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What To Do This Weekend: 9th-11th June

Thursday 8th June 2017

Election results aside, one thing we can all agree on is that we need a little bit of uplifting this weekend. Luckily for us, that means food festivals, cheese markets, baking competitions and free hugs, and that’s before you take into account that Saturday is World Gin Day – so on that front think gin tastings, bottomless gin brunching, G&T ice cream and a gin-infused house party.


What: Half Price Pizza

Why: Pop Brixton pizza favourite and London pizza champions, Made of Dough, is opening its first permanent site in Peckham – and it opens this weekend, hurrah! The pizzeria will maintain the laid-back neighbourhood vibe of the Brixton shipping container original. An open wood fire oven, chefs table and cocktail bar make up the ground floor space, with monthly music and wine nights and new additions to the menu. Soft launch: Friday 9th –  Sunday 11th June with 50% off food. Visit every Monday once it’s opened and you’ll get 50% off bottles of booze.
From Friday

Where: 182 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4BW

Website: www.madeofdough.co.uk


What: Bottomless Gin Brunch

Why: Gin is for life, not just World Gin Day. Riverside restaurant, Skylon know this which is why they have launched their alternative G&T menu, with a little help from Fever-Tree, to be served all month long. Saying that, they are celebrating on the big day with a bottomless G&T jazz brunch, with Tanqueray and yes, you guessed it, Fever-Tree.
From Saturday 10th June

Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

Website: www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk


What: The Ultimate Sunday Lunch

Why: Jason Atherton pretty much rules the London restaurant scene, boasting 8 restaurants to his name. This weekend will see the return of ‘Social Sunday’ as his restaurant empire welcomes top chefs into the kitchen to create bespoke lunch menus. Expect to sample food prepared by Ollie Dabbous, Claude Bosi, James Cochran and Lee Westcott, with guest bartenders shaking up great things at Jason’s speakeasy Soho bar, The Blind Pig.
Sunday 11th June

Where: Across London

Website: www.jasonatherton.co.uk


What: Free Hugs

Why: We all need a bit of positivity in our lives and Urban Food Fest are aiming to do just that with a Good Vibes Fest this weekend. Everything from free yoga sessions to free hugs and goodie bags will pick you back up – whatever the election result. Food wise, there’ll be everything from falafel pittas to avocado sushi burritos, with salted caramel churros for balance. We’re all about balance…
Saturday 10th June

Where: Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6HU

Website: www.urbanfoodfest.com


What: World Gin Day

Why: Gin, gin, we love gin. This Saturday marks World Gin Day and Junipalooza is back at Tobacco Dock to help you celebrate in the appropriate juniper-infused manner. The event will see 50 distillers from 14 countries set up shop for one weekend only for masterclasses, tastings, food and live music.
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th June

Where: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF

Website: www.ginfoundry.com


What: Fashion and Food

Why: Combine food with fashion on Saturday at Seven Dials’ Fashion Feast. A free shopping and food event, the day will see local businesses team up for workshops, food demonstrations, styling sessions, exclusive offers and even a live runway (fingers crossed it’s rain-free). You’ll find us lingering round Hawksmoor’s pop-up demo kitchen…
Saturday 10th June

Where: Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HD

Website: www.sevendials.co.uk


What: Soho Street Food

Why: Soho is basically foodie heaven, but if you aren’t lucky enough to work nearby then you won’t get to make full use of it, day to day. This weekend sees the return of the annual Soho Food Feast, rounding up top talent in the foodie industry to keep us fed once more. Expect appearances from Barrafina, Foxlow, Blacklock, Som Saa, Ember Yard, Hoppers Patty & Bun…we could go on. All profits raised will go to the Soho Parish primary school so it’s eating for a good cause. It’d be rude not to go…
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June

Where: St Anne's Churchyard Gardens, Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6LB

Website: www.sohofoodfeast.com


What: Get Out of London

Why: We might think we have all we need in our London bubble, cut off by the M25, but you know what we don’t have? Acres of space and fresh country air. So, get out of London. Head to Wiltshire for Longleat’s first ever food and drink festival. The two-day event will be showcase local wines, ciders and food including Wiltshire chillies. There’ll be chef demonstrations from James Martin and Nadiya Hussain and as part of the tea Emma, Viscountess of Weymouth, will be hosting Emma’s Afternoon Tea. Taking place in the Orangery, the tea will include speciality teas, afternoon cocktails, homemade meringues and intricately crafted cakes.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June

Where: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Website: www.longleat.co.uk


What: Gin and Ice Cream

Why: Christmas, our birthdays…World Gin Day. This Saturday sees the return of one our favourite days and to celebrate we won’t just be drinking G&Ts (although they will feature heavily), we’ll also be eating Gindaes. Yep, Gindaes are a thing; they’re what happens when you mix gin with ice cream and it’s something Gin Mare and Ruby Violet will be doing this weekend as they host a G&T ice cream parlour at The Hoxton this weekend. You’ll be able to choose botanical infused ice creams and sorbets and then top them with dried olives, crstyallised rosemary, botanical brittle, savoury wafers and gin-soaked orange peel.
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June

Where: 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HU

Website: www.thehoxton.com


What: Gin-Infused House Party

Why: Beefeater will be opening the doors to its iconic distillery gin distillery for a gin-infused house party to celebrate the end of their London Tonic Series and World Gin Day. As well as plenty of gin, they’ll be inviting back some of their biggest acts from the series including comedian, Adam Bloom (said to be Ricky Gervais’ favourite), street poet Joshua Idehen and magician Ryan Tricks.
Saturday 10th June

Where: 20 Montford Place, Vauxhall, SE11 5DE

Website: Get Tickets Here


What: A New Farmer's Market

Why: Weekends are made for farmers’ markets and this weekend sees the launch of a new market coming to Battersea. The Gladwin Brothers have teamed up with London Farmer’s Market to host a new market in the courtyard of their latest restaurant, Nutbourne. Bringing the finest produce from the countryside to London, the market will host 25 food stalls each week and the brothers will host their own pop-up stall selling a different seasonal dish each week and their own award-winning wines from their family vineyard, Nutbourne in West Sussex. You’ll also be given a recipe card each week with a list of ingredients needed to create one of the brothers’ favourite dishes, with all the produce being sold at the market that week – clever thinking.
Saturday 10th June

Where: 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP

Website: www.nutbourne-restaurant.com


What: On Your Marks, Get Set, BAKE!

Why: As part of London Festival of Architecture, some of Britain’s top architecture firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Rogers, Stirk, Harbor + Partners will be competing to create the most impressive architectural creations at this weekend’s WATG Great Architectural Bake Off. Except, this time round their materials will be flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate as they create a building in cake form. Judging them will be design critic, Alice Rawsthorn, Rose Carrarini, founder of Rose Bakery, London Festival of Architecture Director Tamsie Thompson, Harriet Thorpe of Wallpaper* and Daniela Puga, Architecture Curator at the Barbican. Head over to Fitzroy Square to check it out.
Saturday 10th June

Where: Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, W1T 6EY

Website: www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org


What: For the Cheese Lovers

Why: Cheese lovers: listen up. In celebration of London Food Month, W5 Food Market is bringing a cheese market to the front of Ealing Town Hall. There’ll be oodles of melted cheese from Raclette Brothers, cheese-laden brunches from Muffin Man & Co and Travelling Tikki’s creative take on the classic cheese toastie. You’ll also find the Cheeky Food Co, Flaming Bonsai, Kaffee Culture, Desi Baker Boy, GB Cheesecake and The Amazing Sherbet Company. If you want to actually know more about cheese, rather than just eat it, you can head to the Ealing Bites Talks Tent where Abbotshill Wine Bar & Deli will be hosting a series of talks and tastings from a variety of cheese makers and experts. A day full of cheese on a Sunday – it’s basically our idea of heaven.
Sunday 11th June

Where: Forecourt, Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2BY

Website: www.eat-me-drink-me.co.uk


What: Thames Path Mighty Hike

Why: Macmillan Cancer Support have just announced a new hike and it’s taking place along the Thames path! The Thames Path Mighty Hike will start in Windsor and will end 26 miles later in Henley-on-Thames. Not only is it a chance to get outside and do something different with your Saturday but you’ll also be raising money for those affected by cancer. Lunch, dinner and snacks are provided, you get a glass of fizz as you cross the line and you don’t have to spend months training like you do for a marathon. Great!
Saturday 29th July but registration closes on the 2nd July  

Where: Windsor to Henley

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

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