National Chocolate Week, all week across London
Hurrah – it’s National Chocolate Week (as if we needed an excuse). In celebration of the cacao-infused confectionery, London’s top hotels, bars and restaurants are hosting exclusive pop-ups and special menus throughout the week. Aqua London has concocted a decadent chocolate cocktail to celebrate, whilst Choc on Choc and Yo! Sushi have collaborated to create chocolate sushi rolls at Selfridges. Sink your teeth into a sublime four-course chocolate feast at the five-star Sanderson hotel, created in partnership with chocolate artisan, William Curley. Guests can also enjoy chocolate-themed cocktails at the Sanderson Long Bar; hone their skills in a masterclass or indulge in a chocolate-inspired spa treatment, which comprises of a 35-minute back treatment using cocoa extract and heated honey.
Date: 15-21 October
Art of The Wild by Perrier-Jouët at The Makdrake, Soho
The Pinterest-perfect terrace at The Mandrake terrace is the perfect setting for Perrier-Jouët to host its new Art of the Wild event, running for two weeks. Flanked by hanging jasmine and passionflower, guests can enjoy champagne pairing meals, masterclasses and floral workshops led by JamJar flowers. Tickets are selling fast, so book now to secure your place.
Date: 18-28 October Time: Varies Price: From £40 for champagne tastings Location: 20-21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG Closest Station: Tottenham Court Road
The Ivy in the Park, Canary Wharf
Richard Caring has arrived in Canary Wharf. The restaurateur has expanded his group of buzzing Ivy brasserie restaurants with The Ivy in the Park. The new outpost follows The Ivy’s winning blueprint for high-end comfort food, serving signature shepherd’s pie, steak sandwiches and truffle chips, alongside a vibrant cocktail menu and considered wine list. The gleaming space is replete with lush foliage, complimented by chairs upholstered in House of Hackney’s ‘Palmeral’ palm leaf-print linen. Head here for breakfast, lunch and late-night libations.
Date: From 16th October Time: All Day Location: 50 Canada Square Park, E14 5FW Closest Station: Canary Wharf Website: theivycanarywharf.com
Company, a new musical at Gielgud Theatre, Soho
Broadway’s popular musical comedy is back with a twist: a female lead, performed by Rosalie Craig. She plays Bobbie, who is single and turning 35. Why can’t Bobbie find Mr Right? Find out for yourself in this hit story written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.
Date: 17 October-22 December Time: 2.30pm and 7.30pm Price: From £39.50 Location: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6AR Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus
Chel-Ski’s St Moritz Alpine Bar, Fulham
For a slice of St Moritz without leaving London, head to Chel-Ski near Fulham Broadway. London’s largest ski and snowboard centre has unveiled a twinkling new après ski Alpine Bar, inspired by a traditional Swiss ski lodge. Following a workout on the indoor slope, kick off your skis and unwind with a hot chocolate or mulled wine.
Date: From 17 October Time: 10.30am-10.30pm Price: Varies Location: 4 Sotheron Place, Michael Road, London SW6 2EJ Closest Station: Fulham Broadway
NFL London, Wembley Staduim
The American National Football League (NFL) is gathering speed in London this month, as the NFL continue at Wembley Stadium. Watch the Tennessee Titans take on the LA Chargers this weekend.
Date: 14 October-28 October Time: Varies Price: From £41 Location: Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS Closest Station: Wembley Park Website: nfl.com/uk