The Handbook
The Handbook

Before the week’s even begun it feels like we’re talking about it ending; will this four-day-week madness never end? Yes, it will, on Monday. Then you’ve just one more bank holiday weekend until the end of summer. But let’s focus on the positives, like all the stuff you’ll be getting up to this weekend.

Deptford Market Yard

Deptford Bites With Grace Dent

She is undoubtedly the pinnacle of print and the queen of critiquery, restaurant critic Grace Dent, has teamed up with food-event specialist Kate McKenzie to present Deptford Bites Live. Set in the newly opened Deptford Market Yard, Grace will curate and host a series of talks with guest speakers including Mama’s Jurk’s Adrian Luckie  and vegan guru Jay Brave. The event promises to be both fascinating and tasty, with food and drink from Deptford Market Yard’s food arches taking centre stage.
Saturday 7th April

Where: Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4BX


Red Trousers Meets Red White And Green

Don your best red trousers and hot-foot it to the King’s Road (‘the K-R, dahling’) and to Ritorno for their Sunday afternoon aperitivo sessions with VII Hills Italian Dry Gin. The lazy afternoon, complete with Italian music, brings a little bit of Italy, with its culture and traditions, to Chelsea. Mix in some brilliant cocktails and great cicchetti and you’ve got yourself a Sunday Blues-busting Sunday afternoon.
Sunday 8th April


Where: 442 King's Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LQ


Japanese Dude Food Brunch

As if Ritorno wasn’t enough, sticking with the Kings Road for a moment, Japanese restaurant Kurobuta has launched a bottomless brunch of their own. The brunch is sporting the latest trend out of Japan, Japanese Dude Food. Inspired by Japanese flavours but mixed with the ‘dude food’ of mid-south America the ecclectic menu features highlights such as BBQ pork belly with peanut soy in a bun, salmon sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu and wasabi tobiko and matcha Mr Whippy. What’s more, with a live DJ on hand you can really kick your weekend off.
Saturday 7th April, available at Kurobuta Kings Road or Marble Arch

Where: 312 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UH

Residence Inn London Bridge

When One Food Critic Event Isn't Enough

What? Grace Dent AND Victoria Stewart in a single weekend? I’m now scanning my inbox half expecting fellow food writing royals Jay Rayner, Giles Coren and Marina O’Loughlin to announce they’re launching a streetfood pop-up together or Fay Maschler to call with details of her new fitness DVD. But yes, journalist Victoria Stewart, formerly of the Evening Standard, is running a free (yes, free) food tour with Residence Inn London Bridge. She’ll take you on a tour of the local local foodie hotspots including her favourite stalls, including samples (thank you Residence Inn) available thoughout the day! Expect to experience
Saturday 7th April

Where: 201 - 211 Long Lane, London Bridge, SE1 4PN

Ginza Onodera

Friday Night Flights

Forget Coach Taylor and the Friday Night Lights (it’s brilliant), this Friday it’s all about Friday Night Flights at Ginza Onodera. The restaurant, which majors on traditional Japanese cuisine and techniques, has launched the weekly sake tastings in their cocktail bar giving guests flights of three sakes and paired canapés developed by Head Chef Ryosuke Kishi.
Friday 7th April

Where: 15 Bury Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6AL

Sky Garden

Cocktails and Music In The Actual Sky

Everything looks better from 35 floors up, am I right? The guys at Sky Garden obviously think so, which is why they’re so keen to share it with as many people as possible. Hence their live music and DJ nights that run from Wednesday to Saturday. Listen to fantastic tunes to go with what would be a jaw dropping view if your jaw wasn’t busily munching on nibbles from Sky Pod. And if all that wasn’t enough, the £10 ticket price includes a cocktail on arrival.
Every Wednesday to Saturday

Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)

TraTra Bar & Bisto

Bottomless Charcuterie!!

Ta-da from TraTra! The Redchurch Street bar and bistro will be offering bottomless charcuterie and cheese (I know, perfect, right?) on Redchurch Street. DJs will be playing, wine will be flowing and award-winning Parisian chef and cookery writer Stéphane Reynaud has created the menu and has included an incredible house selection of charcuterie: from saucisson to chorizo and andouille.
Thursday 5th April to Saturday 8th April

Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7dd

Doughnut Time at Westfield Stratford City

Join The Sugar Rush: Free Doughnuts At Westfield

Doughnut Time, purveyors of London’s most indulgent doughnuts (literally: if you’ve not tried them DO, yes you’ll get instant diabetes, but it’ll be well worth it) are coming to Westfield Stratford. In a van. Their mint green van, Betty, is practically part of the Doughnut Time family and will be doling out free (FREE) doughnuts to Westfield shoppers this Saturday.
Saturday 8th April 12-1pm

Where: Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1EJ

Two Tribes

Because We Don't Just Live For The Weekend

‘When two tribes go to war one is all that you can score’, Frankie Goes To Hollywood famously taught us. But at Two Tribes, King’s Cross’s latest opening, one is all that you need to score. Not strictly a weekend thing, it opens to the public on Monday, Two Tribes KX will be a brewhouse, taproom and events space all rolled into one. It will also double as a place for new music with plenty of live gigs and DJ sets courtesy of nearby Island Records.
Opens Monday 9th April

Where: Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, King’s Cross, N7 9AH


Also Not A Weekend Thing...

Another_Space are the kings of the spin class. So what better way to get over the fact that the weekend’s over (genuine sad face) than to have something on a Tuesday to fix on. So get your best cycle on to a Cochella beat next week as they run a class to coordinate with the legendary Californian festival. You might be missing Beyonce in the flesh, but Queen Bee will be headlining your cycle at least.
Tuesday 10th April

Where: 4-10 Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP