It’s our favourite part of the week again, the end. This week we’ll be filling it with beer, burgers, brunch, bulbs, bric-a-brac and margaritas (the alliteration had to stop somewhere), question is, what are you going to be going to?
What: Whisky, Rum and Cognac
Why: If gin and tonic are a sign of summer, then the ginger ale and dark spirit is the sign of autumn. Arguably the name doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but it’s true. Fever-Tree have just launched the Smoky Ginger Ale and Spiced Orange Ginger Ale, two mixers which you can try exclusively in a handful of London bars. Found in the likes of Swift, Mark’s Bar @ Hix, Super Lyan and Merchant House the mixers have a smokiness to them, with hints of smoked Applewood, sweet clementines and spicy cinnamon. The mixologists and bartenders have curated cocktails with the mixers at the heart, particular favourites of ours is the Toast and Peach that you’ll find at shochu lounge at Roka, made from merlet cognac, sweet potato shochu, yuzu and smokey ginger ale and the Rum ‘n’ Spiced at Merchant House – a blend of Jamaican rum, lime, angosturas bitters and spiced orange ginger ale. If you already like dark spirits, you’re going to love this and if you don’t, try these cocktails and prepare to be a convert.
Where: Various across London
Flat Iron Square
What: RHS On Tour: Flowers & Flea
Why: Brick-a-brac plus bulbs and blooms are the order of the day over at Flat Iron Square this weekend. Continuing their RHS On Tour series The Royal Horticultural Society will be holding a flea market including flea type stalls with all manner of brick as well as brac and a variety of RHS inspired talks and activities. If you’re after a green-fingered day learning from gardening experts at the workshops, or just a browse through the bits and bobs available from the stalls then head down to Flat Iron Square.
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th September
Where: Flat Iron Square, 68 Union St, London SE1 1TD
Starting at Cafe Pacifico
What: Margarita March
Why: There are plenty of good causes we’d march for, and thankfully Margarita is absolutely one of them! The Margarita March is a day of tequila-infused fun starting at midday on Saturday and running through to 10pm. Marchers will take in eight bars and imbibe plenty of margaritas en route. There’s also the chance to learn from march sponsors Jose Cuervo, the oldest tequila brand, who will be providing a Margarita masterclass led by a tequila expert and offering Jose Cuervo prizes for the margarita mixing challenge.
Saturday 16th September
Where: 5 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA
Heliot Steak House
Leicester Square (0 miles)
What: NFL Kick Off at Heliot Steak House
Why: Swap the gridiron for the iron griddle as the The Hippodrome’s Heliot Steak House celebrates the kick off of the NFL season. The steak restaurant has produced a number of American football themed dishes and this weekend launches the Heliot Monster Nachos, a four kilo dish that promises to be the biggest plate of nachos in London. Designed to serve eight it includes 800g of tortillas, 750g of five bean chilli, 300g prime USDA ribeye steak, 300g chicken and 200g of guacamole, topped with a kilo of cheese and sour cream. Clear Minds, Full Hearts and all that.
Sunday 17th September and then every Sunday until the end of February 2018
Where: Heliot Steak House, Cranbourn Street, London
HIX Oyster & Chophouse
What: HIX Oyster Celebration
Why: Don’t clam up, in this pearl of an event Mark Hix will be kicking off the native oyster season with the official HIX Oyster Celebration at HIX Oyster & Chophouse in Farrington. The master chef will be hosting a series of talks and tastings to celebrate the tasty molluscs, joined by experts including Robin Hancock of Wright Brothers, Nigel Bloxham and Nathan Outlaw’s head chef Tom Brown. There will also be oyster and drinks pairings, tastings to showcase the best of the oyster.
Saturday 16th September
Where: 36-37, Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BN
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
What: Matinee Brunch
Why: We’re all for celebrating the start of the weekend with a Friday night out, but this Saturday brunch is worth saving your energy for. From 16th September onwards, Bunga Bunga Covent Garden will be hosting the Matinee Brunch every Saturday, offering Londoners an immersive bottomless brunch experience – and if there’s anything we want to be immersed in it’s brunch cocktails. Guests will be taken into the underground world of southern Italy, coming face to face with some of the most notorious criminals the country has seen. This is bottomless brunch with a difference, and the perfect chance to get your SQUAD-father together for an afternoon of cabaret and acrobatics performances, live music from The Bunga Boys, the chance to take part in Bunga-OKE and, of course, never-ending prosecco and bellinis.
Saturday 16th September and then every Saturday
Where: 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG
London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
Why: Beer, bratwurst and barrels of fun: German Gymnasium is teaming up with Rothaus Brewery to bring the Oktoberfest festivities of Southern Germany to King’s Cross, on the restaurant’s alfresco terrace. During the stint from 14th September until 1st October, guests can feast on the likes of German sausage trio Schinkenknacker, Bratwurst and Currywurst and the Buttered Giant Brezel (German pretzel), all washed down with a stein or two of traditional barrelled beer served up by lads in lederhosen and damsels in dirndls. Sit at the customary long wooden benches and tables while the oompha band (/the beer) takes your troubles away. Prost to that!
Thursday 14th September – Sunday 1st October
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
ETM Slider Decider
What: The Ultimate Burger Challenge
Why: Slide into the weekend at London’s tastiest tournament, where finalist chefs go head to head at Broadgate Circle for the ultimate title of Slider Decider Champion 2017, each producing unique burger creations from midday. Hosted by BBC Radio London’s Food & Drink Presenter Nigel Barden, the meaty mayhem will see the likes of Crab Tavern, The Jones Family Project, Roast and Tom’s Kitchen fighting it out in front of food fans. The winner will be crowned not only by an impressive line-up of judges but also by you, the visitor – so in the interests of fairness you’d better try one of each… Burgers, brioche buns and a battle of the best – what more could you want? If your answer is booze, you can rest assured the Botanist will keep the party going with an alfresco Bulleit pop-up bar and live music well into the evening.
Saturday 16th September
Where: Exchange Square at Broadgate
Villa Walala for London Design Festival
What: Building Block Castle
Why: Finding the right career, trying to achieve a work-life balance, property mortgages… Enough is enough of that grown-up chat – why not inject some colour into the weekend and spend an afternoon being a kid again? Camille Walala’s interactive art installation for London Design Week lets you do just that, with vivid colours and patterns splattered on every surface of a soft building block castle, in which you’ll find surprises like squeezy stress balls (Camille clearly knows the struggle). The playful Villa Walala lets you relive your childhood AND get a dose of culture – killing two birds in one zone.
Saturday 16th September – Sunday 24th September
Where: Broadgate Circle
Fossick + Scout
What: Eight Courses, Eight Drinks
Why: Australian chef, Luke Headon has worked at Marcus Waring at The Berkeley, The Fat Duck and now he is head chef at Story, but this Friday you’ll find him at Scout of Great Eastern street cooking up an eight course menu. Each course is paired with a drink and it’s a chance to try the likes of patridge, pear and fermented birch; mackerel, juniper and elderberry and octopus, sea buckthorn and nasturtium. Adventurous.
Friday 15th September
Where: Scout, 93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ
What: Nine Days of Events
Why: The clue is in the name, Celebrate@Fitzrovia is a new nine day celebration of Fitzrovia, starting tomorrow until the 24th September there’ll be over 50 offers, events, creative workshops, collaborations and masterclasses throughout the area. Highlights include whisky and wine tastings at Waterstones and Soho Wines, portrait speed sketching at Oliver Bonas and the Charlotte Street Fayre tomorrow which will be a foodie haven, with food from Peru, India, Mexico, Italy, France and Hawaii.
Friday 15th September – Sunday 24th September
Where: Various Throughout Fitzrovia
Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
What: We Don't Just Live For the Weekend: Breakfast
Why: Having to start the week with a breakfast meeting or just want to make your day a little more interesting? Then launching on Monday we suggest you head to Tabun Kitchen in Soho, because no great day starts with limp cereal or a croissant you grab from the station. A great day starts with shakshuka; with a tabun flat bread hot from the oven with fried eggs and thyme roasted baby tomatoes and orange blossom honey yoghurt with granola and crushed pistachios. Any Monday will be better after that.
Launches Monday 18th September and then served 7 days a week
Where: Tabun Kitchen, Berwick Street, London