Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent and 6 weeks of frustrating sacrifice. As well as being a religious date on which people across the globe promise to stop eating unhealthily, it is also when the same people stuff their faces with calorific pancakes filled with enough chocolate to satisfy even the greediest of souls and present them with a Theobromine poisoning scare (Chocolate Poisoning – yes, death by chocolate really is possible).
1) The Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club is an independent chain of breakfast restaurants situated in Hoxton, Angel, Soho, Spitalfields and Canary Wharf. This hipster haven, named after the cult film, will leave you feeling as full with food as ‘The Brekky Club’ is with bohemian journo types. I suggest the ‘pancakes with berries’; a mouth-watering tower of American style pancakes, topped with a delicious berry coulis, maple syrup and vanilla cream. I'm drooling at the thought of it.
2) La Crêperie de Hampstead: Although crêpes technically aren’t pancakes, this unassuming little kiosk in picturesque Hampstead village had to be included. Since 1980, the stall has been a local favourite and has attracted crowds of North London teens, loyal fans of the stall and numerous celebrities. The Nutella and banana crêpes, prepared in front of you by authentic French-speaking staff, are sure to delight.
3) My Old Dutch: Hailing itself as ‘London’s Original Pancake House’, My Old Dutch, situated in Holborn, Kensington and Chelsea, is a popular chain of homely restaurants. It's claim to fame is offering a mind-boggling amount of topping varieties on their Dutch pannekoeken. Alongside the fairly traditional sweet offerings, the creative savoury menu will make you flip out, if you pardon the pun. My personal favourite is ‘The Amsterdammer’, a bizarre yet delicious mixture of crispy smoked bacon, soft sautéed apples and maple syrup on a large, flat pancake. Their ‘Lite Menu’ means that they even cater for the calorie-conscious consumer. How thoughtful of them.
London is filled with delightful little pancake parlours, some are grand (The Delaunay almost made the list) and some unexpecting (there's a great one in Camden Market). Tweet us at @jetsetgazette, and let us know if you have a favourite place to go for this oh so under-consumed treat.
Paris may be the ‘City of Love’ … but this February, London is for lovers. In the build-up to Valentine’s Day, we’ll suggest some creative ideas for what you can do on 14th February.
Valentine's Idea #1
First up, we suggest venturing to the depths of North West London. Situated in the heart of Camden, Shaka Zulu, the neighbour of the highly popular Gilgamesh, will be treating guests to a 5 course meal fit for (Zulu) kings. The South African inspired interiors are opulent; perhaps over-the-top but entirely appropriate for Valentine’s Day, and provide the perfect backdrop for the luxurious meal. As guests tuck into their corn-fed chicken breast, Brett Warren will be serenading couples to add to the romance of the night. The meal costs £29.95 and double-daters will be treated to a bottle of South African Rosé.
Thursday 14th February 2013
To book, either call 020 3376 9911, email email@example.com visit www.shaka-zulu.com
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Valentine's Idea #2
Our second suggestion is Hony Tonk, in Chelsea. For those of you that are bored of the mushy, lovey-dovey Valentine’s routine, this New-York inspired restaurant is bringing something much edgier to the equation. On February 14th, Honky Tonk will be offering a Yankeefied set menu, champagne upon arrival and live music. Three courses will cost you £39.95 per person, or $62.50 (if you really want to be authentic).
Thursday 14th February 2013
6 Hollywood Road,
Tel: 0207 351 1588
Valentine's Idea #3
Our third suggestion is Bunga Bunga, the famous Italian Karaoke bar in Battersea. This year, Bunga Bunga will be celebrating Valentine’s Day twice. At first, they’ll be organising a secret singletons party, named the ‘Segreto Club’, on Tuesday 12th February, with unlimited Prosecco and Bellinis (from 7.30pm until 9pm), small pizzas and a musical chairs game with a speed-dating style twist. Secondly, on Thursday 14th February, if the previous event has worked at all, lovers will be treated to heart-shaped pizzas, serenaded by according players and offered the right amount of Prosecco to get the daring/drunk guests to take to the karaoke stage, at the ‘Lovers Dinner’. This is certainly a less pretentious alternative to other Valentine’s Day events being offered in London!
