News Bites: What's happening at top restaurants in London this month

Atul Kochhar’s Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant is bringing a touch of glamour to Berkeley Square with the launch of a new Cocktail Hour at Benares Bar. Each day from 5-7pm, a wide range of specially created cocktails will be available for half their original price with accompanying complimentary bar nibbles. Also new this month at Benares is a range of take-away wraps for a quick but delicious lunch on the go. Tempting choices such as chicken tikka with wasabi mayo or Tandoori prawn with tomato and honey and mustard mayo can be ordered over the phone or picked up from the restaurant. All wraps are priced at just £6.50 and diners can add a delicious mango lassi for £2.

Summer will soon be a distant memory so take advantage of the long evenings and enjoy the sunset at Min Jiang in Kensington. Their restaurant boasts stunning views of the London skyline and the £25 dim sum and cocktail menu is an affordable end-of-summer treat. Their bar is serving two new cocktails: the fruity Tequila-based Raspberita and the Golden Dragon, an exotic blend of vodka, Triple Sec, lime and mango juice.

In celebration of British Food Fortnight, The Restaurant at St Paul’s is giving green-fingered foodies the chance to harvest a free lunch. On September 26th, you can swap a shoebox full of home-grown fruit and veg for a traditional Sunday roast, courtesy of head chef Candice Webber. She will use the produce on the following week’s menu so that cathedral visitors can enjoy a taste of England.

1 Lombard Street Restaurant and Brasserie has teamed up with Jazz FM Live to create a unique supper club experience, with intimate performances by a host of world-class jazz musicians. From September, big name artists will entertain diners on Saturday nights, with music taken from the ‘Great American Song Book’. Customers will be able to choose from the à la Carte or the ‘Jazz’ set menu (3 courses for £21.50).

Covent Garden’s Navajo Joe will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day for a whole week and will be promoting a suitably spicy Mexican menu (2 or 3 courses) during the run-up to September 16th. Expect live Hispanic music, tequila tastings, a street party, and lots more!

To celebrate the Thames Festival, the riverside Swan at The Globe is offering a Thames-inspired dinner menu throughout September. Diners can feast on brown shrimps, cockles, herring, mitten crab and Theale mallard, as well as spices and exotic fruits that were first imported along the Thames in the 16th and 17th centuries. The menu is priced at £19.95 for two courses or £22.95 for three courses.