If the current forecast is anything to go by, the weekend will start off wet with the sun coming out on Sunday. Just as well there are lots of indoor events going on on Saturday, with an overriding foodie theme (you know we love our food). It’s World Whisky Day on Saturday too so we trust you will celebrate appropriately. Fingers crossed it stays bright for Sunday evening’s outdoor concert with the London Symphony Orchestra in Trafalgar Square… Read on for our guide to the weekend.
POLPO's new brunch
A new brunch to keep you going all weekend long: POLPO. Italian-inspired (obviously), the concise brunch menu features poached eggs and scafata (summer vegetables), wild garlic, mushrooms and ricotta on toasted sourdough and brunch pizzetta and launches this Saturday in all POLPO restaurants. Served both days of the weekend from then onwards, 10am to 12.30pm with bookings available. Breakfast Bellinis, Bloody Marys and half price bottles of Prosecco make it an occasion but if you really want to pull out all the stops, try the frittole; Venetian doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.
Le Bun pop-up: last chance
This weekend is your last chance to experience the Le Bun Vivant pop-up in Chinatown’s Leicester House Hotel. 5 weeks of serving up regional North American/French fusion food has got to come to an end so get yourself a New Orleans shrimp and scallop po bun or suckling pig bun inspired by Lyon all washed down with Tarte Tatin Moonshine before Saturday is up.
Where: Leicester House, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BL
Celebrate World Whisky Day
Saturday is World Whisky Day so we wouldn’t have you drinking anything else. Good job, then, that Broadway Market’s Kansas Smitty’s is getting ready to pour the stuff with an interactive cocktail making session from 5.30-7pm. As well as attempting to make a Piney Brown Julep (lavender, pine, salted heather honey, bergamot and lemon), whisky lovers will get to sample a selection of malts and single grains.
Where: 63-65 Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4PH
Corbin & King’s pop-up restaurant at Art16
Art16 returns to London Olympia for the third year this weekend, with 1,000 artworks from 30 countries. As well as talks and tours, art lovers who are also food lovers can take a break at Corbin & King’s revolving pop-up restaurant. The guys behind The Delaunay and The Wolseley have created a menu inspired by iconic dishes from their restaurants including The Wolseley’s smoked haddock Monte Carlo and The Delaunay’s cherry scheiterhaufen, with a classic afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Rugby and street food
It may have taken on a more family-friendly approach for the first time this year, but Twickenham’s Rugby Sevens has pulled out all the stops on the food front. Urban Food Fest are taking charge which means no more hot dogs with soggy onions. Instead, 20 international street food trucks and stalls will be serving everything from slow-roasted pulled pork burgers to sweet and savoury crepês and Venezuelan maize arepas. We can justify sweet and savoury when there are pints to soak up…
Where: Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA
London’s Biggest Trampoline Park
Bounce into the weekend at the recently opened trampoline park, FLIP OUT. The biggest of it’s kind in London, the vast 45,000 sq ft space is made up of interconnected trampolines, foam pits and parkour area for bouncy basketball – if you take it seriously you could burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. If all this makes you feel a bit childish, visit after dark for DJ nights, or take part in a yoga or dance class.
Where: Bendon Valley, Earlsfield, SW18 4LZ
A taste of Sicily
Your summer holiday may still be a couple of months away but you can get a taste of Italy, at least, with this weekend’s SicilyFEST pop-up market. Bishops Square will be transformed into a Sicilian street market for two days, with free cookery classes with an Italian chef as well as all the pasta, arancini, cannoli and craft beers that you can dream of. The holiday can wait.
Where: Bishops Square, Spitalfields, E1 6FQ
Free Outdoor Concert
We’re all for some high brow culture, but when a ticket to the opera means forking out north of £60 we often shun it more than we should do. No excuses this weekend though, as the London Symphony Orchestra pick up their bows and take their seats in Trafalgar Square for a huge free outdoor concert on Sunday evening. Pack up a picnic and get there early (before 5.30pm) to reserve your spot. Fingers crossed the weather is on our side; Tchaikovsky in the rain doesn’t seem quite so appealing.
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN