Thank goodness it’s nearly the weekend again! Gosh, we’re definitely in need of a weekend filled with cocktails, brunchin’ and good times! And, lucky for you lovely lot, we’ve got got a weekend fuelled with just go. So buckle up kids, you’re in for a good’un…
It’s the weekend which can only mean one thing: brunch! This weekend sees the launch of The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch’s bottomless gospel brunch. We’re talking buttermilk pancakes slathered in maple syrup and meaty juices trickling from the bacon; oozy soft yolks slivering down your fork from the Creole crab benedict; and chicken wings galore!) accompanied by bottomless Bloody and virgin Mary’s, mimosa’s and Prosecco if you fancy a little fizz. Stay for a late lunch as the BK house choir belt out a mixture of classic gospel, 60s and 70s soul.
Sunday 13th October
Where: 134-146 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AR
If you haven’t headed down to your favourite bar for London Cocktail Week then, seriously, what are you doing? Running until Sunday 13th, all ya need to do is grab a £10 Festival Pass now to the biggest cocktail celebration in the world to enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 bars. So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of our favourite spots celebrating the terrifically wonderful London Cocktail Week.
Running until Sunday 13th
Website: Cocktails This Way
There’s a new art gallery opening and it’s bringing a new edge to London’s vibrant art scene. Having gained notoriety across the globe, LUMAS is arriving in London with signature photographic works, design objects and hand-picked books. Join LUMAS’ artist-in-residence, Derek Gores, as he hosts a live interactive art performance. Gores is known for his layered collages, championing today’s pop-art expression, it’s definitely worth a peruse…
Saturday 12th October
Where: 21-23 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LL
Calling all film fanatics! It’s your last chance to celebrate the wonderful world of film. The BFI London Film Festival returns for another year, bringing with it an exceptional range of filmmaking talent from across the globe. You’ll find everything from free screenings to book signings, talks and debates from film curators, directors and actors to VR showcases, and of course, red carpet events. Oh, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to snap up a photo with a celeb or two who’s hanging around…
Running until Sunday 13th October
Fashion lovers, this one is for you! Vintage inspired knitwear brand, Hayley Menzies, will be showcasing their AW20 collection in Liberty for a limited time. After all, it’s the season to get cosy!
Thursday 3rd – Monday 21st October
Where: Liberty London, Regent Street, Soho, W1B 5AH
Join Maison Bab as they celebrate their first birthday! To mark the anniversary, the Maison team are offering a week of celebratory offers from half-price kebabs to free shots for every diner, alongside daily giveaways.
Running until Friday 11th October
Where: 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
Not another bloody wedding… Well, this one is a little different. From the acclaimed director, Yaël Farber comes a visceral and highly evocative production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s notorious tragedy, that’s been newly adapted by the multi award-winning Irish playwright Marina Carr. Expect broken blooded vows, violence and a village unleashed with vengeance… Just, er, remember to bring a pack of tissues (or ten).
Running until 2nd November
Where: Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, Lambeth, SE1 8LZ
It’s that time of year again where drinking from great big steins during the day is acceptable… Yup, Oktoberfest has arrived in London, bringing with it leather rompers, booby push-up dresses and drinking copious amounts of ‘bier’! We’ve rounded up a guide to the very best Oktoberfest shenanigans happening across the city…
Website: Beer This Way...
Oooh we’re eyeing up the cosy vibes over at Sakagura!
Get your Insta stories at the ready because you’ll want to soak up the Autumnal feels at Sakagura’s Autumn leaf installation. You’ll become engrossed by the fiery red, warming orange, and frosty yellow leaves, which play homage to the Japanese maple leaf season. While away your time over one of their bespoke fall inspired cocktails; a favourite of ours is the ‘momijigari’, a sweet and sour mix of Japanese rum, amaretto and lemonade that’s perfectly finished with pinot noir.
Where: 8 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BS, UK
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles)
CoppaFeel! helps to educate and remind women to check their breasts for signs of cancer. The charity is putting on a festival equipped with a sublime selection of live hands, DJs, spoken word, film and comedy. Indie faves James Bay and Bombay Bicycle Club will both be stripping down their performances with an acoustic set, while Welsh rock band Feeder will help you get your groove on, so who’s ready to party?
Saturday 12th October
Where: House of Vans Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Road, Waterloo, SE1 8SW
Another day, another afternoon tea…
Famed for its Art Deco design and 1920s heritage, The Sheraton Grand London Park has launched a new delightful 1920s inspired afternoon tea, aptly named ‘nineteen twen-tea’, scattered with a sprinkling of contemporary twists. Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan as you dive into eclectic pastries and savoury treats while surrounded by original panelling, stained-glass windows and 1920s-styled murals adorned with theatrical patterns. Grab your finest flapper dress and dive into a sensational afternoon tea.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes…
It’s time to return to your birthday suits because West End Bares is returning for its tenth birthday event! For just one night, this annual fundraiser is coming to Troxy and revisiting some of its most famous strips over its ten years in action. Returning performers as well as new talent will come together at this show for one extraordinary spectacle. Graham Norton, Michelle Visage and Tom Allen will be the exciting hosts at this special event and after party.
Sunday 13th October
Where: Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HX
Say goodbye to your soggy lunchtime sarnies and hello to the salad bowl of dreams! The celebrate their recent launch, Atis, the new healthy eatery, is giving away 100 heart hot and cold salad bowls between 12 and 3pm everyday and inviting customers to try out their new menu.
Running until Friday 11th October, 12-3pm
Where: Unit 3, The Atlas Building, 145 City Road, EC1V 1AZ
Another one for the film fans, this time in the form of London Surf Film Festival!
The annual London Surf / Film Festival, presented by REEF returns, brings to the capital the very best in international surf, film, art and culture. Showcasing international surfing’s hottest releases, underground hits, independent features and premieres, as well as the pick of short film productions from Britain and Ireland’s leading surf filmmakers London Surf / Film Festival is one of Europe’s most creative and relevant celebrations of surf culture.
Runs until 12th October
Where: Regent Street Cinema, Regent Street, W1B 2HW
Okay, we know this one isn’t technically the weekend but we couldn’t resist not adding it in. Celebrate the changing season with an exclusive autumnal feast courtesy of Lee Westcott and Gridiron executive chef Richard Turner, championing the finest in British game and autumnal produce. Menu highlights include: oysters with venison faggots and chilli vinegar; game pie with eel liquor; and grouse served with hips cabbage, cep and redcurrants. Pair it with the specially designed smoked whiskey cocktail, the Highland games, and you’re onto a winner.
One to look forward to on Monday 14th October
Where: Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB