We can but hope that June has some very sunny days in store for us but one thing we can be certain of is that there are meringues, martinis, seafood, gin and all round feasting to be participated in so read on, plan ahead and get booking. It’s going to be a good one.
What: Immersive Gin Drinking
Why: Sipsmith has teamed up with Gingerline to host an immersive gin and dining experience to celebrate World Gin Day. Curiosity and secrecy are key so details are thin on the ground but expect a sensory, gin-laced experience which whisks guests through the ages. A 4-course feast will pair Sipsmith-based drinks with each dish. Location TBC but somewhere between Highbury & Islington and New Cross on the East London Overground. Runs until early 2018.
Saturday 10th June – 31st January 2018
Where: Secret Venue - TBC
What: Family Sharing, Indian Style
Why: Spitalfields restaurant Gunpowder is building on their family focused ethos and will be welcoming Amandip Uppal into the kitchen for a special 2 day event in June. She will join co-founder, Harneet Baweja and Head Chef, Normal Save to bring traditional flavours from their Indian childhoods to East London. Think the likes of Harneet’s mother’s lamb chops and Amandip’s coconut and charred lime salmon.
Sunday 4th and Monday 5th June
Where: 11 White's Row, Spitalfields, E1 7NF
What: A Taste of Cornwall
Why: Rick and Jack Stein will be bringing a taste of Cornwall to The Goring this summer. The hotel’s veranda will be transformed into a Cornish fish restaurant, complete with a sandy beach. The Goring’s Michelin-starred Chef, Shay Cooper, is working with Rick Stein and his son, Executive Chef Jack Stein, to create a fish-heavy menu with lots of lobster, crab and the freshest fish.
Friday 2nd June – 1st September
Where: 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
What: Italian Cocktails
Why: Sanderson is teaming up with the Italian liqueur, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, to create a range of special aperitivo-style Italicus Rosolio di Bergamot cocktails and give us all a taste of Summer. The drinks will be available every Tuesday and come with complimentary arancini, cured meats and tomato and mozzarella.
Until 1st September
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
What: Small Plates Pop-Up
Why: Chef Ben Spalding is hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Last Days of Shoreditch. Small Plate Sessions will serve ‘punk tapas’ in a buzzy but relaxed environment across the no-reservations terrace and bar, and the 50-cover mezzanine restaurant. Dishes include chicken salt sandwich and silky charcoal Holy F*ck Fudge drenched in rum and set on fire. Open 5-11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays until the end of August.
Now until 26th August
Where: 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA
What: Bordeaux Wines' First Summer Pop-Up
Why: For the first time ever, Bordeaux Butterfly Bar is coming to Broadgate for the summer. This is a unique event that gives the opportunity to try some of Bordeaux’s best wines, from dry whites to reds and sparkling wines. There will be speed tasting and wine advice from wine experts, wine pairing with street food snacks and traditional French boules games.
12th – 16th June
Where: Finsbury Avenue Square near Broadgate Circle
What: Sky-High Wine Pairing Dinners
Why: Oblix in The Shard is launching a new series of wine pairing dinners to celebrate the world’s best vineyards and chateaux. The first will see Champagne house Bollinger celebrating summer and seafood with a 5-course pairing dinner created by Executive Chef Michael Eaves – the menu include oysters, cured duck breast and grilled turbot. Oblix’s Head Wine Buyer Alastair England will host the evening with Bollinger, giving guests samples and talking them through the different vintages. The second pairing experience is set to commence on 22nd June, with Provencal vineyard Domaines Ott co-hosting an intimate lunch.
Monday 19th June
Where: The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Southwark, SE1 9RY
What: The Harcourt’s Midsommar Feasting Menu
Why: Midsommar is widely considered the most important occasion in the Scandi calendar so to celebrate the Harcourt is hosting a one off three-course set menu designed to showcase the rich heritage of Scandinavia. Diners can expect house-cured gravadlax and meatballs from Finnish head chef, Kimmo’s generation old recipe with a fresh blueberry based dessert. To complement each dish will be a special Kukka cocktail (Finnish for blossom).
Monday 19th – Sunday 25th June
Where: 32 Harcourt Street, Marylebone, W1H 4HX
What: Martinis and Meringues
Why: Quaglino’s is teaming up with Meringue Girls to host a pop-up cocktail and dessert bar for the month of June. The Head Bartender has created 4 different Martini cocktails and each will be served with a different flavour meringue kiss. The mezzanine bar will serve a sensory dessert menu with dishes like a deconstructed lemon meringue pie and beehive meringues served on a honey and thyme tart. £1 from every bill will go to The Gynaecological Cancer Fund’s Lady Garden Campaign.
1st June – 30th June
Where: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ
What: Multi-faith ‘Iftar' Dinner
Why: Dishoom King’s Cross will host an intimate Iftar dinner for 14 guests to celebrate the evening meal which breaks the fast during Ramadan. The menu has been created by Dishoom’s Executive Chef Naved Nasir and he will be there to host on the evening, sharing stories about Ramadan and talking guests through the menu. Dinner will be served at sunset (approximately 9.20pm) and include the likes of Dahi Vada (lentil dumplings, topped with yoghurt, tamarind and chutney) and Chicken Berry Biryani. All proceeds from the event will go to Seeds of Peace, a charity helping teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.
Wednesday 21st June
What: Californian Pop-Up from Wolfgang Puck
Why: Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will take over his iconic CUT at 45 Park Lane to cook signature dishes created at his first ever establishment, Spago to celebrate the Californian restaurant’s 35th anniversary. CUT at 45 Park Lane’s head sommelier Matteo Ramazzina will also be serving magnum bottles of a 1982 vintage Champagne Lanson during the exclusive pop-up.
28th June – 1st July
Where: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN
What: Al Fresco Supper Club
Why: Author and Chef (and the man behind Duck & Waffle), Dan Doherty, will be at the Fifth Floor Terrace of Harvey Nichols hosting ‘Sprout’ a supper club that celebrate seasonal ingredients and greenery. The exclusive menu will consist of a complimentary Sipsmith cocktail on arrival matched to snacks, followed by playful sharing plates; an innovative main inspired by some of Doherty’s favourite British flavours and European cuisines; and a twist on a classic British dessert to finish.
Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June
Where: Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RU
What: Floating Gin Bar
Why: World Gin Day will be celebrated at the Floating Pocket Park with a botanical gin bar. The exclusive bar can hold up to 100 guests and will be open on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer. There will be a specially developed G&T menu with classic gins and mixers as well as cocktail making masterclasses and gin tasting events.
Thursdays and Fridays from 10th June to 19th August
Where: Paddington Basin.
What: 5 Chefs, 5 Nights
Why: Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s Shoreditch restaurant, Merchants Tavern, will host some of UK’s top chefs including Tom Kerridge, Tom Kitchin, Mitch Tonks, Stephen Harris and Gary Usher for their 5 chefs, 5 nights guest chef series as part of London Food Month. Each night the visiting chef will create a four-course menu with a drink on arrival.
26th – 30th June
Where: 36 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PG
What: BOOK AHEAD: Window in the Willows Supper Club
Why: The Literary Hour is back this summer with ‘A Banquet In Toad Hall’, a Wind In The Willows-inspired pop-up, held in a secret North London location. The immersive dining experience will see guests enjoy a 5-course banquet inspired by Ratty’s picnic on the riverbank and the banquet in Toad Hall itself. Expect the usual readings during the meal and added surprises. The Literary Hour’s previous events have sold out sharpish so get booking now!
22nd August – 3rd September 2017
Where: A Top Secret London Location
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