Londoners, it's officially May. Is your social schedule looking a little lacklustre? Has your date night inspiration dried up? Have you exhausted all avenues of what do to in London? We've compiled a list of the ultimate things to do in the city that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with the nation's capital.
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Whether you're into fine dining with a view of the city's stunning skyline, or hitting up the best of London's sun-soaked beer gardens - we have got you covered.
Read on to discover the very best things to do in London for every budget, tried and tested by HELLO!'s writers...
Best things to do in London in May
Take a picnic to Primrose Hill
If May brings sunshine, tube it to Chalk Farm and enjoy a picnic on Primrose Hill whilst soaking up the very best views of the city. Stay until sunset for some glorious alfresco views or brave the early morning to get there as the sun rises over the hill.
North London grocer Melrose & Morgan is the best place to get your picnic supplies, and their picnic hampers have long been Primrose Hill's best kept secret - until now. Build your perfect bespoke picnic from their fresh artisan cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal frittatas, stuffed peppers, bacon & cheddar tarts, truffle crisps, home-baked lemon polenta cake, white chocolate & lime cookies, chocolate florentines, fresh strawberries and much more! Everything is in the details at Melrose & Morgan, from the eco cutlery to the herringbone blankets - we simply can't imagine a picnic on Primrose Hill without it.
To find out more, visit melroseandmorgan.com
Celebrate summer at the biggest food and music festival tour in the UK
The brainchild of celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge, Pub in the Park is now the biggest food and music festival tour in the UK. Returning to nine different locations for summer 2022, including Chiswick, Wimbledon and Dulwich, Londoners can enjoy cuisine from award-winning and Michelin-starred eateries while partying to performances from top-charting acts. This year's lineup includes Craig David TS5, Rag'n'Bone Man, Kaiser Chiefs, Professor Green, Sister Sledge, Supergrass, General Levy and more!
To book, get your tickets here
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Get your tickets for the 2022 London E-Prix
Calling all racing enthusiasts! Formula E has finally launched ticket sales for the 2022 London E-Prix. The two day racing event features a double-header of races on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July at ExCeL London, with a return to full capacity grandstands in London for the first time since the 2016 race, held in Battersea Park. The race circuit is overlaid on the streets around and inside the ExCeL London. This summer's hottest event also just revealed London-raised DJ and producer Jax Jones will perform.
Grandstand seat tickets are available now starting at £49 from www.FIAFormulaE.com/London.
Enjoy a nostalgic evening at retro arcade bar N64
Think you're a pro at Guitar Hero? Reckon you can out dance your friends on the Dance Machine? London’s latest hotspot and brand new retro arcade bar is coming to the heart of Soho, and they’re calling on lucky Londoners to attend their exclusive games testing nights ahead of the launch. NQ64 will be granting gamers access to the immersive venue before anyone else on Monday 23 May for an exciting test drive of classic games from over the last five decades. The new late-night basement venue will be transporting Londoners back in time with the perfect combination of retro gaming, hip-hop sounds and bespoke cocktails, not forgetting the brand's signature neon-filled aesthetic.
Fancy winning a spot at the exclusive games testing night? If so, simply head to NQ64’s official London Instagram page (@nq64ldn) and apply on their latest Instagram post here. Testers will be chosen at random and notified via Instagram DMs by 16 May 2022. And if you're not lucky enough to be chosen as a tester, prepare for its official launch on 27 May.
Treat yourself to fresh pasta and Kocktails in Covent Garden
There's nothing that sparks joy quite like stumbling upon a new London pop up. Pasta Evangelists and Kocktail have joined forces to bring the ultimate combination of fresh pasta and delicious cocktails to the city, situated in their stunning Spritz & Pasta Garden located in the heart of Covent Garden. No plans this weekend? Don't miss this fun foodie hotspot before it closes on Sunday 15 May.
Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee
Renowned American style bakery The Hummingbird Bakery have given their much loved classics a jubilee makeover with pieces of hand cut fondant in the shape of a crown with hand piped detailing or the iconic and instantly recognisable silhouette of Her Majesty's profile. The range includes, Crownies, Biscuit Bar, a hand decorated Cupcake Selection and a Red Velvet Jubilee Cake – arguably what The Hummingbird Bakery is most famous for – three layers of Red Velvet sponge sandwich layers of sumptuous cream cheese frosting. Finished with a golden fondant wreath and Queen's profile silhouette. The Hummingbird Bakery’s Platinum Jubilee range will be available to order online from 16 May for London-wide delivery or collection in-store.
Find out more, hummingbirdbakery.com
Get ready for London's first Asian food festival
Calling all foodies! We're so excited for Bon Appétit, London's brand new Asian food festival set to tease the tastebuds and scintillate the senses. The brand new food festival takes place in the arches of the famed Leake Street tunnel, where you’ll discover the flavours of Asia as you taste a delicious selection of the incredible cuisine. With workshops, cooking demos, market stalls, and more, it's the perfect day out for all the foodies out there. Leave your diary free May 20-22, for a truly delicious adventure awaits!
To book, get your tickets here.
Enjoy a tasty sense of escapism
Launched this month, The Mandrake is serving an al fresco Botanical Sunday Brunch at Jurema Terrace for a vibrant weekend affair this summer. Tucked away above the hotel, Jurema Terrace is enveloped by a hanging garden of suspended jasmine and passionflower while overlooking the Courtyard with its soaring Tasmanian Ferns. An evergreen oasis that offers a sense of escapism, Jurema Terrace is the perfect slice of tranquillity in the heart of the bustling city of London.
From 12pm to 4pm, guests may indulge in a spirited and gastronomic brunch experience exclusively available on Sundays. Cool tunes by a leading sound sommelier will add to the fun and lively ambience of the relaxed weekend afternoon spent under the sun.
To find out more, visit themandrake.com/jurema
Explore the best of Carnaby, London's most vibrant destination
Don't let the tourist traps of Oxford Circus and Picadilly Circus put you off exploring the city's vibrant Carnaby, an eclectic hub of global fashion brands, independent boutiques, funky foodie spots, art installations and more. The pedestrianised area of Soho is as colourful and vibrant as it is practical and convenient, loaded with an exciting rock n' roll history of London's swinging 60s. Not sure where to start? Scroll on to discover how best to spend your day in Carnaby…
Upgrade your piercing game at Metal Morphosis
If spontaneity runs in your blood, you'll love a trip to Metal Morphosis to add a new piercing to your collection. This is the most professional body and ear piercing service on the high street, offering only the finest quality metals and the most extensive range of piercing and fashion jewellery. Whether you're a minimalist into mini studs or a maximalist queen looking to upgrade your ear party - Metal Morphosis is the place to do it.
Ugly Dumpling makes the ultimate lunch spot
Have you ever heard of a cheeseburger dumpling? Neither had we, until we tried it and instantly ordered three more. This street food-turned-restaurant is home to many a twist on the humble Asian dumpling. From aromatic duck to fragrant pork belly, aubergine parmigiana and mushroom and truffle, Ugly Dumpling is the perfect place to indulge in traditional Asian classics - or try a Western fusion. Load up on sides like the legendary crispy Tempura Aubergine, summery Beetroot Rice Noodles and Crunchy Slaw as well as the delicious Seaweed and Pickled Cucumber Salad to keep you satisfied. Delish.
Shop from independent stores
Carnaby is home to over 160 brands spanning fashion, beauty, lifestyle food and drink, so you'll never be short of things to do. If you're looking to update your wardrobe in true rock n' roll style, head to 'RS No. 9 Carnaby', an iconic store that features all of the hallmarks of The Rolling Stones and an exclusive fashion label with unique pieces.
Dine alfresco at Carnaby's iconic Kingly Court
Kingly Court is a bustling hub of culinary delights tucked into Carnaby's secret alfresco destination. Our favourite place to dine for dinner? Korean Dinner Party. The brains behind the menu are Ana Goncalves and Zijun who have created an eclectic mix of East-meets-West dishes, kitsch cocktails and craft beers with a niche record collection of Korean hip hop playing into the night - there's nowhere else quite like KDP in Soho. Highlights include the mouth-watering slow cook 48-hour beef short riba and garlicky 'chickn' nuggets.
Carry on your night at Cahoots
Cahoots is Soho’s underground home that transports guests back in time to post-war 1940s. Set inside an abandoned train station, the scoundrels of this station speakeasy serve up spiffing cocktails, jolly-good rations and live swinging entertainment seven days a week.
Sip Rosé in Covent Garden
Rosé season has officially begun with the launch of The Rosé Garden Party in Covent Garden running until the 15th May. Over 20 of Covent Garden’s most loved restaurants will be joining together to offer the very best rosé wine, cocktails and themed menus this Spring, including The Uncommon, Ave Mario, Petersham Nurseries, Frenchie, The Oystermen and SUSHISAMBA.
For more information, visit here
Enjoy afternoon tea on a boat
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the eco-friendly boat company, GoBoat, is rolling out the red carpet to offer guests the ultimate royal treatment, allowing them to truly be treated like a queen during the extra-long bank holiday weekend. Guests sailing from 2nd June to 5th June, at its Kingston upon Thames location can add a luxury high tea to their one-, two-, or three-hour boat ride, crafted by The Luxury Picnic Company. In addition to afternoon tea, guests that sail at GoBoat Kingston on Friday 3rd June can add on a complimentary chauffeur to their booking, a free VIP upgrade allowing them to enjoy sights such as Hampton Court Palace with their very own private captain.
For more information, visit here
Take a cablecar flight across London
Who would have thought we would be adding a TfL service to our ultimate guide for things to do in London? But trust us, this one is worth the trip *pun intended*.
Enjoy beautiful views of the Thames, London's skyline, the Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Docks and The O2 on the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars. Available every 10 minutes, with hitching a ride as simple as tapping your Oyster Card – this skyline adventure is the perfect way to see London's skyline for a price that won't cost you your staycation fund.
For more information, visit emiratesairline.co.uk
Cruise down Regent's Canal on your own boat
Ahoy there! GoBoat is the fun self-drive boating experience that takes you all along London's stunning Regent's Canal. Bring your own picnic and cruise along the river for up to three hours.
This family-friendly boating experience is the perfect way to see some of London's best sights – you'll even sail past London Zoo and catch a glimpse of some animals if you're lucky. Hire a boat at sunset for the ultimate date night trip, or enjoy a floating picnic with friends. Dogs are welcome aboard too!
Now open 7 days a week, up to 8 people can climb aboard, so decide on your Captain and get booking.
To book, visit goboat.co.uk
Visit the Tower of London & have afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason
Experience a historic landmark paired with some delicious dining, with a visit to the Tower of London and an afternoon tea with Champagne at Fortnum & Mason at the Royal Exchange. Over nearly 1,000 years, the Tower of London has spent time as an armoury, treasury, prison and palace. Having housed many a delinquent over the years from Anne Boleyn to Rudolf Hess, it's most famous incumbent nowadays is the Crown Jewels. You'll be able to see these and much more as you explore. Afterwards, head to Fortnum & Mason Bar and Restaurant at the Royal Exchange, where, seated in the spectacular central courtyard, you'll dine on an exquisite afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne each.
To book, visit here
Best shows and exhibitions to enjoy in London in May
Enjoy a fab-u-lous evening at Craig Revel Horwood’s tour
Join BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing star, Craig Revel Horwood for his debut solo tour. The star will talk about his life from Australia to the West End to Strictly, reveals a wealth of backstage gossip with his trademark wit and candour, and gives a very special performance of some of the music which has been the soundtrack to his career. Craig will be heading to London on the 27th May at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
To book, visit here
Plan a magical Disney experience
It's months away, but Disney on Ice will be back in November and you can get your tickets now! This year's show is called Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, and it's an action-packed voyage and an adventure for the whole family, full of favourite characters from Moana, Frozen, Coco and others.
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big will be skating off from the 6th November 2022 until 31st December, visiting London, Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Priority customers can take advantage of the pre-sale from the 6th May to get their hands on the best seats by heading to www.prioritycustomer.co.uk to sign up. Tickets then go on general sale on the 13th May from www.disneyonice.co.uk
Head to the theatre to watch the critically acclaimed My Fair Lady
This May why not treat yourself with a glamourous trip to the theatre? That’s right, the West End is back in business with the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of the highly anticipated My Fair Lady. Running from the 7th May to 25th August, the new production features music from the English National Opera orchestra playing all the classic songs from the hit musical. Starring Amara Okereke as Eliza Dolittle and Tony-nominated Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins, it would be a shame to miss this star-studded production.
Book your tickets here at myfairladymusical.co.uk/london/
Visit a new digital museum
The month of May marks National Share a Story Month and is the perfect time to celebrate the launch of former Blue Peter presenter Diane Louise Jordan's new oral social history project, 'The Making of Black Britain: a uniquely British story of nationality, identity, and belonging,' which has formed a lifelong partnership with Google Arts & Culture. Marvel at the stunning imagery captured by 71-year-old Vanley Burke, a leading Black British photographer and artist whose iconic work has captured the evolving cultural landscape, pivotal moments of social change, and stimulated debate in the United Kingdom for over four decades.
Enjoy hearing interviews with iconic figures, and you are even invited to Tell Your Story - the idea is to capture the every day of everyone; every colour, class, and creed, across generations – the real people who make up Britain today in this exciting growing, and living online museum! "To be part of history, and shape the future, someone needs to hear your story and remember it."
Find out more here.
Immerse yourself in Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's art experience
If you were mesmerised by the enchanting immersive Van Gogh experience, you'll be delighted to learn that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's art will be lighting up London in a stunning exhibition this May. 'Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience' will be your chance to lose yourself in the great couple’s work. Over 300 art projections highlighting every detail of their paintings in bright, vivid clarity will be used to tell the story of their lives, loves, and art careers. It launched May 28 at Dock X in London, with tickets starting at £19.90.
To book, visit mexicangeniuses.com
Check out an exciting new modern art exhibition
Head to 99 Projects gallery in Kensal Rise to check out the new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Lauren Baker, 'Ten Days Of Silence'. The vivid collection focuses on the ten days of silence Lauren experienced during her travels through Mexico, and is a reflection of her inner journey and the highs and lows she experienced.
The British multi-disciplinary artist has created an innovative new series of sacred geometrical shapes and from which colours and a feeling of light emanate. Through these artworks, Lauren takes the viewers into a sensorial experience of light and colour.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 29 May, For more information, visit 99projects.co.uk.
Best luxury things to do in London in May
Relax and have a spa treatment with a difference
We all need a bit of TLC in our lives, and if you're feeling tired from life's stresses and strains, you need to treat yourself to an incredible body treatment, ASAP. We suggest you head to The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where the hotel's wonderful spa is not to be missed.
Indulge in a Voya treatment at The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Luxury beauty brand VOYA has launched an exclusive treatment, developed especially for the Hotel. Inspired by the trinity of Earth, the Organic Indulgence Spiced Mud Rasul is an epic, top-to-toe treatment that includes the application of warm spiced mud, as well as a marine facial mask, a head massage and a top-notch exfoliation treatment. Finished with an incredible massage using Seaweed oil, it incorporates true relaxation with superb holistic techniques.
To book, visit www.fourseasons.com/tentrinity/
Treat yourself to a highly bespoke, targeted healing session by Renata Nunes
This treatment combines Renata's knowledge and refinement of Chinese Medicine with years of experience in Physiotherapy and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
It begins with an assessment of the client's health, tongue and pulse inspection, which allows Renata to pinpoint the root of any underlying tension, and then pick the best tools to release it.
Conditions that Renata commonly treat with this treatment include Pregnancy Care, Postpartum Care, Digestive disorders, Anxiety/Stress, Insomnia, Migranes/Headaches, Menstrual Disorders, Musculoskeletal conditions, Fertility, Menopause symptoms.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter the ballot for a first-class flight (kind of!)
To celebrate the launch of season 2 of The Flight Attendant, streaming service NOW is giving fans the unique opportunity to experience the luxuries of first-class travel, without having to spend a fortune or leave the ground. Guests will be pampered with luxury LA-inspired beauty and wellness treatments including CBD massages, sunset manicures and will have access to an Oxygen bar where they can enjoy the benefits of boosted energy levels, increased concentration, and better relaxation, whilst being served canapes from dedicated attendants, inspired by flight attendant turned CIA asset Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco), and the other Imperial Atlantic crew members.
25th & 26th May, The Cinema at Selfridges – 40 Duke Street, London W1U 1AT
Enter here firstclassloungeexperience.nowtv.com/
Time for a hair glow up
Jamie Stevens' salon may be tucked away in a quiet west London street just off the buzzy High Street Kensington, but customers will leave the place feeling ultra-fabulous. Calming and pleasingly casual thanks to its stunning garden terrace and chic furnishings, this boutique salon is a sight to behold.
