Somehow we are already a quarter of the way through the year – how did that happen? Rather than dwell on everything we already haven’t achieved, we are going to welcome in the next quarter and spring with lots of food; we’re talking three new brunches, hot cross bun doughnuts, a beer festival and chocolate masterclasses…
London Bridge (0.3 miles)
What: A New Supper Club
Why: You might be tired on a Friday night after a long week at work, but there is something about cocktails and feasting that just seems to wake us up again. So, start your weekend off at Tanner Warehouse at their inaugural supper club, aptly named The First Supper. Hosted Patrick Hobbs by their Chief Booze Engineer (what a title) the supper club will be made up of sharing platters such as chicken scrumpets and beef cheek cottage pie with black truffle mash, each of which are paired with a cocktail like a rum with peanut butter or a Gin Collins made from a pear and sage infused gin. Don’t stay in on Friday.
Friday 31st March
Where: 50a Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD
R Chocolate London
What: Chocolate Masterclass
Why: We love learning new things, especially when those new things revolve around food. So, we were rather excited to hear that R Chocolate London in Belgravia have just launched their new chocolate masterclasses. Who wouldn’t want to spend their Saturday eating chocolate, drinking hot chocolate, learning about chocolate and how to make the likes of truffles, sea salt caramels and Black Forest patisseries? Each class is 2-3 hours of pure chocolate indulgence.
Every Saturday Truffle Class 10am, Sea Salt Caramel Class 12.30pm, Black Forest Class 3pm
Where: 198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN
What: New Brunch
Why: Can you hear that? It’s the new brunch alarm sounding. It often rings at the weekend and this time it’s alerting to us to COYA Mayfair who are launching their new weekend brunch this Saturday. Alongside unlimited Champagne, Pisco Sours or Pisco Marys, the brunch will include dishes such as Corvina ceviche with truffle and Chilean sea bass casuela. On Saturday, a DJ will start the party, if you’ve got little ones to look after then head there on a Sunday as they’ll have a magician and in-house nanny to keep children entertained.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 1pm – 5pm
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Sager + Wilde
What: Brunch and Cocktails
Why: Oh it’s the new brunch alarm ringing again – this time it’s over in Paradise Row.at Sager + Wilde as they launch their new brunch and cocktail menu. They’re taking brunch classics and giving them a twist so you’ll find cacklebean egg en cocotte; blood cake with fried egg and smoked chilli; duck egg hash and black treacle tart. Cocktail expert Marcis Dzelzainis has created a new menu that includes the likes of mimosas and Bloody Marys as well as forgotten classics like Ramos gin fizz from New Orleans and new favourites like an Earl Grey Marteani.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Where: 193 Hackney Road, Hoxton, E2 8JL
What: Party Till 3am
Why: Saturday 1st April is also som saa’s first birthday. Far from an April Fools joke, this inaugural celebration will see resident DJs play everything from afrobeat to Latin, with exotic cocktails being shaken up at the bar until 3am. Conveneinelty, the party also falls on the first Saturday of the month, which is when they hold som saa lates but if there’s a time to party lock-in style then this is it.
Saturday 1st April
Where: 43A Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6BD
What: Hot Cross Bun Doughnuts
Why: Mini Eggs and hot cross buns are in the shops so we know Easter is on its way. Bread Ahead are going one step further and putting an Easter-y spin on their iconic doughnuts; say hello to limited edition hot cross bun doughnuts. Yes, we’ve seen doughnut hybrids before but this will see doughnuts laced with raisins, candied peel and mixed spices, piped full of vanilla custard and topped with an authentic cross. The doughnuts are available from Saturday at Bread Ahead Seven Dials, and from Monday at other Bread Ahead sites, for two weeks only so grab them while they’re hot…literally.
Available from Saturday 1st April
Where: Across London
What: King of the Wing Competition
Why: Competitive eaters, listen up. Clapham is, this Friday, holding an all-you-can-eat buffalo wing competition, with a hot edge. 30 hungry carnivores will tackle a mountain of spicy wings, eating as many as they can stomach in just 8 minutes. Win and you’ll get a £350 bar tab to spend at The Jam Tree, lose and you get a t-shirt for trying. Spectators can attend for free, safe in the knowledge your mouth won’t be burning, or smothered in sauce when the stopwatch sounds.
Friday 31st March
Where: 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX
What: Free Cheese and Wine Festival
Why: Cheese and wine. There are fewer words that fill us with so much joy when used in the same context and this weekend, we are getting both. A free cheese and wine festival is coming to East Village on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing samples from over 25 independent retailers – everything from truffle cheese to cheesy churros and raclette – and workshops on how to pair the two. Where there’s cheese, there’s wine, but if you prefer beer or cider, you’ll find that too.
Saturday April 1 from 12-6pm and Sunday April 2 from 11am-4pm
Where: East Village, Victory Park, Stratford, E20 1DB
What: Electro Brunch
Why: And it’s a hat trick as the new brunch alarm goes again because Gaucho have just launched their new bottomless brunch. You have two hours to work your way through unlimited food and drink with dishes including homemade Dulce de Leche mixed with peanut butter spread across French toast; fried Provoleta cheese with a caramelised onion chutney and oven baked chorizo sausage with plum tomato, eggs and mushroom as well as their famous Argentinian steak too. Alongside a new juice station, bottomless drinks include Aperol Spritz, Domain Chandon, Rubia Pilsner Lager or a Gaucho Bloody Mary. All set to an electro soundtrack – ideal.
Where: Available at: Broadgate, Canary, Piccadilly, Sloane, Smithfield, Tower Bridge
Wandsworth Common (0.3 miles)
What: South West London's Beer Festival
Why: This weekend sees the return of the largest independent beer festival in South London. If you like beer (which hopefully you do, if you’re going) promises to leave you spoilt for choice, with over 100 cask ales and 25 craft ciders to choose from… you could be there a while. The star of this year’s festival promises to be the Motorhead ‘Road Crew’ American Pale Ale, served in specially commissioned tankards. There will be street food to cater for all your nibbling needs and the festival will host live music on Friday and Saturday night. Perfect for everyone, the event is London’s only family-friendly beer festival.
29th March – 1st April
Where: The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building John Archer way Wandsworth Common London SW18 3SX
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