25 Things To Try in London This Week & Beyond

From sun-drenched terraces to sustenance-filled pop-ups and mouth-watering new menus, here’s where to find London’s coolest (and most delicious) happenings this summer

1 Make a night of it at Nightjar’s new Carnaby site

Nightjar, the iconic East London speakeasy, has just opened its sparkling new second site in the heart of Carnaby. Pay a visit and take a perch for a signature mix of cocktails, old-school glamour and late-night live music in the heart of central London.

Nightjar Kingly Court aims to recreate the low-lit magic of the Old Street original, complete with a lavish range of rare, revived and original cocktails, late-night live music, prohibition-era decor and a beautifully-illustrated menu of vintage spirits and cocktails dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The subterranean space holds an illustrious place in the history of London’s iconic music venues; in the 1930’s and ‘40’s it existed as The Blue Lagoon Club, the city’s first black-owned music club, before becoming Club Eleven in the ‘50’s under Ronnie Scott. Over the years, it has hosted Bob Marley, The Who, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, alongside many more, and live music will remain at the heart of Nightjar, alongside world class cocktails.

The varied menu pays homage to three distinct historical eras in 20th Century cocktail-making – Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition and Post-War – alongside beloved Nightjar Signatures and large-format Sharing Cocktails. Guests can also take advantage of Nightjar’s unrivalled selection of vintage spirits and liqueurs, offering a once-in-a -lifetime taste of spirit history as far back as 1863. We thoroughly recommend ordering a London Mule for anyone with a penchant for sips with a gingery kick – whilst a Peach Bellini, complete with edible mini peach, is ideal for something smoothly sexy.

Where: Nightjar Carnaby, Unit G15, Kingly Court, Fifty Carnaby, 49-51 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9PY
How: Find out more and make a booking by visiting barnightjar.com/reservation or emailing info@nightjarcarnaby.com

2 Immerse yourself in the Amalfi lifestyle with AllBright’s ‘Amalfi in Mayfair’ Mediterranean Terrace

Dreaming of Italy? Us too. For this year’s sunshine season, the AllBright Club have teamed up with Malfy Gin and Petra Palumbo homeware to bring all things Mediterranean to the heart of Mayfair. Launching in May, this exclusive collaboration guarantees to deliver that coastal cool holiday mood right to your doorstep with a host of delicious aperitivos to be enjoyed. 

Bursting bright with colour and light, the terrace will be open to members and non-members alike for lunch and supper on Fridays, so all may sample this mouth-watering Mediterranean offering. AllBright’s long-standing partners Malfy Gin will lead the way on drinks with a host of eye-catching cocktails complete with an Italian twist, paired perfectly with fresh and exciting dishes created by AllBright’s resident Head Chef Carlos Pinerez. 

Of course, an array of Malfy Gin cocktails will be available to sip your way through – such as the Rosa Paloma, a delicious blend of Malfy Rosa with Sicilian pink grapefruit topped and with soda, showcasing the magic of Italy and a taste of la dolce vita.

Completing this sundrenched scene, stylish and sustainable homeware designer Petra Palumbo has exclusively collaborated with AllBright to bring the terrace’s Mediterranean magic to life. Best known for her beautiful glassware, the terrace’s stunning tablescapes feature hand-painted citrus designs that burst with the fruity flavours that we associate with holiday. Petra’s glassware will also be available to purchase at the Club for those wishing for a lasting memory of a delightful day out. 

When: The Mediterranean Terrace will run from 9th May to the 31st August.
How: For those wishing to book, please contact mayfairreservations@allbright.co

3 Embrace your creative side with Page8 London’s new workshop series

Image credit: Page8 London

It’s not just the weather that’s turning this spring – change is afoot at Page8 London too, where guests and locals alike can now book tickets for an evolving workshop series, designed to offer alternative wellness offerings whilst supporting budding British brands. From sound healing to creative writing and the art of Bonsai, there’s plenty of exciting events worth keeping an eye out for at this serene urban hotel in 2022.  

Ideally located in the heart of Trafalgar Square, Page8 will be working with various instructors, such as the team behind Habit Haus candles and Mã-Kè Bonsai, the series will utilise pre-existing spaces such as unused suites or the Page Common Café for conducting classes. Kicking off on the 14th April, the inner magik, will be hosting a Women’s Circle, inspired by divine feminine energy. The class, hosted in one of the hotel’s disabled access rooms will explore astrological insight, guided meditation, yoga, intention setting and sharing. 

The full spring line up is as follows:

  • Rose Full Moon Circle in Libra (14.04.22) – Tucked inside the comfort of a tranquil Page8 suite, The Rose Circle is a feminine-energy-led space created for participants to move from doing and pushing to softening and receiving. Through guided meditation, individual oracle card pulls, keepsake roses, and a sharing circle, guests are invited to bask in the moonlight of being. The aim is ‘to connect to their own inner knowing and leave feeling held, heard, appreciated, and cherished for their magikal and unique soul’ – Foxey Hardman, founder.
  • Candle Making with Habit Haus (29.04.22)- Harri at Habit Haus has spent the hours perfecting this not-as-easy-as-it-looks craft, and for the first time is sharing her secret tips and tricks. Guests will be bending, twisting, and wonky-ing 5 x dinner candles to take home with them, even hand-painting some creative motifs onto them afterwards if desired. Harri will take the class step-by-step through the candle making process. They will have the opportunity to choose colourways and play around with styles, meanwhile sharing hints and tips on the creation of the perfect Instagramable candles.
  • The Art of Bonsai with Ma-ke Bonsai (May TBC) – Bonsai learning and best practices brought to you by renowned bonsai teacher and artist Mark D’Cruz. Mark teaches Bonsai as a calming and stabilising facet of life that teaches patience and attention to detail. With expert tips on potting, pruning, and perfecting Bonsai trees, the class is sure to inspire a lifelong love of this historic Japanese art form. 

