The Langham London Launches New Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood


The Langham London’s Executive Pastry chef Cherish Finden and her team have launched a new Wedgewood Afternoon Tea. Inspired by (and served with) classic Wedgwood collections and featuring butterfly and daisy motifs, the new tea service is a salute to spring and the warmer and sunnier days to come.

Yes, this post is the second time in less than a month about afternoon tea at the Langham (see my review of the Langham’s limited run Easter afternoon tea here). No I’m not really that much of an afternoon tea fanatic. But I am a fan of flavour – and there’s plenty of that to be had and to be admired. Especially yummy sandwiches, scones, and pastries are presented with masterful yet lighthearted display. Moreover, I can’t think of a better-established venue for afternoon tea – or most other luxuries – in the heart of London than the Langham.
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Win the Complete Range of Sown & Grown Cereals

Sown & Grown complete range


Craving a wholesome start to your day? Say good morning to Sown & Grown, a new range of delicious and nutritious breakfast granolas and mueslis that are high fibre, low fat, low salt, low saturated fat, baked in small batches and made of 100% British grains. Packed in resealable tubes to stay fresh and stow easily, recently launched Sown & Grown cereals are available now in shop and online and at Sainsbury’s – and for free for one lucky tikichris reader who wins this generous giveaway competition.

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Ten Years of London Daily Photo

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Celebrating the tenth anniversary of my blog, I’m going to take the month of April to share – via Twitter and Instagram – some of my favourite London Daily Photo shots from over the past ten years.

I’ll publish one photo a day during April (that’s 30 pics). I probably won’t say anything more about this on my blog though. So if you’re interested in having a look, Continue reading

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I’m a Mess. There is Help.

“There are better ways to spend your lazy Sunday.” So says the above screen grab from the homepage of, with respect to why you should consider using its on-demand cleaning service. Hear! Hear! I say. But what about all those other days that aren’t so wonderfully lazy?

In the initial post of my I’m a Mess series, I mentioned that I was going to look into giving Hassle a go and see how much it could help bring order back to my life. So I did – and I’ve got nothing but good things to share with you about the experience.

I’ll get to the specifics with a review of the actual service and my cleaner in a later write up (it’ll pretty much be a rave, by the way). But in this piece, I want to focus on one of the key benefits of my Hassle experience.
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Day Trip to Margate


Over Easter weekend, Kemey and I had a really fun time visiting Margate. It was the first time down that way, but it’s safe to say we’re both now keen to return. Already fans of a few fantastic destinations in Kent (Whitstable, Folkestone and Canterbury in particular), we were so glad to say we could add Margate to our list of preferred places within easy reach of London – about 75 miles drive or an hour and a half train ride from Central London).

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Got My Stojo Risin’ – and Conveniently Collapsing (espressoCrazy)

Stojo collapsable coffee cup

When it comes to having my morning Joe, my preference is to make my own at home and have that time to myself to savour and reflect before revving up to take on the outside world and running the gauntlet of daily tasks to do.

… Stojo stands about five inches high and can hold 12oz (355ml) of liquid but collapses to 1.75 inches and stows neatly away in just about any bag or pocket. I’ve been using mine for about a week now …

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Gourmet Goat, Borough Market

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After years of trading just within the perimeter of Borough Market, kid goat meat vendor, Gourmet Goat, has upgraded to a fixed outlet inside the market. I paid a visit, dabbled my way through the menu and walked away keen to sing the praises of their kid goat creations.

It’s not just me taking notice of these slow food heroes though. The longtime street food purveyor was recently announced as one of three finalists for Best Street Food or Takeaway in this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards.

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Namibia: Make Unforgettable Memories (Going Places)


Over the past few weeks, we’ve given you an overview and told you where to go for your trip of a lifetime to Namibia.

Now, to wrap up our series of posts about Namibia, here’s a checklist of the incredible sights that make this friendly Southern African nation such a terrific place to visit.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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Win the Complete Range of Beers from Freedom Brewery

Win the Complete Range of Beers from Freedom Brewery


Hey beer lovers! I’ve teamed up with Freedom Brewery from Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire to offer one lucky reader the chance to win this award-winning brewery’s complete range craft beers.

I’m a fan of what I’ve sipped from the Freedom range and am more than happy to spread the word and share some love for these beers. You’ll be hard pressed to find crisper lagers with cleaner, fresher flavour. Here’s a tempting look at all of beers in the Freedom Brewery lineup: Continue reading

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Uncannily Great Dining at The Balcon, Sofitel St James Hotel


All the right points were hit seemingly with prescience during my recent dinner at the Sofitel St James Hotel’s Balcon resulting in one of the better restaurant experiences of my year thus far.

In many ways, The Balcon’s dinner menu appears as though it were written just for me – almost eerily so in fact. A starter course of pan-fried snails with chorizo, sweet potato purée, oloroso jus, and hazelnuts (£11)? That’ll do just fine thank you – and how did Chef Matt Greenwood manage to read my mind for a perfect way to commence a meal? Ditto on the roasted hake fillet, with ratatouille, green olive tapenade, and shellfish oil (£21) main course and strawberry, pomegranate, pistachio and rosewater trifle (£7) dessert as well.
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Brasserie Blanc Southbank

Brasserie Blanc - Southbank 

Brasserie Blanc Southbank has reopened with a spiffy new look. I liked what I saw (and tasted) during my recent snoop.

Revered Chef Raymond Blanc’s growing group of French restaurants has been mentioned with a nom-nom-nod of approval on this blog before – just not by me. An invitation to admire the refurb and the menu at Blanc’s Southbank brasserie rectified that matter and resulted in a lovely night out in a stylish setting.
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Review: El Dorado Rum and Rococo Chocolate Pairing at Barrio Soho

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Award-winning rum paired with award-winning chocolate? There’s no prize for assuming Barrio Soho’s recent El Dorado Demerara Rums and Rococo Chocolate pairing was a deeply flavourful success!

The event saw El Dorado’s Brand Ambassador, Dean Macgregor, and Rococo’s Retail and Event Manager, Sam Smallman suggest a range of chocolate pairings to accompany El Dorado’s 12, 15 and 21 year old rums.
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London Eye Goes Wonka for Easter


The London Eye offers a taste of pure imagination this Easter by partnering with the West End hit musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for an immersive experience for families.

The View of Pure Imagination team up runs from 25 March to 9 April with rides on the Eye accompanied by Wonka-style storytelling actors and opportunities to make and eat chocolate. Plus, one lucky family booking the experience will win a special Golden Ticket Grand Prize taking home a selection of delicious prizes including the following: Continue reading

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Birthday Drinks at Punch Tavern | 10X10 with tikichris

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Want to celebrate ten years of tikichris with me? I’m cooking up a string of 10 events to mark my decade of blogging. Fingers crossed and touch wood I’ll manage to pull this off! Making sure my priorities are in order, first up on the tikichris 10X10 agenda is a mandatory visit to the pub. Not just any pub though – one of my favourites in London: Punch Tavern. Please join me.

On Saturday 2 April from 7pm, I’ll be holding up the bar at the historic Punch Tavern on Fleet Street – in celebration of my blog’s 10th birthday and my actual birthday as well. The first hour or so of select drinks will be on the bar. There’ll be 25% discount for the rest of the evening on everything else. Come hungry and thirsty!
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Easter Afternoon Tea at The Langham London


Hop(p)ing for a happy Easter? You’re guaranteed a delectable and playful one with the limited run Easter Afternoon Tea offering by The Langham London’s Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden.

As yummy as it is elegant and as exquisitely executed as it is super cute, the limited run tea commences with a lemon posset amuse bouche and ends with a selection of pastries displayed as a scampering Easter Bunny scene that’s almost too adorable to eat – but definitely too delicious not too.
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Theo Randall at the InterContinental Reopens – Still a Great Place for Italian Cuisine


Taking stock of a decade doing delicious justice to classic Italian dishes, Theo Randall has reopened his restaurant at the InterContinental after an interiors refurb and the addition of a few new menu items. Great news! And the best news about the reopening is that Chef Randall has managed to maintain all the qualities that already had made his eatery one of my favourite places for Italian food.

The main dining area of the restaurant has been made more intimate with brass screens and a subdued colour scheme. A new Kitchen Table for eight with views into the kitchen has been introduced and is coupled with the opportunity to enjoy at the table special tasting menus created 24-hours beforehand. Continue reading

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I’m a Mess. So is My House. Is There Any Help?


I’m a mess: in and out of town more than ever, dashing between events and meetings, uncertain where I left my passport/keys/Oyster card/etc, wondering what day of the week it is. But you know what’s even bigger mess? My home.

