1 | Duck & Waffle Local
The 24-hour restaurant way up in Bishopsgate Tower, in the City, has become a thing of legend since opening in 2012. And now the ducks and the waffles have been brought to Piccadilly, where they are being served with a super chilled-out vibe – you order your stuff at the counter before it's brought over to your table. It may not be open through the night, but the no reservations policy means that you have a perfectly good chance of getting in. The menus contain old favourites but are also speckled with soon-to-be new ones, especially at breakfast time; think spicy duck sausage on flatbread with harissa, yoghurt, pickles and a fried duck egg, or a grilled Gruyère cheese and duck jam sandwich, which genuinely is the stuff of dreams. Later on, the cocktails are on tap.
Heads up: takeaway will soon be available, so lunchtimes in the area are about to get seriously jazzy.
52 Haymarket, St. James's Market, London, SW1Y 4RP; duckandwafflelocal.com
2 | Enoteca Turi
Italian food has drifted in and out of fashion in London over the years, but one restaurant that has stood the test of time (since 1990 in fact) is family-run Enoteca Turi. Owners Giuseppe and Pamela Turi upped sticks from Putney and moved to a new location in Sloane Square in 2016, and since then have acquired a new enthusiastic new following - and for good reason.
Their approach is to make dishes specific to regions of Italy, using ingredients you won't find on many menus else in London. So expect aubergine layered with scamorza cheese (a dish from Campania), button ravioli filled with ricotta mustia, beetroot medley, butter and poppyseed (Veneto) and other delights that will leave you dreaming of booking a holiday to The Boot. Or just another table at Enoteca Turi.
87 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8PH, enotecaturi.com
3 | Henrietta
Good little places to eat in Covent Garden are slowly, carefully, swelling in number. And the latest is a few doors down from last year's sensation, Frenchie. The Henrietta is a boutique hotel set within a townhouse with a restaurant led by star chef Ollie Dabbous – he of the eponymous Michelin-starred place in Fitzrovia. So head here for equally dainty yet inventive food, bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients – plates burst with colour and look suitably swish. Walk past the bar (cocktails made by the team behind Joyeux Bordel and The Experimental Cocktail Club) for a table that still feels within the action, and looks onto an open kitchen at the other end. Share a flatbread while you decide and then opt for smoky beef tartare, or delicate spring greens doused in a contrastingly punchy lamb broth. Whatever you choose, round off with green apple sorbet for a refreshing kick.
14-15 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QH; henriettahotel.com
4 | Pergola Paddington Central
We've told you about Pergola, the rooftop summer party destination in White City already, but if you can't be lured quite that far, give their brand new second site a go. It looks over the canal in Paddington and offers the same easy-going style with wooden tables, trellises overhead and plenty of blankets on hand – just in case. Go healthy with smoothies from Raw Press or blow the diet with Patty & Bun's burgers. Or sit somewhere in between with Southern style seafood from Decatur (their oysters are unforgettable: grilled with cheesy garlic butter and spices), or fish tacos from DF/Mexico. Add in some Negronis to wash it all down and you have yourself a Bank Holiday.
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London, W2 6PY; pergolaontheroof.com
5 | English Wine Week @ Vinoteca
Aside from a nice little breather, this Saturday also marks the start of English Wine Week, giving you cause to celebrate some of our wonderful, home-grown bottles of plonk. Don't know where to start? No problem. The helpful people at the Vinoteca wine bars are here to help. They're offering a special wine flight at all their venues, all week long, for £13.50, which will introduce you to the grapes of Sussex, Surrey and beyond. Really keen beans can head to the King's Cross one on Tuesday evening to join the founders in a special tasting session from 5.30-7pm; attendees will get a chunky discount on any bottles they may then wish to purchase.
27th May – 4th June; vinoteca.co.uk
6 | Foodies Festival
If eating is simply your priority over the long weekend, then Syon Park's Foodies Festival could be for you. It runs over all three days and boasts a load of recognisable cooks who you can watch in demonstrations (from Michelin starred chefs to Masterchef and Great British Bake Off winners). Or simply wander round this leafy haven and sample everything you can, from street food to cakes, washed down by vintage cider and Pimms served from a giant tea pot. There's live music too.
27 – 29 May
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF; foodiesfestival.com