London’s Best Gastropubs

With many thanks to out friends from ‘Time Out’, we present you some of the most delicious and welcoming gastropubs around London…

Anchor & Hope

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Once there was just St John, then former St John chefs started to create their own restaurants using the same template – head-to-tail ingredients in simple but artful combinations, served up in a relaxed setting. The Anchor & Hope, which opened more than a decade ago, is still showing how it’s done. Handy for both the Young and Old Vics, it consists of a straightforward pub divided by a heavy central curtain from a dining room.

Eagle

2 Widely credited with launching the food-in-pubs revolution when it opened in its current form in 1991, the Eagle has long since passed into both legend and middle age. Still, if some of the kids it inadvertently spawned put half as much effort into their food as the Eagle, ‘gastropub’ might not have become such a dirty word – this high-ceilinged corner room remains a cut above the competition. 

The Empress

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‘Yorkshire fettle, radicchio, grapefruit and fennel salad now on,’ chef Elliott Lidstone had tweeted. And what a treat: a salad that, as salads seldom do, seemed much more than the sum of its parts with grilled radicchio, pink grapefruit, wafer-thin fennel, plus tiny capers and parsley, and the more subtle British version of feta. Crisp slivers of pig’s ear with apple sauce was a world-beating bar snack to match the local beers on a terrific drinks list. Half a hollowed-out.

The Gun

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Typical of the ETM chain, the Gun is an attractively spruced-up pub, with attentive staff and stiff prices. The focus is on making both diners and drinkers feel at home. The restaurant menu is available throughout – not just in the smartly dressed dining space – and there’s a standalone bar menu too. The handsome bar counter is lined with real ales (Adnams bitter is a regular, and there’s always a guest ale), but also offers cocktails and a global wine list. 

Jugged Hare

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After years of very thin pickings, the Barbican has recently acquired not one but two classy gastropubs. This, and the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (opened in 2011) are both part of Ed and Tom Martin’s ten-strong empire. The Jugged Hare was once called the King’s Head; it’s been handsomely remodelled, with a lovely oak floor, red leather seating and more than a scattering of stuffed and mounted animals. The bar is an idealised version of an old drinking haunt; pints.

Old Red Cow

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The old red cow herself, if she wasn’t apocryphal, probably didn’t have a pleasant visit to this pub’s manor – Long Lane was an ancient cattle route to Smithfield meat market. You can see the cupolas, domes and reliefs of London’s temple of butchery through the front windows of this refurbed Victorian site, which no longer uses its antique ‘Ye Olde’ prefix and has turned its focus to serving very good beer. New owners haven’t mucked about with.

The Crabtree

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Situated on a fine stretch of the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this vast Victorian venue is within shouting distance of Craven Cottage, the homely home of Fulham Football Club. It’s been given a grandiose, gastro-tastic going over, and is the latest feather in the bow of posh boozer specialist Realpubs. We’ve also been mightily impressed by two of their other venues recently, The Queen Adelaide in Shepherd’s Bush and The Pembroke in Earl’s Court.

 Culpeper

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The ‘seasonal and local food’ mantra is taken to silly heights at this new gastropub in the heart of London’s East End, where salad leaves and some herbs for the kitchen are grown in planters on the roof garden. It’s a bit of fun – and maybe a bit of on-trend window-dressing too. No roof garden can keep a busy kitchen in produce. But ignore the pathos of such tokenism, because everything else about this pub – drinks, service, ambience and, above all, the excellent.

Bull & Last

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For a place with such a good reputation for its food, the Bull & Last is refreshingly pubby: heavy wooden furniture, velvet drapes, stuffed animals and old prints decorate both the bar and the upstairs dining room. The latter is a calmer and cooler place to eat than the ground-floor bar, and allows diners to focus on dishes such as king scallop carpaccio with pink grapefruit, crème fraîche, coriander and vinaigrette or pig’s cheek with watermelon pickle, basil and sesame. 

Horseshoe

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‘Home of the Camden Town Brewery’ reads the menu. But yes, this is the heart of Hampstead – presumably Jasper Cuppaidge, the thirtysomething Australian who runs both this cheery pub and the brewery (which has moved from the pub’s basement to close-but-no-cigar Kentish Town), thought naming a beer label after one of London’s poshest neighbourhoods might alienate more drinkers than it would attract. You’ll find the full range of Camden keg beers here. 

Best Winter Sun Luxury Hotels

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With thanks to our friends at Bon Vivant Concierge...

The Viceroy Anguilla

The Viceroy Anguilla appeared on Anguilla’s shores in 2009 and instantly made its mark with its striking design and signature Viceroy service. The lightly coloured stonework and marble blend with driftwood light fixtures, striking objets d’art and the surrounding landscape, creates a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere.

Most of the 166 guest rooms have their own sun deck and plunge pool. The hotel has three swimming pools, including one child-friendly pool and the delightful infinity pool positioned next to the Sunset Lounge.

The signature restaurant, Coba, offers an excellent seafood selection with exquisite views of Barnes Bay and Meads Bay, while Aleta, adjacent to the child-friendly pool, specialises in Caribbean flavours and the Bamboo Bar & Grill offers a relaxed alternative by the beach.


Royal Mansour, Marrakech

The Royal Mansour is regal in every way – no expense has been spared to create a truly magnificent hotel. There are no standard rooms here, but a collection of 53 three-storey riads ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms, each with a sitting room, ground floor patio, open-air entry courtyard and a rooftop terrace with private plunge pool and open fire.

The Royal Mansour is an oasis of elegance and grandeur and with the warm weather set to continue, it makes a great winter weekend getaway.


Eden Rock, St Barths

Eden Rock in St Barths is barefoot luxury at its very best. With a stunning position on the rocks with glorious views of the Caribbean Sea, Eden Rock is every inch the vision of a Caribbean paradise.

The rooms and suites are beautifully designed, and Eden Rock also has two of the island’s best restaurants – On The Rocks and the more casual beach restaurant are both under the control of celebrated chef Jean-Georges.


Musha Cay, The Bahamas

Hidden among the out-islands of the Exumas, Musha Cay is a private-island resort in the Bahamas with exclusive-use, luxurious accommodation with private beaches for up to 24 guests.

Owned by illusionist, David Copperfield, the island is a wild, magical mini-archipelago, complete with a fountain of youth, a secret underground city, and a treasure hunt bearing pirate booty, optional fireworks show, and a number of arranged activities.


Anassa, Cyprus

The Anassa Hotel has a majestic position on the shore of Asprokremnos Beach, one of Cyprus’s most beautiful beaches.  Anassa, designed to resemble an ancient Byzantine village, has 166 rooms, all of which have a balcony or terrace, many with private pools or Jacuzzis, an the three restaurants and spa will ensure you have a wonderful holiday.

While the peak temperatures of July and August may be overpowering, Cyprus is an ideal destination for the autumn.


One & Only The Palm, Dubai

Located on Dubai’s tree-shaped Palm Island archipelago and encompassed by the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf,  this resort is a secluded haven of complete luxury, dotted with lush gardens, fountains and sparkling pools with stunning views of the Dubai skyline in the distance.

The rooms, suites and villas are designed with a fusion of Moorish and Andalusian architecture, with sophisticated furnishings and state-of-the art facilities. The resort has a choice of three restaurants and has all you would expect from a luxury stay – indulgent service, spa treats and impeccable dining.


Mukul Resort, Nicaragua

Mukul Resort is located on Playa Manzanillo’s immaculate white sands.  The resort has 37 rooms (or ‘Bohios’ – think bungalows) that are spacious and feel more like small apartments. Each ‘Bohios’ feels secluded and private and has ocean views.

The décor is completely at one with the surroundings as the craft furnishings and decorations come straight from Nicaraguan artisans – carved native teak tables, sugarcane twig headboards and rum barrel staves.

The outdoor space – including the pools – are simply beautiful which makes Mukul one of those hotels where it is exceptionally difficult to motivate yourself to get off-property – throw in the immaculate Golf Course and spa facilities and you will find you just won’t want to.


Carlisle Bay, Antigua

With a location on one of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches, Carlisle Bay presents the perfect winter getaway.

Blending urban chic with Caribbean charm, the resort offers a collection of 82 ocean facing designer suites, each with private balcony or terrace leading directly to the shore and all with spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea.  Add in 4 restaurants, 9 tennis courts, guided hikes through the rainforest and a 17,000 square foot spa and you have the perfect winter getaway.

12 Best New Restaurants London

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Salt & Honey

Lancaster Gate

This little sister to Manuka (which AA Gill gave five stars for food and a 9/10 score over all) is a tiny 50-seater with some of the most charming staff and jaw-droppingly stunning food you’ll find in a long time. Simple and perfectly executed, find dishes like the daily changing market fish with truffle mash, clams, oyster mushrooms & parsley pesto. Be sure to save room for dessert — the peanut butter chocolate pretzel tart is amazing, and huge.

DF/Mexico

Tottenham Court Rd

One successful feeding of the masses under their belt, the DF crew has brought their (kind of) self-service tacos, burritos, and enchiladas to central. Following the same service style as the original Brick Lane location, get friendly with the automated computer ordering system, load up on liquids (self-service drinks = all the refills), and let those plates of Mexican goodness come to you.

VICO

Cambridge Circus

All hail Jacob Kenedy, who once again has brought amazing regional Italian to the masses and this time, you wont have to fight tooth-and-nail to get a rezzie. Served by weight, load up a tray with fresh fried squid, pizza slabs, bright salads, and — seriously stop the presses — fried lasagna balls. Exactly as they sound, these fist-sized spheres are filled with all the meat, cheese, and layers of pasta you could expect. Throw in a mini Gelupo stand, prosecco on tap, and a closing time of midnight and you’ve just found your new hang out in W1.

Belsize Park

From the crew that brought you the ever-box-ticking and award-winning gastropub, The Truscott Arms in Maida Vale, comes a slightly more grape-centric venture. And by “slightly” we actually mean “totally,” with 300 bottles joined by 50 by-the-glass options. The food is mainly in the form of small plates, like the charcuterie-laden pig board w/ beef chips, all rustled up by the quiet genius of Aidan McGee, who is one of the most underrated chefs in London.

Dirty Bones

Carnaby St

Bad for the heart, but so good for the soul — Dirty Bones is back with its sophomoric venture filled with wings, dogs, and burgers including the signature Mac Daddy; a 6oz patty topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese, Dirty Bone sauce, and pickle. Also check out the bottomless brunch for a remarkably reasonable £15.

Poco

Broadway Market

The first London outpost from The Natural Cook author Tom Hunt, who has been already happily feeding Bristolians for a while now with his local/sustainable/organic/ethically sourced/etc small plates. Housed in a former cycle shop and positioned as some kind of Spanish & Moroccan cross, all ingredients are as British as they can be, and most are sourced within a 100-mile radius.

Beef & Brew

Kentish Town

Time to add another great spot to the growing scene up in Kentish Town. Headed up by Michelin star-trained chef Jess Simmons, who earned her stripes with Angela Hartnett before setting up the kitchen at the London Fields Brewery, the menu is surprisingly meat focused with a serious beer tie-in, and the is pricing low enough that you’ll wonder if there’s a mistype (including a delicious & thick hanger steak for a tenner).

Islington

What started as a series of pop-ups in Copenhagen has branched out into a fully fledged “meat & metal” restaurant and take-away joint. With only 22 seats, this micro-eatery will focus on kebabs and Mangal-style cooking (with a few global influences) coming out of a wood-fired oven.

Good news West London! The Wright Brothers are bringing their mollusk empire towards the setting sun. Calling back to days of Paris this place is darker and more intimate then its more recent siblings, but has a few new tricks. This time there’s a stand-alone Mermaid Bar, meaning wine & cocktails will take center stage alongside house oysters direct from their farm (at a mere pound per shell).

Homeslice

Fitzrovia

Because obviously London really needed another pizza restaurant, Homeslice has opened a second location. While it’ll still be focusing on its fantastic 20in pizzas and slices, it’s a much bigger space with 120 seats, plus a cocktail bar, prosecco on tap, and a dedicated take-away area.

Lobster Bar

London Fields

Bright and airy, this is the kind of place that just feels good to be in. The fact that it serves delicious seafood certainly doesn’t hurt either. While the lobster roll and other namesake dishes are certainly at the forefront, the whole menu — including the addiction-inducing crab croquette — is fresh and delicious.

Rök

Shoreditch

The Swedes are annoyingly good at many things, including the art of preserving and seasoning food via smoking, salting, brining, and pickling. Combining these methods w/ British ingredients, and a simple pared-down design & service concept, this little restaurant (hidden off the wrong end of Curtain Rd) is ready for action. It also gets top marks for having a late license meaning you can snack on ‘nduja quail Scotch eggs and duck leg w/ bacon & lingonberry jam ’till 1am on the weekends.

Top Things To Do – Nov 2015

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Here’s our summary of the top options with commentary…

  1. You Me Bum Bum Train, the rave-reviewed, interactive theatre-come-game brainchild of Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd, has extended it’s show dates through November. And yes, this means extra tickets are available too. Head to the Bum Bum Train site and sign up for a chance to jump on board. Those selected will be notified on October 31. Go!

www.bumbumtrain.com

2. Bombay Sapphire, the world’s number one premium gin, reveals ‘The Botanical Beauty Series with Wardian London’, where gin enthusiasts will uncover the beauty of the exotic botancials found in every drop of the liquid through a guided, interactive journey in EcoWorld Ballymore’s specially curated Wardian Case.

Inspired by the 10 botanical ingredients in Bombay Sapphire and the historic wardian cases used to transport them around the world, bookable sessions at The Botanical Beauty Serieswill take visitors on an unforgettable journey to the ends of the earth. Bombay Sapphire brand ambassador Renaud de Bosredon will be on hand inside the life sized Wardian Case to guide intimate groups through an interactive botanical workshop.

Each evening, 10 guests will be invited to embark on a personal exploration through an hour-long masterclass to discover their favourite botanicals stationed within the case. Picking a selection of live botanicals, visitors will then have their very own bespoke Ultimate Gin & Tonic Twist created by Renaud de Bosredon to enjoy either amongst the plants within the stunning Wardian Case.

For those unable to attend the masterclasses, visitors can also explore the beautiful and botanical themed Design Cube situated directly adjacent to the Wardian Case where a delicious selection of Bombay Sapphire cocktails will be served. Inspired by the blossoming tea trade in the 1800s due to the invention of the Wardian case, the menu will feature ‘The Wardian’, an Earl Grey infused Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Twist and ‘The Botanical Beauty’, a Rosemary and Apple Twist which will highlight some of the botanicals stored within the life-sized replica of the case.

A natural partnership, EcoWorld Ballymore, one of the leading property developers in Europe renowned for exemplary urban regeneration and responsible for many of London’s regeneration projects has created the Wardian Case to celebrate the launch of Wardian London.

November 17-21. Wardian Case, Design Cube at Ballymore, 76 Marsh Wall, E14 9SL.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bombay-sapphire-botanical-beauty-series-with-wardian-london-tickets-19148665173?aff=es2

3. It’s Night Tales’ latest instalment: Tokyo Nights. Opening this week, their 25,000-sq-ft home in Shoreditch has been transformed into Japan of yesteryear. Flickering lights, birdcages, lanterns and rusty balconies set the scene. Plus, there’ll be four new concept bars, eight private Ryokans (Japanese houses), all available for private hire, and six new food vendors serving a mix of Japanese and international street food. Don’t want to balance your gyoza and sushi plates? Book in for the eight-course tasting menu in one of the private Japanese dining rooms. Or, go your own way and throw a private party in their replicated Love Hotel…

4. As for culture, this year we’re swapping our usual Christmas market for Hyper Japan’s version. Billed as an alternative destination in London’s Christmas roster, come here to replace mulled wine with sake cocktails, carols for ‘baby metal’ (performed by Japan’s chart topping LADY BABY), and DIY bauble lessons for origami-style gift-wrapping. Or, want to get serious? Learn the 101s at Presenting Japan, the week-long event dedicated to the country’s main pillars: food, art and design, sport, social innovation, and… robots.

5. It’s an observation which handily brings us to the sad news the The Lost Lectures is shutting up shop.  But before they do, they’re hosting the very last in their series of stimulating, mind-expanding candlelit talks which have, for the past four years, tickled Londoners’ taste buds and minds through their potent and unique combination of controversial speakers, stunning locations, street food and booze. It’s called The Lost Temple Of Fire Island; it’s landing in a beautiful (and top secret) East London location on 5th and 6th November; those who attend will be welcomed into a vast interior steeped in flame, ritual and tribal intrigue filled with food courtesy of Street Feast alumni, indoor and outdoor bars, fire-pits for marshmallow roasting and explosive demonstrations from their resident pyro-technician; plus, most importantly, there’ll be five lectures and a musical performance each night.

OK, so here’s the best of the rest…

The Enchanted Woodland

The tenth anniversary year of Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400-odd specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos

http://www.syonpark.co.uk/

London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival has come a long way from where it began in 1992. Now in its twenty-second year, it’s evolved from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week into an internationally renowned celebration of all things musically deep and delightful, with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Ornette Coleman headlining recent festivals.

Fri Nov 14 – Sun Nov 23 Various London Venues 

Christmas at Kew Gardens

The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more in 2015, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. The mile-long trail will lead visitors past dancing lit-up fountains, a choir of holly bushes, a scented fire garden and loads of decorated Christmas trees.

Wednesday November 25 2015 – Saturday January 2 2016

Hawker House

Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. Details at Hawker House for its winter residency in Canada Water. Weekends only. October 30 – December 12. Canada Street, SE16 2XU.

Krankbrother: The Apocalypse

It’s Halloween and the apocalypse is nigh. Bummer. But on the plus-side, Krankbrother are putting on a mighty Halloween bash to ensure that we all go out with a bang. Phew. The crew are transforming South Bank venue Pulse into ‘a living hell of light, sound and vision’ apparently. Oh-er.

Urban Food Fest

A Shoreditch car park is transformed into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas, vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.

Best Pop-Ups Sept-Dec 2015

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Best Pop-Up Restaurants

*Pop-Up Bars follow below..

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Seafood Suppers On A Boat

If ever a title gave away absolutely everything that there is to know about a pop up supper club  – except for four key points – then it’s the one above.

Those points are as follows:

1) London Shell Co.’s wide beam Norfolk cruiser sounds bigger than it is, accommodating – as it does – just 12 brave souls.

2) It’ll be parked up somewhere on Regent’s Canal for multiple nights between now and the end of the year: to know when and where (and to buy tickets) visit their website HERE.

3) They describe their evenings as “an opportunity to meet new people, eat with your hands and sample new things”.

4) The Peagreen may be small, but it’s also the only boat on Regent’s Canal that has a retractable roof.

Stick that in your pipe, Abramovich.

Details: 2nd September – December | The Peagreen Boat, Somewhere On Regent’s Canal | £50 for 4 courses with paired wines.

An Unexpected Pairing

Sunaina Sethi, co-owner and wine buyer for Trishna and Gymkhana, and Fleur McCree, founder of Little Beauty Wines, have teamed up to deliver a four course, wine paired tasting menu at the Michelin starred Trishna, showcasing a selection of independent wines from the Waihopai Valley in New Zealand, and putting aside the myth that Indian food and wine don’t marry.

It’s arranged.

Details: 2nd September | Trishna, Marylebone, W1U 3DG | £95

NOTE: An Unexpected Pairing includes four wine paired courses at Trishna. To book, please email info@trishnalondon.com or call 020 7935 5624.

Little Bao

Hong Kong’s infamous Little Bao are popping up for one week at Soho Kitchen and Bar, from 7th – 13th September. They’ll be serving their signature steamed buns as well as lamb tartare, short-rib pan fried dumplings and truffle fries.

Importantly, they’ll also be serving ice cream bao, meaning that you can:

1) Eat ice cream bao. And,

2) Pair it with Soho Kitchen and Diner’s hand-picked spirits, beers and sake list specifically created to marry with Little Bao’s menu.

Details: 7th – 13th September | Soho Kitchen & Bar, W1D 5JJ

Conflict Café

We’ll make this quick.

Conflict Café.

It’s back.

Terms & Conditions: Conflict Café returns, this time round at House of VANS in Waterloo, where the event space will host a collection of pop up supper clubs every week from Syria, Nepal, Colombia, Turkey and Armenia.

Details: 9th September – 3rd October | House of Vans, Waterloo, SE1 8SW | 

NOTE: Conflict Café is part of London’s annual Talking Peace Festival, a month-long series of events in the fields of art, food, photography, comedy, music and technology designed to spark conversations about peace through creativity.

ALSO NOTE: There is a small list of really worthwile supper clubs across London this month. Thankfully we’ve taken that list and shortened it once again to only the best of the best of the best. They include Goodbye Summer Hello AutumnA Little LusciousnessCuisson’s Pop DownLouisiana Crawfish Boil; the UNA – One Table ExperienceDisappearing Dining Club’s Town House; and Back To Front At Pidgin.

Kettner’s Burlesque Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea.

With burlesque, cabaret and circus performances depicting the weird and wonderful history of London’s beloved pleasure district in one of Kettner’s private rooms with cake, finger sandwiches, scones, sweet treats, and – of course – tea.

Details: 13th September | Kettner’s Soho, W1D 5HP | £39.50

The Bayou Banquet

In a celebration of New Orleans, soul (the intangible stuff), supper clubs, live music, cocktails, beer, food, endless dancing, and everything –

May we present The Bayou Banquet: a two week residency in Waterloo’s underground vaults which involves Slap Ya Papa recreating a red-lit, New Orleans inspired festival of supper clubs, live live blues, jazz, funk and soul music, cocktails, interactive art exhibitions and auctions, Sunday brunches, and cabaret.

Details: 16th – 27th September | The Vaults, Waterloo, SE1 7AD | £20 – £40

London In The Sky

This regards a 22 person, 14 day pop-up restaurant suspended 25 meters above the ground at South Bank where eleven of London’s best chefs (including Martin Morales, Scott Hallsworth and Sophie Michell), sommeliers and waitstaff prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and champagne flights overlooking Tower Bridge and the Thames  to see out London’s last legs of summer.

Details17th – 30th September | South Bank | Breakfast: £50, Lunch: £125, Wine only: £75, Dinner: £200

RANDE’s Derelict Flat Dinner

A supper club in a derelict Fulham flat with murals depicting Aztecs and giant Octopi by street artists Amara Por Dios and Flesh 031, four courses of Mexican food, and what can be best described as ‘vehement socialising’.

Details: 19th September | A Secret Location in Fulham, SW6 | £35.75

Po’ Boys

The short:

Five courses of New Orleans.

The long:

A four month pop-up restaurant and bar in a secret Vauxhall steelyard with a Louisiana-inspired menu specialising in Jalapeños and crawfish, bourbon cocktails and a soundtrack of jazz, funk and soul.

Details: Weekends from June – 20th September | A Secret Vauxhall Location | £35

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Lemonade and Laughing Gas (design-led, immersive, hyper-theatrical experience purveyors), Blanch & Shock (experimental food and drink designers) and you (attractive mirrors), have combined forces to create an immersive, three course supper club recreation of David Lynch’s surreal view of small-town America, as seen through through cult TV series, Twin Peaks.

It involves three courses, damn fine coffee and cherry pie, and a late night drinking den of theatre, ‘secret missions’ and bespoke cocktails.

Details27th August – 17th October | A Secret (central London) Location | £66.50 includes a welcome cocktail, 3 courses and themed bar entry, themed bar entry only is £5.

Vintage Salt | Selfridges Rooftop

Taking over from the Selfridges rooftop winter pop up, Le Chalet, Vintage Salt is comprised of a restaurant, a bar and an al fresco terrace – all of which is inspired by the seaside, based on a Cornish fishing village, and serves breakfast through to dinner  with a menu specialising in seafood and salads as well as reds, whites, rosés, champagnes and a range of gin cocktails.

Details: 1st May – September | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, W1H 6HB

Grain Store Unleashed

There’s a time in life for self reflection.

There’s also a time for parsnip grilled calçot onions with sweet peppers and smoked cod roe.

That time is now, thanks to Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store Unleashed pop up, where the food is inventive, slightly experimental, and where as always, the humble vegetable is KING.

Details: 13th April – TBC | The Zetter Hotel, St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RJ | £25.50 – £39

The Moveable Feast

Calling all vegetarians.

And people who just like food.

The Moveable Feast – a new pop up restaurant hosting a regularly rotating selection of four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors as well as an independent London coffee roaster – now officially exists.

Details: 9th March – September | The Moveable Feast, 21-27 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY

NOTE: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just like food, check out The Nudge’s list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London.

Forza Win 

Apparently Forza Win are roasting whole octopus and peaches over a wood-fired spit before serving it up to everyone at the same time on two gigantic communal tables suspended from the ceiling of their Peckham warehouse on a winch, whilst simultaneously providing good music, natural wines and strong cocktails.

Apparently tickets are currently available, HERE.

Details: 12th June – 26th September | Forza Win, Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN | £35

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu

A Japanese pop up (that, um, is going to be around for a year…so kind of isn’t a pop up…but whatever) from the crack team behind Bone Daddies Ramen and Flesh & Buns, utilising the previous restaurant’s pizza oven to plate up a selection of regularly-changing, single ingredient led small plates and sides to a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack.

It’s called Shackfuyu.

Not sure why.

Details: March 2015 – February 2016 | 14a Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 4TJ

Som Saa

Som Saa, a traditional Thai food restaurant, have opened their doors ประตู at Climpsons Arch in East London. The kitchen will dish out lesser-known cuisine from the Northern and North-Eastern provinces of Thailand alongside punchy gin and chartreuse spiced cocktails.

Details: Throughout September | Climpson’s Arch, London Fields, E8 3SB

Best Pop-Up Bars 

Hammershalagan

The basic premise of Hammershalagan is ridiculous amazing.

Basically, you:

1) Head to The Dot in Stoke Newington.

2) Eat frankfurters and drink German beer.

3) Grab a hammer and compete against the bartender to smash nails into tree trunks. He or she who does so in the fewest thwacks wins.

Winners get discounted bar tabs.

If you lose, screw it.

