The Best Foodie Things To Try In London

New openings, new menus and exciting new events – discover our pick of the best things to try in London this autumn


1 Take a trip down memory lane with Six by Nico London


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Stay youthful this summer. Revolving culinary concept, Six by Nico London, has revealed their next menu will be cooking “Childhood,” a playful and nostalgic six-course tasting menu serving up the definitive British household dishes.

Embark on a trip down memory lane as these classic dishes are given a contemporary twist and creatively reimagined to inspire the sentiments of youth, all without stepping out of London’s Fitzrovia.

Guests will first be served Nico’s take on the Lasagne, a crispy lasagne with ox cheek ragu and parmesan espuma, followed by Fish Fingers, made with salmon tartare served with kohlrabi, lime gel, pepper dulse and shaoshing dressing.

This’ll be complemented by a glass of Terre Des Dames, Le Rose 2019, Languedoc, France, should guests choose the wine pairing option with their courses.

The third course will be a take on the ultimate childhood dish, Eggy Soldiers, made with cacklebean egg, served with brown butter, celeriac espuma, celeriac soldier and lovage, followed by Mac & Cheese, a decadent truffle mac ‘n’ cheese made with cauliflower, aged cheddar and gherkin ketchup which can be paired with a glass of The Underworld, Grenache Blanc 2018, Western Cape, South Africa.

Duck, Duck, Goose! will be the final savoury course, with XO duck breast, leg bonbon, gnocchi, pumpkin and black garlic emulsion, and finally for dessert, the playfully named, Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses will feature savarin creme, raspberry, lychee and rose paired with a glass of Araldica, Alasia Brachetto 2018, Piemonte, Italy.

When: Thursday 3rd September and run until Sunday 18th October.
Cost: The entry level tasting menu is priced at £35 per person, with an optional £33 wine pairing. Vegetarian alternatives are also available.
How: To make a reservation, visit sixbynico.co.uk.
Where: 41 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR


2 Keep it classic with Trinity


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Nothing beats a classic. Pay a visit to Trinity restaurant in Clapham as Adam Byatt introduces a brand new CLASSICS menu. The new Classic’s Menu features offering a selection of Trinity’s most loved dishes over the years, with standard a la carte still available to order.

Available for lunch and dinner, the back-in-time dishes include the Cornish Mackerel, Almond Gazpacho, Melon and Sweet Sicily, Pork Jowl with Langoustine and Black Garlic, and of course, the drool-provoking Salted Caramel Custard Tart.

How: Visit trinityrestaurant.co.uk to make a booking.
Where: 4 The Polygon, Clapham Town, London SW4 0JG


3 Enjoy French Brasserie dining at Balthazar London


Balthazar London is reopening from Thursday, 1 October, treating foodies to a menu of favourite, French-brasserie classics. Open seven days a week and offering a charming location for catching up with friends and family, guests will be able to enjoy everything from lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in a charismatic and beautiful setting.

Known for its bustling atmosphere and original brasserie feel, Balthazar London has the appeal of the quintessential French bistro, offering a diverse menu of fruits de mer from the raw bar alongside a wide selection of classics including escargots with garlic, parsley and Pernod butter, duck confit with braised lentils and Toulouse sausage, moules frites, Dover sole meunière and more.

A vegetarian and vegan menu is available, with lighter options including a delicious beetroot salad with crumbled goats’ cheese, candied hazelnuts and hazelnut vinaigrette. 

How: To make a reservation in the restaurant, please contact balthazar-reservations@balthazarlondon.com or call 020 3301 1155.
Where: 4-6 Russell St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ


4 Drink Pink with W London’s Bottomless Brunch


When brunching, we drink pink. Dress-up and drink up as hot-spot W London welcomes back its Instagrammable bottomless brunch with the ultimate indulgent twist.

Available every weekend, foodies can now lux it up with unlimited Frosé Royale – house-made frozen rosé topped-up with Veuve Clicquot Champagne – alongside a lip-smacking brunch menu, playful chocolate-fountain dessert and live DJ set!

Overlooking Soho’s buzzing Wardour Street, this sleek restaurant makes the perfect spot to let your hair down. Once armed with The Perception’s house-made frozen rosé or bottomless Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label (for groups upgrading to the VIP package) choose from seven indulgent dishes. 

