OK so we may have to wait until August for another bank holiday but that doesn’t mean we’re any less efficient at cramming our weekends full of brunches, cocktails, rooftop BBQs and sky high fitness classes. Read on to see how to spend your precious two days off…
What: BBQ Thursdays
Why: You may or may not be aware that this week is National BBQ Week (as if we needed an excuse) but if your landlord won’t allow glowing coals then you might want to let top chef, Adam Rawson, do the cooking instead. He’ll be at the newly opened Brixton Beach for one night only on Thursday to launch a new weekly series imaginatively titled “BBQ Thursdays on the Beach”. The event is free to attend but order a food token in advance and guarantee your chance to try his Cubano Medianoche burger, pina colada ceviche and spiced fries with mojo verde.
Thursday 1st June
Where: Brixton Beach, Pope's End, Brixton, SW9 8JH
Theo Randall at the InterContinental
What: Four Course Brunch
Why: Brunch is our favourite, but a four-course brunch? Well that’s a whole new level. A level that Theo Randall is reaching with the introduction of his La Dolce Vita weekend brunch that starts this Saturday. Translated as The Sweet Life, the brunch isn’t your usual avocado on toast, instead you’ll find cured meats and cheeses, handmade pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal and Theo’s signature Amalfi lemon tart. You can of course add bottomless Prosecco or Bellinis too. If it’s breakfast you’re after then there is also a new a la carte menu which features Italian classics such as St Ewe Cornish free range eggs with zucchini, creamy caprine fresco cheese and marjoram herbs.
Saturday 3rd June and then every Saturday and Sunday for brunch and throughout the week and weekends for the breakfast.
Where: InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY
What: Trailer Parks and Cocktails
Why: In a city full of terraces and rooftops, we’ve found something a little different, a trailer park. Yep a trailer park in Hackney Downs where you can eat street food, play table tennis, listen to independent record labels and DJs and most importantly drink cocktails for just £5 each. It’s brought to you by Our/London Vodka and takes place at their distillery. Launching this weekend, things get underway with food from Andrew Clark and the Black Skulls collective and later in the month you’ll find Zoe Adjonyoh from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen cooking up West African dishes. Terraces who?
Saturday 3rd June and then every Saturday throughout June, July, part of August and September dates being announced soon.
Where: Our/London Vodka Distillery. Spurstowe Road Hackney E8 1LS
D & D London Celebrate National Barbecue Week
What: BBQ by the Thames
Why: If you didn’t know, this week is National Barbecue Week and the weather has actually been pretty good – well done, high fives all round. Celebrating are D & D London who are holding a week of Thames-side barbecues, so you still have time to go this weekend. Taking part are Blueprint Café, Butlers Wharf Chop House, Cantina del Ponte and Le Pont de la Tour. Dishes include the likes of whole grilled Dover sole with Béarnaise sauce, Moroccan-spiced lamb chops and onglet steak with chimichurri. We don’t want to put your BBQ skills down, but we reckon the food and views are both going to be better than if you stay at home.
Available now until Sunday 4th June
What: A Taste of the Deep South
Why: If you’re wondering what exactly Noshville is, let us enlighten you – it’s what happens when KERB brings together eleven deep south music with the Suffolk-based Maverick Music Festival and puts it in Granary Square for two days. In short, it’s two days of Americana food, drink, live music and games. Food comes from the likes of Anna Mae’s who has created a Big Mac mini burger loaded with mac n cheese; Vicky’s (deep south) Donuts which are filled with snickers, glazed with maple pecan and injected with lemon meringue pie (not all at once don’t worry, they are three separate donuts) and Taco Dave’s crunchy nut buttermilk fried chicken with habanero jelly and bourbon glaze smashed maple candied bacon tacos. Games include a hot dog eating competition (if you can eat more) and music comes from the likes of Jonas and Jane and Pepe Belmonte.
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June
Where: King's Cross, Granary Square, N1C
The Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden
What: Cinnamon Kitchen x Bombay Sapphire
Why: Cinnamon Kitchen are having a little summer romance with Bombay Sapphire as they join together to launch a gin garden with a summer Pavilion. You’ll find The Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden in Devonshire Square. It’ll be decked out with everything you need to while away the hours lounging around drinking gin, including a giant swing bench, tents for private hire and an outdoor screen showcasing all the best summer sport. To eat will be lamb shammi kebabs, east meets west masala potato wedges and farmhouse cheeses with naan breads and mixed chutneys. Because summer isn’t summer without gin fuelled afternoons.
Launches Friday 2nd June until September
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, Bishopsgate, EC2M 4YL
London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
What: Equinox Summer Series 2017
Why: This weekend sees the return of the Equinox Summer Series – a series of workouts including Hip Hop Yoga and Barre Burn. Taking place in the Rumpus Room, on the 12th floor of the Mondrian you can start your Saturday with Boxing Bootcamp which is certainly going to be one way to shake off the week. Follow it with brunch where you can refuel with the likes of salmon bagels and avocado on toast.
Saturday 3rd June and then the first Saturday of each month July to September
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
The Cheese Truck x Archies Summer Party
What: Grilled Cheese
Why: Matthew Carver, Archie’s founder, will be gathering his foodie friends to the opening of their new summer terrace in Deptford. The Cheese Truck will be in attendance serving everyone their favourite grilled cheese sandwiches. To make the most of the terrace, gin sorbet experts, Sloshed, will be serving their refreshing take on cocktails as well as Kernel Brewery with the best beer to swallow down all that cheese. All the Cheese Truck team will be there before they head off around the UK in their truck for festival season!
Saturday 3rd June
Where: Archie’s, Arch 12, Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX
Villandry Great Portland Street
Great Portland Street (0.3 miles)
What: Bottomless Brunch
Why: This weekend Villandry are welcoming their new summer brunch menu. The new menu will feature the classics with a summer twist including poached eggs with avocado on sweet corn and chilli fritters and a halloumi burger. It doesn’t stop there, tea or coffee, a pastry and mini cake platter is also included. If you’re thinking of hopping on the bottomless brunch bandwagon, free flowing prosecco and champagne can also be added.
Saturday 3rd June and then every Saturday and Sunday thereafter (available at both Villandry Great Portland Street and Villandry St James’s)
Where: Villandry, Great Portland Street, London
What: World Renowned Bartender in London
Why: World renowned bartender and star of documentary, Hey Bartender, Steve Schneider will be making an appearance at his temporary residency at GONG Bar in the Shangri-La Hotel. Steve Schneider will be teaming up with the Head Bartender, Christian Maspes, to make five delicious and exciting combinations. These cocktails include the ‘Ready Fire Aim’ for those with a sweet tooth comprising of honey-pineapple syrup and Hellfire Bitters and the equally as exciting ‘Escalante’ with the ingredients of Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka and agave nectar. He’s only around for three days, so head there pronto.
Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd June
Where: Level 52, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
The Harwood Arms X MEATliquor
What: Dead Bambi Burger
Why: The Harwood Arms, London’s only Michelin-star pub, and MEATliquor will be providing you with the ultimate hangover cure this Sunday with the special deer burger, ‘Dead Bambi’. Soz Bambi fans. MEATliquor has already provided Londoners with the most popular dish on deliveroo, the ‘Dead Hippie’, so big things can be expected as these names collide. The burger will be available for one day only, as well as a selection of sides including fries, cauliflower croquettes and even Jägermeiseter ice cream. To work off your burgers, Queens Skate Dine Bowl will also be hosting the activities with bowling and skating.
Sunday 4th June
Where: MEATliquor QW 17 Queensway, W2 4QP
What: Three Day Party
Why: Pop Brixton knows how to party anyway but this weekend they’ll be celebrating their 2nd birthday with a music, games and street food-fuelled three day party. Kicking off on Friday night, back-to-back DJ sets will be followed by an all-day, all-night festival with a line-up of live music and DJs, pinatas, face painting and good old fashioned party games. Sunday is a family friendly day of movies, brunching and shopping.
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Holborn (0.3 miles)
What: Royal Cocktails
Why: This June will mark the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee – that’s a whopping 65 years on the throne – and we will be celebrating in true regal style at The Savoy’s American Bar. Head Bartender Erik Lorincz has created five new cocktails for the occasion, each inspired by royal events like the birth of Prince George to the wedding of Charles and Diana. We like the sound of the Sapphire Jubilee Fizz the most; Star of Bombay gin, Oleo Sacharum, Violet Liqueur, Pineau de Charentes and Champagne. And yep, it’s blue.
Launching on Saturday 3rd June
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London
Old York Road Unplugged
What: Good Old Fashioned Fun
Why: Once upon a time, street parties were a regular occurrence but nowadays, the only thing that can really stop the traffic is the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Wandsworth Town (home to The Handbook HQ) is closing its high street to cars this Sunday in what we like to think is an ode to HRH’s Sapphire Jubilee. All you really need to know is that there’ll be live music, performances from local children and food from local traders served out on the streets. You’ll find us lingering by BBQ experts Meat Up.
Sunday 4th June
Where: Old York Road, Wandworth Town, SW18
Sipsmith Secret Sipping Garden
What: Ealing's Hidden Garden
Why: Charlotte’s W5 has joined forces with its local distillery and London favourite, Sipsmith to create the Sipsmith Secret Sipping Garden, try saying that after you’ve had a couple. Found in Dicken’s Yard, with its calming fountains, the garden will feature Sipsmith deck chairs, twinkly lights and cosy blankets for when the sun goes down. Making use of what is around them, you can expect to find drinks that use local ingredients such as The Electric made from Electric Cold Brew Coffee, almond syrup and Sipsmith sipping vodka.
Opens 1st June
Where: The Old Stable Block, Dicken's Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 2UQ
Soul Clap Day & Night Summer Series
What: Day to Night Party
Why: Summer, it’s all about the day parties that turn into night parties; with the days stretching out, there’s no need to go home and hibernate. Kicking off these parties is Soul Clap, who’ll be taking over The Magic Roundabout for an afternoon party before taking revellers over to XOYO to carry on. This weekend will start with Soul II Soul front man Jazzie B; Brooklyn disco ensemble Midnight Magic and New Yorker, Justin Strauss.
Saturday 3rd June and then every Saturday throughout June
Where: The Magic Roundabout, 16 St Agnes Well, EC1Y 1BE
We Don’t Just Live For the Weekends:
This Friday is National Fish & Chip Day, but we say wait until Monday to celebrate, because if you head to Bentley’s in Mayfair on a Monday for lunch and order fish and chips you get a free glass of Champagne. Saving money and banishing the Monday blues in one.