On your marks, get set, socialise. From innovative new tipples and lip-smacking dishes to luxe new wellness centres and body-sculpting workouts, here’s where to find the coolest things to try in London this summer
1 Discover the Anya Village
The culmination of 2 years of work and the realisation of founder Anya Hindmarch’s long held dream, a summer-must peruse is the new Anya Village in Belgravia.
One of most ambitious retail developments in the UK, comprised of five unique storefronts on London’s Pont Street, discover a little village of stores opened to house all the ideas Hindmarch has dreamt up over the years.
An outlet of creative energy, the five different shops currently consist of:
The Anya Café – an all-day café at the heart of The Village inspired by the quintessential British café of old but reimagined with the brands’ trademark humour.
The Village Hall – an ever-evolving concept space launching as the ‘Anya Hair Salon – Shampoo & Therapy’ to celebrate the publication of the Designers first book, ‘If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair.’
The Plastic Store – a space to showcase and collaborate with others focused on issues of sustainability, circularity and the reduction of plastic consumption.
The Labelled Store – a store dedicated to the art of organisation, offering Hindmarch’s best-selling Labelled collection (a system of cases and bags that are, quite literally, labelled to keep you organised).
The Bespoke Store – the original Bespoke store will continue to offer personalised pieces designed to mark special moments in time and be handed down through the generations.
Where: Find it on London’s Pont Street, Belgravia
2 Try Rosewood London’s New Art Inspired Tea
Inspired by the upcoming exhibition at the Tate Modern – ‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms’ – Rosewood London’s very own Mirror Room has launched a brand-new Art Afternoon Tea.
Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins, well known for his exceptional portfolio of show-stopping Art Afternoon Teas developed over the past five years, will combine unique Japanese flavours with traditional French pastry and patisserie, to express Yayoi Kusama’s contemporary works.
Kusama is renowned for visual and conceptual sculptures and installations that are infused with autobiographical and psychological content. The impact of her life events can be seen vividly in her dramatic and bold art, and is the reason she is acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.
Her exhibition at the Tate Modern is an immersive installation that transports guests into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections, through the use of mirrors. Inspired by Kusama’s work, Perkins and his talented pastry team will serve the afternoon tea in the aptly named Mirror Room at Rosewood London. With both classic pastries and complex flavour profiles influenced by Japan and Kusama’s bold and complex artworks, Perkins has created a selection of desserts to bring the artist’s works to life in cake form
The Yayoi Kusama Art Afternoon Tea will comprise three courses: traditional sandwiches, classic pastries, followed by truly incredible Kusama inspired cakes.
The three pastries celebrating Japanese flavours will be a visual delight for guests. Presented as a trio, the pastries will include: The Tonka Caramel, Peach and Jasmine macaroon and Cherry Blossom cheesecake.
When: Available Thursday to Sunday from 12.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m, priced from £65 per person. Guests can also include a glass of Ruinart Brut for £75, Ruinart rosé or a unique Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 limited edition champagne in partnership with the revered artist herself, Yayoi Kusama, from £125 per person.
How: Find out more and make a booking via rosewoodhotels.com
3 Enjoy an ooh la la outing to Mama Shelter London – Shoreditch
Mama Shelter’s lively Hackney Road outpost, Mama Shelter London – Shoreditch, has launched its new restaurant – Mama’s French Kitchen. Set in the heart of the East End, Mama’s French Kitchen takes inspiration from Mama’s French roots with a selection of playful dishes “à la Française”, whilst celebrating their London home with seasonal, local produce.
Mama’s French Kitchen offers traditional dishes with a Mama twist, celebrating home cooked French staples. The all-day menu features Salt & chilli frogs’ legs with wild garlic and grelot onions, Confit duck poutine with duck fat chips and crispy onions, Chicken paillard club sandwich with baked garlic, bacon crumb and coq au vin ketchup and Hake papillote with fennel, preserved lemon and dill.
Sides include indulgent Cheesy truffle frites. Sundays will also see the return of Mama’s much loved roasts, including Beef Wellington served with Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roasted potatoes, cauliflower cheese, maple glazed parsnips, shallots & gravy for £23. Mama’s desserts of Rum soaked pineapple, coconut & lime sorbet and Brulee’d pain perdu will also be available. A bar menu of French kitchen dishes will also be available in Mama’s Garden Bar, an outdoor courtyard oasis with a retractable glass roof – the perfect setting for an al fresco tipple.
Where: 437 Hackney Road, E2 8PP
How: Booking isn’t mandatory but is strongly recommended – book at the link here.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 7am to 11pm. Friday and Saturday 7am to midnight
4 Make a ‘sip’ stop at Hector’s Bottle Shop and Wine Bar
Jimmy Stephenson, former GM and partner at Hill & Szrok, will open Hector’s bottle shop and wine bar in De Beauvoir, inspired by the cave à mangers of Paris and drinking holes of San Sebastian.
Having spent over a decade in hospitality, Stephenson brings his extensive knowledge and passion for well made wines to Ardleigh Road. Stephenson has spent the last seven years building the wine list at Hill & Szrok Butchers and Cookshop, taking it from 6 to 300 and an award-winning list.
Influenced by the cave à mangers of Paris and his favourite drinking holes of San Sebastian, Stephenson will sell a mixture of natural and classic European wines. Hector’s will be open as a bottleshop Tuesday through Sunday where customers will be able to pick up a bottles from a broad range of new school natural wines, classic appellations and rare gems. The wines will be mainly European, with an emphasis on Italian, French and Spanish wines, plus a good selection of grower Champagnes. These will be available to purchase online within a few weeks of opening.
Weekdays look like espressos (from local roasters Climpsons Coffee), baked goods and bocadillos, and Hector’s will be a place to drop by and enjoy the midday sunshine. Come evenings (and weekend afternoons), it seamlessly morphs into the perfect spot for a glass of wine too. Then, the space will serve a short, regularly changing selection of wines by the glass, with new, interesting bottles opened daily. A cellar list of unusual and rare vintages will also be available, and guests will be able to drink-in any of the bottles on sale at the bottle shop for a corkage fee of £15. There will also be a menu of cold brewed loose leaf teas, served in wine glasses from The Rare Tea Company, and a small selection of low and no alcohol wines.
The food offering will be a selection of small plates that draw on Stephenson and Shaffer’s travels and love of European bar food, supplied by local East and North London suppliers, such as Furanxo in Dalston and Provisions in Holloway.
When: Currently open as a bottle shop, Hector’s will also open as a wine bar from 22nd July.
Where: 49a Ardleigh Road, London, N1 4HS
How: Find out more via www.hectorslondon.co.uk
5 Pay a visit to Mr Fogg’s Secret Garden
Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of London’s Mayfair is the most unexpected delight. Through a concealed entrance just a few meters from Mr. Fogg’s Residence, Londoners will find a gateway that will transport you back in time to a secret English Victorian garden.
Mr Fogg’s Secret Garden is a covered and heated secluded oasis that offers a much needed respite from the fast-paced London streets. Seating over 100 guests, visitors will find pergolas wrapped in beautiful growing vines and wheelbarrows overflowing with an abundance of flora and fauna.
Guests can stumble upon the calming tones of the Pimm’s rose walk, filled with canopies of white roses where jugs of Pimms & Lemonade will be flowing, just as they should be in any truly English garden. As well as a rose garden, guests can discover the Tanqueray Orangery, where guests will be transported to a country orangery. With walls adorned in blossom and oranges, it will be hard to believe you are sipping a Tanqueray Dry Gin and Franklin & Sons Indian tonic in the heart of the country’s capital city.
Be sure to look out for Mr Fogg’s Potting Shed where an abundance of libations rather than lavender can be found – in the formed of rupples such as Free as a Bird with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Aperol aperitif,fresh grapefruit and lime juice, agave syrup, topped up with Franklin & Sons pomegranate and hibiscus soda and the Blooming Spritz with Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom spirit, sparkling wine and Franklin & Sons 1886 soda water.
Where: Mr Fogg’s Secret Garden, 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD
How: Visit mr-foggs.com/secret-garden to find out more and make a booking.
6 Get ready to bloom with Bloomsbury Street Kitchen
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen has reopened its doors for the first time this year, ready for summer dining in Central London. With a selection of Mediterranean and Japanese restaurant, the restaurant will welcome guests every week from Thursday to Saturday with a selection of small plates, as well as a collection of fine wines, sake and signature cocktails.
Abundant plant life, natural materials and original exposed brickwork set the scene for an extraordinary dining experience at Bloomsbury Street Kitchen. The design takes equal inspiration from Mediterranean gardens and minimalist Japanese aesthetic. Italian glazed porcelain tiles feature alongside exposed brickwork, whilst herbs and plant life such as Mediterranean olive trees and Japanese sago palms create a dynamic and atmospheric ambience both inside and out.
A perfect setting for dinner or alfresco cocktails on the intimate terrace, the restaurant is also moments away from London’s most iconic theatres, museums and boutiques. Menu highlights include Sake-flamed black garlic king prawn, Chilean sea bass and a signature six-course tasting menu, comprised of speciality dishes masterfully curated by Executive Head Chefs, Neil Armstrong and Matt Downes.
Where: 9-13 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QD
How: For more information, please visit https://www.thekitchensrestaurants.co.uk
7 Bite into BIBO at Mondrian Shoreditch London
This summer will see the anticipated arrival of the Mondrian Shoreditch London, with it, welcoming world-renowned Chef Dani García’s first culinary concept in the UK, BIBO a lively, urban space for casual lunches and spirited dinners, bringing García’s world-class dining to Londoners for the very first time.
Located on the Lower Ground Floor of Mondrian Shoreditch, the latest property from Mondrian, a leading brand within the Accor group, BIBO will be three Michelin-Starred Chef Dani García’s fifth restaurant for the concept, joining BIBO Marbella, Madrid, Tarifa, Doha and Málaga. Each BIBO restaurant combines García’s rich Andalusian heritage with the techniques and ingredients of each BiBo location to create dishes which are renowned and well-loved around the globe; BIBO at Mondrian Shoreditch will be no exception.
From the menu, guests can expect BIBO favourites such as the Oxtail Brioche, a pulled oxtail brioche with thin mushroom slices, DG sauce and rocket; the Russian Salad with Quail Eggs, comprising potato, extra virgin olive oil mayo, tuna belly, fried quail eggs and garlic chips, and Freshly Made Guacamole, tableside in a molcajete mortar, with avocado, green peas, broken-up burrata, mint and nachos; dishes that have already become references of BIBO’s cosmopolitan concept.
When: Opening July 2021
How: Find out more via sbe.com/hotels/mondrian
8 Take on Heliot Steak House’s all-new Meatologist Menu
Calling all carnivores! Heliot Steak House at The Hippodrome Casino have launched an all-new Meatologist Menu, featuring an Irish Wexford Tomahawk steak. For only £50 per person, you can share the gargantuan steak starting from 900g (!), alongside two sides of your choice, and a bottle of Federalist Chardonnay or Zinfandel to perfectly accompany your dinner. Spearheaded by the Heliot’s own Meatologist, executive Chef Ioannis Grammenos, you know you’re in for the finest steak in town.
Available until 31st August, the Meatologist Menu must be booked 24h in advance to avoid disappointment.
Where: Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH
How: Visit hippodromecasino.com to find out more and make a booking
9 Treat yourself to agua London at Sea Containers London’s new products
Renowned spa agua London at Sea Containers London has introduced the use of house-made herbal salves, butters and blended oils to the agua signature treatment menu; drawing inspiration from British hedgerows and the indigenous flora that can be found within them.
Five of the spa’s signature treatments will be reimagined using HEDGEROW by agua’s sustainable product line. Each product has been created using local, botanical ingredients that can be nurtured in urban communities and city environments such as London’s Southbank.
A brand first, HEDGEROW by agua products consist of six core ingredients – Lemon Balm, Rosemary, St John’s Wort, Peppermint, Comfrey and Marigold – delivered through the medium of massage utilising techniques drawn from herbalism and aromatherapy. Available and used all year round, these core ingredients offer several benefits to both the mind and body such as improving circulation, increasing antioxidant activity and reducing anxiety and inflammation.
Treatments available using the HEDGEROW by agua products include*:
1 Agua Advanced Bodywork – from £110
A customised therapeutic treatment focusing on pain relief, deep tissue or sports therapy using a warming salve of Comfrey, St John’s Wort, Peppermint and Rosemary.
2 Bust Blossom – from £110
A bespoke bust massage using HEDGEROW by agua’s Marigold, Rosehip and Lemon Balm remedies to release tension in the spine and shoulder girdle.
3 Maternity Massage – from £110
Pregnancy massage using advanced techniques and Marigold and Lemon Balm remedies performed on warm hydrothermal water cushions (up to 32 weeks only).
4 Spa Manicure or Pedicure – from £55
Spa manicure and pedicure treatments including a seasonal herbal scrub and massage with nourishing body butter of Rosemary, St John’s Wort, Marigold and Lemon Balm.
5 Hot Oil Manicure or Pedicure – from £55
Restorative treatment using Japanese techniques and HEDGEROW by agua products including Rosemary, St John’s Wort, Marigold and Lemon Balm (no polish applied).
A part of the overall Sea Containers London story, HEDGEROW by agua will be introduced throughout the property, starting with Sea Containers Restaurant’s annual Summer Terrace in partnership with famed Champagne house, Laurent-Perrier. Set against the urban backdrop of the Thames and City of London, the Sea Containers London X Laurent-Perrier Summer Terrace is a plant-filled oasis on the river Thames that brings to life the British hedgerow in the heart of the Southbank.
Guests are surrounded by an urban garden filled with British native woodland trees, ferns and shrubs – such as Field Maple and Hazel trees, Barrenwort and Coral Bells – whilst sipping on Laurent-Perrier champagne and a sustainably sourced summer menu using hedgerow foraged herbs.
When: The Sea Containers London X Laurent-Perrier Summer Terrace is open May through to September 2021.
How: For further information on agua London at Sea Containers London or to book a treatment, please visit: www.seacontainerslondon.com call 020 3747 1010 or email email@example.com
10 Picnic with El Pirata
Popular Mayfair Spanish restaurant El Pirata has launched their Picnic in the Park experience offering a selection of delicious tapas hampers for two or more with the option of Cava and Spanish wines.
A Tapas Picnic for 3-6 diners includes: Albondigas (Spanish meatballs); Alas de pollo (chicken wings in an olive oil, chilli and paprika dressing); Croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes); Patatas bravas (deep-fried potatoes in chilli & garlic sauce); Pan con ali-oli (bread with a garlic mayonnaise) and Tortilla (Spanish omelette with potatoes & onion). £22/ £42 (with Cava)
Customers can choose three different picnic options suitable for x2 people, x4 people and x6 people. For full menu options, please see here. Both Green Park and Hyde Park is an easy stroll from the restaurant.
El Pirata is one of London’s long-standing and much-loved restaurants, known for its authentic Spanish food.
Where: 5 – 6 Down St, London W1J 7AQ
How: To purchase, customers can either call the restaurant directly on 020 7491 3810 or alternatively pre-order a picnic bag 24 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Live the NoMad London lifestyle
One of the summer’s hottest new openings, coming to the capital this May is NoMad London, the first international property for the NoMad Hotel brand from New York City. NoMad London takes residence within a historic Grade II-listed building – famously known as The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station – in the heart of Covent Garden in the West End.
As in all NoMad properties, food and beverage experiences play an integral role. In keeping with the ethos that began at NoMad New York, the restaurants and bars in London celebrate the interplay between grand and intimate, classical and colloquial, festive moments of revelry and quiet meals that nourish the spirit. The offering is a reflection of the season, the place and the gracious, creative talent of the NoMad team that brings it to life.
Built on a tradition of fostering the next generation of visionary talent, the NoMad London food and beverage team includes many of the leaders who have built the brand since its inception as well as welcoming new rising stars to the NoMad family.
When: 25 May onwards
How: Find out more and make a booking via thenomadhotel.com
12 Join FishWorks for a night of Portuguese feasting
Get a taste of perfect Portuguese with this upcoming one-off dinner. With Portugal off the green list for now, let FishWorks bring the holiday to you on 7th July, and say si to perfect Portuguese wine-paired dinner without the quarantine. Celebrate the best the peninsula has to offer, all while diving deep into a 5-course feast of paired dishes.
Hosted by Head Sommelier, Tim McLaughlin-Green, enjoy expertly-paired Portuguese wines, while enjoying Bacalhau taramasalata with warm sourdough bread, followed by grilled sardines with mojo verde and avocado. Dive into classic salt cod fritters and a Caldeirada, a traditional Portuguese fish stew with potatoes and saffron.
The Portuguese know their puddings, so it’s only right to end the evening with a Crème Caramel.
Cost: Priced at £65pp, the dinner includes wines for the evening and a five course set menu and starts at 18:30.
How: Spaces are extremely limited, so book now to avoid disappointment: https://www.fishworks.co.uk/experiences.
