The Handbook
The Handbook

The weekend is here! A weekend of festivals, brunches and boats, celebrate new cultures, try new foods and drink lots of cocktails – it’s only two days so make the most of it.

Butler's Wharf Summer Party

End of Summer Party

The D & D London restaurants at Butlers Wharf will be officially* closing summer with their End of Summer Party.  Butler’s Wharf Chop House, Le Pont de la Tour, Cantina del Ponte and Blueprint Café will all be opening their doors for an afternoon of summer dishes (such as baby-back ribs and burger and grilled polenta with Mediterranean vegetables and vegetable skewers); live music and plenty of cocktails – your first one is on them!
*Obviously not officially because if they could control the seasons we would be having strong words with them about the lack of sun in August.
Saturday 9th September

Where: Various Restaurants at Butler's Wharf

Classic Boat Festival

All Things Nautical

Part of the Totally Thames Festival, the Classic Boats Festival is a celebration of beautiful vintage boats and will be taking place this weekend. It’s a chance to climb on board over 40 vintage boats and sailing and motor yachts including Little Dunkirk Ships, there’ll also be paddle boarding, canoeing, food markets, The Great River Race, art installations, sea shanty singers and for children, Sharky & George Pirate Kids Club.
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th September 

Where: St Katherine's Dock,50 St Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 1LA

Old town port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel, on dramatic sunset

Tel Aviv in London

Celebrating Tel Aviv

TLV in LDN is a four -day celebration on the vibrant Israeli city of Tel Aviv – it’s four days of workshops, performances, art, music and food. Over the weekend, esteemed Israeli chef, Shaul Ben Aderet and five guest chefs will host a free food festival showcasing the breadth of cuisine from the region. You’ll also find a performance from Israeli dance troupe, Mayumana and a digital art exhibition curated by internationally-renowned artist Ori Gersht. It’s time to break up your weekend of drinks and brunch with a little culture. 
Friday 8th – Monday 11th September 

Where: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

The Great Gaucho City Walk

Walk for Charity and Steak

Gaucho invite you to join them for their inaugural Great Gaucho Walk. In support of Key4Life and their amazing work rehabilitating young offenders, the walk starts at Gaucho Richmond and finishes at Gaucho Piccadilly where you’ll be rewarded with lots of food and drinks, you’ll also stop by at Gaucho Sloane for refreshments on the way. It’s a great way to see London, get some exercise, help a good cause and eat – a Sunday well spent.
Sunday 10th September 

Where: Starts at Gaucho Richmond, The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, Richmond TW10 6UJ

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

New Nobu Brunch

Nobu Shoreditch is soon to be the proud owner of the title of London’s first Nobu Sunday Brunch which will run every Sunday from 11am – 3pm launching this weekend. The Japanese offering will begin with a classic dish of Edamame alongside Parmesan Truffle Rice Toban, throughout the brunch guests are invited to take advantage of the exclusive Brunch Bar which has a variety of classic Nobu dishes like Yellowtail Jalapeno and Japanese Beef Stew. Those who fancy a longer experience can opt for the “Wake Up To Brunch” staycation package where guests can stay in the hotel the previous night to minimise the commute for breakfast.
Sunday 10th September and then every Sunday 

Where: 10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BH

Taberna do Mercado

Nuno Mendes Takeovers

To celebrate the upcoming launch of his new book, Lisboeta, chef, Nuno Mendes will be taking over the kitchen at his Spitalfields restaurant Taberna do Mercado to show off some of the recipes from the cookbook. This will be a key opportunity for fans of Nuno (or just fans of good food, aka everyone) to sample the recipes created by the man himself before the book’s release in October. The Nuno Mendes cookbook takeovers will be held on Thursday and Fridays throughout September as set menus available for both lunch and dinner. Expect light, fresh seafood such as squid with garlic and coriander or grilled sardines at lunch and in the cooler evenings, slow-baked lamb chanfana and roasted orange-rub pork belly with fennel. For pudding, you’ll find Nuno’s version of bolas de Berlim (doughnuts stuffed with custard) and pastéis de nata.
Thursday 7th – Friday 8th September and then Thursdays and Fridays throughout September.

Where: Taberna do Mercado, 107B Commercial Street,Shoreditch, E1 6BG

OnBlackheath Festival

Blackheath's Festival

Summer might be drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean that the festivals have to stop – there’s still time to listen to live music and eat plenty of food alfresco. Taking place in Blackheath in partnership with John Lewis, OnBlackheath will see the likes of Travis, The Libertines and Jake Bugg perform whilst in The John Lewis Village you’ll find guest chefs, pop-up restaurants and food demonstrations. The line-up includes Masterchef winners Jane Devonshire and Gary Maclean who won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016 and Michael Bremner who is Head Chef and owner of Brighton’s 64 Degrees restaurant, plus you might have seen him on BBC2’s Great British Menu. Good food and live music – two of life’s finest things.
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September 

Where: Blackheath, SE3 0UA


Next New Brunch

It wouldn’t be a weekend without at least two new brunches and the next one is from Skylounge. Served on Saturday and Sunday, you can soak up the views of London, whilst you soak up your hangover with the likes of French toast with coconut encrusted brioche and guava puree mascarpone and smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast. Or get going again by making the brunch bottomless and make your way through 90 minutes of free-flowing Bolla Prosecco.
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September and then every weekend 

Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AF


We Don't Just Live For the Weekend: New Breakfast

The early bird catches the worm, but if that doesn’t float your boat then Magpie has just launched a breakfast option with staples such as granola, yogurts and fresh homemade pastries. Showing their creative flair other choices include fermented potato bagels with hoisin-cured pork belly and a yuzu kosho blueberry oat muffin. Coffee will be readily available but if you need a little extra something then go for the Magpie Bloody Mary which combines tomato, lemon, pedro ximenez, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, porter and oyster on the half shell.
Avaible Monday – Friday 

Where: 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX