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The Best Food in London This May

The Best Food in London This May

4 May 2017 Livvi Alderson-Tuck

While the frosty mornings and icy winds beg to differ, London’s bar and restaurant scene is hotting up for summer in the capital. Check out this bunch of new openings to whet your appetite this May.

Truly summery days are few and far between, but when the sun does decide to make an appearance, the best way to soak it up is by heading to a rooftop bar. This May, two great options are opening their stairwells and views to the public. Queen of Hoxton is the queen of rooftop bars, and this year, their theme is Neverland. Release your inner Peter Pan as you sip themed cocktails on Hook’s pirate ship or in the Lost Boys Hideout. And if acting like a perpetual child gets your tummy rumbling, there will be sticky ribs and sweet prawns on offer. This rooftop bar is always a summer staple and is the perfect excuse to escape adulthood this sunny season.

Queen of Hoxton may be the reigning champ of rooftop bars, but a new kid on the block, who made a splash last summer, is returning even bigger and better. RoofEast, perched on top of a multi storey car park in Stratford, not only offers stunning views of the Olympic Parks, but an array of games to release your inner athlete. Birdies crazy golf, batting cages and London’s first urban lawn bowls- there is plenty here to get your teeth sunk into. With all that sporting activity, you will need some sustenance. Thankfully RoofEast has teamed up with stellar mixologists Spirited Mixer, to bring you a selection of experimental and delicious cocktails. And with street food stalls such as Rockadollar Hotdogs, from Hawksmoor’s Head Chef, featuring last year, there is bound to be some tasty food on offer.

There is nothing better than when a street food favourite decides to take the plunge and get itself a permanent residence, and this May, Monty’s Deli from Maltby Street Market fame has a new home in the heart of Hoxton. Expect their delicious home cured pastrami and salt beef sandwiches, named the best value lunch by none other than Tom Kerridge, alongside bagels, home pickled gherkins and tangy sauerkraut. However, while these guys have been rocking out grab and go lunches for years, their new venue means they will be adding dinner service to their repertoire. Choose from whole joints of tender brisket, pastrami or salt beef served with potatoes and pearl barley. And for real authenticity, Monty’s Deli will be holding a traditional Shabbat dinner once a week. All recipes are closely guarded secrets, so head on over to get a taste of Jewish food made with serious love.

And while some places are getting their first set of four walls, others are upgrading for the summer. Part fishmonger, part wine bar and part seafood restaurant, Prawn on the Lawn has been one of Islington’s shining stars for some years now. And the good news is there is no sign of it going away, as they have just located to a larger home on St Paul’s Road, and thus added hot food to its menu. You’ll feel as if you are in a windswept costal village, not grey London, as you choose your fish from their selection out the front, and tell the chefs how you would like it prepared. You can expect traditional garnishes such as garlic and lemon, but they will also have more adventurous options such as their Thai-style marinade. However, if the choice is just too much, they have they tried and tested dishes ready to order too, such as seared tuna with chilli, spring onion, soy and mirin or hake with paprika butter beans and coriander. You’ll still be able to pick up the freshest treasures from the sea to take home and cook yourself, and wines will still be on offer too. If you are a lover of seafood, Prawn on the Lawn is a must.


Duck and Waffle by Kai Chan Vong

Another favourite foodie spot with a new home is Duck & Waffle, who have decided to bring their delicious food down to ground level with a new restaurant in Piccadilly, aiming to deliver the same exceptional food in a quicker, more casual environment. As always, duck is the star of the show- duck jam doughnuts, juicy, rich duck burgers, crispy duck legs and much more, celebrating this ingredient in all its glorious forms.  So if your fear of heights has prevented you from trying out one of London’s favourite restaurants, make sure you head to St James’s Market this May.

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