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Spring blossoms at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana recreates springtime Japan with a bit of help from its ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms. When the blooms come out at Sake no Hana, it can only mean one thing – the turn of ‘hanami’ where picnicking is enjoyed under flowering but fleeting cherry blossom trees to see in spring in full glory. Under a canopy of white and pink blossoms with a grass carpet underfoot and projection of falling petals above the bar, the scene is beautifully set for the bar’s limited edition spring sakura menu. And what a way to begin, as the cocktail brings with it a multisensory experience. A mix of gin, yuzu sake, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave is guaranteed to please sweet-toothed drinkers. But then the three curious atomisers that accompany the drink up the ante. In the first instance, dousing these onto your wrists would be a great waste so do refrain as an alcohol base of vodka tells you all you need to know. There’s a fitting cherry and cinnamon fragrance, a delicate elderflower and …

Rivea London showcases new floral desserts

As the buzz builds in the lead-up to the Chelsea Flower Show, Rivea London plans to put on a sweet floral show of its own. Nothing makes you want dessert more than by making it a one-week-only-and it’s-gone affair. That and the fact that the desserts look like this. In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May 2016), Rivea London at the Bulgari Hotel will be serving up a duo of new floral desserts created by Alexandre Talpaert, a protégé of Alain Ducasse. The Wild Strawberry and Poppy Pergola (pictured above), beautifully constructed, consists of a lemon zest shortbread topped with poppy mousse, wild strawberries and a scoop of strawberry sorbet. A delicate chocolate pergola structure completes the dish. Next up is the Chelsea Flower Show Planter (above), a dark chocolate case filled with lime and vanilla cream brimming with a colourful array of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and edible flowers. What a blooming wonderful way to kick-start your spring. The desserts cost £8 each and are available from 23-29 May 2016. Rivea London, Bulgari …

HKK brings tradition to its Chinese New Year menu

Diners celebrating Chinese New Year at HKK this year get to delight in both the tasting menu and the stories and traditions that accompany the occasion. Resplendent in red with vibrant uplighting and a ribbon fanfare of a central display, HKK makes for a pretty fine dining spot for intimate Chinese New Year celebrations. Greeting you at your table is a beautifully designed menu-come-story book featuring embossed pages and pastel-coloured hand-drawings (illustrated by Emi Ueoka) that represent each of the eight courses you’ll soon be presented with, as well as details of the history and rituals that surround each dish. It’s thoughtfully put together and if you enjoy a bit of story-telling with your meal, the bound book (which you can take away as a memento) is the perfect accompaniment. The first part begins with a Prosperity Platter – a light and crunchy salad of jellyfish, salmon skin, pomegranate and sesame that you ought to toss as high as you can as a signifier of good luck. This is accompanied by an oyster and Parma …

Hakkasan celebrates Chinese New Year with limited edition menu

To mark the Year of the Monkey, Hakkasan restaurants have created a special Chinese New Year menu and are bringing the Chinese wishing tree tradition to diners. Hakkasan have laid on quite a feast for diners in their restaurants this Chinese New Year and have lit up their dark interiors with celebratory flashes of red and gold to mark the occasion. Look a little closer and you’ll find handwritten notes on each of the coloured ribbons, inspired by the tradition of writing wishes on paper tied to citrus fruits that are tossed into the branches of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Hong Kong. You’ll be presented with your own to inscribe your hopes and wishes onto which will be duly hung up in the restaurant before your meal begins. First, whet your lips with a fruity 9 Hou cocktail, an Eldorado three-year-old rum, Amontillado sherry, banana and guava concoction or stick with the equally refreshing Sheng Fizz mocktail, a mix of mandarin, guava, peach and ginger ale. The golden monkey cocktail stirrer is a …

CLAW pops up at The Three Compasses

Fancy a crab burger? Best nip into the CLAW pop-up at The Three Compasses in Dalston. There’s still time to scurry on over to The Three Compasses pub in East London where crab street food favourite CLAW has taken up residency until the end of the month. In a bid to ignite a foodie love affair with the humble crab, CLAW has created a small and precise menu of burgers to make it as accessible to busy diners as possible. The crabs, sourced in Devon, are combined with herbs and spices to create a flavoursome patty and come sandwiched between soft, organic brioche buns. The Samphire and Kimchi burgers (£10 each) are the winners. The names give away the ingredients making it easy for you to decide whether you want to settle down with lighter and milder flavours (Samphire), or whether you need a spicy kick with every mouthful (Kimchi). The flavour of the crab meat certainly shines through with the former and it just about makes its way through the Sriracha sauce fieriness in …

Art Love Affair: London Art Fair

Get your year off to an enlightening start by finding a talented new artist or compelling piece of work to fall in love with. But where to find enlightenment? Try the London Art Fair for the best in modern British and contemporary art. You might want to visit the fair’s Photo50 exhibition too to explore this year’s ‘Feminine Masculine’ theme through 50 provocative photographs. Tickets on the door cost £20 (£15 in advance). Runs from 20 – 24 January 2016. Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH. londonartfair.co.uk (Pictured: LISE by Raphael Thierry. Oil on canvas. Chauchet)

Playing it cool: Eyeskate at Southbank

If you’re going to be cold you might as well have fun doing so. Head to Frostival along the South Bank which may well be the coolest Christmas hangout in London thanks to its array of brilliant wintry experiences. With the London Eye as your backdrop, you’d be missing out on a trick if you didn’t take to the Eyeskate rink for a few laps. Make sure you have a spin in the Eye too for there are particularly tasty cocktail and Champagne capsules that’ll guarantee a very merry ride. Eyeskate from £9.45 per adult, Winter Cocktail Experience from £40.50 and Champagne Experience from £28.80. Open until 3 January 2016. southbanklondon.com

The House of Peroni residency

Last few days of Italian food and drink pop-up in Brick Lane. There are few places as warm and welcoming as an Italian family home, which is why you’re likely to find pleasure in grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the House of Peroni before its ‘Vita all’interno’ (‘a life lived inside’) residency is up. Among the set of themed rooms and spaces is a bar featuring a stunning autumnal paper installation by artist Francesca Signori and a large laundry-come-dining room complete with stacks of washing machines and overhanging clothes lines full of billowing clean sheets. It is here where you can enjoy the comforting Sicilian-inspired aperitivo menu created by Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo and Peroni Nastro Azzurro-infused cocktails dreamed up by the Langham Hotel’s mixologist Simone Caporale. The food is made for sharing so small plates (£4 each) are in order. The beef meatballs with potato puree is a beautifully simple dish – there’s no sauce to mask the flavour, just pure, quality meat. The Sicilian pizza is just as unfussy, …

Night Tales brings Tokyo Nights to Shoreditch

The team behind street food market Night Tales opens new Tokyo-inspired pop-up. Just off the Old Street roundabout is a buzzy new set-up that recreates scenes straight from the streets of Tokyo. With flickering neon street signs, Japanese lanterns and scripts engraved in wood throughout the space, you won’t forget there’s an overarching theme any time soon. Another thing you’re guaranteed not to do is go hungry. Or thirsty for that matter. The four bars and many more food stalls will see to that. Among those stalls are the likes of Patty & Bun, who have gone to town creating signage especially for the pop-up and serving up burgers with bacon dashi and Asian vegetables alongside their signature Ari Gold favourites, and Bubbledogs who are topping their hot dogs with Asian salads and good old Sriracha sauce. Dorshi Dumplings offers a popular selection of steamed and fried dumplings, and Nanny Bill’s has Teppanyaki short rib beef buns you need to check out, whilst Walter and Monty are smoking all sorts of meat over charcoal to …

Make coffee like a pro

There is real art to creating an exceptional cup of coffee but it needn’t prove elusive. You can master the knowledge with a hands-on coffee masterclass at the Artisan Coffee School, where in just a couple of hours, you’ll learn all you need to know about how to create the perfect brew at home. You’ll gain an understanding of the bean to brew process and what factors play in a part in affecting the taste, so you know what to look out for and what methods to use to achieve your desired flavour. Those with an artistic flair should enjoy the equally rewarding latte art class where techniques on creating the perfect heart, tulip and rosette can be learnt. (Courses start from £35. Dates can be found at artisancoffeeschool.co.uk)