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Bitesize: David Chang at Hibiscus, Bompass & Parr’s Artisinal Chewing Gum Factory, Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities, London Cocktail Week & New Openings

London is an exciting place to be at the moment, for those interested in food and drink. As you are here, let’s assume you are. Those with spaces in their diaries should all check out these.


David Chang of Momofuku is coming to London for one night only, tomorrow Saturday 9th. One of  S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant chefs,  he will be cooking a special 6 course tasting menu at Hibiscus (Momofuku Style!). It’s £120 per person but I think you will be talking about it for a long time after. there’s a few places left, I wouldn’t miss it. Call Hibiscus to book. Menu: http://www.theworlds50best.com/special-happening-at-hibiscus/5314


Bompass & Parr is building an Artisanal Chewing Gum Factory at Whiteleys Shopping Centre opening 25 -31 October. People are invited to learn the secrets of chewing gum manufacture at the world’s first micro-factory.

Each visitor will be able to choose and combine a 200 familiar and unusual flavours including iris, gin, damp soil or yeast. In total 40,000 flavour combinations are possible.

Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Bayswater, London, W24 YN 25th – 31st October between Noon – 6pm Entry free, Gum £2.50


The Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities  – a converted rail carriage stuffed full of objects with unusual history and function – will be pulling into Clerkenwell for the inaugural London Cocktail Week (11th – 17th October).  A programme full of informative and agreeable events throughout the week will both bewilder and charm visitors to the carriage.

From the 12th – 15th October, you can purchase tickets to board the carriage for an intimate dining experience.  Guest bartenders from leading establishments throughout London will be creating cocktails to accompany each course of a dinner by Bompass & Parr.

100 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ
12th-15th October at 7pm


The first London Cocktail week is here! Some of London’s most exclusive member’s bars will be throwing open their doors and some of the world’s top mixologists will be shaking drinks and sharing their knowledge. Distillers and blenders from all spirits categories will be conducting tutored tastings and talking about their products. Lots to do, see and drink from the Bartender’s Bloody Mary Breakfast to Sipsmith’s Alpine Cocktail Competiton. Sounds like fun to me.

More details here: http://www.londoncocktailweek.com/


Throwing open their doors next week are The Savoy and Les Deux Salons. The Savoy has been in a protracted period of restoration (costing £100 million!). Les Deux Salons is the third restaurant from the folks behind Arbutus and Wild Honey. In soft launch (and 50% off) until Thursday, it opens it’s doors officially next Friday on the same street as one of my London favourites, Terroirs.



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I like food. I like to make food. Eat food. Photograph food. Write about food. Mainly in London but when I am lucky or organised further afield.


  1. Gah! Too many things to do, eat, drink, see in London at the moment. Not enough time! Like the sound of the artisanal chewing gum factory ;)

  2. Having just come back from New York (and therefore having missed the David Chang @ Hibiscus event), I’m wondering if anyone knows how the event at Hibiscus went over. GBP 120 a person is much pricier than what DC charges at his home resto in NY, and his style is pretty casual, unlike that of Hibiscus.

    • Hello! I went and it was actually £140 in the end as Claude Bosi shared the menu with him. Delicious evening but overpriced IMHO. Will write about it.

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