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Chatime: bubble tea time in Shoreditch

As the popularity of Taiwanese bubble teas continues to bubble, another tea store pop ups in Shoreditch just in time for the summer rush. There’s something rather addictive about bubble tea. It’s a wonderfully refreshing drink in all its various fruit and milk incarnations, and then there are those “boba” toppings, ranging from chewy tapioca pearls and fruity popping balls, to flavoured jelly slithers. Bubble tea shop Chatime, which recently opened its eleventh UK store in East London, has a pretty tasty offering, using only natural ingredients. Its menu spans pure, fresh tea, fruit, milk, latte and mousse varieties. All bar the latter along with some of the fruit teas can also be served hot if you don’t fancy sticking with ice-cold tea. Prices range from £2.45 for a small fresh tea to £3.95 for a large tea latte and toppings can also be added at 50p a scoop. The shop’s most popular drink is the Chatime Milk Tea with tapioca pearls, which combines simple black tea with milk over ice, giving some density to …

Power up: Three-Martini Lunch at 5cc Singer Tavern

Nothing shows you mean business like a power-fuelled, three-martini lunch. Modern day Don Drapers: the gauntlet has been thrown. Those curious by the challenge should head to basement cocktail bar 5cc Singer Tavern where revelry and indulgence is the order of the day. Their new Three-Martini Lunch menu doesn’t mess about. You choose three martinis from a choice of eight but to keep the sitting somewhat responsible, each serving comes accompanied by a small plate of food, though they’re more nibbles than they are hearty dishes so you’d better be able to hold your drink. If you’re not fussy, you can leave the drink pairings down to the experts – the three matches are well made but the team do allow you to have free reign if you’re feeling a bit more rebellious. If you’re drinking with at least one other, there’s your opportunity to go off-recommendation. But stick to the menu and your first course of mini mushroom, truffle and pecorino toasties will be served with the Montgomery (1.5 parts No.3 gin, 1 part …

B.Fresh: Give me the (cold-pressed) juice

As the popularity of cold-pressed juices continues to gain momentum, juice brand B.Fresh expands their range to 10 flavours. Highly nutritious and low in sugar and calories – these are the prime benefits offered by cold-pressed juices over those made using more common extracting and juicing methods where heat can compromise some of the nutrients. When fruit and vegetables are cold-pressed, they are put through a High Pressure Process (HPP) using a hydraulic machine that uses pressure to squeeze out the juice, so much more of the goodness (the vitamins, minerals and enzymes) is preserved. This is why it’s the preferred juice of choice for health fanatics. The range of juices by B.Fresh are created using this very method on a farm in Shropshire. Among the flavours are #easybeet (an earthy beetroot blend made lighter with plenty of apple and carrot and a bit of lemon), #sweetgreens (a delicious, sweet blend of apple, spinach, kale and lemon) and #theorangeone (a winning combination of orange and carrot). All go down pretty easily and taste as good …

The Berry Company’s got the par-tea started

The Special Tea range created by The Berry Company features five fruit-infused teas that show just show versatile the drink can be. For a lighter way of drinking tea, pick up any one of these special fruit infusions and you’ll be converted in no time. Among the five varieties are a green tea flavour with a punchy hit of aronia berry, blueberry and lemon juice, a white tea with juicy peach notes, a mild red tea with cranberry, grape and hibiscus, a wonderfully fragrant black tea with elderflower and grape, and the latest addition, a yellow tea with coconut water and lemon. We’ll emphasise that you don’t have to be a fan of tea to enjoy these drinks as the tea base is very subtle – you’ll taste the fruit flavours over anything else so in that sense you’ll liken it more to a juice drink. The surprising note is just how light and sweet they are yet there aren’t any additional sweeteners, preservatives or artificial flavours and colourings. The drinks are best enjoyed chilled …

Springtime blooms during Sakura at Sake no Hana

The ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms have arrived, so the Japanese tradition of hanami begins with a fitting food and drink feast at Sake no Hana. Down along St James’s Street, London, there’s a rather curious sight. Cherry blossom trees seem to be taking over a certain Japanese bar and restaurant and they can barely contain themselves. They’re artfully draped over doorways and arched across the windows. They’re positively blooming and it’s a magnificent sight, certainly one best enjoyed inside by the bar. This annual tradition of celebrating the Sakura at Sake no Hana makes for a beautiful light-dining experience. The limited edition cherry blossom-themed menu is served in the bar area and is a great introduction to Sake no Hana’s wider restaurant offering upstairs. Dishes on the new menu include a Sakura Gozen (£32) which includes a sweet and warming white miso soup, some sautéed spinach with plenty of sesame to keep it interesting and the highlight, a vibrant selection of sashimi (kuro kampachi, salmon, sea bream), nigiri (otoro, chu toro, akami) and maki (spicy tuna, …

Dram & Smoke pops up in Hackney Wick

Scottish pop-up Dram & Smoke springs up in a former sofa factory in Hackney for a five-week residency. Take one converted warehouse, bring in a trusty whisky barrel smoker, whip up a mighty Scottish feast, then throw in some whisky cocktails and you’ve got a pretty darn good pop-up on your hands. But then Dram & Smoke already know this and their latest stint by the River Lea, overlooking the Olympic Stadium, brings the Scottish fanfare they’re known for. The five-course meal, many elements of which will be have been cooked in the custom-built whisky barrel smoker, includes cullen skink (smoked haddock) mousse with crumbly, sharing-size oatcake, freshly-smoked onion broth with peas and cheese, potted duck with marmalade dressing and tattie (potato) scones, a whole salt-baked lamb shoulder that is cracked and carved at the table and finally, a whisky fix with some lemon hot toddy tart. Alongside a Monkey Shoulder whisky cocktail, which is included in the meal, you’ll be able to order additional wine and BrewDog beers. And because no party is complete …

Moët & Chandon launches pop-up Champagne academy

For two weeks in April, the Moët Academy will open its doors in London for those wanting to follow the journey of Champagne from grape to glass. If there was something you’ve always wanted to know about Champagne but have never gotten round to learning, now is your chance to find out. Offering an immersive educational experience, Moët & Chandon’s Moët Academy will take you through everything you need to know in just 90 minutes. Led by Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, the session will see you walking through re-created rows of vines as you gain insight into the Champagne region, its vineyards and grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. You will then learn about the process of making Champagne, as well as sparkling wine, and the differences between the two. And this being a ‘Champagne school’ of sorts, you’ll naturally be taking part in an in-depth tasting session that will include bottles from the Moët & Chandon range. We’ll certainly drink to that. Tickets cost £40 (90-minute session), available at …

STK London launches ‘777’ food and cocktail menu

Whether it’s pre-dinner drinks or a quick wind-down after work, the new drinks and bites bar menu at STK London rises to the occasion. This isn’t a menu STK London is hoping you’ll forget any time soon. The premise for ‘777’ is simple – between 5-7pm every weekday, there are seven different drinks and seven different bites that cost £7 each. Among the drinks are the STK martini (Ketel One vodka, grapefruit, blood orange, passion fruit, orange bitters) and The Paddington Bear (Tanqueray gin, orange marmalade, orange, lemon juice and gomme). White and red wine is also available, as is Prosecco, but there is a virgin cocktail too if you’re planning on keeping a clear head. The bites are perfect for sharing, from the salt beef brisket with crispy opera bread to the tuna tartare with honey soy and some ciabatta to mop it all up with. For an unexpected sweeter fix, the semolina-crusted squid is a good one to keep coming back to between cocktail sips – it comes drizzled in a syrupy sweet …

The Stevedores Beer & Whiskey Bar pop-up

The London Craft Beer Festival and Bulleit have teamed up to create a specialist beer and whiskey pop-up with barbequed and slow-cooked meat dishes to boot. If the evenings are still too cold and dark for you, try seeking warmth and solace in The Stevedores, a newly opened pop-up bar serving up an array of British craft beers paired with Bulleit whiskey and rye cocktails. It is named after the dockers who loaded and unloaded alcoholic goods to and from ships. The bar features a weekly changing beer menu that focuses on a different British brewery each time. These are then combined with some Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye to produce a small selection of cocktails. The Stevedores Sour (Bulleit Rye, lemon and Evolver IPA reduction) is a good starter cocktail but if you want to get down to business, go for The Boulevardier (Bulleit Rye, Campari and Sweet Vermouth). Boilermakers are also available – that’s beer paired up with a shot of bourbon or rye. And to keep your hanger pangs at bay, there …

Don Julio unveils drinkable art

For those who like to interact with their art, here’s a multi-sensory experience you really should raise your glass to. Sitting pretty at M Restaurants, The Don is an art installation created by tequila house Don Julio and design studio Accept & Proceed, that houses some rather tasty goods behind its façade – the clue is in the trio of nozzles attached to the piece. At first glimpse, the artwork features an image of a Mexican sugar skull but as guests fill up their glasses, the piece slowly transforms into a portrait of Don Julio González, the man behind the tequila brand that bears his name. There are approximately 100 serves within the three chambers, each housing a different cocktail serve: The Don is the first in a series of limited edition serves that will be available this year. More artwork that dispense cocktails? We’ll drink to that. Find The Don at M Restaurants, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP