Eat at the hottest place in town
Tiny Orasay in Notting Hill already has a big reputation. This seafood-oriented new restaurant sits just off the pastel-coloured Portobello Road and is the brainchild of chef Jackson Boxer, following on from the success of his Shoreditch-based restaurant St Leonards. The fish is sourced straight from the weather-beaten Outer Hebrides and tastes so fresh you’d think it had been caught an hour ago. Order the crunchy radishes with deliciously rich tonnato and capers to start, before digging into tender, flaky halibut with wild garlic (bang in season during spring). Oh, and the restaurant is packed every night of the week, so book ahead or be disappointed.
31 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2EU
Sample springtime afternoon tea
The latest Instagrammable food trend? The humble éclair. Maitre Choux has pimped up patisserie, with éclairs that feature mini meringues, gold powder and creamy rosewater fillings. The new afternoon tea at the brand’s Soho and King’s Road branches serves up a choice of three delectable pastries – with optional Laurent-Perrier Champagne. You might need a whole box to take away with you for later, too.
60 Dean St, Soho, W1D 6AW
To celebrate the anniversary of the Summer of Love, the V&A’s spring-summer exhibition is dedicated to a 1960s icon: Mary Quant. A true revolutionary of the British high street (she invented the mini skirt), expect to see many of Quant’s iconic designs on show for the first time, as well as impressive digital displays, all set to a soundtrack from the era. Afterwards, hop over to the well-heeled Kings Road in Chelsea for some afternoon retail therapy. The street was at the heart of the ’60s fashion movement and was also where Quant opened her first shop, Bazaar.
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
Step into the unknown
Leave your phone at home – at Gingerline, it’s all about the adventure. This dining experience group has made quite a name for itself in the capital, with top-secret supper clubs that feature immersive theatre, dance and digital effects. You’re only told the event location on the day, for a truly spontaneous experience. The group’s latest, entitled The Grand Expedition, is a journey around the world, with food and drinks to match. But we’re not giving anything else away – the rest you’ll have to see for yourself.
See London in bloom
April signals the start of Japan’s sakura cherry-blossom season, and although it may be thousands of miles away, many London restaurants put on showstopping displays to celebrate. Take Nobu in Shoreditch, which is revamping its outdoor terrace with a canopy of pastel-pink cherry blossoms, and serving Kyoto Sidecar cocktails of Suntory-whisky-infused oolong and yuzu juice. At Japanese restaurant Zuma in Knightsbridge, there’s an indoor display of flowers (as well as a whole cherry tree) to sit under, sipping saké cocktails. If you’re in the capital for a while, bag tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25) – the international horticultural event of the year.