06.09.2017: Ten Unmissable Events in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
There’s lots of fantastic events and activities happening in London this weekend. Get merry at Camden Town Brewery’s Tank Party or attend a one-off supper club by street food whizz, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Whether you’re into cheese or beer, we’ve got something for everyone. Here’s 10 ideas for this weekend in London:
Weekend Guide: Friday 6th October
What: Soho’s Graphic Bar will be moving eastwards and taking over downstairs at Farringdon’s Ask For Janice, for a gin-soaked three month residency. Launching on Friday (6th October), Graphic will occupy Ask For Janice’s basement bar, bringing with it a top selection of world class gins and a calendar of free workshops and exciting events for after-work cocktail lovers and gin aficionados.
Why: For the launch Graphic has partnered with Plymouth Gin for two exclusive gin-themed events, free for all with a passion for gin. The first is a Plymouth gin workshop, which will see guests learn from the experts how to redistill spirits, followed by a Graphic Bar launch party featuring bespoke Plymouth gin cocktails all night.
Price: Free entry
Where: Graphic Bar downstairs at Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ
What: Mixing cocktails with African cuisine, Kingsland Road’s liquor emporium TT Liquor have joined forces with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen for an exciting one-off supper-club. This will be the first in an exciting programme of autumn chef collaborations, set to feature Asian bun masters Bam Boo and Le Petit Chef in the coming weeks.
Why: The feast will start with groundnut soup, followed by lamb palaver, a tasty lamb stew with creamy ground melon seeds and fresh spinach, accompanied by the likes of kelewele (spiced plantain), jollof (fragrant rice) and red red (slow-cooked bean stew). Dessert will be an avocado and Divine Chocolate mousse. Afterwards, diners can head downstairs to TT Liquor’s cellar bar to continue the evening with drinks from their specialist bar list and music from the resident DJ.
Price: £60 per person. Tickets are now available for purchase here.
Where: 17B Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA
Photo Credit: Tuleka Prah
Weekend Guide: Saturday 7th October
What: Camden Town Brewery is once again opening its doors, and tanks, to beer lovers at its fifth annual Tank Party on Saturday (7th October) at the brewery’s original HQ in Kentish Town. Tank Party invites everyone to drink the freshest, most delicious, unfiltered beer poured straight from Camden’s 60-hectolitre outdoor tanks (equivalent of 10,000 pints).
Why: Set to a soundtrack curated by Nova Music, the Camden Beer Team will be on hand to offer drop in brewery tours from 12-5pm. Tuck into street food by Burger and Beyond and The Horseshoe, who will be serving gourmet hand pressed burgers, and smoked meats and flatbreads. Aside from beer, there will also be design workshops from Beach London, a free photobooth, and plenty of fun and games for kids.
Price: Free entry
Where: 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, London, NW5 3NN
What: SIDESHOW hosts WheelUp Meets, a night featuring local Walthamstow musicians and DJs who are an integral part of E17’s eclectic and vibrant music scene. Get ready to drink and dance your Saturday night away.
Why: WheelUp Soundsystem will be challenging General Echo and Vital Sound in a DJ battle. Each with their own unique sound gravitating around Reggae, Dub and Dancehall, the audience will decide on the winner who will play the final set of the night. The bar will be open and serving up food and drink from locals including Wildcard Brewery craft beers and gin cocktails by Victory London.
Price: Free entry before 8pm, £5 after.
Where: 2 Sutherland Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 6BX
What: Running for two days (7th and 8th October), Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane will be transformed into a Mexican paradise for this year’s Tequila and Mezcal Fest. A true celebration of the vibrant and rich Mexican culture, Tequila & Mezcal Fest educates and informs attendees about how to drink these exotic, fine spirits.
Why: For the first time ever in the UK, Director of Production, Antonio Rodriguez from Patrón Tequila will be hosting exclusive tastings and seminars, and rare and artisan agave spirits Sotols, Raicillas and Bacanoras will also be making an appearance. Some of London’s finest taco restaurants will be serving up a sizzling selection of tacos from Temper (their legendary goat tacos), Café Pacifico (street tacos with pork, chorizo, beef and vegetarian) and Barrio (Al Pastor tacos, Mexico city style).
Price: Tickets here
Where: The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
What: Returning to East London once again, the The House of Peroni Residency will bring to life the vivacity and zest for life that is undeniably Italian. The event transports guests to the streets of Italy where they are given the chance to reimagine citrus and explore previously undiscovered flavour combinations.
Why: Running until the 19th October, the line-up of guest bartenders includes leading mixologists from Swift, Chiltern Firehouse and The London EDITION, who will be coupled with the founder of florist Grace & Thorn, fragrance specialists from Earl of East London and illustrator, George Greaves. For those who choose to seek it, a concealed door will lead the way to a secret bar deep amongst the myriad of alleyways. Hosted by Simone Caporale, the intimate bar will entertain small groups of guests with a variety of Peroni Ambra Chinotto-based infusions.
Price: Free entry
Where: N&C Showrooms, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PG
What: Street food trailblazers, KERB, are currently undergoing a three week rebuild of their 34 trader, 364-day-a-year, KERB Camden Market. After 12 months of record-breaking trading, KERB are bringing in brand new custom built kiosks for the market traders and a new layout, maximising the space and improving the overall experience. Get down on Saturday (7th October) for the grand unveiling.
Why: The rebuild will bring 34 attractive and super-functional new kiosks and a revised layout that will take the market to a whole new level. KERB’s brand spanking new traders to look out for include: Spice Box dishing up plant powered magic boxes of jackfruit tikka masala, and sweet potato and summer greens peanut curry; Jamaican soul food by Only Jerkin’; Wheel cake extraordinaries,Wei Wei’s; brand new KERB trader, Bapitta; and The Big Cheese – a brand new project from Oh My Dog!
Price: Free entry
Where: KERB Camden Market, London NW1 8AF
Weekend Guide: Sunday 8th October
What: On Sunday (8th October), We Love Cheese returns to Ealing ensuring cheese lovers across west London get their fix. Following the success of the cheesy festival back in June, the now annual event returns to west London, bigger and better than ever at a brand-new destination, Dickens Yard.
Why: A number of food stalls including Grill My Cheese and halloumi specialists Chut the Cheese Up will be serving cheesy dishes, and Honest Burgers will be bringing their street kitchen along and collaborating with local cheesemonger Cheddar Deli to conjure up a We Love Cheese-burger special. For those who would like to take away and enjoy the delights at home, there’s cheese from around the world, loaves of bread, chutney and other accompaniments available for purchase. Also, there’s live music, talks from cheese experts, and wine & cheese pairings hosted by Ealing’s Abbotshill Wine Bar.
Price: Free entry
Where: Dickens Yard, Ealing, W5 2XA
What: On Sunday (8th October), Chef Patron Ravinder Bhogal and leading food critic Jay Rayner will join forces to cook a feast in aid of Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food Campaign to help end child hunger. Rayner will swap his pen for a pan as he goes from dining room to kitchen to help cook the 6-course feast of special dishes, created by Ravinder especially for the day.
Why: The 6 course menu will feature dishes that reflect Ravinder’s distinctive cooking style, drawing on her heritage and travels with flavours from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East and Asia, crafted by Ravinder with a stamp of approval from Rayner. The menu will include duck and pistachio dumplings, and tahini Parfait, honeyed quince and pistachio crisp, with guests receiving a glass of Pol Roger Brut Reserve champagne upon arrival.
Price: £85 per person. Tickets here
Where: 19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH
What: Legendary “Get Carter” composer, Roy Budd is to have his lost score for Rupert Julian’s silent classic film, The Phantom of the Opera, premiered at the London Coliseum, 24 years after his untimely death in 1993. A self-taught pianist and child prodigy, in 1953 aged six, Budd performed his first concert at The London Coliseum on the same bill as Roy Castle and went on to perform with stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Hope, and Antonio Carlos Jobin as well as scoring 40 feature films.
Why: Kicking off at 5pm on Sunday (October 8th), Budd’s masterpiece score will be performed by the 77 piece Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Spencer Down, alongside a screening of the silent film in a world premiere event.
Price: From £22. Tickets here.
Where: London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane,London, WC2