The SLMan Hot List: April
The SLMan Hot List: April

The SLMan Hot List: April


The SLMan Hot List gives you all the inspiration, recommendations and ideas you need for the month ahead. From the restaurant of the moment to a hot sauce collab involving a Premier League star, here are the coolest things to check out in April…

The Coffee-Table Book

The Connaught Bar: Recipes & Iconic Creations

The Connaught Bar in Mayfair has been a World’s 50 Best Bar for 13 consecutive years (taking number-one spot multiple times). Its beating heart is virtuoso mixologist Agostino Perrone, known as Ago, who has led the bar for over 15 years, earning international accolades including World’s Best Bartender and Best International Bar Mentor along the way. His new book, The Connaught Bar: Recipes and Iconic Creations, takes readers behind the scenes, presenting 100 elegant cocktails – both contemporary and classics – with clear instructions on how to make them at home. Created with the help of Maura Milia (Connaught Bar manager) and Giorgio Bargiani (assistant director of mixology, who received this year’s International Bartender of the Year award at Tales of the Cocktail), the book opens with an intro by one of the world’s best chefs, Massimo Bottura, followed by the recipe for the famous Connaught martini. The striking hardback also includes 12 non-alcoholic cocktails.


The Film

Civil War

Civil War is a dystopian action film written and directed by Alex Garland, author of The Beach and the director behind Annihilation, Ex Machina and Men. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Jesse Plemons, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Nick Offerman, Civil War is set in the near future. It follows a team of journalists travelling across the US during the rapidly escalating Second American Civil War, which pits the American government (led by Offerman as the president) an separatist ‘Western Forces’ led by Texas and California. We’ve seen the trailer a few times at the cinema and this looks like one of 2024’s more interesting blockbusters.


The Homeware

Service Projects

You might have seen stainless steel all over your social media feeds recently. If you’re looking to add an edge to your kitchenware, we’re here to endorse Service Projects’ industrial-edged Arlo cups. The brand was founded in NYC in late 2022, but has since relocated to Copenhagen. Its tableware inspiration is drawn from the team’s travels and visits to an array of restaurants and bars, including Michelin-starred establishments in Denmark, French bistros, Japanese izakayas and Italian osterias. The result is a collection of durable and timeless mugs, plates, cafetieres and pasta bowls – all in 2024’s material of the moment.


The Collab

Bukayo Saka X Nandos

There’s a new addition to Nandos’ sauce station line-up – and it’s made by Arsenal and England footballer Bukayo Saka. Sweet and fiery, with a little kick, PERi-PERi Saka is available in all Nando’s restaurants across the UK and Ireland. The limited-edition sauce, which comes in a fun Saka-inspired bottle, will be available until the end of the football season.


The Book

Knife: Meditations After An Attempted Murder by Salman Rushdie

This latest book from internationally renowned writer and Booker prize winner Salman Rushdie is a deeply personal account of enduring – and surviving – the attempt on his life 30 years after a fatwa was ordered against him. Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about his stabbing in 2022, Rushdie answers violence with art, and reminds readers of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. 


The Trip

La Dolce Vita Orient Express

Bookings for the Orient Express’s new Italy-focused train journeys officially open this April. ‘La Dolce Vita’ invites travellers to immerse themselves in the spirit of the 1960s, enjoy the comfort of its cabins and suites, and explore the wonders of Italy. With six journeys to choose among – spanning historic Palermo to Mount Etna or Tuscany – La Dolce Vita guarantees a culture-filled adventure, with its first departures taking place in spring 2025. The train pays tribute to the golden age of Italian design and filmmaking, with 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites and a restaurant, lounge and bar, all boldly celebrating mid-century art, design and creativity.


The Scent

Wear At Maximum Volume

This month, cult NYC perfume brand DS & Durga launched its first UK-exclusive scent, available only at Liberty. Aside from being a self-taught perfumer, David (DS) is a musician and lifelong fan of Britpop and British rockstars, in particular David Bowie. Drawing on the album artwork for Ziggy Stardust (in which Bowie wears a Liberty print silk shirt) for inspiration, he reckons Wear At Maximum Volume smells like “cosmic rock gods draped in Liberty silk prints and heady fumes”. Notes include mandarin, pepper, amber, Brixton moss, patchouli and, indeed, Liberty silk.


The Restaurant

abc kitchens

abc kitchens is the new restaurant by revered French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It opens on 4th April at The Emory in Knightsbridge. Designed by the late Richard Rogers, The Emory is London’s first all-suite hotel and the latest opening by Maybourne, the group behind Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley. In short, you know it’s going to be special. Vongerichten’s original abc kitchen has been a fixture of New York’s dining scene since 2010. It’s where he casts aside traditional meat stocks and creams to focus on the intense flavours and textures of vegetable juices, fruit essences, light broths and herbal vinaigrettes. The menu at the London outpost will include some New York signatures: think crab toast with green chilli, dill and lemon aioli; crispy fish tacos served with aioli and cabbage-apple slaw; and char-grilled beef tenderloin with chimichurri and lime.


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