Rosé pop-ups, ice skating challenges, vegan menus and more – don’t miss out on these must-try hospitality happenings. From delicious dinners and wellness hotspots to exercise classes and edible art, here’s The Wordrobe’s best things to try in London this month and beyond.
1 Feast the night away at Market Halls Canary Wharf Cargo
Market Halls has announced the launch of a brand-new food market in Canary Wharf. Opening late March, the venue will become Market Halls’ third London site, featuring a line-up of exciting creative kitchens and bars and a programme of community-led events. This will tie in with the re-opening of Market Halls Oxford St, following extensive refurbishment and changes to the site.
Market Halls Canary Wharf Cargo opens at an exciting time, becoming the group’s third food market, joining the reopened Market Halls Oxford St and the popular Market Halls Victoria as vibrant drinking and dining destinations and cornerstones of community culture. Having refurbished and rebuilt the successful Market Halls in Oxford Circus during forced closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group’s markets will continue being city-leading destinations for food and drink lovers.
The line-up at Market Halls Canary Wharf Cargo will include firm favourites from the group’s existing sites, including Gopal’s Corner [Roti King], DF Tacos and Baoziinn while also bringing in new and exciting additions including Le Bab, Pasta Evangelists and Inamo Sukoshi. More to be announced closer to opening.
When: opening end of March
How: Find out more via markethalls.co.uk
2 Support the #CookForUkraine campaign at RAI
As the devastating impact of the war in Ukraine continues to flood the news, we are all looking for ways in which we can help those in need. Newly opened RAI in Fitzrovia will be showing its support for the #CookForUkraine campaign by donating all proceeds from a specially created limited edition four-course menu to UNICEF UK from 16th March – 9th April.
Curated by Executive Chef Padam Raj Rai, the charity menu fuses the highest quality Japanese ingredients with the finest produce from the UK and around the world. Kicking off with snacks of homemade tofu and Amaebi prawn, the menu features a selection of RAI’s most exquisite dishes including new style seared butterfish sashimi with red jalapeno sauce; Chilean seabass with goat’s cheese, broccoli purée and homemade tsukemono sauce; and Scottish salmon tartare with yuzu miso, crispy leek, British pear and 60 months aged Organic Parmigiano Reggiano. Finish with a perfectly balanced dessert of pumpkin, umeshu and coconut ice cream and a selection of petit fours.
*Excludes Mother’s Day weekend (26th & 27th March).
Where: Rai, 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2HY
How: Find out more via rairestaurant.com 02074 190305
When: The special menu is priced at £59pp, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the campaign. The menu is available across lunch and dinner Wednesdays- Saturdays, 16th March –9th April*, and must be pre-booked via: rairestaurant.com/reservations/
3 Join Park Chinois for one-off evening with award-winning pianist and composer, Okiem
Park Chinois, Mayfair’s most luxurious Asian restaurant, is welcoming cinematic pianist and composer, Okiem, for an intimate performance in Salon de Chine. Taking place for one exclusive evening, the globetrotting pianist, who has opened for the likes of John Legend and Prince, will bring his not-so-typical classical style to the glamorous restaurant.
Guests will enter through the regal gates before settling in for the evening amongst the plush velvet banquettes and silk lampshades that softly illuminate the dining room. Having taken the classical world by storm, Okiem creates his signature ‘cinematic classical’ sound by combining piano, orchestral instruments and synthesizers, transporting listeners into an alternate world .
Taking to the stage at 8.30pm to begin his entrancing show, guests will be in store for a night like no other. Tickets for the evening are priced at £195 and £185, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne upon arrival and an indulgent four-course set menu.
Diners will be treated to a selection of dim sum (steamed or fried) to start including Foie Gras, Prawn & Truffle Dumpling, Blue Swimmer Crab Puff and Scallop Dumpling. To follow, guests can choose from an array of tantalising dishes such as Steamed Seabass with Spicy Tamarind, Okra & Fresh Coconut, Grilled Black Cod with yuzu soy dressing and Beancurd & Tofu with Fresh Abalone Mushroom in a spicy bean sauce.
To accompany, there is a choice between rice dishes including Black Truffle, French Chestnut & Japanese Kabocha Squash. As the evening draws to a close, the Chef’s Selection of seasonal desserts will be served to accompany the final notes of Okiem’s captivating concert.
When: Tuesday 15th March from 8.30pm Guest arrivals at 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm
Cost: Prices from £185.00 per person
How: Tickets are on sale now and available to purchase from www.parkchinois.com
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA
4 Celebrate Holi with Cinnamon Kitchen City
World-renowned for its fun-for-all carnival of colours, it’s no surprise that Holi (17th March) has become one of the capital’s most widely celebrated festivals. And this year, Cinnamon Kitchen City will be marking the festival of colour, love and positivity with a series of events and celebrations – from a fantastic supper club to a technicolour painting masterclass – as Vivek Singh and his team look to create uplifting and feel-good moments for what will hopefully be a more prosperous year to come.
1 Painting with Pooja Kapoor, 12th March (£54.49pp)
Kicking off the celebrations, Pooja Kapoor from The Petals Studio will be hosting an interactive Holi painting masterclass on the terrace in Devonshire Square – perfect for those looking to show off their artistic flair. Immerse into the world of atmospheric watercolour to create a masterpiece, before enjoying a selection of traditional Holi canapés and appropriately colourful cocktails. The event runs from 3-6pm and includes an art kit and paper pad.
To book tickets to the painting masterclass, visit the website here.
2 Holi Supper Club, 18th March (£45pp)
Food and feasting as a family are central to Holi, and on Friday 18th March, Cinnamon Kitchen City will host a Holi Festival Feast Supper Club with five masterful courses from Vivek Singh and the restaurant’s head chef, Raju Ramachandran. Bring friends, family and colleagues together to indulge in an assortment of delicious dishes from seam bream paturi to paneer butter masala, accompanied by sides of garlic naan and 24-hour simmered black lentils. Be sure to save room for a sweet serving of hot gulab jamun & mapula with banana ice cream for dessert.
And that’s not all, those who book the supper club will each receive a pot of gulal – coloured powder paint – to decorate their face at the table in true Holi style!
To book tickets to the supper club, visit the website here.
Holi across The Cinnamon Collection, month of March
Throughout March, all four restaurants in the collection – The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Bazaar and Cinnamon Kitchen City & Battersea – will be serving ‘Festival of Colours’ set menus with traditional Holi dishes such as char-grilled Zeeland kingfish with carom seed, smoked rack of Kentish lamb with vegetable pilau, and old Delhi style butter chicken for all to enjoy.
Announcing the arrival of spring and the passing of winter, Holi officially takes place from sundown on 17th March to sundown on the 18th. World-renowned for its free-for-all carnival of colours and iconic paint throwing, Holi brings together family and friends to laugh and play, forgive and forget and to celebrate love and friendship.
Where: Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
How: Find out more via www.cinnamon-kitchen.com
5 Get your pie fix with Holborn Dining Room
Who ate the pies? You, hopefully. Dig in for National Pie Week (March 7 – 13) with Holborn Dining Room – home of the acclaimed “Pie King” – Calum Franklin.
Holborn Dining Room, housed within Rosewood London, has a range of classic British dishes on the menu with a focus on pies, one of Britain’s most iconic dishes. Guests can indulge in crowd pleasers including the comforting Dauphinoise potato, Winterdale cheddar & caramelised onion pie with parsley sauce or the Hand raised Pork Pie made with pork shoulder, smoked bacon, fennel seed & sage, as well as new dishes such as the Beef cheek & celeriac steamed suet pudding served with bone marrow gravy.
As seen on the latest series of Celebrity Masterchef, Head Chef Calum Franklin, introduced the plant based Beet Welly to Holborn Dining Room’s menu for all to enjoy. The dish is made of Heritage beetroot & hispi Wellington with Romesco sauce.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
How: Find out more and make a booking via holborndiningroom.com/menus/
6 Experience ME London’s“I am a Woman: Sovereign by Nature” Exhibition
Calling all art lovers! ME London and ME by Melia are delighted to present visual artist and photographer Marta Lamovsek and her extraordinary collection: ‘I am a Woman: Sovereign by Nature’, as part of ME by Melia’s WOMAN IS ART series this March.
Marta invites guests to her universe of vibrant photographic portraits of women during a monthly residency at ME London’s Marconi Lounge between 8th March and 17th April, celebrating the month of International Women’s Day. Marta has previously worked with the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood, and is thrilled to be showcasing her work at ME London, with private portraiture sessions also available throughout her residency – an exceptionally unique and interactive experience.
The new collection is made up of a series of striking portraits that depict the regal power of women and are distinctly shot in front of colourful textile backgrounds. Marta’s unique style of character-driven portraiture offers a spectacular riot of exuberance and maximalism, achieved through the use of bold fabrics, loud jewellery and quirky trinkets sourced in Dubai’s old-world bazaars. Marta’s extensive travels across the globe are uniquely displayed through her portraits, where she magically captures a diversity of cultures including those from the Emirates to London locals.
The collection forms part of ME by Melia’s wider WOMAN IS ART series, which explores the exciting world of femininity through art. The sentiment of ‘WOMAN IS ART’ lies at the very heart of the ME by Melia brand and is demonstrated through annual initiatives, such as Marta’s show, celebrating the synergies between art, creativity and female empowerment. The series seeks to celebrate female artists who actively highlight the important cultural contribution women bring to society, of which Marta succeeds.
Throughout the exhibition, the portraits will be available for sale. For those wishing for a truly unique experience, Marta will be available for bespoke private portraits, available exclusively at her London installation studio at ME London. Each sitting is a minimum of one hour and involves entirely unique custom styling, portraiture session, professional retouching and printing, along with a signing of the final art portrait.
When: Marta Lamovsek’s glorious collection, “I am a Woman: Sovereign by Nature”, will be available to view at ME London’s Marconi Lounge from International Women’s Day on the 8th March until 17th April.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 1HA
7 Hone your Champagne skills at St Pancras by Searcys
Pop those corks! Europe’s longest Champagne bar at St Pancras by Searcys has released dates for its 2022 sell-out monthly masterclasses with a rotating selection of bubbles, paired with a matched three-course dinner featuring seasonal British dishes.
Experts in Champagne, Searcys has been at the heart of celebrations for over 175 years, with the first mention of Searcys’ own cuvée dating back to 1893.
Celebrating a year of fizz, things will be kicking off with the already sold out ‘Female Founders of Champagne’ on 8th March, followed by an April Fool’s twist ‘Not Everything that sparkles is Champagne’ on Friday 1st April, placing the focus on award-winning sparkling wines. Exploring traditional wine-making methods across Europe, the masterclass will dive into the fizz made using the traditional method outside of France, with the drinks, paired with seasonal British dishes from Head Chef Colin Layfield.
Each two-hour masterclass is led by Searcys Drinks Ambassador, Bruno Pelletier, and takes place in the Brasserie’s intimate Tasting Room at St Pancras. Guests will sip on fizz whilst learning about Champagne and sparkling wines in a tutored tasting, matched to a three-course dinner, all for £85 per person.
Searcys Year of Champagne includes:
- 1st April: Traditional method: Sparkling wine across Europe. Not everything that sparkles is Champagne.
- Dive into the world of sparkling wines and the traditional methods behind them, including Franciacorta and Goriška Brda.
- 12th May: Small houses for big Champagne Cuvées
- Discover some hidden gems as Searcys puts the spotlight on small producers such as Drappier and Piollot .
- 2nd June: Champagne and the Royal Connection
- As the drink of royalty, raise a toast to Her Majesty for the Platinum Jubilee with a selection of Champagne from the royal favourites.
- 7th July: Raise a glass for tennis champions
- Explore the Champagne favoured by the top tennis championships of the world, including Lanson, Piper-Heidsieck and Moët & Chandon.
- 22nd September: Harvest Time: the seven grapes
- Step into harvest and explore the grapes behind the drinks, from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Meunier.
- 6th October: Champagne, Camera, Action!
- Marking the London Film Festival, meet the bottles from the big screen – including James Bond.
- 10th November: Champagne Prestige Cuvées
- Experts in Champagne, celebrate Searcys 175th anniversary with the last Champagne masterclass of the year, paying homage to the grandest of sparkling wines with a four-course tasting dinner paired with four beautiful Prestige Cuvées (£175pp).
How: For the full list of the upcoming masterclasses for 2022 and to book your spot, visit the St Pancras by Searcys website at www.sevenrooms.com
Where: St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys, Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, London, N1C 4QL
8 Treat your locks to some pampering at Saco Hair
If you’re looking to add some va va voom to your hair, it’s time for a visit to Fitzrovia. Established in 2006, Saco Hair shook up the salon scene with their skilfully structured cuts and innovative colouring – and they continue to tame the manes of many across the globe today. Following the success of the London launch, expansion thereafter was rapid, with salons and academies in Paris, Montréal, Moscow, South Korea, Copenhagen and Bordeaux.
Despite being a global brand, the salons have a boutique feel, creating a personalised experience for guests that follows the salons Beauty First mantra to achieve modern and beautiful results that are tailored to the individual’s personal expression of style. Chat to your stylist and sip on a cuppa’ – then wait for the finished result to blow(dry) you away.
Where: 4 Charlotte Pl, London W1T 1SE
How: Find out more and make a booking via sacohair.com
9 Step into Aquazzura crystal shoes at Brown’s Hotel and feel like Cinderella herself
Calling all shoeaholics. Step into Aquazzura crystal shoes as Brown’s: The Rocco Forte hotel kicks off the New Year in style with its new suite experience and pop-up at The Donovan Bar, in collaboration with luxury Italian women’s footwear brand Aquazzura, marking the new season of London’s musical scene.
The much-awaited World Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will hit the stage once again from 3rd February at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, a short taxi ride from Brown’s. Brown’s Hotel ‘Head of Heels’ package is the perfect way to experience the musical. With the hotel’s knowledgeable concierge team assisting guests in securing the very best tickets to the award-winning show, it makes for a wonderful Valentine’s weekend in the capital.
Aquazzura’s creations combine both luxury and craftsmanship with a particular focus on comfort and wearability. Each pair of Aquazzura shoes exudes innovative design, sophisticated embellishments, and vibrant colour palettes.
Guests who book the Brown’s ‘Head over Heels with Aquazzura’ can choose either a one or two night stay in one of the hotel’s beautifully appointed suites. During their stay guests will be treated to a variety of bespoke experiences from the dedicated team at Aquazzura’s flagship store on Albemarle Street, just moments away from the hotel. One such experience will include a bespoke in-suite design consultation and shoe fitting. Guests will also receive an exclusive invitation to visit the Aquazzura store after hours for a VIP shopping experience as well as a pedicure at The Spa at Brown’s.
What’s more, The Donovan Bar, Brown’s stylish drinking den, will display three of Aquazzura’s finest shoes from its latest collection, the Tequila Plexi Sandal 105, Temptation Crystal Sandal 105 and the Seduction Crystal Pump 105. These three pairs of stunning heels will be dotted around the bar allowing guests to admire the shoes whilst sipping on delicious tipples from Salvatore Calabrese’s extensive cocktail menu, one of which is the ‘Tequila Scandal’ – created specially in celebration of this exclusive collaboration. ‘Tequila Scandal’ is a champagne style cocktail, made with Tequila, Calabreses’s Acqua Bianca liqueur and infused with home-made pineapple juice and green cardamom cordial.
How: ‘Head over Heels with Aquazzura’ at Brown’s Hotel starts from £1,300 and is based on double occupancy, valid from 11 January 2022 until 01 April 2022. Find out more and make a booking via roccofortehotels.com
Where: 33 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BP
10 Test out your baking skills at The Big London Bake East
The UK’s home of baking, The Big Bakes, is expanding to East London, with the launch of their third baking tent, The Big London Bake East, in Haggerston. Open from Thursday 24th February, groups of friends, families, birthday parties, date nights and corporate groups can get together, don an apron and a whisk and start baking some exceedingly good bakes! The 90 minute baking sessions are immersive, fun, interactive and sociable experience days out with friends, family, date nights and employees!
