Category: Food & Drink

Up-Cycled plates at the Hoxton Hotel

In mainland Europe they throw them into the fire at the end of supper, here in Zen Shoreditch we Up-Cycle for many merry meals more.

You along with your continental cousins are invited to the Hoxton Hotel to take your crappy crockery, and give it a facelift at a special event for crafters who enjoy doing the dishes, in a special way.

Make a special mantle piece decoration or something for your beans and toast with paints, glitters, designs and fabrics while enjoying some drinks and popcorn with fellow crafters.

Up Cycled pates takes place at the Hoxton Hotel on Tuesday the 28th of October from 7pm.



Jam & Dine at The Russet

Get geared up for the next installment of live music and delicious dinner as Jam and Dine gets set to put on a night of entertaining and edible enjoyment.

Hear an array of live music with blues, alternative rock and folk from Zara Tobias performing her acoustic & harmony-filled set, the husky voice of Daniel Glover, and bluesy folk from Davey James.

There will also be live art and poetry with spoken word artist Charlie Dupre will be performing along with Novemto Komo doing a live painting of the evenings events.

Jam & Dine at the Russet takes place on Wednesday the 29th of October from 6pm with the first performances getting going at 7:30pm.

£5 tickets here.


Twitter: @JamSandwichLive


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Miriam Beard | @mirihb

Cider Box at the Old Ship

Our friends from Cider Box are crossing the channel for their next pop up bringing with them some of the finest French produce for you to salivate over and sample.

Throughout the evening, cider connoisseur Dan will guide you through six delicious French Ciders expertly paired with six scrumptious French cheeses.

Your ticket to this delightful soirée is just £20, which includes your exquisite cider and cheese. And if you can prove you are French, you’ve bagged yourself a 15% discount on your ticket!

Cider Box at the Old Ship Inn, Mare Street takes place on Saturday the 25th of October from 6pm. Find their Facebook event page here and buy your tickets here NOW!

Listen back to our Cider Box special with the Preshaah here.




Miriam Beard | @mirihb

Cakeageddon at the Hoxton Hotel

Prepare thyselves for a gruesome, disgusting, repulsive, yet delicious cake feast at the Hoxton Hotel.

This Halloween Miss Cakehead and Eat Your Heart Out are back for the fourth year bringing you an array of cakes that are so gross, they’re beautiful.

These treats are not for the squeamish, as they portrait rotting corpses, capitated animals and more horrific images.

Check out the cake installation of your nightmares on the 30th of October and the 1st of November at the Hoxton Hotel.


Cake Head

Oui Madame review

Fancy French tonight? Get yourself down to Stoke Newington’s new late night bistro, Oui Madame.

Situated at 182 Stoke Newington Road, this bohemian bar serves up classic, simple French dishes and tantalizing cocktails.

Try their signature ‘Oui Madame’ served with a spritz of absinthe or go for something with gin and elderflower. Cocktails come in singles or carafes so they’re perfect for sharing.

This Parisian hang out is an ideal place to come for a few drinks and some sharing plates before heading down to La Culotte – their basement nightclub which welcomes some of the hottest world music artists on the scene.

Try their French sausage, pork cheek croquettes, and pomme frites with blue cheese sauce. More substantialoptions include your classic steak and fries or their 3 course set menu, priced at a reasonable £23.

Open past midnight during the week, and till 2am on weekends.


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Cider Box at The Old Ship review

The other week the Old Ship in Hackney transformed itself into a Real Cider Festival, with all ciders and meads supplied by real cider connoisseur Dan – founder of distribution and events company The Cider Box.

Guests were treated to the CIDER VS CHEESE TASTING SESSION – eight unique ciders ranging from 4% to 19.5% (!) in generous half pint measures, paired with delicious cheeses courtesy of Ian from London company Raw Cheese Power.

The pairing of Joe Strummer’s favourite cider – extremely dry Wilkins Medium, with an eighteen month matured unpasteurised Montgomery cheddar was unrivalled, except perhaps by the ‘Perry’ – cider made from pears (and nothing like Kopperberg!) – with a pungent Warwickshire goats cheese.

Other highlights involved the Piltonkeeved cider, served in a champagne flute, and the Somerset Pomona mead

A fantastic evening – just the ticket to ease you into the festive season.And word on the street is that this could become a monthly event.

Listen back to our Cider Box special with the Preshaah -

You can catch the Raw Cheese Power fellas every Saturday at Archway Market, Broadway Market and Maida Hill Market, and every Sunday at Chatsworth Road and Harringey.


The Cider Box

The Breakfast Club Bingo

Roll up roll up for some garden gate number 8, two little ducks 22 and thirty two buckle my shoe as BC Bingo heads to London Bridge for an evening of prizes, pride and nanna style fun.

Get set for an evening of throw back wet play style fun, as you battle it out to fill in numbers faster than your friends with treats given out across the rounds.

They will also be running an extended happy hour all night so get in from 6pm to get tanked.

BC Bingo at London Bridge takes place on Wednesday the 29th of October with games commencing at 7:30pm sharp.

£5 Tickets can be purchased here.



London Cocktail Week

Get ready for a week of dashing drinks dressed up in fun glasses with all kind of sipping suggestions taking you on a slippery slope to getting sloshed.

London Cocktail Week is running from the 6th of October to the 12th with 200 bars offering drinks for just £4 to lucky wristband bearers.

At Translate Bar on Kingsland Road the Don Julio Mexican Street Festival is rolling into town with the bar being decorated in bright colours, special music, tasty food and customised t-shirts.

Head to the website for full listings and to get your £15 wristband

@Translate Bar



Get set to experience sound in style in Shoreditch, as analogue ensemble Spiritland opens with crisp crackling vinyl creating an earthy and enriching vibe for its visitors.

Exploring sounds from the 50′s on-wards covering rock n roll, soul, country and R’n'B, music will be played on vinyl on specifically modified turntables across a valve amp on a rare Bozak mixer. This is the place for Music Lovers.

Guest DJ’s include Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, Nick Deacon for Lemon Jelly, girl from Mars Charlotte Hatherly and former XFM smooth talker Nick Luscombe.

With a selection of audio enhancing food and drink, Spiritland opens on Monday the 6th of October at Merchants Tavern, 36 Charlotte Road. EC2A 3PG
Tel: 020 7060 533

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@nickluscombe 22/10


Paper & Cup

Paper & Cup located on Calvert avenue is a delightful coffee shop serving an assortment of  treats along with a focus on social aims.

Filled with a variety of books to read while you sip on a coffee or tea, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly which is why it’s loved by the one and only Russell Brand.

Not only is it a great place to chill out Paper & Cup is working towards  giving those in recovery from addiction and long term unemployment an opportunity to build their confidence and master their barista skills in a safe environment.

On Wednesday nights the café turn’s into choice’s recovery café from 7-9 PM.

Paper & Cup is located at 18 Calvert Avenue from 8AM – 6PM.

If you are looking to get involved or would like more information e-mail Brent at