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I spend a lot of time scouring the UK for beautiful new restaurants, world-renowned chefs, talented newcomers, vegan cuisine, organic produce and seasonal, British food. In London, the restaurant scene is alive with the sound of innovative dishes, fun, themed brunches and unforgettable dining experiences. It was not hard to track down 10 excellent dining hot spots that are going to delight and amaze you this summer! Tried and tested. Bon Appétit!

1.) Saturday Frosé Brunch at The Perception Bar in the W London, Soho


The vibrant and lively W London have just launched a fabulous new bottomless Frosé brunch, available every Saturday. The menu includes six main dishes including; Salmon Tartare Burger, Poached eggs with Cornish crab as well as two delicious vegan dishes; a crisp Mushroom & Leek Quiche with Kale and Quinoa or wholesome Roasted Butternut, Smashed Avocado, Red Cabbage and seasoned Scrambled Tofu served on thickly-cut Sourdough toast.

You will be able to enjoy unlimited choice of prosecco or house-made frozen rosé and freshly made pancakes and waffles. Guests are welcome to stay at The Perception to enjoy London’s hottest DJs as they set the beat for an unforgettable electric Saturday afternoon with the capital’s coolest crowd. Hours of fun! Please click here for more information including how to book.

2.) Trishna X The Rare Tea Company Dinner, Marylebone


In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show season, Trishna in Marylebone has transformed its front façade with a beautiful array of exotic flowers alongside launching its new Tea Garden collection of cocktails in collaboration with The Rare Tea Company. Trishna will be welcoming guests on Wednesday 22nd May to join them for a dinner with The Rare Tea Company where diners will experience the new Tea Garden cocktail collection, alongside a four-course curated menu.  

From Sri Lankan Lemongrass to Nepalese Cherry Blossom The Rare Tea Company’s cold-brew teas have been blended with the finest ingredients to create The Tea Garden Collection. Tables are available from 6pm onwards, priced at £65 per person, which includes four cocktails and a four course meal. Please click here to book.

3.) A Floral Transformation at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea


This summer, The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s exterior façade has been transformed into a wild flower meadow in celebration of the summer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Guests who enter the restaurant will be greeted by a floral ceiling in reception, with nods to wild flowers throughout and within the al fresco garden space. There will be menu updates and two beautiful, limited edition floral cocktails will also be available.

The Silent Sparkle (£10.75) will feature Silent Pool Gin, ginger & lemongrass cordial, lime juice and Ivy Champagne, garnished with fragrant dried lavender, whilst The Camomile Garden (£11.50) will incorporate Silent Pool Gin, honey water & Fever Tree Indian Tonic, a spritz of camomile aromatics, kaffir lime leaf and orange. Please click here to book.

4.) Brunch Chinois at Park Chinois, Mayfair

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Park Chinois are offering Brunch Chinois, a glamorous brunch in London, available every Saturday afternoon. The Brunch Chinois is a three course Chinese meal from the signature set-menu, with a welcome drink on arrival – choose from a signature cocktails, beer or a glass of wine – and a half bottle of Charles Heidseick Champagne, per person, for £58. Club Chinois will swing open its doors every Saturday from 12 – 4pm, accompanied by DJs. 

Please email reservations@parkchinois.com to book. For 25% off, on Saturday 25th May, please quote Mayfair25 when booking!

5.) La Dolce Vita at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge


This summer will see a little bit of Italy arrive in the capital as The Berkeley, Belgravia’s landmark hotel, creates ‘La Dolce Vita’, a lemon tree lined Italian haven on its roof.  The hotel’s secluded garden and swimming pool will be home to the sights, tastes, charm and, of course, ‘amore’ of the Amalfi coast including Aperitivo hour complete with Bellinis, Aperol Spritz and Negronis. 

La Dolce Vita at The Berkeley launches on 1st June, 2019 and will be open until September, 2019. Access is subject to availability and must be pre-booked in advance. La Dolce Vita at The Berkeley is open every day to hotel guests and visitors alike. There are two package options; four hour access to La Dolce Vita (the rooftop garden and pool, sauna and steam room) including a glass of Aperol Spritz is priced at £75 per person. Four hour access to La Dolce Vita (the rooftop garden and pool, sauna and steam room), a glass of Aperol Spritz and an indulgent La Dolce Vita spa treatment and is priced at £195 per person. Buona Vacanza!

For further details and to book, please click here or call (0) 20 7235 6000.

6.) ‘The Floral Spritz Collection’ Cocktails at May Fair Kitchen, Mayfair


In addition, ‘The Floral Spritz Collection’ has also arrived at May Fair Kitchen. Infused with stunning florals, join us from 20th May until 18th August to experience a taste of summer with our Raspberry & Elderflower, Bitter Blush and The Capri spritz cocktails at £14 each.

Available at May Fair Kitchen from 20.05.2019 until 18.08.2019

7.) Picnic with your Pooch with DUKES LONDON’s Gourmet Picnics, Mayfair & St. James’s

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DUKES LONDON’s gourmet spring and summer picnics in Green Park and St James’s Park are back! Indulge in a tasty picnic hamper crammed with scrumptious British delicacies, and new for this year are DUKES LONDON’s dog picnics. For added luxury, spoil yourself with special treats such as Champagne, tailor made flower bouquets and your own personal Butler service. With vegetarian, vegan, children’s and dog’s options available in addition to the classic picnic this year, this is still one of London’s favourite al-fresco dining experiences suitable for all ages, occasions and breeds.

Classic British Picnics and Vegetarian Picnics are from £39.50 pp, Vegan Picnics are from £35pp, DUKES’ Children’s Picnics are £17pp. Dog’s Picnics are £15 per pooch. Special extras available at an extra cost.

For more information on DUKES LONDON please click here or call 0207 491 4840.

8.) Chelsea Flower Show Cocktails at Conrad London St. James’s

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Conrad London St James' expert mixologists have created three delicious Chelsea Flower Show Cocktails. From 20th -26th April, Conrad London St. James will be offering guests a choice between the fruity 'Flower Fair', the 'Violet Bliss' and the 'London Blossom' all set to delight. Available at the Blue Boar Bar, don't miss the beginning of summer at Conrad London St. James.

9.) New Cafe Bar in Sloane Place, Chelsea


Situated just off Sloane Square, Sloane Place is a boutique hotel and café bar, offering guests and locals relaxed elegance in a contemporary chic setting. The food menu carefully brings together sharing plates, hearty mains and indulgent desserts in an eclectic “Modern British” style. Bernhard Mayer, ex Executive Chef of the Savoy and Four Seasons Hotels believes in letting fresh, high quality ingredients speak for themselves, never compromising on flavour and always presenting dishes with care and attention to detail.

10.) A Culinary Journey from East to West at Stork London, Mayfair


Stork London is a new addition to the London scene (the restaurant opened in April). The story behind the restaurant’s concept follows the flight of the namesake stork on its journey from East to West; Eastern Europe to Western Africa. The menu’s global influences are collected along this journey, gathering taste inspiration and flavours from the countries in the Stork’s path.

Michael Adjovi Kalu and Nadina Grigoras the couple behind the restaurant, have taken inspiration from their own backgrounds. A west African and eastern European couple, they bring the concept of the restaurant to life. From successful tech entrepreneurs and wine developers, to restaurant pioneers, they want to share the love of their heritage and respective national cuisines with a wider audience. The kitchen and menu are headed up by Chef Adebola Adeshina.

11.) Be Among the First to Sample Gordon Ramsay’s Brand New Restaurant Lucky Cat, Mayfair

Above: Lucky Cat’s Kitchen View.

Above: Lucky Cat’s Kitchen View.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants is opening of its highly anticipated Mayfair restaurant, ‘Lucky Cat’ on Monday 24th June with bookings already open to guests. The Asian Eating House, located in Grosvenor Square, invites guests to enjoy Gordon Ramsay’s latest venture, with a menu that features Asian small plates and Robata grilled dishes. Lucky Cat will also offer a superb selection of Japanese gins and over 50 sakes, alongside wine, beer and whisky.

For the chance to be the first in to experience the brand new restaurant, bookings are now open, please head to the website: www.luckycat.co.uk to book a table.

12.) Tom Aikens & Nigel Mendham Collaboration: The Norfolk Boys Menu at GBR in DUKES LONDON, St. James’s

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Photo by Adesso Productions

DUKES LONDON, is delighted to announce a one-off gastronomic evening on Tuesday 9th July at the hotel’s signature restaurant, GBR. Inspired by their joint Norfolk heritage and fond memories of summers spent on the north Norfolk coast, longstanding Executive Head Chef, Nigel Mendham, will join forces with celebrity Michelin-star chef, Tom Aikens to create a one-off, six-course Norfolk Boys tasting menu. Using local produce from their trusted Norfolk suppliers including Nurtured in Norfolk, they will draw on memories of sandy beaches, clam-picking and crabbing. Priced at £125 per person.

To book tickets contact the team at GBR; email gbrlondon@dukeshotel.com; call  020 7491 4840; or visit www.gbrrestaurantslondon.com.

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