The Best Things To Try In London This Spring

From the chicest of lunches and meatless menus to designer afternoon teas and one-off chef menus, discover what’s on for foodies in London this spring


1 Do it doggy style for London Dog Week 2020


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Calling all fur baby lovers.  Taking place from London Dog Week 2020 (23-29 March) is a week-long dog takeover of the capital featuring puppy brunches, petting sessions and even Peta Galas.

Designed to raise awareness of how dog ownership can alleviate the epidemic of loneliness across the country, whilst raising funds for the Hearing Dogs charity, it’s a must-try for any pooch lover.

With new and exciting activities to try, this year’ fur-filled agenda includes:

• Kiehl’s Massage and Mindfulness Workshops featuring a canine massage specialist who’ll guide you on treating your dog. Humans will also be treated to a skin consultation and samples
• Kiehl’s Paw Parlours – dog grooming parlours – expect nail buffing, clipping, spritzes and brushing. Humans also receive a skin consultation and a complimentary mini facial
• Dog art exhibition at The Wallace Collection featuring over 900 depictions of dogs highlighting the importance of dogs in art. *Dogs can’t attend but there’s plenty of dog art to appreciate!

Plus, visit ‘Pup-Up Shops’ and Cuddle Clubs across the capital, where visitors can spend hours cuddling puppies to help them de-stress. There’s also London’s first ‘Peta Gala’ (a canine twist on the Met Gala Ball) featuring a dog fashion show, costume competition for the best dressed, dining in the sky (for dogs and owners), charity fundraising – plus many others.

Where: various across London – visitors can check the website for events close to the festival.
How: Visit londondogweek.com to find out more. 


2 Inhale Rosewood London’s new art-inspired afternoon tea


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Rosewood London is launching an art afternoon tea inspired by world- renowned Spanish painter, sculptor and printmaker, Pablo Picasso. Rosewood London’s Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has taken inspiration from Picasso’s most notable works and curated beautiful pastries that draw on the artist’s greatest influences.

Picasso’s art spanned various artistic periods, changing his style as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. Perkins has selected elements of Cubism and Surrealism to cleverly inform the collection of pastries.

The art afternoon tea also takes inspiration from The Royal Academy’s newest exhibition ‘Picasso and Paper,’ debuting at the end of January – with confections inspired by the different pieces, including Oh Those GuitarsThe Dream and Head of a Woman and more.

When: weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. & Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Wallet: £65 per person, £75 per person including a glass of Ruinart Brut. Other options include £80 per person with a glass of Ruinart rosé or £110 per person for a glass of unique vintage Dom Pérignon 2008 with the Art Afternoon Tea.
Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

3 Sip on The Academy London’s literary cocktail collection


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Prepare to ‘Woolfe’ down these delicious tipples. YTL Hotels’ elegant Gower Street property, The Academy, has launched a tasty new selection of Literary Cocktails for book lovers and locals alike to enjoy at the hotel’s Alchemy Bar.

Inspired by the hotel’s Bloomsbury location, in London’s cultural and intellectual heart, the new tipples pay homage to famous authors, artists, and creative visionaries from the past and present.

Created especially using the finest ingredients and hand selected garnish by the hotel’s talented Alchemist, the new Literary Cocktail Collection features everything from fiery sips to refreshing thirst-quenchers.

There’s a number of signatures to try, but we recommend ordering The Lighthouse (£18.95). Not only beautiful (it’s served with a rather neon twist) it’s ideal for gin fans. Named after Virginia Woolf’s novel, To the Lighthouse, enjoy a mix of sparkling lemonade and Tanqueray gin for a gorgeous spring sip.


4 Partake in a Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough


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The Lanesborough Hotel is launching an exclusive new afternoon tea experience with world-famous bakery Peggy Porschen – and it’s a must-try for fans of anything pretty.

Combining one of London’s most beautiful afternoon tea settings, under the naturally illuminated domed glass roof of Michelin-starred Céleste, with the fairy tale pink aesthetics of Peggy Porschen, guests can expect a spring-time immersion into a celebration of beautiful floral features, pastel-hues and exquisite tastes.

Founder and life-long baker Peggy is returning to The Lanesborough, where she held her first prestigious pastry chef position in 1999 after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu’s ‘The Grand Diploma of Cuisine & Patisserie’.

This time Peggy, alongside her skilled pastry chef team, is returning to design a beautifully unique afternoon tea experience in collaboration with The Lanesborugh’s Head Pastry Chef Kevin Miller.

The tea will feature some of Peggy Porschen’s signature creations, classic afternoon tea essentials such as finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam, plus the bespoke afternoon tea blends of Peggy Porschen and The Lanesborough.

Guests will also be invited to choose a slice of one Peggy Porschen’s signature layer cakes of the day from a specially designed trolley, to capture the picture-perfect moments created through the exclusive partnership.

Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
How: to book, visit lanesborough.com/afternoontea or call +44 (0) 20 7259 5599
Wallet:  priced from £53 per person, or £72 per person including a glass of Champagne.  Early reservation is strongly recommended.


5 Dig into Dalloway Terrace’s new menu


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The arrival of spring means it’s time for Dalloway Terrace to sport a new outfit.  Just in time for the sunshine that the new season brings, the renowned Bloomsbury restaurant has once again been transformed, this time into a whimsical overgrown greenhouse.

The idyllic transformation will transport guests to the stunning surroundings of a quintessentially English garden complete with an abundance of cascading roses, sweet peas and tulips entwined around terracotta pots.

Hotly anticipated and courtesy of master florist McQueens Flowers, the ‘Dalloway Spring Greenhouse’ will evoke the sights of Virginia Woolf’s tranquil garden at her 16th-century Sussex retreat , ‘Monk’s House’.

The garden played a very important part in Woolf’s life and provided a source of both inspiration an d tranquillity. Virginia wrote most of her major novels in a wooden writing lodge tucked in the corner of the orchard in her garden.

Alongside the enchanted floral display – Dalloway will be complete with an exclusive list of botanical cocktails (priced at £14 each) inspired by the flowers of an English country garden.

Don’t forget the dishes – foodies can try Welsh Spring Lamb Cutlets, served with Charred Courgettes, Aubergines and Salsa Verde (£32), Primavera Tart of Peas, Asparagus, Broad Bean and Baby Leaf Salad (£10.50) and Heritage Beet Salad, Baby Watercress, Rocket, Dorstone Cheese, Orange with Toasted Hazelnuts (£12).

Also available will be an Afternoon Tea, with the sweets taking inspiration from British favourites. Highlights of the tea (£40 per person) include Blueberry and Violet Cupcakes, an English Strawberry Tartlet and Raspberry and Pistachio Opera Cake.

The savoury offering includes Spring Lamb and Mint Sliders, Marinated Cucumber on White Bread, Cheddar Cheese with Onion Chutney on Multigrain Bread and Smoked Halibut on Guinness Bread.

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6 Brunch with Bubula


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Bubala, the debut restaurant from Marc Summers which opened earlier this year on Commercial Street, Spitalfields, is set to launch a new Middle Eastern feasting brunch, celebrating their fully-vegetarian, sharing ethos.

Available every Sunday from 8th March from 11am-3pm, Bubala’s brunch will see Head Chef Helen Graham, previously of The Palomar, Barbary and Good Egg, celebrate Tel Aviv’s thriving brunch culture and take inspiration from the restaurants nestled in the bustling alleyways of Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s ancient Port. The dishes, all designed for sharing, will centre around the bold flavours, herbs and spices of the Middle East.

The brunch menu will consist of small plates, larger plates and sweet plates with dishes including Latke hash with fried egg and Harissa, Smoked tomato shakshuka with challah
and Coconut Malabi with hibiscus syrup, hibiscus granita and sesame brittle.

Bubala favourites including: Fried aubergine with zoug and date syrup, Halloumi with black seed honey and Labneh with za’atar will also be available.

Accompanying the brunch menu will be freshly shaken brunch cocktails including: Bloody Marys and Bellinis alongside bottomless filter coffee and a range of herbal teas.

When: Launching on Sunday 8th March, brunch will be available every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
Where: 65 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BD
How: Visit bubala.co.uk for more.