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2013
Time: 7.30 start
Date: Thursday 14th February 2013
37 Battersea Bridge Road,
Tel: 020 7095 0360
Valentine's Idea #4
They say that oysters are an aphrodisiac, so is there really any place better to go than an Oyster Bar, on Valentine’s Day? Bibendum, in South Kensington, is famed for its spacious and surprisingly unpretentious Oyster Bar. Four varieties of oyster are available, including a seasonal treat of six native Colchester No.2s for £19.75. As well as the food being delicious, the tiled wall and high ceilings of the extravagant Michelin building also provide the perfect back-drop for a highly romantic evening.
81 Fulham Road,
Tel: 020 7581 5817
Valentine's Idea #5
If you've left it a little bit late or have managed to bag yourself a date today ... Have no fear. London has plenty of great restaurants with a strictly no booking policy. This may mean that there are long queues of disorganised lovers on Thursday night, but it also means that a delightfully romantic evening is still possible to attain.
Chicken Shop (79 Highgate Road, NW5 1TL (020 3310 2020) in up-and-coming Kentish Town is part of the growing chicken rotisserie scene in London. Simple but delicious food in a somewhat high-end setting. Alternatively, Meat Liquor is a popular choice with London foodies; famous for its burgers and alcohol, hence the name. It's situated just off Oxford Street, so you can even buy a Valentine's present just before... If you're cutting it reaaaaally fine. The final suggestion is creative, inexpensive and could, if done correctly, be the most romantic option of them all. A stroll alongside the charming Camden Lock, with a meal from one of the international stalls, may be an interesting option for those of you who shy away from the typical Valentine's Day affair.
Enjoy your Valentine's Day, boys and girls, and keep on jet-setting!
Boys and girls, gather round! It’s story time. Once upon a time, in a land called Chelsea, there was a building called 107 Kings Road. Now, 107 Kings Road looked just like any other building on the street … but this building was different. This building was cursed.
At first there was a Mamilanji Club, the high-end members club and restaurant with an R&B twist. Closed. Then there was Tuatara. Closed. Kings Club arrived on the scene. Closed. Now, on 31st January 2013, the grand opening of Upper West, a Manhattan-inspired nightclub, has arrived. The question on everyone's lips, however, is will this new destination be able to extend their lease? Will its fate be any different to the other now defunct joints?
Considering the vast amount of complaints of overly-expensive entry and drinks, tacky interiors and poor management at all of the aforementioned spots, the future does not (initially) look bright for Upper West.
Even though the club has already attracted the attention of an affluent and party-loving crowd, such as Francesca Hull and our very own ambassador, Diego Bivero-Volpe, one could have their doubts about whether Jad Lahoud and Alexander Nall-Cain have learnt from the mistakes of the previous clubs...
The prices remain high and the management appear to be equally as disorganised; the opening was originally planned for mid-November but was delayed until the end of January. However, the modern and minimalist interior design is far less offensive to the eye than the gaudy yet somewhat dingy décor of the Kings Club and the prices may be acceptable to the older, sophisticated target audience (The entry policy is strictly 21+).
Only time will tell whether this Chelsea-Manhattan hybrid will defy the odds and can establish itself as a Sloaney success.
Let us know what you think. Tweet us your views to: @jetsetgazette.
Between 1920 and 1933, there was a national ban in the United States on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol. The jet-setting party-goers of the 1920s were facing a crisis; how could they engage in frivolous debauchery?
Gatsby-esque private parties managed to elude the attention of the police, and “speakeasies” popped up in the major US cities. The speakeasies were illegal establishments which sold liqueur and hosted parties for the secretive socialites.
The prohibition era may have come and gone and steered clear of the British shores… but that doesn’t mean that London isn’t filled with these hidden gems. Referred to as “London’s best kept secret”, Barts, in the heart of Chelsea, is a quiry ‘speak easy’ style bar which is the brainchild of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the successful duo behind Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga.
Alongside its' extensive menu of wines and eccentric cocktails, Barts have recently unveiled their new Bloodshot Bloody Mary Menu. The drinks on this menu are made with Bloodshot Vodka, an artisan liqueur created from over twenty different ingredients, and are blended with an eclectic range of flavours. Favourites include ‘The Mary Tudor’, a blend of Bloodshot, Rose Jam, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup and served with a garnish of Rose Jam on Toast and ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl’, a warm drink served in a teacup and saucer and made with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Bloodshot, Merlot, Cloudy Apple Juice, Cloves, Cinnamon and Ginger with a side of Chilli Chocolate.
