Brand new brunches, one-off dinners with Michelin-starred chefs, the chicest new restaurants and exciting masterclasses – whet your appetite with The Wordrobe’s pick of what’s on London this weekend
1 Dig into Duddell’s new dim sum afternoons and cocktail list
Cantonese cocktails and delectable dim sum awaits. Duddell’s, the celebrated Cantonese restaurant in the heart of London Bridge, has launched an all-new cocktail list and series of dim sum afternoons.
Alongside the first the Duddell’s Defining Cocktails, a selection of some of the most notable drinks to appear on Duddell’s Hong Kong’s menu since opening six years ago, there’s also completely new Feng Shui creations to try.
An understated range of drinks embodying one of the six principles of Feng Shui, the must-sips feature unique cocktails such as Frogs Start Singing (Absolut Elyx vodka, Ancho Reyes Verde, green pepper, pineapple and lime) and Pearl River Cobbler (Olorosso sherry, lychee, passion fruit, orange, Lillet Rouge).
There’s also a new afternoon menu showcasing a set selection of their most popular dim sum dishes with cocktails, available every day from 3pm-6pm.
Diners can expect favourites such as the Pork siu mai (£7), Har gau (£7), Black pepper duck pumpkin dumpling (£7) Wild mushroom dumpling (£7) and famed Cantonese dim sum symphony (£19) – perfect for lining your stomach before sampling the new exotic tipples.
2 Refresh with a Frosé brunch at W London
Brunch worshippers, get ready to feast with a Frosé twist this summer. The Perception at W London, one of London’s chicest restaurants with trail-blazing interiors has launched an exciting new bottomless Frosé brunch.
Available every Saturday, the menu includes six indulgent main dishes with the likes of Salmon Tartare Burger and Poached eggs with Cornish crab.
There’s also two delicious vegan dishes; a crisp Mushroom & Leek Quiche with vitamin-packed Kale and Quinoa or wholesome Roasted Butternut, Smashed Avocado, Red Cabbage and seasoned Scrambled Tofu served on thickly-cut Sourdough toast.
Don’t forget the sips ether – guests can enjoy an unlimited choice of prosecco or house-made frozen rosé.
Post-brunch, guests are welcome to stay at The Perception and enjoy London’s hottest DJs as they set the beat for an unforgettable electric Saturday afternoon. Getting tipsy has never been so tasty!
When: Available every Saturday.
Where: W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF.
How: Visit here to make a reservation.
3 Sample flavours of Spain with Ibérica Restaurants
To celebrate a decade of bringing authentic Spanish flavours to the UK dining scene, Ibérica Restaurants is using the upcoming months to shine a light on the diverse culinary regions of Spain.
This May, Ibérica will celebrate the best food and drink from Castilla La Mancha bringing diners a selection of delicacies from across the region. Ibérica will also host a meet the maker event where guests can hear from one of the region’s top Manchego producers, Gomez Moreno, and sample an array of their finest cheeses.
The Gomez Moreno family have been producing cheese in the Castilla La Mancha region for over a century, passing their knowledge and skills from generation to generation.
When: Available throughout May.
Where: Select locations.
How: Find out more here.
4 Devour St Leonards’ New Saturday Brunch
Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke are introducing a brand new Saturday brunch service to their acclaimed Shoreditch restaurant, St Leonards.
An extension of St Leonards menu of honest, simple fare made with unimpeachable produce and classic flavours, Jackson and Andrew have devised dishes to tee off weekends, accompanied by brunch cocktails from their Hair of the Dog drinks list.
Served each Saturday from 12 until 4pm, temptations include Smoked pork cheek hash with poached egg & hollandaise, Bavette steak & eggs with corno peppers & salsa macha, Grilled mushroom tartine with herbed labneh & poached eggs and Brioche ricotta with rhubarb & pistachio.
The specially created Hair of the Dog cocktail selection will be perfectly placed to accompany generous brunch dishes. Sip on Beef stock bloody marys made with beef or vegetable stock and forest salt, Walnut Margaritas with olmeca altos blanco, walnut & pale ale syrup or the N.70 10 made with mezcal, lemon juice, hogweed & cherry vinegar syrup.
When: Available at St Leonards every Saturday from 12-4pm, with brunch dishes starting from £10.
Where: 70 Leonard St, Hackney, London EC2A 4QX
How: To find out more and make a booking, please visit stleonards.london
5 Eat well at by CHLOE.
Guac save the queen! New York’s hippest casual vegan restaurant has finally arrived in Covent Garden, serving delicious and hearty vegan dishes, by CHLOE. aims to redefine what it means to eat well. Even better, they’ll do so in style.
Referred to as ‘the best vegan restaurant in town, maybe the world’ by Infatuation and awarded ‘best veggie burgers in NYC’ by Time Out New York, by CHLOE. doesn’t compromise on flavour, taste or satisfaction.
On the menu, you’ll find locally-sourced ingredients and fresh dishes, including the Guac Burger, Quinoa Taco Salad, and Avocado Pesto Pasta, which are all free of animal products and contain no preservatives or artificial flavours.
Pop by at the weekend for brunch to enjoy a spread of morning oats, smoothie bowls, and pancakes, along with cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juices – perfect for a lazy weekend.
Where: Drury House, 34 – 43 Russell Street, WC28 5HA
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
6 Enjoy afternoon tea with a vegan twist at 108 Pantry
Break away from tradition and try a plant-based take on the quintessential British pasttime. 108 Marylebone Lane has unveiled its new English Country Garden Afternoon Tea – and the spread is entirely vegan-friendly.
The quintessentially British Afternoon Tea is designed to encapsulate an idyllic English country garden in springtime and can now be enjoyed by all.
This year, there’s even an extra floral twist; a lollipop encasing an edible flower allows guests to take a taste of 108 Pantry’s English Country Garden home.
Having long been known for its gluten free and dairy free Afternoon Tea, 108 Pantry is now making sure it’s delectable delights, created by Executive Chef Russell Ford and Pastry Chef Moinal Islam, are available to everyone with the new vegan menu.
Guests can devour delicious plant-based savouries, sweets, scones and spreads. Highlights of the new menu include savoury sandwiches filled with Smashed Avocado, Roasted Piquillo Peppers & Rocket or Barbecue Baked Sweet Potato, Coriander, Lime & Cashew Mayo on Onion Bread.
New vegan sweets include delicious plant–based choices such as Lemon Drizzle Cake, Cashew & Blueberry ‘Cheesecake’ and Salted Caramel Slice with Toffee Popcorn.
Wash it down with the choice of four English Sparkling Wines: Sussex, Nyetimber Classic Cuvée; Kent, Gusbourne Estate Brut Rosé; Sussex, Ridgeview ‘Cavendish’ Brut 2014 and Hush Heath Estate, Balfour. A special English Sparkling Wine cocktail, ‘Lady Ruby’, will also be available for £12.
Cost: Starting from £32 per person.
Where: 108 Pantry 108 Marylebone Lane London W1U 2QE
How: Click here or phone 0207 969 3900 to make a booking.
7 Indulge in an artistic feast at aqua nueva
Available until 7th July, Spanish restaurant aqua nueva is partnering with The National Gallery and its newest exhibition Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, to bring the reverend painter’s vivid artworks to life in food form.
Pay a visit to the exclusive venue to try a specially designed artist’s ‘palette’ menu card – featuring a number of culinary ‘wow’ dishes:
Young Fisherman, Valencia, 1904: an edible net contains its ‘catch’ of grilled mackerel, anchovies and roasted peppers, transporting guests to the Valencian coast.
Sewing the Sail, 1896: this dessert has been designed to look like a summer garden, incorporating seasonal fruit sorbet, sweet jelly and fresh fruit, topped with a strawberry meringue.
Maria Painting at El Prado, 1907: for this sweet dish, the aqua nueva team has created a selection of bright edible ‘paint’ will be on the plate, evoking the same colours found in the painting, and guests will be able to paint their own designs to accompany the rest of the dessert, which consists of a white chocolate and passionfruit bavaroise.
Cost: £29 per person. Click here to make a booking.
Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St) W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR
When: Now until 7th July 2019
8 Hone your butchery skills with temper
Sharpen up your butchery skills with an exciting butchery class at temper. Taking place at Neil Rankin’s award-winning restaurant each month, join the venue for a special class featuring bottomless drinks, expert butchery demonstrations and a delectable 3-course feast.
When: 1st Wednesday of each month.
Cost: £75 per person.
Bookings: Visit temperrestaurant.com to find out more and book your space.
9 Enjoy pimped up pastries with Caravan Fitzrovia
Consider yourself a croissant connoisseur? As part of an exciting new series, Caravan Fitzrovia is pimping up its pastries by calling on a handful of top cookery writers and influencers to put their own spin on the humble croissant.
Foodies can sample the creations of blogger and cookbook author Ed Smith, aka Rocket & Squash; Middle-Eastern food specialist and presenter John Gregory Smith; and Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy who will each be raising funds for a charity of their choice.
Each creation will be on sale for one month only, priced at £3.80, alongside Caravan-to-Go’s range of popular in-house baked goods, including its creative cruffins, breads and brownies.