The Big London Bake East will offer a variety of spaces, including:
- A brand new under the arches cake- inspired bar, entered through a fridge door!
- Think Apple Pie, BakewellTini and Lemon Meringue Pie cocktails
- An outdoor, heated terrace and lawn
- A separate private, corporate suite with a built-in baking bench,, for those looking for incentive sessions for employees, unique meeting facilities or filming opportunities
- …and the main event, the baking tent, with 12 fully equipped baking stations, including equipment from AEG and Kenwood, with all ingredients ready for masterpiece cakes to be created!
- The Bar will be open Thursday – Sunday evenings – book a table here: tinyurl.com/ResyEast
How: Find out more and book tickets via thebigLondonbake.com
When: Thurs/Fri – 5:45pm & 8:30pm, Sat/Sun – 11:15am, 2pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm
Cost: Tickets start from £42.90pp
12 Devour a Bridgerton-inspired afternoon tea at The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough has announced announce the latest in its innovative series of seasonal afternoon teas, inspired by Bridgerton, created in partnership with Netflix and Shondaland. Launching on 25 March 2022, the limited-edition tea will pay homage to the Regency era; a time of great revelling and high style, of elegant parties, balls, and grand dinners, with a contemporary twist.
Setting the scene, the Bridgerton Afternoon Tea will take place in The Lanesborough’s richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during the day by a domed glass roof while seductively aglow under softly lit chandeliers in the evening. A Regency icon in the capital, beneath the original sky dome there is bas-relief artwork meticulously cast from 250 different mouldings, and Wedgwood china mounted on the walls, evoking a sense of Regency neo-classical grandeur.
Carefully crafted by The Lanesborough’s Head Pastry Chef, Kevin Miller, the menu will pay tribute to the key families in Bridgerton, in addition to ‘Lanesborough House’ as we now know it, built in 1825 in the fashionable classical style by William Wilkins at the highpoint of Regency era and today, London’s quintessential Regency building. Finger sandwiches and brioche sliders will comprise Coronation chicken, fresh coriander; Clarence court egg mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard; Smoked salmon, horseradish, watercress; Organic cucumber, natural yoghurt, mint; and Rare roast beef slider, black pepper mayonnaise, onion seed.
To accompany savoury flavours and The Lanesborough’s delectable scones, cream and jam, Miller’s curated cake and sweet treat concept will include five signature highlights, including tastebud temptations in the form of The Queen’s Diamond (an exquisite, hand-crafted chocolate blended with honey, green cardamon and white chocolate ganache, displayed in a beautiful jewel-coloured ring box) and The Rake – a cake of distinction – a real big spender – good looking and refined. A dandy white shirt enveloped in a crisp tailored suit with a dashing cream cravat, the delectable cake is a chocolate sable with milk chocolate mousse and a burst of whipped passionfruit curd centre. It is finished in a dark chocolate glaze, chocolate shard collar, and a whipped passionfruit cream Chantilly cravat.
Inspired by the original Regency Gin Punch, the essential cocktail that formed part of quotidian social life during the Regency period, The Lanesborough’s Head of Bars, Mickael Perron has created The Pall Mall cocktail; a refreshing recipe combining Hendrick’s gin and Graham Blend No5 white port, balanced with citrus and subtle sweetness. The delectable concoction is served in an elegant high glass teacup, with a tea strainer filled with dried hibiscus flowers to infuse the drink with a pinkish colour.
Finally, the cocktail is garnished with a floating lotus flower arrangement – the national flower of India that occupies a unique position in Indian culture – another nod to the Sharmas. There is also a non-alcoholic incarnation of The Pall
Make haste, and secure your booking – it would be quite the scandal to miss it…
Wallet: The Lanesborough’s Bridgerton Afternoon Tea is priced from £65 per person; from £76pp with The Pall Mall cocktail; or from £80pp with a glass of House Champagne. Children’s afternoon tea menu from £35pp for children under 12.
