The Handbook
The Handbook

Now it seems that the countdown to the weekend is running alongside the countdown to Christmas, 1 day and 25 respectively! Which also means that our weekend ideas are getting increasingly Christmas-led, great news if you’re as excited as we are about Christmas, but if you’re bored of the whole thing don’t worry, there’s bottomless brunches and burgers on offer here to go with your bah humbugs! Either way, make the most of London this weekend.

Brixton Rooftop

Cheese Town

In those roundups of the best towns to live surely Cheese Town would come first. Sure, your house would melt in summer, everything would stink and be overrun by mice, but it’d be worth it. Also worth it is Cheese Town at Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon. Over the weekend there’ll be an array of traders including Mac to the Future, The Lambassadors, The Raclette Brothers and others while a programme of talks and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend and plenty of tasters and free nibbles. See, we got to the end of a cheese piece without any cheese puns! Cheesey peasy!
Thursday 30th November to Saturday 2nd December

Where: Pope's Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH
Website: www.brixtonrooftop.com

London Shell Co

Floating on the The Prince Regent canal boat dinner at the London Shell Co is a unique experience. With room for only 30 diners it’s intimate and unique. Throughout December they’re running a couple of special winter packages. Arrive on the bow of the boat, greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and blankets before entering the boat proper for a special four-course lunch menu or six-course dinner menu as you gently floating along the Regent’s Canal.
Launches Friday 1st December

Where: Sheldon Square, Little Venice, W2 6EP
Website: www.londonshellco.com

Mint Leaf City

Bhangra beats and bottomless cocktails

Two of the best things in life, Bollywood and brunch, are combining at Mint Leaf with their final Bollywood brunch of the year this Saturday. Food, entertainment and cocktails come together with spicy food Desi and Bhangra beats and cocktails including bottomless “Sex on the Goa”, and with the live DJ on hand entertainment in the form of Bhangra inspired lip sync battles and dance offs.
Saturday 2nd December

Where: 12 Angel Court, Lothbury Bank, The City, EC2R 7HB
Website: Click for tickets

Patty & Bun, Old Compton Street

Patty & Bun meets Flat Iron

Parry & Bun have developed a burger that’s simply mouth watering. Featuring Galloway mince beef patty, roscoff onions, fontina ‘goo’, dripping and truffle mayo, brioche bun and pickled cucumbers (gherkins to you and me) on the side. Making the most of Flat Iron’s own herd of Galloway cattle in North Yorkshire this is burger butchered by Patty & Bun’s own butcher at their West End restaurant before combining marbled, flavoursome cuts which is, finally ground in-house.
Launching Friday 1st December

Where: 18 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TN
Website: www.pattyandbun.co.uk

Pear Tree Cafe

Battersea Park Market

Why not go Christmas market shopping in Battersea Park? The Pear Tree Christmas Market is a lovely place to go and browse through 30 stalls selling artisan food and drink and handmade luxury gifts. Of course there’ll be carol singers, plus a personalised hamper service over the weekend. The barbecue will be lit from midday serving pig in blanket hotdogs with prunes, pancetta and balsamic onion and brussel sprouts and chestnut skewers with date syrup.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December

Where: Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ
Website: www.peartreecafe.co.uk

SAMPLE Christmas at Greenwich Peninsula

Eat, drink and shop in Greenwich Peninsula

There’s a new bit of London, Greenwich Peninsula, and it’s set to host what it’s billing as ‘London’s most creative festive experience’, SAMPLE. The festive edition of SAMPLE will be  packed with fashion, food and foliage, providing Londoners the opportunity to shop, eat, drink and celebrate while sampling the best produce from a collective of London’s most renowned and emerging creatives. This weekend they will be adding a late-night food and drink market accompanied by live music, performances and DJ sets.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of December

Where: The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ
Website: www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk

Regent Street

Regent Street Customise Your Christmas Studio

Regent Street are putting on their ‘Customise your Christmas’ studio with a ‘Scandinavian Narnia’ escape for shoppers at 70 Mortimer Street including a complimentary gift wrapping service on all shopping by professional gift wrappers (yes, that’s a thing), a calligrapher will be on hand to sort your Christmas labels and there will be refreshments and a relaxation area available too. What’s more there’s a ‘Letters to Santa’ area for your epistle to St Nicholas and a letter box which will apparently send your missivestraight  to Lapland (presumably once there it’ll be redirected to The North Pole, where Father Christmas actually lives). And don’t worry, there’s things for Children too, with biscuit painting  and a short workshop in biscuit decorating.
Every Friday and Saturday throughout December

Where: 70 Mortimer St, Marylebone, W1W 7RY
Website: www.regentstreetonline.com

Brixton Rooftop

Hangovers Cured The Mexican Way

Get brunching over at LOSTACOS with their Lazy Bottomless Brunch featuring the famous Huevos Motuleños, at the South Pole Saloon at Brixton Rooftops. The heated covered market. All things taco will be central at this popup and perfect for the morning after a big night and inspired by the famous hangover breakfasts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Launches Sunday 3rd December

Where: Brixton Rooftop, Pope's End, Brixton, SW9 8JH
Website: www.brixtonrooftop.com

Battersea Arts Centre

Craft at Battersea Arts Centre

Those crafty guys over at Battersea Arts Centre are putting on a special Christmas craft fair. Wander along and choose creations from a range of independent designers, makers and artisans who will be touting their hand crafted gifts and baked goods. A gingerbread man decoration workshop, Father Christmas’s Grotto, Merry Reggae BBQ and live music will all combine to make this a fun and craft-filled event.
Saturday 2nd December, 10am – 6pm

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TN
Website: www.bac.org.uk

Bhendi Bazaar

Cinnamon Bazaar's Secret Pop-Up

Intimacy is key at Cinnamon Bazaar’s new pop-up, hidden away up a narrow staircase that leads to the top floor, Bhendi Bazaar takes bookings for just 8-12 people at a time. Antique day beds, low tables and pink drapes complete the relaxed feel as renowned chef, Vivek Singh, takes diners on a culinary adventure with his specially created eight-course feast. Dishes include Bengali-style holiday lamb curry and Punjabi chicken butter masal with an exclusively vegetarian thali feast available serving vibrant dishes like Jaipur okra curry, Punjabi vegetable samosa and Mughlai mushroom curry. Co-collaborators The East India Gin Company and Franklin & Sons Tonics and Mixers will be handling the drinks side including creating three bespoke cocktails.
For December only (lunch and dinner).

Where: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2E 7JS
Website: www.cinnamon-bazaar.com

Le Méridien Piccadilly

Philharmonia Orchestra Playing Christmas Classics

Monday’s a long way off but it’ll come around soon enough and you’re going to need something soothing when it hits. So how about a winter recital and carol singalong with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Le Méridien Picadilly? A brass quintet of Philharmonia musicians will play in the hotel’s Oak Room banqueting hall which will be decked out for the festive season. Listen to the Christmas classics, imbibe Rosé Royale cocktails and ingest a selection of Christmassy canapés in this lovely setting and think about how quickly Friday will come around again.
Monday 4th December

Where: 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0BH
Website: www.lemeridienpiccadilly.co.uk