13 Pull up a pew at Kerridge’s Fish & Chips in Harrods
The local chippy has had a serious glow up. Harrods and Tom Kerridge will open Kerridge’s Fish & Chips from 11 June 2021, offering a premium fish and seafood menu, with gourmet fish and chips made with the freshest fish and finest produce from all over Britain.
Expanding his renowned restaurant repertoire, Tom Kerridge’s new Harrods destination will celebrate the best of classic British in both its location and its menu. The restaurant will be located in the lively and historic Grade II* listed Dining Hall, will be a new culinary destination that champions the best of British fish and seafood and introduces Harrods customers to an elevated menu of traditional British dishes.
With a 24-cover seating area, the menu will feature a variety of grilled or deep-fried options, including freshly-caught Turbot, Lobster, Rock Oysters, Cornish Squid, and Dublin Bay Prawns, all gluten-free and served with a selection of sauces.
Sustainability at the core of this new eatery – with hand-selected and ethically-caught produce from UK suppliers – including grilled Dover sole, Native lobster, Orkney king scallops, and a Catch of the Day.
To ensure that there is something for everyone, Tom Kerridge has partnered with friend and fellow Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains to include his Momma Bains’ (vegan) samosa on the Kerridge’s Fish & Chips menu. There will also be an enticing dessert menu, which will feature Flourless Chocolate almond cake with salted caramel and vanilla Chantilly, Eton Mess, Bread & butter pudding, and Elderflower syllabub with a summer fruit compote and gingernut biscuits.
Where: 87–135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge London SW1X 7XL
When: opening 11th June 2021
14 Enjoy global flavours with The Table Series’ private dining experience
Saima Khan of The Hampstead Kitchen has launched her latest iteration of curated private dining, The Table Series. A magical, decadent, production of visual feasts, abundant in joy, to mark the reunion of loved ones and households combining this spring and summer.
Approaching each event with her talent for storytelling through food, Saima develops menus that draw on the best culinary delights from across the globe – something she likes to call ‘food without borders’. The extra touch is in the styling of your private spaces into bountiful landscapes of handpicked flower garlands, laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables, and bejewelled with delicious dishes, that The Table Series promises to deliver.
Knowing that from here on in, 2021 is destined to be a time of celebration and special reunions between family and friends who haven’t been able to see each other for over a year, The Table Series will transform your ordinary dinner party into an extraordinary event befitting of such an occasion. While we rejoice in the easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of restaurants, The Table Series, provides a restaurant-quality option for those who wish to celebrate within their own homes.
Menus include anything from Greek mezze, Afghan spreads, to Persian dishes such as the signature yoghurt and rose petal dip, a favourite of Michelle Obama, lovingly nicknamed ’The Obama Dip’. No menu is the same, curated especially for each and every occasion, because every dinner should be unique. Additionally, like all of Saima’s dining experiences, every detail is taken care of.
Most importantly however, Saima is well-versed in dining etiquette and understands the reality of hosting in a pandemic: the varying levels of anxiety amongst guests and how to navigate around those.
The Table Series has thought, style, detail, and joy embedded in every step of its production so that your personal space becomes the perfect destination for alfresco dining and those treasured moments we share with loved ones. The Table Series travels around the world and can pop-up wherever your heart desires depending on your private abode.
How: Available for as little as two people to micro-weddings (current capacity is restricted to 30 people as per government guidelines). For more details, please visit The Hampstead Kitchen website, or follow Saima on Instagram @hampsteadkitchn.
15 Sip on Wanderlust at The Churchill Bar & Terrace
The Churchill Bar & Terrace, the award-winning bar set on exclusive Portman Square, Marylebone, has unveiled a new World of Wanderlust concept menu inspired by the bar team’s own unforgettable travel experiences.
After a year of being predominantly grounded in the UK, and the bar permitted to open for limited periods of time only, the new menu is both a celebration of London reopening and an inspiration for travellers with itchy feet. From gliding over the Himalayas and drifting through remote waterways, to observing one of the natural wonders of the world, the new menu promises to transport guests across the globe, encouraging their own travel memories to resurface and inspire new destinations to add to their travel bucket list.
The interactive, digital menu offers an immersive experience as guests can travel around the globe with the swipe of a finger.
