From arty afternoon teas and luxury ice cream to free-flowing lunches and BBQ brunches, whet your appetite with The Wordrobe’s pick of 15 things to try in London this weekend
1 Indulge with a contemporary afternoon tea at Rosewood London
We all love afternoon tea (there’s just something rather fabulous about inhaling your body weight in cake and sandwiches, isn’t there). However, the quintessential British past time can feel a little outdated at times. Rosewood London have the answer with their Pop Art-inspired afternoon tea spread.
Voted Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK, Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has created a colourful collection of pastries, inspired by the artistic movements of Cubism and Pop Art.
Enjoy treats to make even Andy Warhol drool – think mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by the creative pastries. From Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein, this exciting afternoon tea gives the classic a fresh lick of paint. Quite literally.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Bookings: Click here to make a reservation
2 Spend a free-flowing Sunday at Brigadiers
Brigadiers, the latest and largest venture from JKS Restaurants, which opened within the Bloomberg Arcade last month, is hosting ‘Free-Flowing Sundays’ from Sunday 12th August. Visit to enjoy Indian Roast menus, free-flowing drinks, live sport and a dedicated Campari spritz bar on the outside terrace.
Every weekend from 12th August, Free-Flowing Sundays at Brigadiers will offer the ultimate Sunday social, with all the sporting action screened, alongside a three course BBQ Roast menu. Dig into everything from Wood Roasted Goan Pork, Smoked Mackerel Sambol to Dry Tandoori Masala Steak, Sappers Egg and plenty more.
Where: Brigadiers, 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, City of London, EC4N 8AR
Bookings: For private events or group booking enquiries please contact: email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3319 814 0.
3 Lick luxe ice cream at Snowflake Luxury Gelato
Ice cream lovers, don’t settle for any old scoop this weekend. Pay a visit to Snowflake Luxury Gelato, the artisan ice cream makers with locations across London for a deluxe iced delight.
Made from 100% natural ingredients and the proud winner of 25 Great Taste Awards, you know you’re in for a tasty mouthful.
Where: Locations across London
Bookings: Click here to find out more and make a reservation.
4 Bring your dog to afternoon tea at Bluebird Café
Pick up your pooch and pay a visit to the recently opened Bluebird Café, located in White City’s iconic Television Centre, for a very special afternoon tea.
Available every Sunday from 2.30pm – 5pm and in partnership with Europe’s number one destination dedicated to dog-welcoming holidays & travel – PetsPyjamas, the exclusive afternoon tea will offer something for humans and dogs so that the favourite British past time can be enjoyed just like tea at home.
For £21.50, the dog friendly restaurant will serve a puppy foodie dream boasting their very own vegan dog cookies, made with banana and vegan peanut butter and handmade by Head Chefs Simon Gregory & Prashant Patil.
For the humans, devour a three-tiered selection of Jam and cream fruit scones, Chocolate swiss roll, Carrot and citrus cupcakes, Cucumber and Smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches will be on offer.
To make it pooch perfect, every furry friend will receive a complimentary summer goodie bag from PetsPyjamas with a travel water bowl, yummy treats, toy and doggy essentials when dining on the ‘Pup of Tea’ menu.
Bluebird Café will also add a discretionary £1 donation to all ‘Pup of Tea’ bills.
Where: Television Centre, Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7FR
Bookings: Reservations for ‘A Pup of Tea’ can be made by calling 020 3940 0700 or online via www.bluebirdcafe.co.uk.
5 Try tipples at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, in association with Belvedere Vodka and Dom Pérignon, has created L’Azur, an exclusive yacht themed hideout for those looking for a luxurious day out.
This summer one doesn’t have to leave London to get a taste of the French Riviera. Hotel guests and Londoners alike can escape the commotion of the city, sit back and relax on deck while sipping a Belvedere cocktail, or a crisp glass of Dom Pérignon Champagne and enjoy the journey on board L’Azur.
Executive Chef Romuald Feger’s specially curated Les Petites Bouchées menu features a selection of all-time favourites including La Courgette Fleur and Les Salade du Superfood and the the French classic La Tarte Tropézienne for dessert.
6 Enjoy live music and bespoke cocktails at The Kensington
Until 8th September, the City String Ensemble’s String Quartet will be performing on The Kensington’s front terrace.
The group will serenade every Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, helping guests get into the spirit of The Proms. Having performed together at distinguished venues and events across London for over six years, the City String Ensemble adds a touch of class, elegance and verve, embodying both The Proms and The K Bar and offering the perfect accompaniment to a Thursday night tipple.
Pair the tunes with a tipple or two – the K Bar has also created a bespoke Chase Vodka cocktail menu, which will be served for the duration of The Proms The K Bar will be offering a special chase drinks menu.
Highlights include; Quintessential Spritz (Chase Vodka, Aperol, Elderflower Liqueur, apple juice, Ridgeview Prosecco, Rhubarb bitters – £12.50) and Prommer’s Punch (raspberry and rosemary infused Chase GB Gin, fresh orange, lemongrass syrup, grapefruit Sherbet, Curios Brew Lager, freshly squeezed lemon juice – £12.50).
7 Dig into Oriental delights at Royal China Club
Good news if you’re a fan of Chinese, the elegant Royal China Club at 38-42 Baker Street, London W1 is officially reopen.
During its four-month renovation the restaurant has doubled in size to 180 seats; as it now encompasses the additional space which was a former building society on the corner plot at the junction of Baker Street and Blandford Street. The restaurant has also acquired five elegant private rooms suitable for group dining for six to twenty guests.
Royal China Club has been located on Baker Street for 12 years and its established Head Chef Billy Wong has worked for the restaurant since the opening. For the launch, Billy has created a menu which skilfully blends authentic Chinese dishes with European ingredients. Starters will feature Fresh Abalone Tossed with Caviar (Cold), and Crispy King Prawns with Chilli & Peppercorn.
New main dishes added to the extensive menu will include Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Wild Scottish Lobster, Barbecued Peking Duck, Steamed Minced Iberian Pork with Salted Egg, plus plenty more. For those with room, there’s also tempting dim sum too.
Where: Royal China Club, 38-42 Baker Street, London W1U 7AJ.
Bookings: 020 7486 3898. www.theroyalchina.co.uk
8 Enjoy a boozy BBQ brunch at Southam Street
Love a BBQ? Southam Street have recently launched their new Sizzling Southam Sessions with free-flowing Prosecco and Peroni to enjoy.
The tipsy BBQ brunch will run all summer long across the restaurant and their alfresco terrace. Southam Street’s signature dishes will be served every Saturday from 11am till 4pm straight from the grill, combined with free-flowing prosecco and Peroni, all to the soundtrack of a live DJ.
Bookings: Click here to find out more.
9 Enjoy Film & Fizz at One Aldwych
Website: Click here to find out more and make a booking
10 Indulge with London’s first wine-based spa
Wine lovers, you’re in for a treat. With Ella Di Rocco’s Wine Therapy treatments, you can relax knowing that the wine’s antioxidant benefits are delivered straight to your skin, working to combat premature ageing and encouraging a fresh, more vibrant appearance for your skin.
From a Merlot wine scrub to a Sangiovese Detox Wrap, there’s plenty to choose from. Indulge your senses with a scrub containing red vine leaves and a 50/50 blend of high quality Sangiovese and Merlot grapes from the Goretti Vineyard in Italy – then pitstop for a glass of the good stuff afterwards.
Bookings: Click here for more and to make a reservation
10 Go vegan at ROKA
Try ROKA’s first ever Vegan Tasting Menu, which is also gluten-free. Sharing platters take a focal point on the menu, but a myriad of diverse dishes and all important vegan-friendly desserts breathe new life into this dining destination.
Dishes include the likes of: grilled tofu with shiitake mushrooms, lemon and chilli; rice toban with Japanese mushrooms, mountain vegetables and shaved truffle; peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with poki sticks and banana tempura.
Wallet: The vegan tasting menu starts from £50 per person.
Bookings: Click here to find out more and make a reservation
11 Indulge with a night of raucous fun at The London Cabaret Club
If you love live entertainment, don’t miss out on this exciting night out. The London Cabaret Club have launched their elegantly staged and striking new production in celebration of their 5th year anniversary at The Bloomsbury Ballroom: The Queen of Roses.
Transporting guests on a sensational tour of British heritage, the show celebrates our great Female Monarchs with dazzling cabaret performances and decadent gastronomy inspired by key highlights from each of their reigns.
The immersive cabaret experience, like all shows at The London Cabaret Club will feature an evening of majestic live performances, exquisite dining and quintessentially British cocktails.
Don’t forget the dining, either. Alongside the show, guests can indulge in seasonal British cuisine fit for royalty. from delicately flavoured canapés to decadent Victorian desserts, there’s plenty to devour.
Inspired by The Queen of Roses, The London Cabaret’s mixologists have also created two limited edition cocktails – The Smoking Earl Grey ‘Tea-ni’ and The Rose-Infused ‘Queen or Roses’ Gin cocktail, for a sophisticated sip.
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA
Wallet: Starting from £25 per person. Click here to book.
12 Sink your teeth into street-food with KERB
Street-food specialists KERB have launched Camden Lates, a run of Friday night events that will offer a great place to get some dinner, drink cocktails and dance around to DJ sets in Camden Market.
Kicking off on Friday 20th July, Camden Lates will see DJs like Norman Jay and Jazzie B take their turns behind the decks each week, running from 6pm to 10pm every Friday until 31st August. Entry for each event is free.
All 34 of KERB’s popular street-food traders have secured an extended curfew, which is superb news if you’re coming from the office, ready to eat.
Highlights among the line-up include jerk fried chicken by Only Jerkin, Taiwanese steamed buns from Bian Dang and bagel melts plated up by Ghetto Grillz.
There’s also to be vegan tacos from Club Mexicana and healthy curries which are made from scratch by Sonita’s Kitchen. It’s truly a great place to sample the best of London’s fabulously diverse food circuit.
And once you’re done tucking in? There’s signature cocktails and a selection of local beers to be had at the venue’s two bars – KERB Bar and KERB Counter.
Let’s be honest: good company, tasty street food and a few drinks is going to end up on the dance floor. Taking care of the music will be a different DJ each week, beginning with Dig It Sound System on 20th July and closing with Mi-Soul Radio at the end of August.
So in sum, there’s going to be dreamy food, flowing drinks and tunes to cut some shapes to – all while the sun goes down on the iconic Camden Market. And it’s completely free to get involved.
Make it happen
Camden Lates launches on Friday 20th July at KERB Camden Market, NW1 8AF. It will run every Friday until 31st August. Entry is free. Visit www.camdenmarket.com for more.
13 Transport yourself to Mexico at The Paloma Parlour
Fancy a taste of Mexico in the heart of London? The Paloma Parlour is popping-up at modern Mexican restaurant, Cantina Laredo throughout summer, offering Londoners an escape to the shores of Mexico.
The Paloma Parlour features a dedicated Paloma infusion menu filled with fruity cocktails including; Pedro to my Paloma, Paloma’s Raspberry Beret and Have a Little Frozen Faith as well as grapefruit guacamoles.
Open until late September 2018, Cantina Laredo will transform their Guacamole and Tequila Bar into an enchanting summer escape, adorned with cascading tropical flora and fauna, where guests can while away the afternoon sipping on Mexicos most popular cocktail, The Paloma..
Don’t forget the dishes – adding to Cantina Laredos impressive Great Eight Guacamole menu, a one off Pomelo Paloma Guacamole will be added to the menu. Using a traditional avocado base this perfect paired guacamole will be topped with Pink and White Grapefruit, Sweet Onions, Serrano Chiles, Cucumber, Thyme and popping Candy bites set to add a little fizz into the mix.
Where: 10 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9FB
When: Until late September
14 Sip on satirical cocktails at Scarfes Bar
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has launched a spirited new cocktail menu in the style of a beautifully vandalised book, featuring drinks inspired by the satirical work of the bar’s namesake: Gerald Scarfe.
Enjoy a delectable menu inspired by key cultural figures in recent British history year-on-year, ranging from 2001 to 2018. From Paul McCartney to Boris Johnson, the creative menu features extraordinary techniques, rare ingredients and even some never-before-seen caricatures.
An artwork in itself, the menu joins the extensive gallery of Gerald’s work that currently adorns the bar’s marble walls.
Must-tries include the foamy, coffee-flavoured Macca-iato and Back to Black, a milk-punch style drink teeming with smoky notes.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Website: Click here to find out more.
15 Enjoy designer desserts at Bluebird, Chelsea
Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand has collaborated with British restaurant, Bluebird in Chelsea to create a dessert menu of two of her favourite things, ice cream and shoes.
Based on Camillas signature designs, My Favourite Things Menu will launch on the 13th August for the month and incorporates playful details from each shoe into the puddings, from the infamous Silver Lining Boot arrow detail, heart silhouettes inspired by her celebrity favoured Lover styles and of course her iconic PEZ heel.
When: My Favourite Things Dessert Menu launches on the 13th August until September.
Where: 350 King’s Road, London SW3