We’ve been slowly cooking for a few weeks now, quite soon we’ll be be ready to eat. But in the meantime there’s a weekend of respite from sticky chairs, colleagues’ BO and nightmare tube commutes. Whether it’s supping beer in King’s Cross or heading to the host of pride events, welcome to the weekend, it can’t come too soon!
Wild Turkey 101
What: Don't Be A Turkey And Miss This
Why: I’m not sure how your A-Levels went, but my classes could have really done with a boost of bourbon. Which is great because American bourbon experts, Wild Turkey are launching their own classes (not A-Levels, I think I’ve muddied the waters here with this analogy, they’re, like, totally not intoxicating teenagers, let’s get that straight), no Wild Turkey’s classes (Wild Turkey 101s) will teach classic skills that will ‘enrich modern lives’. Specifically, how to become a barbecue master by smoking and rubbing meat like a pro, and how to make the perfect Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioned. So why not get in the mood for the weekend by attending a class TONIGHT?!
Thursday 5th July but boomerangs back on Tuesday 24th July and again on 30th August
Where: Hot Box, 48 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LT
Website: Book tickets here...
What: Africa Comes To Camden
Why: This Saturday enjoy a day of African culture down at Camden Market. Returning for a second year, the African Market, curated by Open The Gate, will showcase the work of designers from and inspired by African cultures. There will also be a series of pop-up African street foodstalls, stalls selling handcrafted brick-a-brac, clothes and beauty products and all to the beat of entertainment from an African drumming circle and dance troupe. From bespoke African cocktails courtesy of restaurant Shaka Zulu to face painting, head on a safari to Camden Market.
Saturday 7th July
Where: Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF
What: Beer Me
Why: It’s beer o’clock tomorrow afternoon at Canopy Market with a line-up of some of London and Europe’s most interesting breweries, including Kernel, Brick Brewery, Gipsy Gill and Braybrooke Beer Co, all as part of the London Craft Beer Festival. Of course there’ll be food too, including grilled cheese toasties from the Big Melt and Portuguese steak sandwiches from Growlers.
Friday 6th from 6pm until Sunday 8th July
Where: Kings Cross, N1C 4LW
Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
What: Life Is A Cabaret
Why: How about some burlesque to set off your Sunday? The Sunday Salon is an immersive cabaret pop-up by cabaret and burlesque artists Gigi and Harlow and promises to be memorable. Taking over Zetter’s Townhouse Clerkenwell’s cocktail lounge for an afternoon of laidback eccentricity backed by a mix of cabaret jazz, plus classic and modern favourites, all reworked in Gigi and Harlow’s signature style, this will be an extraordinary afternoon.
Sunday 8th July
Where: 49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ
What: Give It A Poke
Why: MasterChef winner and chef patron of Japanese restaurant, Nanban, Tim Anderson has teamed up with Hawaiian poke experts, Honi Poké to create something called an ‘Angry Poké’. The limited edition dish is full of scotch bonnet mixed with honey ponzu sauce, giving it quite the punch but also giving a kick to the Plastic Oceans charity as 50p from every bowl sold will go to the charity. The dish will be available at Honi Poké’s sites in Soho and Fenchurch Street.
From Friday 6th until 31st July
Where: 2 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SP or 4-6 New London Street, Fenchurch, EC3R 7NA
What: They Should Be Proud Of Themselves
Why: We remain obsessed by Soho’s Doughnut Time. Purveyors of some of London’s finest doughnuts, the geniuses on Shaftesbury Avenue have put together Somewhere Over The Rainbow, a selection of Pride related doughnuts. Expect rainbow cream glazed doughnuts topped with sweet peach rings and sprinkled with, of course, glitter.
Available all weekend
Where: 96 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 5EB
The Arch London
Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
What: A Proper Posh Picnic In The Park
Why: When you’re based just a sandwich’s-throw from one of London’s best picnic spots then you’d expect to have a pretty strong hamper game. Thankfully, The Arch London, just off Hyde Park, has taken a taste of their restaurant, Hunter 486, put it in wicker and made it available to guests. The hamper comes with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and a spread that includes homemade crisps with sea salt, lemon and sage; a selection of sandwiches including English Cheddar with apple and raisin chutney with sun blushed tomato salad; coronation chicken with baby gem, and coriander cress salad; Smoked salmon with lemon butter and cracked black pepper on brown bread; Jersey Royal potato salad with apple and mustard dressing; Raspberry and pistachio trifle; Battenburg; and homemade muffins. What more could you want? A rug? Don’t worry, they’ll pop one in for you.
Available throughout summer
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
What: Korean Brunch
Why: Are you tired of full Englishes, with all their sausages and black pudding? Okay, me neither, but I will happily put the HP Sauce on ice for this, a Korean inspired bottomless brunch from renowned chef Judy Joo. Coming to Jinjuu, a Korean restaurant in the heart of Soho, the bottomless brunch is inspired by Joo’s trip to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics, and includes a shaved ice dessert and fluffy Korean ice cream sundae known as ‘bingsu’.
Where: 15 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5PS
What: Rainbow Coladas
Why: Did you know that the pina colada was invented by the Hilton? I know, mind blowing right? And why didn’t they think to name it after themselves, like the Waldorf salad people? Hashtag marketing fail. Anyway, to celebrate pride Hilton have decided to produce a range of their famous drinks but in rainbow colours to celebrate pride, Pride Colada.
Available from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July
Where: Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4DD
Why: According to Yo! the LGBTQ+ community are overly ‘labeled’, which is why they’ve decided to take all the labels off. The food. The High Street Kensington store is celebrating Pride by removing their labels. The campaign also sees their £20 Pride Deal, donating £1 to UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) for every deal purchased and the deal is served on seven different coloured plates.
Available until Sunday 8th July
Where: 202A Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 7RG
Percy & Founders
Goodge Street (0.2 miles)
What: Football's Coming To Percy & Founders
Why: If you’re still into the football (yawn) then you’ll probably want to watch England beat or be beaten by Sweden. Thankfully you can head down to Percy & Founders and enjoy every kick, foul and, maybe, goal at the city-based restaurant and bar.
Saturday 7th July
Where: Fitzroy Place, 1 Pearson Square, London, W1T 3BF