1 | Tandoor Chop House
Snuck round the back of St Martin in the Fields is a little snippet of India presented in the guise of an old English chophouse. And this pocket-sized restaurant is well worth discovering, if not just for the fragrant Darjeeling Negroni – a more delicate version of the ubiquitous classic. The food menu is petite, though that doesn't make ordering any easier since everything wafts past you from the open kitchen in a richly scented blur. Just make sure to try the Keralan tuna tartare (a refreshing precursor to the other punchy flavours) and don't even think about skipping the crispy Amritsari lamb chops (the clue's in the name of the place), which go nicely with the deep, dark dahl. Besides, anyone proffering a bone marrow naan will forever have a place in our hearts.
8 Adelaide Street, London, WC2N 4HZ; tandoorchophouse.com
2 | Dandelyan
The ground floor bar at the Southbank's Mondrian London hotel just can't stop winning awards. Last week, the Class Bar Awards named Dandelyan Best Bar and Best Hotel Bar in the UK, not to mention having the Best Drinks Menu and Bartender of the Year (for Aidan Bowie). But never one to sit on his laurels, the brains behind the operation – Ryan Chetiyawardana – has just introduced a new cocktail menu, the fourth 'chapter' in his botanical series. Worked on by the entire team (from the barmen to the floor staff), it has four sections based on vices: Faith, Lust, $£¥€ and Rock n Roll. Order the Oak Island Old Fashioned and you'll get a piratey whiff of rum and old rope. The pretty pink Flower of Five boasts leather (yes, leather) along with its grapefruit and passion fruit flower. And the Lonely Heart Killers is a bright orange smoothie-cum-Tiki Bellini. Everything is served with tongue firmly in cheek, but you'll always be safe with the fragrant Vitruvian Rose Spritz.
20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD; morganshotelgroup.com
3 | Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch
Aside from their central sites, Pizza Pilgrims have, up till now, been serving their Neopolitan pizzas to the good people of East London out of that famous green van. Not any more. The new Shoreditch branch opens on Monday (with a special offer for that day only, where you can 'pay what you want' for lunch or dinner – you will only be asked for a donation, of whatever size, to the Samaritans). And in addition to their beloved Neopolitan pizzas (you'll be relieved to hear the n'duja one survives), they will also be serving crust dippers and prosciutto pops. Furthermore, you can bring your own booze to this one (corkage won't come in until next month, and will only be £2.50 at that) along with your favourite chocolate bar, to be 'calzonified' – because why should Mars bars get all the fun?
136 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE; pizzapilgrims.co.uk
4 | Pie and Oyster Mondays at Quo Vadis
There are no Blue Mondays at Soho bolt hole number one, Quo Vadis, where they now celebrate Pie and Oyster Mondays each and every week. For both lunch and dinner, oysters and the pie of the day will be half price, and the latter will come with the offer of a matching wine or ale similarly discounted. This place serves the very best of British food, so the oysters are super fresh, and the daily pie has become a thing of legend in its own right. So if you're at a loose end, or simply not dealing with the start of the week, let them take care of you on Dean Street.
26-29 Dead Street, London, W1D 3LL; quovadissoho.co.uk