From arty afternoon teas and sky high cocktails to free-flowing brunches and delectable truffle menus, whet your appetite with The Wordrobe’s pick of 20 things to try in London this weekend
1 Indulge with a contemporary afternoon tea at Rosewood London
We all love afternoon tea (there’s just something rather fabulous about inhaling your body weight in cake and sandwiches, isn’t there). However, the quintessential British past time can feel a little outdated at times. Rosewood London have the answer with their Pop Art-inspired afternoon tea spread.
Voted Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK, Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has created a colourful collection of pastries, inspired by the artistic movements of Cubism and Pop Art.
Enjoy treats to make even Andy Warhol drool – think mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by the creative pastries. From Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein, this exciting afternoon tea gives the classic a fresh lick of paint. Quite literally.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Bookings: Click here to make a reservation
2 Spend a free-flowing Sunday at Brigadiers
Brigadiers, the latest and largest venture from JKS Restaurants, which opened within the Bloomberg Arcade last month, is hosting ‘Free-Flowing Sundays’ from Sunday 12th August. Visit to enjoy Indian Roast menus, free-flowing drinks, live sport and a dedicated Campari spritz bar on the outside terrace.
Every weekend, Free-Flowing Sundays at Brigadiers will offer the ultimate Sunday social, with all the sporting action screened, alongside a three course BBQ Roast menu. Dig into everything from Wood Roasted Goan Pork, Smoked Mackerel Sambol to Dry Tandoori Masala Steak, Sappers Egg and plenty more.
Where: Brigadiers, 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, City of London, EC4N 8AR
Bookings: For private events or group booking enquiries please contact: email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3319 814 0.
3 Lick your plate clean at Latin American Zuaya
The Latin American food invasion continues. Raising the bar is recently opened Zuaya on Kensington High Street with its adventurous plates, beautifully crafted cocktails, show-stopping interiors and buzzy ambiance.
Spanish twins, Alberto and Arian Zandi, have created an exciting restaurant and bar that showcases their passion for Latin cuisine with all its vibrancy, fresh and zingy flavours as well as their love of design.
The menu is divided into eight sections: snacks, ceviche, tiraditos & tartars, salads, tacos, robata grills, stews and desserts. Designed for sharing, dishes feature punchy, unusual flavour combinations like the ceviche la brasa with sea bream, red onion, Peruvian corn, sweet potato ice cream and rocoto tiger milk; and the purple taco with spiced lamb shank, smoked pineapple and coriander.
Where: 35 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5BA
Bookings: Click here to find out more and make a reservation.
4 Bring your dog to afternoon tea at Bluebird Café
Pick up your pooch and pay a visit to the recently opened Bluebird Café, located in White City’s iconic Television Centre, for a very special afternoon tea.
Available every Sunday from 2.30pm – 5pm and in partnership with Europe’s number one destination dedicated to dog-welcoming holidays & travel – PetsPyjamas, the exclusive afternoon tea will offer something for humans and dogs so that the favourite British past time can be enjoyed just like tea at home.
For £21.50, the dog friendly restaurant will serve a puppy foodie dream boasting their very own vegan dog cookies, made with banana and vegan peanut butter and handmade by Head Chefs Simon Gregory & Prashant Patil.
For the humans, devour a three-tiered selection of Jam and cream fruit scones, Chocolate swiss roll, Carrot and citrus cupcakes, Cucumber and Smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches will be on offer.
To make it pooch perfect, every furry friend will receive a complimentary summer goodie bag from PetsPyjamas with a travel water bowl, yummy treats, toy and doggy essentials when dining on the ‘Pup of Tea’ menu.
Bluebird Café will also add a discretionary £1 donation to all ‘Pup of Tea’ bills.
Where: Television Centre, Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7FR
Bookings: Reservations for ‘A Pup of Tea’ can be made by calling 020 3940 0700 or online via www.bluebirdcafe.co.uk.
5 Enjoy sustainable sips at Quaglino’s
Quaglino’s Bar, synonymous with style, glamour and great cocktails since its establishment in 1929, is launching a new cocktail menu that aims to highlight the importance of sustainability.
Using inventive techniques such as milk clarifications, sous vide infusions, and butter washing, the menu has been designed to be as much a visual experience as one of taste and flavour. Expect plenty of unusual ingredients and thoughtful flavour combinations are matched by ingenious presentation.
