Must-Try Happenings in London

From exciting pop-ups and wellness events to exciting openings and one-off menus, make the most of autumn with these delicious must-try London happenings

Go hunting for art with Portman Marylebone

Ideal for a day of exploring, Portman Marylebone has launched a free public art trail ‘Find The Words’ in partnership with Brixton-based street artist Andy Leek, best known globally for his Notes to Strangers.

The ‘Find The Words’ trail is an area-wide installation integrated in to the urban landscape for visitors to discover. As visitors wander the streets of Portman Marylebone, they will discover artworks of unique notes of positivity, inspiration and warmth from large scale installations to smaller more subtle pieces to discover.

From giant laser cut reflective installations on Portman Square and George Street to secret handwritten signs and multi coloured graffitied plant installations – every corner has a story to tell and a new piece of artwork to enjoy.

The goal of the trail is to spread a little unexpected positivity across the area for commuters, visitors and locals. Andy is well known for his uplifting words and his commitment to improving people’s mental health just by engaging with his art in their day to day lives and his hope is he will raise spirits as we all go “back to school” after the summer.

When: 13th September – 29TH October
How: Find out more via

Savour Sake Sensations with Akashi-Tai x The Ivy Asia

The UK’s leading Sake brand, Akashi-Tai, has announce a new pairing menu and cocktail menu in partnership with The Ivy Asia. Available across eight venues in the UK, the Sake Sensations menu will unite the finest flavours of Japanese culture to offer an elevated dining and drinking experience, taking your senses on a journey inspired by Asian influence.

With sake drinkers on the rise all over the world, The Ivy Asia’s expert mixologists have collaborated with Akashi-Tai to curate an unmissable cocktail menu featuring the artisan sake, so guests can enjoy the luxury of Eastern culinary excellence from the comfort of The Ivy Asia’s luxurious, enchanting restaurants in the heart of the UK.

Highlights of the Sake Sensations include:

  •  Yellowtail sashimi, fresh truffle salad
  • Seared beef tataki with three kinds of onion
  •  Prawn tempura, chilli, lime and coriander dip starter, paired with Sparkling Junmai Ginjo
  • Black cod, miso main, paired with Tokubetsu Junmai
  • Sharing dessert, paired with Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu: Red dragon dessert; soft serve ice cream, cinnamon sugared doughnuts, peanut brittle honeycomb, fruit, chocolate sauce

With irresistible drinks such as:

  • Dragon Gimlet, East 135 Gin, Elderflower, Dragon Fruit, Sparkling Sake
  • Coco and Peach Sour, Hazotaki Blended Whisky, Lemon, Peach Syrup, Coconut Foam
  • Akashi Tea, Ivy Asia Iced Tea, Akashi-Tai Honjozo Kuro, Eucalyptus Syrup For plant-based guests, a vegetarian pairing menu is also available.

When: Available until 7th November 2023, book via

Bite into a Rocky Horror inspired Halloween Brunch series at Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan (Liverpool Street)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and what better way to celebrate than with a new spook-tacular Rocky Horror inspired Halloween Brunch series at Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan (Liverpool Street), running on select Saturdays in October and November.

Perfect for Halloween, dress up and time-warp back to the 70’s to experience the iconic movie musical in a new immersive brunch form. Tickets include a sharing starter, magnificent main and a welcome drink, with the option to upgrade to bottomless cocktails.  

In partnership with Baby Grand Collective, expect Halloween hits and devilishly good live music performances from Dr. Frank ’n’ Furter, Brad Majors, Janet Weiss & the gang while sinking your fangs into blood-curling brunch options. These include the Frank ‘n’ Furter, an all-American hot dog with all the trimmings, and the Meatloaf with mashed potato, greens and a tangy glaze – an ode to the star’s feature in the movie. Sing along to hip-swinging classics including Time Warp, Damn It Janet, Sweet Transvestite and many more – sure to make you shiver with antici…pation!

Running from 1pm-5pm, enjoy incredible entertainment, a welcome drink and a two-course brunch for £49.95pp. Upgrade to bottomless cocktails for 90 minutes for an additional £25pp, including unlimited Aperol spritz, bloody marys, mimosas and rum punch.

When: Saturday 21st October, Saturday 28th October,Saturday 4th November 
Where: Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan, Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4WY
How:  Book via

Join Fortnum & Mason for autumn-inspired events

Fortnum & Mason are celebrating the arrival of all things autumn with a programme of harvest-focused events, launching on Friday 22nd September. 

A homage to autumn’s abundance, this programme finds itself taking place in the recently opened Food & Drink Studio on the 3rd Floor at Piccadilly. The Food & Drink Studio will host a wide range of events with themes of harvest and sustainability at their core, including inspiring talks and spectacular demonstrations from forward thinkers and leaders across food, farming and technology. 

 Key events include:

Supper Club – Conor Spacey: 22nd September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: £60

Chef Conor Spacey will host a very special four-course dinner, with just four ingredients at the menu’s core. Conor has been working in the food industry for over 33 years, and in that time has collaborated on the development of the Chefs’ Manifesto, working alongside the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

All Things Drink – Wildpress: 23rd September, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Price: FREE
Wildpress craft their presses from lesser-known, heritage variety apples and support sustainable growers to create a regenerative cycle that is in balance with nature. They will host a testing of a wide variety of different apples, both in raw and juiced form, to show why British apples should be celebrated. 

In the Studio With – Ed Smith and Laura Mucha: 24th September, 1:00pm – 3:30pm 
Price: £15
Ed Smith and his wife Laura Mucha will be hosting a workshop about encouraging diversity in children’s diets through a fun and interactive session for 5-8 year olds, aimed at broadening culinary horizons. They will be exploring different ingredients in a way that engages the senses of touch, smell and taste. There will be drawing and – of course – tasting, too!

In the Studio With – Douglas McMaster & Johnny Drain: 25th September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: £60
Douglas McMaster, renowned chef and owner of zero-waste restaurant Silo, alongside scientist Johnny Drain PhD, a leading expert in fermentation and sustainability, take guests on an enlightening journey into the realm of fermentation and gut health.

In Conversation With – Henry Dimbleby: 26th September, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Price: £20
Co-Founder of Leon Restaurants and the Sustainable Restaurant Association, government advisor and author of the National Food Strategy and author of “Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet into better shape”, Henry will be unpacking the vast food system in this fascinating talk about supply chains and packaging. 

Chef’s Table – Chantelle Nicholson: 27th September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: £150
Multi-award winning chef and owner of Apricity Restaurant, Chantelle Nicholson, will host a Chef’s Table where she will discuss the concept of zero waste. As one of the leading female voices in the UK’s hospitality industry, Chantelle is an advocate for seasonality and sustainability, championing veg-forward cooking.

All Things Drink – Fortnum’s Sparkling Tea: 28th September, 1:00pm – 1:40pm
Price: FREE
Guests will join Fortnum’s for a lunch in the studio and discover more about the Fortnum’s Sparkling Tea – a certified organic blend of eight of our famous and rare brews that contains zero alcohol despite its celebratory appearance. 

In Conversation With – Ivy Farm: 19th October, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Price: £20
Ivy Farm, the UK’s up and coming producer of cultivated meat, will host a panel talk about alternative proteins. The company uses breakthrough technology to help Britain lead the world in meeting the challenges of sustainable meat production in the 21st century, plate first.

Supper Club – Lake District Farmers: 20th October, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: £90
Lake District Farmers was founded in 2009 to facilitate a quality driven and sustainable supply chain for family run fell farms in the area. Guests will be able to taste for themselves how this collective of 50 Cumbrian farms, connected by a mutual desire for excellence and best practice, has led to astonishingly delicious results. 

How: Find out more and make a booking via 

Get a taste of the Cornish life with InterContinental London Park Lane x  Martin Chiffers’ new afternoon tea

Be transported to Cornwall this autumn as the Wellington Lounge at the InterContinental London Park Lane launches ‘An Ode to Cornwall’ Afternoon Tea, in partnership with renowned International Pastry Consultant, Martin Chiffers.

A native of Cornwall, Martin has joined forces with the Mayfair hotel to create an afternoon tea experience inspired by the rich culture and culinary heritage of the county, utilising the best of local produce.

Launching from Wednesday 20th September, take a seat in the elegant Wellington lounge and indulge in a decadent selection of handmade treats and savoury delights. 

Start the journey with savoury options, including Newlyn Crab Casserole with Smoked Cornish Caviar Crostini from Martin’s hometown; or try St. Ewe Egg Mayonnaise with Watercress Choux, sourced from a multi award-winning free-range egg producer nestled on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall.

Jam comes before the cream with Saffron Raisin Scones, followed by sweet treats including a centrepiece chocolate artwork depicting ‘A fish sale on a Cornish beach’ by British artist Stanhope Alexander Forbes, a founding member of the influential Newlyn school of painters.

Other delights come in the form of the Duchess of Cornwall Hat with Blackberry Meringue, Cornish Fairings Mousse and Newlyn Blackberry Mead Jelly, inspired by Catherine Middleton’s hat; and a Cornish Apiaries Honey Cake with Crème Fraîche, created with Martin’s uncle in mind, who was a honey producer. Each guest will also be gifted with a Chiffers Signature Cornish Clotted Cream Fudge to take home.

Cost: Priced at £62 per person, or £78 with a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne.
When: Available from Wednesday – Sunday between 1pm – 5pm
How: Bookings now available at

Enjoy culinary magic with legendary Chef Albert Adrià and ATAVI’s exclusive pop-up tasting experience 

World-renowned chef Albert Adrià and soon to launch luxury brand ATAVI are hosting a money-can’t-buy pop-up tasting experience on the 20th of September for the culinary curious, self-confessed foodies and discerning epicureans.

The dinner promises to take guests on a captivating culinary journey, offering a preview of this innovative range of luxury tagliatelle through an array of delectable dishes and cooking experiences, without a price tag in sight. 

Adrià and ATAVI have already release a very limited number of complimentary spots, giving hopeful attendees the chance to be amongst the few to experience this once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Albert Adrià’s visionary approach to fine dining, with a waitlist now available. 

As part of the experiential evening, guests will have the opportunity to cook and dine alongside Adrià as well as being amongst the first to try ATAVI’s extraordinary range of luxury tagliatelle, a new venture in collaboration with legendary chef Albert Adrià. Crafted with precision and innovation, this exceptional line of tagliatelle includes:

  • Sourdough: Made from 100% Italian durum wheat, ATAVI Sourdough delivers the authentic taste and aroma of freshly baked bread, awakening the senses with every bite.
  • Umami: Remastered through Koji fermentation from 100% Italian durum wheat, ATAVI Umami offers a depth of flavour and richness that transcends traditional pasta.
  • Smoked: Experience the epitome of culinary artistry with ATAVI Smoked. This tagliatelle, crafted from 100% Italian durum wheat, is nixtamalized** and smoked with vine canes. The roasting process, enhanced by the fiery fumes of vine canes, imbues this variant with a distinct smoky profile.

ATAVI will be available for purchase online at and in selected luxury retailers from September, 2023.

Where: B&H Studios, 42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU
When: Wednesday 20th September
Timings: 7pm – 10pm
Howavailable online here from 8th September at 9am

DO GOOD with Bicester Village’s new pop-up

Ideal for a day trip just outside of London, the DO GOOD pop up at Bicester Village is now open to celebrate 30 years of Women for Women International and 10 years of Smart Works.

Presented by The Bicester Collection, the DO GOOD pop-up is a testament to the power of fashion with purpose. 

This year, the pop up boutique is proud to support two of the Collection’s distinguished charities – Women for Women International and Smart Works. Step inside a haven for fashion enthusiasts and philanthropists alike, with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting the two partner charities. 

Pay a visit to rxplore a thoughtfully curated collection of pre-loved, vintage and new designer items to unlock the futures of women worldwide, providing them with opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Where: Bicester Village
When: Available until 4th October 2023 
How: Find out more via

Sink your teeth into set lunches with Bossa 

Newly opened Brazilian restaurant Bossa has announced their set lunch menu starting from 5th September. Available Tuesday to Saturday, beginning at 12pm, the menu offers 2 courses for £40 or 3 courses for £45. 

After bedding in with a successful launch period, the restaurant has turned its sights on a quicker and more accessible lunchtime offering which showcases the best Brazilian flavours and ingredients from the main menu. Dishes like Beef Tartare with Shiitake Confit & Mustard Mayonnaise, the timeless Seafood Moqueca, and the Bossa favourite, Egg & Coconut Custard, make up the short but sweet menu. A stellar selection of wines by the glass are available to accompany each course, hand-picked by Bossa’s Head Sommelier Lais Aoki.  

Bossa Restaurant, which made a resounding debut on 24th May 2023, is under the creative leadership of Head Chef Nilson Chaves. Chef Chaves worked for many years at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Oteque in Rio de Janeiro and brings much of the flair and experience he acquired there to the Bossa menu.  