Head here for the perfect cut, non-damaging hair colour and the ultimate blowdry - and the head massages are all brilliant too! Jamie's friendly team, also consisting of his manager Jo Haywood, will create a beautiful hairstyle that's bespoke to you – and you'll love it. You will no doubt leave the leave with glossy locks and a bright smile.
To book, visit jamiestevenshair.com
Enjoy an exquisite facial by La Prairie
After a hard day of shopping In London's Fenwick department store, why not treat yourself to a first rate facial at the La Prairie Beauty Room? The Swiss company is adored by celebrities due to the top-notch scientific research that goes into each and every product they produce. The brand has the best skincare collection money can buy and their four 'Art of Beauty Facials' include not only incredible techniques, but also the use of their three main precious ingredients; Swiss caviar, eternal platinum and radiant gold. The beauty rooms are chic, spacious, and the therapist's vast knowledge, together with the plethora of wonderful, top-class facials on offer is not one to miss.
To book, visit Fenwick.
Be pampered like a Queen
The Londoner in Leicester Square are launching a 30 day celebration to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with highlights including the Queer Queen’s Cabaret, Exclusive Omorovicza Queen's Jubilee Facial and New Jubilee Additions to the Afternoon Tea. As all eyes turn to London for this unique and historic moment, The Londoner will celebrate this momentous occasion with an inaugural series that will offer a programme of exclusive events and experiences in and around the hotel. Launching on the 23rd May, the Jubilee facial is £155 for 75 minutes of ultimate relaxation.
To book, visit here
Get a celebrity skin glow at EF Medispa Chelsea
There's a reason why celebrities and royals alike always look radiant on the red carpet. Their secret? Hydradermabrasion facials. The advanced Jet Facial is a cutting-edge hydradermabrasion treatment that exfoliates, cleanses and nourishes the skin combining the power of lymphatic drainage, pressured air and a bespoke blend of vitamins to target wrinkles, pigmentation and acne - and the post-facial skin glow truly is immense. We tried a Jet Hydradermabrasion facial at Chelsea's EF Medispa, one of the UK's leading medical spas and skin clinics, renowned for cutting edge, innovative face and body treatments.
Totally painless, surprisingly relaxing, and zero downtime, this facial resulted in a radiant, nourished complexion that left our skin feeling glowy n' gorgeous for days after.
To book, visit EF Medispa Chelsea
Indulge with a heavenly facial at Radiance London
Tucked away in the heart of Fitzrovia sits Radiance London, a luxury beauty salon and clinic with plenty of treatments to pick from. Indulge with the spa's newest offering, the Radiance London x Decléor Ultimate Glow treatment, a ninety-minute face and body toning and firming massage. The bespoke treatment includes a thirty-minute expert sculpting massage to help contour the body, whilst Essential oils of Lemon, Peppermint and May Chang help to restore firmness and elasticity, leaving the skin texture refined.
Trust us, it's totally worth it. The spa's boutique appeal coupled with the Radiance team's warm welcome and magic touch make for the ultimate spa outing. With clients including model Charli Howard, Cats star Frankie Hayward and high society sweetheart Clara Paget, the fact that the salon is a celebrity hotspot comes as no surprise. Whether you're after a soothing massage, nail refresh, a heavenly facial, lash lift or more, Radiance has got you covered.
To book, visit radiancelondon.co.uk/treatments/
Have an aura reading at Alkemistry
London based fine jewellery brand The Alkemistry are running a new in-store experience in which, following an aura reading, customers can have a personalised piece of jewellery created featuring your aura colours. Each piece of carefully designed jewellery features 18ct gold interwoven with vibrant, colourful threads and can also be customised with diamonds or gold pear drops for that added flair. The Alkemistry also offer standalone aura readings which can include your friends and family – making it the perfect excuse for a girly day out!
Book your experience at thealkemistry.com/pages/aura
Enjoy a day of painting and prosecco
For some light-hearted fun and a good giggle with your gal pals, introducing Brush and Bubbles. With the best in-person and online art workshops, you and your friends can test your artistic flair with canvas painting alongside the guidance of a professional artist - all whilst sipping on a cool glass of fizz. Perfect for a hen party or just a fun catch up with friends, Brush and Bubbles is the perfect summer activity. And don't worry - you don't need any experience and can have any artistic ability. What's not to love?
Book your experience at brushandbubbles.com
Have a luxury hair styling session with Dyson
Fancy trying a new look? This May, Dyson are offering luxury hair styling sessions with the launch of their new multistyler devices at their state-of-the-art technology hall at Harrods, Knightsbridge. Suitable for all hair types, Dyson experts will be on hand to help you try the stylers for yourself at their private hair-styling stations. Exclusive to their fresh new space, Dyson also offers personalisation of their latest hair dryers and hair straighteners including swish new colours and complimentary gift-wrapping - making them the perfect gift for your hair-obsessed special someone!
Shop the collection now at dyson.co.uk
Best restaurants to visit in London in May
Take your brunch game to the next level at Seabird
There's nothing we love more than discovering on of London's stunning rooftop restaurants. Deceptively hidden several storeys into the clouds, it's easy to forget about the delights of ascending several flights up before stepping into a skyline restaurant - but trust us when we say Seabird isn't one to miss.
The hip London hotspot located within The Hoxton hotel has just launched its glamorous Sky-High Brunch. Available every Sunday throughout May, as guests enter the restaurant, they will be greeted by a mountain of martini glasses chilled and filled to the brim with The Botanist Gin martinis. Brunch-goers will be able to handpick a martini on arrival before being shown their table with views overlooking London’s iconic skyline, all accompanied by a soundtrack from a roster of weekly changing live DJs.
