Top 5: Unmissable Events in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
There’s lots of fantastic events and activities happening in London this weekend. Why not embrace the German party spirit with a trip to Herman ze German, or pick up some handmade goods at the Crafty Fox Market. Whether you’re into ping pong or beer, we’ve got something for everyone. Here’s 5 ideas for this weekend in London:
Friday 7th October
What: Oktoberfest is here which can only mean one thing: it’s time to grab your handsome Herren and fabulous Fräuleins and get down to London’s beloved German haunt, Herman ze German. From this week, Ze Basement Bar in Herman’s Fitzrovia home will be transformed into an Oktoberfest haven to host the festivities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for four weeks only. They’ve got beats. They’ve got bangers. They’ve got beer.
Why: Word of warning: loosen your Lederhosen in preparation for a meat feast extraordinaire, as this
sharing platter boasts a selection of wurst, weisswurst, pork belly speck, leberkaese and schnitzel big enough to feed the whole of Soho, twice over. All of this is served with tangy pickles, homemade potato salad, Herman’s famous fries, a scrummy Brezel and a Stein of Oktoberfest Beer.
Price: £35 per person (min 2 people). Pre-bookings for the two time slots can be made here with the earlier sitting from 6pm – 9pm and the later setting seeing the celebrations continuing into the night from 9pm till late.
Where: 33 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RS
What: If you haven’t already been to the new Q night at Quaglino’s, Friday’s event is set to be the best one yet. From 11pm till 3am, DJ Ivan Rosenschein will be pumping out the party bangers all night. Don your best get-up and party on down at one of Mayfair’s most iconic venues.
Why: Q Nights at Quaglino’s features an extensive cocktail menu, accompanied by a range of premium spirits with bottle service. All happening at the mezzanine bar; have a boogie, sip your way through the cocktail menu and dance on down to disco town (sorry we got carried away).
Price: To book, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ
Saturday 8th October
What: Jeremy Pang’s School of Wok will be stirring up some stand out Chinese Street Food as part of the Tsingtao Beer take over at Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch. Kicking off at midday and open until midnight, swing by for beer, Asian flavours and good vibes.
Why: Jeremy’s School of Wok team will be dishing up London’s finest Chinese street food all day, with refreshing Tsingtao beer and a side of ping pong. Show off your mad ping pong skills on Tsingtao’s touring table tennis tables, which are free to play on. But the food doesn’t stop there – there will also be a number of other street food stalls whipping up their tasty grub.
Price: Free entry
Where: Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch
What: Calcutta Street is hosting an unmissable four day festival to celebrate Durga Pujo, Kolkata’s most celebrated festival. Starting on Saturday and running until next Tuesday, the festival will bring together a vibrant mix of culture, food and drink.
Why: On Saturday (Saptami), sit down for a communal feast accompanied by live music. This is followed on Sunday (Ashtami Sunday) with a shared brunch followed by a Calcutta Cocktail Masterclass, during which owner and chef Shrimoyee Chakraborty, will be showcasing three of the city’s most popular libations. On Monday (Nabami), Calcutta Street will host group dining with a street food feast by British chef Angus Denoon who, for nearly a decade, has been delighting foodies everywhere with his unique take on Kolkata street food. Festivities come to a close on Tuesday (Dashami) with a final day of communal dining and adda (gossip).
Price: Tickets start at £18.50. To make a booking for any of the events, please call 020 7636 2744.
Where: Calcutta Street, 29 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 1RU
What: The Crafty Fox Market is returning to its Peckham home, the CLF Art Café part of the iconic Bussey Building, for the autumn market this weekend. The market will feature an inspiring line-up of over 55 creative traders selling an exciting range of art prints, homeware, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and gifts.
Why: The market will also include an uncovered selection introducing new design talent. This scheme supports makers who have been in business for less than 12 months, introducing new designers for shoppers to explore as well, while giving a helping hand to new brands. The Crafty Fox will also bring its usual mix of creative maker-led workshops, live music and tasty refreshments to the proceedings.
Price: Free entry
Where: CLF Art Cafe, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Sunday 9th October
One for luck..
What: Backyard Cinema have been at it again. The canny team have gone all DIY SOS on us, and have specially constructed an urban jungle in the heart of South London. Adequately named the ‘Lost Word’, they’re screening a fantastic selection of classic action and adventure films this Sunday. Grab your map, compass and head for the secret entrance. City mapper ain’t going nothing on these guys.
Why: Because this cinema experience makes the Odeon look shoddy. Once making it to the jungle in one piece, you’ll find a screening room decked out with giant beanbag seating, a huge screen and state of the art audio equipment. Order a jungle themed cocktail from the bar and relax into a beanbag before digging into popcorn, snacks and heaps of Cinema nosh. Films this Sunday include: The Lion King (12.30pm), The Jungle Book (4.30pm) and Hook (8:30pm)
Price: Standard Ticket – £16.50, Cocktail Ticket – £25 (comes with signature jungle themed cocktail) and Date Night Ticket (for two) – £65 (Comes with x2 tickets, Bubbly, popcorn, ice cream & blankets). Buy you tickets here.
Where: Backyard Cinema: Lost World, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR