If you’re looking forward to this weekend in London nearly as much as we are then you’re probably already heading down to some of the events in this week’s guide!
What: Pie and Mash Pairings at Smith and Whistle
Why: If the answer to ‘who ate all the pies?’ is ‘me’ then hopefully that’s because you’ve been down to Smith and Whistle at The Sheraton Grand for their pie and mash pairing. The event aims to bring a ‘bit of the East End to the West End’ to coincide with British Food Fortnight. Eat your way through a selection of six delicious pies, all paired with fantastic beers, ales and stout. We came, we saw and we ate a load of pie, you absolutely should too!
Saturday 23rd September – end of November
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London
What: Double Denim with B*Witched
Why: Dig out your shell suit, get your pager and Furby at the ready, we’re going back to the ’90s! For one night only, catch hit Irish girlband B*Witched at The Clapham Grand. The event, at Double Denim night, will see the ’90s chart-toppers strutting their stuff 20 years on in aid of Jeans for Genes Day. Expect a live performance by B*Witched, DJs from club nights like Club de Fromage and Guilty Pleasures, themed cocktails (Jean & Tonic etc), plus plenty of cheesy ’90s classics. C’est la Vie!
Friday 23rd September
Where: 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT
What: Brunch launches at Bibendum
Why: Star chef Claude Bosi has added another string to his bow down at Bibendum in South Kensington, welcome to his new brunch menu. Bibendum, that gastronomic and architectural icon, has been transformed both physically with a recent refit, but also in terms of the menu with Bosi, who arrived at the start of the year, bringing the magic that already saw him win a Michelin star at Ludlow’s Hibiscus. With a brunch menu including oyster omelette, Bibendum LBT (that’s a lobster and bacon cheese toastie), smoked trout and scrambled eggs or mushrooms, garlic and parsley on toast, all with healthy juices, there’s no reason not to head down.
Brunch Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September and then every weekend
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD
What: Tootopia in Tooting
Why: Tooting is pretty hot right now, so much so that the ‘Sarf London’ neighbourhood has been named as a Top Ten Coolest Places IN THE WORLD by Lonely Planet. So it’s only right that Tooting would have its own festival, Tootopia, which runs for three days this week end. Events over Tootopia will centre around the area’s booming foodie destinations, the two covered markets with their ever swelling array of popup restaurants and street food specialists. With a series of events planned, open houses, even a comedy fringe come and discover this booming cultural hub near the bottom of the Northern Line.
Tootopia runs from Friday 23rd September to Sunday 25th September
What: The World’s Only Mindful Triathlon
Why: Ever fancied doing a triathlon but found the prospect too daunting? We can relate. It takes some serious hard work, and well, maybe we just enjoy Sunday brunch a little too much. Enter: Wanderlust. They produce the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, and they’ll be bringing Wanderlust 108 to Victoria Park this September. Wanderlust 108 is the world’s only ‘mindful triathlon’, and for us average folk, the only doable one! The signature triathlon involves a 5k run (or walk), a 90 minute outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation – see what we mean! Triathletes will also be able to enjoy live music; Wanderlust US DJs will be on hand to soundtrack the yoga and meditation sessions. There’ll also be artisanal vendors selling clothing, jewellery and handcrafted goods, as well as local and organic food.
Saturday 23rd September
Where: Victoria Park, Grove Road,Bow, E3 5TB
What: LFW Cocktails
Why: Got your Friday night drinks sorted yet? No? Then let us suggest The May Fair Bar at The May Fair Hoteel, they’re celebrating LFW with three great Instaworthy cocktails created by designer Emilia Wickstead. Having dressed the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Bosworth and Gwyneth Paltrow, Emilia has now turned to designing cocktails, you’ve got three to choose from Pink, Rose and our favourite, Violet. Made from Pisco Aba, violet liqueur, rhubarb syrup, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white – it’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour, and wonderfully moreish – good thing it’s the weekend then and we don’t have to set the alarm.
Available Now Until 27th September
Where: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, W1J 8LT
What: BooManchu: Wellness Weekend
Why: This weekend is the weekend for wellness it seems as Clapham’s Fu Manchu is teaming up with Boom Cycle to host BooManchu – a weekend of cycling, refuelling healthy brunches from Sana Mind Body & Soul and inspiring talks from fitness industry experts. Once you’ve sweated, eaten and listened you’ll leave with a goody bag and that smug feeling you have after a really good work out.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
Where: 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX
What: Feel Good Musical
Why: If you’ve been to Marble Arch recently, you’ll have seen it is now home to the Marble Arch Theatre which has been specifically built for a new production of the Olivier Award-winning, smash-hit West End and Broadway musical, Five Guys Named Moe. Broke, single and drunk, Nomax is wallowing in his sorrows when out of nowhere appear five guys…named Moe, they’re there to teach him a few life lessons, sort out his love life and transport the audience to 1940s New Orlean’s jazz club. Filled with classic jazz hits from the jazz king Louis Jordan including Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, slick dancing and plenty of sass, the show is pure, unadulterated fun. Sure there isn’t much of a plot, but there doesn’t need to be one, you just want to hear the next song, it’s got comedy, a little bit of heartache and a whole lot of infectious rhythms – we challenge you not to dance along. It’s one of those shows that you’ll find yourself telling all your friends about and will leave you with a big old grin on your face – something we all need at the weekend.
Where: Marble Arch Theatre, Marble Arch, W1C 1CX
What: Bold French Sculptures Come To Sofitel
Why: French contemporary artist Richard Orlinski is exhibiting his works in the UK for the first time and has chosen Sofitel London St James Hotel to host the exhibition. The 7 sculptures by the best-selling artist are called ‘Born Wild’ and demonstrate exactly why he’s at the forefront of the new wave of French cool. Orlinski has shown his work at FIAC, Art Basel, the Chateau de Versailles amongst others. The five star hotel will be showcasing the sculptures until 10th November but why not head down this weekend and grab one of the special cocktails the hotel has devised for the event. Consisting of a delicious blend of Grey goose pear infused with white tea, lychee liqueur, lemon juice, lavender syrup and Campari topped with Charles Legend Brut Champagne, we think it’s an artwork in itself.
On now until 10th November
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London
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