From the deliciously succulent halibut burger to crispy calamari doused in herby aioli, the Mediterranean-inspired menu at Seabird doesn't disappoint. Highlights include the spicy chorizo baked eggs with pillowy sourdough, and the unforgettable octopus roll. Top off your brunch with a sharing cocktail served in a 'Gluggle' jug and soak up the Southwark skyline.
To book, visit seabirdlondon.com
Enjoy a modern take on delicious Indian cuisine
If you love Indian food and are looking for a glamorous location for your next girls' night out then Farzi cafe should be your go-to this summer.
With vibrant experimental Indian dishes packed full of flavour, you won’t be disappointed with this beautiful restaurant. HELLO! especially recommends the mouth-watering cashew chicken and lamb shank. Not to mention the stunning selection of Zodiac-themed cocktails so even if mercury is in retrograde you can drown your sorrows with a tasty bespoke beverage. Located next door to the Theatre Royal Haymarket it’s also the perfect option for a slap up pre-show meal.
To book, visit www.farzilondon.com
Spanish tapas and sangria await for brunch at BIBO Shoreditch
East Londoners might be spoiled for choice on the array of eateries available, but BIBO Shoreditch is not one to miss. Spanish cuisine with the choice of anything from a selection of small plates including gorgeous gambas fritas to paella to your classic Eggs Royale, with all of the sangria you could ever want. ¡Buen Provecho!
For more information and to book, visit here
Indulge in an Italian Sunday feast at Pizzeria Mozza
We think we may have just discovered the best pizzeria in London… Pizzeria Mozza is the Treehouse Hotel's best kept secret, and their brand new Italian Sunday brunches need to be on your London bucket list.
From creamy, indulgent burrata to homemade meatballs al forno with herby garlic baguette, this is hearty Italian feasting at its best. Don't miss the butterscotch budino Dolci, a seriously rich and irresistible dessert that pairs perfectly with a refreshing Pale Fox prosecco. Pizzeria Mozza x Pale Fox brunches offer guests Superiore by the glass, or an exclusive selection of Pale Fox cocktails such as the Galia Bellini (made with Pale Fox Superiore, homemade Citrus and Galia Melon Puree) or the Pear Spritz with (Creme de Poire, Mint cordial, lime and Pale Fox Superiore.) With a focus on fresh and zesty flavours to compliment Pale Fox’s signature floral notes, this fine wine elevates Pizzeria Mozza’s Mediterranean flavours for guests to enjoy pizza in a unique way, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.
To book, visit treehousehotels.com
Breathtaking views (with a side of sushi rolls) at SUSHISAMBA
SUSHISAMBA is iconic in London for being a restaurant like no other, and they’ve only gone and added a stunning terrace into the experience! Located on one of the top floors of the Heron Tower in London (and be prepared for the thrilling glass lift journey up there), the outdoor terrace is the perfect place to sip on a lychee cooler while marvelling at the sprawling city beneath you before tucking into some tasty Eno Samba Rolls or shrimp tempura. Mmm.
To book, visit Sushisamba's site here.
Sip rosé and snack on dim sum with Yauatcha City
The glorious restaurant Yauatcha City has teamed up with summer’s tastiest vino, Whispering Angel, for their gorgeous new rooftop terrace, all so that their guests can enjoy two of life’s greatest treats - rosé and dim sum. From scallop dumplings to crunchy spring rolls, all enjoyed with a glass of pink wine in hand of course, we can’t think of anything better to do on a summer’s evening in London.
Visit here for more information
Go for a very artistic dinner
Bankside, the design-led hotel on the south bank of the River Thames, has announced the launch of the ‘Taste of Art’ series, offering guests the chance to take part in an interactive art and design workshop with a Bankside artist in residence, followed by a three-course dinner at ArtYard Bar & Kitchen, the hotel’s art-filled restaurant. Staying the night? Make the most of their creative workspaces the following day and work from the hotel, as they offer work passes that include food and drinks - perfect for upping your creativity as you take inspiration from the artists!
Saturday 7th and Saturday 26th May artyardbarandkitchen.com/
Grab a boozy brunch
If you're not already planning a stroll around Mayfair, you'll want to after hearing about the new brunch menu at Manthan's. When we say brunch, it's served from 12.30-5pm and includes a range of mouth-watering Indian sharing plates masterminded by critically acclaimed Chef Rohit Ghai. We're talking chicken buttermilk with pink peppercorn, ginger and curry leaf and Kerala prawn curry served with dal Muradabadi, rice and Paratha, finished off with Malpua Rabri, a pancake with flavours of pistachio and saffron. Wondering where the booze comes into play? Order one of their delicious cocktails – we highly recommend the mango and date bellini for something fruity, or the Sangam with chai spice-infused white rum and tandoori pineapple for a unique flavour.
Go on a journey of self-discovery
From psychics foretelling our destinies to horoscopes helping us judge relationship compatibility and career paths, our desire to seek guidance on life decisions continues to pick up pace. Introducing the UK's first Psychic Sisters Brunch which arrived in London this month at The Fable, nestled in the heart of Farringdon. This one-of-a-kind experience will see four expert psychics – whose celebrity clientele include Kim Kardashian, Tracey Emin, Kate Hudson and Elton John – host private tarot-card readings, as well as a Medium who will tune high vibrations to connect to the spirit world. Held once a month on Sundays, tickets are priced at £40 (12pm – 3pm) which includes a live performance from the Spiritual Medium and a two-course brunch with three cocktails per person.
Pre-booking is essential, for tickets and to view the full menu, visit: Psychic Sisters Brunch.
