We’re not quite sure if the summer has come to an end yet, but the week definitely has which means it’s time to plan what you’re going to do with your two glorious days off. May be you’ll meditate and listen to Radiohead, perhaps you’ll try out a new brunch, eat a load of carbs or go to a pop-up market and stock up on candles for autumn…
Tom Hunt & The Mindful Kitchen
What: Supper Club Inspired by the Elements
Why: Mindfulness, the worldwide craze and psychological technique with its roots in Buddhism, has transcended to the next level thanks to Tom Hunt and Heather Thomas who have applied it to eating. Inspired by the earth’s elements they break down food into earth, metal, water, wood and fire. Hunt, an acclaimed eco-chef and food writer, and Thomas who founded the Mindful Kitchen, are teaming up to present an evening of fermented drink pairing ,workshop and a five course feast based on the philosophy. According to the couple “Wood feeds fire, Fire creates earth, Earth bears metal, Metal collects water, Water nourishes wood…” Look forward to a metal course of melon, coconut butter, silver and iced vodka, a water course of native oysters, black garlic, ice plant and charcoal water. The wood course includes chlorophyll, wasabi and artichoke washed down with Tine natural rose. For fire enjoy burnt strawberries, yoghurt and ash accompanied with fermented goats’ milk and on the earth course you’ll get pumpkin, egg yolk, spelt and bee pollen and tea. Everything is served in ceramics specially designed for the occasion. It should certainly be different and interesting.
Friday 1st September
Where: Our/London Vodka Ltd, Spurstowe Road, Hackney, E8 1LS
Website: Get Tickets Here
London Charing Cross (0.4 miles)
What: Basque Brunch
Why: No, not brunch wearing sexy underwear but from the Basque region of Spain. And potentially sexier given three-Michelin starred Eneko Atxa will be bringing a taste of the Bilbao countryside to One Aldwych. Available every weekend, the menus are themed around three Basque styles, Eukskal Azoka (street food), Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill) and come in three or five course options. Local dishes on offer include Iberico ham croquetas, slow-cooked oxtail on milk bread with Idiazabal cheese and suckling pig brioche with tender slow-cooked pork shoulder. Black pudding mixed with leeks and onion, mussels in tomato sage and egg yolk tempura is another speciality. Also on offer are the Basque version of hot dogs, rib of beef, monkfish and puddings including vanilla sponge with caramel crumble ice-cream. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a weekend brunch.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September and then every weekend
Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ
We Are Now
What: Interactive Festival
Why: Taking place at Rich Mix Shoreditch, We Are Now is a festival that explores the creative use of technology in performing arts to create sensory experiences. Forget that you’re in London and emerge yourself in a dynamic programme of boundary pushing theatre, interactive installations, 1-1 virtual reality performances and interactive audio theatre – it’ll certainly give you something to talk about in the office on Monday.
Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd September
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
Ceviche Old St
What: Chincha Sunday
Why: Ceviche Old Street will be hosting a series of live performances of the Afro-Peruvian music starting this Sunday. The distinctive percussion-led music will be accompanied with some great food and drink bringing a piece of Lima to East London. Morales, who was a DJ and also Head of iTunes for Europe before donning his chef’s hat and apron so should know how to get a party started. And to accompany the music Afro-Peruvian classics like Lucha Reyes Tacu Tacu, a butterbean and rice pancake with smoked panca chilli braised aubergines and queso fresco; Corazon de Chincha, tender beef heart marinated in panca chilli with choclo corn and rocoto chilli cream, and the classic Peruvian dessert, Picarones pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts. Amazing music and incredible food. What’s not to love?
Sunday 3rd September, 1st October and 5th November
Where: 2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU
What: 3 Days of Meat and Fire
Why: It’s time to embrace your inner carnivore (or not so inner if you just like eating meat most of the time) for three days of meat. The likes of Nathan Outlaw, Jose Pizarro, Selin Kiazim and Ash Heeger from Ash in Cape Town will be cooking up meat, fish and even a few vegetables…they cater for all. It isn’t just about eating meat, although it kind of is, as there’ll also be tasting sessions with Big Green Egg, beer from Frontier, live music, wine from McGuigan Wines and for the brave the chance to try Tabasco pepper mash which is 10 times hotter than the final sauce…10 times.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September
Where: Tobacco Docks, Wapping Lane, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF
Temple (0.3 miles)
What: Dream Girls Comes to STK London
Why: When we spend most of our time watching boxsets or going to the cinema there is something even more decadent about going to the theatre and now you take it up a notch, because if you go to see the glittering Dream Girls at the Savoy Theatre, then you can also dine at STK London for just £30! Dishes include STK Lil’Brgrs, pan fried salmon with fennel and lemon puree and New York cheesecake. Round it off with the One Night Only espresso martini, dusted in gold glitter!
Must pre-book and download voucher from Dream Girls website – Available Now
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
What: Celebrating Autumn
Why: Can we officially say summer is over now and autumn is on the way? We’re still holding out for an Indian summer but we’re also so ready for that #PumpkinSpiceLife (yes, we’re basic), anyway the guys over at SAMPLE are saying autumn is here as they are hosting a pop-up market celebrating the best of the season. There’ll be blackberries and figs and all things delicious to eat, chunky knits and candles to buy and The One and Only Designer Sale, where TOAODS have collected an assortment of clothes from the likes of Chloe, Celine and Vivienne Westwood.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September
Where: The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ
What: New Brunch Alert
Why: Can you hear it? It’s the brunch bell and it’s ringing, ringing to let you know that Coupette have launched their French brunch menu. Served from 11am, so you can have a good lie-in, the menu includes bacon sandwiches with tomato jam and Lyonnaise onions, truffle scrambled eggs and croque aux salmon – a mix of salmon confit and truffled leeks served as a croque monsieur or croque madam. Of course you could have it with coffee or you could go straight to the strong stuff and have it with a Champagne Pina Colada or a Truffled White Negroni…we’ll let you choose.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September and then every weekend
Where: 423 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0AN
Covent Garden Beautython
What: Last Chance
Why: This is the last weekend to make the most of Covent Garden’s Beautython, which sees the beauty boutiques such as Bobbi Brown, Aesop, Clinique and Atelier Cologne come together for exclusive events and launches. So if you’re hair or skin needs a bit of TLC after holidaying in the sun and before the cold brings chapped lips and dry skin, now is the time to stock up!
Now until Sunday 3rd September
Where: Covent Garden, WC2
Bond Street (0.3 miles)
What: We Don't Just Live For The Weekends: Lab Mondays
Why: Make Mondays more fun with cocktails. We could just leave it there, but we don’t just mean any cocktails we mean the cocktails at the Aviator Bar at Hush. Each Monday the mixologists will be showcasing two off the menu cocktails for you to try out, don’t just knock them back though, you need to try them properly as you’ll be voting for which one makes it onto the new menu which will be launched on the 8th November.
Monday 4th September to Monday 23rd October – get tickets here
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY
The London Edition
Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
What: Sundae Sundays
Why: Not only is it a classic pun, but Sundaes on Sundays promises to be the ice-creme-de-la-creme if you head to The London EDITION hotel on a Sunday. Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern, set within the hotel, is now offering a selection of sundaes alongside its traditional dessert menu, each paired with wine to complement the ice-cream flavours only on Sundays. Sundaes on Sundays is led by Head Pastry Chef Jacopo Bruni who has crafted a series of mouthwatering ice cream extravaganzas for the menu, all made from scratch. They include The Classic Sundae, comprised of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce and candied cherry and topped off with 100s and 1,000s, which is served with a glass of Recioto della Valpolicella 2014 as selected by Head Sommelier Matteo Montone. Other sundaes include the Banana Split Sundae (including chocolate brownie with lashings caramel sauce) and the Eton Mess Sundae. You can also ordered spirited versions of the pairings from the London EDITION’s lobby bar. Sounds perfect.
Sunday 3rd September and then every Sunday
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
Shavasana Disco - Radiohead Special
What: Meditation and Radiohead
Why: If you’re a die-hard Radiohead fan then the second most authentic venue to enjoy The Bends, after a decompression chamber, would be in the very spot that it was recorded. Which is why meditation expert Will Williams has secured RAK Studios, where the seminal 1990s album took shape and was first cut to tape, and is running a competition to offer free places to kick off his series of music events. The concept combines the classic album listening party with guided group meditation. The sessions are led by Williams who left the music industry to create Shavansana Disco, vedic meditation to music. Previous editions included a David Bowie session on what would have been his 70th birthday. The event will be drawn by ballot today, so sign up now if you’re keen.
Sunday 3rd September
Where: RAK Studios, 42-52 Charlbert Street, St John's Wood, NW8 7BU
Website: Apply for Tickets Here
Bread Ahead Festival
What: A Festival of Carbs
Why: Baguette ready for the Bread Ahead Festival, running this weekend. The Bread Ahead Bakery & School is running a weekend of family-friendly events to celebrate their fourth birthday and the launch of their new cookbook and crust us, it’s scone-a be a lot of fun. Held at the Borough Market bakery on 2nd September they will have free demos, instagram competitions and book signings throughout the day. Then on Sunday the festival heads to Pavilion Road in Chelsea to their bakery and school with activities all day including chances for children to craft animals from dough (prizes to be won!). Ciabatta be heading down to take a look…
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September
Where: Bread Ahead Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London Bridge, SE1 9DE