Radical Dining Society, an online members club for “food and culture lovers to extend their social network” and “explore the nexus between art and food”, has launched in London. The first public event was held at 33 Portland Place (yes where much of The King's Speech was shot) and featured inspired cookery from chefs visiting from Toulouse, innovative wineglasses not yet on the UK market and edgy art and foodie photography to round out an evening of convivial yum.
Chefs Daniel Morgan (the Ritz, Maze, The Square, Heston Blumenthal) and Magnus Reid (The Bathhouse, Hackney Pearl, Dalston Superstore, A Little of What You Fancy) are having a pop up, Nine French Place, in Shoreditch from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 February. The tickets are £50, and with that you get a cocktail, and a six course meal. More details at www.ninefrenchplace.tumblr.com.
Just in time for Valentine's, the folks at the Cadogan hotel in Knightsbridge want guests to think of Champagne as not just something to sip but something to drench oneself in. The hotel will soon offer to guests the “ultimate indulgence” of a Champagne bath. Available to guests from Valentine's Day, 120 bottle “Champagne Bath Menu” starts at £4,000 for Louis de Custine Brut and ranges up to £25,000 for a Dom Perignon Vintage wash. While your bubbly bath is drawn, a personal butler will be on hand to place some chocolate covered strawberries and a complimentary bottle of vintage Champagne within easy reach of the tub.
The Bavarian Beerhouse will host a traditional "Carnival Fancy Dress Party" on Saturday 18 February from 7pm to 1am at its Old Street location, promising an evening full of “imaginative and outrageous outfits” and a DJ playing the “latest cheesy Euro trash that will get you up on the dancefloor”.
Hackney based Niko B Organic Chocolates will host a Love Chocolate dessert club on 12 and 14 February as well as open a pop up Love Chocolate shop where “we will be selling our Breaking Chocolate Hearts and our Bleeding Raspberry Chocolate Hearts, alongside our range of fresh truffles, chocolate creations and confections”. Both will take place at Dalston's boutique Avo Hotel, where Niko B will be making fresh chocolates on site Price for the dessert club is £26 for 4 courses, champagne, private shopping at the chocolate shop and a chocolate making demo.