The weekend is in sight! You just have two days to get through and then you can walk out that door on Friday evening, straight into a weekend packed with cocktails, bottomless brunches, culture (we’ve got two art events and an exhibition this weekend) and classic dining. Oh weekend we’ve missed you!
We’ve all been there; you turn up to your favourite restaurant, ready to order your favourite dish and they’ve taken it off the menu. Although this is a scenario we’d rather not think about (too tragic) we do admit a restaurant would get rather boring if the menu never changed. Le Caprice is this year celebrating its 35th anniversary, an incredible feat for a London restaurant and one worth celebrating in style – it is bringing back the classics. This weekend is your last chance to get the classic dishes from the 80s, 90s and noughties before they are gone forever (again) so if you sighed when bang bang chicken was no more, cried when chicken Milanese was no where to be found and went hungry when you couldn’t get your hands on Scandinavian iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce then you’ve got to be quick, 35th anniversaries don’t last forever.
Where: Arlington House, Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.1 miles)
Favourite foody/arty duo, Mark Hix and Damien Hirst, will put the ‘art’ in ‘party’ on Saturday as the Newport Street Gallery turns into a club with a DJ, late night happy hour (starting at 10pm), cocktails, light bites from Pharmacy 2 and dancing. Coinciding with Newport Street’s ‘Summer Lates’ programme, you can catch Jeff Koons’ ‘Now’ exhibition which is open until 10pm until 16th October. Free to attend and open until 2am.
Saturday 24th September
Smart Pub Brunch
As well as a recent makeover and general overhaul from dowdy pub to ‘all day eatery’, Walkers of Whitehall has also just announced a new brunch and yep, you guessed it, it’s bottomless. The brunch (available on Saturday only – Sunday makes way for the Sunday lunch) is an AM-friendly twist on their main menu, with shakshuka baked eggs, French toast and a hangover-soothing bacon and sausage muffin alongside burgers. Go for 2 or 3 courses and decide between going bottomless with your Bellinis or your Prosecco.
Those with a sensitive palate, this is not for you! Everyone else, pay attention. The Festival of Heat which celebrates the way in which different cultures enjoy eating, growing and cooking with chilli is back for its 4th year. The one-day Festival is London’s only dedicated to the chilli, so to those who enjoy the kick at the back of the throat should get the date marked in the diary. The festival features workshops in cooking and growing chillis as well as plenty of chances to taste them along with numerous stalls serving up food. There will also be lots of entertainment with music, dance performances and live DJ’s. Water bottle recommended.
Brunch - Indian Style
Fancy an Indian this morning? Not a question you hear very often, or at all. It may be a question you should start getting used to as Gunpowder are launching a Saturday brunch menu, Indian style. With the intention of adding a kick to the morning, Gunpowder will none the less maintain the comfort factor with dishes such as market-style spicy scrambled eggs with onion and tomatoes served on a sourdough toast and chicken liver and beef pie with spinach paratha crust. A healthy option will also be available in the form of ginger cardamom tea oats. To top things off will be a Bloody Bantra, Gunpowder’s take on the Bloody Mary, made with natural ingredients such as whole chillies and mustard seeds instead of tobacco. Anyone for an Indian this weekend? Yes, please.
Saturday 24th September
Exploring London's Transport Heritage
Time to unleash your inner Sheldon Cooper for the exploration of the roundel. Ever wondered how London’s famous transport sign came to be? Wonder no more as The London Transport Museum is having an open weekend at The Museum Depot in Acton to celebrate one of the world’s most recognisable brands. You’ll be surrounded by the expected visual assortment representing London transport heritage, think rare road and rail vehicles, bus and rail sheds, signs and ticket machines. Fun activities will be running throughout the day providing education and entertainment with scavenger hunts, creative workshops and curator-led tours. And there’s more, jump on the miniature railway or take a scenic ride around West London on a heritage bus tour. As The Museum Depot is only open to the public occasionally, this is a rare opportunity to delve into the history and discover how the network you use and the logo you see everyday were created. This is Sheldon’s heaven.
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
The most important decision of the weekend, which bottomless brunch to try. This weekend we suggest you head to Rotunda, who have recently launched a new brunch which gives you the option to add in free flowing prosecco for two hours – although is that really an option? If it’s there, it’s a given that we’re having it. Dishes include the like of sweetcorn fritters wit heritage tomato,red onion salsa and crème fraiche; wholemeal pancakes with maple streaky bacon and grilled banana and Northumberland 32 day aged steak with fried Clarence Court duck eggs.
Saturday and Sunday
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.3 miles)
Modern Art Takes Over Fortnum & Mason's
As London celebrates the Frieze Art Fair, Fortnum & Mason will be collaborating with Frank Cohen, one of the most prolific collectors of British Modern Art. Installed throughout the store everywhere from the wine bar to the board room, will be 60 pieces of work, giving you a chance to see some of the important art works held in a private collection. It’s running until the end of September so you still have time to head to the iconic London store to view the display.
You could be sitting inside on Sunday afternoon lamenting over the fact that tomorrow is Monday, or you could be at a cocktail masterclass – now that is a much better idea! Mint Leaf Restaurant in Haymarket are hosting a masterclass where you’ll learn how to make the perfect cocktail and drink them of course, so that the next time you get the Sunday blues you can knock up a cocktail instead! And rather than cook why not stay on and eat there…
Sunday 25th – they also have a cocktail masterclass on Monday at Mint Leaf Lounge.
Where: Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)