Our round-up of all that’s going on this month
Words: Jonathan Whiley
Mayfair will host a “secret” (or not-so secret) garden party in celebration of the King’s Coronation next month. Grosvenor Square will be brought to life from May 6-7 with giant screenings of the Coronation ceremony and Windsor concert, a host of immersive experiences and a selection of Coronation-themed cocktails and dishes.
Claridge’s has opened its doors to an ArtSpace Café with decadent crêpes taking centre stage. Open daily, the Café has its own entrance on Brook’s Mews and features a menu of toasties, croque monsieurs, ‘mega’ madeleines and a selection of cakes. Designed by architectural designer, John Pawson, it features a patisserie counter and entry to Claridge’s ArtSpace – a vast gallery with rotating free exhibitions. In support of the next generation of artists, the first 50 art students will receive a complimentary coffee every Monday. The hero dish is the hotel’s seafood cocktail in crêpe form with native lobster and white crab meat laced with Marie-Rose sauce and topped with lashings of caviar. Lunch options include croissant sandwiches and a veggie Reuban, while pastries include a chocolate Claridge’s Crest Cake. Everything is designed for takeaway – including champagne.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Marylebone Food Festival returns this month with another star-studded culinary line-up. The event, created by The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate to showcase the dynamic dining of the neighbourhood, runs from April 25 to April 30. A launch dinner will take place on April 25 with broadcaster and critic Jay Rayner with a cocktail and canape reception followed by a tasting menu with wine pairing. The line-up includes the likes of Ottolenghi, Delamina, Cavita, and Cubitt House (£125 per person). Those who can’t make it to the launch event can still enjoy five days of in-restaurants events with the full line-up and details on tickets at marylebonefoodfestival.com