It’s the freakin’ weekend, and we can’t wait to give our keyboard wandering fingers a rest and embrace September in all of it’s “is it too hot for a coat?” Septemberness. This weekend we’ve got a right old jumble to present you with; ever wanted to tick a Pearly King and Queen Harvest Festival off your bucket list? Well no, me neither. But there’s one happening and it looks jolly good. Or, if you fancy being knocking back a whisky and getting hands on, there’s an event for that too. And on the theme of tipple tasting, Mercante are putting on a fabulous sunset walk, which will be rewarded with Aperol Spritz. Where do I sign up?! Then, to burn off the alcohol belly, Wanderlust festival is a global yoga and wellness festival, set to get you “omm-ing” your way to equilibrium! So, for these cheeky happenings, and more, do read on.
The Perception at W London
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Why: To pay homage to LFW, The Perception at W have launched a very fashionable breakfast – Kate Moss eat your heart out. The Fashion Fix breakfast will be the perfect pick-me-up before heading off to get your glam on and watch stuff strutters on the catwalks. The breakfast is designed in collab with nutritionist and model Sarah Ann Macklin, featuring a whole host of sweet and savoury bits ‘n bobs with immunity-boosting, stress-reducing and protein richness at the helm. As Sarah Ann Macklin says , “breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day, and I find it important for when I know I have a busy schedule such as LFW. I have devised a menu which covers a range of nutritional qualities to suit every need.” well she’s got us persuaded, here’s to healthy breakfasts and insta envy.
From 6th September
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
The Painting Rooms
Why: It’s that time again; time to transform the wooden staves from Glenmorangie’s prized “twice-used casks” into a beautiful luxury item. Not sure what on earth I just said? Well me either. But Glenmorangie’s event looks pretty damn cool, which you can experience at The Painting Rooms in Covent Garden. In essence, the boozy event will include a tonne of whisky tasting, hands-on workshops and much more. So if you’re a design and whisky pundit, let this weekend event whisk-y you away!
On the 13th and 14th of September
Where: 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8DH
Website: Purchase tickets here...
Green Park (0.4 miles)
Why: Ooo, it’s time for a bit of luxe; something every worthwhile weekend needs! Mayfair restaurant Mercante is celebrating the “BELLISSIMO” culture of Italy alive by asking us Londoners to get our shoes on, enjoy a dinner and take a sunset walk, apasseggiata. Gosh what an ask! Next they’ll be requesting us to drink fine wine and have a good time! The event will be led by historian and London expert Peter Berthoud, a man who’s had many a stroll around London. And because all that walking deserves a refreshment, the Mayfair Passeggiatas will end at Mercante with a complimentary classic aperitivo of an Aperol Spritz on the terrace. Now that’s what I call a great idea/ (making the most of the incy-wincy bit of nice weather we still have)!
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Why: By the looks of things, it’s still summer at Galvin HOP! No complaints from us! The newly re-furbed location, now a modern bistro, will be getting us giddy with its Aperitivo hour, taking place every day from 4-6pm. So, if it’s been a tough ol’ day at the office, wander down to this watering-hole and order an Aperol Spritz, Campari Negroni or an O’ndina Gin & Tonic, alongside a complimentary small plate.
Where: 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
Why: Everyone needs a bit of wanderlust in their lives don’t they? I’ve even got the word tattooed on my back – big mistake circa 19-years-old – but I still get excited when I hear the word, which translates to a strong desire to travel. With the world in mind, Wanderlust is the global yoga and wellness festival which includes ground breaking events such as the world’s only mindful triathlon, in partnership with Adidas. The coveted event, which has us yogis doing extra downward dogs in anticipation, arrives in Battersea Park on the 15th September and, as has just been announced, will be graced by YouTube yoga sensation Adriene Mishler. Wanderlust takes place on the 15th of September
Where: Battersea Park
Fortnum & Mason
Why: Who doesn’t love Fortnum and Mason? It’s such a London staple, and at Christmas? Well wow, who needs Santa’s grotto, let’s just say that. Now, they’ve launched their annual artistic collab Fortnum X Frank, with art collector Frank Cohen. The collaboration sees the presentation of some seriously awesome artwork, courtesy of British landscape artist, John Virtue.
10th September – 20th October
Where: 181 Piccadilly
Why: Grab yourself some pearly king and queen action at Guildhall Yard’s Harvest Festival. It’s the perfect time to grab yourself one of those flamboyant jackets too without looking like a berk – LFW and all. The event will see a tonne of dancing about, maypole action, marching bands and lots of colourful characters at this traditional event. If you’re not there, you’re bound to hear its cacophony blasting across the city, so you may as well attend to avoid FOMO.
16th of September
London Design Festival
Why: The London Design Festival is turning sixteen, which means we really should do the right thing and celebrate its birthday. Who doesn’t love a birthday!? The nine day festival, which takes place across the capital, brings design old and new to us Londoners. So, if you’ve got a hint of magpie in you, forever on the lookout for shiny goods, take a look as the V&A celebrates 10 years as the festival’s hub, with a huge range of displays and installations, tours and workshops from Global Design Forum.
World Guacamole Day With Holy Moly
Why: Contain your excitement: it’s only National Guacamole Day this Sunday! Mark this landmark date with some Holy Moly, the latest thing in green spready dips. The new innovation is made from 100% natural ingredients and, most importantly, it tastes just like proper guac should: home made. Say farewell to supermarket branded guacamole that always tastes manufactured and try it just like you made it yourself, but for a fraction of the effort.
National Guacamole Day is this Sunday, 15th September
Why: Facebook is fighting back. Against all the accusations that they’ve been profiting from your data, waves of negativity and scandal after scandal welcome to ‘It’s Your Facebook’. So rather than being a faceless organisation, they’ve decided to pop-up (albeit briefly) on Carnaby Street this weekend only. Head down to ask them anything. As long as it’s not Mark Zuckerberg’s exact location, personal messages and likes; some data is only one-way.
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September
Where: 3 - 4 Carnaby Street, West End, W1F 9PB
Why: Champagne might have been at the top of the sparkling wine game for a long time, partly because the name sounds fancy and it makes us think we’ll all be that little bit more sophisticated if we drink it, but actually we should be championing all things homegrown and English sparkling wine is definitely giving it a run for its money, especially the award-winning Chapel Down. And now the English winemaker has teamed up with Florentine Restaurant & Bar to host a pop-up rooftop bar night.
Ft. a super cool Ibiza-style lounge area, the lounging cushions and mood-enhancing lighting will have you drifting off Chapel Down sparkling and still wines, Curious Apple Cider and Curious Brew Lager in hand.
Open from 2pm – 10pm on Saturday 15th September, weather depending.
Where: 6 Hercules Road, Waterloo, SE1 7DU