Separated into three sections, Past, Present and Future, the menu takes the guest on an enlightening journey that explains the path of sustainability through cocktails. What’s more, for ‘The Science Of Sustainability’ menu, Quaglino’s Bar has teamed up with Hunger Project UK and food waste collection service, Indie Ecology, and made sure that every aspect of the menu adheres to the values of its message.
Where: Quaglino’s Bar, 16 Bury Street, St James, London Sw1Y 6Aj
Website: Visit quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk for more.
6 Watch movies in mouth-watering style at Bluebird Chelsea
Ideal for gourmands, Bluebird Chelsea is launching a weekly movie night with films, food and cocktails throughout winter in collaboration with Cointreau.
Back by popular demand, Foodflix will start on Tuesday 30th October with The Greatest Showman. Cointreau will be transforming Bluebirds cinema room into an extraordinary winter orangery and guests will receive Cointreau cocktails, food and popcorn from Bluebird. Sit amongst orange trees and tuck into tasty food and perfectly balanced cocktails whilst the films’ soundtracks encapsulate you.
Enoy a Cointreau Fizz of Cointreau cocktail, as well as Bluebird’s menu of upmarket cinema grub alongside popcorn from their resident popcorn machine, as no cinema experience is complete without it.
Guests can either have the Bluebird Hot Dog with spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chilli mayo or their Vegan Burger of mushroom and edamame with sriracha mayo and baby gem.
Wallet: Tickets are £25 and include a welcome Cointreau cocktail and either Bluebird’s hot dog or vegan burger. To make a reservation, click here.
Where: 350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU
Schedule | Tuesday:
30th October The Greatest Showman
6th November Dreamgirls
13th November Moulin Rouge
20th November Whiplash
27th November Love Actually
4th December The Holiday
7 Dig into Oriental delights at Royal China Club
Good news if you’re a fan of Chinese, the elegant Royal China Club at 38-42 Baker Street, London W1 is officially reopen.
During its four-month renovation the restaurant has doubled in size to 180 seats; as it now encompasses the additional space which was a former building society on the corner plot at the junction of Baker Street and Blandford Street. The restaurant has also acquired five elegant private rooms suitable for group dining for six to twenty guests.
Royal China Club has been located on Baker Street for 12 years and its established Head Chef Billy Wong has worked for the restaurant since the opening. For the launch, Billy has created a menu which skilfully blends authentic Chinese dishes with European ingredients. Starters will feature Fresh Abalone Tossed with Caviar (Cold), and Crispy King Prawns with Chilli & Peppercorn.
New main dishes added to the extensive menu will include Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Wild Scottish Lobster, Barbecued Peking Duck, Steamed Minced Iberian Pork with Salted Egg, plus plenty more. For those with room, there’s also tempting dim sum too.
Where: Royal China Club, 38-42 Baker Street, London W1U 7AJ.
Bookings: 020 7486 3898. www.theroyalchina.co.uk
8 Sample Plateau Restaurant’s autumnal offering
Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill in Canary Wharf has welcomed a brand new Head Chef, Frederick Forster. Former National Chef of the Year, Forster has conjured a new European inspired menu that reflects the seasonal changes from warm summer days to the winter chill.
Sink your teeth into Plateau’s autumnal heartwarming dishes. A selection of steaks aged between 21-30 days sit alongside hearty dishes such as cushion of lamb with couscous, yoghurt and olives and baby chicken spatchcock with harissa, lemon, chilli and mixed salad on the Grill menu.
Frederick’s new Restaurant menu is more refined including baked baby beetroots with goats cheese raviolo, soft quail eggs and pine nut dressing; loin of venison with parsnip puree, braised leaves, quince and spiced sauce and poached monkfish with glazed cauliflower and mustard seed sauce.
Where: 4th Floor, Canada Place, London, E14 5ER
Bookings: Visit www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk to make a reservation
9 Enjoy Film & Fizz at One Aldwych
Website: Click here to find out more and make a booking
10 Indulge with London’s first wine-based spa
Wine lovers, you’re in for a treat. With Ella Di Rocco’s Wine Therapy treatments, you can relax knowing that the wine’s antioxidant benefits are delivered straight to your skin, working to combat premature ageing and encouraging a fresh, more vibrant appearance for your skin.
From a Merlot wine scrub to a Sangiovese Detox Wrap, there’s plenty to choose from. Indulge your senses with a scrub containing red vine leaves and a 50/50 blend of high quality Sangiovese and Merlot grapes from the Goretti Vineyard in Italy – then pitstop for a glass of the good stuff afterwards.
Bookings: Click here for more and to make a reservation
11 Go vegan at ROKA
Try ROKA’s first ever Vegan Tasting Menu, which is also gluten-free. Sharing platters take a focal point on the menu, but a myriad of diverse dishes and all important vegan-friendly desserts breathe new life into this dining destination.
Dishes include the likes of: grilled tofu with shiitake mushrooms, lemon and chilli; rice toban with Japanese mushrooms, mountain vegetables and shaved truffle; peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with poki sticks and banana tempura.
Wallet: The vegan tasting menu starts from £50 per person.
Bookings: Click here to find out more and make a reservation
12 Tempt tastebuds with Orrery’s truffle menu
Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, is celebrating the advent of winter truffle season with a delectable menu dedicated to the prized delicacy.
Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn has created a bespoke five-course menu using both classic French cooking and well-sourced British produce, with each savoury dish incorporating fragrant fresh truffle.
From roasted cauliflower floret with shavings of northern Italian white truffle to filet mignon pan-fried in butter, and topped with a slice of foie gras, there’s plenty to devour.
When: Available now until 25th December
Where: 55 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5RB
Wallet: From £95 per person
How: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking
13 Take a walk on the wild side at Wild Food Café’s new Islington site
If you love natural food, you’re in luck. Joel and Aiste Gazdar, the duo behind Covent Garden’s hugely popular vegan eatery, Wild Food Café, are opening a new restaurant on Angel’s Upper Street at the beginning of December.
Following in the footsteps of Wild Food Café, which opened in Neal’s Yard to critical acclaim almost seven years ago, Wild Food Café, Islington, will expand on the couple’s vision for plant-based innovation, offering a menu featuring gluten free wood fired pizzas, a ‘wild’ brunch plus a superfood cocktail bar.
The menu will follow a traditional three course format, with starters including innovative dishes such as the Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich Bites – Raw walnut and courgette bread, little gem, black garlic cashew cheese, BBQ pull jack fruit;Succulent scallops of king oyster – Biodynamic oyster mushrooms, herb & garlic dip, wild sea purslane.
Mains will include a Living Laksa, a vegan twist on the popular Malaysian dish, which combines a fragrant coconut broth with galangal, lemongrass, ginger, nori, squash. Queen of the Forest will see coconut-seared plantain stew, combined with romanesco, black rice, amaranth, cacao nibs, brazil nuts and pink camu-camu berry essence.
When: Opening early December 2018. To find out more, click here.
14 Sip on satirical cocktails at Scarfes Bar
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has launched a spirited new cocktail menu in the style of a beautifully vandalised book, featuring drinks inspired by the satirical work of the bar’s namesake: Gerald Scarfe.
Enjoy a delectable menu inspired by key cultural figures in recent British history year-on-year, ranging from 2001 to 2018. From Paul McCartney to Boris Johnson, the creative menu features extraordinary techniques, rare ingredients and even some never-before-seen caricatures.
An artwork in itself, the menu joins the extensive gallery of Gerald’s work that currently adorns the bar’s marble walls.
Must-tries include the foamy, coffee-flavoured Macca-iato and Back to Black, a milk-punch style drink teeming with smoky notes.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Website: Click here to find out more.
launches on the 13th August until September.
Where: 350 King’s Road, London SW3
15 Get your chip fix at ChipNation
Chip fans, you’re in for a treat. Opening this September in Soho, ChipNation is a carb lover’s dream. Not like your typical chippy, ChipNation’s spuds are hand cut and double fried in pans rather than your typical basket fryer, to give guests the ultimate chip that’s crispy on the inside and deliciously fluffy on the inside.
Guests can choose from 7000 different flavour combinations, making it fully tailor-made to everyone’s unique taste– not only that, but it’s fully vegetarian, with an abundance of fantastic vegan choices.
Choosing between nak’d, rub’d, sauc’d, topp’d, and arm’d, the options are practically endless. Among the special toppings are Cajun Spice or the zesty Peri Peri seasoning, mouth-watering sauces including Sticky Korean BBQ, Smokey Baconaise or to test the limits, the Deadly Hot Chilli.
Where: 40 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LY
Website: Click here to find out more.
16 Keep your eyes on the pies at Dominique Ansel Pie Night
Pie addicts, you’re in luck. Dominique Ansel is bringing pie night to London for the first time this year – and it’s set to be filled with baked beauties.
Taking place on two evenings, guests can enjoy a feast of ten sweet and savoury pies. Expect ale-braised steak and rock oyster; tarragon-poached chicken and ham hock with honey roasted celeriac as well as classic lemon meringue and salted caramel apple.
When: 24 – 25th October
Bookings: Visit dominiqueansellondon.com to make a reservation
16 Try Marcus Wareing’s new lunch menu at The Berkeley hotel
Marcus Wareing is not a man that’s known for sitting still – he’s recently launched an enticing new lunch menu at his two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Berkeley hotel.
An embodiment of sophisticated dining, the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant from the revered chef is a Knightsbridge hotspot. Recently, after 10 glorious years as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, the restaurant underwent a major renovation, and a name change, to reopen as a more relaxed and contemporary environment. Serving modern European cuisine rooted in British culture, the Marcus menu presents sumptuous offerings packed with fine, seasonal produce.
His brand new autumn menu aims to showcase the talent and personality of each of the restaurant’s most senior chefs – with a dish inspired by each member of the team. With an exciting five-course feast filled with seasonal British produce, the new menu even uses ingredients sourced from Wareing’s very own farm.
Priced at £55 per person, here’s what foodies can expect from the new menu:
Essence of gin: Cured trout, juniper, cucumber, rose yogurt
Sweetcorn, tarragon, Coolea, black pudding
Roast Cornish bream, potato cream, watercress
Iberico pork, borlotti, chorizo, lemon
Sesame, milk and dark chocolate
For those still peckish, there’s also an additional cheese selection to order for a £19.50 supplement too.
When: Available now
Where: Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Bookings: To make a reservation click here.
17 Get your carb fix with Poilâne®’s Bring Back Bread campaign
Carb lovers, step this way. Poilâne®, the French-style bakery renowned internationally since 1932, has teamed up with five of London’s top chefs to create special-edition tartines on their world-famous wheat sourdough bread.
The new campaign aims to teach customers how exciting bread can be. By bringing together a collection of chefs to create tartines (which are quintessential French open-faced sandwiches), Poilâne® is also celebrating the wide range of different cuisines available in London.
Leading chefs have designed seasonal tartines using Poilâne®’s signature loaf as the base of their creations. Chefs include: Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Neil Rankin (Temper), Max Halley (Max’s Sandwich Shop), and Edson Diaz-Fuentes (Santo Remedio).
From Mexican mouthfuls to delicious Italian influences, there’s plenty to devour.
When: Now until 16th November, available during weekdays only.
Where: 46 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9PA
Website: Click here to find out more.
18 Feast your way through free pasta at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Whether you’re partial to pappardelle or bonkers for Bolognese, get a taste of your favourite pasta dishes on the 25th October with Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.
To celebrate the beauty of World Pasta Day, guests can choose from 7 signature pasta dishes, such as hand-crafted long silky-smooth golden ribbons of pappardelle paired with a 4-hour slow cooked Bolognese sauce and creamy homemade basil pesto paired with a curvy and ridged pasta shape, casarecce.
There’s a few conditions of course. It’s only set to rain pasta from 12-4pm and 5-10pm on the day. There’s only one serving per person for each sitting, and bookings are off the menu – so arrive early to make sure you get your Italian fix.
When: 25 October 2018, 12-4pm and 5-10pm.
Where: C3, Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1AT
19 Experience a suave evening at Albert’s Private Members’ Club
Good news for those who love the fabulous things in life – Albert’s Private Members’ Club has re-opened its doors in the heart of Chelsea. The relocation to Beaufort House this October will see Albert’s deliver a bigger and better return as the concept is re-imagined in a three-story townhouse on Chelsea’s Beaufort Street.
Spread across three floors, make the most an all-day restaurant, two sleek bars and a nightclub. Sophisticated and relaxed, expect a dose of British charm and exciting modern European cuisine.
Where: 354 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UZ
When: Open now
20 Marvel at Madison’s new cocktail menu
Fancy a sky high sip? Created by mixologist Fred Tartas and his team, Madison’s exciting new cocktail menu emulates the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity.
Pay a visit this November to enjoy concoctions such as the ‘Madison Sour’ – a pioneering twist on a classic New York sour, perfectly combining Rittenhouse washed with roasted almond, Marco’s mix, egg white and Port.
Also on menu will be the ‘Fair and Square’ – an intense, nutty blend of Pusser’s Navy Rum, lime juice, homemade spiced syrup, grated dark chocolate and vegan vanilla foam made from xathan gum and cellulose. We’ll take them all, please.
Where: Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF