Weekends are for fun. Weekends are for friends. Weekends are for fitting in as many activities as you can possibly cram in over such a brief – but enjoyable – period of time. Our favourite way to spend our days off is, of course, by eating great food and drinking great drinks. Living in a city like London, you'll never be lacking for a range of ace and tasty events running over the weekend. But choosing which ones are worth your precious presence (and, moreover, worth the Google Calendar invite) is a bit more difficult.
After all, there's nothing worse than spending your Saturday and Sunday at an event with limp burgers and weak cocktails. To help you make the most of your time off work and away from your glass office, we've created this handy little weekend round-up of the best food and drink events going on across the city. Anything you think we missed out? Well, feel free to be in touch with the events that you think we should be covering next week!
From KERB's latest Seven Dials Market to a Rob Roy Cameron residency at Crispin, this week is full of great eating and drinking experiences for everyone.
20 things to do in London this weekend
1. Taste Rob Roy Cameron's menu at Crispin
From 2 September; Pavilion on The Corner, E1 7NF
Our all-time rankings of Rob Roys goes: 1) Cameron, 2) MacGregor. While the Scottish outlaw is a legend in his own right, Rob Roy Cameron definitely edges it in our books. Which is why you'll find us at Crispin this September. Formerly of El Bulli and Gazelle, Cameron will be serving a minimalist menu of seasonal small plates for two weeks only on Tuesday to Saturday evenings at the zinc and glass Spitalfields eatery. Cameron's menu includes Bruno Albouze tomatoes with foraged English seaweed; herb salad with wilted sea aster and crispy yeast; cured sardine with pickled onion and fennel water; Iberico pluma with grilled onion and chichilo sauce, and more. Dishes will start from £8 with Crispin's signature option to order 'one of everything' costing as little as £29.50 per head.
2. Try Kanpai's new Miru sake
From 3 September; 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN
Kanpai Sake, Britain's first sake brewery, is launching a new special edition drink, distributed by Amathus Drinks, just ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Whether you're a sake expert or a complete newbie to the beverage, the Miru – a Junmai Ginjo – is a very limited, ultra-premium sake that's guaranteed to impress. Miru (which means 'to see') is an alternative style of premium sake with a rich, fruity flavour and a gentle acidity ; a perfect pairing with cheese or charcuterie that can be served cold or room temperature. Even if you know nothing about sake, know this: it's good, damned good. And there's only a limited number of bottles available so get on down to Peckham sharpish so you don't miss out on seeing what Miru has got to offer.
3. Drink at the London Armagnac Club
4 September; 7 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN
What's a duck's favourite drink? Armagnac apparently. Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, the London Armagnac Club will see some of the regions most established and well renowned houses arrive at Monsieur Le Duck to take you on a spiritual spirit journey. The first event, taking place from 7-9pm on 4 September, is being hosted by Château de Laubade – one of Bas Armagnac's most well-respected houses. Guests will be able to discuss the origins of the house, its production methods, terroir and taste from its range. The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of small bites from the Monsieur Le Duck menu and you'll even get a 50ml of the restaurant's in-house duck fat washed Armagnac and a discount voucher to use at the eatery at a future date. Quack.
4. Neil Rankin x José Pizarro at the Swan Inn
4 September; 2 Hare Lane, KT10 9BS
Talk about dynamic duos! José Pizarro is joining forces with Neil Rankin to bring a special BBQ evening to José's new pub, The Swan Inn on 4 September from 6:30pm. The evening will be hosted outdoors with all of the food being cooked on Big Green Eggs. The special menu will include a selection of three main courses including José's classic Spanish tapas with Jamón Ibérico, Pan con Tomate, Croquetas and Padrón Peppers. Do you really need any other reason to see these two culinary mad lads in action? Didn't think so.
5. Drink highballs at Empirical Spirits x BAO Fitzrovia
5 September; 31 Windmill Street, W1T 2JN
Taiwanese cult favourite BAO is hosting three outstanding international bars this month and celebrating the arrival of these drinks experts with special dishes and late-night openings. In partnership with Japanese brewing and distilling company group House of Suntory, each guest takeover will serve concoctions inspired by their corner of the globe, paired with a unique one-off bao. The first collaboration on 5 September will see Copenhagen based Empirical Spirits take over BAO's iconic u-bar to create three bespoke highballs focusing on flavour and detail. These drinks can be enjoyed alongside a specially paired Rød Pølse Bao with onions and mustard and will be available on the night and within the restaurant for the following week. Reservations are advised.
6. Experience a hemp rum masterclass at Ladies & Gentleman
6 September; 213 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG
On Friday 6 September, Ladies & Gentleman bar in Camden Town will be hosting London's first hemp rum masterclass in collaboration with Dead Man's Fingers Hemp Rum. For one night only, with limited space for forty people, the good people at Dead Man's Fingers Hemp Rum will be taking rum fanatics and novices alike on a journey through the history of hemp, providing a tutored tasting, and showing how to master the art of hemp rum cocktails.
7. Go to the re-launch of London Fields Brewery
6 September; 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR
London Fields Brewery is unveiling its brand spanking new brewery and taproom this weekend, bringing top rate brewing back to its Arches for the first time since 2014. The team will be throwing open their doors to the public and unveiling the brewery's new spaces and line-up of beers on 6 September 2019. The all-new taproom will serve brewery-fresh tank beer ranging from IPAs to traditional lager styles and seasonal sours. Meat people Prairie Fire BBQ have also hopped on board and guests can expect some of London's most authentic Kansas City style BBQ. We're talking 14-hour applewood smoked pork, hickory smoked chicken wings, and 16-hour hickory smoked USDA brisket. Beers + BBQ = perfection.
8. Get a free Pornstar Martini with Passoã
6 September; various locations
Do you know what day it is on the 6/9? It's Porn Star Martini Day. Yeah. Make of that what you will. Passoã has partnered up with DrinkUp this Friday and there's going to be 1,000 free Porn Star Martinis up for grabs to celebrate the occasion. Fourteen bars across London will are doling out those zesty passion fruit cocktails and there'll be an array of other exciting activities happening on the day, too. Get involved before they run out!
9. Enjoy The Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Racing Weekend
6-7 September; High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
Taking place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September, the Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Racing Weekend is a feast for the senses in just about every way. Featuring thrilling Flat racing and a host of mouth-watering culinary attractions including food and wine stalls, free tastings and special appearances from celebrity chefs, it's the ideal weekend for anyone into food, drink or unmissable entertainment. As well as enjoying a competitive seven-race Flat card each day, racegoers will be able to sample and purchase from an exceptional array of food and wines available from across over 30 enticing stalls.
10. Have a couple at the Camden Tank Party
7 September; 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, NW5 3NN
Camden Town Brewery's 7th annual street party is back, celebrating the freshest beer poured straight from the tank on 7 September. The Fresh as Hells party will be going on from 12-8pm with the freshest beer, fresh pasta and a Tank Party line-up like no other. Enjoy some old faithful Unfiltered Hells Lager as well as two new tank beers brewed just for the party: Watermelon Hells Lager, made with fresh watermelon, and Southern Passion Hells Lager, a juicy beer brewed with the unique South African hop. Beer cocktail collabs with the East London Liquour Company and fresh pasta from the likes of Lina Stores, Pastifico al Dente, Pasta e Basta, and The Cheese Wheel will also be available. Tickets are £10, which includes entry, three beers or soft drinks, plus a ticket to the afterparty at FEST Camden.
11. Experience FOH royalty at the Laughing Heart x Timberyard
7 September; 277 Hackney Road E2 8NA
The Laughing Heart is hosting another collab night on 7 September with the award-winning Timberyard from Edinburgh. As opposed to most kitchen takeovers this is a Front of House led collab where Jo Radford (owner of Timberyard) will be leading the show with Charlie from The Laughing Heart to show what the best service and hospitality can look like. The £49 set food menu will include food inspired by Timberyard but cooked by Tom Anglesea – a menu that complements the wine with Timberyard in-house charcuterie, ferments and some of the best Scottish produce. The wine list itself is a damn fine reason to attend and as Jo and Charlie are putting together an incredible wine list for the evening including rare and interesting wines that you'll likely never have seen (and may never see) on a London list.
12. Spend a day at KERB Seven Dials Market
7 September; Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
Street food pioneers KERB are set to open the doors to their first-ever permanent home this weekend. Occupying 24,000 square foot, Seven Dials Market is the new all-day destination packed with 25 independent food businesses all with roots in the city’s streets and markets, alongside a bar and bookshop. Upstairs, visitors can take a seat at the world’s first cheese conveyer belt Pick & Cheese, visit Square Root’s Temperance Bar ‘Soda Stage’, or feast on award-winning vegan Mexican-Californian street food by Club Mexicana. Keep your energy up with specialty coffee and sweet and savory donuts by Big Shot Coffee & Donuts. Monty’s Deli will be bringing their world-class Reuben sandwiches to the West End, with seafood restaurant Claw cooking up sustainable lobster rolls. Downstairs is where you can find ramen from Nanban, Chinese comfort food by YIN or INK’s fritto misto platter. Other vendors include Truffle, Yum Bun, Strozapretti, El Pollote, and more. Hungry? We hope so.
13. Festa in Famiglia at Theo Randall
7 September; InterContinental, 1 Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY
Weekend lunches are never a bad idea are they? This new weekend lunch from chef Theo Randall seems to be a particularly unique idea. Taking a stand against the increasing amount of screen time that goes on during mealtimes – and likely having watched one too many episodes of Black Mirror recently – Theo Randall is campaigning to get families and friends to spend more quality time together with a specially created sharing menu at his Park Lane restaurant. Theo's 'Festa in Famiglia' campaign will encourage guests to go offline by removing their mobile phones. Following the launch on 7 September, every weekend will see diners get rewarded for their "sociability", as tables that go the entire meal without their devices will have the chance to pick a prize from the deck of the classic Italian card game, Briscola. Is this the future of dining? We don't know. Do we want to eat great pasta while we watch a total stranger get stressed about not being able to see if their latest Tweet banged or not? Absolutely.
14. Tuck into Wing Fest
7-8 September; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
London Wing Fest is back for the fifth year running and this year's bash is set to be bigger and better than ever. For one weekend only, London Wing Fest will take over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Stratford Waterfront from 7-8 September. Expect more than 30 restaurants, street food traders, and pop-ups slinging over 120,000 drums and flats for a quid a wing in a bid to be crowned 'Best Buffalo Wing' or 'Best Wild Wing' in the UK. Chicken connoisseurs lined-up so far range from street food devotees to fully-fledged restaurants including: Drums and Flats, We Serve Humans, Wingmans, Buffalo Joe's, Chicken George, Thunderbird and Lord of the Wings. Come along if you can handle the heat.
15. Dine with Le Grand Bains at Gunpowder
8 September; 4 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD
As the latest in the banging Gunpowder & Friends collaboration series, Edward Delling-Williams of Le Grand Bain in Belleville, Paris will be joining Harneet Baweja on the Tower Bridge hots. Delling-Williams – a former chef at St John – has become a cult sensation in Paris and will be returning to London with a menu of unique and innovative dishes. Expect dishes like: sourdough flat bread topped with grilled artichoke hearts in red pepper masala, spinach and red onions; chilli and kasundi mustard cured cod with melon tartare, pomegranate gel and aonori; braised ox cheek with black garlic served with jeera aloo rosti; tempura seasonal vegetables with egg curry masala; cheesecake with cherries and hibiscus and oat crumb; and masala chai and chocolate fudge petit four. This is a real real once-in-a-lifetime kind of meal, people. Be there.
16. Budgie Montoya at Pachamama East
8 September; 73 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HR
Budgie Montoya – the talented chef and owner of Filipino BBQ restaurant, Sarap – will be brunching it up at Pachamama East on 8 September. Both of Filipino heritage, John Javier and Montoya are creating Filipino dishes with a breakfast influence. What does that comprise of exactly? Imagine a sisig scotch egg made using pig's head, chicken liver, calamansi, onions and chilli. Yeah, we're in.
17. Go to The Brunch Collective's first Sunday at Flat Iron Square
8 September; 64 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU
Flat Iron Square's new 'The Brunch Collective' is launching this Sunday to celebrate all things...well… brunch. Food partners for the first month include Original Fry Up Material, Lime Hut, Zip & Zing Juices, where the pancakes are, Waffle On and The Farmers Mistress. Food traders will change monthly so make sure to keep your eye out for more of your elevenses faves. With most of the dishes costing around £5, it's also one of the most affordable brunches going in the city.
18. Goed Zuur x The Beer Kitchen
8 September; 339 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LS
Goed Zuur is the only dedicated restaurant in the world with an all-sour and mixed fermentation beer line-up. Which means it's a pretty big deal that owners Anthony and Rachel are coming to London from their Denver home to do an event with acclaimed beer and food writer Melissa Cole, author of The Beer Kitchen. The menu takes influences from both Goed Zuur’s style of cooking and recipes from Melissa’s book, making it a collaboration both parties are extremely excited about. Beer and food never tasted better together.
19. Be the first to eat at Sons + Daughters
9 September; Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ
James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy A.K.A the TickyOff boys A.K.A the duo behind savvy East London restaurant Pidgin are proud to announce the launch of their latest venture, Sons + Daughters. The sandwich shop is opening in Coal Drops Yard on 9 September and will be open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Freshly-made sandwiches, sides, soft serve ice cream and an exciting menu of cocktails are all on the cards. If you look really closely at the fine-print on those cards you might even be able to make out the top quality produce involved, too. Sons + Daughters bread is supplied by Paul Rhodes Bakery, its meat comes from Swaledale, and even the salad leaves are sourced from Growing Underground: a sustainable underground farm which grows fresh micro greens and salad leaves below the busy streets of Clapham. The Sons + Daughters kitchen will be headed up by head chef Jacqueline Barbosa, previously of the Guinea Grill and Where the Pancakes Are. With Bodega Rita's already in the premises, Coal Drops Yard's sandwich scene just got stacked.
20. Try Honest Burger's new Karma Cola collab
Until 29 September; various locations
This September, Honest Burgers is joining forces with Karma Cola to bring back the GOOD KARMA collaboration burger. What's in the burger? Well, it's the Honest beef patty you know and love jazzed up with Karma Cola candied bacon, double American cheese, shoestring fries, Karma Cola bacon gravy, red onion and pickles. Woof. Not only that but a share of takings from the campaign will go to the Karma Cola Foundation – a charity which last year the campaign raised £20,000, contributing to communities in Sierra Leone who produce the cola nut.
21. Luke Selby's Mortimer House residency
Until 6 October; 41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH
This September, Maslow's Mortimer House will be hosting its third highly anticipated guest chef residency with ex-Head Chef of Michelin starred Hide, Luke Selby. Selby, who will be joined in this kitchen by his two brothers Nathaniel and Theo, will be starting from 6 September and running until 6 October with bookings available for dinner on Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunch. Selby's à la carte menu will use the freshest British produce, blending classic techniques with elements of theatre. The menu will include a main course of roasted native lobster, fennel and smoked butter sauce, with tempura claw and ponzu. The exclusive menu will also include a chestnut agnolotti with mushroom consommé, pickled walnut and root vegetables; and whole stuffed quail, served with golden turnip, raisins and grapefruit. Finish off with a Set 'Crème Brûlée' spiced early autumn fruit soup for dessert and you'll be all set, my friend.