It’s only the bloody weekend again! Yes, time has elapsed meaning that we’re staring down the barrel of two whole days (and an evening, if you count Friday) of time to fill with fun, food and flights of fancy. Which is where The Handbook comes in. Viva la weekend.
It would seem that the appetite for creepy Japanese cat-person Hello Kitty remains unabated. So much so that there’s now a Hello Kitty Pop-up, popping up at Bubblewrap Waffle. We are now mid-way through quite a heated office debate about whether Hello Kitty is actually a cat or not. On the one hand she looks like a cat and she’s called Kitty. She has whiskers FFS. Opposing is the fact that her creator says she’s a little girl. Which makes the whole obsession a little disconcerting. The whiskers are, presumably, an endocrine issue. Oh yes, anyway, so Hello Kitty are taking over at Bubblewrap Waffle in Chinatown giving you the rather unique opportunity to eat your very own cat/girl character with a Hello Kitty Bubblewrap. Made with a red velvet waffle base and filled with rose and strawberry gelato and topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries and a bespoke Hello Kitty Chocolate. (H)mmm!
Madrid’s famous Galeria Gaudi are gonna be going great guns with all the Gs, Lea Gulrich, Gabriela Tolomei and Guillermo Fernandez as they hit Athenaeum Hotel and Residences in Mayfair this weekend. The exhibition will showcase contemporary art and expressionism from the young artists and, free to attend, will be taking place in the hotel’s Hyde Park Suites. To go with them, The Bar at The Athenaeum has will be celebrating the gallery’s namesakes in coming up with two Gaudi-themed clay pot cocktails, The Gaudi Negroni and Modernist Manhattan, both which come on coasters inspired by Gaudi’s Trencadis.
Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Tonight Notting Hill plays host to An Introduction to Natural Wines courtesy of Farmacy. The plant-based restaurant will be joined by their wine Director, Heidi Nam Knudsen, and the evening will see her present some of Europe’s most sought-after natural wines.
Thursday 27th September
HarvestFest launches today at Skylight! The crazy East End rooftop at Tobacco Dock will be seeing in Autumn in your weekend guide? The opening weekend will run Thursday – Sunday this coming weekend. The new season will see a host of new additions, like apple ciders and warming spiced cocktails through to Horseshoes and Hay Bale Skittles. Grab a blanket and make the most of Autumn at Skylight.
Launches Thursday 27th September
What brings you joy? The smile of a newborn? The beauty of a snowflake? Well if it’s Saké then you’re in luck, Friday sees the launch of Joy of Sake. The largest sake festival outside Japan, held at Barbican, will see 478 premium sakes alongside sake-themed plates from London’s top restaurants. What’s more, rickets include unlimited samplings from 14 restaurants, plus, of course, Sake.
Friday 28th September
The veritable home of ping pong, Bounce Farringdon, have had a revamp. And to celebrate in style they’ve teamed up with the folks over at Cirque du Soul to throw the best ping pong party since the one when Tom Hanks won the Olympics in Forrest Gump.
Saturday 29th September
Now for something cheesy. And beery. East Village E20 are celebrating cheese and craft beer (and if anything needs to be celebrated) at a market dedicated to this magical pairing and will see independent London breweries in attendance include Big Hug Brewing, Kernel Brewery and Old Kent Road Brewery, all to accompany cheese from Drunk Cheese and Cheese Lava. Perfect for any cheese and beer fans.
Saturday 29th September
Fresh from Athens, Greece, comes one final hoo-ha of the summer. Yes, St Martins Lane are being the grown-ups amongst us and accepting that this Indian summer has to end at some point and will host a 4-day residency from The Clumsies, the Athenian multi-award winning bar. The summer send-off will sample serves including Clumsy Martini (or at least you will be after one or two), Popeye and Olive, Hippocampus Summer Edition and Clumsy Negroski.
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)