BEHIND EVERY DOOR
Last year, we punched out the cardboard faces of One Direction for some sad chocolates to mark the countdown to Christmas. This time round, we’ve supersized our advent calendar and are sharing the surprises with our friends.
Each day at 9pm from December 1st, there’ll be a chance to win that day’s advent-treat: breakfasts, brunches, roasts and cocktails at Village East, dinners over at the Riding House Cafe, and guest prizes from our neighbours at Fatties Bakery, Jensen’s Gin, the Design Museum, O’Shea’s butchers and the Kernel and Anspach & Hobday breweries.
You’ll get an entry ballot when you sit down to eat, so you need to be dining to win!
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Thanks to the no-show summer, we’re already wrapped up in scarves, fiddling with tinsel and murmuring christmas carols.
Best get in to the proper spirit though, and we’ll do that the only way we know how: feasting like royalty.
Whether you’re dining alone or bringing the office brood, we’ve got options for everyone.
When you have to make tough calls, like choosing between a beer or a cocktail, we try to help you out. In fact, we’ve addressed that particular problem full on with our Hoppy Hour menu – a different sort of happy hour for pint-lovers.
Five refreshing beery cocktails made with fine produce from local Bermondsey breweries, plus other temptations from the tap, bottle and fizz departments.
New Year's Eve
We’re going to try and get to the bottom of Dr Black’s murder once and for all – and we’re doing it on NYE.
Actually, you’ll be doing the solving over a set four course menu. Ponder over an amuse bouche and interrogate your way through dessert. Sip special cocktails based on suspects and weapons and have a dance after dinner.
Pre-book your table by calling 020 7357 6082 or email.
Parties & private dining
The Little Room
Just because you can’t make it out to that lovely country house, doesn’t mean country house can’t come to you. Private dining for up to 18, sharing menus for every occasion and all those mod-con meeting facilities neatly hidden away.
CALL & COLLECT
Squished tin foil sandwiches are a sad sight, but we don’t want to deprive you of lunch in the park.
So we’ve introduced Call & Collect. Ring ahead and place your order, then collect on your way to your alfresco location.
Costica Acsinte was a documentary photographer during World War 1, and when he returned to Slobozia in his home country of Romania, he took photos of the local residents.
Fast forward nearly a century, to Australia, where artist Jane Long has discovered Acsinte’s archive of glass plate photographs, and has reimagined and digitalised them in colour.
The results are playful and often surreal scenes that extend around classic looking subjects.
THE WORLD OF CHARLES AND RAY EAMES
Surround yourself with the objects, photography, paintings, sculptures, drawings and models which present a life time of design by Charles and Ray Eames at the Eames Office.
It’s an extensive exhibition displaying over four decades of work from two of the most influential and important designers of the 20th century, exploring their pioneering designs and philosophical ideals.
Lee Miller explored the impact of WW2 on women’s lives through photography.
Starting as a fashion model, she became one of the most important female war photographers of the century as a correspondent for Vogue – snapping events including the London Blitz and the liberation of Paris.
This is a rare chance to see items never before on display from her collection including art and personal items as well as photographs.
DRIVERS IN THE 1980S
Chris Dorley-Brown had the foresight to take quite ordinary photographs in the 1980’s of people driving around London – perhaps knowing that a few decades later they’d be brilliant relics of urban nostalgia.
In fact, his original intention was to document the privatisation of Rolls Royce, but his preoccupation with people meant he captured so much more than just the automotive changes of the time.
We’ve always been proud when we remember how to make a paper aeroplane, but artist Calvin Nicholls takes paper art to a whole new level.
His method is called haut-relief, and starts with a drawing. Various paper components are then made from the drawing using templates, X-ACTO knifes, scalpels and scissors.
Each piece is painstakingly glued over weeks and sometimes years, until they sit perfectly in place and as part of the final, jaw-dropingly detailed 3D image.
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20ml soya sauce
25ml peanut oil
1 tsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic
1 thumb-sized piece ginger
Tabasco to taste
salt & pepper
Finely chop the ginger and the garlic, mix with the ingredients except the oil. Whisk until smooth and then whisk in the oil to emulsify the vinaigrette.
Season and add a few drops of Tabasco to taste.