Spring has sprung hurrah! With it are a tonne of really special guest chef series nights, so if you’ve been desperate to get booked in at Ynyshir, read on because Gareth Ward is coming to London! There’s also a brand new menu for Bill’s, a new Ivy on the horizon, a brand new botanical inspired pub and free flowers if you spot the gin bike! This is the Luxe List April!
New: W/A Kensington Restaurant & Bar
100 Queen’s Gate Hotel has a brand new restaurant with W/A Kensington Restaurant & Bar now open! With a fabulous new chef and a delicious new menu, the Belgian bistro will feature the awesome waffle beef burger with melted smoked cheddar, breaded chicken burger, grilled halloumi and falafel, and beetroot patty. Other signatures include mussels with a range of sauces and dessert style Belgian waffles with ice cream and chocolate. Appealing to curious foodies, the restaurant is in keeping with the theme of the hotel based upon the travelling aristocrat William Alexander who used to live at the address. W/A will also feature a range of exciting drinks including speciality Belgian beers.
Pergola Paraíso at Pergola Paddington
From the 28th April, Pergola Paraíso will be popping up in Paddington, inspired by the glamour and chilled out vibes of Tulum in Mexico. The immersive drinking and dining experience will feature pop-up restaurants Crudo Cevicheria and Dos Mas Tacos, a dance floor and an awesome margarita menu, while the weekends will see fire performers, live percussion and pretty much more entertainment than you could shake a sombrero at. Get your tickets booked here.
20 Course Menu at TEMAKI
Known for being London’s first authentic handroll bar, TEMAKI in Brixton will host an incredible 20 course special menu from Exec Chef Shaulan Steen. The ‘One Night in Tokyo’ will feature an exquisite menu including delicious sushi and gilthead bream and crab with dashi. Seats are filling up fast, so grab your ticket here, priced at £110pp with sittings at 6.30pm and 8pm.
Sumosan Twiga’s Bottomless Brunch
Indulge in Sumosan Twiga Knightsbridge Saturday bottomless brunch for two extended weekends on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April as well as Saturday 30th April and 1st May. Expect unique fun, exquisite food, including Japanese and Italian dished, live DJs and of course bottomless champagne. Priced at £150pp for the alcoholic option & £110pp for the non-alcoholic option.
Crazy Pizza’s Crazy Bubbles Brunch
Available every Saturday including the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend and set to fuel the appetite of Marylebone and Knightsbridge goers, Crazy Pizza’s Crazy Bubbles Brunch will be available from 12pm to 3pm and will offer a party styled experience filled with bottomless champagne and cocktails, fantastic dishes and crazy entertainment with traditional napkin waving performances, potential pizza spinning, a DJ, shots and much more. A perfect dining experience with loved ones, looking for delicious Italian food and entertainment. Book here.
Caorunn Gin Flower Bike
Have you seen a prettier sight on the streets of London?! The Caorunn Gin Flower Bike laiden with gorgeous flowers will be spreading happiness this Easter across the capital. Brimming with beautiful blooms, passers-by will be able to pick their own bunch, while also grabbing a voucher which can be exchanged for a Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin and Tonic from Bubba Oasis Bar in Upper Street in Angel.
New: Laurel’s on the Roof at Mondrian Shoreditch
Thursday 5th May sees the opening of a uber cool, glamorous yet relaxed new restaurant and bar on the rooftop of Mondrian Shoreditch! Taking inspiration from 70’s Hollywood, and the legacy of LA’s Laurel Canyon, Laurel’s on the Roof – the all new day drinking and dining spot will feature laid back Cali style aesthetics with a soundtrack of soul, funk and electro beats. Signature dishes will include sea bream tacos, Malibu shrimp cocktail and roasted aubergine as well as a gorgeous cocktail menu. Follow them on Instagram.
Sustainable Supper Club Series at Gaucho Charlotte Street
Gaucho Charlotte Street is kicking off its Sustainable Supper Club Series on Wednesday April 20th. The menu celebrates lesser used cuts of meat, while reducing food waste, paired with zero waste drinks. You can expect dishes like carbon-neutral entrana steak served with fried pomme anna and English garden chimichurri, while drinks will include cocktails made with Discarded Spirits Co. Vermouth and Campari. £50pp or £70pp with drinks. Book here.
Mortimer House Guest Chef Series
Mortimer House will play host to guest chef Phil Juma from JUMA Kitchen on 28th April. Celebrating delicious food with a true taste of Baghdad, diners will experience a gorgeous feast including hummus topped with lamb shoulder, saffron chicken and aubergine bake and a ‘knafa’ dessert – baked cream and cheese topped with katifi pastry. Tickets are £35 / £40pp with a vegan menu also available. Book here.
Bill’s Brand New Menu
For the first time in five years, Bill’s Restaurant & Bar will showcase a brand new menu across all of its sites. Featuring plant-based alternatives and new ‘extra’ dishes like the Black Gold Burger (think chargrilled premium beef patty with black truffle fondue, topped with 24 carat gold flakes – yummmm), there really is something for everyone! Other new dishes included Santorini Salad, Dirty Vegan Burger and Bill’s Plant Plate. Book your night out at Bill’s here.
