The Great British pastime of Afternoon Tea has been given a modern twist, courtesy of LERATO LONDON and the imminent launch of London’s first African Afternoon Tea taking place on 11th September 2016 at Printworks Kitchen. It’s billed as being a unique combination of African flavours with a quintessential English affair – “a marriage of the vibrancy of Africa with traditional English decorum” and guests can expect a sumptuous spread of bold African flavours; delicious, decadent and only tamed in size for the tradition of high tea. There will be a selection of sweet and savoury treats such as Madagascan Gold (chocolate cake with Madagascan cacao, ganache, & gold); Plantain & Raspberry Chocolate Bark (sweet plantains, Ghanaian cacao, West African nuts & butters) and Chin Chin Mango Mousse (‘Chin chin’ a popular West African sweet cookie dough). Savoury options include Lagos Angus Pie (Organic Aberdeen Angus, heritage potatoes, Jos pepper. An ode to the moreish Nigerian meat pies); Akara Tarts (Steam baked honey beans, roasted peppers. Traditional west African bean fritters known as ‘Akara’) and Prawn Suya Rolls (Prawns grilled with aromatic ‘suya’ spices, a popular west African spice mix). All of this and more will be accompanied by African single estate teas, Zobo Lemonade (a special blend of hibiscus flowers, lemon peel, lemon grass and organic English roses) and a glass of champagne on arrival. Tickets for this unique Afternoon Tea experience cost £37 and there are sittings at 1pm and 3pm. Printworks Kitchen, 26 Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4SX London. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://bit.ly/2berLPG.
The Little Yellow Door party themed restaurant in Notting Hill, is known to do things a bit differently, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve launched an emoji-only menu for the summer, offering two courses and a cocktail for £15, every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August. How very millennial! Customers have to decode what’s on offer on the menu and then place their food and drinks order using emoji’s via WhatsApp…obvs! The menu includes dishes such as; seared steak roll with truffle mayo, caramelised onions and rocket, buffalo wings with crudities and blue cheese dip, plus The Little Yellow Doors house punch. If you’re not too up to scratch with emoji’s, fear not, as a friendly waiter will be on hand to assist. The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT. Wed-Thu, 6pm-10pm. Visit the website for more information http://thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk.
The most futuristic gourmet experience is coming to London in the form of Food Ink, the “World’s First 3D Printing Restaurant” set to open its doors in Shoreditch, from Monday 25th July – Wednesday 27 July. Billed as “A conceptual pop-up dinner series…where fine cuisine meets art, philosophy and tomorrow’s technologies,” everything from the food, eating utensils and furniture will be produced through 3D-printing. Guests will be treated to a nine-course menu (with wine pairings) prepared by top chefs Joel Castanye and Mateu Blanch, which will be printed live in front of the diners; with virtual reality headsets, wall-to-wall visual projections and AI-composed music providing an immersive environment and a thrilling glimpse of the future. This exclusive one-of-a-kind gourmet experience, which starts at 7.30pm will set you back £250. There will only be 10 tickets available for each night, so it’ll be fastest fingers first when tickets go on sale at 9AM (GMT) on FRIDAY 15th JULY. For those of you who miss out, you’ll still be able to feed your curiosity as the event will be live streamed online. Food Ink, 8 Dray Walk, E1 6NJ. For more information go to food ink.io.
Buckets and spades at the ready, as it’ll soon be time to head off to the glorious sandy beaches of…. Camden Town. NW1’s summer oasis, Camden Beach, returns to the outdoor terrace of the Roundhouse, from Friday 29th July – Monday 29th August. Once again they will be transforming their sun-drenched terrace into the ultimate summer destination, bringing the best of Barbados to Camden via a beach BBQ and themed events. There will be the usual end-of-the-pier amusements, beach huts, deck chairs, rooftop garden, ping pong, a pop-up fish and chip shop, a beach-shack cocktail bar and loads more. This year the beach will also play host to a series of live music performances from young emerging musicians and DJs. Open from 5pm – 11pm Mon, 12pm – 11pm Tue to Sun. Entry is FREE. For more info go to http://bit.ly/29J2HBW
Get into the swing of Wimbledon with this smashing Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, available from 20th June – 10th July at the Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington. Served in the Drawing Rooms, guests can indulge in a variety of savoury dishes, like Yorkshire pudding with roast beef & red onion jam; Cray fish with asparagus & Mary rose sauce; goat cheese & sun dried tomato quiche and homemade sausage roll – followed by home white chocolate and plain scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream & homemade strawberry preserve. You’ll also be treated to a selection of Wimbledon inspired pastries including Coconut mousse and mango passion fruit jelly tennis ball on a lime sponge tennis court, Ginger bread tennis racket, Strawberry and cream tart, Blueberry white chocolate ganache macaroon and Pimm’s cocktail shot. It sounds ace and costs £32.50 per person or £45.50 per person with a glass of Champagne. You can also take advantage of the special offer and enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne Monday – Friday, when booking the Wimbledon Afternoon Tea on-line. For more information and to book, visit http://bit.ly, call +44 207 591 4414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice cream lovers rejoice! The Gelato Festival is back! For the second year running, Italian gelato experts will descend on Old Spitalfields Market in specially converted trucks, from Friday 24th June – Sunday 3rd July, serving the very best authentic gelato with over 100 unique flavours including savoury, boozy and classic combinations; specifically created for the festival. The festival is free to attend, but visitors have the choice to buy a gelato card for £17 which entitles you to try all the delicious flavours! Visit the website for more details www.gelatofestival.it
Apparently, her “Milkshake” brings all the boys to the yard…and I’m sure she’s hoping her “Buns” will have the same effect! Kelis is collaborating with popular burger joint Le Bun, to launch a four day pop-up restaurant, KELISxLEBUN, at London’s Leicester House on the 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th July. Her pop-up will serve arepas – a cornflour bun eaten in countries such as Colombia and Venezuela, alongside Le Bun’s renowned burgers – no further menu details have been released. Having trained to become a professional chef at the prestigious school Le Cordon Bleu, with a cook book (My Life On A Plate) and her own Bounty & Full sauce range to her name, Kelis is a bonafide foodie! The Evening Standard quote Kelis as saying “I’ve been looking forward to bringing my cooking to London for years. This July I’m over for lots of festivals and it’s the perfect time to finally make this pop up restaurant dream a reality. The Le Bun guys are the perfect partners and I can’t wait for everyone to have a taste.” Follow LeBunUK on Twitter for updates.
If you missed out on the opportunity to “Oya, Come Chop” at Tokunbo’s Kitchen Supper Club in April ( you can read the review here), then fear not as she returns to The Engine Room in North London, on Saturday 25th June with more authentic Nigerian dishes, to tantalize your taste buds. Tokunbo assures us “no one leaves a Nigerian kitchen without a full stomach and heart” and guests will be treated to a three course home-cooked style menu with a choice of: Starters – Asun (Smoked Goat Meat), Mango Puff Puff (Mango Pieces Fried In Dough), Roasted Vegetable Skewers; Mains – Suya Chicken Wings (Chicken Wings Marinated With Yaji*), Coconut Rice & Beans (Basmati Rice And Honey Beans Slowed Cooked in Coconut Milk), Beans Porridge (Honey Beans & Plaintain Slow Cooked in Palm Oil Stew), Dodo with Sage and Yaji (Plaintain Fried With Sage And Yaji*), Ayamase Accompaniment (Smokey Locust Beans Stew), Sauteed Vegetables and Chin Chin Cupcakes or Banana Coconut Ice Pops for dessert. It’s a BYOB event, so definitely don’t forget that bottle of sutin sutin! If want the opportunity to enjoy authentic Nigerian food, or simply want to experience new tastes and flavours, be sure to check out Tokunbo’s Kitchen. Tickets cost £35 per person, OR you can take advantage of the ‘Take Two’ offer with 2 tickets for £60. For more information and to purchase tickets visit oyacomechop.eventbrite.com
With a supposedly scorching summer firmly in our sights, it marks the return of London’s urban beachs. It’ll soon be time to grab your bucket and spade, as you pull up a deck chair and relax at one of ‘London’s biggest city beaches’, returning to Brent Cross, from the 1st July – 4th September. This years Brent Cross Beach, boasts over 250 tonnes of golden sand with palm trees, deck chairs and a water activity area for the kids; traditional fair ground rides and slides, which include a roller coaster and a helter skelter; and visitors can enjoy a variety of food and drink, with an array of exciting menus which include Gupta’s Bombay Street Food, Laddlers 100% Red PollMeat Shop serving you the best in 100% British Beef Red Poll, Duck Roll, Zampa Fish Ltd who supply the famous Kennedy’s Fish shops and Burrito City…or you can bring your own picnic! There will be a whole host of entertainment from Brazilian Samba dancers and stilt walkers, to hula hoop artists and jugglers; whislt children will be entertained by Punch and Judy, magic shows, customary seaside games, carousel’s and tea-cup rides. Entrance costs £3 and tokens are available to purchase for rides. So if you want to enjoy every element of the beach with sun, (not guaranteed), sand and rides; without leaving the city, visit the website for more details www.thebeachbrentcross.com.
Food from across a variety of African countries, is finally getting the accolade and exposure it deserves in the UK and it seems the capital has finally cottoned on to something I have known for years…African food is the bomb! So it was with much merriment and excitement, that I attended Tokunbo’s Kitchen ‘Oya Come Chop’ (a Nigerian Supperclub), held at The Engine Room in North London. Tokunbo’s Kitchen’s motto is “for our guests to feel like royalty. Our aim is therefore to ensure that you dine like one. Expect your taste buds to be delighted by colourful dishes bursting with lavish flavours of herbs and spices. Oya, come chop at Tokunbo’s Kitchen with other food lovers and feast to your hearts content because no one leaves a Nigerian kitchen without a full stomach and heart.” So with such profound words I had high expectations for the night and was not disappointed!!
Upon arrival we were offered unlimited palm wine welcome cocktails, whilst mingling and chatting to fellow guests; after which we were ushered into the spacious dinning area, to take our seats at the tables covered in vibrant, African print table cloths, laden with moreish nibbles of dried shredded beef, peanuts and spicy meat pies; which everyone got stuck into, whilst our hostess with the mostest, Tokunbo, introduced herself and gave us an outline of the evening ahead. We were then served our starter; Pepper Soup – a popular Nigerian soup recipe which incapsulates African cuisine. It’s made from a blend of African pepper, herbs & spices and was a hot bowl comprising of a yummy and aromatic mixture of goat meat in soup. The combination of spices distinctly intensified the flavour of the soup, which was both delicious and satisfying, owing to the chunks of goat meat and boy did it have a spicy kick to it! Luckily I was able to sip on the sweet hibiscus drink, Wonga (made with 100% natural ingredients), which was complimentary with the meal, courtesy of Chosan (producers of healthy, exotic drinks).oyacomechop.eventbrite.com