Where to eat and drink
Boris Johnson once confessed to a love of the Tuscan wine Tignanello. At £180 a bottle, it doesn’t exactly go easy on the pay packet but there are plenty of restaurants and wine bars in London where you can try a glass of the new Prime Minister’s favourite vintage. Depending on your political inclinations, you can either scoff at the price tag or toast the arrival of the new PM.
This swish Sardinian restaurant in the heart of Belgravia serves up authentic southern Italian food alongside a wine list that showcases the very best of Italian wines, including Tignanello.
Enoteca Da Luca
‘Enoteca’ is the Italian word for local wine shop. With five restaurants across London, there is nowhere better to sample Italian wine, least of all Tignanello which is a stalwart of the wine list. Choose between restaurants in Devonshire Square, Guildhall, Mayfair, Old Street or St Pauls.
This proudly French Wine bar wouldn’t dream of stocking Italian wine but its sophistication and atmosphere make it worth an inclusion. Stained glass windows adorn the chic interior in the heart of Marylebone, making it positively prime ministerial. The wine list has been masterminded by Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos, of the Château Margaux family and can be enjoyed over brunch, lunch and dinner.
Boris Johnson told the Guardian in 2008 before he became London mayor that this restaurant was a favourite haunt of his. It’s not hard to see why: Pasha has been serving up traditional and contemporary Turkish fare to the great and the good of Islington since 1972. Its bottomless brunch is a surefire hit and the menu is Middle Eastern in theme with the odd mediterranean twist.
What to see and do
Head to the iconic Alexandra Palace, affectionately known by North Londoners as Ally Pally, for its street food and craft beer festival on the 27th and 28th July. Enjoy live music alongside panoramic views of the capital and tasty eats.
If it’s art you’re after, the Whitechapel Gallery is currently exhibiting Michael Rakowitz – an American-Iraqi artist who took over the fourth plinth with a human headed winged bull reconstructed from an Assyrian statue. Sculptor, detective and occasional chef, Rakowitz has a particular fascination with objects that have been destroyed or looted in war zones. His uncanny knack for yoking together the intimate with the political makes for compelling viewing.