Where To Eat & Drink In London This Week: Cocktail, Champagne And National Oyster Day

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1 | Dinner at Anglo (above)

The backstreets of Farringdon can now boast an impressive, smart and yet unassuming new restaurant serving a set 7-course tasting menu for just £45 (and that's not including the 'intro' courses). Tiptoeing through streets piled with rubbish bags behind Chancery Lane makes Anglo seem rather like a rose among scraggy thorn bushes, but once you reach this tiny restaurant – where simplicity is clearly considered the key to success – the warm welcome and cosy tables will set you at ease. But it is important to note that you'd best arrive hungry. Properly, achingly hungry. Because every morsel of this menu is worth savouring but may become a slight challenge by the end. Particularly when the cheese course turns out to be a meaty slab of homemade malt loaf topped with onion relish and melted cheese. It's too good to leave, but hearty to say the least.

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But don't get the wrong idea: dishes at Anglo are small and delicate, presented with exceptional care. As you may hear a lot these days, the ingredients are the stars but here they really are – the ode to Isle of Wight tomatoes was possibly the most impressive thing going when we visited. Drink pairings are novel and, to be honest, it can be quite a relief to have your menu choices made for you at the end of a long day.

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30 St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UH; anglorestaurant.com

2 | Summer Cocktails on the Sipsmith Terrace

Drinks ahoy at CRAFT London, next to the Milennium Dome, where they have teamed up with Sipsmith to launch a summer terrace. The views across the river onto Canary Wharf are always a delight come sunset, setting the scene for evening time aperitifs. The full Sipsmith range is being utilized in specially designed cocktails containing fresh ingredients from CRAFT's own gardens, just beside the restaurant. So you can choose from vodka, gin, extra ginny gin (V.J.O.P.) or the new London Cup (a bit like Pimm's). Bar snacks are available too.

Until 20th SeptemberPeninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ; craftlondon.co.uk

3 | Bubbles and Balls at Searcy's Champagne Bar

If you just want simply good grub, and happen to be in the City, make a beeline for One New Change, where Searcy's champagne bar has had a refurb and, whilst sticking to the fizz, is now offering a refreshingly straightforward menu of meatballs and pasta. Choose what type of balls (beef or no beef), which sauce (tomato and basil or tomato and pancetta), which pasta (egg or durum wheat) and off you go. You can add little toppings if you're feeling fancy or, if cutlery is seeming too much of a faff, swap the pasta for ciabatta. It's quick, it's easy, and it's absolutely brimming with flavour. If you need a quick bite near St Paul's, this has you covered - and with champers to boot.

One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF; searcysonenewchange.co.uk

4 | National Oyster Day at Benares

Today is National Oyster Day. And for a little twist on a British classic, give Benares a go. This Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant offers an infamously top-notch fusion of British and Indian cuisine that, today, includes oysters fried in a light tempura batter spiced with ginger, turmeric, carom and ajwain seeds, and served with a tamarind and lemon dip. Team with one of their dangerously tasty cocktails.

Benares, 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS; benaresrestaurant.com

5 | Brazilian Breakfasts at Ben's Canteen

Some sporting thing is starting today, so everyone is getting overcome by Rio fever. Even Ben's Canteen, which is known for its dreamy weekend brunches. The special Olympic menu will be available at both the Battersea and Earlsfield branches, featuring Brazilian-style dishes like huevos rancheros with spicy chorizo, papaya fruit salad with granola, coconut and yoghurt, and the showstopper: Pichana steak, fried eggs and green salsa. Cachaça cocktails are on the go, too. And it'd be rude not to get into the true spirit of The Games, now wouldn't it?

140 St John's Hill, London, SW11 1SL; 422 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4HW; benscanteen.com

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