The inconspicuous tavern is easily accessible from Sloane Avenue, but don’t tell all your friends about it! After all, Gilkes and Stirling would hate for Barts to be the talk of the town.
T: 020 7581 3355
Josh Zietcer (@mrjoshz)
Every time it snows in London, a great debate arises; do we like the snow, or not?
Whilst the more sensible, logical Londoners would argue that the snow simply messes things up, the more carefree and young at heart amongst us will be building snowmen, Instagramming the Narnia-esque landscapes and searching for the perfect spot to enjoy a hot chocolate in the snow. In order to appeal to both teams, I've decided to write an article aimed at those who want to enjoy a hot chocolate in their snowy surroundings, but in a local setting, so as to avoid the health and safety threat on the roads. How thoughtful, right?
Sunny Hill Park Café: Situated in the sleepy, leafy suburb of Hendon, North West London, this hidden gem provides guests with a round-the-world experience. Whilst the Chalet exterior convinces you that you are enjoying the slopes of Switzerland, the Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine offers you some Middle-Eastern warmth. Highly recommended for a hot hummus and pitta meal, only 20 minutes away from the centre of London.
Photo by: @imogen89
Golders Hill Park Refreshment Café: Golders Hill Park is a picturesque segment of Hampstead Heath. From the Refreshment Café at the top of the hill, one has a view of the beautiful flower garden, duck pond and putting green. The menu offers a wide range of winter warmers and is a delightful spot to enjoy a cup of tea, whilst overlooking the marvellous grounds. Additionally, local residents Helena Bonham-Carter and Jonathan Ross are said to be regulars.
Brew House, Hampstead: The perfect spot for enjoying wholesome, organic food behind the magnificent Kenwood House. Many locals refer to this area as "Hampsteadshire", largely due to the impressive view of the former stately home, the village atmosphere and the hearty grub.
Pavilion Café, Dulwich: Alongside a boating lake and numerous sporting facilities, the Pavilion Café is a comfortable spot to enjoy a coffee
or a small snack in a friendly, homely environment.
Common Ground, Wandsworth: Located in the centre of Wandsworth Common, the homely interior of this local favourite means that it is a lovely spot to enjoy some hearty food, before enjoying a walk across the lovely grounds. The menu is currently under review, so expect some big improvements in coming months.
Photo by Ratbaggy
Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park:
Situated in Victoria Park, East London, this charming little café is populated by East London hipsters, foodies and yummy mummies. The chocolate brownies are delightful.
Belvedere, Holland Park: Although this a rather more serious establishment than the other options, Belvedere is situated in the picturesque, winter wonderland that is Holland Park. The menu has a French twist and offers delicious dishes such as Aberdeenshire ribeye with béarnaise sauce and thick chips. The comforting food ensures that Belvedere is a perfect spot to enjoy whilst the snow is still out.
Broadwalk Cafe, Kensington: During the summer, this spot is unbearably touristy. However, in the winter months, the Broadwalk Cafe offers visitors fair trade tea and coffee and world famous views. If throwing snowballs isn't quite enough and you truly want to feel like a child, you're in the perfect location to enjoy the free Diana Memorial Playground.
So, according to the Mayan prophecy, the end is nigh. As people across the world return home from the strenuous task of Christmas shopping, they’ll be loudly cursing as they realise that their beloved friends and relatives won’t even receive their recent purchases. The thought will also cross their mind as to how they should prepare themselves for when the world reaches its dramatic end.
One option is hiding in a stairwell, with a tin of Heinz baked beans, rocking backwards and forwards franticly. The other option, to quote the highly-regarded lyricist and philosopher, Jay Sean, is to “party like it’s the end of the world”.
So, what are your options?
Real Nice & E.T.A presents - The End of the World Party:
This event will be held in a secret warehouse location near London Bridge Underground Station, making it a highly secretive affair. Whilst the idea of searching for a hidden location on your final night of existence may not sound too appealing, the booming sound system, celebrated lazer and light display and world-class DJs mean that this may be the way to go.
The Village Underground - End of the World Party:
The Village Underground have thrown 50 End of the World Parties over the last four years. Whilst this may suggest that they are overly pessimistic, it also means that they’ve gained a whole lot of experience in organizing apocalyptic functions. The event aims to provide guests with the opportunity to act uninhibitedly, party hard and adopt a hedonistic mindset in the 'Last Wish Room'. A room in which anything is possible and all your dreams come true, according to the event hosts. Additionally, all the music is chosen by party-goers, giving you the opportunity to choose the soundtrack to your demise.
Advanced tickets sold out. Some available at the door.
Proud Camden - End of the World Party:
Proud, the highly popular bar within Camden’s Stables Market, will be hosting an all-night party that will sample the best sounds in R&B, electro, indie, rock and dance music. A VIP DJ is also expected to arrive at midnight, to celebrate the earth's finale. Unlike the other events listed so far, this party “to end all parties” will take place on the 20th December, meaning that you’ll even have the opportunity to spend your final hours with your family and nurse your killer hangover.
The Last Supper Club, Shoreditch:
The Last Supper Club, in Shoreditch, will be cooking up a storm (alongside volcanic eruption and meteorite showers) with their decadent menu, on Friday nights. Guests will be able to enjoy a final feast of epic proportions and indulge in sinful desserts and alcoholic beverages. Their final menu, after the success of the biblical and Mayan themed ones, features dishes to die for, including Chilli Sin Carne with Coleslawter.
Tickets: £35/Head. Book ASAP!
If you are an indecisive person and are currently struggling to come to a decision, fear not, for this may be the last decision you ever have to make. If, however, the world does not end on the 21st, CONGRATULATIONS, and make sure you celebrate by attending our post-apocalyptic ASCOT EVENT.
Until then, keep on jet-setting!
It’s the time of year when your svelte summer body becomes a distant memory. With every turkey sandwich you consume, your ‘festively plump’ physique begins to reveal itself more and more. Even the woolly jumper that your nan bought you last Christmas cannot mask the mince pie inflicted reality.
Fear not! Maggie’s in London are offering you the chance to dig out those high-legged leotards, don those vintage leg warmers and dance like its 1988, to fight the winter weight gain.
Every Wednesday at 7pm, starting from 9th January 2013, Maggie’s and Lomax Bespoke Fitness will provide a weekly 80s Dance Fitness Class, with choreographer, Chloe Tangney, who has danced for the likes of Jessie J, Lilly Allen and Whitney Houston. ‘The Lomax Way’, the fitness company’s ideological pièce de résistance, helps people follow a healthy diet, exercise and relax as an easy part of their daily routine.
Whilst it is the season to be jolly, it’s never too early to be deciding on your new year’s resolution.
The classes are £15 and will take place at Maggie's, the Thatcher inspired nightclub, on 329 Fulham Road,
London, SW10 9QL.
For more information: www.maggies-club.com
For all London’s American expats, foodies and yankophiles, the recent arrival of this rock ‘n’ roll spot has been exciting news. Honky Tonk, Chelsea’s new edgy, fun and New York inspired restaurant, is already an up and coming South West London hotspot.
The discreet entrance on Hollywood Road welcomes diners into a baby boom American time warp, where the interior is vintage-inspired, yet has a modern feel to it; the hand-drawn black and white polka dot walls are covered by album covers from the Rolling Stones, reclaimed Japanese ship lights and other accessories which would one would expect to see in the room of an Elvis Presley super fan, and where the food can only be described as authentically all-American.
Classic dishes includes Ribs, Quesadillas and mini Slider Burgers, which can be accompanied by the Honky Tonk signature drinks, including the diverse range of bourbons, beers and the signature Pickleback drink, which is bourbon chased by a shot of homemade pickle juice.
The most exciting feature of the new bar and restaurant is that each week it will throw open its doors to a weekly party brunch which will have you listening to good ol’ 50s blues, rather than experienced the winter variety. The new brunch menu features delicious classic such as French toast with Maple Syrup and Vanilla Cream, Eggs Benedict and a Full House Plate of Bacon, Bubble & Squeak, Tomatoes, Homemade Baked Beans, Eggs and Toasted Brioche. Alongside the brunch, live music will be played and Honky Tonk’s special morning cocktails will be served.
Who said alcohol, music and good grub was reserved for the evenings? When in New York, do as the New Yorkers do.
For more info:
Honky Tonk, 6 Hollywood Road, London, SW10 9HY