How: Classes start from £15. The cost of the workshop is inclusive of all materials, finished products and food & beverages provided by Page 8. Rates for a one night stay at Page8 start from £180 based on two sharing on a B&B basis. Find out more and make a booking via pagehotels.com

4 Hoover up a House of Hovarda dining experience

Hovarda, an Aegean-inspired bar & restaurant in London’s Soho is launching House of Hovarda, bringing the atmosphere it is known for together with some of the most influential and up-and-coming chefs from around the world to their London-based kitchen. 

House of Hovarda will curate a unique dining experience every Tuesday from the 19th of April with a new and inspiring guest talent each week, championing the crossover between hospitality and lifestyle, creating an iconic event week by week. I thought it might be perfect for your events guide/what’s on roundup.

A melting pot of cuisines will come through each week, created by the chef with a set menu of four courses for £50 per head. Chef, Luke French from JÖRO, Sheffield’s first ever Michelin recognised restaurant, will kick off the Series on 19th April. The restaurant opened in December 2016 to rave reviews and in summer 2019 they opened Konjö, a street food concept, just around the corner,  and since, a site in Liverpool. Expanding their empire further, the couple launched House of JÖRO in June 2021, a boutique hotel and chef’s table a stone’s throw from JÖRO. 

With a strong focus on sustainability, Luke combines high quality ingredients with cooking techniques from around the world.  In March 2022, Luke competed in BBC’s Great British Menu competition, winning his region, Northeast and Yorkshire, and went on to compete in the finals.  

The following week will be Jackson Bristow, all the way from Nancarrow farm in Cornwall on 26th April. Nancarrow is a 100 acre organic farm in Cornwall which has been farmed by the same family since 1782 producing their own Red Devon Beef, Suffolk Lamb and Tamworth Pork for the table, as well as productive kitchen gardens, orchards and an onsite butchery. Jack and the Nancarrow team have developed a next generation Farmhouse Kitchen, putting on year round dinners & events with the farm, produce & woodfired cookery inspiring each menu. As happy on the farm as they are in the kitchen, the team are committed to celebrating the whole of each beast, alongside what’s best in the gardens, hedgerows and larder at that moment. 

How: Tickets can be purchased here: sevenrooms.com
Where: 40 Rupert St, London W1D 7ES

 5 Bite into a Botantical Sunday Brunch at Jurema Terrace

Spring means brunching – and what better place to do so than one of London’s most stylish terraces? Launching Sunday 8th May, The Mandrake will be serving an al fresco Botanical Sunday Brunch at Jurema Terrace for a vibrant weekend affair this summer.

Tucked away above the hotel, Jurema Terrace is enveloped by a hanging garden of suspended jasmine and passionflower while overlooking the Courtyard with its soaring Tasmanian Ferns. From 12pm to 4pm, hungry guests can indulge in a new spirited and gastronomic brunch experience exclusively available on Sundays.

Delve into a well-curated sharing-style set menu including South American fare capped with a tempting selection of vegan and vegetarian desserts. The set menu starts with delicious seasonal starters such as Padron peppers sprinkled with smoked chili salt, crab and fennel tostada with sea herbs and lime. Brunch continues with sumptuous mid-afternoon plates including chorizo and poached egg muffin with chimichurri hollandaise, mushroom and kale tacos with grilled spring onion, and buttermilk fried chicken bun with pickled jalapeno coleslaw. For dessert, guests have an option between strawberries, vanilla and red pepper parfait infused with red chili  and Guatemalan chocolate mousse with coconut, buckwheat and almond.

Paired with this exclusive menu of dishes is a new lineup of summer ethnobotanical cocktails, featuring the likes of The Yohimbe (Bombay, basil, watermelon, lemon, yohimbe, and goji) and The Blue Lotus – a cool concoction of Greygoose vodka, raspberry, bergamot, lemon, Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, blue lotus and passionflower – plus many other tempting tipples.

How: To experience Botanical Sunday Brunch at Jurema Terrace, place a reservation at 020 3146 7770 or e-mail yopo@themandrake.com.
Where: 20-21 Newman St, London W1T 1PG
Wallet: Prices from £65.00 per person.

6 Stop by Cellar for bites curated by award-winning chef Andrew Clarke

If you love seasonal ingredients, it’s time for a visit to the just-opened Cellar in Hammersmith, with a menu designed and implemented by acclaimed chef Andrew Clarke. Destined to become one of west London’s hottest new neighbourhood dining and drinking destinations, Cellar is located on the ground floor of Hammersmith’s private members’ club Kindred, which after two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic has reinvented itself with a renewed focus on partnering with passionate, London based small-scale suppliers.

Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Cellar has teamed up with award-winning chef and restaurateur, Andrew Clarke, who has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to curate the menu. Andrew’s famed signature style is instantly recognisable in an ingredient led and micro seasonal all day menu, incorporating his trusted  supplier network and paying homage to his extensive world travels by way of simple and  confident flavour profiles.

