FOOD&DRINK London Lite Wednesday, 4 November 2009 17 syrup and apple schnapps, all 7. The Exhibition Rooms, 69-71 Westow Hill, SE19 (020 8761 1175) LordMayorsShow 14 November, fireworks 5pm between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge, free The Lord Mayors Show dates back to 1215 and marks the beginning of a new mayoral year when the new Lord Mayor of London traditionally swears allegiance to the Queen. Proceedings kick off with a three- mile procession of floats and march- ing bands at 11am and finish with fireworks at 5pm. Its a time-honoured tradition but you could mark it in 21st-century style -- over cocktails. The Blue Fin Buildings Refinery Bar should make a great meeting point, right on the river. On the day, in keeping with the firework theme, the Refinery will be serving a suitably fiery concoction, the firecracker mojito, made of muddled birds-eye chillies, mint leaves, lime, muscovado and tequila. Quote London Lite and each one will set you back just 5.95. The Refinery Bar And Restaurant, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 (0845 468 0186) RavenscourtPark Saturday, kids firework display 7.15pm, main fireworks 8pm, over-5s, 6 on the day (4 in advance from the Lyric Theatre), under-5s, free The nearest pub to Ravenscourt Park is the Anglesea Arms, a Bonfire Night destination in itself. Its really rather romantic -- if its dry, says the landlady, Jill. Fingers crossed for good weather, then, so we can enjoy their hot rum punch or mulled wine (both 4.50) on the terrace. The Anglesea Arms is one of the old guard of Nineties gastropubs stalwarts and remains known for its bold, ingredient-driven dishes such as potted duck livers and chutney (7.50), or linguine with sardines and fennel (9.95). For Bonfire Night, it loosens up a bit, delivering warming outdoor fodder to the post-park crowd. This year, there will be sticky chilli pork ribs, falafel in pitta bread and sea- sonal game pasties (all 5). The pub opens from 11am to 11pm. The Anglesea Arms, 35 Wingate Road, W6 (020 8749 1291) VictoriaPark Saturday, fireworks, 7.30pm, free WITh its huge beer garden backing on to Victoria Park, The Britannia is the best place to enjoy fireworks for those wishing to steer clear of the glowstick-wielding kids. The classy British gastropub gets right to the heart of what Bonfire Night eating is all about with a delicious hog roast. Carving starts at 6pm, after which you can feast on roast pork and apple sauce baps, washed down with warm- ing brandies, hot toddies and jugs of Pimms Winter Cup. Meanwhile, indoors, a full menu will be served. The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 (020 8533 0040) Checkin...andcheckoutdeliciousdining HAS MasterChef: The Professionals whetted your appetite for Michelin-starred food? If so, Seven Park Place, found inside the St Jamess Hotel, will satisfy your cravings. Its new chef, William Drabble, earned his star during a 12-year stint at Fulhams Aubergine and his food doesnt come cheap (39 for two courses or 45 for three) yet, for the artistry you get, its not overpriced. Thats too stunning to eat, exclaimed the date -- and that was only the complimentary amuse-bouche, a pretty ensemble of seared tuna, Posh nosh: with a Michelin- starred chef at the helm, Seven Park Place is worth saving up for slow-baked tomato, basil leaf and avocado pure. A dainty starter of baked red mullet fillet with seared squid was interestingly complemented by a strong liver sauce. The pan-fried, line-caught sea bass was perfectly cooked and a gamey, end-of-season grouse was given an autumnal spin with plump, tangy blackberries and fragrant thyme. Sensing our budgetary constraints, our friendly waiter let us split each glass of wine, erring on the side of generous with the pouring. We appreciated his way of making us feel welcome in a restaurant clearly usually frequented by the ber-rich. But even if youre not minted this is food worth saving up for. However, for me, the best value was at the bar. A bizarre black marble- topped space, where cheeky prints of female nipples and buttocks wink at you from the walls, you get posh hotel pampering without forking out for the full banquet. You even get superior snacks: picholine olives and uniquely moreish chilli caramel popcorn. As Gregg always says on MasterChef, Drabbles new gaff is absolutely delicious. LaRUsHKa IvaN-ZaDeH Seven Park Place St Jamess Hotel, 7-8 Park Place, SW1, 020 7316 1600. Dinner for two, 180 knivesandFawkes! Wellequipped Home-made cupcakes WITH cupcakes costing up to a ludicrous 3 each, why not make your own? With this professional icing kit by Tala, you can make your home-made cakes look as good as shop-bought ones. It comes in a handy retro tin and comprises six stainless steel nozzles with a syringe. 18.98, lakeland.co.uk cracking food: The Britannia is one of the citys best bets for Bonfire night Litebites Foodanddrinknews Bloggers banquet Londons food bloggers are joining forces this month in aid of Action Against Hunger. At the inaugural Blaggers Banquet and charity auction at steakhouse Hawksmoor on 15 november, bloggers including Eat Like A Girl and Lizzie Eats London will prepare a lavish four-course feast using only food they have blagged. Tickets 75, from blaggers banquet@gmail.com Stocking for Xmas CHrIsTmAs is a little way off, but theres no harm in stocking up early on the ingredients crucial to giving the festive season extra fizz. Visit m&s between 5-17 november and youll find half-price Guillaume de Gand champagne at just 12.99 a bottle. Canaps -- smoked salmon bagels, breaded prawns, brie parcels -- are half price, too. This is not just Christmas, this is a cut-price m&s Christmas. New MienTay mIEn TAy, one of Kingsland roads best Vietnamese eateries, has opened a branch in Battersea. serving the affordable, authentic cuisine for which the original is known, it also has new dishes like green papaya salad with spicy beef, Vietnamese curry and steamed scallops with crispy garlic. 180 Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11, 020 7350 0721 Terroirsexpansion WInE bar Terroirs can be hard to get into but with a new downstairs restaurant, more of us have a shot. All the signature specialities are there -- charcuterie, stinky French cheese, biodynamic wine -- but there are also some top new dishes like whole Landaise chicken roasted with 40 cloves of garlic. 5 William IV Street, Covent Garden, WC1, 020 7036 0660 HILaRy aRmsTRONG index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html