Being in charge of writing up the pop-ups to try this month makes it all the more real that the month’s are well and truly flying on by. However, with this does come the promise of new and exciting things to do, in a bid to rid you of those “winter’s en route” woes. As the mornings start to warrant running starkers from shower to bedroom to avoid the icy cold weather, September proves to be clasping onto summer for dear life, with this months’ pop-ups including a secret outdoor cinema, gin bar and wellbeing playground. So, for this next batch, we don’t suggest following Greenday’s advice of “wake me up when September ends”, but instead to grab it by both hand. Enjoy!

Blenheim Palace

Saturday Kitchen Comes to Blenheim Palace

Saturday Kitchen, it’s the programme we always have on as we’re pottering around our kitchens at the weekend and now presenter and chef, Matt Tebbutt is hosting an exclusive dinner at The Orangery at Blenheim Palace for one night on Thursday 27th September. The four course, field-to-fork, dinner will champion seasonal produce from local producers, farmers and the Blenheim Palace estate. On the menu you’ll find the likes of Chalk stream trout with girolles, samphire and game consommé and beef fillet, ox cheek, field mushroom, shallot puree and parsley crumb.
Thursday 27th September 

Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)
Website: Get Tickets Here

POLPO and Sipsmith Join Forces

Have A Sip-smith

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean our passion for gin is. Sipsmith and POPLO have joined forces to bring a pop-up bar to Notthing Hill, so you can sip gin whilst keeping a watchful eye out for Hugh Grant. The bar, in keeping to the “we never want summer to end” spirit, will feature a floral and botanical installation, alongside Sipsmith’s signature aromatic ingredients. From tastes of Seville oranges, almonds and lemon, it’s the perfect chance to cocktail-up and reminisce on a hot, hot summer.

Oh, and from 9pm, when purchasing two of these cocktails, guests will receive a complimentary cichèti such as the ‘Nduja and mozzarella arancini, and the Stuffed, fried olives.

From 3rd September – 31st October

Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
Website: www.polpo.co.uk

The Game Bird

Tom's In The Kitchen

Guess who’s back, back again! Yup, Tom’s back in the Kitchin. Nope, haven’t spelt kitchen incorrectly, but rather the acclaimed chef with the perfectly apt name will be joining The Game Bird for their Guest Chef Series. Edinburgh-base Tom and his backlog of CV wow-worthy accolades will be venturing to the restaurant to showcase a unique four-course menu celebrating seasonal Scottish ingredients… (yes, there’s more than just haggis to Scotland). Tom opens his fourth venture in Edinburgh soon too, named Southside Scran.

27th September

Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com

Blakes Hotel

A Very Glam Bungalow

The founder of Bungalow 8, Amy Sacco, has returned to the capital, and we’re mighty grateful. She’s taking over Blakes hotel this month with BUNGALOW BLAKES for a week of London Fashion Week fun, and boy will it be a party with a woman who built the reputation as the undisputed Queen of New York social life, after launching Bungalow 8 in Manhattan in 2001…Serena van der Woodsen eat your heart out!

There will be evening soirees and VIPs and guests of Blakes Hotel will have access to in-suite Trunk Shows and personal shopping experiences (and much, much more)… shop ’till you drop and all that.

Where: Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF
Website: www.blakeshotel.com

Open Future Festival

Let's Get Down To Business

Let’s face it, we  love to tittle tattle online about current affairs and wage keyboard war on fellow internet opinion-sharers over our morning coffees. So, events like the Open Future Festival are sure to enlist quite the gathering. The festival, a live-steamed affair, hosts discussions on some of the most urgent issues of our time and considers the future of freedom, individual rights, trade and technology. Speakers will include Nick Clegg, Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism Project and Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students board.

September 15th

Where: 8 Northumberland Avenue
Website: www.openfuturefestival.com

Whisk Dessert Bar

We'll Never Dessert You

For all those with a sweet tooth, and we know there’s a whole lotta you out there, Whisk Dessert Bar are giving you the chance to make the sweet delight the main event. After all, life’s too short: eat dessert first. Right? The event includes a three-course desert experience at East London’s The Hive, paired with equally as fabulous wines. To start off, you’ll enjoy a pineapple soft-serve with chilli confit, followed by celery sorbet with blue cheese shavings, and much more.

From September 12th -15th and 19th – 22nd.

Where: The Hive Wellbeing, 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road Street, London E2 9DA
Website: www.whiskdessertbar.co.uk

Food Writers Festival

The Word On The Street...

Fancy nattering about food and enjoying afternoon tea? Well you’re in luck. Spring, which is a restaurant in this case and not a season, sits snug in Somerset House and will play host to Food Writers Festival. The festival will feature top food writers including writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge and Skye McAlpine, writer, journalist, Instagram influencer and author of popular blog ‘From My Dining Table’.

