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Apr

30

Cabaret and high camp at L'Escargot's members' club

If you're after a fun night of high camp, then April is the month to look for it and Soho is (of course) the place to find it. Throughout this month, members' club Upstairs at L'Escargot will host a weekly cabaret night showcasing the best burlesque, magic, comedy and drag acts that London has to offer.

Taking place every Thursday and hosted by Lady Alex - hostess and creator of the Wam Bam Club, a burlesque supperclub with residencies at R.S. Hispaniola and the Hippodrome - the cabaret promises star turns from legends of the London scene. These include award-winning comedy magician Christian Lee, psychic comedian Peter Antoniou (billed as a bona fide underground sensation), and burlesque queen Delores Deluxe, leader of London’s longest running cabaret troupe, The Kitten Club.

Book now for a Variety Cabaret evening on Thursday 16 and Thursday 23 April, or reserve a place at Drag Night on Thursday 30 April, the final event of the run. For more information, or to book tickets, contact L’Escargot on 020 3641 8319.

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48 Greek Street

May

14

Enter the house of Dom Perignon in London

Champagne-lovers rejoice: this May, the house of Dom Pérignon is popping up in bricks and mortar form in central London. The Champagne giant is bringing three of its 'Plénitudes' vintages - vintages that are released in stages as they mature - to the capital, with a 10-day tasting event set in a mystery Belgravia townhouse. The event, called Les 3 Etages, will take place over three floors of the townhouse, with each floor dedicated to a specific vintage, including the UK debut of the 2005 'P1' Plénitude, an aged expression of the Champagne that has matured for nine years in Dom Pérignon's cellars.

Each tasting will comprise two Champagnes: from 2005 and 1998 (rarer vintages are also available to sample at extra cost). These Champagnes will be paired with luxury canapés by Spring's Skye Gyngell, who will also develop lunch and dinner menus for guests to enjoy during the pop-up's 10-day stint. Dishes on the lunch and dinner menus will include crab with wild asparagus and borage flowers; each will be matched with one of Dom Pérignon's Plénitudes vintages. As well as the tastings, the house will see opulent parties, intimate dinners and extraordinary creative collaborations take place as part of Dom Pérignon's residency.

Les 3 Etages will run from 5-14 May. Tickets for the tastings start at £95; the set lunch and dinner menus cost £200 and £250 respectively, including Champagne. To register your interest and find out more, visit the Les 3 Etages website.

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Belgravia

Apr

30

Cabaret and high camp at L'Escargot's members' club

If you're after a fun night of high camp, then April is the month to look for it and Soho is (of course) the place to find it. Throughout this month, members' club Upstairs at L'Escargot will host a weekly cabaret night showcasing the best burlesque, magic, comedy and drag acts that London has to offer.

Taking place every Thursday and hosted by Lady Alex - hostess and creator of the Wam Bam Club, a burlesque supperclub with residencies at R.S. Hispaniola and the Hippodrome - the cabaret promises star turns from legends of the London scene. These include award-winning comedy magician Christian Lee, psychic comedian Peter Antoniou (billed as a bona fide underground sensation), and burlesque queen Delores Deluxe, leader of London’s longest running cabaret troupe, The Kitten Club.

Book now for a Variety Cabaret evening on Thursday 16 and Thursday 23 April, or reserve a place at Drag Night on Thursday 30 April, the final event of the run. For more information, or to book tickets, contact L’Escargot on 020 3641 8319.

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48 Greek Street

May

14

Dine with Stephen Fry at the new-look Bibendum

You know how almost everyone's fantasy dinner-party guest list includes Stephen Fry? Well, on 14 May, diners at Bibendum can make the dream of eating with the BBC's most popular polymath a reality, because the restaurant is celebrating the relaunch of its first-floor dining room with a one-off celebratory dinner, and Fry will be one of the evening's Master of Ceremonies.

Diners will be treated to a Champagne-and-canapé reception and four-course meal, with dishes cooked by the restaurant's new head chef, Peter Robinson, who will use recipes from Bibendum's founding chef, Simon Hopkinson. These will include asparagus with black-truffle vinaigrette, roast lamb with anchovy, rosemary and garlic, and blackcurrant jelly with crème Chantilly - all paired with matching wines courtesy of wine writer Matthew Jukes. Hopkinson will join Fry as one of the hosts for the evening; the two will recount anecdotes and answer questions.

Guests will be the first to see the new-look dining room - a refurbishment that was overseen by the restaurant's owner and design guru, Sir Terence Conran. The all-new space will combine slate-coloured carpets, brightly coloured leather chairs, and artistic nods to the Michelin mascot, from whom the restaurant takes its name. As a souvenir, each guest will take home a specially commissioned porcelain sugar bowl.

The dinner will take place on 14 May, from 7pm. Tickets cost £150 per person, including all food, wine, coffee and water, plus the complimentary sugar bowl. To book your place, call 020 7581 5817.

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Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road

May

14

Enter the house of Dom Perignon in London

Champagne-lovers rejoice: this May, the house of Dom Pérignon is popping up in bricks and mortar form in central London. The Champagne giant is bringing three of its 'Plénitudes' vintages - vintages that are released in stages as they mature - to the capital, with a 10-day tasting event set in a mystery Belgravia townhouse. The event, called Les 3 Etages, will take place over three floors of the townhouse, with each floor dedicated to a specific vintage, including the UK debut of the 2005 'P1' Plénitude, an aged expression of the Champagne that has matured for nine years in Dom Pérignon's cellars.

Each tasting will comprise two Champagnes: from 2005 and 1998 (rarer vintages are also available to sample at extra cost). These Champagnes will be paired with luxury canapés by Spring's Skye Gyngell, who will also develop lunch and dinner menus for guests to enjoy during the pop-up's 10-day stint. Dishes on the lunch and dinner menus will include crab with wild asparagus and borage flowers; each will be matched with one of Dom Pérignon's Plénitudes vintages. As well as the tastings, the house will see opulent parties, intimate dinners and extraordinary creative collaborations take place as part of Dom Pérignon's residency.

Les 3 Etages will run from 5-14 May. Tickets for the tastings start at £95; the set lunch and dinner menus cost £200 and £250 respectively, including Champagne. To register your interest and find out more, visit the Les 3 Etages website.

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Belgravia

May

3

Wine Tasting at New Zealand House

Bob Campbell MW is probably New Zealand's most well-known wine buff and critic - the Down Under equivalent of Jancis Robinson. This May, he will host an intimate wine masterclass featuring some of his country's top wines, with food by fellow New Zealander Anna Hansen's The Modern Pantry. The one-day course will showcase all that is great about this beautiful country.

The course covers the history of winemaking, with a focus on modern techniques that encourage sustainable viticulture and organic winemaking, plus developments that have increased the profile of New Zealand wines, such as the screw-top revolution. Guests will be able to sample new vintages and regional styles, including a Kalex Riesling from Central Otago, the 1994 Dog Point Section, from Marlborough, a Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc from Hawke’s Bay, and many more. The course includes a light lunch from The Modern Pantry.

There are only 45 places available on this course, which takes place on Sunday 3 May from 10am-4.30pm. Tickets cost £150 and can be booked via The New Zealand Wine Cellar.

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New Zealand House
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