The countdown to the weekend is here! We can start to get excited about our two glorious days off. Don’t start tomorrow though, start today at The London EDITION for World Book Day inspired cocktails, then tomorrow head to the Tate Britain for live music, finishing the night with mezcal. On Saturday, go to an urban village fete and round off the weekend with a Beyoncé baby shower and Sunday feast at Tanner & Co or the Dead Dolls House. If only we were this productive during the week…
What: Cocktails and Books for World Book Day
Why: Today is World Book Day and to celebrate The London EDITION have joined up with Penguin Classics to create three literary inspired cocktails which, when you buy, you get a free book with! If like Holly Golightly, Champagne is your thing then order the Vermillionaire and get a copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s or if you like gin like Jay Gatbsy go for the Let Forever Bee and read The Great Gatsby. Or read A Clockwork Orange when you buy Milk Punch a reference to the Moloko cocktail they drink in the Korova Milk Bar.
Thursday 2nd March
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
What: The Start of the Festivals
Why: Save yourself the visit to Wales and embrace Festival No. 6 in Pimlico instead. Tate Britain is bringing the artsy festival to London for one night only with a jam-packed line-up featuring music from Blossoms and Charlotte Church, comedy from Sara Pascoe and a DJ set from Greg Wilson, all hosted by Radio 1 Welshman Huw Stephens. We’ll see you in the food emporium or roaming the gallery for after-hours access of the David Hockney exhibition.
Friday 3rd March, 7:30pm
Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4RG
What: Selfridges Goes Urban
Why: Selfridges is no stranger to mouthwatering food but whilst it have luxury brands covered it’s not known for street food…until now. Shoreditch’s Urban Food Fest is bringing its street food night market into Selfridges for the first time ever so alongside the gourmet pork pies that are already there, you’ll find everything from build-your-own street food desserts to cocktails in jam jars. Visit in the first week (until 7th March) and the first 20 people who follow @urbanfoodfest on social media each day and hashtag #urbanfoodfest will get a free Wafflewich.
Launches Friday 3rd March
Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street, London
What: Your New Spirit
Why: The martini was made infinitely better with a shot of espresso and now mezcal is getting the same treatment. Dangerous Don is a new Café Mezcal hailing from Mexico (obviously) which will be celebrating its arrival in London with a pop-up this weekend. The spirit will be shaken into cocktails created by former Pitt Cue bartender Adam Pendrich and art from Mexican artists will be on display, with profits going directly to them.
Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th March
Where: 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
What: Spring Time Urban Village Fete
Why: Greenwich is no stranger to a market, but here’s another to add to your list. This weekend, Greenwich Peninsula is hosting an ‘urban village fete’ – think music, art, homeware, fashion, food and drink. Take part in workshops like The Experimental Perfume Club or tasting of small batch cheese and biodynamic wines. An exhibition made up of 10,000 suspended irises will get you in the mood for spring, as will wild meadows and flowers by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th March, 10am-5pm
Where: The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ
What: Destiny's Children: Beyoncé Baby Shower
Why: When your friend announces she’s pregnant, you’re happiness is tinged with the feeling that you’ve lost your number one drinking gal. When Beyoncé announced she was pregnant with twins, you momentarily lost it, it was the best news you’d had in ages and you’re probably a little over excited. No? We are. Which is why we are definitely down for a Beyoncé baby shower at The Book Club on Sunday. They’ll be dancing, Beyoncé baby games, themed cocktails, veils which you will be donning pregnant or not and the chance to create a card to send to The Carters.
Sunday 5th March 4-10pm
Where: 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH
What: A Feast for the Gods
Why: Bacchus was the Roman God of Feasting and hence he is the inspiration behind Dead Doll’s House new monthly feasts. It’s five courses of food, paired with cocktail and unlimited wine and prosecco, it’s indulgent to say the least and so it should be, it is a Sunday afternoon after all. They’re starting with a Nordic feast with dishes including barbecued reindeer, Atlantic cod and smoked and roasted rib of beef with truffle sauce. Cocktails include coffee Negronis, Aquavit Fizz and White Marys and of course there’ll be more wine and prosecco then you can swing a stick at it. Upcoming feasts include dishes from the Philippines and Spain.
Sunday 5th March and then the first Sunday of every month 1pm-4pm
Where: Dead Dolls House, 181 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ
Website: Get Tickets Here
What: Bottomless Sunday Lunch
Why: Everyone knows about bottomless brunch, but what about bottomless Sunday roast? Doesn’t that just sound like heaven. Tanner & Co are rising to the challenge with two hours of feasting and drinking. Choose from roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, goose fat potatoes and all the trimmings or spinach and mushroom macaroni, followed by homemade crumble and custard. Then you need to choose your weapon and it isn’t just mimosas or Bloody Marys, there is also beer, cider, prosecco and wine. They’ve risen to the challenge well.
Sunday 5th March 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm
Where: 50 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3UD
What: New Seasonal Menu
Why: Heliot Steak House – they do steak, it’s in the name, but with the winter drawing to a close, they’ve created a new seasonal menu to welcome in the spring. As well as steak, you’ll ding starters of seared scallops with red beetroot and caraway or Cornish crab with chilli, avocado and basil. Main courses included slow cooked duck breast with pak choi and hoisin sauce; spring garden pie and grilled lobster skewers with lemon and garlic crust. We’re going to eat our way into spring.
Where: Heliot Steak House, Cranbourn Street, London
What: The Next Instagram Craze
Why: If you don’t know what mochi by name you’ll recognise it as the three-pastel-balls-on-a-stick emoji that none of us ever have a reason to use. Mochi emoji use is about to go through the roof as the photogenic ice cream/sweet dough dessert is getting a whole dessert bar to itself inside Whole Foods Market High Street Kensington. When the same opened in New York it was hugely successful and with flavours like salted caramel, matcha and yuzu we’re expecting great things.
Where: 63-97 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5SE
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