Inside with the Interns: Hannah Boakye

We are back again with another post for our ‘Inside with the Interns’ series, where you’ll get to know about Hannah who was our Social Media intern for August and September. We hope you enjoy reading this one.

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Where do I even begin? Cliché- I know but forgive me, it’s been a whirl wind of a summer and I’m still coming to terms with everything that has happened. I have a feeling that this is going to be a LONG one, so if I were you, I would make yourself a cuppa, grab a biscuit and kick back.

I guess the logical place to start this blog post off with would be my graduation in July. After three amazing, but extremely challenging years, I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism degree and several NCTJ qualifications under my belt. If I thought completing University had been stressful; I was in for a bigger shock. I was about to enter the ‘real world’.

If you’re a final year student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you can imagine how daunting this whole process is. The thought of becoming an adult and leaving behind the luxury of being a student was bittersweet. I would be swapping the long summer breaks for limited annual leave; the two hour lectures for a 9-5 and not to mention having little to no time to binge watch Netflix series. I mean the list goes on.

However, despite my fears and anxiety, it wasn’t all doom and gloom and I actually had something very exciting to look forward too. I was fortunate enough to have lined up an internship with Samphire Communications, which I would be starting in August.

To be completely honest with you I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had completed an internship with a PR company the summer before, but this time I would be carrying out a new role as Samphire’s social media intern.

From day one, I was pretty much thrown into the action and honestly this was the best thing that could have happened. Was I nervous- yes! But, I knew how valuable getting this experience was, so, there was no point sitting awkwardly on the side-lines, I had to get stuck in! Not to mention, there was always someone from the team ensuring that I was on track and comfortable with whatever I was doing, so I never felt abandoned.

One of my main tasks was coming up with ideas and a strategy on how to improve the company’s LinkedIn page and their blog. This was my bread and butter, especially as several of my University modules had involved creating news sites, creating content for them and finding ways to increase traffic and engagement, so I naturally found myself fully immersed in it all.

Aside from this, I was also tasked with creating social media plans for clients, scheduling posts, interacting with their audiences and even had the opportunity to attend a photoshoot-this was probably my favourite part because it meant free food!

Before I knew it, I had been interning for a good three weeks and fully felt like one of the chicks. The commute from Reading to London had grown on me and the busy area of Fitzrovia was becoming familiar to me. So, when I was asked if I would intern until the end of September rather than finish at the end of August, I accepted without hesitation.

My social role continued as usual, but I also now had the responsibilities of the PR intern, meaning my hands were even fuller, but I was super excited to be experiencing the best of both worlds.

As my two months of interning came to an end, one day I was called into a meeting with the big boss- scary! She told me how impressed they had been with the work I had carried out over the past weeks and to my surprise I was offered a permanent position as Social Media Executive!

I couldn’t believe it and sometimes I still have to pinch myself, however, I’m extremely excited and grateful to be able to do what I love every day! My advice for anyone looking for an internship or currently interning would be to make sure that you put 100% into everything you do because you just never know the good that could come from it! I certainly didn’t!

Hannah Boakye

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Meet the Chicks: Chloe

We are back again with a third post from our Meet the Chicks series and this time you’ll get to know all about our lovely Junior PR Account Manager, Chloe Walden.

Chloe Walden

Chloe Walden

Hi Chloe, let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

I’m from all over the place – we moved around a lot when I was a child so I’ve grown up in Surrey, Devon, Essex and Suffolk – and the Normandy in France! Despite having the academic scholarship at my school, I actually decided not to go to university and went straight into a PR apprenticeship which lasted for 12 months, so I was based in an agency in Suffolk during that time. What that also means is I’ve been doing PR for over six years now – scary! In my free time, I volunteer with my local Shelter Boutique, and go through exercise fads – some weeks its running, some its rock climbing… it depends what takes my fancy really!

So what made you actually go into PR?    

I fell into it by accident really. My Mum is the director of a food manufacturing company, and when I was a bit unsure of my next step during my last year of A Levels, the food photographer she used at the time, thought I might enjoy it. I did a few weeks’ work experience, they offered me the apprentice role, and it went from there really.

What excites you most about your job?

I love the variety – of waking up every morning and not quite knowing what you’re going to be facing that day. Growing up in a really foodie environment also means I love finding out about what’s hot, where to eat and what the next big trend is going to be – and this is the perfect place to find out all these things really.

What has been the best client event that you have attended or organised?

Christmas Afternoon Tea in July for a café in Westminster Abbey. It wasn’t the biggest or necessarily the most glamorous of events, but it’s the first one I organised on my own and we managed to get some great press there, so I think it will always be my best one.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in PR?

Don’t take things too personally. Everyone has bad days in the office, and sometimes you’ll find your pitch to a journalist may just be that one too far for that day. Also, take the time to find out what interests those you’re speaking to on a day-to-day basis – journalists, clients, influencers – everyone really. It’s amazing how much difference having a personalised approach can make.

Who or what inspires you the most?

My Mum and my Aunt. They’re just two awesome, successful, strong women who have approached life with two very different approaches and both ended up having families and incredibly successful careers.

Describe your happy place?

 It would be warm, with a sea view but NOT on the beach itself (I really don’t like sand…) and the food would be freshly cooked but super simple – like BBQ’d fish with coconut rice. Oh, and there would be gin.

Since we are a PR agency specialising in food, it wouldn’t be right to not ask any food questions, so what item of food could you not live without?

Bread and oil – I honestly could live off it.

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be, why and what meal would you cook them?

I don’t really know – I’m terrible when it comes to celebs at knowing who’s who. Someone super down to earth who would actually enjoy food rather than having to be on a diet – and I would cook a feast of dim sum, noodles, steamed fish… Or Gente de Zona because they are my future husbands even if they don’t know it yet.

And lastly, is a Jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

Samphire xoxo

Inside with the Interns: Roxana Caia

Welcome to our newest series, ‘Inside with the Interns’, where you’ll hear first hand the experiences from the lovely, eager and hard-working individuals who come to work with us.

Our first post of the series starts of with Roxana who was our PR intern for August, we hope you enjoy it.

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Quite dramatic of me to start with ‘by the time you read this article, I will have already left’ but, alas, there comes a time in one’s life…

Never have I ever felt more grown up than I did when I moved to London for five weeks to complete my internship at Samphire this summer. The realisation dawned on me on a morning commute from my apartment in up-and-coming Brixton to our little office in the heart of Fitzrovia – I’ve always been a big city girl, I was born in Bucharest, Romania, so I am used to the buzz and noise of a capital city. And yet, the mere idea that I was on the tube at 9 am on my way to work in London, the most glorious city to ever exist, felt like a major badge of honour.

It’s funny thinking about it in retrospect, but I was actually nervous about what joining Samphire might feel like. Looking back, my expectations and fears feel rather delusional, bordering on The Devil Wears Prada stereotypes about a fast-paced industry that forgives nothing and no one. I had worked in PR before joining Samphire, a fact which the rational side of my brain was desperately trying to reiterate every time I felt myself panicking, and yet all the media talk about the stark differences between the North and South of England provided endless fuel to my panic fire. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rhythm of the city, that I would feel overwhelmed and stuck in a creative rut.

Having finished my five weeks at the agency, I can definitely attest the most valuable experience at Samphire has been proving myself wrong on all the demons I’d constructed prior to my arrival. It may sound underwhelming, but I can’t imagine what my post-graduation career prospects would have sounded like had I not taken the leap of faith of moving to London. There is something truly unique about the way things work around here, the expectations clients have of you, the breadth of profiling opportunities you have to choose from – in short, as cheesy as it may come across, there’s nothing quite as motivational as the endless possibilities that London seems to be offering you on the daily. I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I am really looking forward to finishing my academic career and finally getting to work full time in this city, I have a feeling I will never get bored of it.

By the time you’re reading this, I will have returned to my UK home of Newcastle, up North. I am about to start my third (and final) year at Newcastle University, doing Media, Communications & Cultural Studies, and the thought of graduating is both terrifying and incredibly thrilling. At the end of the day, I may not have spent my ‘hot girl summer’ travelling around the world, but I actually feel that investing these few months off into my future career was perhaps one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. It turns out there’s life (and hope) after graduation, and I would have likely never known that without this valuable work experience.

Roxana Caia

Meet the Chicks: Claudia

So we are back again with another post from our ‘Meet The Chicks’ series and this time you get to meet our lovely Social Media Executive, Claudia.

Claudia Jones

Claudia Jones

Hi Claudia, let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

HI!! My name is Claudia and I am from beautiful Australia. I moved to London almost a year ago and have been on the Samphire team since January. I have a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Public Relations and over 6 year’s experience in the wonderful world of social media. In my spare time you will find me with a facemask on, watching Friends with a pizza slice in hand (the good life!)

So we now know you studied Communications and Public Relations, but how did you actually get into Social Media?

I kind of fell into it really! I was working in PR and branding which meant I was doing a lot of social media and content creation. I fell in love with the creativity and branding side of things so took the leap and started my own social media agency.

 What excites you most about your job?

Being creative and creating content is what I really love, and of course eating at so many amazing places!

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in Social Media Management ?

It’s so important to have your finger on the pulse with what the latest trends are and ALWAYS take every opportunity to learn a new skill – you never know when it could come in handy.

What has been the best client event that you have attended or organised?

The best client event I have ever taken part in is probably the summer garden launch at The Courtyard. They have such a good vibe and know how to throw a party!

Who or what inspires you the most?

Working with likeminded girls really motives and inspires me. I also love staying up-to-date with the latest in the food and beauty world which constantly gets me excited!

Describe your happy place?

FACEMASK + PIZZA + NETFLIX = HAPPY PLACE. I also must say walking through the beauty and skincare aisles make me very very happy too.

Since we are a PR agency specialising in food, it wouldn’t be right to not ask any food questions, so what item of food could you not live without?

CHEESE AND PIZZA.

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be, why and what meal would you cook them?

I would have to say Emily Weiss of Glossier because she’s a badass business woman and I’ve always followed her journey. I would probably cook her chicken parmigiana and potato bake because it’s BLOODY DELICIOUS!

And lastly,does pineapple belong on Pizza?

YES!!!! You’re lying to yourself if you think it doesn’t!

If you loved reading about our Aussie girl Claudia, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for most posts from the girls.

Also, if you haven’t already make sure you read our first post from the series, all about our PR chick Sophie!

September: Things to get up to this month

Summer- the season so many of us look forward to all year long, but between the vacations, weekends spent basking in the sun (although uncomfortable at times), the BBQ’s and music festivals, the days almost seem to slip right through your fingers! Before you know it, the warm weather is replaced with cooler temperatures; you are waking up to darker mornings, rushing out the door to take the kids to school and whipping out your favourite jumper.

However, the fun of summer doesn’t have to end just yet, and this September there are so many things for you, friends and family to get up to!

Here is our run-down of things to keep you busy this September.

The Boat Inn Sunday Homework Sessions

Liam Dillon- The Boat Inn Crab

Liam Dillon- The Boat Inn Crab

When: 1st September

Where: The Boat Inn, Walsall Rd, Muckley Corner, Lichfield WS14 0BU

Starting from the first of September, Liam Dillon and The Boat Inn will be launching ‘The Sunday Homework Sessions’, allowing in-house chefs to put their culinary skills to the test by creating dishes from the restaurant’s menu.

What’s even better is that they are giving you the chance to dine at the restaurant and try these dishes, as well as giving them your feedback. 

To be a part of this, you can purchase your tickets through the website: https://www.theboatinnlichfield.com/homework

Meatopia

Photo: @Meatopia

Photo: @Meatopia

When: 20th August- 1st September

Where: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Calling all meat lovers- this event is definitely for you! The Meatopia festival will be running again for a sixth time. Be prepared to savour a variety of tasty meat-based dishes cooked over wood or charcoal by some of London’s best chefs.

The weekend promises to be a good vibe with unlimited meat, drinks and music.

