Social fine dining – Eleven98 Hackney

Venturing into London’s Hackney heading to a social dining experience run by Aidan Brooks called Eleven98 Hackney I was unsure what I was going to be served on the night and with me being very fussy I was a bit concerned.  Also I was going alone as I was invited down personally by Aidan. Going alone was a bit daunting to say the least but when I arrived at Eleven98 Hackney and sat down I soon started to mingle with the other guests, even though those around me were all couples. 

Firstly though let me tell you more about Eleven98 Hackney and Aidan.

Eleven98 Hackney

Eleven98 Hackney is a self-funded immersive social fine dining concept which is owned by Aidan Brooks.  It is a way for him to showcase the incredible produce which is either foraged, grown or sourced within the London Borough of Hackney.

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Nepalese cuisine – KityCow pop up at Hush

Within London did you know that there is a secret hidden Mayfair restaurant called Hush which is tucked away in a hidden courtyard within the historical heart of Mayfair? 

Well I never knew and I was pleased that I got to discover it on a recent win of mine.

I had the pleasure to experience a delicious three course meal along with three of my friends to dine within Hush’s residency pop up KityCow which is there for just 3 months.

Firstly let me tell you a bit more about Hush.

Hush

Hush is a restaurant which is set in a townhouse in Mayfair. It has two dining spaces, an award-winning cocktail lounge, extensive private dining options and has one of the best outdoor dining spaces within London.

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Becoming Sherlock – The Game is Now

Sherlock is out of the country and a rash of break-ins are rippling across London, one thing is clear his brilliance is required, or in this case our’s as Sherlock is absent.

With Sherlock away, Mycroft Holmes put out a call as The Network seeks recruits with sharp eyes, keen wits and a hunger for adventure.

A group of us from the Love Pop Ups London community were invited down on a complimentary basis via Mycroft to become detectives for the evening to help solve the crimes. 

Question is can we make Mycroft and Sherlock proud?

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Am I the next Vincent van Gogh? – Paint Republic

Growing fast ‘paint and sip’ events are the all-new way to socialise with friends on a night out.

Only recently I attended another painting class in which I learnt how to paint the London landscape and with me not painting a serious piece of artwork since school but only maybe the odd stick man with my niece I was prepared to grab a paintbrush and take things seriously, well slightly.  I loved the class so much and was quite impressed with my piece of art at the end of it.

This time around I was invited down on a complimentary basis via Paint Republic to try out one of their fun ‘paint and sip’ classes.  I went along with my friend Laura to one of their classes to paint flowers. Why flowers? well I love flowers and have always felt inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s art work of his famous painting of sunflowers.

So the challenge was on could I be the next Vincent van Gogh?

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Asian burger – Yen Burger

Grabbing a burger within London or anywhere over the world in fact is not difficult with there being so many fast-food restaurants, cafes, and speciality and high-end restaurants which sell burgers.  There are a number of different cultured types of burgers which are sold all over the world so when I was invited down by Yen of Yen Burger to taste what an Asian inspired burger is like I could not resist, as I love burgers.

Yen Burger

Yen Burger is founded by Yen Nguyen, in which she has bought burgers to London with her distinctively eastern twist on them.

With her success at some of the UK and Germany’s leading restaurants she wanted to give diners a whole different take on burgers.

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Darling dumplings – Alla’s Yummy Food

I am a big foodie and love learning new techniques and cooking dishes that I have unlikely done before. I was invited down by Alla on a courtesy basis to learn with some other tastemakers from TimeOut how to make and cook dumplings the Russian way.

Alla’s Yummy Food

Alla is a Russian/Latvian TV chef and food blogger. She is passionate about food and creating unique food experiences for people who have never tried Russian and Eastern European Food. She particularly loves how food brings different cultures together.

She graduated as a professional chef and intermediate pastry chef from Westminster College in London. Since then she has appeared on television such as the National Russian TV and British TV. Some of her food videos have even been featured on Tastemade and Insider Food with over 5 million views on Facebook.

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Bingo isn’t just for old people – Dabbers

Bingo has always been a big part of British culture and has been recently reignited for the younger generation as bingo is no longer a pensioner’s game!  Dabbers has recently been modernised for the younger generation bringing it into the 21st century from quirky bingo pop ups such as bingo brunches, bingo dinners, bingo parties, just about anything.  

I was invited down by Dabbers on a complimentary basis to experience and dab my way through the night within the UK’s first purpose built, contemporary bingo venue in Houndsditch, London.

Dabbers

Dabbers is the UK’s first and only purpose built, contemporary bingo hall to open up which is open 7 days a week. They bring bingo to Londoners with a very modern twist via comedians, cabaret and musicians giving bingo sessions that cutting edge.

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Classically British – VIVI

VIVI is one of the newest and most exciting restaurants to launch in the heart of London’s West End this year. They serve traditional British cuisine with a modern flair. The restaurant is open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre meals and dinner. So whether you are a local resident, working in the city, or visiting for the day VIVI has a British dish for everyone’s taste evoking memories of yesteryear with an innovative twist.

I was invited on a complimentary basis along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London to enjoy some comforting British delights during this Wintry season.

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Asian delight – Eat Me Supper Club

Supper Clubs are becoming more and more popular with so many popping up lately in London as well as all over the UK. The other night I had the pleasure of being invited down on a courtesy basis via Alexandra of Eat Me Supper Club.

Eat Me Supper Club

Passionate cook and author Alexandra Antonioni holds a variety of supper clubs throughout the year within her home in Camden along with her husband Imi bringing the opportunity to diners to taste such culinary delights as Asian food through to Italian food.

To discover their latest upcoming events click here.

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A 1940s Squiffy Picnic – Cahoots

Travelling into London via train today I was on a journey to venture back to the 1940s to dine on a hamper of classic British picnic delights along with some classic war time entertainment courtesy of Cahoots.

Cahoots

Inspired by true events that occurred in post-war Britain, The Captain of Cahoots has brought Soho’s illicit and nocturnal escapades from the era back to life.

Cahoots is a themed style old tube station with a cocktail bar which is set under the streets of Soho.

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