A taste of what’s what in recent London food and drink news:
The recently launched Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts has announced the arrival of an exclusive collection of wines featuring special edition labels designed by famous artists and Royal Academicians such as Tracey Emin and Gary Hume.
Chef Tsuyoshi Murakami, Japanese-Brazilian chef and owner of São Paulo’s top Japanese Restaurant, Kinoshita, will be in London next month showcasing his 'Kappo' cuisine by hosting two dinners at Nuno Mendes’ Loft Project on the 8,9 April. Murakami is the pioneer of the Kappo cuisine in Brazil, a style of high Japanese gastronomy that aims to "stimulate diverse sensations through the combination of rare and exotic aromas, textures and ingredients". Visit www.theloftproject.co.uk for details and to make reservations.
The InterContinental London Park Lane just got swisher with the opening of its Arch Bar & Wellington Lounge in the lobby. If last night's launch party is anything to go by, then expect a competent and gin-centric bar staff, plush furnishings and unobstructed views of the hotel's gardens, nearby parks and the Wellington Arch.
And one to keep your eye on is Baby Bathhouse, which launches today in Stoke Newington. It’s not a Mothercare competitor, but a new bar and general cool spot courtesy of the guys who opened über-trendy The Bathhouse near Liverpool Street in 2009. Check www.thebathhousevenue.com for latest developments.
By Chris Osburn and Ben Norum