Get your tickets here: https://meatopia.seetickets.com/event/meatopia/tobacco-dock/1288211?_ga=1756278305.1566303970

Las Iguanas, Watford

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas

When: 2nd September

Where: 61-63 High Street, Watford , WD17 2DJ

There’s a new resturant in town! Las Iguanas is set to open the doors of its latest venture on 2nd September, with its trademark carnival of Latin American food and culture arriving in Watford just in time for Autumn.

Even though we’ll soon be saying goodbye to Summer, Las Iguanas will be bringing the tropical style and sun-kissed colours of Latin America to the heart of Watford to see us through. Already known for its culinary adventure, this is a welcome addition to the town’s foodie scene and its ideal location at intu Watford is perfect for lunches and brunches, after work drinks, weekend shopping and every kind of celebration.

London Wing Fest

Photo @fitwaffle

Photo @fitwaffle

When: 7th-8th September

Where: The London Stadium   

Have you ever wandered where you can get the best chicken wings in the UK? Well, you’re in luck because the London Wing Fest is tasked with doing just that.

The festival is a celebration of all things chicken wings, with 120,000 flavoursome and succulent wings from 35 street vendors, restaurants and BBQ teams waiting to be devoured. You alongside a judging panel, get to decide who really does the best wings.

So, why not put your skills and taste buds to good use and buy your ticket today!

https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/london-wing-fest-2019?t=tickets

Manchester Wing Fest

Photo: @WingFestUk

Photo: @WingFestUk

When: 14th-15th September

Where: First Street, Manchester, M15 4GU

Not to worry Northerners- Wing Fest is looking to follow in the footsepts of its popular London counterpart, and is comng to Manchester for the frst time ever!

Throughout the day, guests will be able to put their eating skills to the test by entering the Wing eating competition, as well as their taste buds, in the legendary Dr Sweetsmoke’s Lava Wing challenge - which is not for the faint hearted.

Aside from enjoying the tastiest wings that Manchester has to offer, you can soak up the love music from local bands and dj’s, or take part in the axe throwing and BBQ cooking demonstrations being held across the weekend.

A plerethora of wings, live music and cooking demonstrations? Sounds like a win win if you ask me!

https://www.designmynight.com/manchester/whats-on/food-drink/manchester-wing-fest-2019


L’ortolan’s Greatest Hits

L’ortolan

L’ortolan

When: 11th-12th September

Where: L’ortolan, Church Ln, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY

Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant is gearing up to celebrate their 18th birthday this September. 

To commemorate this milestone, for two days only, they are taking diners on a trip down memory lane, by recreating their most popular dishes from over the years- including their ‘sandwich’- goose liver parfait, pain d’epice  and ‘chocolate mushroom’- salted chocolate, coffee and blueberries.

This is an event you’ll not want to miss, so make sure to make your booking!

https://www.lortolan.com/s/4/offers-and-events-space-for-hire-at-restaurant-reading-berkshire

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

When: 13th- 17th September

Where: British Fashion Council, London

It’s that time of the year again- London Fashion Week is returning back to the capital this September.

The bi-annual event is the ultimate showcase for British Fashion, with designers, editors, influencers and bloggers all flocking to view the latest collections.  And for the first time ever, LFW will open its doors to the public, giving you your very own front row access to all the upcoming trends. 

If you want to get the hottest items straight off the runway, make sure to buy your tickets. https://www.seetickets.com/tour/london-fashion-week?awc=7816_1567070868_ee90768892d109674525fc6a230add78&AFF=aw

Brown’s Hotel

When: 9th September

Where: Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP

Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, revealed its new restaurant, Charlie’s, on 9th September. Named after Lord Charles Forte, the restaurant is supervised by Michelin-starred Chef Adam Byatt, who joined Brown’s as Chef Director. Count on Adam and Head Chef Matt Starling, to serve dishes with ingredients of the highest quality sourced from suppliers across the globe, while embracing a bygone era of service with a sense of theatre. Diners can expect daily specials such as whole poached salmon and glazed Essex gammon will be served on a traditional Silver Trolley. Alongside this, the à la carte menu features fresh, seasonal options such as fried courgette flowers with truffle honey, whole 12oz Dover sole simply grilled or pan fried with caper butter, and roasted Yorkshire grouse, blackberries and bread sauce.

Strawberry Tartlet at Charlie’s

Strawberry Tartlet at Charlie’s


Samphire xoxo


Meet the Chicks: Sophie

Welcome to the first blog post of our ‘meet the chicks’ series. Our team is made up of some amazing girls who we feel you should get to know a little better.

First up is Sophie Fox who is one of senior account executives.

Sophie Fox

Sophie Fox

Hi Sophie, let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Kent, near Bluewater Shopping centre (shopaholic), but as I’m on the boarder I’m always in and out of London. I went to St Mary’s University in Twickenham to study Psychology which I absolutely loved. I toyed with the idea of doing a masters and even almost went on to do a PGCE after doing some teaching, before I fell in love with PR! In my free time I am usually eating out (shock!), playing with my new little kitten or at a gig.

So how did you go from studying psychology to ending up in PR?

I was of the Zoella era, obsessed with beauty blogs, videos; you name it- my Saturday job at Superdrug meant that I was always buying the latest lippy. I remember googling jobs in and around beauty and that’s when I stumbled across PR. I did an internship and loved it. My friend then recommended me a brilliant PR agency where I worked with Waitrose, Lakeland and more and that’s when I became a real foodie, discovering new launches and chefs.  After a few agencies and dabbling with restaurants, I knew my next move had to be into the restaurant PR and marketing industry.

What excites you most about your job?

I would have to say a super passionate client, who knows exactly what they’re offering and do it well. Also just seeing something launch and becoming successful, rave reviews and great journalist feedback never gets old. Especially landing that national!

What has been the best client event that you have attended or organised?

We did an amazing influencer evening at Zela, where their chef did a tuna masterclass- he showed us all the different (raw) cuts, letting us taste the difference before we sat down to a meal with love music, including sushi and delicious fusion Japanese-med food. I love when you find out things you didn’t know during an event.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in PR?

Have thick skin- and be prepared to talk lots! It’s all about relationships, but also not taking anything too serious. PR not ER as they say…

Who or what inspires you the most?

It may be cliché but I would have to say my mum. No matter what life throws at her, she just gets through it and with a smile on her face. She can be super sassy sometimes too, when need be!

Describe your happy place?

Paris with my husband Ben and wine on tap with cheese!

Since we are a PR agency specialising in food, it wouldn’t be right to not ask any food questions, so what item of food could you not live without?

This is tough, as it depends on my mood! I can name two- pasta and cheese. Although I do eat about 5 cucumbers a week!

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be, why and what meal would you cook them?

I definitely wouldn’t cook for them as I can only bake (just), so, maybe an afternoon tea, with David Attenborough.

And lastly, when making cereal do you put the milk first or the cereal?

Milk after! What kind of person does milk before? You’re just asking for spillage!

 If you enjoyed finding out more about Sophie, make sure you keep an eye out for more blog posts on the other chicks.

 

Bank Holiday: Things to do and places to go

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There’s nothing more exciting than realising that there’s a bank holiday weekend on the horizon. The thought of turning off all your alarms, catching up on sleep or watching a box set or two, is a feeling that can’t be matched.

Although we’ve already had four bank holidays, arguably, the summer bank holiday trumps them all. It’s the weekend that hosts Europe’s biggest street party- Notting Hill Carnival, it’s the last break before the kids go back to school and if you’re a Christmas enthusiast then it means the countdown to the festivities are even more imminent.

However, the good news doesn’t end here because we are expected to have temperatures of up to 29 degrees! Can I get an Amen? Surely, this is even more of a reason to ditch the pj’s, the box sets and get out and about?

Well luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of things to do and go this bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

If you love to a good party then you’ll definitely not want to miss Britain’s biggest one yet! For two days only, the usually dormant streets of West London will be awoken by the music and parades of Notting Hill Carnival.  It’s a chance for everyone, young and old, to embrace the rich, vibrant and diverse Caribbean culture, from the music, to the food and the impressive colourful costumes.  Not to mention, the tropical weather expected, which means we’ll all get to experience the Caribbean right here in London.

