THE APRIL FOOD & DRINK GUIDE 2019: 8 BRILLIANT HOT SPOTS FOR LONDON FOODIES
Spring is officially here and we’re all fantasising about the impending weekends spent in the pub garden, on the sun-filled terrace or up on a rooftop bar. Menus have been rejuvenated to incorporate new, seasonal dishes and summer cocktails. I’ve rounded up some of London’s latest offerings, so whether you’re popping out for a work lunch meeting, evening meal or a hot date, I hope you’ll enjoy these fabulous bars and restaurants!
1.) Brand New Neapolitan Menu | Pizza Pilgrims
Since it was first opened, 7 years ago, Pizza Pilgrims continued to uphold its traditional Neapolitan style using the best Italian ingredients. Their brand-new menu has recently launched and combines the secrets of great traditional pizza with an innovative twist. From the favourite classic Margherita to their new unique ‘Bread Zepplin’ – puffed-up garlic bread dripping in garlic olive oil – the team at Pizza Pilgrims prove to continue to be innovative and exciting!
Pizza Pilgrims, 9 locations across London and 1 in Oxford
2.) Spectacular Charcuterie Boards | Galvin HOP Bistrot & Bar, Spitalfields
The charcuterie revolution rolls on as the Galvin Brothers open a meat and cheese counter at their Galvin HOP Bistrot & Bar in Spitalfields, London. Re-invented for 2019 Galvin HOP is modelled on the fashionable bistrot and bars of Paris and New York.
The outstanding charcuterie board is rich in produce from the UK, Italy, France and Spain, with meats being sourced locally from the popular Ham and Cheese Co, as well as internationally from Lyon in France. Farmhouse cheeses compliment the artisanal meats, and all can be enjoyed with the perfect glass of wine.
HOP Bistrot & Bar, Bishops Sq, 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
3.) New Jazz Brunch | Dukes London, St James’s
DUKES is starting a new jazz brunch, launching this spring at the hotel’s restaurant, Great British Restaurant (GBR). On the first Sunday of every month from the beginning of April, UK jazz musician Atila will serenade guests while they indulge in a delicious British brunch.
The new jazz brunch will be available between 12pm - 4pm, priced at £55 per person and includes a welcome cocktail. The brunch menu is carefully curated by Norfolk-born, Executive Head Chef, Nigel Mendham, and uses delicious local British produce. To make a booking at GBR call 020 7491 4840 or please click here .
Dukes Hotel, 35 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NY
4.) ‘Busk in London’ | The Ivy Tower Bridge
The Ivy Tower Bridge is pleased to announce that its collaboration with Busk in London; an initiative supported by the Mayor of London and designed to champion street performance, will return for spring and summer 2019, in partnership with Slingsby Gin. As part of the collaboration, a series of talented Busk in London musicians will perform at the restaurant on select occasions from April to June, commencing on Wednesday 17 April from 5.30pm. Diners will be treated to folk-inspired tunes of talented singer-songwriter, Charlotte Campbell (who will also be performing on Wednesday, 24 April). A series of bespoke and refreshing cocktail creations will be available. For further information or to book a table, please visit the website or call 0203 146 7722.
The Ivy Tower Bridge | One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA
5.) New Spring Menu | Kricket, Soho
Modern Indian-inspired restaurant Kricket, has launched its new spring menu in a celebration of the best foraged and home-grown British Spring seasonal ingredients. After opening Kricket Television Centre at the end of 2018, it accompanies Soho and Brixton as the team’s third restaurant. The creativity behind the dishes is underpinned by the historical background of both British and Indian culture, evident in the elevation of Indian flavours married with the best of British produce using traditional techniques.
Kricket, 3 locations across London: Soho, Brixton and White City
6.) New: Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea | Le Méridien Piccadilly
Mr. McGregor’s Garden comes alive in the stunning nostalgic Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly! Beautiful tasty treats include the Flower-Pot Hideout chamomile chocolate pot, an eye catching Magnificent Mushroom of strawberry ganache with a crunchy meringue stem, vegetable patch sandwiches and Caught In A Twist smoked salmon and sun-dried tomato pinwheel. Presented inside a wooden vegetable box for little ones and on a tiered slate planter for adults, the tea can be enjoyed by the whole family. Served in the bright Terrace On Piccadilly boasting floor to ceiling windows, a balcony overlooking Piccadilly and an array of foliage, the setting perfectly echoes The Tale of Peter Rabbit!
Le Méridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BH
7.) Taste of Spring Menu | Galvin at The Athenaeum, Mayfair
The new Taste of Spring Menu at Galvin at The Athenaeum includes 4 courses and a glass of red or white wine for £28.50 per person! Courses: English peas, mint & buttermilk, Everleigh farm asparagus, crispy hen’s egg and Gloucester old spot bacon, Sea Trout with Jersey Royals, wild mushrooms and Spring greens, strawberry panna cotta, shortbread & basil. Choose between Verdejo CyL, Abadia de Aribayos (Spain, 2017) or Nero d'Avola, Cantine Volpi Terre Siciliane (Italy, 2016). Click here to book!
Galvin at The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ
8.) Californian Winery Pop-Up | Savage Garden, City of London
Savage Garden, London’s wildest rooftop bar, is bringing Napa Valley to the capital with the launch of ‘Savage Valley – Californian Winery’. The pop-up, launching on 19th April, will bring a taste of California to the City with an authentic winery installation serving eclectic wine ranges from The Golden State, with unique blends to excite the palate and inspire the senses. A new menu has been designed to compliment the wines and cocktails on offer.
Savage Garden, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF