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See in the first weekend of October with a bang with these 12 foodie and cultural activities. From exploring the city through colour at the London Mural Festival to trying out the new brunch everyone’s talking about, here’s how to spend your wonderful weekend.

Tantalise your tastebuds with Big Mamma’s new delivery service

Big Mamma is back at it again, only this time the talented team are turning their hands to the delivery world, opening up their first ever delivery-only restaurant, Napoli Gang.

Since launching last week, Napoli Gang has taken London by storm, pumping out delicious Italian dining perfect for enjoying at home. Specialising in hearty pizzas, choose from the likes of  the Hot Damn – mozzarella fior di latte, San Marzano tomato sauce with Calabria’s best spicy nduja and spinata sausage, tarragon-infused oil and candied red onions; Greta’s Pizza – yellow tomatoes, confit peppers, aubergines, courgettes (all fresh from Italy), Ligurian taggiasche olives and homemade vegan pesto; or go all out with the Truffle Squad – mozzarella fior de latte, fresh ricotta di bufala, black truffle cream, fresh seasonal truffle, button mushrooms sautéed with Sicilian thyme and fresh chives.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with their tempting selection of desserts, from Your Mum’s Panna Cotta, served with red fruit coulis to Big Mamma’s legendary Torta Al Limone XXL, a towering take on a lemon meringue pie.

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Catch Carousel’s latest kitchen takeover: Thomas Straker 

Carousel is back with another kitchen takeover, this time it’s Thomas Straker who is showing off his culinary prowess with a series championing honest, seasonal produce. 

Having honed his craft working in the kitchens of The Dorchester, Dinner and Elystan Street, Straker is taking over Carousel for five nights to bring a refined Italian menu to the table. 

Spread over five courses, you’ll delight in dishes such as: Sourdough pizza bread topped with wild mushrooms and truffle; Crab ravioli, vesuvius tomatoes, basil and lemon; and Roasted cockerel breast, sweetcorn, roasted onions and ‘nduja. Leave room for the finale of Fig jam, creme fraiche and pistachio stuffed doughnuts. Yum.

Running 29th September – 3rd October


Try Daffodil Mulligan’s new tempting brunch series

Well on its way to becoming Londoners favourite for Irish dishes, Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan has just launched a new Saturday brunch to satisfy all of your brunch cravings. 

Head on over this weekend and delight in everything from Maple glazed pork and chips to Mangalitza hash and fried egg, Smashed avocado and poached eggs to Poached smoked haddock, leeks and hollandaise. Wash it all down with an Irish coffee – delicious.

Every Saturday

70-74 City Road, Old Street EC1Y 2BJ

Little Yellow Door

Enjoy cocktails aplenty with the return of London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week officially starts today so make sure you’ve got your wristband at the ready before heading out to explore London’s crazy cocktail bar scene. 

This year the event has been extended to the whole of October meaning there’s even more choice and opportunity to enjoy your favourite cocktails from your favourite bars. 

From Handbook favourite, Lyaness to the tropical jungle of Lost in Brixton, here are our favourite bars putting on a good show this month.

Running 1st – 31st October

Indulge in Fatt Pundit x Snowflake Gelato’s sizzling brownie 

There’s nothing more satisfying than diving into a good ol’ chocolate brownie and we’ve found a new one to add to your radar.

Indo-Chinese restaurant Fatt Pundit has teamed up with gelato maestros Snowflake Gelato to jazz up their signature sizzling brownie. 

Head down this weekend and you’ll be able to sample the Sizzling brownie twist. It’s their signature sizzling rich chocolate brownie, topped with Snowflake Gelato’s vanilla gelato with chocolate covered honeycomb crunch, served tableside in a cast-iron pan before being drizzled with a big old helping of hot chocolate sauce. If that doesn’t sound delicious, we don’t know what does.

77 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 8TH

Stay over at The Montcalm Royal London House 

Fall back in love with London this weekend with a royal stay at The Montcalm Royal London House in Finsbury. 

