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What to do This Weekend: 21st – 23rd July

Thursday 20th July 2017

The weekend is almost here – it’s so close we can almost touch it and what a weekend it’s going to be. Yes there is al fresco yoga and a press up challenge, but the majority of it is going to be all about food and beer, which is fine by us. You’ve got: street food, bottomless brunches, beer festivals, wine festivals, summer festivals (basically all the festivals) and 2000 free pizzas to work through. Let’s get going.


What: UK's First Belgian Craft Beer Festival

Why: This weekend the Oval Space in Hackney will host the UK’s first ever Belgian craft beer festival. It’s a chance to try over 60 beers from 20 breweries including En Stoemelings, ‘t Hofbrouwerijke, Fort Lapin and Bertinchamps. Fabrice Rocheteau, one of Brussel’s top chefs will be cooking up classic Belgian dishes including shrimp croquettes and meatballs with sauce and there’ll also be plenty of Belgian cheese to try out too.
Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd July

Where: Oval Space, Hackney Road, E2 9DT.

Website: www.alestales.com


What: Your Guiltiest Pleasures

Why: KERB is back for their second weekend of the summer and this time it’s so wrong it’s right. They’ve asked 13 of their favourite KERBanists to create their ultimate guilty pleasure dish, because if you’re going to go all out then you might as well indulge properly. Project Sandwich will be getting nostalgic with with their Old School crisp sarnie with Coronation chicken and ham hock and cheese stuffed with salt and vinegar crisps, whilst the Other Side will be serving up smoked honey butter-slathered fried chicken with crispy smoked bacon and pickled blueberries in a buttermilk pancake bun. It’s not just about the food though, there’ll be old school DJs, bingo, a lucky dip, cocktails and 80’s Jane Fonda aerobics – although you might want to do exercise before you eat, potentially messy the other way round.
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July 

 

 

Where: Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C

Website: www.kerbfood.com


What: Everything's Coming Up Rosé

Why: There’s a new rosé festival coming to Hoxton this weekend and it’s got your name written all over it. The first and only UK festival dedicated to rosé, the event will take place at The Geffrye Museum. Created by Chris Crosby and Myles Donneky, there’ll be thirty different varieties to try as well as Champagnes, sparkling wines, Prosecco, ciders and vermouths. To soak it all up there’ll be food from some of Britain’s best street food vendors – because if you’re going to be trying all that wine, you’re definitely going to need the carbs. In between your rosé you can listen to Shakespeare recitals, operatic performances, jazz bands and DJ sets, so it’s not just about the rosé…but it sort of is really.
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July 

Where: The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 8EA

Website: Get Tickets Here


What: Ally Pally's Summer Festival

Why: Back for its third year, the Summer Festival at Alexandra Palace is a day of music, dancing, outdoor cinemas, silent discos, street food for over 25 vendors including The Frenchie and Le Bao, 100m water slides, Great British pram races, theatre performances, ice skating and all round fun. If weekend festivals aren’t your thing, then this is for you – all the experience, none of the camping.
Saturday 22nd July 

Where: Alexandra Palace Way, Muswell Hill, N22 7AY

Website: www.alexandrapalace.com


What: Thai Street Food

Why: som saa will be heading back to their roots this weekend at Climpson’s Arch and they won’t be doing it alone, Smoking Goat will be joining them too. Mark Dobbie and Andy Oliver from som saa will be kicking it right back to the days of 2015 with some of their most loved dishes including ‘Gai Yaang’, ‘Som Tam Kai Kem’ and ‘Geng Hung Lay’. Whilst Smoking Goat will be firing up their custom charcoal smoking barrel to serve Char Sui, they’ve promised this will be a preview of what’s coming to Shoreditch in October, we’re excited already.
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd July

Where: Arch 374, Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB

Website: www.climpsonandsons.com


What: Celebrating South London's Beer

Why: Seems as if this weekend is the weekend for beer as there is another craft beer festival taking place this weekend over in Peckham. Celebrating the best craft beer from local breweries, this free festival will be taking place in Copeland Park and will include beers from Tap Local, Brixton Brewery and Little Bird, whilst food will come from Made of Dough and the Belpassi Bros.
Saturday 22nd July 

Where: Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN

Website: www.peckhamcraftbeerfestival.com


What: Saturday Sessions

Why: Give a little back this weekend by going to Saturday Sessions at The House of St Barnabas. Taking place in their garden, all you have to do is go and drink 2 for 1 cocktails, listen to the sounds of Nina Miranda and Crispin Dior who’ll be taking to the decks and, if you want, having some brunch. If you’re wondering how that could help anyone, well all proceeds will go to The House of St Barnabas’ Employment Academy, helping those affected by homelessness. So you’re having fun and helping with something worthwhile. Nice one.
Saturday 22nd July 

Where: 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, Soho, London, W1D 4NQ

Website: www.hosb.org.uk


What: Prosecco Fountain

Why: Hawker House is turning into an Italian piazza for the weekend…well sort of, as much as it can be when it’s in Canada Water. The Martini Weekender will be celebrating the best of Italian culture, lifestyle, food and drink. They’ll be welcoming in some of London’s best Italian restaurants including Radici, Rotorino, Palatino and Sartoria as well as having live music, a bellini bar and an actual Prosecco fountain. Plus all tickets include a Martini Bianco and tonic.
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July. 

