympic Park has reopened, as has the View Tube at one end.

Dec
02
2012
Dine upon the Danse Macabre at Barts Hospital this weekend
Dine upon the Danse Macabre at Barts Hospital this weekend

Dine upon the Danse Macabre at Barts Hospital this weekend

Barts Hospital in Smithfield has two museums, one which is open to the public most days, and another hidden away which is rarely open the public.

Oct
26
2012
Christmas Lunch for One?
Christmas Lunch for One?

Christmas Lunch for One?

Christmas Lunch, that time of the year where huge families come together in mutual joy or loathing and eat, what is to be honest about it, a slightly larger version of a Sunday Lunch. Christmas Lunch also causes anyone who

Dec
22
2011
Talisker Tasting and an early Burns Night
Talisker Tasting and an early Burns Night

Talisker Tasting and an early Burns Night

Last night, a small coterie of bloggers were invited to a London bar for an early informal Burns Night style event – organised by a PR agency for the Talisker Whisky brand. London bloggers were invited along thanks to the

Jan
21
2010

Gin Tasting in the Foundling Museum

Last night I (along with some friends) had tickets to a gin tasting event being hosted by the Foundling Museum. The Museum is on the site of Britain’s original home for abandoned children and London’s first ever public art gallery

Nov
08
2008

Gin tasting event in a museum

An apt follow up to my recent tour of the Beefeater Distillery is this evening event at the Foundling Museum – a guided tasting of different gins being held on a Friday evening (7th Nov), so an ideal way to

Oct
22
2008