1 | Cheese and Wine: No. 6, La Fromagerie
Just in case you need a first date idea, or a cosy Friday night option to really impress someone with, head to Marylebone cheese haven La Fromagerie. Aside from the treasure trove of a store (which could use up hours of your time, not to mention a good chunk of your funds), the cosy candlelit café serves beautiful seasonal food done with minimum fuss and maximum care. Whilst open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week, Mondays and Fridays are the only days with dinner service, the latter a celebration of fondue and charcuterie. So settle in with a bottle of wine, a pot of melted Comté, Beaufort and Emmental, plus a good side of cured meats, and you have yourself an evening of simple, unadulterated pleasure.
6 Moxon Street, London, W1U 4EW; lafromagerie.co.uk
2 | Free Cronut Holes: Dominique Ansel Bakery
The now infamous croissant-doughnut hybrid, The Cronut, turns four this weekend and, since the brains behind it opened a London bakery last year, you can help him celebrate. Head to Belgravia on Saturday and pray you're there when 'Happy Birthday' comes on over the sound system: that means free Cronut holes for everyone. These are – unsurprisingly – the spheres from the middle of the rings, and they are filled with flavoured creams. They will exhibit the very first flavour of fillings served in each of Dominique's bakeries – New York (rose vanilla), London (butterscotch cocoa nib) and Tokyo (Hokkaido milk honey ganache and yuzu lemon curd).
8am – 8pm
17 – 21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP; dominiqueansellondon.com
3 | A Taste of Spring: Angler
Angler has been in the South Place Hotel for a few years now, but this Michelin-starred restaurant is only just learning to shout about itself. And that is in part due to a new seasonal menu. 'A Taste of Spring' gives you precisely that: refreshing tartare with chilled avocado, sturdy asparagus with the punch of wild garlic, lamb that tastes like all your grandmother's roast lambs distilled into a neat little bullet of homely comfort. You'll start with a glass of Moët and some canapes, before they introduce you to their wonderfully Marmitey bread and butter. This place doesn't do bells and whistles – it is quiet, understated and yet sparklingly smart. Literally so: the early summer light gleams through the angled floor-length windows of the seventh floor and bounces off the mirrored ceiling, creating an ideal dinner spot for this time of year, when daylight lasts ever longer.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF; anglerrestaurant.com
4 | Nordic Family Feasting: Patty & Bun
The Hackney branch of burger dudes Patty & Bun is housing a series of collaborations over the next few months, where chefs are invited to take over the kitchens and produce a family feast. And diners really will be supping en famille, with communal tables and a set menu for them all the share. The first guest chef is Stockholm's Niklas Ekstedt, who is lauded as one of the best chefs in the world and has a severe dislike of gas and electric assistance in his kitchen – this guy's all about raw flames and embers. His special menu will kick off with Nordic Negronis and include crispy flatbread with charcoal cream, hay-flamed arctic char, ember-cooked beef with caramalized onion purée and buckwheat, and a hazelnut cake with browned butter and sour cream sorbet. Tickets are still available so nab them now.
15 and 16 May; tickets cost £69.62 and are available here
2, Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ; pattyandbun.co.uk
5 | Grab-And-Go Breakfast: Polpo Soho
From Monday onwards, Polpo will start serving breakfast in London for the very first time. But only from the Soho branch. In the Venetian style, this is meant to be a short and sharp affair – the idea is to grab a coffee and warm pastry on the go. Co-founder Russell Norman's favourite thing is a fritole – a little doughy ball flavoured with citrus zest and sultanas, and rolled in cinnamon sugar – and so the first 100 guests to purchase a coffee on launch day will get a complimentary one of these to try. Otherwise, there will be an array of pastries, cakes and sandwiches, including a grilled cheese sourdough with red onion and thyme, pickled zucchini focaccia with whipped mackerel, and ciabatta with prosciutto cotto, Emmental and tomato. A little something delicious to start the day with.
Monday – Friday; 8am – 12pm
41 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SB; polpo.co.uk
6 | BOOK AHEAD: Cook For Syria Pop-Up
June will see the capital's usual food frenzy cranked up 50 notches when The Evening Standard's Food Month kicks off. Curated by Grace Dent and Esquire food editor Tom Parker Bowles, nigh on every good chef in the city will be taking part. But one thing that you ought to snap up tickets to now is the Cook for Syria pop-up. This supper club turned international campaign was launched last year with the support of many influential contributors, and the cook book went on sale in December (it contains signature recipes from the various cooks involved, each done with a Syrian twist). At the helm for this week-long restaurant will be Imad Alarnab, a Syrian refugee who had to leave his own restaurants back home in Damascus due to the conflict. He will be teaming up with the teams from Breddos Tacos, Berber & Q, The Good Egg and more for dinner service each evening, and a brunch with Caravan's Miles Kirby. Tickets are selling fast, with one night already booked up, so get yours while you still can!
25th - 30th June; for more information, visit cookforsyria.com
The Store, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA; londonfoodmonth.co.uk