The 25 Best Foodie Things To Try In London Right Now

 


Forget the dreary weather and fill your boots instead. From the coolest sake pop-ups to weekend brunches and the best new openings, discover the top 25 ways to dine in London right now.


  1 Place your fate in the hands of the The Bloomsbury Club Bar


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Embrace all things mystical with this exciting new launch. The Bloomsbury Club Bar is inviting guests to place their fate in the hands of the Cocktail Diviner this September with the launch of a unique and completely immersive new concept.

With an air of divination, telepathy and all things mystical, the bar will offer drinkers an insight into the hedonistic and debaucherous lives of The Bloomsbury Set. Exploring decades past, The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s innovative new cocktails have been specifically designed to expose and remedy your deepest desires.

The infamous Bloomsbury Set rejected Victorian ideas of religion and explored new sources of spiritual meaning – through their art and writing, their kinships, and belief in an inter-connected universe.

In the aftermath of the First World War, audiences gasped in packed-out theatres at the extraordinary illusions of magicians and mind-readers, while drawing rooms across London hosted intimate gatherings to communicate with the dead, and those desperate for answers darted down back streets to have their fates spelt out on upturned cards.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s new Cocktail Diviner manifests this era of prophecy and premonition; it knows how you are feeling. Inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards, designed in 1910 by the bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith, the bar’s new set of 14 cocktails correspond to 14 states of mind or being.

From a cure to Melancholy to a tipple for a night of Seduction, the range of sips come with an edge of mystical enchantment.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
How: Please phone +44 20 7347 1222 or visit www.thebloomsburyclub.com
Cost: From £14 per cocktail.


2 Sample ‘Fin to Tail’ seafood at Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar


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Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar is opening its doors in Crouch End this month. Focusing on exceptional, sustainable seafood from the British Isles and showcasing independent wine producers, this new opening is a must for jewels of the ocean lovers.

With over twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry overseeing front of house (Hix, Wolseley, Colbert), Anthony Lyon has set about creating a local wine bar and restaurant with flair.

Head Chef, Talia Prince (Le Gavroche, Fat Duck, The Food Barn S.A) takes the helm of the kitchen, working alongside award-winning Sommelier Kelvin McCabe who oversees the wine list.

Lyon’s menus will be decided by the fresh catch of the day boats, with much of it cooked over charcoal.

With an emphasis upon using the whole fish, dishes include the daily changing chilled and fire-roasted shellfish platters, whole roasted fish of the day to share, and a whole side of Var salmon with a mustard glaze.

The menu will also feature a carefully selected meat dish which will change regularly, beginning with the Iberico pork secreto with black garlic, cooked on the Robata grill. Seasonal vegetables are also celebrated, in dishes like the Delica pumpkin satay, and the barley risotto with celeriac, hazelnuts and bone marrow.

Oysters will also be making an appearance – as well as a wine list championing English Sparking wine Ambriel, from West Sussex, plus London urban winery Renegade, based in Bethnal Green.

When: Opening 11 October 2019.
Where:1 Park Rd, Crouch End, London N8 8TE
How: For further information, please visit lyons-restaurant.com.

 


3 Get a taste of Sicily at Norma with Ben Tish


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You don’t need to pack a suitcase to savour flavours of Italy this autumn. Offering succulent tastes of Sicily, Norma has now opened its doors in Fitzrovia, under the leadership of Culinary Director Ben Tish.

The restaurant is the first independent restaurant project from the team behind The Stafford London and is inspired by the food and culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences of the island’s cuisine.

Housed in a converted characterful townhouse on Charlotte Street, Norma is split across three floors containing spacious dining areas, a cocktail bar and a private dining room.

The main menu focusses on modern Sicilian-inspired dishes, ranging from anti-pasti and pastas, to larger plates of grilled fish and meat.

Feast upon homemade pastas such as a signature alla NormaTaglioni with sardines, fennel, raisins and pine nuts and Strozzapreti with pork, anchovy and orange ragu.

There’s also larger plates, which include Rose veal chop, black cabbage and marsala sauceWhole spiced and roasted mackerel, kale and almond dressing and Grilled salt marsh lambsalt-baked carrots, beets, olives and mint. 

When: Open now.
How: Phone 0203 995 6224 or visit  www.normalondon.com to make a booking.
Where: 8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LS


4 Sip sustainably-sourced coffee at Kiss the Hippo Coffee


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Coffee lovers, cups this way. Known for their innovative, sustainable approach to coffee, independent coffee roaster Kiss the Hippo Coffee is now open at 51 Margaret Street, Fitzrovia.

Open every day from 7am until early evening, Kiss the Hippo Fitzrovia offers the roastery’s high quality sustainably sourced coffee, as well as a variety of wholesome, homemade dishes to eat in or takeaway.

Dedicated to creating timelessly beautiful spaces that make their guests feel inspired, Kiss the Hippo Fitzrovia’s two spacious floors epitomize the brand’s distinct minimalist style and identity.  Think an abundance of beech wood and contemporary Scandinavian-style furniture for the ultimate ambience.

As well as the coffee, head here for breakfast, brunch and lunch menus that feature fresh, seasonal ingredients from sustainable local farms and suppliers. Whether you’re in the mood for vegan banana cake or a heartier Eggs Benedict, there’s bound to be something to pair with your latte.

When: Open Monday to Friday.
Where: Kiss the Hippo, 51 Margaret Street, London. W1W 8SG
How: Find out more via kissthehippo.com

5 Discover the magic of seafood and sake pairings with JFOODO 


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For heaven’s ‘sake’ – don’t miss this extraordinary pop-up. The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center (or JFOODO for short) is launching a delectable London pop-up to celebrate two of the best things in life.

Paying homage to all things sake and seafood,  JFOODO are collaborating with London’s iconic seafood restaurant, The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen for three days of gourmet enchantment.

Taking place in POPUP restaurant “Restaurant Paired” in Shoreditch, JFOODO and The Oystermen will celebrate Japanese Sake as the superior seafood accompaniment by offering an exciting new pairing menu.

Throughout the three day pop up, foodies can experience a selection of authentic Japanese sakes alongside an expertly paired seafood tasting menu.

Dishes will range from Portland Crab Patty, Black Garlic & Kholrabi to Portland Crab Patty, Black Garlic & Kholrabi, with a duo of desserts to try too.

The pop-up aims to break the stereotype that “seafood goes well with white wine” and instead will offer gourmands the chance to experience the pairing of Japanese sake with seafood instead.

This pop-up will also offer the opportunity to learn the etiquette and history behind sake tasting.

When: 24 – 26 October
Where: 46 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3EP
How: Visit foodandsake.com for more information about the event and oystermen.co.uk to reserve your space.

6 Celebrate the magic of Marilyn Monroe at May Fair Bar 

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“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.”  Celebrate one of Hollywood’s most iconic starlets with an exclusive display of  JULIEN’S AUCTIONS: PROPERTY FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARILYN MONROE at The May Fair hotel.
In honour of the Hollywood star, a unique cocktail menu at May Fair Bar and a series of indulgent dinner screenings of her most famous roles will run in conjunction with the exclusive viewing of the Hollywood legend’s costumes and clothing until 21st October 2019.


Four outfits that Marilyn Monroe wore in her films and press conferences will be on view in the celebrated London hotel The May Fair ahead of their sale by the acclaimed auction house Julien’s Auctions.

The Marilyn Monroe Collection cocktail menu will consist of four original drinks created by May Fair Bar’s award-winning team, each inspired by one of the four outfits exclusively on display in the hotel.

Enjoy the finer things with Lorelei Lee, a luxurious mix of Courvoisier VSOP, Moët & Chandon Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon & cherry reduction and Champagne foam inspired by 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or dive into the flavours of the old West with Kay Weston from River of No Return, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, saffron syrup, orange blossom honey, lemon & Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic.

Those looking for a short, sharp tipple with a hint of sweetness can indulge in the Sugar Kane, a heady mix of Bulliet Rye whiskey, Umeshu, Barolo Chinato and activated charcoal inspired by Some Like It Hot, or opt for a taste of the exotic with There’s No Business Like Show Business’ Victoria Hoffman – Roku gin, Yuzu, St Germain, spiced honey syrup and egg white.

Wallet: From £14 per cocktail.
How: To find out more, visit eventbrite.co.uk, email fbreservations@edwardian.com or call 020 7915 3892.
Where: Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT

7 Experience flavours of the Far East at The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s 


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Hold onto your plates! The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s is opening its doors to a brand-new Asian concept restaurant and bar, open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Serving theatrical drinks and cocktails late into the night alongside a delicious menu of tantalising, Asian-inspired dishes, this vibrant destination has been designed to entertain from the moment a guest steps over the threshold.

Walk in to enjoy show-stopping fluorescent pink onyx floor, impressive panelled artwork depicting notable Japanese landscapes, and a pink-hued pagoda, before climbing the stairs to the first-floor restaurant.

Upstairs, the entire floor will be illuminated with green, semi-precious stone, set against a striking antique gold mirrored bar, luxurious Asian fabrics, brass top tables, and large windows overlooking one of London’s most iconic and beautiful sites, St Paul’s Cathedral.

Where: New Change, London EC4M 9AD
How: Visit theivyasia.com for further details. 

8 Book a table at Tom Cenci &Adam White’s new neighbourhood restaurant, Loyal Tavern


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Appetites at the ready. Tom Cenci (former executive chef at Duck & Waffle) and Adam White (Riding House Café) have opened Loyal Tavern in Bermondsey.

Loyal Tavern will add to Bermondsey’s exciting food scene the best of seasonal British produce in the relaxed neighbourhood environment that was previously Bermondsey institution, Village East.

On the menu, Cenci’s love for sustainable produce has led to simple dishes such as Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nut and truffle or venison tartar with beef dripping. Daily specials will also feature dishes such as rib of retired dairy cow or gurnard with crab bisque, carrot and seaweed.

Seasonality continues in the drinks with Bar Manager, Antonio Del Monte (previously The Ned and Soho House Group), with seasonal botanicals in punch bowls alongside a wine program which sees natural, new world, British and international wines carefully paired to match the dishes.

When: Open now.
Where: Loyal Tavern, 71-173 Bermondsey St, Bermondse, London SE1 3UW
How: Visit www.loyaltavern.co.uk or phone 0207 260 2560 to make a reservation.

9 Open the door to Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square’s new terrace 


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Ready for a rooftop rendezvous? Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has opened its doors to an exclusive rooftop bar, The Residence.

Situated on the terrace of one of its luxury private residences with seriously impressive views, it’s perfect for a sip of luxury.

The bar offers lounge seating, intimate tables and an exclusive VIP area for guests to enjoy the view over a menu of imaginative summer-inspired cocktails created by Harry Nikolaou, Head Bartender of Rotunda.

Drinks include The Mexican, a twist on the classic Margarita with flavours of mango and agave; The Colada, a minimalistic Pina Colada combining rum, coconut water, pineapple, lime and spices; and Harry’s signature Trinity Negroni from Rotunda.

The wine list will include a selection from Cloudy Bay. Alongside the drinks, Asian-inspired dishes and light bites will be available including a selection of sushi rolls and colourful summer salads.

When: Thursday-Friday 5pm -10pm. Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
How: Please contact +44(0)203 297 3799 or diningreservations.tri@fourseasons.com to book. 


10 Sip cocktails inspired by Downton Abbey at aqua shard


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Talk about dramatic drinks. aqua shard has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by the characters and events of popular historical drama, Downton Abbey.

Guests will be transported to the Crawleys’ famous abode by a series of playful cocktail creations while enjoying panoramic views of London from level 31 of The Shard. 

Aqua shard’s new Bar Manager, Sophie Bratt, has added unique twists to popular cocktails throughout this menu, in order to pay homage to events from the Edwardian Era through to the Roaring Twenties.

Available until 31st December 2019, guests can drink like the Earl and Countess of Grantham and embark on a journey into the lives of the Crawley family. Fitting cocktail names include The Lady, the Head Housekeeper and The Butler. 