Playful new additions include the Pea and Spring Onion Falafel, (VE) (DF) (GF), warming Wild Rice Kedgeree with melt-in-the-middle Soft-Boiled Eggs and the Autumnal Spiced Chickpea & Butternut Squash drizzled with Pumpkin Seed Dressing, (VE) (DF) (GF).

Sell-out classics include the mouth-watering Cornish Crab Benedict served on a cloud-like English Muffin with Asparagus and lashings of Hollandaise and the tender BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, with Purple Cabbage and Fries.

Save room for the sweet stuff –  taking centre stage on each table will be a dedicated, devilishly indulgent chocolate-fountain dessert with treats to dunk and devour. 

When: Brunch-goers will be treated to 1.5 hours of free-flowing frozen Rosé or Prosecco alongside a choice of one main dish and dessert on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5:30pm (last bookings at 4pm), for £45 per person.For those looking to upgrade to bottomless Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label instead, an additional £29 will be charged per person. 
How: Bookings are highly recommended and can be made online via The Perception’s website here, or by calling 0207 758 1060.
Where: The Perception at W London, 10 Wardour St., W1D 6QF


5 Feast on the FoodSlut x Provisioners menu 


Provisioners – the all-day restaurant located within boutique-style hotel The Dixon in Tower Bridge – have launched a limited-edition menu in collaboration with comedian Jack Whitehall and his food blog, FoodSlut.

During lockdown, FoodSlut launched a burger kit to support London food waste charity, The Felix Project. Now they’ve turned their sights to help out in the reopening of the hospitality industry with their first ever restaurant collaboration and a residency at Provisioners, running a special menu for every Friday evening and weekends from 25th September to 18th October.

The exclusive FoodSlut x Provisioners menu has been created by Jack and Marcus alongside Thom Bateman – chef/creator for the FoodSlut team. Well-known for his popular Instagram page @bboxfood, Thom has collaborated with global brands including Sainsbury’s, Leon, KFC and Farmison.

Dishes to look forward to include the outrageous and delicious Slutty Burger – Double Patty smashed dry aged beef with brown butter baconnaise, bread and butter pickles, crispy onions, shredded lettuce and maple ketchup ; Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches [available in ‘normal hot’ or ‘raging’] – Fried chicken breast coated in the FoodSlut ‘slutty secret recipe’ spices, served on thick white bread with comeback sauce, pickles, shredded lettuce and slaw; and the vegan starter of Korean Style Cauliflower Bites – Baked in a spicy batter and smothered in a sweet spicy gochujang sauce served with sesame seeds and spring onions.

The menu will also feature a special edition vegan Possible Burger , created in collaboration with renowned food waste charity The Felix Project. The burger will use upcycled ingredients to make a vegan patty, charred jalapeno cheese sauce, bread and butter pickles and crispy onions, and 10% of sales will go to The Felix Project.

The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold, and delivers this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable.

When: The menu will be available from Friday 25th September to Sunday 18th October. It will be served for dinner on Friday, brunch and dinner on Saturday, and for brunch on Sunday. Brunch service runs from mid-day, 12pm to 3pm and Dinner is from the early evening, 6pm-10pm.
How: For reservations, please email reservations@provisioners.co.uk or call 0203 959 2919. 
Where: 4 Queen Elizabeth St, London SE1 2LL


6 Sip on sharing cocktails at London bar & bottle shop, The Racketeer


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Care to share? Classic independent cocktail bar and booze emporium The Racketeer, located in London’s vibrant King’s Cross, is excited to introduce an eclectic mix of sharing cocktails, which will also be available to takeaway.

The Racketeer, with its décor a tasteful blend of traditional Victorian pub and classic French bistro is the perfect summer hotspot.

Known for its modern approach to hospitality and service, the range of innovative new tipples at neighbourhood hotspot, The Racketeer, offers a contemporary spin on the classic cocktail menu for discerning drinkers and punters alike.

The Racketeer’s new Sharing Cocktails (served in 200ml bottles) include a range of tipples, such as the Funky Punky with Tequila, Antica Formula, Hops Liqueur (£20) as well as the caffeine-packed Coal Drop, a mix of  Wild Turkey 101, Maple Syrup, Fernet Branca & Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur (£20).

Where: 105 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9LR
When: The Racketeer is open from Tuesday to Friday 4pm – 12am, Saturday 1pm – 12am and Sunday 3pm – 11pm.
How: To order the new Sharing Cocktails for collection or delivery (within two miles), please visit theracketeer.slerp.com/order & call 0207 278 2261.


7 Dine al fresco with Mama London


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Mama Mia. The fabulous Mama Shelter is reopening the doors to its hotel and restaurant, Mama London, bringing back its witty and welcoming style to the capital.

Set in the heart of the East End, Mama London’s restaurant, bar and terrace is exactly where you need to be when it comes to socialising, celebrating, eating and of course, drinking.

Just in time for summer, Mama London’s Garden Bar offers the ideal al fresco spot for drinkers and diners to reunite with each other after time apart.

Situated in the centre of the hotel with an open roof and terrace-style seating that is perfectly suited for social distancing, guests are invited to sip on tempting cocktails and try the new food menu.

Created by Executive Chef Ian Daw, the refreshed menu includes a selection of kebabs, made with love, for guests to sink their teeth into. Try the likes of a Chicken za’atar with harissa yoghurt, pickled cucumber and pistachio, a Spiced falafel with coconut tzatziki, sundried tomato hummus and pickled radish and a Lamb kofta with guindilla peppers, red cabbage, parsley and tahini sauce. All kebabs are served with either stone-baked flatbread or homemade tabbouleh.

Throughout lockdown, Mama London’s bar team has been developing a quirky collection of cocktails for two, bottled to share.

The tempting collection includes the  Jungle Juice, a blend of butterfly flower East London Liquor Company gin, thai basil, Merlet triple sec, orgeat, pernod and pineapple and the Candy Shop Daiquiri, a mix of skittles soaked Havana Club 3 Year Old rum, apple, lime and a ‘pop.

Where: 437 Hackney Road, E2 8PP
When: Sunday – Thursday: 7am – 10pm (last table bookings at 9pm). Friday – Saturday: 7am – midnight (last table bookings at 10pm).
How: Visit mamashelter.com to make a reservation.


8 Find chic AW20 pieces with the Daily Dress Edit boutique


This October, Belgravia will once again become home to Isabel Spearman’s @DailyDressEdit pop-up as she brings her Instagram feed dedicated to ‘The Dress’ to Elizabeth Street. The style columnist and brand consultant is teaming up with landowner Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to bring some of the most notable independent and British brands’ exclusive A/W pieces to the street.

Sitting  within 25 Elizabeth Street from 6 – 17 October, pay a visit to find a carefully curated selection of Isabel’s favourite dress designers celebrating the Autumn/Winter season’s style including the likes of Anna Mason, Cefinn, Emilia Wickstead, Justine Tabak to name of few.

Now more than ever consumers are looking to shop small and support independent brands, and Isabel considers the Daily Dress Edit pop-up the perfect way to do this, investing in a beautifully made dress that has been created in an ethical and sustainable way, whilst supporting a small business.

Visitors will be able to discover new brands, ones they fall in love with and return to time and time again, as well as exclusive dresses created specifically for the pop-up including the must-have ‘Isabel’ design from UK designer Catherine Prevost, named after the Daily Dress Edit founder.

In a new covid-friendly setting, visitors will be able to make an appointment to browse and try-on a selection of new season dresses before purchasing their dress of dreams via in-store iPads with the help of Isabel and her dedicated team of experienced staff. Planned originally to launch in May, the pop-up will be the first of several events to welcome back visitors to Belgravia and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

 

Where:  The Daily Dress Edit boutique will be located at 25 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9RP
When: from 6-17 October 2020.
For more information and to keep updated as new brands are announced please visit mayfairandbelgravia.com or dailydressedit.com. 


9 Devour Italian creations at il Pampero


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Edible paradise awaits. Belgravia’s hidden Italian gem, il Pampero at The Hari hotel, is delighted to announce Carmine Giannino as its brand new Head Chef.

Carmine started his career working in some of the most popular restaurants along the Ostia seafront in Rome. Now aged 26, he leads the team as Head Chef at authentic Italian restaurant, il Pampero.

Synonymous with delivering classic Italian cuisine, under Carmine’s new leadership guests can try traditional flavour combinations from the seasonal changing menu with a new twist of modern techniques.

Expect Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan Tuille, Burrata with Heritage Tomatoes and Basil Oil, and Tagliatelle with Tiger Prawns, Lime and Courgettes among other light summer salads and freshly made pasta dishes. One word – delish.

Where: 20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ
How: Visit ilpampero.com to make a booking.


10 Try tastebud travel with D&D London


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Far-flung destinations might be off the menu for now but the Summer Revival campaign with D&D London is offering Brits the ultimate staycation – through a plate-packed passport.

Channelling their inner French Girl is Coq d’Argent, Bank; Le Pont de la Tour, Tower Bridge and Orrery, Marylebone. All renowned for their impeccably chic French cuisine, they’re the place to go for an authentic taste of the continent.

Coq d’Argent is partnering with Provence Rosé brand, Minuty for an exciting Saturday brunch, Rosé of the Roof. Guests can enjoy three courses, inspired by the South of France for £34.50, perfectly paired with the pale pink rosé.

Whereas over at Le Pont de la Tour they are celebrating La Vie En Rose with a French Riviera themed terrace in collaboration with Taittinger.

Orrery will be serving a special Taste d’Azur menu exclusively on the terrace (also in partnership with Taittinger) including delicacies such as Herb risotto with summer truffle and Elderflower panna cotta with strawberries and Taittinger Brut Reserve jelly.

Travelling next across to Italy, and the flavours of the Amalfi Cost, Calabria and Lake Como. Legendary Italian chef Francesco Mazzei is transforming the terrace at his Battersea restaurant, Fiume into an Amalfi Coast inspired haven overlooking the Thames, with drinks by Peroni.

Summer in Italy and a refreshing Aperol Spritz go hand in hand and the drink will be readily available at Radici, Islington and Cantina del Ponte, Tower Bridge this summer on their terraces. Radici will take nods from Francesco’s hometown of Calabria, whereas Cantina del Ponte will be a little slice of Lake Como in London.

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean and classic British summertime at Butlers Wharf, as Butlers Wharf Chop House, Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina de Ponte team up to host the Butlers Wharf Festival on bank holiday weekend. Indulge in delicious dishes from each of the restaurants out on the terrace overlooking Tower Bridge, as well as a drink for just £30pp.

Finally, Bluebird Chelsea is going right back to where it all began, with a Garden of Eden inspired terrace with Nyetimber. The restaurant and bar have been fully transformed into a beautiful green sanctuary surrounded by floating birds and Nyetimber birdcages.


11 Enjoy 50% Off Stays for NHS Staff at K West Hotel


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Calling all NHS workers! K West Hotel & Spa, which has just reopened, would like to thank NHS staff for their amazing work during the pandemic by offering 50% off future stays for all NHS workers.

NHS staff can enjoy a well-deserved break and truly unwind in a spacious room with complimentary WIFI, coffee making facilities, and a Smart TV.

The special package is available to all NHS staff, who will simply be required to present their NHS ID upon arrival. K West knows that plans often change and with this in mind guests can cancel their booking up until 2pm on the day of arrival.

Ideal for a sleek mini break, K West Hotel & Spa’s vibrant ambience is fused with ultimate relaxation in a prime location. Situated in Shepherd’s Bush, the hotel is on the doorstep of Westfield shopping centre and fashionable areas of Notting Hill, Portobello Road and Kensington are a short walk away.

Where: K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London W14 0AX
How: To make a reservation, please call: 020 8008 6600 or visit k-west.co.uk


12 Partake in plants with the ByChloe X Club Cultured Pop Up, SW4


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From now until 31st August, stop by London’s hottest vegan street food pop-up from plant-based eatery By Chloe, launched in collaboration with their friends at Club Cultured to create a range of exciting new dishes showcasing their delicious tempeh.

Open 7 days a week and operating 50 Abbeville Rd, SW4 9NF, the pop-up is a delectable magnet for vegans and omnivores alike looking for some seriously delicious vegan food.

Sink your teeth into a menu featuring the likes of kimchini balls stuffed with vegan cheese, gochujang, spring onions and homemade kimchi and friend tempeh wings glazed in buffalo sauce and accompanied by maple-butter glazed cornbread.

Main dishes include tempeh pizza, a grilled quinoa burger, and the sell-out Gado Gado salad: an authentic Balinese dish featuring tempeh seasoned with peanut, ginger and turmeric, atop crisp and refreshing layers of sweetcorn, shredded purple cabbage, bean sprouts, toasted tender stem and kale, finished with a mouthwatering tofu lime crema dressing.

The mouthwatering and 100% plant-based menu has been designed by Club Cultured, which was created by James, Harry & Connor: three friends with a passion for plant-based food.

PLUS: read our full ByChloe review to find out more about the tastebud trip.

How: Book your table via designmynight.com.
Where: Abbeville Pop Up, 50, Abbeville Rd, Clapham, SW4 9NF
When: Until 31 August 2020


13 Take on unlimited afternoon tea at Cinnamon Bazaar


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Executive Chef and Founder of The Cinnamon Collection, Vivek Singh, has announced unlimited afternoon tea, a new scheme which will give diners the chance to enjoy Cinnamon Bazaar’s modern afternoon tea and chaats for just £15 per person Monday-Sunday until the end of September.

Enjoy a modern, Indian-inspired take on the quintessential classic afternoon tea created by Vivek Singh, and Great British Bake Off star Tamal Ray.

Seamlessly marrying the flavours of East India with modern culinary techniques dine on Kolkata fish finger sandwich with tomato chutney cooked in turmeric, chilli and mustard oil – a nod to the duo’s Bengali roots – and Chicken Kathi ‘spring rolls’, a take on the traditional street food rolls found in Kolkata.

No afternoon tea at Cinnamon Bazaar would be complete without Vivek’s signature chaat, tuck into Pani Puri – semolina shells filled with spiced chickpeas, mint and tamarind water – and Papdi chaat, crisp wheat chaat with yoghurt, tamarind and coriander chutneys.

Sweet treats created by Tamal include cinnamon cream macarons; pistachio cake with rose meringue and bhaapa doi – a steamed Bengali yoghurt with mango curd. A selection of Indian spiced teas make the perfect finishing touch.

When: The £15 afternoon tea (RRP £25) is available Monday – Sunday, 12-5pm until 31st September only.
How: To book, please visit cinnamon-bazaar.com and quote ‘Chaat-Chai & Bazaar’.
Where: 28 Maiden Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7JS


14 Make it Mexican with Casa Calavera


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Mexican virtual culinary pop up Casa Calavera has announced that it will deliver to the City from Saturday 22nd August.

A virtual culinary pop-up from Hakkasan Group, serves authentic Mexican dishes using heritage culinary techniques, recipes and ingredients with a contemporary and refined twist – and it’s been a hit since its early summer 2020 launch.

Pushing the boundaries of traditional dining, the delivery only menu takes inspiration from the street side taquerias and beachfront restaurants of Mexico, bringing the cantina experience to homes.

As well as Casa Calavera’s new bottled cocktails made with a base of Casamigos tequila and mezcal, each serving five people, devour a Casa Fiesta menu which allows much-loved dishes to be ordered with the bottled cocktails.

The Casa Fiesta set menu will provide everything necessary for a true Mexican fiesta at home and will include a choice of Casa Nachos, two different tacos dishes such as Achiote chicken tacos with guacamole and pickled onions, and two Platos grandes (large dishes), such as Grilled yellowtail with salsa verde, Pork carnitas with orange glaze, fire-roasted salsa and pickled red onions or Grilled octopus with pico de gallo.

How: Casa Calavera is available to order via Deliveroo, Supper and Uber Eats within a 2-mile radius of 23 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA and now also within a 2-mile radius of 1 Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS from 22nd of August.
Where: 1 Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
How: Visit casacalavera.co.uk to make a booking. 


15 Celebrate summer with Bala Baya


 

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Dine in the Middle East with Bala Baya and celebrate long sunny days with its new terrace and mezzanine. The ideal spot for laid-back lunches and balmy summer evenings with friends and family, acclaimed chef Eran Tibi has created a fresh new summer feasting menu, with dishes perfectly designed to be shared, to be enjoyed from lunch to dinner and weekend brunches.

Eran’s new Israeli-inspired menus offer a hands-on, hands-in approach to family-style dining that focuses on the enjoyment of fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients. New summer plates include; Tomato Tomato (£9), heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, goat’s cheese, za’atar pita croute; Watermelon & Sardines (£11), raspberry vinegar cured sardines, oregano, lemon watermelon, almond crumb;  Fancy Squid (£11), oat milk & semolina calamari, butternut squash & saffron marmalade, preserve lemon, coriander and Lamb Chops (£16), apricot & shawarma Lamb chops, pistachio butter, lemon thyme, Za’atar baby gem.

