Not that we’re counting down the days (okay, we lied, we’re literally marking off the hours) but it’s very nearly the weekend! And it looks like it’ll be a cracker, too, with masses of events across the capital to keep you captivated. Whether you’re going to be diving into ball pits at Ballie Ballerson or treating your dog to a three course meal (yep, that really is a thing), this should be a packed weekend.
London loves a cocktail and even more so with London Cocktail Week taking place next week. Don’t just drinks cocktails though, learn how to make them too at Dickie’s Cocktail School at Dickie’s Bar. You’ll learn how to create two cocktails making most of the season’s harvest from Richard Corrigan’s Irish estate, Virginia Park Lodge, as well as the signs to look out for to know if you’re getting a good cocktail or something which is more show than substance. Time to become a cocktail connoisseur…
Book Ahead Saturday 28th October
Rudie's Jamaican Birthday Extravaganza
Jamaican birthdays are no cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey affairs, they’re loud, colourful and above all else, fun! So it’s only right that when East London Jamaican Restaurant Rudies turns two on September 30th, it’s going to be the mother of all birthday parties! Rudies is set in the heart of Dalston and serves some of the best and most authentic Jamaican food in London. The party will kick off with The Voice Semi Finalist Chris Royals on vocals supported by his band and covering jazz, funk and reggae. Head Chef Vernon Samuel will be cooking up all kinds of jerked creations throughout the bash and a DJ will take things into the wee small hours, ending at 4am.
Rudie’s 2nd Birthday takes place on 30th September all day and all night!
Fine Dining Doggie Style
Shane’s on Canalside have come up with a three course dog menu! No, not fido fritters or canine kababs, but a feast for your four-legged-friend, specially put together by celebrity dog nutritionist (yes, that is a thing) and trainer Anna Webb. Overlooking Regent’s canal Shane’s is the perfect stop-off when dog walking and now there’s even more reason. Why not treat your dog to a cocktail of frozen blueberries, a starter of unpasteurised natural yoghurt with foraged berries followed by a main course of game stew and a pudding of banana sorbet? If it wasn’t for Shane’s extensive human menu, we’d be on all fours licking the bowl ourselves!
A Dog’s Day Out will be available on 30th September
Festival of Olives
With the possible exception of Popeye, nobody loves Olive Oil as much as we do, so we’re very excited to see that the Spanish Olive Festival is arriving in London this weekend. The free festival, held at Kings Cross, will showcase everything Spanish olives have to give, from celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of Spanish TV ‘sensation’ Omar Allibhoy to nutritional advice from expert Fiona Hunter and top tips from Saltyard’s Ben Tish. From tapenade to olive oil installation art this should be a feast for the senses and a delight for the family.
Spanish Olive Festival runs from 29th September to 1st October
Autumn Supper Club
We love a good supper club and (don’t tell any of the people desperately clinging onto summer) we also love Autumn. So by happy coincidence Masterchef Semi-Finalist Brodie Williams is launching Autumn Suppers in collaboration with supper clubbers The Dinner Ladies and it looks grand. The supper club, held at The London Cooking Project, will start off by schooling punters in the art of canapés, starters, mains and puddings in the large professional kitchens before sitting down to enjoy the seasonal menu first-hand.
Autumn Suppers starts on 30th September
Bloody Marys at Bellanger
If you’re planning a big night out this Saturday then the chances are you’ll be nursing a throbbing hangover come Sunday morning. As popular ‘wisdom’ has it, the best way to stave off the worst is hair-of-the-dog next morning, and the best dog (or is it hair?) going is a Bloody Mary. Well, dehydrated friend, Bellanger has come to the rescue. Starting this Sunday the Islington Green Brasserie will be offering a range of Sunday Brunch Bloody Mary options at their Bloody Mary Bar. As well as four Grey Goose based Bloody Marys you will also be able to try out the fun DIY cocktail option!
The Bloody Mary Bar will be running the first Sunday of every month from 11am to 5:30pm
It's Oktoberfest But Not As We Know It
There’s more to Germany than busty blondes in revealing dirndls balancing a dozen steins of bier. Oktoberfest normally focusses on century old Bavarian traditions, but anyone who’s been to modern Germany knows that it’s a diverse and dynamic culture, so the Shoreditch Anti-Oktoberfest will showcase break-dancers, street magicians, even a German ‘commedian’ (called Herr Kuntz Wankmüller) and, of course, The Hoff will be ever-present if only in the form of the Hasslehoff Karaoke session.
From 29th September to 7th October
Electro Brunch Just Dialled Up The Voltage
The ‘Electro’ prefix is always a good thing. Electro-Music: cool, Electro: Top Marvel Comic Villain. Electo-Lux: pretty dope hoovers. We can’t think of any others, except, of course, for Electro-brunch! This bottomless brunch from Gaucho offers unlimited small plates, Bloody Marys, juices and cocktails all to the tune of a live DJ every Saturday morning. And Electro-brunch has just dialled up the voltage because now guests will have the option of adding Chandon Rosé and Porn Star and Espresso Martinis into the mix for just another £10 on top of the usual rate of £49.95.
Electro Brunch is available in Gaucho restaurants on Saturdays
Where: Gaucho - Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.1 miles)
Balls deep in Shoreditch
Balls to this! Ballie Ballerson, who have taken the Boaty McBoatface approach to branding, is launching their BIGGER THAN EVER ball pit and it’s… bigger. Than ever. We’re actually really excited, channelling all our inner toddler in anticipation of plunging into the 4,000 square foot pit with mesmerising 60 metre UV mural and a ball ‘waterfall’. Or enjoy your theatrical cocktails ensconced in your own private ball pit, there are two and one has a dual aspect floor-to-ceiling windows facing onto Curtain Road. Given this was heaven when you were four years old, add in booze and twenty to thirty years and we assure you it’ll be even more enjoyable now!
Ballie Ballerson launches on 3rd October
New Menu from Aqua Kyoto
We may think we live in a concrete jungle, but Aqua Kyoto’s Executive Chef has put together a new menu that focusses on ingredients that can be grown rich here in our city. For instance, new dishes include oshizushi of salmon with avocado, tozazu and momiji with a Japanese maple leaf that can be found in the heart of Holland Park. Also on offer is handmade pumpkin soba noodles with Japanese mushrooms and ginkgo nuts from the Bamboo Gardens in London’s Kew Gardens, served with wafu dressing.
The menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays 5:30pm – 7:00pm, as well as during the week
Break the fast at Morito
To Exmouth Market, where Morito is launching something a bit special – their first breakfast menu. The Middle Eastern Spanish restaurant has been open since 2010 but until now it’s been strictly lunch and dinner. No longer! Welcome Morito-inspired takes on the breakfast classics, like their Catalan inspired English breakfast, “The Full Catalan” complete with Catalan butifarra sausage, morcilla, and migas or their Revueltos, Spanish- style scrambled eggs cooked with jamon, mushrooms or cheese and sweet herbs.
Breakfast at Morito launches on 28th September
Coffee and Poems
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden slow roasted coffee beans’. Enough of that! But if you are more of an artistic type then Viennese coffee roaster Julius Meinl is launching its annual Meet With A Poet campaign, a day to communicate with friends, family and significant others in iambic pentameter by giving them then free coffee. The initiative will see people meeting up and using poetry to communicate and “inject meaning and depth back into relationships” and we’ll be encouraged to choose from a range of poetry that best summaries how we feel. The entire event is being fronted by the first young people’s laureate for London, the inspirational Caleb Femi.
The event will take place on 1st October (World Coffee Day) at Forge & Co, Shoreditch High Street, The Cleveland Arms, Chilworth Street, The Cinnamon, The Pavement in Clapham, Crouch End’s Whittington and James, Northbank Restaurant, on Millennium Bridge and The Bulb on Finchley Road.
It’s been a year since the Dominique Ansel Bakery London opened and in that time, they have sold enough Cronut® (yes that is a registered trade mark!) pastries to place one on every seat of the 1,232 Routemasters (that’s 81,238 if you’re counting). We’ve been buying more Peanut Butter Liquid Caramel Cake than any other cake in the bakery and when it comes to Deliveroo we seem to be wanting to eat Croque Monsieur, DKAs and Choc Chunk Cookies the most at home. To celebrate a year of eating cake they’ll be handing out free slices of seasonal Brown Sugar & Plum cake out over the weekend – let’s all raise a slice to Dominique Ansel!
Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st October
Oysters at Geronimo Inns
Get your Rs in gear, it’s oyster season! Handy fact: oyster season is any month with an R in the name! And as it’s September that means the season is well and truly ‘on’. This weekend celebrate at Geronomio Inns, who have teamed up with Colchester Oyster Co. and Champagne House Perrier-Jouët to create a pairing event at whichever of their inns is your closest! Running until October 2nd the menu consists of Colchester Oyster Co. oysters served natural (over ice with red wine and shallot vinegar) or ‘Kilpatrick’ style (grilled with Worcester sauce and smoked bacon) all served with Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
Taking place in Geronimo Inns across London until 2nd October
It's Not Monday, It's Bunday
Finally, we don’t want to remind you that Monday is just around the corner, but it’s death’s sting of the week end, the bittersweet knowledge that any fun filled time with your loved ones is only temporary and come Sunday midnight the weekend will have turned to dust before your eyes. But how about if you could hang onto just a little part of the weekend? Rail House Cafe in Victoria think they may have the solution, Monday Bunday! Yes, you’re back to the drudgery of the day job but you’ve got a £10 scrumptious cheeseburger waiting, made with aged beef patty sourced from O’sheas butchers in Bermondsey, smoked cheddar, mayo, gherkin and accompanied by the restaurant’s own-brew Platform Pilsner. And veggie week end mourners needn’t worry, the Quinoa Burger with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, feta, piquillo pepper sauce & tzatziki sounds delicious.
Monday Bunday runs every Monday