Issue 24


The question this spring is What’s Cooking? We’ve pulled together the finest ingredients to make this issue as filling and tasty as possible. Starting with our delightfully delicious cover by artist Chantall Veerman, can you spot which pub, restaurant and coffee shop she has illustrated?

We hear about who’s been eating live on stage at The Adelphi theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, we remember the first British Beer Festival, and honour Nell Gywnn, the orange-selling mistress of Charles II, (there’s also a fun marmalade recipe for you to try out). We meet up with designer Corin Mellor, son of world-famous cutlery designer David Mellor, to ask him about taking over the family business and past collaborations with Covent Garden, including designing a bespoke supper tray for The Royal Opera House.

Along with the usual suspects – Shopping, Diary, Local Knowledge and Services – we have added a new puzzle section; do let us know if you had fun with this page and whether you need help with an extra clue or two.

Over the past few months, we unearthed many other quirky culinary related stories. One in particular that took on a life of its own was the tale of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu (which features in detail in our sister magazine The Mayfarer).

This story inspired us to collaborate with The Dorchester’s Parcafé on Park Lane. Their Executive Chef Mario Perera has created ‘The Mayfarer’ sandwich for us, inspired by Mr Montagu with ingredients from Covent Garden (more on p23). When you order The Mayfarer sandwich you will receive a complimentary cup of coffee and a copy of The Mayfarer magazine.

Covent Garden and Mayfair are two areas connected by their past, present and future, and our Mayfarer sandwich honours that bond.

Needless to say, while our sandwich is on the Parcafé menu in March and April you’ll find me perched inside the counter on Park Lane! Do pass by to say hello and taste our sarnie for yourself.

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