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The Handbook

You’re probably still recovering from the bank holiday and planning a weekend wrapped up in a duvet with Stranger Things, Schitt’s Creek or the likes playing out in the background. But, if you do still have a tinge of energy in you to celebrate the start of September then we’ve got you. Meatopia brings its prime cuts and party vibes to Tobacco Dock, plus London’s first ever brunch festival has arrived… that’ll sort any one week hangover! Without further ado, here are some of the best things happening this weekend…

5 Of The UK’s Best Foraging Courses For Mushroom Season

It’s mushroom season baby, and as you’re a fungi why not get the most out of the season by foraging for your supper? Foraging has become increasingly more popular in recent years now that we’re looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably, but it’s incredibly important it’s done safely and to know what to be looking out for. We’ve picked out five of the UK’s best wild food foraging courses, because after all, there not mushroom for these puns any longer…

Find them all here!

Website: Fungis This Way...


The seventh annual event boasts a finely curated menu, a weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers, which ensures this year’s festival to be the best yet.

Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September 

Where: Tobacco Dock, 56 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF

8 Astonishingly Awesome August Openings

London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Insta-fave Eggslut, Antipodean gone wild Mama Fuego, The Halal Guys new spot, and much more. Check ’em out!

Website: Find The Openings This Way...

London’s First Brunch Festival

We may have just waved goodbye to our last bank holiday for a while (sobs), but that doesn’t mean we have to kiss goodbye to the beloved brunch! If you didn’t get a chance to indulge in the millennial weekend staple last weekend, fear not! This weekend, we’re saying bye-bye to brunch FOMO, and hello to London’s first brunch festival! We’re so egg-cited London Brunch Fest is returning for a second year, shining light on some of London’s star brunch eateries. From 31st August to 1st September, The Old Truman Brewery will be transformed into a brunch heaven, and you’re invited!

Website: Grub Your Tickets Here

Speciality & Fine Food Fair

Speciality & Fine Food Fair is the UK’s leading trade showcase of fine food and drink. Attendees can meet over 700 national and international producers and suppliers of artisan food and drink as well as see all 50 Great Taste Awards finalists displayed under one roof. Speciality & Fine Food Fair is an Aladdin’s cave of discovery and an experience for all the senses.

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road

Eccleston Yards Summer Series

Get your skates on because it’s the last weekend to soak up the summer over at Eccleston Yards. Their summer series is coming to an end so make the most of the last remaining exciting events and activities happenings throughout the courtyard. Challenge your friends to a game of outdoor croquet, or jumbo high tower, or enjoy an iced bevvy from one of the pop-up food and drink vendors whilst relaxing in the sun (well, we’re hoping it’ll be sunny anyway…).

Running until 31st August

Where: Eccleston Yard, Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ

Carnaby Eats

All aboard the Carnaby express! We’re headed to Carnaby this September to their month-long foodie fest filled with masterclasses, cookbook launches, and exclusive menus to tuck into! Over 60 restos, cafés, bars and pubs will be opening their doors, serving up menus brimming with international flavours and dishes. So, whether searching for somewhere to host a party, or just fancy treating yourself a bit of ‘me’ time, Carnaby Eats is the spot for you.

1st – 30th September

Where: Carnaby

Brassroots at 12th Knot

One, two, three, four, let’s dance straight out the door, because we’re headed to Sea Containers London to groove to some brass sounds. Brassroots at 12th Knot is a new series of monthly events featuring big brass beats with Bacardi drinks, and it’s starting this Saturday! Grab yourself a Bacardi cocktail, soak up some of London’s iconic skyline, and dance the night away…

Where: Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD

Mai Tai Day at Trader Vic’s

There’s only one place you should be celebrating Mai Tai day and it’s Trader Vic’s of course! Claiming to be home to the world’s most authentic Mai Tai, you’ll be able to try the tipple for yourself, made with Plantation ‘The Collector’ rum, before whiling the night away enjoying live entertainment. We’re talking Plantation rum masterclasses, Tiki cup making sessions, Tiki bazaar, and a whole lotta cocktails too, woohoo!

Friday 30th August 

Where: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE

St James Bar Gets A Makeover

St James Bar at Sofitel London St James has undergone a beautiful redesign, and we can already tell it’s going to be the place to head for a cocktail or two… Interiors specialist and respected bar and restaurant architect, Jim Hamilton has worked his magic, bringing curved plush velvety seating, brass accents, and a striking marble-topped bar to the St James Bar. And, oh boy, do we want to while away the weekend here! 

Where: 6 Waterloo Place, St James, SW1Y 4AN,

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz at Skylight

Know your Beyoncé from your Shakira? We certainly hope so because London’s biggest and best music quiz is back for another weekend at Skylight bar. Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is returning this Sunday, so expect over 100 wall-to-wall tracks crammed into two hours being fired at you, and to celebrate the end of summer, it’s the first time the quiz will be held outside too! Oh, and there’s 50% off Prosecco and Bloody Mary jugs from 12-2pm! We know we’ll certainly be taking advantage of this offer…

Sunday 1st September

Where: Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, E1W 2SF

Howling Hops

Roll up, roll up! East Londoners, we’ve found your go-to summer party spot (for what remains of it, anyway…)

Enter Howling Hops and their new kitchen residents, Maize Blaize. This collaboration can be found in a giant warehouse next to Hackney Wick station (very edgy), with the Colombian street food specialists taking over the kitchen and drinks being provided by bearded craft brewers, Howling Hops. Previously based at Camden Market, the authenticity and passion of the Maize Blaize team has followed them across the city. The new menu boasts tasty, guilt and gluten-free options like sunshine-bright cornbread, fried plantain and a top secret chicken recipe known only to Escobar himself.

Where: Unit 9A Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN

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