Each collaborator has been hand-picked for his or her unique and creative culinary identity and prestige as part of the UK food scene. Individually the cooks have been working closely with Caravan’s Chef Director Miles Kirby to bring their pastry vision to life. For every croissant sold, £1 will go towards the influencers chosen cause.
April: Ed Smith @rocketandsquash, creator of Rocket & Squash blog and author of The Borough Market Cookbook has created a Pain au ‘Nduja, a playful take on the pain au chocolat made from ‘Nduja salami, honey, walnuts and sage.
May: John Gregory Smith, @johngs the middle-eastern cookery connoisseur, writer and presenter has created a pastry which encapsulates the evocative and delicate flavours of the middle-east and will combine pistachio frangipane, pomegranate seeds and a rose pomegranate glaze.
June: Kim-Joy @kimjoyskitchen, the Great British Bake Off finalist famed for her kooky and rustic bakery creations which reflect her Malaysian-Chinese heritage, has conceptualised a vibrant cherry and almond croissant, complete with rainbow layering and decorative happy-face.
Where: Yalding House, 152 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6AJ
When: Each collaboration will run for one month only.
10 Enjoy enchanting entertainment at The London Cabaret Club.
Enjoy some captivating cabaret on Thursday 9th May with The London Cabaret Club. They will be returning to the stage to celebrate the start of the fabulous British summertime with its exclusive new Hats, Heels and Horses show, at the iconic Bloomsbury Ballroom.
Once the curtains roll up, discover a journey to a majestic and quintessentially British summer time, paying tribute to England’s rich cultural heritage with an all singing and all dancing extravaganza.
Think enchanting performances from dynamic dancer, impressive ballroom compositions and two exquisite menus to devour alongside.
The Diamond and Gold menu that have been carefully curated to tantalize taste buds with elegant canapes, show stopping main courses made with the best of British summer produce and decedent desserts.
The Diamond menu boats delicious dishes such as a Smoked Duck with a Crispy Noodle Salad and Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Grilled Asparagus, while the Gold menu features Beetroot marinated Salmon with spicy Horseradish Cream and Pan-Fried Rump of Lamb with Garlic Mash and tender Spring Vegetables.
For those with a sweet tooth, both menus feature devilishly delicious desserts of gooey Chocolate Fondant Tart with Raspberry Sorbet and Cream Strawberry Semi-Freddo.
When: Launching 9th May 2019
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London WC1B 4DA
Wallet: Tickets from £65 per person.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
11 Bite into the flavours of Bangkok at Greyhound Café
Not jetting off on a holibob this summer? Fear not, as Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia are bringing a taste of Thailand straight to you with a ‘Little Bangkok’ pop-up from 9 – 12 May 2019.
Pay a visit (no suitcase required) to enjoy Bangkok-style street food market serving up Thai classics with a twist of Greyhound Café’s signature playful creativity to launch their summer terrace.
Inspired by the colourful and chaotic streets of the Thai capital, the restaurant’s terrace is being transformed into a scene inspired by the famed Thai street food markets and food bazaars found in Bangkok.
Think lights, vibrant ornaments and decorations (as well as an authentic Thai Tuk Tuk). There’s also going to be a range of street food favourites to try – such as Moo Ping (barbecued skewers sold on every street corner in Bangkok), authentic Pad Thai Goong, Som Tam Moo Krob (papaya salad with crispy pork) and traditional coconut ice-cream alongside creations from Greyhound Café’s new menu.
There’s also the chance to win a number of Thai-inspired prizes too. Together with Tourism Thailand, one lucky winner and a friend will fly to Bangkok, courtesy of Thai Airways, for the ultimate food-filled Bangkok city break – as well as plenty of other enviable prizes!
When: Greyhound Café’s Little Bangkok terrace will launch on Thursday 9th May. The pop-up weekend will take place from 9 – 12 May 2019.
Where: Greyhound Café, 37 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LZ
How: Find out more and make a booking here.
12 Transport yourself to Sri Lanka at Dalloway Terrace
The arrival of spring means a brand new look for Dalloway Terrace’s famously idyllic venue. The stunning Bloomsbury restaurant has once again been transformed, this time into a tropical paradise adorned with the unique flora of Sri Lanka.
A design inspired by The Bloomsbury Set’s Leonard Woolf’s novel ‘The Village in the Jungle’, book a table to dine within the realms of a wild jungle oasis, offering the perfect peaceful escape from the never-ending energy of London’s busy streets.
Enjoy the gorgeous new floral installation with an exclusive list of botanical cocktails inspired by the flavours of Sri Lanka. Must-sips include the Ceylon Punch, created with Mango-Infused Ceylon Arrack, Ceylon Black Tea, Citrus Shrub, Coconut Water (£12) and Jungle Old Fashioned, a fiery blend of Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum, Ginger, Falernum, Orange Bitters (£12.
For foodies, the menu is filled with Sri Lankan flavour influences. New on the menu for spring 2019 is a Smoked Jackfruit Salad with Lime & Chilli Dressing (£16) and side dishes such as Moong Dahl Lentils (£4.75) alongside delights such as Sri Lankan Curry with Tofu, Chickpeas, Lime Pickles & Poppadom (£16).
For the afternoon tea crowd, there’s even a brand new spread to try with a Sri Lankan twist. Lychee & Coconut Cake, anyone?
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
How: Click here or email email@example.com to make a booking.
13 Master cocktail making at K West Hotel
Take your party hosting skills to the next level with K West Hotel’s Cocktail Masterclass.
Led by the expertise of the mixologists at Studio Bar, the 1.5 hour masterclass includes a guide on how to perfect the art of the Strawberry Daiquiri or Lavender Lychee Martini and become an expert mixologist overnight.
By the end of the session you will have learned how to mix; shake and serve like a professional – perfect for impressing at your next dinner party.
When: The Cocktail Masterclass can be booked between 4pm and 7pm from Monday to Sunday.
Cost: £30 per person, the masterclass is suitable for groups of between 4 and 8 people. The package includes the 1.5 hour session and appetizing bar nibbles.
How: Click here to make a booking.
14 Get your coffee fix at Grind’s newest city location
Get your coffee fix at Grind’s newest location. Broadgate, London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood, is delighted to welcome coffee experts and all day dining concept, Grind to their foodie hub.
Open day and night, visit for coffee from the Grind roastery in Shoreditch, as well as a classic, seasonal cocktail list featuring the infamous Grind Espresso Martini.
Devour dishes such as smashed avocado on toast, and buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and cream, complemented with bottomless Prosecco on weekends.
For lunch or dinner, dishes will include buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and flat iron steak with béarnaise sauce.
Small plates, ideal for sharing, include chicken chilli wings and salt and pepper squid with a jalapeño aioli. Those with a sweet tooth can also try as hot apple crumble sundae or set buttermilk with honeycomb and plum.
Where: 8 Broadgate Cir, London EC2M 1QS
How: To find out more please click here.
15 Make time for 12:51’s new five-course taster menu
12:51 in Islington is kicking off each week with a five-course ‘taster’ menu served every Monday and Tuesday evening in the restaurant’s upstairs dining room.
Specially devised by Chef James Cochran, the menu will have the added bonus of being BYO so that guests can enjoy dinner out with a bottle of their favourite tipple, corkage-free.
The exciting new dishes showcase the best of James’ take on modern British cooking, uniquely defined by his Scottish-Caribbean roots and upbringing in Kent.
Sample the talented young chef’s signature creations from his time as ‘Champion of Champions’ on the 2018 series of BBC’s Great British Menu, as well as new dishes from 12:51’s ever-evolving offering.
The taster menu will change daily, but diners can expect plates such as ‘Scottish razor clam, rhubarb, hazelnut & buttermilk’, ‘Roast Cornish hake with wild garlic, cucumber, nduja sausage & pork crackling’ and ‘Slow-braised short rib of Dexter beef, wild garlic, miso, salsify, oyster leaf & bone marrow’.
Dessert is essential, of course – bite into ‘Banana, yoghurt & peanut knickerbocker glory’ or the ‘Custard tart with honey & hibiscus ice cream’.
When: Served upstairs at 12:51 every Monday and Tuesday evening.
Where: 107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Wallet: £35 per person. Click here to find out more and make a booking.
16 Sip Champagne at The Hari
Pass the bubbles, darling. Nestled in stylish Belgravia, five-star boutique hotel The Hari, is delighted to announce details for a summer pop-up in collaboration with renowned champagne house, Moët & Chandon.
Pay a visit to admire (and Instagram) the stunning space. Surrounded by delicate touches of seasonal flowers and crawling ivy at the alfresco Garden Terrace, guests will enjoy a choice of sweet or savoury tapas-style dishes alongside a glass of Moët Rosé Imperial Champagne.
Treats include crab salad sliders and orange blossom doughnut balls- plus plenty more.
When: Until Sunday 30 June at The Garden Terrace.
Wallet: £25 per glass including sweet or savoury option.
Where: The Hari, 20 Chesham Place, London, UK SW1X 8HQ
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
17 Sample smooth jazz at Bibendum Oyster Bar
Spend your Sunday evenings in style at Bibendum Oyster Bar. Michelin two-starred chef Claude Bosi has recently launched his Sunday Jazz Sessions, providing the perfect way to unwind before the start of a new week.
Taking place at Bibendum every Sunday evening from 5pm-8pm, guests will now be able to experience the smooth sounds of jazz from a variety of musicians. What’s more, attendees can also enjoy their first Rémy Martin Winter 1738 cocktail with the compliments of the restaurant.
Seafood-oriented dishes, fillet steaks and the supple sounds of smooth jazz – what more could a bon vivant wish for?
When: Every Sunday, 5pm – 8pm.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
Bookings: To find out more, please phone 020 7589 1480 or click here.
18 Get your floral fix at The Ivy Market Grill
The Ivy Market Grill has collaborated with neighbouring Jo Malone London in celebration of this year’s Covent Garden in Bloom.
Taking inspiration from Jo Malone London’s new Blossoms Collection, guests of the restaurant will be able to enjoy a beautiful external installation and duo of floral inspired cocktails from Wednesday, 15 May to Wednesday, 5 June.
Alongside a stunning floral display, pay a visit to enjoy a series of new, bespoke cocktails, including the ‘Silk Blossom Cosmo,’ priced at £10.50 and featuring Marylebone Orange & Geranium Gin, Cointreau Blood Orange, lime and cranberry juice.
For those seeking a teetotal tipple, the Orange Blossom Bloom will incorporate Seedlip grove 42 and orange juice, topped with Fever-Tree ginger ale, priced at £6.50.
Where: 1a Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PS
How: For further information or to book, please visit theivymarketgrill.com or call 0203 301 0200.
19 Mingle art with your appetite thanks to The National Café’s new brunch
Ever since Picasso and Miro painted for their suppers at La Colombe d’Or, in the hills of Provence, the close connection between art and food has flourished. Nowhere is this more evident than at Oliver Peyton’s gallery restaurant, The National Café – especially when it comes to its new picture perfect brunch.
Offering a modern, healthy take on all the brunch classics, the new menu features the likes of shakshouka – baked eggs in tomato sauce with chorizo; avocado on sourdough toast with organic feta, chilli and tomato; duck hash with Clarence Court duck eggs and chilli and acai bowl with bananas, peanut butter, homemade granola, fresh fruit.
It’s vibrant and light – perfect for a foodie pitstop before exploring the fascinating offerings of the National Gallery or simply a gallivant in the city.
Where: The National Café, East Wing, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
How: Phone 0207 747 2525 or visit www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk to make a booking.
20 Sample Carluccio’s new Mediterranean menu
If you’re not headed abroad anytime soon, bring the Med straight to you with Carluccio’s new menu.
Filled with freshness in the form of marinated cannellini beans with flaked tuna and spring onion on grilled ciabatta bread, as well as Spinach and smoked mozzarella filled Arancini, there’s plenty to try. What’s more, buy two main courses from the new spring menu and receive a free bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal.
Lick the plate clean when trying Langoustine Fettucce pasta with mussels or simply devour Swordfish Muddica steak in herb and parmesan breadcrumbs with courgette, rocket and Parmigiano Reggiano. Your culinary passport awaits.
When: Available from 15th May onwards
How: Visit carluccios.com for more.
21 Try a Mark Hix toastie at Morty & Bobs
Get ready to melt over this new collaboration. The grilled cheese gurus at Morty & Bob’s are launching a rotating toastie series; The Melt Collaboration.
Each month, in the new Coal Drops Yard site, the restaurant-cum-bar will join forces with a specially-selected chef or popular food establishment to design a limited edition toastie.
Michelin chef Mark Hix is kicking things off on Monday 13th May with his take on the modest British favourite. Try the delectable toastie throughout May – think soft black pudding, spring onions and tangy apple sauce, grilled between thick slices of sourdough bread, which are topped with melted Neal’s Yard Dairy cheddar.
When: The Mark Hix toastie is available from Monday 13th May 2019 until June
Where: Morty & Bob, 49 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
How: Visit www.mortyandbobs.com for more
22 Go exploring with the Turner Twins at Mr Fogg Residence
On Monday 3rd June , guests can prepare to be taken on a journey, as the Turner Twins look back at the challenges faced by explorers all those years ago, battling against the elements with almost none of the technology and equipment explorers have today.
Pitching themselves against the elements and crossing the boundaries of endurance both physically and mentally, the Turner Twins are determined to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity Spinal Research which funds vital research into finding effective treatments to reversing paralysis.
When: Monday 3rd June,7.01pm
Where: Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD
How: Visit mr-foggs.com to find out more and make a booking.