High raise dining will be taken to new levels…literally; as ‘London in the Sky’ returns in July next year (19th – 30th July 2017), with what is promised to be their “best ever chef line-up” offering guests an unforgettable Michelin-starred dining experience, over the London sky-line. The full restaurant line-up, including their menus, will be announced in the last week of January 2017. A specially designed “sky table” platform will sit 22 belted in diners, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table. Upon arrival guests will be served a glass of champagne (to possibly help calm the nerves) and taken through the registration process, before being suspended 100 feet in the air. Top chefs from some of London’s finest restaurants, such as Michael Reid (M Restaurants), Jeremy Page (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) and Calum Franklin (Holborn Dining Room) to name a few, will transfer their menus and dining experiences to this unique event. Guests have the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner (with either an early sitting or sunset sitting) and drink flights are also available in the afternoon and evening. Tickets range from £50 per head for breakfast to £200 for dinner. PRESALE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT BUT TICKET SALES REOPEN ON 27TH FEBRUARY. For more information visit www.eventsinthesky.co.uk. London In The Sky, 19th – 30th July 2017, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.
Every weekend in East London, Lemlem Kitchen delight customers with their menu, as classic East African Eritrean flavours are given a modern streetfood twist! However for two days next month, on Friday 7th & Friday 14th October, Lemlem Kitchen will host an Eritrean-Italian fusion supper club – Industria Asmarina, at Lara’s Cafe in North London; where diners will be able to experience a delightful fusion of flavours that Netil Market regulars are lucky enough to enjoy every Saturday and the occasional Sunday. For two nights only, Makda and Jack – the lovely couple behind Lemlem Kitchen, will provide the opportunity to showcase their culinary creativity by bringing a distinctive combination of the flavours of Italy and Asmara (the capital of Eritrea and Makda’s home town) to diners, in a unique environment. “With Lemlem Kitchen we have reimagined the Italian restaurants of my childhood as an Eritrean-Italian fusion dining experience of the future. Taking tastes, memories, ingredients and stories from those days we have created a new 4 course menu. Some taken directly from dishes we ate as children, others created by imagining new possibilities.” The 4 course menu will include – Antipasto: Bani Mortadella Gwi’ey – crusty bread, mortadella, jalapeño; Primo: Spaghetti Komidere Berbere mis Injera – pasta in a spicy tomato sauce on injera; Secondo: Asa al forno mis Tsebhi Birsen – baked white fish with spiced lentils and Dolce: Sorbetti nay Beles – prickly pear sorbet. Tickets cost £29.50, Friday 7th & Friday 14th October, 8.00pm – 11.00pm. Lara’s Cafe, 16 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DW. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://grubclub.com/lemlem-kitchen/lemlem-kitchen-industria-asmarina
Love crisp sandwiches? Then this one is for you! To celebrate the launch of Walkers new sandwich-flavoured crisps, ranging from Cheese Toastie & Worcester Sauce, Sausage & Brown Sauce, to Bacon & Tomato Ketchup – a speakeasy style Crisp Sarnie Club is opening in South East London from Thursday 8th September for three weeks, from Thursday to Saturday. “Located on Tooley Street near London Bridge, Walkers invites you to join other like-minded people in celebrating a true hero amongst food – the humble crisp sarnie.” Situated in an unsuspecting newsagent, you’ll need to say the secret password and a shelf swings back to reveal crisp sarnie heaven! A limited number of tickets are available for £3.50, so you ‘butty’ hurry up if you don’t want to miss out, as it promises to be the best thing since sliced bread. For more information and to book your 45-minute slot, go to http://bit.ly/2bEpq04.
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.