As a girl who just adores a well-made cake or heavenly patisserie, I bring exciting news! The Savoy, one of my favourite hotels in the whole world, has just given me a very good reason to swan along the North Strand more often, and not just in search of my metropolitan Mr Darcy.
Melba at The Savoy, is destined to become the poshest takeaway and bakery in the land and the place to gravitate for an exquisite, artisan, ladylike eclair – mine’s a rose and raspberry – and all manner of carefully crafted, baked delights from crumbly, golden croissants to the perfect, apricot and almond Danish pastry. They also do very proper sandwiches that won’t disappoint and coffee to excite the most discerning caffeine connoisseur by Musetti of Milan.
The inspiration for all this sweet heaven, lies with the childhood memories of the Savoy’s executive pastry chef, Ludwig Hely, who grew up in France. “The eclair presents so many opportunities to be creative,” he says. He also reveals his passion and perfectionism. It took no less than five attempts before he was delighted enough with the texture of the croissants to put them on the menu. Prices at Melba range from £1.50 to £5.25. I’m in no doubt the orange peel and dark chocolate pain au chocolat is destined to become a hit with ladies who lunch – but will they produced in darling mini sizes, so they are guilt free, just like the super smart tea and cake emporiums of chic Paris? Then I could sample every eclair on the menu.
Melba at The Savoy is on the corner of Savoy Court. Opening ours are 6.30am to 7.30am Mon – Friday; 7.30am to 7.30am Saturday and 9.00am to 7pm on Sundays.
Mr Fogg’s will host antiques expert and TV personality David Harper at the Victorian-inspired Mayfair bar. Mr Harper, known for his appearances on The Antiques Road Trip, Flog It and Bargain Hunt, will take guests on an antique journey, giving a brief talk and answering any questions that guests have about their items.
He will also be awarding one of his limited edition London prints to the most interesting or extraordinary object brought in by a guest.
Date – Monday 27th April 2015
15 Bruton Lane
Tel: 020 7 036 0608
Facebook: Mr Fogg’s
Monday – Wednesday: Precisely 5.01pm – 01.01am
Thursday – Friday: Precisely 4.01pm – 01.01am
Saturday: Precisely 3.01pm – 6.01pm (High Tea) 6.01pm – 01.01am
La Grande Vadrouille (1966) follows a house painter (Bourvil) and a grumbling operatic conductor (Louis de Funès), whose uneventful Parisian lives are turned upside-down when they stumble across the crew of a downed RAF bomber (one of whom is played by Terry-Thomas!). With the support of Resistance fighters, they help the airmen escape to the zone libre. This is one of our French Sundaes series of screenings, with accompanying talks by Jon Davies. Doors open at 13:30 for a 14:30 start.
ReShape and the Cinema Museum are launching the VITO Project, a series of free monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBTs together to watch films and share ideas. This month’s film is the documentary Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, about the ball culture in New York, which has been have praised as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.
It shows how the contestants in these drag competitions dealt with the adversity of racism, homophobia, AIDS and poverty in mid-to-late 1980s New York. The film will be followed by an open discussion. The project is endorsed by BFI Flare, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates and Positively UK.
This is a free event, but donations to the Museum will be welcome.
La Grande Vadrouille – Sunday 26th April
Paris is Burning – Wednesday 29th Apr
The Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way
London SE11 4TH
Tel: 020 7840 2200 Email: email@example.com
In the lead up to the UK General Election in May, British documentary photographer Anna Fox and rising star Andrew Bruce present us with an exhibition based on the British satirical TV show ‘Spitting Image’. Spitting Image featured puppet caricatures of prominent celebrities, including international politicians and the Royal family but was cancelled in 1996. The UK’s most popular political figures of the 1980s and 1990s will be making an appearance, from Margaret Thatcher and John Major to Cecil Parkinson and Norman Tebbit. The exhibition is open from 22nd April 2015 until 8th May 2015 at the James Hyman Gallery
James Hyman Gallery
16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL
020 7494 3857
The Westfield Presents programme gives up-and-coming independent talent as well as those from leading UK music and culture organisations the opportunity to perform in front of large audiences at Westfield London and Stratford City. The music showcased is a range to suit everyone, from chilled out afternoon vibes to more upbeat music. The programme started in 2011 and there are a variety of ongoing events throughout the year.
Start your weekend early with guided wine tasting, a pop-up restaurant, talks, panel discussions, wine flights and special offers. Who could ask for more?
The Wine Parlour Wine Festival programme includes:
3 Vining Street pop-up restaurant
An innovative collaboration between The Wine Parlour and The Pickled Fork, bringing you a gorgeous five-course menu with each course accompanied by wines from The Wine Parlour’s selection.
Thursday 16 April 7.30pm and Saturday 18 April 7.30pm
Where is the wine in Wine and Dine?
How much should we be thinking about wine when dining out? A panel discussion with panelists including wine writer Nina Caplan, Londonist Food & Drink Editor Ben Norum.
Saturday 18 April 4.00pm. Free, no advance booking required
Guided wine tastings
How clever are your taste buds? Find out with blind tasting challenges, wine flights or book a themed wine tasting. To top it all off, try some award winning artisan cheeses from The French Comté alongside the wines. Ce sera beau!
The Wine Parlour’s top tips
Maximise your enjoyment of fine wine with these top topics. Topics will include how to taste, serve and store wine in a series of free ‘pop-up’ talks and tastings.
Friday 17 April from 6pm
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April from 1.00pm, Free
Meet the winemakers
A great opportunity to talk directly to the people behind the bottle. Discover the story behind their winemaking process and taste a selection of their distinctive wines.
Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April 1.00 – 3.30pm, Free
The Wine Parlour quiz night
What are the main grapes from Burgundy? What is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz ? Test your wine knowledge or learn something new at this quiz night.
Sunday 19 April 5.00pm, Free entry.
Friday 17 April from 6.00pm
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April from 1.00pm
Advance booking required for themed wine tastings.
The Wine Parlour
1&3 Vining Street
London SW9 8QA
0203 302 1617