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Soho institution Ronnie Scott’s is turning the big 6-0, so naturally the club is throwing a big party out on Frith Street to celebrate. Obviously there’ll be plenty of music from the likes of Pee Wee Ellis and his Funk Assembly, Nubya Garcia, Eliane & La Evolución and a Kinetika Bloco, as well as a champagne bar and food from Hoppers and Bar Italia. Best of all, it’s completely FREE to attend.
Abbey Road, the most famous recording studios in the world, is opening its doors to the public across two weekends in August for ‘The Studio That Became a Legend’ lecture series. Presented by music producers and authors Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, the talks will cover the history of Abbey Road, from the invention of recording techniques to film scoring in the studios.
The lectures are being held in Studio Two, where the likes of The Beatles, Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Kate Bush have all recorded, and for the first time, you’ll be able to get up to close to the equipment used to make these famous albums and for the first time, you’ll have access to the Studio Two Echo Chamber. It’s not everyday that Abbey Road lets the public inside, so if you’re a music fan you’ll wanna snap up those tickets.
Mary Katrantzou is holding a flash four day sample sale this week, slashing prices on past season ready-to-wear, accessories and shoes by up to a whopping 90% – some serious savings right there. Katrantzou is the queen of print and this is the perfect chance to get your hands on some of her iconic patterns. Both cash and card are accepted, and if you’re planning on dropping by over the weekend, there’s even free parking available too.
Fri 19th – Mon 22nd July 2019, 10am – 6pm Unit 3, Canonbury Business Centre, 190A New North Road, London, N17 9BJ marykatrantzou.com
Latteria, a new Italian restaurant in Islington from the same team behind Il Baretto in Marylebone, launched back in March but has only recently began opening for dinner, which it now offers Thursday – Saturday evenings. As it’s not far from LOTI HQ and we’re a sucker for a new Italian joint, we went down there to check it out recently.
First off, we love Latteria’s design. It’s almost a bit like a diner with lots of red leather booths and gleaming white tiles, offset by shelves stocked with Italian produce. The menu is pretty classic stuff – pizza, pasta, salads, etc – but it’s executed very well and with clearly excellent ingredients. We kicked off with a couple of giant arancinis, one ‘cacio e pepe’ and one ‘bolognese’ version, plus a fresh beetroot salad with pistachio and salted ricotta.
The pizzas are worth getting stuck in to; we loved the thin crispy bases made with a combination of rice, wheat and soy flours, and the one topped with mushrooms, gorgonzola and truffle oil was a definite winner.
Star of the menu has to be the pastas however, particularly the crab spaghetti, which has big chunks of crab, courgette, and tomatoes with fresh strands of fresh pasta. The tagliatelle al ragu with slow cooked beef sauce, plus the trofie al pesto are well worth checking out too though.
It doesn’t really get more classic than finishing up an Italian meal with a tiramisu, but don’t let the cliche put you off – the version at Latteria is knock-out good. We’ve been thinking about popping in for an afternoon cup of coffee and another one ever since.
If you live or work in the area then Latteria is a great new spot for you to check out, with crowd-pleasing dishes and insta-worthy interiors.
The first part of Illuminated River, an incredible new public art commission designed by artist Leo Villareal and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is here. As the name alludes to, the project will see a host of central London bridges lit up to form one giant artwork. London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges have been already been lit, with fundraising continuing for the second phase (due for 2020) with the whole project due to be completed by 2022.
Once finished, illuminations will stretch from Albert Bridge in West London to Tower Bridge in the City, highlighting the bridges as links (both structural and symbolic) across the capital as well as making them more accessible and walkable at night. We’ve only had the first lights go on but it’s already looking pretty spectacular.
If you fancy treating yourself (or someone else) this summer, then Dom Perignon have launched a very luxurious new pop-up at the stunning Coworth Park hotel just outside London. Called ‘Dining Under the Stars’, the pop-up is located away from the main building of the hotel in a transparent geodesic dome surrounded by the beautiful trees and gardens of Coworth Park. There’s even a telescope on hand to get a better glimpse of the stars as they start to appear in the darkening sky.
Food is courtesy of Michelin-starred head chef of Coworth Park, Adam Smith, and there are three menu options available, ranging from 3-5 courses. Dishes on offer include: Langoustine with Tomato, Kimchi & Ginger; Kentish Lamb Kebab with Buttermilk, Salted Cucumber and Mint; BBQ Veal Cutlet with Garden Salad, Pickled Tongue and Truffle; and Kentish Mango & Coconut Sorbet with Lime and Chocolate Mint.
Each course is paired by a different Dom Perignon style such as Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2, Dom Pérignon Vintage Blanc Dom Pérignon Rosé. There’s also an afternoon tea on offer with classic savoury and sweet snacks as well as plenty of Dom P of course.
If you’ve never been to Coworth Park before, it really is a beautiful place and Adam’s food is well worth the trip. Throw in the champagne pairings from Dom Perignon and you’ve got a very special evening in store.
Bubala, led by Marc Summers (ex-General Manager of Berber & Q) and head chef Helen Graham (ex-The Palomar, The Barbary and The Good Egg), has been selling out pop-ups across London over the past year and now the Middle Eastern restaurant has found a perm home in Spitalfields, taking over the old Gul & Sepoy site. Fittingly (bubala is a Yiddish term that loosely translates to darling and is often used by grandparents) the site is just metres away from where Marc’s grandfather lived, with Helen’s grandmother also having lived nearby on Brick Lane.
Bubala is inspired by the modern cafes of Tel Aviv and it also happens to be fully vegetarian. And with dishes like fried aubergine with zhoug and date syrup; cabbage braised in pomegranate with zaatar chimichurri; and confit potato latkes with garlicky toum, you won’t be missing the meat at all. A selection of wines from Lebanon and the Middle East, plus a house red and white on tap, will sit alongside the food menu.
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With two successful restaurants in Marleybone and Mayfair, it’s safe to say that Fishworks know a thing or two about seafood. So much so that they have scaled up once again, opening another Fishworks in Covent Garden earlier this year. What the new restaurant has over the others is that it’s home to Fishworks’ first dedicated oyster bar, meaning people can literally pop in for an oyster and a glass of fizz. We went to check it out for ourselves and boy was it busy.
A table by the window gives us a great view of the restaurant, all kitted out beautifully with scale tiles and marble and copper accents. Our eyes were drawn to the fishmongers topping up the display with ice, causing us to wonder if any of the fish will suddenly turn their heads to us and break out into Al Green’s ‘Take Me To The River’. We’re told all the seafood is brought up to the restaurant every morning from Brixham, and there’s strictly no singing.
We can’t resist mussels and the Catalan-style steamed ones here, cooked in almond, white wine, garlic, chilli and saffron sauce, are great. Argentinian prawns pan-fried in chilli, ginger, white wine and garlic, served with a fennel and mint salad, pairs beautifully with Riesling – a true taste of summer right there.
Moving on to mains, we opted for the oven-roasted sea bass and Cornish ale battered monkfish with double cooked chips, minted mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce. It’s yin and yang, healthy versus indulgent. Hppily both were beautifully cooked and generous in portion size.
If you’re in the mood for seafood, Fishworks is the catch of the day. We’ve got our eye on that classic bouillabaisse for visit number two.
Green Rooms is setting up shop at Canopy Market, turning the space into an urban jungle. As well as a load of flowers, potted plants, succulents, cacti, hangers and pots from indie sellers to shop from, you can get involved in one of the botanical workshops – Botanical Boys will be running terrarium making classes, BAM! is hosting a macrame plant hanger making workshop, Peng Succulents is running a succulent frame making class, and you can learn all about growing herbs for drinks with Super Herbs.
Fri 19th – Sun 21st July 2019 Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, London, N1C kingscross.co.uk
Italian-American Spuntino is out and Sri Lankan Paradise is in. Founded by Dom Fernando and inspired by his childhood trips to Sri Lanka, Paradise has been out on the supper club circuit earlier in the year and now it’s ready for a permanent home. Charith Priyadarshana is heading up the kitchen, where he’s using both British and Sri Lankan ingredients to create dishes like hoppers and kothu roti, mutton rolls with curry powder, slow-roasted pork cheek curry, aubergine moju, and jackfruit biryani.
On the drinks front, wines from biodynamic and organic growers will sit alongside like the Arrack-O-Lada (coconut cream, arrack, burnt jackfruit and pineapple syrup) and the Tamarind Chilli Martini).
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