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#CocoFood:  9 London Food & Drink Hot Spots

#CocoFood: 9 London Food & Drink Hot Spots

We eat and drink out more than ever in spring and summer;

May 16th, 2019

We eat and drink out more than ever in spring and summer; it’s a culmination of the warmer weather, the lighter nights, and the need to not be locked up inside an office or behind closed curtains and blinds at home any longer. Whatever your reason for dining and drinking out with friends and family, #TeamCoco are behind you 100%. With this in mind we have compiled a list of nine London hangouts for great grub and brilliant bevvies.

Antinori Wine Dinner at St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys

Searcys welcome one of the world’s most prestigious winemakers to St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar, to host a very special wine dinner on Wednesday 19th June. The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany since 1385, with 26 generations of uninterrupted family ownership making it one of the oldest wine makers in the world. Today, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, establishing an important presence in Piedmont, Umbria and Puglia. The family’s continuing legacy is such that Piazza Antinori, in the historic centre of Florence is where Marchese Piero Antinori still lives.

This June, heiress Allegra Antinori herself will host lucky guests for a delectable four-course dinner created by St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys executive chef, Colin Layfield and expertly paired with glasses of Antinori’s wines. The evening kicks off with the family’s new Franciacorta Tenusa Montenisa Cuvée Royale harmonised with a pre-starter of Portland crab and mango and followed by the legendary Cervaro della Salla wine matched with Cornish stone bass fillet, Wye Valley Asparagus and morel. Their renowned super-tuscan red, Guado al Tasso 2013 will be harmonised with an indulgent main course of Herdwick lamb cutlet, braised faggot and potato terrine, followed by a luscious dessert wine from Piedmont, Moscato d’Asti paired with Kent Apple Tart and Cinnamon ice cream. Priced at £95 per person.


Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock

Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock has returned for the summer season. Famous for its panoramic and uninterrupted views across the city’s skyline and unique urban lawn games and bar offering, the expansive rooftop venue has become one of London’s favourite summer hot spots.
This summer, Skylight is back with day beds and garden booths for afternoon lounging, new seasonal cocktails for summertime sipping and an exciting calendar of programming and special events for all-summer partying.

The menu boasts delicious foodie offerings including killer street food from YIRO and Flipside.


Twisted London

Twisted London, the delivery only restaurant born from Twisted, which specialises in creating recipe videos for its 20 million followers across social media, has expanded with the hotly anticipated launch of five new sites, including new London branches in Bayswater, Gloucester Road, Russell Square, Piccadilly and Edgware Road.

Generating high praise from followers, diners and tastemakers alike including, GBBO finalist, Manon Lagreve, and The Little London Vegan, Clare Every, Twisted London’s new sites will be serving a pared down menu of its classic items. Available to order exclusively via UberEats seven days a week, the menus will include the famous Money Shot burger with a 6oz beef patty and panko crumbed emmental cheese, classic cheeseburger; The Chuck Boris, KFV, and Hot Vegan Chuck Brown with panko crumbed vegan ‘chicken’, Naked Fries, Dirty Vegan Fries, Twisted Slaw and Fried Pickles.

Twisted London is famed for reverse engineering its restaurant model, finding its customers first via social media, discovering the food they want to eat and then delivering it to them. Through its creative content and recipe videos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the delivery only restaurant has built a following of over 140,000 people and as a result has gained unrivalled knowledge and insights into what its customers really want to eat.



STK restaurant located in one of London’s most dynamic modern establishments, ME Hotel on The Strand has just launched their summer menu.

STK is an international restaurant success story located in LA, NYC, Miami, Dubai, Milan, Ibiza and of course in London.

Serving the finest USD A grade steak with delicacies such as the American Snake River Wagyu Sirloin and large feasting boards for two with their classic Sirloin Steak, Lil’ BRGs, Beef Short Rib, Wagyu Beef and Rice, Parmesan Truffle Chips with American Style Creamed Corn.

The new menu also brings an array of fresh salads including Prawn & Scallops Salad and fresh seafood options such as the Soft Shell Crab sliders. Not to mention the raw bar, with Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche.

STK is the steak-dining destination in London, with weekend DJs stunning interior and great sharing dishes such as the truffle Mac & Cheese.


Turtle Bay

Nothing celebrates a three-day, long weekend quite like an afternoon, evening or all-dayer at Turtle Bay.

Come rain or shine, the next May bank holiday weekend is fast approaching – and you’re not going to want to miss out. Enjoy an array of sunshine-inspired 241 rum cocktails, the best Caribbean cuisine on the block and a slice of that renowned, be-happy island spirit at Turtle Bay.

All of the food at Turtle Bay is perfect for sharing and combining with other Small Plates, Side Plates, and Mains, to fuel you, your friends and family for the long weekend.

With the menu’s huge selection of great dishes inspired by beach shack and street vendors across the Caribbean islands, including items such as the Curry Goat and Trini Doubles, there is something for everyone!

Turtle Bay can be found at Walthamstow, Staines, Brixton, Croydon, and Ealing.

You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to Turtle Bay’s huge range of mouth-watering cocktails, bringing a slice of sunshine to your meal. As well as its traditional, Caribbean rum cocktails, Turtle Bay also has a vast range of alcohol-free cocktails, wines, beers, and homemade soft drinks.


Mother Clucker

As the UK starts to move on from its Prosecco obsession and look for alternative sparkling wines, Cava is being tipped for a comeback by those in the know. To celebrate, Freixenet has partnered with fried chicken connoisseurs Mother Clucker, to combine two of 2019’s hottest foodie trends – alternative sparkling wines and indulgent fried food to create the UK’s first ever Cava-battered chicken.

Cava is well-known in the wine industry for being an excellent pairing alongside savoury food, with fried chicken being Cava’s perfect match2. The notes of Mediterranean fruits in Cordon Negro keep the palate crisp and clean with the acidity in the bubbles delicately slicing through the batter, making the meal feel lighter. Using this as inspiration, Mother Clucker and Freixenet partnered to create Cava-battered chicken. The result has been a crispy Cava-infused batter, which perfectly complements the salty and deep-fried flavour of Mother Clucker’s strips. The result is a delicious upgrade to the traditional beer-battered fish and chips.

The Cava-battered chicken will be available exclusively through Deliveroo Editions: Whitechapel, from the 2nd to the 31st May with a complimentary 20cl bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro with every purchase, whilst stocks last. In addition, Freixenet Cordon Negro will also be listed in Mother Clucker’s restaurant in Clerkenwell, available to purchase as a combination meal alongside Mother Clucker’s signature strips.


What The Pitta

Vegan eatery What The Pitta are thrilled to announce the launch of their Vegan Nuggets in their branches nationwide – this makes them the first to bring the offering to the UK takeaway market, and even beats fast food giant McDonald’s.

For just £3.99 you can get your hands on What The Pitta’s Vegan Nuggets with a homemade dip of your choice. They’re not just available in-store – hungry customers can also order for delivery via Deliveroo and UberEats and receive 20% off all orders over £25 on Deliveroo in May.

What The Pitta are already famed for their unique, vegan kebabs, made with non-GMO soy pieces marinated in a blend of secret spices with handmade bread, homemade hummus, tzatziki and fresh salads. What The Pitta launched in London 3 years ago, in 2016, and they now have locations in Boxpark Croydon, Boxpark Shoreditch, and Camden.


St Luke’s Table

St Luke’s Table, one of Covent Garden’s newest fine-dining destinations, has launched a striking addition to its already popular menu that is entirely plant-based.

In response to both guest requests and a growing awareness about restaurants’ carbon footprint, this plant-powered offering is designed to complement the existing à la carte menu of seasonal dishes. It provides options for vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious: all those looking to reduce their consumption of animal products, without compromising on taste.

Led by head chef Alessio Piras (Shoreditch House, Cecconi’s, Albert’s and Margot) the menu reflects his Italian roots, whilst showcasing the best of British produce.

Alessio’s fine techniques allow the fresh ingredients to shine; to start try something a little piquant, Spicy Tomato and Pepper Soup, or enjoy the freshest Grilled Asparagus. For the main course the focus is on grounding root vegetables, with vibrantly coloured Beetroot Risotto. Or imagine yourself in sun-kissed Puglia – but without clocking up the air miles – with Linguine Artichokes. Save space for dessert and make the difficult choice between the Pineapple Carpaccio and the luxurious dairy-free Chocolate Mousse.

Although located in LIBRARY, one of central London’s quirkiest members’ clubs, St Luke’s Table is fully open to all who reserve in advance. This allows everyone the opportunity to enjoy an experience that is ordinarily the preserve of members of LIBRARY.


Max’s Sandwich Shop

Iconic sandwich filler, Branston Pickle has teamed up with the king pin of sandwiches, Max Halley at Max’s Sandwich Shop, to create a mouth-watering sandwich stack – ‘All The ‘Decade’nce’ – with each of the five layers made from the classic food combos and Branston associated with different generations, from Baby Boomers to Gen Z, just in time for British Sandwich Week (19th-25th May).

For British Sandwich Week only, an epic combination of all the best flavours from each layer – the Branston Boss Sandwich – will be on sale in Max Halley’s Sandwich Shop in Stroud Green near Finsbury Park for £9.50.

These sandwiches celebrate the changing food scene across generations, by including the most-loved sandwich fillers – traditional ploughman’s for Baby Boomers, mac and cheese enjoyed by Gen X, brunch-inspired foods for Millennials, and vegan elements for Gen Z.


Rachel McAlley

Rachel McAlley

A veteran in global travel, Rachel also loves to explore hidden gems on home turf. She’s a writing connoisseur of Britain’s best hotels, luxury beauty products, and UK food and drink launches.