Where did the week go? Not that I’m complaining, but as the season change accelerates into autumn the days seem to be flying by faster than ever. Sadly the same is true of the weekends, one second you’re waking up at midday and the next you’re somehow staring down the barrel of another Monday morning. So seize the weekend while you can.
And there’s plenty to seize. In Lottie’s absence I’ve been trusted with winkling out all London’s got to offer (I suspect I’ll have to account for why I put an audience with Giles Brandreth in – know your audience, Phil!), and there’s no shortage. There is, however, a shortage of time, space and inclination, so here’s like 10 of them…
Go To The Theatre…
…But not to a show. At Theatre Royal Drury Lane the real star of the show is Theatre Royal Drury Lane. At least it is this weekend, as the theatre (affectionately known as ‘The Lane’) offers guests a one hour tour of the world’s oldest theatre (site).
At £18.50 a pop you're presumably also supporting the theatre...
After a two-year, £60 million restoration led by Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber, the theatre is looking splendid. Find out about the theatres 350 year history with a behind-the-scenes (literally) tour. Discover hidden tales, scandal, conspiracy and even murder.
At £18.50 a pop you’re presumably also supporting the theatre, a cause rightly close to all of our hearts.
Tours begin on Saturday at 10:30am and 12pm and on Sunday at 10:30am.
Where: Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF
Check out a brand new floral afternoon tea
With RHS Chelsea Flower Show starting next week Brown’s Hotel, (London’s oldest hotel), has partnered with Floris London (England’s oldest perfumer) to bring us a brand new afternoon tea.
Diners will also receive a trio of luxury ‘Orange Blossom’ hand soaps...
The limited edition afternoon tea is available from 17th September to 1st October and sees Brown’s Head Pastry Chef, Reece Collier, closely collaborating with Floris’ Head Perfumer, Edward Bodenham, to create a special floral cake infused with fragrance notes of Floris’ Neroli Voyage eau de parfum, a citrus marine smell inspired by the Ligurian coastline.
Diners will also receive a trio of luxury ‘Orange Blossom’ hand soaps, while in-house florist, Ellie Hartley Flowers, will be decking the hotel’s Drawing Room with ‘floral fancies’ and Floris delicately scented candles.
Where: 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day!
If you thought that the Americans were wild about their independence day, then you ain’t seen nothing. Check out Mexico.
Basically the same thing, but done with more style, better food and infinitely better drinks. And it’s happening this weekend. Well, it’s actually this Thursday (today!) but of course the country that brought us tacos and tequila was going to string it out over the weekend!
Combine disco and dining (and brunching)…
Knightsbridge restaurant Sumosan Twiga will this weekend launch their brand-new Uptown Brunch.
The brunch offers guests the ultimate combo of dining and disco, bringing funk and disco, boogie and Motown to play, including with live music from Najwa and the Funks, accompanied by a live saxophonist.
Where: 165 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9QB
Try afternoon tea on Pall Mall
116 Pall Mall is opening to the public for the very first time this Saturday, and launching a brand new tea at the same time. Why not sample The Confectioner’s Afternoon Tea this weekend?
The launch will go to support UK Hospitality as part of National Hospitality Action Day, and any profits from the launch will go to its charity partners.
The event is set to music and starts with savouries including smoked salmon rillette, horseradish, pickled fennel, and keta, and a salt beef Reuben brioche bun. For the sweet toothed (and it is called the Confectioner’s tea) munch on freshly baked scones and clotted cream and Galloway fruit preserve. The main event will involve indulgent delicacies including a Chocolate, cherry and pistachio delice; Passionfruit éclair; and Searcys’ signature Victoria.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5ED
Feast at a foodie festival!
The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival is back this weekend, and will be rolling out their stellar cast of chefs and TV-famouses this Saturday and Sunday.
The bill includes Jose Pizarro exploring his Spanish influences, author and food writer Fuschia Dunlop bringing the heat of her Sichuan cooking and Michelin-Guide listed Peruvian chef Martin Morales (of Ceviche).
They’ll be joined by chef Jack Stein, Celeb chef Aldo Zilli and Olia Hercules (Ukrainian chef and author).
Expect live demos, hosts including BBC’s Chris Bavin and Heart Radio’s Katrina Ridley alongside food podcaster and stand-up Ollie Horn.
Where: 52 Upper Street, The Angel, N1 0QH
Sip a Negroni or two. Or three…
It’s National Negroni week! Apparently. Whoop. If you like Negonis, that is. Boris probably did a presser about it.
Anyway, the cocktail is very much available to buy (as, indeed, it is for the other 51 weeks a year) from all manner of reputable venues.
Go and see Giles Brandreth (no, really!)
Yes, it’s a curveball recommendation and no I’m not mistaking you for your dad. Why not go and watch actor, author, podcaster, former-MP, broadcaster, and now (apparently) acclaimed stand-up comedian Brandreth at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall?
No I'm not mistaking you for your dad...
He’s won Most Popular Show At The Fringe Award (though not for this one) and his Break A Leg! show received kind write-ups.
Where: 5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ
Clean up… the world!
Saturday marks World Cleanup Day, the day when ecologically minded do-gooders can gather and litter pick, make a difference and mingle.
London is hosting a number of events which you can join this weekend.
If that all sounds too much effort, maybe use it as a chance to moderate or change your behaviour to be more environmentally friendly. I plan to close the coal powered power station in my back garden, but it might be something simple like investing in a super environmentally friendly reusable bottle like this one…
Go potty at The Independent Ceramics Market
Put two fingers up to Big Ceramic by visiting the Independent Ceramics Market this weekend!
Saturday sees Truman’s Social Club, officially the UK’s biggest beer hall, hosting the market as part of the London Design Festival.
The 26,000 square foot space will be crammed with ceramic artists, DIY potters and student modellers all displaying their pots, dishes and bowls
Where: 1 Priestley Way, Walthamstow, E17 6AL
Get a taste of the Big Apple (except it’s a bagel, not an apple, obvs)
Nothing says New ‘Yoik’ City like a bagel. It is to NYC as gelato is to Rome or crêpes are to Paris. And there’s a bagel pop-up this weekend you’re going to want to have on your radar.
American Express have teamed up with British Airways this weekend to create a street-foodie travel inspired popup and they’ve even got a new twist on the New York staple, the bagel. Literally! They’ve actually twisted it into a tasty figure-of-eight called the Twist & Share Bagel.
How does it work? You both grab a side, twist, and guzzle it down. As demonstrated by songstress Jessie and her mum (see pic!).
Inspired by the British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card (basically their Companion Voucher gives you a second seat for a friend – geddit?) you can go down to the South Bank this Saturday and Sunday and grab a Twist & Share Bagel entirely free. Or if that’s out of your way, how about Boxpark Shoreditch?
Served from 11:00am and be available whilst stocks last…
Where: South Bank, Riverside Grass (near Observation Point) on Saturday 18th September or Box Park Shoreditch (next to Shoreditch High Street Underground) on Sunday 19th September.
Inject some of The Doctors’ Orchestra into your week
If there’s one group of people we’ve got so much time for at the tail end (hopefully) of the pandemic then it’s doctors. Not least because rather than seeking (deserved) glory (or a pay-rise) instead they carry on their altruism in the form of a fundraising concert!
Instead they carry on their altruism in the form of a fundraising concert!
Not exactly the weekend, but we’ll let it slide, on Monday the Cadogan Hall will resound to the sounds of the 75-strong Doctors’ Orchestra, led by surgeon and musician Stephen Brearley.
The event is in air of the UK-based refugee charity, Freedom from Torture. The event is also live-streamed, in case you can’t make it.
Where: 5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