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 It’s another long weekend this weekend! We may be getting blasé about them as May is of course stacked, but there isn’t another one until August, so let’s make the most of it!

Our goal this weekend is to finally get into some of the restaurants that we have been meaning to – Monty’s Deli, Brat, Smoking Goat, Leroy (this list is embarrassing, we should have been to all of these already!) and St Leonards. See you east! And enjoy the short week.
Wine Not?
Time to try some new wine spots
Wine, wine, wine not? Straight off the back on London Wine Week, we look at new wine openings in the neighbourhood.

@salonewinestore | @bychix | @londonshellco
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The Oystermen Seafood Bar | Photo: Greg Funnell @gregfunnell
Henrietta Hop
Time to do a restaurant crawl
Covent Garden’s heating up on the restaurant scene, we’ve been hearing that for awhile now. But the other day, after a quick sprint down Henrietta Street we realised there are many greats – Henrietta Hotel, Cora Pearl (from Kitty Fischer), Oystermen (dressed oysters, bar seating), Din Tai Fung (with surprisingly no queue), Sticks’n’Sushi (fast, flavourful, reasonable), and Avo Bar (name’s annoying, menu less so) – all on one street. It’s official. Time to do a Henrietta Street hop (sorry).

@henriettahotel | @corapearlcg | @theoystermen | @dintaifunguk | @sticksnsushi | @avobarlondon
Freddie Janssen
The once advertising exec, turned foodie maven is now looking to turn her pop up Snackbar into a permanent cafe /urban farm/work space. Visit her kickstarter page for more info. Freddie has taken the time to give us some of her favourite London and global foodie spots.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?
Smoked Eel with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms at Lyles Whelks with wild garlic and chervil at P Franco

Favourite international restaurant?
Septime and Mission Chinese NYC

Guilty pleasure?
Dr Oetker Mozzarella Pizza (sorry not sorry)

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34 Mayfair
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Collaborates with florist Philippa Craddock
Flowers everywhere! On until 3 June
To celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, UJ fave 34 Mayfair has collaborated with royal florist Philippa Craddock to create a vibrant, fun and celebratory floral installation at its chic entrance. Flowers in red, pink, blue and orange cascade down window boxes and railings; even the restaurant’s mascot, Penny the Panther, has top hat and collar floral accessories. There are spring inspired cocktails on offer (L’Orangerie Bloom is made with Moët Imperial Rose Champagne, yes please), and for a treat, they have of course incorporated flowers into a bespoke Mayfair Garden dessert (including cherry blossom and elderflower parfait), too. Book now, flowers unfortunately aren’t forever! Ends June 3.

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Out and About
Where we’re eating this week
From a new sakura Sunday brunch at ROKA to a Japanese Italian five-course tasting menu in Dalston, we’ve got our forks out.

@rokarestaurant | @angelina.dalston
Don Papa Rum Presents
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Casa Sugarlandia
A multi-sensory bar residency celebrating Filipino culture
Taking place on Great Eastern Street from 22nd May-8th June, Casa Sugarlandia will be home to all things from the Phillipines, hosted by Don Papa Rum (yum). There will be karaoke (Thursdays starting 23rd May with Sink the Pink), an in-house menu from three rotating chefs including BBQ chefs du jour SARAP (recent winners of the Brixton Kitchen comp), as well as two ticketed supper clubs: Mae William’s (May 28th, featuring five courses of authentic flavours) and the Adobros (June 4th, with culinary classics), both with a Don Papa cocktail to start. There will also be Don Papa Rum masterclasses and more. Visit their site for the complete schedule and to book tickets. See you at the Casa!
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Nobu Marbella
Nobu Marbella and The Bodrum EDITION
Where we’re hanging
Hearing the words Casamigos and Nobu was really all we needed to get us on a plane to Marbella. And as for Bodrum, we’re already EDITION fans and had never been to Bodrum; and just back from their seasonal opening, it’s one of the best setups we’ve seen. We suggest you book in stat.

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Loire Bucket List
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Summer of Fun
Four wine routes, June 1-30
This June, Loire Valley Wines are encouraging you to see a different side of London with four self-guided wine routes. The Muscadet route runs along the Regent’s Canal, in a nod to the wine’s affinity to seafood; Crémant lifts you up with amazing views; Rosé encourages you to view things with romantic specs; and Sauvignon Blanc is all about the terroir. Each route takes you on a fun tour where you can stop at an eclectic selection of partner venues along the way for a glass of vins.
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Posh good times
This week we’re focusing on the posh brunch lunch with three newbies. First up, it’s a Tulum brunch series at Ella Canta (‘A’ for originality, we couldn’t handle another brunch with bottomless in the title). Launched last week, taking place on two additional Saturdays (15th June, 20th July) in partnership with Coco Tulum (beach club), the dishes will be vibrant and the tunes atmospheric. Also in Mayfair, it’s an Anatolian brunch at Rüya (menu here), and over in St John’s Wood, we think a bistro lunch at the new Corbin & King spot, Soutine, would be just right.

@ellacantalondon | @ruyalondon | @soutinestjohn
Save the dates
Tonight sees Taco Wars head back to Dinerama for one night only; £40 for nine tacos (one from each trader competing and an ice cream one for dessert), Corona and a Patrón chilliback (they’re baaaaaack!). Next Friday it’s over to Victoria Park for All Points East to see the Chems, and Friday 7th June (book now), it’s Richie Hawtin’s ENTER.Sake event at Zela London. Nine course with ENTER.Sake, yes please.
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21 May 2019
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