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Timothy Barber
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BECK LAUNCHES NEW APSLEYS MENU
Anyone searching for a really lavish Spring dining experience could do worse than head to Apsley’s restaurant at the Lanesborough Hotel. Heinz Beck, the multi-starred German chef who specialises in the finest Italian cooking, has launched a new menu there which includes some of the most joyfully lovely dishes to be found in London right now. Scallops with asparagus and black truffle, foie gras with wild mushroom consomme and cereals, and wild red sea bream carpaccio with exotic fruit vinaigrette are some of the seasonal delights on offer. The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. www.lanesborough.com

RESTAURANTS TURN TO FLOWER POWER
Get booking now for restaurants that will be getting in the spirit of the Chelsea Flower Show next month. Kensington perennial Daphne’s will be offering a floral-inspired set menu from 17-30 May which comes with a complimentary G&T. Chef Jun Tanaka of Holborn’s Pearl Restaurant will also be serving up flowery specials from the 23-28 May, with ingredients including hawthorn blossom, pea flowers, sorrel flowers and elderflower. The Connaught Hotel’s brilliant chef Helene Darroze is putting together an afternoon tea using edible flowers, to be washed down with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose fizz. www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk; www.pearl-restaurant.co.uk; www.the-connaught.co.uk

A ROOM WITH A VIEW OF THE WEDDING
Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the top of the Hilton Hotel tower on Park Lane – its views overlook Buckingham Palace gardens and part of the wedding procession route – is running a special, £45 royal wedding lunch menu from today until Friday, with a free glass of bubbly for anyone named Will or Kate. www.galvinatwindows.com