How: For more information and to book, visit lanesborough.com/afternoontea or call +44 (0)20 7259 5599. Prior reservation is absolutely essential to avoid grievous disappointment and possible societal embarrassment
Where: Hyde Park Corner, Grosvenor Cres, London SW1X 7TA
12 Try a sensorial treatment at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is launching a number of dreamy new spa experiences, carefully curated for the different months. Curated by Senior Spa Director Taffryn Ellis, each seasonal experience is designed to address common skin concerns often faced at that particular time of year, using targeted techniques, while pampering and nourishing the body to leave each guest feeling rejuvenated.
The new Four Seasons experiences have been created to encapsulate each season by embracing the natural ingredients and scents that are synonymous with each time of year, such as the warm spiced fragrances of tangerine and sandalwood in winter.
The new sensorial treatment launches with Four Seasons Winter Spa Experience, offering the perfect post-festive pampering to nourish winter skin. Reflecting the cooler season and catering to guests’ needs at this time of year, the winter treatment includes a warming heat experience followed by a full body salt scrub, cocoon clay wrap and full body massage with nourishing oils to soothe and pamper winter skin. The experience includes a coveted Four Seasons “Winter” Candle or diffuser to continue the aromatic winter spa experience at home.
How: Four Seasons Winter Spa Experience is GBP 350 for 3 hours. To book, phone 020 7319 5480 or visit online.
13 Devour Michelin Chef’s Andrew Wong new Evening Menu
Fine dining fans, forks this way. Chef Andrew Wong of 2 Michelin starred A.Wong in Pimlico has created a new “Evening Menu” to honour the incredible history and cultural pastime of ancient imperial banqueting. Launching on Tuesday 1st February, this new menu will coincide with the beginning of Chinese New Year 2022 and the Year of the Tiger.
Inspired by his ongoing research with the food anthropologist Dr Mukta Das and based on the Confucian ritual of grouping in fives, the new menu will be presented in 5 courses to mirror the same movements within historic Imperial Banquets, where guests shared dishes as collections. These banquets became famous during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). They traditionally showcased culinary techniques from across China, highlighting different ingredients, textures and flavour profiles within dishes that honoured both host and guest.
Each course will allow guests to experience Chinese cuisine the way it is best celebrated, by sharing multiple dishes and enjoying them as a collection. Sample dishes will include Seared black lamb with chilli and peanuts, Cherry smoked memories of Peking duck, plum, caviar and smoked wrap and Cod cheek with fermented chilli and scalded Chinese chives.
Fret not, veggies – the new “Evening Menu” will also be available in a vegetarian version with respect to Buddhist cooking, with dishes such as Char Sui soy with honey, grated macadamia and Comte, also Stuffed morels with black pepper sauce, pickled palm and Grilled leek with fermented tofu sauce, puffed fritter, Lily bulb, pickled daikon and dried bean curd. The introduction of the “Evening Menu” alongside the existing “Taste of China” menu will reimagine the dinner offering at A.Wong. Dim sum options will continue at lunch only.
How: The “Evening Menu” is available to book online now and will be available from Tuesday 1st February. The menu will cost £135 per person with a minimum of 2 guests and is expected to last for 2-2.5 hours.
Where: 70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE
14 Support #CookForUkraine with Haché x Olia Hercules’ limited-edition burger
London’s original burger joint, Haché, has reunited with British-Ukrainian chef and food writer, Olia Hercules, to bring back the Mamushka burger. Originally featured as part of Haché’s line up of female chef collaborations, the limited-edition Mamushka by Olia Hercules burger will be available again from 7th March until 4th April and will raise funds for #CookForUkraine to support those most in need during the current conflict.
Meaning mother, and named after Olia’s first and award-winning debut cookbook, the Mamushka burger features a perfectly cooked 6oz prime hachéd burger, topped with crispy streaky bacon, dill mayo and ginger and turmeric-infused beet kraut, all served in a toasted brioche bun. Priced at £14, £5 from every order will be donated directed to UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal.
