Call my Bluff: Exclusive Wine Tasting

Wednesday 1st December | 18:30 – 20:30

Handford Wines | 105 Old Brompton Road | South Kensington | London | SW7 3LE

20 People


Hosted exclusively by James Handford master of wine, who founded Handford Wines in 1989. From their delightful cellar in Kensington, he and his team will share with us wines of character and charm whilst pitching the boys against the girls in a playful tasting game of Call my Bluff.


The tasting will be accompanied by wonderful artisan cheeses. Scientists believe foods that sit on opposite ends of the spectrum of taste often create a pleasant taste sensation, triggering a good match in the mind and bringing the wine flavours alive.


If you are thinking about trying some new wines to serve at Christmas, now is the time to do it in good company. Join us and James in South Kensington, in this wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and taste world-class wines.


Numbers are limited to 20 people.  Please contact us for the wait list for tickets at £55 per person.

A Glorious Grosvenor, we did Gallivant!

Weds 6th October

The Biltmore Hotel

The Pine Bar, 44 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HP

Our October party at The Biltmore, Grosvenor Square, was a glorious night of peachy pink ‘Axia Paradise’ cocktails complimenting the five-star interior-designed private room, warm lighting, cool music and outstanding canapes.

The Biltmore was certainly a magical backdrop for glamorous guests to meet and connect.

We enjoyed chef Paul Walsh’s marvellous creations of canapes;

Coronation chicken scotch eggs, Seared Bluefin Tuna with wasabi Mayonnaise, Whipped Tunworth Cheese with figs and Heather honey, Salt Marsh Lamb fritters with minted harissa yoghurt and Old Bay Seasoned King Prawns with mango Thai Som tam dip and Berkswell and quince croquettes. 

The whole experience left our taste buds tingling!



We sipped on delicious Axia Mastiha cocktails. Axia is a luxury spirit class blending old world tradition with new world innovation. Axia Brand Ambassador and Mixologist Mike Goncalves was on hand to talk us through how the brand came about and where it’s headed, you saw it here first!

Axia (meaning ‘value’ in Greek) is a refreshing, extra-dry Mastiha spirit.  Mastiha is found on the island of Chios. For over two thousand years this ancient superfood has been used to richly flavour foods and treat numerous ailments. A rare, versatile and sustainable ingredient whose authentic character cannot be replicated. It is definitely Greece’s most

exotic spice and Axia is set to be the cocktail mixologists favourite.

Thank you to the whole Biltmore team for your first-class service.  Paul Walsh for outstanding food, Sara, Matt, Nerijus and Morgan.  We so appreciate your attention to detail and making our party such a wonderful success.  We look forward to using our free Axia cocktail card – thank you!  And coming back again for more cocktails at The Pine Bar soon. 


Winter cocktails in a cosy bar, count me in! 




Thank you Italian Greyhound!

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

The Italian Grey Hound: Garden Room:  Marylebone W1.

Our ‘Italian Job’ party was a roaring and cheeky success, despite the absence of either Michael Caine or a fleet of red, white, and blue minis!

We love having our very own room – the naughty corner in the basement bar, complete with an outside courtyard that was clearly the place to be.  ‘You will always find me in the courtyard at parties’, as Jonah Louie would have sung had he been there, and boy, he should have been.

A delicious, chilled glass of their Italian Grillo greeted us, and then a procession of gorgeous bite-sized Pizzettas – with colourful aphrodisiac toppings:

Vesuvius tomato, anchovy, oregano & wild rocket

Calabrian chilli sausage, wild chicory, Stracciatella

Yellow peach, Prosciutto di Norcia, ricotta, basil

We were joined by radiant Health Coach Eva Akerholm. She spoke with several guests who had different issues ranging from wanting to lose weight, managing stress, increasing energy levels and specific dietary issues. If you would like to contact her, her email is

The transformed Bernardi’s was the perfect setting for our singles to mingle. It’s spacious garden room and restaurant refreshed with subtle hues, think Farrow & Ball and stripey awnings with plenty of vibrant outdoor space. Loving the new name too – out with The Doghouse private room, in with The Italian Greyhound.  Woof woof!

More marvellous memories were made in this W1 basement gem, adding to the many we have gathered over the years.

Thank you, Italian Greyhound, for being such generous hosts. We enjoyed it immensely and look forward to returning to this chic bar and restaurant as a regular rendezvous favourite Date Nightspot.

Some lovely feedback –

Dear Barbara

Thank you for organising yesterday evening’s superb event at The Italian Greyhound and for kindly finding a ticket for me in time. I had the most wonderful evening! Haven’t enjoyed myself so much for ages! Met a wide selection of really lovely people and made new friends and am already very excited for the next event. I very much felt I was finally meeting people with whom I resonate: my tribe, as you said.

Can’t wait for the next one!

P x

Good afternoon, Barbara,

I just wanted to say, what a wonderful evening I had, last night. I met so many wonderful, like- minded people. I will definitely be attending another evening!



HI Barbara,

Thanks for a fun evening last night and glad to know about the venue. I had a number of interesting conversations; it’s refreshing that you can circulate easily.   I thought the pizza was especially delicious!

M x