This weekend is filled with food and beer and lots of it. Are we complaining? Certainly not. Start with cookie shots from Dominique Ansel’s bakery, party with Jack Daniels, get yourself a free beer from Camden Town Brewery, celebrate World Sake Day and finish with STK London’s Champagne brunch party.
This pho is super because not only does it feed two and contain the most expensive beef, A5 grade Kobe beef (retailed at around £600/kg); fish sauce imported from Vietnam and white truffle, but because owner of Pho & Bun and Viet Eat, Andy Le will be auctioning it off to raise money for Action Against Hunger. The charity works to ensure everyone has access to basic food and clean water, something we definitely take very much for granted. Bidding starts today at £1000 so you better club together with your friends and get bidding!
Where: 76 Shaftesbury Avenue, Chinatown, W1D 6ND, UK
Craft Beer and Street Food for Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest isn’t just about the beer. The guys at Street Feast (they’re in charge of the street food markets Dinerama, Hawker House and Model Market) are putting the feast into October Feast with a stellar line up of 12 of our favourite street food traders including Bleecker Street, HotBox and Prawnography. And, because Oktoberfest isn’t Oktoberfest without beer, 10 bars will stock 50 types of beer so you can drink yourself to Munich.
Friday from 4pm, Saturday from 12pm
Where: Canada Street, Canada Water, SE16 7PJ
Catch it While You Can: Jack Daniels Cocktails
We’re not the only people who love Fridays. Jack Daniels do too which is why they’ve introduced #JackFriday across the country. Award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana of White Lyan has worked his magic and created ‘Sour Plum Boilermaker’, a Jack Daniel’s sharing cocktail made with sour plum, barley malt and a hint of coriander seed. Available only in September, today is the last #JackFriday of the month so catch it while you can. Oh, and if you’re super speedy (one of the first 7 customers) and hashtag #JackFriday you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail to get your weekend off to a storming start. Friday also sees a ‘secret set’ complete with DJ and JD cocktails. Starts at 10pm.
Where: 153 – 155 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1 6PJ
The Original Cronut® Finally Comes to London
The name Dominique Ansel may not ring a lot of bells but we bet the word ‘Cronut®’ does. The trademarked croissant-doughnut hybrid has finally come across the pond, and the Dominique Ansel Bakery London is opening it’s doors on Friday, fresh from the Big Apple. It’s not all about the Cronut® though, try it’s sister, the croissant, in various forms (almond, chorizo, Welsh rarebit, original), the chocolate chip cookie shot (vanilla milk in a chocolate-lined cookie cup) or choose from the selection of savoury dishes to sit and eat in. But have the Cronut® – and maybe also the cookie shot – to end with. Accept no imitations and yes, it really does need the ®.
Where: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia/Victoria, SW1W 9RP
After-Hours at The Natural History Museum
You may not know this but the last Friday of every month at the Natural History Museum resembles something from ‘A Night at the Museum’. Sadly no Ben Stiller but this Friday from 4-10pm you will discover ‘Science Uncovered’ – an annual celebration of science and get the chance to go behind the scenes, meet hundreds of scientists, take part in debates or sit in on storytelling… or just head to the bar where you’ll be able to get wine, Prosecco and beer. It is Friday after all.
Where: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
Espresso Martini Flight
Take your rooftop drinking to even newer heights with a flight of Espresso Martini’s at Madison St Paul’s. In celebration of International Coffee Day (Saturday) and conveniently leading us in to National Cocktail Week (which starts on Monday), the trio of Espresso Martini’s will get anyone buzzing for the weekend. Available from Saturday until the end of the year, the trio includes The Original (Ketel One Vodka), The Mexican (El Jimador Blanco Tequila) and The Cuban (Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum). Cheers.
From Saturday 1st October
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
Ever been to a tank party? Nope, us neither. Camden Town Brewery are having a tank party in their mews this Saturday where beer lovers will get to drink the stuff straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. And it’s free to attend. The unfiltered beer will be flowing from the taps from midday till 8pm after which time the party will continue at some nearby bars – simply trade your wristband in for a cold pint of your favourite Camden beer. During the day a party atmosphere will involve live music, street food and drop in brewery tours. Kids are welcome too so bring them along for games, face painting and balloon animals.
Where: 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, Kentish Town, NW5 3NN
World Sake Day Celebration
Every day is a different national day it seems but this Saturday is World Sake Day and it’s something we can definitely get on board with as to celebrate Scott Hallsworth, owner and chef of Kurobuta will be putting on a sake dinner and after party starting at Kurobuta Chelsea. Starting with Japanese inspired canapés and sake cocktails, dishes and pairings will include the likes of Miso-Yaki Foie Gras Croissant paired with “3 Peaks” Tatenokawa 33 Junmai Daiginjo and Chilli Crab Wonton Bombs paired with “Snow Blossom” Junmai Daiginjo Namazake.
Saturday From 7pm
Where: 312 King's Road, London SW3 5UH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Autumn Chestnut Menu
Autumn is here so it’s out with the barbies, in with chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Almost. Celebrating the start of the chestnut season in France, Italy and the UK, Alain Ducasse’s critically-acclaimed Rivea London has created a menu dedicated to the humble nut. The 4-course menu includes chestnut veloute with ricotta ravioli, roasted sea scallops with pumpkin, chestnut and watercress and slow-cooked boar shoulder with chestnut and seasonal vegetables.
Available from Saturday until 13th November
Where: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
The words ‘new brunch’ will definitely get our hearts racing and this weekend it’s all thanks to Stratford restaurant Darkhorse. Created by co-founder Lee Glen, dishes will include smoked pork hash, smoked for 12 hours in the Bertha oven and served with potatoes and a fried duck egg, and Bertha baked eggs with anchovy soldiers. You’ll also find classics like chestnut mushrooms and pancetta on toast; scrambled eggs and smoked salmon; baked chorizo with potato and egg; and Christian Parra black pudding with romesco and apple frisse salad.
Where: 16-19 Victory Parade, East Village. Stratford, E20 1FS
London's Longest Lunch
The London Restaurant Festival is back. Running throughout October you’ll find an endless programme of participating restaurants, chefs, special menus and experiences (we like the sound of restaurant hopping) but there’s one event that has really caught our eye. New for the 2016 festival, London’s longest lunch is taking place this Saturday and is a stinking 6 hours of chatting and impressive food, prepared by Richard Corrigan and Tomos Parry. Wondering what takes so long? It’s a 6-course wine paired menu with 3 courses at Embassy Gardens and 3 courses at Wardian London (next to Canary Wharf) with a Thames Clipper ride in between to get diners from A to B. If you didn’t manage to nab tickets to the lunch you could always host your own 6-hour feast… Or simply check out the website for another way to get involved in the London Restaurant Festival.
STK's Champagne Brunch Party
Sundays aren’t for staying in and hibernating, regretting last night’s choices and realising you have 24 hours to get your life in order before you start the new week and you still haven’t vacuumed. Nope they aren’t for that. They are for heading to STK London for their infamous Champagne brunch party which returns this Sunday. Starting at 1pm, which gives you plenty of time to vacuum if you need to, it’ll be a chance to try out the new brunch menu which features classics like steak, egg and chips and poached egg, avocado, chilli and lime croissants. Then the DJ takes to the decks, the Champagne will flow and you can dance every last minute out of the weekend. Oh and we’re offering you 20% off tickets! Check out the link below.
Sunday from 1pm
Where: ME London Hotel 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA
P.S. Saturday is International Coffee Day! See our guide on 7 places to get your caffeine fix here.