From 3rd-24th September

Where: Spring Somerset House, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Secret MKT Screenings

Walk The Red Carpet

Secret Mkt Screenings aren’t so much of a secret right now granted, seeing as we’re splattering it across The Handbook, but our sharing it just nods to how good they are. So, for three nights in September St Jame’s Market will transform to host an open air cinema that will play movie classics, from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, to E.T. and Singing in the Rain.

6-8th September

Where: St James's Market, Regent Street, SW1Y 4AH
Website: www.sjmkt.com

Chakra, Kensington

Take 4 Spices

Three’s a crowd, so Chakra in Kensington triumph four. Introducing Take 4 Spices supper club, a menu courtesy of Head Chef Gulrez Iqbal who has a number of Indian restaurants in his backlog. The dinner will be hosted by Food and Hospitality Consultant Humayun Hussain, so you’ll get a good old food education whilst you munch. Definitely one for those who’d do a hair flick and shrug after eating a Vindaloo, with a menu featuring Nadan chicken curry, and mustard glazed guinea fowl.

13th September

Where: 33C Holland Street, Kensington, W8 4LX
Website: www.chakra.restaurant

Paradise Now Wellbeing Playground

A Slice Of Paradise

Health nut who just wants to act like a kid again? Say hello to Paradise Now, London’s very first ‘wellbeing playground.’ The multi-sensory experience is totally free in Grosvenor’s Eccleston Yards, featuring an urban outdoor spa to take guests on a journey towards post-summer detoxification by using the newest scientifically-proven wellness tricks.

Created by visionaries Bompas & Parr, the installation includes things like a huge pink mist waterfall with extracts of raspberry leaf, aloe vera, chamomile and citrus and immersive meditation zone filled with aromatherapy scented pebbles coloured in Baker-Miller pink (a shade proven to reduce anxiety).

From 7-15th September

Where: Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF
Website: www.ecclestonyards.com

London’s First Floating Wine Festival

Water And Wine

It’s the famous pairing – water and wine. So, why not have wine floating on water? Seems like a valid question, huh? Well, introducing London’s first ever floating wine festival which will take place aboard Tamesis Dock, featuring winemakers from all over the world who have come to present their wines to Thames faring wine lovers. Loving the sound of this? Well, you’ve got Wanderlust Wines to thank, allowing guests the chance to taste award winning wines from Hungary, South Africa, France, Italy, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

22nd-23rd September

Where: Albert Embankment, Lambeth, SE1 7SP
Website: www.wanderlustwine.co.uk

Maverick Encounters

Poppin' Bottles

You don’t always need to have something to celebrate to drink Champagne! Especially when it’s Charles Heidsieck. The Champers features in the unique series Maverick Encounters which is taking place this September. Perfume and Champagne will come together, which for some is probably the best sentence ever read, in an immersive perfume blending workshop which includes a Champagne tasting and pairing masterclass. Taking place at Caravan in Fitzrovia, guests will explore the parallels between combining a bespoke scent and blending complex champagnes like Charles Heidsieck cuvées.

13th September

Where: Caravan Fitzrovia, 152 Great Portland Street, W1W 6AJ
Website: www.eventbrite.com

BAFTA Masterclass

Get Your Stunt On

Don’t try this at home, but DO try it at this BAFTA masterclass with acclaimed action choreographer and director Tony Ching Siu-Tung, because come on let’s face it; who doesn’t watch action films and think “how on earth did he just do that?”. The director will examine his pioneering style of cinematic martial arts for films such as Hero (2002) and Chinese Ghost Story (1987).

18th September

Where: 195 Piccadilly
Website: www.bafta.org

The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar

Around The World In Whiskies

We’re often going around the world in something; be it gins, wine or even a hot air balloon. However, this time it’s the turn of our Scottish pal Whisky.The Jones Family Project will be hosting a pop up in the downstairs space and you will choose what flights you’d like to take, to explore the various whiskies of America, Scotland & Ireland, Japan, or Asia & Oceania. Your flight attendants will be on hand to guide you through the journey, help navigate taste buds to understand the complexities and varieties of classic, innovative and lesser-known whiskies from around the globe. So, grab your boarding passes!

3rd of September

Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
Nearest station: Old Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.jonesfamilyproject.co.uk

St Martins Lane

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.

From 25-28th September

Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Website: www.morganshotelgroup.com

The Glenrothes’ Honesty Bar

It’s time for some stripped-back honesty, as The Glenrothes open their doors to London’s first ever pop-up Honesty Bar at TT Liquor in Shoreditch. Let’s face it, we’re all familiar with drunken hearts speaking sober minds, so you shouldn’t be too nervous to familiarise yourself with this whisky-lovers paradise. Guests can come down and choose from age statement whiskies in The SoleoCollection, aged  from 10 to 25 years old, in an attempt to “show the people of London and the UK a true glimpse into the world of The Glenrothes with The Honesty Bar,” as Brand Ambassador Stuart Cassells says.

12th of September

Where: 17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA
Website: www.theglenrothes.com