The sun finally seems to be poking its head out from behind the clouds, and with it comes the perfect chance to get out and about in London. Here’s your weekly list of go-to foodie spots, with a couple of stonking south-of-the-river street markets, and exciting new restaurants from big-name chefs.
1. Blues Kitchen Book The Blues Kitchen
Emulating the downtown soul of New Orleans, Blues Kitchen is the beating jazz heart of Camden. Regular performances from talented musicians and DJs will get you on your feet; feel-good American-style food might get you sitting back down again. Smoke roasts and slow-cooked ribs are the order of the day, while there’s a selection of over 100 rare bourbons and ryes.
2. Rivea London Book Rivea
Michelin star hoarder Alain Ducasse (21 stars worldwide) is the driving force behind Rivea, a new Mediterranean restaurant in the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. Ditching the time-honoured formalities of traditional fine dining, Ducasse has allowed Rivea waiters to dress down in chinos, sneakers and cardigans, and has installed 10-year protégé Damien Leroux at the helm.
3. Merchants Tavern Book Merchants Tavern
Next up is a Shoreditch venture from celebrated chef Angela Hartnett. Taking to the edgy east end of London, Hartnett has created a chic European diner in an attitudinal Victorian warehouse. There’s also a punchy little Parisian-style bar upstairs, which looks out over the exquisite French, Spanish and Italian delicacies served in the restaurant below.
4. Real Food Festival Market
Weekends, South Bank
Photo by Real Food Festival
Sitting just round the corner from Bookatable HQ, this is a South Bank food festival that we hold dear to our hearts. Running every weekend from Friday to Sunday, the Real Food Festival Market is a foodie commune providing anything from Korean BBQ wraps to Italian bruschetta, and sweet Spanish churros to artisan cheese – the list goes on.
5. Fabulous Feast Book Powder Keg Diplomacy
12 – 18 May, Clapham
Photo by The Resident
One for a warm weekend on the streets, The Fabulous Feast is a Clapham celebration of street food, with culinary contributions from local restaurants. Powder Keg Diplomacy are one such neighbourhood sponsor, providing creative ‘streetails’ alongside the market’s various sweet and savoury delicacies, with live demonstrations from contributors enrapturing the crowd throughout the day.