Details: 1st September – 31st October (Tues – Sun) | The DOT Cafe & Bar, Stoke Newington, N16 8AD | Free entry, nails cost 50p

Chambord’s Chapter Eight Games

Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland turns 150 this year.

To celebrate, Chambord have erected a pop up bar complete with cocktails, French-American burgers from Le Bun and of course, rooftop flamingo croquet at an alfresco bar overlooking London Fields.

Details: 10th – 13th September | Proof, Field Works, London Fields, E8 3QW | £5 includes one cocktail.

NOTE: Proof also hosts one-off events and weekly film screenings from Cineaste. Playground runs every Saturday from 10am to 6pm, while Proof opens its doors every Thursday – Sunday. For more information see HERE.

Gin Club

Ladies & Gentlemen, a retro-inspired Kentish Town cocktail bar located – as it happens – in an abandoned underground toilet block at the bottom of Highgate Road, are now running gin making classes every Tuesday from September until December, where you’re invited to distill your very own bespoke gin whilst simultaneously sipping on theirs.

Details: Tuesdays from September – December | Ladies & Gentlemen, Kentish Town, NW5 1NR | £30

Alcoholic Architecture

An immersive cocktail bar located in the Victorian basement of what was once a Borough Market banana store and ancient monk monastery, Alcoholic Architecture contains (along with a ‘regular’ bar) a large, walk-in cloud of humidified, breathable booze, where alcohol is capable of passively entering your bloodstream through the mucus membranes of both your lungs and, uh, your eyeballs.

Looks delicious.

Details: July 31st – November | Borough Market, SE1 9DE | £12.50

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Dear West London,

About your pop up rooftop bar: it’s arrived.

And it’s on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre, where, over 24,000 square feet, they’ve recruited a line up of rotating street food traders and cocktail makers for the remainder of summer.

There’s also a 360° panoramic view over the West.

And they do brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Apparently the coffee’s Nicaraguan.

Regards,

Us.

Details: 31st July – October, Friday – Sunday | Multi Storey Car Park, Television Centre, W12 7RJ

The Boulangerie François Terrasse

From 4th June – 6th September, Grey Goose are hosting a pop up summer terrace on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols, complete with a martini cocktail and food pairing menu; regular martini making masterclasses; and a distinct feeling one is being metaphorically transported to the French Riviera.

Details: 4th June – 6th September | Harvey Nichols, Fifth Floor Terrace, SW1X 7RJ

Campfire Cocktails In The City

Midnight Apothecary: a summery campfire cocktail bar on the rooftop of London’s Brunel Museum (overlooking the Thames) where, when possible, ingredients are picked from the very same garden you can sit in whilst toasting marshmallows over an intimate fire and listening to live music.

Complimentary extras: sunsets, giant flares, hurricane lamps and museum entry.

Details: Saturdays, May – September | Brunel Museum, SE16 4LF | £5

Nantucket Beach Club

Skylounge, the rooftop bar atop the DoubleTree Hilton in Tower Hill is spending summer as an island retreat. It has its own makeshift lighthouse; a swing bench; a miniature bowling alley and shuffleboard table; a seafood-heavy menu of lobster, crab and clam; beer, wine, cocktails; and – vitally – the setting summer sun.

Details: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 3pm – 10pm | Skylounge, 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF

With thanks to The Nudge

A Look Inside Banky’s Dismaland

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It’s been a couple years since Banksy last made headlines, but the rogue artist is back once again, this time with something totally new: a temporary art project in the form of a theme park, intended as a parody/public skewering of Disneyland, popular culture, and the state of the world. It’s called Dismaland, it opened this past weekend on August 21st, and as the pics below shows, it’s creepy in the best way possible.

The park, located in the English town of Weston-super-Mare, is chock full of fascinating/unsettling art installations, from a Cinderella/Princess Diana mashup to a cardboard security checkpoint, many of which aren’t actually by Banksy himself: other participating artists include Damien Hearst, Bill Barminski, and Jeff Gillette.

If you’re planning on paying the place a visit, you’ll only have until September 27th to snag one of the 4,000 tickets daily tickets — and, y’know, fly yourself to the UK — before the park closes. Otherwise, check out some pics highlighting a few of the park’s more striking features:

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With thanks to Thrillist

Hottest New Openings (as at September 2015)

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Egg Break

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No egg puns allowed: not when it’s autumn, out of egg-pun season, and the eggs aren’t chocolate but real egg! Which goes in buns and large plated meals like chorizo, spring onion, roast tomato; or braised brisket, egg and horseradish, and carbonara, egg and pork belly!

Ennismore and Soho House & Co have bought to Notting Hill a farmhouse kitchen-looking upstairs downstairs all-day restaurant with eggs for breakfast in the traditional styles, then eggs de-constructed into experimental warm and cold plates of salad, pasta and takes on traditional British mains for lunch and, now, for dinner too. There’s paired cocktails, we’d suggest going sour, and good coffee and in-house cold press juice on a sliding colour scale from green (kale, apple, cucumber, celery, pineapple, lemon, spinach, parsley, ginger) to red (beetroot, carrot, ginger, orange, lemon, apple). Honour the penchant, or experiment with a classic ingredient in charming new ways.

http://www.eggbreak.com/

Iberica Victoria

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The Spanish restaurant group behind Ibérica are keeping up the momentum with another new site, this time at Victoria. The menu is divided into hot and cold and from the land and the sea to offer diners gourmet tastes of Spain. Garlands of garlic, herbs and chilli adorn the ceiling.

It should go without saying that Jamón Ibérico takes centre stage on the menu as part of a wide choice of cheeses and cured meats, and there’s an abundance of sangria and Spanish wines. The restaurant’s delicatessen is a treasure trove of artisan products and Spanish ingredients to take your next attempt at paella at home to new levels of impressive.

www.ibericarestaurants.com/restaurants/ibericavictoria/

Truscott Cellar

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Maida Vale’s The Truscott Arms is – if we think in village fete terms – the largest vegetable on Belsize Park’s patch. Its head chef, Aidan McGee, is the winner of gastropub awards. His experimental bar and restaurant food beckons in foodies escaping the mist of central London.

Aidan’s new effort is The Truscott Cellar, a considered (by numbers) version of the Truscott Arms, at only sixty covers, in a modern basement set, with upstairs covers too (though we always prefer wine in the basement). Being Belsize Park, it’s slightly nearer to town than the Arms, and will no doubt be welcome respite for the food crowd that enjoy galumphing up and down the hill from Camden to Hampstead on sprightly small plates crawls. The Cellar will serve 300 bottles of wine, with 50 by the glass. There’ll be a similar (as at the Arms) take on seasonal and British dining, with shared and small plates, and plenty of British Charcuterie and Billingsgate-bought fish are to feature.

