Spring is here, it’s St Patrick’s Day tomorrow and England have the Six Nations in the bag (sorry about that Ireland). What a time to be alive, what a time for a weekend. It isn’t just about Guinness and scrums though, there are also pizza masterclasses taking places, third birthdays and new markets…
What: Riverdance and Irish Cocktails
Why: Bloomsbury Club Bar are celebrating St Patrick’s Day with Irish-inspired dishes, entertainment (real life Riverdance) and, of course, whiskey. The bar will exclusively serve Dingle Single Malt Whiskey for a refined way to celebrate the day, as well as Porterhouse beers and cocktails including Mrs Benner’s G&T. Lamb burgers, West Coast oysters and Irish whiskey rarebit will also be served.
Friday 17th March
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
The Trading House
What: Beer Masterclass
Why: London Beer Week is about to come to an end but if mid-week boozing isn’t for you then the weekend is your time to get involved. City bar, The Trading House, are hosting a beer masterclass where you can learn a bit about the history of brewing, everything from porter to IPA and the new trends to look out for. Beer calls for bar snacks so add a couple of deli-style plates from the kitchen to your session.
Friday 17th March, 6.30pm
Where: 89-91 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7NQ
What: Twisted Tonkotsu
Why: Did you know that chef, Gizzi Erskine, is a big fan of Tonkotsu? Did you also know that Tonkotsu is a celebrating its fifth birthday with a series of ramen collaborations? Yep, earlier in the year it was Jose Pizarro with an Iberico pork version and now it’s time for Gizzi to step up, with her Korean take on it. Named the Twisted Tonkotsu, the rame is made from Korean miso, Korean chilli, Tonkotsu’s broth with pork belly, kimchee, black garlic oil and a whole egg. Served alongside will be Gizzi’s famous Korean fried chicken wings and Korean beer too. So now you know.
Available for six weeks from Friday 17th March
Where: 63 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 4QG
What: The Bletchley Park Pop-Up
Why: One of the year’s most hotly-anticipated pop-ups is finally here. 8,000 people put their names on the waiting list for The Bletchley, the bar inspired by Bletchley Park. Cocktails meet code-cracking as your personality is decoded by a cipher machine to create unique drinks. They’ve just added extra dates so act fast before it sells out again.
Launches Friday 17th March
Where: Back Door (next to the Nurseries), 459 King's Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LR
The London Cocktail Club
What: St Patrick's Day Barcrawl
Why: Get into the swing of St Paddy’s Day with Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey. The London Cocktail Club are giving the bottle some special attention on Friday, with a whiskey masterclass. ‘Nightcap with Teeling’ will see guests tasting and chatting all things whiskey, and making their own drinks once they’ve learned the ropes. They’re also hosting the ultimate St Patrick’s Day barcrawl, from Oxford Circus to Islington so there are multiple ways to get involved.
Friday 17th March
Where: Across London
Wandsworth Town (0.1 miles)
What: Meat and Rugby
Why: The Six Nations kicked off back on the 4th February and although it’s basically all over already (come on England!) this Saturday will be worth a watch anyway. Head to MeatUp in Wandsworth (home to The Handbook HQ and, more appropriately, Chris Robshaw) to watch all the action of the final three games on the big screen. An equally exciting meat-focused menu will keep your energy levels up. Booking by email or phone essential.
Saturday 18th March
Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS, United Kingdom
What: Pizza Masterclass
Why: Relatively new to the London pizza scene, Radio Alice opened at the start of December and have just started sharing their secrets at Saturday pizza masterclasses. Learn the ropes with Head Chef and co-founder, Matteo Aloe, before you attempt it for yourself. Reward your kneading efforts by sitting down for a feast of pizza and organic wine and the end of the session.
Saturday 18th March and then every Saturday until the end of April
Where: 16 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NT
Hackney Downs Vegan Market
What: Vegan Market
Why: The Fat Gay Vegan is joining forces with Hackney Downs Studio to launch, Hackney Downs Vegan Market, a new monthly market, which, as the name suggests, celebrates vegan street food, art and culture. You’ll find the likes of Young Vegans, serving up pie, mash and gluten free brownies; Peanut Butter Bakery with freshly cooked donuts and Temple of Seitan with their meat-free, ‘fried chicken’.
Saturday 18th March, 11am -5pm and then the third Saturday of every month.
Where: 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, E8 2BT
What: Camden Market Celebrate's St Patrick's Day
Why: Camden Market will be turning green and celebrating St Patrick’s Day. So, you can soothe your Guinness induced hangovers with Irish inspired offerings from the likes of The Cheese Bar who are making a blue cheese raclette with Young Buck Irish cheese, salt beef and potatoes and Crosstown who are creating Guinness doughnuts with Baileys Irish cream, chocolate ganache and Guinness icing. Other than food there’ll be performances from Irish bands and musicians including Orla Gartland, Video Blue and The Ocelots and they’ll be plenty of arts, crafts and family activities if you have little ones in tow.
Saturday 18th March
Where: Camden Market, Camden Lock, Place, Camden, NW1 8AF
What: Number 90 Turns 3
Why: Number 90 is turning three and to celebrate they are going to be partying from today right through to Sunday. Today is for the friends and family, so if you got an invite get you. If not, head on down from tomorrow for live music, DJ sets, birthday piñatas, drag queens and the chance to buy vinyl. On Sunday the pace will slow down, with a flea market selling trinkets and crafts, a soundtrack from Chris P Cuts and ELLES and Number 90 serving it’s renowned Sunday roast.
Thursday 16th March – Sunday 19th March
Where: 90 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN
45 Park Lane
What: Bloody Mary Brunch
Why: Eggs often steal the show at brunch but it’s time for the Bloody Mary to take centre stage. The CUT at 45 Park Lane boast their very own Bloody Mary trolley, wheeled over to your table so you can enjoy a bespoke drink that’s not too hot and not too mild. Four variations on the classic include a Cross Eyed Mary, made with jalapeño syrup, and a Bloody Carrot, made with carrot juice. Food wise, smoked salmon bagels and buttermilk pancakes sit alongside Mayfair-friendly options like wagyu burger, crab and lobster risotto and prime sirloin steak tartar.
Where: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN
Don’t Just Live For the Weekend…
- Taittinger Tuesdays: Dine at Hush on a Tuesday throughout March and April and they’ll give you a free bottle of Champagne. We’ll say cheers to that!
- Swap a Poem for Coffee: Are you an aspiring Wordsworth or Rossetti, or do you just have need caffeine like most of us? Well next Tuesday is World Poetry Day and Julius Meinl, the global coffee roaster, has joined up with the likes of Beaufort House, Manna Dew and The Pearson Room to bring coffee and poems to all. All you need to do is find a venue taking part, write them a poem and you get your coffee free.