20 July 2020
Six by Nico opens on Charlotte Street
While the majority of central London is still eerily quiet, a small stretch of Charlotte Street is once again jumping, following the anticipated opening of Six by Nico. Scotland-born chef Nico Simeone's creative tasting menus change every six weeks, served within a lively, laidback setting that forgoes white tablecloths and stifling service in favour of exposed filament lightbulbs, marble furnishings and a contemporary playlist. Priced at £35 for six courses, it is also tremendous value for money.
The restaurant's opening menu, The Chippie, is a play on the traditional British fish and chip shop. 'Smoked Sausage' is transformed into a dainty trio of pork, served with black pudding, salt-baked celeriac and French sauerkraut, while 'Steak Pie' features delicately shredded Speyside beef shin with mushroom duxelle and burnt onion ketchup. Leave room for the finale, Simeone's 'Deep Fried Mars Bar', made up of chocolate pave, blood orange sorbet and chewy caramel, topped with cocoa nib.
A vegetarian tasting menu is also available
Price: £35 for six courses (£33 for pairing wines)
Location: 41 Charlotte Street Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR
The Royal Academy of Arts has reopened
The Royal Academy of Arts has reopened in Piccadilly, resuming its popular Picasso and Paper exhibition. The display delves into Picasso’s lesser-explored medium, paper, and includes portraits of Françoise Olivier and Dora Maar. London’s National Gallery, The Barbican (including its greenery-filled conservatory), Whitechapel Gallery and National Maritime Museum are also now open, with social distancing measures in place.
Opening hours: Thursday - Sunday 11am-4pm
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J
Duke of York Square's fine Food Market reopens
Curated by Partridges, the Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square is both lively and charming, bringing together local and independent traders. The market has resumed activity, set on the running track outside the Saatchi Gallery. Look out for Riverdale's organic vegetable boxes; shellfish from the Maldon Oyster Company and enticing wheels of Comté cheese by the Borough Cheese Company, as well as an array of breads, biscuits and cakes – Luxury London recommends Casa Cannoli's cream-packed pastries. Visitors are encouraged to park their picnics on the grass, newly painted with white circles to encourage social distancing.
Opening hours: every Saturday, 10am-4pm
Address: 80 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
CasaCosta Italian gourmet deliveries
For those still wary of dining out, Roberto Costa has launched an artisanal delivery service, specialising in fresh Italian ingredients. Costa, who owns the Macellaio RC restaurant group in London, has handpicked items from his favourite Italian producers, including pasta, cured meats and cheeses. Elevate your pantry with creamy sauces, spanning fresh walnut, porcini mushroom and pesto, as well as tuna-stuffed chilli peppers and olives. Costa has also curated a selection of bottles from boutique Italian wineries, alongside pre-mixed aperitif cocktails.
CasaCosta is available for delivery to those within a 10 mile radius of SE1 0LR
Rooftop Film Club, Alexandra Palace
Drive-in cinemas have popped up all across the UK this month, offering a socially-distanced alternative to summer's usual offering of al fresco film screenings. The Rooftop Film Club has adapted to offer a drive-in concept at Alexandra Palace until at least September, screening films including Footloose, Notting Hill and Grease.
Price: £27.50; £5 for NHS workers