Whether it’s a casual gathering with friends, a long lunch or a formal business engagement, Bossa’s new lunch menu is the ideal place to explore Brazilian cuisine and exceptional wine. 

How: Find out more and make a booking vis 
Where: 4 Vere St, London, W1G 0DG  

Devour an Unlimited Sangria Brunch with Cavo

London’s latest Mediterranean restaurant and rooftop terrace Cavo is bringing the essence of the Basque Country and Valencia together with the launch of their brand new Pintxos, Paella and Sangria brunch, with live entertainment plus unlimited pintxos and sangria for £65 per person.

Seamlessly blending together two of Spain’s most exciting culinary regions, the brunch kicks off with unlimited pintxos – from the classic Spanish Omelette with Manchego and Roquillio pepper, to rich Black Truffle and Wild Mushroom croquettes, Grilled Aubergine topped with Parmesan Crème and Harissa and Crispy Lamb with Chickpea and Apricot, amongst much more. 

No Spanish feast is complete without a Paella – choose from chicken, steak, veggie or seafood – whilst traditional Spanish dancers and our live DJ keep the festivities going all day long. A classic Basque cheesecake will round off your meal in style. 

Take in the incredible views of Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and Soho from the fourth-floor rooftop terrace whilst whiling away the afternoon sipping on unlimited Sangria and enjoying the entertainment. Book now by visiting

When: Running on the last Saturday of every month. 12-5pm
Where: Cavo London, The Outernet, London WC2H 8LH

Embrace all things punk with King’s Cross House of Punk pop-up 

Punk has returned this AW23 season and in celebration, tomorrow King’s Cross will open its doors to the brand new fashion ‘style studio’ – House of Punk.

Launching Wednesday 13 September in Coal Drops Yard, shoppers can peruse fully curated looks made up of pieces from the King’s Cross fashion retailers, from & Other Stories, A.P.C. and ba&sh, to American Vintage, Emin & Paul, Rains, Beyond Retro and more.

To bring shoppers into this immersive experience, King’s Cross have collaborated with leading fashion stylist Karen Clarkson who has collaborated with brands including Vivienne Westwood – the Godmother of Punk. 

Clarkson has taken pieces from the AW23 collections of the King’s Cross fashion retailers to curate a series of 10 womenswear, menswear, and gender fluid looks to give us all a little punk in our wardrobes.

How: For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.

Devour fine dining delights with Cinnamon Kitchen City’s top chef dinner

Five of London’s most spice-obsessed chefs bring five unique dishes together for the hottest night of the year in celebration of Cinnamon Kitchen City’s 15-year anniversary. 

Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Collection, Vivek Singh and Cinnamon Kitchen City Head Chef, Raju Ramachandran, is joining forces with cheffing friends Will Bowlby of Kricket, Adriana Cavita of Cavita and Gavin Malleappah of Rambutan for an exclusive four-course dinner on 6th October at Cinnamon Kitchen City in Devonshire Square.

The menu brings a unique combination of distinctively different cuisines together to celebrate London’s love for spice. Each chef will showcase what spice means to them by creating their favourite dish, one course at a time, for one night only.

The evening will begin with signature flavours and delicious canapés from Vivek Singh followed by former Cinnamon Kitchen City chef, Will Bowlby, bringing his Indian-inspired small plates to the table with ghee roast crab with burnt cinnamon. Next up, Mexican-born Adriana Cavita’s favourite native dish, chutoro tostadas with salsa macha, ginger soy vinaigrette and avocado purée.

Gavin Malleappah, formerly part of Vivek’s kitchen brigade at The Cinnamon Club, will delight guests with a modern twist on a traditional Sri-Lankan dish, serving black pork belly curry with string hoppers, whilst Cinnamon Kitchen’s Raju Ramachandran’s is cooking up his signature dish of Chettinad spiced lamb chops.

Once guests have indulged in the vibrant flavours of the evening, Vivek and friends will come out of the kitchen for a lively Q&A session where guests can learn more cooking with spice.

Where: Cinnamon Kitchen , 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL 
How: Find out more and make a booking via
Wallet: Tickets are £95pp inclusive of welcome canapés and a four-course dinner. Wine-pairings can be added for an extra £48pp

Take a sip with the Great Scotland Yard Hotel’s Whisky Passport

The 5* Great Scotland Yard Hotel has launched their exclusive ‘Whisky Passport’ for Síbín; a sophisticated whisky bar hidden in plain sight behind a secret door, situated in one of London’s most historic and cherished buildings.

Embark on a remarkable global journey with the captivating whisky cocktail passport. Beautifully designed and printed, the passport features 10 whiskies from around the world and a dream dram of a very rare and limited SKU. The passport is the perfect, luxury gift for whisky connoisseurs and those curious about the world of whisky, each featuring the brand history and unique cocktail.

A doorway to a world of unparalleled flavour, each page reveals a new destination for your palate. Take a voyage across the continents and explore the history, cultures and mixology mastery of European, American, Canadian and Asian whiskies with an extra special, dream dram to complete the journey.

Carefully and specially curated, the passport features cocktails using whiskies from the following regions:

• England – Masthouse: Column Malt

• Scotland – Elements of Islay: Sherry Cask Ireland – Waterford: Argot

• Finland – Kyrö Whisky

• USA – Michters: American Whisky Canada – Signal Hill

• Australia – Starward: Leftfield Taiwanese – Kavalan: Single Malt Japan – Nikka: Yoichi

• Dream Dram – Japan: Mars: Komagatake Shinshu 2021

How: The first whisky cocktail and stamp are included with the purchase of the passport at £50. The subsequent nine cocktails (redeemable in any order), can be enjoyed with a 50% discount (£18 reduced to £9). Upon completion, customers will receive the complimentary dream dram. Passports can be purchased from Sibin, the hotel’s front desk, or online here:
Where: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HN

Go hunting for treasure with the Ruby Zoe hotel in Notting Hill

Embrace your inner sleuth with this exciting new campaign. Crack the code in black cabs, solve riddles in red telephone boxes, and seek out the keys hidden around London to unlock drinks prizes and an indulgent two-night stay at the newly-opened Notting Hill hotel, Ruby Zoe.

Between the 20th and 24th September 2023, 10 vintage keys will be hidden in and around Notting Hill with daily clues released through the @rubyhotels Instagram. Treasure hunters can venture around the neighbourhood, looking for the keys at different venues – and getting to know boutique businesses in this buzzy neighbourhood. 