Franco’s Annual Rosé Wine Event
Finally, it’s back! Franco’s annual annual rosé wine tasting event on Tuesday 26th April will this year include a Moulin Rouge spin! Featuring 70 carefully selected wines, there’ll be canapés and music from resident DJ Nicola Robinson. £45pp, 6-9pm, get your tickets here.
Theo Randall’s Mindful Drinking Social Dining Experience
Theo Randall has teamed up with Crodino – the Italian non-alcoholic aperitivo to offer bottomless brunch with a difference – this one is alcohol free! Launching on 5th April at The Fisheries in East London, friends can enjoy two hours of bottomless delicious Italian bites, accompanied by refreshing glasses of Crodino. Get your tickets here for their events on 5th, 6th and 20th April.
Suffolk’s Pinch pop-up at Layla Bakery
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, Alice Norman of Pinch in Suffolk will be popping up at West London’s artisanal bakery Layla on Ladbroke Grove. Pinch will be offering up four delicious flavours of the famous ‘cruller’ which is a fluted, ring shaped doughnut made from choux pastry. Honey and bacon, chocolate and malted barley and rhubarb and custard will be among the delights.
Food & Art Pairing at Colonel Saab
There’s a very special event coming to Holborn’s Colonel Saab on 24th May. Founder Roop Partap Choudhary will be on hand to personally take diners through a nine course tasting menu, while showcasing the family’s beloved and intriguing art collection. From 17th Century Tanjore paintings to ornate chandeliers from Firozabad, the art and the menu is certain to delight! Book here.
NEW: Amalfi Restaurant
Bringing Italian fare to Argyll Street in the heart of London, Amalfi has just opened, offering a contemporary dining experience and fabulous cocktails. With a two floor restaurant and al fresco private garden room, Amalfi signatures will include fresh Maldon rock oysters served with Tattinger Champagne, meat and seafood carpaccios and whole burratas. Mains include lobster spaghetti, veal coltoletta and lemon sole, while the dessert menu will feature the baked chocolate etna for two. On the cocktail list, we’re loving the sound of the house smoked negroni and the Italian passionfruit bellini! Check out their website here.
NEW: The Arber Garden
From Open House – behind The Lighterman at Coal Drop’s Yard and The Broadcaster at White City comes a beautiful botanical pub in Fitzrovia. The Arber Garden inspired by legendary botanist Agnes Arber has a huge gin selection as well as a delicious menu with a focus on seasonal dishes. With Head Chef Luke Rayment-Blakey at the helm, dishes will include Westcombe ricotta, Norfolk horn lamb, grilled white asparagus and Dorset crab.
Taste of London Returns – Wednesday 15th June – Sunday 19th June
Tickets are now on sale for one of our favourite foodie festivals! The five day line up will return to Regent’s Park from the 15th – 19th June. The event’s 18th birthday means even more cause for celebration, so you can expect a massive turn out of the capital’s best culinary offerings. Zetter Townhouse, Cinnamon Club, Hoppers, Sartoria, Flesh and Buns, Big Mamma Group (Gloria, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare) have all already confirmed with plenty more to come. Grab your tickets and check out the full line up here.
Coravin Fine Wine Tasting Event at Pont De La Tour
Coravin are holding a series of fine wine tasting events which will be held in Pont De La Tour’s atmospheric wine cellar. Focusing on sampling different expressions of the same grape variety including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and two Bordeaux blends, tickets are priced at £180pp, including canapes from Exec Chef Tony Fleming. The ticket price also include the Coravin Pivot System to take home meaning a significant discount on the usual retail price of £139.99. Taking place on 13th April from 6.30pm – 8pm, you can grab your tickets for this exclusive event, here.
Heading out? Indian restaurant Trishna will be showcasing their limited edition Easter dish Chettinad Lamb Shank (Welsh lamb shank with curry leaves and pickled baby shallots served with Malabar parotta, urlai roast and lemon rice £40), along withlimited edition cocktails and other delights on the new spring menu.
Gymkhana meanwhile will be showcasing their new limited edition sharing dish – a delightful Nargisi Quail Kofta, Laccha Paratha, Onion & Chilli Salad priced at £40 to share.
Celebrate Easter at The Londoner where the offerings include a ‘longer stay’ room discount of up to 25% when you book 3, 5 or 7 nights as well as The Great Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 17th April. Handcrafted eggs courtesy of Exec pastry chef Dale DeSimone have been hidden around the hotel. Register at reception at 2pm to receive not only the clues, but a glass of Gusbourne Brut Reserve.
One which the adults will love! Top Cuvee’s annual wine themed Easter Egg hunt is back in Clissold Park on 17th April. With prizes from pizza favourite Yard Sale, Dark Arts Coffee and ramen kitchen Supa Ya Ramen, grab your tickets here.