Cost: Prices start from £16.
How: To book, please visit www.aquashard.co.uk or call 020 3011 1256.
Where: aqua shard Level 31 The Shard 31 St. Thomas Street London SE1 9RY

11 All hail the Bloody Mary at 34 Mayfair

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34 Mayfair, the sleek modern grill restaurant central London has recently launched a decadent new brunch, available every weekend from 11am until 5pm.
Featuring the likes of chocolate and hazelnut milkshakes, hot & sour Iberico ribs, buttermilk fried chicken waffles and more, this is no brunch for the faint hearted (or small appetite’d).
What’s more, they’ve recently added to the offering with arrival of a Bloody Mary Menu like no other. Think unique and never-before seen twists including mezcal and clamato, sake and beef consume, port and champagne foam. See the full tipsy lineup here. 
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2HD

How: Please click here to find out more and make a booking.

 


12 Discover a secret Japanese Garden at The Hari


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If you love Japanese spirits, you’re in luck. Five star boutique hotel The Hari, has partnered with The House of Suntory to create the first ever Koyo terrace from the premium Japanese craft spirits distillery.

Celebrating the tradition and phenomenon of changing autumn colours in Japan, head to the sleek hotel to be surrounded by opulent reds, oranges, and golds as The Hari’s leafy Garden Terrace is transformed into a quintessential Japanese Garden.

The pop-up will showcase three House of Suntory spirits paired with a savoury canapé. Try a Netsui Fizz, a citrus cocktail combines Haku vodka with orange liquor, rice milk, lemongrass syrup, citrus blend, egg white and soda; Ginza Gimlet, celebrates simplicity with Roku gin and a yuzu cordial; Toki-yo Haibōru, a smoky cocktail blends Toki whisky, tobacco liqueur and soda.

When: The Koyo Terrace will be live at The Hari from Thursday 19th September until Monday 4th November.
Wallet: A cocktail and savoury canapé pairing is priced at £18.
Where: 20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ


13 Try Nightjar’s new Arts & Crafts cocktail menu


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Experience a sip of the exquisite this summer. Award-winning bar Nightjar has launched the second iteration its of Arts & Crafts cocktail menu with a focus on fascinating new distillates, liqueurs and bitters from independent distilleries.

While the Nightjar menu remains divided into the bar’s traditional four sections, spanning the history of the cocktail (Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, Post-War and Nightjar Signatures), it embraces a diverse new range of non-alcoholic products available, such as Everleaf, Seedlip and Three Spirit.

Supporting small, niche producers who experiment with unique methods of distillation, guests can taste the likes Empirical Spirits, H.Theoria, Electric Bitters and Liqueurs, Rebel Rabbet and Kew Orangerie Triple Sec

One of the world’s best watering holes, Nightjar is frequently featured in the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards list.

On a breathe new life into forgotten cocktails and bring fresh perspective to classic recipes remains unerring, the new menu is a must-try for any drink connoisseur in the city.

Where: Nightjar, 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB Telephone: 0207 253 4101
How: Visit barnightjar.com or phone 0207 253 4101 to find out more and make a booking.


14 Devour St Leonards’ New Saturday Brunch


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Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke are introducing a brand new Saturday brunch service to their acclaimed Shoreditch restaurant, St Leonards.

An extension of St Leonards menu of honest, simple fare made with unimpeachable produce and classic flavours, Jackson and Andrew have devised dishes to tee off weekends, accompanied by brunch cocktails from their Hair of the Dog drinks list.

Served each Saturday from 12 until 4pm, temptations include Smoked pork cheek hash with poached egg & hollandaise, Bavette steak & eggs with corno peppers & salsa macha,  Grilled mushroom tartine with herbed labneh & poached eggs and Brioche ricotta with rhubarb & pistachio.

The specially created Hair of the Dog cocktail selection will be perfectly placed to accompany generous brunch dishes. Sip on Beef stock bloody marys made with beef or vegetable stock and forest salt, Walnut Margaritas with olmeca altos blanco, walnut & pale ale syrup or the N.70 10 made with mezcal, lemon juice, hogweed & cherry vinegar syrup.

When: Available at St Leonards every Saturday from 12-4pm, with brunch dishes starting from £10.
Where: 70 Leonard St, Hackney, London EC2A 4QX
How: To find out more and make a booking, please visit stleonards.london


15 Eat well at by CHLOE.


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Guac save the queen! New York’s hippest casual vegan restaurant has finally arrived in Covent Garden, serving delicious and hearty vegan dishes, by CHLOE. aims to redefine what it means to eat well. Even better, they’ll do so in style.

Referred to as ‘the best vegan restaurant in town, maybe the world’ by Infatuation and awarded ‘best veggie burgers in NYC’ by Time Out New York, by CHLOE. doesn’t compromise on flavour, taste or satisfaction.

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On the menu, you’ll find locally-sourced ingredients and fresh dishes, including the Guac Burger, Quinoa Taco Salad, and Avocado Pesto Pasta, which are all free of animal products and contain no preservatives or artificial flavours.

Pop by at the weekend for brunch to enjoy a spread of morning oats, smoothie bowls, and pancakes, along with cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juices – perfect for a lazy weekend.

Where: Drury House, 34 – 43 Russell Street, WC28 5HA
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


16 Get your aubergine fix with the North Yard

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To celebrate the launch of Camden Market’s new restaurant and dining area, the North Yard is paying homage to the king of the nightshades, the aubergine.

The brand new North Yard features 8 sit down restaurants, cafes and delis, including Million Pound Menu winners Baba Gs, and London favourite The Cheese Bar, with further new openings schedules for later in 2019.

Showcasing the culinary creativity of its restaurant traders, they have each created a seasonal special dedicated to the vegetable.

From a vegan moussaka burger with aubergine fries to turmeric tempura battered aubergine, there’s plenty to try.

When: Available until October 18th.
Where: Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH


17 Lap up Peruvian flavours at The Lost Alpaca


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Head to Peru, no passport (or gap year) required. The Lost Alpaca, Floral by LIMA’s basement pisco & cocktail bar has launched an exciting new cocktail menu.

The menu has been created to celebrate the vibrant flavours of Peru and Latin America, using authentic ingredients with creative flair.

A fun, lively destination for a well-crafted cocktail, The Lost Alpac has become a much-loved bar in the midst of Covent Garden, known for serving a range of delicious drinks that showcase the most exciting Peruvian flavours and ingredients.

The new menu includes drinks such as the Floral Kamikaze (£10.50) made with pisco, lychee juice, lime and tongue tingling buzz-button infused vodka while the Blooming Floral (£10.50) made with Bacardi Black, pineapple jam, pisco, topped with prosecco is finished with dry ice for a dramatic serve.

When: Available now.
Where: 14 Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BJ


18 Enjoy a cracking World Egg Day (Friday 11th October) with Eggslut


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Celebrate the power of the yolk with Eggslut for World Egg Day on 11th October. Pioneering the trend of the egg as a gourmet food concept, Eggslut launched its first UK restaurant this summer on Portobello Road after stateside success. 

During eggslut’s opening week in August 2019, nearly 7,500 eggs were served – that’s over 1,000 eggs a day (and a lot of shells). 

For the cracking occasion, pay homage with a visit to the Notting Hill site – the naughty menu includes everything from a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich to a seared wagyu tri-tip steak creation.

Where:185 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
How: Click here for more.


19 Munch mushrooms with Carluccios

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Carluccio’s will be celebrating the mushroom season with a special array of pop-up markets this autumn – and they’re perfect for a feast-filled day out.

A veritable treasure trove of funghi delights, Carluccio’s authentic mushroom markets will offer visitors the chance to graze upon a delectable selection of fresh, dried, wild and cultivated mushrooms alongside street-food style dishes.

Mushroom arancini will be served alongside freshly baked topped focaccia, Antonio’s mushroom strudel and home-made truffle butter and wild mushroom risotto with an option to garnish with freshly grated truffle. (The dishes on sale may vary between locations.)

For those wanting to learn a bit more, Carluccio’s experts will also be on hand to teach visitors how to experiment with different varieties of mushroom and how to introduce new products to the kitchen store cupboard.

1 Stratford Town Centre Food Festival (Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September) – Stratford-upon-avon, Warwickshire,CV37 6EF
From 10am to 6pm. (5pm Sunday). Wild mushrooms & street food.

2 Carluccio’s Windsor (Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September) – 28 Windsor Royal Station, Windsor SL4 1PJ.
From 9am until 6pm (5pm Sunday). 
Wild mushrooms & street food

3 Carluccio’s Hampstead (Saturday 12th October) – 32-34 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NH.
From 9am to 6pm. 
Wild mushrooms only

How: Find out more via www.carluccios.com


20 Enjoy enchanting entertainment at The London Cabaret Club


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Enjoy some captivating cabaret with The London Cabaret Club. They’ll be taking to the stage to celebrate the start of the fabulous British summertime with its exclusive new Hats, Heels and Horses show, at the iconic Bloomsbury Ballroom.

Once the curtains roll up, discover a journey to a majestic and quintessentially British summer time, paying tribute to England’s rich cultural heritage with an all singing and all dancing extravaganza.

Think enchanting performances from dynamic dancer, impressive ballroom compositions and two exquisite menus to devour alongside.

The Diamond and Gold menu that have been carefully curated to tantalize taste buds with elegant canapes, show stopping main courses made with the best of British summer produce and decedent desserts.

The Diamond menu boats delicious dishes such as a Smoked Duck with a Crispy Noodle Salad and Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Grilled Asparagus, while the Gold menu features Beetroot marinated Salmon with spicy Horseradish Cream and Pan-Fried Rump of Lamb with Garlic Mash and tender Spring Vegetables.

For those with a sweet tooth, both menus feature devilishly delicious desserts of gooey Chocolate Fondant Tart with Raspberry Sorbet and Cream Strawberry Semi-Freddo.

When: Available now.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London WC1B 4DA
Wallet: Tickets from £65 per person.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


21 Try Town House at The Kensington’s new global-inspired menu

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Ready to go gourmet globe-trotting? Town House restaurant at The Kensington has unveiled an exciting  new menu, offering guests the chance to enjoy London at its most luxurious.

The menu offers guests refined dishes inspired by global favourites, to be enjoyed in the sumptuous surroundings of the Town House restaurant, and its nearby drawing room, complete with roaring fireplaces and marble-topped tables.

New on the à la carte menu at Town House are seasonal dishes including Summer Salad of Asparagus with New Potatoes, Soft Egg, Endive & Herb Vinaigrette (£13) or Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with Rocket, Puy Lentils, Sundried Tomato Dressing & Feta (£14) to start.

Mains on the new menu include Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Crushed Charlotte Potatoes, Steamed Summer Vegetables & Herb Vinaigrette (£28), Whole Dover Sole (on or off the bone, grilled or meunière – £37) and a daily changing line-caught Market Fish of the Day (£MP).

Don’t miss dessert – there’s an opulent wine pairing for each sweet treat, selected by the hotel’s very own Master of Wine. Sink spoons into Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Raspberries (£9); perfect with the Riesling Icewine, Stratus Vineyards 2016 Niagara, Canada (£9), plus many other temptations.

Brunch lovers, Town House will also be serving a delectable weekend brunch between 12noon – 5pm – with a brand new array of brunch cocktails. Bellini Royals and French Toast – now that’s our kind of weekend.

Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LP
How: Visit townhousekensington.com or call 020 7589 6300 to find out more and make a booking.


22 Elongate lunchtime at Bagatelle

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Whether you’re in the mood for a long lazy lunch or a speedy business bite, Bagatelle, the contemporary restaurant based in the heart of Mayfair, have just launched a brand new lunch menu combining French and Mediterranean cuisine.

Ideal for an autumnal bite, new dishes include; The Salmon Poke Bowl, Burrata and Aubergine Parmesan to start, followed by mouth-watering Moules Mariniéres, Tartare de Boeuf and a delicious Paccheri all’ Arrabbiata.

