Finally, one of London’s most beloved cooks has agreed to divulge his secrets. On 1 September, long-time Quo Vadis chef Jeremy Lee’s beautifully illustrated debut cookbook, Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many — a celebration of his fascination with the finest British produce with touches of childhood favourites growing up in Dundee — will hit the shelves. We can’t wait to splatter each page and bathe in his decadent pies for all of eternity.
£30 , published by Fourth Estate
This autumn, Bibendum chef Claude Bosi and Jamavar and Bombay Bustle restaurateur Samyukta Nair will fling open the doors of Socca in Mayfair. The Mediterranean bistro will offer hearty ‘home cooking’ and interiors inspired by Francine Weisweiller’s Jean Cocteau-clad Villa Santo Sospir on the Côte d’Azur. Tres bien.
41 South Audley Street, W1; soccabistro.com
Bastille Day is around the corner and according to François O’Neill, founder of Maison François, the only way to celebrate is with a snail festival. On 14 July the restaurant is set to team up with neighbouring pub the Chequers Tavern for a Fête de l’Escargot, where there will be heaps of buttery, garlicky snails, a snail eating competition, brilliant wines poured from jeroboams and St James’s first-ever snail race. Our money’s on Gary.
Tickets £15; maisonfrancois.london/shop
Don your balaclava because bootleg ice cream is about to be a thing. Sunday Girl is the high-key, NYC-inspired ‘kidult’ brand about to drop small, limited-edition batches of ridiculously wacky and highly delicious creations on Instagram. Concocted by an ex Fat Duck chef, the first flavour will be Go Shorty It’s Your Birthday, starring shortbread biscuit, sponge cake, strawberry sauce and hundreds and thousands. Keep an eye on @sundaygirl_ldn for release dates.