This weekend it’s all rather foodie, from baking pop-ups to help those in Syria, to British brunches, free pisco sours and new breakfasts. It’s time to get your eating pants on…
World of Nobu Festival
For the first time, the World of Nobu festival is being hosted in Europe and it takes place today and tomorrow…so you might want to change your plans. Happening at the recently opened, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, the festival will be a series of special dinners, masterclasses, sake tasting and the chance to try a selection of Nobu’s world renowned dishes and canapes from the different Nobu restaurants around the world.
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July
Peroni at Plateau
The heatwave might have gone, but that doesn’t mean we now have to hide in doors – we’re Londoners and it’s summer after all, we can still drink outside. Plateau have teamed up with Peroni so that from Thursday until the end of September you’ll be able to drink the recently-launched Peroni Ambra and eat oysters, smoked salmon and sorbet on their (hopefully) sunny terrace.
Launches Thursday 27th July
Want to do some good? Want to eat cake? Then you need to head to #BakeForSyria which is taking place this Saturday over on Columbia Road. Part of the #CookForSyria initiative, the pop-up will see some of the best restaurants and bakeries in London cook one of their dishes with a Syrian inspired twist. Those taking part include Dominique Ansel Bakery, Fatties Bakery, Lily Vanilli Bakery, Pizza Pilgrims and The Boy Who Bakes and if you like baking then you can bring you own Syrian inspired bakes to be judged by the likes of Rosie Birkett and Chetna Makan. Ready, Steady, Bake!
Saturday 29th July
Open days, tend to make you think about walking around prospective universities, but we’re over that now…sadly. That’s ok though, because we have a better open day for you – Camden Town Brewery, are opening the doors to its new £30 million Enfield Brewery and you’re invited. It’ an all-day party of live music, workshops, brewery tours, tastings, talks, food from the likes of Walter and Monty’s, Texas Joe and Polpo and of course beer. That’s not all though, there’s a bouncy castle (that’s for the children though, you have the beer), screen printing and design workshops curated by Beach London Gallery and a skate park from Slam City Skates. Best open day we’ve heard of.
Saturday 29th July
This week we’re five events in, so you know what time it is? It’s brunch time, yep don’t worry we wouldn’t give you a weekend guide without a brunch and this week it’s the turn of Roast and their new, very British brunch. Happening every Saturday you’ll be able to feast on buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon, berries, yogurt and a pistachio crumble, avocado on toasted brioche, lobster or pork cheek eggs benedict and meatier dishes like beef wellington and the ultimate roast burger. Pair it with a Bloody Mary and say hello to the weekend.
Saturday 29th July and then every Saturday
Breakfast on the Lane
The problem with brunch is that it often doesn’t start until 12pm, so what do you do if you want to eat before that at the weekend? It’s called breakfast and yes, people do still eat breakfast. 108 Brasserie, have in fact, launched a new breakfast menu this week, ‘Breakfast on the Lane’. Served on the terrace, the new menu includes sweetcorn fritters, avocado, grilled halloumi, smoked red pepper and tomato relish; toasted banana bread with ricotta and caramelised pecans, chia porridge with pomegranate and toasted coconut and avocado on toast with chilli flakes and grilled plum tomatoes – grab a paper and make a deal out of the most important meal of the day.
Where: 108 Brasserie, Marylebone Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)
When You Need to Impress
Mayfair restaurant Umu have recently launched this season’s Kaiseki, a tasting menu which combines precision, originality and seasonality. Kaiseki is Japan’s most exquisite culinary tradition and despite the fact that originally it was a simple, vegetarian meal served during the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Kaiseki has now evolved into an elaborate fine dining experience, served in Michelin starred restaurants around the world. At Umu Executive Chef Yoshinori Ishii and his team aim to convey the message of the season through their culinary expertise and once again they did not fail with the summer tasting menu – if you’re looking to impress this weekend then head to Umu.
Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.5 miles)
Free Pisco Sours
This Friday is Peruvian Independence Day and in honour of that Señor Ceviche Charlotte Street will be giving out free pisco sours at their bottomless brunch this weekend. Dishes include sweet potato waffle with slow-cooked short rib, frijoles negros, fried duck egg and miso anticucho sauce and Corn bread French toast with burnt tomato salsa, avocado and yuzu truffle hollandaise and it’s going to taste all that bit better with your free Pisco Sour. Want more then you can also opt for their Boozy Brunch Club which will give you free -flowing Pisco Punch, Pisco Maria, or Cusqueña. To get your free pisco sour – book in advance and quote ‘#IndependenceBrunch’
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
We Don't Just Live For the Weekend: Jukebox Live
Monday – might not be the night you tend to go out, but here’s why you should. Firstly it’ll definitely get rid of any Monday blues and secondly if you go to The Piano Works you’ll find live music all evening, so you can dance your way into the week and drink deals from £2.50 – it’s like a Monday student night, except the venue is great, there aren’t any sticky floors and no 9am lecture the next day – just work, but that’s fine, you get paid for that.
Monday 31st July and then every Monday
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)