BOOK A TABLE HERE: Pop Up Summer Terrace At The Churchill
The Churchill in Marylebone has just opened a new summer terrace for al fresco dining. With nautical-inspired décor that looks like something out of a stylish seaside town, the space is ideal for seafood lovers looking to enjoy a tasty meal or evening drinks. The new menu includes Whitstable oysters; lobster and fries with Marie rose mayonnaise; squid ink linguini with mussels and chilli; Cornish crab choux buns with chive mayonnaise and lemon; burrata and Isle of Wight tomatoes; and barbecued octopus with watercress, radish and onion. Compliment your meal with a glass of wine or the terrace’s signature cocktail – the whisky-based Churchill's Tot. Tables are expected to go quickly, so don’t delay in making a reservation.
30 Portman Square, The Montagu at Hyatt Regency, W1H 7BH
TREAT YOURSELF: Mandarin Oriental Afternoon Tea
If you’re looking for something seriously special to do this weekend, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has just launched an at-home afternoon tea hamper. Filled with treats created by the hotel’s Rosebery tearoom, each hamper contains everything you need to recreate the luxury experience at home or in the park. Each hamper, which serves two (£140), includes egg and black truffle sandwiches; smoked salmon sandwiches topped with caviar, smoked applewood chicken sandwiches; crayfish and avocado mayonnaise brioche buns; braised black leg chicken sandwiches, roast beef with celeriac and horseradish sandwiches, plain and raisin scones with a selection of jams and clotted cream; caramel poached pear tarts with vanilla cream; chocolate and tonka gateaux; exotic cube cakes; Japanese chiffon rolls; and a bottle of Moët and Chandon Champagne.
UP THE ANTE AT HOME: STRONG Nation 12HR
This Saturday, STRONG Nation will stream 12 hours of free classes so you can try some of their signature sessions at home. Ideal if you haven’t hit the gym yet and want to get back into the flow of things, the day involves expert-led sessions combining body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio, and plyometric training moves synced to a playlist that has been specifically designed to match every move. Tickets are free.
READ THIS NEW BOOK: Mirrorland By Carole Johnstone
Set in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, Mirrorland tells the story of twin sisters, Cat and El, and the demons of their past. No. 36 Westeryk Road is an imposing house on the outskirts of the city, but it's what lies underneath that is extraordinary – Mirrorland – a vivid make-believe world that Cat and El created when they were children. Now in their thirties, Cat has turned her back on her past, but when she receives news that one sunny morning, El left the harbour in her sailboat and never came back, she is forced to return to Westeryk Road to re-enter a forgotten world of lies, betrayal and danger. A chilling read ideal for crime fiction fans.
GO FOR COCKTAILS HERE: Limin’ Beach Club, Southbank
Bringing a taste of the Caribbean to Southbank, Limin’ Beach Club is one place to have on your radar right now. For a limited time only this spring/summer, diners can enjoy a range of Caribbean drinks and cocktails while relaxing on the ‘faux outdoor beach’. The menu includes jerk chicken, soft shell crab and roasted vegetable salad, barbecued sweetcorn, Trinidadian aloo pies, and coconut grilled prawns, plus rum and coconut cocktails served in a coconut, frozen piña coladas, rum punch, and the Limin’s signature daiquiris. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine and beer list or opt for a non-alcoholic mocktail to enjoy while the sun goes down. The best part? As well as pre-booked tables, Limin’ also has space for walk-ins – ideal if you’re yet to secure a booking for this weekend.
Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, SE1 9PP
SHOP HERE: The Photographers’ Gallery Pop-Up
The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho has just launched a pop-up shop at the gallery’s café where shoppers can browse through a selection of cool magazines, books, posters, rare items, cameras and films. Whether you’re looking for new art for your home, or rare first-edition books you won’t find anywhere else, the shop has something for everyone – we’ve got our eye on their coffee table books. Until Sunday 27th June, Visitors will also be able to take a look at the new Kensuke Koike exhibition which features vintage photographs and postcards from the Japanese artist’s collection.
16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, W1F 7LW
MAKE A RESERVATION HERE: 14 Hills Terrace Rooftop
14 Hills on Fenchurch Street has just opened a rooftop terrace for socially distanced dining. With impressive views across London’s skyline, diners can enjoy a special menu of modern British dishes with a touch of French flair, including monkfish tail with prosciutto, asparagus and beurre blanc; Tomahawk steak with béarnaise and peppercorn sauce, asparagus and pea risotto with crispy wild garlic and leeks; and dressed crab with cucumber, lemon and dill. For dessert, diners can choose from roast rhubarb pavlova with almond ice-cream, 70% chocolate tart, and caramelised pineapple tarte tatin. Finish off the meal with a fresh cocktail, glass of wine, or treat yourself to the house champagne.
14th Floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, Langbourn, EC3M 5BA
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Covent Garden Street Food Festival
For something a little more relaxed, head to Covent Garden to sample delicious street food at their outdoor pop-up festival. Running for six weeks until Sunday 16th May, the set-up on the West Piazza features some pretty exciting up and coming food concepts by Utter Waffle, Smoky Gaucho, The Barrow, Milktree Vegan Gelato, Bubble Bros, The Little Orange Van, Kuka Coffee, Beetle Juice Drinks and Hermanos Tacos House. From barbecued meats to Aperol spritz cocktails, there’s something for everyone. With extra seating on the East Piazza, visitors can dine al fresco while sampling dishes exclusive to the event. The festival is open from Thursdays to Sundays.
Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7AR
TUNE INTO THIS: Hormone Masterclass By Rhian Stephenson
On Sunday 25th April at 4pm, nutritionist and naturopath Rhian Stephenson will host a hormone masterclass where guests can learn about the major hormonal players and how they affect your menstrual cycle, mood and metabolism. The 90-minute class will give you a step-by-step guide to understanding your cycle, and how hormones affect your health throughout the different stages in your life. You’ll also learn about the importance of insulin and thyroid health, how hormones affect appetite, energy, mood and libido, the signs of hormonal imbalances, how to tame symptoms naturally, and what supplements you should take to support your cycle. Tickets cost £30.
WATCH THIS NEW SERIES: Mare of Easttown, NOW
Mare of Easttown landed on NOW this week. In a rare TV appearance, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a small-town detective whose life begins to crumble around her as she investigates a local murder. Forced to confront her family’s tragic past, the breakdown of her marriage and the suicide of her son – all alongside a potential love interest – Mare must try to get her life back on track. Written by Brad Ingelsby, this seven-part series involves twists and turns that will keep you hooked from the first ep.