Success! We’ve nearly made it through another week, albeit a little rainier and colder than the last. It might be the first October weekend, but this doesn’t mean you need to huddle at home praying for August’s second-coming – London is as lively as ever, and there are hundreds of things to do. Here’s our list of the best (and most delicious) activities on offer this weekend.
What: Your New Favourite Class
Why: Done with spinning? Fed up with aerobics? Looking for your new favourite exercise class? A class where you don’t have to be outside in the cold? You are? Great well we have just the ticket, the new FloatFit classes at Dolphin Fitness Club. Taking place on Saturdays and in a swimming pool, you’ll be atop a revolutionary AquaBase board and really working those core muscles as you do lunges, burpees, HIIT moves and yoga. Intense but fun. We predict a good dose of falling in too.
Saturday 7th October and then every Saturday onwards. To book, contact Dolphin Fitness Club
Where: Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, SW1V 3LX
Camden Town Brewery Tank Party
What: Beer and Burgers
Why: Like beer? Then you’ll want to head to the Camden Town Brewery Tank Party for an afternoon of the freshest tank beer, free brewery tours and pop-up restaurants by Burger and Beyond and The Horseshoe. Is that not what Saturday afternoons are all about? The first beers are poured at midday and entry is free so grab your pals and get there early. You might think beer a party is not the place for little ones, but if you do have children in tow then there are also games, art workshops and kids’ stuff too. So, it’s for everyone…not the beer though…that’s us adults only.
Saturday 7th October
Where: 55 Wilkin Street Mews, Camden, NW5 3NN
We Love Cheese
What: Cheese Festival
Why: One of the best parts of the winter months is that we can get away with eating more cheese, in fact cheese can pretty much be our diet. So obviously we are happy that We Love Cheese is returning to Ealing this Sunday – a cheese fest of food stalls, including Grill My Cheese and the halloumi specialists Chut the Cheese Up. There’ll be cheese to buy, talks from cheese experts, wine and cheese pairings and plenty to eat.
Sunday 8th October
Where: Dickens Yard, Ealing, W5 2XA
The Belvedere Single Estate Rooms
What: A Boozy Belvedere Masterclass
Why: With London Cocktail Week still in full-swing, where better to kick off your weekend than revelling in The Belvedere Single Estate Rooms. Yes, that’s right – a whole event dedicated to luxury vodka, where you’ll be able to delve into the mischievous spirit behind so many (slightly blurry) nights out. The Estate Rooms will give the chance for visitors to get an exclusive look at two of Belvedere’s brand new 100% Rye vodkas, plus a cocktail masterclass where you can put the spirit into action in some explosive flavour combinations. The event includes canapes and four cocktails – two of them crafted by your very own hand, with help from the Belvedere experts, plus entry into The Estate Rooms private bar.
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October
Where: Motel Studios, Long Street, Arch 407 & 408, E2 8HG
Website: Get Tickets Here
Tequila & Mezcal Fest 2017
What: Tacos Y Tequilas in Covent Garden
Why: A real Mexican fiesta is landing in central London this weekend in the 2017 Tequila and Mezcal festival. The agave plant is at the heart of the celebration – and at the heart of the Mexican recipe for authentic artisanal spirits including the iconic tequila and mezcal recipes. The festival will give visitors the chance to learn how to drink the spirits, with Tequila Masterclasses and talks on how to make the perfect Margarita, as well a learning little about Mexican culture in the tastiest way – with London’s best taco restaurants (including hot favourites like Temper Soho, Cafe Pacifico and Barrio) serving up fresh tacos for you enjoy. Plus – if you can find it – there’s a secret speakeasy bar ‘The Perfectionists Garden’ fuelling the festival, with winning bartenders shaking up tequila creations of all kinds.
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th October
Where: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
Town House Restaurant & K Bar
South Kensington (0.3 miles)
What: The K Bar Sessions with The Botanist
Why: Kensington’s The K Bar is already pretty glamorous with its deep grained oak-panelled walls, polished brass and moody lighting – but in case you weren’t fully convinced you’d stepped back into the midst of the roaring twenties, The K Bar Sessions will take you there. The Botanist Gin has joined forces with The K Bar to launch a new weekly music night every Thursday – the fixture kicks off this week with the sounds of London’s Oriana & The Charmers; sultry French Chanson and Swing. The evening offers the perfect opportunity for peak sophistication, enjoying the tunes alongside a bespoke cocktail, like the ‘Queen of The Hebrides’ – made with The Botanist, lemon, Cointreau and Crème de violette liqueur.
Thursday 5th October
Where: 109- 113 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5LP
Kerb Camden Market
What: Foodie Street Traders Galore
Why: KERB Camden Market is upgrading, with their year-round street food bonanza reopening this weekend after undergoing a rebuild creating more space, and new custom built restaurant kiosks – making the venue as beautiful as the foodie offerings. Plus KERB’s new home will be opening with five fresh traders, including Only Jerkin’ and their Jamaican soul-food, Wei Wei’s wheel cakes, Bapitta, Spicebox and The Big Cheese – on top of the firm favourites like The Cheese Wheel and its legendary freshly rolled pasta spun in an enormous wheel of parmesan.
Opens Saturday 7th October
Where: Kerb Food, Unit 62, The Loft Camden Lock Market, NW1 8AF
The Thomas Cubitt
London Victoria (0.3 miles)
What: Goat-themed Goodness
Why: As part of Goatober, a month celebrating the underrated deliciousness that is goat-done-well, Chelsea’s The Thomas Cubitt will be teaming up with Trecorras Farm to create some goat meat delights. Head Chef Jenny Warner has designed a truly mouthwatering signature dish of slowly stewed Trecorras Farm, kid goat pie with whole grain mustard mash, fennel and goats curd gravy, as well as small dishes like pulled goat croquettes. Plus if you’re Bill, Billy or William, you’re in luck – head down to Cubitt House venue for a complimentary glass of Billecart Champagne or pint of beer throughout Goatober!
Where: 44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PA
James Cochran EC3
What: Luxurious James Cochran Supper Club
Why: Liverpool Street restaurant James Cochran EC3 are celebrating their new Saturday dinner service this weekend with James’ Last Supper, a decadent one-off supper club. A six-course menu including Whitstable rock oysters, foie gras parfait cigars and roast Orkney scallop, and roast fillet of belted Galloway beef and truffle, the dinner promises to be a luxurious evening of foodie splendour.
Saturday 7th October
Where: 19 Bevis Marks, Liverpool Street, EC3A 7JA
What: Menu to Celebrate China's Mid-Autumn Festival
Why: This is the last weekend that you can try out Mei Ume’s menu celebrating China’s Mid-Autumn Festival. One of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, the festival is also known as the Moon or Harvest Moon Festival and revolves around the extravagant mooncakes which are shared as symbol of unity and the Mei Ume creations are filled with two of three flavours: custard, red bean and matcha. Other dishes include wok-fried Hereford beef fillet; prawn and mushroom rice with salted egg and steamed halibut with pickled vegetables.
Now until Saturday 7th October
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
What: Curry and Quiz
Why: temper City has the right idea when it comes to how to spend your Saturday lunch – with a quiz, curry and limitless drinks (not sure they’re going to help you win). This Saturday will see comedy troupe, BattleActs! take on the role of quiz master as they host a quiz which will be dotted with 80s pop culture trivia in homage to temper’s famous 80s playlists. Dishes include crab beignets, chip shop dashi chicken crispy katsu egg and chocolate and peanut butter turmeric tart.
Saturday 7th October and then the first Saturday of November and December
Where: 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ
The Piano Works
Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
What: Sunday Sessions
Why: The Piano Works will be banishing any Sunday blues (hangover related or not) by turning it into a day to party with their ultimate Sunday session aka an all-day bottomless brunch. To accompany your two hours of bottomless prosecco or Blood Marys you’ll be able to tuck into The Full Works. Their take on the full English it includes pork and leek sausages, black and white pudding, bacon, onion and potato hash. Or go for the more divisive, Love me or Hate me Marmite hollandaise eggs benedict. The soundtrack will be the house band who will keep playing right up until 1am – it’s your choice what Monday morning looks like.
Sunday 8th October and then every Sunday
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
What: Bottomless Puddings
Why: Galvin at The Athenaeum already has a bottomless prosecco weekend lunch and now they are taking it next level with the introduction of bottomless puddings. You’re going to want to spend your morning working up an appetite, because after two courses of dishes such as spiced iron bark pumpkin risotto and grilled native lobster washed down with prosecco you’ll be able to indulge in unlimited pudding…and there are eight to choose from. You’ll find a rich Valrhona chocolate mousse with crunchy pistachios, a Victoria plum Bakewell tart and a Provence fig and blackcurrant trifle. It’s time to embrace our inner Bruce Bogtrotters.
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October and then each weekend
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ
Peckham Levels x Spike + Earl
What: Preview of Peckham Levels
Why: This weekend sees the next preview in the Peckham Levels X Spike + Early event. For those who don’t know Peckham Levels is teaming up with neighbouring coffee-cocktail bar, Spike + Earl to showcase some of the street food vendors who will take residency at Peckham Levels when it opens later this year. Next up is Chinese food specialists Hao Hao Chi which translates as very good eat in Chinese – they’ll be cooking up authentic and regional dishes – but be quick it’s for 3 days only.
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th October then different previews until 4th November
Where: 31 Peckham Road, Camberwell, SE5 8UB
London Shell Co
What: We Don't Just Live For the Weekend: Game Menu
Why: Tuesday’s can often be the most depressing day – it’s not the start, the middle or the end of the week! So, you need to find a way to make it special and we have just the thing for you – the perfect autumnal evening. On Tuesdays throughout October and November, London Shell Co (the restaurant on The Prince Regent canal boat) will host a cruise from Paddington Camden Town and back whilst serving a game menu. Dishes include the likes of coarse rabbit, pork and cobnut pate; wood pigeon and black pepper sausages with plum ketchup and roast venison haunch.
Tuesdays throughout October and November
Where: Sheldon Square, Little Venice, W2 6EP