 

7 Get your Japanese fix with Sushi Shop x Gregory Marchand


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There are few things that good sushi can’t fix, especially when it comes to January gloom. Gregory Marchand (Michelin-starred Chef Patron of Frenchie Rue du Nil and Frenchie Covent Garden) has launched a collaborative menu with leading European sushi brand, Sushi Shop.

Available at Sushi Shop sites worldwide, including London venues in Notting Hill, South Kensington, Marylebone, Hampstead and Richmond, the menu of five dishes is inspired by flavours that fans of Frenchie will be familiar with, as inspiration for these dishes has been taken from Greg’s own menu at Frenchie Rue du Nil and FTG.

For example, flavours of FTG’s infamous Fried Chicken with jalapenos and spiced honey are mirrored in the Frenchie Roll (£8.90 for 8 pieces), an uramaki roll filled with crispy fried chicken, avocado, smoked paprika and sesame, topped with fondant of sweet piquillo pepper and spicy mayonnaise.

Greg’s menu will take customers on a culinary tour of the globe – with dishes such as the Mediterranean Bowl (£16.50), a combination of grilled octopus, pickled cucumber, Kalamata olive puree, Greek yoghurt, green harissa, spring onion, sobacha and smoked salt, inspired by Greg’s octopus from Frenchie Rue du Nil.

Another dish will be the Satay Sushi (£2.90 for 1 piece), an Indonesian-inspired take on a classic nigiri with prawn, peanut and coconut sauce, enhanced with the fresh flavours of lime zest and grated coconut.

Where: Find out more via www.mysushishop.co.uk.
When: Available now.


8 Take on tastes of Terroir at K Bar

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The K Bar at The Kensington hotel has launched its new cocktail menu – and it’s a feast for the senses. Taking inspiration from the world’s best-loved wine regions in Europe, each cocktail on the new menu – entitled ‘Terroir’ – is designed to showcase the characteristics of different wines.

Terroir refers to the complete set of environmental factors which create an unparalleled sense of character and place in wine from unique and different regions. Inspired by the concept of terroir, Bar Manager at The K Bar, Salvatore Maggio – formerly of St James Hotel and Club – and award-winning Master of Wine Anne McHale have created this innovative new menu.

Sip your way through a 15 strong menu, with each drink being uniquely blended to perfectly match the type of local produce that can be found in the native region.

The cocktails showcase a journey around the Old World wines of Europe. They are inspired by the characteristics and flavours imparted by a selection of the world’s most celebrated terroirs.

Each new cocktail has a page dedicated to the fundamental factors that impact the terroir which has influenced the drink. This outlines the characteristics of the region, the tasting notes and prominent flavours of the wines produced there, the main grape varieties, local produce and surrounding produce.

The menu includes options such as the 45th Parallel (Remy Martini VSOP, Evangelista Ratafia, Syrah Jus, Blackberry, Citrus – £16). Linked to the region of Bordeaux: A gravelly, humid maritime climate, positioned halfway between the Equator and North Pole on the ‘45th parallel’.

There’s also Vineyard to Vineyard (Villa Ascienti, Chardonnay Jus, Vanilla, Marmalade, Pear, Salty Celery – £17). Influenced by the region of Meursault: Jurassic Marl and limestone soil, tiny vineyard parcels, varying quality classifications, soils differ vastly from ‘Vineyard to Vineyard’, plus many more to enjoy.

When: Available now:
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5JA
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


9 Treat yourself to breakfast at Tiffany’s


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Diamonds are a girl’s best friends – and so are croissants. Calling all glamour-loving foodies – modern-day Holly Golightlys can enjoy their flat whites from Tiffany-blue cups, surrounded by Tiffany jewels, amazonite stone features and hand-painted Tiffany motifs at Harrods’ new cafe.

At The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe, foodies can discover breakfast with a boutique edge – all-butter croissant comes with a choice of eggs Florentine, Cornish crab muffins, Faroe-Islands smoked salmon, as well as other mouth-watering options. This is The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at Harrods, after all.

Not a morning person? While away an afternoon with the Tiffany Tea, featuring dainty finger sandwiches (with a luxury twist), freshly baked scones and a beautiful selection of patisserie inspired by Tiffany & Co.’s heritage.

