The weekend is here, the weather is set to be good and we have a plenty for you to get excited about. From unlimited Prosecco and American brunches to Japanese pop-ups and a new yoga class on water, check out the best our fair city has to offer this weekend:
New Bottomless Brunch
Mint Leaf Haymarket are launching their bottomless Sunday brunch this weekend. It’s five courses of dishes such as lamb seekh kebabs, puffed rice, wheat crispy with tamarind and mint sauce (Bhel puri chat) and Murgh Banjara – chicken thighs cooked in onion, tomato, garlic and coriander. Wash it down with Bloody Marys, Bellinis, wine, Prosecco or Cobra Beer. If you want to make the most of it then book online and you’ll get 50% off in April!
Sunday 9th April and then every Sunday
Where: Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
New Menu at Maddox
You might just think of Maddox as a member’s club, but they want to challenge that perception, you don’t just have to arrive to the club late at night having eaten elsewhere. So, they’ve launched a new menu created by Head Chef Edy Shahinaj, who brings with him a wealth of experience from the fine dining experience aboard the Orient Express. Dishes include marinated octopus salad with new potatoes and fennel; monkfish medallions with tomato compote and saffron mayonnaise and fillet of beef with polenta chips, baby carrots and caramelized shallots with red wine reduction. For pudding you’ll find pistachio ice-cream, panna cotta with chocolate mousse and a New York cheesecake.
April is known for its showers but Bodo’s Schloss is going to make it rain this month as they sort you out with unlimited prosecco for just £15. All you have to do is quote ‘April Showers’ when booking dinner for 4 or more. It’s in our weekend guide as no one wants to be hungover on a week day and unlimited prosecco on a Saturday night sounds like the dream; but if you can handle the midweek hangover then you can get the unlimited prosecco any evening!
Where: 2a Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
Celebrate all things Japanese this Sunday at Pop-Up Japan in Haggerston’s Proud East. The Japanese takeover will last for ten days but launches this weekend so be the first and get in there early. Food is courtesy of Tonkotsu and films curated by The Nomad Cinema – the outdoor cinema people. You can also take part in sushi masterclasses, play games and learn the ancient art of origami. All profits will go to Save the Children Japan.
From Thursday 6th April
Margaritas and Pizzas
A regular at the top of guides to London’s best pie shops, M Manze is trading jellied eels for something a little more palatable for one day only. The Chapel Market pie shop will be shaking up frozen margaritas and Neapolitan-style pizzas this Friday night so save the eel for another day, this is far more Friday night appropriate.
Friday 7th April
Is there a better sound than the sound of a cork popping as you open a bottle of Prosecco? Probably not when it comes to signalling the start of the weekend. At Bar20 you can start the weekend with a bottle of prosecco which comes with a rather nice 20% off, you don’t even have to wait until the evening as it’s available all day.
Friday 7th April and then every Friday
Where: Bar20, First Floor, Birleys, Pocket Park, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Saturday Night Jazz
100 Wardour Street are set for a particularly jazzy April as they’ve just announced their live music line-up. The series of jazz and soul performances kick off on Saturday with dapper 7-piece band, The Fellas. Think smooth vocals from the trilby-toting entertainers and a set list of Pharrell, John Newman and Marvin Gaye. They’ll take to the stage again on Saturday 22nd April but check out the website for the full line up.
Saturday 8th April
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
American Style Brunch
Sea Containers’ new brunch is all about British sourced ingredients used in big American style dishes. We’re talking Brooklyn Sandwiches aka buttermilk waffles served with crispy bacon, Canadian maple syrup and vanilla ice cream; big salt beef sandwiches, crab omelettes and boozy hard shakes such as the Mississippi Mudslide made from Bulleit Bourbon, chocolate and orange zest. Or if you’re in need of a hair of the dog there are bottomless Grey Goose Bloody Marys which you can tailor to your own tastes. Big dishes + big views of the Thames and St Pauls = one big new brunch.
Saturday 8th -Sunday 9th April and then every Saturday and Sunday.
Brunch + Afternoon Tea
Everyone loves brunch, everyone loves afternoon tea so it really was going to only be a matter of time before someone brought them together for double the love. And that person, well hotel, is Le Méridien Piccadilly who are launching their new B ‘n T: Brunch afternoon tea. It’ll see classics given a brunch twist. So, you’ll find smoked salmon scones; a Yorkshire Basket filled with a cocktail sausage, streaky bacon, cherry tomato, beans and a quail egg and an avocado superfood éclair. There’ll also be chocolate eggs and dippers and a gin infused Earl Grey Tea served inside a teacup.
It’s launching on the 29th April but the soft-launch period starts this Saturday until Sunday 23rd April.
Sangria Saturdays, it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? We think so. Bonny Porter, Head Chef and Founder of Balls & Company thinks so too, because from next month they’ll be serving a bottomless sangria Saturday lunch. Between 12pm and 4pm you’ll be able to have two hours of unlimited red, white or rosé sangria whilst you feast on meatballs. Choose from the likes of pork, ricotta, parmesan and milk bread; short rib with sofrito; quinoa with beetroot and feta or carrot with parmesan and sage. Sides include manchego churros with house made quince paste and hassleback potatoes with kombu butter. The perfect antidote to a long week at work, a heavy Friday night or when you want to start the party early on a Saturday.
Saturday 8th April and then every Saturday
Looking for a new work out? How about yoga on water? So, you’re stretching and balancing at the same time and you really need to balance because if you don’t you’re in the water. Haymarket Hotel have teamed up with AquaPhysical for new FloatFit Yoga – it’s a vinyasa class which will develop your strength, mindfulness and work your muscles as you try to counteract the imbalance of the water. Afterwards you can head to the Brumus Restaurant for a recovery brunch of crushed avocado on rye with grilled chorizo; freshly baked waffles and sweetcorn chilli fritters with avocado, tomato, lime salsa and poached eggs.
Saturday 8th April and then every Saturday.
Hot Dogs and Crazy Golf
Most of us have been to Swingers and though we may not be as Tiger Woods-esque as we like to think, one thing that never fails to impress is the food on offer. Some of the best street food vendors in London fuel hungry golfers but there’s a new kid on the block. Bubbledogs is the latest name to be added to the lineup, joining Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun to plate up their trademark gourmet hotdogs. New additions to the menu are exclusive to Swingers including the Happy Gilmore hotdog and the swoon-worthy Chocolate Dog.
New Sunday Brunch
January is a time when detox menus sweep the city but W London is embracing the feasting concept of Easter with their new ‘retox’ brunch. Fuel your body on the run up to summer with smoothies, granola, eggs and avo or get yourself to the cheese station (yes, we said cheese station) before treating yourself properly to Oreo cheesecake, chocolate ganache tart or rose gateau. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we’re all about the balance.
Sundays from 12pm
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Margaritas on the Terrace
We have had some questionable takes on margarita’s in our time but thanks to Patrón Tequila’s Margarita of the Year competition we know where to go for a good one. Sophie Bratt is a bartender at OXO Tower and clearly knows a thing or two about shaking up the perfect cocktail as she is representing the UK in the competition with her English Garden Margarita. The winner will be decided by Patrón Tequila on 9th April but you can get your own taste of her Earl Grey tea and garden pea concoction by visiting the summer terrace at OXO Tower.
Peruvian Fundraising Feast
Londoners love Peruvian food but as we tuck into a plate of ceviche it’s all too easy to feel a million miles from the country itself, which is currently suffering from the worst flooding in thirty years. Do your bit to help and visit Ceviche Old St on Sunday for a fundraising feast prepared by London’s top Peruvian chefs from restaurants including Andina, Pachama and Chotto-Matte. A charity auction will also be taking place and proceeds from the day will be split between three life-changing Peruvian charities.
Sunday 9th April
London Coffee Festival runs from Thursday – Sunday. Check out the interview we did with Grind’s founder, David Abrahamovitch to see what they’ve got planned or read our guide to London’s best coffee shops