Here we go again, another weekend. Isn’t this a bizarre time of year? Treading water toward between summer and winter. And if the weather doesn’t know what to do with itself, at least you can. Here’s our suggestions of what to do this weekend.
Barge your way onto The London Shell Co this weekend and get 50% off for their first week of bookings on their Sea Harvest cruises for their first week of bookings. Travel down the Regent’s Canal and celebrate the best of sea (and land) food, along with British cider and live music and even some poetry.
Where: Sheldon Square, Little Venice, W2 6EP
Veg out this October for Vegtoberfest, the UK’s first 100% vegan Oktoberfest celebration. Coming to Camden Town’s Fest Camden the event will bring Camden’s leading vegan street food specialists Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner to create vegan versions of Bavarian wiesswurst, ratwurst and Bobckwurst sausages with all the usual trimmings. Also enjoy their ‘gooey-crispy-fried vegan mozzarella sticks’ and loaded fries, Fest Roof Garden’s wood-fired pizza oven where a selection of vegan pizzas with Bavarian themes will be served as well as vegan pretzels with accompaniments. And it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer, so enjoy vegan-friendly Bavarian beers such as Spaten and Lowenbrau as well as local vegan craft ales including a special Oktoberfest brew from Camden Town Brewery. DJs and great music obviously included.
Where: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
With basically the best views across London, Aqua Shard are adding some of the best tastes too! Thanks to Domaines Barons de Rothschild and their wine dinner. Set in the private dining rooms the exclusive wine dinner will be hosted by Stephen Lane from Rothschild and the restaurant will showcase outstanding wines, paired with a three course menu.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Old Spitalfields Market
Air Canada will be hosting a Poutinerie pop-up, showcasing destination-twists on the classic Canadian dish. Held at Old Spitalfields Market, the gourmet Poutine menu has gone global. Normally the Canadian favourite combines crispy chips topped wit cheese curd and gravy. But new versions will include variations of the dish based on its global flight routes including Hawaiian Loco Moco Poutine Poke made up of fries, seared salmon, boiled egg, scallion, crispy pineapple and sesame ginger miso mayo, alongside Cancun’s Mayan Enchilada made up of sweet potato fries, corn chips, red enchilada sauce and avocado cilantro dressing.
Thursday 4th October from 5.30-10.30pm
It’s time to battle it out with burgers. This Saturday Time Out (sort of Handbook competitors but hostilities are paused when there are burgers at stake) and Deliveroo have joined forces with eight of the best burger joints to battle out to see who is the verifiable best. Held at Shoreditch’s Geffrye Museum the competitors will be Mac and Wild, Shake Shack, Bad Egg, Tommi’s Burger Joint, Haché, Mildreds, GoneBurger, Beer + Burger Store. Tickets include a taste of all the burgers, plus a drink!
Saturday 6th October
Where: 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8EA
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When’s a beach not a beach? Probably when it’s in a restaurant in The City. M Restaurant on Threadneedle Street are mourning the end of summer by recreating it there in the restaurant with a full-on beach. Think sand, splash pool, volleyball, the lot. The event is sponsored by Veuve Cliquot, which means the champagne will be flowing from the beach bar and, as you’d expect from a restaurant like M Restaurants there’s a whole range of foodie snacks on offer, including grilled scallops with chimichurri, burrata brioche toast and crispy whitebait.
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October
Where: 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP
Nearest station: Bank (0.2 miles)
Welcome back Wright Brothers! After a bit of a refurb, the seafood and oyster specialists are back in business with a great new look and, more importantly, a new and improved menu. In time for the winter there are two new heated outdoor terraces, a new cocktail menu and a brand new sharing food menu. Nestled on the corner of Kingly Court, just behind Carnaby Street, this is THE place to head for a taste of the sea.
Where: Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Mayfair’s Novikov have something a little bit special for one of London’s most popular arts events, Frieze London. And taking its lead from some of the capital’s leading artists, the talented mixologists have created cocktails like the Damien Hirst inspired drink pictured above (note the SHARK), as well as drinks taking their lead from Jonathan Yeo and Tracey Emin.
Available between 4th and 7th October
Where: 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA
The Bloomsbury Club Bar are having a one-night-only residency this Friday from New York City’s BlackTail NYC, in partnership with Thomas Henry Mixers. The taste of New York will be led by the Cuban themed Manhattan bar’s Bar Manager Jesse Vida, alongside William Pasternak and Ally Marrone and they’ll be presenting an innovative cocktail menu of BlackTail favourites and bespoke creations.
Friday 5th October
Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN