1 | For Unbeatable Dim Sum and Macaroons: Yauatcha City (above)
The Michelin-starred Soho branch of this dim sum teahouse has become an institution in itself over the past 10 years. And now we have a second one, this time in the heart of the City. Broadgate Circle is massively on the up food-wise, with new openings a plenty, but it is Yauatcha City that is the most exciting of all; taking up the entire first floor of the development, the restaurant covers over 7,000 square feet, has two bars, two terraces and its own patisserie located on the lower level showcasing those absolutely incredible little macaroons (please note: a box of these would be a more than suitable gift for any girl you like even just a little bit).
The atmospheric décor will remain true to the original with aquariums, starlit ceilings, the kitchens on show, and all that jazz. The menu will also include all of the old dim sum favourites (including the Peking duck and pancakes – ideal for sharing – and that venison puff that we may have mentioned once or twice before), in addition to 38 different kinds of tea. This is a place to order a table’s worth of food to share, with plenty of cocktails alongside.
Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2BL; yauatcha.com
2 | For Weekend Partying: Summer Tales
Copyright: Thomas Bowles Photography
During the winter, weekends were warmed by the pop-up party fest of Night Tales. Well, summer is coming, and the warm weather equivalent of this weekly shindig opened last weekend. Once again, you can expect moreish street food stalls, cocktail bars wherever you look and lively DJs, but this one’s jungle theme will also given you hammocks, rope swing chairs, suspended adventure trails and who knows what else to help you frolick away the (hopefully) balmy evenings.
Foodies in residence include Burger and Lobster (showcasing their new ‘Baby Burger’), Morty & Bob with their epic cheese toasties, Italian goodness from Forza Win and seafood from Bonnie Gull. Make your way to the Freixenet Bar for fizz-based refreshment, The Lazy Flamingo for exotic cocktails or The Frozen Punch bar for grown-up slush puppies. Then you can relax on the sun terrace or head on down to the dancefloor. Better yet, nab yourselves a treetop cabana and you’ll be laughing.
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays until 29 August. Entry costs £4 before 9pm, £5 afterwards.
Red Market, 288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP; nighttales.co.uk
3 | For Virtuous Daytime Dining: Tart’s Kitchen
You’ve either been living on Mars or you might just have noticed that there are lots of people talking about healthy eating. It’s like an epidemic. But – as you will be forced to admit – this modish sort of clean living can be really rather tasty. And two young women proving this are Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison. They have provided catering services for the likes of Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller, and are hosting a pop-up restaurant in Queen’s Park until the end of June. Done in association with Wedgwood (they of the fancy crockery), this eatery is thus salubrious, delicious, fashionable and painfully pretty: tick, tick, tick, tick for impressing a lady friend.
Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, get yourselves there early for a breakfast of sweet potato pancakes with poached eggs, chorizo, chilli and avocado, or banana, chocolate and almond pancakes with maple syrup and coconut yoghurt. Or chilli and sage fried eggs with halloumi and spicy avocado. The ever-changing lunch menu ranges from a choice of oh so virtuous salads to the bruschetta of the day (for a mere fiver), and some more hearty hot options. Later on, you get the Wild Strawberry Afternoon Tea. A chance to stuff your faces and still feel smug about it.
Until 14th June
74 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6NU; tart-london.com
4 | For Rooftop Luxury: Aqua Kyoto
You can’t beat cocktails. And you really can’t beat cocktails on a rooftop. So there can be no good reason not to visit Aqua Kyoto, just off Oxford Circus, for the most central of views across London. The terrace has just been given a facelift by fashion designer Marios Schwab, meaning that it now looks super chic, and heading up the bar since January has been Luca Missaglia, who hails from classy Soho members’ club Quo Vadis.
The design is inspired by Schwab’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, with origami-inspired textiles, Herculean prints hinting to his own Greek heritage, and some very swanky lighting (because, well, you know). The drinks have been made with Cîroc vodka, creations including the Charcoal Fizz (Cîroc, Crème de Poire and fresh strawberries), the Mercury Drop (Cîroc, coconut and elderflower) and the Smoky Fig (Cîroc, Crème de Figue and Mezcal). You’ll be pleased to hear that this place takes no bookings, so if you’re having a last minute panic then you’ve as much chance of nabbing a spot as anybody else.
30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR; aquakyoto.co.uk