With summer in full swing and an abundance of pop-ups, exciting new restaurants, rooftop bars and foodie festivals to sample, it's hard to know what to pick. We have done the hard work and hand selected the best foodie experiences in London this month to try...
'The Residence’ at Kitchen at Holmes
After having launched the brand new summer menu, 'The Residence' at Kitchen at Holmes, nestled in the beating heart of Marylebone, is a cosy neighbourhood restaurant, bursting with flavour. The venue is perfectly equipped for year round dining, with a stunning open kitchen that brings the drama and atmosphere to famous Baker Street and an adaptable terrace, perfect for al fresco dining in the warmer evenings.
The new summer à la carte menu is designed by Chef Stefano Motta and is packed full of fresh and seasonal produce, fan favourites with Mediterranean influences, and a broad range of dishes to cater for every taste bud. A highlight was the delicious prawn tartare and green gazpacho (a must try), the beautifully presented scallops as well as the juicy cuttlefish croquettes which are completely sublime paired with the delicious selection of wines on the menu.
For larger appetites, top dishes to taste include the beautifully presented breaded lamb cutlet with new potatoes, spring onion & cumin mayo, as well as the Presca Iberica with Ajo blanco, almonds and white grape for a tart cut-through.
The menu is perfectly tied together with some of the best tasting ice cream we have ever had from indulgent caramel to Amaretto & pistachio crumble and the zesty Amalfi Lemon Delice, for that feeling of being whisked away to the Med from central London, for just one night. When we waved goodbye to the fantastic staff and stepped back out into this historic part of town, we knew this would be a spot we would return to time and time again throughout the summer.
The stunning Pan Pacific London, just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street, has partnered with St-Germain on a new al fresco seafood and cocktail experience, Terrace On The Plaza. Run don't walk.
Located on Bishopsgate Plaza, the beautiful terrace offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city with superb seafood (the lobster roll, steaming fresh mussels and Asian inspired tuna ceviche with a hint of wasabi are literally to die for), stunningly crafted cocktails to combat the rising temperatures in London and lush foliage, adding to the glamour.
Until 30 September, the hotel’s expansive outdoor plaza will be transformed into the perfect sipping and people-watching spot. Serves include the signature St-Germain Spritz, a mix of St-Germain, prosecco, soda and lemon, St-Germain Hugo, a highball that is so deliciously French with fresh mint, soda, lime, prosecco and St-Germain, Espresso Martini and Patron Grapefruit Soda, all available on tap to enjoy as the sun goes down over the city.
If a sweet terrace treat is required after a long blissful evening (or indeed a long lunch) of catching up with friends or work colleagues, you can also enjoy a selection of ice creams including raspberry and chilli, apple wasabi (a must try) and sesame, kindly brought to the table by the attentive and fun staff. The Terrace on the Plaza is open throughout the summer from until 30 September, from 12pm – 9pm every day.