Boneyard Shoreditch

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Fill ‘er up at this new American-style joint in a disused petrol station on Shoreditch High Street. Expect neon, metalwork and plenty of halogen bulbs – this might be a diversion from Route 66, but the US-style late night eating culture will be the same. Eat and drink all manner of unhealthy stuffs with a satisfied slurp and a grin: there’s deep fried buttermilk chicken, bone marrow burgers and racks of sticky pork ribs glazed in bourbon BBQ or maple with your choice of tater tots, crinkle cut chips, onion fries, chili chips or slaw on the side.

Boneyard also has a courtyard terrace for outdoors drinking, with slushies spiked so hard they make the cactuses on the courtyard feel like Kleenex.

Zetter Townhouse @ Marlybone 

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Hotly anticipated after the popularity of their Clerkenwell hotel, The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is home to fictional host ‘wicked Uncle Seymour’ (a lovable rogue and gambler, so the story goes). His art, antiques and collectibles fill each room giving a delightfully playful and quirky feel to the décor – think vintage writing desks and a roll top bath on the roof terrace.

The 24-bedroom Georgian townhouse can be found in up-and-coming Portman Village and the star of the show is drawing-room-turned-cocktail-lounge Seymour’s Parlour. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into some kind of private members’ club rather than a hotel bar, and creative cocktails come courtesy of mixologist Tony Conigliaro. It’s open from breakfast til late, including afternoon tea, with menus by celebrated French chef Bruno Loubet. Distinctly eccentric and undeniably cool.

http://www.thezettertownhouse.com/marylebone

Testing Out The Bear Grylls Survival Academy Gourmet Challenge

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Posted By Andrew Essa, CEO of The Social Experiences Club

When Chewton Glen’s Head Of Sales Lisa called to invite me to a showcase of a new foodie-themed Bear Grylls Survival Academy’s challenge (with Food@Work) in the New Forest, I admit I did have to think about it. I only paused for a few seconds, but I did wonder what I was getting myself into. And that’s for someone in the business of sourcing or creating new team build experiences for our clients. Often the crazier, weirder, & wilder, the better…

But after a cold and windy Autumnal day in the New Forest last week (albeit fresh from a brilliant night of hospitality and accommodation at the beautiful 5 star Chewton Glen) we got stuck in. Instead of fighting the traffic & transport into London on a Monday morning, we were at 8am slopping mud on the faces of someone we had just met the night before. When the camera-man filming the action told me to ‘do it again’, I certainly didn’t hesitate, this time doubling the helping of mud onto the face of the CEO of White Rhino Events before we set off for the Solent…

By the end of the day, the random assortment of event industry figures Lisa had pulled together could collectively say the team at Bear Grylls Survival Academy & Food@Work were onto a winner. Yes we got down and dirty (isn’t that the point?), and geez we had some fun and a stack of laughs along the way. The mix of adventure, survival skills, food foraging & cooking came together. As did our ‘team’ of 10 who genuinely built some connections that no doubt will translate into future partnerships. We did it all: mud face painting, RIB Boat racing, fire lighting, shelter building, food foraging, rabbit preparation, & a 3 course wild gourmet menu prepped and enjoyed with a cheeky vino or 2….and yes, we tucked into a few mealy worms along the way. As you do. Check out the action below, and more information, just give us a shout here at The Social Experiences Club.

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Above: Our instructor Scott telling another story from those wild days in the Himalayas…or was it the Andes? Maybe Scottish Highlands. The man is made from something else, a superhuman…just like Bear

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Above: Scott with ‘here’s what we prepared earlier’ before showing us how to prepare a rabbit in the wild which included each of us performing some awkward chop suey moves on various parts of poor little Roger…

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Above: Getting a RIB boat out to a random spit on the Solent before being kicked off…literally. I tried to start a mutiny & instead head toward the Bestival after-party on Isle Of Wight, but got vetoed.  

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Above: More filming, this time a story about the time Scott lasted 1058 days on baked beans in the Borneo jungle…

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Above: Don’t let this fancy set-up fool you. It only appeared right at the end of day with some elves who magically appeared and may have had Chewton Glen branding on them. Seriously.

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Above: Chef finishing off yet another of our team’s starters or mains. We blame the vino…and yes that is a parachute providing shelter. Innovation in the wild comes from strange sources…

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Above: Me showing off my ability to use some Instagram add-on app which does cool quadrants with the pics

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Above: The dessert team smashed it with this creation I can’t remember what is was called. Full of locally forages berries, flowers, seeds etc. And some bread among other special ingredients which I made sure they perfectly paired with the sauvignon blanc.

Top Things To Do – Sept & Oct 2015

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Cinema Pop Ups

On the off chance that you’ve spent the past few days assembling a comprehensive list of every outdoor pop up film screening happening in London this summer then, well, may we extend our sincerest apologies.

Because we’ve already done it.

If you’d like to peruse the complete list – which includes all films, dates, times and locations – then you can do so in one of two places: HERE.

And HERE.

Details: All Summer | All Over London | £5 – £78

Campfire Club

One campfire.

One nature reserve.

And one of every type of person London has to offer watching numerous folk musicians, speakers, poets and performers for an extremely intimate, non-time restricted showcase of local and international talent under a star-lit night.

This – you should go to.

Details11th, 18th & 26th September | A Secret Bethnal Green Location | £6

Hot Tub Cinema

Yin and Yang.

Bare feet and warm sand.

Movies and hot tubs.

Some things were just made for each other. Like you, your friends, and watching classic feel good films like Back To The Future, The Lion King and Dirty Dancing in steaming hot-tubs at an open air courtyard in London Fields.

Details: 17th – 27th September | Space Courtyard, 18 Warburton Road, Hackney, E8 3RT | £24 – £27.50

Art Social | The House of St. Barnabas

A week long festival of art in all its forms, The House of St. Barnabas’ Art Social includes a completely free public programme as well as a weekend of ticketed events including talks, performance art, film screenings, workshops, live music and DJs as well as tie-dying classes, a giant tea-set installation in Soho Square and buttonhole making workshops with The Flower Appreciation Society.

Who, thankfully, do in fact exist.

NOTE: The House of St. Barnabas is a not-for-profit members’ club with a focus on securing lasting paid work for those affected by homelessness in London.

Details: 21st – 27th September | THOSB, W1D 4NQ | £10 – £15 HERE.

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Over 50 emerging artists showcasing their work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse party with all-you-can-eat pancakes, live music, body painting, all-you-can-eat pancakes, beer, more beer, multimedia displays and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

It’s The Pancakes & Booze Art Show.

Holy crêpe.

Details24th September, 7pm – 2am | E1 Studio Spaces, Shoreditch, E1W 2BB | £5

Craft Theatre | Dante’s Inferno

Craft Theatre Company don’t use sets, light displays, royal costumes or digital representations. They do use a makeshift bare stage, some repurposed lights, and aspiring young theatre actors, writers and directors to showcase and empower upcoming talent.

They’re performing Dante’s Inferno at Hive Dalston.

They’re also only charing £10.

Details: 24th September – 10th October | Hive Dalston, E84DG | £10

Lebowski Fest

Bowling, costumes, entertainment, trivia and a screening of The Big Lebowski at Brooklyn Bowl – Gandhi

Details: 25th September | Brooklyn Bowl, Greenwich, SE10 0DX | £25

The Festival of Heat

This regards chilli.

It also regards you.

But mainly it regards the combination of both you and chilli at a one day only Festival of Heat, where in an attempt to celebrate all things spicy from every corner of the earth, they’re taking over Red Market in Shoreditch and filling it to the brim with over 30 stalls hawking chilli sauces, fresh chilli harvests and spicy world foods; live folk music from Bangladesh, Scotland, Ireland and North America; and street food from the Indonesian ‘Ayam Happy’, the Mexican ‘Club Mexicana’ and ‘El Padron’, and the Peruvian ‘El Peruanito’.

Details: 27th September | Red Market, Old Street, EC1V 91A | £7.50

An Appetite for Murder

A Door In A Wall present a (brand new) 4.5 hour interactive and immersive murder mystery event where you (and your team) will have to solve puzzles, piece together evidence, interact with characters and follow countless clues in an all out expedition leading you around London’s East End and beyond.

Details: 29th September – 1st November | The Red Herring, EC2V 7EH | £30

The Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival

Celebrating Shakespeare’s historic connection to Shoreditch, Shakespeare in Shoreditch have commissioned four upcoming playwrights to radically reinterpret Shakespeare’s plays; four upcoming directors to bring their scripts to life; and one festival hub – fashioned from wrought iron and filled with Hurricane lamps and warm beverages – in which their stories will be told, lit by candles, and also accompanied by a programme of workshops, film screenings, dinners and talks.

Details: 30th September – 10th October | The Rose Lipman Building, N1 5SQ | £15

Druid St Market

Technically not a pop up.

Technically a brand new London produce and street food market in Bermondsey with ice cream sandwiches and floats by Blu Top; left field toasties courtesy of FAT by Freddie; and charcuterie, bread and homemade chinotto from Lardo; as well as a host of other stuff.

Mmm, other stuff.

Details: Saturdays, 9am – 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH

London Wonderground

Imagine, for one hot second, a magical place where there exists an unending supply of really weird and wonderful shows being performed throughout September.

Or don’t bother, and just go to London Wonderground instead.

Details: Now – 27th September 2015 | Southbank Centre | £20+

Flamingo Pier

An array of street food, bespoke cocktails, craft beer and DJs playing disco and house music, both inside a canal side café, and outside on their floating pontoon and (moored) boat.

No flamingos*

*Seriously.

Details7th August – 2nd October | Counter Café, E3 2PA | £12

Little Feast Shepherd’s Bush

Little Feast, the younger sibling of one of London’s first street food festivals, Regular Feast, are opening in Shepherd’s Bush Market for a summer-long residency of brand new food and drinks traders, and live music.

DetailsThursdays – Sundays, 2nd July – 27th September | Shepherds Bush Market

Franks Café and Campari Bar

Despite the notable absence of any competition at all, Frank’s café remains London’s best bar-on-the-roof-of-a-carpark.

And, thankfully, it’s back.

Details28th May – 27th September | 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Storey Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

BTW X Oval Space

Behold everything you need to know about Behind This Walls Oval Space residency in two sentences.

1) It’s hosting workshops and supper clubs (Mondays), dance-based yoga (Tuesdays), terrace film nights (Wednesdays), record exchanges (Thursdays), the ‘Sub 120 Club’, where DJs and producers are invited to play at strictly less than 120 beats per minute (Fridays), and a mixture of it all as well as some select events across weekends.

2) There’s a £1 oyster happy-hour.

We could probably have done that in one; scratch the first part.

Details: 1st June – 30th September | Oval Space Terrace, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT

The London Riviera

Behold a list of things that are good:

1) Five month boutique pop ups on London’s South Bank overlooking Tower Bridge and the river Thames inspired by the tropical nature of Cuba and the French Riviera, fitted out by a hollywood set-designer (Gladiator and Robin Hood – his movies, not him), featuring a variable menu of Eastern Mediterranean street food and cocktail making classes, all courtesy of Cîroc Vodka.

2) Lists of things that are good.

Details: 1st June – 31st October | Queen’s Walk, More London, South Bank, SE1 2DB

Secret Cinema

Star Wars.

Secret Cinema.

That’s all.

But if you need more: a galactic space opera with fictional constructions of Tatooine and the Death Dtar, concluding with a presentation of The Empire Strikes Back.

Details: 4th June – 27th September | A Secret London Location | £75

Dinerama

We hereby posit that at some point in the near future you will urgently require immediate access to a gigantic day and night street food market located inside a former armoured truck depot featuring 6 eat-in diners; 5 cozy food shacks; 4 cocktail bars; 3 roof terraces; 1 raised, fire pit-laden mezzanine platform; a huge, communal dining area set out over 10,000 sq feet of prime East London real estate; and 2 excellent food trucks.

When that happens, there’s always Dinerama.

Details18th June – 3rd October | 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ | free before 7pm, £3 thereafter

Netil 360

By day, a rooftop garden with co-working spaces, cafes and daily yoga classes.

By night, a proud host of film screenings, coquet games, live music, hot tubs, foodie focussed pop-ups, workshops, talks, and unrivalled views across the east London skyline.

Details: 1st May – TBC | Neil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is selling standing yard tickets for only £5 throughout summer.

Meaning that you can watch performances of The Merchant of Venice, King John and Much Ado About Nothing on the edge of the South Bank in an open air, modern day recreation of Shakespeare’s original 1599 playhouse before a walk over the Millennium Bridge and a night cap for around £10.

Which is nice.

Details: All Throughout Summer | Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT | £5

Street Feast Dalston Yard

At the undisputed king of street food markets, the process is simple:

1) Turn up (free entry before 7pm, £3 thereafter).

2) Peruse the 20 separate street food traders including BOB’s Lobster, Smokestak and Yum Bun after choosing a drink from one of the 8 bars including Rotary Cocktail, Tequila Treehouse, The Gin Store and Rum Shack. Then,

3) Enjoy.

Details: 1st May – 26th September | Hartwell Street, Dalston, E8 3DU | Free entry before 7pm, £3 thereafter

Dalston Roof Park

Since summer 2014, this East London rooftop has been laid in astroturf and generously gifted a new stage. Meaning that summer 2015 will see a full music program of bands, solo artists and DJs running late into the night; films (Tuesdays); radio station takeovers (Wednesdays); rooftop BBQs, cafes and local drinks providers.

Details: 2nd May – TBC | The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

Turntables

A canal-side pop up party in Hackney Wick with (gooood) DJs, a sun deck dance floor, street food vendors, rotating cocktail bar residencies and waterside seating.

Details: Fridays – Sundays, 7th May – December | 117 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN

Natural History Museum Lates

Chances are fairly high that you are either:

A) Single. Or,

B) In a relationship.

Completely regardless, the Natural History, Science, British, and V&A museums, as well as Sir John Sloane’s Museum, The National Gallery and The British Library all hold late night, unexplainably romantic openings. No queues. No kids. No chance of you not having a nice time.

Details: All throughout September

NOTE: Check out our list of the best museums in London to find out about, firstly, the best museums in London, and secondly, when they host their after hours events.

Model Market

A giant night-time street food and strong cocktail party in an abandoned 1950s market in Lewisham with food vendors set up in the original shop fronts and an open roof to watch the setting summer sun.

It’s Model Market by Street Feast.

And it’s back.

Details17th April – September | Model Market, 196 Lewisham High St, Lewisham, SE13 6LS

NOTE: Speaking of markets and in an utterly shameless seque (again) may we present: The Nudge’s complete list of the best food markets in London. You’re welcome.

The Fabric of India

One of the museum’s major exhibitions for autumn 2015, this show also forms a focus for a V&A season of events around India. Spanning a head-spinning time period from the third century to the present day, ‘The Fabric of India’ brings together 200 handmade textiles that reflect the country’s cultural heritage. Highlights include an eighteenth-century sultan’s tent, sumptuous historic costumes, and contemporary fashion by Manish Arora.

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V&A, Brompton Saturday October 3 2015 – Sunday January 10 2016

RHS London Harvest Festival Show

Some of the UK’s finest nurseries, growers and independent producers will cart their harvest produce to the Royal Horticultural Society this October for their annual celebration of autumnal fruit and vegetables. Visitors can admire, taste and buy the freshly picked, dug and plucked ingredients, or those who grow their own can enter the RHS Fruit and Vegetable Competition to win cups and cash prizes.

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RHS Lindley Hall , Nine Elms Tuesday October 6 2015 – Wednesday October 7 2015

Liberty in Fashion

Celebrating the company’s 140th anniversary, this exhibition of more than 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrates Liberty’s impact on British fashion. Liberty Art Fabrics is an internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints, and visitors will see how their work has influenced key trends and helped to make the department store a truly fashionable place to shop throughout the decades.

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Fashion and Textile Museum , London Bridge Friday October 9 2015 – Sunday February 28 2016

The Crime Museum Uncovered

The city’s most inaccessible museum must surely be The Crime Museum, a macabre collection of evidence and criminal tales which was created in 1875 but has only ever been open to police professionals and invited guests. Now we can all get a glimpse of the gory details, though, as its most fascinating exhibits will be on display at the Museum of London in this exhibition which reveals previously unseen details and secrets from real-life high profile crimes such as the Acid Bath Murderer, the Great Train Robbery and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist.

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Museum of London , St Pauls Friday October 9 2015 – Sunday April 10 2016

Vegfest

Check your tofu stocks and get ready for some meat-free magic, Europe’s biggest vegetarian event has announced plans for a 2015 event at Olympia Central. Last year saw stalls peddling animal-friendly cosmetics, raw cocoa, vegan cakes and other virtuous goods alongside a strong line-up of comedy on the Performance Stage, with sets from Alasdair Beckett-King, Harriet Kemsley and Andrew O’Neill among others. Expect similar attractions this year where visitors can also pick up new tips and dietary delights at a selection of workshops, talks and cookery demonstrations.

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Olympia London , Brook Green Saturday October 10 2015 – Sunday October 11 2015

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Fancy joining 16,000 charity-conscious joggers on a 13.1-mile run through the autumnal leaves of Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens? The public ballot has now closed, but corporate and charity places are still up for grabs, and you’ll get a warm, fuzzy feeling for supporting a great cause as well as the chance to run one of London’s most picturesque routes. If you’re not keen on the energetic part of it but quite fancy showing your support you can still join in. Spectators will be treated to a food and fitness festival in the park, with live music, entertainment and sports to try out.

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The Rumfest

The RumFest returns to London for its nineth year, showcasing over 400 blends from around the world and the best brands on the market. Rum lovers can attend tastings, masterclasses, seminars and cocktail making sessions, with experts on hand to recommend the perfect bottle. ‘Golden Tot Tokens’ can be purchased on the day and give visitors access to exclusive tastings of rums that usually retail at a whopping £200.

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ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis Hotel , Fulham Broadway Saturday October 17 2015 – Sunday October 18 2015

NFL on Regent Street

On Saturday October 24 Regent Street will be traffic-free, but shoppers may get more than they bargained for. In celebration of the day’s NFL International games, taking place at Wembley Stadium between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills, the street will play host to an American football-themed block party. Shoppers will be able to witness cheerleading and team drum-line performances and get involved with interactive games, food and drink.

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Regent Street , Soho Saturday October 24 2015

It’s Official…Lawn Bowls In London Is Cool

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To access the hottest summer event package in London, go to www.LawnSummerNightsLondon.co.uk

An old school game normally associated with the over 60s, lawn bowls is making waves with everyone from City lawyers to kids parties. We like to think our Lawn Summer Nights package, launched in 2013, has something to do with it! But let’s let the pictures from the action this year do the talking….

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To access the hottest summer event package in London, go to www.LawnSummerNightsLondon.co.uk

 

 

 

Rumpus Room @ Mondrian Roof Top

Rumpus Room is the rooftop bar and lounge at Mondrian London inspired by a moment in time, the Bright Young Things. One of the most extraordinary cults of youth and frivolity in history, the Bright Young Things were a voracious pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites who romped through the newspaper columns in 1920’s London. Rumpus Room brings back this era, a time when a party was more than a party, it was a lifestyle, an experience, a flash in time, that was gone before you knew it happened.

With dramatic views of London, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down; a magical glittering glass box perched atop Mondrian. As expected, we specialize in bubbly, serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne offerings, by the glass, bottle, or in specialty cocktails by our resident mixologist Mr. Lyan.

Mondays at 7.30-8.30AM: Sunrise Yoga – Find your zen

Wednesdays at 7PM: Skyline Sessions – Live Jazz Music Series

Fridays 1PM-6PM: Just Ditch – Bring your Alibi

 

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For more information go to https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/rumpus-room

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