Eat at the hottest place in town
The new Volta do Mar tucked in Covent Garden’s theatre land is a unique blast of colour among rather middle-of-the road pre-theatre restaurants. This Portuguese restaurant by Salt Yard founders takes influences from Goa, Mozambique and Brazil for a thoroughly multicultural dining experience in a Georgian townhouse. Staff wearing African-print aprons serve up creamy seafood moqueca, grilled octopus salad and steaming seafood Cataplanas served at the table. This newcomer is the epitome of London’s multicultural dining scene – booking ahead is a must.
13-15 Tavistock St, Covent Garden; +4420 3034 0028
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
Step into the unknown
Hot from a sell-out run in Hong Kong is Secret Theatre Project’s The Invitation – the must-bag immersive theatre ticket this spring. East London’s edgy and historic Town Hall Hotel has been transformed into a masquerade party, where you descend to the basement for a two-course murder mystery dinner and show where nothing is as it seems. Anything else about it? That would be telling, but it’s certainly a night to remember.
8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
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 19-23) – the international horticultural event of the year.