May is set to be a month awash with exclusive chef collaborations, kitchen takeovers and rooftop yoga. Blossom is set to take over your Instagram feeds as some of London’s top restaurants bloom in time for spring, and you can have your say on a Michelin-starred menu as chef Adam Simmonds launches his Test Kitchen. Read on to see how you can get involved…
Blondies Kitchen at Selfridges
Chelsie and Kristelle aka Blondies Kitchen are swapping Old Street Station for Selfridges’ Food Hall this month as they host a month long pop-up serving up the cookies that they’ve become known for. As well as their iconic cookie sandwiches, you’ll also find a limited edition raspberry and coconut cookie and a tahini cookie with dark chocolate and sesame seeds. Grab a selection box, to go – sharing optional.
Monday 1st – Monday 29th May
Where: Food Hall, Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
London in Bloom
Restaurant group, D&D London, are hosting a month long #BlossomCity17 campaign for a second year. A selection of floral-inspired menus and installations will take place across their London venues, including a floral afternoon tea at Bluebird (23rd-28th May), gluten and soy free plant-based dishes at Coq d’Argent and floral installations on the terraces of German Gymnasium, Quaglino’s, Angler and Aster. Brunch parties, cocktails and dishes garnished with petals will also be happening so look on the website for full details. Throughout Blossom City, money will be raised for The Lady Garden Campaign and The Gynaecological Cancer Fund.
From Tuesday 2nd May until the end of June
Where: Across London
Two Top Chefs Team Up
Cinnamon Kitchen Chef and Restaurateur Vivek Singh will join Chef Mark Hix as he presents a series of intimate suppers at his Kitchen Library, above Tramshed. With only 12 seats around the kitchen bar, places are limited, resulting in an atmosphere reflective more of a dinner party than a formal sit down restaurant. Mark and Vivek will serve 4-courses, using seasonal ingredient-led menus, paired with wine and cocktails to compliment the food.
Wednesday 3rd May
Where: 32 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3LX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.3 miles)
Chef Alex Jackson and the team at Sardine are going to be joined by chef, Henry Harris (Racine), for a one-off dinner celebrating the best of French cuisine. Dishes are set to include smoked sprats and horseradish with charcuterie, celeriac remoulade and pickles and côte de Boeuf with snails, bone marrow, Persillade, watercress and hasselbacks. There’s dessert and cheese to follow (Alex was formerly an affineur with Mons cheesemongers) and wines will be selected form Sardine’s new reserve list.
Wednesday 3rd May
Where: 15 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.4 miles)
Marking the first collaboration in a series of ‘LIMA Presents’, Chef Proprietor of LIMA London and Central, Virgilio Martinez will be hosting a lunch and dinner with his old friend and rising star, chef Erik Ramirez of Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn in Brooklyn. The menu will include the likes of Japanese sea bream with gooseberry, ginger, haucatay and poppy seed and beef short rib with coriander, peas, potato and chichi de jora.
Sunday 7th May
Where: 14 Garrick Street, Floral, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BJ
New Series of Top Chef Takeovers
Patty & Bun are launching a new series of chef takeovers at their Richmond Road, Hackney site. First up, Michelin-starred Swedish chef, Niklas Ekstedt, will be taking over the kitchen for two nights preparing dishes like hay-flamed salmon, ember cooked beef and sour cream sorbet. Guests will be seated at a communal table and share dishes to encourage an informal dining experience.
Monday 15th – Tuesday 16th May
Where: 2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, Hackney, E8 3NJ
Nest is a team of young foodies and throughout May and June, on Tuesdays – Fridays they’ll be hosting a British tapas pop-up – ‘Summer on The Square’ in Finsbury Square. Dishes will include the likes of pig head and black pudding croquettes; Old Spot jowl and burnt orange and smoked mackerel tartarte with seaweed. They’ll also be home-mixed seasonal concoctions such as rhubarb and ginger; elderflower and lime, cucumber and juniper which you can spike with your own spirits.
Wednesday 3rd May until Friday 30th June
Where: Finsbury Square, Moorgate, EC2A
Early Morning Yoga
Getting up in the winter to exercise is pretty much impossible, it’s dark and it’s cold. Now is the time to make the most of your mornings, the sun shining through our windows has us raring to go (well, maybe not raring, that’s a slight exaggeration). One thing that will get us out of bed though is Fat Buddha Yoga at Cod d’Argent. Starting on 18th May, Jessica Skye will be taking to the rooftop of Coq d’Argent to host weekly early morning yoga sessions and unlike your usual gym studio you’ll get spectacular views out across the city. You can also stay for breakfast afterwards with dishes including Greek yoghurt with honey, berry compote, fruit salad or muesli and smoked salmon and spinach eggs benedict.
Starting Thursday 18th May and then every Thursday
Where: No 1 Poultry, Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
For the third Thursdays FEAST, Stevie Parle and Craft London Head Chef, Anna Garcia Cortes are joining forces to cook up a seven course vegetarian feast to celebrate National Vegetarian week. Dishes will include cedo, courgette, nettel and seaweed; tomato water, green beans and rapeseed oil with goat’s curd and a mint, fennel and gooseberry pudding to round it off.
Thursday 18th May
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Community Eating House ‘Installation'
Skye Gyngell is launching TABLE, a community eating house ‘installation’ to showcase Spring’s Scratch Menu which creates desirable dishes from leftover food. The menu at TABLE will be produced using scraps from the a la carte menu at Spring as well as donations from selected farmers, producers and chefs. The menu will be available at Somerset House for 4 days in collaboration with Photo London, Somerset House’s photography fair (but not at Spring during this time) and pay thanks to charities Julie’s Bicycle and Hubbub. Can’t make it down? Buy a “Solidarity” ticket and your ticket will be distributed to those in need thanks to Foodcycle.
Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st May
Where: Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Portuguese-Chinese Fusion Menu
From the tables of Taverna do Mercado, Nuno Mendes will explore the unique relationship between Portugal and, in this edition, Macau. Exploring the Portuguese-Chinese fusion dishes enjoyed in Macanese culture, diners can expect dishes such as arroz gordo (seafood rice), prawn caldhim (hot and sour stew) and pork chop buns, finishing on a sweet note with plates of custard tarts for which the region is famed. Sommelier Ieva Markaityte will draw upon Taberna’s extensive list of independent Portuguese wines to craft wine pairing flights.
Tuesday 23rd May
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6BG
Seasonal, Nutritious Cooking
Upstairs at Trinity, the Bib Gourmand winning Clapham restaurant, will welcome siblings Keeley and Kirk Haworth to the kitchen for a monthly supper club. ‘Plates’ will run every Sunday throughout spring, before moving on to other London restaurants. Dishes have a nutritional, seasonal focus; think wild spring soup and cocoa mousse with hot toasted banana and bee pollen.
Until Sunday 11th June
Where: 4 The Polygon, Clapham, SW4 0JG
Michelin Starred Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen is a new 12-month pop-up by Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds (Le Gavroche and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons), opening in anticipation of a permanent site, set to open in 2018. As the name suggests, Adam will adopt an experimental approach inspired by his experience in professional kitchens across the world. The diner will play a key role, providing feedback on the menu so that the dishes can be adapted for his new restaurant.
Until April 2018
Where: 54 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SL