October 2020 Plans: Drink, Dine and ShopBy Angelica Malin
Looking for funs things to do in October? We’ve got just the ticket. From a sloe gin experience to a not-to-be-missed bottomless brunch, here’s our picks for the month ahead:
Dine: The Murdér Express Returns
What: One of London’s favourite immersive experiences, The Murdér Express, returns on October 2nd at a secret ‘station’ location in East London. Set onboard a glamorous train with lavish furnishings, the brand’s debut show transports guests back in time to the grandeur of the 19th century.
The Lowdown: Entering via the Pedley Street Station ‘Seven Sins’ Bar, passengers of The Murdér Express will wet their whistles whilst luggage is packed onboard. Joined by characters such as Frank, an East End Costermonger; Tilley, a music hall star; Vera, a widow in search of adventure; and Cliff, a local antique dealer as they embark on the trip of a lifetime. Passengers board via the elegant dining car, which features plush booth seating and is lit by atmospheric period table lamps. The menu, designed by BBC One’s MasterChef 2017 finalist, Louisa Ellis, will be served throughout the experience, as the story of The Murdér Express unfolds.
Where: Tickets start at £65 and can be purchased via Design My Night: here
Shop: 6 O’Clock Gin’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop
What: Family-owned craft gin brand 6 O’clock Gin is set to open its pop-up Christmas shop on Monday 5th October. The shop will offer a variety of winter-warming experiences; from Make Your Own Sloe Gin and informative masterclasses to bespoke, personalised bottles for loved ones.
The Lowdown: The in-house drinks team are piecing together a soon-to-be-announced programme of events and activations to help get shoppers in the Christmas spirit, including a variety of themed tastings, masterclasses and interactive window displays. 6 O’clock Gin’s full range of award-winning gins will also be available, from the delicious Damson gin, ‘export strength’ Brunel and of course the strikingly smooth London Dry, in its iconic Bristol Blue bottle.
Where: Unit 101, Upper Floor, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS34 5DG
Drink: Free Flowing Spritzes at Arenella
What: On Sunday 4th October, Arenella, a brand new autumnal alfresco terrace, will be launching at The Chapel Bar, in the heart of Islington. Every weekend from 12.00 – 17.00 guests will be able to enjoy a hearty Southern Italian inspired bottomless lunch, comprising mouth-watering 2-course meal and free-flowing spritzes and Prosecco.
The Lowdown: Arenella is named after the seaside town in Sicily near to where the owners’ mother grew up and where the family’s love affair with simple honest food originates. Having previously owned Lena in Shoreditch, the owners will continue this philosophy of simple Southern Italian cooking at Arenella during their residency at The Chapel Bar. The all-day weekend lunch menu will feature various seasonal dishes – warming stews and freshly made pasta mains to choose from along with an additional starter or dessert course comprising of typical Italian fare.
Where: 29 Penton St, The Angel, London N1 9PX