Anyone is welcome to enter and all’s not lost if you don’t find a hidden key. 11 more lucky participants can enter a draw to win a two-night stay simply by tagging @rubyhotels and #keykeeperfinders as they post about their own experience of this London treasure hunt. 

The prize for finding one of the 10 vintage keys? 

  • Automatically unlock a drinks voucher for two at Ruby Zoe
  • Return the key to Ruby Zoe in Notting Hill to win a two-night stay with breakfast for two people 

Tagging on social: @rubyhotels / #keyfinderskeepers 

  • Tag @rubyhotels and #keyfinderskeepers while you set out on your treasure hunt
  • Be one of 11 lucky adventurers to win a voucher for drinks for two as well as a two night-stay for two people including breakfast at Ruby Zoe in Notting Hill

Cost: Free to enter the competition. Rooms at Ruby Zoe London are from £180 per night in a single room excluding breakfast. For more information please visit or call 020 4520 1760

Join Kapara for an evening of ushering in the Jewish New Year

Bookings are now open for an exclusive evening with London’s latest Israeli restaurant in the heart of Soho, Kapara, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. The event will take place on Friday, September 15th, ushering in the Jewish New Year in the heart of London. This catch-it-while-you-can celebration promises an unforgettable evening filled with delectable and authentic cuisine, live performances, and an unmissable set from Yazmin. 

At just £80 per person, the set menu includes culinary highlights such as Apple’N Honey, a fresh za’atar puff galette, Ancient Pomegranate Tabbouleh, Bonfire Sweet Potato accompanies by dill sourced cream and harissa, Red Snapper on the coal, all washed down with a complimentary bottle of Israeli house wine from Carmel Wines. Alternatively, opt for the £95 per person menu including a more premium bottle of Israeli wine from Yatir Winery.

For those in a sweet mood, the set menu also includes desserts such as Boozy Babka Bliss, served with grape & crème de Cassis compote and lemon thyme anglaise and Sticky Treat which consists of Medjool dates and poppyseed ice cream. 

When: Friday, September 15th
How: For reservations and inquiries, please contact
Wallet: From £80.00pp

Try Artesian at The Langham’s new food and cocktail pairing experience

 Artesian, the world-renowned bar at The Langham, London, is set to launch a food and cocktail pairing experience, with dishes from Chef Angelo Sato of Humble Chicken carefully matched with cocktails by Giulia Cuccurullo, Head Bartender of Artesian. 

The innovative pairing menu sees the Japanese flavours and ingredients of Angelo’s cooking perfectly complemented by select cocktails from Artesian’s visionary new list: Ingredients of the Future.   

Angelo is renowned for his sustainable culinary practices, and therefore makes the perfect chef partner for Artesian’s Ingredients of the Future cocktail list, which sees each cocktail celebrate a meticulously researched ingredient that shows remarkable sustainability, versatility and adaptability.  

The Humble Chicken x Artesian Pairing Experience will launch on 13 September. Priced at £100pp, it sees four of Angelo’s dishes matched with three Ingredients of the Future cocktails, allowing guests to discover new tastes that reflect Artesian’s commitment to culinary innovation. The full cocktail list and food menu will also be available for guests to order dishes and drinks individually.  

Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA
How: Find out more and make a booking via
Wallet: £100pp.

Devour dishes at Pookie’s one night only Quaglino’s takeover

Quaglino’s, the renowned Mayfair restaurant located in the heart of St James, has partnered exclusively with Masterchef 2022 Star, Pookie, for one night only to give diners an exclusive opportunity to be one of the first to try Pookie’s iconic dishes that made her a household name on the hit TV show. Taking place on Friday 22nd September 2023, guests can pre-book their tables online in order to ensure they don’t miss out on a coveted spot to try the delectable dishes and meet Pookie herself. 

Quaglino’s will be adding two legendary Pookie dishes and one cocktail to their menu for this night only, including the divine Salsa Cremosa di TomYum ai Fruitti di Mare – a tantalising mix of cod, king prawns and clams with a tom-yum cream sauce. Those with a sweet tooth will have the chance to try the flavour explosion of the Pina Cotta Colada, Pookie’s famous twist on the classic panna cotta dessert.

These can be enjoyed with the perfect accompaniment of the Pookalicious Cocktail, an experimental blend with a vodka and lychee base. All items were given high praise from each of the Masterchef judges, all in awe of Pookie’s fearless approach to pushing boundaries and mixing flavours.

When: Friday 22 September
Where: 16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Don’t miss the opportunity to view and buy some amazing artwork at Art For Youth London

This October, Art for Youth London will return to the prestigious Mall Galleries to host the largest annual event in support of the charity, UK Youth; a leading charity with a vision that all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. 

Now in its 35th year, Art for Youth’s exhibition is taking place between the 3rd and 6th October 2023, having become a firm fixture in the London art calendar; attracting more than 1,800 visitors and showcasing over 1,000 works of art by hugely talented emerging and established artists.

From bronze, ceramics, prints, photography, sculpture and jewellery as well as many unique and original paintings, everything displayed at the exhibition is available to purchase or order. This year Art For Youth hopes to see the funds it has raised to date for UK Youth exceed £2 million and continues to offer a special environment to unite artists from around the country for the week. UK Youth’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal has also been known to visit. 

The doors of the Mall Galleries will open from Tuesday to Friday night from 6pm – 9pm (8.30pm finish Friday) and will have free entry between 11am and 4pm during the day from Wednesday to Friday to view the artworks. As well as the opportunity to see and buy an incredible array of art, theexhibition will host an exciting live auction on Wednesday 4th October, where special pieces by several artists will be up for grabs, as well as a silent auction of enviable prizes that will be available to enter throughout the week. 

When: Art for Youth will be open from Tuesday 3rd October to Friday 6th October.
How: For tickets, please visit For further information, please visit or email

Taste the last of the summer sunshine with Six by Nico’s new six course ‘Catalonia’ menu

Passport dishes await. A taste of Catalonia comes to you from Six by Nico from the 25th September to 5th November. The new menu will transport guests across the continent to catch the last of the summer sunshine in the beautiful Spanish region of Catalonia, transporting the culture and vibrant tastes of this historic region, from Barcelona to Girona, and everything in between, straight to diners’ plates.

Art and creativity in the kitchen lie at the heart of the Catalan culture and is therefore an essential element of Six by Nico’s new tasting menu, which not only draws inspiration from the region’s classic dishes and cooking techniques, but also celebrates the region’s most prolific figures, from artists, to architects and fellow chefs. Each dish on the new menu reflects the unique heritage of this captivating destination.