When: 25-26th August

Where: Notting Hill, London

Price: Free

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

The carnival celebrations continue this weekend, with Squeg and Bonez celebrating the event with their very own Caribbean inspired vegan menu, along with two special-edition cocktails. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on the 24th and 25th of August head down to the restaurant.

When: 24th-25th August

Where: 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH

Foodies Festival, Oxford

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to South Park, Oxford, after making the rounds in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. You can expect the day to be filled with live music, workshops (for adults and children), and of course top chefs to be in attendance, including MasterChef Finalist 2019 Delia Maria Asser.

When: 24th-26th August

Where: Oxford

Price: Children under 12 and dogs go free. Visit their website for ticket prices: https://foodiesfestival.com/oxford-food-festival/

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

Dubbed as ‘your go-to family festival’, the Big Festival ensures that every family member has a weekend to remember. The jam-packed itinerary includes live acts from the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glyme, as well as family favourites such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Aside from the entertainment, the festival has a line-up of top chefs, variety of food and activities to keep you all occupied.

When: 23rd-25th August

Where: Alex James’, The Cotswolds

Price: Visit the website for more details on single day and weekend tickets: https://thebigfeastival.com/tickets



Make the Most of Afternoon Tea Week

When you think of afternoon tea, what is the first thing that pops to mind? To many, it is fancy dress codes with overly pretentious codes of conduct and multi-layered tea trays displaying copious amounts of food that is only to be nibbled.

There certainly is a pretentious flair to afternoon tea, but truly there is more folklore than fact when it comes to how this British tradition is being portrayed. With National Afternoon Tea Week coming up between 12th and 18th August, check out a few of the best places to go to if you are thinking of debunking some of the tea-related urban legends out there…

 

KALIFORNIA KITCHEN (Fitzrovia) – A MODERN SPIN FEATURING CBD OILS

This all-pink, vegan and waste-conscious joint is a health foodie’s paradise right in the centre of London. Not only is it a fabulous place to have delicious and nutritious brunches, lunches or dinners made of clean ingredients, but it has recently upped its game with an all-round CBD infused afternoon tea menu. Standing by the various health benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, Kalifornia Kitchen’s afternoon tea menu features a variety of cakes, pastries and drinks that will be sure to please even fussy eaters! For a full menu and prices, look no further.

Kalifornia Kitchen puts a modern spin on afternoon with an all-CBD everything menu. (photo source: Kalifornia Kitchen)

Kalifornia Kitchen puts a modern spin on afternoon with an all-CBD everything menu. (photo source: Kalifornia Kitchen)


LAS IGUANAS (nationwide) – A LATIN REINTERPRETATION

If you need something to really knock down your preconceptions about the classically British afternoon tea, head straight to Las Iguanas. If Latin American cuisine tickles your fancy, their afternoon tea menu is going to leave your mouth watering. Every day (bar Saturdays), from 2 to 5 pm, you can treat yourself to delicious 7-year-old Havana Club Rum fruity tea plus a choice of two fresh sandwiches served in a Smoking Cuban Cigar box. To please the sweet tooth, a selection of Alfajores cookies made of shortbread and dulce de leche, rolled in desiccated coconut is also included. If all of that does not quite meet your expectations for a luscious afternoon treat, then top up your options with a cake stand of tapas and sweet treats for just a tenner more! For the official menu and prices, check out this link – you will definitely want to make room for this indulgence!

Indulge in Las Iguanas’s new finger-licking sandwiches, served in the Smoking Cuban Cigar box. (PHOTO SOURCE: LAS IGUANAS)

Indulge in Las Iguanas’s new finger-licking sandwiches, served in the Smoking Cuban Cigar box. (PHOTO SOURCE: LAS IGUANAS)

COWORTH PARK (Ascot) – AN UNFORGETTABLE VIEW

Adam Smith, Executive Chef at Coworth Park, finds inspiration for his work from the seasons and his surroundings, something which transpires throughout the Meadow Afternoon Tea menu. With Coworth Park’s surroundings in full bloom this time of year, the afternoon treats on offer are sure to convert even the most stubborn afternoon tea sceptic. For £38 pp, visitors can indulge in a selection of fabulous sandwiches including smoked and poached salmon with lemon verbena, smoked chicken with cucumber and lovage mayonnaise, and roast Windsor Estate beef with meadow herb salsa. Also on the menu you’ll find freshly baked scones served with peach, meadow honey compote, raspberry jam and clotted cream. All of this can be enjoyed Monday to Friday alongside a cup of heritage British teas, Coworth Park’s special collection of teas, limited edition tea offers or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for £12 extra. For more details on this phenomenal treat, check out their website.  

Fancy some afternoon tea put together by a Michelin-Star chef? Then Cosworth Park is the place to be. (PHOTO SOURCE: COSWORTH PARK)

Fancy some afternoon tea put together by a Michelin-Star chef? Then Cosworth Park is the place to be. (PHOTO SOURCE: COSWORTH PARK)

BROWN’S HOTEL (Mayfair) – THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC EXPERIENCE

If you are an afternoon tea purist and just want to experience royal delights, then Brown’s is the place to be. Their English Tea Room, which is where Queen Victoria used to participate in tea receptions, is renowned for its sophisticated interior design, with wood panelling, ornate fireplaces, a stunning Jacobean detailed ceiling and original artworks. Offering no less than 17 fine teas, the menu also includes a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, all of this at the price of £55 pp, or £65 with a glass of chilled Ruinart champagne. For more information about this glorious afternoon escape, head here.

Queen Victoria herself used to attend the ‘tea receptions’ held at Brown’s English Tea Room. (PHOTO SOURCE: BROWN’S HOTEL)

Queen Victoria herself used to attend the ‘tea receptions’ held at Brown’s English Tea Room. (PHOTO SOURCE: BROWN’S HOTEL)

Top five 'Instagrammable' restaurants in London

London is one of the greatest cities for all things food; because of its multiculturalism and its progressiveness, the city is a hub for unconventional and aesthetically pleasing dining experiences. With the rising demand for Instagrammable food and interiors, London is a centre for foodies and influencers alike. We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the greatest London restaurants and bars that may ever bless your Instagram feed.


The Courtyard

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Address: 4 Fulham High Street, Fulham, London, SW6 3LQ

Website: www.thecourtyardfulham.com

Social: Instagram, Facebook

The Courtyard is a hip cocktail bar located in West London. Stranger Things fans, in particular, will enjoy this spot, as they have their very own Stranger Things room, decked out with the iconic alphabetical Christmas light set-up from the show’s first season. Guests are free to take all the pictures they want while enjoying their delicious Stranger Things cocktail. The bar also has an oasis-like outdoor area where you can sip on some bubbly under the sun.


Kalifornia Kitchen

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Address: 19 Percy Street, London, W1T 1BZ

Website: www.kaliforniakitchen.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook

A pink, vegan paradise awaits you in Fitzrovia. Kalifornia Kitchen is a restaurant that prides itself on healthy eating. Its beautiful interior and brightly coloured cuisine is perfect if you want to add a pop of pink to your feed. We recommend you dine in the upstairs area which has an Instagrammable neon sign reading #HealthyIsSexy.


Zela

££££

Address: Me London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

Website: zelarestaurants.com/london/

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Zela is a Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant in the West End. Its interior matches the unique style of the food it serves, with the calming atmosphere of Japan blending with the lush greenery of the Mediterranean. Zela also has some of the prettiest cocktails in London, like the Tiramisu Martini, and the sophisticated Coco Chanel, made with raspberry liqueur and topped with fresh lychee.


Polo Bar

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Address: 176 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NQ

Website: polo24hourbar.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Up for a challenge? Polo Bar is a café located in the heart of London which offers some of the tallest stacks of fluffy pancakes you may ever experience. Snap a pic of their 12-pancake-tall tower before participating in the Tower Challenge in which you must finish the stack in 15 minutes or less. Polo Bar pancakes covered in syrupy fruit and whipped cream are sure to attract fellow foodies to your Insta page.


Sketch

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Address: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG

Website: sketch.london

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube

Sketch offers a quirky, Michelin-starred dining experience for those seeking artistic interiors and delectable food. There are five distinct restaurants and bars within Sketch, each with their own personality. Perhaps take a pretty in pink photo in the Sketch Gallery, then head to the fanciful Lecture Room for a picture that will exude a regal aura as you pose against the crimson velvet chairs. Next visit the Parlour, which is an eccentric tea room that converts into a cocktail bar when the sun goes down. After that the Glade will transport you to a fairytale-esque forest, complete with fluffy forest-inspired carpet. Lastly, the East Bar will give you a more tame experience than the rest of Sketch, but the stark white exterior is a perfect backdrop for a crisp looking picture.

Five hidden gem restaurants in London

The city of London is home to thousands of different restaurants, bars, pubs and food stalls for your choosing. With this vast amount of options, the food sector has become a little oversaturated. To save you some time from searching where to eat next, we’ve organised a concise list of some of the best hidden gems in the London restaurant sector.


Robata

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Address: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Website: robata.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram

Modern and traditional cooking techniques come together beautifully at this new Japanese restaurant in Soho. Robata opened in March 2019 and is already receiving shining reviews! Their meat and vegetable skewers are tender and flavourful and the interior offers a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy your meal.

This place is unbelievably nice! I’m usually rather closed minded when it comes to food, but decided to branch out and try the various meat and veggie dishes. Boy, am I glad I did! The food was amazing and I’ve returned several times to continue making my way through the menu. Almost there!
— Lee Catlow

Fatt Pundit

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Address: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 8TH

Website: www.fattpundit.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Fatt Pundit serves some of the best Indo-Chinese cuisine in London. Their signature Momos, which are South Asian dumplings, are delicious and easy to eat, making them the perfect starter or meal on-the-go. The Lollypop Chicken - chicken wings served with Szechuan chutney - is also a customer favourite. The restaurant also offers several tasty vegetarian options.

Wow! This has to be my new favourite restaurant in Soho. The momos were beyond delish and the crackling spinach is a game changer. Great service, ambience, food and cocktails. Can’t wait to go back.
— Joanne Elliot

Island Social Club

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Address: 258 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG

Website: islandsocialclub.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Britain meets the Caribbean at Island Social Club. This restaurant serves up some deliciously tropical cocktails and Caribbean food that will transport you to a tropical paradise (despite being in a bustling city). Grab a mouth-watering roti and chill at this spot!

24 hours after eating and drinking at Island Social Club, I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic it was. The cocktails were fantastic (and apparently don’t give you a hangover) and the food was amazing. I’ll definitely be back for more coleslaw, wings and roti soon. Great to know that they are serious about sustainable sourcing too.
— Emily Mathieson

Shola

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Address: 191 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FQ

Website: www.sholakitchen.com

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Shola, which means ‘spark’ in Urdu, is a new Pakistani restaurant in West London. Inspired by the cuisine found in Karachi, Pakistan, Shola’s dishes are colourful, flavourful and packed with satisfying spice. Their vegan bowls are generously priced and filling!

Nice and clean ambiance. Delicious food with reasonable prices. Total value for money. Anyone who wants the authentic Pakistani food must visit SHOLA.
— Tanveer Iqbal

Latteria

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Address: 56 - 58 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR

Website: www.latteria.co

Social: Instagram

A small restaurant tucked in Essex Road, Latteria is one of the cosiest new food spaces to open this year. The restaurant serves authentic Italian classics like pizza and pasta, with many of the dishes being made with ingredients sourced directly from Italy.

Beautiful interior, tasty menu, great for breakfast or a simple meal throughout the day. Very authentic Milano feel. Staff are friendly and attentive and the coffee is one of the best around - much closer to the original Italian version than the New Zealand style flat whites other places offer. The menu offers plenty of pastries, many varieties of eggs, salads, etc. It’s a lively atmosphere with a certain buzz. If you fancy it, get a seat at the long bar with the food displays. Highly recommended.
— Roman Dahl