Where: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
How: Visit harrods.com to find out more and make a booking.

 


10 Move to the music with Alessandro Ristori & The Portofinos at Sumosan Twiga


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If you love a little revelling, don’t miss out on this one-off evening.  On Thursday the 5th of March, the world renowned, wildly camp and much- loved performers Alessandro Ristori & The Portofinos will take the stage at Sumosan Twiga, the glamorous restaurant, bar and club located in Knightsbridge.

From 8:30pm, guests of the esteemed restaurant and bar will party through an unmatched and immersive dinner and dance experience.

Devour your way through an extensive, unique menu from Sumosan Twiga including both the finest classic Italian dishes combined with exotic Japanese cuisine whilst Alessandro, a household name amongst the international jet set, weaves through the tables belting out a range of hits.

Personally celebrated as ‘The Italian Elvis’ and along with his band, known for infusing elements of the legends of 50s Rock n Roll including Elvis Presley, Nina Simone and Jonny Cash combined with Italian music; Ristori & The Portofinos will ensure an electric one-off rendezvous; sure to have guests on their feet from the get go!

Where: Sumosan Twiga, 165 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9QB
When: Thursday 5th March, 8pm – late
How: To book please visit sumosantwigalondon.com or call 0203 096 0222. Please note, min spend of £120.


 11 Chat all things chic with Sopie Conran at The Kensington hotel


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Spend an afternoon talking all things chic and stylish with British designer and cook Sophie Conran, over an intimate lunch in the elegant setting of London’s finest townhouse hotel, The Kensington.

The one-off event will take place on Tuesday 10th March in the heart of the Royal Borough and offers design aficionados an exclusive opportunity to gain personal inspiration from the celebrated designer and cook, daughter of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and food writer Caroline Conran.

Sophie will reveal fascinating tales from her life and her varied career, sharing interior tips and style inspiration for hosting and entertaining guests at home, plus news on her latest designs.

The experience will also include a delicious three-course lunch – choose from the likes of Game ragu, pappardelle pasta, pecorino sardo, Grilled corn-fed chicken cumin braised sweet potato & kale and Seared organic salmon black lentils, Padron peppers as well as sweet treats such as Acai berry Scottish honey, roasted almonds and Golden pineapple passionfruit & pomegranate.

With the relaxing ambience of Town House’s stylish décor, hand-picked furnishings and open fireplaces, guests will feel like they are enjoying lunch with Sophie at her very own dining table and will leave feeling inspired, armed with design tips and stylish advice to take to their own home.

When: 10 March 2020, 12.30pm
Where: The Kensington, 109 – 113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5L
Wallet: £40 per person
How: Visit eventbrite.ieeventbrite.ie to make a booking.

 

12 Speed eat at Davies and Brook

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Enjoy a swift lunch in one of London’s suavest new openings. Davies and Brook offers an accessible and speedy set lunch menu served Monday through Friday — 2 courses that can be consumed within 1 hour, for £38.

The set lunch menu includes dishes such as Celeriac veloute with mushrooms and pine, Pollock poached with lovage, lemongrass, and chickpea and Roasted cauliflower with labneh and sesame.

The first London restaurant from renowned chef Daniel Humm and his Make It Nice team, most widely known for operating acclaimed and multi award winning Eleven Madison Park in New York, this Claridges-based hotspot is perfect for a luscious lunch stop.

Where: Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


13 Sip Carnival-inspired tipples at The Coral Room


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This month will see Italian aperitivo Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto take over The Coral Room – located in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury – in celebration of the Italian Carnevale, a tradition celebrated in Italy since the 12th Century.

From Saturday 8th to Sunday 23rd February, the vibrant salon-style bar located in The Bloomsbury hotel will feature a bespoke menu of five Italicus aperitivo cocktails, drawing inspiration from the vibrant and colourful Carnival character masks worn for the celebrations.

Each of the cocktails represents key characters from the Carnival, from the 16th Century Italian theatre genre Comedia dell’Arte’s Columbine, Pantalone and Arlecchino, to the “King of the Carnival” Pulcinella, and the other celebrated Carnival roles of Farinella.

The five bespoke cocktails have been created by The Coral Room’s General Manager Giovanni Spezziga and Head Bartender Stefan Pohold.

To celebrate the Carnival’s finale, a Masquerade party will be held at The Coral Room on Sunday 23rd February from 5pm till late, where Riccardo Rossi of Rome’s Freni e Frizioni will be taking over the bar and presenting his Rugantino cocktail, made to celebrate the occasion.

As well as delicious drinks, the evening will feature live music including reinterpretations of Samba Jazz, so guests can expect lively Italian Carnival songs with smooth Samba vibe.

When: 8th – 23rd February 2020
Where: The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN
How: Find out more via thecoralroom.co.uk


14 Feast at Fallow


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Dining news flash! Fallow, the sustainability focused restaurant concept, will take over the pop-up restaurant site, 10 Heddon Street, for a 4 month residency on 10th March.

Co-owned and operated by chefs Jack Croft, 27, and Will Murray, 26, formerly of Dinner by Heston, and backed by Chairman James Robson, who founded Mews of Mayfair, the 40-cover site will showcase the culinary pair’s creative, pared-down small plate offering.

A weekly changing menu of ‘root to stem’ and ‘nose to tail’ dishes, will include a selection of snacks, small plates, mains and desserts.

Dig into the likes of Leeks, hen of the wood, parmesan  and  Dairy cow, smoked beetroot, ox tongue trencher, as well as Yorkshire rhubarb, white chocolate, yoghurt for puds.

The restaurant is putting sustainability at its centre, using the environmentally friendly methods available. To this end, Croft and Murray commit at least 50% of each menu to being plant-based, with a focus on using all parts of the animal and vegetable, in particular the bits other kitchens would traditionally throw away, such as chicken scratchings, veal tail and goat ribs.

When: launching 10th March 2020. Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-11pm Saturday, 11am-11pm Sunday, 11am-5pm
Where: 10 Heddon Street Mayfair, London W1B 4BX

How: Visit fallowrestaurant.com or email info@fallowrestaurant.com to find out more and make a reservation.

15 Enjoy a free glass of wine at K West


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Wine lovers, rejoice. K West in Hammersmith is offering guests a free glass of wine from 7pm till 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.  Grab your partner in wine and head over to K West for a daily glass of the good stuff. What’s more, the experience is open to non-guests too. Choose from a glass of house red or white for a delicious (and free) treat.

Where: Richmond Way, Hammersmith, London W14 0AX
How: Visit www.k-west.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.


16 Bite into BŌKAN 37’s eight-course black truffle menu


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If there’s anything better than an eight-course truffle menu, it’s an eight-course truffle menu devoured in the sky.  BŌKAN 37, London’s top destination restaurant for sky-high dining has launched exactly that – and it’s not to be missed.

Created by Executive Chef and French native Guillaume Gillan, each plate will feature delicious black truffle, expertly sourced from Aragon, Spain as it comes into season by Terfezia.

Celebrating late winter produce, dishes will include a starter of celeriac ice cream with fresh black truffle; before mains of langoustine ravioli with black truffle praline and white asparagus; and artichoke with black truffle barigoule.

Dessert is truffle-tastic too, but not as you know it – enjoy the Wild Forest, a sweet array of choco, pistachio and truffle maple syrup.

When: 2nd – 8th March
Wallet:  £100 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional £60.
Where: 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP
How: Visit bokanlondon.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.


17 Bite into a Blue Decade Afternoon Tea at Brasserie of Light


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In celebration of Selfridges’ Happy New Decade creative scheme and Pantone’s ‘Classic Blue’ colour of the year, Art-Deco eatery Brasserie of Light has revealed a striking, limited-edition Blue Decade Afternoon Tea.

Pay a visit to devour a number of mouth-watering treats, including a selection of indulgent sweet and savoury delicacies, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese on beetroot bread, and ham and English mustard mayonnaise on multi seed bread.

Those with a sweet tooth are able to enjoy tantalising blue treats in line with the theme, such as blue macarons with vanilla cream and gold leaf, blue velvet cake with lavender buttercream, and much more. Bring to life with bubbles – guests can add a glass of Champers for £39.95 per person.

When: Available until Monday 20 April 2020
Wallet: starting from £29.95 per person.
How: Visit brasserie-of-light.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.
Where: Selfridges, Duke Street Entrance Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB 0203 940 9600

18 Devour Sunday Roast at Le Comptoir Robuchon

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Le Comptoir Robuchon, an evolved, new restaurant honouring Robuchon’s world-class inventive French cuisine, is launching a rather suave Sunday roast “a la Française”.

Inviting guests to embrace the art of convivial long lunches in a lively, elegant environment, Executive Chef Jeremy Page has devised a Sunday all day dining menu celebrating French-style roast dishes to be enjoyed with friends and family in Mayfair.

Guests will be welcomed with a Bloody Mary, the quintessential Sunday cocktail before settling in to an indulgent feast.

Hearty dishes include Whole roast chicken with garlic and thyme, Côte de boeuf served with homemade Béarnaise sauce, Braised lamb shoulder rubbed with rosemary, garlic and bouillon, Honey and lavender glazed pork shank and Whole grilled sea bream stuffed with mixed herbs.

Roasts will be accompanied by a host of seasonal sides including Leek and comté crumble, Coquillette with truffle and Fennel and roasted red peppers, alongside a helping of Robuchon’s famous Purée de pommes de terre.

Desserts will come courtesy of a classic patisserie trolley, stacked with handcrafted sweet French delights.

When: available every Sunday from Sunday 1 March 2020 onwards.  12pm – 6pm.
Wallet: £49pp, including a Bloody Mary, a roast dish to share, two sides, a dessert and petit fours.
How: For more information and to book, please visit robuchonlondon.co.uk.

19 Get ready for #Roastdoesburgers at Roast restaurant

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Launching on 19 March and served exclusively from 8.30pm-late, Borough Market institution, Roast, will be answering late-night revellers plea for top quality fast food, served in the gorgeous restaurant overlooking the market.

In what is always a lively part of the capital, #Roastdoesburgers is sure to be a go-to for late-night London Bridge roisterers looking for a delicious no-fuss dinner.

Guests will have the choice of four different fillings, three meaty versions served in fluffy brioche buns and one vegan option, sandwiched between a striking charcoal bun.

The traditional No.1 is an 8oz quality British beef patty, cheese fondue, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onion, and pink sauce. Roast’s version of the classic chicken burger is No.2: Half buttermilk fried chicken, cheddar cheese, grilled pineapple, lettuce and lime pepper mayonnaise.

Next, No.3 is a succulent Breaded pork chop, with shredded BBQ pork shoulder, grilled pineapple and pickled red cabbage.

For plant-based foodies, No.4, the vegan offering on the menu, a Black bean and sweet potato patty, with ‘sheese’, love heart tomato and pickled red cabbage. 

What’s more (and ideal for those with a big appetite) if two sides and a drink are purchased, guests will receive a free burger of their choice.

Wallet: Meat burgers, £9.50. Vegan, £9.
When: Launching 19 March. 8:30pm – late Monday to Saturday.
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
How: Visit roast-restaurant.com for more.

 20 Try a pasta masterclasses at Mortimer House

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This March, Maslow’s Mortimer House, Fitzrovia’s private members hub and wellbeing destination, will launch the a series of pasta masterclasses with Head Chef Lello Favuzzi.

Launching on Tuesday 24th March, guests will experience a hands-on cooking class, learning the art of Mediterranean cooking under the guidance of Lello, and will get to feast on the creations afterwards.

Taking place in the intimate surrounds of the Kitchen Table; a home-inspired kitchen and dining space on the first floor of Mortimer House, each masterclass will take an intimate group of up to 8 guests through the process of making a classic pasta dish, all under the guidance of Italian born Lello.

Launching on Tuesday 24th March, classes include:
Tuesday 24th March: Vegetable Lasagne with Spring Vegetables and Basil Pesto
Tuesday 28th April: Eggless Pasta, Sicilian ‘Norma’ style, and Tuscan-style Panzanella
Tuesday 26th May: Black Squid Ink Potato Gnocchi with Seafood and and Bottarga

Where: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JH
How: Tickets for the masterclasses are now available to book via eventbrite.co.uk.
Wallet: Priced at £85 per person, which includes a Mortimer House apron, cocktail upon arrival, glass of wine and nibbles. Guests get to enjoy the dish at the end, as well as being able to take what they created home.

21 Give a shuck at Boccconcino’s oyster masterclass


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For the first time, Katy Davidson, more commonly known as the  ‘The Oyster Lady’, will be holding a unique oyster masterclass where amateurs and professionals alike can partake in a full ‘Ostrelier’ course within Mayfair’s finest Italian restaurant, Bocconcino.

Taking place on March 2nd, ‘The Oyster Lady’ will educate guests on the wonderful world of oysters whilst teaching them to shuck like a pro. Throughout the hands-on masterclass, guests will enjoy learning professional shucking techniques, an introduction to oyster mixology, oyster and drink pairing, oyster appellations, raw and cooked recipes, and a how best to serve and share these intriguing bivalves.

You’ll also take home a quality wooden handled oyster knife, plus become a member of Katy’s Social Enterprise, The Oyster Academy and listed as having completed the ‘Ostrelier Level 1 – An introduction’.

With over twelve years of experience in delivering Masterclasses, ‘The Oyster Lady’  knows her stuff – providing an insightful, educational and engaging experience for amateurs and industry alike to enjoy in the heart of Mayfair.

When: Monday 2nd March 2020, 3pm – 6pm
Wallet: £250
How: To book, please visit theoysterlady.com
Where: Bocconcino, 19 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8ED


22 Keep your eyes on the pies at Darby’s


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Darby’s, the oyster bar, bakery and grill in Embassy Gardens, is welcoming five guest chefs and their pies in celebration of British Pie Week.

The pie collaboration will see Henry Harris of critically-acclaimed gastropub KPH, chef Anna Hansen, Surender Mohan of Indian restaurants Jamavar and Bombay Bustle, Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni that pulls flavours from across Asia, the Middle East and East Africa and Jeremy Lee of Soho institution Quo Vadis each create a pie that will join the Darby’s menu for one evening.

Kicking off the collaborations, Robin Gill and Head Chef Dean Parker will welcome Henry Harris with his pie filled with slow-cooked duck legs, green olive and Cahors wine topped with a spiced suet crust which will have a marrow bone chimney.

Close on his heels, Anna Hansen will bring her spiced rose veal mince and cheddar pie; reminiscent of her childhood in New Zealand where they were lovingly referred to as ‘dirt bags’.

Next up to the plate, diners will be able to tuck into Surender Mohan’s Hyderabadi Beef Haleem Pie; a twist on the traditional stew that originates in the city of Hyderabad, Surender’s will blend lamb boti, wheat, cinnamon, cardamom and mutton under latticed puff pastry ready to be served with plum chutney and coriander pesto.

As the week draws to a close, Ravinder Bhogal’s duck, pistachio and currant pastilla, a Moroccan pie encased in delicate filo pastry and finished with a dusting of icing sugar, will join the menu. Last but not least, Jeremy Lee’s Game Pie brimming with hare, beef, venison and bacon with a suet pastry crust will close the week on Saturday 7th March.

What’s more, £1 from every pie will go to Action Against Hunger.
When: 3rd March – 7th March.
How: Visit darbys-london.com to make a reservation.
Where:  3 Viaduct Gardens Road, Embassy Gardens, London, SW11 7AY

 


23 Get your sandwich fix with the Sons + Daughters x Oklava collaboration


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Carbholics, this way please. Following the success of their first collaboration with Pidgin and the Tuna Melt special, James and Sam have teamed up with Turkish-Cypriot chef Selin Kiazim of the newly opened Oklava Bakery + Wine to create a Turkish special.

 Selin’s creation features caramelised spiced Swaledale beef, aged beef and honey butter, barrel-aged feta, za’atar and a chilli and parsley mignonette – served on baguette from Paul Rhodes Bakery. Try it March and April and enjoy a bite with a tempting Turkish edge.

Wallet: priced at £9.50.
Where: Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ

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