For the ultimate summer feast, guests can delve into a special sharing menu boasting Bala Baya favourites, priced at £45pp.

On the tipples side of things, Bala Baya have infused botanical herbs and fresh fruits into their gazoz to complement all of their flavoursome dishes. The new Gazoz Spritz menu includes refreshing flavours of Blackberry and Lavender (£5/9.50), Grape and Ginger (£5/9.50) and Grapefruit and Thyme (£5/9.50), all with or without alcohol.

Where: Arch 25, Old union yard arches, 229 Union St, London SE1 0LR
How: Visit balabaya.co.uk to make a booking.


16 Make a mecca to Muse


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The 25-seater fine dining destination, Muse, has officially reopened. The restaurant – housed in a converted Georgian townhouse in old Belgravia – opened in January 2020 and is now back with a refreshed menu.

Framed around dramatic open kitchens, and offering experiential-led dining (7 or 10-course tasting menus), the Muse menus are inspired by nostalgia and pivotal moments in Tom’s personal life and steadfast culinary career.

This is showcased in their new menus, including dishes such as ‘The summer bounty’: a combination of turbot, rose and orange; ‘Neither black nor white’:  celeriac, charcoal, egg yolk; and ‘Just one more barbecue’: lamb, Sichuan pepper, corn.

Having missed the opportunity to offer its diners the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, Muse are matching this effort by giving guests the chance to take part this September, with £10 off each tasting menu on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the month. 7 and 10 course dinner menus are priced at £95 and £145, and a 4-course set lunch menu priced at £50.

Tom will also be launching a guest chef series: Muse Masters. The series welcomes industry heavyweight chefs to Muse for exclusive 4 handed (Tom and guest) chef dinners. Kicking off in September (date TBC) the first two evenings will see chefs Robin Gill of Clapham institution, The Dairy, and Alex Dilling of The Greenhouse, Mayfair’s much-loved two Michelin-starred French dining room, cooking in Muse’s open kitchens.

Where: 38 Groom Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7BA
How: Visit musebytomaikens.co.uk to make a booking.


17 Catch up on bottomless brunch with by CHLOE.


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Calling all plant-based foodies! From September 5th, London’s favourite vegan eatery by CHLOE. will be hosting bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays throughout September in collaboration with hard-seltzer brand Fountain.

Filled with lip-smacking dishes, the bottomless brunch includes a Guac Burger or Classic Burger served with either Air-Baked Fries or Sweet Potato Fries, a signature by CHLOE. bake such as a cinnamon espresso cookie or a Chlostess cupcake, and bottomless Fountain hard seltzer that comes in three delicious flavours: passionfruit, blueberry and lime (for 1.5 hours from the time of ordering).

When: Saturdays and Sundays in September from 12:00-17:00
Where: by Chloe. Covent Garden, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA

18 Indulge with afternoon tea at The Clarendon 

With staycations and day trips the new norm this summer, the picturesque Blackheath Village in London makes for the perfect mini-escape from the realities of Covid-centric life in 2020. 

Located right on the edge of the 200-acre Blackheath common is the Clarendon Hotel, which has recently fully reopened to the public and is offering afternoon tea for guests and visitors. Featuring classic sandwiches and cakes, it’s the perfect place to satisfy a sweet tooth – with excellent vegan versions too. 

Where: The Clarendon, Montpelier Row, Blackheath, London, SE3 0RW
When: Afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm to 5pm. 
How: Visit clarendonhotel.com/dining/afternoon-tea/ to make a booking.

19 Devour discounts at Le Deli Robuchon

Following the success of the August Eat Out To Help Out scheme, Le Deli Robuchon is is excited to extend the offer for the month of September. Situated on London’s Piccadilly, guests can enjoy 50% off all food and soft drinks up to a value of £10 per person throughout September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Honouring Joël Robuchon’s vision for excellence, simplicity and consistency, Le Deli makes a suave all day dining solution, serving breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks with eat-in or take-away options. Le Deli also offers the very best in French products to purchase, many of which Joël Robuchon chose and championed himself. Ooh la la.

Where: 82 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 8JA
How: Visit robuchonlondon.co.uk for more.

