Drop into American bakery Outsider Tart on Chiswick High Road for Chili Night. Every Thursday from 6:30-10 PM, they serve their famous chili with corn bread or buttermilk biscuit for £6.50 per person The evening is BYOB and lots of fun (020 7096 1609).
Dreaming of taking off to Italy for the summer? Head to Covent Garden for the next best thing - the Sapore Pop Up. The Consortium of Prosciutto di San Daniele and Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine will showcase regional delicacies like white wine and prosciutto. Check the website for details of tastings, wine pairings and other events.
Get your weekend coffee fix at the recently opened Damson Cafe. Along with an excellent flat white, there is a daily changing menu including raspberry muffins, cheese scones and healthy salads and sandwiches (64 St. Giles High St., WC2H; 020 3609 0901).
We plan to prepare for the Jubilee celebrations with a hearty pie. Timmy's Pies - the local pie specialists have created a limited edition snack (£4.95) available at Harvey Nichols for four weeks only. The Royal Pie contains mixed Berkshire game, apricots and spiced free-range pork in a pheasant stock and cider jelly. And for added pomp, it's decorated with edible gold and purple lustre. Fit for a Queen.