Finally to top it all off, save room for dessert and order the Coconut Mousse, Seasonal Berry Pavlova or a selection of cheeses

Where: 34 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NG
How: Visit www.bagatellelondon.com or phone 020 3972 7000 to find out more.
Wallet: Two courses – £30, Three courses – £35


23 Make time for 12:51’s new five-course taster menu


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12:51 in Islington is kicking off each week with a five-course ‘taster’ menu served every Monday and Tuesday evening in the restaurant’s upstairs dining room.

Specially devised by Chef James Cochran, the menu will have the added bonus of being BYO so that guests can enjoy dinner out with a bottle of their favourite tipple, corkage-free.

The exciting new dishes showcase the best of James’ take on modern British cooking, uniquely defined by his Scottish-Caribbean roots and upbringing in Kent.

Sample the talented young chef’s signature creations from his time as ‘Champion of Champions’ on the 2018 series of BBC’s Great British Menu, as well as new dishes from 12:51’s ever-evolving offering.

The taster menu will change daily, but diners can expect plates such as ‘Scottish razor clam, rhubarb, hazelnut & buttermilk’, ‘Roast Cornish hake with wild garlic, cucumber, nduja sausage & pork crackling’ and ‘Slow-braised short rib of Dexter beef, wild garlic, miso, salsify, oyster leaf & bone marrow’. 

Dessert is essential, of course – bite into ‘Banana, yoghurt & peanut knickerbocker glory’ or the ‘Custard tart with honey & hibiscus ice cream’.

When: Served upstairs at 12:51 every Monday and Tuesday evening.
Where: 107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Wallet: £35 per person. Click here to find out more and make a booking.


24 Neck a city-inspired Negroni at Henrietta Hotel

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Cocktails have never looked so creative. Experimental Group, the innovative hospitality entrepreneurs, have unveiled the Experimental Negroni Club pop-up in partnership with CAMPARI.

Launched to celebrate 100 years of the Negroni cocktail, the new pop-up is housed at Henrietta Hotel, in the heart of Covent Garden and features global-inspired sips.

CAMPARI and Henrietta Hotel have chosen eight of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world – including Mexico City, Paris, London, Tokyo and Milan – to serve as inspiration for eight unique variations of its most famous cocktail.

A range of vintage ingredients has been selected in partnership with the Old Spirit Company to recreate the enduring allure of cocktails served in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and mix the perfect vintage Negroni.

On the menu, enjoy an Italian bite with a  delicious cicchetti menu courtesy of the highly-acclaimed gastronomy collective Italian Supper Club.

The installation, conceived by Frankie Boyle – an artist who specialises in the medium of light – pulls guests into the world of famed cocktail the Negroni with a mesmerising multi-sensory light show experience.

Where: 14-15 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QG
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 


25 See Scarlett with Daisy Green Collection


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Rolling their famed bottomless brunches into the evening, the Daisy Green Collection are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Scarlett Nights’.

Available exclusively at Scarlett Green from Thursday 10th October, the new bottomless menu will feature live DJ’s, a show-stopping Pornstar Cocktail Fountain, brilliant Australian-inspired food and more.

The Scarlett Nights menu will centre on the group’s signature sharing boards that celebrate the best of Antipodean food culture.

Carnivores can tear their way through the ‘Aussie BBQ Meat Board’, overflowing with free-range lamb tomahawk sourced locally from HG Walter, the Collection’s famous 28 day dry-aged grass-fed onglet steak chargrilled at 500+ degrees, herb & fennel sausages, smoky BBQ back ribs and chimchurri.

For plant-based eaters, the equally impressive ‘Bondi Vegan Sharing Board’ will be another option, which showcases the Collection’s refined and innovative plant-based offering.

Throughout dinner, guests will be able to enjoy live DJ’s with 90 minutes of free-flowing selected wines from the capital’s largest Australian wine list, craft beers and prosecco, as well as two cocktails each from an Instagram-worthy sharing Pornstar Cocktail Fountain. Where do we sign?

When: Every Thursday- Saturday dinner from 10th October at £39.50 per person.
Where: 4 Noel Street, Soho, London, W1F 8GB
How: To find out more and make a booking, please click here.

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