The weather’s not giving into winter without a fight, so it looks like the temperatures this coming weekend won’t be too arctic (this is according to BBC’s weather app, which I’m always a little sceptical of, so beware). Assuming this prediction to be true, you should definitely be getting out of the house, so here’s some ideas of what you can be getting up to.
If we suggested a barbecue, I’m guessing you wouldn’t look out of the window and agree it’s time to wheel out the old Webber like it’s mid-August again. But don’t worry, you can just head to Indian BBQists Brigadiers in the Bloomberg Arcade. and they’ve got a new Saturday Nashta menu to share with us, to perfect timing. Arriving in time for the Rugby Autumn Internationals, the £25 menu includes breakfast and lunch dishes (fancy a ‘full Indian’?), as well as Indian twists on the traditional club sandwich. Bolt on a bottomless Prosecco for another £15 and Bob is quite closely related to your father.
Available all weekend
Where: Brigadiers, London, UK
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
The Independent Schools Show is the perfect chance to see exactly what might work for your child in terms of schooling. Head down to Battersea and check out all the options, meet the schools, ask important questions and understand what’s on offer, what’s good and what would fit your child.
Where: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea, SW8 4NW
If you’re a collector of pubs, try out the new look Lock Tavern in Camden. They’ve just spend half a million pounds refurbing it (I always find these sort of figures extraordinary, like, how much money must pubs generate? We’re in the wrong industry! And how can you possibly spend the cost of 6-bed out (outside of London, obvs) on tarting up a pub?). So with such investment it must be looking pretty tip-top. At worst be the first person to graffiti the loo doors, at best have a brilliant time in this iconic pub, enjoy the gin menu and sign up for the weekly quiz.
Where: 35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AJ
We’re not just about the weekend, which is why come Monday you can still eek out some weekend spirit. How? Jamie Oliver’s Berbecoa have just introduced a new innovation (for them): bottomless wings. Bottomless wings may be a serious problem for physics (you’d never get off the ground), but they certainly will be getting off the ground at Berbecoa (thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week) as they offer bottomless wings for the not-so-princely sum of £10.
Where: 20 New Change Passage EC4M 9AG
Nearest station: Bank (0.2 miles)
The KT, as the Kennington Tandoori likes to be called right now) are still making the most of bonfire night by putting together a bonfire night menu that’ll run into the weekend, and we know it’ll be hot. The neighbourhood Indian, beloved by the likes of David Cameron and Speaker Bercow, have created their ‘Gunpowder’ themed menu to coincide with Bonfire Night and it’s well worth a look. Or a taste.
Where: 313 Kennington Road, Kennington, SE11 4QE
You know Waterford? Yes, the glass people. Well they’ve teamed up with Dickie’s Bar at Corrigan’s Mayfair to create an exclusive menu of four cocktails, each named after striking Waterford crystal cut. The idea is to highlight the importance of the glass you’re drinking out of as a part of the whole sensation of the cocktail experience and their gin specific glassware is the best place to experience this. The menu includes two gin-based cocktails: the Cluin (Dingle Original Gin, elderflower, rosemary, lemon oil, orange peel and Mediterranean tonic) served in the Gin Journeys Cluin Balloon glass and the Olann (Dingle Original Gin, sage, honey, homemade Dickie’s pear soda and cinnamon) will be served in the Gin Journeys Olann Hi Ball glass. If you’re normally found sipping out of a generic Ikea tumbler then this’ll have you thinking again.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
It’s only Rock & Rose but I like it! Which is handy as one of Richmond’s favourite drinking destinations is getting seasonal this weekend with a new cocktail menu and the hightlights look highly respectable (the Rock Hot Toddy or Popcorn Espresso Martini, both look delicious. Which you can discover for free this weekend because if you book your lunch at the restaurant in advance they’ll give you a cocktail entirely free!
Where: 106-108 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PQ
If art’s your bag, then this one’s worth a look. Opening tomorrow, artist duo Miss Bugs are launching their solo exhibition Echo Chamber, and it looks pretty stunning. The exhibition features 15 large scale mixed media (which in this case basically means bits and bobs all stuck together (Legomen, lots and lots of Legomen)) portraits from pop culture. This includes a stunning JFK, Lady Gaga, Basquiat and others. I’m pretty obsessed with it; check it out.
Where: 10 Hanover Street, Mayfair, W1S 1YF
Who’s the roastess with the mostest? Bounce Farringdon, that’s who. They’re launching their new Sunday pop-up, ‘Roasted’ this weekend and if you love your roasts (literally who doesn’t? Get in the sea!) then you should head straight down to this Farringdon delight.
Where: 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
It’s 100 years since the very first Armistice Day, when the first world war was officially over. Millions of men from Britain and The Commonwealth lost their lives in one of the most brutal wars known to mankind. They are commemorated at the Tower of London this weekend with an incredibly moving display of torches, each one to represent soldiers lost in the conflict. Head to this sobering display of light and sound each evening between 5pm and 9pm.
Where: St Katharine's & Wapping, EC3N 4AB
The Lord Mayor of London will be strutting out in a golden carriage this weekend. Every year this festival of guilds, military and pomp heads to the city and it’s a real Dick Whittington glance at an ancient tradition. Supported by all the banks and whatnot that make the modern city work, line the streets and watch a piece of living history.
Saturday 10th November
Where: The City
To The Savoy now, and they’ve got a new cocktail on the go at the Beaufort Bar. Called “To The Moon and Back” its been specially crafted by The Savoy’s bartender Victor Maggiolo and takes inspiration from the infamous “Moonwalk”, created in the American Bar. Made from Grand Marnier, Campari, a unique cordial specially created by the Savoy and, of course, Champagne, it’ll make you feel weightless.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.3 miles)
Winterville opens this weekend. The Clapham winter festival is a foodie feast, with street traders taking over to create one of the best winter fests in the city. Far far far better than Winter so-called Wonderland at Hyde Park. They’ve also got skating (roller and ice), mini golf and so much food. Get involved.
Where: Windmill Drive, Clapham, SW4 9DE.