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five-star Stafford Hotel is hosting a series of “Pub Talks” following a succesful timetable last year. The free events running through September and October give guests and members of the public the chance to learn a thing or two.

The first class kicked off last month with a “Gourmet Soirée” led by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Brendan Fyldes.

Future events include:

• 6 September: Bespoke Treasures – Discuss fine, custom jewellery, what it represents, and how to commission it with leading London jeweller, Patrick Wyatt

• 19 September: Cigars and Fine Wine, a Perfect Pair? – Collect empirical data to answer the query under the guidance of resident Master Sommelier Gino Nardella and fine cigar purveyors Hunters & Frankau

• 4 October: Capturing the Soul – View rare pieces by renowned portrait photographer Alistair Morrison, and then learn his secrets for capturing the essence of a subject on film

• 18 October: Mixing with a Master – Step behind the bar to try a hand at crafting cocktails with seasoned Bar Manager Benoit Provost

Reservations are required as space is limited. E-mail:

The Stafford London by Kempinski, St. James’s Place, SW1A