The Finsbury favourite has it all. Located just off Liverpool Street station, you can expect stylish, modern rooms overlooking the lawns of Finsbury Square, an indulgent spa bursting with specially crafted treatments and it’s also home to Aviary, the rooftop restaurant and terrace bar home to cosy igloos. Go out and explore the city, or stay in and sink a few of your favourite tipples on the rooftop.

22-25 Finsbury Square, Finsbury EC2A 1DX

Celebrate London craft week with Battersea Power Station

Put your lockdown crafting knowledge to the test and celebrate London Craft Week in all of its glory at Battersea Power Station this weekend. 

Lovers of all things floral should book in for Moyses Stevens flower crown masterclass, taking place on 3rd October at 2pm and 4pm, and learn from the experts how to put together a stylish, boho-inspired flower crown. 

There’s also several other fun crafting activities to get involved with at Battersea, explore your creative side and learn more over on their website.

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Try out London Stock’s new three course lunch menu

Eat local this weekend and try London Stock, the British fine dining restaurant in the heart of Wandsworth. 

Headed by Head Chef Nico Fitzgerald, the resto has adapted their lunch menu, offering three delectable courses for just £30. Menu highlights include: Venison tartare with truffle, blackberry, egg yolk and buckwheat; Scottish mackerel with barbecued beans, hazelnut, kohlrabi and beetroot; and their showstopper dessert – Cherry Mille-Feuille with pastry shards, roasted almond and kirsch.

2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth SW18 1UQ

Check out the new cool art installation in St James’s 

We’re a sucker for a cool art installation, and we’re totally loving this new French inspired one that’s popped up in St James’s.

Sofitel has brought ‘Joie De Vivre’ – The Joy of Life – to London with the new major installation, Silver Linings, offering a sense of optimism during these scary times through poetry. 

Situated in St James’s locale, the installation is a collaboration between MTArt Agency’s artist duo Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti and poet Greta Bellamacina. The artist duo have created a series of ribbons of silver, all of which have been paired alongside inspirational poetic phrases by Bellamacina. 

The installation can be found at; Waterloo Place: St James’s Market, The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (commonly known as ‘The Eros Fountain’) in Piccadilly Circus and Princes Arcade on Jermyn Street.

Running until 19th October

Explore the city by colour with the London Mural Festival

Fall back in love with this arty city by exploring the last few days of the London Mural Festival.

Download their map and explore the 50+ murals across London, from Wembley to Walthamstow, and uncover new, upcoming artists along the way. Expect everything from giant portraits to floral focal points, monochrome wacky shapes to inspirational quotes. There’ll also be a mural-painting extravaganza in Stratford this weekend to celebrate the month long cultural festival.

Running until 4th October

Support your local and catch some art with Beavertown Brewery 

Keeping on the cultural theme, London beer specialists, Beavertown Brewery will show their favourite London pubs a little love by creating four live murals. 

Beavertown’s Nick Drywer has drawn inspiration from the local pub’s history and community and will be reimagining the pubs’ signs. 

Taking place at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, The Ninth Life in Catford, The Windmill in Clapham and the Old George in Bethnal Green this Saturday and Sunday, Nick will also be on hand to chat with, as well as hosting workshops where you’ll be able to learn the techniques used to create the colourful murals.

Celebrate International Coffee Day with Mr Black

We love a pointless National or International Day here at The Handbook if it gives us this excuse to indulge in some of our favourite things. Today we’re doing just that as it’s International Coffee Day (Thursday 1st Ocboter) – hey, we know it’s not quite the weekend, but Thursdays are the new Fridays, right?
And what’s the only thing better than seriously good coffee? Seriously good coffee laced with liquor. Enter, Mr Black, the coolest cold brew coffee liqueur on the market that tastes as good as it looks on your bar cart.
Today  the brand is launching the second in their Single Origin series with coffee made from the spiritual birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia. It’s a limited edition bottle with only 100 available and it would make the perfect gift or lockdown treat to yourself. Mr Black purchases their coffee through Project Origin, which ensures that the money goes back to the local farms and communities of Yirgacheffe that grow it.
Drink it topped over ice, add to an espresso martini, pour indulgently on ice cream or slip it into your Americano post-dinner.

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