Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton showcases the best of British cuisine at his new outpost, Berners Tavern. With head chef Phil Carmichael at the helm, the restaurant makes the most of British produce in a range of delicious dishes, including a classic Sunday roast and a special fish course served every Friday. These traditional offerings compete for attention with more contemporary options, including an Orkney scallop carpaccio with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime, and succulent, grass-fed beef steaks cooked on a charcoal grill. The refined dining room reflects the high quality of the cuisine – muted taupe walls, dusty rose upholstery and two large bronze chandeliers define the space.
Berners Tavern, 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP, +44 (0)20 7908 7979
Silent Cinema’s Fashion Film Festival at St Martin’s Courtyard
Bringing together fashion and film in the heart of Covent Garden, St Martin’s Courtyard will become an open-air cinema for three nights from 15 to 17 September, to coincide with London Fashion Week. A large screen connected to wireless headphones will allow film fans to enjoy the performances without being disturbed by passers-by. The films being screened all approach fashion from a different angle; enjoy a tongue-in-cheek look at the modelling industry in Zoolander, appreciate the faded glamour of Grey Gardens or take a look behind the scenes of American Vogue with The September Issue. Tickets are free of charge on a ballot basis, but to be sure of a seat book a dinner-and-movie package at one of the courtyard’s restaurants: Suda, Bill’s and Dalla Terra are all offering al fresco dining throughout the event.
St Martin’s Courtyard, Slingsby Place, London WC2
El Bulli: Ferran Adrià and the Art of Food
Gastro-enthusiasts should make sure that a visit to the El Bulli exhibition at Somerset House is at the top of their to-do list. Now in its final month, this special exhibition is the first dedicated to a single chef and his restaurant; happily, Ferran Adrià is a more than worthy recipient of the honour. Adrià is known for his originality, having thrown out the rule book to embrace new cooking concepts and devise unique dishes. The exhibition highlights the processes behind his inventions, complemented by archive footage of the El Bulli chefs at work. The renowned restaurant, near Roses, in Catalonia, is now closed, so this show is the ideal way to relive the magic of Adrià’s work one last time.
Embankment Galleries West, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, +44 (0)20 7836 8686
One Leicester Street
A boutique hotel set within a five-storey Georgian building in the heart of bustling Chinatown, One Leicester Street exudes character and charm. Each of its 15 guest rooms has a distinct look, but all of them boast bright, whitewashed, walls and custom-made furnishings complemented by a host of modern amenities and luxurious Penhaligon’s toiletries. The hotel is also home to an acclaimed restaurant; head chef Tom Harris produces a menu made up of the finest British produce available – many items are produced on-site, with home curing, smoking and pickling techniques producing the hotel’s own bacon, sausages and salt beef.
One Leicester Street, 1 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL, +44 (0)20 3301 8020