Floral-filled interiors? Mouthwatering cocktails? Themed menus? We’ve got the guide for that. Spring has well and truly sprung and London’s finest bars and restaurants are doubling up as some of the most Insta-worthy destinations this season. From Asian eateries paying homage to Japan’s Sakura to stunning hotels collaborating with some of the finest drinks brands in the biz, here’s 9 places to drink under blossoms in London.
Zuma: In Bloom
Didn’t manage to make it to Kyoto this year? Lucky for you, this Knightsbridge favourite is bringing a taste of the Far East to West London. Joining forces with Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose, Zuma is marking sakura season with a selection of themed cocktails and blossoms so gorgeous that it would be rude not to get your phone out for a few snaps.
Nobu Shoreditch: Hanami Terrace
Not only has this slick Shoreditch spot dedicated a whole cocktail list and afternoon tea spread to the iconic Japanese flora, but Nobu Shoreditch is celebrating springtime with a Hanami terrace. A partnership with The House of Suntory, this beautiful pop-up has got samurai California rolls, matcha marshmallows and yuzu tarts, all ready to be washed down with a Kyoto Sidecar or Gin & Sonic.
ROKA Charlotte Street: Shochu Lounge
Head to the Fitzrovia outpost of ROKA where their subterranean Shochu Lounge has reached full bloom. With £6 cocktails during happy hour and a bottomless sakura Sunday brunch which features a mouthwatering mix of bespoke sushi, smoky robata and delicate dessert dishes, this is one if you’re looking to wine and dine in style.
P.F. Chang’s Asian Table: Bloom Room
Get your Insta feed popping with a visit to this West End gem. Home to a rose and hydrangea-filled installation, as well as, the Bloom Room which features a canopy of flowers cascading across the ceiling, P.F. Chang’s Asian Table is going full force in the floral stakes. Think pink hues paired with limited edition cocktails and Japanese desserts created from scratch in the pastry lab.
Mei Ume: Cherry Blossom Season
One of the most photogenic restaurants in town, Mei Ume has stepped into spring with an ornate installation above its sleek bar. In addition to the arching display of blossoms fleeting above, chefs Tony Troung and Mun Seok Choi have created a seasonal menu including wagyu beef gyoza and unagi dragon rolls. There’s even an exclusive Sipsmith cocktail to signal the Hanami tradition.
The Prince: Back With Blooms
Guess who’s back? That’s right, The Prince has made a royal comeback and this time, the West Brompton space has got a fabulous floral façade in the mix. Grab a frosé, tuck into tacos from Edu and sink your teeth into a loaded burger from Patty & Bun. If that’s not enough, then check out the other street food vendors, 3 bars and huge communal dining area.
Chotto Matte: Sakura Meets Nikkei
From pan-fried scallops to ebi blossom tempura and spring maki, Chotto Matte is all about the food. Showcasing the unique flavours of Japan, this Soho space is cooking up a special Nikkei menu accompanied with cocktails like the Jasmine Fantasy which combines gin, Aperol and pink grapefruit for a refreshing kick.
Hush Mayfair: Sakura
Experience cherry blossom season the Hush way, as the Mayfair hangout welcomes Sakurao Gin and Franklin & Sons to create the perfect G&T. Prepare to be transported to the gardens of Tokyo with floral features, a delicate archway and a drinks menu filled with Sakurao’s botanical blend from the Hiroshima Prefecture. If this isn’t one for Instagram, then we don’t know what is.
Kym’s: Year Long Blooms
A little less in your face and a lot more refined, Kym’s is the City restaurant brought to you by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong. Located in the same Bloomberg Arcade that hosts Koya and Brigadiers, this impressive Asian restaurant features a cherry blossom tree which spreads from the ground floor bar to the level above all year round.
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