Summer is definitely here and so is the weekend! Which means you can get out and make the most of the sunny weather, rather than sitting inside staring forlornly out of the window listening to the whirr of the AC unit (if you’re lucky enough to have one.) We’ll be spending our weekend wandering around markets, eating BBQ and celebrating the arrival of Midsummer – join us?
What: Sunday Feast
Why: Call us controversial but when it’s sunny we are more than happy to forgo our usual Sunday roast, in fact hot food in general, that is of course unless it’s BBQ. If it’s BBQ then we’ll eat far more than we usually would if someone put it all on our plate in one go and this Sunday we’ll be heading to Bó Drake for our BBQ fix. They’ve just launched their new Sunday BBQ sharing tray, which is piled high with miso glazed baby back ribs; smoked pulled pork; sweet potato fries; bao buns and wrapping lettuce; Samjang smoked chicken; chorizo sausage with Doubanjiang honey sauce; kimchi and pickles. Quite the feast.
Sunday 25th June and then every Sunday
Where: 6 Greek Street Soho, W1D 4DE
What: Sunday Experiments
Why: 108 Garage has just won a spot in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 and in another first they are now opening their doors on Sundays for a little experimenting. Top chef, Chris Denney will be trying out new potential additions to the 108 Garage menu, there’ll be ten dishes and you’ll be able to choose six of them. Now’s your chance to become a food critics… of sort – you know it’s going to be good.
Sunday 25th June and then every Sunday
Where: 108 Golborne Road, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5PS
What: Dutch Brunch Symmetry Brunch
Why: It’s time for the weekly brunch alarm to go off, because this week Ketel One is hosting a Dutch brunch at Paradise Garage. Simon Woodrow, Patrick Williams and Michael Zee aka the chef team are creating a brunch inspired by Michael’s Dutch husband Mark, the man behind the globally recognised Instagram Symmetry Breakfast. There’ll be three courses revolving around Dutch ingredients and we’re hoping Ketel One vodka…
Sunday 25th June
Where: 254 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, E2 9LE
The Kings Cross Canopy Market
What: Kings Cross Market
Why: This weekend sees the return of Canopy Market, the monthly market is a chance for you to try food from the likes of Arancini Bros, Bread Ahead and The Nude Food Dude; drinks from 58Gin and Earth Ale and to buy everything from dog products by Bob+BEAR to art works from Made in Arts London (work by UAL students and recent graduates).
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June
Where: The restored West Handyside Canopy, just off Granary Square, King’s Cross
What: Midsummer Celebrations
Why: Celebrating the end of the long, dark Scandinavian winters, Midsummer’s Eve is a day of music, food and drink in Sweden. To mark the occasion, Aquavit will be hosting a pop-up bar serving up authentic drinks and snacks in St James’s Market, where you’ll also find live music and a maypole standing pride of place. Throughout June and July they’ll also be serving a traditional Midsommar tallrik (Midsummer dish) with four types of herring and plenty of aquavit schnapps.Friday 23rd June
Where: St James's Market, 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4Q
The Frog E1
What: Fifth Element
Why: Adam Handling, Chef Patron of The Frog, has always championed up and coming talent and this Saturday he’ll be hosting Fifth Element, an evening celebrating five of the most exciting new UK chefs. Each chef will cook a course and each course will be paired with a different glass of wine. So, you’ll have the likes of Philip Juma, founder of Iraqi supper club JUMA Kitchen cooking up lamb dumpling s with tomato sauce and Josh Overington from Le Cochon Aveugle in York cooking up veal tartare with sauce tonnato, truffle and bonito. To go with the five courses, five chefs and five wines will be five DJs, four of which are amongst London’s hottest DJs and one will be a celebrity guest DJ… There are only 60 spaces, so if you want to go you better book quickly.
Saturday 24th June
Where: 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, Shoreditch E1 6QR