We round up the best of what’s going on across the capital for the coming month so you don’t have to


The newest addition to Nick Jones’ ever-growing portfolio and developed alongside the Sydell Group, The Ned hotel and members club is set to open at the beginning of May, and it’s a launch that you won’t want to miss. Taking up residence in London’s Midland Bank building – a property that has been vacant for a number of years now due to its unique architecture – this exciting new concept is destined to be the new hub for professionals and industry insiders alike. Boasting a collection of diverse restaurants on the ground floor which are all open to the public except for one members-only steak house, you’ll find everything from a New York style Deli to beautifully intimate Italian restaurant. The Ned, however, is primarily a hotel. Comprised of 252 inspiring and beautifully decorated bedrooms, each with a 1920s or 1930s twist to the décor, it offers a feel for what England was once like and provides a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside. Guests can enjoy the same facilities that are usually reserved for members only; a rooftop bar and pool overlooking the city, access to the bank’s original underground vault which has (very impressively) been transformed into an exclusive lounge bar and a fully equipped spa and gym with a hamam sauna, a steam room, treatment rooms and a boxing training ring.
Whether you’re planning a stay, applying for membership or making the most of the variety of delicious restaurant menus on offer, make The Ned your destination of choice for May and be a part of one of London’s newest and most anticipated 2017 business ventures.

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

THE MUST-VISIT RESTAURANT: percy and founders

Newly launched and positioned in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road, Percy and Founders offers the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Surprisingly spacious inside and boasting modern, considered interiors with rich wooden accents, brass detailing and abstract artwork on the walls, it strikes the balance between classic and contemporary. Although a lot of places say it, there really is something for everyone on the menu, with main courses ranging from veggie-friendly pasta dishes to perfectly-cut steaks and seasonal fish. Weekend brunch is (of course) an additional option, as is Sunday roast, and what better excuse to come into central London at the weekend? Wine lists are concise but well edited and cocktails are designed with presentation as well as flavor in mind. Be it drinks with friends, date night or dinner with the family, this restaurant, bar and picturesque outdoor terrace, is set to be your new favourite after-work spot.

Percy and Founders, 1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7EY


What better way to spend a rainy day (let’s face it, we’ve got to be prepared whether it’s summer or not) than curling up with a film and a cocktail? Well Electric Cinema has hit the nail on the head with their unique concept. The vintage-inspired interior boasts plush armchairs, cashmere blankets and, in true Soho House style, a bar serving up everything from cocktails and beers to artisan coffees. You’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere more cosy to spend your evening and if you’re looking for a first date location or a night with friends there really is no better choice. Located both in Shoreditch and Notting Hill and showcasing a considered selection of current films in both 2D and 3D, it makes a refreshing alternative to big-screen viewing that feels significantly more special. Grab a bite to eat in the relaxed restaurant before your film or feast on the gourmet cinema snacks; think sweet potato wedges and halloumi burgers, complemented with a bottle of prosecco. It’s a popular destination so book in advance to ensure your spot and arrive a little early to make the most of the cocktail lounge before your film.

The schedule for both Notting Hill and Shoreditch can be found here.
Electric Cinema, 64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

the creative outlet: the grace & thorn workshop

Whether you’re feeling creative yourself or you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone else, why not head to London’s favourite florist, Grace & Thorn, for one of their famous workshops? They’re popular for a reason and these evenings book up fast, so it’s key to get in there quickly if you’ve got a special date in mind. Taking place in the original Hackney branch, each scheduled evening promises an unforgettable insight into the world of Grace & Thorn, complete with insider tips and tricks from in-house Senior Florist, Jack Sheldon. Monthly workshops alternate from hand-tied bouquet’s to pickle jar arrangements and there’s also a watercolour class and a terrarium workshop, each of which takes place once a month. The brand itself has a distinctly creative aesthetic and the workshop offers an insight into how to capture the iconic Grace & Thorn look at home by adopting a range of skills that you can take away and develop in your own time. What’s more? The themes of the evenings differ from week to week, so if you’re hooked after just one session there’s plenty more to indulge in. Beginners and seasoned pros are all sure to learn something, and whilst it adds to the fun to go with a group of friends, it’s also set in such welcoming surroundings that there’s no reason to be shy about going it alone. Enjoy a glass or two of prosecco, take home a beautifully put-together display and learn a lot along the way – we promise you won’t regret it.

The workshop calendar can be found here

Grace & Thorn, 338 Hackney Rd, London E2 7AX


Finding a hidden gem in the heart of a city as busy as London is like finding gold, and when it comes to coffee, it’s not something we take lightly. Modern Society is East London’s answer to a New York concept store and not only is it beautifully decorated inside (read: green marble tables, oversized house plants and dark wooden accents), it also offers up some of the best coffee we’ve come across. After you’ve browsed the store, grab a flat white to go or pitch up with a book for the afternoon. Based on Redchurch street, it’s the perfect spot for people watching and if you get peckish, there’s a concise but varied food menu on offer that covers everything from that 4pm sweet tooth craving to more wholesome lunchtime dishes.

Modern Society, 33 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ


There’s not a lot Londoner’s love more than an urban beach so it’s no surprise that Brixton Beach is back by popular demand this year. Re-opening its rooftop venue on 25th May and settling in for the following 18 weeks, it’s set to be the ultimate summer hotspot located south of the river. Fans of the pop-up will know what to expect (and why mess with something that’s done so well as it is?). Sand, street food and cocktails are a mainstay and a host of the city’s most celebrated DJs will be gracing the rooftop every weekend. Head down on the Friday to start the weekend in style or save it until the opening party which is scheduled for the 27th. And in addition, this year, the venue will be hosting a weekly film screening as well as bottomless brunches and salsa classes, so get booked in if you’re looking for a get-together with a difference this month.

Brixton Brach, Pope's Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8JH


If you’re a foodie in London then you’ll already know about Dirty Bones – the establishment that offers a taste of New York in the heart of the U.K. However, what you may not have heard is that they’ve launched the newest addition to their portfolio and it’s in Soho. Just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus but set back enough that it still feels somewhat secret, it’s a great spot to meet for after-work dinner or brunch at the weekends. Sip on their speciality cocktails and indulge in a feast of diner-inspired dishes. Featuring neon wall art, dark wood panelling and leather accents, the interiors sit in line with the chain’s original aesthetic but this location boasts its own unique twist. Don’t be put off if you’re a veggie, the brunch menu offers options that you’ll find just as appealing as the meat lovers.

Dirty Bones, 14 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HJ


Mental Health Awareness Week runs from the 8th to the 14th of May this year and there’s a host of events taking place across the capital in acknowledgement. Fitness studio, Frame have scheduled a panel discussion that’s set to take place at their North London Kings Cross studio. The evening promises a night of light-hearted discussion around the topic and will welcome a selection of the industry’s most inspiring women as they put a unique twist on the theme with the title of the event being; Staying Sane Whilst Spinning Plates. Co-founder, Joan Murphy meets Daisy Buchanan, Jasmine Hemsley, Julia Hardy and Naomi Shimada in an open discussion about what the issue means to them, how to stay sane in the workplace and the role that exercise can play in your mental wellbeing. Tickets are priced at £15 and 50% of ticket cost goes towards Heads Together Mental Health Awareness charity.     

Frame, 2 ArtHouse, 1 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AS
Get tickets for the event here