Where: Hawker House, Canada Street, Canada Water, SE16 7PJ

Website: www.streetfeast.com


What: Al-fresco Yoga and Brunch

Why: Kelly McHugh of Good Yoga Life is going to be hosting three Saturday sessions of al fresco Vinyasa yoga at Rotunda and it starts this Saturday. Taking place on Rotunda’s cancalside terrace, the hour-long session will be followed by a brunch of homemade honey and olive oil granola, seasonal fruit compote, Greek yoghurt and unlimited Matcha coconut lattes. Or you can balance the yoga and fruit with two hours of bottomless Prosecco…
Saturday 22nd July, 5th August and 9th August

Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG

Website: www.rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk


What: Brunch and Press Ups

Why: Aster has two different things going on this weekend. If you go there on Saturday then you can indulge in a brunch of crayfish dishes, bottomless rosé and listen to the DJ as part of Aster’s crayfish campaign. Or if you head there on Sunday then you can get your hands on a new exclusive free PRESS juice that Executive Chef Helen Puolakka has helped create, which combines sea buckthorn, Scandinavian lingoberry, sweet apple, cucumber, mint and blueberry. There is a catch though, you have to attend their Sunday exercise class and be able to do 20 press ups in a row. Get practising now.
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 

Where: 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB

Website: www.aster-restaurant.com


What: British Beach Hut Brunch

Why: Kensington Place is launching a new British seaside themed Beach Hut menu which features the likes of Colchester oysters, lobster rolls and plenty of Nyetimber sparkling wine. At the weekends they’ll be serving up a bottomless brunch with dishes such as crispy squid, smoked salmon, scampi and fries, steamed Scottish mussels and plenty of Prosecco.
Beach Hut at Kensington Place Thursday 20th July – 30th September

Where: 201-209 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W8 7LX

Website: www.kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk


What: Bottomless Rooftop BBQ

Why: Rooftop Film Club and Rockadolla have launched the ultimate hangover cure this summer, a bottomless rooftop BBQ created by the former Head Chef of Hawksmoor, Richard Sandiford. Pull yourself out of bed, head up to the rooftop for fresh air, Palestinian chicken, grilled vegetables, nettle flatbread, sumac yoghurt, toasted almonds, coriander and chilli coffee sauce and lots of summery salads. To go with it you’ll have bottomless mimosas, Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s.
Saturday 22nd July and throughout the summer 

Where: Bussey Building Rooftop, 133 Rye Lane Peckham Rye, SE15 4ST

Website: Get Tickets Here


What: Magic Breakfast

Why: 8 Hoxton Square are getting involved with Hackney Village Fayre this Saturday and it’s all for a good cause too. It’ll be free admission with all proceeds going to the charity, Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy breakfasts for children who would otherwise go to school malnourished and be too hungry to learn. The restaurant that overlooks the park and will be serving guests Hoxton Smoked Trout, Panzanella and Strawberries & Clotted Cream plus beers, ciders and wine.
Saturday 22nd July

Where: 8 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU

Website: www.8hoxtonsquare.com


What: 2000 Free Pizzas

Why: mother is the next restaurant to open in the Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station and they’ll certainly letting everyone know they’ve arrived as on Saturday they are going to host a launch party with plenty of music, beer, wine and 2000 pizzas all for free. Yep all for free. Now’s a chance to try their signature sourdough and seawater pizzas before they officially open on Sunday.
Saturday 22nd July 

Where: 2 Arches Lane, Battersea, SW11 8AB

Website: www.motherrestaurant.co.uk


What: New Restaurant Opening in Stoke Newington

Why: Tomorrow sees the opening of Mint Gun Club, a new tea house, bar and delicatessen opening in Stoke Newington from Richard Hunt (Milk + Honey, Mahiki and Hawksmoor). It’s going to focus on globally-inspired cocktails, fine teas and pantry-style food from Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean larders. You’ll be able to pick and choose ingredients to make platters or you can buy ingredients to takeaway for picnics or your next dinner party.
Opens Friday 21st July 

Where: 4a Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7LS

Website: www.onesour.com


What: Retro Open-Air Cinema

Why: Just opened in the Olympic Village, Pitch in a new 80s/90s inspired open air cinema, drinking terrace and street food venue from ZAP Architecture. Throughout the summer they’ll be showing films such as The Truman Show and BIG and serving food from The Gyoza Guys and Piadina Project. Drop in for an Aperol Spritz and make the most of the sunny days.
Open throughout the summer 

Where: Bridge Terrace, Stratford, E14 3PA

Website: www.pitchstratford.com


What: We Don't Just Live for The Weekend

Why: This summer, Dock Kitchen has teamed up with St Germain for their summer terrace and each Monday as part of #MezzeMondays they’ll be serving up one of the St Germain cocktails alongside the platters of mezze. Choose from a Garden Negroni, St Germain Cocktail or a St Tropez. Not visiting on a Monday? Head there on a sunny evening and soak up on the sun on the terrace or visit in August when  they’ll be hosting St Germain masterclasses and happy hours.
Open throughout the summer 

Where: 342–344 Ladbroke Grove, London

Website: www.dockkitchen.co.uk

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