The new six-course offering highlights a range of iconic dishes including an amuse bouche of Patatas Bravas, a first starter celebrating Gaudi of chicken arrollado, hen of the woods, black garlic, hazelnut pesto, bergamot, lovage and mustactel, which moves onto the second starter, namedEl Bulli in honour of the famous restaurant and chef Ferran Adrià, which is a Pan Con Tomate with heirloom tomato, extra virgin olive oil and smoked salt.

For the fish course, we have Arroz Negro – the classic rice dish typical of the region with black pollock, pickled mussel, black rice cake, saffron emulsion, courgette and shellfish cappuccino and for the main course Pork Barbacoa, featuring the belly and cheek of pork, sobrasada, white bean ragú and red pepper esquitxat. To satisfy your sweet tooth, the menu presents a scrumptious Crema Catalan of burnt vanilla crème, poached prune and honey and fennel seed.        

Wallet: £48.00pp and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £35 at each restaurant.


Diners can book a table now to discover the delights of this ‘Catalonia’ food experience, which will run for six weeks from 25th September to 5thNovember from noon to night. Bookings are now open for all restaurant locations (Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Fitzrovia, London Canary Wharf, Manchester and the newly opened sites in Cardiff and Leeds) and can also be made online here:

Celebrate Norma’s fourth birthday with its guest chef series

Norma opened in Fitzrovia in September 2019, and has since become the go-to destination for contemporary, vibrant Sicilian-inspired cuisine in London. To celebrate their fourth birthday, the restaurant will host four guest chef dinners across four consecutive evenings from 26 to 29 September.  

Each guest chef dinner will offer a different five-course set menu, priced at £65pp, and running as follows:  

1 Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Jozef Rogulski – Sicilian-Inspired Fine Dining  Tuesday 26 September  
2 Giuseppe Federici – Vegan Italian Comfort Food Wednesday 27 September  
3 Danilo Cortellini – Classic Italian Flavours  Thursday 28 September  
4 Olivia Cavalli – Seasonal Recipes from Olivia’s Cookbook Stagioni Friday 29 September  

Make it happen
How: Bookings for Norma’s fourth birthday guest chef dinners are now live at
Where:  8 Charlotte St., London W1T 2LS

Sip at The Terrace On The Plaza, Pan Pacific London, The City

Pan Pacific London has partnered with iconic liqueur brand St-Germain on a new seafood and cocktail terrace in the heart of the City. From 7th June – 30th September, the hotel’s expansive outdoor plaza will be serving bespoke St-Germain cocktails including the signature St-Germain Spritz, a mix of St-Germain, prosecco, soda and lemon, the Patron Grapefruit Soda and Espresso Martini, alongside a new menu of fresh seafood and salads with Asian accents – in homage to the hotel’s Singaporean roots.

Dishes include Tuna CevichePrawn Rojak SaladLobster rolls and sharing seafood platters followed by a trio of assorted ice creams including raspberry and chilli, apple wasabi and sesame for the ultimate sweet summer treat.

When: The Terrace On The Plaza is open daily from 12pm to 9pm, a must-visit this summer.
Where: Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
Nearest station: Liverpool Street Station
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Say sayonara to summer with Drake & Morgan

Drake & Morgan has just the soirée to save any White Isle FOMO! Get ready for an epic one-off Ibiza Live Orchestra performance at The Folly by Drake & Morgan on Saturday 30th September with ALR Music.   

Party to the most iconic dance anthems reimagined – from Fat Boy Slim to Basement Jaxx and Rudimental – while enjoying a two-course brunch featuring sharing starters and a selection of mains. Experience the sound of the Balearic Islands with live horns, percussions, strings and singers, plus spectacular DJ performances for an all-day party like no other. 

Wallet: Tickets with two-courses of food cost £49.95pp, or for the entertainment only ticket it’s £20pp.   
When: Saturday 30th September: 12pm – 6pm     
Where: The Folly by Drake & Morgan, 41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT  (nearest station: Bank)
How: Book via

Get a forkful of Italy with newly-opened 64 Old Compton Street

If you’re partial to a plate of Italian cuisine, you’re in luck. 64 Old Compton Street, a new Italian restaurant serving London’s liveliest neighbourhood, Soho, has opened this month.

Sister to nearby 40 Dean Street, one of Soho’s best-loved local restaurants for almost fifteen years, 64 Old Compton Street will serve a simple, appealing menu of classic Italian dishes, affordably priced. The menu is divided into three sections: Cold, Fritti & Baked; Pizzas & Salads; and Pasta, Risotto & Oven. 
All offer familiar, comforting dishes such as:

  • Baked portobello mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes, pomegranate salad
  • Pizza ‘nduja, sausage meat, buffalo mozzarella
  • White pizza, wild mushroom & truffles
  • Smoked chicken Caesar salad, garlic croutons, avocado, quail eggs
  • Linguine tiger prawns, courgettes, garlic, chillies, white wine
  • Chicken Milanese, spaghetti tomato and basil sauce, rocket & lemon

All pasta is made fresh in-house every day, as are the stone-baked pizzas. Desserts include pistachio tiramisu, and vanilla ice-cream affogato with amaretto.

Pricing is exceptionally affordable, with main courses ranging from £13.90 to £21.50. To drink there are house and classic cocktails (£10.50-£12) and a short Italian and French winelist starting from £24.10 and with all bottles under £50. In today’s ‘cozzy livs’, eating out and not being afraid to see the bill afterwards is becoming a rarer and rarer affair – so make the most of this exciting new opening!   

Where: 64 Old Compton Street London W1D 4UQ
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Get a scoop on the world’s best gelato with Sheraton Grand London Park Lane  

Even on the cloudiest of days, ice cream tastes delicious. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has joined forces with the reigning World Cup Gelato Champion to bring World Cup winning ice cream to its Italian restaurant Mercante
From 27th July, Mercante will launch an exclusive ice cream menu developed with World Gelato Master Eugenio Morrone – the only place in the UK to serve World Cup winning gelato this summer.

The hatrick of flavours will be available to take away from Mercante’s bespoke ice cream cart and served in shining golden trophies, or enjoyed sitting on the terrace whilst soaking up the Mayfair sunshine. 

The summer terrace is ideally located on Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park and just a five-minute walk from Hyde Park. Foodies with a sweet tooth can indulge in the Golden SummerSweet & Spicy or Parco Verde, with prices starting from £7.90.  