Go for an Instagrammable feast at Yeotown Queen's Gardens
Britain’s leading award-winning health and wellness retreat Yeotown is launching a second restaurant In London, following the opening of its sister restaurant Yeotown Sussex Gardens. Part of the new Inhabit Queen’s Gardens Hotel, Yeotown Queen’s Gardens is a gorgeous light-flooded relaxed space, serving a Californian-inspired menu. Guests can indulge on beautifully plated dishes such as Blue Spirulina Pancakes, Eggs Benedict on a Homemade Chia and Oat Muffin with Vegan Hollandaise, Rice Paper Vegetable Wraps, Beetroot and Carrot Falafel and the signature Yeotown Bounce Back Vegan Burger. Your summer dining (and Instagram!) is sorted!
Transport yourself to the Amalfi Coast
Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden, has teamed up with super-premium Italian gin brand, Malfy Gin, for an Amalfi-inspired gin pop-up at its City Garden Bar. Located on level 36 it offers spectacular sunsets and views of London’s city skyline, whilst encapsulating the spirit of Italy. Launching on 11th May and open every Wednesday to Sunday evening from 6.30pm until the end of September, City Garden Bar will be transformed into an alfresco haven featuring lemon trees, vines and botanical lush foliage reminiscent of the colourful landscape of the Amalfi Coast.
To book, visit here
Experience The Ivy Asia’s Sushi & Sake Pairing Menu
Running from Tuesday, 26 April for six weeks, in honour of Japan’s most revered season, The Ivy Asia, Chelsea, has partnered with Marussia Beverages’ Artisanal Japanese Collection to bring the renewal and optimism of spring to life. Giving diners the opportunity to experience the Japanese concept of hanami, when families and friends gather to eat and drink under the blossom, The Magic of the Blossom Dragon campaign with Akashi-Tai Sake, 135° East Gin and Hatozaki Japanese Whisky will include a Sakura season inspired sake and sushi pairing menu, as well as limited-edition cocktails and a blossom-themed dessert made with 135° East Gin. This menu is seriously incredible, we would highly recommend starting with the Japanese 135 Spritz cocktail and trying the Seared Wagyu Beef Barbecue Glaze Rolls.
To book, visit here
Feast on an Indian bottomless brunch
We'll never say no to bottomless brunch. Kahani, the slick high-class Indian restaurant located off Sloane Square, is the place to go if you want top-notch Indian fare served alongside non-stop flowing prosecco. The three-course menu, which is £38 for food or £55 to add unlimited prosecco, is incredibly good value, especially given the venue's SW1 postcode. We've heard of bottomless drinks but at Kahani, you can order as much of the food as you want - although you really don't need to given the substantial portion sizes.
You'll start off with a spiced green pea cake, plus a chickpea dish, before moving on to lamb naan parcels and tandoori grilled chicken, both of which were the favourites on our table. The chicken thigh curry had a nice kick to it and was another stand-out dish, while veggie lovers will delight in the paneer curry and yellow lentil dahl. For dessert, it's an intriguing take on the traditional carrot cake as you're served carrot 'fudge' with vanilla ice cream. Overall, an outstanding brunch menu and well worth the visit.
To book a table, visit kahanilondon.com
Enjoy Peruvian sharing plates in Paddington
Ayllu is a contemporary and chic restaurant situated along Paddington Central’s waterside that serves an innovative fusion of Peruvian and Japanese sharing dishes. With an emphasis on community influences by the Inca empire traditions, the restaurant focuses on a relaxed family-style dining experience, taking the time to enjoy good food and drink with loved ones. Featuring flavours of Peruvian cuisine infused with Japanese flavours, the combined menu brings a fresh and zesty aroma to each plate.
To book, visit here
Try a chicken burger fit for a Queen!
London’s favourite burger hotspot, Haché is set to launch a royally good burger in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the Coronation Fried Chicken Burger (£15), available from 1st June – 31st August. The crowning jewel in the burger is the chicken – double dipped in Greek yoghurt and masala spices, tossed in curried flour and tandoori masala coating before being fried until extra crispy and topped with a classic coronation sauce. The chicken is placed on a throne of baby gem lettuce, lime, chilli and coriander, and finished with toasted almonds and a ciabatta or brioche bun crown. Taking inspiration from the dish created for Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation luncheon in 1953, this burger truly is fit for royalty. Available in all seven Haché restaurants (for dine-in and delivery) from Camden through to Clapham, the Coronation Fried Chicken Burger is the most delicious way to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
To book, visit here
Go for afternoon tea with a cocoa twist
Afternoon tea is perfect for the sweet-toothed amongst us, and that includes chocoholics - so head to The Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel for your fix. Sustainable chocolate expert, founder of Rococo Chocolates and lifelong chocolate activist, Chantal, is dedicated to uncovering the rich heritage of chocolate and now launches her cocoa in afternoon tea form for the first time, exclusively at the hotel’s Knightsbridge Lounge. From 100% unsweetened dark chocolate to frothy white chocolate mousse, the new menu celebrates the very best of chocolate, with every palate in mind. The menu signatures include Chantal’s classic chocolate club sandwich with raspberry and Grenada dust and a white chocolate mousse crown with pistachio and cardamom - but our favourite was the chocolate-infused scones! Served up alongside an array of savoury sandwiches including sun-dried tomato and gruyere quiche, Severn Valley smoked salmon with olive tapenade and Burford brown egg, cress and mayo on a buttery croissant, it's the perfect afternoon treat.