The more I go! go! go! the more things pile up at home. I love what I do. I want to do more of it. All the travel, writing, and pursuing my business and pleasure in equal measure results in plenty of reward and gratification but also less time and inclination to clean and put order to my mess at home. Plus, my partner and I share our house with the furriest cat in the universe. We love the little critter a bunch. Still, if we miss a week of vacuuming and the fur situation gets intense.
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Win Free Bakeware and Recipes from Bake Box

Bake Box


The first of its kind in the UK, Bake Box is a new bimonthly subscription box service designed to help beginner bakers build skills while collecting baking equipment. With every Bake Box delivery, subscribers receive cards for six baking recipes and the bakeware needed to transform any cake into a showstopper.

I’ve teamed up with Bake Box to help get the word out about the service by offering one lucky reader the chance to win a free box and have a go at using the bakeware and trying out the recipes. Keep reading for details.
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Turtle Bay Dalston


Adding to its portfolio of more than two dozen owned Caribbean themed bars and restaurants across the UK, Turtle Bay has opened its latest outlet in Dalston – the group’s fourth in London. Already a fan of the ever buzzing and often rollicking Walthamstow location, I was glad to accept an offer to drop by the newest Turtle Bay for a taste and a snoop.

Turtle Bay Dalston is a good restaurant to keep in mind for casual dining. The menu features a moreish range of what you might expect at such an establishment. I certainly found the dishes I sampled to be tasty.
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The Magic Hour with Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) at the Grand Royale

The Magic Hour with Tony Middleton (Sonic)

Do you believe in magic? Whether you do or not I am certain you will be amazed and have a fantastic night out if you attend The Magic Hour and allow magician Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) to perplex and entertain you with his sleight of hand, illusions and Victorian spiritualist theatrics.

Set in the antiquated but impeccably restored splendor of the Grand Royale hotel’s Victorian lounge set just off Hyde Park, Tony Middleton’s show in the style of “the Golden Age of Magic” was a bewildering delight to attend. Continue reading

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Easter Egg Hunts for Everyone

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A car from Carspring isn’t just about giving yourself a great set of wheels, it’s about giving yourself the freedom to explore this green and pleasant land of ours. And with Easter around the corner, what better time to hit the road?

Yes, the traditions of this time of year have been somewhat subsumed by stuffing your face full of chocolate, but with the right attitude and a bit of planning there’s so much more you can make of your bank holiday weekend. It’s time to get digging for those amazing eggs. So, load your back seats with your loved ones and drive out to your egg hunting destination of choice.
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Namibia: Discover the Difference (Going Places)


Following up on our first instalment about what to expect from a trip to Namibia, here’s a look at some of the country’s must-see destinations.

For the chance to experience Africa at its wildest, yet most serene, Namibia yields a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commune with nature, and get back to basics.

Read my complete post at Going Places.

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The Best BBQ in the American South (City AM)

City AM | Monday 14 March 2016

From Arkansas to South Carolina, Chris Osburn goes in search of top barbecues, grills and roasted meats.

The best way to see America is by car, and the best way to taste America is on a driving tour of the country’s most celebrated BBQ pits. On a three week, six state and 2,500 mile journey from Texas to the Carolinas, I went in search of the best BBQ in the American South, revealing not only deeply satisfying meals but repeated warm receptions at these independent and mostly family-owned eateries. Here’s a starter course to whet your appetite and inspire you to hit the highway for your own foodie adventure.

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Win a Cointreau Fizz Cocktail Maker

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Available now at large grocers across the UK, the Cointreau Fizz Cocktail Maker adds instant sophistication to any get together with your creative crew. Here’s a chance to dream, dare, create some fizzy fun for you and your friends with a chance to win one of these fabulous kits for free.

Each Cointreau Fizz Cocktail Maker kits contains a 200ml cocktail maker, a 500ml bottle of Cointreau and an individually wrapped straw. By simply following the instructions on the side of the Cocktail Maker, you can make your own Cointreau Fizz cocktails in minutes. All you need to do is fill the mixer with ice, add Cointreau, the juice of half a lime, top it off with sparkling water and stir. You can also drink straight from the Cocktail Maker with a straw. Ah! Instant refreshment.
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How to See the World’s Most Expensive City for Just $50 a Day (Miles Away)

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The tiny Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore has just been named the world’s most expensive city in a new report. Ouch? Definitely not! It might be costly to live there, but for out-of-towners, Singapore can be a very affordable destination.

Here are some tips to help you make your visit to Singapore as inexpensive as possible, including advice on how to do the city on $50 a day – and still have a blast.

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Colouring in While Dining out at Kupp


Are you the type of person who likes to think outside the box – while staying within the lines? Here’s a fun dining experience for you: The Art of Mindfulness Colouring at Scandinavian inspired eatery, Kupp.

The new canal-side Merchant Square café, bar and restaurant is providing ten illustrations ranging in difficulty for customers to colour in (pencils and markers provided) during their visits. The free activity is a good excuse to let loose some creativity and chill out as well as to have a go at a chance to win breakfast for four in two competition categories: Adults and Children (15 and under). Are your colouring skills up for the challenge?
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Ten Years of tikichris

London Daily Photo: BOOM

Finally my blog has caught up with my maturity level! And that’s something to celebrate.

Yep, Ye Olde Tiki Chris Weblog hath turneth the big one-O. That’s like reaching eldercare age for an online endeavor like this, right? But it’s still kicking, and so am I. And if I may have pissed my pants* over the past decade, it’s been from sheer exuberance, not lack of bladder control.
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Good Stuff #54 | St Patrick’s Day Edition

Good Stuff | St Patrick's Day Edition

Ready for St Patrick’s Day? Here’s my latest list of good stuff, in this case all in celebration of Irish drink with a sampling of quality beverages I had the pleasure of trying at a recent Spirit of Sharing tasting event hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, at the Irish Embassy in Belgravia.

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Here’s How to Eat Your Way Through Austin, Just in Time for SXSW (Miles Away)

Micklethewait Craft Meats

If you’re traveling to Austin for the food alone, you won’t be the first to savor such a journey. Austin is an awesome place for BBQ, and there have been plenty of folks who’ve paid a visit just to get their fill of the area’s world famous brisket. But it’s not just ‘cue that excites taste buds in this Texas town. Austin boasts some of the best Tex Mex in the state. And if it’s classic southern cooking you’re hoping to receive alongside Austin’s renowned southern hospitality, you’re sure to get hearty helpings of it.

Yep, Austinites do the tried and true Texas traditions deliciously well. However, the menu of must-eat treats doesn’t stop there.

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Cork Report | So Much More to Bark About


Obviously, cork stoppers are by and far the most likely application for cork. But – as a sustainably harvested crop that’s naturally fire retardant and insulating (thermal and acoustic), flexible, hypoallergenic, and impermeable to liquid and gas – there’s plenty more being done with it. Shall we have a quick look?

Second to stoppers (and a far second at that), floor and wall coverings are the most widely used application for cork. Eight million square meters of cork flooring are sold annually by Amorim, and those numbers are said to be on the rise. It’s an ideal material for its insulating properties – keeping your noises in and your neighbours’ rumblings out while helping you save energy and lower the cost of heating and air conditioning as well and reducing the possibility of a fire spreading. Plus – in my humble opinion – it looks great and adds a warm and cosy effect to any number of settings.
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ETM Group’s Limited Edition Hot Cross Bunny Burger


Dark humour for hearty appetites? I’m game. And so was a substantial amount of my recent preview lunch of ETM Group’s limited edition Hot Cross Bunny Burger at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.

Offered for a limited run just in time for Easter, the Hot Cross Bunny Burger is stacked high with a 70% rabbit and 30% pork sausage patty topped with Lincolnshire rarebit and presented on a hot cross brioche bun with carrot miso ketchup, baby gem lettuce and a thick slice of beefsteak tomato. I savoured every bite of the prototype version of the bunny burger as created by Chiswell Street’s Head Chef Peter Fitz-Dreyer. The patty was particularly moreish – and super juicy (request extra napkins!). I loved the miso ketchup too.
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Tacos, Chocolate Chicken, and Barbacoa: The Ultimate Mexican Food Guide (Miles Away)

Mexican food

A top contender for the world’s most delicious destination and home to some of Latin America’s most sought after foods ever – Mexico is a great place to eat!

But what’s on offer in this diverse country versus what you might have grown accustomed to chowing down on at your local Tex Mex burrito bar are probably very different dishes indeed. From region to region, what’s cooking in the pot and served on the plate varies greatly depending on regional crops, climate, and culture. In fact, like the great culinary traditions of France, Mexico’s distinctive cuisine has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Read my complete post at Miles Away.

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Good Stuff #53


Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr at Guildhall Art Gallery

PAM2013050G04848The Drapers’ Livery 650th Anniversary, TheQueen visiting the Drapers’ LiveryHall 2014. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr opens today (4 March) at Guildhall Art Gallery offering a view of age-old and often secretive happenings in the City of London through the lens of famed Magnum photographer Martin Parr.

As the City of London photographer-in-residence from 2013, Parr documented life in London’s ancient financial centre with unprecedented access to high profile occasions including private ceremonies, processions, banquets, public occasions and behind-the-scenes doings.
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