he low-down on the London bars, restaurants and cafes that you need to discover this summer
1. 108 Brasserie
108 Brasserie, the stylish all-day drinking and dining destination in Marylebone has introduced a an exclusive Chef’s Table: take a bow Table 9. Located at the heart of the beautifully designed dining space, Table 9 seats up to eight guests and provides a fantastic opportunity to taste signature seasonally inspired 108 dishes such as Roast breast of Gressingham duck confit with hash, turnip and apple brandy, Lobster tortellini served with confit fennel and shellfish bisque and Carpaccio of beef with black truffle dressing with rocket and shaved pecorino. What’s more, executive chef Russell Ford will be on hand to guide you through the menu, explaining the provenance and execution of the dishes.
108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1
Secret speakeasy bar Barts is going for flower power in honour of The Chelsea Flower Show - shielded to take place from 19 - 23 May 2015. Talented bar manager, Vincenzo Sibilia, has concocted an exquisite cocktail as a tribute to the world's most prestigious flower show (Barts is situated a stone's throw away from the show) aptly named, the 'Flower of Brazil.' Expect an exotic blend of yaguara cahaca, miclo rose liquor, miclo violet liquor, lemon, cardamom, chilly, sugar syrup and a dash of egg white served over ice in a tall Boston glass and garnished with a carmelised flower on top. Elsewhere Barts will be re-opening its very own Cuban garden enabling guests to sip their drinks surrounded by lush foliage and exotic plants. Bottom line? Barts will be the pick of the bunch (sorry!) for this year's Chelsea Flower Show.
Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3
3. Inn The Park
As the weather warms up, it’s time to take eating and drinking outside… And if you’re looking for the quintessential al fresco London dining experience, look no further than Inn the Park which - as the name suggests - is situated slap bang in the heart of St James’ Park. The Peyton and Byrne dining venue is open from 8am for breakfast (think Super food pancakes with cottage cheese, avocado, spinach and pomegranate seeds or English king oyster mushroom with sweet potato sausage, quinoa pudding, spiced beans and eggs) as well as lunch and dinner (Monkfish curry with samphire and wild garlic brown rice, 35 days aged Dexter ribeye, bone marrow and watercress salad). Every meal is served against backdrop of the coloured flags of the Mall and the historical Horse Guards Parade.
St James's Park, SW1A
4. Le Pont de la Tour
D&D London’s Le Pont de la Tour and ethical coffee brand CRU Kafe have teamed up to introduce a range of savoury dishes, desserts and cocktails all made with CRU Kafe’s high altitude, fair-trade and organic coffee blends which will be served throughout May. New cocktails include The Italian Hit (a sour martini including Italian favourites such as cult amaro Fernet Branca and limoncello, tempered by the sweetness of lemon curd) an The Ultimate Espresso Martini (Amaretto, butterscotch and coffee liqueur.). On the food front, dishes to look forward to include Confit duck leg, braised chicory and coffee foam and Grilled red mullet with Champagne and coffee sauce. They will be available in the lively Bar & Grill, overlooking the River Thames and Tower Bridge.
36D Shad Thames, SE1
5. M Restaurants
All this week, M Restaurants is be celebrating World Malbec Day (officially 17 April) by launching its brand new out-door terrace on Threadneedle Walk with a specially created Malbec vineyard in the shadow of the bank of England. During Malbec week at M, the restaurant will offer a special Argentine menu and wine tastings from their Enomatic machines with head sommelier Zack Charilaou, as well as three screenings of Argentine Movies, created by some of Argentinas top filmmakers. Guests drinking and dining at M during this time will be invited to try the very best in Argentine produce and even visit the M-albec vineyard and crush some grapes barefoot. Malbec - for those who have been living on another planet - has taken the world by storm, moving from a little known variety fifteen years ago to one of the wine-worlds superstars today. Hence, Wines of Argentina established 17 April as Malbec World Day, a celebration to honour the popularity of this seductive Argentine varietal.
2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2