Fried chicken, a galactic yoga mission to Mars and the season’s hottest pop-ups; here’s what not to miss this weekend in London
Words Helen Brown
Our pick of what’s on this weekend in London
From the team behind Zuma restaurants, ROKA, Oblix and Florida’s ETARU comes Inko Nito, a welcome addition to Soho’s Asian cuisine scene. Launching for the first time in the UK following its successful launch in Los Angeles’ Art District, the new restaurant concept will be serving up unconventional robatayaki Japanese fare alongside a tantalising cocktail menu and copious amounts of sake. Highlights from Executive Chef Hamish Brown’s menu include beef cheek with spicy Korean miso, pickled daikon and butter lettuce, scallops dressed with shiso, sweet soy, shichimi yoghurt and lemon and charred coconut soft serve with soy, pocky and Japanese granola.
MOTHER CLUCKER EXMOUTH MARKET
For the past five years, Mother Clucker has a front-runner in Southern fried chicken on the streets of London. Hungry street food aficionados have delighted over their signature melt-in-your-mouth chicken strips and fiery cajun fries, all washed down with the best of craft beers. Fans of fried chicken have reason to party as this week saw Mother Clucker open its first permanent joint in Exmouth Market. If you’ve not been yet, this isn’t an average chicken shop – expect eye-catching decor, delicious drinks, banging music and most importantly seriously good food. If you get down tonight, there’s still a chance to enjoy 50% off all food and drink for the soft launch, before normal service commences on Friday 18 May.
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY AT BENTALLS
This weekend join Bentalls for their summer garden party where there’ll be an array of beauty activities, guest speakers such as We Are Twin Set and pop up cocktail bars. The 10-day event welcomes local artist Raph Thomas who’ll be showcasing his colourful works. Raph makes use of vibrant colours and portrait-like compositions to capture the vivacity of nature.
SUNDAY FEASTS AT EMBER YARD
Spanish and Italian tapas specialists Ember Yard have launched a rotating Sunday Feast series offering a monthly-changing menu designed for sharing, each with their distinctive smoky twist. From midday – 9.45pm every Sunday, diners can enjoy a decadent four-course meal, served with bottomless wine or fizz for £35 per person. Highlights from the menu include Grilled Flatbread with smoked butter & thyme, Crispy Salt Cod with grilled white asparagus & wilted Agretti saffron aioli and Vanilla Pannacotta with blood orange sorbet & pistachio cake crumble.
TANQUERAY NO. TEN TEA GARDEN
The week saw the launch of the Tanqueray No. TEN Tea Garden at Yauatcha City, celebrating the start of summer. Sharing a passion for flavour, the finest ingredients and innovation, the fresh citrus botanicals in Tanqueray No. TEN make it the perfect gin accompaniment to infuse with Yauatcha’s signature teas, creating a unique outdoor drinking and dining experience at the Broadgate Circle dim sum teahouse. For those looking for that little bit extra, there’ll be a series of masterclasses in which guests can learn how to infuse Tanqueray No. TEN gin with varying tea flavours.
GALACTIC FLOW YOGA
Prepare to embark on the workout journey of a lifetime, take a tour of the Milky Way and travel across the solar system during 45-minute classes at Backyard Cinema’s Mission to Mars. Following last year’s sell-out Miami Beach yoga with Ministry Does Fitness and Backyard Cinema, the south London institutions are joining forces again for Galactic Flow Yoga and a Space Rave. Tickets cost £20 and include a workout, a rocket fuel thirst-quencher and a smattering of space dust courtesy of Shine Shack fit for any moonlit rave.
BLUEBIRD IN BLOOM
Bluebird in Bloom descends on the Kings Road once more as the courtyard of the iconic eatery is decked out in a floral fantasy until the 17th June. Bluebird has collaborated with The Botanist to create a herbaceous menu and gin garden in the courtyard. Complete with a self-garnish table, crates of shrubs and botanicals, varying shades of pink blossom trees and bright summer flowers, guests can interact and #BeTheBotanist themselves.
SPRITZ & GIGGLES
The summer’s hottest pop-ups has landed in Broadgate, dedicated to London’s favourite apéritif, the Aperol Spritz. Running till early August, Londoners can toast the start of the season with its most fashionable drink and hit the beach bar inspired venue, which will serve up a winning combination of refreshing cocktails, entertainment and sport screenings that will leave us all hoping that summer never ends.
CHICK ‘N’ SOURS POPS UP IN BRIXTON
Fried chicken aficionados, Chick ‘n’ Sours has descended on Brixton to bring a tantalizing new menu to the streets of south London. The pop-up, which will be around for just one month, will create both a restaurant and a development kitchen, with menu items being added to the board as the month goes on. Successful new dishes will shape the menu at the forthcoming Haggerston site, currently being revamped and opening in mid-June with Sub Culture downstairs. These include Chicken Waffle with fried eggs, green papaya and Thai Ranch dressing, Kimchi cornbread, and Disco Wings with pineapple satay. Drinkers can also expect a whole host of incredible new Sours creations.