Set up by Olia and a host of the food industry’s biggest names, #CookForUkraine is a campaign and charity that aims to provide vital aid to children and families in Ukraine who have been displaced by the invasion.
Available in all seven Haché restaurants from Camden to Clapham, the Mamushka by Olia Hercules burger is available from 7th March – 4th April 2022 with £5 from every order donated to #CookForUkraine.
Haché will continue to support #CookForUkraine with a second limited edition charity burger in April, in collaboration with food writer and author of Salt and Time: recipes from a Russian Kitchen, Alissa Timoshkina.
Cost: Priced at £14, £5 from every order will be donated directed to UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal.
How: Find out more via https://www.hacheburgers.com
Where: Balham, Camden, Clapham, Chelsea, Kingston, Holborn, Shoreditch
15 Let your hair down from weekday to weekend with Sumosan Twiga
If you love a dish with added dazzle, head to Sumosan Twiga as the Knightsbridge venue welcomes guests for a variety of dining experiences, from new Sunday club nights and an alcohol free twist on the signature Uptown Brunch.
Jazzing up the weekend celebrations, Sumosan Twiga Uptown Brunch takes place every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm and offers bottomless drinks menu of champagne, cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, alongside an array of dishes from the specially curated brunch menu. Well-known for its acclaimed offering of Japanese and Italian food, Sumosan Twiga offers guests the opportunity to enjoy both sides of its roots, with a menu featuring unique Japanese dishes such as Chargrilled Beef Rib Eye and Salmon and Kumquat Tiradito, as well as signature Italian options, such Tortelloni with Ricotta, Lemon and Bottarga and Insalata di Spinaci with Goats Cheese and Hazelnuts.
From Funk and Disco, to Boogie and Motown, Sumosan Twiga will set the party mood with live music and soulful sounds. The tunes continue throughout the afternoon with a DJ set and dancers bringing the disco vibe to the restaurant. Costing £150pp this is not just an ordinary brunch – this is a decadent, moreish and fun-loving escapade.
Plus: Usually closed on Tuesday, the iconic dining destination in Sloan Street has decided to open its doors to customers for an additional night each week, with a new offering of delicious nibbles such as the Isobe Roll with king crab, avocado and sweet soy salmon, baby squid with chilli-mayo sauce and the Duck Gyoza with duck confit and ponzu.
Where: 165 Sloane St, London SW1X 9QB
How: Find out more and make a booking via sumosantwigalondon.com
16 Pull up a pew at Umbrella Workshop
The team behind acclaimed East London bars The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company have opened the doors to their third launch, Umbrella Workshop.
Located on a cobbled lane just off Boundary Street (Shoreditch) and housed in a C19th atelier, the team have sensitively restored the space to create a unique setting for their interactive cocktail experience, which is sure to be a hit with drink enthusiasts. The intimate space includes a custom bar, made from 500 year old reclaimed wood and (for those who are looking closely) features a brass peanut rail branded with their eponymous umbrella logo. The bar is set against an impressive, floor to ceiling display of spirits which include locally made and independent brands as well as bartender favourites and rare whiskies.
Hanging above the space is a stunning installation of dried flowers, a nod to the space’s past history as a craftsman’s workshop. Visitors to Umbrella Workshop will be treated to a daily changing menu that will act as an incubator for their latest drinks development, with the most popular cocktails then appearing on the menus of their sister sites, Discount Suit Company and The Sun Tavern. The space will also host tastings and workshops, with everything on the menu also available to buy to take home. With just 12 seats, this intimate drinking spot is a hidden gem amongst bustling Shoreditch and perfectly located for pre-dinner cocktails before heading off to local favourites, Brat, St John and Rochelle Canteen.
The concept which has been two years in the making, was is born out of necessity during Lockdown 1.0, when the doors of The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company temporarily closed and the teams kept the East End and beyond sufficiently lubricated, with the delivery of bottled cocktails, cocktail kits, low intervention and natural wines, small producer spirits and of course Irish Whiskey. Their online store which has become a new arm to their business now has a bricks and mortar home at Umbrella Workshop.
Where: Unit 10, Cleeve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JD
How: Find out more and make a booking via theumbrellaproject.co.uk
Where: Midday – 10pm, Daily
17 Pull up a seat at Mr Lyan’s new Seed Library
Hold on to your cocktail glasses! The acclaimed and multi-award-winning Mr Lyan has announced the opening of a new cocktail bar, Seed Library, located at East London’s newest hotel, One Hundred Shoreditch this March. Located in the basement of the trendy new stay, the bar will offer a lo-fi, analogue approach to bartending.
In contrast to the progressive and philosophy-led ethos of the group’s award-winning bar Lyaness, the venue’s drinks programme will focus on a more ‘lo-fi, analogue’ approach to cocktail making. Alongside a short, frequently changing list featuring new takes on classic mixed drinks, such as the Sancho Leaf Martini and the Perilla Gin & Tonic the bar will also feature a curated list of low-intervention wines alongside a diverse range of beers from craft brewers. The food menu will offer sharing snacks and seasonal picks, including guest dishes from a rotating collection of friends from both East London and further afield.
With a relaxed, neighbourhood feel, the new bar will be opening at the beginning of March. It marks a return for Mr Lyan and his team to East London, an area with which Mr Lyan has had a special relationship since the opening of his first bar, White Lyan, in 2013.
How: Find out more via onehundredshoreditch.com/eat-drink
Where: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
18 Celebrate the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at QUEENS & MEATliquor Queensway
Get your skates on. QUEENS, London’s original frozen playground and only all-year-round ice rink have announced the launch of their very own winter Olympics – and whether you like to compete or clown around, there’s something for everyone.
Take par in QUEENS Winter Olympic Challenge, with tickets available for the whole month of February with £2 from every ticket sold going to the England Curling Juniors & Team GB Speed Skating, as they embark on their Olympic journeys.
The Challenge sees guests participating in their very own winter triathlon. For just £49.95 per person, those brave enough to give it go, will take to the ice to master curling, potentially the world’s favourite winter Olympic sport. Next competitors will try their hand at bowling in their state-of-the-art lanes, and finally, guests will devour MEATliquor’s special edition ‘Olympic Rings’n’Burger’ finished off with a Bobsleigh Rum & Raisin hard-shake – eggnog with an Olympic since boost!
Like in every sporting event, there must be a winner, so QUEENS invite guests to take their Challenge to the next level, with the chance to win the whole experience for free. To take home the title, competitors must hit a bullseye at least once whilst curling, score over 150 points in bowling, and finally, they must demolish the MEATliquor ‘Olympic Rings’n’Burger’ bundle in under 50 seconds. The Winter Olympics Challenge is ideal as a team of 6, so bring down a group of friends, or family and put them to the test.
Live coverage of the Winter Olympics will also be shown on the ice rink with their impressive super-sized screen from 4th-20th February, as the perfect insta-moment.
When: Available on Thursday & Friday evenings for all of February 2022.
Where: 17 Queensway, London, W2 4QP
How: Find out more and make a booking via queens.london/olympics
19 Rock up at Rosé Lumière at Selfridges
Did someone say rosé? Moët Hennessy, the iconic luxury wine and spirits purveyor, is set to open the stylish new Rosé Lumière on 7 February – shining a new light on Rosé wines for 2022. Available to visit until June , guests will step inside a traditional romantic French cinema house, taking over the bar and retail space in Selfridges, to showcase the pioneering roles of some of the world’s most luxurious rosé wines.
The iconic rosé wine portfolios of Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Château d’Esclans will be up in lights all under one roof for the first time, offering the opportunity to experience different and unique rosé expressions. Learn about the varying styles of these much-loved wines from Vintage Rosé, Rosé Impérial and Côtes de Provence Rosé, to Ice Rosé; and the rich histories of the maison where these stories originate from. Or for those who prefer to ‘learn by doing’, indulge with everything from champagne tasting experiences to wine tasting flights, and cocktail masterclasses with mixologists.
When: 7 February – June 2022. 10:00am – 9:00pm (Monday to Saturday). 11:30am – 6:00pm (Sunday). Reservations available; walk-ins welcome
Where: 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB