A celebratory month
London is festive in October. In addition to the London Restaurant Festival running all month, the London Cocktail Week starts today. This is a fantastic time to go out and try out that venue you’ve always wanted to visit. Make sure you look your best by taking care of your skin before (and after) a night out in the city!
Taking place in the capital’s best restaurants across the city, London Restaurant Festival is the citywide celebration of eating out and the perfect opportunity to try new restaurants. Not only will there be exclusive promotion but also the chefs will be creating special and creative menus for the occasion. Whether you are looking for a cheap eat at a local favourite or a spectacular Michelin-starred tasting menu, there’s something for every palate and budget.
Here is our guide to our favourite restaurants:
- Aqua Shard
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Offering 360-degree views of London, Aqua Shard serves refined British cuisine within western Europe’s tallest building. With an incredible setting, classy atmosphere and quality ingredients, this is one of the few restaurants that will make you go south the river. Why not enjoy a boat trip and makes this evening even more spectacular?
19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB
Named by Vogue as “the hippest restaurant chain in the world”, Nobu London was the first European venture for the celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Situated in London’s prestigious Mayfair, it offers contemporary flavoursome Japanese dishes with South American influences. A very chic and sophisticated dining experience.
55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB
The elegant D&D restaurant, The Orrery, is in the heart of charming Marylebone Village. Get an insight of the exceptional French creations you get served there and make sure you ask for their award-winning cheese trolley. By day, visit the Epicerie to load on French bistro classics.
- Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
3 Yeoman’s Row, London, SW3 2AL
For those in search of the perfect steak, look no further. Hawksmoor has earned itself something of a reputation for serving up some of the best steaks in London. It goes without saying that they source their beef from award-winning butchers The Ginger Pig. A casual yet elegant setting in the middle of Knightsbridge.
3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
Just off Liverpool St, it is with surprise that you will find this D&D Michelin star-awarded restaurant. Angler brings quintessentially British fish and seafood to the edgy South Place Hotel. Spend a bit of time at the rooftop where you will have a spectacular view over London landmarks, including the Gherkin.
9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
Famous for its afternoon tea, Sketch also offers a stunning gourmet dining experience. Innovative French and European haute cuisine has allowed this Mayfair restaurant to be granted 2 Michelin stars. The room decoration is an experience in itself, without mentioning the must-see bathroom.
We have been looking forward to this since it ended last year. From 3-9 October, discover London’s fantastic cocktail scene. Simply use your London Cocktail Week festival pass to enjoy unlimited £5 cocktails and exclusive offers in over 250 of London’s best bars throughout the week.
There are even tours that gather all bars within the same area to extend the night; Soho, Mayfair, Islington, Shoreditch, you name it.
- OXO Tower
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH
Enjoy a quick walk along Southbank from the Shard to reach another tower, yet smaller, and enjoy special festival serve: Patron silver tequila, homemade cucumber and chili shrub with fresh lemon and apple juices.
30 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6HP
Keep the evening consistent with this contemporary Japanese duo. Roka offers a surprising cocktail of Nikka pure malt Japanese whisky, homemade roasted nori and kokuto syrup and liquorice bitters.
55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB
With its participation into both events, this venue makes the perfect excuse to have a cocktail before AND after your meal. For this special event, try Solaire, Bacardi Superior rum with fresh lime, raspberries and blackberries. If the weather permits it, sip your cocktail at the rooftop terrace.
- Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar
109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Looking for something different? Why not go to the Fifth Floor Bar of Harvey Nichols prior to the restaurant. We can’t promise you won’t see something you’d like to purchase on your way up… but their St Germain cocktail will make you forget any shopping spree.
65a Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
Enjoy a thyme-infused gin cocktail at this stunning venue, on the south side of Old Spitalfields Market. You can continue your tour with the visit of Ten Bells, an iconic East London public house. We promise you won’t see Jack the Ripper.
22 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QP
After the quirky gastro-brasserie that is Sketch, spice your evening up by going to Dishoom Carnaby. In addition to their special gin concoction, they will be offering okra fries for those who still feel peckish. On your way, why not pop into Liberty to pick up your Biologique Recherche products? J
My ‘go out’ skin care routine
We are super excited about these events here at the office and this is what I will be doing skin wise to be the star of the night:
I will be removing all the impurities of the day with my Lait VIP O2 milk cleanser. Perfect to unify and brighten my complexion (yes, I am a city dweller). Biologique Recherche also have a cleansing milk option for combination and sensitive Skin Instants®, and one for more mature Skin Instants®.
Of course, I wouldn’t go out without getting rid of the dead cells accumulated at the surface of my skin. My dear Lotion P50 rebalances, purifies and hydrates, plus it comes in different versions to suit every Skin instant®.
Certainly the best moment of the routine. I’ll chill on the sofa and watch some TV for 15 minutes whilst my masque acts. On the day, I will decide to opt for either Masque VIP O2 – a refreshing and hydrating option – if my skin feels devitalised and tight, or Biomagic Mask if it looks a little shiny (and well I am never against a lift effect).
Then, I will keep my skin smooth and moisturised with my favourite Biologique Recherche cream, Emulsion Gel Biosensible.
A spritz of L’eauxygénante to energise and prolong my makeup hold, et voilà!
Don’t forget to cleanse your face when back home or you’ll regret it in the morning :)
For a quick clean, use Eau Micellaire Biosensible and Solution Demaquillante pour les yeux. You can do the full routine again but if you had one too many cocktails, stop there and head to bed!