London’s going a bit charitable this week. Nobu is hosting charity dinners with proceeds going towards the Japanese relief effort, while Sumosan are donating profits from sales of sake. Meanwhile, saucy Soho cake shop Cox, Cookies & Cake have brought out a range of Gorilla cakes, each priced at £4 with £1 going straight to The Aspinall Foundation to help protect the conservation of gorillas in the wild. We can confirm that, unlike most things in the shop, the gorillas are not pornographic in any way.
This week we’ve also gained a sneak peek of new ham and sherry bar Capote y Toros, which launches in South Kensington tomorrow and includes a mega-list of 100 sherries, including 50 available by the glass. The traditional-meets-modern tapas is equally impressive.
Hotel bars got a boost this week, with both The Zetter Townhouse's ZTH bar and Good Godfrey’s bar & lounge in the Hilton Waldorf throwing their doors open. The Summerhouse in Maida Vale has also re-opened following a winter hibernation and this year offers diners the chance (weather permitting) to take a pre-dinner boat trip down the neighbouring Grand Union canal.
If you’re not checking out the new openings, then the hopefully sunny Southbank is the place to be for foodies this weekend, with tomorrow seeing the return of the popular Chocolate Festival including tastings, demos and plenty of Easter-friendly gifts. Enjoy!