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What To Do This Weekend: 11th – 13th May

The bank holiday weekend just keeps on giving! If you’re surprised to be reading this, then we’re equally surprised to be writing it so soon after we finished the last weekend! Hurrah for short weeks! So now you can plan what to do with your weekend coming up. Here’s some inspiration, including Asparagus Season, Doughnut Week AND Cocktail Day…

Sanderson Hotel

Cocktails At The Sanderson

To celebrate cocktail day, Sanderson’s Long Bar will be celebrating in style with a Flight to Sanderson. They’ve laid on a series of four mini cocktails, including Champagne Sorbet, Bernard, Tonton and The Great Wave. Could there be a better way to spend a Sunday?
Sunday 13th May

Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
Website: www.sandersonlondon.com

South Place Hotel

Suckling Pig and Baked Alaska

It’s seasonal feasting down at East London’s South Place Hotel with a special Spring Dinner this Friday. Guy, the Head Chef at the hotel’s Chop House restaurant, has created what is a quarterly dinner series and the Spring edition will start with Cornish Crab, followed by Wye Valley asparagus, hen’s egg and Berkswell, then, according to the press release, an ‘impressive centrepiece of Berkshire Suckling Pig and baked Alaska (flambéed at the table) to finish’. We’d never thought of putting baked Alaska with pork, so it might well be worth attending to see how that goes.
Friday 11th May

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

STK London

Health be damned, this looks great!

sDoughnuts may not be your go-to when you think about STK London, but the chophouse has something a bit different going on. To celebrate National Doughnut Week (who knew?) AND the Royal Wedding, they’ve come up with a ma-hoosive 900g STK Doughnut so you can eat like an American. As if that wasn’t unhealthy enough, they’ve decided they want you to look like an American too, packing it full of iconic US favourites (or ‘favorites’) like peanut butter and salted caramel-scented custard cream while the entire thing is decorated with cracker jack popcorn. And to make sure that Britain’s represented, the whole thing is covered with a crispy, smoked streaky bacon glaze. Mmmmm of hmmmm depending on your view, but worth trying just to find out (plus the proceeds go to charity).
From Saturday 12th May to Sunday 19th May

 

Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Website: www.togrp.com

London Brewers’ Market

Beer Me Up

Something’s brewing… No, literally, London’s leading independent craft beer festival is coming back thanks to Hackney’s own Five Points Brewing Company. The event will celebrate 25 of the capital’s leading independent breweries Five Points, Hackney Brewery, The London Beer Factory, Signature Brew, Brick Brewery and many more (twenty more, in fact). Guests will be able to meet the brewers and, most importantly, taste their wares. What’s more, it’s entirely free!
Saturday 12th May

Where: Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, E1 6EW
Website: www.londonbrewersmarket.com

Hoppers Soho

Sri Lankan Feast

Hop along to Hoppers for the first of their ‘Sunday Sessions’. And we can’t think of a better place to spend a session of anything, not least eating at this acclaimed Sri Lankan restaurant. Starting this Sunday, and then continuing every second Sunday of every month, guests will gather to take part in one-off feasts focussed around large cuts of meat, whole fish, and traditional sharing karis from the subcontinent. Hosting only thirty guests, tickets will sell out fast!

Where: 49 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SG
Website: www.hopperslondon.com

Pimlico Farmers' Market

Ooo Arr-sparagus Farmers' Market

It’s all about asparagus over at Pimlico Farmers Market where stall holders will be launching The London Asparagus Festival on Saturday. Celebrate with asparagussy feasts from the likes of Madame Gautier, Artisan Foods and Phil Stanley. As if all that asparagus fun wasn’t enough to make your pee smell funny, guests will be invited to hunt golden asparagus spears, hidden around the market, for a chance to win a hamper of spring spruces.
Saturday 12th May

Where: Pimlico Road, Pimlico, SW1W 8UT
Website: www.lfm.org.uk

34 Mayfair

More Asparagus!

And there’s more asparagus where that one came from, in the form of 34 Mayfair, who are celebrating asparagus season with a special edition dinner using only the best Norfolk asparagus. Highlights of the menu will include fried duck egg, grilled asparagus, Iberico ham truffle as well as a salt moss beef carpaccio, smoked horseradish, shaved asparagus and aged ricotta which will be joined by a Morel and wild garlic ravioli, asparagus and Pecorino or why not try just plain steamed asparagus hot with hollandaise sauce.
All weekend and throughout asparagus season

Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, South Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 2HD
Website: www.34-restaurant.co.uk

Smith & Wollensky

Anything But A Negative Space

I seem to recall negative space being a big part of GCSE art, well Smith & Wollensky have raised it to an art form with their platters of doughnut holes. Celebrating National Doughnut Week their irresistible bite-sized doughnut holes will be served with  thick chocolate and salted caramel sauces. You can park asparagus season, I’m heading to Smith & Wollensky.
Saturday 12th May to Sunday 19th May

Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Website: www.smithandwollensky.co.uk

Kings Cross Canopy Market

CHOCOLATE!

Two words to make my ears prick up and my tail wag: chocolate festival. Canopy Market in King’s Cross will be hosting their Chocolate Festival this weekend and it promises to be a one-off celebration of all things cocoa. Chocolatiers a-plenty will be in attendance, there’ll be chocolate fountains, tastings, talks and demonstrations, the lot. Learn about and taste oodles of chocolate.
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May

Where: Kings Cross, N1C 4LW
Website: www.kingscross.co.uk