Allen Pickett @ Sanderson Hotel, Soho
Sanderson Hotel has a gorgeous courtyard that feels like a mini oasis just off the streets of central London. It’s a light and airy place, perfect for balmy summer evenings. They have brought in hot young chef talent Allan Pickett to bring some new flavours to the menu accompanied by expertly crafted cocktails to compliment his dishes. The staff have a sexy new uniform and the long bar is always buzzing which results in a fun but elegant vibe to enjoy some beautiful gourmet food.
The menu is brimming with fresh ingredients, perfect for summer dining. From scallops with avocado to perfect sea bream and a mouthwatering strawberry dessert, the portions are small and perfectly formed with expertly coupled flavour combinations. The maître d’ recommended the perfect cocktails to accompany the meal, and the cocktails themselves are some of the best you’ll get in London. Don’t be shy, have three courses and lots of different cocktails – everything is light and refreshing so you’re sure to leave feeling very happy and a little bit tipsy.
Book for an early supper so you can enjoy the courtyard from daylight to nightfall when they turn the music up and the atmosphere on. Meet at Liberty’s flower shop and then wander up through Carnaby Street to avoid Oxford Circus.
If you arrive at Sanderson early, play some snooker in their beautiful snooker room and use it as an excuse for some blatant flirting. After dinner, continue sipping their delectable cocktails at the long bar and if you fancy a dance, hop over to the Edition hotel across the road but be warned – dress up nice and be polite as they have a strict door policy.
The tables inside the restaurant aren’t as nice as the courtyard ones so make sure you book and request to sit outside, then pray for no rain!