A must-try highlight of the new menu includes Hot Air Balloon in the Maasai Mara, a long, gin-based cocktail dreamt up following a sunrise expedition, drifting above the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Maasai Mara. The use of almond milk and a single tonka bean creates an earthy, nutty flavour whilst fresh, charred corn and zesty lemon peel is enough to transport drinkers to the back-to-nature experience of a safari. Furthermore, for every bottle of Elephant Gin used, 15% of profits are donated to charities dedicated to the conservation of the African elephant.
When: The World of Wanderlust menu is available now
How: For bookings, please visit thechurchillbar.co.uk
Where: Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH
16 Fly Solo at The Kingston 1
Ideal for some feasting on the outskirts of London, Solo, a new modern European restaurant & bar located in the heart of Kingston upon Thames at 88 London Road, has opened as part of new hotel The Kingston 1.
Led by Head Chef Marco Palazzo, who has gained experience working globally for the Jamie Oliver Group and more recently as Head Chef at Seabird at The Hoxton hotel, Solo welcomes guests from breakfast to dinner, serving a relaxed all-day dining.
On the menu, think delicious dishes such as Steak Frites with Wild Garlic Butter and Rocket; Buttermilk Chicken Burger with Harissa Mayo; and Superfood Salad with Avocado and Black Olive Tapenade. Accompanying them is a range of fresh, colourful juices and smoothies, as well as wines, beers and expertly crafted cocktails from Solo Bar.
From Thursday to Saturday, the spotlight is on the Chef’s Menu – a more elevated offering showcasing the modern Italian techniques that influence Chef Marco’s cuisine, while celebrating the best British produce. Highlight creations are the Seared Octopus Tentacle on Shoestring Potatoes with Trout Caviar; Seafood Scotch Egg with Salsa Verde and Nasturtium; Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni with Purple Basil Pesto; and Fillet Steak with Burnt Onion Puree and Beef & Red Wine Sauce. From the dessert menu, the Orange Polenta Cake with Honey Cream and Amaretti Biscuit makes for the most deliciously indulgent ending and is set to become a favourite among diners.
Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am, featuring classics such as Eggs Florentine and Royale alongside more gourmet options, like Shakshuka with Spicy Tomato Sauce accompanied by Toasted Sourdough. And of course, typically British breakfast favourites including Grilled Smokey Bacon and Cumberland Sausage Brioche Buns, also available to take-away.
When: Solo at The Kingston 1 is open every day from 7.30am to 9pm; Solo Bar is open every day from 7.30am to 11pm.
How: For reservations, diners can call 020 8099 5551 or email email@example.com
Where: 88 London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6PX
17 Grab a slice at London’s first Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza
London’s first Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza has opened its doors to high anticipation at their 140-cover Wardour Street pizzeria. Marking their debut in the South of England, following runaway success in the North, Rudy’s is now serving up the finest authentic Neapolitan pizza in the new relaxed Soho pizzeria for dine in, delivery and takeaway.
Recently voted 5th Best Pizza in Europe and No1 in the UK by Big7, Rudy’s launched in 2015 after founders Kate and Jim found success through their pop-up pizza parties before opening their first site in Ancoats, known locally as Little Italy. Building on their passion, and using only the finest ingredients, Rudy’s are purist in their Neapolitan discipline with trained and accredited Pizzaiolos at the helm of their pizza army, helping them become the most popular pizzas in their home city of Manchester.
Their light and moreish base is made using Caputo ‘00’ flour, made daily on site and left to ferment for at least 24 hours, making the perfect chewy and digestible crust. San Marzano tomatoes, grown on the fields next to Mount Vesuvius, are imported for the richest tomato base and fresh Fior di Latte mozzarella comes direct from Naples to top their signature foldable pizzas cooked for only 60 seconds in the blistering stone ovens for the ultimate Neapolitan pizza.
Rudy’s Soho menu includes all the classics from their bestselling Margherita (£6.90); the Tarantina – with Fior di Latte, anchovies, capers, Kalamata olives drizzled with extra virgin olive oil (£9.20) and the Salsiccia del Nonno – a white pizza with chilli flakes, Fior di Latte, smoked mozzarella, ground fennel sausage and caramelised onion (£9.50). Alongside, Soho specials are available changing weekly partnering with familiar London brands such as Hackney Gelato.