When: The ‘World Cup Winning Gelato’ menu will be available to dine in at Mercante and enjoy daily from 27th July or to take on the terrace from the Mercante ice cream cart Thursday – Sunday, 3pm-5pm until the 31st August. 
How: Visit to find out more or make a booking
Where:  Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BX

Enjoy A Summer Weekend Roast With A Difference At Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London

Who doesn’t love a roast – especially one with a gastronomic edge. Gather your friends and family and join Pan Pacific London for a summer roast influenced with flavours from South East Asia. Diners can enjoy succulent meat, expertly seasoned with a blend of spices and herbs, roasted to perfection.   

Available throughout weekends, this exquisite roast brings together a fusion of flavours that will transport your taste buds. Guests can feast on a mouth-watering selection of barbecue roasting meats at live carving stations including Crispy Pork Belly, Roasted Duck and Barbecue Pork, as well as a brand-new summer dish of Barbecue Sweetcorn with Miso Koji Butter from Head Chef Jun Yung Ng.  

Diners can also turn their hands to gastronomic creation at the laksa station: choose from shrimp or curry as a base before elevating with a selection of ingredients such as prawns, eggs, tofu puffs, fishcakes, soya beansprouts, sambal and coriander.    Not forgetting an array of enticing and seasonal sides that accompany the roast, like Lotus Root Salad, South East Asian pickles and Hainanese Rice. Last but not least, diners can finish their meal with a host of beautifully hand-crafted pastries for dessert.  

PLUS: All diners can sip on a half bottle of Prosecco with their meal – or elect to add half a bottle of Champagne Brut for an additional £20pp or half a bottle of Rose Champagne for £40pp.   

When: Available every Saturday and Sunday between 1.00pm – 3.30pm, starting at £60pp.
How: For more information and to make a booking, please visit:
Where: Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB

The Stafford London Launches New Afternoon Tea Served from a Bespoke Handcrafted Cake Trolley

Another one for the afternoon tea crowd. The Stafford London, renowned for its timeless elegance and exceptional hospitality, is launching a sophisticated new afternoon tea on 31 July. 

Differing from the usual cake stand experiene, the new afternoon tea will be served from a brand-new bespoke cake trolley for an added sense of theatre and occasion, and to allow guests choice with their preferred cakes and pastries. 
The new recipes have been created collaboratively by Magdalena Velczenbach, The Stafford’s Head Pastry Chef, and Lisa Goodwin-Allen who oversees the menu direction at The Stafford as well as being Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire.  

To start, sandwiches and scones will be served on a traditional cake stand, alongside coffee or a selection of fine teas from Camelia’s Tea House. Delicate finger sandwiches will include H. Forman & Son smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche on granary bread and Honey roasted ham and mustard mayonnaise on onion bread, alongside a Truffle egg bun. Plain and fruit scones will be served with whipped clotted cream and strawberry jam, alongside a savoury delight: Westcombe Cheddar scone with soft cheese and chives.   Of course, this experience centres around the sweet stuff.

The new cake trolley will be presented tableside, with each guest able to select five seasonal cakes or pastries from the display. These may include Raspberry, apple, and elderflower macaroon; Coffee choux bun; Vanilla and raspberry white mouse; Lemon and basil tart; and Cherry and coconut mousse. Guests will also be able to sample a slice of the showstopping signature Earl Grey and honey layer cake.  

When: Served daily from 31 July, 12pm to 5.30pm
Cost: priced at £70pp or £87pp with a glass of Louis Roederer Collection 243 Champagne.
Where: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Pl, London SW1A 1NJ

Camp out with the kiddies in luxurious style at The Bloomsbury

Families looking for an iconic London adventure this summer should look no further than The Bloomsbury. Bursting with creativity, history and culture, the property is perfectly located in the heart of London and invites guests to enjoy all that the capital has to offer from thecomfort of their doorstep.

Housed in a historic and beautifully restored Lutyens’ 1930s’ neo-Georgian building in the literary heartland of Bloomsbury, The Bloomsbury is only moments from the iconic British Museum, headline West End shows and the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. This summer, children are invited to camp out in the capital, as The Bloomsbury transforms family staycations, welcoming little campers with their chic tepee beds. 

The Camping experience comes complete with a hotel teddy bear and a gourmet ‘midnight feast’ of delicious cookies and a flask of warm milk. Parents can opt to stay in adjoining rooms so that they are close by and can also take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service to enjoy an evening cocktail in the 1920s inspired Coral Room, an al fresco dinner at Dalloway Terrace or sneak down to the hotel’s hideaway The Bloomsbury Club Bar, for old school romance and members’ club feel. 

Additional touches such as a selection of traditional games, fluffy kid’s robes and complimentary meals for children under eight ensure each stay is memorable for the whole family. New for this year – families will no longer need to leave their pups at home, as small dogs are welcome to join the family fun this Platinum Jubilee at The Bloomsbury. Pooches will also be treated like royalty with comforts, such as a bed, towels and plenty of treats.  

How: The Bloomsbury’s ‘London with the Family’ package includes 50% saving off the second room, a la carte breakfast for all each morning and complimentary evening meals for children up to 8 years when dining with an adult before 7pm. Find out more and make a booking via
Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Try out BLOK’s new workout space in Leyton

East Londoners, this one’s for you. Discover fitness classes designed to strengthen your body and mind at BLOK’s new Leyton space. Not only can guests workout in the award-winning studios, where the team combine design, art and fitness, the new location will also be running a series of exciting events across summer.

Join the team for a mix of experiences, ranging from yoga and breathwork through to HIIT and sessions that explore the relationship between art and movement. 

Where: 258 Church Rd, London E10 7JQ
How: Find out more and make a booking via
When: Varied dates, see website above for further details. 

Lap up Lebanese flavours at InterContinental London Park Lane

An exciting new Lebanese has popped-up at the InterContinental London Park Lane – Najma (meaning ‘star’ in Arabic) Lebanon champions the region’s flavoursome cuisine whilst offering authentic Middle Eastern hospitality, making it a welcome addition to Mayfair’s dining scene.  

The menu takes inspiration from Georges Rahme, the acclaimed Lebanese chef based in IHG Hotels and Resorts in Dubai’s Festival City and features a myriad hot and cold mezzeh, signature plates and exquisite desserts. Fresh, flavourful dishes, designed for sharing, are an exercise in contrasts with subtle scents and complex spices.  

Expect to be taken on a gastronomic journey that starts with hot and cold mezzeh such as Lamb merguez, Spiced beef with hummus and Labneh. Follow with salads of Taboulleh, Fattouche of Salatit arnabit with golden cauliflower, king prawns, coriander cress, sesame paste sauce and pomegranate seeds.  

The main event features sharing platters of mixed seafood and grilled meats as well as signature plates that include Pan-fried seabass with wilted spinach, chilled tomato dakkous and charred lemon; Grilled lemon sole marinated with lemon, chilli and garlic, wilted greens and sumac beurre blanc; and Chargrilled lamb chops with slow-cooked tomatoes and crispy fried potatoes.

Round the menu off with delicious dessertsincluding Maamoul, a butter cookie filled with crème anglaise and pistachio ice cream, a Traditional Osmalieh with rose-infused roasted vermicelli and vanilla Chantilly cream or assorted Baklava.      

When: Open from Wednesday – Sunday, with bookings available via or +44 (0)20 7409 3131.
Where: Najma Lebanon, One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, London W1J 7QY
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Bite into a taste of Italy with Pasta Evangelists’ masterclasses

For those dreaming of Italy this summer but unable to make the trip or those returning with holiday blues, Pasta Evangelists masterclasses offer the perfect solution and will transport guests to Italy’s gastronomic regions without stepping foot on a plane. 

From Puglia’s orecchiette to Rome’s fettuccine as well as Sardina’s malloreddus, guests will be taught the art of fresh pasta making, offering a host of classes dedicated to specific Italian regions in the heart of London.  ` The masterclasses will be led by Pasta Evangelists chefs, imparting their expert knowledge on how to prepare fresh pasta from scratch.

Guests will also enjoy complimentary antipasti and unlimited prosecco throughout the class, finishing with the opportunity to tuck into the handmade pasta creations. Ranging from a taste of Napoli and Puglia all the way through to Rome, Amalfi and Sicily, master the art of your favourite Italian locations this summer with these fun and exciting courses.   

When: Classes are taking place across July and August
Cost: Tickets cost £65 and the classes will last for 2 hours. Start times vary from 13:30, 17:00, 18:30 and 20:30 How: Find out more and make a booking via

Sample recently-opened Langbourns’ new summer menu in City

Recently opened Langbourns, from the Metropolitan Pub Company, has announced the unveiling of its summer menu – and it’s ideal for a feast following a tough day in the office. The restaurant, which is opposite Leadenhall Market and features its very own oyster bar, will offer a refreshed and refined selection of dishes, catering to a diverse range of culinary preferences. 

The new menu starts with a range of appetisers such as the distinctive Black pudding Scotch egg with burnt onion ketchup, Anchovy on toast with cured lemon & dill oil and Truffle & Prosociano arancini. Not to be overlooked is the freshly baked sourdough, served with either roast bone marrow or seaweed butter, as well as the oyster bar.

Langbourns is known for its fish and seafood, and have included a Classic Crayfish and prawn cocktail, Salmon tartare, and Seared scallop, to name just a few, with options for vegetarians and vegans too. Mains are an array of both meat-based and seafood dishes, including Braised beef cheek & seaweed suet pudding, Dry aged rack of lamb, and Pan-fried Sea bass fillet.

For the carnivores, indulge with the impressive Grill section of the menu, featuring Scottish beef that has been dry aged for 35 days in state-of-the-art ageing chambers. The Grill menu includes a selection of offerings such as sirloin, ribeye, and a luxury côte de boeuf. Desserts include firm favourites such as Sticky toffee pudding and Chocolate mousse, as well as Raspberry & coconut tart and Baked mango & passion fruit cheesecake – after all, it would be rude not to.

Where: 77-78 Gracechurch StreetLondon, EC3V 0AS
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Pull up a plate for the Summer BBQ Series with Big Green Egg at The Standard 

Summer means one thing – BBQ season. It’s heating up in Double Standard’s garden this summer for a three-week-long BBQ series arriving in July. Bringing world grilling action from cult status chefs, Big Green Egg is helping to cook up a storm in a BBQ hideout for those in the know, right in the middle of King’s Cross.  

Hidden away from the bustle of the street, curious passers-by are sure to be lured in by the smoke signals and mouth-watering scents from world BBQ culture. Including the Caribbean, Indonesia and the Deep South, guests can join in the oasis like secret garden at Double Standard, The Standard, London’s American-meets-British ground floor bar and restaurant, known for its hearty fare and 70’s inspired interiors.  

Kicking off the summer BBQ series, is Riaz Phillips, author of West Winds and Bellyfull, and known for some of the spiciest collaborations in town. Warming us up for a long hot summer, Riaz is bringing his signature vibe north with his cookout Caribbean menu. Grilled until charred and juicy, enjoy Riaz’s Honey BBQ Jerk Chicken – sweet and hot, Annato Peppered Prawns, picante and a touch tart, torched on the Big Green Egg for finger licking shrimp. And then, cooked long and slow, Pulled Jackfruit Brisket stuffed in soft rolls.

Then, the American South via the Circle Line, Tom Zahir Browne of Decatur, king of the seafood boil, brings his Louisiana BBQ to the table. Expect the Big Green Egg to be adorned in Half lobsters smothered in New Orleans Barbecue Sauce and Ember Roasted Sweet Potatowith Smoked Onion Cream, Calabrian Chilli, Greens and Sourdough. For meat eaters, enjoy Smoked Maple Glazed Bacon Cured Pork Chop with dirty rice, and don’t miss a number of incredible side dishes.

Coming in HOT on his tail next is pop-up sensation Rahel Stephanie, who’s supper club Eat With Spoons has been likened to Glasto tickets in their elusiveness to bag a spot. She joins The Standard, London firing up her Big Green Egg in Double Standard’s garden for some Indonesian inspired plant-based BBQ hits. Look forward to Indonesian dishes including Sate Tempe Maranggi (Marinated tempe skewers served with spiced kecap manis),  Jagung Bakar Pedas Manis (grilled corn with spicy sweet chili sauce) and Ikan Bakar Sambal Matah (marinated barramundi fillet served with a fragrant Balinese relish).  

Wallet: Tickets cost £35 per person & include a welcome drink (frozen margarita or lager), one main dish & one side dish.    
When: 2pm – 8pm, Saturday 22.07 – Riaz Phillips Saturday 29.07 – Decatur – Saturday 05.08 – Eat With Spoons Bookings (2pm, 4pm, 6pm)
How: Find out more and make a booking via
Where: 10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG

Sit back and relax at Aquavit London’s new Scandi-inspired al fresco terrace

A must for sunshine seekers and spritz afficionados, Aquavit London’s new al fresco terrace, in collaboration with Moët & Chandon, is tucked behind plentiful plush greenery and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of St James’s Market.

Perfect for post-work drinks, shopping break sips and pre-dinner drinks, enjoy serves such as the gorgeous Garden Spritz – a refreshing blend of Moët’s Chandon Sparkling with a twist of house-made bitters and fresh Valencia oranges. For the peckish, Nordic-inspired plates such as gin cured “Gravlax” with tonic gel and dill mayonnaise; and salt baked beetroots, pickled blackberries, macadamia nuts and corn salad, are ready to be polished off.

Where: St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London, SW1Y 4QQ
How: Find out more and make a booking via

Sip on a botanically-inspired martini at Egerton House Hotel 

Inspired by last month’s Chelsea Flower Show, Knightsbridge’s elegant Egerton House Hotel has burst into bloom with a summer-long floral tribute, including a botanical transformation of the fascia of the Royal Borough’s favourite boutique property. Designed by celebrity florist and former Chelsea Flower Show designer, Jane Wadham – whose black book of prestigious clients includes the Birley Group and Carriage House Club – The Egerton’s entrance has been transformed with a bold arrangement.

They might come for the pictures, but they stay for the drinks. Famous for serving London’s best martinis, The Egerton will also be offering three limited-edition floral takes on this classic drink, with a choice of rose, honey or orange blossom infusions (each £23). Available until 31 August 2023, these floral martinis are summer in a glass, and sunshine on the tongue. 

Wallet: £23.00 per cocktail. For more information please visit
When: Available until 31 August 2023
Where: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX

Order Ingredients of the Future at Artesian

Artesian, the world-renowned bar at The Langham London, has introduced an inspiring new cocktail list: Ingredients of the Future. Each of the sixteen cocktails on the new list celebrates a single ingredient that shows remarkable versatility and adaptability, and from pandan to tiger nuts, showcases drinks that with every sip taste like a step towards a healthier planet and a better tomorrow.  

Artesian, embodies the duality of modern hospitality, harmoniously combining imaginative and progressive mixology with refined, effortless style. Led by Head Bartender Giulia Cuccurullo, Bar Manager Lorenza Pezzetta, and Assistant Bar Manager Nikos Tachmazis, the team have crafted a menu that fosters collaboration and innovation. 

Future ingredients identified and meticulously researched by the Artesian team include vegetables and fruits such as sweet potato, beetroot, mushroom, date, jackfruit and pea; plants and trees including amaranth, moringa, pandan and nopales; and unexpected elements such as insects, spirulina, soil, tigernuts, kombu and water. Sips have never tasted quite so sustainable.

Where: Artesian, The Langham, 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA 
How: Find out more and make a booking via  

Discover a flavour-fuelled tasting tour of the forgotten region of Bihar at Babur

 the jewel in South East London’s culinary crown, is celebrating its 38th birthday with a unique flavour-fuelled tasting tour of the forgotten region of Bihar. In true Babur style, the family-run restaurant’s latest milestone is cause for both celebration and exploration. An excuse to delve further into the lesser-known regional cuisines of India and showcase dishes that are deep-rooted in the country’s food culture. 

Bihari food is one of the rustic styles of cuisine in the north-eastern part of India. Characterised by its prominent use of several spice blends and cooking methods from charring and one pot to slow cooking, Bihari is considered a unique soul food of the country.

Creating the perfect summer excursion for the senses, Babur’s new Taste of Bihar menu, available from 20th July to 17th September, includes starters of: Litti & Chokha, a cult classic from the region that is essentially an ancient Indian version of a dough-ball stuffed with spiced roasted gram flour and ghee then charred over charcoal and served with charcoal roasted spiced aubergine, red onion, and tomato salsa. Madhubani fried fish coats cod cheek fritters with spices of roasted cumin and black peppercorn, alongside mint and pickled baby onion.

Mains transport you through local villages with Dehati Chicken, Swede chokha, a rustic chicken thigh curry layered with flavours of black peppercorn, cardamon, and pink onion. Champaran Gosht, Sattu paratha is hot and spicy dish of kid goat on the bone, slow cooked into clay pot with rustic garam masala and whole garlic; while Dudhi ki tokri, stuffed courgette blossom is a veggie’s delight with chargrilled courgette tart, spiced soft cheese and turmeric rice water.

For dessert, there’s only one extra special option, Makahne ki Kheer, caramelised lotus flower – a dreamy, creamy condensed Lotus flower pudding made with evaporated milk, green cardamom, rose and caramel.

Wallet: Tickets cost £85 with wine pairings or £60 without.
How: To book, visit: 
Where: Babur, 119 Brockley Rise London, SE23 1JP

Sink your teeth into seafood at Manzi’s

Oh man. Manzi’s, the long-awaited restaurant from The Wolseley Hospitality Group, will officially open its doors in the heart of Soho at the end of June, serving the very best in seafood and fish. Manzi’s is due to bring hedonistic escapism to its new location in a relaxed, timeless setting.

The new iteration of Manzi’s will pay homage to its much-loved forefather, a restaurant which famously served Londoners off Leicester Square for more than half a century. The menu, harking back to the acclaimed dishes of old, encompasses everything from moules marinière, a wide range of crustacea and a ‘catch of the day’ to a classic Dover sole. Also on offer à la carte will be stuffed Calamari in tomato saucefried Violet artichokes with sauce gribiche, Severn & Wye smoked eel placed over horseradish cream, seafood cocktails and a New York Shrimp Burger served with spiced mayonnaise.

Manzi Specialities, showcasing the expertise and creativity of the kitchen, bring to life the essence of Soho; fun, heart-warming dishes to enjoy with friends and family. A Monkfish Wellington, designed to be shared between two or four people, will see perfectly cooked monkfish encased in flaky, golden pastry served with a prawn mousse and dill beurre blanc. The Cioppino Fish Stew, combining the finest seafood with lightly poached fish and calamari in a hearty tomato sauce, is also offered as a single serving displayed on an oversized, decadent platter with grilled sourdough and rouille, perfect for mopping up its rich juices. 

When: Late June 2023
Where: 1-8 Bateman’s buildings, Soho, London W1D 3EN
How: Find out more via

Discover your personal beauty heaven at Golden Nest, Duck & Dry’s latest opening

It’s pamper time. Duck & Dry’s fifth London salon, Golden Nest has officially hatched in Harvey Nichols, Knightbridge – and is welcoming beauty lovers with open arms (and curling tongs).

Offering everything you know and love about Duck & Dry but even better, the new space is kitted out with golden styling egg pods, lush green and wild flowers and a treatment area – named the Sanctuary, this is one pampering pitstop you won’t want to miss.

Where: Beauty Concierge, Ground Floor, Lower Seville Street, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
How: Find out more and make a booking via

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