Bookings for the Chocolate Afternoon Tea must be made in advance. The tea is available from 2pm to 6pm daily, and costs £39 per person or £49 with a glass of Champagne. Book: parktowerknightsbridge.com
Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee at The Ganymede with a street party
The Ganymede is hosting London’s most stylish street party, taking place in the shadow of Buckingham Palace on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street. Taking place on Sunday 5th June from 11am – 6pm, indulge in a regal range of food and drinks from Ganymede’s al fresco bar – think luxurious lobster rolls and epic loaded salads alongside the finest English fizz from Coates & Seely, plus cocktails, craft beers and ales. Entertainment includes live swing music, horse and carriage rides, a photobooth and plenty for the little ones too, plus the national anthem performed by Twickenham favourite, Alicia Lowes.
To book, visit here
Enjoy a Belgian feast in Kensington
W/A Kensington Restaurant and Bar takes its name from its former owner, the Victorian aristocrat William Alexander, and offers a modern touch to classic Belgian dishes. A frequent traveller, William Alexander discovered Belgian beers on his way back from Asia and subsequently made a frequent stop in Belgium to sample more of the country’s delights. Executive Chef, Sofiane Kaced has drawn on his 20 years of culinary experience and fond love of travelling to create a refined and delicious Belgian menu that will appeal to curious foodies, travellers and locals alike. Choose their signature waffle chicken burger, mussels with a range of sauces, steak, and of course fluffy Belgian waffles!
Start your Saturday right with a Cabana bottomless brunch
For a guaranteed good time, gather your tribe and head to Latin-inspired grill and cocktail hotspot Cabana for a bottomless brunch with serious party vibes. Taking place monthly, Cabana’s Amazon DJ Brunch will be serving up vibrant full-of-flavour dishes and creative cocktails, all to the soundtrack of an epic DJ bringing you the best beats to get you into the samba spirit. Enjoy two courses with a classic Cabana twist, along with your choice of bottomless Prosecco, Sunscreen Spritz or their very own Bloody Marias: all for £35!
Saturday 7th May, various locations cabana.designmynight.com/
Visit Oxford Circus' new hotspot
HELLO! recently visited Amalfi, Oxford Circus' new hotspot for Italian food lovers. The recently-opened restaurant, just a stone's throw away from the tube, is split across two floors and boasts mosaic floor tiling, garden-themed décor and boho lighting, making it the perfect spot for a dinner date. The venue boasts an extensive menu with ample choice of classic Italian dishes, from hand-stretched sourdough pizzas to creamy pastas. For all your seafood lovers out there, the fish options are particularly enticing, from Fresh Maldon Rock Oysters as an entrée to Lobster Spaghetti. We feasted Mushroom and Truffle Rigatoni and the most mouthwatering Spaghetti Carbonara. If you're the mood for a drink, the cocktail list is equally extensive and the Instagram-friendly interiors make it ideal for a post-work catch-up.
Book your table at amalfi.co.uk
Dine in style at The Fat Badger
The Fat Badger is a must if you are visiting Richmond this summer – or any season for that matter. This culinary retreat is the fifth addition to the Gladwin Brother's Local & Wild Group, who are known for creating brasserie-style dishes with a unique twist, with an emphasis on using wild and foraged ingredients. Be sure to try out the restaurant's famous moorish mushroom marmite eclairs to start, while the burrata is also a must – complete with nutbourne tomatoes and white balsamic. The venue offers various menus, but the main A La Carte has something for everyone. Meat eaters and vegetarians alike will enjoy the spiced yellow cauliflower, while an array of sweet and savory desserts include a selection of cakes, tarts and a divine cheese board. Drinks are aplenty at The Fat Badger too. Cocktails are all made using British spirits, and include a Fig Martini and the show-stopping Black Badger – complete with whisky, lemon, sugar, egg white and activated charcoal. Many of the wines are from the family's vineyard, Nutbourne Vineyard – with the choice of sparking, white and red by the glass and bottle.
Book your table at thefatbadger-restaurant.com
Visit the newly-opened Ivy Asia, Mayfair
The Ivy Asia, Mayfair is set to officially open its doors on North Audley Street on 31 May – and we can't wait to visit. The vibrant restaurant will be open seven days a week, serving up theatrical drinks and cocktails alongside a delicious array of dishes, and is set to be a veritable visual feast. On arrival, diners will be met by a striking gold bar and signature, luminous green agate flooring, not to mention twelve cherry blossom trees dotted throughout the restaurant.
The new hotspot, overseen by Executive Chef Simon Gregory, boasts an open kitchen, sushi counter and bifold doors opening to unveil five alfresco. The bar and main restaurant space will also be connected via a stunning cherry blossom walkway, incorporating six interconnecting trees for guests to walk beneath.
Get in quick and make a reservation at theivyasiamayfair.com
Grab a healthy lunch at atis
The newly-opened branch of atis in Notting Hill is bringing their flavourful, healthy and nutritious salad bar and bowl concept to west London. Since opening their flagship store in October 2019, atis has been on a mission to encourage people to eat more nourishing, plant-forward food.
Packed full of flavour and seasonal offerings, fan favourites include 'The Earth Bowl' made up of freshly chopped romaine, garden herb quinoa, red raw slaw, cherry tomatoes, zero waste spring greens, pickled red onion, dukkah and tahini yoghurt dressing, as well as the 'Hey Pesto' featuring green leaves, garden herb quinoa, pea + edamame medley, artichoke hearts, green raw slaw, smoked almonds and pumpkin seed pesto dressing.
atis is available for grab-and-go, but also boasts 37 spaces for dining in, plus it's on Deliveroo for those who want to enjoy a tasty salad bowl in the comfort of their own home – or office!
Check it out at atisfood.com
Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Joan
Offering an all-day modern mediterranean menu, JOAN draws inspiration from Greece - incorporating a breezy, eclectic food style using some of London's best ingredients and suppliers. All of the dishes are second to none, with everything in house made from scratch, from the bread to the sorbet.
Book at https://joanshoreditch.co.uk/
Go for a Japanese bottomless brunch
It can be tricky for bottomless brunches to really tick the 'wow' factor now, but Apothecary's unique offering includes sushi, pork belly and teriyaki chicken thigh skewers, crispy prawn tempura, miso-glazed aubergine, Hirata buns, Japanese fried chicken, grilled vegetable skewers from the robata grill and Japanese-inspired desserts to finish (we tried it - and the raspberry sorbet perfectly washes down a glass of prosecco!). Go bottomless for an additional £25 per person, choosing from Bubbles, their signature Coffee Cobbler, a refreshing Summer Cup or their twist on the classic Bloody Mary made with a red wine reduction and yuzu kosho - so there really is something for everyone! Plus, if you're looking for an exciting option for the Jubilee weekend, they're putting on an extra-special brunch where diners will receive a carefully crafted and quintessentially British Summer Cup cocktail on arrival and six luxury Japanese-inspired plates. Makes a change to the classic street party!
Info and booking: apothecaryeast.co.uk/bottomless-brunch-shoreditch/
Try the new spring menu at ASK Italian
Available in all branches of ASK Italian is there new spring menu, and it's guarenteed to get your taste buds tingling. Think Insalata Di Capra or a tasty Sicilian Lemon Tart to take you to Springtime in Italy. There's also a trio of Arancini, a Creamy Mushroom and Truffle Calzone and an all new vegan No'Duja Vegana among many many more.
Book at https://www.askitalian.co.uk/ to try it all out
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Enjoy the sunshine whilst sipping wine
Rosé season is officially here! Kick start summer at The Rooftop - London’s ultimate al fresco hotspot perched five stories above the iconic Hippodrome Casino – and head for its summer wine terrace pop-up in collaboration with leading organic Argentinian winemakers, Bodega Argento. Discover Bodega Argento’s finest tipples for summer, handpicked by Head of Wine at The Hippodrome and Heliot Steak House General Manager Salvo Russo. Choose from ice cold Argento rosé, with aromas of fresh red berries and flavours of cherry and melon, Malbec or Pinot Grigio, all available by the glass or bottle, or opt for a refreshing rosé cocktail. The perfect place to relax after a busy day at work, and make sure to try the signature steak sandwich - totally delicious!
To book, visit here
Sip floral-inspired cocktails at Smith's Bar and Grill
To celebrate London's iconic Chelsea Flower Show, Smith's Bar and Grill is bringing a floral touch to their waterside terrace this May with two brand-new floral-inspired cocktails. The modern British restaurant in Paddington Basin will feature a floral installation transforming the expansive terrace into a vibrant and eye-catching canal-side destination.The cocktail menu will include two fresh, floral cocktails - the Spirit of Spring and the Martini in Bloom, which are not to be missed.
To book visit here
Discover Daphne's stunning summer drinks terrace
Daphne's has unveiled a gorgeous floral installation and special cocktail menu in partnership with Malfy Gin ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The popular Chelsea jaunt is celebrating by transforming its terrace into an enchanted 'Kaleidoscope of Butterflies' from 16 May until 30 May, with the entire facade and interiors of the restaurant terrace adorned with 1,000 beautiful hand-crafted and brightly coloured butterflies.
In an ode to this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show theme 'Return of the Wild', Daphne's eye-capturing summer campaign will focus on bright colours and nature, as well as a bespoke dessert and limited-edition cocktail menu in partnership with Malfy Gin for guests to sip, savour and enjoy throughout the month.
For further information, visit daphnes-restaurant.co.uk.
Try a cocktail inspired by royal history
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is celebrating the sunnier months with a brand-new floral drinks menu set to put a spring in guests' steps. The menu of three exciting cocktails is inspired by the almost unbelievable tale surrounding King Charles II and the city’s iconic Green Park, which sits just a stone’s throw away from the five-star hotel. Rumour has it that throughout his reign, King Charles II would take the short walk from Buckingham Palace to Green Park to pick the gorgeous flowers blossoming in the green especially for his mistress. Upon hearing the news, his wife, Queen Catherine of Braganza, ordered all the flowers to be removed from the park, coining the familiar name ‘Green Park’. To this day, Green Park remains the only London park to be without planted flower beds. Impress your friends with *that* fact! For the first time, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane will be bringing the flowers back to Green Park through the hotel’s exclusive floral drinks menu - so will you choose the ‘King Charles’s English Rose’ (English rose petals, Rose liqueur, maraschino, citrus and topped up with tonic), or the ‘Queen Catherine’s Revenge’ (yellow Absinthe, yellow chartreuse, apricot brandy and finished off with homemade marigold honey syrup)?
Choose your cocktail via your favourite colour
Yep - that really is as cool as it sounds! Fitz’s General Manager, Scott Gavin, has curated a menu of 14 cocktails which are all matched to a different treatment of the 1660 piece of art by Dutch artist, Jan Davidsz de Heem’s, ‘Vase of Flowers’. Guests are guided to choose the version of the artwork that captures their attention the most, and in doing so, they will also select the cocktail matched to it. You will then be handed a UV light pen, and are invited to illuminate the hidden meaning behind your selection and reveal a personality trait, reflected by your choice of artwork. The menu was inspired by Scott’s interest in colour psychology and the impact it has on food and drink choices. Warm colours like red, yellow and orange evoke stronger emotions such as love and happiness, and cool colours like blue, green and purple are linked to calmness and serenity. Colours can trigger states and emotions; hence they will influence choices – even when it comes to cocktails. We reckon it's perfect for a first date - your conversation will flow!
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