The wine list has been perfectly curated to pair with Rudy’s pizza, with a quirkly selection of blackboard specials from Mille Gusti wines who also supply River Café and nearby Bocca di Lupo. A tantalising cocktail menu includes classics like the Negroni (£6.50) and Aperol Spritz (£6.50) as well as delightful additions such as Sospiri – Malfy blood orange, elderflower, peach, prosecco and fresh strawberry (£6.50)and Hugo Spritz – elderflower, Tanqueray gin and prosecco (£6.50).
Where: 80 Wardour Street , London , W1F 0TF
When: Open now
18 Indulge with a £20 Whole Lobster Lunch at Burger & Lobster
With going out for some well-deserved indulgence back on the menu, and in anticipation of Burger & Lobster’s 10th anniversary later this year, the renowned surf & turf specialists are turning the clock back to 2011 when it all started, bringing you a lobster lunch at opening menu prices. Head to Burger & Lobster and enjoy a whole lobster, plus fries and a side salad for just £20 – it’s one shell of deal for those back-to-office business lunches, or for a weekday treat and break from WFH.
Serving up the finest crustaceans in the capital, snap up unadulterated grilled or steamed whole Nova Scotian lobster, prepared fresh and to-order by the B&L chefs. Each comes with a side of fries, dressed garden side salad, and a jug of unctuous lemon & garlic butter – perfect for dousing morsels of lobster meat and dipping fries if you’re feeling extra naughty!
Take your pick from East to West London, from Burger & Lobster’s expansive terrace at West India Quay all the way to the streets of Knightsbridge, and everything in between.
How: To book, head to: burgerandlobster.com/locations/london/
When: Available every Monday – Friday between 12pm and 4pm.
19 Enjoy a bee-autiful visit to Hive at Selfridges
Grab your favourite honey and head to HIVE restaurant at Selfridges – an exciting venture that also helps to educate diners on the tasting notes of honey and importance of beekeeping.
A new honey-based bistronomique-concept restaurant complete with onsite beehives and keepers, HIVE has opened with a honey pairing menu taking diners on a journey of the flavours, aromas and tasting notes of this wonder ingredient.
Founded by honey expert and entrepreneur Khalid Samata, the unique menu incorporates a range of French dishes, all creatively incorporating the highest-quality natural honey. Diners can experience an immersive honey-inspired environment, with the modernist interior paying homage to the key ingredient through botanical statement walls, decadent golden bee structures, and plant boxes with florals pollinated by the restaurant’s own bee population – which can be viewed dwelling just outside the window.
The restaurant welcomes guests to enjoy a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, which encompasses a range of innovative dishes made with quality organic ingredients. These include monk fish roasted with rosemary honey, creamy polenta with cheese and corn; cornfed roasted chicken with gratin of Savoyard potatoes, honey sauce & cherry vine tomatoes; and the show stopping HIVE signature dessert, a beehive-shaped pastry with chestnut honey, pear, ginger and bee pollen.
Guests can also enjoy a selection of crafted honey-based cocktails, with signatures including the Mountain Tini, made using Belvedere vodka, mountain honey kombucha, Suze, Noilly Prat vermouth, celery bitter and an olive garnish; and the Nutty Naughty Bee, a cocktail of Beefeater gin, chestnut honey, lemon juice, Tonka bitter and black sesame powder.
Where: Located at Body Studio on 3, Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
How: Find out more and make a booking via selfridges.com
20 London’s most exclusive Couples Spa Suite Has Reopened
For years, the Asmara Suite at Ushvani has been (and continues to remain) one of London’s most exclusive Couples Spa Suites. Since re-opening to guests in April, Ushvani has seen an increase in enquiries for the space from not only couples but friends looking to spend some quality time together and also mothers and daughters looking to reconnect and enjoy a blissful treatment side by side in the privacy of an intimate and exquisitely appointed, self-contained space.
Ideal for something romantic in the city, the full 3hr Asmara experience can be enjoyed by guests with the steam room, deep sunken hydrotherapy bath and showers having now re-opened to allow guests to truly relax and indulge. Decorated with beautiful Malaysian furnishings and decorative carvings, it is a place of serenity and supreme luxury – the most idyllic environments with an exclusive edge.
Cost: The Asmara Suite costs from £700 for two guests for 3hrs. This includes 2 hours Spa treatment per person, light refreshments and exclusive use of the hydrotherapy bath and steam room.
How: Visit www.ushvani.com to find out more and make a booking.
Where: 1 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RJ