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What’s On Our Radar This Month

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By Lucy Cocoran on 21st May 2024

From exciting new openings to product launches you’ll want to discover, these are the sixteen things on The Sybarite’s radar in May.

Ask anyone who lives in London, and they’ll surely tell you there is no shortage of exciting openings, launches and events taking place each month — the trouble is usually hearing about them.

From a hot, new restaurant opening to a newly-launched wellness product to add to your wishlist, consider The Sybarite your luxury barometer when it comes to the noteworthy newcomers each and every month.

Below, find our curated list of launches and openings to add to your calendar this May.

Caffeine cuteness

Just in time for National Coffee Day on May 24, Grind have announced an incredible collaboration with a very familiar face. Hello Kitty is the star of this curated collection, which is available to shop for a limited time from May 23- June 6. Pop into Spitalfields market to experience the pop-up and pick up a collaboration t-shirt, coffee tin and reusable stainless steel coffee cup. This is some merch you definitely won't want to miss out on.

If you're unable to visit in person, the collaboration is also available to shop online here.

Need a hero

Phil Winser and James Gummer, the duo behind Notting Hill institution The Pelican, have joined forces with Olivier van Themsche to open The Hero in Maida Vale. Located within a charming building dating back to 1878, the venue contains a pub, grill room, cocktail bar and top-floor events area. Each space offers something different, whether it be traditional British fare in the pub, mouthwateringly fresh produce from the grill room or a deliciously drinkable tipple from the bar. Conscious diners will be pleased to learn of the focus on sustainability and regenerative farming, which is evident throughout the changing menu .

Reservations made here.

Turn up the heat

The arrival of warmer weather has prompted a collaboration between Big Green Egg and JOIA, who have introduced their Solicito Sunday’ series. On bank holiday weekend's (May 26 and August 25), JOIA Rooftop will offer a menu cooked solely on Big Green Egg. Cooked over fire, standout dishes include king prawns with garlic and chilli and an inventive octopus bun filled with aioli and salsa brava. Food can be paired with Monkey 47 Dry Gin cocktails, while DJs and entertainment will keep things lively from 2-10pm. Sound like the perfect afternoon? You'll want to reserve your space now.

Book here.

Art of craft

From May 13-19 London Craft Week will return for its milestone 10th edition, celebrating established and emerging artists, makers and designers from around the world. With a highly engaging, immersive programme, guests can expect to attend exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations showcasing a wide range of artistic talent. Standouts include the curated edit at RESELFRIDGES — a shoppable range of items which have been given a new lease on life, courtesy of keen craftsmanship. Create Lates at the Science Museum will explore how arts inspire science and tech, while the National Portrait Gallery’s shop is hosting ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions in celebration of its diverse maker community.

Discover more here.

Home cooking

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has launched a new culinary concept titled 'Lucho,' resulting in a bold new menu filled with traditional Chilean flavours and dishes. Dreamt up by Executive Chef Francisco Hernandez, dishes such as empanadas, traditional ‘ponchera’ and pisco sours will light up the palates of diners,.The concept has been named after his grandfather, a beloved Chilean local known for his homemade cooking and creative cocktails. In his honour, traditional dishes will highlight the cornerstones of the cuisine with a modern twist. Lucho at The Rosebery is available from Thursday to Saturday from 5.30-9 pm, with prices starting from £60 per person.

Reservations made here.

Best in brunch

Brunches are officially back in season, as heralded by Kapara the new restaurant bringing a taste of the Med to Soho. With cuisine spanning Tunisian, Syrian, Israeli and Greek, the menu is incredibly diverse with the likes of pita french toast with blood orange curd and a succulent braised lamb shoulder shakshuka. With sharing encouraged and electric atmosphere abound, this is the place you'll want to spend your weekend mornings.

Book here.

Bottoms up

Calling all mixology aficionados, on May 17 Mayfair's Sexy Fish will unveil the last of its three-part cocktail series. Having launched TRINITY in 2023 and SYNERGY in 2022, the final installation is titled UNITY and will showcase a boundary-pushing lineup of drinks. With nods to global trends, the menu will feature 12 core serves based on 12 core flavour profiles, each available in alcoholic and alcohol-free iterations. After choosing your key flavour (think pineapple, cacao and honey) and base alcohol level, your drink will be personalised to your exact tastes, showcasing the team's creative flair and attention to detail.

Reservations made here.

Taste of Thailand

On May 14, Borough Market's Thai restaurant Kolae will host American writer and photographer, Austin Bush. In celebration of his new cookbook, The Food of Southern Thailand, this special evening will see him cook a special set menu of Thai-Muslim dishes from Thailand's lesser known, southerly provinces. Each dish has been selected from the book, with a snack, share plates, rice, and Southern Thai dessert each to come. 

Purchase tickets here.

Full Bloom

Anyone attending the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would be remiss not to visit the spring garden for a whimsical culinary experience. Chef Skye Gyngell has teamed up with luxury London caterer AP&Co for an immersive experience which invites guests to taste, smell and experience the beauty of nature and the power of seasonal ingredients. From delicate sweet peas to tender apricots and locally sourced cheeses and meats, each dish captures the essence of spring in all its magic.

Tickets range from £425 to £895 with the event taking place from May 21-25.

Purchase tickets here.

Slice of heaven

From now until June 2, beloved pizza house Fatto a Mano is serving a must-try creation across its five outposts. Teaming up with master pizza maker Franco Pepe, the esteemed chef has shared his recipe for the Margherita Sbagliata, allowing the UK to taste it for the first time. Made with Italian 00 flour and proven for 24 hours, the result is an edible work of art with a soft, pillowy texture and plenty of creamy cheese. Pepe’s riccio (‘curly’) tomato passata cuts through the richness perfectly with a succulent tang, with the plant variety grown exclusively for Pepe.

Better yet, the limited time collaboration is raising money for Italian charity La Scugnizzeria, with £1.50 from every pizza benefiting local Italian children, teaching them essential skills including theatre, photography and of course, pizza making.

Be sure to try this dish before it disappears!

Book here.

On the right track

Climb aboard England's most luxurious train for an unforgettable night of fine dining and cabaret, courtesy of British Pullman, A Belmond Train. Starting may 31, the company (in collaboration with immersive theatre company Private Drama Events) will host a series of nine annual black-tie dinner journeys. Head Chef Jon Freeman has curated an exceptional, seasonal five-course menu offering his take on1930s dishes, to be paired with the sommelier’s choice of red and white wines. Throughout the evening, live performances from singers, actors, dancers and magicians will be taking place all around you, on board the moving train. This is not one to be missed.

Prices per person start at £545 and tickets can be purchased here.

Creole calling

Louie London is now serving a delightful spring menu, showcasing its affinity for Creole-New Orleans gastronomy. Think spicy, flavoursome dishes with standouts including the rainbow trout carpaccio, Louie's beans and rice BBQ shrimps and a whole BBQ lobster with toasted baguette and Creole butter. Seafood is a big selling point here, with fresh ocean fare readily available and creatively plated up.

Reservations made here.

New beginnings

The Goring's Michelin-starred restaurant The Dining Room will relaunch on May 20 with a brand new look. Russell Sage Studio have worked tirelessly to create these opulent interiors, ushering in a new era for the venue. As the last remaining family-owned luxury hotel in London, this refurbishment is a major milestone on both an aesthetic and gastronomic level. With a new kitchen fitted for the first time in the restaurant's century-long history, dishes on the opening menu can achieve new levels of technicality (the Rhug Estate lamb, hot pot pie sounds particularly enticing). Lively music, Champagne cocktails and classic, old-world hospitality will also be on offer, cementing it as a must-visit.

Reservations made here.

Soho's Jewel

Come May 14, The Counter Soho will open its doors on Kingly Street as a new dining destination and underground cocktail bar. Bringing a taste of Greek and Turkey through its menu, expect to enjoy a leisurely dinner before retiring downstairs for a nightcap.

Reservations here.

Sunday Sessions

Shoreditch's Light Bar has unveiled a new 'Sunday sessions' menu, inspired by typical weekend fare. Head Chef Ali Borer has creatively fused Asian flavours with British produce, with the likes of spiced cured trout with shiso and iron aged pork loin with sweet and sour sauce on offer. With sustainability a key focus, the venue's 'head-to-'tail' philosophy ensures minimal wastage and maximum flavour in each of its dishes. Be sure to book yourself in.

Reservations made here.

All'onda Evenings

Fitzrovia has received a new fine dining destination in the form of all'onda, an Italian venue with a penchant for seasonal ingredients. Meaning 'on the wave’, all’onda refers to a risotto-making technique which sees the tossing of rice replicate the ocean's movements — it therefore comes as no surprise that the menu features a number of takes on risotto. With Head Chef Andrea Granzarolo, he is just as passionate about his homestyle cooking techniques as he is about showcasing seasonal British fare, resulting in a highly thoughtful menu.

Book here.

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