We’re nearly there! A month of belt-tightening and dry glasses is nearly over but before it is, make the most of limited edition burgers, giant blocks of chocolate, new brunches, art fairs and interactive light displays. See, January isn’t all doom and gloom. There is light at the end of the tunnel this weekend. Enjoy!
What could be better than a kitchen takeover? What about a TACOver… New Clerkenwell taco joint, Breddos Tacos, are teaming up with LA taco kings, Guerrilla Tacos – because if there’s one thing we know about LA, it’s that they make a mean taco. On Friday, guests can feast on a 7-course tasting menu (not just tacos!) with Herradura cocktails and wine and mescal pairings, Saturday will see Guerrilla Tacos take charge of the menus all day and on Sunday, an all-day taco party will round the weekend off, with tacos from just £2.
Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd January
Where: 82 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1V 7DB
Canary Wharf: Illuminated
Canary Wharf is about to be illuminated by a lot more than just the fluorescent glare of office lighting. The Winter Lights festival will see 30 different light sculptures and installations from artists across four continents transform the business district into somewhere a whole lot more desirable. Head over at dusk to enjoy the displays that will illuminate the skyline until 9pm. It’s completely free to visit, and the installations are made as energy-efficient as possible by avoiding the use of power-hungry generators.
Until Friday 27th January
Where: Canary Wharf, E14
Jason Atherton's New Brunch
Jason Atherton does brunch – well, his Social Wine & Tapas has just announced it will serve brunch on Saturdays. Putting a breakfasty-twist on, well, wine and tapas, here you’ll find Spanish-inspired plates designed for sharing; think pan fried hens egg with chorizo jam and avocado on brioche and a new take on Pollen Street Social’s full English; tomato fondue, slow-cooked egg, mushroom ketchup and potato foam. Round things off with cinnamon-dusted churros, served with thick chocolate sauce for dipping. Who needs eggs and soldiers when you have hot chocolate sauce and churros…?
Saturday 21st, 12pm-3.30pm
Where: 39 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DL
29th Annual Art Fair
If a weekend wander around the Tate has you visualising the pieces on that big white wall in your living room then why not visit the London Art Fair instead. Curated like an exhibition with hundreds of works on display from all types of galleries you don’t have to walk home with a lighter wallet but once you have a look round that is probably easier said than done. Tickets available online, or for an increased price on the door.
Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
Vegan Mexican Street Food
From supper club to Haggerston residency via Kerb and Street Feast, Club Mexicana have made quite a name for themselves on the street food scene. Their residency at Pamela’s began on Tuesday so this is its first full weekend serving signature BBQ pulled jackfruit tacos and jalepeno poppers stuffed with chipotle cashew ‘cheese’ and hey, it’s all vegan proving that it needn’t all be tofu and Quorn. The tacos are freshly made each morning by hand-pressing masa flour dough into circular slithers of heaven which are just begging to be piled high with vibrant flavours.
Where: 428 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA
Bottomless Asian Brunch
Upmarket Japanese restaurant, KIRU, is launching its brand new brunch menu on Sunday. Proving sushi isn’t just for later on in the day, Executive Chef Taiji Maruyama, who spent 7 years working at Nobu, has created a 3-course menu that includes salmon tataki, nigiri, white fish truffle ponzu and pork steamed buns as well as KIRU’s signature plates; salmon teriyaki and pan-fried poussin with teriyaki sauce. Sorbets will cleanse the palate post-meal, whilst free-flowing prosecco, white wine and sake will keep you refreshed throughout.
Launches Sunday 22nd, 1-6pm
Where: 2 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NS
San Sebastian Day Burger
Burgers. Ok, ok, maybe we should expand… Ben’s Canteen are celebrating San Sebastián Day with a specially-created Basque burger, created in collaboration with Brixton’s Donostia Social Club. Piled high with smoked Idiazabal cheese, truffled aioli, Basque cider-braised onions and piquillo peppers, the burger is only available this weekend so go when the Sunday afternoon hunger pangs kick in. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the celebration (we were) it is a seriously loud 24-hour celebration in the Spanish city of San Sebastián commencing at midnight on the 20th and followed by non-stop drumming by 15,000 locals. Phew.
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd at both Battersea and Earlsfweld venues
Where: Battersea and Earlsfield
Old School Tunes
Recently opened City restaurant, The Holy Birds, is welcoming frontman of 90s band the Fun Lovin’ Criminals to the stage for a night of live entertainment, cocktails and… chicken. Huey Morgan will be taking over the restaurant’s Mule Bar to play some old-school tunes. Tickets are completely free and we suggest filling up first on beer butt chicken, chargrilled quail or squashed pigeon. They’re nicer than they sound, we promise!
Saturday 21st January
Where: 94 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields, E1 7DA
Chocolate For Charity
As we near the end of January, we near the end of Gelupo’s month-long chocolate festival. Soho’s artisanal ice cream shop have been curing the post-Christmas blues with a whole series of chocolate treats including 10 new chocolatey flavours, chocolate drinks, chocolate drinks, chocolate waffle cones and a giant block of chocolate which visitors can chisel away at after donating a small amount to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Until the end of January
Where: 7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AU
Book Ahead: A Night With Whoopi Goldberg
So funds aren’t looking too great as we near the end of January, but here’s one to look forward to. Boisdale is hosting an exclusive event with actress/comedian/author/TV host, Whoopi Goldberg – is there anything that lady can’t do? The evening will see a live gospel choir pay tribute to Ray Charles, whilst guests honour Whoopi’s title of ‘Boisdale Woman of the Year 2017’. A Champagne and cocktail reception will kick off the evening, followed by a 3-course dinner of fishcakes, roast Hertfordshire chicken and dark Valrhona chocolate cheesecake.
Friday 10th February, tickets available now
Where: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Canary Wharf DLR Station (0 miles)
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