20 Taste it all at TOKii

Sushi fans, you’re in luck. Following the unbelievably positive response from the August Eat Out to Help Out scheme, Japanese fusion restaurant TOKii is extending the offer for the month of September. Situated in London’s picturesque Marylebone, guests can enjoy 50% off all food and soft drinks up to a value of £10 per person throughout September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

The team have developed a brand new menu to delve into, with highlights set to include Yellowtail carpaccio with ginger, samphire and citrus soy dressing from the Cold Dishes section and Hot Dishes of Lobster and Cornish crab croquettes with yuzu and mango salsa and Saikyo black cod with crushed peas, spring onions, pea shoots and shiso oil. TOKii will also serve a full menu of Nigiri, Sashimi and Sushi Roll options.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, Marylebone, London W1H 7FD
How: Visit tokii.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.

21 Head to Harrods for a taste of Tiffany’s 

Fancy a touch of sparkle with your next latte? Tiffany & Co. has opened an exclusive Elsa Peretti pop-up at Harrods to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Bone Cuff, originally designed in 1970s.

To honour the occasion, Harrods has two exclusive new editions of the cuff for sale; one limited-edition green coloured cuff and a yellow gold and green jade carved stone cuff – the first time the gems have been used in this style and the first time the cuffs have had an update in half a century.

Ideal for a glamorous bite, The Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Café at the department store has also reopened, complete with a brand new menu.
 
Where: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
 How: Visit Harrods.com for more.

22 Take on COYA Mayfair’s new Inca Trail brunch

South America is only a Uber away. Join COYA Mayfair as they embark on a new immersive four-hour Peruvian journey, igniting the senses of the Inca Trail at their latest brunch.

Every Saturday at 12:30pm from 26th September, COYA Mayfair’s Inca Trail Brunch will offer a truly delicious experience, starting with street food style canapés, champagne and cocktails set to Latin tunes from COYA’s resident DJ.

The Inca Trail Brunch adventure will reach its peak in the Machu Picchu inspired restaurant, where guests can feast on three courses of signature dishes and desserts whilst sipping on endlessly flowing champagne and cocktails. Dishes will include Arroz Nikkei, Chilean sea bass with rice, lime and chilli and Trio de Maiz, a trio of Josper corn, crispy corn, white corn and sweet onions with the COYA Ceviche offering to include Atun Chifa, yellowfin tuna with soy, sesame seeds and shrimp cracker and Lubina y Lucuma, sea bass with lucuma, aji amarillo and marigold. Those with a sweet tooth can dine on Choux with chocolate cream, aji limo and strawberry and Brownies with lulo cremeux. 

Priced at £150, guests can enjoy free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne until 3:30pm alongside the brunch menu and dessert platter. The drinks offering also includes unlimited Pisco Sours, Bloody Marys, Tommy Margaritas, Mojitos and London Mules. 

When: 26th September 2020 and take place every Saturday from 12:30pm.
How: Visit coyarestaurant.com/mayfair-inca-brunch to find out more and make a booking.

23 Milk it with Milk Beach

All-day Australian restaurant Milk Beach are relaunching in early October following an exciting expansion that will see them double in size after taking over the adjacent restaurant. The expansion will see Milk Beach enhance its evening service with a new dinner menu complimented by a new bar area, as well as an updated all-day brunch offering.

Situated on the beautiful private mews of Lonsdale Road, Milk Beach will also feature an enlarged outdoor heated seating area with bespoke parasols for European-style alfresco street dining all year round.

The new dinner offering by Head Chef Darren Leadbeater (Guillaume at Bennelong Sydney*** Aria Sydney**, Frenchie, Wild Honey* and Brunswick House) draws inspiration from the diverse cultures that make up modern, coastal Australian cuisine with highlights including the likes of Cornish Sprats with Yoghurt Tartare and Tasmanian Pepperberry and Squid Ink Tagliatelle, Cock Crab and Tomato Fondue. Caffeine lovers can finish it off with Coffee Custard Tart (made using house-roasted single origin coffee).

Sourced from around the world and traceable to the farm or cooperative, Milk Beach’s coffee will continue to be roasted weekly by co-founder and two-time UK Roasting Champion, Matthew Robley-Siemonsma.

When: Reopening early October 2020.
How: Visit milkbeach.com for more.
Where: 19 Lonsdale Road, Queens Park, NW66RA, London

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