Valentine’s Day in London

Mardi Gras Mambo 


The Four Thieves, 51 Lavendar Gardens

£8 advance, £10 on the door

Prepare for blazing street beats and piano-driven sounds of the honky-tonk, with more beads and bedlam than you can shake your tail feather at this Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Mambo is back! The London guardians of the New Orleans groove host the hottest authentic NOLA parties this side of Bourbon St. resplendent in Victorian glamour – The Four Thieves, Clapham’s best kept secret!

Dom & the Iko’s: Intoxicating piano and wailing sax create the unmistakable Crescent City 50’s RnB sound from Ronnie Scott’s residents Dom &The Iko’s.

The Brass Volcanoes: Ever wondered what a Second Line is? London’s finest, funked-out six piece brass outfit will show you, they’ll even jump into the crowd, horns blazing, drums pumping and bounce with you..

DJ Lil’ Koko – Fresh from supporting the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Dirty Dozen Brass on their explosive London tours DJ Lil’ Koko digs deep into her stash of vinyl treasures spinning rare New Orleans RnB, jump jive and swing.

The Gumbo Shack – Come hungry, leave soulful! New Orleans born and bred, Chef Nataleigh Rene at Gumbo Galley will be serving up platters of gumbo and jambalaya

Come dressed ready to party Mardi Gras style – beads, masks, feathers, boldness. PHOTOBOOTH! To capture the frolics.

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The Dark Side of Love – The Valentine’s Masked Ball


Friday the 13th February 2015, 10 pm till 4 am at The Coronet Theatre

Join The Last Tuesday Society on the eve of Valentine’s Day – that anodyne festival of cupids and confectionary – on Friday 13th, a date whose famous ill portent bears ancient associations with deviancy, heresy, betrayal and death .. not to mention a machete-wielding maniac in a hockey mask. For those wanting to get lucky in love what more auspicious opportunity than this lucky-for-some day?

The guys are serious about this one……”So come and celebrate – or commiserate – with us the darker side of love. Be regaled by our cast of 200 performers as you drink, dance and debauch yourself into delirium or delinquency.”


Decadent Dessert and Captivating Cocktails at Basement Sate


Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and London’s coolest cocktail and dessert bar, Basement Sate, is offering a special Aphrodisiac themed St Valentine’s menu, to be enjoyed by friends, lovers and sweet toothed cocktail lovers alike.

The St Valentine’s pairing degustation menu, which is £38 for two people, has been carefully created using a selection of the finest ingredients, many of which are said to have aphrodisiac qualities, in particular raspberries, vanilla, chocolate and honey. The menu will consist of 3 beautifully made mini-desserts, each perfectly complemented with 3 expertly mixed cocktails, creating a menu of supreme indulgence which is sure to get taste buds tingling.

St Valentine’s £38 (same offer as Tuesday pairing; 3 mini dessert+3 mini cocktails to share)

Dessert – lychee & pineapple cream, almond, raspberry
Cocktail – twist on a clover club: gin, raspberry, lemon, ginger ale

Dessert – strawberry, basil & pistachio tart
Cocktail – vodka, fig, vanilla, lemon

Dessert – honey & lemon parfait
Cocktail – rum old fashion with honey & chocolate, @BasementSate

Basement Sate

8 Broadwick Street

London W1F 8HN

Opening Hours – Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 1.30am


So Vintage: All you need is Love!

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Love, love, love… From taxidermy chicks, antique virgin marys and neon signs to the more traditional vintage jewellery, clothing and red velvet cupcakes, there’s something for all the lovers at So Vintage!

Head down to Old Spitalfields Market on Sat 7th feb to rummage over 30 stalls of vintage clothing furniture and antiques.

Plus, get you picture snapped the retro way with the Foto Noir’s elegant wooden photobooth.

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Pamper your Partner in Parlour


The extraordinarily talented head chef at Parlour, Jesse Dunford Wood, is always pushing the boundaries and Parlour’s Valentine’s menu is no exception. His creative cooking takes centre stage and this year will see a 6-dish sharing menu as well as fizz on arrival, bread to break together, fresh mint tea and a few choccies to take home for only £45 pp. Jesse’s suitably quirky dishes include mushroom tea with crumpets & tarragon butter, quail egg tart & hazelnut hollandaise, glazed beef cheek with smoked potatoes and clotted crème caramel with blood oranges – and any dishes can be altered to accommodate fussy and difficult dates.



Sweet Treats with Lily O’Briens

Valentine’s Day is upon us and Lily O’Brien’s has a fantastic selection of chocolates to show your sweetheart you care.

Treat your loved one to the Petit Chocolate Indulgence, a wonderful collection of six of Lily O’Brien’s most delicious milk, dark and white chocolate recipes; Brazilian orange truffle, Raspberry Compote, Praline Perfection, Orange Chocolate Ganache, Le Crunch Chocolate Truffle Surprise, Luscious Chocolate Mousse and Sticky Toffee.


The delectable Desserts Collection is inspired by some of the world’s favourite dessert recipes including Passion Fruit Posset, Banoffee Pie, Crème Brûlée, Key Limey Pie, Hazelnut Torte and Raspberry Infusion.

For the romantics out there, the Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts box features heart-shaped crunchy honeycomb pieces smothered in creamy milk chocolate. This beloved collection has been part of the Lily O’Brien’s chocolate family since 1992 and remains a firm favourite.

Alternatively, the Sticky Toffee variant contains smooth caramel covered in Lily O’Brien’s unique recipe of dark and milk chocolate – perfect for an extra indulgent treat.

Find the guys in Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda!



Show your love with wines from VIN2O!

Wine makes a wonderful gift for your sweetheart and Vin2o has handpicked wines to enjoy together this Valentine’s Day.
Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day so why not treat your loved one to a special selection of wines while raising funds for water charity, Pump Aid.

VIN2O offers an outstanding New Zealand rosé and a deliciously fruity South African red, both guaranteed to set hearts racing on 14th February.

The Yealands Estate Pinot Noir Rosé, 2014, features aromas of red berries and cream with a crisp balancing acidity. It tastes great on its own, as an aperitif, or with salmon and white meat dishes. It comes from the Marlborough region of New Zealand and last year, Yealands was crowned the country’s Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Price: £12.95 per bottle plus postage.

VIN2O’s Martin Meinert La Barry Red, 2011, is a light, fresh red wine made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinotage. Well-respected wine producer Martin, created this wine for his wife (Leigh-Ann), who wouldn’t drink red wine. He selected grapes from his Meinert Devon Crest Estate near Stellenbosch and blended the varieties to result in a fruity, easy drinking red that can be enjoyed without food, or with antipasti and charcuterie platters. Price: £11.75 per bottle plus postage.

VIN2O’s mission is to sell good wine and use the profits to raise money for Pump Aid – a charity working to supply clean water to rural communities in Africa. For every purchase made on the website, VIN2O donates a percentage of profits to Pump Aid. It provides clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and since 1998 it has installed more than 8500 pumps providing clean water to over 1.25 million people. Today the charity works mostly in Malawi where it is estimated that 2.4 million people do not have access to clean water.

All VIN2O wines are handpicked with care from smaller producers and cooperatives, always with an eye on sustainable and ethical standards.

Order by 10th February to guarantee delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.

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