It’s beginning to look a lot like… you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, have you? That’s okay, neither have we. In fact, we’ve been holding off for one very specific reason: the unveiling of the Belvedere pop-up bar in Selfridges.
Opening next week on 21 November, you’ll find the sleek, minimalist spot nestled within the swanky men’s shoe department up on the first floor. A celebration of the vodka brand’s latest campaign, which stars a more gritty version of the always ruggedly handsome Daniel Craig in a fetching black tank top, it’s set to make for brilliant respite when one is inevitably trawling Oxford Street for gifts this festive season — or a great place to wait while your nearest and dearest do the legwork. On the short but not at all sweet menu, you’ll find the Polish rye tipple served straight up on the rocks, as a vodka and soda, and within the Belvedere Clubland Cocktail, containing vodka, white port, bitters and orange zest for a fresh zing.
Plus, to celebrate the pop-up there’ll be limited edition Belvedere x Selfridges bottles to take on home, where you may like to make a Martini — or three. Shaken not stirred, of course.
Open until 31st Dec (selfridges.com)
A few piping hot new spots across the capital
Got the cash to splash on, er, £12 tinned fish in Mayfair? Don’t worry, Boston restaurateur Kathy Sidell’s fresh stuff is worth the price. New England lobster roll, anyone? Now open. 15 North Audley St, W1 (saltiegirllondon.com)
Calling North Londoners! Tottenham has a cosy new food haven: a casual café and deli by day, and home to a broadly European-inspired menu of comfort food by night. Now Open.120a West Green Rd, N15 (pasero.co.uk)
Head west for Fadi Kattan’s modern Palestinian cooking, peppered with global influences and crafted using local and ethically sourced ingredients from the territory itself. Opens 24 Nov. 27 Uxbridge Street, W8 (@akub.lonon)
Phil Howard, aka the man who fed us fantastic pasta over (trigger alert) lockdown, has an all-day standalone spot in Piccadilly. Go for the pecan soft-serve affogato, you won’t regret it. Now open. 199 Piccadilly, W1 (nottopastabar.com)
The brains behind Stoke Newington’s Escocesa is delighting us with another Spanish restaurant, this time in Soho, serving a modern seafood-focused take on tapas. Now open. 45 Berwick Street, W1 (maresco.co.uk)