Signature snacks include Fried cod cheeks with harissa mayo and lemon and Ox cheek puffs with prune and tamarind ketchup whilst small plates consist of Home-cured sea trout with radish, kohlrabi and dill and Korean spiced tartare of Dexter beef served with straw chips. Large plates are seen in Mutton merquez flatbread with pink onion, herb labneh and salsa verde and Grilled Tamworth pork chops with sauce charcutière; to sate the sweet-toothed, desserts include Rhubarb compote, caramelised bread and butter pudding and Chilled rice pudding with mango, almond and black sesame.

Whilst Andrew has a reputation as an innovative meat and BBQ expert, it is his ability to create unique and refined vegetable dishes, seen in the likes of Celeriac schnitzel with cavolo nero, wild mushrooms and wild garlic butter and Roast squash with peas, mint and seed pistou which will act to elevate Cellar’s individuality in the years to come.

Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BW
How: Find out more via wearekindred.com

7 Indulge with Ibérica’s eight new dishes

Let’s talk Tapas. This spring, authentic Spanish eatery Ibérica has introduced eight delightful dishes to its classic selection of Spanish dishes, tapas, desserts, cheeses and drinks – resulting in a discerning menu focused on zero-waste and seasonal ingredients.   

For the new menu, Michelin-starred Executive Head Chef Nacho Manzano has taken inspiration from his restaurant Gloria (Gijon and Oviedo, Spain) to create dishes based on market cuisine, traditional Spanish recipes and tapas – with his very own fine-dining twist.  

The new additions to the menu include vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options like the totally zero-waste Cauliflower tempura (£7), Vegetable ceviche in mandarin tiger milk (£10.50) and Charred aubergine and sobrasada with honey, Sujaira cheese, rocket and caramelised sunflower seeds (£10). New consciously sourced meat and fish dishes include the Canelon de Pitu – stewed Pitu chicken, fresh pasta, cep bechamel, chicken & ginger jus (£11); gluten-free Hake fillet with green pepper cream (£15) and Prawns and pork papada – iceberg wrap, pickled red onion, avocado and kimchi mayonnaise (from £8.50) 

Traditional Ibérica favourites remain firmly on menu, including Chef Nacho’s Grandmother’s recipe Croquetas with serrano ham (from £8.50), handmade to recipe; Padrones (£7.90)and Pitu chicken rice – Gasturian free-range cockerel with piquillo pepper & saffron, a signature dish from Nacho’s Asturias restaurant Casa Marcial (£15). 

For dessert another Casa Marcial signature Caramelised Spanish rice pudding (£7.90) joins the line-up of classic desserts, along with Organic Sujaira, Perazola & Massimo Rey Silo cheeses (£9.90) – to be paired with a glass of Matusalem sweet sherry (£8.50, 50ml), the Spanish way.  

How: Find out more and make a booking via ibericarestaurants.com

8 Opt for a blow out on brunch at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Calling all brunch worshippers. Luxury landmark property Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has launched a brand-new Sunday Brunch, packed with indulgent dishes, creative cocktails and vintage Champagne for an excellent Sunday experience.

Available from 12 – 3pm every Sunday in the opulent surroundings of the hotel’s Amaranto Restaurant –  complete with grand décor and floor-to-ceiling windows –  brunch enthusiasts can enjoy new signature dishes and crowd-pleasing brunch classics – from savoury and sweet through to vegetarian –  alongside vintage Dom Pérignon by the glass and creative cocktails including Bar Manager & Mixologist, Ivan Arena’s new signature cold brew espresso negroni.

Featuring a unique mix of Diplomatico rum, Campari, cold brew cardamom coffee, Noilly Prat, Pedro Ximénez and Abbot’s Bitter, this is the perfect post-brunch tipple. For those with a sweet tooth, order the grand sharing apple tarte tatin for two – a new signature brunch addition from newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef, Yam Lok Hin.

9 Park up at Number One Park Lane for a brand new chef pop-up series 

Foodies, forks this way. MasterChef the Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb is taking up residency at Number One Park Lane at The InterContinental Park Lane. At his three-month London pop-up Alex will be serving up a selection of English-inspired sharing plates, perfectly paired with Hattingley Valley wines, English Cider from Sandfords Orchards and three signature cocktails inspired by Alex’s menu.

The pop-up – running from 3 May-28 July – will take place in the picturesque setting of Number One Park Lane, The InterContinental Park Lane’s unique al fresco terrace, overlooking London’s Royal parks, Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch.

The Essex-born chef started out washing pots at his local restaurant aged just 14, going on to train at The Savoy Hotel, London; Michelin stared Hélène Darroze; Heston Dinner; Roux at Parliament Square and The Frog in Hoxton, before taking up the head chef position at Square 1 in Great Dunmow. He brought pride to the county of Essex when he won the coveted title of MasterChef the Professionals winner in 2020. 

Exclusively for Number One Park Lane, Alex has developed a tantalizing menu showcasing seasonal British produce with a particular focus on native seafood. The sharing style menu includes savoury bites, larger family-style dishes and signature, fun desserts as well as the option to add British caviar and seasonal truffle to almost every dish. All showcasing the unique flare and creativity which secured Webb the MasterChef crown.

Devour British seafood with the likes of 6 Essex Oysters (£16), with added caviar (10);Devon crab & duck scotch egg(£11); Confit cod fingers with parsley mayonnaise and kohlrabi (£12);Citrus cured salmon with fennel and tomato consommé (one of Webb’s MasterChef: The Professionals creations) (£13) and Cold water cod with Champagne sauce (£22), plus veggie options too.

The unmissable desserts include clever twists on nostalgic classics such as Cotton candy floss with raspberries or strawberry powder toppings, (£6); Black sesame cookie matcha ice cream sandwich (£8); Hand churned salted caramel ice cream (£6); Homemade cinnamon doughnuts with raspberry and dulce de leche and popping candy (£8) and– Alex’s party piece – Party Popper English strawberries, with edible strawberry dust (£10). 

Throughout the pop-up Webb will be supporting and charity close to his heart: the Roy Castle Cancer Foundation, with all proceeds from his ‘Dads’ bread & whipped butter (£5) going to the foundation, in honour of his late father.

When: 3 May – 28 July 2022
How: To book, please visit parklane.intercontinental.com
Where: 1 Park Lane, Park Lane, London  W1J 7QY  

­10 Bite into Burger & Lobster x Max’s Sandwich Shop

­Burger & Lobster has been serving up its iconic lobster roll for a decade, and this spring, the surf and turf specialists are switching things up a gearIn an exciting collaboration with sarnie maestro and TV chef Max Halley of Max’s Sandwich Shop, two limited-edition rolls will join the crustacean clan for the first time.

From 6th April, the man behind the best sandwich shop in London will be bringing reimagined rolls with a playful and unapologetically British twist to town. Working alongside Burger & Lobsters’ talented chefs, both feature B&L’s signature toasted brioche roll and the finest wild-caught Atlantic Lobster, sustainably sourced from the coasts of Nova Scotia Canada – plus Max’s distinctive touch of topping creations with crisps.

1 Lobster Cocktail Roll (£26)
A British favourite done the Burger & Lobster way. This nostalgic number comes piled high with fresh-picked lobster claw and knuckle meat dressed up to the nines with a retro Marie Rose sauce that’s finished with a dash of tabasco and brandy. Featuring crushed prawn cocktail crisps along with plenty of other garnishes for added good measure, all loaded into a buttery brioche roll and served alongside fries.

2 Fish & Chip Lobster Roll (£26)
Fish and chips, but not as you know it. Elevating the humble classic, this Max Halley x Burger & Lobster creation features juicy chunks of lobster meat bound with tartare sauce and garnished with lime pickled onions, a vibrant pea and mint purée, shredded baby gem lettuce and finely diced gherkins. All topped with crushed salt and vinegar crisps, packed into a toasted roll and accompanied with golden fries.

How: Find out more and make a booking via burgerandlobster.com
When: Available Wednesday 6th April to Monday 6th June for lunch and dinner

11 Embrace your spiritual side with the UK’s first Psychic Sisters brunch

Spirituality has never looked quite so sumptuous. Prepare to be enchanted, enthralled & entranced at Drake & Morgan’s brand-new monthly brunch, created in collaboration with the incredible Psychic Sisters.

Launching on Sunday 22nd May, this never-seen-before event invites you to step into the unknown & have your tarot cards read upon arrival before you enjoy a two-course brunch with cocktails. In between courses, the psychic medium will be selecting attendees to help connect & communicate with those that we can’t see.

Tickets are only £40pp & include two courses plus three astrology themed cocktails, tarot readings, access to the platform medium & even have a DJ to continue the magical vibes. On the menu, think delicious sharing platters to start followed by a selection of lip-smacking mains – including vegan burgers with melting smoked applewood cheese, flash grilled minute steaks, fish & chips plus plenty other hearty options.

For those that want a private reading with one of the Psychic Sisters & their team, there will be a limited number of spots available for only £25pp & these must be booked in advance. You’ll be given a time for your reading & on the day, you’ll be shown to the third floor where one of the Psychic Sisters team will be waiting for you.

Upcoming dates:
1 22nd May, 12-3pm
2 26th June, 12-3pm
3 24th July, 12-3pm

How: Find out more and a booking via drakeandmorgan.co.uk
Where: 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

12 Lap up late night revelry with Amazónico

One for the night owls. On 21st April, Amazónico will continue to celebrate the return of late night revelry in the capital, with an unmissable edition of Noche Tardiva. Designed to let your hair down and shake it out, the weekly party, Noche Tardiva encourages guests to stay for after-hours dining, table bottle service and dancing.

Warm up with Amazonico’s live bands and resident DJs from 7pm whilst you dine.  As the night progresses, the energy will rise with some very special guest DJs taking to the decks in both The Lounge and Downstairs. To mark their return, Amazónico has flown in Brazilian DJ, Aline Rocha, who has been turning heads with her groovy, unique sounds since 2005. With musical influences that mix house, groove, disco, and soul. 

Aside from the live music, guests will be able to take advantage of Amazonico’s super late-night dining (with dishes from Executive Chef, Vitelio Reyes and cocktails from Head of Bars, Simone Solporini.

When: Launching 21 April
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
How: Find out more via amazonicorestaurant.com

13 Sink your teeth into dishes at Boundary’s new restaurant

Following acquisition by James McCulloch of Harcourt Inns and extensive renovation, The Boundary Shoreditch will open its brand-new ground floor bar & restaurant – Boundary later this month. The opening will be by Boundary’s newly appointed Head Chef, Robin Freeman (formerly of 1 Lombard Street and Ekte Nordic Kitchen)who will also oversee as well as the refurbished rooftop bar restaurant.  

Formerly owned and designed by Sir Terence Conran, The Boundary is famed for its contemporary atmosphere and convivial hospitality. Re-instating The Boundary to its former glory, its new restaurant opening marks a new era for the property: a must-visit East London hub for tourists and locals alike.  

‘Boundary’ – the new ground floor restaurant & bar (formerly Albion Café) will offer an all-day British brasserie-style menu. Centred around a new 20 metre zinc top central bar, the 100-cover restaurant and bar will serve modern British fare with a European influence, inspired by Swedish-born head chef, Robin Freeman.

On the menu, devour the likes of Lulworth Bay scallops in anchovy & parsley butter, Cuttlefish in ink sauceand Glenarm Estate longhorn steak tartare. Mains feature sharing style Whole roasted chicken with wild garlic butterGrilled Torbay cod, and Wild garlic & nettle risotto. Meat is thoughtfully sourced, with chickens from suppliers like Johnson & Swarbrick, beef from Glenarm Estate and fish from day boats off the Dorset and Devon coastlines. Weekends will see a Saturday brunch and roasts on Sundays. Drinks will be served into the small hours of the morning.  

How: Find out more and make a booking via boundary.london  
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD  

14 Say yes to the spritz with London Marriott Hotel Park Lane

It’s officially aperitif season – ideal for things to try in London’s sunshine, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is celebrating summer with a suite spritz trolley, serving a selection of zesty sundowners, exclusively for Premier Suite guests to enjoy. 

When spritz-o-clock strikes, guests can choose from a selection of four refreshing cocktails created using St-Germain, a French liqueur which boasts over 1000 handpicked fresh elderflower per bottle. After ordering, as if by magic, a beverage butler will appear at the door to serve a perfectly crafted St-Germain spritz.

Designed for a single aperitif, couples or a catch up with friends, cocktails can be sipped and savoured in the comfort of a stunning Premier Suite, overlooking the greenery of Hyde Park at sunset. 

Not to miss out, the St-Germain spritz menu is also available daily for diners at Lanes of London, which will match with a blossom-inspired makeover with a new addition of a flower arch. The arch will be decked with textured foliage and wild silk flowers, setting the scene for some serious Insta-piration this summer. 

The new St-Germain spritz menu includes:

St-Germain Spritz, £16: When life gives you lemons, make a spritz! A citrus concoction of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, refreshing sparkling wine and lemon, topped with soda water.

Hugo Rosé, £16: An elegant French spritz featuring St-Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled rosé wine and fresh mint, topped with soda water.

Apricot & Elderflower Spritz, £16: A fruity fancy featuring St-Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled sparkling wine and sweet passion fruit, topped with thirst-quenching Fever-Tree white grape and apricot soda.

Vibrante Spritz (non-alcoholic), £12: A twist on the classic featuring non-alcoholic Martini Vibrante and fresh grapefruit juice, topped with soda water.

When: The St-Germain spritz menu is available daily for Premier Suite guests and diners at Lanes of London from 12pm – 10.30pm until mid-September.
How: For more information, the full menu, and to book a table, please visit: http://www.lanesoflondon.co.uk or for Premier suite bookings, please visit: LondonMarriottParkLane.co.uk 
Where: London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7AA 
Wallet: Prices from £12.00 per drink.

15 Rock up to Radio Rooftop at ME London for a special Jubilee cocktail menu

Ideal for post-work tipples, Radio Rooftop Bar and ME London have announced an exclusive new cocktail menu, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The cocktail menu will feature a different drink for each decade of the monarch’s 70-year reign, inspired by the happenings from that particular decade. 

The first two cocktails will be available at Radio Rooftop from 21st April, as a special nod to the Queen’s birthday, with a new drink released weekly following the monarch’s birthday. With its spectacular views over Central London, Radio Rooftop Bar is the perfect place from which to sip handcrafted cocktails and also watch the Jubilee celebrations, with partying down below and the Red Arrows flying overhead.

Menu highlights include the Irish 100, made using Baileys Irish Cream; the Elizabeth, which is served in a teapot; Long Live the Queen, a smoked Negroni with a Dubonnet twist. Ideal for feeling like royalty, some of the cocktails to look forward to include:

1 1953: Crown and Glory – Queen Elizabeth II is Crowned (available from April 21th)
The Crown and Glory is a floral gin-based drink, inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s favourite tipple. The elderflower, which in mythology means ending and rebirth, symbolises the Queen’s coronation with the end of an era and rebirth of a new historic time.

2 1965: ich bin ein Berliner – The Queen Makes Historic Visit to Germany (available from April 21th)
This floral cocktail has been inspired by the Queen’s visit to Germany in 1965, the first time a British Royal visited the country since 1913. A United Front is crafted using Monkey 47, a gin made in Germany using 47 different ingredients. The drink is then finished with a squeeze of grapefruit, to symbolise the fresh rebuilding of relations. 

3 1970: T@5 – Queen Elizabeth Goes Walkabout on Extensive Tour of Australia (available from April 25th)
Queen Elizabeth is known for her love of Earl Grey tea, which travelled with her to Australia, during her extensive tour of the nation in 1970. The T@5 cocktail is made using blackberry, a native Australian fruit, and Earl Grey, to represent the two continents meeting. With 5 ingredients, the cocktail is also a nod to 5pm, when Her Majesty enjoys her afternoon tea.

As well as the limited-edition tipples, ME London will also be hosting ‘The Queen of Arts’ exhibition in Marconi Lounge, in collaboration with Gone Rogue, showcasing different artists’ impressions of the monarch; as well as a Bring a Corgi, Stay Free promotion during the Jubilee. See it from 21st April till 2nd June, where guests who bring their corgi receive a complimentary night for every two nights booked.

When: The Jubilee cocktail menu will be available at Radio Rooftop from 21st April, with a different cocktail released each week. 
Where: 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
How: Find out more and make a booking via radiorooftop.com

16 Visit Penfolds ‘Venture Beyond’ pop-up at Harrods

Penfolds, Venture Beyond. Harrods. London.

Calling all wine lovers. Iconic Australian winemaker Penfolds is launching into an unexpected world of space exploration, with an immersive Harrods pop-up experience called ‘Venture Beyond’ this May alongside an exciting range of limited-release products.

Under the new ‘Venture Beyond’ programme, Penfolds will launch a series of collectable gifting wines that playfully explore space travel, including a moon crater gift canister for Penfolds Bin 8 Shiraz Cabernet (£25 RRP) and space inspired gift boxes for Penfolds Max’s (£20 RRP) and Koonunga Hill (£10 RRP) ranges. 

Penfolds collaborated with Australian illustrator Jason Solo to bring the ‘Venture Beyond’ concept to life. Using his refined style, complete with intricate detail and striking colour palettes, Solo created original works for Penfolds Max’s gift boxes. From late April, a personalised augmented reality (AR) experience will also be available on each box, accessible via QR code, which allows wine lovers to send a personalised message with their wine gift. 

From 1st May 2022, Penfolds Venture Beyond programme will come to life at luxury department store, Harrods, for a month-long event. Wine lovers will be invited into Penfolds spaceship for an immersive experience that begins in the interactive cockpit. Along the journey, explorers will discover Penfolds 6L Imperial St Henri vault and gifting station, before finishing with a wine tasting of three Penfolds wines: Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (Baby Grange), Bin 311 and Bin 8. 

When: Penfolds Venture Beyond Harrods Experience is open from 1st May – 30 May 2022, located on the 5thfloor of Harrods. Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm.
Where: 87 – 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge London. 

17 Try out Haymarket Hotel’s Floatfit HIIT and recovery brunch

If you’re bored of the usual gym session, this upcoming wellness event is a must. Water-based fitness experts, aquaphysical, are hosting a number of FloatFit HIIT Sunday sessions in the pool at Haymarket Hotel on Sunday 8th May and Sunday 22nd May. The revolutionary FloatFit HIIT workout uses water to transform fitness and bring fun back to exercise.

This full body workout is designed for all levels to build aerobic fitness and increase muscular strength. Following the 30 minute session, guests will be treated to a Recovery Brunch in Brumus Restaurant with delicious dishes including, sweetcorn chilli fritters with poached eggs, avocado, tomato and lime salsa and freshly baked waffles with bananas, berries and maple syrup. 

When: 8th + 22nd May 2022. Session one at 10.15am and session two at 11.15am both for 30 minutes followed by brunch.
Wallet: £45.00pp, including training session, mineral water and recovery brunch in Brumus Restaurant. Find out more and make a booking via firmdalehotels.com

18 Indulge with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired Afternoon Tea at The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione

Take a tumble down the rabbit hole with The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione this spring and tuck into a truly tempting afternoon tea, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved Alice in Wonderland and the recent exhibition at the V&A – Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser.

Offering an imaginative twist on what a modern-day Alice might have eaten after her adventures in Wonderland, the Alice at The Franklin menu sees delectable savoury choices such as a smoked ham and oak smoked cheddar sandwich with grain mustard; and a fluffy bun filled with crab meat, soya mayo, avocado, cucumber and zesty lime. We’re all mad here, so for something a little different a soft pitta filled with beetroot, creamy burrata and bresaola is a must.

The story of Alice is told through the sweet treats. There’s the Heart Cake red velvet sponge, filled with a classic vanilla butter cream and raspberry compote, topped with a chocolate disc and a gold chocolate crown, fit for any Queen of Hearts. Other delights include the Brownie Hat – a chocolate top hat filled with pecan sablé, kataifi pastry, brownie sponge and soft pecan cream, and featuring an icing playing card; and a Carrot Caramel Cupcake filled with orange sable, caramel mousse and meringue, decorated with a white rabbit and caterpillar.

Fluffy plain and blueberry scones, one decorated to resemble a mushroom, are served with clotted cream, blueberry compote and homemade strawberry jam; and for your very own ‘drink me’ moment sip on a refreshing juice of pomegranate, mango and lime.

The menu is served alongside an extensive range of teas from Camellia’s Tea House, or elevate your afternoon tea experience even further with a glass of champagne.

Cost: £50pp, or £65pp with a glass of champagne, and is available Monday to Sunday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
How: Book your table via collezione.starhotels.com
Where: The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo, 24 Egerton Gardens, London, SW3 2DB

19 Sip the day away with Fiume’s new Amalfi-inspired terrace

Officially open from 24 May, the riverside terrace at Fiume, Francesco Mazzei’s Battersea restaurant, will be transformed into a southern Italian oasis. In partnership with Ortigia Sicily and Malfy Gin, pay a visit to enjoy bespoke gin cocktails and dishes from Francesco inspired by Ortigia’s classic scents of bergamot, orange blossom, lime and fig.  

The summer terrace at Fiume will offer guests a taste of the Amalfi coast in London, with recipes that pay homage to the coastal cuisine of southern Italy. From the menu, light sharing dishes will include fresh seafood with octopus, calamari and red prawns, as well as Francesco’s famed stuffed courgette flowers. Full menu below.  

Situated on the banks of the Thames at Battersea Power Station, Fiume’s large piazza-style terrace will conjure up sites, tastes and scents of the southern Italian countryside and seaside towns, with exteriors dressed by Italian soap and fragrance company, Ortigia Sicilia, and bespoke cocktails from drinks masters Malfy Gin. Francesco’s partnership with Ortigia and Malfy Gin will bring to life the Italian beauty and craftmanship of these two brands, creating a transportive experience for guests to while away long summer evenings in the city.

When: Open from 24 May onwards
Where: Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, London SW8 5BN
How:  Find out more and make a booking via fiume-restaurant.co.uk

20 Act up with The Act in Notting Hill

If you love a dose of dramatics, it’s time for a visit to the The Act in Notting Hill. Just opened, the venue is serving up an all-singing, all-dancing programme of live entertainment and cocktails – seven nights a week.

Located in the heart of Notting Hill’s vibrant neighbourhood, guests are guaranteed an unforgettable night out, with performances from The Act’s own talented team, as well as appearances from stars of the West End stage. The Act team spontaneously serenade their guests with 80’s – 00’s crowd pleasers. Visitors can expect nightly flash-mob-style performances of musical favourites such as: Grease, ABBA and The Greatest Showman. 

There are also weekly theatrical brunch parties on Saturdays and Sundays with rotating feel-good themes. With 180 covers, The Act is the ideal spot for group bookings and special celebrations. The playful interiors feature plush velvet banquette seating, with mini stages built in throughout providing a fun, immersive experience.  

On the tipple front, the musically-inspired cocktail menu is designed by Benji Purslow, European Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery, and includes the Jean Valjean – Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur Cognac and Grapefruit and the  Grizabella – with Bacardi Carta Bianca – Aluna Coconut Rum Pineapple Juice – Yoghurt – Coco Lopez Blended.

The food menu has been curated by the team from the acclaimed Richmond restaurant, Chatora, who showcase authentic Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist. With a selection of small plates to choose from, highlights include Semolina shells with pomegranate, honey yoghurt, Paneer Tikka and Quail Keema Naan.

Where: 26-128 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QG
How: Visit theactbar.com to find out more and make a booking

21 Take a seat and tuck into Indian at The Tamil Prince

Ideal for Indian food fanatics, brand new Islington pub The Tamil Prince is set to open on Hemingford Road this June. The venue will align the classic British pub with the food of Tamil Nadu in a menu created by chef Prince Durairaj, ex-Roti King. Previously The Cuckoo, the 19th Century pub sits on the corner of a residential area in Islington boasting indoor and outdoor dining areas perfect for the summer months. 

The Tamil Prince is a hybrid of relaxed pub with the addition of South Indian cuisine that Prince sees as underrepresented in the area. On the menu, dig into mixture of small and large plates to be served with sides that showcase the best of the Indian food Prince loves.

Small plates include; Crab Soup, Dhal Makhani, Okra Fries, Onion Bhaji and a Spiced Chicken Lollipop coming with a selection of amazing chutneys. Next up, large plates consisting of Robata Lamb Chops, Grilled King Prawns in a 24hr masala marinade, a fresh Dessi Salad, Spicy Grilled Chicken with Mint Chutney, King Prawn Moilee and a rich Butter Chicken Masala are served with the famous Roti or Coconut Pilau Rice.

As much as the savoury is important, Prince has put special thought into the sweet section of the menu. Gulab Jamun, one of India’s most cherished desserts is available alongside Shrikhand – a sweet dish of strained yoghurt and Badam Kheer with almonds and saffron. 

How: Find out more via thetamilprince.com
Where: 115 Hemingford Road, London N1 1BZ

22 Lap up the flavours at Laurel’s On The Roof, East London’s latest rooftop bar and restaurant

Summer means rooftops – and Laurel’s On The Roof is London’s newest and coolest place for some sun-drenched lounging. Located at the Mondrian Shoreditch and inspired by 1970’s Hollywood and the legacy of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, Laurel’s is an all day-dining and drinking hotspot infused with glamour and offering London’s most sought after tables. 

Think Californian inspired dishes and cocktails, offering a seamless transition from dawn until long after dusk. Laurel’s is Shoreditch’s hottest new opening of the Summer, a spirited venue with a touch of nostalgia emulating its namesake.

The design of Laurel’s conceptualises the laidback, yet sophisticated aesthetic of California with relaxed lounge seating, low-hanging rattan chandeliers and a playful neon ‘Laurel’s’ sign welcoming guests to London’s most coveted terrace.

On the menu, start with chilled breakfast catch ups over perfectly creamed coffees, buttermilk pancakes and granola and fruit bowls. From lunch to dinner, Laurel’s draws upon Californian classics with signature dishes including Sea Bream Tacos with pickled red cabbage, white cabbage, chipotle mayonnaise and beer battered fish, the Malibu Shrimp Cocktail accompanied by roma tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion and marie rose sauce or the Roasted Aubergine with burrata, tomato pesto and roasted mushrooms, which sit alongside crowd pleasers such as ‘Half A Dozen’ Jersey Oysters and a Cobb Salad.

Similarly, the drinks offering also mirrors the playful nostalgia of the food menu, incorporating bold flavours served in 70’s inspired glassware; choose from an eclectic menu including Frozen Spicy Margaritas, Japanese Garibaldis with Campari, Yuzu, grapefruit and lime, Canyon Cobblers served with pisco, lime, honey and sparkling wine or the Wet Gibsons blending Oxley Gin, Martini Ambrato and silver skin onion. As the long Summer evenings draw in, house-party style magnums circulate the room against a backdrop of Shoreditch’s skyline.  

Where:  45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
How: Find out more and make a booking via sbe.com

23 Escape to an oasis with La Terraza by Ibérica

La Terraza by Ibérica, located in Cabot Square, is transporting guests to 1950s Marbella for a slice of Costa del Canary Wharf. With an effortlessly stylish olive green and cream palette, the terrace is decked out with bohemian flare and timeless elegance, providing a Mediterranean mirage in contrast to the glass and steel jungle that surrounds.

Guests will enjoy relaxed Spanish-style al aire libre drinks and food from a Spanish pavement dining-inspired menu, cooked using the age-old charcoal method on the traditional Josper grill out on the terrace – open for the spring and summer months from early May 2022.

On the menu will be deli bites and appetisers such as Juan Pedro Domecq Jamon (£30.45)Artisan cheeses (£15.75) and the quintessential Spanish sunshine snack, Boquerones with crisps (£7) as well as a selection of grilled meats, fish and vegetable dishes cooked on the Josper. Octopus a la Gallega (£27), or Spanish famed Pluma Ibérica with a side of irresistible hasselback Josper potatoes (£24) are standouts.

The fiery menu is perfectly paired with a list of over 50 expertly curated Spanish wines, craft gins, Spanish beers, hand-selected sherries and cocktails. Our summer picks include: the Atlantic Negroni (Bombay gin infused with thyme, Nordesia vermouth, Burla Negra rum, Campari and angostura bitters £12and the Mango Picante (Tequila, mango puree, Cava, Tabasco, agave and lime £10.50). As Group Bar Manager Nacho Ordiz says, ‘without drinks, a proper Spanish feast is nothing!’

The 100 (seated) and 160 (standing) capacity terrace will play host to a live DJ every Wednesday and Thursday with relaxed, Balearic style sets from 6pm until 10pm making it the ideal spot for summer socialising and escaping city life.

Where: Cabot Square, London E14 4QQ
How: To book, please visit ibericarestaurants.com/locations/la-terraza

24 Join Head Chefs of Tel Aviv’s critically acclaimed restaurant ALENA at The Norman for summer residency at Carousel, London

Hold on to your plates. This June, Omer Shadmi Muller and Daniel Zur of critically acclaimed Tel Aviv restaurant ALENA at The Norman hotel, will be heading to the UK and straight towards culinary hub Carousel in Fitzrovia, for a delicious week-long residency.

From 7th-11th June, Omer and Daniel will bring their European-inspired dishes with a Mediterranean & Galilean flourish to London for a second time, having previously collaborated with the Carousel team for five sell-out nights in 2020.

Having risen through the ranks of world-renowned kitchens – including The Barbary, River Café (London), Pauly Saal (Berlin) and L28 (Tel Aviv) – Omer and Daniel draw inspiration and use techniques from their global experience and fuse them with their childhood knowledge of the Israeli landscape and ingredients. At ALENA, located within Tel Aviv’s first luxury boutique hotel The Norman, the duo take their European training and apply it to local cuisines, embracing the local food culture and their Galilean heritage.

Having both been raised in the Jezreel Valley in Lower Galilee, lifelong friends Omer and Daniel have drawn inspiration from their childhood for their six course menu at Carousel. The residency will see a mixture of their signature plates as well as some specially crafted new dishes, all of which draw upon their Galilean heritage and traditions.

With plenty to devour, highlights include “Road Style” Bagels – served with two different toppings, zaatar and sumac onions and grated tomatoes and spicy mashwia both served with grilled chili and sweet pepper salad – along with Beef or lamb tartar, smoked aioli and crispy cabbage, Galilee egg yolk Raviolo, feta cheese, aubergine, oregano butter and lemon and many more.

The residency will also feature a stand-out cocktail menu tailor-made by the Carousel team, with drinks on offer including Return of Sumac, an aromatic take on the gin sour made with The Botanist Gin, sumac, honey, lemon and aquafaba; and Instant Carmel, a refreshing gimlet made from The Botanist Gin, preserved lemon and oregano syrup and lemon.

When: 7th – 11th June.
How: Tickets will be sold at £75pp for the set menu, with doors opening at 7pm. To reserve a slot, please visit carousel-london.com.
Where: 19-23 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RL

25 Sip the night away at Silverleaf’s one-off Like Minded Creatures event

If you love whisky, head to East London for this fun one-off evening. Stauning, the award-winning Danish whisky, is partnering with renowned bartenders, Alex Kratena (Tayēr + Elementary, London) Matt Whiley (Re Bar, Sydney) and Luke Whearty (Byrdi, Melbourne) for a special  Like Minded Creatures event at the newly opened destination cocktail bar, Silverleaf at the Pan Pacific  London on 23rd May.

Marking the 7th edition of the series, which take place in incredible locations all around the world, throughout the evening the Like-Minded Creatures team will be serving rare drinks specially curated for the evening designed to represent their own bars and  approaches to cocktail making.  

Guests attending the event will be able to enjoy a special six drink menu, which includes two drinks created from each of the three bars, all of which  featured in The World’s 50 Best Bars awards in 2021. Alongside the special menu, there will also be a  selection of Stauning highballs with each of its expressions – Rye, Kaos and Smoke, as well as neat serves.  Priced at £10 per drink, don’t miss out on this thirst-quenching occasion. 

When: 23 May 2022, doors to the Like Minded Creatures event will open at 6:30pm.
Where: Silverleaf, 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB

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