It’s so nearly the weekend again! How are you going to celebrate? With free doughnuts? Asian fusion? Avant Garde art? Whatever your tipple, we’ve got suggestions for you.
What: New Doughnuttery In Town
Why: Did someone say free doughnuts? Before we grab our coat and dash out of the door and toward Shaftesbury Avenue, we’ll quickly fill you in… Aussie doughnutters Doughnut Time started out in Brisbane in 2017 and over 20 stores later they’ve landed in the UK, with their first shop opening on Shaftesbury Avenue tomorrow. And (best bit) to celebrate they’re giving away free doughnuts! The stores specialise in handmade creations inspired by pop-culture. True to form they’re marking their UK arrival with doughnuts that include Love Actually, a fragrant Earl Grey tea glaze with tart freeze-dried raspberries topped with heart shaped jammie dodgers, and the retro Shawty It’s Sherbert Day, which will be heavy on the childhood nostalgia-inducing sherbert.
Free doughnuts available between 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Friday 27th October
Where: 96 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 5EB
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
What: The History Behind Harry Potter
Why: There is more to magic than Harry Potter, the history of magic is complexed, wrapped up in popular culture and religion. As part of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the British Library will be unveiling rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from their collection that capture the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of J.K Rowling’s stories. Among the documents will be the chance to see the gargantuan 16th century Ripley Scroll which tells you how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. It doesn’t all come from Rowling’s imagination…
Friday 20th October – Wednesday 28th February 2018
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB
Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Diwali Menu
Why: Mint Leaf Haymarket will be celebrating Diwali with a special menu that is available each evening until Sunday. Dishes include paneer methi – Malai paneer cooked with fresh fenugreek, garlic and tomato sauce; green pea and coriander shammi kebab; chicken banjana boned chicken tight cooked with onion, tomato, chilli and crushed coriander and hot gulab juman with cardamom ice cream.
Available until Sunday 22nd October
Where: Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HX
Farm Girl Cafe
What: Healthy living at Farm Girl
Why: If the thought of guzzling baked goods has you looking at your calorie allowance and sighing wistfully then why not pop along to Farm Girl and indulge yet emerge with your diet intact? Healthy living cafe Farm Girl has teamed up with Fred & Butter, the baker who specialises in developing recipes that are both tasty and yet not highly-calorific or overly excessive. The collaboration will see Fred & Butter’s wholesome baked goods and desserts and savoury snacks (including banana bread, coconut macaroons and chocolate cookies) featuring alongside Farm Girl’s signature breakfast and lunch menus at their new location at 1 Carnaby.
From Friday 20th October
Where: 59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
What: Asian fusion at TT Liquor
Why: Boozy brunches don’t get better than this. TT Liquor are hosting Asian fusion experts Bam Boo on Sunday and it promises to be a medley of excellent street food and plenty of hair-of-the-dog from the TT Liquor team. Bam Boo are famed for their Asian inspired flavours and the brunch will start with avocado on rye with smoked salmon ceviche or crispy sesame-soy tofu, poached eggs on toasted bao, served with asparagus, grilled prawns, smoked bacon, yuzu hollandaise, spring onion and chilli salt or with sweet potato hash, shiitake mushrooms and finished with a dessert of matcha crepes with clotted cream ice cream, topped with forest fruit coulis, crushed pistachio and grated dark chocolate. Everything, of course, will be washed down with generous helpings from TT Liquor’s stash.
On Sunday 22nd October.
Where: 17B Kingsland Road, Dalston, E2 8AA
What: Vegan Festival
Why: The number of vegans in the UK has apparently tripled over the last few years, so no shortage of aficionados to visit VegfestUK 2017. The festival showcasing international vegan dining, lifestyle products and ethical entertainments to over 15,000 visitors at Kensington Olympia will be in town over the weekend and well worth a visit for both vegany types but also anyone curious about the increasingly popular lifestyle. On show will be sushi experts, Happy Maki, cake-connoisseurs Vegan Sweet Tooth and Jake’s Vegan Steaks. Meanwhile the Vegan Comedy Corner will be on-hand to make you chuckle and art exhibitions, a cinema, the Teen Zone, the Environment and Food Sustainability Summit not to mention the collection of live cookery demos will give punters plenty to enjoy.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd October
Where: Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX
What: Action Against Hunger
Why: It’s the seventh annual Hawksmoor’s Annual Charity Dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger. This year Angie Mar, the chef/owner at renowned New York restaurant Beatrice Inn will be cooking along with Hawksmoor executive chef Richard Turner (Turner famously once said “I don’t think there’s a steak in New York that compares to the Hawksmoor steak” so expect fun and high tension!). Expect plenty of meat and delicious creations from these two giants, plus perfect wine pairings from Sommeliers Choice and all in aid of a great cause in Action Against Hunger UK.
Saturday 21st October, find tickets here
Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
What: Autumnal Bluebird
Why: The name might be Bluebird, but this autumn you’re more likely to see a pheasant fluttering out of the kitchen at The Bluebird, albeit one that’s roasted and ready to eat. The spirit of the season is upon the King’s Road restaurant with autumnal reds and browns on the trees in the courtyard reflected on the menu. Guests can snuggle under thick blankets outside or head in where the menu from Executive Chef Simon Gregory consists of autumnal warming dishes. Meanwhile the bar will be whipping up cocktails like the Woodland Revelry (whiskey, fig marmalade, chestnut liqueur and orange bitters) or the Fallen Fruits (pear brandy, vodka, pears, apples, apple pie syrup and nutmeg). Better get your wellies on and head down to Bluebird!
Available now and throughout autumn
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
Royal Academy of Arts
What: Avant Garde Art at the Royal Academy
Why: If you’re feeling that all everyone wants to talk about is Halloween parties and bottomless brunches but you just want to get into a deep-and-meaningful about the avant-garde art scene in the 1970s, then this one’s for you. RA Lates at the Royal Academy’s immersive art experience to coincide with the Royal Academy’s major autumn exhibition Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’. Experience a Saturday night in Manhattan, moving between a loft concert in Tribeca, a gallery in East Village and a disco in Greenwich Village before ending up at midtown for avant-garde art-rock. Expect fluxus-inspired performances, happenings, experimental life drawing, contemporary dance performances, immersive installations, disco DJs, secret bars, film screenings, artist talks and more.
Saturday 21st October, purchase tickets here
Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J OBD
What: Last Weekend to Try
Why: Marylebone restaurant Carousel opens its kitchen doors to talented chefs from all corners of the globe to give diners a delicious culinary experience in a relaxed environment. And this week’s residency is no disappointment – gracing the counters is Tom Brown, the chef who has retained a Michelin star as Head Chef at Outlaw’s at The Capital for two years running. But there’s nothing criminal about the simple, delicate flavours of the seafood Tom serves, and his residency at Carousel will give guests an exclusive preview of the delights that await at Tom’s very own restaurant, set to open in Hackney Wick later this year. Keeping close to his roots, the Cornwall boy will be doing what he does best – seafood – offering the likes of smoked haddock, leek and rarebit tart, and octopus braised in cider, bacon, apple and lentil dressing.
Now until Saturday 21st October
Where: 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB
Mansion House (0.2 miles)
What: Book ahead!
Why: Donning a witches hat and tapping our crystal ball to look into the future the one thing more exciting than all the tall dark strangers coming our way is the Halloween brunch at Madison NEXT weekend. It’s going to be all sorts of good creepy but you do need to book it THIS weekend. The all-day brunch will feature live DJs and a ghoulish menu including pumpkin risotto in witches’ hats, mini werewolf burgers with coleslaw and plum sauce, tuna tartare and jicama ghosts and cherry Bakewell tart with blood jelly and chocolate mummies.
On Saturday 28th October, purchase tickets here
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF
The White Bear, Kennington
What: Because we don't just live for the weekend
Why: If two of the best influences on your life are chocolate and beer then avoid the Monday blues by looking forward to a Tuesday evening spent indulging both passions. Brewers Founders will be hosting a food pairing event based around two of the most more-ish brown substances in the world (HP Sauce and heroin not included). The ‘voyage of discovery’ will be sensory overload with the masterclass demonstrating how the brewers balance hop and malt ingredients in each beer and how the flavour accentuates the pairings with various chocolates.
On Tuesday 24th October
Where: 138 Kennington Park Rd, Kennington, SE11 4DJ
Andaz London Liverpool Street
What: Because we still don't just live for the weekend
Why: Deep below the Andaz London Liverpool Street there’s a secret Masonic Temple. Lying forgotten and sealed for decades the opulent temple was rediscovered by accident when someone noticed an extra room on the blueprints. Now the secret temple is Andaz London Liverpool Street’s amazing private dining room and on Tuesday they’ll be hosting their final instalment in their series of private screenings of classic food movies. Grab a meal at their Eastway restaurant and then watch cult classic Delicatessen, all about cannibalism in post-apocolyptic France.
On Tuesday 24th October
Where: 40 Liverpool Street, The City, EC2M 7QN