1 | Radio Alice
New to Hoxton Square is a pizzeria genuinely unlike any others. The deep, fluffy bases have a happy bit of crunch but are miraculously light and chewy at the same time - the Radio Alice trick is to make them first (using mother yeast, otherwise known as the ever-popular sourdough, and ancient stone ground flour), cook them, and THEN add the toppings. So there is no sogginess, no charred edges or any such thing.
The menu is separated into red and white types of pizza, the former offering tomato-based combinations such as super-spicy n'duja sausage and caciocavallo cheese, or anchovies artfully draped over red onion and lemon zest. In the other column, you have Parma ham with burrata and orange-infused oil (which nobody can stop talking about), and a sumptuous amalgamation of gorgonzola and fiordilatte cheses with speck, walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Plus lots more.
16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT; radioalicepizzeria.co.uk
2 | Untitled
When Tony Conigliaro opens a bar, you know it's going to be good. This guy is the don of the London cocktail scene thanks to his absurdly impressive 69 Colebrooke Row in Islington, the discreetly glamorous Bar Termini in Soho, and the slightly madcap bars within the Zetter hotels in Clerkenwell and Marylebone. He also has his own Drink Factory – an alcoholic laboratory used to develop complex creations for his various establishments and more.
The Warhol-inspired Untitled has just opened on the Kingsland Road, providing Hackney with a sense of the artist in the Sixties and Seventies, with giant polished concrete bar tops and silver walls. The drinks menu includes 12 new cocktails all – as is Tony's style – designed to tickle far more than your taste buds; expect a multi-sensory encounter.
538 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH; untitled-bar.com
3 | Nirvana
'Nirvana' refers to a transcendent state experienced by followers of Buddhism. In London, eating out is near enough a religion and this new pan-Asian restaurant in Marylebone lives up to its name. Tastefully decorated in a way that would suit either business lunch or romantic evening meal, the food is exceptional: the spiced lamb cutlets pictured above coming with roasted garlic sauce and edamame trufﬂe puree to create a dish that is at once hearty and delicate, while the beef bulgogi, served with purple potatoes chokha and achari carrots, is delight. Even the greens taste good. Give this little gem in an underrated part of central London a whirl - you won't regret it.
4 | Pancakes at Boisdale Mayfair
With Shrove Tuesday looming, the newest outpost of swanky steakhouse Boisdale has created an entire pancake menu, which is available now and right up until the end of next week; forget 'day' they're celebrating Pancake Week in Mayfair.
Options range from breakfast staples like avocado with lemon, chilli and poached egg, or smoked salmon, spinach and crème fraiche, to absolutely unapologetic bonanzas like the 6oz sirloin steak with fried egg and brown sauce, and the scrambled duck eggs with seared foie gras and black truffle. Early birds can enjoy a free glass of Prosecco if they order between 10-11am and night owls can take advantage of that rather persuasive Boisdale draw: the whisky and cigar selection. Purists can also relax in the knowledge that the failsafe Crêpes Suzette are available too.
Until 3rd March; 12 North Row, London, W1K 7DF; boisdale.co.uk/Mayfair
5 | Oscars Season at 45 Park Lane
With every other headline currently referencing Sunday's impending awards ceremony, those happy to get swept up in the glitzy whirlwind should head to the bar at 45 Park Lane, where they have created a special cocktail dedicated to the love-it or hate-it film of the moment. The LaLaLand89 is available until the end of the month and is made with aged rum, red vermouth, Italian bitters and cherry liqueur. It is topped with elderflower foam and then – in true Hollywood style – decorated with gold leaf.
And this hotel should know a thing or two about catering for Oscars season – the founding chef of its excellent CUT restaurant is none other than Wolfgang Puck, who has provided the food for the Governors Ball for the past 23 years. He has therefore worked with CUT's head chef David McIntyre to create the special Awards Season Menu, ideal for any London-based film fans. It includes dishes previously served to the Academy's A-List guests, and you'll start to feel like one of them given then strength of the service in this place.
45 Park Lane, London, W1K 1ON; dorchestercollection.com