Goodbye summer roof terraces, hello to cosy hidden speakeasies, London’s first Peruvian izakaya and a tonne of new openings including a HOT Mayfair restaurant you’ll definitely want a Christmas booking at. Plus it’s Halloween – we’ve got the deets of this month’s wickedest party and London Cocktail Week. This is the Luxe List October.
London Cocktail Week
A staple on the Luxe Bible calendar is London Cocktail Week and it’s here again from 13 – 23rd October! Liquid is your friend for a whole 10 days, so be sure to check out all the magic by grabbing your wristbands from the official website. Get ready to storm the cocktail villages, down copious amounts of £7 drinks, attend masterclasses, enjoy set dinner menus and discover brand new concoctions. From the art of the French 75 with Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru to Grey Goose’s Vive Le Vodka Martini Dinner on the 20th at The Cadogan Arms, hundreds of bars and brands are getting in on the action, and you definitely should too.
Day of the Dead Celebrations at Chotto Matte Soho
They’ve had a massive makeover and now Chotto Matte Soho are inviting you to join in their deadly celebrations from 24th October through to 6th November. The special menu will include Tuna Tartare, with avocado, pomegranate, chive oil and truffle salsa, Scallop Tiradito, with green apple salsa and aji sesame oil, and The Immortal Flame, a lime mousse cake dessert with hazelnut praline, and white chocolate candle which will be lit at your table for the ultimate immersive dining experience. There’ll also be a very special celebration on Saturday 29th October with a live DJ on the decks, while the whole restaurant will be decorated with candles – part of the traditions as ancestors return from the dead. Welcome to the afterlife…
Free Fizz at Searcys
Did someone say FREE booze?!! Indeed they did. It’s Searcys Day on Wednesday 19th October which means there’s a glass of bubbles with your name on it to celebrate 175 years of fabulousness and fizz at Champagne Bar at 116 Pall Mall, Searcys at the Gherkin, St Pancras Brasserie and Searcys at the Barbican when ordering dinner. If you can’t make it on that particular day, no worries, just pop in the code SEARCYSDAY when booking online and you’ll enjoy your comp glass when you visit up to the 19thNovember.
Halloween at The Ivy Soho Brasserie
Something wickedly wonderful this way comes with Halloween celebrations at The Ivy Soho Brasserie! You can try the spookily delicious limited edition dessert and cocktail combo when you visit between Friday 28th and Mon 31st October including The Devil’s Mule (£10.75) featuring a collaboration with Monkey 47 Gin, along with Wyborowa Vodka, Lillet Rouge, chilli, cinnamon, lemon and ginger beer, or the Muertas Margarita – a deadly blend of Olmeca Altos Tequila, Malbec, pear and lemon juice. Meanwhile, the Chilling Praline Parfait (£9.75) offers up a spine tingling frozen hazelnut coffin with dark choc soil and raspberry sauce. Visit on the 31st for live entertainment and DJs to really lift those spirits!
Gaucho Day of the Dead Brunch
If you’ve ever been to a Gaucho brunch, you’ll know exactly what to expect, except this brunch is deadlier than ever. El Jimador tequila cocktails will be on offer alongside the usual bottomless food and drink offering with some spooky surprises thrown in for good measure. Tickets are £70 (worth every penny) available here.
Halloween at Tattu London
Sunday, 30th October will see Tattu London, the recently opened modern Chinese restaurant featuring panoramic views over the West End, host its final inaugural ‘Sunday Sunsets’ event of 2022. Going out with a bang, and held on Halloween weekend, guests will be able to revel in high-octane DJ sets kicking off from 1pm, an exclusive Taste of Tattu menu offering and an array of limited-edition cocktails until late into the evening. Renowned DJ Fat Tony is set to headline the event, taking the helm from 6:30pm-8:30pm, as the sun sets on the iconic London skyline. Find out more and book here.
Game Season at Galvin
Upping the stakes at Galvin Restaurants this game season, you can expect a delicious set menu from Chris, Jeff and newly appointed head chef Leonid Semakin. Showcasing prime British game with venison and partridge on offer throughout October and November, the menu is priced at £68pp, bookable via the website. October’s feast will include daube of venison paired with ceps, piquant quince and spiced red cabbage plus smaller plates like wild mushroom risotto served with pumpkin seed oil. In November, there’ll be traditional Coq Au Vin of pheasant, with dishes along with wild duck terrine and fiery Cumberland sauce, and to finish, chestnut pithivier with marron glace ice cream. Game on.
REVIV at Harrods New Signature IV Infusion Therapy
To celebrate the launch of the brand new luxurious REVIV clinic instore at Harrods, REVIV have designed an exclusive IV infusion which will only be available at the luxury department store. The Harrods Signature Wellness Therapy has been developed by expert doctors and scientists to deliver a cocktail of comprehensive vitamins and hydration which can’t be found anywhere else! Including selenium and gluthathione among over powerful key minerals and antioxidants, this specially formulated therapy is available only at the Knightsbridge store, priced at £600. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 20 7225 5678.
New Fancy Breakfast at Le Comptoir Robuchon
There couldn’t be a more stylish start to the morning than at Le Comptoir Robuchon in Mayfair who’ve just launched a fancy new breakfast menu honouring the legacy of Joël Robuchon.
This fabulous French affair will offer up an extravagant breakfast experience 8-11am Monday to Friday with a selection of patisserie and baked goods freshly made in the Boulangerie, fruits and dairies, fresh juices, and breakfast cocktails. For those who are after some extra fuel, feast upon Le Comptoir Robuchon’s famous eggs Benedict, French toast with maple syrup, vanilla crème fraiche, apple and walnuts; scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with an option for caviar; and omelette with choice of bacon, tomato, mushroom, comte cheese and baby spinach. Not forgetting pain au chocolats and a pile of freshly baked croissants. Check out the website here.
The Mansion Secret Halloween Party
One of our fave Halloween parties have just revealed some of the details of their 2022 event. Taking place on Saturday 29th October, The Mansion’s exclusive ball will be held next to a graveyard (strictly off limits on the party night!), but this spine tingling spooky backdrop is just the beginning. DJ’s Amin Sane, Fabrizia and Paffy will be taking to the decks across three floors, while there’s two lounges, a VIP area and street food available on the night. With the location being revealed as always, 48 hours before the event, get your tickets now for this hell raiser of a night.
New Opening – Nakanojo
Said to be the first Peruvian izakaya, Nakanojo opened back in July on the King’s Road Chelsea. This casual spot which sees guests enter a Peruvian jungle into a restaurant decorated with Geishas and a beautiful cherry blossom tree, offers up nikkei and sushi, dishes from the robata grill along with tacos and street food in a sociable setting. Serving up twists on some of the world’s most unique flavours finessed with South American flair, you can expect hero dishes like nikkei chicken kara-age served coated in chipotle mayo and red onion, the Taco Fiesta with fillings like pulled pork pibil, wagyu carne asada, salmon ceviche, tuna tartar, portobello tataki and shrimp baja; and ceviche maki which includes a unique range of seabass, mango salsa, avocado, mange tout and ceviche sauce.
Carefully curated cocktails will enchance the eating experience with signature serves including the Nakarita – Cazcabel Blanco Tequila, yuzu liqueur, fresh lime juice and agave syrup; Sumo in a Sidecar, a mix of Four Fox Sake, apricot brandy and lemon juice and a range of classics as well as innovative new Boba cocktails inspired by Taiwanese ‘bubble teas’. See what all the fuss is about, here.