12 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Angelica Malin
There’s so much amazing-ness happening in London at the moment, we couldn’t simply pick just 5 things this week. So, in the spirit of over-sharing, here’s 12 – yes, 12 – things you need to eat in London this week. From bottomless Sunday roasts to delicate afternoon teas, here’s our top picks for dining in London this week:
What: The best day of the week just got ever better because Hubbard and Bell, the all-day restaurant within The Hoxton, Holborn, has launched Sunday roasts, featuring bottomless roast potatoes and unlimited Yorkshire puddings.
The Lowdown: Come hungry, because for £20 you can go IN. Choose between slow-roasted lamb shoulder, herb-fed spatchcock chicken, or mushroom wellington, each coming with all the trimmings: roast heritage carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, caramelised chicory, proper gravy (or porcini gravy for veggies), plus delicious roasties and Yorkshires that will keep coming ‘til you’re stuffed. Save room for afters though, because a giant hot apple Yorkshire pudding pancake with bourbon caramel, pecans and cornflakes ice cream is the ultimate sharing pudding.
Book: £20pp including all the trimmings and bottomless roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. Available every Sunday, 12-5pm. Book your table here.
Where: Hubbard and Bell, The Hoxton, Holborn, 199 – 206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW
What: Bringing authentic Italian charm to Islington, new restaurant Terra Rossa on Upper Street takes diners on a flavour journey through the sun-baked region of Puglia – the heel of Italy renowned for its rich local cuisine.
The Lowdown: Puglian-born owner François Fracella grew up in Salento and, as the son of a farmer, his life very much revolved around food. Using Italian passion, Head Chef Annarita Inguscio champions the delicious, simple and rustic Puglian cooking of François’ childhood. Expect authentic homemade pasta and stonebaked pizza, alongside regional specialities, such as braised octopus with potatoes and toasted bread and the signature Puglian pasta, orecchiette, served with turnip tops or with heritage yellow tomatoes, olives and broccoli purée. Yes, please.
Where: Terra Rossa, 139 Upper Street, London, N1 1QP
What: Meraki, the contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia, is celebrating the traditional Tsiknopempti this Thursday 28th February. A popular Greek celebration prior to the beginning of Lent, the day revolves around feasting on grilled and barbecued meat ahead of the upcoming fasting period.
The Lowdown: Meraki has put together a bespoke menu for the occasion, starting off with Lamb pie with a sour-chilli sauce, followed by giant spiced-pork skewer with charcoal-fired vegetables. The main event is a spectacular rib eye served on the bone, slowly grilled with Greek balsamic vinegar and rosemary for two people to share. To finish, a light and refreshing pudding of smooth yoghurt mousse with honeycomb and caramelised nuts will be served.
Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QT
What: Prawn on the Lawn Islington is launching an evening cocktail and oyster bar pop-up, Sawyer & Gray Lates, in the next door Sawyer & Gray café this Thursday 28th February.
The Lowdown: From 6pm Thursday-Saturday, Prawn on the Lawn will switch on their pink neon ‘Lates’ sign in the window of the 30-seater next door space and transform the day-time café into a candlelit, night-time cocktail and oyster bar. They’ll be serving a selection of all-new bar snacks, oysters and drinks – perfect for relaxing locally with friends. The menu at Sawyer & Gray Lates will also serve a selection of small plates, such as buttermilk fried chicken with pickled ginger and sansho pepper mayo, and beetroot and za’atar dip with seaweed crisp bread. Oysters will remain a key part of the menu, with freshly shucked Cornish Porthilly oysters being served either as they come or deep fried with garlic crème fraiche.
Where: 290A St Paul’s Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LH
What: 45 Park Lane has just announced the latest in its chef series: James Knappett of two Michelin starred dining concept Kitchen Table will be joining David McIntyre to create a special tasting menu.
The Lowdown: The dinner event at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane will feature a six course set menu, available on 4th March 2019. The two chefs will create a menu that celebrates David’s modern American cooking and complements James’s strong focus on British traditions, ingredients, and flavours. Sandia Chang, the creative behind restaurant bubbledogs, sommelier and general manager of Kitchen Table, will personally select the grower Champagnes and wines to be introduced to the restaurant for the evening. Get involved.
Book: Kitchen Table at CUT at 45 Park Lane includes a six course tasting menu priced at £195 per person, including a welcome glass of Champagne. For more information or to make a booking, email CUT.45L@dorchestercollection.com or telephone +44 (0)20 7493 4545
Where: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN, England
What: Plateau have just announced Supper Tales, a series of immersive dinners inspired by some of the world’s most loved novels including The Great Gatsby, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter.
The Lowdown: Launching on Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – with The Great Gatsby, Head Chef Frederick Forster has created a stunning four-course Art Deco menu complete with Champagne to transport guests to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. The next in the series will see Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory just in time for Easter on Tuesday 16th April and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Thursday 23rd May.
Where: Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill 4th Floor, Canada Place, London E14 5ER
What: As part of the Ladies of Restaurants International Women’s Day Weekender, Natalia Ribbe has teamed up with Freddie Janssen and Anaïs Van Manen, the awesome ladies behind London pop-up favourite Snackbar, to host a crowdfunding brunch at The Rooftop at The Ace Hotel on Sunday 10th March, 12pm to 3pm.
The Lowdown: Tickets cost £30, including a Sunday morning sharpener from the bar at The Ace Hotel, a selection of next-level brunch dishes from Snackbar, and entertainment. Proceeds will help Janssen and Van Manena realise their dream of opening their first bricks and mortar site, a bright and vibrant neighbourhood restaurant (in the making), with globally inspired breakfast-lunch-brunch fare.
Book: £30 per person. Bookings can be made here.
Where: The Rooftop at Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
What: To celebrate spring, The Ivy Café, Richmond has created a limited-edition Ladybird Afternoon Tea, available from Monday 4th March to Sunday 28th April 2019.
The Lowdown: Inspired by the borough’s green spaces and natural parks, such as Richmond Park and Kew Gardens, the Ladybird Afternoon Tea in time for the ladybird’s most active season following a winter of hibernation. The afternoon tea offering will feature savoury bites such as truffled chicken brioche roll, marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwiches, smoked salmon on dark rye style bread with cream cheese and chives. A selection of sweet treats are also available including warm fruited scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve, chocolate and salted caramel mousse and crème brûlée doughnut.
Book: From £18.95 per person. Book here.
Where: 9-11 Hill St, Richmond TW9 1SX
Photo Credit: Pasco Photography
What: Pergola Olympia London is introducing Ginsday – that’s unlimited Gin and Tonics every single Wednesday. We’re in.
The Lowdown: Forget mid-week blues with bottomless Bombay Sapphire G&T’s for £20 per person between 5pm-9.30pm. That’s a whopping 4 and a half hours of bottomless drinking time. As the evenings get longer and sunnier Pergola Olympia London’s rooftop location, with spectacular views across London, is the ideal spot for boozy after work drinks with friends or colleagues.
Book: Booking via email@example.com
Where: Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way W14 8UX
Photo Credit: Steven Joyce
What: This March, Chef “Lello” Favuzzi, previously of L’Anima fame, will bring his talent, enthusiasm, and technique to Mortimer House Kitchen in the heart of Fitzrovia.
The Lowdown: Spending 10 years running one of London’s most celebrated Italian restaurants, Lello will return to simple, irresistible plates, bringing a vibrant and joyful Mediterranean menu into play. A convergence of two much-loved cuisines, Mortimer House Kitchen celebrates the bold flavours of Italy, peppered with surprise-and-delight moments from the Middle East. Dishes of burnt carrots, yoghurt, tahini & fennel pollen; and charcoal cauliflower, yoghurt & za’atar embrace subtle Levantine influences, whilst the delicate, handmade herb tortelli with smoked burrata & noisette butter, are rooted in Italian simplicity.
Where: 37–41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JH
What: Iconic London venue Quaglino’s, has just launched a new Q Bar menu, with bottled classic cocktails inspired by the greatest artists and songs of the past.
The Lowdown: Titled All Time Classics, the menu features 10 bottled cocktails, served by the glass or bottle (ideal for sharing). The serves will be presented up-cycled wine bottles, in keeping with Quaglino’s focus on sustainability, and each with its own uniquely designed label. Try the Money cocktail with Sipsmith, Mancino Sakura, China Town Cordial – it’s sweet, delicious and dangerously drinkable.
Where: 16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