From exciting new openings to delectable tasting menus and fashion talks and plenty more, here’s what’s taking place in London and beyond this May
1 Try a tipple at The American Bar at The Stafford London
From 3 May onwards, pay a visit to The Stafford London for the relaunch of the hotel’s much-loved American Bar. Following a beautiful refurbishment, Culinary Director Ben Tish will introduce an exciting menu that showcases the Mediterranean flavours for which he is known. There will also be an innovative new cocktail list inspired by the local St James’s area.
The American Bar at The Stafford London is one of the few remaining ‘American’ cocktail bars that became a familiar site in London and Paris during the 1920s and 30s.
Bar Manager Benoit Provost, who has been at The Stafford for 25 years, has overseen the new Journey Through St James’s cocktail list that tells the secret stories of the hotel and the secluded streets that surround it.
Created by Ben Tish, the new menu at the American Bar has been inspired by the food of Italy and Spain, with a selection of dishes that are perfect for a light bite or a decadent feast shared with friends.
When: From 3rd May onwards
Where: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ
2 Have fun at the Carnaby Style Weekender
From Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018, Carnaby is launching a free, four-day festival, the Carnaby Style Weekender, celebrating fashion, lifestyle, food, drink and grooming to kick start the new season.
Discover an exciting line-up of creative workshops, panel discussions, events, discounts and promotions in over 50 shops and restaurants over the four days, throughout the 14 streets of Carnaby.
Head to the Carnaby hub each day and try your hand at a series of free, creative afternoon and evening workshops. Charcuterie and tapas bar Dehesa will host a Jamon Iberico masterclass including a carving demonstration, sherry and bar snacks, or why not try your hand at collage with London’s coolest souvenir store We Built This City and Collage Club London.
Other offerings will include cocktail masterclasses, t-shirt screen printing sessions, fashion panels and plenty more.
When: Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018,
Where: Carnaby St, Soho, London W1F 9PB
3 Try a taste of Andalusia at Feria De Londres
Feria De Londres, is bringing its famous Andalusian carnival spirit back to London’s Southbank. Taking place this year in the beautiful and aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens, Feria de Londres will once again line the banks of the Thames with colourful stalls serving up delicious Spanish tapas, cocktails and tastings from official sponsors Tio Pepe, vibrant Flamenco dancing shows, interactive workshops and live Spanish music.
Inspired by Southern Spain’s traditional Spring fairs, Feria de Londres is a resplendent celebration of Spanish cuisine and entertainment. Spanish cities, towns and villages come alive as hundreds of locals celebrate.
Throughout the weekend entertainers will be dressed in their finest traditional costumes and festival goers will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the fair as though they were in Andalucia rather than Southwark.
To celebrate the richness of Spanish cuisine, guests will be able to tuck into tasty tapas and enjoy some flavourful seafood paellawhile enjoying the livespectacles on offer. Bright ‘casetas’ will line the bank of the Thames and will be hosting some fine Spanish delicacies, from Croquetas, Iberico Ham, Filled Tortillas and Pimientos de Padron to delicious sugar-coated churros.
When: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May 2018
Where: Bernie Spain Gardens, Southbank, London
4 Enjoy live music at Quaglino’s
Quaglino’s the luxurious and stylish restaurant and late night venue is well known for hosting an array of exciting and talented live musicians. Sunday 20th May is no different – the venue is hosting an performance from popular American songwriter and performer CeCe Peniston.
CeCe Peniston is considered one of the most successful dance/club artists, with her well known dance hit ‘Finally’ in 1991 selling over 3 million copies worldwide. CeCe continued her success by securing a debut album and scoring 5 major #1 hits in only 3 years, which many emerging artists could only dream of.
As part of this exclusive and intimate performance the venue will be offering dinner and bar packages so that guests can make a night of it! CeCe will perform an intimate live set with her live band from 9pm – 10.30pm.
When: Sunday 20th May
Where: 16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ
Wallet: From £35 per person. For more information or to make a booking, email firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Attend a talk from The Gut Stuff at tibits Heddon Street
tibits are delighted to announce that the co-founders of The Gut Stuff, DJ’s Alana and Lisa Macfarlane will be taking over the Heddon Street restaurant to teach guests about one of the most vital systems in the body, the gut.
On Tuesday 22nd May, Alana and Lisa will share their journey and top tips about gut health, the biggest revolution in the health and wellness world. There will be a talk, Q&A’s, acid tests, balloon making, and working with tibits they will create food and drink tasting that is just perfect for your gut.
The twins are bringing cutting edge research on gut health to the public in an accessible, engaging and entertaining way.
When: Tuesday, 22nd May, 6.30pm – 9 pm
Where: tibits Heddon Street, 12 – 14 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4DA
Wallet: £30 per person. Click here to book
6 Promote The Goat: From Tacos to Leather
As part of London Craft Week 2018, on 9th May Billy Tannery and Temper Soho are hosting a special interactive goat masterclass. Watch, learn and taste as the Temper team prepare their signature goat tacos. Then discover how Billy Tannery turns a by-product into luxury kid leather goods. All while enjoying a cocktail.
This special collaboration between Billy Tannery and Temper is a chance to rediscover the vital role that leather and leathe rcraft play in the reduction of food waste. There are only 20 tickets available so contact Temper now to avoid missing out.
When: Wednesday 9th May, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Where: Temper Soho, 25 Broadwick Street W1F 0DF
Wallet: £35pp, phone 0203 879 3834 to book
7 Tuck into the ‘Taste of Aster’ taster menu
For something worth splurging on, enjoy a 6-course Taste of Aster tasting menu. This delectable feast has been created to transport guests on a journey through some of the worlds greatest kitchens where, Chef Patron, Helena, has learnt from; including Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffman and Olivier Mourellon.
What’s on the menu:
• Scallop carpaccio, sea buckthorn curd, lemon juniper dressing
• Sepp Moser, Austria Potato mousseline, smoked vendace, bleak roe, dill oil
• Foie gras, poached in port, tender swede, baby spinach, fennel
Var salmon, confit, green apple, anchovy, crisp kale
• Roast Anjou pigeon, turnips, January king, vin jaune sauce
• Spiced Beetroot sponge, chocolate ganache, smoked beetroot sorbet
Where: 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB
Wallet: From £65 per person. Click here to book
8 Enjoy enchanting art at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane will be hosting a new art exhibition, “Eight From Nyne: Ones to Watch” running from 10 May-2 July.
The exhibition, hosted in association with After Nyne Gallery, will showcase eight artists including Gillian Hyland’s supernaturally staged photography. Presenting unsettling and dramatic narratives of isolated emotional situations, Gillian’s work touches upon the extent to which art and theatrical staged moments are becoming intertwined in everyday life.
Other artists include Richard Hoey, Zandra Stratford, Mark Beattie, Joanne Hummel-Newell, Vesna Milinkovic, Liza Giles and Chris Kenny.
Where: 45 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
When: 10 May-2 July.
Ideal for a summery treat, visit the Social Pantry Café to enjoy a delicious sherry-inspired menu, filled with a range of seasonal treats.
One of the UK’s next big drink trends, Social Pantry have invited the experts from XECO to lead you down a tasty path of indulgence and learn more about refreshing, modern sherry pairings.
• Mackerel Tartar
• White Gazpacho
• Asparagus, Watercress, Pistachio
• Spring Lamb, Onion, Sherry, Sorrel
• Smoked Cucumber, ‘she&T’
• Cheese, Honey, Pickled Walnuts
When: Wednesday 9th May
Where: 170A 170A Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TG
Wallet: £35 per person. Click here to book
10 Tuck into Turkish-inspired street food at Simit by Mandira
Mandira are devoting their new location to the prevalent Mediterranean street food known as the Simit. A lighter, crunchier version of the bagel, Simit by Mandira will specialise in these homemade sesame seed delights, offering an exclusive selection of mouth-watering fillings.
Harnessing the flavour of the Med, Simit by Mandira offers a modest menu of 8 simit creations, each one big on taste. From the Halloumi + Tomato Paste and the Toasted Turkish Pastrami (both served warm), to Smoked Salmon and Ricotta + Fig, there is enough variety to keep even the fussiest of palates content.
Serving authentic Turkish Tea, the new location will also sell yoghurt based ‘sweet pots’, healthy bio-live smoothies (including two vegan options) and water.
When: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm.
Where: 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW