Where To Eat & Drink This Week: British Breakfasts, Fusion Food & Crazy Golfing

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1 | For Classy Breakfasts: The Ivy (pictured)

For the first time ever, Covent Garden institution The Ivy has opened its doors for breakfast service. As you'd expect from one of London's finest restaurants, it's really rather tasty: opt for pristinely done classics like Welsh Rarebit (which they serve with a bottle of Worcestershire sauce alongside so that you can make it as tangy as you dare) or sunshine-bright Clarence Court eggs cooked to a tee. On the healthier side, there is a veritable array of virtuous options, the punchy morning tonic an absolute must to begin with; don't be scared off by the inclusion of cider vinegar, turmeric and cayenne pepper alongside lemon and sparkling water – they're unbeatable for getting your digestive system into gear and their zing might just wake you up. Healthy or indulgent be your choices, the art deco glamour of this much-loved place is worth getting up for.

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1 – 5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ; the-ivy.co.uk

2 | For A Round Of Golf: Swingers

London can now boast a permanent crazy golfing bar, which is ready and waiting for you to drop by for a quick putt. And, in these opening weeks, they are taking no reservations so it's every man for himself: go, go, go. Located next to the Gherkin, Swingers serves satisfyingly hearty food from Pizza Pilgrims, Patty & Bun and Le Bab, beside an abundant drinks menu that favours Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails that fit in nicely with the clubhouse vibe. You'll need this sustenance (and Dutch courage) in order to tackle the two 9-hole courses, which are suitable silly and – much to everyone's relief – do indeed feature a windmill and a lighthouse. Get into teams and download the app in order to keep score as you go, with a chance of getting up onto the leaderboard.

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8 Brown's Buildings (between Bury Street and St Mary Axe), London, EC3A 8AL; swingersldn.com

3 | For A Peruvian BBQ: Señor Ceviche


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Don't let BBQ Week evade you completely. It runs until Sunday 5th June and, given that this sort of weather isn't exactly conducive to igniting the coals in the garden, we have an alternative option for you at Soho's Señor Ceviche. Yes, there really is more to Peruvian cuisine than marinated raw fish (before the smart alecks among you get picky about the name) and this vibrant restaurant is running a special BBQ menu for £30 per person that is smoky and charred and utterly delicious. Start with crunchy quinoa and cheddar croquettas, move onto a palate-cleansing sea bream ceviche made with tiger's milk and served with BBQ artichoke, and then get ready for the serious BBQ stuff: rich beef heart grilled and served on skewers, hulks of blackened octopus drizzled in chimichurri, and sticky slow-cooked pork speckled with crushed peanuts. Sup in similar style with a cocktail containing the new smoked Chase Vodka – you won't believe it until you try it. Trust us.

Kingly Court, Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PW; senor-ceviche.com

4 | For Venetian Brunching: Polpo

You can't beat picking at little plates of chichetti when catching up with friends, so the news that the Polpo restaurants are now offering brunch provides the perfect weekend plan. Order in the Breakfast Bellinis and Bloody Marys and graze on sourdough toast topped with wild garlic, mushroom and ricotta, or soft-poached eggs with scafata (an Italian blend of fava beans and assorted greenery, like swiss chard), or even a brunch-themed pizzetta with sausage, mushroom, egg and parmesan on top. Finish up with the ricotta dumplings dipped in cinnamon sugar and then you might just have to roll yourself home.

Assorted locations; polpo.co.uk

5 | For Eccentric Asian Fusion: KOJAWAN

What do you get if you mix Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine with a futuristic space cowboy theme? Something virtually indescribable, if we're honest, but KOJAWAN is certainly worth your intrigue. Located at the top of the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, the restaurant's founders dreaded the idea of a boring and soulless bar that guests would begrudgingly traipse into, deciding that the spectacular cityscape view that runs down a whole side of the place deserved something more exciting. And more whacky. Hence this "21st century izakaya" (or 'casual dining place' to you and me) with the tagline "genuinely inauthentic," which means that they know they're being a bit facetious but they just don't care. And it shouldn't really bother you much either. Ask for help with the menu – you'll need it, though won't need to order quite as much as they suggest – and when the food arrives it will be varied, quirky and flavoursome. Be sure to try the lobster black buns, which are fluffy as anything and made by the cheese melted on top. 

Important note: KOJAWAN's happy hour runs from 11pm – 12.30am every night, with food from the bar menu served until 2am. So if you're anywhere near Edgware Road and keen to keep the party going, then you could do a lot worse than these zany cocktails.

London Metropole Hotel, 23rd Floor, 225 Edgeware Road, London, W2 1JU; kojawan.uk

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