Top 5 things to do in London

Top 5 things to do in London

Here are my 5 top suggestions of things to do in London for a limited time only.

1.Order a cocktail and bar food using Emojis at W XYZ bar at Aloft London Excel

Aloft Text it Get it is a must try! At the trendy W XYZ bar in Aloft London Excel, which is part of the Starwood family, you can order drinks and bar food using emojis!

An example is below šŸ˜‰   

 This is on till 20 February, from 5pm-8pm so make sure you go check it out! If you choose to stay at the hotel you can also order using emojis from the room service menu.

2. Try the Jing Tea paired menu at Michelin-starred Benares

Chef Atul Kochhar alongside a Jing Tea master has created a fabulous 3 course menu, packed with indian apothecary spices, that will help review and restore you this new year.



 The food is delicious and the tea is so tasty. Definitely one to try!

 For  more information and to book  visit:

To find out more about Jing Tea visit:

3. Have limited edition Japanese themed cocktails and snacks at The Harvey Nichols Lexus RX Winter Garden 

Until 31 January, you can enjoy food and drinks at the Harvey Nichols Lexus RX Winter Garden.

  Inspired by the Lexus RX’s striking design, Harvey Nichols has created a winter retreat to reflect the fine craftsmanship and exceptional comfort of the RX, using plants, furniture and lighting to remodel the Fifth Floor Terrace and to provide the space with a rugged outdoor feel.



 Having tried some of the cocktails, I would definitely recommend it! The cocktails include:

STEAM DREAM  turbo-charged update on the classic rum punch. Saké, Mount Gay rum, goji berry liqueur, honey syrup, lime juice and water are poured into a saké flask and warmed with steam.
COCO GO-GO: A vigorous stir brings together coconut flakes, water, cream and syrup with lemon juice and a little chilli, resulting in an energising coconut kick. Garnished with pomegranate seeds and coconut dust.
FRUITY FERVOUR: Sip on a fruity fusion of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, passion fruit, apple juice, lemon juice and vanilla syrup topped with crushed ice and garnished with fresh fruit.

  Some of the food available is as follows:
· BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy
· Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ Sauce
· Nasu Dengaku; Sticky Miso Grilled Aubergine with Candied Walnuts
· Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with Avocado-Jalapeno Dip
· Assorted Sushi

4. Have a “Kitsuke” lesson at newly opened Wasokan in Notting Hill

Notting Hill has a brand new tea shop which specialises in Matcha tea and Kimonos. There is even an in-store cafe where you can enjoy tea and Japanese style sweets.

In addition to selling a selection of matcha teas and kimonos, Wasokan holds in-store “kitsuke” lessons to teach people how to wear both traditional kimono and to share innovative styling tips for new generation kimono. Monthly “kimono de odekake” day trips for guests to wear kimono out and about are also available.




 Kitsuke lessons are offered across three sessions and cost £50. The first sessions will take place between 11am and 1pm or 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday 10 February, and every Wednesday after that. Kimono de odekake day trips will begin in the Spring.

Wasokan can be found on 293, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill.

5. Pay homage to Robert Burns in a four day celebration at Smith & Whistle

From 22-25 January, Smith and Whistle, one of my favourite bars, based at The Sheraton Park Lane, is hosting a 4 day celebration of all things Scottish culminating on Burns night itself.

  Cocktails are inspired by some of Robert Burns’ well known work and you can also indulge in some Scottish culinary classics from a fantastic well thought out menu.

Smith & Whistle is open seven days a week for food and beverages.
Mon-Fri – 4.30pm to 00.30am
Sat & Sun – 12pm to 00.30am

Smith & Whistle, The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1J 7BX
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7499 6321


Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, Iā€™m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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  1. January 25, 2016 / 10:05 am

    That emoji ordering just cracks me up! I’d be tempted to put in all sorts of odd ones to see what arrives!

  2. February 4, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    cool ideas!

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